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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung Q Wednesday, May 15,1996 O 50 Bicyclists from Bexar ars traffic hazards ✓ ■ Editor, Recently we have seen people getting away to the outdoors to relieve stress, get away from the big city life , ..and for exercise. It's amazing the muncher of people that have taken up bicycling. Here in Comal County we have seen the numbers of bicycles increase very rapidly the last two to three years. The increase has really been apparent of farm to market and county roads. About a year ago, my wife was In forced from the road by vehicles pass-jng bicycles twice in less than two ' miles because the riders of die bicycles were two or three abreast and refused to use common sense and ride single file until the vehicle wanting to pass could do so. d»‘ J It has been noticed that most of the ./ bicycles, with die exception of die Iron v Man competition, are ridden by people v from Bexar County. As we experience •v more and more traffic, it stands to rea-v son that traffic accidents as well as .✓ injuries and fatalities will increase. On ; Saturday, May 4, 1996, between IO A and 11 a.m. I left FM 482 and pro-ceeded to FM 1863 via Krueger -Canyon Rood. As I started up the hill ,i by the railroad oveipass, a bicyclist . came around a curve on the wrong side r of die road causing me to take evasive . action by pulling to the right and par-. dally off the paved portion of the road. As I was about half way up the hill /and going into a curve to my right, I again met a bicycle rider on the wrong side of the road and I again had to take evasive action by pulling to the right. . You're right, I'm getting pretty mad by now as this had taken place in less than •- a minute! And to make matters even worse, I went about half of a mile and /.another tricycle rider veers across die center of the rood at me. I drive a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup that is a nice vehicle that I want to keep that way. I formed the opinion several years ago that bicycles should NOT be ridden ; on a road that does not have an improved shoulder and for bicyclist required to stay on the improved shoul-; der. I will contact my state representa-; rive and state senator requesting stricter laws be enacted for bicycle riders, no matter what the age of the rider. If ; stricter laws are not enacted, we will ; see an increase not only in the deaths of bicyclists, but also of people in motor 1 vehicles. Laws usually have to be I enacted because of a few irresponrible { people. I I have seen the needless killing on our roads and highways because of careless, uncaring people and it is not very pretty to see lives snuffed out needlessly. As a retired state trooper with 21 years experience and five years experience as a deputy sheriff I speak from first-hand experience. As we have a bigger and bigger population we need to try harder to get along. I’ll do my part and I’m hoping others will. Carl L Davis New BraunfelsOpen totter to driver who j kilted pet Editor, This is for the person that on May 3 | did not feel it necessary to honk a horn, use the brakes or drive around a pet red hen that for some unfortunate reason decided to go to the edge of Hunter Road, probably to chase a bug. I have not lost a fowl to an unconcerned driver for years. She would come when you called her, being in the yard did not always appeal to her, so she was given the freedom to go to the barnyard. She was put in the garage at night to protect her from varmints. You could not realize the hurt of her loss, not being able to pick her up anywhere, and having her around as a lone baby chick to her full-gown life. ‘ she did not need to be close to the road, but it being a clear day she could be seen very carity and her death could have been prevented. ** Why could you not come to the house and show some decency to HP & EYEGLASS si RN Kl: Glasses made while you wait One hour or less for most prescriptions. \ era Creative Eyewear 844 N. Walnut St New Braunfels, TX 78130 (210) 625-9770 .-i express what you did? Maybe some day you will realize if you have to lose a pet how it hurts. Yes, I realize that "senseless and untimely" death occurs to a member of someone’s family also, and I fully understand their sorrow. Joyce Koepp New BraunfelsCrazy Idaa not so crazy Editor, On Wednesday, May 8, a letter to die editor appeared entitled ‘‘A Crazy Idea" by Ernie Mendez. Mr. Mendez’s letter is, by no means, a crazy idea. Think about it, neighbors—and more importantly — BUSINESS OWNERS. If the businesses mentioned (and others) would give specials from 6 to 8 p.m., I honestly think the idea would work. I am personally putting out a challenge to the businesses, restaurants, tourist attractions, etc., to "Stand up and be counted" for your beliefs in rite matter of the KKK holding a rally in your town. Put your "specials" in the paper and on the radio. Let us, the vast majority who are against this meeting, hear you loud and clear. Bill Hitch New BraunfelsSome modest suggestions to Editor, We here in New Braunfels are well aware of your current situation with a change in management, etc. But I have a few questions that are on my mind, and I’m sure on die minds of several of your readers. 1. Why does it take an average of 10 rings for you to answer your phone? 2. When put on hold why are we not checked on regularly to see if our party has answered or if they are even in the building? 