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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                l r i HeraidZettima O WMneadav Mav is idSS n s from tftfflei Editor Recently we have seen people get ting away to the outdoors to relieve get away from the big city life for exercise Its amazing the num gber of people that have taken up bicy Here in Comal County we have seen the numbers of bicycles increase very rapidly the last two to three years The increase really been apparent of farm to market and county roads About a year ago my wife was i forced from the road by vehicles pass soing bicycles twice in less than two miles because the riders of the bicycles two or three abreast and refused to use common sense and ride single file until the vehicle wanting to pass could do so It has been noticed that most of the with the exception of die Iron tf Man competition are ridden by people from Bexar County As we experience and more traffic it stands to rea that traffic accidents as well as vcinjuries and fatalities will increase On hSaturday May 4 1996 between 10 and 11 I left FM 482 and pro vceeded to FM 1863 via Krueger Canyon Road As I started up the hill by the railroad overpass a bicyclist jcame around a curve on the wrong side the road causing me to take evasive by pulling to the right and par tially offthe paved portion of the road I was about half way up the hill going into a curve to my right I met a bicycle rider on the wrong evasive action by pulling to the right youre right Im getting pretty mad by now as this had taken place in less than minute And to make matters even L worse I went about half of a mile and bicycle rider veers across the center of the road at me I drive a 19 Dodge Ram pickup that is a nice vehi f cle that I want to keep that way I formed the opinion several years ago that bicycles should NOT be ridden on a road that does not have an improved shoulder and for bicyclist required to stay on the improved shoul der I will contact my state representa tive and state senator requesting stricter J laws be enacted for bicycle riders no matter what the age of the rider If stricter laws are not enacted we will I see an increase not only in the deaths of I bicyclists but also of people in motor j vehicles Laws usually have to be I enacted because of a few irresponsible S people I have seen die needless killing on I our roads and highways because of I careless uncaring people and it is not very pretty to see lives snuffed out needlessly As a retired state trooper i with 21 years experience and five years i experience as a deputy sheriff I speak from firsthand experience As we have a bigger and bigger population we need to try harder to get along Ill do my part and Im hoping others will Carl L Davis New Braunfels totter to driver who klllodpot Editor This is for the person that on May 3 did not feel it necessary to honk a horn use the brakes or drive around a pet red hen that for some unfortunate reason decided to go to the edge of Hunter Road probably to chase a bug I have not lost a fowl to an unconcerned driver for years She would come when you called fher being in the yard did not always ippeal to her so she was given the freedom to go to the barnyard She was put in the garage at night to protect her from varmints You could not realize the hurt of her loss not being able to pick her up any jivhere and having her around as a lone chick to her fullgown life She did not need to be close to the road but it being a clear day she could be seen very easily and her death could Save been prevented could you not come to the house and show some decency to Y KYKdLASS SKRYK i plasses made while you wait One hour or less for most prescriptions Creative Eyewear 844 N Walnut St New 78130 210 express what you did Maybe some day you will realize if you have to lose a pet how it hurts Yes 1 rfcatift that senseless and untimely4 death occurs to a member of someone s ramity also and I fully understand their sorrow Joyce Koepp New Braunfels Cnuy MM not so eraiy Editor On Wednesday May 8 a letter to the editor appeared entitled A Crazy Idea by Ernie Mendez Mr Mendezs letter is by no means a crazy idea Think about it more impor tantly BUSINESS OWNERS If the businesses mentioned and others would give specials from 6 to 8 I honestly think the idea would work I am personally putting out a chal lenge to the businesses restaurants tourist attractions to Stand up and be counted for your beliefs in the matter of the KKK holding a rally in your town Put your specials in the paper and on the radio Let us the vast majority who are against this meeting hear you loud and clear Bill Hitch New Braunfels imMtoat to Improvo paper Editor We here in New Braunfels are well aware of your current situation with a change in management etc But I have a few questions that are on my mind and Im sure on the minds of several of your readers 1 Why does it take an average of 10 rings for you to answer your phone 2 When put on hold why are we not checked on regularly to see if our party has answered or if they are even in the building 3 No one ever seems to know who is in or who is not 4 You seem to be increasing the cost of subscriptions and die paper only seems to get smaller 5 Spell Check