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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas OfHnMI CNMIMOI 4il columns etecttonlcalty by wiy of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the address J Amendment rights Amendment is just a Bette BonFteur media executive 1994 Access for Diversity plan iff dSD toddes problem of inclusiveness among student population By addressing the issues of multicultufalisin and inclusiveness in the Comal Independent School District board members are taking proactive measures to ensure all of their students and fac ulty can benefit the most from a public school environment The districts Diversity Management Plan was adopted in April 1995 and trustees are now evaluating its first year The programs goals are to provide equal access to all to stu dents in every area of education possible according to Richard Lewis president of Round Top Consulting associates That means making counselors more available to students especially those whose needs require extra guidance and direc tion The plan also addresses the need for district personnel to be trained and educated oh issues of diversity among their student populations to help them better educate and approach children of this generation In addition the plan argues for more parental involvement in every aspect of a students education something all educators theyre not die whole should not WOP rrie school districts in this country have experimented with radical multicultural programs that have actually placed more emphasis on multicultural training than on the tried subjects of learning such as mathematics reading td the detriment of students and ultimately society But a balanced program with a heavy emphasis on student accessibility should be a benefit to school districts like CISD which are experiencing changes in student demographics Encouraging children to be as active and as plugged into an educational system as possible can only result in a positive learning environment for students and faculty alike Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Write New Braunfels HeraldZeitung l Editor and Toney t Managing Loveday Director of BantaScott Retail Advertising AcpountJng Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery fuMWml en Svofty and Tuwtoy ifrwjh ftidayby die fi M otwkie in Twu SMterifcn have not rwived newspaper by Tuesday inroufbi Sunday may call or ty 11 The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public iaaue right to correct spelling ftyle punctua tionandlmown factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 one to lit and reminisce about the sonball in my I lewned to hit a line drive snag one andtalk il upf at the Western Hills branch of the YMCA in Cincinnati Jkaroed to swim there too how to dive from thev10toot board how to save someones life wfthCPR I skinned countiess elbows and knees playing soc cer and field hockey on the Y field And got my first teal kiss ai a Y youth meeting Counselors there gave me some answers to those big questions mat I couldnt ask my mom I dove into aerobics at the taught my husoaixl to play racquetball there He regularly destroyed me at racquetball at the Richmond YMCA A group of pregnant women including me performed seemingly impos sible feats of aerobics there la dancing hippos in I swam there throughout pregnancy the Y can take a large part of the credit for my daughters healthy birth what kind of a town New Braun fels was astounded when we moved here to irmdnoYfaCA The word youth has become a bit of a buzz our youth Many of the fbfla 1 ers principals miiHttm school counselors police we need to pro vide more for our youth or we rnight have problems Having a YMCA sounds like a good start to me Todays Y has ail amazing of programs besides the traditional ones The YMCA is whatever a town needs it to be Rather than coming in and plunking a sports complex with a pool into the town the Y starts with a study of the particular needs of a community The San Antonio Ys do a whole lot of afterschool care because thats what Sari Antonio needed Speaking as a working mother of a Idyear old New Braunfels could use more quality after school care too Our family is one of the lucky few who made it into a really good program this summer Many Ysctoalotof programs for seniors but we have great programs for seniors here so care would be taken so that a New Braunfels Y wouldnt dupli cate existing services a reality One thing a Y might eventually include here is something we dont the chagrin of com petitive swimmers an indoor Olympic pool The list of Y possibilities is huge A New Braunfels Y would have programs and facilities if there were fit the needs of this particular communi ty An ad hoc committee has been working for more than a year to take the first preliminary step toward a New Braunfels YMCA The committee represents the wide range of possible needs the Y could fill Tim Brierty of McKenna Memorial Hospital Linda Bing ham of the program Dr Carlos Campos Marcus Purtle Rev Ray Still of Oakwood Baptist Church Councilman Juan Luis Martinez and Carl Schurz Principal Dr Jane McDonald Several of these folks have been involved in Ys in other cities They are asking New Braunfels to turn out in force for a town meeting at 7 Thursday at Memorial Elementary School They will unveil a recent feasibility study for a New Braunfels Y and ask for community input Could a Y serve New Braunfels needs in a variety of ways Could New Braunfels accomplish bringing a Y here Undoubtedly It just takes cooperation Susan Flynt England is a columnist and editori al assistant for the IS ivIf Letters to the Editor the animal behind the wheel of the ear before going after cyclists Editor Reference Bicyclists from Bexar are traffic haz letters to the editor in the May 15 edition of the HeraldZeitung and an edited version of the same let ter published recently in a San Antonio newspa As a longterm road bicyclist and resident of Comal County who cycles on the roads of Comal County I am well aware that there are a few motorists who harbor animosity toward us but to see such anger and anticyclist ideas expressed by a law enforcement officer in this letter is absolutely