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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A a HeraldZeitung n Wednesday December Opinion To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 QUOTABLE Freedom of expression would not truly exist if the right could be exercised only hi an area that a benevolent government has provided as a safe haven for Abe Fortas Supreme Court justice 1969 T O R I A L Airport problem needs action City must move quickly to solve problems over leases at facility The New Braunfels City Council has an obligation to ensure that the airport crisis is resolved quickly The stakes are high A preliminary investigation by the Texas Department of Trans portation found that conditions on subleases for the operations of businesses at the citys airport were in violation of an agree ment the city has with the Federal Aviation Administration The subleases according to the probe prevent competition in such crucial areas as the sales of aviation fiiel and avionics equip ment If the city doesnt correct these economically discriminatory clauses in the subleases it could be forced to pay back the FAA grant and possibly turn over the 900acre airport back to the federal government The citys airport has five lease agreements but the leases in question according to the TxDOT report involve Baylis E Harriss Jr and New Braunfels Aero owned by Richard Looney According to the findings of the TxDOT probe a complicat ed trajl of subleases withlus existing The FAA has given the city until Dec 20 to straighten out this mess or possibly face having to pay back the grant and also lose the airport During the 25year period in which these subleases were signed a process was supposed to be in place that involved for mer city attorneys and city councils reviewing these subleases before they were signed It appears this checksandbalances system failed Now its time to fix this situation before the consequences affect not only the airport but the citys commerce and most impor tantly the pocketbooks of its citizens Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Publisher and Editor Doug Write us The New Braunfels HemldZeitung welcomes letters on any pubbc issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 260 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 i 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 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 Bmwifels HeralilZeitwig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coinal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeralilZeitwig 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 by 7 weekdays or by 11 sum on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Opinion OftHfM contact To submit tenors arid guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address Is TxDOT keeps state on easy street Over the river and through the grand fathers house we horse knows the carry the In 1844 when Lydia Maria Child wrote the now familiar poem Thanksgiv ing horsedrawn vehicles bumping down wagon trails were standard conveyances for fami lies going home for the holidays Today Texans may travel by automobile bus plane or train but whatever their vehicular choices they utilize one of the nations finest transportation systems when they travel in Texas whether for holiday or other purposes When the Legislature established the Texas Highway Department in 1917 no one envisioned that Texas would be one of the leading states in total road and street mileage total railroad mileage and total number of landing fields Our states transportation system includes more than miles of federal state county and city highways roads and streets and more than miles of railroad line Additionally the system includes landing facilities and 13 major Gulf Coast ports Because of our safe effective and efficient transportation system a weeks travel during the 1890s is now a short journey along environmental ly sensitive highways maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation In Fiscal Year 1995 for example TxDOT used approximately tons of recycled materials in its construc tion projects and spent more than million for recycled and environmentally friendly construction products Employees in TxDOTs 25 districts annually plant pounds of wildflower seed and more than trees shrubs and groundcovers along Texas highways The department saves Texas tax payers about million annually in litter pickup expenditures through its AdoptaHighway and Keep Texas Beautiful programs and the award winning Dont Mess with Texas litter control campaign TxDOT the largest state transportation agency primari ly is responsible for the states highways including design rightofway acquisition con struction and preventive and routine maintenance The agency also provides a data base for registration and titling of motor vehicles and helps develop and maintain a statewide system of modem airports TxDOTs employees keep our trans portation systems passable and safe Their work is our states bridge to the future Because modern highways and airports facilitate regional growth the 74th Legislature appropriated billion to TxDOT to provide the state with transportation services that support economic and social prosperity During the 75th legislative session I will contin ue to help groups such as the 135 Coalition 169 Alliance US 83 Trade Corridor Association and US 59 organization obtain the recognition and funding needed to upgrade the highways that are destined to play a major role in international com Judith Zaffirini Guest Column merce I also will work with TxDOT district office personnel in Corpus Christi Laredo Pharr and San Antonio to promote and fund local transportation infrastructure projects in the Senate District 21 counties they serve Farmtomarket roads and state highways are major routes for commercial and private vehicles in our sprawling 19county SD 21 but airports also play a vital role in the movement of people and goods TxDOTs Aviation Division helps sup port 307 Texas airports and airstrips In FY 1996 TxDOT awarded million in fed eral and