New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Tuesday, September 9,1997 □ 3Man who needs his space won’t make room for his kids
Dear Abby: In all the 33 years I have read your column, nothing has appalled me like the letter from the live-in who described herself as “Almost No. 2.” She said, “He left his wife and two kids because the responsibility gave him no time for himself” What idiocy!
What kind of woman would want a man who shows no responsibility for his own children, but expects him to parent her kids? These people are sick, sick, sick! You were much too easy on them with your answer. Stand tough, Abby.
Mary Egan in Dallas
Dear Mary: I advised the woman
not to try to defend her position, which was indefensible. I do not flog those who write me, even when I disapprove of their actions. Mine is an advice column — not a whipping post Believe me, my readers got the
message. The letters are still flying in. Read on:
Dear Abby: I have never been as angry as I was after I read the letter signed “Almont No. 2.” She said, “Nine-and-16-year-olds don’t need a lot of attention.” These are critical ages in their lives, and being ignored by their father because he “needs more time to himself’ is clearly child abuse.
When people ask why the kids aren’t around, “Almost No. 2” and her boyfriend should tell the truth: “We want them around only when we have nothing else better to do.” That’s the message he’s sending out to his kids.
If his children are too much of a responsibility, he should have kept his pants on. These two deserve each other.
Mom Who Loves To Be With Her Son
Dear Abby: “Indefensible” is the word! The next time people ask why Matt, “Father of the Year,” doesn’t see his own childre*), they should be told he simply doesn’t give a damn. And when they ask “Almost No. 2” how she could defend him, she should tell them because she’s stiH “Almost.” After she actually becomes “No. 2” and Matt gives her the “I need my space” story, I’ll be looking for a
letter in your column signed “What Was I Thinking?” — or, perhaps, simply, “Duh.”
Clifford Williams, Malden, Mass.
Dear Abby: What a wonderful couple these two make! She’s insensitive, while he is simply a cad.
My brother and I (both now in our 20s) were fortunate to have an understanding stepmother who realized that our relationship with our father shouldn’t change regardless of the marital status between our parents. Our father continues to spend a lot of time with us.
We are now professional,
responsible adults who were fortunate to receive all the love and support both parents could give.
I hate to think that Matt’s kids will never get that support from their father. Child support is not an expression of love — it’s an obligation — and believe me, those kids are intelligent enough to know the difference.
Thankful in Cape Coral, Fla.
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Island officials had estimated the water park would create I SO jobs, mostly part time, and produce an economic impact of up to $50 million.
The South Padre Island board of aldermen unanimously approved an incentives package to bring Schlitterbahn to the island in April. The incentives package included a combination of city, state and economic development grants and loans totaling $3.7 million. The package included a series of state and local tax rebates adding up to about
In July the board of aldermen approved changes in a zoning ordinance that would have allowed the waterpark to be built on the 14-acre site.
Henry said he had been working for two years to get a waterpark built on the island.
Besides the 14-acre tract, Schlitterbahn had been looking at two other sites on South Padre Island.
Henry said those two other sites were not being considered because they were not feasible.
“Right now we haven’t found a site which has accessibility and is both economically viable and
permitable,” Henry said.
He said it would be hard to get environmental and construction permits for the other two sites on the island.
Even though he was rebuffed on his first attempt to build a waterpark on the island, Henry said he would not completely shut the door on building a waterpark in the area.
“We want to thank the mayor (Ed Cyganiewicz), the aldermen and 90 percent plus of the businesses and local Valley people who supported us,” he said. “We hope to return to the Valley in the future to complete this project and build Schlitterbahn.”
South Padre Island city manager
Ray Kendall said he hoped Schlitterbahn would not give up on coming to his island city.
“I hope they continue to do that,” Kendall said. “I think it would be a great benefit not only to the people of the island, it would be a benefit for the Valley. It would provide a family-oriented activity. I just think it complements the activities we have on the island and the museums and zoos (in the Valley).
“I am disappointed we are not getting it. I hope they would continue to find a site suitable for all
parties, developers, owners and neighbors.”
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New Braunfels City Council
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Downtown New Braunfels will be one railroad gate safer within the year. The Union Pacific Railroad and the Texas Department of Transportation notified the city “several months ago” that the Union Pacific crossing on San Antonio Street had been approved for crossing gates.
“Several requests were made over the years,” said Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson. “After going through a ranking process, we ended up being funded.”
