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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 O Herald-Zeitung O Thursday, October 24,1996 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 [email protected] QUOTABLE“If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it” Calvin Coolidge 30th U.S. president, c. 1920Dole missed golden opportunity EDITORIALWaging war on drugs Red Ribbon Week activities allow local community to take part in ongoing fight The increase in drug use among our young people has been an issue of debate during this presidential election campaign. The Republicans have slammed the president for the higher rates of substance use and abuse that have occurred during his administration. Mr. Clinton has also been grilled about his former surgeon general who at least wanted to debate the idea of legalizing marijuana. The war against drugs may indeed have suffered during the past four years, but locally, education, business and church leaders have kept the fight alive during Red Ribbon Week activities. This week’s events, which are designed to raise awareness about the dangers of illegal drug use in the community, have centered around the red ribbons worn by residents. They can be spotted on lapels, but also on car antennas, trees and at the plaza downtown. They stand as a symbol of community unity in the fight against illegal drug use, and they also offer proof of the real concern members of the city and county have about the drug problem. Local schools have organized various activities, presentations and projects for their students during Red Ribbon Week. But the adults can also take part in a similar event. Community members can discuss the area’s drug problem during a forum tonight at 7 at the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Center. On hand will be local, state and federal law enforcement personnel who will share their experiences and knowledge about this country’s, and this community’s, problem with drugs. It’s a great vehicle for information for parents and should serve to empower them in their stand against drugs in the homeplace. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday) Write us The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right 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 writer's 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    Reininger 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 Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377480) 707 litnda St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx 78131 -1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zettung in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, 120.50, 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. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5 30 p m. Tuesday through Fnday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-0144 or by 7 p m. weekdays or by 11 a m. tm Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. In his Final debate with President Clinton, Bob Dole did very well. He was aggressive, he was focused, he emphasized his main points, and he could have had the president on the defensive most of the evening. However, Clinton ignored the charges leveled against him about ethics, liberalism and big government, which lessened the impact of Dole’s assault. Dole’s best opportunity to energize the Republicans’ real base —the moral conservatives who see the economy a distant second to the fragmentation of the social fabric — came when minister Ron Kite asked: “This great nation has been established by the founding fathers, who possessed very strong Christian beliefs and godly principles, lf elected president of the United States, what would you do to return this nation to those basic pnnciples? And, also, do you feel that the office of the president has the responsibility to set the role example to inspire our young people?” Dole should have been able to hit this softball out of the park. He might have talked about self-evident truth and how, instead of God-ordained rights, we have been practicing in recent years court-ordained rights. He might have noted that government cannot make a people moral if they wish to pursue hedonistic pleasures and avoid responsibility. But the government can approach the law as something shaped not by opinion polls but by our Creator, to conform us to a standard which promotes the general welfare. Instead, Dole volunteered that he had prayed withLetters to the EditorHispanic chamber clarifies position for local community Editor, On Monday night, Oct. 14, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce was awarded a Five-year contract for the bulk of the hotel/motel funds. It was a tough decision to make and we certainly don’t envy any of the city council members that night. We personally felt the Request for Proposal was well done and that our city employees, mayor and city council did a great job of making requirements that would improve the quality of work our community receives. We believe the community deserves it. However, we feel it is necessary to clear up any misunderstandings regarding the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. When we First formed a year ago, there were several goals we set out to accomplish: I) to encourage and empower the minority community to become entrepreneurs and leaders, thereby raising the socioeconomic level of minorities and women; 2) to ensure our city gives the community the best possible work for the best possible funds; 3) to ensure our city stimulates business competition by placing contracts up for bid and open the doors of opportunity for other contractors; 4) to ensure our city makes demands of its vendors rather than letting its vendors make demands of it; 5) to present our German and Hispanic heritage to the affluent Hispanic market in America. We are not just talking Mexico. Because if we were