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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A O HeraldZeRung g Friday February Opinion talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Opinion 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 NBHZeitung@AOL.com Q O T A B L F Nor all that heralds rake from coffind clay Nor florid prose nor honeyed lies of rhyme Can blazon evil deeds or consecrate a Lord Byron poet 1812 still imam TOR Kudos Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald Zeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals or organiza tions Send your Kudos to HeraldZeitung 707Landa New Braunfels TX78130 or fax them to 210 On Sunday Feb my wife and I attended a 50year or more of marriage cel ebration at an Anniversary Mass at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church In attendance were 94 couples who cele brated 50 years or more of marriage It was estimated that the years married totaled years of marriage I would like to praise Msgr OCallaghan and Msgr Bily and the committee which conducted this grand affair in such fine very special group througK Hoover depression several wars but we haci Harry Truman Club Bing Crosby Bob Hope and many other great role models We used fourletter words like LOVE I would never change our great past years for the world Many thanks and God bless John and Helen Thompson Write 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to the New Braunfels Herald fritting bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Braunfela HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Retail Advertising Manager Ext Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Smunfels Hembttoiiung USPS 377880 707 Umds St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the New Brmmfrb HeralttZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by wrier delivery only six months 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 am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by II qn Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the HtraldZeitung Draw 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 The divorce rate may be climbing faster than the stock market Televi sion talk show topics may take tljc word twisted to new heights ona weekly basis Not to worry good old fashioned romance is alive and kicking in New Braunfels A local educator kidnapped her hus band for a Valentines Day She picked him up from work Friday Vday was Saturday She had packed his suitcas es bought airline tickets to New Orleans and made hotel reservations for the weekend He didnt know where we were going or she said I told him we were just going on an adventure He opened up the trunk there were the tickets and off we One local couple got married in a retirement home actually on the grounds of an exclusive Austin retire ment home where the brides great uncle lived complete with elaborate gardens and a fountain The bride learned shortly before she was ready to march down the aisle that the retire ment home resi dents had lined their chairs up to the homes pic ture windows to view the wed ding One woman in the retirement home thought the bride was marry ing her own great uncle One of those sweet ladies went up to my great uncle and congratulated him on his marriage to me He got a great hoot out of The warmth magic and that wedding was enough to share generously A local journalist took romantic hijacking to the level of art It was our 10th wedding he said He contrived with his wifes boss to arrange vacation time for her without her knowing He bought airline tickets and made reservations at the Hyatt Susan Flynt England hotel on the beach at Acapulco He picked her up from work and the car headed toward the airport When she realized what was happening you could have knocked her over with a he said That same man and wife met in high school They have now been married 22 years Their jobs arc keeping them in separate cities right now but that just challenges their romantic creativ ity He has been receiving little pack ages from her at work filled with tra ditional Valentine treats He bakes her a cake for each birthday from scratch Depending on ones perspec tive theyre either an inspiration to all wouldbe Romeos and Juliets or dis gustingly mushy Another New Braunfels couples romance could be a song from My Fairy I used to think my hus band was a really healthy person because I always saw him walking in front of my the wife said As it turned out the man only walked up and down her particular block He was trying to get her attention She said When we got married I found out that he was a total couch potato but what a romantic spud A local professor stole his wifes heart the first time he asked her out She worked at the university where he was in graduate school They met when she trained him how to use audio equipment which he in turn taught stu dents how to use He also had to submit weekly paper work to her reserving that equipment and studio time One week he handed her the usual stack of forms Instead of leaving he stood outside her studio shuffling his feet Do you need something special this week she said He had filled out one of his studio reservation forms a little differently from the norm Date Studio time 7 till Equipment needed car stereo Purpose for use dinner pleasant conversation Other comments say yes She did Susan Flynt England is a Herald Zeitung Letters to the Editor Local educators share credit for success Editor It was noted in the Feb 9 edition of this paper that Elise Waltman was named to the deans list of the Uni versity of North Texas There is more to the story The credit for this achievement by a 16yearold college student must be shared with the teachers and administrators of the New Braunfels Independent School District Elise attended Memorial Primary Carl Schurz OakRun New Braun fels Middle School and New Braun il fels High School While Elise appreciates all of her teachers the most influential by virtue of their ability to keep students interested and excited about learn ing are Mrs Schultz Mrs Schulle Mrs Winters the late Mr Weiser Mrs Stretz Mr Skarovsky Mrs Leitch and Mrs Simpson This community is fortunate to have people of this caliber teaching and caring for their children As Elises parents we Jim Walt man of New Braunfels and Marta Kennedy of Piano express our deep est gratitude to NBISD for helping shape the academic life of our daugh ter Jim Waltman New Braunfels Seating problem needs immediate action Editor The following is an open letter to all New Braunfels Independent School District parents and students In the Feb 6 edition of the Her aldZeitung I read that our school board is in a tiff over the seating arrangement How much longer can we endure this I thought the whole seating arrangement fiasco was over with but apparently not so The school board is in a position to set policy on how a school district is to be run not to be the governing body of the high school which it is or tell the superintendent where he should sit Today in History The Associated Press Today is Friday Feb 14 the 45th day of 1997 There are 320 days left in the year This is Valentines Day Todays Highlight In History On Feb 14 1929 the St Valen tines Day Massacre took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capones gang were gunned down On this date In 1778 the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Stars and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France In 1899 Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state In 1870 inventors Alexander Gra ham Bell and Elisha Gray applied sep arately for patents related to the tele phone The Supreme Court even Certain board members claim they are only trying to do what is best If that is true why is there so much controversy Dr Carlos Campos is quoted as saying that thats just their Yes it is a lot of peo ples opinion People who DO have a say in what goes on in the school dis trict I am just as tired of hearing all this as much as everyone else but the problem will not go away by itself Parents and students write to the board members and tell them how you feel or even call them These men and women are public officials and by all means are sible to the public jj I any school board member to come forward and1 explain why this is happening because so far I cannot recall hearing any reasons for their recent actions Let us all end this problem togeth er and make the NBISD the school district it once was If this cannot be solved sensibly the state will take over and wouldnt that be quite a feather in our caps Chris Brandt New Braunfels In defense off triploid carp use In response to your recent editori al which labeled the introduction of triploid carp into Lakes Dunlap and McQuccney a bad Many have already forgotten the nightmare of the hydrilla infestation at its worst The river was an impassable mass of thousands of tons of matted weed from the bed to the surface 1 personally saw dead dogs dead snakes and all sorts of garbage entangled just in one small section Anyone who tried to pull the stuff by hand knows the futility of fighting this plague To suggest that this was a part of our natural ecosystem is ignorant This foreign hydrilla is akin to fire ants and kudzu that has plagued the entire South from Georgia to Texas community came together and sought the best research and advice from many other states and our own scientists at Texas biology consultants and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Aquathol K a very benign herbi cide is relatively effective but costs annually for limited control The hydrilla was certainly not erad icated in Lake Dunlap by the last her bicide application The triploid carp is at present the only known solution to this difficult problem Your editor erroneously compared the carp to rabbits and feral hogs Did he not know the carp are sterile cannot spawn and have a limited lifespan I suggesting about thisprobiemandhas no offer I These days it is extremely difficult to get a community to agree and to act on any complex problem such as this one and it is not helpful for your editor to stir the pot after the fact Dick Buhl New Braunfels It doesnt matter where superintendent sits Editor I am writing to express my disap pointment and disgust with the head Ijne article in the HeraldZeitung on Feb 6 1997 NBISD board refuses to budge on seating It is an embarrassment to this town that our paper and a few people continue to harp on where our new superinten dent will sit If I didnt know better 1 would assume this subject is all people are concerned about in our school dis trict since our paper has been relent less in covering the issue Some have insinuated that the New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict is the only school district that has this type of seating arrangement Not true Northside ISO in San Antonio uses the same type of arrangement and so do others Most boards of directors sit sepa rately from CEOs in the business world Our city manager sits sepa rately from the City Council I wish more people would recog nize one of the reasons the seating arrangement was changed in the first place Maybe a more direct approach wouldnt have been so offensive if it had been explained in more detail For several years many people have been upset with our former superintendent for exercising such tight control over school board meet ings Up until February 1991 Mr Brad berry did not allow an open forum at meetings No one could speak about an issue not on the agenda Parents and patrons had to make an application to him not the presi dent of the school board in order to speak about a particular issue or con cern People were angered when their applications got lost after submit ting them to the superintendent It wasnt until some brave and ded icated people circulated a petition that an open forum segment was added to the school board meetings Since open forum became a part of the agenda many people continued to witness unfair treatment toward certain patrons and parents Trying to influence who when and how long a person speaks before the school board is not the job of the superintendent and yet this occurred numerous times I truly regret that such hard feelings about this issue have continued to fester It is important to note how ever that with this new seating arrangement no one will ever again be able to accuse our superintendent of overstepping his or her authority at school board meetings In closing 1 find it absurd to believe that a candidate for superin tendent may refuse to take this pres tigious job because of where he or she would sit at a meeting twice a month If this should be the case we had better recognize this person has an inflated ego and need for power and move on to the next candidate 1 for one do not want our next superintendent to have his or her self interest at heart but that of NBISD There is much work to be done Maybe this issue can be given the rest it so desperately deserves Tricia Cogdell New Braunfels tually ruled Bell the rightful In 1895 Oscar Wildes final play The Importance of Being opened at the St Jamess Theatre in London In 1903 the Department of Com merce and Labor was established In 1912 Arizona became the 48th state of the Union In 192Q the League of Women Vot ers was founded in Chicago its first president was Maude Wood Park In 1945 Peru Paraguay Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations In 1962 first lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised tour of the White House In 1979 Adolph Dubs the ambassador to Afghanistan was kid napped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shoptout between his abductors and police In Stormie Jones became the worlds first heartliver transplant recipient at Childrens Hos pital of Pittsburgh she died in Novem ber Ten yeari ago Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov addressed a door session of a Kremlinsponsored peace forum Participants quoted SekJNarov as calling for more racy in the Soviet Union while ing his support for Mikhail Gorbachev Five years ago American speed skater Bonnie Blair won her second gold medal of the Albcrtville Olympics in the meters event The former Soviet republics of Ukraine Moldova and Azerbaijan rejected a proposal for a unified army sharply rebuffing Rugs One year ago Texas Sen Phi Gramm bowed out of the race for th Republican presidential nominatioi following his poor showings in thi Louisiana and Iowa caucuses Todayi Birthdays TV personal ty Hugh Downs is 76 Actresssinge Florence Henderson is 63 Countr singer Razzy Bailey is 58 Journalis Carl Bernstein is 53 Actordancer Ore gory Hines is 51 Sen Judd Gregg R is 50 Cajun singermusiciai Michael Doucet Beausoleil is Actor Ken Wahl is Actress Me Tilly is 37 Tennis player Manuel MaleevaFragniere is 30 Thought for Today Love thats wise Will not say all it Edwin Arlington Robinsor American poet   

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