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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4 □ Heratd-Zeitung Q Tuesday, June 3,1997 |i To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the ppinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald -Zeitung Opinion Online contact a To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is [email protected] QU OTABLE “Art is on the side of the oppressed — For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?” Nadine Gordimer South African author EDITORIAL Spend Thursday nights at Landa Park concerts New Braunfels has a jewel in Landa Park, and there is no better setting for the Miller Genuine Draft Concerts in the Park. Every Thursday at the Landa Park Band Shell, the Concerts in the Park series provides quality entertainment where families can come with picnics and drinks and enjoy the music. Last week, local recording artist and songwriter Matt Toon performed for the first concert in the 13th annual concert series. Organizers encourage music lovers to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for this weekly event. Admission is free, and the park is a beautiful location for enjoying live entertainment. lf you are looking for great and fun things to do with your children, or if you are just wanting to get away from the television (besides, most stations are showing reruns), get yourself to Landa Park on Thursday nights. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. This week, look for rock group Painted Pony. The concerts come to New Braunfels and Comal County residents through the sponsorships of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, Miller Genuine Draft, Gaynes Productions, 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels, Bug-O-Meister Pest Control, The Music Source, TCI Cablevision and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. We in New Braunfels and Comal County are fortunate to live and work in a community where businesses like these are willing to give us and our families such cultural opportunities. The least we can do is get out there and take advantage of them. (Today s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson) Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer’s signature Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any irticle that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131*1328Hutchison, Gramm up ante for welfare waiver Often in the course of a poker game, it becomes necessary to call another player's bluff. It seems that Congress has reached the stage in the welfare reform debate where a little bluff-calling is in order. For 11 months, the Clinton administration has refused to grant Texas a welfare waiver, holding the cards close to its vest and revealing little information. One c in only surmise that the administration hought Texas would fold. But this ^resident doesn’t know how we Texans play poker. Rather than fold, we have upped the ante. On May 22, Senator Phil Gramm and I introduced legislation to give states the right to make the process of determining social services eligibility more efficient. In October 1996, Congress enacted and the President signed into law landmark legislation billed as a plan to “end welfare as we know it.” Congress’ intent, which the President endorsed throughout the entire debate, was to allow states to set up more effective accessible well.ire systems. Congress asked the states to do a job, and Texas was quick off the mark to comply. State officials requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would permit us to establish public/private partnerships to run one-stop eligibility centers for welfare, food stamp and Medicaid claims. (What the state formally Kay Bailey Hutchison requested was permission to take bids on such services. ) This sat on the President’s desk for five months. The plan, which goes by the acronym TIES, for Texas Integrated Enrollment Services, would consolidate 20 separate application processes for public assistance. State officials estimate TIES will save Texas taxpayers at least $ 120 million a year in administrative overhead. With those savings, the state intended to provide health care coverage to an additional 150,000 needy Texas children. The current conflict over welfare reform between Texas and the federal government is simple: Congress gave states the authority to experiment, to run their systems more efficiently. Texas did just that — and federal big government said, “No.” Welfare as we know it remains the same wasteful mess that it was the day the welfare reform bill was signed — thanks to the administration’s refusal to let Texas play the hand Congress dealt it. I have arrived at the reluctant conclusion that the only way to rectify this situation is to pass a law that will allow Texans to run Texas’ welfare system. Congress’ clear intent in the 1996 welfare reform bill was to give states the flexibility to design welfare systems best suited to their own needs. Congress will have to call the executive branch’s bluff. The administration can honor the law and allow plans such as the TIES proposal to go forward unimpeded. But if the administration is going to thwart the law of the land, Congress must act. No other outcome is in the cards. (Kay Bailey Hutchison is a U.S. senator representing Texas.) New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 201........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, Ext. 220.................................Margaret    Edmonson Marketing Director, Ext 208....................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext 214...............Karen    Reimnger Business Manager, Ext. 202........................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext. 