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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 Q HeraldZeitung g Tuesday December Opinion To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 Opinion Online contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is DLoveday@AOL.com QUOTABLE In public education there is a need to take religion seriously But proposals for a prayer amendment are the wrong solution for a real Charles Haynes author religion scholar 1995 D I T O R I A L Christmas Few symbols in life are as beautiful and memorable as a Christmas tree but they also can be dangerous The National Fire Protection Association reports that Christmas tree fires kill an average of 33 Americans and injure 117 each year About million in property damage is blamed each year on Christ mas tree fires That does not include fires caused by candles outside Christ mas lights and other decorations Dont let tragedy mar your holiday The American Red Cross offers 12 holiday safety tips Beware of holiday lighting Take care when burning candles Be sure they are kept away from decorations or other combustible materials Do not leave children unattended in rooms with lit candles Also always keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children Test tree lights When decorating with lights be sure to buy only those labeled by a testing laboratory Never use candles to decorate Christmas trees Dont overload electrical outlets and always unplug all lights before leaving home or going to bed Never put lights on a metal tree Prepare for holiday parties Decorate only with flameretardant or non combustible materials Avoid candles If guests will be smoking provide them with large deep ashtrays and check them frequently After a party check inside and under upholstery and in trash cans for cigarette butts that may be smol dering Keep Christmas trees watered Make sure your tree is fresh cut and keep it watered If you bought an artificial tree make sure its fireretardant Inspect fireplace Have your chimney inspected for creosote or obstructions such as nests Never use flammable liquids in a fireplace Burn only wood Woodstoves Again make sure your chimney and stove pipe is clean Burn only wood We dont use wood stoves for much of the year here in the Hill Country so inspect it carefully before using Be careful when cooking Do not wear loose fitting clothes and dont store items on the stove Be sure to turn pot handles away from the front of the stove Becautious with portable and space heaters Place space heaters at least three1 feelawayfrom anything combustible including wallpaper bedding clothing pets and people Never leave space heaters on when you are not in the room Do not leave children or pets unattended in a room with space heaters Designate a driver When attending a party always designate a non drinking driver If you are the host of a party ensure than nonalcoholic drinks are available Buckle up Wear your seat belts If you have airbags make sure babies and small children sit in the back seat with their seat belts fastened Winter Storm Plan If you are traveling over the holidays especially to the north pack warm clothes and a blanket Make sure your car has been winterized with antifrccze Take a first aid and CPR course Although this tip cannot help you pre vent an accident or emergency it can help you be prepared for some emer gencies Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Publisher and Editor Doug Write us s The New Bmunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation 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 pre vious 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 Publisher Ext Toney Director of Advertising Ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Ext Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Interim Managing Editor Ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Brtuuifcla lleraldZeitwig USPS 377880 707 Lancia or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties 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 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Bmunfels HeraldZeitung PiO Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Simpsons testimony doesnt fill holes Like an annoying relative at Thanksgiving Simpson is with us again Just about everyone has already judged Simpson on the basis of last years criminal trial in which he was acquitted of killing his exwife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman So the wrongful death civil trial in which Simpson has taken the stand for the first time will likely not change any minds Still for have had experience with wife abusers and abused wives mine was as a reporter who covered such Simpsons testimony pre sents important insights into the mind of one who sees his wife as a possession to be dealt with as he pleases During his first day of testimony Simpson offered tortured explanations for things he admit ted having done and vehemently denied others First he claimed that the mark on Nicoles other wise beautiful face would normally be there because she regularly picked at blemishes and cleaned her face Every picture Ive seen of Nicole except the ones she had taken depicting bruises and cuts she said were inflicted by Simpson show flawless skin Simpson did admit that her split lip in one pic ture looks like more than the result of her clean ing process He took full responsibility for her injuries from face cleaning but denied punching or slapping her I rassled sic her out of the he said in describing one of their heated confrontations What happened outside when she fell I dont know Maybe my hand was on her I had her in a deadlock at some I was rassling her so its possible I touched her This is like admitting to pushing your wife at the top of the stairs but denying respon sibility for injuries she received on the way down In another incredible claim Simpson testified that entries made in Nicoles diary record ing their many fights were true except the parts where she recounts his verbal abuse and threats Simpson is still unable to identify anyone who saw him between and on June 12 1994 the Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist night Nicole and Goldman were murdered Neither does he have an explanation for the bloody foot prints left by expensive shoes or the gloves found at the murder scene and Simpsons house Simp son has been photographed wearing these items though he has denied ever owning any of them Based on what he described in court Simpson qualifies as a wife batterer In their book Treating Men Who Drs P Lynn Caesar and L Kevin Hamberger write a man is classified as a batterer if he admits to frequent episodes of less severe violence pushing restraining slap ping or one or more episodes of severe violence punching multiple blows using a For Simpson to suggest that his behavior with Nicole was anything approaching normal is not normal by any definition known