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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 I d Z e i t u n g We eiyoy the shield of the First Amendment but it cant wont and shouldnt protect us from any resentment we engender when we act as if we were accountable only to ourselves and as if we had no obligation at all to the Colbert King columnist 1996 EDITORIAL Three Parks Run Saturdays race benefits participants community Some ideas are so good they make one wish the whole world could work with such simplicity and justice Habitat for Humanity is one such idea Community members and local businesses join with a family who needs a home to build that home handson from the ground up The family gets a of chance for a bet ter life and a piece of the American Dream Everyone involved in building a Habitat home has an experience that renews their faith in humanity Saturday New Braunfels can nurture the local Habitat dream in two ways First United Methodist Church celebrates the Habitat home it has built at Katy and Hackberry at 2 at the home The entire community can help raise money for Habitat and begin Memorial Day with a bang by participating in the Fast beeohiing a New Braunfels tradition the Three Parks Run has an event for every activity level 5K run kids races 5K fitness walk 1mile run and a silent auc tion Participants will receive a bonus of buyonegetonefree passes to Schlitterbahn for Saturday Preregistration continues through Friday at McKenna Sports Fitness Rehabilitation Center Raceday registra tion begins at at the Rapids Pavilion next to Schlitterbahns Blastenhoff section on Lincoln Street There will only be winners in the Three Parks Run Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung News Editor Susan Flynt Write us The New Braunfels 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 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre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 HeraldZeitune Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by he New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 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 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeiiung Draw er 311 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Online 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 NBHZeitung@AOL.com Opinion State laws tackle local problems Local bills are excellent examples of the democratic process as I discov ered when 1 requested and received senatorial support for a bill relating to a Bee County Court at said Bee County Judge Jimmy Martinez While most bills have statewide implications others such as the Bee County bill impact specific geographical areas Of the 91 bills that I authored or sponsored during the 75th Legislative Session 10 are local bills that affect specific counties in senatorial District 21 Because they address regional issues such as parks ground water pro tection land transfers and counties judicial systems local bills are as Lt Gov Bob Bullock says positive leg islative responses to constituents spe cific Senate Bill 401 by myself and Rep Richard Raymond DBenavides for example expedites the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in McMullen County Because the countys popu lation does not justify hiring a full time county attorney the 75th Legis lature passed and Gov George Bush signed SB 401 The bill authorizes the district attorney for Bee Live Oak and McMullen counties also to perform the duties of the McMullen County attorney House Bill 3559 by Rep Judy Haw Judith Zaffirini ley DPortland and myself responds to Judge Martinez and Bee County Commis sioners request to extend the time for creating a Bee County Court at Law to Jan 1 2000 In 1995 HB 3214 by Hawley and myself creat ed the court to handle increasing case loads Financial constraints how ever make it difficult to create the court by the Jan 1 1997 deadline in the earlier legislation Another local bill requested by a commissioners court would transfer land from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to Duval County In 1993 Duval County granted TDCJ 308 acres of land as a site for the Ernestine Glossbrenner Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility Duval County Commissioners requested that 25 unuti lized acres be returned for use as the site of a juvenile substance abuse facil ity HB 3212 by Raymond and Zaf firini would authorize the transfer Ground water conservation and drought management concern Texans especially South Texans The Senate recently passed a comprehensive water bill SB 1 by Sen Buster Brown R Lake Jackson that would provide a framework for out states future water policies Because the bill indicates that ground water conservation districts are the pre ferred governmental entity for man aging ground water resources I filed or coauthored bills creating three new ground water districts in SD 21 In 1996 Bee County received 20 inches of rain significantly less than the yearly average of 30 inches Because the drought severely affected the coun tys agriculturebased economy Bee County farmers and ranchers want to create a ground water district to better manage available water resources SB 16 by myself would help them do so by authorizing the creation of a Bee Groundwater Conservation District to be governed by a sevenmember board An election would be held to confirm or reject the district SB 1947 by myself would create the Wintergarden Groundwater Conser vation District comprised by Dimmit La Salle and Zavala counties Similar ly SB 1582 by Sen Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio and coauthored by myself and Sen Ken Armbrister D Victoria would provide for the cre ation of the Guadalupe County Groundwater Conservation District subject to voter approval The bill would facilitate cloudseeding projects that could help prevent our states recurring droughts The Live Oak Underground Water Conservation District Board requested that I file SB 15 The bill would reduce the tax cap for the Live Oak UWCD from 50 cents to 5 cents per 100 val uation Live Oak UWCD board mem bers report that a 5cent cap would raise enough money for district activi ties including a planned cloudseeding project The Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District would benefit from SB 199 by myself and Rep Edmund Kuempel DSeguin that the Senate passed recently The bill was sent to the House of Representatives SB 199s provisions address WORDS legal counsel competitive bidding and bond requirements Because I concur with President John F Kennedys observation that the business of government