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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeitung O Sunday March CJ 5 A Seniors events calendar full in New Braunfels This must be the week for public announce ments because everyones doing it I have been asked to present two such press releases con cerning older Americans The Alamo Area Council of Governments has beeftnotified by the Texas Department on Aging to prepare new fouryear area plans FY 19974001 One of thgCbmponents of the area plan is a summary of the needs assessments conducted within the region AACOG has requested the Comal County Senior Center as well as all senior centers in the council to eval uate the service requirements of eligible recip ients of aging services through a PUBLIC HEARING in order to help determine client needs within Comal County The Comal County Senior Citizens Foun dation will hold that public hearing at the Cen ter on Tuesday March 19 1996 11 Mr Salvador Almanza rural aging programs man ager will conduct the hearing The Board of Trustees and staff of the Senior Center request the participation of all interest ed seniors in Comal County at the hearing in order to assure as much as possible the attain ment of the specific needs of seniors in this community Please join us on March If you plan to have lunch at the Center on that day you must make reservations by calling the Center 6294547 so that adequate food amounts may be prepared Those without reser vations will probably not be able to lunch with us that day March 10 to 16 1996 is designated as National and State Older Worker Week IN 1973 the Texas Legisla ture enacted the creation of the first statefunded senior employment pro gram in the nation The Senior Texans Employ ment Program administered by the Farm ers Union Community Development Association Inc began operation in 1974 with funds provided through the Texas Depart ment on Aging In 1977 STEP enrollment opportunities were expanded with funds granted by the Older American Act through the Department of Labor Utilizing both state and federal funds con tracted through the Texas Department on Aging STEP provides enrollment opportunities to 886 older Texans in 13 i counties HIRING OLDER WORKERS IS A GREAT NATIONAL RESOURCE There is no substitute for maturity and expe rience Your Senior Center is living and oper ating proof that ability is ageless So are deter Marie Dawson mination and responsibility It may be diffi cult for the younger generations to appreciate these truisms but time will tell and time is on their side They too are developing their age less abilities Now for the Fun Part This is one of what I call my mishmash articles just trying to get across as much information as possible The best press release of all is the announce ment of the Theater production of Love Letters to be presented two nights at the Senior Center March 15 and March 16 1996 This play is so risqu6 it had to be cleaned up a little but not too much Dinner will be served at with show time at 8 Cost for dinner and show is 10 per person A limited number of show only tickets will be available for per person Tickets are available at the Center 6294547 Deadline is 5 March 12 These are always so much fun and the food is deli cious Better hurry before the tickets are all gone Another Center happening that might be of interest to the community is the fact that we ho longer have bingo on Tuesday nights at the Center After four years of operating a bingo game we finally gave up the I dont know if it was the economy or the lottery but something happened to the bingo games Peo ple apparently lost interest and we were losing money So it was with great sadness that we gave up the game There were so many faithful volunteers who gave up every Tuesday night to help with bingo with the snack bar and with the pulltab sales Thank all of you who so graciously helped the Center with your time effort and your money I think we all miss the fellowship and camaraderie One of the biggest and most exciting events was the payoff of the mortgage on the current building and land of the CCSCC It was paid on Feb 21 1996 and I know Les Thorn is relieved as he was the signer of that mortgage as president of the Board of Trustees in 1991 Anyway there will be a noteburning celebration at the Senior Center on March 30 1996 The celebration will be a pancake break fast with a log of the board members staff members and other interested seniors joining in to help with the work The breakfast will be from 9 to noon It is all you can eat and is per adult and for children under 12 I hope everyone in the community comes to this event because it benefits the Centers new expansion program We are into a new phase of development and services See yall there on Saturday morning for pancakes and sausage Muiia Dawson is a New Braunfels resident who writes about senior citizens Woodard to sing at Seele House A real high point in the musical month of March will take place on Thursday March 14 at Seele Parish House at Jeff Woodard well known tenor soloist will be providing a wonderful evening of song for this community pre sented by the New Braunfels Music Study Club An added feature for that special evening will be in the form of Mary Golden harpist graduate of the Uni versity of Texas at Austin Some of the pro Jeff Woodard gram will present Jeff as soloist and Mary as the harp accompanist Jeff is pursuing studies in voice in New York City while working in New Jersey He grew up as a child here in New Braun fels graduated from NBHS and is studying to be an operatic tenor HOWEVER the program planned for March 14 will include not only works from La Boheme by Puc cini but also such Irish tunes as Danny accompanied by harpist Mary Gold en The public is cordially invited to attend 4H team had help from local businesses Editor The Comal County 4H Recreation Team would like to thank the following businesses Kuhn Water Enterprises Mission Valley Textiles Saur Con struction Inc and Blackman Excava tion for donating funds so that we would be able to go to Brownwood for the state