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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 4 I Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | herald-zeitung.com  HERALD-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD  Kubtisher and toitor uoug ioney Min»g>ng r rtiiot Shiw' I «wi    Ctttnltfio« Dirortof M f owipf  Allt Min»amg FiHof Witt    ; C»|!V f (Wo< nil# Thom»(  Teamwork will save lives, protect property  fen days ago. Comal County faced a $3 million short fall and the possible forfeiture of $12 niillion ifi federal funds because of delays and changes in the Krueger Canyon dam project Today, thanks to vision and teamwork the dam project IS back on track Fhe recovery started on Oct 24. when New Braunfels  _ City Council unanimously voted to fielp  Comal County pay for the past due project by writing a $ I S million cfieck [hen. on Oft 26, tfie city 4 B Board (the Industrial Development Corp ) freed up the other halt by voting to fund a SI 5 million portion of the %b million the county had pledged toward the expansion of Farm to-Market Road 306 The move is pending (ourK il s approval, but tfiat shouldn't f>e an issue given the city s existing invoivernpnt with the dam project With the $3 million covered, Comal County commissioners on Thursday voted to iiire a dam builder ASI Constructors of Pueblo West, ( olo is expected to begin work in about two weeks, after com pleting contractual documents undei v/hich tlie firm would be paid $12,7 million Fhe collaboration between fhe citv and tfie county on the project is commendable The (itv fias as mu( h interest in seeing the Krueger Canyon dam built as thp county does In that Itglit, it rTiakes sense tliat Nrw Braunfels would help witfi some of tftr' i osts City and county residents will reap tfie revyards of tfiis alliance in the form of reduced flooding and lower costs to address future flood damagps Most impfMtaritly, the dam will make us all safer Officials have said tfiat if the dam had been iii f)lace on june 9 2010, the flooding that day w'otild havr t)een sig nificantly reduced If it ftad been in pla< r in I the dam would have been a game changer Mur fi of ttie destruc tion wrought by that fiistoric flood might not iiave fiap pened  By joining to build tfie dam, local government officials have collaborated to ensure ou! safetv and our future  AT ISSUE  The past due Krueger Canyon dam proiect IS back on track  OUR VIEW  Kudos to county, city officials for collaborating to make it happen  TO!) \^i IN HI<roi{>  Thp Assa lated Press  Today is Wednesday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of POI / There are 59 days left in the year  Today's Highlight in History;  On Nov. 2,1861, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln relieved Maj. Gen. John C, Fremont of tiis command of the Army's Department of the West based in St Louis, following Fremont's unauthorized efforts to emancipate slaves in Missouri  On this date:  In 1783, Gen, George Washington issued his Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States near Princeton, N,J.  In 1795, the 11th president of the United States, James Knox Polk, was bom in Mecklenburg County, N C  In 1865, the 29th president of tlie United States, Warren Gamaliel Harding, was bom near Marion, Ohio,  In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40tb states.  In 1936, the British Broadcasting Corp inaugurated "high-definition" television service from Alexandia Palace in London  In 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the "Spruce Goose" by detractors), on its only flight, which tasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California  In 1948, President Harry S. Truman surprised the experts by winning a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E, Dewey,  LKTORSPOUCY  The Herald Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns up to 500 words Guest columns must be accompanied by a ptioto,  Ttie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject submissions All submissions must include an address and phone number so authorship can be confirmed  SUBMmj.TTi:RS  •    By e-mail to news@heraJd-zeitung com  •    Online at herald-zeitung com  •    By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung, PO Drawer 3113?8, New Braunfels, TX 78130  •    By tax 1830) 606-3413 * In person 707 Landa St., New Rraimfpls  EIÆCTION IÆTTERS DEADIJNE TODAY  The deadline for submitting election-related letters is 5 p.m. The New  Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will publish election-related letters through Sunday, No election-related letters will be published on Tuesday, Nov 8.  