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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung p Thursday September n 3A 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 8monthold 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 cant 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 husbands physical abuse If your husband didnt like something you said he could have left the house to cool off His insistence that it wouldnt have happened if youd 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 womens shelter so you can decide what to do with the rest of your life without him You are in my prayers Dear Abby Im a 35yearold 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 1 work Ill call him 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 coworkers to be involved in a relationship I dont 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 one 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 doesnt accept youve 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 ByMARKBABINECK Associated Press Writer LUBBOCK A 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 the facility the only one of the states eight mental hospitals that hasnt 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 he said At this point we have passed the special monitoring 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 states hospitals was forced to meet in a 1992 settlement of the socalled RAJ lawsuit shorthand for a patients initials at Terrell State Hospital in the Were not looking at this as an end point Were looking at this as a confidence Jim Smitn Wichita Falls mental hospital director early 1970s The 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 midOctober If there are no objections to the monitoring results and 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 lawsuits initial agreement in 1981 The hospitals selfevaluations 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 Were not looking at this as an end point Were looking at this as a confidence Smith said This has been a good day for us and the credit should go to the Wichita Falls State Hospital Bush opens school at prelude to library By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press Writer COLLEGE Former President George Bush has dedicated a namesake government school at Texas 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 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 policy can make a positive difference in the lives of he said The school is the first segment of the George Bush Presidential Library Center to be opened at Texas The library and museum will be dedicated formally Nov 6 with all the living presidents with the exception of ailing Ronald Reagan expected to be in attendance The Bush Library will be the I Oth public presidential library in the nation An llth presidential library for Richard Nixon is privately operated This is an emotional day for Bush said The George Bush School of Government and Public Service I hope will be the essence of values 1 learned from my dad the same concept I learned also from my Police 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 Police said they have no suspects or witnesses New Braunfels Police investigated a report of theft Tuesday tit in the 100 block of w investigated a report of theft this week in the 100 block of Morales Court A New Braunfels woman reported a television and stereo equipment valued at stolen Police said they had a suspect and are continuing the investigation A Comal County Sheriffs officer was on patrol Sunday on FarmtoMarket 306 near Canyon Lake at about when he orticer 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 23year 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 and later that day County Sheriffs to a reported assault in the 1100 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 he posted a bond later m Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 32yearold Canyon Lake woman on charges of public intoxication at Sunday at FM 482 and Rusche Lane She was taken to the Comal County Jail where she posted a bond Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 19yearold 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 drivers license and no liability insurance She also had a hot check warrant She had bonds totaling The woman was released after paying in fines Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 24yearold man for three speeding warrants Tuesday The man turned himself in to the county courtatlaw offices He had bonds totaling The man posted bond the same dav appliances were taken valued at Police said there no evidence of forced entry and have no suspects or witnesses New Braunfels Police investigated a burglary of a motor vehicle Tuesday between and at New Braunfels High School A 16yearold New Braunfels youth reported someone stole a preamp radio valued at from his vehicle Police said there was a sign of forced entry and have no suspects or witnesses New Braunfels Police arrested a 23yearold San Angelo man Monday at 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 bond New Braunfels Police Hard Water Problems We Can Solve Water Softeners Salt or Salt Free Reverse Osmosis Free Water Testing Free Estimates We Service What We Sell WaterDoctor Toll Free 18883919955 PUBLIC NOTICE BRIEF EXPLANATORY STATEMENTS OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS SPECIAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 4 1997 For the latest listings Real Estate see the HeraldZeitung Classifieds on Friday and Sunday Mateo Cabellero the 1st MY GRANDPA As a granddaughter I grew up knowing the most loving side of my grandpa He offered me a lifetime of advice that Ill 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 me 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 point in my life My grandpa trusted me to be an adult when I was only 16 years old He me the freedom to explore my environment Ill never forget that summer or the times I have had then and since with my Grandpa He always had time for me He always had something to share with me Those were the days that shaped the way 1 came to feel about my grandpa I admired him I trusted him and I loved him very much After that summer I felt I was prepared to face the rest of my lite I felt I could accomplish anything I set my mind to Of course there are may people who have influenced my life but I owe a great deal of respect and love to my grandpa Ill miss him I love you Grandpa Andrea Velasquez Kessler PROPOSITION NO 1 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 36 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow a per son 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 al low a person who holds the office of mu nicipal court judge to