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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas i P Sunday June Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 i t u h g QUOTABLE Looking at that roster of names on the Freedom Forum Journalists I could not help but think that hi a way you have given them last Bernard Kalb journalist EDITORIAL Grueiie bridge decision not easy but right When you mention New Braunfels and Comal County two things typically come to mind heritage and tubing In the case of the Gruene Bridge however those two things could not coexist New Braunfels City Council in probably one of the hard est decisions it has had to face voted Thursday to accept the Texas Department of Transporations offer to reconstruct Gruene Bridge The project which mostly will be funded with federal money will provide for a pedestrian walkway and guardrail and will raise the height of the cross ing by 6 feet on the upstream side and 4 feet on the down stream side The design would meet minimum standards for tubers to pass beneath the bridge if the river flow from Canyon Dam is as high as cubic feet per second A year ago even the idea of the river flowing at cfs would have been remarkable Now what is remarkable is the number of people who try to cross beneath the bridge when river flows are very high such as they were last weekend Localj emergency response personnel didtheir very warn people tubing on the Guffdalupe River burthere still were people who did not heed the warning Gruene merchants and residents understandably hate to see the bridge reconstructed The Gruene Bridge was erected in 1909 and for 88 years it has provided Gruene with some of the ambience and history for which it is known District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo said it best when she explained As a resident I would love to keep the bridge just as it is But theres a definite need for safety measures I would feel very guilty if someone were killed at that Council faced a very tough decision Thursday night and these elected officials heard from people on both sides of the issue It was not an easy decision but it was the right one Today s editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Manag ing Editor Margaret Edmonson 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitimg USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the 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 am on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the newspapers address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com Name will change but game remains the same Lt Gov Bob Bullocks announce ment this past week that he will not seek reelection is the end of a one ofkind legacy in Texas politics though its difficult to believe that someone will not rise to the occasion Political pundits are pontificating on how the political power of the lieu tenant governor will never be the same Whether one watched him from afar or up close in thi Senate Bullock truly was a man who 1new how to use pow er Many are speculating that Bullocks powerful presence even in announcing his retirement will receive little criti cism during his remaining tenure Somehow the term lame duck just does not conjure up a weakness and ineffectiveness usually associated with an outgoing political leader Crossing the most powerful man in Texas politics was and still is akin to committing political suicide Even John Sharp the Democrat who has manipulated more publicity and political points as state comptroller than anyone other than his predeces sor refused to com ment afraid to take any attention away from the adulation Bullock received when he announced he would not seek re election Sharp already has told his staff that he will be run ning for lieutenant governor rather than governor That shouldnt surprise anyone who understands how much more real power the lieutenant gover nor wields than the governor Until Bullock stepped down Sharp probably was headed for a primary showdown with Garry Mauro the state land commissioner Mauro whose political nemesis for the past couple of years has been Rick Perry the Republican agriculture com Toney missioner might find a cleaner less bloodied path to the Democratic nom ination for governor Sharp will have his eye on the lieu tenant governors office but so will Perry Mauro who worked diligently for years to put together a sensible state policy for protecting the states gulf coast always seemed to find his objec tives blocked by Perry The ag commissioner seemed to be assigned the task of not allowing Mau ro any sweeping successes that would allow him to look like governors mate rial In some ways Perry succeeded Bolstered by a growing Republican constituency in Texas and a GOP majority in the state Senate Perry prob ably already has met with his strate gists to begin mapping his path for becoming the presiding officer of the Senate Bullock will be missed Bullock an Air Force veteran Texas Tech and Baylor law school grad has been involved in politics since 1956 when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives At the time of his election he was still in law school Married five times and a recover ing alcoholic for more than 15 years Bullock overcame one personal mishap after another to become the most pow erful political person in Texas in the last decade of the 20th century But for those who lament that the era of the allpowerful cutyouoffatthe knees politics are over they are under estimating the next crop of candidates With the governors office comes prestige With the lieutenant gover nors office comes power The people who will run for that office know the difference Dont rush to join those claiming that old time Texas politics