New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dave Kramer, Editor and General Manager Susan Haire, Managing Editor
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Ballet is an interesting experience
When they announced that Dare) Kistler would be replaced by someone else and 4,999 people in the audience muttered their strong disapproval, I knew I didn t belong. I was the 5,000th person in the audience at the New York City Ballet performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center the other night and I didn't disapprove of Dam s failure to appear because I d never heard of her.
The people who love the ballet make the people who love Madonna. Prince, the Chicago Cubs or bull fighting seem pale by comparison.
All of us tend to dislike things we don’t understand. Every year, on our annual cultural trip to Saratoga. I am uneasy about not understanding the ballet and, therefore, not liking it very much. The event rn Saratoga takes place in a spectacular, open shed which you get to by walking down a long, sloping hill. On the lawn above the roof line, people spread blankets and beach chairs. These are the cheap seats which, of course, are not seats at all and not very cheap
but the people sitting on the lawn seem sublimely happy and al pen' -with the world.
lf you had ti* pick a crowd of people most different from the noting Liverpudlian soccer fans, you'd pick this group of ballet nuts Even the people at the ticket gates are cor-teous and helpful. As I stood by the gale, a man came up to the ticket* taker and said he was part of a group that had come by bus from a nearby city They were to have dinner in restaurant on the grounds aud then to go to the ballet. This man had been separated from his group and didn t have his ticket The employee at the gate went into the gatehouse, picked up the telephone and was trying to help this ballet fan when I left Try that at a baseball park or rock concert.
When I watch a football game on television, I often turn down Unsound to eliminate hearing the announcers tell me things I can sec and understand for myself. At the ballet, I feel the need to have a balletomane
equivalent of Frank Clifford sitting next to me to explain the moves. I am impressed with the great athleticism of many ot the men and women on stage but I do not understand what it is they re try ing to convey
Ballet is the most muscular of the performing arts. The performer build some of the same muscles as gy miuuts Because of the jumps, the whirling moves and the contortions the dancers' bodies have to make. ballet produces many almost perfect specimens. The men seem to make out better than the women in this regard Heavy thigh and calf muscles do more for the appearance of toe men than for the women.
It’s interesting that anything so physical has such an uitellectual appeal for so many smart people Fans wouldn't admit it. I don’t think, but its a very sexy art. The bodies of both men and women are clearly revealed and the men are always taking hold of the women in socially unacceptable places, turning them upside down and generally tiandling
them a lot It strike me as funny . too. that it is the men in formfitting tight." and not the women in tutus who enhance their parts the ui*»>t with padded underwear. Some of the women may wear padded brassieres but all the mal* dancers wear what athletes like hockey goalies call a cup, which fits into the pouch of a jock strap In the case of a ballet dancer, the plastic cup produces a protuberance in the arca of the crutch winch, for a man who knows what » really down there, is comic. I don't know w hether this is a cause or a result of tile fact that the audience ratio wa> four-tie one female.
You won’t find me laughing much at ballet, though It isn’t my dish but in a world of war. terrorism and savegery, there i" .something reassuring about a group of 5,(MJ0 people getting together to have a good lime watching the animated movements to music of skilled and handsome performers on a beautiful stage on a pleasant summer evening.
'Star Wars'may be our best defense
By TOM LOEFFLER U.S. Rap«s«ntativ0 The Strategic Defense Initiative, or “Star Wars” defense, is this nation’s beat hope for a solution to the worldwide nuclear threat. In terms of defending our nation in the nuclear age, it is only common sense to develop a strategic defense system designed to save lives, rather than adhere to policies of the past which seek to deter war by holding the world’s population hostage to the nuclear threat.
In his now historic “Star Wars’’ speech of March, 1983, President Reagan outlined a broad and aggressive research and development program aimed at production of a system to defend our nation
against nuclear attack.
As the President said in unveiling the Strategic Defense Initiative, “The human spirit must be capable of rising above dealing with other nations and human beings by-threatening their existence.”
Opponents of “Star Wars” claim that such a defensive shield or system is impossible to devise or deploy. Even ardent supporters of the Strategic Defense Initiative agree that it encompasses technologies which must be explored and developed. Yet to suggest that we should not pursue the Strategic Defense Initiative simply because we do not possess the technology and expertise today is akin to turning back the clock to 1960, when critics
claimed man would never go to the moon because the technology was recognized but untested.
