Tuesday, June 10, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4 o HeraldZottung Q Tuesday June Opinion To talk with Managing ErJtor Margaret Edmonson about the Canton page call 625 9144 Ext 220 raid t t u n g QUOTABLE It is myopic to condemn the coverage of the persona side of politics In presiden tial elections the people are choosing a person not just a bundle of Howell Raines journalist D I T O R I A L Public access channel could bring city government home If a proposed agreement between the city of New Braunfels and TeleCommunications Inc comes to fruition there should be no excuse for missing city council meetings The agreement could give the city a government access chan nel on which to broadcast live city council meetings planning and zoning board meetings and other city government meetings inside council chambers The channel also could deliver a bul letin board for public announcements informational videos on city services and events and live talk shows TCI would pay to to install cable and camera equipment for the broadcast which could be operational by late July or early August Although the government access channel has been a part of the citys franchise pact with TCI the city did not have the money to pay for the equipment that TCI now would fund New Braunfels is venturing into new territory for cities its size by embarking on such an effort Its going to mark the beginning of a new era as far as com munication in this said Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager who is negotiating with TCI Residents will have the opportunity to see government in action and stay up with the makiggy3f in this community It is our hope we can create a model for other communities Attending government meetings sounds about as much fun as getting a root canal but it is an important part of the democratic process Often voters and taxpayers do not make the effort to attend meetings because those meetings take place at inconve nient times or because they would take time away from family With the public access channel city government can be deliv ered to the home with the touch of the remote Taxpayers can keep up with their elected officials while they are eating dinner or spending time with their children City council and TCI are tackling a worthy project that will lead to a better informed electorate which should translate into better government for everyone Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitungManaging Editor Margaret 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 HeraldZeitune Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Managing Editor Ext Edmonson 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 HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coma 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 tire New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 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 Budget agreement leaves something to be desired All government indeed every human benefit and enjoyment every virtue and every prudent act is founded on compromise and barter Burke The budget agreement Congress approved in May represents a classic illustration of Burkes observation I was a lessthanenthusiastic support er of the agreement because like the proverbial hallimply glass it leaves something to be desired At the end of the negotiation process the execu tive branch and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle achieved some not all of their objectives I voted for this agreement despite my reservation because if its assumptions are correct it will lead to a balanced budget in five years We have to keep our eye on the goal of achieving a balanced budget and the agreement focuses on that over arching principle The agreement outlines S85 bil lion in net tax cuts which should include a phasedin perchild tax credit for fami lies a phaseout of income limits for IRA deduc tions but do allow taxfree withdrawal cuts in inheritance taxes and capital gains taxes and edu cation tax credits for college In addition the following provi sions were agreed to an estimated billion for expanded health coverage for needy children S10 billion to restore some bene fits to immigrants Kay Bailey Hutchison Increased spending on schools and the environment A projected billion saving in Medicare spending to keep the program solvent for another decade The agreement does not cut gov ernment spending as much as I would have liked And I am commit ted to providing Americans with sig nificantly more tax relief that this measure allows But it does give us the opportunity to provide some tax relief for working families I suspect that I wasnt the only member of Congress who voted for this measure primarily because it offers a real chance of balancing the federal budget by the year 2002 I continue to believe that deficit spend ing robs this country of its lifes blood mortgaging future generations to pay for what we want to do today Balancing the budget remains a criti cal necessity That said Texans need to under stand some pertinent facts about this budget agreement It doesnt cut spending it limits the growth of spending The savings necessary to balance the budget will come largely in projected savings from reducing the growth of entitlement programs And most important the books are not yet closed A budget resolution is a measure that sets only general targets for spending and revenue It describes the size of the pie and a rough outline of how its to be sliced Specific tax and spending legislation remains to be written That will be the hard part When that process begins my priori ties will remains the same a child tax credit significant capital gains tax cuts expansion of IRAS and