New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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BEALLSThe horror of Pearl Harbor
The main purpose of this letter is to pay tribute to my mother and father, Lorraine and Raymond Hartmann who experienced the horror of Pearl Harbor. It is also to honor not only them but also all the families in New Braunfels who shared the hardships of World War IL
As children my brothers and I were always reminded by my mother that , Dad suffered the aftereffects of that ' time for many years. In fact, it has only been the last five years that he became willing to discuss it at all. I had the opportunity to read his diary , in which he vividly described his experiences on the B-24 on which he \ served. His accounts and his words will have a lasting affect on me.
On Oct. 31 die Heritage Society opened the 1991 Heritage Exhibit. As \ the Fifth Army Band began the dedication ceremonies by playing the . national anthem, I glanced down at my parents and saw the tears in their eyes. I also saw my cousin Karron , Haas whose father, Capt. Russell Thorman, lost his life during the early years of the war. She too was crying. At that moment all that my parents had shared with me came flooding back. At that moment the trauma of that time was seen in the faces of > everyone who stood at attention as we , said the Pledge of Allegiance.
As we share together this the 50th
anniversary of World War II, let those of us who were not there be ever reminded of the dedication of our mothers and our fathers who gave so much to our country and our city during those terrible years. Let us never forget the price that they all paid so that we might continue to exercise the freedom of democracy. Let us never forget those who never returned.
May God grant us the wisdom and the strength to guide ourselves and our world on the path of peace. May God grant our veterans of WW ll peace, honor, and our undying gratitude.
David W. Hartmann New BraunfelsReflecting on the year
What a year this has been. Seventy-five plus families had loved one's serve in the Middle East and all returned home safely. For this we have much to be thankful for.
During these months I was very lucky to meet many wonderful people who made things just a little easier. I want to tell all of you how much you were appreciated.
What I found out this year, was that New Braunfels is a special place to call home.
My wish for 1992 is that we will have peace on earth and love for our neighbors. Please take a minute during the holidays and call on a neigh
bor and wish them a Merry Christmas.
Cheryl and Larry Scott New BraunfelsThe future generation
Thank you for publishing the list of the New Braunfels Middle School inductees into the National Honor Society.
The affair on Nov. 25, 1991 was exceptionally well organized, brief and to the point.
The stars of the show were the 186
The program began with the Stat Spangled Banner by Marilyn Buckner. Presentations were made by Andy Meeks, Charles Bradberry, Genelle Pana, Joe Pana, who delivered an excellent message to the inductees, Karen Simpson and outstanding high school students. Amy Reneau, Beth Ivy, Jennifer Heyden, Molly Bingham and Kevin Korpi. Bette Spain is the parent advisor.
The school band was well represented and I believe every seat was filled by proud parents and grandparents.
To qualify for the Honor Society is a significant accomplishment. It is recognition of scholastic achievement — so important to the future of our city, state and nation.
These inductees will surely inspire other students and they themselves must strive to remain qualified for this society and the one at the senior high. Challenges aspiring to accomplish goals have made this nation great. They are our future citizens and leaders. ^
The establishment of this society and primarily the recognition of these students is commendable.
Herb R. Schneider New BraunfelsIs praise deserved?
I am writing in response to the praise heaped on Magic Johnson by John Walker in his column lauding Johnson for his decision to be Ma happy man.**
Magic Johnson is not a heroic figure. Before I decide to be impressed with his decision to be a happy man I would like to know if it affects his "happiness" at all to know that there is every likelihood that he may have infected his wife and unborn child with AIDS.
How does he manage to remain happy while reflecting on the numbers of persons he may have infected with this devastating disease due to his irresponsible, sexually promiscuous lifestyle?
Could he be so happy if, like the
majority of persons who are desperately ill, he did not have the financial resources to get the medical care and treatment that he needed? No small number of people die of curable diseases because they do not have access to adequate medical care. Isn't some of Magic's happiness the elitist security of a person who knows that he will not leave his family destitute because of the expenses of his illness? Would Magic be so happy if, like most AIDS patients, he was stigmatized, marginalized, and isolated because of his disease?
Perhaps a good deal of Magic’s Happiness, his determination to beat this disease, results from the same kind of massive, self-centered denial of reality that characterized his sexual behavior and resulted in his becoming infected with the virus in the first place.
There are many people who suffer the terrible and devastating ravages of disease with courage and nobility, but without the "bluebird of happiness" on their shoulders. They are the real heroes.
Ginny Hathaway New BraunfelsThere Is a Santa Claus
My friend Vicki and I braved the masses to Christmas shop on one of the busiest weekends of the year. The
traffic was horrendous as we drove from shop to shop to find that special gift at a bargain price. As we drove, we discussed problems of the world today, specifically, the teen violence and how tragic we felt about the situation.
Just when it seemed that we had lost all hope in our fellow man, something wonderful happened that I feel I must share.
When our shopping evening ended, with a trunk filii of bargains, we stopped to eat. We visited, ate out; meal and tried to decide whether or not to have dessert. At this point, our waitress came to our table and explained that a gentleman had paid for our meal and she asked if we would like anything else. We looked at each other in surprise and then looked all around the restaurant to try to find this nice gentleman, only to have our waitress explain he had already left and wanted to remain anonymous. I can not tell you how overjoyed we felt, not because our meal was free but rather the fact that this man felt enough in his heart to do something special for a total stranger. Our ride home was different, this man displayed the true meaning of Christmas and we will never forget his kindness. The world had not changed but we had. Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Clause.
Cindy Lynch New Braunfels
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Artist of the month
Jack Price is the featured artist this month at the Arts Center Gallery. His oil paintings depict Southwestern scenes, landscapes, seascapes, still life and a swan. Operated by the New Braunfels Art League, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photo by Bill Ervin)
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