Experts say that the United States has base technology on the shelf today which could be used in a strategic defense system. One system now under consideration by the Department of Defense would utilize a two-tier barrier The first layer would utilize existing satellite surveillance technology and nonnuclear projectiles to knock out enemy missiles shortly after the missiles are launched out of the atmosphere. The second layer, for which the technology is not mature, would be designed to detect and destruct missiles that have escaped the first phase and are about to
has had positive effect
BOSTON — I don’t know which moment was the most surreal. Was it the sudden break from the network news discussion of colon cancer and diet to the commercial for high-fiber breakfast cerear
Or was it the moment when the doctor took out the colonscope in all its glory and showed a television audience precisely how his colleagues looked around inside the President?
Or was it during the press conference when another doctor told the media and the entire nation that the President's ‘bladder catheter has been removed and he’s successfully returned that function to normal.”
The choices abound There were all sorts of strange highlights in the coverage of presidential cancer. By any definition, there was no privacy left to the President. Occasionally it sounded as if someone had done a good taste-ectomy on the entire proceedings
I started to be grateful for small lapses. At least there was no videotape of the operation <1 don’t think i. At least the colonscope being brandished about on the tube was not the same one used on the President. i Perhaps they are saving that for the Reagan Library.) By the time the man from the cancer society told ABC’s Dr Timothy Johnson how grand it was that we could now use the words blood and stool on the air, I was ready to dissent.
But to my surprise. I think I agree With allowances for this excess ardor on the part of the media and a bit of obtuseness on the part of medical profession — doctors tend to use phrases such as ‘the villous adenoma confined to the cecum of the bowel” — this increasing frankness about disease has been part of a healthy process.
The rotating star system, the disease-of-the-monlh club, may not be the educational ideal of the public health establishment, but it does offer a crash course to an interested public. WTten Betty Ford had a mastectomy , breast cancer made every news magazine cover. It’s fair to say that she promoted more checkups than a cancer society campaign. She saved lives.
In the same way, the number of people who knew about colon cancer — second only to lung cancer — has risen expotentially in seven days. Now, people who couldn’t even point to the colon on an anatomy chart,
may know a Dukes A from a Dukes C. More importantly, they may seek treatment.
This is not to suggest that Reagan’s illness is a great boon, a national service. Cancer is hardly a social value. But dealing with it. directly and completely, is.
Reagan s doctors opened the press conference Monday with the matter-of-fact words, "The President has cancer.’’ Fifty years ago, 25 years ago, doctors might not have even told the patient himself. They would only have told the country if the leader were about to die or to resign
We are not all that far removed from the era when people could barely say the word “cancer"; they had to whisper it There was some primal fear that the mysterious disease could be transmitted from mouth to ear. Cancer was the "c-word” which was equated with the “d-word”: death.
But what is most notable is that this c-word, the diagnosis, did not elicit mass anxiety. The stock market didn t fall, it rose People didn’t huddle into comers talking about President George Bush Chalk it up to public relations if you Uke. Chalk it up to bulletins about the President’s “spectacular’’ postoperative course or his much-touted constitution, or to his courage
Or chalk it up. in part, to growing honesty and understanding about the disease. The information about cancer has made it easier for us to speak frankly about it and the frankness in turn has reduced the terror. We seem to have learned. finally, that cancer isn t one illness and universally fatal one at that It's many with even more vaned futures
In this most prominent case, the doctors gave good odds to the President and the media gave them in gory, complete, and therefore believable, detail Having his inards discussed in public is a fair enough price for public reassurance
With luck, the President will, like most cancer patients, go back to work. The change in our attitudes toward cancer will make that a lot easier. His own attitude is sure to make it easier for the next person with the same diagnosis.
As for luck, his is likely to hold After all. the President’s surgeon has a hobby. He's an amateur magician, accomplished at pulling things out of a hat.
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The simple reality of the situation is that it is far too early to detemune what form the strategic defense system will assume. However, it is clear that the world has for too long lived under the constant threat of nuclear war. In the last Congress, we approved initial funding of $1.4 billion for much needed research on the Strategic Defense Initiative. 'Hie President has requested $3.72 billion for research and development in FY 1985 We must continue to pursue this defensive strategy with vigor and determination, for it represents our very best hope for the total elimination of nuclear weapons and nuclear war.
Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
Sen. John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington, D C. 20510
Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D.C., 20510
Gov. Mark White Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol Austin, Texas 78701
Rep. Tom Loeffier U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Long worth House Office Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20515
Rap. Mac Swaanay (Guadalupe County) U.S. House of Raprasantatives Washington, D.C., 20615
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