New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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‘Kine of the chief difficulties in journalism now is to keep the news instinct from running rampant over the restraints of accuracy and conscience.”
Joseph Pulitzer newspaper publisherEntitlement really the issue, not race
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Watercraft users should be slowed down on the river
Comal County residents recently traveled to San Antonio to ask the Texas Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on US. 281.
Now, the Water Oriented Recreation District is seeking public comment on an ordinance that would stop — or at least slow down — users of personal watercraft on the Guadalupe River. WORD board members are considering an ordinance to restrict the use of gasoline-powered watercraft on the river from Guadalupe River State Park to Rebecca Crossing, northwest of Canyon Lake, and on the lower Guadalupe River from the Farm-to-Market 306 Crossing to the district limits near Gruene.
Other options, according to WORD manager Jim Inman, include establishing a no-wake zone or setting speed limits on personal watercraft vehicles.
Any of these options would address a serious safety concern for other river users who do not experience the river in the fast lane. These folks want to swim, tube and raft in the peace and tranquility of the river without worrying about some speedster coming along and potentially causing a serious accident Most users of personal watercraft are safety-conscious, responsible recreationists. However, those few who disregard the health and welfare of other river users create situations that cast personal watercraft in a bad light.
Charles and Joyce Evans, who live near Horseshoe Falls, told WORD board members about a close call they experienced while tubing.
“I thought this guy was going to hit a rock," Charles Evans described. “Then I thought he was going to hit us. By that time our tubes were up in the air. I am happy to see you consider this."
Using the river, just like using the highways, requires care, concern and respect for other users. The river is too narrow and wrought with hazards to allow speedsters to run willy-nilly. WORD rightly is addressing a serious problem, and just like those who pitched for lower speed limits on U.S. 281, residents should speak out about slowing down watercraft users on the river.
(Today's editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)
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President Bill Clinton should spend more time on substantive issues and less time on creating symbolic gestures.
Why create a national debate about race relations?
Clinton surely has the best of intentions, but like many do-good, feelgood ideas, this one will do more harm than good First, a confession. This past election. I voted for Bill Hinton. So I'm not a predisposed Clinton-basher. However, this concept of creating a national debate about race seems misplaced Wouldn't it be better and more productive to have a national consoous-raising about what it means to be a good citizen in the United States? The real issue is what it takes to be a good American (my apologies to those citizens of other countries in the Americas, but please allow this columnist the U.S.-centric use of the term, at least for the purpose of this column).
To have a debate about race would be divisive.
We can dispense with the race debate fairly quickly when it’s includ
ed in the broader perspective of defining a good American. One cannot be a good American and be prejudiced against any other human being because of his or her race, religion or creed. Too many of our citizens of all colors, creeds and religions have died for these freedoms to tolerate any less of a position.
Rednecks, the Ku KJux KJan, followers of Louis Farrakhan and any other race-hate groups or individuals are ignorant and un-American. Let's all agree to that premise as a basic tenet of Americanism and move on to other issues of being a good American.
Let’s discuss what those elements are. Wouldn’t that be more inclusive and consequently less divisive as a means of establishing common ground and understanding among different eth
nic groups of Americans?
Let all of us celebrate Juneteenth for its significance. Let’s all respect Cinco de Mayo and its special significance to many Americans. July Fourth. Thanksgiving. St. Patrick’s Day. Memorial Day. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We Americans should appreciate and respect die need to honor all such similar holidays as significant to some Americans and part of our shared history as citizens of the same country. Those of us who are not Irish should not trash St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish have made a significant contribution to this country, as have African-Americans, Hispanics, Germans, Swedes, Italians, Chinese-Americans, etc.
Being good neighbors. Not committing crimes. Being a good parent. Make a list. Then define what good means in each situation. It’s those definitions we should debate.
Using this premise, we as a country eventually would have to discuss the real issue that many confuse with racism, which is the issue of entitlement.
What is an American entitled to as a
citizen? Some Americans believe that they are entitled to free housing, whether they choose to work or not work. Some Americans believe they are entitled to government help with their children. Some Americans believe they are entitled to food and health care without having to pay for it.
The problem is too many Americans do not separate the issue of entitlement from race, and they should.
This columnist believes if you separated differences in philosophies about entitlement away from the race issue, much of the racial tension in America would dissipate.
Not all Anglos think they are entitled to a free lunch. Neither do all African-Americans or Hispanics or Swedes or Irish or Germans.
If Americans really want to address the issues dividing us as a people, then that’s what we should do. If we need a national dialogue, it should be about what it takes to be a good citizen.
