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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, June , 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland, 625-9144 ext. 220 New Braunfels H erald-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 Other views The Galveston County Daily News on ethics reform: The Texas Municipal League is urging Gov. Rick Perry to veto the Ethics Reform Bill. The fact that the Texas Municipal League is urging a veto of the bill is a pretty good reason to sign it. Cities across the state make contributions to the league, which in turn lobbies the Legislature. Those contributions don’t come out of the pockets of city officials — they are taxpayers’ dollars. The problem occurs when the league uses taxpayers' money to lobby for laws that make it harder for those same taxpayers to find out what their governments are doing. In this case, the league is trying to kill a bill that got through both houses of the Legislature that would make it easier for taxpayers to find out what their governments are doing. The bill, if it becomes law, would allow taxpayers in larger cities to see financial disclosure records of their city council members, city managers and attorneys. That would help the public form opinions as to whether deals involving public funds are in the best interest of the public — or just in the best interests of public officials who’ve made some shrewd investments along the way. The only problem with the provision is that it applies only to cities with populations of at least 100,000. The league’s lobbyists argued that filing financial disclosure forms would prevent good people from running for office. That argument wasn’t persuasive to legislators, all of whom have to file financial disclosure forms. Anyone who is that squeamish about the public’s questions shouldn’t be in public office. Today In History- By The Associated Press Tbday is Saturday, June 14, the 165th day of 2003. There an' 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today’s history highlight: On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag. On this date: In 1775, the United States Army was founded. In 1846, a group of U.S. settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California. In 1928, the Republican National Convention nominated Herbert Hoover for president on the first ballot. In 1940, in German-occupied Poland, the Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz. In 1943, the Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States if doing so conflicted 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 disputed Falkland Islands. In 1985, the 17-day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 817 began as a pair of Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens, Greece. 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 P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] Letters To The Editor Thanks for truthful look at behavior on the river I’m writing this letter to thank you for publishing the picture of a guy drinking out of the beer bong. When I saw this picture I was in shock because I never believed that the paper would show something like this. Many people in this community would like to believe that New Braunfels is this perfect town, when it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy living here, but [I don’t believe] the ignorance that some people have, getting mad at you for showing us what we should already know, that New Braunfels isn’t perfect. We have crimes, we have numerous people who do drugs and smoke (marijuana, believe it or not) just like any other city. There are many good things in New Braunfels, but there are bad things here also. So I thank you for making clear to people that this town isn’t some perfect place, whether these wi re your intentions or not. I would also like to thank the chamber of commerce for looking out for the good of this city. You all are always looking into the future* of New Braunfels, like the CTTC. I know there are many people in this community that Write ’Em President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 are against the chamber and who make accusations against the chamber, but keep doing what you all are doing. One more thanks, to the people in District 3 for not re-electing Debbie Flume, who has been in many arguments in the city council and has brought unnecessary problems to New Braunfels. Chris Monceballez (16 years old) New Braunfels Is river enforcement costs worth the benefits we get? A few weeks ago, Mr. [Doug] Tbney ran a front page picture of some of our invited guests on the river. It has stirred quite a controversy. The simple fact is, the picture accurately depicts the typical beer-bonging, trespassing litterbug that we actively encourage to come and trash our city. Many of our citizens, including our [city] council members, refuse to allow their families to participate in river activities due to this type of “invited guests." Recently, one of our more sensu ive county commissioners was quoted as saying, “Bring your beer and your boom box and have a g<x>d time” — an invitation to debauchee Instead of raising our standards, New Braunfels simply increases our police presence with exceptionally high costs — reaction, instead of solution. With the current budget crunch, you might want to ask yourself, “How much sales tax money is taken in from these river rowdies who typically import their beer, versus how much money does New Braunfels have to generate through property tax increases on its citizens to pay for the additional police and EMS required to insure the safety of this invited population?” Robert Kendrick New Braunfels Amidst the doom, gloom are some pretty blooms We read so much about doom and gloom in New Braunfels all summer — too many tourists, too much mess, etc. I just want