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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Page4AOpinion HerakJ-Zo/fungWednesday, March 3,1993 Quote of the day “Exercise is bunk. If you ate healthy, you don’t need it; if you are sick, you shouldn't take it.” — Henry Ford, American auto manufacturer (1863-1947). (Ford supposedly also said, *History is bunk*) Editorials Parables Determined squash provides lesson for all walks of life S ome of the best stories ever told were called “parables.” And though the best parables were told 2,000 years ago, the genre contin- of«L ues and often takes the form of'illustrations offered from the pulpits of modern day churches. One of those recently was voiced by the senior minister of the church attended by Pat Taylor, the national president of the Business and Professional Women's organization, and subsequently re-told by Taylor in BPWs national magazine. Ifs a story worth sharing. It starts with a squash seed planted in good, rich soil as a research project at Amherst College. The researchers permitted the squash to grow to about the size of a human head, and then they put a band of steel around it. Attached to the band of steel was a device designed to determine the force exerted by the squash as it tried to grow against the constriction of the band of steel. The researchers expected a lot They anticipated that the squash would develop a lifting force of as much as 500 pounds. And it did... within a.,month. Within two months that force had reached 1,500 pounds. Then it rose to 2,000 pounds and the researchers had to strengthen the constricting band. The lifting force of the squash continued to increase and finally reached 5,000 pounds. When it did, it broke the steel bands. The researchers cut the squash open and found within it coarse fibers that had grown for the sole purpose of defeating the obstacle that had been constricting the growth of the squash. Tb fuel its fight to grow and conquer, the researchers discovered that the squash had pushed about 80,000 feet of roots out in all directions. Applying her modem day parable to the point she was trying to make, Taylor wrote, “I would hate to think that BPW members have less determination than a squash... ” The story could have all sorts of applications. And that was, indeed, a pretty determined squash. Today's editorial was written by David Sullens, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. New Braunfels Herald'Zeituxig Editor and Publisher................................  David    Sullens General Manager.................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor...................................................Gr^ Mefford Marketing Director.............................................Dodo Crockett Classified Manager. M..M..MM....M..M..M..M..M.Kaien Rdninger Circulation Director  .........................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman........................................Douglas    Brandt PiiHichrri rm fhinrlsy mnminp md weekday mnminp Tuesday through Friday fay the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Lands St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131*1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (U8P8 377-880) Class delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $16; six months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $25; one year, $45. Mail datively outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $2636; six months, $47.20; one year, $88.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.96; one year, $103.26. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or fay 7 30 a. rn. on Sunday may call (2 IO) 635*9144 by 7 p.m. or (210) 658-1900 bv ll a.m. Postmaster Serai address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Leader of armed cult is hardly religious The eon of 6od has returned—and he says his name is David Korssh. He lives in a little heavily-fortified compound outside of Waco and shoots people. Pretty benevolent, huh? Check me if I'm wrong, but wasn’t God’s son named Jesus Christ? I can’t seem to remember a "David Koresh" in any of my lessons in church. What rd like to know is what Bible he’s reading that tails him to kill people and stockpile weapons for tho end of tho world. I guess now we can bill Armageddon as "David versus thoDoviL" Hey, where is Don King? I wouldn’t make a very good Branch David-ian, I guess. I’m just too old fashioned. Why do folse prophets always seem to come in the form of violent fanatics? It seems as if the people who are most adamant about proclaiming their identity as God or Christ ars the ones wining to participate in acts of violence to prove their point Jim Jones of the People’s Temple in French Guiana ordered a mass suicide in which almost 1,000 people died, and now this Koresh guy is killing law enforcement officers. Both claimed to know the fast-track to brev-en, and they have exhibited this well. Ifs death attained through paranoid fanaticism and violence, not faith. Hardly religious. Koresh claims to bs the son of God, capable of predicting the end of the world. He stockpiles guns and explosives and waits for Gary P. Carroll I am in no way purporting to advocate any particular religion. I am stable in my beliefe and feel no obligation to convert anyone or convince anyone of religious superiority. My job is to believe; to have faith in and trust my God. Those who are comfortable in their foith deserve congratulations. They ars truly lucky to have found peace and solemnity. For those experiencing doubt, I can only m,    „    wish them luck as they journey within them- Armageddon. What will he do, shoot Satan?    for    direction. They will know when I could be wrong; but wasn’t Christ willing to they have found their foith. I hope and pray to-notwn- to prove hit point? Ha* God ££ dHoTnd changed tho mitt?    ...    