New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 41 Thursday, November 3, 2011 | herald-zeitung.COM HERALO ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publishsr and Editor Doug Tonev Mincÿftg Etfto'ShMtn l«wti CirculMieit Oir«cto< Jtn Fow**' A*« MwwjinflliWo» WiWnjM , Copy EAlor f(it* Thown Scare tactics aren't welcome in New Braunfels New Biaunfels has a rich Hispanic heritage. Hispanic residf’nts h,?ve contributed abundantly to the city, and thry continue to play an integral role m our success. ihry nor any other group of citizens deserve to be intiiiiidatfd or threatened Vet that's just what the Can the Ban [iolitical action committee did I hr city s Hispanic population was targeted with a _doubled sided, folded. I! by-15 inch flier that, in some cases, was placed in mail boxes. One side shows sample ballots explaining in English and Spanish how to vote against New Braunfels pro* posed ban of disposable food and beverage containers on the city's water wavs. The other side lists, again in both languages, reasons why voters should 'vOte against the ban Hie flier claims that, if the ban proposal passes, 7.000 jobs will be lost in New Braunfels. It states Spanish speak ers would be the ones to suffer those job losses We don't know the basis for those claims, they appear to be gross fivperbole Again the flier says in Spanish, the race most affected would be Hispanic peopfe That s what upset me." said Mana Gonzales, a Katy Street resident who iound tfip tiier in her mailbox "It seems like it was scare f it ti( s against my people Bf'vond bring ronsidered offensive, tfie literature was illf’p,a!ly delivered said Marion Williams, an inspector with the United States Postal Inspection Service Only pf'Sidl em()loyecs are allowed to put anytfiing in a residen-ti.il niailho,» Williams said Tfiese scaie tactics ' hearken back to the days of the EARLY VOTING Early votirig on the (iisposable food iitvd beverage container ban continues 7 a rn to 7 p m today, and 6 a fiT to 6 f) m on hiday Vo tiny IS at Coma) County Election Center in Landa Pla;a, 345 I anda Street, New Braunfels Election day is Tuesday Poll locations and times will be listed in Sunday’s fierald-Zeitting LETTERS POUCY Tfie Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columrts up to 500 words Guest columns must be accompanied by a pfioto Tfie New Braunfels Herald Zeitung reserves tfie rigfit to editor reject submissions All submissions must include an address and pfione number so authorsfiip can be confirmed SUBMrr LETTERS • By e-mail to: news®fierald-zeitung.com • Online at: tierald-zeitung com • By mail to: Letters to tfie Editor, Herald Zeitung, PO Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78130 • By fax: (8^) 606 3413 • In person: 707 Landa St., New Braunfels Civil light', movement South, when race-baiters used sniiilar thrrats and intimidation — and much worse — to irtflijf’ncp tilack citizens in elections ( itizens don t want or need such tactics here in New Biauiifels Lohw i\ Mi^ioin locfay IS Ihursciay, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2011. There aip 58 days left in the year Today's Highlight in HistorY: On Nov 3,1911, the Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded III Detroit by Louis Chevrolet anri William C Durant. (The coin[iany was acquired by General Motors in 1918 ) Ofi this date: in 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia. In 1936, President Franklin 0. Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M “Aif Landon. In 1957, tfie Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board was a dog named Laika who was sacrificed in the experiment. In 1964, President Lyndon B, Johnson soundly defeated Republican Barry Goldwater to win a White House term m his own right Business owner: Ban isn't answer to river issues As a local business owner who is supported by the founsrn industry tn New Braunfels. I am quite (luzzled by " 1 he Ban and the anti tourist athtude If the citizens of New Braunfels like high taxes and uneinployrnrnt, tfiey need to support the ban If you are a responsible citizen and would like to see our city and local economy prosper then you sliould vote AGAlfNiST the ban fhere are a number of ways to control the totally unnecessary actions no one on eiiher side appreciates Vv'e all want New Braunfels to flourish and tiave orderly river activity What v;e don t want IS to stop the cornrrierce that fias enabled the nty to t>erome known as vacation destinahon the ban w not the answer Finding a responsible solution to the r.sues is tlie only way we will be able to eliiTiinate the issues ttiat we ate lacing Sheryl Prestidge New Braunfels Don't sit on the fence,■ go vote for tlie can ban t coiTimend Mr loney and the Her aid Zeitung for the recent editorial on ttie ban issue 1 he facts and photograpfi are grapfi 1C evidence tliat our rivers have reached a critical point Can anyone imagine the shape of tfie rivers with five to 10 years more of the present conditions^ It s no stretch of tfie imagination to understand that 50 75 percent of our I irin'KKs r() 'riiK kditoh river problems are being brought about by the ever increasing numbers who come to Visit, float and leave Their debris tfien becomes our problem Now OUT city and city council are being challenged as to their right to bring some cominon sense to how we treat our rivers. f'iew Braunfels answer to the "against the ban ' group and its roguish l)ehavior. selfish logit and legal threats IS to come out m larger voting numbers tfiaii ever Passing the ban is very important to these wonderful resources as it will allo,v our waters to have some breath mg loom to clean up Out city has many more supporters of the ban We just need to get out arid vote against tfie ban as we nev er have before So, I m urging everyone whether you ate a regular or occasion at voter to make your voice heard and pass the ban [)o not sit on the fence Jon Kjoller New Braunfels If you're