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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas LETTERSHerald-Zflituna O Sunday. July 2.1995 O 5 A Good Samaritans saved the day for tourists Dear Editor, [I would appreciate it if you would print this letter in your newspaper. As background, my husband’s family (14 brothers and sisters and their families) from as far away as Kansas, California, and Oregon, met in San Marcos for a family reunion from June 14-18.] Dear Unknown Samaritans: The afternoon of June 16, several members of our family decided to canoe and tube down the Guadalupe. What started out to be a fun-filled afternoon turned into a nightmare that will not soon be forgotten. Words can never express our sincere appreciation, gratitude and love for those unknown persons that pulled my husband, our daughter (who was pregnant), our nephew and his 7-year-old son out of the river. Thanks to these good Samaritans (I prefer to call them angels), the worst thing we lost was an old orange canoe and an inner tube. May God bless each of you and keep you always sheltered in His arms and we shall never, ever forget what you did for our family. Dennis and Inez Bilson, Shelley Ingram, Gwen Bilson, and Charlie Bilson Lubbock Some ‘good’ neighborhoods could do with rn cleaning Dear Editor, I understand our city encourages Habitat for Humanity to build new homes for the needy in some of our run-down and poor neighborhoods. Very good idea—this will help to improve the appearance of the area. Now the poor neighborhoods have some well cared-for homes and yards with beautiful flowers. I did not say the most expensive, but these owners are taking care of what they have. Thank the Lord. It is a pleasure to drive by and see them. Now the poor neighborhoods are not the only ones violating the city rules, drive around town and look. lf the city is really interested in improving the looks of our town, I ask this question: Why doesn’t the city use the power it has to enforce the rules already on the books about junk, trash, junk cars, etc., you name it? This would really help to improve the whole city and we would not have to file a complaint to get results. What do your readers say? Frank Chatham New Braunfels Qtvo Clinton's health cars reform a chance Dear Editor, Many of us middle class and below have swallowed this Republican BS that has stalled Bill Clinton’s much-needed health reform bill. Its now on the back burner in Washington as our doctor and hospital bills keep piling up along with harassing, hounding lawsuit threats from doctors and hospitals’ collection agencies as we continue struggling to survive off our low and minimum wage paychecks. I know some who make $800 per month with $300 coming out for medical insurance. Draft dodger or not, Clinton’s health bill is a dam good one. Does the medical profession feel sorry for you? The rich (Republicans, big business [AMA included], and insurance companies), like circling buzzards, not only are blocking this health bill, they are going after Medicare and Medicaid. They don’t care if we poor must hock our farms to pay our medical bills. Plus, they want to stamp out malpractice suits so we can’t fight back. They are taking us for a ride as we grin like wimps. Malpractice causes malpractice suits! A lawyer didn’t cut off the wrong leg of that man in Florida last month. Anyway, we patients pay for malpractice suits in our blood and money since doctors and hospitals pass the cost of their mistakes on to us. Doctors make us well. We appreciate that, but, that’s their job. We pay them just like we pay an auto mechanic for fixing our cars. No further allegiance is owed. The medical professionals are business people, not our buddies. Fail to pay your bill and you’ll see—they don’t care if you’re poor or not. Those papers and contracts we sign prior to entering hospitals for treatment cover their tails, not ours. One doctor implied I should see a mental doctor for my anger (H-Z, April 3, 1994) for speaking out. Yet, it took him I OOO words (estimate) trying to rebuff my 200-word opinion. They don’t like common folk to speak out, it insults their dignity. So fire a letter to our Washington leaders. We need Clinton’s health bill. Don’t be a chicken! Jerry £ Daugherty Spring Branch Deterrents available for automatic gate opener theft Dear Editor, Lately there seems to be a new type of crimewave that centers around automatic gate openers. The focus is solar-operated “off-the-shelf’ brands that are easy for the customer to install. The idea behind these targets is: if they’re that easy to install, they’re just as easy to the dark, at night, with just a few simple tools, and with very little effort. These stolen units are then delivered to a processing center where they are prepared for delivery to a not-too-selective prepaid customer. These recycled