New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Gary E. Maitland
Editor and Publisher
Drugs are a problem we must face together
Drugs arent a I police problem, I they're a commu nity problem. If I the community I wants to address I it, people need to \ admit there's a problem.
'es, it can happen here. Not everybody seems to know, but there’s a pretty serious drug problem in New Braunfels.
As evidence of that, local law enforcement officials can point to half a dozen overdose deaths and dozens of felony drug arrests over the past year.
Is that a lot for a community* this size? Probably not. Police feel they are only scratching the surface of the problem.
Its very difficult for a cop to get very close to a drug deader because criminals don't like to deal with outsiders.
But drugs aren't a police problem, they’re a community problem. If the community wants to address it, people need to admit theres a problem — and take personal steps to help solve it.
A story in today s Herald-Zeitung will give you some ideas of what to look for and who to call.
An undercover narcotics investigator will tell you to watch your kids — and don’t be bashful about going through their rooms and their things to see what they’re up to when you’re not watching.
If you find anything suspicious, call a counselor or call the cops.
Because while you sit around trying to decide what to do, that problem is getting bigger. It won’t go away without intervention.
The story will also give you a couple of ideas that can help you identify drug dealers in your neighborhood. If you know any or even suspect them, call the New Braunfels /Comal County Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS (8477) or (800) 640-8422. The police will not have to know your name, and if charges are filed, you can get a reward for doing the community a service.
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, April 17, the 107th day of 2005. There are 258 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 17,1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.
On this date:
In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.
In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano reached present-day New York harbor.
In 1790, American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at age 84.
In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.
In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany in Worldwar II.
In 1964, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new “Mustang” model at the New York World’s Fair.
In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
In 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.
In 1975, Phnom Penh fell to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia’s five-year war.
Guidelines for election-related submissions
■ During the campaign period leading up to the May 7 elections, the Herald-Zeitung will accept letters to the editor and guest columns that deal with issues that are important to readers and citizens.
■ The newspaper will not run any letters or columns that endorse any candidate in any of the elections.
■ The cut-off date for receiving any election-related letters or guest columns is 5 p.m. Friday, April 29. No letters or columns received after this deadline will be published.
Letters to the Editor
The only service Rose Cervin can provide is to resign now
As a 20-year resident of District 5 in Comal ISD, I am gravely disappointed in the actions of Trustee Rose Cervin.
On March 7, her constituents invited her to a public meeting to express our concerns; she refused to attend. On March IO, school board President Dan Krueger attempted to present her with a written list or our concerns; she refused to attend the meeting.
Based on her lack of attendance at Comal ISD Board of Trustees meetings and her voting record, the patrons of District 5 no longer have confidence that she can effectively represent us. As evidence of her incompetence, we respectfully request her resignation. Our request is based upon the following voting and attendance record for Cervin for past IO months:
■ lune 22
— Opposed the approval of a guaranteed maximum price for new high school
— Opposed approval of the name for the new high school
— Opposed salary schedules for 2004-05
■ July 27 — Opposed Worker’s Compensation Insurance contract, a decision that saved district $100,000
■ Aug. 26 — Opposed adoption of 2004-05 tax rate
■ Aug. 31 — Absent for state-mandated training
■ Sept. 15 — Absent
■ Sept. 30 — Absent
■ Oct. 28 — Opposed sale of tax refunding bonds, a decision that saved $900,000
■ Nov. 29 — Absent
■ Dec. 6 — Absent
■ Dec. 16 — Absent
■ Jan. 11 — Opposed resolution opposing the state-mandated school
■ Jan. 27 — Absent
The only service Ms. Cervin could provide to her constituents at this time would be to resign, effective immediately.
Carol Keller Bulverde
Do your part to remind teens not to drive after drinking
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and with the school year nearing its end, New Braunfels teens are preparing to celebrate proms and graduations. Now is the time we can all help prevent underage drinking and drunk driving by encouraging safe, responsible celebrations.
According to the 2004 Roper Youth Survey, teens reported that parents are the number one influence on their decisions about whether or not they drink alcohol. To help parents talk with their teens about drinking, Tri-City Distributors distributes free copies of “Family Talk About Drinking." These materials can be downloaded at www.abwslr.com/tri-citydistributors.
To assist store clerks and servers, we provide them with “We ID” materials and training to help them effectively identify patrons of legal purchase age and stop sales to minors.
The good news is 82 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 (nearly 20 million) are doing the right thing by not drinking. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of fatalities in teen drunk-driving crashes has declined by 60 percent since 1982.
By working together, we can help to continue these positive trends. So, let’s all do our part to remind our teens that responsibility matters, and underage drinking should not be part of their celebrations.
Ashley Brown Tri-City Distributors, L P.
Condominium project on river forces wildlife from its home
A condominium project has started work on the end of Napoleon Street. I sit on my front porch and watch the wildlife scatter while the bulldozers are ripping away every piece of vegetation and shelter they called home.
