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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Editorials. New Braunfels preparing to dry out after rains The overall picture was bleak. The rains continued to fall last week without sunshine in sight. Streets were flooding, water was knocking at everyone's back door and getting around was virtually impossible. The talk around town was centered on how this could be ’’The" next flood in New Braunfels and Comal County. But, despite the uncertainty of what Mother Nature would throw our way next, it was the organized effort of a few people that brought comfort to many. ♦The city and county road crews were up all hours of the day ensuring that low-water crossings and roadways were barricaded properly. ♦Emergency service personnel, including police officers, braved the torrential rains to help stranded motorists. ♦Volunteers of the Red Cross of Comal County set up an evacuation center at the National Guard Armory, just in case. ♦Herbert Syring, emergency management coordinator for the city of New Braunfels, kept tabs on the rising water in all of the local rivers and streams. ♦Ernie Hassold, Comal County community emergency coordinator, also monitored the rising streams and rivers. ♦John Specht , general manager of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, constantly monitored the water coming into Canyon Lake from upstream. It was the coordination by these key people and others who worked around the clock to tackle any emergency that came our way.    , We are lucky in New Braunfels to have these type people who work to ensure the safety of citizens in any disaster. We are truly blessed. The need for well-trained and productive students Tile future remains in the hands of the students of today. And, according to Pam Janssen, educational specialist for a volunteer committee called UniForce, the current educational system in the United States is not producing the students that are needed to compete in the demanding global economy. Janssen spoke to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Education Committee last week, discussing the need for leaders in business and education to come together to make the students of today stronger workers. She also is encouraging schools to provide more training in emerging occupational fields. But, Janssen was preaching to the choir last week. She was talking to a group of men and women who recognized the need for business and education to come together a long time ago. This is the same committee that has supported HOSTS - Helping One Student to Succeed - a tutoring program manned by volunteers. This is the same committee that formed an ad hoc committee on year-round schooling. This is the same committee that documented existing assistance programs between local businesses and groups with schools. This is the same committee that presented POPS (Power of Positive Students) to both school districts and asked them to adopt it to help increase student selfesteem And the list goes on This will be the committee to watch in the coming year because they arc going to make things happen between business and education. / (Ality I editorials were written try Sleyhun.e t ergmon . rnanaging editor of the New Br unreels Herald /jellingOpinions DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher STEPHANIE FERGUSON, Managing EditorHerald-Ze/tt/ngf, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday, December 24,1991Is it Seguin Street or Seguin Avenue? On the surface, New Braunfels is a peaceful community with friendly residents who generally live harmoniously. Oh sure, like any community there are people on different sides of different issues and occasionally local politics give the big city folks an entertaining item to be amused with, but generally things are pretty much sensible and peaceful. However, I submit that there is a little-lalked-about issue that involves some of our town’s most respected citizens and establishments. I’m not talking about whether electric bills are high or why there isn’t reserved parking for local residents at area places of business. The question is: Is it Seguin Avenue or Seguin Street? This question addressed itself to me over time as I did my daily chore of typing in information for the police blotter report in the newspaper. I am constantly referring to Robert Stewart the city map index u) make sure I call a street a street, a road a road and so on. The Official Chamber of Commerce Map of New Braunfels prominently displays Seguin Avenue on the map and in the directory. The official street index for the city of New Braunfels also lists that road as Seguin Avenue. On the other hand, a look in the telephone book shows a prestigious restaurant on Seguin Street and a historic hotel on Seguin Street. Also, I have even been witness to some very official looking stationery emblazoned with the Seguin Street designation. Both usages are quite common in local conversation. Always careful to cover their bases, some attorneys list addresses on Seguin Avenue, while others use Seguin Street. All in all, my random phone book survey shows more addresses on Seguin Avenue than Seguin Street but another disturbing fact did surface — some people are indecisive. Apparently, many people are unwilling to take a stand on the issue. Rather than make an error or perhaps offend someone who may be in the renegade “street** camp, a large number of businesses simply list North or South Seguin as their street address. No “avenue or street’* is ventured forth. Is there a conspiracy of disinformation or is it easier to write “street** than “avenue?" Maybe two words beginning with the letter “S’* sound better together or are easier to say. They say the English language is a living thing, subject to change with popular usage. Could it be that the same thing could apply to street titles? Anyway, I was just wondering. Robert Stewart is a staff writer for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. I DONT KNOW- I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT JUST LETTING THE WO! THINS GO AND RESIGNING-WAT D'YOU THINK? 'WELL, YOU'RE RlGHT-I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T GIVE UR WITHOUT FIGHTING T* KEER THE COUNTRY INTMT-YOU AGREE? Mi SAWANT- IVW WELL, THAT'S TRUE-1 PROBABLY SHOULDST FIGHT THE INEVITABLE BETTERS STAND ASIDE AND LET HISTORY WORK- RIGHT?