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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion Page 4A Herald -ZgltungSunday, May 2,1993 Quote of the day    Gun control not answer to larger problem “Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie; he has to, to make the lie good for anything.” — Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman. Editorials Teen sex AIDS victim talks about the consequences of her actions Sherry Root told members of the Smithson Valley High School student body Thursday about the price she is paying for having sex as a teen-ager. Root, who is dying from AIDS, warned Smithson Valley students they face the same consequences she is now enduring if they make the choice to have sex as teen-agers — and pleaded with them to make the smart choice. She told students what it was like to break the news to her parents and about losing her job, her fiance and her friends over a choice she made as a teen. Root told students about how it feels to awake in the night sweating and vomiting, knowing that her death means an end to the pain. Smithson Valley school officials are to be commended for providing their students with the opporunity to hear a first-hand account of what AIDS means to the survivors and victims of the virus. In a world where such tragedies become a constant barrage of statistics, it is not uncommon for the public to become insensitive to what an issue means to the people involved. “There’s a good chance that by the time some of you graduate, FII be dead,” she said to the students. “This is what you want to look forward to? This is what you want to leave your family?” We hope their answer is no. Local Representatives Austin and Washington U.S. Senate Sen. Bob Krueger, 703 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-5922. Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX: 202-228-2856 or 9311 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, 78216, Phone: 210-366-9494. U.S. House Rep. Lamar Smith, 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515, Phone: 202-225-4236 or HOO NE Loop 410, Suite 640, San Antonio, Ifexas, 78209, Phone: 210-821-5024. Rep. Frank Ifejeda, 323 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515, Phone: 202-225-1640 or 1313 SE Militaiy Drive, Suite 115, San Antonio, Tfexas, 78214, Phone: 210-924-7383. State of Texas Gov. Ann Richards, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, Ifexas, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000 Atty. General Dan Morales, P. O. Box 12548, Austin, Ifexas, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100 Sen. Jeff Wentworth, PO. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, Ibxas, 78711-2068, Phone: 512-463-0126 (on state legislation) 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 425, San Antonio, Ifexas, 78209, Phone: ; 210-826-7800, Aun: Cindy Brock well (for assistance with prob-; lems in Comal County; Rep. Edmund Kuempel, PO. Box 2910, Austin, Ifexas, 78768-2910, Phone: 512-463-0602 — Seguin Phone: 512-379-8732 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher..........................................David    Sultans General Manager.................................................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor...................................................Greg    Mefford Marketing Director........................................Dee Dee Crockett Classified Manager.........................................Karen Reininger Circulation Director.......................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman........................................Douglas Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by 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. (USPS 377-880) Carrier 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 delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $26.55; six months, $47.20; one year, $68.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.95; one year, $103.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5 30 p. rn Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or (210) 658-1900 by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. The number one female tennis player in the world was stabbed by a man carrying a concealed weapon, quite possibly ending the career of the greatest female tennis player in histoiy. Chalk another victory up for proponents of concealed weapons. OK, so maybe it's not fair for me to generalize this latest act of wanton personal terrorism as a negative affect of people carrying concealed weapons. Maybe Fm just being a liberal, pinko, antigun Commie." Fair is fair, but just in case, let’s explore our Communist side. Strict governmental regulation of the issuance of licenses for concealed weapons. Good or bad? Random acts of violence facilitated by the availability of concealed weapons. Good or bad? The POSSIBILITY of an increase in the incidents of vigilante-like incidents. Good or bad? More deaths of umpires at baseball games because of blown calls. Good or bad? I have to admit, if I had been armed the night the San Antonio Spurs "creatively outscored” the Houston Rockets, I might have been tempted to open fire. But that’s just me. Gary P. Carroll Gosh, did I say that? Maybe the proposed concealed cany legislation is good. Maybe, just maybe, when Big Brother delves deep enough into the personal background and mental boundaries of those law-abiding citizens applying for licenses, there will be something gained in this regulator, governmental inquisition. Maybe our beloved guardian government should take more time in issuing drivers licenses. People kill people with cars too, you know. Kind of hard to conceal cars though. And what about chewing gum? People choke to death on chewing gum. The government needs to take a more proactive posture to prevent such needless fatalities by obviously preventable means. Gum regu lation, automobile regulation, rope