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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                IP HeraldZeitung O Tuesday May Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 1 QUOTABLE differences9 between men and women we have come to appreciate remain cause for celebration but not for denigration of the members of either sex or for artificial constraints on an individuals Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court Justice EDITORIAL Petition energy best spent elsewhere A petition that supports the posting of the Ten Commandments in all courts of law within Comal County and calls for each court proceed ing to begin with prayer is being circulated in the area While a noble cause it would seem that the energy being expended would be better served elsewhere The issue is not one of separation of church and state It is one of common sense Just as prayer will never be eliminated from schools as long as tests continue to be given God will never be too far from the courtroom as long as there is crime and punishment While the government should not advance any form of religion neither should it be compelled to promote the issue The Founding Fathers belief in a higher being documented The currency we carry in our pockets each day is a reminder that our trust is in Him We invoke His name each time we recite the Pledge of Allegiance And when in court we swear with His help to tell the truth Belief in God is as much a part of the American spirit as the Fourth of July and base ball But it would seem that there are more pressing issues that need our time talents and attention Todays editorial was written by Herald Zeitung Managing Editor Micah 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitiuig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the 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 Braunfels HeraldZeiiung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 i t u n g Opinion Online 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 NBHZeitung@AOL.com Hutchison bill aims tokeep Uncle Sam on the job Congress shouldnt have to choose between making decisions in haste decisions that may turn out to be unwise or letting large sectors of the federal government shut down twice because Congress and the executive branch failed to reach consensus on the 1996 fiscal year budget But I dont believe Congress should have to throw money on the table because it is forced to meet a budget deadline 01 te faced with shutting down the government Shutting down the government shouldnt be an option And a government shut down when all is said and done doesnt solve any thing because Congress cannot in good conscience refuse to pay government employees who by law are forbid den to work as volunteers without pay even if they so Prudent budget decisions have to be made without a threat hanging over the heads of Congress And the American people have a right to expect that their government will continue to oper ate in a safe orderly and reliable fash ion regardless of political differences I am sponsoring a bill to prevent a government shutdown in the fall of Kay Bailey Hutchison 1997 if the appropriations process col lapses as it did in the fall of 1995 It is not that I expect another crisis to occur But my legislation offers the Ameri can people insurance and assur ance the past wont be repeated The 1995 episode had an enormous impact on peoples lives More than government employees were iurloughed including thousands of Tex ans People going on longawaited vacations couldnt enter parks and museum Veterans worried if their ben efits would arrive on time My bill establishes an automatic safetynet funding mechanism for fiscal year 1998 that will be triggered only if regular appropriations bills are not signed into law by the president It would authorize continued funding of all government functions at 98 percent of fiscal year 1997 levels while Con gress and the executive branch contin ue to negotiate This will keep the government func tioning while we work toward com pletion of the appropriations process Attempting to create a balanced bud get is one of the toughest tasks gov ernment faces whether on the local state or federal level While legitimate debate is critical to the democratic process we should have a safeguard in place to protect the American people from indecision The bill I have intro duced offers just such a failsafe mech anism Kay Bailey Hutchison is a sen ator representing mverooeiiKenso offers sage advice to prospective car buyers Most Texans think about getting another vehicle every few years The problem is not lack of choices rather it is how to make sense out of all the choices available to us The first choice is whether the new car should be new used or leased As a consumer service we at the Office of the Attorney General have put together these commonsense tips to help you determine which choice best fits your individual circumstances best If you plan to keep a car for a long time you might consider buying a new car For the first several years it will be under warranty and once the car is paid for the cost of running it should be fairly low assuming no major mechanical problems While the payments may be higher than for a leased or used vehicle in the long run buying a new car may still be the most economical way to go The biggest advantage to buying a used car is the initial price Because you dont have to pay for the sharp drop in value that occurs the moment a new