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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A O HeraldZeitung g Friday Nov Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 QUO A B L Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward they may be beaten but they may start a winning Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German poet dramatist c 1790 T O R I A L Somalia parallels Troops heading for Zaire should have every advantage militarily possible A Pentagon spokesman was quoted Thursday as saying troops would likely be entering a war zone in eastern Zaire with out a formal cease fire in place The troops taking part in the Canadianled mission to bring order and food to tens of thousands of starving refugees are expected to number near The Pentagon acknowledged that it had not even received oral agreements from warring factions that no hostile actions would be taken against the international force Those uncertainties and the lack of a troop withdrawal timetable or clear objective are just of few of the objections being raised about the mission Theyre being balanced however with the grisly possibilities that confront the world community Starvation and genocide could be the result of a lack of action on the part of the international community According to a Washington Post Service story an estimated refugees are being held as virtual hostages in their dirty refugee camp by Rwandan Hutu militias the same fighters blamed for tens of thousands of deaths in Rwanda will haWto be dealt nitifePsupplies sanitation measuresand other taken The parallels of this mission to the debacle in Somalia are strik ing What the can do however is learn from those previous mistakes and prepare for the worst if this mission is undertaken The Clinton Administration was rightly criticized for its han dling of the situation in Somalia When it was revealed that some military equipment which had been requested by commanders on the ground in Somalia had not been forwarded to them immediately just prior to a deadly firefight with Somali militias the American public was outraged If were going to drop troops into ethnic conflicts give them more than enough strength to handle any situation The troops in Bosnia are well equipped Make sure those head ing for Africa are equally supplied and supported 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 punctuationand 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 pre vious 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 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 HemltiZeitwtg DSPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfela Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HemldZgilung 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 Majl 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 liruuiijils HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Online contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address Is Holiday vortex disorder upon us The day after Halloween has zipped by which means stores are already decked with twinkling lights canned carols that employees will probably hear in their nightmares by New and the bizarre small appliances of the year Halloween also marks the start of the holiday Its that time of year when moms find them selves heading Christmas with so many things to do its as if were hurtling down a huge acceler ating slide Weve no control over direction or velocity and our gazillions of deadlines are whizzing by while we frantically try to grab at them with our fingernails Childrens and adults church choirs are already practicing for Christmas as well as school perform ing groups Scout troops are going at full steam by now with campouts and work projects There are parties school church work sports scouts clubs which need cookies drinks and games and more cookies Not to mention presents The Betty Crocker moms will already have these done by now We I work better under pressure pro crastinators have barely begun to think about whos on our lists this If we have jobs outside the home we find con centrating on tasks at work a Herculean endeavor Within the holiday vortex moms will start switch ing their childrens names or calling children by pets or spouses names Anger compounds this dis order My stepmom Maria named all five of her kids with D names When she was angry at vortex time shed just say Now David Diane Donny Debby Dennis oh you know who you are Grocery stores are fall of moms with symptoms of holiday vortex disorder Some hold two brands of spaghetti sauce with a fixed stare for 10 minutes or more Others are reduced to quivering protoplasm by the sound of a whiney childs voice The per centage of fast food meals increases on a geometric scale as the holiday vortex progresses This is the time of year when moms look back on the com mitments we made at the begin ning of the year with such words as what on earth possessed me to say and never But whats done is done Weve already signed on the dotted lines and people are counting on us Crying isnt any fun neither is yelling at our kids Besides the standard stressmanagement techniques exercise quiet activ ities more exercise I have my own personal menu of sanity restoratives for when I feel lost in the holiday vortex Looking at the totality of commitments and deadlines is a sure ticket to holiday vortex depression Keeping focused on a few imme diate tasks is a key to vortex its so easy to say and so hard to do So I make lists At 3 in a recent stressedout sleepless morning I got up and redid my lists Shuf fled goals and commitments around between this must and want to Didnt accomplish a thing but somehow the burden seemed Susan England HeraldZeitung Columnist lighter afterward Giving a holiday slant to the triedandtrue pam per yourself for a little while vortexcontrol measure can be fun and very personal We collect mailorder catalogs since our relatives are a continent away I love to look through them and pretend what Metropolitan Museum or Smithsonian item my exquisite taste would choose to give each loved one if money were no object I also like to go to the big Star Riv er Center the ones on a different planet from our bud get and gaze at the beautiful clothes and decora tions Just like going to a museum to enjoy the sheer beauty We have a crystal decanter and sherry glasses that were wedding gifts We fill the decanter only during the holiday season with Harveys Bristol Cream or single malt Scotch and use the tiny crystal glasses to savor it Another trick can work wonders for some cel ebrate in some small personal way the