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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A Tuesday Feb talk with Managing Iditof Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 QUOTA It is harder to kill a whisper than even a shouted Mary Stewart English novelist 1979 D I T O R Cure for boredom Parks Guide is filled with ways to keep kids busy this summer Mom Im How many parents hear that complaint every summer During the summer break from school children can have trouble filling their days and parents are subjected to the whinine of bored little ones But it doesnt have to be that way not in New Braunfels Armed with the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recre ation 1995 Program Guide the wily parent can find a way to fill the summer with fun and educational activities Of course Landa Park has a playground train two swim ming pools picnic areas a free wading pool paddle boats fishing a nature trail miniature golf and more But beyond that the city has provided yet another year filled with special programs for kids A dozen Natures Way programs are scheduled for the year There is also a canoeing program historical park tours Discovery Camps Jr Ranger Camp nature hikes Its Wild Wildlife Detective Animals Animals Animals Creature Features Childrens Hour Camp Thunderduck tennis lessons punt pass and kick concerts in the park swimming lessons and much much more To get a copy of the guide and start planning your summer now pick one up at the parks office 110 Golf Course Road between 8 and 5 Monday through Friday or call 6082160 The guide is free but the ideas if provides are priceless Roger Croteau is city editor of the 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the 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 Genera DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Bruunfek HeraldZeimg USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Broun fek HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months 19 six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New HeraUZeitung Draw o 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Discover Texas literary heritage Craig Hammett In John Graves classic book Goodbye to a River the author tells a story of Comanche war riors long since resigned to the reservation who seek a favor of their old friend and nemesis Charles Goodnight the famous cattle baron of West Texas The Comanches request a buffalo one of a handful the old rancher still keeps on his spread In his book Graves writes They ran it before them and killed it with arrows and lances in the old way the way of the arrogant centuries They sat on their hors es and looked down at it for a while sadly and in silence and then left it there dead and rode away and Old Man Goodnight watched them go sadly In Goodbye to a River Graves recalls the leg ends of the pioneers and Comanches all the while traveling in a canoe with his dog down the Brazos River He explores the sights the sounds and the feel of the river both past and present afraid that one day this type of journey will not be possible Now there is an opportunity to learn more about Texas writers and their works of various journeys of Texans amid this diverse land The Southwestern Writers Collection at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos has been open only a few years but a new traveling exhibit will soon be making its way across the state The exhibit titled No Traveller Remains is running through April 4 on the top floor of the Albert B Alkek Library at SWT It explores the different journeys of our recorded his tory from Cabeza de Vaca the Spanish soldier who wrote of his exploits across the Southwest in 1555 La Relacion to Larry McMurtrys Lonesome Dove a PulitzerPrize winning novel that spawned one of the most popular TV miniseries of all time Because I never read any stories by Texas authors in school I didnt realize they existed until I happened to read an exerpt from Goodbye to River several years ago Something clicked I could relate not only to the setting but to ideas of this book I do remem ber reading the classic Old Yeller by Fred Gipson but never realized he lived in Mason In the past few years I have learned there is an end less supply of stories by Texas authors and not always about Texas One can find almost any genre or subject from Sarah Birds depicition of women in the southwest to the rich Hispanic culture told in With His Pistol in His Hand by Americo Paredes These stories tell more than the Hollywood depic tions of John Wayne which I They tell of a Texas that is changing constantly and how its people adjust to this change Sadly many Texas young sters do not know the writings of their own tales of this land told by its people In high school we studied the basics of Chaucer and Shakespeare great English writers who laid the foundation for many works today But it was so hard to understand them and boredom often set in We studied Mark Twain and William Faulkner great American even Southern writers in their own right who brought the settings and the feelings of the South to American homes But the closest we ever came to Texas was often when our history books mentioned the Alamo in a few paragraphs And this was not a true literary study of writers and their works both how and why the write what they do I realize the major book companies only produce texts that can be transported to many states and to print many copies of some Texana books may not go over well in Kansas But I would like to think teachers could encourage their students to read some of these works like those featured at the Writers Collection They are not that hard to find in bookstores or any library If you cannot make it to see the Southwestern Writers Collection or see the traveling exhibit pick up a book by a Texas author some time and discov er a world as I did a world both very new and very familiar Craig Hammett is a staff writer for the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung and a native eatvour mm aiPGEi mim mm w wmm mm KCOA i Black Republican and in the spotlight