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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A Q HeraldZeitung g Wednesday May 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 simrjjy contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is QUOTABLE The women and men of The Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial are truly democracys heroes Their work sustained the fight against slavery It rallied the world against fascism it broke down communism it ended Hillary Rodham Clinton first lady 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 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 210 A really great thing happened recently in Landa Park Our Eden Home Activities Department had scheduled a picnic and a train ride for some of the residents of Eden Home In the process of getting the residents to the train stop several Frazier Elementary students came over to our group and volunteered to help push the resi dents Once the residents were on the train the students stayed with the wheel chairs until the residents returned from their ride Again the students helped push the resi dents back to the pavilion for lunch and helped serve lunch to our residents These students were extremely polite to our residents and brought a warm and caring attitude with them It is reallytteWwarmifrg realize these were in Landa Park for a field trip and were there to relax and enjoy the beautiful day Not only did they give up their free time but they were so very pleasant to our staff and our residents We are proud to know we have such caring young people in our community Our hats are off to them Herman D Sabrsula Betty Doeppenschmidt Darleen Ball Eden Home Inc 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre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 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung LISPS 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 carrier deli very 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 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Computer lingo causes columnist to LOL On my way to a speech in Seguin I was making great time in the early morning rushhour traffic Weaving in and out between cars but not break ing the law of course I used my quick reflexes and perfect visual acuity to pick the spots in the traffic where I could flow through the congested areas similar to an experienced raftman nego tiating Class VI rapids in a raging Rocky Mounta TI river Quickly accel erating breaking zooming to the left lane and swifty maneuvering to the right lane my driving was an amazing demonstration of athleticism and guts Checking the rearview mirror for an officer of the law who might want to pull me over for a special driving acco lade I caught a glimpse of the poor snails in the opposite lanes creeping toward San Antonio I laughed out loud at those slaves of city traffic mov ing slowly along as I accelerated down a freeway that was rapidly a freeway free of cars Suddenly I was in Poteet Poteet My Mario AndrettiIike driving had caused me to miss my turn Instead of being on the eastbound road to Seguin I had traveled south to Poteet No won der the traffic had thinned Dont get me wrong theres nothing wrong with Poteet Its just that not that many peo ple go there My first impulse was to stop my car in the middle of Poteets main street cup my hands megaphonelike over my mouth and shout Does anyone John Ingram Walker want to hear a good But I didnt think there would be much interest Plus I had an obligation in Seguin There was nothing to do but turn my car around laugh out loud and join the snails merg ing into the San Antonio traffic Of course my experience gave me good material for the speech Message Its better to go slow on the right road than fast on the wrong one make certain you know where you are going and watch for signs along the way A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my daughter requesting the words of a song 1 had sung to her as a child She wanted to continue the tradition by singing the song to her daughter I tied her request with a chance meeting I had with three philosophy professors who decried our cultures loss of the simple life with a vignette about a stranger who inadvertently sent me an email message about the lack of com puter privacy I mocked the man who had erroneously sent me a message for criticizing his friend BTW to whom I thought his email was intend ed I wrote on and on about how care ful research is important I pontificated grandly about how those who think they know a lot really dont The column was superb I could visualize the Pulitzer committee declar ing a new prize refrigerator jour nalism awarded to the columnist who has the most articles clipped out and taped to the refrigerator doors I of course would win Not until after the column was pub lished did I discover that I the tech nology expert the Dalai Lama of com puters that yes I had made a mis take a huge one for anybody who knows the difference between a key board and a mouse In computer short hand BTW stands for By The Way BTW were not the initials of a per sons name Everyone who knows computers knew that Except me There was nothing I could do except laugh out loud and research computer shorthand so that I would not make the mistake again I discovered some interesting things about online communication For example typing in capital letters is considered shouting SO DONT DO IT WHEN YOU SEND EMAIL IT HURTS EVERYONES ELEC TRONIC EARS Tilting your head to the left will help you see most of the computer short hand See Two eyes and a mouth Tilt and look at these kiss wink x my lips are sealed 0 angel Theres more shorthand of course and in addition to BTW more abbreviations LOL Laugh Out Loud ROTF Rolling On The Floor TTFN TaTa For Now GMTA Great Minds Think Alike IMHO In My Humble Opinion WTG Way To Go The prolifera tion of symbols is enough to make me LOL A classic movie Sullivans Trav tells the story of a movie