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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, March 5, 2011  FORUM  Herald-Zeitung  Vrvrnjj New ft mutt lei* and Carnal ( aunty time ISS2  New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852,  New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two  papers merged in 1957 and printed m both German  and English until 1958  Editor and Publisher Managing Editor Circulation Director Business Manager  Doug Toney Autumn Phillips Jeff Fowler Rosie Willingham  A  United States Government  City’s parking proposal for downtown full of flaws  1 am a member of the last generation of American women who put on hats, gloves, stockings and high heels (to say nothing of gaiter belts and girdles) and took the bus downtown to shop.  I first visited a shopping miill in 1958 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The concept was new at the time and was only made possible by the postwar economic miracle that allowed middle-class wage earners to become two-car families.  As with all social evolutions, there were winners and losers; downtowns were the big losers. Retail operations could buy suburban land, put up cheap buildings, offer free parking and lure customers with lower prices because their costs were lower....  The city was widely criticized for not building a parking garage when the Convention Center was remodeled a few years ago. The criticism looked very apt this weekend, when the Jewelry and Gift Show had most nearby parking spaces filled. The new downtown parking plan shown on the front page of this past Friday's paper may be an attempt to rectify that mistake.  Ix>ng exposure to political maneuvering also leads me to consider that the plan may be a canard, a plan thrown to the public to show that government is trying to be helpful, and we the ungrateful recipients of this bounty, are unappreciative; therefore, no further effort need be made.  The plan is not well done and is very premature. It was drawn up without input from the most affected owners, and although it was shown to us, none of us endorsed the plan. It is  Letters to the Editor  badly flawed.  In the case of Henne I lard ware, our Mill Street driveway would be Mocked so that we could no longer receive the weekly merchandise deliveries on which we rely (creating one new parking space!), we would lose the patio area from which we sell garden and outdoor prtxlucts, and we would lose the oil house where we thread piping, cut glass and air tubes. Since there is currently about as much parking as needed for shoppers on our block on our side of San Antonio Street, we wonder if these new spaces will be used for employees of nearby businesses or whether they would be subject to the two-hour parking we continue to advocate....  The map shown in your paper is not to scale in some areas, making it difficult to document flaws, but I will note that all Dumpsters have been removed, perhaps because garbage trucks also rely on our driveway. Some existing landscaping will be tom out, but more will be added, although not where the parking spaces are located. (If I may digress here, the ordinance I would most like the city to enact would be a requirement that landscaping be required wherever 10 or more parking spaces are created.)  I hope your publication of the city’s plan does not constitute an endorsement and that you will report the shortcomings of the plan in detail.  Joy E. Martinka New Braunfels  Why believe man about Auschwitz without proof?  Your opinion piece in the Sunday, Feb. 27, Herald-Zeitung has come to my attention. I find it sad that a news  paper with a Germanish tradition and past should become so anti-German that it cannot allow sincere sorrow to be expressed for the horrific suffering of thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians torched alive on the terrible night and following day that is called simply "Dresden."  l*eople of German heritage, such as Mr. Odorfer and others that I’m sure have written to you, including myself, have deep feeling for the cruelty inflicted on the German civilian population (women, children, and babies, too) during the war and for several years after. Many millions of Germans died at the hands of the Allies.  But you put more credence in someone calling himself "skatzSl"... a Jew who says no matter what terrible crimes were committed by the Allies, "The War is over." In other words, shut up about it.  But he himself is still talking and "wringing his hands" about his "family who was marched off to the gas chambers and ovens of Auschwitz.” I would like to stand face to face with Mr. Katz so 1 could tell him that 1 don't believe a word he says; I know he is a liar. 1 would ask him to present some proof his own family was put in gas chambers and ovens at Auschwitz. He will not be able to do it. He is a liar. But you, Mr. Toney, will accept him at his word, without demanding any proof. Why is that?  One answer to that question comes in hearing the words of your own father.  If you think there were any heroes among the Allies in World War II, you're in deep denial, and you have realized nothing. You are only self-righteous, like S Katz.  Carolyn Kahant Ingram  Today in History  Today is Saturday, March 5,2011,  On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.  