New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 5, 1996, Page 4

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November 05, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A O HeraldZeltung O Tuesday Nov Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 220 QUOTAS Voting is the language of Myrlie EversWilliams civil rights activist 1995 E D I T O R I A Campaign questions This years presidential election leaves many voters scratching their heads The campaigning is over the signs will be coming down and Americans will have to live with their selections for presi dent the Senate and House and other state and local positions Thats what democracy is all about On the national level this campaign has been unique and odd at the same time Until Bob Doles camp finally began to take heed of poll numbers a month or so ago his campaign seemed lackluster and not befitting a candidate trying to unseat a popular presi dent His 96hour campaign marathon in the waning hours of the campaign was commendable and probably earned him more votes But it was also probably too little too late Where was the urgency which was displayed in the last few days several months ago Thats a puzzle many pundits will try to solve in the coming days with of impropriety involving campaign contribu tions from international interests and foreigners Those questions come as the Administration continues to feel heat over brewing scandals like Filegate and Whitewater Will all of this blow up in the Administrations face after the election or will the charges in the various investigations be dropped for lack of evidence And Ross Perots presence in the campaign may again be the deciding factor While he has addressed headon issues such as the deficit and campaign finance reform his support is only likely to take votes away from one of the other candidates Voters are going to the polls today with a lot of questions about their candidates Lets hope that whomever is elected can answer those questions and live up to the trust shown him by this countrys citizens 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 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 Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New limluijels HeruklZeilung USPS 377880 707 Linda 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 Couniy 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 pr by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by IJ on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HvraMZeitung Prow er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 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 Letters to the Editor Just three percent of families at private school unhappy Editor This letter is in response to your article concerning the recent meeting held at Sts Peter and Paul School with a representative of the Archdiocese I was dis mayed by the onesidedness of the story Why were the views of only a small percentage of the parents at our school presented The truth is that only about 3 percent of the 230plus families are unhappy with the way things are going at our school The remaining majority are having a great year and are happy with the changes that have come to Sts Peter and Paul this year All parents arc allowed and encouraged to vis it with the principal or attend the school board meet ings to state their views But the time has come for this small group to real ize that our new principal is not going anywhere this was made clear by the Archdiocese representa tive since the school board Msgr OCallaghan and the majority of the faculty and parents support her efforts Sure there have been problems every year some faculty and students decide that Sts Peter and Paul no longer serves their needs and leave But I ask all of our parents to let our principal do her job and you will see what a great school year we will have Children are only unhappy and afraid if their parents are If you were to visit our school on any giv en day you would see nothing but happy enthusias tic kids going about the business of being kids In closing I respectfully ask two things 1 ask the HeraldZeitung to be more unbiased when reporting about happenings in our community Secondly I most respectfully ask the approxi mately 3 percent of families unhappy with our school to please either consider withdrawing your children or give the leaders of the school peace and time to respond to your concerns so that our school can enjoy the benefits of the great changes our principal wants to and is trying to implement The school board Msgr OCallaghan the principal and now the Archdiocese office have repeatedly listened to your concerns and have put in motion the adjustments they feel are necessary to best serve all our chil dren Please have the decency to let the leaders of our school do their jobs Laurie Tieman New Braunfels Volleyball fan thrilled with fullpage Sunday coverage V v s asupporter of the exciting sport of high school girls volleyball I was thrilled to see the entire front page of your sports section dedicated to volleyball in last Sundays HeraldZeitung The stories by Sports Editor David Winder and color pictures on our three tremendously successful local volleyball teams the New Braunfels Unicorns the Canyon Cougarettes and the Smithson Valley Rangers were just out standing The excitement of those great programs in action were truly reflected in your paper My hats off to you and your creative staff You are truly setting the standard for reporting high school girls sports Keep up the super job I look forward to your continued reporting on those teams as they enter the state volleyball playoffs Don Ballman SanAntonio Why didnt board give vote of confidence to two administrators Editor Thank you for your editorial on Oct need to point out that you omitted a very