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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A o HeraldZeHung Q Sunday December Opinion To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 Opinion conuKSt submit letters ahd guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is O U O T A B L Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better whereas enslavement is a certainty of the Albert Camus French philosopher author 1960 O R I A L Get that registration done EAA requires entities that pump more than gallons a day to seek permits The Edwards Aquifer Act has a deadline coming up that is extremely important to individuals or businesses that pump more than gallons of water a day out of the Edwards Aquifer Any person or organization operating such a well must regis ter that well by Dec 20 or lose the right to pump water The registration is actually a request for a permit to continue pumping If you do not file this application your well could be shut down Thats a serious consequence for missing a deadline Whether you agree with the Edwards Aquifer Act or the Edwards Aquifer Authority is not the issue The deadline and the ramifications of missing that deadline are the only important fac tors to consider Three separate applications are available for industrial munic ipal and agricultural wells The applications are color coded so you cannot use photocopies of the applications The filing fee is t With the application the applicant must provide evidence of the historic use of the well or wells from June to June 1 1993 In an interview with representatives of the EAA last week the New Braunfels HemldZeitung learned that the only location where the applications were available in Comal County was at the courthouse The EAA at our request agreed to provide this newspaper with the applications So if you need an application copies are avail able at the courthouse or here at the offices of the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa St If you want assistance in filling out the application or have oth er questions about the permit application process you may call the EAA for an appointment at 18002921047 This deadline is final There is no appeal mechanism for missing the deadline Todays editorial was written by Publisher and Editor Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation 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 pre vious 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 Director of Advertising Ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Ext Osteen Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Interim Managing Editor Ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HemldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels 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 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or weekdays or by U on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 7813 i1328 On this Thanksgiving weekend it seemed appropriate to thank those of you that have taken the time to comment on the changes youve seen in the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung A community newspaper has an important role and we take it very seriously We must provide a venue for community dis course a place where all sides of an issue can be heard We provided that during the height of the New Braunfels Independent School District school board debate when we published pages of letters to the editor and encouraged leaders within the debate to write guest columns explaining their stands and actions We also must report as vigilantly as possible on local government and issues that affect our dayto day lives Our job should be more than just report ing the facts A good newspaper strives to report the truth Often and this is an important point for both journalists and readers to understand a completely factual report does not always mean the account is the whole truth A newspapers task is to go to the decisioqjnak ers and information gatekeepers and seek out information for the citizens of our communities Often some of those leaders or information gatekeepers believe it would not be in their best interests for that information to be revealed Though wellintentioned in their own minds they want to release only some of the facts the facts that reflect positively on themselves or their department or agency We have some excellent elected officials and appointed administrators in our county and in New Braunfels Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Dec 1 the 336th day of 1996 There are 30 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec Rosa Parks a black seamstress defied the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white man aboard a Montgomery city bus Mrs Parks was arrest ed sparking a yearlong boycott of the buses by blacks On this date In 1824 the presidential election was turned over to the House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson William H Crawford and Henry Clay Adams ended up the In 1913 the first drivein automobile service station opened in Pittsburgh In 1959 representatives of 12 coun tries including the United States signed a treaty in Washington setting aside Antarctica as a scientific pre serve free from military activity In 1965 an airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began in which thousands of Cubans were allowed to leave their homeland In 1969 the government held its first draft lottery since World War II In 1973 David BenGurion Israels first prime minister died in Tel Aviv at age 87 Ten years ago President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the IranContra affair if such a move were recommended by the Justice Department Five years ago Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union Kidnappers in Lebanon pledged to release American hostage Joseph Cicippio within 48 hours The space shuttle Atlantis safely returned from a short ened military mission One year ago Tens of thousands of people in Dublin Ireland warmly welcomed President Clinton to his ancestral homeland The NATO alliance chose Spanish Foreign Minister Javier Solana to be its new secretary general Todays Birthdays Former CIA director Stansfield Turner is 73 Actor David Doyle is 71 Singer Billy Paul is 62 Actorcomediandirector Woody Allen is 61 Singer Lou Rawls is 61 Golfer