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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HBRALDZBITUNG Sunday November OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS NKW INFRL8 HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braiinfels 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 Michael Gary News Editor EDITORIAL On to state No recount needed They might be recounting ballots in Florida but in Texas there is no question who won the Region IV Class 4A volleyball title and it only took two games The New Braunfels High School varsity volleyball team advances to the state volleyball tournament Nov 1718 in Austin With a 1513 1510 win Thursday over trie San Marcos Rattlers the Unicorns earned the right to play in the elite competition We worked really hard all season and really ever since we were freshmen to get to this senior Belinda Vargas said Even in middle school we used to talk about going to state Its a great feeling right now knowing that all that hard work paid Hard work indeed The Unicorns emerged from what could be considered the toughest district in the state and they advanced to the playoffs alongside Comal County peers Canyon Cougarettes and Smithson Valley Rangers New Braunfels had to defeat Pflugerville Connally Canyon Corpus Christi Calallen and San Marcos in postseason play The Unicorns were forcedto play Canyon four times this season which was no easy feat consider ing the quality players on all three of the local volleyball teams The 2000 Unicorn volleyball squad includes seniors Bethany Hildebrand Amy Eichmann Michelle Popp Jackie Baerwald Natalie Walther Kate Kennady Michelle Shipley and Belinda Vargas junior Tracey Garvens sophomores Amanda Jergins and Chelsea Cornelius and freshman Jackie Lucas They are coached by Phyllis Fowler recognized recently by Fox Sports Net as a Coach That Makes a Difference Hats off to these young ladies and their coach for a job well done and good luck in the week ahead Comal County might have three schools but when one reaches this level of competi tion we all stand behind it with great support Good luck and congratulations TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday Nov 12 the 317th day of 2000 There are 49 days left in the year Todays Highlight hi History On Nov the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began It ended with a major American victory over the On this date In 1920 baseball got its first czar as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected com missioner of the American and National leagues In 1921 representatives of nine nations gathered for the start of the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments In 1927 Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party In 1929 Grace Kelly the future movie star and Princess of Monaco was born in Philadelphia In 1948 former Japanese pre mier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal In 1954 Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892 In 1975 Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas retired because of failing health ending a record 36 terrh dent aer upserwhti Council should abide citizens wishes The alcohol ban on the rivers is not dead Regardless of what you might have heard on Mondays with the the proposed ban is not As long as the mandate from almost registered voters is for an alcohol ban everything possible will be done to achieve it It is obvious that the citizens of New Braunfels have the support of the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission and Senator Judith Zaffirini in the proposed ban The Commissions obvious intent in asking us to withdraw our request at their past meeting and rework it was aimed at helping the city to comply with the TABCs current interpre tation of the existing law The existing law requires that we designate a Central Business and it must contain land zoned 90 percent commercial We have been asked to refine our request to find a way that it can be fitted within this very narrow existing law Also the city has been offered assistance by Senator Zaffirinis office to introduce new legislation if necessary The intention ROBERT KENDRICK of any new legislation would be to rewrite the existing statute to give local municipali ties like New Braunfels the right to rule their own destinies in matters of this kind To this end meetings have been set with both the attorney forTABC and the tors staff to discuss our next step All avenues are currently being explored With a unanimous City Council vote to back the citizens mandate some way to ban alcohol on the rivers both rivers will be found Other comments also made by the Mayor stated he did not want to interfere with the operation of existing bars restaurants or beer gardens with an alcohol ban I agree Fear tactics and innuendos are not neces sary Under the existing state law or any modifications that might be made the pro posal to ban alcohol does not have any ejffect on any structures or legally licensed establishments on the land It would only control public areas such as streets side walks and municipally owned structures within the area The unanimous vote of the entire City Council in favor of the proposed alcohol ban brings up another issue mentioned on the Mondays with the Mayor radio pro gram The mayor referred to political pos turing by some council members Is pos turing the current name for voting for some thing such as the alcohol ban that one so obviously opposes I think so Honesty must be forthcoming from all members of Council in open and public dialogue as defined in The Open Meetings Act of the State of Texas There is no