New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Don’t bet the house
Texas Constitution’s ban on home equity loans protects consumers
Tbxm is the only state in the Union that does not allow home owners to use the equity in their home as collateral to borrow money, except for loans to pay taxes, buy the home or make home improvements.
‘ Banking interests have tried to amend the Constitution to allow home equity loons at almost every meeting of the Texas Legislature in recent memory. However, consumer, labor and farm groups successfully battled the bonkers every time, and kept this important protection against foreclosure on die books.
But now die 5th LLS. Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down anding that may open the door to home equity loans.
This is the son of judicial activism that has outraged the public in the past Whether to allow home equity loans should be a matter for the elected Texas Legislature and governor to workout, with input from the citizens of the state. It is not an issue that should be decided by an appointed federal judge with no pubic input
* Texans have for the most pan been able to secure credit when it is needed, without putting their family home on the line, lf banks are allowed to demand your home as collateral before extending a loan, you can bet the house they will.
And you would be betting your house.
; Today, if a Texan hits hard times and cannot pay his debts, he may lose his car or his business. But unless he fails to pay his home loan, his home is safe.
; All of us remember the tough times Texans pulled through in the mid-1980s, and most know people who lost their homes to foreclosure. If the protection the Constitution's Homestead Exemption was not there, thousands of more Texans would have found themselves without a home as well.
* Next time the business cycle turns downward in Texas, that protection offered by the Homestead Exemption might not be there, thanks to a meddling federal judge.
* (Today's editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.)
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WSI tm New I IIIiitehli. TX. 7t 131-1328OpinionLet your pride shine on Mother’s Day
Sunday is Mother's Day. I suspect almost every female member of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation is a mother, grandmother, or greatgrandmother. It is a day to be proud of your accomplishments with your families and proud of that always rewarding yet mysterious maternal instinct Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, is a day to pay tribute to mothers with tokens of appreciation (flowers, candy, letters, cards, phone calls and visits) and to thank them for who they are and what they have done.
According to Sharon Cade in MSpedal Days: History, Folklore, and Whatnot" Mother's Day has various origins. The Greeks and the Romans paid tribute to mothers. The Romans celebrated a spring festival called Hitoria which honored Cytoefe, the mother goddess. The English celebrated''Mothering Sunday” on the founh Sunday in Lent and people visited and honored not only their mothers, but abo the Mother Church where they were baptized. In Yugoslavia, mothers were honored just before Chrism
Although President Wilson officially proclaimed the first Mother's Day in America in 1914 and ordered the national flag to be displayed in honor of mothers, it was an idea first officially presented by Miss Am larva from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1907. Miss Jarvis never married and never had any children. Interestingly, it was Am Jarvis' mother who first organized a Mother's Friendship Day in 1868 in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia. In addition, Julia Ward Howe, (author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic") was said to have suggested using the Fourth of July as a day to honor mothers and promole peace.’
Carnations are the flower of the day because of
Miss Jarvis' mother’s fondness for them. Red carnations are worn to honor the living and white ones to remember the dead.
In 1934, the U.S. Post Office issued a commemorative 3-cera stamp depkting the portrait of Whistler’s mother in honor of Mother's Day.
Well, here at the Center, we have a lot of Whistler's mothers doing all kinds of things from painting pictures to cooking to line dancing, etc., but today I want to talk about the mothers who judged the contest for the Herald-Zeitung's Mother of the Year contest Joyce Billingsley, Jean Cooney, Florie Busch and Jeanne Freese were those judges here at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. They judged letters written by children in the community telling why their mother was the best As you know by now, Deborah Clay was named “Mother of the Year" as a result of this contest I'm sure it was a tough decision. Thanks to all you mothers and children who participated in this event and thanks to the judges for their time and interest
Now, talk about fraternal instinct the mother lode, and th* maturing mainstay. Ihat's our Comal County Senior Citizens'Thrift Shop. The shop provides us with the financial security to continue in our everyday operations.
The tremendous all-volunteer staff provides time and energy to keep it all afloaL Needless to say. those people never get enough crediL Rose Hooker, manager, is as conscientious and dedicated as Mary Jane Sandberg was before her. Maty Jane still volunteers in the shop along with Bonnie Crittenden, Harry and Darlene Dauer. Cleo DeKunder, Mary Jo Dein-geldein, Ken Daniels, Jeannette Eike, Ann Fortis, Angie Gallardo, Monique Habertom, Elbe Harfst, Rose Hooker, Betty Hales, Millie Hill, Claudia Jones, James and Margie Johnson, Doris Kraft, neat and Gladys Kearney, Justina Kerulis, Ann Lea, Bess MuItoUan, Connie Neivarez, Lynda Sussman, Sandy Sandberg, Shirley Schaefer, Arlene Scheer, George Senesac, Elaine Simon, Marie Stubbs, Daisy Watson,
Anna Zubkova, Juanita Rodriguez, Joan Reinarz, Lillie Raymond, and Emily Riding. These volunteers give from three to 20 hours a week.
Also, along with all those mothers, we have a dedicated and nurturing "papa," Sandy Sandberg, who has contributed more hours and service to the Center and to the Thrift Shop than we could ever count We are fortunate indeed to have these community-spirited volunteers on our side and helping to keep the Center alive.
