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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A O HeraldZettung p Sunday June Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edrnonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 Z e i t u n g QUOTABLE One of the chief difficulties in journalism now is to keep the news instinct from run ning rampant over the restraints of accuracy and Joseph Pulitzer newspaper publisher EDITORIAL Watercraft users should be slowed down on the river Coma County residents recently traveled to San Antonio to ask tbe Texas Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on US 281 Now the Water Oriented Recreation District is seeking pub lic comment on an ordinance that would stop or at least slow down users of personal watercraft on the Guadalupe River WORD board members are considering an ordinance to restrict the use of gasolinepowered watercraft on the river from Guadalupe River State Park to Rebecca Crossing north west of Canyon Lake and on the lower Guadalupe River from the FanntoMarket 306 Crossing to the district limits near Gruene Other options according to WORD manager Jim Inman include establishing a nowake zone or setting speed limits on personal watercraft vehicles Any of these options would address a serious safety concern for other river users who do not experience the river in the fast lane These folks want to swim tube and raft in the peace and tranquility of the river without worrying about some speedster coming along and potentially causing a serious accident Most users of personal watercraft are safetyconscious responsible recreationists However those few who disregard the health and welfare of other river users create situations that cast personal watercraft in a bad light Charles and Joyce Evans who live near Horseshoe Falls told WORD board members about a close call they experi enced while tubing I thought this guy was going to hit a Charles Evans described Then I thought he was going to hit us By that time our tubes were up in the air I am happy to see you con sider Using the river just like using the highways requires care concern and respect for other users The river is too narrow and wrought with hazards to allow speedsters to run willynil ly WORD rightly is addressing a serious problem and just like those who pitched for lower speed limits on 281 res idents should speak out about slowing down watercraft users on the river Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Margaret Write us Tbe 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 Edrnonson Marketing Director Ext Borchardt 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa 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 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Online contact To subrnif letters and Quest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the newspapers address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com Entitlement really the issue not race President Bill Clinton should spend more time on substantive issues and less time on creating symbolic ges tures Why create a national debate about race relations Clinton surely has the best of inten tions but like many dogood feel good ideas this one will do more harm than good First a confessioa This past election I voted for Bill Clinton So Im not a predisposed Clintonbasher Howev er this concept of creating a national debate about race seems misplaced Wouldnt it be better and more pro ductive to have a national conscious raising about what it means to be a good citizen in the United States The real issue is what it takes to be a good American my apologies to those citi zens of other countries in the Americ as but please allow this columnist the use of the term at least for the purpose of this To have a debate about race would be divisive We can dispense with the race debate fairly quickly when its includ Doug Toney ed in the broader perspective of defining a good American One cannot be a good American and be p rej u di c ed against any other human being because of his or her race religion or creed Too many of our citi zens of all colors creeds and reli gions have died for these freedoms to tolerate any less of a position Rednecks the Ku KJux KJan fol lowers of Louis Farrakhan and any other racehate groups or individuals are ignorant and unAmerican Lets all agree to that premise as a basic tenet of Americanism and move on to other issues of being a good American Lets discuss what those elements are Wouldnt that be more inclusive and consequently less divisive as a means of establishing common ground and understanding among different eth nic groups of Americans Let all of us celebrate Juneteenth for its significance Lets all respect Cihco de Mayo and its special significance to many Americans July Fourth Thanks giving St Patricks Day Memorial Day Martin Luther King Jr Day We Americans should appreciate and respect the need to honor all such sim ilar holidays as significant to some Americans and part of our shared his tory as citizens of the same country Those of us who are not Irish should not trash St Patricks Day The Irish have made a significant contribution to this country as have AfricanAmeri cans Hispanics Germans Swedes Italians ChineseAmericans etc Being good neighbors Not com mitting crimes Being a good parent Make a list Then define what good means in each situation Its those def initions we should debate Using this premise we as a country eventually would have to discuss the real issue that many confuse with racism which is the issue of entitle ment What is an American entitled to as a citizen Some Americans believe that they are entitled to free housing whether they choose to work or not work Some Americans believe they are entitled to government help with their children Some Americans believe they are entitled to food and health care without having to pay for1 it The problem is too many Ameri cans do not separate the issue of enti tlement from race and they should This columnist believes if you sepa rated differences in philosophies about entitlement away from the race issue much of the racial tension in