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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Hurak\-Zoitung New Braunfels. Texas Sunday. March 1 1987 Page SA Emotions Devine metaphors in literature, art offer God ward opportunities By Dr. JOHN I. WALKER Scott Peck s statement, “The divine intent is that we travel Godward. inspires deethough The purpose in life is to dream great dreams and to march confidently in the direction of those dreams All great dreams lead ultimately to God In our travel Godward we can easily stumble into side paths and deadends But with self-reflection. prayer, meditation and divine guidance we are redirected to the path that leads to life All great literature describes the journey Godward. Great music conveys that journey Visual art illustrates that journey The Holy Bible is the travel manual for the journey For many psychotherapy is the beginning of that journey Music Who can listen to classical music or the musical scores from Chariots of Fire. Rocky. Out of Africa arni The Natural and not be inspired to love and good works^ Beethoven's 5th Symphony portrays the power of God rn our lives Three Gs followed for an E flat da cia da durn rn ■ represents death knocking on the door and leads on to the majestic third movement that portrays the triumph of good over adversity Beethoven s 9 th Symphony ends with the majestic chours Joyful, joyful we adore thee " Pachelbel s t anon in I) Major reflects God s continual, persistant love The music of Vivaldi. Handel and Bach all reflect Gods presence in our lives Visual art Classical paintings cause us to reflect on the divine influence in our lives The enigimatic smile of da Vinvi s Mona Usa Adrew Wyeth's Christina s World and Van Gogh s Starry Night all fill us with the wonkier of God s love The realistic paintings of Norman Rockwell reflect the love and spirtit of God in our daily lives Psychotherapy All meaningful pyschotherapy is God dim teit Some patients have a view of God that restricts their (todward journey All churches are not good i e -w>me churches are destructively dogmatic and restrict an individual s spiritual growth Some people in churches are evil 1 e there are hypocnts liers -a*dih-ers arni manipulators in some churches that lead patient away from God Some churches em phasi/e social activities to the exclusion of spiritual growth Rigid restrictive churches refuse to em phasi/e God s redeeming love arni abiding every pm •wnt gt ate i'atlents who come from these churches are guilt riditen and frightened They need to learn thnrngh psychotherapy of God s redeeming love other patient?, turn away from God because they have never felt loved Many of these patients could be t .a ss if led as poor little rich kids They have been given materia, wealth but have received no true love and concern from their parents These patients are eruptv loneiv and sad They learn through psvchotherapv that thev are loveable and that (kid s spirit f*c is in them After the patient is capable of Appraisal Notes recognizing the love and goodness within them, they turn to a spiritual path. The third type of patient has given up on God Often tragedy, a death in the family, severe business loss, unexplained disaster, has turned them away from God Through psychotherapy they learn about the mystery of life and death, of creation and decay They see the power if God s regeneration and renewal They learn that miracles abound and that God's grace is abundant in all aspects of life and death Literature — All enduring literature describes the struggle between good and evil This description enables us to move closer toward God Dante's The Divine Comedy is an excellent example of the trip Godward. The Divine Comedy can be understood on four levels: narrative, allegorical, moralistic and mystical Taken narratively, the epic poem describes Dante's journey through hell and purgatory toward the divine light The book begins. “Midway through life I came to myself lost in a dark wood where the straight way was lost “ Dante meets Virgil who leads him through hell The first five levels of hell consist of those people who sinned in the flesh Gust, seduction, gluttony, greed and wTathi At the sixth level are the heretics, the seventh level suicides, blasphemers and sexual perverts At the eighth level are sorcerers hypocrites thieves, liars and evil counselors At the ninth level, traitors Frozen in the center of the earth is Lucifer Virgil then leads Dante through purgatory Here Dante discusses the seven deadly sins pride envy anger (representing perversions of man s instinct to love God •. sloth < failure to pursue God s love and avarice, gluttony and lust <sms that lead us away from God > Finally, at heaven's gate Virgil turns Dante over to Beatrice