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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4 p HeraldZettung Q Tuesday December Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 Z e i t u n g QUOTABLE While tribute is paid to freedom of the press in theory the rights upon which it rests are attacked in James Russell Wiggins newspaper editor EDITORIAL Comal must continue to protect water interests Comal Countys population will grow tremendously in the next few years that is no secret to anyone And as our pop ulation grows the demand on natural resources will 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 espe cially 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 Countys population is expected to reach by 2020 By 2000 the countys population is expected to grow from to people thousand people in two years that is a said Douglas Miller Comal Countys representative on the Edwards Aquifer Authority Relative to water weve been very fortunate that local entities have taken the lead in devel oping other 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 vigilant about our rights to water in the Edwards Aquifer Miller has been a vociferous advocate for Comal County and 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 EAAs public hearing at 6 Thursday in the Commissioners Court Meeting Room on the third floor of Comal County Courthouse EAA board members will hear public comment from well applicants concerning the use of proposed regula tions lor water usage Some might find it difficult to think about shortages of water during the winter months but protecting our water interests is a yearround project Todays editorial was written hy HeraUiZeitung Managing Editor Margaret Write us The Neii 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 ller aldZeitung 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 FVderence is given to writers who have not been published in the pre vious 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Brnuufels HeraldZeitiing Drawer 311328 Ntw Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext 301 Doug Toney Managing Editor Ext 220 Margaret Edmonson Marketing Director Ext 208 Jason Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext 214 Karen Reininger Business Manager Ext 202 Mary Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext 228 Carol Ann Avery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday Tuesday through Friday by the AVn linnuifobi IkraUAinuig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 3 1 1328 New Biauntels Comal County I X 78 1 3 1 1 328 Periodical postage paid by the New tiniunffls Herald in New Braunlels Texas Carrier delivered in Conial and Ouadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 1 1 on Sunday l is l MAS i hK Send address changes o the New Brauiijik er 31 1328 New 781311328 Draw Opinion Were still trying to understand Morales AUSTIN Texas Never could find anvnnp Online 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 NBHZeltung@AOL.com AUSTIN Texas Never could find anyone who understood Dan Morales while he was in office and I still cant now that hes on his way out Being Texas attorney general cant have been much fun for him his own people dont much care for him at the AGs shop and there was a major stink about his interpretation of the Hopwood decision Morales took the 5th 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 cometo Jesus sessions Abuse from your own folks is never fun Morales seemed to do all right at the start talk ing 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 var ious Svengalis giving him bad advice Who knows A fighting peoples lawyer he is not I think its both wise and polite to take a fellow at his word when he retires from politics with a secure reelection 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 harakiri having lost their highestranking Chicano Thats a hard vote to get out at the best of times and Morales retirement sure doesnt help Joke A fellow is seen on the streets of Austin with a sign saying Will run for statewide office as a Democrat for Of the alternative scenarios now developing the runniest would pit former state Republican Party Molly Ivins Chairman Tom Pauken who wants the 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 MudWrestling Part A better bet for the Ds would be the estimable state Rep Paul Sadler of Henderson a class act but Sadler is not a name that brings out the Chicano vote Now for a little skinny on the big vacancy at UTAustin No not the football coach 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 head ed 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 fundraiser and a popular administrator and she is muchrespected 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 She is 63 I rarely invoke the cry Sexism on the grounds that its like Wolf too important to use unless theres really a wolf Would not ageism be a more accurate description of this situation Well no What do you call a 63year old woman Too What do you call a 63 yearold man Mr This is not the Bad Old Days when women up for important appointments at UT were told This is after all a southern And that sure made discrimination jake UT actual ly had a female president from 75 to 79 the less thaninspiring Lorene Rogers The difference here is that Kenny with a brilliant record at Stony 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 the one with the track record Liz Carpenter says it reminds her of the time that President Lyndon B Johnson nominated Sarah T Hughes to the federal bench Hughes was 65 at the time Bobby Kennedy then the attorney general thought Hughes too So House Speaker Sam Rayburn somehow managed to keep losing the appropriations bill for the Justice Department When Kennedy went to visit Raybum about this unfortunate lack of operating funds Mr Sam said Its these old old hands son I just cant seem to find that bill with these oooold Kennedy got the point and dropped his opposition to Hughes The needlewitted 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 Letters to the Editor Role model doesnt always look like youd expect Editor 1 would like to respond to the lady who wrote the tacky little note about the man at the post 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 you 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 per son who have his last to a family whose car was broken down carries groceries in for his neighbors stayed beside an injured dog in the mid dle of a busy road on a day in August until help arrived and has kept the same job for 36 years He is the kind of man who took five small boys who didnt have a daddy and raised them as his own Those five grown men have nothing but love pride 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 wouldnt want your kids to be like him I can think of some real impressive looking men if were going on looks and dress code alone Ted Bundy Timothy McVeigh Jerry Dee Toro Even some local finelooking 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 doesnt care for you knowing hes 60 years old Old enough to laugh at what simpleminded people think about something so superficial Im glad our boys judge people by whats in their hearts He cant be too bad He thought your little note was very funny The majority of his customers love him just as I do His wife Terri Hodges New Braunfels 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 Todays Highlight in History On Dec 9 1854 Alfred Lord Tennysons poem The Charge of the Light was published in England On this date In 1608 English poet John Milton was bom in London In 1907 Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time at the Wilmington post office Proceeds went to fight tuberculosis In 1940 British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War 11 In 1941 China declared war on Japan Germany and Italy In 1942 the Aram Khachaturian ballet featuring the surg ing Saber was first per formed by the Kirov Ballet In 1958 Robert Welch Jr and 11 other men met in Indianapolis to form the antiCommunist John Birch Society In 1965 Nikolai V Podgorny replaced Anastas I Mikoyan as pres ident 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 Kweisi Mfume D was chosen to head the NAACP Ten years ago On the second day of their White House summit President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev grappled with differences over Afghanistan and cutbacks in longrange nuclear arms Five years ago Britains Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation Their divorce became final Aug 28 Former CIA spy chief Clair George was convicted of lying to Congress about the IranContra affair President Bush pardoned One year ago More than four months after the Olympic Games bombing the FBI posted a reward The United Nations gave Iraq the goahead 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 Todays Birthdays Actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr is 88 Actor Kirk Douglas is 81 Actress Dina Merrill is 72 Actor Dick Van Patten is 69 Actorwriter Buck Henry is 67 Talk show host Morton Downey Jr is 64 Blues musician Junior Wells is 63 Actor Beau Bridges is 56 Football HallofFamer Dick Butkus is 55 Rock singermusician Rick Danko The Band is 54 Actor Michael Noun is 52
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