spiritual basis for the holiday season I play carols on the piano or reread favorite stories Or curl up with a crystal sherry glass and the cat and remember child hood Christmases If those last techniques dont help its time to seek professional help or bow out of a commit ment in the interest of mental health As a fellow PTA mom said By the end of the year well vow not to get so involved next year but well probably forget by next fall when its time to sign up It could be much worse We could be lonely or bored Susan Flynt England can be reached by calling 6259144 ext tteyj lite pur fflftrie WJdidifTYoie Letter to the Editor Its time both sides of the school district issue get aired Editor In response to Mr Alexanders letter Id like to point out what is wrong with this picture Its one dimensional otherwise known as onesided While it is true that Dr Campos and Mr Weaver voice the same way on all issues I believe that is because they feel the same way about these issues If that is an so be it Now as for the teacher in question since when is it illegal or unethical for an individual to voice her opinions about an issue When I took govern ment and economics at New Braunfels High 1 learned that any individual has the right to free speech and to deny that right is to commit felony Furthermore when I saw Turmans and Englers who at the now infamous board meeting I realized that the first amendment must still be in effect if no one was ejected after such violent histrionics and vituperative diatribes If the school board did not reprimand teachers for their own personal beliefs I guess it is because the school board is intelligent enough to realize that it is illegal to stop people from deciding for themselves what is right or wrong Also if the truth be told the teacher in question did not report behind the backs of the principals The prin cipals misquoted teachers comments on a candid sur vey on the block scheduling and then leaked the names of the dissenting teachers to a known board member who then wrote an editorial in this newspa per Finally about said teacher contributing to Mr Weavers campaign fund in a list of contributors to Mr DeHavens campaign fund published in this paper a respected teacher at Memorial Primary and her husband contributed a total of to Mr DeHaven Another issue I wish to address is the personal letter that Mr Weaver wrote to Mr Bradberry that was intentionally leaked to the HeraldZeitung Mr Weaver has clarified the fact that the letter was nev er supposed to be published Finally this comment about a city councilman attending the school board meetings and his possible agenda is ludicrous J myself have seen Carter Cas teel a supposed unbiased political figure and Jan Kennady the mayor of this town showing their wholesale support for Turman and Engler And if that isnt a political agenda than I dont know what is I do not wish for anyone to think that I have a vendetta against anyone 1 just believe it is time for both sides of the issue to be aired Joseph A Alvarado New Braunfels Real improvements could be made to learning environment Editor First 1 would like to thank Mr Hoyt who is the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Arch diocese of San Antonio He came to Sts Peter Paul recently to not only introduce himself but inform his audience of what his vision is for the Archdiocese in the coming years An additional personal thanks is extended for listening to the concerns of us unhap py parents as I do not think that was on his agenda As for the onesidedness of the newspaper story I saw no one who was shielding the reporter from whomever wanted to talk to her It doesnt matter if it is 3 percent or 100 percent of parents who are unhappy with what has happened to date at Sts Peter Paul School but the fact that a percentage does exist In the time that I have had my children at Sts Peter Paul start of 8 years excluding preK which they were also at Sts Peter Paul I cant remember seeing reading or hearing of any dissat isfaction in the operation of this school that caused this much animosity Based on the 199697 school directory we have 238 families The 3 percent hat is mentioned in the article would give me seven families that are unhap py If you want to express a percent applicable to unhappy parents two approaches could be made and as one will see they both exceed 3 percent and they are very conservative percentages One is to take the total number of families 238 and apply the absolute known families who have pulled their chil dren out which is 16 This gives 7 percent The sec ond is to take the total number of children applicable to the fourth through eighth grades where most unhappiness was which is 122 and apply the 16 students who have been pulled out This gives 13 per cent I have been to both school board meetings and have not only heard the concerns of other parents but have voiced my own and when it came time for rou tine matters to be discussed the principal had noth ing to report I am not unhappy but I am more con cerned and frustrated that as of this writing I have yet to be told that the English and math teachers that my children started the year off with are no longer at Sts Peter Paul My children are being taught English and math by substitute teachers I have no problem with the substitute teacher filling in until permanent teachers are found but what I do have a problem with is that no information has been sent home to introduce these teachers to me I take offense to the suggestion that if I dont like what is going on at Sts Peter Paul to consider withdrawing my Of the many good things I have been blessed with one is the capability to think for myself I have been around a long time and have come up against many things that I did not agree with were not to my liking not only in the work place but in life in general For the most part I was able to work through them with the people involved but to leant from them not to run In closing I will continue to pray that Sts Peter Paul can get back to an atmosphere in which an education not only academically but spiritually can be provided for my children My eldest child brought home a memo Nov 6 informing me that a math instructor has joined the staff of Sts Peter Paul Welcome I will not com ment on the second paragraph of said memo because it only confirms in my opinion the lack of math exposure my children have had during the period Aug 19 through Nov Jim MatelsM Cibolo Remember to include phone numbers work and home on letters to the editor you send the HeraldZeitung Thanks   

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