Mettlah withagun. There are those who are awaiting the arrival of the son of God, be it the first or the second coming. The smart ones are still waiting. And there are others who try to convince innocent and vulnerable people that they know God — or worse, that they are God. These religious fanatics stray from the basic tenets of region when they advocate violence, fanaticism and disrespect, instead of foith, trust and reverence. The true spirit of religion is faith, hope and love — "abide these three." Granted, there sometimes doesn’t seem to be a lot of hope or love in the world today. Thafs why there is faith. From foith comes certainty and ultimately—peace. However, it is human nature to question. But sometimes, those who question doubt And those who doubt look for other ways to express their beliefe in a higher power often choosing another object to worship. They look outside their own faith and convictions to find answers. Some are fortunate and return to the foundation of their beliefe, while others seek alternate methods of expression to a god. Those professing to be gods are much thither away from Him man those who seek God. Don’t be fooled. Ultimately, who or what you worship is up to you, but remember: Every decision you make is a reflection of what you think of yourself and represents the importance you place in yourself. Keep the faith. Gary P. Carroll ii a reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Clinton learns how to hurry up and wait By WAITER & MUM WASHINGTON - Congress couldn't deliver a pizza before it got cold, George Bush once complained. He said people would stay younger longer if the House and Senate had to approve the aging process. Those lines are relics of the Republican past. In the new Democratic era, White House proposals are supposed to be on a fort track at the Capitol. But there’s no guarantee against slowdowns, like the one that is going to delay the first phase of President Clinton's economic package, the $16.3 billion in jobs and public works spending he seeks to stimulate the economy. The Clinton White House had hoped to get that passed almose hurry-up measure will have to wait until mid- or late March. On most bills, a month wouldn’t make much difference. But it could on the stimulus bill, aimed at a quick economic boost At the White House, the shift was described as Clinton’s idea, a display of his dual commitment Analysis to spending cuts and job creation. But there already had been warnings in Congress that without a vote on budget cuts, there might be Democratic defections on the tall to spend more money. Under the new schedule, the spending vote will come along with "a demonstration to the country that we are interested in the spending cuts" as well, House Speaker Thomas S. Foley said. Thafs to be done with an early vote on a budget resolution outlining the spending cuts, tax increases and deficit reduction of the Clinton economic plan. It sets spending ceilings and revenue targets for the budget year beginning Ort. I, but as a guide, not by law. In effect, it is political shelter against the kind of complaints the Republicans already are making: that there’s no guarantee of cuts, only of taxes and spending. Clinton has been addressing that concern in his campaign for the program, saying in every speech that he doesn’t want taxes without the cuts, that the tough features have to be locked in along with the sweet ones. The actual budget cuts and tax increases will have to be approved later this year in separate legislation; the budget resolution is a token of that intention. It doesn't take gridlock or divided government to slow the timetables of Congress. Political concerns and the process itself can do that, as they are on the Clinton program. At about the same time those first measures are to be dealt with, Congress is going to have to raise the $4.1 trillion ceiling on the national debt so the government can keep borrowing money to keep going. That bill has to be paired, and Republicans probably will try to tie on a balanced-budget constitutional amendment, which Clinton opposes, and itemized veto power over spending, an idea he favors. The basic Clinton economic plan will foes votes later, probably not sr. before midsummer. There also are 13 separate appropriations billa, subject to the broader budget measures as to amounts, but to old-fashioned dealing on the details. Clinton’s own schedule slipped, too. He had said before the election that his economic program would be ready for Congress on his first day, but it took four weeks. He promised an explosive first hundred days of action, an aim later revised to say that he would as much done as quickly as ie could. "I don’t accept the conventional wisdom that the president has about six months and after that everybody's running for re-election and everything over and the political climate takes over,” Clinton told the UA Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday in pushing his economic plan. After the long grip of gridlock, he said, things aren't going to turn about overnight "And I never expected this to be easy, you know," he added Wednesday- "This is a fundamental change; I don’t expect it to be Today In History Today la Wednesday, March 3, the 62nd day of 1993. There are 303 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Mardi 3,1931, "The Starspangled Banner" officially became the national anthem of the United States. On this date: In 1847, the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1849, the Home Department, forerunner of the Interior Department, was established. In 1875, the Georges Biset opera "Carmen" premiered in Paris. In 1879, Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood became the first woman to be admitted to practice before the U.8. Supreme Court In 1885, the U.S. Post Office began offering special delivery for first-class mail. In 1887, Anne Mansfield Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of Copt. and Mrs. Arthur jl. Keller to become the teacher of their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen. In 1918, Germany, Austria and Russia rigned the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended Russian participation in World: War I. (This treaty was annulled by the November 1918 armistice.) A r ;