New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, April 4,1993Quote of the day
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).
EditorialsHelping handCrime Stoppers making our world a better, safer place
The New Braunfels Crime Stoppers program deserves a tip of our collective hat... and more attention than it gets.
It was a Crime Stoppers call that led to an arrest in connection with the Rhoads Interiors burglary and fire.
The Crime Stoppers program operates under the auspices of a board of directors and that board has been at the center of the increased vitality of the program of late.
And that increased vitality, according to New Braunfels Police Capt. Ray Douglas, is feeding upon itself.
“When people see results, they become more enthusiastic,” Capt. Douglas told this newspaper last week.
Calls to the program are up. Through all of last year only 13 calls were received by Crime Stoppers. So far this year there have been 20.
That’s a tremendous improvement.
But we can’t help but believe the program is far from reaching its full potential.
Awareness and involvement are the keys.
Crime Stoppers is doing its part.
Its new Quick $50 program offers anyone providing information that leads to an arrest $50. Should the person arrested eventually be convicted of a felony, the person providing the tip to Crime Stoppers receives an additional $1,000.
Help spread the word.
Unless you’re one of the bad guys, Crime Stoppers is a program that will make your world a better, safer place.
Today's editorial was written by David Sullens, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
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Disaster drill stirs memories of tragedy
I’ve forgotten most of the things that went to make up my 13th and 14th years.
But there is one event that took place those 30 or so years ago that still occasionally haunts me.
The disaster drill staged near a local high school recently brought it to mind and it won’t go away.
It was about 9 p.m., as I recall, when the phone rang those many years ago.
My father, a Methodist minister, answered the phone. I paid little attention to the conversation, but when it was over, my father came to me and told me that a friend, a classmate, was dead.
The friend’s name was David, too.
Because he and his family were members of my father’s congregation, my father would immediately go to their home. He asked me if I wanted to go and I went.
In that era and in that small Texas town, every boy's dream was to own a Cushman Eagle, a kind of a cross between a motorcycle and a motorscooter. David, my friend, had been one of those few fortunate enough to realize that dream.
I’d begged for one, but riding his was as close as I’d come to owning one of my own.
In retrospect, I know that, even had they wanted me to have one, my family could not have afforded to buy it for me.
And certainly I couldn’t. My income at the time came from mowing lawns at $2 a pop.
But consideration of the matter never got so far as money. My parents considered the
Eagle terribly dangerous and turned thumbs down on it for that reason.
Had they ever known rd ridden my friend’s, they’d have been horrified.
As we drove to the home of the dead boy, my father told me what details he knew of the accident in which my friend had died.
He’d been riding his Eagle on a highway that was also the main street through the small town in which we lived.
The Eagle’s lights had been on, but the driver of the car that hit it — and him — was so drunk that he probably never saw the machine until he hit it, the town’s police officer had told my father.
My friend’s body was found 300 feet from what was remained of his Eagle.
At the home, people — friends — already had begun to gather to try and comfort and support the family of the dead youth.
What I remember of that visit is sketchy.
I do remember my friend’s mother sitting on a couch, smiling and greeting all those who came.
She wore a robe and her body rocked gently back and forth as she kept repeating, “He’s OK. He’s going to be all right."
She said the words over and over as person after person came to her. “He’s OK He’s going to be all right"
Later my own mother told me that the woman’s mind, in an act of self defense, has sort of switched itself off, refusing to accept what had happened.
Shock, she called it
I remember my father asking me to wait with another member of our church while he went into the back of the house to talk with the dead boy's father.
And while I waited, the person into whose care I had been given told me the thing that won’t let this story leave me.
My friend’s father owned the little town’s foremost funeral home and in those days, most ambulance services were operated by funeral homes.
My friend’s father had been at the funeral home when the call about the accident that claimed his son’s life was received.
But when the call was made, no one yet knew who the victim was.
So my friend’s father drove that ambulance to the accident site unaware that when he got there and rushed to the small crowd gathered around that lifeless and mangled body, it would be that of his own son.
David Sullens is editor and publisher of the\ New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
aFreedom is essential for collective health
Our times of tremendous social change, creating chaotic thinking, requires a review of political theories that began in the 18th century with the debate between Rousseau and Locke.
Rousseau (1712-1778), called the founder of democracy, was also the father of romanticism and “head-in-the clouds" politics. Rousseau’s thinking sired Marxism and is currently giving birth to the socialistic leanings in our country.
Those who have read Rousseau’s “Confessions” recognize him as an effete “mamma’s" boy who always expected something for nothing.
Rousseau contended that individuals must surrender all their rights to the community. He insisted individuals should, through what he called a “social contract," give-up all rights to the people collectively.
Rousseau felt the state was legally omnipotent and that true liberty consisted in submission to the general.
These ideas reduce the individual to a cog in the political machine or, to put it another way, allows the government to “force people to be free."
John Ingram Walker, M.D.
The father of individual liberty, John Locke (1632-1704), believed the law of nature allowed individuals to protect their natural rights of life, liberty and property.
In other words, a just government allows us to achieve all we can achieve as long as we don’t hurt anyone else.
If the government interferes with individual, spiritual or economic freedoms — it becomes tyrannical giving the people a right to rebel.
Locke was much more concerned with protecting individual liberty than he was with protecting stability or social progress. The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, clearly reflect Locke’s doctrine of limited government.
Now the great debate between Rousseau and Locke has come full circle and our country is faced with this one great question: Is the government going to take away our individual freedom?
Many people are choosing slavery, thinking that the government will take care of them. They want to suckle off the government’s breast — a breast that gives sour milk.
Our country was founded on the right of1 individuals to go as far as they were capable of going given their talent and energy.
Man was bom to evolve to something better and better. Dependency takes away our free-j dom to contribute our best to the growth of our culture and prevents us from giving fully to others.
Our freedom is essential to our individual and collective emotional health.
Let us demand the path to Lockeian freedom and not be seduced to take the “easy" way to Rousseaurian dependency.
Dr. John Ingram Walker is medical director for Professional and Community Education at Laurel Ridge Hospital in San Antonio and Laurel Ridge Day Treatment Center in New Braunfels.Today in History
Today is Palm Sunday, April 4, the 94th day of 1993. There are 271 days left in the year. Daylight Saving Time is in effect — clocks should have been moved forward one hour.
Today's Highlight in History: Twenty-five years ago — on April 4, 1968 — civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death in Memphis, Tenn., where he had gone to support a strike by city sanitation workers. He was 39.
On this date:
In 1818, Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.
In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office.
In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
In 1887, Susanna Medora Salter became the first woman
elected mayor of an American community: Argonia, Kan.
In 1902, British financier Cecil Rhodes left $10 million in his will to provide scholarships for Americans at Oxford University.
In 1949, 12 nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty.
In 1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed shortly after take-off from Saigon.
In 1981, Henry Cisneros
became the first Mexican Amen-1 can elected mayor of a major U.S. city: San Antonio, Texas.
In 1991, Sen. John Heinz, R Pa., and six other people, including two children, were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz’s plane over a schoolyard in Marion, Pa. *
Ten years ago: The space shuttle Challenger roared into orbit on its maiden voyage. The U.S. government granted political asylum to Chinese tennis champion Hu Na. Actress Gloria Swanson died in New York at age 84.