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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A a Herald-Zeitung □ Tuesday, Nov. 5,1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 220 Herald-Zeitung Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is QUOTABLE“Voting is the language of democracy.” Myrlie Evers-Williams civil rights activist, 1995 EDITORIALCampaign questions This year’s presidential election leaves many voters scratching their heads The campaigning is over, the signs will be coming down and Americans will have to live with their selections for president, the U.S. Senate and House and other state and local positions. That’s what democracy is all about. On the national level, this campaign has been unique and odd at the same time. Until Bob Dole’s camp finally began to take heed of poll numbers a month or so ago, his campaign seemed lackluster and not befitting a candidate trying to unseat a popular president. His 96-hour campaign marathon in the waning hours of the campaign was commendable and probably earned him more votes! But it was also probably too little too late. Where was the urgency (which was displayed in the last few days) several months ago? That’s a puzzle many pundits will try to solve in the coming days. On the Democratic side, President Clinton has been dogged with accusations of impropriety involving campaign contributions from international interests and foreigners. Those questions come as the Administration continues to feel heat over brewing scandals like Filegate and Whitewater. Will all of this blow up in the Administration’s face after the election, or will the charges in the various investigations be dropped for lack of evidence? And Ross Perot’s presence in the campaign may again be the deciding factor. While he has addressed head-on issues such as the deficit and campaign finance reform, his support is only likely to take votes away from one of the other candidates. Voters are going to the polls today with a lot of questions about their candidates. Let’s hope that whomever is elected can answer those questions and live up to the trust shown him by this country’s citizens. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Dong Loveday.) Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the nght 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 writers 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: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, ext 301.........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, ext 220..........................................Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising, ext 308 ........................Debbie Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager, 209...................................Jack    Osteen Classified Advertising Manager, ext 214................Karen Reinmger Business Manager, ext 202.......................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, ext 228...................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, ext. 205..........................................Billy    Parnell City Editor, ext. 221...........................................................Jim    Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braluijels Herald-Settling (USPS 377-880) 707 Lamia Si., or P.O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50, six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33, one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months. $30.30; six months, $55, one year. $103 50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscnbers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p m Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a ni. on Sunday may call (210)625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by ll im. on Sunday, Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311 328, New Braunfels, Tx 78131-1328.Letters to the EditorJust three percent of families at private school unhappy Editor, This letter is in response to your article concerning the recent meeting held at Sts. Peter and Paul School with a representative of the Archdiocese. I was dismayed by the one-sidedness of the story. Why were the views of only a small percentage of the parents at our school presented? The truth is that only about 3 percent of the 230-plus families are unhappy with the way things are going at our school. The remaining majority are having a great year, and are happy with the changes that have come to Sts. Peter and Paul this year. All parents are allowed and encouraged to visit with the principal or attend the school board meetings to state their views. But the time has come for this small group to realize that our new principal is not going anywhere (this was made clear by the Archdiocese representative) since the school board, Msgr. O’Callaghan and the majority of the faculty and parents support her efforts. Sure, there have been problems — every year some faculty and students decide that Sts. Peter and Paul no longer serves their needs and leave. But I ask all of our parents to let our principal do her job and you will see what a great school year we will have. Children are only unhappy and afraid if their parents are. lf you were to visit our school on any given day you would see nothing but happy, enthusiastic kids going about the business of being kids. In closing, I respectfully ask two things. I ask the Herald-Zeitung to be more unbiased when reporting about happenings in our community. Secondly, I most respectfully ask the approximately 3 percent of families unhappy with our school to please either consider withdrawing your children or give the leaders of the school peace, and time, to respond to your concerns so that our school can enjoy the benefits of the great changes our principal wants to and is trying to implement. The school board, Msgr. O’Callaghan, the principal, and now the Archdiocese office have repeatedly listened to your concerns and have put in motion the adjustments they feel arc necessary to best serve all our children. Please have the decency to let the leaders of our school do their jobs. Laurie Tieman New BraunfelsVolleyball fan thrilled with full-page Sunday coverage Editor. As a supporter of the exciting sport of high school girls* volleyball, I was thrilled to see the entire front page of your sports section