New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung a Wednesday, April 17,1996 O SNeighbors land rn hand after steer killed
This letter is addressed to my friends and caring persons in Comal, Bexar and Guadalupe counties.
It is with the deepest appreciation that I thank you all for your sacrifice in gifts and expression of support in what has been die worst year of my life. The nightmare is not over yet, but your love and aid has helped to show me that there are good people who far outnumber the sick individuals who did this to my home, pets and family. Your kindness raised a little over $1,600, which covers the cost of my steer’s purchase. I hope to have a steer to show next year so I can complete my plans and goals for my life and family. Thank you again so very much!
God bless you!
Monty Portis and Family Comal CountyAIDS has everytMng to do with lifestyle choices
In response to a front page article in the April 3 Herald — AIDS hitting high schools etc....
This article deals with AIDS coun
seling and education of the public in general and school children in particular. Mr. Robert Konkel with the Texas Department of Health HTV/STD Community Planning and Presentation Coalition offers educational materials and tells how to obtain them. At the bottom of the article a Becca Yates, whose daughter has the HIV virus, makes a statement, “It’s a disease. It doesn’t have anything to do with your lifestyle.” That statement is incorrect and irresponsible. All of the experts agree that in overwhelming numbers — upwards of 90 percent — those people who test HIV positive fit into three categories: they are promiscuous, homosexual males, or intravenous drug users. It’s tragic for anyone and their family who tests positive for HIV. Ms. Yates doesn’t say how her daughter got the virus or how old she is. There are a few cases of wives being infected by promiscuous husbands and babies being bom to HIV infected mothers and even fewer cases nowadays of it gotten through blood transfusions in this county. Blood testing in this country is very accurate.
AIDS is on the increase among teens and young adults. For Ms. Yates’ statement to be published as fact without giving the true facts is irresponsible in
my view. Especially when the article deals with education. Shouldn’t education be correct information?
Nancy Brown BrownwoodNip It — Nip It In th* bud!
When I was five years old we lived in Dallas. One morning I saw the lady next door hiding her door key under die door mat just before leaving.
Shortly thereafter, two neighborhood boys about my age came by and I told them about the above. One of those boys suggested that we should go investigate and that we did. I got the key and unlocked the door and we all went in and looked around. I didn’t touch anything but the others picked up some trinkets of doubtful value and then we left, being unaware that a lady across the street was watching. I forgot to lock the door — and to replace the key.
Shortly thereafter my neighbor returned and the lady across the street told her what she had seen and that I was involved! She called my parents, too, and my father asked me about it. I pleaded not guilty — until my mother found the missing key in my pocket!
My father grabbed me and using his belt, he almost wore it out on my behind, in front of the neighbors.
Now I am nearly 90 years old — no more “burglaries” since the above. Does this tell you anything?
Ewing Moore New BraunfelsDrive safe, it's not Just good advice, It's tbs law
Our neighborhoods) seem very safe, However, driver safety rules are constantly being broken. This can be observed every day on our streets. Check it out.
The TexasDriver Handbook (TDH), page 5-5, states, “A Stop Sign means that you must bring your car to a complete stop. Slowing down is not enough.” Drivers of all ages are doing “California Stops,” just rolling on through — or they are making no effort at all to slow down and zip on through the intersection. This type of driving becomes habit forming arid eventually an accident will happen. Thinking, “It will not happen to me,” is only kidding yourself.
Speed limits for Urban Areas (City Streets), page 8-3 (TDH), dictates that
ALL vehicles must be driven 30 miles per hour on city streets. Exceptions are if the speed limit is posted, higher or lower.
Bicycle safety is another issue. Page 13-1, #4, (TDH), states, “A bicyclist should always obey traffic laws, signs and signals. Never ride opposite the flow of traffic. Stop at all stop signs and stop (red) lights.” Item #3 states, “A bicycle is a vehicle and any person riding a bicycle has all of the rights and responsibilities as a driver of a vehicle.” In addition, it states that “every bicycle in use at night time needs a white light visible at least 500 feet to die front and a red reflector on the rear visible up to 300 feet.”
* Page 12-1, (TDH), states that pedestrians should, “Walk on the left side of the road if there ate no sidewalks. Step off the pavement when a car approaches.” Also, “Always wear white or light colored clothing, or carry a light or reflector when walking at night.”
Who sees and notices us doing these things, the children do and they think this is the right way to do it.
Riding bicycles or walking with our children or grandchildren, on the wrong side of the street, is sending the wrong message.
Let’s not create statistics. Let’s show
our kids and grandads the right way before someone gets a dreadful telephone call.
