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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — HERALD-ZEITl JNG — Saturday, August 26, 2000( ^pinions Forum Letters rn NKW liKAUMKUSHerald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung w as founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald w as founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor Michael Cary, News EditorKudos I would like to give praise and honor to God. There are still honest people in life. I want to tell the person who was so kind as to drop off at the post office a box of new checks I lost recently. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. A friend prayed that “all lost things will be revealed” and praise be to God, they were. Thanks again. Ellen Helton Every dollar the local businesses, individuals. United Way or Comal County donates to the Canyon Lake Action Center goes out to the Canyon Lake community in the form of services and assistance. Not for administration or general operating expenses. That is why your donation and support to the Canyon Lake Action Center is vital to the folks in our fine community. Because of your generosity in giving to the Canyon Lake Action Center School Supply Program, many local school children started the new year with the supplies they needed. Thank you for your school supply donations and support. Thank you for caring. Thanks to the following for school supply donations: Anonymous - you know w ho you are Charles Bloom Helmer Hageman Margaret and Charles Snow VFW Post 8800 Cecilia Ina Arthur and Mary Authiei Gene and Frankie Cummings Robert and Elizabeth Parnell Fred Wilson III. D.D.S. William Phillips Janeta Cox Executive Director Canyon Lake Action Center Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 26, the 239th day of 2000. There are 127 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ; On    Aug.    26,    1920,    the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared in effect. On this date: In 55 B.C., Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain. > In 1847, Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic. In    1883,    the    island    volcano Krakatoa began erupting with increasingly large explosions. In    1957,    the    Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. In 1961, the official International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto. In    1964, President    Lyndon Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J. In 1972, the summer Olympic games opened in Munich, West Germany. In 1974. Charles Lindbergh — the first man to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic — died at his home in Hawaii at age 72. In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice w as elected the 264th pope of the Roman Catholic Church follow ing the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff'took the name Pope John Paul I. In 1985. 13-year-old AIDS patient Ryan White began “attending" classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, hid., via a telephone hook-up at his home school officials had barred Ryan from attending classes in person. Ten years ago:    Fifty-five Americans who had been evacuated from the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car, headed for the Turkish border. The bodies of two slain college students were found in their off-campus apartment in Gainesville, Fla.; three more bodies were discovered in the days that followed, setting off a w ave of panic. Letters to the EditorLove the rivers, don’t ban alcohol Dear Editor: I am responding to all this talk about banning alcohol on the rivers. It makes me sick to think that people from all over move to our beautiful Iii' town, and then once they get here they want to change it. I love my rivers. I’ve lived here all my life. I have heard the profanity and seen the litter you’re talking about on the rivers, but Eve also heard and seen the profanity and litter in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Its everywhere. I think as adults, and especially as locals, that we should make better choices, lf you're wanting to go on a nice quiet relaxing float, its not a good idea to go on the busiest day of the year, Memorial or Fourth of July. Its just common sense. I was on River Road during the Fourth of July weekend and overheard a couple complain to the campground owner that people were popping fireworks and it was too loud. Give me a break. It was Fourth of July. “Can you imagine fireworks on the Fourth of July?” People will complain about anything. I would like to know that when Debbie Flume and Robert Kendrick floated the river on the Fourth of July, if they spoke their mind to the people they saw littering and flashing or if they just took pictures. Speak or forever hold your peace. When I float down the river as I’m casually having a beer w ith my children, I take a net trash bag, throw my beer and my kids' soda cans in the bag or an ice chest. My children love the rivers. I want them to grow up w ith the freedom on the rivers learning and experiencing life on the rivers as I did growing up here. If ever my children, sisters or myself see anyone littering, we ask them it they would like to put their trash in our bags or ask them to please not litter our rivers. I speak my mind Most of the time people respond in a positive way. They realize there is someone who cares. I love our rivers. I also like to have a beer occasionally, and I w ill protect my rivers in my own way by speaking up. I do think that till the outfitters need to make sure they have plenty of net bags to hand out to every person w ho rents a tube on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. More police on the rivers definitely would help control the behavior. lf the city council members are considering a ban of alcohol on the rivers. I suggest you consider a ban of beer at Wurstfest. Atter all, I’ve seen underage drinkers, people smoking drugs down by the river, couples doing w hatever they were doing behind Wurst hall, not to mention the way people throw their sausage tissue paper or cups on the ground. What a mess. Catherine Phillips New BraunfelsReplace beer coolers with managed concessions Dear Editor: Wake up, city council. We don't have any choices left. You have let the slime of the world take over our rivers to the point that we no longer can have our children and grandchildren enjoy our most beautiful natural resource. It is time to stop the drunken, lewd behavior infesting our city and vote for families and children. A vote to remove liquor on the river is a vote to return families to the New Braunfels rivers on weekends. Hooray for Councilman Kendrick. Thank you, sir. Our mayor must not be concerned for our children and the future of our rivers. Let's all watch the rest of our councilmen as they vote on this issue. Ban the ice chests full of beer in favor of managed beer concessions on each river. Alcohol consumption has to be controlled, just as speed limits control vehicles on our highways. The rest of Texas is watching, too. Don Carter New BraunfelsWe want quality, we 11 -be It a ved tourists Dear Editor: I am w riting in support of banning beer