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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A O HeraldZeitung O Friday April Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Mioah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 r a I d Z 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 managing editors address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com QUOTABLE Journalists cairt meet hightech highdiversity highprofile modern news challenges with horseandbuggy Austin LongScott journalism educator 1996 EDITORIAL Make it a daily celebration Children are much too important to overlook Today residents from around the area descended on Landa Park to celebrate the Week of the Young Child The event should prompt all of us to realize children in our lives and in our community are special and should be celebrated not just once a year but each and every day Children have a much more difficult time grow ing up today than even those of the past decade or two The future of our city county state and the world depends on how well todays adults pass along their insights and intellect compassion and caring knowledge and knowhow to the youngest of our neighbors In the rat racethat lifehasjbeeome with all the hightech marvels and geewhiz gadgets and the pressure of having everything done yesterday take the time to make a difference in a childs life If you dont have children of your own or you do but theyre there are plenty of organi zations that would love to have a new batch of volunteers to help them help the children A picture might be worth a thousand words but a childs smile is priceless Todays editorial was written by Herald Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 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 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 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 Rites differ but season springs eternal It usually happens around noon The frazzled career mom rushes out the office door to see how many errands she can squeeze into her lunch hour Then it hits her Spring has truly arrived She stands frozen in the middle of the parking lot staring up at the sky Her coworkers conclude she has final ly snapped But she is merely taking a few seconds to bask in the beginning of the warm season The career mom has seen spring come from Virginia to Southern Cali fornia and each region heralds the sea son uniquely In Virginia Kentucky and Tennessee the dogwoods and red buds bloom Compared to the Texas terrain the Tennessee woods are the forest primeval By summer the growth is so dark and profuse it all but obscures the sky One can imagine dinosaurs or at least Davy Crockett around the next bend But in the springtime the forests pulsate with spring green palpable green the smell of green Leaping from the new growth is the raspberry and white of redbuds and dogwoods A human animal stands in awe and feels small Southern Cali fornia springs live in the career moms memory more simply The steamroller of human development has all but obliterated the natural terrain except at the beach The Southern California definition of spring is simply this Beach season opens Serious sun worshippers can come out of hibernation Texas springs can delight on a macro Susan Flynt England or micro scale Focusing on the most mundane patches of grass almost invariably leads to a wildflower sight ing in freeway medians alleys or ditches Nature seems to be saying it will prevail and create beauty no mat ter how hard humans try to obscure it To appreciate the hugeness of Texas springtime all the adoptedTexan career mom has to do is look up and feel the warmth of the sun on her face She has found Texas to be just as suit able a habitat for Homo Sapiens max imus tannus as Huntington Beach The SpringFed Pool in Landa Park rivals the beach for a favorite nonSur geonGeneralapproved method of ultraviolet absorption The devout comes equipped with a good book and good sunglasses She then spends the entire afternoon alternating between two activities 1 baking in the sun until she can almost see the wavy heat lines radiating from her skin and the cobalt blue sky behind closed eyes and 2 tearcfe of Africans face tnousancfe of American face fLccdfnq s inite need plunging into the cold water and swim ming hard and fast to the point of exhaustion A Texan sunwor shipping ritual happens on horseback There are few headier sensations than gripping a horse at a full gallop with the sun bearing down and the wind whip ping hair and face The Texastransplant mom thinks she might eventually give in and try another favorite Texas sunbasking strategy golf She has heretofore considered it too expensive and estab lishment for her personal tastes But on closer examination it looks intrigu ing an excuse to walk around on a big beautiful lawn in the sunshine with a group of friends talk drink whatev er and get some exercise Definitely worth a try Susan Flynt England is the Her aldZeitung news Writeem Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 2022245922 FAX 202 2240776 Local Office 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Phone 210 3402885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Russell Senate Office Washington Phone 2022242934 FAX 2022282856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Anto nio TX 78216 Phone 210366 9494 FAX 2103662016 Letters to the Editor Letter writer should make herself available I have recently read a letter written by Mrs Lieselotte Mourn on Tuesday April 15 of tragedy mis I feel that a person who did not even know such a caring thought ful and generous person has no right to write on what she believes although I know she is entitled to Yes I do feel sorry for the Sanchez family but did she ever think about the Trollinger family That is classless and thoughtless I do believe that if Lieselotte Mourn is such a brave per son although she might be saying this because she wants attention by writing a letter such as the one she wrote on Tuesday she should be man enough to leave some way for the community to contact her Kristopher Mund New Braunfels Another reader infuriated by letter to the editor Editor The letter submitted to your paper about Adam Trollinger has infuriated many including myself The lady who submitted the letter didnt even know Adam In response to her quote heros it wasnt a heros funeral It was a gathering of Adams friends Adam touched everyone and he nev er thought he was better than anyone except in football At New Braunfels High School they teach us to care about our friends and teachers You need to stop trying to get atten tion and get a life You caused a slow ly closing wound to open up I hope you are happy and that you got your limelight To quote Shakespeare Be gone Run to your houses fall upon your knees pray to