Thursday, June 22, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 Thursday Juno Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 The frame for AfricanAmericans in Hollywood and Madison Avenue seems to be either were savage brutes or were the You might say that if s only entertainment except these frames of ref erence resonate hi our Jannette Dates journalism educator 1994 EDITORIAL Thinking ahead NBU plan to acquire additional water rights from river good for the aquifer If New Braunfels Utilities has its way it will win the right to pump acrefeet of water per year from the Guadalupe River The process of pursuing permits to allow NBU to take the water started last night with the first of three public meetings on the plan The proposed water supply permit application has some very good points that make it hard to resist and a price tag that makes it hard to support If NBU gets the water it wants from the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake it will allow New Braunfels to pump acrefeet of water per year less from the Edwards Aquifer The city and NBU would also give up the right to take acrefeet of water per year from the Comal River Although the permits are in place to pump water from the Comal the permits are not The result would be enhanced protection to the Comal Springs and Comal River a unique and beautiful ecosystem that deserves protection It also means increased river flow in the Guadalupe downstream from where the Comal empties into the Guadalupe New Braunfels is the city that has the most to lose if the aquifer is over used as a water source The springs that add so much to the citys quality of life could be only a few years from going dry So it is important that New Braunfels set an example for other cities over the aquifer and move away from heavy reliance on Edwards Aquifer water and toward surface water supplies Trie permits NBU is seeking also appear to pose little or no threat to Canyon Lake or to water users downstream If successful in its permit application New Braunfels would be assured of an adequate water supply through the year 2040 more security than any other city in the area enjoys The city used more water in 1986 than in any other year That year only a little more than acrefeet of water was used NBU wants to ensure a supply of acrefeet per year so it is clear the city could triple in size in the next 50 years and still be able to meet demand for water Of course all this security would carry a price tag more than mil lion Projections predict many more people will live in NBUs service area by the time the bill will have to be paid so the cost will be spread more wide ly than if it had to be paid today Is the promise of a secure water supply adequate for the next halfcentu ry worth the price tag That is what citizens need to tell NBU Another public meeting to gather input will be held at July 6 at the New Braunfels Utilities Board Room 263 Main Plaza New Braunfels Make your opinion known Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger 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 i 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Cooper City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday roomings Tuesday through Friday by the New Bmunfels HenMZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Landa Si a 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 who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 ajn on Sunday POSTMASTER Send addicts changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er New Braunfeli Tx 781311328 Opinion contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeltungs address Is Conservatives always on defensive The Age of Aquarius finally arrived in New Hamp shire last years the presi dent of the and the speaker of the house demon strated that they could be civil to each other Harmony and understanding sympathy and trust abounded Both of their mothers would have been pleased Their sons political table manners were flawless Other than an agreement to name a commission to recom mend lobbying reform nothing of substance was achieved Or was it Newt Gingrich had the most to prove and to lose He showed to all but a who had never met him except in the he wasnt a bombthrowing meanspirited lovetherich care nothing for the poor rightwing fanatic Why by the way must conservatives always prove these things Barry Goldwater was branded by lib erals as a nuclear warmonger who would blow up the world and get us more deeply involved in Viet Ronald Reagan had to convince the voters who had been convinced otherwise by the press that Cal Thomas he wouldnt start WWffl And now its Newt Gin grichs turn to prove he isnt what liberals and big media say he is There is a difference between being civil ing overt according to one definition and being obsequious by or exhibiting a fawning The twocharacter play in New Hampshire tended more toward the latter than the former But again it had to or Gingrich would have confirmed in the public mind all that liberals have planted The niceguy attitude is a holdover from how lib erals once viewed the old Soviet Union If we could just convince them of our intentions if we could show them by our actions that we mean no harm they might be persuaded to be as nice as we are In truth it was conviction not niceties which broke the Sovi et Union Were now in the battle for the future of America We havent had a real policy