New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. And a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”
James Madison fourth U S. president, 1822
Get involved in CISD planning
The Comal Independent School District^ Long-Range Facilities planning Committee is now in the process of preparing recommendations for the Board of Trustees that will help determine the district's construction and building renovations for the next five years.
The district is seeking volunteers to help shepe the future of the district in light of growth that is expected be dramatic.
This is a chance for an individual to use his or her talents and time to make a difference in the future of education in the county.
Involvement in our schools by parents and other citizens is a vital part of making our education system what we all want it to be. If you are not the PTA or tutor type, this may be an opportunity to make a contribution.
There^re four subcommittees to get involved in: Demographics, School Size and Grade Alignment, Budget Development and Surveys.
The need for help is diverse. We urge anyone who can help to help.
Issues like big schools versus small schools, grade alignment and district spending will be determined soon, offering volunteers an opportunity to have a say.
The last school bond election produced a package that passed by a handful of votes. Decisions could be very close again. Your involvement will make a difference.
To volunteer your time and talents, contact the CISD Office of Public Information.
(Today 's editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung News Editor Steve Rrigman)
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Honoring those that make a difference
Beginning today, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung begins a six-part supplement called New Horizons, which is devoted to the people of New Braunfels and Comal County.
The purpose of the week-long special report is to allow us a chance to pull away from the hectic day-to-day race of life and ponder not only where we are going, but where, as an community, we have been.
The First installment is a look at religion in our community.
From the strong religious roots of this community comes much of the volunteerism and devotion to helping others. These issues are explored in this First oFsix special sections.
On Tuesday, the Herald-Zeitung will explore the importance of industry, business and agriculture to our county and economy.
Wednesday’s supplement is History and Heritage. Do you know how Lan-da Park became Landa Park? What’s a Lamia? Do you know when the First
Hispanic was elected to the county board oF commissioners?
On Thursday, the theme is Health and Education. With an aging population, especially as the baby boomer generation breaks its Fifties, health issues and education issues for its children and grandchildren are key issues to ensuring a quality future for New Braunfels and Comal County.
On Friday, we look at Sports and Recreation. From the links to the lanes, from the courts to the diamonds and Fields, sports and recreation have becoming increasingly important to many of us. In the 1990s, more people participate in sports or watch our children in sports than those who stay
home and watch sports on television. Just ask any soccer mom or dad, or the scores of volunteer coaches for little league and basketball.
Finally, next Sunday, a special report is devoted to our annual Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes.
Readers from throughout Comal County and western Guadalupe County submitted nominations for Unsung Heroes These are awards to honor the people among us who volunteer their time to improve the lives oF the people around them. It’s an opportunity to provide recognition to the people who quietly go about making New Braunfels and Comal County a better place to live.
The Herald-Zeitung's readers advisory board, a group of IO readers, selected the winners. The winners will be honored at a special reception next
At that reception, die Herald-Zeitung also will announce its Citizen of the Year Award. This award is given each
year to an outstanding leader in the community whose contributions in the past year have had a positive and sig-niFicant impact on the community at large. This person was selected by die newspaper’s editorial board.
A lot of time and effort has gone into this year’s New Horizons reports and the selections of Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year.
We at the Herald-Zeitung realize how important it is to occasionally stop for a moment and appreciate our community and the people who make this a special place.
That’s why we do this each year. We hope that this next week you will take an extra moment out of your busy schedule to read about the people and places that make this such a wonderful community in which to live.
(Doug Toney is publisher and editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
Letters to the Editor
■dueator finds •dttortal cartoon offensive
In a recent cartoon published in this newspaper which focused upon education, a teacher was depicted with a dunce cap on his head as he wrote misspelled words on the board before his class. In gratitude, he welcomed the arrival of Mr. President into his classroom by stating that new funding he was bringing would enable him to teach.
Wondering about the motive for such a cartoon, I contacted Micah Boyd of this newspaper. In response to my question he stated that the purpose of his selection of this cartoon was that it would heighten public concern about our government “pounng money into a flawed system.”
In the conversation which followed, we exchanged ideas, and I encouraged him to recognize the fact that, although education is not a system without flaws, it is also not a system which is totally flawed. Within this community many, many dedicated educators are daily committing their days and nights to
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educate the children of this community.
