New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Lack of a noise ordinance handcuffs officers responding to complaints
How loud is loud?
It’s a very subjective question What is loud to a person try ing to get some sleep may not be loud to a person w arching television. Wha: is considered loud by one police officer responding to a noise complaint may not be considered unduly loud by another officer responding to the same complaint.
Many anes base taken the discretion away from officers responding to noise complaints by setting standards for what decibel level of noise is a violation of law at specific times of day.
Unfortunately. New Braunfels is not one of those cities.
The result is that officers responding to noise complaints have no direction and it is up to their discretion as to how to handle the situation. They have to decide if the complainer is being too picky , or if the person being complained about is being too loud. They have no standard that tells them w hen a v iolation of the disturbing the peace law is occurring.
The local Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer has been called to the Watering Hole about 40 times in one year. Almost all of the calls came from one neighbor. Is the bar guilty of a violation of the noise ordinance? No. because there is no noise ordinance Is the bar guilty of disturbing the peace? Well. that’s up to the agent who responds to the cai!.
If the agent were to cite the bar owner for disturbing the peace, would it stand up in court?
Clearly, that is not an ideal situation. The TABC agent said he wishes he had some clear guidelines to go by. like the agents in Seguin and San Antonio do. Those officers simply take a decibel gauge, click it on, look at the reading, and they know if a noise violation is occurring. Pretty simple for the officer, for the courts, and for the bar owners.
The New Braunfels City Council should take steps to pass a noise ordinance. Getting a copy of the Seguin or San Antonio ordinance is an obvious place to start The same ordinance that works in one of those cities could probably be instituted here with only minor changes.
A noise ordinance would make life easier for law enforcement officers and courts. It would also let bars and other noisy neighbors know exactly what level of noise is acceptable. Finally, it might give some neighbors of noisy businesses the chance to get some sleep.
(Today J editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.)
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Pustmastca: Send address changes lo the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung. P O Draw a 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131 1328Societal virtues disappearing
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This statement is cot cm]) remarkable but also questionable in the sense of eternal objective, unchangeable standards Gran: has for several years lived with a famous model to w ham he is not married h is obvious that he does not believe this lo he a bad thing So what w as bad about his dose encounter with a prostitute’’ Was it bad because he was caught"’ Was ii bad because be roomotte became upset7 In the memory of some still in the film industry. lewd behavior once triggered “moral clauses" rn mast stu
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Gran: appeared on the ‘Tonight Shorn " die same da) that Newsweek magannc's cover aor) on bisexed..Ty arrived. In a. we are introduced to various individuals testifying to their appetites for people cf the same and opposite sex “We are in a bisexual mov ement.' says. one After quoting another person as saving. “I don't desire a gender. I desire a person." the Newsweek writers editorialize. *This remains the unresolved paradox of bisexuality: thai in its moss individual moments, ti is most ncksargutshabk tram bamosexuiciiy or heterosexuality Desire is desire "
They conclude with this: "This is the new bisexual movement in a nutshell hard fought, hard thought and distinctly individual. It is a thorny narrative, fraught with questions of identity and belonging .And in the end. it is really about the simple, mysterious pull between warm human bodies when the lights go cue."
Such staoemenn were once widely considered to be evidence of societal decay. .As a reading of history reveals, when a nation tolerates licentiousness, a ail cure quickly collapses Author Joe Dallas writes in “Desires in Con filet: Answering the Struggle for Sexual identity" ‘"Everything is in a constant state of decay Without maintenance, things deteriorate. So do
Listening to Hugh Grant and reading Newsweek make me think that jumbo jets full of societal viruses are stacked up over the nation As each one lands it unleashes a new outrage, a new strain of depravity. Down and down we go and where we will stop no one knows. First it was promiscuity among heterosexuals, a loosening of marital bonds and cohabitation. Next it was the “gay rights” movement, which rhetorically bludgeoned many into silence. Now come the bisexuals. And who is next? Those who pracuce bestiality or man-boy “love”?
More important, on what basis can we now tell people that what they practice or believe is bad or wrong? If standards of measurement are tossed out. how do we know we are getting a true pound, quart or yard of what we purchase? If moral standards are no more than what Hugh Grant or Newsweek decides is moral at the moment, how do we know anything to be objectively true or untrue?
These are more than rhetorical questions—they are fundamental. Just as the scientists who had to make the correct calculations in order for the Apollo 13 astronauts to return safely to Earth (the real ones in 1970 and the actors who portray them in the film), getting priorities right on the moral slide rule will determine whether we will be consumed by the fires of self-destruction or make it safely home.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.)
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Way now clear for NATO airstrikes
By ROBERT BURNS
•Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.N. political bosses no longer in the decision loop, the way now appears open for the United Slates and NATO to make good on their threat to bomb Bosnia’s Serbs should they attack the U N. “safe area” of Gorazde.
The likelihood that U.S. and allied warplanes will actually launch a major air campaign in Bosnia seemed stronger after U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali announced Wednesday he would let military commanders decide when lo bomb. Until now the U N. chief had insisted he have the final say, and U S. officials had complained that this created an unworkable “dual key” command.
Just hours before the U N. com-
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mand issue was apparently settled, NATO ambassadors meeung in Brussels, Belgium, formally approved the contingency planning for allied bombing. U.S.-led NATO airstrikes could occur at virtually any time, should the Bosnian Serb forces threaten or attack Gorazde.
Even with Boutros-Ghali agreeing to defer to the military leaders in the former Y ugoslavia, however, the outlook for a more aggressive NATO role was clouded by the Senate’s vote Wednesday to require the Clinton administration to unilaterally lift the U N. arms embargo against the Bosnian Muslim government. The administration claims this would trigger an exodus of U N peacekeepers from Bosnia, ruining any chance of NATO’s intervening to keep the U N.
humanitarian role alive.
President Clinton is expected to veto the bill if it passes the House, as is highly likely,
Clinton applauded Boutros-Ghali’s announcement. He said it showed the U N. chief agreed “we have to stand behind the guarantees” the international community has made to protect selected U N. “safe areas” in Bosnia.
At a meeung in London last Friday, 16 nations with direct military involvement in Bosnia said NATO would make a “substantial and decisive response” to any Serb attack on Gorazde, but it was unclear until Wednesday whether NATO would get Us wish to remove U N. political authorities from the decision process.
In New York on Wednesday, U N headquarters issued a statement saying Boutros-Ghali “delegated authority in respect of airstrikes, which he
has hitherto retained himself, to Gen. Bernard Janvier ... with immediate effect.”
Janvier is the commander of U N. forces in the former Yugoslavia.
Richard Holbrooke, an assistant secretary of state, told reporters the Clinton administration would have preferred keeping the final U.N. decision authority at a slightly lower level, with Ll. Gen. Rupert Smith, who is commander of the U N. Protection Force based in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.
Smith, a Briton, has aggressively supported airstrikes to deter the Serbs, whereas Janvier, of France, is seen as more supportive of U.N. reluctance to use air power.
Holbrooke said, however, that U.S. officials anticipate no problem working with Janvier and that the key change was bypassing the U.N. political authorities.
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, July 27, the 208th day of 1995. There are 157 days left in the year
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 27, 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting.
On this date:
In 1694, the Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution
In 1789, Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the Department of Stale.
In 1794, French revolutionary leader Maximi-lien Robespierre was overthrown and placed under arrest; he was executed the following day.
In 1861, Union General George B. McClellan was placed in command of the Army of the Potomac.
In 1866, Cyrus W. Field finally succeeded, after two failures, in laying die first underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe
In 1909, Orville Wright tested the U S Army’s first airplane, flying himself and a passenger for one hour and 12 minutes.
In 1940, Bugs Bunny made his “official” debut in the Warner Brothers animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.”
In 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Chicago.
In 1967, in the wake of urban rioting. President Johnson appointed the Kemer Commission, charged with assessing the causes of the violence.
In 1967, black militant H. Rap Brown held a news conference in Washington D C. in which he said, “Violence is necessary It is as American as cherry pie.”
In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Nixon’s impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a “course of conduct” designed to obstruct jusuce in the Watergate case.
Ten years ago: Bntish runner Steve Cram broke the world record for the mile run with a lime of
3:46.30 at a meet in Oslo, Norway.
Five years ago: Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roc mer vetoed a tough aboruon bill passed by his state’s legislature. A mistrial was declared in Raymond Buck ey’s retnal on charges of molesting children at the McMartin Pre-School in California.
One year ago: Bosnian Serbs reimposed their blockade of Sarajevo and fired on a U.N. convoy, killing one British soldier and wounding another.
Today’s Birthdays: TV producer Norman Lear is 73. Movie and drama critic Vincent Canby is 71. Actor Jerry Van Dyke is 64 Sportscaster Irv Cross is 56. Singer Bobbie Gentry is 51 Actress Betty Thomas is 47. Olympic gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming is 47. Singer Maureen McGovern is 46.
Thought for Today: “One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.” — Thomas B. Reed, American lawyer and legislator (1839-1902).