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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas tiditOf ml Publisher Jim Managing Editor Editorial Alls well that costs less I Adtiofl before Comal County Commissioners Court last January went by almost but every county tax payer should know that the costsof amortizing the countys bonded debt went down more than I Refinancing of bonds sold to pay for a new courthouse an sheriffs department and jail facilities means the in terest paid on those bonds went down from a spread of to II percent to from to percent over a 16year term con cluding in The entire issue comprises in principal and in The ability to refinance stems in part from the countys very good rating by bond A rather for the BBB rating for Hays Our credit here is and people want to buy our promise to even at a lower rate of That says a lot for the management of our countys If there is a spot on the otherwise clean slate of county dollars and sense it is that we paid for four residential lots New Braunfels City Hall as adjacent and future parking space for the annex Unfortunately the real estate market at the some two years ago meant the county used some to pay for houses that today would go for far less than the average of they actually cost or will The county retains the bption to buy one of the lots for some by or before There remains about the jail bond fund that is although some of it may be used to pay for addi tional capital improvements at the jail facility and interest bnthe as well as the for the house and lot behind city hall that is as yet not paid County Auditor Bate Bond says he will recommend to the commissioners court that a surplus be put back into the bond interest and sinking fund account to timely be applied to the bonds Whether commissioners intended to use jail bond money fon something other than the jail is a question of fiscal But if its true that alls well that ends that apparently our county is faring well as new annex and sheriffs department slide gracefully into history and our countys financial future winds up better off in the TEXAS I W We FIND V DARLIM I THetfesOUR CUE Bountys central district to lease its officespacer Without the usual bidding process should come as welcome news to the Comal County CADs board of f Incoming Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes has made it elear that all bets are off insofar as office space is jVhatever Rhodes wants in the way of new offices and new Offices surely are a necessity given the workload and scope of ihe districts he and the board of directors jshould be free to act in what they believe to be the best in erests of the taxing entities Rhodes recently defended the qualifications of his staff and ie plainly expects a record number of appeals as the CAD iere attempts to bring values to actual fair market CAD staff are working to upgrade their Open ipace and homestead exemptions are something the staff vill consider a top As Rhodes said at last weeks oard If these exemptions are property should receive them if they are not hey shouldnt get There appears to be more than just a new During last weeks CAD board chairman David interrupted proceedings after a brief executive session o suggest to CAD landlord Rick Seidel that his out loud com nentaries during board discussion needed to be Seidel and anyone else attending the meeting were given an pportunity to add comments or ask questions before the oard But it is clear this CAD board intends to conduct business in professional manner and not be intimidated by background joise or petty political The executive as yas called after specific citation of the reasons for such clos ed door And when no action was that was What the board plain and simple with no None was Your Representatives jRonald Reagan Qf United rrbe White Hoyst Pennsylvania Avenue PC 20500 gill If 78711 State Idmynd pepresentatiYes Texas 78769 Miff Senator Lloycl Bentsen United States Senate Room Ryssell 20510 jycjjth Zaffirini Capitol Statign SQX l068 78711 Ititf William Sims mm Texas 87ii senate 20510 1713 Janies Damn the bureaucracy full speed ahead On a recent Friday John secretary of the was attacking a breakfast waffle with all the zeal of a fighter pilot strafing a hostile beach Knife in one fork in the he was out to demolish a But Lehman wasnt full of waffles he was full of the old pep and vinegar that have madehim the best secretary of the navy since the War Department was reorganized years Lehman is In another few as soon as the Senate confirms a he will leave the post he has filled from the start of the Reagan In these six he has stepped on some admirals toes he has rais ed congressional hackles he has tangled with the high and including the secretary of defense but by the he has built a navy the nation can be proud On this particular Lehman was not minded to talk of ships of and this was for his usual custom is to sell a guesi at least one battleship and two carriers Neither was he thinking of the navys superlative record in recruiting and holding highly qualified young It wasnt the Soviet Unions expanding navy that troubled