New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 9, 1997, Page 4

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December 09, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4 □ Herald-Zettung □ Tuesday, December 9,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220 QUOTABLE“While tribute is paid to freedom of the press in theory, the rights upon which it rests are attacked in detail.” James Russell Wiggins newspaper editor EDITORIALComal must continue to protect water interests Comal County’s population will grow tremendously in the next few years — that is no secret to anyone. And as our population grows, the demand on natural resources w ill grow as well — again, no secret there. That is why county and city leaders should continue their efforts to make sure our residents have enough water, especially since San Antonio, with its big straw, sits poised to take as much water as it can from the Edwards Aquifer. According to the Texas Water Development Board, Comal County’s population is expected to reach 144,869 by 2020. By 2(XM), the county's population is expected to grow from 7(),(MK) to 80,000 people. “ Fen thousand people in two years — that is a lot,” said Douglas Miller, C'omal County’s representative on the Edwards Aquifer Authority “Relative to water, we’ve been very fortunate that local entities have taken the lead in developing other sources.” And as we have become more reliant on surface water — which provides 85 to 95 percent of the water New Braunfels Utilities pumps to its customers — we also have remained v igilant about our rights to water in the Edwards Aquifer. Miller has been a vociferous advocate for ( omal County anti its water needs, and we encourage his continued support in this area. We also encourage local residents who have an interest in pumping water from the aquifer to attend the EAA’s public hearing at b p rn. Thursday in the Commissioners C ourt Meeting Room on the third floor of Comal County ( ourthousc EAA board members will hear public comment from well applicants concerning the use of proposed regulations for water usage Some might find it difficult to think about shortages of water during the winter months, but protecting our water interests is a year-round project. (Todays tv Ii (or nil was written Av Herald- /.eitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson JWrite us ... 'The Seu Braunfels Henihi-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserv es the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors Letter** should be kept to 250 worth*. We {Kiblish only original mail addressed to the Sew Braunfels Her-aUi-Aeitung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, w hich are not for publication, must be included I Mease cite tile page number and date ut any article tiiat is menUoned. PrefereiKv is given to w riters who have not tutu published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor co the Sew Braunfels Henild- 'Aeitung P O Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, T exas 78131-1328 New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher Ext 301 Managing Editor, Ext 220 Marketing Director, Ext 208 Classified Advertising Manager, Ext Business Manager Ext 202........... Circulation Director, Ext 228 •14 Doug Toney Margaret Edmonson Jason Borchardt Karen Reinmger Mary Lee Hall Carol Ann Avery Published on Sunday munun^s and weekday morning* I uesduy through Friday by the Sew Bnnmfels Herald A int/tx (LSPS 177-XXI)) TO? I anda Si, or PO. Drawer ll I32X, Slew Braun feta, I omal County, IX 7X131 -132X. Penodkal postage paid by the Sew Braunfels Herald Zettung in New Braunfels, texas. l amer delivered in Comal and Guadalupe aunties three months, $20.50; six month*, $37, one year. $66 Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only sax months. $33, one year, $62 Mail delivery outside Comal County rn Texas three months, $30.30; six months $55, one year, $103.50. Mail outside lexas six mouths, $7X, one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p m. I uesday through Friday or by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (830) 625-VI44 or by 7 pm weekdays or by ll a.m. on Sunday Pi>s I was I IJI Send address changes to the .Sew Braunfels Herald Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Tx 78I3I-I32X. Opinion Onlnt cont at I ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is NBHZeitungOAOL.com. We’re still trying to understand Morales AUSTIN, Texas — Never could find anyone who understood Dan Morales while he was in office, and I still can’t now that he’s on his way out. Being Texas’ attorney general can’t have been much fun for him — his own people don’t much care for him at die AG’s shop, and there was a major stink about his interpretation of the Hopwood decision. Morales took the 5th U S. Circuit decision ending affirmative action in admissions at the University of Texas Law School and effectively extended it to all state schools and scholarship monies. This caused Chicano political groups to call him in for some serious come-to-Jesus sessions. Abuse from your own folks is never fun. Morales seemed to do all right at the start, talking to people who work for him, wandering around and listening to their problems. But all that came to an end after a short time; there were rumors of various Svengalis giving him bad advice. Who knows? A fighting people’s lawyer he is not. I think it’s both wise and polite to take a fellow at his word when he retires from politics with a secure re-election in view. Morales says he wants to devote more time to his family. He just acquired a family this summer, by marrying a lady with two children, so it seems likely. Meanwhile, Texas Democrats are considering hara-kiri, having lost their highest-ranking Chicano. That’s a hard vote to get out at die best of times, and Morales’ retirement sure doesn t help. Joke: A fellow is seen on the streets of Austin with a sign saying, “Will run for statewide office as a Democrat for food.’’ Of the alternative scenarios now developing, the funniest would pit former state Republican Party Molly Ivins Chairman Tom Pauken, who wants die job, against former AG Jim Mattox, who is rumored to want his old job back. Anyone who remembers when those two used to run against one another in Dallas in some of the nastiest races in recorded history promptly foresees the ultimate rerun: “Alien Mud-Wrestling Part 6.’’ A better bet for die D’s would be the estimable state Rep. Paul Sadler of Henderson, a class act, but Sadler is not a name that brings out die Chicano vote. Now for a little skinny on the big vacancy at UT-Austin. No, not the football coach —just the presidency. Sorry about that. Of the five finalists for the job, only one is a woman, and she is also the only one who has headed a large state university. Shirley Strum Kenny is president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, but she is also a native of Tyler and still has a Texas drawl you could cut with a knife. Kenny is a powerhouse fund-raiser and a popular administrator, and she is much-respected for her innovative programs forging partnerships with the business community. However, according to UT sources, she probably will lose out to a man with less stature and experience because she is “too old.’’ She is 63. I rarely invoke the cry “Sexism!” on the grounds that it’s like “Wolf!” — too important to use unless there s really a wolf. Would not “ageism” be a more accurate description of this situation? Well, no. What do you call a 63-year-old woman? “Too old.” What‘do you call a 63-year-old man? “Mr. President.” This is not die Bad Old Days, when women up for important appointments at UT were told, “This is, after all, a southern university.” And that sure made discrimination jake (satisfactory). UT actually had a female president from ’75 to *79, the less-than-inspiring Lorane Rogers. The difference here is that Kenny, with a brilliant record at Stimy Brook, is just so much better qualified than the official from the University of Illinois, the two guys with No. 2 jobs in the Midwest or the Ivy League administrator. Any one of them might turn out to be terrific, too, but Kenny is die one with die track record. Liz Carpenter says it reminds her of die time that President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Sarah T. Hughes to the federal bench. Hughes was 65 at the time. Bobby Kennedy, then the U.S. attorney general, thought Hughes “too old.” So House Speaker Sam Rayburn somehow managed to keep “losing” the appropriations bill for the Justice Department When Kennedy went to visit Rayburn about this unfortunate lack of operating funds, Mr. Sam said: “b’s these old, old hands, son. T just can’t seem to find that bill with these oooold hands.” Kennedy got the point and dropped his opposition to Hughes. The needle-witted Hughes went on to serve as a federal judge for many years and then took senior status until her death in 1985. And no one ever claimed she was too old. (Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Teiegram.) Letters to the Editor Roto mod*! do*an’t always look Uka you’d oxpoct Editor I would like to respond to the lad> who wrote the tacky little note about the man at the port office with the earring, tattoos and Mickey Mouse tie. It seems he is not a good role model for children, who apparently are being taught to judge people they know nothing about. Let me tell y«u a little bit about the awful person. He has been a Boy Scout leader, coached and umpired little league and fought a war in Korea. He is the kind of person who have his last $20 to a family vs hose car was broken down, carries groceries in for his neighbors, stayed beside an injured dog in the middle of a busy road on a day in August until help amved and has kept the same job for 36 years. He is the kind of man who took five small boys who didn’t have a daddy and raised them as his own. Those five grown men have nothing but love, pnde and respect for this man they call Dad. He is the kind of man who comes home and always helps his wife, who has a back injury. Yeah! I wouldn’t want your kids to be like him. I can think of some real impressive looking men if we’re going on looks and dress code alone: Ted Bundy, Timothy McVeigh, Jerry Dee Toro. Even some local fine-looking citizens who got caught with their fingers in the pie. Did I also mention he preached the word of God for 20 years? How old is he trying to be, you asked? He is not trying to be any age. He doesn’t care for you knowing he’s 60 years old. Old enough to laugh at what simple-minded people think about something so superficial I’m glad our boys judge people by what’s in their hearts. He can’t be too trad. He thought your little note was very funny. The majority of his customers love him, just as I do. His wife, Terri Hodges New Braunfeb Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 1997. There are 22 days left in the year Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 9, 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” was published in England On this date: In 1608, English poet John Milton was bom in London. In 1907, Christmas Seals went cm sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Del., post office. Proceeds went to fight tuberculosis. In 1940, British troops opened their first major offensive in North \frica during World War ll. In 1941, China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy. In 1942, the Aram Khachaturian ballet “Gayane,” featuring the surging “Saber Dance,” was first performed by the Kirov Ballet. In 1958, Robert H W Welch Jr. and 11 other men met in Indianapolis to form the anticommunist John Bilch Society. la 1965, Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet. In 1979, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the religious broadcaster, died in New York City at age 84. In 1995, Rep. Kwetsi Mfume, D- Md ., was chosen to head the NAACP. Ten years ago: On the second day of their White House summit, President Reagan md Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev grappled with differences over Afghanistan and cutback* m long-range nuclear arms. Five years ago: Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (Their divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.) Former CIA spy chief Clair George was convicted of lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair (President Bush pardoned him). One year ago: More than four months after the Olympic Games bombing, the FBI posted a $500,000 reward. The United Nations gave Iraq the go-ahead to resume oil exports for the first time since 1990 to buy food and medicine. Archaeologist and anthropologist Mary Leakey died in Kenya at age 83. Today’s Birthdays:    Actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is 88. Actor Kirk Douglas is 81. Actress Dina Merrill is 72. Actor Dick Van Patten is 69. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 67. Talk show host Morton Downey Jr. is 64. Blues musician Junior Wells is 63. Actor Beau Bridges is 56. Football Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus is 55. Rock singer-musician Rick Danko (The Band) is 54. Actor Michael Noun is 52. ;

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