sick oftrasfi on our local rivers, go vote lo all New Braunfels citizens: If you ate sick of the trash and offensive behav tor on our river, please go vote' It tfie ban on cans fails, then there is no one to blame but us and there should be no more romplaining We have a golden opportunity to put this to rest let's take it Steve Foster New Braunfels Please properly dispose of your old American flags Here s a friendly reminder to everyone who displays Old Gloty, Have you really looked at your flag lately^ Does it look faded, torn and tat tered^ If it looks in bad condition, maybe it should be replaced with a new one There are two places you can drop off the old flags First is the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung office on Landa Street, and second is the New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce on South Seguiti Street The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 35, will destroy the old gatfiered flags properly at a latet date Veteran s Day will be observed Nov 11 Let's have our beautiful new flags flying before Veteran s Day to honor these heroes as well as our country Joan Helmke Unit 35 secretary American Legion Auxiliary New Braunfels Couple tfiank people who pickup trash along road We often travel on County Line Road, and many times see community^mind ed people picking up trash along the road We think they deserve a public "thank you ' for their thoughtfulness Tfie people wfio trasfi our rivers should be so thoughtful. MaryElien and Ernest Balk New Braunfels Wurstfest offers look at many traditional German icons Icijns are very important Wlien we ttiink of tfie iconic dirndls and lederfiosen what do .'ve tfiinl' of here in New Braunfels^ Wurstfest of course, and tfiat .vril be i'Jov 4 13 Botfi item^ of clothing have becfi around m Europe for a lofig time. (;articularly Austria and the Bavanan part of Get rn-iii/ ( Jid tune Getman native dr<".. known as trarht. was MUf'ii' of natut.il matf'rials sucti as A'ool or linen and any enibioidety or lace embellish m('iits were fiandmade There vme traditional forms of dotti ing given to different regions and now found mostly in museums fhe dirndl, which actually means "girl started out in antiquity as riothing worn by female seivants This folk style dress was not worn by others until tfie mid 1800s Ttie dress b('came a sign of national pride of (jerrnany, hence the icon Certain colors, hat styles and embroideries on aprons also denrjted different regions I fie lederhosen ( leather pants) for v/orkmen carne from tfie Alpine regions of Austna and Bavaria They were worn by riders and hunters These rugged hosen were either short MYRA LEE ADAMS GOFF COLUMNIST //h ^ or long and made of goat or sheepskin. Prince Carl was a hunter, but somehow I can't picture him in the sheepskin lederhosen In 1870, Emperor Franz josepfi helped the folk dress along by making it popular among tfie anstocracy. but of course, made of silk The material for lederhosen changed ffom sheepskin to soft deerskin Like the dirndl, there was embroidery on the pants and suspenders, denot ing different regions All kinds of dirndls and lederhosen can be seen at the Munich Oktoberfest, and if you want to see a large gather mg here in New Braunfels, go to Wurstfest Of course, you will also see traditional blue jeans, incidentally invented by a Bavarian, Levi Strauss, when he emigrated to San Francisco Submitted ptioto LER; Ed and Betty Grist clowning arouiKj RIGHT: I he Herb Skoog tamily — Cara, Claudia, Herb and Kalfty ~ dressed for Wuislfest, during tfie Gold Rush Another icon of Wurstfest is tfie beer stem Read my col urnn of Oct. 20, 2CX)9, found on the sophienburg,com web site A beer stem and mug has been produced every year since 1969. An interesting side story to Wurstfest icons Local collector of Wurstfest memorabilia, Dexter Gtliespie. has a vast collection of items He has play ing cards with the Wurstfest lógo and 300 beer mugs. He has all but the first mugs made from 1971-74 He also has a f 998 mug, the year of the flood, wfiich has become rare because of its significance and availability. Gilles(jie has an original beer bucket — a paint can with handle — when beer was sold in that container at the beginning My favorite of his collection IS a 12 inch figurine of the late J C Reagan made in 1989. complete with lederhosen. stem, accordion, sausage and pins on the hat The car-toonish character was created by artist Douglas Lee:Harris. Anottier of these figurines was made the following year for Ed Grist, but Gillespie does not have one. Both men were good ambassadors for Wurstfest. Let's not forget the food Items, the most prominent being sausage, potato soup, potato pancakes, pretzels, and all those delicious sweets like strudel and German cookies. Beer is the most sold drink on the grounds. Of course, there are other not-so German food Items for sale. To celebrate 50 years of Wurstfest. two Opas. Alton Rahe and Darvin Dietert. were commissioned to write the his tory of the organization Both are fifth generation New Braunfelsers Rahe wrote the history and Dietert collected the photos, of which there are 160 lhe hardcover book of 140 pages chronicles the history of the organization from its begin ning to Its present site in Landa Park Rahe speaks of the unpleas ant year tfiat prompted the organization to make improvements. Wurstfest is called the ■'Giant Fundraiser of the Com munity" and he tells of tfie many organizations that benefit from selling food and oth er items Wurstfest contributes most of its profit to worthy groups in New Braunfels Fhe book will be for sale at various booths. When you’re at Wurstfest. polka over to the Sophienburg booth wfiere tfiere are lots of German items for sale, plus our Sophienburg New Braunfels Christmas ornarTients ■ Myra Lee Adams Goff writes a biweekly column about tfie Sopfiienburg Museum and Arcfiives for tfie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.