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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas V it t j il i M Date Hi Foftim Strong sign control needed t To the editor An dealing with billboards and signs has been passed by City Council or the first reading with the that modifications may be made before the Second I submit that any tinkering should make the ordinance stronger because it is very restricted limitations reduce near For one wall signs not even mentioned and the interpretation given at the first reading was that a business owner without obtain ing a make his entire wall and rood area into a giant The lighing scheme for this may whatever an active imagination can Real estate signs and con struction signs and information signs are not listed and are not restricted in any The minimum spacing between at feet does not ap pear at first but it becomes clear that this limit separately to each side of the road this becomes a bitter If you think Texas 46 going into town from the south has too many try to imagine it with still more large faced billboards to be located the left side of the road This is the pattern then that will apply along the interstate highway or any street or In traveling a car may pass by six legally spaced This will take one minute at 60 miles per hour thus allowing only 10 seconds for each A limitation of feet from any one billboard to another would be a better arrange What happened to the Highway Beautification Act A complete discussion of the failures and omissions and shenanigans have put New Braunfels so far out of step with what nearby cities are doing and with what would be best for this community overthe long run is too long Jora newspaper and the story is still too in complete at the present time for the editors at Texas Monthly magazine to commit to a long Any future expose will not help the New sign problems but may be useful to alert citizens in other The Fredricksburg ordinance pro vides an example of what can be Offpremise signs and portable signs and flashing light signs are all Fredricksburg also has a Historic District in which signs are subject to review It may come as a surprise to those who hooted down the idea of a Historic District for New Braunfels to know that Seguin has such a District and the shop owners there are proud of Seguin has a very lengthy ordinace which some portable signs for limited times and some carefully regulated No billboards or sign of any sort may have flashing lights or moving The San Marcos vides that no new off primise signs are to be and relocated signs are limited to a few specified Flashing light signs are although por table signs may be used for 30 days only to announce a new The Boeme ordinance prohibits portable signs of any Lighting for allowed signs must be constant with no or running and limited to onpremise The Missouri City Code prohibits offpremise signs and por table and signs with blinking or traveling The overwhelming majority of peo ple that I talk to feel that there are too many billboards in town already and that flashing light portable signs are particularly My neighbors on the West where bad things in the way of signs seem to happen have no problem in ob jectively regarding portable signs as unsightly and as traffic and acquaintances from other areas have the same Portable signs are often placed as close to the street as possible and the lighting is designed to be The message content of these signs can not be regulated due to First Amendment considera As cities grow sexually explicit messages which are offen sive to many will The best may to treat this problem is to avoid having these signs at Very few of the many opposed to excessive signage speak out at public partly due to part ly due to a reluctance to get entangl ed in a storm trooper and partly because they believe that elected city of Heals will take care of fthenv andwillact intheir best in terest whether they appear or There is a need for those in favor of reasonable sign control to become in volved because the numerically small group opposing sign or dinances has used effective speakers to win the previous debates by The opposition group members are now working for essen tially zero control over This is not in the best interest of New Braunfels To improve the proposed ordinance I suggest deleting the words on the same side of a street or roadway from Section 18A3C and placing limits in Section 18A5 on the length of time existing portable signs can be used at any Allen Aotrey New Braunfels Your Representatives Bill Clements Governors Off ice State Capital Texas 78711 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Off ice 2Q515 Uamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Rpnald Reagan The President of the United States The White 1600 Pennsylvania Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate 2Q510 State Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 William Sims Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Uoyci Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate 20510 State Edmund Kyempel House of Representatives BQX 2910 Texas 78765 Mike Royko What did Reagan when did he forget The presidential conference is now open for You may begin About your How Is It possible that you cant remember whether or not you approved that first shipment of arms to Iran I remember the Thats a different According to the Tower Commission the first time they asked you about the arms you said that you did remember approving So did you did you really remember at that time I remember the Thats but about the Tower They said