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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A □ Herald-Zeitung Q Friday, February 14,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald-Zeitung■ ■ 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 editor s address is NBHZeitungOAOL com. QUOTABLE “Nor all that heralds rake from coffin’d day, Nor florid prose, nor honeyed lies of rhyme, Can blazon evil deeds, or consecrate a crime.” Lord Byron poet. 1812 There are still some romantics out there EDITORIALKudos (Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald-Zeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals or organizations. Send your Kudos to: Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130, or fax them to (210) 625-1224). On Sunday, Feb. 9,1997, my wife and I attended a 50-year or more of marriage celebration at an Anniversary Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. In attendance were 94 couples who celebrated 50 years or more of marriage. It was estimated that the years married totaled 6,500 years of marriage. I would like to praise Msgr. O’Cailaghan and Msgr. Bily and the committee which conducted this grand affair in such fine fashion. This very special group went through the Hoover depression, several wars, but we had FDR., Harry Truman, 52/20 Club, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and many other great role models. We used four-letter words like L-O-V-E. I would never change our great past years for the world. Many thanks and God bless. John and Helen ThompsonWrite us • • • The* New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 200 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer’s 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 Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included.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. Moil letters to: Letters to the Editor c/o the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext 201.......................................Doug Toney Managing Editor, Ext 220..............................................Micah Boyd Retail Advertising Manager. Ext 209 ...................... Jack Osteen Classified Advertising Manager. Ext 214..............Karen Remmger Business Manager. Ext 202 ......................................Mary Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228...................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman. Ext 205.........................................Billy Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Ne* Braunfels Herald Aism* (USHS 177 KNO) 707 Urn* St, ta PO Drawer 31132K. New Braunfels, Comal County. Tx. 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitwin in New Braunfels, Texas. C anner delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: dave months, $20.50; rn months, $37; one year. $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by awner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County rn Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have nut received a newspaper by 5:30 p m Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 am. on Sunday may call (2 IO) 625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by 11 arn on Sunday PosiMAsru Send address changes lo the New Braurfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. The divorce rate may be climbing faster than the stock market. Television talk show topics may take the word “twisted” to new heights on a weekly basis. Ned to worry — good old fashioned romance is alive and kicking in New Braunfels. A local educator kidnapped her husband for a Valentine's Day. She picked him up from work Friday; V-day was Saturday. She had packed his suitcases, bought airline tickets to New Orleans, and made hotel reservations for the weekend. “He didn’t know where we were going or anything," she said. “I told him we were just going on an adventure. He opened up the trunk, there were the tickets, and off we went.” One local couple got married in a retirement home, actually on the grounds of an exclusive Austin retirement home where the bride’s 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 retirement home residents had lined their chairs up to the home’s picture windows to view the “wedding program.” One woman in the retirement home thought the bride was marrying 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 it.” The warmth, magic — and humor — of that wedding was enough to share generously. A local journalist took romantic hijacking to the level of art. “It was our loth wedding anniversary," he said. He contrived with his wife’s boss to arrange vacation time for her without her knowing. He bought airline tickets and made reservations at the Hyatt Susan Flynt England Letters to the EditorLocal aducators share credit for success Editor, It was noted in the Feb. 9 edition of this paper that Elise Waltman was named to the dean's list of the University of North Texas. There is more to the story. The credit for this achievement by a 16-year-old 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 Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High School. While Elise appreciates alt of her teachers, the most influential, by virtue of their ability to keep students interested and excited about learning, 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 Elise’s parents we. Jim Waltman of New Braunfels and Marta Kennedy of Plano, express our deepest gratitude to NBISD for helping shape the academic life of our daughter. Jim Waltman New BraunfelsSeating 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-ald-Zeitung, 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 Th© Associated Press Today is Fnday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 1997. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day. Today** Highlight in History: On Feb. 14, 1929, the St. Valen tine’s Day Massacre took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone’s 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 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state. In 1876, inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray applied separately for patents related to the telephone. (The U.S. Supreme Court cvcn- 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 feather," he said. That same man and wife met in high school. They have now been married 22 years. Their jobs are keeping them in separate cities right now, but that just challenges their romantic creativity. He has been receiving little packages from her at work, filled with traditional Valentine treats. He bakes her a cake for each birthday — from scratch. Depending on one’s perspective, they’re either an inspiration to all would-be Romeos and Juliets or disgustingly mushy. Another New Braunfels couple’s romance could be a song from “My Fairy Lady.” “I used to think my husband was a really healthy person, because I always saw him walking in front of my house," 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, Certain board members claim they are only trying to do what is best lf that is true, why is there so much controversy? Dr. Carlos Campos is quoted as saying that “ ... that’s just their opinion.” Yes, it is a lot of people’s opinion. People who DO have a say in what goes on in the school district. 