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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG Saturday 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 Michael Gary News Editor KUDOS The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung extends congratulations to Comal County 4H drill team which competed in the 4H Horse Show this past week The 13 young ladies earned the right to compete in the show after practice since the fall of 1999 The competition required not only synchronized move ments by the members but also their horses a true test of skill and control The Offerman family Don and Marie Offermann and Don Offerman Jr and Phylis Offerman on being featured in the Home and Garden Television program Restore Their efforts to restore the Offerman family home are worthy of national recognition To Mike Fitsko Merry White and Richard Ramirez on being named principals at New Braunfels High School Carl Schurz Elementary and OakRun Sixth Grade Center respec tively These were promotions made by the New Braunfels school district administration and trustees and welldeserved A big welcome also goes to Curtis Wubbena an assistant princi pal in San Marcos who joins Lone Star Primary as its princi pal To all the drivers who play by the rules wait their turn and drive safely and patiently especially during these trying times of road construction on Interstate 35 Plenty of other drivers appear to be willing to do what it takes at the expense of safe ty and common sense and those who do recognize the need to follow the rules are doing their part to make the situation as sane as possible Thank you TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday July 29 the 211th day of 2000 There are 155 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On July 29 1958 President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act which created NASA On this date In 1588 the English soundly defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines In 1890 artist Vincent van Gogh died of a selfinflicted gunshot wound in Auvers France In 1900 Italian King Humbert I was assassinated by an anarchist he was succeeded by his son Victor Emmanuel III In 1914 transcontinental tele phone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco In 1948 Britains King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London In 1957 the International Atomic Energy Agency was established In 1967 fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin killing 134 servicemen In 1975 President Ford became the first president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland as he paid tribute to the victims In 1980 a state funeral was held in Cairo Egypt for the deposed Shah of Iran who had died two days earlier at age 60 In 1981 Britains Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St Pauls Cathedral in London Ten years ago Bruno Kreisky Austrias longestserving chancel lor and an architect of its policy of neutrality died at age 79 AkklHWPMItf LETTER TO THE EDITOR At what price the JROTC program Dear Editor As a regular attendee of the CISD board meetings and workshops I feel I need to send you my comments regarding the article you wrote regarding the JROTC program at Smithson Valley High School refer to attached files Your article states When trustees were presented a proposal for the program dis trict officials said CISD would be responsi ble for paying a portion of the two instruc tors This is not correct The board after numerous and similar questions from different board members was told my Mr Brad Williams Principal at Smithson Valley High School that all the district would need to do was pay for a salary that would be reimbursed by the military and someplace for the two instructors to use as a classroom Of course none of the board members asked if there was room to house the two instructors hence about for portable classrooms now is needed in the budget Never was there any mention made that additionally the district would need to spend another approximately for regular salaries You state that the proposed budget allows for in funding when at the July 11 board meeting after Mr Dan Krueger called attention to the line item in the proposed budget from Mr Campos the board was told by Mr Campos that the figure would be You also report that in addition to the salaries and supplies there has been travel expenses budgeted for the course Travel expenses for what For the field trips For the instruc tors You reported that Mr Williams said the district would have to buy another portable for the school anyway to keep with student But now if the JROTC program occupies two of the classrooms in the new portable we will only be able to utilize half of the portables we needed to begin with to help with the overcrowding There are teach ers at the High School now who dont have the room that they need to adequately teach the students I would believe that the space that a new portable would provide could be utilized by instructors in curriculum already in place at the school Of more concern is the practice of pre senting programs to the board for approval without presenting all the facts It seems to be a case of if they dont ask I wont Or maybe even if I might not get what I want I wont If the board made a decision about the JROTC program without knowing all the facts what recourse do they have If no recourse then what should hap pen to those individuals who knew about the added cost but did not inform the rest of the board about the fact of the salaries the dis trict will be responsible for My wife and I were in attendance the night that Mr Williams made the presentation On several occasions he was asked if the districts par ticipation was only for classroom space He continually responded that only the class room space would be needed Never did he mention a regular teaching salary for each instructor Your article also leads the reader to believe that with the new expansion at the High School the class would be housed somewhere besides the portable building now under consideration At the July 11 board meeting it was said that even with the expansion project complete there would be no room for the JROTC program except in the portable buildings No one is questioning the good that would come from such a program However when the district has already cut curriculum at Smithson Valley High School that counts toward graduation requirements and is not able to adequately provide for bilingual edu cation at the elementary schools along with a myriad of other budget shortfalls as you described in your article some patrons ques tion whether this program can be justified financially Calvin Kempin and Rose Cervin Spring Branch 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 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 tele phone number which are not for publication must be included for confirmation 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 HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email We can disagree but we must be civil about it We expect phone calls when we write editorials sharing our viewpoint on one issue or another We expect people to disagree with us and we expect to get letters and guest columns from folks pointing out why they disagree And thats just what happened this Friday when a caller who was invited to share his opinion in a letter or column said Ill just find some other way to hurt He was one of several who disagreed with our editorial November ballot offers voters no real We argued against tying together the measures relat ing to the 4A and 4B sales tax funds The folks who called Friday includ ing councilwoman Debbie Flume dis agreed with us Council voted Monday to ask voters in November if they wanted to eliminate the economic development sales tax and reallocate the money to the 4B board where it also can be used for economic MARGARET EDMONSON development as well as streets and drainage The proposition if passed also would open up the 4B funds for other uses such as affordable housing We believe that this proposition is an eitheror situation for people who might want to leave the economic development sales tax fund alone and who want to expand the 4B fund for all legal uses If council truly wanted to give voters a choice we believe the proposition should be divided into two Allow voters to decide whether they want to dismantle the economic development corporation and divert all 4A funds to the 4B board and Open up the 4B funds for all legal uses including affordable housing sports venues and others Former city councilwoman Mary Serold and current councilwoman Flume pointed out that our editorial did not make it clear that if the 4A money went to the 4B board it still could be used for economic development Point made However some residents in this com munity might want to keep the 4A fund the way it is and at the same time open up the 4B fund for all other legal uses These folks are being asked to choose between one or the other We believe there is a better way to handle the propo sitions Some people will disagree with us In fact a gentleman called and said we were not being objective and we were just out to get the two newly elected council members He did not say much about the proposition or the two new councilmembers just ihat he thought we were supposed to be objective and we were not I explained to him that on the opinion page we write editorials reflecting our opinions and we open up the page for other people to share their opinions I asked him if he would like to write a let ter or guest column No he said Ill just find some other way to hurt Three years ago we wrote an editorial against the closing of certain neighbor hood streets to accommodate tourism We said asking some New Braunfels res idents to show their drivers licenses to get to their own homes was going too far in the name of tourism The next day we had representatives from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in the publishers office claiming that we were anticham ber and antitourism They tried to change our opinion but we said we would continue to call it like we see it At least they didnt threaten us This uncivil response is establishing a dangerous pattern Mayor Stoney Williams reports decorum at council meetings has degraded in recent months particularly in the audience There are some people who yell dur ing the meeting and they make rude comments as you walk Williams said Its just gotten nastier Its like if they can shout you down then their side For us to address the real problems in this community we must be able to dis agree civilly To the gentleman who called 1 respect your right to disagree with us but for you to threaten to hurt us either as a business or individually not only immature it is unAmerican Your opin ion might be different but that doesnt make either of our views less valid Margaret Edmonson is managing edi tor of the
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