New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Tri-County Lions football team seeking local support — Page
The Lands Park train
Birthday wishes from
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Dorothy Jonda, Matt Pusatori (22 years), Eolia Hutson (21, years), Michelle Soyer Sandberg (21 yeai%), Andrew Dominguez Jr., Javier Meraz, Cody Orona (two years), Robert Bris-senden, Kevin Jordan Bil-lanueba, and happy belated birthdays to Demmit Lynnolle Valdez (one year), and Andrea Juarez. Happy 29th anniversary to Sandra and Donnie Duncan.
The following will be closed on Monday, May 29:
■ City of New Braunfels offices
■ Comal County Courthouse
■ Dittlinger Memorial Library
■ Department of Public Safety Drivers License Service
■ Convention and Visitors Bureau
The City of New Braunfels will pick up trash as usual, and Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) will pick up recyclables.
Habitat For Humanity to hold mooting
Comal County Habitat For Humanity will meet June 1 for the regular first Thursday of the month meeting at 260 S. Seguin Street at 7:30 p.m.
After a general meeting in which current projects will be discussed, regular committee meetings or an orientation for those wishing for more information will be held. For information, call 625-7005.
Golf toumamont plannod for Juno IO
Comal County Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual golf tournament at Northcliffe in Cibolo June 10. For a $50 fee, golfers are invited to compete for prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. Deadline for entering the Texas Scramble format tournament is June 1. The proceeds will be used by Comal County Habitat to help with the completion of the house at 1618 W. Bridge St. For information, call 625-0560 or 625-7005.
Men's Garden Club to meet
Men’s Garden Club meets Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Comal County Extension Service Office at 132 S. Wat^r lane. Extension Agent Pat Rasor will present a program on Preservation and Use of Herbs.
Hermann Sons meet
New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will meet for its regular meeting June 4 at 3 p.m.
The winning numbers
2, 50, 27,19, 45,36
Est. $37 million jackpot
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprintLanda Park bathroom construction: Six months and . See Page
Starlight in the Tropics
American Cancer Society event is one of the highlights of New Braunfels’s social scene
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Tomorrow is Memorial Day.
It is a day set aside for Americans to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice—their lives.
All men and women who died in all of our wars are remembered on Memonal Day not only by their families, but by the surviving veterans who served beside them and by all Americans who are living in the country those people Manual fought and died for. Camareno
Those who committed themselves to service for our country, who suffered the hardships and sacrificed their lives
Yankees and Athletics have a score to settle.
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A look at the life of a Comal County resident serving time in the state prison system. Page IR.
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Concealed weapon law stirs debate
By DENISE DZIUK
The bill allowing licensed and trained Texans to carry a concealed handgun was signed by Gov. George W. Bush Friday, and permit processing will begin September I. However, local reaction to the bill is mixed.
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said he is opposed to the bill because there is a possibility that it could cause more problems. He said there is a tendency to want to help the police. However, he said officers will have a hard time telling who is the criminal when 4ie walks onto a scene and sees two people holding guns. He is also concerned about the training people will receive.
“They will have background checks and only people with clean records will get licensed. But, I haven’t heard anything about a psychological check,” he said.
Bremer said he is also concerned that people with short tempers will be able to carry a gun. He said this could lend itself to more shootings.
“It’s much easier to reach under your coat and get a gun when you're angry than it is to drive home and get one,” Bremer said.
Officers are already cautious when they approach a vehicle, he said. But, now they will have to use extra caution. He said it will make law enforcement even harder.
“I would rather people have guns and carry them out in the open on their belt, because then you’ll know who has one and where it’s at,” he said.
Some citizens are opposed to the bill as well.
“I understand why some responsible people want to be allowed to carry a concealed weapon, but I don’t think it will be good for us. lf I were the governor, I wouldn’t do it,” said Judy Miller, of 222 Canterbury.
“I just don’t think people should have them. There’s too many people that don’t know how to handle them and too many explosive tempers,” said Georgia Rollo, of 7 Wildwood Trail “These are people who are totally level headed and totally law abiding. I stress that the people who will be permitted will be people with records that are virtually spotless,” said Mike Can-tu-Withoff, owner of Doc’s Guns.
Cantu-Withoff said the bill should also serve as a deterrent to crime. He said he has already had people coming in to the shop to look at guns they may want to buy. He said this was an excellent opportunity for women working at night to feel safer.
Howard Dietz, owner of Dietz Gun Shop and Range, said he completely favored the bill because a lot of people are already carrying guns and now it will jast give them an opportunity to do it legally.
“Besides, I don’t think it will change the crime situation much. If anything, it will lower it because it’ll give a lot of those punks something to think about,” Dietz said.
Some citizens favored the bill, saying it would give people a sense of safety.
“I think it’s a good idea because more of the right people will have one. I think we’ll see a lot less crime because people will be able to stop it,” said Kim Smith, of Seguin.
“We’ve always had guns around and if you want to carry one while you’re on the road, you should be able to,” said Marilyn Shepherd, of 850 HW 46 S.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Honoring those who served
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion placed flags at the graves of fellow veterans Saturday and Sunday. Monday they will place flags around downtown. Pictured, Walton F. Hoffmann places a flag at Comal County Cemetery while Gus Culwell, Cecil Konkel, Luther Shirmer, Marvin Brown and Glenn Morris look on.
Tomorrow is a day to remember American heroes
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
The big day
Seniors at Canyon High School and New Braunfels High School had their graduation ceremonies Friday night. At left, Carrie An Kastner hugs Canyon High School Principal Will Krieg during the commencement Friday night at Cougar Field. Above, New Braunfels High School students listen to the invocation at their ceremony.
will never be forgotten by the rest of us. Our country owes those who served not only our thanks but our prayers for their souls for giving us our greatest treasure—our freedom. Without their sacrifices, we would not know such freedom.
On Memorial Day, let us visit our cemeteries and pray that our children and our grandchildren will not have to sacrifice their lives in order to give others this freedom.
Let us honor those men and women —our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters who deserve our respect and prayers.
To those who lost loved ones, the veterans and all Americans stand with you on this day of remembrance.
We Americans must teach our children the meaning of Memorial Day and why we honor our servicemen and servicewomen who gave their lives for us. Out of respect, let us visit the cemeteries, and seeing the American flags, remember why we, and they, are there.
Let us all remember this day that freedom would not be ours were it not for those men and women who gave their lives for us.
And let’s not just remember and thank those whose graves we visit, but pray for the POWs and MlAs whose whereabouts, or final resting places, may be known only to God.
(Manuel Camareno is a retired U S. Army master sergeant and resident of New Braunfels.)