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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVID Editor and Publisher JANINE Managing Editor Page 4A HeraldZtWung New Texas September 1991 HtPAldZeitung Published Sunday Thursday and Friday after noons by New Braunfels 707 Landa or Drawer New Texas Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels HeraldZeitung at New DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN Managing Editor CHERYL DUVALL Business Manager KAREN REININGER Classified Manager CAROL ANN AVERY Circulation Manager GUS ELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three six JO one Senior Citizens Discount carrier delivery six one Mail delivery outside Comal in three six one Mail out side Texas six JO one If you have not received your newspaper by Tuesday through or by call 6259144 or 6581900 by 7 and 11 Postmaster Send address changes to Drawer New Texas 781311328 EDITORIAL Dont let split vote lead to city divided New Braunfels was not well served by last weeks histrionics involving the city city employees and the mayor and city The episode climaxed with an executive session that apparently more resembled a kangaroo court than a meeting of the citys gov erning That executive session was preceded by an employees having He didnt like the way the city manager was doing his Reacting to Mayor James Goodbread assumed the role of private eye and conducted an investigation of the city managers alleged The results of that investigation the mayor then selectively reve Some city employees apparently were privy to it before some members of the council The executive session ended in a split vote with four members of the council expressing support for City Manager Paul Grohman and three voting to fire Several observations here The whole episode was poorly The secretive investi gation and the selectively premature revelation of the findings of that investigation are more reminiscent of what would go on among a group of middle school students than what we should be able to expect of those to whom we entrust decisions involving millions of dollars that belong to you and to There are many who find Paul Grohman The publisher of this newspaper has found himself among that number at But that Paul Grohman is an effective city Under his our city is well its services efficiently delivered at costs envied by the residents of other Texas communi New Braunfels city taxes have not increased in four And the taxing levels of other full service cities around us are from 2050 percent higher than those we Firing a city manager is not as simple as it Paul Groh man works under a severance pay agreement that would see him paid five months salary plus accrued sick and vacation time a total of about that he would be paid were he to be fired It would cost many thousands more to conduct a search to find a new city manager and get him ephemeral costs associated with the transition from one manager to another and with things that did or did not happen while the city was without a manager would push the cost still In firing the city manager would cost New Braunfels in tangible and intangible Because that is money that must come from your pocket and we should be very certain that those on the council who wish Paul Groh man ill wish so on the basis of more than just But Grohman is not He contends that the mayors circumventing him and going to city employees violates the city charter and constitutes a Whether or not that be its petty and serves no In striking Grohman only worsened the Those who precipitated the events of the past week should be prepared to shoulder the responsibility of already having weakened the The spirit of divisivencss they have created serves no one well and can only diminish if Ihe complaining employees dissatisfaction based on his or her being asked to be more productive than he or she wished to shouldnt Paul Grohman be rewarded rather than chastised Arent we paying him to seek higher produc tivity and thus to keep taxes our yours and mine to a minimum Those involved in the events of the past they have the best interests of the city and its people at should immediately put aside animosity and pettiness and find ways to work together for the benefit of If ibey cannot do they will hurt us all even more seriously Utowi they already Your representatives just lock public schools Heres a plan Lets do away entire ly with public as we do lets no longer make school attendance This newspaper and others throughout our state are filled every day with ongoing reports of the woes of our public School boards and school admini strators are struggling night and day to try and make ends The New Braunfels Independent School District has had to borrow million because state funds due the district have not been Trying to meet the mandate of a federal County Education Dis tricts have been formed to equalize education funding and thats going to cost us all a few more tax And on and back at who cares How long has it been since youve been to a PTA meeting Can you name all of your childs teachers Can you name any of your childs teachers Do you know what they each of David Sullens Im willing to bet that if you can respond positively to those youre in the as soon as the current school year is lets just lock the doors of all our public Private of will still be there for those who want their children to learn and are willing to support that desire with their Those who choose to send their children to school will be paying more for that privilege than they are now in the form of but there wont be any school taxes so that additional expense will be significant ly off And those of us who decide not to make our kids go to school will reap great financial Additional private schools probab ly will spring because there will be an increased demand once the public schools are And those already in operation will begin to The best of the public school teach ers will be hired in the course of that and the rest will have to find something else to That probably wouldnt hurt any students would be in school because they want to be Those who dont want to be in school can go ahead and enter the work obtaining the low INTUS HUMANS CANNOT ENSLAVED BY ANY Forum George Bush pf the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania 20500 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart 20510 Wheres our money Editor An open letter to Texas State Com ptroller John Sharp Since the Texas State legislature adjourned we of the New Braunfels Independent School District board have heard conflicting statements as to the exact date the NBISD and other school districts will receive their first check from the State of Texas for this school Please advise this writer by return mail on what date these school district will be sent to This is very vital to all of us this We were mandated to begin school five days which meant that the teachers were in their class rooms