Dante s life-long love Beatrice leads Da*ite through nine concent ne heavens to the divine light cd God Allegorically The Divine Comedy can be understood as a metaphor for life s journey arid portrays the temptations and sins that we must overcome before we meet the divine light In another way The Divine Comedy is a metaphoncal example of psychotherapy Virgil the psychotherapist > leads Dante the patient through the hell of unconscience conflicts helps purge his sins of self absorption and then directs Dante toward the divine light Religious themes can be found in the writings of other great men of letters Hemingway Frost T S Elliott Flannery O'Conner Goethe Their writings are all worthy of deep study As is all art VS arks of art and pyschotherapy inspire us and leads us toward God Dr Walker is a psychiatrist physician and medical director of Hill I'ountry Hospital in San Antonio He maintains a pm ate practice in New Braunfels Productivity value explained Bv COVAL CtNTR AL APPRAISAL DISTRICT What is productivity valuation Prvnlu* tis Us \ aiuatHin is a method of appraising rural land t»u>ed on the v ame of its capacity to produce crops iivcstmA or ti rn br f instead of thr real estate market v ai ut’ \gncuitura as** known as \g I sr is defined as cult iv ating th** will pnxlu* rd crops for human food plan ting >rrd floriculture viticulture horticulture and rais mg or keeping , iv est** k under natural conditions Applu adon (or products ny valuation should he filed let ween Jan I and April * lf your pmperty is appt ais rd t-v more than *ne appraisal district you must file an appl)* at mn meat ti appraisal district suffice I herr are ’.wo types of exemptions available for agricultural lands They are Afferent in substance however the productlvttv valuation would tie the same ulster either method lh* first law passed tis Um* la-gislatuie Is found in \r in ie a section I I) of the texas Constitution which slat***, that t-»tt’ th* and and Hie owner must qualify The land must I* in agit. uiturai us** on Jan I must have tieen in agficuitura use three out of the last five years and agt ii ulture must tie the owner s primary occupation airt souri *■ of income Annual application is required and tm* ow im*! must tie a natural jiervin partnerships corporations etc do not qualify lf the land is sold or the usage changed you may tie subject to a three year rollback of taxes Kollba k taxes consist of Hie difference between the taxes paid on the land s product iv it > v alue and the taxes that would have tieen paid if the land had been taxed on market value An interest charge als*) will tie added (nim the dav after the event that triggered tile rollback until th** addn tonal tax is paid lf land usage is changed rollback taxes will be payable bv tlx* ownei A tax lien is place*! on the land un til (fie i oil back tax is paid The second law is found in Article H Section I 111 of the Texas Collat ital ion referred to as Open Space I'riderPublic Meetings this amendment agriculture does not have to tie the owner s primary occupation and source of income The land must he in agricultural use on Jan I must have been rn agricultural use five out of the last seven years and mast he used to the degree of intensity generally ac ceptable in the area Annual applications are not re quired under this amendment however the chief ap praiser may ask for a new application to verify that the qualifications are still met lf your application is denied or modified by the chief appraiser a written notice and explanation of your right to protest before the respective Appraisal Review Board mast tie sent to you If the use of the lark! is change*! a written notice must tx* sent to the appraisal district by April ii This may subject the owner to a five year rollback of taxes equal to the dif ference between the taxes imposed on the land for each of the five years preceding the vear rn which the change of use occurs and the tax that would have been imposed had the land t>een taxed on the basis of market value in each of those years plas interest at an annual rate of 7 percent calculate*! from the dales on which th** dif ferences would have tieen due Once again ,i tax hen is placed on the land until the tax is paid For good cause the chief appraiser may extend the final filing date However the extension may not tx* granted beyond certification of the tax roil lf an ap pin anon is filed during the extended period there may tx* a IO percent penalty on the difference t«**tw*x*n pro duct iv it y value and the market value for one year This penalty would tx* payable at the time taxes are due for the year To prevent a rollback the buyer must file a No Change of I se form with tfx* collection offices if they intend to continue this use ITX* following