Thursday, November 16, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 413 0rhufgdaiy Novamtef Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion pqge call 6259144 ext 21 fv m m Opinion Online contact ito submit letterSiand guest H columns electronically by way online services or Internet or simply contact staff mefhbers the address Is1 Art is the signature of Beverly Sills opera singer 1985 EDITORIAL Whose property rights Bulverde protesters bark up wrong tree when condemning Ingram Readymix plant Talk about irony There it was on the front page of yesterdays paper Along with the story about the Citizens League for Envi ronmental Action Now rallying at the Governors mansion in Austin there was a photo of the protesters They and others were protesting what they see as bias in favor of businesses at the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Com mission The protesters from this area are angry that a concrete batch plant may be approved in the Bulverde area They want the TNRCC to block the plant The other protesters had similar concerns in their towns One of the protesters in the photo is holding a sign that reads Wheres Landowners Rights Thats right the protester asking the TNRCC to ban a property owner from using his property as he wishes is holding a sign ask ing Wheres Landownerss Rights In other words this protester is using a poster proclaiming support for property rights to argue against property rights She wants Ingram Readymix to be denied its property rights for the public good The people opposed to the Ingram Readymix plant have some excellent points They argue persuasively that the plant poses a threat to their com munity by polluting the air and water and by overwhelming an already dangerous intersection with a bunch of huge trucks But it is not a property rights issue If anyone has the right to use the property rights argument it is Ingram Property rights is a hot cause right now and it seems like every one wants to fly the property rights banner over their cause But there are many instances when the wishes of a private property owner to do whatever he wants with his property pales when compared to the damage he would do to the environment The catfish farm in San Antonio is one example Develop ments that would destroy endangered species habitat or wet lands are another The Ingram Readymix plant in Bulverde is yet another 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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 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 by 7 weekdays or by 11 ajn on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Reform priority of Congress The 104th Congress has made reform its first pri our budget congressional pensions Have been per year ah upholstery shob The 104th Congress has made reform its first pri ority reform the budget process to let families keep more of what they earn reform regulations to spur job creation reform environmental laws to protect both wildlife and private property owners reform immi gration laws to serve Americas interests Most important weve also reformed how Congress works We cleaned our own house first The first bill in the Contract with America applied the laws that Congress imposes on the American people to Congress as well We passed that bill on the first day of the 104th Congress President Clinton signed it and its law today Its amazing that for years Congress didnt have to comply with the laws it passed But the days of the Imperial Congress are over Cleaning house also meant reducing congression al committee staff and equalizing congressional pen sions We promised both those reforms and we kept our word Just as we promised our budget reduced by onethird the congressional committee staff that has grown over the years We also ended the unfair prac tice of congressional pensions accruing at higher rates than those of other government workers Under our budget congressional pensions Have been reduced and are computed at the same rate as all oth er government workers We applied term limits to the Speaker of the House and to the chairs of committees In the past members of Congress served as committee chairmen or Speaker for years wielding huge power and influence and sometimes rising to the role of imperial No longer Under our term limits the Speaker of the House or com mittee chairman can serve no more than six years In addition to reducing con gressional pensions reducing committee staff and applying the laws that cover American families to Congress we have turned over many congressional functions to private business Past Congresses maintained an array of perks and services all at taxpayer expense Congress employed a barbershop that cost at least Lamar Smith per year ah upholstery shop cabitjptinaker shop finisher shop and a Venetian blind shop that cost taxpayers to maintain The House of Representatives supply store lost million of taxpayer money in the fourth quarter of 1994 We ended these wasteful operations by privatizing those essential services to ensure that taxpayer mon ey is carefully spent As a result we keep prices low and help to ensure that die quality of services members use wnile per forming their duties oh behalf of constituents remains high The American people cannot reasonably expect Congress to balance the federal budget federal agencies unless it cleans its own jiiiijise first This was our first promise and by keeping our word we set the tone for the new Congress Congression al reform is ongoing in the 104th Congress and is intended to set the standard by which all agencies entrusted with the taxpayers hardearned dollars are expected to perform Lamar Smith is a representativefor New Judge wont keep lawsuit deposition secret