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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas '^Opinion jjpl To talk with Managing ® Editor Mark Lyon about j the Opinion page, call | 625-9144, ext. 21 lung QUOTAS L E “The one invincible thing is a good book; neither malice nor stupidity can crush it” George Moore, author, 1891 E D I I T 0 R I I A L KudosI’ The    Herald-Zeitung thanks the people who :; make Comal County a great place to live ! I Everyone who lives in New Braunfels knows it is a j Igreat place to live — beautiful rivers, parks, neighbor-' -hoods, great entertainment and more. But what really makes the quality of life special is the people who call slew Braunfels home. That's why the Herald:Zeitung regularly takes the time to extend a special 'thank you' to a few of the people and organizations whose good work has caught our eye. And we encourage readers to take part in this project. If you alow someone who deserves a 'Kudo,' write it down and bring it or mail to our office, or call the newsroom at 625-9144. This week's kudos go to: ■ The good folks at the New Braunfels Smokehouse, who gave free dinners to foster parents May 17 to let them know their hard work and dedication is appreciated and respected during Foster Parent Awareness Month. ■ The owners of Becky's Cafe for sponsoring Cadette Girl Scout Troop #462 as the troop monitors the water of Dry Comal Creek. ■ Gaynes Productions, Miller Genuine Draft, Bug-A- •Meister Pest Control, The Music Source, The New {Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and KGNB-tKNBT radio for sponsoring the free Concerts in the Park series at Landa Park Thursday evenings. (And a pat on the back for ourselves at the Herald-Zeitung for also sponsoring the series.) ■ To local high school valedictorians Teresa Motycka, Susan Altum and Russell Burkey and Salutatorians ’Bradley Hollas, Stacey Chase and Matthew Green, whose hard work and dedication will make them outstanding role models for future high school students. (Today's editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.)Write us The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. 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 Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. [Mail letters to: r Letters to the Editor do The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung I P.O. Drawer 311328 [New Braunfels,Texas 78131-1328 (Fax:(210)625-1224 'New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung J Edtor and Publisher . ; General Manager...... ] Managing Editor....... Advertising Director Circulation Director Pressroom Foreman. Classified Manager.. City Editor................. David Sullens Cheryl Duvall Mark Lyon Paul Davis Carol Ann Avery Douglas Brandt Karen Reininger ....Roger Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by Ste r. New Brothels Her aid ZeUwig (USPS 377 HUO) 7(J71 .anda Sc, or PO Drawer 3 ll 328. New I* Braunfels, Comal County, Ta. 78131-1328 Second class postage pad by the New brum \ feb Herald-ZtUmg in New Braunfels. Texas '* Carrier dt&veied rn Comal and Guadalupe counties three months. 116, six months. 12V. \ ok yew, $49, Senor QU/en Discounts by tamer delivery only: ax months. $25; one year, <* |45 My delivery «■«—Canal County in Texas throe months. $26.55, ax munihs, $47 JO, > ane year, $88.50. Mail outside Texas: six months. $61.95; one year. $103 25. J Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p m. Tuesday Swough Friday { or by 7:30 tm on Sunday may call (210) 625 9144 or (210) 606TJ846 (toll free for 5    Marion.    Canyon Lake, Bulverde and San Antonio) by 7 p m weekdays or by 11 1 am an Sunday a PtoriMASTEa Send address changes lo the New Braincell Herald Zeitung, P.O. Draw a es 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131-1328. # f IOpinion Bad music is impossible to escape Recently, several alert readers sent me a news item from the Houston Chronicle that struck a responsive chord in the upright piano of my brain. The item begins as follows: “SAN ANTONIO — A man fed up with the repetitive strains of ‘Pop! Goes the Weasel* from an ice cream truck attacked the hapless 67-year-old driver with an ice cream cone and a pickle jar, police say.” Here we have yet another argument for a mandatory five-day “cooling off’ period on the purchase of ice cream. Because in this day and age there is NO EXCUSE for this kind of violent incident. Just because a driver is operating a truck that repeatedly blares an annoying song over a loudspeaker in a public place, that does not mean that we should attack him with dairy products and condiment containers. We should