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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A Friday October 20 2000 OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS IXlsW I HERALDZEITUNG New Brauntels Zcitung was founded 1852 New Brannfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor Michael Gary News Editor EDITORIAL I Alcohol ban proposal needs an overhaul Unless the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission decides to ignore the advice of its legal counsel the city of New Braunfels request to ban alcohol on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers will be turned down In a letter to the TABC that the HeraldZeitung obtained a copy of TABC general counsel Lou Bright compared the city of New Braunfels effort to have the rivers declared business districts to the gerrymandering of voting districts For the TABC to control the use of alcohol on the rivers the rivers had to constitute the citys central business Even the TABCs attorney in Austin could see that the rivers did not constitute the citys central business district The TABC attorney wrote that a central business district must be an area that has historically been the primary location in the municipal ity where business has been transacted 1 cannot believe that these channels rivers are where the citizens of New Braunfels have historically transacted their TABC attorney Bright wrote Bright compared the request to calling a park a business district because admission to enter is charged Something is wrong when the citizens of New Braunfels have to rely on a state agency in Austin to finally bring some common sense to our misguided effort The TABC attorney also said that calling the rivers a business district because people float the river with rented tubes would be like calling a highway a business district because some people drive rented cars City attorney Floyd Akers hatched this plan and it was flawed from the beginning He can point his finger at others but in the end this was his call and it was wrong If as Akers was quick to point out the TABC had never turned down a request before then that should tell us just how bad his effort must have been City council should feel embarrassed Council owes the city especially those who organized and signed the petitions to seek an alcohol ban a quick and decisive plan to respond to the communitys demand to stop the abusive and vulgar behavior on the rivers Council should take three steps 1 The city should seek the support of local legislators to have a law passed allowing the city to determine whether alcohol can be pos sessed on the river Council must act quickly If nothing can be pre pared before the legislative session in January it will be two more years before the city can seek a state law to empower them to ban alco hol 2 Determine whether a container ban could have the same effect and whether the city has the authority to invoke such a ban 3 Pledge to increase law enforcement on both rivers to control behavior until either the Legislature empowers the city to ban alcohol or the increased law enforcement proves that such a law is not needed City council also needs to decide whether they can continue to rely on the advice of its current city attorney who apparently cannot tell the difference between a business district and a river Mayor Stoney Williams and the council need to act This is no time to shrug and say they are sorry The citizens of New Braunfels deserve better LETTERS To THE EDITOR Its time to move past abortion issue Dear Editor This letter is in regards to all the attention abortion has been getting my whole life and the two local rallies the prolife people have had this last year It is impossible to stop abortions If we try we only end up with women suffering if not dying from illegal abortions I think it is the moral thihgto do and let these women who have to make this desperate choice have a safe caring and sterile place to do so Fetuses from surgical abortions have been found to be useful for people with dis eases who are already alive But who cares about them right Speaking of people who are already alive what about the children who need help who could actually benefit from the money wasted on those signs for protesting But like I said who cares about them Lets move on people Move on to more important issues Has anyone heard about the ozone layer lately Paige Norman New Braunfels Tawdry dance did not belong at rodeo Dear Editor I love to go to the rodeo I was going to call the people in charge of this years rodeo and tell them something very important to me and should be to any Christian or for anybody with dignity at all It was not as great this year because they decided to give to any 21 or older female who would dance dirty in their thong They didnt remove any clothes but in my mind the dance that was done was equally as bad There were kids in the stands and my grandmother was sitting behind me In my mind the routine and dance that was done needs to remain in the gentlemens clubs even though you cant find a real gentleman within a hundred WRITE EM yards of a place like that I am all for freedom of speech but this expression should have been for those 21 years or older and should be for an option at a club not a slap in the face of Christians who enjoy the rodeo The reason I consider it to be a slap in the face was because the opening of the rodeo was done with a prayer asking God to be with us throughout the event I dontthink God would bless this event I went to see a rodeo but I saw something I would rather not see at the rodeo The Lord