New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 20, 1987, Page 4

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February 20, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Daw Kramer. Editor Hid Publisher Jim Wabn. Managing Editor Pege4A    Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas    Friday,    February    20,1087 Other Views Thinking about an income tax This takes the layer cake. A Texas politician has gone on record, in a public meeting, as saying that the state may need — may need, mind you — to think about an income tax. And, surprising as it may seem, the other politicians in the room didn’t get up and run for their lives. This is unheard of. It is flirting with the millennium ... It may not happen twice in a lifetime. State Comptroller Bob Bullock told Senate budget writers recently that, although he’s personally opposed to an income tax, "you might as well talk about it, you might as well think about it.’’ That the senators didn’t flee is a clue to the plight the state is in right now.... Texas is now in the desperate position of having to consider all the options — however disagreeable those options might be. Corpus Christi Caller War on crime Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis at last has recognized that a successful war on crime has a price tag. Lewis also believes Texans are willing to pay the price, even if it means more taxes. Lewis has introduced an anti-crime package that would tighten the liberal parole provisions and make felons serve more of their sentences. We urge South Texans to tell their legislators to vote for the Lewis bills. It is time to get serious and to pay for keeping killers and rapists behind bars. San Antonio Expross-Nows Campaigns cost too many millions Enough now has been said and written about Texas Sen. Lloyd Benison inviting lobyists to breakfast in return for $10,000 contributions to his campaign fund. Anyone who wonders why officeholders play patsy with lobbyists need only consider costs of campaigning vs. salaries, even with the most recent increases. Election reform is often discussed, such as limits on total expenditures. free television time, public financing. But there hasn’t yet been a better way proposed. Surely there must be some way to corral campaign costs. It s time to seriously consider the changes in campaigning or in financing those campaigns. Otherwise, there will always be some form of breakfast clubs in which legislators and lobbyists exchange information and dollars. ■I Ease Times Bounty boondoggle It s hard to slip anything past Brazos County officials, yes. indeed. The county has been paying $7.50 bounties to hunters who bring in wolf ears as proof they killed one of the predators So far this year, the coun ty has paid $225 for 30 sets of wolf ears. The problem is, there are no wolves in Brazos County. There are few wolves, for that matter, anywhere in Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has now informed the county about the wolf situation, so the county has decided to stop paying the bounty. So what has the county been paying for? The aural appendages of wild dogs or the common coyote? If the county is shopping for a bridge, there’s a nice on available in Brooklyn. Pert Arthur News Toxic threaf from trucks Just because Texas has been spared a major disaster involving toxic materials doesn’t mean its luck will hold out forever. The deficiencies (in the law), which are pointed out in a report by the House Transportation Committee, demand the prompt attention of lawmakers. The first thing that officials should do is get a better fix on the problem by requiring accidents involving toxic materials to be reported to a central agency, such as the Department of Public Safety. Next, Texas should tighten its standards for anyone who hauls hazardous substances. Another of the Transportation Committee’s sound suggestions is to make sure that emergency personnel are properly trained to respond to toxic spills and similar accidents. Finally, the state has to clamp down even harder on unsafe trucks. Tens of millions of motorists must use the same Texas highways that the haulers of dangerous materials do. Dallas Merit toe News Justice for victims A 28-year-old rape victim testified before the Criminal Justice Committee of the Texas Senate that victims and local officers should be notified when convicts who have committed repeat violent crimes are released from prison. The committee answered her plea by giving unanimous approval to a bill which would require prison officials to do Just that. The victim was protesting the release of the "choker rapist’’ who was paroled after serving only eight years of a 123-year sentence assessed in Waco after the trial was moved here from Austin. The rapist is back in Jail in Houston in connection with more attacks on women that occurred after his parole. Texas already has a law which requires victims to be notified when a dangerous offender is released, but it went into effect after the Austin rapist was released. More legislation is unlikely to replace the common sense that should be used by all officials who deal with the release of prisoners. wacs Tribune Herald Your Representatives Gov. Bill Clements Governor's Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 71711 State Senator Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station P.O. Box IMM Austin, Texas 7S711 U.S. Senator Lloyd Benison United States Senate Room 240, Russell Bldg. washington, D.c. MSI* U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington, O.C. MS10 U.S. Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House OHice Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20S1S U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives SO* Cannon House Washington, D.C. MS1S State. Senator William Sims Capitol Station P.O. Box 12AM Austin, Texas 7A711 State Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House af Representatives Box SAIA P.O. Austin, Ti The President of the United States The White House IMA Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C* MSAA Ak - iou to* HOf TRT we're Feeling Good again about being russians1, russia is standing ta irs morning intne ussr. The new openness, wow." [Mike Royko get the picture? Not at this price We were looking for something to fill a blank space on the living room wall, which is how I found myself standing uncomfortably in an art gallery on a recent Saturday afteroon. Art galleries are not my usual hangouts because, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it, I have little appreciation of visual art. Some people are tone deaf. To them, Beethoven’s music sound’s like a construction crew at work. That's the way I am with paintings, my only reaction to the Mona Lisa is the thought that if she went into a singles bar. she’d spend the entire evening buying her own drinks. When I visited the Sistine Chapel, I looked at the ceiling and thought: "Boy. laying in that scaffold. I bet he got a stiff neck and a lot of paint in his eyes." But. as I said, we have this empty space on the wall. And the female person who shares the Iv-ing room said that we had to find something to hang there. I suggested a calendar, the kind that has a different picture for every month. But she said that the smart set doesn't hang calendars on the living room wall. She also rejected the suggestion that we put up a shelf and display my collection of old saloon-league softball trophies. She said they’re not chic. That’s one of the things that confuses me about art. Recently, a famous artist made the cover of Time magazine when it was revealed that he had spent many years drawing his cleaning lady while she was naked. That is considered chic. But I ask you, would you rather be known for Andy Rooney persuading your cleaning lady to remove her skivvies or for hitting a home run to defeat Wally & Helen's Tavern? Anyway, that's how I found myself in this art gallery trying to blend in with the yuppies by cocking my head to one side, grasping my chin with my thumb and forefinger, peering at a painting and mumbling: "Hmmmm, interesting." My act must have been convicing, because a woman who sold the paintings veered toward me us and said: "Do you like that?" "Yes," I said, and it was almost true. The painting appeared to be a long thin, multicolored bird, and it wasn't bad. Actually, if a bird that looked like that ever flew overhead, I’d probably dive under a porch. But at least I thought I knew what it was, which is the first step in art appreciation. Even more important, it seemed to be Just the correct size to cover the blank space on the living room wall, which is the second step in art appreciation. The gallery lady said: "And one of the nice things about this is that you can hang it this way or that way." And to demonstrate, she turned it so that it was hanging sideways. Then she turned it again, so it was upside down. Or maybe it was right side up. "You see?" she asked. That’s why I’m embarrassed by my ignorance of art. If I decided to put a picture of my Uncle Chester on the wall, I wouldn't think of hanging it upside down. In his prime, Uncle Chester wasn’t much to look at. but the sight of him with his mouth above his eyes would turn a child’s hair white. Still faking it, I told the gallery lady: "Ah, very interesting. Either a diving or a soaring effect, hey?" Then she told me about the artist, a South , American lady who paints in New York and has been commissioned to do some posters. From her tone, I gathered that doing the posters was significant, although I don’t know why. I've seen posters in Chicago that say "Elect Albert Al’ Zbygniewski Alderman. He Hates Crooks," and I wouldn’t want them in my living room. Maybe the garage, though. She also told how the South American lady worked. "She says she Just gets up in the morning, throws the paint on the canvas, and shifts it around until she gets the effect she wants." My grandfather was a house painter, and if he had taken that approach, my grandmother would have wound up as a bag lady.. "It’s reduced during our sell," the gallery lady said. Then she peered around