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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas May OnlhM contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by wiy of online services or Internet dr to simply contact staff members the managing editors address How can you understand history how can you understand literature if you dont Understand the importance of religion Evelyn Holman educator 1994 EDITORIAL Build the reservoir San Antonio mayors thinking misses the point about need for surface water source San Antonio Mayor Bill Thorton weighed in on the water issue last week with statements that can only be described as clueless Oh where to start How about here According to the mayor of our neighbors to the south After all these measures we are doing as a businesses at risk harming some of our businesses if at the end of that all the Fish and Wildlife does is drive a pickup truck into New Braunfels and haul a few sala manders to San Marcos to solve that problem I say solve the problem now and leave our businesses Hauling a few salamanders to San Marcos where the endangered species will be kept in a fish hatchery is not a solution at all It is a desperate lastditch effort to stave off extinction And breeding the species in captivity is by no means a sure thing Keeping them in the hatchery does not ensure their survival but they can probably be kept alive until rains bring the spring flow back to levels where the species are safe Next he added If theres an answer to this problem that were going to learn in July lets have the answer today in May so we dont have to run through these various painful conservation measures that cost people The mayor must be misinformed if he thinks that if the endangered species problem was solved San Antonio would be relieved of these various painful conservation The aquifer is low and dropping fast Saline water could infiltrate public wells and we in New Braunfels and San Marcos would still like to see our springs flow even if there were no endangered species in them San Antonio would still have to conserve water Third Thorton said There are people in this community whose families depend upon their ability quite frankly to mow lawns at a time when were not Jhink about me cost and benefit of this He wants people to start using addi tional millions of gallons of water so a few dozen San Antonians can work at min imum wage or close to it jobs This is a man clearly dedicated to the prospect of sucking every last drop cut of the Edwards Aquifer Finally he added But 1 want to tell you that at the level of the largest cor porations business people will not make capital investments in this communi ty if there is uncertainty or lack of predictability of It is not the fault of the endangered species that San Antonio has a lack of cer tainty in its water supply At the risk of sounding like a broken record it is because San Antonio does not have a surface water supply Just build a reservoir like every other large city in America has done like youve known you should for at least the past 30 years Just build a reservoir Are you listening Build a reservoir 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Managing Editor DougLoveday Director of Advertising Debbie BantaScott Retail Advertising Jack Qsteen Manager Mary Lee Hall Circulation Director Pressroom Foreman Parnell Editor Croteau Published on Sunday nxrongs and weekday mornings Tuesday through FriJay by the Brauofels Comal County Tx class postage paid by he Brow fek fieraUZfitung in New Brwnfels Texas Cantor in Cwal and Guadalupe three months six months Mail delivery outside Comal County in three monjhs six one year Mail outside Texas six months one year v Subserilwrs who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday by SHOday may call 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by U address crwgw to Ijf 3J 1339 Biwwfels Tx 73 J311328 Why save endangered species Its still only May with what looks to be a long dry summer staring us in the face and we are already fac ing the prospect of the Comal and San Marcos springs going dry If that happens there is a real chance that several of the endangered species that call the springs home could become extinct But really who cares if the fountain darter or the San Marcos salamander or the Comal Springs riffle beetle become extinct Everyone in New Braunfels agrees it would be a shame if the springs go dry because wed lose the springfed pool the tubing on the Comal but who really cares if some bugs and tiny animals die off When it comes to bald eagles mountain lions or grizzly bears many people get emotional and are sympathetic to any efforts to keep these species alive But when it comes to beetles or Texas wild rice their eyes glaze over and suddenly its a waste of time and effort to try to save them So I talked to Jana Grote assistant field supervisor for the Fish and Wildlife Service Austin office and Dan Krause and Scott Royder of the Sierra Club in Austin to ask Who cares Below is a summary of the arguments they offered You can decide if it is worth money to save these species The Canary in the Coal Mine Argument You can look at an ecosystem like an airplane wing and the individual species like the rivets that hold the wing Grote said You could still fly the plane with a rivet or two missing maybe three or four but eventually that wing is going to fall All species are interconnected including humans and if salamanders start dying off it is an early sig nal that there is a problem that if ignored could Roger Croteau impact people The removal of a single species can set off a chain reaction affecting many others For example the brownheaded cowbird has a habit of laying its eggs in other birds nests Those other birds would then raise the baby cow birds In the old days the cow birds followed the buffalo eating insects the buffalo stirred up Since they were always on the move the cowbirds werent a big problem for any other species Once in while a bird would raise a cowbird but it was no problem When the buffalo disappeared the cowbirds stopped migrating which led to big concentrations of cowbirds in certain areas including around Austin where they are one of the chief reasons for the decline of the endan gered Mackcapped vireo and goldencheeked warbler Medicine and The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to keep all the parts youll probably need them later Many species become extinct before they have even been studied Powerful medicines are often derived from plants and ani mals Every time a species goes extinct we could be losing a cure for cancer For example the Pacific yew tree was almost extinct