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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Unicorns Girls Tennis Team advances at region New Braunfels The Plaza bandstand HeraldZeitung 10 Pages in one section Tuesday April Serving Comal County for more than 143 years of JESSICA RICHTER Vol 143 No 117 Inside Obituaries Stammtisch Birthday Wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jessica Richter nine Victor Martinez Jo Roberts George Padilla Eva Sauce do Vanessa Cabello Cody Erben 13 George Anthony Garcia nine and Johnny Rodriguez Happy anniversary to Brian and Michelle Hubertus Bye bye Bonnie Bonnie Thrasher longtime New Braunfels Post Office counter clerk leaves today for her new home in Florida She retired Monday after 14 years of service locally with the postal service and will be missed by thousands A retirement party was held last week which her coworkers family friends and post office patrons attended and she expressed her mixed sentiments of having to leave this wonderful town while looking forward to a relaxing future in the Florida pan handle Bonnie has family here so she plans to return often but her pres ence efficiency and good naturedness at the post office are missed already Famous last words Ill miss and Stay in line until called Chamber starts membership drive The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual membership drive starting with a kickoff luncheon on Tues day April 25 and ending with a wrapup on Thursday April 27 Fifty Blue Coat volunteers and prospective Blue Coats wll call on businesses for the 3day drive to tell the advantages of being a Chamber member According to Bill Morton Chair of the Drive The goal has been set for in new dues income and 100 new members We invite you to join our ranks and to take full advantage of the many member programs and services we Some of the Chambers pro jects include the annual Texas Legislative Conference Business Trade Show business counsel ing Leadership New Braunfels Dispute Resolution Center Busi ness After Hours in addition to the Industrial Development and Convention and Visitors Bureau activities Morton said It was the Chamber that took the challenge of planning financing and pro ducing the Sesquicentennial cel ebration as it did for the 25th anniversary the nations Bicen tennial and the states Sesqtii centennial in The drive is being held during Chamber of Commerce Week April In a Chamber 0f Commerce survey the New Braunfels Chamber ranks in the top 10 percent The average number of members for a city our size is 921 Our Chamber con sists of stated Morton A survey by the Chamber of Commerce shows that the New Braunfels Chamber ranks well above the average in a low percentage of total budget spent for administration and operations as opposed to the percentage spent on actual projects The sur vey shows the New Braunfels Chamber spends 45 of its bud get on programs and prpjects while the average chamber in cities of similar size spends only 30 of its income for projects Search and rescue Twentynine searchers two helicopters and three police dogs took part in a fivehour search yesterday Cola Wilson grandmother of threeyearolcUwins Bobby and Billy Neal reported the two youngsters missing from her home in the River Oaks subdivision near Highway 306 at about Monday The two boys were spotted by the pilot of a Department of Public Safety helicopter at about The boys had been playing in the woods and were found more than a mile from home At top Billy and Bobby sit on the hood of a Comal County Sheriffs Department car moments after being found as relieved searchers look on At left David Nunley and Ronnie Womack let a dog get the scent from a piece of clothing Above the boys are reunited with their father Bruce Neal HeraldZeilung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Hispanics bring lawsuit charging city election system discriminates By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Members of New Braunfels Mexican American community stood up to be counted at last nights city council meeting Cristina AguilarFriar brought a friendly lawsuit to the city council to ensure pas sage of Amendment 1 to the New Braun fels Plurality voting is not a new concept at Gloria Sasser Gloria Sasser asked the city council to delay approving another fiveyear contract for the Chamber of Commerce She announced the formation of a New Braun fels Hispanic Chamber of Commerce AguilarFriar Domingo F Herrera Sr and Yolanda H Longoria are the plain tiffs in the lawsuit It charges that the cur rent method of electing New Braunfels City Council unlawfully dilutes the voting strength of minority AguilarFriar charged that the city has not heeded the needs of the Hispanic com munity New Braunfels has been either reactive to problems and punished after the fact or has ignored problems existed at all AguilarFriar said This attitude has been felt in the Hispanic community that no one really she said Surely city council knows that the pre sent atlarge scheme of electing members minimizes the individual voting rights of AguilarFriar said This ulti mately violates my rights as an American Move meant to help charter amendment pass New Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also announced yesterday Newspaper and radio ads opposing Amendment 1 dismayed New Braunfels Hispanics said Sasser a member of the Charter Review Committee To the peo ple who are running these misleading ads you have no idea of the amount of hurt you have caused in this Sasser said I knew at the beginning that we were going to be sued win lose or said David Wallace Charter Review Commit tee chair The Hispanic community in New Braun fels seeks strength and unity AguilarFri ar said As the Hispanic community grows in New Braunfels we must strive to create a she said The only way we can effectively meet this objective is to estab lish six member districts and plurality vot Plurality voting is not a new concept at Sasser said The plaintiffs are ready to use every available resource to ensure that Amend ment 1 passes AguilarFriar said We feel it will ultimately give the equitable representation deserved by all Americans in the she said The Hispanic chamber is still in the organizational stages Sasser said At this point in time the Hispanics in this town need to get she said I dont normally participate in