New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 16, 1987, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 16, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions dave kramer, Editor and I Publisher WANDA LASATER, Acting Managing Editor Rage 4A    Herald-Ze/funp    New    Braunfels.    Texas    Wednesday    December    16    198/ Forum LETTER POLICY The Herald-Zeitung welcomes correspondence. All letters should be sign ed and include an address or telephone number The newspaper reserves the right to edit. Letters should be sent to Forum. New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. PO Drawer 311328. New Braunfels. Texas 78131-1328. or brought to our offices at 707 Landa It's time to bring in outside counsel Editor: Has any taxpayer in Comal County ever received as much consideration in the collection of his taxes as the bail bondsmen have received from our district attorney Bill Schroeder0 It is appalling to see the consideration Mr Schroeder has for these poor down trodden bondsmen It’s too bad he doesn t have as much concern for the taxpayers who put him in office and from whom he is asking to subsidize these same bondsmen Isn t it time Commissioners Court bring in outside counsel who can't be intimidated or accused of political motives to regain our funds and to protect the taxpayer and not the bondsmen0 Seeking opinions from the district attorney or district judge who got us in this mess is like letting the fox guard the hen house I ve never seen any governmental entity as lenient on the taxpayer as our district attorney has been on the ball bondsmen Rolf Ehrlich Appraiser s 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 District's chief appraiser At the Dec 9 meeting of the CAD board three of us addressed the board and voiced our opposition to the $12.non raise that was being considered Each of our objections was followed by a round of applause from the 12 to 15 supporters in attendance 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 Mr Rhodes getting a $12 uni salary raise when we were not privileged to hear his reasons However, based on some of the arguments we have heard. I would like to raise the follow ing objec lions “I. We have been told Mr Rhodes took a deep cut in pay to come here If money was that important to him maybe he should have stayed where he was If however other things such as returning to Texas, living in a small community etc are important. perhaps to gain these benefits some monetary loss is necessary The taxpayers are already paying his wife’s salary through NBISD Why should we be asked to take on an even greater burden just so he might have his cake and eat it too' “2. It is reported Mr Rhodes has saved so much money by getting the amount of penalty reduced to the school districts and by doing the in dustnal appraisals himself lsn t reducing the costs and cutting waste just doing his job Is the money he saves for himself or for the tax payers0 The school districts are still being heavily penalized because of inadequacies in the tax appraisals Many of us believe that there could be even greater savings Does Mr Rhodes plan to make these next year and then justify another $12.OOO raise0 "3 We have been told that our salary for chief appraiser is below others in the area That may be true, but we are well above many others across the state Why should we be trying to keep up with the Joneses' instead of setting the stan dard for efficiency and cost reduction The salary of $31,230 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 Mr Rhodes “4 By Mr Rhodes own words from Sunday 's newspaper I believe he has forgotten a very important fact He said I uniquely serve the board They hired me and this board needs to evaluate me It was my understanding that Mr Rhodes was here to serve the community The taxpayers pay his salary not those five board members We deserve some say in evaluating his performance Later he was quoted as say ing I work at the pleasure of the board He may reconsider that ultimately he works at the pleasure of the taxpayer “5 These are hard economic times all across Texas and the na tion I believe it is profoundly unfair to ask the taxpayers of this com mumty to hear the burden of a $12 OOO salary increase for one per son when the average wage earner in Comal County makes only $14 427 - based on data from the MHG ST Texas Almanac and possibly less this year “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 citizens or at least hold his salary increase* in line with the other 3 to > percent for county employees However atter nearly one and a half hours of deliberation they st a. chose to give him a $h ioo rais« Then on I Mn lo I appeared before Commissioners Court armed with my above statement and a copy of Mr Rhodes own words