when it was discovered to contain a powerful anticancer agent Texas wild rice an endangered plant which grows in the San Marcos River may be used to make other strains of rice more productive Saving Ecosystems By using the Endangered Species Act to protect species entire ecosystems can be saved thus providing the benefits of habitat for many other species of plants and animals providing open spaces preserving our natural heritage pro tecting ground water supplies and recharge zones and other benefits The Moral Argument Aside from the more concrete reasons for preserving endangered species moral considerations are often mentioned May peo ple believe that every creature after adapting for millions of years to fit a constantly changing envi ronment has an intrinsic right to exist Exterminating other forms of life they say would not only be shortsighted but wrong especially since the species could never be replaced In short since man did not create the species he has no right to destroy them There are 955 species protected by the Endan gered Species Act It cost million last year to run the endangered species program which is less than it costs to build one mile of urban highway A lot of people have asked me what kind of response I got to my last column A message the Klan wont forget May Here goes Fourteen callers writers or visitors thought mooning the Klan was a great idea Eleven thought I was an idiot to make such a suggestion There were probably more of those since some of the people who hated it called the publisher and he probably didnt tell me about every call he Six said confronting the Klan was a good idea but mooning was out Three just had comments that werent pro or con Roger Croteau is city editor of the Herald SPWHGTlWEINAWERlCM Clinton embraces curfews to fight teen crime By SONY A ROSS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON a conservative theme President Clinton is embracing tough cur fews to fight crime Kids under 17 should be off the streets at 8 on school nights Clinton will offer his recommendations for suc cessful curfews today in New Orleans where a strict dusk to dawn curfew is credited with reducing juvenile crime by 27 percent and lowering auto theft by 42 percent He will deliver a speech before a womens group of the Church of God in Christ on a specific type of safety program for White House spokesman Mike McCurry said Wednesday Todays trip provides a good sounding board for the president to test his conservative themes Louisiana is a conservative state that gave Clinton 42 percent of the vote in 1992 and has a healthy number of swing voters New Orleans curfew is similar to those in six other cities that require youngsters to be off the streets at night and steer violators to curfew centers where they receive counseling and where parents pick them up A curfew report being issued today by the Justice Department says the best curfews provide excep tions for youths who are married accompanied by an adult traveling to or from work responding to an emergency or participating in a supervised school church or recreational event The report is to act as a guide in how to establish curfews that can withstand a constitutional chal lenge The most successful programs Justice officials said use creative community involvement to attack the root causes of juvenile delinquency and vic Law enforcement professionals generally view a juvenile curfew ordinance as an effective means to combat late evening department officials wrote However curfews are also intended to pro tect youth from becoming victims of Officials recommend that curfews fulfill seven criteria A curfew center to receive violators Volunteers and social service professionals at the curfew centers Counseling or other referrals for families Fines or community service sentences for repeat offenders Recreation or jobs programs Antidrug and antigang programs Hotlines for followup services Clinton is embracing curfews enacted in Dallas Phoenix Chicago Denver Jacksonville and North Little Rock White House officials said But the New Orleans program created by Mayor Marc Moriai contains the most elements outlined in the Justice Department report Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday May 30 the IS 1st day of There are 215 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May Joan of Arc condemned as a heretic was burned at the stake in Rouen France On this date In 1539 Spanish explorer Hemando de Soto land ed in Florida In 1854 the territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established In people were trampled to death when a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing triggered 3 In 1911 Indianapolis saw its first longdistance auto race Ray Hajroun was the winner Iq 1922 the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington by Chief Justice William Howard In people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago In 1943 American forces secured the Aleutian island of Ami from the Japanese during World War II In 1958 unidentified soldiers killed in World War U and the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington National Cernetery In 1971 the American space probe Manner 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a journey to Mars In 1980 Pope John Paul II arrived in France on the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since the early 9th century In 1981 the president of Bangladesh Ziaur Rah man was assassinated in a failed military coup In 1982 Spain became NATOs 16th member the first country to enter the western alliance since West Germany in 1955 Ten years ago 21 elderly passengers were killed when a tour bus went out of control on a mountain road and plunged into the Walker River near the CaliforniaNevada border Fiveyears ago The Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors can be sued for the legal advice they give police and can be forced to pay damages when that advice leads to someones rights being vio lated One year ago In a letter to SecretaryGen eral Boutros BoutrosGhali Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic demanded guarantees of no further NATO air attacks and de facto recognition of a self styled Serb state Todays Birthdays Country musician Johnny Gimble is 70 Actor Clint Walker is 69 Actor Keif Duliea is 60 Actress Ruta Lee is 60 Actor Michael J Pollard is 57 Country singer Wynonna is 32 Rap per CeeLo is 22 Thought for Today There are two statements about human beings that are true that all human beings are alike and that all are different On those two facts all human wisdom is Mark Vw Doren American poet
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