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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                feV 1 c Sf lir 3V f eovorago too Editor Thank you for the recent coverage on tennis internal County ftchbols It has been wonderful to follow the out standing tennis players in our area It is exciting that our local girls are receiv ing scholarships for all their hard work But who are the stars of tomorrow Could you pledse print the first and second place singles and doubles win ners in the district freshmen and junior varsity tounuunents that were held the same weekend as the varsity tourney I dont think ijl would take up too much space in the sports section Please con tinue with your great coverage William Smith I Comal County Politicians forgotten thai this an Immigrant country Editor First of all this is an immigrant country 1dont know why these politi cians dWt understand Maybe because they doftt know the history of the United States or how this country was developed Individual or personal liberties are written on the fundamental rights guaranteed to all persons citizens and noncitizens alike under the United States Constitution These fundamental rights are found in die Bill of Rights particularly in the fifth sixth eighth and ninth amendments Not too long ago the United States Supreme Court made a ruling that all illegal immigrants were entitled to go to school Congress knows about it that education could not be denied to illegal aliens But politi cians are trying to ignore it Police abuse and brutality are viola tions of the civil rights laws violation of the Constitutional law of the United States Hopefully everybody under stands this As a political science major and a legal assistant and paralegal I am will ing to discuss the situation especially in the law area I am one of the few individuals that likes to stress out the areas of the Constitution of the United States AurelioAyala legal assistant Now Braunfels deserves variance from drought plan Editor Roger In your editorial on April 16 Water Target ycu hit the nail on the head when you say But consider this New Braunfels is the only city in the aquifer region to go out and build sur face water New Braunfels is known for its progressive outlook and ability to get things done and we can be proud of this accomplishment New Braunfels should not be on the list of users not meeting target reductions New Braunfels Utilities has applied to the EUWD for a variance from the Drought Management Plan DMP which sets die reductions and the target use volumes that you refer to in your editorial We have had to apply for this variance the Edwards Dis trict has failed to recognize the con junctive users of ground and surface water which our customers are The DMP does not give any credit to New Braunfels for our customers invest ment in the surface water treatment plant and unfairly penalizes us for our reductions The DMP sets our target use vol ume based on the prior years con sumption which is already reduced by our usage of surface water The EUWD rationale requires that we reduce our already minimal amounts and gives no credit for our reduced usage By switching to surface water to meet our requirements we have achieved an 80 percent reduction of our Edwards pumping compared to 1990 In March of year we pumped 647 thousand gallons of water from the Edwards Aquifer but we saved 200 million gal lons that previously would have been pumped because we unlike others had an alternate water source This far exceeds any of the percentage reduc tions called for in the DMP or achieved by any other pumper on the Edwards Aquifer Our customers should be mended and recognized for their invist in the water rreatmefrt plant I People should also remember your very important point thai New Braun fels has more to lose than most other cities if the aquifer level keeps drop We will suffer severely if the Comal Springs dry up I hope we continue to take the moral high ground and take every step we can to conserve water Our conservation efforts should include restrictive lawn watering repairing water leaks adding low flow faucets and other personal measures such as making sure washing machines and dishwasher loads are full turning faucets off while brushing your teeth and only serving water in restaurants to patrons that request it Our investment in surface water and continued efforts in conservation should be held up as an example to all users No one should be able to point to our customers and shout foul about our efforts to conserve and preserve the Edwards Aquifer We know water is precious All we would like from the other users of the Edwards Aquifer is a little credit where credit is due Paula DiFonzo NBV General Manager Voter participation is goal of QHCC during oloction yoar Editor There have been rumors around that the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is endorsing certain candi dates in this election We would like to set the record straight The GHCC does NOT endorse any candidate We believe that every candidate who runs for public office does so because is dedicated to the community and wishes to do good things for New Braunfels We respect all candidates commitment to our community It is against our bylaws to endorse any can didate as a chamber Instead as a group we focus our energies to encour age our members and the public to VOTE The right to vote is a great American privilege and the only people who can make a difference in our com munity state and country are die voters We are not responsible for individ uals in our membership who wish to advocate certain candidates As indi viduals it is their right to endorse the candidateiroftheir choictronthetf 6wiT time without the use of the GHCC name behind them We hope in the future that the