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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion Page 4 Herald-ZeitungThursday, Nov. 4,1993 QUOTABLE “Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party.” - Joseph Stalin Russian dictator, 1923Police are valuable community service EDITORIAL A Special Vigil Candlelight Vigil on Nov. 9 to bring spotlight to problem of domestic violence : The Comal County Women's Center will hold a special ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 9 on the Plaza in ^downtown New Braunfels - a second annual candlelight vigil in an effort to make a statement concerning domestic violence. The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. that evening. Local citizens of all ages and every race, creed and color are encouraged to attend in light of a problem that can affect any family, regardless of gender, education and financial well being. The statement to be made by those participating in the vigil is one of zero tolerance for domestic violence and that citizens of Comal County are in support of eliminating domestic violence problems in our communities. Figures and statistics show that domestic violence can lead to not only psychological and emotional problems within a family, but can also have ripple effects on the local economy, a community's workforce, and even children’s performance in school. Statistics show that a chain of violence can also be created through future generations from instances of domestic violence. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung encourages everyone in Comal County to participate in the Nov. 9 candlelight vigil, to hold their candles high and to make a statement about an age old problem that must be dealt with, and ultimately, stamped out. (Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor, for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.) Write 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 Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included.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 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher..........................................David Sullens General Manager.................................................Cheiyl Duvall Managing Editor......................................................Mark    Lyon Advertising Director.................................................Paul    Davis Classified Manager.........................................Karen Reininger Circulation Director.......................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman........................................Douglas Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 31132K, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377-880) Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, SI6; six months, S29; one year, S49. Senior Citizen Discounts by camer delivery only: six months, S25; one year, S45. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: throe months, S26.55; six months, $47.20; one year, $88.50. Mail out-sklc Texas: six months, Sri 1.95; one year, S103.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (2 IO) 625 -9144 or (210) 658-1900 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 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131 -1328. Recently, I had occasion to call the New Braunfels 911 number for assistance, and I want to publicly express my thanks and appreciation to the New Braunfels Police Department for their prompt reply and for this tremendous community service. It was most impressive. From the initial call, it took only two minutes for officers to arrive at my home. The young woman, Rosea Linda De La Cerda, who took my call and dispatched the officers was very' kind and efficient. The next day I went by the police department to thank them for their help, and I met Lt. John Womack. I explained to him that if it was all right with him, I would like lo comment in my newspaper article on the efficiency and concern of their department. Lt. Womack seemed most pleased and remarked that they get st) much criticism and negative comments, it would be nice to receive a pat on the back from the community. He also informed me that my call was No. 28,480 since the beginning of the year. I would say that the department docs some real service for our community. Also I w'ould like lo personally comment on the concerned and professional manner which officers Jose Vargas, Tommy Gonzales and Kevin Fazzonc exhibited in blindling my problem. Thank you all. ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ Everyone has been told repeatedly that exercise and proper diet are the key lo long life and good health. Our Swan/Drake members arc doing their homework. Low impact exercise classes are held at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center on Mondays and Fridays w ith Patty Vogt and on Tuesdays and Thursday with Frances Harmon. Wednesday we have Kundalini yoga with Adcle Kulawik. Tuesdays, Thursday's and Saturdays Gaye Krampiiz has a waterworks class in our swimming area, and Robert Rodriguez conducts pool therapy on Mondays and Fridays. Swan Drakers may swim anytime 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday except when classes arc scheduled. Swim 8 a m. - 5 p.m. Fridays and IO a m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Now, something new has been added called "Hawaiian Hula with Hazel." ll is described as great exercise with grace and excitement and is for seniors only. The excrcisc/pool area people are looking forward to welcoming back the Winter Texans, and they hope to sec you all at the Center going through Marie Dawson your paces. Also, the Center membership welcomes Winter Texans again, old familiar faces and new ones alike, and ccouragcs them to use all the facilities and to join us for bingo on Tuesday nights. None of the exercise classes and pool therapy would be possible without our loyal excrcisc/pool arca volunteers headed by Elinor Wells w ho docs a super job coordinating. Other volunteers arc Frances Rulcy, Lou Wcmcrt, Polly White, Anna Zubkova, Myrtle Bartels, Irene Klein, Mac Bornan, Lee Kamin, Jean WaLson, Dories Duprcy, Barbara Lickerman, Alice Johnson, Hazel Whitney, Irene Dixon, Dora Pcrcz, Lora Blackwell, Vivian Koch, Elcanora Pricss, Ellen Bragg, Louise McKenna, Avis Banks, Evelyn Silvers, Arlene Gigler, Hilde Slocum, Margaret Alves, Martha Philehar, Lucille Neucsc, Patty Davidson, Louise Redden and Else Gras. Expressions of grateful appreciation arc long overdue to these ladies. Thanks for making it work. Elinor has asked all the volunteers to please call her at 625-2147 as soon as possible if there is a change in their w ork plans so she can arrange substitutes. Ii is extremely important that we have two people on every shift. Thanks for the