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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG Tuesday May OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NKW 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 KUDOS On behalf of the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery I would like to thank the following for helping with Culinary Secrets of a Former Embassy first and foremost our chef Marcien Rusuriye and his sons Mark and John Marciens most capable assistants Bette Spain and Anna Lee Hicks KMOL TV News 4 Living pro ducer Christian Gotlin and hostTanji Patton New Braunfels Herald Zeitung KGNB Radio HEB Weston Pacharzina of The Plant Haus David Ingram of Ingram Video and Audio Productions Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office staff Tip Top Cleaners Mary Anne Hollmig Cheryl Fisher Lois and John Newton Georgia and Paul Tadlock Caroline Weston Anna Margaret Alexander Dwight Michlethwait Jerry Berry Mostyn Pete Stocking Kathleen McClendon Christina Ryrhohn Nina Guinn and Arlene Scales These businesses and individuals helped create a fun knowledgefilled and tasty evening Thanks much Wayne A Rahe President of the Board Historic Outdoor Art Gallery Prodigy Learning Center would like to express a special thankyou to the following for support during the St Jude TrikeAThon and Week of the Young Child New Braunfels Police Cpl Officer Robert Owens and school crossing guard Pearly Sowell for their expertise on bicycle safety and New Braunfels Fire Departments Paul Muth Xavier Larralde Brett Neeley and John Weige We appreciate your time and patience in showing all the Prodigy children the ambulance and fire engine and going over fire safety They really enjoyed it A special thanks to the following businesses for their for incentives during the week of activities Schlitterbahn ChickFilA Pizza Hut Photography by Nancie Blockbuster The Childrens Museum Adobe Cafe Mamacitas and t Anolast but most important uianks to all who gave to the St Jude Childrens Research Hospital It was because of you that we were able to send more than to St Jude We appreciate your sup port and hope to see you next year Prodigy Learning Center New Braunfels TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday May 30 the 151st day of 2000 There are 215 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 30 1431 Joan of Arc condemned as a heretic was burned at the stake in Rouen France In 1539 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed in Florida In 1854 the territories of Nebraska and Kansas were estab lished In 1883 12 people were tram pled to death in a stampede trig gered by a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing In 1911 Indianapolis saw its first longdistance auto race Ray Harroun was the winner In 1922 the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC by Chief Justice William Howard Taft In 1937 10 people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in Chicago In 1943 American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World Warn In 1958 unidentified soldiers killed in World War H and the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington National Cemetery In 1971 the American space probe Mariner 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a journey to Mars In 1980 Pope John Paul II arrived in France on the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since the early 19th century FOMWE turn OP marony LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letter writer must have been wearing blinders Dear Editor I must applaud Dorothy Lehrs satirical letter Only a person suffering from myopia or wearing blinders could take that letter seriously The way Mr Alexanders childish unprofessional behavior was twisted into an example of being a gentleman was priceless As far as nobody agreeing with Ms Watson one need only look as far as the recent bond election to see the folly of that statement Its easy for a group to disregard one voice as our illustrious mayor has demonstrated and difficult for that one voice to be heard Lets hope that our new council members bring some balance and credibility to what is most assuredly a difficult job All of our council should be applauded for serve community Now if they can just work and play well together Laughter really is the best medicine Dorothy Jeff Fowler New Braunfels Constituents appreciate Watsons work Dear Editor I as a resident of Precinct in which Juliet Watson is my elected councilperson resent Dorothy Lehrs comments on Ms Watson Is Ms Lehr a resident of Precinct 6 If she is dont vote for Juliet next time if not butt out As one of Ms Watsons con stituents I am very pleased with her repre sentation Thank you Juliet for enduring the meanspiritedness that is slung your way and for your continued efforts on our behalf and the behalf of the fine city in which we reside Catherine Crislip New Braunfels Show respect pull over for funeral procession Dear Editor I would like to respond to a letter written by David Spandau on May 16 I was a friend of Jessica Atchley recently deceased and one of the many cars in the long funeral procession I would like to thank you for having the decency to stop that day I was greatly offended by the many passing cars that did not stop for the procession I dont know for sure what the laws are about stop ping but in my opinion it is the respectful thing to do For all those people who did not stop take a minute to put yourself in our position Wouldnt you want people to stop for you and your loved one Dont the deceased deserve that much respect It doesnt much tune esffprj pull over and stop your Drivers dont think twice about pulling over when they hear a police car fire truck or ambu lance Why should this by any different Next time you see a funeral procession think twice before you