New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVE KRAMER/ Editor and Publisher JIM WEBRE/ Managing Editor
Herald-ZeltunQ, New Braunfels. Texas
Wednesday October 7,1987
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What needs to be done
Letter to the Editor:
The City Council on first and second readings unanimously approved the off-premises billboard ordinance segment prepared by the self appointed sign builders and users group. A well planned and well executed program has provided the sign company owners with what they wanted, and permits for a considerable number of billboards will be obtained after the third reading and after termination of the moratorium.
Some businessmen seem to have a genuine interest in preserving and improving the downtown business district. The erection of more billboards in this area would certainly work against this effort The proposed ordinance would allow billboards on one side of Comal Street and also along some other key downtown streets Apart from the desire to preserve the center of town, off-premise signs are simply not an appropriate addition to the buildings and natural features there now.
One effective and simple way to avoid trashing the downtown area with signs would be to establish a Historic District tailored to fit community needs This would involve strictly limited goals for a strictly limited area.
Some degree of leadership must be shown either by City Council members or by local businessmen to protect the central area The response from these two elements so far has been to either not act at all or to actually help the sign company interests. It is clear that a gentle letter from the garden clubs opposing signs generally or discussions by isolated concerned citizens alone can not do what needs to be done
Allen Autrey New Braunfels Tourists serve purpose
As residents of New Braunfels, we have all encountered tourists at least once It is easy to resent them for coming to our town The tourists seem to take over New Braunfels at times We see them crowding our favorite river spots, our park. the restaurants, and streets Sometimes we become irritated while driving behind a car full of tourists They can never master our roads Their biggest difficulty is driving downtown around our Main Plaza It is not complicated to us. but it confuses the tourists They either want to turn the wrong direction, or else they get trapped in the inner lane of the circle and cannot exit They will also stop their car in the middle of the road to ask directions. It seems that their most popular question is. "Ho do we get to Krause's for some of that good German food0"
I used to love to go to the Schlit-terbahn and the Chute before they became so tourist-oriented Those places are usually too crowded with out-of-towners to have much fun Landa Park is another area that tourists like to visit A couple of weekends ago. my family and I went to the park to have a picnic We had a difficult time trying to locate a vacant picnic table I did not recognize anyone there as being from New Braunfels As you have probably experienced. tourists can be a problem We have to cope with them when we
want to go out and enjoy our own town. Although tourists may inconvenience us at times, they do serve a good purpose. Many people here rely on tourists to support their businesses, my family was one of them. My parents used to own an art gallery in downtown New Braunfels. Most of the customers were visitors from out of town. Because the tourists flourish the businesses here, we can enjoy our shops and restaurants that might otherwise be out of business We have many antique stores, galleries, water activities, and restaurants. I think that we should realize how for tunate we are to live in a place that other people flock to for the weekend.
Tourists are beneficial to New Braunfels. They not only remind us of the beauty that we live in, but they are also necessary for the livelihood of this town New Braunfels would not be what it is today had it not been for the tourists Therefore. I think we should give the tourists the respect they deserve
Tragedy too graphic
Today was no exception another tragic “accident" photograph plastered across the front page I wish you would go back a year ago and count how many car wrecks and dead bodies you have given us to view Is this what the people of New Braunfels really want to see7 Is it possible that these events need not be reported quite so graphically7 Are you taking your cues from what TV news thinks we need to see7 Do people in general really w ant to focus on tragic events as primary news7 With current media coverage of tragedy and disaster our opportunity for grief and suffering has taken a quantum leap If watching all this would inspire us to find ways to make a better world, then perhaps it is worth see^ mg in the way it is presented But if we only want to watch or look out of morbid curiosity with no personal commitments to doing anything about it, then it serves no purposes When you graphically portray someone's misfortune on your front page, what is your purpose in doing so7 If you are giving us so many car wrecks to inspire us all to safer driving, please state that is what you are doing so that some people like me won t wonder if you aren't just trying to appeal to morbid curiosity.
