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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 J Heraid-Zeitung J Friday, August 18 ,1995 Opinion I To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, caf! 626-9^ ext 21 i t u n Opinion Online contact ■ 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 HZeitungCAOL com. Q U 0 T A B “The most rewarding freedom is freedom of the mind." — Amy Garvey author, 1963United Way, Senior Center alike EDITORIAL New Braunfels ambassadors Comal Community Band to represent city at Braunfels, Germany celebration .As New Braunfels residents came together this year to celebrate their 150th anniversary, another community across the Atlantic is gearing up for a birthday party of its own. The 750th anniversary of the founding of Braunfels. Germany is scheduled for July 19%. Dignitaries from around Germany and Europe will be on hand to commemorate the anniversary. as will a contingent from New Braunfels. During April of this year, our local community welcomed friends — old and new — to town for festivities, ceremonies, parades and other events marking our Sesquicentennial. Among those visiting were many officials, performers and relatives of local residents from Braunfels. Germany. While here, the German conungent and local organizers celebrated the heritage shared by the founders of this community and people of Braunfels. The Braunfels officials took pan in many events, and represented their community and country in fine fashion. Now New Braunfels will have the opportunity to pay tribute to her namesake and sister city rn Europe at next year’s anniversary. One group planning to perform at the Braunfels 750th birthday bash is the Comal Community Band Composed of 60 members, the band is scheduled to perform in other German communities as well as Braunfels, and organizers are try ing to set up performances ai American military bases as well. Created in 1981, the Comal Community Band is made up of a true cross section of this area. Musicians cross gender and age lines (with ages ranging from the teens to the 70s). Familiar figures at Wurstfest and the July 4 celebration on the Plaza, the band also has recently performed — free of charge — dunng the Sesquicentennial celebration, for the Music Study Club, at Conservation Plaza for Fondest, at the McKenna Memorial Hospital volunteer picnic, and at various holiday events. The group will also play at the Sisters in Suffrage event tomorrow. To travel to Braunfels, Germany, however, group officials have said they must raise $200,000. Transporting 60 people, their instruments, paying for room and board and meals for an extended stay in Germany is not an inexpensive proposiuon, and the group is hoping corporale sponsorships and individual donations will help defray costs. New Braunfels could hardly hope for belier representatives at the Braunfels celebration Those who can should gladly help this group make the journey and carry their message of music and friendship to our sister community. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love day.) Write us ... The New Braunfels Heraid-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 250 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 do The New Braunfels Hemld-Zeitung P O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David Suttons General Manager............................................................Cheryl DuVal! Managing Editor...........................................................Doug Loveday Advertising Director......................................................Tracy    Stevens Circulation Director...................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman..................................................Douglas Brandt Classified Manager...........................................................Kim    Weitzel City Editor ....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zettwtg (LISPS 377-880) TW Lands Sc, or PO Drawa 311328, New Braunfels. Comal County, Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas Cvner delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months, $19; six months. $34; one yew. $60 Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $30; one year, $36 Mad delivery outside Comal County m Texas: three months. $28.80, six months. $52; one year, $97.50 Mad outside Texas six months. $75. one year, $112.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p m Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 tm on Sunday may call (210)625-9144 or by 7 pm. weekdays or by ll am on Sunday PucntAJTUt: Send address changes lo die New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328. New Braunfels. Tx 78131-1328 It’s that nine of year again. The United Way is about to go into full swing. The Comal County Senior Citizens Center is one of the recipients of funds from the United Way of Comal County (UWCO. and we are extremely appreciative. This year, the United Way is chaired by Frances Huff of TXI. The current president is Doug Miller and the president-elect is David Sansing. As always, there are many, many volunteers helping with the community effort. Joe Wort is that always faithful and invaluable executive director of the UWCC. From reading the United Way brochure. I learned thai since 1954 the Comal County Community Fund has initiated fund-raising drives to support charities providing social services to the people of Comal County. Under the leadership of the first president. Frank Wilson, and the enthusiastic leadership of the drive chairman. EP. "Pete" Nowotny. the Community Fund exceeded its first goal by S 10.000. Through the years, the Community Fund has collected over SI million to support qualifying organizations in the county. In 1989. under the leadership of Board President Herb Schneider, the board of directors voted to join the United Way of America. The Comal County Fund is now the UWCC The new United Way still supports chanties that provide services to the people. This year. the UWCC will be funding 29 organizations. I also learned that the United Way logo has a simple but universal message. The center image, based on the universal symbol of mankind, is »cradled by the helping hands. It indicates that United Way cares about people everywhere. At the bottom is a helping hand symbolizing United Way’s support if serv ices and programs that in urn support the people in local communities. The rainbow overhead, emerging from the hand to shelter the figure, represents hope for a better tomorrow. The recurring theme here is people helping people. New Braunfels is a very lucky community to have so many people and organizations volunteering and helping other people in so many ways. The Comal County Senior Center is also all about people helping people as well as helping other nonprofit organizations. We are grateful to the United Way for helping us to achieve some of our goals. One extremely important use of the United Way Marie Dawson contributions is to help fund the center’s home-delivered meals program. These meals are important to those elderly or handicapped persons who are home-bound or who are not able to cook and therefore do not get well-balanced, nutritious meals each