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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q Thursday December Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 I d Z e i t u n g Opinion Online contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com QUOTABLE From abortion rights to euthanasia to indif ference to the plight of the poor the road has been paved with soothing words chosen to harmonize conscience with Mary Ann Glendon professor EDITORIAL Local children share the gift of giving Packages wrapped with pretty bows and satin ribbons sit ting under a Christmas tree that is many of us see when we think of Christmas But some local organizations are working this holiday season to remind us that the great est gift of all is being able to give The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club gave 25 area children that wonderful gift this past Saturday when they took them Christmas shopping The Lions gave each child and Texas Commerce Bank kicked in another per child so they could shop for Christmas presents for their families Christmas shopping was a task the children took seriously Lions reported Its to me how all of the kids have been really gungho about budgeting their Lion Ron Zipp said Other businesses and organizations who contributed to make the day a wonderful experience for the children includ ed H 1ILB which provided oranges and apples 1 lillshire Farms which donated summer sausage for stockings H Cafeteria which served breakfast to the children and Lions Kmart which welcomed the young shoppers and gave each a large can of popcorn H Bealls which gave shopping bags and B Communities in Schools which selected the children for the project Santa Clans made an appearance courtesy of Larry Kunkel Thanks to the efforts of the Breakfast Lions Communities in Schools and these local businesses these children will know the joy of giving when their families open their gifts on Christmas Day What a wonderful gift to give to these children Todays editorial uuv written hv HcraldZcitung Manag ing Margaret Booked for the holidays Writers offer their gifts Write us Ihi Wit llruiinftli welcomes Idlers on iny public issue The editor ihc rijihl lo an reel sjvllinj style punctuation anil know n tactual errors Letters should kept lo 250 wonls We publish only mail addressed lo llie bearing the wiiiei an address and a telephone number which are not for publi cation Mills Iv UKluiled I lease cue llie number and dale of any anicle ihal is mentioned Ileleience is lo writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to I lo tin Kililor l In1 iViH Drawer HmJH New Hruuriiels TVxus ilifi1 221 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editoi and Publisher Ext 301 Managing Editor Ext Director nl Marketing Ext Classified Advertising Manager Ext 214 Business Manager Ext Circulation Director Ext Toney Margaret Edmonson Borcnardt Reininger Lee Hall Ann Avery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday ihrougli Friday by the AVn Hninnlci USPS 3778SO 707 lamia or Drawer 311328 New lirauntcls Auiniy TV 78131 1 OS Periodical postage paid by the Vtir Rratinjils in New Brauntcls Texas Caincr delivered in Comal and IHiadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Discounts by earner delivery only six months S33 one year Mail deliver outside Coma County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year SI Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or bv on Sunday may call 830 Ci25414t or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Pi is i 11 k Send address changes to the AVu1 Hnuuijils Draw er 31 1328 New Hruunlcls 781311328 AUSTIN More good books The publishing industry might be going to hell in a hand basket see spate of recent handwringing about same in many but theres nothing wrong with American writers Voices from our many racial and ethnic subcultures great sweeping overviews of our national life funny stuff great yarns what a rich and festive year for readers it has been Share the wealth and buy books for hojiday gifts and remember the bookstores will be open until the last minute The Gay Metropolis 19401996 by Charles Kaiser is an excellent general history of gay life in America with the focus on New York City 1 rec ommend this for straights as well as gays because I think its a perfect crossover book I learned something new on every page Kaisers thesis that World War II was the real beginning of gay cul ture in this country taking millions of men out of their hometowns and scattering them all over the globe in large groups let the gays realize how many of them there actually were is fasci nating and I believe entirely fresh work To the extent that even those of us who consid er ourselves quite enlightened about homosex uals are still uncomfortable with the subject this book is most helpful because it is simply a very interesting and straightforward history The account of how gays had to struggle to get them selves out of the classification of mental ill ness is amazing and touching Obligatory dis claimer Charlie Kaiser is a friend of mine from our days together on The New York Times but I would certainly recommend this book even he Another former Times colleague Greg Jaynes has written an entirely different kind of book Come Hell On High Its sort of appro Molly Ivins priately subtitled A Truly Sullen except that its also hilarious Im not sure I can explain why this grumpy account of a sea voyage is so funny except that it does remind of us JeanPaul Sartres thesis that hell is other people As a hopelessly unfastidious liker of people myself the worse Jaynes shipmates got the more I laughed This book is a salutary warning for anyone who is having a midlife cri sis and thinks the answer is to ditch it all and go around the world And yet another Timesie has committed book although I dont know this one Rick Braggs All Over But the Shoutin is a delightful and touching memoir about his people one of Americas most despised minorities the folks known as poor white Some of this book will seem so familiar to Southerners that theyll be wondering why any one bothered to write about such ordinary folk but to the many in the intelligentsia to whom fundamentalist Christians seem to be a weird sub species this is a wonderfully moving corrective Having tried many times myself to explain and defend poor white Southerners I should have known that the answer is to do what Bragg does introduce a few of them Getting to know his momma through this book will be one of the greatest pleasures you ever had One World Ready or Not The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism by William Greider