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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG April FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NBW BRAUNPKLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Jo Lee News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Berliner on Dutch legalization of euthanasia Even if potential abuse as well as the usual abuse crit ics claim has long existed could be completely the Dutch euthanasia law should be Most countries refuse to legally regulate killing on Yet their condemnation of the Dutch law rings hollow because they no longer invest in hospices and pallia tive And euthanasia rightly often lack understanding for those suffering from incurable A law that sets out to allow killing on demand and regu lates its implementation in detail can only produce rou The result will be a process that is less humane than the legal gray area which exists everywhere in which each case must be examined by public Jordan on the use of child soldiers The conference on the Use of Children as Soldiers in the Middle East and North Africa is a unique chance for representatives to voice their opinions on the optional pro tocol to the Convention on the Rights of Child that would set the minimum age for all forms of military recruitment and use in hostilities at 18 years of age without exception or Although countries of our region are believed not to be as plagued as other areas of the world by the use of children in military numbers worldwide suggest that the phenomenon is substantial children engaged in we should not be As our region faces a new moment of we should be extra vigilant in securing guarantees that Arab children will not be compelled to serve in military combat in a time of Jordan is signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Child and has signed the optional yet we according to the Coalition to Stop the use of Child one of dozens of countries that continue to recruit or con script under18s to the In our we are joined by Iraq and Iran in this Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is April the 103rd day of There are 262 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On April Apollo fourfifths of the way to the was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxy gen The astronauts managed to return On this date In Handels Messi ah was first performed pub in In the third president of the United Thomas was In the Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New In President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Jef ferson In Van Cliburn became the first American to win the Tchaikovsky Inter national Piano Contest in In Sidney Poitier became the first black per former in a leading role to win an Academy for Lilies of the Write Em STATE REPRESENTATIVE Edmund RSeguin Box 911 830 3798732 Fax 830 4635896 COMAL COUNTY JUDGE Danny Scheel New TX 78130 6205501 Fax 6082026 MAYOR Stoney Williams 424 Castell New TX 78130 6082100 Letters To The Editor Thanks for banning smoking in restaurants Dear Editor I want to thank our city council for passing an ordinance that makes public places Their efforts have been I have noticed the signage in the various places where my family members and I I appreciate the position to stand up and be counted by the councils action to address the harmful effects of secondhand smoke in the commu As a citizen and a I thank you again for your commitment to the quality of life in New Bob Peterson Patient Services Chairman Vice President County Unit American Cancer Society Councilwoman owes city department head apology Dear I was completely shocked as I wit nessed the absolutely inhumane f treatment Darryl the airport endured at the city council meeting Monday He had the patience to stand at the podium and refrain himself while Juliet Watson literally tore him limb from I have never witnessed a person so enraged as she Why did she feel empowered to berate a city employee who was doing his job Perhaps it is because of the false information she puts out about the airport land being stolen by the The truth the federal government paid top dollar for this land in the 1940s for airports here and all across the United Families around our airport are still Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung entourages letters on any public The editor reserves the counting their jumbo CDs Worse the city manager and the mayor did nothing to stop Watsons Did you see this Werent you sick of watching a city employee so insulted and degraded without cause Civility and respect is a twoway The raised council dias appar ently gives some a superior Watson owes Phillips a pub lic apology on television at the next council Jim Rice New Braunfels Antitourism sector doesnt know all facts Dear Editor I received this letter about a week and a half Polk Re Your potential law Are you sure you want this much attention for you and your out fitter friends Remember the tax man will catch up sooner than you think Concerned Citizen who supports the 61 I kind of decided not to ask the newspaper to publish it because whenever you enter into a controver sial public you run the risk of hearing from the local crack to the next time you feel the need to express your convic tions in have the courage to sign your I pay employee income sales WORD gasoline parks and recreation city of New Braunfels public transporta tion fees tax on top of tax and enough paperwork to fill a small room as do all of the other outfit You obviously have never been in business for The tax as you call and I are most intimately This letter is representative of the petty antitourist seg ment of the city population that does nt want this towns main to be successfully Tourism and the dollars it brings pro vide jobs and business opportunities for the vast majority of the people who live and work The council members who go along with this antitourist mindset are not repre senting the best interests of these Kendrick was quoted in the newspaper saying that at this late the council has the outfit ters Kevin general manager of Rockin R River was a member of the river activities committee that proposed this poorly and I think wrist band His input was virtu ally We all realize the problems involved regarding rude behavior and bathroom Alternative solutions have been pro posed and have fallen on deaf We all want this to be a tourist desti nation where people have a good time while acting This can be achieved without a wristband The fact the Texas Natural Resource Conservation the Texas Water Code and the Attorney Generals office say that the Comal and Guadalupe rivers belong to the The city council has no authority to pass ordinances or col lect fees regarding the use of these resources by citizens of the If it takes legal action to make them real ize than thats where well no matter how much hate mail we Amigo Mel Polk New Braunfels right to correct punctuation and known factual Preference is given to writ ers who have not been pub lished in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Trace energy crisis back to investorowned utilities Here at the annual World Affairs Conference at the University of the assorted experts from around the globe might sometimes be but they are rarely in This lends a But the emperor isnt wearing any simplicity to much of the discus Shibboleths are obligatory bows to those who are only partially informed are skipped and folks get right down to the Harvey a longtime leader of the antinuclear cutting to the chase Anyone who advocates nuclear power as a solution to our energy problems should be shut up in a padded Wasserman of dis cuss the details of nuclear plant waste ad Its just that hed rather not waste his time on the One session I attended here not expecting to learn much new but its always nice to have your preju dices confirmed was titled Our Fake Energy Crisis What Really MOLLY IVINS Happened in The aforementioned Wasserman waded in with a describing the dastardly tale of ruthless utili ty companies determined to unload the stranded costs of their monu mental folly in building nuclear plants billion worth in Californias case on the ratepay Given that utility lobbyists lit erally wrote the California deregu lation its quite a reach to blame it on anyone This is a familiar tale to those who have read beyond the basic coverage of the California situa Wasserman tells the story with a fine contempt for the greed and stupidity behind it all and for the politicians now seeking But he presents a media mystery that has me stumped one of those cases of the media overlooking the obvious so com pletely that one is bereft of a handy Some parts of California are not suffering from power problems of any In Los Angeles and the lights are still on and the rates have not doubled or As it the people of Los Angeles and Sacramento own their own power This glar ingly obvious fact for some escaped media except in The history of how utility owner ship and regulation came about is crucial to this Wasserman quoted a 19thcentury mayor of Tom who If we dont control the electric util they will control As is often the case with busi ness and government it was the utilities themselves that asked for knowing full well that they easily could domi nate state public utility commis Regulation evolved so that utilities were permitted to make 15 percent on invested capital a tidy This lasted until the early when wholesale prices tempt ing the utilities into They dumped the stranded nuke costs on the ratepayers and made a promise in exchange no rate increases which they promptly broke when wholesale prices went Ask the people of San The performance of the suppli ers in this case is already the subject of public But the California utility companies were mean while shipping the recovered nuke costs to their parent compa still checking the DNA on those saifl And in a truly sublime the major California utility gave its execu tives huge bonuses just before it went into Wassermans suggested solution is that Californians should simply get themselves out of the grid by setting up municipally owned power In rural this can be done by counties or electric He believes that what held the old system together for so long was not government which was always bla tantly subject to manipulation by the utilities as anyone who has ever covered a PUG can tell but rather the tension between the forprofits and the In the current issue of Business the cover story is on Exxon Mobils plan to take advantage of the energy This would nor mally be given that Exxon is in the oil business and as most people outside the Oval Office are the oil business has noth ing to do with Exxons acquisition of which is rich in natural unleashes a corporate behemoth of unprece dented Exxon also has a cor porate culture that would give nightmares to Chainsaw AT Dunlap of business Here are some interesting facts from the Rocky Mountain Institute The cheapest source of new electricity is efficiency the next cheapest is burning soft which is a gross polluter and the next cheapest after that is wind power cents per kilowatt Molly Ivins is ct columnist for the Fort Worth
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