Sunday, March 16, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Opinion submit columns electronlcaliy by way of online services Or Internet or to simply contact staff the newspapers address Is QUOTABLt Knowledge will forever govern ignorance And a people who mean to be their own gov ernors must arm themselves with the power knowledge James Madison fourth president 1822 Honoring those that make a D I T o R i A L Get involved in CISD planning The Comal Independent School Districts Long Range Facilities planning Committee is now in the process of preparing recommendations for the Board of Trustees that will help determine the districts con struction arid building renovations for the next five years The district is seeking volunteers to help shepe the future of the district in light of growth that is expect ed be dramatic This is a chance for an individual to use his or her talents and time to make a difference in the future of education in the county Involvement in our schools by parents and other citizens is a vital part of making our education sys tem what we all want it to be If you are not the PTA or tutor type this may be an opportunity to make a contribution four subcommittees to get involved in Demographics School Size and Grade Alignment Budget Development and Surveys The need for help is diverse We urge any6newhoM can help to help Issues like big schools versus small schools grade alignment and district spending will be determined soon offering volunteers an opportunity to have a say The last school bond election produced a package that passed by a handful of votes Decisions could be very close again Your involvement will make a dif ference To volunteer your time and talents contact the CISD Office of Public Information Todays editorial was written by HemldZeitung News Editor Steve Brigman Write us The New Braunfela HemldZeitung 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 230 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre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 Boyd 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 Nnv Bmuiifvh USPS 377880 707 Landn or Drawer 311328 New Uraunfels Conrnl County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeltuitt in New Uraunfels Texas Currier delivered in Conuil and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by currier 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 am on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to trws New IlvnitiiZttitung Draw er 311328 New Urauflfels Tx 781311328 Beginning today the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung begins a sixpart supplement called New Horizons which is devoted to the people of Braunfels and Comal County The purpose of the weeklong spe cial report is to allow us a chance to pull away from the hectic daytoday race of life and ponder not only where we are going but where as an com munity we have been The first installment is a look at reli gion in our community From the strong religious roots of this community comes much of the volunteerism and devotion to helping others These issues are explored in this first of six special sections On Tuesday the HeraldZeitung will explore the importance of industry business and agriculture to our county and economy Wednesdays supplement is History and Heritage Do you know how Lan da Park became Landa Park Whats a Landa Do you know when the first Hispanic was elected to the county board of commissioners On Thursday the theme is Health and Edu cation With an aging population especially as the baby boomer generation breaks its fifties health issues and educa tion issues for its children and grandchildren are key issues to ensuring a quality future for New Braunfels and Comal County On Friday we look at Sports and Recreation From the links to the lanes from the courts to the diamonds and fields sports and recreation have becoming increasingly important to many of us In the 1990s more people participate in sports or watch our chil dren in sports than those who stay home and watch sports on television Just ask any soccer mom or dad or the scores of volunteer coaches for lit tle league and basketball Finally next Sunday a special report is devoted to our annual Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes Readers from throughout Comal County and western Guadalupe Coun ty submitted nominations for Unsung Heroes These are awards to honor the people among us who volunteer their time to improve the lives of the people around them Its an opportunity to provide recognition to the people who quietly go about making New Braun fels and Comal County a better place to live The HeraldZeitungs readers advi sory board a group of 10 readers selected the winners The winners will be honored at a special reception next Friday At that reception the HeraldZeitung also will announce its Citizen of the Year Award This award is given each year to an outstanding leader in the community whose contributions in the past year have had a positive and sig nificant impact on the community at large This person was selected 6V the newspapers editorial board A lot of time and effort has gone into this years New Horizons reports and the selections of Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year We at the HeraldZeitung realize how important it is to occasionally stop for a moment and appreciate our community and the people who make this a special place Thats why we do this each year We hope that this next week you will take an extra moment out of your busy schedule to read about the people and places that make this such a wonderful community in which to live Doug Toney is publisher and editor of the New Braunfels Letters to the Editor Educator finds oditorlal cartoon offonslvo Editor In a recent cartoon published in this newspaper which focused upon edu cation a teacher was depicted with a dunce cap on his head as he wrote mis spelled words on the board before his