New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
dallas, TX HZIX 75245
'Exit test' concerns
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NB's Wright a winner
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See Page IBCliffs accidents bring grief to Preiss Heights residents
Editor's note: Normally, we don’t run letters to the editor on the front page. But we’ll make an exception with this one, because it offers a different perspective to the recent tragedies at the cliffs across from Preiss Heights park, where two people have leaped to their deaths in the past month. As you’ll see, the cliff jumpers aren’t the only ones who suffer from their actions.
To the Editor:
As a resident of Preiss Heights and a regular visitor to our park, my family has witnessed several of these terrible loss of lives and permanent injuries to various people over the past several years.
On July 4, 1984, my family had invited friends to a picnic and fun day at the park. Our fun and enjoyment was ruined by a 17-year-old from Converse who broke his neck several feet in front of us.
My friend pulled him from the water where he was floating and unconscious. He is paralyzed from the neck down, and will be for the rest of his life. We went to the park very little the rest of the .summer of ’84 We had our ’83 Fourth of July celebration July 7 (last Sunday) because of rain and several other problems. The same friends were with us as the previous year, but this year my mother and father-in-law and my own mother were w ith us.
My friend and I had discussed the fact that we hoped
this year would be much better than last year’s celebration. We had just finished our dinner and my brother-in-law came running to the picnic table telling us someone had drowned and we must get help.
Our private park was soon filled with Sheriff's Department vehicles, divers, all kinds of volunteers, and, oh yes, the victim’s family. Not only were they hysterical, but so was my mother, who was recovering from an illness and the tragic death of my dear sister, who died from leukemia several months ago.
She was just a year older than the man who had drowned. Do I need to say our day was totally ruined?
After the June 8th drowning, I read in the paper the City of Seguin said the people in the park across from
the cliffs could do more. I wonder if they know how many times we have given food, drinks, rides and directions to several hundred people over the past several years. How many of our fun times have been ruined by these people.
I could not agree more with (game warden) Neil Etheridge that the swings, the trees, the cliffs are not to blame; it is the people. I know this letter is too long but I could not sleep another night until I wrote it.
This is the sign I feel should be posted in addition to the ones the City of Seguin put up. If you tell the people, “don’t,” they usually do.
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Reagan back in charge
BETHESDA. Md. (AP) President Keagan was recovering “beautifully” Saturday after surgeons removed a larte intestinal growth in his colon and found “no sign of cancer w hatsoever .”
Keagan. 74. reassumed authont> as chief executive about eight hours after transferring, in an unprecedented step, his power to the vice president as a precaution Capt Dale Oiler, head of surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital, removed a two-foot-section of Keagan’s intestine which contained the growth It would not be known until Monday whether the growth, or polyp, was itself cancerous, but doctors said if it was. tile surgery itself should be curative.”
Shortly before surgery, Keagan signed a letter directing Vice President George Hush to temporarily assume Hie powers arid duties" of tile presidency wlwle he was incapable of exercising authority himself The operation lasted two hours and 33 minutes, beginning shortly before noon EDT Afterward. White House spokesman I-im Speakes was asked when Keagan would regain his authority from Ku.sh lit said it would be “a matter of hours if not
tonight, then tomorrow morning.” Meanwhile, arrangements were being made for Keagan to run the government from the suburban Washington hospital for seven to IO days while he recuperated Keagan was continuing to recover early Saturday night and had been awake for short periods of time and talking with physicians and nurses,” Speakes said Bush spent the day at home, his spokesman said. There was no question among senior administration officials that Bush was, for all practical purposes, the “acting president” and in command of U S armed forces Dr Stephen Kosenberg of the National Cancer Institute, another member of the surgical team, said it would not be known until Monday whether the growth, which had been potentially cancerous, actually was malignant But Oiler said that while we do not know whether there was cancer in the polyp, the examination of the president, however, shows no evidence of cancer elsewhere” in the liver or lymph nodes, for example
A preliminary biopsy report taken See REAGAN, Page HA
Live Aid rocks to spirited finale
PHILADELPHIA (API - A ■ glob,ii jukebox" booming a plea for Africa’s .starving people touched hearts and wallets around the world Saturday, with hundreds of millions of television viewers hopping electronically from London to Philadelphia to Moscow to Sydney
Singer Iionel Richie closed the cross-Atlantic concert in Philadelphia by announcing that donations had topped $40 million. It was unclear whether the figure referred to funds raised just in the United States or included $16 million announced earlier in I Lindon.
More than IOO performers, many of whom did not appear separately, closed the 14-hour Philadelphia show with a spirited rendition of “We Are the World,” a song recorded last winter by U S artists to raise funds for African relief
Hours earlier, more than 72,000 people jamming London's Wembley Stadium sang along with Paul McCartney as the former Boatie performed the group’s classic ”la?t It Be” to end the 10-hour British segment of the international rock festival.
