New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tomorrows stars nssd covsrags, too
Thank you for the recent coverage on tennis in Comal County schools. It has been wonderful to follow the outstanding tennis players in our area. It is exciting that our local girls are receiving scholarships for all their hard work.
But who are the stars of tomorrow? Could you please print the first and second place singles and doubles winners in foe district freshmen and junior varsity tournaments that were held foe same weekend as foe varsity tourney?
I don’t think it would take up too much space in the sports section. Please continue with your great coverage.
William Smith Comal County
Politicians have forgotten that this Is an Immigrant country
First of all, this is an immigrant country. I don’t know why these politicians don’t understand. Maybe because they don’t know the history of the United States or how this country was developed.
Individual or personal liberties are written on the fundamental rights which are guaranteed to all persons, citizens and non-citizens alike, under the United States Constitution.
These fundamental rights are found in foe Bill of Rights, particularly in the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth amendments. Not too long ago, tire United States Supreme Court made a ruling that all illegal immigrants were entitled to go to school. Congress knows about it, that education could not be denied to illegal aliens. But politicians are trying to ignore it
Police abuse and brutality are violations of die civil rights laws, violation of tire Constitutional law of the United States. Hopefully, everybody understands this.
As a political science major and a legal assistant and paralegal, I am willing to discuss the situation, especially in the law area. I am one of the few individuals that likes to stress out foe areas of die Constitution of die United States.
Now Prounfola deserves variance from drought plan
Editor (Roger Ooteau),
In your editorial on April 16, “Water Target Missed,” you hit die nail on the head when you say, “But consider this: New Braunfels is the only city in the aquifer region to go out and build surface water facilities.” New Braunfels is known for its progressive outlook and ability to get things done, and we can be proud of this accomplishment. New Braunfels should not be on the list of users not meeting target reductions.
New Braunfels Utilities has applied to the EUWD for a variance from the Drought Management Plan (DMP) which sets the reductions and the target use volumes that you refer to in your editorial. We have had to apply for this variance because the Edwards District has failed to recognize the conjunctive users of ground and surface water which our customers are. The DMP does not give any credit to New Braunfels for our customers’ investment in the surface water treatment plant and unfairly penalizes us for our reductions.
The DMP sets our target use volume based on foe prior year’s consumption which is already reduced by our usage of surface water. The EUWD rationale requires drat we reduce our already minimal amounts and gives no credit for our reduced usage. By switching to surface water to meet our requirements, we have achieved an 80 percent reduction of our Edwards pumping compared to 1990. In March of this year, we pumped 647 thousand gallons of water from the Edwards Aquifer, but we saved 200 million gallons that previously would have been pumped because we, unlike others, had an alternate water source. This far exceeds any of the percentage reduc
tions called for in the DMP or achieved by any other pumper on the Edwards Aquifer. Our customers should be commended and recognized for their investment in the water treatment plant.
People should also remember your very important point that “New Braunfels has more to lose than most other cities if foe aquifer level keeps dropping.” We will suffer severely if foe Comal Springs dry up.
I hope we continue to “take the moral high ground” and take every step we can to conserve water. Our conservation efforts should include restrictive lawn watering, repairing water leaks, adding low flow faucets, and other personal measures such as making sure washing machines and dishwasher loads are full, turning faucets off while brushing your teeth, and only serving water in restaurants to patrons that request it.
Our investment in surface water and continued efforts in conservation should be held up as an example to all users. No one should be able to point to our customers and “shout foul” about our efforts to conserve and preserve foe Edwards Aquifer. We know water is precious. All we would like from the other users of the Edwards Aquifer is a little credit where credit is due.
Paula DiFonzo NBU General Manager
Voter participation Is goal of GHCC during election year
There have been “rumors” around that the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is endorsing certain candidates in this election. We would like to set die record straight The GHCC does NOT endorse any candidate. We believe that every candidate who runs for public office does so because he/she is dedicated to the community and wishes to do good things for New Braunfels. We respect all candidates’ commitment to our community. It is against our bylaws to endorse any candidate as a chamber. Instead (as a group) we focus our energies to encourage our members and the public to VOTE. The right to vote is a great American privilege and the only people who can make a difference in our community, state and country are the voters.
We are not responsible for individuals in our membership who wish to advocate certain candidates. As individuals it is their right to endorse the candidates of their choice on their own' time without the use of the GHCC name behind them. We hope in the future that the community and candidates will understand that foe GHCC’s primary mission during elections is to encourage voter participation among minorities.
Yolanda Longoria Vice Chair, GHCC
Conchas clinic goes beyond coaching philosophy
A big thank you! to Lisa Morris, the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the National Youth Sports Coaches Association for the super coaches clinic presented by Lisa last weekend.
The clinics are designed not only to instruct coaches to place the emotional and physical well-being of our players ahead of our personal desire to win, but they go way beyond foe coaching philosophy. Those of us in attendance learned about foe individual physical growth of tile players, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, accommodating children with diabetes, sportsmanship and dealing with parents.