Bob Peterson New BraunfelsWinter Texans are glad to put up with gummer People whan they are back at homo
I feel a reply is in order to‘Tee times lost to Winter Texans.”
I am one of “those” from Minnesota — we too have a large number of “summer people” at our golf course, some are even from Texas. And we too have a difficult time getting an early tee time. But we also realize that die tidy profit our course shows at the end of the season is helped considerably by the “summer people.” And so we golf at later hours and rarely on weekends. And I hope we never make our “Summer People” feel they are not welcome.
There are many golfing dollars from winter golfers that are going to other courses than Landa because of letters like “Tee times lost to Winter Texans.”
Audrey Uphe New BraunfelsMany factors considered in carving new districts
By JACQULINE CULLOM
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The May 4, 1996 New Braunfels city election will bring about several significant changes in the way the city elects its leaders. The changes are a result of recent amendments to the New Braunfels City Charter, the document that governs the operations of the city.
The upcoming city election will be the first election in recent history to afford voters die opportunity to directly select the individual who will serve as mayor. Before the recent changes to the city charter, the mayor of New Braunfels was elected from among the seven members of the city council. The change to an “at large” system of selecting the mayor, which allows every voter to cast a vote for mayor, was presented to New Braunfels voters as a ballot issue during the May 1993 election. The proposition to change to an “at large” system was overwhelmingly supported by the voters. The city’s voters approved the necessary charter amendment to effect the change during the May 1995 election.
According to the city charter, the mayor “presides at all meetings of the city council and is recognized as head of the city government fra' all ceremonial purposes.” According to Terrell Blodgett, author of‘Texas Home Rule Charters,” although most city charters speak in terms of “ceremonials duties,” a mayor’s most important duty is to furnish the political and community leadership necessary to build and main
tain a healthy and viable city.
Another significant change that will be implemented during the upcoming city election is the selection of council members from “single-member districts.” The newly created single-member district system divides the city into six specific geographic areas. A candidate running for election from any one particular district must live in that district and is voted on only by voters in that particular district. Voters who reside in newly created District 5 and District 6 will be electing council members to represent their districts in the upcoming city election. All voters of the City of New Braunfels will be allowed to vote for mayor.
Both of these recent changes to the city charter were recommended to the city council by the Charter Review Committee. The Charter Review Committee was appointed by the city council in Aug. 1994. The committee held its first meeting on Sept. 1,1994, and after numerous public meetings, the committee proposed several charter amendments to the city council. The city council unanimously approved the recommendations and passed an ordinance to place the issue on the ballot during tire May 1995 election.
New Braunfels voters overwhelmingly approved the proposed changes to the charter by a 2 to I margin during the May 1995 election. The city council moved quickly to appoint a Redistricting Committee charged with designing the boundary lines for the six new voting districts. The task of drawing the new boundary lines was
particularly challenging since the Redistricting Committee was required to follow all federal voting rights laws and applicable court rulings relating to redistricting.
The Redistricting Committee carefully studied all of the legal rulings and agreed to create die new districts by keeping in mind several factors. Those factors included: I) application of the one person, one vote doctrine; 2) consideration of geographical compactness and contiguity; 3) consideration of existing neighborhoods; 4) no intentional dilution of any recognized group; and, S) consideration of identifiable natural and man-made boundaries and landmarks.
The Redistricting Committee submitted its recommendations to the city council on December ll, 1995. Subsequently, several public meetings were held in an effort to inform the public about the proposed new districts and solicit public input. The city council approved the Redistricting Committee’s proposed changes on Jan. 8,1996.
After final approval of the six new districts by the city council, the City Attorney’s Office submitted the proposed voting system changes to the United States Department of Justice. The Federal Voting Rights Act requires that any changes affecting voting must be “precleared” by the Department of Justice. The preclearance process is a lengthy and extensive one. The Department of Justice typically contacts local residents and officials to seek their input on any proposed changes. The city received notification that the
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Department of Justice had “precleared” and, thereby, authorized the May 4, 1996, election in a letter dated March 18,19%.
Municipal elections are conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of the Texas election code. Any citizen who has a question regarding a city election may contact the Texas Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) or I -512-463-5650. New Braunfels citizens are also welcome to contact either the city anomey (608-2100) or the city secretary (608-2100) with any questions related to the city election.
Early voting for this year’s municipal election begins April 15 and continues through April 30. Early voting will be held in Room 306 of the Comal County Courthouse Annex during ordinary business hours. Voters may also cast an early vote Saturday, April 27, at the Courthouse Annex. Designated
election day polling places for die Saturday, May 4,19%, election are listed below, along with a may of the six
newly created districts.
(Jacqueline Cullom is the New Braunfels City Attorney.)
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