New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both."
— Susan Sontag writer, essayist, 1986Write usMcCorvey was haunted by her past
Belated “Thank you”
Sophienburg Archives helped Herald-Zeitung in a pinch, but failed to get credit
In the course of putting out our special VICTORY! section, marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, which ran in the Sunday, Aug. 27 edition, the Herald-Zeitung received the help and contributions of several people and organizations in the community.
A few veterans with wonderful and touching stories to tell shared their experiences with us and our readers. They also provided photographs from overseas from the 1940s and also from anniversary celebrations in Europe this past Spring.
Different businesses in town also supported the section by sponsoring the reproduction of five front pages from New Braunfels Herald newspapers in the 1940s.
But those reproductions would not have been possible without the timely help of the Sophienburg Archives.
An Archives volunteer brought us microfilm of past Herald newspapers (our own flies at the paper are incomplete and we lacked the microfilm of those new-papeis reproduced) and stayed with us until the film could be scanned into our computer.
The goodwill shown on the part of the folks at the Sophienburg Archives was genuine and appreciated, and we promised those folks that mention would be made of their part in the production of the section.
But we dropped the ball.
No mention was made in the VICTORY! section of the Archives’ help to
us — help that basically made the section special. We apologize deeply for breaking that promise.
The Sophienburg Archives has been a real partner and supporter of this newspaper for a very long time.
Our paper features weekly stories and photographs in an Archives Anonymous section, and the Looking Back column, submitted by the Comal County Historical Commission, is often drawn from sources at the Archives and Sophienburg Museum.
We truly appreciate these special features, as do our readers. But what’s even more appreciated is the role played by the Archives and Museum in this area.
As a relative newcomer to the area. I’m amazed at the historical preservation undertaken by these and other organizations in this community.
New Braunfels’ colorful past has been well-documented and is in very capable hands. The Sophienburg Archives and Sophienburg Museum need our support and attention.
We regret the oversight we made. Their help was truly appreciated, and VICTORY ! would have been a pale reflection of itself had it not been for their help.
(Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.)
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Norma McCorvey, the used and abused central figure in the monumental Roe vs. Wade abortion case 22 years ago, is a new creation. Not only does she testify to being spiritually reborn, she also says she no longer believes in abortion on demand. True, she would still allow abortion in the first trimester in cases involving severe “fetal abnormalities,” but she has made a quantum leap in a direction opposite the one she has staunchly held since before the 1973 Supreme Court ruling.
I have seen McCorvey interviewed many times. In each instance her countenance and words reflected anger, bitterness, cynicism, pain and sarcasm about the pro-life movement. But recently on ABC’s “Nightline,” a different McCorvey appeared. Dressed nicely, her hair styled, and wearing a cross around her neck, McCorvey displayed an inner peace that can only be explained by using a theological concept: She has been converted.
People in the pro-choice movement expressed shock and offered worldly explanations for her change of heart Her attorney, Sarah Weddington, whom McCorvey accused of lying to her about the
availability of abortion (she said Weddington had had one in Mexico, but didn’t want to share the information with her because it would have hurt Weddington^ legal case), said, “The opposition is going to be using this from a PR perspective.” Look who’s talking!
McCorvey said she was the one who was used by the pro-choicers, including Weddington. “I wasn’t good enough for them,” she said. “You know, I’m a street kid. I can’t really remember a pro-choice person here in Texas ever calling me and saying, ‘Good morning, Norma, are you having any trouble in your life?”’
Others, including attorney Gloria Allred and pro-choice activist Kate Michelman, suggested that McCorvey was attracted to the pro-life side because they paid attention to her. But that explanation is too shallow. They don’t understand the power of information and of genuine love for another person, regardless of their views.
And they are terrified of the political implications of fully disclosing to women details of the abortion procedure and the many alternatives to having one. If pro-choicers had nothing to fear, they wouldn’t hide the grisly operation behind guarded abortion clinic doors.
In an interview with Fort Worth radio station WB AP, McCorvey said that while she was employed by a Dallas abortion clinic, she had to “drink (herself) to sleep at night” in order to forget what she saw each
day. She was most troubled, she said, by a freezer packed with dead aborted babies. One day while looking at empty swings at a local playground, she thought, “Oh my God, the playgrounds are empty because there’s no children, because they’ve all been aborted.”
The key person in MCorvey’s conversion was Rev. Rip Benham, the leader of Operation Rescue Dallas. Benham, whose office was next door to the abortion clinic where McCorvey worked, developed a relationship with her. Both had had troubled pasts, and this is what connected them. He won her over, not with harsh rhetoric, but by treating her as a valuable person. Is there a lesson here for those pro-lifers who believe that confrontation, even violence, is the only way to stop abortion? One hardens hearts; the other can change them.
