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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG July FORUM OUR OPINION Still but with less problems As troublemakers have decreased in the rivers have be come more at tractive for vaca tioning T he arrest list for the Pouith of July week end filled more than 50 pages and numbered more than 200 But law enforcement officials and campground operators insist the behavior of those flocking to our city to enjoy the rivers is tempered when compared to the outofhand partying of a decade The public criticism has been relatively light this But have things really gotten belter Its all a matter of of Comal County Sheriffs Office Public Informa tion Officer Mark Reynolds bases his opinions on pure The number of citations issued by law enforcement officials has Reynolds County deputies and city police officers who work the rivers have done a lot to curb bad sending a strong message to visitors that inappropriate acts will not be And as troublemakers have decreased in num the rivers have become more attractive for vacationing That has fed into the cham ber of commerces public relations campaign heralding the rivers as a family tourism experi Problems still and they probably always But die combination of tougher law enforce stricter controls on such things as neigh borhood the cooperation of outfitters and campground operators and a positive public relations does appear to be TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is July the 187th day of There are 178 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On July President Truman signed an exec utive order establishing the Medal of On this date In Sir Thomas More was executed in Eng land for In during the American British forces captured In the first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in In during World War Arab forces led by Lawrence captured the port of Aqaba from the In the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was In people died in a fire that broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Rar num Bailey Circus in In Nicaragua became the first nation to for mally accept the United Nations In Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles defeating fellow American Darlene Hard In the Biafran War erupted in The which lasted claimed some In the Army destroyed its last Pershing 1A missiles at an ammunition plant in under terms of the 1987 Intermediaterange Nuclear Forces Five years ago The German parliament offered a formal apology to Naziera slave and forced labor ers as it passed a bill setting up a billion compen sation The body of 19yearold Cory son of basketball star Julius J was found in his car at the bottom of a Florida pond hed been missing since May Venus Williams beat her younger sister Serena 76 3 to reach the Wimbledon final their singles match was the first between sisters in a Grand Slam iiul I Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Gory Maltland DougToney Jeff Fowlor Neice Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvis GUESTCOLUMIM officers provide service to citizens mil1 can imagine mi i iu Ies are facid uiili iiimna cli iMenge in every aica horn lip1 i men to ani mal 1 recMillv icad i lener ji iiming iiie proce dures ol nr aiiial aim p Ihe i inmane itati i tlv ihe city is driven bvpi n i i i M I wauled to nsjo il beie was n i io a raccoon thai no I Im i U p ae ihat wild animals am no ii mlii1 there is an as a him I a eslim is necrssa iT I they can the ii i hen I hi rabies is contracted and spn lirl iv ause one rac coon wasnt We know labies ion iheic aiaj ihe ijsk is kep on p n nn a ion current It is the res ioirabihh i oieri their pets against rabies and nihei disc a During my and one luill veais employed a i the veterinary y diiectly will the animal sh and animal control lo ensure stale and i were VVe slronglv sojipoi iid the enacted by the We fiillv undei stood that the laws were in place to ma and I heir lease become die of New lira on lei iiinns i nimai Seen I I he lei lei thai ihere was no progress in the m i i iiesi ied dogs in his area Im i m nh In con sider lhal ii niay be repeal n fees am applied IPP these lees do no i a I way s mi th pioblim Imm reoc be 01 ir iii Ini ioi ihonld locus on these repeal olTeiiders and incieasinj the fines for ol hlame ill conln LYNN FRANKLIN a statement was made that the bill receiv ed from the Humane Society had been pad Pees collected go to feeding the pro viding a clean environ ment and providing nec essary medical How can these valuable servic es be provided if the fees arc not collected The feess associated with a violation are established by the not die Humane Society or animal Those individuals involved in enforcing these regula tions should be able to continue to do so other wise our laws have no meaning and diere would be no punishment for those who break We should support our animal control offi cers Their job is not an easy They deal with some very difficult and emotional situations on a daily There are only two animal control officers for a city with a population of nearly It is clear that we need more support for our animal control If the citizens of New Braunfels feel as I then please notify your city council representative and show your support for our animal control LETTERS POLICY H Letters must be 250 words or HThe HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all il Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a H 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 email them to HOW TO CONTACT United States Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 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1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Star Wars create nations thirst for idealism T Charley Reese is a he genius of George the cre ator of Star is thai he real ized in Ihe 1970s that Americas young people were starving and thirsting for Those were dark President Jack his and Martin Luther King had all been assassinated during Ihe Riots in American cities had killed scores and gutted many areas of our The Vietnam after such a bitter had ended in University students had been shot down on their own campus by National The president was involved in the Watergate scandal and was dilfirllt imr rlh v HM i if jivi I le tin uon ilr iipporl of one sliidin at i en i vinnll budget ol iihciHi any ii irludiii In irii M I a11 M I chi i sen for ihe Ii in KM i til a v ii T columnistfor King Fea forced out of After a two tares You can year interim with Gerald write to him at Box Ihe glum and droopy Jimmy Carter was moping about the White 1 louse and accusing us all of suffering from 1 lollywood was churning out realistic Its no that Lucas had a I ilanic Ill I III i in I Illill Ill ill opptd inlo a ilr my Hi pi whai i World II I had guv M pricli lh I Mi Ii honni un a ii ould In t number oi i s ril M 11 ii bail Ive always thought that Star Wars contributed to Ronald Reagans election in I certainly have no proof of Mul Reagans idealism and optimism would have been scorned and mocked by the burnouts of the 1960s and The Star Wars connected with this man because he spoke the same language as George I f Reagan brought morning to I think the dawn began with the original Star Lucas also revolutionized the film in dustry with his spectacular advances in special effects and his pioneer The Lord of ihe Rings could never have been Mul more important is that he has a good Whatevers in an artists soul inevitably comes out in his You can look at the body of work done by Lucas and know that he is one fine I our other good souls in Hollywood and there arent are John Simon Kevin Costlier and Ron I Ive never seen the point of paying money to be i can be depres sed for nothing just by watching the news or volunteering to take care of terminally ill Why pay to just so a Hollywood reprobate with garbage for a soul can pour it into your head Unless a film pr play can make me laugh or in spire I dont Im definitely of the old like Louis founder of MGM He reportedly told his who wanted to do serious that If you want to send a use Western A veiy good The world is full of gloomy but ohso earnest people who want to tell us all about the angst and ills of the we already know about Instead of exploiting the angst and the why dont you try to do something about them In the Im a daisyandsun flower kind of guy this time of Sum mer is one of the best treats the planet has for Enjoy If you get too hot and duck into a theater and watch the final episode of Lucas Star Wars Even if you havent followed the stoiy youll enjoy the special
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