New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, Sept. 19,1993 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 3-A
The readers speak: 'Give us restaurant reports'
Responses to last week’s Herald-Zeitung survey question about whether or not the newspaper should publish restaurant reports show that readers are! in favor of the reports being printed.;
Survey results were 4.7 to I in favor of printing the reports. Those against publishing the reports said it would be difficult for readers to interpret them. Those in favor of printing the reports said the public has the right to know the results and that they have often wondered about the cleanliness of area restaurants. Fifty-seven readers returned survey forms, forty-seven thought the restaurant reports, which detail health infractions, should be pub-lished, and IO thought they should not be published.
Some survey comments in favor of publishing the reports are as follows:
■ I resent the implication that me, the general public, are too stupid to interpret the restaurant reports. Simplify if ydu must but give us the right to any information pertaining to the protection of our health.
Maybe the reports will encourage the owners to clean up their act. I’d like also to remind them that a clean restroom is a part of the service the customer pays for. A sign for all
employees to wash their hands is a joke when there is no tissue, no soap or towels. It’s not a comfortable thought for the customer either.
■ If the restaurants were clean, you would think they would want every person to know it. So what are they hiding? Mice droppings, bugs and filth. Ugh.
Thanks for bring this out in the open.
I love these reports.
■ Please continue publishing these reports. Mr. Lara is doing us all a favor with his impartial inspections and you are by publishing them. Do not give into any pressure from restaurants who advertise in the Zeitung. This is one of the best ideas you have ever had and it is a real public service as well and an incentive for the restaurants to do better.
■ Most people wouldn’t bother to look up the reports but will read them if published in the paper. The public has a right to know and publishing should give the restaurants an incentive to overcome the violations.
Some of the survey comments against publishing the reports are the following:
■ I think that the general public does not understand how to interpret the infraction and may not realize that
often the infractions as worded on the report sound much worse than they are. I feel that this idea of publishing reports is good in theory but not good in reality.
■ These reports should be the business of the city and the restaurant. The technical portion of this report cannot be of interest to the average citizen.
■ Rating system is too subjective -too much room for bias. Printing such data in the Herald makes for a onesided debate. The health inspector’s commentary is usually so non-specific that it leaves too much room for the reader’s imagination to conjure up negative images much stronger than the writer has intended.
■ Although I really don’t mind the scores being printed, I feel the other information is unnecessary and will be misunderstood by the general public. I wish the paper would work on some of the positive things about the restaurant industry.
Also print the problems cited have been solved. Often the health inspection comes right after lunch when the cleanest restaurant in the world doesn’t look its best.
On the other side; I understand Joe Lara has a difficult job and I think he tries to be fair.
Gruene Music Fest promises family fun
The Seventh Annual Gruene Music Fest is set for Oct. IO, in Gruene, and promises to once again be a successful fundraiser benefitting the United Way of Comal County.
Twenty-eight local agencies like the Emergency Children's Shelter, MHMR, and the Seniors Center of Comal County, to name just a few, will benefit from the event.
At the festival you will see and hear all different types of musical entertainment. Johnny Dee and Rocket 88s will kick off the weekend with a Premier Party in Gruene Hall. Doors will open to the public at 8:30 p.m. Sever-
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a1 top quality acts will appear on the stages from Friday evening, Saturday
evening, and beginning Sunday at noon through the day and into Sunday night. Come see Jay Erie, Chris and Judy, Braden and O'Connor, Ponty Bone, Stretch Williams Band, and the Stingrays.
Don't forget the Folk Stage and children's area sponsored by the New Braunfels Children's Museum, under the big oak tree, next to Buck Pottery. On of the featured acts on this stage is the Whoosits Bigpile Goodtime Garbage Band. Saturday evening Gruene Hall presents Clay Blaker.
A schedule of entertainment and events will be released soon.
Man prefers skipping wedding to facing a cool reception
by Abigail Van Buren
DEAR ABBY: My sister “Kim” is being married in two months. Since our father is deceased, Kim has asked me to give her away. She lives in a distant state. Now my problem:
I have met my future brother-in-law, “John," half a dozen times. He has always been rather cool toward me — although he has been warmer with the rest of my family. When I asked Kim about this, she explained that she had told John that I was gay (which I am) and that he strongly disapproves of gays!
Last weekend, I called Kim to discuss some arrangements pertaining to the wedding, and she told me I could arrive the day before the ceremony and indicated that aside from the wedding reception, there wouldn’t be any other festivities.
