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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas f A I Page 6A HERALDZEITUNO Friday January OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher 3E Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor S Bill OConnell News Editor EDITORIAL Students who t pry wolf arent cool Bomb threats arent a joking matter or some hip way to garner attention Some students need to wise up to that simple truth and other stu dents need to help spread the word Bomb threats arent Parents need to do their part sit down the kids and talk Chat about who is writing bomb threats and why Discuss why bomb threats are wrong and dangerous Explain that writing a hoax bomb threat is a stateyail felony and can include hefty fines and years in prison And instructional time lost because of threatrelated evacuations will be njade up in Comal Independent School District Diking the past eight school days CISD has experienced five bomb threaE at Smithson Valley High Smithson Valley Middle and Arlon Thats five too many reward has been offered in Tuesdays incident for any infor matibn that leads to the arrest of the individuals responsible for the threat We encourage anyone who knows anything about this to contact CfSB Behavior and threats like this should not be tolerated Stfldents need to stop crying wolf and get back to the business of learntbg TODAY IN HISTORY LETTERS TO THE EDITOR BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Friday Jan 28 the 28th day of 2000 There are 338 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History 28 1986 the space shut tle Challenger exploded 73 seconds from Cape Canaveral killing all seven crew members aboatd Oh this date Englands King Henry VIlTdied he was succeeded by his 9yearold son Edward VI In i 596 English navigator Sir Francis Drake died off the coast of Panama and was buried at sea In 1853 Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti was born in Havana In 1902 the Carnegie Institute was established in Washington In 1909 the United States ended direct control over Cuba In 1915 the Coast Guard was created by an act of Congress In 1916 Louis D Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the Supreme Court becoming its first Jewish member Victims of other diseases deserve more ink Dear Editor I cant believe that your paper has devoted so much space to a person who has only himself to blame for an illness generally caused by perverted sexual practices If Mr Konkel acquired AIDS through a blood transfusion it should be noted in the article Why not feature the people who are fight ing cancer multiple sclerosis and other ail ments acquired through no fault of their own Oliver J Ebert New Braunfels Community has much to gain with indoor pool Dear Editor Id like to address the issue of the youth sports complex specifically the inclusion of an indoor pool As a parent we need to invest in our children and the community Kids in sports are less likely to get in trouble and much more likely to thrive and learn important rife lessons The stupid pool issue as quoted by our mayor would be a wise investment for the entire community For our youth it will provide lessons com petition opportunities for scholarships and a lifelong activity to enjoy There is currently a long waiting list for youth lessons where some people have already signed up their unborn infants Year round it would support water sports and fitness to all ages in our area I could go on but I realize the thrust is on money A swimming venue in New Braunfels would attract thousands There are no facilities for east San Antonio nor west of Austin New Braunfels is ideally located for those market areas Swimming competitions attract a lot of people We have two local high schools with teams that with support could grow and rival that of Churchills Palo Alto recently hosted national and international swimming events with world class swimmers competing for Olympic time trials Their facilities are mea ger San Antonio is looking at hosting Pan Am Games and expanding their sports mar ket These types of events bring many fami lies and staff who all need hotels restaurants souveniers and recreation With an indoor facility these events can take place year round What an opportunity I realize the financial investment is large up front but with the tremendous growth in this area New Braunfels would be gearing up for the future providing a classy sports complex to encourage a strong supportive new generation and an opportunity for a world class reputation and attract a family oriented wealth of income Id ask our local leaders and businesses to consider these issues in more depth rather than brushing it off as Wed all have so much to Karen Eulberg New Braunfels We must protect our natural resources Dear Editor Concerning the most recent accidental fuel spill over the aquifer recharge zone I think it is about time that the citizens of this area take note of the serious threat to our quality of life as we know it Water is a precious resource and it is not renewable There are elements that cannot be filtered out of our water supplies and I believe we need to protect these resources above all I do a lot of diving in the Comal River and the bottom resembles our local landfill People carelessly discard just about anything they are finished using There still remains much debris from the flood of 1998 I recently have observed fish with growths on their bodies most likely the result of some chemical pollution We really need to take this wonderful blessing much more seriously and do all we can to protect it Joe Van Zandt New Braunfels Veterans deserve more respect from schools Dear Editor Both school districts in this town were closed on Monday Jan 17 2000 which just happens to be the birthday of Martin Luther King a federal holiday and the only holiday named for an The schools might defend this by saying that it was a teachers inservice session or some other malarkey Bull MLK was a freedom advocating equal rights for all but he worked mainly for one segment of our society for a few nn i Fiftyeight thousand plus Americans died in Vietnam thousands more in Korea thou sands more in Europe