By MICHAEL FLEEMAN Associated Press Writer Analysis SANTA MONICA Calif AP The public may get to hear Simpson tell his side of the story sooner than he wanted A judge on Wednesday refused a request by Simp sons lawyers to seal written transcripts of his upcom ing deposition in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Gold man Superior Court Judge Allan B Haber also said he would allow the deposition to be videotaped if a mediator supervises the testimony to keep attorneys from becoming abusive The mediator would then take charge of the video tape If there ever was a case that called for a discovery referee this is Haber said In his request to seal the transcripts Simpson lawyer Robert C Baker argued that releasing them might taint the case and that a videotape could be leaked and will be the lead story on the 6 We will get a jury pool that has made up its mind to a he said Haber replied that he would be surprised if there were a great number left in the county of Los Ange les who have not formed an opinion as to the culpa bility of Mr While Simpson has given some interviews to The New York Times and The Associated Press he has refused to discuss details of the case He never testified at his yearlong trial that ended Oct 3 in his acquittal in the knife slayings of his ex wife and Goldman He has said that he would like to talk publicly about the case in detail one day but not while liti gation is pending Simpson had agreed to a payperview TV appear ance but that idea fell flat when cable companies rebuffed the idea He then backed out of a noholdsbarred NBCTV interview His deposition in the lawsuit had been tentatively scheduled for Dec 46 On Wednesday Haber set a firm date but ordered it kept secret Haber set trial for April 2 A status hearing before another judge was set for Jan 18 at which time a tri al judge will be named It was unclear when and in what manner the tran scripts would be made public including whether they will be released in complete form or quoted in sections in court papers It does not mean we will release the said Daniel M Petrocelli a Goldman family attorney The judge also consolidated lawsuits against Simp son filed by Goldmans father and sister a separate suit filed by Goldmans mother and a third suit by the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson If I were not to consolidate the cases there is the possibility of inconsistent Haber explained The hearing was attended by Goldmans father and stepmother Fred and Patti Goldman and sister Kim Goldman Simpson did not attend This lawsuit as Ive said before is the only opportunity left for our family to get Fred Goldman said outside court He previously had said the suit is designed to strip Simpson of his wealth and that Goldman would reject any settlement offer The lawsuit represents Nicoles voice from the said John Kelly a lawyer for her estate Haber also allowed attorneys for the victims fam ilies to inspect some of Simpsons property seized by police The items include a fake beard credit cards and a handgun The attorneys were given two weeks to see the property before it is returned to Simpson A lawyer representing the AP and other media organizations opposed sealing the deposition Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Nov 16 the 320th day of 1995 There are 45 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov the United States and the Sovi et Union established diplomatic relations President Roosevelt sent a telegram to Soviet leader Maxim Litvinov in which he expressed hope that et relations would forever remain normal and friend On this date In 1776 British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution In 1864 Union Gen William T Sherman and his troops began their March to the Sea during the Civil War In 1885 Canadian rebel Louis Kiel was executed for high treason In 1907 Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union In 1959 the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music opened on Broadway starring Mary Martin as Maria von Trapp In 1961 House Speaker Samuel T Raybum died in Bonham Texas having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms In 1966 Dr Samuel H Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of charges hed murdered his pregnant wife Marilyn in 1954 In 1973 Skylab 3 carrying a crew of three Amer ican astronauts was launched from Cape Canaveral on an 84day mission In 1973 President Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law In 1982 an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players Ten years ago President Reagan arrived in Gene va for a threeday summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev Five years ago Soviet President Mikhail S Gor bachev told an angry Soviet legislature he would fire government and military officials blocking his reform plans Four of the socalled Keating Five went before the Senate Ethics Committee to deny any wrongdoing in helping failed savingsandloan own er Charles H Keating Jr One year ago The government reported con sumer prices rose onetenth of one percentage point in October A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the state pf California from implementing most provisions of Proposition 187 the voterapproved measure that would deny most public services to illegal aliens President Clin ton ending a fiveday trip to Asia discussed human rights with Indonesian President Suharto Todays Birthdays Actor Burgess Meredith is 87 Journalist Elizabeth Drew is Joanna Pet tet is 51 Tennis player Zina GarrisonJackson is 32 Baseball player Pwight Gooden is 31 Actress Lisa Bonet is 28 Olympic gold medal figure skater OksanaBaiulislS Thought for Today Whom God would sorely He endows with abundant good Yid dish proverb