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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas t dge 4AOpinion Herald-Ztmi/igThursday, May 27,1993 QUO! AHI I “Those who begin coercive ellmlna-tlon of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters.” - Robert H. Jackson Supreme Court Justice, 1943 ‘Teaching for tests’ State should reform TAAS test policy to maintain objectives This past Tuesday, Herald-Zeitung readers were given a report on a Comal Independent School District board meeting. At this particular meeting, several members of the audience stepped forward to air their objections to a district policy that prohibited students who failed the Tbxas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) exit exam from participating in graduation exercises. Meanwhile, across the city at New Braunfels High School, students who failed the test there will be allowed to participate in tomorrow night s ceremonies. . This brings to light just one of many problems that have come via the TAAS exam. It was with good intention that the state decided to implement the test - to ensure that every student graduated from high school knowing what they are supposed to know. However, this method is continuously proving itself to be more harmful than not. The fact is, state testing is forcing teachers to teach for a test,' rather than teach a certain curriculum. In addition, some students just don’t take tests well for any number of reasons. I^et's get back to basics - teaching kids - and work harder to make this possible while keeping the emphasis of graduating fully-educated students. Let's take another look at TAAS and make a change. (Tcxiay’s editorial was written by Mark lyon, managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung.) Write us TTie N«*w Braunfels Herald Zejtung welcome* letter* on any public laiue Routinely, letters are condensed with the objective of printing as many of them as space permits. We also correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Heaae cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the p^evnoufl 30 days. Mail letters tot Letters to the Editor do The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Lax (210; 626-1224 New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher..........................................David Sullens General Manager.................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor......................................................Mark    Lyon Marketing Director........................................Dee    Dee Crockett Classified Manager.........................................Karen Reininger Circulation Director.......................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman........................................Douglas Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (USPH 377-880) Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $16; six months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $26; one year, $46. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $26.55; six months, $47.20; one year, $88.60. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.96; one year, $103.26. Subscribers who have not received rn newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday ar by 7:30 am. on Sunday may call (210) 626-9144 or (210) 668 1900 by 7 p.m. weekdays or by ll a.m on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Ik. 78131-1328. Council of Garden Clubs are number one! We at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center know we have the best center in the State of Texas. We know we have the beet people. Well, guess what? Now we know we have the beet landscaping and beautification, thanks to the New Braunfels Council of Garden Clubs. The Council submitted an application to the Texas Garden Clubs for a Community Service Award. The purpose of this award ie to reward clubs for garden-related service to the community. They entered their Comal County Senior Citizens Center landscaping project The council was in state-wide competition with other garden clubs that had won first place in their districts. The New Braunfels Council won First Place in the State of Texas, and are we proud of them and that our Senior Center was presented for all to recognize and admire. Lila Schoenfeld was president of the Council at the time of the Senior Center project. The current president is Marcia Moore. I would like to thank them both for providing background information on the organization and how they started this project The Council is a member of Die National Council of State Garden Clubs, South Central Region, Texas Garden Clubs and District VII. In Texas there are 649 Garden Clubs and 18,000 members. The five local clubs that have been the most active are Comal Garden Club, Four Seasons Garden Club, Guada Coma Garden Club, Landa Garden Club and the Men's Garden Club. Each club president and two representatives Marie Dawson make up the Council. Recently, after 40 years, Landa Garden Club disbanded, and the Men's Garden Club went its separate way. In case you want to know all the fine work this organization does for the community, just keep on reading. The Council has fulfilled its objective to promote conservation and civic beautification by planting trees in Landa Park Abore-tum. Several years ago, they honored all past presidents of the Council by planting a tree in their honor in the Arboretum. This ie known as "President's Row." Since that time, a tree has been planted on Arbor Day to honor the immediate past president. This project has enabled New Braunfels to receive the designation 'Tree City, U.S.A." The Council is responsible for landscaping the tree triangles