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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g Herald-Zeitung g Thursday, May 15,1997 upRUon ■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald-Zeitung Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services a Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] QUOTA BLE “Reading is important—read between the lines. Don't swallow everything.” Gwendolyn Brooks poet, c. 1975 EDITORIAL Search foracure Lube-a-thon offers chance to help in fight against cancer Cancer is something that has touched nearly everyone’s life at one time or another. Whether personally or through a close friend or family member, it is a disease that knows no age boundaries and crosses all socio-economic lines. The American Cancer Society has been fighting the disease since 1914. Since 1950 the organization has raised $2 billion to fund research for a possible cure. Saturday, you can do your part to help. Bradzoil on Mission Drive is conducting a Lube-a-thon from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bradfute family is donating IOO percent of the proceeds from the Lube-a-thon to the Comal County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Last year the event raised more that $3,800 to help aid the fight against cancer. The Lube-a-thon offers area residents a chance to help the ACS while having a necessary and routine maintenance service performed on their vehicle. With continued vigilance, perhaps one day cancer will join the ranks of polio and other diseases that medical science has all but eliminated as threats to the general population. Researches continue to look for a cure. Let’s do our part to help. (Today s editorial was written by Managing Editor Micah Boyd.) Write us • • • The New Braunfels Herald-Zettung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known fennel errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-ZeUung 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 Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included.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 c/o the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224New leaders lack vision, conviction The day after Labour's wipeout of the Conservative Party in the British elections, I called my friend, Harvey Thomas, a longtime Conservative official and former advisor to Margaret Thatcher. He had left the country. Call forwarding transferred me from his office outside London to his car which was “racing down Germany’s Autobahn at 90 miles per hour.” It’s his wife’s birthday and he is treating her to a short vacation. What a relief! I thought he might have left England in despair. Without a leader (Michael Portillo, the favored candidate to replace John Major, lost his parliamentary seat), and without much of a voice in the House of Commons now under virtual Labour occupation, Harvey believes the only direction in which die Tories can move is to the right of Labour’s new moder-ate-to-conservative image on fiscal and social issues. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s first pledge is to end welfare as the British have known it Sound familiar? Harvey says a concern as big as his party’s crushing defeat is that Britain and the United States have moved from visionary leadership to managerial leadership. “There is no longer dogma, but a desire simply to manage the existing state of affairs in a better way,” he tells Cal Thomas me. He’s right. With all of the Republican posturing about a supposed balanced budget deal with the Clinton Administration, ne t a single Cabinet agency will be eliminated. Twice last year, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott pledged to me that at a minimum the Commerce Department would be closed and possibly Energy, as well. They remain. Now Republicans speak of cutting the size of government incrementally, which may ultimately work, but hardly inspires. Inspiration and perspiration are what drives parties to power and maintains them in power. Britain’s Conservatives ran out of both, and America’s Republicans appear to be running on fumes. But back to my speeding friend’s contention that our respective countries lack men and women with real convictions who move, rather than are moved, by the polls. In his brief message to the nation from the steps of IO Downing Street, the new Prime Min ister suggested that the election results indicate the British have decided to put social cohesion before individualism. The danger in that view is that government soon begins to see itself as the keeper of social order, defined by government and imposed from individuals, who are required to subsume their individualism to the perceived “good” of the state. If that sounds like socialism, it is. We used to love strong leaders, or at least appreciate their convictions and knowing what they stood for. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher changed their respective nations (as did Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill). To watch Thatcher take on the opposition during “question time” in the House of Commons was an awesome experience. It was like watching a heavyweight boxing match as Thatcher frequently pounded into sub-mission the Labour lackey of the moment by the force of her arguments and the power of her deeply held convictions. The Tories’ ouster of Thatcher for a “kinder-gentler” John Major ensured that once the momentum of Thatcherism had run its course in the public mind and Major exposed himself as a political eunuch, all Labour had to do was present a candidate who appeared to have convictions and a unified part behind him, without the extremes of the past, and Labour would return to power. Thatcherism lives on in England, even as Reganism lives on in America. People are tired of paying ever-higher taxes and working harder to subsidize big government. But both England and America now have managerial leaders when each could use a leader with real convictions and honest vision about where the country should go. Perhaps Tony Blair won’t be the English version of Bill Clinton, though every sign indicates he will, including the employment of former White House aide George Stephanopolous as an advisor to his campaign. After four-plus years, we know that Clinton’s vision extends no further than his polling arm and stonewalling the mounting number of investigations into his corrupt administration. The Tories still haven’t found a suitable replacement for Thatcher. The Republicans can’t find an ideological heir to Reagan. Both countries are likely to be facing a long period of being managed, rather than being led. (Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist.) Ok/fiLF tom went*** nm Mitt*) ‘March for Jesus’ promotes positive message of unity New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 301........................................Doug Toney Managing Editor, Ext. 220...............................................Micah Boyd Marketing Director, Ext. 308....................