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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions New Texas DAVE KRAMER and Publisher WANDA Acting Managing Editor December 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 p 0 Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at 707 Its time to bring in outside counsel Editor Has any taxpayer in Comal Coun ty ever received as much considera tion in the collection of his taxes as the bail bondsmen have received from our district attorney Bill Schroeder It Is appalling to see the consideration Schroeder has for these poor downtrodden Its too bad he doesnt have as much concern for the taxpayers who put him in office and from whom he is asking to subsidize these same Isnt it time Commissioners Court bring in outside counsel who cant be intimidated or accused of political motives to regain our funds and to protect the taxpayer and not the bondsmen Seeking opinions from the district attorney or district judge who got us in this mess is like letting the fox guard the hen Ive never seen any governmental entity as lenient on the as our district attorney has been on the bail RolfEhrlich Appraisers pay hike should be reconsidered Editor This is to inform the citizens of what some of us have been trying to accomplish concerning the salary increase for the Comal Appraisal Districts chief At the 9 meeting of the CAD three of us addressed the board and voiced our opposition to the raise that was being Each of our objections was followed by a round of applause from the 12 to 15 supporters in The following is a copy of the written statement which I submitted to the CAD board It is very hard for the citizens to rebut Rhodes getting a salary raise when we were not privileged to hear his based on some of the arguments we have I would like to raise the following objec tions We have been told Rhodes took a deep cut in pay to come If money was that important to maybe he should have stayed where he If other things such as returning to living in a small are impor perhaps to gain these benefits some monetary loss is The taxpayers are already paying his wifes salary through Why should we be asked to take on an even greater just so he might have his cake and eat too It is reported Rhodes has saved so much money by getting the amount of penalty reduced to the school districts and by doing the in dustrial appraisals Isnt reducing the costs and cutting waste just doing his job Is the money he saves for himself or for the tax payers The school districts are still being heavily penalized because of inadequacies in the tax Many of us believe that there could be even greater Does Rhodes plan to make these next year and then justify another raise We have been told that our salary for chief appraiser is below others in the That may be but we are well above many others across the Why should we be trying to keep up with the Joneses instead of setting the stan dard for efficiency and cost reduc The salary of must not be too low by the very large number of applicants who applied for the job and I feel certain there were other qualified people besides By Rhodes own words from Sundays I believe he has forgotten a very important He I uniquely serve the They hired me and this board needs to evaluate It was my understanding that Rhodes was here to serve the The taxpayers pay his not those five board We deserve some say in evaluating his Later he was quoted as I work at the pleasure of the He may reconsider he works at the pleasure of the These are hard economic times all across Texas and the na I believe it is profoundly unfair to ask the taxpayers of this com munity to bear the burden of a salary increase for one per when the average wage earner in Comal County makes only based on data from the 198687 Texas and possibly less this I request that the board table this matter until it can be reviewed by our elected representatives of the taxing entities and allow more input from the at hold his salary increase in line with the other 3 to 5 percent for county after nearly one and a half hours of they still chose to give him a Then on I appeared before Commissioners Court armed with my above statement and a copy of Rhodes own words as quoted from the 6 If the new board doesnt like what they they can change I requested that the Commissioners consider instructing their new representative to the CAD board to bring this issue back before the CAD board for discussion and this time instruct him to reduce this raise to the 5 percent received by the county I will be making this same appeal to the City Council on Monday evening and to the NBISD board of trustees on Tuesday If you agree that a increase or more than a 30 percent pay raise is still inappropriate for these tough economic please call your elected representatives and voice your Margie Raborn Your Representatives Bill Clements Governors Office State Capitol Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate 20510 PhilGramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg 20510 Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 Published Sunday Thursday and ytinomu by New Braunfels 707 Landa or P Ilrauvr New Texas Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels HeraldZeitung at New DA VID KRAMER Editor and Publisher WANDA LASATER A ding Managing Editor DEBORAH LA WRENCE Office Manager SANDIH UTTER Re tail A dve rtising Manage r CHERYL DuVALL Classified Manager CAROL A VERY Circulation MA GG1E LOMBARDO Composition Foreman G US EL BEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery in Blanco and Kendall counties three six one Senior Citizens Discount learner delivery onlyl six one Mail delivery outside Comal in Texas three six SS2 one Mail outside Texas six uiit If you have not received your newspaper by Tuesday through or by call 6259144 or H581UOO by and 11 Postmaster Send address changes to Drawer New Texas MIKMAiL WANT A NEW LBA OF PtAcfc COOPERATION AMD TML COMMNlST Of ALL WAS WTH OUR PLOT TO SELL THtrA Lamar Smith Soviet actions speak louder than treaty By LAMAR SMITH District 21 Congressman The capital and the rest of the world were zing with excitement last week as President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev signed the intermediate nuclear forces treaty on the first day of their summit meeting My enthusiasm for