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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A n Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, January 14,1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 H e t u n Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] impose your language on people you wish to reach.”— Abbie Hoffman political activist, 1968 EDITORIALNational Jaycees WeekOrganization trains members in personal and leadership skills through involvement The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce’s mission statement reads: To provide young people the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills through local community service and organizational involvement while expanding the Jaycee movement. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung supports this mission statement and urges everyone to learn more about this organization during Jaycees Week (Jan. 14-20). Locally, the New Braunfels Jaycees made their presence felt throughout the past year. In addition to the skills they learned through their active participation in programs and activities, they also did much to improve the quality of life in our area. Some of the projects local Jaycees supported and participated in included: Toys for Tots, Comal County Fair Booth*, Wurstfest Booth*, Shoes & Kids, Bluegrass/Chili Festival, Personal Dynamics, Miss Texas, Children’s Filmfest, Individual Development Training, S.W. Texas Scholarship Program, and the Magic Show (* — proceeds from these projects are given throughout the year as donations to community organizations). New Braunfels Jaycees have also supported the work of other community organizations such as: Safe City Commission, DARE, Community Service Center, Children’s Shelter, local Boy Scout Troops, Women’s Shelter and R.O.T.C. This year, the organization will give two $1,000 Southwest Texas State University scholarships to eligible New Braunfels applicants (scholarships awarded based on academic merit). Deadline to apply for the scholarships is Feb. I, and applications may be picked up at New Braunfels and Canyon high schools. The New Braunfels Jaycees chapter is one of the oldest in the state, and the group was instrumental in the acquisition of Landa Park and the implementation of the city’s current City-Manager form of government, according to a chapter news release. Young men and women ages 21 through 39 are eligible for membership in the group. For more information, write to: New Braunfels Jaycees, PO. Box 310432, New Braunfels, TX 78131-0432. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love-da\.) Write us The New Braunfels 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 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Heralded u rig bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite 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. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor c/o the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher........................................................David    Sullens General Manager/Advertising Director............................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..................................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Production Director.........................................................Gene    Joyner City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (LISPS 377-880) 707 Landa St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; one year. $60 Senior CiUzen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $30; one year, $56. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; tux months, $52; one year, $97.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a m on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday. Pos I mas! tx: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328.Lessons not learned by royals London — My English friend is attempting to explain to his American visitor how many Britons view the troubles between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. “It isn’t the adultery so much as it is the indiscretion,’’ he says. It is a version of what Henry Higgins said about another people in a different context: “Tile French don’t care what they do actually, as long as they pronounce it properly.” Prince Charles, says my friend, gets points for keeping his mouth shut, while Diana loses points for blabbing it all in that much-watched television interview for the BBC, which achieved a similar ratings bonanza when shown on ABC. In England, keeping a stiff upper lip remains paramount. Now that Queen Elizabeth has officially pronounced the marriage dead by calling for a quick divorce, one question is whether Diana, in addition to the $23 million settlement she could receive, will also retain a title. But the more important question is whether Charles’ quite significant other, Camilla Parker Bowles, will be able to marry the prince and, if she does, whether he can still be king and, if he can, whether she can be queen. It all gets very sticky because the monarch is also the head of the Church of England, an institution founded by Henry VIII to make things easier for himself as he unmerrily went through wives as fast as the executioner could swing an ax. The Church of England officially opposes divorce (but fortunately few Henry, not execution). As recently as 1936, when King Edward VHI was refused permission to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson—and chose to abdicate—the church and the prime minister held to tradition. But this being the self-indulgent ‘90s, Prime Minister John Major says he doesn’t think there will be any impediment to Charles’ marrying Camilla. And the Archbishop of Canterbury says he would “bless” Charles’ remarriage. This, however, is not the main point. Parker Bowles is quoted as saying that not only does she intend to marry Charles, but that she also intends to be his queen consort and to receive the title Her Royal Highness, allowing any children the two have to be in line for the throne. Queen Elizabeth’s opinion of this is not publicly known, but it seems highly unlikely she would go along with such a scenario. Parker Bowles reportedly thinks she has already Cal Thomas paid a considerable price by divorcing her brigadier husband and has no intention of living the rest of her life alone. A friend of the Prince’s says that Charles, will put duty above love and the country ahead of himself. Too bad he didn’t feel as strongly about duty to his wife and children. Diana spent the Christmas holiday in seclusion in the Caribbean, apparently plotting her own 'post-, marital strategy. It’s all very dicey, as the Brits would say, and the stuff that keeps the tabloids and television programs in business. There is talk of little else. All of the year-end reports featured ample stories on the tribulations of Charles and Diana in what must be Britain’s longest-running real-life soap opera. My English friend could not adequately explain it all to me. No one fully understands it, including the principals. But one thing is easily understood. If Charles and Diana had applied the lesson read at their 1981 wedding (especially the part about love being “patient and kind” and not “self-seeking” or keeping records of wrongs, “it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”), two young princes would be living in a stable family, as is their right, and the Church of England and the politicians would not be performing theological and legal acrobatics to justify things they once discouraged as not being in the best interests of people or of nations. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) What do you think? r i Will you utilize the new mass transit (bus) system coming to New Braunfels? Yes No I Comments: The newest target date for the start up of New Braunfels’ mass transit system is March 11. However, officials are working hard right now planning and testing bus routes, selecting a logo for the system and finishing an interlocal agreement between the Community Council of South Central Texas and the City of New Braunfels. We want to know if the residents of New Braunfels are getting ready too, and if they plan to utilize the new system. Fill out the coupon (right), drop it by our office at 707 Landa St., New Braunfels , TX 78130 or fax survey to (210) 625-1224. Copied forms are accepted. Deadline for this survey is Saturday, Jan. 20,1995. Name Age. Sex Address, Phone#. City_ I L I I I I I I I I I I I I I I J Pwrite ‘em I TEXAS GOVERNMENT FAX: 512-463-0904 OFFICES: or P O. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768-2910 Governor George W. Bush 512-463-0602 P.O. Box 12428 FAX: 512-463-5896 Austin, TX 78711 512-463-2000 COMAL COUNTY Attorney General Dan Morales GOVERNMENT OFFICES: P.O. Box 12548 Austin, TX 78711 Comal County Courthouse 512-463-2100 100 Main Plaza New Braunfels, TX 78130 State Senator Jeff Wentworth 210-620-5501 1250 N E. Loop 410 FAX: 210-620-5592 San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-7800 County Judge, Carter Casteel FAX: 210-826-0571 210-620-5501 or P.O. Box 12068 - Austin, TX 78711-2068 District Attorney, 22nd Dist., 512-463-0326 Bill Reimer (New Braunfels) 210-620-5533 State Senator Judith Zaffirini County Attorney, Nathan Rheinlan- P.O. Box 627 der Laredo, TX 78042 210-620-5591 210-722-2293 or P.O. Box 12068 District Clerk. Margaret Herbrich Austin, TX 78711-2068 210-620-5574 512-463-0125 FAX: 512-463-0326 County Clerk, Joy Streater 210-620-5513 State Representative Edmund Kuempel County Treasurer, R A, “Bart” P.O. Box 911 Bartholomew Seguin, TX 78155-0911 210-620-5507 210-379-8732 The Survey Says... Eight readers responded to last week’s survey question, “Do you believe the building boom in New Braunfels in beneficial to the community?", and their opinions varied dramatically. Their responses are as follows: ■ Yes. The tax base must grow to support the ever-growing school, county, city government. New businesses provide jobs and choice, new restaurants provide choice, motels provide tourist dollars and tax, and more businesses promote competition and lower prices for all. Good homes are a must. ■ Yes and no. It creates more jobs and wealth for the city No, because it destroys the small-town atmosphere and closeness... plus, crime increases. It s really a trade-off. I'd prefer keeping it a small town, just as it is. ■ Of course it is beneficial to the community. The boom brings people here to work in our plants, stores, shops, etc. and they allow expansion of all of the above, lf we don’t grow, we will die. Expansion spreads the tax base. ■ No. What is progress? We moved from Dallas because we were tired of the building boom and rat race. We chose New Braunfels five years ago. While we love this town and good neighbors, it’s becoming a mini Dallas. Beneficial? I doubt it very much. ■ Growth in the past has not lowered our taxes nor will it now, and municipal sources will be hard put to keep up with it, as will schools. More people — more problems. ■ Building to replace old, out-of-date facilities is beneficial. Building to house a population boom is a disaster. Our area has a very limited land and water source; new building requires expensive support facilities. ■ No. Any building boom brings people into the community, who bring their habits with them, and many of their habits are not acceptable to the community. ■ No. In the five years we have lived here, we have seen traffic increase and we are fast losing the nice, quiet atmosphere that we moved here for. Increased revenues don't mean much because we will also have increased expenses: police, fire, streets, etc. Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 1996. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 14, 1784, the United States ratified the peace treaty with England that ended the Revolutionary War. On this date: In J639, the first constitution of Connecticut — known as the Fundamental Orders — was adopted at a meeting in Hartford. . In 1742, English astronomer Edmond Hailey, who observed the comet that now bears his name, died at age 85. In 1858, French emperor Napoleon IU escaped an attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed. In 18°8, the Rev. Charles L. Dodgson — better known as author Lewis Carroll — died less than two weeks before his 66th birthday. In 1900, the Puccini opera “Tosca” received a mixed reception at its world premiere in Rome. In 1943, President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began a wartime conference in Casablanca. In 1952, NBC’s “Today” show premiered, featuring Dave Garroway as host, with Jack Lescoulie and newscaster Jim Fleming. In 1953, Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the Yugoslav Parliament. In 1963, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge in his inaugural address of “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!” In 1969,25 crew members of the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise were killed when an explosion npped through the ship off Hawaii. In 1970, Diana Ross and the Supremes performed together in concert for the final time, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Ten years ago: Vinicio Cerezo was inaugurated as Guatemala’s first civilian president in 16 years in a ceremony attended by U.S. Vice President George Bush. Five years ago: With time running out before a United Nations deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, Iraq’s National Assembly voted to give President Saddam Hussein full authority over the Persian Gulf crisis. One year ago: Russian troops in the breakaway republic of Chechnya captured the Council of Ministers building, a key rebel position in the capital Grozny. Pope John Paul ll addressed a huge rally in Manila, urging young people to reject cynicism. 4 i i Today’s Birthdays: CBS commentator Andy Rooney is 77. Former CBS newsman George Herman is 76. Senator Lauch Faircioth, R-N.C., is 68. Civil rights activist Julian Bond is 56. Actress Faye Dunaway is 55. Actor Jason Bateman is 27. Thought for Today: “In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increased! sorrow.” — Ecclesiastes 1:18. ;