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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A Tuesday May NEW BRAUNPRLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zeitung was founded 1852Ncw 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 Gary E Maitland Managing Editor Other views Fort Worth StarTelegram on creative water con servation Some demographers forecast that Texas popula tion will nearly double in the next half century That will make water supplies more precious and costly Rapid population growth already is putting great strain on Tfexas rivers and increasing the chance that new and expensive reservoirs will need to be built in coming years For those reasons water conservation some thing many growing North Texas cities havent suf ficiently focused on is becoming ever more important The Tarrant Regional Water District is setting an excellent example in that regard through an innov ative project in which it is filtering water through wetlands to clean it and allow for its reuse by resi dents of Fort Worth Arlington and other cities The district provides water to much of the west ern half of the Metroplex The wetlands project which will be greatly ex panded during the next 15 years is linked to the districts RichlandChambers Reservoir outside Corsicana in East Texas Heres how it works Treated municipal waste water from the Metroplex flows through the Trinity River Basin and the wet lands by RichlandChambers The water is cleans ed of most of its sediments nitrogen and phospho rus It then flows into the reservoir where it can be pumped back to the Metroplex through pipelines and used again The million project which already has cost about million eventually will increase avail able drinking water from the reservoir by about 30 percent Thats enough water for people for a year The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is joining with the district on the project to not only establish additional wetlands but also to provide improved wildlife habitat Its an outstanding example of cooperation and conservation and the type of project that needs to become increasingly common in Texas Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday May 27 the 147th day of 2003 There are 218 days left in the year Todays history highlight On May 27 1937 the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County was opened to the public On this date In 1647 the first recorded American execution of a witch took place in Massa chusetts In 1896 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St Louis and East St Louis 111 In 1933 Walt Disneys Academy Awardwinning animated short The Three Little Pigs was released In 1935 the Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recov ery Act FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 TERROR ALERT ORANGE abnormal amounr Policy The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission 6f letters Letters must be 250 words or fewer and the Herald Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions Quest columns should be less than 600 words An address and telephone number which are not for publication must be includ ed so authorship can be con firmed No letter will be published until it has been verified Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung New Braunfels 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Water concerns best solved cooperatively Water the most essential natural resource on Earth is plentiful but less than one percent is fit for human consumption Water is necessary for the survival of every living form of life Yet society is apathe tic about its uses and sup plies In a 2002 speech in San Antonio Gov Rick Perry put it this way To many Texans the water needs of this state are summed up by a simple expectation When they go to turn on the faucet water will be there and it will be safe drinkable and abun But are we assuming too much The population of Texas is expected to almost double from 21 million in 2000 to 40 million in 2050 Most of the population growth will be in urban areas resulting in acceler ated demands for water Projected Texas needs for municipal water will increase by roughly 70 percent by 2050 and industrial usage by 47 percent Agriculture irrigation presently consumes 60 per cent of Texas water It is projected to decrease by 12 percent from 2000 to 2050 WriteEm President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 FRANK TUCKER Guest Column Even though agriculture usage will be reduced there will be pressures in certain areas of the state to limit water use for agriculture purposes Where can additional water be obtained To help answer that ques tion in the Water for Texas 2002 Plan the Texas Water Development Board set forth a comprehensive plan Working over a period of three years with diverse interest groups the board developed 16 regional plans each of which identified local water demands and focused on actions to address water needs during drought conditions The plan makes some V excellent recommendations on water conservation reuse of wastewater financ ing of water infrastructure environmental protections water quality and desalina tion Some ideas are to be implemented by the state as well as water providers and users If the plans are placed in operation many water disputes can be re solved at the local and regional levels Today there are as many disputes as ever Most arise over which group is entitled to have its interest priori tized Some of the most conten tious disputes involve prop erty owners whose land adjoins lakes They want to limit the amounts taken from lakes by water provid ers Property owners believe lower lake levels will depress their property values and restrict their use for plea sure Water suppliers think they are obligated to pro vide water for the needs of cities and towns Environmental groups and water users will never agree on water