separatist movements but recent events have made We are only trying to unite the people in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and get them to join in with the rest of the com Gloria Sasser me feel that this was A Hispanic chamber is nothing but a said Ron Gonzalez of the Seguin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Seguins Hispanic chamber helped to get Hispanic voters out and helped to pass the Seguin half cent sales tax he said Sasser and AguilarFriar emphasized that the Hispanic chamber would seek cor porate sponsors at first not ask for city or greater chamber funds The Hispanic chamber is not to oppose but to work with the regular Gonzalez said We are only trying to unite the people in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and get them to join in with the rest of the Sasser said The idea of a Hispanic chamber is not a new one in New Braunfels Councilman Ambrosio Benitez said 1 do think we should have a Hispanic he said Anyone wishing to get in on the ground floor of planning the Hispanic chamber should contact Sasser she said Militias expect crackdown in wake of bomb By ROGER CROTEAU AND CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writers Members of the Comal County Constitutional Militia say they abhor the bombing that killed at least 86 people last week at a fed eral building in Oklahoma and they doubt there is any connection between the bombers and Right now politics are very dangerous for people who do not follow Clintons party Ann Utterback commander Comal County Militia the militia movement In fact they suspect the government itself may have planted the bomb in order to justify a crack down on the militia movement I have heard that from more than one said Melvin Kriewald deputy com mander of the Comal County Militia Its sort of far out not some thing I could say they did but I wouldnt put it past Joe Roland a San Antonio Militia member wrote in prepared statement that We should also consider that this atrocity may be another Reichstag fire staged by parties within the government for political effect Anyone who has investigated official corruption for a while knows that this possibility cannot be dismissed and must be Ann Utterback commander of the Comal County Militia said We absolutely feel outrage at what Members also dismissed any alleged connection between the suspects and the militia movement It has been reported that one of the men arrested in connection with the bombing attended meetings of the Michigan Militia There has never been anything but that the guy in jail went to a meeting or two and was kicked out for being too Kriewald said It is orchestrated too by the government by the president and the news media They would love to give us a bad name to keep people from joining the militias because they have no legal way of slowing us There is really no way to know if it has hurt us until the next Melvin Kriewald deputy commander Comal County Militia The Oklahoma City tragedy is now being used to attack the growing num bers of Americans who are aggrieved about govern ment corruption and abuse especially those who are banding together as mili tias for the protection of their Roland wrote They and their grievances are being dismissed They are belittled as people to interpret the con stitution Asked if he was concerned that the strident rhetoric distributed by the group could attract people who are unstable or capable of lash ing out against the government Kriewald said Certainly we think about that We have had undesirables that we have slowly weeded out and they have stopped coming to Kriewald said he does not know if news reports will harm the mili tia movement There will be a certain number of people who have been coming to meetings who wont be coming back because they are scared Its he said There is really no way to know if it has hurt us until the next That meeting will be held Tuesday May 2 at 7 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative He said about 90 people attended the last meeting and the group has a mailing list of about 300 county residents Besides its monthly meetings militia members also gather once a month with other area militias for military maneuvers Kriewald said they have not held military training in the county Kriewald said he has been disappointed in new reports that have labeled the militia movement as an extreme rightwing movement for its beliefs including many members belief in a conspiracy to form one world government We are part of the largest grass roots movement in America We made it possible for returning the House of Representatives to the Utterback said We are not terrorists What Mr Clinton is doing by demonizing patriots is very dangerous Utterback said the Clinton Administration does not have a com mitment to maintaining the constitutional guarantee of free speech Right now politics are veryjdangerous for people who do not fol low Clintons party she said In a letter to the editor printed in the HeraldZeitung in December Kriewald raised the possibility of armed revolt If this coalition can grow and blend together enough to make a large change in the 96 elections we may be able to avoid a revolution to get our country back It is our only chance as 1 see he wrote Kriewald still believes a revolution is possible It wont be start ed by the people It will be started by heavyhanded tactics of the gov ernment which has started with Ruby Ridge and He was referring to a standoff that turned bloody between agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and residents in Ruby Ridge Idaho and the Branch Davidian siege near Waco Kriewald called the ATF a renegade government He added that he doubts the suspects in the Oklahoma bombing will get a fair trial Thats for sure theyre not If the government had something to do with it in the first place especially Go back to the Branch Davidians trial in San Antonio Those people sure Weve got a constitution but they only use that constitution if it is convenient for Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said the county milina has caused no problems and does not seem to be a militant organization but more involved in trying to influence politics by working with in the system Coverage of the upcoming May 6 city and school elections Page 6
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