New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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“While journalists treasure their role as watchdog and critic, increasingly they are seen as insiders themselves, part of a discredited political class.”
Jay Rosen journalism professor, 1994Take more time to be a little wasteful
EDITORIALYou snooze, you lose
No appeal for those who miss deadline to register wells on the Edwards Aquifer
If you own or operate a well on the Edwards Aquifer that pumps more than 25,000 gallons of water a day, you must register that well with the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
Any person or organizations operating such a well must register that well by 5 p.m. Monday or lose the right to pump water.
The registration is actually a request for a permit to continue pumping, lf you do not file this application, your well could be shut down.
That’s a serious consequence for missing a deadline. The only wells exempt from this application process are those that pump less than 25,000 a day that are used exclusively for livestock or households.
A spokesperson indicated that as many as 400 well owners/operators have yet to register their wells before the Monday deadline.
Whether you agree with the Edwards Aquifer Act or the Edwards Aquifer Authority is not the issue. The deadline and the ramifications of missing that deadline are the only important factors to consider.
Three separate applications are available, for industrial, municipal and agricultural wells.
The applications are color coded, so you cannot use photocopies of the applications. The filing fee is S25.
With the application, the applicant must provide evidence ’of the historic use of the well or wells from June 1,1972, to June. 1,1993. For more information, call (800) 292-1047.
► Applications in Comal County can be picked up at the Comal County Courthouse or at the Herald-Zeitung office^, 707 Landa St.
This deadline is final. There is not an appeal mechanism for missing the deadline.
(Today's editorial was written by Editor and Publisher Doug Toney).
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The stockings have been taken down and spilled. The packages have yielded their secrets. What’s left of the Christmas feast is in Tupperware and Ziplocks. It’s time to clean up the wrapping, buckle down and start making lists again.
At least that’s what every highly organized, overachieving supermom is thinking.
But if we took a poll — and none of our friends, co-workers, PT A, church and club colleagues needed to know the results — would we be choosing to get back in the routine right now? Do we really want to make another laundry list, another grocery list or another to-do list?
Do we especially want to dwell on what we didn’t accomplish last year, what we put on our lists of “shoulds” but didn’t get around to? That’s what my list of New Year’s resolutions turns out to be — a list of last year’s “shoulds” that didn’t become “dones.” What a nasty thing to do to yourself just a few days after baby Jesus’ birthday. Bah humbug.
What I really want to do right now is eat more cookies, sip more egg nog, play and sing some more carols. I want to play with all my Christmas gifts some more and gaze at the Christmas tree for a while longer. I want to watch “It’s a Wonder Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” and let myself get teary-eyed over “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.” I want to spend some more time with my family, reminiscing and laughing together, taking out favorite family photos and memories and reliving them together.
So here’s my personal list of this try-to-be super-mom’s 1997 New Year’s resolutions:
Waste more time on the phone with parents and siblings. Geography may make actually being together difficult, but how about spending more time talking about the little, ever-day stuff — what you saw at the mall, the neat thing your daughter did in school today, a great joke you heard at work today? Let the phone calls or letters to distant loved-ones go beyond the weekly family news. Reminisce. Philosophize. Chew the fat.
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Waste more time puttering in the yard. Dig your fingers in the dirt Pamper a few seeds. Make a little vegetable patch again. You’ve been eating way too many supermarket tomatoes. Your roses are forgetting your face.
Waste more time reading trash. Stay away from self-improvement books, those relating to work or the latest child-care and education buzz. Indulge in some nice pulp — mysteries, science fiction and historical adventures. Stay away from stuff that will impress your boss or your colleagues at work.
Waste more time with your daughter. Play non-educational games. Games like “Spit” that make you laugh together. Watch TV with her. Not “National Geographic.” Shows that she wants to watch for fun. Become well-acquainted with the things she likes.
Waste more time at (he mall with your daughter. Find out what is “in” and what is “out.” Find out who is popular, what is popular and what is not, at school. Try to remember how very important these things were to you when you were her age.
Waste more time with your husband. Play games. Find a way to get away more often just by yourselves. Stay up till all hours talking like you used to when you first met.
Waste more time in the kitchen. Make a scrumptious, gourmet meal for your family — in the middle of the week. It needs to take lots of chopping, lots of fresh ingredients picked with care, preferably at multiple stores, and the kind of skill that it took you many hits and misses to develop. Haul out the silver, the candles and the good China. Make a week-day into a celebration for no good reason.
