New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Students make chaperone proud
Friday, May 3, I had the pleasure of accompanying my husband, a teacher at Smithson Valley High School, on the yearly Senior Day trip to Fiesta Texas. We rode there and returned on one of three buses. All day I observed and visited with a great group of young people. They were fun, happy, assured, and a delight to be with.
At the end of the day I could not recall hearing one bad word nor witnessing any inappropriate actions. Look out world! Here comes a group of young people of which their parents, teachers and community can be proud.
Fran Hargrove New Braunfels
Klan needs to bo opposed
(The following letter was addressed to City Editor Roger Croteau.)
The opinion article in the paper written by you titled, “A message the Klan won’t forget” caused quite a stir in my household. Heather, my wife, cut the article out of the Herald-Zeitung while she was visiting her parents in New Braunfels — I also office in New
* Braunfels. We talked about the subject of the Klan all the way home
•' (about 50 minutes) and several more times before today. Our choices for ' the June I date are an animal auction in
• Lampasas or “mooning” the Klan. We
• both voted for going to New Braun-
* fels and demonstrating to the KKK that we feel that they are a bunch of thugs/nuts/idiots and they make me sick — although we decided simply to bring placards or wear a T-shirt with the appropriate message written on it.
But, what made me a bit sicker was the conversation I just had with you. If I remember correctly, you have received approximately 36 queries with only 13 or 14 supporting your position and the rest calling you an idiot (or words to that effect)!!! Incredible!
It has always seemed to me that New Braunfels was a very nice town with caring, friendly and intelligent people. Apparently I was wrong.
Joe Desormeaux Wimberley
This town can ba proud of its childran
On May 13 and 14 the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture hosted over 160 fourth graders from Frazier Elementary. It delights me to report that they were the nicest, most polite and smartest group of nine- and 10-year-olds anyone could ever hope for. They had been studying pioneer life and were genuinely interested in all the “old stuff’ we have on our grounds and asked some great questions, too.
Thanks to all the students and their teachers — Ann Baese, Ms. Denise Bennett, Mrs. Rachael Croom, Ms. Carroll Meadows, Ms. Mary Patterson, Mrs. Kathy Suarez, Mrs. Trish Tucker and Ms. Laurie Wade; and congratulations to the Comal Independent School District and to all the parents, too!
Keep up the good work!
River rowdies drive family from fishing hole
On a recent weekday afternoon, I decided to take my five-year-old son fishing on the Comal River down by the public tuber exit on Garden Street. The intent was not so much to actually catch fish as much as it was to just do something together. About 15 minutes after we arrived, some drunk, obnoxious, foul-mouthed tourists (you know—the ones that are necessary for our economy) came floating around the bend heading for the exit. My son and I tried to continue fishing, hoping that they would simply exit the river and leave.
Wrong! They decided to go ahead and “kiH” the rest of their beer and put on a public display of their lack of knowledge of the English language. During the course of their “conversation,” we heard every four-letter word imaginable, and among these seven adults (I use that term loosely) you probably could not find three words that they used in a dictionary.
My son and I left, even though we should not have had to (After all, we live here, right?). Something needs to be done about the alcohol and the behavior of these hoodlums on the riv
er. It is sad that children cannot even fish and swim in the rivers of their own town without having to endure that kind of behavior from out-of-town visitors. It is even sadder that we as a community are so worried about the dollars that these types of “tourists” bring into our economy that we have become tolerant of it.
Steve Dement New Braunfels
Just staying away sands tbs right massage
Having read Mr. Croteau’s opus propounding mooning the Ku Klux KJan,
I am waiting with titillated anticipation for the event to transpire. What an intellectually stimulating prospect: a group of fools (the Klan) watching another group of fools exposing the most laughable portion of their anatomies to public scrutiny. How fitting; two groups of fools looking foolish. Hmmm.
Just stay away. It’s as easy as that. The Klan wants us to be there, and, by the way, so do the media types. Don’t even begin to think they won’t be there, looking for anything to create some sort of tawdry controversy. So— if the only people on the plaza that evening are the Klan and the media, both of those groups will be sorely disappointed and New Braunfels will have made an important statement to the Klan, the media and the world—“We will not sully ourselves; we will not lower ourselves to your level by playing your stupid game. Do whatever you are going to do and get out of our town. And stay out.”
Bill Kretzmeier Schumannsville
Klan has a naw Image, but the same old message
At a recent local mixer, the conversation shifted to the upcoming Ku Klux Klan rally. It was relayed to me that persons representing the KKK intended to shed their sheets and hate image and represent themselves to be “just like us.” They will bring up issues that many of us can relate to if not agree with, government issues and legal issues.
Let us, however, not forget that the
darker side of this group still holds to racial doctrines that are at die heart of Nazi ideology. Antiquated thoughts of white supremacy thinly veiled under a modem alias.
Their “new” image conveys to me a brilliantly conceived desperation of a dying culture to neutralize the fears of us who refuse to forget history.
LeAnne Wright New Braunfels
Knp pets safe in summer
As summer officially arrives and die weather heats up, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reminds readers that pets, like people, can suffer from the heat — especially when left in parked cars. Since the temperature inside a car can reach 160 degrees in a matter of minutes, even a short car trip prove deadly to your pet. When it’s hot, leave your pet at home! And if you see an animal or child in a potentially dangerous situation, notify the police, local animal control or the humane society immediately.