WASHINGTON AP Hes black hes Republican and he doesnt much care what anyone thinks of that As racially charged issues explode around him Rep Watts exudes serenity I am what I says the 37year old Oklahoma freshman I reserve the right to have my own Even before he arrived last month as part of the 73member freshman class Watts was well known in GOP cir cles He had been a college football star he had been elected to statewide office and he had seconded George Bushs nomination at the Republican convention in 1992 It was the prover bial meteoric rise to the top of a party he only joined in 1989 Now hes in the congressional spot light lending credibility to the new Republican majority as it rushes head long into racially delicate areas such as welfare reform affirmative action and social program cuts The partys highprofile catch is a married churchgoing father of five a youth minister a Special Olympics board member a former quarterback who played Canadian football after Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Feb 28 the 59th day of 1995 There arc 306 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb some 50 slavery opponents met in Ripon to call for creation of a new political group A second meeting was held March 20 and by July the new group was for mally known as ihe Republican Party On this date In 1827 the first railroad char tered to carry passengers and freight the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated In 1844 a 12inch gun aboard the Analysis leading the Oklahoma Sooners to two Orange Bowl victories Watts was chairman of the Okla homa Corporation Commission a powerful board that regulates gas oil and other utilities He is interested in small business and defense issues and has lobbied hard to save three military installations in his 69 percent Democ ratic 83 percent white district Perhaps inevitably however Watts has been pressed into service as a wel fare reform spokesman for the nation al GOP and its huge freshman You cant save money you cant own property theres no opportunity the mother cant marry the father of the children without being penalized Thats where we are in this Walts summed up recently at a fresh man event Watts supported the GOP repeal last week of an affirmative action program for broadcasters calling the program wellintended but gone As for affirmative action in general he said in an interview I guarantee you that it has benefited more white females than it has black Republicans spent last week cutting money from social service programs especially important to poor and low income Americans Black lawmakers were apoplectic By weeks end Rep Gary Franks of Connecticut the only other black Republican in the House was warning his party against waging war on the Watts however defended the Repub lican action plan The saying goes that no one is more zealous than a convert Watts said he felt GOP stirrings as early as 1980 when he was a college journalism major covering a debate between two Senate candidates At that time I was a diehard Demo Watts told the Republican National Committee last month I left the debate totally confused because I agreed with that Republican a whole lot more than I did the Watts his two brothers and his three sisters were brought up in Eufaula Okla Their mother was a homemaker their father a minister They were all Democrats Walls uncle headed the Oklahoma NAACP for 16 years The new congressman says he was not spared the downside of being black in America There is nobody in the 104th Congress thats been called nig ger more limes than he said in an interview He recalled he times he was forced lo sit in Ihe balcony of ihe local movie theater and the day his father and uncle raised Cain at the local pool because black children werent allowed to swim there The experiences that led others lo become liberals led Walts to become a conservative But hes noi on a mission to win converts I am not concerned with anybody else changing their reg he said Im not in this busi ness to get other blacks lo become Nor is Walls planning to join the Congressional Black Caucus which is completely Democratic except for Franks He said his absence gives everyone more flexibility to follow our Walls does not rule out a role as a bridge a voice of reason amid the shouting USS Princclon exploded killing Sec retary of Stale Abel P Upshur Navy Secretary Thomas W Gilmer and sev eral others In 1849 ihe ship California arrived at San Francisco carrying the firsl of he goldtsckers In 1861 the Territory of Colorado was organized In 1951 the Senate crime investi galing committee headed by Esles Kefauver issued a prelimi nary report saying at least two major crime syndicates were operating in the United Slates In 1974 the United Slates and Egypt reestablished diplomatic relations after a sevenyear break In 1975 more lhan 40 people were killed in Londons Underground when a subway irain sped past iis final stop and smashed inlo the end of a tunnel In 1986 Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to dcalh in central Stockholm In 1993 a gun bailie erupted near Waco Texas when Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents tried lo serve warranls on ihe Branch Davidi ans four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51 day standoff began Teh years ago Ailing Soviet Pres ident Konstantin U Chernenko made his second television appearance in four days as he was shown receiving his credentials from the Russian Republics parliament Five years ago The space shutlle Allantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral on a secret mission to place a spy satellite in orbit One year ago Two F16 light er jets downed four Serb warplanes thai UN officials said had bombed an arms plant run by Bosnias Muslimled government Lorena Bobbin was released from a stale mental hospital in Virginia five weeks after she was acquillcd by reason of insanity of muti lating her husband John Todays Birthdays Actor Charles Durning is 72 Svetlana Alliluycva daughter of Josef Stalin is 69 Actor Gavin MacLeod is 64   

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