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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A O HeraldZeitung D Sunday April Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 I d Z e 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 newspapers address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com QUOTA B L E It is up to the true poet to use his pen his chisel or his to give us pictures of our nobler John Rollin Ridge newspaper editor 1857 EDITORIAL Doing the right thing Reopening hazing investigation proper action to take Comal Independent School District officials decided last week to reopen the investigation into the alleged hazing incidents at Canyon High School A special investigator has been hired to find out exactly what occured The trustees should be applauded for having the courage to reexamine an issue that they had determined closed Hazing is not an issue that will simply go away Parents and students need to be assured that the truth is uncovered and if the acts are as heinous as alleged strict and proper punish ment will be taken The district while showing proper dilligence in jdeciding to delve more deeply into tne mat have avoided the need for V V I investigation by not closing the first so quickly The residents of this community especially those with children in school deserve to know that students are safe and will not be exposed to threatening situations Hopefully this new investigation will prove to be the final chapter in this tragic saga Todays editorial was written by Herald Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any pubbc 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writerV signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre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 Bnainfelis I lemleiZeilimi USPS 377880 707 landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodieal postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraMZeilwig in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior 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 wecklays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New llruunfels IleraldZeilung Draw er 3 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Right to express opinion not just for ruling class If youve been reading the letters to the editor these past two weeks or so youve seen the fur fly A reader expressed what was to some other readers a very unpopular perspective on the recent tragic death of three teenagers in a cartrain accident She criticized the driver the dri vers family the way the newspaper covered the tragedy and the way the high school dealt with the aftermath of the accident She accused the school and the newspaper through its cover age of treating the young man who drove the car as a hero Her words were sharp blunt and many believe as does this columnist unnecessarily harsh A plethora of responses followed Many criticized her harshness yet offered forgiveness to her Still many of the letters were not only as mean spirited as the original let ter but were actually more so Some threatened physical violence One let ter urged other people to join in phys ical retaliation against the writer of the original letter Those portions were edited out Those comments crossed a line not a line of insensitivity but a line that separates criticism and encouraging people to commit violence against a person simply because of an opinion Doug Toney Is anyone struck by the irony of these letter writ ers point of view What these let ter writers were actually saying was She has no right to say we are wrong in what we did uut 1 have a right to say she is wrong and I even have a right to urge people to hurt her for saying what she said Thats scary Some of the letter writers were young and grief stricken Some lati tude should be given One would hope that they will be taught that opposing points of view should be considered pondered and then either debated ignored or refuted but the voice should not be attacked censored or intimidat ed from offering an opinion It is upon this point that we should be concerned If New Braunfels High School Interim Principal Karen Simpsons let ter this past Sunday is any indication of the perspective these students will receive then they might not learn to appreciate the need for tolerance and free speech Her letter said that the decision to print the letter that was critical of the school during such an emotional time was at best insensitive at worst uneth ical and in either case She continued Shame on you the HeraldZeitung editor for cloaking yourself in the First Amendment This community has suffered enormous pain Your actions have added to A problem does exist but not with the newspaper printing an unpopular or insensitive point of view The problem is that many people in roles of leadership do not feel an oblig ation to tolerate anyone elses differing point of view The First Amendment is for every one not just the ruling class When persons in authority believe the right to express a differing point of view should be curtailed and a news paper is irresponsible if it publishes a view critical of the official opinion the public should be concerned Thats why free speech a free press and the freedom to worship need ed to be written into law rather than left to the discretion of succeeding gen erations of administrators and other government officials The founding patriots of this country experienced and understood the tyranny of an intol erant administration of government The people of this community and throughout this country have proven time and time again that they can com petently run their own lives All we need is as unencumbered as possible access to information and ideas The more we citizens know the better deci sions we can make and the better we can assess the actions of our adminis trators and officials in schools and gov ernment Maybe thats why some officials dont want us to have more information or consider other points of view Offi cials in schools and other government agencies all are obliged to explain their actions and provide us with information so we can reach our own independent