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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A Q HeraldZeitung O Friday July J Opinion To talk with Managing v Editor Margaret Edmonson i about the Opinion page 6259144 Ext 220 QUOTABLE I take this personally the effort to repress material I enjoy to tell me how wrong it is for me to enjoy it Sallie Tisdale writer E D I T O R I Old new make New Braunfels mix unique Not everyone can be from Texas and not everyone can be from New Braunfels but then we all can dream a lit tle cant According to a new poll nearly onefourth of the states residents consider themselves first a Texan and second an American Pollster Frank Luntz said that is a stunningly high rate of identity with a state would argue that theres no state in the country that would have a higher rate of state personal identification than Texas Luntz said Five hundred Texans were asked If you had to choose one or the other would you consider yourself a Texan first or an American first Twentythree percent said Texan 73 percent said American and 3 percent said both If and his pollsters were to make similar calls in New Braunfels the results probably would surprise him even more especially if he were to ask If you had to choose one or the other would you consider yourself a New Braun falser first or a Texan first Many of the people who come to this town identify themselves with it and those who were born and raised here usually decide there is no other place they want to live The rich German heritage here makes these old timers very proud and as they are quick to point out they take things very seriously as important to New Braunfels are the newcom ers ho bring variety depth and a certain freshness to the community So heres to all those oldtimers and those newcomers who want to make New Braunfels their home Todavs editorial written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Margaret Write us The Bmnnfels 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to the New Braunfels Her aldZnitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please die he page number and date of any article that is mentioned Pivtijvnuis given to writers who have not been published in the pre vious Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Fditor Ext Edmonson Maiketiig Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Director Ext Ann Avery Prbssn nn Foreman Ext Parnell on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Uu 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Uiuuiilck County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels in New Drauntcls Texas C airier delh eiod in Coma mid Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Vi Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one cur Mail delivery outside Conial Comity in Texas three months six months yxx one year Mail outside Texas six months erne year Subscribers who liave not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday urb on Sunday may call 830 t259144 or by weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday i MA 11 K Send address changes to the Braunfels HeraldZeiiung Draw 1 Ml New lirauntels Tx 781311328 Opinion OflmW wfMwNn To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeltungs address is Annual garden grows perennial wisdom Everyone who passes by knows the house the school children the dog walkers the runners and the com muters The yard looks like an English gar den with a profusion of flowers crammed together stretching toward the sun and flinging their colors into the air like confetti the house on the corner of Walnut and Camellia and if you stop and chat with Wilbur Wieding as he works his garden in his tidal wave shorts and sun hat you might even walk away with some seeds Wieding does not buy plants I just take the old seeds out and I take a pick make a row and lay them in he said Its a challenge to see the A World War II veteran Wieding took up gardening when he retired from his career in the postal service When you retire you have to do Wieding said Watching CNN or playing golf did not rum out to be his cup of tea I have friends who call gardening he said It might be work for me to chase a golf His wife Ruth grew up on a farm where gar dening was sec ond nature Shes the brains behind Wieding said When she was a young sprout she was out there working harder than A young sprout of Ruth said There are five peach trees in the Wiedings back yard They yield voluptuous peaches Ruth Wieding grew each tree from seed The cabbages she started from seed were so prolific that she made enough sauerkraut to feed friends neighbors and news editors Though Ruths health will no longer allow her to dig and haul Susan Flynt England beside her husband their yard is still a team effort Shes good with Wieding said She pulls me out of the sun when Ive and Ruth and Wilbur Wieding will be married 50 years next May When they speak they look at each other with the kind of love some young people dont believe exists anymore When a question is asked they answer in tandem not interrupting each other but trading off sentences as if they have some extrasensory connection Each is self depreciating and quick to give the other credit for a job well done Those who do not make a habit of writing in note pads during conversa tions might do well to bring pad and pencil when they drop in on the Wiedings They will hear kernels of gardening wisdom and plain old com monsense Texas wisdom in equal parts The soil is the most important thing You dont want to put a plant in a At every age group there are pluses and minuses Im still learn ing at Everybody has something they look forward to when they get off work You have to love what you By the street where the heat is pretty intense we put in moss roses They say