New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, January 31,1996 □ 5
Growth at any coat attitude hurts city
In response to your recent editorial congratulating our Chamber of Commerce on the growth of New Braunfels: You mention the new H-E-B and Target megastores, more and bigger industries, and 46 new business rib-bon-cuttings as “successes.” No mention was made of quality of life improvements.
It is ironic that the attempt at increased historic preservation of old New Braunfels suffered a setback last week. After all, who’s interested in a bunch of wooden houses in old neighborhoods? Nobody would want to be the chairman of a bike-trails-through-town committee. I suppose we should be thrilled that Wal-Mart has begun leveling a zillion square meters of useless old pastureland so we can megashop without having to patronize those dumpy old stores in town.
The 1H-35 corridor finally looks like San Antonio or Houston, or St. Louis or Detroit, or (fill in the blank). We could now ask the highway department to change the road signs from “New Braunfels” to “Franchise Grouping #6428.”
Of course, we are constantly reminded, we “need the new jobs!!!” Since our employment rate is already high, these new jobs will draw thousands of new residents who will require housing, water, sewer, streets, schools, police, taxes and bonds. Many will argue that this merely increases that mystical “tax base.” I only know that I have never lived in a big city that was less expensive than a small one. Some may argue that an exploding population will make our local businessmen rich. In reality, it will simply bring more businesses, e.g. two hardware stores, another Hallmark and McDonald’s. It is heresy in America to opine against uncontrolled growth. We all know bigger is better and megabigger is megabetter. In the year 2000, the Chamber can replace that old-fashioned bumper sticker, “In New Braunfels ist das Leben schon,” with “New Braunfels, wo bist du?”
Dick Buhl New Braunfels
Some suggestions on improving traffic
When will the city get on the ball and adjust the lights according to the traffic? This is not only needed at the most-traveled intersection Hwy. 81/Walnut, but at many others as well. There are always only a few cars coming from the underpass to Hwy. 81 who turn left, but the IO or more cars on Walnut wanting to cross and go straight just have to sit there. It seems nobody anymore knows how to adjust the traffic lights. At Hwy. 81 and Seguin, the left-tum arrow would not light if there were no cars turning — now the light comes on when no car wants to turn and the cars cannot go.
The only good thing the city has done in the whole of last year at the intersection Hwy. 81/Walnut (or any others that matter), that the right lane of traffic coming from the interstate HAS to turn right. This is badly needed at Hwy. 81/Seguin Ave. Invariably, cars in the right-hand lane coming from the interstate keep going and everybody
should know by now that there is only one lane going under the railroad pass. The locals know that very well, but no, they think giving the left-hand signal gives them the right to pull right into the lane of traffic.
And why is the light on Nacogdoches being kept? I remember the time there was no light for the very few cars who have other possibilities to go to Hwy. 81 or to town. Many times for one car the light turns, while 20 or more cars have to wait on Seguin Ave. both ways. That is especially bad during the summertime.
Is it not time that the speed limit is increased on many streets, especially on Seguin and Landa? Is it not about time, too, that we have a minimum and maximum speed limit so people do not poke along at 20 mph in a 30 or 35 mph zone? Additional stripes are badly needed on many streets on both sides of the middle stripe, so people do not drive in the middle of the road at less than IO or 15 miles of the speed limit and no car can pass them.
I wonder who is responsible for the fast flow of traffic in this town, who is responsible for the upkeep of the streets. Lately everywhere little trenches were dug for whatever reason on several streets. Filling those will again leave bumps (some of them bad). Sometimes I wonder what is worse, the bumps or the potholes. The crews should be better trained. In Europe when interstates, for example, are fixed, they do it in half the time it is done here in the U.S. and they last twice as long, or so our papers wrote. If I see about four people filling one bump, I guess we should expect a superior job. But do we get one?
I am sure I am not the only one who is fed up with the shoddy traffic flow and the condition of our streets. With the ever-increasing traffic and the wish for more businesses, more people, etc., one would expect that the city fathers would seriously look into this problem. But will they?
Sincerely, Mrs. Barker New Braunfels
City shows its class
I just had to let the residents of New Braunfels and Comal County know how impressed I was with their kindness and compassion. I am referring to the day of Ben Kiesling’s funeral — the turnout of friends and family was unbelievable. When we drove to the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park cemetery in the procession, I noticed not one car drove after the family cars passed by. Normally, people drive on after the family passes by, but on this sad day no one proceeded to move until the whole procession had passed. It was a very touching sight!
Then, as we proceeded down Hwy. 46, and we passed the Welcome Stop (lounge), the patrons were outside flying the flag at half mast. Close to the county line, there was a gentleman standing beside a small beige car, holding his cap over his heart.
