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

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September 11, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas ' Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, September 11,1997 □ 3A is outbursts Dear Abby: A couple of days ago, my husband and I got into an argument. It led to fussing, yelling and cursing each other in front of our 8-month-old baby. When I thought the worst was over, he pushed me down, grabbed me by the ankles and dragged me over the kitchen floor. Then he left with our son and went to his parents* house. A few hours later, I looked in the bathroom mirror and saw that I had bruises from head to toe. My husband says it would never have happened if I had kept my mouth shut! He says I nag him until he can’t stand it and I drove him to do what he did. Now that the bruises on my legs and face are apparent, he has told his family that our son is ill, and it would be better if they waited a week or so to come over. Somehow he makes out that I am the one who brings on his violent behavior. I admit I do let too much get to me sometimes, but please, Abby, tell me, am I to blame for his actions? Or is it just an excuse for his violent behavior? Bruised and Confused Dear Bruised: You are not responsible for your husband’s physical abuse. If your husband didn’t like something you said, he could have left the house to cool off. His insistence that it wouldn’t have happened if you’d kept your mouth shut is a classic tactic of a batterer. Unless your husband is willing to get professional help, your marriage is in serious trouble — and you, and possibly the baby — are in physical danger. This problem will not go away by itself. Do not remain silent and out of sight. Your family, his family and your friends should be told about the battering. You need all the support you can get. Photographic evidence would also be helpful. When it happens again, the police should be notified immediately. And you should waste no time in getting away to family or friends or a battered women’s shelter so you can decide what to do with the rest of your life — without him. You are in my prayers. Dear Abby: I’m a 35-year-old single English teacher. During my lifetime, I have had many failed romances, but recently I have fallen in love again. The object of my affection is a history teacher at the school where I work. (I’ll call him Richard.) He is absolutely the man of my dreams. He is handsome, charming and we share the same interests. I am absolutely sure I want to spend the rest of my life with him. I have been reluctant to ask Richard out because I fear it would (be improper for two professional teachers who are co-workers to be involved in a relationship. I don’t know what the headmaster would think about this. And what would the children we both teach think about our dating? My decision rests with your opinion, Abby. What should I do? Hopelessly in Love in Boston Dear Hopelessly in Love: Some schools have policies forbidding teachers in their employ to date (me another. Ask your headmaster if there is such a policy at your school, or review the policies yourself. If there is no policy against it, ask Richard out. Remember the old truism: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. If he doesn’t accept, you’ve lost nothing; but if he accepts, it could be the beginning of a love story. Judicial scrutiny may lighten for MHMR Last of eight mental hospitals passes state inspection By MARKBABMECK Associated Press Writer LUBBOCK (AP) — Federal court monitors have given their stamp of approval to the Wichita Falls State Hospital, an official said, meaning that 23 years of judicial scrutiny could end soon for Texas’ mental health system. Monitors will announce today that die facility, die only one of the state’s eight mental hospitals drat hasn’t been dismissed from a 1974 lawsuit, passed its inspection this week, Wichita Falls director Jim Smith told The Associated Press. “The scores were validated and performance was at or above the required threshold,*’ he said. “At this point, we have passed the special monitoring visit.’* Wichita Falls had to prove to court monitor David Pharis’ staff that it properly individualized treatment for its patients. Individualized treatment is one of eight care standards each of the state’s hospitals was forced to meet in a 1992 settlement of the so-called “RAJ” lawsuit, shorthand for a patient’s initials at Terrell State Hospital in the Wn not looking at this as an ond point. We’re looking at this as a confidence bunder.’ — Jim Smitn Wichita Falls mental hospital director early 1970s. Tile AP was unable to reach Pharis in Wichita Falls on Wednesday. He had said last week that a passing grade could mean an end to the lawsuit by mid-October. If there are no objections to the monitoring results and U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders signs off next month, the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation will escape court oversight for the first time since the RAJ lawsuit’s initial agreement in 1981. The hospital’s self-evaluations over the last six months showed it barely met the standard for individualized treatment. However, monitors determined Wednesday that the hospital actually passed with flying colors, Smith said. “We’re not looking at this as an end point. We’re looking at this as a confidence builder,’’ Smith said. “This has been a good day for us, and the credit should go to the Wichita Falls State Hospital staff.