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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas I ll Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, December 20,1995 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 H e Z e i t u n g Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] QUOTABLE “News is indispensable.” — Betty Medsger journalism educator, 1994 E D I I T O R I I A L Kudos and more Kudos Health workers, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity recognized for their efforts ■ Jean Hill would like to thank the care givers and doctors who have looked after her mother, Johnnie Crenwelge, who resides at Kirkwood Manor. Hill sends her thanks to care giver Dora Perez, Dr. William Reeves and Dr. Vernon Colbin, who have been making house calls for her mother for a couple of years. Hill said these individuals “have touched my life.” ■ Habitat for Humanity would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who were a part of Main Factors in Dallas donating three lots to Habitat. Linda Haugh — the spark that set it all in motion. She realized that the community and HFH could use the lots a lot more quickly than the commercial-residential sectors. She advised Main Factors-Dal las that although she would receive a commission on a sale, HFH could make use for them NOW. George Spaniel — Main Factors. Bart Bartholomew — Habitat for Humanity. He took the ball and convinced Main Factors that this was the way to go. He facilitated the transfer from Main Factors. Judi Bailey — Land-Tex Title. She did a 48 hour turn-around on the title work gratis. John Dierksen and Julie Erben — They did legal work and title preparation gratis. We greatly appreciate Main Factors’ benevolence and esteem for Habitat for Humanity and for the city of New Braunfels. (Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald-Zeitung. lf you would like to recognize someone or some organization for their actions, write us at: New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung c/o KUDOS, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 7X130.) Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves 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 bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, 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 do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    Sullens General Manager/Advertising Director..............................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..................................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Production Director.........................................................Gene    Joyner City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zettung (USPS 377 880) 707 luanda St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counues: tfuee months, $19; six months, $34; one year, $60. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $30; one year, $56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28 80; six months, $52; one year, $97 50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112 25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Fnday or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p m. weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald ZeHung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328Fischer bids farewell to store By BRYAN WEIDNER Special to the Herald-Zeitung On Nov. 27, 1995, our community and family said good-bye to the last pulse in a lifetime heritage known as Fischer Store. Its death was long in coming, like a cancer eating away; progress brought its end. The last store building was built in 1902, but started in 1866 was the third in a succession of buildings used for the store and in 1875, a post office was started to serve its patrons. While I watched over the years, the store portion closed and now the post office move was the last casualty, but nevertheless, very painful to me. The months preceding saw the shelves cleared of old books, ledgers and records that contain the history of the family and stores past. Herman Sr., Herman Jr., and Willie Fischer, their wives, children, grandchildren, and so on, all had a claim to that heritage in the store. On Nov. 27,1 realized I could attend all of my ancestors’ funerals in one day. The stories handed down to my grandfather, Arnold B. Fischer, to my mother and to me will still live on, as will the wonderful photographs that my grandfather took as a young boy. However, never again will I be able to walk the old wood floors, look at the records, even the dust of years that I once thought of as a perpetual heartbeat of my ancestors. I can still remember the best great-uncle anyone could have, Eddie Fischer, giving me RC Colas and Fritos which I would feed to Jack, his dog, while seated in a window seat. I can still remember Ottmar Schlameus asleep or leaning back in his cowhide ladder-back chair. Surely, Nov. 27 was the last Fischer wake for the generations past. My grandfather, whom I never met, was not a well remembered member of the Fischer clan for lat- The Fischer Store. er in life he fell prey to alcoholism. However, even a fallen soul has some merit for after all, he had the love of his parents, brothers, sister, wife, child and this grandson. He had helped save all those memories put to rest today. The stories he passed on and his photographs will become his and Fischer Store’s immortality in the future. These are