are about to end In the lieutenant governors office the name will change but the game will remain the same Doug Toney is editor and publish er of the showmeiiie i ba Letter to the Editor Ten Commandments petition deserves citizens support Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung recently addressed the petition being circulated in Comal County for the posting of the Ten Commandments in our courts and for the use of prayer before courtroom proceedings The edi torial stated there are more pressing issues that need our time talents and 1 strongly disagree I have actively worked in the criminal justice system for more than 30 years and I am keenly aware of the need for improvement in our court system Our justice system needs a tremendous help and what better help could our court system receive than that of our Lord The Ten Commandments represent the foundation for many of our criminal laws The men and women that estab lished our country were prayerful people and continually prayed for Gods help guidance and direction Why should we not exercise the same practices today The petition in question is indeed a most noble cause and one that deserves the attention and support of all local cit izens We no longer can tolerate the prevailing apathy that has invaded so much of our society Its time that believers actively step forward and give their attention and endorse ment to this most worthwhile cause Mr Ralph Wall and Mr Dib Waldrip are to be com mended for their courage and conviction for this meaning ful petition Their recent participation on our local radio sta tion talk show demonstrated conviction and dedication to the meaning and objective of the petition I pray that every Comal citizen will sign that petition Its time for Christians to stand up and be counted This petition needs your signature now Petitions currently are located at the Shepard Shoppe and Sheep Shop in New Braunfels Austin Barber New Braunfels VFW thanks businesses for help with Buddy Poppies Editor The officers and membership of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No 7110 and the Ladies Auxiliary wishes to thank the merchants who so generously allowed the mem bers to distribute Buddy Poppies at their stores on Memo rial Day Weekend Our thanks goes to HEB store Kmart WalMart and Wuests stores on San Antonio and Landa streets We thank Krause Granzins Meat Market and TruValue Hard ware The proceeds are placed into a special fund to help needy veterans their widows and children Hugh L Talbott New Braunfels write em Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 2022245922 FAX 2022240776 Local Office 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Phone 2103402885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Rus sell Senate Office Washington Phone 2022242934 FAX 202228 2856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Antonio TX 78216 Phone 2103669494 FAX 210366 2016 State of Texas Gov George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 Phone 5124632000 Atty General Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 2100 Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday June 8 the 159th day of 1997 There are 206 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History June 8 1967 34 servicemen were killed when Israeli forces raided the Liberty a Navy ship stationed in the Mediterranean Israel called the attack a tragic On this date In 632 the prophet Mohammed died In 1845 Andrew Jackson seventh president of the United Slates died in Nashville Tenn In 1861 Tennessee seceded from the Union In 1915 Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagree ment over handling of the sinking of the Lusitania In 1953 the Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Colum bia could not refuse to serve blacks In 1968 authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr In 1978 a jury in Clark County ruled the socalled Mormon purportedly written by the late bil lionaire Howard Hughes was a forgery In 1982 President Reagan became the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament Ten years ago Fawn Hall began testifying at the IranContra hearings describing how as secretary to Nation al Security aide Oliver L North she helped to shred some documents and spirit away others Five years ago Secretary of State James A Baker III and Russian For eign Minister Andrei Kozyrev met in Washington to try to pave the way for a new round of strategic arms cuts One year ago Declaring racial hos tility was behind recent church fires in the South President Clinton said in his weekly radio address he would devote whatever resources were need ed to smother the fires of China set off an underground test blast Editors Note won the Bel mont Stakes Todays Birthdays Retired Supreme Court Justice Byron White is 80 President Suharto of Indonesia is 76 Former first lady Barbara Bush is 72 Comedian Joan Rivers is 64 Actor James Darren is 61 Actor Bernie Casey is 58 Singer Nancy Sinatra is 57 Singer Chuck Negron Three Dog Night is 55 Musician Boz Scaggs is 53 Rock musician Mick Box Uriah Heep is 50 Actress Sonia Braga is 47 Actress Kathy Baker is 47 Country musician Tony Rice is 46 Singer Bon nie Tyler is 44 Actor Griffin Dunne is 42 Actordirector Keenan Ivory Wayans is 39 Singer Mick Hucknall Simply Red is 37 Musician Nick Rhodes Duran Duran is 35 Former Grammy winner Rob Pilatus Milli Vanilli is 32 Rhythmandblues singer Doris Pearson Five Star is 31 Actress Julianna Margulies is 30 Thought for Today How much did I hear of religion as a child Very little and yet my heart leaped when I heard the name of God I do believe every soul has a tendency toward Dorothy Day American activist
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