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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, July 25,1997 **< It | Opinion * ■ To talk with Managing I; Editor Margaret Edmonson > about the Opinion page, • caH 625-9144, Ext. 220. H e r j i cl - 7 e i t u n g '."■‘'mr ':"‘V ,1 I t» 4 , ,    -    art    .WSI vv ft’ 4 'v,:' ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is QUOTABLE “I take this personally, die effort to repress material I enjoy—to tell me how wrong it is for me to enjoy it” Sallie Tisdale writer EDITORIAL Old, new make New Braunfels mix unique Not everyone can be from Texas, and not everyone can be from New Braunfels — but then we all can dream a little, can't we? According to a new poll, nearly one-fourth of the state's residents consider themselves first a Texan and second an American. Pollster Frank Luntz said that is a “stunningly high rate" of identity with a state. “I would argue that there’s no state in the country that would hav e a higher rate of state personal identification than Texas does,” Luntz said. Five hundred Texans were asked, “lf you had to choose one or the other, would you consider yourself a Texan first or an American first?” Twenty-three percent said Texan, 73 percent said American and 3 percent said both. If I .untz and his pollsters were to make similar calls in New Braunfels, the results probably would surprise him even more — especially if he were to ask, “If you had to choose one or the other, would you consider yourself a New Braunfelser first or a Texan first?” Many of the people who come to this town identify themselves with it, and those who were bom and raised here usually decide there is no other place they want to live. The rich German heritage here makes these “oldtimers” very proud and as they are quick to point out, they take things very seriously. Equally as important to New Braunfels are the newcomers who bring variety, depth and a certain freshness to the community. So here’s to all those “old-timers” and those newcomers who want to make New Braunfels their home. (ToJay s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung . Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.) Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. Hie editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuate >n and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung bearing tile writers signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor clo the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung F O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (8301 625-1224 S % i * i T i JAnnual garden grows perennial wisdom New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher Ext 301...................................... Doug    Toney Managing Editor, Ext 220.................................Margaret    Edmonson Marketing Director, Ext 308..................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reimnger | Business Manager, Ext. 202 .......................................Mary    Lee Hall % Circulation Director, Ext. 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery k Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205........................................Billy    Parnell Published un Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the ,Vh Bromids Heruld-Zetnmx (USPS 377-880) 707 Lands St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. PenotScaJ postage paid by the Sew Braunfels HeruU-Zeinmg in New Braunfels, Texas. C'amer delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, S20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66 Senior Citizen Discounts by camel delivery only: six months, $33; OM year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $3030; six months. $55; one year, $ 103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $7$; one year, $11833. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 3:30 p.m. Twwfcy through Fluky or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (830) 623-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday. Pustmas i> k Send address changes to the Sew Bromals Herald-Zntnutg, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Everyone who pusses by knows the house — the school children, the dog walkers, the runners and the commuters. The yard looks like an English garden, with a profusion of flowers crammed together, stretching toward the sun and flinging their colors into the air like confetti. -It’s the house on the comer of Walnut and Camellia, and if you stop and chat with Wilbur Wieding as he works his garden in his “tidal wave” shorts and sun hat, you might even walk away with some seeds. Wieding does not buy plants. “I just take the old seeds out, and I take a pick, make a row and lay them in there,” be said. “Ifs a challenge to see the results.” A World War II veteran, Wieding took up gardening when he retired from his career in die postal service. “When you retire, you have to do something,” Wieding said. Watching CNN or playing golf did not turn out to be his cup of tea. “I have friends who call gardening work,” he said. “It might be work for me to chase a golf ball” His wife, Ruth, grew up on a farm where gardening was second nature. “She’s the brains behind it,” Wieding said. “When she was a young sprout, she was out there working harder than I.” “A young sprout of 50,” Ruth said. There are five peach trees in the Wiedings’ back yard. They yield voluptuous peaches. Ruth Wieding grew each tree from seed. The cabbages she started from seed were so prolific that she made enough sauerkraut to feed friends, neighbors and news editors. Though Ruth’s health will no longer allow her to dig and haul beside her husband, their yard is still a team effort “She’s good with advice,” Wieding said. “She pulls me out of the sun when I’ve and enough.” Ruth and Wilbur Wieding will be married SO years next May. When they speak, they look at each other with the kind of love some young people don’t believe exists anymore. When a question is asked, they answer in tandem — not interrupting each other, but trading off sentences as if they have some extrasensory connection. Each is self depreciating and quick to give the other credit for a job well done. Those who do not make a habit of writing in note pads during conversations might do well to bring pad and pencil when they drop in on the