cooperation. Another terrific form of exercise going on at the Senior Center is the line dancing. Miriam Weiss is the vivacious "go-getter" of the activity. It has grown to unbelievable proporiioas since it began in June of this year. At first, it was mostly women. Now men have joined in and even a few couples arc enjoying the fun of it all. This is a western dance form. It s fun, good exercise and requires no partners. The dress is very casual. The Hill Country Line Dance Club continues to meet every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The beginners’ classes on Mondays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. arc being extend ed without an additional fee to the end of the year. New beginners' classes will start in January, the same schedule as above. Anyon who has completed a beginner's class and knows three line dances is eligible to join the Friday club. It is such a pleasure to watch those line dancers. They lose themselves in the activity and in the rhythm of "Elvira" to which they do "The Freeze." They do dances to "Achy Brcaky Heart" and to the "Boot Scootin' Boogie." The "Electric Slide" and the T.C. Slide" are performed to the song "Take it Back." Come watch or join in the new classes. ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ On Oct. 29 at the Center, flu shots were administered to approximately 7(X) people by the Comal County Health Department On that same day, ABC Home Health gave free blcxxl pressure checks and Mid Texas Eye Associates conducted free glaucoma screening. Judith Hanes reported eight people with elevated eye pressure out of 56 exams. Eighteen people were referred lo their doctors. The Senior Center appreciates the generosity of these people volunteering their time and services to our membership. If you have not reserved your booth for Santa's Craft Show being held at the Center on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. you have until Nov. IO to reserve a booth. A fee of $5 for each booth will be charged to participants lo cover advertising. An additional IO percent of sales w ill go lo the Center. ■■■■■■■■■■■■■ The Thrill Shop personnel have announced thai all Christmas-related articles w ill be put out in the shop starting on Nov. 3. So hurry to make your selections before it is too late. ■■■■■■■■■■■■■a Monday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m„ Frederick R. Matthews and Associates, CPAs will present a free seminar on recent tax law changes affecting contributions to non-profit organizations at the Senior Center. All administrators of non-profit organizations receiving charitable contributions are encouraged to attend. Please call 625-4547 to reserve a seat at the seminar. ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ Support the United Way; it's the American Way. (Marie Dawson is a guest columnist for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, writing exclusively for and about the Comal County Senior Citizens Center.) mi WWW DOTH aRUGGlt! Wildfires race into Malibu, destroying homes By MICHAEL WHITE Associated Prams Writsr MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Savage winds sent waves of fire raging over canyon ranches and seaside mansions in this cck’bnty hideaway, forcing thousands lo kind up their Jaguars and Jeeps and crowd onto gridlockcd highways. It was Southern California’s seventh day of wildfires. Twice in a week, firestorms have gutted whole ncigh-borhtxxls. Two men were near death early unlay. More than 2(X) homes and oilier buildings were destroyed, and 20,(XX) acres of rugged canyon, pricey homes and sprawling horse ranches were black. Flamc-toppcd palm trees dotted the Analysis heavy smoke as the lire raced out of control from Santa Monica Mountain canyons 12 miles inland, U) the edge of the Pacific Ocean. “It just came thundering down. By the lime I left, it looked like ‘Apocalypse Now,”’ sax! writer Richard Christian Matteson, who believes his house burned after he fled. Deborah Carpenter, barefoot, in shorts, her face streaked with soot, stood at the water’s edge clutching her 18-month-old son as the hillside above her blazed a bright cnmsrxi in the night. “I had him wrapped up in a wet tow el. He was screaming,” she said. “We stood on the beach and watched our house bum.” Just off the beach, a Coast Guard culler wailed to evacuate people by sea if necessary. Firefighters perched alop lifeguard towers to monitor the blaze. Chaos reigned at roadblocks along usually scenic Pacific Coast Highway. People trying to get out vied for road space with drivers scrambling home alter learning of the fire. Frantic, some abandoned their cars, trapping fire micks in massive traffic jams. Today, evacuees filled hotels in neighboring beach communities like Santa Monica and Marina del Rey, standing on balconies, parks and piers U) watch the flames and wonder abo what they left behind. About 130 sheriff’s and highwj police officers patrolled empty Ma ibu streets to guard against looting < high-priced houses. Elsewhere across Southern Cable nm, several other fires erupted Tucsdi and roared through brittle brushlan just days al ter firestorms torched mo titan 800 buildings and burned llio sands of acres. A total of 17 poop were injured Tuesday. Fire threatened Pepperdinc Univc sity and Hughes Research Laborutori late Tuesday as firefighters ran out i water. University spokesman Jeff Bliss sa about 5(X) students and stall remain* sheltered in a campus gymnasium. Today in history By th* Assoc la tod Press Today Is Thursday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 1993. There are 57 days left in the year. Today’s highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1942, during World War ll, Axis forces retreated from El Alamort in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. On this date: In 1842, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Tixkl in Springfield, 111. In 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine. In 1922, the enuance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt. In 1924, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation’s first woman governor so she could serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross. In 1939, the United States modified its neutrality stance in World War IU, allowing cash-and-carry purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France. In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected ti 34th president of the United States, defeating Dem erat Adlai Stevenson. In 1956, Soviet trcxips moved in to crush the Hu ganan Revolution. In 1979, the Iranian hostage crisis began as mi tams stormed the United States Embassy in Tchra In 1980, Ronald Reagan w'on the White Hou defeating President Carter by a strong margin. In 1991, Ronald Reagan opened his president! library in Simi Valley, Calif. ;