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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday Jan Ipinion To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Were not involved in censorship We have different values than the ones on MTV Ours are Jim Broich mayor of Sleepy Eye 1994 II M D I T O R I A L Kids deserve a fair shake Figures show Texas children could use friends at the Capitol Yesterday was Childrens Advocacy Day at the Capitol and more than child advocates converged there to hear speak ers meet with legislators and proclaim their support for childrens issues Almost everyone wants to help children but no one wants to raise taxes As the new Legislature gets down to business how it should look at the states budget priorities and try to make cuts so more resources can be redirected to help our chil tiren A quick look at some figures provided by Family Outreach of Comal County makes it painfully obvious that Texas kids could use some friends at the State Capitol Consider Nearly 25 percent of Texas children live below the poverty line and percent experience regular hunger Funding is stretched so thin at Childrens Protective Services that almost 40 percent of the children in Texas that are identified as abused receive no services beyond identifying them as abused Thirty percent of our children have no health insurance Texas ranks third highest in the nation in the rate of births to single teens and fourth worst in literacy One in five students drop out of school Violent juvenile crime has jumped 96 percent in past six years in Texas More state funding for services for children would help but it wont happen if voters do not let their elected representatives know that they care about the issue Closer to home people can have a positive impact on the lives of our children by getting involved with Family Outreach a wonderful group that works directly with local families to stop child abuse before it starts Call 6201299 to find out more about how you can help Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NfwBnuatfelsHeraldZeUung USPS Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeiiung in New Braunfels Texas Canier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counues three months 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 months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Send address tp the New Qraunftls HeraldZeiiung Draw er 311338 New 781311328 Simple steps can help a home sell By LUKE SPECKMAN Special to the HeraldZeitung The first impression is a lasting impression Even the best of homes may not sell quickly without the owner helping to create a good impression for poten tial buyers Homeowners play an important role in the sale of their home A clean home in good repair will make a positive impression on the buyer The following suggestions are recommended by RiverCi ties to prepare your home so it can be shown at its best Ask your real estate agent to assist you in sur veying your home to identify aspects that need atten tion Examine the exterior and grounds of your home with an unbiased eye for curb that is the attractiveness of your home as viewed from the street Consider a fresh coat of paint for the outside Clean sealed gutters and downspouts and a trimmed lawn clear of debris contribute to a better looking home and a positive first impression Is your garage or carport clean and uncluttered A tidy front entrance can enhance the effect Pol ishing the door brass cleaning storm windows and screens and repainting wood trim or a rusty mailbox can help sway a decision to buy If appropriate tact fully suggest that your neighbors tidy their outside areas as well Positive buyers include the appearance of the entire neighborhood in their overall judgment Moving to the inside of your home make the same unbiased examination on a room by room basis Painting inside walls could pay dividends far beyond the time effort and expense involved Con sider having soiled carpets cleaned Not only will they look better but they will have a fresh scent as well adding to the overall appeal of the room Tend to the little door hinges loose cabinet knobs leaky faucets and so forth A gleaming kitchen will definitely work in your favor The kitchen is a part of the home where peo ple do a lot of living and prospects a lot of looking Make sure the kitchen smells fresh A freshly baked batch of cookies coming out of the oven or a pot of spiced tea on the stove will help add that at home feeling buyers are looking for Your bathroom also will undergo close scrutiny Make sure it is spotless with tiles scrubbed and grouted faucets polished and fixtures cleaned Replace your shower curtain if it shows signs of soap film or mold All toiletries and medicines should be stored neatly in drawers or chests Remember if your bathroom is small clutter will make it look even smaller In general make your home as light and airy as possible Freshly washed windows with the drapes drawn back to let in the light will provide a bright cheery look as well as make rooms appear more spacious Use bright lights in areas that do not have much natural light Clear out accumulated items from closets cabinets and counters Simplicity and a clean uncluttered look contribute to an environment conducive to a sale Accent the positive areas of your home If you have finished hardwood floors make sure they are dusti free and polished Organize large closets or cabi nets to accentuate available storage space Builtin features such as bookshelves or knickknack space should be arranged creatively to illustrate the use fulness of the space as well as the decorating possi bilities Finally if a major fault exists that you dont intend to correct you and your salesperson must call it to the attention of the prospective buyer Discuss the prob lem ahead of time with your sales agent Texas law requires you to disclose all known defects to the buyer in writing During the showing be mindful of limiting the