New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 30, 2000, Page 6

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

July 30, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HKRALDZKlTUNa Sunday July 30 2000 OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NlW liJMsUM I IS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zcitung was founded 1852 New Nrauntels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 ami printed in hoth German and English until ll58 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor Michael Gary News Editor EDITORIAL Conserving water crucial People living in the Central and South Texas region might not realize it but they are living in what is technically identified as a semiarid desert Semiarid means we are prone to drought conditions periodically The drought of record dates back to the 1950s That is the benchmark drought used by water management officials to determine how much water can be allotted to users in the area It is a very complicated con cept Currently water conservation is left up to the various municipalities scattered throughout Central and South Texas San Antonio has differ ent stages of conservation which surrounding communities mimic instead of devising their own plans New Braunfels has its own plan as does Seguin San Marcos Blanco Johnson City and etcetera For instance San Antonio has entered Stage II conservation measures while Johnson City merely is urging its citizens to voluntarily conserve water Water conservation plans in Texas are about as standardized as com puter systems have been during the last two decades Senate Bill 1 is a response to this semiarid regions susceptibility to drought years and limited water supplies Some people believe the Edwards Aquifer has more water in it than the Pacific Senate Bill 1 establishes 16 water planning regions statewide which must develop a water plan that addresses all the water needs in the region through 2050 It also must address large and small local water needs As this regional planning is under way we urge water authorities to develop a comprehensive water conservation plan that is applicable throughout the region one that is perhaps more stringent than cur rent water restrictions used by San Antonio or other communities The City of Garden Ridge offers tips on water conservation Train your lawn to survive on one watering per week Use a broom instead of a hose to clean up garden clippings Xeriscape your landscape with desertlike plants Consider using turf grasses such as Zoysia Bermuda and buffalo grass instead of St Augustine They require less water and will not die during a moderate drought Remember we live in a desert TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday July 30 the 212th day of 2000 There are 154 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On July 30 1975 former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit although he is pre sumed dead his remains have never been found On this date In 1729 the city of Baltimore was founded In 1792 the French national anthem La by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle was first sung in Paris In 1844 the New York Yacht Club was founded In 1864 during the Civil War Union forces tried to take Petersburg by exploding a mine under Confederate defense lines the attack failed In 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill creating a womens auxiliary agency in the Navy known as Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service WAVES for short School districts face obstacles in hiring keeping good teachers Across the nation many school districts are facing the dilemma of hiring topnotch teachers while facing a number of obstacles including a limited teaching pool shrinking budgets increasing student enrollment and a record number of teachers retiring All of these obstacles are becoming hur dles for administrators in the New Braunfels Independent School District as they search for quality teachers while looking for ways to provide a competitive salary for new edu cators as well as for our veterans We are very proud of the work and dedi cation exhibited by the more than 400 teach ers the New Braunfels ISO employs That is why members of the school board work to retain our teachers and try to provide a com petitive salary This is getting harder to do and for the 20002001 school year all dis trict employees will get only a 2 percent costofliving adjustment which does not meet the national average of about 3 per cent While the Texas Legislature sets a mini mum starting salary in 20002001 for teachers with a bachelors degree indi vidual districts can set starting salaries above the state base depending on available revenue Districts with large ness tax bases can generate more tax rev enue to offer competitive salaries In NBISD the majority of our budget is borne RON REAVES by the residential taxpayer because of our limited industrial tax base The reason is that more than 80 percent of the taxable property in the district is comprised of single and multifamily dwellings Members of the New Braunfels ISO Board of Trustees voted in June to raise the starting salary to This salary still falls short of a salary of offered to starting teachers at Randolph Independent School District offered at Northeast Independent School District given at SchertzCibolo ISO or offered in Seguin ISO Many new teachers and veteran teachers opt for positions in neighboring districts where salaries are higher and signing bonus es are becoming more available The biggest challenge our principals now face is hiring educators who will fill our vacancies and teach and inspire a new gen eration of children Research does indicate there is a shortage of qualified graduates from colleges and universities entering the teaching field Many college students are not becoming teachers because they are being attracted to fields which offer more money In Texas research predicts that more than teachers will be needed to fill positions statewide yet the state ranks 38th in the nation in terms of teacher pay Our relationship with Southwest Texas State University has been crucial in that it continues to provide a flow of highquality graduates for teaching positions in the NBISD This comes in return for our coop eration with their internship and student teaching programs We do not want to get into the situation where we are employing unlicensed untrained and unprepared teachers because qualified teachers are not available This will have a direct impact on the kind of edu cation we can provide for our children We want to ensure that NBISD students are taught by teachers who hold the certificate for the class they are teaching Our principals are taking the responsibili ty of selecting new teachers very seriously even during tough budget times We want to attract the teachers who your children will remember as the Ron Reaves is superintendent of New Braunfels Independent School 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 Younger generation wont appreciate unless we educate Going to a movie is not a regular pas time of mine I go once maybe twice a year But upon returning from vacation recently on a very hot Saturday spend ing the afternoon eating popcorn in an airconditioned theater sounded like a great way to end my two weeks off My choice was The a movie starring Mel Gibson that portrays a man and his familys horrifying yet inspiring involvement in our countrys Revolutionary War Maybe Im of the old school but I pre fer my movie heroes and heroines strong principled and clothed This movie met those criteria The movie has received mixed reviews Some have criticized the depic tion of the British as too brutal and evil and that the movie had too much vio lence First the British were notsaints This DOUG TONEY was a violent era and a horribly violent war as all are And us for the reasons to revolt some were ideal some were practical and some were for profit Those issues were raised sometimes subtly and sometimes oveidramatically Yet the movie if one allowed his or herself the opportunity provided a reminder of how much we owe our ancestors for their courage to wage war over principle The loss of friends family and property to secure liberty and self government should place a responsibility on each of us to protect the rights for all Americans Yet early on in the movie an over heard comment from a teenager gave me pause The high schoolaged girl was heard asking after watching scenes that included both British redcoats and the tatteredblue uniforms of the Continental Army Which side are we for Throughout the rest of the movie I wondered how many other people in the theater especially the younger ones lacked the historical knowledge to appreciate the causes behind the con flict If they did not understand the Revolutionary War they surely did not understand the nature of the underlying tension between a French officer assigned to the Continental Army and the Gibson character Benjamin Martin who had been a hero of the French and Indian War Maybe to many in the the ater this was some madeup plot and this was just another shootem up car nage movie Without a historical perspective this movie was nothing more than entertain ment another macho violent thriller that had no moral meaning no lesson to be learned for the uninformed Gibsons character seemed to be loosely based on Francis Marion the legendary Swamp Fox whose hero sta tus was enhanced and popularized by the Disney television folks back in the 1950s or 1960s Yet one cannot credit a television series with my generations education For those that had televisions in the 1950s you were considered fortunate if you got all three channels that were available at the time Now there is the History channel public television and a myriad of other outlets for education including the Internet There are more ways than ever to educate yet many of these youngsters seem to know less Recently according to an acquain tance Jay Leno asked a young person during his show who the leader of the United States was during World War II The young lady replied with a ques tion Was it George Washington Why Is it the culture The education al system Parents What is the cause of this failure to educate and appreciate If you have a child at home ask them about the American Revolution Find out for yourself See if you think they know as much as you did at the same age I hope you are pleasantly surprised Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the ;

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