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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeraldZeftung g Wednesday December Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 i t u n g QUOTABLE A biased journalist will lose credibility and sources and when youre without credibility and sources friends youre not a John Mashek journalist EDITORIAL Kudos As exciting as Saturdays football victory over MacArthur was there was an aweinspiring moment before the first play from scrimmage With heavy traffic trying to get into the stadium the buses carrying the band pep squad cheerleaders and Monoceras were late arriving to the game As a result only a handful of the Unicorn band members were present when the stadium announcer said And now the Unicorn band will play the New Braunfels alma People around me began saying Theres no one to play or Wheres the band and They cant do that theres no one At that point one lone trumpet player for the band raised his instrument and played the alma mater by himself not missing a note From my location one could have heard a pin drop It was truly inspirational and typified the season the Unicorns have experienced Despite seemingly overwhelming circum stances someone steps up and does what it takes This lone trumpet players actions are a credit to the school the com munity and the parents of this band member Its also a great lesson anything is possible if you believe RFletcher New Braunfels Editors Note That lone trumpet player was junior Nick Leifeste Job well done See related story on Page 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 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to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be includ ed Please cite the page number and date of any article that is men tioned Preference is given to writers who have not been pub lished in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 830 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitwig USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraUZnitung 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 am on Sunday POSTMASTEK Send address changes to ihe New Braunjals HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Bmunfels Tx 781311328 Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically byway of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com Opinion Stop singing about it and just do it If I were Colin Powell I would be insulted that the president of the United States believed 1 became a general an advisor to presidents and chairman of the Joint Chiefs because of the Armys affirmative action program instead of merit Yet that is precisely what Bill Clinton suggest ed to author Abigail Themstrom at a town meeting on race in Akron Ohio last week Themstrom had been added to the program following complaints that the audience was composed exclusively of those favoring affirmative action The president returning to his OprahDonahue role continues to focus on the externals of race when he ought to be focusing on the inter nals of character diligence attitude morality and personal integrity When minorities and the majority attend to the internal things the external things usually work out For example the successful shun crime drugs and sexual activity that leads to fatherless kids and single mother hood If poor and minority children were allowed to go to the schools of their choice their education would improve to the level where they V Cal Thomas could compete for college admission with everyone else They wouldnt need a twotrack admission sys tem or remedial programs Unfortunately the education lobby and its political allies dont want to open themselves to competition because they would lose their political power and they are willing to sacrifice even the future of children in order to main tain that power The president continues to empha size feelings and attitudes rather than virtue and accomplishment This line of thinking subordinates success to emotions Ask those in poverty whether they would rather have a sympathetic president or a real job an intact family and a future For their part conservative whites are tired of hearing the whining and complaining They will not be intim idated into continued spending on failed and discriminatory programs by stories about slavery and bigotry by others Yes blacks in luxury cars are sometimes wrongly stopped by the police Yes some store owners are wary of black customers And yes some blacks get greater scrutiny at the bank when cashing checks These are all wrong and should be corrected When too much attention is focused on the bad we get more that is bad If we focused more on the good from good blackwhite relations successful minority individuals responsible and loving minority families we might get more that is good In 1930 multiracial novelist Jean Toomer wrote a letter to a friend in which he suggested that our tenden cy to label people might be the cause of our division My view of this country sees it composed of people who primarily are Americans who secondarily are of various stocks or mixed stocks The matter of descent and of divisions presumably based on descents has been given in my opinion due emphasis indeed over emphasis I aim to stress the fact that we are all Americans I do not see things in terms of Negro Anglo Saxon Jewish and so on As for me personally I see myself an Ameri can simply an Toomer wished to withdraw from all things which emphasize or tend to emphasize racial or cultural divisions I must align myself with things