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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas OnHiwoontaot submit fettle and Quest of amendment pcndtting foluntary school the of American arfture to allthat none wiU be forced to be offended and humiliated publkly by a sectarian prayer or reUgtous Peter J Riga lawyer 1994 Gearing up for action Continued construction of chemical weapons plant in Libyan will bring attack Remember the F18s that streaked across the Mediterranean Ocean toward Libya during the Reagan Administration unleashing bombs on Tripoli and nearly killing leader Moammar Gadhafi That scenario and perhaps even more military action may take place again soon in the Libyan desert The Defense Department has revealed that Libya is now well into the construction of what will be me worlds largest under ground chemical weapons plant Whats especially troubling to American officials is that the facility is located in the side of a impreg nable to conventional attack If damaged by a conventional air strike or missile strike analysts believe it could be up and running within weeks Those same analysts believe only a direct hit by a nuclear weapon could permanently disable the plant The seriousness of this development can be seen in statements made by Defense Secretary William Perry Recently he was quot ed as saying the would not allow the facility to produce chem ical or biological weapons That means our military is either gearing up for a conventional attack on the Libyan site in the very near future or theyre actually contemplating a nuclear strike there if warnings to the Libyan gov ernment go unheeded sound the is right to be morel man weapons facility AfteTwitriessing the devestating effects of the Sarin nerve gas attack in a Tokyo subway by a religous cult world leaders are now faced with the threat of terrorist groups getting their hands on and using weapons of mass destruction on population centers And because Libya is on the governments list as a support er of terrorism worldwide it is likely that our officials fully expect Gadhafi to export these weapons if produced to causes that pose a direct threat to Americans abroad and in the The Pentagon is right to state that they will never allow the facil ity to begin operations We just have to have the will power to back up those words Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Love Write Braiinfels letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual encore 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 i 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 Unique mayoral platform proposed New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Osteen Accounting Uee Hall Circulation Ann Avery i PrQSsrpPfn Parnell Qity Croteau Published on Sunday mannings and weekday roomings Tuesday through fiiday by the Tx 78J3M328 Second class postage paid by the ftew ffraun in New Braunfels Texas Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six pne yew Mail outeid sU months one year Subscrifeejs who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday weeWaysorby U am New Braunfels five years from will h Jock question to ask our candidates for mayor both of whom are fine people who no doubt waM do a great job of leading our city into the next century But I think I have a unique vision for he future of New Braunfels and an agenda that will bring us there Thats why I feel compelled to throw my hat into the ring and announce my writein candidacy for mayor of New Braunfels My platform is simple but radical Traditional but innovative Daring yet sound And it has just three planks First people want this to be a safe city so I propose ONE ON ONE POLICE PROTECTION Thats right a personal officer for every New Braunfels resident Now wouldnt that make this city a better place to live Wouldnt you feel safer Wouldnt you vote for it I can hear you now But Rog how would we pay for it A good question and one I can answer with the second plank of my platform which would make New Braunfels current tourism industry look non existent The tourist dollars would flow like beer at Wurstfest Here it is Convert the LCRA building into a brew ery Put a giant water tower on the roof Pump the beer into the water tower And when you turn your faucet at home BEER COMES OUT Tourists from around the world would flock to the city where beer flows like water The thiid part of my platform also concerns the LCRA building BUILD A WATER SLIDE FROM THE ROOF OF THE LCRA BUILDING TO THE SPRINGFED POOL Yes 1 have a vision for New Braunfels in the 21st Century Drunks careening down the worlds biggest water slide with their personal police escorts So vote early vote often and vote Croteau Or vote for one of the candidates who actually want the job but the important thing is that you learn the issues and vote I went to the new improved springfed pool with my family April 14 I wasnt sure Id tike it I enjoyed the laidback feel of the oW pool it reminded me of Barton Springs pool in Austin I thought zip lines flume slides and squirting mush rooms would give me pool more of a Shlitterbahnlike touristy feel Dont get me wrong I love SchJitterbahn but it was also nice to have a quiet bucotic pool where you can relax Im glad to report it looks like my fear was unfounded Yes there are colorful squirt ing mushrooms a zip line a rope swing and a water slide like Schlitterbahn but the springfed pool is still the Roger Croteau springfed pool It still has the same atmosphere My fiveyearold immediately fell in love with the water slide and spent 90 minutes riding it But I wouldnt be me if I didnt find one thing to complain about would I Now the lifeguards there are all attentive Im sure they put in long days of work for not much pay And Im sure its not easy staying alert sitting or standing in the sun hour after hour So I want to start off by saying I like and respect the lifeguards at the pool especially the ones who taught my daugh ter to swim a couple of summers back something she still remembers and talks about whenever we