is the business of the I will strive to ensure that the Legislature continues to pass these and other local bills that benefit our district Judith Zaffirini represents District 21 in the Texas Gang prevention lies in the hands of local communities Since 1991 my office has been tracking youth gang problems in our state especially in our larger cities The Attorney General Gang Reports reflect the views of police and sheriffs departments gangs are a growing men ace to public safety and the future of our young people We are encouraged by our states decreasing crime rate and the progress we have made in the area of juvenile crime I am concerned however because the gang problem in Texas is apparently still getting worse not bet ter Some signs of gang problems in schools are a rise in truancy an increas ing number of social groups with unusual names and young people wearing tattoos beads and uniform colors Not every child who experi ments with gang styles is a gang mem ber But the presence of gang style and subculture is not a healthy element in a childs environment Graffiti names and symbols painted on walls and other surfaces is signifi cant too or graffiti that consists of only names and pictures is Dan Morales not necessarily gangrelated It is vandalism how ever a costly nui sance When gang names challenges and symbols appear the situa tion is more seri ous especially if signs and gang names are crossed out Gangs chal lenge one anoth er by painting over each others graffiti Your local police or sheriffs office may be able to help you decipher the sometimes cryptic signs Graffiti is not confined to walls look for gang signs on school notebooks books and papers too Finally a rising incidence of con frontations staredowns and racial tensions should be taken very serious ly Showbys displays of weapons and driveby shootings are clear sig nals that gang activity is well out of hand What can we do about gangs First acknowledge the problem In some communities residents and officials are afraid to admit that there is a gang problem They may be concerned about their communitys image or about the negative effects of labeling young people as gang members Some people are even afraid that by giving the problem any attention they will be encouraging gangs by giving them notoriety they seek All of these understandable concerns should be addressed and all can be met But denial is never beneficial You cannot solve a problem until you define it Secondly assess the problem Every locality has its own version of the gang problem Before you can begin to find solutions to your own situation you must understand it How many gangs and gang members are there What kinds of gangs are present What sorts of local conditions are contributing to gang activity To gather this information you must establish cooperative relations between schools police and community orga nizations You may wish to call a meeting at your church school or community cen ter Invite citizens who are concerned about gangs to meet with local authorities Finally act on the problem Send a clear message to the gangs in your community that gang activity will not be ignored Clean up graffiti immediately after its appear ance and keep it cleaned up Arrange to hear about new graffiti promptly To find out what you can do to help young people in your area contact your police or sherifFs office local community center school or church You can also write for our free brochure Gangs and Community Response Office of the Attor ney General Research and Legal Support Division Box 12548 For help in organizing a plan to address gang prob lems in your community contact our Juve nile Crime Intervention Division at the same address More information is also available on our home page on the Internet at Dan Morales is the Tkvos attorney gen Today in History The Associated Press Today is Thursday May 22nd the 142nd day of 1997 There are 223 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May the Truman Doc trine was enacted as Congress appro priated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey On this date In 1761 the first life insurance pol icy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia In 1813 composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig Germany In 1819 the first steampropelled vessel to attempt a transAtlantic cross ing the Savannah departed from Savannah May 26 and arrived in Liverpool England June 20 In 1868 the Great Train Robbery took place near Marshfield as seven members of the Reno gang made off with in cash gold and bonds In 1939 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a Pact of Steel committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance In 1969 the lunar module of Apol lo 10 separated from the command module and flew to within nine miles of the moons surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing In 1972 the island nation of Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka with the adopting of a new constitution In 1979 Canadians went to the polls in parliamentary elections that put the Progressive Conservatives in power ending the 11year tenure of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau Ten years ago A deadly tornado devastated the small West Texas town of Saragosa killing 30 people and injuring 162 The storm destroyed 61 houses and leveled the community cen ter and church Five years ago After a reign lasting nearly 30 years Johnny Carson hosted NBCs Tonight Show for the last time telling his audience I bid you a very heartfelt good Carson was succeeded by Jay One year ago President Clinton counterattacked against Republican criticism of his foreign policy during a commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in New Lon don the president then trav eled to New York where he was cheered by sailors from four nations aboard the USS Intrepid Todays Birthdays Movie review er Judith Crist is 75 Singer Charles Aznavour is 73 Actor Michael Con stantine is 70 Conductor Peter Nero is 63 Actordirector Richard Benjamin is 59 Actress Susan Strasberg is 59 Actor Frank Converse is 59 Actor Michael Sarrazin is 57 Actor Paul Winfield is 56 Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 47 Singer Morrissey is 38 Country musician Dana Williams Dia mond Rio is 36 Rock musician Jesse Valenzuela Gin Blossoms is 35 Rhythmandblues singer Johnny Gill New Edition is 31 Model Naomi Campbell is 27 Singer Donell Jones is 24 Thought for Today One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new Walter Bage hot English editor and economist
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