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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG March FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NEW BUAUNFBLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Jo Lee News Editor 830 6259144 Kudos The Cougar Relays would like to thank the following peo ple for their hard work and support Meet directors Joanne Flores and Tim Markgraf Starter Rusty Brockman Back up starter Bob Wiegand Clerk 1 Larry Anderson Clerk 2 Coach Hixon Finish Judge 1 Charlie Strauss Finish Judge 2 Coaches Wright and Sanders Announcer Nancy Cobb Points and Ribbons Coach Allison Coach Ana Dawn Jung and Linda Snider Hurdles Coach Sestak Blocks Coach Anderson Curve Judges 1 Coach 2 Coach 3 Coach Marquardt Timers Coach Larry Dan Bob Beth Coach Jung Pickers Janice Roark Pat Steven Becky Terry Hannasch and Bill Swint Shot Put Coaches Lengyel and Markgraf Discus Coaches Paullus and Wiemers Long Jump Coaches Martinez and Sestak Triple Jump Coaches Anderson and Drew Snider High Jump Coaches Miller and Orlowski Pole Vault Coaches Rotzler and Namba Runners Dominique Ashley Farrimond and Mallory Farrimond Block Setters Canyon Middle School boys Hurdle Crew CMS boys Finish Line CMS girls Cap and checkin Coaches Marquardt and Marquardt Gates Stacy Harlass and Angela Morris Helpers NHS members and Coach Frost Lunch Waterfront Richard Ponce Hats River City Skolaut Medals MD Mike Davis Tshirts Tara Winters Joanne Flores Canyon Middle School Today in BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is March the 89th day of There are 276 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On March Pres ident Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington hotel by John Hinckley Also wounded were White House press secretary James a Secret Service agent and a police On this date In Florida became a In Crawford Long of first used ether as an anesthetic during a minor In Secretary of wnevi identities so State William Seward reached an agreement with Russia to purchase the terri tory of Alaska for million a deal roundly ridiculed as Sewards In the 15th amend ment to the giv ing black men the right to was declared in In Texas was read mitted to the In the Soviet Union invaded Austria during World In John Glenn with drew from the Ohio race for Senate because of injuries suffered in a In the musical Applause opened on Broad Bills could help counties rein in unbridled growth of subdivisions The population growth of the Texas Hill Country began as a trickle in the turned into a tor rent in the 1990s and shows no sign of receding in the 21st Recently released Census Bureau figures reveal the enormity of a population explosion that is straining water clogging highways and overcrowding schools throughout much of Senate District According to census Texas pop ulation increased by just less than 23 percent from 1990 to Many Hill Country grew at twice or even three j WilHamsori Couiity expe rienced a growth rate of 79 while the popula tions of Bandera and Kendall counties increased by more than 60 Medina and Travis counties recorded popula tion increases of between 40 and 50 Although the population explosion might be a wel come economic boom to it brings prob lems that county commis sioners with their limited cannot Many of the newer subdi visions are being con Write Em JEFF WENTWORTH structed in the unincorpo rated areas of and county governments lack sufficient authority to ensure that purchasers will have access to sewer and good The vast majority of these developments pro vide these services to home but some projects fail to meet even reason able development stan To help county gov erniiients ensure that new subdivisions meet mini mum state I introduced Senate Bill The provisions of SB 800 would give commissioners courts the authority to require a plat for land that is subdivided into two or more each of which is five acres or and is intended for residential The bill also requires developers to build quality roads and to inform buyers when elec tricity and gas services will be I also filed SB 1172 that would provide a mechanism for municipalities and coun ties to regulate subdivi sions in the extraterritori al jurisdiction of a munici pality Under the bills provi a municipality and a county cannot both regu late subdivisions in a municipalitys Regulatory power over a subdivision is granted by a written agreement between the municipality and the These bills would help counties that have infra structures that are being challenged by unbridled In many commissioners are forced to raise taxes appropriate increased amounts of county money to provide services promised by irresponsible In the Americans moving west boarded up their cabins and scrawled Gone to Texas on their Addressing the issue of rapid growth now will ensure that cur rent and future Texans will continue to enjoy the quality of life that has attracted millions of peo ple to the Lone Star State during the past 156 Jeff Wentworth repre sents District 25 in the Texas SENATORS Phil Gramm Room 370 Russell Senate Office Building 20510 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Letters