day. Thanks also to all those terrific volunteers who deliver those meals each day. Another essential program is the handicapped-equipped van. United Way funds help with the operation of that van which is in almost constant use these days transporting people to doctor’s appointments and to many other appointments they would not be able to meet if it were not for that van and that driver, David Johnson, making it possible to handle those wheelchairs. At the Senior Center, United Way t-shirts are on sale for $6. Come by to purchase your wry attractive shirt and help out the important Unitea *Vay campaign. Let us all contribute to helping mankind and, in particular, our neighbors, with a concerted effort to the organizations asking for help and to the community in general. In the words of the United Way, "What is my fair share V What is your answer? (Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident who writes exclusively about senior citizen issues.) Gee,tA\cKeY- had (Cd toto! lo M i^TO-ftan now! W Happened? lapdWfiJ faopT life vias dqWtditil ated it! vw Scalia turns down Citadel’s request By RICHARD CARELLI Associated Press Writer . WASHINGTON (AP) — When Chief Justice William Rehnquist last week turned down The Citadel’s effort to keep Shannon Faulkner from becoming a cadet, the school's lawyers thought they knew just where to turn. Supreme Court rules forced them to first seek help from Rehnquist, but the chief jusuce's refusal meant lawyers for the South Carolina school were free to file the same emergency request with any one of the court's eight other members. Although they ended up losing, the decision by the Citadel's lawyers lo turn next to Justice Antonin Scalia seemed logical at the time. After all, Scalia is not only the court's most conservative member, but he was the only justice on record as sympathetic lo The Citadel's claim that its male-only policy was worth saving Scalia voiced such sympathy when the high court in 1993 rejected an Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug 18, the 230th day of 1995. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be bom on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island. NC On this date: In 1227, the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died. In 1846, U.S. forces led by General Stephen W. Kearney captured Santa Fe, N.M. In 1894, Congress established the Bureau of Immigration. In 1914, President Wilson issued his "Proclamation of Neutrality.” Analysis appeal by the Virginia Military Institute, the nation's only other state-supported and male-only military school. Although he agreed with the court's acuon two years ago, he did so only because of the appeal’s timing. "Whether it is constitutional for a state lo have a men-only military school is an issue that should receive the attention of this court before, rather than after, a national insulation as venerable as the Virginia Military Institute is compelled to transform itself,” Scalia wrote in a concurring opinion The Citadel's lawyers must have had those words in mind when they confidently predicted success for their Supreme Court gambit. But Scalia, like Rehnquist, turned down the emergency request without commem Ms. Faulkner became a cadet the next day, shattering the school's 152-year history of male exclusivity. The school passed up its right to gel aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I. In 1938, President Roosevelt dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada. In 1954, Assistant Secretary of Labor James E. Wilkins became the first black to attend a meeting of a president's Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell. In 1958, the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov was published. In 1963, James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi. In 1982, for the first time, volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level as 132.69 million shares were traded. In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leiv- turned down by each and every other justice. Did Scalia have a change of heart? He's not offenng an explanation, but the prospect of countermanding the chief justice in such circumstances is not an attracuve one. There also would have loomed the embarrassing possibility of being reversed by the full court. The Citadel this week filed a formal Supreme Court appeal, but its fate could be determined by the court's handling of an already-pending appeal in the VMI dispute. In it, the Clinton administration is challenging Virginia's plan, approved by a federal appeals court, to create a "women’s VMI” at another school while keeping VMI all-male While the case was before the court, the newspaper reports, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor circulated a confidential memo saying she was donating all her American ftequeni-flier miles to charity to avoid any potential conflict of interest. At least four other justices did the same, but Scuba refused. Instead, he disqualified himself from participating in the case. "He is said lo have joked privately that since he uses his frequent-flier benefits to obtain tickets for those of his children who have left the nest, giving up the miles would rn* an he would nev er get them to visit," the Journal said. Scalia refused comment. Speaking of Scalia, The Wall Street Journal has dug up an intriguing footnote lo the court's decision in January that allowed people to sue American Airlines in stale courts over changes in its frequent-fiier plan mg 22 dead and causing more than $1 billion worth of damage. In 1987, American journalist Charles Glass escaped his kidnappers in Beirut after 62 days in captivity. In 1991, Soviet hard-liners launched an unsuccessful coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Ten years ago: Pope John Paul ll, in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of an African tour, implored his audience to surmount tribal barriers, and urged countries engaged in the arms race to fight ecological and human crises instead. Five years ago: A U S frigate fired warning shots across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman — apparently the first shots fired by the United Slates in the Persian Gulf crisis. Retired Justice Harry Blackmun is participating in the Federal Judicial Center’s project creating a Supreme Court oral history. Yale University law professor Harold Koh, a former Blackmun law clerk, is conducting the taped interviews.Two other retired justices. One year ago: Ronda Gov. Lawton Chiles declared an immigration emergency and demanded federal help lo cope with the largest surge of Cuban refugees since the 1980 Mariel boatlift. Today’s Birthdays: Fumier Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger is 78 Actress Shelley Winters is 73. Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 68. Movie director Roman Polanski is 62. Actress Gail Fisher is 60. Actor Robert Redford is 58. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 52. Actor Christian SlatCi is 26. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 25. Thought for Today: ‘The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up." — Dorothy Day, American social activist (1897-1980). A ;