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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeraldZeitung n Wednesday October Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 d Z e i t u n g QUOTABLE The role of the press and the protections which we afford it are today more important than ever before because we dwell in a society where belief in our governments and in the strength of our institutions is Rose Bird jurist EDITORIAL Incorporation will let Bulverde control its fate Bulverde residents have an opportunity this Nov 4 to become masters of their own destiny Instead of watching San Antonio creep closer and closer and the threat of incorporation loom larger and larger incorporation proponents say making Bulverde a city will give this western Comal County community the power to make the decisions that will affect its future San Antonio currently plans to annex Stone Oak subdi vision in northeast Bexar County by the end of this year That means the extra territorial jurisdiction of the city would extend into Comal County north of the Bulverde Air Park Five hundred and seventysix Bulverde Estates resident Bob Barton told a group of more than 150 people at a meeting Monday night That is how close they are before they get to Bulverde Incorporation would allow Bulverde area residents to work together to address a number of concerns that have do with San Antonio An incorporated Bul verde would have the power to address water and waste water issues as well as some road issues Unity in the Bul verde community could pave the way for grants and other funding to make improvements As an incorporated city Bulverde can provide a unified voice in addressing the Texas Department of Transporta tion about issues with 281 which runs right through the community and a fleets almost everyone in who lives in and around Bulverde The process of achieving incorporation and establishing a municipal government probably will not be easy or quick However enough residents in Bulverde have expressed interest in putting the incorporation issue on the ballot If Bulverde wants to control its future incorpora tion appears to be the only way of making that happen todays editorial was written bv HeraldZeitung Man aging Editor Margaret Write us Tin1 iVivc Hraunfelti HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only origami mail addressee to the New Bnuinfds Ihrald Zeitnng hearing 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 HO days Mail letters to Letters to the Kditor the New Hraunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311H28 New Braunlels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and 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To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBH2eitung@AOL.com A farrago of facts comes from reading Readers ask from where ideas for this column come Answer From reading I read at least a couple of books weekly plus the New York Times and miscellaneous journals and magazines The challenge is not ideas The challenge is having time to write about all that interests me My file on column ideas is almost as high as my rejection file which at last measure ment was found to be just a few thou sand feet below Mount Everest Today then comes a medley a conglomeration a mixture from the Latin meaning mixed fodder for facts and collections form my column idea file OXYMORONS Airline food British fashion military intelligence pretty ugly rap music Microsoft works NICE QUOTE SOURCE UNKNOWN If you focus your heart and your spirit you can hold your life in your arms and make it do WOMEN AND THE WORK PLACE Of the 102 million women age 16 and older in the 60 million are labor force participants working or looking for Women represent ed 46 percent of all persons in the civil ian labor force in 1994 Of the 57 mil lion employed women in the in million worked full time Women are still overrepresented in lowpaying jobs Fortytwo percent John Ingram Walker of employed women work in support jobs Women earn only 76 cents for every dollar earned by men Of all the people living in poverty 62 per cent are women Of the 67 mil lion families in the in 1993 12 million 18 percent were maintained by women Forty eight percent of black families were maintained by women 24 percent of Hispanic families were maintained by women and 14 percent of white fam ilies were maintained by women Where have all the fathers gone Answer Bubba is fishing in his bass boat that Mama bought No wonder women are A VAST FORTUNE According to financial consultant Andrew Tobias we can accumulate wealth by making a budget scrimping and saving paying off our credit cards fully funding a retirement plan and putting away what ever we can comfortably afford into shortanc intermediateterm Treasury securities for money we might need in a few years and noload low expense stock market index funds for everything else POEM To keep your marriage brimming With love in the loving cup Whenever youre wrong admit it Whenever youre right shut up Ogilen Nash TOO TRUE TO BE FUNNY If you have made it to 35 and your job still requires you to wear a name tag youve probably made a serious voca tional Dennis Miller WHO ARE YOU Neurotics real ize they are different and apologize for it eccentrics operating from a dif ferent center know they are different and celebrate it You are a centric Fill in the blank with whatever dominates your life A DIFFERENT DEFINITION What makes Christianity different from all other religions Lewis LESS TIME OR MORE POSSI BILITIES Technology trends trans late to online addicts who dont talk to their next door neighbors satellitedish owners who refuse reading workers displaced by robotics frazzled mothers too exhausted to spend time with their children and make us wish for roman tic images of a happier past when Pop read Dickens to his family warming by the fire In the 1850s the average man in Britain worked more than 60 hours weekly from age 10 until death at 50 He had no annual vacation which left him with hours of free time over the course of his adult roughly a third of leisure that we enjoy today As soon as Pop got the fire started it was bed time Social Science research at the Uni versity of Maryland shows that