New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung 0 Thursday, July 6,1995 O 9Delivering the promise of democracy
Bob Krueger, United States Ambassador to Burundi, entertained more than 500 Burundian citizens, dignitaries and diplomats at his residence the evening of July 4. He spoke to them — in French — of what freedom means to America and to the struggling democracy of Burundi. The names Nyambuye,
Kayanza, and Cibitoke are strange to us. The ideas, hopes and dreams Ambassador Krueger addresses are the same ones we in America cherish and struggle to uphold.
Ministers, representatives of the people of Burundi, your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
The American community in Burundi welcomes you, and thanks you for coming to share with us our national day. Like July I, the national day of Burundi, our national day is a day of Independence. It marks the day we separated ourselves from rule by a foreign power.
But July 4 marks more than just the end of rule by a foreign power. Like July 14, the national day of France, it marks the day that ended the despotism of rule by a small, privileged class. And it began government based on the principle of equal respect for each individ
ual. The French, their revolution, spoke of their hopes for “liberty, egalite, fratcmitd.”
We, in our revolution, similarly said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men arc created equal; that they arc endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these arc life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
In the midst of America’s Civil War, our President Abraham Lincoln asked whether any nation conceived and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal could long endure.
History has answered Lincoln with a resounding response: yes. In every part of the world, from the seacoasts of Japan, across the vast plains and mountains of Russia, and from the cities of Europe to the villages of South Africa, nations everywhere arc embracing democracy. According to their cultures, they practice democracy in various ways. But democracy everywhere more or less follows Abraham Lincoln’s simple definition: government of the people, by the people, for the people.
Today, two things are clear. One: that democratic nations enjoy the highest standards of living — material and spiritual — of any nations on the globe. And two: that once people have enjoyed the liberty that is the companion of democracy, they never again voluntarily give up government of, by and for ALL people in exchange for a government of, by and for
only a few of the people.
A conflict between those two ideas — government for ALL people, versus government for a FEW people, is what caused and sustained America’s Civil War. That war took more lives, destroyed more families, created more suffering, bitterness and unhappiness than anything in our nation’s history. But democracy won. And since then, democracy has continuously won the hearts and minds of the vast majority of people across the globe.
Today, Burundi wrestles with this same historic choice. Will it join the mainstream of nations propelled on the currents of respect for life and liberty, so that happiness and a better life can be pursued by all Burundians?
Or will the “pursuit” be the pursuit of Burundi citizens across the hillsides of Nyambuye, Kayanza, and Cibitoke?
The God who created us all did not limit virtue, or vice, to one nation; nor to one group within any nation. Therefore, power and authority in government cannot be limited to one group. It must be shared, or destruction will inevitably follow.
There are groups in Burundi today — at each extreme — that would keep power entirely to themselves. They would rather destroy the nation than treat others as equals. And they blame democracy for the turmoil which they themselves create. In that process, they are denying prosperity, education, advancement and liberty to their fellow countrymen — but
also, to themselves. And as they enchain others they enchain themselves and their children and grandchildren, who will inherit their legacy of vengeance, violence, and death.
The vast majority of Burundians, of all groups, want peace, and want to live in harmony with their neighbors. They want to be able to walk safely in any neighborhood — Kamenge or Ngagara Kinama, Buyenzi, or Cibitoke. They have not freely chosen to live in separate neighborhoods. They have been driven there — those of all ethnicities — by fear.
This fear is Burundi’s greatest enemy. It stalks the homes of Nygkabiga and Kamenge, of Mutanga Nord and Mutangc Sud, with equal strength. It haunts the one who carries a gun as much as one who carries a hoe. And it will not be chased away from within men’s minds by bullets or threats. It docs not matter which end of a gun a man holds: at each end, there is fear.
These people wanting peace — and that is the greatest number of Burundians of all groups — will have to speak out, boldly, now, if they wish to defend the liberties they saw as the promise of democracy just two years ago.
Too often the press, radio, and public statements contain extremist words of accusation, while voices of those who want moderation and reconciliation are not heard.
Burundians must choose for themselves whether they wake up each morning to the songs of birds or the sounds of gunfire, whether
they listen to the voices of vengeance or the words of peace. The country is too small to be divided. It is in the self-interest of all to recognize that no group can advance separately. All must proceed together or be left lying alone by the side of the road.
