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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4A n MeraldZeftuna n Wednesday December Opinion talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 Opinion OnHiM contAct To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is D I T O R I A I Public rights Tuesday night in a closed door session the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees decided which of two candidates they want to hire as interim school superin tendent In the box below is what the school board members want you the taxpayers and parents of NBISD students to know about their choice Thats correct The box is blank NBISD school board mem bers told reporters that they decided in executive session not to tell the public who their choice was to lead the school district for what remains a yet undetermined length of time School board members actions indicate they believe that the taxpayers parents and students should not know the name or qualifications of the person they plan to select as the interim chief administrator of NBISD Thats wrong and posssibly illegal If phone calls and letters to the editor to the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung are an indication public confidence in the NBISD school board is extremely low In less than four months a high school principal and assistant principal have been reassigned The superintendent of 13 years has resigned and some students staged a walkout over the actions of the school board All this occurred after a shift in power created in part by the election of two new school board members Steve Weaver and Carlos Campos One of the campaign slogans used during the election campaign by Campos was Lets put the public back in public Once again a promise made a promise broken However Campos and Weaver articulate intelligent and per suasive as they are could not have done this by themselves Apparently all seven members of the school board believe its best to be secretive about how and whom they select to lead the school district The publics right to know and the best interests of the students parents and taxpayers are not being served by the secretive methods of the school board At worst they have violated the Texas Open Meetings Law and the Texas Public Information Act At best they have betrayed their obligation to serve their constituents in an open and public manner Either way they are wrong Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Publisher and Editor Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation arid known factual errors Letters should be kept to 260 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 Osteen Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery fressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Interim Managing Editor Ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung DSPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comai County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupc 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 pji Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Qonzalo Qarza Bom in New Braunfels and currently resides in Austin Bachelor of Arts degree from St Marys University in San Antonio in 1953 Masters degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio in 1954 Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 Appointed by the Texas Education Agency to oversee the Eagle Pass from March to September of 1993 to correct internal problems Interim superintendent at San Marcos Consolidated from February to June 1996 Associate superintendent for Austin from 1991 to 1992 Interim superintendent for Austin from 1990 to 1991 Associate superintendent for Austin from 1982 to 1990 Superintendent of San Marcos from 1979 to 1982 Superintendent of Eagle Pass from 1977 to 1979 Deputy superintendent for General Instruction Services for the Houston from 1974 to 1977 Adjunct professor for Texas A M University Thomas E Moseley resides in San Antonio Bachelor of science degree from North Texas State University in 1955 Master of education degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1967 Superintendent of schools for Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio from 1980 to 1996 Principal of Theodore Roosevelt High School in San Antonio from 1975 to 1980 Principal of Nimitz Middle School in San Antonio from 1972 to 1975 Assistant principal at Robert E Lee High School in San Antonio from 1967 to 1972 Biology and student council sponsor at Robert E Lee High School in San Antonio from 1963 to 1967 Biology at Hondo High School from 1955 to 1963 Legislature remains busy in the interim Although the Texas Constitution limits regular legislative sessions to 140 days every two years the wide range of topics facing Texas are not bound by the same said Lt Gov Bob Bullock All in all the work of the Senate interim committees this year is as diverse as the landscape of the Lone Star State But they do share one com mon goal And that is to do what is best for His words reflect the 199596 interim efforts of 31 state senators Indeed the interim at hand affords legislators challenging opportunities to work directly with Texans who are interested in addressing critical timely issues By appointing five interim commit tees and assigning charges to 10 standing commit tees of the Senate Bullock afforded every senator the privilege of serving on at least four commit tees Whats more Speaker Pete Laney appointed eight house joint committees and Gov George Bush named nine groups to study critical issues facing the state In a previous column I discussed the interim charges issued to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services that I chair This column briefly discusses the lieutenant governors charges to the other committees on which I