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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, May 21,1997 Herald-Zeitung i I I To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Online contact ITO 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] QUO TABLE “The women and men of (The Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial) are truly democracy’s heroes. Their work sustained the fight against slavery. It rallied the world against fascism, it broke down communism, it ended apartheid.” Hillary Rodham Clinton first lady, 1996 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). A really great thing happened recently in Landa Park. Our Eden Home Activities Department had scheduled a picnic and a train ride for some of the residents of Eden Home. In the process of getting the residents to the train stop, several Frazier Elementary students came over to our group and volunteered to help push the residents. Once the residents were on the train, the students stayed with the wheel chairs until the residents returned from their ride. Again, the students helped push the residents back to the pavilion for lunch and helped serve lunch to our residents. These students were extremely polite to our residents and brought a warm and caring attitude with them. It is really1 hear^tfkrrfiittg ter realize these students ^ 5 were in Landa Park for a field trip and were there to relax and enjoy the beautiful day. Not only did they give up their free time but they were so very pleasant to our staff and our residents. We are proud to know we have such caring young people in our community. Our hats are off to them. Herman D. Sabrsula, Betty Doeppenschmidt, Darleen Ball Eden Home Inc.Write us Trie 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 HerxUd-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 Computer lingo causes columnist to LOL • On my way to a speech in Seguin, I was making great time in the early morning rush-hour traffic. Weaving in and out between cars — but not breaking the law, of course — I used my quick reflexes and perfect visual acuity to pick the spots in the traffic where I could flow through the congested areas, similar to an experienced raftman negotiating Class VI rapids in a raging Rocky Mounts r river. Quickly accelerating, breaking, zooming to the left lane and swift y maneuvering to the right lane, my driving was an amazing demonstration of athleticism and guts. Checking the rear-view minor for an officer of the law who might want to pull me over for a special driving accolade, I caught a glimpse of the poor snails in the opposite lanes creeping toward San Antonio. I laughed out loud at those slaves of city traffic, moving slowly along as I accelerated down a freeway that was rapidly clearing — a freeway free of cars. Suddenly I was in Poteet. Poteet! My Mario Andretti-like driving had caused me to miss my turn. Instead of being on the eastbound road to Seguin, I had traveled south to Poteet. No wonder the traffic had thinned. Don't get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with Poteet. It’s just that not that many people go there. My first impulse was to stop my car in the middle of Poteet’s main street, cup my hands megaphone-like over my mouth and shout, “Does anyone John Ingram Walker want to hear a good speech.” But I didn’t think there would be much interest. Plus I had an obligation in Seguin. There was nothing to do, but turn my car around, laugh out loud and join the snails merging into the San Antonio traffic. Of course, my experience gave me good material for the speech. Message: It’s better to go slow on the right road than fast on the wrong one; make certain you know where you are going — and watch for signs along the way. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my daughter requesting the words of a song I had sung to her as a child. She wanted to continue the tradition by singing the song to her daughter. I tied her request with a chance meeting I had with three philosophy professors who decried our culture’s loss of the simple life with a vignette about a stranger who inadvertently sent me an e-mail message about the lack of computer privacy. I mocked the man who had erroneously sent me a message for criticizing his friend, BTW, to whom I thought his e-mail was intended. I wrote on and on about how care ful research is important. I pontificated grandly about how those who think they know a lot really don’t. The column was superb. I could visualize the Pulitzer committee declaring a new prize — refrigerator journalism — awarded to the columnist who has the most articles clipped out and taped to the refrigerator doors. I, of course, would win. Not until after the column was published did I discover that I — the technology expert, the Dalai Lama of computers — that, yes, I had made a mistake, a huge one for anybody who knows the difference between a keyboard and a mouse. In computer shorthand BTW stands for By The Way. BTW were not the initials of a person’s name. Everyone who knows computers knew that. Except me. There was nothing I could do except laugh out loud and research computer shorthand so that I would not make the mistake again. I discovered some interesting things about online communication. For example, typing in capital letters is considered shouting. SO DON’T DO IT WHEN YOU SEND E-MAIL. IT HURTS EVERYONE’S ELECTRONIC EARS. Tilting your head to the left will help you see most of the computer shorthand: ) < See? Two eyes and a mouth. Tilt and look at these: : * = kiss ;) * wink : x = my lips are sealed 0 :) = angel There’s more shorthand, of course — and, in addition to BTW, more abbreviations: LOL = Laugh Out Loud; ROTF = Rolling On Tire Floor (laughing); TTFN = Ta-Ta For Now, GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike, IMHO = In My Humble Opinion; WTG = Way To Go. The proliferation of symbols is enough to make me LOL. A classic movie, “Sullivan’s Travels,” tells the story of a movie producer who decides to become a hobo so he can better understand what appeals to the “common people.” Through a series of misadventures the producer ends up in a chain gang. One night he and his fellow prisoners are allowed to watch a movie, a comedy. As the inmates laugh away their trouble, he realizes that one of the highest callings is the ability to make people laugh. 