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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A d HeraldZeltung g Friday December Opinion talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 Opinion Onflnti contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is QUOTA It is astonishing what force purity and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear Margaret Fuller author 1842 D I T o R I A L Rabies requires caution As Comal grows contacts with rabid animals are sure to increase The recent discovery of a bat infected with rabies in Bul verde is a reminder that we must be careful of handling wild or strangely acting animals The bat was found inside a home probably brought into the house by the family dog Fortunately the homeowner took pre cautions before handling the bat which tests revealed had rabies The family pet was quarantined for 45 days Rabies is a lifethreatening disease As our population grows and housing developments pop up in formerly rural areas of Comal County the probability of contact with animals with rabies might increase If you have not talked with your children about the dangers of rabies you should do so Inquisitive children often enjoy explor ing the world around them As parents we need to warn them of the invisible dangers that could be lurking with dead or strange ly acting animals both wild and domestic The symptoms in animals are numerous including foaming at the mouth or a change in the behavior or eating and drinking pat y r terns an animal Reniferriber never directly touch a dead animal If an animal carcass is discovered and must be removed use a shovel or some other preventive measure When it comes to rabies its best to err on the side of caution Enjoy Gruene this weekend The color of Christmas this weekend is Gruene The annual Gruene Christmas Market Days a holiday treat of music and shopping are Saturday and Sunday More than 100 crafts and art exhibitors will join the more than 25 stores in Gruene to provide an ambience that only Gruene can create Todays editorials were written by HeraldZeitung Publisher and Editor Doug Write us The New Bmunfels HemldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Bmunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre vious 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Bmunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Director of Advertising Ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Ext Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Interim Managing Editor Ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HenildZeifimg USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call or weekdays or by II am on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er3U328 New 781311328 Tis the season but for what reason Well into the first week of December we are drenched in the physical manifestations of the Yuletide season New Braunfels is decked for Christmas down to the last molecule But what about the inner decor Most of us who celebrate Christmas have a personal inner Christ mas light switch that turns on the warmth of the seasons spirit Its often a repetition this years of a timehonored tradition For Jim Denery HeraldZeitung city editor it has to be a specific moment each year Not until I see the Underdog balloon in the Macys Thanks giving Day The coming of Christmas and a deluge of Christmas shoppers not necessarily displaying Christian virtues can strike fear in the hearts of those who work in retail We start getting Christ mas merchandise as early as July and one local store manager said Its not so much looking forward to the season as I realize its coming Its more of a kind of Two Christmases spent a Pen ney store made more than visions of Crabby cus tomers dance in my head though It was actually fun seeing the decorations each day and hearing the Christmas music all day long The spirit starts for me when we decorate at the store and at said Natalie Schade Target team leader Customers are very excited about the gifts theyre buying Theyre in the spirit of giving and it Some people think about Christmas all year like Pam Brandt owner of Tis the Season Year Round Christmas Village Through the year if I walk in and put a Christmas tape on and Im feeling a little depressed it makes me feel Brandt said to really get Christmas under way is the first time I hear Bing Crosby sing White Christmas or the first time I see Its a Wonderful said Anna Lee Hicks the driving force behind Festtage New Braun fels assortment of community holiday celebrations I feel fortunate to do the work I do because I get to think about Christmas all year Hicks said I focus on that feeling all year and try to remember it when the temper atures 95 degrees and people are not really in the Christmas When the lights went on in downtown New Braunfels the inner Christmas light switch was also thrown in the hearts of many who live here Prob ably all the decorations especially the plaza start ed the Christmas season for said Shana Kohlenberg Its the lights downtown for said Amanda Zigmond Both are students in Diana Cashions fourthgrade Challenge class at Carl Schurz Elementary School Susan Flynt England HeraldZeitung Columnist I think the Christmas spirit really clicks here in New Braunfels when we go downtown to the lighting of the said Ray Still pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church For Still for me and for others hearing and singing church music flips the inner Christmas light switch This year it was starting the first fun through on our Christmas said Cindy Myers First Methodist Church member really excited this year and you can hear it in our For especially sentimental types my daughter would say embarrassingly mushy types singing in church choir at Christmas time can open the emo tional floodgates so wide that it becomes a chal lenge to sing without getting choked up For the devout the mystery and wonder of Christmas are directly linked to the religious roots of the season It starts when the first Advent candle is lit and Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel is sung said Father Richard Oberstar pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church When we start reading those Advent prayers automati cally it ushers in that feeling It starts with dark ness When were lighting that first candle it ush ers in that first light of What actually happens neurologically and elec trochemically when that inner Christmas light switch rums on and were lit with a glow of mysti cism and joy Who knows Who cares Its hard to imagine life as a human machine without one J 210 MV Challenges opportunities await Albright Co By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON New opportu nities and formidable hurdles await the team President Clinton will rely on to carry out his foreign and defense poli cies in his second term Factor in an always unpredictable planet and you have four years of dra ma about to unfold even if the world remains relatively crisisfree not that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein ethnic conflict in Bosnia and Arab and Israel doubts about stepping up peacemaking have disappeared The Cold War is over The United States is the worlds only superpower So Clinton and his team may have a chance to test the boundaries of con ventional foreign policy by drawing the worlds attention to diminishing resources rampant population growth Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Dec 6 the 341st day of 1996 There are 25 days left in the year Todays Highlight In History Seventyfive years ago on Dec British and Irish representatives signed a treaty in London pro viding for creation of an Irish Free State The signers included British Prime Minister David Lloyd George British negotiator Winston Churchill and Irish nation alists Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins On data In 1790 Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia In 1994 Army engineers completed construction of the Washington Monument In 1999 Jefferson Davis the first and only pres ident of the Confederate States of America died in New Orleans In 1999 100 years ago lyricist Ira Gershwin was born in New York City and depletion of rain forests Already Clinton is training his sights on terrorism and narcotics traffic as problems the United States should lead the world in tackling En route to Africa two months ago outgoing Secretary of State Warren Christopher said that as the new cen tury approaches Americans must pay increasing attention to that passel of global and environmental issues that transcend national boundaries In the four years ahead the ques tion is whether the unsettled Balkans and always touchy Middle East will permit Clinton and his team headed by Madeleine Albright at the State Depart ment and William Cohen at the Penta gon to have the time to address these transnational issues Our Clinton said Thursday in announcing his appoint ments is to build on the strong foun dation laid in the last four But as Richard Haass director of foreign policy studies at the Brock ings Institution noted Any admin istration is going to be distracted or worse by hot spots Bosnia Zaire maybe Korea who knows On a nowtraditional but still some what controversial level Clinton is seeking to keep building a new part nership with democratic His plan to expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization eastward toward the Russian border could be a bump in the road It troubles Russian President Boris Yeltsin and also some members of Congress because of the additional expense and obligations involved More troubling for the new team will be carrying out Clintons decision to expand ties with China despite its harsh treatment of prodemocracy advocates and an unfavorable trade balance Here too Congress will ques tion the policy on both grounds and demand Beijing ease off and also open more of the country to American exports In his first term Clinton defused a crisis with North Korea by freezing its nuclear program in exchange for ener gy aid But the regime in Pyongyang remains unpredictable So too is the situation in Bosnia where the Dayton peace accords have stopped the fighting but not brought democracy to Serbia and Croatia nor succeeded in bringing war crimes sus pects to judgment Thousands of troops are likely to be sent to the Balkans next year as part of a new peacekeeping force while initial plans to send others to central Africa to assist in refugee relief may be set aside as the crisis eases In 1923 a presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Calvin Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress In 1997 Americas first attempt at putting a satel lite into orbit blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Fla In 1973 House Minority Leader Gerald R Ford was sworn in as vice president succeeding Spiro T Agnew In soldiers and six civilians were killed when a bomb planted by the Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in Ballykelly Northern Ire land In women were shot to death at the Uni versity of Montreals school of engineering by a man who then took his own life In 1999 Egon Krenz resigned as leader of East Germany Tan ago Talking about the IranContra affair in his weekly radio address President Ronald Reagan acknowledged that mistakes had been made in carrying out his policies but defended his overture to Iran yoara agoi Sen Edward Kennedy D testifying at the trial of his nephew William Kennedy Smith denied hearing screams the night Patricia Bowman said she was raped by Smith at the Kennedy estate in West Palm Beach Ra yoar agoi President Clinton vetoed a sev enyear Republican budgetbalancing plan The House ethics committee sent a highly critical letter to House Speaker Newt Gingrich saying he had com mitted three ethics violations The New York Times columnist James Reston died in Washington at age 86 Todays Jazz musician Dave Brubeck is 76 Sen Don Nickles is 48 Actress JoBeth Williams is 43 Actor Tom Hufce Is 43 Comedian Steven Wright is 41 Country singer Bill Lloyd Foster and Lloyd is 41 Rock musician Peter Buck Is 40 Thought for Today In dreams begins respon Butler Yeats Irish Nobel Prizewin ning poet   

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