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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                t iv Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Q U A B The writers overpowering impulse is to gyrate before his fellow man flapping his wings and emitting defiant yells This being forbidden by the police of all civilized countries he takes it out by putting his yells on Mencken critic 1942 EDITORIAL Cure found for the blues Parks and Recreation Departments 1995 program guide full of ways to stay busy Mom Im Parents all over the country no doubt hear that refrain at least some time during the summer The kids are out of school and after a couple of weeks the thrill of summer vacation wears off and you have children complaining that there is nothing to do But the wise parent has a valuable tool with which to combat the summertime blues and its free The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department 1996 Program Guide is packed with programs and facilities that can keep a family busy all summer long Of course the city has Landa Park with its worldclass pools miniature golf playground train paddle boats recreation cen ter and hiking trail But the city also offers Project Wild Aquatic Project Wild Pro ject Learning Tree AdoptA Wetland historical tours Karate Kids canoeing courses Natures Way Camp Thunderduck Discovery Camp Jr Ranger Camp Junior Lifeguard Camp nature Detective Animals Animals Animals the Birds Creature Features Creepy Crawlies Lets Go Fishing fitness programs tennis lessons swimming leagues Concerts in the Park a punt pass and and lots lots more To get the lowdown on where and when all these programs are offered and how much they cost pick up the 1996 program guide at the parks office on Golf Course Road in Landa Park at the recreation center in Landa Park or at the city municipal build ing on Castell Street It is free but the information inside can be priceless for any par ent Armed with this handy booklet you will always have an answer for that ageold summer complaint Theres nothing to 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 Bratuifels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Production Joyner City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeUung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 J 328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by a m on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to ihe New Braunfels HeraldZeiiuns Draw er 31 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HefaldZeitungs address is HZ6itung@AOL.com No traffic circle problems here One of the joys of my job is getting to read and typeset letters sent to the editor When I become dictator of the world or at least Comal County I will enact a law whereby citizens will be required to write letters to their local newspaper editor at least once a week Congratulate castigate compliment or condemn whomever or whatever you choose but write Complain commend correct or condone you choose the subject You can even move on to the D verbs if you run out of Cs deny detest defend desire But be civil And keep it short We have actually received 20page faxes from certifiables who apparently had something to say but lost their train of thought in the second or third sentence Those letters didnt get published An engineer doesnt require 700 cars and a caboose to leave the depot but he does need an engine and a destination Get to know both before writing THEN write Many people have sent in letters of complaint about the downtown Plaza traffic circle It seems to be a hazard a folly of our towns street planners a confusing enigma of our otherwise orderly city It is a nightmare to some anathema to more At the very least it is a challenge Actually it is nothing more than an intersection of two streets with no electric lights to designate the right of way And that is the problem Drivers are faced with the decision of when to proceed and when to yield We are a principled society and there really should be no confusion about when to enter and how to leave the circle Here are the rules Traffic already inside the circle has the right of way When two adjacent lanes are entering a two lane circle the lefthand lane must go to the inside lane of the circle the righthand lane goes to the outside lane of the circle Vehicles in the inside lane of the circle MUST signal and move to the outside jane before leaving the circle Corollary Vehicles in the inside lane DO NOT have right of way over traffic circulating in the outside Vehicles exiting the circle from the outside lane MUST signal before exiting THATS IT Theres nothing else to it There should be no problems So where does the confusion lie Answer In human nature ignorance Some people never want to woud rather yield than anything else in the world and will do it for hours given the chance These folks are usu ally at a dead stop directly in front of me at the yield sign even when there are no vehicles within six blocks of the Plaza Some drivers choose not to signal or are unaware that signaling devices even exist These types like to get in front of me too but not when Im sitting still And there are actually a few drivers out there who think that as long as a turn signal is not flashing in front of them no one is planning a turn These peo ple have just arrived from Mars I am curious as to how many letters to the editor the French newspaper Le Monde receives each week about the traffic around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Also known as 1Etoile the this traffic cir cle is 8or 9unmarkedlanes wide TWELVE streets enter the circle making our little Plaza area look like a pretender Being the country France is the rules of driving dif fer from those of civilized nations At traffic circles there INCOMING cars have the right of which means if you are already in the circle and cars are preparing to enter you should move over to the left a lane or two As more cars enter remember there are TWELVE streets meeting more cars have to move to the inside If you get stuck in the inner most lane you had better have a sack lunch on hand and not be the