recreation team training Our purpose for this training is to develop better leadership abilities build character and assume citizenship responsibilities With this knowledge we will assist and train others at county district and state levels We would not be able to go if it were not for the help and support of these businesses Thank you again Comal County 4H Recreation Team Outdoor art communitys latest vision Editor With apologies and thanks to Levelr teftd Chamber pf Parody i r We know its kind of colorless And theres not much to see So we II put up paintings As bright as bright can be Theyll tell us who and what we are And save our history For our childrens childrens Childrens sake in 2093 Just take a walk across the street Some wondrous art you II see So now my friend youll have a taste Of what we re all about We have fests art and spirit too It makes us want to shout We d like for you to stay awhile But if you must depart Remember this Our New Braunfels is A place to leave your With greatest respect and admira tion for all exceptional cultural and tourist attractions we invite you to check our this newest vision and check YES to this exciting project Outdoor Art Gallery of Greater New Braunfels Anna Margaret Alexander Tyranny comes In many forms Editor From his stump speech Pat Buchanan seems to think that our fore fathers fought King George to secure the right of government to tell our kids how to pray As a TV talk show host Buchanans historical distortions and his attempts to have all Americans con form to the standards of his peculiar and narrow religious views were amus ing If he is ever able to use the power of the government for these purposes it will no longer be funny it will be tyrannical To be fair to Mr Buchanan he like King George probably does not recognize the tyranny in his actions because he like King George believes that God is pn his side But thanks to our founding fathers even Buchanan knows the proper response to tyranny for the freedom loving patriot ride to the sound of the guns v Jim Berry New Braunfels Response favors new look at Langston House Editor Most of the jury is in and nine out of 10 love the new look at Langston House aka Pinto Ranch Grill Thats pony not bean or car When we bought the grand old house it seemed to lack the excitement it should have Franz Moreau built this house with a flare and there have been many a grand event held here since 18S4 It seemed the moment the Pinto Ranch Red went on the doors blew open and some thing special happened in the house that day It has been humming ever since I spoke with Pat Langston and she seemed delighted that the old house was up and running again I encourage everyone to come by and see what we have found behind the sheet rock walls and see the original wooden floors cov ered for so many years I want to thank everyone who has come by and shown your support for the project I want to especially thank the grayhaired lady in the white car that stopped Sunday after noon looked rolled down her win dow and yelled It looks great What a wonderful show of support Thank you New Braunfels Pinto Ranch Grill will be open soon Come by for a Taste of Texas D Anne Carson Steve Hamlett New owners of Langston House aka Pinto Ranch Grill LWV proves political opposites can work together Editor i o J iarrvamazed at the name is going on today This doesnt happen at the League of Women Voters In the League Ive seen socalled liberal Democrats and conservative Republi cans working together on committees to solve problems We all want the same things clean and plentiful water good education for our children justice in our courts more voter par ticipation with valid information etc Our differences are a matter of empha sis on how to achieve these goals We have learned to respect each other in spite of our differences We have learned to listen We dont call each other names or label each other but work to solve our common problems with common goals in mind The League has provided me with some rewarding experiences I feel it is good to respect people regardless of their differing options To me thats what our great country is all about Thea Chessher New Braunfels Dieting propaganda leads many to disorders Dear Editor All this diet propaganda directed toward heavy people is mostly bologna mixed with a little BS All this is being constantly pounded into society causing intimidating humiliating and indigni ties toward the general public Doc tors dietitians and the media never let up Weightloss clinics are nothing but legally condoned money making scams bordering on fraudulent deceptive oper ations Most deal in yoyo dieting knowingly I feel Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia are caused more by doc tors dietitians and the media than any other known source They provoke people especially young women into becoming preoccupied with food diet ing weightloss and too selfconscious unnecessarily about their bodies Ive seen very thin pretty women who thought themselves as being over weight and ugly How sad Many thin people doctors and dieti tians cant stand to see heavy or pot bellied people and want everybody on earth to look just like them They know however that our bodies are pro grammed genetically at birth to be thin fat or medium throughout life span and forcing a deviation from this normal process is harmful and could and has caused death from no reason except dieting Dieting also causes unnecessary suffering and misery and unhappiness from depriving our bodies from basic food groups of beef poric eggs dairy products and prevents enjoyment of good foods Bodies gen erally cut people off anyway automat ically when its had enough of any thing Mine does Dont yours If a person has a medical reason such as diabetes then diets are needed Its runny how fat doctors give me a dif ferent answer than thin doctors Why is that Some thin doctors and dieters look pretty peeked and malnourished to me A big plate of pinto beans ham hocks and mashed potatoes covered with sawmill gravy might do them a world of good Lets not worry about dying from good