New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“The Senate must decide whether [flag burning! is freedom or the abuse of freedom. «. Will the Senate of the United States confuse liberty with license?”
Orrin G. Hatch U.S. Senator. 1995
Haymarket Park is La Cantarana to many
EDITORIALProof that here, we do things rightLegislative Conference gives New Braunfels a chance to shine on state, national stage
Leaders from across the state will decend upon New Braunfels today for the 31 st Annual Texas Legislative
The eyes of Texas and the rest of the nation will be watching as 24 speakers address issues under condiser-ation by state and national lawmakers that will have a direct impact on each of our daily lives.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the first female to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate, will be honored tonight as Texan of the Year.
Gov. George W. Bush will talk Friday morning about his school financing plan.
Most towns our size wouldn’t even dream of holding such an event. Yet, here in New Braunfels, time and again.we prove that nothing is impossible when we work together.
For more than three decades, the top state and nation* a1 dftibials have been coming here to discuss the future
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of our area and the rest of Texas.
Former and sitting first ladies, senators, congressmen, governors and even a man who would one day be president have attended the conference and afforded us their insights and visions of the future.
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce deserves accolades for organizing and sponsoring such a grind endeavor.
The citizens of New Braunfels deserve one, too. (Today’s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Boyd.)
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The March 15 edition of the San Antonio Express-News seemed to have created a bit of a stir in the neighborhood of Im Cantarana (the singing frog). The Express-News reported that Haymarket Park, at the comer of Hampe and Comal, known by Hispanic residents as Im Cantarana, may officially become the Spanish name. Many of the neighborhood people want the name change because of its strong cultural link to childhood memories Others are feverishly opposed to the name change and are looking for proof that the founding fathers actually named it Haymarket to ensure the name of the park stays the same.
One of the arguments in opposition to the name change is that Cantarana is the name of a gang who called themselves the CVs — Cantarana Vatos or PLV Puro Loco Vatos (Purely Crazy Guys). When I asked my children and their friends if they’d ever heard of a gang called La Cantarana or PLV, they laughed, saying, “Mom, who ever heard of a gang called the singing frogs?” According to the teen-agers hanging out at my house, the only gangs they’ve heard of were the MTO (Mexican Take Over - West Side) The Sol ms Rats (in Sol ms) The Bloods and
Clips (West Side) and the Sego (a gang out of Seguin). No self respecting gang would ever call themselves the Singing Frogs or Purely Crazy Guys, unless they were forming some kind of barbershop quartet or a Jim Carey fan club.
In the Express-News, Iris Schumann, archivist at the Sophienburg Archives, was quoted, “It would be nice if we had a combination of two or three cultures that settled this community, but we didn’t. Mexicans owned this land, but they didn’t settle here until after the Germans.”
First, for the record, let’s remember this was not Texas but Mexico at one time. Schumann was right, the Mexicans didn't settle this land, they were natives. They drove the wagons to pick up the Germans from the coast and brought them here. And rest assured that Mexicans along with the blacks
worked side by ade with die Gomans, laying bricks, building this town. Sorry, folks, we just can’t get away from the fact that people of color have always been here and worked here. They were just too busy to toot their own horn or document their history. The history of the Mexican people in New Braunfels is handed down from generation to generation through word of mouth. Nevertheless the Germans deserve the credit for organization, planning and structuring our community. That critical planning and leadership deserves respect and honor. But the people of color deserve some of die same for the role they played and the spirit of imagination their forefathers left in their neighborhoods.
Realistically, it doesn’t matter what you call the park. For the people living there it will always be La Cantarana. Just like the West Side is known as El Barrio Seco (die dry neighborhood) or Hunter Road is known as El Galli-to (the little rooster). These Spanish nicknames are rarely heard by die general public. However, there are other Mexican “nicknames” that are well established and accepted. Names like San Antonio Street, Seguin Avenue, Comal, the Guadalupe River, etc.
These names are a testament to the fact that the Mexican influence has always been here.
In the neighborhood of La Cantarana, the park evokes memories of childhood where things of interest were the tadpoles coming out of their shells and the sound of frogs serenading them to sleep. At one time there was no playground, only childhood imagination. It was a place where children could be and become King of the Hill or Lord of the Singing Frogs. The name Haymarket Park had no real meaning to the children who played there. They identified their park by smell, sights and sounds, it had a name of its own — it was where frogs sang. The childlike discovery of life and nature spiritually and unconsciously changed the name from Haymarket to La Cantarana. Despite what the founding fathers may or may not have called the area, I think they would agree, the name bom of childhood imagination is what really counts. Let’s hope that those who wish to refurbish the park feel the same.
(Cristina Aguilar Friar is a member of the Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors.)
