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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A □ Heratd-Zeftung g Wednesday, October 8,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald Z e i I u r g lf f«    * Opinion ll I Online contect ■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 NBHZeitung© quotable“An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public albin is whet I consider to lie the minimum guarantee of the Ural Amendment” Hugo L. Black Supreme Court justiceDefining moments for Clinton, Gore EDITORIALBuckling up could be a habit for life For some people, it’s as automatic as putting the keys in the ignition. For others, it might be an afterthought, something to remember when you come to a traffic light or when you see a police officer. Buckling a seatbelt increases your chances of survival in a car accident. While it might not save your life, particularly in a very high speed accident, it certainly cuts your chances of dying from injuries. This week, the Clinton administration launched a campaign to increase national seat belt use from 68 percent to 85 percent by 2000. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 40,000 people die annually in car accidents and 60 percent are not wearing seat belts. In Texas, 74 percent of auto travelers wear the safety harnesses. And in New Braunfels, the average is even higher. “We just finished a traffic survey that we did through a grant, and around here we average about ll percent,” New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said. “So we’re higher than the average.” Increasing the national seat belt use average to 85 percent could save 4,000 lives, prevent 100,000 injuries and save billions of dollars in medical costs each year, NHTS officials said. Riding in a vehicle without a safety belt is like taking a carnival ride without proper safety restraints. The only difference is most people don’t recognize the risks they take when riding in an automobile. A passenger in a automobile accident stands less chance of being ejected from the vehicle and greater chance of survival when wearing a seat belt. It’s a simple act —just reach across your shoulder and pull the strap down over your lap. Its not difficult, and with a little bit of practice, it could become a habit for life. (Today s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-'/.* it un# welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors Letter* should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the Neu Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bear mg 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 clo the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P O Drawer 31132H New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext 301      Doug    Toney Managing Editor, Ext 220......................Margaret    Edmonson Marketing Director, Ext 208     Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext 214 ........... Karen Reininger Business Manager, Ext 202      Mary    Lee    Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228    ......................... Carol Am Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext 205............................................................. Published on Sunday morning* and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Ne* Braunfels Herald/extung (USPS 377*80) TW Lands SL. cr P O. Drawer 311328, New bra lintels, Coni County. TX 78131 -1328 Penodical postage paid by the Vcw Bruun/eh Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Coma! and CAiadalupe counties three months, $20.50; ax months, $37; one year, $66 Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only six months, $33; one year, $62 Mail delivery outside Comal Courtly in Texas three months, $30.30; six months, $33; one year, $103.30. 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 ut by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p m. weekdays or by 11 am un Sunday PusiMASrttt Send address changes to the Ne* Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. The definition of two words precisely characterizes the attitude toward certain laws displayed by the current president and vice president of the United States. The first word is “dissemble,” meaning “to hide under a false appearance; conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense.” The second word is “deceive.” It means “fail(ure> to fulfill; to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.” Don’t these words describe the actions of Bill Clinton and Al Gore during the last election cycle? Clin-ton-Gore deny breaking laws to ensure their reelection, deceive the public and dissemble about their own activities. This is not just about “a century-old law” (do all laws lose potency with age?), but about their personae (“an individual’s social facade or front reflecting the role in life the individual is playing”). As businessman Roger Tamraz shamelessly revealed, these two sold access to themselves and continue to sell themselves to the rest of us as saviors of our children, the environment and the poor and middle class. Court records discovered by The Washington Times indicate money Cal Thomas mo has enough idence in hand laundering between the Democ ratio National Committee and the Teamsters Union. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch is right when he contends that Attorney General Janet Renol evil to Warrant the immediate naming of a special prosecutor to investigate the Clinton-Gore reelection fundraising. But why should she? She’s in on the fix, too. Thirty days hath September and 120 days hath Janet Reno before she has to decide whether to add Clinton and Gore to the sleaze-ball hall of shame. That’s four additional months for Clinton-Gore to announce more measures to save our children, clean up the environment, contribute to world peace by subordinating American sovereignty to the United Nations and wrap themselves in the protection of opinion polls. All of the blame can’t be placed on Clinton-Gore. A conartist must have a willing dupe to be successful. He must have people willing, even wanting, to be told what they wish the truth to be. Former top White House aide Harold lekes his given the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee a sheet of paper indicating the president raised $50,000 on one call alone. And The Washington Post says the president’s staff constantly pressured him to make calls to prospective donors. The president himself instructed his staff to raise all the money they could Are we to believe that Clinton would not show the way? The road to his political heart was through the Lincoln Bedroom, countless “coffees” and other “face-time” opportunities. From what has been reluctantly turned over to Congress and from the testimony of those who didn’t flee the country, we know that Bill Clinton transformed the White House into a veritable ATM machine for himself and the Democratic National Committee. Michael Lewis wrote a revealing story (Mi Ickes in a recent New York Times Magazine. Referring to Ickes as Clinton’s "garbage