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THE BAYTOWN SUN
Friday, May 10, 1991
T | ihe increase in the value of new construction in Bay-
I town this year is most encouraging, particularly
JL since it runs counter to a national trend.
So far in 1991, the city has issued 187 building permits
for $3,916,558 in new .construction.
At this point last year, the city had issued 185 permits
for projects valued at $2,906,321.
After several years of decline, new housing starts
picked up in 1990 and the trend is continuing this year.
Through the first four months of 1991, the city issued
20 permits for new homes valued at $1,728,330. At the
same point in 1990, the city had granted 20 permits for
$1,565,626 ion new homes.
New construction will help increase the city’s tax base
It has already resulted in an increase in fees for city. So
far this year, the city has collected $31,576 itifees from
building and other types of permits compared to $27,'078
during the first four months of 1990. -—* ... -
One inspirational lady
There are sonic people who manage to
surmount overwhelming odds and become a
real source of inspiration for otfiers.
While attending the Baytown Hispanic
Chamber of Cqmmcrce’s awards banquet re-
cently, 1 heard one such individual speak:
Dr. Guadalupe Quintanilla.
Dr. Quintanilla, who is the assistant vice
president for the Academic Affairs at- the
University of Houston, has not always been
the respected leader that she is now.
According to Dr. Quintanilla, her success
story is about success in education — and
that education didn’t come until much later
in her life.
As a first-grader in Brownsville, Dr.
Quintanilla said she knqw very little or no
English when she entered school. Needless
to say, the language barrier became a learn-
“According to, school records, I’m men-
tally retarded. My IQ is 64 — I’m a veget-
able — not even trainable,” she said.
Although the school’s diagnosis was obvi-
ously inaccurate. Dr. Quintanilla said that
she began to feel mentally retarded.
“The sad part is that I began to believe the
system,” she said.
Shielding herself from embarrassment,''
she eventually became a first-grade drop out.
“We (Hispanics) arc so sensitive to being
embarrassed that there isn’t even a word for
it (in Spanish),” she said.
When her first son was in school, she said
she received a letter from the school saying
that her son was a “ycllowbird.”
“Yellow was a pretty color,.so 1 thought
that was good,” she said.
Then her second son and her daughter
were also labeled “ycllowbirds.”
n found out that ‘yellow’ meant ‘dumb’
and I decided the system was wrong,” shfe
Determined not to let her children embark
on the path she had taken, Dr. Quintanilla
decided that the only way she could help her
children was if she got an education.
But even her initial determined efforts
“I couldn’t find a place to learn. 1 was
turned away (from college) because I didn’t
have a high school diploma. Little did they
know that I didn’t have an elementary school
diploma, either,” she said.
A spot in a high school class was also de-
nied her on the grounds that it would be bet-
ter to give the desk to a younger student.
1 Finally, her persistence paid off when she
waited by the car of a college registrar and
begged him to let her enroll in classes. He
allowed her to enroll on an opportunity
“The biggest revelation (in college) was
that I could learn.” Dr. Quintanilla said.
Just when most people feel they -are too
old to lcam something new, Dr.'Quintanilla
went through with her education plans,
After graduating with honors, Dr. Quinta-
nilla was appointed to several important
posts and collected numerous awards.
As well as being assistant vice president
for academic affairs, she also serves as an
associate professor in the Department of
Hispanic and Cultural Languages at the Uni-
versity of Houston.
She has earned national recognition
through her work with law enforcement
agencies. She created a Cross Cultural Com-
munications program that has been a model
program for several police departments
across the nation.
Dr. Quintanilla has served as co-chairman
to the National Institute of Justice and in
1984, became the first Hispanic U.S. rep-
resentative to the United Nations. She was
part of the negotiating team during the Per-
sian Gulf War.
Through her quest for knowledge, Dr.
Quintanilla found that more doors were open
She transferred that quest to her children
who arc now professionals, including one
son whose teacher thought he could be a car-
penter because he was good with his hands.
Dr. Quintanilla let her son know that there
were no barriers. Today, he is making use of
his skill with his hands. He is a surgeon.
She shares her formula for success as of-i
ten as she can and encourages others to com-
plete their education and find success in life.
“To understand-what success is, you have
to want, plan and persist,” she said.
“If you don’t know where you’re going,
you won’t know how to get there,” she
added. ... 1 ............." 1 ”«--■■■■=—»-
Her success in education story is some-;
thing for dropouts or potential dropouts to;
take to heart. Through her many speaking
engagements, she must have inspired numer-
ous people to seek an education and better
She quoted a line from a poem that read,
“When I got to the end of my life, I realized
I was the architect of my own destiny.”
