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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 HERALDZBrruNO Tuesday January OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NEW JNFBLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor Bill OConnell News Editor KUDOS On Jan 25 1999 my wife died after fighting a long battle with cancer However many won the war When she accepted the loving hand of God she still held fast her faith and dignity I have been able to move on even after losing my best friend of 41 years Without a doubt I would be a basket case today if it werent for God and people He had working with me such organizations and Christians as New Braunfels Hospice the Rev Fred Martin and his loving staff at First United Methodist Church Dennis Rust and his supportive employees at Comal Drug Store Dale Mike and the artistic ladies at Flowers By Sharon Jay Rogers and the friendly servers at New Braunfels Coffee Dr Frank Hampel and his caring nurses at Central Texas Medical Research Jerr and the folks at Ace Hardware Sandy Rita and others at HEB neighbors on Northcrest Northpark Ridge and Palace and the wonderful retired Rev Lee Griffin and his charming wife Sylvia of Canyon Lake There were prayers hugs tears smiles food and many other kind nesses When I shopped at the above businesses while Hospice vol unteers gave me ample time to relax from my caretaking duties I escaped my emotional stress by laughing teasing joking and some times crying with many wonderful people Recently I met a new friend in my neighborhood She had lost her husband of 38 years It did not take us long to realize that we are soulmates We are presently planning to marry May we always remember that God loves and heals those who lose loved ones John B Morrow New Braunfels TODAY IN HISTORY ccwnngr aint so tad Finding peace in New Braunfels BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday Jan 25 the 25th day of 2000 There are 341 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Jan 25 1890 reporter Nellie Bly Elizabeth Cochrane of the New York World received a tumultuous welcome home after she completed a roundtheworld journey in 72 days 6 hours 11 minutes On this date In 1533 Englands King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn who later gave birth to Elizabeth I In 1787 Shays Rebellion suf fered a setback when debtridden farmers led by Capt Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield Mass In 1890 the United Mine Workers of America was found ed In 1915 Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated transconti nental telephone service In 1946 the United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor In 1947 American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach at age 48 In 1959 American Airlines opened the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707 In 1961 President Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television In 1980 Finance Minister Abolhassan BaniSadr was elect ed president of Iran In 1981 the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States Ten years ago An Avianca Boeing 707 ran out of fuel and crashed in Cove Neck 73 of the 161 people aboard were killed Actress Ava Gardner died in London at age 67 Five years ago The defense gave its opening statement in the OJ Simpson trial in Los Angeles saying Simpson was the victim of a rush to judgment by authori ties who had mishandled evi dence and ignored witnesses It is painful to me and I am sure upset ting to my German friends that these embarrassing issues keep coming up There was Hitlers dog Blondie Mexicans at Wurstfest and never a holocaust It is dis tasteful to delve into this morass but a recent letter to the editor titled Germans Others Faced Hardship Without Help begs commentary In the letter I refer to the writer responded to the fact that former ambassador to Africa Bob Kreuger brought an African family to New Braunfels From the letter writers point of view it seems that this fam ily shouldnt be so fortunate Would this family not be happier amongst their own is such a stereo typical comment as to not warrant commen tary except that it makes me imagine some animal rights person parachuting chim panzees liberated from zoos into the jun gle I know nothing of the circumstances but what appears to most of us as a genuine humanitarian or at the very least friendly act irritates others greatly The next time you want to do a good deed donate your money to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund on your 1040 form You wont have to avoid criticism by finding the poorest person hi town or maybe the world to practice your charity on I didnt get a welcome wagon either nor did most everyone else Shall we demand an equality of welcome wagons Does the writer want fairness I thought that only pre teens believed in the fairness fairy or myth and that only people with good lawyers and lots of money could sometimes obtain it This constant pursuit of fairness and redress leads to a demand for total equality EDGAR VALDERRAMA leaving the government as Hie supreme arbiter of whats fair and proper for every one Voila Totalitarianism call it Communism Naziism or Welfare State Races Races Races Havent you seen that movie where the CIA promises the ori ental war lord a laundromat hi Brooklyn or Burbank Maybe the American of Mexican descent who noted that Vietnamese get preferences saw the same movie Maybe you can get the government to be fair and stop favoring groups individuals cronies corpo rations and special interests of which the greatest is itself Good luck I suppose it would feel cozy to live in a nation of racial clones for a while but as the Chinese curse has it May you live in inter esting We have been thrust into this time of incredible changes Like it or not pleasant or unpleasant good or bad fair or unfair white black yel low brown red and maybe even little green men are all around us and the only sensible thing to do is not fight with each other Our being divided among