Sunday, October 5, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung g Sunday October Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 t u n g QUOTABLE I dislike the term media Its not in the First Amendment to the Constitution and I especially dislike it from the mouths of politi cans wanting to restrict freedom of the Dan Rather TV news anchor EDITORIAL NBs economy product of cooperation New Braunfels economic report card is all As with healthy growth in sales taxes and building permits and a fall in the unemployment rates As the city rounds the turn into the last quarter of 1997 the prospects for a good 1998 look promising Small busi nesses are popping up around town and large stores such as Home Depot and Albertsons are ready to put up their signs on the economic landscape of New Braunfels This kind of growth can happen only when the city coun ty and businesses work together for everyones benefit More money being spent in local businesses means more sales tax which means more money in city and county cof fers That is more money available for improvements to our streets water and wastewater systems and parks to name a few that everyone in town uses Recently the Texas Economic Development Council named New Braunfels economic development program the best in the state for cities between and population The programs were judged based on innova tiveness transferabiliry community commitment and lever age and measured objectives and secondary benefits When the community was going after WalMart distrib ution center in the 1980s it was highly competitive We learned then that the only way we would be able to compete was to create a strong publicprivate said Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce New Braunfels residents and businesses also are fortunate to have the local womens chamber and Hispanic chamber to serve their needs and improve their chances for success Great things are happening in New Braunfels and as the city forges ahead with the master plan a map for the citys future we encourage our leaders and decision makers to continue to work in the spirit of cooperation and willing ness to build on our successes Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Manag ing Editor Margaret Opinion Online con submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the newspapers address is i 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 USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Cornal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Brauiijels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 I wish I could report that the scourge of illegal drug use among teenagers is declining But the latest survey of teen substance abuse says just the opposite Between 1992 and 1996 the per centage of eighthgraders who said they had smoked tobacco by the fifthgrade increased by about a third The percentage who said theyd smoked marijuana by the seventh grade has nearly doubled during that time And the percentage of children between the ages of 12 and 17 who have a class mate who uses heroin cocaine or LSD jumped from 39 to 56 percent in the last year Americas children are under siege Perhaps the most disturbing news from the new study conducted by the s children under seige by drugs National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is the link between the use of tobacco alco hol and illegal drugs Twelveto17 yearsolds who drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes in the month before being sur veyed were 30 rimes more likely to smoke marijuana than were their tobacco and alcoholfree peers The rate of marijuana use for boys in a sim Lamar Smith ilar group was almost identical to that for girls In contrast a person who reaches age 21 without smoking drinking or using illegal drugs is virtually certain never to do so The Chairman of the Center that con ducted the study former Health Edu cation and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano said parents are the best defense against substance abuse The Califano said will be won across the kitchen table in the pews and in the school He is right But there are two addi tional battlefields where America can not fail to fight drug abuse interna tional and local drug dealers and any media that glorify substance abuse Drug smugglers who used to fly and ship their contraband through south Florida are now carrying it across the Southwest border into Texas and other border states We must continue to increase border enforcement resources to confront them Any avenue on which we fail to con front drug dealers will become a high way that carries illegal drugs to our chil dren in schools and in neighborhoods And if we stand by and allow the media to portray substance abuse as glamorous we will have tacitly sur rendered Americas children to the debilitation of drug abuse Lamar Smith represents the 21st dis trict in the House of Representa I incredibly ftteepj on running I Dont reform IRS eliminate the income tax Following the horror stories told by average Amer icans about the sometimes outrageous behavior of the Internal Revenue Service the worst mistake Congress could make is to reform the agency A reexamination of the origin of the 16th Amend ment makes a powerful case for finding other ways to raise money to run the government than an income tax The Founders rejected income taxes and all other direct taxes unless they were apportioned to each state according to population Article 1 section 2 clause As late as 1893 the Supreme Court found income taxes unconstitutional though it upheld a direct tax on incomes during the Civil War on thin grounds As the court changed cries were heard among liberals in both parries to soak the starting a class warfare that continues When Democrats intro duced bills to tax higher incomes conservatives in the Republican Party derailed it in the Senate leading Democrats to brand Republicans the party of the In 1909 Sen Joseph Bailey a conservative South em Democrat opposed to income taxes introduced an income tax bill hoping to further