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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung 0 Sunday, March 10, 1996 O 5 A Seniors’ events calendar full in New Braunfels This must be the week for public announcements because everyone’s doing it. I have been asked to present two such press releases concerning older Americans. The Alamo Area Council of Governments has been notified by the Texas Department on Aging to prepare new four-year area plans FY 1997-2001. One of the components of the area plan is a summary of the needs assessments conducted within the region. AACOG has requested the Comal County Senior Center, as well as all senior centers in the council, to evaluate the service requirements of eligible recipients of aging services through a PUBLIC HEARING in order to help determine client needs within Comal County. The Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation will hold that public hearing at the Center on Tuesday, March 19, 1996, 11 a.m. Mr. Salvador Almanza, rural aging programs manager, will conduct the hearing. The Board ofTrustees and staff of the Senior Center request the participation of all interested seniors in Comal County at the hearing in order to assure, as much as possible, the attainment of the specific needs of seniors in this community. Please join us on March 19,1996. If you plan to have lunch at the Center on that day, you must make reservations by calling the Center, 629-4547, so that adequate food amounts may be prepared. Those without reser vations will probably not be able to lunch with us that day. ■ March IO to 16, 1996, is designated as National and State Older Worker Week. IN 1973, the Texas Legislature enacted the creation of the first state-funded senior employment program in the nation. The Senior Texans Employment Program (STEP), administered by the Farmers Union Community Development Association Inc. began operation in 1974 with funds provided through the Texas Department on Aging. In 1977, STEP enrollment opportunities were expanded with funds granted by the Older American Act through the U.S. Department of Labor. Utilizing both state and federal funds contracted through the Texas Department on Aging, STEP provides enrollment opportunities to 886 older Texans in 131 counties. HIRING OLDER WORKERS IS A GREAT NATIONAL RESOURCE. There is no substitute for maturity and experience. Your Senior Center is living and operating proof that ability is ageless. So are deter mination and responsibility. It may be difficult for the younger generations to appreciate these truisms, but time will tell, and time is on their side. They, too, are developing their ageless abilities. ■ Now for the Fun Part! This is one of what I call my “mish-mash” articles — just trying to get across as much information as possible. The best press release of all is the announcement of the J.O.Y. Theater production of “Love Letters” to be presented two nights at the Senior Center, March 15 and March 16, 1996. This play is so risque, it had to be cleaned up a little, but not too much. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. with show time at 8 p.m. Cost for dinner and show is SIO per person. A limited number of “show only” tickets will be available for $7 per person. Tickets are available at the Center, 629-4547. Deadline is 5 p.m., March 12. These are always so much fun and the food is delicious. Better hurry before the tickets are all gone. Another Center happening that might be of interest to the community is the fact that we no longer have bingo on Tuesday nights at the Center. After four years of operating a bingo game, we finally “gave up the ship.” I don’t know if it was the economy or the lottery, but something happened to the bingo games. Peo ple apparently lost interest and we were losing money. So, it was with great sadness that we gave up the game. There were so many faithful volunteers who gave up every Tuesday night to help with bingo, with the snack bar, and with the pull-tab sales. Thank all of you who so graciously helped the Center with your time, effort, and your money. I think we all miss the fellowship and camaraderie. ■ One of the biggest and most exciting events was the pay-off of the mortgage on the current building and land of the CCSCC. It was paid on Feb. 21, 1996, and I know Les Thom is relieved, as he was the signer of that mortgage as president of the Board ofTrustees in 1991. Anyway, there will be a note-burning celebration at the Senior Center on March 30, 1996. The celebration will be a pancake breakfast with a log of the board members, staff members, and other interested seniors joining in to help with the work. The breakfast will be from 9 a.m. to noon. It is all you can eat and is $3.50 per adult and $ 1.50 for children under 12. I hope everyone in the community comes to this event because it benefits the Center’s new expansion program. We are into a new phase of development and services. See y’all there on Saturday morning for pancakes and sausage. (Mu•:» Dawson is a New Braunfels resident who