serve As a member of the Senate Education Commit tee I welcome feedback not only from educators at all levels but also from Texans who understand that education is the longterm solution to contem porary societal problems Better educated persons generally qualify for more and better paying jobs understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and are more likely to be productive and wellinformed citizens Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday 11 the 346th day of 1996 There are 20 days left in the year Todays Highlight In History Fifty years ago on Dec 11 1946 the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund UNICEF was established Onthlsdats In 1719 the first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis took place in New England In 1792 Frances King Louis XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason Louis was convicted and executed the following In 1819 Indiana became the 19th state In 1872 Americas first black governor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana In police in Buenos Aires Argentina thwart ed an attempt on the life of Presidentelect Herbert Hoover Judith Zaffirini Guest Column Chaired by Sen Bill Ratliff RMt Pleasant the Senate Education Committee is comprised of five Republicans and four Democrats Our interim charges include monitoring the implementation of the public education reform bill of 1995 and mak ing recommendations regarding the role of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board My priorities on this committee include increas ing access to higher education and ensuring that our college and university libraries meet standards of excellence Every Texan including those who live in counties that dont have colleges or universities should enjoy the right to com plete a college or university education I especially support programs that allow students to work their way through college Excellent libraries are essential in any enlightened community just as they are a critical platform from which to build undergraduate and graduate academic programs A fouryear universi ty with an inferior library for example has ho hope of offering doctoral programs Serving on the Senate Finance Committee chaired by Sen John Montford DLubbock allows me to gain deeper insight into the workings of state government and to prioritize funding important programs while streamlining others without increasing taxes As in 1993 the 1995 hi 1938 60 years ago Britains King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson In 1937 Italy withdrew from the League of Nations In 1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the United States which responded in kind In 1981 a aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon the first direct Amer ican military support for South Vietnams battle against Communist guerrillas In 1981 the Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peruto be the fifth eral of the world body Tan ago The government of South Africa drastically expanded its 6monthold media restric tions by imposing prior censorship and banning coverage of a wide range of peaceful antiapartheid protests Five yaajrs A jury in West Palm Beach Fla acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault and battery rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bow man European Community leaders meeting in the Texas Legislature balanced the state budget with out increasing taxes or establishing new ones The outlook for Texas taxpayers is good for Bush Bullock and Laney pledged anew that taxes would not be raised in 1997 The nine Democrats and four Repblicans who serve on the committee agree TheGeneral Investigating Committee on which I serve focuses on reviewing state ing procedures with the goal of reforming these practices to prevent and detect fraud Working closely with the Office of the State Auditor this committee has reviewed hundreds of contracts and is identifying waste issues that cut across all state agencies As chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services it is my privilege to preside at hearings related to Medicaid reform welfare reform children in nursing homes investi gations of abuse and neglect in mental health and mental retardation facilities immunization pro grams and restricting minors access to alcohol ana tobacco The bipartisan consensus typically deveK oped by the five Democrats and four Republicans on our committee is impressive My previous umn described the interim substantive work of our committee j The work of the interim committees on which f serve is both challenging and rewarding Prompting the of all Texans is my most fundamen tal responsibility As President Thomas Jefferson observed care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good Judith Zaffirini of Laredo represents the 21st District in the Texas Dutch city of Maastricht hammered out a compromise for a loose federation of their countries yaar ago Utah Congresswoman Enid Greene Waldholtz held an emotional news confer ence in which she publicly addressed the scandal surrounding her personal and Campaign finances and blamed the mess on her estranged husband Joe Todays Birthdays Producer Carlo Pooti is 83 f Nobel Prizewinning author Alexander Sotznenitsyn is jj 78 Actress Betsy Blair is 73 Actor JeanLouis nant is 66 Actress Rita Moreno is 65 Actor Ron jj Carey is 61 California state senator Tom Hayden 57 Pop singer David Gates Bread is 56 Max Baucus is 55 Actress Donna Mills 4 53 Senator John Kerry is 53 Singer Brent da Lee is 52 Actress Lynda Day George Is Actress Teri Garr is 48 Singer Jermaine Jackson Is 42 RocK musician Nikki Sixx Mpttey Crue is 38 Thought for Today I see no wisdom in saving up indignation for a rainy Heywpod Broun American journalist
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