Tuesday, September 9, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas D HeraldZettung gTuesday September Opinion Jl To talk with Managing ditor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 Opinion Online contact To submit letters find guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is Q U O T A B L The freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained but by despotic George Mason statesman EDITORIAL NB breathes SAs fumes goes with water it may go with air The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of testing the San Antonio area for air quality with new stan dards The EPA includes Comal Guadalupe and Wilson counties in the San Antonio area because it says commuter traffic from those areas contributes to San Antonios air pol lution The new standards are tougher in some ways and easier in some than the current ones Under the new standards pollution must measure less than 08 parts per million Under the current standards the cutoff point is 125 parts per million Air will be tested based on an eighthour average and the fourth highest day is counted under the new standards The current standards test based on a onehour average during peak times The new standards allow four violations in a threeyear period The current standards allow only three If San Antonio does not meet the new standards then it will be required to meet the current standards San Antonio already has exceeded the current limits twice in a yearandahalf with another yearandahalf to go If San Antonio flunks the air quality test the EPA will des ignate it a nonattainment which will make it sub ject to EPA sanctions Comal County will be subject to the same sanctions That could mean lost state and federal funds to expand Interstate 35 It could mean manadatory vehicle emissions testing and requirements to buy reformulated fuel that costs as much as 5 cents extra per gallon As with Edwards Aquifer management Comal County citizens find themselves at the mercy of the good judgment and forethought of their neighbors to the south Heres hoping San Antonio surprises us 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 punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung 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 HeraldZeitung 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 Lee Hall iCirculation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New ttrMuiJek HeialdZeituiig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Brauntels Comal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Brawfels HtruUZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months S37 one year Senior Citizen Discounts by canier 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 1 on Sunday Pus i MAS I tk Send address changes to the New Bruunjek HeraUZeitung Draw er 311328 New Brauntels Tx 781311328 Literacy opens the door to the universe Mondav we HBHMM9MMHHBBI Monday we celebrated International Literacy Day a special day designed to call attention to the worlds commitment to literature reading and education For me a 20 year veteran English teacher Day is similar to a holy day a day when 1 and many other teach ers around the world take time to rededicate ourselves to our goals promises and dreams involving lan guage literature and most of all learning For most of us teachers literacy is more than being able to read and write Sure we want our students to read and write but even more so we want them to appreciate literature learn about others through fiction or nonfiction and most of all discover for themselves the value of literacy As teachers we set out to encourage the growth of young human minds who will add ideas and creations to our societys storehouse of knowl edge Ever noticed the similarity between the words light and liter ature The abbreviation for litera and the past participle of light lit are identical In my mind literature is light The written word has lit the way for me and for countless others on our journeys toward becoming good citizens and caring human beings Actually it has lit the long road back in time for me through history books and mythology as well as bla zoned a beacon for me in trying to understand what might be needed in a dark fuzzy future a future that seems to be here already Speaking of the future never have anthropologist Margaret Meads words from the 1960s ever pealed so madly in my ears as they have in this year of 1997 We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday and prepare our schools for what no one knows Yikes This is me This is the caution thatrings in my ears every day as I read my newspapers surf the Internet and in short see what all I dont understand To sim ply focus on literacy is not enough All of us teachers parents and com munities in general must foster think ing and lifelong learning According to the Southern Newspapers Publishing Association more than 40 million Americans age 46 or older have significant literacy needs More than 20 percent of our adults read at or below the fifthgrade level Not only do these adults often lack jobs or job skills but research shows that their children sometimes suffer the same consequences Despite many corporate staterun and volunteer organizations that combat illiteracy more needs to be done to create a completely literate American society My goals of literacy and lifelong learning comfort me each and every day as I walk into my classroom to teach of language and literature 1 may not know what my students will encounter in their worlds of tomor row but I do sleep well at least most nights knowing that my personal plan for teaching the love of words and ideas will do more than just light their ways as they solve unheardof problems in the future Hence my earlier statements that on Literacy Day what I really cele brate is not only the written word but also the human capacity to leam and grow This optimistic and purpose fully sunny view of literacy is what keeps me going and motivates me to continue teaching and learning If I can get my kids to read read read usually the ideas inherent in the words can captivate their minds and engender a feeling a kinship a thought that then attaches them to another person or place outside of themselves I try to teach my kids that it is through the lives of others that we see our own selves and therefore