conclusions Many officials understand this but apparently some do not One need net agree or like whats being said but one must respect the right of all voices to be heard No shame whatsoever comes from allow ing a diversity of opinions to be shared Shame only comes when someone tries to squelch the rights of others to be heard Doug Toney is Publisher and Editor of the What do cynics know about selflessness Cal Thomas It is everywhere true that no good deed goes unpunished But in Wash ington cynicism now runs so deep that on the relatively few occasions when we see a selfless act it never goes unanalyzed unless the proper ulterior motives are assigned The verdict of quite a few com mentators and others among the opin ionated classes is that Bob Doles loan to House Speaker Newt Gingrich so that he can pay a fine assessed by the House Ethics Com mittee is not what it appears Since Dole has been recci uly hired by a law firm whose clients include members of the tobacco industry some surmise he is shilling for big tobacco which is trying to win favors in the micut of the worst publicity and greatest legal vul nerability it has ever experienced Others say Dole is trying to position his wife to run for President in three years and getting the speaker on his side will help Still others speculate that Dole is trying to buy some infiu Today in History The Associated Press Today is Sunday April 27 the 117th day of 1997 There are 248 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On April 27 1805 a force led by Marines captured the city of Derna on the shores of Tripoli On this date In 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines In 1822 the 18th president of the United Slates Ulysses S Grant was born in Point Pleasant Ohio In 1865 the steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis killing more than Union prisoners of war In 1932 American poet Hart Crane drowned after jumping from a steamer while en route to New York He was 32 In 1937 the nations first Social Security checks were distributed In 1947 it was Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Sta dium as baseball fans across the country honored ence for himself following his loss in the 1996 campaign and that lending the speaker money will ingratiate him with fellow Republicans who might still be lamenting his lackluster cam paign perfor mance There is one other option that no one seems to be considering Dole thought helping a fellow Republican in trouble would be the right and decent thing to do To those of Doles generation this is perfectly normal It is honorable No medals are expected It is the equivalent of doing ones duty some thing the men and women of Doles generation did with some regularity but which those who followed seem to do less frequently if at all When they do they issue a press release expect ing public praise and a spot on Time magazines list of Most Influential People Selflessness in the age of press agents and large egos is difficult to recognize because it is so rarely seen And when it is seen it is often slan dered lest it catch on and indict those who prefer the placement of them selves in front of others Sure Dole has the money to lend Gingrich but if he lacked the will what difference would it make There is a reason why it is more blessed to give than to receive The receiver eventually spends his gift For the giver the dividends keep retuining in the form of uncounted blessings He also becomes an exam plr for others to go and do likewise Dole and Gingrich now have a new relationship that anscends politics Out of that rel onship will come things unrelat to policy and power Trie poet Longfellow sensed what ben efits come from such selflessness not only to the players but to the wider populace Wheneer a noble deed is wrought Wheneer is spoken a noble thought Our hearts in glad surprise To higher levels I saw Bob and Elizabeth Dole in church last Sunday The lesson was from Philippians 4 which contains these verses Let your gentleness be evident to whatever is true what ever is noble whatever is right what ever is pure whatever is lovely what ever is admirable think about such things put it into Thats what Dole did when he agreed to lend Gingrich to pay his fine He put nobleness into practice That the act caused so much of a ruckus in some quarters says something import ml about the state of our nation Cal Thomas is a nationally syndi cated the ailing star In 1967 Expo 67 was officially opened in Mon treal by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B Pear son In 1973 during the Watergate scandal acting FBI Director L Patrick Gray resigned In 1978 convicted Watergate defendant John D Ehrlichman was released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months In 1982 the trial of John W Hinckley who had shot four people including President Reagan began in Washington The trial ended with Hinckleys acquittal by reason of insanity Ten years ago The Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States saying he aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II Five years ago The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the Republic of Serbia and its lone ally Montenegro Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics won entry into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank One year ago Tens of thousands of refugees streamed home to southern Lebanon after a kered ceasefire silenced the guns in the 16day IsraelHezbollah war Todays Birthdays Actor Jack Klugman is 75 Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King is 70 Actress Anouk Aimee is 65 Announcer Casey Kasem is 65 CBS News correspondent Phil Jones is 60 Actress Judy Carne is 58 Opera singer Judith Blegen is 56 Rhythmandblues singer Cuba Gooding is 53 Singer Ann Peebles is 50 Rock singer Kate Pier son The B52s is 49 Rock musician Ace Frehley Kiss is 46 Pop singer Sheena Easton is 38 Actor James Le Gros is 35 Singer Mica Paris is 28 Thought for Today It is in the 30s that we want friends In the 40s we know they wont save us any more than love F Scott Fitzgerald American author   

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