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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor Page 4A    Herald-Zg/fung,    New    Braunfels,    Texas    Sunday,    April    14,    1991Father’s pain reflected in ordeal after son’s arrest He was — and is — everything that is good and right about this country. He wasn’t — and isn’t — an educated man and he’s quick to admit that. He finished the fifth grade in his native country and that is the extent of his formal education. But he’s a fine man, a good man, a caring man. He’s a man who came to this country in 1947, an immigrant. And he did what this nation is all about. He worked and he made a living. He’s not rich, but he does well. And he raised a family, a fine family, a good family. He’s a man who is known and respected in his community. He’s not what most would consider a “mover and a shaker,” but he’s the solid, dependable heart of our town, our state, our nation. He’s us. He’s you and he’s me. He came to see me because he was hurting. I’d contributed to that hurt, but he didn’t come to strike back. He came with the hope that somehow he could save you — and me, all of us — from that same pain. I don’t know how he intended to do that. He just felt that if he shared the story of his pain it might, somehow, help someone else. And that’s where I came in. We’d never met before he walked into my office. He chose me because, though his English is not good, he’s a voracious reader and he read The Galveston Daily News, the paper of which I was then the managing editor, faithfully. He probably doesn’t realize it, but he paid me the highest compliment I’ve ever been paid when he told me that by reading a column I wrote at the time, he knew that I “have a good heart.” ■ And then he entrusted to me as great a responsibility as I’ve ever been given. He asked me to tell his story. He gave me carte blanche to do that. He was understandably hesitant to let me use his name, though many in the town knew him and already knew of his pain, but he told me I could do even that if I felt it was necessary. I thought about it long and hard and decided not to use the man’s name.David Sullens Those who knew him would recognize his story and it would have served no purpose to name him for those who did not know him. Pause a moment and try to put yourself in the man’s shoes. Your life is a good one. You are respected. You have much of which to be proud. But most of all, you are proud of your family. You love your children and they love you. Your relationship with them is good. And you are often complimented on that relationship. Then begins the horror. It strikes with the ringing of the telephone in the middle of the night. Still half asleep, you answer. A voice on the phone tells you your son has been arrested on drug charges and is in jail. Surely no. Surely not your son. Surely the voice has reached a wrong number. But no. There is no mistake. And, as if in a fog, you find yourself at the police station. What are you to do? How can you help your son? You ask questions. You struggle to understand. But finally, you do what the officers suggest. You go home. Now, tonight, there is nothing you can do. The next morning, in your newspaper, the newspaper you know will be read by all your neighbors, all your friends, all the people who go to your church, you find the photograph of your son spread-eagled against a wall, the police frisking him as they prepare to take him away. And then the calls begin. Friends call. Family. Over the telephone pain is shared, tears are shed. This man, this good man, this proud man, has only begun his ordeal. He’ll be with his son in the courtroom and through whatever follows. He’ll bear whatever he must bear. He'll do whatever it takes to come up with the money necessary. He’ll let his business, the business he has struggled to build from nothing over many, many years, slide to be wherever his son needs him to be. For, no matter what he has done, this is his son. And, no matter what his son has done or become, this man would do anything, give everything for him. Just as you and I would for our own sexts and daughters. Perhaps there are two messages here. Perhaps one of them is for the sons and daughters as they face the temptation of drugs. And perhaps the other is for the mothers and fathers. I’m not sure what either of those messages is. They may be different for different people. But maybe the message is for you. If so, if it reaches just one of you, then the man who came to seek my help in that seaport city has achieved his purpose. As we finished talking and that man left my office those several months ago, I hoped he could sense what I felt for him and for what he was going through. I hoped then and I still hope today that he knew that my respect for him and for what he was trying to do was as great as I’ve ever felt for any man. I hope he knows that I truly believe that he is, indeed, what is right and good and true about our nation. And, God, I wish I could have helped him bear his pain. David Sui! enc ic editor and publisher of Ac New Braunfels Herald-Zeitmg. Harald-Zeitung Published Sunday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels Herald ZeHung, 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328. Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung at New Braunfels, Texas. DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN Managing Editor CHERYL DUVALL Business Manager KAREN REININGER Classified Manager LONE1 BEASLEY Advertising Director CAROL ANN AVERY Circulation Manager GUS ELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery in Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Blanco and Kendall counties: three months, $10.25;six months, $17.90; one year, $32. Senior Citizens Discount (carrier delivery only): six months, $14.90; one year, $27.00. Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas: three months, $18.00; six months, $32; one year, $60. Mail outside Texas: six months, $42; one year, $70. lf you have not received your newspaper by 5:30 pm. Tuesday through Friday, or by 7:30 a.m. Sunday, call 625-9144 or 658-1900 by 7 p.m. and ll a.m., respectively. Postmaster: Send address changes to P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131 1328. Raborn exhibited poor judgment Margie Rabom showed poor judgment last week when she refused to sit in on a “briefing session” of the New Braunfels Independent School District’s board. This is not New York or San Antonio. This is New Braunfels. People here elect their neighbors to represent them on public bodies, working with others of their neighbors for the greater public good. They don’t elect those neighbors to grandstand and posture for the media. When they go to the polls, they arc not electing entertainers, they are electing people they think can work with other people to do what needs to be done to make the community or the area better. Rabom’s refusal to sit in on the session followed some question as to its legality. The required notice of the meeting was posted but the tape failed and it fell from view. District officials, in order to avoid any possible perception of any violation of the Texas Open Meetings Law, chose to conduct the meeting in the “briefing” format and not to seek any action. Certainly no one is more concerned with adherence to the Open Meetings and Open Records laws than are we at this newspaper. And, from our perspective, the conduct of the meeting was wise and well handled. By holding it in the “briefing” form, officials kept the process moving, but also avoided any appearance of wrongdoing or bad intent. The only element of the whole episode that was less than well handled was Rabom’s little show. Hutchison’s view right Ray Bailey Hutchison is right. A state income tax is not a good idea for Texas. Speaking in New Braunfels last week, Hutchison said, “A state income tax would hurt Texas and economic development. I’m just very convinced that in a down economy it’s not a good lime lo institute new taxes like a state income lax.... I do not think we need new taxes in Texas.” Hutchison’s position once was that of the majority of Texas’ political leaders. More and more of them, though, seem to be moving away from it. But we believe it remains the majority stance of the rank and file of Texans. And therein lies a danger. When a gulf begins to develop between the state’s leadership and its people on a truly major issue, something must change and change quickly. In this case, the something that must change is that our state must do what its people must do. It must spend within its means. Ray Baily Hutchison’s is a voice of reason. Let us hope and pray that she and others like her will prevail. Emotions Forum Mrs. John Curtis? Editor: As a tax paying and registered voter ol District 4, can you confirm for mc that Susan Curtis, candidate for City Council District 4 is in fact the wife of attorney John Curtis, Democratic Party Chairman of Comal County? Secondly, can you also verify that the City Charter of New Braunfels implicitly states that the election andJ or “Official Ballot” be held without party politics? Planning to vote abcscntce, which begins April 15, please confirm or deny these statements so District 4 can make the right choice. Mark Brown New Braunfels EDITOR'S NOTE: It is true that Susan Curtis is the wife of lawyer John Curtis, that he is Democratic Party Chairman for Comal County and that City Council elections are by charter non-partisan. We fail to see the point of your questions. If her marriage disqualifies her from seeking city office, by the same logic it would disqualify anyone who has ever voted in a primary in the state of Texas or the spouses of such voters. By that principle, would you be qualified to run? You should hang your head Editor: Why is it when a patriotic or Christian event takes place in New Braunfels the Herald gives it little or no coverage. On April 2 at 7 a.m., 400 people gathered at the Civic Center for the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Christian Business Men’s Committee. They had as their speaker a young man who spoke about the laws of our country being founded on Christianity. He received a standing ovation. You should hang your head in shame lo think no mention of this gathering of patriotic citizens was Letter policy The Herald-Zeitung welcomes correspondence concerning topics of general interest. All letters must be signed and include an address and telephone number for verification purposes — only the name and community of residence will accompany the letter in print. No anonymous letters will be accepted. Length is limited to 300 words and