Rose Hooker and Sandy Sandberg are both planning to "retire" their positions at the shop in a few months. I promise you there will be a tremendous need for volunteers to help fill their shoes. They both plan to continue waiting there, but only on a limited basis. Rose needs volunteers who will devote an entire day (9 a.m. • 4 pjn.) one day a week (Wednesday - Saturday). She is especially in need of volunteers who are interested in and willing to wok the front cash register, but she needs volunteers in any capacity. Thank you aU very much.
Continuing in the vein of nurturing and service, Shirley Butler, Social Security representative * the Center, is extending her hours during May and June from noon - 5 pm. If you need help or need questions answered, pfaoe call her, 625-6996.
And, just maybe, one may think of the entire Senior Citizens Center network as a mothering and nurturing security blanket for the elderly and for the community. It is a service organization, and after all, that's what mothers do best
The Foundation would like to thank the Wal-Mart Distribution Center for the extremely generous donation of a brand new treadmill fa our exercise/spa area. It is this kind of community spirit and concern th* makes New Braunfels such a super town and retirement center.
(Marie Dawson writes exclusively about senior citizens for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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Clinton defends foreign policy decisions
By TOM RAUM Aaaoctoted Presa Writer
ATLANTA TAP! — President Clinton rays the United States canna solve the world's problems, but "we will not hesitate to act alone” when vital interests are * sake. He defended his foreign policy against suggestions that he hat been indecisive, particularly on Bonia.
But he conceded in a 90-minute intemationaUy televised appearance th* "the problems are more difficult than I thought"
Clinton issued tough new warnings to Haiti's military rulers and North Korea's Communist government He said wielding U.S. military force to restore democracy in Haiti remains an option and "we cannot nile it out
Today in history
But he seemed less assertive on how to resolve the bloodshed in Bosnia, saying on CNN’s "Global Forum" Tuesday night th* he had underestimated how long it would take lo get NATO to adopt a common policy.
Clinton ranged the global waterfront during the forum, answering questions from international journalists * the Carter Center auditorium in Atlanta and in four other cities.
"This is a pivotal moment in the affairs of our world." Clinton aud. He said leadership of United Stales was "indispensable” in resolving nruya conflicts and threats to security —- and
th* he planned to exercise this leadership.
While savins the Untied Stales wanted to be "a partner, not a dictator" in the internal events of countries and would act in conjunction with the United Nations when possible. Clinton declared: "When our mo* important interests are * stake, we will not hesitate toad alone if necessary."
Still he said, "America canna solve every problem and must na become the world’s policeman."
"Not every issue is ate th* you can put the entire wealth, the entire military might, the entire prestige of the United States on the line for." he said. “But many issues are things th* are worthy of our be* efforts within the limits of our ability to proceed."
Qtiuon advisers hope the president's
performance will help boteler his image in the foreign policy arena — na usually identified as one of his strongest suite
He borrowed a technique th* served him well in town-hall meetings on domestic issues, walking about the stage with a microphone taking questions from the audience.
Clinton abo took question via satellite from reporters in Jerusalem; Johannesburg. South Africa; Sarajevo; Bosnia; and Seoul South Korea.
CNN said the show had a potential audience of 140 million households in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
. "We are front-row history witnesses," the president said, commenting on the age of instant global live television.
By Th* Associated fatal
Today is Thursday, May 5. the 125th day of 1994. There are 240 days left in the year.<
Today’s Highlight in History: five hundred years ago, on May 5,1494, during his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, ChiiAopher Columbus fir* aghi«t Jamaica.
On this dale:
la ISIS, political philosopher Kart Marx was bom in Prussia.
la 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died in exile on the island of St. Hetero.
la IBI. Carnegie Had (then named Music Hall) had tis opening nigjti in New York City.
la 1892, Congress paasad the Geary Chinese Exclusion Ad which required Chinese in the Unti
ed Stales lo be registered, or face deportation.
In 1893, panic hit the New Yak Stock Exchange; by yea's aid, the country was in the throes of a revere depression.
In 1904, Cy Young pitched the American League's fir* perfect game as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0.
la 1912, the fir* issue of the Soviet Communi* Party newspaper Pravda was published.
la 1942, sales of sugar resumed in the United States under a rationing program.
In I9S5. We* Germany became a sovereign stale. la 1955, the baseball musical "Damn Yankees" opened on Broadway.
la 1961, a*ronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America's Ant qpece sa*** whee he aaadss 15-mimae ateobtial flight tit a Copalis launched front
Cape Canaveral, Fla.
la 1980, a siege * the Iranian embassy in Lomktn ended when British commandos and police stormed the building.
In 1981, Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died * the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without food.
Tea years ago: Swale, the offspring of 1977 Triple Down winner Seattle Slew, won the Kentucky Derby. (Swale went ai lo low the Preakness, win the Belmont Stakes, then died unexpectedly on June 17th.)
Five years ago: A federal judge ordered sweeping changes in the FBI's promotion system, months after the judge found th* the bureau had systematically diacrimiiaied agatite ia Hi*anic employees in advancements and assignments.