New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
The horses are coming, enter the horses — Exit the remnants of my resources
By ALEENE BLAKER
A horse is a horse?, of course, of course. Unless it’s your horse and he’s out in front and you’ve bet the next three months’ mortgage on your horse on the outcome of this race. Or he’s your horse and he’s still prancing around at the .starting gate while, the competition is 4 furlongs down the track.
The new Retama horse-racing facility opened Friday just a few miles south of New Braunfels. How will that affect you? More importantly, how will it affect your finances?
The famous poet Ogden Nash, anticipating a bad day at the races, moaned: “The horses are coming to town tomorrow,
And some must beg and some must borrow.
The horses are coming and how I dread it,
Here come the horses, there goes my credit.
The horses are coming, enter the horses,
Exit the remnant of my resources.
This is the end of me, never a doubt of it,
And the horses don’t even get anything out of it.”
Obviously, he was afraid of a lapse in his self-control at the betting window. Too often, a bettor will increase the size of his wager on a race that follows one that didn’t pan out. And if faced with another loss, the bet is again raised on the next one. This is a sure path to ruin. This is someone who will be hitchhiking to the races the next week, saving what little money remains to bet on “a sure thing.” And when
that money is gone, spends borrowed money. This person may as well be a member of Congress, if not already.
But there’s another side. The same Ogden Nash, after a GREAT day at the races, wrote:
“Oh what a noble piece of work is a horse!
How like an angel, how like sunlight or water power or some other beneficial force!
How nobly they prance, like a captain who has been promoted to be a major!
How beautiful they look when they are all behind except the one that has been intrusted with your wager!
Horses are also tactful, because they make you think you are very clever,
Because they make the money for you, and you feel that you earned it yourself, through your own shrewd
ness and endeavor.”
How often have you heard from a friend, relative or neighbor about the tremendous luck they had “that day at the races”? They won the exacta, the trifecta, the daily double—they could do no wrong. And they had a “system.” They only chose jockeys that wore blue. Or they went by the horse’s name, as if someone in their ancestry might be a relation. They chose lucky numbers, or they just bet whatever the person at the window in front of them bet “because they seemed so sure of themselves.” Don’t you feel that these people may be related to the horses, too, but to the wrong end?
Do you study the racing form? Do you know what all those columns and rows signify? Do you really care what a certain horse did in the mud 3 weeks ago in 78-degree weather when he was
coming off two losses and was nursing a foreleg strain? Even if he has been in Cozumel for two weeks sunning himself on the beach and running in the sand for fun? If so, you’re a professional gambler. There is a toll-free number waiting for you on the back of any scratch-off lottery ticket. Or go ahead and stick to your racing forms. To the rest of us they look like the IRS booklets that we just got rid of, or are still trying to.
Or do you share George Washington’s opinion that (gambling) is “the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief,” and refrain from participating in the sport? “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” does not apply, in your opinion, to the risk of seeing your hard-earned money thrown out (or into) the betting window. And you don’t play Bingo, either.
Betting on the horses is no mort than what you make of it. Moderation is the key. If you have $20 that you can stand to see lost without hurting your budget, and if you feel lucky, or are just looking for something to do on the weekend (and have already done your volunteer work for the week), why not give it a shot? Set your limit and don’t go over it. Remember, it’s a game. And if it no longer feels like a game, it’s time to stop. Donate some of your winnings to a good caqse. Learn from your losses.
And if you ever find yourself holding your head and shouting, “A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!” like Shakespeare’s King Richard III, you’ve probably gone too far.
(Allene Blaker is the editorial assistant at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
Petition on Golf Pro is just a way to express an opinion
Tuesday night, March 28, 1995, I delivered to the City Manager and members of the Golf Committee a peti-I hon signed by over 400 citizens and winter visitors in support of Chris Acker, an assistant Golf Pro at Landa Park Golf Course for the past 14 years. It is our desire for Chris to replace Bill Halbert who has resigned effective June I, 1995.
I informed the City Manager as well as the Golf Committee that I would deliver additional petitions, which are still outstanding at this time, prior to the election in May. I was at that point accused of making the selection of Bill’s replacement a “political issue.”
The petition provides a way citizens can express their opinions and choices and in no way was it my intention to politicize our choice of candidates. We anticipate prior to May I we will have an additional 200 names on outstanding petitions which were not collected.
I apologize to the City Manager if the petition offended him. It is the only solution I can see for several hundred citizens to express their opinion to the individuals involved in the selection process.
Ken Weber New Braunfels
Book banning is un-American, so why is the Texas Legislature doing it?
On the morning of March 28, 1995, the San Antonio Express-News had a front page headline that read: Texas Senate approves education reform bill, Amendment would ban some classics ' from classroom.
After reading the entire article, I . £ould hardly contain my anger. I can't not believe that such a travesty of justice has occurred nght under our noses, without warning or say in the deci
sion. There is extreme danger in Texas Senators to even consider book banning, much less support and pass (without the public’s common knowledge) such an aberrant bill! Book banning affects all of us!
