New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Cornfed observations from Comous Orssnhom
Dear Mr. Zeitung,
I’m on my cornbread and buttermilk break rat now, and I noticed in yore paper that you been asking for letters form die town people. I try to do what you want from us, since you’re good enough to brang us the news of the day before.
- Yore special interest must be wrecks, ’cause that’s what gits on the front page, seems like ever day. It’s either what somebody done wrong in a car to hisself, or somebody else’s car done wrong to the other feller. Well, that ain’t news to me.
I'm glad we got that sexey centennial going on now that Mr. Scoog is drumming into us on TV. He’s'got more people working on drat dun you can shake a stick about. I wish I could have went to that big breakfast they had honoring all of the people that was up to their craws in heritage. I don’t see how all of them could count back I SO years. I caint go no further than my grandpas. I found out that Vivian Allen got a star for her heritage at that breakout That sure put us Methodists on the high totem pole. She’s the president of our Methodist Women. Vivian don’t have her name on a rock like some of the First Protestant Church members with high Heritage, but like I tried to •console her, there’s a lot that could crawl out from under a rock, you know.
I have to admit I’m a backslidden Methodist from first church here, and it’s no fault of the preacher, Rev. Martin, it’s because of my arthuritus and all the weather changes that affects my git-a-long. For one dung, they start everting in the morning, and it’s the afternoons that I feel like gittm’ dressed and going somewhur. What I liked about the good ole days back in East Texas, you could always git to the dinner on the ground part and find out what people wuz talking about. They call that fellership here.
I was a widder when I come here and joined the Fellership Sunday School Class at First Methodist. And would you believe it? I’ve been in that class going on twelve years and ain’t caught a feller yet! I think that fellership name is misleading, but you caint change things there. Unless you’re the church choir director or the chairman of the board, hit don’t make no difference what you want.
It took quite a while before I joined a church circle. I finally decided, after I seen several squares that could fit in them round circles.
I like Roxolin Krueger’s writin* in yore paper, but it seems she ain’t interested in reporting my trips to East Texas. Some say you have to leave the continent before she will mention your name in the travel news.
I went to the Dinner for the Arts when they had it, and wuz proud to clap my hands for Ella May Breckenridge and Joahne Lemmon for the awards they won that night, and neither one of them has got their name on a rock.
Ella May has helped the New Braunfels Art League by using her influenza to git endowments, in other words, money.
Joanne has warmed many a heart
with her piano and organ playing. It ain’t mint ber popularity one bit that she wound up with a Lemmon for a husband.
Mr. Zeitung, I hope this letter just gives you a hint on how some of yore readers feel. That’s what I intended. There’s a lot more I could tell you, but I know you don’t want too much at one time.
Your friend, Cornelia Greenhorn, a.k.a.
Incorporation of Canyon Lake—chack out tho facta
Ever since Don Avery was quoted in an article in the Canyon Lake Times Guardian and New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung a few weeks back, there has been much discussion of the issue to incorporate Canyon lake. The fact that there has been a lot of discussion is good in that information is being shared—and information is knowledge. I would shudder to think that anyone would argue or vote, for or against the incorporation of Canyon Lake, without discusing it with someone or some group and gaining as much information as possible. It would be a mute argument, and a weak vote.
I know I’ve had to answer a few questions concerning the incorporation of Canyon Lake, as I have spoken with local citizens and have expressed my views on incorporation. I’m fortunate in that I have been attending meetings where information is being given and shared. These meetings are being attended by local citizens, business owners, lawyers, doctors, retired individuals and some of us who haven’t retired yet. One thing I notice at these meetings is that there is an extreme wealth of knowledge and caoabilitv in the Canyon Lake area. The information these individuals are sharing is going to make it easier for all of us to be able at sometime to “take a side’’ in this matter.
Should there be a lively debate over such an important issue? Certainly there should. Without discussion, there is no sharing of information and ideas and we remain ignorant. In the coming weeks, there will be much information being given out in a variety of ways. Newspaper articles, flyers, meetings, signs, etc. What can we do to become part of this sharing of information and discussion? First join in the discussions. Start with your neighbors and find out their views and desires. Attend your Homeowners Association meetings. Certainly there will be much information shared at these forums. The original group of local citizens who started the process toward incorporation of Canyon Lake meets on Monday evenings at the Chamber of Commerce. The groups has grown substantially, with good suggestions, feelings, ideas, needs, goals, wants and not wants being shared.
