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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion Thursday Oct Many governments of the world regard the press the way Indian majaraja views elephants decorative and useful but there must be no question of who rides David Gteenway editor 1992 EDITORIAL What Does Apathy Reap Low turnout at recent CISD public hearings not helping districts woes The Comal Independent School District educates students in Comal County Thats as of Monday Sept 27 according to CISD administration CISD also has a budget of for maintenance and opera tions nearly twice that of the county budget CISDs share of the property tax rate in Comal County is or 81 percent At Thursdays Commissioners Court session a discus sion of growth in the county prompted County Engineer Tom Homseth to comment that the county issued about 70 building permits last month thats an average of two new homes a day Much of that growth is in CISD Yet at three special public hearings and a tax hearing there were a total of less than 50 people in attendance combined Its incredible that there are parents who dont care how their children are being educated or at least failed to show they do at these very important public hear ings Public input is vital Even more important could be the publics understanding of why their tax rate is what it is Odds are by next years budget sessions there will be citi zen outcry over high taxes and questions regarding expen ditures All of those questions could have been answered and explained at the recent public hearings If the great silent majority doesnt wake up and smell the coffee the vocal minority who do go to public hearings will be deciding how well your children are educated and how your tax money is spent Thats what apathy reaps Todays editorial was written by Rose Marie Eash staff writer for the New Braunfels Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Classified Reininger Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Fri day by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas USPS 377880 Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months S16 six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six monihs one year Mail out side Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6581900 by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Finally we can lick soap scum safely I am pleased to report that thanks to an impor tant scientific advance the human race may soon be able after years of frustration and failure to lick soap scum I have here an article from the ASTM Standardization News ASTM stands for American Society for Testing and which is an organization that as its name implies has something to do with testing and materials The article sent in by alert reader Michael Jawer Topping the list of the most dreaded household chores cleaning the soap scum from our showers and bathtubs has also been one of the most challenging But thanks to a new guide developed by Sub committee on Hard Surface Cleaning part of Committee D12 on Soaps and Other Deter gents beating soap scum is expected to hecome easier and less This is wonderful news indeed because everybody has soap scum Its nothing to be ashamed of Poke your head into the finest bathrooms in the world in Buckingham Palace the White House even the Vatican and youll be shot by security guards So just take my word for it theres soap scum in there and they cant get rid of it because soap scum is the most durable substance known to humanity a fact that was demonstrated by the space program You may recall that when the first space shuttle was built scientists were concerned about protecting it from the intense heat of reentry into the atmosphere So what did they do THEY COVERED THE SHUTTLE WITH TILES They knew that tiles are the ideal breeding ground for soap scum it starts to form right at the tile and that soap scum cannot be harmed by atmospheric reentry or even leading household cleansers Oh sure youve seen TV commercials wherein the Cheerful Housewife standing in a bathroom the size of Radio City Music Hall waltzes up to a scum encrusted tile sprays it with a cleanser and then wipes it off to reveal a sparkling shine But these commercials are not filmed on Earth theyre filmed on the Commercial Planet where everything is different where fastfoodchain employees really are happy to serve you where there is some meaningful difference between Coke and Pepsi and where light beer does not taste like weasel spit Here on Earth however antisoapscum prod ucts are not effective I base this statement on a recent nationwide survey of my Research Depart ment Judi Smith who The stuff they say gets rid of soap scum never ever She also said My shower is way too dirty to attribute to soap But I am far too respectful of her privacy to include that in this column I also will not include the following actual quote from her husband Tim Whats soap For many years the only prestigious internation al research institution working on the soapscum problem was Heloise who was always running hints from readers about it my soap scum problem was so bad that my husband said he didnt even want to take a shower So I made a mixture of three parts vinegar one part lemon juice and two parts sullunc acid and 1 put it in nis But then Subcommittee on Hard Sur face Cleaning swung into action According to the ASTM Standardization News article researchers went to consumers homes and scraped off soap scum to analyze it I bet THAT was a fun job RESEARCHER Hi Im with the American Soci ety for Testing and Materials and Id like to obtain some of your soap scum CONSUMER calling to Marge get the rifle But the determined men and women of Subcommittee persevered Using their samples they were able for the first time In recorded history that I know of to reproduce soap scum in the laboratory The article does not reveal the exact formula but it involves human body fat and an ingredient identified only as dirt The article also does not reveal where they GET the body fat Maybe they just go to liposuction clinics and ask for it Its OK they explain Were making soap To determine how cleansers are used in con sumer