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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion Page 4 Herald-Zeitung Thursday, Feb. 3,1994 O U O T A B I ' E “The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” • Of tor Wended Holme* Supreme Court ju trice, 1919 E D I I T O R I A L Wanted: Your input Block scheduling public hearings offer opportunity for public input Beginning next week, the New Braunfels Independent School District will begin hosting public hearings for parents and district taxpayers on the proposed Accelerated Block Schedule proposed for New Braunfels High School. District officials are planning to have these public hearings at different locations in order to make public input more convenient The district's board of trustees will consider the block schedule proposal at their Feb. 22 meeting. However, before that meeting, district officials would like to know how parents and citizens feel about the proposal, as well as listening to any ideas offered to them. The block schedule concept is being considered after the state board of education approved a 24-hour credit diploma plan. The positive aspects of the proposal, according to district officials, is improved attendance, decreases in failure and drop-out rates, teachers will only teach three classes per day instead of five, and teaching 75-90 students per day instead of 125-150. It is a big change from what the district currently employs. For that reason, parents and citizens of the district should take an active role in that process. Even if there is disapproval from some citizens, at least they will be familar with what is taking place. That is important Look for news regarding the date, time and place for these public hearings in coming editions of the Herald-Zeitung. And plan to take part. (Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor /or the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.) Write us • • • The New BraunfeU Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 260 words. We publish only original mail addressed to The New BraunfeU Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please die the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Midi letters to: Letters to the Editor do The New BraunfeU Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)626-1224 Blow Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher..........................................David    Sullen® General Manignr    Hirryl    Duvall Managing Editor..............................    Mark    Lyon Advertising Diiector.M..M..M..M..H......M.....M..H..H......Paul Davis nattff*^ llanager..........M..M..M..........MM.......Kasen Reininger Circulation Director........M.....................M......Carol Ann Avery Pieaaroom Foreman eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeseeseeeteeseseeeeeeeeeeee Douglas Brandt Fbbtirtied on Sunday mornings and weekday morning* Tuesday through Bilby by tot New BraunfeU Herald-Zeitung, 707 Linda St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class portage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377-880) Gamer delivered in Comal md Guadalupe counties three months, $16; ax months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizen Discants by earner deli vay only. ax months. $25; one year, $45. Mail delivery outride Comal County in Jcmmk ttvee mortis, $2655; rix months, $47.20; one ye*, $88.50. Mail oulr ride Texas rix months. $61.95; one year, $103.25. Subecriben who have not received s newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Priday or by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (2IO) 625-9144 or (2IO) 6064)646 (loU-free foe Seguin. Marion, Canyon Lake, Bulverde and San Amo-mo) by 7 pjn. wedutayi ar by ll tmonSundiy. Priatmarter. teed adless changes to the New BraunfeU Herald-Zeitung, PA Drawer 31132$, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Newcomers provide Texas welcome Marie Dawson The Newcomen Cub of New Braunfels meets at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center the first Itosday of every month. It is a nonprofit club dedicated to friendship, fun and food, as well as to the welfare of the community. The organization's primary goals are to welcome new residents and Winter Texans to New Braunfels and to encourage them to join the club. Many long-lasting friendships have been made through the Newcomers Club. I know because I am one of them. Eight yean ago, I moved to New Braunfels and knew only a hand-full of people. I've come a long way, and most of it is due to joining the Newcomers Club and serving as president of that club in 1988. One of the most outstanding qualities of the club membership is their spirit of volunteerism. They never stop. Newcomers volunteer for bingo, pool work maintenance, Wurstfest chores, home-delivered meals, van driving, special events, and just about anything they are asked to do. They are a terrific bunch of people and a tremendous asset to the community with 350-plus members. Newly-elected officers for 1994-95 are Lyla Hochanadel, president; Jim Clement, 1st vicepresident; Mary McArthur, 2nd vice president; Lynn Trammell, secretary; and Ralph Wheat, treasurer. Outgoing officers arc Shirley Kellcrman, president; Lyla Hochanadel, I st vice president; Paul Ham maker, 2nd vice president; Minnie Bickman secretary; Howard Schulz, treasurer. Each year the club sponsors fundraisers and donates the proceeds to various charities in the community. This year at their Feb. I meeting, the member- Heratd-Zoitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Representatives