Tuesday, February 1, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG Tbesday February OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS fe NKW 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 For the past three years attorney Kristen Quinney of New Braunfels has sponsored my Reading Improvement classes at Canyon High School Ms Quinney has been assisted by the Law Offices of Bob Kiesling attorney Susan G Tate and the Comal Comity Bar Association It is a difficult job motivating reluctant readers but with Ms Quinneys help 29 of my students this past year and 26 stu dents this year have read at least pages in a single semester they were rewarded with a pizza party at Mr Gattis and attended an Iguanas hockey game Ms Quinney solicited donations from New Braunfels area businesses that were prizes to the top readers Competition for Mamacitas Gruene Mansion Inn Adobe Cafe Target and Hastings gift certificates was fierce The donations Ms Quinney obtained were great incentives for my reluctant read ers The top two readers even were awarded trophies and T shirts I would like to thank Kristen Quinney for her hard work collecting prizes planning a pizza party and a trip to an Iguanas hockey game to support literacy for atrisk teenagers Ms Quinney makes my difficult job motivating reluctant read ers tremendously easier Lisa Rambo Reading specialist Canyon High School TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday Feb 1 the 32nd day of 2000 There are 334 days left in the year Highlights in history on this date Englands Queen Elizabeth I signs warrant for exe cution of Mary Queen of Scots 1702 Prince Eugene of Savoy raids Cremona Italy 1775 Peasants in Bohemia revolt against servitude 1881 First signs of nationalist movement appear in Egypt as mil itary officers stage uprising 18 Crete inspired by Greece begins revolution against Turkey 1899 flag is raised over Pacific island of Guam formerly under Spanish control 1908 Portugals King Carlos I and Crown Prince are murdered in Lisbon Manuel II becomes King 1917 Germany decides to let its submarines attack merchant ships from neutral nations going to Britain a move that triggers the entry into World War I 1924 Britain recognizes Communist government of Soviet Union 1935 AngloGerman confer ence is held in London to discuss Germanys rearmament Italy sends troops to East Africa 1946 Trygve Lie Norwegian Socialist is elected United Nations SecretaryGeneral Hungarian Republic is proclaimed 1956 South Africa requests Soviet Union to withdraw all con sulates 1959 Swiss referendum rejects female suffrage in federal elec tions 1968 Central pacific nation of Nauru becomes independent 1972 British embassy in Dublin is bombed as antiBritish demon strations sweep Ireland 1990 Romanian National Salvation Front agrees to a power sharing arrangement until national elections can be held 1991 South African President de Klerk announces that he will scrap all the remaining laws that uphold apartheid LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Enough is enough in overcrowded city Dear Editor While driving on Landa Street past the old LCRA building my high school student daughter asked why not turn that building into a new high school I had no answer that made sense to give her She proceeded to explain how it could help the overcrowd ing and maybe eliminate some of the trailers the students are forced to use as classrooms A building that size could help the situation we are having because of the overcrowding and the need to build on every piece of property in our town As we all know the traffic has become a major issue This town was founded for a small population which has been turned into a tourist trap and the overcrowded city has become a nightmare Only so many people can fit on roads in town that were made for horses and bug gies The wait for stop lights has become too much The traffic is backed up from the post office or further to the old Highway 81 road Have we enough people here yet or will this moneyhungry frenzy to build and bring even more families with children ever stop Enough is enough Stop wasting our tax monies also on losing tourist traps to drive about a half mile to see some Christmas lights Thats another story but a sad one Bill Grace New Braunfels Letter writer needs more compassion Dear Editor I was greatly disturbed with Oliver J Eberts letter about Mr Konkels plight Regardless of how he contracted Hiy the HeraldZeitung is trying to show the plight of an AIDS patient trying to inform ignorant people who continue to share needles and have unprotected sex whether perverted or not and run the risk of catching this disease and living a nightmare for their remaining years People who are living with HIV are afraid to step forward and tell anyone of their situ ation for fear of rejection and some of those same people are continuing the same prac tices and passing it on to others I pray Mr Ebert that this disease never touches your life in any manner and that some insensitive person never writes a letter like yours Mr Konkel has people who love him and are going through this trying time with him so not only does your letter affect him but also his loved ones We all need to think before we act or speak I applaud Mr Konkels courage to come forward and let people be aware of exactly how this disease has totally consumed his every waking hour I would only hope and pray that the articles are being read and heeded by our youth who think that they are invincible and that this will never hap pen to them Where is the compassion that we are to be bestowing on our fellow man Paula Brewer New Braunfels We cannot legislate morality Dear