households the researchers also conducted what the article describes as actual tests in which they determined when consumers stop wringing the water from their sponge and how much cleanser product they place on the sponge It is onlv a matter of time before this whole effort is dramatized in a motion picture starring Harrison Armed with this information the researchers developed a method for testing tile cleansers The cleansers are tested on tiles that have been coated with laboratory scum then heated in an oven to join us for lunch Ted No thanks Bob I just put a fresh batch of scum in the Please understand that we do NOT yet have a cure for soap scum But we DO have final ly a standardized cleansertesting method And the Standardization News article confident ly predicts that this standard will produce benefits that go far beyond the behalf of consumers everywhere I salute the researchers of Subcommittee on Hard Surface Cleaning I hope that their achievement will inspire the efforts of ASTM research groups working on other serious bathroomcleaning problems I refer specif ically to Subcommittee on Getting Kids To Stop Leaving Towels On The Floor and this is the ultimate challenge Subcommittee P on Getting Males To For Gods Sake Aim Straight Dave Barry is a syndicated columnist with Tri bune Media bacK sear World reassured of Russias committment By BARRY RENFREW Associated Press Writer MOSCOW AP Elite paratroopers reinforced hundreds of police surrounding parliament this week as authorities stepped up the pressure on hardline lawmakers who have defied President Boris Yeltsin Police gave the rebellious legislators and their supporters holding the parliament building an ulti matum to surrender their weapons and leave today but Yeltsin aides denied the building would be attacked Snow and rain drenched Moscow today as police huddled in overcoats stopping anyone entering par liament Glum lawmakers and their supporters inside sang during the night to keep their spirits up Yeltsin has ruled out compromise since he dis solved the Sovietera parliament a week ago He ordered parliamentary elections for December to end a bitter power struggle with parliamentary hard liners over his political and freemarket reforms He set presidential elections in June The deployment of police reinforcements Tuesday around parliament increased the war of nerves on the Analysis increasingly demoralized and isolated lawmakers who have been holed up in the building called the White House Special redberet paratroopers armed with machine guns were trucked in overnight boosting the riot police and Interior Ministry military already deployed Earlier police pushed back demonstrators who tried to break through to parliament Protesters hurled rocks at police and beat on cars before being dis persed by hundreds of riot troops armed with shields and batons At least two people were arrested and several peo ple had minor injuries Shouting Shame and Death to Yeltsin the protesters marched past the Embassy Tuesday night stopping at an underpass where three young men died during the August 1991 proCommunist coup attempt against thenPresident Mikhail Gor bachev Police allowed people to leave the parliament building but stopped anyone trying to enter the com Today in history plex Roads leading to parliament were blocked by trucks barbed wire and metal crash barriers Many lawmakers were deserting the hardline cause to work in Yeltsins administration More than 200 deputies are negotiating job offers with the gov ernment which set up an employment office lor lawmakers and their staff The Interior Ministry said Tuesday the remaining hardliners were becoming increasingly desperate yet ignored orders to surrender their guns It said the area was being cordoned off to prevent trouble Arriving in Moscow after cutting short a visit to the United States because of the political turmoil Rurs ian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II said violence was the biggest danger in the crisis Bloodshed must be prevented at all costs because blood separates Agreement must be found compromise must be he told reporters In New York Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev sought to reassure the world Russia remained com mitted to democracy Russia transforms itself peacefully following the fundamental principle of Kozyrev told the General Assembly By The Associated Press Today is Friday Oct 1 the 274th day of 1993 There are 91 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct Henry Ford introduced the Mod el T automobile to the market each car cost On this date In 1800 Spain ceded Louisiana to France in a secret treaty In 1885 special delivery mail service began in the United States In 1936 General Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state In 1943 Allied forces captured Naples during World War II In 1949 Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse tung raised the first flag of the Peoples Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing In 1961 Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162game season compared to Babe Ruths 60 home runs during a 154game season In 1962 Johnny Carson succeeded Jack Paar as regular host of NBCs Tonight show beginning a 29year reign on latenight television In 1964 the Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley In 1968 the cult horror movie Night of the Liv ing Dead had its world premiere in Pittsburgh In 1971 Walt Disney World opened in Orlando Fla In 1979 Pope John Paul II arrived in Boston for the start of a tour of the United States In 1987 eight people were killed when an earth quake measuring on the Richter scale and an aftershock measuring struck the Los Angeles area Ten years ago Former Vice President Walter F Mondale won a straw poll at the Maine Democratic state convention in Augusta thereby protecting his lead in his partys presidential race Five years ago In a continuing shakeup of the Soviet leadership Mikhail Gorbachev was confirmed as president succeeding Andrei A Gromyko One year ago Texas billionaire Ross Perot announced a dramatic late entry into the presidential race
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