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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor Page 4A    Herald-Ze/funy,    New    Braunfels,    Texas    Sunday,    September    15,    1991H«rald-Zeitun; Published Sunday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 3 J J.328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328. Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels Herald Zeitung at New Braunfels, Texas. DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN Managing Editor CHERYL DUVALL    CAROL    ANN    AVERY Business Manager    Circulation    Manager KAREN REININGER    GUS    ELBEL Classified Manager    Pressroom    Foreman Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, St 2.SN); six months, $2230; one year, $40.00. Senior Citizens Discount (carrier delivery only): six months. $19.25; one year, $34 .OO. Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas:; three months. $22.50; six months. $40.00, one year, $75.00. Mail outside Texas: six months. $5250; one year, $8750. lf you have not received your newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by 7:30 a m. Sunday, call 625 9/44 or 658-1900 by 7 pm. and ll a.m., respectively. Postmaster: Send address changes lo P O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 EDITORIALDon’t let split vote lead to city divided New Braunfels was not well served by last week’s histrionics involving the city manager, city employees and the mayor and city council. The episode climaxed with an executive session that apparently more resembled a kangaroo court than a meeting of the city’s governing body. That executive session was preceded by an employee’s having complained. He didn’t like the way the city manager was doing his job. Reacting to that, Mayor James Goodbrcad assumed the role of private eye and conducted an “investigation” of the city manager’s alleged misdoings. The results of that investigation the mayor then selectively revealed. Some city employees apparently were privy lo it before some members of the council were. The executive session ended in a split vote with four members of the council expressing suppon for City Manager Paul Grohman and three voting to fire him. Several observations here: • The whole episode was poorly handled. The secretive “investigation” and the selectively premature revelation of the findings of that “investigation" arc more reminiscent of what would go on among a group of middle school students than what we should be able to expect of those to whom we entrust decisions involving millions of dollars that belong to you and to mc. • There arc many who find Paul Grohman abrasive. The publisher of this newspaper has found himself among that number at times. But that aside. Paul Grohman is an effective city manager. Under his direction, our city is well run, its services efficiently delivered at costs envied by the residents of other Texas communities New Braunfels city taxes have not increased in four years. And the taxing levels of other full service cities around us arc from 20*50 percent higher than those we pay. • Firing a city manager is not as simple as it sounds. Paul Grohman works under a severance pay agreement that would sec him paid five months’ salary plus accrued sick and vacation time — a total of about $50,000 that he would be paid were he to be fired today. It would cost many thousands more to conduct a search to find a new city manager and get him here. Other, ephemeral costs associated with the transition from one manager to another and with things that did or did not happen while the city was without a manager would push the cost still higher. In short, firing the city manager would cost New Braunfels $150-200,000 in tangible and intangible costs. Because that is money that must come from your pocket and mine, we should be very, very certain that those on the council who wish Paul Grohman ill wish so on die basis of more than just personalities. • Bul Grohman is not blameless. Mc contends that the mayor’s circumventing him and going lo city employees violates the city charter and constitutes a misdemeanor. Whether or not that be true, it’s petty and serves no purpose. In striking back, Grohman only worsened the situation. • Those who precipitated the events of the past week should be prepared to shoulder the responsibility of already having weakened the community. The spirit of divisiveness they have created serves no one well and can only diminish productivity. • And, finally, if the complaining employee’s dissatisfaction was, indeed, based on his or her being asked to be more productive than he or she wished lo be, shouldn ’I Paul Grohman be rewarded rather than chastised? Aren ’t we paying him to seek higher productivity and thus to keep taxes — our taxes, yours and mine lo a minimum? Those involved in the events of the past week, if, indeed, they have the best interests of the city and its people at bean, should immediately put aside animosity and pettiness and find ways lo work together for Hie benefit of all. If they cannot do that, they will hurt us all even more seriously than they already have Your representatives Let’s just lock public schools George Bush President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N W Washington, D C 20600 U S Sen Lloyd Benison United States Senate 703 Hart Bldg Washington, D C 20610 Here’s