regulation, open bodies of water regulation, etc. These are all areas the government should be regulating. Who cam about guns and knives anymore? Let's save a few lives. Government regulation. That is what we need. Look what it did for the Soviet Union — it worked well there, huh? I'm not against the right to bear arms. Quite the contrary. Obviously, Tm a big fan of the First Amendment. Fm just against stupidity. Ifs plain that concealed weapons are dangerous. Why do you think the government wants to regulate them? Why should administrative bean-counting costs be spent filing applications, doing background (hecks and issuing licensee when they could be channeled into anti-crime efforts? Concealed weapons are only a symptom of a much larger problem. And by letting people carry concealed weapons LEGALLY, we're cutting off our noses to spite our face. Get well soon, Monica. Gary P. Caroli is a reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Homosexuality concerns misinterpreted Those of us who are Christians are compelled to love homosexuals while standing firm against the homosexual lifestyle. Sadly, as we attempt to love those who deserve our compassion, some misinterpret our concern. I am convinced that homosexuality is an illness that increases mortality and unhappiness. I have tremendous empathy for homosexuals and because I care for them, I would like to see them get treatment for their illness, lf homosexuals would have the courage to change their lifestyle, they would have a more abundant life. The American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association disagree with my opinion. I humbly contend these organizations are incorrect — one small town psychiatrist against organizations representing over 100,000 people. These organizations, in my opinion, have bowed to political pressure and are failing to take into account anthropological studies and psychosocial development when they pronounce homosexuality normal. Again, because homosexuals have an illness, we must have compassion for them. We cannot condemn them. fU I John Igram A rf Walker M.D. We must, instead, inform them there is hope for their illness. Unfortunately, a very small group of homosexuals also have a secondary diagnosis. In addition to the illness, homosexuality, they have a character disorder, i.e. they refuse to accept responsibility for their behavior, they blame other people for their problems and they protest loudly. Character disordered homosexuals have a strategy for making homosexuality acceptable in our country. Here is their plain as published in the homosexual magazine, Guide, from November 1987: • Desensitize the public to the view of homosexuality by gradually making people indifferent to the homosexual lifestyle. • Portray homosexuals as victims in need of protection. • Use antidiscrimination as a theme — compare homosexuals to the black minority. • Show ranting homophobes on television and make the public believe the only people against homosexuality are Klu Mux Wan types. • Downplay the imagery of homosexual activities and reduce gay rights to abstract political issues. More frightening is a editorial in the Febt 15-21,1987 edition of Gay Community News that states, "We shall sodomize your sons ... we shall seduce them in your schools, in your dorms, in your gymnasiums...” The remainder of the editorial is unfit for a family newspaper. Now please remember, these articles quoted above represent the character of a disordered homosexual. These sad people are interfering with the vast majority of homosexuals who could be treated and helped. Those of us who love must continue to demonstrate our concern for homosexuals by encouraging them to get help for their illness. Dr. John Ingram Walker maintains a private psychiatric practice in New Braunfels and conducts seminars. Today in History Associated Prest Today is Sunday, May 2, the 122nd day of 1993. There are 243 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 2, 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was accidentally wounded by his own men during the battle of Chancellorsville, Va.; he died eight days later. On this date: In 1519, artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France. In 1670, the Hudson Bay Company was chartered by England’s Wng Charles II. In 1885, Good Housekeeping magazine was first published by Clark W. Bryan in Holyoke, Mass. In 1890, the Oklahoma Territory was organized. In 1932, Jack Benny's first radio show made its debut on the NBC Blue Network. In 1936, “Peter and the Wolf,” by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere in Moscow. In 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria. In 1957, Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican senator from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval Hos pital in Maryland. In 1960, convicted sex offender Caryl Chessman, who had become a best-selling author while on death row, was executed at San Quentin Prison in California. In 1965, the "Early Bird” satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic. In 1972, after serving 48 years as head of the FBI under eight presidents, J, Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77. In 1974, former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appaals, reventing him from practicing w in the United States. Ten years ago: Forty-seven peo- C pie were injured when a 28-second earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck Coalinga, Calif, causing damage estimated at $31 million. Five years ago: Cincinnati Reds baseball manager Pete Rose was suspended for 30 days by National League President A. Bartlett Giamatti, two days after Rose shoved an umpire during a game won by the New York Meta, 6-5. One year ago: Los Angeles began to leoover from rioting that had erupted in the wake of the taped beating acquittals; about 2,800 National Guard troops patrolled the city while 3,200 others stood by. ;