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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Page4AOpinion Herato-Zeltung Sunday, February 28,1993 Quote of the Day “I love argument I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.” — Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, 1980. Editorials_MessagesCenter’s use of coffin fails to send message of support Time out. Enough is enough. The marketing fraternity seems of late to have developed a morbid fascination with coffins. Taped to a vertical surface at New Braunfels High School is a poster that probably is IO inches wide and 12 or 15 high. The headline on the poster is "Another buried treasure.” Then there’s about IO inches of empty, black space. Then there’s a picture of a coffin. And under the picture of the coffin is printed: "James was a bright student. He wanted to be a teacher... English, science or math. But one day he tried crack cocaine. Now he’s history... ” OK. Similarly melodramatic is the Comal County Women’s Center billboard that hung around for several months and we presume still is. The billboard is, or was, a coffin with flowers on it. Its legend is or was something like, "He beat her 53 times and sent her flowers once.” Obviously both those messages work. They had enough impact to generate an editorial in a newspaper. But we suspect we’re not the only folks around for whom they are about to begin having a negative effect. Enough is, indeed, enough.Sohn and NBU board deserve high marks for work Showing perception and insight and wisdom and judgement rare in public bodies of late, the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees last week gave Bob Sohn high marks for his leadership of the utility. "The unanimous agreement of the board was that NBU is very well led,” NBU board vice president Robert Orr told this newspaper. Evidence of that is widely and readily available. At its most spectacular, it probably takes the form of New Braunfels surface water treatment facility. Completed a year or so ago, that plant makes New Braunfels the only city on the Edwards Aquifer with such an alternative. At its most routine, evidence of Sohn’s prudent leadership is simply the fact that the utility operates consistently within its very conservative budget. And at its most visible to you and me, that evidence is mailed to us every month. Though we all probably fuss anyway, our utility bills are significantly lower than are those of far and away the vast majority of our neighbors throughout the state. Yeah, Bob Sohn’s doing one fine job. And, for the record, bo’s the board. Today's editorials were written by David Sullens, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.Herald-Zeft ting Published on Sunday mornings and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons by the New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung al New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377-880) DAVID SULLENS Editor end Publisher GREG DEE DEE KAREN MEFFORD CROCKETT REININGER Managing Marketing Classified Editor Director Manager CHERYL CAROLANN DOUGLAS DUVALL AVERY BRANDT General Circulation Pressroom Manager Manager Foreman Carne delivered in Cornel aid Guadalupe counties: three months, $16; six months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizens Discount (carrier delivery only): six months, $23; one year. $45. Mail delivery outside Comal Comity, in Texas: Area months, $2655; six months, $47.20; one year, $88.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.95; one year, $103.25. lf you have not received your newspaper by 5:30 pm. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 un. Sunday, call 625-9144 or 658-1900 by 7 p.m. and ll UIL, respectively. Postmaster: Send address changes to the Heraid-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 % How do you shatter a ‘glassceiling?’ Over ginner one night last week, a good friend dropped the phrase, the "glass ceiling." Always alert and informed and truly one of the world's great masters of dinner table conversation, I adroitly asked, "What does that mean?" There were five of us at the table, all relatively intelligent, and we talked about it for a while. Tm still not sure we answered my question, but we "decided" that the "glass ceiling" is a reference to the fact that, though the opportunities afforded women in the world of business today are far greater than they have been even in the not very distant past, they still are not equal to those afforded men. The "glass ceiling" conjures a picture of a woman in today’s workplace being able to rise to a certain level and then encountering a sort of invisible barrier. That woman is close; she can see the top spots. But she can’t achieve them because of that invisible barrier. That dinner conversation won’t go away and let me alone. I’m a man and I run my own newspaper. That’s exactly what I want to do. There’s no job rd rather have. Therefore I really know not of what I speak. Still, "the glass ceiling" gnaws at my mind, fve tried to think of instances in which thatDavid Sullens "glass ceiling has been shattered. I took the directory of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and I looked for female publishers. There are 90 Texas newspapers listed. The publishers of six of them are women. Something is wrong with this picture. I don’t know the statistics, but I would presume that about half the folks in the world are female. Closer to home, of this newspaper’s 25 fulltime employees, 12 are women. And of its six department heads, four are women. But the publisher is a man. rd like to tell you that, in our case, this is purely a matter of my being absolutely the most qualified person in this building to sit in the big office. I’m conceited enough to think that’s true. But Tm honest enough to admit that theres at least one woman here who, if I were hit tty a truck tomorrow, could step into my job and