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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG February 2007 BHK OUR OPINION Taxpayers interests are councils concern Not making a decision was a wise course of action for New Braunfels City Council on By passing up an opportunity to start the process for establishing a tax increment reinvestment the council has signaled it isnt ready to hand over tax dollars to anyone who The proposal for a million TIRZ was submit ted by the developers behind the proposed 330acreTown Center at According to NewQuest Managing Partner Steven the TIRZ is a riskfree option for New Braunfels and Developers i Comal County who u i give up future tax rev shoulabe enues to pay for road and allowed to drainage infrastructure built up make money i front by but not at That might sound like a great taxpayers but under the surface it expense means that the bill for this work will come out of the tax base lat er rather than The city council and Comal County Commissioners both have discussed the tax increment reinvestment zone option for incen tivizing businesses to locate in New The commissioners took no stance on what was a the oretical issue and the council has held off on accepting Creeksides Rival developers Surecap Village Partners urged the council on Wednesday not to make a quick decision on the Creekside They presented other options that could fund an extension of FM New Braunfels is a highgrowth but many of the big box retailers that draw local residents to other cities dont have a presence in Comal Familiar names JC Acade my Sports and Outdoors are among the names the developers claim are working with Sure cap representative Mark Wheeler told the council these companies want to come to New Braunfels and will come with or without tax incentives to Alvis said a TIRZ is vital to making Creekside a The first phases of the massive development would bring retail and lifestyle while the whole plan could see a second hospital built in Comal Local elected officials do well not to jump into deals with developers until they have examined all facets of the Lots of questions still need to be asked and Is the FM 306 extension needed now Who should fund the drainage improvements needed on the north side of FM 306 and reportedly caused by the Interstate 35 con struction Does New Braunfels need major devel opments on every corner of the 135 and FM 306 intersection Can the area support developments on the scale of what Surecap and possi bly other developers are proposing Developments dont happen Elected officials need to take time to weigh their options to ensure the growth developers believe is coming can be sustained and will be something fitting for the citys northern HeraldZeitune Srrrmj New flrtiitnfels aurl Comal County since New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Director Business Manager News Editor Garard MacCrottan Dougfonay JWff Fowtor Chuck Valarle Karlkirby LETTERS TO THE EDITOR alcoholfueled behavior on river drives away families To the editor Everyone is talking about small effects having big I want to know about the huge effect of hundreds of people being on the road in this town after hav ing consumed massive amounts of alcohol at least two to three days a week every week during the There is also the effect of the alcohol itself most assuredly seen in the horrible behavior of fornica urination and the everpresent filthy language and showing of private body parts in front of any and What about all the families who have witnessed this behavior and tell us they will never come back I believe that if this will eventually bring about the contamination and ruination of the river and when that happens you can bet that the outfitters will just move on to the next area ripe for Penny New Braunfels Sixpack rule is ridiculous To the editor Its the most ridiculous ordinance ever The only people it will affect is How are you going to carry drinks and food in that size container This will not stop people from Let me I could carry a case of beer in a keep six in the cooler and every time I get one from the cooler replace it with one from the or I could carry six 32 ounce sports bottles loaded with hard Thats two simple ideas right off the top of my Think of what someone who really wants to drink will come up We already have ordinances and laws that they just need to be enforced and from what I under stand thats part of the The police already have enough to worry about without another ridiculous ordinance which cant be Heres a stupid we pass an ordi nance to stop any further stupid river or can Valentine just go back to wherever he came from Or have him move from the Comal The river is here for everyones not for a select Keith NewBraunfels TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 40th day of There are 325 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese On mis date In the ninth president of the United William Henry was born in Charles City In the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candi date received a majority of electoral In Jefferson Davis was elected the provi sional president of the Confederate States of In daylightsaving War Time went into effect in the United with clocks turned one hour In in a speech in Joseph charged that the State Department was riddled with In The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on In Soviet leader Andropov died at age less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev he was succeeded by Kon stantin United Statat Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Mfeb Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 Web address Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 HENRY CUELLAR 1404 Longworth House Office Building 20515 Telephone 202 2251640 Fax 202 2251641 Web address SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1149 Commerce Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2712851 Fax 210 2776671 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE HOUSE NATHAN MACIAS 1100 Congress AustinTX 78701 Telephone 512 4630325 Email address [email protected] Libby trial gives cable news fodder to rewrite history To see how liberal history is you need to tune into the nutcable stations and watch their coverage of the Scooter Libby On MSNBC theyre covering the trial like its the Normandy starring Elvis as told by Joseph MSNBCs reportage consists of endless repetition of arbitrary asser halftruths and thor oughly debunked No one else cares about the trial except presumably Scooter Libby so the pas sionate left is allowed to invent a liberal fable with out Night after it is blithely asserted on Hard ball that Wilsons trip to Niger debunked the claim that Saddam Hussein had been seeking enriched uranium from As David Shuster reported last week Wil son goes and finds out that the claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger is not There have been massive investigations into this particular claim of Ambassador Joe both here and in Nearly three years a bipartisan Senate Intelli gence Committee concluded that this was not merely it was the opposite of the truth Wilsons report actually bolstered the belief that Saddam was seeking uranium from The panel as The Washington Post reported on July that Wilsons rather than debunking intelligence ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attor author find a columnist for Unweisal Press about purported uranium sales to as he has bolstered the case for most intelligence So you can see how a seasoned newsman like David Shuster might come to the exact opposite conclu sion and then repeat this false conclusion on W every Wilsons unwritten report to a few CIA agents supported the suspicion that Sad dam was seeking enriched uranium from Niger according to the for mer prime minister of Niger told him that in 1999 Saddam had sent a delegation to dis cuss expanding commercial relations with The only thing Niger has to trade is If Saddam was seeking to expand commercial relations with we can be fairly certain he wasnt trying to buy designer readytoassemble furniture or commemorative He was seeking enriched But Wilson simply accepted the assur ances of the former prime minister of Niger that selling yellowcake to Saddam was the farthest thing from his I give you my word as an African head of Chris Matthews also repeatedly says that Bushs famous 16 words in his 2003 State of the Union address which liberals say was a LIE a LIE a despicable LIE con sisted of the claim that British intelligence said there was a deal for Saddam Hussein to buy enriched uranium from Matthews huffily wonders aloud why Wil sons incorrect report didnt get into Bushs State of the Union address rather than the presidents claim of British intelligence that said there was a deal to buy which of course became one of the underpinnings of this administrations argument that we had to go to war with Considering how hysterical liberals were about Bushs 16 youd think theyd have a vague recollection of what those words were and that they did not include the word What Bush said was The British government has learned that Sad dam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Even if the British had been what Bush said was factually correct In the British government believed that Saddam sought yellowcake from Not MSNBC mind I mean real But in the British were right and Wil son was By everyone believes Saddam was seeking yellowcake from Niger the the bipartisan Senate Intelli gence Lord Butlers report in even the French believe But at its not even an open question That network alone has deter mined that Saddam Hussein was not trying to acquire enriched uranium from Actually one other person may still agree with MSNBC a washedup State Department hack who used his CIA flunky wifes petty influence to scrape up pity But even he wont say it on TV Shuster excitedly reported Weve already gotten testimony in that Joe Wil sons trip to Niger was based on forgeries that were so obvious that they were forger ies that officials said it would have only tak en a few days for anybody to realize they were This is so wrong its not even Its not 180 degrees off the truth its more like 3 times carry the degrees from the Shuster has twisted Wilsons original lie into some Frankenstein monster lie youd need Ross Perot with a handful of flow charts to map out in During Wilsons massive media he began telling reporters that he knew Sad dam was not seeking yellowcake from Niger because the documents allegedly proving a deal were obvious thanks to endless we now know that Wilson was lying He nev er saw the forged Not only but Bushs statement was not based on the forged documents because no one ever believed The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Com mittee report notes that Wilson was asked how he could have come to the conclusion that the dates were wrong and the names were wrong1 when he had never seen the CIA reports and had no knowledge of what names and dates were in the the United States didnt even receive the obviously forged documents until eight months after Wilsons trip to Niger Wilson admitted to the committee that he had misspoken to reporters about having seen the forged Cain misspoke when God inquired as to the whereabouts of his dead But on the forged documents that no one in die government saw until eight months after Wilsons trip now form the very impetus for the A perfect ly plausible provided you have a working time machine at your If you wonder how it came to be generally acknowledged accepted by all men of good that Joe McCarthy was a that Alger Hiss was that mankind is causing global warming and that were losing the war in try watching the rewriting of history nightly on Dont forget to bring your time ;