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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 g HeraldZeitung Q Tuesday May Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Mteah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 raldZeitung 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 are our eyes and ears awakening us to what happens in both faroff places and nearer home where violence has replaced the law where anger and chaos rule and where hatred is learned in the Kathleen Eldon mother of slain journalist 1996 EDITORIAL Success beckons One business at a time Downtown New Braunfels approaches its potential Business by business the vision takes shape Calahans Pub has brought the downtown New Braunfels that could be one step closer to reality A quick look up and down Seguin Avenue and San Antonio Street reveals the potential for a shopping and enter tainment center made into a Mecca by historic charm The same visitors who flock to New Braunfels for water recre ation in the daytime would stay to enjoy entertainment and shopping at night Expanded entertainment options down town would benefit local residents as well Creative interesting possibilities abound for bars restau rants live music and other entertainment venues The vision of a brightly lit lively nighttime downtown with music and laughter spilling out of doors and happy people strolling on theisidewalks beckons v Businesses such as New Braunfels Coffee the Huisache Grill the Pinto Ranch Grill the Plaza Diner and now Calahans have started the ball rolling The owners of the Huisache Grill will continue with the Bellenhausen planned for the Lux Appliance building Cheers to those who have bravely chased their business dreams in downtown New Braunfels We as a community must embrace those with the entrepreneurial spirit to help make New Braunfels all that it can be for visitors and for those who call it home Todays editorial was written by Susan Flynt England HeraldZeitung news 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 Marketing Director Ext Borchardt 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 Braunfels HeralclZeitiaig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Draunlels 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 Bruunjils IleruhlZeiiimg Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Strive program helps those who help themselves The white male sits down before the television preparing to watch 60 Min utes on CBS On comes a story about unemployed blacks in Harlem The man considers changing the channel believing it will be another liberal propaganda piece on people who have been victimized by Republican budget cuts and rampant racism But whats this A black man named Steve Berlack is addressing an audi ence composed entirely of minorities You might type 100 words a minute know every computer program ever came out and if youre a jerk youre not gonna get a job It is not your skills that are keeping you from succeeding it is your The white male reaches for the remote and turns up the volume Reporter Lesley Stahl endorses Berlacks diagnosis Attitude has kept a lot of these folks from gettingjobs or keeping them They were surly or didnt show up on time or didnt show up at The program is called fund ed entirely with corporate and charita ble donations Stahl says its not only for people on welfare but also for any one who is poor and out of work This is no dogood feelgood encounter group The language is tough the expectations high and the results Cal Thomas impressive In the past 12 years Strive has put more than people into real jobs not govern ment makework Theyve done it at a fraction of the cost of govern ment programs and with a far greater success rate Thats because Strives top goal is to disabuse people of the notion that they are victims and cannot make it on their own Rob Carmona Strives executive director tells the 19 unemployed New Yorkers in the basement of a Harlem housing project Is the world racist No question about it Absolutely But you know what At the end of the day so what Read your history Life aint ever been fair its not gonna be fair today and its certainly not gonna be fair tomorrow Life isnt fair Eat Swallow it Accept it By now the white male is starting to amen the TV and cranks up the vol ume some more Nobody sings We Shall Overcome These peo ple are overcoming now Rob Car mona not only lectures he models Hes been in prison and was addicted to drugs He turned his life around and founded Strive Stahl focuses on a few of the stu Some are told to leave for com ing in late but those who do leave are caught by a staff member who explains why the program is tough and in their best interest to continue Some come back This is basic training People learn how to smile not smirk give a busi nesslike handshake not the handshake of the street maintain eye contact with an interviewer and wear shoes that can and must be shined They even leam how to walk sit and style their hair no corn People who whine or make excuses for not measuring up are told this is reality and not to be selfish as in expecting others to do for them what they are unwilling to do for themselves Put your feelings in your advises Frank Horton who runs the Strive class like a drill sergeant Youre on the edge of either failing and going back to what you were doing or Slowly the white male sees the class succeeding Some shed tears of joy as they get jobs for the first time in their lives More than three quarters of all graduates find work in New York and in four other cities where Strive has expanded In three weeks Strivetunis around the lives of some of the hardek core unemployed Instead of thinking failure and victimization theyre think ing they can and do Dan Jusino another Strive staff member tells Stahl My job is to help people who want to be helped not peo ple who need help You got some sense of entitlement You special