Pat St. Germain Canyon Lake
Drainage ordinance bad deal
I oppose the drainage ordinance, amendment, and emergency status The actual statistics do not show there is a clean and present danger In fact, there is a subdivision ordinance on the books now that more than protects the public from any threat, real or imagineray There is also a product on the market now. porous asphalt, which has been tested for 15 years in Europe and will eliminate all of these problems rn years to come I urge you to examine the history of this ordinance and committee writing it Look at why it was
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Sleaze contemptible/ but please don’t stop
I ve been sitting here try ing to count the number of times some political operatives have slipped me nasty information about a rival can didate I quit counting at about 1.000 That s part of politics and the news business Politicians of their flunkies dig up something on an opponent Then they leak it to someone in the news business lf it turns out to be factual and newsworthy, it winds up in print or on the tube This has been going on as long as there have been politicians and printing presses in this country
So I don't understand why there is suddenly such a big flap because some of Gov Michael Dukakis' campaign workers blew the whistle on Sen Joe Biden strange habit of filching other people's speeches They provided three news organizations with tapes of one of Biden s speeches that was vir tually identical to a stirring speech given earlier by Ned Ktnnock a British politician That and other revelations of speech theft caused Biden to end his campaign Now some pundits are writing that Dukakis campaign may be in trouble because it turns out that some of his campaign aides were the ones who snitched on Biden If that's true the next logical step is to deter mine who snitched on Dukakis people for snit ching on Biden and to declare that these snit chers are now in trouble It could get that silly in this the era of the character' issue
The fact is there s nothing wrong lf they had leaked something that had been false lf they had spread lies about Biden But they didn t The tape showed exactly what Biden has said about his ancestors being coal miners and Biden being the first person in his family to go to college which wasn t true And the tape showed everything Kinnock said much earlier about his ancestors being coal miners and Kinnock being the first person in his family to go to college which was true Nothing had been changed This wasn't a case of dirty tricks as some of Biden s supporters have been shretkmg If words that weren't Biden s had beer. dubbed in or the tape rearranged to distort its meaning it would have been a dirty trick But ail they did was pass along evidence that Biden was kind of careless about where he lifted his stirring oratory Sure we can debate whether what Bider, was really ail that terrible After all when you steal phrases from John F Kennedy or Robert Ken netty you re really stealing from their hired speech writers Bul the reality is that Bider wound up looking foolish and that s fatal in presidential politics And apparently Bider or his speechw ruers were compulsive about it It went almost un noticed but even in Biden s withdrawal speech he wound up lifting phrases from John Steinbeck s novel The Grapes of Wrath The guy just can t stop
y ou might ask an obvious question about ethics lf Dukakis people wanted to blow the whistle on Bider, why didn t they just have Dukakis hold a press conference and show the tapes Why did they have to furtively slip the tapes to news organizations7 VS oui dr t that have been the honorable way to do it in the open
Sure But I didn say that what they did was honorable or manly or straight up I Just said it wasn I wrong
Actually what they did was a bit sleazy Kind of contemptible really It s always sleazy and contemptible to badmouth someone behind his back whether politicians do it or neighbors or people who work in the same office
I ntortunateiy Sleaze is par. of politics \nd it has certain acceptable boundaries And passing along something that is truthful and factual falls within these boundaries
So you ll probably read something by one of the lofty political pundits in Washington saving that Dukakis character is now questionable because of the way his people snitched on Bider.
But you can bet that while the pundit was writing those words his phone rang and so meone said
Hey I can give you something juicy about candle ate Whoozilx but you got to keep me out of it Deal7
’ How contemptible of you But please slip me the sleaze
The disheartening facts about teen suicide
By JUDITH ZAF FIR INI State Senator, District JI
In recent years there has t>een much discus sion about the special problems facing today s youth Drugs, illicit sex and physical and sexual abuse are the main topics but there is one tragedy which receives little attention Suicide Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people age 15-24 in Texas In 1986 there were 422 youths who killed themselves*
Just 2U years ago there were only IIH such deaths in our state The statistics nationwide are no less staggering In 1985 there were 5 121 deaths Less than 20 years ago. there were 2.367 suicides among this group in the United States Overall, young men tend to commit suicide at far greater rates than young women Nation wide rn 1985, the rate for males age 15-24 was 21 4 per 100.000 population, while it was only 4 4 for females in this age group These figures compiled by the National C enter for Health Statistics, are the hard and disheartening facts about youth suicide The troubling statistics compelled the 70th Legislature to pass House Concurrent Resolution 168, which I sponsored in the Senate and Rep Frank Collazo <D Port Arthur) carried in the House of Representatives The legislature also passed HB 1619. which will facilitate implementation of the resolution
HCR 168 directs the Texas Education Agency lo study the causes and factors contributing to youth suicide It also directs TEA to study for all grade levels the essential elements in the cur nculum dealing with problem soh mg decision making, emotion strew management, com munication skills selfesteem and effective education to determine the effect these concepts may have on youth suicide The study also will include recommendations for the training of teachers nurses counselors and administrators to help them recognize the factors that may contribute to youth suicide I rider HB 1619 the State Board of Education was given more authority over in service train mg In tandem with HCH 168 HB 1619 gives TEA specific direc tion for providing school districts with the materials and information on youth suicide prevention to ensure that districts are able to offer training in this critical area to their employees
TEA official anticipate they will have these necessary materials ready for distribution to all school districts by the fall of 1988 Officials already are working on the preliminaries for the study mandated by HCH 168 Findings of the study must be reported to the 71st legislature which convenes in January 1989 Rep Collazo and I will devote time during the in terim to participate in the study and to develop
relevant legislation Youth suicide must be prevented By develop mg a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of at risk young people we can help decrease the number of such suicides dramatically Ideally the HCR 168 study will result rn the development and implementation of such a plan In researching this issue we discovered that unless school personnel have dealt with an in dividual or cluster suicides their district is unlikely to have policies or procedures for deal mg with such a situation The HCR 168 study will give school districts a tool for answering the cries of these troubled youngsters It has been said that the future of our children is the future of us all We must ensure that we provide our children with a bright future and a means of coping when problems arise of assur mg them that suicide simply is not a viable op lion
In Laredo there has been a tremendous volunteer effort to help address the problems of these children Help is now as close as the telephone By calling Lifeline at 722 5433. troubled youngsters can talk to a trained counselor from 6pm to 8 a rn All calls are confidential It is efforts such as these that we as a coni triunity, must applaud and support All parents and educators should appreciate the time and energy that goes into making Lifeline a success
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