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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Opinions New Texas Dave Editor Bad Publisher Jim Managing Editor in i i i II i February Forum Editorial misses mark Rarely am I so annoyed as when a person or institution enjoying wide public respect and misleads the public with hypocrisy and spurious Let us inspect the Herald Zeitungs February 10 Editorial exhorting City Council and our community to stamp out any cries of protest and jump on the sign or dinance Start with the editorials New Braunfels needs some sort of sign It offers no no and no ex planation apparently we are sup posed to suspend our own thinking powers and blindly accept whatever the editorial The Editorial neither explains what clanger is posed by unanchored portable nor inquires whether this danger whatever it is can be alleviated by some means other than banning the signs But the real prizewinning comment in the Editorial is the There is no restraint of trade involved in protecting the health and safety of the This pompous declaration gives boundless dic tatorial power to any government under the guise of protecting health government can do as it pleases effort has been made by the press to discern the reasons proponents desire a sign or the grounds for opponents fighting The press has neither analyzed the agruments nor explored the common sense of the Of all that has been said about the sign how much is true Can the city afford to enforcing and paying for a sign control ordinance while ou rpolice and fire and school crossing suffer inadequate funding What evidence is there that tourists dont like signs What evidence is there that signs impair our quality of life Is it proper for whose duty jt is to protect individual to be confiscating and restricting our property These are questions which an independent press would ask and insist be A diligent press aspiring to inform and lead its community would publish thorough evaluations of debates over such stormy But we are treated to the spectacle of our press becoming governments obsequious chortling on the sidelines while urging the seizure of everyone elses property But imagine the press reaction if the tables were turned a bit What if government New Braunfels needs some sort of press What if city council decreed that protecting our health safety required banning dangerous articles or useless and poorly written columns What if censors warned this town is too nice a place to let it fall into utter media cheapchic on the basis of malignant reporting We would then see a frantic and outraged press leaping into the demanding their Constitutional rights be where is the press now Our Constitutional property rights are and the press is leading the attack against us That seems inconsistent and misguided to I propose that the advocates of a sign and especially city publicly answer these three simple questions What result do yuu wish to achieve with a sign ordinance Why do you believe this result is desirable Do you believe the citizens of New Braunfels or would voluntarily accomplish this same result without a sign ordinance A sign ordinance will take away some of our and will expand the scope and cost of government at a time of severe budget It seems to me that the very least demanded by honor and courtesy is for council to explain why you want the sign And then sponsor a thorough debate on the merits of those Steadfastly Davis Jackson New Braunfels EDITORS NOTE It appears that this letter writers un derstanding of our Editorial confuses a 150pound unan chored portable sign flying through a windshield or blocking the view of moving traffic with the guarantee of the Constitution to print or say virtually anything one time Thats the first Second point This newspaper carried a complete text of the proposed sign or dinance then and does so again in this which offers the must definitively objective coverage Letters and stuff written stories adding up to well over 300 niches in length if you consider the wider columns used for some storiesl were published about sign pros and within the taut months We also ran a Third point The writer asks no fewer than 10 unanswered Fourth point If government fins no right to restrict land then it also has no right to levy provide for the common ensure peace and require com petency in the practices of engineering and a host of other If some of these words sound key are rights granted either specifically or scholarly in of the same Constitution and laws under which we live our lives day by To carry this letter writers premise to its logical a neighbor objecting to an adjacent house in corporating open sewage uniiicciiuited animals roaming wood burning stoves vented through unshielded wood rafters covered by non fire re sis tent would have to enforce his desires through whatever measures he alone could It remains unclear if the us the writer portends to represent would find such a system worth the freedom of doityourself land use management and health and safety code Liked Up With People As Deryl Clark did a fine job with his three photos of the Up with People performers Those of us who were host families could talk on and on about the welcome diversion from bad news that the group provided in these times of little but depressing stories and pessimistic We feel that these happy and outgoing young people represent all thats positive in this The performance was great and the exuberance of the cast had everyone in the audience clapping singing dancing in the aisles and generally having a good Anyone who saw all the waving and talking that went on Wednesday morning as all one hundredplus kids said goodbye to their temporary families couldnt fail to draw the conclusion that a good time was had by Loyce Dusker NewBraunMs W James Clean water local governments burden WASHINGTON With a whoop and a holler and some crocodile the House and Senate last week voted to override President Reagans veto of the Water Quality Act of Poor old Reagan He suffered what the papers are calling a humiliating Maybe but the president will survive the He has the satisfaction of knowing that he stood on always a wobbly platform in this and the next few years will confirm his Reagan termed this billion bill a pork barrel budget Thats about the size of The best that can be said of the act is that it will phase out the indefensible practice of federal grants for local In another five unless Congress succumbs to political the outright grants will yield to A revolving fund will be primed by billion from the federal and as local loans are repaid the fund will be Reagans chief objection to the act was