Anti-ban crowd wants to keep trash flowing  I am so ionfused by tfie attitude of îlie anti ban" people (i e Mark McGo-nigal) on fiow much trash was taken out of the river  Wfiat difference does it make how much IS taken out - all one has to do IS watcti the clean up crews The point IS ttiere should t)e no trasfi dumped in the nver  1 hat s like the old saying "she s just a little hit pregnant ' This group seems to be determined at any cost, to keep tlie trash coming for their own benefit  Peggy Welch New Braunfels  What is motivating Can the Ban supporters?  Let me see if I have this straight  According to the Can the Ban supporters. it this ban passes, no one will come to New Braunfels to tube Our community will lose more than 7,000 jobs and at least $400 million in tounst dollars  Since the tubing season is over, where are all those 7,000 unemployed people^ Perhaps they are actually still working, and the restaurants and businesses are still operating because Can the Ban's (lumbers make no sense  It's probably too late to get an answer to this question, but what is motivating those who are leading the charge against this ban^ I have not heard them speak about the quality of the our rivers Their economic argument is so exaggerated it doesn't work.  LfTrKHS TO 'ITIi: KDITOH  And I have yet to hear them put forth any numbers or arguments that do My common sense tells me you don't bite the hand that feeds you these rivers feed all of us. and we will destroy tfiem if we keep trashing tfiem My civil rights are not being violated because 1 am being asked to be responsible by using reusable food and drink containers so these rivers are here for the next generation I don t understand their motivation  Gayle Reardon New Braunfels  District 4 voters support disposable container ban  Sandy Nolte is our city council mem ber She voted to ban metal containers from the Comal River We support her courageous stance, and we will vote for the fian This letter IS to ask the registered voters tn our City Council District 4 to support fier by also voting for the ban We are among the 6,733 people living in District 4 And to other city council members who voted for tfie ban We are asking constituents in your district to let it be known that they support you, and that they Will vote for the ban too  Barbara and Charles Chadwell New Braunfels  City did fine before and will do fine again  I saw a sign saying, ' If you kill tourism you will kill this city'" Actually the way it has been going witfi alcohol abuse, the immorality and disrespect toward the citizens and property — that kind of tourism will kill this city.  Hopefully, the ban also will get nd of the alcohol abuse and immorality. The rivers are for tourists to enjoy tub mg in and not for overindulging in alco ho! and immorality in public.  Those of you who are against the ban, please re-evaluate Be more con  cerned about tfie welfare of your tel low Citizens and the tourists I fiey <ire bf)th to be able to enpy the rivers ATth out unhealthy abuse of alcotiol Instead, tfiink ot other ethical ways to earn your extra money I m thankhjl tfie mayor iias ttie t>est interests of all the < iti/eris and the nvers at heart and not her pocketlxjok ihe city was doing just tine beforr and will continue to do fine again The tourists will still corne  Diane Bauer New Braunfels  Why not collect can deposit from tubers on rivers?  I don t know it anyone has considered tfie following idea I he (ity t'las [)e()[)le and visitors who want to ( arry cans on the river  Ihe outfitters of inner tube*^ want tfiose [)eople so Uiey can make a li\mg, right ^  Why not fiave the outfitters or ttie city in ()ublic areas of the nver. collect a deposit for eacli tuber wtio is ( anving cans. Thr deposit would tie retuniatile when the empties are bioughf f>a(k to the starting site and the deposit would be per container and sufficient to encourage users to return ttieir (aiis Any de()0sits not returned to the user would go to the ( ity of New Biaunlels to help with cleanup costs  This would make all users reS()()nsib|e for the litter they cause On another subjed, I would tirielly like to explain wliy riiy wite and I do not visit the city Years ago, in tfie early 1960s wtiile we were couiting we vis ited Landa Park We are both Hispanu and the city was not very friendly to HispariK S 1 was very, very emfiarrassed because at every table we wanted to sit everi ttiougfi they were em|)tv. your (lark police would not let us sit I am now /O and I shall