*’ By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press WriterBush opens school at A&M; prelude to library can make a positive difference in the lives of people,” he said. The school is the first segment of the George Bush Presidential Library Center to be opened at Texas A&M. The library and museum will be dedicated formally Nev 6 with all the living presidents, with the exception of ailing Ronald Reagan, experted to be in attendance. The Bush Library will be the 10th public presidential library in the nation. An 11th presidential library, for Richard Nixon, is privately operated. “This is an emotional day for us,” Bush said. “The George Bush School of Government and Public Service, I hope, will be the essence of values I learned from my dad, the same concept I learned also from my mother.” COLLEGE STATION(AP) — Former President George Bush has dedicated a namesake government school at Texas A&M University, saying he hopes its first class and those graduates who follow bring honor and values to politics and duty. “You have to care and be committed to ideals such as excellence, integrity and achievement. At times it seems today there is a deficit of decency in Washington, D.C,’* Bush said Wednesday as his wife Barbara and son, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, looked on. “I still believe politics is a noble calling. I still believe public policyPolice Beat ■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of theft Tuesday night in the 300 block of West Torrey Street. Schlitterbahn WaterPark reported someone sawed off the hands of a security fence and took construction equipment valued at $575. Police said they have no suspects or witnesses. ■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of theft Tuesday in the IOO block of investigated a report of theft this week in the IOO block of Morales Court. A New Braunfels woman reported a television and stereo equipment valued at $4,060 stolen. Police said they had a suspect and are continuing the investigation. ■ A Comal County Sheriffs officer was on patrol Sunday on Farm-to-Market 306 near Canyon Lake at about 3:38 a m. when he Ford fiances werf taken valued at $675. Police said there was4 no evidence of forced entry and have no suspects or witnesses. ■ New Braunfels Police investigated a burglary of a motor vehicle Tuesday between 7:50 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. at New Braunfels High School. A 16-year-old New Braunfels youth reported someone stole a pre-amp radio, valued at $200, from his vehicle. Police said there was a sign of forced entry and have no suspects or witnesses. ■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 23-year-old San Angelo man Monday at 12:55 p.m. in the 500 block of Interstate 35. Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union reported the man was allegedly trying to used forged checks. Police said he was being held on $500 bond. ■ New Braunfels Police Hard Water Problems! We Can Solve Them. • Water Softeners • Salt or Salt Free • Reverse Osmosis • Free Water Testing • Free Estimates “We Service What We Sell” WaterDoctor Toll Free 1-888-391-9955 For the latest listings in... Real Estate see the Herald-Zeitung Classifieds on Friday and Sunday Mateo Cabellero the 1st MY GRANDPA At a granddaughter, I grew up knowing the most loving side of my grandpa. He offered me a lifetime of advice that 1*11 always treasure. He may not have always been right, but he was always sincere I knew my grandpa all my life. He took me to my first dance, and taught me how to dance, He took mc on my first fishing trip, One memorable summer he taught me how to shoot pool, how to water ski. And even how to install a motor in a volkswagen bug and change the ball bearings. That summer was a turning po«nt in my life My grandpa trusted me to be an adult when I was only 16 years old. He gave mc the freedom to explore my environment I*! never forget that summer or the times I have had, then and ainee, with my Grandpa. He always had tune for me. He always had something to share with me Those were the days that shaped the way I came to feel about ray grandpa I admired him, I crusted him, and I loved him very much. After that summer I felt I was prepared to free the rest of my life I irk I could accomplish anything I act my mind to. Of course, there arc may people who have influenced my life, but I owe a peat deal of respect and love to my grandpa m miss him. I love you Grandpa, Andrea Veliaqucz Kessler SKSS5S5SS9S officer noticed that the driver, a male, was intoxicated. When the officer finally woke the driver up he noticed a machete in between the front seats. The deputy arrested the 23-year old Canyon Lake man on charges of public intoxication and unlawfully carrying a weapon He was taken to the Comal County Jail. The man posted bonds of $200 and $500 later that day. assault in the I IOO block of Thunder Cloud in Spring Branch on Friday. A woman reported to officers that her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her. She said her boyfriend struck, choked and knocked her down. The woman reportedly had bruises on her face, neck, eyes and head. Deputies arrested the boyfriend, 42, on charges of assault causing bodily injury. . He was taken to the Comal County Jail, where be posted a $500 ■ r^j5>fnJ^j County Sheriff's 'dallies refiftnled to a reported bond later. PUBLIC NOTICE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSITION NO. I ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 36 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow a person to hold the position of municipal judge in more than one municipality. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment to allow a parson who holds the office of municipal court judge to hold at the same time more than one civil office for which the person receives compensation/* PROPOSITION NO. 2 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 43 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to limit the maximum annual increase in homestead appraisals for each year since the most recent tax appraisal The amendment would also permit the legislature to allow the governing body of a school district to elect to apply the law providing for the transfer of die age-65 and-oider school property tax freeze to the person s new homestead, if the mov e to the new residence homestead occurred before the law took effect. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment to authorize the Legislature to limit increases in the appraised value of residence homesteads for ad valorem taxation and to permit a school district to calculate the school property tax freeze applicable to the residence homestead of an elderly person or the surviving spouse of un elderly person in accordance with the law authoru iny the transfer of the school property tax freeze to a different homestead regardless of whether that law was in affect at the time the person established the person's homestead." PROPOSITION NO. 3 ON XXK.BAUOT Senate Joint Resolution 45 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to authorize counties, cities, towns, and other local taxing entities to grant exemptions or other forms of ad valorem tax relief on property on which approved water conservation initiatives have been implemented. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows. The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to permit a tax tug unit to grant an exemption or other relief from ad valorem taxes on property on which a water conservation initiative has been implemented. ” PROPOSITION NO. 4 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 104 proposes an ■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 32-year-old Canyon Lake woman on charges of public intoxication at 6:43 a m. Sunday at FM 482 and Rusche Lane. She was taken to the Comal County Jail where she posted a $200 bond. ■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 19-year-old woman on a warrant arrest on Tuesday morning in the 1400 block of Walnut. She was arrested on charges of failure to appear, speeding, on failure to display driver’s license and no liability insurance. She also had a hot check warrant. She had bonds totaling $600. The woman was released after paying $945 in fines. ■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 24-year-old man for three speeding warrants Tuesday. The man turned himself in to the county court-at-law offices. He had bonds totaling $600. The man posted bond the same day. amendment to update the Texas Constitution by deleting duplicate numbering in its provisions and removing certain of its obsolete portions The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment eliminating duplicate numbering in and certain obsolete provisions of the Texas Constitution." PROPOSITION NO. 5 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 19 proposes an amendment to allow the Supreme Court of Texas to hold sessions at any location in this state. Currently, the court is limited to holding sessions only at Austin, the seat of state government. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment audio rising the supreme court to sit to transact business at any location in this state " PROPOSITION NO. 6 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 36 proposes a constitutional amendment to repeal the current provision which provides that the board of the Texas Growth Fund may not invest money in a business unless the business has disclosed to the board whether it has any direct financial investment in or with South Africa or Namibia. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment allowing the Texas growth fund to continue to invest in businesses without requiring those businesses to disclose invest menu in South Africa or Namibia. ” PROPOSITION NO. 7 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 17 proposes a constitutional amendment to create the Texas Water Development Fund ll as a fund separate and distinct from the Texas Water Development Fund. The amendment would authorize the Texas Water Development Board to administer the fund and issue general obligation bonds for purposes of the hind under guidelines set forth in the amendment The amendment would also allow the Board to use loan repayments coming bito the fund after the end of the fiscal year to make bond debt service payments, and would provide certain conditions for the flow of hinds for repayment of Texas agricultural water conservation bonds. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot aa follows: The constitutional amendment relating to the authorization to the Texas Water Development Board to transfer existing bond authorizations for water supply, water quality, flood control, or state participation from one category of use to another category to maximize the use of existing funds and relating to more efficient operation of the bond programs. ” PROPOSITION NO. 8 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 31 proposes a constitutional amendment which would authorize home equity lending, in which a loan could be secured by a lien against the borrower’s homestead. The amendment would also establish several provisions providing for consumer protection rn the home equity lending process. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: The amendment to the Texas Constitution expanding the types qfliens for home equity loans that a lender, with the homeowner’s consent, may place against a homestead. ” PROPOSITION NO. 9 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 96 proposes a constitutional amendment that would authorize the legislature to authorize a property tax of five cents for each f IOO valuation in rural fire prevention districts which are located in Harris County The constitution currently authorizes a property tax of three cents for each HOO valuation rn rural fire prevention districts regardless of what county they are in. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to authorize an ad I'olorem tax rate in rural Jim prevention districts located in Hams County qf jive cents on each HOO qf taxable value qf property. " PROPOSITION NO. IO ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 33 proposes a constitutional amendment to permanently dedicate monies from the Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund (and its aux diary fund) so that they are used only for assisting victims of crime and not for any other purpose, lf an episode of mass violence occurred, however, money from the funds could be used to assist victims of the mass violence if all other sources of authorized emergency assistance were depleted first. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment designating the purposes for which money in the compensation to victims qf crime fund and the compensation to victims qf crime auxiliary fund may be used." PROPOSITION NO. ll ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 56 proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit the Legislature from authorizing additional •tate debt payable from the general revenue fund if the resulting annual debt service (the amount needed each year to make payments) would exceed five percent of the annual general revenue avail able over the last three fiscal years, excluding revenues constitutionally dedicated for purposes other than payment of state debt. The term “additional state debt” does not include bonds that, although backed by the full faith and credit of the state, are reasonably expected to be paid from revenue sources other than the general revenue fund. The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment limit ing the amount of state att* payable from the general revenue fund. ” PROPOSITION NO. 12 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 55 proposes a constitutional amendment to provide that if the Texas Supreme Court does not act on a motion for a reheating within ISI) days of the motion s tiling, the motion is denied The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment to es Cablish a <leadline for supreme court action on a motion for returning " PROPOSITION NO. 13 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 8 proposes a constitutional amendment to establish tile Texas Tomorrow trust fund dedicated ex elusively to the prepayment of tuition and fees for higher education. The amendment would guarantee that if there is nut enough money during any fiscal year to pay the appropriate tuition and required fees, the needed money will be appropriated out of the first available money coming into the state treasury each fiscal year The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to en, courage persons to plan and sam for young Texans’ college education, to extend the full faith and credit of the state to protect the Texas tomorrow fund qf the prepaid higher education tuition program, and to establish the Texas tomorrow fund as a constitutionally protected trust fund " PROPOSITION NO. 14 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 83 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to set the official qualifications for constables The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to prest'ribe the qualifications qf constables." Esto* son las infamies ejcpla nato nos sober las enmiendas propuestas a la constitution que aparecerdn en la ooleta el 4 de noviembre de 1997 Si listed no ha recibido ana copia de las infamies en espanol, podia ab letter ana gratis par llama al 1/8QO/252/8683 o par escnbir al Secretario de Estado, PO. Bat I SOHO,’ Austin, Texas 78711. j Published by Secretary of State Tbny Garza \ ;

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