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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A ri HeraldZeltuna n Thursday March Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 O U O T A B L The Senate must decide whether flag is freedom or the abuse of free dom Will the Senate of the United States confuse liberty with license Orrin G Hatch Senator 1995 D I T O R I A L Proof that here we do things right Legislative Conference gives New Braunfels a chance to shine on state national stage Leaders from across the state will decend upon New Braunfels today for the 31st Annual Texas Legislative Conference The eyes of Texas and the rest of the nation will be watching as 24 speakers address issues under condiser ation by state and national lawmakers that will have a direct impact on each of our daily lives Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison the first female to represent Texas in the Senate will be honored tonight as Texan of the Year Gov George W Bush will talk Friday morning about his school financing plan Most towns our size wouldnt even dream of holding such an event Yet here in New Braunfels time and agairuwe prove that nothing is impossible when we work together For more than three decades the top state and nation al olifrcTais havebeen coming hereto discuss meftrture V ilitAJll viiini inn J otcjljrarea and the rest of Former and sitting first ladies senators congress men governors and even a man who would one day be president have attended the conference and afforded us their insights and visions of the future The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce deserves accolades for organizing and sponsoring such a gnnd endeavor The citizens of New Braunfels deserve one too Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Micah Write us The New Bmunfels HeraldZeitung 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 260 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephdne number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre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 Toney 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 Mw Bmwifals USIS 377880 707 Landa Si or Drawer 311328 New Unuinfels Comnl County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Bruuitfels UeralilZvitungin New Ureunfels 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 County in Texas three months six mpnths one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 pan weekdays by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTCR Send address changes to the New fraiatfeb tfemldrMtW8 Draw er3U328 New 781311328 Opinion Onllfw contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is Haymarket Park is La Cantarana to many The March 15 edition of the San Antonio ExpressNews seemed to have created a bit of a stir in the neighbor hood of La Cantarana the singing The ExpressNews reported that Haymarket Park at the corner of Hampe and Comal known by His panic residents as La Cantarana may officially become the Spanish name Many of the neighborhood people want the name change because of its strong cultural link to childhood memories Others are feverishly opposed to the name change and are looking for proof that the founding fathers actually named it Haymarket to ensure the name of the park stays the same One of the arguments in opposition to the name change is is the name of a gang who called them selves the CVs Cantarana Vatos or PLV Piiro Loco Vatos Purely Crazy When I asked my children and their friends if theyd ever heard of a gang called La Cantarana or PLV they laughed saying Mom who ever heard of a gang called the singing frogs According to the teenagers hanging out at my house the only gangs theyve heard of were the MTO Mexican Take Over West Side The Solms Rats in Solms The Bloods and Cristina Aguilar Friar Crips West Side and the Sego a gang out of No self respecting gang would ever call themselves the Singing Frogs or Purely Crazy Guys unless they were forming some kind of bar bershop quartet or a Jim Carey fan club In the Express News Iris Schumann archivist at the Sophienburg Archives was quoted It would be nice if we had a combi nation of two or three cultures that set tled this community but we didnt Mexicans owned this land but they didnt settle here until after the Ger First for the record lets remember this was not Texas but Mexico at one time Schumann was right the Mexi cans didnt settle this land they were natives They drove the wagons to pick up the Germans from the coast and brought them here And rest assured that Mexicans along with the blacks worked side by side with the Germans laying bricks building this town Sor ry folks we just cant get away from the fact that people of color have always been here and worked here They were just too busy to toot their own horn or document their history The history of the Mexican people in New Braunfels is handed down from generation to generation through word of mouth Nevertheless the Germans deserve the credit for organization planning and structuring our commu nity That critical planning and leader ship deserves respect and honor But the people of color deserve some of the same for the role they played and the spirit of imagination their forefathers left in their neighborhoods Realistically it doesnt matter what you call the park For the people living there it will always be La Cantarana Just like the West Side is known as El Barrio Seco the dry neighborhood or Hunter Road is known as El Galli to the little These Spanish nicknames are rarely heard by die gen eral public However there are other Mexican nicknames that are well established and accepted Names like San Antonio Street Seguin Avenue Comal the Guadalupe River etc These names are a testament to the fact that the Mexican influence has always been here In the neighborhood of La Can tarana the park evokes memories of childhood where things of interest were the tadpoles coming out of their shells and the sound of frogs serenading them to sleep At one time there was no playground only childhood imagina tion It was a place where children could be and become King of the Hill or Lord of the Singing Frogs The name Haymarket Park had no real meaning to the children who played there They identified their park by smell sights and sounds it had a name of its own it was where frogs sang The childlike discovery of life and nature spiritually and unconsciously changed