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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q HferaldZeitung Q Sunday September Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 Opinion contact To submit letters and guest j columns electronically by way online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the newspapers address is Q U O T A B L Never let anyone keep you contained and never let anyone keep your voice silent Adam Clayton Powell Jr politician ink D I T O R I A L Reading a gift to be shared with others Reading is a gift many people have it and do not truly appreciate how wonderfiil it is For those who do not have this gift life can be incredibly challenging and isolating Not being able to read does not make these people are ignorant or stupid In fact some might say that those who cannot read are the smartest people they know because they learn to adapt and find ways to cope in a world that requires reading Defining a literacy problem in a community would be difficult The argument could be made that one person who cannot read constitutes a literacy prob lem Or one could argue that a certain percentage of the population would have to be illiterate before a community could have a literacy problem This week the HeraldZeitung has explored the issue of literacy in our community the programs we have in place to fight illiteracy the volunteers who spend their time to teach others to read and what steps someone can take to get help learning to read New Braunfels is a community dedicated to educa tion and there is good work taking place here to give everyone the opportunity to share the gift of reading There are people here giving of themselves and their time to help their neighbors improve their lives and open themselves to greater opportunities Learning to read broadens the world once you can read you can go to an infinite number of places meet an infinite number of people and see an infinite number of things Reading a gift that we all should appreciate and share Today s editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Margaret Write us The New Bmunfels 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 Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Brmuijels HttralUZtitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Brauntels Comal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Brauntels 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfeb HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Forty years ago this month I sat down in a small wooden chair in a sixroom school house and began to leam how to read Im among the See Jane Run gen eration In 1957 in the rural area where Stoney Creek School was situated many of the rural residents of the township still did not have televisions Weekend entertainment if there was time for it was square dancing on Sat urday nights and church on Sundays Not only was this a time before com pact discs it was before eighttrack tapes A radio in a car was considered a luxury and the AM dial was the only one available Live music was usually gospel and people tried not to go to town more than once a week In my classroom several of the stu dents had at least one parent who could not read Even more had grandparents who could not But we were the sons and daughters of the War II gen eration We later would be called the baby boomers Our parents in general were optimistic For many of our war veteran fathers they felt lucky to be alive When someone escapes the grasp of death whether it be in a war or an auto acctent fire or some otfler threatening situa tion they ponder why they lived while others did not Because of this phenomena in the 1950s the United States had a gener ation of men who believed in destiny Anything was possible They knew their children could grow up to be anything they wanted especially with a good education On our farm there were books bookcases filled with books Each day a copy of the local newspaper was delivered to our farm And in the Toney evenings before bed my mother bal ancing a son on either knee would read stories took us far beyond the gravel road that led to our farm Much of my recollection of my childhood seems vague but the mem ories of being read to and then learn ing how to read are among the most vivid When I figured out this was my 40th anniversary of learning how to read I decided to call my first grade teacher Miss Mildred Stephenson She sounded pleased to hear from a former student Miss Stephenson said she would be 92 years old in December She lives with her sister who is 93 We talked for nearly 20 minutes She said she had taught for 41 years retiring at the age of 67 For 35 years she taught first graders how to read We discussed the rural school building where all 12 grades shared six rooms We talked about how much the profession of teaching had changed When I told her I called because I had realized it was the 40th anniveri sary of her teaching me how to read I could hear the emotion in her voice Thank you for teaching me how to I said I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I had not learned how to Well I might have taught you how to read but it was up to you to she said not missing the opportunity to teach one more lesson to her former student Thank you so much for thinking of After saying our goodbyes I took a deep breath and realized that a middleaged man wasnt supposed to be so darn emotional over some thing as silly as this I broke into a smile that stayed with me the rest of the day fl Please take a moment to call thfc person who taught you how to read Thank them Theyll ciate the call They deserve the recognition Doug Toney is and pu Usher of