which stress the experiences forms and spirit we have in com He sounds like actress Whoopi Goldberg who says Im not AfricanAmerican Im an Amer T Such attitudes might do more to heal racial divisions than the con stant nagging whining and gimme syndrome that engulfs the liberal and civil rights establishment Our country isnt perfect because people arent perfect But theres no greater land of opportunity on Earth Lets stop the songs about over coming and start overcoming When that happens real healing and real progress will follow Cal Thomas is a syndicated Remember this when Christmas shopping Dick Thaler a professor at the University of Chicago gave every second student in his class a coffee mug He then asked those with and without mugs what theyd buy or sell the mugs for Those without mugs didnt think much of them and offered just a dollar of two Those with the mugs by contrast valued them and were unwilling to sell them for less than five or six dollars His research indicates that S100 lost seems to matter to us about twice as much as gained Most of us have loss aversion We then to cling to our mistakes because we hate to recognize a loss Perhaps that explains why so few of us are willing to change behavior that is bad for us If we change we have to admit we were wrong So to main tain a feeling of complacency we keep doing the same things that harm us If we tend to hold on to things why are so few of us saving and investing money Why are most of us in debt Why is the average net worth of an individual in the wealthiest country in the world less than Because advertisers peer pressure Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Dec 10 the 344th day of 1997 There are 21 days kit in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec 10 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping mediate an end to the RussoJapanese War John Ingram Walker and social habit have taught us a buynowpay later approach to finance My guess is that if Thaler had allowed his stu dents to use credit cards to buy the mugs they would have given for them I read some where recently I think I hate it when I swear to myself that Ill remember an interest ing tidbit and later am uncertain of the exact facts and figures Worse yet is writing down the information somewhere and not being able to find my notes that shoppers dont pay off their Christmas debt until the follow ing summer This might not be true because I cant remember where I read or heard this tidbit Nonetheless most of us spend more than we should on Christmas gifts With that in mind here are some financial con siderations for this Christmas season A luxury once sampled becomes a necessity Those things that we can be happy without before weve bought them remote controls microwave ovens become impossible to do without once weve used them Pace yourself when shopping Dont go into hock to buy an expensive entertain ment center when you have no center in which to put it Watch what you buy yourself for Christmas I once bought myself a pair of golf shoes For someone who plays golf once a decade this seems in ret rospect a little extravagant Frankly I was an idiot but I try not to dwell on it Never shop for food items on an empty stomach Never make an important buying or investment decision on less than seven hours sleep Exploit the difference between frugal cheap and extravagant Frugal is turning off the lights when you leave the room bringing a tool inside so it wont rust and taking long brisk walks instead of buying treadmills that no one ever uses Cheap is buying your wife something less nice than shed like when you can easily afford to make her really happy Extravagant is buying something you cant afford just to impress someone who doesnt care Avoid expensive restaurants when shopping You are eating your mon ey Bargain If you buy two make certain you need two you might get 10 percent off A long thoughtful sigh before you buy might get you a price reduction if the seller really wants the sale Yes Virginia because politicians enjoy playing Santa Glaus it gets them there always will be Social Security But if Social Security is all Baby Boomers have at retire ment they will be Baby Booers Why not start your favorite Boomer in a noload low expense stock market index fund You might introduce to an interesting concept sav ing Learn the difference between expensive and valuable Silver coins purchased as an inflation hedge are valuable A silverplated coffee mug bought on credit is expensive John Ingram Walker is a psychia trist speaker and On this date In 1520 Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication In 1817 Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state In 1869 women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territo ry In 1898 a treaty was signed in Paris officially ending the Spanish Arnerican War In 1931 Jane Addams became a corecipient of the Nobel Peace Prize the first American woman so hon ored In 1948 the General Assem bly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights In 1950 Ralph J Bunche was prer sented the Nobel Peace Prize the first black American to receive the award In 1958 the first domestic passen ger jet flight took place in the United States as a National Airlines Boeing 707 tlew 111 passengers from New York City to Miami In 1964 Dr Martin Luther King Jr received the Nobel Peace Prize during ceremonies in Oslo Norway In 1967 singer Otis Redding died in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin
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