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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion HeraMZeltung March Quote of the day The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didnt commit when he had the Helen American journalist and humorist Editorials Education Shift focus from giving and getting to results The Texas electorate will decide in May whether to approve a sweeping educa tion finance plan for public schools in this But before voters enter into this con stitutional 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 offi cials to hold school systems responsible for edu cational 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 final ly give Texans 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 us 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 which are not for must be Please die 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 Editor and Sullens General 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 New Sec ond class postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New USPS 377880 Class delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three one Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six one Mail delivery putaide Comal County in Texas three six 20 one Mail outside Texas six one Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 by 7 or 210 6581900 by 11 Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald Drawer New Promises of tax breaks break down middledfess taxpayers April 15 is right around the corner Time for your Tax Relief Remember Last during the election William Jefferson John Kennedy Abraham Lincoln Clinton went all over the country in one of his most sincere voic that he was going to give Tax Relief to middleclass taxpayers as taxpayers whose annual income does not exceed the amount that the new administra tion spent replacing the drapes in the Oval middleclass you elected and now its time to get whats coming to you According to the Internal Revenue heres all you have to do When you get to the blank space on your 1040 form labeled AMOUNT YOU instead of writing a number in you put the international symbol for the middle which is a stick drawing of a little person trying to read the fiber content on a cereal Then simply mail in your and within four to eight you should receive a minimum of 10 years in Thats right It turns out that youre NOT going to get Tax at least not in the immediate future as your President Clinton had to reassess his position on this particular and for a very solid reason Hes just another suitwearing No Strike that The reason President Clin ton had to reassess his position is after he got he learned about a shocking devel To avoid suffering a shockrelated medical please be seated while I reveal this development to you The federal budget deficit is very Of course most normal people and household plants were already aware of But appar ently busy performing his many Dave Barry duties as a presidential candidate formu lating making practicing the saxophone did not find out until after the when his top aides sat him down and told him about it AIDES it turns out that the federal budget deficit is very CLINTON No AIDES the Pope is CLINTON This is unbelievable In the interest of the Presidents cardiac they decided to hold off on telling him about the Easter So you middleclass people can for get about Tax But you will be pleased to learn that President Clinton has come up with a new postelection which is Of course were talking about an equal sac wherein everybody will carry his or her fair share of the as follows YOU one way or pay more money to the THE GOVERNMENT will spend it on crit ical programs ap the Space A nuiiiber of taxpaying readers who sent me articles about the Space which goes inside the space The toilet was origi nally estimated to cost but what with one thing and another you know how it is with plumbing projects it wound up costing God alone knows what it will cost the taxpayers we have to send a Space Plumber up there to fix thats gonna be million an plus million every time Vinny here goes back down for Of course it is not the business of us tax payers to question such Were too stupid to understand our own tax let alone decide on the need for a hightech orbit ing Likewise we are in no position to wonder about the following news story from the Charlottesville Daily which was sent in by several and which I am not making up University of Virginia medical researchers have embarked on a fouryear constipation investigation employing video games to help children better control their With a million grant from the National Insti tutes of researchers will try to teach children how to ease the passage of bowel movements and determine how success affects family and school The story states in this chil dren will learn how to control their bowels by operating a video game controlled with the aid of electrodes attached to the never mind where the electrodes are Suffice it to say that youd have to pay me at LEAST million to attach The point is that the government needs your money for many vital and you need to just forget about Tax and start think ing in terms of Remember If your government can buy electrodes for researchers at the University of it can also buy them for the Dave Barry is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media JEFFERSON SOLEMNLY SWEAR NOT TO BREAK North Korea poses increased nuclear threat By Jack Anderson and Michael Blnstein i most serious threat fr nonproliferation is not Iraqs Sad dam Hussein or Irans Hashemi whose nuclear programs in the Middle East are well Its Kim Chong son of North Korean leader Kim II and hes well on his way to reaching his goal of building a nuclear When we first wrote about Kim Chong 11 last speculation centered around when he would finally take over his fathers title as supreme commander of North The 80 yearold Kim II Sung is reportedly gravely and his 50yearold son has been running the daytoday operations of government for at least the past As the commander in chief of the armed Kim Chong who North Koreans are taught to refer to as the Dear is also reportedly leading his countrys quest for a nuclear The news about Kim Chong II is all While his father has ruled North Korea with an iron fist for more than 40 the son has lived a life of isolation and He has never met a foreign and has never granted an interview to a The only known trips he has made out of North Korea were two brief visits to North Koreas nuclear ambitions have West ern intelligence analysts gravely With only one superpower left after the col lapse of the Soviet the 1 issue con fronting the national security establishment is On this no country has a worse track record than North North Korea appears to be a highly unsta ble highly and its run by someone whose sanity is seriously in doubt with a propensity to use weapons for destructive says Brad a research fellow with the Center for Strategic and International a Washington think Jack Anderson From interviews with several national secu rity North Korea emerges as per haps the worst international pariah on prolif eration The problem is not that North Korea is going to develop a nuclear weapon and attack the United its that North Korea is willing to sell its military hardware to just about This total lack of stan dards puts North Korea in a class by itself among the worlds outlaw Some of their best customers are countries like Syria and which have histories of statespon sored James who was recently confirmed as CIA echoed these same sentiments during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Governmental Affairs North Korea is probably our most grave current Woolsey adding that they might already have all the necessary components for a nuclear Further complicating the issue is North Koreas persistent refusal to allow the Inter national Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the facilities where intelligence agencies suspect nuclear arms are being Though North Korea has signed the Nuclear NonProJifera tion nobody knows for sure if North Korea is telling the truth about its nuclear Some sources expect the IAEA to take up the matter with the United Nations Security Council in the near If North Korea continues to refuse international it could escalate to the point of an one source The prospect for increased international intervention in North Koreas weapons devel rassment over Before Iraq invaded the IAEA estimated Iraq had one nuclear facility and was at least five years away from developing a When inspec tors took a closer look after the Gulf they found Iraq had at least five installations working to develop nuclear weapons and was only about one year North Korea has been pulling out all the Last Russian special forces stormed a North Koreabound jet as it was about to leave Moscow arid apprehended 36 senior weapons The scientists were allegedly being offered between and per fortune by Russian lend their expertise to North Koreas nuclear Though the Russ ian government has promised to keep close tabs on its nuclear many of whom have experienced a drastic drop in living dards since the collapse of the Soviet remains a major western worry that some of these highly trained minds will sell their tal ents to the highest Experts add that the problem with a nucleararmed North Korea is there is the danger of proliferation of weapons among which could then possibly be smuggled into the United The second isj that if North Korea develops nuclear it could set off a chain reac tion that would spread to South and perhaps eventually A nucleararmed East Asia is something no western intelli gence analyst wants to Jack Anderson and Michael Binstein are syndicated columnists for the United Feature
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