Wiedings. They will hear kernels of gardening wisdom and plain old com-mon-sense Texas wisdom in equal parts: • “The soil is the most important thing. You don’t want to put a $30 plant in a $5 hole.” • “At every age group, there are pluses and minuses ... I’m still learning at 72.” • “Everybody has something they look forward to when they get off work ... You have to love what you da” • “By the street where the heat is pretty intense, we put in moss roses. They say, ’Thank you.’” • “Life’s a learning process.” Every cynical Generation X-er should spend an hour ar two with the Wiedings. They might come away with some seeds, some sauerkraut or something more. They might come away thinking that growing older could be something to look forward to. (Susan Flynt England is the Herald-Zeitung news editor.) Readers who know fascinating, accomplished, eccentric or admirable people — individuals in whom other readers might take delight — are urged to call Sue England at 625-9144, ext 221.) MASSIS Congressman seeks to accentuate the positive Several months ago I wrote about some constituents of the 21st Congressional District who are worthy of recognition for the volunteer work that they perform. From San Antonio to Round Rock to the Hill Country to West Texas, District I has some of the best examples of volunteerism in the country. That article was meant to recognize the individuals mentioned and the fact that there are thousands more people who should also be recognized for the positive impact they have had on their communities. But there’s another reason why columns like that one should be more common. Good examples are inspiring. Their impact can help reverse the overall moral erosion that Texans — indeed Americans — are concerned about. Most people would probably be surprised to learn the results of an Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 1997. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Oa July 25,1956, 51 people died when the Italian liner Andrea Dona tank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast. Oa this date: la 1593, France’s King Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism. la 1966, Ulysses S. Great was named General of the Army, the Bret officer to hold the rank. la 1969, Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory. la 1999, French aviator Louis Bltriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane, traveling J experiment where wallets containing $50 in cash were intentionally “lost” in several big cities to see if they would be returned. Nine out of IO of the wallets were returned in Seattle with the money intact! A story like that restores our confidence that honesty still exists and it inspires us to emulate what we’ve heard about. Here at home, people who have suffered losses from the recent flooding and tornadoes in the 21st District can attest to the tremendous generosity of their friends and relatives. Lamar Smith Texas, I am pleased to report, has a reputation for creating good news from bad news. Following the stories and stunning photographs of the damage from floods and tornadoes recently, there were numerous accounts of individuals who reached out to help the victims. There were dramatic rescues, people who took storm victims into their homes and many people who pitched in to help with the cleanup. It’s an uphill battle to promote values such as honesty and volunteerism. We cannot hide from our environment. Every day we are deluged by sexual references and vulgar language on television. News accounts about natural disasters and wars, fires and crimes and ubiquitous. But they should not overwhelm the good deeds that we witness in difficult times or the examples of strong values that we see every day, but are considered newsworthy. Congress cannot tell the media, for example, what programs they may or may not air. But Congress can work to encourage and, if necessary, cajole the media to clean up their act as I am doing with the Television Improvement Act. It is simply a measure that would allow the networks to meet to consider a voluntary code of conduct for what’s acceptable in programs. More stories that reinforce positive values would be welcome in the media. But we do have the opportunity to uke notice of the good examples people are setting all around us every day and to recognize and encourage them. (Lamar Smith represents the 2 J st Congressional District in the U S. House of Representatives.) from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. la 1943, Benito Mussolini was dismissed as premier of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel IU and placed under arrest. Mussolini was later rescued by the Nazis and reasserted his authority. la 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device. la 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States. la 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in Moscow prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, in space or underwater. la 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England; she’d been con ceived through in-vitro fertilization. la 1994, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space as she carried out more than three hours of experiments outside the orbiting space station Salyut 7. la 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries’ 46-year-old formal state of war. Tta years aga: Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige died of internal injuries he sustained while participating in a rodeo. He was succeeded by C. William Verity. Five years aga: Opening ceremonies were held in Barcelona, Spain, for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Actor-singer Alfred Drake died in New York at age 78. One year ago: Divers searching the wreckage of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, N.Y., recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Estelle Getty is 74. Actress Barbara Harris is 62. Singer Donna Theodore is 52. Rock musician Verdine White (Earth, Wind A Fire) is 46. Model-actor Iman is 42. Rock musician Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) is 39. Actress Means Douglas is 32. Country singer Marty Brown is 32. Actor Matt LcBlanc (’’Friends”) is 30. Thought fur Today: ”! never liked the middle ground — the most boring place in the world.” — Louise Nevelson, Russian-American artist (1900-1988). ;