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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Representatives from the nation's two major political parties debated the issues in front of more than 200 Canyon High School students Wednesday. National Honor Society members hosted the forum to increase student interest and better prepare students for a mock election they will vote in today. The real thing takes place Tuesday; early voting ends Friday. With a little help from teachers, the NHS secured last-minute speakers to discuss party platforms. Former US Senator Bob Krueger spoke for Democratic nominee Al Gore, and St. Mary’s University student Damaso Torres backed Republican candidate George W. Bush. No third party platforms were represented. After brief statements about some of the issues this election year, Krueger and Torres answered students’ questions. Some of those questions and heated statements about issues like abortion changed the face of the event into something resembling a debate. A newly awakened politics aficionado, senior Katie Krejci said she liked the debate-feel of the event but wished she could have heard some third party issues, too. “At first I thought, 'Oh yeah. I’m conservative. I’m Republican.' But the more I look at the issues, I lean more to the left,” Krejci said. “Both parties tend to avoid straight answers, but I was totally blown away how the Republican representative did not answer my questions.” An animated Torres whipped some of the students into loud clapping and cheering by touching on traditional GOP issues such as tax cuts and limiting federal control. “Under the George Bush tax plan, everybody gets a tax cut,” he told a student who asked whether Bush favored tax cuts only for the wealthiest Americans. Krueger disagreed, and said, “To say everybody is getting a tax cut — well, some get a loaf; some get a crumb.” On the heels of Torres’ rally-like statements, a student tried to drawSee POLITICS/5A FELS    iIHerald-ZeitunG Vol, 149 No. 267 16 pages in 2 sections November 2, 2000    npT TT T^ ^    .    _    .    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Thursday School politics CHS sponsors forum, debate on election issues A “Wassail-Man” by any other name would be much sweeter. New Braunfels Main Street Wassailfest 2000 Committee is asking local students to name the festival’s unnamed logo — known simply as the “Wassail-Man.” Downtown New Braunfels has played I host to the annual Wassailfest since 1992. Visitors sample different kinds of Wassail, a traditional ,.European bever-age, provided by the downtown merchants during the one-night festival. When the festival began, former Main Street Director Penelope Church Doherty sketched a picture of a man who became known as the .Wassail-man, said current Main Street Director Lynn Fountain. The small, almost Santa Claus-looking man holds a steaming mug of Wassail and is dressed in traditional German attire. He became the logo for the festival and is featured on the Wassail mugs downtown merchants sell for the festival each year. “He’s never had a name before, and it gets a little tedious referring to him as the Wassail-Man, or as I did, the Wassail guy,” Fountain said. “It seemed to me that the millennium year is probably as good a year as any (to name him). I really don’t want him to go another thousand years without a name.” All students through fifth grade at schools within New Braunfels city limits have been invited to participate in the contest to name the Wassail-Man. Fountain said students in New Braunfels and Comal school districts and Saints Peter and Paul School would participate. Each student can enter one name. Teachers will select the two best names to be forwarded to their campus principal’s office. The principal or another staff member then will select two winners for the cam-See WASSAILS unveiled By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Residents who heard a proposed plan Wednesday for the city’s parks expressed excitement, but some reservations, about the ideas. Some were concerned about how the city would react to a proposal to relocate the county fair and convert the fairgrounds into a city park. “I have a hunch that s like messing with grandmas kitchen,” the Rev. Dr. Chuck DeHaven said. The city has been working with the consulting firm Carter and Burgess for several months to prepare a master plan for the city ’s parks and recreation facilities. Carter and Burgess representative Lloyd Lentz presented preliminary recommendations for the first time Wednesday during an open house and public meeting at Landa Haus in Landa Park. Councilwoman Debbie Flume and Councilman Robert Kendrick attended the open house, while Councilwoman Juliet Watson attended the meeting Wednesday. “I’m just really excited,” Watson said at the end of Lentz’s presentation. “I’m ready to go.” Lentz said the recommendations he presented are Carter and Burgess’, and have not yet been discussed with groups that would be affected by them. However, he said that is the next step — a meeting with the city council on the proposed plan and discussions with all the other “stakeholders.” Those stakeholders include the Comal County Fair Association. “We’re not trying to preclude anyone tonight,” Lentz said. The plan will not be finalized for several more months. During that time, it w ill be changed according to the wishes of the community and what the city can afford, Lentz said. When finalized, it will be broken into a five- to seven-year plan with possible funding mechanisms. “The whole idea was to put it out on the table and talk about it,” Lentz said. Some of the proposals are controversial, he said but explained that he would not be doing his job if he did not present them to the city. See PARKS/3A CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Bob Krueger (top) talks with Canyon High School students after the mock debate Wednesday in the . Canyon High School cafeteria. Damaso Torres (bottom), a senior at St. Mary’s University, represented the Republican Party as he and Krueger debated presidential campaign issues. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Bill and Delores Schumann look at one of the proposed maps at the Parks & Recreation Department’s Master Plan open house Wednesday at Landa Haus.Proposals for parks TxDOT: More rain could delay 1-35 work By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Recent rains have caused some delays in the road construction along Interstate 35, but no major problems. Greg Malatek, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, addressed fewer than 20 people Wednesday during a road construction update. The business advisory and transportation committee of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce sponsors the monthly update.Precipitation expected in the * area/Below “The weather hasn’t cooperated, but we’ll take the rain any day,” Malatek said. However, he said the rain slowed work. The contractors working on the three interstate projects are working on temporary drainage “to get themselves out of the mud,” Malatek said. “If we continue to get rain, it’s going to have an effect on them,” he said. The meetings will take place in Honors Hall. Previous meetings were at Krause’s Cafe. However, the restaurant recently closed. “I appreciate everybody turning out,” said Dean Word, one of the contractors MALATEK working on 1-35. “It’s not quite as strong a crowd as we had at Krause’s.” Work on 1-35 is divided into three sections under the supervision of two contractors. Dean Word Co. oversees construction from south of Solms Road to a quarter mile north of Ruekle Road and from a quarter mile north of Ruekle Road to a half-mile north of Walnut Avenue. Deavers Construction is responsible See I-35/5AStudents compete to name that Wassail-man By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Rain likely in area today From staff reports The National Weather Service predicted that the area has a 70 percent chance of continuing showers and thunderstorms today and Friday. On Wednesday, NWS placed a 14-county area that included Comal County under a flash flood watch. The watch was scheduled to end at 4 a.m. today. New Braunfels had received less than an inch of rain before 5 p.m. Wednesday. However, the National Weather Service had said some areas would receive as much 3 to 5 inches of rain overnight. Highs are expected in the low 70s today and Friday with lows in the mid to low 60s. Expect a soggy weekend as forecasters are predicting mostly cloudy skies and chance of rain and thunderstorms. By Tuesday, lows will dip into the 40s and 50s but highs will remain in the 70s. Inside Abby......................... .......7 A Classifieds................... ...6-8B Comics....................... .......5B Crossword................. ......7 A Forum.......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......7A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports........................ ...1-3B Today.......................... .......2A Stocks............................. .......5A Key Code 76 River committee draws police plans From Staff Reports The river activities committee tentatively agreed upon three plans to help the New Braunfels Police Department patrol the Comal and Guadalupe rivers during tourist season. Committee members deliberated for more than three hours Wednesday night, and had not finished sorting through a list of suggestions to control river activity by press time. The committee reviewed a NBPD parks and rivers report and interviewed law enforcement officials before deciding that at least 18 police patrol units were necessary to police the rivers and the Union Street tubers exit. “I feel very strongly that if we make a presence ... one, two or even three years down, you won’t have near as much a problem,” chief Ray Douglas said. All three proposals depend on the police department^ ability to hire officers from outside law enforcement agencies. The first would ask the city to hire IO full-time officers and an enhanced police budget to pay for eight overtime or contracted officers. The second option recommended hiring six full-time officers. NBPD would have to use a combination of 12 overtime or contracted officers from another agency. The third proposal would ask for three full-time officers and a combination of contract and overtime officers. During the off-season, new officers would help the officers on land control crime that follows a population increase as steady as Comal County has experienced. The committee members also discussed tapping other law enforcement agencies such as the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission and Texas Parks and Wildlife for help during high traffic days like the Memorial Day or Labor Day holidays. S ;