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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 □ Herald-Zeitung Q Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 220 Herat d-Zeitung Opinion 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 QUOTABLE“The truth about ii\justke always sounds outrageous.” James H. Cone theologian, 1990 EDITORIALVeterans9 special day Actions of the recent past and those of today must be recognized by Americans Not many small communities honor their veterans the way New Braunfels does. On Monday, Veterans Day, local VFW and American Legion posts held ceremonies honoring this country’s veterans. Twenty-four members of the American Legion Home Comal Post 179 were also singled out for special recognition Monday evening for their 50-year memberships at the post. Veterans were also the special guests of Canyon High School Monday. They were honored with a special patriotic music program. Students then got to hear from the veterans themselves. But that’s not all. The American Legion Post 35’s Veterans Day celebration is slated for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A chili and tamale dinner will be available, and a raffle will be held. Downtown was awash in red, white and blue for the veterans Monday. Those flags are also for the rest of us — to remind us just what the veterans did on foreign shores and in service to our country here. There are several thousand veterans living in Comal County, with some having served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Many other active military personnel call Comal County and New Braunfels home. And while we may not be engaged at this moment in any war, our servicemen and women are actively serving in various regions of the globe! Our troops still patrol the Bosnian war zone, and recent comments from the Administration suggest an American presence will remain in that region for quite some time. More than 40,000 U.S. troops are still dug in on the 38th parallel between North and South Korea. That region remains one of the most unstable in the world, and recent skirmishes and border incidents between the two Koreas have made the peace there even more tenuous. Now, Zairian and Tutsi troops are battling in central Africa, and hundreds of thousands of refugees are nearing starvation, their lives hanging in the balance. The United Nations has already called for a multi-national force to be placed there, and U.S. troops will surely take part, and most likely lead such a force. Sacrifices are being made today by our servicemen and women, just like they were in our recent past. We can’t forget that. (Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us Hie 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 260 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. Biali 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 BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, ext. 301.........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, ext 220..........................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising, ext 308.........................Debbie Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager, 209...................................Jack    Osteen 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 City Editor, ext. 221...........................................................Jim    Denery Published un Sunday mornings and weekday mornings T uesday through Fnday by the New Braunfels Herald- Aeirwi^ (LISPS 377-880) 707 I .anda St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Periodica! postage paid by the New Braunfels Heruld-Zeitw\g 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 Friday or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a.m. on Sunday. PosrMAS .lR; Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328.Letter to the EditorStudent pays spacial tribute to vatsb mis who work ut Hor school Editor: The following letter written by one of our sixth grade students at OakRun School honoring four veterans who currently work at our school: Mr. Richard Ross, resource teacher Mr. Philip Hunt, language aits teacher Mr. Walter Ervin, lead custodian Mr. Frankie Hernandez, cafeteria manager This letter was selected by our veterans out of several dozen entries. The letter speaks for all of us here at OakRun School. Mike Fitsko principal What Veterans Day Means to Me What \ .rterant Day means to me is that a day is set aside to honor all the men and women who served in our armed forces. On this day we give special honor to those who died for our country. Those men and women who fought or died for our country did this so you and I have the freedom to live our lives in peace. Freedom and peace are two of the most important things to American people. So I want to thank the veterans that fought for America, including the veterans that work here at our school. Kristi Holt OakRun studentTim* to hulp th# whoto, not catur to a tow at private school Editor, In response to the article by Defuse Dziuk on Od 31 concerning Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, I would like to say that both of my children have attended Sts. Peter & Paul School since kindergarten, the older has now graduated and is a sophomore in high school and the youngest graduates this year from eighth grade, and I am proud to say that we have been a part of the school family. I have been on field trips, been a mom mother, worked at festivals, etc., and have served on the school board. I agree with Laurie Tieman, who has also responded to the article, that it is time to let the leaders of our school do their jobs. Msgr. O’Callaghan, Mrs. White and the school board are devoted to academic excellence for our children as well as providing the opportunity for a Catholic education in our community. I am disappointed in the disgruntled parents who fail to put faith in the abilities of our leaders. Change is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be devastating. A little cooperation, understanding and prayer go a long way. Mrs. White is an enthusiastic and progressive leader and has great things planned for Sts. Peter & Paul. The school board is a fine group of professional and dedicated people who spend hours upon hours volunteering their expertise. They work very hard to establish goals and provide the means to attain them. It would behoove us to turn our energies toward helping the whole rather than catering to the few. I would also like to say that I, too, am disappointed in the news article. It is my understanding that the new superintendent was invited by the school officials andToday in History the pastor to come to our school to speak on his vision for Catholic education and his passion to “catch the spirit of Catholic education.” His enthusiasm and commitment toward preparing Catholic schools is very exciting, and I look forward to continuing to support Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School even after my boys graduate. Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School is excellence in action. My boys have grown to be responsible young men, are excellent students and take their convictions seriously. I count on them to be leaden and I credit the support and devotion of the teachers, staff and administrators, as well as the love, the prayers and the attention that they have received while attending Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School for helping to develop them into well rounded, responsible citizens. Thank you, everyone. • Sherry Clarkson New BraunfelsColumnist has twisted pops’! stats-msnt about svolutlon thoory Editor, In response to Cal Thomas’s piece in the Wednesday edition of the Herald-Zeitung Opinion section in regards to the pope “succumbing in his declining years to the tyranny of evolutionary scientists.” I would like to ask Mr. Thomas where, in the pope’s statement, did he say, “the old knowledge contained in the book of Genesis is not valid?” The way it has been stated infers the pope has made a 180-degree turnaround in the age-old Catholic Church’s doctrine on evolution. This, of course, is not possible since the pope carmot change doctrine even if he warned to. What the pope said was, “fresh knowledge leads to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than just a hypothesis.” (And I’m not even sure these are his exact words since I’m taking Mr. Thomas’s word for it.) Even so, he has made a big deal out of a simple statement and added his own opinion as to the meaning of what was said. The simple fact is, to quote fathers Rumble and Carty in their 1941 “Radio Replies Vol. 3 Numbers 578 and 580,” “The Catholic Church does not exclude belief in a moderate and restricted material evolution. Things do evolve. But they have to “be” in order to evolve, and they secured their being by creation. We cannot, therefore, admit any form of the evolutionary theory which excludes God, or which denies dependence on God. In a well-understood system of evolution, nature has two means by which it fulfills its work. It can use its initial resources received from the Creator, employing its own innate powers. And again, where it acquired capital does not suffice, it can have recourse to the ever-present God who interferes with His creative power for great changes only, as in the production of life, or of intelligence, and of individual souls. But these questions do not affect religion in practice. Even though a man did know how all things have come into existence, the why of all things would remain; and God’s rights would still have to be maintained. Reason cannot get away from the fact that all is the execution of a plan traced by God’s By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 12, the 317th day of 1996. There are 49 days left in the year Today’s Highlight In History: On Nov. 12,1942, the World War ll naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Americans ended up winning a major victory over the Japanese.) On this date: In ISIS, American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, N.V. In 1980, baseball got its first “czar' as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected commissioner of the American and National Leagues. In 1981, representatives cf nine nations gartered tor the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments. In 1987, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party. will; nor can reason get away from the fact that God has intervened in a special way to reveal to mankind its religious obligations. “Though Genesis teaches that God created all things out of nothing, it does not say that He created every individual thing in the universe like that. Even if God created a vast original nebula which gradually contracted at certain centers — such as the sun — from which smaller fragments separated, God would still be the Creator of all things, the evolution taking millions of years. The account in Genesis of the origin of all things in no way hinders an explanation allowing for indefinite expansions of time.” Hazel Sluga New BraunfelsFamily grateful for help shown son bi mtonshfs cart unit Editor,    * The family of Thomas Ridgeway sincerely appreciates all of the heartfelt concern, prayers and donations on behalf of Thomas. After eight weeks in intensive care, Thomas is showing considerable improvement, but still has a lot of recovering ahead of him. We are confident that with all of your continuous prayers he will soon be at home with his family. There are too many of you to thank individually, but you know who you are, so again, thank you for everything. Debbie K. Ridgeway mother Maybs NWS loss WNI bs gain of ■ ■nlh«« » I Jljt-lntT anomer scnooi aisvnci r Editor, I am writing this letter as a concerned graduate of New Braunfels High School. I had the distinct privilege and blessing to be able to attend New Braunfels Independent School District schools and study under the protectorate of Mr. Turman and Mr. Engler. Utilizing the springboard of this educational base, I have enjoyed success at the collegiate, doctorate and post doctorate levels. These studies have carried mc to some of the finest institutions in this country. These institutions have all utilized widely varying teaching techniques and schedules. However, the common cornerstone to all of these enduring institutions was consistent, deliberate, dedicated and self-sacrificing leadership. These are not qualities that are easily located and/or acquired. The recent drastic changes at New Braunfels High School fly in the face of this basic tenant. The tragedy that is obvious, even at long distance, is the permanent and unrecoverable damage these political spirits may wreak. The town of New Braunfels nor its school district can reasonably expect this truly unique leadership team to wait for the brief careers of these politicians to run their two-year course. Unless unusually prompt action is taken, I am confident New Braunfels and its school district will be watching from the rear as another school district is led up the challenging trail to excellence by Mr. Turman and Mr. Engler. Richard B. Schultz, M.D. Corsicana 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 1964, Elks Island dosed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892. In 1980, the IJ S space probe Voyager 1 came within 77,000 miles of Saturn. 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 In 1990, Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne. Ten years ago: Iran’s U.N. ambassador, Said Rajaie-Khorassani, denied his government had arranged for the release of hostages in Lebanon in exchange for U.S.-made arms. Five years ego: Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told a news conference he'd been warned by President Bush and other U.S. officials that a revolt was brewing before hard-liners staged their coup, but that he had decoupled their information. Robert Gates was sworn in as CIA director. One year ago: Israel s ruling Labor Party unanimously approved Shimon Peres as its new leader, replacing slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir. Today’s Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun is 88. Actress Kim Hunter is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ruby Nash Curtis (Ruby and the Romantics) is 57. Actor-playwright Wallace Shawn is 53. Singer Brian Hyland is 53. Rock musician Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) is 52. Singer-songwriter Neil Young is 51. Country singer Barbara Fairchild is 46. Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 35. Rock musician David Ellefson (Megadeth) is 32 Actor David Schwimmer is 30. Figure skater Tonya Harding is 26. Singer Tevin Campbell is 20. Thought for Today: "Money is always there but the pockets change; it is not in the same pockets after a change, and that is all there is to say about money .” — Gertrude Stein, American author (1874-1946). ;