New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 18, 2005, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 18, 2005

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG December 2005 OUR OPINION City must make developers help with drainage Development should pay for itself and the impact it has on this citys drainage Ti I he city of New Braunfeis got some good news this week when a visiting district court judge ruled the city did not violate state law when it created a drainage ordinance that requires devel opers to pay a stormwater connection The fee is muchneeded in a community that sees drainage primarily as a major With two rivers running through the middle of the flooding is a constant con But flooding has grown progressively worse as the city has Developers always have been required to mitigate increased water flow due to their yet flooding has consistently In some it only takes a major rain for water to flow into their Many city residents have a set pattern when it rains put out the sand bags and remove items from the There shouldnt be any debate about the need for funds to maintain drainage structures to miti gate stormwater flow in New How those new funds are derived is the question that was before the and that question likely will remain there for awhile since opponents of the drainage ordinance fee almost certainly will appeal the judges Simply it is only fair for new growth to pay for the stormwater and increased new developments can But the stormwater connection fee is just a The fee will help the city maintain its drainage but it cannot be used to build new When discussing the court victo Mayor Bruce Boyer said he was ready to pro pose impact fees that could be used to pay for drainage system Impact fees are always in New they are becoming and more of a We applaud Bpyef and the city council for showing the political fortitude to fight for the stormwater connection at the same we remind them that this one court battle is not the final Now devel opment should pay for itself and for the impact it has on the It is the councils job to make sure that LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Truth out of Iraq hard to discern Isnt it fortunate that as the 2006 elections draw near and Bushs poll numbers show that the Ameri can people have finally understood that they were the Iraqis have suddenly and miraculously become capable of defending and governing them Out of the we find that circumstances have suddenly improved to the extent that we can start to withdraw from This is the exact scenario that most people have expected from the beginning of the Iraq occupa When all the indicators point to a real we suddenly snatch victory from the jaws of I believe that this is what is called cut and If we were lied to and misled into this military how can we expect to hear truth when the whole thing falls apart Next November cant come quickly KenLuckett New Braunfeis HeraldZeitung Serving Nw ttraunfels and Comal County since New Braunfeis Zeitung was New Braunfeis Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor DougTonay JtffFowlar Ball Shields payld Rupkalvlt GUESTCOLUMN Stand with the sign ordinance Dear mayor and city council members I am David a member of the city of New Braunfeis Historic Land mark Commission and a concerned Some of you are familiar with my past service to the city as a volunteer and city I would like to begin by applauding all the vol unteers and especially your Planning and Zon ing Commission for their recent recommenda tions regarding the proposed sign which will be brought before the city council In like I am appalled by cer tain individuals within the city and the county who herald these recommendations as no less than an infringement on the rights of individu als and am a citizen and oper ate a so those who oppose this sign ordinance do not represent the To digress for just a I would like to give you a bit of background with reference to these past 30 As a longtime member of the Planning and Zoning Commission aintfalso its your appointed zoning commis sioners then and now have researched in detail such ordinances from across the United selecting the ideas to present to you as to what they believe best for our entire As in the past and so it will always be there are those individuals and groups who represent their own special disregarding the general populace as a Thirty years city government attempted not only to recom mend such an but also improved and restricted building codes which would have allowed New Braunfeis to retain its small town atmosphere like such cities as Fred Texas Williams and the then and special interest groups and certain individuals are shouting The consequences of the deci sions of the past are evi dent everywhere in the city and If city and county officials had taken a stand 30 years we would have retained the ambiance for which New Braunfeis has long been much of which has been lost I request that you uphold the recom mendations of your Plan ning and Zoning Com mission with reference to the proposed sign ordi nance and pass the meas ure uncontested It is with grateful thanks that I commend Jan Bill Peter James Whetstone and Chairman Randy Haugh for their stand as true public servants who represent the majority of citizens of New Now let us hope and pray that Coun ty Judge Danny Scheel and the Commissioners Court do what they can to preserve the county from further sign Because of I will not be able to be present Monday evening to further my com mentary or answer any questions related to offi cial city records from 30 years it is my earnest plea that each of you do your duty in representing the majority of your con DAVID HAHTM ANN David Hartmann is the former chairman of the New Braunfeis Planning and Zoning Commission and a cur rent member of the TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 352nd day of There are 13 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On in a pair of the Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japan but also said loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry could not be On this date In the 13th Amendment to the abolishing was declared in LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less 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 UnltMl States Government PRESIDENT GEORQE 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 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fex 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fex 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 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ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Parents need to step up to quell the increase in sexual activity among teens CAL THOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at Mre than the weather gets ot in survey of the Hillsbor ough County school district has revealed nearly half of high school students and one in five middle school students claim to have had sexual And this is surprising news to many Hillsborough The Youth Risk Behavior compiled in four thick volumes by the Centers for Disease Control and polled more than randomlyselected Hillsborough students finding that nearly onethird said they were propositioned to bought or sold drugs while at More than 9 percent of male students and nearly 12 percent of female students said they had been forced to have Reporter Marilyn in the 11 edition of the Tam pa reported on a small PTA meeting of Hillsborough par ents and who said they did nt know about the but were inter ested in the Sex educators promised that more information about sex would if not less then safer The CDC survey reveals the opposite to be true with younger kids having sex and condom use declining with dropping from 78 per cent usage in eighth grade to percent for high school Leaving out the emotional and spiritual damage caused by early sexual activity which is the physical and societal consequences of teen sex are According to a Heritage Foundation policy paper by Robert sexually transmitted including incurable viral are now While we contemplate a bird flu 3 million teenagers contract STDs eveiy afflicting about oneinfour sexually active Rector writes about research that has shown a correlation between sexual activ ity among adolescents and the likelihood they will engage in other highrisk behav such as alcohol and illicit drug Pediatrics magazine 2 Feb pp 141147 reports that sexually active boys ages 12 through 16 are four times more likely to smoke and six times more likely to consume alcohol than those who describe themselves as With fewer models in or at for twoparent by the time teens reach their many are living together and having babies in a nonmarital environment that has been modeled before them through personal the media and their Though true abstinenceonly programs have been effective in altering sexual the socalled sex education programs in government schools do more to promote sex than prevent giving lip service to chastity while spending most of the class time teaching kids how to use If parents care enough about their chil dren to want to do more than fret about such they are going to have to rad ically alter their approach to Step one is to pull them from the gov ernment schools that serve as hothouses for this kind of behavior and Step two is to reduce lavish lifestyles so that parents work less and invest more time in their with one parent actually staying home to make the home a safe Step three is no television in the Television has become hostile to the things most parents want their chil dren to believe and It is deadly to their moral development it encourages disrespect for fathers and undermines those things that used to make families a positive cultural The government schools and the sex and entertainment industries arent about to fix the The responsibility to properly raise children belongs to The state and various interest groups have no right to develop the moral fiber of a child in they are speedily undermining that If parents dont want any more surprises like those in they have to rescue their kids from a hostile just as they would rescue them from a burning In those buildings are enveloped in the flames of selfindul And the damage is not only to their but also to their minds and ;