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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas 6A HfiRALDZElTUNO Sunday January OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor KUDOS On behalf of the Veterans of Christ a ministry of the Tree of Life Church we would like to thank the superintendents princi pals and staff the teachers and with all of our hearts the children and students of NBISD and CISD for their donations of canned foods for the Food Bank and the homeless veterans and homeless families who live in the SAMM Shelter in San Antonio and families who we supported and helped with the canned goods I would like to thank Librados Restaurant for participat ing in the canned food drive and for the use of the restaurant as a dropoff spot I especially would like to thank Mrs Ferguson PID of NBISD and Mrs Hutchison PID of CISD for all their help and involvement to make it a successful program We col lected 2000 pounds of food I would like to thank both those who received the canned goods and those who donated the canned goods to these people who are less fortunate than us So once again we thank those not mentioned and lets remember that this is something we must do to help each other Manuel Camareno New Braunfels TODAY IN HISTORY firarweer cutana LETTERS TO THE EDITOR BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday Jan 30 the 30th day of 2000 There are 336 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Jan 30 1968 during the Vietnam War the Tet Offensive began with a surprise attack by Communist forces on South Vietnamese provincial capitals this date In 1649 Englands King Charles I was beheaded In 1798 a brawl broke out in the House of Representatives in Philadelphia as Matthew Lyon of Vermont spat in the face of Roger Griswold of Connecticut In 1882 the 32nd president of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park In 1933 Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany In 1933 the first episode of the Lone Ranger radio program was oroadcast on WXYZ in Detroit In 1948 Indian political and siritual leader Mahatma Gandhi murdered by a Hindu extrem In 1962 two members of the Flying Wallendas highwire act were killed when their sevenper son pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit In 1964 the United States launched Ranger 6 an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cam eras that was to crashland on the moon In 1972 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as Bloody In 1979 the civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return from exile in France Ten years ago A federal judge ordered former President Reagan to provide excerpts of his personal diaries to John M Poindexter for the former national security advis ers IranContra trial The judge later reversed himself deciding the material was not Five years ago At least 42 peo ple were killed and nearly 300 wounded when a car bomb blamed on Muslim insurgents exploded in downtown Algiers Writers response missed letters intent Dear Editor Here we go this is an answer to Mr Eric Rusts letter from Jan I believe you completely misunderstood my letter from Oct 24 I tried to make it understood that as long as a student wasnt able to not only speak and comprehend English he or she would be unable to pass the TAAS Test The TAAS Test only covers material every student has been taught in school and therefore should be able to pass Leave the TAAS test means let it be as it is Students should be able to pass it Of we have teacji ers who dont teacn what they are supposed to teach which of course is a handicap for a student During my first year of teaching I had to teach a regular fourth grade class I was a special education teacher I was shocked it was supposed to be the second highest class in school and out of 24 stu dents 16 were unable to add and subtract without fingers Of course none of these 16 was able to multiply or divide I had one who also could handle fractions He had been in the gifted class and I was unable to get him back where he belonged Besides that I had many who were unable to comprehend what they were reading I raised hell and was told off and told I had no right to criticize my colleagues Unfortunately that is something that hap pens in many schools and is in many cases impossible to change And another thing is that many teachers believe in not correcting spelling mistakes of children in the lower grades Besides that I have always been one who demand ed that the students would correct the mis takes they made in their tests You learn from your mistakes has always been my motto Now we come to the last meeting of our mayor and council I still believe it to be unwise not to do the drainage first I would like to ask the mayor and the council how they would vote when they would have lost house and all I still believe that something should be arranged with the schools Suddenly everything has to be built at once It was very cute when one coach tried to tell them what the cost would be Ten dollars a month for that for that for that When adding that up it A will amount to quite a bit for some people who have several children who would like to become involved in sports Besides that he never said for how many years I believe that you are all deaf we have many people living in our town who dont make much money You are the wealthy ones Why do we have so many people giving to the needy What actually should be done is first help the students who need help with their schoolwork We should make sure that every child learns to read That means learns first the sounds of the letters Then that every child learns how to add subtract multiply and divide and also how to spell correctly When we have that we can try for more Lets change our curriculum and lets teach during the first years from Pre Kinder through third grade only reading writing and When we do I strongly believe that our children will be doing bet ter in the TAAS Test Of course all that in English In the stores restaurants everybody should only have to speak English Why cant we try that first Mrs Eric I Mourn New Braunfels Growth not always good for everyone Dear Editor I question the direction the city of New Braunfels is considering for