Lee Trevino is 57 Singer Dianrie Lennon The Lennon Sisters is 57 Comedianactor Pryor is 56 Rock musician John Densmore The Doors is 52 Actresssinger Bette Midler is 51 Actor Treat Williams is 45 Actress Charlene Tilton is 38 Actressmodel Carol Alt is 36 Thought for Today No man knows his true character until he has run out of gas purchased something on the installment plan and raised an ado Marcelene Cox American writer Thats not the point What should be understood is that this newspa pers job is to question to obtain as much informa tion and fact to assure that our accounts to the pub lic are as truthful as they can be This newspaper probably will be asking more questionsand seek ing more information than it has in the past Thats intentional Its also essential if we are to do our job belter Often public officials hide behind the Open Meetings Law to debate public policy Thats wrong Suspicion is the companion of secrecy A newspaper has no more rights than any ordinary citi zen to force a government agency or ruling board or commission to work in an open and honest manner There are no special laws granting newspapers special powers of inquiry Our power as with any citizen comes from persistence tenacity and sense of pur pose It also comes from the power inherent with the potential of outcry from our readers A demanding vigilant public is the best way to ensure an efficient and honest government Most government officials especially on a local level are wellintentioned If you think otherwise youre wrong Democracy can be a disorderly method of governing Often in an effort to act quickly or without dissension elected officials and bureau Doug Toney Publisher cfats take short cuts that circumvent the publics right to know When members of a city council or school board debate and form public policy behind closed doors it is a serious problem We the public have a right to know not just what their policy decisions are but how they arrived at those decisions If public officials complain that this bbligation to Democracy is uncomfortable or embarrassing then they should do the right thing and resign In most situations the Texas Open Meetings Law does not insist that the boards or commissions meet in private The law only allows them to meet in private when they so choose Many public officials would like us to believe that they dont have a choice but thats just not the case In the months ahead we will be working harder than ever to meet our obligations to our readers We will strive to be fair diligent and watchful But all of you our readers are our best eyes and ears Many if not most of our inquiries are the result of citizens who have called about concerns they have We need and encourage those kind of calls from you Its important that the reporters editors and pub lic officials all realize that the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung works for the readers and citizens of Comal not the government agencies and officials of whom we report Thats an important distinction to make and maintain Doug Toney is the editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Some of us may need reminders about why we should be thankful Thanksgiving is relative The air in New Braunfels was thick with com plaints this week about the traffic about working on holidays about spending time with inlaws about flu symptoms On the other hand AIDS activist Robert Konkel spoke before the City Council on Monday with thanks We have been met wholeheartedly and supported with open arms bythe he said I really love everyone for what theyve done for The first time he spoke before City Council several months ago he opened with profound gratitude to his father My grandmother is 96 years old nearly blind and deaf confined to her bed in a retirement home with her children and grandchildren living thousands of miles away She keeps up with current events She keeps abreast of the accomplish ments exploits and even the pets of her greatgrandchildren She enjoys a wry joke about political fig ures her health or just about any thing My stepmom Maria was born in Germany She her mother and her brother fled East Germany to escape communism during the 1950s They lived in the attic of a Bavarian house for two years during her teenage years Protestant children pelted her and her brother with rocks because they were Catholics and they were refugees Her life got harder before it got easier In America expecting her fifth child she left an abusive marriage She supported her mother and five children work ing two fulltime jobs to climb out of welfare Later she lost one of her sons to a motorcycle accident caused by a drunken 15yearold illegally driving a pickup Extended family members friends and neighbors call on Maria con stantly she is the most positive upbeat person they know She sees a gift in every situation Shes always ready with a joke a Susan Flynt England HeraldZeitung Columnist small present or a hug to help some one through a tough situation or a blue mood In AIDS The Ultimate Chal by Elisabeth RubierRoss the author describes AIDS patients at a California workshop They were all between 21 and 39 years of age all of them were sick many of them were dying Some were so weak they had to lie on the floor during the i whole session I have never in my life seen so much genuine caring and sharing loving and holding as I saw during that There is actually a book called Running with the Angels The Gifts of by Bobbie Stacey In my group we unflinchingly 3 face the agony of says an 5 AIDS patient We walk in each ottvj ers shoes know each others pain And as Bobbie Stacey pointed out we even laugh together As AIDS 5 has become part of our lives we exchange love warmth friendship loyalty and courage This is a family AIDS has redefined the meaning of for The complaints this week came from people who have jobs tradi5 tional families and general good 1 health Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washing ton 20510 Phone 2022245922 FAX 2022240776 Local Office 8023 Vantage prlve Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Phone 210 3402885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Russell Senate Office Washing ton Phone 202 2242934 FAX 202 2282856 Local Office 404 E Suite 200 San Anto 5 nio TX 78216 FAX 2103662016 J
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