New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, May 30,1993
"What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it."
• Gustavo Flaubert French novelist, 1880
‘Today’s kids’ understand real values
our veterans’True meaning of Memorial Day should not be lost in celebration
Tomorrow will mark the observance of Memorial Day, a day to look back and respectfully remember all those who have fought and died for the preservation of life, liberty and the American way of life -those who gave their life for their country.
In many cases, or rather too many cases, the observance of this holiday began the preceding Friday afternoon as citizens all over the country started carrying out their plans for Memorial Day weekend.
Throughout this weekend, the act of "partying it up” is quite common, particularly right here in New Braunfels where thousands of tourists have descended upon the area to "celebrate" the holiday.
It leaves one wondering if this was what they had in mind when the holiday was created. It leaves one wondering just how many out there are truly thinking of what this day means at all.
Though there are many veterans, their families, and other respectful citizens who do, they are overshadowed by those who do not.
Those who include themselves among the latter often take the stand that they have the right to do as they wish at anytime they wish, regardless of the day.
It is exclusively to those people that we say - if it were not for the very souls we mark this day for, you might not have a right at all.
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The request was very like a multitude I — and anyone else who runs a business — receive week after week after week.
Or at least that was the way I heard it
Gary Steeno called to ask if I had a few minutes to visit with his son one afternoon last week.
Gary and I know each other, so I said, “Sure,” and then wondered aloud what it was we were to discuss.
Gary explained that his son, Tim, will be going this summer to the National Scout Jamboree at Fort AP. Hill in West Virginia He wanted to talk to me about finding a way to publicly say thank you to the folks who were helping to sponsor that trip... and to ask me to be one of those folks.' ***
I was quick on the uptake.
When you run a business, you pretty quickly learn to be.
I explained that I budget a certain amount each fiscal year to contribute to such things (that’s true) and that Tve seriously exceeded that amount for FY ‘92-93 (and that?s very, very true, too). Therefore, my explanation continued, I would not be able to help Tim pay for the trip, but I’d be happy to visit with him and to help on the other part of his question.
We set a time for Tim’s visit and parted amicably.
About halfway through the afternoon, that appointed time arrived and the newspaper’s receptionist called me to announce Tim’s arrival.
I was immediately impressed.
Tim was all business.
He was clean cut, well spoken and obviously prepared.
I invited him to have a seat, prepared to go through the motions of listening to him.
He spoke clearly, succinctly and without pauses or “uh-s.” He was focused and he wasn’t there to waste my time.
Thirty seconds later, I asked him to waitDavid Sultans
x bile I went to my desk for a legal pad so I could take notes.
In that 30 seconds, Tim had earned not only my complete attention, but my interest.
Here’s what I wrote:
The planned trip will last two weeks. The first four days will be given to a tour of Washington, D.C. The balance of the trip will be devoted to “stuff like repelling down a mountain, scuba diving, kayaking...” and Tim went on and on with a list of equally striking activities, but he outran me.
Three other New Braunfels Scouts will attend the National Jamboree, too, Tim told me. They are Devin and Derek Koehler and Trey Roeder.
We talked a little bit about the repelling. He’s done some of that before, repelling down a 32-foot “wooden mountain” at an area Scout summer camp.
“But this is a reel mountain.” he said of the coming trip, “and we’ll be repelling down 60 feet There’s a lot of difference."
Tim explained that he will be doing a service project at the botanical gardens in San Antonio. He’ll work six hours and, to help offset the expense of his trip, he is asking people to make pledges tied to that work.
The folks at the Rivercrest Drive-In have pledged $4.25 an hour, Tim said, explaining that “that’s minimum wage,” and have offered him a summer job.
That $4.25 an hour impressed him big time.
Tim listed a number of other contributors, but he was on his way to seek more, so I’ll not try to list them here. He’s going to write a letter to the editor later and do that himself (that was the other half of our conversation).
I asked Tim what he would do with the money he accumulates.
He explained that just the trip itself will cost about $1,200.
“I’m going to use some to buy some shirts as souvenirs, and Tm going to pay my mom and dad back for some of what they’ve spent, because that’s a lot of money,” he told me.
In those last five words, I heard not only a realization of the value of a dollar, but an appreciation of his folks and the things they’ve done for him.
Tim Steeno is 12 years old. He’s in the seventh grade at Canyon Middle School. He’ll turn 13 a week before the Jamboree.
Tim’s been a Scout two years and he’s already attained “Life Scout” status and is working toward his Eagle.
Tm a tough sell, but Tim sold me.
I don’t think he ever actually asked me to, but Connie and I contributed (she'll find out she did at the same time you do) to Tim’s project. We didn’t contribute much, but we’re players.
And we’ve already gotten our money’s worth.
Just meeting and talking with Tim Steeno made that day a great day.
The next time you hear someone putting down “kids today,” have them give me a call and HI show them a kid who will single handedly change their whole outlook.
If you don’t think I can do that, bet me. And make your check payable to Tim Steeno.
(David Sulleri8 is editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
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Goodbread should be seated
I guess my age makes me a senior, senior citizen. I have lived in the New Braunfels area for fifteen years. Prior to my moving here I lived in two other cities in Texas. In each of these cities the Chamber of Commerce worked with the city officials. They did not try to run the city.