writes about senior citizens' issues.) Woodard to sing at Seele House A real high point in the “musical” month of March will take place on Thursday, March 14, at Seele Parish House at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Woodard, well known tenor soloist, will be providing a wonderful evening of song for this community, presented by the New Braunfels Music Study Club. An added feature for that special evening will be in the form of Mary Golden, harpist, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Some of the program will present Jeff as soloist and Mary as the harp accompanist. Jeff is pursuing studies in voice in New York City while working in New Jersey. He grew up as a child here in New Braunfels, graduated from NBHS, and is studying to be an operatic tenor. HOWEVER, the program planned for March 14 will include not only works from “La Boheme” by Puccini, but also such Irish tunes as “Danny Boy,” accompanied by harpist, Mary Golden. The public is cordially invited to attend. Marie Dawson Jeff Woodard LETTERS4-H team had help from local businesses Editor, The Comal County 4-H Recreation Team would like to thank the following businesses: Kuhn Water Enterprises, Mission Valley Textiles, Saur Construction Inc. and Blackman Excavation for donating funds so that we would be able to go to Brownwood for the state recreation team training. Our purpose for this training is to develop better leadership abilities, build character and assume citizenship responsibilities. With this knowledge, we will assist and train others at county, district and state levels. We would not be able to go if it were not for the help and support of these b"-messes. Thank you again, Comal County 4-H Recreation TeamOutdoor art community’s latest vision Editor, With apologies and thanks to Levelly Chamber of Commerce, a Parody: “We know it’s kind of colorless And there's not much to see So we 'll put up paintings As bright as bright can be. They 'll tell us who and what we are And save our history For our children’s, children s Children's sake in 2093. Just take a walk across the street Some wondrous art you 'll see. So now, my friend, you 'll have a taste Of what we ‘re all about! We have fests, art and spirit, too. It makes us want to shout! We'd like for you to stay awhile, But if you must depart, Remember this: Our New Braunfels is A place to leave your heart. " With greatest respect and admiration for all exceptional cultural and tourist attractions, we invite you to check our this newest vision ... and check YES to this exciting project: Outdoor Art Gallery of Greater New Braunfels. Anna Margaret AlexanderTyranny comas In many forms Editor, From his stump speech, Pat Buchanan seems to think that our forefathers fought King George to secure the right of government to tell our kids how to pray. As a TV talk show host, Buchanan’s historical distortions and his attempts to have all Americans conform to the standards of his peculiar and narrow religious views were amusing. If he is ever able to use the power of the government for these purposes, it will no longer be funny — it will be tyrannical! To be fair to Mr. Buchanan, he (like King George) probably does not recognize the tyranny in his actions because he (like King George) believes that God is on his side. But, thanks to our founding fathers, even Buchanan knows the proper response to tyranny for the freedom loving patriot — “ride to the sound of the guns!” Jim Berry New Braunfelsll—pow favors now look at Langston House Editor, Most of the jury is in, and nine out of IO love the new look at Langston House, aka Pinto Ranch Grill (That’s pony, not bean or car!) When we bought the grand old house, it seemed to lack the excitement it should have. Franz Moreau built this house with a flare, and there have been many a grand event held here since 1854. It seemed the moment the Pinto Ranch Red went on, the doors blew open, and some thing special happened in the house that day! It has been humming ever since! I spoke with Pat Langston and she seemed delighted that the old house was up and running again. I encourage everyone to come by and see what we have found behind the sheet rock walls, and see the original wooden floors covered for so many years. I want to thank everyone who has come by and shown your support for the project. I want to especially thank the gray-haired lady in the white car that stopped Sunday afternoon, looked, rolled down her window and yelled, “It looks great!” What a wonderful show of support. Thank you, New Braunfels. Pinto Ranch Grill will be open soon. Come by for a Taste of Texas! D *Anne Carson Steve Hamlett New owners of Langston House aka Pinto Ranch GrillLWV proves political opposites can work together Editor, I am amazed at the name calling that is going on today. This doesn’t happen at the League of Women Voters. In the League, I’ve seen so-called liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans working together on committees to solve problems. We all want the same things — clean and plentiful