New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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QUOTABLE“I hardly think putting some sort of limits on exesshe violence in film is a threat to the the First Attendment.”
Michael Keaton actor, 1994Facing death adds to quality of life
EDITORIALDeer overpopulation may be hard to solveGame management is not just a local issue
When the New Braunfels City Council ruled out hunting for (Jeer within the city limits, they saved us from an unpleasant solution to a nagging problem.
Bow hunting would create problems such as wounded deer wandering onto properties other than those being hunted. The image of a wounded deer dying in the back yard while the kids watch through the window in horror lacks appeal to even the most avid hunter.
But the committee being formed to deal with the problem has their work cut out for them. What solution can they find to remove the deer that would be lasting — with the Hill Country to the west bulging with an overpopulation of deer'/
Is a local remedy even feasible?
When deer were brought into Mason C ounty in the 1920s, to stock a decrless Edwards Plateau, they came as a cash crop, to create a hunting industry. But somehow it was decided not to treat them like other resources. The deer populations were managed by such old-fashion notions such as: killing bucks only, and keeping harvest numbers at or below four deer a year per hunter.
Now overpopulation has not only driven the deer into town, but lias left the entire herd vulnerable to drought, disease and overgrazing of the range.
Whatever solution the committee comes up with, it should be couplet! with im effort to lobby state agencies to manage our herds better.
Alabama lias instituted a onc-dcer-a-day limit to control its herd’s growth, and has also reaped the financial benefit of bringing in hunters from all over the country.
Perhaps hunter harvest alone would be inadequate to thin the herd, but Texas has a great resource in its deer, and s^uld manage the resource before communities like ours have to consider hunting within our city limits.
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My grandmother died when a honey bee stung her. Years later she told the story of feeling her spirit float from her body. She saw, from a great distance, her mother-in-law trying to revive her. Her five young children gathered around her body screaming and weeping. Her spirit hulled through a dark tunnel Swiftly, vertiginously she spiralled, sucked upward at a tremendous rate of speed. On and on she traveled. She had no fear, only expectancy and wonder. Suddenly a brilliant, peace-giving radiance engulfed her.
This brilliant being of light filled her with peace and joy as her life flashed before her. She felt no condemnation, only a warm humor emanating from the vision of light who emphasized a life of loving and learning. She longed to stay with this loving light, while at the same time, she felt compelled to return lo her husband and children. Instantly she found herself immersed in chilling tub of spnng-fcd well water, her family gathered around splashing and slapping her Throughout her life she remained a calming and loving person whose three
score and IO years were filled with joy and peace.
Decades later Dr. Ralph Moody, a University of Virginia psychiatrist, wrote his book, “Life After Life,” that documented 150 cases similar to my grandmother's. Dr. Moody gave a composite of these life after life experiences:
A dying man hears himself pronounced dead by his doctor. At the same time, he feels himself being drawn through a dark tunnel. Fie sees his body from a distance, as if he's looking down on himself. He watches as doctors and nurses try to save his life and he is emotionally very distressed and disturbed. Soon his spirit calms as he becomes interested in his new condition. He notices that his so-called ‘Trody'Ts ghost-
like and floating. Rapidly sucked through a dark tunnel, he encounters a warm, loving spirit best described as a being of light This being of light guides him to evaluate his life, instantaneously reviewing with him a panoramic playbidt of the events of his life. He then discovers himself approaching a barrier of some soft that seems to represent the limit between the worldly life and the next life, but he's not allowed to go on, although there’s a strong wish to do so. He reluctantly returns to the worldly life. The encounter with the being of light overwhelms him with an intense, almost indescribable feeling of love, joy and peace.
The being of light — that Christians call Christ and Jews call an angel — emphasizes preparation and accomplishment. The being of light asks the individual, "Are you prepared to die?” And then, “What have you done with your life to show me?” “Is it worth it?" The questions are void of condemnation. Individuals feel total love and acceptance as they are compelled to reconsider and reflect on their purpose for living. Love and wisdom are empha
sized. In a non-accusatory way, individuals are challenged to serve others and do their best in all they attempt.
People who experience die life-aftcr-life process return with a seme of peace. They feel that they are still trying, still searching but they are convinced of die importance of living a life guided by moral principals. They live with an optimistic, serene determination to lead a life of significance by doing their best to serve others.
Life consists of a series of moments, each of which is to be enjoyed. Those with purpose work on being land, helpful and reliable — and joy sneaks into their lives. To love and be loved, to enjoy the ordinary, to savor each moment, to find pleasurable work, to continue to learn and grow and evolve — that's purposeful living. Purpose means discovering who we were meuit to be and serenely striving, with God's help, to be that person all of the time.
(John Ingram Walker, M D., lives in the New Braunfels area and writes a weekly column for the Herald-Zettung)
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A right to die could threaten your right to live
How appropriate that in the 24th-annivcrsary month of Roc vs Wade, which denied the right to life to an unborn baby, the U S Supreme Court has heard arguments on whether individuals have a constitutional "right to die"
As with abortion, “hard cases" are trotted out by the “death-with-digmty" crowd as leverage against whatever resistance to euthanasia remains.