issues and they will continue to wage Instead of using the courts and wasting money as well as dividing commu nities a better approach is to use open negotiations and dialogue Negotiations are too often perceived as a loselose con test But in many instances water disputes arise and fail to be resolved as a re John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 Tel 2022242934 Fax 2022282856 All emails are sent through the Web site Austin office Jennifer Lustina state director Beth Cubriel field director 221 West Sixth St Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza regional director 600 Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio suit of the rigidity of par ties positions Litigating these issues in courts tends to divide the parties even more fostering bitter feelings Instead of resorting to the courts emo tions should be controlled voices should be lowered greed should be removed and tough negotiations should begin The courts should be used only as a last resort As the Water for Texas 2002 Plan is implemented better methods to conserve water and to gain access to new water suppliers will emerge The regional water plans must continue to produce results through cooperative efforts and agreements if Texas water needs are to be met Leadership must be ex erted through governmen tal agencies and local com munity leaders toprtiduce constructive results so Texas citizens will be assured of an adequate water supply in the future Let the negotiations begin Frank G Tucker of New Braunfels is a government affairs consultant and for mer international business Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 Everyone is just a puppet in ideological play One of the saddest things about the Middle East is that some Israelis and some American Israeli supporters have learned the wrong lesson from the Holo caust Theyve learned to blame the victim One proIsraeli Web site seized on the fact that apparently some American newspapers ran one of a series of pictures taken of Rachel Come during a twohour period before her death under the blade of an Israeli bulldozer The site claims the particular picture showing her clearly visible to the bulldozer driver was actually tak en an hour before her death The site also claims that one of her surviving companions Joe Smith corroborates this and then it goes on to blame the victim by claim ing that Corrie was not visible to the driver at the time of her death The young American girl and her companions were trying to prevent Israeli bulldozers from demolishing Palestinian houses The international community has condemned these house demoli CHARLEY REESE tions many times If I gave the impression that a recent column of mine about her was based on the photograph then I apologize Actually I had read the eyewit ness accounts and they all agree she was visible to the bulldozer driver at the time she was killed You can find Joe Smiths complete statement at The pertinent part is this I was writes Smith a young American about two meters above the ground and had a clear view of the action happen ing about 20 meters away StUl wearing her fluorescent jacket she sat down at least 15 meters in front of the bulldozer and began waving her arms and shouting just as activists had successfully done dozens of times that day The bulldozer continued dri ving forward headed straight for Rachel When it got so close that it was moving the earth beneath her she climbed onto the pile of rubble being pushed by the bull dozer She got so high onto it that she was at eyelevel with the cab of the bulldozer Her head and upper torso were above the bull dozers blade and the bulldozer driver and cooperator could clear ly see her Despite this he continued for ward which pulled her legs into the pile of rubble and pulled her down out of view of the driver If hed stopped at this point he may have only broken her legs but he continued forward which pulled her underneath the bulldozer We ran towards him and waved our arms and shouted one activist with the megaphone But the bull dozer driver continued forward until Rachel was underneath the cab of the Despite the obviousness of her position the bulldozer began to reverse with out lifting its blade and dragged the blade over her body again He continued to reverse until he was on the border strip about 100 meters away and left her crushed body in the Nobody in either of two bulldoz ers got out but a tank guarding the two bulldozers did approach Here is Smiths account The tank came over to see what had happened and I shouted that they had run over our friend and that she may die The soldiers in the tank never spoke to us nor did they ask us any questions or offer us any help They simply talked on their radio and then withdrew to the border strip and parked between the two bulldoz People who accidentally run over somebody usually get out to see if they can help the victim The Israelis did not Later he describes how the pro testers had to use their bodies to shield Palestinian ambulance workers We worked as human shields for them and tried to make it diffi cult for the tank to fire at the ambulance workers as they have at many others in the Smith wrote There is no question that this young man and the other eyewit nesses believe Rachel was mur dered He writes later in his state ment I am outraged that these soldiers have murdered my friend as they have murdered thousands of Palestinian The deaths on both sides are tragic enough but trying to blame the victims is despicable To even imply that Rachel Corrie was at fault is like saying the victim of a suicide bomber shouldnt have gotten on the bus that blew up Thats one of the ugly things about ideologues Zionist or other wise They have no respect for the living or the dead Everyone is just a puppet in his or her ideolog ical play Charley Reese is a syndicated
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