New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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— Norodom Sihanouk Cambodian prince, 1994Traditions abound during holidays
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U.S. troop deployment
Support from Congress necessary as U.S. troops ready for mission in the Balkans
It’s a done deal.
U.S. troops will be stationed in Bosnia-Herzegovina beginning this month as part of a NATO operation to implement the peace accord reached last week in Dayton.
Regardless of any opposition in Congress — and there is considerable opposition — the President will go ahead with the deployment of some 20,000 American soldiers as part of the 60,000 troop NATO contingent.
And with the reluctant support of Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, voiced opposition to the deployment will likely subside in the coming days as hearings on the action continue on Capitol Hill.
Dole is expected to present the Senate with a resolution of support. It is hoped it will be ratified before the official signing of the peace accord Dec. 14 in Paris.
Because the troop deployment is going to happen, lawmakers opposed to the action should now work toward making the troops mission one that can be accomplished with the least number of casualties.
And be certain — there will be casualties.
Military strategists have much more to worry about than just Bosnian Serb gunners (they’ve not foigotten America’s part in NATO air raids on their positions recently).
The battlefields of Bosnia are littered with land mines — placed by Bosnian government troops, Serbs and Croats. Mines don’t discriminate and are likely to take a toll on peacekeepers in the region.
Some in the Pentagon are also concerned about Muslim fighters who are now in Bosnia.
Many fought on the side of the Bosnian government, and concerns abound about terrorist attacks against U.S. troops.
And then there are the scars of war felt by people on all sides. With so many atrocities committed, hatred remains and the urge to exact revenge is still simmering
Once entrenched in Bosnia, the fear is that American soldiers will be required to maintain the peace there well past the one year deadline proposed by many.
As one lawmaker put it last week, it’s easy to get into a situation like Bosnia but much more difficult to get out.
Formulating an exit strategy (which has not been forthcoming from the White House or NATO so far) would help to define the U.S. involvement in the peace effort.
(Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.)
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Holidays can be special times of the year, and family time tends to be a central aspect of what makes holidays special. I’d like to underscore the importance of traditions in making holidays special. Traditions link children with their past and add predictability to a world all too unpredictable. Traditions give children (and adults) a sense of belonging, and make one’s family unique. For the sake of continuity as well as for the joy of it, include children in many of the holiday traditions.
The spirit of the holidays focus, at least in part, on our relationships with our fellow human beings. Christmas celebrates Christ’s birthday, and His lessons to us involve treating each other with care and dignity. Traditions can be personal (as in self-development or reflection), with family, with friends, with people in general, and with our Earth (which certainly needs more care than it has received!).
What are your family traditions which you would like to keep? If you don’t have them, what better time than to begin them! Going out to pick a Christmas tree, decorating it as a family, listening to and singing carols, popping and stringing popcorn, wrapping packages together, decorating the house, nighttime church services—these are all things which punctuate the season when we do them together!
Shopping, or better yet making gifts for others is a great way to help children learn to think of gifts which “fit” the other person. Take kids shopping for others rather than doing it for them. This is a fun lesson in human understanding and in realizing that others’ wants are often different from our own. (Wouldn’t it be great if we could understand differ
ent as different rather than different as wrong?)
One great tradition I just heard of was to make a wreath for each person in the family, and then to add an ornament or symbolic thing each year reflecting something relevant to their life that year. Children would love that, and could reflect back about each year of their life as the wreath becomes more filled.
A family photo each holiday season kept in a special family bode is a great way to reflect across the years. Kids love watching themselves grow up in pictures (adults usually love it too).
Another great tradition which really touches the meaning of the holidays is to take children to purchase a gift with their own money for those less fortunate, and/or to go through their toys to give away those they no longer play with to a shelter or some other appropriate place. Encourage them to give away good toys, too. Let’s teach children that holidays are not just receiving presents! When Christmas comes to mean “What do I get?” there is so very much lost and it is so very sad.
Some families pull together to prepare and serve (or deliver) a meal to a less fortunate family. Some go to Christmas meals offered in the community to cook or serve others. This is also the meaning of Christmas—taking care of others!
Some people who have more than enough “things” have begun to be gifted with a few hours of community service in their name, a donation to a cause of their choice in their name, or supporting a needy child in their name. Last year my cousin gifted my parents with the donation of eyeglasses to a child they will never know, and a donation toward a needed surgery for a child. What a great idea, and what a great gift.
How about painting over graffiti? How about picking up trash at a parte in honor of someone? How about doing something good for our Earth? These ideas really are at the spirit of the holidays— be good to one another! When these gifts of reaching out to and caring for others add to a basis of within-the-family traditions, there is a balance between self-care, family care, and care for others which is a powerful and important message.
