New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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“No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.”
— Henry Miller author, 1944
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Where’s the loyalty?
Spurs management says they’ll move if a new stadium is not built for them
The San Antonio Spurs have issued an ultimatum to the city, “Build us a new arena or we move to a new city.”
The Spurs owners say it is not a threat, but city officials are taking it that way. The Spurs are just two years into a 10-year lease at the brand new Alamodome, and the team turned a $4 million profit last season. So it may appear surprising that the team is talking about moving.
Surprising until you consider the way pro sports teams are acting these days. Consider, in the National Hockey League, the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils appear headed for Tennessee, lured by a package worth $40 million, even though the team has turned a profit every year in New Jersey, even when it finished in last place several years in a row.
The Quebec Nordiques are heading to Denver and the Winnipeg Jets are looking at moving.
In the National Football League, the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Raiders are moving to new cities, and the Cincinnati Bengals are demanding a new stadium, threatening to bolt. In baseball, the New York Mets are threatening to move if they do not get a new stadium.
Cities without major sports franchises are quite willing to offer incenuves worth tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to attract a team, and you can’t blame them. A major sports franchise adds a new dimension to a city’s prestige and quality of life. It generates economic activity and draws national attention.
But teams should remember who really pays their bills — the fans.
Teams like the San Antonio Spurs should especially remember the loyalty given to the team year after year, even though the team disappoints those fans every year.
Those teams that are willing to bolt for a quick buck may well ask themselves if they deserve the loyalty of a city full of people, when they offer the city no loyalty in return.
(Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger CPoteau.)
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Support needed for local band
The celebration of our nation’s independence was done in fine style (Tuesday) at the Town Plaza. The Sophienburg Museum folks planned and executed the event nicely, the New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTO carried out their Color Guard duties with usual perfection, Rev.
Rich Carse's prayer was filled with nationalistic faith, Mary Beth Smith was bell-like in her vocals, John Heberling and Cristabell West, representing the naturalized citizens of our country, re-inspired our patriotism and Don Ferguson (tile Master of Ceremonies) kept the program moving right along with his usual fervor.
There was a good-sized crowd; the largest seen in several years. They all got into the spirit of celebration, wishing one another Happy Birthday America, singing the National Anthem and “God Bless America” along with Mary Beth Smith, rendering appropriate honor to “Old Glory” and the Texas Flag, and just enjoying the
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moment of being celebrating Americans. Well done to all. Next year, let’s all work harder to have an even bigger crowd!
Deserving special recognition is the Comal Community Band. They entertained in concert from the Band Stand and this group is truly outstanding. Their playing of the National Anthem caused the crowd to join in song and their musical salute to the Armed Forces in the playing of each Service song brought “those who served” and their family members to “attention.”
This is a well-rounded band of truly professional musicians. It is obvious that they enjoy contributing to the community, are well-practiced and are a real asset to the City and Comal County. This is a band that is worth the price of admission, yet they usually perform free of charge.
Presently, the band, under the directorship of Ken McGuire (principal of New Braunfels Middle School) is working to get to Braunfels, Germany in July of 1996, to officially represent our community as our sister city celebrates its 750th birthday anniversary. We could ask for no better emissaries than the Comal Community Band! These are good family people, delighting themselves and others with their musical
acumen and full of the good spirit of New Braunfels. Of course, getting to Braunfels is an expensive matter! So they are looking for funding. This column is to alert the community, whether as individuals, as business persons or as corporate sponsors that the Comal Community Band is looking for MONEY to get to Germany.
At the conclusion of the ceremonies, several people stepped forward to place donations in the Community Band basket. That is most appreciated; still, much more is required. Please, if you can support this effort financially, mail your contributions to Mr. Ken McGuire, director, the Comal Community Band, do the New Braunfels Middle School, 659 S. Guenther Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130.
July 4th was a fine celebrating of our country’s birthday here in New Braunfels and was made all the more wonderful by those that came and participated in a festival of Freedom. The Comal Community Band helped make it a fine tribute; now let’s show our appreciation by helping them in their quest to go to Braunfels and give our financial support to meet their expenses.
(Paul Fraser, Jr. is mayor of the City of New Braunfels.)
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One man able to change name of town
Carl Saur wrote me a nice letter not long ago. He liked the fact that I was interested in getting things spelled correctly around our town. He was referring to my having pointed out back in April that BLEI-DERS CREEK should be BLIEDER’S CREEK. But here it is three months later and BLIEDER’S CREEK is still BLEIDERS CREEK and will remain so until the state can afford some adhesive letters or new signs. They’re looking at 3 years for the letters, 5 for the signs. These things take time. And lots of committees.