reason for divi siveness bickering or partisanship The entire City Council can agree to disagree and still do the citys business hi a dignified andjrofessional manner Robert tendrick represents District 4 on the New Braunfels City LETTERS To THE EDITOR City staff should manage tax money Dear Editor Recently I was fortunate enough to hear a presentation to the Noon Lions Club by Mr Dennis Heitkamp from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce The program was very interesting and informative documenting the history of and the involve ment of the chamber in the growth of the City of New Braunfels Certainly our city would not be where it is today if it were not for the chamber I especially applaud the cham bers position not to seek any contract to manage or oversee any of the citizens tax dollars I wholeheartedly support this position and feel that any man agement of tax money should be left in the hands of the city administration which is direct ly answerable to the taxpayers I would further encourage all citizens to stay informed by attending city council meetings or at least watching them on TV to be diligent to ensure that no one is given responsi bility to spend your money who is not directly accountable to you Bob Nohm New Braunfels Intersection poses hazards Dear Editor In reference to the Farmto Market Road Line intersection on the righthand lane going toward McQueeney letter They definitely need to make a huge arrow and make that a rightturnonly lane unless there are plans in the works to widen the rest of FM 725 I have come very close to being hit because of this prob lem several times The speed limit right there is 55 miles per hour and when it is congested because of rush hour and people come Vp doing 55 mph on the right aid all of a sudden the right laljie ends with no warning I have had people swerve to miss me and almost end up in the bar djtch This is very dan gerous riot to mention it scared the heck out of my kids Something needs to be done Marilyn Olney New Braunfels Whoever loses in Florida should concede By Friday Floridas recount is to be over overseas ballots are to be counted and the election results are to be certi fied When that occurs and no court should prevent it the American public must know who will be our next presi dent Whether Gov George W Bush or Vice President Al Gore wins Florida the other should concede immediately In 1960 thenVice President Richard Nixon had a very similar choice The ballot stuffing in south Texas and the south side of Chicago many agree swung the election to the Democrats Nixons advisers knew that contesting the ballots and the election process might change the election outcome They also probably knew that it could create a catastrophic chaos as recounts challenging election results throughout the country could create a constitutional DOUG TONEY crisis That same possibility exists today Bush could contest the results in New Hampshire Wisconsin Oregon New Mexico and Missouri What about the Democratic judge in St Louis who ordered that the polls remain open hours later than allowed by law Bush won the popular vote in a major ity of the states An analysis of the vot ing patterns in the election indicates that Gores support almost exclusively was concentrated in highdensity urban areas Gore did not carry his own state ofTennessee Gores camp is hand picking certain Florida precincts for recounts in hopes of gathering a few more votes If Bush responds in the same way where does this end The argument over whether Gore fairly won the popular vote in the nation could be debated for perpetuity Television network newscasters declared Florida for Gore with less than 5 per cent of the vote counted and before the polls had closed in the panhandle of Florida These highpowered experts according to some observers were unaware or did not care that Florida had two time zones And this brazen rush to judgment came after at least one net works political pundits had been pre dicting that whoever won Florida would win die election Surely this decision to report prematurely and probably inaccu rately that Gore had won Florida deterred some Bush voting in those states where the polls remained open If Bush wins Florida Gore needs to concede the presidency Gore will do the country and himself a favor By not risk ing a constitutional crisis through law suits that could dismantle what little faith many in this country have in the election process he undoubtedly will remain the leader of the Democratic Party and lead the ticket against Bush in 2004 Gores courage and honor in doing whats right for the country will make him virtually unbeatable if the economy declines or the GOP Congress and Bush fail to understand what the country needs However if Gore drags this out he will destroy his stature and will throw away the best opportunity a defeated candidate ever has had to win the presi dency four years later If Gore wins Florida then Bush immediately and graciously should step aside for the good of country Gore will have a Republicancontrolled Congress for at least two years If the economy fails or he is unable to create the leadership he claims to possess then he will be defeated by Bush in four years On Friday if the Florida election results are certified how the loser reacts will tell us more about the character of the man than any campaign promise or political speech Lets hope the behavior of Gore and Bush does not leave the American voters wishing we had presidentiil candidates with as much integrity as Richard Nixon Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the   

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