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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas A Q HerakJ-Zeitung O Wednesday, April 24,1996 t u n g I with Managing Doug Loveday “ * Opinion >, call 625-9144, 21 Q U O T A B . * “(An] amendment permitting voluntary prayer in a public school ~ betrays] the promise of American caltnre to all ~ that none will be forced to be offended and humiliated publicly by a sectarian prayer or religious practice.” — Peter J. Riga lawyer 1994 EDITORIAL Gearing up for action Continued construction of chemical weapons plant in Libyan will bring attack Remember the F-18s that streaked across the Mediterranean Ocean toward Libya during the Reagan Administration, unleashing bombs on Tripoli and nearly killing leader Moammar Gadhafi? That scenario — and perhaps even more military action — may take place again soon in the Libyan desert. The Defense Department has revealed that Libya is now well into the construction of what will be the world’s largest underground chemical weapons plant. What’s especially troubling to American officials is that the facility is located in the side of a mountain — practically impregnable to conventional attack. If damaged by a conventional air strike or missile strike, analysts believe it could be up and running within weeks. Those same analysts believe only a direct hit by a nuclear weapon could permanently disable the plant. The seriousness of this development can be seen in statements made by Defense Secretary William Perry. Recently, he was quoted as saying the U.S. would not allow the facility to produce chemical, or biological weapons. That means our military is either gearing up for a conventional attack on the Libyan site in die very near future, or they’re actually contemplating a nuclear strike there if warnings to the Libyan government go unheeded. *** As efcttefoe asthese measures sound, the U.S. is right to be more than jti& conccmed nbout the chemical weapons facility. After witnessing the devestating effects of the Sarin nerve gas attack in a Tokyo subway by a religous cult, world leaders are now faced with the threat of terrorist groups getting their hands on and using weapons of mass destruction on population centers. And because Libya is on the U.S. government’s list as a supporter of terrorism worldwide, it is likely that our officials fully expect Gadhafi to export these weapons, if produced, to causes that pose a direct threat to Americans abroad and in the U.S. The Pentagon is right to state that they will never allow the facility to begin operations. We just have to have the will power to back up those words. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Lovejoy) Write us • • • The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the Aku; Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date af any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters toe Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    SuMens Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..............................................Jack Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Pressroom Foreman...........................................................Billy    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published os Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (LISPS 377-480) 707 Lands St, ar P.O. Drawer 311328. New Braunfels. Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Camer delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year. $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $33; one year. $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year. $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through friday or by 7:30 tm. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by 11 a.m ch Sunday. PorrMASTElt: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer ll 1328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. ' Opinion Online contact ■ To submit fetters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is mayoral platform proposed New Braunfels five years from now — what will it look Mise? It's a good question to ask our candidates for mayor, both of whom are fine people, who, no doubt, would do a great job of leading our city into the next century. Btu I thihk I have a unique vision for the future of New Braunfels, and an agenda that will bring us there. That’s why I feel compelled to throw my hat into the ring and announce my write-in candidacy for mayor of New Braunfels. My platform is simple but radical. Traditional but innovative. Daring yet sound. And it has just three planks. First, people want this to be a safe city, so I propose ONE ON ONE POLICE PROTECTION. That’s right, a personal officer for every New Braunfels resident Now, wouldn’t that make this city a better place to five? Wouldn’t you feel safer? Wouldn’t you vote for it? I can hear you now, “But Rog, how would we pay for it?” A good question, and one I can answer with the second plank of my platform, which would make New Braunfels’ current tourism industry look nonexistent The tourist dollars would flow like beer at Wurstfest Here it is. Convert the LCRA building into a brewery. Put a giant water tower on the roof. Pump the beer into the water tower. And when you turn your faucet at home BEER COMES OUT. Tourists from around the world would flock to the city where beer flows like water. The third part of my platform also concerns the LCRA building. BUILD A WATER SLIDE FROM THE ROOF OF THE LCRA BUILDING TO THE SPRING-FED POOL. Yes I have a vision for New Braunfels in the 21st Century. Drunks careening down the world’s biggest water slide with their personal police escorts. So vote early, vote often and vote Croteau. Or vote for one of the candidates who actually want the job, but the important thing is that you learn the issues and vote. ■ I went to the new, improved spring-fed pool with Roger Croteau my family April 14. I wasn't sure rd like it I enjoyed die laid-back feel of the old pool, it reminded me of Barton Springs pool in Austin. I thought zip lines, | flume slides and squirting mushrooms would give the pool more of a Shlitterbahn-like touristy feel Don’t get me wrong, I love Schlitterbahn, but it was also nice to have a quiet, bucolic pool where you can relax. I'm glad to report, it looks like my fear was unfounded. Yes, there ace colorful squirting mushrooms, a zip line, a rope swing and a water slide, like Schlitterbahn, but the spring-fed pool is still the spring-fed pool. It still has the same atmosphere. My five-year-old immediately fell in love with the water slide, and spent 90 minutes riding it But, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t find one thing to complain about, would I? Now, the lifeguards there are all attentive. I’m sure they put in long days of work for not