Sunday, March 3, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas O Sunday March Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Error moves with quick and truth must never be lagging far Alexander Crummell clergyman 1884 EDITORIAL No negotiating with terrorists Israelis right in rejecting Hamas offer to suspend bombings for various concessions Israel used to be known as the one country in this world that would never negotiate with terrorists or their umbrella organizations Having fcught their neighbors in a handful of wars since 1948 the Israelis had learned that negotiating may only bring a temporary peace Intentions change quickly in Middle East and deception is common Thats what has made the recent peace overtures from Israel to the PLO and other Arab countries enemies in the last few years so peculiar In trying to give peace a chance the Israelis have had to abandon a philosophy that regarded the rest of the world with suspicion Theyve substituted that philosophy for one that demands facetoface talks with former foes and working through compromise to maintain peaceful relations But the Hamas terrorist organization still operating at will in PLO governed territory recently turned over by Israel is making that kind of policy nearly impossible to maintain Backtoback bus bombings last Sunday killed 26 in Israel Hamas claimed responsibility Then they held out a supposed olive branch offering to suspend their terrorist operations in Israel under certain con ditions which included the immediate release of Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails But the Israel government which has negotiated away land for peace over the past several years has rightly said No to Hamas and its leaders are planning to step up security within Israel including adding 800 security personnel to ride public transit systems which are frequent targets of Muslim militants Theyre also leaning on PLO leader Yasser Arafat to crack down on Hamas activities within Palestinian territory The Israelis will not count on the PLO to eradicate the Hamas threat themselves making the need for other antiterrorism measures neces sary But refusing to negotiate with Hamas is the best first step they could take That bunch of terrorist thugs cannot be trusted to discontinue their actions regardless of what concessions the Israelis may make They and other groups will settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of the Jewish state Thats their stated position The Israelis and her allies like the should never forget that Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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 Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Osteen Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Production Parnell City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraidZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels ComaJ County Tx 7813 J 1328 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 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes lo the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung P O Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is LCRA building must be restored Betty Lou Rushing Very few communities ever have the opportunity to seize the moment by preserving an historic struc ture while also establishing a multicultural center for all its citizens and for visitors to our vast South Texas area For the many visionaries in New Braunfels this is a welcome challenge We have a plan and at a neg ligible cost The subject is the old LCRA Power Plant located on pristine Comal Mill property at the entrance to another cherished city asset Landa Park This dilapidatedlooking old building with a glorious past can be transformed into a dynamic resource for many local groups with a willingness to participate such as historic museums of Hispanic culture Black Heritage exhibits and Wurstfest Heritage exhibits showing early German American lifestyles preserved for permanent viewing The Childrens Museum could at last claim a constant home while garden clubs could uti lize many botanical preserva tion techniques by landscaping the grounds for lasting displays At our initial meeting with Cynthia Espinoza LCRAs community relations representative 30 cre ative folks recited a litany of urgent community needs The spacious old building would house an auditorium with a seating capacity of to for concerts school presentations no need for bond issuance for individual and convention gatherings With the growing number of motels now in this city more meeting space will be needed There is space for rehearsal rooms and music stor age for choral and dance groups as well as costume and prop storage areas and room for artists dis plays to name just a few This would produce a cul tural blend and encourage participation by a wide range of organizations and area residents As an historic perspective the book by Turk Pip kin Born of the The Colorado River and the LCRA states that when the plant was built in 1926 it was a marvel of modern engineering Charlie Cook an architectural engineer and local resident said his class from the University of Texas came here in 1939 to study the detail of design and struc tural excellence unique in this construction The cap tion under the photo of the plant in its glory concludes with the building is owned by LCRA and may some day be converted into a museum or other pub Comal Power Plant in 1942 lie Exactly our vision ECRA has a history of supporting its communities with grants and donations and has indicated a strong interest in this project In 1984 I was serving on City Council when David Freeman came to New Braunfels as newly appointed manager of LCRA At a dinner meeting he stated that LCRA intended to divest itself of proper ties not contributing to their plan of progress I could not help but ask Why not give the building or lease it longterm to us the City Much to may amaze ment the process began Then problems arose with