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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A O HeraldZeltung O Friday October Opinion To talk with fvianaging Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 220 Q U O T A B I I teach my students freedom the free dom to raise their hands and ask questions the freedom to answer questions Teaching is fun and the only tiling Fm doing is helping a child reach his or her Jaime Escalante educator 1994 D I T O R I A L kick the habit New research linking cigarette smoke to lung damage should inspire many to quit To many Americans the idea that cigarette smoking can cause lung cancer has been accepted as fact Weve believed that to be true for the many years since warning labels were required on packs of smokes in this country But throughout the various new findings by the medical community and warnings from the Surgeon Generals Office over the years tobacco companies have steadfastly argued that no provable link had been established between smoking and cancer of the lung The tobacco interests have been able to fund studies of then own that do not tie the act of smoking with higher incidences of lung tumors And apparently many Americans have believed that study because many have not even attempted to quit their smoking habit But now new research appears to put the question to rest Scientists are claiming theyve identified a chemical in ciga rette smoke that actually causes genetic damage in lung cells damage that is strikingly similar to damage seen in malig nant tumors of the lung Because the findings will likely be used by some in pending to try or The American people have had the statistical information for years smokers are so many times more likely to develop lung cancer etc But the real medical evidence has eluded them and those addicted to cigarettes have had more excuses to put off breaking their habit But nows decision time To continue a habit you know is actually altering and damag ing the genetic makeup of cells is selfdestructive in the least See your doctor today to learn of the different options avail able today to break the cigarette habit Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known 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 letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher ext Managing Editor ext Loveday Director of Advertising ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Osteen Classified Advertising Manager ext Relninger Business Manager ext Lee Hall Circulation Director ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman ext Parnell City Editor ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New HeraldZeilwig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Coma County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by tun on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Opinion contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is Rumor mill grind the best of us I used to have a book called Momilies actu ally three of them which I gave away to three dif ferent friends Its a little humor book full of those phrases women heard their mothers use and promised themselves theyd never repeat only to find the very same words leaping from their lips in times of exasperation and short temper Phrases like dont run with that stick itll put your eye My mom lost a long battle with cancer in 1984 and I invoke the memory of her wisdom when Im wrestling my toughest inner problems admitting to my own mistakes living with things I cant change seeing good people with good intentions make bad mistakes and cause harm including myself I could never hide the truth from my mom She has been at the front of my thoughts in the last few weeks My mom was a teacher My daughter is only in the fifth grade but tension pervades the New Braunfels Independent School District Its natural that our emotions should be high After all the current political controversy affects our children Nothing hits closer to home than that Our primitive protective instincts come to the sur face when something affects our kids as it should But this isnt a predatory animal were dealing with Its a convoluted political situation that taxes our intellects our knowledge and our ethics We parents need our wits about us if were going to serve our children best My mom taught eighth grade English at a junior high in the projects in Cincinnati She was more strict with herself than anyone I have ever met She never joined the teachers union and faced controversy when the teachers went on strike for better benefits Teachers are professionals just like doctors and she would say Our calling should transcend wages and Yes Mom used words like transcend in everyday speech She believed an English teachers conversation should be as impeccable as her My mom voted religiously but kept her choices secret even from immediate family She campaigned for school bond issues but never for a particular candidate I used to think that was kind of strange Board members and policies come and my mom said The chil dren will still be here when the current board is long gone and they will still need me to teach them to the best of my Ive seen many teachers and administrators lately behave just as my mom would have Theyve reassured me about my familys choice to live in New Braunfels because of the schools as has the conduct of the New Braunfels High School students Another of Moms rules echoes daily in my mind Dont gossip Dont listen to it Dont repeat it Ignore it No good will ever come of I used to think that was a bit strident Used to The corollary to the law on gossip according to Elizabeth Meininger Flynt also applies right now If you dont have something constructive to add to the argument be quiet and Statistics aside because they can always be presented to support whatever argument you want to make many worthy ideas have come out of a variety of people in the school debates That is if you Susan Flynt England HeraldZeitung Columnist fitter out the hearsay innuendo and Soandso said that soandso Trying to sift reliable fact from fiction about the reassignments of the NBHS administrators I realize that every bit of what Ive heard on or off the record is rumor The damage from the administrators reassign ments has already been done I doubt that the who what when why and who is to blame will ever move from the realm of supposition to the realm