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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A O HeraldZeitung O Sunday November Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 220 QUOTAS Truth is that which serves the interests of a people Two groups of people locked in combat cannot be expected to have the same Albert B Cleage Jr author c 1980 D I T O R I Diverse viewpoints Ad hoc committee formed by NBU to include those with differing concerns An ad hoc water conservation committee to be formed by New Braunfels Utilities is another way area residents can become involved in water policy making in this area This newspaper has repeatedly called on area residents to join in the efforts of government officials who have been fighting to produce sensible water policies for this region The result of unmanaged use of the Edwards Aquifer was plainly seen this summer when the Comal Springs dried up and the Comal Rivers flow slowed dramatically Most area residents would be in favor of measures that protect the springs but what has been overlooked in many of the debates are the effects of water regulations on busi nesses such as landscapers nurseries and local car wash es In our zeal for stricter pumping measures some consid erations involving businesses and property owners have been overlooked An ad hoc committee with representatives from those concerns will help to raise awareness about fications of prolonged drought and water conservation The new committee is also expected to include NBU and city representatives according to Paula DiFonzo NBU general manager But the committee should absolutely include members other than the usual The more diverse the views and concerns represented the better the counsel the committee can give NBU offi cials in their dealings with the Edwards Aquifer Authority and other waterrelated entities For more information on the formation of the committee call NBU at 6298400 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher ext Toney Managing Editor ext Loveday Director of Advertising ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Osteen Classified Advertising Manager ext Reininger Business Manager ext Lee Hall Circulation Director ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman ext Parnell City Editor ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Brawtfels HemldZeitiwg USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeilung 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 pr by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Opinion Online contact Td submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is DLoveday@AOL.com There is room for everyone really The transition which occurs when we are faced with changing times is probably best defined in the words of Charles Dickens It was the best of times it was the worst of Tale of Two Sometimes we are so wrapped up in ourselves we forget what is truly happening around us We are fac ing a new millennium It is the rum of the century At the turn of this century our community saw the mass production of the automobile It transformed the business environment politics and travel It created new businesses gas stations fastfood restaurants mechanic shops and the list goes on Many resisted the automobile and other technology It was too painful to give up the horse and buggy that had worked efficiently for decades Blacksmiths buggy makers and others who served the horsedriven world lost business so they either went bankrupt or they learned to drive in a new world Today we face a similar transition Computer tech nology and advanced telecommunications are allow ing us to go further than we ever imagined They are transforming the way we communicate they are transforming business and they are making our world smaller and smaller And just about every one in business is striving to understand and diversify to keep up with the times As more people come to the realization of their posi tion in our changing society we start to reach out to others with the knowledge and potential to help us suc ceed Our community is reaching out to the untapped talent that is growing among us This is why different business groups are forming to address the issues we face in an innovative way To empower each other for the future success of our businesses New ideas and concepts are part of the evolutionary process of every society And like a child who is reaching maturity the growth and transformation of a com munity can be painful Any time society faces revolutionary changes we will always have those who embrace change and move forward and those who cling to the beauty of the past Those who adhere to what has worked in the past are destined to become engulfed and drown in the tidal wave of the future Nevertheless we will eventually come to recognize and respect each others contributions and work together to increase com munity success Because todays visionaries in the end will need the experience the past offers So in light of what is happening around us is a womens chamber really necessary Yes Because at this rime in our history a womens chamber an His panic chamber and any group wishing to ensure their familys future is needed to tap deeper into the wealth of our community its people Professional women are needed to empower and Cristina Aguilar Friar Guest Columnist encourage others to become leaders and entrepre neurs Traditionally women are raised to have chil dren and run the household but as we see more and more women supporting families or going on welfare then its time for the successful female entrepreneur to take on the responsibility of mentoring the sister hood Because if we really want to face facts the only way we can truly reach a higher level of success is by helping others succeed We are our brothers sisters keeper With onethird of the world speaking Spanish and with enhanced technology and what it means to busi ness in the next decade the talents of Hispanic women and all women must be cultivated and grown Our society is going to need more translators more mediators more educators professionals and inter national business experts to meet the demands of commerce in our