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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Thursday, Jon# 22,1905 >plnloit I To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday ibout the Opinion >age, call 625-9144, WL 21 ti n (j Opinion OnlinG eonftaot ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is HZeitungGAOLcom. QU OTABLE “The frame for [African-Americans] in Hollywood and Madison Avenue seems to be either we’re savage brutes or we’re the downs... You might say that it’s only entertainment, except these frames of reference resonate in our minds.” — Jannette Dates journalism educator, 1994 E D I I T 0 R I I A L Thinking ahead NBU plan to acquire additional water rights from river good for the aquifer If New Braunfels Utilities has its way, it will win the right to pump 31,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Guadalupe River. The process of pursuing permits to allow NBU to take the water started last night with the first of three public meetings on the plan. The proposed water supply permit application has some very good points that make it hard to resist, and a price tag that makes it hard to support. If NBU gets the water it wants from the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake, it will allow New Braunfels to pump 6,000 acre-feet of water per year less from the Edwards Aquifer. The city and NBU would also give up the right to take 4,700 acre-feet of water per year from the Comal River. (Although the permits are in [dace to pump water from the Comal, the permits are not used.) The result would be enhanced protection to the Comal Springs and Comal River, a unique and beautiful ecosystem that deserves protection. It also means increased river flow in the Guadalupe downstream from where the Comal empties into the Guadalupe. New Braunfels is the city that has the most to lose if the aquifer is overused as a water source. The springs that add so much to the city's quality of life could be only a few years from going dry. So it is important that New Braunfels set an example for other cities over the aquifer and move away from heavy reliance on Edwards Aquifer water and toward surface water supplies. The permits NBU is seeking also appear to pose little or no threat to Canyon Lake or to water users downstream. If successful in its permit application. New Braunfels would be assured of an adequate water supply through the year 2040 — more security than any other city in the area enjoys. The city used more water in 1986 than in any other year. That year, only a little more than 10,000 acre-feet of water was used. NBU wants to ensure a supply of 33,000 acre-feet per year, so it is clear the city could triple in size in the next 30 years and still be able to meet demand for water. Of course, all this security would carry a price tag — more than $13 million. Projections predict many more people will live in NBU’s service area by the time the bill will have to be paid, so the cost will be spread more widely than if it had to be paid today. Is the promise of a secure water supply adequate for the next half-century worth the price tag? That is what citizens need to tell NBU. Another public meeting to gather input will be held at 4:30 p.m. July 6 at the New Braunfels Utilities Board Room, 263 Main Plaza, New Braunfels. Make your opinion known. (Today's editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.) Write us • • • The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David Sullens General Manager...........................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug Loveday Advertising Director......................................................Tracy    Stevens Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...................................................Douglas Brandt Classified Manager........................................................Laura    Cooper City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Pibtuhed on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NewBramfels HemU-Ztumg (USPS 377-880) 707 Lmda St, or RO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County. Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe oounbes: three months, $19; six months, $34; one yesr, S60. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $30; one yew, $56. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: tees months, $28 JO: six months, $32: one year. $97 JO. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through ftiday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by ll arn on Sunday. PofTMASraa: Send address changes lo its New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-132S. Conservatives always on defensive The Age of Aquarius finally arrived in New Hampshire last weekend—30 years late—when the president of the U.S. and the speaker of the house demonstrated that they could be civil to each other. Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounded. Both of their mothers would have been pleased. Their sons’ political table manners were flawless. Other than an agreement to name a commission to recoin- j mend lobbying reform, nothing! of substance was achieved. Or was it? Newt Gingrich had the most to prove and to lose. He showed to all but a fisherman— who had never met him except in the press—that he wasn’t a bomb-throwing, mean-spirited, love-the-rich, care nothing for the poor, right-wing fanatic. Why, by the way, must conservatives always prove these things? Barry Coldwater was branded by liberals as a nuclear warmonger who would blow up the world (and get us more deeply involved in Vietnam). Ronald Reagan had to convince the voters (who had been convinced otherwise by the press) that Cal Thomas he wouldn’t start WWm. And now it’s Newt Gingrich’s turn to prove he isn’t what liberals and big media say he is. There is a difference between being civil (“avoiding overt rudeness,” according to one definition) and being obsequious (“marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness”). The two-character play in New Hampshire tended more toward the latter than the former. But, again, it had to or Gingrich would have confirmed