con trary to popular stereotypes the work week has shortened women have as much leisure time as men and parents spend as much time with their chil dren as they did in the 1960s We feel more rushed because we have more opportunities Free time has failed to keep up with our expec tations Enough makes us want more Other than procrastination televi sion ranks as the subtlest thief of time Americans average more than 16 hours of television watching a week an increase of four hours since 1965 BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT The Lords Prayer is 66 words The Gettysburg Address is 286 words there are words in the Declaration of Independence but government regu lations on the sale of cabbage total words And this column has just reached my stopping I still have a Mt McKin ley of ideas to go John Ingram Walker is a writer speaker and 3ft cutter toe The right to choose ones school The skinpigmentation monitors are upset that fewer minorities have been admitted to California and Texas universities this fall because of the curtailment of affirmative action in those states Among the freshmen at the University of Texas are 150 black students half last years number At the University of California at Berke ley School of Law one black is enter ing the firstyear class Last year there were 20 black firstyear students But instead of lowering admissions standards and counting nonwhite noses lets devise ways to boost the qualifications of applicants President Clinton is pushing for a national standards test developed in Washington Sen Paul Coverdell R has a better way school choice Coverdells proposal was pulled from the budget agreement following a threat by the president to veto the entire measure unless school choice was removed Such is the power the National Education Association NEA has over this administration The Clintons and Gores chose to send their children to elite private schools because they are rich and can afford it They dont want poor and middle class children to have the same oppor tunity Cal Thomas Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Oct 1 the 274th day of 1997 There are 91 days left in the year The Jewish New Year Rosh Hashana begins at sunset Todays Highlight in History On Oct Henry Ford intro duced the Model T automobile to the market each car cost Coverdell notes that 40 percent of all 10yearolds cant meet basic literacy standards that across the United States acts of vio lence occur in schools daily that American eighth graders recently placed 28th in the world in math and science skills that 88 percent of children entering Los Angeles public schools wont be able to read at eighthgrade level when they graduate and only 40 percent of all students will graduate that almost onethird of college freshmen require remedial instruction Despite this poor performance the NEA for political reasons wants to maintain the nations largest monop oly and doom many children to an inferior education For this the federal government spends billion per year of our money on more than 760 education programs spread over 40 government agencies This is a system that is failing morally as well as On this date In 1800 Spain ceded Louisiana to France in a secret treaty In 1885 special delivery mail ser vice began in the United States In 1890 Congress passed the McKinley Tariff Act which raised tar iffs to a record level In 1896 the Post Office estab lished Rural Free Delivery with the Coverdell says He proposes ApIus which would allow parents to establish a savings account designated for their childs or any childs education at any school public private reli gious or even home school from kindergarten through college The plan would involve aftertax dollars so it would take no money from government school budgets Interest on the savings account would be taxfree so long as the money is used for tuition or other education related purposes such as buying a computer Grandparents businesses or wealthy individuals would be free to start or add to the account of a fam ily or nonfamily member making it a perfect vehicle for charitable and scholarship efforts This could be a hot issue for Repub licans hotter perhaps than taxcut ting The current system has trapped students and good teachers in a failed system with little opportunity for improvement Money is not and nev er has been the solution to our edu cation problems Opening the system up to competition would improve not only he quality of education but the quality of the educated House Speaker Newt Gingrich says first routes in West Virginia In 1936 General Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insur gent Spanish state In 1943 Allied forces captured Naples during World War II In 1949 Communist Party Chair man Mao Tsetung raised the first flag of the Peoples Republic of China dur ing a Beijing the president has agreed to meet with him Coverdell and a group of par ents who want the same opportunity the Clintons had in preparing their daughter for Stanford by sending her to the elite Sidwell Friends school Surely if the fairness issue was para mount for the president when it came to tax cuts then fairness in education ought to be just as important The NEA opposes anything that would break its intellectual political and moral stranglehold on Americas children It knows that the only way to maintain its influence is to keep most students and teachers locked in a fail ing system Coverdell says if a year goes into a childs Aplus account starting at birth assuming a percent inter est rate that child would accumulate by first grade by junior high by high school and by college Politics is the only reason President Clinton would oppose such a plan Hes always telling us he cares for children The Coverdell proposal gives him a chance to demonstrate how much Cal Thomas is a syndicated writer He will speak at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Nov In 1961 Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162game season compared to Babe Ruths 60 home runs during a 154game season In 1962 Johnny Carson succeeded Jack Paar as regular host of NBCs Tonight show In 1971 Walt Disney World opened in Orlando Fla
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