and the Pacific thou sands more during WWI thousands more in the SpanishAmerican war the Revolutionary War and untold numbers of us fought in these same places and returned to the United States many dis abled yet the schools remained open for Veterans Armistice Day Nov This appears to me to be another political ly correct move to placate one segment of society Hundreds of thousands of Americans have fought and died around the world protecting our freedoms so people like Dr King could do their thing and the schools snub the veterans I am a bit testy over this situation no I am outraged and I think that every veteran and every veterans organization should bombard the school dis tricts for their misdirected sense of history Marty Norton MSgt USAF Retired Iowa was lots of fun but theres more to come AUSTIN must admit the Iowa caucuses gave us a trove of delights First there is the incomprehensible secondplace finish of Steve Forbes a man with the charisma of former guv Dolplv Briscoe Now your cynics would arguethat Forbes proves that with enough money you can elect a can of Alpo president of this country What could be more mysterious than why voters would respond to Steve Forbes Is he cuddly Does he seem like a statesman Do you think he feels our pain Does he r rye a distinguished record Lc think the most crucjgl problem facing America today is that ttph people need more money My longheld theory that Steve Forbes is an extraterrestrial no belly button on that one might be relevant here Forbes proposes to completely scrap our current tax system always a satisfying notion in and of and replace it with a flat tax instead Why would anyone except those in Forbes tax bracket favor a m65e like that And why would even rich Americans who Lord knows are making out like bandits in this twotier economy feel entitled to even more Granted a flat tax has the charm of simplicity rather like those folksy nos trums that Ross Perot used to offer Lets look under the The MOLLY IVINS national debt is like a crazy aunt being kept in the Pardon me if I got this wrong but arent those Iowa farmers who say they want less government the same people who now declare the Republican Freedom to Farm Act the Gingrich Republicans always favored giving their bills cute names designed to mask the intent of the bill a disaster and want to go back to the old system or something with higher subsidies Arent they the ones who got angry at Bill Bradley because he voted against the pork in a disasterrelief package while much of Iowa was flooded Arent these the people who refuse to consider supporting anyone opposed to the ethanol subsidy a useless piece of junk a total failure and something that mainly benefits ArcherDanielsMidland a company quite famous for its generous political And they vote for Steve Forbes because they want less government in their lives I was pleased to see Alan Keyes take third place on the Republican side He is so clearly the most articulate and effec tive spokesman for the cause of the social conservatives that I think its a case of virtue rewarded Loads of cheap cynics kept muttering Chance of a snowball in hell and What does he expect running in the Republican Party Iowa social conserv atives you might have noticed are very white while Mr Keyes is very black and I think it speaks well for both that he was able to win so much of their sup port At 14 percent he should knock out two other social conservatives who got about 8 percent Think what he could do if he had money Not that I agree with anything hes ever said but its a pleasure to hear an argument so well put Besides he was the only candidate who went into a mosh pit But somehow the social con servative case that the country is a moral abyss that were all sunk in sin the sorriest set of humans since Sodom and Gomorrah rotten to the core unrivalled in hedonism since the palmiest days of the late Roman Empire and so on and so forth seems just a how to say this well wrong I dont know about your friends and neighbors but mine are exceptionally nice Besides its politically offputting to claim that you wear the mantle of morality as though everyone who dis agrees with you is immoral Our Boy Shrub Bush gets the prize for most disingenuous postcaucus statement I never dreamed I would get this high a said Dubya a man who does not believe his own polling The good news for Bush is that he drew his 41 percent nicely from across the entire Republican spectrum social conservatives anti taxers country club types Id say this was a good solid win although the more reserved respectable win favored by many pundits probably has more to do with money spent than per centage drawn Bush also drew well among Rs whose main reason for voting for him is that they think hes the most likely to win This is good news indeed for Democrats who are shaping up to nomi nate Al Gore If the Rs were bright enough to nominate John McCain wed lose every independent vote in the coun try The bad news for Shrub is that he got cornered and then beat over the head on abortion the subject he least likes to be specific about except for Among the more intellectually rigorous prolifers favoring exceptions for rape incest or saving the life of the mother is considered a betrayal of the lifebegins ateggfertilization theory which logi cally such exceptions are Labor was a big factor on the D side in Iowa Since I think endorsing Gore is the only mistake Ive seen AFLCIO prez John Sweeney make Im sorry to see just how effective the newly ener gized labor movement is That wasnt just Iowa labor people they called in organizers from Texas and all over the map I havent seen them work that hard since the time they had to defeat that workplacecheckoff proposition in California I still think its a swell political year with much more tun to come It is a shame though that the rest of the coun try doesnt get the same level of expo sure to the candidates or the intensity of media coverage of the candidates that Iowa and New Hampshire do I have an idea Lets do something about the nominating system I know we say this every time of course I just thought we might do it for a change Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth ;