Wednesday, January 31, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung a Wednesday January fl 5 Growth at any cost attitude hurts city Dear Editor In response to your recent editorial congratulating our Chamber of Com merce on the growth of New Braunfels You mention the new HEB and Target megastores more and bigger industries and 46 new business rib boncuttings as No men tion was made of quality of life improvements It is ironic that the attempt at increased historic preservation of old New Braunfels suffered a setback last week After all whos interested in a bunch of wooden houses in old neigh borhoods Nobody would want to be the chairman of a biketrailsthrough town committee I suppose we should be thrilled that WalMart has begun leveling a zillion square meters of use less old pastureland so we can megashop without having to patron ize those dumpy old stores in town The IH35 corridor finally looks like San Antonio or Houston or St Louis or Detroit or fill in the We could now ask the highway depart ment to change the road signs from New Braunfels to Franchise Group ing Of course we are constantly remind ed we need the new jobs Since our employment rate is already high these new jobs will draw thousands of new residents who will require housing water sewer streets schools police taxes and bonds Many will argue that this merely increases that mystical tax I only know that I have never lived in a big city that was less expen sive than a small one Some may argue ithat an exploding population will make our local businessmen rich In reality it will simply bring more businesses two hardware stores another Hall mark and McDonalds It is heresy in America to opine against uncontrolled growth We all know bigger is better and megabigger is megabetter In the year 2000 the Chamber can replace that oldfashioned bumper sticker In New Braunfels ist das Leben with New Braunfels wo bist du Dick Buhl New Braunfels Some suggestions on improving traffic Dear Editor When will the city get on the ball and adjust the lights according to the traffic This is not only needed at the mosttraveled intersection Hwy 81 but at many others as well There are always only a few cars com ing from the underpass to Hwy 81 who turn left but the 10 or more cars on Walnut wanting to cross and go straight just have to sit there It seems nobody anymore knows how to adjust the traffic lights At Hwy 81 and Seguin the leftturn arrow would not light if there were no cars turning now the light comes on when no car wants to turn and the cars cannot go The only good thing the city has done in the whole of last year at the intersection Hwy 8 or any others that that the right lane of traffic coming from the interstate HAS to turn right This is badly needed at Hwy Ave Invariably cars in the righthand lane coming from the interstate keep going and everybody should know by now that there is only one lane going under the railroad pass The locals know that very well but no they think giving the lefthand sig nal gives them the right to pull right into the lane of traffic And why is the light on Nacog doches being kept I remember the time there was no light for the very few cars who have other possibilities to go to Hwy 81 or to town Many times for one car the light turns while 20 or more cars have to wait on Seguin Ave both ways That is especially bad dur ing the summertime Is it not time that the speed limit is increased on many streets especially on Seguin and Landa Is it not about time too that we have a minimum and maximum speed limit so people do not poke along at 20 mph in a 30 or 35 mph zone Additional stripes are bad ly needed on many streets on both sides of the middle stripe so people do not drive in the middle of the road at less than 10 or 15 miles of the speed limit and no car can pass them I wonder who is responsible for the fast flow of traffic in this town who is responsible for the upkeep of the streets Lately everywhere little trench es were dug for whatever reason on several streets Filling those will again leave bumps some of them Sometimes I wonder what is worse the bumps or the potholes The crews should be better trained In Europe when interstates for example are fixed they do it in half the time it is done here in the and they last twice as long or so our papers wrote If I see about four people filling one bump I guess we should expect a superior job But do we get one I am sure I am not the only one who is fed up with the shoddy traffic flow and the condition of our streets With the everincreasing traffic and the wish for more businesses more people one would expect that the city fathers would seriously look into this prob lem But will they Sincerely Mrs Barker New Braunfels City shows its class Dear Editor I just had to let the residents of New Braunfels and Comal County know how impressed I was with their kind ness and compassion I am referring to the day of BenKieslihgs ftmeral the turnout of friends and family was unbelievable When we drove to the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park cemetery in the procession I noticed not one car drove after the family cars passed by Normally people drive on after the family passes by but on this sad day no one proceeded to move until the whole procession had passed It was a very touching sight Then as we proceeded down Hwy 46 and we passed the Welcome Stop the patrons were outside fly ing the flag at half mast Close to the county line there was a gentleman standing beside a small beige car hold ing his cap over his heart I was overwhelmed how everyone in this town reacted to this tragic loss Ben touched so many lives with his love and kindness and I know that he will be greatly missed He was an angel here on earth and is continuing to be The Deals are Better Becker 1991 Chew S10 Extended Cab Pickup 4 Cyl A Trans Cassette Tilt Cruise 1989 Buick Park Avenue door Leather Cassette Tilt Cruise Very Low Miles Blue miles 1993 Chrysler Town Country V6 Dual Cassette Tilt Cruise Green miles 1993 Dodge Dynasty 6 Tilt Cruise Cassette Airbag White miles 1991 Chrysler New Yorker Salon V6 A Trans 4 Door Tilt JMUocks Cassette Nice one at the side Wfe LOVE AND MISS Julie Hubertus New Braunfels Eight votes does not a mandate make Dear Editor The only father I ever knew was a halfbreed Comanche Indian from Ft Sill Okla Although only a stepfather without any formal education I was amazed when I came back from