dedicated to volleyball in last Sunday’s Herald-Zeitung. The stories by Sports Editor David Winder and color pictures on our three tremendously successful local volleyball teams (the New Braunfels Unicorns, the Canyon Cougarettes and the Smithson Valley Rangers) were just outstanding! The excitement of those great programs in action were truly reflected in your paper. My hat’s off to you and your creative staff You are truly setting the standard for reporting high school girls’ sports. Keep up the super job. I look forward to your continued reporting on those teams as they enter tile state volleyball playoffs. Don Badman San AntonioWhy didn't board give vote of confidence to two administrators? Editor, Thank you for your editorial on Oct. 27.1 need to point out that you omitted a very important fact. The fact is that Mr. Turman and Mr. Engler asked the school board for a vote of confidence, so they could more effectively conduct the day-to-day operation of New Braunfels High School. This vote of confidence was denied them. At this point they asked to be reassigned. The most important question that has not been addressed iii the newspaper or on the radio is: why did the New Braunfels Independent School District board majority not give these fine men a vote of confidence? Donald B. Bedford, D.D.S. New BraunfelsMorales campaign contributions coma from regular citizens Editor, Have you wondered why there are no television ads for Victor Morales, Phil Ciramm’s opponent? The reason is that he has not and will not accept any money from special interest groups. That’s right. He is trying to run a campaign on die donations of people like you and me. Needless to say, he can’t afford many, if any, television ads. I keep hoping there will be at least one to explain what he stands for. Victor is a high school government teacher. He knows government but is not a professional politician. He is for campaign reform so special interests can’t control campaign coverage, and he is for education at all levels. Gramm asks, “who’s on your side.” I’m asking you the same question. Gramm claims to be the believer. Who is showing by his actions what he believes in? Gramm has oodles to spend; Victor Morales passes a gas can for donations so he can travel die state in his pickup truck. Who will best represent you? Guess who I’m voting for. Thea Chessner New BraunfelsReform party would allow vote before aach proposed tax incroaso Editor, The entire news media is determined to deny Ross Perot time to get the Reform Party’s platform to the American people. Therefore, as a member of this party, I would like to use the local press to address a few issues. One of the first tilings we will do is to mandate that before taxes can be raised, it will be on the ballot in the next election and registered voters can determine whether it is justified. Since 80 to 87 percent of businesses left in the United States are small businesses, the capital gains tax for them will be abolished. This will allow them to invest and expand and in due time hire more workers at a better wage. This will be the beginning of an increased tax base. To further raise the standard of living for Americans, the 82 percent of big corporations which have gone to Mexico or overseas for cheap labor will be forced to pay a tax or tariff when their goods are shipped back to the U.S. After all, the CEOs live off of the fruits of our nation, and no longer share out property taxes and give themselves millions in salary. The 167 billion a year in corporate welfare will be eliminated as well as other unnecessary spending. Is it any wonder that corporate America and politicians view us as a threat. When this is done we will again have a 7 percent or more economy instead of a 2.5 to 3.5 percent, which Washington now calls a huge economic growth. We will also have good jobs instead of service jobs, such as fast food places. John Hallard  " • "' ii3JZ * ~1 ** I*    ^Student unfairly treated following altercation with ciassmate Editor, On Monday evening I attended a New Braunfels Independent School District board meeting which never should have occurred in the first place. There was a time when wisdom prevailed and issues were resolved by teachers or pnncipals and reinforced by parents. Sadly, such is not the prevailing trend. I believe the interim principal, Karen Simpson, whose absence from the meeting was noted, acted hastily and without the experience of educators who know that children are still children and need direction. Some children active in gangs, drugs and assorted inappropriate behavior are disruptive and need remedial action to put them on the road to “enlightenment.” What transpired Monday night was outrageous. The resulting action of the board, which had the power to nght an injustice, chose to affirm erroneous judgment touted by Messrs. Bradberry and Hall as appropriate. Mr. Wilkins, a coach at the high school, tned to say something and was told to sit down by Mr. Hall or Mr. Bradberry, supenntendent of NB1SD. The men were seated close together so I wasn’t sure who issued the command. Later during this travesty the board recognized Mr. Wilkins, who said that nine weeks in alternative school for this young man who had an unblemished record up to and including this, his senior year, was excessively harsh and pleaded with the board for review of action taken to reduce the penalty — to no avail. The intenm pnncipal and the board failed to take into account months of torment endured by this young man and his family, constantly having their residence and vehicles “egged” by the perpetrator who started the after-school encounter by shoving the young man and shouting obscenities. The young man slapped the perpetrator with an open hand, which is instinctive. He did not punch the perpetrator. He chose to walk away and go home and inform his parents. For this, the young man and the perpetrator were told they were both going to alternative school for nine weeks. Being told, “you should haveToday in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 5, the 310th day of 1996. There are 56 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, on Nov. 5, 1946, Republicans captured control of both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in midterm elections. Democrat John F Kennedy of Massachusetts won a House seat. On this