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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HERALfcZElTUNp August 2001 NEW BRAUNFELS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two merged in 1957 and printed in botji jerman and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Brian News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Plan a good base on which to build New Braunfels1 river management plan is drawing rave reviews from many folks in the and thats good A year a number of residents initiated a petition drive to ban alcohol on the rivers within the city Rather than sending the matter to a council approved the ordinance requested by the petitioners and forwarded the plan to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage while sympathetic to the plight of res idents tired of rowdy behavior on the declined to approve the plan and sent it back to the The river management plan implemented this summer was the result of months of work by the citys river activi ties committee and efforts by city outfit police and The plan includes new umbrel la covers at the last public exitdesignated pickup places for more trash cans and police presence on both Helping to pay for the program is a fee charged to tubers who rent equipment from At least one outfitter has asked whether the tubers are getting their moneys and another has questioned whether the plan has made the rivers any And some tubers say they arent even aware of the added police They Suggest polite meetthe tubers at the outfitter locations to explain what behavior is appropriate for the river and wont put a damper on their when you behave like you get treated like so the best advice we can offer is grow The plan is not some city officials That is to bevexpected in the first and New Braunfels is not yet end of the tourist Tubers will be coming here through so the final results will not be available until late or despiteimages that might need to be the river management plan has made a Grateful homeowners praise the work of the New Braunfels and families are making their way back to the Rome was not built in a and perfection is an elusive New Braunfels made a strong first step toward addressing rowdy river and it is a good foundation on which to Today in Histoiy 5V BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 224th day of There are 141 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On Isaac Singer was granted a patent on his sewing On this date In President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Sec retary of War Edwin Stan In the peace protocol ending the SpanishiAineri can War was In Hawaii was for mally annexed to the United In Joseph Kennedy eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald was killed with his copilot when their explosivesladen plane blew up over England In the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen In the first balloon satellite the Echo One was launched by the from Cape In the last American combat ground troops left FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual an address and a telephone which are not for must be includ ed for confirmation Preference is given to writ ers who have not been pub lished in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email 2002 Defense Bill Challenges and opportunities For much of this we on the House Armed Services Committee have been hearing about the need to make dramatic changes in our mili from base closures to large reor ganization of our The Pentagon continues to work on these largely in and we con tinue to wait to see what Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld plans to We continue to face the ongoing challenge of providing our troops with fair quality facilities and the best training we can offer to meet these and more traditional Last the House Armed Services Committee completed the Fiscal Year FY 2002 National Defense Authorization HR paving the way for more than billion dollars in federal investment in criti cally needed military readiness and personnel Among other important the defense bill includes the largest mili tary pay raise in two more than billion for construction on facilities in which military personnel live and and substantial fund ing for and training Americas military The like the previ ous continues to press for anoth er round of base though resistance in Congress remains Claiming excess capacity of roughly 25 the Pentagon has proposed another base closure round for In the House Armed Services I joined a clear majority in speaking out against another round at this and none was included in the I continue to argue that we need more time to evaluate the success of past account for and include the cost of environmental and explore other innovative and less dis ruptive San Antonio has become a national model in developing innovative ways to help the Department of Defense drive down the cost of maintaining military infrastructure while not decreasing the support of military Brooks City the first and only publicprivate base partner employs more than local area residents and pumps mil lion into the Alamo Citys local econo This pioneering partnership is GIRO RODRIGUEZ expected to reduce costs to the mili enhance military and promote economic The good news is that the Pentagon pro dubbed the Efficient Facilities would make the City Base Concept available nationwide with Brooks as the model of One of the early successes at Brooks City Base is the Brooks Energy Sustainability Lab a project that successfully works to improve the efficiency of energy con sumption in large buildings and com plexes at facilities around the coun With my the recentlyenact ed supplemental appropriations bill included more than million in funding to allow in partner ship with the University of to reduce energy con