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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — HeralD-Zbitung — Sunday, July 27, 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 Nf.w Braunfels Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zcitung 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 Gary E. Maitland, Managing Editor (830) 625-9144 Editorial- Remember those less fortunate when shopping for school The start of another school year is only a couple of weeks away, and parents soon will flock to the aisles of local merchants to stock up on school supplies and new clothes. The state’s “tax-free holiday” next weekend offers shoppers a great chance to purchase clothes without taking as big a hit to the pocket-book. However, its always important to remember those who aren’t as fortunate — especially those who, even without the burden of sales tax, can not afford the requisite boxes of tissue and packs of No. 2 pencils, let alone new shoes and jeans. The Comal County Women’s Center takes in children who have nothing. Drop off school supply donations at the center, 1547 E. Common St. Call 620-7520 for information. Communities in Schools hosts a school supply drive called “Pack the Bus.” It takes place Aug. 9 at the parking lots of H-E-B and Wal-Mart in New Braunfels. The Aug. 14 Concerts in the Park performance at Banda Park Dance Slab also benefits CIS. Bring school supply items for admittance to the concert. For information, call 620-4247. CIS is located at 161 S. Casted Ave. The Herald-Zeitung publishes a list of supplies necessary at both local school districts. Look for the special section in today’s edition. Information can also be found online at or Kudos - Family reunion in NB was an enjoyable experience The weekend of July Ills, about 80 members of the Copeland family gathered in New Braunfels for our annual family reunion. We’ve had some good reunions in the past, but this one was definitely the most fun. We’d like to say thanks to the staff at T Bar M Resort for hosting our reunion and for being so accommodating to our needs. An extra special thanks to Richard Echevarria and the staff at Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant for excellent food, a lively atmosphere and exceptional service. We found something for everybody, young and old, to do in and around New Braunfels. We enjoyed ourselves so much the family voted unanimously to return next July. Thanks New Braunfels! Mark Hoover Dallas LV \KYEFFUPTEP MR. WORMED LONG VA£MVOH TOW FEM.1T/* Letters To The Editor - Message, not money, hurt losing city campaigns The July 17 article by Dylan Jimenez proves how the result of the last citywide election was sour grapes for some. How else do you explain comments by former city council persons and PAC representatives? Failed campaigns usually play the “we got outspent” card, when, in fact, it’s the message, not the money, that did them in. Raising money is not a political sin. It’s the only way for anyone opposing an incumbent to get their message out. A council person has the advantage of weekly, free TV exposure on the cable access channel. A council person has free access to the local radio station to talk about issues they choose, (most of the time) and of course, any comments to the Herald-Zeitung are reported as being newsworthy, because they are for the people who represent the city! But, last time I checked, the campaign I was treasurer for spent $960 to be newsworthy. I do not propose or want free access to the media. People support a person or an issue because they disagree with the opposing view. Campaign dollars do not make anyone vote; they can only inform peo- Today In History — pie about the issues. As stated before, running against incumbents is an uphill climb from the start. looking at the numbers a different way, from my report of contributors, there were 237 people who believed the city needed a change in leadership so much they gave an average of $75.50 (including loans) apiece to the campaign. That doesn’t sound like big money interests, more like individuals, who in addition to voting, thought the issue was important enough to put their money where their mouth was. No more, no less. Tobin Hoffmann New Braunfels What’s good for the goose is good for the gander I hear the fast food companies are being sued for making people fat. This makes me think perhaps the American taxpayers should sue their Senators and their Congressmen for making the federal government too fat! Ed Spreen Boerne By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2003. There are 157 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: Fifty years ago, on July 27, 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting. On this date: In 1789, Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the Department of State. In 1794, French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre was overthrown and placed under arrest and executed the following day. In 1861, Union Gen. George B. McClellan was put in command of the Army of the Potomac. In 1866, Cyrus W. Field finally succeeded, after two failures, in laying the first underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe. In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he personally engaged in a "course of conduct" designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case. In 1976, Air Force veteran Ray Brennan became the first person to die of what was later called Digionnaire's Disease following an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. In 1980, on Day 267 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed shah of Iran died at a military hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at age 60. In 1995, the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington by President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam. In 1996, terror struck the Atlanta Olympics as a pipe homb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park, killing one. Policy The Herald-Zeitung encourages the submission of letters. Letters must be 250 words or fewer, and the Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. Guest columns should be less than 500 words. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. No letter will be published until it has been verified. Mail letters to; Letters to the Editor c/othe Herald-Zeitung PO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: newsC^ Contact ’Em City Council Mayor Adam Corte 608-2100, city hall 609-1958, home [email protected] District 1 Sonia Muftoz-Gill 608-2100 District 2 Larry Alexander 609-1242, home District 3 Gale Pospisil 625-6997, work District 4 Valerie Hull (210) 533-1250, work District 5 Lee Rodriguez 629-4901, work District 6 Ken Valentine 625-7384, home [email protected] Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 620-5501 Fax: 608-2026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 620-5504 (830) 899-2948, home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin 620-5509 (210) 651-9672, home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 620-5503 606-9208, home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 620-5508 (830) 625-6739, homeMayor’s leadership positions city for great changes Mayor Adam Cork’s leadership, complemented with what appears to be a robust can-do attitude in city hall created by City Manager Chuck Pinto, might be on the verge of creating a city government capable of real solutions rather than short-term fixes. One benefit of having a new council, one less preoccupied with bickering, is the mayor is emerging as a leader rather than being relegated to the role of arbitrator. Cork also is surprising many insiders with his stamina and resiliency when it comes to resisting control by the traditional political forces in town. Cork is a member of both the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association, yet he’s either advocating, or at least considering policy shifts that stray from the business-as-usual community dynamics that have encircled the DOUG TONEY mayors position in the past. Tile city’s economic* contract with The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has expired und has not been renewed. Thats not business as usual at city hall. Cork appears to realize no one person or organization is probably better equipped to head the city’s economic development effort than chamber leader Michael Meek, who is trained and certified in economic development. However, Cork has said he wants performance clauses in any city contract. He said with a performance clause that spells out the contract’s goals, city council and staff can measure whether taxpayers got their money’s worth. That probably explains why Cork has been working hard behind the scenes to convince local commerce and government leaders the city needs to broaden its economic development efforts to include recruiting more retail businesses. I^ast week, Cork called together about 20 local business leaders to review preliminary findings (Phase I) of a retail market study the mayor got the city and the chamber to fund. The study revealed millions of dollars earned each year by New Braunfels residents are tieing spent elsewhere. Corks proposition is so simple its almost embarrassing it hasn’t been pursued with vigor before: Use an economic resource already here — residents’ incomes — to stimulate local economy. Cork wants to create a critical mass of retail stores, offering a variety of goods, so people who live here will spend money here. That’s smart thinking, and it also will directly benefit residents. Who wants to drive to San Antonio if you can buy what you need here? The amount of sales tax revenue generated for the city and the convenience factor for local consumers would be incredible. The mayor envisions broad-based commerce that’s a connected, full-eircle economy. If money earned by residents, plus money brought here by tourists can cycle through a greater number and variety of retail stores, everyone benefits. Even merchants already here could gain customers, because more residents are staying in town to shop. If the mayor can get this broader policy written into the next ED contract, it will be a major improvement in the city’s economic development efforts. New Braunfels has a mayor with a vision and a city manager and staff who do not automatically throw up their hands and say it cannot be done. That could be a powerful combination for improvement in our community. We need to remember change is a prerequisite for progress. Without change, the city cannot improve. The mayor’s recent efforts indicate he has the courage to pursue significant changes to enhance our community. I Art's hope the rest of us have the guts to do the same. (Doug Ibney is editor and pub-hhser of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.) ;