To The ACS applauds smoking ban Dear Editor As voters and residents of New we are pleased with the recent coun cil vote to ban smoking in It gives us great confidence in the leadership of our Our city council should be proud of the passage of a smokefree ordinance that will assure all residents will be free from the unnecessary health threats of secondhand We commend the City Council for taking this strong which will make pub lic places in the city healthi Unit Board of Directors American Cancer Society Cindy secretary NBAL appreciates publicity Dear Editor This letter is in response to the wonderful article you printed in the Lifestyle Sunday edition on March As a member of the New Braunfels Art League and of the sec ond annual Artists Studio Tour on March your arti cle pushed our participation from 35 the previous year to 100 this From the com you could tell our visi tors read about the event in our local We all thank you for your support of the arts in New Our art league members from surrounding including San are all amazed at the great publicity we receive from our paper and think it is wonder We Sharon Neuhaus New Braunfels Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual Letters should be kept to 250 an address and a telephone which are not for must be included for confirmation Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 Summer energy shortages result of shortsightedness NEW YORK Mayor Rudolph Giuliani this past Tuesday men tioned two words not heard from a Republican since the days of Richard Nixon price Giuliani wants a temporary imposition of more stringent price controls on wholesale elec tric power rates in New York He believes that will head off a possible energy shortage in the city this On President Nixon tried to right the economy from the guns and butter poli cies of Lyndon Johnson who thought he could simultaneously fight the Vietnam War and over spend on his Great Society pro grams without hurting the econo Nixons chosen weapons to control the resulting inflation were wage and price They were a producing the opposite effect of their intend ed If there are energy shortages in New California and else where this it will be due in part to our own shortaighted CAL THOMAS Price controls will only ensure there will be even less because the incentive for refining and deliver ing energy which is the profit motive for those who have not studied capitalism in some time will have been Tuesdays decision by the California Public Utility Commission to hike electricity rates up to 46 percent to force people to conserve is also wrong headed because it does nothing to produce new Californias problem is that it has knuckled under to environmental groups who oppose nuclear power and the construction of new conven tional power These would have allowed pro duction to keep up with increas ing Its time to reconsider some of the myths of energy develop Typical of the mythology is a March 15 New York Times edi torial on carbon dioxide and President Bushs supposed turn around on a campaign promise to reduce its presence in the The Times believes CO2 makes up a great portion of our In according to the 1990 issue of American C02 is just fourhundredths of 1 percent of the air we The latest technology allows for the mining of coal in much cleaner ways that are less threatening to the envi ronment than they have ever Mythology also rules among the alarmists who oppose any drilling in Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Some environmental groups claim the natural beauty of the region would be destroyed if we tapped the huge petroleum resources available on our own thus reducing dependency on foreign They said the same more than three decades ago about the pipeline between Prudhoe Bay and No harm was done to the land or The caribou which was said to be in danger from drilling at Prudhoe has increased to record A study by the Geological Survey found that the ANWR contains undiscovered resources of up to 16 billion barrels of crude which experts estimate could actually yield billion That estimate is based on technology available in the Technology is rapidly including one tech nique that allows lateral drilling from a hole several miles from the further protecting vir gin Of the entire reserve 19 million only 8 percent would be considered for oil leaving 92 percent permanently closed to any kind of Oil production on the North slope has declined since its peak in the 1980s but still generates 25 per cent of domestic New exploration in the ANWR could significantly increase our energy sources and decrease our dependence on foreign New jobs would be created if the ANWR exploration is approved between and by some Billions of dollars in federal and state revenue would also flow in the form of And most of the new oil would go to meet West Coast as is now the case with oil from Prudhoe America does not have to be in a panic or overly dependent for its oil on the whims of Arab dic A cooperative effort between energy companies and the and the develop ment of new energy not government price is part of a truly responsible energy Cat Thomas is a syndicated ;