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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, March 3,1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, '^1 H e tong Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] Q U O T A B “Error moves with quick feet... and truth must never be lagging far behind.” — Alexander Crummell clergyman, 1884 EDITORIAL No negotiating with terrorists Israelis right in rejecting Hamas offer to suspend bombings for various concessions Israel used to be known as the one country in this world that would never negotiate with terrorists or their umbrella organizations. Having fought their neighbors in a handful of wars since 1948, the Israelis had learned that negotiating may only bring a temporary peace. Intentions change quickly in Middle East, and deception is common. That’s what has made the recent peace overtures from Israel to the PLO and other Arab countries (enemies) in the last few years so peculiar. In trying to give peace a chance, the Israelis have had to abandon a philosophy that regarded the rest of the world with suspicion. They’ve substituted that philosophy for one that demands face-to-face talks with former foes and working through compromise to maintain peaceful relations. But the Hamas terrorist organization, still operating at will in PLO-govemed territory (recently turned over by Israel) is making that kind of policy nearly impossible to maintain. Back-to-back bus bombings last Sunday killed 26 in Israel. Hamas claimed responsibility. Then, they held out a supposed olive branch, offering to suspend their terrorist operations in Israel under certain conditions, which included the immediate release of Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails. But the Israel government, which has negotiated away land for peace over the past several years, has rightly said “No” to Hamas and its leaders. Instead, they are planning to step up secunty within Israel, including adding 800 secunty personnel to nde public transit systems, which are frequent targets of Muslim militants. They’re also leaning on PLO leader Yasser Arafat to crack down on Hamas activities within Palestinian territory. The Israelis will not count on the PLO to eradicate the Hamas threat themselves, making the need for other anti-terrorism measures necessary. But refusing to negotiate with Hamas is the best, first step they could take. That bunch of terrorist thugs cannot be trusted to discontinue their actions, regardless of what concessions the Israelis may make. They, and other groups, will settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of the Jewish state. That’s their stated position The Israelis (and her allies, like the U.S.), should never forget that. (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 factual 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 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. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (2IO) 625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    Sullens General Manager/Advertising Director..............................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor..........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..................................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director......................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Production Director.............................................................Billy    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeruUlZeuung (USPS 377-8X0) 707 luanda St., or 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. $19; six months, $34; one year, $60. Senor Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $30; one year, $56. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; six months, $52; one year, $97 50. Mail outside Texas six months, $75; one year, $112.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a m on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p m. weekdays or by 11 a m on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx 78131 -1328LCRA building must be restored Betty Lou Rushing Very few communities ever have the opportunity to seize the moment by preserving an historic structure while also establishing a multi-cultural arts/historic/botanical/conservation center for all its citizens and for visitors to our vast South Texas area. For the many visionaries in New Braunfels, this is a welcome challenge. We have a plan and at a negligible cost. The subject is the old LCRA Power Plant located on pristine Comal Mill property at the entrance to another cherished city asset, Landa Park. This dilapidated-looking old building with a glorious past can be transformed into a dynamic resource for many local groups with a willingness to participate such as: historic museums of Hispanic culture, Black Heritage exhibits, and Wurstfest Heritage exhibits showing early German-American lifestyles preserved for permanent viewing. The Children’s Museum could at last claim a constant home, while garden clubs could utilize many botanical preservation techniques by landscaping the grounds for lasting displays. At our initial meeting with Cynthia Espinoza, LCRA’s community relations representative, 30 creative folks recited a litany of urgent community needs. The spacious old building would house an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,200 to 1,400 for concerts, school presentations (no need for bond issuance for individual districts), and convention gatherings. With the growing number of motels now in this city, more meeting space will be needed. There is space for rehearsal rooms and music storage for choral and dance groups, as well as costume and prop storage areas, and room for artists’ displays, to name just a few. This would produce a cultural blend and encourage participation by a wide range of organizations and area residents. As an historic perspective, the book by Turk Pipkin, "Bom of the River... The Colorado River and the LCRA” states that when the plant was built in 1926, it was a marvel of modern engineering. Charlie Cook, an architectural engineer and local resident, said his class from the University of Texas came here in 1939 to study the detail of design and structural excellence unique in this construction. The caption under the photo of the plant in its glory concludes with ... "the building is owned by LCRA and may some day be converted into a museum or other pub- Comal Power Plant in 1942. lie use.” Exactly our vision! LCRA has a history of supporting its communities with grants and donations and has indicated a strong interest in this project. In 1984, I was serving on City Council when David Freeman came to New Braunfels as newly appointed manager of LCRA. At a dinner meeting, he stated that LCRA intended to divest itself of properties not contributing to their plan of progress. I could not help but ask, "Why not give the building or lease it long-temi to us, the City?” Much to may amazement, the process began Then problems arose with asbestos, etc., but this obstacle has been cleared. It is now ready once again to be considered for either public use or demolition. After meeting then with Mr. Freeman, I invited two engineers from San Antonio to tour the plant with me and when asked about destroying the plant, their comment was "Have you got an atomic bomb?” and then, "Why would anyone even consider losing this jewel?’ From that moment on I was hooked o the possibilities of what this building can be for New Braunfels. On a personal note: I recently spent six week;* in Bavaria "an der Insel Lindau” watching the renova tion of a building constructed in the 1500s. Every detail was inspected to conform to the original design and material. I heard the heated discussion concerning mortar and its authenticity. I could not restrain myself from asking, granted from a typical American perspective, “Had there been any consideration for demolition, since parking was so limited on the island?” They looked at me in such disgust, and one uttered, “Maybe in America, ya?” I was sorry I had asked! Again, the undertaking to create a multi-cultural arts center will be challenging; however, the Center as an embracer for the entire community is just too great an opportunity ... our gift for future generations. And we can resist the current "throw-away society” to create a lasting New Braunfels masterpiece for all to enjoy. If you would like to become involved with positive, creative folks who believe in this project, (now numbering more than 75), call me at 625-6362. If, on the other hand, you are a nay sayer convinced that it can’t be done, don’t call me. I am so weary of disposable everything. We can’t let it happen here ... we’re smarter than that! (Betty Lou Rushing is a New Braunfels resident.) What do you think? r i Do you believe the LCRA building should be renovated for use today? Yes No Comments: The LCRA building on Landa St. and Landa Park Drive is a landmark here in New Braunfels, even though it has not been utilized for many years. Some believe the building should be demolished and the land used to expand the park facilities at Landa Park. Others believe the old structure would be a fantastic home for various interests (see above column). Either alternative, however, would require a substantial amount of funding. We want to know what you think. Fill out the coupon (right), drop it by our office at 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 or fax survey to (210) 625-1224. Copied forms are acceptable. Deadline for this survey is Saturday, March 10,1996. Name _ Address. City_ Phone Age. Sex n i I I i i i i I I I I i I I I I I I I I I I I J Today In History The Associated Press Today is Sunday, March 3, the 63rd day of 1996. There are 303 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner" officially became the national anthem of the United States. On this date: In 1845, Florida became the 27th state. In 1849, the Home Department, forerunner of the Intenor Department, was established. In 1875, the Georges Bizet opera “Carmen” premiered in Fans. In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes took the oath of office as the 19th president of the United States in a pnvate ceremony (a public sweanng-in took place two days later). In 1885, the U.S. Post Office began offering special delivery for first-class mail. In 1887, Anne Mansfield Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of Capt. and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher of their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen. In 1918, Germany, Austna and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended Russian participation in World War I. (The treaty was annulled by the November 1918 armistice.) In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module. In 1974, nearly 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-IO crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris. In 1985, coal miners in Britain voted to end a yearlong strike that proved to be the longest and most violent walkout in British history. Ten years ago: An Austrian news magazine (“ProFil”) linked Kurt Waldheim to Adolf Hitler’s infamous "brown shirts,” but a spokesman denied the former U.N. Secretary-General had belonged to the Nazi organization. Five years ago: Allied military commanders met with Iraqi military commanders to arrange terms of a formal cease-fire in the Gulf War. Twenty-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 inexplicably crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport. In a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video. One year ago: President Clinton held a news conference in which he asserted his administration had built a safer world and stronger economy while Republicans were trying to cut money for the needy to give tax breaks to the rich. The dollar plunged to a new low against the Japanese yen. Today’s Birthdays: Actor James Doohan is 76. Singer Enzo Stuarti is 71. Lee Radziwill Ross is 63. Actor Ed Marinara is 46. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 34. Football player Herschel Walker is 34. Actor David Faustino is 22. Thought for Today: “Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.” — Daniel J. Boorstin, former Librarian of Congress. The Survey Says Three readers responded to last week’s survey question, “Do you believe Pat Buchanan’s views are too axtreme for most Republicans?” There responses follow: ■ Yes Some of his ideas sound good on the surface, but dig deeper and you may decide otherwise He is too isolationist on trade issues, but right on illegal immigration. Also, I wish all candidates would take the Pro-Life, Pro-Choice issue out of politics!!! It should not be a political football. ■ Yes.-No Republican running will beat Clinton except Bob Dole, who might have a slim chance. The Republicans are too business-like, and this scares common people. ■ No. I feel America is now ready for Pat Buchanan. The liberals have had the reigns of power far to long. It is obvious to me that Democrats like Bill Clinton are looking out for every other country, except the United States of America Write ’em U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICES: President of the U.S. Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D C. 20500 202-456-1414 Vice President of the U.S. Al Gore Old Executive Office Bldg. 17th St. and Pennsylvania NW Washington, D.C. 20501 ;