New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 11, 1997, Page 3

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

July 11, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraidZeitung Q Friday July 11 1997 Q3A BUI collectors ask neighbors to knock on debtors door Dear Abby We have a cordial relationship with our nextdoor neighbors but we are not close We are aware that they have been experiencing financial difficulties but they have never revealed any details and we havent asked About three months ago we started receiving calls from collection agencies saying that they had not been able to reach our neighbors and asking us to tell our neighbors to contact them There have been 15 or 20 of these calls usually at dinnertime When I tell them that we have no intention of doing their work for them and embarrassing our neighbors they become even rude I am infuriated by this invasion of our privacy and the harassment to which we are being subjected because these agencies cant do their job If they have our neighbors address and have had no response to their letters they should send someone in person to speak to shouldnt ask us to do it Abby is this legal And is there any regulatory agency we can contact to keep from being bothered HARRASSED IN SANTA CLARIT A CALIF Dear Harassed No its not legal According to the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act you should have receivedno more than one phone call You can deal with this problem in one of two ways Call the local office of the Fair Trade Commission and file a complaint and they will go after the collector Or contact the local bar association and consult a consumer protection attorney My experts tell me that you may be entitled to damages Dear Abby My husbands brother and his wife live next door to us Until recently we were all best friends My sisterinlaw and I did everything together Not long ago she accused me of doing something that she later found out I had not done Even after finding this out she has not apologized for accusing me We were best friends for nine years but now she wont even look in my direction I am hurt that she accused me before she gotall the facts and angry that she never bothered to apologize How should I Jiandle this Can we still be friends NOT SO GUILTY AFTER ALL Dear Not So Guilty Your sister inlaw may be so embarrassed about her mistake that shes reluctant to approach you Since the friendship is clearly important to you be the bigger person and make the first move Tell her you are relieved that she learned the truth and youd like to put the incident behind you so you can continue to be close friends Dear Abby In regard to the family whose parents failed to keep in touch on a road trip and therefore couldnt be located when a grandparent died you advised The best policy is to leave a detailed itinerary with friends or family a point of checking in I would like to add another suggestion Before going on the road invest in a longdistance pager The cost is reasonable and can even include a tollfree pager number Give the number to a couple of trusted friends or family members Back this up with voicemail service on your home phone and check your messages daily If you call during offpeak hours the cost will be minimal Thats what I did and it certainly gave me peace of mind ELLEN K HOWE WEST COVINA CALIF Dear Ellen An excellent idea Thanks for sharing it Governor speaks softly and By MICHAEL HOLMES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Hes softspoken about it now but hell be back Gov George W Bush is telling supporters he will seek reelection next year In louder voices Republicans call it bad news for Democrats But Democratic leaders say they arent about to concede a race that fo far has no Democratic candidate Bush told a fundraising event for state Rep Beverly Woolley R Houston this week that Ive just returned from a retreat with my wife Laura and I have an announcement to make Im running for The Houston Chronicle reported that the crowd of 250 attending the event in a private home wildly applauded his announcement Last month The Associated Press obtained copies of a Bush mailing asking supporters for campaign contributions to get his reelection bid off to a good But for the record Bush spokesman Ray Sullivan said Thursday that an official reelection announcement remains pending Still theres no doubt what that announcement will be Gov Bush is telling friends and supporters privately that he intends to seek reelection He will make a formal announcement at a later Sullivan said Any chance of a change of heart Sullivan conceded Bush is only the second Republican elected governor since Reconstruction But so far no a great big bid Democrat has decided to challenge him Fourterm Land Commissioner Garry Mauro is considering the race but has made no announcement The 1998 election also presents an unusual opportunity for Republican hopefuls in the five other top statewide races Democratic Lt Gov Bob Bullock whos held statewide office since 1974 is stepping down Democratic Comptroller John Sharp and Republican Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry are vying for that job Only Democratic Attorney General Dan Morales is seeking reelection I dont see anybody out there on the horizon that could prevent anything but a landslide victory for Gov GOP consultant Mark Sanders said Advocacy group pushes for campaign spending limits By RICHARD CARELLJ Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are not the only folks discussing campaign spending reform these days One advocacy