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reininger 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 Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zettung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa 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. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one yew, $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, $11825. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday orby 7:30a.m. on Sunday may call (210)625-9144 or by 7pm weekdays or by ll am. on Sunday. Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. This Saturday, our city will host a region-wide gathering of Christians that promises to be the most culturally and denominationally diverse that our city has ever witnessed. You would think so distinguished a gathering would demand a large hall to be contracted and the time spent in theological discussion and debate concerning many worthwhile topics. But that is not the plan. Instead, we are going to have a parade! A parade? That’s right. And everyone is invited to march in the parade in honor of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a “March for Jesus ” Through the streets of New Braunfels and finally gathering at the downtown Gazebo, the “March for Jesus” promises to be an event that will truly celebrate Jesus. Our march will join with thousands of others just like it in large cities and small towns all over the world. In Brazil, as many as 3 million people will take to the streets throughout the nation. In India, a total of 500,000 are expected on the streets of nine cities. The King of Tonga and the Today in History Dennis Gallaher royal family will again march with 45,000 others on that small Pacific Island. Begun in 1987 in England, the annual parade has found a place in mainstream Christianity because of the positive and uplifting message it brings. The “March for Jesus,” you see, is not against anything. ■ It is not a protest. ■ It is not political. ■ It is not slanted to a doctrinal issue. ■ It is not evangelical, fundamental, denominational or liturgical. ■ It is not Catholic or Protestant. The March for Jesus is simply Christian and it seeks to do only one thing... celebrate Jesus. Who could complain about that? Christians have been trying to find common ground to gather on for centuries. It doesn't take long to discover the differences between church groups, even when they go by the same last name. Diversity soon becomes division in too many cases, to be sure. So what is the cure? What can be done to pull the walls and join hands? For years, people have tried to find the lowest common denominator to agree on and have sacrificed true unity as a result. Instead, Christians need to return to the only One who can hnng unity. Jesus is still the answer to our healing. He is the One we must follow. No better demonstration could be given than joining together in celebration on the streets of our city. In other words, let’s get together and celebrate instead of disagree. This year’s “March for Jesus” will again gather at the parking lot of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 386 N. Casten St. at tine o’clock and conclude at the center of town for a Prayer Rally. The p..;ade is an easy 45-mmutc walk and everyone is encouraged to join in and celebrate. No spectators, all participants! Bring balloons, banners, streamers, and especially kids to celebrate with us. This is an opportunity for everyone to lift up Jesus in our city, so don’t miss out. One final thought. One of the most wonderful things about the "March for Jesus” is that it removes the walls of the church and becomes a wonderful time of sharing our love for God and one another. We are marching for an audience of One without the pressure to perform, protect or pretend to be something other than what we are. All of us, no matter what church we go to, are simply God’s children. What better way to display that to God than to simply get together and celebrate? Come and join with us, won’t you? The only agenda is to exalt Jesus. (Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 15, the 135th day of 1997. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 15, 1972, George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in Laurel, Md. He was left paralyzed. On this date: In 1602, Cape Cod was discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold. In 1886, poet Emily Dickinson died in Amherst, Mass. In 1911, the Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. la 1918, U.S. airmail began service between Washington, Philadelphia and New York. In 1930, Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard a United Airlines flight between San Francisco and Cheyenne, Wyo. In 1940, nylon stockings went on general sale for the first time in the United States. In 1942, gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 states, limiting sales to 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles. In 1948, hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. In 1963, U.S. astronaut L. Gordon Cooper blasted off aboard Faith 7 on die final mission of the Project Mercury space program. In 1970, Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississip pi, were killed w hen police opened fire during student protests. Ten years ago: President Reagan told a gathering of out-of-town reporters at the White House he did not consider himself “mortally wounded” by the Iran-Contra affair. (The president got to relive his radioannouncer days when he complied with a reporter’s request to read a promo for Nashville station WSM.) Five years ago: A judge in Los Angeles ordered police officer Laurence Powell retried on a charge of excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. (The charge was eventually dropped). One year ago: Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole announced he was leaving the Senate after 27 years to challenge President Clinton full time Today’s Birthdays: Actress Con stance Cummings is 87. Singer Eddy Arnold is 79. Playwright Anthony Shaffer is 71. Playwright Peter Shaffet is 71. Playwright Paul Zindel is 61 Actress-singer Anna Maria Alberghi ti is 61. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 61. Singer Trim Lopez is 60 Singer Lenny Welch is 59. Actress singer Lainie Kazan is 57. Country singer K.T. Oslin is 55. Singer-song writer Brian Eno is 49. Actor Chaz: Palminteri is 46. Baseball playe George Brett is 44. Actor Lee Horsier is 42. Singer-rapper Prince Be (Pfc Dawn) is 27. Actor David Charve (“Melrose Place”) is 25. Olymic gold medal gymnast Amy Chow is 19. Thought for Today: “Faults arc thicl where love is thin.” — Danish proverb ;