debate since the New Deal but we are having one now The president and the speaker have different philosophies Those push ing for civility confuse form with substance While it might be possible for a Klansman and an AfricanAmerican to be civil to one another civility alone would do nothing to bridge the gap between their opposing views on the dignity of all human beings We should not it is true be calling each other names but we should be debating each others world view and philosophy because policies will be based on those philosophies not on our manners Civility wont solve differences of opinion on abortion religious freedom the power of the Supreme Court taxes welfare reduced government spending immigration foreign policy downsizing of govern ment or the Constitution A genuine open and prin cipled debate on these and other subjects is in the interest of every citizen These are issues that ought to be debated with passion because we are asking people to follow one or the other way of thinking and because each of these is critical to our future as a peo ple If those who believe that civility ranks first on the list of political discourse are they believe there ought to be more kindness between Congress and the White them elect a Republican president next year That will bring some of the friendliest dialogue weve seen in Washington since the Democrats reg ularly ran the two branches That would bring the har mony and understanding some seek to the nations capital Cal Thomas is a syndicated OLD DEMOCRAT NEW DEMOCRAT OLD OLD DEMOCRAT NEW OLD DEMOCRAT NEW NEW DEMOCRAT OLD NEW DEMOCRAT CONFUSED DEMOCRAT Write em GOVERNMENT OFFICES President off the Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 2024561414 Vice President of the AIQore Old Executive Office Bldg 17th St and Pennsylvania NW Washington 20501 2024562326 SENATORS FOR TEXAS Phil Qramm 402 E Ramsey Rd San Antonio TX 78216 5123669494 Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Bldg 300 E 8th St Austin TX 78703 5124825834 CONQRESSMEN Lamar Smith 1100 Loop 410 Ste 640 San Antonio TX 78209 2108215024 Frank Tejeda 1313 Military Ste 115 San Antonio TX 78214 2109247383 FAX 2109276222 TEXAS GOVERNMENT OFFICES Qov George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 5124632000 Attorney General Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 5124632100 State Sen Jeff Wentworth 1250 Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78209 2108267800 FAX 2108260571 or Box12068 Austin TX 787112068 5124630326 State Sen Judith Zaffflrini Box 627 Laredo TX 78042 2107222293 or Box 12068 Austin TX 787112068 5124630125 FAX 5124630326 State Rep Edmund Kuempel Box 911 781550911 2103798732 FAX 5124630904 or Box 2910 Austin TX 787682910 5124630602 FAX 5124635896 COMAL COUNTY GOVERN MENT OFFICES Comal County Courthouse 100 Main Plaza New Braunfels TX 78130 2106205501 FAX 2106205592 County Judge Carter Casteel 2106205501 District Attorney 22nd Bill Relmer New Braunfels 2106205533 County Attorney Nathan Rhelnlander 2106205591 District Clerk Margaret Herbrlch 2106205574 County Clerk Joy Streater 2106205513 County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew 2106205507 AssessorCollector Gloria K Clennan 2106205521 Sheriff Jack Bremer 2106203400 or 2106203450 County Auditor H Bate Bond 2106205557 Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers 2106258597 County Commissioners Pet 1 Evans 210625 5254 Pet 2 Danny Scheel 210 6095562 Pet 3 Christina Zamora 2106259213 Pet 4 Moe Schwab 210620 5508 Justices of the Peace and Constables Pet 1 Diana Q Campos 2106205547 Pet 2 Ramlro Ray Martinez 2106082025 Pet 3 Fred Stewart 2104382266 Pet 4 Howard Curly Smith Canyon 210935 4558 Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday June 22 the 173rd day of 1995 There are 192 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on June the World Wai II battle for Okinawa officially ended with Ameri cans and Japanese killed in the 81day campaign On this date In 1611 English explorer Henry Hudson his son and several other peo ple were set adrift in presentday Hud son Bay by mutineers In 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte abdi cated a second time In 1868 Arkansas was readmitted to the Union In 1870 Congress created the Department of Justice In 1911 Britains King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey In 1938 heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max SchmeUng in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium In 1940 during World War II Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris In 1941 Germany invaded the Sovi et Union during World War H In 1943 federal troops put down racerelated rioting in Detroit that claimed more than 30 lives 1944 President Roosevelt signed the GI Bill of authorizing a broad package of benefits for World War II veterans In 1969 singeractress Judy Gar land died in London at age 47 In 1970 President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18 In 1987 danceractor Fred Astaire died in Los Angeles at age 88 In 1992 the Supreme Court unani mously ruled that hatecrime laws ban ning cross burning and similar expres sions of racial bias violated freespeech rights Ten years ago At Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington Pres ident Reagan placed Purple Heart medals on the flagdraped coffins of four Marines who had been shot and killed by leftist guerrillas in El Salvador