In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.  In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.  In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis joined with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.  In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power.  In 1959, a fire at the Negro Boys Industrial School in Wrightsville, Ark., claimed the lives of 21 teenagers trapped inside a locked dormitory room.  In 1960, Cuban newspaper photographer Alberto Korda took the now-famous picture of guerrilla leader Che Guevara during a memorial service in Havana for victims of a ship explosion. Elvis Presley was discharged from the U.S. Army.  In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, "Cowboy" Copas and "Hawkshaw" Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., that also claimed the life of pilot Randy Hughes (Cline's manager).  In 1970, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.  In 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 space probe flew past jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons.  In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.  Ten years ago; Two students at Santana High School in Santee, Calif., were shot to death, 13 other people were wounded.  LETTERS POLICY  ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the  right to edit all submissions.  ■ Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo.  ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed.  Mail letters to:  Letters to Editor c/o Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328  Fax them to:  (830) 606-3413  e-mail to:  news@herald-  zeitung.com  NY charter high school: New direction for pregnant teens  "What can you do to stem the tide of teen pregnancy?" Jacquelyn Wide-man asks from New York City, where the rate is at least 12 percent higher than the national average.  "Get them engaged," she says, answering her own question.  To do this, she proposes New Directions, a proposed charter school for Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The idea behind it is to get teenage mothers and fathers dealing with their new responsibilities in "a motivational, supportive environment,"  Wideman, a nonprofit consultant on the planning team, explains. "The proposed charter high school seeks to give them the environment, the area, the access to continue their education."  New Directions is the dream of a group of New Yorkers, many of whom are associated with the Faith Assemblies of God Church in Brooklyn. According to the school’s working mission: it would "provide an environment that is non-judgmental, encourages academic growth and excellence, develops self-confidence and worth and promotes critical thinking skills that will open the door for positive life choices."  How exactly does a school that serves teen parents "stem the tide of  KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ  Kathryn Jean Ixjpez is the editor of National Review Online and writes for National Review, the print magazine founded by William F Buc kley, Jr.  teen pregnancy"? For one, it's not accommodating the teenagers. It's challenging and equipping them to meet the difficulties of their new life as parents. "They see this is very hard. That may prevent them from a repeat pregnancy," Wideman explains. ITie engagement strategy is quite practical: "Keep them busy, so they're not motivated to have a second child."  The school's curriculum would avoid busy work. Wideman stresses excellence, with stringent class requirements and a focus on the graduation rate. Helping at-risk students end up college-bound is not an easy task, but with online schools and other options, New Directions would help these too-young parents map out their options. Wideman tells me that her organization wants "to get students educated, to assist them to in completing their educations, providing employment opportunities, and helping them succeed."  In 2007, the last four public high schools for pregnant teenagers closed in New York City. Wideman believes the reasons they failed were a lack of vigilance in covering core subject areas, failure to prepare students for key state exams, and lack of follow-through when a student didn't show up. Attendance was low. The New  Directions planning team wants to make sure that theirs is one place that reaches out and holds enrolled students accountable.  But by pushing teen parents to see opportunities that could be theirs, the New Directions strategy is to not pretend that life has not changed. Further: "We want to discourage them to get pregnant again," Wideman tells me. While creating a "non-judgmental" environment, New Directions would seek to put these kids on a truly new direction: away from more pregnancies before they're ready, and away from dependency. Toward even the possibility of, perhaps, something more than a "minimum-wage-paying job," through a lot of work in this new reality — providing for the family they've created.  