visit the pool But lighten up guys Every time a kid or adult broke into even the slowest most lesiurely trot a whistle would blow and the word WALK would ring out It wasnt like that last year or the year before A couple of other people Ive talked to have noticed the WALK happy lifeguards too so Im not alone on this Once I saw a toddler probably two years old holding his mothers hand The mom was walking so the toddler had to jog to keep Cmon the kid was holding his mothers hand Ateenager was a fcwsteps bemndagroupof his friends he started to jog a few steps tft rejoin his It started getting on my wifes nerves and mine I must I mean you are at the pool to relax and every few seconds Tweet think Im exagerating I counted One lifeguard went Tweet WALK 14 times in three min utes Thats once every seconds Multiply that by eight lifeguards on duty Yikes Before I totally belabor the point one quick story A man started flying a kite directly over the kiddie looked a little dangerous Ijye seen kites pick up a pretty good head of steam as they careen toward the ground and the end of a kite pointy and made of wood or plastic I thought the lifeguard would probably Stop the guy from flying the kite But he didnt While the kite hov ered above the pool he just kept going Tweet WALK every seconds Well ydu guessed itThekite started curving to the side losing altitude and picking up speed It struck a little girl right in the face right in front of the lifeguard The girl wasnt hurt and the lifeguard stood by The guy who was fly ing the kite started to jog over to make sure the little girl was He retrieved his kite and started flying it again I guess there is no written regulation about flying kites but there is most definitely one about talking Next weekend as an experiment Im thinking of wa asl gling the knives Next weekend as an experiment Im thinking of valking around the pool juggling knives Ij figure is long as I keep walking and dont jog wrJiJejug ling the knives Ill be U From the Not Quite Clear On The Concept File Eden Home celebrates Earth Day with a balloon release thereby creating a trail of litter several coun ties long as the balloons pop and fall to earth Its sort of like celebrating Armed Forces Day with a flag burning f Roger Croteau is city editor of the New Braunfels lajj Ii loJiba House panel opens hearing on ATM fees By ROB WELLS AP Business Writer WASHINGTON AP For Rep Marge Rouke ma the issue of rising fees at bank automatic teller machines was crystallized in the comic pages of her local newspaper The cartoon showed an ATM machine with a large hand and a gun facing out directed at the con said the New Jersey Republican who is chairwoman of a House Banking subcommittee on consumer credit That image no doubt was spawned by new rules allowing banks to charge additional fees to people who use their ATM machine but dont have an account with that bank While only a small number of banks are assessing such fees which went into effect April 1 the idea of consumers paying more to get at their own money has generated intense interest among consumer groups and Congress Roukemas subcommittee was scheduled to open two days of hearings today on the subject Rep Charles Schumer has introduced legislation requiring banks to clearly disclose such fees to consumers a practice major ATM network operators say already exists And Rep Bemie Sanders has proposed pro hibiting the new ATM surcharges which went into effect April 1 Roukema has invited bom to testify but wouldnt say whether she supports either bill I am trying to withhold any judgment on she said It clearly is an issue that is gaining momentum certainly with the Roukema intends to ask what it costs a bank to serve another barjks ATM customer and what should be considered a fair prof it But the banking committees ranking Democrat Rep Henry Gonzalez DTexas noted that Roukema and most of the panels GOP members last July vot ed against requiring ATM fee disclosure The majority of Banking Committee Republi cans dont favor even such minimal consumer pro tections as disclosure of ATM Gonzalez v Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday April 24 the 115th day of 1996 There are 251 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On April Congress approvedla bill estab lishing the Library of Congress in Washington appropriating for the purchase of such books as may be Qn this date In 1793 the national anthem of France a was composed by Capt Claude Jose ph Rouget de Lisle an officer stationed at Strasbourg In J877 federal troops were ordered out of New Qiteans ending the Norths postCivil War role in the South In 1898 Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting Americas ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba In 1915 the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the brutal mass deportation of Armenians during World War I In 1916 some Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin including the General Post Office The rising was put down by British forces several days later In 1953 British statesman Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham In the Massachusetts Institute of Tecbnolo nal between Camp Parks and Westford Mass In 1968 leftist students at Columbia University in New York began a weeklong occupation of several campus buildings In 1970 the Peoples Republic of China launched its first satellite which kept transmitting a song The East is In 1980 the United States launched an abortive attempt to free the hostages in Iran a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight servicemen In 1990 the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral carrying the billion Hubble Space Telescope Ten years ago Wallis Simpson the Duchess of Windsor the woman for King Edward VHJ had given up the British throne died in Paris age 89 Five years ago A Kurdjsb retel leader announced the guerrillas had reached Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to end the Kurds two week rebellion
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