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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HBRALDZEITUNG Sunday May OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NKW JFRIS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor EDITORIAL Take the initiative conserve water Both New Braunfels Utilities and the Edwards Aquifer Authority have enacted rules recently to conserve water for the long hot summer months ahead but residents can do much much more The rules limit landscape watering to once or twice a week depend ing on whether or not you rely on the aquifer Water cannot be used to clean driveways or sidewalks and no wasting of water is permitted at any time Swimming pools must use evaporation covers when not in active use Restaurants can serve water only on request and no water can be used for a fountain or other water feature We encourage residents to adhere strictly to these rules but also to look for ways to do more What at first seems inconvenient can soon become a way of life that will preserve an essential resource A few rips include Take a shorter shower or a partiallyfilled bath Turn off the water when shaving brushing teeth etc Dont let the faucet run ur water ols down keep drink ing water in the refrigerator Dont use the toilet as a t Fix all leaky faucets immediately and install high efficiency low flow faucet aerators Install water saving shower heads and gallon lowflow toilets Dont let the water run in the kitchen sink when rinsing vegetables and dishes Put the stopper in place Plant droughtresistant trees and plants Keep lawn free of watersucking weeds Accept a less than lush lawn This is Texas after all rugged is good Mow as infrequently as possible and leave grass longer this shouldnt be too Mowing puts grass under additional stress that requires more water Dont water the pavement Use a cistern to collect rainwater then use that water to give your lawn a drink Residents with drainage woes lost out JAN KOTYLO I was very disappointed that Proposition 1 for drainage did not pass in the recent elec tion I want to say to the residents in those affected areas such as Churchill whose homes are inundated with water every time there is a slight amount of rainfall to the many people who are forced to travel Gruene Road driving the center stripe when ever we have rain and to the residents in and along Kellys Way and Pams Path and to the posals for two smaller streets which we many doctors who office on Landa Street hoped we could eventually fund along with and McKenna that I am truly sorry that the citizens voted down these drainage propos als The city council spent an entire workshop and half of another meeting trying to identi fy and prioritize the streets that most needed help with drainage In order to cut the total amount we still had to leave off the list pro that citizens could better understand the bal lot or how we had appropriated the funds for these projects However I was led to believe that as a council member I could not endorse any candidate or actively campaign for any specific proposition Certainly the resolution of our major drainage challenges would have been my choice to support I wish to thank all of you for the wonder ful opportunity to serve the city and espe cially those residents of District 4 who sup ported me during my threeyear term New Braunfels is a wonderful place to live work other streets that needed attention I find it difficult to believe that it could be only out of spite hate or a vendetta that any and play Grace and peace allow us to rise one would encourage or influence voters to above outward circumstances and live in deliberately dump on their neighbors Again assurance that ultimately God is in control I feel I should apologize if there is anything Jan Kotylo is the outgoing District 4 rep Ifos a eoimeiknefftbencouldhave done or said to clarify this most important issue so LETTERS To THE EDITOR TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday May 14 the 135th day of 2000 There are 231 days left in the year This is Mothers Day Todays Highlight in History On May 14 1980 President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services On this date In 1643 Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 upon the death of his father Louis XIII In 1804 the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St Louis In 1904 the first Olympic games to be held in the United States opened in St Louis In 1942 Aaron Coplands Lincoln Portrait was first per formed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Mom march about disarming citizenry Dear Editor Dont be fooled by the media blitz regard ing the Million Mom This is designed to further Bill Clintons ultimate goal of disarming the American citizenry so as to have no resistance to his scheme to turn over the government to a world organi zation which will impose a world tax and laws which will destroy the sovereignty of the United States of America as an indepen dent nation It is being organized by a good friend Hillary with his full backing The only pur pose is to do away with our constitutional second amendment rights to selfdefense The second amendment was established to allow the people to protect their persons and possessions from the heavy hand of a cen tralist government the antithesis of the leftwing liberals who want all aspects of our lives controlled by Big Brother who always knows best These dogooders are working hard and fast to bring about a oneworld order in the schools the workplace and even private lives They are implementing a system of choosing careers for school children by the time they reach the third grade these careers to be determined by a global need This is