to behavioral sci ence Simpsons testimony indicates Nicole was a sex ual Heisman trophy Like the defensive tackles he once abused on the gridiron Nicole got in the way of his ego She was someone he couldnt control and that apparently had a detrimental effect on his warped sense of manhood Nicole was no saint but she didnt deserve to be murdered Neither did Goldman an innocent victim The prosecution in the civil proceeding seems to present the evidence with more powerful momen tum and damaging effect Simpson may be found guilty this time in which case he will lose some money But he will still have his life and his freedom which is considerably more than Nicole and Gold man have n teneroffttiari tawner price Wex Letter to the Editor No new taxes means the same unfair system Editor I walked into a government office the other day to pay a fee to renew the tags for my vehicle and while standing in line waiting for my number to be called I wondered how many other fees or taxes 1 must pay Upon doing a little research I found that the majori ty of us in this nation pay about eight types of state and local taxes at one time or another A general sales tax which is a tax on most items at retail stores and is usually collected at pur chase Selected sales taxes are on cer tain kinds of items such as tobacco alcoholic beverages and the like Prop erty taxes are on property for example real estate stocks and bonds securities and movable property Personal income taxes which I am glad we are in Texas because we are not required to pay A corporate income tax is levied on a corporation or business firm Estate and gift taxes are usually on property and gifts left in a will Severance taxes are on the act of removing the min Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Dec 10 the 345th day of 1996 There are 21 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping mediate an end to the Rus soJapanese War On this In 1520 Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommu nication In Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state In 1869 women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory In 1886 a treaty was signed In Paris officially end ing the SpanishAmerican War In 19311 Jane Addams became a corecipient of the Nobel Peace Prize the first American woman so erals or other natural resources such as coal oil and gas Last but not least are licenses and fees that charge a flat rate on motor vehicles motor vehicle oper ators hunting and fishing I also learned that the state and local gov ernments use a mixture of these taxes to raise revenue Stouffer Opheim Day Certain terms kept popping up as I inquired on such as proportionate regressive and progressive systems of taxing I didnt know which system of taxing I was in or for that matter that there were different tax systems The proportionate system would require everyone to pay taxes or support the government in proportion to their indi vidual income A regressive system is one that the percentage of tax burden is less the greater the income this didnt sound fair to me A progressive system of taxing is one of which the tax burden is heavier on the rich Stouffer Opheim Day Well I found out which tax system I am in or I should say the state of Texas is According to the publication Who which listed the statistics for state and local taxes in 1995 of which consisted of the eight mentioned earlier and by the looks of things we are in a regressive system of taxing People with incomes less than pay percent of the sales and excise taxes and incomes of the top 1 per cent or people who earn or more pay only percent of the sales and excise taxes The same system applies to property taxes where the lowest 20 percent of the income group or people with incomes less than pay percent and the top 1 percent income group or incomes of or more pay percent something does not seem right 1 page The system of taxing needs to be changed as the information in the pub lication Who Pays suggests to one that is more progressive The hypoth esis of the second part of the article allows us to see the benefits of the top 1 percent income group with incomes ranging from or more paying a higher tax percentage of percent The lower 20 percent of the income group with incomes of or less would pay percent The estimated tax break for the bottom percentage would be about dollars a year I guess we should take a closer look when it comes time to elect our candi dates and they are running on a plat form of No New and we should think for a moment No New Taxes for whom We need to readjust our attitudes about taxes and make a time to investigate the facts The more I read the more I under stood that the phrase No New Taxes means keeping a regressive tax sys tem We need a new system of tax ing oh I know I bit my lip as well and thought to myself I havent made my way through the current system of tax ing with all the con fusing terms or what seemed so at first To maintain the services we enjoy we need a tax system inwhich all classes of society pay an equal burden S L Nichols New Braunfels honored In 1948 the General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights In 1850 Ralph J Bunche was presented the Nobel Peace Prize the first black American to receive the award In 1858 the first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the United States as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York to Miami in about 2 hours In 1864 Dr Martin Luther King Jr received the Nobel Peace Prize during ceremonies in Oslo Nor way In 1967 singer Otis Redding died in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin In 1884 advertising executive Thomas Mosser of North Caldwell was killed by a mail bomb later blamed on the Ten years ago Human rights advocate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel accepted the Nobel Peace Prize saying the honor belonged to all Nazi death camp survivors and their children Flws ysars ago William Kennedy Smith accused of raping Patricia Bowman proclaimed his innocence during his trial in West Palm Beach Fla ysar ago The first group of Marines arrived in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to join NATO soldiers sent to enforce peace in former Yugoslavia Todays Birthdays Actor Harold Gould is 73 Former Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter is 66 Pop singer Chad Stuart Chad and Jeremy is 53 Actresssinger Gloria Loring is 50 Popfunk musician Walter Clyde Orange The Commodores is 49 Rhythmandblues singer Ralph Tavares is 48 Coun try singer Johnny Rodriguez is 45 Actress Susan Dey is 44 Actordirector Kenneth Branagh is 36 Rock musician Scot Alexander Dishwalla is 25 Thought for Today It is only in romances that people undergo a sudden metamorphosis In real life even after the most terrible experiences the main character remains exactly the Isado American modern dance pioneer 1878
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