country and across the globe So why should a small quaint town as ours even both er Because with the rapid development of the Antonio corridor our community is esti mated to grow to more than people in the next 15 years We will no longer be a small town but a small metropolis Our mayor Jan Kennady has said time and time again there is room for and in the worst of times and the best of times no truer words have been spoken Cristina AguilarFriar is a member of the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in New Braun V Texans know ways to cut spending Boy did 1 ever hit a nerve with Texans when I asked for their ideas on how to cut government spending My questionnaire which your newspaper was kind enough to publish late last summer included this query for Texans to ponder Do you support cutting spending to offset tax cuts Is there any area of waste in government you would like to see cut Some of your answers covered two or three sheets of paper Few responded to the questionnaire with a simple Yes to the first part of the question Most had a long list of suggestions for more frugal feder al government spending Far and away the most frequent answer to this question was Stop giving welfare and other bene fits to immigrants especially illegal Congress attempted to do so in the welfare and immigration reform bills which it enacted this with several exceptions Among the enforcement provisions the President insisted on dropping from the final immigration bill were ones designed to ensure that illegal immigrants cannot come here and participate in our welfare and Medicaid programs The President also required that illegal aliens be allowed to remain in public housing and continue to receive taxpayerfunded treatment for HIV infections Some of your comments on this issue were We need to take care of our own citizens first were Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Nov 3 the 308th day of 1996 There are 58 days left in the year Todays Highlight In History One hundred years ago on Nov 3 1896 Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan for the presidency On this date In 1839 the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out In 1868 Republican Ulysses S Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour In 1900 the first automobile show in the United States opened at New York Citys Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America cutting back on them to provide for and It is shameful that people come here and take advantage of our generosity This must be Along those same lines welfare programs in gen eral were among your favorite areas for cutting including the Supplemental Security Income pro gram SSI for those who dont qualify for Social Security and the Earned Income Tax Credit Entitlement spending is eating our lunch and our one respondent wrote Many others who responded to this question targeted foreign aid and expenditures on military missions such as the deployment of troops in Bosnia One person wrote Cuts should first be made in overseas spending The billions spent overseas could be better utilized within our bor ders to build highways combat illegal entry and stabilize Social Security Yet others envision cuts clos Kay Bailey Hutchison Guest Columnist er to home Many of you suggested reducing or eliminating a number of federal agencies and pro grams IRS OSHA National Endowment for the Arts Americorps the CIA and the FBI and entire departments the departments of Energy Commerce and Education were the most unpopular among Texas Others would do away with corporate welfare and what one person termed overly bur densome environmental regulation that is not cost Finally many of you offered specific costcutting plans for reining in federal spending A 10 percent acrosstheboard cut in every federal budget area would be fair to all one person wrote Another said Congress should budget and appropriate for twoyear periods Reduce growth in programs by a fixed percentage for each budget And another wrote We need to impose sunset laws to phase out unneeded federal programs Congress should have to rejustify spending items every so One reader summer it up when she wrote We need to take a lesson from small business and become lean Dont cut a leg off Lose a little everywhere Our children will appreciate I too believe our children will benefit if we can muster the will to be more fiscally prudent In the upcoming Congress I will continue to do every thing possible to identify and eliminate unnecessary government spending We should prioritize our spending like every household and every small busi ness has to do Kay Bailey Hutchison represents Texas in the In 1903 Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia In 1908 Republican William Howard Taft was elected president outpolling William Jennings Bryan In 1936 President Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M Air Landon In 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2 the second manmade satellite into orbit Onboard was a dog named Laika which was sacrificed in the experiment In 1964 President Johnson soundly defeated Republican challenger Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right In 1970 Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile In 1979 five radicals were killed when gunfire erupted during an antiKu Klux Klan demonstration in Greensboro after a caravan of Klansmen and Nazis had driven into the area In 1990 Broadway musical actress Mary Martin died in Rancho Mirage at age 76 Ten years ago AshShiraa a proSyrian Lebanese magazine first broke the story of arms sales to Iran a revelation that escalated into the IranContra affair Five years ago Israeli and Palestinian repre sentatives held their firstever facetoface talks in Madrid Spain In another milestone Syria opened its first oneonone meeting with Israel in 43 years One year ago President Clinton dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 The Labor Department reported the nations unemploy ment rate had edged down to percent in October a sevenmonth low Typhoon Angela ripped through the Philippines killing more than 880 people   

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