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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Dave JBdrtor 1 Mm Managing Editor Page 4 New Texas January Editorial Courage to pay the cost Mayor Ed Sciantarelli says he doesnt want to increase property taxes to cover municipal budget He says he is reticent to spend already allocated funds for a drainage study because the city has other The two positions dont Property taxes in New Braunfels are low in comparison to other towns this and whether it is politically wise to ad vocate appropriate revenue enhancement through taxa tion to cover the citys it is without question a fact that City of New Braunfels simply is Property every penny assessed in 1986 on the ad valorem did not even pay for our police It is fruitless to talk about cutting services when the level of those services is already at or below what municipal ad ministrators notsoeuphemistically call survival New Braunfels needs drainage improvements that begin with a comprehensive water shed management The town deserves a good police needs adequate fire protection and appropriately staffed planning and ad ministrative We may not like having to pay the price for things we but whether you are progrowth or wish to limit the tools needed to do either well will cost more than we have paid to It is time we as taxpayers and the city council as leaders make these hard Courage is the ability to do what one must despite fear or We have that courage and its time to show PO VOU WANT TO THE PRESENTS BMLAR66P PROSTRATE OM HIS BWI6N OAI OR COIONOSCOP9 ON Andy Rooney Washington Today The passion of dispassionate observation An AP News Analysis By MICHAEL PUTZEL AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON AP Watching Jimmy Carter agonize over the fate of American hostaes in Arriving at the White House in the middle of the night to learn that his desperate rescue mission had ended in tragedy and Watching a gunman empty his pistol at President Listening to a doctors almost matteroffact announcement that the president has Seven years after being assigned to cover the White this reporter looks back on one of the most important and frustrating assignments of an 20year career and sees snapshots of the most dramatic They were times of excitement and rarely of The dispassionate observer must not celebrate the good times or the Triumph or the big stories are hard Despite the popular condemnation of reporters for their supposed fascination with bad many of the most dramatic stories in cluding the Iran hostage the assassination attempt and Reagans cancer surgery had happy en Glamorous as it may seem when one walks up the White House driveway every there are few more difficult places to gather Uniformed guards are posted in every and reporters are prohibited from venturing past their assigned The offices of prac tically all high and in formed or are off limits without an and escorts are assigned only when the officials choose to Life on a slow day can mean a terminal wait for one phone call to be in every great no mat ter where it a vigil is taken up at the White for it is there that the president may whether it be to wield the nations military might against a renegade Gadhafi or to mourn the deaths of seven astronauts lost in The excitement of major breaking news is electric There was not a moment of boredom in the hours of waiting for word from Reagans last meeting with Soviet Communist Party chief Mikhail Gorbachev at The very thought on the plane that the two leaders had seriously discussed and finally failed to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons was enough to astonish and amaze even the hardbitten veterans who thought theyd seen just about every story repeat itself at least w The which seemed for a time to have fallen victim to mer ciless scrutiny and a resurgent Con was reborn under His extraordinary popularity through six years in office enabled him to change the debate over public policy and redirect the priorities of just when his harshest critics seemed prepared to concede his the president prov ed vulnerable to charges he had maintained one policy against ter rorists and Iran in while tak ing a seemingly contradictory course in Allegations that his aides abused the power they held by virtue of their White House address may not be resolved before Reagan leaves Were it not for the great challenge of covering the other most impor tant capital in the it would be nice to stick around to see how that one comes For one must admit there always was some as well as when a young passing the big man sion on Pennsylvania would point out the White House to a friend and Theres Dad dys off ice EDITORS NOTE Michael who has covered the White House for The Associated Press since has been named chief of bureau in On the economics of caring a lot for an inanimate object The old station wagon is in intensive Im not sure its going to pull through this Last Saturday I started out the driveway and heard an unfamiliar grinding Over the during the time Ive put miles on my 1977 Ford Coun try Squire has made a lot of each own This was It was no pebble in a I eased it into the Five Mile River Garage just a mile from the house and left it to be checked Later in the day I dropped back and my worst fears were It had a broken I talked with Malcom in hushed tones about whether Old Faithful should be put out of the way of kept alive by heroic If I gave him the thumbs the car would need Thumbs it would be gone from my life Malcom told me that first hed have to operate to make sure there was no serious damage to the If they were OK he could realign the axle itself