the selves of others Lady Nancy Astor the Americanbom British social and political leader put it this way Real education should educate Us out of self into something far finer into a selflessness which links us with all For this English teacher the real education Astor discusses and liter acy are my personal links with humanity a chain of ideas that can forge relationships build knowledge solve problems and pave the way for our future generations I celebrate literacy every single day Susan Leos teaches English at New Braunfels High r yiil nil DEMOCRATIC NW MlTTPP An ounce of prevention cures carrepair headaches Car repairs can be one of the biggest headaches a consumer faces Todays cars and trucks are so com plex that it is sometimes very diffi cult to diagnose problems This can make it hard for the average con sumer to know if the proposed repair actually will fix the car It can also make it easy for an unscrupulous mechanic to include unnecessary but expensive work as part of the repair job use second hand parts or bill you for repair work that was not done We at the Office of the Attorney General want to assist you in avoiding this kind of repair job Texas has no law specifically gov erning auto repairs However the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act the states most comprehensive consumer protection law includes several sections that cover repairs Under this act it is illegal to Knowingly make a false or mis leading statement about the need for parts or repair State that work has been done or that parts were replaced when that is not true Claim that the parts used in repair are new or original when in fact they are sec ondhand or reconditioned The simplest way to avoid a problem is to find a reputable mechanic or repair shop to do your repairs Ask your relatives or friends for referrals Call the local Better Business Bureau and our office to see whether anyone has complained about the shops you are considering Also ask for the names of customers you may contact to see if they are satisfied with the work done by the shop If you suspect the repair shop has violated the law and you cannot get the problem resolved to your satisfaction take your car to Dart Morales another shop and have the repair work inspected Get the second shops report in writing You will need it in the event of mediation or a lawsuit Remember if you refuse to pay a repair bill the shop owner has the legal right to keep your car until you pay You may find the only way to resolve the situation is to pay the bill making clear to the mechanic that you do not agree to then either seek mediation or file suit against the shop under the DTPA in small claims court To reduce the risk of becoming a victim consider the following tips Always get a written estimate before any work is done Tell the mechanic to call you in advance if additional work is needed to have the old parts returned to you Get everything in writing includ ing an explanation of the difference between the estimate and final bill and keep every piece of paper If your charge is much higher than the estimate or if the work was done without your authorization politely but firmly question the bill Try to settle the matter amicably before taking any other action Honest repair shops know that their business depends on their good reputation They will try to resolve the problem to everyones satisfac tion Were here to help If you have a repair problem that the shop will not correct to your satisfaction contact the Attorney Generals Consumer Protection Office nearest you and ask for a complaint form Or call us toll free at 800 6210508 Also the consumer complaint form is avail able at our web site on the Internet at Our trained mediators iil attempt to resolve the dispute between the consumer and repair shop Your local Better Business Bureau may also provide mediation services Dan Morales is the Texas attor ney Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Sept 9 the 252nd day of 1997 There are 113 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Qn Sept 9 1776 the second Continental Congress made the term United States official replacing United On this date In 1850 California became the 31st state of the union In 1893 Frances Cleveland wife of President Cleveland gave birth to a daughter Esther in the White House It was the first rime a presi dents child was born in the execu tive mansion In 1926 the National Broadcasting NBC was created the Radio Corporation of America In 1943 Allied forces landed at Salerno and Taranto during World War 11 In 1948 the Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea North Korea was created In 1956 Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on The Ed Sullivan In 1957 President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bil to pass Congress since Reconstruction In 1971 prisoners seized control of the maximumsecurity Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo beginning a siege that claimed 43 lives In 1976 Communist Chinese leader Mao Tsetung died in Beijing at age 82 In 1986 Frank Reed director of a private school in Lebanon was taken hostage he was released 44 months later Ten years ago Appearing before President Reagans special commis sion on AIDS Surgeon General C Everett Koop denounced doctors and other health workers who refused to treat AIDS patients calling them a fearful and irrational Five years ago Russian President Boris Yeltsin called off to Japan in the face of growing pressure to resolve a dispute over four Kuril islands seized by the former Soviet Union in 1945 One year ago Promising safer skies President Clinton issued orders to tighten airport security and chal lenged Congress to support a antiterrorism crackdown Keeping her word riot to cooperate with Whitewater prosecutors Susan McDougal was led away to jail for contempt of court denying she was trying to protect President Clinton with her silence Todays Cliff Robertson is 72 Jazz musician Elvin Jones is Topol is 62 Singer Inez Foxx is 55 Singermusician Billy Preston is 51 Football com mentator Joe Theismann is 48 Actorcomedian Michael Keaton is 46 Actress Angela Cartwright is 45 Actor Hugh Grant is 37 Actor Adam Sandier is 31 Thought for Today Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the Hannah More English author and social reformer 1745 I833V