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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, April 30, 1995BHerald-ZeitungB5 A) Contact stat# officials about preventing child abuse Dear Editor, Thank you for your articles on Child Abuse Prevention month. I would like to encourage members of our community to get involved in this struggle. Certainly, organizations like Family Outreach are an invaluable service to our county. As a member of Family Outreach, I would like to see our volunteer base grow. Realistically, however, I know how busy we all are. New Braunfels has many worthwhile organizations and citizens may find it difficult to vol* unteer for every worthwhile cause. Here is something we call all do, adults and children, too, members from across our community.. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes and the cost of a postage stamp. Please write your Texas legislator and urge them to support child abuse prevention programs. Programs like Family Outreach help families learn better parenting skills, how to deal with stress and alternative forms of discipline. Child abuse is epidemic in our country and it is PREVENTABLE. Prevention is also more cost-effective than the alternative solutions of medical assistance, social service assistance and caring for prison inmates; all of which can result from being an abused child. I Writing your legislator and other government officials (from county to {federal government) is easy and it {makes a difference. Please help to make that difference because, “It | * shouldn’t hurt to be a child.” I    Sincerely, {    Cynthia    Foster Hispanic chamber positive move for Now Braunfels I Dear Editor, { The New Braunfels Chamber of {Commerce is doing an excellent job in {promoting visitors and tourism to our {city. The Hispanic business community in New Braunfels is establishing die New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber {of Commerce. Membership will be {open to eveiyone. Our announcement {at the City Council meeting on April •24 resulted in being “painted with too •broad a brush.” This announcement {was perceived as divisive and as a {counter-productive attempt, on our !part, to separate ourselves from the community. A pledge of cooperation through passage of NAFTA means majof dtcffiomic potential from our neighbors to the south. It means more and more of their discretionary income will be funneled into this community. Increased retail endeavors, visitors and tourism are sources to be explored. With our knowledge of the Mexican culture and bilingual abilities, we are at a distinct advantage to increase our entrepreneurial skills and abilities. Our purpose for having a separate chamber is not to conflict with the goals of the New Braunfels Chamber; it is to join hands for the betterment of our city and to have equal representation in all aspects of business and economic development. Enhancing the tourist trade will increase hotel/motel taxes and generate revenue to support libraries and recreational facilities for our youth. I am currently a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Seguin and see a strong need to establish the Hispanic chamber here. I have seen the success of the combined efforts in Seguin and I know that it will work here as well. We have untapped resources at the tip of our fingers and this is the perfect time to form a chamber and put those resources to work. Our goal is to mainstream these resources and our energy for the betterment of downtown New Braunfels, the Outlet Centers and Historic Gruene. With the combined efforts, and the fledging Hispanic chamber’s enthusiasm, only •positive things can result from this •joint venture. For more information {contact Ron Gonzales. I    Thank    you, {    Rod Gonzales New Braunfels Barly Intarvantlon baal remedy for juvonllo crim# Dear Editor, For the past 6 years I have served on the 6-member Texas Youth Commission, the agency which handles more than 4,000 juvenile criminals a year—the ones who fail at the county level and graduate to the state system. I have studied and listened and talked to people about juvenile crime; I have focused on it. I have formed educated opinions about it. And I have some concerns about the way we as a state and as a nation are addressing the problem. Public safety is critical. You and I must be protected from aggressive, assaultive criminals. Kids who commit adult crimes must be held accountable for their criminal behavior. They must be incarcerated at the appropriate level of security. And we must program for them while they arc incarcerated. Otherwise they are worse when they come out. Recidivism is reduced when kids get specialized treatment—capital offender programs, sex offender programs, alcohol and drug treatment— and appropriate and sufficient after care (parole services). We must keep kids from ever getting to the Texas Youth Commission—keep them from kidnapping, raping and killing people. For the next 20 years we must deal with both ends of the system, the front and the back. It will be expensive. It will be difficult to get funding. We do not have the luxury of ignoring all the at-risk children who are newborns to I5 years old, wiping the slate clean and initiating the perfect prevention program. Because those already are hurting people, killing people and generally ruining their lives every day. So we have to work with them to do damage control: incarceration, habilitation, rehabilitation, preservation of the public safety. But we will not win the battle until we decide we can’t afford to ignore the warning signs in kids’ lives screaming at us. Ifs not sound economic policy. There are hundreds of prevention programs cataloged in the Office of Prevention of the TYC. Programs have been developed to deal with poor nutrition, substance abuse, child abuse, spouse abuse, school dropouts, preparation for independent living— the list goes on. Communities have developed their own. The private sector social service agencies have developed theirs. No one has a comer on effective prevention. But it’s hard to get money for keeping kids from entering the criminal justice system. It’s hard to document prevention. We have to get tough on juvenile crime—at the front end and the back end. But the only way to make a real difference is to do everything we know to do, to intervene at eVefy early warning sign that a child is at risk of failing to become a productive, law-abiding citizen. In short, the only approach with a chance of success is to prevent kids from turning into criminals. Marilla King, Vice Chairman Texas Youth Commission Austin Donation* of Mood naodod to offaot financial burdon Dear Editor, The New Braunfels Jaycees recently lost one of its fine members, Virginia Eureste. We all knew Virginia as a good friend, co-worker, family member, and fellow Jaycee. Virginia had been ill for quite some time. She was a city employee who worked at the Animal Shelter and, due to her illness, was not insurable. At the time of this writing, Virginia’s family suffers a great financial burden and the NB Jaycees ask that you help us to help them in relieving this financial burden. I hope you will join us in giving a gift to Virginia’s memory by donating a pint of blood in Virginia’s name. On May 7, the Animal Shelter, 1920 Kuehler Ave., (will host) the first citywide effort to replenish the 167 units of blood used by Virginia during her final days will be conducted from I p.m.