in the public mind all that liberals have planted. The nice-guy attitude is a holdover from how liberals once viewed the old Soviet Union. If we could just convince them of our intentions, if we could show diem by our actions dial we mean no harm, they might be persuaded to be as nice as we are. In truth, it was conviction, not niceties, which broke the Soviet Union. We’re now in the battle for the future of America. We haven’t had a real policy debate since the New Deal, but we are having one now. The president and the speaker have different philosophies. Those pushing for “civility” confuse form with substance. While it might be possible for a {Clansman and an African-American to be civil to one another, civility alone would do nothing to bridge the gap between their opposing views on the dignity of all human OLP DEMOCRAT NEW DEMOCRAT OLD ap DEMOCRAT beings. We should not, it is true, be calling each other names, but we should be debating each other’s world view and philosophy, because policies will be based on those philosophies, not on our manners. Civility won’t solve differences of opinion on abortion, religious freedom, the power of the Supreme Court, taxes, welfare, reduced government spending, immigration, foreign policy, downsizing of government or the Constitution. A genuine, open and principled debate on these and other subjects is in the interest of every citizen. These are issues that ought to be debated with passion because we are asking people to follow one or the other way of thinking and because each of these is critical to our future as a people. If those who believe that civility ranks first on the list of political discourse are serious—if they believe there ought to be more kindness between Congress and the White House—let them elect a Republican president next year. That will bring some of the friendliest dialogue we’ve seen in Washington since the Democrats regularly ran the two branches. That would bring the harmony and understanding some seek to the nation’s capital. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist) NEW OLD DEMOCRAT NEW NEW DEMOCRAT OLD NEW DEMOCRAT CONFUSED DEMOCRAT / Write ‘em J U.S. GOVERNMENT San Antonio, TX 78214 P.O. Box 911 Aeesesor CoMsctor Gloria 210-924-7383 Seguin, TX 78155-0911 K. dolman PresMsntofthsUJ. FAX: 210-927-6222 210-379-8732 210-620-5521 Bill Clinton FAX: 512-463-0904 Sheriff, Jack Bremer 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW TEXAS GOVERNMENT or P.O. Box 2910 210-620-3400 or 210-620-3450 . Washington, D.C. 20500 OFFICES Austin, TX 78768-2910 County AudKor H. Bate 202-456-1414 Gov. George W. Bush 512-463-0602 Bond Vico Proeidont of tho UJ. P.O. Box 12428 FAX: 512-463-5896 210-620*5557 Al Gore Austin, TX 78711 Chlof Appraiser Lynn Old Executive Office Bldg. 512-463-2000 COMAL COUNTY GOVERN- Dodgers 17th St. and Pennsylvania IMW Attorney General Dan MENT OFFICES 210-625-8597 Washington, D.C. 20501 Moraine Comal County Courthouse 202-456-2326 P.O. Box 12548 IOO Main Plaza County Commissioners! « Austin, TX 78711 New Braunfels, TX 78130 Pet. 1 J.L. Evans, 210-625- U.S. SENATORS FOB 512-463-2100 210-620-5501 5254 I TEXAS State Sen. Jeff Wentworth FAX: 210-620-5592 Pct, a Benny Softool 210- * Phil Qramm 1250 N.E. Loop 410 County Judge Carter 609-5562 402 E. Ramsey Rd. San Antonio, TX 78209 Casteel PeL S Christina Femora, San Antonio, TX 78216 210-826-7800 210-620-5501 210-625-9213 512-366-9494 FAX: 210-826-0571 District Attorney 2Sid Diet., Pet. 4 Mo# Schwab, 210-620- . Kay Bailoy Hutchison or P.O. Box 12068 Sill Selmer (New Braunfels) 5508. I 961 Federal Bldg. Austin, TX 78711-2068 210-620-5533 Justices of tho Poaoo and ‘ 300 E. 8th St. 512-463-0326 County Attorney Nathan Austin, TX 78703 State Ben. JudNh ZaffMnl jRielnlandor Constables: 512-482-5834 P.O. Box 627 210-620-5591 Pol 1 Diana G. Compos Laredo, TX 78042 District Clerk Margaret (NB), 210-620-5547 U.«T COMGREBBIiFlli 210-722-2293 or UeAsiiiii nonmen Pol t Ramiro “Ray* Lamar Smith P.O. Box 12068 210-620-5574 MafHnoi (NB), 210-608-2025 HOO N E. Loop 410. Ste. 640 Austin, TX 78711-2068 County Clerk Joy Streator PeL S Plod Stewart San Antonio, TX 78209 512-463-0125 210-620-5513 (Bulverde), 210-438-2266 210-821-5024 FAX. 512-463-0326 County Treasurer SJL Pol 4 Howard "Carty” Frank Tsjsds State Reg. Edmund “Bart" Bartholomew Smith (Canyon Lake), 210-935- 1313 S E. Military Dr., Ste. 115 Kuompel 210-620-5507 4558 Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 1995. There are 192 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in Hfetory: Fifty years ago, on June 22, 1945, the World War II battle for Okinawa officially ended, with 12,520 Americans and 110,000 Japanese killed in the 81-day campaign. On this date: In till, English explorer Henry Hudson, his ion and several ocher peo ple were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers. In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated a second time. In 1868, Arkansas was readmitted to the Union. In 1870, Congress created the Department of Justice. In Itll, Britain’s King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey. In 1938, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium. In 1940, during World War ll, Adolf Hider gained a stunning victory  .. as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris. In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II. In 1943, federal troops put down race-related rioting in Detroit that claimed more than 30 lives. In 1944, President Rooseveh signed the “GI Bill of Rights," authorizing a broad package of benefits for World War II veterans. In 1969, singer-actress Judy Garland died in London at age 47. In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18. In 1987, dancer-actor Fred Astaire died in Los Angeles at age 88. In 1992, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws banning OOM burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights. Ten years ago: At Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, President Reagan placed Purple Heart medals on the flag-draped coffins oi four U.S. Marines who had been aho and killed by leftist guerrillas in 6 Salvador. ;