him Do you know the greatest enemy of national defense he inquired It isnt the Soviet Union Its our own bleeping bureaucracy Lehman was full of figures Did his guest know how many people were working directly under the Office of the Secretary of Defense No Eightytwo thousand He chewed on the figure Guest Column Eightytwo thousand There arc in the Defense Logistics Agency Fifty three thousand The Joint Chiefs of Staff have men and women assigned to shuffle the papers Two thou sand Lehman is incredulous he to do all these people do When he came on board six years he found an impenetrable bureaucratic thicket in his own bailissick This was the Navy Material suth 65o kids dabbing in bleeping thing After a he concluded that 200 could do all the essential so he abolished the com mand two years ago and eliminated 450 Things are going smoothly now The only way to cope with the defense Lehman was to go under and around it Frontal assaults are futile Multiple layers of in his were directly responsible for the tragic loss of lives in the terrorist attack on Marine barracks in Lebanon The original order had been or the Marine commander to maintain tight security but by the time the order was relayed from here to and up and down and in and the order had been so watered down that the Marines on guard duty had all the shooting power of a hotel doorman There wouldnt be such a suffocating says if it werent for the hunger on Capitol Hill to micromanage the ser vices Did his guest know how many committees and subcommittees have a piece of the action No Fortysix Count em Forty bleepingsix out of Ixftman once assigned an aide to measure the volumne of rules and regulations affecting defense procurement In due course the aide returned with ihe figure The requirements take up more than feet of shelf space Nearly twotenths of a mile The secretar looks back on his six years of hustle and hassle with general satisfaction One victor at the Naval Academy he recalls with special pleasure He was astonished to discover that the academys faculty included 80 pro lessors of more or but only one professor of philosoph He set reforms in mo tion that now require cadets to learn something of literature and the humanities as well Those reforms reflect Lehmans own wide ranging intellect He holds a bachlors degree with honors rum Cambridge He earned his doctorate in international law at the University ol Pennsyhama The guy is a brain Hes alsoa helicopter pilot with the rank of commander in the Naval His plans are to spend six months wirtmg a book and then to put in five or lu as chief executive officer of a non defense mduslr And after that He s fallen in love with the ommonweallh ol Virginia and Virginias enfeebled Kepublicun is hard up for guber nalonal candidates One former secretary of the navy from John Warner has made it to the Senate Lehman political cruise is just now getting under way Studies cite trucking regulation benefits gy MQTQ8 A new Texas trucking study reports that rate deregulation in the state would increase total ship ping 3 move opposed by a majority of the states according to a second sturdy Jn a report reJeajsgd March n during testimony before the tioysj Transportation Commit University ef Pivid L Said the toiaj cojst agyteg goeds in jyoirsistite pojjimfree rise despite lowering of sjrae shipping Huff said most goois gjre moved in shipments of thjn pamds Md tott rates Jor thjse would increase uader djreguMten iftaj my oMsettiog iwiivUm in rites for fyj troktaad by the Freight costs woujd increase or hundreds of thousands of small Texas businesses on whom the overall Texas economy depends Huff also warned of deterioration in trucking service and safety under citing ex perience in California where trucking is being re a member of the graduate school of business faculty at said current rates Texas for shipments of less than a full truckload are substantisUy lower than comparable in terstate rgtes offerecl by unregulated interstate commjon A second industry study released last week reported tfegt shippers themselves share eould have 3 direct elteti OJB teg Jtett slid WUlAajW a Kansas said smaJJi ajad large shippers prefer the Texas systen of regMlaJed rftes over interstatestyle djerf with negotiated rate dis Nintyfive percent of small shippers and over hall of the large shippers believe deregulation of interstate trucking has been a significanUactor in causing instability in the motor freight Brooks said One hundred percent of the Texas small ship pers favored the Texas prescribed class rate scale and over 50 percent of the large shippers also favored the scale in preference to the discoun ting practices prevalent today in interstate com merce V The Kansas business professor suneyed a sampling drawn from a Texas population ol more than shippers and receivers of Both trucking studies were rejfissjsd by the Texas Motor Transportation yhlclj opposes rate deregulation proposes fame BW 787 and Senate Bill 1071 being coasidefsdl JWs by House and Senate committees ol Texas Legislature TMTA is the states largest trucking
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