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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A n HeraldZeitung ci Wednesday December Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 Ext 220 i t u n g QUOTABLE Art is a private thing the artist makes it for himself a compre hensible work is the product of a Tristan Tzara artist EDITORIAL Kudos The ommittee for Caroling on the Plaxa wishes to thank the following people and businesses for contributing their kilcnts and skills to this 16th year of Caroling on the Plaza Iris Ncf Vendorami the Parks Department Personnel for preparing the VVes Studdard and the Downtown Association for loan ing their sound system Will Willard and The Music Source employees for their technical expertise in supplementing the sound sys tem Ken Devillier liarl Leaverton Lee Rodriquex and Ken Will for setting up the sound system foe Rogers and the members of the Brass Quartet for the stirring opening fanfare H Jane I laas for her inimitable accompaniment at the piano Pat Pritchard for her leadership as caroling director Members of the New Braunfels Community Chorale and Al Marlow for their special music iriselda Medina for signing for the hearing impaired Rosie iallegos and family for leading us in Felix Navidad and Noche de B Hill I laas for photoyraphirm the event H The Arl League for serving hot chocolate afterward and the children of all ages who gathered together to celebrate in sonu the birth of Christ and the family of human kind May we all carry the spirit we felt on the night of Dec IX into each day of the new year 1998 ornmittee Jir C uroling on the Plaza frenter Braunfels Arts Council t is a regular failure of the HeraldZeitung in n can recognize the work or support ofindi uiul organizations in the community Send vour kudos to 1 707 Lamia Hninnlcls 1X or them to 210 Write us I h Aivc Ilimlilfoitiitig welcomes letters on any public issiir Tlic cilitor nMTvis the rifjhl to correct spoiling style punctuation itnl klivvii factual errors should bo kept to 250 words W puNrh only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald IM ar IIH the writers signature Also nn address and n telephone niimliii are not Cor publication must be included Il1 Ie cite the nuinher and date of any article that is mentioned 1ieleieuce is to writers who have not been published in the pre MOII HI days Mnil letters to to ifie Kditor the AVic liniitnfels HuniUlZeitung I 0 Drawer iil New linmniels Texas II 11H2H Fax i SHU i ijr lirji New Braunfels HeraldZeitung ti H uxl Publisher Ft M01 Lrxt lHinci iirector EA 208 Advertising Manager Ext 214 Maruigur Lxt in Dindor 22b Toney Margaret Edmonson Borchardt Reininger Lee Hall Ann Avery Published mi Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by ihe SIS 3778X0 707 Uinda or Drawer 311328 New 7X1 H1328 Periodical postage paid by Ihe New liratuifitls in New Hiauntels l ilelneied in oriuil and iuailalujv counties three months six months Sf Senior I by carrier delivery only six months one outside Comal County in Texas three months six SV one year SI Mail outside Texas six months one year who not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday i tiy Oain mi Sumlay may call H0 i25JI44 or by 7 weekdays or by II in Smutty P i M i I Send addiess changes to Ihe New tiruiuijds HeraldZviluiig Druw i i Online contact To 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 Opinion Is this really Israels last war The CBS radio correspondent reported on a tour of the West Bank also known as Judea and Samaria led by Israeli Prime Min ister Benjamin Netanyahu and rightwing Infrastructure Minis ter Ariel Sharon Each had a map he said Sharons would cede about 60 percent of the territory to the Palestinians while Netanyahus would give up a little more than 50 percent Neither plan would be acceptable to the Palestine Libera tion Organization he said and so neither would advance As usual the story was reported as if only what Israel does deter mines whether there will be peace between the Palestinians and the Jewish state The facts are and always have been that PLO leader Yasser Arafat Hamas and the rest of Israels enemies want it all and will settle for nothing less They see pressure on Israel favoring them All Israel has ever asked for is reciprocity If land is to be exchanged for peace after five wars Israel has an obligation to ensure that peaceful acts follow the relinquishing of territory Instead Israels enemies are allowed to say and do anything with little or no Cal Thomas consequences while Israel is expected to hon or the Oslo agreement The most dan gerous move Israel has made since the 1973 war will come early next month when the plan worked out between the State Departments Dennis Ross and Netanyahu is to be implemented It requires Netanyahu to announce the per centage of land he will abandon According to Israeli television this will be followed by a summit meet ing between Netanyahu Arafat and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who will conduct perma nent status negotiations One might expect that the prospect of a de facto Palestinian state might produce some concilia tory statements from the other side along with a promise to end terror ism and usher in a new dawn of cooperation mutual security and respect Instead Arafat continues his pledge that all of Israel will be the state of Palestine and all of Jerusalem will be the capital of that state and only that He also declares We wont give up a sin gle grain of our holy land from the sea to the Jordan Why is he not believed Why do the State Department and the Clinton admin istration continue to ignore such statements and pretend that fiction is fact Unalterable Koranic injunctions allow Muslims to sign agreements with but only as a means to achieving their holy goals This permits them to win incrementally at the negotiating table what they have been inca pable of winning on the battlefield Israel is being pressured by the Clinton administration to