New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Speak out, hide not thy thoughts.”
-Homer c 850 B C.
I T O R I
Food for thought
Races for judgeships are often flawed processes for voters and candidates
As voters go to the polls to vote for who they want to hold office in the next few years, one problem may confront them.
When they get ready to cast their ballot for state and federal judicial candidates, their knowledge of who will be the best candidate is probably, at best, limited.
On the same note, by electing our judges we're asking them to fill a role we really don’t want them to fill - a politician.
This is not the best way to choose judges who are not, cannot be, and must not be politicians.
The current system causes a candidate for a judgeship to go to layers, law firms and other special interests with their donation hats out in order to gain funds for their campaigns so that they may win support from voters whom most will know nothing about them.
This system puts politics ahead of judicial integrity and impartiality.
We're not the only ones to realize these problems and the idea has been put forth that we form some kind of initial appointments followed by retention elections.
We must give both the voter and the candidate a better way of deciding who will preside over our courts system.
With so much emphasis being placed on our "broken system" on both the state and federal level, here's a really good place to start the repair job.
(Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
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■ Wednesday. Feb. 23 - Guest columnist Ernest Bledsoe
■ Thursday. Feb. 24 - Marie Dawson (Comal County Senior Citizens Center)
■ Friday, Feb. 25 - Syndicated columnist Dave Barry
■ Sunday. Feb. 27 - TBA
■ Tuesday. Feb. 22 - Gene ShelburneAbsence of courtesy sign of missing faith?
In his delightful essay “Never Confuse a Memo with Reality,” Richard A. Moran offers some roles for getting ahead in the business arena.
Some of his tips are wry thrusts, delightfully flavored with truths that can only be absorbed by someone who is
Not so much fun, but still impressive to me when I first read it, was this admonition for success in the corporate world: MTVeat everyone in the organization with respect ax! dignity, whether it be the janitor or the president Don’t ever be patronizing."
These words hooked me, because they appeared in my life right at a time when I had been doing some personal musing about the relationship of courtesy and Christianity.
I don’t know if Richard Moran is a Christian or not But this rule he wrote certainly is something a follower of Jesus could have oome up with.
The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that courtesy is a mark of true Christianity.
In his list of the Spirit's fruit, the apostle Paul includes such traits as love, patience, kindness and gentleness.
In his famous chapter on love in I Corinthians, the apostle describes love as being courteous. It is never arrogant, he says. Never rude.
I sigipore it would stretch things loo for to conclude that all courteous people are Christians.
In my limited world I have known some courteous
Buddhists and some genteel agnostics.
But would you agree that the absence of courtesy may be a sure sign that Christian faith is missing?
Or at least badly flawed?
In our local Target store recently a sullen woman defiantly blocked an aisle, glaring at my wife and me with a go-to-hell look, instead of stepping slightly aside to let us pass.
As we left the store, both of us commented spontaneously about the woman's rudeness.
We noticed her, I think, because we're not used lo that kind of behavior.
We have been spoiled by living in a community filled with Christians.
We rub shoulders daily with folks who imitate the love and gentleness of their Lord.
(Gene Shelburne is a minister. He may be contacted at 2310 Anna St., Amarillo, TX 79106-4717.)
Rebels arrive for talks, vow not to lay down arms
By LAWRENCE KOOTMKOFF
Associated Press Writer
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) — Indian rebels demanding sweeping political and economic change in Mexico emerged from their jungle hideouts to meet the government in peace .talks today.
The rebels arrived Sunday in the city near the Guatemalan border where their uprising started New Year’s Day, and spent the night in the 16th century Roman Catholic cathedral where the talks will be held.
Rebel leaders said they will not heed government calls to lay down their arms until their demands for housing, land, food, health care and education are met.
Several thousand rebels, calling themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army, seized San Cristobal and other towns in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas on Jan. I, claiming to represent the region’s impoverished and long-neglected Mayan Indians.
They withdrew into the jungle a few days later after government soldiers moved in. More than IOO people died before the government declared a cease-fire Jan. 12.
In interviews published Sunday in the weekly magazine Proccso, the newspaper El Financier) and The New York Times, rebel leader Sub-comandante Marcos said the rebels
did not expect quick agreement
“What is at stake in Chiapas is no longer just Chiapas or even Mexico, but perhaps even the free trade agreement and the whole neo-liberal project in Latin America," he said, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the region's market reforms of the last few years.
Marcos said the rebels want political autonomy for Chiapan Indians, the resignation of President Carlos Salinas de Gonad and the establishment of a transitional government until the August presidential election.
Marcos, an automatic weapon strapped lo his side, was one of 18 rebel negotiators, all wearing ski masks or bandanas, who arrived in San Cristobal’s main plaza in three caravans of Red Cross vehicles on Sunday, speeding past a cordon of
military police holding back tightly pocked spectators.
The rebels huddled with the government’s peace negotiator, Manuel Camacho Solis, and mediator Bishop Samuel Ruiz to discuss technicalities of the talks.
Marcos, who has kept his identity a secret, has fascinated Mexicans with his biting, articulate and witty communiques sent to news media.
The rebels will remain masked during the talks, Marcos said.
Camacho has insisted national political changes sought by the Zapatistas would not be on the agenda of the talks.
But he said he would pay attention to all proposals, and left open the possibility that any agreements on local problems could have national implications.
Today in history
By Tho Associated Presa
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 1994. There arc 312 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 22,1732, the first president of the United Stales, George Washington, was born on his parents’ plantation in the Virginia Colony.
On this dale:
In 1630, English colonists in America first tasted popcorn.
In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United Suites.
In 1865, Tennessee adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery.
In 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, N.Y.
In 1889, President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington stale to the Union.
In 1892, the Oscar Wilde play “Lady Windermere's Fan" was first performed, at London's St. James Theater.
In 1924, Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
In 1934, the romantic comedy “It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gtible and Claudette Colbert, opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
la 1935, it became illegal far airplanes to fly over the White House.
In 1973, the United Slates and Communist China agreed lo establish liaison offices.
In 1980, in a stunning upset, the United Slates Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets at Lake Placid, N.Y., 4-3. The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.
Tea years ago: A 12-year-old Houston boy known publicly only as David, who had spent most his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease, died 15 days after he left the bubble to undergo a bone-manow transplant
Five years ago: Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, who had sentenced author Salman Rushdie to death, said economic sanctions would not change
his stance and publication of Rushdie’s book, “Th Satanic Verses," was a sign from God that Iran should not reach out to the West
One year ago: The U.N. Security Council unar imously approved creation of an international war crimes tribunal to punish those responsible fur atrocities in former Yugoslavia. A jury was seated in Los Angeles in the federal trial of four police officers accused of violating Rodney King’s civil rights.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Robot Young is 87 Producer-actor Sheldon Leonard is 87. MassKhu setts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is 62. Basketball Hall of Fainer Julius Erving is 44. Tennis player Michael Chang is 22. Actress Drew Barrymore is 19.
Thought for Today:
"Most cf us probably feel we couldn't be free without newspapers, and that is the real reason w want the newspapers to be free."
— Edward R. Murvow, American broadcast journalist (1908-1965).
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