New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 27, 1994, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 27, 1994

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Friday May tolon tdflik with Managing Mark Lyon about Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Q U O T A B L The one invincible thing is a good book neither malice nor stupidity can crush George Moore author 1891 D I T O R I A L Kudos TheHeraldZeitung thanks the people who make Comal County a great place to live Everyone who lives in New Braunfels knows it is a place to live beautiful rivers parks neighbor hoods great entertainment and more But what really makes the quality of life special is the people who call New Braunfels home Thats why the regularly takes the time extend a special thank you1 to a few of the people and organizations whose good work has caught our eye And I we encourage readers to take part in this project If you know someone who deserves a write it down and bring it or mail to our office or call the newsroom at 625 19144 This weeks kudos go to The good folks at the New Braunfels Smokehouse who gave free dinners to foster parents May 17 to let jthem know their hard work and dedication is appreciated and respected during Foster Parent Awareness Month The owners of Beckys Cafe for sponsoring Cadette 3irl Scout Troop as the troop monitors the water of Dry Comal Creek Gaynes Productions Miller Genuine Draft BugA JMeister Pest Control The Music Source The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and KGNB JKNBT radio for sponsoring the free Concerts in the Park j series at Landa Park Thursday evenings And a pat on j the back for ourselves at the HeraldZeitung for also sponsoring the To local high school valedictorians Teresa Motycka jSusan Altum and Russell Burkey and Salutatorians Hollas Stacey Chase and Matthew Green whose hard work and dedication will make them put standing role models for future high school students Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger 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 250 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the i previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Brands flJSPS 377880 707 St cr Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Corral County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Broun fett HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Canier delivered in Corral andGuadalupe counties three months six months coe year Seraer Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only six months one year Mail fciivey ouJadcConiJ County in Texas tew rrewhs ssriieiifts one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who haws net received newspaper by pm Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6060846 tollfree for Seguin Marion Canyon Lake Bujverde and San Antonio by 7 weekdays or by 11 a4n on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HerattZeitung Draw er 311323 New Braunfds Tx 781311328 Bad music is impossible to escape Recently several alert read ers sent me a news item from the Houston Chronicle that struck a responsive chord in the upright piano of my brain i The item begins as follows SAN ANTONIO A man fed up with the repetitive strains of Pop Goes the Weasel from an ice cream truck attacked the hapless 67 yearold driver with an ice cream cone and a pickle jar police Here we have yet another argument for a manda tory fiveday cooling off period on the purchase of ice cream Because in this day and age there is NO EXCUSE for this kind of violent incident Just because a driver is operating a truck that repeatedly blares an annoying song over a loudspeaker in a public place that does not mean that we should attack him with dairy products and condiment con tainers We should use nuclear weapons Forgive me for sounding hostile but I am getting SICK AND TIRED OF LOUD INTRUSIVE MUSIC IN PUBLIC It is everywhere All the shop ping malls and restaurants and airports are riddled with lowfidelity loudspeakers which apparently have developed the ability to reproduce by them selves these are all connected to a special program ming service called Music That Nobody Really Likes and YOU CANNOT GET AWAY FROM IT For example recently I was in a shopping mall rest room and suddenly without warning the speaker started blaring out the inexplicable 1963 hit song by the Shrieking Nun Listen Mr or Ms Shopping Mall Manager I speak for all humanity when I say that when I am in your rest room I AM NOT IN THERE TO LISTEN TO A NUN Likewise Mr or Ms Airport Manager I dont go to your airport to listen to music I go there for the same reason as millions of other business travelers which is to be hassled by religious loons and find out that my flight has been canceled And as for you Mr or Ms Restaurant Owner I dont mind if while Im eating theres an actual musician somewhere in the background tinkling softly on a piano True story Many years ago I was at a party where a person named Walter actually did tinkle on the piano But that is not germane to this But WHY DO RESTAURANTS PLAY MUSIC SO LOUD THAT PEOPLE CANNOT COMMUNICATE WAITRESS GOOD EVENING MY NAME IS BETTY CUSTOMER DOES THAT COME WITH CLAM SAUCE And its just as bad when you go outside One afternoon I was at a beach along with hundreds of other people all of us enjoying a pleasant afternoon listening to the barely audible ping of solar rays ric ocheting off of our No Million Sun Block when some young men arrived with a boombox the size of my first house and of course it was playing music by Todd Tuneless And His Sounds of Ugly and of course it was turned up so loud that the Atlantic Ocean started going backward with waves rushing out to sea to get away from the noise You could see that a lot of the people on the beach were annoyed but nobody dared to say anything It was like a west em movie when outlaws ride into a small town and use their sixguns to make the terrified townsfolk lis ten to stupid music Finally I had had enough I am not ordinarily a courageous person but I stood up brushed the sand off my butt and decided that no matter what the personal risk I was eventually going to write a newspaper column on this topic That would have been a perfect situation for an invention conceived of by my dentist