car is driven off the lot the price can be very cheap But that isnt the Dan Morales whole story There are disad vantages to buy ing a used vehi cle For example you may not get the latest safety and convenience features depend ing on the age of the you may not know its complete mainte nance and repair history and you may not know the driving habits of the previous owners Leasing has caught on largely because of rising new car prices Last year leasing accounted for more than 30 percent of all the new cars rolling off dealer lots Late model used and program cars also are being leased in part because of the large number of leased new cars being returned to deal ers after the usual threeyear lease peri od Personal driving habits are the best guide to whether you should lease a vehicle Leasing is appropriate for peo ple who expect to trade in every few years who dont have much money for a down payment who dont put high mileage on their cars or who need a car that always looks showroom ready The advantage of leasing is having low payments compared to a car pur chase The disadvantage is that you do not own anything of value when the lease expires Leasing generally requires a good credit record Once you have decided which kind of car you want its time to get the best value for the vehicle currently in your possession A good starting place is to do research to find out what your car or truck is currently worth Consult the Kelley Blue Book and NERD Used Car Guide to get a rough value on your tradein Consider the condi tion of your old vehicle when setting what you consider a fair offer Negoti ate the value of your tradein vehicle just as you will the cost of the new vehicle and shop around for the best tradein offer Wash the car and clean the interior before showing it to the dealer Or you may choose to sell your old car then use the money as a down payment This probably will bring you a better price than you can get by trad ing in On the other hand your taxes will probably be higher if you take this approach since you will be paying on the full price of the new car rather than on a price discounted by the tradein Many new and used car price listings and buying guides are available includ ing the Consumer Reports new car guide Consumers Digest the Kelley Blue Book Edmunds Used Car Prices and the National Automobile Dealers Association Official Used Car Guide These cover repair histories dealer costs customer satisfaction ratings and related costs They are available at the public library and at bookstores and many are also available online Since most car prices are set by dickering with the dealer or current owner this information will help you determine a fair starting offer For more information on these and other consumer issues be sure to visit the Texas OAG Web site at Dan Morales is the attorney general for the State of Today in History The Associated Press Today is Tuesday May 27 the 147th day of 1997 There are 218 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Sixty years ago on May the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County was opened to the public On this date In 1647 the first recorded Amer ican execution of a witch took place in Massachusetts In 1896 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St Louis and East St Louis 111 In 1933 Walt Disneys Acade my Awardwinning animated short The Three Little Pigs was released In 1935 the Supreme Court struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act In 1936 the Cunard liner Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage In 1941 amid rising world ten sions President Roosevelt pro claimed an unlimited national In 1941 the German battleship Bismarck sank off France with a loss of lives In 1964 independent Indias first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru died In 1977 New York City fined human fly George H Willig one penny for each of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center he scaled the day before In 1985 in a brief ceremony in Beijing representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997 Ten years ago The Rev Jerry Falwell responding to comments by Jim Bakker denied hoodwinking Bakker into giving up control of the PTL ministry Five years ago The 12nation European Community imposed trade sanctions on Serbia to stop its interference in BosniaHerzegov ina One year ago Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a cease fire to the war in Chechnya in his first meeting with the rebels leader Todays Birthdays Novelist Her man Wouk is 82 Actor Christopher Lee is 75 Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 74 Actress Lee Meriwether is 62 Musician Ramsey Lewis is 62 Actor Louis Gossett Jr is 61 Country singer Don Williams is 58 Actor Bruce Weitz is 54 Sen Christopher Dodd D is 53 Singer Bruce Cock burn is 52 Singer Siouxsie Sioux Siouxsie and the Banshees is 40 Rock musician Eddie Harsch The Black Crowes is 40 Rock singer musician Neil Finn The Finn Brothers is 39 Actress Cathy Sil vers is 36 Actor Todd Bridges is 32 Rock musician Sean Kinney Alice In Chains is 31 Rhythmandblues singer Left Eye TLC is 26 Rapper Andre Outkast is 23 Thought for Today History is not of course a cookbook offer ing pretested recipes It teaches by analogy not by maxims It can illu minate the consequences of actions in comparable situations yet each generation must discover for itself what situations are in fact compa I lenry Kissinger   

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