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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas ^4 A □ Herald-Zeitung g Sunday, March 17,1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 H e t u n g 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 QUOTABLE “We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising.” — Zelda Fitzgerald author, 1932New column focuses on Internet EDITORIAL KUDOS Black Heritage Society, Canyon Middle School students recognize area’s support KUDOS is a regular feature of the Herald-Zeitung in which readers may applaud and thank those people and organizations who went the extra mile through volunteer work or sponsorship for them. If you wish to recognize someone in this feature, write to: Herald-Zeitung, c/o KUDOS, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. ■ On behalf of the Black Heritage Society, we would like to give a big thank-you to Terri Taylor and the Texas Commerce Bank on their strong support in helping with the Black Heritage Art Contest held in February. A big thank-you also goes to two schools in the New Braunfels Independent School District who chose to participate in the art contest, Memorial Primary and New Braunfels High School. The art contest was a success. Another successful Black Heritage Activity took place on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Black Heritage and the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce had a fund-raiser to raise money for high school scholarships. Many thanks goes to its supporters: First State Bank, Maxwell Chevrolet, Milt Ferguson, High Sierra, New Braunfels Smokehouse, Bayseas, Bavarian Village, Jan Kennady, Paul Fraser, Jim Hendricks, and many thank* also goes to one of our strongest supporters, Texas Commerce' Bank. Nathan Millett *    -    I -IT-in WM* ill, i iMnjif^T) ^ I I in I U President, Black Heritage Society of Comal County ■ One hundred twenty members of Canyon Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society Jan. 29, 1996. These students had to maintain a 92 grade point average. They also had to be involved in some sort of community service. The ceremony went well. We inducted 120 very talented students.'Canyon Middle School would like to congratulate all of the inductees, current members and officers. Also, thanks to all of the parents for their superior work to make this program possible. Barbie Friesenhahn reporter, NJHS 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: (210) 625-1224 £ y * * r K » 0, 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 Herald Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braun /els Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carnet delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20 50; six months, $37, one year, $66 Seiuor Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103 50 Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. 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 311 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar, all for the INTERNET stand up and HOLLER! Now that I have the attention of everyone who has ever attended a school athletic event, I would like to express my excitement and appreciation to the local readers who have stated their desire for a weekly column on computers and for the staff of the Herald-Zeitung for publishing it. My desire for this first article is to provide an introduction of myself and to introduce you to some of the topics I will cover in the near future. I have been involved with computers since 1984 and in the computer business since 1989. My early involvement with computers was in the area of computer instruction. I quickly moved to a technical position where I worked on Novell networks and specialized in interconnecting networks with other networks and with IBM mid-range computers. In recent years I have jumped on the Microsoft Networking bandwagon and learned all about Windows NT and Windows 95 networking and configurations. Following well-developed habits I obtained in the Boy Scouts, I have been working on my “Professional Merit Badges.” In computer lingo that equates to being a Novell authorized Certified Netware Engineer and Microsoft Certified Product Specialist with Windows NT. I have been working for the past couple of years helping companies in the South Texas area plan for and achieve their information systems goals. The magnitude of types of topics I can cover in this column is huge! The computer business today is booming and changing as each week passes. However, since this is a weekly column and not a novel, I must concentrate on topics that can be entertaining and informative. I believe that the one topic that is having the greatest effect on us all is the Internet. The Internet will do more to affect the way we live our lives than other medium available in the near future. The Internet has an effect on large corporations, small businesses, individual researchers and individual recreators. Perhaps the best description of the uniqueness and power of the Internet is offered by Kevin Kelly, the executive editor of “Wired” magazine. He described the Internet as an interactive many-to-many medium. Allow me to explain this computer term. Newspapers can present the words of a few to many people. Newspapers act like a forum in their editorial section. The weakness of this medium is that the time between responses is counted in days and the responses have to be chosen for inclusion in the medium. Television and radio are even more of one-to-many media. The Reed Helmly “talk” shows that do offer types of feedback are very timely and interactive, but that timeliness can be viewed as a disadvantage as well. The interactive dialogue has to be done in “real time” which means that you have to call in and talk during the actual time of the show. The number of people who can take advantage of this is extremely limited as a percentage of the whole number watching or listening to the show. What makes the Internet so interactive is its ability to conduct discussion forums in real time chat groups or near real time forum discussion groups that maintain historical messages that can be carried on by two or many people and read and referred to by many people that can benefit from the information in the discussion group. Besides the ability of the Internet to store and transmit text, the Internet is a good medium for the storage and retrieval of audio and video information. With today’s technology and a