New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
4A O Herald-Zeitung g Wednesday, October 9, 1996
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“If [television news] can be talking about the tragic loss of life in one breath and switch in the next breath to a commercial for cockroach traps, what kind of intrinsic decorum television really have, anyhow?”Hiroshi Kume Japanese journalist, 1995
Real extremists on pro-choice side
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Support for AIDS patient, League of Women Voters organization recognized
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■ The community has been so great and supportive, both physically, mentally, emotionally and monetarily.
It’s because of their effort that I feel that I’m still here today.
Keep up the good work.
God bless each of you.
Robert Konkel, community citizen, AIDS/activist/
■ Kudos to the local Blockbuster Video, the local Wal-Mart, Collected Memories, Bluebonnet Motors and the New Braunfels Factory Outlet Mall for providing space in their facilities for the League of Women Voters — Comal Area voter registration station. ‘
Wal-Mart of Arkansas also provided Go Vote America signs and Chrysler Plymouth and the Ladies Home Journal provided the cand table, draping and signage as well as 1,000 copies of Pick a Candidate, an LWV Education Fund pamphlet that helps voters evaluate candidate campaigns.
We also distributed 500 Election ’96 Issues, another LWV Education Fund pamphlet provided by the LWV Ed Fund national organization and our local League.
With the Herald-Zeitung's help to publicize these local sites for voter registration on the last weekend citizens could qualify to vote in November, we registered on site and provided registration cards to nearly IOO citizens and provided voter education materials to hundreds more.
Thank you all.
Rose Marie Eash LWV—Comal Area
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Occasionally one finds a political figure with enough integrity to refuse to toe the special-interest line and instead lode into an issue and do what’s right in light of the evidence.
Rep. Marge Roukema, a pro-choice moderate Republican from New Jersey, decided that instead of voting in lock-step with die rest of her pro-choice colleagues, she would go beyond the sloganeering and the sound bites. Though Roukema voted against the original bill banning partial-birth abortion — a procedure in which a hilly formed baby is delivered feet first and a shunt inserted in its head sucks out the brains — she switched sides and voted to override President Clinton’s veto of the measure.
The reasons Roukema gave for her change were as honest as they were profound. She said that her concerns about protecting the mother’s life had been answered, putting the lie to pro-choicers’ charges that the bill wduld jeopardize women’s lives. She also said she was satisfied that doctors would not be prosecuted if the procedure was performed in dire circumstances.
Explaining her veto override vote, Roukema said something that should hearten pro-lifers who might be getting discouraged. (No wonder — on the horizon is the abortion pill, RU 486, that takes us not to
the 21 st Century but back-tracks to the 1930s when other categories of human life were deemed unworthy of official protection and technology was used to speed up the killing process, making it more efficient.)
Roukema said: “Over time, I’ve been reading about this and informing myself. It’s a decision that was very difficult to make, but I decided (partial-birth abortion) conies too close to infanticide.” x A What a refreshingly new
Nm V 1 approach to this fractious issue!
She took the time to inform herself!
As we rush to legalize almost every questionable behavior, it is heartening to see at least one public figure take the time to penetrate the hype and discover the facts. If Congress will not say no to a grisly procedure that results in the death of a fully formed and viable baby, what will it say no to?
Most importantly, the debate over partial-birth abortion shows that die real extremists are on the pro-
choice side. So radical and committed are they to the notion that a woman has die right to do anything die wishes to another human life that they view any attempt to regulate abortion as akin to depriving women of the vote or equal pay for the same work. Having the right to kill their babies — according to their jaundiced and twisted rationale — somehow empowers women in a positive way.
Quite the opposite. A nation that tolerates the wholesale slaughter of 30 million babies cannot be said to be helping women. Today there is assistance — financial and emotional — for every woman with an unplanned pregnancy, so “freedom” is no longer the issue (if it ever was). T
he question is whether a pregnant woman will put her short-term self-interest on hold to take die long view and bless her child A woman bestows no greater gift than life.
Roukema finds partial-birth abortion too close to infanticide. Now if other members of Congress not fully informed on abortion, its history and its honor, would demonstrate similar integrity, perhaps they might see things differently.
Abortion — partial birth and otherwise — not only damages the women who have them but the nation that allows them.
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Letters to the EditorWhat was raal motiva behind reassignments of NBHS administrators?
I am very much concerned about the turmoil and furor which has surfaced recently in the New Braunfels Independent School District which is disrupting the education of our young citizens. I was also concerned about this possibility occurring prior to the last school board election of trustees, when I heard Dr. Carlos Campos state unequivocally in the open pub-lic forum that he wanted the superintendent of schools’ seating arrangement changed so that he would be segregated from sitting in his regular seating with the school board. Also we were concerned to hear him state that he would change the way the superintendent of schools is hired and evaluated. He further stated he proposed to invalidate the contract we have always used to hire, evaluate and retain our superintendent. Where will it stop? Our superintendent, along with the other officials of NBISD, have headed a superior educational system that has been the envy of their peers and is often used as a model for others districts.
