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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNO Sunday April OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zcitung 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 EDITORIAL tried to do right thing in the wrong way Little Elian Gonzalez has seen more trouble in his young six years than any person should have to go through In November he clung for his life to an inner tube before being rescued from the sea where his mother drowned For five months his father and the federal government engaged in an international custody dispute with Miami relatives and other Cuban Americans over what is best for the boy Shortly before dawn on Saturday eight federal agents stormed the home of his Miami relatives More than 20 agents arrived in white vans and used rams on the chainlink fence and front door They came in with automatic weapons and pepper spray This demonstration of force by our government was not con ducted in the best interest of Elian Gonzalez True the child belongs with his father the father has worked in good faith to secure the return of his child However our federal government tried to do the right thing ir wrong way Attorney General Janet Reno made the decision to retrieve the child through force She defended that decision by saying she tried to negotiate with the Miami relatives but they kept moving the goal post and raising the These negotiations were not for the release of hostages this was a 6yearold boy Both sides forgot about Elian the little boy and instead focused on Elian the political issue The child was not in imminent physical danger until the federal agents stormed that Miami house with guns and pepper spray The child seemed to be welladjusted until complete strangers with automatic weapons yanked him screaming from the home where he has lived for the past five months The White House is fortunate this did not turn into another Waco certainly the potential wasthere This was not a matter of political or international pride This was about a little boys life If our federal government truly were interested in the welfare of Elian Gonzalez officials would have found a much more peaceful cooperative transition for reuniting the boy with his father Instead he must live with another painful memory this one inflicted by the American government TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Easter Sunday April 23 the 114th day of 2000 There are 252 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History April 23 1564 is believed to be the birth date of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare he died 52 years later also on April 23 On this date In 1348 King Edward III of England established the Order of the Garter In 1789 Presidentelect Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion the Franklin House in New York In 1791 the 15th president of the United States James Buchanan was born in Franklin County Pa In 1896 the Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City In 1899 RussianAmerican author Vladimir Nabokov was born in St Petersburg Russia In 1940 about 200 people died in a dance hall fire in Natchez Miss In 1954 Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 majorleague home runs in a game against the St Louis Cardinals The Braves won In 1969 Sirhan Sirhan was sen tenced to death for assassinating New York Sen Robert F Kennedy The sentence was later commuted to life In 1985 the CocaCola Co announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke negative public reaction forced the company to resume selling the original morefitetowBr are wig LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Passage not location important for Prop 5 6 Dear Editor There seems to be a lot of questions about the location of the sports complex and fami ly activity center The important thing is that Propositions 5 and 6 pass The kids dont care where they play just that they have a place to play The youth need these facilities and these facilities will be used not only by the kids but also the parents senior citizens and even tourists Locations mentioned are land on the loop airport Doeppenschmidt Road and Seidel property This issue is take care of our youth We seem to have money for expansion of the county jail and the city law enforcement center Maybe if we invest more on our youth we wont have to spend so much money on the criminals And if you have an opinion on where you think these athletic facilities should be located visit with your city council person and let him or her know what you think Larry Wenzel Past president New Braunfels Youth Sports Indoor pool would be asset to community Dear Editor I believe that I must speak up in favor of the proposition for building an indoor swim ming pool New Braunfels has been blessed with two rivers that provide summertime fun and exercise for its citizens and visitors Maybe for that reason we have been rather slow to recognize the need for an allyear round swimming facility I doubt that there is a community the size of New Braunfels in the entire country without an indoor swim ming pool for the use of youth and anyone else who wants to use it for exercise or com petition Building an indoor municipal pool is not a drain on the local economy either The out door pool in Landa Park has had positive cash how since the Olympicsize pool was completed It is a little known or appreciated fact that it not only has paid its own way but has contributed more than a year to the general city budget An indoor pool would do as well It could be structured to provide a much needed resource for physical education for our area schools practice for our swimming teams both interscholastic and free swim time for all