a* quoted from the Dec *> Herald Zeitung lf the new board doesn't like what they do they t af change it I requested that the Commissioners consider instructing their new representative to the CAI) 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 employees I will be making this same appeal to the City Council on Monday evening and to the NBISI) board of trustees on Tuesday evening lf you agree that a $9 500 increase or more than a 30 percent pay raise is still inappropriate for these tough economic times please call your elected representatives and voice your opinionYour Representatives Gov Bill Clements Governor s Office State Capitol Austin Texas 78711 U S Sen Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate Bldg Washington D C 20510 US Sen PhilGramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington D C 20510 U S Rep Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington DC 20515 Herald-Zeitung Published Sunday morning. Tuesday Wednesday Thursday md hr I-, afternoons by \’eu Braunfels Heralds* \tung ?■ ' I rn,in >t or PU Druo * 311328. Se u Braunfels, Texas 78131 1328 St and ( la postage paul bg S * . Braunfels Herald Zeitung at Seu Braunfels. Tern UA V1D KR AMKR Editor and Publisher WA SUA LASATER Acting Managing Editor DEBORAH LA WR EN CE Office Manager SA SUI HI TTER Retail Adie fitting Manager CHERYL UuVALL Classified Manager CARI JI. A VER Y Circulution Mangy* r MAGGIE I (J MB ARDU Composition hor* manors El BEI Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery in Comal, Guadalupe, Hays. Blanco and K* adati counts three months. SIO 25. six months. $17 HO. on* y• ar. SU S> mor Cifu>*n> Discount (carrier delivery only/ six months, SH.bu, on* y*ar, $27 (JU Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas (hr*, month* SIX UU. ,ix month*. S 32, one year. Stilt Mall out suit Terns nix month* Ski, on* yea r. $70 lf you hare not received your ne u .i/nip* r b* h JU pm Lu* sd ay through Friday, or by 7 3U u.m Sunday, call 825 JI** or boH I 'JOU by < p rn and 11 <l rn respect I rely Postmaster Send address changes to P (J Drau sr 311328, Ney Braunfels. Texas 78131 1328 THLV WANT A NEW LPA Of PLACE AND COOPERATION I ANO TMI BI&6LST COMMUNIST-BASHER Of THEM ACL HAS Si GNU) AN ARMS TREATY WITH YOU.' &UT OvR PLOT TO FLUORIDATE, thor WATER HAS hNALLY PAID OFF TU IV SlbMl£‘ OUR KOT ID SUA TULK PLDii tWVIlNAj.lT MHD OFF V'j Lamar Smith Soviet actions speak louder than treaty Margie Hatntrn B i LAMAR SMITH District 21 Congressman The* capital and the retd of the wor t wen* nu. /mg wit? **\ dement la*' w«•••*. .»* Pre* i**tit Re agan and Soviet leader Mikhail (loft ai he*v signed the intermediate nuclear forte* treaty on flu* first day of their summit meeting My enthusiasm for the pruspev t of a mon stable world pe*ace* however remains tempered by lingering doubts about Soviet intentions and lingering memories of pn*v anis novo" nsuicen tv tin the* surface the socalled IN!* I?**«*ty whicf the* senate must ratify and will begin Meat trig after the* holidays 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 earth ’ Obviously that * an ad mirable even essential goal for'tie leaders of the world s two gre*a?e*st powers The treaty just signee! which is the first major superpower arms deal in eight ye ars I* more than just the first to t ail for an acutai reduction Guest column iv ie*! of deadly hardware It is the first in history that would t tire category of missiles The arms agreement w«»uid foree lf I mon tei destroy two nuclear missiles for e*ai ti »»ne* hsmantied by the* I nited state* within three year* atterr the tre.etv s rut if u atua, by tm senate* tile* soviets will ge*t nil of i •* <>(>eta ttonal and steered missiles while ffw* I ruted States will destroy IWW * That would reduce the nations combined arse*?.ais t v I percent Blit perhaps the* ae cord * most salient feature is its elaborate system for verifying that eai h snle* is doing as it has promised Tile*>e anti cheating provisions include peru s sum for I . random in.spes turns on short nots* e* in Hie next five years of former INP sites extern sive* us** of improved intelligence* gathering equipment and a permanent American preserue af the plant where the Soviets make their largest group of missiles so far so good Bul there are at least as many good reasons to temper optimism with skep Deism caution even suspicion After all tile* soviet I mon has violate! all 14 country Amt despite a of < tor! ai !