America would dissipate Not all Anglos think they are entitled to a free lunch Neither do all African Americans or Hispanics or Swedes or Irish or Germans If Americans really want to address the issues dividing us as a people then thats what we should do If we need a national dialogue it should be about what it takes to be a good citizen To debate race without including the other issues is folly Doug Tqney is editor and publish er of the AfricanAmerican psoetr otter Letters to the Editor Unsafe drivers plague 281 Editor I would like to compliment Judge Carter Casteel and Commissioners Court for trying to do something about the excessive speed on 281 This action is badly needed However speed is not the only problem I have seen a lot of unsafe lane changes on that road I have seen people dart across all lanes of the highway stay for a short period and then dart back over all of the lanes to get off the highway They seem will ing to jeopardize a lot of lives to get a little bit ahead Some of these peo ple obviously never learned to drive right to start with When I started driving in Los Angeles in the 50s I took two cours es of professional driving lessons It cost a little bit but I got my mon eys worth I do not begrudge the expenditure In Los Angeles as elsewhere there are unsafe drivers also However if someone has any cute little hazardous driving habits like changing lanes unsafely eventually somebody will educate them If the California High way Patrol or the Los Angeles Police Department do not catch them some other law enforcement agency will in time And they will pay a hefty fine when they are caught For sure When I came back to San Antonio in 1978 and was driven to my new apartment I observed a number of late model automobiles in the lot with severe dents My comment was They sure must drive badly around Boy was that ever the under statement of the year I later learned that San Antonio had an appalling number of unpaid traffic tickets that had piled up Unbe lievable I also applaud Senator Judith Zaf firini for all her efforts to keep repeat drunken drivers off the road The lady has worked for many other good causes also As a matter of fact I sang hymns about her in Laredo the other day With any luck 281 will be better soon Betty J Moore Canyon Lake Why not let inmates hug their children Editor I was wondering how come New Braunfels Comal County Jail doesnt have this program called Patch for the inmates here I go with my children to see their dad and its sad because they have to see him only through a glass window and it was more sad with Fathers Day Im just saying at least on Fathers Day and holidays because todays teens are going the wrong way They are getting into trouble because their moms or dads are in jail and they see them through glass only Children need hugs too If these teens dont get this they turn to drugs run away fail in school or get into gangs Just a thought Patricia Hernandez Braunfels Help keep New Braunfels special Editor Summer is upon the city of New Braunfels which means we have many summer visitors who are not familiar with how really wonderful our town is Naturally we have all of the beautiful water recreation many fine museums and parks but we are blessed with some of the hardest working volunteers in Texas Our mayor and city officials are hands on type of folks who are involved in every aspect of our city Our New BraunfeJs Utilities crews are outstanding Within minutes of a are there to fix it and are very accommodating County Commissioner Moe Schwab has an inmate work program for nonprofit organizations where the nonviolent inmates do brash clearing and trash pickup and Moe is right on the scene with the inmates We hope that you do not need pur police firemen or EMS but when you do they are wonderful Old values still survive in New Braunfels such as in a funeral pro cessions when opposing motorists pull off to the side and stop and city workers remove their hats in respect to the deceased Let us all keep our community special Martha Rehler director New Braunfels Conservation Society Editors Note The inmate work program is a Comal County jail pro gram It was initiated as a pilot pro gram as a part of the rural recycling Today in History By The Associated I Today is Sunday June 22 the 173rd day of 1997 There are 192 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On June 22nd 1945 the World War II battle for Okinawa officially ended Americans and Japan ese were killed in the 81 day campaign On this date In 1611 English explorer Henry Hudson his son and several other peo ple were set adrift in presentday Hud son Bay by mutineers In 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte abdi cated a second time In 1868 Arkansas was readmitted to the Union In 1870 Congress created the Department of Justice In 1938 heavyweight boxing cham pion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at New York Citys Yankee Stadium In 1940 during World War 11 Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris In 1941 Germany invaded the Sovi et Union during World War U In 1944 President Roosevelt signed the Gl Bill of Rights authorizing a broad package of benefits for World War II veterans In 1970 President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18 In 1977 John N Mitchell became the first former Attorney General to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate coverup He was released 19 months later Ten years ago Fred Astaire whose elegance and fancy footwork graced more than 30 films died at a Los Angeles hospital at age 88 Five years ago The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hzjtecrime laws that ban crossburning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free speech righti Todays Birthdays Movie director Billy Wilder is 91 Author Anne Mor row Lindbergh is 91 Fashion design er Bill Blass is 75 Actor Ralph Waite is 69 Country singer Rpy Drusky is 67 Sen Dianne Feinstein is 64 Singeractor Kris Kristofterson is 61 CBS news correspondent Ed Bradley is 56 Actor Michael Lerner is 56 Singer Peter Asher Peter and Gor don is 53   

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