the name from Haymarket to La Cantarana Despite what the found ing fathers may or may not have called the area I think they would agree die name bom of childhood imagination is what really counts Lets hope that those who wish to refurbish die park feel the same Cristina Aguilar Friar is a member of the Hispanic Chamber Board of eiwneeisew35 Letters to the Editor Drivers should more caution In foggy conditions Editor In that heavy fog last Thursday morning one could still see people on Walnut driving without lights or pnly with their parking lights on Do people ever read their Texas Drivers Hand book Read page 91 You should lower dim your head lights when driving in fog heavy rain sleet Dim the headlights docs not mean using your parking lights Ignorance is bliss Mrs Gerda Barker New Braunfels 6 Neighborhood Watch reorganizing Editor Our Neighborhood Crime Watch was organized Feb We were properly affiliated with the New Braun fels Texas Safe City Crime Watch as Zone 6 At that time we had a meeting at the church within our zone to which every family was invited We had a good crowd The Safe City Crime Watch Today in History The Associated Press Today is Thursday March 20 the 79th day of 1997 There are 286 days left in the year Spring arrives at EST Todays Highlight in History On March physicist math ematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London Othisdate In 1413 Englands King Henry IV died he was succeeded by Henry V In Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris beginning his Hundred In 1916 the Supreme Court in Martin vs Hunters Lesssf affirmed its right to review state court decisions director explained the need for neigh bors to know He told us how to look out for one another We appointed block captains to contact every house and explain that through just using common sense we could unite to keep out vandals unwanted house solicitations stencil our drivers license number on televi sions electronic portable equipment etc After seven years our Identification Directory is obsolete We are beginning to reorganize There will be a block captain come to each door It will be someone from the neighborhood This notice is being printed so people will know to expect their neighbors They may ask to see a drivers license they should check the name and address if they feel it is sus picious they should call 911 There is no need to let the person come into any homes All we want can be done at the door Bill Bullock is the Crime Watch 6 chairperson Kathryn Wood has found someone to publish the new directory Most of the original block captains have agreed to continue their services The survey will begin immediately In 1896 Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect citizens in the wake of a revolution In 1956 union workers ended a 156 day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp In 1976 newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed rob bery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup In 1995 in Tokyo 12 people were killed more than others sick ened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five sep arate subway trains Ten yean ago The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients We are not asking for contributions for expenses No individual has ever been paid for services All work is volunteer We would like to thank those doing the needed reorganization Both Kathryn and Bill have agreed to finance the cost We are asking your full coopera tion with the reorganization Those who live on Fredcricksburg Road between Landa Street and Howard Street on Howard Street between Fredericksburg and Lockner on Lockner between Howard Street and Landa are covered in the bound aries of this zone Prince Drive from Lockner to Parkview Parkview from Howard to Wood Road Wood Road from Lockner to Fredericksburg Road and Inspiration Drive from Lockner to Wood Road make up the inner streets Those who are not contacted we may have to resort to leaving them a not to call their block captain Our goal is to include every house It is against city ordinances to use this directory for any other purposes other than this neighborhood project Anyone using this list for solicitation of any kind will be prosecuted The information list will be similar to the telephone direc tory Those with unlisted numbers may give them for their protection in order for neighbors to contact them if a mov ing van is carrying their possessions away etc People have the right not to give their home phone numbers if they are unlisted People may choose to give the number where they work No one is being asked to do anything against their will Part of our Grime Watch area has not been active for years Some block cap tains have remained vigilant and are producing their updated lists immedi ately In one case we feel very badly that there has been a death and the neighbors did not know about it We are all concerned but will not invade the persons privacy Few of us visit our neighbors are there when they need special help They can count on us May we count on you to give your name address and phone number to revise our list Kathryn H Wood New Braunfels yf an ago Congress passed and President Bush immediately vetoed a Democratic tax cut for the middle class that would have been funded by a tax hike on the rich year ago A jury in Los Ange les convicted Erik and Lyle Menen dez of firstdegree murder in the shot gun slayings of their millionaire par ents The British government said that a rare brain disease that had killed 10 people was probably linked to socalled mad cow Todayi Birthdays Producerdirec torcomedian Carl Reiner is 75 Actor Jack Kruschen is Former Nixon White House aide John Ehrlichman is 7 Childrens TV host Fred Rogers is 69 Actor Hal Linden is 66 Singer Jerry Reed is 60 Former Canadian prime minister Brian Muironey is 58 Country singer Don Edwards is 58 Country singermusician Ranger Doug Riders in the Sky is 51 Hockey Hall ofFamer Bobby Orr is 49 Actor William Hurt is 47 Rock musician Jimmy Vaughan Die Fabulous Thun derbirds is 46 Country musician Jim my Seales Shenandoah is 43 Movie director Spike Lee is 40 Actress There sa Russell is 40 Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 40 Actress Holly Hunter is 39 Rock musician Slim Jim Phan tom ThfStray Cats is 36 Thought for Today I am I plus my Jose Ortega y Gassct Spanish philosopher 1883   

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