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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion Page4A Herakj-Ze/funp Sunday, February 14,1993Quote of the Day “Love thats wise will not say all it means.” — Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (1869-1935). EditorialsCivic clubsPlaza project stands as a symbol of service by all The New Braunfels Rotary Club’s sponsorship of the just completed downtown plaza landscape lighting project is not only a significant contribution to the city's appeal but also a reminder of the importance of any community's civic and service organizations. The cost of the project, which greatly enhances the plaza s nighttime beauty, was in excess of $6,000, an amount fully funded by the Rotary Club. Had the club not sponsored the project, it either would not have been undertaken, or you and I would have paid for it in the form of tax dollars. But this project is only one example of the contributions made not only by the New Braunfels Rotary Club, but by many, many similar organizations. And those contributions are nothing new. These groups have been making them for years and years. This same Rotary Club years ago spearheaded the complete renovation of the plaza. It seeded that project with $45,000 of its own money and that seed money drew the balance ne/eded to complete the $150,000 project. The Optimists arg the driving force behind a variety of youth sports programs. The Lions emphasize sight conservation and join forces statewide to sponsor a camp that provides unbelievable services to crippled and diabetic children. The Business and Professional Women's group in New Braunfels is a good example of the many clubs and organizations that sponsor scholarships for local young people. The list goes on and on. It would be fascinating to know how many thousands and thousands of dollars these organizations devote to improving life in our community every year. And those dollars are not easily come by. These clubs all are made up of individuals who devote time when they could be at home relaxing, to cooking hamburgers at Wurstfest, selling cookbooks or staging an event to make that money one hard dollar at a time. Service clubs and organizations are important to us all. Today's editorial was written by David Sullens, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.Herald -Zeitting Published on Sunday mornings and Tuesday, Wednesday. Thursday and Friday afternoons by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, 707 Landa St., or PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328. Second class postage pad by New Braurfeb Herald-Zeitung at New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377-880) DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher GREG DEE DEE KAREN MEFFORD CROCKETT REININGER Managing Marketing Classified Editor Director Manager CHERYL CAROL ANN DOUGLAS DUVALL AVERY BRANDT General Circulation Pressroom Manager Manager Foreman Cames delivered in Cornel and Guadalupe counties: three months, $16; six month*, $25; one year, $45. Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas: three months, $26.55; six months, $47.20; one year, $88.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.95; one year, $105.25. lf you have not received your newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 am Sunday, call 625-9144 or 658-1900 by 7 pm. and ll am, respectively. Postmaster: Send address changes to the Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels. TX 78131-1328 Our motives can be misinterpreted A minister friend of mine tells a tale of quick thinking. It’s a funny little story that illustrates how easily our motives can be misinterpreted. MIt was 3:30 in the morning. I was sound asleep,” my minister friend recalls. There was a knocking on the door and the doorbell was ringing. I stumbled out of bed, I couldn’t find my shoes and when I found them they got on the wrong feet Then I couldn’t find my clothes amid the doorbell and all the knocking and knocking. ”1 finally stumbled to the door, turned on the light and before I could open the door, a shout came: ‘Police, police, police!” A cold front, the minister says, had just come through and when he opened the door, “it was cold... I know it was at least 50 below zero — it was a cold, cold morning!” When he opened the door, a police officer standing on his front porch immediately shouted, They're stealing your palm tree!” Thinking quickly and exhibiting great insight, my minister friend responded, “What?" “Now let me tell you,” the minister says, “I was having to preach that morning. It was 3:30. It was coooooooold. I didn’t want to be out of bed.” But the policeman was insistent. Taking the minister by the arm, he took him to a patrol car parked in front of the parsonage, its lights flashing. “I wish he hadn’t taken my arm,” the minister says with a faint smile, That didn’t look so good And when he opened the door, what really bothered me was that he pushed my head down so I wouldn’t bump it.David Sullens I know that if a neighbor saw that that early in the morning, I know what they’d say: ‘I knew it! I knew it about that preacher! He was just another Swaggart.” The officer drover the minister to a comer of his church’s property “and sure enough, there were two other police cars there, their lights going and going and going.” Handcuffed in the back seat of one of the patrol cars were three young men, the pastor recalls. “And there was that big old hole in the ground and the policeman kept saying, They stole your tree!” The officer explained that the young men were arrested after police spotted their car driving along in the wee hours of the morning with “the palm tree in the trunk.” They’d tried to tell the police the tree had fallen off the back of a truck, but the officers were having none of it “It was cold, I tell you. It was cold,” the minister says. “I asked the policemen what I had to do. “One of them said, *Well you can go down to the police station and press charges and pick up your palm tree.’ “I didn’t dig up that palm tree. I said to myself, *Now wait just a minute. If I press charges against these guys, Tm in trouble. I’ve got to go pick up the tree. I’ve got to find some way to try and plant the thing again. “So I said to the policeman, in a very pastorly way, ‘Let me talk to them Monday morning... But I wish you would have them plant the tree tonight, right back where it was.’ That policeman took me and he made me a saint,” the pastor recalls to this day. “He got so inspired by my so-called goodness that he lectured those three men at 3:30 in file morning. He said, This is one of the finest men you could ever have stolen anything from in your lives.’ And he said to them, *You ought to appreciate this because this man could have you put in jail.’ “He made me look like a real saint,” the minister recalls. “But the truth is that I just didn’t want to be there. I was cold and I was shaking and I wanted to be back home in bed. That’s where I wanted to be!” The story has a happy ending. “After a while,” the minister finishes his tale, “I got in the car with a policeman and left those three men planting that palm tree and I went back to our home and I got in that bed and I went back to sleep. That’s all I wanted to do all along!” David Sullens is editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Perserverance is a guarantee of success My son, Brad, riding the ski lift with a stranger, commented that he was a film major. His companion replied, That’s a tough field.” Brad countered with, Tou’re right. I know it’s going to take persistence to succeed.” The stranger responded, “I’m glad to hear you say that. Everybody else talks about luck and the breaks. You’ve got the right answer — persistence!" Because perseverance provides the essential success spark, here are some messages to paste on the refrigerater to keep you going when you are about to give up. First, the famous one from Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent Genius will not Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” Here’s one from the western writer Zane Grey: To bear up under loss, to fight the bit-John Ingram Walker temess of defeat... to be a victor over anger... to resist evil men and base instincts... to go on when it would seem good to die, to seek ever after the glory and the dream, to look up with unquenchable faith in something evermore about to be, that is what any man can do, and so be great” Another oft quoted example involves Abraham Lincoln: He lost his job in 1832; was defeated for the Legislature in 1832; failed in business in 1833; elected to Legislature in 1834; sweetheart died in 1835; had nervous breakdown in 1836; defeated for speaker in 1838; defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843 ; elected to Congress in 1846; lost renomination in 1848; rejected for land officer in 1849; defeated for Senate in 1854 ; defeated for nomination for vice-president in 1856; again defeated for Senate in 1858; and elected President of the United States in 1860. Finally, the well known statement from Theodore Roosevelt: The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spins himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Dr. John Ingram Walker is medical director for Professional and Community Education at Laurel Ridge Hospital in San Antonio and Laurel Ridge Day Treatment Center in New Braunfels. Today in History Associated Press Today is Sunday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 1993. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 14,1929, the “St Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone’s gang were gunned down. On this date: In 1778, the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France. In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state. In 1876, inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied separately for patents related to the telephone. (The U.S. Supreme Court eventually ruled Bell the rightful inventor.) In 1894, comedian Jack Benny was bom Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, 111. In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union. In 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. Its first president was Maude Wood Park. In 1941, “Reflections in a Golden Eye" by Carson McCullers was first published. In 1945, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations. In 1962, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised tour of the White House. In 1985, Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin, who was being held hostage in Lebanon, gained his freedom. In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie author of the novel The Satanic Verses,” a work condemned as blasphemous throughout the Islamic world. Ten years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin appointed Moshe Arens, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, to be defense minister, replacing Ariel Sharon. Five years ago: Hours after learning that his sister had died of leukemia, American Dan Jansen lost his bid for a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, when he fell during the 500-meter speed-skating event. Broadway composer Frederick Loewe, who wrote the music for “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot,” died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 86. ;