New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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LETTERSColumn writer misses mark on Lamp Post Harry
Roger Croteau raised the serious issue of racism in our community in his recent editorial entitled “Lamp Post Harry promotes racism” (Aug. 30,
1995). However, in his rush to criticize the value of this program and the work of the New Braunfels Safe City Commission, he completely missed the mark on the roots of racism and its continued presence in New Braunfels.
Mr. Croteau asserts that Lamp Post Harry is portrayed as a Latino, thereby perpetuating the stereotype of Hispanics as criminals and thus unworthy of our trust. In no ad that has been aired on our local television station has Lamp Post Harry been identified as Hispanic. He has no surname and speaks with no discernible accent. His appearance as a dark-skinned, long-haired male could conceivably make him Hispanic, Native-American, American-Eskimo, Greek, Italian, or Filipino. Mr. Croteau’s assumption that he is Hispanic may speak to his own perception of criminals in our community.
Lamp Post Harry is a caricature. It is the personification of a criminal act which makes him “disgusting,” just as crime in our community is disgusting.
To portray a criminal as just a normal person as Mr. Croteau and his contact at the Austin Police Department seem to suggest may well be appropriate but no more effective than the portrayal in the Safe City ads. In old western movies, bad cowboys wore black hats. They were easily identifiable and associated with evil. Likewise, Harry is portrayed as a shady character rather than a typical member of our community. Imagine the outrage if Harry were portrayed as a schoolteacher, a police officer, a preacher, or other upstanding member of our community. As Mr. Croteau and Sgt. Miller suggest, true criminals “look just like anybody else in the park.” The problem of teaching children that they should beware of all strangers regardless of how they look is not as easy as Mr. Croteau seems to suggest without labeling everyone as a potential child molester. Is that the message we want to send to our children? The repercussions of that line of thinking could very easily result in a community gripped in fear and paranoia, and unwilling to live up to our responsibilities as good neighbors. Come to think of it, maybe that is already happening.
The issue of race relations in our community is serious and deserves a
great deal of attention, but the Lamp Post Harry campaign is clearly not the right place to start looking. First, our political system has disenfranchised Hispanics to the point that they are under-represented in elected offices and have historically low voter turnout during elections. Second, our economic system has failed to meet the needs of the Hispanic community, which has recently resulted in the creation of a separate Hispanic chamber of commerce to address the concerns of the Hispanic business community. Finally, our education system has shown some weakness in addressing the education needs of Hispanics, most recently evidenced by New Braunfels High School’s low performance rating based solely on the rate of dropouts of Hispanic students. I do not believe that these institutions are racist nor do they promote racism; rather, the problems associated with poor race relations are evident within them. Any of these areas would be a more appropriate and meaningful subject of investigation and criticism than the Safe City Commission’s Lamp Post Harry campaign.
As for the 4-ycar-old boy who has a fear of Hispanics, supposedly attributable solely to Lamp Post Harry, it would appear that anyone with such
an unreasonable fear of Hispanics has never spent any time with the upstanding, law-abiding Hispanics in our community. Isn’t that the real problem? We sometimes separate ourselves from one another to the point where we don’t understand or care about the lives of our neighbors. I would suggest that this child be taken to Landa Park and enjoy some quality play time with children of other races to assure this child that people who look different aren’t all bad.
And finally, for Mr. Croteau, I would suggest less armchair quarterbacking and I challenge him to volunteer to become involved in the efforts to fight crime and make our city a safer place. If we must have a politically correct, generic citizen to portray a criminal, then Mr. Croteau should lead they way. In fact, I would suggest that he be the next star of the Safe City Commission ads. Lamp Post Croteau has a nice ring to it.
Sincerely, Robert Scott New BraunfelsRepublicans have always opposed Medicare
All they want to do, say the Repub
licans in Congress, is to “save” Medicare. I don’t believe it. Thirty years ago, a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president enacted the law establishing Medicare. Republicans in Congress were almost unanimously opposed to it. From that day to this, the position of Republicans has not changed.