to take this opportunity to say how great and wonderful our Plaza flowerbeds look now. They never looked better. Thanks a minion to Pete Aristegui-eta and his crew at All Seasons Lawn and Landscape for keeping New Braunfels beautiful. If you haven’t been downtown lately, drive by and let him know how much we appreciate his efforts. Mary Ann Seide, New Braunfels Tel: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Austin office Jennifer Lustina, state director Beth Cubriel, field director 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza, regional director 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office: (210)224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 (210) 821-5024 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512)463-1849 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel 254 E. Mill Street New Braunfels 78130 (830) 627-8820 Fax: (830) 627-8895 How to contact in Austin P.O. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 e-mail address: carter.casteel @ house, state Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 How to contact in Austin (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: jell. Wentworth @ senate.state.tx.usDance lesson thrilled children, but not VBS counselor Each Hummer we like to fill our children’s lives with positive activities, such as going to the library, going to the pool with their friends and our personal favorite, attending vacation Bible school. This is a wonderful way for them to learn about Jesus, share the Gospel with their friends and, of course, it gives them a reason to get out of Him! before noon. List year, Robert and Joey were old enough to be assistant counselors, and their primary duty was to help the VBS coordinator, Biff, a very committed Christian in his mid-HOs. As a special education teacher, Biff is used to dealing with special needs children, but unfortunately this has handicapped him in dealing with adults. He talks very simply and slowly in one and two syllable words and can often be heard saying, “Can you say this?” or “Can you say that?” Biff also suffers from the delusion that we still live in the 1960s, and his thinning blonde hair hangs limply down his back. His favorite witnessing technique is to shave his goatee is the shape of a cross. This affectation makes people look twice at Biff in bewilderment, but he seems to enjoy the attention. One of the activities at vacation Bible school was playing flag football, and Joey and Robert divided children in two groups. THROUGHThick \ ThinRosemary and Guy Scott Since they are both fine football players at Clemens High School, they each played on one of the teams to keep the skill level balanced more evenly. As the game commenced, Biff came over to the field and joined up with Joey’s team, insisting on being the quarterback. Always a good sport, Joey acquiesced to Biff s demands, but it really bothered him that Biff was so intent on winning. He bitterly complained at the dinner table, “Why did Biff have to compete so strongly with a bunch of elementary school kids? It s like he had to win.” Robert piped up, “Yeah, he knocked down Conor and ran the hall down the field himself instead of passing it off. Then he acted really excited when he scored thi* touchdowns. Some of the kids on my team almost cried.** Guy observed, "Biff seems like a nice guy — he must really not like Conor.” Joey stuck up for his best friend and said defensively, “Well, Conor did call him the Mullet, hut that’s no reason for knocking him down.” The next day, the children were learning American sign language to a song. Joey was in school choir for a number of years, and knew several songs in sign language, so he volunteered his sendees, telling Biff that he was familiar with “Jesus Loves Me.” Confident that he was leaving the children in capable hands, Biff left Joey in charge the children and left the room. During Biffs absence, Joey played the music and then proceeded to show the children how to do the Macarena. “Jesus Ixives me,” (arms extended out) ‘This I know” (hands on shoulders), “For the Bible (hands on hips) Tells me so,” (wiggles hips and jumps around)... The kids were having a blast, until the e nd of the session when Biff showed up to check on their progress. My husband received an unexpected visitor that very afternoon when our nice minister showed up at the door. They had a talk about juvenile delinquency, and the importance of Joey being a positive role model for younger children. Guy agreed and assured Pastor Larry that Joey would on his best behavior from that point forward. Unfortunately, the same could not be said about Biff. He took out his frustration on Joey and Conor for the rest of the week. He set aside an hour in a private office to lecture them on their serious offenses and the eternal consequences of sin.-Biff made them apologize to the children for not being a good example. He had them do all the preparatory work for the kid’s activi ties and made them clean up each day before they went home. At the end of the week, after properly performing the song, “Jesus Loves Me,” Biff personally showed the boys a lesson in trust as they were doing “Lean on Me,” a game where one person falls back into the waiting arms of another to foster a feeling of trust, when there was a loud thud as he let Joey hit the floor. We told Joey not to worry about it, as he was not hurt. We know Biff will learn, “What goes around comes around," pointing out that Jesus would just turn the other cheek. This year, though, instead of attending vacation Bible school, we have decided to send the children to Christian camp instead. (Rosemary and Guy Scott of Schertz have written for many magazines and newspapers across the country, They have four kids, two dogs, one bird, a frog and some fish without names.) - "IWM IWIW-W'-'W "V' lf --V-1 ‘ ;