1 guess there must be some merit in my smug arrogance after all. When I take myself seriously, it’s LOL funny. As we say in computerese, BTW, IMHO if you read my columns you will be ROTF at my mistakes because GMTA. TTFN. (John Ingram Walker, M.D., writes a weekly column for the Herald-Zeitung.) Changes improve Texas Tomorrow Fund New BraunfelsHerald -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 Fnday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (LISPS 377-880) 707 Luanda St., or P.O. Drawer 3 ll 328, 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 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 (2IO) 625-9144 or by I p.m. weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. The Texas Tomorrow Fund's second enrollment period has ended, with families from across the slate leaping at the chance to lock in the costs of tomorrow’s college tuition today. More than 65,000 Texans — some living in 47 other states or stationed on military bases abroad — have now joined the ranks of the state’s innovative pay-now, leam-later prepaid college tuition plan. Meanwhile, legislators have approved a number of my recommendations to make the state’s prepaid college tuition plan even stronger. State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos of Austin and his colleagues — including state Reps. Mark Stiles of Beaumont and Ted Kamel of Tyler, and state Sens. Ken Armbrister of Victoria, David Sibley of Waco and Judith Zaf-firini of Laredo — should be commended for working hard to improve the fund. They’ve increased the investment authority of the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board, which oversees the fund, so that we can boost its earning power through aToday in History John Sharp The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, May 21, the 141 st day of 1997. There are 224 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 21,1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. On this date: In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River. broader range of prudent long-term investments. This will help the fund keep pace with rising tuition costs. Lawmakers have also extend ed the program to include graduate-level hours, rather than requiring students to stop after they’ve earned their undergraduate degrees. This provision, sponsored by State Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston, will help enable Texans to pursue their college careers by at least one additional year. And legislators have improved the program’s scholarship component for deserving students, a centerpiece of my original Texas Tomorrow Fund proposal back in 1994. This will make it possible for many more families to turn the dream of sending their kids to college into reality. In 1832, die first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore. In 1840, New Zealand was declared a Bntish colony. In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. In 1956, the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. In 1968, the nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles south It the governor signs this legislative package into law, the Texas Tomorrow Fund will be, without a doubt, the most flexible plan anywhere in the country for prepaying the future costs of college tuition and required fees at the state’s best public and private universities. Texas voters can help, too. As part of the package of proposals passed by state lawmakers, the November ballot will contain a constitutional amendment placing the full faith and credit of the state behind the fund. We’ll all have a chance to signal our commitment to higher education by making the Texas Tomorrow Fund an essential pan of the state constitution. For 65,000 Texas families, the fund is already an essential part of their lives. They’ve chosen a cost-effective way to avoid the inflation of tuition and required fees, which have gone up by more than 8 percent a year during the past decade. They’ve found an investment that promises them they’ll never have to pay a penny more, no matter what happens to the costs of tuition and fees in the years ahead. west of the Azores.) In 1979, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Ten years ago: In the wake of the Iraqi attack on the U.S. frigate Stark that claimed 37 lives, the Senate approved a proposal requiring President Reagan to send Congress a report detailing the threat to U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf. Five years ago: The Coast Guard announced that high-seas interdiction They may even be sleeping better knowing that they’ll be ready for college when their kids are. There aren’t many investment strategies that offer such peace of mind. But I never intended the Texas Tomorrow Fund to yield the kind of investment profits folks can brag about at the country club. I intended it to be about helping families educate their children. And now the Legislature has brought that goal within reach of even more Texans. Later this year, the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board will set the dates for the next enrollment period. But don’t wait till then. If you warn to learn more about the program, please give me a call toll-free at (800) 445-GRAD or visit the Comptroller's Window on State Government Internet site at and follow the links to the college plan and payment option that best meets your needs. (John Sharp is the Texas comptroller of public accounts.) of Haitian refugees was being drastically scaled back because refugee camps at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba, were filled. One year ago: At least 615 people, many of them teen-agers, drowned when an overloaded Tanzanian ferry capsized in Lake Victoria. Today’s Birthdays: Novelist Harold Robbins is 81. Actress-TV personality Peggy Cass is 73. Actor Rick Jason is 71. Actor David Groh is 58. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron lslcy (The lsley Brothers) is 56. Singer Leo Sayer is 49. ;