To debate race, without including the other issues, is folly.
(Doug Tqney is editor and publisher of the Herald-Zeitung.)
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Letters to the Editor
Unsafe drivers plague U.S. 281
I would like to compliment Judge Carter Casteel and Commissioners’ Court for trying to do something about the excessive speed on U.S. 281. This action is badly needed.
However, speed is not the only problem. I have seen a lot of unsafe lane changes on that road. I have seen people dart across all lanes of the highway, stay for a short period and then dart back over all of the lanes to get off the highway. They seem willing to jeopardize a lot of lives to get a little bit ahead. Some of these people obviously never learned to drive right to start with.
When I started driving in Los Angeles in the ’50s, I took two courses of professional dnving lessons. It cost a little bit, but I got my money’s worth. I do not begrudge the expenditure.
in Los Angeles, as elsewhere, there are unsafe drivers also. However, if someone has any cute little hazardous driving habits like changing lanes unsafely, eventually somebody will educate them, lf the California Highway Patrol or the Los Angeles Police
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, June 22, the 173rd day of 1997. There are 192 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 22nd, 1945, the World War ll battle for Okinawa officially ended, 12,520 Amencans and 110,000 Japanese were killed in the 81 -day campaign.
On this date:
In trill, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte abdi-
Department do not catch them, some other law enforcement agency will in time. And they will pay a hefty fine when they are caught. For sure!
When I came back to San Antonio in 1978 and was driven to my new apartment, I observed a number of late model automobiles in the lot with severe dents. My comment was, “They sure must drive badly around here.” Boy, was that ever the understatement of the year!
I later learned that San Antonio had an appalling number of unpaid traffic tickets that had piled up. Unbelievable!
I also applaud Senator Judith Zaf-firim for all her efforts to keep repeat drunken drivers off the road. The lady has worked for many other good causes also. As a matter of fact, I sang hymns about her in Laredo the other day.
With any luck, U.S. 281 will be better soon.
Betty J. Moore Canyon Lake Why not kit inmates hug thsir children?
I was wondering how come New
Braunfels’ Comal County Jail doesn’t have this program called Patch for the inmates here. I go with my children to see their dad and it’s sad because they have to see him only through a glass window and it was more sad with Father’s Day.
I’m just saying at least on Father’s Day and holidays because today’s teens are going the wrong way. They are getting into trouble because their moms or dads are in jail and they see them through glass only. Children need hugs too. lf these teens don’t get this, they turn to drugs, run away, fail in school or get into gangs.
Just a thought.
Patricia Hernandez New Braunfels
Help keep New Braunfels iporiil
Summer is upon the city of New Braunfels, which means we have many summer visitors who are not familiar with how really wonderful our town is. Naturally, we have all of the beautiful water recreation, many fine museums and paries, but we are blessed with some of the hardest working volunteers in Texas. Our
cated a second time.
In 1868, Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
In 1870, Congress created the Department of Justice.
In 1938, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at New York City’s Yankee Stadium.
In 1940, during World War ll, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as Fiance was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.
In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War ll.
In 1944, President Roosevelt signed the GI Bill of Rights, authorizing a broad package of benefits for World War ll veterans.
In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.
In 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. Attorney General to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. He was released 19 months later.
Ten years ago: Fred Astaire, whose elegance and fancy footwork graced more than 30 films, died at a Los Angeles hospital at age 88.
mayor and city officials are “hands-on” type of folks who are involved in every aspect of our city.
Our New Braunfels Utilities crews are outstanding. Within minutes of a problem, they are there to fix it and are very accommodating. County Commissioner Moc Schwab has an inmate work program for non-profit organizations where the non-violent inmates do brush clearing and trash pickup; and Moe is right on the scene with the inmates. We hope that you do not need our police, firemen or EMS; but when you do, they are wonderful.
Old values still survive in New Braunfels, such as in a funeral processions when opposing motorists pull off to the side and stop, and city workers remove their hats in respect to the deceased. Let us all keep our community special.
Martha Rehler, director,
New Braunfels Conservation Society
(Editor’s Note: The inmate work program is a Comal County jail program It was initiated as a pilot program as a part of the rural recycling program.)
Five years ago. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights,
Today's Birthdays: Movie director Billy Wilder is 91. Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh is 91. Fashion designer Bill Blass is 75. Actor Ralph Waite is 69. Country singer Roy Drusky is 67. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is 64. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 61. CBS news correspondent Ed Bradley is 56. Actor Michael Lemer is 56. Singer Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon) is 53.