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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday Feb Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Q U O T A B L The First Amendment as we understand it today rests on the premise that it is govern ment power rather than private power that is die main threat to free Sandra Day OConnor Supreme Court Justice 1994 D I T O R I A L S Dont take the risk Failing to get your pet vaccinated for rabies could cost more than your pet Due to a rabies epidemic in the extreme portions of South Texas rabies an ageold disease which plagues wild animals and unfortunately domesti cated animals as well a campaign to have pets vaccinated for the disease is well underway Since the outbreak began rabies cases have been climbing and geographically they have been appearing closer and closer to the Comal and Guadalupe County area Yesterday the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association held a rabies clinic at three locations in the county for minimal costs in an effort to help prevent cases from developing locally The HeraldZeitung pro moted the clinic on the front page of Wednesdays edi tion If you missed the clinic you can still have your vaccinated by simply calling your veterinarian It could be one of the most important phone calls you make Rabies doesnt just affect animals Once animals are infected and become rabid they can infect people even children from only one bite Prevention is the key If you see an animal which looks suspicious perhaps mad or drooling do not approach it Be smart and call the Comal County Sheriffs Department your local vet or your local animal shelter and let them do what they are trained to do Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon manag ing editor for the 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 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 HeraUZeiung DSPS 377880 707 Lands or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coma County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by foe 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 three months six months one year Subscribers who nave not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes IP the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion MORE CHOICE AND MORE COMPETITION David Sullens It appears the board of the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce soon may be asked to endorse a resolution in support of Texas telephone companies effort to secure relaxed regulation The Chamber should not adopt such a position no mat ter how innocuously worded it may be Such resolutions presented to other chambers of commerce have called for progress change competition and brighter tomorrows things so broad as to be almost meaningless but they are intended to be presented to legislators as endorsements of the phone companies efforts to end There are many reasons for the Chamber not to endorse such a resolution What follows is a column written toward the end of January by my good friend Dolph Tillotson the publisher of The Galveston County Daily News It makes the very complicated and contro versial telephone deregulation issue about as understandable as it can be The telephone companies in Texas are again in Austin seeking relaxed regulation so they can make more money Many other Texans including most of the states newspapers oppose blanket deregulation for good reasons They fear local franchise holders have too much power to monopolize new businesses such as home computer information services If you ewn a home computer or a telephone youve got a dog in this fight What is at stake is the future development of the muchtalkedabout information highway in Texas what new ser vices arise who provides them how much they will cost The phone companies say We need relaxed reg ulation in order to bring to Texas fiberoptic cable and other innovations If you dont listen very very carefully you would think regulation prohibits such develop ment Actually there is nothing in state law or Public Utility Commission regulations that pre vents those developments today In fact they are underway now The phone companies say Well spend bil lion on infrastructure if you free us from restric tions Thats the same promise the phone companies made in the late 1980s when they sought rate increases At the very least Texans should require the promise to be in writing and in detail this time Make the commitment real The phone companies say Freeing us from reg ulation will bring new jobs to Texas In the next decade experts predict 80 percent of the states jobs will come from small businesses Those are precisely the kinds of businesses that could be squeezed out of the picture if the phone companies get their way The phone companies say Newspapers that oppose deregulation are dinosaurs vainly trying to hang onto the dying past Actually opposition does not come just from newspapers It comes from a broad coalition of media companies cable TV and other long distance providers small businesses and virtually every consumer group in Texas Newspapers are not trying to cling to the past Many are leading the effort to develop new innov ative computertelephone information services Those who oppose telephone deregulation are more interested in encouraging competition than in stifling it It is our hope that Texans will have a dazzling array of choices for computertelephone informa tion sources Newspapers of course hope to par ticipate in that exciting future It is our biggest fear that each community will have one choice only for such services That will be the same choice they have now for local tele phone service no choice at all The good news is consumers do have an oppor tunity to speak on this issue No doubt they will call clearly for more choice and more competition That is best in the long run for everyone David Sullens is editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Ti feSponded to lastweeks HeratdZeitung reader sur asked if Comal County Commissioners were right in fiours In the powJ2 1am Lanaa in Newtiraunieis v Address Ic UMUQ Yes or No circle one i city