New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, February 6, 1991
Energy secretary clears way for construction at SSG site
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department has given the green light lo build the super collider, after determining its 54-milc tunnel would have minimal adverse impact on the environment.
“This decision completes a three-year environmental review of the project,” Energy Secretary James D. Watkins said Tuesday. “This milestone permits the SSC Laboratory to move ahead with construction.”
Watkins last week signed a record of decision, which permits construction, following completion of a final environmental impact statement.
Although the superconducting super collider has been cleared for construction, a congressman says actual construction of the oval tunnel near Waxahachie is months away.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, said completion of the study “is the major green light for the project to begin serious construction.”
Although construction of surface buildings had been allowed prior to completion of the study, the review was necessary to clear the way for digging the tunnel. Barton said.
“This record of decision actually says all planned construction of ... the entire SSC does not have an adverse impact on the geology, hydrology, air quality, radiation, vegetation, every aspect of the environment,” Barton said. “It is a major milestone ... I consider this the most significant decision lo date on the project, other than the decision to build the SSC, and to build it in Texas.”
Barton said he believes work on the tunnel would begin, under the current timetable, sometime in 1992 or as late as 1993, although a groundbreaking could be held as early as spring.
Census shows fourth of Texans Hispanic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Every minority group in Texas grew faster than the state’s white population in the 1980s, according to a Census Bureau report that says one in every four Texans is Hispanic.
“Some of the implications of these numbers are that they suggest minorities will play a much more important part in Texas’ economic and social and political future,” said Steve Murdock, chief demographer for the Texas State Data Center.
‘ ‘They suggest as well that the need to provide additional socioeconomic opportunities will continue to be an important factor for the state in coming decades,” Murdock said from Texas A&M, where he is also a professor of rural sociology.
While all minority groups in Texas
grew faster than the white population over the past decade, only the white and black populations grew at a slower pace than the state’s overall growth rate of 19 percent.
Murdock said the numbers suggest that predictions of Texas becoming more than 50 percent minority in the first part of the next century will become reality.
In 1990, Anglos accounted for 75.2 percent of the population, down from 78.7 percent in 1980; blacks accounted for 11.9 percent of the population, down from 12 percent; Hispanics accounted for 25.5 percent, up from 21 percent; American Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts accounted for 0.4 percent, up from 0.3 percent; Asians or Pacific Islanders accounted for 1.9 percent of the popu
lation, up from 0.8 percent; and other races accounted for 10.6 percent, up from 8.2 percent.
The percentages don’t add up because persons of Hispanic origin can be of any race.
Asians ...were the state’s fastest growing minority over the past decade, but arc also among its smallest minority groups, increasing 165.5 percent, or from 120,313 in 1980 to 319,459 in 1990.
The Hispanic population is the largest minority population, growing from nearly 3 million in 1980 to 4.3 million in 1990, a 45.4 percent
The black population went from 1.7 million to 2 million, an 18.2 percent increase. The American Indian, Eskimo and Aleut population increased from 40,075 to 65,877, a 64.4 percent increase.
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“Sergeant, is that chipped beef you’re making there?”
“Yes, it is. We serve it cm toast.” “How much chipped beef do you make in a day?”
“I can’t disclose that, but I can say that we have enough chipped beef to do the job.”
Now, that would not depress anyone. If anything, it would raise the spirits of chipped beef lovers and the trading in cattle futures.
And what about interviewing a supply officer, a noble warrior who is too often overlooked?
“Major, that is an impressive stack of underwear. How many pairs of shorts do you have on hand?”
**rhat’s classified, but you can be sure that there isn’t a man or woman in this Amiy who will ever go without underwear, except when they’re taking showers.”
Naturally, I’m not in favor of blacking out all relevant news about the progress of the Desert Storm engagement. The public should receive facts. But they don't have to be presented in a way that will make people melancholy.
Let’s say that a battle occurs and a few hundred soldiers are killed or wounded. Why present that in a negative way? Rather than emphasizing the dead and wounded, the reporters could write: “In today’s Desert Storm encounters, more than 99 percent of our 500,000 military personnel didn’t suffer even a scratch or a nosebleed. And everyone ate well, receiving a balanced diet and all their recommended vitamins and minerals. Isn’t that terrific?"
I don’t see why TV would object to this limited approach. From what I’ve read, the networks are losing a bundle covering Desert Storm (or the war, as it is incorrectly called). They could do much better, while boosting civilian morale, by showing John Wayne or Rambo movies. And "Top Gun.” I could watch that all in one day. Lately, I’ve had the feeling that I am.
There will be people in the news business who will disagree with my proposals. They’ll drag out Thomas Jefferson’s famous statement about the importance of a free press, blah, blah.
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U.S. San. Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
U.S. Rep Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives District 21
422 Cannon House Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20515
U S. Rep. Grog Laughlin (Guadalupe County)
United States House of Representatives District 14
1713 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515
Gov Ann Richards Governor’s Office ; State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711
! State Sen. Judith Zaffirini District 21 Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711
State Sen. William Sims District 25 I Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel I Texas House of Representives District 46 P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78768-2910
But I respond with another Jefferson quotation: “No news is good news, and good news is no news, and what I don’t know don’t hurt me, and it ain’t gonna lose mc no sleep, OK?” Of course, that statement came from Jefferson “Jeff’ Blidge, of Snoo-zey, 111. But so what? In today’s world, his views are more up to date than Tom’s.
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