A critic of the idea told the New York Post, "I don't think that we should be creating schools that segregate young women or men based on their parenting status." But it’s precisely when we treat teen pregnancy as just another lifestyle choice that we’ve surrendered. And, frankly, there's a little healthy stigma that comes from separation — not to make a new parent feel bad when already they’re overwhelmed, but to enforce the idea, to new parents and their teenage colleagues, that family is serious business. Pregnancy does change things: her life became a lot more work: he sure had to grow up fast.  TTiis is all certainly a matter for con-tinuing discussion and study (and New Directions is nowhere near a  reality yet; its proposal is being tweaked and resubmitted next January; a similar successful model exists in Detroit): How to make sure too-young parents have the support they need when they find themselves in a difficult situation, without encouraging the behavior that got them into the situation in the first place? In New York, a city with a shockingly high 41 -percent abortion rate — higher in Brooklyn and higher among black and Hispanics — it is crucial for young women and girls to know that if they wind up pregnant, they don't have to end their child's life. There is adoption, and there is help. Numerous religious and social organizations, such as Good Counsel Homes and Sisters for Life, offer needed services to struggling young parents.  But a conversation about kids who are having or have had kids cannot be had without talking about abstinence. Successful abstinence education is really character education, and involves making one's life about more than attracting the attention of the opposite sex. It's about giving students more to aim for than what they may see around them; it's knowing that life and love can and should be about mutual and self-respect, dignity and responsibility.  It's about making sure they know that teen pregnancy is not a ticket to a lifelong ride on government assistance.  That lies at the heart of the goal of New Directions. And it's not a bad direction at all.  PRESIDENT  ■ Barack Obama  1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500    ,  SENATE  ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison  Russell Senate Office Building Room 284  Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224 0776 Web:  http://hutchison.senate.gov/  (Send e-mails through Web site.)  SAN ANTONIO OFFICE:  145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349 6753  ■ John Cornyn  Russell Senate Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web:  http://cornyn.senate.gov/  (Send e-mails through Web site.)  AUSTIN OFFICE:  221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701  Telephone: (512)469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020  SAN ANTONIO OFFICE:  600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569  CONGRESSMAN  ■ Lamar Smith  Rayburn House Office  Building  Room 2409  Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address:   http://lamarsmith.house.gov/  (Send e-mails through Web site.)  SAN ANTONIO OFFICE:  1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax:(210) 821-5947  ■ Henry Cuellar  1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address:  http://www.house.gov/cuellar   SAN ANTONIO OFFICE:  615 E. Houston St.  San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671  GOVERNOR  HOW TO CONTACT  Texas  Government  iiiitif limiti  ■ Rick Perry  State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711  Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849  STATE HOUSE  ■ Doug Miller  EXT E1.216 P.O. Box 2910 Austin TX 78768-2910 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512)463-5896  STATE SENATE  ■ Jeff Wentworth  1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800  WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address:   jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us   NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL  424 S. Castell Ave.  RO. Box 311747,  New Braunfels, TX 78131-1747  (830) 221-4000  ■ Mayor Bruce Boyer bboyer@ nbtexas.org Telephone: Extension 4507  ■ Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata rzapata @ nbtexas.org Telephone: Extension 4501  ■ Dist. 2 Councilor Mark Goodner  mgoodner@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4502  ■ Dist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra mybarra @ nbtexas.org Telephone: Extension 4503  ■ Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte  snolte@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4504  ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Kathleen Krueger  kkrueger@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4505  ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges  sdigges@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4506  Comal County  Commissioners' Court  199 Main Plaza  New Braunfels,Tx 78130  (830) 221-1100  ■ COUNTY JUDGE SHERMAN KRAUSE   krause@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1105  ■ PCT. 1 COMMISSIONER DONNA ECCLES0N  cctdme@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1101  ■ PCT. 2 COMMISSIONER SCOn HAAG   haagsc@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1102  ■ PCT. 3 COMMISSIONER GREG PARKER  cctgep@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1103  ■ PCT. 4 COMMISSIONER JAN KENNADY  cctjk@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1104   

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