Like Jaime Escalante, the math teacher
who was the inspiration for the film, “Stand
and Deliver,” a movie documenting Dr.
Quintanilla’s life is in the making.
Lois Rodriguez is the wire editor of The
Waldheim’s fall from grace
From Sun files
City’s first mayor
died 20 years ago
From The Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: .
SS YEARS AGO
George Stephenson of Anahuac is killed in the Texas Centennial
Parade in Anahuac when he' falls from his horse and is. pinned be-
neath fit. His brother, R.C. Stephenson, is a merchant in Pclly.
50 YEARS AGO
B. B. Williams, president of the Tri-Cities Jaycees, says the orga-
nization will ask Houston Lighting & Power Co. to provide a lights
for new four-lane road between Goose Creek and Baytown.
Joyce Johnson is crowned- May qiecn and Duke Parker, king, at
the Cedar Bayou May Festival at llfrey Field.
45 YEARS AGO
C. R. Myers takes over as city manager of Pclly. He served as
Goose Creek mayor from 1932 to 1935 and formerly published a
newspaper called The Democrat.
Valedictorian at Robert E. Lee-High School is Bobby Ward. Salu-
tatorian is Truitt Lively. '
W.C. “Pop”. Swain talJ^Jii^aW •Qf.Qffi&C JS.Jl..Bayto,wn City
Joel Rosenzweig will- graduate in June from Smith College. She
has served as business manager of the §mith Review, literary
20 YEARS AGO
Eddie Cleveland, first mayor of Baytown, dies at the age of 70.
He the last mayor of the city of Pclly in 1945-47 before consolida-
tion of the Tri-Cities and then served as the first mayor of the conso-
lidated new city in 1947-48.
An attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor advises the school
district here that it owes $76,160 in back wages to 28 employees for
a period between September 1969 and September 1970. The wages
are due because, the district violated equal pay provision of the Wage
and Hour Laws in paying women custodial employees less than men
for similar work, according to the labor department.
Mervin Rosenbaum- is promoted to engineering associate in the
technical division of Humble’s Baytown Refinery.
10 YEARS AGO
Barbers Hill Soaring Eagle Band wins top awards at the National
Music and Blossom Festival in Canon CitysSColo. Pictured with the
plaques are John Laurie, band captain; Retta Hales, drum major;
Patti Smith, flag corps captain; and Kaye Houghton, head twirler.
VIENNA, Austria — One of the most dis-
credited leaders in the world, the president
of Austria, speaks boldly of re-election next
year, but no one is listening. He is ignored,
abandoned by his own party and a reminder
of what Austria docs not want to be.
There was a time when Kurt Waldheim
was on top of the world.. He was secretary
general of the United Nations, and he par-
laye’d that resume into the Austrian pres-
idency in 1986. He campaigned on the slo-
gan, “a man the world trusts.”
Now he is the Pinocchio president. His
lies about his war record earned him the sta-
tus of “unwanted alien” in the United States.
There are even charges, as yet unproven, that
he was involved in Nazi war crimes.
Waldheim is a pathetic pariah, waiting in'
Vienna for invitations that never come to
visit important countries that don’t want
him. Even when Waldheim gets some atten-
tion, it is embarrassing to Austrians' — as
when he cut a separate deal with Iraq’s Sad-
dam Hussein to gain the release of Austrian
hostages last year.
It is hard to pity Waldheim. According to
our sources in the United States arid Austria,
he brought the misery on himself. “He is not
a nice man,” one source said bluntly. “He’s
more like a head waiter, a maitre d’ on the
make.” And Waldheim is cheap. While at
the United Nations, he collected American
toilet paper to send back to his relatives in
Austria who liked the softer stuff. One
source said there were even plans to claim
the right to take with him some of the secret-
ary general’s furnishings when he left the
“But, while the guy is a colossal scumbag,
that does not mean he is a war criminal,”
said one critic who has extensively reviewed
the World War II documentation.
