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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Friday March Opinion To talk with Managing Kdrtor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6269144 ext 21 Opinion What is the liberty of the press Who can give it any definition which would not leave the utmost latitude for evasion I hold it to he Hamilton 1757 Even Mondays are full at the Center D I T O R 1 A L Hold it for six months Parks Dept will save money but six months is too long to wait for a restroom The restroom at the Landa Park playground was 25 years old in poor repair and did not meet the requirements of the Ameri cans With Disabilities Act so there is no question it needed replacing The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Depart ment put the job out to bid but the bids came back much high er than expected In an effort to save taxpayer money the department decided to do most of the work inhouse and hire contractors for parts of the job it could not do itself The Parks Department should be com mended for taking on a project that it did not have to do but which will serve the public well However the old restroom was knocked down more than two months ago and all that has happened since is that the base mate rial has been put down and tested to ensure it is adaquately com pacted it The foundation should be put down shortly In fact the target date for completion of the project is midto late May Five to six months is too long for the construction of a bathroom In the meantime the busy playground is served by four plas tic portable toilets which are serviced twice a week Even in the winter the playground is crowded especially on weekends and especially with the nice weather we have had late ly Last Sunday a visitor could have seen several parents check out the toilets and not let their children use them The Parks and Recreation Department has several other projects it is working on including rebuilding the Union Street tuber exit and cleaning up after this weeks storm There is no question that the department is filled with hardworking capable employ ees The problem seems to have more to do with a lack of adequate resources to get the job done in a timely manner As the weath er gets warmer and the park gets more crowded those four por tapotties will become less and less appealing The city should make every effort to expedite the job 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 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 DuVali Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published in Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by ihe New ttwunjels HtraUZfiiunf USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Hraunfcls Coma Counly Tx 7813J I328 Second class postage paid by the New lirauii ffls HeraldZfitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Cumal and Guadalupc counties three months S19 six months S34 one year S60 Senior Discounts by tamer delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Cumal County in Texas three months six months we year Mail ouusidc Texas six months one year Subscribers who nave not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday by on Sunday may call 210j 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 tin Sunday BJSTMASWK Send address changes to the New Uraunffls HtraldZtitunii Draw er 311 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 Marie Dawson Beware the Ides of March It seems that this past week the weather has been most unpre dictable with rain unusually cold temperatures heavy fog and practically no sunshine It reminds me of a poem I knew as a about March winds bring April show ers which bring May flowers Does anyone remember that Anyway I thought the ground hog saw his shadow this so much for that theory Very few people I talk with remember that income tax deadline used to be on March 15 instead of April always think about that when income tax day rolls around and then I remember that Caesar was not the only one who needed to beware of the Ides of March On this Monday night March 6 even with dreary weather the Comal County Senior Center is full of light and sunshine There is 6 team bridge going on with eight tables and all those folks appear to be having a party and a fine time Andy Czarny is that very capable leader and teacher Andy has classes at the Center on Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays New Braunfels must be the bridge capital of the world Everybody plays bridge or is learning o play It is a challenging game and it is extremely popular with the Center groups This same night the Line Dancers are working out and learning new routines That music is quite live ly and entertaining Miriam Weiss is the talented organizer and director of those dancers and besides that she volunteers to help with meal service on Thursdays Now that is special and I promise we all appreciate that kind of help especially Susan Adams Monday night is square dance night too Thats an active their music calls and dancing fill the Center with gaiety and nostalgia Those are Monday night activities We have oth er dances and music at different times of the month Check your newsletter calendar for all those spe cial events Occasionally someone will just stop in and play the piano for awhile We like that and would like to encourage anyone who wants to play or sing or entertain in any way to just come on in We like it Now for a recurring theme The Thrift Shop needs volunteers and merchandise Anyone interested in helping out or donating some goodies to be sold please contact the Center 6294547 or the Thrift Shop We even do pickups and love the leftovers from garage sales Just remember the Senior Center when you are closing up or cleaning up It is time to mention what a terrific job Emily Riding is doing as our temporary Thrift Shop man ager As always she is doing an excellent job and still has time to horse around and be funny Everyone has fun at our at least they should The potential is always there and almost everyone is able to laugh at him or herself Thats probably the secret to the Centers success new activity around the Center is a begin ners oil painting group Betty McDermott is the teacher and all her students think she is fantastic Her class meets Mondays Betty is a very talented artist and we are fortunate to have some of her paintings at the Center All you seniors who have longed to paint all your lives but didnt have need to come down and join If enough people are interested we can start other such classes Just let us know In the newsletter this