3. No one ever seems to know who is in or who is not. 4. You seem to be increasing the cost of subscriptions and the paper only seems to get smaller. 5. Spell Check is a wonderful tool on most computers. Is this feature missing from your system? 6. Most of all it seems that messages left to return a call are never returned or at least not in a timely manner. Over all The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is a great little paper. I am an avid subscriber and reader. I, as some others, just wish it was easier to deal with you when we want to get something done. Ads—stories—circulation problems. It is now 2:30 and my daily newspaper has still not been delivered. I’ve heard most of die news on die radio by now. Let us see you are trying to give us a quality, timely, complete paper. And most of all at a reasonable rate. An avid reader, Robert Konkel New Braunfels Baiflna minimum wim to IIISSBSSSBlraBB    BWthe decent thing to do Editor, I just can’t understand my fellow "American Citizens," who do not want our minimum wages raised. One thing is sure, they just don’t want hard-working people to get a salary they can live on. People have become so cruel toward each other and disrespectful. How can anybody live on the minimum wages, our government has set for the labor of the workers? Besides having to work for practically nothing, they have to live in low income housing or shacks, when there isn’t any housing available, get food stamps, etc.... While teaching I have talked with the children whose parents worked for minimum wages and couldn’t make ends meet. The mothers were going to garage sales to find used cheap clothing for their children. For their birthdays the kids received toys bought in garage sales. I have visited these homes, which always were tidy and immaculately clean. Why on earth doesn’t anybody want to help the people on minimum wages to have a better life and future? Not everybody is bom to go to college, some people enjoy working in a factory, working with their hands, or taking care of small children. Other people just can’t get a well-paying job and are happy to do anything just to be able to work and earn some money, because they don’t want to be dependent on the government. As long as we don’t raise the minimum wages for our workers, we will not only discriminate, but also humiliate our fellow citizens, who are trying so hard to become independent of the government We are harrassing them in such a way as not allowing them a decent life. A life to be proud of. All die businesses which are able to give thousands and even millions of dollars in bonuses to their employees should be higher taxed As for example Chrysler, who gave to one of its works an $8 million bonus, should have to pay an extra $16 million in taxes. The owner of the Cowboys, when throwing $13 million out to catch Dion Sanders, should get its taxes raised by $26 million. to me that kind of giving money away wasn’t rally very unprofessional, but also impolite toward all the other players of the league and should be outlawed. (By the way, their advertising is in my opinion the dumbest I have ever seen. The reason — they both present themselves as slightly retarded.) Life is hard enough for the people depending on minimum wages, as they don’t receive any kind of benefits. In my opinion die people who don’t want to raise the minimum wages are very selfish. We need to do something, to help our workers and to get our factories returned to our country. We have to help our own people first, before trying to give advice to the rest of the world. Liselotte Mourn New BraunfelsSan Antonio and suburbs must raallM thare to rn water crisis Editor, I have followed with interest your coverage of testimony before the Edwards Underground Water District. I don’t dunk I have EVER heard failure described in such glowing terms. To read these articles, one would think drat these entities are adding water to the Edwards Aquifer. The troth is that they have failed to meet reductions in usage dictated by conditions. Until the residents of San Antonio and its “upscale single-frmily homes on large lots with extensive gardens and lawns" suburbs realize that we have a water problem in South Texas, there will be no solution. Recitation and publication of extensive lists of (dans and proposals will not solve the problem. Back slapping, politicking, nodding and grinning will not solve the problem. Extensive public relations campaigns will not solve the problem. The toot problem is the fact that our region has a limited supply of water, and die population continues to grow without considering that limited supply. We’ve gotten away with it so far. The current drought is only a preview of what to expect if San Antonio residents continue to consider water as an unlimited resource. Many people have chosen to live close to die water because we love that environment, and we give up some things to live there. Those who want to live as though water were unlimited must either choose that environment, utilize effective conservation methods, or develop an alternative water source. Many users of the Edwards Aquifer refuse to accept any of those options. Ed Gunter McQueeney Roaming dogs f miss troubl# Editor, Recently there appeared an article in the Herald-Zeitung by Roger Croteau regarding a dog which had to be tranquilized by animal control facilities and consequently died. I am sorry fra the owners who loved their pet; however, I have a situation in my neighborhood concerning dogs running around unsupervised that