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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNO Thursday April NHW HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zcitung was founded 1852 New Braunfcls Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Gary E Maitland Managing Editor 830 6259144 Kudos The New Braunfels Art League is pleased and proud to report that our recent Fast Draw auction brought in for Hope Hospice of New Braunfels Hope Hospice received the full amount given in the auction fundraiser and donations It is a wonderful organization and its a pleasure to help further their end of life palliative bereave ment and youth programs We are grateful for the paintings created by the 11 wonderful gifted artists and for the food and gift certificates provided by equally wonderful restau rants and businesses Our deepest gratitude is extended to Librados Mexican Restaurant Schwab Sausage House and Barbeque Adobe Cafe Rudys Country Store and BarBQ Dougs Barbeque Huisache Grill Mr Gattis Pizza Hu1South Seguin Albertsons HEB and WalMart We knew artists are very generous as well as gifted and the following artists proved it They cre ated some wonderful paintings in one hour matted and or framed them and offered them for auction They are Linda Bateman Angie Banta Brown Virginia Carruth Vie DunnHarr Sage Gibson Myra Knapp Julie McCollum Anne McCoy Coe Savage Barry Shadrock and John Siddell Glenda Deal provided two pots and Edward Reichert donated a pointing for the auction also A big thank you to all who attended the fast draw and bid on the paintings This was an exciting addi tion to our watercolor month activities Carrie Lee Allbritton chair Watercolor Month and Fast Draw New Braunfels Today In BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday April 17 the 107th day of 2003 There are 258 days left in the year Todays history highlight On April 17 1961 about CIAtrained Cuban exiles launched the disas trous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the govern ment of Fidel Castro In 1492 a contract was signed by Christopher Co lumbus and a representa tive of Spains King Ferdi nand and Queen Isabella giving Columbus a com mission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia In 1524 Giovanni da Verrazano reached present day New York harbor In 1790 American states man Benjamin Franklin 84 died in Philadelphia In 1861 the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union In 1941 Yugoslavia sur rendered to Germany in World War II In 1964 Ford Motor Co unveiled its new In 1969 a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy In 1969 Czechoslovak Communist Party chair man Alexander Dubcek was deposed In 1970 the astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific four days after a ruptured oxy gen tank crippled their spacecraft FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 HERE em The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 words or fewer and the HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions An address and telephone number which are not for publication must be includ ed so authorship can be con firmed Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX Fax 830 6063413 email Pastors column cant pass without a response The article by Rev Tim we encourage the citizens of the world including even Judkms in the March 29 Iraq to give aid and comfort some who are Christians To issue cannot be allowed to Pi I tn an invnHincr onpmv nro a The article by Rev Tim Judkins in the March 29 issue cannot be allowed to stand without a response Does Rev Judkins not realize that the headline on his article Believers be have the same in utterly destroys the thrust of his argument The first two paragraphs of his article can be accepted as good Christian doctrine The third paragraph reveals immediately however the bias that guides his inter pretation of the New Testa ment and of the teachings and life of Jesus By refer ring to Iraqis as terrorists and those who are attacking them as the di rection of his discourse is made clear The full text of John on which Rev Judkins relies to immunize civil govern ments against protests by those who do not agree with their policies is as follows You would have no power ELMO L FISCHER Guest Column over me unless it had been given you from above there fore he who delivered me to you has the greater If one accepts Rev Jud kins interpretation of this passage of Scripture then Adolf Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s was empowered by God and those who re sisted that power including some in my own family should have sought citizen ship Does Rev Judkins not know that a great many people tried to do just that Some succeed ed but millions found their new citizenship in Nazi gas chambers As for Iraq if the authori ty of the United States gov ernment is derived from God so too is that of Iraq When we encourage the citizens of Iraq to give aid and comfort to an invading enemy are we not enticing them to rebel against God Who can be lieve in a God who would allow a great and powerful nation to attack a much smaller and weaker one to destroy its cities and to kill its people when the civil authorities of both nations have been empowered by God If God would favor one nation over the other which I do not believe would He not favor the victim over the aggressor Rev Judkins makes the point that submission to civ il government is the crux of Christian and that those who protest what they believe to be wrong policies of their government are therefore unChristian I have no problem using the word submission so long as it is used to mean submission to God Neither do billions of people around the world including even some who are Christians To more than a billion Mus lims submission to God is at the very heart of their faith Indeed the name of their faith Islam can be translated as Is Rev Judkins suggesting that we will be better Chris tians if we embrace Islam There are other issues in Rev Judkins article which I would like to address Suffice to say his gratu itous slap at contemporary by which I assume he means the older Christian denomination further clarifies his theologi cal leanings To me con temporary means looking to the life and teachings of Christ for guidance as contemporary people try to find solutions to contemporary problems and conditions Elmo L Fischer is a New Braunfels Letters To The Editor Time to listen respond to citizens This is an open letter to the New