New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
On behalf of the Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35, I want to thank everyone involved in our recent Hag retirement ceremony.
Special thanks to David Whatley, Boy Scout Troops 119 and 163, Mayor James Goodbread, the New Braunfels Herald /< dung, radio stations KGNB-KNBT and to all the New Braunfels citizens who gave us their flags to retire.
It was a delight to have staff writer Bob Stewart and photographer Annc-lics Schlickenricdcr in attendance. Bob even joined in the ceremony. We appreciate those who came to view the ceremony.
Retirement of flags by burning is not something we do every day; but it was accomplished by the proper method. We plan to host another ceremony as soon as it is warranted.
Let's continue to show our support of our country by Hying a flag.
Leon F. Heimke Post Commander New Braunfels
Right of child victim
We need to revise a system that allows, nay encourages, defense attorneys to use every questionable trial tactic in the books to intimidate and awe a child victim. Don’t require a judge and prosecutor to sit helpless and impotent while a lawyer treats a child’s emotions and ego to a second legal rape, condoned by a system set up to protect the accused and forget the rights of the child victim.
Coll your state legislator and senator and demand that we come back to protecting oui children who are victims. Never let me again see the horror in the eyes of a child who must tell the most personal of assaults by a trusted adult. This is done to the child in the presence of a multitude of unknown adults; allowing spectators, jurors, court personnel, the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and the defendant to cither stare or glare al the child.
We sclf-righteously assume we are a civilized society, but until we quit coddling sexual perverts in our criminal system at the expense of our exploited children, we as a society are hypoc rites.
Tile Supreme Court has said it is OK to use a video tape to take a child’s testimony in the courtroom.
yet our Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denies our child victims this minimal protections. Our legislature must re-enact a video tape law similar to the one the U.S. Supreme Court upheld.
I have seen little boys and girls sitting in the courtroom in a totally alien and hostile environment with their chins quivering, having to talk about a terrible sexual assault.
There is a better way to dispense justice than on the sacrificial alter of a child’s self-esteem.
Bill Af Reinter Comal County District Attorney
Thank you llerald-Zeitung and thank you Staff Writer Robert Stewart for front-page coverage and accurate reporting on the Sex Respect event presented by Pat Soda at the Civic Center. Thank you New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and Camla Davis for having the foresight and the boldness to sponsor the event.
We truly do live in a blessed community where those who have the power and authority to do so step out and take the initiative to bring the truth to our young people. “A true witness delivered! souls ...” Proverbs
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We of the New Braunfels Crisis Pregnancy Center endorse the directed approach of abstinence counseling and applaud you for making public such information as contained in the Sex Respect talk.
Ginger Rogers New Braunfels
What Is ‘status quo?’
As I drove into New Braunfels from Austin I looked across the local skyline. Very prominently displayed was the stack from the Lafarge plant. I was reminded of this fact when I opened the newspaper to read that “Lafarge files (EPA) to maintain the
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status quo.” It is obvious they are not trying to maintain the community status quo because the people of New
Braunfels in election results have clearly stated they their hazardous waste project is not welcome.
Lafarge clearly slated in their legal notice that status quo to them means burning 1,3350 tons of toxic or hazardous materials per week. And they will release 1,500 lbs./hr. plus in the air every hour from stack emissions. It is obvious that the status quo in New Braunfels is headed for a change if their permit is granted.
Their description of hazardous wastes burned is vague and unclear. Perhaps they should have told you that they will bum carbon tetrachloride, hexachlorobcnzene, benzene and tetrachlorocthylene to name just a few
by their more accurate description. And by the way, you can contact the Texas Air Control Board and they will tell you that these arc either known or probable carcinogens.
I still ask myself why should New Braunfels want a hazardous waste-burning facility located so close to its major residential area? How docs this improve the quality of chit lives? Is the risk to our children worth the benefits to Lafarge? Why aren’t other towns competing with us to become a site for toxic waste disposal? The answer is so much benefit for Lafarge, so little benefit for New Braunfels.
Jim Holster New Braunfels
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