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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas I D Herald-Zeitung O Friday, October 20,1995 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 H e t u n Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] QUOTABLE “The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.” — James Fenimore Cooper author, 1838Gorby offers nothing compelling E D I I T O R I I A L Back to square one? ■[Federal appeals court ruling blocks judge’s ^attempts to impose aquifer pumping limits While all sides in the confusing and insufferably drawn out Edward’s Aquifer debate are applauding a federal appeals court decision made Thursday blocking a district judge’s takeover of the aquifer, the issue remains at a stalemate. U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton III had threatened to I grab control of the aquifer and impose, from a federal level, \ pumping limits on the underground water source. That set the squabbling parties in motion, and the U.S. Fifth [ Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to rule on the proposed f action by Bunton. But in rebuking any attempts by Bunton to impose limits himself on aquifer pumping, the three-judge panel also stated that f the parties involved needed to settle this issue quickly. Unfortunately, that’s what Judge Bunton was trying to do. While many saw Bunion’s action as a blatant federal power grab, his court has been the only source of momentum in trying to bring this issue to a conclusion. He has also been New Braunfels’ champion. Bunton declared unrestricted pumping of the aquifer a danger to springs in New Braunfels and San Marcos. And the lowering of spring flow in those two communities was also declared a real threat to endangered species now living in Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs. Local Edwards Aquifer Authority member Doug Miller said J he hoped Bunton would remain involved in the aquifer debate despite the ruling by the court of appeals. Although federal control of the aquifer would not ultimately ; be good for Texans, the state has failed miserably to help resolve the issue of pumping limits for the aquifer. And in the meantime, the pumping continues. Pray for rain. (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............................................................David    Sullens General Manager/Advertising Director..............................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...................................................Douglas    Brandt City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zettung (LISPS 377-880) 707 luanda St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; I one year, $60. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $30, one year, $56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; six months, $52; one year, $97.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112.25. 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 11 a m oh Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes lo the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328 While on the East Coast Pope John Paul II offered hope in and beyond this life, a group of people who still believe in die power of man to fix what’s wrong with humanity and the planet gathered in San Francisco. Led by Mikhail Gorbachev, who finds more favor among the intelligentsia in this country than he does in Russia, the San Francisco group included scientist Carl Sagan, who believes nothing exists outside of the cosmos and this physical life is all there is; actress Shirley MacLaine, who thinks she has lived previous lives; and singer John Denver. The occasion for this gathering, which also included Mayan leader Rigoberta Menchu and the spiritual heads of India’s Sikhs and Mongolia’s Buddhists, was a State of the World forum. It sounded depressing. Ted Turner, who should be optimistic after his cable company announces plans to merge with Time Warner, said of the world’s condition: “We now have a chance to starve to death in a desert.” Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski was even more pessimistic: “We have to face the fact that global philosophical emptiness will become pervasive.” Did people pay to hear this? They would have done better to try to angle for free tickets to listen to the Pope. While John Paul judged Americans for our materialistic attitudes and selfishness—which have promoted divorce, abortion and personal and corporate irresponsibility—he preached a message of love and hope. He urged Americans to return to God and the virtues to be found only in a relationship with Him. One of the attractive qualities about this Pope is his unchanging certainty. He doesn’t consult focus groups or opinion polls. He doesn’t shy away from saying difficult things. It helps that he’s not running for re-election. His is the ultimate lifetime appointment. He enjoys widespread approval, even