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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4AOpinions DAVE KRAMER, Editor and Publisher JIM WEBRE, Managing Editor Herald-Ze/fung New Braunfels Texas Sunday September 6. 1987 Editorial Public hearings should, must be well attended C omal County commissioners have scheduled two public hearings related to proposed regulation of firearms in unincorporated areas. Commissioners are in apparent agreement that something iv eds fo be done to discourage irresponsible discharge of firearms in areas that present a danger to human life and property. Responsible hunters should welcome this white light of inquiry and concerned action. Irresponsible shootists should take the hearings and com-ensurate public outcry as a warning that the habit of shooting deer and other animals from vehicles moving along public roadways and inside populated areas will no longer be tolerated. The hearings will be at 7 p m Wednesday, Sept 16. in the Startzville Community Building at the Start). Cafe. F M 2673, across from the Circle K store. The second is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. in the commissioners' courtroom on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 \ Seguin. Room 301 in New Braunfels Concerned hunters and unincorporated area residents should attend either or both Long-term pot use may affect the kind of work you are able to obtain By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer NEW VORK AP - A stud> of long term. heavy users ot man mana found very slight decreases in concentration and short-term memory problems that may have shunted users toward less mentally demanding jobs. researchers say The decreases were too small to cause obvious problems but "it s still cause for concern," said stud> co-author Bryan Page of the I nicer sit> of Miami Medical School It puts you at a competitive disad \antage " Other drug researchers cautioned that the effect may have come simply from the users most recent marijuana dose and that men in the Mud\ smoked tar more than most \merican users I think it s a good set of studies but I don't think it settles the whole matter said Ken Adams chief psychologist at the Veterans Ad ministration Medical Center in Ann \rbor Mich and professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan The new research financed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse was presented Friday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association The researchers described it in recent telephone interviews Some 18.2 million Americans smoke marijuana regularly according to federal figures Other estimates are closer to 4u million or 50 million The study compared the per formance of 27 users and :ki non users in Costa Rica on sophisticated mental tests said Page research associate professor in the Miami school s psychiatry department The alt male group averaged 8 4 marijuana cigarettes a day for an average of more than Ut years, said study co-author Jack M Fletcher an associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston in University Park The users were asked to abstain from marijuana about two day> before taking the tests which in eluded memorization of word list> and a computer procedure that measured speed ot information pro cessing, he said As a group the users scored lower than the non users did in te^fs measuring short-term memory and concentration It is not clear which of those abilities was more diminished Fletcher said The findings showed "very very subtle differences he said These aren't people who need treatment These are all produc live individuals There > no ev idence of anything like amotiva ttonal syndrome in which jungle become passive and uninterested in their surroundings he said But the deficit apparently < auses marijuana users to gravitate toward jobs that require less mental abib tv said Page who studied 15 use!' and 18 non users on the job Page recorded their levels of mental activity everv five minutes through the day on a five point scale As a group the users showed significantly less mental activity than non users did he said The study suggests but does not prove that mental performance caused that difference tin- resear chers said For example societal disapproval of marijuana us** may have forced users into the less demanding jobs Page said Study co author Fletc her said researchers hope to us** longer abstention periods and tests lor drug levels in the body n future work he said Your Representatives Gov Bdl Clements Governor's Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711 State Sen Judith Zaffmni Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 U S Sen Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate Bldg Washington, D C 20510 U S Sen Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington, D C. 20510 State Sen William Sims Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D C 20500 U S Rep Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington, D C 20515 U S Rep Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D C. 20515 State Rep Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P O Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 ARENT THESE FAKE WNARAAOUDDS NEAT/? V    A    I    *KJ INV HEY SAREE 'TH05E APPEAR TO BF THE TAKE wraparounds/, Emotions Scaring doves and the secret to happiness B . JOHN I WALKE RMD Ihi> w***‘k I w.»' a>k**d lo go dim* hunting with a couple ol good friend' The weather had turned cooler and the lands* ape was brilliant Witt! sunshine giving an exhilarating feeling <>t npation I rom the cares ot daily responsibilities I he doves flew sn just often enough to allow the enjoyment ol scaring them with my punt shooting while giving me enough time to reflect on 111* s passages I killed five ami helped twentv or so celebrate Unrig alive until my friend who had a inn that he would kill tile most dove loaned me some shells that he had purchased from tile bat gain basemen? of a WW ll amu supply 'for** and my gun jammed W ** had a grand time \s I 'at wailing for til** dov*• I contemplated 'tie value of enjoying the country side with good friend' I remembeted the hour' that I had wasted and thrown a way working worrying atli! fretting over thing' msignifican' How much tatter it is for a person to enjov the simp.e pleasures of lite Later o\e» a dtnnei of steaks and baked potatoes my friends ta.ked of the value <»! work that s en joy able and the importance of a balanced life our conversation reminded me of Solomon scommen tai y in Ecclesiastes Near til** end of his earthly life King Solomon still ol David reflected on man > experience i»et madly after one thing and then another atleinp ting to break Ila txrnds of human limitations v am Iv pursuingexpev ‘ations striving after wind Solomon re* ogmzed th** meaningless ol aor* sa to accumulate things to achieve happiness Wha din*' man gall' by ah I fit* toil at which he Si •. under the sun \ generation come' and a genera lion go**' but th** earth remains forever /* i */«*'/,j'f**' I ? 