is scaring me to death and apparendy there is nothing I can do about it. I live in New Braunfels on Lake Dunlap, which is in Guadalupe County. In my neighborhood dogs are allowed to roam around freely with no supervision. We have two small dogs which are never allowed outside unsupervised. However, our yard has no fence and when we take our little dogs out into the back yard, there is nothing to stop stray dogs from coming into our yard. There have recently been increased incidents where two large dogs which are allowed to roam free are beginning to come into our yard often. One of them is a chow and the other one looks like part wolf. We know fra a fret that they will attack other dogs because we saw them gang up on a neighbor’s beagle. We were able to chase them away before they injured the dog seriously. However, our little miniature dachshunds won’t stand a chance if they come into our yard when we are out with them and decide to attack. We have spoken to the owner of the two dogs who assured us that his dogs do not roam. But this is not true. We are seeing them more and more often. They were there this morning and again at noon. When I attempted to report them to the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Department, die receptionist said there is no animal control facility in Guadalupe County and there is nothing they can do for me. They also have no animal shelter. Perhaps the owners of unsupervised dogs who allow them to roam free should know that not only do they risk harm coming to their animals, but they are also endangering other animals and humans who might get attacked by their dogs. Insurance companies and attorneys are full of stories about lawsuits and mega-dollar settlements for minor and major injuries. However, no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a beloved family pet. I am respectfully asking all pet owners to keep their dogs from roaming around the neighborhood unsupervised Lu Allen Lake DunlapTaawaga parents iraad child Oafs IO Buy in ocnooi Editor, I am writing in reference to the editorial, "Keeping Kids in School," (May 8, 1996, page 4). I recently returned to Texas after living several years in Los Angeles, California. I am the prospective stepmother of a bright 14-year-old, (ITI rail her “Diane"). Diane is a very good student at a junior high school in West Texas. She is a typical teenager, whose main interests are music, movies and going to the mall. She is much like any other girl her age. The only difference is that Diane has a three-month-old son. She gets up very early every morning to get her son to a day care provided by the school district so she can go to school during die day. This wonderful program has enabled Diane to continue her education and to resume as much of a "normal" life as possible. Her father and I have been contemplating the possibility of enrolling her in school in the Canyon Lake area next fall. I was extremely disappointed to learn that there is no formal child care program in the area fra teenage students who want to continue their education. Fra any mother, it can be difficult to make arrangements for the care of a child. The cost of child care fra many teen mothers is so great that it simply prohibits them from going back to school, even if that is what they want to do. As a former criminal attorney, I had ample opportunity to see firsthand the ruin that dropping out of school can bring to a young person and his or her family. I have also seen, since moving to Canyon Lake, the great commitment of the schools here to provid SCHWAB'S SAUSAGE HAUS 8 BSQ ■Dc He *7it an ■"""■'■I"" I IHM   I    -I-    ■    ..IMM.......■    III»IIII.WW|M»MWW Every Day Special IChopped BBQ,, Pot. Salad, Tea mrs. & Fri Brisket & Saus. Plate,W/ Tea $2" Catering, Custom BBQ, Family Packs, Party Trays, Dry Sausage, Finger Sandwiches, Vegetable Trays Office Parties, Graduations, Family Reunions... WE CAN DO IT ALL! Brisket, Sausage, Chicken, Chicken Quarters, Ribs, Beef & Chicken Fajitas, Beans, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw Homemade Beef Sc Turkey Jerky!! Open Thurs. - Sun. 8:00 to 6:00 309 Hwy 81 West, New Braunfels (210) 625-6519 ing the best education possible for every student. I hope that the CISD will received the grant which it has applied for, and that the money will be used to provide for child care so that teen parents will have a realistic opportunity to return to school. While sdirie may feel justified in labeling teen mothers as unworthy of any help, those girls are precisely the ones who need die support of die community to show diem that it is not too late for diem to prepare themselves fra a productive, happy life. Indifference is a cruel response to the failure of a child to act without clearly envisioning die consequences. I would be very interested in speaking with other parents of teen mothers and sons to know how they have dealt with keeping their children in school. I am also considering forming an advocate group so that we can discuss the possibility of working with the school district to come up with some costeffective options fra child care fra teen parents in die event that CISD is not awarded the grant it has requested. Anyone interested may contact me at 899-5413. Cathy S. Compton Canyon LakeHocum Hannan deserves a bettor tribute Editor, I was so angry when I read the article about Joan Slocum Hannan. Joan has done so much fra our community and added artistic culture where there was little. Many families and children