embarrass Repub licans He was astonished when Teddy Roosevelt and liberal Republicans supported the measure Senate Republican leaders met to devise a strate gy to have it both ways They would demonstrate they were not the party of the rich by favoring an income tax but they would introduce it as a consti tutional amendment believing it would fail to win approval by threefourths of the states Democrats were caught by surprise when President Taft sent a message to Congress on June 16 1909 recom Cal Thomas mending passage of a constitu tional amendment to legalize federal income taxes Democrats like Rep Cordell Hull denounced Republican leaders and questioned their motives But the soak the rich campaign propelled the amend ment to unanimous Senate approval It passed the House 31814 When Rep Payne of New York saw the amendment strategy he supported failing he said As to the general policy of an income tax I am utterly opposed to it I believed with Gladstone that it tends to make a nation of liars I hope that if the Constitution is amended in this way the time will not come when the American peo ple will ever want to enact an income tax except in time of The soak the rich amendment was added on Feb 12 1913 The rich simply created charitable foundations in which to hide their money exposing the middle class to the ultimate burden of paying income taxes Not at first of course The first tax was only 1 per cent on the first of taxable income to only 7 percent on income above Most people didnt have to file Even in 1939 only 5 percent of the population filed returns The collection process was greatly accelerated in 1943 when President Roosevelt devised withholding taxes to help fund World War II The tax would be collected at the payroll window before the taxpayer got his paycheck The income tax had moved fron soaking the rich to a bath for nearly every worker Former IRS Commissioner T Coleman Andrews said Congress in implementing the 16th Amend ment went beyond merely enacting an income tax law and repealed Article IV of the Bill of Rights by empowering the tax collector to do the very things from which that Article says we were to be secure It opened up our homes our papers and our effects to the prying eyes of government agents and set the stage for searches of our books and vaults and for inquiries into our private affairs whenever the tax men might decide even though there might not be any jus tification beyond mere cynical The Senate Finance Committee heard just such sto ries last week The solution Pass a balanced budget amendment outlawing deficit spending in peacetime Pass a sun set law eliminating every government agency and federal expenditure that exist outside the Constitution and cannot survive an amendment to justify their existence Pass a fiscal reform amendment that would raise needed revenue through a federal con sumer sales tax and simultaneously repeal the 16th Amendment Now is the time to ant while public outrage is white hot The debate ought not focus on the behav ior of the IRS It should focus on the income tax something the Founders didnt want and that was pushed through as dishonestly as a congressional pay raise Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist He will speak at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Nov Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Oct 5 the 278th day of 1997 There are 87 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on Oct in the first televised White House address President Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to help stock pile grain for starving people in Europe On this date In 1830 the 21st president of the United States Chester Arthur was born in Fairfield Vt In 1892 the Dalton Gang notorious for its train robberies was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville Kan In 1921 the World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time In 1937 saying the epidemic of world lawlessness is Pres ident Roosevelt called for a quaran tine of aggressor nations In 1953 Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States succeeding Fred M Vinson In 1955 a stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank opened at the Cort Theatre in New York In 1962 the Beatles first hit Love Me was first released in the Unit ed Kingdom In 1986 American Eugene Hasen fus was captured by Sandinista sol diers after the weapons plane he was flying in was shot down over southern Nicaragua In 1990 a jury in Cincinnati acquit ted an art gallery and its director of obscenity charges stemming from an exhibit of sexually graphic photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe Ten years ago Supreme Court nom inee Robert H Bork suffered new set backs as Senate Democratic Leader Robert Byrd and Republican Sens Low ell P Weicker Jr of Connecticut and John H Chafee of Rhode Island declared they were opposed to his confirmation Five years ago Both houses of Congress voted to override President Bushs veto of a measure to reregulate cable television companies One year ago Already under fire for his drug policies President Clinton revealed that a secret FBI memoran dum said the governments antidrug strategy had never been properly Clinton argued that the problems predated his administration Todays Birthdays Family Cir pus cartoonist Bil Keane is 75 Actress Glynis Johns is 74 Comedian Bill Dana is 73 Actress Diane Cilento is 64 The president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel is 61 Coun try singer Johnny Duncan is 59 Rhythmandblues singer Arlene Smith the Chantels is 56 Singer Richard Street formerly of the Temptations is 55 Singermusician Steve Miller is 54 Actor Jeff Conaway is 47 Actress Karen Allen is 46 Writerproducer director Clive Barker is 45 Rock singer and faminerelief organizer Bob Geld of is 43 Rock singermusician Dave Dederer Presidents of the United States of America is 33 Thought for Today I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke and I am suspicious of those who Alfred North Whitehead English philosopher and mathematician 1861