the gods to intermit the plague That needs must light on this Julius Caesar Act One line You have made many people mad We all miss Adam and Romina a lot But since you didnt know Adam you should just retreat with your snide com ments Chris Hull NBHS sophomore Trollinger Sanchez loving giving teens Editor This in response to the letter written by Lieselotte Mourn I work at New Braunfels High School and was fortu nate enough to meet Adam Trollinger and Romina Sanchez a few weeks before they died I did not know them that long but with both of them it did not take long for them to touch your heart They were both very loving and giving people so full of life it is still hard to accept that they are gone Adam was not given a heros Both he and Romina were given funerals and memorials befitting how much they were loved by the community I hope the Sanchez and Trollinger fam ilies find comfort in knowing their children were loved very much From what I knew of Adam he would have never deliberately done anything to hurt anyone I have a question for Ms Mourn Have you never sped up to make it through a light before it changed Or drove too fast Ms Mourn you wrote a letter to the editor that hurt many people Wounds were starting to heal now they are wide open again Sherry Santos Library assistant NBHS Epressing empathy much better than anger Editor It is quite evident from the April 15 letter by Lieselotte Mourn that the author in no way shape or form knew Adam Trollinger What happened was a tragedy The only people who really know what went on that night were Adam Romina and Denise Im sure none of them thought they were going to die I am a teenager and I do many stupid things I regret later but does that mean I deserve to die too If that was the case the majority of the American population would be deceased Instead of just venting anger and showing ignorance try empathy It looks better on everyone Stacey Kuhn NBHSjunior Letter writer has missed essence off what happened Editor I would like to respond to the letter that appeared in the Letters to the Edi tor on Tuesday April 15 from Lieselotte Mourn I do not recall anyone ever dismiss ing Adam Trollingers actions Cer tainly what happened is tragic and should never have happened It is most unfortunate indeed that three young bright kids lost their lives This com munity lost the opportunity to see what they could make of themselves and contribute to the future of this com munity To me the display of love and grief for this loss was just that a heartfelt outpouring of love and dismay that someone so young could be lost To me those that remembered Adam were not remembering him as a hero but as someone who was with them in school a companion a bright spot during the day and most of all a fellow student The writer has missed the essence of what happened Three people are gone Three people that could have been future leaders in our city state or coun ty The callous comments by the writer show a disregard for the need of the students teachers at New Braunfels High School and parents to remember lost friends and children and to release feelings so that they can go on about their lives and futures It is surely sad that someone older than those they criticize should show such cynicism The students at New Braunfels High School have been given a dose of real ity that life is fragile It can be snuffed out in an instant I would dare say that every student will think twice before crossing a railroad track again 1 would like to think that out of this some good has come As for placing blame the writer has no right to sit as judge and jury What has happened has affected those who knew the three bright young people more than any court action could ever have To suggest that seeing a friend off grieving and comforting each oth er is a heros sendoff is beyond my comprehension If showing love com passion feeling and caring for those whose loss they can never replace is a heros treatment then so be it Perhaps someday the writer will come to understand John Haas New Braunfels Today in History The Associated Press Today is Friday April 18 the 108th day of 1997 There are 257 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On April 18 1775 Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington warning American colonists that the British were coming On this date In 1906 a devastating earthquake stnick San Francisco followed by rag ing fires About 700 people died In 1921 Junior Achievement cre ated to encourage business skills in young people was incorporated In 1942 an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt Col James H Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities In 1945 famed American war cor respondent Ernie Pyle 44 was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of le Shima off Okinawa In 1946 the League of Nations went out of business In 1949 the Irish republic was pro claimed In 19SS physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton In 1956 actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony A church wedding took place the next In 1983 62 people including 17 Americans were killed at the Embassy in Beirut Lebanon by a sui cide bomber Ten years ago President Reagan used his weekly radio address to express hope the superpowers could reach an agreement to sharply reduce the threat of intermediaterange nuclear weapons Five years ago Serbia issued a protest to the United States accusing Washington of siding with Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia in the Yugoslav crisis Democrat Jerry Brown met with black leaders in Philadelphia while frontrunner Bill Clinton visited a PhilliesPirates ballgame as the two courted Pennsylvania primary voters One year ago President Clinton addressed the Japanese Parliament hailing security ties between the two countries as the cornerstone of stabili ty in Asia Congress passed and sent to President Clinton longawaited legis lation giving federal law officers new powers to use against terrorism Israeli shells killed 91 Lebanese refugees in a camp Israel called the attack an unfortunate Gunmen opened fire at a hotel in Egypt killing 18 Greek tourists Todays Birthdays Actress Bar bara Hale is 75 Blues singer Clarence Gatemouth Brown is 73 Actor Clive Revill is 67 Actor Robert Hooks is 60 Actress Hayley Mills is 51 Actor James Woods is 50 Country musician Walt Richmond The Tractors is 50 Actor Rick Moranis is 43 Actress Melody Thomas Scott Young and the is 41 Actor Eric Roberts is 41 Actor John James is 41 Rock musician Les Pattinson Echo and the Bunnymen is 39 Talk show host Conan OBrien is 34 Actress Jane Leeves is 34 Rock musician Craig Eklund Everclear is 27 Thought for Today We are all more average than we Gorham Munson American author and editor   

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