You do what you always done youre gonna get what you always Stahl concludes Strive is all about breaking people of bad habits bad attitudes But its also about rebuilding remaking catching them when they The white male is cheering the TV now and he begins to shed tears of joy for those who found jobs He wants to send a check He also learns some thing significant about the continuing battle over poverty race and welfare If poor minorities want to change their lives most whites of good will want to help But an attitude of victimization and entitlement further divides and poisons the social waters benefiting no one except those who make a living off the current failed system Cal Thomas is a nationally syndi cated Candidate qualifications run deeper than demographics Elections are demanding on thought ful citizens We have a duty to evaluate the qualifications of candidates and decide whose experience record and vision for the future will best serve our communities The recent mayoral and City Coun cil elections in San Antonio are one illustration of how voters evaluate the qualifications of candidates In this case San Antonio is leading by exam pie To some it may be surprising that in a city with a Hispanic population of more than 60 percent that three His panic candidates for mayor received a total of only 15 percent of the vote But it is clearly wrong to base voting decisions and predictions on stereo types assuming that Hispanic voters would only support Hispanic candi dates or that Anglo or black voters would only support Anglo or black candidates Clearly the quali fications for any candidate are more than skin deep In fact its an insult to every thinking Ameri can to suggest that voters cast ballots exclusively along racial or ethnic lines Voters do differentiate between can didates for reasons other than race or ethnicity Anglos in fact support His panic candidates as was the case with former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cis Lamar Smith nefos And minority voters support candidates from different racial or eth nic backgrounds than their own because they look for the bestqualified candidates Unfortunately there are many who cater to stereotypes and appeal direct ly or indirectly to racial voting Often minorities are encouraged or expected to vote for minority candidates solely on the basis of racial or ethnic ties This is an insult to all thoughtful Amer icans who take the qualifications of candidates and their own votes seri ously The real story about an election is not only who won but also which vot ers supported whom meaning whose qualifications were most con vincing to the electorate In San Antonio the city election results represent a great step forward in a country where we identify people too often by racial or ethnic label rather than by qualifications Our strength comes from the fact that we are all Americans We are members of a nation where all citizens aspire to be judged by something the late Martin Luther King Jr referred to as the content of our That San Antonio voters would choose an Anglo mayor while also electing a Hispanic majority of the City Council shows that voters rightly are looking at qualifications and not just skin color Candidates and election pundits around the country could leam from the example of San Antonios voters Lamar Smith represents District 21 in the House of Today in History The Associated Press Today is Tuesday May 20 the 140th day of 1997 There are 225 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 20 1927 Charles Lind bergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island aboard the Spirit of St Louis on his historic solo flight to France On this date In 1506 Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain In 1861 North Carolina voted to secede from the Union In 1861 the capital of the Confed eracy was moved from Montgomery to Richmond Va In 1902 the United States ended its xi 1 occupation of Cuba In 1932 Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic In 1939 regular transAtlantic air service began as a Pan American Air ways plane the Yankee Clipper took off from Port Washington bound for Europe In 1961 a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Mont gomery prompting the federal government to send in marshals to restore order In 1969 and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain referred to as Hamburger Hill by the Americans following one of the blood iest battles of the Vietnam War In 1970 some people demonstrated in New Yorks Wall Street district in support of policy in Vietnam and Cambodia In 1991 the American Red Cross announced measures aimed at screen ing blood more carefully for the AIDS virus Ten years ago The commander of the frigate Stark who lost 37 of his sailors in an Iraqi missile attack broke his silence Captain Glenn Brindel said he was warned only sec onds before the missiles struck and that hed had no time to activate the ships defense system Five years ago Proclaiming his innocence to the end Roger Keith Coleman was executed in Virginias electric chair for the 1981 rapemurder of his sisterinlaw Wanda McCoy One year ago The Supreme Court struck down 63 a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination In another deci sion the court curtailed 54 huge jury awards aimed at punishing or deter ring misconduct Todays Birthdays Actor James Stewart is 89 Singer Joe Cocker is 53 Singeractress Cher is 51 Musician Warren Cann Ultravox is 45 Ron Reagan is 39 Rock musician Jane Wiedlin The GoGos is 39 Actor Bronson Pinchot is 38 Actor Tony Goldwyn is 37 Singer Susan Cowsill The Cowsills is 37 Singer Nick Hey ward Haircut 100 is 36 Actress Mindy Cohn is 31 Rock musician Tom Gorman Belly is 31 Thought for Today We must have a place where children can have a whole group of adults they can Margaret Mead American anthropologist   

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