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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinions Dave Editor and Managing Page 4 New Texas January Editorial Drainage committee deserves support public tUities New Braunfels Drainage Committee meeting at tomorrow in New Brail meeting If you are concerned about drainage and you should The committee intends to propose that the already inhand or soon to be inhand dollars to pay for a watershed management a comprehensive appraisal of the hydrology of this community of more than Aside from discussing whether subject to state open meetings additions to the committees of what the committee hopes to accomplish is cfty jlKntfl per mission to send out requests for proposals RFP from civil engineering firms for the overall That the committee is concerned about its status under open meetings provisions is indicative of the tenuous nature of government here in New Perhaps most impor tant is the acknowledged by committee members to inform the public about what the committee intends to do and has The committees Gene and others are concerned that the issue of drainage management here should not wind up like sign control a political football that winds up deflated and lost on the field of public Unlike sign there is little that is aesthetic about High water is high water and human safety is para Responsible and planned development is essential to a safe as well as beautiful New Braunfelsers should support this committee and its goal of education and explanation about what is and should be a most impoprtant municipal issue of public concern in Andy Rooney Resolve not to resolve At this time of year when New Years resolutions are so its disappointing to consider how infrequently resolving to do something really Breaking Years resolutions is asmuch a tradition as making In my lifetime Ive resolved to do a thousand things I have not I have been on countless to stop doing the things I do Ive promised myself to think things through more not to be so careless with not to eat as not to make so many cutting remarks either in writing or in conversation and to finish every project I These are my weaknesses and I must add to those my inability to correct them by resolving to do Resolve simply doesnt seem to help anyone be a better Alcoholics who are determined not to drink again are unable to main tain their pledge without outside help cigarette smokers are unable to stop smoking even as they lie dy ing of emphysema or lung Gamblers cant stop buying lottery tickets or playing the horses even though they know in the long theyll Im sympathetic to everyone with a shortcoming who tries to correct it by Me I We are led to put faith in resolu tions because on rare occasions they do actually More than two years ago I noticed my arms were getting flabby and I decided to lift weights to rebuild my For what reasons I cannot say but Ive stuck at curling a 10pound weight every day for about five minutes an Im now up to doing it 100 times with each arm and my biceps are noticeably I dont know why Ive been able to do this ex cerise every day when I cant stick to a resolution not to eat so much ice Whatever leads me to lift those weights also gives me false hope that some day Ill be thin through Its a mirage but I see it every The recently that there is scientific evidence that heredity has a great deal more to do with what were like than the cir cumstances under whichlive live while were growing isseriously bad news for all of I to believe its hopelessly the way I am for the and that isnt good It ineans that all the people who are poor because theyve been born without much ability to are having babies born with the same natural inclination to The idea that our deifiny is large ly determined by the genes we in herit is a discourging thought for many For it diminishes the importance of educa As much as I dislike accepting the my failure at self improvement has me so skep tical of the power of resolution to improve me that Ive all but given up making The only hard thing Ive ever decided to do and1 thertfconststently done in my adult life to get out of bed early every Ive stuck at rising before the crowd through light and warm and Get ting going early seems to be respon sible for most of any success Ive I was congratulating myself on this just now as I thought it over but I couldnt help wondering how it fit into my belief that resolutions are almost never It suddenly occufed to me that the chances are that determination and strength of character have nothing whatsoever to do with getting up in the I can stop con gratulating myself on having follow ed through on a Its simpler than I get up because I cant Happy New Year but for bet ter or you might as well resign yourself to being atiout the same in 1987 as you were in Chances those resolutions arent going to improve your per sonality or lose you a PRAYER ITfcfi HAM 50R66 5HODCP17RI HIM HP W68AIT APRAV6R Mike Royko Royko and his nerd watch Most of us have habits that can irritate our friends and loved With its my wrist Ever since I discovered this make of watch several years Ive infuriated co workers and even causual acquaintances with conversations such as this Nice watch you have One of those oystershell hmmm Must be Gift of my But tell what can it do Do It tells the At that I feign amazement and Thats all For all that it only tells time They usually fall into my trap by saying something like What do you expect a watch to do I pull back my display my and show While jabbing at the tiny buttons on its front and I Besides keeping time in civilian or military I expect it to be a fullyfunctioning I also expect it to