In this effort, the United States is ready to walk beside you, to assist in ways that enhance your strength and dignity, and propel you toward a better life. The U.S. has no commercial interests here. And no interests for our own defense and security. Every American who is here is here freely — by personal choice. We arc here because we care about the-people of Burundi — because we know that all men and women are brothers and sisters, and because we believe in democracy as the best form of government for advancing that brotherhood. We know by our own national experience that people of many different backgrounds can live together and form on prosperous nation with a single purpose.
That purpose it to have a society that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all its citizens. We will always stand ready to work with you for that cause.
And in t hat spirit, I ask you to raise your glasses in a toast to Burundi, to the United States, and to democracy for all our people.
Thank you.New officers
The Order of the Eastern Star held its installation of new officers for the 1995-96 year on July 17.
Mrs. Elaine Gaskins was installed as the Worthy Matron and Mr. Virgil Gaskins as the Worthy Patron, (pictured to the right).
Mrs. Pamela Jameson was installed as the Associate Matron and Mr. James Connelly as the Associate Patron.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program plans bus tour
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, sponsored by Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, has a wonderful bus tour planned for Sept. 19 through Oct. 4, 1995.
This trip is open to the public and is called “Kaleidoscope of Fall Colors.” Tile main destination is New England and the Amish Country. Tour highlights include guided tours of the Amish Country: Bennington, Vt.; Rock of Ages Rock Quarry, Mt. Washington: Lexington and Concord; and the cap.!' I building in Charleston, W. Va. Also included will be the Norman
Rockwell Museum; Maple Grove Museum in Vermont; Hancock Shaker Village; Stratton Arts Festival; extended touring of Vermont; Mt. Washington Cog Railway; the Mayflower II; The Breakers at Newport, R.I.; Mystic Seaport; the Music Mansion at Gatlinburg, Tenn.; the scenic drive along Kangamangus Highway; the 10-Mile Dave at Newport; and a farewell celebration of Cajun music and food. Included in the price of $ 1,785 per person for a double occupancy room is also deluxe Kerrville Motorcoach transportation, bag
gage handling, the services of a professional Kerrville Tours director, cancellation insurance, and taxes and gratuities on included items.
A $100 deposit is required at the time of making your reservation which must be done by July 15, 1995. The remainder is due by July 31, 1995.
There are currently approximately IO seats available so please let us hear from you as soon as possible.
To make your reservation or for a complete itinerary please call 210-379-0300 and speak with Steve Doerr or Ted Wolber.Woman's friend is , but not close
DEAR ABBY: I am having a problem with my “friend.” She copies everything I do. If I cut my hair, she cuts hers. If I let mine grow, she lets hers grow. She wears the same perfume I wear and takes up the same hobbies I do.
I remodeled my bedroom by myself, so she had a professional decorator remodel hers.
Everyone thinks we are best friends, but I don’t trust her. Because of this we never talk about anything like best friends do. When we get together, it’s just small talk.
I’ve tried for a long time to get to know her better and engage in more meaningful conversations, but she changes the subject abruptly and gets defensive.
Abby, I’m confused because she acts like she’s my best friend, but I have the feeling that deep down she’s competing with me and trying to “top” me. What do you think?
NO NAME OR TOWN, PLEASE
DEAR NO NAME: It’s said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I can understand why you find your friend’s copycat behavior annoying.
Let her know how you feel, and ask that she please not let it happen again. If it continues to happen, spend far less time with her.County Recordsbounty Court-At-Law
The following are dispositions of Divil cases in the Comal County Court-it-Law:
• Ellen Teresa Laubach vs. David -ec Laubach; breach of contract; greed judgment; notice of non-suit.
• Jourdanton State Bank vs. David •atrick Brown and wife, Virginia Kaye Irown; suit on debt; judgment for ilaintiff; final, non-jury.
• James E. Connolly Jr. and wife, )ixie Connolly vs. Larry Daniels and rife Terri Daniels; injunction/dam-ges; judgment for plaintiff; final, nonary.
