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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVI AMlft JIM October IN Forum LITTIH POLICY TheHtnldZeltung welcomes All letters should be sign or telephone The newspaper reserves the Utters should be sent to New Brtuntels Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at 707 What nootfs to bo done Utter to the Editor The City Council on first and se cond readings unanimously approv ed the offpremises billboard or dinance segment prepared by the self appointed sign builders and users A well planned and well executed program has provided the sign company owners with what they and permits for a con siderable number of billboards will be obtained after the third reading and after termination of the Some businessmen seem to have a genuine interest in preserving and improving the downtown business The erection of more billboards in this area would cer tainly work against this The proposed ordinance would allow billboards on one side of Comal Street and also along some other key downtown Apart from the desire to preserve the center of offpremise signs are simply not an appropriate addition to the buildings and natural features there One effective and simple way to avoid trashing the downtown area with signs would be to establish a Historic District tailored to fit com munity This would Involve strictly limited goals for a strictly limited Some degree of leadership must be shown either by City Council members or by local businessmen to protect the central The response from these two elements so far has been to either not act at all or to actually help the sign com pany It is clear that a gentle letter from the garden clubs opposing signs generally or discus sions by isolated concerned citizens alone can not do what needs to be Allen Autrey New Braunfels Tourists servo purpose Dear As residents of New we have all encountered tourists at least It is easy to resent them for coming to our The tourists seem to take over New Braunfels at We see them crowding our favorite river our the and Sometimes we become irritated while driving behind a car full of They can never master our Their biggest difficulty is driving downtown around our Main It is not complicated to but it confuses the They either want to turn the wrong direc or else they get trapped in the inner lane of the circle and cannot They will also stop their car in the middle of the road to ask direc It seems that their most popular question Ho do we get to Krauses for some of that good German food I used to love to go to the Schlit terbahn and the Chute before they became so Those places are usually too crowded with outoftowners to have much Landa Park is another area that tourists like to A couple of weekends my family and I went to the park to have a We had a difficult time trying to locate a vacant picnic I did not recognize anyone there as being from New As you have probably experienc tourists can be a We have to cope with them when we want to go out and enjoy our own Although tourists may In convenience us at they do serve a good Many people here rely on tourists to support their my family was one of My parents used to own an an gallery In downtown New Most of the customers were visitors from out of Because the tourists nourish the businesses we can enjoy our shops and restaurants that might otherwise be out of We have many antique water and I think that we should realize how for tunate we are to live in a place that other people nock to for the Tourists are beneficial to New They not only remind us of the beauty that we live but they are also necessary for the livelihood of this New Braunfels would not be what it is to day had it not been for the I think we should give the tourists the respect they Dorinda Krlewaldt Tragedy too graphic Dear Today was no exception another tragic accident photograph plastered across the front I wish you would go back a year ago and count how many car wrecks and dead bodies you have given us to Is this what the people of New Braunfels really want to see Is it possible that these events need not be reported quite so graphically Are you taking your cues from what TV news thinks we need to see Do people in general really want to focus on tragic events as primary news With current media coverage of tragedy and disaster our op portunity for grief and suffering has taken a quantum If watching all this would inspire us to find ways to make a better then perhaps it is worth see ing in the way it is But if we only want to watch or look out of morbid curiosity with no personal commitments to doing anything about then it serves no When you graphically portray so meones misfortune on your front what is your purpose in doing so If you are giving us so many car wrecks to inspire us all to safer please state that is what you are doing so that some people like me wont wonder if you arent just trying to appeal to morbid Pat Germain Canyon Lake Drainage ordinance bad deal Dear I oppose the drainage and emergency The actual statistics do not show there is a clean and present In there is a subdivision or dinance on the books now that more than protects the public from any real or There is also a product on the market porous which has been tested for 15 years in Europe and will eliminate all of these problems in years to I urge you to examine the history of this ordinance and committee writing Look at why it was HvraldZtltung Published Sunday Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels 707 Landa or Drawer New Texas Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels HeraldZeitung at New DAVID KRAMER Editor and Publisher JIM WEBRE Editor DEBORAH LA WHENCE SANDI MUTTER Retail Advertising Manager CHERYL McCAMPBELL Classified Manager CAROL AVERY Circulation Manager MA GGIE LOMBARDO Composition Foreman GUSELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery in Blanco and Kendall counties three six one Senior Cititens Discount carrier delivery onlyl six one Mail delivery outside Comal in Texas three six out Hail outside six one If you have not received your newspaper by Tuesday through or ky call U59H4 or 591900 by and II Send address changes to Drawer New Teuu Mike Royko Sleaze but please dont stop Ive been sitting here trying to count the number of times some political operatives have slipped me nasty information about a rival can I quit counting at about Thats part of politics and the news Politicians of their flunkies dig up something on an Then they leak it to someone in the news If it turns out to be factual