New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 24, 1997, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 24, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeraldZeitung g Sunday August Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 QUOTABLE press must create that atmos phere of moderation and courtesy in which advocates of contrary views and interests are most likely to listen as well as talk to each Archibald MacLeish poet D I T O R I Comal ISO facility issues require serious study In todays HeraldZeitung we are launching a series of articles exploring the issues behind the Comal Inde pendent School Districts report from the longrange planning committee Everyone in the county knows the population is expanding at a high pace and much of that growth is taking place in the Bulverde and Canyon Lake areas As the population grows so does the demand on the school system Comal ISD officials saw a need for facilities back in 1993 and managed to get two bond issues approved in 1994 and 1995 for new facilities Three campuses opened this past school year and Spring Branch Middle School opens in January Now the LRPC has proposed million in con struction renovations and expansions across the district Committee members explained they did not want to make cuts they wanted the trustees to make those cuts Trustees now have the unenviable task of whittling down what could be a sizable bond issue into something voters might be willing to approve No one argues that education is the top priority and we should do all we can to make sure our children get everything they need to learn and grow However we encourage trustees to take a hard look at the numbers at the needs and at the funding Trustees already have indicated a strong interest in protecting the interests of the taxpayers and hopefully that will remain the trend as the decisionmaking process continues Hopefully with proper planning and the right deci sions Comal ISD can do what is right and best for the children of the district without putting too much hard ship on the taxpayers Today s editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Margaret Write us The Neu 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 Her aldZeitung 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney 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 Published un Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Hruunfeb HeraUZnitung USPS 377880 707 Lancia or Drawer 311328 New Brauri tels Comal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday Pus i MAS I b K Send address changes to the New Bruunfels HwatdZeitung 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 newspapers address is 1 How the government misrepresents tax relief How would you like a 70 percent pay raise overnight It sounds like a con artists pitch But in fact its some thing that the U S Department of the Treasury has already done for most middleincome American families to determine who benefits from tax relief Of course no one has seen more money in their paychecks Congress Joint Economic Committee reports that the government uses an arcane and questionable method of determining Americans incomes that only a very small group of academic specialists outside of Washington would have any familiarity It is no surprise that the media and many others use this misleading infor mation to make the false claim that tax relief will benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middleclass According to the Joint Econom ic Committee the Treasurys mea suring stick is warped It over states the incomes of most families by 70 to 100 per cent For example it classifies as income the rental value of a home Even if you never intend to rent your home to someone else the government considers that mythical rental income as money in your pocket Fringe benefits that are not taxable such as your employers share of health insurance premiums are also included Lamar Smith in the governments calculations of your The impact of this warped calcula tion according to the Joint Economic Committee is that a family earning about according to the tax tables is considered to cam And a family earning annual ly is transformed into a income family for the governments purpos es In addition there are millions of Americans on welfare who do not pay taxes but are included in the govern ments survey If they have no tax able income why include then in the assessment of who gains from tax relief This helps explain why the appearance of who benefits from tax relief has been misrepresented All middleincome families appear wealth ier when their incomes are compared to welfare recipients The fact is that middleclass Amer icans will benefit from the tax relief bill just enacted by Congress and the pres ident despite whats been written about this historic reform Congress has provided American families with a first installment on tax relief at a time when 40 percent of many families incomes go to federal state and local governments The steady upward march of tax rates has been halted But we still have much work to do including eventually eliminating the estate tax to help preserve family business Lamar Smith represents the 21st District in the tenan veto yitn Letters to the Editor Some parents deserve to have children some dont Editor The recent articles of Mr Bob Rein er and Ms Karen Owens provoke my following views on the causes of emo tional problem kids I do admire both concerns I fail to see where kids born with disorders that causes them to become emotional problem kids can be blamed on bad parenting Parents can pray love and cope while doing their best in making such kids lives less painful