appalling First Mr Davis blames the cyclists for the irre sponsible manner in which a motorist passed a group of cyclists and forced his wife off the road This reminds me of the cyclist who was legally waiting to a left turn lane for the traffic light to change when he was struck from behind by a motor vehicle A police man arrived and issued a citation you got cited the cyclist As a person who frequently drives a motor vehicle or rides a bike on Comal County roads I can attest to the fact that illegal passing of both cars and bicycles on FM 1863 and FM 3009 is epidemic I dont know the circumstances of the bicycles on the road Mr Davis cites but I suspect that it was during an organized event such as the Wildflower 100 a charity event held each May that attracts hundreds of riders from around the state and where major inter sections are controlled by law enforcement officers and signs posted on the roads advising motorists of the event Now while it certainly is true that cyclists are required by law to ride single file if they cannot keep up with the flow of traffic common sense must also prevail I was number 1162 in this years Wildflower ride Do we really want over cyclists strung out on a road in single file Most experienced cyclists fol low correct riding procedures and assist approaching vehicles to pass them but just as there are law break ing inconsiderate motorists there are law breaking inconsiderate cyclists law enforcement officials need to cite both I am not sure just what Mr Davis point is about Bexar County cyclists riding in Comal County but let me assure you that there are a few Comal cyclists around For example there is a lady named Reed and a gentleman named Giesberg who along with myself are competitive cyclists in the Senior Games com peting and winning at the local state and national lev el and not a day goes by that you wont find at least one of us on Comal roads Additionally the Bikes and Boards bike shop in New Braunfels has organized rides originating at their shop each weekend and Im sure there are others Now in regard to the incident of cyclists on the wrong side of the road on Krueger Canyon Road Since this incident happened a year after his wifes incident I wonder if they both occurred during the Wildflower 100 ride V Mr Davis concludes his letter by stating As we have a bigger and bigger population we need to try harder to get yet his solution to the problem of motorists who dangerously pass cyclists is to ban cyclists from roads that dont have an improved shoulder Gee what a unique idea if someone is in your way or you dont agree with their lifestyle or whatever just eliminate them Wonder where Ive heard of that solution to a problem before A better solution would be to push for improved shoulders on all state highways and then enforce the law it is legal for cyclists to ride on improved shoulders but it is illegal for motor vehicles to do so Fortunately for us cyclists most Comal County motorists are not of Mr Davis ilk and are biker friendly Most slow down and pass us safely usual ly it only delays the motorist a few seconds at most they frequently give friendly waves as they pass and I wave back Of course there are those motorists who are unfriendly toward and intolerant of cyclists but they are probably the same people who are also unfriendly toward and intolerant of other motorists So you see the real issue is not cyclists on the roads but the animal some people turn into when they get behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle Larry Gunckel Bulverde Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday June 14 the 166th day of 1996 There are 200 days left in the year This is Flag Day 1 Today Highlight In History On June the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag On this date In 1775 he United States Army was founded In 1801 former American Revolutionary War Gen Benedict Arnold died in London In 1841 the first Canadian parlia ment opened in Kingston In 1841 ISO years ago a group pf Mttlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California In 1917 Gen John Pershing arrived in Paris during World War I In 1922 Warren G Harding became the first president heard on radio as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast his speech dedicating the Francis Scott JCey memorial at Fort McHenry In 1940 German troops entered Paris during World Warll In 1940 in Germanoccupied Poland the Nazis opened their con centration camp at Auschwitz In 1943 the Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States if doing so would flict with their religious beliefs In 1994 President Eisenhower signed an order adding the words under God to the Pledge of Allegiance In 1982 Argentine forces dered to British troops on the disput ed Falkland Islands In 1985 the 17day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair pf Lebanese SWite Muslim extrem ists seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens Greece In 1993 President Clinton chose Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg an advocate of womens rights to serve on the Supreme Court Ten years ago Death claimed Broadway librettist Alan Jay Lerner in New York City at age 67 Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges in Geneva at age 86 and Wild Kingdom host Martin Perkins in suburban St Louis at age 81 ago The space shuttle Columbia returned from a medical rejejrch mission The government reported consumer prices had risen a modest threertenths of 1 percent in Dime Pegjy Ashcroft died in London at age 83 One year ago Stephen P Yokich was elected president of the United Auto Workers at the unions trienni al convention in Anaheim Calif Todays Birthdays Actress Dorothy McGuire is 78 Former White House news secretary Pierre Salinger is 71 Actress Maria Gibbs is 65 Rock singer Rod Argent is 51 Real estate developer Donald Trump is SO Rock musician Alan White is 47 Actor Eddie Mekka is 44 Olympic goldmedal speed skater Eric Heiden is 38 Singer Boy George is 35 Tennis player Steffi Graf is 27 Thought for Today Think like a man of action and act like a man pf Henri Pergson French philosopher s
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