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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                New Editorials Parks staff should be supported As important as what is said at city council meetings is what is not Council has been acquiescent during debate on Cypress Bend Park and our tube The parks board and other advisory groups have several good suggestions on how to do the publics park Contracting sanitation was of proposed privatization of the publics businesslNow river outfitters of fer services in lieu of buying whatajfepunts to a franchise fee based on a percentage of the River outfitters are in terested in the welfare of Guadalupe River as all New Braunfelsers should They are offering in the neighborhood of for the right to make a profit and theyll empty the trash repair some things and cut the Surely as prudent businessmen and the outfitters and related enter prises know they will still make a profit if they do these Its the city share thats at Advisory board comment has been fruitful and City staff have done a good job to date if you look at our park system as an average user The 75cent fee is fair and outfitters can look at it as the cost of public support for the After what we are paying for is public access to the river through which private enterprise makes This is a heck of a thing to be debating with Fridays open ing of the tube chute and river time upon It was 90 degrees plus this With two new members and a different it might be a good idea if the council took the best advice of parks staff and the advisory panels and Here it We feel this is fair at the present now lets get on with 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 Budget process dismal To the editor Question Do you know what I like about whats going on at city hall with regard to our budget Answer Nothing writing is not about if we are going to have a property tax in That is a fact the citizens of New Braunfels must The ar ticle is about common sense and full disclosure of what is the true situa The figures used are rough estimates that should fall within an acceptable plus or minus NBU returns to the city a predeter mined amount each year which is based on rate user The current rate is mil per KWH of Thats about 5 per cent of your electric This does not include that temporary pass through fuel adjustment that been with us for 1215 The amount to be turned over this year by NBU is Those funds are generated by the you and It is right and legal an I have no problem with that setup others it is no more or no less than a user You just dont get to deduct it for your individual tax Now our city manager has re quested an additional from This where the problem Guess where that money will come from It will come from funds generated by the mill mentioned understand what the ci ty manager is He is asking is to give the city of our money to help correct a budget shortfall created by poor manage ment and poorer If NBU gives them the money then he and city council will allow us to repay our money in the form of a mil increase in our utility Somewhere along here we are get ting fairly close to double taxation taxation without representa The is over and about the property tax increase of per The mil does not sound like a big ticket item until you realize that it would take an additional pro perty tax increase of percent to generate an equal amount of The as presented Monday is said to be balanc How can something be balanced that is so full of ifs and buts0 How can the city manager hope to get money from NBU and have the citizens repay that money and not call it an additional There will be an open budget meeting for the public on May 1 would like to request that this meeting be held in the Civic Center rather than the utility meeting I would hope that there is enough interest to warrant the Next week the In dustrial Revenue Why1 What it could Bob Pachartina New Braunfels Your Representatives Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White HQyse 160Q Pennsylvania Avenue 29SQ9 Sweeney gin Clements Qovernojs Qff jee State Capitel Ttxas 78711 William Sims tiQn United states Hoyse Texas 79711 Wf mar Smith United States House of State USStnatsr 79711 Ititf Edmund Kyempei Representatives MX 3910 Texas 79769 United States Senate 703 Senate EJIdg B Phil Gramm United stales if nate CI7Y LIMIT kl I N 6 HfcLP UtiNTtD Mike Royko Innovations really made a difference The world of science is delirious with excite ment over the discovery of efficient ways to get electricty from here to Or there to here 1 suppose Its said that these recent discoveries will have an enormous impact on the economy and our lifestyles and make possible all sorts of wonderous technological advances Our scientist was quoted as saying about the rapid development and potential of the new elec trical conductors Nothing like this has ever happened in science Another said developments arc the most exciting new breakthroughs of our lives It will change the way we With all respect for the I have my doubts about that Changing the way we 1 For nothing Ive read has said that this amazing breakthrough will lead to the elimination of some of the most terrible curses known to modern the rushhour traffic flavorless tomatoes devious or goofs who talk during movies Every few scientists insist on telling us that something new and amazing will change our lives But what happens1 The military uses the development to refine the methods ue might use to blow up the world And the rest of us wake up with the same aches and pains Consider the which replaced the vacuum tube and was hailed as one ol the great inventions of the aius What did it us A James Kilpatrick subrace of zombies who shuffle or jog through life with Walkman radios attached to their heads Thats why Im skeptical about most scientific Ive seen few of them lead to a genuine