Today, I called “Chuck,” a cousin who is invited to the wedding, to see if he would like to share traveling expenses. I told him I was driving out on Thursday, two days before the wedding. Chuck then asked me why I wasn’t going on Monday, like everyone else, for the family dinner that John’s parents are hosting as well as the bachelor’s party.
Well, I called Kim and found out that John and his family don’t want “someone like me” around. Kim said i»he had to wheedle to get them to let me come to the church, because his family is very religious and they despise gays. He told her that my being at their wedding would be “a slap in God’s face.” (Never mind that Kim and John have lived together for the past two years.)
Abby, I love my sister, but I feel hurt, and now I’m not sure I want
to lay out the money and time to go where I’m not particularly welcome. What should I do?
DEAR BACHELOR: Kim surely knows that your sexuality is not a matter of choice. She appears to be immature, and powerless in the relationship, not a very auspicious beginning for a marriage.
Tell her that you love her and wish her well, but you would not feel comfortable attending a wedding where you are not particularly welcome.
DEAR ABBY: After years of reading your column, I have run into a problem and need some
I usually choose the large-door restroom stalls in public buildings because they are roomier and more convenient.
Recently, I was confronted in a loud manner by a man in a wheelchair who scolded me for using the stall, which he felt was for the exclusive use of handicapped persons.
Never in a million years would I park in a parking space that was reserved for disabled persons, but I assumed that restroom stalls were a first-come-first-served proposition. Most of my co-workers agree with me — none of us is disabled.
What is your opinion?
DEAR PERPLEXED: An able-bodied person should not use a restroom stall intended for one who is disabled. If you enter a restroom and the larger stall is available, do not use it — a disabled person might come in and have an urgent need for it.
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When They label you, you know you're being heard. According to Them, I am a "Loose Cannon". When I think about it, I like that Being "loose" implies I'm not bound by the ties that bind Them to Special Interests. Since They have said the campaign will be "Political Warfare", being a "Cannon" lets me take aim on those things which have created such turmoil for so many of our citizens in their business and personal lives for so ong.
At this point in my campaign it is (and has been) my purpose to raise Issues...to encourage discussion..^ open debate and... to encourage the citizens of Comal County to ask "why" certain events do or do not take place. I have a strong faith in the collective wisdom of the American people and want them to be involved in the Government that so affects all our daily lives.
I have not and will not raise a single issue for which I am not prepared to present a positive resolution. I stand ready to discuss each of those issues when (and IO our Elected Officials feel confident enough with Their performance in office to allow YOU to hear BOTH SIDES of the issue in OPEN FORUM (besides the news media.... to which They appear to have unlimited access).
Some time ago I invited our County Jydge to meet in open discussion about the W.O.R.D.. She declined.
'Tie invitation remains. I am also prepared to discuss (in OPEN FORUM) answers to the following concerns:
LEADERSHIP FOR COMAL COUNTY: What can we do to provide more and better jobs for our citizens? What can our County Judge do to encourage Small Business and to promote Industrial Development for ALL of our County?
GOVERNMENT OPEN TO THE PEOPLE: Why so many "appointed" rather than (elected) Boards in our County? If a ’Board" is to have Taxing and Ordinance Making Authority over a Citizen, shouldn't that citizen have the RIGHT TO VOTE for the Members of the Board which Taxes Him or makes Laws He must obey?
RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT: Why do we create Bureaucracies (which operate apart from Commissioners Court) to Tax our Citizens for services which should rightfully be provided by the County? Where are the coplc to go for redress if these Bureaucracies don't fulfill Their commitments?
PROVIDING A FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH: In a County so rich in both Environmental and Human Resources, why are we more concerned with the future of our Rivers than of our Children? Shouldn't we have occupational and technical training for the Kids in our County which would prepare Them to make a living in the adult world?
WATER FOR OUR COUNTY: This is not an issue for "next year" nor for the "next committee". Why must we continually appoint committees to rehash the solution proposed by the previous committee? Why can't we make a decision and move ahead?
Perhaps our County Judge would feel more comfortable meeting in an open discussion of one (or all) of these concerns. If so, the invitation is open. I am sure the voters would like to hear our positions on these matters.
To FINALLY give the people the opportunity to hear BOTH SIDES of the Issues would be a real step forward for Comal County! •
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