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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERAtDZErruNG December HeraldZeitung Serving New Braunfeli anil Carnal County lince New Braunfels Zeltung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managlng Editor Editor and Publisher BuslneBsjyla nager News Editor Jeremy Pufford pougTonijy Jeff NeToe Jell ShUJdi David Rupkajyls OUR OPINION Drive safely for our childrens sake With more children on the its important to make sure we all drive Ws ile driving around New it takes only a few minutes to see that children are out of school for the holi days and our young men and women attending college are back in Children spending time at home makes the holiday season even more As any parent can tell watching their children open pres ents that were nestled under the tree is what make Christmas morning For those who have children away at having a few weeks to enjoy their young adults rekindles memories of years gone But while mom and dad enjoy their it is up to all of us to make sure the holiday season does not end in Because children are out of school and families are visiting while on there will be more traffic on our streets and more youngsters walk ing Earlier this a San Antonio teenager lost his life when he was struck by a car while skate On his family likely spent a day in missing a brother or friend on a day of Its up to all of to make sure that doesnt happen in Comal So slow look before turn ing and make sure this holiday season ends on a high yi EWPOI NTS Immigration debate not answering questions The Houston Chronicle on immigration The immigration debate can be summed up in a single word Theres frustration on this side of the border from Americans who are rightly asking why a great nation cant control its southern And theres frustration in Mexico City from a pres ident who sees the worst in American isolationist sentiments playing out in the Mexican President Vicente Fox is angrily oppos ing a Houseapproved immigration among other authorizes building fences along 700 miles of the border between the United States and Fox says the wall is an example of a shameful and troubling willing ness in the United States to tolerate xenophobic groups that impose the law at Thats an overstatement that doesnt serve well the immigration discussion in If it risks hardening attitudes and widen ing the distance between true immigration reform and securityonly half Fox would be better served to find ways to improve Mexicos economy in order to slow the pace of northern As the debate now moves to the we urge lawmakers not to pass any legislation that calls for erecting a physical barrier between the United States and Allowing workers to step from the shadows rec ognizes that they are a major part of the economy and protects them from Another key provision is one that would require employers to verify Social Security numbers or face penalties for hiring illegal A Senate proposal from Republican John McCain and a guestworker plan backed by Presi dent Bush offer more realistic approaches than the idea of building a immigra tion reform is a GUESTCOLUMN Learn to accept yourself first Most would agree that respecting each others differences is a key component in successful longlasting healthy rela this acceptance is not the same as approval or One can disapprove of the behavior and still accept the If your relationship includes physical or sexual then tolerance is not a As a counselor at a domestic violence and sexual assault services I have seen the extremes and can that in my experi the majority of abuse survivors struggle with letting go of an unhealthy We commonly try to help victims learn how to accept the things they cannot courage to change the things they can and wisdom to know the This old but useful serenity prayer can be applied to so many life experi emerge in we consciously try to get the other person to to be the kind of person we think they should These attempts to change another usually serve only to maintain that person where they In other that other per son will most likely not only resist but try to change By there is the possibility that if we accept people as they they cannot stay the Acceptance does not necessarily mean liking what the other person Acceptance implies that you are OK enough about yourself and flex ible enough to not need the other person to be a certain way with acceptance of the other depends very strongly on how good you feel about In there is gen tleness and respect toward oneself just as there is gentleness and respect for the But you can not martyr yourself wait ing for the other person to Acceptance of our is often very In our cul we have been taught that we must always try to We naturally tend to be very critical of Most of us were reared in families where we learned more about what we did wrong than what we did And so we internalized a critical attitude toward Laina MAYO Laina Mayo is a counselor at the Comal County Crisis Such an attitude is often manifested not only in a focus oh the negative in others but also in our embarrassment at accepting We respond by but I have done rather than a simple Thank Some useful common themes might be to Treat me like you want me to not how you think I And seek first to understand before you can expect to be Gaining per spective can help you to have acceptance for self and others and give you the courage to make a change when especially if this change is detrimental to ones If you would like help in gaining perspective in an abusive please call for free non judgmental and confidential counseling at TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 361st day of There are four days left in the Todays Highlight in History On Radio City Music Hall opened in New On this date In scientist Louis Pasteur was born in In naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Darwins discoveries during the trip helped to form the basis of his theories on In James Barries play Peter Pan The Boy Who Wouldnt Grow Up opened at the Duke of Yorks Theater in In the musical play Show with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Ham merstein opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in United Government PRESIDENT QIOROI Bum 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILIY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 Web addreee Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 HENRY CUELLAR 1404 Longworth House Office Building 20515 Telephone 202 2251640 Fax 202 2251641 Web addreee SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1149 Commerce Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2712851 Texas Government RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Email addreee STATE i JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email addreee email@example.com JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Sticking your nose in other peoples business is bringing down union Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to htm at Box I wish to urge you to secede not politically from the but from the which after deca dent and Recently I flipped on CNN Headline The first story was about educa tors and students complaining that it takes too long to take the SAT three hours and 45 Given how many functional illiterates graduate from Id say the test is not long It has been watered down through the The second major story on the national news show was a com plaint by a spokeswoman for a whores union about dangerous jrking It was not clear if she wanted police to escort the whores to their motel rooms or if she wanted the FBI to run back ground checks on the At any the folks at CNN thought this was a most important story to share with the American As I our society is decadent and We all have to do what we have to do to make a but beyond we have a great deal of freedom to live our lives by our own For if you dont approve of gay then dont many a gay person if you disap prove of dont get one if you dislike drugs and dont use them if you are opposed to dont participate in it if you are against gam dont Its my observation that most of what people vociferously complain about are not things they are forced to but things that other people choose to A favorite phrase of my of your business seems to have become obsolete in our busybody soci The government is a its supporters are and its opponents are making it a conflict among busybodies as to which aspects of peoples private lives the gov ernment should The government should not regulate peoples private lives at It should protect them from foreign attacks and the rape of our share of the Other than if some people wish to its nobody elses least of all the Most of todays polluted culture comes into our homes via television and the Neither is a Both are easily controlled by thoughtful Nobody forces us to watch or read Nobody forces us to buy anything or to spend more than we Blaming our bad habits on adver tising or the entertainment industry is just passing the We can turn off and discard those aspects of modern culture we find We should realize that the cultural messages found in advertising and entertainment are the products of a very thin slice of the cen tered mostly in NewYork City and Los two of the leasttypical mega lopolises in the A majority of writ ers and producers are cynical hedonists we wouldnt invite into our Since their work products reflect their which are foreign to most of us and certainly to traditional American we ought to keep their work products out of our homes and We dont need the government to do We can use the We have plenty of but too often we cede it to commercial inter which tell us to watch do buy go here or go We by active concentration lead a thoughtful life free from the clamoring Buddhists sometimes say that people seeking enlightenment are like thirsty people surrounded by By that they mean what is sought is easily at hand if we only recognize it and reach out and take The solution to all of the ills of our nutty culture lies not in Wash ington but in the hearts and minds of the American The culture is really us by changing our we can change the We just have to learn to say hedonism and which characterize todays spell the death of any It may well be that Western civilization has already committed as some have That means it is all the more important for the remnants who still believe in ideals to preserve themselves and provide the seeds for a new and better
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