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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g Herald-Zeitung g Wednesday, December 18, 1996 Opinion >To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 221. Herald-Zeitung Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor's address is [email protected] QUOTABLE “True freedom depends on freedom of information. You can’t have one without the other.” Peter S Prichard executive director of The Newseum, 1995Regulations need a common sense approach EDITORIAL Keep it as it is Access to Honey Creek should be limited The Honey Creek State Natural Area should not be subjected to the horseback riding, mountain biking and other uses that will disrupt the ecosystem of this nature preserve. A task force met this week for the first time to determine a recommendation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. What sparked this debate was a request from horse owners from San Antonio who wanted another place to ride. But, according to state officials, if you let horses in, then you must let in bikers, hikers and other high-use activities. The state’s position probably is a correct-minded one. If the 2,200-acre area is opened to one high-impact use, other uses cannot be prohibited. Since this seems to be an all-or-nothing situation, then the task force and the state should just say no. The property, originally bought by the Nature Conservancy and then sold to the state, remains under a management agreement with the Nature Conservancy. The area’s sole human purpose is educational. T he other, which is equally important, is preservation of an environmentally fragile area. Hundreds of students have enjoyed and benefited from the classroom activities conducted in conjunction with the Honey CreckNature Area. A^fcvelopment continues its march across Comal County, the unique value of a protected area such as I loney Creek Natural Area will continue to increase. ()nce these type of areas are turned over to high impact use, the possibility of reverting back is non-existent. One option being considered is whether to allow these high-impact uses at adjacent Guadalupe River Suite Park. This makes more sense. The park already is set aside as a recreational area. Preservation of the Honey Creek Natural Area benefits not just all of us. As a preserved natural site, it will benefit generations to come. Let’s preserve this area as a monument to the natural beauty that brought many of us and our ancestors to this area. To do otherwise would be short-sighted and selfish. (Today's editorial was written by Publisher and Editor Dong Toney.) Write us The New Braunfels Herald'ZeUung welcomer letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct siM'lling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald' Zeitung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address mid a telephone number, which are not for publication, must Im* included. Please cite the page numlier and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in die previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 3U328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext 301 Director of Advertising, Ext 308 Retail Advertising Manager, Ext 209 Classified Advertising Manager, Ext 214 Business Manager, Ext 202..................... Circulation Director, Ext 228.................... Pressroom Foreman, Ext 205.................. Interim Managing Editor Ext 221..... Doug Toney Debbie Banta-Scott Jack Osteen Karen Reininger Mary Lee Hall Carol Ann Avery ...............Billy    Parnell ...............Jim    Denery Published on Sunday nuiming** and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeruLi'Zeitunk (LISPS 377-8X0) 707 I .anda Si., or PO Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328. Periodical postage pud by the Sew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and (iuadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one yeaf, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery (wily: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County iii Texas: three months. $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; oik* year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. I uestlay through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by ll a.m. on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the Veu Hi aludels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 3 ll 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328 Regulatory reform is, literally, a matter of life and death. Nearly 7,000 Americans were dying each year while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dragged its feet on approving the Ambu CardioPump, a CPR device used in every other advanced industrialized nation for years before it was available here. Regulatory reform is also a matter of jobs and livelihoods. Not only does the FDA take years longer than other industrialized nations’ regulators to approve medical devices, but a survey last year reported that FDA red tape has driven 58 percent of U.S. medical-device companies to move their entire manufacturing organizations overseas. Common sense is the element missing from our regulatory methods — from the FDA to the Environmental Protection Agency to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. And common sense became a scarce commodity over the past four years, when the number of regulations and regulators increased exponentially. During that time, the Federal Register was jammed with longer, more onerous, more numerous regulations than were issued in any four-year period since the late 1970s. In some cases, these regulations are just plain silly. In others, their enforcement turns hard-working Amencans into common criminals. Businesses large and small have been harassed, municipalities nearly bankrupted, workers thrown out of jobs and consumers forced to pay an estimated $ 130 billion annually for regulatory overkill. Congress has one new tool to slow the grinding out of regulations that are burdening our economy and threatening U.S. competitiveness. Tucked inside a bill raising the national debt ceiling was one of the most significant but little known successes of the 104th Congress: The Congressional Review Act, which I worked hard to move through the Senate. Here’s how the new law works: B Federal agencies now must submit all proposed new regulations to Congress for review. B During the review period, Congress may pass ’’resolutions of disapproval” under expedited procedures (meaning they cannot be subject to a Senate filibuster). B The President can then sign the resolutions, or Kay Bailey Hutchison Guest Column veto them. Moreover, when agencies submit their regulations to the Hill, they must now also submit them to the General Accounting Office. The GAO is charged with conducting cost/benefit and regulatory flexibility analyses for each. The law also ends the practice of‘‘regulation by guidelines,” because it requires agencies to submit their interpretive rules and guidelines to Congress as well. This process will shine a spotlight on the most egregious examples of bureaucratic excess. And it will attempt to introduce common sense into the regulatory equation. Congress now has the authority to play the role of traffic cop, standing watch to ensure that taxing regulations do not run a red light — and to guarantee that government observes both the spirit and the letter of the new law. The Congressional Review Act was modeled after the Constitution’s system of checks and balances. It has the potential to ensure that America no longer has to struggle with an overwhelming regulatoty burden that make us less productive, but no better, safer or healthier. And maybe we can bring those jobs back to America. (Kay Bailey Hutchison represents Texas in the U.S. Senate.) Letter to the Editor Coaches Hava to raapact thair responsibility Editor, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1996, the gym at Frazier Elementary School was busy from early in the morning to late in the afternoon. It was New Braunfels Youth Basketball Association’s girls’ league tryouts. Girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades were showing their basketball playing abilities in front of the coaches who would draft them before the day was over. Sitting on the bleachers, you could see the enthusiasm in each of the girls’ faces as they shot, dnbbled, did their layups and ran for the coaches who were busy taking notes on each of the young players. That enthusiasm magnifies when the coaches call them to let them know what team they are on and when their first practice will be. Then their phones are kept busy all evening as they call their friends to see if they happen to be on the same team. Whatever team they are on, they are in for a lot of tim and will learn how to play basketball or will improve on skillsToday in History By Th© Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Dec 18, the 353rd day of 1996 There are 13 days left in the yearToday's Highlight in History] On Dec 18, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U S Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effectOn this dots: In 1737, the most renowned violm-maker in history, Antonio Stradivari, died in Cremona, Italy. In 1737, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U S Constitution. In 1313, the British took Fort Niagara in the War of 1812 In 1318, President Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt at her Washington home. In 1343, Adolf Hitler signed a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. (Operation Barbarossa was launched the following June) learned in previous years. Each grade level has six, seven or" eight teams. So there are approximately 20 coaches with at least one assistant each. Then there are several board members who have worked so hard to make playing basketball possible. These are the volunteers parents entrust their daughters to. Whether players enjoy the season, win or lose, and/or learn to play basketball will depend on how prepared the coaches are and how they treat the players. We, as coaches, have an awesome responsibility to remember that this is recreational basketball and that this is the first time some of these girls have ever played. We must remember that a girl’s self-esteem is the most precious thing we can hurt. Our tone of voice or the words we say can devastate a girl’s self-esteem to the point that she doesn't want to play anymore. Most of us who have been coaching for several years have been to coaching clinics that give us fantastic ideas on youth psychology. The National Youth Sports Coaches Association, as it did last year, will be conducting a Coaches Training Clinic. Since we are in the Spurs Drug-Free Basketball League, it is mandatory that all coaches attend. Any coach who goes through the clinic will have a completely different attitude about coaching. Coaches do everything possible to prepare themselves. The referees also go through their training, preparing themselves with the rules and answers to the most often asked questions. Players, coaches, officials and parents must keep in mind that this is recreational basketball and our purpose is to help each player learn as much as she can to prepare herself, should she want to continue playing in middle or high school. With this in mind parents should encourage their players every chance they can. Players love to hear their parents hollering their name in a positive way. Also, remembering that they will make mistakes, coaches will make mistakes, and officials will make mistakes, players are embarrassed when parents make a big deal out of coachs’ or officials’ mistakes. No mis take is worth the harm caused to someone’s self-esteem. We as coaches ask you to visit with one of us one on one and express your concerns or suggestions. For the next couple of weeks we will be practicing with the season starting soon. We invite the parents to not only drop your daughters in front of the gym, but to come in and see your daughters practice. You will be surprised at the progress made in just two weeks. And attend the games. Your daughters will play twice as well when there’s someone in the stands that cares. Have a fantastic season. Ernie Mendez Assistant Coach Remember to include home and work phone numbers with letters to the Herald-Zeitung. In 1344, in a pair of decisions, the Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans. but also said undeniably loyal U S citizens of Japanese ancestry could not be detained In 1983, Japan was admitted to the United Nations In 1307, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went on line. (It was taken out of service in 1982 ) In 1333, Britain's Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder In 1371,25 years ago. the Reverend Jesse Jackson announced m Chicago the founding of Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) In 1338, former Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin died at age 76. (His death was not publicly announced for two days.) Tan years agoi Surgeons in Washington removed a cancerous tumor from the brain of CIA Director William J. Casey (Casey's illness came at a time when he was testifying before congressional panels about what he knew of the Iran-Contra affair.) Five years agoi General Motors Corp announced it would close 21 North American plants over the next four years and slash tens of thousands of jobs in a sweeping restructuring of the world's largest company One year age: The Dow industrials dropped 101 52 points, its biggest one-day loss in four years amid investor worries over the budget stalemate between Congress and President Clinton A powerful fertilizer bomb was found outside an Internal Revenue Service office in Reno, Nev , but fizzled before its lit fuse could do much damage Today's Birthday Acta Ossie Davis is 79 Farrier U S Attaney General Ramsey Clark is 69 Blues musician Lonnie Brooks is 63 Rock musician Keith Richards is 53 Movie producer-directa Steven Spielberg is 49 Movie reviewer Leonard Maltm is 46 Acta Ray Lotta is 41. Acta Brad Pitt is 33 Country singer Tracy Bryd is 30 Tennis player Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is 25. Thaught for Today: Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life" —■ Anais Min, American autha (1903-1977) ;