New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS MOVING ON
The Smithson Valley softball team survived a road trip to Corpus Christi to advance in the state playoffs. Page 1B
Landa Park recreation events offer a variety of activities for all ages.
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Vol. 154, No. 153 30 pages, 5 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS 2,3EOfficials: War on drugs simply not working
By Ron Maloney
Comal County’s district attorney and one of its district judges agreed this past week that the United States government’s “war on drugs’’ — and its judicial system — just aren’t working when it comes to stopping abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs.
For decades, the government has been trying to enlist its citizens in some form or fashion as allies in the light — only to find that many of them go over to the other side by creating the
very demand the illicit drug trade depends on.
Law enforcement fights what is at best trench warfare against drug-related crime. The two sides, mired in muddy holes they can’t pull themselves out of, stare at one another across no mans land. They snipe at one another and there are casualties on both sides, but nothing ever really changes.
The judicial system strives to create an environment in which the war s wounded and its survivors can be rehabilitated.
While there are glowing success stories, the weight of the failures is apparent everywhere and bears on society — including right here in New Braunfels.
Police estimate that as much as 90 percent of all crimes are at least tangentially related to substance abuse.
Those cases all go somewhere. Some, for lack of evidence or procedural problems, never get prosecuted. But that isn’t the
end of the road, because drug abusers are believed to commit hundreds of crimes to support their habits. For the legal system, there’s always a “next time.”
The ones that get prosecuted — misde-DibWaldrip meanor or felony—go to District Attorney Dib Waldrip’s office to be screened, sent to the grand jury for indictment if called for and then put on a court docket.
Misdemeanor cases go before County Court-at-Law judges Charles Stephens or Brenda Chapman. Felony cases go to the county’s three district judges: jack Robison, presiding in the 207th district: Gary Steel, the 274th, or Charles Ramsay, the 22nd judicial district.
Waldrip and Robison are both former police officers who worked their way through law school — Waldrip in New Braunfels: Robison in St. Louis.
See DRUGS Page 6A
BANE OF THE COUNTY ■This is the third of a continuing series looking at the impact of drug use on New Braunfels and Comal County.
Hickory Street Natural Baby Market provides alternatives to regular
YOOKY, GOOPY FUN
Wine festival has something for everyone
Drug testing back on docket for NBISD
By Leigh Jones
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“There is a feeling its time to implement a program,” he said. “There are more reasons for moving forward than there are against.” The biggest argument against testing is the
See TESTING Page 3A
Crawford named interim leader of Comal schools
Bob Smith knows how to kick a weekend off right.— with grape
juice between his toes.
At IO a.m. Saturday, Smith was ankle deep in a tub of red grapes.
“It was yooky,” Smith said, creating a new word to explain his unique experience. “After a while, it felt pretty good."
As he climbed out of the grape stomp mash, Smith placed his footprints on the back of an official Wein and Saengerfest T-shirt — a purple badge of courage showing New Braunfels he had braved the “yook.”
The Grape Stomp was just one tim experience entertaining crowds on San Antonio street for the second annual Wein and Saengerfest.
The festival, benefiting restoration and preservation projects in the historic section of downtown New Braunfels, featured food, unique gifts, infonnative seminars, and of course, wine and singing.
judging by the number of purple feet traveling up and down the street, the stomping was a popular activity.
“It’s all about getting gooshy stuff between your toes,” said organizer Luke Speckman.
Although the 800 pounds of grapes donated by Fl-E-B for the fun produced a lot of juice, Speckman promised it was not destined for a bottle.
“We definitely don’t drink it,” he said, laughing. “It’s just for stomping.”
If anyone had wanted to drink the goopy, unfermented mess, wine connoisseur lim Burney would not have been opposed, strangely enough.
“The number one rule you don’t break is...drink what you like,” he said, enhancing the effect of his pronouncement with a dramatic pause.
Binney, an adjunct professor in restaurant management and culinary arts at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi,
Faye Gauss, left, and Jan Wiatrek enjoy the feeling of grapes between their toes as the two stomp grapes before adding their footprints to souvemrT-shirts at Wein and Saengerfest Saturday afternoon. Below, Anissa Saenz, left, and Alyssa Sanchez carry Choola the cheerleader dog through the last portion of the Ethnic Pet Parade after the pooch pooped out during the Wein and Saengerfest event Saturday morning. Choola took second place for her costume.
is on a crusade to take the exclusivity out of wine drinking.
“I hate the snooty, condescending approach to wine,” he said.
“Wine is for everybody."
To go along with his campaign against wine snobbery, Binney is an advocate for the Texas wine industry.
Although people mostly think of California when picking a wine made state-side, the Lone Star State has a lot to offer.
See WINE Page 9A
By Leigh Jones
Comal Independent School District trustees selected Marvin Crawford as the district’s interim superintendent Saturday.
After 30 minutes of closed door debate, Rose Cervin was the only trustee to oppose the selection.
Crawford will take over Marvin from Superintendent Crawford Nancy Fuller June I and will lead the district until a pennanent superintendent can be found.
Although trustees had expected three candidates to participate Saturday’s selection
See LEADER Page 7A
By Leigh Jones
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