Stanley Krug man Stanley is always having ideas Hell be peer ing into a patients mouth trying to figure out if he can cram any more dental appliances in there or maybe even this is what dentists do for fun slip in a harmonica or a zucchini and suddenly hell have an idea and hell instruct the patient to rinse while he calls me up to tell me about it This particular idea involves a small but powerful transmitter that youd carry around When a person started playing a loud boombox in your vicinity or drove up in a car with one of those sound systems emitting bass notes so powerful that they cause big cracks to open up in the road youd simply press a button and the transmitter would send out a signal and the persons head would explode No that would be wrong Innocent people could be hurt by the shrapnel Stanleys actual idea is that the signal would cause the boombox to emit annoy ing static Of course theres always the danger that the kind of people who play loud ugly music in public would LIKE annoying static maybe it would be better if the signal caused the boombox to play Pop Goes the Anyway I think somebody should make a trans milter like this and send me one I think it should also have a feature whereby when youre driving you could point it at a car in front of you and press a but ton that would cause the cars radio eyen if it was turned off to shout at the driver in Gen Norman Schwarzkopfs voice IF YOURE GOING TO DRIVE 38 MILES PER HOI JR OFT THE HELL OUT OF THE PASSING LANE YOU Also it should be able to make the neighborhood dogs shut up Also the Congress You can rinse now Dave Barry is a syndicated columnist who writes for the Miami Felon loses suit against man who shot him FORT WORTH Texas AP A man serving a life sentence for assault on a police officer didnt quite get the million he hoped a jury would award him from the citizen who stopped the beating and shot him in the legs A Tarrant County jury not only gave Jesus Puentes nothing it ordered him to pay the officer million in punitive damages Puentes attorney Barry Johnson said he was disappointed because of the similarity between the case and one in New York in which a mugger won his civil suit that alleged police used exces sive force in arresting him Thai case provoked a national outcry last year The Supreme Court upheld a New York City jury award of million to a convicted subway mugger who was shot and paralyzed by transit police as he fled an 80yearold man he had just attacked We may be seeing the tide turn said Jim Lane lawyer for the Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Friday May 27th the 147th day of 1994 There are 218 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 27th 1937 the newly completed Gold en Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County was opened to the public On this date In 1647 the first recorded American execution of a witch took place in Massachusetts In 1818 American reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer who popularized the garment that bears her Analysis policeman In Tarrant County crime is starting not to In the Fort Worth episode the felon sued a resident who shot him as he fled the scene of the assault against the police officer The case began early one morning in 1990 when Lee Lively a Texas Util ities repairman from Decatur Texas pointed his truck headlights at the road side ditch and saw Jesus Puentes sitting on police Corporal Randy Whisen hunts chest and beating him severely court records say Whisenhunt who won two purple hearts in Vietnam uttered an almost inaudible cry for help Lively said Whisenhunt is now 47 and Lively 49 Lively snatched up the officers 357caliber revolver which was a few feet away He said he got to the gun just ahead of Puentes who took off running Although Puentes says he never heard it Lively says he yelled at the fleeing man to stop He didnt so I fired several shots at Lively said yesterday I aimed Two bullets hit Puentes in the back of his legs Lively held the gun on him until more police arrived ending what Whisenhunt said was the scariest sev eral minutes of his 14 years on the force Puenles sentenced to life in prison and fined last year for aggra vated assault on Whisenhunt sued Lively and TU Electric in 236th Dis trict Court alleging that Lively used excessive force Puentes sought million in dam ages in the Tarrant County case Whisenhunt said Lane now a Fort Worth city councilman took the case for free But the jury disagreed It awarded Puentes nothing on his claims ruled that he had assaulted Whisenhunt and ordered him to pay the officer million in punitive damages Such a reversal was possible because Whisenhunt alarmed that Lively could be punished for saving my entered the case with a lawsuit of his own Neither Johnson nor Whisenhunt said they expect any of the damages to be collected they said Although the utility company was removed as a defendant after the judge ruled that Lively was acting on his own TU nevertheless paid Livclys legal bills he said Court records say the incident occurred about on Feb 17 1990 after Whisenhunt slopped Fuentes on suspicion of driving drunk on Refugio Street in north Fort Worth Lively was called in because a utility pole had been knocked down pre sumably by Puentes car name bloomers was born in Homer In 1837 American gunfighter and frontiersman Wild Bill Hickok was born in Troy Grove 111 In 1933 Walt Disneys Academy Awardwin ning animated short The Three Little Pigs was first released In 1935 the Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act In 1941 amid rising world tensions President Roosevelt proclaimed an unlimited national emer In 1941 the German battleship Bismarck sank off France with a loss of lives In 1964 independent Indias first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru died In 1977 the City of New York fined human fly George H Willig one dollar and ten cents one penny for each of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center hed scaled the day before In 198S in Beijing representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997 Ten years ago At least a people died when a record overnight rain sent floodwaters up to six feet deep through the suwts of Tulsa Okla ;

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