Thursday, September 11, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q HeraldZeitung g Thursday September Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 Opinion To submit letters and guesf columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeltungs address Is QUOTABLE As an essayist I dont believe in the fiction of an anonymous observer Rather than the sham of objectivity I think you should put your perspective up front Thats only fair to the Ralph Wiley author D I T O R I Kudos One afternoon in late August my wife pregnant for seven and a half months and my three daughters ages 13 9 and 6 were returning home to New Braunfels from Comfort They were traveling on Texas 46 where the outside temperature was 95 to 100 degrees and they had a flat After unpacking to retrieve the tire change components my wife was reading the instructions while my 13yearold was trying to implement them My youngest were just sweating The situation at best was slowgoing and with the heat and the circumstances possibly dangerous It probably would have been hours before they changed the tire if at all A wonderful Comal County Sheriffs Deputy John Bell came to the rescue He changed the tire helped re pack the car and sent them on their way We found out he had done the same thing for a Srhithson Valley High School student that had a flat on her way to school that morning In a time when the serve part of to serve and pro tect is often neglected Officer John Bell is a credit to the law enforcement profession I thank God for send ing Officer Bell I thank Officer Bell for helping and I thank Sheriff Bob Holder for having this quality of staff i 1 Toby Stolhandske New Braunfels Kudos is a regular feature of the HeraldZeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support oj indi viduals and organizations in the community Send your Kudos to HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 830 Diana Tragedy resulted from wrong choices 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 HeraldZeititng 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 men tioned 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 Herald Zeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels lexas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Director of Marketing Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New BruMJeb HeraUlZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New liraunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HemldZeitung 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday PosTMASTtk Send address changes to the New Braunjels HeraldZeitutig Draw er 311328 New 781311328 The reaction throughout the United Kingdom to the death of Diana Princess of Wales recalls Americas response to the assassination of President John F Kennedy The BBC and the other television net works canceled all programming the British nation al anthem was played as pictures of the Union Jack flying at half staff were shown and the nation mourned The plot of Dianas life from beaming princess at her fairytale royal wedding to a mangled body inside the twisted wreckage of a luxury car in a Paris tunnel is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportion Within hours of her death recriminations were being heard The notorious paparazzi which had given chase after she and her new love interest Dodi al Fayed had dinner at a Paris hotel were singled out for special denunciation by Dianas brother But who are we kidding If the public didnt have a voracious appetite for every image and tidbit about Diana the photographers would not have been there Most American magazines reported record sales each time Diana graced their covers Some said paparazzi who took gruesome pictures of the death scene were asking million which they will prob ably get The accessories in Dianas death are members of the royal family who never appeared to wel come her and who constantly sought to make her over into their dull dowdy and dysfunctional image Her refusal to be like them immediately set her up for Cal Thomas the many tragedies to follow Instead of seeing her as a key to unlocking a bright future for the monarchy they took that key and locked her into a social and political Tower of London which led to her execution as inevitably as if she had been one of the unfortunate wives of Henry VIII Charles seemed jealous of the attention his wife received con trast this with the clear delight John Kennedy expressed over press interest in Accus tomed to having his every whim indulged since birth Charles grew pouty when England and then the world became enthralled by Dianas charm grace and beauty Instead of trading on his greatest asset for the benefit of his country and family he started behaving like a child robbed of his toys and sought out a mother figure in his once and future mistress Camilla ParkerBowles Charles didnt have the class or character to be wor thy of his wife She had her problems but all proba bly could have been overcome Or never started with loving attention from a husband devoted to her and not his mother the monarchy and his mistress He does not deserve the throne of On national and then international television both Charles and Diana admitted to adulterous affairs Apparently she was engaged in another such affair with Al Fayed when she died How does one explain such things to two young sons one of whom is the future King William of England Why would their mother leave them for weeks on end to cavort with a man not her husband or their father It is a hard question but covering it up or refusing to answer it while focusing on Dianas charitable work is a form of denial that ignores the real tragedy of this awful play that has acted out in a very public way for the last 15 years Was there no one who could make Charles and Diana understand the damage they were causing themselves and their children Did anyone try Couldnt someone tell them that happiness is not found in the behavior in which they were engaged It is repeated in television and radio how much Charles and Diana loved their sons Is this the way loving parents behave toward their children and each other Would they be happy if their sons became just like them If not why didnt they behave in ways they would want their sons to