New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 24, 1996, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

October 24, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 O HeraldZeltung a Thursday October Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 220 Opinion Online 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 If you dont say anything you wont be called on to repeat it Calvin Coolidge 30th president c 1920 D I T O R I A Waging war on drugs Red Ribbon Week activities allow local community to take part in ongoing fight The increase in drug use among our young people has been an issue of debate during this presidential election campaign The Republicans have slammed the president for the higher rates of substance use and abuse that have occurred during his administration Mr Clinton has also been grilled about his former surgeon general who at least wanted to debate the idea of legalizing marijuana The war against drugs may indeed have suffered during the past four years but locally education business and church leaders have kept the fight alive during Red Ribbon Week activities This weeks events which are designed to raise awareness about the dangers of illegal drug use in the community have centered around the red ribbons worn by residents They can be spotted on lapels but also on car antennas trees and at the plaza downtown They stand as a symbol of community unity in the fight against illegal drug use and they also offer proof of the real concern members of the city and county have about the drug problem Local schools have organized various activities presenta tions and projects for their students during Red Ribbon Week But the adults can also take part in a similar event Community members can discuss the areas drug problem during a forum tonight at 7 at the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Center On hand will be local state and federal law enforcement personnel who will share their experiences and knowledge about this countrys and this communitys problem with drugs Its a great vehicle for information for parents and should serve to empower them in their stand against drugs in the homeplace Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Dole missed golden opportunity 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 Toney Managing Editor ext Loveday Director of Advertising ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Osteen Classified Advertising Manager ext Reininger 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 Braunfels HeraldZeitting USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal 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 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeiiung Draw er 311 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 In his final debate with President Clinton Bob Dole did very well He was aggressive he was focused he emphasized his main points and he could have had the president on the defensive most of the evening However Clinton ignored the charges lev eled against him about ethics liberalism and big gov ernment which lessened the impact of Doles assault Doles best opportunity to energize the Republi cans real base moral conservatives who see the economy a distant second to the fragmentation of the social fabric came when minister Ron Kite asked This great nation has been established by the founding fathers who possessed very strong Chris tian beliefs and godly principles If elected presi dent of the United States what would you do to return this nation to those basic principles And also do you feel that the office of the president has the responsibility to set the role example to inspire our young people Dole should have been able to hit this softball out of the park He might have talked about selfevident truth and how instead of Godordained rights we have been practicing in recent years courtordained rights He might have noted that government cannot make a people moral if they wish to pursue hedonis tic pleasures and avoid responsibility But the gov ernment can approach the law as something shaped not by opinion polls but by our Creator to conform us to a standard which promotes the general welfare Instead Dole volunteered that he had prayed with his wife and daughter before the debate and if its Gods will whatever happens it And then he slipped off into the refuge of many politicians the pro posed school prayer amendment to the Constitution something that wont pass and is mean ingless Why didnt he talk about the general devaluation of human life from partialbirth abortion to euthanasia and what liberal Supreme Court justices will do to further undermine the value and fabric of life Repeatedly Dole returned to economic matters saying the one thing that will change America is getting the economy rolling again But hasnt our focus on material things especially money contributed to some of the problems now hurting families Will more money in our pockets mean fewer divorces less crime and more hope Why did our parents generation fare better with far fewer material things It was because their souls were rich in the things money cant buy Dole spoke against special rights for homosex uals which has become a code phrase He should have said that since some homosexuals have changed Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist and abandoned that lifestyle they ought not to be designed to protect blacks women and the disabled from discrimination Such laws were written because of a persons status which cannot change Homo sexual practice is about behavior which can change Dole followed his advisors instructions to the sound bite He got in some good shots about big government questionable donations to the Democ ratic National Committee by Indonesian contributors integrity and keeping ones word he said hed keep He