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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNO TViesday February OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NEW HERALDZEITUNG New Bnunfcb Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 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 Tuesday Jan 25 the HeraldZeitung was kind enough to print my letter thanking many Christians for their love and support after my wife Marys illness and death However in writing my final copy of the letter I skipped several lines of my rough draft These lines also contained some great folks and organizations including Gods chosen people My thanks to Betty Vosika of The Hair Depot who kept Marys hair looking pretty even driving to our home to do it when it became necessaryGladys Bartling at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center who saw that Gods earth angels had wonderful hot meals delivered to us daily and Roland Bradfute and his brother Bryon and their sons Roland Jr and Cameron These caring men were always available to listen whenever I needed to talk So many people placed us on their prayer lists in Catholic and Protestant churches both locally and around the area We also were on prayer lists in Jewish synagogues in Fort Worth and Portland Ore Isnt God great John B Morrow New Braunfels TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday Feb 8 the 39th day of 2000 There are 327 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb 8 1910 the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated On this date In 1904 the RussoJapanese War began In 1915 Griffiths silent movie epic about the Civil War The Birth of a premiered in Los Angeles In 1922 President Harding had a radio installed in the White House In 1924 the first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City In 1968 three college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg during a civil rights protest against a whitesonly bowling alley In 1973 Senate leaders named seven members of a select commit tee to investigate the Watergate scandal In 1974 the threeman crew of the Skylab space station returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space In 1978 the deliberations of the Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time as members opened debate on the Panama Canal treaties In 1980 President Jimmy Carter unveiled a plan to reintroduce draft registration In 1989 144 people were killed when an Americanchartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slammed into a fogcov ered mountain in the Azores Ten years ago CBS News sus pended resident humorist Andy Rooney for racial comments he supposedly made to a gay maga 2iney comments Rooney denied making Five years ago The UN Security Council approved sending peacekeepers to Angola to cement an accord ending 19 years of civil war Surgeon General nom inee Henry Foster said in an ABC interview hed performed 39 abor tions more than three times as many as previously stated One year ago The Senate heard closing arguments at President Clintons impeachment trial with House prosecutors challenging senators to cleanse the office and the presidents attorney dis missing the case as one of partisan retribution Jordans King Hussein was laid to rest during a fivehour funeral in Amman attended by dig nitaries from all over the world including President Clinton and former presidents Bush Carter and Ford Todays Birthdays Actor Jack Lemmon is 75 Composerconduc tor John Williams is 68 ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 60 Actor Nick Nolte is 59 Comedian Robert Klein is 58 Country singer Dan Seals is 52 Singer Ron Tyson is 52 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Council leaving public no choice on Walnut Dear Editor Im greatly outraged at the drainage and street bond which the city has proposed The sneaky way in which they put the Walnut project into this bond will not only affect our taxes but will affect the historical value of our city and the people who live in these wonderful homes First I believe the council doesnt even consider the importance of the homes New Braunfels has a creative appeal which those from a big city could only relish Each street has its own personality and historical value It would be a shame to destroy those homes from the past for a future project Second people live in the homes which the council would like to tear down No one person can convince me to tear down my house so that a wider street can be put in for the sole purpose of knocking a couple of extra minutes off of my travel time Not to mention spending million dollars of the taxpayers money to create this project In conclusion I commend Juliet Watson when she pointed out that the Walnut project should be a separate proposition Also Mr Alexander stressed If Walnuts going to fail the whole thing will Putting the Walnut project under the same issue as street and drainage repair was the councils choice not the publics choice Think about this issue for one moment If hi the future we the voters voted for any street and drainage proposition does this mean that the city could come and take our homes for any reason they see fit Thats exactly what the council is proposing in this proposition Therefore the council has left the public no choice but to vote NO on the bond Shelly White New Braunfels Elian was victim of kidnapping Dear Editor I guess I have waited long enough and lis tened to the story and all the goingson in Miami Has everyone forgotten that the father is the legal guardian of the little boy That the little boy was actually kidnapped by his mother who had only the right to see him over the weekends What do you call it when somebody takes off with a child that is in somebody elses custody That is kid napping and these people get rewarded by keeping the child No they should be pros ecuted and that is what should have hap pened to the socalled relatives in Miami By trying to keep the child away from their father who is not a criminal but has sole custody of this little boy They should be treated as kidnappers too What would you do if your child was kidnapped taken into another country and given to a very wealthy family who is able to give him much more than you ever could give him Would you say Please keep him I dont believe that You too would fight for him and do what ever you could to get him back The is not heaven on earth for everyone who lives here We have many poor people who live on the streets even many of our exmilitary peo ple who have at some time put their lives on the line for our country are now living without a home or belongings Who can guarantee