4 Posse ssions power or sevua. gratification has. no last mg value    I made great work I bull houses and planted vineyards I thought male an* female slaves I bad also great possession* n herd' and fi*x*ks I .use gathered for my '* ' ' v« arui gold I got 'inger' fx*th men arui women arn many concubine' man s delight Acc es;.cs-*** 2 I H I hen I considered ait that my hands f .• done and ait Sh** toil I had 'jx*nt doing if at Sh-hold a1! w.t' vanity and si riving after wont h ct it'* ut'It'' 2 I! Wealth give' no lasting satisfaction Me wh ha' money will not tx* satisfied with money nor ft Happ we re ax and find pleasure • est 'gift OS ll There is n attraction Put w rung ins po we happy Tr who love' wealth with gdib' ti ll' also I' vanity take time 1 to apple* When good* int tease they mere, as** to e at them given Ecclesiastes » lo ll Getting h, ack to bat solomon tound that man can « njoy lit ** a hen he trig g«-xt lei low ship o fr****' himself (rom unrealistic ex pet* ta it ions and . ll** patiently accepts (ox! s appom t merit s I know />r Ii alhet i s Med n there is nothing better for them than tn I tx* happy anti to enjoy themselves as long asthev live also Hospital ii i san I r speed nm t *i Knti (out s gilt to man (fiat everyone mid un! v Municipally speaking_________ Parks operation significant in size, scope \ff \/(7/M/./. I sis u public sen/re of Cit\ of New Braunfels irui affords the cit) manager and department directors an appertain t) to inform the public about municipal services and issues In an effort to provide the general public and taxpayers with current information on municipal activities of the City of New Braunfels die City Manager s office will fie publishing with the assistance of tin* New Braunfels Herald /.eitung periodic newspaper articles concerning various projects and programs occurring within the municipal departments. City Council activities explanations of other intergovernmental affairs, etc These publications are designed to promote awareness of municipal activities of the City of New Braunfels The first ail tele discusses various budgetary highlights of the city's Parks and Recreation Department New Braunfels certainly is a unique commum ty blessed with many cultural and historical resources Among the many resources which make New Braunfels unique are the community park and recreation facilities Recent surveys in dicate that New Braunfels exceeds the national average of municipal parkland per I taxi residents by approximately JO percent One measure of cost effectiveness in program delivery involves a comparison of parks and recreation expenditures versus rental revenue colley cions Municipal parks and recreration general operating fund revenue collection' a* count for approximately bo jx*rt erit of tin* total anticipated Durational expenditures for I N 1987 KH \ considerable portion of th**'*- an Impaled revenue collections utilize the user Ie** system which provides for the individuals utilizing til** particular service to tx* responsible for providing for payment of til** service thereby reducing tile burden on tile ad valorem property tax paver A recent municipal parks and rerereation survey completed by lex as A4M University indicates that tire City of New Braunfels ranks iii th** top three municipalities in the State of Texas wherein municipal parks and recreation revenue collet (ions exuded 24 jxt cent of til** functionally relabel operational ex pend I lures The two other municipalities iii tin.' same category have population level' of Kl non and 148 (MMI It is interesting to review tin* municipal parks arid recreation general operating budgets for KY 1987/88 Of the total allocation of $1,106,208, th** largest portion $4 U) 885 or 29 percent of the fun ding is allocated for general parkland maintenance activities .Municipal aquatics maintains an allocation of $207,428 18 percent golf course operations, an allocation of 1215.667 * 19 percent> parks system administration an allocation of $711,130 <7 percent/, cemeteries operations, $84 963 < 5 percent * park sy stem ranger operations, $45,826 < 4r percent , and municipal recreational programs are allocated $42,129 14 percent > to Ik* toller ted thr I recreation >v 'ten Revenues anti* (pate* th** municipal parks an categorized as follows Municipal Swimming Pools HJJ OOO Pnnct* Soimv Pa*X Facilities HJS OOO Picnic Fee Collections Iii OOO Pa* king Lot Fee Collections Mb OOO Park System Concessions SSS SOO Total Anticipated Collections SOO SOO System usage data indicates that annually more than bm two people use the aqu.ita facilities /UMI groups us** the group pit nit facilities lo (Mi vehicles us** th** parking areas ami about 7 > im* Individuals the miniature railroad concession It is this tyjx of facilities usage that getter ates the alleve categorized revenue collection* whit Ii supjwirt th** exjx-ri (inures required to operate (fie* entire system lilt* t it) Larks and Recreation Departmetit maintains three primary goals or objectives which are 1 Maintenance of public parkland in a sate and visually pleasing condition within budget,*! allocations 2 Provision of structured recreational pro grammmg targeting residential populations ai 3 Emphasis on system u***r fee collet lions Ic reduce ad valorem property tax burdens Perhaps, however the most important goal that th** City is attempting to achieve is to mak local New Braunfels citizens proud of the opera turn and maintenance of THEIR park' and recreation department ;