type who gets sick on carousels A friend of mine stayed in a hotel overlooking 1Etoile and filmed the chaotic traffic scene below He and his camcorder witnessed 9 wrecks within 15 minutes Most were mere fenderbenders or mild sideswipes In every instance though the drivers got out and flapped their arms and got red in the face and walked around and around before getting back in their cars and trying again Those who watch the video laugh while they bite their nails Driving in that part of Paris is not for agoraphobes and definitely not for those few New Braunfelsers who think we have problems enough of our own And how would our little downtown traffic circle with its two wide wellmarked lanes fare if Parisians were to visit and travel around the Plaza a few times Well for one thing if they drove according to their own rules things would quickly get a lot more con fusing than they already are More people would be stopping altogether at the yield signs and even more would rush in and out of the circle giving no indica tion of their immediate plans And sure as youre born the HeraldZeitung would receive another big batch of letters to the editor plush Pullmans along with empty boxcars which I would still enjoy reading Allene Blaker is a HeraldZeitung columnist and editorial iw rmrv Inn iorU oriT r More interest rate cuts may be coming By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON AP The Federal Reserve hoping to avoid the mistake it made before the last recession has cut interest rates for a second time in two months and many analysts believe more credit easing is on the way These economists believe the Fed will have the lee way to ease credit as much as needed to keep the country out of a downturn this year because unlike the last recession in 1990 inflation is not a threat The Fed recognizes in hindsight that it didnt see the problems developing in 1990 until it was too said David Wyss economist at DRIMcGraw Hill Inc in Lexington Mass This time they want to be on top of One difference between now and 1990 is that inflation is expected to remain calm with energy Analysis prices retreating after a brief blip upward The government was scheduled to release today its report on retail prices in December Analysts wide ly predicted that the cost of living edged up less than 3 percent last year the fourth consecutive year for such a performance something that hasnt hap pened in three decades The Fed cited low inflation pressures as a prima ry reason it was able to cut interest rates Wednesday It reduced the federal funds rate the interest that banks charge each other from percent down to percent It also reduced its largely symbolic discount rate the interest it charges on direct loans to banks to 5 percent The actions should stimulate economic activity by lowering the cost of credit The Fed rate cut was followed immediately by the announcement of major banks that they were cutting their prime lending the benchmark for millions of consumer and business loans from percent down to percent Private economists said Wednesdays rate cuts were not likely to be the last The Fed is clearly concerned about spreading weakness in the said David Jones chief economist at Aubrey G Lanston Co He noted that the central bank in explaining its action in a brief statement for the first time cited slowing economic growth as a reason for cutting rates In last years two rate cuts in December and July it had cited only the good inflation outlook Some analysts said the central bank will be forced to play catchup now to make sure the current weak ness does not deepen into something worse Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Feb 1 the 32nd day of 1996 There are 334 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History One hundred years ago on Feb one of the bestknown operas of all time La Boheme by Giacomp Puccini premiered in Turin On this date In 1790 the Supreme Court convened for the first time at the Royal Exchange Building in New York However since only three of the six justices were present the court recessed until the next In 1861 Texas voted to secede from the Union In 1893 inventor Thomas A Edison completed work on the worlds first motion picture studio his Black in West Orange ID 1920 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came into existence as the Royal Northwest Mounted Police merged with the Dominion Police In 1943 one of Americas most highly decorated military units of World War II the 442d Regimental Combat Team made up almost entirely of JapaneseAmericans was authorized In years ago Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretarygen eral of the United Nations In 1960 four black college students began a sitin protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro where theyd been refused service In 1968 during the Vietnam War Saigons police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistolshot to the head in a scene captured in a nowfamous news photograph In 1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome as he stepped off a jetliner in Tehran ending nearly 15 years of Ten years ago people gathered at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral to bid farewell to the seven crew members of the space shuttle Challenger Five years ago South African President de Klerk said he would repeal all remaining apartheid laws Thirtyfive people were killed when a USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport One year ago The Federal Reserve boosted interest rates by half a percent the seventh rate hike in a year House Republicans pushed through a bill restricting the federal governments ability to impose unfunded mandates on states Todays Birthdays Opera singer Renata Tebaldi is 74 Russian President Boris N Yeltsin is 65 Singer Don Everly is 59 Actor Garrett Morris is 59 Actor Sherman Hemsley is 58 Comedian Terry Jones is 54 Singer Rick James is 44 Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 31 Lisa Marie Presley is 28 Thought for Today When you look into a mir ror you do not see your reflection your reflection sees Anonymous   

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