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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas LETTERS LCRA cost too high to ben efit too few Dear Editor In regard to the responses in the Her ald March 17 1996 the structures atop the btiilding cannot be removed and replaced The building is on the Federal Historical register With few excep tions the building must remain asr less the asbestos lead paint PCBs oil contamination etc As far as the city raising sales taxes a half cent for a limited period of time when is the last time anybody saw an increase in taxes for a limited period of time The cost of environmental cleanup alone would cost between 10 and 12 million dollars This does not include the costs for continued EPA testing of the grounds wells and surrounding areas To remodel the building it would have to be determined if the existing shell could carry up to 14 floors If it costs a square foot to build a house what is it going to cost to remodel 10 to 14 floors at say square foot per floor If LCRA were inclined to contribute funds why didnt they when the Japan ese offered to turn part of the building into a restaurant or when an individual wanted to make the building into an indoor mountain climbing attraction Again I am not against the remod eling of the LCRA I feel that any structure standing can and should be upgraded IF it is eco nomically feasible and the return on the investment is sufficient to make a prof it I cannot see the economical feasi bility nor any reasonable return on investment for the majority of the cit izens of New Braunfels All I see is spending a pot full of money for clean up a pot full more for remodeling on going spending for EPA required testing and only a minor few citizens receiving extrinsic return on the invest ment Dan Ackerman Braunfels A little time spent in classroom will change your mind Dear Editor I am so tired of reading letters from people complaining about our school especially CISD schools If you dont believe there is a big need for more classrooms and schools you have never spent the day at school I am a volunteer at Frazier I see the over crowding every day The music teacher does not even have a room The students are crowded into the back of the cafeteria for their classes The teacher has to keep her supplies on a push around cart The classrooms are so crowded with students and learning supplies there is no storage that the walls are going to burst The over crowding is evident everywhere if one just takes the time to look I have also read letters complaining about what is being taught and what is not being taught in the classrooms I dont know where the children of the complainers go to school but I bet it is not Goodwin or Frazier In order to have a valid complaint you have to check out the situation I dont see any parents spending the day at school talking to the teacher or principal or bring up the problem at a PTA meet ing No instead they write letters to the newspaper that all of New Braunfels will read Problems need to be solved at the school not through the newspa per I dont always agree with what or how things are taught or done in the classrooms but hey Im not a teacher I do know that what works for one student does not always work with another What makes me feel so bad is that I was one of those complainers a few years I started volunteering at the school So to all the complainers out there call write or go see your childs teacher If that doesnt work go to the principal or bring up the problem at the PTA meeting Volunteer at school or spend the day in your childs class to see what is really going on at school Thank you DD Hodges Judgement made too quickly in Lindsey family tragedy Editor Recently our church family lost three very special members Stanley Pennye and Sheldon Lindsey In the Friday March 15 Herald Sheriff Bre mer was quoted as saying that the Lindseys were kinda Well this couldnt be further from the truth In the 1 years since this family joined St Andrew Lutheran Church at Startzville they have made their presence known All three actively par ticipated in church activities youth group Fellowship committee Mens Club Womens club teaching Sun day School and numerous other church activities Through church associations the Lindseys formed many friendships and socialized with these people fre quently I attended the press conference held March 15 at the Sheriffs Department At this time Sheriff Bremer stated that due to the investigation they the department knew this family better than anyone Well he didnt know them well enough to know what a strong relationship they had with their church and the members therein Sheriff Bremer stated that because of everyone close to the family that they had talked they had a fairly accu rate view of this family We dont know who they talked to but these loners had many friends in the church who could offer much more insight into the investigation Their friends can tell of the little nuances of their daily lives that dont fit with the scenario offered Numerous members of the congre gation including myself are very dis mayed in fact outraged that the Sher iffs Department has so hastily labeled a dead man a murderer There are too many inconsistencies and missing pieces to warrant the conclusion at this point We want to be shown more conclusive evidence The Lindseys were a very close knit loving Christian family When they had problems as all families do they turned to God and their not to murder and suicide And although we dont know the extended biological family of the Lindseys we offer them our greatest condolences Our church family grieves with them as this loss is a great loss for us all Cindy Riffe Youth Director St Andrew Lutheran Church Banning alcohol would solve many problems on rivers Editor Your editorial concerning the Clean and Safe Comal Project stated that of the taxpayers money had been allocated for this project and that an additional to was needed The city of Galveston discovered a way to minimize spending tax dollars for a similar project Galveston decreased the misbehavior that results in dirty and unsafe recre ational areas in addition to saving money They banned alcohol from their beaches The ban not only saved tax dollars and prevented dirty unsafe beaches but it attracted a more desirable tourist clientele This more desirable clientele behaved bet ter and had more money to spend The Galveston merchants were delighted with the results The only way to minimize spending tax dollars and to solve the problems of misbehavior and dirty unsafe rivers is to ban alcohol and disposable items such as cans and bottles from both of the local rivers John K Landry DDS New Braunfels Review of barge practices called for after spill By MIKE DRAGO Associated Press Writer GALVESTON Texas AP Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro is calling for a review of barge traffic in the Houston Ship Channel bmid a rash of recent accidents Including this weeks OaJVeston Bay7 oil spill Crews are working around the clock to clean up glops of thick black fiiel oil from the beaches and waters around Galveston Island after Mondays spill of barrels or gallons Mauro whose agency is leading the states cleanup efforts said he was bothered by a recent outbreak of barge incidents He said this weeks incident was the fourth in two weeks and the second that resulted in a spill Ten days ago a pair of barges struck a Panamanian flagged oil tanker docked at a Bay town refinery The damaged ship spilled barrels of oil I wondered about the frequency of I think every Texan OT ought to wonder about Mauro said Tuesday I think we just need to do a thorough investigation so the Coast Guard and the marine people can dis I think we just need to do a thorough so the Crest Guard and the marine people can discover whats going Garry Mauro Texas Land Commissioner cover whats going Coast Guard officials have refused to speculate on the cause of the recent spill but say 50mph wind gusts and choppy seas might have played some role in causing the barge to break open Pilot error was a possibility in the Bay town accident but authorities have not assessed blame Any danger of this weeks spill get ting worse ended Tuesday night when crews finished removing some barrels of intermediate fuel oil remain ing on the damaged vessel The barge remained aground in the 1 waterway between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula about a halfmile wide was spotted 30 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico Two skimmers were sent to chase it salvage effort Lt Joe officials hoped to move the vessel today Oilrecovery skimmers worked through the night to recover floating ribbons of oil from the water More than 900 barrels were sucked up by Tuesday night Leonard said one 1 1 milelong slick Stoppers 620TIPS 18006408422 Serving all of Comal County The Way We See It Quality Comes First When youre in a hurry we can well still make sure your eyeglasses meet our quality standards Concorde from San Antonio Come by today for 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