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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A □ Herald-Zeitung Q Friday, December 19,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing . Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald-Zeitung■ ■ Opinion Onlino contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of' online services or Internet, a to \ simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is QUOTABLE “The right to comment freely and criticize the action, opinions and judgment of courts is of primary importance to the public generally. Not only is it good for the public, but it has a salutary effect on courts and judges as welL” James P. Hughes Supreme Court justice EDITORIAL Kudos All of us at Memorial Elementary would like to congratulate the New Braunfels Unicom football team on a winning season The young men on the team have been an inspiration to all of our students. They have shown us what teamwork and a desire to succeed can accomplish. The values they have modeled on the football field are those that we hope to instill within our students and ourselves — a willingness to always try and do our best, even when the going gets tough! Congratulations to you all. We’re proud of you! Faculty and staff of Memorial Elementary P S. We still BELIEVE! The New Braunfels Downtown Association wishes to thank all those who contributed to the 1997 annual treelighting ceremony: for concessions: Pinto Ranch Grill, Sysco Foods, Mrs. Baird’s Bread, Wuest’s Supermarkets, Wal-mart, Rudy’s Tamales; for entertainment: Happy Travelers, Hill Country Chorus, Community Band; for Santa Claus support, CIMA (fruit and candy for children). Susan Phillips and the elves, Connie Worley, [Ton Ferguson, Mayor Jan Kennady and C arol Johnson. Of course, the actual lights on the plaza were made possible by New Braunfels Utilities, City of New Braunfels, Arnett Marketing, Bexar Electric, Comal County. New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, "Festtage” and Hospice And last but not least, thanks to Santa Kunkle Clause Sew Braunfels Downtown Association The students and staff at Oak Run School extend kudos to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and L ightning Metal Specialties for making possible for us to hear and learn about the excitement of ballooning as part t)f Glow test *97 Special kudos to Judy Young at the Chamber of Commerce and to Balloonmeister Potter tor the excellent demonstration. Hopefully, we can have a repeat performance next year when the weather is better and have an actual launch. Also, a special kudo to VE VV Post 71 IO for its presentation of a U.S. Flag (which had previously flown over the C apitol) and a new Texas flag (which had previously flown over our Texas Capitol.) We are extremely proud to fly these flags at our school and thank all of you at VFW Post 7110 for your efforts on behalf of our students Michael J Fitsko Sew Braunfels (Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald-/tuning in which readers can recognize the work or supfxtrt of individuals and organizations in the community Send your Kudos to. Herald-Zeitung. 707 latnda St.. Sew Braunfels. TX 7BI.ll), or fax them to (S.IO) f>25-l224)Write us The Sea Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reservtw 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 fearing the writer's signature Also, an address and a telephone numlier, 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 co the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P O Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax <830)625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext 301 Managing Editor, Ext 220........................ Marketing Director, Ext 208 Classified Advertising Manager, Ext 214 Business Manager, Ext 202.................... Circulation Director, Ext 228 ................... Doug Toney Margaret Edmonson Jason Borchardt Karen Remmger Mary Lee Hall Carol Ann Avery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Fndsy by the New Braunfels HeraJdVeining (USPS 377-8X0) 707 I anda St., or PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328. Periodical postage paul by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Lamer delivered in Loma! and Guadalupe counties three months, $20.50; six mouths, $37; one year. $66 Scrum Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Lomal County in Texas three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas six months. $78, one yew, $118.25. Subscnbers who have not received a newspaper by 5 30 p m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7.30 a.m. on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekday! or by II am on Sunday Pos ixias na: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Chawer 311 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 * 1328. Searching for wise men in Washington And it came to pass in those days in Washington that a decree went out from the Pentagon. Eleven supposedly wise men and women were chosen to study the question of whether putting young men and women together in close quarters during basic military training might lead to sexual activity. At a cost to taxpayers probably surpassing the value of gold, frankincense and myrrh, the panel not only concluded that sex happens among recruits, but that the sexes should be separated during the initial phases of military training. They also found (surprise!) that boot camp has gone soft. These are hardly tidings of great joy. In fact they are as predictable as the prophecy that combustible mate-rials in a hot place are likely to ignite. But those who believed the military could be used as a social laboratory to achieve ends prescribed by politicians who never served have been rebuked. The panel, headed by former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker, remains committed to "gender integration,” but not until after a few weeks of segregation."' By separating men and Cal Thomas women in their own barracks, you would have fewer disciplinary problems and a better sense of unit cohesion and team building,” the panel concluded. They don’t go as far as the Marines, who train men and lyomen in entirely separate companies (maybe that’s why the Marines are the best), and post-basic training would remain integrated. Military training softened when standards were lowered to accommodate female recruits. What the panel didn’t address is how training will be toughened if women again fail to meet higher standards. The objective of the gender feminists has been total equality between male and female service personnel. So what will happen when the irresistible force of politics comes up against the immovable object of military strength? Something gotta give. The Clinton