important fact The fact is that Mr Turman and Mr Engler asked the school board for a vote of confidence so they could more effectively conduct the daytoday operation of New Braunfels High School This vote of confi dence was denied them At this point they asked to be reassigned The most important question that has not been addressed in the newspaper or on the radio is why did the New Braunfels Independent School District board majority not give these fine men a vote of confi dence Donald B Bedford New Braunfels Morales campaign contributions come from regular citizens Editor Have you wondered why there are no television ads for Victor Morales Phil Gramms opponent The rea son is that he has not and will not accept any money from special interest groups Thats right He is try ing to run a campaign on the donations of people like you and me Needless to say he cant afford many Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Nov 5 the 310th day of 1996 There are 56 days left in the year Todays Highlight In History Fifty years ago on Nov 5 1946 Republicans captured control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives in midterm elections Democrat John F Kennedy of Massachusetts won a House seat On this date n 1605 the Gunpowder Plot failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament In 1872 suffragist Susan B Anthony was fined for attempting to vote for President Ulysses S Grant She never paid the n 1895 George B Selden of Rochester received the first patent for an automobile In 191 Woodrow Wilson was elected president defeating Progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent Republican William if any television ads I keep hoping there will be at least one to explain what he stands for Victor is a high school govern ment teacher He knows government but is not a professional politician He is for campaign reform so special interests cant control campaign coverage and he is for education at all levels Gramm asks whos on your Im asking you the same question Gramm claims to be the believer Who is showing by his actions what he believes in Gramm has oodles to spend Victor Morales passes a gas can for donations so he can travel the state in his pickup truck Who will best represent you Guess who Im vot ing for Thea Chessher New Braunfels Reform party would allow vote before each proposed tax Increase Editor The entire news media is determined to deny Ross Perot time to get the Reform Partys platform to the American people Therefore as a member of this par ty I would like to use the local press to address a few issues One of the first things we will do is to mandate that before taxes can be raised it will be on the bal lot in the next election and registered voters can determine whether it is justified Since 80 to 87 per cent of businesses left in the United States are small businesses the capital gains tax for them will be abolished This will allow them to invest and expand and in due time hire more workers at a better wage This will be the beginning of an increased tax base To further raise the standard of living for Ameri cans the 82 percent of big corporations which have gone to Mexico or overseas for cheap labor will be forced to pay a tax or tariff when their goods are shipped back to the After all the CEOs live off of the fruits of our nation and no longer share out property taxes and give themselves millions in salary The 167 billion a year in corporate welfare will be eliminated as well as other unnecessary spending Is it any wonder that corporate America and politi cians view us as a threat When this is done we will again have a 7 percent or more economy instead of a to percent which Washington now calls a huge economic growth We will also have good jobs instead of service jobs such as fast food places VflftSwi i John Mallard jfc Jfi i V l w Student unfairly treated following altercation with classmate Editor On Monday evening 1 attended a New Braunfels Independent School District board meeting which never should have occurred in the first place There was a time when wisdom prevailed and issues were resolved by teachers or principals and reinforced by parents Sadly such is not the prevailing trend I believe the interim principal Karen Simpson whose absence from the meeting was noted acted hastily and without the experience of educators who know that children are still children and need direc tion Some children active in gangs drugs and assort ed inappropriate behavior are disruptive and need remedial action to put them on the road to enlight What transpired Monday night was outra geous The resulting action of the board which had the power to right an injustice chose to affirm erro neous judgment touted by Messrs Bradberry and Hall as appropriate Mr Wilkins a coach at the high school tried to say something and was told to sit down by Mr Hall or Mr Bradberry superintendent of NBISD The men were seated close together so I wasnt sure who issued the command Later during this travesty the board recognized Mr Wilkins who said that nine weeks in alternative school for this young man who had an unblemished record up to and including this his senior year was excessively harsh and pleaded with the board for review of action taken to reduce the penalty to no avail The interim principal and the board failed to take into account months of torment endured by this young man and his family constantly having their residence and vehicles egged by the perpetrator who started the afterschool encounter by shoving the young man and shouting obscenities The young man slapped the perpetrator with an open hand which is instinctive He did not punch the perpetra tor He chose to walk away and go home and inform his parents For this the young man and the perpe trator were told they were both going to alternative school for nine