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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                4Ap HeraldZeitung g Wednesday December 18 1996 Opinion To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 Opinion OnHne contact To 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 QUOTAS True freedom depends on freedom of information You cant have one without the Peter S Prichard executive director of The Newseum 1995 D I T O R I A L Keep it as it is Access to Honey Creek should be limited The Honey Creek State Natural Area should not be subjected to the horseback riding mountain biking and other uses that will disrupt the ecosystem of this nature preserve A task force met this week for the first time to determine a rec ommendation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department What sparked this debate was a request from horse owners from San Antonio who wanted another place to ride But according to state officials if you let horses in then you must let in bikers hikers and other highuse activities The states position proba bly is a correctminded one If the area is opened to one highimpact use other uses cannot be prohibited Since this seems to be an allornothing situation then the task force and the state should just say no The property originally bought by the Nature Conservancy and then sold to the state remains under a management agreement with the Nature Conservancy The areas sole human purpose is educational The other which is equally important is preservation of an environmentally fragile area Hundreds of students have enjoyed and benefited from the classroom activities conducted in conjunction with the Honey CreekNature Area continues its march across unique value of a protected area such as Honey Creek Natural Area will continue to increase Once these type of areas are turned over to high impact use the possibility of reverting back is nonexistent One option being considered is whether to allow these high impact uses at adjacent Guadalupe River State Park This makes more sense The park already is set aside as a recreational area Preservation of the Honey Creek Natural Area benefits not just all of us As a preserved natural site it will benefit generations to come Lets preserve this area as a monument to the natural beauty that brought many of us and our ancestors to this area To do otherwise would be shortsighted and selfish 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 Braiuifels HemMbining USIS 377880 707 Linda or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeralilZeilung 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 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the Bruunfels Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Regulations need a common sense approach Regulatory reform is literally a matter of life and death Nearly Americans were dying each year while the Food and Drug Administration FDA dragged its feet on approv ing the Ambu CardioPump a CPR device used in every other advanced industrialized nation for years before it was available here Regulatory reform is also a matter of jobs and livelihoods Not only does the FDA take years longer than other industrialized nations regulators to approve medical devices but a survey last year reported that FDA red tape has driven 58 percent of medicaldevice companies to move their entire manufacturing organizations overseas Common sense is the element missing from our regulatory methods from the FDA to the Envi ronmental Protection Agency to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration And common sense became a scarce commodity over the past four years when the number of regulations and regulators increased exponentially During that time the Federal Register was jammed with longer more onerous more numerous regulations than were issued in any fouryear period since the late 1970s In some cases these regulations are just plain silly In others their enforcement turns hardwork ing Americans into common criminals Businesses large and small have been harassed municipalities nearly bankrupted workers thrown out of jobs and consumers forced to pay an estimated 130 billion annually for regulatory overkill Congress has one new tool to slow the grinding out of regulations that are burdening our economy and threatening competitiveness Tucked inside a bill raising the nation al debt ceiling was one of the most significant but little known successes of the 104th Congress The Congressional Review Act which I worked hard to move through the Sen ate Heres how the new law works Federal agencies now must submit all proposed new regulations to Con gress for review During the review period Congress may pass resolutions of disapproval under expedited pro cedures meaning they cannot be subject to a Sen ate The President can then sign the resolutions or Kay Bailey Hutchison Guest Column them Moreover when agencies submit their regula tions to the Hill they must now also submit them to the General Accounting Office The GAO is charged with conducting cosMenefit and regulato ry flexibility analyses for each The law also ends the practice of regulation by because it requires agencies to submit their interpretive rules and guidelines to Congress as well This process will shine a spotlight on the most egregious examples of bureaucratic excess And it will attempt to introduce common sense into the regulatory equation Congress now has the authority to play the role of traffic cop standing watch to ensure that taxing regulations do not run a red light and to guaran tee that government observes both the spirit and the letter of the new law The Congressional Review Act was modeled after the Constitutions system of checks and bal ances It has the potential to ensure that America no longer has to struggle with an overwhelming regulatoty burden that make us less productive but no better safer or healthier And maybe we can bring those jobs back to America Kay Bailey Hutchison represents Texas in the wsroaliffle anappaitrali bumete gor viaa Letter to the Editor Coaches have to respect their responsibility Editor Saturday Dec 7 1996 the gym at Frazier