Thank Lifes a learning Every cynical Generation Xer should spend an hour or two with the Wiedings They might come away with some seeds some sauerkraut or something more They might come away thinking that growing older could be some thing to look forward to Susan Flynt England is the HeraldZeitung news Readers who know fascinating accomplished eccentric or admirable people individuals in whom other readers might take delight are urged to call Sue England at 625 9144 ext Congressman seeks to accentuate the positive Several months ago I wrote about some constituents of the 21st Congressional District who are wor thy of recognition for the volunteer work that they perform From San Antonio to Round Rock to the Hill Country to West Texas District 1 has some of the best examples of volunteerism in the country That article was meant to recog nize the individuals mentioned and the fact that there are thousands more people who should also be recognized for the positive impact they have had on their communities But theres another reason why columns like that one should be more common Good examples are inspiring Their impact can help reverse the overall moral erosion that Texans indeed Americans are concerned about Most people would probably be surprised to learn the results of an Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday July 25 the 206th day of 1997 There are 159 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Oo July 51 people died when the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast On this date In 1593 Frances King Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism In Ulysses S Grant was named General of the Army the first officer to hold the rank 10 1868 Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory In 1909 French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane traveling Lamar Smith experiment where wallets containing in cash were intentionally lost in several big cities to see if they would be returned Nine out of 10 of the wallets were returned in Seattle the money intact A story like that restores our confi dence that honesty still exists and it inspires us to emulate what weve heard about Here at home people who have suffered losses from the recent flooding and tornadoes in the 21st District can attest to the tremen dous generosity of their friends and relatives from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes In 1943 Benito Mussolini was dismissed as premier of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel 111 and placed under arrest Mussolini was later rescued by the Nazis and re asserted his authority In 1946 the United States deto nated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device In 1952 Puerto Rico became a selfgoverning commonwealth of the United States IQ 1963 the United States the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in Moscow prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere in space or underwater In 1978 Louise Joy Brown the first testtube baby was born in Oldham England shed been con Texas I am pleased to report has a reputation for creating good news from bad news Following the stories and stunning pho tographs of the damage from floods and tornadoes recently there were numerous accounts of individuals who reached out to help the victims There were dra matic rescues people who took storm victims into their homes and many people who pitched in to help with the cleanup Its an uphill battle to promote values such as honesty and volun teerism We cannot hide from our environment Every day we are deluged by sexual references and vulgar language on television News accounts about natural disas ters and wars fires and crimes and ubiquitous But they should not overwhelm the good deeds that we witness in difficult times or the ceived through invitro fertilization In 1984 Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space as she carried out more than three hours of experiments outside the orbiting space station Salyut 7 In 1994 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordans King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries 46yearold formal state of war Ten years ago Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige died of internal injuries he sustained while participating in a rodeo He was succeeded by C William Verity Five years ago Opening cere monies were held in Barcelona Spain for the 1992 Summer Olympics Actorsinger Alfred Drake died in New York at age 78 examples of strong values that we see every day but are considered newsworthy Congress cannot tell the media for example what programs they may or may not air But Congress can work to encourage and if nec essary cajole the media to clean up their act as I am doing with the Television Improvement Act It is simply a measure that would allow the networks to meet to consider a voluntary code of conduct for whats acceptable in programs More stories that reinforce posi tive values would be welcome in the media But we do have the opportunity to take notice of the good examples people are setting all around us every day and to rec ognize and encourage them Lamar Smith represents the 21st Congressional District in the House of One year ago Divers searching the wreckage of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders Todays Birthdays Actress Estelle Getty is 74 Actress Barbara Harris is 62 Singer Donna Theodore is 52 Rock musician Verdine White Earth Wind Fire is 46 Modelactor Iman is 42 Rock musician Thurston Moore Sonic Youth is 39 Actress Hleana Douglas is 32 Country singer Marty Brown is 32 Actor Matt LeBlanc is 30 Thought for Today I never liked the middle ground the most boring place in the Louise Nevelson Russian American artist   

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