New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist.”
Tristan Tzara artist
EDITORIALKudosI he Committee for Caroling on the Plaza wishes to thank
the following people and businesses for contributing their talents and skills to this 16th year of Caroling on the Plaza:
■ Iris NctTendorf and the Parks lX*partment Personnel for preparing the plaza,
■ Wes Stoddard and the Downtown Association for loaning their sound system,
■ VV ill Willard and The Music Source employees for their technical expertise in supplementing the sound system,
■ Ken I )c\ illier, bari Leaverton, Lee Rodriquez and Ken Will tor setting up the sound system,
■ hk* Rogers and the members of the Brass (Quartet for the stirring opening fanfare,
■ lane Haas for lier inimitable accompaniment at the piano,
■ Pat Pritchard for her leadership as caroling director,
■ Members of the New Braunfels Community Chorale and Al Barlow for their special music,
■ (iriselda Medina for signing for the hearing impaired.
■ Rosie (ia1 legos and family for leading us in “Fell/.
Nav idnd" and “Noche de pa/,"
■ Bill I laos for photographing the event.
■ I he Art I eague for serving hot chocolate afterward,
■ md the “children of all ages” who gathered together to celebrate in song tile birth of Christ and the family of human kind
May we all carry the spirit we felt on the night of Dec.
I S. 1997, into each day of the new year, IWS!
(Vimmun e for C antling on the Plaza (treater Sew Braunfels Arts Council
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Is this really Israel’s last war?
The CBS radio correspondent reported on a tour of the “West Bank” (also known as Judea and Samaria) led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “nght-wing” Infrastructure Minister Ariel Sharon. Each had a map, he said. Sharon’s would cede about 60 percent of the territory to the Palestinians, while Netanyahu’s would give up a little more than 50 percent. Neither plan would be acceptable to the Palestine Liberation Organization, he said, and so neither would advance “peace.”
As usual, the story was reported as if only what Israel does determines whether there will be peace between the Palestinians and the Jewish state. The facts are, and always have been, that PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Hamas and the rest of Israel’s enemies want it all and will settle for nothing less. They see U.S. pressure on Israel favoring them
Al! Israel has ever asked for is reciprocity. If land is to be exchanged for peace after five wars. Israel has an obligation to ensure that peaceful acts follow the relinquishing of territory. Instead. Israel’s enemies are allowed to say and do anything with little or no
consequences, while Israel is expected to honor the Oslo agreement.
The most dangerous move Israel has made since the 1973 war will come early next month when the plan worked out between the U.S. State Department’s Dennis Ross and Netanyahu is to be implemented. It requires Netanyahu to announce the percentage of land he will abandon. According to Israeli television, this will be followed by a summit meeting between Netanyahu, Arafat and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who will conduct permanent status negotiations.
One might expect that the prospect of a de facto Palestinian state might produce some conciliatory statements from the other side, along with a promise to end terrorism and usher in a new dawn of cooperation, mutual security and respect, instead, Arafat continues
his pledge that “all of Israel will be the state of Palestine and all of Jerusalem will be the capital of that state and only that state.” He also declares; “We won’t give up a single grain of our holy land from the sea to the Jordan River.” Why is he not believed? Why do the State Department and the Clinton administration continue to ignore such statements and pretend that fiction is fact?
Unalterable Koranic injunctions allow Muslims to sign agreements with “infidels,” but only as a means to achieving their “holy” goals. This permits them to win incrementally at the negotiating table what they have been incapable of winning on the battlefield. Israel is being pressured by the Clinton administration to withdraw from more territory with no real pressure directed at Israel’s enemies, which have failed to live up to any of the Oslo accords.
Israel has learned the hard way that only Israelis can protect themselves and must not rely on American promises. Would the Clinton administration send arms and troops to repel an invasion from Arab states or an uprising within Palestinian ranks that threatened to
overwhelm Israel? It’s not likely. The final irony would come when Jews would be blamed for their own demise for not giving up more territory sooner. It would be explained that the elimination of Israel came as a result of pent-up Arab and Palestinian anger that could not be assuaged.
The kind of aid Israel could use right now is congressional hearings that would examine the administration’s Mideast policies, particularly the failed Oslo accords, and require those who are behind them to be held accountable.