On “60 Minutes" recently, and in newspapers, we sec pictures of people we are told are "terminally ill" and suffering greatly. They are portrayed as innocent victims of outmoded laws and prisoners of medical technology that keeps them alive. There is often a subtle suggestion that they have become "levs human " Persuaded by doctors or relatives of the “hopelessness" of their condition, many say they want to kill themselves and think doctors should help them.
Abortion proponents argued in Roc vs. Wade that a change rn the law was needed because 12-year-olds were getting pregnant by their drunken step- fathers. Now we won’t stop the killing of a child as it emerges from the birth canal. It will be the same with euthanasia and any other category of life deemed "dif-
Today in History
By Th© Associated Press
Today if Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 1997. There are 349 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 16,1920, Prohibition began as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, (it was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)
On this dale:
In 1947, Ivan the Terrible w.*< crowned Czar of Russia.
In I M3, the U.S. Civil Service Commission was established.
In 1919, Nebraska. Wyoming and Missouri became the 36th, 37th and 38th states to ratify Prohibition, which went into effect • year later
In 1942, actress Carole Lombard, her mother and about 20 other people
ficult" or “inconvenient" or a “bur- *• den." Once it is established that some lives are less valuable and less meaningful than other lives (as happened in Roe), the rest is merely who's next and how quickly we can move forward with the disposal process.
In the past, the assault has been directed at Jewish lives and at those whose skin pigmentation was darker than the majority's.
Now the threat is directed toward the “terminally ill ” lf doctors are allowed to become kilting agents at the end of life, ax they are at the beginning of life, the next assault will come against the otherwise healthy elderly, the disabled and, depending on the spin! of the age, who knows w ho else.
Prof. William Brennan of the School of Social Service at the University of St. Louis has written a book, the title of which ought to warn ira where we are headed It's called "Dehu-
wcrc killed when their plane crashed near Las Vegas while returning from a war-bond promotion tour.
In 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied Invasion Force in London.
In 1997, three B-52's took off from Castle Air Force Base in California on the finn nonstop, round-the-world flight by jet planes The trip lasted 45 houri and 19 minutes.
In 1964, the musical "Hello, Dolly!," starring Carol Channing, opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
In 1967, Alan S. Boyd was swam in as the first secretary of transportation.
In 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. (Because of the time differ-
mani/ing the Vulnerable: When Wold Games Take Lives," Brennan says that the lies associated with the “nght-to-die" movement were sown in rived teal and intellectual publications even before Roe vs. Wade. Brennan cites an editorial in the September 1970 issue of California Medicine, which advocates lying in the service of killing. Brennan says, "The editorial proposes a linguistic strategy of semantic gymnastics — 'avoidance of the scientific fact, which everyone really knows, that human life begins ai conception' and separation of the 'idea of abortion from the idea of killing' — as essential for obtaining wideqacad acceptance of not only abortion, but also euthanasia. Further, the article dubs semantic gymnastics ‘a schizophrenic sort of subterfuge’" *
Regarding euthanasia, The Hastings Center Report earned an article in October 1983 by ethicist Darnel Callahan, who wrote that "a denial of nutrition may in the long run become the only effective way lo make certain that a huge number of biologically tenacious patients actually die." Brennan says, "This expression conveys the image of the patient as a relentlessly grasping species that clings as tenaciously to life and Ufe-suppotl technology as would a parasite to
cnee, it was early January 17th in the Persian Gulf when tile attack began.)
Tea years ago: Hu Yaobang resigned as head of China's Communist Party, declaring he'd made mistakes in dealing with student turmoil and intellectual challenges to the system. Broadway columnist Earl Wilson died in Yonkers, N.Y., at age 79.
Five years ago: Official* of the government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war that had left at least 75,000 people dead. Four days of Middle East peace talks recessed in Washington.
Out year ago: Gunmen in Trabzon, Turkey, hijacked a Black Sea ferry with mare than 200 people on board, and demanded that Russian troops stop fighting Chechen rebels in Perve
Are there people who arc terminally ill and who should be granted their wish to let "nature take its course" or "God take them”?
Of comae. There are methods, including dregs, that can minimize their pain. But this is a for cry from a doctor “assisting” a patient in dying. And it is a farther cry from doctors actually performing the coup de grace.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has written, 'The whole thing about euthanasia comes down to one word: motive, lf your motive is to alleviate suffering while a patient is going through the throes of dying, and you are using medication that alleviates suffering, even though it might shorten his life by a few hours, that is not euthanasia. Birt if you are giving him a dreg intended to shorten his life, then your motivation is for euthanasia ..."
The Supreme Court can begin to reverse the culture of death it helped foster 24 years ago if it can still read the Constitution.
Or the Justices can consider the Ten Commandments on the wall of the Court.
mayskaya. (The hostages were released three days later).
Today's Birthdays: Author William Kennedy is 69. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 67. Opera singer Marilyn Home is 63. Auto racer Ai. Foyt it 62. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 53. Country singer Jim Stafford is 53. Movie director John Carpenter is 49. Actress-dancer-chorcographer Debbie Allen is 47. Singer Sade is 38. Rhytfrn-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 31. Model Kate Moss is 23. Singer Aaliyah is 18.
Thought for Today: “There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way." — Christopher Morley, Americsn journalist (1890-1997).