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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q Herald-Zeitung g Wednesday, December 25, 1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald-Zeitung Opinion f Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to a simply contact staff members, T the managing editor's address — is [email protected] QUOTABLE “Wisdom is greater than knowledge, for wisdom includes knowledge and the due use of it” Joseph Sevelli Capponi lawyer, educator, 1895 E D I I T O R I I A L Gifts that are priceless Let’s remember the real reason for Christmas and shed its commercialism Peel back the commercialism of Christmas and you can still find the underlying reason why we celebrate the holiday season. Despite what Madison Avenue would have you believe, love, peace, joy and goodwill are all free for the giving — and the taking. A price cannot be put on a child’s smile or the warmth that fills the room when families gather together. That the world still celebrates the birth of a carpenter’s son some 2,000 years later should be more than testament to the awesomeness of the event. The Grinch finally came to realize that Christmas wasn’t just about baubles and beads. Even Scrooge came around to a more Christian way of thinking. But often in the holiday hoopla, the baby Jesus gets skipped. So, just in case you’ve forgotten, the story goes something like this: “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. * “Alt~went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. “He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” — Luke 2:1-7. Merry Christmas. (Todays editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Boyd.) 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 200 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herxdd-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 Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 301........................................Doug Toney Director of Advertising, Ext. 308.........................Debbie    Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager, Ext. 209............................Jack Osteen Classified Advertising Manager, Ext 214...............Karen    Reminger Business Manager, Ext. 202.......................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext. 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205.........................................Billy Parnell Managing Editor, Ext. 221 .........................................Micah Boyd Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Lamia St., or P.O. Draper 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only. six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday, Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. Volunteers make it a better place to live •I The number of people throughout the 21 st Congressional District who give generously of their time and money during the holiday season is too great to count. And they are also reminder of the individuals throughout the district who keep on giving all year long. Dela White of San Antonio is one such lifelong volunteer who has had a positive influence on thousands of young people who have attended Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. In 1997, Dela White will have been the driving force behind Sunshine Cottage for 50 years. She continued her involvement long after her daughter attended, seeking to “every year add new, exciting people” and “innovative ideas” to the school. Gloria Vallejo, a teacher at Round Rock High School, is another notable volunteer, although she describes herself as “just doing my mom duty.” Her more than 20 years as a teacher have taught her the value of positive reinforcement for young people. She’s focused her considerable energy on the high school football team, placing inspiring messages on each of more than IOO lockers before every game. Vallejo’s messages are designed to teach as well as to inspire. She chooses words that motivate the players to look up the words’ meanings as well as give their best on the field. Margaret Purvis of Midland has served the community and her state for years because, in the words of her husband, James, she “felt like Midland was growing, needed direction and that she could give it.” Purvis may be best known in recent years for raising money to care for the indigent at Midland Memorial Hospital. The Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg is a nationally recognized monument to the war in the Pacific during World War II. San Antonio businessman Marshall Lamar Smith Guest Column Steves, who has devoted much of his life to nurtur-    n ing the museum, says it represents “a real joint    rf effort of the whole community, not just Fredericks- (j burg, but the Texas community.”    |j The museum also represents how much the sin-gle-minded dedication of one individual can accomplish.    4 Chuck and Betty Carroll are the mainstay of the rf Alamo Springs Volunteer Fire Department in    o Gillespie County. Chuck is the fire chief, Betty    ■- handles the books. The next closest fire department is 30 minutes away. Betty says they work hard to protect their    ,2 neighbors because, “We want to make sure when they need it, somebody is here.”    ff Betty Carroll’s statement sums up the volunteer ;♦ spirit throughout the 21 st District.    0 When individuals give of themselves to help other people, we can and do make Texas a better place. (Lamar Smith of San Antonio represents the 21 st \ Congressional District in the U S- House of Representatives.)    f    j    - .. At aowappedupin CtoiW>,vi6 rn?