state grants to aviation projects such as the million renovation of the Dimmit County Air port and the 1 million Starr County Airport pro ject Last month the department awarded in airport improvement grants to two SD 21 cities Uvalde will use the grant to fund SO percent of the cost of a new terminal building while Dilley will use it for airport improvements Modern airport facilities and superhighways contribute to regional growth and economic devel opment and also make it easier and safer for fami lies to travel home for the holidays in vehicles that were not invented or were in their infancy 50 years ago An inscription on the Transportation Building erected for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago reflects transportations impact on society Of all inventions the alphabet and the printing press alone excepted those inven tions which abridge distance have done the most for Judith Zaffirini of Laredo represents District 21 in the Texas ne some more Clinton set to take cuts with lineitem veto ByTOMRAUM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON While President Clinton faces an opposition Congress in his second term hell wield a potent new weapon that is an unintended gift from the same Republicans hes been battling the line itemveto Starting Jan 1 Clinton will be able to use his veto pen as a scalpel He becomes the first president permitted to excise from spending and tax bills specific items he doesnt like from Pentagon weaponry to pork barrel bridge and dam projects while leaving the rest of the legislation intact In the past presidents had to either hold their noses over an offending part and sign the overall bill or veto it entirely sometimes risking unpleasant consequences like government shutdowns While it could be months before Clinton gets a Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Dec 4 the 339th day of 1996 There are 27 days left in the year Todays Highlight In History On Dec Gen George Washington bade farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City On this In 18101 James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States In 1876 William Marcy Tweed the Boss of New York Citys Tammany Hall political organization escaped from jail and fled the country In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference In 1042 President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression In txtmbers struck the Italian mainland spending or tax bill on which to apply the new pow ers administration aides are already crafting a strat egy to make use of it along with Clintons more tra ditional veto powers He is clearly prepared to use the lineitem veto for the purpose for which it was intended to cut out wasteful spending and unnecessary benefits on the tax said Larry Haas spokesman for Clintons Office of Management and Budget Having said that I cant prejudge how often hell use A quicker test of Clintons 1997 veto strategy could come over a replay of the presidents veto last spring of a bill to ban a type of lateterm abortion that critics describe as a partialbirth procedure That veto was sustained But Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has pledged to resurrect the legislation early next year While White House talk since the election has dwelled on compromise and conciliation adminis tration strategists know Clinton also must flex his veto for the first time in World War II In 1945 the Senate approved participation in the United Nations In 1965 the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt Col Frank Borman and Navy Com mander James A Lovell aboard In 1977 JeanBedel Bokassa ruler of the Central African Empire crowned himself emperor in a cere mony believed to have cost more than million Bokassa was deposed in 1979 he died this past Nov 3 at age In 1980 the bodies of four American churchwomen slain in Salvador two days earlier were unearthed Five national guardsmen were later convicted of murdering nuns Ita Ford Maura Clarke and Dorothy Kazel and lay worker Jean Ten years ago Both houses of Congress moved to establish special committees to conduct their own investigations of the IranContra affair Flvs years ago Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson the longest held of the Western hostages in Lebanon was released after nearly sev en years in captivity Patricia Bowman testified at muscles even if only to improve his bargaining position Clinton didnt cast his first veto until June 1995 But hes now issued 15 of them with only one over ride his veto of a bill limiting lawsuits alleging securities fraud The addition of lineitem veto power could sig nificantly enhance his ability to negotiate with and confront the Republican Congress Republicans have been actively pressing for this power since Ronald Reagans presidency and it was a top item in their 1994 Contract With America as they seized control of both chambers of Congress Not surprisingly Clinton who had lineitem veto power as governor of Arkansas had no problem embracing this part of the GOP agenda Republican leaders leery of giving the authority to a Democrat stalled for months then finally agreed last June to give it to the next it would be one of their own Bob Dole William Kennedy Smiths trial in West Palm Beach that Smith had raped her the previous Easter weekend Pan American World Airways ceased oper ations However a new smaller version of Pan Am returned last Ons year ago In a nearfreezing drizzle the first NATO troops landed In the Balkans lo begin setting up a peace mission that was expected to bring American soldiers into the middle of the Bosnian conflict Todays Birthdays Actresssinger Deanna Durttn is 75 Gameshow host Wink Martfndate is 62 Actor producer Max Baer Jr is 59 Singermusician Chris Hillman is 54 Rock singer Southside Johnny Lyon is 48 Actor Jeff Bridges Is 47 Actress Patricia Wettig is 45 Rock singer Vinnie Dombroski Sponge is 34 Actress Marisa Tomei is 32 Actressmodel Tyra Banks is 23 Thought or Today A man is known by the silence he Oliver Herfbrd American author
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