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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q Herald-Zeitung g Wednesday, April 23,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald-Zeitung Opinion Online contact a To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] “The business end of the new media offers opportunities Im* ownership, advertisers and subscribers. With diversity can come innovative ideas of ways to serve a multicultural society at a price that makes sense to both corporations and consumers.” Felix F. Gutierrez The Freedom Forum, 1996 Choices we make determine life we live E D I I T 0 R I < Be watchful of words Flippant remarks, from even the best of folks, can be misinterpreted Fuzzy Zoeller got himself into a little hot water with his off-the-cuff remarks after Tiger Woods’ impressive performance at the Masters. If fact Zoeller’s comments on what he hoped Woods wouldn’t serve at next year’s champion’s dinner ignited a storm of controversy and raised the flag of racism. Zoeller has apologized for the remarks and made the statement that his phrase was meant in jest. His apology and explanation seem sincere. It is a long-standing tradition at the Masters that the previous year’s winner provide dinner for past champions. It is also a long-standing tradition that the past champions complain and rib the newest member of their exclusive club about his offerings. Racism and bigotry should never be tolerated. There is no room in our society for ignorance. But, we must also not jump to the conclusion that a comment is racist or hateful. Sometimes, the old lions are simply reminding the new ones of who made it all possible. (Today’s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Boyd.) Write us... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 260 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor c/o the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)626-1224 New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 301........................................Doug Toney Managing Editor, Ext. 220...............................................Micah Boyd Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reininger Business Manager, Ext. 202........................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext. 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205..........................................Billy Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Lands St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, 137; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, SI 18.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (2 IO) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by ll am. on Sunday. PosTMASiut: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. People can be divided into four groups. Psychotic individuals are out of touch with reality. They hallucinate — see, hear, feel or smell things that aren’t there and they have delusions — false beliefs. Normal people have the capacity to love, to find pleasurable woric, and to enjoy recreation without guilt. All of us have hidden shames, doubt, guilt, frustration, worries, anger to a certain degree, but if our emotional conflicts do not impede our ability to love, work and enjoy recreation, we are about as normal as we can hope to be. Neurotic people tend to base their self-worth on the opinions of others; they try to please people all the time; they have a difficult time saying “No;” and, because they tend to take on more tasks than they can effectively complete, they gravitate toward bum-out and overwork syndromes. Those with character (personality) disorders blame others for their problems, make excuses and fail to accept responsibility for their own behavior. They attribute their problems to their mother or father, wife or husband, teacher or boss. “It’s all my parents’ fault. They gave me bad genes.” “My teacher doesn’t understand me.” “My boss doesn’t like me.” “My friends ignore me.” They don’t get sick. They make other people sick. The blame game. It’s a losing game. John Ingram Walker Estimates indicate that about 20 percent of our population have a character disorder. The 79 percent of us who are normal or neurotic spend 80 percent of our time trying to “fix” those with character disorders. The I percent who are psychotic don’t care. They are too preoccupied with their hallucinations and delusions to consider much else. Those of us who tend to tty to rescue others from their problems become trapped by a frustrating triangle of emotions — rescuer, persecutor, victim. Eventually rescuers become frustrated: “I did all this for him and he’s still a drunk.” Frustration engenders anger and we begin to persecute with words or action: “You’ll never amount to anything. I’m calling the cops.” Our guilt over our anger turns us to victims, “I feel so bad that I had you thrown in jail that I will sacrifice my own aspirations and take care of you forever.” Here’s the secret for living a life as trouble free as possible: The choices we make determine our success, hap piness and health. No one else can take credit or blame for the way we live or the way we feel. We are responsible. And for all of us neurotic rescuers out there: We are not responsible for the success, happiness and health of others. Each of us is accountable to do the best we can to live a productive, significant life. At the same time we must let go of what we can’t control. There’s an old East Texas proverb that says, “Don’t try to teach a pig to sing. It will irritate the pig and frustrate you.” That aphorism works for people as well as it works for pigs. Responsible action reflects proper choices. And proper choices come from loving ourselves. Healthy self-love means accepting our shortcomings while taking the responsibility to develop our talents. We aren’t bothered by what we don’t have. Instead we appreciate and magnify what we do have. Taking responsibility means ridding ourselves of caution and timidity caused by fear of failure. A flash of enthusiasm, an excitement for life, and an honest acceptance of ourselves attracts people to us. When we love, we honor our commitments to ourselves and others. We help our loved ones grow emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. We serve, but don’t sacrifice our well-being by masochistically rescuing others. We encourage, but we don’t persecute when others fail to heed our helpful words. We bring joy to those we love, but we don’t attempt to make them happy by giving them everything they want. (The more we give the more they want). Accepting responsibility for our lives requires continual self-examination. Every time we make a choice, we would do well to ask ourselves, “Am I making this choice so that I can grow intellectually, emotionally or spiritually and will this choice help my loved ones grow intellectually, emotionally or spiritually. If we can’t answer affirmatively, the choice most likely is wrong. Taking responsibility for our lives brings happiness and joy. Happiness depends on happenings and responsible living will certainly produce many good happenings in our lives. Joy, a longer lasting emotion, comes from the quiet, confident assurance that all things work for good when we take responsibility for our actions and feelings. (John Ingram Walker, M.D., writes a weekly column for the Herald-Zeitung.) Write ’em State of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000. Atty. General Dan Morales, P.O. Box 12548, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100. Let’s work together to keep New Braunfels ‘Beauty Spot of Texas’ By SUSAN and FRANK PANEBIANCO, JOAN and DAVID STINCHCOMB and JACQUELIN WERSTERFER Special to the Herald-Zeitung As a Chamber of Commerce brochure proclaims, “There is no other place in the state that can boast of such an abundance of natural beauty .” We want to preserve this beauty, which not only makes living here a pleasure, but also helps attract tourists, new businesses and new residents. The canyons and arroyos of New Braunfels are irreplaceable assets that add value to all developments and to the community as a whole. In order to continue to grow and prosper, we need to preserve the natural assets of our community. It’s time to pass an ordinance to preserve their beauty both for ourselves and for future generations. We are entering a period of rapid growth and development. Let’s not allow the reputation of New Braunfels as “The Beauty Spot of Texas” to fall away just because we have not been smart in the ways we develop and grow as a city. Let’s work together to keep New Braunfels special so that our community and its citizens can continue to prosper. Keeping New Braunfels beautiful by preserving, expanding and enhancing its green spaces is also a very smart Today in History The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 1997. There are 252 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: April 23, 1564, is the generally accepted birthdate of the English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare. He died on the same date 52 years later. On this date: In 1348, King Edward III of England established the Order of the Garter. In 1616, the Spanish poet Cervantes died in Madrid. The same day, William Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon, England. In 1789, President-elect Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in way to develop our winter tourism and stimulate economic growth. We have the ideal winter weather and we are ideally located in the Texas Hill Country for hiking and bicycling tourism. If we expand our city’s facilities few hiking and bicycling by opening up new trails and parks, we could add new revenue for our city’s businesses. Hotels could stay full more of the year (including times of drought). Restaurants could expand their winter business. New bicycle rental and outdoor equipment businesses could open. Let’s work toward getting ourselves included in magazine articles and books listing the best places to go for hiking and bicycling vacations, the best places to go for family vacations, the best places to bring a family to live, the best places to retire. The advertising value of having magazines and books include us in such lists is tremendous, and such lists typically place high value on the number of parks and good hiking, bicycling and running paths within a community. Thus, by enhancing the quality of life and attractiveness of our city through expanding the parks and greenery throughout the city, we will be promoting economic growth as well. Here are some ways to ensure that we keep our reputation as “The Beauty Spot of Texas.”: New York. In 1791, the 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, was bom in Franklin County, Pa. In 1896, the Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City. In 1940, about 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, Miss. In 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves won, 7-5. In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church. In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence was later reduced to life 1. The canyons and arroyos, a large part of the beauty of New Braunfels, are crucial to the continued desirability of our city as a destination for tourists and a home for new businesses and residents, and they are irreplaceable. Let’s pass an ordinance that ensures only low-density development along the sides of aroyos and canyons, in order to preserve the beauty of such areas as preserves for birds and wildlife and as attractions for tourists. Let’s also ensure that new construction built along canyons and arroyos includes mature trees along the borders of the canyons and arroyos, to cushion sound (which is magnified and travels through canyons and arroyos) and to preserve the natural beauty of these areas. 2. Let’s require that new developments and new businesses include green zones in their building plans. Let's work to ensure that the appearance of New Braunfels from the major highways reflects the beauty and uniqueness of New Braunfels (instead of taking away from it), through landscaping ordinances and by working toward the creation of new parks. 3. Let’s work toward increasing the number of parks arni designated green spaces throughout our city (like Panther Canyon, which is a wonderful asset to our city). Let’s support plans such as the Rails to Trails project, which will imprisonment. In 1985, the Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke. Negative public reaction forced the company to resume selling the original version, Ten years ago: 28 construction workers were killed when an apartment complex being built in Bridgeport, Conn., collapsed. Five years ago: Fighting erupted in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo just hours after the warring parties signed a truce amid sniper fire. McDonald’s opened its first fast-food restaurant in the Chinese capital of Beijing. One year ago: A Bronx civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to paralyzed Darrell Cabey, one of four young men he shot on a subway car in 1984. A three-night auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy provide a new park for walkers, bicyclers and joggers. Now is the time of let your voices be heard. There is a new Master Plan for the city of New Braunfels currently being developed. This is a very important document that will set out new guidelines for the future growth and development of our city. Tell members of the steering committee how you feel about preset mg the beauty of New Braunfels. Best of all: Volunteer to serve on the citizen committees that will help create the new Master Plan. Applications are available at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. The deadline to apply is May 2. Write letters to the editor, to the mayor, to members of City Council, to the city manager’s office, to all the chambers of commerce, to the Planning and Zoning Commission, so that they can know how you feel. Attend meetings of the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission, where decisions about the future of our city are being made. Keep informed about what is happening in our city. Let’s all work together to keep New Braunfels the truly unique and beautiful Hill Country city it is. Let’s be progressive in thinking about the future of our city. Let’s work together to preserve our title as “The Beauty Spot of Texas” Onassis’ possessions began at Sotheby’s in New York City with a bidding frenzy. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Janet Blair is 76. Actress-tumed-diplomat Shirley Temple Black is 69. Actor David Bimey is 58. Actor Lee Majors is 57. Actress Sandra Dee is 55. Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is 50. Actress Joyce Dewitt is 48. Actress Judy Davis is 42. Actress Jan Hooks is 40. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 37. Rock musician Gen (Jesus Jones) is 33. U.S. Olympic gold-medal skier Donna Weinbrecht is 32. Thought for Today: “Be not afraid of greatness: some are bom great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” — from Act II, Scene 5 of “Twelfth Night,” by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). ;