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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A O Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, November 12,1995 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 H e t u n Opinion Online contact ■ To 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 Q U O T “One searches the magazines in vain for women past their first .youth. The middle-aged face apparently sells neither perfume nor floor wax. The role of the mature woman in the media is almost entirely negative.” — Janet Harris writer/educator, 1975 EDITORIAL Counting our blessings Events in other nations remind us of just how fortunate we are to be Americans On Saturday, Americans around the country saluted our veterans of war. It was the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform over the years that has kept this country a free nation and its people the envy of the world community. Sure, we’ve got our problems, but at least our Constitution allows for us, as citizens, to express any disillusionment we may have with government or society and work to make positive changes. That right is not, however, granted to citizens of every country. In Nigeria, the most populous African nation, a military dictatorship is now receiving condemnation from leaders around the world after nine human rights activists were executed by a military tribunal. A spokesman for head of state Gen. Sani Abadia said the nine, including writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, were responsible for the deaths of four political rivals and were found guilty and justly hanged. But Clinton Administration officials and others across the globe aren’t buying that. They insist the killings were strictly political. The killings themselves are eerily reminiscent of the days of communism and totalitarianism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and the right-wing dictatorships of Central and South America. The jailing and killing of opposition leaders and anti-government activists were common occurrences just a few years ago in many countries, and they still continue in pariah nations like Iraq, North Korea and Iran. But this past week’s actions in Nigeria have shaken freedom-loving people around the globe, and the U.S. and other nations have taken the right steps to condemn the killings. Whether those steps will have any effect on the political situation there remains to be seen. But what this incident should remind us of is that, with all of its blemishes, America remains a jewel among nations. That fact should not be forgotten, especially when we honor those veterans who have helped preserve our way of life. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) 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 . Youth need our helping hands New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    Sullens General Manager/Advertising Director..............................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..................................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...................................................Douglas Brandt City Editor.......................................:.............................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeiumg (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St, or PO Drawer 3 ll 328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; one year, $60. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $30; one year, $36. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; six months, $32; one year, $97.30. Mail outside Texas: six months, $73; one year, $112.23. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday ar by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (210) 623-9144 or 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. I am writing to you in reference to an article that was printed in the Sept. 5,1995 issue of the Herald-Zeitung, on the front page. Its headline read, “Middle School deals with apparent suicide.” Not only did my daughter and I know the victim personally, but I, too, tried suicide as a youth and I thank God I did not accomplish it. I have dealt with suicidal youth in my own way— here and in San Antonio—and have come to realize that the majority of them are or were crying out for help, whether through a rebellious act or a fatal one. As a person that was very rebellious in my own youth, I have come to realize that if I would have had a helping hand during those times, I would have put my energy into a positive perspective. What people need is a sense of direction and someone to lead them. By doing this, we can bring out the potential that we all possess, but don’t realize we have. If we just give these troubled youth the benefit of the doubt, instill in them that they will become all they can be, then tragedies like this one and others can be prevented. If we could only look past their negative actions, we could help them overcome whatever crisis they are enduring. Let’s not condemn them for their actions; instead, let’s be part of the solution and try to help them achieve their dreams—they can find their identities in the process. Let’s not close our hearts and minds to the youth. Remember, they too are scared and feel alone and need someone to lean on when they feel that the world is closing in on them. If we thought it was hard growing up in our time, just think about what they are going through in society today. You’ll come to real- Amalia Carrasco ize that it’s harder for them to deal with peer pressure and other obstacles. So, please, don’t be part of the problem. Instead, let’s be part of the solution to achieve tranquility in our cities and communities. If we care about our future, we will help our youth in every aspect possible to acquire that peace that we all long for. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if...we could walk the streets feeling safe once again? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if...we could communicate with the youth instead of being scared of them? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if...we could teach them a skill or craft we have mastered along the way? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if...we could make a difference in some young person’s life by showing them we care? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if...we could come together and make this possible? What a wonderful world it would be. (Amalia Carrasco is a New Braunfels resident.) What do you think? The biggest bombshell heard last week In Washington came from the Colin Powell camp. The Persian Gulf hero and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced he would not run for President in 1996 — not as a Republican nor an independent. He also ruled out being a running mate of the eventual Republican presidential nominee. Because many polls indicated Powell would beat President Clinton in 1996, we want to know if you think his absence from the race will harm Republican chances at regaining the White House. Fill out the coupon (right), drop it by our office at 707 Landa St., New Braunfels , TX 78130 or fax survey to (210) 625-1224. Copied forms are accepted. Deadline for this survey is Saturday, Nov. 18,1995. Are the Republicans chances at regaining the White House slimmer without Colin Powell? Yes   No. Comments/Explanations_ Name _ Address. Phone#. City_ Age. Sex I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I J I ................................. --------1 Write ‘em _____ U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Austin, TX 78711 512-463-2000 District Attorney, 22nd Dist., President of the U.S. Attorney General Dan Morales Bill Reimer (New Braunfels) Bill Clinton P.O. Box 12548 210-620-5533 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Austin, TX 78711 County Attorney, Nathan Rheinlan- Washington. D C. 20500 512-463-2100 der 202-456-1414 State Senator Jeff Wentworth 210-620-5591 Vice President of the U.S. 1250 N E. Loop 410 District Clerk. Margaret Herbrich Al Gore San Antonio, TX 78209 210-620-5574 Old Executive Office Bldg. 210-826-7800 17th St. and Pennsylvania NW FAX: 210-826-0571 County Clerk. Joy Streator Washington. D C. 20501 or P.O. Box 12068 210-620-5513 202-456-2326 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-463-0326 County Treasurer, R.A. “Bart" U.S. Senators for tho stat# of Bartholomew Texas: State Senator Judith Zaffirini P O. Box £27 210-620-5507 Phil Gramm Laredo. TX 78042 Assessor-Collector, Mrs. Gloria K. 402 E. Ramsey Rd. 210-722-2293 or Clennan San Antonio, TX 78216 P.O. Box 12068 210-620-5521 512-366-9494 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-463-0125 Sheriff, Jack Bremer Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Bldg. FAX: 512-463-0326 210-620-3400 or 210-620-3450 300 E. 8th St. State Representative Edmund County Auditor. H. Bate Bond Austin. TX 78703 " Kuempel 210-620-5557 512-482-5834 P O. Box 911 Seguin. TX 78155-0911 Chief Appraiser, Lynn Rodgers U.S. Congressmen: 210-379-8732 FAX: 512-463-0904 210-625-8597 Lamar Smith or P.O. Box 2910 County Commissioners: 1100 N E. Loop 410, Ste. 640 Austin, TX 78768-2910 Pct. 1 J.L. Evans, 210-625-5254 San Antonio, TX 78209 512-463-0602 Pct. 2 Danny Scheel, 210£09-5562 210-821-5024 FAX: 512-463-5896 Pct. 3 Christina Zamora, 210-625- . 9213 Frank Tejeda COMAL COUNTY 1313 S E. Military Dr., Ste. 115 GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Justices of the Peace and Consta San Antonio, TX 78214 bles: 210-924-7383 Comal County Courthouse Pct. 1 Diana G Campos (NB). 210- FAX: 210-927-6222 100 Main Plaza 620-5547 New Braunfels, TX 78130 Pct. 2 Ramiro “Ray" Martinez (NB), TEXAS GOVERNMENT 210-620-5501 210-608-2025 OFFICES: FAX: 210-620-5592 Pct. 3 Fred Stewart (Bulverde), 210-438-2266 Governor George W. Bush County Judge, Carter Casteel Pct. 4 Howard “Curly" Smith P.O. Box 12428 210-620-5501 (Canyon Lake). 210-935-4558 The Survey Says... Responses to last week’s survey question, “Should a moment of silence for personal prayer be allowed in public school?" were split. Some of those received by the Herald-Zeitung included: ■ Care must be taken to avoid pushing any particular religion on the students. The moment of silence should remain a private time for the individual student to reflect on whatsoever he/she wishes Allow the moment of silence as an opportunity to pray, not a requirement to pray. ■ Our country was founded by devotedly religious men of Judeo-Christian heritage and the belief in our Creator. The First Amendment was intended to prevent the establishment of a single “National" church, such as the Church of England or the Roman Church of France. It promoted freedom of religious expression. Prayer and the Ten Commandments should be returned to the schools. ■ Silent prayer is good for individual students, faculty, staff, school and country. It will soon wipe out drug use and cause a more loving atmosphere to prevail. You’ll see. ■ This a method used by certain pressure groups to get their way, regardless of the Constitution or the courts’ rulings. ■ I support the First Amendment. Religious practices should not be supported with public funds. Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 1995. There are 49 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. Although both sides suffered heavy losses, the Americans won a major victory over the Japanese. On this date: In 1815, American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was bom in Johnstown, N.Y. In 1920, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected baseball’s first commissioner of the American and National Leagues. In 1921, representatives of nine nations gathered in the nation’s capital for the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments. In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party. In 1944, during World War II, the German battleship Tirpitz was sunk off Norway. In 1948, former Japanese Premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War ll Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal. In 1954, Ellis Island, the immigration station in New York Harbor, closed after processing more than 20,000,000 immigrants since its opening in 1892. lo 1975, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas retired because of failing health, ending a record 36 I/2-year term. In 1980, the U.S. space probe Voyager I came within 77,000 miles of Saturn, sailing beneath the planet’s nngs while transmitting data back to Earth. In 1982, Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee. Ten years ago: Arthur James Walker, a retired Navy lieutenant commander, was sentenced in Norfolk, Va., to life in prison for his role in a spy ring run by his brother, John A. Walker Jr. Xavier Suarez was elected Miami’s first Cuban-American mayor. Five years ago: Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne. Actress Eve Arden died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 82. One year ago: President Clinton arrived in the Philippines to open a campaign for hee trade in Asia and to commemorate World War ll Allied victories in the Pacific. Olympic track-and-field gold medalist Wilma Rudolph died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 54. Today’s Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry Black-mun is 87. Actress Kim Hunter is 73. Musician-songwriter Neil Young is 50. Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 34. Figure skater Tonya Harding is 25. Thought for Today: “Don’t be a pal to your son. Be his father. What child needs a 40-year-old for a friend?” — Al Capp, American cartoonist (1909-1979). : ;