We saw a video demonstrating foe need to establish a legal liability plan, how a coach should prepare him or herself for safety, dealing with heat stress, the need for a good first aid kit, good nutrition, exercises for flexibility and conditioning, assessing injuries, the treatment of injuries, blood spills, and post-injury checklist.
Coaches also saw a second video giving us some great tips on particular practice activities to help players who
are (rn the field for tile first time and for those who have played for several years. The group discussions were even better with experienced coaches sharing their methods of making practice sessions interesting, fun and challenging for all players.
The NYSCA has a three level program that coaches will attend to become a NYSCA Certified Coach. For those of us who desire to coach or want to continue coaching, these clinics should be a must.
Thanks again, Lisa, for spending you weekend for our benefit!
Ernie Mendez Manager, Xtreme
Wag* controls of government Impinge of freedom
Raising the minimum wage has never been and never will be a good idea. An increase in minimum wage cost will cause lay-offs of personnel at foe entry level, increases all the way to tile top of tile pay scale, and move juvenile crime, a large increase in welfare rolls, and in increase in inflation, which minimum wage increases fuel as gasoline fuels a fire!
Government should not be involved in business, especially to this extent. If we had a truly free society, government would keep its nose out of the matter of wages and many other facets of business; this is nothing more nor less than another unfunded mandate and needs to be abolished.
Most Republicans now in Congress were elected for the purpose of shrinking government and making it less intrusive, not more. If anyone thinks supporting an increase in the minimum wage will get him/her re-elected, he very well may find it has exactly the opposite effect — this was not part of the “Contract with America.”
W. Ray Shannon Frances Shannon Spring Branch
Flag rotlromont a spacial day for Legion, school children
On behalf of the Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35 and Auxiliary, I would like to thank Sts. Peter and Paul School. On April 16, a Flag Retirement Ceremony was conducted at the school for all the children to observe.
A special thank you to Mrs. Miller, school principal, to Rosemary Knif-fin, teaching assistant, and to the student council for their wonderful help and cooperation in planning and conducting the ceremony.
It was my pleasure to have in attendance Mayor Paul Fraser and his wife Tina, Comal County Sheriff-elect Bob Holder, and Comal County Judge Carter Casteel.
My appreciation, to the members of American Legion Post #35, especially Commander Glerm Morris, who helped make foe ceremony so meaningful, and to the Auxiliary members who assisted.
It was a wonderful and beautiful morning.
For God and country,
Joan P. Hel mkt American Legion Unit #35
Education vital In fight against NIV Infection
In response to a letter in the “letters” section of the Wednesday, April 17. Ms. Brown, I would like to thank you for your concerns and for taking time out to share them with the general public. Yes, education is VITAL, and especially of our children. Adults, too, need to know, and that was the main reason for our visit to Judge Casteel. I feel we got our message across very well. When the numbers of infected and also those affected with HIV were shared it came as somewhat of a shock to realize that many could be here in “small town U.S.A.” As for your “experts,” did you realize one out of every four teenagers being tested are craning up positive for the virus? Did you know that in the three school
districts here in our area there are at least five students under the age of 18 that have tested positive. Can you for sure say that these kids fall into “your” lifestyles?
There are basically only two main ways you can get this virus... I) unprotected sex, 2) I.V. drug use 3) (There is still some danger to hemophiliacs. There is still a VERY small amount of tainted blood out there.) Just being homosexual does not mean they are infected. The groups that are on the rise are ADOLESCENTS and WOMEN (BLACK AND HISPANIC). Cases of new infection in foe gay community have dropped drastically. The growth is in tile heterosexual community.
Like I said, I appreciate Ms. Brown’s comments. I am convinced that, with foe right amount of education and not only tile children but tile adults also, we can put a BIG dent into the amount of infections in our area. I am no expert, and the data and new drugs, etc. are coming out every day or so. It is almost a full-time job just trying to see what’s hot and what’s not. The one thing I know for sure is that our children are dying ... our children our growing up without parents, and some very fine organizations are losing executives and employees far too much.
I myself have been attending or sending flowers to at least two funerals a week. So, you see we are losing our friends, our co-workers etc. This can be stopped. Those that are infected can only wait for that “cure” and live as productively as possible as long as possible.
In reference to... (foe) comment... “It’s a disease. It doesn’t have anything to do with your lifestyle.” I feel what she was saying was that in a lot of cases you have no choice. There are a lot of women out there that are innocent victims — women and men who date, decide to get married, enter into a safe marriage. People ... When you go to bed with someone you are also sleeping with everyone they ever slept with. E.R. personnel have contracted the virus through basic trauma care — sutures, needles, handling body fluids, etc.
I could go on with this list forever but I need to reach my point.
Ms. Brown, you said it best. Education is one of the main problems and we want to get that information out. IX) not, Ms. Brown, limit your reading... Grab everything you can get; you’d be surprised how far we have come.
Some figures for you. To date 865,000 have been diagnosed with AIDS. To date 624,000 have died. To date 8,000,000 have tested for the HIV vims.
