New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Reimer backs higher drinking age
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
When it comes to drinking and driving, Texas laws are way behind the times in the opinion of County Attorney Bill Reimer.
But local attitudes on the subject — specifically the attitudes New Braunfels’ parents have concerning teenage drinking — are also in need of improvement, Reimer said Wednesday.
"Texas is one of a very few states that does not have an open container law,” said Reimer, who spoke out in favor of such a law at Tuesday night’s PACT (Parents and Children Together) meeting.
PACT is a parent peer group that is actively supporting the drinking age being raised to 21.
"It’s time for an attitude change in Texas For years it’s been Texans are known for being hard lovers and hard drinkers,” he noted in a telephone interview Wednesday.
"But ifs time to change that attitude — let’s not continue to take away other peoples’ freedoms,” he said reiterating his Tuesday night stance.
“There are 5,000 people killed each year that have to do with drunk drivers. That’s 70 people every day — that shows the time has come to change our attitude.”
Reimer estimated that a "vast majority or as many as two-thirds” of the other states currently have open-container laws, making it illegal to drink alcoholic beverages while driving.
As he told those gathered at PACT, where Louis Yeager, an agent with the Texas Liquor Control Board also spoke, Reimer would like to see Texas pass similar legislation.
Local feelings have also got to change, said Reimer, who was highly critical of those local parents who might have permissive attitudes concerning teenage drinking.
"There’s been this attitude of boys will be boys and Comal County Kool-Aid (beer) won’t hurt anybody,” said Reimer, noting that he’d been “ raised here...under the German ethics.”
“That’s a bad attitude that’s been here too long. Kids will experiment enough on their own without us encouraging it,” he said. "But with the epidemic of
teenage drunk drivers...ifs time we re-evaluated our stance. The young people are killing themselves.”
The county attorney specifically criticized those parents who throw "keg parties" for their teenagers and their peers around graduation time or over the Christmas holidays.
Ifs time for parents to say “hey we’re not going to have these parties and you (other parents) shouldn’t either,” said Reimer. Currently some parents think these parties are alright and follow “other parents’ leads," since they’re throwing these parties too, he added.
However, Reimer continued, if one of the teenagers from that party I who has drinken alcohol) were to get in a wreck after that party, the parents (throwing the party) are "as responsible as the kid that drank the beer," said Reimer.
And what some parents also don’t realize, he added, is that it is "a crime to give alcohol to a teenager unless it’s your own child." There’s a fine
See REIMER, Page 16A
MHMR seeks donations for Christmas card
It’s called the "Community Christmas Card,” and ifs the Comal County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center’s way of saying "Merry Christmas.”
The MHMR Center is again asking concerned county citizens to forego sending Christmas cards locally, and making a contribution to MHMR instead.
During the week of Christmas, an ad will be placed in local newspapers listing the names of all those who have chosen this way to wish their friends a Merry Christmas, while showing their concern for the needs of others. Names will also be read over the air at the local
radio station during the holiday season.
The Comal County MHMR Center is an outreach program of the Austin State School and San Antonio State Hospital The center provides mental health care and developmental training to anyone in the county. Its 14 employees are funded by the state, but operating expenses for the center must come from the community.
Contributions, along with the way you wish your name to appear, should be sent to the MHMR Center, 511 North St., New Braunfels, TX 78130, by Saturday, Dec. 18. Businesses as well as individuals are urged to participate.
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WEDNESDAY December 1, 1982 25 cents
Vol. 91 - No. 233
40 Pages- 4 Sections
Christmas tree lights and children's faces were both aglow in Main Plaza Tuesday, as the lights were turned on in the annual switch on of the lights. Top left, one youngster from Lone Star Elementary turns a deaf ear to his colleague's singing. Lower left. Adam Trollinger waves excitedly at Santa, who came to witness the event
Kennedy out of '84 picture
WASHINGTON (API Sen. Edward M. Kennedy announced today that he will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984. "nor would I accept a draft." He said that while it is no mystery he’d like to be president, obligations to his three children override politics.
Kennedy, 50. said his announcement dealt only with the 1984 campaign and that he might well run another time.
He did not endorse anyone for the nomination, but said he would not rule out doing so later on.
Kennedy made his announcement at a news conference that had tile trappings of declarations of candidacy. He entered to applause, read his statement, then answered questions.
He said he believes that if he were to run, he would win the nomination
"Were the decision to be made solely on political grounds. I would have made a different announcement today,” the Massachusetts senator said.
A loser last time, a leader now in the public opinion polls. Kennedy said "for the members of my family, the 1980 campaign was sometimes difficult and it is very soon to ask them to go through it again.”
"I am involved in a divorce," he said, calling it painful for him; his estranged wife, Joan; and their children.
The Kennedys are working on a
divorce settlement that is expected soon.
As for his children Kennedy said. "I believe my first and over-riding obligation now is to Patrick. Kara and Teddy.”
Kennedy said he would be active in national Democratic politics "I want to see a party that wins the presidency in 1984. not for the sake of winning alone but because its philosophy, its programs and its nominee deserve that victory,” he said.
He also said President Reagan can be defeated, and that in other circumstances. a tough race with the Republican incumbent would have been a welcome challenge While he wouldn't say so, his withdrawal from the crowded field of Democratic prospects leaves former Vice President Walter F MOildale the leading potential candidate "I don’tMiink ifs any my story that I would like to be president," Kennedy said "Hut I have also indicated that I would not be a candidate in 1984, nor would I accept a draft either for the presidency or the vice presidency?*’ leaving open the possibility of another try for his party's nomination, Kennedy noted his abortive race against Jimmy farter and said, "Actually, I enjoyed campaigning a lot in iowa in 1980 and, who knows, some day I may do it again."