the eventual elimination of the death tax This budget gives us an opening to pursue those objectives Kay Bailey Hutchison is a Senator representing True fatherhood in one word commitment This Fathers Day as in years oast children will send cards give gifts or place phone calls to their fathers Many children will simply say Happy Fathers What they mean is Thank you and I love you for being an active and positive part of my On June 15 Fathers Day this scenario will play out with millions of children and their fathers And many men will feel their efforts to raise their children have meant something to their children For children whose fathers take the time to provide for talk to play with advise discipline help listen defend encourage and sacrifice for their children this kind of participa tion can be summed up in one word commitment Sadly not all children will be able to wish their fathers Happy Fathers Day because for whatever reasons their fathers have not been there However the status quo can change Fathers can and should take the necessary steps to be active role mod els for their children In the best of circumstances daughters learn how they should be treated and respected by their boyfriends or husbands by watching their fathers interact with their mothers Likewise sons learn how to treat and respect women through the example set by their fathers The decisions parents make when raising their children make all the Dan Morales difference in the world Child sup port plays a major role in the devel opment of the next generation and in the future of our state Responsibility pride and integrity go hand in hand when it comes to discussing the characteristics of committed fathers A responsible father will provide financially for his children and has the pride and integrity not to push his children off on the government to obtain food clothing and shelter Every child needs caring and responsible parents But government and laws cannot mandate caring par ents As a governmental entity the Office of the Attorney General can only try to locate parents establish paternity and support obligations and enforce those obligations through the IVD child support pro gram The rest is up to the parents More than money is at stake The love affection and respect of chil dren will become more important to fathers as their children grow I encourage all fathers to show that you care and earn your childrens respect by taking responsibility as fathers The decisions parents make when raising their children are criti cal Its not too late to become an active and positive role model in your childrens lives Take the time to establish paternity if you havent done so If you have fallen behind in your childs support payments and would like to work out a repayment plan please call the child support office listed in your local telephone direc tory or call 800 2528014 Your children are counting on you and theyre worth it Dan Morales is the Texas attor ney Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday June 10 the 161st day of 1997 There are 204 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On June 10 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron Ohio by William G Wilson and Dr Robert Smith On this date In 1801 the North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean In 1865 the opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner pre miered in Munich Germany In 1892 the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis nomi nated President Harrison for re election and Whitelaw Reid for vice president Harrison however lost the election to former President In 1922 singeractress Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids Minn In 1940 Italy declared war on France and Britain Canada declared war on Italy In 1942 the Gestapo massacred 173 male residents of Lidice Czechoslovakia in retaliation for the killing of a Nazi official In 1946 Italy replaced its abol ished monarchy with a republic In 1964 the Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill shutting off a fili buster by Southern states In 1967 the Middle East War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nationsmediated ceasefire In 1977 James Earl Ray the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others he was recaptured June 13 In 1981 in Frascati Italy 6year old Alfredo Rampi fell down an artesian well the story ended tragi cally as efforts to rescue him proved futile Ten years ago The leaders of seven major industrial nations ended a threeday summit in Venice proposing no new major economic initiatives but calling for closer coordination of their economies and a stabilizing of for eign currency rates Five years ago President Bush dropped Secretary of State James A Baker ill from his trip to the Earth Summit in Brazil instructing him to step up negotiations for a new agreement with Russia to reduce longrange nuclear missile stockpiles One year ago The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers 10 in triple overtime to win the Stanley Cup in a fourgame sweep Todays Birthdays Britains Prince Philip is 76 Columnist Nat Hentoff is 72 Author Maurice Sendak is 69 Attorney F Lee Bailey is 64 Singer Shirley Alston The Shirelles is 56 Media com mentator Jeff Greenfield is 54 Actor Andrew Stevens is 42 Actress Elisabeth Shue is 34 Modelactress Elizabeth Hurley is 32 Model Linda Evangelista is 32 Rock musician Emma Anderson Lush is 30 Rhythmandblues singer JoJo Jodeci is 26 Rhythmandblues singer Faith Evans is 24 Rhythmandblues singer Lemisha Grinstead 702 is 19 Thought for Today I am firm You are obstinate He is a pighead ed Katharine Whitehorn British newspaper columnist

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