use nuclear weapons. Forgive me for sounding hostile, but I am getting SICK AND TIRED OF LOUD INTRUSIVE MUSIC IN PUBLIC. It is everywhere. All the shopping malls and restaurants and airports are riddled with low-fidelity loudspeakers, which apparently have developed the ability to reproduce by themselves; these are all connected to a special programming service called Music That Nobody Really Likes, and YOU CANNOT GET AWAY FROM IT. For example, recently I was in a shopping mall rest room, and suddenly, without warning, the speaker started blaring out the inexplicable 1963 hit song “Dominique,” by the Shrieking Nun. Listen, Mr. or Ms. Shopping Mall Manager: I speak for all humanity when I say that, when I am in your rest room, I AM NOT IN THERE TO LISTEN TO A NUN. Likewise, Mr. or Ms. Airport Manager, I don’t go to your airport to listen to music. I go there for the same reason as millions of other business travelers, which is to be hassled by religious loons and find out that my flight has been canceled. And as for you, Mr. or Ms. Restaurant Owner: I don’t mind if, while I’m eating, there’s an actual musician somewhere in the background tinkling softly on a piano. (True story: Many years ago, I was at a party where a person named Walter actually did tinkle on the piano. But that is not germane to this discussion.) But WHY DO RESTAURANTS PLAY MUSIC SO LOUD THAT PEOPLE CANNOT COMMUNICATE? WAITRESS (shouting): GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS BETTY. CUSTOMER: DOES THAT COME WITH CLAM SAUCE? And it’s just as bad when you go outside. One afternoon I was at a beach, along with hundreds of other people, all of us enjoying a pleasant afternoon listening to the barely audible “ping” of solar rays ricocheting off of our No. 4.7 Million Sun Block, when some young men arrived with a boombox the size of my first house, and of course, it was playing music by Todd Tuneless And His Sounds of Ugly, and of course it was turned up so loud that the Atlantic Ocean started going backward, with waves rushing out to sea to get away from the noise. You could see that a lot of the people on the beach were annoyed, bul nobody dared to say anything. It was like a western movie, when outlaws ride into a small town and use their six-guns to make the terrified townsfolk listen to stupid music. Finally I had had enough. I am not ordinarily a courageous person, bul I stood up, brushed the sand off my butt, and decided that, no matter what the personal risk, I was eventually going to write a newspaper column on this topic. That would have been a perfect situation for an invention conceived of by my dentist, Stanley King man. Stanley is always having ideas. He’ll be peering into a patient’s mouth, trying to figure out if he can cram any more dental appliances in there, or maybe even — this is what dentists do for fun — slip in a harmonica, ch- a zucchini, and suddenly he’ll have an idea, and he’ll instruct the patient to rinse while he calls me up to tell me about it. This particular idea involves a small but powerful transmitter that you’d carry around. When a person started playing a loud boombox in your vicinity, or drove up in a car with one of those sound systems emitting bass notes so powerful that they cause big cracks to open up in the road, you’d simply press a button, and the transmitter would send out a signal, and the person’s head would explode. No, that would be wrong. Innocent people could be hurt by the shrapnel. Stanley’s actual idea is that the signal would cause the boombox to emit annoying static. Of course there’s always the danger that the kind of people who play loud ugly music in public would LIKE annoying static; maybe it would be better if the signal caused the boombox to play “Pop! Goes the Weasel.” Anyway, I think somebody should make a transmitter like this and send me one. I think it should also have a feature whereby, when you’re driving, you could point it at a car in front of you and press a button that would cause the car’s radio, even if it was turned off, to shout at the driver, in Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf’s voice: “IF YOU’RE GOING TO DRIVE 38 MILES PER HOI JR GET THE HELL OUT OF THE PASSING LANE, YOU MAGGOT.” Also it should be able to make the neighborhood dogs shul up. Also the U.S. Congress. You can rinse now. (Dave Barry is a syndicated columnist, who writes for the Miami Herald.) in ore Vmifyjnaseoord.