a good life for this boy Who has a father who loves him and wants him back How can people be so cruel to refuse a father the return of his child Please think about that Not only the governor from Florida but also the Supreme Court should have helped the father get reunited with his son in the country he wishes to live in Cuba Mrs Eric Mourn New Braunfels NBISD in right direction with calendar Dear Editor I read with interest the recent article regarding NBISD debating the school cal endar I understand that the lateAugust school start date is something new for this district and I sincerely hope the parents teachers administrators and community leaders will give the change a fair chance Change is difficult and as in any situa tion takes time to work out all the kinks New Braunfels is heading in the right direction In fact according to the Texas Poll released last summer three out of four Texas families support a later school start date with the majority supporting starting after Labor Day The need to administer exams before the holiday break has been an argument frequently used when trying to convince noneducators of the benefit of an early school start date The fact is after exten sive research I have found no evidence to support that when a student takes an exam has any impact on education What has become apparent is that the discussion between retention and regurgi tation is one that needs our full attention According to Dr Steve Smith Texas University Department of Psychology when you test a student in no way reflects what has been learned Dr Smith explained that if you are mea suring what the student understands and will be able to transfer to life the best tune to test a student is after a break in the learning cycle a month or more after the semester has ended After reviewing this argument with edu cators and after researching test scores in districts across Texas as well as in the top national school districts it is clear that when you administer exams has nothing to do with academic performance In fact the states with the best SAT scores all administer midterm exams after a holiday break Many high school teachers and guid ance counselors have told me this argu ment can be put to rest by using com mon sense The week before Christmas is the most hectic of the year for most of us Among children attention spans are the shortest and concentration the lowest before any scheduled vacation or holi day Is this the best time to test our stu dents When setting the school calendar we must remember the goal of education teaching students skills and knowledge she will retain throughout her life When we administer exams in no way impacts what a child has or has not learned The bottom line is simple calendars do not teach our children teachers do Tina Bruno Executive Director Texans fora Traditional School Year John Rocker goes to reeducation camp In Communist societies when people say or write something that is regarded by the authorities as counterrevolution ary they are sent to reeducation camp in order to get their minds straightened out To facilitate the reeducation process the reluctant camper is often subjected to physical and psychological torture In America we have the same thing We call it sensitivity training Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker is being sent to our version of a reeduca tion camp until he recites the words major league baseball wants him to say Whether he believes them is less impor tant than whether he utters them The gods of political correctness must be appeased It gives an entirely new mean ing to the word Rocker has apologized for remarks he made in a magazine interview about gays minorities foreigners and New York City For those remarks he was CAL THOMAS fined and suspended until May 1 possibly hurting his teams chances at winning the pennant Rocker said it is appropriate that I should be disciplined for my misguided speech unaccompanied by any conduct on my but he believes the penalty exceeds the infraction The baseball players union filed a grievance to over turn the suspension that will be consid ered by an independent arbitrator Perhaps major league baseball would do its players and fans a service by pub lishing a list of remarks it considers tol erable and which words will send the offending players to the sensitivity show ers For example should a player blas pheme will he be required to do penance to the offended religion Players regularly question the visual acuity of umpires If the blind are offended would players be forced to walk around with blindfolds so they might be sensitized to how it feels to be visionless Our senses are regularly assaulted by offensive entertainment and political speech Politicians lie to us Journalists and show hosts editorialize against Republicans and conservatives Rarely are there apologies for such affronts Has any entertainer or politician been forced into sensitivity training to clean up his or her act The Rev Jesse Jackson was not pressured to take sensi tivity training when he called New York City When Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan denounces Jews and whites no one suggests he be sensitively trained Were the Rev Al Sharpton held to the same standard as John Rocker he would be a permanent sensitivity train ing camper Who will conduct this training and how Does major league baseball think that Rockers mind will change about the things he has believed or will his prejudices simply be forced under ground Baseball doesnt seem to care just so the story gets out of the newspa pers so baseball can go back to doing what it does best making money This is not an excuse for Rockers inappropriate behavior but lets see how him and hurled verbal insults Yankees fans threw batteries at Rocker which could have resulted in a careerending injury Will anyone force these fans to undergo sensitivity training Where are the First Amendment advo cates who like to defend free speech Why arent they coming to bat for Rocker Or is the right to free speech granted only to certain people If Rocker possessed the power to deprive one of his verbal targets of their rights that might call for stronger action but the guy simply spoke words Whatever happened sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me If major league baseball will now reg long the sensitivity trainers could put up ulate speech and then only certain kinds with what Rocker has been subjected to of speech its become a camp of its in New York own Camp During last seasons playoffs Mets Col Thomas is a syndicated colum fans spit in his face poured beer on
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