New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Jim Wcbra. Managing EditorForum
Strong sign control needed
To the editor:
An ordinance dealing with billboards and signs has been passed by City Council for the first reading with the understanding that modifications may be made before the second reading. I submit that any tinkering should make the ordinance stronger because it is already very restricted and further limitations would reduce it to near nothing. For one example, wall signs not even mentioned and the interpretation given at the first reading was that a business owner can, without obtaining a permit, make his entire wall and rood area into a giant sign. The lighing scheme for this may be whatever an active imagination can produce. Real estate signs and construction signs and information signs are not listed and apparently are not restricted in any way. The minimum spacing between off-premise billboards at 2,000 feet does not appear too bad at first glimpse, but when it becomes clear that this limit applies separately to each side of the road this becomes a bitter joke. If you think Texas 46 going into town from the south has too many signs now. try to imagine it with still more large double faced billboards to be located on the left side of the roadway. This is the pattern then that will apply along the interstate highway or any other street or roadway. In traveling one mile a car may pass by six legally spaced billboards This will take one minute at 60 miles per hour thus allowing only IO seconds for each message. A limitation of 2,000 feet from any one billboard to another would be a better arrangement. What happened to the Highway Beautification Act9 A complete discussion of the failures and omissions and shenanigans have put New Braunfels so far out of step with what nearby cities are doing and with what would be best for this community over the long run is too long for a newspaper letter, and the story is still too incomplete at the present time for the editors at Texas Monthly magazine to commit to a long article Any future expose will not help the New Braunfels sign problems but may be useful to alert citizens in other areas The Fredncksburg ordinance provides an example of what can be done Off-premise signs and billboards, portable signs and flashing light signs are all prohibited Fredncksburg also has a Historic District in which signs are subject to review requirements It may come as a surpnse to those who hooted down the idea of a Historic District for New Braunfels to know that Seguin has such a District and the shop owners there are proud of it Seguin has a very
detailed, lengthy ordinace which allows some portable signs for limited times and some carefully regulated billboards. No billboards or sign of any sort may have flashing lights or moving parts.
The San Marcos ordinance provides that no new permanent off-primise signs are to be allowed, and relocated signs are limited to a few specified highways. Flashing light signs are prohibited, although portable signs may be used for 30 days only to announce a new business.
The Boerne ordinance prohibits portable signs of any nature. Lighting for allowed signs must be constant with no flashing, blinking, rotating, or running lighting, and billboards are limited to on-premise applications
The Missouri City Code prohibits off-premise signs and billboards, portable signs, and signs with flashing, blinking or traveling lights.
The overwhelming majority of people that I talk to feel that there are too many billboards in town already and that flashing light portable signs are particularly detestable. My neighbors on the West Side, where bad things in the way of signs seem to happen first, have no problem in objectively regarding portable signs as unsightly and as traffic hazards, and acquaintances from other areas have the same reaction. Portable signs are often placed as close to the street as possible and the lighting is designed to be intrusive. The message content of these signs can not be regulated due to First Amendment consideration. As cities grow larger, sexually explicit messages which are offensive to many will appear The best may to treat this problem is to avoid having these signs at all
Very few of the many opposed to excessive signage speak out at public meetings, partly due to apathy, partly due to a reluctance to get entangled in a storm trooper atmosphere, and partly because they believe that elected city officals will take care of them and will act in their best in terest whether they appear or not There is a need for those in favor of reasonable sign control to become in volved because the numerically small group opposing sign ordinances has used effective speakers to win the previous debates by default The opposition group members are now working for essen tially zero control over signs This is not in the best interest of New Braunfels
To improve the proposed ordinance I suggest deleting the words "on the same side of a street or roadway" from Section 18A-3C and placing limits in Section ISA 5 on the length of time existing portable signs can be used at any location
Allen Autrey New Braunfels
What did Reagan know, when did he forget?
"The presidential conference is now open for questions You may begin gentlemen .”
