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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, February I, 2000Opinions FORUM Letters ...yr,............ Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1.890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor Kudos For the past three sears, attorney Kristen Quinney of New Braunfels has sponsored my Reading Improvement classes at Canvon High School. Ms. Quinney has been assisted by the Law’ Offices of Bob Kieshng, attorney Susan G. Tate and the Comal County Bar Association. It i> a difficult job motivating reluctant readers, but with Ms. Quinney s help, 29 of my students this past year and 26 students this year have read at least 1,000 pages in a single semester. They were rew arded with a pizza party at Mr. Gatti’s and attended an Iguanas hockey game. Ms. Quinney solicited donations from New Braunfels area businesses that were prizes to the top readers. Competition for Mamacitas. Gruene Mansion Inn. Adobe Cafe, Target and Hastings gift certificates was fierce. The donations Ms. Quinney obtained were great incentives for my reluctant readers. The top tw'o readers even were awarded trophies and T-shirts. I would like to thank Kristen Quinney for her hard work, collecting prizes, planning a pizza party and a trip to an Iguanas hockey game to support literacy for at-risk teenagers. Ms. Quinney makes my difficult job motivating reluctant readers tremendously easier. Usa Rambo Reading specialist Canyon High School Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Feb. I, the 32nd day of 2(1 OO. There are 334 days left iii the year. Highlights in history on this date: 1587    - England's Queen Elizabeth I signs warrant foi execution of Mary Queen of Scots. 1702 - Prince Eugene of Savoy raids Cremona, Italy. 1775 - Peasants in Bohemia revolt against serv itude. 1881 - First signs of nationalist movement appear in Egypt as military officers stage uprising. 1896 - (fete, inspired by Greece, begins revolution against Turkey. 1899 - U.S. Bag is raised over Pacific island of Guam, formerly under Spanish control. 1908 - Portugal’s King Carlos I and Crown Prince are murdered in Lisbon, Manuel ll becomes King. 1917 - Germany decides to let its submarines attack merchant ships irom neutral nations going to Britain, a move that triggers the U.S. entry into World War I. 1924 -    Britain recognizes Communist government of Soviet Union. 1935 - Anglo-German conference is held in London to discuss Germany’s rearmament, Italy sends troops to East Africa. 1946 - Trygve Lie, Norwegian Socialist, is elected United Nations Secretary-General; Hungarian Republic is proclaimed. 1956 - South Africa requests Soviet Union to withdraw all consulates. 1959 - Swiss referendum rejects female suffrage in federal elections. 1968 - Central pacific nation of Nauru becomes independent. 1972 - British embassy in Dublin is bombed as anti-British demonstrations sweep Ireland. 1990 - Romanian National Salvation Front agrees to a powersharing arrangement until national elections can be held. 1991 - South African President EW. de Klerk announces that he will scrap all the remaining laws that uphold apartheid. Wqxd,BilLnOW tinfte ofter cheeK! X Letters to the Editor Enough is enough in overcrowded city Dear Editor: While driving on Landa Street past the old LCRA building, my high school student daughter asked why not turn that building into a new high school? I had no answer that made sense to give her. She proceeded to explain how it could help the overcrowding and maybe eliminate some of the trailers the students are forced to use as classrooms. A building that size could help the situation we are having because of the overcrowding and the need to build on every piece of property in our town. As we all know, the traffic has become a major issue. This town was founded for a small population, which has been turned into a tourist trap, and the overcrowded city has become a nightmare. Only so many people can fit on roads in town that were made for horses and buggies. The wait for stop lights has become too much. The traffic is backed up from the post office or further to the old Highway 81 road. Have we enough people here yet, or will this money-hungry frenzy to build and bring even more families with children ever stop? Enough is enough. Stop wasting our tax monies also on losing tourist traps to drive about a half mile to see some Christmas lights. That’s another story, but a sad one. Bill Grace New Braunfels Letter writer needs more compassion Dear Editor: I was greatly disturbed with Oliver J Ebert’s letter about Mr. Konkel’s plight. Regardless of how he contracted HIV, the Herald-Zeitung is trying to show the plight of an AIDS patient trying to inform ignorant people who continue to share needles and have unprotected sex, whether perverted or not, and run the risk of catching this disease and living a nightmare for their remaining years. People who are living with HIV are afraid to step forward and tell anyone of their situation for fear of rejection and some of those same people are continuing the same practices and passing it on to others. I pray, Mr. Ebert, that this disease never touches your life in any manner and that some insensitive person never writes a letter like yours. Mr. Konkel has people who love him and are going through this trying time with him, so not only does your letter affect him but also his loved ones. We all need to think before we act or speak! I applaud Mr. Konkel’s courage to come forward and let people be aware of exactly how this disease has totally consumed his every waking hour. I would only hope and pray that the articles are being read and heeded by our youth, who think that they are invincible and that this will never happen to them. Where is the compassion that we are to be bestowing on our fellow