and happy as they try the best they can to help them improve Its a struggle for both parents and kids in such predicaments that can lead to dis torted marriages and families Im speaking from experience with two of my kids who were bom with problems stated above lived a horrible life and were buried before they reached their fifth birthdays My wife doctor and 1 did all possible to save them but they suf fered and died anyway Parents can however create emo tionally problem kids just like Mr Rein er said and by subjecting their kids to Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Aug 24 the 236th day of 1997 There are 129 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug 24 79 longdormant Mount Vesuvius erupted burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Hercula neum in volcanic ash An estimated people died On this date In 410 Rome was overrun by the Visigoths an event that symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 1572 the slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris In 1814 British forces invaded Washington and proceeded to gutter life styles and home environ ments filled with sex orgies booze and dope while neglecting their kids basic needs of safety security and basic sup port at home and especially at school This lifestyle cast shame disgust low selfesteem low morale lack of self respect and embarrassment at the loss of family dignity and respect as he faces peers at school and in his neighbor hood Coupled with punches and back hands to their mouth and parent molesta tions these kids are sent to school with empty bellies and expected to some how learn Then they must return home with nothing to look forward to except more of the same day after day Parents are supposed to set proper role model positive examples Instead many parents dont deserve to have kids and should be locked up for the way they treat them Jerry E Dougherty Spring Branch Not much worse than cigarette butts Editor Its bad enough that people blatantly CHOOSE to throw trash from their set fire to the Capitol and the White House In 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States traveling from Los Ange les to Newark in just over 19 hours In 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty went into effect In 1954 the Communist Control Act went into effect virtually outlawing the Communist Party in the United States In 1959 three days after Hawaiian statehood Hiram L Fong was sworn in as the first ChineseAmerican Sen ator while Daniel K Inouye was sworn in as the first JapaneseAmerican Representative In 1968 France became the worlds fifth thermonuclear power as it expiod automobiles but what could be poten tially worse is tossing cigarette butts out the windows Why is this you may ask Simple Because a variety of animals most often birds eat them And cannot digest them This synthet ic material clogs their digestive sys tems and these animals die a very painful and unnecessary death This is a horrible tragedy So if you are one of the many who chooses to toss your butts out the window please reconsid er Think of what it would be like to experience such intense pain and then remember that it could be literally YOUR butt that caused it Besides its littering anyway The Earth thanks you and so do I Rhonda Bush New Braunfels Oh yeah were ash trays designed for something other than those butts Burroughs Pathfinder bring Mars to Earth Years ago I used to read the Edgar Rice Burroughs books about Mars I loved them ed a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacif ic In 1970 a bomb planted by antiwar extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsins Army Math Research Cen ter in Madison killing 33yearold researcher Robert Fassnacht In 1981 Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of rock star John Lennon Ten years ago A military jury in Quantico sentenced Marine Sgt Clayton Lonetree to 30 years in prison for disclosing secrets to the Soviet Union The sentence was later reduced with additional time off for good behav ior Lonetree ended up serving eight years in a military Five years ago Hurricane Andrew At that time I had no idea we would have such wonderful information and pictures on our televisions today Won derful Helen W McLoad New Braunfels Comal ISD should establish new planning committee Editor Thank you for the guest column by John Bertelsen It provided very sig nificant insight into how the LRPC of the CISD developed the massive million facilities needs As a resident of Comal County with strong feelings for the need to have successful public schools I was appalled at the size of the estimate I am concerned that a bond issue this size will be over whelming rejected by the voters leav ing the school system with nothing I would like to suggest that it may be appropriate for the school board toseri ously consider establishing a new LRPC rather than trying to pass such a massive bond issue Joe M Bonem New Braunfels smashed into Florida causing record damage S3 deaths in Florida Louisiana and the Bahamas were blamed on the storm China and South Korea estab lished diplomatic ties One year ago Four women began two days of academic orientation at The Citadel they were the first female cadets admitted to the South Carolina military school since Shannon Faulkner Todays Birthdays TV personality Durward Kirby is 85 Former educa tion secretary Shirley Hufstedler is 72 Composermusicianauthor Mason Williams is 59 Rock musician Jim Capaldi Traffic is 53 Rock musician Ken Hensley Uriah Heep is 52 Actor Joe Regalbuto is 48 Boxer Gerry Cooney is 41 Actor Steve Guttenberg is 39 I n 10 10 ;

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