New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
HeraW-Ze/fung, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor
Sunday, July 28, 1991
Published Sunday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels Herald Zeilung, 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328. Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels Herald Zeitung ai New Braunfels, Texas.
DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
CHERYL DUVALL Business Manager
KAREN REININGER Classified Manager
LONE’ BEASLEY Advertising Director
CAROL ANN AVERY
GUS ELBEL Pressroom Foreman
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Jury’s message should be heard
A Comal County jury sent a harsh message to wrongdoers last week when it sentenced a man found guilty of bilking elderly New Braunfels residents.
We commend that jury for the decision it rendered and we fervently hope that message is heard — loud and clear — in the places where it needs to be heard.
The man, a New Braunfels resident, was convicted of deceiving elderly residents into paying for home repair work that was not needed.
Evidence indicated that the man intimidated one elderly woman into paying him $70,000 after he threatened her with a lawsuit, claiming he had injured his knee while working at her house.
Testimony throughout the trial indicated that the work performed was not only unnecessary, but was substandard in many instances, and that the charges for the work were exorbitant.
file jury sentenced the man to the maximum jail lime allowed, and it fined him $5,000.
I hat s a sentence with which few will find fault Those who prey upon the weak arc beyond contempt and merit no sympathy.
Fountain’s restoration a significant decision
It was with great joy that we learned that the restoration of the historic fountain on the downtown plaza is being studied
The fountain is more than IOO years old It was shut down in IMS1# as a part of the city's emergency water conservation measures implemented at that time.
Experts in the restoration of statues and monuments have cxa mined the fountain and offered a number of alternatives for its restoration
Those experts arc associated with Washington University Technology Associates Inc., the firm that recently was inst rumen tai in dw restoration of the statue Liberty atop the state's second utile*! monument, the Texas Heroes Monument in Galveston.
The restoration of the fountain will not be inexpensive. But the fountain is a part of the city's heritage and its importance exceeds the financial
Officials hope to fund restoration through a fund raising project in conjunction with the coming celebration of the city x 150th anniversary
We all should do all we can to make that a reality.
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State Sen William Sims District 2b Cap to! Station P O Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711
State Rep Edmond Kuempei District 46 Capitol Station PO Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
4 Lady cab driver was into life ’
She was fat.
And it had been a long, long time since she’d been pretty.
If, indeed, she ever had.
But the lady cab driver was into
The trunk of her white Ford popped open as the car began to slow at the entrance to the hotel where I’d spent the last three days. Three of us climbed into the cab as the bellman put our bags in the trunk and slammed its lid.
Her seat hack was reclined about 45 degrees. She wore a dingy white sweater, pants that probably were specially created by Omar the Tentmaker, and hoots. Not cowboy boots, the kind of boots policemen wear.
‘To the airport, right?” the cabbie asked.
And then, “Do you know which gate?”
No, we didn’t.
So she sifted through a pile of stuff on the seat beside her and came up with a dogeared scratchpad.
“OK,” she said. “Gimme your flight number, departure time and destination."
We dutifully did as we were told and in a few minutes — thanks to the radio in her car — she knew where we needed to be and was getting us there.
Along the way, we learned every-
thing you’d ever want to know about the cab driving business — at least as it is conducted in Fort Worth — and about some of the more exciting moments from the last five or six years of our driver’s life.
That’s how long she’s been driving. We knew, for instance, that she doesn’t carry a gun... anymore.
And we knew there are certain parts of town where she won’t go to pick up a fare She said she’s been known to tell the dispatcher “she can just send someone else down there or ITI just go ahead and go to the house — it’s not worth taking a chance on getting killed over.”
The talkative cabbie told us she quit carrying a gun after she almost shot a guy who was doing strange things to himself in her back seat. She told him to stop and he ignored her. So she told him to stop or she was going to shoot
him and he still ignored her.
She announced on her radio that she was about to shoot this guy and another driver — who happened to be nearby — shouted, “No, no, no! Don’t shoot him.”
There was more to the story, but the bottom line was that she pulled over, the other driver pulled up behind her and, jumping from his own cab, ran to hers and pulled the fare out.
“He was so out of it,” our driver recalled, “he just kind of looked around and said, 'This isn’t where I live.’”
Our cab driver said that after she settled down and realized she might actually have shot someone “who was really just a mental case,” she got rid of her gun and hasn’t carried one since.
That made us feel a little better.