class In gratitude he welcomed the arrival of Mr President into his class room by stating that new funding he was bringing would enable him to teach Wondering about the motive for such a cartoon 1 contacted Micah Boyd of this newspaper In response to my question he stated that the purpose of his selection of this cartoon was that it would heighten public concern about our government pouring money into a flawed In the conversation which followed we exchanged ideas and 1 encouraged him to recognize the fact that although education is not a system without flaws it is also not a system which is totally flawed Within this community many many dedicated educators are daily committing their days and nights to Today in History educate the children of this commu nity Through the daily interactions taking place in classroom after classroom students are learning and our commu nity is being strengthened 1 urged Mr Boyd to recognize those dedicated educators and take a stance acknowledging their intelligence and their importance to our community and our children I asked him to use the power of the pen to not only recognize weaknesses in education but also to applaud its strengths the dedicated educators teaching students in this community In the same regard I further urge that readers of this letter take action to reassure teachers of the community that they are recognized for their efforts and are not viewed as incompetents If you were positively impacted by a teacher or if your children are current ly being positively impacted by a teacher write a brief note to the appro priate teacher stating your apprecia tion Perhaps doing so will indicate that not all In our community view educa tors in the light depicted in the car toon Dorothy Matschek 29year CISD teacher Effort should bo to properly IdontNy Editor What a treat it was to read about the fine young people of New Braunfels in the March 13 HeraldZeirung in the article entitled Leadership New Braun While reading about Jack Farris 1 was truly amazed at his picture an uncanny resemblance to our distin guished citizen Nathan Millett The picture and accompanying article about Nathan Millett was equally an uncanny resemblance to Jack Farris I am used to the HcraldZeitungs practice of misidentifying people in pictures and articles about weddings and social activities While proper iden tification is always important I solicit your support in ensuring proper iden tification of the people of New Braun fels in articles about those who have been recognized for their potential and who are willing to take the time and make the effort to become better lead ers of New Braunfels Gerald Jerry Pribyl New Brattnfels Legislator understands readers concerns Editor The concerns expressed by Lloyd D Ellison in a letter to the editor about campaign finance reform and term lim its are understandable I have introduced campaign finance reform legislation for years and know just how complex that problem has become For example 1 favor having candidates raise a majority of cam paign funds in their own districts from individuals as I do That severely restricts the influence of special inter ests inside or outside the district As for term limit legislation win ning support from twothirds of the members of each house of CongnKs for any proposed Constitutional amend ment is difficult at best But we should keeptrying y Member of Congress The Associated Press f Today is Saturday March 15 the 74th day of 1997 There are 291 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On March 15 44 Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius On this djte In 1493 Cliristopher Columbus returned to Spain first voyage to the Western Hemi sphere In 1767 the seventh president of the United States Andrew Jackson was born in Waxhjw In 1820 Maine became the 23rd state In 1875 the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York Mn McCloskey was named the first Amer ican by Pope Pius IX In 1913 President Wilson held the first open pres idential wws conference In 1919 the American Legion was founded in Paris In 1956 the Lemer and Loewe musical My Fair Lady opened on Broadway In 1964 actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in Montreal it was her fifth marriage his second In 1965 addressing a joint session of Congress President Johnson called for new legislation to guar antee every Americans right to vote In 1975 Creek shipping magnate AristotleOnes sis died near Paris at age 69 In years ago the House of Repre sentatives began a 90day test to determine the sibility of showing its sessions on television Ten agoi Peggy Say the sister of Terry Anderson the Associated Press correspondent held hostage in Lebanon said President Reagan was being unjustly castigated for his armsforhostages deal Five yean ago Democratic presidential candidates debated in Chicago criticizing President Pushs han dling of the Persian Gulf Wir and its aftermath and clashing over economic issues The United Nations officially embarked on its largest peacekeeping oper ation with the arrival of a diplomat in Cainbodia One year The Liggett Group agreed to repay more than million in Medicaid bills for treatment of smokers settling lawsuits with five states The set tlement came two days after Liggett the nations fifthlargest tobacco company made history by set tling a private classaction lawsuit alleging cigarette makers manipulated nicotine hook Todays Country singer Carl Smith is 70 former astronaut Alan L Bm ttW Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bacjer Oinsburg is 64 Actor Judd Hirsch is 62 Rock musician Phil Lesh Tlte Grateful Dead is 57 Singer Mike Love The Beach Boys is 5j Rock Bingerrnusician Sly Stone Stewart is 53 Rock singer Ry Cooder is 50 Rock singer Pee Snider Twisted is 42 Actress Park Overall is 40 Model Trent DArby is 35 Rock singer Bret Michaels Poi son is 34 Singer Rockwell is 33 Thought Jor Todays Were all in this by j TemWn comedian