units are generally sold before they’re stolen; this cuts down on the inventory. The key to stopping this particular type of “free trade” is to make removal more difficult, obviously. Through the market where legitimately purchased operators are obtained, there are several anti-theft and anti-tamper devices which are not expensive and dealers and professional installers can show you many techniques that are extremely effective deterrents. One local company, Danny’s Welding, of Canyon Lake, has installed many gate openers as an additional convenience to customers for whom he built attractive gates and fences. Even though these units were of an “off-the-shelf’ brand, die main deterrent here is that the hardware is welded into place. In order to remove or steal components, the thief would need a cutting torch or a hand-grinder, neither of which coincides with stealth. Recently, due to his workload of welding jobs and occasional event of warranty, Danny chose to refer gate operator sales and service to Texas Hills Electrotech, a company whose primary business is gate operators. This company is a direct factory outlet for a variety of gate operators and has an authorized factory-certified service technician for 6 major brands of operators. The plan is, if you make something inconvenient to fool with, most fools won’t even try. As sad as it is that these measures have become necessary to protect our property, the means are available. If anyone is interested in finding out how to get any of these prevention devices, or would like to discuss techniques that can be applied to help secure their equipment from harm, please feel free to call 1-800-TEX-GATE (839-4283). Mike Denton Canyon Lake Th# V—.r 'J.5. d#bt stag- NOW OPENI River City Storage Low Rates • 7 Day Access • All Sizes Well Lighted and Fenced Call today to reserve your Space!!! 219 Trade Center 708-0852 "If work, school, family or friends are getting to be more than you can emotionally handle. Call us, we'd like to help". ^ Hill Coumry Counseling Center Ss    (’.omprehenstve Mental Health Services 629-7303 Most insurance accepted; sliding scale lees available. gore th# Imagination Dear Editor, We hear so much about our national debt, but do we hear what the true debt is? The obvious debt—the one politicians use—is $4.8 trillion. The real debt, the one Washington, D.C. does not want the American people to know about, is really $12.8 trillion! —$1 trillion borrowed from the Federal Employees’ and Veterans’ Pension fund —$7 trillion from the Social Security Trust Fund and Medicare Payroll Tax Fund —$4.8 trillion, the obvious debt—the debt easy to find in the Congressional Record. Is $ 12.8 trillion the real debt we have to shoulder, or is it more? We, the taxpayers, have to deal in dollars and cents. Politicians have dealt in millions and billions for so long I don’t think they realize how much a trillion dollars is. I cannot imagine such a huge amount. Our nation is in deep trouble. According to Bill Montague in USA Today, over 20 percent of this debt is owned by foreign nations. The Bank of Japan has purchased over $30 billion in U.S. Treasury notes this year alone. Yet, Congressman Newt Gingrich and Sen. Bob Dole advised President Clinton to bail out the peso in Mexico. $52 billion is earmarked for the bailout. For years, the U.S. has protected and defended the entire world. Not once did Washington encourage or ask these nations to cover part of the cost. Today, now that the Cold War is over, the American taxpayers are paying 65 percent of the U.N.’s day-to-day operations. According to Boutros Boutros-Gali, the secretary general of the U.N., there are 183 nations in the U.N. The U.N. is interfering in 17-18 wars. The world hates the U.N. Thus, the peoples of the world hate the U.S. because they think America is supporting the U.N. Rwanda has asked the U.N. to leave their nation. Do any of the leaders in Congress represent the taxpayers of the U.S.? Yes, the world remains dangerous, and some foreign aid is necessary. Our country is becoming a dangerous place to live in some parts, also. Why, instead of bailing out Mexico, did we not bail out the people of Orange County, California? Agnes H. Hicks Wimberley Adoption best choice for unwanted children Dear Editor, Hurray, Hurray—maybe finally someone with clout can encourage girls—women—to have enough love to not only save a child but also save it for ones who will truly love and care for these children. BUT, there must be a law that will protect the children AND the adopters. What a terrible thing for a child to have loving parents and after a few years that child is taken away from these loving adoptive parents because the persons that had no will or love to take care of it wants them or it back. Once adopted, unless both persons agree to open adoption, they should NEVER be taken away