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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 A P a Sunday February Opinion t to talk with Managing feditof Doug L6veday about the Opinion call 6259144 Q U A B Evidence is not evidence until it comes from the not the 11 oclock Lance Ito jurist 1994 EDITORIAL Outstanding citizens Nominations from readers needed for HZ Citizen of the Year Unsung Hero awards Several nominations have arrived at the HeraldZeitung office for this years Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes awards but not near ly enough With a deadline of Friday Feb 9 set for submissions time is running 0ut to put together your nomination for a deserving friend or neighbor As has been stated in a previous column by HZ editor and publisher David Sullens the newspapers Reader Advisory Board will make the final selection for Citizen of the Year through secret ballot The many Unsung Heroes to be recognized will be chosen by a pan el composed of members of the newspapers management team But we dont nominate people for the awards you do We encourage individuals and organizations to take the short time need to compose a letter outlining the reasons they believe that person deserves the recognition of Citizen of the Year or Unsung Hero in the j past Unsung Heroes have also been couples or groups of If youre wondering just who would qualify for a nomination heres the basic criteria Citizen of the Year award will go to the person judged to have made Ja notable and lasting contribution to the Comal County community surrounding area during the 12 months preceding publication of i the Horizons 96 project in late j Unsung Heroes are those people who receiving little or no recog l nition unselfishly find ways to make the community a better place Its that simple But the process grinds to a halt without nominations After the selections are made recipients will be honored at a recep tion the afternoon of Friday March 29 to which families and local offi cials and dignitaries will also be invited and at which advance copies of the Sunday Horizons section will be distributed according to Mr Sul lens Inside that Sunday edition stories and photographs of the Citizen of the Year and the Unsung Heroes will be published To make nominations for either award submit your letter in person to the newspaper office or mail it to The HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax it to the attention of Managing Editor Doug Loveday at 2106251224 Email nominations may be sent to DLoveday@AOL.com) Thanks Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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 Tetters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVali Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Production Joyner City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraMZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa 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 MaH delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months wisjsear MaUoutskJe Texas six months one Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through finktey or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 pjn weekdays xtiy U on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeiiung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 m m Opinion Online contact i To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitufigs address is HZeitung@AOL.com. Underground tank cleanup vital In an address before the General Assembly of the United Nations President John F Kennedy said Never before has man had such capacity to control his own We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission constantly endeavors to ensure that this gen eration is the best by protecting the states water soil and air from contamination Preserving the envi ronment is a formidable continual expensive noble and necessary task as reflected in the agencys efforts to clean up more than leaking petroleum tank sites in Texas Congress recognized that leaking storage tanks were a potential threat to the nations underground water supply and in 1984 created a broad regulato ry program for tanks containing petroleum and oth er registered hazardous materials The Texas Water Commission one of the prede cessor agencies of TNRCC responded to Congress program through a statewide tank registration effort that resulted in identifying more than storage tanks many of them old and corroded Others were abandoned or improperly installed maintained At least one in four leaked pos ing a threat to the environment primarily to water sources The threat mandated a massive cleanup effort In 1989 the 71st Texas Legislature created the Petro leum Storage Tank Remediation Fund Supported by bulk delivery fees that annually generate million the funds assets were used to reimburse owners and operators if they cleaned up sites Thousands of tank owners responded After the 72nd Legislature expanded eligibility criteria in 1991 reimbursement demands drained the funds assets In 1992 the 73rd Legislature approved a million loan from the general revenue fund to reimburse claims and establish a cleanup priority system The loan was repaid and TNRCC devised the first state plan to pri oritize contaminated sites TNRCC identified tanks that posed the greatest threat to human health and safety and the cleanup process continued Since 1989 the state has reim bursed tank owners approxi mately million Texas received approximately million in federal money for the cleanup but costs continue to mount An additional billion is needed to clean up existing sites The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that from to more unreported tanks are leaking and could cost billion to remediate In April EPA delegated its authority to TNRCC sim plifying reporting procedures and placing the state in charge of the cleanup process The 74th Legislature modified this program House Bill 2587 by Rep Clyde Alexander DAthens and Sen Bill Sims DPaint Rock set a deadline for reporting leaking tanks to ensure that their owners are eligible for reimbursement Additionally the bill providesviolation penalties and stipulates that the Judith Zaffirini reimbursement program will end on Sept Only tank owners who reported known tanks by Dec will be eligible for