Braunfels City Council When will you start listen ing to and responding to the wants and needs of the citi zens of New Braunfels con cerning our streets We have been waiting sometimes not very patient ly for all of you to accept the responsibility of your offices and work together to fix our streets and yet very little is getting done I drive Walnut Avenue daily and it is getting worse and worse You have been beating Walnut Avenue to death for at least 10 years that I am aware of and still nothing is being done except that we are putting patches on patches Much has been said about all of the citizen petitions in the past few years But what are we to do if our questions and concerns fall on deaf ears Do you not understand that the resistance to a new Civic Center or even remod eling our existing one part ly stems from the fact that our infrastructure is crum bling and we as citizens see very little if anything that you as a council are doing to fix our streets Much is also said about the fact that our visitors pay a lot of our expenses and for many of the improvements to our city facilities We are truly blessed to have them visit our city and we appreciate them howev er those visitors do not live here day in and day out and do not watch our streets crumbling and damaging our cars with nothing being done Citizen petitions are the direct result of our city gov ernment not effectively addressing and correcting problems which the citizens feel are important I understand that econo mic development is impor tant to our survival as a growing city but if you as our elected officials do not address the wants and needs of our citizens in a timely manner we will nev er have a united council that can effectively meet the challenges that face our city now and into the future Thank you for your time Jim Beath New Braunfels Cancer kills notable work of freedom fighter AUSTIN Patrick Wiseman lawyer teacher freedomfighter died of cancel at 49 Wiseman argued the 2106 case 2106 is the criminal statute that makes it illegal to be gay in Texas first in federal court where he won and then before the Fifth Circuit where he lost When the day comes in this coun try and it will when the law no longer discriminates because of sexual orientation Wisemans tireless work and the force of his arguments will be at the founda tion of that expansion of liberty and justice for all When Wiseman was just a baby lawyer two years out of the Uni versity of Houston Law School the American Civil Liberties Union of Houston hired him as its only paid counsel It is esti mated that he filed between 300 and 400 lawsuits against the Houston Police Department dur ing the next few years For those of you who have for gotten what the HPD was like under the reign of Herman Short there was reportedly a Kian unit operating out of police headquar ters Abuse of minority citizens MOLLY IVINS was common In one of the more famous cases six Houston cops threw a suspect named Joe Cam pos Torres into Buffalo Bayou he drowned Houston cops commonly carried throwdown guns A throwdown gun children is an unmarked gun that a cop can place next the body if he has shot an unarmed suspect thus claiming the guy drew on him It took a fair amount of courage to take on Houston cops in those days Of course Wiseman had all the amenities resources and high salary that go along with being a civil liberties lawyer Sissy Farenthold who ran twice for governor in the early 70s got hundreds of letters from people in Texas prisons alleging an aston ishing variety of mistreatment Because she was so busy speak ing and politicking she turned the letters over to Wiseman She reports in awe He never said no He always followed After seven years of private practice in Houston much of it devoted to civil liberties law Wiseman came to Austin as chief of the State and County Affairs Office of the attorney general At the time the state of Texas was getting sued from pillar to post for mistreatment of the mentally ill and mentally retarded Phil Durst who handled the cases recalls them as the most hopeless projects imaginable Youd just show up and get yelled at because the Legislature wouldnt spend any Wiseman volunteered to go along on many of those cases and when Durst asked him why he would volunteer for these nohop ers Wiseman replied Oh I just like a good Durst said Patricks legacy affects the daytoday lives of all Texans His cases on free speech ihe powers of government and rights of the little guy are unequaled among Texas Wiseman forced Texas University of which he was a graduate to accept a student gay rights organization in 1982 Wise man never cared much for arbi trary authority so his relation ship with his alma mater was slightly ambivalent However he rooted for the Aggies football team all his days Another case forced public school districts to mainstream handicapped children He forced Texas Southern University to allow demonstra tions by Iranian students in 1981 He forced government agen cies to allow workers to express their views publicly even if the views are controversial a great win for freedom of speech And there were many many others some narrow and techni cal cases on legal procedure oth ers as vast as the Bill of Rights Among lawyers who worked with him Wiseman was a renowned teacher with a special gift for inspiring young lawyers to public service But talking to Wisemans chil dren James and Clare and his nieces and nephews has reminded me of how little one knows of a person from the public record Wiseman loved dogs and children almost equally but it was a golden Lab named Tex who always got to ride shotgun in the car This caused Wiseman to go off to court many a time smelling strong ly of dog and with a generous dusting of Lab hairs on his blue suit adding a certain je ne sais quoi to the cause of civil liberty Wiseman was famous for whip ping up enormous and delicious weekend breakfasts always leav ing the kitchen in shambles He loved the outdoors and fearlessly volunteered to take six or eight kids at a time on camping trips He was a big man with a great baritone voice and he would sing along with anyone from Willie Nelson to six little girls He was endlessly patient with children as might be expected of a man with a Question Authority bumper sticker on his car He believed in beer the Consti tution and the dignity of all human beings He was learned and fair and a lot of fun to be with Molly Mns is u syndicated
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