do at least parts of it better than I do those parts. And ill guarantee you that if you missed my obituary, you’d never know I was gone because she’d put out at least as good and as healthy a newspaper as I do. I’ve worked at three other newspapers over the past 20-plus years, and I have at least some insight into the workings of several more. What I just said about us holds true for those — perhaps with one exception — as well * So I must conclude that, at least in my own industry, an industiy in which we perceive ourselves as champions of the rights and equality of all, "the glass ceiling" does, indeed exist Then I started trying to name women who are bank presidents. Then I started trying to name women who are... Well, suffice it to say that I have decided that the "glass ceiling" is very, very real throughout our society. Does that bother you? I took the easy way out. I wrote a column. What are you going to do about it? David Sullens is the editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung. eft? ^ wr- NI MIS IM WR! * Love demands the absolute best of others All people are not equal. They never have been equal; they never will be equal. We must all be given an equal chance, but we are not all equal in talent. We all start at the same line in the race. We are all given the same track to run, but all of us won’t win. Only the talented and only the disciplined will win. Saint Paul said, "Do you not know in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize. So run that you may obtain it... I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air, but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." What rings true in spiritual growth, reverberates clearly in cultural growth. If our country spends all our resources on the slow, our entire culture becomes eliminated by mediocrity. What about those who can’t get around the track? They certainly should be supplied with appropriate food, shelter, education and clothing, but they don’t require color televisions, sound boxes and food stamps with which to trade for handguns. Those who deserve food would be helped byJohn Ingram Walker food coops where proper nutritious essentials are appropriately distributed, ensuring the proper caloric intake. To give them luxuries, however, interferes with their happiness and retards our entire society. Eveiyone — except the totally bed ridden — should be mandated to work. All that is required of us is that we run as hard as we can — that we do our very best When all of us do our very best each individual will be rewarded and our society will thrive. Of course, I realize that those with a Marxist’s mentality will misinterpret my statements. Love demands that we help others. Demanding excellence involves compassion and empathy. By requiring people to be their best, we help them the best way we can. Coddling people is not love — ifs anti-love. Coddling is anti-love because it says, "We don’t believe in you." A young man, raised in a wealthy family was over gratified by his father because his father, who had nothing when he was growing up, wanted his son to have everything. Although the young man graduated from the best college money could buy, he has no skills, no drive, no ambition — no job! The young man’s potential atrophied because his father coddled him. Is this love? Another wealthy father from a poor bade-ground expected his son to work, while, at the same time, giving him unconditional love. He believed in his son; he encouraged his son. This young man is developing his talents to the fullest and contributing to society. The fruits of the son reflect the love of the father. If we love others we will demand the absolute best from them. We won’t imprison them with over gratification. Dr. 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. Editorial roundup Associated Presa Here is a sampling of editorial opinion from Texas newspapers: The Odessa American on Clinton's foreign policy: So President Clinton, who came into office virtually without a foreign policy, appears ready to send American troops into Bosnia-Herzegovina—the bloody, embattled Balkan territory that once was part of Yugoslavia. Some observers express surprise at this attempt to forge a policy, their jolt coming from reports that somewhere in the campaign trial the then-Arkansas governor said he would not send troops to the Balkans. Other observers, less surprised, remember that candidate Clinton tried to outflank his opponent. President George Bush, on the interventionist side—by criticizing the New World Order’s author for inattention to the Balkans. It was reasonable to deduce that a Clinton administration, ever so Kennedylike, would indeed be poised for military adventure, cleansing that region of the monstrosity of "ethnic cleansing.”... Somewhere between the Oval Office and Foggy Bottom, these American innocents abroad have flung even more fuel onto the flames by declaring an intention to keep the economic embargo on Serbia, whose genocidal leadership will be able to exploit the material hardships such sanctions bring to the Serbian people. History shows that embargoes don’t work; they are formulae neither for making peace nor for throwing off tyranny. If this is a Clinton Doctrine in the making, it is not a reassuring one. • •• Pecos Enterprise on Clinton cuts: President Bill Clinton has fulfilled one campaign promise and that was to cut the White House staff by 25 percent In addition, he has cut out many "perks” — fringe benefits — that members of the White House staff have gotten over the years, all to save money. In addition, Clinton has directed members of his administration to cut expenses in their various departments. His lead is something that members of Congress should follow. Staffs at congressional offices have grown as well as have other expenses. Members of Congress should take up the challenge and live frugally as Americans are being asked to do. A ;