About your memory, Mr President How is it possible that you can't remember whether or not you approved that first shipment of arms to Iran9
"Uh. I remember the Alamo "
That's a different matter, sir According to the Tower Commission report, the first time they asked you about the arms shipment, you said that you did remember approving it So did you did you really remember at that time9 “Uh. I remember the Maine "
That's fine. sir, but about the Tower report They said that the second time they talked to you. you said that Don Regan told you that you didn t approve the shipment Do you remember that9
Mmmm Remember the Red River Valley, and the cowboy who loves you so well "
We ll try to do that, sir But to get back to the arms shipment Last week you changed your story still again and told the Tower Commission you just remembered that you didn t remember whether you approved the arms shipment So there seems to be some confusion about what you remember "I remember you. you re the one who made my dreams come true, a few kisses ago "Andy Rooney
I’m sorry, sir. you must have the wrong per son Now. it seems to a lot of people that something as important as se re net I y approving an arms shipment to a hostile, terrorist nation would be the kind of thing a president would surely remember Are you positive you don t remember
Uh, try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow "
We all remember such happy times sir But if we can return to the Tower report Aren t there any notes memos, something that could help you remember’’
"We met at 9 I was on time Ah yes I remember it well "
You do” That's wonderful sir We re getting somewhere Now who was at the y o'clock meeting and what was dicussed”
We dined with friends a tenor sang Ah yes. I remember it well I'm not sure we re talking about the same thing, sir The Iran arms shipment There are many unanswered questions anti a growing number of Americans are concerned about your inability to remember essential details They are genuinely concerned that you are having pro blems Can you tell us if you suffer from lapses of memory ”
Memories memories dreams of love so true o er the sea of memory I rn drifting back to
you Childhood days wildwood days among the birds and bees you left rive alone but still you re my own in beautiful memories Those are fine sentiments sir but they aren t the memories we are discussing It s been sug gested in some circle* that if you can t remember whether you approved the arms deal this could call into question your mental capacities So could you tell us is there anything >*>u can remember
Mmmm ves N nu must remember this a kiss is still a kiss a sigh is just a sigh the fun damental things apptv as time goes by "
Mr President it is important that people be confident that you are not suffering such serious mental lapses I sn t there something that you can tell the American people to restore their con fidenee” Concerning v<xj memory isn t there some assurance that you want to give them about what you can re mr miler”
Th give my regard* to Hmadwav remember me to Herald Square Thank you Mr President Ami thank you Thank* for the memories of candlelight ami wine castle* on thr Rhine the Parthenon ami moments on the Rhine thanks for the memories I h I think that was Hob tiufir s theme song Mr President
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It looks as though Southern Methodist Umver sity is going to have to let the Methodists play football for a while The National Collegiate Athletic Association has barred the university from intercollegiate competition next year because some of the SMU players were caught being paid to play this past season
Being caught was the sin there It is just remotely possible that some other college players in the nation also received a little something under the table
The NCAA says 13 SMU players were paid a total of 961.UUU in monthly installments On player admitted he was paid but wouldn't say who gave him the money Whoever paid the SMU players might want his money back The team won only six games this year and lost five In a college that specializes in football, a 6-5 record isn t good enough You have to wonder how the five colleges who beat SMU got their players without paying them if that's the case I talked to soxie people in Dallas after it hap paned Everyone says how terrible it is for SMU. but I'm not sure it is In any college that tries to play top-ten football, there's always a war going on between the athletic department and the
faculty The athletic department usually wins The athletic department at SMC is a big loser this time and some of the faculty must be delighted
The best teachers at a big time football college like Southern Methodist resent the emphasis on sports over education They resent that football players don t really go to college there no matter what their class attendance records show and they resent that the football coach is paid five times what they are
No college with a Top Ten team has a Top Ten academic reputation The best universities don t even try to play big league football because they know it can’t he done without letting down either the academic or ethical barriers
The Penn Slate Coach. Joe Patemo is one of the best and he has a reputation for making an effort to see that his players are educated But even Joe must make concessions Penn State was No I in the nation last year Hie University of Pennsylvania won the Ivy league title, but no one compares the University of Pennsylvania s team with Penn State s and no one compares the academic program at Penn State with the University of Pennsylvania's
The chances are that if a high school or college team wins more than half its games over a long
period something funny is going on hither lhr> re playing smaller setups with tewer students to draw Iron! or thev re recruiting (out bail players
The academic community at the University o Miami must have been embarrassed lo have their school represented by its football team th I year The team played the game well but in TY and newspaper inters lews the players did not a pear lo have been much Boud at spelling long words
I doubt that many of Uiein could pavs a high school freshman English or math exam
Southern Methodist I niversity might have come out of this scandal better off than it think: The only thing.* someone from some other part of tin* country knew atiout Southern Methodist before this was that Kyle Rote and Don MeredH played football there I nill now many of us never knew that Southern Methodist actually hi a (acuity Now we know because we saw some very good professors and administrators from the college being inters lewed as a result of the NCAA ban on their team
I don't feel bad for the Southern Methodist coaches and players I feel good for the teacher and students
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