Through the daily interactions taking place in classroom after classroom, students are learning ami our community is being strengthened.
I urged Mr. Boyd to recognize those dedicated educators and take a stance acknowledging their intelligence and their importance to our community and our children.
I asked him to use the power of the pen to not only recognize weaknesses in education but also to applaud its strengths — the dedicated educators teaching students in this community.
In the same regard, I further urge that readers of this letter take action to reassure teachers of the community that they are recognized for their efforts and are not viewed as incompetents
lf you were positively impacted by a teacher or if your children are currently being positively impacted by a teacher, write a brief note to the appropriate teacher stating your appreciation.
Perhaps doing so will indicate that not all in our community view educa
tors in the light depicted in the cartoon.
„ Dorothy Matschek
29-year CISD teacher
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What a treat it was to read about the Fine young people oF New Braunfels in the March 13 Herald-Zeitung in the article entitled “Leadership New Braunfels." While reading about Jack Fanis I was truly amazed at his picture ... an uncanny resemblance to our distinguished citizen, Nathan Millett. The picture and accompanying article about Nathan Millett was equally amazing... an uncanny resemblance to Jack Farm.
I am used to the Herald-Zeitung's practice of misidentifying people in pictures and articles about weddings and social activities. While proper identification is always important, I solicit your support in ensuring proper identification of the people of New Braunfels in articles about those who have been recognized for their potential and who are willing to take the time and
make the effort to become better leaders of New Braunfels.
Gerald (Jerry) Pribyl New Braunfels
The concerns expressed by Lloyd D. Ellison in a letter to the editor about campaign finance reform and term limits are understandable.
I have introduced campaign finance reform legislation for years and know just how complex that problem baa become. For example, I favor having candidates raise a majority of campaign funds in their own districts from individuals as I do. That severely restricts the influence of special interests, inside or outside die district.
As for term limit legislation, winning support from two-thirds of the members of each house of Congress for any proposed Constitutional amendment is difficult al best But we should keep trying.
Lamar Smith Member af Congress
The Associated Press
Today is Saturday, March 15, the 74th day of 1997. There are 291 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight In History:
On March 15, 44 B.C., Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.
On this date:
In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his First voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
In 1717, the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was bom in Waxhaw, S.C.
In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state.
la 1875, the Roman C atholic archbishop of New York, John McCloskey, was named the First American cardinal by Pope Pius IX.
In 1913, President Wilson held the First open presidential news conference.
In 1919, the American Legion was founded in Paris.
In 1956, the Lcmcr and Loewe musical “My Fair Lady” opened on Broadway.
In 1904, actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burion in Montreal; it was her fifth marriage, his second.
In 1965, addressing a joint session of Congress, President Johnson called for new legislation to guarantee every American’s right to vote.
In 1975, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onas-sis died near Paris at age 69.
In 1977,20 years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives began a 90-day test to determine the feasibility of showing its sessions on television.
Ten yeafs ago: Peggy Say, the sister of Terry Anderson, the Associated Press correspondent held hostage in Lebanon, saki President Reagan was being “unjustly castigated” for his arms-for-hostages deal.
live yean ago: Democratic presidential candidates debated in Chicago, criticizing President Bush’s handling of the Persian Gulfwar and its aftermath, and clashing over economic issues. The United Nations officially embarked on its largest peacekeeping oper
ation with the arrival of a diplomat in Cambodia.
Ob* year ago: The Liggett Group agreed to repay more than SIO million in Medicaid bills for treatment of smokers, settling lawsuits with five states. (The settlement came two days after Liggett, the nation’s fifth-largest tobacco company, made history by settling a private class-action lawsuit alleging cigarette makers manipulated nicotine to hook smokers.)
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Carl Smith is 70. Former astronaut Alan L, Bean is 65. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 64. Actor Judd Hirsch is 62. Rock musician Phil Lesh (The Grateful Dead) is 57. Singer Mike Love (The Beach Boys) is 56. Rock singer-musician Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart is 53. Rock singer Ry Gooder is 50. Rock singer Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is 42. Actress Park Overall is 40. Model Fatso is 36. Singer Terence Trent D’Arby is 35. Rock singer Bret Michaels (Poison) is 34. Singer Rockwall is 33.
Thought for Today: “We’re ail in this together — by ourselves.”—Lily Tomlin, American comedian.