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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A n HpralH7pltnnn n Worlnesdav December 25 1996 Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Opinion Online contact submit letters and fcitest columns electronically by way of online services or or to a simply contact staff members T the managing editors address is DLoveday@AOL.com QUOTABLE Wisdom is greater than knowledge for wisdom includes knowledge and the due use of it Joseph Sevelli Capponi lawyer educator 1895 D I T O R I A L Gifts that are priceless Lets remember the real reason for Christmas and shed its commercialism Peel back the commercialism of Christmas and you can still find the underlying reason why we celebrate the holi day season Despite what Madison Avenue would have you believe love peace joy and goodwill are all free for the giving and the taking A price cannot be put on a childs smile or the warmth that fills the room when families gather together That the world still celebrates the birth of a carpenters son some years later should be more than testament to the awesomeness of the event The Grinch finally came to realize that Christmas wasnt just about baubles and beads Even Scrooge came around to a more Christian way of thinking But often in the holiday hoopla the baby Jesus gets skipped So just in case youve forgotten the story goes something like this In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered This was the first reg istration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syr ia to their own towns to be registered Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea to the city of David called Bethlehem because he was descended from the house and family of David He went to be registered with Mary to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child While they were there the time came for her to deliver her child And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the Luke Merry Christmas Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Man aging Editor Micah Write us The New Bmunfels HeraldZeitung 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 Braunfels 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 Managing Editor Ext Boyd Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Braunfels HeraldZeitiuig 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 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 canier 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 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Volunteers make it a better place to live The number of people throughout the 21 st Con gressional District who give generously of their time and money during the holiday season is too great to count And they are also reminder of the individuals throughout the district who keep on giving all year long Dela White of San Antonio is one such lifelong volunteer who has had a positive influence on thousands of young people who have attended Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children In 1997 Dela White will have been the driving force behind Sunshine Cottage for 50 years She continued her involvement long after her daughter attended seeking to every year add new exciting people and innovative ideas to the school Gloria Vallejo a teacher at Round Rock High School is another notable volunteer although she describes herself as just doing my mom Her more than 20 years as a teacher have taught her the value of positive reinforcement for young people Shes focused her considerable energy on the high school football team placing inspiring messages on each of more than 100 lockers before every game Vallejos messages are designed to teach as well as to inspire She chooses words that motivate the players to look up the words meanings as well as give their best on the field Margaret Purvis of Midland has served the community and her state for years because in the words of her husband James she felt like Midland was growing needed direction and that she could give Purvis may be best known in recent years for raising money to care for the indigent at Midland Memorial Hospi tal The Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg is a nationally recognized monument to the war in the Pacific during World War II San Antonio businessman Marshall Lamar Smith Guest Column Steves who has devoted much of his life to nurturn ing the museum says it represents a real joint rf effort of the whole community not just burg but the Texas The museum also represents how much the gleminded dedication of one individual can accomplish Chuck and Betty Carroll are the mainstay of the H Alamo Springs Volunteer Fire Department in o Gillespte County Chuck is the fire chief Betty 3 handles the books The next closest fire department is 30 minutes away Betty says they work hard to protect their 2 neighbors because We want to make sure when they need it somebody is Betty Carrolls statement sums up the volunteer ft spirit throughout the 21st District 0 When individuals give of themselves to help other people we can and do make Texas a better place C Lamar Smith of San Antonio represents the Congressional District in the House of Repre T Fundraiser arranged meeting between Gore Buddhist leader By MARCY GORDON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON In seeking a White House meeting between Vice President Al Gore and the leader of a Taiwanese Buddhist sect a Democra tic fundraiser reminded Gores office of his previous visits with the leader and group members a document shows John Huang set up the meeting in March a month before Gore attended a controversial fundraiser at a Bud dhist temple in California which