much pay. And I’m sure it’s not easy staying alert sitting or standing in the sun hour after hour. So I want to start off by saying I like and respect the lifeguards at the pool, especially the ones who taught my daughter to swim a couple of summers bade, something she still remembers and talks about whenever we visit die pool. But, lighten up guys. Every time a kid (or adult) broke into even the slowest, most lesiurely trot, a whistle would blow and the word “WALK” would ring out. It wasn’t like that last year, or the year before. A couple of other people I’ve talked to have noticed the “WALK” happy lifeguards too, so I’m not alone on this. Once, I saw a toddler, probably two years old, holding his mother’s hand. The mom was walking, so the toddler had to jog to keep up — ‘Tweet, WALK.” C’mon, the kid was holding his mother’s hand. A teen-ager was a few steps behind a group of his friends, he started to jog a few steps to rejoin his group — ‘Tweet, WALK.” It started getting on my wife’s nerves (and mine, I must admit). I mean, you are at the pool to relax and every few seconds — ‘Tweet, WALK.” Think I’m exagerating? I counted. One lifeguard went — “Tweet, WALK” 14 times in three minutes. That’s once every 12.85 seconds. Multiply that by eight lifeguards on duty. Yikes. Before I totally belabor the point, one quick story: A man started flying a kite directly oyer the kiddie pool. That looked a little dangerous. Eve seen kites pick up a pretty good head of steam a^ they careen toward the ground, and die end of a kite is pointy and made of wood or plastic.    < I thought the lifeguard would probably Stop the guy from flying the kite. But he didn’t While the kite hovered above the pool, he just kept going — ‘Tweet WALK” every 12.85 seconds. Well, ydu guessed itThekite started curving to the side, losing altitude and picking up speed It struck a little girl right in die face, right in front of the lifeguard. The girl wasn’t hurt and the lifeguard stood by. The guy who was flying the kite started to jog over to make sure the little girl was OK — ‘Tweet, WALK.” He retrieved his kite and started flying it again. I guess there is no written regulation about flying kites, but there is most definitely one about walking. Next weekend, as an experiment, I’m thinking of walking around the pool juggling knives. I figure as long as I keep walking, and don’t jog whQe juggling the knives, ITI be OK. ■ From the Not Quite Clear On The Concept File: Eden Home celebrates Earth Day with a balloon release, thereby creating a trail of lino* several counties long as the balloons pop and fall to earth. It’s sort of like celebrating Armed Forces Day with a flag burning. (Roger Croteau is city editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.) ai.. Pant worry,cneof ui> rn us tax after-tie vjiecncnio pur frooti 'j, ivj, i) lOtili i J-..* frr. j f,n„| *    ’    **    ’    V ■•tMfrtruF House panel opens hearing on ATM fees By ROB WELLS AP Business Writ et WASHINGTON (AP) — For Rep. Marge Rouke-ma, the issue of rising fees at bank automatic teller machines was crystallized in the comic pages of her local newspaper. “The cartoon showed an ATM machine with a large hand arid a gun facing out, directed at the consumer,” said the New Jersey Republican, who is chairwoman of a House Banking subcommittee on consumer credit. That image no doubt was spawned by new rules allowing banks to charge additional fees to people who use their ATM machine but don’t have an Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 24, the 115th day of 19%. There are 251 days left in the year.< Today’s Highlight in History: On April 24,1800, Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., appropriating $5,000 “for the purchase of such books as may be necessary.” On this date: In 1792, the national anthem of France, “La Marseillaise,” was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, an officer stationed at Strasbourg. In 1877, federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South. account with that bank. While only a small number of banks are assessing such fees, which went into effect April I, the idea of consunrcra paying more to get at their own money has generated intense interest among consumer groups and Congress. Roukema’s subcommittee was scheduled to open two days of hearings today on the subject. Rep. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation requiring banks to clearly disclose such fees to consumers, a practice major ATM network operators say already exists. And Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, has proposed prohibiting the new ATM surcharges, which went into effect April I. Roukema has invited both to testify, but In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America’s ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba. In 1915, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the brutal mass deportation of Armenians during World Warl. In 1916, some 1,600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin, including die General Post Office. The rising was put down by British forces several days later. In 1953, British statesman Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth ll at Buckingham Palace. In 1962, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, between Camp Parks, Calif., and Westford, Mass. In 1968, leftist students at Columbia University in wouldn’t say whether she supports either bill. “I am trying to withhold any judgment on this,” she said. “It dearly is an issue that is gaining momentum, certainly with the public.” Roukema intends to ask what it costs a bank to serve another batik’s ATM customer and what should be considered a fair profit But the banking committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Henry Gonzalez, D-Texas, noted that Roukema and most of the panel’s GOP members last July voted against requiring ATM fee disclosure. “The majority of Banking Committee Republicans don’t favor even such minimal consumer protections as disclosure of ATM fees,” Gonzalez said. New York began a weeklong occupation of several campus buildings. In 1970, the People’s Republic of China launched its first satellite, which kept transmitting a song, “The East is Red.” s In 1980, the United States launched an abortive attempt to free the hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen. In 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Ha., carrying the $ 1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. Ten years ago: Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, the woman forworn King Edward VIS had given up the British throne, died in Paris at age 89. Five years ago: A Kurdish rebel leader announced the guerrillas had reached an agreement with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to end the Kurds’ two-week rebellion. ;