New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, March 3,1996 O 5 A
Langston House may bo weeping
How could they do it? I’m referring to the turning of the stately old Langston House into an ugly red tomato! If a building could weep and cringe I’m sure the Langston House would. If New Braunfels does not have some sort of architectural oversight, we certainly should. Fredericksburg is able to keep their German ambiance; we seem to be losing ours very rapidly.
Also, I understand there is talk of painting a mural (historic or not) on a downtown building. How dreadful that would be! Have we lost our sense of historic integrity! Surely, the people of New Braunfels will not support such a thing. It would be good to hear other opinions on this.
Allene Wofford New Braunfels
Republican Family Club holds first meeting March
Have you ever wished that you could have something to say about the way politics is handled in this country? Have you ever wanted to make an impact, but didn’t know how? Here’s your chance. Learning how to participate in our political process will be the topic of speakers at the new Republican Family Club, which will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, March 5. The precinct conventions held on March 12 (after the polls close) are critical to the political process, and knowing how to be involved in those conventions is important for anyone wishing to make an impact on the political party of his or her choice.
The program will include: Robbie Borchers, chairman of the Comal County Republican Party, discussing the precinct, county, state and national conventions, and the process of becoming a delegate to each of them; Genny Hensz, president of the New Braunfels Republican Women, discussing the party platform, and preparation of resolutions to present at the precinct conventions; and Jan Ken-nady, city council member and registered parliamentarian, discussing parliamentary procedures to be used at the convention.
The Republican Family Club is a new club for men, women and children. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Christian Church Fellowship Hall. The public is invited and urged to attend.
Don Hensz New Braunfels
Same song and dance from TNRCC
I read the guest article in last week’s paper about the burning of tires at the TXI plant in Hunter and thought we have heard this song and dance before, i.e. LaFarge Project.
Are You Owner Financing!
Barry McBee from the Texas Natural Resource Commission (TNRCC) was quoted as saying the burning of tires would result in “no significant increase in emissions.” These are carefully chosen words that we should try to understand. What they really say is that emissions will increase (the air is by any standard worse, not better) and he avoided the issue of how emissions will change (in other words what is the chemical composition of the new emissions).
Both of the answers to these questions result in negatives for the project. TXI and TNRCC want to avoid discussing these questions at all costs because they know they represent a public relations problem. From their perspective I am sure that public relations babble is preferable to straight answers.
Regardless of how you feel, you have to wonder just what is in TXI’s plans. LaFarge first started with a plan to bum tires, but they experienced problems with this activity and then they moved on with proposals to bum chemical wastes.
Is TXI traveling the same road that LaFarge followed? We all know how the community united against LaFarge. I guess you might say how “S.AJ.E.” is the community from traveling the same road.
Jim Holster new Braunfels
Compromise offered on school names
I was puzzled about CISD’s decision to name one of the new schools in the area Spring Branch Middle School. Isn’t it true that children from Spring Branch will not be attending this school? Children from Bulverde will. Spring Branch children attend Smithson Valley Middle School which is located near Spring Branch.
I’m in favor of naming schools for where they’re located — not for where they’re not. It makes just as much sense to name a new school in Spring Branch Bulverde School and no students from Bulverde go there.
They also decided to name the intermediate school for Arlon Seay who was a well-respected and longtime (22 years) principal/teacher in the Spring Branch area (Sherwood School) but who never taught in the Bulverde area.
I propose a compromise that would hopefully satisfy most people who participated in the nomination of names for these schools. It would preserve the honor bestowed on the people nominated:
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1. Why not rename Smithson Valley Middle School to Spring Branch Middle School so that Spring Branch children can go to a Spring Branch school? Smithson Valley is really located farther east near SVHS. the school board has the power to rename schools. Remember when Cape Kennedy was renamed back to its former name Cape Canaveral? Or when Spring Branch Elementary was renamed Bill Brown or Bulverde Middle School renamed Bulverde Elementary? it can be done and it is a common practice.
2. I would also like to propose renaming Bulverde Primary School to Rahe Primary School to finally make visible that the school was dedicated to Ernest Rahe at his retirement in 1976 for his 25 years as principal at Bulverde and also having lived in the teacherage on the school grounds all those years. Of course, I’d like to include and honor the other Rahes who also taught in Bulverde at some point in their careers and for all their years of teaching in Comal County.
3. Leave Bulverde Elementary and Bill Brown named as is.
4. Leave the Arlon Seay name on the new intermediate school and now you could name the new middle school after Mrs. Hanley.
Having a name on the school is much more visible and honorable than having an interior wing named after you (as in the case of the Rahe family and Mrs. Hanley). Mr. Ernest Rahe was already “honored” in this way 23 years ago at the Bulverde School dedication and today there’s no trace of this “honor” ever having taken place! You can’t drive by the school and see “your wing.” Naming wings in public buildings is for benefactors who have donated lots of money to build it. Inside school buildings is normally off limits to the general public and not visible except to students and teachers.