Elementary School was busy from early in the morning to late in the afternoon It was New Braunfels Youth Basketball Associations girls league tryouts Girls in fourth fifth and sixth grades were showing their basketball playing abilities in front of the coaches who would draft them before the day was over Sitting on the bleachers you could see the enthusiasm in each of the girls faces as they shot dribbled did their layups and ran for the coaches who were busy taking notes on each of the young players That enthusiasm mag nifies when the coaches call them to let them know what team they are on and when their first practice will be Then their phones are kept busy all evening as they call their friends to see if they happen to be on the same team What ever team they are on they are in for a lot of fun and will learn how to play basketball or will improve on skills Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Dec 18 the 353rd day of 1996 There are 13 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec 18 1865 the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery was declared in effect On this data In 1737 the most renowned violinmaker in his tory Antonio Stradivari died in Cremona Italy In 1787 New Jersey became the third state to ratify the Constitution In 1813 the British took Fort Niagara in the War of 1812 In 191S President Wilson widowed the year before married Edith Boiling Gait at her Washington home In 1940 Adolf Hitler signed a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Sovi et Union Operation Barbarossa was launched the following learned in previous years Each grade level has six seven or eight teams So there are approximately 20 coaches with at least one assistant each Then there are several board members who have worked so hard to make playing basketball possible These are the volunteers parents entrust their daughters to Whether players enjoy the season win or lose learn to play basketball will depend on how prepared the coaches are and how they treat the players We as coaches have an awesome responsibility to remember that this is recreational basketball and that this is the first time some of these girls have ever played We must remember that a girls selfesteem is the most precious thing we can hurt Our tone of voice or the words we say can devastate a girls selfesteem to the point that she doesnt want to play anymore Most of us who have been coaching for several years have been to coaching clinics that give us fantastic ideas on youth psychology The National Youth Sports Coaches Association as it did last year will be conducting a Coaches Training Clinic Since we are in the Spurs DrugFree Basketball League it is mandatory that all coaches attend Any coach who goes through the clinic will have a completely different attitude about coaching Coaches do everything possible to prepare themselves The referees also go through their training preparing themselves with the rules and answers to the most often asked questions Play ers coaches officials and parents must keep in mind that this is recreational basketball and our purpose is to help each player leam as much as she can to prepare herself should she want to continue playing in middle or high school With this in mind parents should encourage their players every chance they can Players love to hear their parents hollering their name in a positive way Also remembering that they will make mistakes coaches will make mistakes and officials will make mistakes players are embarrassed when parents make a big deal out of coachs or officials mistakes No mis take is worth the harm caused to some ones selfesteem We as coaches ask you to visit with one of us one on one and express your concerns or sugges tions For the next couple of weeks we will be practicing with the season start ing soon We invite the parents to not only drop your daughters in front of the gym but to come in and see your daughters practice You will be sur prised at the progress made in just two weeks And attend the games Your daughters will play twice as well when theres someone in the stands that cares Have a fantastic season Ernie Mendez Assistant Coach Remember to include home and work phone numbers with letters to the HeraldZeitung In 1944 in a pair of decisions the Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese Americans but also said undeniably loyal citi zens of Japanese ancestry could not be detained In 1956 Japan was admitted to the United Nations In 1997 the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States went on line It was taken out of service in In 1989 Britains Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder In years ago the Reverend Jesse Jack son announced in Chicago the founding of Operation PUSH People Unitgd to Save In 1980 former Soviet Premier Alexei N Kosygin died at age 76 His death was not publicly announced for two Ton yoars 11901 Surgeons in Washington removed a cancerous tumor from the brain of CIA Director William J Casey Caseys illness came at a time when he was testifying before congressional panels about what he knew of the IranContra Five ytars ago General Motors Corp announced it would close 21 North American plants over the next fouryears and slash tens of thousands of jobs in a sweeping restructuring of the worlds largest company yoar ago The Dow industrials dropped points its biggest oneday loss in four years amid investor worries over the budget stalemate between Congress and President Clinton A power ful fertilizer bomb was found outside an Internal Rev enue Service office in but fizzled before its lit fuse could do much damage Todays Birthdays Actor Ossie Davis is 79 For mer Attorney General Ramsey Clark is 69 Blues musician Lonnie Brooks is 63 Rock musician Keith Richards is 53 Movie producerdirector Steven Spiel berg is 49 Movie reviewer Leonard Maltin is 46 Actor Ray Liotta is 41 Actor Brad Pitt is 33 Country singer Tracy Bryd is 30 Tennirs player Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is 25 Thought for Today Those who cannot live ful ly often become destroyers of Anais Min American author   

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