the prospect of a more stable world remains tempered by lingering doubts about Soviet intentions and lingering memories of previous Soviet msmceri ty On the the socalled INF whicl the Senate must ratify and will begin debating after the has many fundamentally sound aspects to recommend it Who could argue in theory with a plan that would actually reduce the number of deadly missiles on the earth1 Obviously that is anad mirable even essential goal for the leaders of the worlds two greatest powers The treaty just which is the first major superpower arms deal in eight is more than just the first to call for anacuta reduction Guest column of deadly hardware It is the first in history that would ban an en lire category of missiles The arms agreement would force the Soviet Imon to destroy two nuclear missiles for each one dismantled by the United within three years after the treatys ratification by the Senate the Soviets will get rid of opera lional and stored missiles while the United Slates will destroy That would reduce the nations combined arsenals by 4 percent But perhaps the accords most salient feature is its elaborate system for verifying thai each side is doing as it has promised These antiehealing provisions include permis sion for 15 random inspections on short notice in the next five years of former INK exten use of improved intelligence gathering equipment and a permanent American presence at the plant where the Soviets make their largest group of So so But there are at least as many good reasons to temper optimism with skep caution even suspicion After the Soviet Union has violated all 14 arms treaties it has signed with our country And despite all of calls lor ness and economic his government has not repealed the longstanding desire lot worldwide communist domination His government has not ceased the denial of religious fritdom and human rights to its people It has not removed Soviet truops trying to repress and conquer tie nvpU uf Afghanistan It has not abandoned its covert support for such fundamentally repugnant groups as the Sandimsta government in Nicaragua tin Palestine Liberation Organization and terrorist organizations And contrary to the perception that this INF treaty equalizes the balance of power in in fact the Soviets retain a substantial edge in conventional forces In the the measure of the success of the Washington summit should Ubased less on bachevs rhetoric of the week and more on his nations actions in the future Thoughts offered on laws in city By AL CLEAVE There are many unusual and won drous things to be learned when liv ing in New several of which Ive found have to do with survival of the fittest on highways and After for some ll years the examples set by other I think Im finally beginning to get the hang of Without a the most mind boggling anachronism In the traffic category is the Chinese firedrill known ominously as the Upon our arrival here in this immediately became number one on my list of items requiring serious since anyone with an IQ of more than roughly 7 could see that it had the potential to quite easily render my body black and blue and runny red all Talk about violence on After a prolonged period of obser vation and I eventually came to the conclusion that the accepted as practiced by local residents when traversing this fly ing is to simpJy keep the pedal to the metal and drive as through you have a death I gather it is apparently a sign of some major character weakness to show even the slightest mercy to pedestrians They are evidently considered to be fair not only in the locale around the but anywhere one can be flushed After learning to cope with 1 launched forth into school zones It became plain to see right at the start that under no cir cumstances should anyone ever obey the speed limit signs during the early morning time Driv ing at the posted speed of 20 mph can be extremely perilous to life and inasmuch as one can get oneself rearended into the middle of the next block by one of the many wildeyed mothers with curlers in her hair and driving an automobile filled with equally wildeyed Many of these machines travel at speeds seemingly approaching Mach The police are conspicuously ab sent presumably because of their being aware that something this traveling this is suf ficient to terminate a life span in theyd be forctd to issue and they know from bitter experience that hell hath no fury like a woman Next are traffic light which I admittedly still dont understand too well There are two basic sets of circumstances Im sure of that From there it gets a little hazy First instance is when a solid line of moving vehicles has a green In this it appears when it the next four cars can go through Number five stops Then theres the second scenario where the signal turns red as a single vehicle approaches As well as I can if within 200 feet of the intersection at the time the light it is evidently per missible for it to continue on through regardless of light color Preferably at a high rate of speed There is no recognizable pattern that 1 can see concerning yellow and their treatment is com pletely beyond my realm of com Leaving the subject of traffic and forging on to the more esoteric theres another thing I dont quite Thats the matter of cat A newly enacted city law says all New Braunfels felines are required to have No Not even for strictly indoor types who wouldnt know the great out doors if it came by and gave them a bite alongside their tails Another who also finds this hard to understand is a little old lady 1 know She owns a decrepit 19year old tomcat named Weird Harold Harolds deaf as a has heart and his arthritis is so bad he can just barely toddle from din ner dish to litter box and back Never set foot outside of the never so a polite voice on the phone at the Animal Shelter inform ed Harolds owner the powers that in their infinite decree that he must have a license it turns out theres a bright side to all this foolishness the license will be good for the en tire life of the Now theres a real if 1 ever saw for a ancient pussycat who stands with one foot practically in the grave even now as this is being By you just cant hardly gel good deals like that the lady promises shes going to get a Just as soon as old Harold comes up with the fee
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