the bul Letters to the Editor Give new administrators chance to succeed To the Editor Certainly there was quite an upheaval in the NBISD last year However it behooves us all to accept the changes that have occurred at least until we can assess their affect on our childrens education We need to evaluate the results of these changes based on facts not personalities How are our TASS SAT ACT scores affected Are our students enter ing college with better or worse preparation Are all segments of the student population benefitting from the new system All the teachers my friends and I have spoken to are thrilled with the way the school year has begun My children have come home from their first days of school excited about their activities Lets see how things work out Lets give our new administrators a chance Kathleen Rockwood New Braunfels San Antonio needs public transportation Dear Editor Today I read with interest the editorial comment captioned NB breathes SAs written by Susan Flynt England In 1954 I left the relatively clean air of San Antonio to live in Los Angeles where I worked in an older poorly ventilated building By noon everyday 1 suffered nausea and a headache as a result of the smog Some of this air pollution was the product of industry but a very large part was from automobiles Over a period of many years large numbers of people both young and old have died in from respiratory diseases aggra vated by air pollution Yes some of the people con tributed to their own demise by smoking But J do not know too many children two years or younger who are heavy smokers But all of us must breathe the air As bad as everybody in knew the situation was everytime the subject of mass transit came up for vote it was rejected Although there have been some efforts to get some of the cars off the road in there is still a serious problem They were an hour late and a dol lar short before anything at all was done Mexico City with its 20 million plus people also has a very severe problem with smog Some people regard their motorvehicles a absolutely essential to their freedom of lifestyle and in some cases reflective of their personality But people in hospitals hooked up to oxygen certainly have their freedom impaired I have noticed a lot of whining ajnong people over any kind of efforts to encpurage th use of public transportation But it is needed A number of years ago Vancouver British Columbia Canada decided to make an invest ment to improve its quality of life Qficourse it costs money But if mass transit is reliable and efficient people will use it I was very impressed with the Vancouver Sky train San Antonio must first stop denying it has a problem Maybe there are better solutions like light rail and better bus es Sometimes going into on I can see smog in the distance Address this problem soon San Antonio An ounce of preventionfis worth a pound of cure Do not wait until your people are choking on smog And Comal County badly needs the funds to expand IH35 It is a first class mess BettyJ Moore Canyon Lake Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Sept 14 the 257th day of 1997 There are 108 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Sept 14 1814 Francis Scon Key wrote The StarSpangled Ban ner after witnessing the British bom bardment of Fort McHenry in Mary land On this date In 1847 forces under Gen Winfield Scott took control of Mexico City In 1901 President McKinley died in Buffalo of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin Vice Presi dent Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him In 1927 modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice France when her scarf fcacanie entangled in a wheel of htjrspejfstfarj In 1940 Congress passed the Selec tive Service Act providing for the first peacetime draft in history In 1959 the Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface In 1972 the family drama series The Waltons premiered on CBS In 1975 Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first saint In 1982 Princess Grace of Monaco formerly actress Grace Kelly died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before In 1982 Lebanons presidentelect Bashir Gemayel was killed by a bomb Ten years ago Transportation Sec retary Elizabeth Dole resigned to devote herself to the presidential cam paign of her husband Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole Five years ago Germany cut key interest rates for the first time in five years an action the United States and European Community nations had been urging to help spur a world economic recovery One year ago Bosnians went to the polls in their first national elec tions since the threeandahalf civil war that ravaged the Balkan republic Tara Dawn Holland of Kansas was crowned Miss Wr today Lone Ranger Clayton Moore is 83 Actress Zoe Caldwell is 64 Feminist author Kate Mfllett is 63 Actor Water Kpenig is 61 Actor Nicol Williamson is 59 Singeractress Joey Heatherton is 53 Actor Sam Neill is 5Q Singer Jon Bowser Bauman Sha Np Na is 50 Singer Barry CowsiU Rock musician Steve Berlin Los ifobos is 42 Actor Joe Penny and the Fatman is 41 Actress Mary Crosby is 38 Singer Morten Market aha is 38 Country singer John Iferry is 38 Actress Faith Ford is 33 Actor Dan Cortege is 29 Rock musfcian Craig Montoya Everclear is 27 flapper Nas is 24 Thought for Today America has been called a melting pot but it seems better to call it a mosaic for in it each nation people or race which has come to its shores has been priv ileged to keep its individuality con tributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new King Baudouin I of Belgium
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