water, good education for our children, justice in our courts, more voter participation with valid information, etc. Our differences are a matter of emphasis on how to achieve these goals. We have learned to respect each other in spite of our differences. We have learned to listen. We don’t call each other names or label each other, but work to solve our common problems with common goals in mind. The League has provided me with some rewarding experiences. I feel it is good to respect people regardless of their differing options. To me that’s what our great country is all about. Thea Chessher New BraunfelsDieting propaganda loads many lo disordors Dear Editor: All this diet propaganda directed toward heavy people is mostly bologna mixed with a little BS. All this is being constantly pounded into society causing intimidating, humiliating and indignities toward the general public. Doctors, dietitians and the media never let up. Weight-loss clinics are nothing but legally condoned money making scams bordering on fraudulent deceptive operations. Most deal in yo-yo dieting knowingly. I feel Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia are caused more by doctors, dietitians and the media than any other known source. They provoke people, especially young women, into becoming preoccupied with food, dieting, weight-loss and too self-conscious unnecessarily about their bodies. I’ve seen very thin pretty women who thought themselves as being over weight and ugly. How sad. Many thin people (doctors and dietitians) can’t stand to see heavy or pot bellied people and want everybody on earth to look just like them. They know, however, that our bodies are programmed genetically at birth to be thin, fat, or medium throughout its/our life span and forcing a deviation from this normal process is harmful and could, and has, caused death from no reason except dieting. Dieting also causes unnecessary suffering and misery and unhappiness from depriving our bodies from basic food groups of beef, pork, eggs, dairy products, and prevents enjoyment of good foods. Bodies generally cut people off anyway automatically when its had enough of anything. Mine does. Don’t yours? If a person has a medical reason such as diabetes etc., then diets are needed. It’s funny how fat doctors give me a different answer than thin doctors. Why is that? Some thin doctors and dieters look pretty peeked and malnourished to me. A big plate of pinto beans, ham hocks and mashed potatoes covered with saw-mill gravy might do them a world of good. Lets not worry about dying from good food. Death comes to all people including doctors, dietitians: heavy, thin or fat. Worry about where you’re going after death where it really counts. Jerry E. Daugherty Spring BranchThree cheers for LCRA building renovation idea Editor, The question of the week is one long awaited. Betty Lou Rushing’s guest column appearing in the Sunday, March 3 issue of the Herald well extols the virtues of saving the spacious old LCRA power plant building. The talk we’re hearing from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) representatives is that it will cost as much to tear it down as to renovate so, in my opinion, there seems very little to debate as to the step we should take. The many concepts and ideas for the use of the building that Ms. Rushing has made in her article are excellent and each, if not every one, are worthy of an open dialogue and discussion. Phone her up and give her an “attagirl” then clip the “What do you think?” coupon from the paper and mail in your “yes” response, please. Please add my name to those that vote “YES” that the LCRA building should be renovated for use today. Paul E. Fraser, Jr. Mayor, New BraunfelsBravo! to H-Z guest columnist Editor, In response to Betty Lou Rushing’s article on your “Opinion” page in the Sunday, March 3, 1996 edition of the Herald-Zeitung. “Bravo!” It would be a sad event to watch those twin towers come tumbling down. It would be more sad for the City of New Braunfels and the surrounding countryside to lose a part of its picturesque landscape. The old power plant with those smoke stacks can seen for miles around. Whether you come in from Seguin or San Antonio, the power plant marks the banks of the Comal. Kind of like an inland lighthouse, a safety and security island beaming from its surroundings. I can remember as a child coming to New Braunfels each summer for vacation, the anticipation of “the river" always asking “how much longer?” But, when one could see the twin smoke stacks, you knew you were close. I applaud Betty and her 30 for having the vision of a cultural arts center, and tourism, and meeting rooms. All would be a positive for the New Braunfels area as it would allow a more marketable tool for the convention dollar and more space for local events. I am proud to see that LCRA responded positively. How else could a corporation give back to a community more than by investing in its future. Seems to me to be the best public relations project the company could do for years to