the Marine Corps in 1946 to discover how wise he had become in four short years He realized at an early age that the white mans freedom meant that you could either work or starve as most Plains Indians finally realized once the buffalo was gone Over 2000 years ago an ancient but very wise Greek politician and philoso pher said that a democracy could only exist until the voters realizedthey could vote themselves subsistence from the national treasury An old Marine Corps sergeant who had served in the Marines while in China during the 20s and 30s once told me there were no Chi nese capitalists or communists there were only full Chinamen and very hun gry Chinamen So much for liberal and conservative politicians and their devoted followers The 30s are gone The 21st Century is months away Then is then now is now In the 30s people who wanted to work could not find jobs In the 90s people who can work make more mon ey by NOT working than working Then is then now is now To com pare the present national economic sit uation to a 60yearold past situation is oxymoronic We are now competing in a global market like it or not In the 30s we did not even have the same national market remember the northern and the southern United States In the 30s credit buying was limit ed to a very select few and the value of the dollar was competitive Today the Federal Reserve has complete control of credit both national and consumer wise and credit is unlimited as far as restrictions actually apply We are in a whirlwind of deficit spending and to completely stop this merrygoround would mean a national disaster only one step above nuclear warfare Our national leaders choose to simply ignore both while eyenHollywood produces to Washington lala landwhere dead people walk two blocks to a park before they lie down or locally the logic of the Comal County Courthouse If worth of metal detectors cant stop felons with guns put up a sign and nab those legally guncarry ing lawabiding citizens who are going into the courthouse to pay their taxes Who knows what might happen if you dont control these taxpayers They might even go to court and want to know why a school board wants to issue new bonds to build a new school when they already have enough acces sible cash reserve to pay for it I hardly consider an election passed by 8 voters a mandate of the people I believe in the Republican Partys Con tract with America If we buy long term bonds for any reason when we already have sufficient monies or investments to pay for these bonds Becker Motor Company 547 S Seguin New Braunfels Tx 6063463 18008792621 1994 Dodge Shadow 2 door Defrost Airbag Stereo Dark Green miles 1992 CMC Ext Cab 4x4 isnt this deficit spending which we are now accusing the Democrats of passing on to our children and grandchildren Maybe we should have a current out side audit instead of the dictatorial namecalling logic by the present deci sionmakers This logic seems to reveal that the further you are in debt the more money you save and is based entirely on their ability to foresee future circumstances especially interest rates Jim D Mooney New Braunfels Winter PowWow was a great event Greetings New Braunfels Having a wonderful time wish you were That thought flashed through my mind Saturday night Jan 27 as I attended the TIH A Winter PowWow dance at the Wursthalle I was sad dened that the general public was not informed of this fine display of Native American pride and excitement TIHA Texas Indian Hobbyist Association was told they could not advertise their gathering due to liability insurance rea sons They chose to agree to this arrangement I have no complaint against the city I agree it is wise to have protective measures But it was disappointing to realize the missed opportunity for our community to have been participants in an experience that could entertain as well as educate In my opinion it was a shame that scout leaders and teachers as well as other parents like myself knew nothing of this event TIHA is comprised of families who wish to keep alive the spirit of Native American cultures It is a living histo ry to witness their various clothing dances and traditions This exposure could have enlightened us and enriched all of our lives I just wish everyone could have known about it before and not after the fact Hopefully they will return here again next year It is free and open to the public Its just too bad the public did not know about it Lets support them with our pres ence in Jan 97 It was quite an engag ing evening Wish you had been there Sincerely Sue Walske 1995 Dodge Neon Program Cars Low Mileage Choice of Colors Limited Availability 1992 Dodge Mark HI Conversion Van A Transmission Tilt Cruise Cassette Lots of Extras White Miles 8 Cyl Cassette Cruise Tilt Bedliner Great for Hunting Camp Black miles 1993 Dodge Grand Caravan SE 6 Cyl Dual Cruise Stereo Radio A Trans Driftwood 1991 Mazda 626 4 door Tilt Cruise Cassette Maroon miles Locals do well at Kemille show The Hill Country District Show was held in Kerrville Jan 1820 1996 Congratulations to all who participat ed Everyone from our Comal County 4H did a wonderful job exhibiting their livestock The results of the show are as follows STEERS British Breed Justin Eldridge 1st place heavy breed champion Kevyn Ivy 5th place heavy Shannon Lehmann 9th place heavy American Breed Kevyn Ivy 4th place light Melissa Galloway 5th place light Brandi Henk 1st place medium breed champion Dillon Pape 3rd place heavy Jeff Taylor 4th place heavy Exotic Breed Justin Taylor 1st place light Dillon Pape 5th place light Heather Williams 7th place medium Justin Eldridge 1st place medium heavy reserve breed champion Jeff Eldridge 1 st place heavy Reserve champion steer Justin Eldridge with mediumheavy Exotic steer Senior showmanship Kevyn Ivy Send letters to the editor to HeraldZeitung Letters 707 Landa St New Braunfels TX 78130 Or fax to 6251224 Please limit letters 250 words Writers who have not had a letter printed in the previous 30 days are given preference Alzheimers Support Group Thursday February at Une Colonial jRanor Care Center 821 Ql cS Jfwy SI 3X76130 For Information Call 210 6257526 Held every first Thursday at 6pm fl1 HUTTING BUSINESS SALE STARTS THURSDAY EVERYTHING MUST GO LADIES WEAR ENS WEAR FIXTURES o TO o OFF SHOP EARLY FOR BEST SELECTION WHEN ITS GONEITS GONE ALL SALES FINAL NO RETURNS NO EXCHANGES 6253241 204 W San Antonio Downtown New Braunfels