the opposite of freedom of choice and free will and is only the tip of the ice berg Federal funding in education is a means of control which means loss of state and local boards as well as parents We have creeping socialism in all the laws and executive orders passed in recent years by him and his fellowtravelers It has been said that a government which can do every thing for you can do anything to you no truer words were ever spoken Dont fall into the trap which caught Australians where guns were outlawed and violent crime has skyrocketed Witness the lead of Florida where the righttocarry law blazed a trail and cut vio lent crime drastically Fight for your second amendment rights written in the Constitution by wise foresighted patriots Ray Frances Shannon Spring Branch Where we go from here depends on mayor new council When discussing the citys May 6 elec tion this past week how many times have you heard someone say The people have So what has been said On more than million in proposed projects all were voted down except a proposal to buy and install a new communications network for the police and fire departments in New Braunfels Voters also approved a special election question that prevents city council from building a new convention center without having the project approved first by the voters In both district council races that were on the ballot the two antichamber candidates soundly defeated the two chambermember candidates Maybe the people have but what did they say Did the voters say they do not believe we need better streets ajid drainage Did the voters say they do not want better fire protection Did tbe voters say they do not want for our youth DOUG TONEY All tneae initiatives were vole4 down MoH Uktry votes wire not about whether these improvements art needed The vote most likely indicated that the voters were displeased with how the proposition process was handled Voters are not stupid If all of those propositions had passed the citys property taxpayer would have seen his or her annual city taxes nearly double Council members need to realize that they blew it So did the recreational sports people The supporters of the most controversial aspect of the recreation propositions the indoor swimming pool reportedly con vinced the softball Little League and other youth srxrts advocates that they should all stick together for an aUxur nothing gamble to get the funding They got nothing And no amount o from realizing that me chamber got the wind knocked out of its sails All six candidates three in each district council race appeared bright and articu late But as the election drew near it became clear to many that the choice was between the chamberbacked candidates and the antichamber candidates And the antichamber candidates Robert Kendrick and Debbie Flume won decisively Kendrick ran for mayor this past year He was such a new resident then moving here from Houston that some wondered whether the paint at his house had had time to dry by the time he filed for mayor In contrast Flume is a lifelong resident This was not an election about living here all your life versus being an auslander This council election clearly was about the chamber The chamber has been a force to reck on with over the years As chambers go pound for pound the New Braunfels chamber is one of the most effective that could be found in any city Its member ahip which to mow man has been active and influential for decades Former chamber chief Tom Purdum according to many tanftime chamber chambers reputation for effectiveness and influence But almost always that praise is coupled with a remark that he was someone you tried to avoid disagree ing with publicly He had a reputation for a takenoprisoners attitude according to several current chamber members His protege Michael Meek has built upon Purdums success and his operation is the envy of chambers throughout the state Meeks leadership style according to some who have worked with both him and Purdum is more approachable However he has had to endure some crit icism over his reputation for playing hardball None of these observations should sur prise anyone Many if not most effective leaders must take the heat for making the tough calls The chamber despite what some think has not always gotten what it wanted And often it gets its way with council because what the chamber sought was best for the city So where do we go from here The chamber will regroup The staff there is professional and they will assess and adapt ITie city has grown and more and more businesses are not locally owned asm the poa And as the popula grows the question will be whether the chambers growth can keep pace to preserve its political clout The real key to ensuring that the city can go forward rests with our two new council members and Mayor Stoney Williams Kendrick and Flume must make a choice They can take their council seats and use it in a vindictive way toward the chamber or they can insist on civility and an open government as they both promised If their two votes Become linked with council member Juliet Watson which is likely since she champi oned the antichamber theme the voting bloc could significantly change the direc tion of the council But if Flume and Kendrick cut the chamber out of the process completely their victory will be hollow because they will be employing the very tactics that they claimed they were try ing to end Mayor Williams must encourage coop eration and civility The time for whining and pencil throwing is over The people have spoken Lets hope council got the message Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the HeraldZeinmg and can be contacted
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