come. Don’t throw away such a magnificent building just to build some more parking lots. Sounds a lot like Houston. Inclosing, one can not think of anything more important than to preserve a heritage and history. The museums are excellent ideas, most especially a permanent home for the Children’s Museum. How else to better preserve! It would definitely be a tragedy to lose the old building, but more especially, deny future generations of “river rats” the bonding to the old power plant. It’s as New Braunfels as the Comal River. David Griffith New BraunfelsNew Braunfels not immune to HIV infection Greetings, Some say that New Braunfels and Comal County do not have a problem with sexually transmitted infecnons...or even HIV infection and AIDS. Well New Braunfels is no different than anywhere else in the world, in those respects. It happens and all too often it happens way too much. We are not exempt from any of the above mentioned problems. But we can hope to educate ourselves and our children on each and everyone of these problems completely and thoroughly. Where is that education to come from? Some say it is the responsibility of the parents to educate their children on such things. But where or even how does the parent get this information? Some say the teachers in our educational system are to busy to take on new problems, etc. On Tuesday, March 26, 1996, the Texas Department of Health Region 8 HIV/STD Education and Prevention Planning Coalition will be having a meeting here in New Braunfels. The meeting will be held in the Rock House behind Hospice New Braunfels at 613 N. Walnut, from IO to 3. Although this meeting is open to the public, there is no action taken or conservation with the general public except dunng the Open Forum portion of the meeting. The open forum of this meeting will be held from I p.m. until 2:30. You arc invited to come and share your concerns and ideas about he topics listed above. Are rural areas less likely to get the needed education than larger metropolitan area’s? One thing the Coalition is about is to see that the rural areas as well as metropolitan areas get the fair end of the stick when the Education and Prevention plans are handed down. We cordially invite you to join us for the meeting and especially to be there dunng the open forum. You, your opinion, and your ideas are very important to us. We hope to see you there. If you have any further questions or need information please feel free to contact us locally at 606-0200. You may find the machine on but I promise to return your call as soon as possible. Thank you for your time and again, we hope to see you there. Robert Konket TDH HIV/STD Regional Planning Coalition Comal County Rep.“Flat tax’* favors tho rich Editor, What is Andy Rooney afraid of? People wrote to him and asked what does the word “flat tax" mean? He talked about tires, feet etc. but never explained the word fiat tax. Here is a very simple explanation. President Reagan used it years ago. A fiat tax means that everybody who has to pay taxes will be paying the same percentage of his or her salary in taxes. This is the most unfair tax the government can ask the people to pay. Somebody who makes $30,000 a year will have to pay the percentage as a person who makes $ 100,000 or even $ 1,000,000. Of course the person who makes $100,000 or $1,000,000 will have to pay more money, but will also have much more to spend, and therefore can have better housing and a much better life. Now let’s put it into perspective. A person making $30,000 a year will have to pay $30,000 divided by IOO x 17 - $5,100 in taxes. In other words, the family would have left $24,900 to live on. While our people in Congress, who gave themselves a year ago a 38 percent raise will have to pay $138,000 divided by IOO x 17 = $22,460. They still would have a salary of $ 115,540, which still gives them an over 15 percent raise. In other words, only the middle class would carry the burden of taxes. The poor are free and the wealthy get a wonderful cut. Before it was that 50 percent over $100,000 was taxable. Of course here the wealthy also had special deductions, by giving to chanty and getting credit for IO times the value. How can a wealthy person sell their used clothing etc. for more than they actually paid for? Please don’t elect anybody who talks about a flat rate in taxes. The wealthy have as usual everything, while the rest of us has difficulties to enjoy a good vacation together with their children. I hope everybody knows now what a “flat rate” or flat tax” is. Liseselotte Mourn New BraunfelsPride in race should not include hatred of others Editor, I would like to respond to resident of New Braunfels William L. Russell’s letter to the Editor, which appeared in (a San Antonio newspaper) March 3. He wanted to know why is it that the liberals in this country, which include 90 percent of the media, find it offensive for white people to have pride in and promote their race, such as the KKK and white supremacists. He went on to say blacks. Hispanics or any other “minority” are encouraged to take pnde in and promote their race. Well Mr. Russell let me say this, we do take pnde in our race, but we do not promote hatred. We promote what we think is in the best interest of our heritage. We have given a lot, and we have a lot to offer. We will continue to offer ourselves and our lives to insure our race and your race live in this one great nation, and I hope some day it will become this one great big melting pot. Above all, Mr. Russell, I am president of the Black Heritage Society, and we have both Hispanics and whites in our organization. Nathan Millett President of the Black HeritageMore support for LCRA idea Editor, The following comments are in reference to the article about restoration of the old LCRA power plant by Betty Lou Rushing in the March 3 edition: I fully agree with Betty Lou that this structure provides for some wonderful opportunities and deserves all of our consideration. We should have learned from the obvious mistake that San Antonio made in the demolition of the Arena without due consideration. We are learning the advantages of reuse and recycling. Why not apply these ideas to the restoratton of this structure. Louis “Charlie ’’ Millican Canyon LakeLangston House weeping with Joy Editor, Yes indeed the Langston House is weeping — weeping with joy and excitement because the lights are back on, because there is life back in that home, and because there is love once again for that property. I live next door and nothing saddened me more over the past 14 months than to watch the daily decay and deterioration as it stood empty. I was bom in New Braunfels and had the privilege of knowing John and Mildred Langston all of my life — and was most fortunate to have been their neighbor for many years. Mildred loved that home dearly and it was her life. One day she called me over to visit in her front parlor to announce that the family had decided to sell the property. It was just too great a task and responsibility to keep it up. She knew it would become commercial property — and she understood that, because her wonderful memories would always be with her. She definitely knew the home would change. The only thing constant in the world is change. After the sale, the home was extensively altered — ceilings dropped, destroying fantastic plaster crown moulding and ornate plaster ceiling centers, along with original plaster walls covered with sheet rock. The present owner, Mr. Steve Hamlet, is taking great pride in creating an environment befitting his new Southwestern style restaurant. And believe me, downtown desperately needs that grand addition. The terra cotta color with dark hunter green and sand accents has brought out architectural detailing that has long been overlooked. He and his crew are there daily and delight in describing the unique plans and detailing that are projected for the interior. How many of you objecting have bothered to stop by to introduce yourself and visit for a minute to find out what is going on? How many of you objecting realize the high cost of property taxes and tremendous expense of keeping up these old mansions? This is just one more jewel that we so desperately need to benefit our already ailing downtown. Is the extenor color really that important an issue? Wayne A Rake New BraunfelsGive outdoor art a chanco Editor, And now for the Outdoor Gallery of Art for Greater New Braunfels (murals project) — I am chairman of that steenng committee to study the possibility of doing museum quality art on select (non-histoncal) buildings in New Braunfels, along with sculpture that would depict New Braunfels’ early history. Our most recent public meting for an exchange of ideas was Feb. 8 at Treetops, and the enure public was invited via radio and newspaper. Were you there Mrs. Wofford? If you could not attend, did you call any of the committee members (our phone numbers were listed) to find out what this was all about? Or did you get your information second-hand? Ninety percent of the people our committee polled were in favor of bonging the world famous Mr. Karl Schutz (a German) to our town to further study this most unique and beautiful form of art, which has been in Europe for hundreds of years. Mark your calendar now, because Kart Schutz will be speaking at a public meeting here in New Braunfels on Saturday, May 18. It is indeed time to reemphasize art and history in our community so that we can truly bring life, beauty, and spirit back not only to our downtown, but to the entire community Yes you are so right — Fredericksburg, Boerne and even beautiful Gruene have done it. And with some tasteful and creative imagination, and some positive community spirit — we can do it, too. Besides, good quality art outdoors is environmentally sensitive and correct! lf we paint it in a tasteful manner, locals as well as visitors can and will enjoy our alive and most unique downtown and entire city. We are very much a tounst city and this outdoor art will attract a totally different element of tourism. Wayne Rake New Braunfels ;