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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A □ Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, November 3,1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 220 Herald-Zeitung Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor's address is [email protected] ■ QUOTABLE “Truth is that which serves the interests of a people. Two groups of people locked in combat cannot be expected to have the same truth.” Albert B. Cleage Jr. author, c. 1980 EDITORIAL Diverse viewpoints Ad hoc committee formed by NBU to include those with differing concerns An ad hoc water conservation committee, to be formed by New Braunfels Utilities, is another way area residents can become involved in water policy making in this area. This newspaper has repeatedly called on area residents to join in the efforts of government officials who have been fighting to produce sensible water policies for this region. The result of unmanaged use of the Edwards Aquifer was plainly seen this summer when the Comal Springs dried up and the Comal River’s flow slowed dramatically. Most area residents would be in favor of measures that protect the springs, but what has been overlooked in many of the debates are the effects of water regulations on businesses, such as landscapers, nurseries and local car washes. In our zeal for stricter pumping measures, some considerations involving businesses and property owners have been overlooked. An ad hoc committee with representatives from those concerns will help to raise awareness about all of the ramifications of prolonged drought and water conservation. The new committee is also expected to include NBU and city representatives, according to Paula DiFonzo, NBU general manager. But the committee should absolutely include members other than the “usual suspects.’’ The more diverse the views and concerns represented, the better the counsel the committee can give NBU officials in their dealings with the Edwards Aquifer Authority and other water-related entities. For more information on the formation of the committee, call NBU at 629-8400. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.)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 BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, ext 301.........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, ext 220........................................ Doug    Loveday Director of Advertising, ext 308.........................Debbie    Banta-Scott Retail Advertising Manager, 209...................................Jack    Osteen Classified Advertising Manager, ext. 214.............. Karen Reminger Business Manager, ext. 202........................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, ext. 228....................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, ext 205..........................................Billy    Parnell City Editor, ext. 221...........................................................Jim    Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (LISPS 377-XKO) 707 I unda St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 - 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-/stifling in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by ll am. on Sunday. Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328There is room for everyone — really The transition which occurs when we are faced with changing times is probably best defined in the words of Charles Dickens, ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” (‘‘A Tale of Two Cities”) Sometimes we are so wrapped up in ourselves we forget what is truly happening around us. We are facing a new millennium. It is the turn of the century. At the turn of this century, our community saw the mass production of the automobile. It transformed the business environment, politics and travel. It created new businesses: gas stations, fast-food restaurants, mechanic shops, and the list goes on. Many resisted the automobile, and other technology. It was too painful to give up the horse and buggy that had worked efficiently for decades. Blacksmiths, buggy makers and others who served the “horse-driven” world lost business so they either went bankrupt or they learned to drive in a new world. Today we face a similar transition. Computer technology and advanced telecommunications are allowing us to go further than we ever imagined. They are transforming the way we communicate; they are transforming business, and they are making our world smaller and smaller. And just about everyone in business is striving to understand and diversify to keep up with the times. As more people come to the realization of their position in our changing society, we start to reach out to others with the knowledge and potential to help us succeed. Our community is reaching out to the untapped talent that is growing among us. This is why different business groups are forming to address the issues we face in an innovative way. To empower each other for the future success of our businesses. New ideas and concepts are part of the evolutionary process of every society. And like a child who is reaching maturity, the growth and transformation of a community can be painful. Any time society faces revolutionary changes, we will always have those who embrace change and move forward and those who cling to the beauty of the past. Those who adhere to what has worked in the past are destined to become engulfed and drown in the tidal wave of the future. Nevertheless we will eventually come to recognize and respect each other’s contributions and work together to increase community success. Because today’s visionaries, in the end, will need the experience the past offers. So in light of what is happening around us, is a women’s chamber really necessary? Yes. Because at this time in our history, a women’s chamber, an Hispanic chamber and any group wishing to ensure their family’s future is needed to tap deeper into the wealth of our community — its people. Professional women are needed to empower and Cristina Aguilar* Friar Guest Columnist encourage others to become leaders and entrepreneurs. Traditionally women are raised to have children and run the household; but as we see more and more women supporting families or going on welfare, then it’s time for the successful female entrepreneur to take on the responsibility of mentoring the sisterhood. Because if we really want to face facts, the only way we can truly reach a higher level of success is by helping others succeed We are our brother’s (sister’s) keeper. With one-third of the world speaking Spanish and with enhanced technology and what it means to business in the next decade, the