tor tbs organizations who divided a total of $3,350 from th# Newcomers Club this year ara (from left, back row) Marla Dawson (Senior Citizens Cantar), Susie Garcia (Community Service Canter), Karen Krleg (Project Learning Tree), Victor Garcia (Emergency Childrens Shelter), Conley Thompson (Teen Connection). Front row (from left) are Janet Brandt (Habitat for Humanity), Rita Kaufman (Family Violence Canter), Merry Livingston (Homespun), Larry Leahy (Hospice), and Gladys Battling (SOS Food Bank.) ship made charitable donations to the Project Learning Tree, Homespun, Habitat for Humanity, SOS Food Bank, Hospice, Teen Connection, Community Service Center, Family Violence Center, Emergency Childrens Shelter and the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation. The Newcomers Dub was one of the first participants and groups to volunteer as workers and as contributors in every way to help create our "miracle on Landa Street" They continue to volunteer in all areas of the operation and to carry a lot of the load for every one. Tm proud to have been a past president of Newcomers, and as current president of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation, I am proud and pleased to accept their very generous donation to the Foundation. All you new residents and Winter Texans come join the fun on first Tuesdays 9:30 ajn. social, IO ajn. meeting. You'll be glad you did. (Marie Dawson is a guest columnist, writing exclusively for and about the Comal County Citizens Center.) tit*, am*?* MutUeam '4mm, Officials: Clinton set to lift trade embargo By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton is primed to lift the 19-year economic embargo on Vietnam, administration officials say, spurred by progress on the MIA issue and urged on by Clinton's top advisers, senators and US. business interests. A memo on its way to the president’s desk embraces a "consensus recommendation" that the embargo end, the officials said Tuesday night. Clinton's advisers weighing in on the issue were Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Defense Secretary Lea Aspin and national security adviser Anthony Lake. Some veterans groups and families of missing Americans want the ban to stand. Analysis But Clinton is prepared — as one official put it — to "check the right box” in favor of resuming normal trade relations. Other officials said Clinton has been leaning for weeks in the direction of ending the embargo as the best way to speed the search for servicemen unaccounted for from the war. While there are varying views among Clinton’s advisers whether lifting the ban would achieve that goal, a majority do believe that a change on trade would improve chances for getting more cooperation from Vietnam in determining the missing Americans’ fate, the officials said. However, the administration is not ready to open a diplomatic office in Ho Chi Minh City — a step that the Asian nation wants, the officials said. Washington imposed an embargo against North Vietnam in 1964. It extended the embargo to cover the entire country after South Vietnam fell to communist North Vietnam in 1975. Normalizing trade has been on the Clinton White House’s agenda since December when Assistant Secretary of Slate Winston Lord returned from Hanoi to report the communist government was cooperating in the search for some 2,200 unaccounted for American servicemen from the Vietnam War. In September, Clinton relaxed the embargo by allowing American firms to compete there for development projects financed by international lending institutions — a step urged by Ameri can businesses complaining that competitors in other nations were getting the jump on them. Boeing Co. could sell as many as 80 passenger jets worth $5 billion to Vietnam over the next IO years, a regional sales director for the Seattle-based airplane manufacturer said this week. The Senate last Thursday voted 62-38 to urge Clinton to end the embargo. Several senators praised Hanoi’s cooperation in giving the fullest possible accounting for the MlAs. But MIA families "don't think the cooperation has been wonderful," Ann Mills Griffiths of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, said last week. "Accountability is purposely being ignored," Mills said. Today In history By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 1994. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Feb. 3,1999, was "the day the music died" when a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. On this dale: la 1490, the first paper money in America was issued by the colony of Massachusetts. (The currency was used to pay soldiers righting a war against Quebec.) In 1783, Spain recognized U.S. independence. In 1809, the territory of Illinois was created. In 1865, a conference aimed at ending the Civil War, including President Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens, look place on the "River Queen" off the Virginia coast In 1917, the United States broke diplomatic relations with Germany after the Germans announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died at his home in Washington at age 68. In 1930, the chief justice of the United Suites, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. In 1986, President Reagan appointed a 12-mem ber commission to investigate die "Challenger" disaster that claimed the lives of die entire crew. In 1988, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously lo confirm Anthony M. Kennedy to the US. Supreme Court Ten years ago: The space shuttle "Challenger" blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. I ti ;