I was further concerned that this very situation would arise when Dr. Campos stated that he would definitely oppose block scheduling. Steve Weaver did, in almost every case, affirm that his ideas and future courses of action would follow those of Dr. Campos. In fact, Mr. Weaver dittoed just about everything Campos proposed. With a degree of apprehension, I could see and anticipate the course of action that would follow if these candidates were elected. It has now happened. One wonders if it is possible that personal vendettas are being carried out here, as this theory has already been mentioned in the Herald-Zeitung recently by a fellow board member.
What other course of action could be responsible that would precipitate such an unprecedented change. Many lives have been abruptly changed, and much anxiety and speculation continues to abound. How and why did this happen and what can we expect next?
It is apparent that these two newly elected trustees have tipped the scales to form a new power block in the board of trustees. It also appears that the above changes were premeditated and forcefully executed at the earliest opportunity.
Sometimes these hidden agendas can be covered up with pleasant-sounding phrases such as “we are doing it all for you.” One of these pleasant phrases used during the campaign was that we want to put the “public” back in education and that tile children's needs come first. Well, they do come first as long as they agree with the aims and agenda of this new power clique. That the children do not agree was clearly demonstrated in the recent walk-out of the students and the ensuing protests of parents in the dis
trict. This situation certainly demonstrates that this new group is actually out of touch with the students, or that they have their own private agenda, or just don’t care. We certainly hope that the individuals responsible for this debacle, as well as the constituents who elected them; will listen to the desires expressed by the students and be concerned about their well being as they claim they do.
All of this is public knowledge, so I am not trying to defame anyone’s name or character, but certainly feel some of their n«otives need to be examined. And that they and all of us should consider our students and their well being first.
Robert J. Colson New BraunfelsNtw trust*** should stick by commitm*nt to chang* scheduling
Since early last spring, I have been aware of the concerns pertaining to the unusual schedule at New Braunfels High School. I was especially interested because I was going to have a child entering as a freshman for the 1996-97 school year. When hearing that a committee was established to look at traditional scheduling options, I was most optimistic that our high school would be ofTenng English and math on a daily basis. I realized that my child would have to endure the accelerated block schedule for (me year, but I was counting my blessings that it was only for one year.
As time marched on, I have grown very anxious about the fact that Mr. Turman and his administrative staff were making no progress in finding and implementing a new schedule for the 1997-98 school year. I can only assume that Mr. Turman was not interested in upholding his commitment that he made last spring to develop a new schedule at the high school.
My husband and I voted for Steve Weaver because he was committed to a change in the accelerated block schedule.
We want him to do whatever it takes to return NBHS to a traditional schedule.
Terry Garvens New BraunfelsWrit**** children at NBHS support current Mack scheduling system
As my family enters its third generation of residence in New Braunfels, my children have unproved academically with higher grade averages. My two high school students emphatically vote for block scheduling. They wondered how they ever accomplished anything on the old schedule. Now they are saddened by the loss of two good leaders.
I do not personally know either individual, but the students’ show of support caused me to choke
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in administrators at New Braunfels High School continue to pour in to the Herald-Zeitung. Look for them on this page in upcoming issues.
back tears. What a tribute to Mr. Turman and “Coach” Engler! Thinking back to my school days,
I could not think of one endearing memory of my school leaders. These men, though, have set example after example that will make a difference in our children’s lives.
Unfortunately, the school board’s decision will also make a difference, a painful difference. Dr. Campos was quoted as saying, “I don’t think any of us do anything to hurt children.” Well, sir, you are wrong, and you are not dispensing medicine, but edicts that affect these children’s future. Shame on the board members who voted as the superintendent asked. Do you not have minds of your own?
lf our opinion represents the majority, then I challenge the school board trustees to humble themselves, to admit their mistakes, and then take action to amend their errors. This would be a true example of great leadership.
Sheilla Grissom NBHS parentHigh school Just won*! b* th* sam# with Turman, Englar
Being a graduate of New Braunfels High School, I was devastated when I heard the news about Mr. Turman and Coach Engler being reassigned.
Mr. Turman has been principal at New Braunfels High School for 21 years, and Coach Engler assistant principal for 16 years. This would lead you to believe that everyone was satisfied with their performance.
It seems to me that the newly elected board members must have hidden agendas in their reasoning to reassign New Braunfels’ favorite principals.
Mr. Turman and Coach Engler are not just principals, they are people who care about their students as individuals, lf you have a problem they were always willing to listen.
I admire the students’ actions on Wednesday. If I was still a student at NBHS I would have done the same. It means something when an entire student body is willing to support its principals.
Anyone who knows Mr. Turman and Coach Engler will tell you the pride they have for their school and their students. NBHS will not be the same. I feel very fortunate for having had them as my principals.
Tiffany A Holder NBHS graduate