Mr. Saur, another hopeless optimist, pointed out that Clear Spring was accidentally renamed Clear Springs several years ago by the highway department when they went around putting up new road signs. He wondered if the village couldn’t also reestablish its proper designation. Clear Spring has been Clear Spring since the 1840s. It only took one man one day a few years ago to change that. Some misanthrope printed a new sign, added an "s” to the end of Spring, gave it to the state, who gave it to the highway department, who gave it to a crew, who dug a hole and set the post, and tacked on the sign—and in a moment, a town’s name was changed.
I’m not going to get involved. I don’t live there. If the town was originally named “Clear Spring,” I think it should remain “Clear Spring” (even if some people think “Clear Springs” rolls off the tongue more easily). But if the people that live there decide to rename it ‘Clear Springs,” and it passes some kind of vote, IMI call it that, then. I’m not sure what I call it now, except when I’m going out there to eat catfish.
This town is all too full of weighty spelling and grammatical issues as it is. There are a lot of things I would change if I could, won’t change if I can't—and I don't have what it takes to know the difference.
A large motel right on IH-35 has a tall sign that reads, “New Braunfel's Finest.” So our town is actually New Braunfels
One of my favorite barbecue spots had a sign on its
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Toduy is Thursday, July 6, the 187th day of 1995. There are 178 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on July 6,1945, President Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.
On this date:
window, “Have a graet spring.” I’d have had one if I knew what it was, but summer came and I lost my chance.
A good Mexican restaurant advertises on its window, “Chinken Enchiladas” and “Chinken Chimichangas.” I go for the chinken enchiladas every time since I like exotic foods.
Is it Seniors Center or Senior Center? Two nice signs for the place—one on the building, one out by the street Which, if either, is correct?
Addresses for businesses on IH-35 read “IH-35 W" or “IH-35 S” or IH-35 N" or IH-35 E." It can’t be all of them. Two out of four is all they’re allowed. They need to get together on this, whether or not parallels meet. Large engraved wood signs on River Road read, ‘Tresspassing Prohibited.” Is the exchange of hair a crime around there? It gets even better here at the newspaper. People send notices of personal or club events that need publication and it’s left to my discretion to type things as written or tastefully edit. I always edit. I'm the one who will look bad if I don’t.
One time a sentence arrived made up of 76 words that passed through 8 subjects, 3 foreign countries, two city council elections and one recall before arriving at a destination. Strung out as it was, I needed 18 feet of rope to get that sentence off (he ground. Even then the participles dangled for 20 minutes before they gave up and finally died.
Sometimes I have to read a sentence over a few times before I discover the thought concealed inside.
"The sick and visiting committee reported that 8 members were ill." I almost left that one alone, but grudgingly changed it to “The Sick and Visiting committee reported...” It looked a little better but it
In 1483, England's King Richard III was crowned.
In 1535, Sir Thomas More was executed in England for treason.
In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga.
In 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur successfully tested an anti-rabies vaccine on a boy who had been bitten by an infected dog.
In 1917, during World War I, Arab forces Ipd by T.E. Lawrence captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.
may have altered the facts. I’ve never been real big on committees, foreign or not.
“Members took turns reporting on their favorite houseplant and why." Why, indeed? Didn’t they have refreshments to eat or something to vote on?
“Because she sold the most tickets, she was illegible for the title of queen.” Why, you could read her like a book before the pageant.
“The organization is working hard to eliminate infant morality.” Yes. Get them while they’re young. But not in our town.
"Mr. and Mrs. George Stevens and his wife Marie Smith...” They were all celebrating something but I’m not sure what. Big ‘o me to notice that something needed altering, or de-altaring. I changed the phrase to "Mr. and Mrs. George Stevens and Marie Smith..." None of the criminals called in protest.
A congressman sent in a release about his opinion on the Endangered Species Act. One sentence left out the important word Act: "We will make the Endangered Species work both for the people and for the environment." We could maybe turn the goldencheeked warbler into a homing pigeon. The fountain darter could bring us our sunglasses we dropped in the lake. I bet we can’t train the snails to do anything productive, though.
And finally, a prospective CISD school board member, discussing long-term goals, suggested, “First and foremost is the goat to provide (he very best education possible...” Well, let's be fair. Once you get the right goat, loan it to the NB1SD and then pass it around to whichever city merchants need it. Once they’ve milked it for all it’s worth, they can pass it on to the highway deportment.
Apparently, it’s the goal we should all be seeking in our constant pursuit of perfection, especially if it con help us out with our spelling and grammar, and can spot typographical errors.
(Allene Blaker is a Herald-Zeitung editorial assistant.)
In 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was played, at Chicago’s Comiskcy Pork; the American League defeated the National League, 4-2.
In 1944, 169 people died when fire broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Bros, und Barnum & Builcy Circus in Hartford, Conn.
In 1945, Nicurugua became the first nation to formally accept the United Nations Charter.
In 1957, Althea Gibson become the first Muck tennis player lo win a Wimbledon singles title, defeating fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3,6-2.