Waste more time at Landa Park. Walk if you feel you must do something healthful, but just sitting and gazing at the water and the wildlife is better. Feed the ducks and the squirrels. Waste some time getting into a friendly conversation with a stranger. (Thank goodness we live in a town where it is possible in die big city park).
Waste more time just sitting and thinking. Pick your place. It may be the bathtub, the park, the back yard or anywhere you choose. Daydream. Make up stories for yourself. Ponder the meaning of life or your belly button. Give your poor grey cells a little breathing space.
Waste some time on a long project. It could be embroidery, mastering a Beethoven sonata, growing mangos from seed — or something you haven’t tried yet It must take many hours, lots of skill and seeing the finished product must make you feel joy and kinship with all the master craftsmen who went before you. It must not be for profit It must not gain you brownie points with your employer or count toward a degree.
Basically, waste more time. Give yourself more time to waste. Don’t commit it all to the betterment of your health, your pocketbook or the community.
Leave some time for the really memorable moments to happen. After all, those precious collective memories you and your family take out and savor at Christmastime are rarely planned. They are not meetings. They have no agenda. They didn’t earn you any money or a blurt) in die Herald-Zeitung.
They happened when you were just hanging out with your filmily, doing nothing in particular, wasting time. And the things that give you the most joy aren’t the things that will earn you a place in the history books or even the Sophienburg Archives. But they’re the things that make you glad you’re alive.
For 1997, give productivity its due, but waste more time — on the things that really matter in the long run.
Jackson softens stand on Ebonics in school
By MARTHA IRVINE
Associated Press Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After many telephone talks with Oakland school officials, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Thursday he is softening his position on the district’s plan to incorporate black English into its curriculum.
“Reaching out to find our youth where they are and building a bridge is the thing to do," Jackson said in a telephone interview with The Associated PressToday in History
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, Dec. 27, the 362nd day of 1996. There are four days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 27,1831, naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. (Darwin’s discoveries during the voyage helped formed the basis of his theories on evolution.)
On this date:
In 1822, scientist Louis Pasteur was bom in Dole, France.
In 1900, militant prohibitionist Carry Nation carried out her first public smashing of a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kan.
In 1927, the musical play “Show Boat,” with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Osc^r Ham-mcrstein ll, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
In 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.
In 1945,28 nations signed an agreement creating
from his home in Chicago.
Last week, Jackson harshly criticized the Oakland school board’s decision to recognize black English, saying the district shouldn’t be teaching students to “talk garbage."
On Thursday, Jackson said he originally thought Ebonics would be taught much like Spanish.
“It’s not a language. It is at best a dialect and not a very representative dialect at that,” Jackson said.
But school officials, who have stood their ground
the World Bank.
In 1947, the children’s televirion program “Howdy Doody,” hosted by Bob Smith, made its debut on
In 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.
In 1970, “Hello, Dolly!” closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances.
In 1979, Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karma!.
In 1985, Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; a total of 20 people were killed, including five of the attackers, who were slain by police and security personnel.
Ten years ago: Saying 1986 had been “a very good year,” President Ronald Reagan said in his weekly radio address that relations between the United States and the Soviet Union had advanced.
Five years ago: Muslim fundamentalists in Alge-
on the matter, said they never intended to teach Ebonics, a combination of the words ebony and phonics. Instead, they said teachers will be trained to use Mack English as a way to teach standard English.
“The district just wants its opportunity to outline what it’s legislative intent is and was," said Darolyn Davis, a spokeswoman for the Oakland schools. “There was clearly a rush to judgment."
Jackson said he will fly to California to meet with school officials Monday in hopes of helping shape the district’s plan to incorporate Ebonics.
ria won a major victory in free legislative elections; however, the military ended up canceling the election results. The United States and the Philippines announced that the United States would abandon the Subic Bay naval base by the end of 1992.
One year ago: Israeli jeeps sped out of the West Bank town of Ramallah, capping a seven-week pullout giving Yasser Arafat control over 90 percent of the West Bank’s I million Palestinian residents and one-third of its land.
Today’s Birthdays: Former U.S. Senator James A. McClure, R-Idaho, is 72. Actress Inga Swenson is 64. Actor John Amos is 55. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 53. Singer Tracy Nelson is 52. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 48. Actress Tovah Feld-shuh is 44. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 44. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 44. Country musician Jeff Bryant (Ricochet) is 34.
Thought for Today: “What you cannot find on earth is not worth seeking.” — Norman Douglas, Scottish author (1868-1952).