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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas                                Opinions DAVID Editor and Publisher MNINE Managing Editor Page 4A New Texas February 1991 HeraldZeitung Published Sunday Thursday and Friday afternoons by New Braunftls 707 Landa or Drawer New Texas Second Class postage paid by New Braitnfcls HeraldZeitung at New DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher JANINE Managing Editor Advertising Director CHERYL DuVALL Business Manager KAREN REININGER Classified Manager CAROL ANN AVERY Circulation Manager GUS ELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivery in Blanco and Kendall counties carrier deliuery six Mail delivery outside Comal in Texas three six one Mail outside Texas six one If you have not received your newspaper by Tuesday through or by call 6259144 or 6581900 by 7 and 11 Postmaster Send address changes to Drawer New Texas Janine Green Policy on letters seeing change Change is the only evidence of sci ence tells and the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is in a season of Some changes like the arrival of new editor and publisher David Sullens youve read about others you can see on our were instituting some changes in the let ters which appears on the Opinions The most dramatic of these changes is a length lim set at 300 Id be dating myself if I quoted my high school English teachers advice to write an essay like a girls long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be The experts in our trade tell us a reader loses interest in a subject as its length keeping the individual components of our twice weekly Forum at three to five column inches per letter would allow us to include a wider range of opinions each time the column With longer letters taking up a greater proportion of the allotted youve sometimes had to wait a week or more for your neighbors reaction or response to events and The new length limit should allow us to get letters in the newspaper more The volume of Forum letters already is Ive worked in larger markets where the newspaper printed periodic appeals for letters to fill a small space set aside for them each The Forum should be as varied as Heralds Limiting letter writers to one accep tance for publication each month may help them choose their topics with And we hope it will encourage those who dont normally write to put pen to In the same way you learn a lot about a child by meeting his we believe an idea is enhanced by knowledge of the Anonymity either angers negating the value of the opinions or sets up a disruptive guessing game on the writers Herald no longer will withhold the names of letter While we ask for a complete address and phone number with each we promise not to publish those though we will add a community of resi dence to each That phone number allows to contact you if need arises to verify who wrote the to double check a word choice since we dont all have typewriters and penmanship may not be your or to get more information if we feel a news story is in The Herald wants to provide a forum for your The way we see were here to serve the Jtnine Green it managing editor of the Ntw Braunfels Herald i Forum Letter policy The HeraldZeitung welcomes correspondence concerning topics of gen eral All letters must be signed and include an address and telephone number for verification purposes only the name and community of resi dence will accompany the letter in No anonymous letters will be Length is limited to 300 words and letterwriters to acceptance for publication only once per The newspaper reserves the right to refuse any letter as well as edit all The letters become the property of the Letters should be sent to New Braunfels Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at 707 School tax credit It was recently reported that a small Jtown in New Hampshire has become the first community in the nation to a property tax credit for taxpay ers who educate their children outside the local Under the tax payers will receive up to in property tax abatements if they pay to educate a high school student outside the school I believe that m Texas it is time for innovative experiments and models to be tested that could lead to better edu cation at a lower cost to design should recognize that edu calion is primarily the responsibility of the parents continue the philoso phy that the best schools should be available to any child who is willing to work and has the ability and understanding and respect between different races and economic The key to cost reduction may well be changing the school districts from that of providing education Jo that of providing expertise and It has been pointed out that any meaningful educational reform will come from the grass I hope that people who arc likeminded on this issue will be drawn together as future tax increases are Fred Matthews New Braunfels Kaleidoscope of thanks Editor On behalf of the Board of Directors of the New Braunfels Childrens I would like to publicly thank all the members of the New Braunfels Service League for their efforts in making Kaleidoscope such a wonderful event for the children in our As many as children had the opportunity to be a part of the creative art experience sponsored by Hallmark Cards in late Children were given the opportunity to explore their creativity by imagining and creating their very own While the Childrens Museum jnvited Hallmark to bring this unique display to New it was hard iwork and cooperation of the Service League volunteers who assured our childrens visit was such an enjoyable Certainly special thanks go to Con nie Jurica for organizing and schedul ing the many Service League volun teers during the 10day Because of their commitment and the children of New Braun fels were able to experience a wonder creative an unique learning Thanks to all for a job well New Braunfels Childrens Museum Just getting even Editor Head this Innovative way to raise taxes or How they get even when you fight City I vocally supported the rollback I vocally and with an ad in your opposed the A cent sales tax More I went before the City Council and was critical of the fire marshal for nor enforcing the ordinance against high weeds and grass on lots or parcels in the It seems that he was reluctant to enforce it against the developers or the city for that I was also crit ical of the amateurish way the road department had overlaid the After the Councilman Good bread called me a we all make but they say if you recognize your mis takes you will not repeat I made a Prior to the last I put up signs and vocally encouraged voters to vote for James I recognize my mistake and wont make that mistake Last I received a notice that the taxable value of my home was being I asked my neighbors if their value had been increased and they said I then went to the Tax Appraisal office to find out why my valuation was going I was