New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 23, 1987, Page 8

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 23, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE KRAME R, Editor and Publisher WANDA LASATER, Acting Managing Editor Page4A    Herald-Ze/funo    New    Braunfels,    Texas    Wednesday    December    23    mr 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. Sew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. P 0. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328, or brought to our offices at 707 Landa Symbolism solution in mobile display Editor: “Hers” at it again, folks — suit here, suit there, suit, suit everywhere' But then again, what is Christmas without 0‘Hare chun ing. ‘Til file.” I'm mad too. Madlvn so mad I long to fulfill a lifelong dream and initiate a national day of prayer for 0 Hare Would that rile you. or again would you file suit0 As a taxpayer I have rights, too and one of those rights is to expect a symbol of what many of us believe Christmas is ail about, somewhere, somehow displayed on the grounds of state property I help support' You help support, too. I know and perhaps would like to hear the refrain. “The world in solemn darkness lay” cut' My own solution to this particular dilemma, symbolism < nativity scene or Christmas tree versus no symbolism is portable like every thing else in our society (excuse me I mean Great Society no reference to religion intend ed1 Yes. a mobile Christmas tree nativity scene that could be wheeled on and off state property as easily as the average person can say. "Christmas,” or. excuse me. “Jingle Bells ” In much the same way the law upholds the right of taxpayers and others to demonstrate, the mobile Christmas tree nativity scene could be issued a permit Well, couldn t it now. and if not. why not0 I'm one who believes that such Christmas scenes and er hum. the Lord s Prayer have a much more viable socially redeeming value than a host of other passions let loose on society with one phrase alone socially redeeming value Notwithstanding we re all agreed an “atheist has her rights, too and would certainly be entitled to pre sent her side - I mean to preserve integrity and equality of mforma tion Therefore let us enjoin the forces of atheism to produce their own mobile scene also to be pulled off and on according to permits One can only wonder at large what would be depicted and how in fact the nothingness and darkness of atheism might be displayed So there it is O Hare depict display and above all “Merry Christmas ” Belle Arnold 'Real costs' add up quickly Editor Much has been said at several recent meetings concerning how much or how little it would cost to run the proposed City of Canyon Lake On page 4A of the Dec 20 San Antonio Express-Xews, Comal County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs is quoted. “It s going to be a very expensive proposition, from a taxation standpoint. it scares me to death ” Let s look at a few anticipated costs for an average year Some sort of City Hall will be needed, say rented at $400 per month t $4.HUO per year i Those pushing for mcorpora Hon say we can operate with an unpaid mayor and five unpaid coun cilmen These people will need to be bonded and will want to travel to other areas to study operations Estimated cost $12,000 per year The proponents say we must have a paid city marshall His salary, automobile, uniforms, etc would run $40,000 per year Now we don't believe any of us are naive enough to believe one city marshall will be able to patrol a city of 25 square miles and ll nu) population 24 hours a day. seven days a week Add just five more patrolmen with cars, uniforms etc and you add another $175 OOO per year For these people to be able to communicate with each other they will need a two-way radio system the cost of which we will not add in as a yearly expense but it will re quire some four dispatchers and whichever one is on duty during weekdays can double as city clerk $80,000 per year There are some 215 miles of streets within the area to be incorporated Based on figures received from con tractors the bare maintenance potholes mowing, signs ditch and right-of-way cleaning would cost about $1,100 per mile per year ($236,500 per year Many of these streets now or soon need upgrading Doing this work on a 20 year cycle would cost about $45 OOO per mile for IO 75 or $483 750 per year All of this work would have to be planned and supervised so we would need a city engineer $5o out) a year a city treasurer and city attorney These two could probably be part time for a while $50.OU* a year The city, for the protection of itself and its residents would have to carry liability and other in durance STS.OOO a year Many of these are minimum figures and could increase dramatically within a few years But add up the figures and you will find an annual expense budget of SI.2U7 050 for operations only How long would it be before we had a big bond issue for capita! improvements to add to this total ‘ These figures have been compiled and presented for your information by Jake Jessup Ed Zn ald Ralph Osburn Your Representatives Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington D C 20500 Gov Bill Clements Governor s Office State Capitol Austin Te*as 78711 State Sen William Sims Capitol Station P O Bo* 12068 Austin Texas 78711 U S Sen Lloyd Benison United States Senate 703 Hart Senate Bldg Washington O C 20510 U S Sen Phi! Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington D C 205^0 State Sen Judith Zaffirmi Capitol Station P O Bo* ‘2068 Austin Texas 78711 Herald-Zeitung Published Sunday morning, Tuesday. W ednesday, Thursday and b nday afternoons hy Braun/tis Herald Zeitung, 707 I,anda St >r T it lim . » -1JI338, Se u Braunfels, Texas HUI I Sits Second Class p-tug> paid hy . Braunfels Herald Zeitung at Seu Braunfels, Texas DA VUJ KRA MHR Editor and Publisher WA S'DA LASATER Acting Managing Editor DEBORAH LA WR ES CE Office Manager SA S'DI HI CT TER Retail Adi ertisinq Manager CHERYL Du VAI I Classified Manager CAR til AVERY ( trculation Manager MA (it, IE I OM BAR D( f ( oniposition Eore man Gl'S El BEI Pressroom Foreman Carrier debt erg in Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Blanco and Kendall counts* three months, SP* SS. six months. SI7 90: erne year, $37 .Senior ( itxtens Discount carrier dithery only/ six months, Sis SBI one year. $77,00 Mail delivery outside Comal County, in Texas thee* months. Sib OO: six months, rn one year, SSO Mail outside Texas six months, $e7 one year, $70 If you have not received your newt/uiper by 5 30 p m Tuesday through Friday, or by 7 3V am Sunday, call 675 91 es or 656 1900 by 7 p rn and ll am respectively Postmaster Send address changes to PO Drawer 311376. Sew Braunfels, Texas 76131 1376 3H 11 J IV H .......... -—-—- ^ XL 9HHAU) MfVil I lovt if until -m/Rt HXMTOWT. Mike Rovko A different Hart the second time around "I think I know why Gary Hart is going for it again ' said Slats Grobmk Because he fwMievo" the country desperately needs his original ideas No I figure it s the only way tho pool guy can get out of the house* That s most unkind Aah it must have tw*en tough for th** ast s * months I me.m how many times i an a guv tell hts wife that ho s going lo run down lo Uh* corner store to get th** papers or a pat k of smokt ai ! he ll be back in two or three day s (>r thai he g< ! snowed in downtown and ha*- to sleep rn Ms of flee in July C ome now it u» entire:1, possible that to- > sincere when he says there ire great issues tr at have been neglected by the other candidates unit he wants to bring them lorth for Uh* good of th* country Aure But do you know how har t t is or the nerves to make a quiet phone rail when you go’ to worry that your wife might be listening in on the extension line* in another room look we should be fair give him Uh* tieneui of the doubt take him at his word True he made a mistake but he shouldn t have to suffer for it th* rest of his life "That s right My lousin Inane the Romeo mack* the same kind of mistake on,« He only suffered until the kids turned JI and fit < ould finally stop paying child support Guest Column I don t think we tan compare your worthless cousin I anne the Home© with Gary Hart who has had a d.'-tmguished puhiu c areer I don t know about that They had a kit in common Hart got * aught bv the Miami Herald and rn, cousin louie got i aught by an angrv hu'bartd name*! Harold Just remember Mats let h* who is without sui cast the first stone sure but lf we always arni bv that rule nobody would have tu show up (or jury duty Well I thin* we owe it to Hart to listen to his programs ti* improve this si * lety and ease wor Id tensions \ou must admit that he ha* alw av s ba l fresh ideas Hey I v* always had exai tlv the same s.n*’. of fresh ideas nut I never got a chance to go to Biriani on a boat to try em «»ut VC 'iv , an t vim keep an open mind The it,an has the right to go to the voters and let them k-> KU* I Ti at s ail he s asking for a »twin, r to br heard (tight lake I always said yin, re (letter of! tieing heard than -»en so jus! remember to pull down th** window diaik**- Every'int* deserves a **s and chance I sr heard you sav that ntanv times #*sp*i tally to biti rotlei tors V t ab you re pnibabjy right But if he s smart he s going to have to run a different kind of , ampatgn this time Different in what way Wen politic tans have to p around sf.as ag a ag of hands rtgh* That s a traditional part of the game Thev call it pressing the flesh Titan he s got tu be v er > c.»ref . a be,/ *• at kind of flesh he presses \nd when he shakes a hand he shoved rememtier to let g*> of it sometime before the nee! miming That t sound adv i« r And petiti, tans 'till kiss rabies s»t t the, "some do Then he should alw av s make sure that whet he kisses a baby it tan t wearing Ii pat I* * Ugh* jeans and spike dboes I rn sure he ll make that distil., lion \nd * he bourn es .me on hts knee st reft* r tie wearing a diaper and not a blk in That would br prudent * >kuv if ta* dors all that the? I , give ? ?! fair shake and listen to what ta* s got to sav That s all he - a-king for %nd I hot** thai the public and thus* of us in the media will spend less time dwelling on his persona; life and more time reading his position paper * Hey I ?