**v * a ness and econornu reform his gover f'M>f *    iftt*    *    It4*    *    ,    i    ♦fiji**'*    ‘ worldwide ommuni%t A > rn rn* non His government has not ir*M I tm denial of religious freedom arid I ut? its lassie ll has hot removed the ll' ** SovH trying to repress aru! conquer Ha (»* Afghanistan It has riot abandoned ds covert sup sue ti fundament abv repugnant g? < 4 Sandmista government in Nicaragua Palest IfW I ta* rat ‘    ’    al terrorist or gam/at uni* And contr ar v vc la*? i et)Hon th treaty equait/es Hie balao* e of (tower if I*. in fact the -soviet* retain a sui'*!ant .1 e*tg conventional fort e* In ttw* end tt« measure of the -.a * es* VV ashmgton summit should tie based 1 s-bat hev s rhetoric of the week and more of nation s actions in the future INT ur tine Thoughts offered on traffic, laws in city B, AL CLEAVE There are many unusual and won drou.s things to La* learned when liv mg rn New Braunfels several of which I ve found have to do w ith survival of the fittest on highways and byways After watching for some ll years now the examples set by other motorists I think I rn finally beginning to get the hang of it Without a doubt, the most mind boggling anachronism in the traffic category is the Chinese firedrill known ominously as "the square " I pun our arrival here in 1976. this immediately became number one on my list of items requiring serious pondering since anyone with an IU 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 over Talk about violence on TV After a prolonged period of obser cation and study, I eventually came to the conclusion that the accepted method as practiced by local residents when traversing this fly mg circus is to simply keep the pe<laI to the metal and drive as through you have a death wish Also I gather it is apparently a sigil of some major character weakness to show even the slightest mercy to pedestrians They are evidently considered to tie fair game not only in the lot ale around the square but anywhere one van tie flushed out After learning to cop** with downtown I launched forth into school /ones It bet ame plain to see right at the start that under no circumstances should any one ever obey the speed limit signs during the early morning time frame Driving at the posted speed of 2u mph can tie extremely perilous to life and limb inasmuch as one can get oneself rear ended into the middle of the next block by one of the many wild-eyed mothers w ith curlers in her hair and driving an automobile filled with equally wildeyed kids Many of these machines travel at speeds seemingly approaching Mach One The police are conspicuously ab sen! then, presumably tiecause of their tieing aware that something this large traveling this fast, is suf fit lent to terminate a lite span in stantly Besides they d tie forced to issue citations and they know from bitter experience that hell hath no fury like a woman ticketed Next are traffic light procedures which I admittedly still don t understand tot) well There art* two basic sets of circumstances I rn sure of that much From there on it gets a little hazy First instance is when a solid line of moving vehicles has a green light In this case it appears when it changes the next (our cars van go through red Number (ive stops Usually Then there s the second scenario where the signal turns red as a single vehicle approaches As well as I can determine it within 2uu feet ot the intersection at the time the light changes it is evidently per missible tor it to continue on through regardless of light color Preferably at a high rate of speed There is no recognizable pattern that I can see concerning y ellow lights and their treatment is com pletely beyond my realm of com prehension Leaving the subject ut traffic and forging on to the more esoteric theres another thing I don t quite understand That s tile matter of cat licenses A newly enacted city law says all New Braunfels felines are required to have one No exceptions Not even for strictly indoor types who would!) t k?k)W Hu* great out doors if it v ame by and gave thi n, a bite alongside their tails Another who also finds this hard to understand is a little old lady I know she owns a dev repit it* year old tomcat named VLeird Harold Harold s deal as a post has heart trouble and his arthritis is so bad he can just barely toddle from din ner dish to litter box and back again Never set toot outside ol the bouse Literally never Still so a polite voice on the plume at tile Animal Shelter inform ed Harold s owner recently the powers that be in their infinite wisdom decree that he must have a license Period However it turns out there s a bright side to ail this foolishness the license will tu* good for tile en tire life of the cat Now there s a real bargain lf I ever saw one for a doddering ancient pussycat who stands with one foot practically in the grave even now as this is t**mg written By golly you just can t hardly gel good deals like that anymore Anyway the lady promises she s going to gel a license Just as soon as old Harold comes up with the $5 fee ;

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