year the rx*w owner must make appllca Hon to the appraisal district to continue productivity valuation lf a foreign corporation or a non resident alien owns a majority interest in the fund it does not qualify Application forms are available at your local ap praisal district office Remember it is a criminal of tense to make false statements on your application A/*/ ’HALS Al. SOTb'S is a public service of Comal ten tral Appraisal District The Planning and Zoning Commistion will meet at 7 kl p rn Tuesday in the meeting room if New Braunfels Utilities to consider various rezoning requests plat approvals Tho Arts and Cultural Commission will also meet Tuesday at 7 JO p rn and will take place in the meeting room at City Hall Their agenda consists of electing a chairman and secretary followed by a workshop to establish guidelinesNational Taxpayers Union says 'double dippers'costing millions WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the estimated 180.000 “double dippers” on the federal payroll are 30 members of Congress who continue to receive a government pension as well as a paycheck, the National Taxpayers Union said It said that among the so-called "double dippers” are —House Speaker Jim Wright. D-Texas, who collects $551 a month in Air Force retirement pay Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan . who has a SI, 144 monthly Army pension — House Minority Leader Bob Michel. R-Ill., with $68 a month from the Veterans Administration It said the largest pension is drawn by Sen. John McCain. R-Ariz , a former Vietnam prisoner of war who gets $2,819 a month Most senators and representatives are paid $89,500 a year. the Senate and House majority and minority leaders are paid $99,500; and the House speaker is paid $115,000 “We are not against pensions for military personnel who have served their country and particularly those who have incurred combat or service-connected injuries or disabilities," NTL' research director Sid Taylor said Friday “We are against the practice of collecting dual compensation while they are in public office,” He estimated there are 180.000 “double dippers” on the federal payroll The costs to the American taxpayer of this growing federal work force of un ret ired-ret ired employees is astronomical. It is creating an entirely new bureaucratic breed of pension millionaires’ who in their actuarial lifetimes will collect over a million dollars each from various government pension benefits or retirement systems,” Taylor said The taxpayers union commended Rep Charles Bennett, D-Fla., who returns his entire VA pension of $1,910 a month to the U.S. Treasury. Sen Claiborne Pell. D-R I . who donates his $8,070 an nual Coast Guard pension to charity and Rep An drew Jacobs, D-Ind., who refuses to accept his $66-a-month VA disability pension while he is in Congress It listed these monthly military benefits for others in Congress: Sens Daniel Inouye. D-Hawaii. $1,144; Strom Thurmond. R-S C , $1,242, John Glenn, D-Ohio, $1,364; Robert Stafford, R-Vt , $1,094; Howell Heflin. D-Ala., $126; Spark Matsunaga. D-Hawaii $126; John Melcher. D-Mont $126 Reps Tom Bevill. D-Aia , $619; Chalmers Wylie R-Ohio. $613 Jack Brooks. I>Texas $681 William Chappe!. D-Fla . $908 Henry Hyde R ill . $634 Samuel Stratton. D-N Y , $1,265. John P Ham merschmidt. R-Ark . $398, William Nichols. D-Ala $1,740; Neal Smith, D-Iowa. $68. Silvio Conte R Mass , $191; Joe Moakley. D-Mass , $68. Frank Hor ton. R N Y., $68 Robert Mrazek D-N Y $293 Charles Rangel. D-N Y., $126 Gerald Solomon, R N Y, $215; and D French Slaughter R Va $490 I for funding requests for use of the hotel motel occupancy tax Th* New Braunfels ISO board of trustees will meet in a regular study session at 7 Jo p rn Tuesday at the Education Center at 430 W Mill St The Historic Landmark Commission will meet Wednesday at 2 p m in the City Hall meeting room to discuss previous and new landmark pro posals. UeRES SOUR TRST fWw’DENVX W I J £,|2r>M?T>' NONO—WArT. ITE_ Household word declare est* NAME TEST IQttTO^WNt'AL j fcRTHE NEW L., *tC£'7 . J Political    (*. i    4 , Season... \ _ V Corneap ON TMM I Got .I' u    . *.T ^ -uw 6iBRM*N v\ Own Owe on jeez sr—v. 