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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Opinions New Texas Dave Editor and Publisher Jim Managing Editor January Editorials A balancing act A balancing City Manager Joe Michie talked to City Council last night about balancing the 198788 city budget by increasing user fees and by cutting back on department He said raising ad valorem taxes would be a last We urge council to think long and hard about balancing a budget with fees that might drop if the area experienced another drought and low tourist and we submit that increasing property taxes appropriately is the only sure way to keep the citys lifeblood stable and service levels New Braunfels has the lowest tax rate of a ma jority of Texas cities its Even if property taxes were they would still be lower than what many others Isnt the peace of mind brought on by a wellstaffed police department and welltrained and firefighters worth it A lot more than money weighs in the Mike Royko Rounded hamburgers unAmerican cuisine I should have become suspicious when I looked in the window and saw all the ferns hanging from the celling and walls in the bar section of the Bars that have ferns everywhere are not part of the Chicago tradition of interior More suitable Chicago barroom decor includes Softball and bowling handprinted signs that say No Checks and somebody taking a nap on the shuf But we were looking for a fast lunch and the sign outside said the place served so we went in and took a I said to the With or without pecans she With or without what 1 she maybe you misunderstood I asked for a Yes I heard With or without pecans 1 didnt know what to 1 had never heard of pecans with a So I asked How do you serve the pecans As a side dish or what theyre in the of I trying not to appear Of Ill have it with the How do you want it done Now she had I had stepped right into a 1 always get ham burgers well As Slats Grobnik once told Real hot grease kills all the But what about pecans Should pecans be medium or well So I Could 1 get the pecans rare and the rest of the ham burger well done She blinked at The pecans are in the well done for both of Then she asked if 1 wanted and I said And she ask blue cheese There is only one cheese for a plain American The processed My favorite is Thats why I never go to You cant get real Velveeta from those Do you have Velveeta I Velveeta but we have some American God bless I Ill have She returned in a while and put a plate in front of 1 gaped at it and What is this Your she It Thats what you I had ordered a Everybody knows what a ham burger And this was not a ham It was the shape of a And it was wrapped in bacon and covered with the melted It set atop half a and the other half was on the There was no There was no mustard or I pointed this out and she said Vow didnt order But Ill br ing you mustard and The mustard she brought was that brown French 1 demanded honest yellow American which is the only mustard you should put on hot dogs and ham I doused it with the condiments and put the top half of the roll on it and picked it It was It measured about eight inches from bottom to There was no way a person with even a big mouth could take a bite out of How do you eat this thing I asked my 1 dont Maybe you should sort of press down on it with your hand to flatten it I Mustard squirted out on my I looked around to see what others were They were eating ham With knives and Knives and forks There are many gray areas in Some things cant be called right or But it is wroung to eat certain foods with knives and fried egg rolls and they should all be eaten with To eat a hamburger with a knife and fork is as unnatural as drinking a shot and beer through a Its the California my companion Of The ferns should have told me And the pecans and foreign And the fact that a wan young man at the next table was sipping white wine with his As we were the waitress said to Was everything all right Everything was subversive and I That I stopped at the Bil ly Goat where a hamburger is still a homboorger and a sheeseburger is still a chizbooger flat circles of meat cooked on a greasy with onions and yellow mustard and slices of And I warned Sam the that times were changing and he should consider changing with you had better think about How you cook dem You dont cook Theyre You hang them from the walls and He shook his No plants enn dees Plants got I no like then you should consider pecans in your Its the coming Its already Pecans he You mean knots He thought for a Then he went and got a hamburger and put it in front of he turned around and pulled a package of beer nuts from the nut rack on the back of the He lifted the top of the bun and put the package of beer nuts on the Then he replaced the you got nuts in your chiz sanity ANP You THINK YOURE James Kilpatrick Useless considerations in Congress WASHINGTON here we go The opening gavel scarcely had fallen in the Senate before Edward Kennedy of joined by 42 revived the poor old Equal Rights Amendment to the This is a sleeping Congress ought to let it The discredited ERA was only one of a dozen resolutions of constitutional amendment to be of fered on opening Not a one of them is worth the paper it is printed In this bicentennial year of the couldnt we just leave the charter of our liberties alone Age has not improved the The Kennedy resolution is identical to the resolution that failed over a 10year period to win the support of three fourths of the It is just as just as just as unwise as If it should win approval of twothirds of each house of Con it will prove just as divisive within the state This we positively do not Is it ambiguous The proposed amendment says that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of What rights does the amendment contemplate No one can say for The feeble answer of proponents is that they would leave all that to the Is it needless Over the past 20 relying upon the equal protection clause of the 14th proponents of the ERA have won every constitutional battle they have In Congress and in the state sexist statutes have everywhere been What