New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Thanks to you, ‘Most Wanted’ is working
One of the hallmarks of a great community is citizen involvement. When people get interested in making their hometown a better place to live, great things happen.
Nineteen months ago when a new feature called “Comal County’s Most Wanted” began running in the Herald-Zeitung, the goal was simple. The staff at the newspaper wanted to help the sheriffs department catch some elusive criminals. Getting these individuals behind bars would make our neighborhoods safer.
This week, sheriffs deputies apprehended their I (Kith suspect — solid proof the program is working.
The results have exceeded our expectations. In the 19 months the newspaper has published the “IO Most Wanted” lists, an average of 5 suspects per month have been apprehended. That’s mighty impressive.
The newspaper is just the vehicle to get the information out to the public. The real heroes in this effort are the citizens who follow the weekly feature, making mental notes of those pictured. It is their tips that have produced arrests. It is their concern for community that has fueled the success of the “Most Wanted” feature.Today In History
By The Associated Press
Tbday is Wednesday, .June 18, the 169th day of 2003. There are 196 days left in the year.
Todays history highlight:
On .June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
On this date:
In 1778, American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the Revolutionary War.
In 1812, the United States declared war against Britain.
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte met his Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French in Belgium.
In 1873, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election (however, the fine was never paid).
In 1928, 75 years ago,
aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
In 1940, during World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future generations to say, “This was their finest hour.”
In 1945, William Joyce, known as “Lord Haw-Haw,” was charged in London with high treason for his English-language wartime broadcasts on German radio. (He was hanged the following January.)
In 1948, Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York.
In 1979, President Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT Two strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna.
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Letters To The EditorMany tubers are crossing legal line
Can anyone bear to read another tale of the Comal River?
Actually, I have found it a little ironic that with the recent splash of articles and letters to the editor, I experienced much the same.
Recently, my wife and I, along with several other couples, co-hosted a late afternoon party for a group of New Braunfels High School seniors. Located in the Guada Coma neighborhood, the setting was almost perfect and, as usual, the river was busy with a large number of “tubers.”
Our group had set up on private property overlooking the river’s edge. Nice and peaceful, right? Wrong. One group of young people, male and female, floated by with the usual array of beer, coolers and blaring boom box. The lyrics of the music were so vulgar and insulting, it was embarrassing for anyone to hear. This was a case of seriously crossing theWrite’Em
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line. This was not fun.
We looked at each other virtually speechless. The participants in the river seemed to have a very clear understanding of just how offensive a display they were providing, evidenced by making eye contact and singing along with the music. Can you imagine hiring one of these young people for any type of responsible position?
It is very clear to me why fewer and fewer New Braunfels residents use our area rivers for recreation. It is also very clear to me why so many New Braunfels residents have besieged City Hall with similar complaints, including video evidence.
I do not know what ordinances are in place for stopping this type of behavior, but if the legal authorities are not rounding these folks up and assessing fines of at least $1,000 per person per incident, they should be. Maybe this would not only provide a message, but replace a few potholes.
If the local jurisdiction cannot provide adequate support, then I suggest area
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residents hire their own and enforce the law. It would not take many arrests and fines to support a few off-duty police officers.
I only wish that a few of the promoters of New Braunfels tourism, along with their fa rn dies, had been available as witnesses — maybe they, in turn, would do a better job of supporting enforcement.
Mark Mendenhall New BraunfelsBoss blue in face after tax discussion
I went to my boss and told him he had to give me a raise because the city council was going to see to it that my taxes were raised.
I also told him that since my taxes were going to be raised, he would have to pay me even more money because all of the grocery stores are going to raise their prices so they can pay their increased taxes.
Then I told him on top of all that, he had to give me an even bigger raise because the vendors I use in
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town will have to increase taxes and my Mary Kay lady will have to pay increased taxes.
By then, he was really turning blue.
I don’t understand why. I mean, since all the complacent taxpayers in town don’t mind if their taxes are being raised and didn’t or, more important, couldn’t go to the meetings, it is a done deal.
Of course, it really doesn’t matter anyway. If anyone cares to, they can go on the Internet and look at the Comal Appraisal District Web site and see how much their appraisals went up. If the taxpayers did protest and beat it down, then the powers that be would just raise the appraisals even more.
My boss looks Uke he is really having breathing problems at this point, so I guess I had better just take what I get and learn how to budget my money different and rearrange my priorities.Debi Hurst New Braunfels
e-mail address: carter.casteel« house, state.tx.us 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: jeff.wentworth©senate.state.tx.us Judith Zaffirini P.O. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 (956) 722-2293 12702 Toepperwein Rd #214 San Antonio 78233 (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262War is proof that man’s brain hasn’t evolved
j One of the saddest things about conflict is that deaths of most people on both sides have no effect at all on the outcome. Most people killed in a conflict are in no position to resolve it one way or the other. They are like extras In a movie. Their deaths change Nothing.
! It can be said that, collectively, the lives lost in a war have an effect on the outcome.
I Without the thousands who pied storming the beaches at Normandy in World War II, the Germans would have remained in control, and the war would have dragged on.
But for each man, as an individual, it made no difference, livery soldier is interchangeable pnd replaceable. One dies and another takes his place and so on, until the cumulative killing and (destruction causes political leaders on one side or the other to give up.
That brings us to the great paradox. To each individual, his or her life is everything. As a bit player in a great conflict, his or her life is meaningless.
Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians killed in recent bombings and helicopter attacks could have, if they had lived, been able to resolve the conflict. Not one of them was in a position to make the decision to continue the struggle or to end it. They were like passengers in a plane crash.
What this tells me is that the political leaders who start and who can end conflicts that consume precious human lives are
doubly guilty of a heinous crime — failing to resolve the dispute peacefully. The end of a conflict is almost always the same as it would have been if it had been settled without so many people having to die.
TI) cite my own Southern ancestors as an example, they gave up slavery in the end and accepted a strong central government. They could have done that without the loss of 262,000 of their finest sons, and without the devastation of their lands.
Germany and Japan could have chosen to live within their own borders, as they were forced to do in 1945, without the loss of millions of lives their attempt at expansion cost.
In the end, there will be a Palestinian state existing next to an Israeli state. How many people hqve to die before politicians accept that?
It’s infuriating to think that so
many wonderful individuals have to give up their lives because political leaders are too stupid or too stubborn to settle their differences without war.
I used to believe in the concept of a just war, but now I don’t think there is such a thing. Every war is unjust, because so many people who usually have no connection with the conflict end up dying in it.
Their deaths are papered over by guilty political leaders with a lot of patriotic rhetoric.
The fact is, however, that life in America following the Iraq War is exactly the same without Saddam in power as it was when he was in power. The only difference is that there are unfillable holes in more than IOO American families. Those who died did not do so to defend American freedom. They died to depose a dictator our president loathed.
It’s too bad we can’t force politi
cal leaders to settle their quarrels personally with pistols or swords. If that were their only choice, most conflicts would be settled by negotiations. Instead, political leaders have the power to spend the lives of the nation’s youth as if these precious lives were just another appropriation in the budget.
There is nothing I can do about it, but I don’t like it. I suspect the human race has not changed appreciably since the cave man’s days. Men have always settled conflicts with force and violence, and I suspect they will right up to the point where they wipe the human race off the face of the Earth.
If there is such a thing as evolution, it ain’t working, at least as far as the human brain is concerned.
(Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist.)