at Seguin and Highway 81 giving visitors to our city a good first impression. They encourage member clubs to plant trees each Arbor Day. Trees have been planted at schools, community service grounds, MHMR, and the Animal Shelter. Landscaping has been provided for Conservation Plaza, Eden Heights, Hospice, and McKenna Hospital to name only a few. One member club has maintained a Bird Sanctuary at one of the nursing homes for the enjoyment of residents. Each year a Civic Beautification Award it presented to a local business on the basis of excellence in adaptation of landscape design to the facility, selection of plant material for •its and climate (xeriscaping preferred), continuous maintenance of grounds and plants, and overall visual impact Some of the businesses who have received this award are Jack-in-the-Box, McDonalds, Mill Plaza,. Johnson Furniture, and Creations. Many others have received honorable mention. Through this award the Council has encouraged local businesses to beautify and maintain their grounds. The Council's most recent project and the winner was the landscaping of the Senior Center on Landa Street The planning of this project was started before the center was completed. With the help of a landscape architect and the xeriscape technique, planting was completed in the spring of 1992 and was dedicated in October, 1992. There ii no wonder that the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation members are proud of the New Braunfels Council of Garden Clubs. We feel the whole community has received bountiful gifts from them. Now it's time to congratulate the Council for a job well done. After all, they are Number One. ............... nm,,,,;,** ..........mmrnt Hr Why do I haws this -feeling theylu ira-for more?. ^\ EEM. DEACH [ camara 4r 4rjr4(fr4r It's hard to tell Republicans lost the last electionBy TOM RAUM Associated Presa Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — From listening to Republicans, it's hard to tell they lost the last presidential election. In fact, they’re having such a good time cashing in on President Clinton’s abundance of stumbles, it’s almost as if they’re glad they lost. But with such ready-made material as the controversies over President Clinton’s $200 haircut aboard Air Force One and the “firing’’ of his travel office staff, the Republican enthusiasm is understandable. Democrats are now “in a perpetual state of snake bite,” said Mary Matalin, one-time campaign political director for former President Bush. Matalin, now a GOP adviser and cable TV talk show hostess, says she recognizes theAnalysis syndrome from “having been there. ... One thing illuminates and exacerbates the next incident.” The White House about-face announcement Tuesday that five of the seven employees of the travel office really aren’t fired at all — just suspended indefinitely, with pay — only gave more ammunition to the Republicans and added yet another bizarre twist to a week of troublesome events. Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole gleefully refers to the controversy over the travel office — and the White House’s fumbling efforts to involve the FBI — as “travelgate.” Travelgate is no longer just a perception problem, itfs an outright scandal,” Dole said Tuesday. He said the controversy — in particular questionable contacts between the White House press office and the FBI — “takes you back to Watergate, and as a Republican, I can tell you of the repercussions of that." And while the travel office episode pales against Watergate crimes of the Nixon administration two decades ago, Dole and other Republicans have not let many opportunities pass without publicly needling Clinton. “He has literally done more to unite the Republican Party than I’ll ever do," said Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Republicans readily concede that Clinton can still turn things around if he works hard to regain control of his image and his message. I, ' a ti > *iToday in history By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 27, the 147th day of 1993. There are 218 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History; On May 27, 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif, was opened to the public. On this date; In 1647, the first recorded American execution of a “witch” took place in Massachusetts. In 1818, American reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who popularized the garment that bear* her name — “bloomers” — was bom in Homer, N.Y. In 1837, American gunfighter and frontiersman Wild Bill Hickok was bom in Troy Grove, 111. In 1933,60 years ago, Walt Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated short “The Three Little Pigs* was first released. In 1936, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act. • In 1936, the Cunard liner Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage. In 1941, amid rising world tensions, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited national emergency.” In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank off France, with a loss of 2,300 lives. In 1964, independent India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died. In 1977, the City of New York fined “human fly” George H. Willig $1.10 — one penny for each of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center he’d scaled the day before. In 1986, in Baying, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong ta Chinela control in 1997. Ten years ago: A federal grand jury indicted former Environmental Protection Agency official Rita M. Lavelle for contempt of Congress. Lavelle was later acquitted of the contempt charge, but was convicted in a separate trial of perjury. ;