ourselves makes it is easier for the manipulators The more of us that want to get along with each other and make the best of it the better We are being swamped by a sea of changes and if we are to survive we must find a way to adapt while preserving our values and as much as we can of our tradi tions story about hundreds of civilians massacred by the Burundi I believe the deaths in the region are counted in mil lions not hundreds As for the firestorm bombings of the great German cities during the war in which more people died than at Nagasaki I did not want to say previously wrote about telling an admirer of Hitler during the war applies here that all the good his beloved fuhrer had done for Germany was more than canceled out by his having brought the Russians and us to his country It is truly lamentable that the Poles and Russians still occupy German land Maybe another little crusade later on Try and try again as the saying goes Dont worry it looks like World Government is going to at least try to be the next Big Daddy of us all and then we can all live as loving neighbors sort of like Yugoslavia under Tito Clintonesque defense of the concentration camps Everybody does it I assume this is not a defense of the death camps too Maybe the writer sincerely doesnt believe in them or maybe those killed werent human Even so it is a lot of animals to sacrifice just because they are so obnoxiously good at making money and playing the violin and being obstreperous geniuses in general There is freedom of speech and it applies as much to correcting errors as to propagat ing them This means that every time somer one brings these subjects up someone will speak up trying to set the record straight Edgar Valderrama is a New Braunfels Whos waving the Confederate flag and why The controversy over whether to con tinue to fly a Confederate flag from the dome of the South Carolina state capi tol is more about politics than principle A serious discussion of race and oppor tunity would not be wrapped around a flag But in an election year all appeals to facts and common sense are put aside in favor of demagoguery division and appeals to voting constituencies There are serious arguments in favor of removing a flag that was hoisted in 1962 not 1862 The flying of a Confederate flag at the Capitol was a response to the growing power of the civil rights movement and had little to do with But just as clear are the political games being played by the National Assn for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP and its fellow journeymen This isnt about a flag If it was as black economist Walter Williams has noted they would be protesting the American not the Confederate flag because slavery exist ed much longer under the Stars and porated in its state flag beholden to them and to the Democratic Maybe Jackson thinks black players Party The real problems for blacks who 1 CAL THOMAS Stripes than in the brief confederacy represented by the Stars and Bars No this is about embarrassing white Republican presidential candidates in hopes that they will call for the flags removal and thus alienate sufficient numbers of white South Carolina voters to hurt GOP chances in the elections Rev Jesse Jackson upset that while he was defending expelled high school thugs in Illinois NAACP President Kweisi Mfurae stole the lime light is now calling for a boycott of Georgia on Super Bowl Sunday and even wants black football players to make some sort of protest Georgia has a likeness of the Confederate flag incor will refuse to play or refuse their pay No way Vice President Al Gore noted that only the GOP White House hopefuls refuse to disavow the flag because they are so scared of the extreme right Yet as the Washington Times reported when he was governor of Arkansas Gores boss Bill Clinton signed a bill that designates a star in the Arkansas state flag as symbolic of the Confederacy and Arkansas law observes an annual Confederate Flag Day the Saturday before Easter Gov Clinton made no effort to repeal that law during his 12 years in the Statehouse It would have cost him votes then Now he and Gore think dis are poor and thankfully their numbers have dwindled significantly in recent years are economic and educational situations that have less to do with race than with family structure Poverty figures for blacks and whites have declined in the last 60 years In 1940 87 percent of the black popula tion was considered poor 48 percent of whites were also poor By 1995 according to the Census Bureau black poverty had declined to 26 percent and white poverty to 9 per cent The sharpest drop in black poverty occurred before most civil rights legis lation and the socalled War on Poverty in the 60s The census figures show avowing the flag can win Gore votes that black poverty ceased its rapid Lowering the Confederate flag in decline about 19 70 and has stayed close South Carolina will not improve the lot to that level ever since A major reason of one AfricanAmerican It is a contin is the enormously high birthrate among uing diversion by socalled black black unmarried women and lack of ers to keep many of their followers male supervision leadership and good role modeling in families Seventy per cent of babies born to black women in America are out of wedlock nearly three tunes the illegitimate white birthrate The fallout from such unstable family situations often is reflected in school where as reported in the trade newspaper Education 58 percent of fourthgraders in the inner cant read Shouldnt such figures be more frightening than a piece of cloth flying from a state capitol Why arent black leaders doing something about this other than asking for more government money to subsi dize failed programs Putting the black family back together ought to be of greater importance than taking down a Confederate flag But actually doing something to help needy people woujd bring success and success is the last thing demagogues want It costs votes political power and money Cal Thomas is a syndicated colum I ;