The point is that many times we argue for or against something without having all die information. That is nothing more than “argument for arguments sake,’’ and we know where that takes us—nowhere. We both, or all, lose. I’m sure most individuals would say (from the meetings I have attended)
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that I really don’t have much input, but that I do alot of listening. Try to take alible time to just listen as the discussions increase in the next few weeks and months. Gain as much information as you can. By doing this, we’ll all be better served, and make the right decision for our community—Canyon Lake. Additionally, share your feelings and thoughts, so we can learn from you.
Right or wrorg, good or bad, pro or con—Don’t vote for this issue without discussing it Learn more about what’s involved and its effect on you and your neighbors. While we can learn from the past, clearly we shouldn’t live in it. Don’t think only in the short (today) term, think also in the long term! Remember, like it or not we all know things change over time. Change is natural; and good for us only when we recognize its worth to us. Change is what makes us dynamic as people. What may have been the right thing to do five or IO years ago, may not be the right thing to do today. To be open minded—what might have been the wrong thing to do five or IO years ago, may still be the wrong thing to do today. We’ll never know without lively discussion and sharing of knowledge.
The things I’ve greatly appreciated hearing at the meetings I’ve attended is the strong desire to make sure we share the most accurate information possible, in order to make the best decision possible. I plan to make my pros and cons list. I hope ya’ll will do the same. In
know I’m going to keep an open mind, as I’m sure you will. Let’s be a community of sharing and informed people, caring to do what is right for Canyon Lake. You should be seeing much information about this issue to help you make your decision. If the information isn’t getting to you—go and get it. Then, as a whole, we’ll all be informed, positive and active participants in the future of Canyon Lake.
DonTruchsess Village West Canyon Lake
Endangered Species Act 4 horror stories are real
In response to Roger Croteau’s opinion on endangered species: It is evident that Mr. Croteau’s reporting does not delve into the facts thht disagree with his opinion. There is little research to substantiate his article. First of all, had he attended the public hearing in Boerne, he would have been overwhelmed by the numbers and the testimony given by landowners and business people. The so-called horror stories presented there are indeed fact. We have a folder one-inch thick of substantiated testimony. We wish to commend the Lamar Smith article which takes a more sensible approach. All across the U.S. and right here in Comal County, people are fed up with government regulations which destroy property rights and deny the productive use of their private property without any compensation. It seems the only
rights we retain are those to pay taxes.
Proponents of this act seem to be in contradiction of what is valuable. Some organizations are using the issue of the warbler and spring darter habitats as a means of furthering their own political agenda without common sense or regard for the property owner. For the most part, farm and ranch owners are good stewards of the land or else their livelihood is'put in jeopardy. Brush control is essential for good ranch management and water conservation. When allowed, cedar and other brush will become so densely populated that all use as quality pasture land is lost. This means essential ground cover to prevent soil erosion is gone. Also, precious water is depleted at an alarming rate by the invasion of cedar and other brush.
Our land has been in this family since 1861 and we wish to continue being conservationists of species, land and water. We recommend the present act be revised so that the property rights of the landowners come first. Let us use a common-sense approach toward endangered species. Bureaucrats must allow landowners their constitutional rights to practice good stewardship. Perhaps Mr. Croteau would sing a different tune were he to walk a few miles in the shoes of a landowner who lives under the threat of the Endangered Species Act.
Melvin Kreusler New Braunfels
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Due to a tragic accident we lost a most dedicated and caring, person— Grade Villarreal. Through her professionalism, kindness, and caring love, she touched many lives in New Braunfels, especially at the Eden Home.
Certainly we don’t understand why such a young and meaningful life h^d to be taken. But God, in His all-knowing wisdom, has taken this Special Angel home to be with Him.
You are loved by many, Grade, and your kindness and caring will always be remembered.
Most sincerely, Gladys Turner
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