New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 18, 2001, Page 6

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

September 18, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page HERALDZEITUNG September FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NKW BRAUNFBLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Brian News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial This fight is about liberty If you ever doubted whether the United States is the country it used to then you are about to have your con cerns Your doubts should have diminished after watching how New Braunfels and Comal County residents responded to the national tragedy hi New and those brave Americans who took down that airliner in New Braunfels both civic and have met the Mayor Storiey County Judge Danny along with countless reached out to their constituents in the right way at the right Our religious too many to provided the comfort and solace that each of us needs in such Its the same If these terrorists acts were committed to destroy our then these hideous deeds If these terrorists acts were committed to bring us to our they but not in the way they We went to our knees in As a community and a we must muster the resolve to defend our We have been singled not because of our excesses and moral corruptness as our enemy but because the individual freedoms this country cherishes and In their the uidividuals are We must prepare for further not juston our but on our way of Not a single Americans life will go untouched by the chain of events that were set in motion this past We are embarking on a crusade in which the cost and duration is Yet it must be We can look back at what now seems like trivial concerns in the yet that should remind us why we must defend this way of We govern We debate we compromise and we work together for the greater We might argue and but we can do so without We know that wellintended people can dis agree and yet respect each We can listen and try to understand without insult or Each of us should reflect on what we have to our lifestyles are But most our liberties are And without our the rest is Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 261st day of There are 104 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry One hundred and 50 years on the first edition of The New York Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual Letters should be kept to 250 an address and a telephone which are not for must be included for confir mation Preference is given to writ ers who have not been pub lished in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Mourning students in class of their own Late in the morning the faculty at Southwest Texas State University received a message from the university administration that was as unique as the day Robert vice president of academic told faculty that although the university would remain in this should not mean that we are conducting busi ness as This is the kind of day when it makes sense to suspend attention to the normal course syllabus and help our students deal with critical national Gratz For many these national events may have a very personal a unique posi tion tb help students proeesstneir I took his suggestion and asked my afternoon media law class if theyd like the prepared lecture or the opportunity to talk about what had No they were unanimous in opting for the I had no idea where to so I polled them on their How many of you are angry All raised their How many want revenge FRED ELEVENS A few raised their So it For 70 or so the quiet anger among these 40 stu dents spilled into spontaneous dia logue on Questions about the the the Yasser Saddam the World Conference on Racism and the Bush administrations abandonment of the Middle East peace initiativeearlier this Tough subjects but they took them taking me to school with their poise and They stretched to Most of they wanted to Just before time I asked if anyone had advice or words of conso lation for One admon ished his peers to resist verbal assaults on people belonging to eth nic groups or religious sects rumored to be involved in the attacks on New York and Others advo cated other forms of restraint and a student near the front of the class turned to her colleagues and eloquently challenged them to recognize the silver in the Our generation has been living in a glass she We have known or shouldve known for a long time that something like this could or would But we need to remember that as bad as this things like this have gone on every minute of every day in many parts of the For a generation so maligned for its celebration of eye fashion sym bols and body the glass house had been shattered and these kids knew On a day filled with emotions that seldom come in such volume and these students made me In their own special they restored a lot of faith Id lost just six hours Fred Elevens is an associate profes sor in the SWT Department of Mass He is a Freedom Forum Teacher of the Year for Letters To The Editor Times was On this date In the French for mally surrendered Quebec to the In President Wash ington laid the cornerstone of the In Chile declared its independence from Fridays game more than football Dear Editor I would like to respond publicly to the Ted Koppel ABC TV comments regarding the fact that Texas played high school football on the first Friday after the terrorist I emailed the following to ABCs Nightline Texas High School Football we did play on Friday But it was anything but business as usual on the field and in the I cant speak for every high school in but I can speak for You showed the the the but you missed the You did not show the that were placed into coffee cans passed around the stadium as the game progressed a dona tion to the Red You did not show the line comprised of every football and drill team member that held walked to the center of the and knelt in silent prayer before the game You did not show the stands filled with fans wearing white and blue instead of the school You did not show the halftime performance when the rival bands took the field simultaneously in an unprecedented show of unity as they played the national anthem and other patriotic songs and the fans sang all the For Friday night at Texas football was more than the traditional Friday night passion it was unity and an exemplifica tion of the resilience that makes America We should not be Janis Hendrix New Braunfels There will always be a threat of terrorism in America 11 will be long remem bered as a day of good and The evil of the injuries and destruc The good consists of the splendid response of ordinary Americans in New York and else where in the It seems to be a truism that it takes a disaster to bring out the best in In an petty personal affairs and parti san differences were rendered and people came together showing the common virtues of compassion and a will ingness to make sacrifices for Those who are skeptical of New York City folks will have to revise their In all their colors and they came together as As of this Im hopeful that the dead will be much less than the some news media folks are The fortunate thing is that the planes struck the World Trade Center CHARLEY REESE towers fairly high That meant a death sentence for those at the impact point and those above But it also meant that those below the impact point probably had time to exit the towers before they collapsed nearly an hour I saw one interview with a man who had walked down from the 92nd and if he made its likely that all or most of the people on those 92 floors also made it It of take weeks just to clear the rubble and get a definite If this tragedy causes Americans to give up their illu sion of will be a good We in always been vulnerable to terrorist and we always will Carping about the failure of the intelligence community is unfair and opportunistic we can always expect less from fed eral politicians than from ordi nary including local government Every American should understand that no matter how much money we it is impossible to pro tect ourselves from terrorists with 100 percent The reason is simple The ter Iorist chooses the the method of attack and the It can be any any method and any and so it is sim ply impossible to guard against all all all of the We didnt see Timothy McVeighs truck bomb coming we didnt see the first attack on the World Trade Center coming and we didnt see the second attack Next it will be a different target with a dif ferent It is very important that we not delude ourselves that if we give up enough personal we can have There will surely be advocates for moving us toward a police We have to and just live with the risk of the same way we live with the risk of nat ural accidents and dis As Robert Louis Stevenson so eloquently put it in an the entire human race shows uncommon courage simply by liv ing in a world full of Thats not to say we cannot improve our intelligence commu which sorely needs more human The gadgets will only take you so What is needed are human beings who can infiltrate terrorist I was disappointed to hear so many officials talk about track ing down the perpetrators and wreaking Thats rather In the first the perpetrators are dead and beyond our we can track down the support per perhaps even the man who gave the and kill I can tell that while it might make some people feel it will not solve the Israelis have been killing people they consider ter rorists for more than 50 and what has been result More terrorists and more hatred of the You cant intimidate with death threats people who are willing to die for their Terrorism is not an ordinary nor is it the work of mad It is a political act in response to other political To end we will have to revise the political situation that creates Charley Reese is a syndicated ;

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