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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE Editor and Publisher JIM Managing Editor July Forum LETTER POLICY The HeraldZeitung welcomes All letters should be sign 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 707 In response the following from New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory is in answer to last weeks letter to the editor from and David Heister of San To the editor We will try to answer your con cerns about our season swim pass In 1986 the City of New Braunfels conducted a needs survey to gauge the opinions of the New Braunfels residents about the services offered by their parks and recreation The survey was conducted for the City of New Braunfels by John Crompton and Susan Orton of Texas In this survey several questions were asked regarding parks One of the questions asked in the survey asked should nonresidents pay more to use city facilities than According to this survey there is overwhelming agreement that nonresidents should pay more to use city Seventysix percent of the survey participants felt that nonresidents should pay more to use park From the data gathered in the the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board made up of New Braunfels residents developed a philosophy of useage The board took their recommendations to the City Council who in turn approved this revised fee New Braunfels residents now receive the only discounts on fees nonresidents receive no discounts on Part of the rational for discounts for New Braunfels residents only is that residents also partially support the park system through property This is why nonresidents can no longer purchase discount swimming Why for a season swim pass As you the pass was previously for unlimited daily family usage with no limits on the family A telephone survey across the state with other municipal parks and recreation departments soon found that the City of New Braunfels offered the least expensive family swimming pass in the The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended to the City Council that the family passes be increased to The City of New Braunfels still has one of the least expensive family swimming passes in the state Why charge for the privilege of parking in the nearest parking lot Several hundred thousand visitors a year use Landa Though we gladly welcome all visitors to Landa tons of litter are left each year and facilities are damaged or Someone has to pay for these costs so that future visitors will come and enjoy our park User fees for specific park facilities help to defray the cost of park At this user fees account for approximately 37 percent of the funds allocated for the operation of the parks Why a surcharge of 25 cents for pool usage Approximately three years ago a bond issue for parks improvements was strongly defeated by New Braunfels The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Council realized that there would be no funds for park facility The advisory board and city council developed a surcharge fee system Where those funds would be specifically marked for future pool In stead of all the taxpayers paying for pool only the user pays for those future The golf course and the picnic reservation system also have capital improvements funds for future facility You also made a statement that May revenues lag behind For your in May of before the changes in swim passes were the pool earned for the In May of after the revision in swim passes were the pool earned for the Last year we did not charge for parking in the one lot in Landa This year this parking facility earned in April and in Our figures show that if you compare May 1986 and May our revenues have actually increased We agree with your statements about the use of tobacco products within the pool Perhaps the advisory board could address this As you are your own city government in San Antonio is in financial Taxpayers are demanding that the City of San Antonio streamline its overall We are under the same pressures in our Everyone wants efficient and cost effective service from city gover nment until their favorite city service is It is most definitely not the intent of the City Council to reduce out oftown We are all aware how much New Braunfels depends on the visitor The visitor industry is the bfeblood of pur What makes this issue complicated is that we are talking about the services that tax supported municipal government is offering to both residents and non You are always welcome to our L Carl Chairman New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Fireworked up over bugs Lets give a big hand to the Jay Gees for the bangup ob they did in collecting the needed for the fireworks in Landa Wasnt that as beautiful sight and thrilling sound for all of 15 minutes After the it was back to swatting mosquitoes or else get inside It really is a shame that nothing could be in cluded in the city or county budgets to spray the pools of stagnant waters for these nasty As I we did spray until a few years when it became no longer cost So light up a few citronella candles in these summer evenings as we all look toward another grand Fourth of July next Frank perhaps we through the JayCees can collect a little extra next so that we can help the city spray while we You those mosquitoes cant tell a local resident from a visitor who might be in town to enjoy all we Joe Dukarm New Braunfels Your Representatives PhilGramm United States Senate 370 Ryssell Senate Bldg 20510 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives 1713 long worth House Office 20515 Bill Clements Governors Office State Capitol Texas 78711 state Sen Capitol Station Box 12068 William Sims Capitol Station Boxl2068 Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate 20510 Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 State KyempeJ Texas Hojyse VULTURE MALPRACTICE Andy Rooney On the vagaries and virtues of being messy wont recognize my place when its hold broom and mop handles so that theyll hang letters to be answered Jane id before I do anything else on on the wall out of the No one ever uses cliDoines You wont recognize my place when its finished before I do anything else on my Im going to straighten things On the first day of my month off I bought some twobyfours and built a rack to store my wood Making something to keep things to put things on or to hang things from is my idea of a good When its I hardly ever keep anything in put anything on it or hang anything from it