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Letters to the EditorDrivers should UM more caution In foggy condttkms
In that heavy fog last Thursday morning one could still sec people on Walnut dnvmg without lights or only with their parking lights on. Do people ever read their Texas Drivers Handbook? Read page 9-1:
"You should lower (dim) your headlights when driving in fog, heavy rain, sleet, snow."
Dim the headlights does not mean using your parking lights. Ignorance is bliss.
Mrs Gerda Harker Nevi’ BraunfelsZona • Neighborhood Crim* Watch reorganizing
Our Neighborhood Crime Watch was organized Feb. 4, 1990. We were properly affiliated with the New Braunfels, Texas, Safe City Crime Watch as Zone 6.
At that time, we had a meeting at the church within our zone to which every family was invited. We had a good crowd The Safe City Crime Watch
Today in History
The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, March 20, the 79th day of 1997. There arc 286 days left in the year. Spring amves at 8:56 a.m. EST.
Today’* Highlight In History:
On March 20,1727, physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London.
In 1413, England'* King Henry IV died; he was succeeded by Henry V.
In ISIS, Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris, beginning his "Hundred Days” rule.
la 1816, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Martin vs. Hunter’s Lessee, affirmed its right to review state court decisions.
director explained the need for neighbors to know neighbors.
He told us how to lode out for (me another. We appointed block captains to contact every house and explain that through just using common sense we could unite to keep out vandals, unwanted house solicitations, stencil our driver’s license number on televisions, electronic portable equipment, etc After sev en years our Identification Directory is obsolete.
We are beginning to reorganize. There will be a block captain come to each door. It will be someone from the neighborhood. This notice is being printed so people will know to expect their neighbors. They may ask to see a driver's license, they should check the name and address lf they feel it is suspicious, they should call 9! I. There is no need to let the person come into any homes. All we want can be done at the door.
Bill Bullock is the Crime Watch 6 chairperson. Kathryn Wood has found someone to publish the new directory. Most of the original block captains have agreed to conunue their services. The survey will begin immediately.
In 1896, U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.
In 1956, union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp.
In 1976, newspaper heiress Patricia Hcarst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.
In 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains.
Ten years ago: The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients.
We are not asking for contributions ' for expenses.
No individual has ever been paid for services. All work is volunteer. We would like to thank those doing the needed reorganization. Both Kathryn and Bill have agreed to finance the cost. We are asking your full cooperation with the reorganization.
Those who live on Fredericksburg Road between Linda Street and Howard Street, on Howard Street between Fredericksburg and Lockney on Lockner between Howard Street and Linda are covered in the boundaries of this zone. Prince Drive from Lockner to Parkview, Parkview from Howard to Wood Road, Wood Road from Lockner to Fredericksburg Road and Inspiration Drive from Lockner to Wood Road make up the inner streets.
Those who are not contacted, we may have to resort to leaving them a not to call their block captain. Our goal is to include every house. It is against city ordinances to use this directory for any other purposes other than this neighborhood project. Anyone using this list for solicitation of any kind will
Five years ago: Congress passed, and President Bush immediately vetoed, a Democratic tax cut for the middle class that would have been funded by a tax hike on the rich.
One year ago: A jury in Los Angeles convicted Erik and Lyle Menen-dez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents. The British government said that a rare brain disease that had killed IO people was probably linked to so-called "mad cow disease."
Today** Birthdays: Producer-direc-tor-comedian Carl Reiner is 75. Actor Jack Kruse hen is 75. Former Nixon White House aide John Ehrlichman is 72. Children’s TV host Fred Regers is 69. Actor Hal Linden is 66. Singer
be prosecuted. The information list will be similar to the telephone directory. Those with unlisted numbers may give them for their protection in order for neighbors to contact them if a moving van is carrying their possessions away, etc. People have the right not to give their home phone numbers if (hey are unlisted. People may choose to give the number where they work. No one is being asked to do anything against their will.
Part of our Crime Watch area has not been active for years. Some block captains have remained vigilant and are producing their updated lists immediately. In one case, we feel very badly that there has been a death and the neighbors did not know about it We are all concerned but will not invade the person’s privacy. Few of us visit our neighbors. We are there when they need special help. They can count (rn us.
May we count on you to give your name, address and phone number to revise our list?
Kathryn H. Wood New Braunfeb
Jerry Reed is 60. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroncy is 58. Country singer Don Edwards is 58. Country singer-musician Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky) is 51. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 49. Actor William Hurt is 47. Rock musician Jimmy Vaughan (The Fabulous Thun-dcrbirds) is 46. Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) is 43. Movie director Spike Lee is 40. Actress Theresa Russell is 40. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 40. Actress Holly Hunter is 39. Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (Tho Stray Cats) is 36.
Thought for Today: "I am I plus my circumstances " — Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (1883-1955).