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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas 4 AIH6fald2eitungiWdne8day Nov 9 1994 Opinion talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Q U A B L The individual freedom of conscience pro tected by the First Amendment embraces the right to select any religious faith or none at John Paul Stevens Supreme Court Justice 1985 EDITORIAL Anew direction After a big election night win its time for Bush to govern My mission is to include not exclude to unify not to So said George W Bush the new governor of Texas as he claimed victory Tuesday night Hewill certainly have to do that if he is to deliver on his campaign promises of reducing juvenile crime reforming the welfare system and giving local communities more con trol of their schools Bush ran a clean campaign steering away from personal attacks on his opponent and that fact should make it easier for him to deal with members of both parties During has campaign Bush spelled out clearly his vision of Texas future and his legislative agenda Texans respond ed to that message Richards whose popularity still ranks high at about 60 percent was gracious in defeat stating All of us wish him the very best upon taking office in January because he is taking on the responsibility for Texas and that means he deserves While Richards remains popular voters still decided for a change in direction Texas is ready for a new generation of Bush said I have heard from Texas today and I hear a call for constructive Bush faces serious challenges in delivering on his promis es Juvenile crime especially seems out of control We all Jwish him good luck in tackling the challenges that face the Jstate With hard work and a little luck he can make Texas a bet ter safer place to live four years from now than it is today JThat is something everyone Democrat or Republican can ihope and work for Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger fWrite us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua v 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included I Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the i previous 30 days Mall letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfela HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa Si or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside 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 Seguin Marion Canyon Lake Bulverde and San Antonio by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the NewBrounfeU HeroldZetiung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Strange things are happening in toilets As you are aware if you fol low international events over the past year I have written a number two of columns about the worldwide epidemic of i snakes in toilets As a result I have received man letters from people who have had personal toiletsnake I encounters to the point where I now consider it newsworthy when somebody reports NOT finding a snake in a toilet But now I am getting nervous I say this because of a recent alarming incident wherein a woman attempting to use her commode was attacked in an intimate place specifically Gwinnett County GA by a SQUIRREL I have here an article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution written by Gail Hagans and sent in by a number of alert readers The headline a textbook clear journalism states Squirrel some how makes way into commode scratches Gwinnett womans I am not making this up The woman is quoted as I went to the bathroom and lifted the lid and sat down Thats when I felt something scratching my So following the Jump Slam Call and Tell emer gency procedure she jumped up slammed the lid down called her husband at work and told him to come home immediately which he of course did We may live in an age of gender equality but men have a protective instinct that dates back millions of years to when they would have o defend their mates from such vicious predators as the saber toothed tiger and the mastodon toilets wee much bigger Unfortunately by the time the husband got home the squirrel had drowned forcing us to once again ask When the Failed Clinton administration will demand that all Commodes be equipped with tiny life pre servers But that is not the issue at hand Thei issue at hand is that the squirrel apparently got into the plumbing system via a roof vent which means that if your like so many people have a roof your toilet is vulnerable to ANY organism with a long narroW body including but not limited to otters weasels dachshunds squids and international fash ion models with only one name such as Iman But that is by no means the only major toilet develop ment There is also the Mystery Toilet in Texas that produces ballpoint pens I am not making this up either According to a story in the Wichita Falls Times Record News written by Steve Clements and sent in by several alert readers a man named David Garza of Henrietta Texas has fished 75 Papcrmate ballpoint pens out of his toilet over the past two years sometimes as many as five pens per day Garza has no idea where they are coming from and neither do the local sewer authorities The story was accompanied by a photograph of Garza sitting on the bathtub next to the Mystery Toilet holding a pen looking like a successful anger I called him imme diately What is the status of the toilet I asked Its still a he said He said he hadnt found any new pens since the newspaper story but he has Become something of a celebrity This is understandable People naturally gravitate to a man who has a Mystery Toilet Everywhere I he said people say to me Hey you got a pen I asked him if the pens still write and he said they do Papermate out to make a commercial out of he said The slogan could be We come from all over and write You Know like CocaCola Its there when you need it Actually I dont think thats CocaColas slogan But Garzas statement got me to thinking about a possible breakthrough TV commercial wherein an athlete is standing in the locker room sweating thirsty as heck and the toilet gurgles and up pops a