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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Daw Kramer Editor and Publisher Jim We toe. Managing Editor Page 4A Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Texas Wednesday May 13. 198/ Editorial iBoard appointments quiet though crucial If you own a single family residence in New Braunfels and like the idea of protecting the land use integrity of your neighborhood, remember these names: Ed Sciantarelli, Loraine Kraft James (ioodbread. Kamon Ehapa Jr . Doug Miller. Bill Arnold and George Erben our city council The next time you see them, ask them why they chose not to reappoint Myrtle < lark and Jan Estes to the city’s planning and zoning board since both of these women wanted to be reappointed and had experience to hack them up There wasn't a lot ot discussion about why the council voted the way it did in making various appointments, and no one can disagree with the appointment of the fine people appointed by the council to the commission Monday (ioodbread did nominate ( lark and voter! for her But Estes and ( lark represented a constituency they themselves call the neighborhoods The neighborhoods are the bulk of voting New Braunfels, hut appointments to city boards and commissions are something even consistent voters may overlook Planning and 'Zoning Commission is important because unlike most appointed boards and com missions, it actually has some real control authority. Estes and < lark were reasonable voices on the planning hoard They asked intelligent questions and sought to represent the greatest good tot the most people concerned the very basis of prudent zoning and land use management There is a political implication here Developer builder John Yoe*, for example, received assurance from council member Kraft moments before the council convened iii open session Monday night that fie would receive nomination and election to the city's building board of appeals \sked within seconds of his actual appointment about his philosophy on the subject matter with which he would be dealing Vim a direct man of few words, said simp Iv. “Growth ” Estes has served on planning and zoning for three years, while < lark served two years atter a year on the zoning board of appeals How well New Braunfels meets the demands of growth and development iii the coming year s w ill depend largely on the actions of the many boards and commissions that are the ad visors to tfie council on matters of considerable importance Citizens should view appointments to these boards and commissions as closely as thev do election of the council Forum Sign control hear Kdiloi An ad hor committee consisting of sign builders and users is working to modify tho Signs and Billboards ordinance Sum o tins group can iii elude only a hundrod or n mouthers .it tho very most an ad hoc < onimit tee representing the other ooh citizens who live with and l»*ok .it th** signs should be recognized IU confining the discussion to oft premise billboard the i -sues can he defined deal Iv and simply The current Now Braunfels Signs and Hilltmaid> Ordinance i a word for word ‘ops with a few estop lions, of the Missouri < Tty < ode T he exceptions came about because Unloading New Braunfels billboard fabricator accompanied bv a pro mmeut local attorney eliminated a number ot provisions when the or dinam e was being considered for adoption Itll-, action left the dom menl a mere shadow of its (armet effectiveness The remedy (ti restore control over future billboard construstion rn very simple Uh* pertinent deleted provision should he put hack into the New Braunfels ordinance This may be done as follows In Sec IHA 4. page (3*> H2 add the following provision "9 Signs or Billboards off premises from the locution of the subject of the advertising content This action would return billboards to the Prohibited Signs classification of the ordinance A less desirable alternative would be to allow a limited amount of Your Representatives U S Sen LIO/cJ bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate Bldg Washington D C 20510 Gov Bill Clements Governor s Office State Capitol Austin Texas 7871 1 State Sen William Sims Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin, Texas 7871 1 State Rep Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P O Box 2910 Austin Texas 78769 U S Rep Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington D C 20515 State Sen Judith Zatfinm Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin Texas 7871 1 U S Sen Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington D C 20510 U S Rep Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington, D C 20515 Ronald Reagan The President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington, D C 20500 Andy RooneyThe advantages of croquet over sailing billboard construe lion A possible program to provide this option is presented so t tie re can lie a choice between the two alternatives This second alternative is for those who think billtmards are growth and pro gross for those not dismayed at the prospect of the grotesque billboard near the tram station or the ( flew mg tobacco .id recently appearing on spin Street near the freeway be mg repealer! along any of our main streets and roads, and for those having very little civic pride or backbone The alternative involves adding the billowing provisions as new Sec IHA IT. see IHA lr. Off Premise signs Oft premise signs are permitted provided that I Sign structure shall have a max unum of 2 sign faces I The size of any single sign face sh.til not exceed *172 square feet along the interstate highway, and shall not exceed KHI square feet along any other street or roadway I The maximum height of a sign shall Im* 42 feet from the road grade to the top of the sign along the in terstate highway, and a maximum height of kl feet from the road grade ti) the top of the sign along any other street 4 T he bottom edge of the sign must he at least 14 feet atuive the ground :» No off premise sign shall be located within 1,500 feet in any direction from another off premise sign A Autrey Sew Braunfels TMK VIRGIN ISLANDS Sailing is not my favorite sport As a matter of fact, if I were to make a list it would be ranked 19th I prefer croquet on our front lawn to sailing. For one thing it s a lot easier to get home from our front lawn after croquet than from a sailboat that has just made a long trip in a direction away from home with the wind at its back I understand the allure of sailing for the people who love it though First, I think that after speri ding money on gas for their cars all winter they like the feeling that when they’re sailing the transportation is free Never mind that some of them pay half a million dollars for their sailboats and a fortune for upkeep moving with the wind gives them the pleasant illusion the movement is free The big canvas sheets on sticks that are held straight with wires catch the wind and propel the boat in the direction the person steering want*, to go Steerers have to be clever about aiming a boat because if the wind isn t blowing exactly right, they have to use the wind in a devious way to reach their destinations indirectly Sailors like all this maneuvering They like the idea of foil mg the elements and getting somewhere the elements don't want them to go Another thing that attracts sailors is the idea of camping out and of making do with what's available The sailors put themselves in this somewhat artificially restricted situation and then see if they can survive comfortably in it A sailor is enjoying much of the same sensation that a young boy enjoys the first time he is allowed to put up a small tent in his backyard and sleep in it overnight There is coziness there is adventure, there is danger and there are the elements to contend with lf the backyard camper is lucky it rains and his mother makes him come in the house If the sailor is lucky the wind dies and he or she gets to turn on the engine and head directly for the destination If I was starting over with our kids I d make them live for a week every year on a boat with a small cabin and two or three compact sleeping compartments Living on a small boat with five other people requires discipline in the use of space I wish my mother and father had taken me on a boat for a few months when I \*as young I could use some of the disc ipline it re quires Living on a boat, you learn to bring along only what is absolutely required You leave home the luxuries like a complete change of clothes that are made for appearance only Second you put things back where they belong when you’ve finished with them There s no such thing as leaving your stuff ‘called “gear'' on a boat wherever you take it oft There s no hanging shirts on doorknobs or draping jac kets over the backs of chairs You have your own tiny com partment and you hang what needs hanging in there The goal for the wealthy people who sail the big boats here is to get aboard as many of the luxuries they enjoy at home as they can We pulled up next to a boat and the skipper proudly told us he had a full sized sauna on board The wife of a second boat owner had brought her small dog with her and was proud of how little mess the dog made on board each day I'm enjoying this trip hut tieing no sailor' I'm anxious to get home where I can hang my pants on the doorknob, throw my shirt on the bed and roll over in bed instead of being rolled over sail mg in this crystal clear, lukewarm sea sue rounded by a verdant land of coconut milk and honey not to mention quite a bit of locally made rum, is a wonderful experience but I look for ward to croquet Mike Royko lf an explanation doesn’t work, try weeping Slats Grobmk shook hts head almost in sorrow and said “I'd hate to have to run that story past my old lady ” What story is that? "The one that Gary Hart is going to have to tell his wife about how he spent half the weekend while he was out of town ’’ Oh, I don’t know What he says sounds credible to me “Oh, sure Your wife asks you how come this young doll flies up from Miami and winds up spending the night in your tow nhouse*' What are you going to tell her9 That you’re trying to raise campaign funds by taking in boarders9" I’d say what Hart said, that she didn t spend the night, but merely came inside for a brief visit then left. "Then how come those reporters who staked out the joint didn’t see her leave until the following night?” Simple I’d say that she left by the back door Even they didn’t watch the back door throughout the whole night “Uh-huh And when she asked you why she went out the back door, what do you say?” Obvisiousiy, I say that even though we did nothing wrong, people often assume the worst and tend to gossip, so I thought it would be prudent for her to leave that way “Sure. And then your wife says, Hey, if you are so prudent and worried about gossip, how come you invited ber into the house in the first place9’ What do you say to that9’’ I would remind her that as a presidential can didate. I need volunteer workers and I must be courteous and enc ourage their support "Very good Then your wife asks you how this volunteer happens to look like a gorgeous movie star’’ And she asks why you don t invite over some volunteers who look like bag ladies9" The I would remind her that I am a liberal and I cannot discriminate against someone because she happens to be young, beautiful, unmarried, a former beauty queen a part time actress a bathing suit model, a splendid athlete, and the possessor of a magnificent suntan9 What do you think I am. some kind of bigot0 Beautiful young women are human, too, you know "Uh huh So now your wife asks you. Hey, where did you meet this. uh. volunteer9 What do you say to that9" Where did I meet her9 How could I possibly remember My goodness, as a presidential can didate, I meet thousands of people That is the nature of politics, going to receptions, rallies, greeting people, pressing the flesh "I don’t think you want to say that, about pressing the flesh " You may be right Shaking hands is what I meant Anyway, who can possibly remember precisely where and when one met a person out of so many9 ‘Ok But then your wife is going to ask you how come, if this doll was just another face on the old campaign trail, you phoned her long distance about six different times from around the country ’’ Uh. let s see, why did I phone the young lady’ A very good question Hmm rn F eah I mean, why would you be burning up the phone lines to this girl if she s just somebod you hardly know, huh9 A busy guy like you. campaigning, making speeches, planning strategy fund raising, and you got time to lie calling up this chick in Miami9 What were you calling her about, huh ’ Come on. let’s have an answer9’’ Well, I. uh. I d say that as a candidate I try t keep my finger on the public s pulse "I wouldn t put it that way ” Maybe not What I meant was that I try to ge as much input as I can "Not that way either." Hmmm What I m saying is that I phone mar people in various parts of the country to get a reading on public opinion Yes. that s why I wa phoning her from time to time I get it \ ou called her because you want to know what the 29-year old, gorgeous, part time model and actress, ex beauty queen bloc of voters is thinking these days9" Something like that And you think a wife is going to believe that9” I would hope so Especially if i sound sincere "But what if she doesn t9’’ Then I try weeping [i wonDG R Mow MANY YEARS , , I’tl GET FOR stealing this „ CHOPPER ?, ;