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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4Opinion HerakJ-Ze/fung Thursday, March 25,1993Quote of the day “In every person, even in such as appear most reckless, there is an inherent desire to attain balance." —Jakob Wassermann, German author (1873-1934). Senior Center proves older worker policy EditorialsMagicArts Council presents puppet show to benefit local MHMR A little like magic is a phrase that has been widely used to describe the performance of the Famous People Players. The theater company — comprised of “developmentally challenged” actors — will be in New Braunfels Sunday to raise money for the Comal County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center. The performance is being sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, which has spent the better part of a year making the event happen. The touring company was originally started to develop the talents of disabled people, according to the arts council. “Ifs inspiring. TheyVe turned their disabilities into victories, ” Sharon Newhouse, an administrator for the arts council, said. By attending the event and supporting the local MHMR center, those contributions will provide disabled people locally an opportunity to develop in ways they might not have otherwise. Statewide, the trend is moving more and more away from institutional care to services provided doser to home. Agouties like our local MHMR center are filling that need, which they find is growing larger year after year. The players will go on at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Civic Center. General admission is $10. VIP tickets are $25. For tickets or reservations, call 625-6570, 620-0939 and 625-6966. Tickets can also be picked up at The Children’s Museum, Rennert’s New Braunfels Travel and China and Things. Those who attend not only have a chance to see a magnificent performance, but they’re helping turn disabilities into victories in their own community. We think that's a little like magic. lbday'8 editorial was written by Greg Mefford, managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Write us... Th* New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcome* letters on any pubic issue. Routinely, letters are condensed with the objective of printing ae many of them es specs permits. We siso correct spelling, style, punctuation end known fee-tuel snort. We publish only origins! mea addressed to The New Brsunfsls Heraid-Zertung bearing the writers signature. Also. an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please die the page number and date of any article that la mentioned. Preference Ie given lo writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. tie: Letters to the Ector The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)825-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher ............................David Sullen General Manager.----------------.......--------------........Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor......................  Greg    Mdfoid Mattering Director... ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••ct •#•••• Dee Dee Crockett Classified Manager.........................................Karen Rd nj tiger Circulation Director.......................................Carot    Ann Aveiy Pressroom Foreman........................................Dougina    Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday momingi Tuesday through Friday fay (ha New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Lands St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Second dais postage paid by th# New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. CUSPS 377-880) Class debvartd in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $18; six months, 829; on# year, $49. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier datively only: dx months, $25; one year, $45. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three month*, $26.56; dx months, $47.20; one year, $8&60. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.96; one year, $10326. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Priddy or by 7:30 arn on Sunday may call (210) 825-8144 fay 7 pm or (210) 668-1900 by 11a.m. Posfanaefei: Send addrsas rhangse ta the New Braunite Herald-Zattung, RO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78X31-1328. When Mayor Brandt proclaimed Mardi 14-20,1993, as “Older Worker Week,” he urged all employers to hire older Texans “... because ability is ageless!” Mayor Brandt is right I can think of no better way to exemplify this declaration than to recognize once again the ageless abilities and talents of the seniors who helped make the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation Center a reality. Our Senior Center is the living and operating proof that ability is ageless. So are determination and responsibility. There is probably no substitute for maturity and experience. Like a great vintage wine, it takes time, knowledge, and experience to cultivate that fine appreciation of lift, to gain that wisdom and confidence, and to develop that ability of which the mayor- speaks. Of course, it is hard to convince the younger generations of these truisms, but time will tell and time is on their side. Thqy, too, are developing their ageless abilities. The Senior Center building is a prime example of what the older generation can do when inspired and challenged and determined. Not only did seniors initiate the awesome undertaking to find a location and start renovation, they also planned the construction design, promoted the project, and raised fonds. In addition, most of the manual labor was performed by people in their 60’s, 70's, and 80V Even now. some of those same volunteers who worked so diligently and are still working here at the center have given their time andMarie Dawson their labor to the construction of a new Community Service Center following the recent disaster. They are doing great things at the new construction, and my hat is off to those fine people who are making it possible: Paul Hammacker, Lee Simpson, Ed Wendt, Jim Buckingham, Tom McDermott, Eugene Koenig, and Alvin Achterfoerg, with terrific coordination and supervision by one who refoses to accept any credit The expertise, experience, practical business sense, and responsible character of the people working at the senior center made our dream possible. The list is too long to mention, but you all know who you are and the endless hours you gave to this mammoth project: retired electricians, plumbers, architects, accountants, air-conditioning experts, carpenters, computer