New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 6, 1987, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

September 06, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE Editor and Publisher JIM Managing Editor New Texas t967 Editorial Public hearings must be well attended Comal County commissioners have scheduled two public hearings related to proposed regulation of firearms in unin corporated Commissioners are in apparent agreement that something to be done to discourage irresponsible discharge of firearms in areas that present a danger to human life and Responsible hunters should welcome this white light of in quiry and concerned Irresponsible shootists should take the hearings and com ensurate public outcry as a warning that the habit of shooting deer and other animals from vehicles moving along public roadways and inside populated areas will no longer be The hearings will be at 7 in the Startzville Community Building at the Startz across from the Circle K The second is at 7 Thurs in the commissioners courtroom on the third floor of the Comai County Courthouse 150 Seguin Room 301 in New Concerned hunters and unincorporated area residents should attend either or Longterm pot use may affect the kind of work you are able to obtain By MALCOLM HITTER AP Science Writer NEW YORK AP A study of heavy users of mari juana found very slight decreases in concentration and shortterm problems that may have shunted users toward less mentally demanding researchers The decreases were too small to cause obvious but its still cause for said study coauthor Bryan Page of the Univer sity of Miami Medical It puts you at a competitive disad Other drug researchers cautioned that the effect may have come simply from the users most recent marijuana and that men in the study smoked far more than most American I think its a good set of but I dont think it settles the whole said Ken chief psychologist at the Veterans Ad ministration Medical Center in Ann and professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of The new financed by the National Institute on Drug was presented Friday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological The researchers described it in recent telephone Some million Americans smoke marijuana ac cording to federal Other estimates are closer to 40 million or 50 The study compared the per formance of 27 users and 30 non users in Costa Rica on sophisticated mental said research associate professor in the Miami schools psychiatry The allmale group averaged marijuana cigarettes a day for an average of more than 30 said study coauthor Jack an associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston in University The users were asked to abstain from marijuana about two days before taking the which in cluded memorization of word lists and a computer procedure that measured speed of information pro he As a the users scored lower than the nonusers did in tests measuring shortterm memory and It is not clear which of those abilities was more Fletcher The findings showed very subtle he These arent people who need These are all produc tive Theres no evidence of anything like amotiva tional in which people become passive and uninterested in their he But the deficit apparently causes marijuana users to gravitate toward jobs that require less mental abili said who studied 15 users and 16 nonusers on the Page recorded their levels of mental activity every five minutes through the day on a fivepoint As a the users showed significantly less mental activity than nonusers he The study suggests but does not prove that mental performance caused that the resear chers For societal disapproval of marijuana use may have forced users into the less demanding Page Study coauthor Fletcher said researchers hope to use longer abstention periods and tests lor drug levels in the body in future he Your Representatives Bill Clements Governors Office State Capitol Texas 78711 State Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate 20510 Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg 20510 WiUiam Sims Capitol Station Texas 71711 Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 20500 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives 1713Longvworth House Off ice 20515 Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 State Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives 2910 Texas 78769 MINT FAME Nf APPEAR TO Br THE FAKE Emotions Scaring doves and the secret to happiness By JOHN This week 1 was asked to go clove hunting with a couple of good The weather had turned cooler and the landscape was brilliant with giving an exhilarating feeling of eman cipation from the cares of daily The doves flew in just often enough to allow the enjoyment 01 scaring them with my poor shooting while giving me enough time to reflect on lifes I killed five and helped twenty or so celebrate being alive until my friend who had a bet that he would kill the most dove loaned me some shells that he had purchased from the bargain basement of a VYVY II army supply store and my gun jammed We had a grand time As 1 sat waiting lor the 1 contemplated the value of enjoying the countryside with good friends 1 remembered the hours that 1 had wasted and thrown away worrying and fretting over things insignificant How much better it is for a person to enjoy the simple pleasures of lite Later over a dinner of steaks and baked potatoes my friends talked of the value of work thats en joyable and the importance of a balanced Our conversation reminded me of Solomons commen tary in Kcclesiastes Near the end of his earthly King son of reflected on mans experience bet ween birth and Solomon saw man laboring madly after one thing and then attemp ting to break the bonds of human vain ly pursuing a striving