number of family members present so the buyer wont feel like an intruder Keep pets out of the way and distracting background noise such as stereos and televisions to a minimum Be available if pos sible to answer specific questions about your home but dont hover too near the buyers or engage them in idle chitchat This is not only distracting but may make buyers feel so uncomfortable that they leave quickly failing to fully view and evaluate your home Luke Speckman is president of RverCi KM Bftiaroed Clinton wears many hats during speech WASHINGTON AP President wanted to demonstrate to Americans that he has a clear vision for the future But his one hour 20 minute State of the Union address filled with a multitude of applause lines some times made it hard to tell whether he was a Democrat or a Republican Or a political Everyman As the first Democratic president to address a Republicanled Congress in 40 years Clinton gave an upbeat good natured speech It often had Vice President Al Gore and House Speaker Newt Gingrich and their respective troops popping up and down like jacksinthebox sometimes together sometimes sepa rately But in emphasizing mostly common ground with Republicans while lip toeing around issues of strong dis agreement Clintons speech may have served to blur the line between his Analysis agenda and that of Republicans For instance Clinton went ahead with a call for increasing the minimum wage above its current level of an idea that appeals to traditional Democratic constituencies like labor but which is strongly opposed by Republicans but declined to name an amount Administration aides previously had said Clinton was likely to propose an increase to And Clinton did not say whether he was for or against the GOPpushed balanced budget amendment a cen tral item in the Republicans Con tract With even though he has insisted such a proposal be accom panied by more disclosure of what pro grams would be cut or taxes raised He was a man of many said Thomas Cronin president of Whitman College in Walla Walla and the author of several books on the presi dency One pan was New Democ One part was preacher One part was Ronald Reagan And one part was selfcongratulatory PR agent for him James Thurber a political scientist at American University called the speech too long not focused typical Clin ton He was all over the map Within three days people will forget the speech He still hasnt learned that he has to simplify the Billing it as the most important speech of his presidency the adminis tration had said Tuesdays nationally broadcast address was an effort for Clinton to breathe vitality into his reel ing presidency and to refocus his can didacy But in vintage Clinton style his speech droned on and on Some Republicans left before the end And Gingrich who has been accord ed a degree of attention usually reserved for presidents loomed over Clinton both symbolically and in actu ality as Clinton delivered his address from the House podium with the speakers face peering over his left shoulder Whereas in past years Congress has reacted to initiatives proposed by a president Clintons address this year was in large pan reacting to GOP ini tiatives At times tonight it seemed some of the presidents ideas sounded pretty said New Jersey Gov Chrisue Wliitman in the televised GOP response And House Majority Leader Dick Armey RTexas suggested that Clinton has expressed support directly or indirectly for seven of the 10 items in the OOPs contract Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Jan 26 the 26th day of 1995 There are 339 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Jan 26 1788 the first European settlers in Australia led by Captain Arthur Phillip landed in presentday Sydney The party included 700 convicts from On this date In 1784 in a letter to his daughter Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America and expressed his own preference the turkey In 1802 Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the Capitol In 1837 Michigan became the 26th stale with the signing of a statehood bill by President Jack son 10 1841 Britain formally occupied Hong Kong which the Chinese had ceded to the British In 1861 Jouisiana seceded from the Union In 1870 Virginia rejoined the Union In 1911 the Richard Strauss opera Der Rosenkavulier premiered in Dresden Germany In 1942 the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland In 1950 India officially proclaimed itself a repub lic as Rajendra Prasad took the ouih of office as president In 1962 the United Stales launched the Ranger III spacecraft to land scientific instruments on the moon but the probe missed its target by some miles In 1979 former Vice President Nelson A Rock efeller died in New York at age 70 In 1988 the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway Ttn years ago Pope John Paul II arrived in Cara cas Venezuela to begin a lour of South America Five yean ago Attorneys for deposed Panaman ian leader Manuel Noriega challenged the jurisdiction of the court system to try their client on drug trafficking charges and said Noriega should be declared a prisoner of war One year ago Russian President Boris Yeltsin accepted the resignation of Finance Minister Boris Fyodorov who warned of economic collapse and social unrest A scare occurred during a visit to Syd ney Australia by Britains Prince Charles as a young man lunged at the prince firing two blank shots from a starters pistol Todays Birthdays Actor Paul Newman is 70 Singer Eartha Kill is 67 Movie director Roger Vadim is 67 Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 66 Sportscasteractor Bob Uecker is 60 Activist Angela Davis is 51 Movie critic Gene Siskel is 49 Singermusician Eddie Van Halen is 38 Hockey star Wayne Gretzky is 34 Musician Andrew Ridgf ley is 32 Thought for Today My experience of the world is that things left to themselves dont get Huxley English biologist and author 1825
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