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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinions DAV6 Editor and Publisher WANDA Acting Managing Editor Page4A New Texas 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 Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at Are taxpayers concerned Editor Are other taxpayers as concerned about the uncollected bond money as I am District Clerk Margaret Herbrich brought this subject to the Commissioners Court and I wonder how much bond money has been col lected so far Has an audit been ordered of County Auditor Bate or another auditor to deter mine how much bond money needs to be collected Is the amount miss ing or Who knows for sure If Carroll Harris County district could pur sue missing bond money through several appellate courts to why cant our district at torney do the same for or more If our DA is too busy in his DAs private practice and title com why doesnt he ask for an out side investigation to assist him Ive talked with several people and not one felt the bond money should not be Carl Davis Low river level devastating to fish Editor I would like to ask if Jim Arn GuadalupeBlanco River Authori tys water quality services super is qualified to say that no harm is coming to the Guadalupe fish As an avid sport fisherman of the I know from experience that GBRAs bungling of the re quired 75 cfs to almost nothing has devastated the trout fishing for which thousands of us paid an extra for a fresh water trout stamp to affix to our fishing not to mention the income lost by river business because of their complete lack of People come from all over Texas and other states to fish during the slow period for I am not totally against the ques tionable power plant but I am against idiots who have no care for our resources or our quality time spent in a positive recreational ac A complete plan would in clude reserve equipment or do they circumvent the required 75 cfs in this manner Has the river flowed at 75 cfs as required even when their pump was By reading the 71 cfs seems to be the Be a good neighbor GBRA and New Braunfels donate to rainbow trout to the Guadalupe after you clear your pro blems to replace the State of Texas and my trout just in Arnst is not a qualified fisheries who knows it might even present a lawsuit or A show of honest good faith might even silence the vocal antipower plant If GBRA and NBU damaged my property they would try to settle the well we have a GBRA and NBU not only would you replace a possibly damaged resource you might even consider helping the State of Texas and Trout Unlimited stock our Guadalupe Its nice watching a dad teach his children on a cool Dan Montrose Bush says memo will not hurt campaign AP Vice President George Bush says a White House memo linking him to the IranContra affair wont harm his presidential because peo ple want to look Ive never felt stronger political and I think people are looking Bush said Friday at an im promptu Statehouse news con Moments after speaking to the Bush became the last major announced candidate to file for New Hampshires earliest presidential Any corrections that needed to be made have been made a year andahalf he People are They dont want to be dwelling in the past all the They want to look forward and solve the problems that are facing our During appearances in New Bush was asked repeatedly to explain his position on the Iran deal following the release of the memo by congressional com mittees that investigated the The written by thenNational Security Adviser John Poindexter and released Thursday by the Senate IranContra indicated Poindexter believed that sales of weapons to Iran could help bring about the release of some Americans held in Reagans top advisers were divid ed on the Poindexter but most president and VP are solid in taking the posi tion that we have to The congressional investigative in a report before the Poindexter memo was concluded that Bush was not an im portant participant in White House decisions concerning the Bush again refused to disclose any private advice he might have given President Your Representatives Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 20500 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 Published Sunday Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunfels 70 P O Drawer New Texas 78131 Second Class pontage paid by Braunfels HeraldZeitung al New DAVID KRAMER Editor and Publisher WANDA LASATER A cting Managing Editor DEBORAH LA WRENCE Office Manager SANDIHUTTER Retail Advertising Manager CHERYL DuVALL Classified Manage r CAROL A VERY Circulation Manager MAGGIE LOMBARDO Composition Foreman GUSELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery in Blanco and Kendall counties three six one Senior Cititens Discount learner delivery six one Mail delivery outside Comal in Texas three six one Mailoutside Texas six one If you have not received your newspaper by Tuesday through or by call 6259144 or 6581900 by and 11 Postmaster Send address changes to Drawer New Texas OR AND WELL NEED BLOTS OF LETTIMG US USE YOUR Guest Column School bond vote has interesting aspects By BARBARA TIEKEN Last Saturdays voter approval of the New Braunfels 1SD S3 95 million bond package is particularly in teresting for several reasons of the approximately registered voters within the only took the time to vote a scant percent This translates into percent voter approval based on the total number of eligi ble voters of Proposition per cent approval of Proposition and 4 15 percent for Proposition and a gigantic percent totally unac counted for one way or the other Further anaylsis shows that the greatest support came from the Lone Star where HOPE Hispanics Organized for Public Education gave its strong endorse Superintendent Charles Bradberry has publicly credited West End residents as being a ma jor factor in the election So I con gratulate HOPE and wish its members well Emotions On the other the greatest opposition came from the voters m New Braunfels High School District 5 where all three propositions were defeated Why was Did the voters think that the bond package was excessive Was it thrust upon them too quickly11 Were they more concerned about rising taxes than voters in other districts1 Is there an underlying feeling of