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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — HeRALD-ZeitI JNG — Tuesday, August 12, 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 NKW BRAUM'Kl S Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zcitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Gary E. Maitland, Managing Editor (830) 625-9144Kudos - Thanks to firefighters for great demonstration Target would like to thank “Shift A" of the downtown area firehouse. These gentlemen came to our store and demonstrated the proper way to use a fire extinguisher. The men did an excellent job in making sure their demonstration was serious and fun at the same time. These men not only risk their lives putting out fires, rescuing people and saving people’s lives in their ambulances, but also they provide community services to the public. We would like to say “thank you” to all of the men and women in the New Braunfels Fire Department for all you do. Target Store No. 994Today In History- By The Associated Press Txiay is Tuesday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2003. There are 141 days left in the year. Tbday’s highlight in history: Fifty years ago, on Aug. 12, 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb. On this date; In 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent on his sewing machine. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. In 1898, Hawaii was formally annexed to the United States. In 1944, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed with hts co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England. In 1960, the first balloon satellite _ the Echo I _ was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral. In 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union also sent up cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men landed safely Aug. 15. In 1972, the last American combat ground troops left Vietnam. In 1978, Pope Paul VI, who had died Aug. 6 at age 80, was buried in St. Peter’s Basilica. In 1985, the worlds worst single-aircraft disaster occurred as a crippled Japan Air lanes Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people. Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II began his third U.S. visit in Denver. President Clinton signed a relief package for the flooded Midwest. President Clinton lifted a ban on rehiring air traffic controllers fired for going on strike in 1981. The launch of space shuttle Discovery was scrubbed at the last second. Five years ago: Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to Holocaust survivors to settle claims for their assets. One year ago: Iraq’s information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf told the Arabic satellite television station Al-Jazeera that there was no need for U.N. weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad and branded as a “he” allegations that Saddam Hussein still had weapons of mass destruction.Policy The Herald-Zeitung encourages the submission of letters. Letters must be 250 words or fewer, and the Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. Guest columns should be less than 500 words. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. No letter will be published until it has been verified. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor c/othe Herald-Zeitung PO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] Although world changes, God is constant Contact ’Em The recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America in Minneapolis raised questions regarding St. Joseph Anglican Church in New Braunfels and the continuing Anglican Communion, also known as the Traditional Episcopal Church or American Episcopal Church. These Christians broke from ECUSA in three separate theological battles: 1977 in a dispute over radical changes in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and the abandoning of the male priesthood; the 1967 split that resulted from ECUSA financing nonChristian programs that directly threatened the Christian Church; and in 1870 over introduction of high church doctrine and practice that did not have scriptural foundation. Parishes from these conflicts, now grouped in dioceses throughout the country, are merging. Will all become one? Evidence indicates they will, but it will be a slow process. All of us insist on the “three legged stool” ofWrite ’Em President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D C. 20500 U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 8023 Vantage Dr., Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753The Rev. Will Griffin Guest Column Anglicanism, “scripture, tradition and reason,” which ECUSA has not rejected. The 39 Articles of Anglicanism distinguish the communion from Roman Catholicism and general Protestantism. All use the 1928 BCP, which differs only in minor linguistic ways from the 1549 BCP, the first translation into English from Latin. None use ECUSA’s 1979 b<x)k. Being scripturally based, observing the tradition of the Church from biblical times and utilizing reason, the Continuing Anglican Communion is committed to the time-honored BCP, the male priesthood, sex confined to a committed relationship in marriage between a man and a woman, and we regard homosexual activity as sin. ECUSA has rejected all of this, including scripture. We do not pass judgment on the beliefs or practices of other churches, groups or individuals. We insist on practicing the faith once delivered, and we reject the concept of changing to meet every social whim that comes along. What others do is their business. Our position is based on scripture, tradition