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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, May 30, 2000Opinions Forum Nhw Rimjunfkls Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor Kudos On behalf of the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery, I would like to thank the following for helping with “Culinary Secrets of a Former Embassy Chef”: first and foremost, our chef, Marcien Rusuriye and his sons Mark and John; Marcien’s most capable assistants, Bette Spain and Anna Lee Hicks; KMOL TV News 4 S.A. Living, producer Christian Gotlin and hostTanji Patton; New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung; KGNB Radio; H-E-B; Weston Pacharzina of The Plant Haus; David Ingram of Ingram Video and Audio Productions; Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce off ice staff; Tip Top Cleaners; Mary Anne Hollmig; Cheryl Fisher; Lois and John Newton; Georgia and Paul Tadlock; Caroline Weston; Anna Margaret Alexander; Dwight Michlethwait; Jerry Berry Mostyn; Pete Stocking; Kathleen McClendon; Christina Ryrholm; Nina Guinn and Arlene Seales. These businesses and individuals helped create a fun, knowledge-filled and tasty evening. Thanks much! Wayne A. Rahe President of the Board Historic Outdoor Art Gallery Prodigy Learning Center would like to express a special thank-you to the following for support during the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon and Week of the Young Child: New Braunfels Police Cpl. D.A.R.E. Officer Robert Owens and school crossing guard Pearly Sowell for their expertise on bicycle safety; and New Braunfels Fire Department’s Paul Muth, Xavier Larralde, Brett Neeley, and John Weige. We appreciate your time and patience in showing all the Prodigy children the ambulance and fire engine and going over fire safety. They really enjoyed it. A special thanks to the following businesses for their donations/gifts for incentives during the week of activities: Schlitterbahn, Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, Photography by Nancie, Blockbuster, The Children’s Museum, Adobe Cafe, Mamacitas and Baskin Robins. And last but most important, thanks to all who gave to the St. )ude Children’s Research Hospital. It was because of you that we were able to send more than $1,600 to St. Jude. We appreciate your support and hope to see you next year. Prodigy Learning Center New Braunfels Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 30, the 151 st day of 2000 There are 215 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. In 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed in Florida. In 1854, the territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established. In 1883, 12 people were trampled to death in a stampede triggered by a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing. In 1911, Indianapolis saw its first long-distance auto race; Ray Harroun was the winner. In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC. by Chief Justice William Howard Taft. In 1937, IO people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in Chicago. In 1943, American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II. In 1958, unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1971, the American space probe, Mariner 9, blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on a journey to Mars. In 1980, Pope John Paul II arrived in France on the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since the early 19th century. POUTRE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, SUCCESSIVE WNES OF PPOSPEWTY, FUU.EMPU3/HENV, WSlN&WODUCTWTTY PERMSTEHT CXCXX? CCNE*. OWER MW GReENSffWS Letters to the Editor Letter writer must have been wearing blinders Dear Editor: I must applaud Dorothy Lehr’s satirical letter. Only a person suffering from myopia or wearing blinders could take that letter seriously. The way Mr. Alexander’s childish, unprofessional behavior was twisted into an example of being a gentleman was priceless. As far as nobody agreeing with Ms. Watson, one need only look as far as the recent bond election to see the folly of that statement. It’s easy for a group to disregard one voice (as our illustrious mayor has demonstrated) and difficult for that one voice to be heard. Let’s hope that our new council members bring some balance and credibility to what is most assuredly a difficult job. All of our council members should be applauded for their patience and willingness to serve this community. Now, if they can just work and play well together... Laughter really is the best medicine, Dorothy! Jeff Fowler New Braunfels Constituents appreciate Watson’s work Dear Editor: I, as a resident of Precinct lb in which Juliet Watson is my elected councilperson, resent Dorothy Lehr’s comments on Ms. Watson. Is Ms. Lehr a resident of Precinct 6? If she is, don’t vote for Juliet next time; if not, butt out. As one of Ms. Watson’s constituents, I am very pleased with her representation. Thank you, Juliet, for enduring the mean-spiritedness that is slung your way and for your continued efforts on our behalf and the behalf of the fine city in which we reside. Catherine Crislip New Braunfels Show respect, pull over for funeral procession Dear Editor: I would like to respond to a letter written by David Spandau on May 16. I was a friend of Jessica Atchley, recently deceased, and one of the many cars in the long funeral procession. I would like to thank you for having the decency to stop that day. I was greatly offended by the many passing cars that did not stop for the procession. I don’t know for sure what the laws are about stopping, but in my opinion, it is the respectful thing to do. For all those people who did not stop, take a minute to put yourself in our position. Wouldn’t you want people to stop for you and your loved one? Don’t the deceased deserve that much respect? It doesn’t take that much time and effort to pull over and stop your vehicle. Drivers don’t think twice about pulling over when they hear a police car, fire truck, or ambulance. Why should this by any different? Next