• really interested ir f s posit!, n papers I nu are That a ■« erv good Well you re never tut old to ‘ar? nome new positionsConference focuses on needs of children By JUDITH Z AF FIR IN I District JI $tate Senator During this time when many families gather for joyous celebration* impoverished and or abused children and youth seldom are fbi focus of attention It is the goal of the annual .southern Legislative Con (treat e on < hildren and 5 outh that this seasonal feeling ut love include these special citizens and that conc em ta* maintained throughout the year This year more than ISO legislators represen ting Ii stales joined family law judges from across the nation in ban Antonio for th** con (erenee inspired by the theme to mee t th** challenges of tomorrow we must plan for our children and youth today conferees approved IO resolutions As a member of th** Texas Adv isory Commit tee I attended the conference serving on two panels on Adolescent Substance Abuse and as moderator of a panel on teen pregnancy inlier panel topics included early childhood int erv en tion. state child support programs juvenile justice, child abuse, indigent health care AIDS welfare reform and illiteracy Mitigating the effects of child abuse was the subject of two of the SLC resolutions During panel discussion, conferees examined short term intensive family based services as an alternative to out-of home placement of abused children We discussed the increasing difficulty of recruiting an adequate number of safe foster homes and of finding adequate financial resources leading to a conclusion that family centered crisis intervention programs are becoming a more viable method of dealing with child abuse cases Accordingly, we passed Resolution 2 which urges states to give greater priority to the provi sion of family based services and urging that these services be provided through a partnership of the private and public sectors In addition we passed SU Resolution 3 which named iamity preservation s**rv ic es a> th** -a-r vice of i hone while recognizing the need for foster and institutional tare in some cases In this resolution we sought to ensure that family preservation services are targeted at families with t hildren fat mg imminent risk of removal some panelists noted that many children are removed urine* es.sartl) (rom their homes tiev au.se of la« k of funding for family preserva Hon srrv ices To meet these needs SU Resolution t urge-each state lo convene meetings of departments and agencies which serve children and to develop a family preservation services strategy such a plan should inc lude methods of securing adequate financing for these services Throughout the conference panelists focused repeatedly on tin* lack of adequate planning for the needs of our children and on the lack of ade quale funds (or necessary programs These con terns were dealt with in four separate re sol u (ions Resolution 4 stales the SU's support tor passage of the Young Americans Act of 11*87 This would establish th** Administration on (’hildren Youth and Families at the federal level and a Federal Council on Children. Youth and Families to advise the President and Congress The act also authorizes grants to slates for supportive services to demonstrate methods of filling service gaps identified in the planning and advocacy process Resolution 6 calls for the Democratic and Republican parties to issue comprehensive plat forms on matters concerning children and urges candidates to develop and discuss positions on issues affecting children and youth Resolution 7 urges slates which do not have a children and youth commission to seriously con sider creating one either in the executive or legislative branch The SU’ will create a Youth and Economic Development study committee in accordance with SU’ Resolution IO. to examine the possibili ty of preparing a regional plait to help state and lot a1 areas develop services to aid vining people in becoming produ* live t untnbuting members of the economy and society This w i hi I ti tie in quite naturally with t arr en? dropout ret Ilk Hon programs tieing developed in fetas .ok! othrr states A regional plan with its inherent us*- of combined knowledge .md experience tt*uld fat dilate implementation of such programs ( onferees at each of Ihr seven SU*s on Children anti 5 outh Mine 1*81 have received valuable information from and estabiistied thru mg ties with t ounterpart officials in ottiei states Building on this success Resolution « eft courages conferees to establish visiting relation ships between states and with other countries and to invite those counterparts to parti! (pate in the 11*88 SU' on Children and I outh The final two resolutions 5 and 8 (im us on in creasing participation in the conference SU 5 recommends that each Nest state prov ide for local writers in residence ami or writers laureate to attend ami write about th* con ference SU* 8 urges host and member slates to offer internships to college students to prepare for and to attend the conference It also asks that a method for providing course credit for the internships be initiated Many of the ideas generated at the IIM? SU' on Children and Youth will be developed into legislation for the I DHS session of the TUI Texas legislature This in turn, could result bt direct benefits (or our children and their families in terms of improved living conditions Our goal is to ensure that every child has the opportunity lo live in an environment which is conducive to personal growth and achievement We must find solutions to the cntica! problems which are destroying the lives of our state s young people In doing so we can not only assure them a better life as individuals but we also can relieve the state of many problems which result from such troubled beginnings May God bless our families, especially during this holiday season ;

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