food Death comes to all people including doctors dietitians heavy thin or fat Worry about where youre going after death where it really counts Jerry E Dougherty Spring Branch Three cheers for LCRA building renovation idea Editor The question of the week is one long awaited Betty Lou Rushings guest column appearing in the Sunday March 3 issue of the Herald well extols the virtues of saving the spacious old LCRA power plant building The talk were hearing from the Lower Col orado River Authority LCRA sentatives is that itwill cost as much to tear it down as to renovate so in my opinion there seems very little to debate as to the step we should take The many concepts and ideas for the use of the building that Ms Rush ing has made in her article are excellent and each if not every one are worthy of an open dialogue and discussion Phone her up and give her an atta girl then clip the What do you think coupon from the paper and mail in your yes response please Please add my name to those that vote YES that the LCRA building should be renovated for use today Paul E Fraser Jr Mayor New Braunfels Bravo to HZ guest columnist Editor In response to Betty Lou Rushings article on your Opinion page in the Sunday March 3 1996 edition of the HeraldZeitung Bravo It would be a sad event to watch those twin towers come tumbling down It would be more sad for the City of New Braunfels and the sur rounding countryside to lose a part of its picturesque landscape The old pow er plant with those smoke stacks can seen for miles around Whether you come in from Seguin or San Antonio the power plant marks the banks of the Comal Kind of like an inland light house a safety and security island beaming from its surroundings I can remember as a child coming to New Braunfels each summer for vacation the anticipation of the river always asking how much longer But when one could see the twin smoke stacks you knew you were close I applaud Betty and her 30 for having the vision of a cultural arts center and tourism and meeting rooms All would be a positive for the New Braunfels area as it would allow a more mar ketable tool for the convention dollar and more space for local events 1 am proud to see that LCRA responded positively How else could a corpora tion give back to a community more than by investing in its future Seems to me to be the best public relations pro ject the company could do for years to come Dont throw away such a magnificent building just to build some more parking lots Sounds a lot like Houston Irr closing one can not think of any thing more important than to preserve a heritage and history The museums are excellent ideas most especially a permanent home for the Childrens Museum How else to better preserve It would definitely be a tragedy to lose the old building but more especially deny future generations of river rats the bonding to the old power plant Its as New Braunfels as the Comal River David Griffith New Braunfels New Braunfels not immune to HIV infection Greetings Some say that New Braunfels and Comal County do not have a problem with sexually transmitted even HIV infection and AIDS Well New Braunfels is no different than anywhere else in the world in those respects It happens and all too often it happens way too much We are not exempt from any of the above men tioned problems But we can hope to educate ourselves and our children on each and everyone of these problems completely and thoroughly Where is that education to come from Some say it is the responsibility of the parents to educate their children on such things But where or even how does the parent get this information Some say the our educational system are to busy to take on new problems etc On Tuesday March 26 1996 the Texas Department of Health Region 8 Education and Prevention Planning Coalition will be having a meeting here in New Braunfels The meeting will be held in the Rock House behind Hospice New Braunfels at 613 N Walnut from 10 to 3 Although this meeting is open to the public there is no action taken or conservation with the general public except during the Open Forum portion of the meeting The open forum of this meeting will be held from 1 until You are invited to come and share your con cerns and ideas about he topics listed above Are rural areas less likely to get the needed education than larger metropolitan areas One thing the Coalition is about is to see that the rur al areas as well as metropolitan areas get the fair end of the stick when the Education and Prevention plans are handed down We cordially invite you to join us for the meeting and especially to be there during the open forum You your opin ion and your ideas are very important to us We hope to see you there If you have any further questions or need information please feel free to contact us locally at 6060200 You may find the machine on but I promise to return your call as soon as possible Thank you for your time and again we hope to see you there Robert Konkel TDH Regional Plan ning Coalition Comal County Rep Flat tax favors the rich Editor What is Andy Rooney afraid of People wrote to him and asked what does the word flat tax mean He talked about tires feet etc but never explained the word flat tax Here is a very simple explanatioa President Rea gan used it years ago A flat tax means that everybody who has to pay taxes will be paying the same percentage of his or her salary in taxes This is the most unfair tax the government can ask the people to pay Somebody who makes a year will have to pay the percentage as a person who makes or even Of course the person who makes or will have to pay more money but will also have much more to spend and there fore can have better housing and a much better life Now lets put it into perspective A person making a year will have to pay divided by 100 x 17 in taxes hi other words the family would have left to live on While our people in Congress who gave themselves a year ago a 38 per cent raise will have to pay divided by 100 x 17 They still would have a salary of which still gives them an over 15 per cent raise In other words only the