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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinions Page4A Dave Editor and Publisher Jim Managing Editor New Texas February Forum LETTER POLICY The HeraldZeitung welcomes All letters should be sign ed and include an address or telephone The newspaper reserves the right to Letters should be sent to New Braunfels Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at Greetings from Rhodes To the editor As the new chief appraiser of the Comal Appraisal I would like to hello and thanks for the opportunity to become a member of this excellent To the people who make up the the entities which serve the and the boards and councils which guide the I would like to express my most sin cere desire to lead and to serve the district in the most effective manner In order to accomplish this it is imperative to have an open dialogue with the public and to achieve an atmosphere of mutual respct and I want you to understand that the district needs and seeks your We will always find the time to listen to your opinions and to investigate your In the weeks to I will be meeting many of you at various civic meetings and as you come in the Please make the effort to say express any concerns you may have and let me know how the district may best serve hello and thanks may our association be a long and com fortable Richard Rhodes Jr League rules ridiculous To the editor I would like to thank you so very much for publishing the ridiculous rules of the American League and National League in the 12 column of Starnmtisch The American League is for kids born in evennumbered months those born in other months play in National Four years we moved here and when the time we registered our son in Little League no one told us of the differences in the two It was not until two years later that my husband and I were told that our son had been playing in the wrong Our son had played ball well in two other cities since a youngster and we wanted him to continue playing because he loved But our son was refused to play positions that he was qualified to play because he was in the wrong I must we had a very disappointed son that summers end because the rules were never given to I have written this to alert those volunteers who register those kids Please know the rules and also tell the parents the differences in the two leagues so that maybe another kid could be spared the disap pointment and anguish that my son My sons baseball career ended prematurely that summer because his were uniniformed and he was placed in the wrong And it hurt because he loved the game and his dad and I enjoyed participating in the Name withheld Lloyd wont run To the editor I have decided not to seek re election to the district 3 seat on the New Braunfels ISD board of My reasons for not seeking another term are that I believe nine years is long enough and that someone else should have the opportunity to serve a wonderful and very special school My three terms were filled with rewarding Land was purchased on County Line Road and Memorial Primary was Schools on all other campuses were updated and expanded to meet the gorwing needs of the Land for a future school site was bought and paid for in the OakRun The old high school building on Mill Street was renovated and houses the education which en compasses most all central ad ministrative Other improvements included an expanded curriculum for college bound students a master plan for microcomputer utilitzation new evaluation programs for all school personnel increased student at a tough stand against drugs on the campuses and in creased length of the school day for students on a voluntary to mention a With the retirement of Hendricks Pete in I was privileged to serve on the three member committee to look for a new We were fortunate to bring Charles Bradberry to New Braunfels from to take over the reins as superin Charles has exceeded our expectations and continued to im prove what was already a fine As for the Wanda and I have a who is a freshman in high We will continue to be active Unicorn supporters and I will always have a heartfelt concern for the betterment of education in New Garland Lloyd Your Representatives Bill Clements Governors Office State Capital Texas 787n Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room Russell 20510 Phil Gramm United States Senate 20510 William Sims Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 State Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Off ice 20515 State Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texgs 78769 Ronald Reagan President of the United states The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 20500 CLEAN WATER WO HA5BEWRWEP CHILPR6N UMP6R17 SHOULD KAWISEP S TD Analysis Whats a member of Congress worth By SANDY JOHNSON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP The presidential pay commission that recommended members of Congress be paid ran up against an old dilemma How do you quantify the duties of a lawmaker We were unable to get information from the We gave up on said consultant Andrew who supplied salary data to the Thats because it doesnt There is no job description for a senator or other than to make How do you assign a value to attending endless rubber chicken dinners or satisfying a single constituents request for a veterans disability adjustment Or how do you rationalize spending millions of little or none of it your to win election to a job that pays now President Reagan whittled down the recommendation for Congress to a figure the