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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung Q Wednesday November Opinion H To talk with Managing aboOt the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 c i t u n g Opinion Online contact To submit letters arid guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com QUOTABLE The danger that the press may misunder stand or misinterpret or even misinform is in the final analysis a small price to pay com pared to the services the news media render when they expose wrongdoing or gross errors of judgment by the powers that Leonard H Marks lawyer EDITORIAL Unicorns VB team already champions to us Our hats go off to the New Braunfels High School vol leyball team as they go to Austin this week for the state volleyball tournament With their 2710 record the Unicorns defeated well respected teams such as Clark Austin Westlake McAllen Memorial and Judson as they powered their way to state The Unicorns started the District 265A season with an 02 record but went on to win 11 of their next 12 district matches to finish 113 They were runnersup to Churchill which lost in the regional quarterfinals of the playoffs 1 leading into their Friday game against Houston Cypress Creek the Unicorns have a mix of veteran and young play ers Two starters Lauren Reimer and Ayanna Benjamin are underclassmen Reimer is a freshman and Benjamin is a sophomore Kristi I lull sulfered an injury midway through the district season but has returned to become one of the teams top blockcrs Jessica Barney has responded to becoming the teams lone setter by posting several matches with The Unicorn volleyball team keeps its focus on the team rather than the individuals Coach Phyllis Fowler always says the players on the bench are just as important as the ones on the court While I louston Cypress Creek is 381 and the top seed at the Class 5A tournament Unicorn fans should remember that their favorite team has defeated teams with better records throughout the playoffs The Unicorns are the Cinderella team of the state tourna ment and we are proud of all they have accomplished thus far We wish them all the best in the state tournament Todays editorial was written Managing Editor Margaret Write us The New welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factual errors should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald bearing the writers signature AJso an address and a telephone number which we not for publication must be includ ed Please cite the page number and date of any article that is men tioned Preference is given to writers who have riot been pub lished in the previous days Mail letters to Letters to the Kditor the Yrr liniunfelii HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 7H1 51 1 528 Fax 62512M New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext 3U1 DougToney Managing Editor 22Q Margaret Edmonson Marketing Director Ext Jason Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager 2UI Karen Reininger Mary Lee Hall Carol Ann Avery Manager Ext Circulation Director Ext 22B Published un Sunilay and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the IUniUAiiwi USIS 377HKOj 101 I anda or I tower 11132X New Uiaunlcls until County I X 7XIjI 1 UX Periodical paid by the Nnw liruunfds Herald in New tliaunleli Icxas Carrier delivered in onul comities three months six months orie yeai Wi Senior Discounts by tamer delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside tumal County in lexas three months six months SJ55 one car Mail ubide Texas six months one year Subscnbcis who luve not lecciwd a ncwspapei by Tuesday through Friday or by a in on Sunday may call IX JO 625 Ml44 or by 7pm weekdays or by II ori Sunday K Send addiess changes lo the Niw HniMijvl Draw er 31IS2X New Ifiiitmltb 7X1 JI 1328 What does latest Iraqi crisis have to do with Israel What do Iraqi President Saddam Husseins latest provocations have to do with Israel Nothing at all of course But that hasnt stopped peo ple who long for Israels annihilation from trying to create a link So according to Middle East Digest hundreds of Palestinians in the areas now controlled by the Palestine Liber ation Organization and formerly con trolled by Israel held proIraq demon strations last week They carried signs that said We the Palestinians sup port They burned Israeli and American flags while waving Iraqi flags and pictures of Saddam They called on the Iraqi dictator to bomb Tel Aviv Unlike during the Gulf War PLO leader Yasser Arafat has issued no public support for Saddam but surely Arafat hasnt changed his stripes The London Sunday Times reports that Iraq is developing the weapon of the Day of to be carried on a remotecontrolled aircraft that could spray chemical or biological agents over Israel Flying at slow speeds and low altitudes the plane is said to be able to elude detection by Israeli radar Meanwhile Israels supposed Cal Thomas friends arent helping much The president of the United States who warmly welcomed Chinas dictator president to America has snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his visit this week What sup posed to achieve no one is saying Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used an eco nomic conference in Qatar to blame Israel for the dire economic condi tions in Gaza and the West Bank for getting that Arab nations for years blocked economic aid to the region so that Palestinians might be used as pawns in pressuring Israel to relinquish land And Henry Kissinger who has almost as many business irons in the lire as there are martyrs in the totali tarian nations in which he conducts commerce urged Israelis to prepare for the worlds certain recognition of a Palestinian state Never rnind that this should be negotiated by the principals most affected In a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordcchai Kissinger said that while it is certain that Israel will never return to the preJune 1967 borders he would favor Israels reten tion of areas of Jerusalem along with parts of the ancient regions of Judca Samaria and the Jordan Valley Except that Israels enemies want it all not parts Arafats national security advisor Gen Muhammad Yusef Amru Al Amla has written We swear to our martyrs to continue the struggle for the removal of the hated forces of occu pation from the soil of this Does this sound like someone willing to settle for less than a whole pie It isnt just Israelis that the PLO per secutes In the spirit of equal opportu nity and in spite of the fact that there are Christian groups affiliated with the PLO Palestinian