improvementirithe way we live Have any of them eliminated the hangover1 Ami that has led me to compile a list of what I consider to be some of the most important inven tions of my lifetime It isnt a comprehensive of and others may have their own choices If so you might send them to me and Ill add them to the list In no particular here are my choices The automatic car especially the kind that lets vou shove a slug in a slot and squirt hot wax on your car The automatic car wash has freed millions of men from the weekend ritual of slopping soap on their and has permit ted them to do important such as nothing The disposable diaper Only those who had children before it was available can appreciate how much less offensive it is to be a young parent now As Slats Grobnik once said Kverybody says babies are so sweet But if a grown man did the things a kid hed be run out of every saloon in town The cutproof golf ball Scientists have estimated that this amazing advancement has eliminated so much stress that the average golfers life has been extended by two and a half years 1 made that but its probably true an v way The remote control channel changer The world would have been better off if TV had never been invented What would we have Sam Donaldson Rut as long uswere stuck with it Its nice to be able to effortlessly nip through the channels to sec if theres anything lewd going on The automatic ice cube maker I cant Im agme what life Is like in societies that dont have Ihis device Its luile wonder that there is so much discontent in the Third World The one all men s stocking I ntll then we had toes that were either scrunched or pinched As Ilalo said A person cannot bt truly happy with painful toes The phone answering machine Its been maligned ami but its permitted me to at last be honest with those who phone my home Before I had one I had to say Hello hi how are you1 thats interesting No kid ding maybe we can get together and do that my recorded message states a sim pie truth Im here but I dont want to talk to you At the beep just go Thank you for listening As 1 others have their lavorities Venetian blinds or example which admit light but discourage peeping toms automatic wind shield washers and any garment made of polyester But we a long to go We can put a man on the make electncly move more efficiently When will science develop a martini that is good for you Remembering McCarthys wandering mind WASHINGTON My friend McCarthy has writ ten a another I should and this one will rank amoung his best It is a volume of affectionate short profiles and long It is called Up Til and 1 com mend it to That of is Eugene J who at one time or another has been a first college member of the senator from candidate for and hog on the tennis He is still a hog on the tennis court He is also at present a practicing a Virginia a sometime columnist for the weekly ftappajiaimock County Newsand a kind of tenured McCarthy emeritus He turn ed 71 last Back in January or February of after McCarthy had announced but before Lyndon Johnson had bowed my friend wound up in for a fundraising It was a dismal sleet mixed with a bitter wind Haynes Johnson of The Washington Stw and i had come up from Washington to coyer the event It was an evening of pure McCarthy D0wo ojn Uig mejzajMjje floor of the Military Park the falUilyJ had gathered tor dinner McCarthy grandjy ignored He was never mMrt tor pressing the The hotel has provided hjffi with its most elegant a large living dpnjs io green slightly stained fey sjup and with a rumpsprung sofa aAj a i McCarthy was MI no mood to talk to the unwashed contributors below He was in a mood to talk poetry Not until they got to the dessert did he hoist himself from the sofa and descend to the party Shortly he his fundraising speech and closed the door firmly against wellwishers in the hail From time to time a beefy fellow would hammer on the beseeching the candidate to speak to at least a few of his McCarthy would duck out and hustle back to the more interesting business at We were drinking whiskey and quoting Showing 1 launched into the sonnet about Leda and the but the booze had done me Memory and as the sleet whip ped against the this candidate for president of the United in voice as rich as chocolate me oyt A shudder in the loins engenders broken the burning roof and Agamemnon dead That was my first drafc with and 9 pleasant night tt I Covered JWyna Oregon ajjd I covering hiia in the njgjjrnjyre hours oj CJtweago tear and broken dream A long ttoe later qgng i wrete tolf m is quite a In Comty we are as the His mmm are jujt what yOM fronj a wfcp rittotr Yeats for emptim GWs a palcbijyi a topj it con tains all sorts of useful old hinges and pieces of wire that might someday come m handy His particular gift is the digres sion within a digression He gets to talking about American and in the next breath he is talking about the a mountain tribe in Africa Lyndon Johnsons handling of potential vice presidential candidates in 1964 is sufficient reason for a discourse on how to cut cattle from a A long the meandering way through these remembrances of times McMarthy pro vides gentle profiles of the late Harry Byrd Sr of ol Hubert of Jack Ken nedy Lyndon Johnson and a host of He reminisces about Uie Senates tiny swimming where Willis Robertson and Henry Scoop Jackson invoked a chairmans privilege to set the pools at ep Toward the end of his McCarthy spits on his mounts a and what he gives the oldtime liberal He is not as lifeeraJl as tag ysgd to hut who is He Jias sensible things to say rote trasi upon the United STates s caJony Qj the He sees nothing good in the situa Hj worries atowM UtegaJ intolerable Levels of the dangers of He ranging from 8 tg of the office of is gppd bwt toe best ol Urn bepfc is lie Ciilhys mind mmmg and his test is very good   

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