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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday July HeraldZeituna 5 A Downtown Historic downtown New Braunfels remains a great place to do business Downtown New Braunfels is a great place to do business I was recently reported that three businesses were moving from Historic Downtown New Braunfels The reason for these moves was different in each case but each a part of natural business evolution We will miss them Each has contributed in their own way to the health of the his toric downtown area However growth new business scope more visibility are positive signs of our Connie Worley economy and signs that New Braunfels is a great place to grow a business Left in Historic Downtown New Braunfels are many viable retail businesses a museum of world renown an archives and museum of our area history the seat of the county government a large fullservice bank a cityowned utility literally dozens of serviceoriented and professional businesses several second floor resi dences great and varied restaurants inns hotels and bel and breakfasts lots of antique stores creating a large part of the Antique Capital of four of the city largest our widely used Civic Center and more We natives and transplants alike enjoy the unique ness of the downtown area For almost ISO years it has been the cultural center the historic center and for at least most of those years the economic center The businesses who call downtown home have and will continue to meet the needs of the local community as well as shoppers from the surrounding areas and the many summer and winter visitors Many of our regular shoppers are from outside the city limits They seem to like the personal touch of the many locallyownedandoperated businesses where they find selection reasonable prices on firstquality products and a safe shopping environment We try to cater to individuals with unique tastes those who enjoy the shopping experience and personal attention Many tell us they like driving directly to their shopping destination rather than parking in a parking lot outside a mall and walking in many cases quite a distance to the store they wish to visit Each of our small businesses desires to provide a valued service to each customer In most cases the owner is in the store every day and our mission is the please the customer we will probably see you at the grocery store We are your neighbors and friends Living in New Braunfels one must be proud of the picturesque Plaza with its distinctive bandstand memorials to war heroes and the newly restored Plaza Fountain From the springs Kindermasken Parade to the July 4th and County Fair Parades to the Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Plaza celebrating the holidays Downtown New Braunfels is the focal point Its the gathering place of our town We are your neighbors and friends The prospect of empty storefronts in Downtown is not one any of us relishes but the economy and busi ness climate are far improved from ten years ago With a viable and active Downtown Association and the continuation of the Main Street Project new business es can be attracted to the area If our approach is cus tomeroriented and we meet the special needs of its the gathering our customers we place Of Ollf tOWI1 SET1 We your Naegeiins of the neighbors and twentyfirst cen friends lury There is always room for improvement People are drawn to unique shops which magnify our cultural flavor and uphold quality and good taste Doing this requires investors with vision and optimism for what Downtown New Braunfels can be There is a very real opportunity here for interested individuals to invest in their dreams Establishing businesses of quaint cultural interests in wellrenovated surrounds will attract customers and additional businesses Honest qualityminded individuals with a good idea a positive approach and of course some capital would find Downtown New Braunfels a great place to do business We are your friends and would love to be your business neighbor This is just one businesspersons thoughts Although I nave the honor of serving as the Downtown Associations president for this year I speak for myself and hope that you will consider Downtown your town Connie Worley is president of the Downtown Asso ciation and is a resident of New Reader with letter to editor Dear Editor In his letter of June 29 William M Abbott Jr would have us believe that the economic policies of the 1980s were not policies at all but rather the poli cies of a Congress controlled by the Democrats Lets look at the facts The President is required by law to submit an annual budget to Congress Congress then appropriates or refus es to appropriate money for that budget or Congress can pass an alternate budget During the 1980s Congress appropriated approximately billion less than the Pres ident requested in his budget proposals Let me repeat Congress spent less than Reagan and Bush requested During the 1970s average annual budget deficits were around billion During the 1980s average annual bud get deficits were around billion The reason for these huge deficits was Reaganomics not a spendthrift Congress One of the pillars of Ronald Reagans economic policy was tax cuts especially tax cuts for the wealthy These tax cuts were written into law by the KempRoth Tax Bill which was part of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 The KempRoth Bill was named for its authors Jack Kemp and William Roth both Republicans It was legislation that the Administration worked hard to get passed These tax cuts resulted in massive losses of revenue to the Federal Treasury In 1981 Reagan had predicted that the would enjoy a billion budget surplus in 1986 due to the wonders of trickle down Instead we had a budget deficit of billion Twothirds of the short fall was due to an overestima tion of the tax receipts expected for the year Reagan had predicted tax receipts of billion They actually were billion In fact the Administration underesti mated tax receipts in five out of seven years between 1982 and 1988 These results are not surprising if you remember that David Stockman the White House Budget Director admitted that the Administration made up the figures which they presented to Congress in an attempt to get the tax cuts passed Trickle down economics did not work As a result a national debt which had been a little less than trillion in 1980 rose to trillion in 10 years Reagan and Bush bear the ultimate responsibility for this not because they had dictatorial powers but because they were behind the policies Does Congress bear part of the responsibility Sure They did after all give Reagan and Bush what they wanted Congress could have said Unfortunately the Republicans who made up 44 percent of the House and 53 percent of the Senate voted as a bloc and were able to generate enough support from conservative Democrats the Boll to pass the agenda The idea that the borrow and spend policies of the 1980s were forced on Ronald Reagan and George Bush by a group of liberal Democrats is absurd I can under stand a President and his supporters who blame a Con gress which does not support the Presidents programs or which overrides Presidential vetoes and if anyone can name one major piece of socialspending legislation that was passed over a Reagan or Bush veto please do But for those same people to blame Congress for the results of enacting the Presidents programs strikes me as being like a burglar who sues a homeowner because he j tripped on the back steps in the act of committing the bu j glary j tendon E Gilpin New Braunfeis i River property owners getting organized j Dear Editor Again we hear from people who have been insulted assaulted by river thugs Two weeks ago Mr Haag and his friends were not able to enjoy the river because of the abuse of river thugs This past weekend a neighbor Jerrjl Welch was thrown from his deck and his wife Peggy w4s threatened Will we have another Wurstfest type tragedy before something is done Because of the terrible conditions on the river many o F us no longer use our river parks on summer weekends we know drunken river thugs will be there j Several things need to be done to return the river to j family tourism 1 There should be a large and permanent police presj ence on the river every summer weekend This would bet financed by the WORD user fees collected from river tourists 2 To solve the litter problem WORD should place a J strict ban on disposable drink containers cigarettes and food Any refreshment taken should be carried onto the river in a nondisposable container 3 The WORD legislation should be revised to ban all alcohol on the river as state and national parks do Sherif Bremer has stated repeatedly that most of his problems on the river would be solved if alcohol were banned If enough irate citizens demand an alcohol ban on the Guadalupe our legislature should respond to the wishes of the voters Galveston banned alcohol on their beaches Houston Austin and New Braunfels have banned alcohol in their city parks If alcohol is banned the desirable family tourists will no longer be afraid to come to the river Galveston has seen a resurgence of family tourism since the ban and had twice as many tourists as expected for the recent Memorial Day holiday Galveston mer chants are delighted with the results Until now the owners of private property on the Guadalupe have not been organized If you are tired of being a prisoner in your home on weekends and would like to help in the effort to save the Guadalupe call the Guadalupe River Neighborhood Coalition at 6060627 i Guadalupe River Neighborhood Coalition New Braunfefc HeraldZeitung 1 st Place Photo Contest Winners can come by the HeraldZeitung office on Friday to collect their prize an 2nd Place 3rd Place Reagan Astro Clint Brett Kayla Taffy Bugs Benjamin Tuxedo Channing Rio Honorable Mentions Dave Rabbit Kristopher Rudy Colby Red Timothy Lightening Crystal Shotzie Zachry Sacia Logan Papa Megan Bailey
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