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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A Saturday June 2003 FORUM Contact Managing editor Gary Maitlahd 6259144 ext 220 NEW BUAUNFKLS 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 Gary E Maitland Managing Editor Other views The Galveston County Daily News on ethics reform The Texas Municipal League is urging Gov Rick Perry to veto the Ethics Reform Bill The fact that the Texas Municipal League is urging a veto of the bill is a pretty good reason to sign it Cities across the state make contributions to the league which in turn lobbies the Legislature Those contributions dont come out of the pockets of city officials they are taxpayers dollars The problem occurs when the league uses taxpay ers money to lobby for laws that make it harder for those same taxpayers to find out what their govern ments are doing In this case the league is trying to kill a bill that got through both houses of the Legislature that would make it easier for taxpayers to find out what their governments are doing The bill if it becomes law would allow taxpayers in larger cities to see financial disclosure records of their city council members city managers and attorneys That would help the public form opinions as to whether deals involving public funds are in the best interest of the public or just in the best interests of public officials whove made some shrewd invest ments along the way The only problem with the provision is that it applies only to cities with popu lations of at least The leagues lobbyists argued that filing financial forms would prevent good people from running for office That argument wasnt persua isive to legislators all of whom have to file financial forms Anyone who is that squeamish about the publics questions shouldnt be in public office Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday June 14 the 165th day of 2003 There are 200 days left in the year This is Flag Day Todays history highlight On June 14 1777 the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag On this date In 1775 the United States Army was founded In 1846 a group of settlers in Sonoma proclaim ed the Republic of California In 1928 the Republican National Convention nomi nated Herbert Hoover for president on the first ballot In 1940 in Germanoccu pied Poland the Nazis HELICOPTER ATTACKS UUWWVI Policy The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 words or fewer and the Herald Zeitung reserves the right to edit alfsubmissions Guest columns should be less than 600 words An address and telephone which are not for publication must be included so authorship can be confirmed No letter will be published until it has been verified Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz In 1943 the Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States if doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs In 1954 President Eisen hower signed an order ad ding the words under God to the Pledge of Allegiance In 1982 Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands In 1985 the 17day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair of Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens Greece Letters To The Editor Thanks for truthful look at behavior on the river Im writing this letter to thank you for publishing the picture of a guy drinking out of the beer bong When I saw this picture I was in shock because I never believed that the paper would show something like this Many people in this community would like to believe that New Braun fels is this when its not Dont get me wrong I enjoy living here but T dont believe the igno rance that some people have getting mad at you for snowing us what we should already know that New Braun fels isnt perfect We have crimes we have numerous people who do drugs and smoke mari juana believe it or not just like any other city There are many good things in New Braunfels but there are bad things here also So I thank you for making clear to people that this town isnt some per fect place whether these were your intentions or not I would also like to thank the cham ber of commerce for looking out for the good of this city You all are always looking into the future of New Braun fels like the CTTC I know there are many people in this community that WriteEm President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 are against the chamber and who make accusations against the cham ber but keep doing what you all are doing One more thanks to the people in District 3 for not reelecting Debbie Flume who has been in many argu ments in the city council and has brought unnecessary problems to New Braunfels Chris Monceballez 16 years old New Braunfels Is river enforcement costs worth the benefits we get A few weeks ago Mr Doug Toney ran a front page picture of some of our invited guests on the river It has stirred quite a controversy The simple fact is the picture accurately depicts the typical beerbonging trespassing litterbug that we actively encourage to come and trash our city Many of our citizens including our city council members refuse to allow their families to participate in river activities due to this type of invited Recently one of our more sen sitive county commissioners was quot ed as saying Bring your beer and your boom box and have a good time an invitation to debauchery Instead of raising our standards New Braunfels simply increases our police presence with exceptionally high costs reaction instead of solu tion With the current budget crunch you might want to ask yourself How much sales tax money is taken in from these river rowdies who typically import their beer versus how much money does New Braunfels have to generate through property tax increases on its citizens to pay for the additional police and EMS required