time you see a funeral procession, think twice before you continue on driving — it’s the least you can do for a grieving family. Katana Reininger New Braunfels Slow down to arrive alive Dear Editor: I have been a visitor in New Braunfels now for three weeks and I cannot believe the speed that people are allowed to travel in the construction area on 1-35, even though you have posted (55 miles per hour) and fines double, also a computerized sign that gives drivers their speed. It is quite obvious that drivers know the city of New Braunfels does not have the police force or will not enforce the law. I have been passed by large trucks in the construction area where the concrete barriers make traveling close to 80 mph very dangerous! I also have been run off the road exiting 1-35 by a large truck running the access road faster than traffic is traveling on 1-35. In the end everybody knows that road construction causes traffic congestion. The drivers’ speeding in this area is out of control. People, please slow down! So more people can make it home alive. Terry A. Guilloz Cincinnati, Ohio What is Commissioner Wolverton hiding? Dear Editor: Last month Jim Wolverton was challenged by his opponent in the race for Guadalupe County Commissioner, Precinct 3A to turn over his tax records for the past four years. Rick Svatora, who voluntarily filed his with the Guadalupe Co. Elections Office, explained it was important for candidates to be up front with voters. I agree. Yet, when given the opportunity, Mr. Wolverton shot back that his county salary is an “open record and anyone who wants to know is welcome to obtain it.” That information might cover his salary (including a 20 percent pay raise) but does not tell the whole story. In his campaign literature, Mr. Wolverton claims that he recently sold his $6 million/year business. I also know he serves as a bank director for Schertz Bank & Trust. By his own admission, he has other income sources. Come clean, Jim Wolverton, what are you hiding? Michele Tereletsky Schertz Send letters to the editor to 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 or [email protected] Got Something To Say? The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung encourages letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included for confirmation purposes. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in P.O. Drawer 311328 the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels, TX 78131 1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] to the EditorWhat the voters really were trying to say Dear Editor, In your editorial of 5/14/00, you posed two questions. When the proposed projects were rejected, the voters were saying, “No more taxes!” The sheer size of all the proposals would, as you said, nearly double the city taxes. In answer to your second question, the voters were saying: “We have a council whose duty is to determine policies. The function of the chamber of commerce is not to influence council.” It should be a strict rule that no individual can simultaneously be a member of council and the chamber! The wording of the propositions was confusing. Too much was asked for at one time. One or two requests might have met with voter approval, but all the proposals presented at one time was just too overwhelming. How would the money be spent? No clear plans were in place. Also, the voters have a distrust of council’s promises to spend money as designated. Several years ago, a bond issue was approved. In that approval were the promises to raise the underpasses on Landa Street and the one near the present post office. What happened? The money was spent on things not approved by the voters, but wanted by city council. Behold! A new city building. “If we can’t get the voters to vote on a new city building, we’ll get it anyway.” There is no assurance that once money is approved, that it will definitely be allocated to that specific cause! The city should fund needed (not just wanted) items. Why is the chamber given so much money and the right to spend it as they see fit? We shouldn’t attempt to bring more business and more people to our area until we have the facilities to meet their needs. Forward planning would have had adequate streets, schools, etc. in place before we open the gates. The chamber invites a thousand people to dinner but the icebox is empty. There may be one loaf of bread, but we don’t have anyone who can take one loaf and feed a multitude! It’s has been done but not recently! Many persons believe the money spent by the chamber could better be used for those items that council saw fit to ask the voters to pay. After all, not everything is free! People pay whether they live here or elsewhere. Council needs to decide, “What is our one most important need?” Then present that to the voters. We don’t need a smorgasbord of proposals. I hope that this answers your two questions, but I have the distinct feeling that you already knew the answers. Loyd W. Piaster New BraunfelsRelaxing weekend marred by profanities Dear Editor, My husband and I took a few days for rest and relaxation in New Braunfels on May 20, 21 and 22. We especially love the Comal River for its cool water and quiet surroundings. We chose Sunday afternoon about 5 o’clock to tube. Imagine our dismay and disgust at hearing four letter words (mostly f’s and b’s) the entire 11/2 hours we were on the river. We witnessed young men peeing on the side of the river, some were mooning and pulling their trunks down while hanging from trees! By the time I’d reached the exit of the river I felt as it I’d been held captive by some strange evil. What can be done? Well, the common thread I witnessed was alcohol, specifically beer. Unfortunately, we will be very wary of going to New Braunfels again with this last experience. Or perhaps we can find a day/time that we will have less of a chance of finding what we found. Sunday afternoon sounds good. Nope. That won’t do. By the way, we spent more than $800 for our three day stay. City Council, are you listening?Betsy Y. Spath Houston ;