and it winds up in print or on the This has been going on as long as there have been politicians and printing presses in this So I dont understand why there is suddenly such a big flap because some of Michael Dukakis campaign workers blew the whistle on Joe Biden strange habit of filching other peoples They provided three news organizations with tapes of one of Bidens speeches that was vir tually identical to a stirring speech given earlier by Neil a British and other revelations of caused Biden to end his Now some pundits are writing that Dukakis campaign may be in trouble because it turns out that some of his campaign aides were the ones who snitched on If thats the next logical step is to deter mine who snitched on Dukakis people for snit ching on Biden and to declare that these snit chers are now in It could get that silly in this the era of the character Guest column The act theres nothing wrong If they had leaked something that had been if they had spread lies about But they The tape showed exactly what Biden has said about his ancestors being coal miners and Biden being the first person in family to go to which wasnt And the tape showed everything Kinnock said much earlier about his ancestors being coal miners and Kinnock being the first person In his family to go to which was Nothing had been This wasnt a case of dirty as some of Bidens supporters have been If words that werent Bidens had been dubbed or the tape rearranged to distort Its It would have been a dirty But all they did was pass along evidence that Biden was kind of careless about where he lifted his stirring we can debate whether what Biden was really all that After when you steal phrases from John Kennedy or Robert Ken youre really stealing from their hired But the reality is that Biden wound up looking and thats fatal in presidential And apparently or his were compulsive about It went almost un but even in Bidens withdrawal he wound up lifting phrases from John Steinbecks The Grapes of The guy just cant You might ask an obvious question about ethics If Dukakis people wanted to blow the whistle on why didnt they just have Dukakis hold a press conference and show the tapes Why did they have to furtively slip the tapes to news organizations Wouldnt that have been the honorable way to do in the openn But I didnt say that what they did was honorable or manly or straight 1 just said it wasnt what they did was a bit sleazy Kind of Its always sleazy and contemptible to badmouth someone behind his whether politicians do or neighbors or people who work In the same sleaze Is part of And it has certain acceptable boundaries And passing along something that Is truthful and factual falls within these boundaries So youll probably read something by one of the lofty political pundits In saying that Dukakis character Is now questionable because of the way his people snitched on But you can bet that while the pundit was writing those his phone rang and so meone said I can give you something juicy about candlcate but you got to keep me out of Deal How contemptible of slip me the The disheartening facts about teen suicide JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Statt District Ji In recent there has been much discus sion about the special problems facing todays illicit and physical and sexual abuse are the main but there is one tragedy which receives little attention Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people age 1524 In In there were 422 youths who killed Just 20 years there were only 104 such deaths in our The statistics nationwide are no less In there were Less than 20 years there were suicides among this group in the United young men tend to commit suicide at far greater rates than young Nation in the rate for males age 1524 was per while it was only for females in this age These compiled by the National Center for Health are the hard and disheartening facts about youth The troubling statistics compelled the 70th Legislature to pass House Concurrent Resolution which I sponsored in the Senate and Frank Collazo DPort Arthur carried in the House of The Legislature also passed HB which will facilitate implemen tation of the HCR 168 directs the Texas Education Agency to study the causes and factors contributing to youth It also directs TEA to study for all grade levels the essential elements in the cur riculum dealing with decision stress com munication selfesteem and effective education to determine the effect these concepts may have on youth The study also will include recommendations for the training of counselors and administrators to help them recognize the factors that may contribute to youth Under HB the State Board of Education was given more authority over inservice train In tandem with HCR HB 1619 gives TEA specific direction for providing school districts with the materials and information on youth suicide prevention to ensure that districts are able to offer training in this critical area to their TEA anticipate they will have these materials ready for distribution to all school districts by the all of Officials already are working on the preliminaries for the study mandated by HCR FisMiingsof the study must be reported to the 7ist Legislature which in January im ColUio aad I will devote time during the In terim to participate in study aad to develop relevant Youth suicide must be By develop ing a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of at risk young we can help decrease the number of such dramatically the HCR 168 study will result In the development and implementation ol such a In researching this we discovered that unless school personnel have dealt with an In dividual or cluster their district Is unlikely to have policies or procedures for deal ing with such a situation The HCR 168 study will give school districts a tool for answering the cries of these troubled It has been said that the future of our children is the future of us We must ensure that we provide our children with a bright future and a means of coping when problems of assur ing them that suicide simply is not a viable op In there has been a tremendous volunteer effort to help address the problems of these children Help is now as close as the By calling at troubl ed youngsters can talk to a trained counselor from 6 to All calls are confidential It is efforts such as these that as a com must applaud and All parents and educators should appreciate the time and I thai gnaf nrtalrtM m Support Comal Countyo ComFund 87 Thanks to 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