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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Saturday, November 18, 2000 Opinions Forum Letters ji NKW BUi^UNFELS Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor Michael Cary, News Editor Kudos By the Associated Press Today is Saturday, Nov. 18, the 323rd day of 2000. There are 43 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1820, U.S. Navy Capt. Nathaniel B. Palmer discovered the frozen continent of Antarctica. On this date: In 1883, the United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones. In 1886, the 21 st president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur, died in New York at age 56. In 1899, musical conductor Eugene Ormandy was born in Budapest, Hungary. In 1928, the first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon, Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie,” starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York. In 1936, Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco. In 1949, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. In 1959, “Ben-Hur,” the Biblical-era spectacle starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere in New York. In 1969, financier-diplomat Joseph P. Kennedy died in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 81. In 1978, California Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four other people were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the Peoples Temple; the killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by 912 cult members. In 1987, the congressional Iran- The 16th annual Wurst 5 Mile Run, Walk and Kids Run held on Nov. 4 was enjoyed by .more than 450 participants and volunteers. We have been blessed by the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers. Thank you, Kiolbassa Provision Co., New Braunfels Running Club, Roger Soler’s Sports, Wright Distributing Co., Culligan Water Service, Buck Pottery, Wurstfest Association, Becker Motor Co., Family Outreach, Albertson’s, H-E-B Food Stores, Southemcross Ambulance Service, Professional Therapy Services, Oma and The Oompahs and McDonalds. A special thank you to the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and Police Department. The 17th annual Wurst 5 Mile Run, Walk and Kids Run will be on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001. Will the Union Pacific Train hold up the race again? Be there, and find out! Vicki Ralph Race Director NBRC President Today in History -tei Kilt caning -brough a stiver ofwnarappea© -toKame! \ idoKfTseeair ii® ora hole.' I ocoPM® ate moss or aftosa idenati Snottier, tecount? Letters To The Editor Contra committees issued their final report, saying President Reagan bore “ultimate responsibility” for wrongdoing by his aides. Ten years ago: President Bush began a series of meetings in Paris with allied leaders aimed at solidifying support for his Persian Gulf policies. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II, who said all possible efforts should be made to avoid war in the Persian Gulf. Five years ago: With no relief in sight from a budget impasse that forced a partial federal shutdown, the House rebelled against Republican leaders during a raucous Saturday session and voted to oppose formally adjourning the chamber until Monday. (Republican leaders put the chamber into recess anyway.) One year ago: Twelve people were killed when a bonfire under construction at Texas A&M University collapsed. A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted Shawn Allen Berry of murder for his role in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., but spared him the death penalty. American author and composer Paul Bowles, best known for “The Sheltering Sky” and other novels set in North Africa, died in Morocco at age 88. Today’s Birthdays:    Actress- comedian Imogene Coca is 92. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is 77. Actor Brad Sullivan is 69. Singer Hank Ballard is 64. Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 61. Actress Linda Evans is 58. Actress Susan Sullivan is 56. Country singer Jacky Ward is 54.Stop effort to let feds handle our elections Dear Editor: Nothing of political significance happens by accident. All major events are planned for a purpose. The question is, what is the purpose behind our current election crisis? It has nothing to do with Bush or Gore. It was decided a long time ago who would be the next president. Standing Operating Procedure for the New World Order when they want to accomplish “A” is to create a false crisis so that the people clamor for new laws or actions which will have the hidden affect of creating “A.” What, then, are the people to clamor for after this crisis? They will want the election system fixed to prevent vote fraud. That is a very desirable goal for which to strive. So, how does the New World Order gain from this? By the rushed enactment of unconstitutional federal statutes that take control of elections from the state. By the rushed enactment of unconstitutional statutes that require standardized procedures and require all votes to funnel through a federal computer system where voters will supposedly “be safe from vote fraud.” Do you really trust the feds to count your votes? The federal government has no lawful powers except those few that have been specifically delegated to the federal government by the people through the Constitution. . The federal government does have constitutional authority to enact valid laws concerning the election of federal senators and federal representatives. It has no authority to enact laws concerning the selection of presidential electors, the presidential popular vote or any state offices. Look for new statutes to be proposed, based on constitutional authority in regard to elections of senators and representatives that will run all votes through a federal computer system. And it would not be at all surprising for Ross Perot to be awarded the contract to set up a national election system. Be ready for this. Be ready to tell your senators and congressmen that the American people will not stand for the enactment of unconstitutional statutes that give control of vote counting to the feds. Maybe, just maybe, if we make a big enough noise we can stop this. Vote fraud needs to be fixed; but it needs to be fixed at state level, not supposedly “fixed” by unconstitutional federal statutes that give control to the feds. Having been elected to the office of marshal, I need to make this disclaimer: Any opinions expressed in this letter are personal and private; they are not to be considered as the views or the