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Reagan should admit mistakes By TERENCE HUNT ap White House Correspondent w ABINGTON AP The Tower commission s one unmistakable message was that President Reagan must change hi* *aid hack style of running the White House and political associates and advisers are telling the president lo take the advice and become more engaged in the details of governing the country At the same time there was near universal belief that the appointment of former Senate Republican leader Howard Baker of Tennessee to replace Donald T Regan was a good first step toward repairing the administration > battered credibility in the aftermath of the Iran affair Til** next step could come later this week probably Wednesday or Thursday when Reagan addresses the nation A close Reagan adviser predicted the president will say not only were mistakes made but I made mistakes But a confidant of the president said Reagan in addr Hon to shaking up his staff needs to go further He has to become visibly involve*! in government by holding new? onferences meeting with congressional leaders and ti a vet mg around the country IAI H»- > got to do some visible things that will make peo pie think fie s in charge again the source said B«s aus* of the sensitivity of the subjct the two sour* es ,i>Kt*d not to tx* identified by name Praising fix* selection of Baker sen Edward M Ken nedy l> Mass said 1’he first step on the road tiack is a go**! one It would have taken Howard Baker about one second t»i veto the arms deal with Iran senate Republican leader Bob Dole of Kansas noting that the strong willed Regan had trouble dealing with Congress said Baker has instant credibility He understands tfx*Congress bt* s worked with members in t*ith parti** He als*) understands the White House because as majority leader he did a lot of work with tfx Reagan White House " In appointing Baker Reagan passed over tne ranks of hard-core conserv atives that are the bedroc k of his con stituency and chose instead a political moderate with a reputation for integrity Likewise the president chose skilled professionals in stead of ideologues when he installed Frank Carlucci as his national security adviser earlier this year and nominated Robert Gates as director of the CIA Robert Strauss the Democratic strategist whose ad vice was sought late last year by firso lady Nancy Reagan in her successful drive to oust Donald Regan as chief of staff is giving an upbeat assessment of the re maimng two years of the Reagan administration He can t restore what he had but he can still have a useful credible presidency Strauss said The Baker appointment is an excellent start hut he has to go beyond that put more of a new face on his administration Strauss said adding that Reagan needs people who “know how to cover his weaknesses and promote his strengths Former Sen Edmund Muskie I> Maine one of the members of the Tower commission eehtied Strauss sen timents in an interview rn Saturday s editions of The New y ork Times Howard Baker is not an automatic corrective said Muskie who also served as secretay of state Politically he will tx* a plus But the administration still has to chalk up a foreign policy achievement The Tower commission faulted Reagan for not teeing aware of the full consequence- of the Iran initiat >e or the way it was implemented At no time did lie insist upon accountability and performance rev lew it said You can say this president holds himself a little ux> aloof from the implementation of policy the commis Mon s chairman former Republican sen John l ower of Texas, told a news conference the lay the pa x* s report was released Guest Column N B Community Chorus working for bigger, better things in 1987 By KEN WILL New Braunfels C ommunity Chorus is working diligently for its April 5 concert which will tx* presenting a diersified variety of music that can tx* recognize*! by most everyone There will tx* music from Broad way to the most sacred that which you will find yourself humm mg to or lapping your feet Hit* Chorus needs help It needs pe*iple who are genuinely interested in the singing of this kind of music Currently there is a real need (or tenors sopranos and basses The Chorus has a sound alto section hut to do a quality job it is necessary to fill some of the current needs The ('horns is also requesting the anyone who has been a part of the Chorus in the past and for whatever reason has not been able to continue to return any music that you might have We borrow music from other Share Our Success Jttflfc SeNxds Week tlftrch I-f> organizations and we feel a strong responsibility to return ail that we borrow Music is ver\ costly and the treasury is not in an overabundant position in order to buy and replace Persons wishing to return music may mail it or deliver it to VA ill at k»5 Oakwood Blvd Music may also be returned during a Tuesday night rehearsal We hope you might like what you hear and rejoin the Chorus The Community Chorus wants to become a well recognized musical organization hut in rising up to status it has some tenant needs a permanent rehearsal hall building or room so that a music library may be established and place to rehearse a piano that can tx* available to meet rehearsal or con cert needs lf anyone has any thoughts on these needs feel free to let the Herald Zeitun# know ;