of documented fact When I covered city council a year or so ago the council was said to be divided There were people who strongly disliked each other on that council Rumors and accusations of wrongdoing by various people flew around I still dont know firsthand if any were true But those council members worked together They resisted for the most part the temptation to further stoke already inflamed citizens when issues were hot They werent saints but they managed to work together despite differences If our school boari members are inclined to follow their example t hope we parents wont stand in their way Another of my moms sayings comes to mind Dont point your finger in blame Save your energy for working on your own If we parents saved the energy weve spent assign ing blame sifted out the rumors and listened to what was said not who said it wed have a very pro ductive debate going on Wed be a long way toward making our good but imperfect schools a lot better one goal on which I pray we can all agree Its time to move ahead Susan Flynt England may be reached by calling 6259144 ext wseante Letters to the Editor Freshmen will miss out now that administrators are gone Editor I am writing in regard to the recent removal of New Braunfels High Schools two very much loved administrators At an assembly after announcing his resignation Coach Engler made a comment that everyone wanted to be at NBHS because it was such a great school NBHS is such a great school because of Coach Engler and Mr Turman We the students make up the body of the school Coach Engler and Mr Turman made up the heart What happens to a body when you take away the heart For all the people who say this has nothing to do with emotion where is your heart Maybe you cant see how we as students hurt because you never had someone as inspirational in your life as Coach Engler or Mr Turman I pity those who would not support the two top administrators at NBHS and in turn most of the student body I find it hard to believe that Coach Engler chose to resign Just weeks before he talked about retiring from New Braunfels High School the year I gradu ate 1998 1 thought to myself how privileged I would be to share the rest of my high school days with the guidance of Coach Engler and have hand me my diploma as 1 walked across the stage I feel sorry for those freshmen who will never get the chance to know Coach Engler or Mr Turman You really missed out Jessica West A look at SAT scores shows decline In performance Editor On Sunday Oct 6 1 submitted a letter regarding the issue of scheduling SAT scores I stated that the key to truth in any situation is knowledge of documented facts which are readily available to each of us through the counselors office at the high I went on to state that a review of the SAT scores since the commencement of accel erated block scheduling shows a downward trend since the change from traditional In the Oct 10 edition of the HeraldZeitung an arti cle appeared stating that in the last week or so the New Braunfels 1SD central office has received numerous requests for the Scholastic Aptitude Test scores of NBISD It pleases me that citizens are trying to look for the facts in order to make up their own minds about this controversial issue How ever wouldnt it have been pertinent for NBISD to provide your readers with an account of the last year of SAT score results during a traditional schedule as opposed to the last year of SAT scores during block scheduling in order for them to make a fair assess ment Traditional schedule 19931994 SAT total average for NBISD1081 Block schedule 19951996 SAT total average for NBISD1055 Additionally if one chose to average the docu mented SAT scores of the last two years under a tra ditional schedule 1070 and make a comparison using the last two years of SAT scores under block scheduling close examination of the results would prove to be quite illuminating Excerpts taken from SAT Testing Data Table 2 1 Documented Data of Number of Test centage of Graduating Seniors Taking SAT 1 in 199596 would be worthy for citizens to obtain when making comparisons with other Thank you for allowing me to provide your sub scribers with the answers they may have been seek ing when they turned to an NBISD central office per sonnel member for help I pray that the committee formed to review the concerns of all students will release their recommendations so those who choose to continue with our current schedule may and that the fundamental education all youth deserve be implemented at once to those who want it Kay Power NBISD Parent put faith In abilities of two high school principals Editor Many supporters of Mr Turman and Coach Engler have written letters eloquently expressing their con Look for more tetters on the reassHFmnt of NBHS adnUnte trators and Mock sctakting to HeraUZettutg cerns and feelings which also happen to be the same as mine I want to add a few more things based on the facts we have been given but I dont think we have all the facts and we probably never will As for the educational needs of my kids I defer to these two gentlemen That is how much faith I have in the decisions they make They have made the education wellbeing and safety of students their business for years They are in school every day with my kids and I am not They know the educational needs of my kids If these two men dont like the direction in which the board is going I guarantee I dont like it either The way things are now if my kids werent in band I would consider home schooling The majority of students teachers and parents prefer block scheduling I cant believe a minority of people has so much power The last time I looked I was living in New Braun fels Texas Our government at all levels is supposed to be a democracy not to be confused with Where is the democracy in this asinine deci sion The majority of people young adults their parents and teachers want Mr Turman and Coach Engler back at the high school and want to keep block scheduling as it is now To the people involved in this power play I would like to say just leave block scheduling alone Reverse your decision and let Mr Turman and Coach Engler return to the high school and give them your full sup port I would like to take this time to thank the Herald Zeitung and for their coverage on this issue LimlySohn New Braunfels   

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