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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HerakJZeftunQ g Sunday, June 8, 1997 Opinion BTO talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144. Ext 220 HHH . :' v. f? v* w ■. H o r .i I d Z e i t u n g I Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the newspaper’s address is [email protected] QUOTABLE “Looking at that roster of names (on the Freedom Form Journalists Memorial), I not help but think that in a way you have given them their last bytine.” Bernard Kalb journalist * i' * KlName will change but game remains the same EDITORIAL Gruene bridge decision not easy but right When you mention New Braunfels and Comal County, two things typically come to mind: heritage and tubing. In the case of the Gruene Bridge, however, those two things could not co-exist New Braunfels City Council, in probably one of the hardest decisions it has had to face, voted Thursday to accept the Texas Department of Transporation’s offer to reconstruct Gruene Bridge. The $900,000 project, which mostly will be funded with federal money, will provide for a pedestrian walkway and guardrail and will raise the height of the crossing by 6 feet on the upstream side and 4 feet on the downstream side. The design would meet minimum standards for tubers to pass beneath the bridge if the river flow from Canyon Dam is as high as 5,000 cubic feet per second. A year ago, even the idea of the river flowing at 5,000 cfs would have been remarkable. Now what is remarkable is the number of people who try to cross beneath the bridge when river flows are very high, such as they were last weekend. Local| emergency response personnel dkjjftieir very best 40 j warn people tubing on the Guadalupe River, but there still were people who did not heed the warning. Gruene merchants and residents understandably hate to see the bridge reconstructed. The Gruene Bridge was erected in 1909, and for 88 years, it has provided Gruene with some of the ambience and history for which it is known. District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo said it best when she explained, “As a resident, I would love to keep the bridge just as it is. But there's a definite need for safety measures. I would feel very guilty if someone were killed at that bridge.” Council faced a very tough decision Thursday night, and these elected officials heard from people on both sides of the issue. It was not an easy decision, but it was the right one. (Todays editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson) Write us... The New Braunfels Hendd-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 die the page number and date of any arride 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 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 Ll. Gov. Bob Bullock s announcement this past week that he will not seek re-election is Ok end of a one-of-kmd legacy in Texas politics, though it's difficult to believe that someone will not rise to the occasion. Political pundits are pontificating on how the political power of the lieutenant governor will never be the same. Whether one watched him from afar. or up close in thv Senate, Bullock truly was a man who I new how to use power. Many are speculating that Bullock's powerful presence, even in announcing his retirement, will receive little criticism during his remaining tenure. Somehow, the term “lame duck” just does not conjure up a weakness and ineffectiveness usually associated with an outgoing political leader. Crossing the most powerful man in Texas politics was, and still is, akin to committing political suidde. Even John Sharp, the Democrat who has manipulated more publicity and political points as state comptroller than anyone other than his predecessor (Bullock), refused to comment. afraid to take any attention away from the adulation Bullock received when he announced he would not seek reelection. Sharp already has told his staff that he will be running for lieutenant governor, rather than governor. That shouldn't surprise anyone who understands how much more real power the lieutenant governor wields than the governor. Until Bullock stepped down. Sharp probably was headed for a primary showdown with Garry Mauro, the state land commissioner. Mauro, whose political nemesis for the past couple of years has been Rick Perry, the Republican agriculture com missioner. might find a cleaner, less bloodied path to die Democratic nomination for governor. Sharp will have his eye on the lieutenant governor's office, but so will Perry. Mauro, who worked diligentiy for years to put together a sensible state policy for protecting the state’s gulf coast, always seemed to find his objectives blocked by Perry. The ag commissioner seemed to be assigned the task of not allowing Mauro any sweeping successes that would allow him to look like governor's material. In some ways, Perry succeeded. Bolstered by a growing Republican constituency in Texas and a GOP majority in the state Senate, Perry probably already has met with his strategists to begin mapping his path for becoming the presiding officer of the Senate. Bullock will be missed. Bullock, an Air Force veteran, Texas Tech and Baylor law school grad, has been involved in politics since 1956, when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. At the time of his election, he was still in law school. Married five times and a recovering alcoholic for more than 15 years, Bullock overcame one personal mishap after another to become the most powerful political person in Texas in die last decade of the 20th century. But for those who lament that the eta of the all-powerful, cut-you-off-at-the knees politics are over, they are underestimating the next crop of candidates. With the governor’s office comes prestige. With the lieutenant governor’s office comes power. The people who will run for that office know the difference. Don’t rush to join those claiming that old time Texas politics are about to end. In the lieutenant governor’s office, the name will change, but the game will remain the same. (Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the Herald-Zeitung.) 