Forty percent ate expected to be dead by the year 2000.
Thank you very much for your letter. Please keep them coming. We need to know that there are people out there that want to learn and help in the prevention of HIV and all sexually transmitted diseases.
Sincerely, Robert Konkel Founder, Until There’s a Cure
Sts. Peter and Paul School
TERILLI!!} RIDES! MIDWAY! SAMES OF CRAIGE!
with $8 Wristband,
purchased in advance at: 8ac-N-Pac Stores, H.E J.,
Wuest Supermarkets and Sts. Peter and Paul School.
Needless worries occupy far too much of our time
According to one study, here’s foe percentage of time the average person spends on various worries:
1. Things that will never happen — 40 percent of worry time.
2. Things that are in foe past — 30 percent of worry time.
3. Needless health worries — 12 percent.
4. Petty cares — IO percent.
5. Real and legitimate concerns —
Of foe eight percent of the worries that are legitimate, we have no control over half of them. We can do something positive about half of foe rest of our real worries. That leaves about two percent or our worries that are worthy of being worried over.
I found these intriguing figures in “Peak Performance Principles for High Achievers” by John R. Noe. The author gave no details on how worry patterns were computed. Measuring and validating worry traits would be an awfully difficult scientific study to design and control. But I’m not going to worry about it.
The numbers aren’t as important as the message: we worry too much. Our lives have been filled with terrible tragedy — most of which never happened.
No psychiatrist or therapist would deny that worry does more harm than foe things we worry about. Regret — concern over the past — is the second most common worry pattern.
Of all the needless worries, regret is probably the most useless. Regret is pain revisited. The cure for regret? — hope. Rather than focusing on the past, eagerly anticipate new experiences.
Past mistakes, poor choices, wrong turns can be rectified by future success.
Forget the past. As Ella Wheeler Wilcox suggests, we would do well to resolve to live today so that tomorrow’s dreams can come true.
Build on resolve, and not upon
The structure of they future. Do not grope
Among the shadows of old sins,' but let
Thine own soul’s light shine on the path of hope
And dissipate die darkness. Waste no tears
Upon the blotted record of lost years,
But turn the leaf, and smile, oh, smile to see
The fair white pages that remain
Prate not cf they repentance. But believe
The spa: \ divine dwells in thee; let it grow.
That I vkich the uprearing spirit can achieve
The grand and all creative forces
They will assist and strengthen as the light
Lifts up the acorn to the oak-tree’s height.
Thou hast but to resolve, and lo! God’s whole
Great universe shall fortify thy soul.
Each new day represents a blank page in the book of life that can be filled with love, joy, service and purpose.
Instead of regretting—“Why did I do that?” resolve to improve—“How can I do that better?”
Let’s face it We all make mistakes. But winners and whiners deal with these mistakes in polar opposite ways. Whiners play the “I wish I hada” game. They regret their mistakes. Winners play the “I’ll do better” game.
They resolve to improve on their mistakes.
Filling the mind with regret is similar to depositing a handful of gravel in a car’s crank case.
Regret puts abear and anam on foe mental motor. Resolving to withdraw only positive thoughts from the memory bank is like lubricating foe car’s chassis.
The mind naturally wants to forget unpleasant situations. If we resolve to focus on foe good, unpleasant memories will fade and we can smile on a hopeful future.
(John Ingram Walker M.S. is a New Braunfels resident.)
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■ MIM -COMAL COUNTY FAIRCiROUNDS-MAY IT
AFTER YOU SPRAY, SCRAPE, SCRUB, DRAIN, WIPE, WAX, MOP, SQUIRT, PAINT. OR CLEAN...
Bring the leftover products to
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY
Saturday, April 27 9 am to 3 pm behind Fire Station #2 4120 Loop 337 New Braunfels
SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS AND COMAL COUNTY All City and County residents are eligible to participate.
Recyclable waste may be dropped off for FREE (as listed below). However, there will be a $1.00 per pound charge for hazardous waste, as listed under Garage/Garden, Cleaning Products, and Paint Supplies. Volunteers Needed - Contact Elroy Friesenhahn at 608-2120 for more information.
CHECKLIST OF ITEMS TO BRINO
_ Used motor oil _ Used oil filters _ Auto batteries .Tires _ Paint _ Antifreeze
• Industrial waste
(* $1 per pound)
_ Brake Fluid _ Herbicides _ Pesticides _ Rat poison _ Solvents _ Pool chemicals
(* $1 per pound)
_ Paint thinners _ Paint strippers _ Spray cans _ Lacquer
_ Wood preservatives _ Solvents
(® $1 per pound)
_ Drain Cleaners _ Oven Cleaners _ Spot Removers _ Tile Cleaners _ Solvents _ Furniture Polish _ Kitchen cleaners _ Bathroom cleaners
THESE ITEMS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED
• Medical waste • Smoke detectors
• Fireworks • Radioactive material
• Commercial waste • Gas cylinders