--WELL, THAT'S A. GOCO POINT-M THE HADER AND I OUGHT TO ASSERT WSEIR- Today in History Th* Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Dec. 24, the 358ih day of 1991. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1814, the War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium. (However, because of the slowness of communications at the time, both nations fought the Battle of New Orleans the following month.) On this date In 1524, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama — who had discovered a sea route around Africa to India — died in Cochin, India. In 1851, fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes. In 1865, several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, Tenn., called the Ku Klux Klan. In 1871, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. In 1906, Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over radio from Brant Rock, Mass. In 1920, Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance, singing the role of Eleazar in Jacques Halevy’s “La Juive’’ at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces as part of Operation “Overlord.” In 1968, the Apollo VHI astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis as part of a Christmas Eve television broadcast to Earth. In 1980, Americans remembered the U.S. hostages in Iran by burning candles or shining lights for 417 seconds — one second for each day of captivity. In 1989, ousted Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega, who had succeeded in eluding U.S7 forces, took refuge at the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in Panama City. Ten years ago: Poland’s leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, went on radio to deny that hundreds of Poles had been killed or were being held in inhumane conditions since martial law was declared. Five years ago: French hostage Aurei Cornea, held in Lebanon for nine and one-half months, was released by his pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim captors. One year ago: With three weeks left before the United Nations deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops marked Christmas Eve with muled celebrations and a heightened state of alert. Today's Birthdays: Actress Jill Bennett is 60. Author Mary Higgins Clark is 60. Federal health administrator Anthony S. Fauci is 51. Understanding the bootstrap theory of life Your representatives but* Rep. Edmund Kuempel    Slate    Sen.    William    Sims District 46    District    25 Capitol Suiuon    Capilo,    Suiuun P.O. Box 2910    P O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78768-2910    Au*lini Texas 78711 One of a very few things in which I have an unshakable belief is thai people have an obligation to lift themselves by their own bootstraps. ‘'Bootstraps” is an old-fashioned expression because not many shoes have bootstraps today but I use it because it’s hard lo know how to say it belter. I’ll try lo improve on that bootstrap expression I believe our destiny is in our own hands. Pure goodness doesn't come naturally lo most of us People ought to act better than they feel like acting. They should be kinder than they feel like being, more honest than their natural tendency lo lie might lead them to be. People should grab less for themselves than their acquisitive instincts urge them lo grab. They should eat, drink and satisfy themselves sexually less often than their appetites for those things demand. I arri not a religious person, but I believe that religion sometimes helps people be better than they might be without it. I regret that they feel religion is necessary for them to support their goodness but if it helps, I don’t knock it. I wish they were moral and ethical because their brains lead them to believe it's the best way to behave, but if belief Andy Rooney in some other-worldly power helps them live better lives, that’s preferable to not living a good life at at all. Religion very often isn’t strong enough to overcome the evil forces that lurk in all of us. it’s why Catholics have confession. As I watched William Kennedy Smith confess to sex in the sand with a stranger, I picked up the morning paper and there was a huge picture of him on his knees in St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church in Palm Beach, praying. No one knows whether he was praying for victory in his trial or praying that God would help him control his sexual desire next time he met an attractive woman. Willie should get up off his knees and lift himself by his own bootstraps. I wouldn’t suggest censoring the new wave of openly displayed sex and verbal vulgarity in the movies but I dislike all but the few examples of it that are artistically honest. I appreciate the freedom artists have to say what they wish to say, but the makers of motion pictures and television shows have an obligation to help us be our best, not our worst. I’m not looking for propaganda, just a little decency once in a while. Bill Cosby’s show has some. instead, producers take advantage of the First Amendment, not because they have anything important to say with their free speech but to make money. News organizations bear a responsibility to help us be our best by telling us what is important for us to know instead of turning news into entertainment by featuring the junk we'd often prefer to hear. Legitimate newspapers have an obligation not to turn themselves into imitations of the junk press displayed in supermarkets because the information that newspapers give us enters into our judgment of how to proceed with our lives. This is as true of television news as it is for newspapers. CBS News began several of its “Evening News" broadcasts with stories of the William Kennedy Smith rape trial in Palm Beach. We were all interested. We were voyeurs, bul a responsible news organization does not play the graphically explicit details of a sexual encounter by the nephew of a senator from a famous family ahead of the demise of the Soviet Union, one of the single most important stories of the century, or even ahead of the story of the release of hostage Terry Anderson. If Dan Rather is, as the credits say he is, “Managing Editor’’ of the “CBS Evening News, “ he should be ashamed of himself. He's too good a newsman for that. lf he objected but was overruled by the producer, then he should consider other options because he's got a bootstrap problem of his,own. Andy Roomy is a syndicated columnist , with the Tribune Media Services. ;