New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Dave Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Webre. Managing Editor
HenM-Zeitung. New Braunfels. Texas
Thursday, January 1,1967
EditorialHappy New Year
Welcome to 1987.
Comal County and New Braunfels awoke this day to the promise of a prosperous and enjoyable 12-month odyssey that should see our economy improve, our population grow slightly and our Hill Country homes graced with what each year is an ever present fact that this is a great place to live and raise a family.
lf you made any resolutions, here s hoping you can keep them, and even if you don’t maybe you’ll learn something from the experience.
Have a safe and happy holiday, and now it’s time to settle down and enjoy the fact that we have a new year at all.
From all of us here at the Herald-Zeitung, we wish you the best in the coming months. There will be good times, and there will be those not so good. But there’s no place we’d rather weather the bad and thank God for the good than here. We look forward to being a part of it all.Forum
LETTER POLICY The Herald-Zeitung welcomes correspondence. All letters should be signed and include an address or telephone number The newspaper reserves the right to edit
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'Tis the season...
Some of the long letters to the editor calls to mind the word "diatribe" My old Webster gives four definitions of the word "diatribe":
I A learned discussion 2. A wearing away of time
3 A prolonged discussion
4 A bitter or abusive harangue Most of the letters have been very
critical of others Isn’t this the season for expressions of gratitude and love**
Don Pickard New Braunfels Something nice about US PS
To the editor With all the headaches and inconvenience that I ve heard ami read about the local post office and the United States Postal Service in general. I feel that the public should bear something good about our postal service
I. as usual, was running extremely late in mailing (hnstmas presents I went to our post office Dec 23 at about 3 30 p rn to mail my
daughter s and mother's presents I was told that if I would have been there an hour earlier they could have been recieved in time for Christmas, but now it would be Dec 26 before they would receive their packages. (They live rn Indiana.) I understandably nodded my head and realized that I had waited too long to send them'1
Christmas morning I made separate calls to Indiana One to my daughter and one to my mother, telling them thanks for their gifts and that they should receive my packages Friday. To my astonishment. my daughter began thanking me for her gifts as did my mother. The postal service ton Christmas day) personally delivered to their door the gifts that I had sent. Santa Claus himself couldn't have done a better job
Here's a special thank you to all the postal employees that made It possible for my loved ones to receive their gifts on time for Christmas And also saved me the embarrassment of telling them that their packages were going to be late
Gov Mark White
State Sen. William Sims
Governor s Office
Room 200 State Capital
P O Box 12068
Austin Texas 78701
Austin. Texas 78711
U.S Rep. Tom LoeHler
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel
U S House
1212 Long worth
P O Box 2910
House Office Bldg.
Austin, Texas 78769
Washington D C. 20515
U s. Sen. Phil Gramm
U S Sen Lloyd Benison United States Senate
United Stoles Senate
Washington, D-C- 20510
Room 240. Russell Bldg
U S. Rep. Mac Sweeney
Washington. D C 20510
U S . House
State Sen. John Treager
1713 Long worth
House OHice Bldg.
Austin. Texas 78711
Washington. D C. 20515
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End it with a bang
A political writer had occasion the other day to mention the senior senators from Massachusetts. Georgia and New Jersey After a moment's thought he wrote of Kennedy, Bradley and Nunn How come? In that order he got a little lilt In his sentence. He had bagged a wily dactyl
Cadence is important in prose composition We read not only with our eyes but also with an inner ear; we hear words as we read them If a sentence can be made to read rhythmically, without altering its meaning, it is likely to be a better sentence.
Notice what happens if the order of senators is changed: Kennedy, Nunn and Bradley. Or Bradley. Nunn and Kennedy The reference are perfectly clear, but listen to Kenedy. Brad ley and Nunn. It ripples along. You can slip a dactylic beat into a piece about birds cardinals, threshers and jays. Into trees , hickory’, poplar and pine In each instance we wind up with an accented word at the end of the phrase
You can go iambic: "The Senate must pursue the damning facts ” You can get anapestic if the mood is upon you: "With the vote in Vermont Mrs Schlafly was jubilant." Nothing of meaning is lost by writing that "Mrs. Schlafly was jubilant at the outcome of Vermont's referendum " What is lost is the invisible beat, the subtle rhythm that can be achieved by the simplest rearrangement.
Good writers often will reach for the word or phrase that ends a sentence, especially a concluding sentence, with the finality of a mousetrap An editorial writer for the Wall street Journal wrote a piece criticizing the government for delay
ing release of a drug that may relieve Alzheimer's disease He urged the bureaucracy "to And that better way ." Another editorial in the WSJ. this one about congressional inquisitions, ended with a reference to "the Faith Whittlesel affair."
Fred Barnes, in The New Republic, looked sourly upon both candidates in California's recent senatorial race. His cracker: "Too bad they both can’t lose." In Tlmsmagazlne, Jennet Canant wrote of a big dinner given by designer Tommy Hunger: "It’s anybody's guess which will last longer. Hilfinger's clothes or his cuisine." Eric Geiman, in Newsweek reviewed David Halberstam’s book about Japan’s challenge to America's auto Industry One comes away with good understanding of what has gone before, he said, "but with no seme of where we go from here." William F Buckley, in National Review, ended pieces with strong vowel sounds: "SDI,” "no," "times.”
