New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 30, 1995, Page 5

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 30, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday April 30 Contact state officials about preventing child abuse Dear Editor Thank you for your articles on Child Abuse Prevention month I would like toencourage members of our community to get involved in this struggle Certainly organizations like Family Outfeach are an invaluable service to our county As a member of Family Outreach I would like to see our volunteer base grow Realistically however I know how busy we all are New Braunfels has many worthwhile organizations and citizens may find it difficult to vol unteer for every worthwhile cause Here is something we call all do adults and children too members from across our It shouldnt take more than a few min utes and the cost of a postage stamp Please write your Texas legislator and urge them to support child abuse prevention programs Programs like Family Outreach help families leam better parenting skills how to deal with stress and alternative forms of discipline Child abuse is epidemic in our country and it is PRE VENTABLE Prevention is also more costeffective than the alternative solu tions of medical assistance social ser vice assistance and caring for prison inmates all of which can result from being an abused child Writing your legislator and other government officials from county to federal government is easy and it Jmakes a difference Please help to Imake that difference because It shouldnt hurt to be a i Sincerely Cynthia Foster Hispanic chamber positive move for New Braunfels i Dear Editor J The New Braunfels Chamber of jCommerce is doing an excellent job in promoting visitors and tourism to our jcity The Hispanic business commu inity in New Braunfels is establishing ithe New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber jof Commerce Membership will be open to everyone Our announcement Jat the City Council meeting on April 24 resulted in being painted with too tbroad a This announcement Jwas perceived as divisive and as a counterproductive attempt on our to separate ourselves from the community A pledge of cooperation through passage of NAFTA means potential from otir neighbors to the south It means more and more of their discretionary income will be funneled into this com munity Increased retail endeavors visitors and tourism are sources to be explored With our knowledge of the Mexican culture and bilingual abili ties we are at a distinct advantage to increase our entrepreneurial skills and abilities Our purpose for having a separate chamber is not to conflict with the goals of the New Braunfels Chamber it is to join hands for the betterment of our city and to have equal representation in all aspects of business and economic development Enhancing the tourist trade will increase taxes and gen erate revenue to support libraries and recreational facilities for our youth I am currently a member of the His panic Chamber of Commerce in Seguin and see a strong need to estab lish the Hispanic chamber here I have seen the success of the combined efforts in Seguin and I know that it will work here as well We have untapped resources at the tip of our fingers and this is the perfect time to form a chamber and put those resources to work Our goal is to mainstream these resources and our energy for the betterment of down town New Braunfels the Outlet Cen ters and Historic Gruene With the combined efforts and the fledgljng Hispanic chambers enthusiasm only positive things can result from this Ijoint venture For more information contact Ron Gonzales Thank you Ron Gonzales New Braunfels Early intervention best remedy for juvenile crime Dear Editor For the past 6 years I have served on the 6member Texas Youth Com i mission the agency which handles more than juvenile criminals a I ones who fail at the county level and graduate to the state sys tcm I have studied and listened and talked to people about juvenile crime I have focused on it I have formed educated opinions about it And I have some concerns about the way we as a state and as a nation are addressing the problem Public safety is critical You and I must be protected from aggressive assaultive criminals Kidswho com mit adult crimes must be held accountable for their criminal behav ior They must be incarcerated at the appropriate level of security And we must program for them while they arc incarcerated Other wise they are worse when they come out Recidivism is reduced when kids get specialized offender programs sex offender pro grams alcohol and drug and appropriate and sufficient after care parole We must keep kids from ever get ting to the Texas Youth Commis them from kidnapping raping and killing people For the next 20 years we must deal with both ends of the system the front and the back It will be expensive It will be difficult to get funding We do not have the luxury of ignor ing all the atrisk children who are newborns to 15 years old wiping the slate clean and initiating the perfect prevention program Because those already are hurting people killing people and generally ruining their lives every day So we have to work with them to do damage control incarceration habilitation rehabilitation preserva tion of the public safety But we will not win the battle until we decide we cant afford to ignore the warning signs in kids lives screaming at us Its not sound economic policy There are hundreds of prevention programs cataloged in the Office of Prevention of the TYC Programs have been developed to deal with poor nutrition substance abuse child abuse spouse abuse school dropouts preparation for independent the list goes on Communities have developed their own The private sec tor social service agencies have devel oped theirs No one has a corner on effective prevention But its hard to get money for keeping kids from entering the criminal justice system Its hard to document prevention We have to get tough on juvenile the front end and the back end But the only way to make a real difference is to do everything we know to do to intervene at eVery ear ly warning sign that a child is at risk of failing to become a productive lawabiding citizen In short the only approach with a chance of success is to prevent kids from turning into crim inals Marilla King Vice Chairman Texas Youth Commission Austin Donations of blood needed to offset financial burden Dear Editor The New Braunfels Jaycees recent ly lost one of its fine members Vir ginia Eureste We all knew Virginia as a good friend coworker family member and fellow Jaycee Virginia had been ill for quite some time She was a city employee who worked at the Animal Shelter and due to her illness was not insurable At the time of this writing Virginias family suf fers a great financial burden and the MB Jaycees ask that you help us to help them in relieving this financial burden I hope you will join us in giving a gift to Virginias memory by donating a pint of blood in Virginias name On May 7 the Animal Shelter 1920 Kuehler will host the first city