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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion Page 4A    Hera    Id-Ze/fung    Sunday,    April    11,1993 Quote of the day H ‘Oh, to see ourselves as others see us’ “Loyalty in a free society depends upon the toleration of disloyalty.” — Alan Barth, writer, 1951. EditorialsElderhostelRetirees explore our culture and expand their horizons The “Elderhoetel” program which concluded in New Braunfels last week is a fascinating concept. The program, coordinated locally by Mary Anne Hollmig, brought 39 people to Comal County from as far away as California and Connecticut, and from as near as Houston. Elderhostel is a non-profit organization for older adults interested in exploring new areas and learning, in a pretty detailed fashion, about the areas they visit. The program generally associates with colleges and universities, which makes its coming to New Braunfels somewhat unique. In our area, participants spent a week visiting local museums and other points of interest, immersing themselves in the culture of the area and just becoming acquainted with it and us. They did things like visiting the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, and Conservation Plaza, and driving down scenic River Road. Local volunteers ran out the red carpet for them, even staging a mini-Wurstfest. We suspect the Elderhostelers left New Braunfels and Comal County knowing more about us than most of us know about ourselves. But isn’t that a great concept? These people are retired — and pretty comfortably so. It would be easy for them to just ease into the familiar. Instead, they’re out exploring and expanding their horizons. Today's editorial was written by David Sullens, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Ze Hung. r Local Representatives Austin and WashingtonU.S. Senate Sen. Bob Krueger, 703 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-5922. Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX: 202-228-2856 or 9311 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, 78216, Phone: 210-366-9494.U.S. House Rep. Lamar Smith, 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515, Phone: 202-225-4236 or HOO NE Loop 410, Suite 640, San Antonio, Ihxas, 78209, Phone: 210-821-5024. Rep. Frank Tfejeda, 323 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515, Phone: 202-225-1640 or 1313 SE Military Drive, Suite 115, San Antonio, Tfexas, 78214, Phone: 210-924-7383.State of Texas Gov. Ann Richards, PO. Box 12428, Austin, Thxas, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000 Atty. General Dan Morales, P. O. Box 12548, Austin, Texas, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100 Sen. Jeff Wentworth, PO. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, Tfexas, 78711-2068, Phone: 512-463-0126 (on state legislation) 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 425, San Antonio, Tfexas, 78209, Phone: 210-826-7800, Attn: Cindy Brockwell (for assistance with problems in Comal County) Rep. Edmund Kuempel, P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Tfexas, 78768-2910, Phone: 512-463-0602 — Seguin Phone: 512-379-8732 New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher.........................................David    Sullens General Manager.................................................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor...................................................Greg    Mefford Marketing Director.......................................Dee Dee Crockett Classified Manager.........................................Karen Reininger Circulation Director.......................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman........................................Douglas    Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Lands St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377-880) Class delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $16; six months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $25; one yeai, $45. Mail delivery out * side Comal County in Texas: three months, $26.55; six months, $47.20; one year, $88.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.95; one year, $103.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sundi^ may call (210) 625-9144 by 7 p.m. or (210) 658-1900 by ll a.m. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311326, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. “Oh, to see ourselves as others see us..." That was one of those things my mother used to say pretty regularly and, generally, pretty appropriately. It was one of those things she would just kind of toss out and let germinate. Whoever she tossed it toward usually just kind of let it pass and then, an hour or a day or a week or a month later, suddenly gain a whole new perspective on whatever had precipitated my mother's paraphrasing of the wisdom of others. All of that came to mind last week when I stumbled across a newspaper column written by a British-born reporter for an American newspaper. Dave Yewman, who writes for the Galveston Daily News, began his column like this: “Americans are strange." Yewman sees us as a country: • Of people who buy more than 2 million copies of each issue of the “National Enquirer" with its headlines like, “Space Monster Makes Woman, 86, Pregnant!" • That manufactures behemoth-sized vehicles, featuring 6.2-liter gas guzzling engines that can be driven at a maximum legal speed of 65 mph. • Whose elders wear more plaid than Scotland. • Whose leaders sometimes get intoxicated by the aura that surrounds the last superpower and periodically beat the tar out of some Third World weakling. • That pumps millions of toxic gallons of waste into the sea, land and air — and stereotypes those who object as being un-American tree-huggers. • Which contrasts markedly with my home David Sullens (about which someone once quipped, “Rhode Island could beat the hell out of in a war.”) • Whose legacy will, unfortunately, include “Dallas," “STUDS," and MTV. • Where, several years ago, a foreigner wandering around Los Angeles was almost adopted by a middle-aged couple and given a spectacular tour of the sights, plus bed and breakfast and a ride to the airport. Amazing. • That prides itself on freedom of expression and ideas, yet has historically repressed and ostracized some elements of its society which dared to speak out against the status quo. • In which a doctor is allegedly murdered by an individual associated with a “pro-life” group — a group which subsequently refuses to condemn the act. • Where cable TV has resulted in 55 channels — 50 of which are drivel, reruns, game shows, evangelists or a combination of all four. (People ask me how I got by with just a handful of TV channels in England and I say, “Oh, pretty well.”) The Britisher then told of several specific experiences he has had in our country, only one of which seemed to me to have much relevance beyond making his column longer. He recalled walking along a busy Chicago street in 1988 and seeing “what I thought was a body on a vent in the sidewalk. Everyone was stepping over him as they hustled by. It was extremely cold and steam shot up from the vent and rippled around his battered clothes and into the air. It was interesting, I thought, that many of the people stepping over and around him were beautifully dressed and extremely wealthy." Yewman concludes his column by writing that our country is “a strange and fascinating place in many ways. “For all its lobbyists and power-crazed politicians hell-bent on individual gain, for all its zealots passionately trying to rip personal liberties away from people, for All its excesses and biases, these 50 states are still some of the freest places in the world. “Where else could I call George Bush a weenie and not face a firing squad? “... Even though people often can’t understand my accent, even though I miss my family in England, even though the beer comes almost frozen, even though everyone drives on the wrong side of the road and you can’t get chocolate digestive biscuits for love or money, I still like it. “Americans are strange. I like them immensely.” That’s how others — or at least one other — sees you. How do you feel about that? David Sullens is the editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. (NOBOttfS \ J (WOTTING A DOCTORS. J Christ crucified and risen for mankind When Brad was four years old, he slammed the car door on his finger causing blood to build-up underneath his nail. He began to experience throbbing pain. While a flight surgeon in the Air Force, I had-learned a technique for relieving nail pressure. The procedure sounds horrible but in truth is a very effective and pain free method. The physician partially straightens out a paper clip holding one end of the clip in a pair of pliers while heating the straightened end over a burner until the tip is red hot. The heated end of the paper clip is then pressed gently against the injured nail, burning through the nail (that has no pain fibers). Once the nail is penetrated the built-up blood cools off the heated clip before damage can be done to the nail bed. I had used this technique on several patients without any of them experiencing pain. Because Brad’s injury demanded relief, I tried the technique on him. Tragically, I must have pressed on the nail too forcefully burning the nail bed. Brad screamed and began running around the room sobbing in agony. I felt terrible. John Ingram Walker, M.D. Would I have reversed the situation and allowed someone to do the same thing to me if I could have saved Brad from pain? Absolutely! I would have gladly allowed someone to slam the car door against my finger and then bum through my nail many times over if I could have spared my son. Imagine, then, the awesome depth of God’s love for us. He allowed his only son to suffer the terrible agony of crucifixion. Consider, for a moment, the pain of crucifixion. Iron spikes are driven through the wrists and feet shattering the bones. As the crucified person hangs, the body weight pulls against the shattered bones and the extended arms causes fluid to build up in the lungs so that every breath becomes a painful gasp for air. The individual slowly, agonizingly dies of suffocation and heart failure. No death is more painful. God did this for us! He allowed his son to die an agonizing death to pardon us for our sins. He gave His son for us — the liars, the cheaters, die adulterers, the complainers, the haters, the proud, the greedy, the slothful, the idolaters — all of us. We aren’t a pretty lot and yet God loved us so that He sacrificed His son for our miserable souls. God’s magnificent sacrifice of HU only boo demonstrates his willingness to help us. Christ risen shows us God’s continued conviction to eternally stand by us. Every time I see the tiny scar on Brad’s nail bed, I shudder and praise God for His overwhelming love for us. * * Dr. John Ingram Walker is medical director for Professional and Community Education at Laurel Ridge Hospital in San Antonio. He maintains a private psychiatric practice iii New Braunfels.Today in History Associated Press Today is Easter Sunday, April ll, the 101st day of 1993. There are 264 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April ll, 1945, during World War ll, American soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in eastern Germany. On this date: In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain. In 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba. In 1898, President McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain. In 1899, the treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect In 1947, Jackie Robinson made his mqjor-league debut, playing in an exhibition between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. In 1951, President Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command in the Far East In 1953, Oveta Culp Hobby became the first Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. In 1970, Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was jeopardized when an explosion crippled the spacecraft; the astronauts managed to return safely. In 1979, Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control. In 1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors. In 1985, controversy erupted when it was announced that Pres-' ident Reagan would be laying a; wreath at a military cemetery during a visit to West Germany. ;