from those who might not agree with all of his beliefs and teachings, precisely because he never wavers. Leadership—of the church or of the state—is about telling people what you believe to be true and urging them to explore the wisdom of what you are saying. Remain consistent, and some people will discover that truth for themselves. With more than 40 percent of U.S. marriages ending in divorce and 28 percent of all families with children headed by single parents, who has a better solution to what ails America? Gorbachev and his pessimistic friends in San Francisco, or the Pope and what he represents? While John Denver was singing a song (“All this joy, all this sorrow, all this promise all this pain...Such is life, such is being, such is spirit, such is love”), the Cal Thomas Pope spoke to the United Nations about freedom and moral truth. “Freedom is not simply the absence of tyranny and oppression,” he said. “Nor is freedom a license to do whatever we like. Freedom has an inner ‘logic’ which distinguishes it and ennobles it: freedom is ordered to the truth, and is fulfilled in man’s quest for truth and in man’s living in the truth.” In Baltimore, he elaborated, saying freedom is not doing what one wants, but what one ought. Implying that America had separated itself from certain truths about the human person, the Pope added that, when detached, “freedom deteriorates into license in the lives of individuals and, in political life, it becomes the caprice of the most powerful and the arrogance of power.” He added that the moral law “written on the hearts of all is...the guarantor of freedom’s future.” Didn’t our Founders share a similar vision? How did we become so blind to it? The Pope could not have picked a better time to visit. In the aftermath of the cynicism unleashed by the O.J. Simpson trial, John Paul II brings an eternal message that has always worked for those who seriously try it. It takes less faith to believe what the Pope said than to subscribe to the worldly view of the San Francisco crowd led by Gorbachev. Do he and the rest of them have anything to offer that is as compelling and transforming as the visitor from Rome? (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) V V' V vVV MwrY-Theyte Wdpeaceiresiy! Write ‘emU.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICES: President of the U.S. Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, CTC 20500 202-456-1414 Vice President of the U.S. Al Gore Old Executive Office Bldg. 17th St. and Pennsylvania NW Washington, D C. 20501 202-456-2326U.S. Senators for tho stat# of Texas: Phil Gramm 402 E. Ramsey Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 512-366-9494 Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Bldg. 300 E. 8th St. Austin, TX 78703 512-482-5834U.S. Congressmen: Lamar Smith 1100 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 640 San Antonio, TX 78209 210-821-5024 Frank Tejeda 1313 S.E. Military Dr., Ste. 115 San Antonio, TX 78214 210-924-7383 FAX: 210-927-6222 TEXAS GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Governor George W. Bush P.O. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 512-463-2000 Attorney General Dan Morales PO. Box 12548 Austin, TX 78711 512-463-2100 State Senator Jeff Wentworth 1250 N.E. Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-7800 FAX: 210-826-0571 or PO. Box 12068 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-463-0326 State Senator Judith Zaffirini PO. Box 627 Laredo, TX 78042 210-722-2293 or PO Box 12068 Austin, TX 78711-2068 512-463-0125 FAX: 512-463-0326 State Representative Edmund Kuempel PO. Box 911 Seguin, TX 78155-0911 210-379-8732 FAX: 512-463-0904 or PO. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768-2910 512-463-0602 FAX: 512-463-5896COMAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Comal County Courthouse 100 Main Plaza New Braunfels, TX 78130 210-620-5501 FAX: 210-620-5592 County Judge, Carter Casteel 210-620-5501 District Attorney, 22nd Dist., Bill Reimer (New Braunfels) 210-620-5533 County Attorney, Nathan Rheinlander 210-620-5591 District Clerk, Margaret Herbrich 210-620-5574 County Clerk, Joy Streator 210-620-5513 County Treasurer, R A. "Bart" Bartholomew 210-620-5507 Assessor-Collector, Mrs. Gloria K. Clen-nan 210-620-5521 Sheriff, Jack Bremer 210-620-3400 or 210-620-3450 County Auditor, H. Bate Bond 210-620-5557 Chief Appraiser, Lynn Rodgers 210-625-8597 County Commissioners: Pct. 1 J.L. Evans, 210-625-5254 Pct. 2 Danny Scheel, 210-609-5562 Pct. 3 Christina Zamora, 210-625-9213 Justices of the Peace and Constables: Pct. 1 Diana G. Campos (NB), 210-620-5547 Pct. 2 Ramiro "Ray” Martinez (NB), 210-608-2025 Pct. 3 Fred Stewart (Bulverde), 210-438-2266 Pct. 4 Howard “Curly" Smith (Canyon Lake), 210-935-4558 Constables: Pct. 1 Joe Gomez (NB), 210-625-0745 Pct. 2 Lester Leissner, 210-629-3344 Pct. 3 Jim Hanley (Spring Branch), 210-438-7442 Pct. 4 Edward C. Mullins (Canyon Lake), 210-899-2204 ;