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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas 6A HERALDZEITUNG Saturday August OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NKW HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zcitung was founded 1852 New Braunfcls 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 I would like to give praise and honor to God There are still honest people in life 1 want to tell the person who was so kind as to drop off at the post office a box of new checks I lost recently Thank you from the bottom of my heart A friend prayed that all lost things will be revealed and praise be to God they were Thanks again Ellen Helton Every dollar the local businesses individuals United Way or Comal County donates to the Canyon Lake Action Center goes out to the Canyon Lake community in the form of services and assistance Not for administration or general operating expenses That is why your donation and support to the Canyon Lake Action Center is vital to the folks in our fine community Because of your generosity in giving to the Canyon Lake Action Center School Supply Program many local school children started the new year with the supplies they needed Thank you for your school supply donations and support Thank you for caring Thanks to the following for school supply donations Anonymous you know who you are Charles Bloom Helmer Hageman Margaret and Charles Snow VFW Post 8800 Cecilia Ina Arthur and Mary Authiei Gene and Frankie Cumin ings Robert and Elizabeth Parnell Fred Wilson III William Phillips Janeta Cox Executive Director Canyon Lake Action Center TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday Aug 26 the 239th day of 2000 There are 127 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug 26 1920 the 19th to the Constitution guaranteeing Amer ican women the right to vote was declared in effect On this date In 55 Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain In 1847 Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic In 1883 the island volcano began erupting with increasingly large explosions In 1957 the Soviet Union announced it had successfully test ed an intercontinental ballistic mis sile In 1961 the official International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City In 1972 the summer Olympic games opened in Munich West Germany In 1974 Charles Lindbergh the first man to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic died at his home in Hawaii at age 72 In 1978 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th pope of the Roman Catholic Church following the death of Paul VI The new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I In 1985 13yearold AIDS patient Ryan White began attend ing classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo via a tele phone hookup at his home school officials had barred Ryan from attending classes in person Ten years ago Fiftyfive Americans who had been evacuat ed from the Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car head ed for the Turkish border The bod ies of two slain college students were found in their offcampus apartment in Gainesville three more bodies were discovered in the days that followed setting ofta wave of panic LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Love the rivers dont ban alcohol Dear Editor I am responding to all this talk about ban ning alcohol on the rivers It makes me sick to think that people from all over move to our beautiful HI town and then once they get here they want to change it I love my rivers Ive lived here all my life I have heard the profanity and seen the litter youre talking about on the rivers but Ive also heard and seen the profanity and litter in the WalMart parking lot Its everywhere I think as adults and especially as locals that we should make better choices If youre wanting to go on a nice quiet relaxing float its not a good idea to go on the busiest day of the year Memorial or Fourth of July Its just common sense I was on River Road during the Fourth of July weekend and overheard a couple com plain to the campground owner that people were popping fireworks and it was too loud Give me a break It was Fourth of July Can you imagine fireworks on the Fourth of July People will complain about anything I would like to know that when Debbie Flume and Robert Kendrick floated the river on the Fourth of July if they spoke their mind to the people they saw littering and flashing or if they just took pictures Speak or forever hold your peace When I float down the river as Im casual ly having a beer with my children 1 take a net trash bag throw my beer and my kids soda cans in the bag or an ice chest My children love the rivers 1 want them to grow up with the freedom on the rivers learning and experiencing life on the rivers as I did growing up here If ever my children sisters or myself see anyone littering we ask them if they would like to put their trash in our bags or ask them to please not litter our rivers I speak my mind Most of the time people respond in a positive way They realize there is someone who cares I love our rivers I also like to have a beer occasionally and I will protect my rivers in my own way by speaking up 1 do think that all the outfitters need to make sure they have plenty of net bags to hand out to every person who rents a tube on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers More police on the rivers definitely would help control the behavior If the city council members are considering a ban of alcohol on the rivers I suggest you consider a ban of beer at Wurstfest After all Ive seen underage drinkers people smoking drugs down by the river couples doing what ever they were doing behind Wurst hall not to mention the way people throw their sausage tissue paper or cups on the ground What a mess Catherine Phillips New Braunfels Replace beer coolers with managed concessions Dear Editor Wake up city council We dont have any choices left You have let the slime of the world take over our rivers to the point that we no longer can have our children and grandchildren enjoy our most beautiful nat ural resource It is time to stop the drunken lewd behavior infesting our city and vote for families and children A vote to remove liquor on the river is a vote to return families to the New Braunfels rivers on weekends Hooray for Councilman Kendrick Thank you sir Our mayor must not be concerned for our children and the future of our rivers Lets all watch the rest of our councilmen as they vote on this issue Ban the ice chests full of beer in favor of managed beer conces sions on each river Alcohol consumption has to be controlled just as speed limits control vehicles on our highways The rest of Texas is watching too Don Carter New Braunfels We want quality wellbehaved tourists Dear Editor 1 am writing in support of banning beer on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers Please understand that none of us want to ban beer drinking In fact we support managed beer concessions at the park and along the rivers We just must bring families back to New Braunfels and curb the reputation our city is currently building as a place to party and get I truly hope that our citizens see the steady decline of the tourists Families have the money families stay for several days and families will behave and safeguard our rivers However they will not share the river with the rough drunken tubers instead they will avoid New Braunfels as long as the wild bunch is allowed to infest our town The cur rent sixhour tourists have no respect for our beautiful rivers the residents or personal property If you think that banning beer will eliminate tourists then you dont truly realize what a wonderful gift this city has in its rivers and how truly special they are People will always come to New Braunfels we just want a wellbehaved quality visitor Please help us bring respect back to New Braunfels Please safeguard our rivers Please have the courage to make a real difference in New Braunfels Encourage your council members to vote to ban beer on the rivers Donna Welch New Braunfels Alcohol ban will cost NB dearly Dear Editor Bite the hand that feeds you I have been keeping up on the news on New Braunfels since I left a few years ago After spending six years there I still consider the town one of my favorite places in Texas 1 have noticed a lot of talk about banning alco hol on the rivers again Those that support this do have valid points all of them However banning alcohol also could have a very dangerous effect on your economy You run the big risk of losing money if this ban is issued Most people including those in fami lies you are targeting in marketing come to the rivers to be able to drink while vacation ing and tubing Putting the ban on would deter many of those families and vacationers I personnally operated a facility on the Comal River for those six years while I lived there While there we had a system of enforcement of rules involving alcohol and behavior and it worked We were able to accommodate peo ple who wanted to drink and those that did not We were able to enforce the rules and the activities that promoted lewd behavior Now when I go back none of those policies and procedures are being enforced at all I believe that much of the problem is enforcement These tourists bring in so much money why cant city and county officials just use more for enforcement You will lose way more than that if you put the ban on Even though it will cost more to put them on the rivers constantly it will not outweigh the amount of money you will lose in tourists coming to New Braunfels and the loss of tax dollars in the sale of alcohol within the county These are the same tax dollars that have allowed the city to flourish as a nice community to live in When you put the ban in effect it will send a wrong message to many tourists because you will have to give a lot of tickets and put many in jail In addition it might take years to recover from the lost revenue and reputation I know it is a tough decision to make but remember when you make a decision like this one it will have other effects than what you expected or intended Tim Dean Cedar Park Formerly of New Braunfels The tribe has spoken TVs Survivor easier than real life CBSs Survivor series wrapped up its first 13week run Wednesday night in grand fashion The Final Four were whittled down to one and if I have my castaways correct the naked fat man won Probably many people like myself watched only the last show just because of all the hype and intrigue played up by CBS and the media Some folks fol lowed the show from start to finish And still others rejected the whole notion of getting involved such as staff writer Ron Maloney who upon hearing the basic concept for the show threat ened to smash his TV into bits Thirteen weeks on a deserted island having to fend for yourself in the wilds making provisions for your own food and water having to make it by your own wits and physical Weak Really weak Susan one of the final four works as MARGARET EDMONSON a truck driver in Chicago and said Survivor was easy compared to what she went through every day If someone wants to play a true Survivor game give real life a try Lets play Survivor The Home Whoever does not pick up their shoes from the living room floor gets voted out of the house Cleaning the bathroom would give new meaning to the words immunity If you survive you dont have to wear some coconut necklace Heck you get the TV and couch How about Survivor On the Road Cut somebody off on Interstate 35 and risk being voted off the highway at the next commuter parking lot meeting The tribe has spoken Expect challenges in school zones and road construction areas Those who succeed can get to work on time with a shot at a halfway decent day I see a lot of demand for Survivor At Now we finally can vote out the person who bathed in her perfume before coming to the office not to mention the person who steals pens And rats and bugs seem rather innocu ous compared to whats growing in the break room refrigerator not to mention that unidentified substance in your cof fee cup We all know about the They arc called office poli although most of us know better than to align ourselves with a naked fat guy Talk about your social issues Of course we cant forget the family version Survivor Family The immunity challenges are numer ous Immunity is bestowed upon the person who visits with the obnoxious uncle the longest Or the person who brings the pecan pie automatically is immune from being voted out of the party The loudmouth knowitall sis terinlaw who is always sicker and in more pain than anyone to hear her tell it would get my vote for the first to leave In my family at least diet will be no problem The efficient way my brother inlaw cleans a piece of poultry is an example for any survivalist 1 dont think he leaves any marrow in the bones Heres an idea for the rowdies on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers Play Survivor On The Those who litter curse and otherwise behave in lewd crude and disgusting manners get voted off the river one by one And we dont have to invite them back for a reunion show unless Bryant Gumbel wants to interview them down at Comal County Jail or in front of a judge Just a few more worth considering Survivor The Dating Game for sin gles only Survivor On Vacation automatic immunity to whomever carries the Survivor The Teen Version acne hormones and and Survivor The Parent Trap the kids tribe and the parents tribe it could break new ground in family communication I know I straightened up whenever threats were made about my being asked to Survivor on a deserted island Puh lease Real life is hard enough The tribe has spoken Margaret Edmonson is managing editor of the