One of the most gifted writers in the business today is essayist Charles Krauthammer. In November he contributed to Time on the 30th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution. Things have changed slightly for the better, he wrote, as communist masters have wearied of their tight control "Only permanent revolution can meet the totalitarian ideal, and permanet revolution Is impossible Even tyranny needs its sleep.” What a superlative line!
Again: "Totalitarianism is internal colonialism, the occupying party being the party But. like all colonialisms, it cannot be perfect The sun never sets on the Kremlin’s empire, but things do grow
in the shade." Lovely, lovely!
This was Krauthammer’s concluding paragraph: "Human nature will not permit a long dark night forever. What may be emerging now are totalitarian variations that perpetuate a long, somber gloom of twilight instead But as the party has decreed, and even Hungary knows, this is not to be mistaken for dawn. ’'
Suppose Krauthammer had written that the changes are "not to be mistaken for mid-mo* lining" The piece would have dribbled off. Or try, "do not presage a rising sun any time In the foreseeable future." Shun the polysyllabled path! Look for the accented word or syllable as you sign off, for this is how a piece should end, not with a whimmer. but with a bang.
While we are discussing certain dements of style, let me sound my semianual cry against dragooning honest nouns and pressing them into service as adjectives. A legal publication referred recently to "the growing liability insurance price hike crisis." Newsweek observed that New York's Gov. Cuomo "has virtually no foreign affairs experience.” Time spoke of saddling a generation with "a crushing debt burden." The National Catholic Journal identified "a frequent Witness of Peace critic."
In each instance a simple prepositional plume would have smoothed the sentence: a growing crisis in liability insurance, no experience to foreign affairs, a burden of crushing debt. And as the last word, "debt" would have been a heap better than "burden" anyhow.
Liberty and justice for some people
I ran into my conservative friend Grump the other day. and offered him my heart felt condolences "What for?" he asked I’m very sorry to see that Admiral John Poindexter and Col Oliver North found it necessary to take the 5th Amendment. I know how much that must have embarrassed you.
"Why should I be embarrassed '" Grump grumped. "They were perfectly within their rights "
I know that But it does seem a bit
strange to see a couple of military men. White House, to boot, refusing to testify before Congress.
"Nonsense All citizens are afforded equal protection under the law. And no one should be required to give any testimony that Is saltine rn nuns ting Don’t you know anything about the Counstitution?”
Of course but it would seem to indicate that they have something to hide, doesn’t it? That they did something wrong?
"Don’t leap to conclusions. It's just as likely tJiat they may have done something out of the noblest of intention. But now some lawyers have told them it is possible that nit-picking prosecutors might try to twist things around to make it appear that they violated a law. You know what lawyers can do with technicaliUes."
It still looks suspicious to me.
"That’s became you and tho other media jackets have evil minds. And you are circling in the water like the blood thirsty sharks you are, ready to swoop down Uke hungry vultures to pick et the bones of a fallen president."
Make up your mind. Are we jackals, sharks or vultures?
Thank you. But I see no reason why North and Poindwtar can’t make a breast of it all.
“Became it is their ftgJW lo In' yoke tiw 5th Amendmnst. Don’t you believe hi that ri#rt?”
Absolutely not "I'm mocked”
You mouldn’t be. It was you who punuaded me that it is un-
American to take the 5th Amendment.
"Don’t be riodiculous."
Grump, think back. Remember the days of the late Senator Joe McCarthy?
“Of course I do. A great patriot.”
Yes. if your tastes nm to lying, bulling, ignorant drunks.
"Nobody is perfect. But what does he have to do with this?”
Don’t you remember when McCarthy and his faflow right-wingers were dragging before their committee and grilling them on their political beliefs?
"Damn right A lot of subversive pinkos, trying to let Joe Stalin march right into the White House.”
As I recall, most of them turned out to be people who had done nothing worse than briefly belong to some obscure Greenwich Village left-wing debating societies back in tho Depraeston days, when they wars young and idealistic.
“A likely story.”
But Grump, don’t you remember your reaction when some of them took the 5th Amendment.
"My memory isn’t what it used to ho.”
Come, now. Grump. Don’t you mnomber how you used to •he** that lf ttay weren’t filthy commies, why would they ba b^u-g NPtf"** tis kb?
"Oh, I may have said that they’d probably dup hatter lf they un-burdened BnmnHrb of their guilty
Grump, what you said was that they ou^t to bo up in a col) until they eonfnmed. And if that
didn’t work, they should be shot
"Well, damn It, if they hadn’t done anything wrong, why were they cowering behind the 5th Amendment?”
Maybe their lawyers thought some nit-picking prosecutors ml twist well-intentioned acts into i criminal case.
"Don’t give me that. They we concealing their subversive left wing activities. They were glvir aid and comfort to government! that were enemies of this count! They were consorting with our foes.”
Sort of like weapons to Iran?
"Don’t twist my words, wtiic* an old pinko trick.”
But Grump, weren’t they wit! their rights, as citizens, to in vol the 5th Amendment?
"Knee-jerk nonsense. I’m cor that the founding fathers never tended the 5th amendment to bi ed to protect rats and creeps suspected of being radicals, pin feflow-travelers, lefties and con symps who are hiding filthy secrets.”
Then who was it meant to pm tact?
"Ifs for the protection of hon paitioUc, innocent American i have done nothing wrong and hi nothing to hide."
And that’s why they take the became they have nothing to hi
Thank you. I’m glad you dee that up.
"You’re welcome. By tho’wag what organization and riiit>t ha you belonged to.”