nice refreshing can of Coke Yum A commercial like that might be exactly what CocaCola needs to counteract all the free media attention Pepsi got recently with the syringe thing But the question is Why are Paapermate pens showing up in this toilet Tere is only one logical explanation Im sure you thought of it Alien Beings David Garzas toilet is apparently connected to some kind of intergalactic sewage warp through which aliens arc trying to establish com munication by sending Papermate pens which are for sale Probably they want us to write down our phone number on a piece of Charm in and flush it back to them Speaking of toilets and communication you need to know about a TV review column from the Daily Yomiru an English language newspaper pub lished in Japan The column sent in by alert reader Chris Graillat states that there is a childrens show in Japan called Ugo Ugo Ruga which features 1 am still not making this up an animated character with heavy eyebrows called Dr Puri Puri Dr a piece of talking excrement that keeps pop ping up from the toilet bowl to express strange plat itudes only an adult can falhom Youre thinking Hey Sounds like Henry Kissenger No seriously you are thinking that there arc indeed some scary worldwide developments occur ring in toilets and ihe international authorities had bel ter do something about it And then they had better wash their hands Dave Barry is a syndicated columnist with Tri bune Media Scientists probe the value of earthworms WASHINGTON AP An Agri culture Department study unearthed some of the ways worms help make healthy soil The yearlong study found for exam ple that worms help rain soak into soil at least four limes faster and their pres ence also reduces water runoff Burrows left by the worms are natures own system for collecting rain water in the soil where plant roots can suck it USDA entomologist Edwin Berry said By allowing the water into the soil the burrows keep valuable topsoil from washing away and prevent agricultur al chemicals from reaching waterways Today in history Analysis The study was conducted on Iowa lest plots using overhead sprinklers to simulate rainfall Unlilled fields with about 100 night crawlers per square yard soaked up 2 inches of water in only 12 minutes It took two hours for the water to soak into tilled worm free fields The insights on worms came as part of a wider study of soil as an ecosys tem The research focused on the inter actions that create healthy soil that fungi insects microbe bacteria and nemaiodes also play mportani roles Wormholes can be found up to 6 feet below ground The crisscrossing burrows create a natural drainage and aeration system for farmland The extent and placement of bur rows in ihe soil depends on how the worms react to varictv of sumuli such as soil temperature moisture density and soil type For example heat and dryness cause worms to burrow deep er Researchers also found that tilling the soil reduces the worm population by destroying burrows and disrupting supply inadvertently robbing the stem of their benefits AlJ tough there are around species of earthworm the night crawler is the most familiar often found emerg ing to the surface at night as the weath er permits In his research on earthworms Berry has found no explanation for this age old scientific puzzler Why are there so many worms on the sidewalk after it rains Earthworms do not drown anolcan exist underwater for weeks in con trolled Berry said Were not certain why they leave their burrows during By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Nov 9 the 313th day of 1994 There are 52 days left in the year Todays highlight in history Five years ago on Nov 9 1989 communist East Germany threw open its borders allowing cit izens to travel freely to the West joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall On this date In 1872 fire destroyed nearly a thousand build ings in Boston In 1918 Germanys Kaiser Wilhelm II announced he would abdicate He then fled 10 the Netherlands In 1935 United Mine Workers president John L Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Com mittee for Industrial Organization as part of the American Federation of Labor In 1938 Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewishowned stores and houses in Ger many and Austria in what became known as Kristallnacht In 1953 authorpoet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39 In 1963 twin disasters struck Japan as some 450 miners were killed in a coaldust explosion and 160 people died in a train crash In 1965 the great Northeast blackout occurred as several slates and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 hours In 1967 a Saturn 5 rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight In 1970 former French president Charles De Gaulle died at age 79 in 1990 Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev signed a historic nonaggression treaty with Ger many winning praise from German leaders for his role in the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall Ten years ago A bronze siatue by Frederick Hart tilled Three was unveiled at ihe site of ihe Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington The statue depicting a trio of bat tleweary soldiers was included in response to criticism that the memorial did not adequately represent Vietnam veterans One year ago Vice President Al Gore and Ross Pera debated ihe North American Free Trade Agreement on CNNs Larry King Edward J Rollins who had managed New Jersey eleci Chrisiine Todd Whiimans campaign set off a furor by asserting New Jersey Republicans had paid money to curb black voter turnout a claim denied by Whitman and retracted by Rollins Todays Birthdays Actress Hedy Lamarr is 81 Former Vice President SpiroT Agnew is 76 Sportscaster Charlie Jones is 64 Baseball execu tive Whitey Hereog is 63 Astronomer Carl Sagan is 60 Sen Bob Graham is 58 Actor Lou Ferrigno is 42 Thought for today Before I built a wall Id ask to know What I was walling in or walling Robert Frost American poet
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