New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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8ABeer bong ordinance fails despite furor
By Ron Maloney
If Ken Valentine thought he needed a drink after Monday night’s city council meeting, he could have served it up in a
With no discussion a motion by Valentine, district 6 councilman, to pass a first reading of an ordinance to ban “volume drinking devices” died for lack of a second.
The demise of the proposed city law means beer bongs, which are funnel-and-hose implements designed to speed the consumption of alcohol, are still legal in New Braunfels and
on the city’s rivers.
Valentine and New Braunfels gained national and international recognition a few weeks ago when the councilman first recommended that the city consider banning the
devices, used to “shotgun” beer. The wire services, television networks and Internet Web sites picked up the story, and Valentine was contacted by The Washington Post for stories, among others.
Some of that media attention was still evident Monday night when four television crews, two radio stations and two newspapers covered the
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A U.S. soldier shows cells where high risk detainees are kept in at Abu Ghraib prison Monday.
Bush examines new photos with ‘disgust and disbelief,’ stands firmly with Rumsfeld
ay SCOTT UNDLAW
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — President Bush examined new photos and video clips of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners Monday, reacting with “deep disgust and disbelief” during a Pentagon visit in which he underscored his support for embattled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
The president spent the morning in damage-control mode at the Pentagon, where he convened an extraordinary gathering of top military, diplomatic, legal and intelligence advisers.
Seeking to douse speculation about Rumsfeld’s future, Bush stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the secretary—along with Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and other civilian and military officials — to offer a testimonial before television cameras. Then Bush went behind closed doors to view about two-dozen video clips and photos showing U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners.
White House and Pentagon officials went out of
their way to let it be known that Bush saw pictures the public had not, part of an effort to position the president ahead of the unfolding election-year controversy. Until Monday, Bush had seen only pictures obtained by the news media — a state of affairs that led him to scold Rumsfeld last week.
Rumsfeld’s spokesman, Larry Di Rita, called the images “disturbing,” and said they showed humiliation of prisoners as well as “inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature.” They were consistent with what has been seen in photographs published around the world in recent days, Di Rita said.
“The president’s reaction was one of deep disgust and disbelief that anyone who wears our uniform would engage in such shameful and appalling acts," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, “it does not represent our United States military and it does not represent the United States of America."
The Pentagon has not yet decided whether to make the videos public, and White I louse officials repeatedly sidestepped questions about the president’s opinion on that subject. Bush twice ignored reporters’ questions about the matter.
U.S. President George W. Bush walks with U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Monday at the Pentagon after meeting privately with top U.S. military leaders
Locals, soldier react to recent coverage about abuse
By Ron Maloney
One of the uglier — and little talked about — aspects of war is that, while policy is set by civilians, war is often waged by soldiers who don’t follow the Geneva Convention.
Seeking local reaction Monday to the graphic depictions of alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. guards highlighted the discomfort people can feel with this issue.
All but one of more than 20 people contacted declined to comment publicly.
Most said they didn’t know anything or enough about what was going on in the prison to comment, which seems unlikely with the media coverage the issue has received.
Others asked what the big deal was, considering the situation involves war.
“I think the same or worse probably happens in I luntsville every day," said one Canyon Lake man who didn’t want his name used in the newspaper.
Retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Abram Campos of New Braunfels was not so circumspect.
“Talk to some veterans who served in actual war, not someone who dunks they were there,” Campos said. “I was in Vietnam.”
The prison situation, Campos said, is probably being blown out of proportion in a media-feeding frenzy fueled by election year politics.
“I think it’s bull—!" Campos exclaimed. “This isn t even abuse. They have done far worse than that to us. Where was the outrage, where was the camera, when it was our people being beheaded and
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By Leigh Jones
Higher education in New Braunfels will take another step forward Wednesday morning with the ceremonial grand opening of the Central Texas Technology Center.
Hie $3 million, 25,000 square foot facility is the latest "off-campus" location for the Alamo Community College District. It will serve residents of Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Bexar and Wilson counties with college-level courses.
“This is a great time for New Braunfels," said Rusty Brockman, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce director of economic development. “We’ve never had a college-level facility here. Now we have a place for local students who need to save money by not going away to school."
The CTTC will offer two-year associ
ate’s degrees, certificates of completion in technical-orient -ed career fields and academic courses for transfer.
Brockman also said the center would provide new training for residents changing career fields and a
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place for the businesses of New Braunfels to send their own employees.
“Local businesses now have a place to retrain their employees without having to send them out of state to do it," he said.
Manufacturer Senior Flexonics Pathway was a good example, said Brockman. The company will move its manufacturing activities from tennessee and consolidate them in New Braunfels by the end of2004, creating roughly 60 new jobs. Employees in those positions will require training in a specific type of welding taught at the CTTC.
In addition to six classrooms and two science labs, the facility contains three industry-grade training labs for construction trades, welding and manufacturing technology. Industry-grade classes will begin in the fall.
Mike Morphew, (.TTC interim director, said 71 students already are registered for summer classes, which begin June 1.
“Our registration rate is right on target," Morphew said. “We’re assuming enrollment will increase in May ”
The next registration date is May 12 at
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