New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 17, 1997, Page 5

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung p Sunday, August 17,1997 Q5A J    .....Letters to the EditorChilslkw need to stand up apalnit ACLU Editor: Well the ACLU is ct it again. Rushing in with their help for anything or anybody antichristian. I would like to ask an the good Christians in New Braunfels if they ara, going to continue their apathy and let the ACLU and people like David Gonzalez take away all of our Christian rights. . David Gonzalez deliberately wore that T-shirt to offend me and all Christians. If I had been there, I'm sure I would have confronted him there by causing immediate bleach of peace,” quoting from your article on page / one, Aug. 7, 1997. Continuing, quote said, "and making an offensive gesture ar display to someone.” Mr. Gonzalez's T-shirt was an offensive display to any good Christian and he therefore was guilty of inciting abreact! of peace. I would like to ask the ACLU if they will defend me in an action against David Gonzalez. He certainly has offended my deeply religious feelings, or do they just defend anti-religious acts. Please, all you good Christians, show your support for the business that had the courage to have this person arrested before something serious had happened. Write to the ACLU do Jay Jacobson, Executive Director of ACLU in Austin. Carmetta Norm New BraunfelsNI city —augur oho of tho toot Editor. The citizens of New Braunfels should be aware that our city manager, Mike Shards is one of the best city managers we could have. I worked with Mike Shands on the Zoning Board of Adjustments and on the Planning and Zoning Commission when he was our Planning Director. My admiration for him grew as he became our city manager. He was such a “breath of fresh air" for our city. This man is honest, and he truly cares about our citizens (all of them). 1 How many people do you know that would be in his portion and not want a contract? He doesn't and for that I respect him as we will never have the problems we had with the former tanager. It cost us big bucks when he left > Mike Shands deserves our gratitude and appreciation for “a job well done” and I hope he will remain here for many years to come. Myrtle Clark New Braunfels VlUI» >i, - J ’    •    •. .1 Cal Thomas lo Editor. I read with interest, Cal Thomas column of July 3, 1997, captioned “Is it racism, or something else?” Interesting question to ponder, Thomas also stated, “So why is the president making a bigger deal about racism during the next 12 months than about fatherless children, especially among minorities? Is it racism, or something else, that has contributed to the disproportionate number of blacks in prison? Is it racism, or something else, that has found a relationship between single-parent households and rates of violent crime and burglary among people between the aga of 12 and 20? Everyone feces obstacles in life. Some overcome. Others elect victimhood and sing about overcoming.” I think you are right on target, Cal. In the 1960s, I was employed as a nurse in Los Angeles, Calif., there was a great deal of violence among both blacks and whites. I am still very angry about all the police officers that died because they chose to wear a uniform so that others could feel safer. Sad! In fact, during the original 1964 Watts Riots, LAPD Chief William Parker was a patient at Queen of Angels Hospital. Some lovely gentleman called to inform me, “We are goingio kill the police chief tonight and if you get in the way, you can go too.” Anyway, I got a wheelchair and enough people to surround it. I also put the wig I was wearing on him. What a sense of humor he had! It is not the job of police officers, social workers or even teachers to raise the children of America. It is the job of the parents. People like Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters and Louis Farrakhan only encourage self-pity and loss of individualism. Betty J. Moore Canyon LakeSports •Altar's gun comments off tho wolf Editor I was appalled by the article of Aug. 6 on page IB by;Tom Erickson on the subject of guns in our homes. Certainly his comments about Barry ^Switzer were appropriate. What more can you expect from a conch with his reputation? But his comments about guns in our homes are off the wall! Has he ever heard of hunting? Where is a hunter supposed to keep his guns if not in the home? If guns are not allowed in the home, this would in effect eliminate the sport of hunting. He admits he knows little about guns, and has had almost no experience with them. This is apparent from his article. He comments that Switzer presumably lives in a safe neighborhood and asks who is he protecting himself from (criminals and crazies, of course), how many guns does he own ( a sporthunter might have several — a rifle for deer or big game hunting, a shotgun for bird hunting, etc.) and whether they are registered (I’m not aware of a law that requires registration of guns). In any event, I would suggest that Mr. Erickson confine his articles to subjects that he knows something about, or at least that he adequately researches before publication. Eugene J. Tschoepe *    New    BraunfelsOuts: lf you don’t know what you’re doing, stay away EditSrf With all due respect to Mr. Tom Erickson reference his article in your issue of Aug. 6, 1997, may I point some misinformation he wrote that severely needs addressing? The article refers to Coach Barry Switzer being arrested for carrying a firearm into the secured area of an airport. Mr. Erickson states also about the dangerous nature of firearms and as he stated later in his article that he didn't have very much training with firearms. May I point out that more people are killed each year in motor vehicle accidents than firearm accidents? A weapon loaded and cocked then placed on a table will not discharge until someone pulls the trigger. Firearms are just like snakes — if you don’t know what you’re doing stay away from them. Then if you want to handle a firearm you'll need training from a competent instructor. Mr. Erickson more than once also states that the weapon was not registered. Firearms are not required by Texas law to be registered. lf a firearm is bought from a Federal Firearms Dealer then that information is on file. Mr. Erickson also asks, “Who is he protecting himself from? How many other guns does he own, and ane they registered?” These questions appear to be a bit nosy and if Erickson asked me the same question, I’d probably tell him it wasn’t any of his business. I’m not really interested in how many cars or suits he owns. Mr. Erickson also states that Jerry Jones needs to punish Switzer in some form — either by a suspension or fine or both. For your information, Mr. Erickson, carrying a firearm into a secured area of an airport is punishable by a fine of $10,000 and/or IO years in the penitentiary. Please leave the dispensing of justice to the pros. Also, Mr. Erickson, state law prohibits making a firearm accessible to a child. According to DPS instructors, firearms related deaths concerning children have fallen in Texas. Losing one child is one too many. So, NRA uses the Eddie Eagle program to teach firearms safety to children by saying that if you see a firearm: stop, don’t touch, leave the area, tell an adult. Education is the key to reducing firearms deaths and not by negative statements as you have done, sir. Mr. Erickson, I teach the Concealed Handgun course and I will extend to you as I . have to some other reporters at your paper, you are welcome to contact me and I will let you sit in on one of my classes to completion so we can all get firearms safety out to the public and maybe save some lives! Carl L Davis Mission Hill Handgun Range and SchoolWrite ’em I BM APTI VA HIK BETTER SCHOOL SYSTEM Includes computer, color monitor, color printer and popular student software ✓ C outpost- dud pi nit sc bool (11 up 1I with 1 f in n i iii: im ' p ll i ( 1 t/' VV i JI I (IBI) I) k I IK , r Ii 11J t (lid dud lith.U It ft I rlKr tools U t you do reboot ch .it horn- ✓ Access th*' I lit f f n.'t with on** touth ✓ E md11 & f dx ti wilds dud fdrn11y Included in system 1 NO PAYMENTS X NO INTEREST IIL Vi/98 U.S. Senate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 RusseH Senate Office Bldg. 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