is there left to fight about Where in our public laws is there any significant trace of discrimina tion on account of Is it unwise The overlooked section of this wellintended but misguided resolution would authorize a major transfer of power from the states to the This section would vest in Congress the power to enforce the article by appropriate No one knows exactly what this If the ERA ever should be added to the the states would lose the power they historically have exercies over legislative areas that touch upon Among the areas are criminal homosexuality and conditions of The ancient and honored principle of federalism argues strongly against so radical an At least five amendments have been proposed to require a balanced federal budget except in time of The version offered by Strom Thur mond of South Carolina is the shortest of the lot and therefore the least but all of them are unrealistic and none of them could be enforc The way to balance the budget is to elect members with the guts to make income and out go Lacking that kind of political no constitutional amendment ever would be Here we go again on school This is Thurmonds proposal Nothing in this Constitu tion shall be construed to prohibit individual or group prayer in public schools or other public in No person shall be required by the United STates or by any state to participate in Neither the United States nor any state shall compose the words of any prayer to be said in public We have lived a long time under the rule that no laws may be passed respecting an establishment of and though this commandment has been erratically interpreted by the Supreme the results have not been This amendment could not be adopted without the most bitter con controversy that would tear the coun try Here we go again on Andy Jacobs of Indiana proposes to write this provision into the Constitution The birth of any person shall not be prevented by they voluntary termination of the pregnancy of any unless such pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or in or such termination is necessary to prevent the death of the Virginia Smith of Nebraska proposes a similar but more restric tive guarantee of the right to life of unborn per She would not exempt even those pregnan cies resulting from rape or Any such if would drive the agoniz ing business of abortion back to the backalley butcher shops of Other resolutions of amendment deal with establishing English as our offical with restricting invocation of the Fifth Amend and with limiting senators to Mro sixyear terms and representatives to six threeyear None of these is urgently As the conservative maxim when it is un necessary to it is necessary not to Washington Today The they are achanging maybe An AP News Analysis By BARRY AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON AP Jn China and the Soviet the two largest communist nations in the the democracy that is taken for granted in the West is as peculiar and unknown an institution as the Super Since no Marxist government ever went out of business change comes about in China and in Russia through evolution or outside American conservatives prefer pressure as Liberals hope a Jeffersonlan model here at home will inspire evolution in communist In the 10 years since the Red Guards imposed tight grip on suppressing free and both the liberal Carter adwintetraUon and the con servative Reagaa rattoc hoped or And there was some progress under Qeng the entrys who had surviv room for a little freedom while shopping the West for technology to help the countrys At the always a barometer of the political students occasionally expressed thoughts that were not directly drawn from Chairman Maos say Last the trend Hu a leading ad vocate of introducing more market forces in Chinas economy and loosening the Communist Partys tight political was forced to resign as party A few days Chinas intellec tuals were warned in a long report to Chinas newspapers that they could expect renewed restrictions on discussion and that debates could take place only under Marxist Prime Minister Zhao who was designated acting general secretary of the aJsp was purged as a revisionist dur ing the Cultural Revolution and is closely associated with He of fered assurances that the political changes of the last decade would be tbs Cultural He made So it wW take some time to siwt out what is really happening in China to see if the spark of democracy is being snuffed While Hus ouster made front page a littlenoticed item from Moscow suggested a hopeful trend in the Soviet Yuri the chief spokesman on human an nounced a review of the sentences of prisoners convicted of anti Soviet Many imprisoned political and religious dissidents are in that Kashlev told The New York Times he would not rule aut a general amnesty for such which would he un precedented in Soviet This was the latest indication that the Soviet Union may he undergoing important political and social changes under Mikhail whs has tried to 22 months as genera secretary to revitalize the While Jewish another barwneter of human re at a low Andrei SaMarov was permitted to return to Moscow and resume and AnatoJy and Yuri were granted During the 27th Communist Party Congress in Moscow last February the watchword among American reporters was or giasnost in Soviet officials criticized the party and A Politburo Geidar who is a first deputy prime held a wideranging news He answered questions on such subjects as the black market and his own Speakers at the Congress made only occasional mention ol Gor bachevs TWs compared with the adulation heaped on the late Leonid Brezhnev at the last Con gress in Earlier this the party newspaper Pravda disclosed that several officials oj the KGB interna tional security agency had been disciplined for the illegal arrest last year ol a Soviet reporter who had exposed government corruption in the The disclosure may have been in tended to show that the pifty is in control Jfee Ute the review of sentences and the events at the party gwgm tt my wean change is w the wUid in the Soviet
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