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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A O Herakj-Zeitung □ Thursday, September 18,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. ■ rn * FU OnNno contact ■ 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 QUOTABLE “In life, journalists stand side-by-side with foot soldiers and with presidents, with heroes and with victims. But in death they have too often hem forgotten.” Charles L. Overby The Freedom ForumArafat’s kiss of Hamas leader Speaks volumes EDITORIAL Kudos I am a Red Cross volunteer at the McKenna Hospital. This past week while I was working my shift at the hospital, a fellow volunteer became ill. She suddenly said that she felt dizzy. Another volunteer offered to get her a drink from the cafeteria while I went to get a wet paper towel for her forehead. When I returned, she was stretched out in her chair and unconscious. I immediately thought “heart attack.'’ I saw a nearby nurse and asked for help. What happened from that moment on was totally amazing to me. Within seconds, two nurses had the volunteer on the floor and administering aid — blood pressure, heart monitor, etc. The ER doctor and six to eight nurses and personnel were there in a few more seconds. I could not believe how fast all of this help came from different areas of the hospital. To make a long story short, the volunteer is fine, but I wanted to tell all citizens of Comal County how fortunate we are to have such a great hospital and terrific stafT in our city of New Braunfels. I saw them in action, and they were fantastic. Maisie M. Burry NeH’ Braunfels Last week in New Braunfels, a man was tried for the aggravated sexual assault of an 11-year-old child. Although this story is not a happy one, the outcome is encouraging: The man was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison and also fined $10,000. Justice was served because many individuals and agencies did their jobs well. The Comal County Sexual‘Assault Tiisk^force wishes to expMM kudos to the stat!'of McKenna Hospital, the New Braunfels Police Department, the Comal C ounty Criminal District Attorney’s Office and the Comal County Women’s Center. Kudos also to a jury that truly fulfilled its obligation to the victim and to the community by sending the powerful message that New Braunfels citizens will not tolerate sexual assault. Finally special recognition and respect are due to the victim, for her bravery in disclosing the assault and testifying in court. We hope her example will motivate other victims to speak up and seek the help they deserve. We also praise her mother and family members for believing the victim and giving her much-needed support. Comal County Sexual Assault Task Fort eWrite us The 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 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Her-ald-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 thai is mentioned. Preference is given to writer* who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels llerald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Tfexas 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 301........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, Ext. 220............................. Margaret Edmonson Director of Marketing, Ext. 208................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext    214...............Karen    Reinmger Business Manager, Ext. 202........................................Mary    Lee    Hall Circulation Director, Ext. 228..................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205............................................................. Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings I ucsda> through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeaung (USPS 377-880) 707 Linda St., or P O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zei nutg in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; ane 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; ax 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 JO un. on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a.m. on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-leinmg, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photograph of Palestine Liberation Organization leader Vassar Arafat kissing a leader of tile Hamas resistance movement speaks volumes about the futility of socalled Middle East “peace efforts” pursued by the United States. At a meeting of several Palestinian factions in Gaza, Arafat applauded leaders of Hamas and Islamic Holy War, defied American demands that he crack down on terrorism and said that Palestinians are prepared to resume their violent uprising against Israel. The U. S. government seems ignorant of religiously motivated people because it thinks from a secular mind-set. The State Department acts as if militant Islamic fundamentalists can be persuaded to make peace with people they believe are the enemy of God. Have our government leaders not heard what these people write and say? While the PLO Charter is a political document that can be amended (though it hasn’t been with respect to the existence of Israel), the Hamas Charter is a distinctly religious document, based on the Koran, which cannot be changed. Stated in the Hamas Preamble, the organization’s objective is clear. “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it has eliminated its predecessors.” Nothing ambiguous about that. For those who believe that Hamas is an extreme organization. Article Seven says, “Hamas is one of the links in the Chain of Jihad in the confrontation with the Zionist invasion.” Later, the charter speaks of killing Jews and “discarding the evil, crushing it and defeating it, so that truth may prevail and homelands revert (to their owners).” As to those who believe that negotiations, compromise and “land for peace” remain Ae best hope for the Middle East, Article Eleven says, “The Islamic Resistance Movement believes the land of Palestine has been an Islamic Waqf throughout the generations and until the Day of Resurrection, no one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon it or part of it. No Arab country nor the aggregate of all Arab countries, and no Arab King or President nor all of them in the aggregate, have tile right, nor has that right any organization or the aggregate of all organizations, be they Palestinian or Arab.” It gets better (or worse if you’re an Israeli). The charter states a belief in marriage between church and state and regards national ism as part and parcel of the religious faith. The charter regards “peace initiatives” by the West as the work of infidels: “(Peace) initiatives, the socalled peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of this