New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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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 Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor
On behalf of the Veterans of Christ, a ministry of the Tree of Life Church, we would like to thank the superintendents, principals and staff, the teachers and with all of our hearts, the children and students of NBISD and CISD, for their donations of canned foods for the S.O.S. Food Bank and the homeless veterans and homeless families who live in the SAMM Shelter in San Antonio and families who we supported and helped with the canned goods. I would like to thank Librados Restaurant for participating in the canned food drive and for the use of the restaurant as a drop-off spot. I especially would like to thank Mrs. Ferguson PID of NBISD and Mrs. Hutchison PID of CISD for all their help and involvement to make it a successful program. We collected 2000 pounds of food. I would like to thank both those who received the canned goods and those who donated the canned goods to these people who are less fortunate than us. So, once again, we thank those not mentioned and let’s remember that this is something we must do to help each other.
Manuel Camareno New Braunfels
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2000. There are 336 Jays left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 30, 1968, during the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive legan with a surprise attack by Communist forces on South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
On this date:
In 1649, England’s King Charles was beheaded.
In 1798, a brawl broke out in the louse of Representatives in ’hiladelphia, as Matthew Lyon of /ermont spat in the face of Roger Jriswold of Connecticut.
In 1882, the 32nd president of ie United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was bom in Hyde Park, LY.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler became hancellor of Germany.
In 1933, the first episode of the Lone Ranger” radio program was roadcast on WXYZ in Detroit.
In 1948, Indian political and 5iritual leader Mahatma Gandhi 'as murdered by a Hindu extrem-X.
In 1962, two members of the
“Flying Wallendas” high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit.
In 1964, the United States launched Ranger 6, an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras that was to crash-land on the moon.
In 1972, 13 Roman Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
In 1979, the civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return from exile in France.
Ten years ago: A federal judge ordered former President Reagan to provide excerpts of his personal diaries to John M. Poindexter for the former national security adviser’s Iran-Contra trial. (The judge later reversed himself, deciding the material was not essential.)
Five years ago: At least 42 people were killed and nearly 300 wounded when a car bomb blamed on Muslim insurgents exploded in downtown Algiers.
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Letters to the Editor
Writer’s response missed letter’s intent
Here we go, this is an answer to Mr. Erie Rust’s letter from Jan. 7...Sir, I believe you completely misunderstood my letter from Oct. 24. I tried to make it understood, that as long as a student wasn’t able to not only speak and comprehend English, he or she would be unable to pass the TAAS Test.
The TAAS Test only covers material every student has been taught in school, and therefore should be able to pass. “Leave the TAAS test alone,” means, let it be as it is. Students should be able to pass it.
Of course, unfortunately, we have teachers who don’t teach what they are supposed to teach, which, of course, is a handicap for a student. During my first year of teaching I had to teach a regular fourth grade class.
I was a special education teacher. I was shocked, it was supposed to be the second highest class in school and out of 24 students 16 were unable to add and subtract without fingers. Of course, none of these 16 was able to multiply or divide. I had one who also could handle fractions. He had been in the gifted class and I was unable to get him back where he belonged. Besides that, I had many who were unable to comprehend what they were reading. I raised hell and was told off, and told I had no right to criticize my colleagues. Unfortunately, that is something that happens in many schools and is, in many cases, impossible to change.
And another thing is that many teachers believe in not correcting spelling mistakes of children in the lower grades. Besides
that, I have always been one who demanded that the students would correct the mistakes they made in their tests. “You learn from your mistakes” has always been my motto.
Now we come to the last meeting of our mayor and council I still believe it to be unwise not to do the drainage first. I would like to ask the mayor and the council how they would vote, when they would have lost house and all? I still believe that something should be arranged with the schools. Suddenly everything has to be built at once. It was very cute, when one coach tried to tell them what the cost would be. Ten dollars a month for that, $8 for that, $29 for that. When adding that up it will amount to quite a bit for some people who have several children who would like to become involved in sports. Besides that, he never said for how many years. I believe that you are all deaf; we have many people living in our town who don’t make much money. You are the wealthy ones. Why do we have so many people giving to the needy?
What actually should be done is, first, help the students who need help with their schoolwork. We should make sure that every child learns to read. That means learns first the sounds of the letters. Then that every child learns how to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and also how to spell correctly. When we have that, we can try for more. Let’s change our curriculum and let’s teach during the first years, from Pre-Kinder through third grade, only reading, writing, and math...When we do, I strongly believe that our children will be doing better in the TAAS Test. Of course, all that in
English. In the stores, restaurants, etc., everybody should only have to speak English. Why can’t we try that first?
Mrs. Erie /. Mourn New Braunfels
Growth not always good for everyone
I question the direction the city of New Braunfels is considering for the growth of our city.
Do we really need another 150,000 visitors that the proposed convention center might bring?
Our city services and resources are already stretched to the limit and our percent infrastructure is crumbling as we speak, under the weight of our present growth rate.