is a wonderful tool on most computers Is this feature missing from your system 6 Most of all it seems that messages left to return a call are never returned or at least not in a timely manner Over all The New Braunfels Her aldZeitung is a great little paper I am an avid subscriber and reader I as some others just wish it was easier to deal with you when we want to get something done culation problems It is now and my daily newspaper has still hot been delivered Ive heard most of the news on the radio by now Let us see you are trying to give us a quality timely complete paper And most of all at a reasonable rate An avid reader Robert Konkel New Braunfels Raising minimum Is the dscmt thing to do Editor I just cant understand my fellow American who do not want our minimum wages raised One thing is sure they just dont want hardwork ing people to get a salary they can live on People have become so cruel toward each other and disrespectful How can anybody live on the mini mum wages our government has set for the labor of the workers Besides having to work for practically noth ing they have to live in low income housing or shacks when there isnt any housing available get food stamps While teaching I have talked with the children whose parents worked for minimum wages and couldnt make ends meet The mothers were going to garage sales to find used cheap doming for their children For their birthdays the kids received toys bought in garage sales I have visited these homes which always were tidy and immaculately clean Why on earth doesnt anybody want to help the people on minimum wages to have a better life and future Not everybody is bom to go to college some people enjoy working in a facto ry working with their hands or taking CMC of small children Other people just cant get i weltpaying job and are happy to do anything just able to work and earn some money because they dont want to be depen dent on the government As long as we dont raise the mini mum wages for our workers we will not only discriminate but also humili ate our fellow citizens who are trying so hard to become independent of the government We are harrassing them in such a way as not allowing them a decent life A life to be proud of All the businesses which are able to give thousands and even millions of dollars in bonuses to their employees should be higher taxed As for example Chrysler who gave to one of its works an million bonus should have to pay an extra million in taxes The owner of the Cowboys when throwing million out to catch Dion Sanders should get its taxes raised by mil lion to me that kind of giving money away wasnt only very unprofessional but also impolite toward all the other players of the league and should be outlawed By the way their advertis ing is in my opinion the dumbest I have ever seen The reason they both present themselves as slightly Life is hard enough for the people depending on minimum wages as they dont receive any kind of benefits In my opinion the people who dont want to raise the minimum wages are very selfish We need to do something to help our workers and to get our facto ries returned to our country We have to help our own people first before trying to give advice to the rest of the world Liselotte Mourn New Braunfels San Antonio and suburbs must roallio Is a wator crisis Editor I have followed with interest your coverage of testimony before the Edwards Underground Water District I dont mink I have EVER heard failure described in such glowing terms To read these articles one would think that these entities are adding water to the Edwards Aquifer The truth is that they have failed to meet reductions in usage dictated by conditions Until the residents of San Antonio and its upscale singlefamily homes on large lots with extensive gardens and lawns suburbs realize that we have a water problem in South Texas there will be no solution Recitation and publication of exten sive lists of plans and proposals will not solve the problem Back slapping pol iticking nodding and grinning will not solve the problem Extensive public relations campaigns will not solve the problem The root problem is the fact that our region has a limited supply of water and the population continues to grow without considering that limited supply Weve gotten away with it so far The current drought is only a preview of what to expect if San Antonio resi dents continue to consider water as an unlimited resource Many people have chosen to live close to the water because we love that environment and we give up some things to live there Those who want to live as though water were unlimited must either choose that environment utilize effective conservation methods or develop an alternative water source Many users of the Edwards Aquifer refuse to accept any of those options EdGunter McQueeney Roaming dogs causo trouble Editor Recently there appeared an article in the HeraldZeitung by Roger Croteau regarding a dog which had to be tranquilized by animal control facil ities and consequently died I am sorry for the owners who loved their pet however I have a situation in my SCHWABS SAUSAGE HAUS 8 BBQ Every Day Special Chopped Pot Salad Tea Thurs FH Brisket Saus Tea 199 Catering Custom BBQ Family Packs Party Trays Dry Sausage Finger