the side of Ute frame, where they had stashed the price tag. "Ifs reduced 40 percent." she said. "So you can have it for $4,800." "Ahhh,” I said. Or maybe it was more like "huhhhh?" The fact is, it wasn’t a bad deal, considering that I could point the bird in any direction, up, down, north or south. In an earthquake, it would always look good. But I told we would have to think about it and would drop back sometime. We probably won’t, though- Next Saturday. I’m going to browse around some calendar stores. Mr. Rooney goos to tho dogs There is no doubt in my mind that dogs have more good qualities and fewer bad qualities than people. They behave in an honorable way without the benefit or religion, too. My high opinion of dogs in general was reenforced the other night by my annual visit to the Westminster Dog Show. There were 129 different breeds at the show and, backstage with the owners and trainers. I must have talked to IOO doge of 50 different breeds. There were only three dogs I hesitated to reach out and pat without asking for the advice or permission of their owners first. They were (I) a mean-looking Doberman Pinscher whose owner said he was a pussy cat. (2) a huge red chow, known officially as a "Chow Chow," and (3) an alert German Shepherd sitting at attention In his stall with a superior look on his face. Tho owners assured me it was all right to touch their dogs- The Doberman’s master said, "You can pet him, but Just don’t move your hand toward him too quickly." I took his word for it that I could touch his dog, but any time someone has to qualify how it is I can touch their dog. I don't touch it. I didn't pat the Chow either because I didn’t want to encourage the owner to think people like Chows, but I did become acquainted with the Gorman Shepherd, whose owner I offended when I called Mm a "police dog." The German Shepherd turned out to be cold to advances but net aggressively unfriendly. He could take me or leave me. There were some wonderful surprises among I know little about. Tho Rottweilers, big. strong, short-haired, brown and black dogs, were very friendly in a big, rough way. I like rough, friendly dogs better than itsy-bitsy, fragile, nervous little dogs, although some small breeds that are relatively new to me like the Lhasa Apses and the Shih Tzu seem nice. One woman who weighed about RS pounds was showing three Mastiffs which weighed about IOO pounds each. They were simply great. Every time I go to this dog show, there are at least IO dogs I walt to take home. Now, for instance, I want a Mastiff. "We never bother to lock our house" the woman said and looking at these huge, fierce-looking dogs. I could see why. I don’t like guard dogs and the only reason these mastiffs would make good guard dogs is their appearance. I sat down with them, a total stranger, in their pen. I put my hand on the head of the big brown one lying on my right and immediately, the gray one behind me put his huge head over my shoulder and licked my face. Some guard dog! At that point, the one at my side turned over on his side and plopped his 20-pound head in my lap. They are magnificent animals and all I could think was that the American Kennel Club is doing a great Job encouraging the breeding of all these relatively rare dogs that might otherwise become extinct. Like sailors, golfers or horse-lovers, dog people have one-track minds but ifs a good track to be on. The winner of Best Of Show that night was a German Shepherd named Manhattan. Ifs the fir* tim* A German Sheoherd has ever won and one woman who breeds German Shephers expressed delight, with some reservations. She said the trouble with a breed becoming too popular is a lot of people who don't know or care much about dogs start breeding and selling them for money without much regard to whether they are good examples of the breed or not and, as a result, the breed deteriorates. You couldn’t make that comment about humans. In the dog world, it’s acceptable to be a racist. Breeders admit some breeds have both good and bad traiU other breeds don’t have. All dogs are not bom equal. I talked with a woman who has a Pit Bull, that tough, pink-eyed dog originally bred for that disgusting and most uncivilized "sport" of all, dog fighting. The Pit Bull, called an "American Staffordshire Terrier" at dog shows, has a reputation of being good around people but death to other dogs- They are, therefore, difficult to have as pets. The woman said her dog did not fight and breeders of Pit Bulls everywhere were trying to eliminate the fighting trait, along with the name "Pit Bull," from the breed. I wish they could breed a little of the Maetiff's disposition into the Chow and the Doberman Pinscher People tend to like any breed of dog they've known. That says something nice about dogs aa a quartes. I grew up with an English Bulldog named Spike and our four children grew up with another named Gifford and, like moot dog lovers, I argue with anyone who soys English Sundaes aren’t the best doss in the whole world. ;

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