continue on driving its the least you can do for a grieving family Katana Reininger New Braunfels Slow down to arrive alive Dear Editor I have been a visitor in New Braunfels now for three weeks and I cannot believe the speed that people are allowed to travel in the construction area on 135 even though you have posted 55 miles per hour and fines double also a computerized sign that gives drivers their speed It is quite obvious that drivers know the city of New Braunfels does not have the police force or will not enforce the law I have been passed by large trucks in the construction area where the concrete barriers make traveling close to 80 mph very danger ous I also have been run off the road exit ing 135 by a large truck running the access road faster than traffic is traveling on 135 In the end everybody knows that road con struction causes traffic congestion The dri vers speeding in this area is out of control People please slow down So more people can make it home alive Terry A Guilloz Cincinnati Ohio What is Commissioner Wolverton hiding Dear Editor Last month Jim Wolverton was challenged by his opponent in the race for Guadalupe County Precinct turn histax recoridsjforjthe ftick Svatora who voluntarily filed his with the Guadalupe Co Elections Office explained it was important for candidates to be up front with voters I agree Yet when given the opportunity Mr Wolverton shot back that his county salary is an open record and anyone who wants to know is welcome to obtain That information might cover his salary including a 20 percent pay raise but does not tell the whole story In his campaign lit erature Mr Wolverton claims that he recently sold his business I also know he serves as a bank director for Schertz Bank Trust By his own admission he has other income sources Come clean Jim Wolverton what are you hiding Michele Tereletsky Schertz Send letters to the editor to 707 Landa New Braunfels IX 78130 or firstname.lastname@example.org GOT SOMETHING To SAY The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung encourages letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punc tuation and known factual errors Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included for confirmation pur poses 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 HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 78131 1328 Fax 830 6063413 email LETTERS TO THE EDITOR What the voters really were trying to say Dear Editor In your editorial of you posed two questions When the proposed pro jects were rejected the voters were say ing No more taxes The sheer size of all the proposals would as you said nearly double the city taxes In answer to your second ques tion the voters were saying We have a council whose duty is to determine poli cies The function of the chamber of commerce is not to influence It should be a strict rule that no individ ual can simultaneously be a member of council and the chamber The wording of the propositions was confusing Too much was asked for at onetime One or two requests might have met with voter approval but all the proposals presented at one time was just too overwhelming How would the money be spent No clear plans were in place Also the voters have a distrust of councils promises to spend money as designated Several years ago a bond issue was approved In that approval were the promises to raise the underpass es on Landa Street and the one near the present post office What happened The money was spent on things not approved by the voters but wanted by city council Behold A new city build ing If we cant get the yoters to vote on a new city building well get it any There is no assurance that once money is approved that it wiU definitely be allo cated to that specific cause The city should fund needed not just wanted items Why is the chamber given so much money and the right to spend it as they see fit We shouldnt attempt to bring more business and more people to our area until we have the facilities to meet their needs Forward planning would have had adequate streets schools etc in place before we open the gates The chamber invites a thousand people to dinner but the icebox is empty There may be one loaf of bread but we dont have anyone who can take one loaf and feed a multitude has been done but not recently Many persons believe the money spent by the chamber could better be used for those items that council saw fit to ask the voters to pay After all not thing is free People pay whether they live here or elsewhere Council needs to decide What is our one mofi important need Then present that to the voters We dont need a smor gasbord of proposals I hope that this answers your two ques tions but I have the distinct feeling that you already knew the answers Loyd W Piester New Braunfels Relaxing weekend marred by profanities Dear Editor My husband and I took a few days for rest and relaxation in New Braunfels on May and 22 We especially love the Comal River for its cool water and quiet surroundings We chose Sunday afternoon about 5 oclock to tube Imagine our dismay and disgust at hear ing four letter words mostly f s and bli the entire we were on the river We witnessed young men peeing on the side of the river some were mooning and pulling their trunks down while hanging from trees By the time Id reached the exit of the river I felt as it Id been held captive by some strange evil What can be done Well the common thread I witnessed was alcohol specifi cally beer Unfortunately we will be very wary of going to New Braunfels again with this last experience Or perhaps we can find a that we will have less of a chance of finding what we found Sunday afternoon sounds good Nope That wont do By the way we spent more than for our three day stay City Council are you listening Betsy Y Spath Houston
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