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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG Saturday October OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NEW HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung 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 Cary News Editor KUDOS It is so nice to be able to say that once again the Friends of the Library had a very good sale and say thank you to the citizens of New Braunfels for their support in both donating to the sale and then coming to buy books at the sale The books you donate go either to the library collection our book store or the annual sale We welcome your magazines videos tapes and CDs also All funds raised benefit the New Braunfels Public Library We sponsor the monthly book reviews cooperate with the League of Women Voters and McKenna Memorial Hospital to provide the book Goodnight Moon to all babies born at the hospital buy books that the library can provide on a rotating basis to Head Start campuses help with landscaping at the library and will add to the book and video and audio collections in the future We are pleased to be able to help where extra is needed The extras that we are able to provide at the library come from the dedicated work of the volunteers who spend long hours sort ing books work in the Friends Bookstore give Sue Ragusa and her crew lots of credit for the and then spend more hours at the book sale We even end up buying lots of books our selves and the next year we donate them back and do it again My heartfelt thanks to all the friends who make this possible each year The Friends could not undertake this each year without the support of many in the community We say thank you to Mr Lee Stang of AAA MiniStorage Lester Stockhorst of Printit Carol Gephardt of Prime Source Books Nevitt Moving and Storage Benny Ruiz of Handy Andy for saving those boxes for us Ken Lowery for loaning us his antique car for the Fair Parade Judd Rogers of Sign Connection for donating signs for the side of the car the Senior Citizen center for their donations for the library staff who cooperate with us and a special thank you to the radio stations KGNB and KNBT and HeraldZeitung for their sup port and help Thanks Jo Lee It has been my pleasure for the past four years to have been very closely associated with this book sale and to the Friends and the citizens of New Braunfels I can only say thank you thank you You have been great and it has been a wonderful experience Margaret Brazle President Friends of the Library TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday Oct 14 the 288th day of 2000 There are 78 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct 14 1960 the idea of a Peace Corps was first suggested by Democratic presidential candidate John F Kennedy to an audience of students at the University of Michigan On this date In 1066 Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings In 1890 Dwight D Eisenhower 34th president of the United States was born in Denison Texas In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt campaigning for the presidency was shot in the chest in Milwaukee Despite the wound he went ahead with a scheduled speech In 1933 Nazi Germany announced it was withdrawing from the League of Nations In 1944 German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution for allegedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler In 1947 Air Force test pilot Charles E Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell Xl rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base ui California In 1964 civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize tartuflecioje i LETTERS To THE EDITOR Mayor betrayed publics trust Dear Editor Betrayal of Trust One has to have staying power to keep up with what is really happening at city coun cil In the Oct 9 meeting the nexttolast item on the agenda was Discuss and Consider Establishing Criteria for Impervious Cover for This concerns developing criteria for ensuring that the amount of impervious cover in a lot or development does not contribute excessively to the of water and permits adequate percolation for ground recharge It was put on the agenda by District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick The many developers and builders who remained to the late hour did so for a good reason It seems they all had or had seen copies of a draft of a possible ordinance on this issue which was being developed by Councilman Kendrick and City Attorney Floyd Akers It seems Mayor Stoney Williams obtained a copy from the City Attorney and faxed it to Stephen Schultz of the Schultz Group who in turn disseminat ed it to developers Other council members were upset that they were not even aware of this proposed ordinance But it appears that the Old Boy network was well informed Mayor Williams reaction to this was to make light of his betrayal of the trust of council and the people which prompted me to depart the meeting in disgust Almost as disquieting but not surprising to me anymore is the lack of reporting of this serious issue by the media I recom mend interested citizens view the retelecast of the end of the council meeting PaulJ Martinka New Braunfels Ask legislators what they have done for nation Dear Editor We know that our Republican Congressman Lamar Smith will be back in District 21 running for reelection Now is a good time to ask all our repre sentatives how they voted on the Pork Barrel Great that removed billion dollars from the VA WRITE EM Medical Care Program How did he vote on the bill to balance the budget by reducing the funding for Medicare and Medicaid This partisan vote took billions of dollars from our elderly and disabled citizens I am dismayed to learn that our elected officials have passed cost of living increases for a on each of three occasions while voting down an increase in minimum wages for the working poor three times these actions are without shame Now is the time to return what programs our legislator supported to improve the con ditions of this nations veterans Hispanics blacks and the working poor Perhaps it is time to remove some of these politicians from office and replace them with individuals who are truly dedicated to the peoples needs This is a good time to remind ourselves of the observation of Teddy Roosevelt The This will not be a good nation until it is a good nation for Also remember the GOP dictum Never forgive and never Tom OBrien New Braunfels CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio TX 78209 8215024 Giro D Rodriguez k DSan Antonio Room 323 Cannon House Office Building Washington 20515 1313 Military Suite 115 San Antonio TX 78214 GOVERNOR George W Bush State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 800 8435789 STATE SENATOR Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box627 Laredo TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Road San Antonio TX 78233 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 No bones about it Mascot made difference during flood Our newsroom has a mascot Some of my own employees do not know this Only recently did I share the story of our mascot with a photographer who happens to share the darkroom with it The mascot is The Skeleton a Halloween decoration hanging on the closet door in the darkroom It is more than just another piece of paper that no one had time to take down from a wall or remove from a desk For me it is a reminder of the 1998 flood The Skeleton joined the Herald Zeitung newsroom a month before the flood It arrived as part of a feeble attempt almost a joke to decorate the newsroom We made so many jokes about the flimsy paper cutout that it seemed only natural for thensports edi MARGARET EDMONSON tor Tom Erickson to grab it when evacu ating the building on Oct When we gathered at publisher Doug Toneys home we rejoiced the survival of The Skeleton It surely would have been lost when six feet of water swept our offices but 16 it survived Looking back I think that it helped us believe we would survive too The Skeleton stayed with us through those two Very long days working at the publishers house and went with us as we moved to the Seguin GazetteEnterprise Im sure our fellow journalists in Seguin wondered about us as we unfolded The Skeleton froni our box which basically held our newsroom Here we were four computers to our name and no home and here was this silly decoration I did not think much about it We taped The Skeleton to the card table on which we worked and we took The Skeleton with us a week later when we moved into our temporary digs on Business 35 Its photograph even was published in the Austin AmericanStatesman when the paper did a story about our flood experi ence When Christmas came we decorated our tabletop tree and slapped a Santa hat on The Skeleton Six months after the flood The Skeleton and we packed up our new computers and moved into our new desks in the refurbished Landa Street building Since then the newsroom has changed I alone carry the story of The Skeleton I try to share the story but I dont think anyone who did not go through the flood really understands my attachment to this Halloween decoration I did not lose my home in the flood and many people in this town lost every thing What happened two years ago was a tragedy and I hope I never have to go through something like that again But I have The Skeleton to remind me that we survived no matter how difficult the work was or how tired we were or how angry we felt We rebuilt our news room and our newspaper I hope other people who went through the flood have something to remind them about their struggle and their survival Im sure those reminders carry painful memories for many people I hope they can look past the bad stuff and remember the good parts the volunteers who offered their assistance the way neighbors helped each other physically and emotionally the way this community worked together to survive On Tuesday the twoyear anniversary of the flood Ill move The Skeleton to my office It might look silly to some people But I know what it means to me and the folks who worked here during the flood Margaret Edmonson is the managing editor of the
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