Sandwiches Vegetable Trays Office Parties Graduations Family WE CAN DO IT ALL Brisket Sausage Chicken Chicken Quarters Ribs Beef Chicken Tajitas Beans Potato Salad Cole Slaw Homemade Beef Turkey Jerky Open Thurs Sun to 309 Hwy 81 West New Braunfels 210 6256519 rwighborrwod concerning dogg run ning around imsupervised that it scar ing me to teathtrrf apparently there is nothinglcandoiboirtit I live in New Braunfels on Lake Dunlap which is in Ouadalupe Coun ty In my neighborhood dogs are allowed to roam around freely with no supervision We have two small dogs which are never allowed outside unsu pervised However our yard has no fence and when we take our little dogs out into the back yard there is nothing to stop stray dogs from coming into our yard There have recently been increased incidents where two large dogs which are allowed to roam free are beginning to come into our yard often One of them is a chow and the other one looks like part wolf We know for a fact that they will attack other dogs because We saw them gang up on a neighbors beagle We were able to chase them away before they injured the dog seriously However our little miniature dachshunds wont stand a chance if they come into our yard when we are out with them and decide to attack j We have spoken to the owner of the two dogs who assured us that his dogs do not roam But this is not true We are seeing them more and more often They were there this morning and again at noon v When I attempted to report them to the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department the receptionist said there is no animal control facility in Guadalupe County and there is nothing they can do for me They also have no animal shelter Perhaps the owners of unsupervised dogs who allow them to roam free should know that not only do they risk harm coming to their animals but they are also endangering other animals and humans who might get attacked by their dogs Insurance companies and attorneys are full of stories about lawsuits and megadollar settlements for minor and major injuries However no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a beloved family pet I am respectfully asking all pet own ers to keep their dogs from roaming around the neighborhood unsupervised Lu Allen Lake Dunlap parents child oara to stay lit school i Editor i I am writing in reference to the edi torial Keeping Kids in May 8 1996 page I recently returned to Texas after living several years in Los Angeles California I am the prospective stepmother of a bright 14 yearold Ill call her Diane is a very good student at a junior high school in West Texas She is a typical teenager whose main interests are music movies and going to the mall She is much like any other girl her age The only difference is that Diane has a threemonthold son She gets up very early every morning to get her son to a day care provided by the school district so she can go to school during the day This wonderful program has enabled Diane to continue her education and to resume as much of a normal life as possible Her father and I have been contemplating the possibility of enrolling her in school in the Canyon Lake area next fall I was extremely disappointed to leam that there is no formal child care program in the area for teenage students who want to con tinue their education For any mother it can be difficult to make arrangements for the care of a child The cost of child care for many teen mothers is so great that it simply prohibits them from going back to school even if that is what they want to do As a former criminal attorney I had ample opportunity to see firsthand the ruin that dropping out of school can bring to a young person and his or her family I have also seen since mov ing to Canyon Lake the great com mitment of the schools here to provid ing the best education possible for every student I hope that the CISD will received the grant which it his applied for arid that the money will be used to provide for child care so that teen parerfts will have a realistic opportunity loreturn to school While sorrie may feel justified in labeling teW mothers as unworthy of any help those girls are precisely the ones who need me support of the com munity to show them that it is not too late for them to prepare themselves for a productive happy life Indifference is a cruel response to the failure of a child to act without clearly envisioning the consequences 1 would be very interested in speak ing with other parents of teen mothers and sons to know how they have dealt with keeping their children in school I am also considering forming an advo cate group so that we can discuss the possibility of working with the school district to come up with some cost effective options for child care for teen parents in the event that CISD is not awarded the grant it has requested Anyone interested may contact me at 8995413 Cathy S Camp ton Canyon Lake ttocum Hamum dosorvos a tribute Editor I was so angry when I read the arti cle about Joan Slocum Hannan Joan has done so much for our community and added artistic culture where there was little Many families and children have benefited from her professional talents as a dancer and a teacher New Braunfels HAD one of the most tal ented teachers in all of