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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q HeraldZeitung Q Thursday September Opinion with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 Opinion To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is QUOTABLE In life journalists stand sidebyside with foot soldiers and with presidents with heroes and with victims But in death they have too often been Charles L Overby The Freedom Forum D I T O R I A Kudos I am a Red Cross volunteer at the McKenna Hospital This past week while I was working my shift at the hospital a fellow volunteer became ill She suddenly said that she felt dizzy Another volunteer offered to get her a drink from the cafeteria while I went to get a wet paper towel for her forehead When I returned she was stretched out in her chair and unconscious I immediately thought heart I saw a nearby nurse and asked for help What happened from that moment on was total ly amazing to me Within seconds two nurses had the volun teer on the floor and administering aid blood pressure heart monitor etc The ER doctor and six to eight nurses and person nel were there in a few more seconds 1 could not believe how fast all of this help came from different areas of the hospital To make a long story short the volunteer is fine but I want ed to tell all citizens of Comal County how fortunate we are to have such a great hospital and terrific staff in our city of New Braunfels I saw them in action and they were fantastic Maisie M Barry New Braunfels Last week in New Braunfels a man was tried for the aggra vated sexual assault of an 11yearold child Although this sto ry is not a happy one the outcome is encouraging The man was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison and also fined Justice was served because many individuals and agencies did their jobs well The Comal County SexualAssault Task Force wishes to expiass kudos to the staff of McKenna Hospital the New Braunfels Police Department the Comal County Criminal Dis trict Attorneys Office and the Comal County Womens Center Kudos also to a jury that truly fulfilled its obligation to the victim and to the community by sending the powerful message that New Braunfels citizens will not tolerate sexual assault Finally special recognition and respect are due to the victim for her bravery in disclosing the assault and testifying in court We hope her example will motivate other victims to speak up and seek the help they deserve We also praise her mother and family members for believing the victim and giving her much needed support Comal County Sexual Assault Task Force 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 lo the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a tele phone 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 HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 830 6251224 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 USPS 377880 707 Laiida or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coma County 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Bruunfuls HeraldZeitung in New Brauntels 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 ilirec months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months S7X one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 830 625Si 144 or by 7 weekdays or by U on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the tinumfila HuruldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Arafats kiss of Hamas leader Speaks volumes If a picture is worth a thousand words the photo graph of Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yassar Arafat kissing a leader of the Hamas resistance movement speaks volumes about the futility of so called Middle East peace efforts pursued by the United States At a meeting of several Palestinian fac tions in Gaza Arafat applauded leaders of Hamas and Islamic Holy War defied American demands that he crack down on terrorism and said that Palestinians are prepared to resume their violent uprising against Israel The U S government seems ignorant of reli giously motivated people because it thinks from a sec ular mindset The State Department acts as if mili tant Islamic fundamentalists can be persuaded to make peace with people they believe are the enemy of God Have our government leaders not heard what these people write and say While the PLO Charter is a political document that can be amended though it hasnt been with respect to the existence of the Hamas Charter is a distinctly religious document based on the Koran which cannot be changed Stated in the Hamas Preamble the organizations objective is clear Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it has eliminated its Nothing ambiguous about that For those who believe that Hamas is an extreme organization Article Seven says Hamas is one of the links in the Chain of Jihad in the confrontation with the Zionist Later the charter speaks of killing Jews and discarding the evil crushing it Cal Thomas and defeating it so that truth may prevail and homelands revert to their As to those who believe that negotiations compromise and land for peace remain the best hope for the Middle East Arti cle Eleven says The Islamic Resistance Movement believes the land of Palestine has been an Islamic Waqf throughout flie generations and until the Day of Resurrection no one can renounce it or part of it or aban don it or part of it No Arab country nor the aggregate of all Arab countries and no Arab King or President nor all of them in the aggregate have the right nor has that right any orga nization or the aggregate of all organizations be they Palestinian or It gets better or worse if youre an The charter states a belief in marriage between church and state and regards nationalism as part and parcel of the religious faith The charter regards peace initiatives by the West as the work of infidels initiatives the so called peaceful solutions and the international con ferences to resolve the Palestinian problem are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion the national ism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of this faith the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their The peace conferences are no more than a means to appoint the nonbelievers as arbitrators in the lands of Islam Since when did Unbelievers do justice to Believers For those who still cling to the peace there is this in except by Jihad The initiatives pro posals and International Conferences are but a waste of time an exercise in The charter calls the Jews which is iron ic since many Arab nations supported the Nazis and their attempt to exterminate Jews during World War In case there is doubt about the relationship between Hamas and the PLO Article TwentySev en says The PLO is among the closest to the Hamas for it constitutes a father a brother a relative a The kiss seen around the1 world between Arafat and the Hamas leader is proof that these two organizations are not merely dating but are married with the goal of destroying and completely occupying all of Israel killing Jews in the process as a favor to Allah To proceed as if Hamas beliefs actions and objec tives do not matter is the ultimate in denial and puts not only U S interests at riskbut also the survival of Israel and the Jewish people Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist He will be speaking at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Nov isiiidorfrsee Letters to the Editor Appreciate custodians Editor I have read a few articles of custo dians opinions who work for public school districts and I do agree with them generally especially shutting off the air conditioning during summer cleanups But getting along with teachers fac ulties and students and how they treat you depends on the custodians atti tudes and how you treat them Most custodians working for Comal Independent School District like their jobs and socialize with faculty and stu dents pretty well However for those custodians who feel degraded by being custodians you shouldnt There are many retirees housewives doing the work As long as its honest work never be ashamed Schools must have custodi ans Just think what would happen without them Jerry Dougherty Spring Branch Businesses should use empty buildings Editor This here is my opinion I just dont understand the people who give building permits here in New Braunfels We have so many empty stores and other buildings why did anybody allow the ugly large square building on the parking lot by Target to be build There are empty stores why build anything new Then why on earth did Albertsons get the permis sion to build on the corner Landa Street and Walnut All they want is to ruin Wuests a store that has been here for many years They promised not to cut the large oak then it shouldnt have been cut regardless if they bought the ground and the tree A promise is a promise Albertsons could have moved into the Mall further north on Walnut or on the other side of town where many people live but unfortunately without a grocery store How many empty stores and buildings are we supposed to have here One thing is sure all this empty buildings and malls surely dont make our town look pretty Tillman and Tillman at least were a little consid erate they took an old building and changed it to their liking I am very glad to see that some businesses are trying to beautify our town The people who give the build ing permits are they elected Well I strongly believe we should find people who are interested in the beauty of our town and not have peo ple in charge wh are not very much interested in NeBraunfels I hope that ail the people who agreed with i y last letter will agree with me this me again I would like to thank all the people who called to let me know that they agreed with me Lieselotte Mourn New Braunfels Write em Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 2022245922 FAX 202 2240776 Local Office 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Phone 210 3402885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Russell Senate Office Washington Phone 2022242934 FAX 2022282856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Anto nio TX 78216 Phone 210366 9494 FAX 2103662016 House Rep Lamar Smith 21st Con gressional 2443 Ray burn House Office Wash ington 20515 Phone 202 2254236 Local Office 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Anto nio TX 78209 Phone 210821 5024 FAX 2108215947 Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Sept 18 the 261 st day of 1997 There are 104 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on Sept the National Security Act which uni fied the Army Navy and newly formed Air Force into a National Military Kstablisnment went into effect On this date In 1759 the French formally sur rendered Quebec to the British In 1793 President Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol In 1810 Chile declared its indepen dence from Spain i In 1850 Congress pasled the Fugi tive Slave Act which allowed slave owners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states In 1851 the first edition of The New York Times was published In 1927 the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System later CBS made its debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations In United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia now In 1970 rock star Jirni Hendrix died in London at age 27 In 1989 Hurricane Hugo reached Puerto Rico causing extensive damage as it continued to barrel toward the mainland In 1990 the city of Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics Ten years ago President Reagan announced that he and Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev would meet lat er in the year to sign a treaty banning mediumand shorterrange nuclear missiles Five years ago Ross Perots name was submitted for the 50th state ballot Arizona on the same day that Perot hinted on NBCs Today show that he might throw his hat into the presidential ring after all One year ago Republican presi dential nominee Bob Dole fell off a stage during a campaign rally in Chico after a railing gave way he was not seriously hurt The Simpson civil trial opened in Santa Monica Calif The Food and Drug Adminis tration declared the French abortion pill RU486 safe and effective but withheld final approval until later Todays Birthdays Actor Jack Warden is 77 Actor Robert Blake is 64 Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 64 Sen ator Robert Bennett RUtah is 64 Actor Fred Willard is 58
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