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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Saturday, August 2> 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 Nkw Braunfels Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Gary E. Maitland, Managing Editor (830) 625-9144 lUTYtte >W^R CH TEFFORAtoO'fcE. EHMER    XA OR Aft*' U5- Other Views Austin American-Statesman on Latinos and alcohol: The tragic and untimely death last week of 14-year-old Frank Baragas underscores a deadly trend that disproportionately affects Austin’s latino community: driving while intoxicated. The Del Valle teenager died after being thrown from a pickup driven by his father, who allegedly was intoxicated. The pickup spun out of control and flipped after hitting a guard rail. No community or ethnic group is immune to harm and tragedy associated with drunken driving. It is an equal opportunity predator. Even so, traffic fatality rates are greater among Latinos than blacks or whites, as are DWI arrests. Austin American-Statesman writers Claire Osborn and Andy Alford exposed that trend in Sunday’s editions: One-third of last year’s 71 traffic fatalities in Austin were Latinos. Alcohol was a factor in 74 percent of those fatal wrecks. The problem of DWI is particularly severe among Hispanic men, who made up 43 percent of DWI arrests in 2002. It’s a sobering figure, given that Hispanic men make up just ll percent of Austin’s driving population. Underlying causes for the relatively high rate of DWI arrests and fatalities among Hispanics vary, from a lack of education among immigrants regarding the stricter driving laws in Texas and the United States, to cultural factors described by University of Texas at Dallas researcher Raul Caetano. Caetano said Latinos tend to drink less frequently than people in other ethnic groups but consume more at each drinking occasion. That’s why we welcome and applaud Mothers Against Drunk Driving for its new campaign in Central Texas discouraging Hispanics from drinking and driving. MADI) launched its “Pasa las Haves” (which means, “Pass the Keys” in Spanish) initiative this spring in Austin. The 2-year-old campaign got its start with a grant from Mitsubishi Motors America Inc. “We want to deliver the message that you can celebrate your culture but protect your family if you’re drinking or planning to drink,” said Betty Swinners, a spokeswoman for MADD’s national office. Education is a key factor in breaking this deadly cycle, but drivers of all races who drink won’t likely pass the keys if they don’t have alternatives. That’s where Capital Metro comes in. The company will begin late-night routes during the week and on Saturdays to help keep drunken drivers off the road. Those routes will run in East, Southeast and North Austin. While some have tried to attribute the stunningly high rate of DWI arrests of Hispanic men to racial profiling. That seems an unlikely explanation given the facts. Statistics show drunken driving and crashes are high among latinos across the nation. In Austin, police officers stop drivers for DWI not because of their ethnicity but because of their driving (swerving or spt»eding). Most important, drivers who were stopped and arrested were caught on video as intoxicated, failed blood alcohol tests or both. In other words, they were arrested for being legally drunk. Police officers were right to get them off the road. Drunken drivers are a menace to all, including themselves and their families. Just ask the Baragas family, which not only has lost a son, but now is facing the loss of a father, who is charged with a felony that could lock him away for many years. - DHUEfiS YOD AUST warn be mw Policy Letters To The Editor Questions linger over turf deal Is anyone going to be held accountable for the lies and half-truths forced on Comal Independent School District taxpayers? Is anyone going to make sure the “cost savings” of artificial turf are actually realized by CIS!)? Will the truth ever be known about why CIS!) selected TenXTurf over other turf companies, especially considering their product is more expensive than other surfaces installed by other companies? Why did the district Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2003. There are 151 days left in the year. Tbday’s highlight in history: On Aug. 2, 1943, PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being ram mini by Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands. The future president was credited with saving members of the crew. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism, and also received the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered. On this date: In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of I ndependence. In 1876, frontiersman “Wild Bill” Hiekok was shot and killed while playing poker at a sa Ii Kin in not shop around for the best possible price? Last but not least, considering the budget problems, why was there such a rush to spend more than half a million dollars to install turf now? Who caused this rush? Just wondering if anyone out there cares about the truth. Jim Maxwell Wimberley Play shows good side of youths We read and we hear so much about all the bad things young people are doing today and how much trouble they get into. Very seldom do we hear about the good things young people do. Mary Ann and I went to see “The Music Man” at the Brauntex Theatre last Sunday. Of course, the grown ups did a wonderful job, but all of the young people did a fantastic job. By young, I am talking about 5- and 6-year-olds and also the teenagers. These very young people were amazing. Everyone should go see it. Rudy Seidel New Braunfels Deadwood, Dakota Territory. In 1921, opera singer Enrico Caruso died in Naples, Italy. In 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco. In 1934, German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler’s complete takeover. In 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program. In 1945, President Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the Potsdam conference. In 1964, the Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. In 1985, 137 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines jetliner crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert Storm. Ten years ago: In a dramatic scene shown on national television, Jessica, a 2 1/2-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle, was removed from the Michigan home of Jan and Roberta DeBoer and turned over to her biological parent#, Dan and Cara Schmidt, of Iowa. Five years ago: Cyclist Marco Pantani of Italy won the Tour de France, which had been marred by a doping scandal. Ventriloquist Shari Lewis died in Los Angeles at age 65. The Herald-Zeitung encourages the submission of letters. Letters must be 250 words or fewer, and the Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. Guest columns should be less than 500 words. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. No letter will be published until it has been verified. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor c/othe Herald-Zeitung PO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] Contact ’Em City Council Mayor Adam Cork 608-2100, city hall 609-1958, home mayor© District 1 Sonia Muftoz-Gill 608-2100 District 2 Larry Alexander 609-1242, home District 3 Gale Pospisil 625-6997, work District 4 Valerie Hull (210) 533-1250, work District 5 Lee Rodriguez 629-4901, work District 6 Ken Valentine 625-7384, home [email protected] Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 620-5501 Fax: 608-2026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 620-5504 (830) 899-2948, home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin 620-5509 (210)651-9672, home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 620-5503 606-9208, home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennedy 620-5508 (830) 625-6739, homeChild collects more than his share of life’s merit badges “Mom, Dad! Billy has to go to the emergency room!” Joey dashed outside the second we returned home from our evening walk, his face rod and his voice loud with urgency. My stomach clenched tightly, and I had a vision of Billy laying in a pool of blood. Billy is the family daredevil, and we have gray hairs to prove it. On his first birthday, he broke his nose jumping from the couch onto the ottoman. Within six months, he was skydiving from the top bunk onto a pile of pillows. I’ll never forget when he was 4 years old, I dropped by for lunch and saw hun standing on top of our house, waving proudly. I screamed in terror — what was my baby doing on the roof? He just grinned and shimmied down the tree, running up for a hug. That babysitter didn’t last long, but looking back now, I don’t think it was entirely her fault. In the past two years, Billy has been to the emergency room three times. Now, Joey was telling us we would have to go again. Billy’s first trip to the emergency room involved a broken wrist. I thought it occurred when we saw him jumping from a huge oak tree onto the neighbor's trampoline, but he confessed he broke it by jump- THROUGHThick vThinRosemary and Guy Scott mg down the staircase in a single bound. “I made it the first two times, but then I landed on my arm funny,” he explained on the way to the hospital. ’I’he second ER trip occurred when he was practicing being a dervish. He was jumping up in the air and seeing how many times he could turn around before he landed. He would do a small turn and say “90 degrees!” Then he would jump and twirl, landing at “180!” “360!” “Hey, Dad, what comes after 360?” he asked excitedly. Before Guy could respond, Billy landed face first on the edge of the coffee table, cutting his face severely. There was blood everywhere, and as we whisked him out the door, Billy boasted, “I made it around three-and-a-half times, Dad.” The third trip to the emergency room occurred when Billy left a needle in the carpet after digging around for one of those stickers he always gets in his feet because ht* refuses to wear shoes. He was racing through the room, when he jammed the needle into his foot, where it broke off. That trip to the FIR preceded three visits to various doctors and surgeons, which culminated in major surgery. I was sharply brought back to the present when Guy demanded, “What happened now?” Joey said, “He cut his foot wide open, and there was a lot of blood.” Guy and I dashed inside the house, and Billy was sitting on the ottoman, with Christine gripping his foot and holding a blood-drenched towel. Guy gently pulled back the towel. I suddenly felt sick at the sight of a huge gaping wound, with Billy’s tissue exposed. Guy breathed a visible sigh of relief. “It’s okay, Billy. Its a good, clean cut.” I couldn’t believe my ears. As a mother, I would never use the words “good” and “cut” in the same sentence, but Guy always looks at things differently. When my husband carried Billy into the emergency room, the attending nurse looked up and said, “Oh hi, Billy. What happened this time?” The next day we took Billy to lunch with us. While we were eating, I gazed at my young son whose arms and legs were full of little abrasions and scars, and I scolded him. “I don’t like you to get all scarred up. You are too cute to have so many scars.” Guy said, “It’s okay for men to have scars. I started collecting them about your age.” Billy looked at his father in awe and said, “How many scars do you have, Dad?” Guy laughed and said, “Hundreds. I’ve had three broken arms; my nose was broken seven times. Four of my front teeth were knocked out. I’ve cut my hands, scarred my legs, dislocated my shoulders and have had lots of stitches.” I cringed, but remembered when we were dating, I never minded my husband’s scars — in fact, the one by his eye made him look like a pirate or a movie star. Guy continued, “Scars, to me, are the merit badges of life, Billy. It tells others you’re not afraid to live.” (Rosemary and Guy Scott, of Schertz, have written for many magazines and newspapers across the country. They have four kids, two dogs, one bird, a frog and some fish without names.) ;