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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor Pa9e 4A    Herald-Ze/funp,    New    Braunfels,    Texas    Sunday,    October    6,    1991Hwrald-Zeltung Published Sunday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels Herald /eating. 707 Ixmda St., or P O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 7813 J 1328 Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels Herald Zeitung at New Braunfels, Texas DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN    JIM    HORNBECK Managing Editor    Advertising    Director CHERYL DUVALL    CAROL    ANN AVERY Business Manager    Circulation    Manager KAREN REININGER    GUS    ELBEL Classified Manager    Pressroom    Foreman Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe emirates: three months, $12.90, six months, $22 JO; one year, $40.00 Senior Citizens Discount (carrier delivery only): six months, $19 25, one year, $34 .00 Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas: three rrujnths, $22.50; six months, $40.00, one year, $75 OO Mail outside Texas six months, $52 30; erne year, $8730. lf you have not received your newspaper by 5.30 pm 71irs day through Friday, or by 7:30 am Sunday, call 625 9144 or 658 1900 by 7 p.m. and ll a m., respectively. Postmaster Send address changes to P O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131 1328 EDITORIALSLeadership has higher standard P' e wh >cC n; J acct’] ’ positions ol leadership by the very nature of such positions arc and should be held lo higher standards than are or should be those who follow. That is as it should be Those who lead set examples for others to follow. They arc special. They arc role models. The New Braunfels Independent Schtxd District currently is considering a “Student Leadership and Responsibility Policy” that would formalize a standard of behavior for NBISD students who seek or accept leadership positions. The policy, if adopted, would hold those in leadership roles to higher standards regarding the misuse of drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants and mood-altcring or behavior altering substances. That higher standard concerns some. In fairness, they wonder, should we adopt such a policy? Is it right to apply different punishments for the same offense? Such concern is commendable. ll demonstrates a desire to do what is nght. But adoption of the policy is, in fact, what is right. New Braunfels High School Student Body President Kourtncy Gocrges put it well. “I really hope that you do approve this policy because drug and alcohol abuse is our biggest problem.... I know when we set a high level of expectation our students can meet it.” Is it possible that not only NBHS but the rest of the world is plagued today by drug- and alcohol-related crime and other problems because at some point we, as individuals, as groups and, indeed, as a nation, lowered our expectations and let it become “OK" lo do things we once would have considered abominable? And might that not have happened had we expected more of those who would lead others?It’s about time leaders ended city’s squabble Give it a rest! flic squabble involving members of the New Braunfels City Council and the city manager now has drawn the attention of the media in San Antonio. The public finger pointing probably was good for a giggle or two in the nearby metroplcx. Beyond such fleeting amusement value, however, the whole mess has no redeeming value whatsoever. It ii lime for it all to end. Whatever must I* done to accomplish that should be quickly done. Par more important than who is right and who is wrong (and who cares anyway?) is the (act (hat die ongoing bickering is making us all l(K>k silly ... or, far worse, is painting us as a community whose members do not have and cannot get their collective act together. Would you locate an industry in a community whose city council was devoting all its efforts to a fuss about whether or not its city manager should stay or go? Would you build a business in such a community? Would you fund a bond issue (or such a community? |i^i)i'icdili*iili t»rie wntirfl by I)«vi4Sutlrni, cdibif mm! |n«I'IiUki i4 Ihe Nr* Itiwnlrli Herald AllaniYour representatives All that matters is what the reader sees s T /SMM wk atrr- David Sullens George Bush President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N W Washington, D C 20500 U S Rep Greg I aughlm U S House of Representatives District 14 (Guadalupe County) 1713 longworth Office Bldg Washington, D C 20510 US Sen lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Bldg Washington, D C 20510 U S Sen Rill Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 texas Gov Ann Richards Governor s Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711 Expressed elsewhere on this page, as an editorial, is this newspaper’s position or all the folderol at City Hall. That position is simple. It is that the whole mess really means little to anyone except those directly involved. It is that it is time for those involved to quit “poking at each other” (a description offered by a political figure not involved in the city hall goings on and one much respected in our area) and act like adults. In short, we think both “sides” are wrong. We think the whole thing is petty. But because it is being played out by people who decide the course of our city, people who spend millions and millions of our dollars (that in itself is a little bit frightening, isn’t it?) it is the responsibility of this newspaper to accurately report the little drama from day to day. 'That’s often tougher than it sounds. Let me offer an illustration of that. On Wednesday afternoon of last week, three members of the New Braunfels City Council came to this newspaper with a statement they wished published. Early in the development of this Retreat Editor: July, in the mountains, high above the tree line, amid the tundra, rock and patches of stubborn snow, and much of life’s apparent priorities fade as those rise to the forefront that speak of eternities. Tar below this massed upheaval of earth and rock, long distance away from here the affairs of my fellow men call diem to toil at . labors that now fail to spark my soul with value. Arid I fear the greatest truths arc presently being hidden from mankind through the mechanization of thought. What we elect to give value in life is often a matter zealously failed at through die temptations unused on each of us by our technology arid comforts What carries more to the completeness of our lives die favored personality on the TV tonight, or the eyes of our children reflecting die amazements of lite day? Arc we content widi our moments walking about our greatest encumbrance we call home, concerned with the impending bills, die condition of die car outside, relations widi our bosses, world events? I stand here on this mountain, alone, having scaled it from die sea, bushwhacking through die forest and die alders; feeling the sun on my face and hands, while the steady load of my {lack and rifle resist my upward trek, and ii becomes with- whole thing, Mayor Jim Good bread took mild exception to an editorial I had written. We