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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas a hand after kllfcd Editor This letter is addressed to my ftiends and caring persons in Comal Bexar and Guadalupe counties It Is with the deepest appreciation that 1 thank you all for your sacrifice in gifts and expression of support in what has worst year of nty life The nightmare is not over yet but your love and aid has helped to show me that there are good people who far out number the sick individuals who did this to my home pets and family Your kindness raised a little over which covers the cost of my steers purchase I hope to have a steer to show next year so I can complete my plans and goals for my life and family Thank you again so very much God bless you Monty Portis and Family Comal County AIDS hat to do with IHaatyla eholeaa Editor In response to a front page article in the April 3 Herald AIDS hitting high schools This article deals with AIDS coun seling and education of the public in general and school children in particu lar Mr Robert Konkel with the Texas Department of Health HTVVSTD Com munity PI anni ng and Presentation Coalition offers educational materials and tells how to obtain them At the bottom of the article a Becca Yates whose daughter has the HIV virus makes a statement Its a disease It doesnt have anything to do with your That statement is incorrect and irresponsible All of the experts agree that in Overwhelming numbers upwards of 90 percent those people who test HIV positive fit into three categories they are promiscu ous homosexual males or intravenous drug users Its tragic for anyone and their family who tests positive for HTV Ms Yates doesnt say how her daugh ter got the virus or how old she is There are a few cases of wives being infected by promiscuous husbands and babies being born to HIV infected mothers and even fewer cases nowa days of it gotten through blood trans fusions in this country Blood testing in this country is very accurate AIDS is on the increase among teens and young adults For Ms Yates state ment to be published as fact without giving the true facts is irresponsible in my view Especially when tM article deals with education Shouldnt edu cation be information Nancy Brown Brownwood Nip KNip It bud Editor When I was five yean old we lived in Dallas One morning I saw the lady next door hiding her door key under the door mat just before leaving Shortly thereafter two neighborhood boys about my age came by and I told them about the above One of those boys suggested that we should go investigate and that we did I got the key and unlocked the door and we all went in and looked around I didnt touch anything but the others picked up some trinkets of doubtful value and then we left being unaware that a lady across the street was watching I forgot to lock the door and to replace the key Shortly thereafter my neighbor returned and the lady across the street told her what she had seen and that 1 was involved She called my parents too and my father asked me about it I pleaded not my mother found the missing key in my pocket My father grabbed me snd using his belt he almost wore it out on my behind in front of the neighbors Now I am nearly 06 years old no more burglaries since the above Does this tell you anything EwingMoope New Braunf Drive cafe Ha not Jutt flood advice the law Editor Our seem very safe However driver safety rules are con stantly being broken This can be observed every day on our streets Check it out The Texas Driver Handbook page 55 states A Stop Sigh means that you must bring your car to a conv plete stop Slowing down is not Drivers of all ages are doing California just rolling on they are making no effort at all to slow down and zip on through the intersection This type of driving becomes habit forming and eventually an accident will happen Thinking It will not happen to is only kid ding yourself Speed limits for Urban Areas City page 83 dictates that ALL vehicles must be driven 30 miles our per hour ott city streets Exceptions are before someone i if the speed limit is posted higher or phone calf lower Bicycle safety is another issue Page 131 states A bicyclist n n and signals Never ride opposite the Tf I flow of traffic Stop at all sto ftinaand with stop red ing a bicycle has all of the rights and I feel a reply ism order to Tee timw I responsibilities as a driver of lost to Winter In addition it stdtes thafevery bicycle in use at night time needs a white light ta 77we top have a large number of visible at least 500 feet to the front and sumrrter people at our golf course a red reflector on the rear visible up to some are even from Texas And we 300 too have a difficult time getting an ear 121 states thatpedes ly tee time1 But we also realize that trians should Walk on the left side of the tidy profit our course shows at the the road if there arc no slflewalks Step erta of ttrt iSlWlped off the pavement when a ably by the And so Also Always weat white or light We golf at later hours and rarely on colored clothing or carry a light or weekends And f hope we never make reflector when walking at our Summer People feel they ate not Who sees and notices us doing these welcome things the children do and they think There are many golfing dollars from this is the right way to do it winter golfers that are going to other Riding bicycles or walking with out than Landa because of letters children or grandchildren on the wrong like Tee times lost to Winter Tex side of the street is sending the wrong message Audrey Liphe Lets not create statistics Lets show New Braunfels Many factors considered in carving new By JACQULINE CULLOM Special to the HeraldZeitung The May 4 1996 New Braunfels city election will bring about several significant changes in the way the city elects its leaders The changes are a result of recent amendments to the New Braunfels City Charter the doc ument that governs the operations of the