emulate The essence of tragedy is that things dont have to be the way they turn out Hamlet and Macbeth had choices So did Charles and Diana They made the wrong ones with tragic results Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist He will be speaking at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Nov rig i nrnq vvav Other Texas views By The Associated Press A sampling of editorial opinion from Texas newspapers The Monitor McAllen on filling the void of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana A world that already was mourn ing the loss of Princess Diana received another shock Friday with the death of Mother Teresa of Cal cutta The tiny founder of the Mis sionaries of Charity religious order was perhaps the only living woman who could rival the princess in terms of global adoration Within a week both are The lifestyles of these two women couldnt have been further apart And yet they had some things in com mon besides a mutual respect and apparent friendship Princess Diana and Mother Teresa were perhaps the worlds two most prominent humani tarians Some people already are asking what will happen to the causes these women supported and who will fill the void Mother Teresas work will contin ue The religious order she founded operates more than 500 missions Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Sept 11 the 254th day of 1997 There are 111 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Sept 11 1789 Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first secretary of the treasury On this date In 1814 an American fleet scored a decisive victory ovej the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812 In 1897 a strike by coal miners in Pennsylvania Ohio and West Virginia ended with the miners winning an around the world She stepped down from her position as superior general of the order earlier this year because of her declining health The attention brought upon Dianas crusades could inspire some one else to take up the causes In fact the British royal family has created a foundation to offer financial support to the late princess favorite charities In addition to the more highpro file humanitarians immeasurable numbers of people throughout the world work just as hard but dont receive the same acclaim Each of these people helps make the world better just like the renowned activists And each can be just as inspiring as those whose benevolent works draw worldwide The best way to memorialize the worlds humanitarians is to continue their Emulating those who perform good works is an excellent way to honor them The Dallas Morning News on Mother Teresa Former Sen Mark Hatfield often tells the Mother Tere v Orhe day before about 20 rtilttertiwiWfe killed when sheriffs deputies opened fire on them in In 1936 President Roosevelt dedi cated Boulder Dam now Hoover Dam by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dams first hydroelectric generator in Nevada In 1944 President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in Canada at the sec ond Quebec Conference In 1954 the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC Miss California Lee Ann Meriwether was crowned the winner sa how she persevered despite the constant suffering and poverty sur rounding her work among the most beset human beings Her response summarizes the life of the saintly Catholic missionary The Lord calls one to be faithful not she told Mr Hatfield Above all Mother Teresa was faithful despite overwhelming oppression constant setbacks and the call of worldly praise Remarkably the Nobel Peace Prize winner never veered from serving and living among Indias poor The face of Jesus was always illuminated in Cal cuttas most destitute She founded the Missionaries of Chanty in Calcutta in 1950 and eventually watched her missionary work stretch around the world Today the Missionaries of Charity run schools hos itals and other relief operations in like the South Bronx and rr untainous Venezuela Of course nany of us may admit its difficult to fathom someone like Mother Teresa How could anyone of such apparent saintly qualities be real She simply had no time for the frailties normal people face But just as the Bible fascinates In 1962 the Beatles recorded their first single for EMI Love Me Do and I Love at EMI stu dios in London In 1967 The Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS In 1971 former Soviet leader Niki ta Khrushchev died at age 77 In 1973 Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup Ten years ago The CBS TV net work went black for six minutes after anchorman Dan Rather walked off the set of The CBS Evening News because a tennis tournament being ear ned by the network ran overtime The people with the brutal human stories of figures who faced all sorts of temptations Mother Teresa herself knew struggle and blemish She was bom Agnes Bozaxhiu the daughter of a successful Serbian businessman who some say died after political partisans poisoned him After his death her fathers business partner ran off with her familys assets And after becoming a nun she never again saw her mother and elder sister in Yugoslavia partly because she feared Communist Yugoslavia would never let her out again Her critics also claim she turned a blind eye to larger social justice movements They couldnt fathom why someone in her position would not challenge the situations that cause poverty as well as do charity work But somehow its reassuring to know even Mother Teresa had crit ics That way her almost unbeliev able dedication to serving the worlds poor does not seem so superhuman Regular people can actually do it if they remain faithful That may be Mother Teresas greatest legacy Until the end she remained faithful and inspirational tennis coverage ended abruptly catch ing the anchorman off Five years ago Hurricane Iniki struck Hawaii leaving at least five people dead and more than homes damaged or destroyed Presi dent Bush announced he was approv ing the sale of 72 F15 jet fighters to Saudi Arabia One year ago Two top officials with the Health and Human Services Department resigned over President Clintons signing of the Republican welfare overhaul bill Another official had resigned the month Hur ricane Hortense continued churning its way through the Caribbean