always remember that  Elio H. Rivera San Antonio  Railroad Commission adds to blast against proposed air rule  All three members f)f tfie iexas Railroad Commission last week followed suit witfi tfie governor, lieutenant governor, House speaker and state attorney general tn protesting a federal air pollution rule pro posed in August  The Cross-State Air Pollu tion Rule is meant to reduce interstate transport of ozone and fine particle pollution from the air" If it takes effect in its present form, tfie rule wrjuld tighten operating methods and oversigfit of industries in lexas and other states generating erriissions that blow into otfier states  In their Oct. 25 letter to the U S. Environmental Protection Agency, the commissioners wrote that the oil and gas industry in Texas would be significantly impacted and result m an expansion of EPA's authority to regulate and control oil and natural gas activities  ED  STERLING  COLUMNIST  in Texas and other states Here we go again with T PA trying to stifle one of this natron s top job creators -the oil and gas industry in iexas, wfiich supports 2 mil lion Texas jr^bs, f^ailroad Com mission ( hair Eli/afieth Ames jones said in an agency news release. Tfie Commission fias been effectively regulating our oil and gas producers sinr e 1919 and we do not need EPA fiarnpering our efforts to boost tfiis nation's dorTiestic energy production" fvleanwfiile, in energy-related nev^s, the average rig count in Texas as of Oct 21 was 905, representing about 46 percent of all active land rigs in the  United States In the last 12 months, Texas total reported production was 374 million barrels ot oil and 71 tnllion cubic feet of natural gas, tfie Railroad (ommission report ed  Drought measures  Seventy three percent of Texas is still in exceptional drought, and though September was not nearly as hot and dry as tfie past few months, tfie period from April to Sep tember is the hottest and driest period since 1895  Also, 229 counties have burn bans and one in five (941) of tfie state's public water supply systems have been impacted by the drought and statewide reservoir storage IS declining and is at a record low of 60 percent. So said Mark Wentzel of the Texas Water Development Board at the  agency’s Oct 20 meeting.  And the outlook is for the drought to persist into next year  Two of tfie 10 propositions on tfie Nov 8 election ballot would amend the Texas Con stitution to address the state's chronic water deficit Demcxzra tic State Sens Kirk Watson of Austin, Juan "Chuy' Hinojosa of McAllen and Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville said the two measures, if approved by vot ers, will "help protect water supplies for Texans, our chil dren, and future generations.  The three lawmakers jointly stated on Oct 20, "If theres any lesson from this terrible drought., it's that nothing is more important to Texas than a clean, reliable water supply And on November 8, you'll have the chance to protect it  Prop. 2 would allow the state to issue bonds that will provide money to partner with  cities, counties and other local entities to create water, sewer and flood control projects The total amount of bonds could not exceed $6 billion outstand mg at any time  Prop. 8 would enact a law passed in the legislative ses Sion that ended in May, encouraging landowners to manage their property to con serve water and improve water quality  Arson cases  1 fie lexas forensic Science Commission on Oct. 28 approved the creation of a pro gram to review past arson cas es,  Linder tfie program , reviews are to be conducted by the State Fire Marshal's Office (part of the Texas Department of Insurance since 1997) and Innocence Project of Texas, a non-profit organization ded icated to securing the release of  tfiose wrongfully convicted of crimes in Texas A primary subject of review will be the case ol Cameron Todd Willingham, a Corsu ana man convicted of the 1991 deaths of his three daugfiteis in a fire ruled arson Wiflingftam was executed tn 2004 Tfie commission s lecom-mendations include the ere ation of a questionnaire for inmates convicted of arson to see if tfieir cases are worth reviewing. The ()anel also recommended a review ot death cerhficates in cases wfiere the murder charge is listed as arson, new certification criteria for expert witnesses, adding rules and regulations to pre vent tfie use ot outdated science and improving the quality of testimony and analysis  ■ Ed Sterling is member services director of the Texas Press Assocation   

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