We also learned, in the course of
the 30 minutes it took us to get from the hotel to the airport that our driver leases her vehicle—formerly a police cruiser — for $50 a day plus whatever she spends on gas and oil. Her company has about 75 such vehicles Before she makes any money for herself on any given day, our driver said, she has to make that $50 plus fuel and oil money. Anything she makes beyond that, she keeps.
Our ride cost us about $30, so if she can make three airport runs a day, she’s making money.
By the time we got to the airport, I’d decided I’d just as soon our paths didn’t cross again — I’d learned a lot on the trip, but most of it I really didn’t want to know.
But on the other hand, I’m glad I got to meet that driver. She’s an individual. Nobody cut her from any mold. She enjoys what she’s doing and if you don’t like the way she’s doing it, the heck with you.
Aboard the airplane on the way home, I told someone about the vociferous cabbie. She listened to my tale, thought for a minute and then remarked that “the world would probably be a better place if more of us were like her.”
Yeah, well maybe....
David Sullen* ii editor aid publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
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‘Pyramid of Success’ evaluation tool
Former UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, the only basketball coach to win ten NCAA Championships, defines success as, “Peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
Over the years Wooden developed his famous Pyramid of Success which he used to help his players evaluate success. Since then thousands of copies of the Success Pyramid have been distributed.
Wooden’s definition of success is at (he lop of the pyramid. According to Wooden the comer stones of the pyramid of success are industriousness and enthusiasm. Between these comer stones at the base of the pyramid are three attributes — friendship, cooperation and loyalty.
TV anchor blocks of the second lier of the pyramid Wooden designates as self control and intentness.
By John Ingram Walker. M.D.
Self control helps us through life’s inevitable peaks and valleys. Intentness enables us to focus on our goals, resisting the temptation to pursue momentary pleasure. Alertness and initiative reside with in the second tier. We must be alive and alen for ways to improve and have the initiative to make decisions At the heart of the pyramid is conditioning — physical, moral and mental; skill — knowledge and the ability quickly and properly to execute the fundamentals; and team spirit an
eagerness to sacrifice personal glory for the welfare of the group as a whole.
Condition, skill and team spirit are the foundation for a higher tier — poise and confidence. Poise is being at ease in any situation. Confidence is respect without fear, faith in yourself thai comes from know mg that you are prepared.
Near the pinnacle of the pyramid is competitive greatness — being your best when your best is needed. Competitive greatness is manifested in the
love of a hard battle.
The pyramid is tied together with a number of other qualities that are essential to success — ambition, adaptability, resourcefulness, fight, faith, sincerity, honesty, integrity, reliability and patience. AU of these bind the blocks together into a solid structure. Uniting all these factors can help you achieve success based on your personal goals, not those of someone else.
Wooden says that only one person can judge whether you are successful or not — you. “You can fool everyone else, bul rn the final analysis only you know whether you goofed off or not. You know if you took the short cut, the easy way out, or cheated. No one else does ”
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years, (he policies regarding family leave have nos.
Many people who tackle both a job rn a workplace, as well as die job of parenting, understand the difficulties and hardships of finding ume to contribute adequately to both responsibilities
While maternity leave is commonplace with the birth of a child, paternity leave is often considered a luxury
But as more and more families rely on double incomes, there is a need for both parents to be given flexible
working hours for the sake of their children This flexibility is particularly essential for families with only one parent.
At a recent congressional hearing, Lynn Hayes, coauthor of The Best Jobs ta America for Parents suggested that instead of having a “mommy or daddy track” in the workplace, a “family track” is what is needed
This “family track” should include options such a flextime, compressed workweeks, and home-based work for fathers and mothers.
In this book, Lynn Hayes also
reported that eight out of IO American men and women would be willing to sacrifice “rapid career growth” to spend more lime with their families. She also noted thai employees who utilize flexible work arrangements maintained higher levels of productivity.
We are not only dealing with the problem of helping parents balance their jobs and their families, but also with the need of the children.
Parents who are working hard to support their children financially also need to be able to support them in
other ways by being involved in their children’s lives.
For example, studies have demonstrated a correlation between sons who have been raised without the benefit of a nurturing father and violence later in the sons’ lives.
Proficiency in math for both sons and daughters has been shown to be correlated to time spent with fathers.
By giving parents the freedom to spend more time with dteir children. we contribute to the happiness of that child and help prevent potential violence in our society.
By promoting Healthily in the workplace, we will rn turn encourage the involvement of parents in the lives of their children.
Our society needs to accept better the idea that working parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives.
fYoviding family leave for both mothers and fathers will have many benefits for the employer, the parents, and most importantly, the child
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