community and candi dates will understand that the GHCCs primary mission during elections is to encourage voter participation among minorities 1 Yolanda Longoria Vice Chair GHCC Coaches clinic goes beyond coaching philosophy Editor A big thank you to Lisa Morris the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the National Youth Sports Coaches Association for the super coaches clinic presented by Lisa last weekend The clinics are designed not only to instruct coaches to place the emotion al and physical wellbeing of our play ers ahead of our personal desire to win but they go way beyond the coaching philosophy Those of us in attendance learned about the individual physical growth of the players drug and alcohol abuse child abuse accommodating children with diabetes sportsmanship and dealing with parents We saw a video demonstrating the need to establish a legal liability plan how a coach should prepare him or herself for safety dealing with heat stress the need for a good first aid kit good nutrition exercises for flexibility and conditioning assessing injuries the treatment of injuries blood spills and postinjury checklist Coaches also saw a second video giving us some great tips on particular practice activities to help players who Are Oh the field fofiuie first time ind for districts here in our anathere aw at A A ji i i d those who have played for several years The group discussions wwe even better wMi experienced coaches sharing iheir methods of making practice ses sions interesting fun ami challenging for all players The NYSCA has a three level pro gram that coaches will attend to become a NYSCA Certified Coach For those of us who desire to coach or want to continue coaching these clinics should be a must Thanks again Lisa for spending you weekend for our benefit Ernie Mendet Manager Xtreme controls of govern RIOHI impinge of freedom Editor Raising the minimum wage has nev er been and never will be a good idea An increase in minimum wage cost wilt cause layoffs of personnel at the entry level increases all the way to the top of the pay scale and more juve nile crime a large increase in welfare rolls and in increase in inflation which minimum wage increases fuel as gaso line fuels a fire Government should not be involved in business especially to this extent If we had a truly free society govern ment would keep its nose out of the matter of wages and many other facets of business this is nothing more nor less than another unfunded mandate and needs to be abolished Most Republicans now in Congress were elected for the purpose of shrink ing government and making it less intrusive not more If anyone trunks supporting an increase in the minimum wage will get reelected he very well may find it has exactly the opposite effect this was not part of the Contract with W Ray Shannon Frances Shannon Spring Branch Flag rotiroment a special day for Legion school children Editor On behalf of the Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post and Auxil iary I would like to thank Sts Peter and Paul School On April 16 a Flag Retirement Ceremony was conducted at the school for all the children to observe A special thank you to Mrs Miller principal to Rosemary Knif fin teaching assistant and to the stu dent council for their wonderful help and cooperation in planning and con ducting the ceremony It was my pleasure to have in atten dance Mayor Paul Fraser and his wife Tina Comal County Sheriffelect Bob Holder and Comal County Judge Carter Casteel My appreciation to the members of American Legion Post especially Commander Glenn Morris who helped make the ceremony so meaningful and to the Auxiliary members who assisted It was a wonderful and beautiful morning For God and country Joan P Helmke American Legion Unit Education vital In fight against HIV Infection Editor In response to a letter in the let ters section of the Wednesday April 17 Ms Brown I would like to thank you for your concerns and for taking time out to share them with the gener al public Yes education is VITAL and especially of our children Adults too need to know and that was the main reason for our visit to Judge Cas teel I feel we got our message across very well When the numbers of infect ed and also those affected with HIV were shared it came as somewhat of a shock to realize that many could be here in small town As for your did you realize one out of every four teenagers being tested are coming up positive for the virus Did you know that in the three school that have tested positive Can you for sura say mat these kids fall into your lifestyles There in basically only two main ways you can get this 1 unpro tected sex 2 drug use 3 There is still some danger to hemophiliacs There is still a VERY small amount of tainted blood put Just being homosexual does not mean they are infected Hie groups that are oh the rise are ADOLESCENTS and WOMEN BLACK AND HISPAN Cases of new infection in the gay community have dropped drastically The growth is in the heterosexual com munity Like I said I appreciate Ms Browns comments I am convinced that with the right amount of education and not only die children but the adults also we can put a BIG dent into the amount of infections in our area I am no expert and the data and new drugs etc are coming out every day or so It is almost a fulltime job just trying to see whats hot and whats not The one thing I know for sure is that our children are dying our children our growing up without parents and some very fine organizations are losing executives and employees far too much I myself have been attending or sending flowers to at least two funerals a week So you see we are losing Our friends our coworkers etc This can be stopped Those that are infected can only wait for that cure and live as productively as possible