and weld the axle I couldnt bear to see the car that had given me such good service for nine years be put down so I gave him the The axle is being welded this When a car has a were all in clined to think of a new Were looking for an excuse to buy a new It doesnt take much and car loans come Even a dead battery can get you thinking the car isnt worth Buying a new car is the ultimate in recreational shopping and most of us do it a lot more often than is The urge to buy a new car is a disease for which they ought to develop a The idea of looking around for a new car appealed to me but as I stood there think ing about delivering the death blow to the station I knew I couldnt do What would happen to my old car It was only worth a few hundred dollars before the axle Its not a wreck but there are the inevitable dents and scratches on You cant do anything about the people who open car doors and hit yours with the sharp edge of theirs in the supermarket parking And there are other signs of After I did back into that high loading I did catch the corner of the garage turning around in the driveway that day several years That truck did skid into me on the cobblestone pavement down on Canal Street the day before Christmas in So the car has been through the No pro spective buyer could look at my station wagon and be fooled into thinking it had led a pampered It looks all of its If I had decided to abandon the I know what would have Malcom would have towed it to the car scavengers where theys dump it out in the yard with all the occasionally stripping it of a door hinge here or a generator Malcom probably couldnt get any more from the people at the car parts dump than it would cost to tow it All that makes it even harder for me to I like I know its silly to feel af fection for any inanimate object but Id hate to see that car get into the hands of so meone who was going to abuse it or chop it up for spare My station wagon is being fixed now and I hope everything comes out Its good to have a car you dont worry about den The wagon was always the one that got left out in the rain and It was the one I used when there was salt and ice on the If there was a dirty job to be I did it in the I saved my good car because I wanted the good car to Ive had three good cars since I bought the The mistreatment and has outlasted the cars I When I get it the first thing Im go ing to do is give it a nice full tank of high octane some fresh oil and a warm 1 want the wagon to know that its Mike Royko Bighearted Mike Royko resolves to be a realist in 1987 Like most I make New Years And this Ive resolved to be more open and honest with my Thats always been a problem of not saying what I really think for fear of hurting their And in the long thats not because they wind up kidding themselves about their own weaknesses and For when George Solti calls me for a critique alter a as be Busily Im going to say believe yotfrt H0 the But that was a very sloppy adagio I WW opt sit ID on There are only so maoy Hows is the Ifcaj gpjg tor Mike I Youll Just lose your cool during the game and send in goofy plays dont get Ill sit up in the press box during the playoffs and phone down what 1 By the didnt j tell you to training camp to crack down on that fat kids weight When are you going to learn You have to be Its not Im dreading thai next phone cajl from Meryl But Im go ing to be youre married and Im So As goes your thoughts of us wU So And heres looking at Some people are tougher than so I think Chuck Yeager wti have trouble it when I tell U would gajoae plansWhy siuutt tatiMT crew enjoy Uteir I wont design the plajge and Im not going to Oy it with Come do we need every record and youve got the right A friend should try to lend a hand when its But there are So Im go ing to tell Pan Rather Of course Ive seen the slumping and I can feel for But my answer is the Im not going to become your Id have a schedule because the show is on wheja Im having a beer after tt wont help if you ask Cronkite to call Friends have to understand that they cant expect a person to spread himself too to give up precious leasure I hope Steve understands I Ill give it to him straight I agree that its a brilliant it coutf be the funniest thing youve ever I just isnt have the time to be your And to ask me to direct it even tor a thats a bit Wby dont you call hes dying for the part it wont be but itll be darned And a friend should understand how im portant privacy Not everybody loves the Thats hard for Robin Leach to but for the 50th tune Im going to tell him Because were I know youre a good and not the jerk you appear to be on uyfe Styles of the Rich and but I dont want your cameras coming into my home or tracking me on My jetset life is something I prefer to keep to Ive told you thai 1U do it when Rob De Niro does And why dont you try one of the Saudi oil guys Ill give you his upUstffij sometimes you have to draw a So when Ron Ill have to say What have been telling you for the last years you have to pay atten tion to You can only delegate so Didnt I tell you to keep an eye on those guys in the basement Didnt I tell you that theres more to the job than just getting on and off airplanes and waving at the cameras I talk myself blue in the face and what do you do You chop wood in So the answer is Im not com ing ojt i dont want Dons But IU send you a white paper on how to han dle the Try to stay awake long enough to read So thajts my New Years Years Resolu te ajg l think I can do Im confident And as muda as I want to aw friend when theyre down on their stuck wtth 1 resolved to be owe of a
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