withdraw from more territory with no real pressure directed at Israels ene mies which have failed to live up to any of the Oslo accords Israel has learned the hard way that only Israelis can protect them selves and must not rely on Ameri can promises Would the Clinton administration send arms and troops to repel an invasion from Arab states or an uprising within Palestinian ranks that threatened to overwhelm Israel Its not likely The final irony would come when Jews would be blamed for their own demise for not giving up more territory sooner It would be explained that the elimination of Israel came as a result of pentup Arab and Palestinian anger that could not be assuaged The kind of aid Israel could use right now is congressional hearings that would examine the administra tions Mideast policies particularly the failed Oslo accords and require those who are behind them to be held accountable In a Dec 19 address to the Jew ish Journalists Convention in Jerusalem Netanyahu was correct to promise I will not return to the May 1967 borders Those were war borders which almost led to the annihilation of the state of Israel I have no plans to turn Israel into a 10kilometerwide state This is our land our homeland I propose a permanent arrangement where the densely Arabpopulated areas are under Palestinian control while the areas that are vital for our secu rity and that are basically empty will be under our Sounds good but it will not be acceptable to the other side Israel OFFERS M CLNE Make life count each and every day Vickie and I had launched on a bril liant savings plan 1 read a halldozen books on investment strategies and we talked with three financial planners As we committed ourselves to a bud get the money began pilingup Then the film Titanic came to the big screen Now our money disap pears faster than it took the real ship to be sucked to the Atlantic floor We have seen the movie so many times that we have the dialogue memorized and we keep going back Popcorn boxes candy wrappers and soft drink cups litter our lawn Between show ings we listen to the sound track on our car CD player as we drive to Barnes and Noble to purchase the latest coffee table book on the Titanic Our financial situation has gotten so bad that our stock broker wont return our calls the bank has canceled our overdrawn account and we no longer John Ingram Walker Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Dec 31 the 365th and final day ofl 997 Todays Highlight in History On Dec President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostil ities in World War 11 On this date In 1775 the British repulsed an attack by Conlinental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec Montgomery was killed In 1857 Britains Queen Victoria get credit card offers in the mail The money spent on Titanic paraphernalia is not as bad as the time we consume researching the disaster on the Internet and in the library The rest of our time we ruminate over unanswerable questions Why did the Captain speed at 21 knots through the ice field Why were there no binoculars in the crows nest Why didnt the lifeboats go back to rescue the people freezing in the water1 You get the point We liked the movie decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada In 1862 President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union In 1879 Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park In 1897 Brooklyn spent its last day as a separate entity before becoming part of New York City In 1961 the Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than 12 billion With flawless attention to detail the film recreates a monument to Gilded Age excess The writerdirector James Cameron ties together a fiction al romance with a historically accurate event connecting timepast with time present that allows us to comprehend the value of life compared to the insignificance of possessions and pow er In the film timepast begins when Rose arrives at the Titanic dock in the company of Cal Hockley the dull snob whom she has agreed to marry at the urging of her impecunious mother Soon after the ship sails Rose in a dra matic encounter meets Jack Dawson a bohemian artist who offers her the adventure and romance that she has been missing After Jack proves himself a worldly wise gentleman at a formal firstclass dinner he hands Rose a note that reads Make it count Meet me at the A sweet lifechanging courtship devel ops as the gravity of the Titanic disaster delicately unfolds offering an indelibly wrenching story of blind arrogance and its terrible consequences As I ruminate over the power of the film and the lessons from history told in visual splendor 1 reflect back on Jacks note Make it Yesterday I asked a friend if she had seen the movie No Why should I she replied 1 know how it Yes But its what happens in the middle that counts Likewise we all know how our life will end Its what we do with our lives that counts This new year lets all make our lives count by humbly using our talents to the fullest in living a meaningful love filled life John Ingram Walker is a speaker author and in foreign aid In 1974 private citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the firet time in more than 40 years In 1978 Taiwanese diplomats struck their colors for the final time from the embassy flagpole in Washington mark ing the end of diplomatic relations with the United States In 1985 singer Rick Nelson 45 and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC3 dial was taking the group to a New Years Eve perfor mance in Dallas In 1986 a fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan Puerto Rico killed 97 and injured 140 people Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the Ten years ago Robert Mugabe was sworn in as Zimbabwes first execu tive president Five years ago President Bush vis ited Somalia where he saw firsthand the famine racking the east African nation   

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