as long as pos sible In reference to the Its a disease It doesnt have any thing to do with your I feel what she was saying was that in a lot of cases you have no choice There are a lot of women out there that are innocent victims women and men who date decide to get married enter into a safe marriage People When you go to bed with someone you are also sleeping with everyone they ever slept with personnel have contracted the virus through basic trauma care sutures needles handling body fluids etc I could go on with this list forever but I need to reach my point Ms Brown you said it best Educa tion is one of the main problems and we want to get that information out Do not Ms Brown limit your Grab everything you can get youd be surprised how far we have come Some figures for you To date have been diagnosed with AIDS To date have died To date have tested for the HIV virus Forty percent ate expected to be dead by the year 2000 Thank you very much for yourletter Please keep them coming We need to know that there are people out there that want to leam and help in the pre of HIV and all sexually trans mitted diseases Sincerely Robert Konkel Founder Until Theres a Cure much of our time John Walker According to one study heres the percentage of time the average person spends on various worries 1 Things that will never 40 percent of worry time 2 Things that are in the past 30 percent of worry time 3 Needless health worries 12 percent 4 Petty cares percent 5 Real and legitimate 8 percent Of the eight percent of the worries that are legiti mate we have no control over half of them We can do jome thing positive about half of the rest of our real worries That leaves about two percent or our worries that are worthy of being worried over I found these intriguing fig ures in Peak Performance Principles for High Achievers by John R Noe The author gave no details on how worry patterns were computed Mea suring and validating worry traits would be an awfully difficult scien tific study to design and control But Im not going to worry about it The numbers arent as important as the message we worry too much Our lives have been filled with terri ble tragedy most of which never happened No psychiatrist or therapist would deny that worry does more harm than the things we worry about concern over the the second most common worry pattern Of all the needless worries regret is probably the most useless Regret is pain revisited The cure for regret hope Rather than focusing on the pastj eagerly ences Past mistakes poor choices wrong turns can be rectified by future suc cess Forget the past As Ella Wheeler Wilcox suggests we would do well to resolve to live today so that tomor rows dreams can come true Resolve Build on resolve and not upon regret The structure of they future Do not grope Among the shadows of old sins but let Thine awn souls light shine on foe path of hope And dissipate the darkness notears Upon the blotted record of lost years But turn the leaf and smile oh smile to see The fair white pages that remain forthee Prate HOI of they repentance But believe The spa divine dwells in thee let it grow That which the upreaching spirit can achieve The grand and all creative forces know They will assist and strengthen as the light Lifts up the acorn to the oaktrees height Thou hast but to resolve and lol Cods whole Great universe shall fortify thy soul Each new day represents a blank page in the book of life that can be filled with love joy service and pur pose Instead of did I do that resolve to can I do that better Lets face it We all make mistakes But winners and whiners deal with these mistakes in polar opposite ways Whiners play the I wish I hada game They regret their mistakes Winners play the Ill do better game They resolve to improve on their mistakes Filling the mind with regret is sim ilar to depositing a handful of gravel in a cars crank case mental motor Resolving to withdraw only positive thoughts from the mem ory bank is like lubricating the cars chassis The mind naturally wants to forget unpleasant situations If we resolve to focus on the good unpleasant mem ories will fade and we can smile on a hopeful future John Ingram Walker is a New Braunfels Crime Stoppers 620TIPS 18006408422 Serving all of Comat County Sts Peter and Paul School brings The Mighty THRILLING AIDES MIDWAY GAMES OF CHANCE Unlimited with Wristband purchased In advance at SacNPac Stores Wuest Supermarkets and Sts Peter and Paul School COMAL COUNTY FAIRGROUNDSMAY AFTER YOU SPRAY SCRAPE SCRUB DRAIN WIPE WAX MOP SQUIRT PAINT OR Bring the leftover products to HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY Saturday April 27 9 am to 3 pm behind Fire Station 4120 Loop 337 New Braunfels SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS AND COMAL COUNTY All City and County residents are eligible to participate Recyclable waste may be dropped off for FREE as listed However there will be a per pound charge for hazardous waste as listed under Cleaning Products and Paint Supplies Volunteers Needed Contact Elroy Friesenhahn at 6082120 for more information CHECKLIST OF ITEMS TO BRING Recyclables FREE Used motor oil Used oil filters Auto batteries Tires Paint Antifreeze per pound Brake Fluid Herbicides Pesticides Rat poison Solvents Poo chemicals Cleaning Products per pound Drain Cleaners Oven Cleaners Spot Removers Tile Cleaners Solvents Furniture Polish Kitchen cleaners Bathroom cleaners Paint Supplies per pound Paint thinners Paint strippers Spray cans Lacquer Wood preservatives Solvents THESE ITEMS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED Trash Medical waste Smoke detectors Ammunition Fireworks Radioactive material Industrial waste Commercial waste Gas cylinders Explosives Flares   

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