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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeraldZelturtg a Thdrsday November Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 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 Q U O T A B L The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced James Baldwin novelist EDITORIAL Kudos Susan Ivy this years overall chairman of the annual Heritage Exhibit has devoted days weeks months and years to the constantlychanging I leritage Exhibit Since 1983 she has volunteers in various capacities each year helping with New Braunfcls rendering of history This year she was in charge of the entire exhibit She had lots of help but inevitably she was the ultimate and a fine job she did Spreadin1 the News was Susans choice of theme Working with an experienced steering committee and 15 exhibit chairmen she helped develop the idea into a Civic Center full of past present and future dis plays From Indian smoke signals to modem day computers visitors to the exhibit learned many amazing facts about communication I ler hard work was readily apparent to all who viewed Spreadin the Countless hours of volunteers had the added impetus of support from the business community Corporate sponsors Becker Motor Company Docppcnschmidt Funeral Home First State Bank First Commercial 13ank Norwest Bank Pit Stop Food Marts Schlitterbahn Water Park Texas Commerce Bank Wuests Inc and Wurstfcst Association gave large donations to finance this community endeavor Other business con tributors gave willingly to help individual exhibits and volunteer groups add to the ambiance of the Civic Center The many many volunteers who worked on the Heritage Exhibit cre ated a panorama of antiques artifacts and visuals that impressed visitors from everywhere The important thing to remember however is that all of these citizens of New Braunfcls did what they did out of devotion to the history of New Braunfcls We the citizens of New Braunfels are so lucky to live in a community of people who prize the history anticipate the future and love the present I hope we all appreciate our treasures Patsy Vann f leritage Exhibit publicity chairman Kudos to Les Caffey for making the freshman and junior varsity Unicom football games as much fun to hear as they are to watch Mr Caffey has been the volunteer stadium announcer for the Unicorns for of those games are at on Saturdays I have never met Mr Caffey but I appreciate his dedication and enthusiasm Thanks Mr Calley and Ted loo When visiting other stadiums without announcers we what a tremendous difference you make Joyce Taylor Unicorn mom The William Hightower Chapter Sons of the American Revolution expresses its great appreciation to KLRNTV station for airing the PBS series Liberty The American We compliment the Norwest Bank tor sponsoring and promoting this great patriotic series The SAR encourages everyone to tune to Channel 9 KLRN on the fol lowing limes and dates 810 Sunday 91 I Monday and 9 to 1 I Tuesday If unable to watch at these hours tape the program There will be u complete showing on Thanksgiving Day from to 5 Bill Cone project officer for Norwest Bank says the bank also is fur nishing videos of this series to Canyon Middle School and to New Braun fels Middle School Please let them know that you appreciate this beauti ful patriotic elTort John C Lee New Braunfcls Write us I he welcomes Idlers on my puhlic issue The editor reserves ihe right to correct spelling style punctuation mid known Uctnal errors Letters should IKkept to 250 words mhlisli only original mail addressed to Ihe Hruunfcls bearing tin w Tilers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not lor publi cjiuiii must he included Ilease cite the page number and dale of any article lhat is mentioned Ileferemxis given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to to the Editor the New Drawer 3 11328 New Uruunlels Texas 781311328 Fax 830 0251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Director of Marketing Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Vivv Uniunjits IkniltlZuiiunis USPS 377880 707 Ijndit or Drawer 31132S New Biaunlels Conial County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the New ttraunJcLi I lirultlZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months HU one year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only sw 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 u newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday PosiMASihK Send address changes to the New Hruunfels Draw er 311328 New Uraunlels Tx 78131 1328 Mauro faces funding ethicalproblems in race AUSTIN Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauras announcement for governor against the popular George Dubya Bush is meeting with wide spread skepticism but no disrespect Only a fool would write off Mauro even with the odds against him Hes one of the hardestworking campaigners in the state and he has the advantage of knowing an awful lot more about state government than Shrub does In fact this could be an interesting race The chief thing about our guv is that hes an affa ble fellow affable out the wazoo actually Hes been affabling about east west north and south for three years now with the happy result that we all like him Its practically impossible not to Dubyas a nice guy On the other hand he doesnt know much and hasnt done much As governor he has been dis as we used to say of Ronald Reagan His numbers look formidable hes 3tol up on but anyone whos been around Texas poli tics for a few years has seen one unbeatable can didate after another go down Mauro has two problems the largest of which is money lack of Now were not talking stonewall hopeless VictorMoralesstyle nomoney Mauro is too smart a politician to have announced at all if he didnt have considerable commitments in hand already But one suspects that the commitments are contingent either he moves the numbers by a certain date or he gets no more And Shrub whos already running for president is sitting on mil lion right now for pitys sake and can raise as much as he wants And the Republicans are going to run Mauro mean Not because theyre nasty evil people but because Mauro has given them the weapons and theyd be fools not to Mauro went broke in the mid80s and took the chapter Well so did half of Texas no disgrace there but the ads just write themselves If he couldnt handle his own Molly Ivins was tort reform finances why should we trust him with Texas money Plus Mauro has had an ethical scrape or two He was once caught using state phones for political purposes instead of stupidly denying it and getting indicted as Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison did the judge eventually directed a verdict of not Mauro apol ogized and paid for another phone line Shrubs record is not exactly a thing of beauty His big cause all those terrible lawsuits that were hurting our healthy bidness So we got tort reform and what happened Everybodys insurance premiums are higher than ever and insur ance company profits are at a 40year high Thanks a lot Shrub And then he was going to fix this terrible prob lem with the