to place all Hispanic Americans in one land mass, we would be the Fifth largest Latin American country in the world, and the richest. In our First year we have been able to accomplish goals 2, 3 and 4, with the help of many citizens. In our opinion, three out of Five isn’t had — For the First year. The Hispanic chamber has a lot of work ahead. Our primary goal is to empower the minority community which will be an ongoing process and will demand a strong commitment and dedication from all members. As for the Final goal, there it time. There will come a time when businesses in our community will want to be highlighted at Hispanic national and state business conventions. There will come a time when businesses will want the Hispanic chamber to act as a liaison for trade in Latin America. God willing, when that time comes, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in New Braunfels will be ready to face the challenges and fully accomplish the goals set before us. We congratulate the city for raising the level of quality and stimulating competition. And congratulations to all the employees of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce who worked so hard and met the challenge. Good luck. We hope to work together in the near future. Bourd of Directors GHCCNow trustees should not be blamed for reassignments of administrators Editor, After reading all of the letters and listening to all of the innuendoes from last week regarding Mr. Engler and Mr. Turman, I Find it appalling that the majority of the people who do not know the facts are condemning Dr. Campos and Mr. Weaver. I believe everyone just wants someone to blame and are using the two new trustees as scapegoats. I also went to school under Turman/Engler and graduated in 1987. I do feel sorry for the students who have to go through this tunned iii the middle of their school year , and like many others believe that Mr. Turman and Mr. Engler could have tried to make a compromise on the block scheduling or at least wait to drop their bombshell on wanting to be reassigned at the end of a semester, not nght in the middle of the First part of the school year. Boy, people sure do like to sling mud at the new trustees, don’t they? Without all of the facts it really angers me that the majority of the letters that have come in to the editor are against Campos and Weaver! Wait until the facts are in before you decide to be judge and jury! I hope peo- his wife and daughter before the debate and “if it’s God’s will, whatever happens, it happens.” And then he slipped off into the refuge of many politicians — the proposed school prayer amendment to the Constitution, something that won’t pass and is meaningless. Why didn’t he talk about the general devaluation of human life, from partial-birth abortion to euthanasia, and what liberal Supreme Court justices will do to further undermine the value and fabric of life? Repeatedly Dole returned to economic matters, saying the one thing that will change America is getting the economy rolling again. But hasn’t our focus on material things — especially money — contributed to some of the problems now hurting families? Will more money in our pockets mean fewer divorces, less crime and more hope? Why did our parents’ generation fare better with far fewer material things? It was because their souls were rich in the things money can’t buy. Dole spoke against “special rights” for homosexuals, which has become a code phrase. He should have said that since some homosexuals have changed Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist and abandoned that lifestyle, they ought not to be designed to protect blacks, women and the disabled from discrimination. Such laws were written because of a person’s status, which cannot change. Homosexual practice is about behavior, which can change. Dole followed his advisors’ instructions to the sound bite. He got in some good shots about big government, questionable donations to the Democratic National Committee by Indonesian contributors, integrity and keeping one’s word (he said he’d keep his). He noted it is the governors, not the president, who are getting people off welfare and the Republican Congress, not the White House, that deserves the credit for reducing the cost and size of government. But these were all jabs. There was no knockout punch. The ultimate issue Dole could have raised is why character matters. If a president can’t be relied on to say what he means and mean what he says, how do we know what he is telling us now is what he will do if reelected? Dole could have dramatically pledged to resign the Oval Office if he doesn’t deliver, with the help of a Republican Congress, on three or fear promises. According to those horrible instant polls the networks do, Dole apparently changed few minds. The only question remaining is if in the next two-and-a-half weeks a majority will recall what their parents tried to teach them about character, integrity and responsibility. pie in the New Braunfels Independent School District will unite once again and realize who is really important in all of this — the students. I used to wish that I lived back in the NBISD where I went to school so that my now 15-month-old son would some day attend the same schools I went to. Now I am glad I live in Comal 1SD where none of this pettiness is happening. For heavens sake, who cares where who sits at a meeting, just sit and discuss the issues at hand! Let’s hope this whole matter with Mr. Turman/Mr. Engler and Dr. Campos/Mr. Weaver is settled quickly and we can soon rest assured that everything possible is being done for the children’s sake. Kirsten Meyer (Winkler) NBHS class of 1987Writer questions motives of studonts during recent walkout Editor, I found an interesting coincidence when reading my two subscribed newspapers: the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and The Exponent of Brooklyn, Mich. The Exponent covers a group of villages that include my home village of Onsted. Right now, Onsted is trying to cope with an influx of too many school-age children. They do not have classrooms for a projected student count. Their school board wants to build a new high school with a gymnasium. The taxpayers are willing to pay for a new high school without a new gym. But they prefer to just build more classrooms as needed, at a much lower cost. The Onsted School Board seems to be as stubborn as our New Braunfels Independent School District board. Of course, our Comal 1SD has its growth problems, too.    * From my study of the education system, in our nation, the parents have always determined where and how their children will be educated. But we must remember that taxpayers are not always parents. They are usually property owners in most states. It was established in every state where I owned property that property owners would elect a school board to administer the tax collection and expenditures there for construction and maintenance of school facilities, etc. After reading all letters to the editor here in New Braunfels and in Onsted, Mich., I detected quite a difference. Most letters in New Braunfels were writ-ten by students, but not in Michigan. I fail to understand why our students in New Braunfels left school to protest. Perhaps your editorials and letters were not clear on just what happened. I am sure that is not part of their curriculum or block scheduling. I taught math in Texas schools for many years. I never saw students “walk out.” But we did have a principal die in September, one year. However, no students were allowed to leave school or protest the following reassignments of teachers. Also, I want to remind our students that new school facilities are built to accommodate the number of children they produce in later years. Another factor in this equation pertains to legal and illegal immigration. Right now, mamed couples have an average of only two children. But current laws permit more than ‘>00,000 legal immigrants to enter our nation each year. Also, an estimated one million illegals are amving annually. I was overwhelmed by Donald Talley’s letter. But he should not expect others to pay for his summer school classes. Elwyn S. Baldwin New Braunfels Beware of falso promises by those In leadership positions Editor, Now that I am no longer an employee, spokesman or member of the policy-making body of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, I feel free to speak out about political issues, governmental officials and their associates. The opinions expressed in this letter are solely mine and should not reflect on any organization of which I am a member. Dunng my 30-plus years as the administrator for the New Braunfels chamber, I had the privilege of working with many community leaders who were willing to abstain from petty politics and personal vendettas as part of a team to benefit the community. They put their personal differences with each other aside in favor of what was best for the community. I find it unconscionable that we must suffer the counter-productive consequences of those who abuse the privilege of leadership roles in order to satisfy their egos and thirst for power and attention. Although the city government is not the only government entity with leadership problems, I will use it as an example to make my point. I specifically refer to the occupancy tax contract awarded the New Braunfels chamber by the city council at a recent meeting. First, I wish to commend the mayor for the states-man-like manner in which she handled a sensitive issue. Secondly, I commend the council members who voted favorably, in spite of some pressure to stoop to personal differences rather than what was best for the community. Lastly, I wish to draw attention to Paul Fraser’s vote, the only dissenting vote, and his performance preceding the vote. It was very apparent that Fraser could not put petty politics or his personal dislikes aside for what was best for the community and its taxpayers. He proposed several amendments to the contract that were trivial and unnecessary in a childish attempt to appear intelligent. Some of his proposals died for a lack of a second and one was already covered by state law, as noted by the city attorney. Another Fraser proposal was to require th? chamber to appear before council every quarter and furnish copies of the quarterly report to each council member. The facts are that the chamber has bec? providing each council member with copies of the quarterly reports for many years. Along with those reports were transmittal letters offering to appear before council if they so desired. Fraser never asked for the chamber to appear. The above examples of demagoguery and petty politics on the part of Fraser and his puppets is only the tip of the iceberg. And those that heed his advice might be doing the community and themselves a serious disservice. I have a deep love for this community and this letter is written with the intent to provoke the public — especially the voters — into looking beyond the cliches that only sound good. Unfortunately we are too often fooled by those seeking public leadership with insincere words and false promises. Wake up, New Braunfels! Tom Purdum New BraunfelsToday in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Oct. 24, the 298th day of 1996. There are 68 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 24,1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect.On this date: In 1537, Jane Seymour, the third wife of England’s King Henry VHI, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI. In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire. In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Lincoln. In 1901, Anna Edson Taylor, a 43-year-old widow, became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic. ;