In the article, Senator West was quoted as stating that “(his) concern is ‘Huck Finn,’ where little kids can’t understand how the words are used...African-American children just understand the words, and they are offensive.”
As an educator of literature, I must state very firmly that all teachers (who are of any moral and ethical fiber and character) have a duty to explain the context in which words are used— offensive or not! Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn goes way beyond the use of the word “nigger.” The book is a tale of (agape) love between a young (white) boy, Huck, and the older (black) male, Jim—two unlikely people to form a bond of friendship during the era the story represents. It contains a moral for all people to learn.
Most of the classics were produced by those writers/artists who were insightful enough to depict the societal ills as they were REAL. The classics are read to learn lessons from past injustices, mistakes, and errors; they teach moral and ethical lessons. They are invaluable to us.
To ban books from the curriculum (for ANY reason) is to deny the truth. Just because words or phrases are offensive is no logical or legitimate reason for banning books that contain them. I find prejudice and racial slurs very offensive, as well as 4-letter expletives, pornography, slander, and vicious gossip. But they are the in the world, a reality!
Government control over which books can or cannot be taught is SERIOUS! We as citizens must not allow government officials to dictate what can or cannot be read! Citizens must realize the grave ramifications of Sen-
NBHS Junior Parents are invited lo a 1995 Prom Meeting Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in D-1 at NBHS. Call 625-6271 for information.
The Captain James Jack Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold its monthly meeting Monday, April 10 at 9:30 a m. at the Education Building, 430 W. Mill St. The } program will be ‘In Defense of a Nation,’ » presented by Mary Warren. Hostesses:
• Nancy Waite and Ethel Canion.
The April meeting of ‘King’s Lynn’ Chapter of the DBE in Texas will be April 10 at 11 a m. at 207 Crown Ride m Oak Run, New Braunfels. Ladies of British or British Commonwealth birth or ancestry will be most welcome to attend.
Comal County Militia meets Sun-i day, April 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Group Shelter #1 in Canyon Park on Canyon Lake at Hancock on Hwy. 306. Bring picnic lunch and drinks. No ! admission.
Museum Chapter of the MI Hum-' mel Club meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday,
; April 11 at the museum. Call Pat Bryant i at 907-2118 for information.
; Members of Guada Coma Garden ! Club will meet on April 11,9 a.m., at J The Oaks Shopping Center parking lot
• and carpool for a trip to the San Anto-! nio Botanical Center, followed by luneh ; at Scrivner’s Reservations are necessary for lunch. Call 629-8045 or 625-6654 by Friday, April 7.
The Coalition of Former Military Wives support group will meet April 9, at 2 p.m. at Shoney’s Airport Restaurant in San Antonio (Loop 410 and Jones Maltsberger Rd.) The speaker will be Revlon Cosmetics representative Alma Ceras, who will present a program on pnake-overs. New members are welcome. For more information, call 653-8668. There will be no
ators passing this reform bill! Power is in the government’s hands as jt stands now, instead of in the citizens’. You must realize how many classics would be banned—the list is endless!
In addition to the great writings being banned, we then are faced with the problem of who would decide on which books to ban. Again, we as citizens would be allowing a few people to control. This must be stopped We as citizens cannot, in good conscience, sit back and allow this major reform bill to be passed by the House.
I strongly urge you to protest very loudly against this reform bill now. Please don’t delay. Our freedoms could very easily start being taken away from us little by little. Write Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, and the following senators, who are on the Educational Committee (addresses can be obtained at the local library): Armbrister, Barrientos, Bivins, Harris, Luna, Nelson, Montford, Ratliff, Sibley, West, and Zaffirini.
Gwen Wilkinson English professor, UTSA New Braunfels
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The New Braunfels Lioness Club
will meet at Ryan's on Monday, April 10, at 11 a.m. Gifts and donations for the Women’s Shelter will be collected.
The Past Presidents of the Eagles Auxiliary will meet April 10,6 p.m., at the Peking Restaurant. Hostess for the evening is Adelene Row.
A public hearing will be held at the Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 Hwy. 2673, in Canyon Lake, at 9 a.m. on April 11, regarding water safety rules and regulations affecting Canyon Lake. Copies of “Rules and Regulations” will be available for review at the Bulverde Library, the Tye Preston Memorial Library, the Canyon Lake Action Center, and the WORD office.
Caregiver Support Group meets April 12 at 3 p.m. at the Comal County Senior Center, 655 Landa St, or call Jan Harrison at 629-8181 for information.
Bereavement Support Group
meets April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Comal County Senior Center, 655 Landa St. Call Jan Harrison at 629-8181 for information.
The monthly dinner meeting of the New Braunfels Class of 1942 will not be held next Friday, April 14. All classmates are encouraged to attend as many activities and functions of the Sesquicentennial Celebration as possible. The next regular dinner meeting will be May 12 at Krauses Cafe. For information, call Jim Rheinlaender at 625-5445.
April 15, the Hill Country Chapter of National Association to Advance Fat
Acceptance will hold its meeting at Victoria Bank and Trust in the Schneider room, 1000 N. Walnut from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call Johnny at 625-4782 for information.
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