New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Journalists can't meet high-tech, high-diversity, high-profile modem news challenges with horse-and-buggy ethics.”
Austin Long-Scott journalism educator, 1996
Make it a daily celebration
Children are much too important to overlook
Today residents from around the area descended on Landa Park to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.
The event should prompt all of us to realize children in our lives and in our community are special and should be celebrated — not just once a year but each and every day.
Children have a much more difficult time growing up today than even those of the past decade or two. The future of our city, county, state and the world depends on how well today’s adults pass along their insights and intellect, compassion and caring, knowledge and know-how to the youngest of our neighbors.
In the rat race that life has become, with all the high-tech marvels and gee-whiz gadgets and the pressure of having everything done yesterday, take the time to make a difference in a child’s life.
If you don’t have children of your own (or you do, but they’re grown), there are plenty of organizations that would love to have a new batch of volunteers to help them help the children.
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child’s smile is priceless.
(Todays editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Boyd.)
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differ, but season springs eternal
It usually happens around noon. The frazzled career mom rushes out the office door to see how many errands she can squeeze into her lunch hour. Then it hits her. Spring has truly arrived.
She stands frozen in the middle of the parking lot, staring up at the sky. Her co-workers conclude she has finally snapped. But she is merely taking a few seconds to bask in the beginning of the warm season.
The career mom has seen spring come from Virginia to Southern California, and each region heralds the season uniquely. In Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, the dogwoods and redbuds bloom.
Compared to the Texas terrain, the Tennessee woods are the forest primeval. By summer the growth is so dark and profuse it all but obscures the sky. One can imagine dinosaurs, or at least Davy Crockett, around the next bend.
But in the springtime the forests pulsate with spring green — palpable green, the smell of green. Leaping from the new growth is the raspberry and white of redbuds and dogwoods. A human animal stands in awe and feels small.
Southern California springs live in the career mom’s memory more simply. The steamroller of human development has all but obliterated the natural terrain — except at the beach. The Southern California definition of spring is simply this: Beach season opens. Serious sun worshippers can come out of hibernation.
Texas springs can delight on a macro
or micro scale. Focusing on the most mundane patches of grass almost invariably leads to a wildflower sighting — in freeway medians, alleys or ditches. Nature seems to be saying it will prevail and create beauty no matter how hard humans try to obscure it.
To appreciate the hugeness of Texas springtime, all the adopted-Texan career mom has to do is look up and feel the warmth of the sun on her face. She has found Texas to be just as suitable a habitat for Homo Sapiens max-imus tannus as Huntington Beach.
The Spring-Fed Pool in Landa Park rivals the beach for a favorite non-Sur-geon-General-approved method of ultraviolet absorption. The devout comes equipped with a good book and good sunglasses. She then spends the entire afternoon alternating between two activities: I. baking in die sun until she can almost see the wavy heat lines radiating from her skin and the cobalt-blue sky behind closed eyes and 2.
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plunging into the cold water and swimming hard and fast, to the point of exhaustion.
A quintessentially Texan sun-worshipping ritual happens on horseback. There are few headier sensations than gripping a horse at a full gallop with the sun beating down and the wind whipping hair and face.
The Texas-transplant mom thinks she might eventually give in and try another favorite Texas sun-basking strategy — golf. She has heretofore considered it too expensive and “establishment” for her personal tastes. But on closer examination it looks intriguing — an excuse to walk around on a big, beautiful lawn in the sunshine with a group of friends, talk, drink whatever, and get some exercise. Definitely worth a try.
(Susan Flynt England is the Herald-Zeitung news editor.)
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Letters to the Editor
Letter writer should make
I have recently read a letter written by Mrs. Lieselotte Mourn on Tuesday, April 15 (“Focus of tragedy misplaced”). I feel that a person who did not even know such a caring, thoughtful and generous person has no right to write on what she believes although I know she is entitled to.
Yes I do feel sorry for the Sanchez family, but did she ever think about the Trollinger family. That is classless and thoughtless. I do believe that if Lieselotte Mourn is such a brave person (although she might be saying this because she wants attention) by writing a letter such as the one she wrote on Tuesday, she should be “man” enough to leave some way for the community to contact her.
Kristopher Mund New Braunfels
Another reader infuriated by tetter to tho editor
The letter submined to your paper about Adam Trollinger has infuriated many including myself. The lady who submined the letter didn’t even know Adam. In response to lief quote “hero’s funeral,” it wasn’t a hero’s funeral. It was a gathering of Adam’s friends.
Adam touched everyone and he never thought he was better than anyone, except in football. At New Braunfels High School they teach us to care about our friends and teachers.
You need to stop trying to get attention and get a life! You caused a slowly closing wound to open up. I hope you are happy and that you got your limelight.
Today in History
The Associated Press
Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 1997. There are 257 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the Bntish were coming.
On this date: •
In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires. About 700 people died.
In 1921, Junior Achievement, created to encourage business skills in young people, was incorporated.
In 1942, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
To quote Shakespeare “Be gone! Run to your houses, fall upon your knees, pray to the gods to intermit the plague. That needs must light on this ingratitude.” (Julius Caesar, Act One, line 50).