faith, the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad.” The peace conferences “are no more than a means to appoint the nonbelievers as arbitrators in the lands of Islam. Since when did Unbelievers do justice to believers? “For those who still cling to the ‘peace process,’ there is this in except by Jihad. The initiatives, proposals and International Conferences are but a waste of time, an exercise in futility.” The charter calls the Jews “Nazis,” which is ironic since many Arab nations supported the Nazis and their attempt to exterminate Jews during World War II. In case there is doubt about the relationship between Hamas and tile PLO, Article Twenty-Seven says, “The PLO is among the closest to the Hamas, for it constitutes a father, a brother, a relative, a friend.” The kiss seen around till world between Arafat and the Hamas leader is proof that these two organizations are not merely “dating” but are married — with the goal of destroying and completely occupying all of Israel, killing Jews in the process as a favor to Allah. To proceed as if Hamas’ beliefs, actions and objectives do not matter is the ultimate in denial and puts not only U. S. interests at risk but also tile survival of Israel and the Jewish people. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist. He will be speaking at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Nov. II) iSTiildorttsee a pattern here/ mill -nuo. Letters to the EditorAppreciate custodians Editor I have read a few articles of custodians’ opinions who work for public school districts, and I do agree with them generally, especially shutting off the air conditioning dunng summer cleanups. But getting along with teachers, faculties and students and how they treat you depends on the custodian’s attitudes and how you treat them Most custodians working tor Comal Independent School Distnct like their jobs and socialize with faculty and students pretty well. However, for those custodians who feel degraded by being custodians, you shouldn’t. There are many retirees, housewives, etc., doing the work. As long as it’s honest work, never be ashamed. Schools must have custodians. Just think what would happen without them. Jerry Daugherty Spring BranchToday in History By Th* Associated Proas Today is Thursday, Sept. 18, the 261 st day of 1997. There are 104 days let! in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, on Sept. 18,1947, the National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy and newly formed Air Force into a National Military Establishment, went into effect. On this date: In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British. In 1793, President Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. In 1810, Chile declared its indepen- Buiinti a aa should us# empty buildings Editor: This here is my opinion! I just don’t understand the people who give building permits here in New Braunfels. We have so many empty stores and other buildings, why did anybody allow the ugly large square building on the parking lot by Target to be build? There are empty stores, why build anything new? Then why on earth did Albertsons get the permission to build on the comer Landa Street and Walnut? All they want is to min Wuest’s, a store that has been here for many years. They promised not to cut (the large oak tree), then it shouldn’t have been cut, regardless if they bought the ground and the tree. A promise is a promise. Albertsons could have moved into the “Mall” further north on Walnut, or on the other side of town, where many people live, but unfortunately, without dencc from Spain. In 1858, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveowners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states. In 1851, the first edition of The New York Times was published. In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations. In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dig Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). In 1978, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27. a grocery store. How many empty stores and buildings are we supposed to have here? One thing is sure — all this empty buildings and malls surely don’t make our town look pretty. Tillman and Tillman at least were a little considerate, they took an old building and changed it to their liking. I am very glad to see, that some businesses are trying to beautify our town. The people who give the building Hermits are they elected? Well, I strongly believe we should find people who are interested in the beauty of our town and not have people in charge wh< are not very much interested in Ne Braunfels. I hope tha* a*I the people who agreed with i y last letter will agree with me this me again. I would like to thank all the people who called to let me know that they agreed with me. Lieselotte Mourn New Braunfels la 1989, Hurricane Hugo reached Puerto Rico, causing extensive damage as it continued to barrel toward the U.S. mainland. la 1998, the city of Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Tea years ago: President Reagan announced that he and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev would meet later in the year to sign a treaty banning medium- and shorter-range nuclear missiles. Five years ago: Roes Perot’s name was submitted for the 50th state ballot — Arizona — on the same day that Perot hinted on NBC’s “Today” showWrite ’emU.S. Sonata Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 283 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-5922. FAX: 202- 224-0776. Local Office: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460, San Antonio. TX, 78230, Phone: 210-340-2885. Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D C. Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX: 202-228-2856. Local Office: 404 E. Ramsey, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX, 78216, Phone: 210-366-9494, FAX: 210-368-2016.US. House Rep. Lamar Smith (21st Congressional District), 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515. Phone: 202- 225-4236. Local Office: 11OO NE Loop 410, Suite 640, San Ante- . nio, TX, 78209, Phone: 210-821-5024, FAX: 210-621-5947. that he might throw his hat into the presidential ring, after all. Oae year ago: Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole fell off a stage during a campaign rally in Chico, Calif., after a railing gave way; he was not seriously hurt. The CU. Simpson civil trial opened in Santa Monica, Calif. The Food and Drug Administration declared the French abortion pill RU-486 safe and effective, but withheld final approval until later. Today's Birthdays: Actor Jack Warden is 77. Actor Robert Blake is 64. Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 64. Senator Robert Bennett. R-Utah, is 64. Actor Fred Willard is 58. ;