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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A o HeraldZeftung O Friday December Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 t u n g Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeltungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com QUOTABLE The right to comment freely and criticize the action opinions and judgment of courts is of primary importance to the public gener ally Not only is it good for the public but it has a salutary effect on courts and judges as James P Hughes Supreme Court justice EDITORIAL Kudos All of us at Memorial Elementary would like to congratulate the New Braunfels Unicorn football team on a winning season The young men on the team have been an inspiration to all of our students They have shown us what teamwork and a desire to succeed can accomplish The values they have modeled on the football field are those that we hope to instill within our students and ourselves a willingness to always try and do our best even when the going gets tough Congratulations to you all Were proud of you Faculty ami stuff of Memorial Elementary We still BELIEVE The New Braunfels Downtown Association wishes to thank all those who contributed to the 1997 annual treelighting ceremony for conces sions Pinto Ranch Grill Sysco Foods Mrs Bairds Bread Wuests Supermarkets Waimart Rudys Tamales for entertainment Happy Travelers Hill Country Chorus Community Band for Santa Claus sup port CIMA fruit and candy for Susan Phillips and the elves Connie Worley Don Ferguson Mayor Jan Kennady and Carol Johnson Of course the actual lights on the plaza were made possible by New Braunfels Utilities City of New Braunfels Amett Marketing Bexar Electric Comal County New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Festtage and Hospice And last but not kast thanks to Santa Kunkle Clause New Braunfels Downtown Association The students and staff at Oak Run School extend kudos to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and Lightning Metal Specialties for making possible for us to hear and learn about the excitement of bal looning as part of Glowtest 97 Special kudos to Judy Young at the Chamber of Commerce and to Balloonmeister Potter for the excellent demonstration Hopefully we can have a repeat performance next year when the weather is better and have an actual launch Also a special kudo to VFW Post 7110 for its presentation of a Flag which had previously down over the Capitol and a new Texas lag which had previously flown over our Texas We are extremely proud to fly these flags at our school and thank all of you at VFW Post 7110 for your efforts on behalf of our students Michael J Fitsko New Braunfels Kudos is a regular feature of the HeraldZeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals and organizations in the community Send your Kudos to HsraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 830 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 Herald Zeitung 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 mentioned 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 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 NewBntuiifcliiHmiUZeitioigQJSPS 377880 707 Laridu or Drawer311328 New Brauntels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HemldZeitung in New Brauntels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guudalupe 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 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 tun on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the Bnumfvls HeraldZeitung Draw er 311 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Searching for wise men in Washington And it came to pass in those days in Washington that a decree went out from the Pentagon Eleven supposed ly wise men and women were chosen to study the question of whether putting young men and women together in close quarters during basic military training might lead to sexual activity At a cost to taxpayers probably surpassing the value of gold frankincense and myrrh the panel not only concluded that sex happens among recruits but that the sexes should be separated during the initial phases of military training They also found surprise that boot camp has gone soft These are hardly tidings of great joy In fact they are as predictable as the prophecy that combustible mate rials in a hot place are likely to ignite But those who believed the military could be used as a social lab oratory to achieve ends prescribed by politicians who never served have been rebuked The panel headed by former Sen Nancy Kassebaum Baker remains committed to gender but not until after a few weeks of segregation By separating men and Cal Thomas women in their own barracks have fewer discipli nary problems and a better sense of unit cohesion and team the panel con cluded They dont go as far as the Marines who train men and vyomen in entirely separate companies maybe thats why the Marines are the and postbasic training would remain integrated Military training softened when standards were lowered to accommo date female recruits What the panel didnt address is how training will be toughened if women again fail to meet higher standards The objective of the gender feminists has been total equality between male and female service personnel So what will hap pen when the irresistible force of pol itics comes up against the immovable object of military strength gotta give The Clinton administration has been the primary impetus behind genderintegrated basic training The results have been obvious for some time to those not blinded by politics After touring military facilities last summer Rep Stephen Buyer R chairman of the subcommittee on military personnel told the Navy Times Wherever we were whether it was on the USS John Kennedy with the Navy or at Army training centers there was a general com plaint about the product coming out of basic training We were left with the impression they are soft and basic training is not