Irish singer Bob Geldof, who brought together the star-studded cast for the international charity appeal, was lifted shoulder-high on the 140-foot revolving stage by David Bowie, Alison Mayot and The Who’s Pete Townsend, as McCartney sang. Bowie urged that the live Aid festival become an annual event.
Meanwhile, British I<abor Party
legislator Tom Torney said he was seeking support to nominate Geldof for the Nobel Peace Prize About 60 of the world’s greatest rock stars donated their talent Madonna. Mick Jagger, Patti l«aBelle. Duran Duran, the Beach Boys, Santana, Erie Clapton, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan among the performers in Philadelphia; Bade, Elton John, Geldof’s Boomtown Hats, Bowie, and McCartney in london.
Phil Collins sang in london and then crossed the Atlantic faster than the speed of sound on the Concorde to perform again in Philadelphia.
"Good morning children of Hie 80s. This is your Woodstock and it is long overdue,” Joan Baez told 90,000 rock fans at John F Kennedy Stadium, where the playbill included Madonna, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan.
While the concert evoked the size and good feeling of the L969 Wood-stock bash, it was closer in spirit to the “Concert for Bangladesh” organized by former Beatle George Harrison in 1971 to raise money for starving children.
“lf you do nothing, millions of people will die,” concert organizer Geldof said Saturday morning as the music kicked off at Wembley Stadium in london.
“Any money that you send in — which is the point of the whole thing — IOO percent will go out to Africa,”
See LIVE AID, Page IU
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Today s Weather
Today will be sunny and hot with highs in the mid 90s cooling tonight to the mid 70s. No rain is in the forecast. Winds of five to 15 mph will be from the south. Saturday's high was 91 and Friday’s low was 70. Sunset today will be at 8:33 p.m. Sunrise Monday will be at 6:41.
As tile world’s rock luminaries performed Saturday in london and Philadelphia to raise money for African famine relief, the drought which has devastated much of the continent was still taking a deadly toll. Page 7A
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The final test
Principals have reservations about 'exit' exams
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
lf the State Board of Education has its way. students may soon have to take "exit tests” and pass to get a high school diploma Principals at the three local high schools said they will do what the state board tells them to, but at least one said lie has some slight reservations about "exit tests.”
Smithson Valley High Principal Joe Rogers said students may feel all tested out by the tune they finish high school, even without the proposed “exit tests.”
"I guess it’s good, but I have some reservations on it. Students already
take weekly tests, mid six-week and six-week exams, and then semester exams. Say they take all their courses and make straight A’s, they’re still going to have to pass the exit tests,
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"lf they say we have to administer it and the students have to pass it to graduate, we’ll do it,” Rogers added “But I think maybe the state is doing too much a little too quickly ."
Will Krieg, principal at Canyon High School, said he is a “firm believer” in the Comal ISD’s current policy that a student must pass the
old TABS i Texas Assessment of Basic Skills tests i to graduate.
I think .students need a certain amount of knowledge to become worthwhile citizens,” krieg said. “I can see a problem with some students feeling they’ve gone through school and met all the requirements, and then have some problem on the exit tests. They may never come back and get their diploma "That’s the only drawback I can see with exit exams, as long as they model the test to cover general knowledge in certain subjects,” he added.
New Braunfels High Principal See TEST, Page HA
Officials see some flaws in no-play
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
Smaller schools in this area are not completely satisfied with the "no-pass, no-play” legislation that was upheld in a recent Texas Supreme Court case.
While supporting the idea of academics before extracurricular activities, local school administrators feel the ruling may cause some harm along with the good Winfred Farquhar, superintendent of the Marion Independent School District, is the most enthusiastic of local school adnunistrators. “We don’t anticipate any problems with the ruling," he said. “There are advantages and disadvantages to it but I see both sides. As an overall rule, I think it’s pretty fair.”
Farquhar said he expects a few individual problems
w ith the ruling but no major problems.
Byron Steele, superintendent of the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District, doesn’t expect to have many problems with the ruling because, he said. that school district has always put academics first.
Steele said he feels a case should be reviewed every two weeks rather every six weeks as required by the legislation.
"Academics should always come before extracurricular activities,” Steele said. “But it should be remembered that those activities are a very important part of a child’s learning.”
J.C. Neighbors, Navarro High School principal, agreed
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Hughes The plane landed off West meyer Lane near Kroesche Lane in Guadalupe County No one was injured.
Engine trouble forced this plane down in a field north of New Braunfels Airport Friday after noon. Pilot Richard Beck,
chief instructor for the Aero Club at Randolph Air Force Base, talks with passengers Michael Peek and David