middle class would carry the burden of taxes The poor are free and the wealthy get a wonderful cut Before it was that50 percent over was taxable Of course here the wealthy also had special deduc tions by giving to charity and getting credit for 10 times the value How can a wealthy person sell their used clothing etc for more than they actually paid for Please dont elect anybody who talks about a flat rate in taxes The wealthy have as usual everything while the rest of us has difficulties to enjoy a good vacation together with their chil dren I hope everybody knows now what a flat rate or flat tax is i LiseselotteMourn New Braunfels Pride in race should not include hatred of others Editor I would like to respond to resident of New Braunfels William L Russells letter to the Editor which appeared in a San Antonio newspaper March 3 He wanted to know why is it that the liberals in this country which include 90 percent of the media find it offen sive for white people to have pride in and promote their race such as the KKK and white supremacists He went on to say blacks Hispanics or any oth er minority are encouraged to take pride in and promote their race Well Mr Russell let me say this we do take pride in our race but we do not promote hatred We promote what we think is in the best interest of our her itage We have given a lot and we have a lot to offer We will continue to offer ourselves and our lives to insure our race and your race live in this one great nation and I hope some day it will become this one great big melting pot Above all Mr Russell I am presi dent of the Black Heritage Society and we have both Hispanics and whites in our organization Nathan Millett President of the Black Heritage More support for LCRA idea Editor The following comments are in ref erence to the article about restoration of the old LCRA power plant by Betty Lou Rushing in the March 3 edition I fully agree with Betty Lou that this structure provides for some wonder ful opportunities and deserves all of our consideration We should have learned from the obvious mistake that San Antonio made in the demolition of the Arena without due consideration We are learning the advantages of re use and recycling Why not apply these ideas to the restoration of this struc ture Louis Canyon Lake Langston House weeping with joy Editor Yes indeed the Langston House is weeping weeping with joy and excitement because the lights are back on because there is life back in that home and because there is love once again for that property I live next door and nothing saddened me more over the past 14 months than to watch the daily decay and deterioration as it stood empty 1 was bom in New Braunfels and had the privilege of knowing John and Mildred Langston all of my life and was most fortunate to have been their neighbor for many years Mildred loved that home dearly and it was her life One day she called me over to visit in her front parlor to announce that the family had decided to sell the property It was just too great a task and responsibility to keep it up She knew it would become commercial property and she understood that because her wonderful memories would always be with her She definitely knew the home would change The only thing constant in the world is change After the sale the home was extensively altered dropped destroying fantastic plaster crown moulding and ornate plaster ceiling centers along with original plaster walls covered with sheet rock The present owner Mr Steve Ham let is taking great pride in creating an environment befitting his new South western style restaurant And believe me downtown desperately needs that grand addition The terra cotta color hunter sand accents has brought out architectural detailing that has long been overlooked He and his crew are there daily and delight in describing the unique plans and detailing that are projected for the interior How many of you objecting have bothered to stop by to introduce yourself and visit for a minute to find out what is going on How many of you objecting realize the high cost of property taxes and tremendous expense of keeping up these old mansions This is just one more jewel that we so des perately need to benefit our already ailing downtown Is the exterior color really that important an issue Wayne A Rahe New Braunfels Give outdoor art a chance Editor And now for the Outdoor Gallery of Art for Greater New Braunfels murals project I am chairman of that steering committee to study the possibility of doing museum quality art on select nonhistorical buildings in New Braunfels along with sculpture that would depict New Braunfels ear ly history Our most recent public met ing for an exchange of ideas was Feb 8 at Treetops and the entire public was invited via radio and newspaper Were you there Mrs Wofford If you could not attend did you call any of the com mittee members our phone numbers were listed to find out what this was all about Or did you get your information secondhand Ninety percent of the people our committee polled were in favor of bringing the world famous Mr Karl Schutz a German to our town to further study this most unique and beautiful form of art which has been in Europe for hundreds of years Mark your calendar now because Karl Schutz will be speaking at a public meeting here in New Braunfels on Sat urday May 18 It is indeed time to re emphasize art and history in our com munity so that we can truly bring life beauty and spirit back not only to our downtown but to the entire communi ty Yes you are so right Fredericks burg Boerne and even beautiful Gruene have done it And with some tasteful and creative imagination and some positive community spirit we can do it too Besides good quality art outdoors is environmentally sensi tive and correct If we paint it in a tasteful manner locals as well as visi tors can and will enjoy our alive and most unique downtown and entire city We are very much a tourist city and this outdoor art will attract a totally differ ent element of tourism Wayne Rahe New Braunfels   

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