sumption by at least 10 percent at California military facilities as ordered by President In addi the 2002 Defense Bill would grant another million to help the lab expand its efforts to reduce ener gy usage at state and local government While reducing the cost of operating the the labs efforts will also help reduce greenhouse gas emis sions and improve the quality of workplace As a member of the House Armed Services I worked to include language within this years defense bill that will enhance these innovative promote the redevelopment of and increase the productivity of our local South Texas The for would provide critical envi ronmental protections for the Brooks City Base Project that will protect the City of San Antonio and other City Base tenants from Air Force environmental This same protection is given to such as that are and now this authority will be available for the city base program as For I included language that will allow the Air now a large and longterm tenant on what was Kelly to pay common area maintenance like other ten This change will provide at least million in additional income to KellyUSA per Without this important private tenants at the former base would be forced to subsidize the governments remain ing presence at limiting San Antonios aggressive redevelop ment San Antonio is fortunate to have two premier military each of which is a Level I Trauma Center providing critical emergency care to civilians involved in traumatic The defense bill includes a provision I requested which would enable both Wilford Hall and Brooke Army Medical Center to collect rea sonable rates for trauma care provid ed to civilians covered by private rules shortchange millions of per The increased funding would help preserve the unique military medical training programs at the two military hospitals while strengthen ing the areas trauma the bill includes mil lion for Department of Defense assis tance to school districts that serve large numbers of children of military A quality education is a critical issue for military families and this funding will benefit the schools which currently serve Lackland Randolph and Sam The Defense Bill goes far in provid ing our troops with the support they need to execute their primary mis sion the protection of our national We face new threats and which we must I am proud that San Antonio has taken the lead in creating costsaving programs to enhance the military promote efficiency and expand economic development Our nation will benefit from the creative thinking developed here in South Texas as we continue to serve as a model for creative base Giro Rodriguez represents District 28 in the House of Multiculturalism does not seem to work in todays world You might recall that the Tamil Tigers raided Sri Lankas airport They did a pretty good Knocked out about half the national fleet and shut the air port down for a number of Scared the stew out of all the Sri which used to be called has no national or security interest for us at so we neednt worry about On the other side of the NATO has been trying to Macedonians afid to kiss and h nationalsecurity interest for Dont need to worry about from both places we can learn a valuable Multiculturalism doesnt workin both places you have keen hostili ty between two ethnic groups of If you will just look CHARLEY REESE arbund the you will see that the most politically and socially stable countries are those the most homogenous popu The multiethnic coun tries are either in a state of war a strong central gbverh to keep the lid on ethnic Despite what you hear from our urban liberal people are a great deal more tribal than liber als want to You can tell the Macedonians and the Albanians that theyre practically juiit alike until youre blue in the and they wont buy You can even tell them that 97 per cent of their genes are probably Doesnt Its the 3 percent difference that Thats Even if a Chihuahua and a Doberman share 97 percent of the same the 3 percent they dont share is one whopping Ive noticed that American lib erals keep trying every which way they can to sell the notion of the common universal as socialists have been trying to do for a couple of hundred years It wont There is no such The fact that all humans have two feet doesnt mean that theyre willing to park them under the same Just look at the killing going on today and at the killing thats been going on for the past 50 Nearly all of it is tribal or ethnic Our little people in pinstripes just make fools out of scurrying about and telling people who hate each others guts to just get George Bush has made another blunder by not pulling our troops out of the as he definite ly hinted he would They can sit there 50 and the day they all the ethnic groups will dig up their weapons and resume their The only thing that works with ethnic rivalries is but for some strange we are insanely committed to forcing Bosnian Bosnian Serbs and Croats to live in one multi ethnic Never going to hap Now we seem determined to force the Albanians and the Macedonians to live together hap pily ever Never going to You would think that by the government would have figured out that the troublemak ers in the Balkans are the Their population has and they are looking to create a greater Albania using most of Kosovo and a big hunk of That seems as plain to me as a donkey at a faculty tea This is going to be an longrange and we have no business getting involved in Bush ought to tell the Europeans if you want to keep med dling in the be our but our boys are going Right It ought to be written in stone that we should ever inter vene militarily in any ethnic con flict or territorial dispute outside our own as John Wayne was fond of Thatll be the Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist   

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