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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 41 Thursday, October 20, 2011 HERALD-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD PiihlKhffr unii Frtitnr Dntio TonnvLet civility prevail during can ban campaign "People. I lust wan! to say. you know, can we all gel alongé" Those famous words, spoken by Rodney King on May I. 1992. after the acquittal of Los Angeles police m his beating trial sparked widespread rioting, seem somewhat appropriate m the run-up to New Braunfels disposable container ordinance referenduiTi. ihe vote will affirm or deny the New Braunfels City Council s move to ban beer cans and other disposable containers on tfie Comal and Guadalupe rivers inside the city limits beginning Jan I. 2012 The ban does not apply on the Guadalupe from Canyon Lake to tfie city limits In recent weeks, our letters to the Editor section on this page, as well as comrTients on stories posted at herald-zeitung com, have featured the increasingly heated debate about the so-called can ban VVe also receive a lot of phone calls and/or emails asking us to look into alleged improprieties involving those on both sides of tfie ordinance Many of the concerns involve Signs, posters, etc that were either posted with permission then taken down (presumably by the other side) or signage that is posted without permission Other complaints regarding the campaign have been voiced, and we investigate those as we receive them Both sides are highly passionate about tiieir cause It s exciting to see so many people getting mvolved yet remember there s a civil way todo things and an uncivil way Choose the civil way Whether your position wins or los es. the civil way needs to prevail Let s set aside eiTiotions and focus on the issues Listen to one another and respect all of the opinions that are expressed For many on both sides this cam[)aign has gone from political to personal Tensions are mounting m New Braunfels It s time to take a step back and look at a targ er pirture Wtiether the ban passes or fails Nov 8. we all have to live here No\- 9 and beyond We might not "all get along." but we can all be civil: AT ISSUE The heated debate over the disposable container ban referendum. OUR VIEW There's a civil way to do things and an uncivil way. Choose civilityroi>\> i\ iiisinin |tie    Pif'.'- Today /s Thursday, Oct. 20, the 293id day of 2011. There are 72 days left in the year Today's Highlight in History On Oct. 20, 1944, during World War II, Gen, Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, two years after saying, "I shall return." On this date: In 1740, Mana Theresa became ruler of Austna, Hungary and Bohemia upon the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. In 1803, the U S Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase, In 1936, Helen Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy, died in Forest Hilts, N.Y., at age 70 In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U S motion picture industry. In 1967, seven men were convicted m Meridian, Miss., of violating the civil nghts of three slain civil rights workers In 1968, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Anstotfe Onassis. In 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L, f^ichardson and Deputy Attorney General William B Ruckelshaus resigned. In 1981, a bungled armored truck robbery earned out by members of radical groups in Nanuet, N Y., left a guard and two police officers dead Ten years ago: During a visit to Shanghai, China, President George W Bush challenged Asian leaders to help "save the civilized world" by joining his war against terrorism. Five years ago: President George W Bush conceded in that "right now, it's tough" for American forces in Iraq, but the White House said he would not change U S strategy in the face of pre election polls indicating voters were upset. u s PRESIDENT Barack Obama ■60CP‘- ' , Wasfw r '■ C«f ullltw Oiffclof J»ft Copy f*lof Kin Thom« ■ LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest eplumns of up to 500 words Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject all submissions, All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmedWurstfestdeanedupits act and still thrives With the upcoming Ban the Can vote in mind it might be appropriate to give some thought to a somewhat simi lar situation in the recent history of New Braunfels Forty years ago. the annual Wurstfest event was fast moving in the direction of beconiinga drunken brav/l Undesirable groups and gangs were coming in and the overall befiavior pattern was becom ing lewd, rowdv and inebnated This began spilling out of the grounds and into some of the surrounding areas ihe people of