Friday, October 17, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeraldZeltuhg Q Friday October Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 i t u n g Opinion Online contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is QUOTABLE Censorship in any form is abhorrent to academic Nancy Pappas educator EDITORIAL Get out and vote Fourteen constitutional amendments four bond issue pro posals in Comal Independent School District plus three incor portion issues for Bulverde equal one busy election season Usually the November elections in which there are no gubernatorial or presidential races draw little voter attention However in Comal County there is plenty for voters to con sider and plenty of reasons for them to go to the polls All registered voters should be compelled to mark their bal lots in November because of the statewide constitutional amendment election The 14 proposed amendments cover issues ranging from a 10 percent limit on property tax increases on homestead appraisals to home equity lending to qualifications for constables Comal ISD voters will decide the fate of a million bond issue on Nov 8 On the ballot in CISD are the following four proposals Add more than 100 classrooms to nine existing campuses Build one high school and two 800student elementary schools and purchase furniture equipment and land Fund technology enhancements for campuses and Add band classrooms at four elementary campuses and provide exterior lighting road and parking improvements for six schools And in Bulverde residents in three areas will decide whether to incorporate those areas which then will join to form a united Bulverde The constitutional amendment and Bulverde incorporation election take place Nov 4 and Comal ISOs election is set Nov 8 Early voting begins this week in all three elections Early voting in the amendment and Bulverde elections will take place at Comal County Courthouse on Monday through the end of the month On Tuesday and Oct 29 election work ers will be at Pet 3 Justice of the Peace building on Bulverde Road from 2 to 7 Early voting in the CISD election is set to start Wednesday and last through Nov 4 at various school district locations Voters will have plenty of opportunities to make their marks in the future of this county and state Todays editorial was written by HeraldZcitung Managing Editor Margaret Write us The New Hmunfels HemldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The edi tor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factual errors Lettero should bo kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels HemldZeitung bear ing 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 ia given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mall letters to Letters to the Editor the New Hnumfvls UeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New 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 New Braunfels HeraklZeitwig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal 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 liave 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 tirawifels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311 328 New Hraunfels Tx 78131 1328 The rich get richer taxes dont get simpler AUSTIN This years Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people in America includes 170 billionaires and you had to be worth mil lion to get on the list at all There are 36 million people in this country liv ing below the poverty level and that does not count millions more of the working poor The combined wealth of the Forbes 400 increased by 31 percent last year Bill Gates the richest man in America more than doubled his net worth from billion to billion The Nation notes that it would take the median house hold earning a year years to make as much as Gates did last year He is worth more than the gross national product of Central America I bring this up not just because its so astonishing nor lo promote class which is the accu sation one gets whenever one points out the increasingly unfair distribu tion of wealth in this country I have no wish to deny Mr Gates the fruits of his labor although personally I dont think we saw billion worth of fruit much less labor from the man last The problem here is the pattern According to the Census Bureau The top 5 percent of households incomes above SI increased their share of the nations income from percent in 1981 to percent last year The top 5 percent has an even larger share of the nations accumulated wealth hold ing about 60 percent of all net worth Molly Ivins according to The Nation This trend is wrong unfair stupid and dangerous to democracy Others have gone into the delightfu details of how many of the 400 were born on third that is inher ited their wealth Take it as writ ten that most of them did The more important issue is what the trend means The First Rule of Holes is When you are in one stop Unfortunately our government is still digging madly as you know the bulk of the tax breaks in the recent budget deal between President Clinton and Congress go to the wealthiest people in the country At precisely the point when concentra tion of wealth is somewhere between obscene and excessive we gave the rich a huge estate tax break and many specialinterest goodies This was dumb Less remarked is an even more redistributionist trend at the state level According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities When most states raised taxes in the early 1990s to cover recession induced shortfalls lowand middle income taxpayers bore the largest burden A study found that about half the new revenue came from sales and excise taxes Incometax hikes brought in about onethird of the new revenue As states cut taxes during the economic expansion of the last four years however nearly threequarters of the tax cuts 72 percent were reductions in the personal income tax And less than 2 percent of the tax cuts enacted in that period were net reductions in sales and excise taxes Sales and excise taxes take the largest income share from lower and middleincome residents because lowerincome families must spend a larger share of their income than higherincome families spend By contrast income taxes fall more heavily on higherincome OK Feds doing the wrong thing states doing the wrong thing whats next