a plan: Let’s do away entirely with public education. And, as we do that, let's no longer make school attendance mandatory. This newspaper and others throughout our state are filled every day with ongoing reports of the woes of our public schools. School boards and school administrators are struggling night and day to try and make ends meet. The New Braunfels Independent School District has had to borrow SLS million because state funds due the district have not been forthcoming. Trying to meet the mandate of a federal court. County Education Districts have been formed to equalize education funding and that’s going to cost us all a few more tax dollars. And on and on. Meanwhile, back at home, who cares? How long has it been since you’ve been to a PT A meeting? Can you name all of your child’s teachers? (Can you name any of your child’s teachers?) Do you know what they — each ofWhere's our money? Editor: An open letter to Texas Slate Comptroller John Sharp: Since the Texas Suite legislature adjourned we of the New Braunfels Independent School District board have heard conflicting statements as lo the exact date the NBISD and other school districts will receive their first check from the Suite of Texas for this school year Please advise this writer by return mail on what date these school district monics/chccks will be sent lo us. Tins is very vital lo all of us this year. We were mandated lo begin school five days early, which meant that the teachers were in their classrooms preparing for school at least to weeks prior to dial date — hence most have been working die cniirc month of August, as well as all of the administrators and other employees. Our payrolls must be met just as yours. We have yet lo receive any checks from the Suite of Texas So far this year — August and September 1991 — NBISD has borrowed from die bank $ 1,500,000 to meet our financial obligations. We have fully mci and implemented all of the stale mandate and tm vc one of the highest test scores in die stale and a fully accredited conservative school district and community! We do not misuse our funds. We arc in the top ten percent of all stale school districts in management of f unds vs. school performance and education, file New Braunfels community lias fully sup ported lite schools in both dollars and volunteer time and talents lo the lune of I.IOO volunteers this year and still growing Our problem in simply not receiving die state monies on time to meet our school year and financial obligations. We Lrust you will review this mailer and advise us posthaste. Thank you tor your prompt reply. Dick Hahira'll MUSI) Treasurer CCIH) Vu e President them—teach? I'm willing to bet that if you can respond positively to those questions, you’re in the minority. So, as soon as the current school year is completed, let’s just lock the doors of all our public schools. Private schools, of course, will still be there for those who want their children to learn — and are willing to support that desire with their money. Those who choose to send their children to school will be paying more for that privilege than they are now in the form of taxes, but there won’t be any school taxes anymore, so that additional expense will be significantly offset. (And those of us who decide not toA cleanup effort Editor: I would like lo comment on Mrs. Emi Bryan’s letter which expressed her concerns as a resident living along River Road. Thank you for your thoughtful letter. Yes, indeed, we do need the Water Oriented Recreation District. I live on the Guadalupe River also, bul in the city limits of New Braunfels. We, loo, have the same problem of some careless, drunken tubers tossing trash of all kinds in our part of the river. Unfortunately, WORD docs not extend into New Braunfels. The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department could perhaps take over the cleanup duties where the WORD jurisdiction ends at the Gruenc bridge. Such a mammoth chore would, however, overtax the parks personnel already responsible for 13 parks. So, from the Gruenc bridge to lake Dunlap, thousands of people use die Guadalupe River each season with virtually no cleanup efforts. Could the county, city and Cham-ber of Commerce leaders come togedier and sikhism a river cleanup for all of Comal County? Could the river outfitters who use Cypress Bend Park also provide cleanup along lins portion of tlx* Guadalupe? We need a more comprehensive abroach to meet this challenge. WORD is only dx beginning. Conic on, river oui filters, show your concern for dx river you make your livelihood from by sujifxwting WORD — they clean up and make die river save tor your make our kids go to school will reap great financial savings.) Additional private schools probably will spring up, because there will be an increased demand once the public schools are closed. And those already in operation will begin to expand. The best of the public school teachers will be hired in the course of that expansion, and the rest will have to find something else to do. That probably wouldn’t hurt anything, either. Suddenly, students would be in school because they want to be there. (Those who don’t want to be in school can go ahead and enter the work force, obtaining the menial, low Sincere appreciation Editor: I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Herald for the article on the Wamcckc