New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, March 29,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung 15 A.
Purdum’s leadership will be missed by community
I Would like to wish Mr. Tom Pur-dum, President of the NB Chamber of Commerce, success and prosperity in any, chosen retirement activity he desires to follow. He and I have not always agreed on some of the Chamber’s actions, but there was never one time that Tom was not willing to sit down and talk it out.
When those discussions were over, I always left with the feeling that Tom Purdum had acted in the best interest of the City of New Braunfels and its citizens.
His civic knowledge, dedication, and experience will be sorely missed.
Thank you, Tom Purdum, for many years of a job well done.
Jim D. Mooney New Braunfels
Augustin series was enlightening
I congratulate your newspaper for carrying the recent series by Mr. Augustin concerning his travels in Oman. I learned a good deal about how modem and progressive that country is becoming. Thanks again.
Sincerely, Lowell Wilson
Government has no business running social
do the job. No huge bureaucracy required. History will show that the American people are very generous and quick to help any country that is suffering a disaster. I believe the people are ready, willing, and able to take over this responsibility. Have a transition period to phase down the government programs, then let the people handle it. This will eliminate most of the fraudulent practices so prevalent nowadays in the welfare system.
Yours, W.M. Abbott Jr.
VFW post did a grsat thing for veterans
On Saturday, March 18,1995 I had the opportunity to attend the Veteran’s Day Out event held for the extend-ed-stay patients of Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital at the National Guard Armory here in New Braunfels. The outing was hosted by the George A. Garcia VFW Post 11050.
I was so pleased to see the veterans having such a good time and I realized that this event had taken a lot of planning. There were games, prizes, clowns, a magic show, food and music—all to entertain the “troops.” I was also impressed to see the heartfelt care that the members of the local Post showed their veteran brothers, most of them wheelchair-bound.
“Thank you” to the members of the George A. Garcia VFW Post 11050 for showing your appreciation and kindness to these veterans. And "Thank you” to ALL veterans for fighting for the country that gives me the freedom to wnte this letter.
Sincerely, Rachel Cantu Herrera
While this country is reevaluating the government’s role in caring for the poor, it should be noted there is no authority for such action in the Constitution. Just what is the government’s responsibility? The Preamble states the government should, “...promote the general welfare...”. To me that means providing a stable, nonrestrictive economic climate to encourage the growth of business. Business brings jobs, and jobs bring economic security, which promotes the general welfare of the people. Should government provide “make work” jobs? I don’t think so.
How did we get into this quagmire of government welfare that, if continued, will bankrupt this country? We spend almost as much or more money on die administration of the programs as we dispense in aid. I think the government in the 1920s passed laws (Smoot-Hawley) that caused a worldwide recession and did not “promote the general welfare.” As a result, FDR started our country down this road, and maybe at that time this was the only proper course to follow since the business climate was so poor and few jobs were available.
I know, for whatever reason, there will always be people who are not able to provide for themselves or their families. How should they be helped? I believe most worldwide religions mandate that individuals and religious organizations should provide for the poor. The Bible is very firm on this point and does not task any government to
Support group Is hero for people who have suffered rn loss
My wife Lois passed away about a year ago. Like many others in this community, she was under the care of Hospice New Braunfels. They did a superb job of caring for her in her final hours. After her passing, a Hospice bereavement coordinator kept in close touch with me to give me guidance in my grief. It was only then that I really learned about Hospice. I can only add my praise to the high standing this organization has achieved in our community.
As a result of this, and with the full support of Hospice New Braunfels, a small group of us have started a coffee session every Friday morning. Our meetings are quite unstructured, yet there is real fellowship. Early in our discussion, we came to the conclusion that grief is much like a serious flesh wound. After we have done everything reasonable, in our gnef, we still hurt. Our real need is that we get on with our lives. We are in shock. We hurt and, yes, sometimes we cannot be entirely rational. It does not help to be continually picking at our wound; we must bear with our pain until nature completes its healing process.
Our group is mostly made up of people who had not known each other before. In this fellowship of people experiencing the same thing, we find real empathy with those who are suffering die same general experience that
we are having. With this in mind, we started the weekly support group and we have found that these sessions are helpful and satisfying. We believe that others with grief may benefit from just such an experience.
Although we arc under the auspices of Hospice New Braunfels, and cooperate fully with them, we consider ourselves an autonomous, self-sufficient group. We try to keep the coffee good and the fellowship rewarding. All are invited and we hope you will join us.
We meet in Frank’s Haus (the rock house behind the Hospice office) at 613 N. Walnut Ave. each Friday at IO a.m. There is no charge, lf, for some reason, you want to join us but cannot meet at this time, or if you need transportation, just let us know. For more information, call Elaine at 625-7500, oi mc at 629-0633.
Sincerely Paul Lei New Braunfel
like GVTC are eligible for low interest loans subsidized by the federal government through the Rural Electrification Agency and they receive federally imposed universal service contributions from other telephone companies. Clearly, GVTC’s customers, and the rest of us, ultimately pay considerably more for GVTC service than the rates admired by Mr. Watson.
For all their sins, Southwestern Bell is a private company not dependent on tax contributions or other govcm-
mcnt-imposed subsidies. By anointing GVTC as the preferred competitor 19 SWB, Mr. Watson seems to advocate using our tax dollars to compete wgj| private industry. Open local telephony service to all private companies anc end federal subsidy of telephone co-op? and we will truly save money.
Sincerely Steve Smitli New Braunfels
Watson loft soma stuff out
While I enthusiastically endorse Scott Watson’s advocacy of competition in the local telephone exchange, I am concerned with what was not mentioned in his article.
Mr. Watson was very generous in his praise for the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, comparing the co-op’s rates to those of Southwestern Bell and praising GVTC’s decisions made “in the best interest of its users/owners.”
The most serious omission from the article may have been the disclosure of Mr. Watson’s employer. The Herald-Zeitung’s footnote described Mr. Watson only as having been in the telephone industry since 1969. lf Mr. Watson is employed by the GVTC, then shame on him and double shame on the H-Z for not disclosing this affiliation. This would certainly have affected reader perception of his admiring references to the co-op.
While praising GVTC’s lower rates, Mr. Watson also failed to disclose the hidden costs of subsidizing telephone service. Rural telephone cooperatives
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■ Marine 1st U. Michael B. Seger, son of Robert W. Seger of New Braunfels, recently received the Navy Achievement Medal. Seger was cited for superior performance of duty while serving as a team embark officer with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. Seger was singled out for a Navy Achievement Medal because of his initiative in making a significant contribution to the accomplishment of the command’s mission.
The award, presented during formal ceremonies, is official recognition for Seger’s outstanding achievements and devotion to duty. He joined the Marine Corps in Dec. 1983.
values—honor, courage and commitment; and What the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Heaton joins 55,000 men and women who will enter the Navy this year from all over the country.
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their first day in the Navy just as they do aboard ships and at shore bases around the world. To reinforce the team concept, Heaton and other recruits also were trained in preventing sexual harassment and ensuring equal opportunity.
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■ Navy Seaman David G. Heaton, son of Camille L. Cannon of New Braunfels, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.
During the 8-week program, Heaton completed a variety of training which included classroom study, practical hands-on instruction, and sui emphasis on physical fitness. In particular, Heaton learned naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and a variety of safety skills required for working around ships and aircraft.
Heaton and other recruits also received instruction on the Navy’s core