I am not necessarily against growth, but I am against excessive growth which will forever change the character and charm of the city we all love.
I have but one question for the leaders of our community and the chamber of commerce. Who does all this growth hurt? It certainly doesn’t hurt the chamber! It certainly doesn’t hurt the tourists! It certainly doesn’t hurt the businesses!
When our city leaders look at growth questions, they should not only look at the “Almighty Dollar,” they should always look at the actual affect that growth will have on the local residents of this wonderful community.
This type of growth is not good for the residents of this city!
Jim Beath New Braunfels
Some CISD trustees failing Credibility IQI
With the latest developments regarding e Comal Independent School District ISD) and its board of trustees, I feel mpelled to offer a lesson to enlighten J board on just what credibility means, this lesson entitled Credibility 101, I’ll empt to point out to the board, and par-ularly to trustee John Bertelsen, what edibility means since he recently asked, /hat is credibility?” fandom House College Dictionary vised edition, 1975) defines credibility being trustworthy or one capable of ng believed.
The easiest method I’ve realized in ching Credibility 101 is by pointing examples of how one becomes dis-dited by showing the consequences of t credibility.
Candidate John Bertelsen stated in an ;rview printed in the Canyon Lake aes Guardian last spring his qualifica-is on becoming a member of CISD ird of Trustees. He said that since he > a member of the district’s long range ming committee this particularly ie him a qualified candidate, ince he was listed as a candidate for school board on the same election ot as the two bond proposals being sented by CISD, I would think he
would be in support of the proposals he helped develop as a member of the long range planning committee. If he didn’t support the bond proposals, he had a perfect forum, opportunity and obligation to distance himself from his opponent on this issue. In a recent letter to the editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (dated Jan. 21, 2000), he states he never supported the second bond proposal. That’s a little late, Mr. Bertelsen, in informing the voters of your current stance regarding proposition 2.
In a board meeting on March 11, 1999, the board voted five to one in favor of building the new high school (proposition 2) and one of the elementary schools (proposition I) in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market 306 and 484. CISD Superintendent Jerry Major then went to various meetings, rallying support for the upcoming bond proposals by advertising
the location of the proposed high school.
Now that the election is over, and both bond proposals have passed, CISD now has the money to build new schools. In the district’s efforts to win support for the proposals the district committed itself to building schools in particular locations approved on by the voters.
Recently a few board members led by Bertelsen have decided the schools should not be built in the locations previous board of trustees selected and the voters approved.
When an individual or entity promises something and intentionally decides to not fulfill the promise, that individual or entity quickly becomes discredited. I hope I’m beginning to get my point across on what credibility means.
Bertelsen said in the Herald-Zeitung article, that the voters were uninformed.
I beg to differ with Bertelsen regarding this issue, particularly the facts concerning proposition 2. The Times Guardian in its April 14, 1999 issue printed a copy of “The Resolution” adopted by the board.
“The Resolution” is as specific as can be regarding facts relating to proposition 2. In fact, it states in paragraph one under the sub-heading, “Proposition
Number 2,” “.. .and to purchase for the necessary sites therefore for the following build a new high school...”
It seems that since Bertelsen now has permission to stick his hands into our pocketbooks as a result of the election, he is now attempting to change the site for the high school property already owned by the district. In other words, he’s attempting revenge on a promise made by the previous board and the district superintendent at building the new high school on the north side of Canyon Lake.
Let’s proceed to a quick note on what are the consequences of lost credibility. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s lead editorial on Jan. 16, 2000, quickly admonished Bertelsen and his fellow board members who flip-flopped on the issue of new school locations.
The Herald-Zeitung correctly pointed out how this time, in light of recent bond proposal failures, “the school board campaigned for its bond proposals. The school board hired a consultant, and a study was conducted on how best to build for the future. Meetings were conducted. Explanations given. The community apparently was convinced that a well-researched, thoughtful plan was in place.”
The district promised in its “official covenant” with the voters to “purchase necessary sites” for the construction of the new high school. Bertelsen proposes to use the money from proposition 2 to build on an existing site already owned by CISD, which is a direct contradiction to the “official covenant.” I can assure the board it is inviting a lawsuit challenging how binding “The Resolution” is in a court of law.
I hope I have answered Mr. Bertelsen’s question on, “what is credibility?” I regretfully have to inform Mr. Bertelsen he is currently failing my course on Credibility IOT If he feels he needs additional insight on just what credibility is, he need look no further than a letter to the editor of the Times Guardian dated April 21, 1999. It seems a Linda Bertelsen authored a wonderful letter describing the qualities of credibility, how hard it is to attain and what are the consequences of it when lost. Please read it, learn it and heed it, John Bertelsen. It appears that Linda displays keen insight on this valuable character trait of which you and your fellow board cohorts are sorely lacking.
(Paul R. Roberts III is a Canyon Lake resident.)