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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, May 27, 2003Forum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland, 625-9144 ext. 220 wmmm Nfw Braunfels H ER ald-Zeitung New Braunfels Zcitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Gary E. Maitland, Managing Editor (830) 625-9144 Other views Fort Worth Star-Telegram on creative water conservation: Some demographers forecast that Texas’ population will nearly double in the next half century. That will make water supplies more precious and costly. Rapid population growth already is putting great strain on Texas rivers and increasing the chance that new and expensive reservoirs will need to be built in coming years. For t hose reasons, water conservation — something many growing North Texas cities haven’t sufficiently focused on — is becoming ever more important. 'Hie Tarrant Regional Water District is setting an excellent example in that regard through an innovative project in which it is filtering water through wetlands to clean it and allow for its reuse by residents of Fort Worth, Arlington and other cities. The district provides water to much of the western half of the Metroplex. Hie wetlands project, which will be greatly expanded during the next 15 years, is linked to the district’s Rich I and - Ch a rn bors Reservoir outside Corsicana in East Texas. Here’s how it works: Treated municipal waste water from the Metroplex flows through the Trinity River Basin and the wetlands by Richland-Chambers. The water is cleansed of most of its sediments, nitrogen and phosphorus. It then flows into the reservoir, where it can bo pumped back to the Metroplex through pipelines and used again. 'Hie $20 million project, which already has cost alxiut $7.7 million, eventually will increase available drinking water from the reservoir by about 30 percent. That’s enough water for 300,000 people for a year. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is joining with the district on the project to not only establish additional wetlands but also to provide improved wildlife habitat. Its an outstanding example of cooperation and conservation — and the type* of project that needs to become increasingly common in Texas. Today In History------------------- By The Associated Press Txiay is Tuesday, May 27, the 147th day of 2003. Then* are 218 days left in the year. Today's history highlight: On May 27, 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to the public. On this date: In 1647, the first recorded American execution of a "witch” t<x)k place in Massachusetts. In 1896, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. iiOUlS, 111. In 1933, Walt Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated short ‘The Three Little Pigs” was released. In 1935, the Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act. HW WE GOT TD TERROR ALERT ORANGE J rn 11 ; . sic an abnormal amount" of anti-American "cutler h eMerybcdv Policy The Herald-Zeitung encourages the submission of letters. Letters must be 250 words or fewer, and the Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. Guest columns should be less than 500 words. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. No letter will be published until it has been verified. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor c/othe Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels 78131-1328 Fax: (830) 606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] Water concerns best solved cooperatively Water, the most essential natural resource on Earth, is plentiful — but less than one percent is fit for human consumption. Water is necessary for the survival of every living form of life. Yet society is apathetic about its uses and supplies. In a 2002 speech in San Antonio, Gov. Rick Perry put it this way: ‘To many Texans, the water needs of this state are summed up by a simple expectation. When they go to turn on the faucet, water will be there, and it will be safe, drinkable and abundant.” But are we assuming too much? The population of Texas is expected to almost double from 21 million in 2000 to 40 million in 2050. Most of the population growth will be in urban areas, resulting in accelerated demands for water. Projected Texas needs for municipal water will increase by roughly 70 percent by 2050 and industrial usage by 47 percent. Agriculture irrigation presently consumes 60 percent of Texas water. It is projected to decrease by 12 percent from 2000 to 2050. Write ’Em President George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D C. 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Frank Tucker Guest Column Even though agriculture usage will be reduced, there will be pressures in certain areas of the state to limit water use for agriculture purposes. Where can additional water be obtained? Th help answer that question, in the Water for Texas 2002 Plan, the Texas Water Development Board set forth a comprehensive plan. Working over a period of three years with diverse interest groups, the board developed 16 regional plans, each of which identified local water demands and focused on actions to address water needs during drought conditions. The plan makes some excellent recoin mendations on water conservation, reuse of wastewater, financing of water infrastructure, environmental protections, water quality and desalination. Some ideas are to be implemented by the state, as well as water providers and users. If the plans are (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington, D C. 20510 Tel: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 http ://comyn. senate. gov/ (All e-mails are sent through the Web site) Austin office Jennifer Lustina, state director Beth Cubhel, field director placed in operation, many water disputes can be resolved at the local and regional levels. Today, there are as many disputes as ever. Most arise over which group is entitled to have its interest prioritized. Some of the most contentious disputes involve property owners whose land adjoins lakes. They want to limit the amounts taken from lakes by water providers. Property owners believe lower lake levels will depress their property values and restrict their use for pleasure. Water suppliers think they are obligated to provide water for the needs of cities and towns. Environmental groups and water users will never agree on water issues, and they will continue to wage legal battles. Instead of using the courts and wasting money, as well as dividing communities, a better approach is to use open negotiations and dialogue. Negotiations are too often perceived as a lose-lose contest. But, in many instances, water disputes arise and fail to be resolved as a re- 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza, regional director 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office: (210)224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio suit of the rigidity of parties’ positions. Litigating these issues in courts tends to divide the parties even more, fostering bitter feelings. Instead of resorting to the courts, emotions should be controlled, voices should be lowered, greed should be removed and tough negotiations should begin. The courts should be used only as a last resort. As the Water for Texas 2002 Plan is implemented, better methods to conserve water and to gain access to new water suppliers will emerge. The regional water plans must continue to produce results through cooperative efforts and agreements if Texas water needs are to be met. Leadership must be exerted through governmental agencies and local community leaders to produce constructive results so Tfexas citizens will he assured of an adequate water supply in the future. Let the negotiations begin! (Frank G. Tucker of New Braunfels is a government affairs consultant and former international business adviser.) Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 (210) 821-5024 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512)463-1849Everyone is just a puppet in ideological play One of the saddest things about the Middle East is that some Israelis and some American Israeli supporters have learned the wrong lesson from the Holocaust. They’ve learned to blame the victim. One pro-Israeli Web site seized on the fact that apparently some American newspapers ran one of a series of pictures taken of Rachel Currie during a two-hour period before her death under the blade of an Israeli bulldozer. The site claims the particular picture, showing her clearly visible to the bulldozer driver, was actually taken an hour before her death. The site also claims that one of her surviving companions, Joe Smith, corroborates this, and then it goes on to blame the victim by claiming that Come was not visible to the driver at the time of her death. The young American girl and her companions were trying to prevent Israeli bulldozers from demolishing Palestinian houses. The international community has condemned these house demob- Charley Reese lions many times. If I gave the impression that a recent column of mine about her was based on the photograph, then I apologize. Actually, I had read the eyewitness accounts, and they all agree she was visible to the bulldozer driver at the time she was killed. You can find Joe Smith’s complete statement at http://electronicin-tifada. net/v2/a rticle 1284 .sht rn I. The pertinent part is this: “I was elevated,” writes Smith, a young American, “about two meters above the ground and had a clear view of the action happening about 20 meters away. Still wearing her fluorescent jacket, she sat down at least 15 meters in front of the bulldozer and began waving her arms and shouting, just as activists had successfully done dozens of times that day. ‘The bulldozer continued driving forward headed straight for Rachel. When it got so close that it was moving the earth beneath her, she climbed onto the pile of rubble being pushed by the bulldozer. She got so high onto it that she was at eye-level with the cab of the bulldozer. Her head and upper torso were above the bulldozer’s blade, and the bulldozer driver and cooperator could clearly see her. "Despite this, he continued forward, which pulled her legs into the pile of rubble, and pulled her down out of view of the driver. If he’d stopped at this point, he may have only broken her legs, but he continued forward, which pulled her underneath the bulldozer. “We ran towards him and waved our arms and shouted, one activist with the megaphone. But the bulldozer driver continued forward until Rachel was underneath the cab of the bulldozer. ... Despite the obviousness of her position, the bulldozer began to reverse, without lifting its blade, and dragged the blade over her body again. He continued to reverse until he was on the border strip, about IOO meters away, and left her crushed body in the sand.” Nobody in either of two bulldozers got out, but a tank guarding the two bulldozers did approach. Here is Smith’s account: “The tank came over to see what had happened, and I shouted that they had run over our friend and that she may die. The soldiers in the tank never spoke to us, nor did they ask us any questions or offer us any help. They simply talked on their radio and then withdrew to the border strip and parked between the two bulldoz- „ 99 era. People who accidentally run over somebody usually get out to see if they can help the victim. 'The Israelis did not. Later he describes how the protesters had to use their bodies to shield Palestinian ambulance workers. “We worked as human shields for them and tried to make it difficult for the tank to fire at the ambulance workers, as they have at many others in the past,” Smith wrote. There is no question that this young man and the other eyewitnesses believe Rachel was murdered. He writes later in his statement, “I ani outraged that these soldiers have murdered my friend, as they have murdered thousands of Palestinian civilians ” The deaths on both sides are tragic enough, but trying to blame the victims is despicable. Tb even imply that Rachel Corrie was at fault is like saying the victim of a suicide bomber shouldn’t have gotten on the bus that blew up. That’s one of the ugly things about ideologues, Zionist or otherwise. They have no respect for the living or the dead. Everyone is just a puppet in his or her ideological play. (Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist.) ;