taken into one of the cubbyholes by one of the men and after much work with the computer and a couple of trips into another he said the reason my home value had gone up was because when my home was originally appraised they didnt show it had bathrooms the house is three years They just found out I had bath rooms so they increased my Anyone who believes this was the rea son my taxes are going I have some beachfront property in Death Valley I would like to sell I think they were just getting Sounders New Braunfels Mike Royko Lamar Smith Federal budget based Congressional and Administration officials met for 10 days last Septem ber to find innovative ways to slice large chunks from the evergrowing budget During that time they carved out a piece of pie for food and according to information released in Of this went to An additional kept the summittcers in candy and soft drinks in the main Another supplied separate Democratic and Republican caucus rooms with chips and other The rest of the money was spent on When trying to knock billion from the federal it does not appear appropriate to be dining on prime rib and The point is not that eating hambur gers would have reduced the deficit It would this is symptomatic of the mindset of the federal government We can cut programs or we can raise These arc not our only Cutting government ovehead by 10 percent the first year and holding overhead spending to the rate of infla tion approximately 4 the next four years would save an esti mated billion over that fiveyear That estimate comes from taking the governments total indirect and excluding bil lion designated for research and deve This leaves billion in annual government The firstyear savings would be bil 10 percent of the Savings realized could be even higher since this is the area where many managers pad their My staff investigation showed that the federal government does not normally track overhead which include supplies and This I plan to introduce a resolution in the House that would call for cutting federal government overhead by 10 This does not mean that each item of overhead must be cut 10 It means the total overhead should be reduced 10 This allows feder al managers to cut where such as reducing travel or reducing the number of news releases mailed A revolutionary concept to the fed eral cutting overhead by 10 percent is a way of life for Fortune 500 Our survey showed that businesses routinely cut overhead by 10 or when the eco nomy In addition to introducing this I will look for examples of government waste and report them to the proper governmental One prime example of waste has been through Travel jumps sig nificantly in the last month of the fiscal almost dou bling August A Marylandbased travel agent who used to deal with the federal gov ernment recently dropped the govern ment account because he was appalled at the He cited one incident where a federal agency rep resentative called to say they had left in their travel The agency representative reportedly told the travel agent to set up some Well figure out what theyre about It is this kind of premedi tated that we must It already is out of Lamar Smilh in Representative for Con gressional District which includes New rallies Is that all there is I got a Slats Grobnik Im behind our troops over but I dont know what to do about I dont wanna just sit around watching Blitz Woofer and these other TV I wanna do No Have you thought about flying a flag above your home What good will that do I suppose it would let your neighbors know that you feel I dont care what my neighbors All I want from them is not to walk their dogs on my front the Then you might consider wearing a yellow ribbon on your coat lapel Or tied to your car Because it would let people know that you would prefer that this country win the rather than see Iraq win Well any goof ought to know You think if I dont wear a ribbon somebody will think I got a pinup poster of Saddam in by parlor So what good will it do if I pin a piece of yellow string to It will let people who pass you on the street know that you are So some stranger knows Im con Everybody is My wife watches CNN so much that she knows that whole commercial about bleeding gums by What good will it do to let some guy I pass on the street know that Im concerned May be hell just think I spilled pea soup on my I dont Have you though of going to a supportthetroops rally What happens if I go to one youll hear sing the National wave a flag and maybe youll be on Yeah good will that do I besides maybe getting me a screen test for a horror movie It will let the other people at the ral ly know that you stand shoulder to shoulder with our Whalya we stand shoulder to shoulder with the troops Theyre dug in over in the desert get tin ready to shoot it out with some real mean and Im here on a bar And if I go to a Ill be standing on a sidewalk instead of sit ting on a bar So either what good docs it huh At least silting I aint going to tie up a bunch of cops who got to work crowd when I see those things on the people act like its some sort of pep I saw one guy hold up his finger and yell Were number What did the yqyo this is a football game Then all I can tell you is to call a or send a letter to a news paper to express your You mean I should say If we got ta fight this I hope we win and that too many people dont get Then what happens I suppose the talk show host will thank you and talk to someone Thats it what do you expect I But in World War when I was a people did Everything was some kinds of anything they needed in the And people worked in defense night day weekend And we grease and bought War and put up signs saying that loose lips will sink I walked around for a month with my lips stuck together with They stopped making you couldnt hardly buy a chocolate and the feds would pinch black mark et We hadair raid drills and and my oldman was assis tant air raid warden on our block until the night he had one too many and started shooting his shotgun at the He thought they were German So at least people were butwe dont1 have defense plants And those industries that manufacture defense products have an ample labor Jobs are snapped up as soon as they become Of you could buy stock in a defense Would that help the war effort In a If the war goes on for a long you might turn a tidy profit in that Then you would have more which would mean that you could pay more in And since this is going to be an extremely expensive that might help defray the Is that going to help the troops suppose it might cover some bur ial Thats not what I had in why cant we have gasoline rationing Because theres no gasoline What about buying bonds Theyre already selling like solid investment in a bear Then theres nothing I can do You might try I tried Korean Vietnam So the lines must have all been J HQUNTBP IN GWRWSTOtf IMJWIN6 DEDUCTION BY LASERWEE UNSTDPaBLE   

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