New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
By David Espo
AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON—Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers pledged unflagging opposition to abortion as a candidate for the Dallas Qty council in 1989, according to documents released Tuesday. She backed a constitutional amendment to ban the procedure in most cases and promised to appear at “pro-life rallies and special events.”
Asked in a Texans United I dr Life questionnaire whether she would support legislation
restricting abortions if die Supreme Court allowed it, Miers indicated she would. I ler reply was the same when asked, “Will you oppose the use of city fUnds or facilities” to promote abortions?
Supporters of Miers’ nomination said they hoped the single sheet of paper — delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of a shipment of 12 boxes of documents
— would help reassure rebellious conservatives that she would not disappoint them if she took a seat on the high court.
President Bush knew of the views she had held before he picked her for the court, spokesman Scott McClellan said at the Wliite I louse. But he said the president “did not discuss with her or anyone else whether or not those were still her views.”
One Democratic supplier of abortion rights responded warily. “This raises very serious concerns about her ability to fairly apply the law will lout bias in this regard. It will be my intention to question her very carefully about these issues,” said Sen. Dianne ^einstein of California.
Miers also returned a lengthy questionnaire to the Judiciary Committee during the day in which she wrote that die “role of the judiciary in our system of government is limited.... And of
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Crisis Center to remember victims during annual vigil
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Silver State Helicopter Maintenance Director Joel Woolfenden, left, and Airport Manager Andy Spinks confer in a packed hangar at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon. Spinks said that they often have to pull three planes out of the hangar in order to move one.
By Leigh Jones
The Crisis Center of Comal County will hold its annual vigil Thursday in remembrance of domestic violence victims.
The event will be held during the day this year, breaking with the tradition of having it in the evening by candlelight, to give the community a chance to recognize local agencies that work with the center to end domestic violence.
Program director Stephanie Grubb encouraged all community members to attend the event, even if they did not think they knew a domestic violence survivor.
“Whether they know it or not, they probably have been affected by it," she said. “When one-in-three women have been affected, it’s kind of hard not to be touched.”
AT A GLANCE ■ What: Crisis Center Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil
* When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday
ll Where: Landa Park Pavilion No.16
During 2004, the crisis center served 916 victims. One of its clients will share her experience of suffering and healing during the vigil.
While the vigil will remember the 113 Texas women killed as a result of domestic violence in 2004, Grubb said it was important to remember the victims who suffered in silence.
“We know of 1,092 incidents of domestic violence reported in Comal County last year, and we know we assisted in writing 203 protective orders,” she said. “But those are only the ones we know about. There are thousands of others we don’t know about.”
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Board mails new ‘request for proposal’ packetsfor expansion
By Ron Maloney
Residents outside the city limits who face possible annexation in 2006 can expect to hear about it early in the process — and from the city, not the news media.
Mayor Bruce Boyer told city staff Monday night he wanted to bring property owners into the annexation process early on and offer them an opportunity to take part.
“I Just think we should open communication before we say, This is what's going to happen to you,’” Boyer said Monday night in a special meeting set to give council an understanding of how the process works and city staff some sense of how council would like to proceed.
City Planner Frank Robbins outlined the process in a presentation he called “Annexation 101.” He spoke about the rules, including how much area a city can annex— up to IO percent of its area each year — and how other cities pursue annexation.
Robbins asked council for guidance in how staff should approach the city’s next round of annexations and what to do with some 38 areas around the city where property owners have entered into non-annexation agreements in exchange for restricting development.
Mayor Pro Tem Gale O’Hara Pospisil asked Robbins to consider annexations that would close “doughnut holes,” or gaps in the city limits that remain as a result of previous non-annexation agreements and would square off the city’s limits.
“I think last year, the restrictive covenants were a good compromise around the airport,” Pospisil said. “All those little pockets completely surrounded by the city has to be a nightmare for the city police and fire departments.” District 5 Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger expressed concerns about providing services to annexed areas — and about the city’s tone during the annexation process.
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Miers questionnaire notes support for banning most abortions
specifications and finallv canceled the project altogether.
Member Gil lindsey said during last week’s board meeting he was afraid previous unexpected modifications would reduce the number of qualified applicants willing to work on the project.
“This tiling was given tile go-ahead and then waved off. ITte words out that we punted the original bidders before,” he wanted his fellow board members. “Who’s going to want to work with us now?”
The original expansion project included a number of facilities from the airport’s master plan and
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By Leigh Jones
“Request for Proposal” packets Hew out of the New Braunfels Municipal Airport last week, bound for nine contractors who have expressed interest in working on die facility’s expansion project.
Respondents have until Nov. 4 to submit their information.
Airport Advisory Board members hope to pick a winner Nov. 9 — and that last-minute changes by city hall will not scuttle the project again.
I .ast time airport manager Andy Spinks set out an Rf P the board approved, discussions during closed-door meetings changed the
Airplane enthusiasts line-up along the runway to watch and photograph planes arriving and departing at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport during a recent air show. Aircraft were sometimes stacked five deep waiting to take-off or land.
Spinks prepares to move a plane inside a packed hangar at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon.