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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A December 21 3003 HeraldZeitung Serving New Bfaunfeli and County sifta New Brfluhfels Zeifuffi was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1967and printed in both German and English until 1958 CouKflay Abaf rtttihy HsMhSf OfHrtt OPINION Water fight worth countys attention The battles over water will grow as the demands for this limited resource Every citizen should pay close attention to water issues in Comal o fall the big political issues that local gov ernments will face in the decades to none compares in importance to the fights developing over water The rapid growth in and around Comal County is already straining our infra structure sewer and water Theres plenty of aggregate to build More pipes for water lines can be Power lines can be But water is The battles over water will grow as the demands for this limited resource So it comes as little surprise that the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and the City of Bulverde filed a lawsuit Thursday over water They are challenging the rights of Bexar Metropolitan Water District to provide serve Bulverde resi GBRA and Bulverde have asked Comal Coun tys commissioners to join the Commission ers will be briefed on the issue 8 and vote lat er next month on whether to get These water fights are complicated and emo But they are incredibly important to local Thats reason enough for every citizen to pay close attention to legislative and judicial mat ters involving the most precious of all our TODAY IN HISTORY By the Associated Press Today is the 355th day of There are 10 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at pres entday On this date In scientists Pierre Marie Curie dis covered the radioactive element In the first crossword puzzle was pub In George Pattoh died in Heidel of injuries from a car In Charles de Gaulle was elected to a sev enyear term as the first president of the Fifth Republic of In Apollo Eight was launched on a mis sion to orbit the In the Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed UThant as SecretaryGen In police in Des arrested John Gacy and began unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys that Gacy was later convicted of In people were killed when a terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pam Am Boeing 747 over sending wreckage crashing to the LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or The HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Voters have spoken twice time to move ahead on civic center Seems to me the reasons we need a new or improved civic center are getting shoved to the back Im sure the best minds in the city can figure out how to do it in a more affordable we are a city of over with a 33year singleuse Answer Create a multiuse one with modern Not gold durable and longlasting like our cur rent our city is dependent on sales tax rev enue to pay for city garbage and so highdollar visitors will help fund these instead of from my pocket I urge city leaders to move update the existing studies if but keep your eye on the prize The voters have Dont waste time appeasing those few who just cant accept the fact their views Have not been accepted by the rnajorif ty in previous JohnSeidel New Braunfels Forget the civic center why not do something for our children On behalf of the children in this area who desperately need or want a new skating we want to thank the county and chamber for spending all that money on things that will have absolutely no effect on our lives as much as building our Ten million dollars for the technology center to teach kids how to fix an auto fender million to 14 million to build a new civic center when the one we have might need a little Could it be the chamber wants new offices A loan to a bankrupt company that does nt even have to pay all of it And all the stud ies being done in vain to attract new businesses to our Why not do something for our kids Todays children need even Attention and help than any other time in the history of our great obesity on the test scores going dropout rates going teen preg drug problems and the fist could go on and So why doesnt everyone get together and help our Find a way to get this taxpaying won derful that would create 15 to 20 By the Merry Christmas and maybe a Hap py New if anyone cares about our Jim Pace New Braunfels Same song third or fourth verse on civic center plan It was only a matter of I until we heard from the anti crowd on the civic center or some other progressive Its been pretty qui et since these folks got whopped in the last three municipal Now we have one of their leaders long opposed to even being able to use hotel occupancy funds on a civic center expansion who now says lets only use these Talk about hypocritical Then in the same letter to the editor the explains thevirtUe of maintaining 4B development sales tax dollars as a needed tool in the tool This from the same person not successful in leading the campaign to strip the community of these dollars as recently as Novem Betty just for the the chamber didnt run the campaign for it was once again the overwhelming majority of citizens who re buffed your close the door behind me New Braunfels Wreck victim Thanks for help At the beginning of June this year I was in a car accident in front of the church across from the old I was run off the and my car slammed into the I received only a gash the size of quarter on my forehead right above my right Almost instantly after I hit the tree there were two men by my One took his shirt off and gave it to me to hold over my eye to stop the The other talked to me constantly to make sure that I didnt fall Neither of these mens name were in the police so I have not been able to give them a proper thank 1 r only hope that they read the paper and realize this is for I thank you gentlemen for help and allowing me to see that there are still good Samaritans in the Samh ONeal New Braunfels United Statti Government PRESIDENT Bush 1606 ftSfffWylvafite NW 20800 KAV BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Seriate Office Building fiborr 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 202 2240778 Wfebi Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 8023 Vantage Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web OFFICE 221 West Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Building Room 2231 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 210 8215947 Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER 254 Mill 78130 830 6270215 Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 WHILE IN AUSTIN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 Email address carter,casteel@house.state.tx.us STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax Email address jeffwentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702 Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 657O095 Fax 210 6570262 Most empires have lasted 250 years US nearing that limit I ts clear that the presidents brain is occupied by the neoconservatives who surround Its clear from their writings and policy statements that the neoconservatives believe the United States can become the dominant power on This is a bad judgment that is dangerous and could become This is why thoughtful peo ple believe it is imperative to de feat George Bush in the 3004 elec This wrongheaded cooked up by academics and one that Witt merely embarrass die United icy that could tove djje cpnse quences for ms American China and not to mention the Islamic are not about to go quietly into the All three have large large amounts of natural and nu clear Their nuclear teeth mean mat the attempts to bully them will always fall short of being Fallacy 2 is the false belief that me United States is as strong as it was in The truth is we are much The great capacity mat be came me arsenal of democracy has been eroded almost beypnd OUT agricultural base has been eroded Iron are and oil supplies have teen swfr ously depletedWe are in fact dependent pn imports not only for inergy supples military is This falsehood has been fed by the fact that since we have used our hightech fqrces to attack defenseless countries such as Afghanistan and But even Afghanistan and both dilapidated and lacking all modern mili tary have put a great strain on Americas military We do not yet have full control of either Our strength is notjn our grQund forces but in our hightech air power and the ability to coordinate the One breaWirpwgh in akdefenmechnpiogy could seriously weaken and you can he sure baft Russia and CWna work ing assiduously tp make that break with Norm Korea Why not bully them as he did Iraq Why not issue ultimatums For the simple reason mat we would pay a very higji price in American casualties if we got into a war with Norm Don it is their civilian sector that is They haye put most pf their sources into their In the United States was the strongest and righest country on Earth in we are indebted countries on Burfe Paieim holders of that debt souM owi economy simply by deciding to dump their holdings on the market dent tf yow enn even eaU tt a ture prj a number of Lets at Fallacy Us OxebeM that the rest of the world will acquiesce to American parts for our own strategic weapons and increasingly for We 3jre running high federal hjgh trade deficits and high cur rent The value of the dollar is eroding Fallacy 3 is the false belief that Mole you dismiss you should rernt mhe r that we aje nowde pendent on Russian spacj erafi to reaipb thppace station and that not has the worlds largest mobile intercontmentaJ resi