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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions and Publisher Mm Managing Editor Pago 4A Editorial Discipline management by taxpayers is in order New Braunfels Independent School District is considering a tax Some of the districts trustees stopped just short of rudeness when City of New Braunfels wanted to cancel fun ding of a school crossing guard The program is the citys they The city got itself into this they We shouldnt have to pay for they We wound up with a costsharing agreement for the upcom ing fiscal one that certainly did not break NBISD and caused the city nothing but grief from a public relations standpoint in a year when the underfunded city needed to make hard NBISD only made that hard decision tougher to Now NBISD is considering an increase in ad valorem pro perty taxes to cover what they think might be a shortfall if the state changes its public school funding thats foresight on the school districts They are doing what the city NBISD has expelled students for possession and use of drugs but not referred them to any treatment or counseling It opposed the citys request that the school district pay for its own crossing It has taken the posi tion that a parents accepted standard of hair style is something the school district can decide and thereby limit a boys involvement in What would be the result of asking teachers and staff to not have a pay increase in this shortfall assuming it is in deed a shortfall year NBISD teachers generally make more than thejninimum prescribed by state In NBISD carries some in local although NBISD claims its teachers are paid less on the average than San An tonio But there is a big difference between New Braunfels and San Antonio teaching Would NBISD administration be willing to bite the bullet and limit its expenses like the city has had to do Such action would be in the best interests of its the very reason the school district exists at If NBISD wants more money from property it should have to justify every penny just the way the city has had to And then ask for a tax hike only after its own fat has been trimmed and not Forum WITH WILL WL SONMNL WITH MOT THAT DONT A PLACC IN THU 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 Thank you To the Editor I would like to thank all of those here in New Braunfels who con tributed so generously to the Alzafar Shrine Hospital Benefit Day May These funds go to the Houston Orthopaedic Unit and the Galveston Burns both of which treat patients from all over the Dick President Guadalupe Valley Shriners Unit of Alzafar Temple On later bar hours Local bar owners currently seek ing extended serving hours seem to have one argument with several ap The bottom line seems to bottom Maybe as they say they would more money if they were allowed to serve alcohol Maybe other businesses would pro sper from having more visitors in New Maybe I would make more profits since I work or restaurants ancj Maybe Ntw Praunfels would get more tax but at what price The Insurance institute or Highway Safety has some sobering acts about the price Each year Americans die ana million are injured by drunk The death toll equals IQQ jumbo jet crashes with no More than 11 million American families have had a member killed or seriously injured by a drunk driver in the past 10 Societys loss in pro medical and legal purchasing caused by deaths and injuries in drunk driving crashes exceeds billion each More than 25 cents of every auto insurance insurance premium dollar goes to pay or damage done by the drunk On any given one out of every 50 drivers on the road is legally On a weekend this figure may increase to one in One might reasonably conclude that the longer people sit and drink the more likely some of them are to drink too From the time most people get off work until the bars close at midnight is six hours or How much time does it take to drink to ones tolerance level While recognizing that people do buy alcohol to consume after the bars j closing the bars before the early morning hours was a move and should not be i hope New Braunfels1 business the city Council and ether residents will consider the evidence pjice people over pro fits and tax Respectfully Andy Rooney Hospitals are amazing places to be sick What follows are some hospital set down in moderate pain two days after The first person who came into my room after I had checked in was the man who rents the little television set that hangs over the I said Id only be in for two He Thatll be That whole control tower over a good hospital bed is Id like to have the world at my touch in my bed at The phone is The television set is You can call the nurse or adjust the bed into all sorts of dif ferent Thats what 1 want for For those of you who have never been operated on or who havent been operated on in Im pleased to be able to report some pro They no longer shave you before a hernia operation or at least my doctor This is a great technological I always thought shaving was nonsense in some cases Hospital care must vary all the way from great to This hospital in must be one of the Ive been in Guest Column hospitals as a patient and as a visitor where you couldnt attract the attention of a nurse by lying on the Here everything I could possibly have asked for has been anticipated by The man next door and the woman across the hall are getting absolutely the same Ive already paid my bill so that commercial wont cost me any I had two complaints about the Too many form fillers asked me the same questions and I couldnt get breakfast or even coffee until 9 They must be overreacting to all the hospitals that used to serve breakfast at 6 lunch at 11 and dinner at I wanted to have a cup of coffee before I was wheeled downstairs for a gallstone sonar in I was lying there at craving a cup of when a nurse came and Good They can take you downstairs at 9 I without my The gallstone review was I was positioned so I could see the It was only supposed to take a few but the sonar technician kept going over and over the same shaking his I know bad news when I see I figured I had huge Cant see he said Your gallbladder is in a strange Maybe thats the I realized then that the technicians defeat was my He had been unable to get a positive result on his magic machine and felt very I felt delighted I know it suggests men and women have dif ferent qualities and my comment might therefore be considered but women make great For all I women might make better They seem to Most patients leave their doors open in Im not sure I like my door clos If Im in pain or Im not in terested in sharing For one I enjoy Moaning is a great solace to me when Im but I dont want anyone to hear me and think Im I think people close their doors in hospitals because hospitals can be fearful and lonely Patients dont want to be cut off from the sound of the world going on just in case this is their last chance to hear Attack on the rights of ratepayers Your Representatives ByJIMMATTQX Texas Attorney General Utility rate increases have become a act of life for a fact that sometimes seems to be as inevitable as changes in the The inex orable petitioning by utilities for ac companied by ream upon ream of highly technical supporting makes it appear as though we can do no more about rising utility costs than we can do about the The set is that advocates or the interests of ratepayers can psrticipite in the rate setting pro although we ire severely handicapped in of the respurct s we em command com pared to those moujted by the ike Harris el his introduced mi that proposes te wesJfcen signiJieintiy what feteryiotri new posjeis for yojcjng the ifljf reftg utility ejnjujne its Howe HB 1770 spon fey Patricia m si ng ojhjf th re tost ate right gj util to add costs while ui progress telephone rates and the PUC obtained original jurisdiction in the that everywhere Utilities were permitted to appeal local rate decisions to the PUC and from the PUC to the If a utility opted to make such an it had to pay for the citys expert witnesses and other The reasons for this provision are Rate case litigation is complex and For the cities of Southeast Texas involv ed in current Gul states utilities rate case have already hung up in fees and Few cities hivethe resources to mount a defense on their ownif utilities are to be inhibited from making i mockery of the lociJ rite setting that if they eel they hive Legitimate they should be willing to see M the arguments OD the other side are fee uMtie s wUi win by bffl t abeUtten of to even moff sejrjoyj fyoja the prohibition the AGs representation government a utility amours to m 9yhj sites ed with the phalanx of and rate and tariff specialists mar shaled by the utilities who routinely budget from to million for a rate case the staff usually balances their decision by recommending a split the baby This is more than ratepayers think justifiable and less than utilities want as a both sue or judicial What about the Office of Public Counsel Its a state isnt it but its statutory mandate charges it with representing the interests of residential and small business utility customers The OPC cajinot represent the And even if it it suffers from chronic underfunding and staffing shor The interests of state governments and municipalities although they coincide at ssroe AS the are concern ed only with their ajjy bmefits stste might resltee from a muDteipaItty8 to a mm be i that that ouuteipalitieg radd be to i ts participate il the Hsrris legal when TftS jn lajgeji utility ritepsytr l flaott mp fe uribflDe VWy affect every Texan betti m rt the AQ from tfee proems The Harris bill to everyoAe fee g very ever
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