talents of Hispanic women and all women must be cultivated and grown. Our society is going to need more translators, more mediators, more educators, professionals and international business experts to meet the demands of commerce in our country and across the globe. So why should a small, quaint town as ours even bother? Because with the rapid development of the Austin/San Antonio corridor, our community is estimated to grow to more than 100,000 people in the next 15 years. We will no longer be a small town, but a small metropolis. Our mayor, Jan Kennady, has said time and time again, “there is room for everybody,” and in the worst of times and the best of times, no truer words have been spoken. (Cristina Aguilar-Friar is a member of the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in New Braunfels.) •x v Texans know ways to cut spending Boy, did I ever hit a nerve with Texans when I asked for their ideas on how to cut government spending! My questionnaire, which your newspaper was kind enough to publish late last summer, included this query for Texans to ponder: “Do you support cutting spending to offset tax cuts? Is there any area of waste in government you would like to see cut?” Some of your answers covered two or three sheets of paper. Few responded to the questionnaire with a simple “Yes” to the first part of the question. Most had a long list of suggestions for more frugal federal government spending. Far and away, the most frequent answer to this question was: “Stop giving welfare and other benefits to immigrants, especially illegal immigrants.” Congress attempted to do so in the welfare and immigration reform bills which it enacted this year — with several exceptions. Among the enforcement provisions the President insisted on dropping from the final immigration bill were ones designed to ensure that illegal immigrants cannot come here and participate in our welfare and Medicaid programs. The President also required that illegal aliens be allowed to remain in public housing and continue to receive taxpayer-funded treatment for HIV infections. Some of your comments on this issue were: “We need to take care of our own citizens first — we’reToday in History Kay Bailey Hutchison Guest Columnist By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Nov. 3, the 308th day of 1996. There are 58 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, on Nov. 3, 1896, Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan for the presidency. On this date: In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out. In 1868, Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour. In 1900, the first automobile show in the United States opened at New York City’s Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America. cutting back on them to provide for aliens,” and ‘it is shameful that people come here and take advantage of our generosity. This must be stopped.” Along those same lines, welfare programs in general were among your favorite areas for cutting, including the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) for those who don’t qualify for Social Security, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. “Entitlement spending is eating our lunch — and our future,” one respondent wrote. Many others who responded to this question targeted foreign aid and expenditures cm military missions such as the deployment of U.S. troops in Bosnia. One person wrote, “Cuts should first be made in overseas spending. The billions spent overseas could be better utilized within our borders to build highways, combat illegal entry and stabilize Social Security. Yet others envision cuts closer to home. Many of you suggested reducing or eliminating a number of federal agencies and programs (IRS, OSHA, National Endowment for the Arts, Americorps, the CIA and the FBI) and entire In 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia. In 1908, Republican William Howard Taft was elected president, outpolling William Jennings Bryan. In 1936, President Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. “Alf Landon. In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, the second man-made satellite, into orbit. Onboard was a dog named Laika, which was sacrificed in the experiment. In 1964, President Johnson soundly defeated Republican challenger Barry Coldwater to win a White House term in his own right. In 1970, Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile. In 1979, five radicals were killed when gunfire erupted during an anti-Ku Klux Wan demonstration in Greensboro, N.C., after a caravan of Klansmen departments (the departments of Energy, Commerce and Education were the most unpopular among Texas readers). Others would do away with corporate welfare and what one person termed “overly burdensome environmental regulation that is not costeffective.” Finally, many of you offered specific cost-cutting plans for reining in federal spending: “A IO percent, across-the-board cut in every federal budget area would be fair to all involved,” one person wrote. Another said, “Congress should budget and appropriate for two-year periods. Reduce growth in programs by a fixed percentage for each budget period.” And another wrote, “We need to impose sunset laws to phase out unneeded federal programs. Congress should have to rejustify spending items every so often.” One reader summer it up when she wrote, “We need to take a lesson from small business and become lean. Don’t cut a leg off. Lose a little everywhere. Our children will appreciate it.” I, too, believe our children will benefit if we can muster the will to be more fiscally prudent. In the upcoming Congress, I will continue to do everything possible to identify and eliminate unnecessary government spending. We should prioritize our spending like every household and every small business has to do. (Kay Bailey Hutchison represents Texas in the U S Senate.) and Nazis had driven into the area. In 1990, Broadway musical actress Mary Martin died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 76. Ten years ago: Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, a revelation that escalated into the Iran-Contra affair. Five years ago: Israeli and Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks in Madrid, Spain. In another milestone, Syria opened its first one-on-one meeting with Israel in 43 years. One year ago: President Clinton dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270 victims of foe bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The Labor Department reported the nation’s unemployment rate had edged down to 5.5 percent in October, a seven-month low. Typhoon Angela ripped through the Philippines, killing more than 880 people. ;