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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher STEPHANIE FERGUSON, Managing Editor Page 4Herald-Zoltung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, December 5, 1991 Hvrald-Zeltung Published Sunday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Lamia St., or P.O. Drawer . 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328. Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung at New Braunfels, Texas. DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher STEPHANIE FERGUSON Managing Editor JIM HORNBECK Advertising Director CHERYL DUVALL Business Manager CAROL ANN AVERY Circulation Manager KAREN REININGER Classified Manager GUS ELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $12 SH); six months, $22 JO; one year, $40.00. Senior Citizens Discount (carrier delivery only): six months, $1925; one year, $34 .OO. Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas: three months, $22 JO; six months, $40.00, one year, $75.00. Mail outside Texas: six months, $52 JO; one year, $87JO. If you have not received your newspaper by 5:30 pm. Tuesday through Friday, or by 7:30 am. Sunday, call 625-9144 or 658-1900 by 7 pm. and ll am., respectively. Postmaster: Send address changes to P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 ; Editorials Cheer Fund drive breaking records Thank you Comal County. Your donations to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund / are breaking all records this year. With two weeks left in the drive, $3,028.19 has been raised in the 10th > annual drive. Comparably, last year at this time $2,853.35 had been ;• raised. In 1989 at this time $3,005.76 had been collected. The annual drive is something of which we at the Herald are proud. > It’s an opportunity for us to give something back to the community in ;• way of food to those less fortunate. Whether it be 50 cents, $5 or $100, the people of New Braunfels are £ giving what they can. The goal of the drive is to raise money to provide Christmas dinners to local residents who are less fortunate. \ This year, Circulation Manager Carol Ann Avery, who heads up the '* drive, said she expects 200 families will benefit from the program. And, s if the funds keep coming in maybe even more families will benefit. -J The food will be bought, packaged, boxed and delivered by volunteers <Dec. 21. Community support is often the key to accomplishing a goal and Cheer Fund donators are helping make Christmas bright for those less fortunate. To donate drop by the Herald offices at 707 Landa St. Two companies make venture announcement In these hard economic times it’s encouraging to sec the Coleman Company expanding and its supplier, Casco Plastics, Inc. locating in New Braunfels. Coleman and Casco officials, joined by representatives from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, made the announcement Wednesday. Casco plans to build a 50,000 square fool manufacturing facility adjacent to the Coleman plant on Farm to Market 306. And Coleman will add two new assembly lines to manufacture a five-quart cooler, suitable for use as a lunchbox. Casco provides the injection-molded parts to use in making the coolers. Another obvious plus to this venture is the fact that both companies look to hire additional local people for the new operation. Casco officials are predicting a first-year payroll of $1 million. It pays New Braunfels a compliment that the new venture will be located here. Today’* editorial* were written by Stephanie Ferguson, managing editor of the New BrtainfeU llerald-ZeiUmg. Your Representatives George Bush President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N W. Washington, D C. 20500 Lieutenant Gov. Bob Bullock Lt. Governors Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711 U S Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510 Speaker of the House Gibson D. (Gib) Lewis P O Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 U S Sen Phil Gramm United States Senate 3(70 Russell Bldg Washington, D C. 20510 U S. Rep Lamar Smith U S House of Representatives District 21 (Comal County) 422 Cannon Office Bldg Washington, D C. 20510 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini District 21 Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 U.S. Rep. Greg Laughlin U S. House of Representatives District 14 (Guadalupe County) 11713 Longworth Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510 State Sen. William Sims District 25 Capitol Station P O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 Texas Gov. Ann Richards Governor’s Office State Capitol /Justin, Texas 78711 State Rep. Edmund Kuempel District 46 Capitol Station P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 The need for Dramamine at 12 feet Is there any hope for a man who has to take dramamine just to climb onto roof of his house to hang Christmas lights? Acrophobia, according to the dictionary, is * ‘an abnormal fear of being in high places.” I feel that’s an inadequate description when applied to me. My fear of heights borders on hysteria. I first discovered this when I was eight years old. My father was stationed at Ft. Lawton, Washington, and received transfer orders to Ketchikan, Alaska. There was only one way to reach Ketchikan, however, and that was by airplane. And not an ordinary airplane. I can vividly remember that terrible moment when we began our descent to the bay fronting Ketchikan. As the plane rapidly approached the water, I looked out my window and saw small whitecaps less than IOO feet below. I screamed, “We’re going to crash. We’re going to crash.” Half asleep passengers bolted from their seats yelling, “Where are the life jackets?” The voice of the pilot crackled across the intercom. ‘‘Everyone, everyone, please remain calm. And strap that crazy kid down. There’s no reason for alarm. In case you’ve forgotten, this aircraft it Jim Hornbeck was designed to land on water.” Being young and naive, I'd never heard of an amphibian. Our aircraft was affectionately known in Alaska as a “Gremlin Goose.” The embarrassed passengers returned to their seats saying, “I knew it was a joke all along.” I've had many similar harrowing experiences. For example, the time I took a high school girlfriend to the county fair. One of the main attractions was a contraption called the “Rocket Ride.” It looked like a 50-foot light pole with enclosed cages at each end and whirled around at increasing speed, hurtling the cages and the occupants toward the ground. I knew that ride would send me into a catatonic state. My date, of course, was fascinated with the apparatus and was constantly asking me to take her for a ride on it. “We'll get to it,” I said. “But first, let's try to win a cake dish for your Mom at the dime toss.” After I threw away five bucks worth of dimes, to no avail, she begged, “Can we ride it now? Can we?” “Sure,'' I mumbled. “After we see the fantastic livestock exhibit.' * By this time, she had observed that beads of perspiration popped out on my forehead whenever she mentioned that “Rocket Ride.” She used the typical feminine ploy. * * You’re afraid, aren’t you?’ ’ No self-respecting male can dodge that challenge. “Oh, yeah,” I bellowed, “nothing scares me.” It was a foolhardy gesture on my part. After one revolution on the “Rocket Ride,” blood rushed to my head (caused by. I’m sure, 12-G force) and my brain tingled. My brief life passed before my squinting eyes as I cried, “Stop! Stop this thing before I lose my mind.” It kept spinning faster and faster. “I’m getting sick to my stomach,” I wailed. “I’m going to throw up.’' That ruse didn’t work either. Finally I shrieked, “Oh, God, no! My pacemaker.” That clever plea brought the ride to a screeching halt As I stepped from my chamber of horror, I noticed the smirking faces of the waiting crowd and the disgusted face of my date. I didn't care. At least I was on the ground again. I’ve been told by experts that I can cure my acrophobia through a form of hypnosis. They say I should sit back in a comfortable chair, close my eyes, relax, and visualize a skyscraper. Once I’ve accomplished that. I’m to picture myself going up this building and looking out the window at each floor. Then, when I’ve reached the twentieth story, my fear would be gone. I know that theory won’t work. By the third floor I’d be screaming, “Oh, my God. My pacemaker!” Jim Hornbeck if the advertising director of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. MOW IO mUKMOGW ftmktsNum Kemp stretching beyond Baker’s liking Jack Kemp is pushing his luck with the Bush administration. Kemp signed on to the Bush Cabinet as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development with some expectation from the White House that he would keep his nose out of politics. But that's like asking Garfield to keep his nose out of lasagne. A worldwide organization of conservative political parties has picked Kemp as its next likely diepuiy-chairman, sharing the job with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. If Kemp takes the position with the International Democratic Union, he will violate a secret agreement he made in 1988 with Secretary .of State James Baker. Baker arranged the Cabinet job for Kemp on the condition that he stay out of international affairs as long as George Bush was in office. Bush wanted to be the star on the world scene, and he didn't need a presidential aspirant like Kemp overshadowing and second-guessing him. The IDU was formed in 1983 at a conference in London where Bush represented then-President Ronald Reagan. The group's goal is to promote democracy around the world, but its definition of democracy is to the right of center. The Republican Party belongs to the IDU, but the Democrats do not. According to our sources, the agreement to make Kemp and Thatcher the new leaders next summer was brokered by Republican heavyweight Frank Fahrenkopf, who served as head of the Republican National Committee during pan of the Reagan years. Fahrenkopf now practices law in Washington. He traveled to London Jack Anderson cause a rift between him and Baker both longtime allies of Bush who have been on opposite ends of the policy spectrum since Bush took office. with Bush in 1983 to organize the IDU and was one of the original signatories to the charter representing the Republican Party. He is currently deputy chairman of the IDU. Fahrenkopf told our reporter Jan Moiler that while Thatcher is on the list of candidates considered for the chairmanship, the IDU is not close to making a decision. He also confirmed that Kemp has been mentioned for the job, and said he didn’t know anything about Kemp’s promise to Baker to stay out of international affairs. Fahrenkopf said he doesn’t believe Kemp would take the job without the blessings of the White House. But don’t count on it. Kemp's love affair with the administration is beginning to show signs of strain. He expected to be able to make big changes in the scandal-ridden HUD, but has been unable to get the president’s ear for many of his ideas. The job has turned into a political backwater for him instead of a place where he could showcase his talents. Last month, one of Kemp’s big housing initiatives was rebuffed when Bush signed an appropriations bill that makes deep cuts in some of Kemp’s pet programs. Kemp also crossed Bush recently by coming out in favor of tax cuts to stimulate the economy, something many conservatives think is necessary but Bush has declined to endorse. The European branch of the IDU met in October and indicated a preference for awarding the chairmanship to Carl Bildt, the leader of the Moderate Party in Sweden that recently ousted the ruling Social Democrats. The minutes of the European meeting indicate that Thatcher is being considered as a “patron of honor” to the organization and Kemp as deputy chairman. But, according to our source, Fahrenkopf has more firm plans. He reportedly told Kemp that Thatcher would only agree to take the job of chairman if Kemp agreed to be the deputy-chairman. And then Fahrenkopf told Thatcher that Kemp had agreed to take the job, only if she shared it with him. More Thrills to Come: The stock market has been on a roller-coaslei ride and President Bush is watchinj from the ground with increasing nerv ousness. Budget Director Richan Darman has assured Bush that recov try is just beyond the next dip, bu Vice President Dan Quay Ie and Hous ing and Urban Development Secret ary Jack Kemp are telling Bush a dii ferent story. They point out that cor potations are continuing to lay of workers, and they interpret this as evi donee of structural changes in th banking, finance and insurance indus tries. Look for more ups and downs Kemp declined our requests for commem. Our sources say he is nervous that Baker will find out he is mulling over the offer. If he accepts the job, it is likely to Mini-Editorial - The yawning ga in the banking industry today is th difference between the interest rat the bank pays you for your saving and the rate you pay for your credii card debt. It is a chasm so deep thi Americans are being swallowed up i it. Rates paid to savers have been o the decline for more than two year! But credit-card interest rates haven budged. The banks are trying t balance their own accounts on th backs of unwary credit-card custom era who use their plastic in anticipi lion that they will repay the del immediately. The banks know the can’t and the interest rolls in. Jack An dc* ion it a column! u with United Fe* lure Syndicate. ;