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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A February 2007 FORUM Herald Zeitung Serving nratinfch nnil Cnnial onnly sinfc i 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 OUR OPINION Valentines move rightly thwarted by city council It was a poor attempt that Ken Valentine made Monday to manipulate the charter that regulates New Braunfels city govern As a twoterm councilman albeit punctu ated by defeat and a new stint in office cour tesy of a special election Voters will be Valentine should know the the judge of importance of the citys whether recall The District 6 coun petition rightly cilman is not the first elected iudees District i official to face a recall ballot 6 councilmans I will not be actions as I f He said that seeking a change to charter8to allow the council to vote on the merits of the recall document would give an opportunity for him and any other council member to defend themselves on the The city as Interim City Attorney Paul Isham pointed is a document approved by the voters of New And it is the voters of this city that the seven council members are elected by should For the council to change the charter without voters consent could be ille Isham What we see is that focusing on this issue and forcing the council to make a unanimous decision downing his Valentine likely has further galvanized his Well know on Thursday if the 600 signatures gathered on the recall petitions were signed by the required number of registered District 6 Its unlikely that this effort will fall and Councilman Valentine needs to worry less about stopping this recall and more about his own future on If he believes some one should have a say on the whether this petition has a valid a recall election will give him that opportunity to campaign and state his case being allowed to remain on New Braunfels City TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 59th day of There are 306 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On the ship California arrived at San carrying the first of the goldseek On this date In the first railroad chartered to carry passengers and the Baltimore Ohio Railroad was incorporated by the state of In a 12inch gun aboard the USS Prince ton killing Secretary of State Abel Navy Secretary Thomas Gilmer and several In the Territory of Colorado was organ In the Senate committee headed by Estes issued a preliminary report saying at least two major crime syndicates were operating in the In scientists James Watson and Francis Crick announced they had discovered the doublehelix structure of the molecule that contains the human In American publisher Henry Luce died in Phoenix at age In President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou finlai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixons historic visit to In more than 40 people were killed in Londons Underground when a subway train smashed into the end of a In Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central In a gun battle erupted at a compound near when Bureau of Tobac co and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidians four agents and six Davidi ans were killed as a 51day standoff Ten years ago Brushing aside congressional calls for a tougher stance against Presi dent Clinton recertified the country as a fully cooperating ally in the struggle against drug And in North two heavily armed masked robbers bungled a bank heist and came out unleashing their arsenal on cars and TV choppers before they were Five years ago The body of a young girl found outside San Diego was positively identified as that of 7yearold Danielle van whod disap peared from her bedroom about a month Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Director Business Manager News Editor Gerard MacCroftsan Fowlar Chuck Valeria Karl Klrby IDONTKNOW ABOUT OTSAND MKKi MAGDALENE BUTVTCFOOND 3TMMY HOPPA LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Council has taken courageous stand on river issues To the editor Im truly amazed at the intensity of outrage Im reading in some letters to the editor regarding the new regulations concerning cooler size for I personally dont tube the crowds being one of the I do and drive in this I have seen people urinate in parking shout obscenities in grocery shop almost step in front of traffic as if the cars dont belong in the the list goes on and the most disturbing part of a summer week end for me is the Tuesday edition of the newspaper with the arrest The number ofDriving While Intoxicated arrests is not to mention the Public mo si of whom we can presume were headed for cars and public road I applaud the city council ft Jr taking such a coura geous and the River Activities Committee for spending so much time and effort to try to find a solution to a complicated and obviously heated Lets try this and see if it Give it The raucous and dangerous behavior has been tol erated too Something has to be Cyndy New Braunfels Float outside the city limits and the councils rules dont apply To the editor Just want to clarify all the hys teria created by your Valentine and other council members whove chosen to ignore their constituents who depend on the loyalty of tourist like myself juid the other 30 plus in our group who spend one week every sum mer at Bobby and Shirleys more commonly known as Second reacted without getting all the facts and was totally misled by your city council regarding the boundaries of their ridiculous restrictions involving the Guadalupe Tired of second I called Shirley at Second Crossing and she assured me the boundary did not impact their location along the river because they are north of the city I think the media could help in reassuring a lot of tourists if they would clarify die boundaries involved in this I was fully prepared to can cel our trip and take our money to the but am glad I chose to cut through the chase and phone A lot of these folks livelihoods depend on Theyre has your city council forgotten this People like Bobby and Shirley and otiier property owners along die Guadalupe like White Water Rocky Mountain Billy Goats River deserve to be represented fairly so as not to jeopardize their business during die upcoming summer To all concerned loyal long as you float nordi of die city youre okay and not bound by Valentines ridiculous see you in June Happy Susan L Texas 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 United Government PRESIDENT GeonoE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILBY 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 3402885 Fax 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Congress Austin TX 78701 Telephone Email address nathan.macias@house.state.tx.us Clinton Has made much hay from presidency Former President Bill Clinton is one of a but we knew that No president before him has managed to cash in from his time in office with such shameless A Washington Post story by John Solomon and Matthew Mosk is staggering in its rev elations of Clintons In six years since he left the presi Clintoin has tak en in nearly mil lion between million and mil lion of it this past din ton aver aged almiost a speech per cent of his fees reportedly were for person al The rest of his says the were CALTHOMAS Ceil Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 135 Michigan Suite or leave an email at for no fee or for donations to Clintons Unlike liheral I am not obsessed with how much others as long as its honest money and they pay their H ought to be a when so much money is paid to a former president by foreign foreign entities and corporations w ith interests in foreign and domes lie While Bill Clinton is no longer in a position to determine such policu his the junior senator from New York and Democratic presidential is and she might soon be in an even more powerful Given the Clintons his tory of questionable business and personal can anyone say with certainty that the providers of this largesse are uninterested in influenc ing a President Hillary Clinton through her husband Were it not for the disclosure forms required of highlevel we might never have known the full extent of the Clinton ATM always throw money Clinton is also a master at whiny self 1 never had a nickel to my name until I got out of the White and now Im a I get a tax cut every no matter what our needs Clinton easily can assuage his con science by writing a check for the taxes he thinks he should pay under a Hillary Clin ton administration and send it to the but that would require him to be Clinton told a Houston fundraiser in Probably there are people in this room still mad at me at that 199s3 budget because you think I raised your taxes too It might surprise you to know that I think I raised them too Sin like is not his strong Its not as if Clintons speeches are imparting anything new to his People are paying for proximity to a former president and possibly a future After one hears Clintons riff on the supposed shortcomings of his succes the failure of the administrations policy in Iraq and whatever he proposes to solve the worlds there is little Why would anyone pay so much to hear so little Other than what is the primary motivation behind Bill Clintons massive cashin The answer is suggested in the Post it allows the Clintons to tap into that wealth for a campaign if Hillary as forgoes pub lic financing in her race for It also suggests a sometimes close connec tion between their personal finances and her political What else is new The Clintons are plowing new Ethics and election laws should keep Never before has the spouse of a for mer president run for One of the reasons for disclosure forms is to ensure no improper influences are exert ed on public officials by outside or Among those for whom Clinton spoke were a Saudi Arabia investment firm for two a Chinese real estate run by a Communist Party official and a Toronto compa founded by a Kenyan immigrant who was convicted of stock fraud and barred for life from the brokerage business in 2005 and an undisclosed sum in The public needs to know more about their While other expresidents have spoken for there has been nothing on this scale and none of their spouses served as elected If the new Democratic congressional leadership is serious about living up to its pledge of a far more ethical body than the one run by the Senate Ethics Committee will get on this right There ought to be an investigation into the associations and ties of especially for eign governments and interests who paid these big bucks to Bill   

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