our citizens who enjoy swimming for health or rehabilitation and swimming lessons for those who dont know how to swim There is no denying that swimming is as good as any exercise and better than most in maintaining aerobic fitness and weight control for our aging population So for a health standpoint it is worthwhile also I am going to vote yes on propositions 5 and 6 and it is my prayer that enough citi zens will do so to allow New Braunfels to catch up in this important area Hylmar E Karbach New Braunfels NBGSA says thanks for help Dear Editor The New Braunfels Girls Softball Associations board of directors would like to publicly thank the superlative group of individuals businesses and organizations who helped make our preseason and April 8th Fun Day an outstanding success We are again able to provide a quality youth sports program because of the support from friends family and patrons in our commu nity We sincerely thank the following Cynthia Williams Julie Duckworth Terry Hannasch George Garcia Rachel Stein Arlon and Teresa Hansmann April Marie Comal Flower Shop Ernestos Jewelry Goepf Jewelers St Anthonys Jewelry Formal Center Plumeyer Photography Lacks Furniture Great American Products Blinders Hair Salon Coiffures de Villa Salon Gastons Great Clips for Hair Merle Norman Cosmetics Carltons Meats Granzins BBQ Renos BBQ McBeels BBQ Mr Gattis Pizza Clear Springs Restaurant El Nopalitos JackInTheBox Hwy 306 Burger King SteakstoGo Lubys The Gym Physical Therapy Unlimited Bodywerks Massage Trigger Point Therapy Mattress Vivorouxs Rawlings Jesse Campos Hansmanns Woodworks Linda Koehler Metal Art Jims Video Hollywood Video Becker Motor Bluebonnet Motors Don Maxwell Chevy Feed Supply Schlitterbahn Sun Dance Golf Golf USA Quail Creek A Tan for All Seasons UKaTan Auto Zone BradzOil Express Lube Hill Country Customs Car Quest Auto Parts OakwoodTire ProTech Quick Align Wal Mart Tire Lube Express The Plant Haus China Things Cycle Rockin R River Rides ComingRevere Maldanados Nursery Bugameister Sherwin Williams Paint Bexar Electric Kustom Fence Sequin SPCA Animal Shelter Arlon Hansmann The Paper FacferyjMf RichariiMarfeie the N B Parks Recreation Dept and all the NBGSA coaches parents grandparents and friends Randy Heinbaugh President NBGSA Thanks to council for supporting arts Dear Editor This is a public letter directed to city council At the April 10 city council meeting when you approved the recommendations of the city arts commission for the distribution of the bed tax revenues to local arts organi zations a few of the grateful recipients were present We wanted very much to stand up and say Thank you but as soon as that item was decided you moved immediately on to the next business of the agenda so we didnt get the chance to publicly declare our appreciation Hence this letter We want you to know how proud we are to have your support your recognition that we make a contribution to our communitys quality of life Without the dedicated appraisal by Chair Mary Beth Smith and the other members of the city arts commis sion and without your respect for the com missions work and your recognition of our efforts many of us would find it almost impossible to provide our artistic services and to strive for excellence in our endeav ors Please multiply thank you a hundred times and you might come close to our gratitude for your support Elizabeth Elliott Executive director Circle Arts Theatre Below normal rainfall likely to continue into summer BY BOB ROSE Special to the HeraldZeitung Central Texas is once again in a mod erate to severe drought just like in 1996 and 1998 But this drought is lasting longer and could be more devastating Several scientists trace its origin to the fall of 1998 just after the October floods along the Colorado and i GuadaJupe rivers About his time the I waters in the central and eastern tropical fttfifle began to turn unusually copl weather phenomenon that typically cre ates a dry weather pattern in Texas La Nina strengthened during the win ter of 199899 then weakened last spring and early summer Similarly Central Texas rainfall was well below normal last winter but returned to nor mal last spring and early summer Then late in July La Nina began to strengthen once again and rainfall across Texas bled up If s now been about nine months since our region has had widespread rain insight Lets take a look at weather history Droughts are a natural cycle in Texas weather and Texas climate history tells us that serious droughts occur at least once every decade and usually last from one to two years some a little longer The current drought is similar to the ones we experience as recently as 19831984 19881989 and even 1995 1996 Climatology suggests that we may still have a way to go before the current drought epdii fffJBtttflf flrtfl aug gests that the current La Nina peaked Computer forecasts models indicate that La Nina conditions should weaken this spring the Pacific water treatments returning to near normal readings around July A few computer models even suggest the temperatures may become unusually warm creating a weak Nino by next fall or winter El usually bring above normal rain fall to Texas Bawd on this data the dry weather ue throughout the spring wule raer then relax by next fatt Keep in mind that summer is usually a dry time of year in Central Texas even when La Nina isnt present Therefore a shift toward increased rainfall isnt expected until maybe this fall One wild card is the hurricane season The outlook for this summer calls for above normal hurricane activity One dying tropical storm or hurricane over Texas Hill Country could change our drought to a flood in less than 24 hours Catowto River
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