I have noted during my stay here that at least some members of the Chamber of Commerce have been making, through their friendly councilmen, the city decisions.
Mr. Goodbread did receive the second highest votes in the recent election. I wonder if there is a reason known only to them why certain members of the Chamber of Commerce do not want Mr. Goodbread to take his seat on the city council. I am hoping that Mr. Goodbread is permanently seated and that the bad publicity which is hurting our area stops.
If the courts decide that Mr. Goodbread should not be seated another election will undoubtedly be called to elect a successor for the vacant council seat I urge the younger generations, who have much more to lose than we elderly, get out to vote and vote for a council person who will not be a lackey of the disrupting members of the Chamber of Commerce.
Province ML Winkler New Braunfels
Re: City Council
Reminds me of kids playing — “you don’t let me win, I’ll take my marbles and go home.”
Bt Davis New Braunfels
Thanks to businesses
I would like to publicly thank all the businesses that donated supplies and money to Goodwin Primary for our field day events. Each year you come through for us and we all sincerely thank you very much. These businesses are T.C.B.Y., McDonald’s, K-Mart, WalMart, NBU, Eberhard Lumber, Clear Springs Catering, and New Braunfels Smokehouse.
I also want to thank all the parents and other volunteers that come out and help us run the stations. As always you do a super job, with out your help the day would not be possible. To all of you have a wonderful summer, see ya in August
Jamie Trent Physical Education Teacher
Thanks for time, material
Friends Helping Friends Rec. Center would like to thank these people and patrons for donating their time and materials specially to Mr. John Bowling for his place. Also Mr. and Mrs. Bob and Ruth Rayburn for donating some basketballs, Westpoint Pepperell for basketballs and volleyballs, Ortiz Recreation Center for a punching bag. Also thanks to Brauntex Material for the gravel they delivered. And to Bill McDonald who gave his time and equipment (Bobcat) to spread out the gravel and sand. Also an extra thanks to Juan Caballero owner of New Braunfels Tire Center for donating four brand new tires for my personal Suburban to transport the boxers to boxing tournaments out of town.
Armando Mesa, Sr.
I/^onard Gomez, Jr.
Perhaps they should just stay
Jan Kennedy was recently elected, to serve “atrlarge”, to city council.
Dan Bremer was elected last year to represent the people of District 2, and “Butch” Benitez was elected last year to represent the folks of District I.
They were not elected to serve some selfinterest, or another entity or “shadow government” within the city.
At the city council meeting, 24 May 1993, all three councilpersons failed miserably in fulfilling their duty, by absenting themselves from the regular meeting of council.
They just got up and left because council, as a whole, voiced a vote of confidence and seated James Goodbread as a hold over council member. Kennedy, Bremer and Benitez each voted against permitting Goodbread to be seated.
Having their feathers ruffled, they abdicated their duty and responsibility and left, leaving an insufficient number of councilpersons to conduct the business of the city.
All three left, despite the opinion of city attorney, Barry Moore, that Hie seating of Goodbread,as a holdover council member would present no problems, and was legal.
If these three councilpersons are going to take their hurt feeling home eveiytime a vote goes against their wishes, perhaps they should just stay home, and let the people cif New Braunfels elect people who will act as responsible adults and fulfill the obligations of the office to which elected.
Sincerely Martin “Marty” Norton New Braunfels
Did not expect retroactive
The three city council members, Benitez, Bremer, and Kennedy, should resign if they do not desire to serve and conduct city business. I voted for Jan Kennedy and Mr. Goodbread and expect them to perform their duty until Mr. Goodbread’s status is determined by the courts. I also voted for Term Limits and did not expect it to be rectroactive. Let’s get on with conducting the city’s business and stop this petty bickering.
Sincerely David L. Cook New Braunfels
Why no shorts?
Re:Canyon High School Administrators
I am a fed up student at Canyon High School. This coming year will be my final year at Canyon. I am writing concerning the “NO SHORTS RULE”.
One time last school year the student body was notified that in the upcoming school year there would be no shorts at all allowed. This was stated in the daily announcements, only one day.
Nothing else was said about the new rule. Did they ever think about the students who were absent that day? These students missed the information altogether.
Even at registration in early August when the St'ident Handbook was given out, there was no new information about the new rule.
I, like many students, proceeded to buy my new school clothes. I bought four pairs of shorts, not knowing on the firat day of school a new addendum was added to the Student Handbook, stating no shorts would be allowed. That addendum should have be given to us at registration, along with the Student Handbook. All of that money was wasted!!!
Many students and parents were faced with a similar situation. I know and understand that students have taken advantage of the rule. If they feel they have a problem with shorts getting too short, then why don’t they just set a limit, like down to your fingertips, for example. Any shorter, make them wear something like gym clothes, anything embarrassing so they won’t do it again. Come on, shorts are not the most distracting thing in the school.
There are other serious problems at high school that demand more attention. What about the degrading, nasty shirts some students wear? What about the violent fights? What about the too tight, too short skirts?
There are so many filings that are more distracting at school than shorts!l! Please reconsider your decision on the NO SHORTS RULE: please concentrate on other areas of the school that are in need of improvement
Sincerely Rachel KHmmbi CHS Student