talked about it and I invited him then to write a guest column expressing his own viewpoint. When he came to see me Thursday, Jim Goodbread presented his “statement” in that context. But guest columns run on the editorial page and this newspaper cur-rendy runs editorial pages only on Wednesdays and Sundays. In the interest of timeliness, I asked the folks in the newsroom, therefore, to see that the guest column/statement ran in some other context. It appeared on the front page of our Thursday newspaper, next to two stories about the ongoing controversy. It was in a box and it was headlined “A statement from Mayor James Goodbread.” iii mc a great strength that all it look was the decision to light out alone and find that truth awaits each of us when we become journeymen arid seek without preconception. Reverence becomes an experience for mc in the wilderness like a great renewing of my faith and outlook. Often Jesus retreated to the mountains arid we must all begin to find patches of wild ground to which we may flee for the pur]misc of examining our lives and our souls. Jeff Bogue New Braunfels Unfavorable publicity Editor: The unfavorable publicity of the last few days is something the citizens of New Braunfels do not deserve. The On Saturday City Manager Paul Grohman called seeking publication of a statement of his own and asking that his statement be published in exactly the same place that was the mayor’s. That statement was delivered by Grohman’s attorney who, in another phone call, reiterated that request for position. Complicating the decision is the fact that Grohman’s statement is significantly longer than Goodbread’s and, in fact, exceeds the length outlined within our guidelines for publication as a guest column. (Seeking guest column status, Goodbread had very carefully written his to conform with the Herald-Zeitung’s guidelines for editorial page publication.) And, because it was delivered on Saturday, Grohman’s column was positioned for publication on Sunday, a day when we sell I,(HK) t 1,500 people of New Braunfels have tried arui succeeded in making this community die envy of not only other cities dial arc neighbors of ours, but also cities around die slate. The members of the City Council who recently voted to retain City Manager Grohman — as well as odiers who were on the council at die time he was hired — need to answer some questions. 1. "When you hired the city manager, did you expect that he would he a full-time city manager?” 2. Some time after he got here it was reported that he was also leaching a course al Southwest Texas Suite in San Marcos. Bul Mr. Grohman was quoted as saying when asked about this matter — “Oh, I ani doing this Sam FORUM, Pag* 6A more copies of the Hcrald-Zeitung. What would you have done? How would you have handled the second column? (Or even the first?) As this is written late Saturday afternoon, I don’t know what we are going to do. I probably won’t until, like you, I pick my paper up from my driveway Sunday morning. I left that up to the very capable people who put together our news product day after day, week in and week out. My input was to remind them of something the best newspaperman I’ve ever known told me three or four years ago. It is his guiding principle and it is ours. It’s pretty simple.    ‘    ; Here it is: All that matters is what the reader sees. In other words, our responsibility is to those who read our newspaper. Our responsibility is to give you a clear, concise, accurate and unbiased picture of what is going on. If the best way to do that is to publish one statement where we published another, that’s what we’ll do. If there’s a better way, that’s what we’ll do. David Sullen* ii editor and publisher of The New bruu/if 'rah! /etlangEmotions Grace lesson of long walk By JOHN INGRAM WALKER, M D. Vacationing this summer Vicki, friends, and I turned off New Mexico Highway 522 at Amalia and entered Costilla Canyon marveling at the apparent untouched beauty of the mountain peaks and the swift running streams. We kept reminding ourselves to keep this Shangri-La a secret only later to discover everybody else already knew about this sportsman's paradise. We just happened to arrive at the tail-end of the season getting the impression that we were James Hilton discovering another Lost Horizon We wound through the ever narrowing and increasingly spectacular canyon, soon discovering a primitive road turning south that passed through an unguarded gate with a sign announcing the entrance to Rio Costilla, a private;' hunting and fishing co-op. Since there-was no guard at the gate we drove on, shifting to four wheel drive as the; road narrowed and climbed higher and higher toward Latir Lakes, a' scries of mountain lakes IO,(XX) feet; above sea level. At the lakes we dis ; covered the property guard, or to bernoo specific, he discovered us: Hcl collected our $9 day fee and told us ’ we were the only people in the world; who had never heard of Rio Costilla. • ("They camp three deep around these ! lakes during season’s peak,”) To us,; however, the place remained a Shangri-La. As the other’s fished, I decided to explore the heights, but I forgot to tell anyone. After all, I was just going to the next lake 'Then I decided to go to the next lake, and then the next. Arriving at the highest lake I decided to climb the mountain above. The slope was easy and the climb wouldn’t take. long, I reasoned. In the meantime, Vicki, worried, began searching for mc, calling my name again and again. Arriving back at base camp, exultant from my big adventure, I discovered a frightened, angry wife and per plexed friends all troubled by my narcissism. Suddenly I felt pretty lowdown. On the trip hack home I pondered the levels of analogy represented here.’ Sometimes we get so carried away by our ambition that we forget the implications of our actions. At other times our actions prevent our hearing die voices of our loved ones. And finally, there’s the comparison to God’s grace. God is always after us, always calling our name no mailer where we arc on the mountainside. The message here, then, becomes! an admonition to lake lime lo think, to; contemplate the impact of our actions and to remember that God and those; who love us will forgive our self ; centered acts especially if we clean all the fish, pan fry them extra deli-1 cious, and clean up a!forwards. Dr Walker it medical clim b* of I ICA Hill (trunlzy Hospital and maintain* a private pty . chloric practice in New Mraunft-UForum Letter policy 'Hic Herald-Zeitung welcomes correspondence concerning topics of general interest. All letters must be signed and include an address and telephone number for verification purposes — only the name and community of residence will accompany the letter in print. No anonymous letters will be accepted, length is limited to 300 words and letter-writers to acceptance for publication only once per month. The newspaper reserves the right to refuse any letter as well as edit all letters. The letters become the property of the Herald-Zeitung. Inciters should be sent to Forum, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328, or brought to our offices at 707 Landa. Walker ;