this fair community became concerned and demanded that controls be establisfied It has been rumored that the Texas Department of Public Safety informally let it be known that ttie event tiad to be cleaned up" or shut down The Wurstfest Association, city coun cil and many community leaders set up measures to ret tify ttie situation The hue and cry froni certain groups became loud and persistent, claiming these actions would kill the entire event, rum the local economy cause taxes to sky rocket and destroy the traditional cul ture of the entire area None of those ternble things came to past ihrough the great and continued efforts of the groups mentioned above, Wurstfest was cleaned up and tfie result IS clear for all to see I his event is now known nationwide as a family fun affair Parents, children, grandchildren, etc.. come from alt over, and the attendance records seem to increase each year The river situation is somewhat similar Clean up the trash and the trashy behav lor. and families will come and a family type envifoninent will predominate Tins will be good for business and the cultur al re[>utation of New Braunfels It IS up to tfie voters of this fair city to decide what they want John G. Phelan New BraunfelsTake a stand and save Comal River for families The city of New Braunfels and the Comal River are the central focal point of my favorite childhood/teenage memo ries Every summer for more than 20 years, I have been lucky enough to experience a wonderful week engulfed in the natural beauty of the Comal River As a child 1 remeinber floating the river witfi my famLirri'KHS ro TiiK kditíhí ily and feeling absolutely peaceful. We could turn our head and look down river and not see another tube in sight We also could look up river and see nothing but the clear blue water It sad dens me to say the last few summers have not been peaceful or relaxing at alt The once tranquil and undisturbed river is now packed with wild and foolish individ uals who do not respect the natural splen dor of the river I have had cigarette smoke blown in my face beer spilled on my tube, and seen males and females strip and float down river exposed I also have seen unneces sary public displays of affection and fights brought on by vulgar inappropriate Ian guage All of the unacceptable behavior was brought on because of the effects of overindulging in alcoholic beverages So I strongly encourage New Braunfels resi dents to take a stand because wtiether the city takes action, a change is coming Fither the family atmosphere will con tinue (jr the party atmosphere v/itl replace It So choose Vv'isely New Braunfels, and please remember my family as you make your decision Holly Padgett PasadenaCan the Ban supporters need to take responsibility Tfie recent furor over the Ban the Can ordinance reminds me of another local controversy from a few years ago Remember how some people howled in protest over the smoking ban in restaurants^ I he people who opposed that ban wrongly predicted some hom ble consequences for New Braunfels Sound familiar^ Ihe Can the Ban' folks (river outfit ters, beer distnbutors, etc.) made a very big assumption in calling for an election and suing the city on this issue Tfiey assume the majority of local voters are on their side, when in fact most seem to be ambivalent about them Yes. they do provide some jobs and contribute to the tax base, but at what cost to our quality of life^ Of to the health of the rivers^ I have yet to hear a viable alternative from them It's time for the Can the Ban' folks to take some responsibility for this prob lem before tfiey lose wliat little goodwill they liave left in this community for most of us. a can ban seems like a small sacrifice for ttie greater good 1 snorkel the Comal often and have seen the massive piles of (mostly beer) cans accumulate year after year Submit letters •    By e-mail to: [email protected] e ra Id -/fiit u ng. c om •    Online at: •    By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald Zeitung PO. Drawer 3iT328 New Braunfels, TX 78130 •Byfax (830)606 3413 •    In person: 707 tanda St Our rivers desen/e better than this No more stalling and delays, it s time for action Lead follow, or get out of the way* Rick Buch New BraunfelsWhy does county jail people for misdemeanors? 