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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERAtDZErruNO October 2005 HeraldZeitung OUR OPINION Overnight rentals should be avoided in neighborhoods Allowing an overnight rental in a residential neighborhood is much like a trip down a Schlit terbahn water slide its all and it only gains Wi ilton Warnecke has a Warnecke is one of many New Braunfels home owners who have long fought to keep commercial rezoning due to Schlitterbahns success from placing their homes in the middle of a rental resort Warnecke drew his battle lines again Tuesday when Planning and Zoning commissioners entertained a request for a specialuse permit that would have allowed a residential property on Coll Street to be used for overnight Although the house is nowhere near Warneckes Union Avenue he and several other con cerned citizens spoke against the zone change for fear it would encourage homeowners in their neighborhoods to make similar I know these homeowners say they will only rent to respectable family but weve heard all these arguments he These prop erties do attract but they also attract large groups of young people who stay up all night Commissioners were sympathetic to War neckes arguments and denied the giving homeowners a temporary But we won der how long the commission can say no to the potential economic gold Schlitterbahns success and expansion have been an economic boon to an alreadyhealthy tourism industry in New Braunfels and Comal Allowing neighborhoods in and around the waterpark to be used as overnight rentals would be another way to attract tourists and their But traveling down that road is much like a trip down a Schlitterbahn water slide its all down and it only gains Allowing one specialuse permit for overnight rentals assuredly would lead to other homeown ers asking for the and with the precedent it would be difficult for the Planning and Zon ing Commission to say no in the Warneckes parents built their home in a time when Union Avenue was just your average American Schlitterbahns emer gence has altered that but commercial success and residential privacy can Allowing the houses around the waterpark to become overnight lodges strips away the character and years of work and love families put into that and thats something we cannot afford to Almost all commission members acknowl edged Tuesday that they would not want an overnight rental next door to their Its our hope the commission continues to feel that way in the years to TODAYJN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 282nd day of There are 83 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On the public was first admitted to the Washington On this date In religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay In the Collegiate School of Connecticut later Yale University was In a group of Spanish missionaries settled in presentday San Serving New ttniiitifth mill Coimil Minly sinre New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor Editor Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Jeremy Pafford DougToney Jeff Fowler NelceBell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvlt Democrats short memories evident in DeLay criticism In the film The Blues Elwood and Jake claim they are on a mission from In a film Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle allowed to be made of his movements and thoughts leading up to the grand jury indict ment of former House Majority Leader Tom Earle invokes the Bible and its teaching that the love of money is the root of all Earle says money in politics is the devils and he claims his mission is to turn off the Earles sermonizing in die stillunfinished movie was obtained by National Review who says he will be vindicated in is being targeted for doing his political job exceedingly That in has been to get more Republicans elected to office and to keep them When Democrats did it effec tively for four it was considered good When DeLay and the Republicans do they are Satans Earle apparently believes he has been called to stop them before they sin After several Earle finally succeeded in persuading a Texas grand jury to indict DeLay on charges he conspired with two GOP operatives to funnel corporate contributions to Republican candidates for the Texas which state law When the indictment was chal lenged by DeLays attorney on grounds that the conspiracy law which DeLay is alleged to have violated was enacted one year after the acts in Earle went to a different grand It gave him the new charging DeLay with money laundering and conspiring to laun der DeLay called Earles action prosecu torial Democrat leaders jumped on DeLay in ways meant to advertise their own House Minority Leader Nancy California Demo said DeLay represents a culture of corrup tion and hopes a level of shame would set in on the Im glad Pelosi has reintroduced the words corruption and shame to the political vocab for who would know more about those subjects man the who shamelessly defended the corruption of the last Democrat William Jefferson For those with short die liberal Web page The Progressive Review has chronicled diem at The Clinton administration gave the country the only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance the highest number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and asso tfl CAL THOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services He hosts After Hours on Fox News Channel Saturdays at 10 Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at ciates the highest number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation the highest number of wit nesses to flee the country the highest number of wit nesses to die suddenly the first president to be sued for sexual harassment the first president accused of rape the first first lady to come under criminal investigation the largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case the first president to estab lish a legal defense fund the first president to be held in contempt of court the greatest amount of illegal cam paign contributions and the greatest amount of illegal campaign contri butions from The compilation of the sins of the Clinton administration as Ronnie in his role as evan gelist might have put it goes on for eight Democrats think that by launching their vast leftwing political and media conspiracy against DeLay and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist whose sale of health care stock before its price fell is being looked at by the Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors they will elbow their way back into That strategy occasionally worked for Democ rats in the but not in a time of Theyll have to do better than throwing around charges of Earle seems to have a personal and political not only against but against be they Republicans or He has had mixed results in In defense attorney Dick DeLay has one of the states best Twelve years DeGuerin lead the legal team that successfully defended Kay Bailey Texas against corruption charges brought by As for the valid criticism from many conserva tives that DeLay and the Republican leadership have broken their promise to shrink the cost and reach of big government they thats a subject for another mum United States Government PRESIDENT GEORGE Bum 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fex 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANJJ3NPQFF1CE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AySTINOFFJCE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building 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short supply in Comal Neither are charitable organiza This past United Way Executive Director Doug Hammerstrom told Com munity in Schools board members that he had read a report indicat ing that Comal County had more than 400 501 non profit As they say out on Purgatory thats a Last United Way of Comal County launched its annual fund United Way of Comal County is the local chapter of United Way of The local chapters mission is to provide a way for local people to give to local chan with the United Ways assurance that the money will go toward charitable organizations that actually do what they say they These charitable organizations must apply to United Way of Comal County to receive only about twodozen organ izations receive money from United The local United Way has a board of directors comprised of all local These board members from Canyon Garden Bulvercle and New Braun fels and parts inbetween are volunteers who work to ensure that contributed dol lars go to organizations that do good are legitimate nonprofits and are The local United Way volunteers ensure that donations are spent on local organi zations helping right here in Comal Many businesses and companies make significant contributions each year to United Way of Comal County and so do their Many companies and such as the allow employees to donate through a pay roll deduction Once a nonprofit organization is approved to receive United Way contribu its referred to as a United Way One example is Community in CIS is a remarkable organization that pro vides social supplies and other services to students identified in the schools as needing such services in both the New Braunfels and Comal school dis The Salvation Army and the local office of the Red both of which have been on the front lines this past month or so helping evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and are United Way agen In donating through your local United Way is the only way to ensure that the money you donate to the Red Cross will be used here in Comal because the local United Way board stip ulates that the money it provides the local Red Cross office must be spent in Comal Our county is The population continues to and with those come new challenges and needs that must be As we all witnessed this past we cannot rely on government alone to pro vide the assistance and help that is required when people are in Ten of the local United Ways agencies in Comal County have expanded their services to help evacuees here in Comal The ability of those United Way agen in is determined by how much funding they receive from the local Unit ed And the amount of money that United Way can give each year is determined by how much is donated by Comal County If you please consider making a onetime donation or a payroll deduction commitment to United Way of Comal Besides knowing that the local board ensures that your money is being used you can specify which United Way agency you want to receive your And its a taxdeductible dona I have had the privilege of serving the United Way of Comal County If you already donate to United Way of Comal then thank If you do please consider Its nice to know that your money will be used right here in Comal If you need more call the United Way office of Comal County at 830
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