Let’s be good keepers of ourselves, our family, our friends and those we do not even know. Let’s be good keepers of our animals, our forests, rivers and oceans, and our Earth.
Family traditions which honor the family are extremely special and important. Perhaps extending these traditions to those outside the family can assist in making the true meaning of Christmas to become alive in each of us.
Disclaimer: All materials in this column are provided for general information only. It is not intended, nor should it be construed, as psychological advice or instruction.
(Dr. Logan is a psychologist in private practice in New Braunfels.)
Advance troops will be on the ground in Bosnia shortly, preparing for the more than 20,000 U.S. combat troops that will be arriving later this month as part of a NATO peacekeeping effort.
We want to know if you support the use of U.S. troops in this endeavor.
Fill out the coupon (right), drop it by our office at 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 or fax survey to (210) 625-1224. Copied forms are accepted.
Deadline for this survey is Saturday, Dec. 9,1995.
Do you support our sending troops to Bosnia to enforce the recently-signed peace treaty?
The greatest asset is:_
Name _ Address. Phone#. City
U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICES:
210-722-2293 or P.O. Box 12068
President of the U.S.
Austin, TX 78711-2068
1313 S E. Military Dr . Ste. 115
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
San Antonio, TX 78214
Washington, D C. 20500
State Representative Edmund Kuempel
Vice President of the U.S.
P.O. Box 911
Seguin. TX 78155-0911
Old Executive Office Bldg.
17th St. and Pennsylvania NW
Governor George W Bush
Washington, D C. 20501
P O Box 12428
or P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78711
Austin, TX 78768-2910
U.S. Senators for tho stat# of
Attorney General Dan Morales
P O. Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711
402 E. Ramsey Rd San Antonio, TX 78216
State Senator Jeff Wentworth
Comal County Courthouse
1250 N E. Loop 410
100 Main Plaza
Kay Bailey Hutchison
San Antonio, TX 78209
New Braunfels, TX 78130
961 Federal Bldg
300 E. 8th St.
Austin, TX 78703
or P O Box 12068
Austin. TX 78711-2068
County Judge, Carter Casteel
State Senator Judith Zaffirini
District Attorney, 22nd Dist.,
1100 N E. Loop 410, Ste. 640
P O Box 627
Bill Reimer (New Braunfels)
San Antonio, TX 78209
Laredo, TX 78042
The Survey Says...
The following are some of the responses we received to last week’s Survey Question, “What is New Braunfels’ greatest asset(s)?”:
■ Its friendly attitude and atmosphere. It’s very unique. [New Braunfels] has a lot of German traditions and a lot of places to buy good barbecue. People move about at a slower pace than in big towns, and most make time to say “Hi" or “Hello."
■ [There’s] so many things to do all the time. New Braunfels is the biggest and greatest little town in Texas. It has the best and hardest working chamber. It has many things to do all year, like water sports, golf, fishing and a bt of great neighbors.
■ The schools and their staff. [They are] dedicated people, working against the odds. Parents are too busy working, earning a living as society elevates sports figures for their students to admire — wages and feats?
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 1995. There are 28 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 3, 1967, a team of surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, headed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart.
On this date:
In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.
In 1833, Oberlin College in Ohio — the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the United States — opened its doors.
In 1925, “Concerto in F,” by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin himself at the piano.
In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play “A Street
car Named Desire” opened on Broadway.
In 1953, the musical “Kismet,” featuring the song “Stranger in Paradise,” opened on Broadway.
In 1960, the Lemer and Loewe musical “Camelot," which included the song, “If Ever I Would Leave You,” opened on Broadway.
In 1964, police arrested about 800 students at the University of California at Berkeley, one day after the students stormed the administration building and staged a massive sit-in.
In 1967, the 20th Century Limited, the famed luxury train, completed its final run from New York to Chicago.
In 1979,11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.
In 1984, more than 4,000 people were fatally stricken after a cloud of poisonous gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.
Ten years ago: The space shuttle Atlantis returned safely to earth, completing a weeklong mission that included the launching of three satellites and exper
iments involving space construction techniques.
Five year* ago: A Northwest Airlines DC-9; collided on the ground with a Northwest Boeing ! 727 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, resulting in a: fire that claimed eight lives. President Bush began r a five-nation South American tour as he arrived in-. Brazil.
One year ago: Rebel Serbs in Bosnia failed tos keep a pledge to release hundreds of U N. peace-! keepers, some of whom had been held for more than a week. AIDS activist Elizabeth Glaser, who along ! with her two children were infected with HTV because-. of a blood transfusion, died in Santa Monica, Calif., ! at age 47.
Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Feriin Husky is 68. Movie director Jean-Luc Godard is 65. Singer Jaye P. Morgan is 64. Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is'
Thought for Today: “There is many a Bood I man to be found under a shabby hat.” proverb.
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