^sispidonsiiieiB oonfirmad-everyto^jniteaiEercarrial a. gun / Felon loses suit against man who shot him FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for assault on a police officer didn’t quite get the $1.7 million he hoped a jury would award him from the citizen who stopped the beating and shot him in the legs. A Tarrant County jury not only gave Jesus Puentes nothing, it ordered him to pay the officer $1.75 million in punitive damages. Puentes’ attorney. Barry Johnson, said he was disappointed because of the similarity between the case and one in New York in which a mugger won his civil suit that alleged police used excessive force in arresting him. That case provoked a national outcry last year. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a New Yak City jury award of $4.3 million to a convicted subway mugger who was shot and paralyzed by transit police as he fled an 80-year-old man he had just attacked. “We may be seeing the tide turning,” said Jim Lane, lawyer for the Today in history Analysis policeman. “In Tarrant County, crime is starling na to pay.” In the Fort Worth episode, the felon sued a resident who sha him as he fled the scene of the assault against the police officer. Tile case began early one morning in 1990, when Lee Lively, a Texas Utilities repairman from Decal ut, Texas, ponied his truck headlights at the roadside ditch and saw Jesus Puentes sluing on police Corporal Randy Whiscn-huitt’s chest and bealing him severely, court records say. Whisenhunt, who won two purple hearts in Vietnam, uttered an almost inaudible cry for help, Lively said. Whisenhunt is now 47 and Lively 49. Lively snatched up the officer’s .357-caliber revolver, which was a few feel away. He said he go to the gun just ahead of Puentes, who rook off running. Although Puentes says he never heard it, Lively says he yelled at the fleeing man lo slop. “He didn’t, so I fired several shots at him,” Lively said yesterday. “I aimed low.” Two bullets hit Puentes in the back of his legs. Lively held the gun on him until more police arrived, ending what Whisenhunt said was the scariest several minutes of his 14 years on the force. Puentes, sentenced to life in prison and fined SIO,(XX) last year fa aggravated assault on Whisenhunt, sued Lively and TU Electric in 236lh District Court, alleging that Lively used excessive force. Puentes sought $1.7 million in damages in the Tarrant County case, Whisenhunt said. Lane, now a Fort Worth city councilman, took the case fa free. But the jury disagreed, ll awarded Puentes nothing on his claims, ruled thai he had assaulted Whisenhunt and adered him to pay the officer SI.75 million in punitive damages. Such a reversal was possible because Whisenhunt, alarmed that Lively could be punished fa “saving my bacon," entered the case with a lawsuit of his own. Neither Johnson nor Whisenhunt said they expect any of the damages to be collected, they said. Although the utility company was removed as a defendant after the judge ruled that Lively was acting on his own, TU nevertheless paid Lively’s legal bills, he said. Court records say the incident occurred about 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, 1990, after Whisenhunt stopped Fucnics ai suspicion of driving drunk on Refugio Street in north Fort Worth. Lively was called in because a utility pole had been knocked down, presumably by Puentes’ car. By Thn Associated Prtss Today is Friday, May 27th, the 147th day of 1994. There are 218 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Ob May 27th, 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecung San Francisco and Mann 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 ISIS. American reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who popularized the garment that bears her name — “bloomers” — was ban in Homer, N.Y. In 1837, American gunfighter and frontiersman Wild Bill Hickok was bom in Troy Grove, 111. In 1933, Walt Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs” was first released. In 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act. In 1941, amid rising world tensions, President Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited naliaial emergency." In 1941, the German battleship “Bismarck” sank off France, with a loss of 2,3(X) lives. In 1964, independent India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died. In 1977, the City of New Yak fined “human lly” George ll. Willig ait* ikdlar and ten terns — one penny for each of the I IO stories of the World Trade Center he’d scaled the day before. In 1985, in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on die pact returning Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997. T en years ago: At least a dozen people died when a record overnight rain sent lh xxi waters up to six feet deep through the streets of Tulsa, Okla. ;