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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, November 20, 2003 Our Opinion Time to ring in season Christmas time j without Festtage \ would be pretty j boring. Be sure j to lift your hob- \ day spirits by participating in this year's events. I t’s hard to believe that Christmas time is just around the corner. Seems like we just turned our backs on a busy summer season. If you’re having a hard time gearing up for the holidays, you’re in luck. The annual downtown Christmas lighting ceremony is Friday night. The lighting ceremony kicks off a solid month of community holiday celebrations called Festtage. There’s no better way to ring in a festive holiday season. Festtage is true family fun. Take the lighting ceremony. I kindreds of families gather around the Plaza to await the flipping of the switch that illuminates tile square in a glow of white holiday lights. It s breath-taking and spirit lifting. Better yet, Santa comes to town for his first of many visits. The shoppers in the family will enjoy this weekend’s Weihnachtsmarkt, which benefits the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, and the Christmas Showcase of Arts and Crafts (Nov. 29- 30). And don’t forget about Wassailfest (Dec. 4), a magical evening of downtown festivities. Christmas time without Festtage would be pretty boring. Be sure to lift your holiday spirits by participating in a host of these community events. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2003. There are 41 days left in the year. , Today’s I iighlight in History: On Nov. 20,1947, Britain’s ftjture queen, Princess Klizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Hdinburgh, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey. In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Bights. in 1910, revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero. In 1925, Robert Ii Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass. In 1945,24 Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, (iermany. LETTKRS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or fewer. ■ The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor c/o Herald Zeitung PO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 ••mail thorn to: news@herald- Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and fontal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editor News Editor Features Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager Gary E. Maitland Brady Craal Brian Qrant Doug Toney Craig Pauling Courtney Abernathy Heather Grant GUESTCOLUMN Principal’s behavior, management style are behind campus unrest Mr. I Duane) Neel, high school students are not “kids,’’ but young adults who indeed possess the maturity to understand policy that directly affects their school life. Furthermore, they, like most human beings, have the capacity to respect the authority of those they deem deserving of it. It is no secret that Rickey Williams’ "strong handed dictate approach’’ alienates him not only from his own student body, but also from their parents and perhaps even his own staff. It is not the policies that students, parents and teachers seemingly oppose, but the man behind the policies who "will not be dictated to by kids,” but who himself displays dictator-like behavior. It is only natural that NBJ IS students have voiced their concerns to their parents, not in rebellion, but because Rickey Williams has left them without a voice. Parents have the right to be concerned, to ask questions, to demand answers, to even become frustrated. After all, they are the taxpayers whose dollars fund the million-dollar construction jobs and p^y administrative salaries. In addition, Mr. Neel, "the deafening silence by the teachers” that echoes down the halls of New Braunfels I Ugli School may not necessarily stem from teacher support of Williams, hut on the contrary, perhaps teachers feel the same intimidation that students and their parents have experienced. When “the dust settles," there will be nothing new under the sun at New Braunfels I Ugh School, reachers, as in any infrastructure, will adapt to and/or endure the principal of the week, keep their mouths shut, and do their jobs. When “the dust settles," it will be the teachers who will take the rap or the credit for student failure or success. Rickey Williams is a figment of his own imagination if he perceives that his presence is going to develop New . Braunfels I Ugli School into a state-of-the-art school. Shame on him and anyone else who believes students, parents or teachers are rebelling against policy. For many years, students, parents, and teachers have followed and supported school policy. The problem that exists today is following Williams, who seems to lack the leadership skills to bring New Braunfels I Ugli School to a higher academic standard. In the 12 short weeks, his own behavior and management style have created tension, conflict and dissension. Can you imagine a CEO walking out of a shareholder meeting because he doesn’t like what he is hearing? Mr. Williams did just that in one of the parent meetings. Mr. Williams has become the emperor with no clothes — he totally fails to realize and continues doing what was witnessed and reported. I would hope that the NB1SD management team can see through "the deafening silence.” ABYOUNG Allie Burke- Young of New Braunfels is a former counselor and teacher. HOW TO COMYJMBl^ United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 W»b: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate Courtyard 5 Washington. D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: HOO NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 Maw to rotTACT Texas Government minimum GOVERNOR. ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: PO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512 ) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jefe Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: [email protected] was passion for ex-NBISD trustee To all New Braunfels citizens, and especially to lilt* families and children of N BISI), we should take this time lo thank a very special lady for her dedicated service to our community. Bette Spain steps down from the New Braunfels School Board after serving diligently for nine years. She has weathered tough times and good times, but always tis a fine lady. Bette’s dedication to education has been displayed as a teacher for IO years, an active substitute, a host and One-to-One mentor, a Youth Leadership chair and as a community activist. She and her fellow Letters to the Editor hoard members are directly responsible for the bond issue passage that has helped us keep up with our growth. She is a champion for the new (Central Texas Technology (tenter, which will keep our children learning after high school and will help improve area employment Education truly has been her passion; her leadership has delivered lasting results. The greatest thing I can say about Bette is she never had a personal agenda. Bette always represented the best interest of our community, and she lived with her convictions of integrity and honesty. She will he greatly missed on our hoard, hut her serv ice to her community will never stop. Her actions will leave a lasting impression for years to come. Please call, write, or stop and tell her how much we all really appreciate her dedication and service. Bette, thank you so very much for everything. D.Lee Edwards New BraunfelsDr. Dean’s apology won’t appease his insincere critics remarks. I Ie knows that unless the Democratic Party appeals once more to working men and women in the South, it will remain a minority party of extreme feminists, extreme environmentalists, silk-stocking socialists and the professional civil-rights crowd who live in comfort around the Washington Beltway. I think he wants to revive tile Democratic Party of I larry Truman. While it is fashionable for Democrats now to say they are fiscal conservatives and social liberals, they need to understand that most Southerners are social conservatives and fiscal liberals. Nobody embraced Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal more warmly than the South. While most Southerners are opposed to abortion on demand, to gay marriage, pornography, etc., they are extremely patriotic and not at ail unwilling to accept federal aid for their communities and for themselves. As for race, I don’t think it is any longer an issue with most white Southerners. As I mill around with white Southerners and hang out with the (Confederate Hag folks, I never hear any racist jokes or snide remarks about blacks. In fact, the subject never comes up. Of course, there is a minority of bigots, but my guess is you could put every member of the Ku Klux Klan in the Southern states in one small gymnasium. Still, I can speak only from a white perspective. Blacks might see the situation differently. As for the Confederate flag, its meaning, like that of all symbols; is in the eyes of the beholder. I don’t begrudge the fact that some blacks see it as a racist symbol. Some yahoos used to wave it, though it seems to be forgotten that the same yahoos also waved the American flag. To me, the Confederate Hag is a symbol of the valor of the Confederate soldiers who fought well to preserve the constitutional republic. I know the official PCC version today is that the war was all about slavery, but it wasn’t. As Alexander Stephens said, “Slavery was the question but not the principle.” But that s a subject that will probably be debated forever. At any rate, I’m sorry that some people are offended by the (Confederate Hag, but no one has a constitutional right to not be off ended. Yet people who revere the (Confederate flag do have a right to display it, whether others find it offensive or not. That is a free-speech issue. We can’t have a free society if we're going to censor anything that offends us. Personally, I don’t think most blacks give a hoot about the Confederate flag one way or the other. In the referendum on the Mississippi flag, which incorporates the (Confederate Hag, folks voted overwhelmingly to keep it, and about BO percent of the blacks who voted also voted to keep it. The flag was a big issue for liberal white politicians and chamber-of-commerce types, but apparently was no big deal for ordinary Mississippians, both black and white. The working men and women of America of all races know they have more important things to worry about than historic flags and monuments. I wish Dr. Dean had stuck to his guns and not apologized. You can’t appease an insincere critic by apologizing. Dr. I Inward Dean was born in New York (City and has spent his fife (here and in Vermont. I guess he’s about as Yankee a Yankee as you can get. Yet he reached out to Dixie and got burned by his fellow Democrats. The thing to note is that Dr. Dean first made his remark about wanting the votes of guys with (Confederate decals on their pickup trucks at a meeting of national Democrats about three months ago. His remarks drew thunderous applause. It was only after he became a front-runner that his tagalong rivals decided to raise a stink. One opined that Dean was stereotyping Southerners. Another accused him of being a racist. It was all much ado about nothing. Most people knew immediately what Dr. Dean meant by his (Confederate CHARLEYRKISC Charley Reese is a columnist for King Features Symcate. You can write to him at BO. Box 2446, ()rla lido, I la. 32802. ;