other than because of mistreatment. With my love to both couples, Lasca Jeffrey School taxes skyrocketing out of sight Dear Editor, We’re writing in response to your June 27, 1995 article, “NBISD residents face higher property tax bills,” and the vote by the board of trustees that precipitated the article. In the 3 3/4 years we’ve been taxpayers here, we’ve seen the school taxes on our property increase 24.5 percent. lf this trend continues, our school taxes will double every 9 years! The last paragraph in your article mentioned that four audience members addressed the board with their concerns over rising tax rates. That statement was not entirely accurate. The concerns of those four people were about rising tax dollars. They were answered with a lot of bureaucrat-ese about tax rates, property appraisals, exemptions, mandates, etc. Unlike politicians, those four concerned citizens could care less about these nuances—they see a tax bill that is almost 25 percent higher in 1995 than in 1992 and they want to know why. They didn’t find any answers at this meeting. There is, we think, a limit to how much taxation people are willing to accept without representation on the board of trustees. It is obvious that the trustees consider the property owners a small minority of their constituency, even though that group is their sole source of money. We would recommend to the trustees that they consider the source of the golden eggs before they slay the goose on whom they have a legal stranglehold! The endangered geese here arc the property owners (not just residents) of NBISD. While the property owners are a relatively quiet constituency now, we believe they will become increasingly vocal as taxes continue the upward spiral. Unlike government, these taxpayers have to live within their means. Shortly, they’ll be demanding that NBISD do likewise. Remember the 1994 congressional elections. Think about it, trustees, and do something about it! Sincerely, Daniel R. Kelly and Alice R. Kelly Nightmare on river's odgo a lesson to all Dear Editor, Monday, May 29, 1995, my family and I felt there could be no danger in camping at the rented Guadalupe River campsite. We knew the city and county officials wouldn’t allow camping at that site if it was dangerous. We had seen no warnings and felt it “must be safe.” At 5:30 a.m., Tuesday morning, my family woke to a nightmare. My youngest daughter woke up and screamed as her tent floated swiftly away when the flash flood wave hit. The powerful water plastered the bottom of the tent against her face and body and she struggled to breathe and unzip the tent. My husband woke to the sound of one of our kids screaming. He then felt a wall of water pushing on the side of our tent. He woke me and voiced his fear that we were in the river. When I stepped out of our tent into the darkness, my 200-pound husband started floating away. I rushed to my older daughter’s tent to see if she and her 4-month-old baby were still alive. The tent was filled with water and plastered against the picnic table by the force of the river. My two sons, who slept in the car, opened the car door to have the powerful flash flood wave rush in on them. We all got out alive but we did lose 2 cars, 3 tents and about $4,000 worth of possessions. Two weeks later, the same campground flooded again in the middle of the night with no warning. Warnings are needed! lf our campground owner had mentioned to us there was a flash flood watch BEFORE renting the campsite to us, OR, if we % had seen ONE sign warning of camping by a river when it rains, we wouldn’t have gone through the above night- , mare. And believe me, we won’t forget it—it has done its damage and we still have nightmares when we sleep. Please let the city of New Braunfels x and Comal County know that you would like automated sensor gauges that alarm at every campsite and warning signs installed so that tourists don’t have to go through what my family did to learn of the dangers. Most tourists do not know the dangers of sleeping by a river nor do they have “river common sense” unless they were raised near a river. Educate us and we will come back year after year. (I’m afraid our family Won’t be coming back.) Contact: Judge Carter Casteel, 150 N. Seguin, Ste. 301, NB, TX 78130; County Emergency Coordinator Milton Willmann, 1400 Sattler, Canyon Lake, TX, 78133; City Emergency Coordinator Phil Baker, 424 S. Casten | Ave., NB, TX 78130; Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, Director of I Project Development David Welsch, J P.O. Box 271, Seguin, TX 78156- J 0271; Sen. Jeff Wentworth, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711, 512-463-0125, Asst. Andrew Wise; Rep. Edmund Kuempel, P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910, 512-463-0602, Asst. Ray Spivey. 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