group is trying to ignite a constitutional debate over political money one it hopes will reach the Supreme Court The Brennan Center for Justice would like to see the court overturn its 1976 decision allowing candidates for office to spend as much of their own money as they want The constitutional lines on campaign financing need to be said fir Joshua Rosenkranz of the Brennan Center Campaign spending is protected speech up to a point and then it stops being speech and becomes an exercise in raw power It becomes more about Founded in 1995 at New York Universitys law school and named for retired Supreme Court Justice William J Brennan the centers stated mission is strengthening the foundations of democracy ensuring equal justice and fair treatment of High on its agenda overturning that 1976 Supreme Court decision which the center contends has caused great harm to the political process In its Buckley vs Valeo ruling the court upheld limits on what individuals and political committees can contribute to political candidates but struck down limits on how much of their own money candidates can spend Capping such spending would violate freespeech rights the court ruled It was wrong to treat contributions and spending Rosenkranz said It was wrong to conclude that the government has no legitimate interest in diminishing the volume of very powerful speakers to ensure that fainter voices get How do you undo a Supreme Court interpretation of the Constitution One way is through amendment a move the Senate already has rejected But Rosenkranz is hoping to persuade the highest court to reverse itself We believe the right test case could bring about the courts allowing reasonable caps on he said One possible vehicle for such reconsideration is a legal dispute over a Cincinnati ordinance that limited what city council candidates could spend in their campaigns The Brennan Centers foe in such debates most often has been the American Civil Liberties Union They advocate restrictions on the First said the ACLUs Laura Murphy Restrictions on spending are infringements on the freedom of speech the First Amendment The ACLUs position has been that Congress has no business limiting either candidates expenditures or supporters contributions Ironically the Supreme Courts three most conservative members Chief Justice William H Rehnquist and Justices Anton in Scalia and Clarence Thomas agree with the ACLU Its a matter of the First Amendment bringing out their libertarian Murphy said On his side of the debate Rosenkranz also acknowledges a bit of irony The 1976 decision in Buckley vs Valeo was unsigned but Supreme Court lore identifies its author as William J Brennan k JUKEBOXPOOL SHUFFLEBOARD SATURDAY JULY 12 PRIVATE PARTY SUNDAY JULY 13 OPEN 4pw 625HALL 255 Saengerhalle N B New Braunfels ISO Board of Trustees The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees took the following action at a meeting held on July 8 Recognized Area Media Honor Roll recipients Approved minutes from meetings on June 17 June 26 and July 1 Approved authorization to contract with the New Braunfels Police Department for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Canine Detection Service The cost of the program is for the school year The canine units perform random drug checks on nontest days throughout the year on various campuses and respond when drugs are suspected to be on campuses Approved the appointments of Kristy Castilleja Jill Jeffrey Douglas Konomos Lee Ellen Little Eaine Moore Tricia Nail Kimberly Recio Catherine Ritchie and Mary Ellen Yonker Approved the reassignment of Genelle Parra Approved the resignation of Gail Engler Lance Lackey and Kane Lorenz Approved a leave of absence for Shana Behling and Jennifer Parker Approved the transportation drivers handbook Approved the following payments to architects engineers and contractors for Dyna for Bexar Environmental for Texas Scenic and and for Jessen Inc Approved the June 1997 tax office report which shows in total collections and for CED collections Awarded the Wright Medical Scholarship to Angela Eikel The scholarship pays per year for a period not to exceed three years Eikel has been accepted by the Baptist Memorial Nursing School Approved the Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education grant The grant was effective July1 and runs through June 30 1998 Approved ESEA Title II Federal application If approved would be awarded for the districts use toward professional development activities Approved the Federal Special Education IDEAB and IDEAB Preschool Program Grants The grant award for IDEAB for the 19971998 school year is and the grant award for IDEAB Preschool is Approved the lunchroom prices for the 19971998 school year The prices will remain the same as the 19961997 school year Approved a payment of to the law firm of Walsh Anderson Underwood Schulze Aldridge Received a report on the Youth Leadership New Braunfels Approved the Business and Education Resource Directory which is a joint effort between NBISD the Comal Independent School District the city of New Braunfels and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Approved PDAS PolicyDNA Local Teacher Appraisal Approved the revision and renewal of the Ombudsman Educational Services Contract to provide an alternative education program for the 19971998 school year Received a report on the July Investment Schedule The interest gained at maturity was and the ending balance in the Old High School Restoration Fund was Received a report on the 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