tradition that appeared in your newspaper on Sunday, Sept. I. Myra Lee Goff and Rosemarie Gregory spend many hours researching the facts and deserve a lot of credit for writing such a professional article. I want to thank them for a job very well done. I have had many comments about the wonderful tribute to the Wamcckc family and to those who worked or visited Camp Warncckc. I hope the Herald will continue preserving dx heritage of New Braunfels through such articles as this. Mar Ie na St Mather New Braunfels What Is the truth? Editor: I was horrified by District Attorney Hill Rcimcr’s letter to the editor Sunday, Sept. I. I certainly agree that “there is a belier way to dispense justice titan on the sacrificial altar of a child’s self-esteem,” and I am writing lo Sen. Judith /.affirm!, Rep. Ivdniund Kucmpcl and Gov. Ann Richards requesting that they work toward enacting a video ui|X law. Iii dx sanx issue of the Herald, I amu FORUM, P«0« 6A paying jobs they’re going to obtain once they flunk out anyway.) And parents whose kids are in school will have a stake — their money at the very least — in getting involved in the education of their children. The students who did continue to go to school would be served by the “cream of the crop” teachers. And neither the students nor the teachers would be frustrated at having to deal with the antics of students who really didn’t want to be there. But what about students who want an education but who come from poor families? No problem. The same legislation that does away with public education as we know it can mandate that private schools provide scholarships for a certain percentage of their enrollment. It would be kind of like the care now provided by hospitals for those who cannot pay. What do you think? Is this a workable plan or what? David Sui lent it editor and pubiiiher of the New Braunfels Herald-Ztitung.Emotions Alzheimer*s afflicts many By JOHN INGRAM WALKER, M.D. Once the illness was called hardening of the arteries or senility; now it's known as Alzheimer’s Disease or, as one patient described it, “Old Timer’s” disease. Alzheimer’s now afflicts almost four million people — one in twelve over the age of 65, one in three over the age of 80; the annual cost for diagnosis and treatment runs to almost $90 billion! The disease gets it’s name from a German neurologist, Alois Alzheimer, who in 1906 discovered that the brains of Alzheimer victims are marked by two types of abnormalities, called plaques (protein Walker clumps intertwined with dead nerves) and tangles (clotted material inside * damaged brain cells). These tangles and plaques mark a predictable pattern of brain damage. The first brain cells to die are in the limbic system, the area that controls emotion and memory. Patients begin to have difficulty recalling recent events. Depression may set in. Next patients lose memory for past events. As the discase progresses the parietal lobes of the brain are involved resulting in hallucinations, paranoia and the inability to recognize places and peor pie. Finally the destruction spreads id the motor cortex so that patients have difficulty walking, talking and swallowing. No one knows what causes Alzheimer's. Some researchers suspect a slow-acting virus. Other investigators implicate aluminum, but increased aluminum concentrations in Alzheimer’s victims may be the result of brain death and not its cause. Increasing evidence points to a genetic defect on chromosome 21 — the chromosome that generates beta-amyloid protein, the principal component of Alzheimer plaques. Unfortunately the cure for Alzheimer’s remains uncertain. Because memory loss has been linked to a deficit in acetylamine, a chemical that speeds information transfer, drugs that increase brain acetylcholine levels may be useful. THA or Cogncx, which slows the natural breakdown of acetylcholine has improved memory in 30 40 percent of Alzheimer’s patients. Nerve Growth Factor, is another promising treatment. Several preventive techniques can be helpful. Research indicates that exercising the mind, just as exercising the muscles, prevents atrophy. Increasing your vocabulary, working crossword puzzles, learning a foreign language — anything that will stimulate the brain's nerve cells will retard Alzheimer's Discase. Also maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding excessive alcohol intake can aid in Alzheimer's prevention. Our aging population mandates that we do all that we can lo prevent the insidious development of this devastating illness. IX. Walker it Medical Direct** of I ICA Hill Country llocpiial and maintain* a privalc p*y-. chianti practice in New Hi atinkleForum Letter policy The Herald-Zeitung welcomes correspondence concerning topics of general interest. AU letters must be signed and include an address and telephone number for verification purposes — only the name and community of residence will accompany the letter in print. No anonymous letters will be accepted. Length is limited to 300 words and lcttcr-writcrs to acceptance for publication only once per month. The newspaper reserves the right to refuse any letter as well as edit all letters. The letters become the property of the Herald-Zeitung. Letters should be sent to Forum, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328, or brought to our offices at 707 Landa. customers. Susan Curtis New Braunfels ;