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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion ■To tak with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinior page, call 625-9144, 9X121 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 /    vf.' QUOTABLE “The notion of getting the other side of a story is totally foreign to [Serirfan leaders in many battle zones). Information is something to be controlled, not shared” — Carol J. Williams Carol J. Williams 1995 EDITORIAL Kudos to Reader Advisory Board The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Reader Advisory Board wrapped up its service to the newspaper and its readership Thursday afternoon. Having met for the past IO months, the group has become an expert collection of critics, idea people and even advocates. The board met each month at the newspaper office, discussing stories, editorials, photos and columns that ran the previous four weeks. And coming from diverse backgrounds, they each had a unique perspective regarding their hometown newspaper and its role in the community. But they were much more than newspaper critics. They also garnered knowledge about the general operation at the Her-ald-Zeitung—basically, learning just what it takes to put out a newspaper, day in and day out. The benefits of having an RAB are many, but one of the most important is educating its members about the newspaper business. They in turn share their knowledge with the public, a public which at times may not understand why a story ran when or where it did. Not everyone takes the time to call the H-Z office when concerned, angry or pleased with some aspect of the editorial product. That’s' why its gratifying to hear when an RAB member was able to explain some aspects of oui operation to a reader.    -    v. But the newspaper also benefits from an active RAB. Even if the news staff was twice, even three times, the size it is now, our reporters and editors would still not know everything that transpires in this very active community. Our readers do keep in touch and let us know about events or happenings close to their hearts, but this Reader Advisory Board was a wealth of story ideas and contacts for us. Another board will be created this summer and will meet for the first time in September. Until then, the Herald-Zeitung wishes to thank the 1995-96 Reader Advisory Board for their work. Members were: Carol Glenville, John Malcolm, Walter Ervin, Michael Meek, Jan Kennady, Dennis Hermes, Ken Peters, Donnie Miller, Nora Morales, Kyle Baker, and Christina Aguilar-Friar. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) 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 Actual 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 article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters toe Letters to toe Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher...........................................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising.................................................Debbie    Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager...............................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...........................................................Billy    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Ztitmg (LISPS 377-880) 707 Landa St. ar P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County. Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $2030; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $33; one year, $103.30. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.23. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 3:30 p m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 ajn. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by ll a.m on Sunday. PoeTMASTEa: Send address changes lo the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Internet surfer officially hooked When we firs! bought our computer several years ago, I was seriously worried about my husband. He was obsessed. Resembling the proverbial mad scientist, it seemed that he stayed up around the dock for two straight weeks hying to penetrate the secrets of DOS. Then he spent untold hows putting an entire lifetime of data into that computer. My pre-school-age daughter took to the computer as if she had been bora with microchip implants. I was an enthusiastic user when I got my turn, but I wouldn’t spend hours on end with the thing or wax rhapsodic about it Until last night Ow home became pan of the World Wide Web this week, and last night was my first nim to explore. I went to the Leonardo Davinci Museum. Then I went to the Louvre—by way of a web site belonging to a professor in Australia. Then I began to make a teeny scratch in the surface of the universe of “sci-fi nerd** data. Then I looked for an obscure piece of sacred music I sang once for which I remembered neither tide nor composer. A web user in Illinois and one in Columbia, S.C., are now helping me look. By the not-so-wee hours when I logged off for the night I felt as I had when I first learned to read and walked into the great big library with my own library card in my hand. And — although I* ve heard it in countless media cliches — I was sure that the Internet is making the world a very new place for my daughter’s generation. "A good way to describe (die Internet) to my mind is a big library in the sky," said Dr. David Caverly, professor of curriculum and instruction at Southwest Texas State University. Access to the Internet can break down all kinds of barriers, he said. “Kids who have never been out of the city are able to get all over the world.** But the virtually infinite feds the Internet offers will change the way our kids need to learn. Learning used to mean accumulating knowledge, memorizing it Trying to fit all the Internet’s information in one human brain would be not only futile but silly. Now kids need to learn, not all the facts themselves, but how to find the facts they need and how to use them. “We feel so strongly that the difference between the haves and have-nots in the future is access to information,** said Dr. Jane McDonald, principal of Carl Schurz Elementary. The future is here for many New Braunfels students. McDonald’s daughter, Shannon, will accom- Susan Flynt England pany Ambassador Bob Krueger and his family to Botswana as a tutor. She will help the Krueger children link with New Braunfels students to share experiences and knowledge, McDonald said. “A group was studying the rain forest,’’ Caverly said. "They talked to a third grade class near the rain forest in Chile. That class wanted to know about armadillos.