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 Remtnger 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 New Braunfels Herald-/eitung (USPS 377-480) 707 Lmda St., or PO Drawer 3 ll 328. New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the Mw Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months, 120.30; 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, SI 1825. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Fnday or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p m. weekdays or by 11 a.m. on Sunday Postman rut: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Letter to the Editor Tan Commandments petition deserves citizens’ support Editor, The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung recently addressed the petition being circulated in Comal County for the posting of the Ten Commandments in our courts and for the use of prayer before courtroom proceedings. The editorial stated there are more pressing issues that need our “time, talents and attention.” I strongly disagree! I have actively worked in the criminal justice system for more than 30 years and I am keenly aware of the need for improvement in our court system. Our justice system needs a tremendous help and what better help could our court system receive than that of our Lord. The Ten Commandments represent the foundation for many of our cnrrunal laws. The men and women that established our country were prayerful people and continually prayed for God’s help, guidance and direction Why should we not exercise the same practices today? The petition in question is indeed a most noble cause and one that deserv es the attention and support of all local citizens. We no longer can tolerate the prevailing apathy that has invaded so much of our society. It’s time that believers actively step forward and give their attention and endorsement to this most worthwhile cause. Mr. Ralph Wall and Mr. Dib Waldrip are to be commended for their courage and conviction for this meaning ful petition. Their recent participation on our local radio station talk show demonstrated conviction and dedication to the meaning and objective of the petition. I pray that every Comal citizen will sign that petition. It’s time for Christians to stand up and be counted. This petition needs your signature now. Petitions currently are located at the Shepard Shoppe and Sheep Shop in New Braunfels. Austin Barber New Braun fels VFW thanks businesses for help with Buddy Poppies Editor, Tile officers and membership of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 71 IO and the Ladies Auxiliary wishes to thank the merchants who so generously allowed the members to distribute Buddy Poppies at their stores on Memorial Day Weekend. Our thanks goes to H-E-B store, Kmart, Wal-Mart and-Wuest’s stores on San Antonio and Landa streets. We thank Krause, Granzin’s Meat Market and Tm-Value Hardware. The proceeds are placed into a special fund to help needy veterans, their widows and children. Hugh L. Talbott New Braunfels Write ’em U.S. Smite 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. State of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, P.O. Box 12428, Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000. Atty. General Dan Morales, P.O. Box 12548. Austin, TX, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100. Today in History By Th* Associated Pre** Today is Sunday, June 8, the 159th day of 1997. There are 206 days left in the year Today’s Highlight in History: June 8, 1967, 34 U.S. servicemen were killed when Israeli forces raided the Liberty, a Navy ship stationed rn the Mediterranean. (Israel called the attack a tragic mistake.) On this date: In A.D. 632, the prophet Mohammed died. In 1845, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Term. In 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union. In 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania. In 1953, the Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serv e blacks. In 1968, authonties announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In 1978, a jury in Clark County, Nev., ruled the so-called “Mormon will,” purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery In 1982, President Reagan became the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the Bntish Parliament. Ten years ago: Tawn Hall began testifying at the Iran-C ontra hearings, describing how, as secretary to National Secunty aide Oliver L. North, she helped to shred some documents and spirit away others. Five years ago: Secretary of State James A. Baker 111 and Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev met in Washington to try to pave the way for a new round of strategic arms cuts. One year ago: Declanng racial hostility was behind recent church fires in the South, President Clinton said in his weekly radio address he would devote whatever resources were needed to “smother the fires of hatred.” China set off an underground nuclear test blast. Editor’s Note won the Belmont Stakes. Today’s Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Byron White is 80. President Suharto of Indonesia is 76. Former first lady Barbara Bush is 72. Comedian Joan Rivers is 64. Actor James Darren is 61. Actor Bernie Casey is 58. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 57. Singer Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) is 55. Musician Boz Scaggs 53. Rock musician Mick Box (Uria Heep) is 50. Actress Sonia Braga is 4 Actress Kathy Baker is 47. Counti musician Tony Rice is 46. Singer Bol me Tyler is 44. Actor Griffin Dunne 42. Actor-director Keenan Ivoi Wayans is 39. Singer Mick Huckna (Simply Red) is 37. Musician Nit Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 35. Form Grammy winner Rob Pilatus (Mil Vanilli) is 32. Rhythm-and-blu< singer Doris Pearson (Five Star) is 3 Actress Julianna Margulies is 30. Thought for Today: “How mui did I hear of religion as a child? Vc little, and yet my heart leaped whcr heard the name of God. I do belie' every soul has a tendency towai God.” — Dorothy Day, Americt activist (1897-1980). ;