You have made many people mad. We all miss Adam and Romina a lot. But since you didn’t know Adam you should just retreat with your snide comments.
Chris Hull NBHS sophomore
Trollingtr, Sanchez loving, giving teens
This in response to the letter written by Lieselotte Mourn. I work at New Braunfels High School and was fortunate enough to meet Adam Trollinger and Romina Sanchez a few weeks before they died. I did not know them that long, but with both of them, it did not take long for them to touch your heart. They were both very loving and giving people, so full of life, it is still hard to accept that they are gone. Adam was not given a “hero’s funeral.” Both he and Romina were given funerals and memorials befitting how much they were loved by the community. I hope the Sanchez and Trollinger families find comfort in knowing their children were loved very much.
From what I knew of Adam, he would have never deliberately done anything to hurt anyone.
I have a question for Ms. Mourn. Have you never sped up to make it through a light before it changed? Or drove too fast?
Ms. Mourn, you wrote a letter to the editor that hurt many people. Wounds were starting to heal, now they are
In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa.
In 1946, the League of Nations went out of business.
In 1949, the Irish republic was proclaimed.
In 1955, physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton, N.J.
In 1956, actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding took place the next day.)
In 1983, 62 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber.
Ten years ago: President Reagan used his weekly radio address to express hope the superpowers could reach an agreement to sharply reduce
wide open again.
Sherry Santos Library assistant. NBHS
Egressing empathy much better than anger
It is quite evident from the April 15 letter by Lieselotte Mourn that the author in no way shape or form knew Adam Trollinger. What happened was a tragedy. The only people who really know what went on that night were Adam, Romina and Denise.
I’m sure none of them thought they were going to die. I am a teen-ager, and I do many stupid things I regret later, but does that mean I deserve to die, too? lf that was the case, the majority of the American population would be deceased. Instead of just venting anger and showing ignorance, try empathy. It looks better on everyone.
Stacey Kuhn NBHS junior
Letter writer has missed essence off wtiat happened
I would like to respond to the letter that appeared in the Letters to the Editor on Tuesday, April 15 from Lieselotte Mourn.
I do not recall anyone ever dismissing Adam Trollinger’s actions. Certainly what happened is tragic, and should never have happened. It is most unfortunate indeed that three young, bright kids lost their lives. This community lost the opportunity to see what they could make of themselves and contribute to the future of this community.
To me the display of love and grief for this loss was just that, a heartfelt
the threat of intermediate-range nuclear weapons.
Five years ago: Serbia issued a protest to the United States, accusing Washington of siding with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia in the Yugoslav crisis. Democrat Jerry Brown met with black leaders in Philadelphia while front-runner Eill Clinton visited a Phillies-Pirates ballgame as the two courted Pennsylvania primary voters.
One year ago: President Clinton addressed the Japanese Parliament, hailing security ties between the two countries as the cornerstone of stability in Asia. Congress passed and sent to President Clinton long-awaited legislation giving federal law officers new powers to use against terrorism. Israeli shells killed 91 Lebanese refugees in a U.N. camp (israel called the attack an “unfortunate mistake”). Gunmen
outpouring of love and dismay that someone so young could be lost. To me, those that remembered Adam, were not remembering him as a hero, but as someone who was with them in school, a companion, a bright spot during the day and most of all, a fellow student.
The writer has missed the essence of what happened. Three people are gone. Three people that could have been future leaders in our city, state or county. The callous comments by the writer show a disregard for the need of the students, teachers at New Braunfels High School and parents to remember lost friends and children, and to release feelings so that they can go on about their lives and futures. It is surely sad that someone older than those they criticize should show such cynicism. The students at New Braunfels High School have been given a dose of reality that life is fragile. It can be snuffed out in an instant. I would dare say that every student will think twice before crossing a railroad track again. I would like to think that out of this some good; has come.
As for placing blame, the writer has no right to sit as judge and jury. What has happened has affected those who knew the three bright, young people more than any court action could ever have. To suggest that seeing a friend off, grieving and comforting each other is a hero’s sendoff is beyond my comprehension. If showing love, compassion, feeling and caring for those whose loss they can never replace is a hero’s treatment, then so be it.
Perhaps someday the writer will come to understand.
John Haas New Braunfels
opened fire at a hotel in Egypt, killing 18 Greek tourists.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Barbara Hale is 75. Blues singer Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown is 73. Actor Clive Revill is 67. Actor Robert Hooks is 60. Actress Hayley Mills is 51. Actor James Woods is 50. Country musician Walt Richmond (The Tractors) is 50. Actor Rick Moranis is 43. Actress Melody Thomas Scott (“The Young and the Restless”) is 41. Actor Erie Roberts is 41. Actor John James is 41. Rock musician Lcs Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 39. Talk show host Conan O’Brien is 34. Actress Jane Leeves is 34. Rock musician Craig Eklund (Everclear) is 27.
Thought for Today: “We are all more average than we think.” — Gorham Munson, American author and editor (1896-1969).