weeks Being told you should have Howard Taft In 1940 President Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office as he defeated Republican challenger Wendell L Willkie In 1944 British official Lord Moyne was assassi nated in Cairo Egypt by the Zionist Stern gang In 1956 Britain and France started landing forces in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canal A ceasefire was declared two days In 1968 Richard M Nixon won the presidency defeating Vice President Hubert H Humphrey and thirdparty candidate George C Wallace In 1990 Rabbi Meir Kahane a Brooklynborn Israeli extremist was shot to death after a speech at a New York hotel Egyptian native El Sayyed Nosair was acquitted of state charges but was later convicted in federal court of Kahanes In 1994 former President Ronald Reagan dis closed he had Alzheimers disease Ten year ago The White House reaffirmed a ban on weapons sales to Iran as it to curb speculation that an arms deal with Tehran might have been connected to the release of walked away is ridiculous When somebody is accosting you and makes the first move on you I think the young man showed great restraint in slap ping the perpetrator rather than giving him a punch In showing such restraint after months of abuse the young man was rewarded with the loss of 1 in process classes 2 his classmates 3 his basketball associates and potential scholarship and 4 the teach ers of whom he was genuinely fond Apparently from the interaction I saw Mr Bradberry runs the board and I always thought it was meant to be the other way around The only shred of wisdom I wit nessed from the NBISD administration or the board during the meeting emanated from the boards attor ney who was a fair man As I understood him he correctly advised the board it could modify the pun ishment if so desired However this was disputed by Mr Bradberry You people who have children in the schools best wake up see whats going on and do something about your situation A fine young man had his dreams shattered by overt indifference and it can hap pen to your child too Suzanne B Metz Canyon Lake Abstinence too simplistic an answer to AIDS epidemic Editor Managing Editor Doug Loveday has his heart in the right place AIDS Oct But wow is he missing the boat when he writes because the only sure preventative method available is abstinence What are people who contracted AIDS from blood transfusions supposed to have done abstained from surgery One way to prevent HIV infection is to monitor the blood supply as a governmentregu lated service rather than a forprofit business Mr Lovedays misconception of AIDS as a sex disease reinforces the stereotype of its victims as homosexual sluts whose lifestyle came to its natural Godsanctioned conclusion In other words if only people didnt have sex like that you know then they wouldnt get it While this cruel ignorance may console some peo ple for their callous indifference to AIDS patients and AIDS funding sooner or later a mother father sis ter or brother a son or daughter or even a grand parent who contracts AIDS and dies will bring the clearer truer understanding of the disease home to AIDS1 And simplistic solutions like abstinence just dont cut the mustard Good on Mr Robert Konkel for demonstrating one of the few positive things about AIDS it brings out the best in some people and some communities Lets hope Roberts finer spirit motivates an immu nologist to settle in Comal County and help treat the 60 cases of AIDS some younger than age 18 And good on Doug Loveday for braving a contro versial issue Every blessing to you dear people with love across the miles from Canada to Texas Roger Henning Summerland British Columbia Canada Ross was shut out of debate by parties message blocked by media Editor Six months ago the San Antonio papers front page story revealed that five international companies had placed bids to downsize Kelly Air Force Base One was chosen The article did not reveal the name International company means a foreign cqmpany We wrote to Sen Phil Gramm and Sen Kay Bai ley Hutchison twice and phone once while Congress was in session As usual they do not like the question and they give no answer Is this part of GATT General Agree ment on Tax and If a foreign company is to downsize Kelly then the same will be true for all bases Ross Perot in a speech to Yale and other places revealed that contracts for weapons used by our mil itary for the defense of our nation are being issued by the Pentagon to companies abroad The Republicans refused to allow Ross Perot to be in the debates and all news media except our local newspapers are giving no coverage to Ross Perot and Our Reform Party Furthermore television refuses to sell us enough time to get our message out They only sell us 2 minute spots As for polls forget it They have no intention of revealing the truth Agnes Hicks Wimbertey American hostage David Jacobsen Five years ago Nearly people were killed in floods in the Philippines Death claimed publish ing magnate Robert Maxwell at age 68 and actor Fred MacMurray at age 83 The Senate confirmed Robert M Gates as CIA director One year ago An endless procession of Israelis filed past the simple wooden coffin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was assassinated the night before Todays Birthdays Actorsinger Roy Rogers is 85 Singersongwriter Ike Turner is 65 Singer Art Garfunkel is 55 Actorplaywright Sam Shepard is 53 Singer Peter Noone is 49 Singer Bryan Adams is 37 Actress Tatum ONeal is 33 Actress Andrea McArdle is 33 Actor Corin Nemecis 25 Thought for Today I know nothing grander better exercise better digestion more positive proof of the past the triumphant result of faith in human Kind than a wellcontested American national Walt Whitman American poet ;

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