• Bacsc & Mcnelcy, Inc. DBA
DEAR ABBY: We are two women who work together. I’ve been married for four years, and “Jane” has been married for 29 years. In spite of our age difference, we both find the same thing waiting for us when we go home in the evening: not a husband who asks how our day was, but a husband
who asks, “When will supper be ready?”
While we cook, they read the newspaper, and after supper, while we clean up, they snooze! We both keep our mouths shut because we realize there are worse things in marriage than this.
We would love to come home to husbands who contribute as much to a marriage as we do. We are interesting and attractive women. Does anyone have a solution, short of starting World War III?
Please, no lectures on how some women would love to have a man to cook for after working IO hours a day, or how much they miss the sound of his snoring on the couch.
JILL AND JANE (NOT OUR REAL NAMES)
DEAR JILL AND JANE: There is more hope for you, Jill, than there is for Jane. A 29-year-old bad habit is more difficult to break.
Have you ever let your husband know that doing the job alone is more than you can handle — or suggested that he set the table, whip the cream for the strawberry shortcake, or help with the dishes afterward?
If you haven’t, please do ... or don’t complain.
DEAR ABBY: I really enjoyed the letter from the 70-year-old lady who wants to give herself a birth*
Williams Heating and Air Conditioning vs. Cathy Hadlock; suit on debt; notice of non-suit.
• Scars, Roebuck and Company vs. Madalyn Rcnobato; suit on debt; judgment for plaintiff; default judgment.
• First Financial Bank, FSB vs. Stewart A. Turman and Elna A. Turman; breach of contract; judgment for plaintiff (default judgment against Stewart A. Turman; judgment for defendant (notice of non-suit for Elna A. Turman).
• Texas Commerce Bank N.A. vs. Ray L. Peek; suit on debt; judgment for plaintiff; default judgment.
day party — requesting no gifts. Now that’s my kind of woman! Those are the kind of people who make this world such a great place. She doesn’t sit around waiting for others to entertain her; she entertains them. If she lives to be a IOO, she’ll never be lonely.
Many folks her age are sitting around waiting to die, but life is for the living, and that is what she’s doing.
God bless her. I hope she blesses this old world for many years, and I also hope her 70th birthday party will be the first of many.
FRAN KARAFAS, CLEARWATER, FLA.
DEAR ABBY: We have two sons. One is 14, and the other is ll. They recently asked us if they could get their heads shaved. They tell us that all their friends are doing it, and it is the “in” thing right now.
Both sets of grandparents say this is part of growing up. When we were their age, fellows wore their hair down to their shoulders.
Should we allow our sons to shave their heads?
DEAR CONCERNED: Shaving the head may be the “in” thing, but in some areas, it is also the “gang” thing.
If children adopt gang styles, even if they are not involved in gang activities, they can put themselves at risk. Gangs don’t take kindly to non-members who “copy” them, and rival gangs attack members of other gangs.
The principal of your children’s school, or your local lice department, can tell you shaved heads are dangerous in your community.
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• Randall ‘Randy’ Voigt, 53, of New Braunfels. Died June 24, 1995.
• Olivia M. Villela, 82, of New Braunfels. Died June 26, 1995.
• Regina Josephine (Knust) Kuretsch, 89, of New Braunfels. Died June 26, 1995.
• Socorro C. Castillcja, 82, of New Braunfels. Died June 27, 1995.
• Olivia Rebecca Rice, 97, of New Braunfels. Died June 28, 1995.
• Harry Ruetz, 72, of Schertz. Died June 28, 1995.
• Manuel H. Campos, 67, of New Braunfels. Died June 29, 1995.
• Sarah Rae Nowotny, 12, of New
■ John Wesley Bartram, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bartram, of New Braunfels, received a bachelor of arts degree in German and History from Texas A&M University in College Station this May. He graduated with the distinguished honor of summa cum laude, only earned by 90 students out of a graduating class of over 10,000.
During his years at A&M, he was inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society. He studied abroad for three summers, was a recipient of the James Earl Rudder Normandy Scholarship and numerous academic incentive scholarship awards, and two lifetime achievement awards for service to the German Club and Aggie Komodi-anten.
He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, where he was the most outstanding new member of the Alpha Alpha Pledge Class of 1990; was a photo-joumalist for the Battalion Newspaper; president of the German Club for 1993-94 and 1994-95; and belonged to the Fencing Club and Aggie Komodianten. John graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1990.