I was overwhelmed how everyone in this town reacted to this tragic loss. Ben touched so many lives with his love and kindness and I know that he will be greatly missed. He was an angel here on earth and is continuing to be
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Eight votes does not a mandate make
The only father I ever knew was a half-breed Comanche Indian from Ft. Sill, Okla. Although only a stepfather, without any formal education, I was amazed when I came back from the Marine Corps in 1946 to discover how wise he had become in four short years. He realized at an early age that the white man’s freedom meant that you could either work or starve as most Plains Indians finally realized once the buffalo was gone.
Over 2000 years ago, an ancient but very wise Greek politician and philosopher said that a democracy could only exist until the voters realized they could vote themselves subsistence from the national treasury. An old Marine Corps sergeant who had served in the Marines while in China during the ‘20s and ‘30s once told me there were no Chinese capitalists or communists, there were only full Chinamen and very hungry Chinamen! So much for liberal and conservative politicians and their devoted followers. The ‘30s are gone. The 21st Century is months away. Then is then, now is now!
In the ‘30s, people who wanted to work could not find jobs! In the ‘90s, people who can work make more money by NOT working than working! Then is then — now is now! To compare the present national economic situation to a 60-year-old past situation is oxymoronic. We are now competing in a global market, like it or not! In the ‘30s, we did not even have the same national market — remember the northern and the southern United (?) States.
In the ‘30s, credit buying was limited to a very select few and the value of the dollar was competitive. Today, the Federal Reserve has complete control of credit, both national and consumer-wise, and credit is unlimited as far as restrictions actually apply. We are in a whirlwind of deficit spending and to completely stop this merry-go-round would mean a national disaster only one step above nuclear warfare! Our national leaders choose to simply ignore both, while even Hollywood produces more realism 'Wtie&Wie to Washington, D.C., la-la land where dead people walk two blocks to a park before they lie down, or locally, the logic of the Comal County Courthouse. lf 520,000 worth of metal detectors can’t stop felons with guns, put up a $2 sign and nab those legally gun-carrying, law-abiding citizens who are going into the courthouse to pay their taxes. Who knows what might happen if you don’t control these taxpayers. They might even go to court and want to know why a school board wants to issue new bonds to build a new school when they already have enough accessible cash reserve to pay for it?
I hardly consider an election passed by 8 voters a mandate of the people. I believe in the Republican Party’s Contract with America, lf we buy longterm bonds for any reason when we already have sufficient monies or investments to pay for these bonds,
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isn’t this deficit spending, which we are now accusing the Democrats of passing on to our children and grandchildren? Maybe we should have a current outside audit instead of the dictatorial, name-calling logic by the present decision-makers. This logic seems to reveal that the further you are in debt, the more money you save and is based entirely on their ability to foresee future circumstances, especially interest rates.
Jim D. Mooney New Braunfels
Winter Pow-Wow was a great event
“Greetings, New Braunfels — Having a wonderful time, wish you were here.”
That thought flashed through my mind Saturday night, Jan. 27, as I attended the TIHA Winter Pow-Wow dance at the Wursthalle. I was saddened that the general public was not informed of this fine display of Native American pride and excitement. TIHA (Texas Indian Hobbyist Association) was told they could not advertise their gathering due to liability insurance reasons. They chose to agree to this arrangement.
I have no complaint against the city.
I agree it is wise to have protective measures. But it was disappointing to realize the missed opportunity for our community to have been participants in an experience that could entertain as well as educate. In my opinion, it was a shame that scout leaders and teachers (as well as other parents like myself) knew nothing of this event.
TIHA is comprised of famil.es who wish to keep alive the spirit of Native American cultures. It is a living history to witness their various clothing, dances and traditions. This exposure could have enlightened us and enriched all of our lives. I just wish everyone could have known about it before, and not after, the fact.
Hopefully, they will return here again next year. It is free and open to the public. It’s just too bad the public did not know about it.
Let’s support them with our presence in Jan. ‘97. It was quite an engaging evening. Wish you had been there!
Sincerely, Sue Walske
Locals do well at Kerrville show
The Hill Country District Show was held in Kerrville Jan. 18-20, 1996. Congratulations to all who participated. Everyone from our Comal County 4-H did a wonderful job exhibiting their livestock. The results of the show are as follows.
British Breed: Justin Eldridge, 1st place heavy, breed champion; Kevyn Ivy, 5th place heavy; Shannon Lehmann, 9th place heavy.
American Breed: Kevyn Ivy, 4th place light; Melissa Galloway, 5th
place light; Brandi Henk, 1st place medium, breed champion; Dillon Pape, 3rd place heavy; Jeff Taylor, 4th place heavy.
Exotic Breed: Justin Taylor, 1st place light; Dillon Pape, 5th place light; Heather Williams, 7th place medium;; Justin Eldridge, 1st place medium-; heavy, reserve breed champion; Jeff Eldridge, I st place heavy.
Reserve champion steer: Justin; Eldridge, with medium-heavy Exotic; steer.
Senior showmanship: Kevyn Ivy !
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