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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page May FORUM 3 amendments deal with planning process Of the 39 proposed amendment changes appearing on the municipal election bal 16 are significant enough to warrant special attention by the Sunday and Tues we featured 13 of those we take a look at the final three which deal with the makeup of the citys Planning Commis sion and how that commis sion would use the informa tion collected for a compre hensive The remaining 23 amend ments mostly involved changes in language that bring the citys charter in compliance with state YES This proposition would increase the number of members on the Planning Commission from seven to nine and would allow two members to come from out side city limits but within the citys extra territorial This is a positive It not only gets more citizens involved in the political but also lets the city take a closer look at plan ning in areas likely to be annexed in the Like the seven existing the two new members would be appoint ed by city council after reviewing the experience and qualifications of a list of Having more people involved in the plan ning process is a positive move that we Proposition 33 Vote YES This amendment would require the Planning Com mission to review any city comprehensive plans every five We support this The plans are meant to be updated and changed as the city changes and the process should start with the Under the proposed the commission would review the plan every five years and make recommended changes to city council for a final Proposition 34 Vote NO This amendment would alter the legal effect of comprehensive It would treat the plan as a guide rather than the law and we oppose that Using the plan as a guide opens the door to allowing developers and with council to usurp some of the The city should keep it as law and make everyone fol low the same If this amendment Proposition 33 would be almost We believe it is important to plan to have comprehensive plans and to make the plans something the city residents can rely Chang ing the plan to a guide is a bad move and should be voted Propositions and 39 Vote YES on all 23 The other 23 amendments deal with changes in language that bring the citys charter in compli ance with state This is important because state law supersedes municipal law where there is a Bringing the citys amendments in line with state law would limit the times that state law would override local AGAINST PROPOSITION 34 Would treat the comprehensive plan as a guide instead of PROPOSITION 31 Would add two members to the Planning Commis sion and allow two of the boards nine members to out side city limits but inside the citys PROPOSITION 33 Would require the Planning Commis sion to review citys comprehensive plan every 5 OTHERS Die 23 proposed amendment changes not discus sed in editorials on Tuesday or Wednesday deal largely with changes in language to bring the amendments in line with state We would vote YES on Propositions and 39 HeraldZeitung Serving New Itraiinfcls ami Carnal County since New Braunfeis Zeitung was founded 1 1 852 New Braunfeis Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor Circulation Director Qary Maltland Dougfonay jff Fowj i PJlGctpr I News Editor VllmaLJnarat David RupkaJvit r vwwwr i iraq dieau hite ourte is atxxjrfta runaw brigand an angnr mob demanding her puflfc x GUESTCOLUMN Minimum rules for landscape is shady business or should be Natures skyscrapers pinpoint The prettiest cities in America rest on their laurels under a canopy of Long branches draped across streets provide both shade and Even the tiniest home can be made to look regal under the spread of a magnificent In the priciest real estate is usually hidden by gated Smart communities know the importance of landscape and plan Rules that require a certain number of trees and plants in a designated area are not created to hamper but instead regulate it in such a manner that everyone who shops or visits there enjoys the our chamber of commerce and other city leaders understand that the ambiance of our burg is as important to tourism as are water the trees and flowers from Landa Gruene or our quaint downtown and what do you have Besides a financial soak ing for the shop a HEB or parking The aesthetics of an area increase its value and invite investors and consumers who are conducive to the kind of prosperity that enrich es the quality of life for Raising the bar on landscape requirements for commercial lots as proposed by the Tree and Landscape Board is a definite improvement over the con asphalt and occasional stunted bush or tree found near them The commercial mindset that more parking spaces mean more customers needs to be re flowers and shrubs native of course have never been the cause of less Just the and considering the length of our summer a cooler car in the parking lot would be an inducement for this MARYALICE ALTORFER Mary Alice Mtorfer is a New Braunfeis There is order and beauty in places which require developers to integrate building archi tecture with the curb appeal of a complemen tary What is so controversial about a tightly worded ordinance to ensure this happens in New Braunfeis Passing an ordinance with no teeth furthers toothless enforcement with mini mal Requiring minimum standards for a land scape plan as directed by the Development Code Steering Committee is not good it is a failure of The newer commercial buildings in town are an and why do these businesses look this way Because they can The argument that one plan is more compli cated than the therefore making it the less desirable choice because it is too confusing for the