man? Paula Brewer New Braunfels We cannot legislate morality Dear Editor: After surviving Y2K, the moralists are beating their drums and pounding their Bibles and shouting. Roe vs. Wade is back in the headlines. When will these people pick the log out of their own eyes and realize that you cannot legislate morality? Prohibition simply raised the price of alcohol and doubled the U.S. crime rate while marketing jackleg, filthy distilled booze. The same thing has happened with cocaine, heroin and marijuana! This is the price of freedom in a capitalistic law of supply and demand. They are now trying to force the legal medically clean clinics back into the filthy back alley rooms again or the do-it-yourselfers to use bathtubs of hot scalding water and coat hangers. The life of the unwed mother or the unfaithful wife is a gamble at best! At least the Israelites took them to the city gates and stoned them to death, mother and fetus. The choice the young mother now has is A or A, Abortion or Adoption. Jim D. Mooney New Braunfels Got Something to Say? The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung encourages letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included for confirma tion purposes. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald- Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 7813101328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: news(&herald-zeitung.comLetters to the Editor Confederate flag represents states’ rights Dear Editor: It was very nice for you to give Mike I itsko a nice Lifestyle front page space in Sunday’s paper to w rite his vitriol about our southern culture and ancestors in his article captioned “longtime emblem of slavery should lly no more.” The caption is wrong, the article misleading and vicious, and it is scary to think this person, as principal at OakRun School, is in charge of educating our ;hiIdren, with or without our tax money! I he ( on federate Battle Bag is no more in emblem of slavery, than is the Union lack or Old Glory, both of which Bew ivcr ships hauling slaves at one time or mother. It represents the concept of ;tates rights, and the right of secession; a listinct nation of cultural heritage which vas invaded and defeated. The fact that omc modern cretins misuse the old St. Andrews’ cross for their own distorted (urposes should not relegate the mblem, lor which several of my direct ancestors fought and died, to the trash heap. How very pretentious and commanding for Mr. Fitsko to decide that the year 2000 is the proper time, as opposed to any other, for us all to tear down emblems he doesn’t personally like. I don’t know where Mr. Fitsko is from, but Ell bet if I dug into his ancestry I could find many things to highlight and disparage, but it probably wouldn’t make it beyond a letters to the editor column. William Jones New BraunfelsDoes your council represent you? Dear Editor: The citizens of New Braunfels — the taxpayers of this community — need to start paying attention to what is happening at the City Council meetings. Is your City Council representative really looking out for your best interests and needs? Many of the voices pushing for the Walnut expansion do not live within the city limits and are not taxpayers. They have businesses or business interests here in town. This commercial push does not benefit the local citizens who live in New Braunfels, love its historical heritage, and care about quality of life. Unmanaged growth and expansion does not benefit anyone. Juliet Watson is the only council representative who listens to her constituents, researches the proposed projects, asks intelligent questions and stands up for the citizens of New Braunfels. Juliet has heart and cares about this community. We, the citizens, need to participate in our local government before New Braunfels is no longer our cherished community with a sense of family values and history — a beautiful place to live. Remember that your council representative is your voice in this town, and I am proud that Juliet Watson represents me.Vicki Harrison New BraunfelsArticle about pay raises raises objections Dear Editor: I am writing concerning the story on the Guadalupe County pay raise which appeared in the Northeast Sun Section of the Express-News on Jan. 26. The article contains some inaccuracies, misleading statements and omissions which need to be clarified in order that readers will have full and complete information. First the headline is an error because it talks about Comal County instead of Guadalupe County. Second, the item mentions an injunction filed by George Mower to prevent commissioners from collecting their raises. It goes on to say that the lawsuit was dismissed. This is misleading in that it infers the case had a hearing and was thrown out. What really happened is that Mr. Mower was informed by the judge that since he is not an attorney he could not represent the citizens. Mower was told he had 15 days to get a lawyer and return for a hearing. Unable to find an attorney who would represent the citizens for a fee that was within their budget, Mower simply did not pursue the request for an injunction. There has been no formal hearing of this case. The third objection to the story concerns omission of the fact that the first posting of the notice was in violation of the statute. The law clearly states that commissioners must give more than IO days notice of any salaries that are proposed to be increased as well as the amount of the increases. The first posting did not identify the salaries proposed for increase or the amount of the increases, so it was wrong. The second posting properly identified the salaries proposed for increase as well as the amounts but it was posted at least 8 days late so it also was wrong. Two wrongs do not make a right, even in Guadalupe County!Oscar Anderson J Schertz ;