to insure the safety of this invited population 7 Robert Kendrick New Braunfels Amidst the doom gloom are some pretty blooms We read so much about doom and gloom in New Braunfels all summer many tourists too much mess etc I just want to take this opportuni ty to say how great and wonderful our Plaza flowerbeds look now They never looked better Thanks a million to Pete Aristegui eta and his crew at All Seasons Lawn and Landscape for keeping New Braunfels beautiful If you havent been downtown lately drive by and let him know how much we appreciate his efforts Mary Ann Seidei New Braunfels Tel 2022242934 Fax 2022282856 Austin office Jennifer Lustina state director Beth Cubriel field director 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office 512 4696034 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza regional director 600 Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office Congressman Lamar Smith Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box12428 Austin 78711 800 8435789 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel 254 E Mill Street New Braunfels 78130 830 6278820 Fax 830 6278895 How to contact in Austin Box2910 Austin 787682190 512 4630325 email address carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 How to contact in Austin Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us Dance lesson thrilled children but not VBS counselor Each summer we like to fill our childrens lives with positive activities such as going to the library going to the pool with their friends and our personal favorite attend ing vacation Bible school This is a wonder ful way for them to learn about Jesus share the Gospel with their friends and of course it gives them a reason to get out of bed before noon Last year Robert and Joey were old enough to be assistant counselors and their pri mary duty was to help the VBS coordina tor Biff a very committed Christian in his mid30s As a special education teacher Biff is used to dealing with special needs children but unfortunately this has handi capped him in dealing with adults He talks very simply and slowly in one and two syllable words and can often be heard saying Can you say this or Can you say that Biff also suffers from the delusion that we still live in the 1960s and his thinning blonde hair hangs limply down his back His favorite witnessing technique is to shave his goatee is the shape of a cross This affectation makes people look twice at Biff in bewilderment but he seems to enjoy the attention One of the activities at vacation Bible school was playing flag football and Joey and Robert divided children in two groups THROUGH THICK THIN ROSEMARY AND GUY SCOTT Since they are both fine football players at Clemens High School they each played on one of the teams to keep the skill level bal anced more evenly As the game commenced Biff came over to the field and joined up with Joeys team insisting on being the quarterback Always a good sport Joey acquiesced to Biffs demands but it really bothered him that Biff was so intent on winning He bitterly complained at the dinner table Why did Biff have to compete so strongly with a bunch of elementary school kids Its like he had to Robert piped up Yeah he knocked down Conor and ran the ball down the field himself instead of passing it off Then he acted really excited when he scored the touchdowns Some of the kids on my team almost Guy observed Biff seems like a nice guy he must really not like Joey stuck up for his best friend and said defensively Well Conor did call him the Mullet but thats no reason for knocking him The next day the children were learning American sign language to a song Joey was in school choir for a number of years and knew several songs in sign language so he volunteered his services telling Biff that he was familiar with Jesus Loves Confident that he was leaving the chil dren in capable hands Biff left Joey in charge the children and left the room During Biffs absence Joey played the music and then proceeded to show the chil dren how to do the Macarena Jesus Loves arms extended out This I know hands on For the Bible hands on hips Tells me wiggles hips and jumps The kids were having a blast until the end of the session when Biff showed up to check on their progress My husband received an unexpected visi tor that very afternoon when our nice min ister showed up at the door They had a talk about juvenile delinquency and the importance of Joey being a positive role model for younger children Guy agreed and assured Pastor Larry that Joey would on his best behavior from that point for ward Unfortunately the same could not be said about Biff He took out his frustration on Joey and Conor for the rest of the week He set aside an hour in a private office to lecture them on their serious offenses and the eternal consequences of made them apologize to the children for not being a good example He had them do all the preparatory work for the kids activi ties and made them clean up each day before they went home At the end of the week after properly performing the song Jesus Loves Biff personally showed the boys a lesson in trust as they were doing Lean on a game where one person falls back into the waiting arms of another to foster a feeling of trust when there was a loud thud as he let Joey hit the floor We told Joey not to worry about it as he was not hurt We know Biff will learn What goes around comes point ing out that Jesus would just turn the other cheek This year though instead of attending vacation Bible school we have decided to send the children to Christian camp instead Rosemary and Guy Scott ofSchertz have written for many magazines and newspa pers across the country They have four kids two dogs one bird a frog and some fish without   

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