that the second time they talked to you said that Don Regan told you that you didnt approve the Do you remember that Remember the Red River and the cowboy who loves you so Well try to do But to get back to the arms Last week you changed your story still again and told the Tower Commission you just remembered that you didnt remember whether you approved the arms So there seems to be some confusion about what you I remember youre the one who made my dreams come a few kisses Andy Rooney Im you must have the wrong per it seems to a lot of people that something as important as sercretly approving an arms shipment to a terrorist nation would be the kind of thing a president would surely Are you positive you dont try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and so We all remember such happy But if we can return to the Tower Arent there any something that could help you remember We met at I was on time I remember it You do Thats Were getting who was at the 9 oclock meeting and what was dicussed We dined with a tenor sang I remember it Im not sure were talking about the same The Iran arms There are many unanswered and a growing number of Americans are concerned about your inability to remember essential They are genuinely concerned that you are having pro Can you tell us If you suffer from lapses of memory dreams of love so true oer the sea of memory Im drifting back to you Childhood wlldwood among the birds and bees you left me but still youre my own In beautiful memories Those are fine but they arent the memories we are Its been sug gested in some circles that if you cant remember whether you approved the arms this could call Into question your menial could you tell Is there anything you can remember You must remember a kiss Is still a a sigh Is just a sigh the fun damental things apply as time goes It Is Important that people be confident that you are not suffering such serious mental Isnt there something that you can tell the American people to restore their con fidence Concerning you Isnt there some assurance that you want to give them about what you can remember give my regards to remember me to Herald Square Thank Mr President And thank Thanks for the of candlelight and castles on the the Parthenon and moments on the Rhine thanks for the 1 think that was Bob Hopes theme 1 remember It well Football and feeling good about academics It looks as though Southern Methodist Univer sity is going to have to let the Methodists play football for a The National Collegiate Athletic Association has barred the university from Intercollegiate competition next year because some of the SMU players were caught being paid to play this past Being caught was the sin It Is just remotely possible that some other college players in the nation also received a little something under the The NCAA says 13 SMU players were paid a total ot in monthly On player admitted he was paid but wouldnt say who gave him the Whoever paid the SMU players might want his money backThe team won only six games this year and lost In a college that specializes in a 65 record isnt good You have to wonder how the five colleges who beat SMU got their players without paying thats the talked to some people in Dallas after it hap Everyone ssys how terrible it is for but Im not sure it in any college that tries to play topten ajwiys 8 war going on between the athletic department and the The athletic department usually The athletic department at SMU Is a big loser this time and some of the faculty must be The best teachers at a big time football college like Southern Methodist resent the emphasis on sports over They resent that football players dont really go to college there no matter what their class attendance records show and they resent that the football coach Is paid five times what they No college with a Top Ten team has a Top Ten academic The best universities dont even try to play bigleague football because they know it cant be done without letting down either the academic or ethical The Penn State Joe is one of the best and he has a reputation for making an effort to see that his players are But even Joe must make Penn State was I in the nation last yearThe University of Pennsylvania won the Ivy League but no one compares the University of Pennsylvanias team with Penn States and no one compares the academic program at Pern State with the University of The chances are that if a high school or college team wins more than half its pmes over a long something funny is going Either theyre playing smaller schools with fewer students to draw from or theyre recruiting foot ball The academic community at the University of Miami must have been embarrassed to have their school represented by Its football team this The team played the game well but In TV and newspaper Interviews the players did not ap pear to have been much good at spelling long I doubt that many of them could pass a high school freshman English or math Southern Methodist University might have come out of this scandal better off than it The only things someone from some other part of the country Knew about Southern Methodist before this was that Kyle Rote and Don Meredith played football there Until many of us never knew that Southern Methodist actually had a faculty Now we know because we saw some very good professors and administrators from the college being Interviewed as a result of the NCAA ban on their I dont feel bad for the Southern Methodist coaches players l feel good for the teachers and THRiW AWAY MY ANP BUT ITS HQT AWAY UOHTW
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