have benefited from her professional talents, as a dancer and a teacher. New Braunfels HAD one of the most talented teachers in all of Texas. She has studied with and personally known some of the greatest tap, ballet and jazz teachers of all time. She is also respon sible for creating high paying jobs fra young people and adults. Because of Joan, I have a career that I love. I branched off from the New Braunfels Dance Studio and I opened The Seguin Dance Studio in 1985. I’ve learned from the BEST, and because of this I am very capable of giving my students a well-rounded dance education that will benefit them and their community for years to come. The example a teacher displays to her students often teaches as much or more than the techniques learned. Joan has not only continued to give of herself as a teacher and friend, but she strives constantly to work and study, preparing herself with die newest techniques in an ever-changing dance format. I am proud of my heritage from the New Braunfels Dance Studio due to Joan Slocum Hannan. The lady who wrote the article obviously did not know Joan or her history and didn’t seem to care about her leaving our town. I was called to be interviewed and the writer distorted my comments so badly they made no sense and were an embarrassment to Joan and to me. The quote that said I taught "srick-to-itness" at my studio was false and out of context to what I really said I will now think twice before letting someone interview me for a newspaper. I hope that you will find someone more capable to write a fond farewell to Joan and to welcome a new teacher into our beautiful town. Joan Slocum Hannan is my mentor and my friend and I will miss her immensely! Mrs. Korri Scheel Stevens La Vernia (Editor's Note: Melanie Gerik, the reporter who wrote the article on Slocum Hannan, is no longer employed by the Herald-Zeitung. She is now a copy editor at the Houston Chronicle.) When stupid is smart John Ingram We all know of someone who scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT and flunked out of college by the second semester. That's because success in wltaa** and in life, has little to do with raw intelligence. IQ Wllktf) MD predicts success about 20 percent of the time. Behavioral scientists have discovered that 80 percent of success depends on emotional factors. Harvard students from the classes of the 1940s • a time when there was a wider range of IQ at that school • were tracked into middle age. The high IQ men were not any more successful than the lower in intelligence. Similarly 450 boys from Boston slums were followed into middle age. Success in this social group as not dependent on intelligence. Ten years after 81 valedictorians and salutatorians graduated from their high schools, only four were at the highest level of young people of comparable age in their chosen profession. Academic intelligence fails to predict how one will react to the vicissitudes of life. Yale psychologist Peter Salovey has mapped those characteristics of emotional intelligence that predict success in life much better than IQ or SAT scores: I - Self Awareness. The ability to monitor our feelings brings psychological insight that emboldens correct career, marital, and personal choices. 2. Managing Emotions. The ability to soothe oneself, to shake off depression, irritability, and anxiety enables one to excel in life. 3. Motivating Oneself. Stimulating emotions in the service of a goal leads to high productivity. Delaying gratification and stifling impulses engenders achievement. 4. Empathy. Recognizing emotional needs in others makes individuals more attuned to subtle social signals that leads to improved interpersonal relations. 5. Managing Relationships. Social superstars interact smoothly with others. They are popular and 'natural leaders.' Here's the good news: While IQ cannot be changed much, interpersonal intelligence - the ability to understand other people and how to get along with them - and intrapersonal intelligence • the ability to understand and manage one'aem#Phtn developed Here'* bm, si mw L • 1. Turn off the the television -Because television teaches instant gratification and displays aggressive methods for handling conflict, it stimulates emotional immaturity. 2. Read books. Fairy tales, mythology, classic literature, and the Bible teach life lessons in handling emotions. Reading to children and discussing what has been read will identify methods for coping with stressful situations and give insight into people problems. 3. Determine the consequences of your actions. r. Develop a vocabulary for feelings and learn to distinguish thoughts from feelings.    • - 5. Monitor self talk to catch negative messages such as internal put-downs. 6. Learn the value of exereise and relaxation techniques to manage stress. 7. Understand how other people feel by asking them. 8. Learn to listen and ask questions. 9. Practice self disclosure and transparency. 10. Learn to identify patterns in your emotional life. Recognize patterns in others. 11. Learn to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and laugh at your frailties. 12. Take responsibility for your actions and your feelings. 13. Learn to express your concerns and feelings without anger or passivity. 14. Know when to follow; when to lead. 15. Learn how to fight fair, not blame, use T messages, and negotiate compromise. (John Ingram Walker, MD, is a New Braunfels resident.) v V Come Out to The Yard! 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