preparing for school at least to weeks prior to that date hence most have been working the entire month of as well as all of the admini strators and other Our payrolls must be met just as We have yet to receive any checks from the State of So far this year August and Sep tember 1991 NBJSD has borrowed from the bank to meet our financial We have fully met and implemented all of the state mandate and have one of the highest lest scores in the stale and a fully accredited conservative school district and community We do not misuse our We arc in the top ten per cent of all stale school districts in management of funds school per formance and The New Braunfels community has fully sup ported the schools in both dollars and volunteer lime and talents to the lunc of volunteers this year and still Our problem in simply not receiving the stale monies on lime to mcci our school year and financial We irusi you will review this mailer and advise us Thank you for your prompt DickRobinett NBISD Treaxurcr CCBD Vice President Letter policy The IleraldZeitung welcomes correspondence concerning topics of gen eral All letters must be signed and include an address and telephone number for verification purposes only the name and community of resi dence will accompany the letter in No anonymous letters will be Length is limited to 300 words and letterwriters to acceptance for publication only once per The newspaper reserves the right to refuse any letlcr as well as edit all The letters become the property of the Letters should be sent to New Braunfels Drawer New Texas or broughl to our offices at 707 A cleanup effort Editor I would like to comment on Emi Bryans letlcr which expressed her concerns as a resident living along River Thank you for your thoughtful we do need the Water Oricnied Recreoiion I live on ihc Guadalupe River bul in the cily limils of New have he same problem of some drunken tubers lossing trash of all kinds in our part of Ihc WORD docs not extend inio New The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department could per haps lake over the cleanup duties where ihc WORD jurisdiction ends ai ihc Grucnc Such a mammoth chore overtax the parks personnel already responsible for 13 from the Grucnc bridge to Lake thousands of people use the Guadalupe River each season wilh virtually no cleanup Could ihc cily and Cham ber of Commerce leaders come logcihcr and sponsor a river cleanup for all of Comal County Could ihc river ouifiucrs who use Cypress Bend Park also provide cleanup along this portion of the Guudalupc We need a more comprehensive approach lo mcci this WORD is only ihc Come river out fil show your concern for Ihe river you make your livelihood from by supporting WORD they clean up and make Uie river save for your Susan Curtis New Braunfels Sincere appreciation Editor I would like to express my sincere appreciation lo the Herald for the arti cle on Ihc Warncckc tradition that appeared in your newspaper on Sun Myra Lee Goff and Roscmaric Gre gory spend many hours researching the facis and deserve a loi of credit for writing such a professional I want to thank them for a job very well I havehad many comments about the wonderful tribute to ihc Warncckc family and to those who worked or visited Camp I hope the Herald will continue pre serving the heritage of New Braunfels through such articles as Marlena Schlather New Braunfels What Is the truth Editor I was horrified by District Attorney Bill Reimcrs teller to the editor Sun I certainly agree that Ihcre teller way lo dispense jus tice than on ihc sacrificial altar of a childs and 1 am writing to Judith Edmund Kucmpcl and Ann Richards requesting ihai they work toward enacting a video tape In the same issue of the I Page 6 A paying jobs theyre going to obtain once they flunk out And parents whose kids are in school will have a stake their money at the very least in getting involved in the education of their The students who did continue to go to school would be served by the cream of the crop And neither the students nor the teachers would be frustrated at having to deal with the antics of students who really didn t want to be But what about students who want an education but who come from poor families No The same legislation that does away with public as we know it can mandate that pri vate schools provide scholarships for a certain percentage of their enroll It would be kind of like the care now provided by hospitals for those who cannot What do you think Is this a work able plan or what David Sulleni it editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Emotions afflicts many By JOHN INGRAM Once the illness was called harden ing of the arteries or senility now its known as Alzheimers Disease as one patient described Old Tim ers Alzheimers now afflicts almost four million people one in twelve over the age of one in three over the age of 80 the annual cost for diagnosis and treatment runs to almost billion The disease gets its name from a German Alois who in 1906 discovered that the brains of Alzheimer victims are marked by two types of abnor called plaques protein Walker clumps intertwined with dead nerves and tangles clotted material inside damaged brain These tangles and plaques mark a predictable pattern of brain The first brain cells to die are in the limbic the area that controls emotion and Patients begin to have difficulty recalling recent Depression may set Next patients lose memory for past As the disease progresses the parietal lobes of the brain are involved result ing in paranoia and the inability to recognize places and peor Finally the destruction spreads td the motor concx so that patients have difficulty talking and No one knows what causes Alz Some researchers suspect a slowacting Other investigators implicate but increased aluminum concentrations in Alzheim ers victims may be the result of brain death and not its Increasing evidence points to a genetic defect on chromosome 21 the that generates betaamyloid protein the principal component of Alzheimer Unfortunately the cure for Al hcimcrs remains Because memory loss has been linked to a defi cit in a chemical that speeds information drugs that increase brain acctylcholinc levels may be THA or which slows the natural breakdown of acctylocholinc has improved memory in 3040 percent of Alzheimers Nerve Growth is another promising Several preventive techniques can be Research indicates that exercising the just as exercising the prevents Increasing your working crossword learning a foreign language anything that will stimu late the bruins nerve cells will retard Alzheimers Also maintain ing a healthy diet and avoiding exces sive alcohol intake can aid in Alz heimers Our aging popu lation mandates that we do all that we can to prevent the insidious develop ment of this devastating Walker U Medical Dirctlor of I1CA Mill Country Hospital anJ muinluins private iic prartiw in New
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