on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. Please understand that none of us want to ban beer drinking. In fact, we support managed beer concessions at the park and along the rivers. We just must bring families back to New Braunfels and curb the reputation our city is currently building as a place to party and “get wasted.” I truly hope that our citizens see the steady decline of the tourists. Families have the money, families stay for several days, and families w ill behave and safeguard our rivers. However, they w ill not share the river w ith the rough, drunken tubers; instead they w ill avoid New Braunfels as long as the “wild bunch” is allowed to infest our tow n. The current “six-hour tourists” have no respect for our beautiful rivers, the residents or personal property, lf you think that banning beer will eliminate tourists, then you don’t truly realize what a wonderful gilt this city has in its rivers and how truly special they are. People will alw ays come to New Braunfels — we just want a well-behaved, quality visitor. Please help us bring respect back to New Braunfels. Please safeguard our rivers. Please have the courage to make a real difference in New' Braunfels. Encourage your council members to vote to ban beer on the rivers. Donna Welch New BraunfelsAlcohol ban will cost NB dearly Dear Editor: Bite the hand that feeds you. I have been keeping up on the news on New Braunfels since I left a few years ago. After spending six years there, I still consider the tow n one of my favorite places in Texas. I have noticed a lot of talk about banning alcohol on the rivers again. Those that support this do have valid points — all of them. However, banning alcohol also could have a very dangerous effect on your economy. You run the big risk of losing money if this ban is issued. Most people, including those in families you are targeting in marketing, come to the rivers to be able to drink while vacationing and tubing. Putting the ban on would deter many of those families and vacationers. I personnally operated a facility on the Comal River for those six years while I lived there. While there, we had a system of enforcement of rules involving alcohol and behavior and it worked. We were able to accommodate people who wanted to drink and those that did not. We were able to enforce the rules and the activities that promoted lewd behavior. Now w hen I go back, none of those policies and procedures are being enforced at all. I believe that much of the problem is enforcement. These tourists bring in so much money, why can’t city and county officials just use more for enforcement? You will lose way more than that if you put the ban on. Even though it will cost more to put them on the rivers constantly, it will not outweigh the amount of money you will lose in tourists coming to New Braunfels and the loss of tax dollars in the sale of alcohol w ithin the county. These are the same tax dollars that have allowed the city to flourish as a nice community to live in. When you put the ban in effect, it will send a wrong message to many tourists because you will have to give a lot of tickets and put many in jail. In addition, it might take years to recover from the lost revenue and reputation. I know it is a tough decision to make, but remember, w hen you make a decision like this one, it w ill have other effects than what you expected or intended.Tim Dean Cedar Park Formerly of New BraunfelsThe tribe has spoken: TV’s ‘Survivor’ easier than real life CBS’s “Survivor” series wrapped up its first 13-week run Wednesday night in grand fashion. The “Final Four” were whittled down to one, and if I have my castaways correct, the naked fat man won. Probably many people like myself watched only the last show. just because of all the hype and intrigue played up by CBS and the media. Some folks followed the show from start to finish. And still others rejected the whole notion of getting involved, such as staff writer Ron Maloney, who, upon hearing the basic concept for the show, threatened to smash his TV into bits. Thirteen weeks on a deserted island, having to fend for yourself in the wilds, making provisions for your own food and water, having to make it by your own wits and physical strength? Weak. Really weak Susan, one of the final four, works as Margaret EDMONSON a truck driver in Chicago and said “Survivor” was easy compared to what she went through every day. If someone wants to play a true “Survivor” game, give real life a try. Lets play “Survivor: The Home Game.” Whoever does not pick up their shoes from the living room floor gets voted out of the house. Cleaning the bathroom would give new meaning to the words “immunity challenge.” If you survive, you don’t have to wear some coconut necklace. Heck, you get the TV and couch. How about “Survivor: On the Road?” Cut somebody off on Interstate 35, and risk being voted off the highway at the next commuter parking lot meeting. The tribe has spoken. Expect challenges in school zones and road construction areas. Those who succeed can get to work on time w ith a shot at a halfway decent day. I see a lot of demand for “Survivor: At Work.” Now we finally can vote out the person who bathed in her perfume before coming to the office — not to mention the person who steals pens. And rats and bugs seem rather innocuous compared to what’s grow ing in the break room refrigerator, not to mention that unidentified substance in your coffee cup. We all know about “the alliances.” They are called “off ice politics,” although most of us know better than to align ourselves with a naked fat guy. Talk about your social issues. OI course, we can’t forget the family version "Survivor: Family Reunion.” The “immunity challenges” are numerous. Immunity is bestowed upon the person who visits with the obnoxious uncle the longest. Or the person who brings the pecan pie automatically is immune f rom being voted out of the party. The loud-mouth, know-it-all sister-in-law who is always sicker and in more pain than anyone (to hear her tell it) would get my vote for the first to leave. In my family, at least, diet will be no problem. The efficient way my brother-in-law cleans a piece of poultry is an example for any survivalist. I don’t think he leaves any marrow in the bones. Here’s an idea for the rowdies on the Guadalupe and C omal Rivers. Play “Survivor: On The River.” ! hose who litter, curse and otherw ise behave in lew d, crude and disgusting manners get voted off the river, one by one. And we don’t have to invite them back for a reunion show, unless Bryant Gumbel wants to interview them down at Comal County Jail or in front of a judge. Just a few more worth considering: “Survivor: The Dating Game” (for singles only, please); “Survivor: On Vacation” (automatic immunity to whomever carries the cash); “Survivor: The Teen Version” (acne, hormones and homework!); and “Survivor: The Parent Trap” (the kids’ tribe and the parents’ tribe — it could break new ground in family communication. I know I straightened up whenever threats were made about my being asked to leave.) “Survivor” on a deserted island? Puh-lease. Real life is hard enough. The tribe has spoken. (Margaret Edmonson is managing editor of the Herald-Zeitung.) ;