the reasons this was a personally sad day. I have a goal that my grandfather’s memory will be a positive one and live on in the publication of his stories and pictures. In the months and years to come, you will hear these stories and others, see those pictures and others of this family’s heritage along with other families in this part of Comal County as a book is being written by the Canyon Lake Historical Committee. It you are interested in sharing your family’s stories in this endeavor, please contact us through the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce. ‘rte (Briered a Jer to bchs mdng far sore tor minnie cirriSTO stopping.1 ^ entity-mere afd serupd trier conference en enetgYJ* Clinton in new fight with GOF over lawsuit bill By RON FOURNIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a surprise veto, Republicans are promising to quickly override President Clinton’s llth-hour rejection of a bill restricting class action security fraud lawsuits. Issued scarcely 30 minutes before a midnight Tuesday deadline, the veto cames great political implications for the president. The bill was strongly backed by powerful executives of high-technology firms, many of whom are key political contributors. But the president faced a last-minute lobbying blitz from liberal Democrats, consumer groups and plaintiffs attorneys — another major contnbutor to Democratic causes and Clinton’s campaigns. Two senior White House aides, political chief Harold tokes and attorney Bruce Lindsey, urged Clinton toToday In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 1995. There are eleven days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed as ownership of the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans. On this date: In 1790, the first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating at Pawtucket, R.l. In 1820, Missouri imposed a bachelor tax on unmarried men between the ages of 21 and 50. The tax: $1 a year. In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union. In 1864, Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Ga., as Union Gen. William T. Sherman continued his march to the sea.Analysis reject the bill, even after the president indicated he intended to sign it. Opponents argue that the bill would mark a sharp rollback in investor’s nghts. Proponents said it would curtail costly frivolous lawsuits. Republicans who forged a bipartisan coalition to pass the bill in the House 322-102 and the Senate 65-30 said the veto would not stick. “We will almost immediately schedule an ovemde vote,” said Michelle Davis, a spokesman for Republican leader Rep. Dick Armey, R-Texas. A vote could come this week, she said. A two-thirds vote in each chamber — of members present and voting — would be required to overturn the veto. Knowing the bills passed with enough votes to sustain a veto, Clinton said in a statement Tuesday night In 1879, Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, NJ. In 1945, 50 years ago, the Office of Pnce Administration announced the end of tire rationing, effective Jan. I, 1946. In 1963, the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relatives in the Eastern sector for the holidays. In 1978, former White House chief of staff H R. Haldeman was released from pnson arter serving 18 months for his role in the Watergate cover-up. In 1987, more than 3,000 people died in a double explosion which occurred when the Dona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker Vector off Mindoro island. In 1989, the United States launched Operation Just Cause, sending troops into Panama to topple the government of General Manuel Nonega. Ten years ago: A 35-hour hostage ordeal in Nantes, France, came to an end as three gunmen who had seized a courtroom during a robbery trial surrendered unconditionally and released the last of he would sign a security reform bill if changes were made. “The president supports the goals of this legislation, but he’s unwilling to sign legislation that would have the effect of closing the courthouse door on investors who have legitimate claims,” spokesman David Johnson said. The bill would have become law at midnight without the president’s veto. It was the 10th veto of Clinton’s presidency, and the fourth this week, the White House said. Clinton struggled with the decision for days, signaling his support last week but leaning toward a veto Monday. He met with aides Tuesday evening to solidify his thinking and discuss how to explain a veto. It was a no-win decision: The veto angers valuable Silicon Valley allies; but signing the bill would have upset traditional Democratic Party constituents. their captives. Five years ago: Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze shocked Soviet lawmakers by announcing his resignation, warning that “dictatorship is coming.” One year ago: Former President Jimmy Carter succeeded in getting Bosnia’s warring factions to agree to a temporary cease-fire. Intel announced it would replace all Hawed Pentium computer chips. Marcelino Cormel, a homeless man, was shot and mortally wounded by White House secunty officers as he brandished a knife near the execution mansion. Former Secretary of State Dean Rusk died in Athens, Ga., at age 85. Today’s Birthdays: Movie director George Roy Hill is 73. Actress Jenny Agutter is 43. Thought for Today: “You can keep the things of bronze and stone and give me one man to remember me just once a year.” — Damon Runyan, Amencan ;