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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeraldZeitung Q Sunday August Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 Opinion wHHMP COfltftCt letters and guest fifectronlcally by way of onlfne services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the newspapers address is QUOTA In China there is too much good news in the United States there is too much bad Yijun Zhang journalist EDITOR TxDOT should not leave out 135 expansion here New Braunfels city and chamber leaders who traveled to Austin Thursday heard some promising news The Texas Transportation Commission instructed its staff to study funding for Interstate 35 expansion in Comal County The stretch of particular concern to Comal County lies between Texas 46 and FarmtoMarket 306 This past year the commission approved million to expand 135 to eight lanes from South Loop 337 to just south of Texas 46 Local leaders were under the assumption that the work would continue to FM 306 and were disap pointed when funding was denied We were a little surprised the money wasnt approved last Sen Jeff Wentworth said Weve been waiting a long time Weve been patient Theres no question its Wentworth told transportation commissioners that the stretch between Texas 46 and FM 306 was causing traf fic accidents and discouraged tourists from visiting New Braunfels New Braunfels does not want the reputation for being the city where 135 bottlenecks Many people use the interstate traveling for business and pleasure and New Braunfels does not want those drivers taking alternate routes because of a traffic bottleneck on 135 Transportation Commissioner Anne Wynne told her staff to review the highway projects I dont want to leave out she said We dont want the state to leave out anything either especially this project which is vitally important to New Braunfels and everyone who lives from Austin to San Antonio Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing 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to the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre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 on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Mw Bmuiifeh HtfivldZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Uraunfels Comal County IX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New HuruldZeitung in New Urauniels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Ouadalupe 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 on Sunday POSTMARK Send address changes to the Brautijels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Brauntels Tx 781311328 Senator seeks answers to pressing questions The best part of this job is hearing what Texans from all over the state have to say The hard part is getting the views of all 18 million of us While in the Senate I have kept my election pledge not to make use of the franking privilege free postage for members of Congress to conduct surveys for political purposes But Im still vitally interested in whats on your mind So to help my staff and me obtain feedback from constituents I hope you will take time to answer our annual survey Mail in your opinions and observations A big thanks to your local newspaper for publishing this ques tionnaire The three earlier surveys showed that Texans have excellent insights to offer regarding Americas most press ing issues I look forward to reading your responses SURVEY QUESTIONS Taxes Do you believe that tax reductions should come in the form of an across theboard reduction in the income tax rate Or do you support more targeted tax incentives For example to encour age savings for college or retirement If Congress could throw out our cur rent tax system and start fresh would you favor a consumption tax instead of Kay Bailey Hutchison an income tax Or a flat income tax of 20 percent for everyone Any other reform Congress efforts to be fis cally responsible may result in a budget surplus in the near future If a surplus occurs do you think Con gress should use it to reduce the national debt or provide Americans with additional tax relief Campaign finance Do you support forming federal campaign finance laws by imposing stricter limits on contributions by individuals By unions By corpo rations By noncitizen permanent residents Do you believe there should be lim its on the amount of their own money individuals or organizations can spend to support or oppose candidates or spe cific political issues There are no such restrictions currently Why or why not Some proposals for campaign finance reform inchkfe public gov ernment of political cam paigns Do you favor such a pran Are there other specific reforms you support Education Do you support or oppose the estab lishment of standardized achievement tests for all public schools Trade Since NAFTA was implemented in 1993 there has been a dramatic increase in jobs and export growth in Texas and the What are your views on expanding NAFTA to include Chile and the rest of Latin America Environment Do you support Congressional efforts to roll back excessive regulation by federal agencies Most endangered species live on pri vate property Do you believe that pri vate property owners have a role to play in the effort to protect species Transportation The new budget bill that just passed includes more than billion for Amtrak on the condition that the rail way makes meaningful reforms in the way it operates Do you believe it serves our national interest to main tain rail passenger service Foreign policy Do you favor further expansion of the NATO alliance Do you believe