hold at the same time more than one civil office for which the person receives PROPOSITION NO 2 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 43 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to limit the maximum annual 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 the age65 andolder school property tax freeze to the persons new homestead if the move 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 au thorize the Legislature to limit in creases in the appraised value of resi dence homesteads for ad valorem taxation and to permit a school dis trict to calculate the school property tax freeze applicable to the residence homestead of an elderly person or the surviving spouse of an elderly person in accordance with the law authoriz ing the transfer of the school property tax freeze to a different homestead re gardless of whether that law was in ef fect at the time the person established the persons homestead NO 3 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 va lorem 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 au thorize the legislature to permit a tax ing unit to grant an exemption or other relief from ad valorem taxes on property on which a water conserva tion initiative has been implemented PROPOSITION NO 4 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 104 proposes an amendment to update the Texas Constitu tion by deleting duplicate numbering in its provisions and removing certain of its ob solete portions The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment elimi nating duplicate numbering in and certain obsolete provisions of the Texas 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 autho rizing the supreme court to sit to transact business at any location in this PROPOSITION NO 6 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 39 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 invest ment in or with South Africa or Namibia The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment allow ing the Texas growth fund to continue to invest in businesses without requir ing those businesses to disclose invest ments in South or PROPOSITION NO 7 ON THE BALLOT Senate Joint Resolution 17 proposes a constitutional amendment to create the Texas Water Development Fund II as a fund separate and distinct from the Texas Water Development Fund The amend ment would authorize the Texas Water De velopment Board to administer the fund and issue general obligation bonds for purposes of the fund under guidelines set forth in the amendment The amendment would also allow the Board to use loan repayments coming into the fund after the end of the fiscal year to make bond debt service payments and would provide certain conditions for the flow of funds for repayment of Texas agri cultural water conservation bonds The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment relat ing to the authorisation 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 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 borrowers homestead The amendment would also establish several provisions providing for consumer protection in the home equity lending process The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The amendment to the Texas Consti tution expanding the types of liens for home equity loans that a lender with the homeowners consent may place against a PROPOSITION NO 9 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 96 proposes a constitutional amendment that would au thorize the legislature to authorize a prop erty tax of five cents for each valua tion in rural fire prevention districts which are located in Harris County The consti tution currently authorizes a property tax of three cents for each valuation in 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 au thorize the legislature to authorize an ad valorem tax rate in rural fire pre vention districts located in Harris County of five cents on each of taxable value of PROPOSITION NO 10 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 iliary fund so that they are used only for assisting victims of crime and not for any other purpose If an episode of mass vio lence 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 de pleted first The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment desig nating the purposes for which money in the compensation to victims of crime fund and the compensation to victims of crime auxiliary fund may be PROPOSITION NO 11 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 59 proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit the Legislature from authorizing additional state debt payable from the general rev enue fund if the resulting annual debt ser vice the amount needed each year to make payments would exceed five per cent of the annual general revenue avail able over the last three fiscal years ex cluding revenues constitutionally dedi cated 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 rev enue sources other than the general rev enue fund The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment limit ing the amount of state 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 rehearing within 180 days of the motions filing the motion is denied The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment to es tablish a deadline for supreme court action on a motion for PROPOSITION NO 13 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 8 proposes a constitutional amendment to establish the Texas Tomorrow trust fund dedicated ex clusively to the prepayment of tuition anfl fees for higher education The amend ment would guarantee that if there is not enough money during any fiscal year to pay the appropriate tuition and required fees the needed money will be appropri ated out of the first available money com ing into the state treasury tach fiscal year The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows The constitutional amendment to tn courage persons to plan and save fur young Texans college education to tend the full faith and credit of tin state to protect the Texas tomorrow fund of the prepaid higher education tuition program and to establish tiie Texas tomorrow fund as a constitu tionally protected trust PROPOSITION NO 14 ON THE BALLOT House Joint Resolution 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 al low the legislature tu prescribe tltt qualifications of Estos son los informes explunatitriox sobre las enmiendas propuestas u ta con stitucion que aparecerdu en la Ouleta el 4 de noiriembre de 19D7 Si ustetl no mi recibido una copia de los informes en es panol podni obtener una gratis por Uama al u por ttscribir al Secretario de Estado Huj IMtiO Austin Texas 78711 Published by Secretary of Stale Tony Garza
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