official policy of the municipal government of the City of Bulverde Northwest. Bill Utterback Bulverde NorthwestCongratulations, Wurstfest Dear Editor: Congratulations to Wurstfest 2000. As a seventh grader in I960, we recall the first event at the basement of the burned down building at the town plaza. Time does march on, but we will always keep our few years of living in New Braunfels as a part of our grassroots. Clay Norris HoustonBring back Heritage Exhibit traditions Dear Editor: My heart is breaking as another wonderful time-honored family tradition is coming to an end. Since the first time the Heritage Society presented its first Heritage Exhibit in the Civic Center, our family has enjoyed the “sights of yesterday.” I have stood in awe of the extremely talented New Braunfels artists who have worked so hard to help us all understand and know about our heritage. As in years past, our family showed up for this year’s exhibit with the same enthusiasm of years gone by. In our family, a beef stick, a bowl of potato soup and a cookie were special “traditions” we enjoyed after “the show.” The newspaper ran an ad on Nov. I on page 5B stating all seven heritage exhibits and sausage making were free each day during the entire 10-day event with admission being charged only for the antique market. This year, however, imagine our disappointment as we were charged admission anyway, only to find very little in the way of heritage. Antiques were for sale in more than 80 percent of the civic center, including on the stage. And we were told that the main exhibit was closed during the week because the antique dealers were only there Friday, Saturday and Sunday, leaving only one exhibit and the yearly video open in the main civic center on a daily basis. , Somehow, we felt so cheated. Cheated of a chance to continue our quest to understand New Braunfels history. Cheated because we have always paid admission for a wonderful show, but this year we paid to see antiques, which is not at all what our family came to see. Antiques are nice for those who enjoy them and want to buy them for their homes. However, the antique dealers can always have a nice antique show but the people only get their Heritage Exhibit once a year. So, I am pleading with the Heritage Society — please bring back our exhibit in all of its glory. Bring back the potato soup, too. And leave the antique market for another time or just another place. It was said that the antique market brought in “more tourists.” Well, maybe so. But does everything have to be about tourists? What is wrong with a Heritage Exhibit for people who live here or would otherwise enjoy it? I would like to know why the civic center cannot be “donated” for this community event each year. It is so worthwhile of an effort. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then past exhibits have been worth millions. It is impossible to put a price tag on that.Gayle K. Pfeiffer New BraunfelsHoliday traditions overtaken by election that lingers on The historic proceedings in Florida are unlike anything any of us have seen in this country. With the holidays right around the corner — and I mean right around the comer — we face the possibility of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with the the Bush and Gore families. Hopefully, they are all squared away on who will carve the turkey this year at their respective celebrations. Nothing spoils a festive gathering faster than a recount. Quite frankly, I am tired of seeing people in Florida holding up ballots to the light. We can only imagine how they feel. Maybe we can capture their plight -with a special holiday program called “Rudolph the Red-eyed Ballot Counter” You know, they never let poor Rudolph " off for Thanksgiving, let him go Christmas shopping, take a shower .,; Margaret EDMONSON With the release of “Dr. Seuss’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” television programmers could produce a new television version. Casting the lead role would be a tough one. Do you give it to Al Gore, for his tireless efforts to keep Christmas from coming for George W. Bush? Or do you give it to Bush, who hates the singing from the Gore campaign about recounts? lf you go on looks alone, James Baker would be the best candidate because he looks like a Grinch. Instead of counting down to Christmas day, our advent calendars instead will count down to Jan. 20 when somebody — anybody, please — will be sworn in as president of the United States. Of course, there is that little problem of gift-giving. What do you get for the two men who both want the same thing? Gore’s affinity for counting and math opens up a whole world of ideas for Christmas gifts: calculators, counters, optical scan readers....The list goes on. For Bush, a dictionary always makes a good choice as long as he is competing against the great debater in dueling press conferences. His 300-vote lead should fit nicely in a Christmas stocking bought in a West Palm Beach souvenir store. As the process continues, the Bush and Gore holiday gift lists also get longer: state supreme court judges, fed eral court judges, Supreme Court justices, the House of Representatives, the Senate.... Red and green will not be the vogue colors for Christmas — there’s an election going on. Red, white and blue will trim every tree and wrap every gift. The Christmas hymn “Silent Night” will be replaced by “Election Night.” “Frosty the Snowman” will become “Feisty the Lawyer.” And the traditional “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” will give way to “Ballots Sitting in Our File 13.” With both of these men claiming to be Santa Claus to the American public, we must assure our children that while there is a Santa Claus, he does not come riding on a donkey or an elephant. Santa Claus also comes with dolls and toys, not a prescription drug program for Medicare. Yes, the holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is a mere few days away. Christmas shopping already is under way. With all the tension mounting over the Florida vote and the promised appeals of decisions made by election officials and judges, this election might linger on for days and weeks. As worrisome as this election crisis is, we cannot forsake the holidays. We have a lot to celebrate, not the least of which is our right to vote and the importance of our vote in choosing our nation’s leaders. One note to our readers: For anybody that might get the urge to follow a star in the east this holiday season, forget it: It’s not a star. It’s the light left on for the ballot counters in Florida. (Margaret Edmonson is managing editor of the Herald-Zeitung.) ;