Helen Gurley Brown offers helpful advice to all 'mouseburgers'
By NANCY SHUtlNS Associated Press
NEW YORK (API - The PROBLEM, dear girls, is STATISTICAL.
"The latest U S. Census reveals that, between the ages of 35 and 39, there are 13 million women for every IO million men. Bottom line: There are too many of us, too few of them
The SOLUTION, pussycats, is to "mouseburger” your way to happiness.
And here to show you how in her new book, "Having It All," is Helen Gurley Brown, the single girl’s guru, the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, and 105 pounds of pure mouseburger
If you, too, are a "mouseburger,” Mrs. Brown’s buzz word for waifs everywhere who have more bravado than beauty, more ambition than affluence, more character than confidence, do not despair.
Instead, work hard Exercise. Go easy on salt. Scrub. Moisturize. Condition. Tuck. Repair. Reduce. Augment.
Give him compliments. Give him gifts. Tell white lies. Feed his ego. And don’t expect him to be perfect. That’s YOUR job.
"The question is, do you want a man in your life or DON’T you?" Mrs. Brown asks, her voice lapsing into the trademark italics that pepper her
magazine. "If you do, we’re talking about a precious commodity I think men and women are totally equal — there are dodo men and there are dodo women. But we are not equal in numbers.”
If we were, obviously, young women w ouldn’t have to do all this dieting and exercising, conditioning and repairing, bikini waxing and perfuming. All this MOUSEburgering
And Mrs. Brown wouldn't have to do all this worrying over what her critics are likely to say about "Having It All.”
"Some feminists will say there's too much emphasis on man-pleasing. Some women will say ifs too manipulative, that I advocate using trickery and guile And some people will say I have a double standard about married people w ho cheat.”
Personally, Mrs. Brown, 60, prefers fidelity. She has been happily married for 23 years to David Brown, a successful movie producer. But she has NIGHTMARES about him DYING, or her becoming INCAPACITATED, or a thousand OTHER things.
Once, there was plenty to worry about for Helen Gurley, the poor-as-a-church-mouse daughter of a Little Rock, Ark., mao killed in an accident when she was IO. As a teen-ager, she had terminal acne, a chest flat as a billiard table, and what she insists was “brain-damaged” hair.InsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm today and Thursday, and cloudy and mild
tonight. There is a 20 percent chance of showers through Thursday, with winds from the south at 10-15 mph.Unicorn flashback
Until this year. New Braunfels’
j Unicorns have been noted for their lack of help from Dame Fortune in getting to the playoffs and in the j postseason itself. This year they
hope to get a shot in the arm from
the fickle lady. Sports, Page 6A
ENTERTAINMENT IO 11A
Guaranty State Bank named Utilities depository
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
It was a meeting of contract approvals and bid authorizations for New Braunfels Utilities trustees Tuesday. Among the biggies, Guaranty State Bank was given a twu-year depository contract, and the Senior Citizens Center contract was extended for three years.
Guaranty was awarded the depository contract on a 3-0 vote, with trustee Robert Orr (also president of Texas Commerce Hank-New Braunfels) abstaining. Texas Commerce, along with New Braunfels National Bank, also bid for the contract.
The five-year lease contract with the Comal Senior Citizens Community Center expired Tuesday. The board approved a three-year lease contract Tuesday, in which $8,700 in permanent improvements will be accepted in lieu of rent.
The permanent improvements, scheduled for completion within the three-year period, include closing in the front porch area with heating and cooling ($7,000), repairing and painting the roof with fibered aluminum coating i $1,2001, and replacing restroom fixtures i $5001.
in other action, the board approved two different bid authorizations on computer-related items. "The first approval we got was to go out for bids
on tele-communications equipment," Utilities management information services manager Barry Allison said Wednesday. "This will give us the ability to buy equipment which will allow us to communicate with our remote sites, like the water department, etc "The second thing we got approval to go out for bids for was tease-purchase finance contracts with different lending institutions We have committed to buy the computer equipment from Data General, but we want to bundle the deal in a package, and spread the payments over a five-year period,” Allison explained
See UTILITIES, Page ISA
Planners wrestle with subdivision statute
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Paragraphs concerning sidewalks, street dedication requirements and inspection fees will need more work before the Planning and Zoning Commission is ready to send its revised subdivision ordinance for City Council approval.
"Of all of them, sidewalks bothers me the most," said commissioner John Dierksen, who chaired tile group at Tuesday’s workshop meeting.
"We’ll probably have two more workshops before we type this thing in
its final form,” said Mel I sequel lien t, representing the consulting firm Freese & Nichols. He suggested that commissioners pick out tile areas of concern and concentrate on those in subsequent meetings.
Sections governing electrical easements and Die laying of water and sewer pipes are still being worked out with New Braunfels Utilities, reported Planning Director Dobra Goodwin. They’ll also be ready for consideration at a later date.
The sidewalk section, as read Tuesday, would require walks at least four feet wide along all major
thoroughfares and arterial streets, on streets feeding into major thoroughfares, and in ureas of heavy foot traffic: for example, near schools and parks.
Sidewalks would not be mandatory in areas of ojHii development, or iii single-family residential areas with large lots.
Commission members agreed it made sense But considering tile cost, some wondered whether the city really wanted to force developers to put sidewalks in
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