*’ Caverly has created a program in the New Braunfels Independent School District that teaches teachers how to teach with computers. ’The first grant, last year, was for six teachers,’’ he said. “Next fell there will be 48 teachers. Each teacher teaches another teacher.” For parents, keeping up with their kids’ computer skills can be a challenge. But helping kids learn to use the “big library in the sky” could be as important to them tomorrow as teaching kids to read was yesterday. Plenty of tools are available locally. Two local firms provide Internet access — Compulsion and Worldnet. An Internet Users Group meets once a month. The Dittlinger Memorial Library has a wealth of information about using computers and the Internet. Bon voyage. (Susan Flynt England is a columnist and an editorial assistant for the Herald-Zeitung.) Letters to the Editor Blktes are groat, but kaap thtem in thtelr propter places Editor, In regard to the latest letters about bicycles on the road. I have a few thoughts on the matter. First let me say that I believe bicycles are great... in their proper place. Parks, around lakes, campsites and so on. But I feel compelled to point out a few simple facts. Bicyclers have been “given” the right to be legal on our streets by some new-age politicians in Austin without any consideration to the facts of life. Bicycles are not required to have registration like cars. Bicycles are not required to have inspection stickers like cars. Bicycles are not required to pay insurance Uke with cars. Bicyclers are not required to be licensed to operate on public streets. All of these things cost a great deal of money which affords me the “right” to legally travel on public roads in my car; yet bicyclers are “given” all the rights and privileges of using public roads with paying a dime. So when I see a bicycler tying up traffic on our roads, it does bother me that I am paying for that road, or at least for the privilege of driving on that road, and they are not. Roads were made for motor vehicles, not bicycles. Just a point of view. Robert Thompson New Braunfels Kbm rally food for thought Editor, Thankfully, neither Michael Lowe, regional director of the Ku Klux Wan, nor his message ever stood close to the surge of logic. The arguments he presented for a white supremacy held as much water as a sieve. I was raised to be fearful of other cultures and skin color; taught, as many of us were, that the color of someone’s skin dictated their courage, intelligence and moral character. Growing up in the '50s and ‘60s it was popular to view other races as inferior. Luckily I was also taught how to think, the ability to form my own opinions based on information provided by many sources. I read somewhere judge how you would be judged. And yes, I am still judgmental But my evaluations are no longer based on race but on a person’s desires. The desire one has to work, toward health, toward home, family, friends and humanity. I’ve spoken to several people in New Braunfels who agree with the ideology of the Wan but remain silent for fear of ridicule or reprisals. These people also grew up with the lack of exposure that I did. Only by experiencing other cultures and races on a broad social scale will each of us realize that there are good and bad, intelligent and unintelligent, educated and uneducated, workers and non-workers in every culture and race on the face of the earth. Did the Wan really make me think about how I perceive race-related issues? Yes. But perhaps not as much as my daughter giving binh to her son whose father is Hispanic and whose mother is white. How can my grandchild be held responsible for his being given life, his race, and how can anyone tell me that me that he is inferior when he sleeps in my aims, held close to my heart? LtAims Wright New Braunfels Thanks from Thrste Parks Run Editor, Oh behalf of the New Braunfels Running Gub along with the Jr. Wheelchair track team from Warn Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, we would like to thank the generous sponsors who donated to the silent auction associated with the Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run. The sponsors were Schlitterbahn, Rockin' R River Rides, New Braunfels Resorts Accommodations, Tree Tops Riverside Grille, Brown's Welding, The Retreat, Custom Auto Care, The Outback Steak-house, Planet Hollywood, A New View of You, Pinto Ranch Grill, Ace Hardware, The Tobacco Haus, Plant Haus, The Gristmill, Lone Star Cafe, Comal Flower Shop, Maggie's, Life Tune Reminder Service, Oma's Haus, Applebees, Le ruse's Floral Creations, Target Stores, Clear Springs, China Kitchen, Lone Star Toys and Molly Joes. Due to these generous merchants, Cotin Fry will be pushing at Nationals in Birmingham, AU. in his mew racing wheelchair. Thank you once again. VUU Fisher Auction Chairman Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, June 21, the 173rd day of 1996. There are 193 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 21,1788, the U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became die ninth state to ratify it On this date: In 1932, heavyweight Max Schmel-ing lost a title fight by decision to Jack Sharkey; Schmeling’s manager, Joe Jacobs, exclaimed: “We was robbed!” In 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later. In 1977, Menachem Begin, leader of Israel’s right-wing Likud bloc, became the country’s sixth prime minister. In 1962, a jury in Washington D.C. found John Hinckley Jr. innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men. In 1968, American, Brazilian and West German scientists announced that skeletal remains exhumed from a graveyard in Brazil were those of Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele. In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment. Ten years ago: President Reagan used his weekly radio address to defend his appointments to federal judgeships. Five years ago: Secretary of State James A Baker III visited Yugoslavia, where he pleaded for a peaceful solution to multi-ethnic conflicts that woe threatening to erupt into civil war. One year ago: Dr. Henry Foster lost a crucial Senate vote in his bid to become surgeon general as only 57 senators voted to cut off debate, three short of the 60 needed. (One last vote the next day also fell short.) Today’s Birthdays: Cartoonist Al Hirschfeld is 93. Actress Jane Russell is 75. Actress Maureen Stapleton is 71. Actor Bernie Kopell is 63. Actor Monte Markham is 61. Singer O.C. Smith is 60. Actor Ron Ely is 58. Actress Marlette Hartley is 56. Comedian Joe Flaherty is 56. Rock singer-musician Ray Davies is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brenda Holloway is 50. ;