You think to yourself, “Well, they will just move on to some other place.” The horrifying thing is, there is not a place for them to run. The deer are on the river bank not knowing where to run, what to do. Theres condos on one side and the tube chute on the other and Schlitterbahn across the river. Surely there is some kind of relocation program that could be used to relocate these desperate animals. This is inhumane and cruel to the wildlife that inhabits the Comal River banks.
In the summer, tubers terrorize the area with all their litter, and the banks of the river are abused as well. Tubers’ restrooms are either the river (poor fish) or the river. What is to come of all of this? More money for people that don’t really care what happens to the wildlife and nature around us? What is to be for our children and our grandchildren?
I don’t know what to do, but I will surely try to find out. My biggest regret is that I’ve come to this realization too late. The project is now in motion and I’m seeing all of this take place. What a sad day and time this is for the American people.
Listen to the voters and leave Walnut Avenue alone
In New Braunfels, City I Jail is again thinking of taking people’s homes to widen Walnut when there is already land that the city has to make it four lanes. They tried in 2000 and put it to voters, who turned it down, by a vote of 4,485 against to 852 for.
Please save my house.
Frank Schlather Jr.
NOW TO CONTACT
■ Rick Perry
State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711
Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fox: (512)463-1849
■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St.
New Braunfels 78130 Telephone:*(830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895
WHILE IN AUSTIN;
RO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512)473-9920 E-mail address: carter.casteel @ house.state.tx.us
■ Jeff Wentworth
1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571
WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address:
jeff. Wentworth© senate, state.tx.us
■ Judith Zaffirini
RO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627
SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262
HOW TO CONTACT
New Braunfels City Council
424 South Casten Avenue Telephone: (830) 608-2100 Mail Address: RO. Box 311747 New Braunfels 78131-1747 Web Site: www.nbtexas.org
■ Adam Cork 864 Vista Parkway
City Hall: 608-2100, ext. 270 Term of Office: May 2002 until May 2005
■ SONIA Munoz-Gill 2067 Spur 3
City Hall: 608-2100, ext. 520 Term of Office: May 2001 until May 2004
■ Beth Sokolyk RO. Box 311747
Home Phone: (830) 606-5810 Term of Office: May 2004 until May 2007
■ Gale Pospisil 6 Mission Drive
Home Phone: (830) 629-2447 Term of Office: May 2003 until May 2006
■ Valerie Hull 510 Lakeview Blvd.
Home Phone: (830) 606-6973 Term of Office: May 2003 until May 2006
■ Lee Rodriguez Mayor pro tem
453 N. Business 35, Suite 735 Cell Phone: (830) 743-3362 Work Phone: (830) 629-4901 Term of Office: May 2002 until May 2005
■ Ken Valentine 437 Guada Coma Drive Home Phone: (830) 625-7384 E-mail: [email protected]
Term of Office: May 2002 until May 200While mostly eradicated here, polio is still a threat
Polio mainly affects children under the age of 5, with more than 50 percent of all cases affecting children age 3 and under.
One aspect of polio that was particularly scary was how fast it worked.
A healthy baby or child could go to bed for a nap or for the night and appear apparently completely normal, yet wake up partially paralyzed.
But it infected adults as well. Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio in 1929. A recent documentary on the History Channel said that Mr. Roosevelt had enjoyed a day of boating and recreation, laid down to rest and when he awakened, he was partially paralyzed.
Do you remember the iron lungs?
My children have a great aunt who they never got to meet because she was afflicted with polio as a child and died because the iron lung technology of the time could
not keep her alive.
For those of us who were born more than 50 years ago, our parents had to endure the constant fear that at any moment, polio could cripple their children.
Do you remember the leg braces and the crutches? I remember very well an older friend, a beautiful young woman just a couple years older than me, who walked with a distinct limp because polio had devastated the growth of her left leg.
With polio eradicated from the United States, it’s easy to forget the fear and human toll this virus caused more than 50 years ago throughout Texas and the rest of the country.
Currently, 98 percent of all the new polio cases occur in India, Nigeria and Pakistan and only other countries have a circulating polio virus. This is the lowest number of
countries afflicted since the vaccine became available.
Rotary International, a civic service organization that has several local clubs, has raised and donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort to eradicate polio. Rotary International began its effort in 1979.
A Rotary Foundation grant funded the scientists at the World Health Organization that head up the WI lO’s efforts to eradicate polio.
If you are old enough to remember what life was like when polio raged in this country, find some time to tell your children or grandchildren about what it was like to live in a world with polio.
As our children live a life free of the relentless worry of contracting polio, it’s important to remember that there is no cure for polio, only a vaccine.
Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the Herald-Zeitung.
Polio. To some of us old enough to remember, it’s difficult to comprehend that it was 50 years ago this month that a polio vaccine was announced.
For the generations in the United States born after the vaccine, hearing the word “polio” conjures no fear or anxiety.
But for older Americans, especially those who were parents during the summers throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, the possibility of contracting polio haunted everyone.
According to the World Health Organization, poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. For parents having children during the ’40s and ’50s, this insidious virus created a constant, lingering fear.