New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, Jan. 18,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 5 A
LETTERSRecycling off to bad start
To the Editor,
New Braunfels’ Sesquicentennial year is certainly off to a bad start.
The new curbside recycling program has already defaced our lovely town. There are unsightly blue bins lining the curbs and on front lawns and porches all over town. Do we really need to create all this ugly visual pollution?
Please, everybody, store your recycling bins in your garage, indoors, or somewhere out of sight and bring them in as soon as possible after the materials are collected.
AND, if BF! handlers should spill cans, newspapers or bottles on the street or lawns, please pick them up. Let’s not sacrifice the neat appearance of our neighborhoods for the questionable* benefits of recycling.
♦A study by Franklin Assocs. which works for the EPA reported in the Oct. 4,1994 edition of the Wall St. Journal that with one-third of U.S. homes already participating in curbside recycling, only 2.5% of the nation’s total trash volume is being diverted for recycling and that most residential programs are not costeffective.
Carol R. Glenville
New BraunfelsSomething smelled?
So those with hovering fingers over the “cookie jar” want to recall the Mayor!
Not odd, really, as Jim Mooney wrote a letter to the Editor a few months ago, a bit thought-provoking, that cast a shadow over NBU’s honesty in action.
Indeed, coming events cast their shadows before them and reply to the proverb—’’You can fool all the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.”
James, Paul and Mary does sound like a singing trio, but alas, NBU Ticket Takers, the game may be called on account of darkness.
When “Advance Payments" raised havoc at NBU—yes indeed the time had come to look under the hood, in the mink and under the seats. Something smelled or should that be stinks?
New BraunfelsMomhlnwog owed an apologyv not Serold
I was very disappointed with the media coverage of Counctlperson Mary Serold’s attack on certain NBU Trustees.
Your reporter and Don Ferguson of KGNB edited their accounts so that Gene Momhinweg looked like the bad guy when, in fact, he was only responding to Mrs. Serold’s referring to him, Mr. Orr and Mr. Castillo as a bunch of unbehaved dogs. Isn’t it funny how she managed to omit her fnends, Paul Fraser and James Goodbread from her attack?
How would you respond if an elected person, in an open meeting, called your newspaper a piece of trash or referred to it as a gossip rag? Would you be as polite as Mr. Morn-hinweg and simply say, "Thank you for those unkind remarks”? I think
Mr. Mornhinweg is the one owed an apology - not Mary Serold.
New BraunfelsStop blaming the gun owners
Concerning the anti-hunting, antigun crowd in our state and country, who constantly blame guns and all gun owners for all the woes and violence in our country, I would like to add my thoughts to this issue.
We are members of the fifth generation Texans of German descent. Our lineage in this great state goes back to and includes the Civil War, in which our great-grandfather, Casper Moos, a gunsmith, and his brother, Robert, were members of the 7th Mounted Texas Volunteers of New Braunfels. They fought in many battles and one was even wounded. Since that time one or more of our family members have served in every war including WW1, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, which includes this writer’s service in Korea from 1950-1954. My point is there has never been a mishap, accident, hold-up of our neighbors or anything that would indicate irresponsibility, or worse, unfamiliarity with firearms by any member of our proud and long heritage.
While the gun-haters and hunter-haters live a very good and protected life, it is that hated inanimate object, the gun, that helped feed and protect them, their forebears, our state and country for many generations. This clearly indicates that it is absolutely not the gun, but the uninformed and. the liberal bleeding hearts who fall for the anti-gun propaganda. In addition, the irresponsible parent, that does either not care, knows not how to parent or thinks that parentage simply does not exist, who does not take responsibility for the action of their kids or do not teach these kids to take responsibility for their own actions, whose kids are running wild with an object they do not know how to use safely, or do not realize the extent of damage they are inflicting with their drive-by shootings and other gang activity.