enough Theyve weakened the standards and were concerned about How weak are they At the Great Lakes Naval Training Center recruits are shown a video telling them that physically anybody can make it through boot a statement that devalues the prestige associated with conquering boot camp and the tough ness recruits need to develop According to Time magazine recruits at Great Lakes no longer drill with rifles because the Navy which used rifles in training until 1996 now regards them as anachronistic And my personal favorite recruits are issued a blue card that they are encouraged to hand to their train er whenever they feel discouraged or stressed The Army could call its training sneaker because recruits no longer run with combat boots The Army has substituted jogging appar el Drill instructors have been warned not to verbally berate their recruits And basic combat skills are receiving less emphasis According to a 1997 report by the Army Inspector General There is no clearly articu lated or enforced standard for sol dierization skills to graduate from Initial Entry Are we willing topay the price of a weakened military so that politi cians and the gender feminists can have their way in the emasculation of our armed services Tragically they will have failed to equip a fighting force to prevail in the next war when they are needed to defend their coun try and themselves Cal Thomas is a syndicated OUR FUND RAISING PRDBEMa ARE OVER Letters to the Editor Congratulations on a fine season To All of the New Braunfels Fighting Unicorns I have only met a couple of your players and have not had more than a passing interest in football for the last 25 years I have now seen more New Braunfels games in 1997 than I have UT games in the last 15 years This is why it was so unusual to find myself driving with my family all over Texas to see the second half of your season Let me attempt to explain why I was so fascinated by your team and at the same time offer some unsolicited comments and observations Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Dec 19 the 353rd day of 1997 There are 12 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec 19 1843 Charles Dickens classic Yuletide tale A Christmas was first published in England On this date In 1732 Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richards In 1776 Thomas Paine published his first American Crisis essay writing These are the times that try mens In 1777 Gen George Washington led his army of about men to Part of it was the excitement which obviously goes with watching a team that is determined to do whatever it takes to win but which seemed equally determined not to waste too many touchdowns on any particular opponent Those were some wild times in the stands and I share Coach Kingsburys view that everyone who witnessed these games will probably have shorter life expectancies For the sheer entertainment I would like to thank you More importantly I would like to say congratulations My congratula tions relate to your acquisition of the art of perseverance Every year Valley Forge to camp for the winter In 1907 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek Pa In 1932 the British Broadcasting Corp began transmitting overseas with its Empire Service to Australia In 1957 the musical play The Music starring Robert Preston with book and songs by Meredith Willson opened on Broadway In 1972 Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific ending the Apollo pro gram of manned lunar landings In 1974 Nelson A Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice presi dent of the United States In 1984 Britain and China signed thousands of Americans spend mil lions of dollars going to seminars in an attempt to learn how to succeed in life and the advice they get is always basically the same Dont ever quit Somewhere along the way you guys learned this lesson in life and youre not even out of high school Your coaches will tell you its an attitude an approach to cir cumstances surrounding you that cannot be taught Coaches can preach it but they cant teach it It was your perseverance that fas cinated me made this season what it was and what set your team apart from others Debates have always raged about which school in which an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1 1997 In 1986 the Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile and pardoned his wife Yelena Bonner Ten years ago The Palestinian uprising in Israels occupied territo ries spread to Arab east Jerusalem Five years ago More than 400 suspected Muslim fundamentalists deported by Israel were confined to a makeshift refugee camp in a no mans land in Lebanon because of the Lebanese governments refusal to accept them One year ago The television industry unveiled a plan to rate pro grams using tags such as year had the best team Its an end less debate that is a part of the game However there can be no debate about which team never gave up I would respectfully suggest that you try hard not to lose what you have acquired this year If you carry this attitude forward with you in life the New Braunfels team of 97 will produce a disproportionate share of successful students workers hus bands fathers and maybe even ath letes Once more thank you and congratulations on your season and your acquisition Robert E Johnson Austin TVY and The school board of Oakland Calif voted to recognize Black English also known as in a decision that set off a firestorm of controversy The board later reversed its Actor Marcello Mastroianni died in Paris at age 72 Todays Birthdays Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 77 Actor James Booth is 67 Actress Cicely Tyson is 64 Rhythmand blues singermusician Maurice White Earth Wind and Fire is 56 Actor Tim Reid is 53 Paleontologist Richard E Leakey is 53 Rock singer Alvin Lee Ten Years After is 53 Actress Elaine Joyce is 52 Musician John McEuen The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 52   

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