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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinion Thursday Feb Q U O T A The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market OHvorWendotlHoimaa Supreme Court justice 1919 EDITORIAL Wanted Your input Block scheduling public hearings offer opportunity for public input Beginning next week the New Braunfels Independent School District will begin hosting public hearings for par ents and district taxpayers on the proposed Accelerated Block Schedule proposed for New Braunfels High School District officials are planning to have these public hear ings at different locations hi order to make public input more convenient The districts board of trustees will consider the block schedule proposal at their Feb 22 meeting However before that meeting district officials would like to know how parents and citizens feel about the pro posal as well as listening to any ideas offered to them The block schedule concept is being considered after the state board of education approved a 24hour credit diploma plan The positive aspects of the proposal according to dis trict officials is improved attendance decreases in failure and dropout rates teachers will only teach three classes per day instead of five and teaching 7590 students per day instead of 125150 It is a big change from what the district currently employs For that reason parents and citizens of the dis trict should take an active role in that process Even if there is disapproval from some citizens at least they will be familar with what is taking place That is important Look for news regarding the date time and place for J these public hearings in coming editions of the Herald jZeitting And plan to take part Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 260 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 IffGW Braiinffels HeraldZeitung r J Editor and Sullens General DuVall J Managing Lyon j Advertising Davis Classified Reininger I Circulation Ann Avery j Pressroom Brandt t day by HcroldZeitung 707 Lancia or Drawer 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels in New Braunfels Texas USPS 377880 one yey six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in t side Texas months one year throughFriday or by 730jun on Siinday may call 210 6259144 or 210 tj Newcomers provide Texas welcome Marie Dawson The Newcomers Club of New Braunfels meets at the Comal County Senior Citi zens Center the first Tuesday of every month It is a non profit club dedicated to friendship fun and food as well as to the welfare of the community The organizations primary goals are to welcome new residents and Winter Texans to New Braunfels and to encourage them to join the club Many longlasting friendships have been made through the Newcom ers Club I know because I am one of them Eight years ago I moved to New Braunfels and knew only a handfull of people Ive come a long way and most of it is due to joining the Newcom ers Club and serving as president of that club in 1988 One of the most outstanding qualities of the club membership is their spirit of volunteerism They never stop Newcomers volunteer for bingo pool work maintenance Wurstfest chores homedeliv ered meals van driving special events and just about anything they are asked to do They are a terrific bunch of people and a tremendous asset to the community with 350plus members Newlyelected officers for 199495 are Lyla Hochanadel president Jim Clement 1st vice pres ident Mary McArthur 2nd vice president Lynn Trammell secretary and Ralph Wheat treasurer Outgoing officers arc Shirley Kellerman presi dent Lyla Hochanadel 1st vice president Paul Hammakcr 2nd vice president Minnie Bickman secretary Howard Schulz treasurer Each year the club sponsors fundraisers and donates the proceeds to various charities in the community This year at their Feb 1 meeting the member HaraldZoitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Representatives for the organizations who divided a total of from the Newcomers Club this year are from left back row Marie Dawson Senior Citizens Susie Garcia Community Service Karen Krleg Project Learning Victor Garcia Emergency Chlldrens Conley Thompson Teen Front row from left are Janet Brandt Habitat for RHa Kaufman Family Violence Merry Livingston Larry Leahy and Gladys Bartllng SOS Food ship made charitable donations to the Project Learning Tree Homespun Habitat for Humanity SOS Food Bank Hospice Teen Connection Com munity Service Center Family Violence Center Emergency Childrens Shelter and the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation The Newcomers Club was one of the first partic ipants and groups to volunteer as workers and as contributors in every way to help create our mira cle on Landa Street They continue to volunteer in all areas of the operation and to carry a lot of the load for every one Im proud to have been a past president of Newcomers and as current president of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation I am proud and pleased to accept their very generous donation to the Foundation All you new residents and Winter Texans come join the fun on first Tuesdays ajn social 10 am meeting Youll be glad you did Marie Dawson is a guest columnist writing exclusively for and about the Comal County Citi zens Officials Clinton set to lift trade embargo By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON Clinton is pruned to lift the 19year economic embargo on Vietnam administration officials say spurred by progress on the MIA issue and urged on by Clintons top advisers senators and business interests A memo on its way to the presi dents desk embraces a consensus recommendation that the embargo end the officials said Tuesday night Clintons advisers weighing in on the issue were Secretary of State War ren Christopher Defense Secretary Les Aspin and national security adviser Anthony Lake Some veterans groups and families of missing Americans want the ban to stand Analysis But Clinton is prepared as one official put it to check the right box in favor of resuming normal trade relations Other officials said Clinton has been leaning for weeks in the direction of ending the embargo as the best way to speed the search for servicemen unaccounted for from the war While there are varying views among Clintons advisers whether lift ing the ban would achieve that goal a majority do believe that a change on trade would improve chances for get ting more cooperation from Vietnam in determining the missing Americans fate the officials said However the administration is not ready to open a diplomatic office in Ho Chi Minh City a step that the Asian nation wants the officials said Washington imposed an embargo against North Vietnam in 1964 It extended the embargo to cover the entire country after South Vietnam fell to communist North Vietnam in 1975 Normalizing trade has been on the Clinton White Houses agenda since December when Assistant Secretary of State Winston Lord returned from Hanoi to report the communist gov ernment was cooperating in the search for some unaccounted for Amer ican servicemen from the Vietnam War In September Clinton relaxed the embargo by allowing American firms to compete there for development pro jects financed by international lending step urged by Ameri can businesses complaining that com petitors in other nations were getting the jump on them Boeing Co could sell as many as 80 passenger jets worth billion to Vietnam over the next 10 years a regional sales director for the Seattle based airplane manufacturer said this week The Senate last Thursday voted 62 38 to urge Clinton to end the embargo Several senators praised Hanois coop eration in giving the fullest possible accounting for the MIAs But MIA families dont think the cooperation has been Ann Mills Griffiths of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia said last week Accountability is purposely being Mills said Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Feb 3 the 34th day of 1994 There are 331 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Feb was the day the music died when a plane crash near Clear Lake Iowa claimed the lives of rockandroll stars Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens and JP The Big Bopper Richardson On this date lo 1690 the first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts The cur rency was used to pay soldiers fighting a war against In 1783 Spain recognized independence In 1809 the territory of Illinois was created In 1865 a conference aimed at ending the Civil War including President Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H Stephens took place on the River Queen off the Virginia coast In 1917 the United States broke diplomatic relations with Germany after the Germans announced a policy of unrestricted submarine war fare In 1924 the 28th president of the United States Woodrow Wilson died at his home in Washington at age 68 In 1930 the chief justice of the United Slates William Howard Taft resigned for health reasons In 1986 President Reagan appointed a12mem ber commission to investigate the Challenger disaster that claimed the lives of Uie entire crew In 1988 the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Anthony M Kennedy to the Supreme Court Ten years ago The space shuttle Challenger blasted off 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