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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page February OUR OPINION Compromise probably wont solve river issues All can agree that stamping out antisocial public intoxication and related littering are in the best interests of the New Braunfels community and the vast majority of river Will new river rules achieve any of intended effects reduce intoxication on river without affecting economy The split vote at the New Braunfels City Councils meeting Monday night could have been fairly well predicted by many who have followed the The dozens of local residents who urged the council to consider the potential impacts of the river rules adopted at the meeting were ignored by the 43 whose minds almost certainly were made up before they walked into the council Looking ahead to the we wonder what have these rules accomplished What effect will they have other than to perhaps diminish some of the crowds on the Comal River More water in the Guadalupe River also will see to and quite pos many will take their tubes away from New Those involved in tourism and river businesses long have touted the contribution their patrons make to the areas sales tax The prophe sied negative impact on tourism and the tubing industry from the smaller coolers and open contain er laws adopted for New Braunfels rivers and parks will be tested this It became obvious this past when the citys 2006 tubing fee receipts were made that not all river businesses accurately are reporting their A large proportion of me tubers are day trippers who dont contribute a lot financially to the New Braunfels Maintaining the river as a tourist destination costs tax For this New Braunfels tax payers need to see a Weve heard legitimate complaints about the cool er rules and how they will impact many river including families who dont ever bring a beer to the Fears also have been expressed that the little softsided coolers adopted in the ordinance pose a danger to adults and The council needs to look more at the regulations it passed on The compromise it sought with these river rules divided the divided the river activities divided the residents of New Braunfels and placed an ugly spotlight on the city that is causing other Texans who liked coming here in the past to say they will think again before TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 45th day of There are 320 days left in the This is Valentines Todays Highlight in History On the Valentines Day Mas sacre took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capones gang were gunned On this date In the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in In Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd In comedian Jack Benny was born Ben jamin Kubelsky in HeraldZeitung Serving New Rratinfcls ami Comat County since 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 andPuJjll8heT Circulation Director Businessjylanager News Editor Jsff fawlsr ftoflfl I LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Parks staff did well to drive away vultures at Landa To the editor Congratulations to the city and to the parks You have virtually rid Landa Rark of the vultures which had nearly overtaken the My wife and I walk our dog there almost every day and I can tell while it has always been a beautiful it is much nicer without the I have to believe that the vulture residue was becoming a health Thanks for a job well done Jerry New Braunfels For letters on the river see R 5A Dont forget your wife today To the editor Lets not forget your better half on Valentines I for one try my best to thank my wife for corning into my life as much as but sometimes all the help and support she has given me in the last 30 seems a thank you is not She is truly my and has been since the first time I saw those beautiful brown eyes of hers and a smile that has made me forget I had a bad day at Who else can be so understanding in this world but someone who truly loves To all the other men reading this take a look at the special person who has been beside you through good times and those not so good and she is still cheering for Happy Valen tine to all and thank the one you God Pedro Gonzales New Braunfels Not enough research done to mandate Gardasil To the editor Last Rick Perry issued an executive order mandating that the be administered to all girls entering the 6th grade as of The executive order enabled the governor to bypass debate in the Texas similar bills are being drafted in some 20 The bills coincide with an aggressive lob bying campaign by the maker of the vac These if they become would guaran tee Merck billions of dollars in annual revenue from the Out of clinical trials of more than patients only were preteen The trials have shown that the vaccine is effective against only four strains of cervical cancer and that the vaccine may last five even though time elapse from diagnosis to invasive cancer averages between to There have been 82 adverse events among both teens and adult women since Gardasil became available last including common responses to such as fever or A number of patients suf fered or fainting As part of the lobbying Merck has been funding Women in a Washing DC group made up of female state An executive from Mercks vaccine Deborah sat on Women in Govern ments business council last and many of the bills across the country have been introduced by members of this One of Mercks lobbyists is Rick Perrys former chief of and Mercks political action committee contributed to the governors reelection Donna New Braunfels Petraeus is right choice to lead Forces in Iraq I want to expand on the brief AP news release in the issue of the HeraldZeitung regarding David the new command er of forces in The AP article refers to him as Princetoneducated While it is true that Petraeus did receive his Masters and PhD degrees in Public Administration from Princeton University in 1985 and 1987 respectively he is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West standing number 39 in his class of 833 gradu He has commanded soldiers in combat opera