According to The New York Times and other sources House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Republican revolutionaries my favorite oxymoron are now hellbent on enacting their No 1 Priority the flat tax No more pro gressive income tax we all pay exactly the same rate you Bill Gates and beggars alike The Republicans figure to sell you on this insane proposal with the fol lowing irresistible bait Its so sim ple Yes my friends the beauty of this handydandy nostrum guaranteed to cure the blues eliminate bad breath stop the heartbreak of psoriasis and end ring around the collar is that it is simple the essence of simple sim plissimo And heres the kicker You will all be able to file your tax returns on a postcard and the world will be better for this Somethings simple here all right and its anyone dumb enough to fall for this What are the two most com mon political mistakes 1 Taking something simple and trying to make it complicated and 2 taking something complicated and trying to make it simple Taxes are complicated In Jerold Waltmans Political Origins of the Income he traces the fol lowing conflicts What is income Earned unearned Selfgenerated goods and services Barter for goods and services What about fluctua tions in the value of property What about capital gains income or not income What if the property is not sold but passed to an heir what is the amount of income to that heir A person starts a business uses his previously personal truck for two years solely for business purposes and then sells it what is the basis for taxation Should all persons who receive the same income be taxed alike Suppose one is married and has four children while the other is single Should corporations be taxed and how and at what rates What if a taxpayer suffers a debili tating illness What about using the tax system to encourage or discour age other activities such as home ownership or charitable contribu tions Simple anyone Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth CONGKES5 Quit whining atojr Deitem wete anu hem J Letters to the Editor Legalized prostitution might prevent rapes Dear Editor Every time I read in the newspa per that a young girl or woman has been raped I get very angry with our politicians as they are the ones we should blame for that They are the ones who stopped the oldest profession of women all over the world Of course why shouldnt they These men have nothing to fear The young girls and women are the ones who have to fear not only the rapists but also the court system which is very ugly to all women or children who report rapes Every lawyer wants their client to Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Oct 17 the 290th day of 1997 There are 75 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct 17 1777 British forces under Gen John Burgoyne surren dered to American troops in Saratoga in a turning point of the Revolutionary War On this date In 1919 the Radio Corporation of America was created In 1931 mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison He win and doesnt care how he will reach his or her What is wrong with prostitution What a woman wants to become a prostitute let her do it She enjoys what she is doing and on the other side she helps women all over the country to enjoy a safer life A life with less fear to be not only raped but perhaps even killed after such an act Every country in the world allows prostitution except the USA What is wrong with the men in our country Do they enjoy to know the daily fear of our women and young girls The fear of being alone in the house or to have to go out after darkness What got me to write this here was the report about Senator Nixon from Carthage 17 County District How naive can a married senator be to solicit what he thought was a prostitute at a street corner I guess he wanted to save some money and didnt care about AIDS or anything like it I feel sorry for his wife Besides how could he carry a gun without a license Perhaps he didnt know about the law that allows citi zens to carry concealed guns with a license In my opinion the courts forgot to charge him for trying to bribe a police officer Why else did he ask Do you know who I I agree he should be thrown out as this senator for sure isnt a good citizen A married man doesnt need a prostitute he has his wife Prostitution should be for the young and unmarried men only or married men whose wives for reasons of ill ness are not allowed sex I honestly hope that the people of the USA one day soon will have a right to vote on this Perhaps we should say the people I just mentioned should have a right to participate Please not the church es All prostitutes should of course be under the supervision of the health department Lieselotte Mourn New Braunfels was released in In 1933 Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany In 1945 Col Juan Peron staged a coup becoming absolute ruler of Argentina In 1957 French author Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature In 1973 Arab oilproducing nations announced they would begin cutting back on oil exports to Western nations and Japan the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974 In 1977 West German commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner that was on the ground in Mogadishu Somalia freeing all 86 hostages and killing three of the four hijackers In 1979 Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her years of work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta In 1989 an earthquake measuring on the Riehter scale struck north em California killing 67 people and causing billion worth of damage Ten years ago First lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland Five years ago Japanese exchange student Yoshi Hattori 16 was shot and killed by Rodney Peairs in Center after Hattori and his American host mistakenly knocked on Peairs door while looking for a Halloween party Peairs was acquit ted of manslaughter but in a civil trial was ordered to pay more than in damages to Hattoris The Atlanta Braves defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in game one of the World Series 3tol One year ago Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired security chief Alexander Lebed one day after the former general was accused by a rival of building his own rogue army