be an alarm And to be a stop And to give me the day and And to beep on the In the Ive had the model that not only did all those but could play my choice of three popular As well as light up in the But this Im capable of being even more James Kilpatrick infuriating because I have the newest with the most amazing feature After I have run through the above I now say By the let me have your unlisted phone I want to store it in my watchs data That really pops their But its Through the genius of Japanese I can store 50 names and phone numbers in my I merely touch a button and the names and numbers scroll across the watch And I usually conclude my performance by saying All that for plus Lets see your watch cost about right if I buy the improved model of my watch every two at the end of 30 years I pause to do some fast figuring in my watchs calulator and say At the end of 30 Ill have spent less for all of my amazing science fiction technolgy than you spent to find out what time it It never fails to get a rise out of In I have a friend who owns a Rolex and no longer speaks to Thats because they feel They spend hundreds or even thousands of and for what To get information that is hanging on the walls ofmost But for only can tap a button and call up the unlisted number of my Or set the alarm to be sure that I dont oversleep at my desk and miss the cocktail Ive never had so much satisfaction from a material That until I recently had an old friend I hadnt seen for a few He was wearing one of those delicate wafer thin made in I so I couldnt resist going into my putdown Must have cost a pretty I A he In a I was putting my watch through its But he just roared with laughter and said I cant believe You Wearing a nerd watch A what Thats the kind of watches the nerds you dont This watch is also a a stop a phone an He laughed I know all Thats why the nerds love Nerds What do nerds have to do with it The computer The calculator The number Ive got a kid working in my office who has one exactly like Classic Keeps a slide three a tiny flash light and a peanut butter sandwich in his shirt its got a twoyear you He slapped the bar and laughed un Then he said Who would have thought it a nerd Tell what ever possessed you to buy a watch like that Gift from my The toy that is imagination As a working rule of grandfathers ought to write about Con the Supreme Court and the invidious Ira nians But today I am minded to write about granddaughter not because she is something though of course she is something but because theres a moral that goes with the I arrived in the Holy as Charlestonians are wont to term just before I was therefore on hand when the three Charleston grandchildren opened presents on Christmas It was a scene that must have been repeated in millions of living rooms across the Ten minutes after the carnage it looked as if a battle had been fought with rib bons and All the aunts and uncles to have sent plastic ponies for pd Ponjyes are very big this There Wis 3 tricy cle for 9 plastic trajw foj a book or two for More to the point ol this there was a teddy bear for Charlotte and a set of blocks for The thing afepjt the bjar is that it came with chips or tran or conceded w its and when Thjs is fc the the bear This is Thpgjiy back to u you its a pretty the tear ta y a pretty bear just plemented a set of maple blocks that our sons had played with as These blocks didnt do anything They sat quietly in their waiting for a child to build a A few days after Christmas I discovered that Alina had done exactly Most of the time she is 10 years old sometimes she is 10 going on but this past week she stay 10 years old all the On the floor of her bedroom her castle soared five stories She explained the living arrangements The king and of on the first and here is their throne room and here is their You see that their bed has a big canopy over A coloriej and hjs wile have the second Shes a and hey have a and their bedroom has just a little two families UwjW third one of them is the Pskimo in the military and shes a fteyfftve one Across this hall is the ambulant driver and his Up on the fourth its a little crowded up lives a sajtor and his two His wife died some yeajrs and hes stayed a The royal hospital is co this along with sieeptog quarters fer fte roya re and up above tbenj is an attic sept of space because you have to have of closets in Tbe blocks dy pjiflgis of This remarkabje It was peopled to part by paper Msfojy jyt waj With JTiacrinaHftn Tho castle in Ky Irintfg irniflttflg nnlnrtalc f ambulance drivers and boys and and they all had names and they all had and if this seemed an odd sort of royal palace to a it seemed a picture of transparent reason to The she felt he should live close to his I Isnt this the way toys should be In recent if I am not manufacturers have produced a stream of toys that do everything by It is a manifestation of a kind of sired by the oneeyed ogre of televi The toy train goes round and round a plastic and the track can be put together in one way Punch a button and lights come You are a nice says time You v are a nice says the On the Sunday afternoon after when aU the presents had been squirreled I inquired about this repetitive The two little Chjurlfttte and still were play ing with the new but they had the electric mircophone that had been contrived With such The bear slill ojuJ4 but they were bored with talk that went They were listewng to the bears heart with a plastic and they were putting coven which bravery bad and U the bear spoke at all it was through the voice ol As fer She was talking fc be Uieaoof of tbe royal doing t   

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