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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A O HeraldZeitung a Wednesday April Opinion Tc talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 i t u n g Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com QUOTABLE FaUure to enact strong laws is a conces sion that the information superhighway should belong to Cathleen Cleaver lawyer 1996 EDITORIAL Kudos Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald Zeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals and organiza tions in the community Send your Kudos to HeraldZeitung 707 Lancia New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 210 Kudos to Dennis Spinelli CEO of the Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant and his sister Leslie Spinelli for giving so much to the community that they joined just a couple of years ago For the second year in a row they sponsored New Orleans in Gruene at the Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant to benefit the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala Not only strew confetti and bal loons around but they prepared a wonderful diriner for those attending They donate all proceeds form the dinner to the American Cancer Society From all of the people here in Comal County who depend upon support from The American Cancer Society we thank Dennis Leslie and all of the folks who work at the Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant Kathy McLeod chairman 1997 Starlight Gala Write us The New Braunfels 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre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 Managing Editor Ext Boyd Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Lancia or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County 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 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 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 We must all build those lifeboats of hope April 14 1912 the White Star Steamer Titanic representing the arro gance of the industrial age booms through the North Atlantic ice fields Protected by sixteen watertight com partments and impenetrable metal plates this ship the experts say couldnt be sunk by God Neglect safety drills Ignore repeated iceberg warnings Thunder on A mountainsize iceberg looms dead ahead Frantic efforts steer the massive liner to port avoiding a headon colli sion Submerged ice rips a quarter inchwide 300footlong gash in the ships hull Metal plates buckle Watertight compartments flood The ship lists then tilts forward Twenty more than enough lifeboats weighed down with women and children low er into freezing black water Fifteen hundred souls remain on board With a cruel rush the ship plunges to the ocean floor Rockets flare Screams echo Contrition fills the heart of the lost and of the saved April 9 1997 emboldened by unprecedented freedom we boom through an ocean of luxury We have it better materially than the Americans who 85 years ago read about the Titan ic disaster in their morning newspa pers Our poor today are rich by Third World standards With power as our metal plates and wealth our watertight compartments we sail on indifferent to social icebergs If we have it so good why do so many of us feel so bad Why drug abuse And alcoholism Why depres sion And anxiety Why suicide John Ingram Walker And homicide Why gangs And drive by shoot ings Why mari tal infidelity And divorce Why fearful chil dren And rebel lious teenagers Many of us real ize that our ship has reached a piv otal point We understand the need for lifeboats lifeboats of hope and meaning Those on the Titanics doomed deck came face to face with God There are no atheists on sinking ships just as there are none in foxholes Death pain and suffering make believers of us all But we dont have to wait for disaster to comprehend the great Our ship can come in before it goes down Those who experience Eternal hope have a mission a purpose for living They we work on living in the constant presence of God Some days when the rain refreshes and the sun shines flowers bloom and the grass greens we perceive God in the sim ple things of life Other days when traffic jams and voices cry phones reverberate and engines whine God seems lost in the noise of life Its not that easy finding God in crowded rooms and on filled calendars We have to work at it Having a purpose calls for serving right where we are being present fully present in whatever we are doing making life a little bit better for the people we meet How we live dayby day hourbyhour minutebyminute secondbysecond determines our effectiveness in sharing goodness with others Mountaintop experiences come from daily climbs Instantaneous snap shots produce big pictures A word of encouragement a simple act of kind ness a tender voice of praise a smile of appreciation can change the world Gentleness ripples from person to per son growing stronger with each ema nation All of us have a unique talent growing a garden baking a pie setting a table decorating a room crafting a sentence composing a song telling a story playing an instrument These talents when cultivated bring pleasure to ourselves and others Using our gift blurs time When we lose ourselves in the refinement of our art for the glory of God and the service of others we live on the edge of magic As we develop meaning in our lives Gods spirit penetrates our conscious ness We become aware of Gods con stant presence This awareness engen ders gratitude peace and uncondition al love Gratitude delves deeper than positive affirmations and goodnewsIbroke bothlegssoIwonthavetogoto jailrightaway optimism Gratitude a state of mind and heart that allows us to accept and forgive ourselves and oth ers enables us to learn from past expe riences completely enjoy the present moment and eagerly anticipate future challenges Gratitude for what we have been given for what we have been denied and for what suffering has taught brings a joyful heart and a peaceful mind Peace allows us to let go of fear that prevents our living a fulfilled life When we take the risk of doing what we most want to do situations fall into place We find ourselves beneficiaries of coincidence Gods way of stay ing anonymous With peace there exists no failure only delays and redi rection The courage to follow our bliss allows us to catch our dreams in flight These virtues gratitude peace unconditional love sound great on paper but in reality are difficult to practice A woman dying of cancer prays that God will heal her God answering her prayer appears in per son and declares All you have to do to get well is be grateful for your hus band live in peace with him and love him The woman responded Have you met my husband yet Although suffering in the role of victim may be easier at times than finding meaning in our lives we do have a choice We can spend our days rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic of our lives or we can build lifeboats of hope John Ingram Walker writes a weekly column for the Herald Write em Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 2022245922 FAX 2022240776 Local Office 8023 Vantage DriveySgite 46Q San Antonip TX 78230 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Russell Senate Office Washing ton Phone 2022242934 FAX 2022282856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Antonio TX 78216 Phone 2103669494 FAX 2103662016 Silent witnesses urge us to speak out against family violence I had the privilege of participating in my first march to the state capital on April 1 in an effort to speak out against family violence in Texas Men women and children turned out from all across Texas for this special event and marched up Congress Avenue carrying purple balloons and lifesize red wood en silhouettes which make up the Silent Witness Project If the statistics dont make enough of an impact on you the personal stories will drive the point home The point is that too many Texas women are dying at the hands of an intimate partner every year Each lifesize red wooden figure represents a woman who once lived worked had neighbors friends family and children before her life end ed violently at the hands of a husband exhusband partner or acquaintance Each silhouette bears a name and a story of a murdered woman In 1994 160 women died in our state at the hands of an intimate partner This traveling memorial was created to honor them in hopes of bringing more awareness to our citizens and law makers Michelle Barr Texas took on the Silent Witness Project after learning of its powerful impact in other states the power that comes when we trans form homicide statistics into a moving represen tation of the unnecessary waste of precious life What an impact it made coming up to the curb in front of the capitol and seeing 100 red silhouettes lining the pathway to the capitol steps on both sides of the walk then to step up onto the sidewalk and walk through this silent crowd A woman came off the street out of a crowd of spectators as we were marching up Congress Avenue took the arm of my coworker and said I am a survivor of 20 years of domestic violence But I got Then she walked with us in silence the rest of the way When we got to the Capitol two there reading the names of these 160 women Standing close by me was a man standing along holding a silhouette I read the inscription on the plaque Michelle Gomez 24 Austin March 24 1994 Michelle a mother of two young girls tried every thing to get protection from her abusive husband who threatened to kill her She obtained a divorce a protective order and filed stalking charges Still he waited for her outside her work place and shot her to death He then turned the gun on himself commit ting Soon after three young girls came running up accompanied by an older woman The youngest child pointing to the silhouette asked the man Who is that This is your he replied We can find these stories even clos er to home too Silhouette No 17 reads Lucinda Hines 35 Canyon Lake March Lucindas exhusband killed her with gunshots to the face while the couples 13yearold daugh ter watched He then fled in Lucindas car and committed suicide when the police stopped One out of every three Americans has witnessed an incident of domestic violence but many of these people dont know how to take action The effects are devastating on the women who face the problem and the children and family members who witness it Efforts such as the Silent Witness Pro ject are hoping to bring this problem to the forefront and let people know its time to talk about it and to take action Theres no excuse not to At the Comal County Womens Center we are working at every level to build a world in which families are free from violence and terror Call 620 7520 if you need help or if you want to help The Silent Witness Project will debut at our nations capitol on Oct For more information about this pro ject call the Texas Council on Family Violence at 512 7941133 Michelle Barr is program coordi nator and counselor M for the Comal County Womens Today in History The Associated Press Today is Wednesday April 9 the 99th day of 1997 There are 266 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On April 9 1865 Confederate Gen Robert E Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen Ulysses S Grant at Appo mattox Court House in Virginia On this date In 1682 the French explorer Robert La Salle reached the Mississippi River In 1833 the nations first taxsup ported public library was founded in Peterborough In 1939 singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolu tion In 1940 Germany invaded Den mark and Norway In 1942 during World War II American and Philippine defenders on Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces the surrender was followed by the noto rious Bataan Death March which claimed nearly lives In 1947 a series of tornadoes in Texas Oklahoma and Kansas claimed 169 lives In 1959 NASA announced the selec tion of Americas first seven astronauts Scott Carpenter Gordon Cooper John Glenn Gus Grissom Wally Schirra Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton In 1963 British statesman Winston Churchill was made an honorary citizen In 1983 the space shuttle Challenger ended its first mission with a safe land ing at Edwards Air Force Base in Cal ifornia Ten years ago Responding to charges of bugging new Embassy in Moscow Soviet officials displayed microphones and other gad gets they said were found in Soviet missions in the United States Five years ago Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of eight drug and racketeering charges he is serving a 40year prison sentence Britains Conservatives came from behind to become the first British political party to win four straight elec tions this century One year ago In a dramatic shift of pursestring power President Clinton signed a lineitem veto bill into law Dan Rostenkowski the oncepower ful House Ways and Means chairman pleaded guilty to two mail fraud charges in a deal that brought with it a 17month prison term Todays Birthdays Former Sen Abraham A Ribicoff is 87 Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner is 71 Satirist Tom Lehrer is 69 Singersongwriter Carl Perkins is 65 Actor Jean Paul Belmondo is 64 Comedian Avery Schreiber is 62 Actress Michael Learned is 58 Coun try singer Margo Smith is 55 Country singer Hal Ketchum is 44 Actor Den nis Quaid is 43 Golfer Severiano Ballesteros is 40 Actressmodel Pauli na Porizkova is 32 Rock singer Kevin Martin Candlebox is 28 Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 18 i Thought for Today Here is the lesson I learned in the army If you want to do a thing badly you have to work at it as though you want to do it Peter Ustinov British actor
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