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext 205..........................................Billy    Parnell Published un Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Sew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (LISPS 377-KHO) 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Pcnodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, |37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103 50 Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscnbers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (2 IO) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Letter to the Editor Nowotny, staff taught players positive traits Editor, We are writing in reply to the Herald’s coverage of the entire CHS “hazing incident.” As former football players at Canyoi, we participated in Coach Nowotny’s football program from his first year at Canyon until Brette graduated last year. We feel that someone should set the record straight. Coach Nowotny and his staff have been a blessing to both the school and the plavers from day one. Not only have they won football games, but they have taught countless players the values of hard work, discipline, confidence and numerous other positive traits that any student -ar. ors from competitive athletics. You cannot coure ti e numbet of boys who have developed into fine > ng men under the watchful and always caring ey^s o’ Coach Nowotny and his staff. They may not hi*ve alway s bec p> rtect, but every one of those coaches has given I percent to every kid that has gone out to play. It is > id to see such a fine group of men being attacked by a small group of non-support ive players and parents As college athletes, we can attest that some form of initiation exists at every level of team sport. From middle school to the NFL. youngei players are required to sing songs, carry lunch trays and perform other menial activities to show respect to older players and Write ’em to earn their own respect. There is no doubt this can go too far. Coach Nowotny is an honest, Christian man who runs his program with as much discipline as is possible with today’s kids. There is no doulx that if he had known of any wrong doing, he would have put a stop to it immediately. We don’t care what any players may have said to protect themselves — the coaching staff did not knowingly allow hazing in the program. As for similar actions being tradition, well, that is totally untrue. We were there, and it was not tradition for any of the six years tliat we were in the program. We have many friends that played for Coach Nowotny and there are many voices that agree that CISD has made a huge mistake. Unfortunately, the loss of Coach Nowotny also spells the loss of some of his assistants. We are sad to see the end of such a fine group of coaches who have changed so many young men for the better. Whoever replaces them has big shoes to fill. Thanks to Coach Nowotny, Coach Burk, Coach Rosser, Coach Miller, Coach Bueno, Coach Behrend, Coach Everett, Coach Falan ana any that we may have forgotten to name who helped to make us what we are today. You guys will always be remembered fondly by the real Cougars. Chip Parrish and Brette irrish Gun 'rn Ridge U.S. Senate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 283 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-5922. FAX: 202-224-0776. Local Office: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460, San Antonio, TX, 78230, Phone: 210-340-2885. Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D C. Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX: 202-228-2856. Local Office: 404 E. Ramsey, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX, 78216, Phone: 210-366-9494, FAX: 210-366-2016. U.S. House Rep. Lamar Smith (21st Congressional District), 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20515, Phone: 202-225-4236. Local Office: 1100 NE Loop 110, Suite 640, San Antonio, TX, 78209, Phona: 210-821-5024, FAX: 210-821-5947 Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, June 3, the 154th day of 1997. There are 211 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 3,1963, Pope John XXIII died at the age of 81, ending a papacy marked by innovative reforms in the Roman Catholic Church. He was succeeded by Pope Paul VI. On this date: In 1621, the Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, now known as New York. In 1808, Jefferson Davis — the first and only president of the Confederacy — was bom in Christian County, Ky. In 1888, the poem “Casey at the Bat,” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first published, in the San Francisco Daily Examiner. In 1937, the Duke of Windsor, win) had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson in Monte, France. in 1948, the 200-inch reflecting telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated. In 1965, astronaut Edward White became the first American to “walk” in space, during the flight of Gemini 4. In 1981, Pope John Paul ll left a Rome hospital and returned to the Vatican three weeks after the attempt on his life. In 1983, Gordon Kahl, a militant tax protester wanted in the slayings of two U.S. marshals in North Dakota, was killed in a gun battle with law enforcement officials near Smithville, Ark. In 1989, Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died. Ten years ago: President Reagan arrived in Italy to prepare for a summit of major industrialized democracies, the 13th such gathering of world leaders. Five years ago: Undeclared presidential candidate Ross Perot announced he’d hired Hamilton Jordan and Edward Rollins to help steer his campaign. Democrat Bill Clinton appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” One year ago: The FBI pulled tile plug on electricity at the Freemen ranch in Montana in an attempt to persuade the occupants to negotiate anend to the 71 -day-old standoff. During joint war games in the Pacific, a Japanese destroyer mistakenly shot down an American attack plane; two Navy aviators ejected safely. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Ellen Corby (“The Waltons) is 86. Actor Tony Curtis is 72. Musician Boots Randolph is 70. TV producer Chuck Bams is 68. Musician C urtis Mayfield is 55. Rock singer Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) is 51. Rock musician John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) is 51. Singer Suzi Quatre is 47. Singer Deniece Williams is 46. Rock musician Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 45. Singer Dan Hill is 43. Actor Scott Valentine (“Family Ties”) is 39. Singers Ariel and Gabriel Hernandez (No Mercy) are 26. Thought for Today: “I do believe one ought to face facts, lf you don’t they get behind you and may become terrors, nightmares, giants, horrors. As long as one faces them one is top dog ” — Katherine Mansfield, New Zealander author (1888-1923). ;