discontent with the policies of the superintendent and the school board1 How impor tant to these voters was the expen diture by the NB1SD board for the renovation work done to create the Comal Appraisal District office space1 Or was everybody too busy Christmas shopping to take the time to vote0 If 1 were the superinten dent or a member of the school Id probe a little further 1 expect that they Certainly another group deserving congratulations for the passage of the bonds is the PTA Teacher Ad ministrator coalition This group is well aware that the 15 percent high school dropout rate in the State of Texas is crippling our states return to prosperity The importance of lifelong educa tion is a lesson we can learn from the New Englanders Not too many years the New England slates were hit with a severe depression as the bottom fell out of the market for their major products To those slate officials they neither wepl nor walled nor asked the federal government to bail them out In they realized that iheir peo ple are their greatest resource and sought to make themselves the most highly innovative workers in America It worked New industries were attracted to these states that put such a high priority on education Today that area of the country is thriving As a former 1 know hou important it is to have fewer students per classroom The dif ference between a class of 22 and a class of 30 is enormous when one is grading science notebooks i as I us ed to or giving individual atten tion to or dissecting frogs A good teacher can teach under an of course but it u so much more resvardmg and less frustrating to have adequate facilities and equipment Of the eight different jobs I have teaching was by far the most demanding of my time and energy I really came to appreciate my classes with fewer students Now that the Texas Legislature has man dated smaller class it will on ly be a matter of time before this is fully Implemented locally 1 say the sooner the better So I know that the teachers were happy to see the bonds pass moreso probably than anyone else The ad mimslraioni and PTA are happy HOPE is happy And a smat tering of the qualified voters are happy As for the rest of the silent ma jority dont go Bah Humbug if you dont like what your school board is doing Next time vole so that we can see where you stand That would help make a great school district even belter Knowing how to keep Christmas well By JOHN Henrys classic The Gift of the tells of Delia forced by poverty on Christmas Eve to sell her beautiful hair rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters to buy a platinum fob chain for her husband Jims watch while only 22 and in need of a new overcoat and without sold his gold watch that had been his fathers and his the only ireasure he to buy a set of pure tor toise shell with jeweled rims for Delia to wear in her beautiful vanished Henry concludes the The as you were wise men wonderfully wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the They invented the art of giving Christmas And here 1 have lamely related to you the uneventful chronical of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give these two were the Of all who give and receive such as they are They are the Reading The Gift of the Magi reminds me of my who povertystricken sacrificed daily so that her sons could have the best she could The meager material possessions that she gave although diligently were insignificant compared to the persistent en hope and emotional warmth she Although daily worried about financial our never let us know her concerns or how precarious our situa lion was Inslead she endured alone providing us emoiional security as 0 Henry is far more valuable than any material gift Hers was a gifi of ihe magi The queslion this Christmas and all Chnstmases lo is How can we be magi How can amidst the frantic rush and crush of be wise enough to take time to give the gifts that endure forever In our the wealthiest of all nations of all people live in squalor and There are those who sleep in cardboard box houses some must rely on sparse government checks for others wander from place to place in search of handouts and home On Christmas Day our television sets will show lines of people receiving turkey dinners from the Salvation We will view the alleyways of the destitute and the Pity those not for those who lack materially can always find work if they search Pity more the vast army of people who are rich in but poor in Pity the owners of all imaginable material possessions those wearers of Rolexes and drivers of Cadillacs who feel emotionally Pity those who have so much luxury that their greed becomes insatiable and they must ply themselves with cocaine to have a moment of euphoria Pity those for they have no no no Give us this Christmas the hope that the world can return to the basic virtues that endure and give life Let us look to what is Let us be grateful for the gift of being able to Let us be thankful for love serenity and joy Lei us have the Christmas of Bob tratchit in Dickens A Christmas who Therer are many things from which 1 might have deriv ed but which 1 have never Christmas among the rest Bui 1 am sure 1 have always thought of Christmas when it has come round apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and if anything belonging to it can be apart from that as a good a pleasant the only time 1 know in the long calendar of ihe when men and women seem by one con sent to open their shutup hearts and lo think of people below then as if they really were fellow passengers to the and not another race of creatures bound on other And though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my 1 believe that it has done me and will do me good and I God bless it Let it be said of us that we know how to keep Christmas well That we receive gratefully and give lovingly that our hearts fill with laughter and our eyes sparkle with that we love tenderly and live heartily that we build fond memories of family and fellowship that we take time for rest and renewal May that we truly liv ed be truly said of us And may God bless everyone Walker is medical director at Hill Country Hospital in San Antonio and has a private psychiatric practice in New   

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