administration has been the primary impetus behind gender-integrated basic training. The results have been obvious for some time to those not blinded by politics. After touring U.S. military facilities* last summer, Rep. Stephen Buyer (R-Ind.), chairman of the subcommittee on military personnel, told the Navy Times:'' Wherever we were, whether it was on the USS John Kennedy with the Navy or at Army training centers, there was a general complaint about the product coming out of basic training. We were left with the impression they are soft, and basic training is not enough. They’ve weakened the standards, and we’re concerned about it.” How weak are they? At the Great Lakes Naval Training Center recruits are shown a video telling them that ”physically, anybody can make it through boot camp,” a statement that devalues the prestige associated with conquering boot camp and die toughness recruits need to develop. According to Time magazine, recruits at Great Lakes no longer drill with rifles, because the Navy (which used rifles in training until 1996) * now regards them as anachronistic. ■; And, my personal favorite, recruits are issued a "blue card” that they • are encouraged to hand to then* train- * er whenever they feel discouraged or •-stressed.    ^ The Army could call its training / ' sneaker camp,” because recruits no longer run with combat boots. The rt Army has substituted jogging appar- I el. Drill instructors have been warned < not to verbally berate their recruits. And basic combat skills are receiving less emphasis. According to a 1997 *i report by the Army Inspector * General, "There is no clearly aiticu- ; lated or enforced standard for sol- •. dierization skills to graduate from n Initial Entry Training.” Are we willing to-pay die price of ! a weakened military so that polit!- *• cians and the gender feminists can have their way in the emasculation of our armed services? Tragically, they • will have failed to equip a fighting : force to prevail in the next war when . they are needed to defend their court-try and themselves.    ,» (Cal Thomas is a syndicated h columnist.)    n OUR FUND RAISING PRD91N6PRE OVER! Letters to the EditorCongratulations on attn# isaion To All of the New Braunfels Fighting Unicorns: I have only met a couple of your players and have not had more than a passing interest in football for the last 25 years. I have now seen more New Braunfels games in 1997 than I have UT games in the last 15 years. This is why it was so unusual to find myself driving with my family all over Texas to see the second half of your season. Let me attempt to explain why I was so fascinated by your team and at the same time offer some unsolicited comments and observ at’ons.Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 1997. There are 12 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic Yuletide tale, “A Christmas Carol,” was first published in England. On this dale: in 1732, Benjamin Franklin began publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” la 1776, Thomas Paine published his first “American Crisis” essay, writing: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Part of it was the excitement which obviously goes with watching a team that is determined to do whatever it takes to win but which seemed equally determined not to waste too many touchdowns on any particular opponent. Those were some wild times in the stands and I share Coach Kingsbury’s view that everyone who witnessed these games will probably have shorter life expectancies. For the sheer entertainment, I would like to thank you. More importantly I would like to say congratulations. My congratulations relate to your acquisition of the art of perseverance. Every year Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter. la 1907, 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pa. In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmitting overseas with its ‘‘Empire Service” to Australia. In 1957, the musical play “The Music Man,” starring Robert Preston, with book and songs by Meredith Willson, opened on Broadway. In 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings. In 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States. In 1984, Britain and China signed thousands of Americans spend millions of dollars going to seminars in an attempt to learn how to succeed in life and the advice they get is always basically the same: Don’t ever quit. Somewhere along the way you guys learned this lesson in life and you’re not even out of high school. Your coaches will tell you it’s an attitude, an approach to circumstances surrounding you that cannot be taught. Coaches can preach it but they can’t teach it. It was your perseverance that fascinated me, made this season what it was and what set your team apart from others. Debates have always raged about which school in which an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1,1997. In 1986, the Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile, and pardoned his wife, Yelena Bonner. Ten years ago: The Palestinian uprising in Israel’s occupied territories spread to Arab east Jerusalem. Five years ago: More than 400 suspected Muslim fundamentalists deported by Israel were confined to a makeshift refugee camp in a “no man’s land” in Lebanon because of the Lebanese government’s refusal to accept them. One year ago: The television industry unveiled a plan to rate programs using tags such as “TV-G,” year had the best team. It’s an endless debate that is a part of the ’* game. However, there can be no debate about which team never gave up. I would respectfully suggest that you try hard not to lose what you ( have acquired this year, lf you carry ,t this attitude forward with you in life •; the New Braunfels team of ‘97 will • produce a disproportionate share of successful students, workers, husbands, fathers and maybe even athletes. Once more, thank you and congratulations on your season and your acquisition. Robert E. Johnson, Jr., ‘ Austin “TV-Y” and “TV-M.” The school board of Oakland, Calif., voted to p> recognize Black English, also known as “ebonies,” in a decision that aet off a firestorm of controversy. (The board later reversed its stance.) Actor Marcello Mastroianni died in Paris at age 72. Today’s Birthdays: Country I singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 77. ^ Actor James Booth is 67. Actress ; Cicely Tyson is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Maurice While ' (Earth, Wind and Fire) is S6. Actor Tim Reid it S3. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is S3. Rock singer Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) is S3. J Actress Elaine Joyce is 32. Musician John McEuen (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 32. ;