small business implies he or she is An interesting observation considering the ability to count accurately will ultimately deter mine the success of the Trees are an important part of every commu Ignoring this concept is behavior more akin to the highflying acrobats who inhabit them than the rational foresight which plants and preserves these lofty If it walks like a squirrel and talks like a squir acts then it must be the local while pandering to TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is May the 124th day of There are 241 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On May during World War German forces in the Denmark and north west Germany agreed to On this date In Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on presentday Manhattan In the United States began building the Panama In the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 STATEHOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfeis 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 WHILE JN AUSTIN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 Email address carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 424 South Castell Avenue HOW TO CONTACT New Braunfeis City Council Telephone 830 6082100 Mail Address Box 311747 New Braunfeis 781311747 Web Site MAYOR ADAM CORK 864 Vista Parkway City Hall 270 Term of Office May 2002 until May 2005 DISTRICT 1 SONIA MuflozGiLL 2067 Spur 3 City Hall 520 Term of Office May 2001 until May 2004 DISTRICT 2 BETH SOKOLYK Box 311747 Home Phone 830 6065810 Term of Office May 2004 until May 2007 DISTRICT 3 GALE POSPISIL 6 Mission Drive Home Phone 830 6292447 Term of Office May 2003 until May 2006 DISTRICT 4 VALERIE HULL 510 Lakeview Home Phone 830 6066973 Term of Office May 2003 until May 2006 DISTRICT 5 LEE RODRIGUEZ Mayor pro tern 453 Business Suite 735 Cell Phone 830 7433362 Work Phone 830 6294901 Term of Office May 2002 until May 2005 DISTRICT 6 KEN VALENTINE 437 Guada Coma Drive Home Phone 830 6257384 Email kvalentine@satx.rr.com Term of Office May 2002 until May 200 Modified interrogation tactics are good news for the enemy CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services He hosts After Hours on Fox News Channel Saturdays at 11 Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at On Foxs 24 actiondrama show Monday art doesnt imitate it resembles CounterTerrorism Unit CTU leader Jack Bauer played by Kiefer Sutherland is ordered not to torture a man he believes has knowl edge of the whereabouts of terrorist I labib Marwan has captured the nuclear code book known as the football from a shot down Air Force One carrying the president of the United An ACLUtype lawyer shows up at CTU headquarters hes been tipped off by a Marwan minion with a court order forbidding tor ture of the Jack Bauer concocts a plan and gets the man When the lawyer Bauer grabs the suspect outside CTU and tortures him until he dis closes the location of Bauer leads a team and is about to arrest Marwan and save the country from a nuclear attack when the acting president orders the Secret Service to arrest Bauer for violating his and the courts order pro hibiting Marwan and the gripping drama All of this is relevant to real life and the scarier drama that is being played out by the United States which last week announced it is preparing to issue a new interrogations manual that specifi cally bars the use of harsh techniques of the type used at Abu Ghraib The manual will prohibit stripping placing them in stressful positions for extended limit ing using police dogs to frighten them and employing sleep deprivation as a tool to persuade them to the New York Times Thomas director of Army intelligence and gave the Times a permissible scenario under the new guidelines An interroga tor questioning a prisoner in a small room could throw a chair against the wall in mock rage to make the captive but the interrogator would not be allowed to throw the chair at the prisoner or to otherwise threaten him Gandy says the new manual bars physical or mental slapping or I can see the terrorists getting hold of this manual and telling their killers they have nothing to fear if they are captured by the weak Whats instructing our troops to say please and thank you1 We are dealing with people who have repeatedly demon strated they have no moral constraints and are wiUing to perpetrate mass mur der while practicing their religiously twisted ideology in pursuit of their ob If the Army nabs a person it suspects of knowing the location of a nuclear bomb that is about to wipe out an American would the interrogators and their military and civilian superiors refuse to use torture to squeeze the in formation out of the captive That was precisely the scenario on Agent Jack Bauer rightly chose the greater millions of lives over the niceties imposed by those whose manual seems inspired by The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Eti Will someone wise up and remind Army brass and their civilian command ers we are at war From the flood of ille gal aliens entering America some seeking to destroy it to proper in terrogation we are setting ourselves up for another attack that may be far worse than the one on These people are evil to the The only way to protect ourselves is to ex tract information they might have by whatever means This war wont be won if we impose on ourselves restrictions that the terrorists do not impose on Some will say harsh tactics will cause the Arab world to hate us even They already hate us or havent we noticed This isnt about winning a congeniality Its about winning a war and defeating an enemy so they wont try this garbage   

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