New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 24, 1995, Page 5

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

September 24, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeftung 0 Sunday September 24 1995 O 5 A Column writer misses mark on Lamp Post Harry Dear Editor Roger Croteau raised the serious issue of racism in our community in his recent editorial entitled Lamp Post Harry promotes racism Aug 30 However in his rush to criticize the value of this program and the work of the New Brauhfels Safe City Com mission he completely missed the mark on the roots of racism and its continued presence in New Braunfels Mr Croteau asserts that Lamp Post Harry is portrayed as a Latino thereby perpetuating the stereotype of Hispan ics as criminals and thus unworthy of our trust In no ad that has been aired on our local television station has Lamp Post Harry been identified as Hispanic He has no surname and speaks with no discernible accent His appearance as a darkskinned longhaired male could conceivably make him Hispanic NativeAmerican AmericanEskimo Greek Italian or Filipino Mr Croteaus assumption that he is His panic may speak to his own perception of criminals in our community Lamp Post Harry is a caricature It is the personification of a criminal act which makes him just as crime in our community is disgusting E T T E R To portray a criminal as just a normal person as Mr Croteau and his contact at the Austin Police Department seem to suggest may well be appropriate but no more effective than the portrayal in the Safe City ads In old western movies bad cowboys wore black hats They were easily identifiable and asso ciated with evil Likewise Harry is portrayed as a shady character rather than a typical member of our commu nity Imagine the outrage if Harry were portrayed as a schoolteacher a police officer a preacher or other upstanding member of our community As Mr Croteau and Sgt Miller suggest true criminals look just like anybody else in the The problem of teaching children that they should beware of all strangers regardless of how they look is not as easy as Mr Croteau seems to suggest without labeling everyone as a potential child molester Is that the message we want to send to our chil dren The repercussions of that line of thinking could very easily result in a community gripped in fear and para noia and unwilling to live up to our responsibilities as good neighbors Come to think of it maybe that is already happening The issue of race relations in our community is serious and deserves a great deal of attention but the Lamp Post Harry campaign is clearly not the right place to start looking First our political system has disenfranchised Hispanics to the point that they are underrepresented in elected offices and have historically low voter turnout during elections Second our economic system has failed to meet the needs of the Hispanic community which has recently resulted in the creation of a separate Hispanic chamber of com merce to address the concerns of the Hispanic business community Finally our education system has shown some weakness in addressing the education needs of Hispanics most recently evi denced by New Braunfels High Schools low performance rating based solely on the rate of dropouts of His panic students I do not believe that these institutions are racist nor do they promote racism rather the problems associated with poor race relations are evident within them Any of these areas would be a more appropriate and meaningful subject of investigation and criticism than the Safe City Com missions Lamp Post Harry campaign As for the 4ycarold boy who has a fear of Hispanics supposedly attrib utable solely to Lamp Post Harry it would appear that anyone with such Ranger Funfest to benefit boosters It will be a carnival and family pic nic rolled into one Saturday Oct 28 at the First Annual Ranger Funfest at Anhalt Hall Sponsored by the Ranger Athletic Booster Club proceeds from the Funfest will benefit the Smithson Valley High School athletic program This will have all the excitement of a country carnival and the fellowship of a family said Parti Prescott chairman of the Funfest organizing committee There will be lots of food prizes and dancing Bring the whole family for a full evening of Carnival games and eating will begin at 5 A menu featuring fajitas hot dogs and other items will be served throughout the evening Door prizes and raffles will offer valuable gifts and News in Brief merchandise donated by local mer chants Dancing to the tunes of the Dana Wehrman band will begin at 7 Parents and patrons from throughout the Smithson Valley community are invited to take part in the Funfest We all have an interest in our Prescott said We have a growing ath letic program with a lot of needs This is a great way to have a good time and support the Prescott encouraged anyone wishing to join the Funfest organizing com mittee to call 9807569 or 8854434 Volunteers will be contacting local merchants seeking gifts to be raffled and given away as door prizes Anhalt Hall is located west of Hwy 281 on Hwy 46 Service Fee Airline Tickets 133 Landa Street Castro to visit Mexico MEXICO CITY AP Cuban President Fidel Castro has accepted arvinvitation to visit Mexico the gov ernment said No date was set for the trip which was announced in Havana on Friday by Foreign Minister Jose Angel Gur ria and reported by Mexicos official Notimex news agency Gurria was wrapping up a threeday trip to Cuba Gurria spoke optimistically about relations between Mexico and Cuba Mexico has condemned