wide effort to replenish the 167 units of blood used by Virginia during her final days will be conducted from 1 A representative of University Hos pital will be there to collect the dona tions and credit Virginias account All friends and family members are asked to participate also by asking their employers to participate in this blood drive or by sponsoring another collection date Arrangements to set up a collection date can be made by calling Susan Kolath at 2106206349 Blood may also be given at Universi ty Hospital in San Antonio Please help us in reducing the debt owed by Virginias family We all know Virginia would have done this and so much more for any of us Sincerely Susan Kolath President New Braunfels Jaycees Hispanic chamber would work with established chamber Deaf Editor We are in the process of establish ing a Hispanic Chamber of Com merce It is our desire to work hand in hand with the New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce The goals are the same and we will be able to fill other needs that may not have been addressed The purpose of chambers of commerce is to benefit the com munity we live in to enhance the quality of life for its citizens We want to continue these objectives Joint effort should increase motel and hotel taxes to assure the maximum utiliza tion in providing these needs Increased awareness in cultural events is a strong area of concern I have been a member of the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber and sec a strong need to establish a Hispanic chamber here I have seen the suc cess of the combined efforts in San Marcos and I know that it will work here as well This is the perfect time to mainstream our energy and resources for the betterment of downtown New Braunfels Just as marriages between Hispanics and nonHispanics are suc cessful only positive things can come of this Founders meeting is scheduled for May 7 1995 For more information call Tom Gonza les or Yolanda Longoria at 6099426 Thank you Yolanda Longoria New Braunfels Concert selection not meant to glorify alcohol Dear Editor This letter is in reference to Mr Caballeros comments written in the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung May 26 about the NBISD districtwide choir concert Mr Caballero I appre ciate your positive comments about the concert however I am writing to defend Seele Elementary School on their selection The Drunken which is in all songbooks adopted by the state of Texas This song is also on our prescribed music list for the Uni versity Interscholastic League Mak ing a World of in the division of continuing education This particular song was not intend ed to teach our students about alcohol It was intended to teach musical con cepts that are very important to a childs music education I am very sorry you were so strong ly offended by this song This tune happens to be one of my favorite songs even though I am not an alco holic nor do I think about alcohol while singing this tune Overall this traditional American folk song has been around for hundreds of years Please accept this song as part of music appreciation Nathan Millett Choral Director New Braunfels Helping hand gets float to Sesqulcentennlal parade Dear Editor ANGEL GOOD SAMARITAN RESCUER Theres no way to describe what Sonny Syamkens Oakwood Tire Services deed meant to us April 22 On a wing and a prayer I fought the parade traf fic to drive to Oakwood Tire Service with high hopes of finding help to replace a flat tire on our float Plead ingly I presented our dilemma We inflated the tire twice using full cans of FixaFIat but I guess the stem is cracked or something In desperation we even tried taping the stem to the tire rim to stop the air leak but Scotch tape wouldnt hold Nothing we NEED you I guess our situation sounded pret ty pathetic because even though Son ny was very short of help and backed up with work he came through for us A tow truck arrived shortly on the scene and after a return trip to his business fighting the traffic and parade Sonnys man arrived He put a new tire on the float just in time for us to roll into line on sched ule Sonny youre the reason we love New Braunfels so much Thank you for caring enough to put yourself out to help a neighbor With much appreciation RandolphBrooks Federal Credit Union The Lions Club members were also supportive in assisting to set up a jack to hasten the repair work Thank you all I Air Force Cadet Jeffrey W Nelson has been named to the Commandants List for military excellence with a or better gradepoint average GPA this semester at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Colo The academy is a 4ycar academic institution that pro vides instruction education military training athletic conditioning and spiritual and ethical development to all cadets Cadets graduate with the knowledge character and skills essential to meet the leadership challenges of the 21st Cen tury for future career officers in the Air Force Nelson is the son of Ellen J Lesh of Coronado Calif and Wayne E Nelson of Canyon Lake The cadet is a 1993 graduate of Yucaipa High School in Yucaipa Calif An Open Letter From JAMES E GOODBREAD JR When first being elected to the city council in was then proposing that the mayor of our city be elected by the citizens and was subsequently re elected three 3 more times on that same platform While us have alwaysbelieved strongly in the proposition that the mayor should be elected atIarge and by the peoplethere is a small faction of selfinterested persons who believe that New Braunfels citizens should not be allowed this constitutional right to elect their representatives Why are these selfinterested persons of New Braunfels asking themselves why voting for the mayoratlarge is such a negative proposition It took the redistricting committee for the City of New Braunfels extensive time and intensive research to develop a proposition that was fair to all citizens In fact the city went so far as to hire a consultant law firm who recommended that our city be redistricted due to the ever present threat that the Department of Justice would find our present system unworkable In fact it is inevitable that our districts will be redrawn and become single member although the opponents would like you to think that you are losing 3 votes in reality your are gaining 1 vote because once the city is redistricted you will only be able to elect your one district council member if this amendment is not passed you effectively will lose 2 votes once the districts are redrawn you will have 1 representative and a mayor elected from those seated members I urge you to vote for electing the mayoratlarge and by the people and do not let yourself be fooled by those that are threatened with losing their control over our city government Folks many of us have worked for years to restore your right of electing the mayor of your city There are no truer words to describe good government than one that is Of the people by the people for the Sincerely C es E Goodbread Jr One Month FREE Cellular 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