letter-writers to acceptance for publication only once per month. The newspaper reserves the right to refuse any letter as well as edit all letters. The letters become the property of the Herald-Zeitung. Letters should be sent to Forum, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328, or brought to our offices at 707 Landa. mentioned in your paper. Robert Waggener Marion I didn't appreciate cartoona Editor: I did not appreciate Pete Williams’ left-leaning politically oriented cartoons. Nix’ would I appreciate any leaning to the right. It’s refreshing that my local newspaper is not attempting to influence my opinion of national politics. Please leave that to the national papers. Thank yr j. Leon V. LaShomb Marion Thanks for time and space Editor: In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to do the publicity for several fund-raisers of non-profit organizations, most recently the Mid-Texas Symphony Tour of Homes. On behalf of all non-profit organizations lliat operate on a small budget who must depend on fund raising, I wish to thank the Herald and RGNB for all the time and space they so gladly donate. Also, a big thank you to all the merchants that always allow signs to be displayed in their windows or ai their counters. Without all you wonderful people to help, none of these events could happen. Thank you again to everyone who helps so generously with publicizing these events. Sandy Schlameus New Braunfels Benefit was big success Editor: New Braunfels Emergeny Communications and Rescue Club has successfully completed several activities to raise funds for the Jesse Allen family. The support of several businesses and the public was great. H-E-B, Kroger’s, Wal-Mart and Handy Andy were sites where club members were located on weekends for donations and selling drawing tickets. Texas Postal Service, Ott Plumbing, Tiger Totes Nos. I and 2, Barry’s Under Pass Saloon and New Braunfels Leather Company were all sites where cans were set up for donations and tickets. Prizes for the drawing were donated as follows: Ernie’s Rnife Sharpening Shop donated first prize of a Tanaka chain saw won by Frank Zepeda of San Antonio; Mrs. Eddie Meckel donated second prize of a handmade king-sized quilt won by J. Rem of Smithson Valley; Judy’s Touch Hair Salon donated third prize of a permanent won by S.D. David of New Braunfels. The drawing was held March 30 at the Allen residence and Jesse Allen had the honor of drawing the winners out of the barrel. New Braunfels Emergency Communications and Rescue Club appreciates all the support that was given by the community, the businesses and club members. Linda Hughes public relations officer Emergency Communications and Rescue Club Book* s simple advice too rich for young ? By JOHN INGRAM WALKER, M.D. Last week, at my son’s request, I dared to enter his room in search of some papers he needed for school. Walking into Brad’s room was like taking a step back into time: his basketball posters remained plastered on the wall: books, papers, sports clippings, lists of girls’ telephone numbers, photographs, magazines, letters were piled in disarray (Mi his desk. Sticking out of that pile the classic success book, The Richest Man in Babylon, caught my eye. A quick glance at the treasures in Brad’s room — stereo, guitar, audio tapes, etc. — made me think Brad is that richest r man. Soon convincing myself that I couldn’t find the papers Brad wanted, I took the book and settled down in my study to read, looking for hints on how to deal with the recession, layoffs, reduction in force, unemployment, bankruptcies, business failures, tax increases and rising costs. In 1926 George Clayson issued the first of a famous series of financial pamphlets, using parables set in ancient Babylon. Clayson wrote with such Borid grandiloquence because his choice of language sold books. “Start thy purse to fattening” sounds grander — and sells more books — than “save money,” just as the doctor who calls your “head cold” an “adenovirus” can charge more for the diagnosis. As I rewrote his well-founded suggestions in plain English, they became so simple that I considered abandoning the project until I thought how few of us follow these simple guidelines. Here's the sound advice I wish I had read three decades ago: • Save IO percent of your earnings • Spend less than you earn • Start a retirement plan early • Protect your family and yourself with insurance • Avoid trying to make a fast buck • Get advice from people who understand money • Invest your savings in rock solid projects • Don’t invest your money in anything you don’t understand • Never make investments on borrowed money • Never borrow more than you are capable of easily repaying • If you must borrow, pay your debts promptly • Cultivate your own powers by improving your mind Finishing the book, I could tell by the crispness of the paper that Brad had failed to read this valuable guide, just as I at his age neglected the sound advice found in books. Youth’s life overflows with promise; price comes cruelly later. Like you and I before him, Brad is doodled to learn only from the cold hand of experience. Bul, no matter — for now, he’s the richest man in Babylon. Dr. Walker it Medical Director of IK'A Hill Country Hospital and maintain* a private pay chloric practice in New Braunfels and Sat Antonio. ;