operators, lawyers, fundraiser experts, engineers, decorators, and typists. Can we even name all the areas of expertise we were so fortunate to find in our midst and continue to find? Many of these volunteers were so versatile that their capabilities overlapped several areas. Everything seemed to come together at the right time: the building space, the talent, and the desire — even Gladys Battling, for whom we all feel grateful and fortunate to have, appeared at the perfect time. Some remarkable evidence of things falling together at optimal time is the fact that the location had a pool/spa exercise room and that someone was willing to donate exercise equipment. We acquired a marvelous parquet floor. Boy! what we did with that floor. It was no mean feat The Herald-Zeitung volunteered and continues to help on so many occasions it would be impossible to mention. When you consider all these fortuitous happenings and the faithful support of (he whole community, it is incredible. It was meant to be. Above all, I feel that the real force behind this spectacular accomplishment was, and still is, friendship — hundreds of people — friends who care about each other, all working together and making miracles happen, -ll these circumstances and talents merging at the same point probably would never happen again in any other time or place. Mayor Brandt, if you want an example of ageless ability at work, look no farther than the miracle on Landa Street, the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation Center. Marie Dawson ie a correspondent for the Comal County Senior Citrene Foundation. Clinton faces risks by sticking with Yeltsin By TOM RAUM WASHINGTON — President Clinton, forced to focus on foreign poticy by the turn of events in Russia, is plotting a course of high-"stakes support for Boris Yeltsin that could backfire if the Russian president tatters. Clinton criticized then-President Bush during last year's campaign for supporting Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev for too long. And now, Clinton risks making the same mistake as he walks a difficult tightrope in his first major foreign policy initiative. Some Russia experts say Yeltsin's days are numbered. Clinton is banking on the opposite view. “He is after all, the first elected president in a thousand years,” Clinton said Tuesday at a news conference at which he offered “an aggressive and quite specific plan" of aid for Russia at his April 3-4 summit with Yeltsin. Clinton even signaled he would consider moving the summit from western Canada to Moscow if necessary. The meeting is not expected to be moved. Clinton’s sayingAnalysis he would consider a venue change shows the lengths to which he would go in supporting Yeltsin. “Basically, President Clinton cannot save Yeltsin. Yeltsin was a rams duck before these most recent events... Going to Moscow would be a mistake, a very big mistake,” said Robert Sitarist, a political scientist at Union College who specializes in Russian affairs. There is little question that Clinton must deal with Yeltsin so long as he remains the head of government The question is how much support to offer, especially if impeachment proceedings are begun. Clinton has no choice but to support Yeltsin," said Dimitri Simes, a Russian policy export at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who general-far agrees with Clinton's moves so “For one thing, to sell his aid package to Congress will be difficult under the best of circum stances. It would be even harder if he distanced himself from Yeltsin,” Simes said. “At the same time, he has to be very careful not to create the impression that he's tying his political fortunes to Yeltsin.” Tile end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet empire has generated some interesting new political dynamics in Washington. Clinton now finds himself deeply involved in internal Russian politics. And, although questions on the crisis didn't dominate Clinton’s first formal news conference of his presidency, it generated the most questions. To be sure, in the past day or so, administration officials havo sought to put somo distance between themselves and Yeltsin. Clinton himself alluded to the risk of repeating th# mistake made in'offering near-exclusive support to Gorbachev, spying he'd "UM to be supportive of reformers throughout Russia and, indeed, throughout all the former communist countries...” Then he noted that Yeltsin “has the mandate of having been voted on in a free and open election where people were free to vote and free to stay home.” That sidestepped the feet that the Russian vice president was also elected, as were members of the Russian parliament That there are two schools of thought on the subject is no better dramatised by the conflicting advice being offered by former President Nixon and former Secretary of State Homy Kissinger. Nixon says Clinton could make a lasting mjufc in history by offering the strongest possible support to Yeltsin. Kissinger argues that the United States is on the brink of making the same mistake with Yeltsin that it mad# with Gorbachev and “must not tie itself to any one leader.” "fitere is a risk of getting tied to Yeltsin excessively,” said Helmut Sonnenfeldt, a foreign policy analyst at the Brookings Institution. He added, “there really isn't any altamative...and who knows how things in Russia ars going to turn out?” Today in History Today is Thursday, March 26, th# 84th day of 1993. There are 281 days lift in tbs year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 26,1911,148 immigrant workars were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York; the disaster stirred public outrage and apurrad workplace safety reforms. On this date: In 1834, Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore. In 1866, during the Civil War, Confederate forces captured Port Stedman in Virginia. In 1913, th# boma of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City. In 1918, 76 years ago, French composer Claude Debussy died in Paris. In 1947, a coal mine explosion in Centralia, 111., claimed 111 lives. In 1967, the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community. In 1966, tho Rev. Martin Luther King Jr lad 26,000 marchers to tho state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of votary rights to blacks. In 1976, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to doeth by a nephew with a history of mantel illness. (The nephew was beheaded the following June.) In 1986, British joumatist Alec Collett was kidnapped In Lebanon; his captors later claimed to have killed him. In 1990, 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican ;