New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
Kerry pounds Bush on Iraq war
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Presidential candidate John Kerry waves to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention Thursday in Boston.
By David Espo
AP Special Correspondent
BOSTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry forcefully challenged President Bush over the war in Iraq in the climactic speech of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night and pledged to be a commander in chief “who will never mislead us into war.”
“Saying there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
doesn't make it so,” said the Massachusetts senator, a decorated Vietnam War veteran battling an incumbent president in the age of terrorism.
“Saying we can fight a war on the cheap doesn't make it so. And proclaiming mission accomplished certainly doesn’t make it so,” Kerry said in remarks prepared for delivery to thousands of delegates packed into the FleetCenter
and a nationwide television audience of uncounted millions.
In Comal County, Kerry's sentiments on the Iraq war resonated with local Democrats.
“I think the message for our party is one of hope,” said Ramon Chapa Jr., who was recently appointed to the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors and back
in March lost the Democratic primary race for Precinct 3 county commissioner. “I know in the last election, I voted for George Bush in large part because he's a Texan. But as a veteran, I don’t like the way the war has materialized. If we change leadership, we go in a new direction.”
In a speech that launched the general election phase of his quest for the White House,
Kerry’s all-purpose refrain was “America can do better. And help is on the way ”
He vowed to reverse policies that he said send U.S. jobs overseas and promised to expand health care, improve education and “fight a smarter, more effective war” against terror. “As president, I will restore trust and credibility to the White House,” he
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Bulverde ‘comes of age with new city hall
Clean air plan might not work
By Ron Maloney
The three-part plan to clean up this region’s air by 2007 — and stave off federal sanctions — might not work, said an official who worked for its passage.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin, president of the Alamo Area Council of Governments’ Air Improvement Resources Committee, said the San Antonio region could see stiff federal measures imposed to clean up its air — including vehicle emissions testing.
San Antonio — and Comal County— had its second Air Quality I iealth Alert of the year Tuesday but stayed just within federal clean air standards.
In 1999 the four-county San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Bexar, Wilson, Guadalupe and Comal counties, began work to fend off a federal finding that it had violated the Clean Air Act.
If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds a region in “nonattainment’’ of clean air standards, it requires the region to enact rules designed to clean up the air.
These include measures such as
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
By Brandi Grissom
BULVERDE — Empty boxes are scattered throughout the building that smells of fresh paint and new furniture. Wall hangings lay on the floor, marking spots that will decorate offices in Bulverde’s new city hall.
City staff began working Monday in their offices at 30360 Cougar Bend. City council’s last meeting at the senior center was Tuesday.
Their first meeting in the council chambers in the city’s first true home will be Aug. IO.
“We're coming of age," said Mayor Bill Cole.
Construction of the $700,000 building began in December 2003. Taxpayers approved a bond that will pay for the building over the next seven years, Cole said.
Cole said he especially looked forward to new technology in tile council chambers.
“It will be completely computerized, with the recording of the meetings and the audio-visual set up" he said. “We can put everything up on the board from maps to photos — all the agenda items — so the citizens can read along with us.”
For Phyllis Peterson, city administrator, the flag-lined council chambers is the crowning glory of the new building.
“From what they tell me, it’s bigger than New Braunfels, and, of course, I’m biased, but I have to say it looks much nicer,” Peterson said.
Charles Cantu Jr. donated the Texas flags lining the chamber. Cantu directs the I Jill Country Region of the Texas Historical Commission’s I tentage Travel Program, lineal families donated the flags to him last year for a travel program celebration.
“I thought this would be a wonderful match instead of having them sitting there in my study,” Cantu said.
He hopes die flags will serve as
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Bulverde Mayor Bill Cole holds the door and welcomes Colby Krenz into the new City Hall building at 30360 Cougar Bend Drive.
inspiration for both city leaders and Bulverde citizens.
"Tile Texas flag, as it is presented in red, white and blue with a star, reminds everybody of the blood that has been shed, the loyalty and the purity of heart, which almost everyone who came to Texas initially had, and which even now allows us to have a better tomorrow,” Cantu said.
The flags complement the 60
blue cushioned chairs the city purchased from a church supplier.
Cantu and his family also donated historical maps of early Texas and Comal County that will greet folks in the city hall entrance.
Working in the new building is much more comfortable than in the old office at the Bulverde Market Center, Peterson said.
“Before, we were in an open room, everyone could hear every
conversation. The biggest thing is that we’re going to be able to get things done, have a little bit of privacy and be able to conduct business,” Peterson said. "We’re just tickled pink.”
Peterson’s office is on the first level, along with seven other offices, a conference room, a kitchen and council chambers.
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GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
Pastor: Bill Cooley
Meeting time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Canyon Lake Community Resource and
H Phone: (830) 899-6851
H Worship style: traditional
H Mission statement: To reach our community and the world with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ
Church’s small, helpful congregation aging with ‘grace’
By Laigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — The majority of Grace Bible Church’s congregation no longer drive to an office every day, but that does not mean they are slowing down.
“Our couples might be retired, but they want to serve God,” said Pastor Bill Cooley. “Our most senior member, who is over 80 years old, still drives for Meals on Wheels.”
Grace Bible Church was started in 1996 by a group of friends who wanted a nondenominational church experience.
“We really wanted to study the Bible and not worry about doctrinal differences,” said member Ed Tennyson.
Although the church has remained small, its members would like to see the congregation grow to include young families.
“We’ve had a hard time starting a program for youth or children because most
people want to be where something is already established," Cooley said. “Parents who do not come to our church with their children are missing showing them some of the best examples of faithfulness to God.”
Cooley said he and his wife, at age 52, the church’s “youth group,” were constantly impressed by the service of their elders.
“They look for opportunities to serve where they can,” he said. “Oftentimes it involves providing help to older people who need someone to look after them."
Bill Collins said he was happy to give his time and assistance to others.
“We take care of those that become ill or need extra help,” he said. “It is a joy to me to be able to do that.”
The church’s location in the Canyon Lake Community Resource and Recreation Center makes volunteering for community service convenient, but what
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