recent moves to tighten the embargo on Cuba On Thursday the House of Representatives voted to withhold aid to countries that do business with Cuba Mexico called the measure which would need to be approved by the Senate and President Clinton a victory for the promoters of isola Haitian boat people picked up NASSAU Bahamas AP A boat carrying 65 Haitians ran aground Friday on a small unpopulated cay off South Andros in the northern Bahamas Police picked up the Haitians from Grassy Cay The Royal Bahamas i Defense Force was bringing them to Nassau where they would be turned over to immigration officials said Pet ty Officer Glynn Lightbourne a com munications operations officer with the force Strong winds might have been a factor in the grounding Lightbourne said He had no information on the Haitians condition but said no medical help had been requested Further details were not immedi ately available including how long the Haitians had been at sea and the size of their boat Satellite launch delated by technical problems KOUROU French Guyana AP The launch of an Ariane missile carrying a satellite was delayed Friday due to technical problems Ari anespace said The 78th Ariane launch which was to take place Friday night was indef initely put off for remote control the Frenchbased Euro pean consortium said in a statement without elaborating The missile was carrying the telecommunications satellite Telstar 402R for Skynet service The launch was to be the eighth in six months with Arianespace still holding more than half the worlds commercial launch market and a back log of 38 other launches as it com petes with and Russian launchers PIZZA Salad Special 1 1 49 Little 1 Medium Little Caesars Pizza 1 Medium Pizza WUh one lopping 1 Fresh Farms Salad Family Size WITH MARZETTIS RANCH DRESSING CvtvOut PluiTu locwon Ou dmwt any COUPON BUY ONE LARGE PIZZA 15W Whin you nwk pim Itra goo4 ont OIWi Ufa EiMipMi Inc M mm VALUABLE I FOOTBALL FAVORITE I 2 MEDIUM PIZZAS WITH I CHEESE TOPPING i PLUS FREE ORDER OF O99BONUS BREAD 8 phis Tax Expires iltStm i vjiy kittle Caesars1 VALUABLE COUPON NEW BRAUNFELS W San Antonio Walnut 6207171 SEQUIN Corner of Court Moss 3790191 an unreasonable fear of Hispanics has never spent any time with the upstand ing lawabiding Hispanics in our com munity Isnt that the real problem We sometimes separate ourselves from one another to the point where we dont understand or care about the lives of our neighbors I would suggest that this child be taken to Landa Park and enjoy some quality play time with chil dren of other races to assure this child that people who look different arent all bad And finally for Mr Croteau I would suggest less armchair quarterbacking and I challenge him to volunteer to become involved in the efforts to fight crime and make our city a safer place If we must have a politically correct generic citizen to portray a criminal then Mr Croteau should lead they way In fact I would suggest that he be the next star of the Safe City Commission ads Lamp Post Croteau has a nice ring to it Sincerely Robert Scott New Braunfels Republicans have always opposed Medicare Dear Editor All they want to do say the Repub licans in Congress is to save Medicare I dont believe it Thirty years ago a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president enacted the law establishing Medicare Republicans in Congress were almost unanimously opposed to it From that day to this the position of Republicans has not changed They didnt like it then and they dont like it now To destroy Medicare or at the very least to cripple it has been and continues to be high on the Republican agenda Had there not always been a Democratic Congress a Democratic president to pro tect it Medicare would long since have been repealed In the climate of fiscal anxiety that has gripped the nation brought on by the massive federal debt incurred dur ing the Reagan and Bush administra tions congressional Republicans think that their long hopedfor opportunity has finally arrived Proposals being advanced under the pretense of sav ing Medicare would damage it dan gerously perhaps fatally After bashing and ridiculing the administrations 1992 health care reform plan alleging that it would deny freedom of choice to citi zens in selecting their health care providers Republicans are now push ing a scheme that Would virtually pel Medicare beneficiaries to t managed care plans How much dom of choice do such plans It is clear that the proposed reforms are more concerned with gen crating even greater profits for the giant health services corporations at the expense of consumers than with ing Medicare The record of Republican actions in the past speaks louder than their words today Elmo L New Braunfels Letters policy l Letters should be signed with address and telephone number included for verification purpos es Letters should be limited to approximately 250 words Send letters to the editor New Braunfels 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 Fax letters to 210 6251224 For more information call Doug Loveday at 6259144 Child Development Center Inc JL M A A KW Full Part Time Enrollment Fee for month of September 6 weeks 5 years PreK Program Before and after school pickup and care Hours Monday through Friday 210 6205998 1004 Mission Drive New Braunfels Texas 78130 The following comparison of resident rates charged by 14 electric utilities were compiled from statistics released by the Public Utility Commission of Texas The amounts shown are for 1000 kWh and include 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