city The upcoming city election will be the first election in recent history to afford voters the opportunity to direct ly select the individual who will serve as mayor Before the recent changes to the city charter the mayor of New Braunfels was elected from among the seven members of the city council The change to an at large system of selecting the mayor which allows every voter to cast a vote for mayor was presented to New Braunfels voters jas a ballot issue during the May 1993 election The proposition to change to an at large system was overwhelm ingly supported by the voters The citys voters approved the necessary charter amendment to effect the change during the May 1995 election According to the city charter the mayor presides at all meetings of the city council and is recognized as head of the city government for all ceremo nial According to Terrell Blodgett author of Texas Home Rule although most city charters speak in terms of ceremonials a mayors most important duty is to furnish the political and community leadership necessary to build and main tain a healthy and viable city Another significant change that will be implemented during the upcoming city election is the selection of council members from singlemember dis The newly created singlemem ber district system divides the city into six specific geographic areas A can didate running for election from any one particular district must live in that district and is voted on only by voters in that particular district Voters who reside in newly created District 5 and District 6 will be electing council mem bers to represent their districts in the upcoming city election All voters of the City of New Braunfels will be allowed to vote for mayor Both of these recent changes to the city charter were recommended to the city council by the Charter Review Committee The Charter Review Com mittee was appointed by the city coun idlin Augj cbmmitteeliejd meetiiigbn Sept 1 1994 and after numerous public meetings the committee proposed several charter amendments to the city council The city council unanimously approved the recommendations and passed an ordi nance to place the issue on the ballot during the May 1995 election New Braunfels voters overwhelm ingly approved the proposed changes to the charter by a 2 to 1 margin during the May 1995 election The city coun cil moved quickly to appoint a Redis tricting Committee charged with designing the boundary lines for the six new voting districts The task of drawing the new boundary lines was particularly challenging since the Redistricting Committee was required to follow all federal voting rights laws and applicable court rulings relating to redistricting The Redistricting Committee care fully studied all of the legal rulings and agreed to create the new districts by keeping in mind several factors Those factors included 1 application of the one person one vote doctrine 2 con sideration of geographical compact ness and contiguity 3 consideration of existing neighborhoods 4 no inten tional dilution of any recognized group and 5 consideration of identifiable natural and manmade boundaries and landmarks The Redistricting Committee sub mitted its recommendations to the city council on December 11 1995 Sub sequently several public meetings were held in an effort to inform the public abort the new districts and cityctiuncil approved the Redistricting Commit tees proposed changes on Jan After final approval of the six new districts by the city council the City Attorneys Office submitted the pro posed voting system changes to the United States Department of Justice The Federal Voting Rights Act requires that any changes affecting voting must be precleared by the Department of Justice The preclearance process is a lengthy and extensive one The Depart ment of Justice typically contacts local residents and officials to seek their input on any proposed changes The city received notificationthat the Department of Justice had precleared and thereby authorized the May 4 1996 election in a letter dated March Municipal elections are conducted in accordance with applicable provi sions of the Texas election code Any citizen who has a question regarding a city election may contact the Texas Secretary of States Office at 1800 252VOTE 8683 or 15124635650 New Braunfels citizens are also wel come to contact either the city attorney 6082100 or the city secretary 608 2100 with any questions related to the city election Early voting for this years municipal election begins April 15 and contin ues through April 30 Early voting will be held in Room 306 of the Comal County Courthouse Annex during ordi nary business hours Voters may also cast an early vote Saturday April 27 at the Courthouse Annex Designated PLANT SALE SAT APRIL 20 95 SUN APRIL 21 125 Prize Drawings Every Hour Locke Nursery will have a PLANT SALE at the INDEPENDENT STONE COMPANY located 3 miles from IH35 on HWY 306 towards Canyon Lake Load up on your favorite plants and browse the Stone Huge selection of landscaping materials 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family The Together In Love Seminar with Ray Mossholder will help you unlock key principles to restore refresh and enjoy your commitment to one another Sunday April 100 mi Monday mtay April PM Tree of Life Fellowship 652 Loop 337 New Braunfels 6256375 election day polling places for the Sat newly created districts urday May election are listed Jacqueline Cullom is the New below along with a may of the six Braunfels City 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 McDonald V Pocket Change McDonalds8 Homestyle Burger McChickerf Sandwich or Filet0Fislr Sandwich Each Extra Value Meal Just All Extra Value Meals Include Large Fries Medium Soft Drink McDonalds McDonalds 1201 East IH35 New Braunfels TX 78130 Printed in the United States of America 1035 IH New Brawnfels TX 78130 91996 McDonalds Corporation
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