is an excellent antidote to all the globaloney we get from the corporations about the wonders of free trade As the Asian economies reel Greiders book seems almost eerily prescient One of the greatest sour satisfactions in life is being able to say Told you and Greider did tell us so The national debate on globalization and trade has been so heavily weighted by corporate money that if I could I would make Greiders book required reading for all Americans But why make it mandatory when reading it is so instruc tive that it is its own reward The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger is a classic guy book that I enjoyed a whole lot Its not just the menagainstthesea theme it also has the satisfaction offered by all those Tom Clancy books about how stuff actually works in this case how storms are formed A great read and perfect for your friends who watch the Weather Channel too Mason Dixon by Themas Pynchon is a wonderful picaresque historical novel about the guys who drew the famous line with touches of Laurence Steme and Henry Fielding Gosh hes a good writer Youll enjoy this Requiem is by photographers who died in Vietnam and is edited by Horst Faas and Tim Page The photos are superb and the tragedy nev er loses its impact Yes it still hurts to revisit how stupid and useless it all was but we owe remembrance to the dead And these photos by journalists who died trying to make us see it clearly then are moving beyond description And of course there are many more I havent room to mention OK fellow procrastinators see you at the bookstore on Christmas Eve Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Other views By The Associated Press Here are excerpts from editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad The Des Moines Register on changes in Social Security and Medicare If youre going to set off a bomb common sense says to use as long a fuse as possible to be sure youre a long way away when it goes off The 1983 Congress offers an example It raised the Social Security retirement age but attached a fuse that would bum for 20 years before anybody felt the impact Congress should have lit a similar fuse to Medicare Saving Medicare means a sacrifice from providers taxpayers recipients We can pay doctors pharmaceutical medicaldevice makers less We can raise Medicare taxes paid by those now working We can raise copayments charged to the elderly or at least the wealthy elderly we can quit providing the most expensive services Or we can delay the eligibility age as we have for Social Security Of all the unhappy possibilities the last step should be the first taken It is clearly the most sen sible Social Securitys intent is to provide a finan cial safety net for the retirement years Medicares intent is to provide a health safety net for the same years and should by logic kick in at the same age Alamogordo Daily News on assassinat ing Saddam Hussein Speaking of assassination attempts we suspect that several of our readers have wondered aloud why the Clinton adininistration doesnt simply give the goahead to the Central Intelligence Agency or some other operative to slip into Iraq and take out Saddam Hussein That the world would be a far safer place with out Hussein seems selfevident The overarching question is whether the United States should be in the business of killing scoundrels The answer is obvious If the United States is to be the shining city on a hill that our Founding Fathers envisioned it can not go about willynilly regardless of their treach ery Otherwise we are no better than the tyrants we would dispatch to the nether regions Houston Chronicle on election of Lee Brown as mayor Lee Brown formerly Houstons first African American police chief now becomes the first ethnic minority elected to the mayors seat The citys ethnic population mix and the rela tive closeness of the vote cannot be ignored but Browns task of bridging gaps and reaching out to all constituencies is no different than would be required of any new mayor in the nations fourth largest city Of particular sensitivity of course is the citys affirmative action program with regard to award ing contracts Brown has pledged to preserve the program based on race and gender to level the playing field and add a graduation compo nent and other modifications so that the program reaches only the truly He should be encouraged in that Brown during his campaign laid out a clear and wideranging agenda He fortunately has a booming local economy that makes all of his tasks easier The broad support of Houstonians is also now required and merited As are all the leader ship skills he can muster Best wishes to Mayor elect Brown Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Dec 11 the 345th day of 1997 There are 20 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec 11 1946 the United Nations International Childrens Emer gency Fund UN1CEF was established On this date In 1792 Frances King Louis XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason Louis was convict ed and executed the following month In 1816 Indiana became the 19th state In 1872 Americas first black gov ernor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting gov ernor of Louisiana In 1928 police in Buenos Aires thwarted an attempt on the life of Pres identelect Herbert Hoover In 1936 Britains King Edward Vffl abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson In 1937 Italy withdrew from the League of Nations In 1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the United States the responded in kind In 1961 a aircraft carrier car rying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon the first direct American military support for South Vietnams battle against Communist guerrillas In 1981 the UN Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be the fifth secretarygeneral of the world body In 1991 a jury in West Palm Beach acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault and battery reject ing the allegations of Patricia Bow man Ten years ago NATO allies urged the Senate to ratify the intermedi aterange missile treaty quickly and underscored their support by pledging to let the Soviet Union inspect missile bases in five European countries Five years ago Presidentelect Clin ton tapped Robert Reich to be labor secretary and Donna Shalala to be sec retary of Health and Human Services A severe storm pounded the upper Atlantic coast with snow rain and high winds One year ago A Chinaorganized committee of 400 Hong Kong nota bles elected shipping tycoon Tung Cheehwa to be the first postcolonial leader of Hong Kong
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