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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas PageAA Q U O T A B It is my duty to report all that is said but I am not obliged to believe it all Herodotus Greek historian c 440 E D I T O R I A Toxic waste collection a hit City county Laidlaw officials and 565 households deserve thanks for making day a complete succes A lot of people deserve a big pat on the back for making Saturdays hazardous waste collection a model for other communities around the state to follow The event was well planned and executed by county city and Laidlaw Environmental officials The turnout was impressive and it was obvious that this program should be continued on a regular basis County Commissioner Morris Moe1 Schwab deserves spe cial recognition for getting the ball rolling on the project But the biggest thanks goes to the 565 people who took part of their weekend to gather up the unwanted leftover paint the old car batteries the used motor oil and other haz ardous wastes that were lurking in their garages and under their kitchen sinks and bring them to the collection site on Loop 337 The tremendous turnout for the first collection day points out that people in Comal County do not take their pristine environment and the areas natural beauty for granted Of course it would be easier to dump that old paint down the drain or drop those old car batteries in the bar ditch outside of town but people here apparently understand that all of us share the responsibility for preserving our countys environ ment Thousands of gallons of motor oil about 700 car batteries 220 gallons of paint and more stuff you wouldnt want in your drinking water were collected That means thousands of gallons of hazardous waste that could have ended up seeping into our water supply will be safely disposed of The program clearly deserves to be continued It is not often the government comes up with such a good idea and follows through with it so successfuly Todays editoial was written by Roger Croteau City Editor for the New Braunfels Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Bnumfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Classified Reininger Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday nwmings Tuesday through Fri day by the New Brauafels HeraldZeitung 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Brauttfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas USPS 377880 Canier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail out side Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6060846 tollfree for customers in Marion San Antonio Seguin Bui verde Canyon Lake and Gaiden Ridge by 7 pjn weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion HeraldZeltung Sunday Dec Did Lafarge really give up Thursday April 8th 1993 the front page of the HeraldZeitung reads LAFARGE GIVES For the first time in almost three years the people of New Braunfels and Comal Co breathed a collec tive sigh of relief that toxic waste from all over the and Mexico would not be burned here for prof it BUT a closer look at the front page revealed the following statement from Lafarge VP Duncan Gage who he was confident attitudes in New Braun fels toward burning hazardous materials would change over time and Lafarge could attempt to gain permitting in the futuren This one forboding statement has remained all these weeks since April In recent weeks we have seen a reemergence of Lafarge management and its supporters making statements in our local media with three main themes 1 the declaration of the proven safety of cement kilns burning toxic wastes For example on Nov 14 in the HeraldZeitung Lafarge manager Larry Alexander states cement kiln coprocessing of haz ardous fuels is a proven accepted technology world Theme 2 we must find safe ways to dispose of OUR hazardous wastes and Mayor Seidel is the villian who wants our new household haz waste cen ter to send its collections to cement kilns elsewhere rather than the reputable one in our own Theme 3 Mayor Seidel and Councilman Fraser are perpetrating deceit in conection to the amending of the Laidlaw contract to be consistent with city and county policy in not sending our hazardous wastes to any cement kilns We the voters of Jan 1991 who by a margin of 9 to 1 said we didnt want commercial toxic waste incineration in our town should ask ourselves why these new accusations Could there be perhaps a hidden agenda behind this new wave of Did Lafarge really give up Paul Pennington On Nov made comments to the city council relative to Lafarge managements attacks on the cor rections made to insure that hazardous waste from New Braunfels does not go to other kilns Last Sunday in the HeraldZeitung I was accused by a Robert L Ristair of making remarks that are without any rationale reasons fail to have any sci entific or factual I would like to respond in this forum with an overview of those comments so that you the reader may decide for yourself if there is any factual reason to be alarmed by these recent events Also the doc umentation of the following has been fowarded to the Editor for anyone who would like to examine it First I commended County Judge Carter Casteel Mayor Rudy Seidel and all of our elected officials who when the error of the Laidlaw contract was understood took quick steps to correct it I also pointed out that since Lafarges subsidary Systech was intended to be one destination in the Laidlaw plan that it would be helpful to give an update on recent regulatory problems espe cially with the new espousing about the safety of cement The detail of these recent violations was meant to show that the mayor and county were not spreading deceit but showing strong leadership in amending the contract Some of the update was as follows 1 On Sept the announced major fines for violations involving hazardous wastes Lafarge in Fredonia Kansas Lafarge in Paulding Ohio Lonestar Industries Green castle Indiana haz waste handled by 2 April 12 1993 the Michigan Department of Natural Resources finds that Lafarge Alpena MI scores as one of the top ten sites of contamination in the state and recommends it be included in the states superfund list 3 Sept The Dallas Morning News reports after a meeting of the TRNCC Texas top environ mental officials said thai they want to crackdown on cement plants practice of burning hazardous wastes 4 Recently the EPA and the State of Michigan have identified violations of the new Federal BIF reg ulations at Lafarge in Alpena Penalties and fines are under review right now If the EPA applies the strict application of the per day fine the result could be a total fine of up to The EPA does not enforce fines of this magnitude unless very serious condtions exist that could endan ger the public I concluded my remarks with a request to the council to put the question publicly to Lafarge man agement1 