noted it is the governors not the president who are getting people off welfare and the Republi can Congress not the White House that deserves the credit for reducing the cost and size of government But these were all jabs There was no knockout punch The ultimate issue Dole could have raised is why character matters If a president cant be relied on to say what he means and mean what he says how do we know what he is telling us now is what he will do if reelected Dole could have dramatically pledged to resign the Oval Office if he doesnt deliver with the help of a Republican Congress on three or four promises According to those horrible instant polls the net works do Dole apparently changed few minds The only question remaining is if in the next twoanda half weeks a majority will recall what their parents tried to teach them about character integrity and responsibility Letters to the Editor Hispanic chamber clarifies position for local community Editor On Monday night Oct 14 the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce was awarded a fiveyear contract for the bulk of the funds It was a tough decision to make and we cer tainly dont envy any of the city council members that night We personally felt the Request for Proposal was well done and that our city employees mayor and city council did a great job of making requirements that would improve the quality of work our com munity receives We believe the community deserves it However we feel it is necessary to clear up any misunderstandings regarding the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce When we first formed a year ago there were several goals we set out to accomplish 1 to encourage and empower the minority communi Become entrepreneurs and leaders thereby raising the socioeconomic level of minorities and women 2 to ensure our city gives the community the best possible work for the best possible funds 3 to ensure our city stimulates business competition by placing contracts up for bid and open the doors of opportunity for other contractors 4 to ensure our city makes demands of its vendors rather than letting its vendors make demands of it 5 to present our German and Hispanic heritage to the affluent His panic market in America We are not just talking Mexico Because if we were to place all Hispanic Americans in one land mass we would be the fifth largest Latin American country in the world and the richest In our first year we have been able to accom plish goals 2 3 and 4 with the help of manycitizens In our opinion three out of five isnt bad for the first year The Hispanic chamber has a lot of work ahead Our primary goal is to empower the minority com munity which will be an ongoing process and will demand a strong commitment and dedication from all members As for the final goal there it time There will come a time when businesses in our community will want to be highlighted at Hispanic national and state business conventions There will come a time when businesses will want the His panic chamber to act as a liaison for trade in Latin America God willing when that time comes the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in New Braunfels will be ready to face the challenges and fully accomplish the goals set before us We congratulate the city for raising the level of quality and stimulating compe tition And congratulations to all the employees of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce who worked so hard and met the challenge Good luck We hope to work together in the near future Board of Directors GHCC New trustees should not be blamed for reassignments of administrators Editor After reading all of the letters and listening to all of the innuendoes from last week regarding Mr Engler and Mr Turman 1 find it appalling that the majority of the peopje who do not know the facts are condemning Dr Campos and Mr Weaver I believe everyone just wants someone to blame and are using the two new trustees as scapegoats I also went to school under and graduated in 1987 1 do feel sorry for the students who have to go through this turmoil in the middle of their school year and like many others believe that Mr Turman and Mr Engler could have tried to make a compromise on the block scheduling or at least wait to drop their bombshell on wanting to be reassigned at the end of a semester not right in the middle of the first part of the school year Boy people sure do like to sling mud at the new trustees dont they Without all of the facts it really angers me that the majority of the letters that have come in to the editor are against Campos and Weaver Wait until the facts are in before you decide to be judge and jury I hope peo ple in the New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict will unite once again and realize who is really important in all of this the students I used to wish that I lived back in the NBISD where I went to school so that my now 15monthold son would some day attend the same schools I went to Now I am glad 1 live in Comal ISD where none of this1 pettiness is happening For heavens sake who cares where who sits at a meeting just sit and discuss the issues at hand Lets hope this whole mat ter with Mr Engler and Dr Cam Weaver is settled quickly and we can soon rest assured that everything possible is being done for the childrens sake Kirsten Meyer Winkler NBHS class of 1987 Writer questions motives of students walkout I found an interesting coincidence when reading my two subscribed newspapers the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung and The Exponent of Brooklyn Mich The Exponent covers a group of villages that include my home village of Onsted Right now Ousted is trying to cope with an influx of too many schoolage children They do not have classrooms for a projected student count Their school board wants to build a