With only hot air to breathe inside a car, a pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heat stroke. Partially opened windows, shaded parking areas or air conditioned cars with the motor off will not save your pet from the devastating effects of hot weather.
If your pet shows any signs of heat stress such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse rate, dizziness, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue, contact a veterinarian immediately. Interim emergency care can be given by applying ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest, and giving your pet a limited amount of cold water. Let him lick ice cubes or even ice cream. Following these steps could save your pet’s life.
You can educate others about the hazards of leaving pets in hot cars by obtaining flyers from The HSUS. These flyers can be placed on car or store windows or on bulletin boards. Please send a business size, self-addressed stamped envelope with your request for flyers to : “Hot Car,” The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC. 20037.
Dennis White, director HSUS Southwest Regional Office
• Ramon G. Saenz Sr,
Braunfels. Died May
• Norma Kohlenberg Bulgerin, 89, of New Braunfels. Died May 13,1996.
• Erwin H. Scheel, 78, of Waring, Texas. Died May 12,19%.
• Randall “Ronnie” Spain, 50, of Marion. Died May 12,1996.
• Emilie L. Lange, 87, of New Braunfels. Died May 14,19%.
• Morley P. Brinkerhoff, 61, of Schertz. Died May 14,19%.
• Benito E. Martinez Sr., 72, of New Braunfels. Died May 15,1996.
• Dallas Warren Massey, 85, ofHon-do. Died May 13,19%.
• Robert Eugene “R.E.” Moore Jr., 73, of Cibolo. Died May 16,19%.
• Fred S. Champion, 93, of New Braunfels. Died May 16,1996.
• Fayne Clay Tamm, 75, of San Antonio. Died May 17,19%.
The following people were married with licenses from Comal County:
• Clinton Gordon Reed and Jodi Lynn Tillman of San Antonio.
• Thomas Donald Shirley and Kimberly McElroy of New Braunfels.
• Jeremy Scott Biggs and Sarah Anne Riehl of Converse.
Mot* local nows than any other source.
?v-xftank Schlater Jr. and Cynthia ; • David Aaron Praker and Diane Marie Acker of New Braunfels. Louise Black of Bulverde.
• Randy Russell Anderson and Sandra Nell Harhut of Canyon Lake.
• Christopher Lee Hiltpod and Jana Lynn Townsend of New Braunfels.
• Thomas Wayne Alford and Elle Neitz Robinson of New Braunfels.
• J. Jesus Perez Medina and Irene Trejo of Seguin.
Learning humility not an easy task
Humility. A tough word in today’s society.
Somehow humility is equated with smarmy Uriah Heep, who constantly tells others he is an unworthy nobody. But that’s not true humility.
Humility is not self-degradation.
To understand die virtue—humility— let’s take a look at the opposite vice — pride. When we are proud we fail to consider the influence our actions have on others. We care only for outdoing the other person. Pride leads to all other vices. Avarice, anger, unchastity — all have their source in pride.
Take greed as an example. Greed will make us want more up to a certain point. We may want a better home, a better car, better vacations. But after a certain level of comfort only pride makes us want more. The proud want more so that they can feel superior to others. The person who is richer or smarter or more athletic becomes a rival and enemy to the proud man or woman. For the proud more is never enough.
Pride is anti-humanity. Pride is rebellion against everything but the self. Dark, diabolical pride comes when we consider others so inadequate that we could care less what they think of us.
No fault makes us more unpopular. And no fault is more difficult to recognize in ourselves. We don’t want to admit we are filled with pride any more than we wish to confess a lack of humor.
How do you know you’ve got a bad case of pride? If you abhor pride in others, you’re proud. (We tend to hate the vices in others that we have in ourselves.) If you hate it when people snub you, or refuse to notice
pride competes with every® pride. If you are proud that
you. one else’s you are
not as proud as others, than you are very proud indeed.
Pride is competitive. Proud people are proud of being richer, more intelligent, more attractive than anyone else. The pleasure in pride comes from being above others. A proud person gains no pleasure from having something for its own sake. A proud person gains pleasure from having more than the other person — being smarter, richer, more athletic than others. Eliminate competition and pride no longer exists.
Pride is die chief cause of misery on earth. You may find happy drunks, friendly gluttons and lovable lusty lads, but with pride you find only bitterness and anger. Pride destroys the possibility of love and contentment.
Taking pleasure from pleasing someone you care for is not pride; taking pleasure from accomplishment because it makes you feel better than someone is pride. Being proud of a son in a way that reflects warm-hearted admiration is not pride; being proud of a son because his accomplishments make you feel superior to others is pride.
Now pride’s opposite — humility.
I wish I could write more of humility, but, sadly, having more first-hand experience with pride, I am more knowledgeable of the vice than the virtue. I can write this: When I take a genuine interest in the other person
— not from what I can get but from what I can give — I am contented, peaceful, loving. When I care about the other person as much as myself
— I am joyful. When greed, jealousy, envy, competitiveness are replaced by the wish to serve, humility abounds.
The first step to humility, I think, is to admit that one is proud. The next step is to consider others just as important as oneself. The humble use their gifts and talents to serve others. The humble do not think about their humility (that would be prideful); they do no think about themselves at all. By putting themselves last, they become first in contentment.
(John Walker, M.D. writes a weekly column for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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