Editor After surviving Y2K the moralists are beating their drums and pounding their Bibles and shouting Roe vs Wade is back in the headlines When will these people pick the log out of their own eyes and real ize that you cannot legislate morality Prohibition simply raised the price of alco hol and doubled the crime rate while marketing jackleg filthy distilled booze The same thing has happened with cocaine heroin and marijuana This is the price of freedom in a capitalistic law of supply and demand They are now trying to force the legal medically clean clinics back into the filthy back alley rooms again or the doit yourselfers to use bathtubs of hot scalding water and coat hangers The life of the unwed mother or the unfaithful wife is a gamble at best At least the Israelites took them to the city gates and stoned them to death mother and fetus The choice the young mother now has is A or A Abortion or Adoption Jim D Mooney New Braunfels GOT SOMETHING TO SAY The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung encourages 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 HeraldZeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included for confirma tion purposes Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 7813101328 Fax 830 6063413 email LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Confederate flag represents states rights Dear Editor It was very nice for you to give Mike Fitsko a nice Lifestyle front page space in Sundays paper to write his vitriol about our southern culture and ancestors in his article captionecl longtime emblem of slavery should fly no The caption is wrong the article mis leading and vicious and it is scary to think this person as principal at OakRun School is in charge of educating our children with or without our tax money The Confederate Battle flag is no more an emblem of slavery than is the Union Jack or Old Glory both of which flew over ships hauling slaves at one time or another It represents the concept of states rights and the right of secession a distinct nation of cultural heritage which was invaded and defeated The fact that sonie modern cretins misuse the old St Andrews cross for their own distorted purposes should not relegate the emblem for which several of my direct ancestors fought and died to the trash heap How very pretentious and command ing for Mr Fitsko to decide that the year 2000 is the proper time as opposed to any other for us all to tear down emblems he doesnt personally like I dont know where Mr Fitsko is from but Ill bet if I dug into his ances try I could find many things to highlight and disparage but it probably wouldnt make it beyond a letters to the editor column William Jones New Braunfels Does your council represent you Dear Editor The citizens of New Braunfels the taxpayers of this community need to start paying attention to what is happen ing at the City Council meetings Is your City Council representative really look ing out for your best interests ami needs Many of the voices pushing for the Walnut expansion do not live within the city limits and are not taxpayers They have businesses or business interests here in town This commercial push does not benefit the local citizens who live in New Braunfels love its historical heritage and care about quality of life Unmanaged growth and expansion does not benefit anyone Juliet Watson is the only council repre sentative who listens to her constituents researches the proposed projects asks intelligent questions and stands up for the citizens of New Braunfels Juliet has heart and cares about this community We the citizens need to participate in our local government before New Braunfels is no longer our cherished community with a sense of family values and history a beautiful place to live Remember that your council represen tative is your voice in this town and 1 am proud that Juliet Watson represents me Vicki Harrison New Braunfels Article about pay raises raises objections Dear Editor I am writing concerning the story on the Guadalupe County pay raise which appeared in the Northeast Sun Section of the ExpressNews on Jan 26 The article contains some inaccuracies misleading statements and omissions which need to be clarified in order that readers will have full and complete information First the headline is an error because it talks about Comal County instead of Guadalupe County Second the item mentions an injunc tion filed by George Mower to prevent commissioners from collecting their raises It goes on to say that the law suit was dismissed This is misleading in that it infers the case had a hearing and was thrown out What really hap pened is that Mr Mower was informed by the judge that since he is not an attorney he could not represent the citi zens Mower was told he had 15 days to get a lawyer and return for a hear ing Unable to find an attorney who would represent the citizens for a fee that was within their budget Mower simply did not pursue the request for an injunction There has been no for mal hearing of this case The third objection to the story con cerns omission of the fact that the first posting of the notice was in violation of the statute The law clearly states that commissioners must give more than 10 days notice of any salaries that are proposed to be increased as well as the amount of the increases The first posting did not identify the salaries proposed for increase or the amount of the increases so it was wrong The second posting properly identified the salaries proposed for increase as well as the amounts but it was posted at least 8 days late so it also was wrong Two wrongs do not make a right even in Guadalupe County Oscar Anderson Schertz