reimbursement All tanks installed after Dec 1 1995 must be registered within 30 days to remain eligible for reimbursement Exceptions will be made for owners of registered facilities who discover unregistered tanks property owners who did not know tanks were on their prop erties and government agencies Contaminated sites discovered after Dec will not qualify for reimbursement funds Tank own ers should have their tanks inspected prior to that date Those concerned about leaking tanks should notify TNRCC via 5122392200 for cleanup and regis tration information Almost sites averaging tanks per site have been cleaned in Texas SD 21 reflects more than registered tanks According to Joe Woodard director TNRCC Petroleum Storage Tank Division tanks at 921 locations in SD 21 are contaminated and are active cleanup sites Most registered gasoline diesel or other petroleum products and are located at gasoline service stations and convenience stores Fewer than 5 percent contain hazardous chemicals such as indus trial solvents and This cleanup is expensive as indicated by cost estimates as high as billion Protecting the envi ronment is important however for as President George Bush said A better America is a cleaner Judith Zqffirini is a state senator for New Braun What do you think Would you favor a flat tax system in place of our current tax system Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes has sprinted ahead of former frontrunner Sen Bob Dole in many voter polls Analysts believe his call for a flat tax as well as his barrage of television ads has struck a chord with many in the Republican Party krjow if you Arnjrjcans would pay the same percentagei of their Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax survey to 210 6251224 Copied forms are acceptable Deadline for this survey is Saturday Feb Yes No Comments r1v City Write em GOVERNMENT OFFICES President of the Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 2024561414 Vice President of the Al Gore Old Executive Office Bldg 17th St and Pennsylvania NW Washington 20501 2024562326 Senators for the state of Texas Phil Gramm 402 E Ramsey Rd San Antonio TX 78216 2103669494 Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Bldg 300 E 8th St Austin TX 78703 5124825834 Congressmen Lamar Smith Ste 640 San Antonio TX 78209 2108215024 Frank Tejeda 1313 Military Ste 115 San Antonio TX 78214 2109247383 TEXAS GOVERNMENT OFFICES Governor George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 5124632000 Attorney General Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 5124632100 State Senator Jeff Wentworth 1250 Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78209 2108267800 FAX 2108260571 The Survey Fivefeaders responded to last weeks survey question Was the correct to punish the soldier who wouldnt serve in a and the majority were opposed to the dishonorable dis charge handed down by the military court The responses follow As a Army retiree I give the soldier respect for standing up and fighting for what he thinks is right Is he any different than Clinton who chose not serve in Vietnam yet he is allowed to be president If the wants to be in every battle in the world let them hire their own army Keep our army American and jn America where they belong He was constitutionally right In a voluntary military 1 A volunteer should be allowed to leave the military without penalty when he cannot support the UCMJ Universal Code of Military Justice 2 A bad conduct discharge gives him no credit for his good conduct I fought in Europe in WWII We knew the enemy by their uniform and we were not fighting for or serving our country fpr a draftdodging yellow belly like Clinton We have no business there As a military person you dont get to pick and choose the orders youre going to obey Also NATO is running the operation and not the The soldier was convicted of disobpying a lawful order Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Feb 4 the 35th day of 1996 There are 331 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History In 1789 electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States On this date In 1783 Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colony the United States of America In 1801 John Marshall was sworn in as chief jus In 1861 delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery to form the Confederate States of America ID 1932 New York Gov Franklin D Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid In 1938 Thornton Wilders play Town opened on Broadway In 1941 the United Service Organizations or USO came into existence In 1945 President Roosevelt British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta In 1948 the island nation of Ceylon now Sri Lanka became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth In 1974 newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley by the Symbionese Liberation Army In 1975 more than people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala and Honduras In people were killed when two cars of a Chicago Transit Authority train fell off elevated tracks after a collision with another ttp til 1983 singer Karen Carpenter died in Downey at age 32 in 1987 pianist Ubwace died Jo Palm Springs at age 67 Tea years ago President Reagan in his fifth Slate of the Union address proclaimed a Great American Comeback from years of economic woes and told a joint session of Congress that America was growing stronger every Five years ago Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani offered toehold talks with Iraq and the United States in an attempt to mediate an end to the Gulf War President Bush sent Congress a trillion budget for fiscal 1992 containing a deficit of billion One year ago A standoff between the United States and China escalated into a trade war with each country ordering stiff tariffs against the other Todays Birthdays Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks is 83 Feminist author Betty Friedan is 75 Actor Conrad Bain is 73 Former Senator Donald Riegle is 58 Comedian David Brenner is Vice President Dan Quayle is 49 Rock singer Alice Cooper is 48 Actress Lisa Eichorn is 44Cowalry Qint Black 34 Thought for Today No humjan creature can give orders to George Sand French author   

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