new high school with a gymnasium The taxpayers are willing to pay for a new high school without a new gym But they prefer to just build more classrooms as needed at a much lower cost The Onsted School Board seems to be as stubborn as our New Braunfels Independent School District board Of course our Comal ISD has its growth problems too From my study of the education system in our nation the parents have always determined where and how their children will be educated But we must remember that taxpayers are not always par ents They are usually property owners in most states It was established in every state where I owned property that property owners would elect a school board to administer the tax collection and expenditures there for construction and maintenance of school facilities etc After reading all letters to the editor here in New Braunfels and in Onsted I detected quite a difference Most letters in New Braunfels were writ ten by students but not in Michigan 1 fail to under stand why our students in New Braunfels left school to protest Perhaps your editorials and letters were not clear on just what happened I am sure that is not part of their curriculum or block scheduling I taught math in Texas schools for many years I never saw students walk But we did have a principal die in September one year However no students were allowed to leave school or protest the following reassignments of teachers Also 1 want to remind our students that new school facilities are built to accommodate the num ber of children they produce in later years Another factor in this equation pertains to legal and illegal immigration Right now married couples have an average of onlytwo children But current laws per mit more than legal immigrants to enter our nation each year Also an estimated one million illegals are arriving annually I was overwhelmed by Donald Talleys letter But he should not expect others to pay for his sum mer school classes Elwyn S Baldwin New Braunfels Beware of false promises by those in leadership positions Editor Now that 1 am no longer an employee spokesman or member of the policymaking body of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce 1 feel free to speak out about political issues governmental offi cials and their associates The opinions expressed in this letter are solely mine and should not reflect on any organization of which 1 am a member During my 30plus years as the administrator for the New Braunfels chamber 1 had the privilege of working with many community leaders who were willing to abstain from petty politics and personal vendettas as part of a team to benefit the communi ty They put their personal differences with each other aside in favor of what was best for the com munity I find it unconscionable that we must suffer the counterproductive consequences of those who abuse the privilege of leadership roles in order to sat isfy their egos and thirst for power and attention Although the city government is not the only government entity with leadership problems I will use it as an example to make my point 1 specifical ly refer to the occupancy tax contract awarded the New Braunfels chamber by the city council at a recent meeting First I wish to commend the mayor for the states manlike manner in which she handled a sensitive issue Secondly I commend the council members who voted favorably in spite of some pressure to stoop to personal differences rather than what was best for the community Lastly I wish to draw aitteri tion to Paul Frasers vote the only dissenting vote and his performance preceding the vote It was very apparent that Fraser could not put petty politics or his personal dislikes aside for what was best for the community and its taxpayers He proposed several amendments to the contract that were trivial and unnecessary in a childish attempt to appear intelligent Some of his proposals died for a lack of a second and one was already covered by state law as noted by the city attorney Another Fraser proposal was to require the cham ber to appear before council every quarter and fur nish copies of the quarterly report to each council member The facts are that the chamber has been providing each council member with copies of the quarterly reports for many years Along with those reports were transmittal letters offering to appear before council if they so desired Fraser never asked for the chamber to appear The above examples of demagoguery and petty politics on the part of Fraser and his puppets is only the rip of the iceberg And those that heed his advice might be doing the community and themselves a serious disservice I have a deep love for this community and this let ter is written with the intent to provoke the public especially the voters into looking beyond the cliches that only sound good Unfortunately we are too often fooled by those seeking public leadership with insincere words and false promises Wake up New Braunfels Tom Purdum New Braunfels Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Oct 24 the 298th day of 1996 There are 68 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct the United Nations offi cially came into existence as its charter took effect On this date In 1537 Jane Seymour the third wife of Englands King Henry VIII died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward later King Edward VI In 1648 the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire In 1861 the first transcontinental tele graph message was sent as Justice Stephen J Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Lincoln In 1901 Anna Edson Taylor a 43year old widow became the first person to sur vive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel In 1931 the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey opened to traffic ;

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