produc er who decides to become a hobo so he can better understand what appeals to the common Through a series of misadventures the producer ends up in a chain gang One night he and his fellow prisoners are allowed to watch a movie a comedy As the inmates laugh away their trouble he realizes that one of the highest call ings is the ability to make people laugh 1 guess there must be some merit in my smug arrogance after all When I take myself seriously its LOL fun ny As we say in computerese BTW IMHO if you read my columns you will be ROTF at my mistakes because GMTA TTFN John Ingram Walker writes a weekly column for the Herald cellular phone Changes improve Texas Tomorrow Fund The Texas Tomorrow Funds second enrollment period has ended with fam ilies from across the state leaping at the chance to lock in the costs of tomor rows college tuition today More than Texans some living in 47 other states or stationed on military bases abroad have now joined the ranks of the states innovative pay now learnlater prepaid college tuition plan Meanwhile legislators have approved a number of my recommen dations to make the states prepaid col lege tuition plan even stronger State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos of Austin and his colleagues including state Reps Mark Stiles of Beaumont and Ted Kamel of Tyler and state Sens Ken Armbrister of Victoria David Sibley of Waco and Judith Zaf firini of Laredo should be com mended for working hard to improve the fund Theyve increased the invest ment authority of the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board which oversees the fund so that we can boost its earning power through a Today in History The Associated Press Today is Wednesday May 21 the 141st day of 1997 There are 224 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 21 1927 Charles A Lind bergh landed his Spirit of St Louis near Paris completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean On this date In 1542 Spanish explorer Hemando De Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River John Sharp broader range of prudent longterm investments This will help the fund keep pace with rising tuition costs Lawmakers have also extend ed the program to include graduate level hours rather than requiring stu dents to stop after theyve earned their undergraduate degrees This provision sponsored by State Sen Rodney Ellis of Houston will help enable Texans to pursue their college careers by at least one addi tional year And legislators have improved the programs scholarship component for deserving students a centerpiece of my original Texas Tomorrow Fund proposal back in 1994 This will make it possible for many more families to turn the dream of sending their kids to college into reality It the governor signs this legislative package into law the Texas Tomorrow Fund will be without a doubt the most flexible plan anywhere in the country for prepaying the future costs of college tuition and required fees at the states best public and private universities Texas voters can help too As part of the package of proposals passed by state lawmakers the November ballot will contain a constitutional amend ment placing the full faith and credit of the state behind the fund Well all have a chance to signal our commit ment to higher education by making the Texas Tomorrow Fund an essential part of the state constitution For Texas families the fund is already an essential part of their lives Theyve chosen a costeffective way to avoid the inflation of tuition and required fees which have gone up by more than 8 percent a year dur ing the past decade Theyve found an investment that promises them theyll never have to pay a penny more no matter what happens to the costs of tuition and fees in the years ahead They may even be sleeping better knowing that theyll be ready for col lege when their kids are There arent many investment strate gies that offer such peace of mind But I never intended the Texas Tomorrow Fund to yield the kind of investment profits folks can brag about at the coun try club I intended itto be about help ing families educate their children And now the Legislature has brought that goal within reach of even more Texans Later this year the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board will set the dates for the next enrollment period But dont wait till then If you want to learn more about the program please give me a call tollfree at 800 445GRAD or visit the Comptrollers Window on State Government Internet site at and follow the links to the college plan and payment option that best meets your needs John Sharp is the Texas comptrol ler of public In 1832 the first Democratic Nation al Convention got under way in Bal timore In 1840 New Zealand was declared a British colony In 1881 Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross In 1956 the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific In 1968 the nuclearpowered submarine Scorpion with 99 men aboard was last heard from The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles south west of the In 1979 former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Super visor Harvey Milk Ten years ago In the wake of the Iraqi attack on the frigate Stark that claimed 37 lives the Senate approved a proposal requiring President Reagan to send Congress a report detailing the threat to ships in the Persian Gulf Five years ago The Coast Guard announced that highseas interdiction of Haitian refugees was being drasti cally scaled back because refugee camps at the naval base at Guan tanamo Cuba were filled One year ago At least 615 people many of them teenagers drowned when an overloaded Tanzanian ferry capsized in Lake Victoria Todays Birthdays Novelist Harold Robbins is 81 ActressTV per sonality Peggy Cass is 73 Actor Rick Jason is 71 Actor David Groh is 58 Rhythmandblues singer Ron Isley The Isley Brothers is 56 Singer Leo Sayer is 49   

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