is all loving and does forgive the Comal County Fair Association for this This was the first time that I saw something this low at any rodeo I have attended I hope I do not see it again I have enjoyed the rodeo every other year very much I hope I see all the same people there next year I also hope this doesnt dis courage people but opens their eyes Hope to see everybody next year I know I will be there Rusty Trip New Braunfels SENATORS Phil Gramm RCollege Station Room 370 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 Fax 202 2282856 404 E Ramsey Road San Antonio TX 78216 Kay Bailey Hutchison R Dallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith RSanAntonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio TX 78209 Ciro D Rodriguez DSan Antonio Room 323 Cannon House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2251640 Military Suite 115 San Antonio TX 78214 STATE SENATOR Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box 627 Laredo TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Road San Antonio TX 78233 Fax 210 6570262 Presidential election comes down to whom we trust Most people who vote in next months election will not enter their polling places able to pass a pop quiz on the details of each candidates positions Except for activists and the few for whom politics is life most will vote their perceptions about which one can be trusted to say what he means and mean what he says Despite Vice President Al Gores bet ter speaking and walking skills in the third debate a fair observer would have to concede the trust factor and possibly the election to Gov George W Bush Gore was not as blatant in his exag gerations and misstatements as in the previous two debates but there were plenty of inaccuracies Perhaps the biggest howler was Gores claim that the military is the strongest in the history of the Stronger than Eisenhowers DDay force Stronger than in the Persian Gulf war The Washington Post reported this past week that the military is suffering from a mass exodus of captains from its ranks Recruitment is down Morale is low CAL THOMAS Divorces are up because of lengthy and repetitive foreign peacekeeping mis sions and adventures Gore claimed credit for cutting government but most of the reductions came from the Pentagon Gores other major whopper was that pharmaceutical companies spend more money on advertising and promotion than on research and development In fact the industry this year is expected to spend a record billion on research and development up from billion in 1999 according to the PhRMA Annual Report for 20002001 That is many times the amount spent on advertising and promotion which Gore implied is a bad thing Gore frequently descended into the minutiae of his various plans on taxes education and health care but Bush kept coming back to his strongest themes leaving it to others to sort out Gores political slights of hand Repeatedly Bush stressed his belief that government should allow individuals to do more for themselves and keep more of the money they earn to do it He portrayed Gore as a bigspending liberal and obsessive reg ulator On education Gore wants to tinker with a broken system the nations largest monopoly Bush would insist on accountability for teachers and students and empower parents not the state or the teachers unions to decide what is in the best interests of children when schools fail to do the job we pay them to do On health care as on education Bush is prochoice believing competition improves quality and lowers costs He would allow the kinds qf healthplan choices Congress and congressional employees get Gore again blasted HMOs and insurance companies for overruling doctors decisions But that is precisely what Medicare bureaucrats do and what Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to impose on us when she failed to socialize medicine Gore said in the St Louis debate he will give us Hillarycare but Do we really want governmentrun medicine A Democraticcontrolled Congress reject ed it Let government fix airline delays and safety concerns It was on taxes that Bush scored best Gore again engaged in class envy by invoking his tired mantra of Bush tax breaks going to the wealthiest 1 per Bush countered that the people who pay the taxes ought to have them lowered in an era of projected surpluses Bush thinks it is immoral that anyone should have to pay more than onethird of his or her income to government His plan would eliminate taxes for a family of four earning less than annu ally Families making more would get less of a tax break and even those earn ing above would see their taxes reduced 10 percent Gore thinks everyone should seek government per mission and funding to run their lives Bush thinks we the people is still best As a debater Bush might leave a lot to be desired but his inclinations to trust the people are right Gores incli nations are in the direction of govern ment To him the government is our keeper we shall not want Though we walk through the shadow of darkness the government will be there to comfort us with programs underwritten by the hard work of others and wealth created by others Thats about as stark a philosophical choice as one gets in an election The question is when Election Day arrives will enough voters understand the differ ence between liberty and limitation between dependence and independence to make the right choice And will they understand that character and trust not promises based on focus groups are the central issues in this campaign Cal Thomas is a syndicated colum
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