lawmakers Through a series of shrewd parliamentary Congress allowed its pay raise to take effect while James Kilpatrick appearing to vote against Lawmakers begin collecting their bigger paychecks at the end of the although opponents have said theyll try to repeal the pay raise when Congress returns this Chandler van the pay panels executive said the commission arrived at as being There was no for The commission essentially backed into its conclusion by means of a variety of factors that included inflation and comparable Looking at inflation since the commission noted that congressional salaries rose by 77 percent while the cost of living increased 224 In real lawmakers suffered a 40 percent loss since 1969 while the average federal employee lost percent to the commission It noted that during this same auto mechanics gained 34 percent and electricians 41 percent despite Comparable worth was more The commission turned to whose em the Hay is known nationally for its compensation But with no specific job descriptions and with a wide range of positions even Hay had In the overall federal pay Congress is on a par with 72 Level II employees in the executive branch the deputy Cabinet secretaries and top agency Some examples includeSecretary of the Navy John Lehman who oversees civilian employees and military personnel with a budget authority of billion or James Flet the National Aeronautics and Space Ad ministration administrator who is in charge of employees and a billion budget or Veterans Administration head Thomas with workers and a billion budget under his The Hay Group used examples such as these rather than Congress for its It decided that the entire Level II group was roughly comparable to secondtier corporate management not the presidents or chief executive officers of a but the sub sidiary heads or division These people will earn this year a range of eyepopping salaries from to Klein But such salaries would be inconceivable for members of given the general public outcry over food and a congressmans ear WASHINGTON The so it was called for a layer of scrambled topped by three strips of topped by more scrambled The lobbyists were expected to eat the One day they could expect to bring home some This was Eggs named for the senior senator from who briefly proposed to sell his culinary concoction to 40 friends who would pay a year for the privilege of having breakfast with himonce a The distinguished is chairman of the Senate Finance The genial gentleman from Texas was nothing if not If more than 40 customers signed he would hold two breakfasts a The check could be paid in by June The guests would talk about matters of trade and taxation and anything else anyone wants to He would be relying upon his guests for advice and The proceeds would go into a fund for his reelection in For a couple of days it looked as if might have to hire a hostess to seat the but then the story of his remarkable invitation got Suddenly it was no fun any The senator penitently disbanded his breakfast returned the payments and confessed thai when I make a its a ex maUs and all Maybe goad laws wiU spring from bad It is barely reaction to Eggs Bentsen may provoke serious action on the whole business of financing congressional If I sound its because I am Republican senators John Chafee of Rhode Island and William Roth of Delaware expect to continue their Majority Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia reportedly will carry on his little intimate Lloyd Bentsens mistake was not a mistake in but in It was the 10 grand that done him They do things big in I know the senator as a decent and honorable Why did he get himself in this embjirasisjng mess It is because the astronomical costs of a senatorial campaign drive even the best men to acts of The same unhealthy situation obtains in the Members no sooner take their seats that they mujt begin worrying about financing their nwt Money is the mothers milk of byys TV spots and newspaper ail solicitations ey pays rent and for fepje fortunate members who have no it money becomes an ob Wfeli tte bigmoney boys buy Not They buy accessIt is as simple as The witemmay have apparent aspects of proetitutipfl oj bjut appearance is teceptf Jf ajjyojae were to offer LJyod Bentsen f to vote for a specific tariff on would throw the hum Bentsens vote is not for But his ear is for Nobody likes the For the incessant hunt for campaign contributions is stultifying and For the big the constant dunning gets The voting public reads of breakfast clubs and political action committees and its cynicism A hundred proposals for election reform have been Last August the Senate voted 69 30 for a bill sponsored by David Boren of The measure would have imposed tight ceilings on the sums that political can didates go The Senate then voted 5842 for an amendment sponsored by Rubdy Boschwitz of His bill would have limited con tributions to political Nothing came of either David Obey of Wisconsin favors public financing of House and Senate The idea is gaining Proponents argue that public financing would cure the evils of break fast clubs and political action One version of public financing would cost the tax payers an estimated million a year for House million a year for Senate These are affordable At some reform plans run headlong into the First Amendment of the which guarantees every citizen a right of free a right he can back with his No reform plan yet has the problem of limiting a free The problem may weU he When money a congressman   

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