New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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• > .; ■Diana: Tragedy resulted from wrong choices
One afternoon in late August, my wife, pregnant for seven and a half months, and my three daughters, ages 13,9 and 6, were returning home to New Braunfels from Comfort. They were traveling on Texas 46 where the outside temperature was 95 to I OO degrees, and they had a flat. After unpacking to retrieve the tire change components, my wife was reading the instructions while my 13-year-old was trying to implement them. My youngest were just sweating. The situation at best was slow-going and with the heat and the circumstances, possibly dangerous. It probably would have been hours before they changed the tire, if at all.
A wonderful Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy, John Bell, came to the rescue. He changed the tire, helped repack the car and sent them on their way. We found out he had done the same thing for a Smithson Valley High School student that had a flat on her way to school that morning.
In a time when the “serve” part of “to serve and protect” is often neglected, Officer John Bell is a credit to the law enforcement profession. I thank God for sending Officer Bell, I thank Officer Bell for helping and I thank Sheriff Bob Holder for having this quality of staff.
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The reaction throughout the United Kingdom to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, recalls America s response to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The BBC and the other television networks canceled all programming, the British national anthem was played as pictures of the Union Jack flying at half staff were shown, and the nation mourned.
The plot of Diana’s life — from beaming princess at her fairy-tale royal wedding to a mangled body inside the twisted wreckage of a luxury car in a Paris tunnel — is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportion.
Within hours of her death, recriminations were being heard. The notorious paparazzi, which had given chase after she and her new love interest, Dodi a1 Fayed, had dinner at a Paris hotel, were singled out for special denunciation by Diana’s brother. But who are we kidding? lf the public didn’t have a voracious appetite for every image and tidbit about Diana, the photographers would not have been there. Most American magazines reported record sales each time Diana graced their covers. Some said paparazzi who took gruesome pictures of the death scene were asking $1 million, which they will probably get.
The accessories in Diana’s death are members of the royal family, who never appeared to welcome her and who constantly sought to make her over into their dull, dowdy and dysfunctional image. Her refusal to be like them immediately set her up for
the many tragedies to follow. Instead of seeing her as a key to unlocking a bright future for the monarchy, they took that key and locked her into a social and political Tower of London which led to her “execution” as inevitably as if she had been one of the unfortunate wives of Henry VHI.
Charles seemed jealous of the attention his wife received (contrast this with the clear delight John Kennedy expressed over press interest in Jackie). Accustomed to having his every whim indulged since birth, Charles grew pouty when England, and then the world, became enthralled by Diana’s charm, grace and beauty. Instead of trading on his greatest asset for the benefit of his country and family, he started behaving like a child lobbied of his toys and sought out a mother figure in his once and future mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Charles didn’t have the class or character to be worthy of his wife. She had her problems, but all probably could have been overcome (Or never started) with loving attention from a husband devoted to her and not his mother, the monarchy and his mistress. He does not deserve the throne of En^’and.
On national and then international television, both
Charles and Diana admitted to adulterous affairs. Apparently she was engaged in another such affair with Al Fayed when she died How does one explain such things to two young sons, one of whom is the future King William of England? Why would their mother leave them for weeks on end to cavort with a man not her husband or their father? It is a hard question, but covering it up or refusing to answer it while focusing on Diana’s “charitable” work is a form of denial that ignores the real tragedy of this awful play that has acted out in a very public way for the last 15 years.
Was there no one who could make Charles and Diana understand the damage they were causing themselves and their children? Did anyone try? Couldn’t someone tell them that happiness is not found in the behavior in which they were engaged? It is repeated in television and radio how much Charles and Diana loved their sons. Is this the way loving parents behave toward their children and each other? Would they be happy if their sons became just like them? If not, why didn’t they behave in ways they would want their sons to emulate?
The essence of tragedy is that things don’t have to be the way they turn out. Hamlet and Macbeth had choices. So did Charles and Diana. They made the wrong ones, with tragic results.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist. He wilt be speaking at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Nov. II.)
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By The Associated Press
A sampling of editorial opinion from Texas newspapers:
The Monitor (McAllen) on filling the void of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana:
A world that already was mourning the loss of Princess Diana received another shock Friday with the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The tiny founder of the Missionaries of Charity religious order was perhaps the only living woman who could rival the princess in terms of global adoration. Within a week, both are gone....