asbestos but this obstacle has been cleared It is now ready once again to be considered for either public use or demolition After meeting then with Mr Freeman I invited two engineers from San Antonio to tour the plant with me and when asked about destroying the plant their comment was Have you got an atomic bomb and then Why would anyone even consider losing this jewel From that moment on I was hooked o the possibilities of what this building can be for New Braunfels On a personal note I recently spent jn Bavaria an der Insel Lindau watching the renova tion of a building constructed in the 1500s Every i detail was inspected to conform to the original design i and material I heard the heated discussion concern ing mortar and its authenticity I could not restrain myself from asking granted from a typical American perspective Had there been any consideration for demolition since parking was so limited on the island They looked at me in such disgust and one uttered Maybe in America ya I was sorry I had asked Again the undertaking to create a multicultural arts center will be challenging however the Center as an embracer for the entire community is just tod great an opportunity our gift for future generations And we can resist the current throwaway society to create a lasting New Braunfels masterpiece for all to enjoy If you would like to become involved with positive creative folks who believe in this project now num bering more than call me at 6256362 If on the other hand you are a nay sayer convinced that it cant be done dont call me I am so weary of dis posable everything We cant let it happen here wej re smarter than that Betty Lou Rushing is a New Braunfels What do you think i1 Do you believe the LCRA building should be renovated for use today The LCRA building on Landa St and Landa Park Drive is a landmark here in New Braunfels even though it has not been utilized for many years Some believe the building should be demolished and the land used to expand the park facilities at Landa Park Others believe the old struc ture would be a fantastic home for various interests see above col Either alternative however would require a substantial amount of funding We want to know what you think Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax survey to 210 6251224 Copied forms are acceptable Deadline for this survey is Saturday March Yes No Comments Name Address City Phone Age Sex Today In History The Associated Press Today is Sunday March 3 the 63rd day of 1996 There are 303 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On March 3 1931 The StarSpangled Ban ner officially became the national anthem of the United States On this date In 1845 Florida became the 27th state In 1849 the Home Department forerunner of the Interior Department was established In 1875 the Georges Bizet opera Carmen premiered in Paris In 1877 Rutherford B Hayes took the oath of office as the 19th president of the United States in a private ceremony a public swearingin took place two days In 1885 the Post Office began offering special delivery for firstclass mail In 1887 Anne Mansfield Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of Capt and Mrs Arthur H Keller to become the teacher of their blind and deaf 6yearold daughter Helen In 1918 Germany Austria and Russia signed the Treaty of BrestLitovsk which ended Russ ian participation in World War 1 The treaty was annulled by the November 1918 In 1969 Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module In 1974 nearly 350 people died when a Turk ish Airlines DC10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris In 1985 coal miners in Britain voted to end a yearlong strike that proved to be the longest and most violent walkout in British history Ten years ago An Austrian news magazine linked Kurt Waldheim to Adolf Hitlers infamous brown but a spokesman denied the former Secretary General had belonged to the Nazi organization Five years ago Allied military commanders met with Iraqi military commanders to arrange terms of a formal ceasefire in the Gulf War Twentyfive people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737200 inexplicably crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs air port In a case that sparked a national outcry motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video One year ago President Clinton held a news conference in which he asserted his administra tion had built a safer world and stronger econo my while Republicans were trying to cut mon ey for the needy to give tax breaks to the rich The dollar plunged to a new low against the Japanese yen Todays Birthdays Actor James Doohan is 76 Singer Enzo Stuarti is 71 Lee Radziwill Ross is 63 Actor Ed Marinaro is 46 Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee is 34 Football player Herschel Walker is 34 Actor David Faustino is 22 Thought for Today Nothing is really real unless it happens on Daniel J Boorstin former Librarian of Congress The Survey Says Three readers responded to last weeks survey question Do you believe Pat Buchanans views are too extreme for most Republicans There responses follow Yes Some of his ideas sound good on the surface but dig deeper and you may decide otherwise He is too isolationist on trade issues but right on illegal immigration Also I wish all candidates would take the ProLife ProChoice issue out of politics It should not be a political football Republican running will beat Clinton except Bob Dole who might have a slim chance The Republicans are too businesslike and this scares common people No I feel America is now ready for Pat Buchanan The liberals have had the reigns of power far to long It is obvious to me that Democrats like Bill Clinton are looking out for every other country except the United States of America Write em GOVERNMENT OFFICES President of the Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 2024561414 Vice President of the Al Gore Old Executive Office Bldg 17th St and Pennsylvania NW Washington 20501