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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Quote of the day The man who does his any consci must always be in one sense a great Dinah Maria Mulock English novelist Editorials School reform Education measures should accompany new finance plan The Texas electorate will decide in May whether to approve a sweeping education finance plan for public schools in this But before voters enter into this constitu tional agreement with state they should insist on seeing what they will receive in return for their So far the only real discussion about the public school finance bill has focused on which districts will benefit the most and which will pay the That needs to Before the constitutional amendment on school finance is placed on the May election state legislators also should adopt a package of reform proposals that would require more accountability from the public school Texas desperately needs standardized testing and reporting policies that will allow state officials to hold school systems responsible for educational The Educational Economic Policy Center has recommended strong measures that would put school administrators and teachers on notice that improved performance should go hand in hand with school If the recommendations from the Educational Economic Policy Center would finally give lexans some assurance that the school finance proposition will accomplish something more than shifting the states education Voters should insist that their state representa tives show a commitment to educational reform before they ask for support for a restructuring of school Todays editorial was contributed by the Dallas Morning Write The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public letters are condensed with the objective of printing as many of them as space We also correct punctuation and known fac tual We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung bearing the writers an address and a telephone number which are not for must be Please cite the page number and date of any article that Is Preference is given to writers who have not been published In the previous 30 Mall letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editorand Sullens Duvall Managing Marketing Dee Crockett Classified Reininger Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels 707 Landa or Drawer New Sec ond class postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New USPS 377880 Class delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three six one Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six one Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three six one Mail outside Texas six one Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 by 7 or 210 6584900 by 11 Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald Drawer New Opinion March The fact about teaching thef acts of life My older brother and I were driving down the road one fall Wed just come back from setting up duck blinds in the marsh es of a state We had been trudging through ankledeep mud and swatting literally millions of mos quitos away from our faces in the midst of an 80degree so we werent exactiy in the best frame of My brother was 24 or 25 at the and I was 14 or It was time for the He looked at me and asked if mom and dad had talked to me about sex of He then proceeded into what I am sure will go down in the annals of history as one of the briefest talks about human sexuality and the reproductive process When I was your I remember what it was like to chase he Just remem always be That was Be Nothing He went from big brother to Cub Scout in a matter of sec Funny thing I could see the over whelming sense of pride and accomplishment in his eyes as we drove that twohour drive back to Such a proud understand this my older a family took the time to give me this indepth and detailed account of human sex Be I now know all I need to So whats the hubbub about teaching kids about sex Wake your kids sit them down and tell Be Gary Carroll How hard can it be Never mind that children are still going into adulthood without knowing how conception how long or even what gestation or anything else on the long list of processes nec essary to create a So what And who cares that children and adults are coming face to face with issues of homosexu sexually transmitted diseases and sexual dysfunction without knowing anything about them By the how many people know what sexual dysfunction really is young adults and adults alike still fail to realize that abstinence is the best form of birth control available when push comes to condoms and pills work better than Fact Texas has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the Fact Teens are hav ing Fact Teens will continue to have sex despite the threat of sexually trans mitted diseases and and in spite of efforts by some to decrease the occurrences by preaching only Education is the The children of today are the knights of the Dress them in armor of pol ished with continued education and arm them with As they grow they will begin to make their own decisions about life we owe it to them to give them adequate knowledge to make fullyeducated trust your Kids today are much more informed than you and I at the same They deal with a lot more both right and and face situations at their age that we are just beginning to face at we are all still Dont short change yourselves and please dont short change your We need to educate I think we would all agree with But if there are many parents out there like we need to entrust pur educators with the responsibility of teaching our sensitively and pro about human Your children will be exposed to issues such as sexually transmitted masturbation and any and all forms of sexual The questions you have to ask yourselves are these How long do I want my child to be in the and who do I want my child to learn about these from and Do I want to limit my childs options If you are going to tell your children about do If let our professional educators tell Someone must teach com Gary Carroll is a reporter for the New Braunfels MESSAGE TO CONGRESS 13 reeter commitment to chancy Republican cxxperation Increase taxes ower Jrder entitkment cuts Curtail lobbyists Ivicfene Today Associated Press Today is March the 69th day of There are 296 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On March Alexander Graham Bell made what in the first telephone His located in anadjoining room in heard Bells voice over the experimental device say to come I want On this date In Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for In Englands King Charles I dissolved Parliament he did not call it back for 11 In Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to suc ceeding Benjamin In the Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe ending the war with In Ulysses Grant became commander of the Union armies in the Civil In the Salvation Army arrived in the United States from GOP argument against motor voter bill difficult By WALTER HEARS Associated WASHINGTON Change the ground rules and the contest will be if not Thats about to happen politically with the Democratic drive for national rules to govern the way voters are worried that the change would work to their dis were able to stop it when they held the White but they probably can only delay it Even that is politically awk since it seems to put them on the wrong side of the adage that the more people register and the GOP opponents deny that insisting that want to encourage registration and But they say it shouldnt be with the measure called the motor vot which they contend would risk wholesale voting fraud while unfairly foisting federally man dated costs on strapped state gov Easily approved by the House on a near partyline the mea sure is hung up now by the threat of Republican filibusters in the It was due for a second teat there today as Democrats tried again to muster 60 votes to end the GOP The debate is over broadened Analysis voter registration rules the states would have to adopt by the begin ning of People would regis unless they chose not when they got or renewed a drivers There would be registra tion by mail and at government specifically including welfare and unemployment com pensation Behind the partisan dispute lies the fact that finding and register ing voters has been a starting point in the political campaign with parties and candi dates working to enroll the people most likely to vote their Republicans do not look for vot ers at welfare and unemployment When the bill was before the a Democrat there said what it really involves is register ing poor And they tend to vote In the the chief spon Wendell said it is elitist to argue that peo ple who are interested in voting will find out how to The OOP argument has been that the political parties ought to compete by persuading people to register and then go to the polls on Election That premise is sanctioned in campaign finance which permit the parties to raise and spend extra money for including voter regis The bill would change the process by assigning the govern ment a far more activist role in voter That first step would no longer be a competitive one sponsors of the bill forecast that it would increase registra tion to about 90 percent of eligible from the currently esti mated 61 to 65 as Ford political par ties and candidates would still have to persuade people to sup port and to actually turn out and Despite Republican a simpler registration process doesnt guarantee Demo cratic Mark Hat field of Oregon noted that his state already has registration with dri ver and also has two Republican while the changes would be they wouldnt be Voters already register by mail in 27 states there is some version of the motor voter registration sys tem in 27 and registration in tan dem with other state agency oper ations in Most states have one or more ofthose features in their current In prior national about 85 percent of the people who had registered to vote actually cast But that wouldnt neces sarily hold in a system that made registration next to Nor is there expert agreement on whether broader participation would alter many But there is a record to indicate that when registration is turnouts are The 1992 presidential election drew the votes of percent of votingage highest in 20 and in four states with Ejection Day voter turnout was substantially The whole argument is a replay of one waged a year on an almost identical bill vetoed by President Republicans insist that it would invite let illegal aliens slip onto the voti rolls when they sign up to drive and stick states with another unwarranted feder al mandate and millions of dol lars in Democrats counter that it would cost no more than million a with million to mil lion in offsetting they this is about more than Walter vice president and columnist for The Associated has reported on Wa ondnatt 30
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