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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g Herald-Zeitung g Friday, May 9,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Her ald-Zeitung Opinion Online contact OTO submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] QUOTABLE “Efforts at newsroom diversity seem not to have reached the drawing tables of the journalists who create the images that dominate the editorial pages.” Richard Prince journalist, 1996The love that shared my life EDITORIALKudos (Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald-Zeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals and organizations in the community. Send your Kudos to: Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130, or fax them to (210) 625-1224). ■ The fifth annual Swap Meet and Car Show of New Braunfels held April 19 and 20 was the most successful of all. This joint effort of the New Braunfels Car Club and the Wednesday Rotary Club hosted 568 vendors and 111 owners of meticulously maintained and “beautified” automobiles of many makes, models and vintages. Founded by Dr. Fred Willard and Barney and Louise Calvert, the meet and show filled the fairgrounds to capacity both days. Participants came from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas and Missouri to sell, swap and show. Visitors filled available parking by midday both days. New Braunfels can add another significant drawing card to its list of attractions. Don Kennady New Braunfels ■ All too often, we hear of cases where the “squeaky wheel gets the grease.” How many times does the act of kindness get applauded? ... probably not often enough! Well, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Jim Middleton, chief administrator of the Comal County Jail, for taking time out of his busy schedule April 25 to talk to us and go above and beyond to help us. He was very kind and understanding, thus making our difficult task a little easier. We just would like to say “thanks” for helping and making a difficult task end on a brighter note. Kay Cames and Sharym Gaskill San AntonioWrite us The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 Mother’s Day this year will be the first I have spent without my mother, who died April 24 at the age of 84. When Andrew Jackson’s mother died, he wrote, “There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness ... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.” The same could be said of my mother. Mothers today are regarded, at least by popular culture, as more biological beings than builders or sustained of homes. My mother had not worked as an employee for six decades, but the obituary writer in one newspaper called her a “secretary” because she briefly held such a job in the 1930s before meeting and marrying my dad. Why isn’t making a home more highly regarded? She made our home and, as a friend said, she expressed a love that shaped my life. Mom and I “kept the home fires burning” while Dad was away during World War ll. Like many families, we gave him something to look Cal Thomas forward to when he came home. Unlike some, we were fortunate that he did come home. Before career women hogged the spotlight and eclipsed homemakers, before radical feminism reduced men to wimps and reduced women to “equality” with men (not to be confused with equal pay, equal treatment and justice), before day-care centers and two-income families (some of necessity, others to maintain the pace of conspicuous consumption), before “no-fault” divorce, before Cosmopolitan magazine’s preoccupation with orgasms and affairs as the supposed primary concern of all women ... before all this, there was a certain type of woman known as a Lady. My mother was a Lady. She wasn’t stuck-up, as are “the ladies who lunch” in Stephen Sond heim’s song. Her doctor called her “stately,” which is exactly right. It means she had dignity, acquired through a good upbringing modeled by her parents, and enhanced by a philosophy and later a faith she voluntarily practiced through much of her adult life. There were rules of conduct then. It was widely believed they should be followed to produce the happiest possible life. Though some women did not follow them (or some men either), the culture mostly affirmed them. Like democracy, they were considered better than anything else that had been tried. Such love and rules were passed on to me by a woman who was married to one man for 46 years. Mom was a great encourager, calling herself in a note to me, “your biggest fan.” She read every column and pronounced them all “wonderful.” She would not have been a good editor! I am blessed to have no regrets about our relationship. I told her in word and deed how much I loved her and what she meant to me. She taught me something about love. My younger brother is mentally retarded and she heaped an equal amount of love on him, not regarding him as less valuable because he was less “perfect” or less accomplished than me. So much for those who believe the length of a resume is more important than the size of a heart. The character “Andrew,” who is the Angel of Death on the popular CBS show ‘Touched by an Angel,” has said that while “death is nothing to fear, it is something to prepare for.” Mom was prepared to meet her God and I give her back to Him with regret for losing her for a time, but rejoice that she is in the presence of my father, her father, and our Father. No life could be more appreciated. No life has shaped mine more than hers. And, as C.S. Lewis is reported to have said to a friend of mine, “Christians never have to say ‘goodbye.’” Thank you, Barbara Elizabeth Thomas, and thank you, God, for her and for giving her the peace and joy for which all of us yearn. (Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist.) New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 301........................................Doug Toney Managing Editor, Ext 220...............................................Micah Boyd Marketing Director, Ext 308..................................Jason    Bor char dt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reminger Business Manager, Ext 202...................................... Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext. 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205..........................................Billy Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Fnday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeuunx (LISPS 377-880) 707 l^inda St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Camerdelivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Fnday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a m. on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 3 ll 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. Write ’emU.S. Senate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 283 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510, Phone: 202- 224-5922. FAX; 202-224-0776. Local Office: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460, San Antonio, TX, 782^0, Phone: 210-340-2885. Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX: 202-228-2856. Local Office: 404 E. Ramsey, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX, 78216, Phone:Today in History The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 9, the 129th day of 1997. There are 236 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 9, 1754, the first American newspaper cartoon was published. The illustration in Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette showed a snake cut into sections, each part representing an American colony; the caption read, “Join or die.” On this date: In 1502, Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere. In 1926, Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to make an airplane flight over 210-366-9494, FAX: 210-366-2016.U.S. House Rep. Lamar Smith (21 st Congressional District), 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515, Phone: 202-225-4236. Local Office: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640, San Antonio, TX, 78209, Phone: 210-821-5024, FAX: 210-821-5947. 28th Congressional District 323 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, the North Pole. In 1936, Italy annexed Ethiopia as Benito Mussolini celebrated in Rome. In 1945, U.S. officials announced that the midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately. In 1961, in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned television programming as a “vast wasteland.” In 1978, the bullet-riddled body of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, who’d been abducted by the Red Bngades, was found in an automobile in the center of Rome. In 1980, 35 motorists were killed when a Liberian freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa D.C. 20515, Phone: 202- 225-1640.State of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, RO. Box 12428, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000. Atty. General Dan Morales, P.O. Box 12548, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100. Sen. Jeff Wentworth (Dist. 25), P.O. I lox 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX, 78711-2068, Phone: 512-463- Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section of the bridge to collapse. In 1994, South Africa’s newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president. Ten years ago: All 183 people aboard a Polish jetliner were killed when the plane, bound for New York, crashed and burned in Warsaw after the pilot attempted an emergency return. Five years ago: President Bush, back in Washington after a visit to riot-torn Los Angeles, promised in a radio speech that he would work with the Democrat-controlled Congress on proposals to help American cities. One year ago: In dramatic video testimony to a hushed courtroom in Little Rock, Ark., President Clinton insist er 26. Local Office: 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 425, San Antonio, TX, 78209, Phone: 210-826-7800. Sen. Judith Zaffarini (Dist. 21), P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-0121, Laredo Office: 210-722-2293. Rep. Edmund Kuempel (Dist. 45), 523 E. Donegan No. 102, Seguin, TX 78155, Phone: 512-463-0602. Local Office: 210-379-89732. ed he had nothing to do with $300,000 loan at the heart of the crii inal case againsl his former Whitew ter partners. Today’s Birthdays: CBS News c< respondent Mike Wallace is 7 Actress-tumed-politician Glenda Jai. son is 61. Musician Sonny Curtis (Bu dy Holly and the Crickets) is 60. Sin) Tommy Roc is 55. Actress Candi Bergen is 51. Singer Billy Joel is Singer Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode; 35. Thought for Today: “It is not t fact of liberty but the way in whi liberty is exercised that ultimate determines whether liberty itself si vives.” — Dorothy Thompson, Am ican journalist and author (1894-196 ;