-5 p.m. A representative of University Hospital will be there to collect the donations and credit Virginia’s account. All friends and family members are asked to participate also by asking their employers to participate in this blood drive or by sponsoring another collection date. Arrangements to set up a collection date can be made by calling Susan Kolath at 210-620-6349. Blood may also be given at University Hospital in San Antonio. Please help us in reducing the debt owed by Virginia’s family. We all know Virginia would have done this and so much more for any of us. Sincerely, Susan Kolath, President New Braunfels Jaycees Hispanic chamber would work with established chamber Dear Editor, We are in the process of establishing a Hispanic Chamber of Com-' melee. It is our desire to work hand in hand with the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. The goals are the same and we will be able to fill other needs that may not have been addressed. The purpose of chambers of commerce is to benefit the community we live in; to enhance the quality of life for its citizens. We want to continue these objectives. Joint effort should increase motel and hotel taxes to assure the maximum utilization in providing these needs. Increased awareness in cultural events is a strong area of concern. I have been a member of the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber, and see a strong need to establish a Hispanic chamber here. I have seen the success of the combined efforts in San Marcos, and I know that it will work here as well. This is the perfect time to mainstream our energy and resources for the betterment of downtown New Braunfels. Just as marriages between Hispanics and non-Hispanics are successful, only positive things can come of this “marriage.” Founders’ meeting is scheduled for May 7, 1995. For more information call Tom Gonzales or Yolanda Longoria at 609-9426 Thank you, Yolanda Longoria New Braunfels Concert selection not meant to glorify alcohol Dear Editor, This letter is in reference to Mr. Caballero’s comments written in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung May 26 about the NB1SD district-wide choir concert. Mr. Caballero, I appreciate your positive comments about the concert; however, I am writing to defend Seele Elementary School on their selection, “The Drunken Sailor,” which is in all songbooks adopted by die state of Texas. This song is also on our prescribed music list for the University Interscholastic League, “Making a World of Difference,” in the division of continuing education. This particular song was not intended to teach our students about alcohol. It was intended to teach musical concepts that are very important to a child’s music education. I am very sorry you were so strongly offended by this song. This tune happens to be one of my favorite songs even though I am not an alcoholic, nor do I think about alcohol while singing this tune. Overall, this traditional American folk song has been around for hundreds of years. Please accept this song as part of music appreciation. Nathan Millett, Choral Director New Braunfels Helping hand gats float to Sosqulcontonnlal parado Dear Editor, ANGEL! GOOD SAMARITAN! RESCUER! There’s no way to describe what Sonny Syamken’s (Oakwood Tire Services) deed meant to us. April 22, 8:10 a.m.— On a wing and a prayer, I fought the parade traffic to drive to Oakwood Tire Service with high hopes of finding help to replace a flat tire on our float. Pleadingly, I presented our dilemma. “We inflated the tire twice using full cans of Fix-a-Flat, but I guess the stem is cracked or something. In desperation, we even tried taping the stem to the tire rim to stop the air leak but Scotch tape wouldn’t hold. Nothing works— we NEED you!” I guess our situation sounded pretty pathetic because, even though Sonny was very short of help and backed up with work, he came through for us. A tow truck arrived shortly on the scene and after a return trip to his business (fighting the traffic and parade line-up), Sonny’s man arrived. He put a new tire on the float just in time for us to roll into line on schedule. Sonny, you’re the reason we love New Braunfels so much. Thank you for caring enough to put yourself out to help a neighbor. With much appreciation, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union P.S. The Lions Club members were also supportive in assisting to set up a jack to hasten the repair work. Thank you all!! ■ Air Force Cadet Jeffrey W. Nelson has been named to {the Commandant’s List for military excellence with a 3.0 or {better gradc-point average (GPA) this semester at the U.S. {Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The academy is a 4-ycar academic institution that provides instruction, education, military training, athletic conditioning and spiritual and ethical development to all cadets. Cadets graduate with the knowledge, character and skills essential to meet the leadership challenges of the 21 st Century for future career officers in the Air Force. Nelson is the son of Ellen J. Lesh of Coronado, Calif., and Wayne E. Nelson of Canyon Lake. The cadet is a 1993 graduate of Yucaipa High School in Yucaipa, Calif. An Open Letter From JAMES E. GOODBREAD, JR. When first being elected to the city council in 1983,1 was then proposing that the mayor of our city be elected by the citizens and was subsequently reelected three (3) more times on that same platform. While many of us have always'believed strongly in the proposition that the mayor should be elected at-large and by the people-there is a small faction of self-interested persons who believe that New Braunfels citizens should not be allowed this constitutional right, to elect their representatives! Why are these self-interested persons of New Braunfels asking themselves why voting for the mayor-at-large is such a negative proposition ? * It took the redistricting committee for the City of New Braunfels extensive time and intensive research to develop a proposition that was fair to all citizens. In fact, the city went so far as to hire a consultant law firm who recommended that our city be redistricted, due to the ever present threat that the Department of Justice would find our present system unworkable. In fact, it is inevitable that our districts will be redrawn and become single-member districts—so although the opponents would like you to think that you are losing 3 votes, in reality your are gaining I vote because once the city is redistricted you will only be able to elect your one district council member, if this amendment is not passed you effectively will lose 2 votes, once the districts are redrawn you will have I representative and a mayor elected from those seatec members. I urge you to vote for electing the mayor-at-large and by the people and do not let yourself be fooled by those that are threatened with losing their control over our city government. Folks, many of us have worked for years to restore your right of electing the mayor of your city. There are no truer words to describe good government than one that is, “Of the people, by the people, for the people3 Sincerely, dimes E. 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