■ Donnetta Baggett, of New
Braunfels, and Kalaya Minatra, of Seguin, were listed on the spring 1995 semester Vice President’s Honor Roll at the University of Mary Hardin-Bay-lor for achieving grade-point averages of 3.5 or better.
Braunfels. Died June 28, 1995.
The following people were married with licenses from Comal County:
• Frederick Joseph Koelzcr and Lorraine Lacy Palmicri of San Antonio.
• Felip Zielinski and Beverly Ernest Blackmon of Schertz.
• Michael Anthony Doherty and Penelope Jane Church of New Braunfels.
• George M. Cromwell Jr. and Cynthia M. Gardner of Spring Branch.
• Ronald Gale Robinson Jr. and Elizabeth Herrera of New Braunfels.
■ Robert Andrew Zipp, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Zipp, of New Braunfels, and Ms. Diane M. Zipp, of San Antonio, has been selected as Scholastic Corporal for Unit B-2 at Texas A&M University for the school year 1995-96 as he posted a 4.0 grade-point average for the 1995 spring semester. He has again been selected to the COMMANDANT’S HONOR ROLL in the Corps of Cadets.
Robert will be given a certificate and will have his name posted on the Honor Roll Board in the Corps of Cadets Center in the fall semester.
■ Charles A. Stephens ll, of
Canyon Lake, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Solo Practitioners & Small Firms Committee in the General Practice Section of the Amencan Bar Association.
The General Practice Section represents approximately 13,000 lawyers throughout the country, most of whom are in the private practice of law. The section’s 54 committees serve the section and its members by providing information and networking opportunities and ensuring that the section carries out its mission.
Charles A. Stephens ll was appointed to this position for a penod of one year beginning at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the ABA in Chicago in Aug. 1995, and ending at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the ABA in Orlando in Aug. 1996. The appointment was announced by Incoming Section Chair John W. Clark Jr., a solo practitioner in Dallas.
In announcing the appointment, Mr. Clark said, “Our committees are the
• Christopher Derrick Deady and Sandra Michelle Lowe of Canyon Lake.
• Thomas James Hildebrand and Tnsha Ann Murky of New Braunfels.
• James Damn Sehrocdcr and Kyla Mane Garza of San Antonio.
• Haynes Roger Lagerquist and Anna Mcrriell Pond of Canyon Lake.
• Samuel Harrison Lowery and Chnsty Lynn Brooks of Bulverde.
• Cullen Andrew Skelton and Rhonda Lynctte Schcel of Universal City.
• Patnck Darren Patterson and Jennifer Kern Hinton of Seguin.
• Jason Russell Jecmenek and Catherine Emma Heliums of San Anu>-
backbone of the section. If they are not led by able and committed volunteer lawyers, the work of the section grinds to a halt. As vice chair, Charles A. Stephens ll se es an important management role, and is responsible, in the final analysis, for the successful operation of the committee. In accepting this appointment, Charles A. Stephens ll has committed to work diligently and without compensation on behalf of the section. The selection of vice chair is a tribute to the leadership which Charles A. Stephens II has shown among lawyers at the national level."
The people of the Canyon Lake area are well acquainted with Charles A. Stephens ll through his work with the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, having serv ed as director of that organization in 1991, third vice president in 1992, second vice president in 1993 and finally, president of that organization in 1994.
Mr. Stephens is also known for his work on the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County as well as his activity in the Economic Development Council and many other civic responsibilities.
■ Erie D. Esquibel, of New Braunfels, was named to the Dean’s Honor List at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana, for the spring 1995 semester.
Students named to the Dean’s Honor List must have earned a semester average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a minimum of 12 hours credit.
• Alford Kirby Burrow and Carol Louise Trimble of New Braunfels.
• James Orr Duckett Jr. and Debra Kay Dearing of Canyon Lake.
• Gregory Lynn Bridgewater and Priscilla Lynn Aguirre of New Braunfels.
• Stephen Michael Richardson and Jennifer Dawn Cornelison of New Braunfels.
• Shannon Lee Bachman and Janet Renee Kneese of New Braunfels.