date: In 1605, the “Gunpowder Plot" failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament. In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote for President Ulysses S. Grant. (She never paid tile fine.) In 1895, George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an automobile. In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating Progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent Republican William walked away” is ridiculous. When somebody is accosting you and makes the first move on you, I think the young man showed great restraint in slapping the perpetrator rather than giving him a punch. In showing such restraint after months of abuse, tile young man was rewarded with the loss of I) in-process classes, 2) his classmates, 3) his basketball associates and potential scholarship and 4) the teachers of whom he was genuinely fond. Apparently from the interaction I saw, Mr. Bradberry runs the board, and I always thought it was meant to be the other way around. The only shred of wisdom I witnessed from the NBISD administration or the board, during the meeting, emanated from the board’s attorney, who was a fair man. As I understood him, he correctly advised the board it could modify the punishment, if so desired. However, this was disputed by Mr. Bradberry. You people who have children in the schools best wake up, see what’s going on and do something about your situation. A fine young man had his dreams shattered by overt indifference, and it can happen to your child, too. Suzanne B. Metz Canyon LakeAbstinence too simplistic an answer to AIDS epidemic Editor, Managing Editor Doug Loveday has his heart in the right place. (“Battling AIDS” Oct. IO). But. wow is he missing the boat when he writes, “because the only sure preventative method available is abstinence!” What are people who contracted AIDS from blood transfusions supposed to have done — abstained from surgery? One way to prevent HIV infection is to monitor the blood supply as a government-regulated service, rather than a for-profit business. Mr. Loveday’s misconception of AIDS as a sex disease reinforces the stereotype of its victims as homosexual sluts whose lifestyle came to its natural, God-sanctioned conclusion. In other words, if only people didn’t have sex like that, you know, then they wouldn’t get it. While this cruel ignorance may console some people for their callous indifference to AIDS patients and AIDS funding, sooner or later, a mother, father, sister or brother, a son or daughter, or even a grandparent who contracts AIDS and dies will bring the clearer, truer understanding of the disease home to roast. .    . s •; • V* y* AIDS affects us*all, each and every ore’’bf us. And simplistic solutions like abstinence just don’t cut the mustard. Good on Mr. Robert Konkel for demonstrating one of the few positive things about AIDS: it brings out the best in some people and some communities. Let’s hope Robert’s finer spirit motivates an immunologist to senle in Comal County and help treat the 60 cases of AIDS, some younger than age 18. And good on Doug Loveday for braving a controversial issue. Every blessing to you dear people, with love across the miles from Canada to Texas. Roger Henning Summerland, British Columbia, CanadaRoss was shut out of dobato by parties, message blocked by msdia Editor, Six months ago the San Antonio paper’s front page story revealed that five international companies had placed bids to downsize Kelly Air Force Base. One was chosen. The article did not reveal the name. International company means a foreign company. We wrote to Sen. Phil Gramm and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison twice and phone once while Congress was in session. As usual, they do not like the question and they give no answer. Is this part of GATT (General Agreement on Tax and Tariff)? lf a foreign company is to downsize Kelly, then the same will be true for all U.S. bases. Ross Perot in a speech to Yale and other places revealed that contracts for weapons used by our military for the defease of our nation are being issued by the Pentagon to companies abroad. The Republicans refused to allow Ross Perot to be in the debates and all news media (except our local newspapers) are giving no coverage to Ross Perot and our Reform Party. Furthermore, television refuses to sell us enough time to get our message out. They only sell us 2-minute spots. As for polls — forget it. They have no intention of revealing the truth. Agnes Hicks Wimberley Howard Taft. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office as he defeated Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie. In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by the Zionist Stem gang. In 1956, Britain and France started landing forces in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canel. (A cease-fire was declared two days later.) In 1968, Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and third-party candidate George C. Wallace. In 1990, Rabbi Meir Kaftans, a Brooklyn-born Israeli extremist, was shot to daath after a speech at a New York hotel. (Egyptian native El Sayyed Nosair was acquitted of state charges, but was later convicted in federal court of Kahane's killing.) In 1994, former President Ronald Reagan disclosed he had Alzheimer’s disease. Ten years ago: The White House reaffirmed a U.S. ban on weapons sales to Iran aa it sought to curb speculation that an arms deal with Tehran might have been connected to the release of American hostage David Jacobsen. Five years ago: Nearly 7,000 people were killed in floods in the Philippines. Death claimed publishing magnate Robert Maxwell at age 68 and actor Fred MacMurray at age 83. The Senate confirmed Robert M. Gates as CIA director. One year ago: An endless procession of Israelis filed past the simple wooden coffin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated the night before. Today’s Birthdays: Actor-singer Roy Rogers is 85. Singer-songwriter Ike Turner is 65. Singer Art Garfunkel is 55. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 53. Singer Peter Noone is 49. Singer Bryan Adams is 37. Actress Tatum O'Neal is 33. Actress Andrea McArdie is 33. Actor Conn Nemec is 25. Thought for Today: "I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election " — Walt Whitman, American poet (1819-1892). ;