They didn’t like it then and they don’t like it now. To destroy Medicare, or at the very least, to cripple it, has been and continues to be high on the Republican agenda. Had there not always been a Democratic Congress and/or a Democratic president to protect it, Medicare would long since have been repealed.
In the climate of fiscal anxiety that has gripped the nation, brought on by the massive federal debt incurred during the Reagan and Bush administrations, congressional Republicans think that their long hoped-for opportunity has finally arrived. Proposals being advanced, under the pretense of “saving” Medicare, would damage it dangerously, perhaps fatally. After bashing and ridiculing the administration’s 1992 health care reform plan, alleging that it would deny freedom of choice to citizens in selecting their health care providers, Republicans are now push
ing a scheme that would virtually copv-pel Medicare beneficiaries to enter “managed care” plans. How much freedom of choice do such plans allow?
It is clear that the proposed Medicare reforms are more concerned with generating even greater profits for the giant health services corporations, at the expense of consumers, than with “saying” Medicare.
The record of Republican actions in the past speaks louder than their words today.
Elmo L Fischer New BraunfelsLetters policy
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Ranger Funfest to benefit boosters
It will be a carnival and family picnic rolled into one Saturday, Oct. 28 at the First Annual Ranger Funfest at Anhalt Hall. Sponsored by the Ranger Athletic Booster Club, proceeds from the Funfest will benefit the Smithson Valley High School athletic program.
“This will have all the excitement of a country carnival and the fellowship of a family picnic,” said Patti Prescott, chairman of the Puniest organizing committee. “There will be lots of food, prizes and dancing. Bring the whole family for a full evening of fun.”
Carnival games and eating will begin at 5 p.m. A menu featuring fajitas, hot dogs and other items will be served throughout the evening. Door prizes and raffles will offer valuable gifts and
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merchandise donated by local merchants. Dancing to the tunes of the Dana Wehrman band will begin at 7 p.m.
Parents and patrons from throughout the Smithson Valley community arc invited to take part in the Funfest. “We all have an interest in our children,” Prescott said. “We have a growing athletic program with a lot of needs. This is a great way to have a good time and support the Rangers.”
Prescott encouraged anyone wishing to join the Funfest organizing committee to call 980-7569 or 885-4434. Volunteers will be contacting local merchants seeking gifts to be raffled and given away as door prizes. Anhalt Hall is located west of Hwy. 281 on Hwy. 46.
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Castro to visit Moxieo
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Cuban President Fidel Castro has accepted an invitation to visit Mexico, the government said.
No date was set for the trip, which was announced in Havana on Friday by Foreign Minister Jose Angel Gur-ria and reported by Mexico’s official Notimex news agency. Gurria was wrapping up a three-day trip to Cuba.
Gurria spoke optimistically about relations between Mexico and Cuba. Mexico has condemned recent U.S. moves to tighten the embargo on Cuba.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to withhold aid to countries that do business with Cuba. Mexico called the measure, which would need to be approved by the Senate and President Clinton, a “victory for the promoters of isolationism.”
Haitian boat pooplo picked UP
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A boat cadying 65 Haitians ran aground Friday on a small, unpopulated cay off South Andros in the northern Bahamas.
Police picked up the Haitians from Grassy Cay. The Royal Bahamas Defense Force was bringing them to Nassau, where they would be turned over to immigration officials, said Petty Officer Glynn Lightboume, a communications operations officer with the force.
Strong winds might have been a factor in the grounding, Lightboume said. He had no information on the Haitians’ condition but said no medical help had been requested.
Further details were not immediately available, including how long the Haitians had been at sea and the size of their boat.
: Satellite launch delated by technical problem*
KOUROU, French Guyana (AP) — The launch of an Ariane missile carrying a U.S. satellite was delayed Friday due to technical problems, Ari-anespace said.
The 78th Ariane launch, which was to take place Friday night, was indefinitely put off for “remote control problems,” the French-based European consortium said in a statement without elaborating.
The missile was carrying the U.S. telecommunications satellite Telstar-402R for AT&T’s Skynet service.
The launch was to be the eighth in six months, with Arianespace still holding more than half the world’s commercial launch market and a backlog of 38 other launches as it competes with U.S. and Russian launchers.
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