Texas She has studied with and personally known some of the greatest tap ballet and jazz teachers of all time She is also respon creating young people and adultt Because of Joan I have a career that I love I branched oft fromthe Imunfeti Dance Stucbo and I opened The Segirin Dance Studio in Ive learned from the BEST and because of this I am very capable of giving my students a wellrounded dance education that will benefit them and their community for yean to come The example a teacher displays to her students often teacrws as much or more than the tech niques learned Joan has not only con tinued to give of a teacher and friend but she strives constantly to work arid study preparingnereelf with the newest techniques in an everchang ing dance format I am proud of my heritage from the New Braunfels Dance Studio due to Joan Slocum Hannan The lady who wrote the article obvi ously did not know Joan or her history and didnt seem to care about her leav ing our town I was called to be inter viewed and the writer distorted my comments so badly they made no sense and were an embarrassment to Joan and to me The quote that said I taught sticktoitness at my studio was false and out of context to what I really said I will now think twice before letting someone interview me for a newspaper I hope that you will find someone more capable to write a fond farewell to Joan and to welcome a new teacher into pur beautiful town Joan Slocum Hannan is my mentor and my friend and I will miss her immensely Mrs Korri Scheel Stevens LaVemia Editors Nate Melanie Gerik the reporter who wrote the article on Slocum Hannan is no longer employed by the HeraldZeitung She is now a copy editor at the Houston When stupid is smart We all know of someone who scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT and flunked out of college by the second semes ter Thats because success to improved interpersonal relations 5 Managing Relationships Social superstars interact smoothly with They are popular and natural Heres the good news While IQ can not be changed much interpersonal intelligence the ability to understand other people and how to get along with them and intraperspnal intelligence the ability to understand andmanage to do with raw ingram intelligence IQ Walker MD predicts success about 20 percent of the time Behavioral scientists have discovered that 80 percent of success depends on emotional factors Harvard students from the classes of the 1940s a time when there was a wider range of IQ at that school were tracked into middle age The high IQ men were not any more successful than the lower in intelligence Similarly 450 boys from Boston slums were followed into middle age Success in this social group as not dependent on intelligence Ten years after 81 valedictorians and salutatorians graduated from their high schools only four were at the highest level of young people of comparable age in their chosen profession Acade mic intelligence fails to predict how one will react to the vicissitudes of life Yale psychologist Peter Salovey has mapped those characteristics of emo tional intelligence that predict success in life much better than IQ or SAT scores 1 Self Awareness The ability to monitor our feelings brings psycholog ical insight that emboldens correct career marital and personal choices 2 Managing Emotions The ability to soothe oneself to shake off depression irritability and anxiety enables one to excel in life 3 Motivating Oneself Stimulating emotions in the service of a goal leads to high productivity Delaying gratifi cation and stifling impulses engenders achievement 4 Empathy Recognizing emotional needs in others makes individuals more attuned to subtle social signals that leads 1 Turn off the the television Because television teaches instanf grat ification and displays aggressive meth ods for handling conflict it stimulates emotional immaturity 2 Read tales mytholo gy classic the Bible teach life lessons in handling ing to children and discussing what has been read will identify methods for coping with stressful situations and give insight into people problems 3 Determine the consequences of your actions v r Develop a vocabulary for feelings and leam to distinguish thoughts from feelings 5 Monitor self talk to catch negative messages such as internal putdowns 6 Learn the value of exercise and relaxation techniques to manage 7 Understand how either people feel by asking thernV 8 Leam to listen and ask questions 9 Practice self disclosure and transi parency v 10 Learn to identify patternsin your emotional life Recognize patterns in others 11 Leam to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and laugh at your frail ties 12 Take responsibility for your actions and your feelings 13 Learn to express your concerns and feelings without anger or passivity 14 Know when to follow when to lead 15 Learn how to fight fair riot blame use I messages and negotiate compromise John Ingram Walker MD is a New Braunfels Come Out to s Weve got exciting things happening in our outdoor patio Come enjoy it with us Thursday Friday Fajita Buffet Catfish Buffet B M SPI Wlf mokchousc Hwy 46 81 6252416 6pm9pm Not valid with other offers Discount good in the Yard only 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