man,” Lewis says that Clinton ' combines an understanding that winning is dirty work with a distaste for doing the dirty work himself; he uses and abuses people like Ickes in order to get what he needs.” Lewis says Ickes will “tell you point-blank that Clinton does not care about campaign-finance reform, and that he’s just using the issue for his own purposes, none of them altruistic. He’ll let you know in so many words that he — like Clinton — understands you must do certain things to win, and that everything starts with winning.” The deception and dissembling continue with the president saying he can’t “recall” making any calls from the White House. Even if he did, he says, he and the vice president never intended to break any laws and, besides, raising a lot of money was necessary. “We had to do it,” he says. Saving America from nasty Republicans was deemed more important than being honest with the people and abiding by the law. That would seem to define arrogance: "a feeling or an impression of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or presumptuous claims.” (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist. He will speak on Nov. ll at the New Braunfels Civic Center.) Schweitzer’s cause was to serve others In 1913 Alsatian (from Alsace) philosopher, theologian, and musician. Albert Schweitzer founded a medial mission at Lambarene, Gabon (then French Equatorial Africa). Except for a few lecture and organ concert trips, this expert on the music of Bach devoted his energy to the African mission creating a life of service unsurpassed in the annuals of medicine. Schweitzer’s philosophy describes what he called “reverence for life,” an ethical system based on respect for all living things that inspires the full development of human potential. Bom in 1875, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. He died in 1965. During his musical prime, Schweitzer worked a 16-hour schedule. The day of an organ recital, he would practice as long as eight hours. His immense reserves of energy allowed him to maintain a fast and furious pace on a minimum of food and sleep. When a friend once said to him, “You cannot burn a candle at both ends,” Schweitzer replied, “Oh yes, you can if the candle is long enough.” Schweitzer subordinated his careers as organist and organ builder, musicologist, theologian, philosopher, and historian, when he decided to leave the seminary where he taught and allow his life to prove his argumentToday in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 1997. There are 84 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight In History: On Ort. 8,1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted while another deadly blaze broke out in Peshtigo, Wis. On this date: In 1889, the 14th president of the John Ingram IAI Alk nan aw slit err that service gives life meaning. His initial funds for establishing a medical colter in the heart of Africa came from his book on Johann Sebastian Bach. He did much of the hospital carpentry himself. In the year 1934, a typical year at Lam-barcne, Schweitzer performed 622 major surgical operations. When a group of research workers prepared a vaccine against yellow fever, Schweitzer would allow the vaccine to be used on the natives only after he had tested the inoculate for safety on himself Schweitzer sought a philosophy of achievement that went beyond the desire for knowledge and power. Summoned to visit an ailing wife of a missionary at N’Gomo about 160 miles upstream from Cape Lopez, Schweitzer traveled by a small steamer towing an overladen barge. Slowly the steamer crept upstream, laboriously searching for the dry season charmel between the sandbanks Lost in thought, Schweitzer sat on the deck United States, Franklin Pierce, died in Concord, N.H. In 1892, Sergei Rachmaninoff first publicly performed his piano ‘‘Prelude in C-sharp Minor” in Moscow. la 1918, Sgt. Alvin C. York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France. la 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was indicted for murder in the death of of the barge, struggling to find an elementary and universal concept that would crystallize his philosophy of ethical service to others. “Why serve?” was the philosophical question. At sunset on the third day of the trip, as the steamer made its way through a herd of hippopotamuses, there Hashed before his mind, unforeseen and unsought, the phrase, “Reverence for Life.” Because the will to live is universal, all of us must affirm the will to live for every other living being Incongruity prevails if we will ourselves to live without promoting life for others A man is ethical only when his belief in the sacrectoess of life engenders a devotion to be helpful to all who are in need of help. Schweitzer hat1 the personal power to completely a swer the rhetorical question, “Wvat can one man do?” Although not j of us have the endowments to be another Schweitzer, we can, through re flection and action, devote our lives to achievement and service that fulfills our individual potential. There exists in all of us impulses of conscience and goodness that seek completion. When we contemplate Schweitzer’s life, we become inspired to meet our potential for a purposeful life. When we, as Schweitzer, become the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh. In 194$, President Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada. la 1970, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. la 1981, at the White House, President Reagan greeted former presi- less concerned with happiness than with purpose, we ask ourselves questions that when answered unselfishly lead a fulfilled life: What needs to be done? What is the best way of doing it? How can we become more aware of important needs outside ourselves? How can we recognize the moral summons within us? The greater our ability to identify our place for service, the more authentic our life becomes. Errors, paradoxes, personal weaknesses and faults become insignificant when we give enough of ourselves to others. When asked whether he was an optimist or a pessimist, Schweitzer wrote that his knowledge is pessimistic, but his will is optimistic. Life is filled with suffering. Schweitzer felt with a sympathy full of regret all the pain that he saw around him. But however concerned he became with the problem of misery in the world, he never let himself get lost in brooding over life’s tragedies. Instead he was determined to do what he could to bring some portion of the world’s suffering to an end. The life and thought of Albert Schweitzer gives all of us encouragement to affirm that proper action to service makes us optimists in a pessimistic world of suffering. (John Ingram Walker is a speaker, author and psychiatrist.) dents Carter, Ford and Nixon, who were preparing to travel to Egypt for the funeral of Anwar Sadat. la 1982, all labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned. la 198$, the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Laura killed American passenger Leon Klinghoffer, dumping his body and wheelchair overboard ;