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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday March HeraldZeitung 5 A Support for teachers lit Important for our children Dear Editor The education of our children in Texas is extremely important The teachers who educate our children arc also important The present state salary scale does not make any provisions for salary increases beyond 17 years for teachers having a bachelors degree or beyond 15 years for those having a masters degree The state expects teachers to work for 13 or 15 years without any salary increase in order to reach retirement at 30 years There is no such thing as a cost of living raise for teachers We are losing our most valuable with the most experi ence in the they have to pursue other careers that will continue to reward them financially up to retirement age Please support Texas teachers by asking your legislators to extend the state pay scale steps to include increas es for the veteran teachers Respectfully submitted Susan Haynes Dublin TX Some random thoughts on a variety of issues Dear Editor A few words that are cluttering my Maybe a solution to the container problem on the river Supply collection bins or barrels above and on the river so people can float by and drop cans into them Locations to be determined on the channels where people float and at places they have to portage or in front of falls Recycle Maybe a solution to river flow Schedule the flow rate to coincide with the float rate Flows for float hours to be at the perfect cfs rate If flows need to be slowed down do it late at night until early morning Same thing with higher flows The Lone Rangers identity If Mr Ranger was one of some killed and left for dead the other bodies must have been found and identified By deduction the name of the Lone Ranger would have been known Might have been Chuck Morris Be a big city elect a mayor by pop ular vote and give him an appropriate job description Petty is not pretty SpellCheck on your word processor JefTLindley New Braunfels lized by developing a wide rahge of educational experiences and activities Many staff development inservice training and sitebased committees are focused on TAAS score improvement not necessarily better teaching Teach ers have children in classrooms who are on different levels of learning ALL children cannot be expected to achieve a given percentage on a standardized test for various reasons unique to each individual Imagine how frustrating this is to our dedicated teachers We plan to challenge concerned cit izens that care about education to write their legislators the TEA to implement positive change Sincerely Brownfield Oak Grove Elementary PTA Brownficld TX Businesses selling alcohol to tubers should pay for law enforcement on the river Dear Editor Youve recently received several let ters from supporters of drinking on the river who suggest that a ban on drink ing would devastate the tourist industry The people who have written must have businesses which profit from drinking None have suggested the obvious solution to the problem busi nesses that profit from drinking on the river should volunteer to donate mon ey to Sheriff Bremers office This money would be used to hire extra law enforcement for the river in the sum mer Some will say I am terribly naive but 1 really believe that all these busi nesses will contribute Im sure they value what the river contributes to the community and to them and would be happy to help save the river Come on all you civicminded busi nesses prove me right and these cynics wrong Sincerely John K Landry DOS New Braunfels A fairy tale with a happy ending Dear Editor Here is a little fairy tale that 1 would like to share with you Once upon a time in a kingdom not so far away there lived a large group of people that we will just call the Hap py These Happy People were business owners musicians DJs and business patrons The Happy Peo ple were peaceloving hardworking people who liked to enjoy themselves at the local businesses On any night they could go to the businesses have a mug of ale or two and listen to the musicians and DJs that were perform ing for the people and also for a liv Many of the businesses were allowed to sell ale to the Happy Peo ple until That was until a group of people well call the Unhap py People decided that the Happy People were having too much fun The Unhappy People decided to take away the Happy Peoples fun by making certain businesses stop selling ale at midnight on Satur day nights instead of the normal closing time This made the Hap py People not so happy anymore In fact some of the people were just downright angry Not to mention the fact that many of the business own ers musicians and DJs were losing great amounts of money and jobs because the people who used to be patrons were now going to other king doms to partake in the drinking of ale until The business owners tried to stop the Unhappy People from doing this A meeting of the kingdoms Happy People and Unhappy People took place The Unhappy People already had their medieval fninds made up and decided they would not change their position The kingdom became a dark dead empty place The people tourists who had once come to the lit tle kingdom stopped visiting The kingdom was sure to fall into a black pit of despair Finally much to the what used to be Happy Peoples surprise the Unhappy People decided to become Happy People because they had seen the error of their ways The Happy People soon became happy again when the local businesses were allowed to sell ale until as before Then as a sign of goodwill the people who used to be Unhappy People apologized and bought all of the Hap py People a mug of ale They all lived happily ever after THE END Mike Taylor Jr Music Maker Mobile DJ Service New Braunfels Code discriminates against older Americans Dear Editor So many older citizens just give their tax information to their CPAs or other tax preparers I want to bring to the attention of every elderly person what the IRS has done to them if they receive monthly Social Security checks and have money in any socalled tax free investment Look on page 19 of the 19941040 Forms and Instructions booklet that you received from the IRS in Jan 1995 that contains your income tax forms You will see a Social Security Bene fits Look on Line 4 This says Enter the amount if any from Form 1040 line Now look on your 1040 form and you will sec that this is taxexempt The elder ly Social Security recipients are the only persons in the who do not actually receive tax exempt interest These people have to pay taxes on that money by adding it to their Social Security earnings These arc not BENEFITS arc EARN This is not only ILLEGAL but this practice by the Federal Government through the IRS is DISCRIMINATO RY against people who worked all their lives and paid into their Social Security funds Every working person as well as all Social Security recipients should write their Congressmen and Senators about this because all working persons now will ultimately be in the same ry as presently retired persons IRS has been doing this for years so reality they need to reimburse all Social Security recipients who have had to pay this illegal charge for past years Tax exempt funds arc just what the government promised its TAX EXEMPT Katharine C Blackford New Braunfels The HeraldZeitung encourages its readers to express themselves through letters to the editor Send submissions to HeraldZeitung Letters 707 Landa St New Braunfels TX 7X130 Letters may also he faxes to 625 1224 Please limit letters to 250 words The HeraldZeitung does not print anonymous letters Include a name address and daytime telephone num ber Writers who have not had a let ter published in the previous month are given preference 1051 IH35E 6258017 of New Braunfels Featurin Continental Dinin Daily Lunch Specials Friday Night Seafood Buffet Schools place too much emphasis on standardized test scores Dear Editor As a group of parents we are con cerned about the emphasis placed on state testing Through no fault of school districts or teachers the Texas Educa tion Agency continues to require high er and higher test scores on Texas Assessment of Academic Skills The TAAS is a standardized test required of certain grade level students We under stand TEA wants this test for school accountability We feel it has lost its direction and its focus Our positions are as follows 1 We support the Texas PTA leg islative position opposing performance based funding Monetary rewards pre sented to schools cause stress on administration staff and students 2 We oppose given to schools which do not meet required academic levels Various rea sons affect school achievement atrisk programs economically disad vantaged ESL migrant etc 3 Use TAAS as a ment tool only With testing educa tors measure a students strengths and weaknesses and adjust instruction accordingly The emphasis seems to be on a stu dents score rather than his education We have received reports of students with passing level grades being required to take tutoring to improve their TAAS scores Tests are not always the measure of someones achievements or intelligence The TAAS puts unnecessary stress on children and teachers Many people give experiences of children with stom achaches headaches unlimited crying and vomiting during the week of TAAS Teachers feel the stress of high er class achievement as TAAS approaches and frequently because of outside pressures TAAS time domi nates the daily curriculum According to the TEA if a child fails one or more portions of the three part TAAS test he identified as an at risk student and characterized as one who frequently does not graduate from high school Educators and parents know some children are not test takers Pressure and anxiety to test frequently prohibit a passing score Teachers and principals know their students better than TEA who dp not seem to be allowing the schools to 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