1 just read the article In the jailhouse now. and then 1 read all the arrests list ed under the heading Bookings I have the following question Why den’s Comal County continue tojail ^)eople for marijua na possession when the amount is less than two ounces^ Our officers have the discretion to issue citations instead of hauling the offender to jail (lexas House Bill 2391 was passed in 2007). I have found that at>out 15 percent of those jailed in Comal County are booked solely for marijuana posses Sion, a misdemeanor I believe our officers need to take advantage of issuing a citation in these cases if only to free up jail space Why does our county insist on wasting time taking the offender to the jail spending hours on paperwork and booking the individual and then take him before a busy magistrate^ We need m(3rejail space, so why hasn't lav/ enforcement used this time saving tool' It makes no sense to me Lisa Rawlings New BraunfelsNBHS golf program thanks tournament sponsors Thank you to all tfiose who attended or contnbuted to the 12th annual New Braunfels High School Unicorn Fundíais er Golf Tournament Your support allows our program to practice and compete at the highest level possible You are a contributing factor in the Continued success of tfie NBHS golf program. We hope you had a wonder ful time and continue to support all of our programs at New Braunfels Higfi School This tournament cannot be a success without the help from the NBHS golfers, their parents, Sharon Staats. ( arolee Brit ton, Sfien Haynes. Chad Donegan and the Landa Park Golf Course staff Thank you so much' Thank you for participating — we appreciate you* Coach Glenn Phair NBHS golf program(:o\’r\(;r yoiiiì ki.kctcd oi kicials u s senate Kay Bailey Hutchison Hussf:    B<i.iflinq D C. rpleptifjM^ (2021S92? Fax i20?f/?407/f. Welj t'Mp,enatf;f/,v iSefiiJ "idils Wetj ''f- ■ Sail AirtornQ ottltf 145 Drive. V.iite 120 San Ai-' /8225 Telepitofie i210) '}4(j 2885 Fa* (2Ujrj49-67S3 John Cornyn Russel! Hart floorn 511 Wasluriijiofi, D.C. 20510 ielephoife (2021224 2934 fax 12021 m2S% Web http //cornyit sf-nate gov Aritiinii; !)|ti(e Navfti'c ‘jiiite2i!i Antfjiitfi /R205 i-'i*-phone ¡2101 224 /485 f .1-1210)224 8569 U S CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith Rinburn House Office Building Roofii 2409 ^ ,,| W.isliifigton. [I (; 20515 w h iHlfplmrie (2U21225 42:« f..- (2021225 8628 A'Hb httfi /'Idfiiarsmitl' fiouse g<jv ii iiiiiil', ttirougf) W+ih site ) m)I; Antonio office ^KKINE Loo()410, Suite (^40 xi'i Antonio /8209 I'-lHpfKxie (210) 821 5024 Id/ (210)821 5947 Henry Cuellar 1404 longwrittli Hous,e iìfficè Building WasiilDgtoii.DC 20515 IfileptiGfte (202)2251640 fa« 1210)277 t)b/l TEXAS GOVERNOR Rick Perry Stat<i Capitol, Roijiii 2S 1 PO Box 12428 Austin, ÍX 78/11 Tele()l'one. (800) 8411 5/89 fax (512)463 1849 uoug Ml ¥1 STATE HOUSE Doug Miller Capnol Office [XI f 1216 PO Box 2910 Austin, IX78/6fj Phono (512)463 0325 New Braunfels aridross 38/ W Mill Street New Braunfels, IX 78130 Rione (830)625 1313 John Kuempel Capitol address Room E l 208, Capitol ExteoMon PO Box 2910 Austin. iX 78768 STATE SENATE Jeff Wentworth [1 (Capital otfiip IE 9 /■ Capitol phone (512) 463 0125 (.4 Jk San Antonio 1250 NE loop410 Suite 925 San Antonio, IX 78209 (Send e mails thfougti Web sit** 1 •• laH202l 225 1641 ■ (512) 463 0602 Austin office Web http //house gov/iueilaf (5)2) 4fM) 0391 fax thW 221 West Sixth St, Suite 1530 San Antonio office Seguii) address [ eSi Austin, IX /870I 615 E Houston St, 523 E Donegan #102 Telepfione (512)469 6034 San Antonio 78205 ! Seguin, TX 78155 Fax (5121469-6020 lelophone (2101271 2851 (830) 3/9-8732 (210)826 /800 fax (210)826 0571 [ mail )ef'f wentworth'<lsenaie state tx us NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S CastPlI Ave PO Box 311747, New Biaiinfels, IX 78131 174/ (830)221 4000 Mayor Gale Pospisil [email protected] org Telephoite (830) 629 2447 Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata rwiiata^nlitexas org lelepfione Extension 4501 Dist. 2 Councilor Mark Goodner mgoodner#nbtexas org ielept>one [xtension 4502 Dist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra mybarta#nbtexias org Telephone Extension 4503 Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte [email protected] Telephone Extension 4504 n Dist. 5 Councilor Bryan Miranda [email protected] ory rel6(.hone (830) 837 51 /8 Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges [email protected]()texas org felephone. Extension 4506 COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT Comal County Commissioneis' Coun 199 l^/lain Pla/a New Biaiinfels (830)2211100 County Judge Sherman Krause krause'<?co comal tx us Telcplione (830) 22M105 Pet. 1 Comm Donna Eccleston [email protected] comal Telephone; (830) 221 T101 Pet 2 Commissioner Scott Haag haaysc(gico comal tx us Telephorte (830)221-1102 ® Pct 3 Commissioner Greg Parker Gctgep<a)co comal tx us Telepfione: (830)221.1103 Pet. 4 Commissioner Jan Kennedy cct)[email protected] comal tx us Tele()h(trte (830) 22i ; 1104 n STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION William B Travis Building 1701 N. Congress Ave Austlii, TX 78701 ;