i jji XVL i Can the Republicans afford to be left behind Cal Thomas Its the dead of winter Dur ing recent Republican adminis trations this has meant numer ous network television reports on the homeless These reports usually linked the insensitive and harsh policies of the Reagan and Bush administra tions to the plight of those who slept on heating grates and on occasion froze to death With the exception of a few local newscasts the homeless watch is virtually over for the networks There have been no suggestions that President Clinton is to blame for those foraging in trash cans and eating out of dumpsters or sleeping in cardboard boxes One man is trying to rise above the political bat tle by actually doing something to help the home less Not only is Ohio Congressman Tony Hall a Democrat he is proposing a solution that might work and wouldnt cost the taxpayers any mon that ought to appeal to Republi cans Beginning in his home district of Dayton Hall has persuaded the local Democratic Party to open its headquarters to homeless people Sounding like Today in history some of his Republican colleagues Hall said Government alone cannot solve these problems Private organizations must also bear the The chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party Dennis Lieberman announced that empty upstairs rooms of the partys building in Dayton will be equipped with bunk beds to house as many people as possible Most will be the over flow from the St Vincent Hotel which currently pays through the local shelter program for over flow residents to sleep in other hotels Lieberman says the partys offer should reduce or eliminate those expenses currently running between to per year Local Democrats estimate it will cost the party between and a year to maintain their build ing as a facility for the homeless They say they will bear the cost whatever it is Hall also wants doctors dentists lawyers and other professionals to donate their services to needy people in the community If the homeless are able to work they will receive job counseling resume help and it is hoped be directed into the Job Training Partnership program that develops the skills they need to find jobs The executive director of St Vincent Jim But ler told the Dayton Daily News This is an ideal solution to a problem weve been facing for the past five years The community didnt want to cre ate another shelter because of the financial burdens that would have An ideal solution is not a phrase usually asso ciated with the homeless problem But if Democ rats and Republicans could get together on this sig nificant social concern they might become a mod el for other groups and individuals that political and philosophical differences dont mean people cant work together in true compassion and chari ty The Republican rap is that Democrats see prob lems as opportunities to create new expensive and unworkable federal programs The Democratic rap is that Republicans care too little about the poor and hungry Hall is providing by example a way to bridge that philosophical gap and to demonstrate that where compassion and humanity are con cerned party labels should be checked at the door of at least one partys headquarters Democrats are showing the way in Dayton Can Republicans afford to be left behind in that city and in other communities Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist with Los Angeles Times By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Feb 19 the 50th day of 1995 There are 315 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on Feb during World War II some Marines landed on the Western Pacific island of Iwo Jima where they encountered ferocious resis tance from Japanese forces The Americans took control of the strate gically important island after a monthlong battle On this date In 1473 the astronomer Coperni cus was bom in Torun Poland In 1803 Congress voted to accept Ohios borders and constitution but in a bizarre oversight did not get around to formally ratifying Ohio statehood until 1953 In 1807 former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama He was subsequently tried for trea son and In 1846 the Texas state govern ment was formally installed in Austin In 1864 the Knights of Pythias was founded in Washington In 1878 Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph In 1881 Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic bever ages In 1942 President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern JapaneseAmericans In 1959 an agreement was signed by Britain Turkey and Greece grant ing Cyprus its independence In 1963 the Soviet Union informed President Kennedy it would withdraw several thousand of an estimated Soviet troops in Cuba WOW 220 readers say Commissioners were out of line From staff reports Approximately 220 HeraldZeitung readers said that Comal County Com missioners were wrong in changing the hours of county alcohol sales from 2 to midnight weekdays and to 1 on Saturdays Approximately 24 readers responded favorably saying the agreed with the commissioners decision Some of the responses included I agree The changes will hurt the local tourism industry The commissioners abused their authority by playing God for their vot ers The best way would have been to have a vote and let the people decide This is a good example of government doing their own interest not the peo ples Do the citizens of Comal County run this county or do the commission ers and the police Are we a dictator ship This situation does not gener ate capital within the county What is wrong with this picture It was voted in by the people It shouldnt be taken away by a few peo ple Enough of our Constitutional rights are being infringed upon Lets stop it here I am an adult and cap decide for myself where and when I want to go somewhere Small busi ness will be hurt by this I felt the commissioners were right but still I would have liked to have had a say in it What would il have hurt to let the people have a say in this by having an election I like the idea but I am only one person There is more at stake here i
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