the growth of our city Do we really need another visi tors that the proposed convention center might bring 0iir city services iand resources i are already stretched to the limit and our percent infrastructure is crumbling as we speak under the weight of our present growth rate I am not necessarily against growth but I am against excessive growth which will for ever change the character and charm of the city we all love I have but one question for the leaders of our community and the chamber of com merce Who does all this growth hurt It certainly doesnt hurt the chamber It cer tainly doesnt hurt the tourists It certainly doesnt hurt the businesses When our city leaders look at growth questions they should not only look at the Almighty they should always look at the actual affect that growth will have on the local residents of this wonderful commu nity This type of growth is not good for the residents of this city Jim Beath New Braunfels ome CISD latest developments regarding Independent School District and its board of trustees I feel compelled to offer a lesson to enlighten the board on just what credibility means In this lesson entitled Credibility 101 Ill attempt to point Otift to the board and par ticularly to trustee John Bertelsen what credibility means since he recently asked What is credibility Random House College Dictionary revised edition 1975 defines credibility as being trustworthy or one capable of being believed The easiest method Ive realized in teaching Credibility 101 is by pointing out examples of how one becomes dis credited consequences of lost credibUJ Candidate John Bertelsen stated in an interview printed in the Canyon Lake Times Guardian last spring his qualifica tions on becoming a member of CISD Board of Trustees He said that since he a member of the districts long range committee this particularly him a qualified candidate JSjnce he was listed as a candidate for the school board same election as the two bftei proposals being Rented by CISD I would think he PAUL ROBERTS would be in support of the proposals he helped develop as a member of the long range planning committee If he didnt support the bond proposals he had a per fect forum opportunity and obligation to distance himself from his opponent on this issue In a recent letter to the editor of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung dated Jan he states he never supported the second bond proposal Thats a little late Mr Bertelsen in informing the voters of your current stance regarding proposition 2 In a board meeting on March the board voted five to one in favor of building the new high school proposition 2 and one of the elementary schools proposition 1 in the vicinity of Farmto Market306and484 CISD Superintendent Jerry Major then went to various meetings rallying support for the upcoming bond proposals by advertising the location of the proposed high school Now that the election is over and both bond proposals have passed CISD now has the money to build new schools In the districts efforts to win support for the proposals the district committed itself to building schools in particular locations approved on by the voters Recently a few board members led by Bertelsen have decided the schools should not be built in the locations previ ous board of trustees selected and the voters approved When an individual or entity promises something and intentionally decides to not fulfill the promise that individual or entity quickly becomes discredited I hope Im beginning to get my point across on what credibility means Bertelsen said in the HeraldZeitung article that the voters were uninformed I beg to differ with Bertelsen regarding this issue particularly the facts concern ing proposition 2 The Times Guardian in its April issue printed a copy ofThe Resolution adopted by the board The Resolution is as specific as can be regarding facts relating to proposition 2 In fact it states in paragraph one under the subheading Proposition g Number and to purchase for the necessary sites therefore for the following build a new high It seems that since Bertelsen now has permission to stick his hands into our pocketbooks as a result of the election he is now attempting to change the site for the high school property already owned by the district In other The district promised in its official covenant with the voters to purchase necessary sites for the construction of the new high school Bertelsen proposes to use the money from proposition 2 to build on an existing site already owned by CISD which is a direct contradiction to the official I can assure the board it is inviting a lawsuit challeng attempting revenge on a promise made by ing how binding The Resolution is in a the previous board and the district super intendent at building the new high school on the north side of Canyon Lake Lets proceed to a quick note on what are the consequences of lost credibility hete currently failing my course on The New Braunfels HeraldZeitungs lead Credibility 101 If he feels he needs court of law I hope I have answered Mr Bertelsens question on what is credibility I regretfully have to inform Mr Bertelsen editorial on Jan quickly admonished Bertelsen and his fellow board members who flipflopped on the issue of new school locations The HeraldZeitung correctly pointed additional insight on just what credibility is he need look no further than a letter to the editor of the Times Guardian dated April It seems a Linda Bertelsen authored a wonderful letter wW out how this time in light of recent bond describing the qualities of credibility how fni li f n A 1 1 1 4 proposal failures the school board cam paigned for its bond proposals The school board hired a consultant and a study was conducted on how best to build for the future Meetings were con ducted Explanations given The com munity apparently was convinced that a hard it is to attain and what are the conse quences of it when lost Please read it learn it and heed it John Bertelsen It appears that Linda displays keen insight on this valuable character trait of which you and your fellow board cohorts are sorely lacking wellresearched thoughtful plan was in Paul Roberts is a Canyon Lake
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