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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas ■To talc wtth Managing Edtor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, cal 625-9144, 69(121 Q BLE “You hear‘First Amendment riots’ thrown around in sound bites, and mbody explains whore they came from mid what they mean. To the public, the First Amendment is just a catch-phrase.]^H I Betta BonReur media executive 1994 EDITORIAL Access for I all students Diversity plan in CISD tackles problem of inclusiveness among student population I By addressing the issues of multiculturalism and inclusiveness I in the Comal Independent School District, board members are taking proactive measures to ensure all of their students and faculty can benefit the most from a public school environment The district's Diversity Management Plan was adopted in April 1995, and trustees arc now evaluating its first year. The program's goals are to provide equal access to all to students in every area of education possible, according to Richard Lewis Jr., Ph.D., president of Round Top Consulting associates. That means making counselors more available to students, especially those whose needs require extra guidance and direction. The plan also addresses the need for district personnel to be trained and educated on issues of diversity among their student populations, to help them better educate and approach children I of this generation. In addition, the plan argues for more parental involvement in I every aspect of a student's education, something all educators would welcome. I th^'re not the whole ofi^and siieukl iwt be. ^ - mer m.sw Some school districts in this country have experimented with radical multicultural programs that have actually placed morc| emphasis on multicultural training than on the tried subjects of learning — such as mathematics, reading, writing — to the! detriment of students, and ultimately, society. But a balanced program, with a heavy emphasis on student accessibility, should be a benefit to school districts like CISD, which are experiencing changes in student demographics. Encouraging children to be as active and as plugged into an educational system as possible can only result in a positive learning environment for students and faculty alike. (Today's editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us • • • New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher...........................................................Douq    Toney Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising.................................................Debbie    BanteScott Retail Advertising Manager..............................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hal Circulation Director....................................................Card Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...........................................................Bitty    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau negated on Sunder morninfi and weekday morning* Turoday throng friday by lie NewBrmejebHeroU-Zeamg GI SRS 377-880) 707 Unda Si., or PX). Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Conli County, TX. 7*131-1321. Second class pottage paid by tm New Beam-JIdsHerald-Zeiemg ia New Braunfels, Texas. Cantor delivered to Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, SSO JO; six months, Sit; one year, $66. Senior Qdxn Discounts by cantor defray only: six norths, SJ3; am year. SSI Mail delivery outside Conal County in Texas: three monte. $30,30, six monte, SS5; one year, $103 JOI Mail outside Texas: six monte, S78; one yen, SI 1123. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or tty 730 am on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays ar by ll am on Sunday. aotfHAmt: Sand address changes tother Braunfels Hemld-Zetimt, PX). Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Ppirtibfi Online contact ■ 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 YMCA dream a reality Cheering Bn glorious (ahem) action of my friends, co-workers and husband on the New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitmg softball seam left me a we abundance of tam to sit and reminisce about the softball in my youth. I learned to hit a line drive, snag one, and “talk it up" at the Western Hills branch of die YMCA in Qncinnati. I learned to swim there, loo, how lo dive Bom the 10-foot board, how to save someone’s life with CPR. I skinned countless elbows and knees playing soccer and field hockey on the Y field. And got my first real kiss tot a Y youth meeting. Counselors there gave me some answers to those “big questions** that I couldn’t ask my mom. I dove into aerobics at the Bloomington, Ind., Y. I taught my husband to play racquetball there. He regularly destroyed me at racquetball at the Richmond, Va., YMCA. A group of pregnant women, including me, performed seemingly impossible foals of aerobics there (i la dancing hippos in ‘fantasia’*). I swam there throughout pregnancy — the Y can take a large part of the credit for my brightly birth So—knowing what kind of a town New Braunfels was—I was astounded when we moved here to find no YMCA. The word “youth” has become a bit of a buzz word here. Do we or could we have problems with our youth? Many of the folks I encounter—teachers, principals, ministers, school counselors, police officers—think we need lo provide more for our youth or we ^ht have problems. . - C D D >4’ .    Having a YMCA sounds like a good start to me. Today’s Y has an amazing I array of programs besides the traditional ones. The YMCA is whatever a town needs it to be. J Rather than coming in and plunking a sports connex with a pool into the town, the Y stets with a study of die particular needs of a community. The San Antonio Ys do a whole lot of after-school care, because that’s what San Antonio I needed. Speaking as a working mother of a 10-year-okL New Braunfels could use more quality afterschool care, too. Our family is one of the lucky few who made it into a really good program this summer. Many Ys do a lot of programs for seniors, but we have great programs for seniors here, so care would be taken so that a New Braunfels Y wouldn't duplicate existing services. Susan England One thing a Y might eventually include here is something we don’t have — to the chagrin of competitive swimmers — an indoor Olympic pool. The list of Y possibilities is huge. A New Braunfels Y would have programs — and facilities if there were any — that fit the needs of this particular community. An ad hoc committee has been working for more than a year to take the first preliminaiy step toward a New Braunfels YMCA. The committee represents the wide range of possible needs the Y could fill: Tun Brierty of McKenna Memorial Hospital, Linda Bingham of the H.O.S.T.S. program, Dr. Carlos Campos, Marcus Purtle, Rev. Ray Still of Oakwood Baptist Church, Councilman Juan Luis Martinez and Carl Schurz Principal Dr. Jane McDonald. Several of these folks have been involved in Ys in other cities. They are asking New Braunfels to turn out in force for a town meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Elementary School. They will unveil a recent feasibility study for a New Braunfels Y md ask for community input Could a Y serve New Braunfels' needs — in a variety of ways? Could New Braunfels accomplish bringing a Y line? Undoubtedly. It just takes cooperation. (Susan Ftynt England is a columnist and editorial assistant for the Herald-Zeitung.) The New Braunite Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on may public i—uo. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, pupctua-tion and known foetus! error*. Letters should be Bapt to 180 tends. We publish only original mail addressed to the Nett; Braunfels Herald-Zeitung basting foe writers signature. Also, sn address and s telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mall totters toe Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fee (210) 625-1224 Letters to the Editor tesalsaaml fiwAfiulan^R ■MV1V Ulv TOVIIVNH DVfllfia ITO WTITOI VI the oar bottom going ofter cyclists Editor, Reference “Bicyclists from Bexar are traffic hazards," letters to the editor in the May 15 edition of the Herald-Zeitung and an edited version of the same letter published recently in (a San Antonio newspaper). As a long-term road bicyclist and resident of Comal County who cycles on the roads of Comal County, I an well aware that there are a few motorists who harbor animosity toward us, but to see such anger and anti-cyclist ideas expressed by a law enforcement officer in this letter is absolutely appalling. First Mr. Davis Names the cyclists for the irresponsible manner in which a motorist passed a group of cyclists aid forced his wife off the road. This reminds me of the cyclist who was legally waiting to a left turn lane for the traffic light to change when he was struck from behind by a motor vehicle. A policeman arrived and issued a citation — you got it — he cited the cyclist. As a person who frequently drives a motor vehicle or rides a bike on Comal County roads, I can attest to the fact that illegal passing of both cars and bicycles on PM 1863 and FM 3009 is epidemic. I don't know the circumstances of the bicycles on the road Mr. Davis cites, but I suspect that it was during an organized event such as the Wildflowcr IOO, a charity event, held each May that attracts hundreds of riders from around the state and where major intersections are controlled by law enforcement officers and signs posted on the reeds advising motorists of the event Now while it certainly is true that cyclists are required by law to ride single file if they cannot keep up with the flow of traffic, common sense must also prevail I was number 1162 in this year’s Wildflower ride. Do we really want over I XXX) cyclists strung out on aread in single file? Most experienced cyclists follow correct riding procedures and assist approaching vehicles to pass them, but just as there are law breaking, inconsiderate motorists, there are law breaking, inconsiderate cyclists — law enforcement officials need to cite both. I am not sure just what Mr. Davis’ point is about Bexar County cyclists riding in Comal County, but let me assure you that there are a few Comal cyclists around. For example, there is a lady named Reed, and a gentleman named Giesberg, who along with myself are competitive cyclists in the Senior Games competing and winning at the local, stale and national level, and not aday goes by that you won't find at least one of us on Comal roads. Additionally the Bikes and Boards bike shop in New Braunfels has organized rides originating at their shop each weekend, and I'm sure there are others. Now in regard to the incident of cyclists on the wrong side of the road on Krueger Canyon Road. Since this incident happened a year after his wife's incident, I wonder if they both occurred during the Wildflower IOO ride? r Mr. Davis concludes his letter by stating, “As we have a bigger and bigger population we need to try harder to get along,” yet his solution to the problem of motorists who dangerously pass cyclists is to ban cyclists from roads that don’t have an improved shoulder. Gee, what a unique idea: if someone is in your way or you don’t agree with their lifestyle or whatever, just eliminate than. Wonder where I’ve heard of that solution to a problem before? A better solution would be to push for improved shoulders on all state highways, and then enforce the law: it is legal for cyclists to ride on improved shoulders, but it is illegal for motor vehicles to do so. Fortunately for us cyclists, most Comal County motorists are not of Mr. Davis' ilk, and are biker friendly. Most slow down and pass us safely; usually it only delays the motorist a few seconds at most; they frequently give friendly waves as they pass, ted I wave back. Of course there are those motorists who are unfriendly toward and intolerant of cyclists, but they are probably the same people who are also unfriendly toward and intolerant of other motorists. So you see, the real issue is not cyclists on the roads, but the animal some people turn into when they get behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle. Larry Gunckel Bulverde Today in History By The Associated Press amsmmsamsmmsssmmmasesmemmmesmesemummemsmmsmmmesmmmemamemmemmeeem Today is Friday, June 14, the 166th day of 1996. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today** Highlight in History: On June 14,1777, tile Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as tile national flag. On this date: In 1775* the United States Army was founded. In 1861, former American Revolutionary War Gen. Benedict Arnold died in London. In 1841, the first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston. In 1846,150 years ago, a group of U.S. settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California. In 1917, Gen. John Pershing arrived in Paris during World War 1.1 In 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first president heard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast his speech dedicating tile Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry. In 1940, German troops entered Paris during World War ll. In 1940, in German-occupied Poland, the Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz. In 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed an order adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1982, Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disput ed Falkland Islands. In 1986, the 17-day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair of Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens, Greece. In 1993, President Clinton chose Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate of women’s rights, to serve on the Supreme Court. Ten years ago: Death claimed Broadway librettist Alan Jay Lemer in New York City at age 67; Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges in Geneva at age 86; and Wild Kingdom host Marlin Perkins in suburban St Louis at age 81. five years ago: The space shuttle Columbia returned from a medical research mission. The government reported consumer prices had risen a modest three-tenths of I percent in May. Actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft died in London at age 83. One year ago: Stephen P. Yokich was elected president of the United Auto Workers at the union's triennial convention in Anaheim, Calif. Today's Birthdays: Actress Dorothy McGuire is 78. Former White House news secretary Pierre Salinger is 71. Actress Marla Gibbs is 65. Rock singer Rod Argent is SI. Real estate developer Donald Trump is 50. Rock musician Alan White is 47. Actor Eddie Mekka is 44. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Erie Heiden is 38. Singer Boy George is 35. Tennis player Steffi Graf is 27. Thought for Today: “Think like a man of action, and act tike a man of thought.’* — Henri Bergson, French philosopher (1859-1941). ;