Some point out that McCorvey still approves of abortion in a few cases, and that the lesbian relationship she has had for two decades with her roommate will not sit well with her new friends on the prolife side. But give her time. She’s been abused in the past and used in the present, but her future looks bright as she claims a promise from that Book the Rev. Rip Benham shared with her: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” That’s the best explanation for what has happened to Norma McCorvey.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
Justice seeks original videotape of roundup
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department could ask a judge to order lawyers to turn over the original videotape purporting to show racist activities at an annual “Good OI' Boys” rally for federal agents, a spokesman says.
“But at this stage of the game, we’re still talking to the attorneys,” said Justice Department spokesman Carl Stem.
The New York Times reported Sunday that the source of the tape and stories about racism at the roundups was Richard Hayward, a tonner Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police officer. The Times said Hayward was upset when he was prevented from expressing his own white supremacist views at the outings. Hayward then provided his tape, taken at the 1990 roundup, to the National Rifle Association, just as it was gearing up a membership drive attacking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fireanns, according to the newspaper.
Justice has issued an administrative subpoena for the original tape to the Gadsden Minutemen, a paramilitary group in Alabama, Stem said. Hayward said he gave the original tape to the group, the Times reported.
“Obviously, if they won’t produce the tape, dial will lead to the implication that it’s not on the up-and-up,”
Stem said in an interview.
He declined to confirm the Times’ reporting on Hayward. He also stopped short of saying Justice investigators doubted the tape’s authenticity.
"Obviously, you have to determine whether there are discrepancies between what is seen on that tape and the events that are known to have occurred on the particular dates,” he said.
He said he expected the department’s inspector general to finish his probe in the early fall.
But civil rights leaders and the organizer of the annual roundups, a former ATF agent, have said they believe the 90-second tape may have been doctored, particularly the part showing a banner proclaiming "Nigger check point.”
Some have suggested thai Hayward himself may (lave hung die banner.
Hayward denied those suspicions to the Times, and insisted the tape and his stories are genuine. Hayward could not be reached Sunday; he had no telephone listing in Fort Lauderdale, Ra.
Hie roundups, held in southeastern Tennessee, generally draw 300 to 400 law enforcement officers
and guests, nearly all of them white. The weekend gathering, which was May 18-20 this year, features picnics, volleyball, golf, rafting and beer drinking.
But it also allegedly has been the scene of drunken lewdness and displays of racism such as the sale of T-shirts with racist themes.
When the tape surfaced last month, the Justice and Treasury Departments began investigations and the Senate Judiciary Committee held well-publicized hearings.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who chaired the Judiciary Committee hearings last month, was traveling Sunday and could not be reached for comment.
Valerie Lau, inspector general for the Treasury Department, which is also investigating the Good OI’ Boys Roundups, declined Sunday to comment on the Times report. Susan McCarron, an ATF spokeswoman, said Sunday she had not seen the report.
An NRA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the group had been approached with information about the Good OI’ Boys Roundups but said the source would identify himself only as George, which raised suspicions.
Hayward’s tape and accounts of the roundups were apparently turned over to The Washington Times by an NRA official, The New York Times said.Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 1995. There are 124 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Aug. 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
On this date:
In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
In 1632, English philosopher John Locke was bom in Somerset.
In 1809, American author Oliver
Wendell Holmes was born in Cambridge, Mass.
In 1877, the second president of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1896, the Chinese-American dish chop suey was invented in New York City by the chef to visiting Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang.
In 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.
In 1957, Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, then a Democrat, ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill after talking for more than 24 hours.
In 1965, Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles “Pete” Conrad, splashed down in the
Atlantic after eight days in space.
In 1966, the Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with what turned out to be their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
In 1975, one of Ireland’s most prominent figures in its quest for independence, Eamon de Valera, died at a nursing home near Dublin at age 92.
In 1981, broadcaster and world traveler Lowell Thomas died in Pawling, N.Y., at age 89.
Ten years ago: Elena was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane as it swept toward the Gulf Coast, prompting more than 125,000 people from Ronda to Louisiana to flee.
Five years ago: A defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared in a television interview that America could not defeat Iraq, saying, “I do
not beg before anyone.”
One year ago: Bosnian Serb officials announced the results of a weekend referendum in which Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly rejected what was billed as a last-chance peace plan.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor George Montgomery is 79. Actor-director Sir Richard Attenborough is 72. Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., is 61. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 59. Actor Elliott Gould is 57. Movie director William Friedkin is 56. Actor Richard Gere is 46. Singer Michael Jackson is 37. Actress Rebecca De Momay is 33.
Thought for Today: "The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.” — Willem de Kooning, Dutch-born artist.