** i.J-jH no Iud .yiEllp Fund-raiser arranged meeting between Gore, Buddhist leader By MARCY GORDON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — In seeking a White House meeting between Vice President Al Gore and the leader of a Taiwanese Buddhist sect, a Democratic fund-raiser reminded Gore’s office of his previous visits with the leader and group members, a document shows. John Huang set up the meeting in March, a month before Gore attended a controversial fund-raiser at a Buddhist temple in California, which Huang organized. In a memo to a Gore aide, Huang noted that Gore as a senator had met with the Buddhist leader in 1989 in Taiwan and as vice president with some of his followers in 1993 and 1995 in Los Angeles. The memo, which was among thousands of pages of documents that the Democratic National Committee recently turned over to congressional investigators, suggests that Gore had more extensive contacts with the Buddhist group than previously acknowledged. ’ The memo indicates that Gore’s Today in History office approved the March 15 meeting with Venerable Master Using Yun, whom Huang described as the “highest Buddhist leader in Taiwan.” White House special counsel Lanny Davis confirmed Monday that the meeting did occur, but he declined further comment. Huang was working at the DNC at the time he made the request. Gore acknowledged this fall that the Democrats erred in arranging the fundraiser with Asian Americans at the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights, Calif, in April. (iore said he thought it to be a ‘’community event." The Democratic committee has returned some of the $140,000 raised by (lie event because of questions about the origins of some contributions. Similarly, a note from I lining to his fund-raising boss at the DNC, in which he pleaded the case of a South Korean businessman seeking a meeting with President Clinton, provides insight into the sort of favors big donors received. Huang sent the memo to Richard Sullivan, the DNC finance director, on April 8, the same day the U.S. sub sidiary of the businessman’s electronics company, Cheong Am America Irtc., gave $250,000 to the Democrats. The DNC returned the money in September after responding to reporters’ questions and finding that the money really came from the South Korean parent company. Under federal law, foreigners who are legal U.S. residents and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies are allowed to make campaign donations if the money was earned here. In a related development, the White House confirmed there were a total of four meetings this year in which presidential aides were briefed on suspicious donations that had been delivered this spring to Clinton’s legal defense fund. Those donations were returned in June because of concerns about their ongins but the matter wasn't disclosed until last week. The AP reported Sunday that at a May 9 meeting, six senior aides, including the president’s confidant, Bruce Lindsey, attended a briefing and raised concerns about offending donors if the money was given back. U.S. Senate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchteon, 283 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., \ 20510, Phone: 202-224-5922. FAX: 202-224-0776. Local Office: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460, San Antonio, TX, ’ 78230, Phone: 210-340-2885. Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D C. Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX 202-228-2856. Local Office: 404 E. Ramsey, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX, 78216, Phone: 210-366-9494, FAX: 210-366-2016. State of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000. Atty. General Dan Morales, P.O. Box 12548, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100. Sen. Jeff Wentworth (Diet. 25), P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX, 78711-2068, Phone: 512-463-0126. Local Office: 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 425, San Antonio, TX, 78209, Phone: 210-826-7800. Sen. Judith Zaffarini (Dist. 21), P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-0121, Laredo Office: 210-722-2293. By* I fie Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Dec 25, the 360th day of 1996 There are six days left in the year This is Christmas Day, Today's Highlight in History: In A.D. 336, the first recorded celebration of Christmas on Dec. 25 took place in Rome On this date: * In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned king of England In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes, in Greccio, Italy. In 1776, Gen George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, N J. In 1616, “Silent Night* was performed for the first time. at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Obern-dorff, Austria In 1621, the founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, was born in Oxford, Mass In 1666, President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion that resulted in the Civil War In 1893, Robert L Ripley, creator of the “Believe It or Not!" newspaper feature, was born in Santa Rosa, Calif. In 1926, Hirohito became emperor of Japan In 1931, New York's Metropolitan Opera broadcast an entire opera over radio for the first time: “Hansel and Gretel." In 1941, during World War ll, Japan announced the surrender of the British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong. In 1946, 50 years ago, comedian W C. Fields died in Pasadena, Calif., at age 66. In 1677, comedian Sir Charles Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88 In 1969, ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed following a popular uprising. Ton yoars ago: More than 60 people were killed when a hijacked Iraqi jetliner crashed in Saudi Arabia. (About 40 other people survived the crash near the northern Saudi town of Arar.) Five yoars aga: Soviet President Mikhail S. I Gorbachev went on television to announce his res-1 ignation as the eighth and final leader of a Commo- j nist superpower that had already gone out of existence Ona yaar ago: An ailing Pope John Paul ll cut short his traditional Christmas greetings, telling crowds he was fighting to regain his health. Singer Dean Martin died at his Beverly Hills home at age 78. Today's Birthdays: Producer Lord Grade is 90. Singer Tony Martin is 83 Actor Gary Sandy is 51 Singer Jimmy Buffett is 50 Football Hatt-of-Famer Larry Csonka is 50. Singer Barbara Mandrel! is 48 Actress Sissy Spacek is 47 Singer Annie Lennox is 42. Reggae singer-musician Robin Campbell (UB40) is 42. Country singer Steve Wanner is 42 Rock musician Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) is 25 Thought for Today: “A Merry Christmas to all my friends except two.* — Attributed to W.C. Fields, American comedian (1880-1946) ;