For years Waldheim claimed that he was
wounded on the Russian front in 1941 and
left the German army then. He later was con-
fronted with proof that he served as an intel-
ligence officer in the Balkans with a German
army unit that .was involved in Nazi
Waldheim pleaded loss of memory,
prompting one American talk-show host to
award him a prize from “Amnesia
In 1987, the U.S. Justice Department put
Waldheim on its list of “unwanted aliens,”
concluding that he was engaged in “activi-
ties amounting to persecution” of Jews,
Greeks and Yugoslavs. That scarlet letter
made it impossible for him to get a visa to
come to the United States. Some West Euro-
pean nations followed suit and shunned
That ostracism prompted many in his
homeland to rally around Waldheim; if only
briefly. In a sense they were rallying around
Waldheim has been slightly contrite. He
told the Israeli newspaper Haarctz.last yoar,
“I was wrong not to tell the whole truth right
at the beginning. I apologize that I did not
bring up the Balkan matter. I confess that
there was a mistake here.” But he has re-
mained adamant that he did nothing criminal
while with that unit.
The Austrian Foreign’ Ministry has col-
lected affidavits from Waldheim's contem-
poraries in the war who swear that he was a
good guy, “an active, liberal Catholic and
convinced anti-Nazi,” who “voiced defi-
nitely anti-racist views and had many Jewish
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Insisting he was
not offering bait to Saddam Hussein to pull
out of Kuwait, President Bush last fall began
to market the idea that the Middle East
would be a calmer place and the Arab-Israeli
conflict easier to solve if Iraq ended its
While saying Iraq’s annexation of Kuwait
would not be allowed to stand, the president,
in a United Nations speech in October, of-
fered Saddam the prospect of “new arrange-
ments” among the states in the Persian Gulf
region provided Iraq withdrew its troops
Since the kind of Mideast settlement Bush
hasfin mind involves Israeli WlTfidrawalTrom
at least part of the West Bank and Gaza, and
since he refers to East Jerusalem as “occup-
ied* territory,” the U.N. speech offered the
Iraqi‘leader the prospect of a partial Israeli
Arid yet, even if it was bait, Saddam did
not bite. He had to be blasted out of Kuwait.
Today in history
But soon after Iraq withdrew, Bush assigned
Secretary of State James A. Baker III to set
up a Middle East peace conference based on
the proposition that Iraq’s defeat had opened
a “window of opportunity.”
Israel, so the theory went, had less to.
worry about on its eastern flank.'Saudi Ar-
abia was ready to play an overt role in reduc-
ing tensions in the area. And all the parties
had had enough of war.
Three Baker trips later, the, president and
the secretary are in the midst-of plotting their
next moves. They veer from expressions of
pessimism to guarded optimism. Their op-
tions are limited. But they intend to keep
The question is what to do next besides
toss cliches around.
Send Baker back to lean onJsrael? Try for
a more limited peace conference, involving
only Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians? Pro-
claim a Bush plan and then challenge the
parties to accept or reject it?
Other options getting less attention in-
clude calling a conference on regional arms
control or scarce water supplies and hope
that Israel and the Arabs will cooperate on
mutual problems while building trust to
eventually make peace. -
Whatever Bush and. Baker conre‘up with,
there is little evidence that attitudes have"
changed in,the Middle East or that the region
is dilferent since Saddam was cut down.
Saudi Arabia. Kuwait and the other Per-
sian Gulf states have decided they arc not
interested in negotiating peace terms, with Is-
rael, although-they might be willing to dis-
cuss such regional issucs'as^Ttlcran'dTni?-
sile buildups at a later date.
The economic boycott maintained by the
Saudis and other Arab states against most
EDITOR'S NOTE: Barry Schweid has
covered U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East
for The Associated Press since 1973. "
1941: Hess parachutes into Scotland
Fifty ycarsXago, on May 10, 1941, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf
Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he said was a peace mission
to end World War II (Hess, was convicted of war crimes at the
Nuremberg trials after the war and was senterided to life in prison -
fop. (jfiQil- ° J HHl1 “ A'1 - — i-\
In 1774, Louis XVI ascended the throne of France.
In 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured the
British-held fortress at Ticondcroga, N.Y.
In 1818, American patriot Paul Revere died in Boston.
In 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson
Davis in Irwinville, Ga.
In 1869, a golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking
the completion of the first transconlinental railroad in the United
-States. -"——:-- —* r
In 1908, the first Mother’s Day observance took place during
church services in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia.
Today’s Birthdays: The former Speaker of the House, Carl Albert,
is 83. Actress Nancy Walker is-70. TV and radio personality fJnrv
OwUiitf is '55: Singer Duiiuvait B 4S.‘,01ympTc medalist skiers Phil
Mahre and Steve Mahre — twin brothers — are 34.
will be a
“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth
cometH knowledge and understanding.”
— ----* Proverbs 2:6
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