In a Dec. 19 address to the Jewish Journalists Convention in Jerusalem, Netanyahu was correct to promise: “J will not return to the May 1967 borders. Those were war borders, which almost led to the annihilation of the state of Israel. I have no plans to turn Israel into a I O-kilometer-wide state .... This is our land, our homeland. I propose a permanent arrangement where the densely Arab-populated areas are under Palestinian control, while the areas that are vital for our security and that are basically empty will be under our control.”
Sounds good, but it will not be acceptable to the other side, israel,
IWN 0FKR& aa WI CINE BRANCH
Make life count each and every day
Vickie and I had launched hi a brilliant savings plan I read a hah dozen books un investment strategies and we talked with three I inane tai planners As we committed ourselves to a bud get, the money began piling up Then the film "Titanic’’ came to the big screen Now our money disappears faster than it took the real ship to be sucked to the Atlantic floor We have seen the movie so many times that we have the dialogue memorized and we keep going back Popcorn boxes, candy wrappers, and soft drink cups litter our lawn. Between show -ings we listen to the sound track un our car CD player as we drive to Barnes and Noble to purchase the latest cot Tee table book on the T itamc Our financial situation has gotten so bad that our stock broker won’t return our calls, the bank has canceled our oveniawn account, and we no longerToday in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 1997.
Today’s Highlight in History:
Ob Dec. 31,1946, President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities rn World War ii.
Ob this date:
la 1775, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec, Montgomery was killed
In 1857, Britain's Queen Victoria
get credit card offers in the mail.
The money spent on Titanic paraphernalia is not as bad as the time we consume researching the disaster on the Internet and in the library The rest of our time we ruminate over unanswerable questions Why did the Captain speed, at 21 knots, through the ice field? Why were there no binoculars rn the ctow’s nest ' Why dkin’t the lifeboats go back to rescue the people freezing in the water”
You get the point ? W e liked the movie.
decided to make Ottawa the capital of Canada
lo 1862, President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
In 1879, Thomas Edison Ani publicly demonstrated his elcctnc incandescent light in Menlo Park, NJ.
la 1897, Brooklyn, N.Y., spent its last day as a separate entity before becoming pail of New York City.
la 1961, the Marshall Plan expired aller distributing more than $12 billion
With flawless attention to detail, the film recreates a monument to Gilded Age excess The wntcr-director,
James Cameron, ties together a fictional romance with a historically accurate event connecting time-past with time-present that allows us to comprehend the value of life compared to the insignificance of possessions and power.
In the film, tune-past begins when Rose arrives at the Titanic dock in the company of Cal Hockley, the dull snob whom she has agreed to marry at the urging of lire impecunious mother. Soon after the ship sails, Rose, in a dramatic encounter, meets Jack Dawson, a bohemian artist, who offers her the adventure and romance that she has been missing
After Jack proves himself a worldly wise gentleman at a formal first-class dinner, he hands Rose a note that reads.
in foreign aid.
In 1974, private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold tor the find time in more than 40 yean.
In 1978, Taiwanese diplomats struck their colon for the final time firom the embassy flagpole rn Washington, marking the end of diplomatic relations with the United Stales.
fat 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 tfua was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve perter-
“Make it count. Meet me at the clock.” A sweet life-changing courtship develops as the gravity of the Titanic disaster delicately unfolds, offering an indelibly wrenching story of blind arrogance and its terrible consequences.
As I ruminate over the power of the film and the lessons from history told in visual splendor, I reflect back on Jack’s note. “Make it count ”
Yesterday I asked a friend if she bid seen the movie. “No. Why should I?” she replied, “I know how it ends.”
Yes. But its what happens rn the middle that counts Likewise, we all know how our life will end Its what we do with our lives that counts. This new year, let’s all make our lives count by humbly using our talents to the fiillest in living a meaningful, love-filled life.
(John Ingram Walker is a speaker, author and psychiatrist.)
mince in Dallas.
In 1986, a fire at the Dupont Plaza Hold in San Juan, Puerto Rico, killed 97 md injured 140 people. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the blaze.)
Ten years ago Robert Mugabe was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s first executive president Five years ago: President Bush visited Somalia, where he saw firathand the famine racking the east African nation.