I hope that the board reconsiders the decision they made. I’m sure in the future there will be more schools built in this area as it grows and the naming will become more difficult.
Laverne R. We!born
Support conservation efforts of SVHS students
Friends For Rivers is proudly hosting a presentation by the Smithson Valley Ecology Club on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Banquet Room of Treetops Restaurant. Under the guidance of Science teacher
Annette Geroy, the presentation will be made by high school students of the club, reporting their findings of the trip they made along the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to Matagorda Bay.
The purpose of the trip was to learn the restrictions, regulations, use and water quality of the Guadalupe River. These student have been invited to present their findings at the Watershed ‘96 Symposium in Baltimore in June.
By your presence, you will show the support that these young people need to emphasize the importance and guarantee the preservation of our natural resources. The students would like to thank you in advance for your attendance on March 7.
David J. Davenport president, Friends For Rivers
Customers are merchants’ bread and butter
We appreciate Mr. James Foster’s letter of Feb. 18, regarding the importance of customer service from our local merchants. The fact that he cared enough to sit down and take the time to write is well taken.
As president and vice-president of the Downtown Association, we can attest to the fact that our Downtown Association meetings are constantly abuzz with ideas of how to maintain our local customer base, as opposed to totally losing our customers to the “big boys.”
We personally would much rather pay a little more to our local merchants, knowing we’re dealing directly with the owner, knowing we’ll be called by name, and knowing our patronage will help that owner stay in business, than we would with a huge operation where we have to deal with a different person every time, and knowing that our money will eventually end up in some bank account out-of-state.
It saddens us to hear of the trouble you've had with merchants who were less than friendly and the jobs you’ve had performed which were less than quality, the two items in which we local merchants pride ourselves. These indeed are the items which help to separate us from the “big boys’’!!
Here’s in hopes Mr. Foster’s letter will be read by merchants nationwide who need a little reminding that their customers arc truly their bread-and-butter!
Mr. Foster, we would like to invite you and anyone else who has an
interest in the Downtown Association to attend our meetings, the next one of which is Tuesday, March 5, 7 a.m. at Krause’s Cafe. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
Wes Studdard, president Cathy Talcott, vice president Downtown Association
Hispanic? are Americans!
I would like to respond to Lieselotte Moum’s letter to the editor which appeared in the Herald Wednesday, Feb. 28. She wanted to know why we do so much for Hispanics apd nothing for all the wonderful Americans, who are proud to be Americans and speak the language of the U.S.A.
Ms. Mourn, Hispanics are Americans, many of us have roots based on ancient American civilizations since before Christopher Columbus discovered America. Many of us have died for this country to defend basic American principles you now enjoy. During the Vietnam war, more Hispanics and Blacks came back in body bags than any other American groups. During World War II Hispanics won more Congressional Medals of Honor than any other ethnic group in America. Hispanics have been fighting for American rights and principles since the Revolutionary War. Yet we are not honored or recognized, instead we are ridiculed and belittled because we happen to be a blend of ancient heritages that you don’t understand. We have had to fight for the same rights to participate in American society— in our own country — our own land. Remember please that Texas was at one time Mexico and Hispanics in this city and all around Texas and the Southwest have been here since the beginning of time.
We are Americans — true Americans — we did not journey across an ocean to get here.
We have been here all the time — in the AMERICAS. Nevertheless,
we have to fight to get the same jobs you enjoy, we have to fight to receive the same considerations in government, education, business and society. It’s obviously OK when our young people are sent off to fight for this country — to die for this country. But when we try to rise up to improve our condition in life here in our own country, we then become the object of ridicule and worthy of your discrimination.
You mention that we take advantage of the welfare system. Of all ethnic groups in this country, we take less in benefits than any other group (less than 4%). We are hardworking. We are family-oriented and we are proud to be Americans. And when we are called up in the service of our country, we will answer the call with pride. Wise up Mrs. Mourn, open up your heart and mind and learn more about Hispanics before you start complaining about how little you get.
We Hispanic Americans have given a lot and we have a lot to offer and we will continue to offer ourselves and our lives to insure our children and your children live in this great land of freedom and opportunity. My question to you Ms. Mourn is, what have you done for your country lately?
Cristina Aguilar-Friar Persian Gulf War Veteran New Braunfels
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Arts Commission to discuss hotel tax allocations for arts organizations
New Braunfels Arts Commission Meeting Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
New Braunfels Municipal Building Conference Room A/B Meeting agenda:
■ election of chairman
■ discuss and consider allocation to arts organizations of hotel/motel room
tax for 1996
■ action to allocate 1996 hotel/motel tax funds to arts organizations
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