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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4 g Herafd-Zettung 3 Tuesday, May 20.1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor M»cah Boyd about the Opinion page, can 625-9144 Ext. 220 wm rn ' * *' ’ Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is [email protected] QUOTABLE u Journalists are our eyes and ears, awakening us to what happens in both Ear-off places and nearer home, where violence has replaced the law, where anger and chaos rule and where hatred is learned in the cradle.”Kathleen Eldon, mother of slain journalist. 1996 EDITORIALSuccess beckonsOne business at a time: Downtown New Braunfels approaches its potential Business by business, the vision takes shape. Calahan’s Pub has brought the downtown New Braunfels that could be one step closer to reality. A quick look up and down Seguin Avenue and San Antonio Street reveals the potential for a shopping and entertainment center made into a Mecca by historic charm. The same visitors who flock to New Braunfels for water recreation in the daytime would stay to enjoy entertainment and shopping at night. Expanded entertainment options downtown would benefit local residents as well. Creative, interesting possibilities abound for bars, restaurants, live music and other entertainment venues. The vision of a brightly lit, lively night-time downtown, with music and laughter spilling out of doors and happy people strolling on the*sidewalks beckons.    -    ***    **** Businesses such as New' Braunfels Coffee, the Huisache Grill, the Pinto Ranch Grill, the Plaza Diner and now Calahan’s have started the ball rolling. The owners of the Huisache Grill will continue with the Bellenhausen planned for the Lux Appliance building. Cheers to those who have bravely chased their business dreams in downtown New Braunfels. We as a community must embrace those with the entrepreneurial spirit to help make New Braunfels all that it can be — for visitors and for those who call it home.(Today s editorial was written by Susan Flynt England, Herald-Zeitung news editor.) ‘Strive’ program helps those who help themselves The white male sits down before the television preparing to watch “60 Minutes” on CBS. On comes a story about unemployed blacks in Harlem. The man considers changing the channel, believing it will be another liberal propaganda piece on people who have been victimized by Republican “budget cuts” and rampant racism. But what’s this? A black man named Steve Beiiack is addressing an audience composed entirely of minorities: “You might type IOO words a minute, know every computer program ever came out, and if you’re a jerk, you’re not gonna get a job! It is not your skills that are keeping you from succeeding. it is your attitude.” The white male reaches for the remote and turns up the volume. Reporter Lesley Stahl endorses Berlack’s diagnosis: “Attitude has kept a lot of these folks from getting jobs, or keeping them. They were surly or didn't show up on time or didn’t show up at all.” The program is called “Strive,” funded entirely with corporate and charitable donations. Stahl says it’s not only for people on welfare, but also for anyone who is poor and out of work. This is no do-good, feel-good encounter group. The language is tough, the expectations high and the results Cal Thomas impressive. In the past 12 years, Strive has put more than 15,000 people into real jobs, not government make-work. They’ve done it at a fraction of the cost of government programs and with a far greater success rate. That’s because Strive’s top goal is to disabuse people of the notion that they are victims and cannot make it on their own. Rob Carmona, Strive’s executive director, tells the 19 unemployed New Yorkers in the basement of a Harlem housing project: “Is the world racist? No question about it. Absolutely. But you know what? At the end of the day, so what? Read your history. Life ain’t ever been fair, it’s not gonna be fair today, and it’s certainly not gonna be fair tomorrow! Life isn’t fair. Eat. Swallow it! Accept it!” By now, the white male is starting to “amen” the TV and cranks up the volume some more. Nobody sings “We Shall Overcome Someday.” These people are overcoming now. Rob Carmona not only lectures, he models. He’s been in prison and was addicted to drugs. He turned his life around and founded Strive. Stahl focuses on a few of the “students.” Some are told to leave for coming in late, but those who do leave are “caught” by a staff member who explains why the program is tough and in their best interest to continue. Some come back. This is basic training. People learn how to smile, not smirk, give a business-like handshake, not the handshake of the street, maintain eye contact with an interviewer and wear shoes that can and must be shined. They even learn how to walk, sit and style their hair (no com rows). People who whine or make excuses for not measuring up are told this is reality and not to be selfish, as in expecting others to do for them what they are unwilling to do for themselves. “Put your feelings in your pocket,” advises Frank Horton, who runs the Strive class like a drill sergeant. “You’re on the edge of either failing and going back to what you were doing, or growing.” Slowly, the white male sees the class succeeding. Some shed tears of joy as they get jobs for the first time in their lives. More than three quarters of all graduates find work in New York and in four other cities where Strive has expanded. In three weeks, Strive*turns around the lives of some of the hardest core unemployed. Instead of thinking failure and victimization, they’re dunking they can succeed... and do. Dan Jusino, another Strive staff member, tells Stahl, “My job is to help people who want to be helped, not people who need help. You got some sense of entitlement? You special? You do what you always done, you’re gonna get what you always got.” Stahl concludes: “Strive is all about breaking people, of bad habits, bad attitudes. But it’s also about rebuilding, remaking, catching them when they fall.” The white male is cheering the TV now, and he begins to shed tears of joy for those who found jobs. He wants to send a check. He also learns something significant about the continuing battle over poverty, race and welfare. If poor minorities want to change their lives, most whites of good will want to help. But an attitude of victimization and entitlement further divides and poisons the social waters, benefiting no one except those who make a living off the current failed system. (Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist.) t* %( vA/Ot/t *4 iWrite 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 wily 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 Candidate qualifications run deeper than demographics New BraunfelsHerald -ZeitungEditor and Publisher, Ext. 201.......................................Doug ToneyManaging Editor, Ext 220...............................................Micah BoydMarketing Director, Ext 308....................................Jason    BorchardtClassified Advertising Manager, Ext 214...............Karen    ReinmgerBusiness Manager, Ext. 202........................................Mary    Lee    HallCirculation Director, Ext 228...................................Carol    Ann AveryPressroom Foreman, Ext. 205..........................................Billy Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and wetkday mornings Tucsday through Fniiay by the New Braunfels Hetald-Zettung (LISPS 377-8X0) 707 I .anda St , or PXJ. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328. Periodical postage paid by the Sew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung »n New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year. $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier 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. Tucsday through Friday or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (2 IO) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a m. on Sunday Postman I I R: Send address changes lo the Ne* Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Elections are demanding on thoughtful citizens. We have a duty to evaluate the qualifications of candidates and decide whose experience, record and vision for the future will best serve our communities. The recent mayoral and City Council elections in San Antonio are one illustration of how voters evaluate the qualifications of candidates. In this case, San Antonio is leading by example. To some, it may be surprising that in a city with a Hispanic population of more than 60 percent that three Hispanic candidates for mayor received a total of only 15 percent of the vote. But it is clearly wrong to base voting decisions and predictions on stereotypes — assuming that Hispanic voters would only support Hispanic candi-Today in History The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 20, the 140th day of 1997. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France. On this date: In 1506, Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain. In 1861, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union. In 1861, the capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Ala., to Richmond, Va. In 1902, the United States ended its I occupation of Cuba. In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off Lamar Smith dates or that Anglo or black voters would only support Anglo or black candidates. Clearly, the qualifications for any candidate are more than skin deep. In fact, it’s an insult to every thinking American to suggest that voters cast ballots exclusively along racial or ethnic lines. Voters do differentiate between candidates for reasons other than race or ethnicity. Anglos in fact support Hispanic candidates as was the case with former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cis- from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. In 1939, regular trans-Atlantic air service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N. Y., bound for Europe. In 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order. In 1969, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, referred to as Hamburger Hill by the Amencans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. In 1970, some I00,Q00 people demonstrated in New York’s Wall Street district in support of U.S. policy nefris. And minority voters support candidates from different racial or ethnic backgrounds than their own because Oley look for the best-qualified candidates. Unfortunately, there are many who cater to stereotypes and appeal directly or indirectly to racial voting. Often, minorities are encouraged or expected to vote for minority candidates solely on the basis of racial or ethnic ties. This is an insult to all thoughtful Americans who take the qualifications of candidates and their own votes seriously. The real story about an election is not only who won, but also which voters supported whom — meaning whose qualifications were most convincing to the electorate. In San Antonio, the city election results represent a great step forward in in Vietnam and Cambodia. In 1991, the American Red Cross announced measures aimed at screening blood more carefully for the AIDS virus. Ten years ago: The commander of the U.S. frigate Stark, who lost 37 of his sailors in an Iraqi missile attack, broke his silence. Captain Glenn Brindel said he was warned only seconds before the missiles struck, and that he’d had no time to activate the ship’s defense system. Five years ago: Proclaiming his innocence to the end, Roger Keith Coleman was executed in Virginia’s electric chair for the 1981 rape-murder cf his sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy. One year ago: The Supreme Court struck down, 6-3, a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals a country where we identify people too often by racial or ethnic label rather than by qualifications. Our strength comes from the fact that we are all Americans. We are members of a nation where all citizens aspire to be judged by something the late Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as “the content of our character.” That San Antonio voters would choose an Anglo mayor while also electing a Hispanic majority of the City Council shows that voters rightly are looking at qualifications and not just skin color. Candidates and election pundits around the country could learn from the example of San Antonio’s voters. (luimar Smith represents District 21 in the U.S. House of Representatives.) from discrimination. In another deci sion, the court curtailed, SA, huge jut awards aimed at punishing or detei ring misconduct. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Jame Stewart is 89. Singer Joe Cocker is 53 Singer-actress Cher is 51. Musiciai Warren Cann (Ultravox) is 45. Ro Reagan is 39. Rock musician Jan Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) is 39. Actc Bronson Pinchot is 38. Actor Ton Goldwyn is 37. Singer Susan Cowsil (The Cowsills) is 37. Singer Nick Hey ward (Haircut IOO) is 36. Actres Mindy Cohn is 31. Rock musicia Tom Gorman (Belly) is 31. Thought for Today: “We mus have ... a place where children ca have a whole group of adults they ca trust.” — Margaret Mead, Americ anthropologist (1901-1978). ;