Christians feel the PLOs lash According to a government report presented last month to Netanyahu there has been a massive emigration of Christians from the West Bank because of persecution by the Pales tinian Authority The report says that Christians in Palestiniancontrolled areas face relentless persecution on and religious levels Christian cemeteries have been destroyed monasteries have had their telephone lines cut and there have been breakins to the report says PLO officials deny any role in persecuting Palestinian Christians Its important to note though that during the British Mandate period Bethlehem had a Christian majority of 80 percent Today under Palestinian rule it has a Muslim majority of 80 percent Regardless of how the latest round with Saddam Hussein goes attempts to undermine not only Israel but anything and anyone regarded as infidels by Arab states and Palestinian leaders con tinue Their objective is no Israel no Jews no Christians nothing but Mus lims The methods to be used are any thing and everything that will achieve that objective including Saddam Hussein and his weapon of the Day of Cal Thomas is a syndicated colum Find peace in your life with 10 steps Think about it What do we want most in life Peace of mind Here are 10 suggestions that if followed can allow us to be content in all things 1 Accept our imperfections The drive for perfection and tranquillity are incompatible To have a perfect life we must give up the quest for perfection in all areas of our lives 2 Develop an attitude of gratitude The contented are thankful for what they have instead of focusing on what they want Let us be joyful in pros perity and hopeful in adversity 3 Keep whats important in our lives The precious assets family friends may be neglected for the pursuit of possessions Most of the material we accumulate mess up our lives Spending time paying for our toys prevents us from enjoying the treasures we have Less is more Learn to say No to the flotsam and life John Ingram Walker Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Nov 19 the 323rd day of 1997 There are 42 clays lefl in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov President Lincoln delivered he Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Penn sylvania On this date In 1794 the United States and Britain signed the Jay Treaty which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War In 1831 the 20th president of he United States James Garfield was born in Orange Ohio In 1919 the Senate rejected the Treaty yf Versailles by a vote of 55 4 Be gentle and loving to everyone we meet Its better to be understand ing than to be Learn to walk in the other persons shoes Do something nice for someone everyday without expecting any thing in return Let our lifes wake be awash with kindness 5 Stop trying to gel it all done Well never get caught up As achiev ers we can get obsessed with our activity list believing that once every thing gets done on the list we can be calm and happy There always will be more to do than will ever get done in favor to 39 against short of the two thirds majority needed for ratification In 1942 during World War II Russ ian forces launched their winter offen sive against the Germans along the Don front In 1959 Ford Motor Co announced it was halting production of the unpop ular Hdsel in 1969 Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Dean made mans second landing on the moon In 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel In 1985 President Reagan and Sovi et leader Mikhail S Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva Ten years ago Congressional bud get negotiators finished all but the final so we can relax and enjoy doing what is important to us 6 Breathe Breathe before we speak Breathe when we find our selves getting tense Breathe when caught in traffic Breathe when irri tated Breathe when we feel rushed Breathe to relax 7 Laugh out loud at ourselves at lifes absurdities at bureaucratic bun gles Those who are fun loving and fun to be with find humor in magic moments and the mundane meander ing of mindless mendacity 8 Understand that we are what we think about Negative thinking feeds on itself and grows in our rnind like a consuming glob of insecurity that eats away our contentment Overlook the negative by focusing on expectations Why not turn our daily thoughts into positive projections Heres some great news to underline in our memory bank details of a twoyear billion deficit reduction pact but not in time to avert spending cuts mandated by the GrammRudman Act Five years ago President Bushs mother Dorothy died in Greenwich at age 91 Presidentelect Clin ton paid u call on Congress One year ago Fourteen people were killed when a commuter plane collided with a private plane at art airport in Quincy III The space shuttle Colum bia lifted off with the oldest crew member to date 61yearold Story Musgrave The United States vetoed SecretaryGeneral Boutros BoutrosGlialis bid for a second term Todays Birthdays Actor Alan Young is 78 Former Ambas sador Jeane J Kirkpalrick is 71 Talk show host Larry King is 64 Talk shew Our contentment depends on our thoughts and we control our thoughts 9 View failure as a successful iden tification of what wont work Here are three principles that once learned will save us all from fretting a life is unfair race is not the swift nor the battle to the time and chance happen to them Eccles b Life is difficult c We all make mistakes Lets leanUrom out comes by focusing on enjoying our best effort 10 Cultivate humility by seeking solitude everyday to contemplate Gods awesome power Even when we dont understand all the chaos and tragedy surrounding us everything that happens works for good for those who trust in a compassionate loving God John Ingram Walker is a speak er author and host Dick Cavett is 61 Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 59 Singer Pete Moore Smokey Robin son and the Miracles is 58 Sen Thomas R Harkin DIowa is 58 TV journalist Garrick Utley is 58 Actor Dan Haggerty is 56 Wisconsin Gov Tommy G Thompson is 56 Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 55 Sports caster Ahmad Rashad is 48 Actress Kathleen Quinlan is 43 Actress Glyn nis OConnor is 42 Rock musician Matt Sorurn The Cult Guns N Ros es ii 37 Actress Meg Ryan is 36 Olympic gold medal runner Gail Dev ers is 31 Actressdirector Jodie Foster is 35 Rock musician Travis McNabb Better Than Ezra is 28 Singer Tony Rich is 26 Dancerchoreographer Savion Jlover is 24 Rhythmandblues singer Tamikg Scott Xscape is 22
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