and reason for us. Nor do we intend to change our position, rewrite scripture or aver that violation of natural law is acceptable because the deviates happen to be talented or likable people. St. Joseph Anglican Church is not “just another Episcopal Church” that meets in a quaint Victorian house and uses “the old book.” We traditional Anglicans worship a triune God, who has not changed or moved, in a worship service that has not changed, in a world that is constantly changing. We offer the stability of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, i.e., the God of the Bible, and a Church determined to stand with that immutable, loving God. (The Rev. Will Griffin is rector at St. Joseph Anglican Church.) John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington, D C. 20510 (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 http ://corny n. senate. gov/ (All e-mails are sent through the Web site) Austin office Jennifer Lustina, state director Beth Cubriel, field director 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza, regional director 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 (210) 821-5024 City Council Mayor Adam Cork 608-2100, city hall 609-1958, home [email protected] District 1 Sonia Munoz-Gill 608-2100 District 2 Larry Alexander 609-1242, home District 3 Gale Pospisil 625-6997, work District 4 Valerie Hull (210) 533-1250, work District 5 Lee Rodriguez 629-4901, work j District 6 Ken Valentine 625-7384, home [email protected] Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 620-5501 Fax: 608-2026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 620-5504 (830) 899-2948, home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin 620-5509 (210)651-9672, home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cnstina Zamora 620-5503 606-9208, home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 620-5508 (830) 625-6739, homeSchwarzenegger would make a perfect governor I can’t recall ever having written a commentary on California politics. Thats because, from afar, politics in California seem to be as complex, byzantine and sometimes downright weird as those in the Middle East. Ive had more experience in the Middle East than in California. Nevertheless, I can say this: Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly qualified to be a governor. Whether he will be elected or not is another question, and I don’t have a clue. I can’t think of anything more uncertain to bet on than the outcome of a California election. Let me tell you why he is qualified, and, at the same time, poke the air out of a myth created by politicians that holding public office in this country is somehow complex and difficult. That’s a load of self-aggrandizing horse apples. Buying into the notionCharley Reese people need an expeller***! politician is like deciding you need an experienced prostitute. The job of any governor is to make decisions and appointments. Schwarzenegger has demonstrated far better than most professional politicians he can do that. He is intelligent. His whole life reveals he knows how to set goals, analyze what is required to achieve those goals, find people who can help him and discipline himself to accomplish them. He has, so far, accomplished every goal he has set for himself. Nobody should underestimate a guy who came to this country practically broke and became a millionaire in his early 20s. He parlayed his bodybuilding title into a mail-order business, made sound investments in real estate and graduated with a degree in business from an American university. When he set out to become a movie star, he carefully chose the right parts, recognizing he was not a great actor. In the movie business, you don’t have to be. You just have to look right in the part. A lot of professional politicians are people who never accomplished anything except to campaign perpetually for public office. Its not far off the mark to say they’ve spent their lives conning people into giving them what apparently many Americans value little — their vote. When America first started out as a republic, as a rule, most elected officials were people who achieved prominence in private life, excelling in something. Tbday, most politicians were nobodies until they won their first election. Pick the names of your own local politicians, and ask yourself, had I ever heard of these people before they got into politics? With rare exceptions, the answer is “no.” We would have a much better government if we turned to people who had solid achievements in the private sector and persuaded them to go into public office. The present system rewards mediocrity simply because these people can win a popularity contest, commonly called an election. They usually do so with some special-interest money and staff hired to put words into their mouths and thoughts into their heads. I was in that business at one time, and most Americans would be appalled if they knew how brainless and incurious some elected officials actually are. It’s ironic when the subject of actors comes up, because that is precisely what most professional politicians are. They dote on their appearance, read lines written by someone else and get their jollies from public applause. The only difference between most professional politicians and actors is the actors are usually more intelligent. Don’t let politicians and political junkies in the press con you into believing serving in public office in this country is space science. Anybody with an average intelligence and a little common sense can do it. In fact, you ought to consider it yourself. (Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist.) ;