I sincerely hope the new leadership. both state and federal, takes into account the only way they can govern, lead or eradicate this problem is to select for their cabinet, only the most qualified people they can find. Stop blaming the citizen gun-owner, hunter and average citizen, who pays all the taxes, fights all the wars, and never complains, and come down hard on the lawbreakers without mercy, much as they have
shown their victims.
Oh yes, I am a proud member of the NR A and the American Legion.
Norwin H. Vogel
SeguinCISD worked hard for bargain price
I recently read that the CISD site selection committee has again selected a future school site far removed from any population center. Keeps their busing budget up, I suppose...Sure is hard on the kids, though—riding that unnecessary two hours a day on the bus.
What really interested me was the terrific bargain the district hammered out for its taxpayers (oops, excuse mc—that’s not politically correct— make that read PATRONS). Imagine getting 63 acres of prime Comal County ranchland for a mere $400,000. By my calculations that’s a steal at $6349 per acre. Or maybe we arc actually paying $6500 per acre as you reported. Either Way, what a deal! The committee chairman, Scott Watson, must have really worked hard to get us such a terrific price. Especially considering that the going rate for prime tracts of that size is about half that price. And the appraised value on the tax rolls was a whopping $180,000.1 love stealing land at more than twice its appraised value...
I think with this deal Scott Watson’s greatness is truly coming into the limelight. He’s obviously too big a thinker for CISD or Comal County. Heck, he’s too big for the great state of Texas. He’s obviously cut out to be a Pentagon procurement officer in Washington, D.C., where they have enough zeros behind dollar signs to accommodate his style. Nine hundred dollar hammers and $4000 toilet seats, that’s his ticket.
Unfortunately, I think the liberal Democrats that control our school board elections and Republican primaries in Comal County have other plans for Scott. Don’t be surprised if you see him on the ballot for Jumbo Evans’ seat on Commissioners’
Court next time around.
And if the true conservative Republicans continue to ignore the school board elections and the Republican primary, don’t be surprised when he wins. It won’t be the fault of the big-govemment liberals who vote in our Republican primary. That’s their constitutional right. It’ll be the fault of all the Conservatives who stay at home. And we’ll all pay through higher taxes.
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City government is a joke here
Have you noticed how just about no one can be elected to city council without having to deal with some sort of suit or recall election?
This town just can’t seem to elect someone and let that be that.
The first time an official does something we don’t agree with or don’t like we have to go and yank his chain.
People need to realize that there is no one on God’s green earth who can do everything in complete agreement with everyone.
When an official does something that is disagreed with, we should speak out and keep speaking out until our message is received. But to throw the whole council into limbo time after time just because we’ve disagreed with one person a few times and feel we have to recall them is utter non sense.
Get a grip New Braunfels.
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Survey of executives shows 78% believe consistent temporary employment is comparable with full-time work. Eight percent say it was valuable to have as administrative assistant work as a temp before permanent job was offered.
It's the new year, so why keep the same old advertising calendar? Some creative ideas: perforated monthly coupons, product showcasing with photos, creative shapes. One appliance repair company sends out calendars shaped like a washing machine.
Is your pet insured? Growing number of companies offer health policies for pets. Coverages range from the routine treatments to plans covering medical and surgical expenses.
Employee fraud siphons away millions of dollars from businesses yearly. One survey of 501 companies showed losses of $225 million. This fraud comes in many forms, from employee who takes pens and pads home, to those who steal computers and write false checks.
LAND OF THE FAT!
Each day we have a fatter America. Federal studies find U.S. citizens are gening heavier. One out of three adults is now obese, weighing ai least 20% more than is recommended for his/her height. That’s an 8% rise in ranks of the overweight during last decade.
When outlet shopping, best bargains arc often found in back of store, where there is usually a table with merchandise priced below everyday sale items.
Watch those trains. Every 90 minutes, a vehicle and train collide somewhere in U.S. Federal statistics show January is one of the most dangerous months for railroad grade crossing accidents.
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