standard connection, the audio programs work well. Video, on the other hand, takes a fast computer and fast connection in order to be of use with our current technology. That’s how it is today. Tomorrow the technology will change. (Reed Helmly is a South Texas Computer Consultant for CompuVision and lives in New Braunfels. Comments and suggestions forfuture articles can be mailed in care of this newspaper or by calling 608-0808.) What do you think? r____ I What steps should be taken to help keep J the Comal River clean and safe this year? Following the tremendous response the H-Z received from last week’s survey question regarding the possible renovation of the old LORA building, we thought we better stick with that topic. Now that so many have voiced their support of a project to renovate the old structure, the next logical question is, “How would you fund such a project?” Also, “Who should take control of the project — the City of New Braunfels or a private organization?" 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 23,1996. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I L Comments: Name _ Address. City_ Phone Age. Sex a i UL abwliiia    im    MwrU    mm    mm    mrnrnm Write ’em TEXAS GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Governor George W. Bush RO. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 512-463-2000 Attorney General Dan Morales PO. Box 12548 Austin. TX 78711 512-463-2100 State Senator Jet! Wentworth 1250 N.E. Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-7800 FAX: 210-826-0571 or P.O. Box 12068 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-463-0326 State Senator Judith ZalTirini PO. Box 627 Laredo, TX 78042 210-722-2293 or PO. Box 12068 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-463-0121 FAX: 512-475-3738 State Representative Edmund Kuempel PO. Box 911 Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, March 17, the 77th day of 1996. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day. Today's Highlight in History: In A D. 461, according to tradition, St. Patrick — the patron saint of Ireland — died in Sauk On this date: In 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War. In 1870, the Massachusetts Legislature authorized the incorporation of Wellesley Female Seminary. (It later became Wellesley College.) In 1905, Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt used the term "muckrake” in a speech to the Gridiron Club in Washington. In 1910, the Camp Fire Girls organization was formed. (It was formally presented to the public Seguin, TX 78155-0911 210-379-8732 FAX: 512-463-0904 or PO. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768-2910 512-463-0602 FAX: 512-463-5896 COMAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Comal County Courthouse IOO Main Plaza New Braunfels, TX 78130 210-620-5501 FAX: 210-620-5592 County Judge, Carter Casteel 210-620-5501 District Attorney, 22nd Dish, Bill Reimer (New Braunfels) 210-620-5533 County Attorney, Nathan Rheinlander 210-620-5591 District Clerk, Margaret Herbrich 210-620-5574 County Clerk, Joy Streater 210-620-5513 The Survey Soys... Six readers responded to last week’s survey question, “What would be the best way to fund a renovation of the old LCRA building?” Their responses follow: ■ First things first! Let’s focus on acquiring the building first — we need to save the building. This landmark is so important to the citizens of New Braunfels that we are counting on each and everyone, as well as support from the LCRA. ■ Since I do not know what the cost involved will be I find it impossible to suggest mean(s) of funding. All that I can be certain of at this point in time is that I am willing to donate personal funds for its renovation. ■ A half-cent increase in sales tax for a limited period of time, with the city of New Braunfels handling the renovations. ■ It is likely that LCRA will provide funds for renovating the building. We can plan for other funding after negotiations with LCRA are completed. ■ I feel a private organization should be formed for this purpose. We have been involved in the swimming program both local and national for a number of years. We feel we do need an indoor swimming pool. This would be a great one, along with the other great uses as a Children’s Museum, etc. Please consider all ages. ■ Now that LCRA is aware of the tremendous community support for preserving the building as a cultural arts center, they will likely make a decision soon. We hope they will designate the funds, which would otherwise be used for demolition, to restoring the building. Then — and only then — we can move ahead with further plans. exactly two years later.) In 1941, the National Gallery of Art opened in Washington D.C. In 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II. In 1950, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a new radioactive element, which they named “californium In 1966, a U.S. midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain. In 1969, Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel. In 1970, the United States cast its first veto in the U.N. Security Council. (The U.S. killed a resolution that would have condemned Britain for failure to use force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.) Ten years ago: Prosecutors in Sweden said a man in custody had probably assassinated Prime Minister Olaf Palme (however, the suspect was cleared a month later). Five years ago: Allied commanders from the Gulf War held a second round of cease-fire talks with Iraqi officers; the Iraqis were told they could not move their warplanes inside Iraq for any reason. Millions of people voted in a landmark referendum on whether to preserve the splintering Soviet Union. One year ago: The White House hosted a St. Patrick’s Day reception for Irish Prime Minister John Bruton that was attended by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. The federal government approved the nation’s first chicken pox vaccine, Varivax. Flor Contempla-cion, a Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for murder, despite international pleas to spare her. Today's Birthdays: Actress Mercedes McCam-bridge is 78. Singer-songwnler John Sebastian is 52. Actor Patrick Duffy is 47. Actor Kurt Russell is 45. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 42. Actor Rob Lowe is 32. Thought for Today: “It is my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it.” — Sean O’Casey, Irish playwright (1880-1964). ;