Ferguson made the announcement in Monday’s city council meeting — as city council considered the first reading of an ordinance changing the block of Hill Avenue between W. San Antonio Street and Cross Street from two-way to one-way. TxDOT and UP requested the change in direction so cars heading toward San Antonio Street on Hill Avenue would not get caught inside the railroad crossing gates.
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of criminal trespassing of a habitation this weekend at 6:10 a.m. in the SOO block of Common Street.
The father of a 9-year-old New Braunfels girl reported that an adult male was in the girl’s room. Police reported that there was no sign of a break-in.
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of a burglary of a habitation on Friday in the 1300 block of Valero Drive. Two juvenile females reported several household and personid items, valued at $440, were stolen. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.
■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 33-year-old McQueeney man
The crossing gates will not come without a price — to Huisache Grill owners Lynn and Don Forres.
“The one-way street could really impact us, quagmiring our ingress and egress,” Lynn Forres said.
She said although Ferguson had told the Forreses several months ago about the railroad gate and street change, she had been notified that it was a city council agenda item only Monday morning.
Property owners in the area should J be notified before council took action, she said.
Council voted to postpone the first reading of the ordinance one month.
The crossing gates are scheduled for installation in six to nine months, Ferguson said.
itoiidant petition Mays River Acres rezoning vote
The third reading of an ordinance rezoning about IO acres of land between the River Acres and Summerwood subdivisions was postponed until the Sept. 22 council
Monday at 12:50 a.m. in the 400 block of North Live Oak Avenue. Police said he was charged with a capias profine, which is a warrant out of municipal court for a ticket. Bond was set at $517.
■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 26-year-old Kansas man on charges of felony theft on Friday. The man, a truck driver, was told that he had been terminated from his job at local trucking company Friday. The man then allegedly sped off on the Interstate 35 North access road in an 18-wheel truck pulling a trailer owned by the truck company. The man allegedly disconnected the trailer from his cab in the middle of Morningside Drive and drove north on 1-35 before deputies caught up
meeting, with council member Juliet Watson dissenting. The ordinance calls for the zoning to be changed from “single and two-family district” to “PD planned development district.”
Property owners requesting the rezoning plan to build condominiums on the land.
Summerwood residents circulated a petition opposing the zone change and submitted it to council Monday. It was Signed by qwnecs of more than 20 percent of property contiguous to the IO acres to be rezoned.
In that event, the state says 75 percent — or six of the seven council members — must vote “yes” for the zone change to pass. City Manager Mike Shands said. Councilwoman Jan Kotylo was absent from Monday's meeting, and Councilwoman Juliet Watson previously had voted against the zone change. Therefore council voted to postpone the rezonmg’s final reading until its Sept. 22 meeting, when all seven members could be present.
with him at the Rip Griffin truck stop north of New Braunfels. The man was arrested at 3:25 a m. and put into the Comal County Jail for theft greater than $20,000.
He posted a $20,000 bail on Monday.
■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies were called to a disturbance on Sand Bar in Canyon Lake at 2:30 a m. Monday. A 20-year-old Canyon Lake man, police said, had an argument with his girlfriend and her brother. He allegedly was intoxicated and threatened one of them with a machete
Deputies found the man hiding on top of a neighbor’s travel trailer. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication. He posted a $200 bond later that morning.
Homeless emus roam North Texas countryside
SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — More than 130 homeless emus roaming the countryside are causing serious problems for law enforcement authorities in Grayson County.
The flightless Australian birds were brought to the United States a few years ago by farmers who had visions of them replacing cattle.
Rick Gunter of Bells, a typical emu farmer, recalls that two years ago he could sell a pair of breeder birds for $40,000 a pair. Now, he’d be lucky to be able to give one away.
Gunter has about 1,000 of the large, ungainly animals.
But Gunter’s not giving up on his feathered friends. He believes that an oil found in the birds has healing properties that might still make the birds profitable. He said he’s in it for the long haul.
But most people have apparently given up on the birds.
Grayson County Sheriffs Office Chief Deputy Johnny Waldrip says his office has fielded dozens of calls from ’’people finding them in their yards, or on gravel county roads.
The birds, abandoned by their owners have been plaguing people’s yards, ruining the foliage, scaring horses and generally making an all around pest of themselves, said David Hawley, a community relations officers with the sheriffs office.
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Lawmen don’t know what to do with the birds once they pick them up. The county picked up two of the birds and held a public auction to dispose of them, lag week.
“Nobody came/’ Waldrip said. “We couldn’t get a one dollar bid for diem.”
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