based upon one of the bedrock principles of American the principle of This principle holds that certain such as national are properly the business of the federal Other responsibilities are the business of local Until no one ever dreamed that the construction of a local sewer line was anything but a local Then came the water pollution control providing federal grants of 75 percent of construction and the gravy boat sailed down the The 1972 act gave localities all the fun of spending money without the pain of raising Fifty billion dollars our waters have improved but the prin ciple has Reagan also objected to the bureaucratic expansion this act will The law vests immense regulatory and discretionary powers in the Environmental Protection Cities of more than population will find them selves tediously involved in offical permits for the discharge of New programs are to be established for nonpoint source Industries will keep their lawyers busy defending fundamentally different fac tors that make their pollution The act bristles with timetables and many of which cannot possibly be This is a bureaucratic The presidents sensitive nose quivered at the unmistakable smell of The act provides a grant of million toward cleaning up Boston Why isnt this the business of Boston The act provides million for sewage treat ment in De Why isnt this the business of Des Moines The village of is singled out for a grant of 75 percent of its sewerage Whats so special about the village of All kinds of raisins are in this Theres money for a demonstration project at Beaver Lake in and thank John Paul Theres money for testing the waters of Lake and thank Jack Fields of One of the floor managers of the bill was Robert Roe of New Whaddya know The aquifers of the Rockaway River area will get special A grant of 75 percent of coast goes to Whats so hot about Wanaque Californias delegation brought home some bacon for Orange Avalon and San The gentlemen from Arizona took care of Pinal and Santa Cruz Walker and Smithfield Townships in Pennsylvania get special The act smiles upon five counties in Connecticut and two counties in New Under 213 c theres a raisin for Taylor For the Taylor Mill is off 1275 in Kenton up around about three miles from the Ucking Maybe Taylor Mill has pollution problems so so so in dubitably that they require federal at But if the feds take care of Taylor who is to look after the needs of nearby Rabbit Hash and Big Bone It is under the Commerce to discover a federal interest in cleaning up the Great the Chesapeake Bay and certain major rivers that flow from one state to The goal of clean waters that are fishable and swimmable and drinkable and pleasant to look is a goal that has great Everyone shares that happy but Reagan was right This act is a poor boat for getting Andy Rooney People Andy Rooney doesnt care for Liberace left me It was always a mystery to me how he maintained his popularity for as long as he He seemed like a onejoke performer for me at the joke was over and I was tired of him the first him I saw The fact that he made a week during one period in his life and that he had a bedroom in his blocklong palace in Las Vegas with a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling on his did nothing to further endear him to You never like to hear of anyones but Liberaces was nothing more a matter of news Jt has been although not that he died of There was no doubt Liberace was an active Playing the stereotyped role of the homosexual was part of his Even those Americans who accept homosexuality as a fact of dont generally approve of homosexuals as a but Liberaces sexual orientation never lessened his appeal to middle It was always a mystery to The mystery was futher complicated by the fact that Uberaces greatest appeal was to please It was no surprise that Liberace attracted a crowd in Las Vegas where he lived and per formed most But last in his return to the Radio City Music Hall in New and appearing before a middle American he was a smash breaking all kinds of box office records I remember reading about it and being puzzled by his ability to attract such From the things Ive read about the man since his it seems as though I was typically too quick in dismissing He was undoubtedly a better performer and a better person than I had realzed while he was You cant always trust what people say on the occasion of someones death but Liberace must have been a pretty good piano Frank Sinatra was quoted in the papers as saying he was one of the finist human beings Ive Sinatra seemed sincere in his comment even though he leaves himself open to some bad jokes with Danny Thomas said Liberace was a brilliant a greater a tremendous showman and a good On the strength of the Im willing to revise my opinion of I wouldnt go to the window to watch him or open it to listen if he were playing across the street but he must have been a more interesting and attractive person than he appeared to me in his blue fox coat with the 16foot Liberace isnt the first entertainer whose talent has escaped my Elvis Presley seemed personally dislikable and professionally Obviously he had something that attracted millions of fans that didnt attract Im curious about what it And there are others Elizabeth Taylor never seems very beautiful to me in the newpaper pictures I see of her in which she is described as On I fail to be stirred by Jaon I dont find her sexy or attractive in any Linda Evans I find sexy and attractive in every Madonna doesnt captivate as a woman or a Phyllis Diller has never made me Buddy Hackett has made me laugh but I dont enjoy I never understand why people found the loud mouthed Martha Raye funny and it seems to me shes found her real level on the entertainment scene doing commercials for some kind of glue that keeps her false teeth stuck to her gums And what talent is it that Pick Van Patten has that makes him worth a car company buying his services to sell their product Its likely Im wrong about some of these just as I was apparently wrong about the character and talent of Your Representatives iil Clements Off ice State Cipitoi Texas 787 n Uamar Smith United States House of Representatives m House 20515 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room Russell 20510 Phil Qramm United States Senate DC 20510 William Sims CapitoJ station Box Texas Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box Texas 7W9 State jydith Jaff irifli CapjtoJ Status Box 1W48 Mac Sweeney Gyadalype County United States House of Representatives House Off ice The President of the United states The White House Pennsylvania Ave 20WO
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