month I forgot to include the wish list The Center would love to have two of three really good substantial card tables for the recep tion area People like to gather there from time to time and play a friendly game or two of cards or just and drink coffee The current card tables are pretty unstable and that just wont do for our seniors I hope everyone survives the windy month of March and is looking forward to St Patricks Day Plan your St Patricks Day lunch at the Who Patrick himself may show up Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident who writes exclusively about senior citizens wiuaforaen Governorfrom a aw southern wfifi a record aid Guard dogs protect sheep from wily coyotes DENVER AP The coyote that scourge of the Western sheep grower has written another page in the battle of wits between man and predator Growing in number since antipreda tor poisons were outlawed 23 years coyotes are working in groups of four to eight deploying decoys to lure away guard dogs while others move in on the flocks Instead of one or two coyotes com ing at the herd you sec one or two coyotes drawing off the guard dogs and the others come in to kill the said Steve Rafiopoulas of Craig whose family runs one of Col orados largest sheep operations and whose losses to coyotes and other predators run well over a year Although there has been no official population count on coyotes for more than 20 years sheepmens losses arc climbing officials said The latest slate figures for 1990 pegged Colorado sheep losses to predators at We arc noticing where the dogs work all nighl to protect the band the coyotes will come in the daytime while the dogs arc tired and trying to Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Friday March 10 the 69th day of 1995 There arc 296 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On March 10 1876 Alexander Graham Bell made whal was in effect the first telephone call His assistant in an adjoining room in Boston heard Bells voice over the experimental device say Mr Watson come here I want On this date In 1496 Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the West ern Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola Analysis Raftopoulas said Its a whole differ ent plan of action the coyotes arc Sheep growers depend more heavi ly on guard dogs Professor Bill Andclt a predator specialist with Colorado Stale Univer sitys Deparlmcni of Fishery and Wildlife Biology said a survey in 1986 showed 24 Colorado sheep producers using guard dogs Now he said 10 limes that number rely on guard dogs In Andelts 1993 survey 96 percent of the sheep operators using guard dogs recommended iheir use to other sheep producers Guard dogs cost or more each the number used by sheep growers depends on whal they can afford Two damn sure helped us bui four is twice as gtxxl and six is said Randy Campbell a sheep rancher and guard dog breeder in Eagle Counly Campbell raises Akbash guard dogs Rafiopoulas uses six or seven guard dogs per band of 900 to sheep The coyote problem has accelerated since poisons were outlawed and Ihe price of coyole pelts plummeted from about in the early 1980s to under today discouraging trappers and hunters The federal Animal Damage Control Unit has been effective in trapping the worst coyote killers That agencys budget is faced wilh downsizing along with demands from urban areas lhat dilute its ability to help stockmen About 10 years ago Colorado sheep men began turning to guard dogs to prolect their flocks The Great Pyrenees breed was an early favorite but now many sheep growers prefer the white Akbash which has been guarding sheep in Turkey since before the lime of Christ John Jewell of Sill swears by the Akbash He also swears that the coyote population has doubled in his area He runs about producing ewes and has about lambs each May and June I losi 130 lambs last almost all to coyotes and a few to mountain Jewell said He pastures his sheep up in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area during the sum mer Last year he lost 23 lambs out of to predators Several years ago he lost 250 head of sheep Jewell bought his Akbashes from Campbell and his wife Julie Our oldest dog is Abe Hes 14 or 15 now but he chased and caught a coyote the other Hansmire said The Akbash range in weight from 90 to 140 pounds and stand 29 to 32 inch es at the shoulder she said They look somewhat like a Great Pyrenees but there is a greyhound influence with more of a slender build Ive seen them run and jump a 6foot she said J Paul Brown president of the Col orado Wool Growers Association said most of his peers do nol want to erad icate Ihe coyote just to control the sheep killers Welfare he calls them because they are too lazy to chase down swift jackrabbils Coyotes do a lot of good in killing prairie dogs and rabbits and keeping those population down Its those ones lhat like lamb chops those are the ones we want to take care Brown said for Spain In 1629 Englands King Charles 1 dissolved Parliament he did not call il back for 11 years In 1785 Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France suc ceeding Benjamin Franklin In 1848 the Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupc Hidalgo ending the war with Mexico In 1864 Ulysses S Grant became commander of the Union armies in the Civil War In 1880 he Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England In 1894 New York Governor Roswell P Flower signed the nations first doglicensing law The license fee for a dog was two dollars renewable each year for one dollar In 1948 the body of ihe anticom munist foreign minister of Czechoslo vakia Jan Masaryk was found in the garden of Palace in Prague In 1949 Mildred E Gillars whod made wartime broadcasts for the Nazis as Axis was convicted in Washington of treason She served 12 yean in In 1965 Neil Simons play The Odd starring Walter Malthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Unger opened on Broadway In 1969 James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis to the assas sination of Martin Luther King Jr Ray later repudiated that In 1980 Scarsdalc Dicl author Dr Herman Tarnowcr was shot to death in Purchase Jean Harris convicted of murder served nearly 12 years in prison before being released in January Ten years ago Soviet leader Kon stantin U Chcrncnko at the Kremlin helm for just 13 months died at age 73 his death however was not announced until the next Five years ago Haitian ruler Lt General Prosper Avril resigned dur ing u popular uprising against his mil iUiry regime   

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