The lifestyles of these two women couldn’t have been further apart. And yet, they had some things in common, besides a mutual respect and apparent friendship. Princess Diana and Mother Teresa were perhaps the world’s two most prominent humanitarians. ...
Some people already are asking what will happen to the causes these women supported — and who will fill the void.
Mother Teresa’s work will continue. The religious order she founded operates more than 500 missionsToday in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Sept. ll, the 254th day of 1997. There are 111 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. ll, 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. secretary of the treasury.
On this date:
In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.
In 1897, a strike by coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia ended, with the miners winning an
around the world She stepped down from her position as superior general of the order earlier this year because of her declining health.
The attention brought upon Diana’s crusades could inspire someone else to take up the causes. In fact, the British royal family has created a foundation to offer financial support to the late princess’ favorite charities.
In addition to the more high-profile humanitarians, immeasurable numbers of people throughout the world work just as hard but don’t receive the same acclaim. ...
Each of these people helps make the world better, just like the renowned activists. And each can be just as inspiring as those whose benevolent works draw worldwide attention. ...
The best way to memorialize the world’s humanitarians is to continue their work.... Emulating those who perform good works is an excellent way to honor them.
The Dallas Morning News on Mother Teresa:
Former Sen. Mark Hatfield often tells the storyasking Mother Tere-
eight-hourWQdtidqy41H* day before, about 20 rttirtert wwrfe killed when sheriffs deputies opened fire on them in Pennsylvania.)
la 1934, President Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam’s first hydroelectric generator in Nevada.
In 1944, President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in Canada at the second Quebec Conference.
In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether, was crowned the winner.
sa how she persevered despite the constant suffering and poverty surrounding her work among the most beset human beings. Her response summarizes the life of the saintly Catholic missionary. ’’The Lord calls one to be faithful, not successful,” she told Mr. Hatfield.
Above all, Mother Teresa was faithful, despite overwhelming oppression, constant setbacks and the call of worldly praise. Remarkably, the Nobel Peace Prize winner never veered from serving and living among India’s poor. The face of Jesus was always illuminated in Calcutta’s most definite.
She founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1950, and eventually watched her missionary w ork stretch around the world.
Today, the Missionaries of Charity run schools, bos itals and other relief operations in places like the South Bronx and re untainous Venezuela.
Of course, nany of us may admit it’s difficult to fathom someone like Mother Teresa. How could anyone of such apparent saintly qualities be real? She simply had no time for the frailties normal people face.
But just as the Bible fascinates
In 1962, the Beatles recorded their first single for EMI, ‘‘Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You,” at EMI studios in London.
In 1967, “The Carol Burnett Show” premiered on CBS.
In 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.
In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup.
Ten years ago: The CBS TV network went black tot six minutes after anchorman Dan Rather walked off the set of ‘‘The CBS Evening News” because a tennis tournament being carried by the network ran overtime. (The
people with the brutal human stories of figures, who faced all sorts of temptations, Mother Teresa herself knew struggle and blemish.
She was bom Agnes Bozaxhiu, the daughter of a successful Serbian businessman who some say died after political partisans poisoned him. After his death, her father’s business partner ran off with her family’s assets. And after becoming a nun, she never again saw her mother and elder sister in Yugoslavia, partly because she feared Communist Yugoslavia would never let her out again.
Her critics also claim die turned a blind eye to larger social justice movements. They couldn’t fathom why someone in her position would not challenge the situations that cause poverty, as well as do charity work.
But somehow it’s reassuring to know even Mother Teresa had critics. That way, her almost unbelievable dedication to serving the world’s poor does not seem so superhuman. Regular people can actually do it — if they remain faithful. That may be Mother Teresa’s greatest legacy.
Until the end, she remained faithful, and inspirational.
tennis coverage ended abruptly, catching the anchorman off guard.)
Five years ago: Hurricane Iniki struck Hawaii, leaving at least five people dead and more than 10,000 homes damaged or destroyed. President Bush announced he was approving the sale of 72 F-15 jet fighters to Saudi Arabia.
One year ago: Two top officials with the Health and Human Services Department resigned over President Clinton's signing of the Republican welfare overturn! bill. (Another official had resigned the month before). Hurricane Hortense continued churning its way through the Caribbean.