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 arc accessible to the public. I urge any school hoard membfr to come forward and explain why this is happening, because so far, I cannot recall hearing any reasons for their recent actions. Let us all end this problem together and make the NBISD the school district it once was. lf this cannot be solved sensibly, the state will take over, and wouldn’t that be quite a feather in our caps. Chris Brandt New Braunfels iIn dnlMM of triploid carp use In response to your recent editorial which labeled the introduction of triploid carp into Lakes Dunlap and McQueeney a “bad idea." Many have already forgotten the nightmare of the hydnlla infestation at its worst The nver was an impassable mass of thousands of tons of matted weed from the bcd to the surface. I 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 hydnlla is akin to fire ants and kudzu that has plagued the entire South from Georgia to Texas. Our community came together and sought the best research and advice from many other states and our own scientists at Texas AAM, biology tually ruled Bell the rightful inventor.) In 1895, Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James’s Theatre in London. In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union. In 1920, the League of Women Voters 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 U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his consultants and the Texas Parks and Wildlife. Aquathol K, a very benign herbicide, is relatively effective but costs $30,000 annually for limited control. The hydnlla was certainly not eradicated in I .ake Dunlap by the last herbicide 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 suggest bf may be uninformed about this problem ant) has no re©) solution to offer. 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 BraunfelsIt dotsnl matter wh6rt superintendent sits Editor, I am writing to express my disappointment and disgust with the headline article in the Herald-Zeitung on Feb. 6, 1997 (NBISD board refuses to budge on seating chart). It is an embarrassment to this town that our paper and a few people continue to harp on where our new superintendent will sit. lf I didn’t know better, I would assume this subject is all people are concerned about in our school district since our paper has been relentless in covering the issue. Some have insinuated that the New Braunfels Independent School District is the only school distnct that has this type of seating arrangement. Not true Northside I SD in San Antonio uses the same type of arrangement and so do others. Most boards of directors sit separately from CEOs in the business world Our city manager sits separately from the City Council. I wish more people would recognize one of the reasons the seating arrangement was changed in the first “When we got manned I found out that he was a total couch potato” — but what a romantic spud. A local professor stole his wife’s 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 students 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 week9*’ she said. “Yes.” He had filled out one of his studio reserv ation forms a little differently from the norm: Date — Feb. I, 1989. Studio time — 7 p.m. till 77? Equipment needed — car, stereo. Purpose for use — dinner, pleasant conversation Other comments — say yes. She did. (Susan Flynt England is a Herald-Zeitung columnist). place. Maybe a more direct approach wouldn’t 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 meetings. Up until February 1991, Mr. Birdberry 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 president of the school board, in order to speak about a particular issue or concern. People were angered when their applications “got lost” after submitting them to the supenntendcnt. It wasn’t until some brave and dedicated people circulated a petition that an open forum segment was added to the school hoard 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, however, 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, I find it absurd to believe thai a candidate for superintendent may refuse to take this prestigious job because of where he or she would sit at a meeting twice a month. lf 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 I, for one, do not want our next supenntendcnt to have his or her self interest at heart, but that of NBISD. There is much work to he done. Maybe this issue can be given the rest it so desperately deserves. Tricia Cordell New Braunfels abductors and police. In 1984, 6-year-old Stormie Jones became the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (she died in November 1990). Ten years ago: Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov addressed a closed-door session of a Kremlin-sponsored peace forum. Participants quoted Sakharov as calling for more democracy in the Soviet Union, while expressing his support for Mikhail Gorbachev. Five years ago: American speed skater Bonnie Blair won her second gold medal of the Albertville Olympics, in the 1,000 meters event. The former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan rejected a proposal for a unified army, sharply rebuffing Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin. One year ago: Texas Sen. Phi Gramm bowed out of the race for tin Republican presidential nominatior following his poor showings in th* Louisiana and Iowa caucuses Today*! Birthdays: TV personal! ty Hugh Downs is 76. Act re ss-singe Florence Henderson is 63. Countr singer Ra/zy Bailey is 58. Joumalis Cart Bernstein is 53. Actor-danccr Git gory Hines is 51 Sen Judd Gregg, R N.H., is 50. Cajun smger-musiciai Michael Doucet (Beausoleil) is 46 Actor Ken Wahl is 41. Actress Me; Tilly is 37. Tennis player Manuel Malceva- Fragnicrc is 30. Thought for Today: “Love that’s wise Will not say all it means.” — Edwin Arlington Robirisor American poet (1869-1935). ;

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