New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung J Wednesday, March 20, 1996 □ 5
LCRA cost too high to benefit too few
In regard to the responses in the Herald March 17, 1996, the structures atop the building “cannot” be removed and replaced. The building is on the Federal Historical register. With few exceptions, the building “must” remain “as-is,” less the asbestos, lead paint, PCB’s, oil, contamination, etc.
As far as the city raising sales taxes a half cent for a limited period of time; when is the last time anybody saw an increase in taxes for a “limited” period of time?
The cost of environmental clean-up alone would cost between IO and 12 “million” dollars. This does not include the costs for continued EPA testing of the grounds, wells, and surrounding areas. To re-model the building it would have to be determined if the existing shell could carry up to 14 floors, lf it costs $60 a square foot to build a house, what is it going to cost to remodel 10 to 14 floors at say, 15,000 square foot, per floor?
lf LCRA were inclined to contribute funds, why didn't they when the Japanese offered to turn part of the building into a restaurant, or when an individual wanted to make the building into an indoor mountain climbing attraction?
Again, I am not against the re-modeling of the LCRA building/property. I feel that any structure standing can, and should be, upgraded, “IF” it is economically feasible and the return on the investment is sufficient to make a profit. I cannot see the economical feasibility nor any reasonable return on investment for the majority of the citizens of New Braunfels. All I see is spending a pot full of money for cleanup, a pot full more for re-modeling, on going spending for EPA required testing, and only a minor few citizens receiving extrinsic return on the investment.
Dan Ackerman Wen’ Braunfels
A little time spent in classroom will change your mind
I am so tired of reading letters from people complaining about our school, especially C1SD schools.
If you don’t believe there is a big need for more classrooms and schools, you have never spent the day at school.
I am a volunteer at Frazier. I see the over crowding every day. The music teacher does not even have a room! The students are crowded into the back of the cafeteria for their classes. The teacher has to keep her supplies on a push around cart! The classrooms are so crowded with students and learning supplies (there is no storage) that the walls are going to burst. The over crowding is evident everywhere if one just takes the time to look.
I have also read letters complaining about what is being taught and what is not being taught in the classrooms. I don’t know where the children of the complainers go to school, but I bet it is not Goodwin or Frazier. In order to have a valid complaint, you have to check out the situation. I don’t see any parents spending the day at school, talking to the teacher or principal or bring up the problem at a PTA meeting. No, instead they write letters to the newspaper that all of New Braunfels will read. Problems need to be solved at the school, not through the newspaper. I don’t always agree with what or how things are taught or done in the classrooms but, hey, I’m not a teacher. I do know that what works for one student does not always work with another.
What makes me feel so bad is that I was one of those complainers a few years ago...until I started volunteering at the school. So, to all the complainers out there, call, write or go see your child’s teacher, lf that doesn’t work, go to the principal or bring up the problem at the PTA meeting. Volunteer at school or spend the day in your child’s
class to see what is really going on at school.
Thankyou DD Hodges
Judgement made too quickly in Lindsey family tragedy
Recently, our church family lost three very special members, Stanley, Pennye, and Sheldon Lindsey. In the Friday, March 15 Herald, Sheriff Bremer was quoted as saying that the Lindseys were “kinda loners.” Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
In the I 1/2 years since this family joined St. Andrew Lutheran Church at Starkville, they have made their presence known. All three actively participated in church activities: youth group, Fellowship committee, Men’s Club, Women’s club, teaching Sunday School, and numerous other church activities. Through church associations, the Lindseys formed many friendships and socialized with these people frequently.
I attended the press conference held March 15 at the Sheriff's Department. At this time, Sheriff Bremer stated that, due to the investigation, they (the department) “knew this family better than anyone else.” Well, he didn’t know them well enough to know what a strong relationship they had with their church and the members therein.
Sheriff Bremer stated that because of “everyone close to the family that they had talked to,” they had a fairly accurate view of this family. We don’t know who they talked to, but these “loners” had many friends in the church who could offer much more insight into the investigation. Their friends can tell of the little nuances of their daily lives that don’t fit with the scenario offered.
Numerous members of the congregation, including myself, are very dismayed, in fact, outraged, that the Sheriff’s Department has so hastily labeled
a dead man a murderer. There are too many inconsistencies and missing pieces to warrant the murder/suicide conclusion at this point. We want to be shown more conclusive evidence.
The Lindseys were a very close-knit, loving, Christian family. When they had problems, as all families do, they turned to God and their church— not to murder and suicide. And, although we don’t know the extended biological family of the Lindseys, we offer them our greatest condolences. Our church family grieves with them as this loss is a great loss for us all.
Cindy Riffe Youth Director, St. Andrew Lutheran Church
Banning alcohol would solve many problems on rivers
Your editorial concerning the Clean and Safe Comal Project stated that $10,000 of the taxpayers’ money had been allocated for this project, and that an additional $5,000 to $10,000 was needed.
The city of Galveston discovered a way to minimize spending tax dollars for a similar project. Galveston decreased the misbehavior that results in dirty and unsafe recreational areas in addition to saving money. They banned alcohol from their beaches. The ban not only saved tax dollars and prevented dirty, unsafe beaches, but it attracted a more desirable tourist clientele. This more desirable clientele behaved better and had more money to spend. The Galveston merchants were delighted with the results.
The only way to minimize spending tax dollars and to solve the problems of misbehavior and dirty, unsafe rivers is to ban alcohol and disposable items such as cans and bottles from both of the local avers.
John K. Landry, DDS New Braunfels
Review of barge practices called for after spill
By MIKE DRAGO
Associated Press Writer
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro is calling for a review of barge traffic in the Houston Ship Channel bmid a rash of recent accidents — Including this week’s Galveston Bay oil spill.
Crews are working around the clock to clean up glops of thick, black fuel oil from the beaches and waters around Galveston Island after Monday’s spill of 5,(HK) barrels, or 210,000 gallons.
Mauro, whose agency is leading the state’s cleanup efforts, said he was bothered by a recent outbreak of barge incidents.
He said this week’s incident was the fourth in two weeks and the second that resulted in a spill Ten days ago, a pair of barges struck a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker docked at a Baytown refinery. The damaged ship spilled 1,500 barrels of oil.
“I wondered about (the frequency of accidents). I think every Texan
ought to wonder about it," Mauro said Tuesday. “I think we just need to do a thorough investigation so the Coast Guard and the marine people can dis-
‘I think we just need to do a thorough ..investigation so the 6&ast Guard and the marine people can discover what’s going on.’
— Garry Mauro Texas Land Commissioner
cover what’s going on.”
Coast Guard officials have refused to speculate on the cause of the recent spill but say 50-mph wind gusts and choppy seas might have played some role in causing the barge to break open. Pilot error was a possibility in the Baytown accident, but authonties have not assessed blame.
Any danger of this week’s spill getting worse ended Tuesday night, when
crews finished removing some 12,500 barrels of intermediate fuel oil remaining on the damaged vessel.
The barge remained aground in the I I /2-mile- wide waterway between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula white*the COaii, Guardauftoother a salvage effort. Lt. Joe LcWntira ^aid officials hoped to move the vessel today.
Oil-recovery skimmers worked through the night to recover floating nbbons of oil from the water. More than 9(H) barrels were sucked up by Tuesday night.
Leonard said one 11-mile-long slick.
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