but having done the job makes me feel like a neat I spend more time in my woodworking shop arranging things than I do making Patterns develop in anyones life and making gestures toward being neat and then not being neat at all is a pattern in In my clothes closet Ive added a shelf above the pole from which my clothes I thought the shelf would be a good place to fold and neatly pile sports shirts and other items of It doesnt work out If I wear a sports shirt for a few it doesnt seem as though it needs to be washed but I dont like to fold it up so I put it on a hanger with the rest of my The upper shelf is a jumble of stuff Ive thrown up there when Im in a Nothing is neatly In our Ive put up racks designed to James Kilpatrick hold broom and mop handles so that theyll hang on the wall out of the No one ever uses They lean the brooms and the mops against the Theres a space in the garage under the back stairway that I fixed up so the cart with two garbage and junk containers could be rolled The cart never fits under out of the because while the garbage cart is out by the side of the road waiting to be picked old newspapers get piled in the opening along with deposit bottles to be I built a long narrow box five inches high that fits into the back of the trunk of the It seemed like a good idea to have a place to put an extra quart of some brake an old umbrella and all those pieces of automotive paraphernalia that accumulate and float around loose in the The stuff still floats around loose because I dont take the time to put it in the In the places where I write both at home and in my Ive spent almost as much time trying to arrange and file things so theyre handy as I have Over my Ive built a series of eight cubbyholes wide enough to accept a pile of typewriter Under those little compartments Ive glued pieces of paper on which Ive written column letters to be bills and one that reads simply Guess which bin fills up fastest Somehow everything I want to file ends up In the misc In is just a pile of junk I dont know what to do Some filing I buy manila folders to put papers in and I bought a twodrawer filing cabinet that fits under one side of my Nothing I keep thinking that if 1 just buy or make that one more aid to my life finally will assume some I never I have a way of excusing myself for I have a theory that creativity emanates from If there is too much order in a persons he or she falls into patterns of thought and behavior that dont allow much room for considering new ways of doing things or new ways of thinking about old This theory of creativity has stood me in good stead over the When I get depressed about what a mess all my possessions are in and what a mess my professional life is as far as organization I remember my theory and I put up a few more buy things in department stores called desk organizers and I lie down and take a little Statehood for should be folly 160J Pennsylvania Avenue 20500 10x2910 Should the District of Columbia be made the 51st state It is a fatuous idea if ever there were but it is gaining ground on Capitol The House District Committee has reported a bill to accomplish this and the bill has impressive The bill to create the state of New Columbia came out of committee on a vote of 6 to It has the support of Speaker Jim Wright and Majority Leader Tom For political if for no other Democratic leaders in the Senate also would back the proposition in a closely divided two more liberal Democrats would make a significant It seems incredible that so monumental a folly should be seriously By any rational could not possibly become a This is a not a remarkably large city at The consists of 67 square miles of land and It is smaller than the island of ijhas no agriculture jt has only a single in dustry of consequence the Industry of Tworthirds of all employment here is relateJ directly or indirectly to the fe deral The sole argument jjj favor of statehood rests W the right t9 Thj Ulipy that PsMct She sjme obey same and fight to tbf mm mm olthers fett PinjRQl yoJe f pr members flf Congress who enjct these They are unfairly Hokum To look at the apathetic record of local voting for city council and the school it is far from evident that Washingtonians give a hoorah about the right to To those residents who regard a right to vote for congressmen as the beall and a suggestion is in order that they move to Maryland or where they could vote to their hearts No one compels anyone to live in the District of Local residents are here beeuase they voluntarily have swapped the right of franchise for the privilege of en joying the Districts Washington boasts a magnificent concert beautiful parks and a superlative subway system paid for not by the citizens of New Colum but by the taxpayers of the nation as a Therein lies the fundamental objection to this ditsy notion of Joes not belong to the people who live This eity belongs to all it is our seat of our Under the pending we no longer would have a capital We wouid have brace yourself only a National Capital Service Area running jaggedly from the Potomac on the west to the Ubrary of Congress on the The bUJ should be defeated for reasons Jt is almost certainly and as a practical it would create bte is tte the bjJJ would have uj ignore She 8r4 Amendment to the We mjghj an elephant jn Ratified in the amendment gives three electoral votes in a presidential election to the district constituting the seat of government of the United Unless that amendment were which could be accomplished only by further the handful of residents still residing in the National Capital Service Area would carry the same weight in a presidential election that is carried by Wyoming or Proponents brush aside another constitutional Under Article Congress has power to exercise exclusive in all cases over such district not exceeding 10 miles square as by cession of particular the acceptance of become the seat of government of the United Maryland did not cede 67 square miles to the national government in 1790 in order that a State of New Columbia be Jf for any reason the seat of government ever should be to Loujs or Kansas City or presumably the 67 square milews would revert to Without Marylands consent to the statehood the idea You cannot create a new state from land within the jurisdiction of an existing practical objections to statehood but I teaye This bme bomb of a bJJJ is away m w confided it cojrfd hj to djjsth w it mr geL wat 15 as may Now is the gme to mike
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