tions in led the 101st Airborne Division in and was the Commanding Multina tional SecurityTransition In that I am also a West Point graduate and have a lead Masters degree in Public Administration from I am confident that Gen Petraeus knowledge of the military art is well founded in his assignments and duties in the Army rather than in his gradu ate degree While his Public Administration degrees no doubt augment his con siderable military experience in performing his new academic achievements can never replace real world Our troops are in good military hands in If only our politicians do not attempt io microman age the situation especially by threatening to cut off we could win the war against terror ism in Winning the rather than just bringing it to a satisfactory as some of our liberal congressional representatives have sug is what we should expect our soldiers in Iraq to If allowed to exercise his 33 years of military Dave Petraeus will do just Stuart New Braunfels United States Government PRESIDENT Bum 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Wsb Send emails through Web 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 Wab Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Talaphona 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 20515 Talaphona 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 Wab address Send emails through Web 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Talaphona 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 HENRY CUELLAR 1404 Longworth House Office Building 20515 Telephone 202 2251640 Fax 202 2251641 Web address 1149 Commerce Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2712851 Fax 210 2776671 HMfei Nvfff Tw Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 ST AT E HOUSE NATHAN MACIAS 1100 Congress Austin TX 78701 Telephone 512 4630325 Email address nathan.macias@house.state,tx.us JEFF WENTWORTH 1 250 NE Loop Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 8888246984 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 Members of American military believe Congress is betraying their cause CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite IL or leave an email at Wth the House debating this veek how much nonbinding jrief to lay on President Bush about I emailed a soldier friend of mine for his impressions of the increasingly amplified Army Daniel of Grand is on his second tour in I asked him what he thinks of the growing opposition to the Writing from he says he appreci ates the freedom Americans have to but adds The American military has shown a stonecold profes sional veneer throughout the seething debate raging over Beneath that is a visceral We feel as though we have been betrayed by Dobson believes the military is being hamstrung against an enemy with no reservations or restrictions It is our overwhelming opinion that we have not been allowed to conduct the war to the fullest of our capability neither do we feel that we should pull out because of a lack of War is not a chem istry set with predetermined outcomes or With a great army matched with an equally cunning ene we find ourselves in a but winnable We do not seek results we seek total and unequivocal Its been a while since anyone spoke of Critics ask war supporters to define the Dobson makes an effort That victory is close at With nearly 80 percent of all terrorist and insurgent activity within 50 miles of the sheer thought of not tak ing out this stronghold is If we can eliminate 80 percent of terrorist the war is nearly To throw away a battle of this magnificent impor tance would be to waste the suffering and the sacrifice of American service What of the effect on the troops from antiwar remarks on the streets and in Congress Some assert it doesnt hurt troop Dobson disagrees The question has been posed to me recently what congressional resolution hurts troop morale the No doubt we would be happy to come home But the thought is bitter Most service members would tell you the same thing there is no honor in and there is no honor in what the Democrats have It stings me to the core to think that Americans would rather sell their honor than fight for a Those of us who fight for peace know all too well that peace has a very bloody price To make his he tells a story An army once marched on the great city of The fearing for the future of the Roman sent the Empires greatest warrior to the camp of the general to negotiate the cessation of After several hours with the he asked the warrior just how much he loved Without the warrior rose and walked to a fire and stuck his right hand in the flames until it was completely burned the warrior said is how much all Romans love The struck with said that if all Romans should have the same spirit as this he could not afford war with and so retreated back to his I fear that when questioned of their love for many Americans would shy from the It breaks our hearts to see our which was more of a Union on 2001 to such petty No longer are we one out of but have fallen from one into We on the front lines long to see the purple raging hatred for our enemies that we saw on the morning of the We long to see America seeking victory as much as we Dobson has another wish beyond the desire to come home and a success ful ending to the conflict need to drop the politics and get back to what really matters Our nation and its The lies in what will leave scars on our national spirit a war in or a war between To the recurring question about patri otism and Dobson replies I would never presume to call anyones love for country into I ask the same of Truly our nations honor is at and we have been given the opportunity to put our hand to the Should we in our moment of shy from it When asked how much we love our should we call retreat we stand at a moment of great let us now show our enemies just how much we love America and our way of Let us show them our love of country is as great as it ever or youve got to admire Dobson and the other virtuous and committed young men and women our military   

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