Are you willing to commit categorically that you have no intention and will not in the future attempt to burn hazardous wastes in New Braun fels Its a simple question A clear answer could go a long way in helping this community rest easy The other question to be answered is why are you making personal attacks on just two councilman when the pol icy of no cement kiln burning is policy for both city and county Thank you Mayor Siedel Council and Commis sioners for standing with the people on this issue Paul Pennington is a board member of Securing A Future What do you think Many messages in numerous forms have been sent to the general public in Comal County since the Thanksgiving holiday urg ing local citizens to do their shopping In New Braunfels Local business particularly small independentlyowned businesses count on the holiday revenues to make up a large portion of their annual profits Some contend that big city malls provide conveniences that cant be found locally What is your opinion Where will you do your How much of it will be done here in New Braunfels Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa in New Braunfels and well report the results in next Sundays edition One vote per person No names will be published Deadline to submit your opinion is Friday Dec 10 After further consideration the editorial staff has decided to accept copied forms as well as original forms MB RM Ml M MM Ml MM RM M Ml Mi Ml Ml Mi Mi Mi Ml M Ml Ml Ml Mi Mi Ml How much of your holiday shopping will be done in New Braunfels Name Address City Age Sex 70 60 Circle one ALL 90 80 GUILT AND RESPONSIBILITY In his book People Of The Lie M Scott Peck writes To feel guilty about something that is not bad is unnecessary and sick Not to feel guilty about something that is bad is also Sadly many of us try to run away from emotion al pain Well do anything to avoid feelings of depression guilt anxiety anger frustration grief and sadness In trying to avoid these negative feelings we sometimes lose our humanity When faced with a choice between the right way and the easy way well take the easy way every time To quote Scott Peck again Humanity is locked in a titanic struggle between the forces of good and evil between God and the devil The battleground of this struggle is the individual human soul The entire meaning of human life revolves around the battle The only question of ultimate signifi cance is whether the individual soul will be one with God or one with the Just as we become evil slowly over time through a long series of wrong choices the more often we make the correct decisions the better we become Each choice in life that enhances our honesty integrity truthfulness and courage increases our capacity to make the right choice On the other side of the coin each act of cowardice or choosing the Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Dec 5 the 339th day of 1993 There are 26 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Sixty years ago on Dec Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to rat ify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution thereby repealing the 18th Amendment On this date In 1776 the first scholastic fraternity in America Phi Beta Kappa was organized at the College of William Mary in WUliamsburg Va In 1782 the first native president Martin Van Buren was bom in Kinderhook N Y In 1791 composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna Austria at age 35 In 1792 George Washington was reelected pres John Walker easy way increases more wrong choices Again to quote Dr Peck Of course there are crimes of greater and lesser magnitude It is a mis take however to think of sin or evil as a matter of degree It may seem less odious to cheat the rich than the poor but it is still cheating There are differences before the law between defrauding a business claiming a false deduction on your income tax using a cribsheet in an exami nation telling your wife that you have to work late when you are unfaithful or telling your husband or yourself that you didnt have time to pick up his clothes at the cleaner when you spent an hour on the phone with your neighbor Surely one is more excusable than the and perhaps all the more so under certain circum the feet remains that they are all lies and betrayals If you are sufficiently scrupulous not to have done any such thing recently then ask yourself whether there is anyway in which you have lied to yourself Or have kidded yourself Or have been less than you could is a self betrayal Be perfectly honest with yourself and you will realize that you sin If you do not realize it then you are not perfectly honest with yourself which is itself a sin It is inescapable We are all The key to becoming a fully functioning individ ual is being aware of our imperfections and making every effort to do better because our choices do make a difference Character comes from action We are what we do As C S Lewis writes There is no neutral ground in the universe every square inch every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Facing our problems and doing whats right sal vages our humanity and preserves civilization Dr Walker is Medical Director for Professional and Community Education at Laurel Ridge Hospital in San Antonio and speaker and writer who lives in New ident of the United States John Adams was reelect ed vice president In 1831 former President Adams took his seat as a member of the House of Representatives In 1848 President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of 49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California In 1932 German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa making it possible for him to travel to the United States In 1955 the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFLCIO under its first president George Meany In 1978 the American space probe Pioneer Venus I orbiting Venus began beaming back its first infor mation and picture of the planet to scientists in Mountain View Calif In 1979 feminist Sonia Johnson was formally excommunicated by the Mormon Church because of her outspoken support for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution In 1989 East Germanys former leaders includ ing ousted Communist Party chief Erich Honecker were placed under house arrest Ten years ago More than a dozen people were killed when a car bomb shattered a ninestory apart ment building in mostly Muslim west Beirut Lebanon Five years ago A federal grand jury in North Carolina indicted PTL founder Jim Bakker and for mer aide Richard Dortch on fraud and conspiracy charges Bakker was convicted of all counts Dortch pleaded guilty to four counts and cooperated with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence One year ago Russian President Boris Yeltsin narrowly kept the power to appoint Cabinet ministers
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