Huang organized In a memo to a Gore aide Huang noted that Gore as a sen ator had met with the Buddhist leader in 1989 in Taiwan and as vice president with some of his followers in 1993 and 1995 in Los Angeles The memo which was among thou sands of pages of documents that the Democratic National Committee recently turned over to congressional investigators suggests that Gore had more extensive contacts with the Bud dhist group than previously acknowl edged The memo indicates that Gores Today in History I fie AssbciatecrPress Today is Wednesday Dec 25 the 360th day of 1996 There are six days left in the year This is Christmas Day Todays Highlight in History In 336 the first recorded celebration of Christmas on Dec 25 took place in Rome On this date In 1066 William the Conqueror was crowned king of England In 1223 St Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes in Greccio Italy In 1776 Gen George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton In 1818 Silent Night was performed for the first time at the Church of St Nikolaus in Obern dorff Austria In 1821 the founder of the American Red Cross Clara Barton was born in Oxford Mass office approved the March 15 meeting with Venerable Master Hsing Yun whom Huang described as the highest Buddhist leader in White House special counsel Lanny Davis confirmed Monday that the meeting did occur but he declined fur ther comment Huang was working at the DNC at the time he made the request Gore acknowledged this fall that the Democrats erred in arranging the fund raiser with Asian Americans at the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights Calif in April Gore said he thought it to be a com munity The Democratic committee has returned some of the raised by the event because of questions about the origins of some contributions Similarly a note from Huang to his fundraising boss at the DNC in which he pleaded the case of a South Korean businessman seeking a meeting with President Clinton provides insight into the sort of favors big donors received Huang sent the memo to Richard Sullivan the DNC finance director on April 8 the same day the sub sidiary of the businessmans electron ics company Cheong Am America gave to the Democrats The DNC returned the money in September after responding to reporters questions and finding that the money really came from the South Korean parent company Under federal law foreigners who are legal residents and sub sidiaries of foreign companies are allowed to make campaign donations if the money was earned here In a related development the White House confirmed there were a total of four meetings this year in which pres idential aides were briefed on suspi cious donations that had been deliv ered this spring to Clintons legal defense fund Those donations were returned in June because of concerns about their origins but the matter wasnt disclosed until last week The AP reported Sunday that at a May 9 meeting six senior aides including the presidents confidant Bruce Lindsey attended a briefing and raised concerns about offending donors if the money was given back Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 2022245922 FAX 2022240776 Local Office 8023 Vantage Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Phone 2103402885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Rus sell Senate Office Wash ington Phone 202224 2934 FAX 2022282856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Antonio TX 78216 Phone 2103669494 FAX 2103662016 State of Texas Gov George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 Atty General Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 Phone 5124632100 Sen Jeff Wentworth Dist Box 12068 Capitol Station Austin TX 78711 2068 Phone 5124630126 Local Office 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 425 San Antonio 78209 Phone 2108267800 Sen Judith Zaffarini Dist Box 12068 Capitol Station Austin TX 78711 Phone 5124630121 Laredo Office 2107222293 In 1868 President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War In 1893 Robert L Ripley creator of the Believe It or Not newspaper feature was born in Santa Rosa Calif In 1926 Hirohito became emperor of Japan In 1931 New Yorks Metropolitan Opera broad cast an entire opera over radio for the first time Hansel and In 1941 during World War II Japan announced the surrender of the BritishCanadian garrison at Hong Kong In 1946 50 years ago comedian Fields died in Pasadena at age 66 In 1977 comedian Sir Charles Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88 In 1989 ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed fol lowing a popular uprising Ten years ago More than 60 people were killed when a hijacked Iraqi jetliner crashed in Saudi Ara bia About 40 other people survived the crash near the northern Saudi town of J Fivtt years ago Soviet President Mikhail S i Gorbachev went on television to announce his res ignation as the eighth and final leader of nist superpower that had already gorje out of exls1 tence year ago An ailing Pope John Paul II cut j short his traditional Christmas telling j crowds he was fighting to regain his Dean Martin died at his Beverly Hills horne at age 78 Todays Birthdays Producer Lord Grade is 90 Singer Tony Martin is 83 Actor Gary Sandy is Singer Jimmy Buffett is 50 Football HallbfFamer Lar ry Csonka is 50 Singer Barbara Mandrell is 48 Actress Sissy Spacek is 47 Singer Annje Lennox is 42 Reggae singermusician Robin Campbell UB40 is 42 Country singer Steve Wariner is 42 Rock musi cian Noel Hogan The Cranberries is 25 Thought for Today A Merry Christmas to all my friends except to Fields American comedian
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