after wind Solomon recognised the meaningless ol working to accumulate things to achieve happiness What does man gain In all the toll at which he toils under the sun A generation comes and a genera lion but the earth remains forever i power or sexual gratification no lasting value 1 made great 1 built houses and planted vineyards I bought male and lemale slaves 1 had also great possessions ol herds and flocks 1 also gathered for myself silver and gold I got singers both men and wumen and many man s delight Then 1 considered all that hands had done and all the toil 1 had spent doing and all was vanity and striving after wind Ecclesiaxles 211 Wealth gives no lasting satisfaction He who has money will not be satisfied with nor he who loves with this also is vanits When goods increase they increase to eat them Kcclesiastes 1011 Solomon found that man can enjoy life when he frees himself from unrealistic expectations and patiently accepts Gods appointments 1 know there is nothing better for them than to be happy and to enjoy themselves as long as they live also that it is Gods gift to man that everyone should cat and drink and take pleasure m his toil Happiness comes rum pursuit ol purposeIn ing each ila to the lullevt enjoying thr ordinal loving others and serving God through work that tinngs internal satisfaction Purpose comes when we relax and let God direct our lues then we can find pleasure m the wondiiful opportunities that Gods gift ol life offers There is nothing wrong with having money There is nothing wrong with having power or IK ing materially successful power money success makes il easier to txi happy The problem comes from the single minded pursuit o wealth xiwer and success To seek earthly sue cess at the expense of your friends and your sou is an exercise in futility To use your wealth and power to help vour family friends and society bring the highest happiness and satisfaction The ordinary becomes extraordmar when we use our gilts l Gods glory and when we take lime to appreciate all that we have Inen given Gelling back to nature scaring doves and ing good fellowship offers a proper perspective on life lr s o Hill it SMI Antonio tins j private practice in Municipally speaking Parks operation significant in scope YSPKAKIKG is a public service ol City of Braunfels and affords the city manager and department directors an opportuni ty to inform the public about municipal services and In an effort to provide the general public and taxpayers with current information on municipal activities of the City of New the City Managers office will lie with the assistance of the Aeu Braunfels periodic newspaper articles concerning various projects and programs occurring within the municipal City Council explanations of other intergovernmental These publications are designed to promote awareness of municipal activities of the City of New The first article discusses various budgetary highlights of the citys Parks and Recreation New Braunfels certainly is a unique communi ty blessed with many cultural and historical Among the many resources which make New Braunfels unique are the community park and recreation Recent surveys in dicate that New Braunfels exceeds the national average of municipal parkland per residents by approximately 30 percent One measure of cost effectiveness in program delivery involves a comparison of parks and recreation expenditures versus rental revenue Municipal parks and recreration general operating fund revenue collections ac count for approximately Gil percent of the total anticipated operational expenditures for lY A considerable portion of these an ticipated revenue collections the user fee system which provides for the individuals the particular service to be responsible for providing for payment of the thereby reducing the burden on the ad valorem property tax A recent municipal parks and rercreation survey completed by Texas University indicates that the City of New Braunfels ranks in the top three municipalities in the State of Texas wherein municipal parks and recreation revenue collections exceed 24 per cent of the functionally related operational ex The two other municipalities in this same category have population levels of and II is interesting to review the municipal parks and recreation general operating budgets for FV Of the total allocation of the largest or 39 percent of the fun ding is allocated for general parkland maintenance Municipal aquatics maintains an allocation of 118 percent golf course an allocation of 19 parks system an allocation of 7 cemeteries 5 percent park system ranger 4r and municipal recreational programs are allocated 4 percent Revenues anticipated to IKcollected through the municipal parks and recreation system are as follows Municipal Swimming Pools Prince Soirm Park Facilities Picnic Fee Parking Lot Fee Park System Concessions Tola Anticipated Collections System usage data indicates more than people use the aquatic 800 groups use the group picnic vehicles use the parking areas and about individuals usse ibe miniature railroad concession It is this type of facilities usage that generates the above revenue which support the expen ditures required to operate the entire system The City Parks and Recreation Department maintains three primary goals or which are 1 Maintenance of public parkland in a safe and visually pleasing condition within budgetary allocations Provision of structured recreational pro gramming targeting residential and Kmphasis on system user fee collections to reduce ad valorem property tax burdens the most important goal that the City is attempting 10 achieve is to make local New Braunfels citizens proud of the opera tion and maintenance of TIJEIH parks and recreation ;

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