the United States should spend more money less money or about the same amount it does now to support NATO Do you believe our European allies are paying their fair share of the bill Energy Congress is considering deregula tion of the electricity industry Some analysts suggest that deregulation could cut electricity prices by 25 percent for the average family There would how ever be transitional and operational costs borne by each electricity con sumer Do you believe electricity deregulation would be beneficial to you Arts funding Do you favor federal arts funding Would it make a difference if most of the support were to go directly to the states allowing state arts commissions to decide which institutions or groups were to receive grants Please send responses to me at 284 Russell Senate Office Building Wash ington look forward to hearing from you Kay Bailey Hutchison is a Sen ator representing r Letters to the Editor We need to get our priorities in order Editor My letter is directed to the sheriffs department 1 have lived in Comal County all my life and have never seen law enforcement as bad as it is now I thought if we changed sheriffs maybe we would get someone who would enforce the law but it is not happening We have had people speeding for the last four years that I have observed and its all as bad today as four years ago I called the sheriffs department about speeders the other day and the dispatcher told me that the officer assigned to this area did not have a radar in his car so he couldnt stop speeders The sheriff asked for ten new radar systems and the county judge cut it in half Why is she so powerful in Comal County There is a thing going now about an indoor swimming pool need ed by the county at a cost of over million What are human lives worth nowadays Much less than an indoor swimming pool Also a physical fitness building is needed Where does all this spending end We have had the same people speeding on our street for the last four years and have continued to do so I would like to know whose responsibility it is to stop these people from speeding Raising taxes and assessing home value higher each year is not the answer to all these problems Get behind inflation to lower the prices is the answer to most of the financial problems we are having and dont forget we need to concentrate on pri orities in order to get the jobs done So lets cut out all this spending and get back to the basics of business Thank you Weldon F Nance New Braunfels Write em Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 2022245922 FAX 202224 0776 Local Office 8023 Vantage J Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Phone 210340 2885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Russell Senate Office Washington Phone 2022242934 FAX 2022282856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Anto nio TX 78216 Phone 210366 9494 FAX 2103662016 Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Aug 31 the 243rd day of 1997 There are 122 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug inventor Thomas A Edison received a patent for his a device which pro duced moving pictures On this date In 1886 an earthquake rocked Charleston killing up to 110 peo ple In 1935 President Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of arms to belligerents In 1941 the radio program The Great Gildersleeve made its debut on NBC In 1954 Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern United States resulting in nearly 70 deaths Marciano in Iowa iday ity labor an agree In the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago became inde pendent within the British Common wealth In Roci died in a airplane the day befog his 46th 1 In IttOjblands So movement born wrt ment signed in Gdansk that ended a 17 day strike In 1985 Richard Ramirez later con victed of Californias Night Stalk er killings was captured by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood la people were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos Calif IQ 1984 the Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a vessel in the Black Sea caus ing bojh vessels to sink up to 448 peo ple reportedly died Ten years ago The Justice Depart ment challenged the constitutionality of the 1978 Ethics in Government Act which provided for the appointment of independent counsels The Supreme Court upheld the law Five years ago White separatist Randy Weaver surrendered to authori ties in Naples Idaho ending an 11 the lives of Weavers wife son and a deputy marshal One year ago Seven people drowned when their vehicle rolled into John D Long Lake in Union They had gone to see a monument to the sons of Susan Smith who had drowned the two boys in October 1994 New York City police famine body of 4 yearold Nadine Lockwood in her fam ilys apartment shed been starved to death The girls mother Carla Lock wood faces murder charges Todays Birthdays Broadcast jour nalist Daniel Schorr is 81 Comedian Buddy Hackett is 73 Actor James Coburn is 69 Baseball HallofFamer Frank Robinson is 62 Actor Warren Berlinger is 60 Rock musician Jerry Allison Buddy Holly and the Crickets is 58 Violinist Itzhak Perlman is 52 Singer Van Morrison is 52 Actor Richard Gere is 48 Rock singer Glenn Tilbrook Squeeze is 40 Rock musi cian Gina Schock The GoGos is 40 Singer Tony DeFranco The DeFranco Family is 38 Rhythmand blues musician Larry Waddell Mint Condition is 34 Rock musician Jeff Russo Tonic is 28 Singercomposer Debbie Gibson is 27 Thought for Today Fashion can be boughtStyle one must Edna Woolman Chase American fashion editor
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