property taxes driving folk from hearth and home After much sound and fury the redhots in his own party messed up the tax deal and we end up with a constitutional amendment that gives us whoopee a big off on our property taxes And then there is the increasingly ugly mess hes making of welfare While other states have moved to put effective welfaretowork pro grams in place Texas has been late slow and dumb on the whole issue Just to prove once more what a ridiculous opti mist I am suppose that instead of both sides con centrating on the negative Shrub and Mauro ran against one another concentrating on the positive Mauro really does have some good ideas most notably concerning the public schools He wants to take some of the bond money were always using to build more prisons and put billion of it into rehabbing old schools and building new ones that would be wired for computers and all that bridge tothe21stcentury stuff He thinks we should give a pay raise to every teacher who qualifies fofcertification in a specialty and provide Hope scholarships for college to students who agree to teach As Mauro points out if Georgia can do it so can Texas Shrub on the other hand favors charter schools and the voucher system in which you take tax money out of public schools and give it to private schools instead There you have the makings of a good debate Shrub could go around talking about what government should not do and how every thing government does could be done better by large corporations hes the guy who wanted Lock heed to take over the welfare Mauro could talk about what he thinks government should do This would be a nice prep for Bushs presidential run and give us a classy educational campaign and it is about as likely as Willie Nelson being named drug czar Just FYI Someday in our ongoing education debate some politician is going to stand up and teli the truth which is that the quality of the education a kid in our public schools gets depends almost entirely on the wealth of the property tax base in the district where the kid lives Another case of jus tice depending on geography And then well start talking seriously about what to do about it One more item of note I think Mauro is onto a dandy issue with this HMO stuff One of Shrubs stupider moves was vetoing the Patients Protection Act which would have allowed Texans to choose their own doctors and would have given them a laundry list of rights in the horrible new world of corporate medicine When even the Texas Legisla ture is moved to pass a bill like that vetoing it is not a shrewd move Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth COLD WAR OVER Letter to the Editor CISD needs to do more with fewer dollars Dear Editor I was mildly surprised to read in your Nov 9 headline article CISD voters say no four tliit CISD officials seemed to lack an under standing of voter concern Like so many of those who spend other peo ples money CISD officials seem to think that spending more is the only solution to any problem We all want quality education and 1 believe that we are willing to spend more to ensure that the children in our county get what they need 1 think the message in this election was that the taxpayers are not convinced that CISD is optimizing the current expenditures How in the world can we ask taxpayers to fund additional multimillion dol lar buildings and parking lots and band facilities when all existing school facil ities are used only part of the year Perhaps it is time to decide what is best for our students and those who pay the bills and not let our decisions be driven by whether our lowend sum mer tourist industry has lowcost sum mer employees and local customers Let us use our expensive facilities and talented staff yearround and accomplish more with fewer dollars Jerry Welch Canyon Lake CISD election was poorly planned executed Dear Editor The Comal Independent School Dis trict election on Saturday Nov 8 was the poorest planned and executed event that I have witnessed in my 24 years in this area The Sunday Nov 9 edition of the HeraldZeitung covered the problems and complaints quite well My wife and I were a part of that group Also in the same story were the weak and sad alibis from some of the school administrators The most fright ening aspect of the whole situation is that this group of planners and admin istrators have the responsibility of edu cating our young people today In the ftiture CISD should get the views of the people in the area before having an election Ray E Sterling Canyon Lake We need to fix local funding problem Dear Editor The Comal ISO bond election is over and the taxpayers have sent a clear message we are tired of paying for an inefficient public school sys tem We are not antitax antischool antiCISD or antianything we just want our scarce tax dollars spent wise iy There used to be a slogan in gov ernment agencies A dollars worth of production for a tax dollar spent or something like that What ever hap pened to this idea The problem in my humble opinion is twofold 1 a nightmarish system of state and local funding for public edu cation and 2 a proliferation of so called independent school district Gov ernor Bush was on the right track for a solution to the funding problem but lost in the Legislature Ann Richards had her finger on the funding solution but dropped it after she was elected A main idea of both governors was to tax commercial property only at the state level What is against this idea and why At the local level we must live with this abysmal funding system but we can become more efficient by consol idating school districts There has ben much handwriting over the failure of the bond election by the Comal trustees district administrators and cit izens groups that supported the bonds claiming that the students will be hurt Well I call your bluff consolidate with New Braunfels ISO and I willdo everything in my power to help pass the next bond issue for the benefit of our students Hear the silence Thats all the politi cians school administrators and parents who think they can control a small school district madly rushing to express their support for an action that would really benefit the students Larry Gunckel Bulverde Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Nov 20 the 324th day of 1997 There are 41 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov 20 1947 Britains future queen Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten Duke of Edinburgh in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey On this date In 1620 Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachu setts Bay the first child bom of Eng lish parents in presentday New Eng land In 1789 New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights In 1910 revolution broke out in Mexico led by Francisco I Madero In 1925 Robert F Kennedy was born in Brookline Mass In 1929 the radio program The Rise of the Goldbergs debuted on the NBC Blue Network In 1945 24 Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg Germany In 1967 the Census Clock at the Commerce Department ticked past 200 million In 1969 the Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phaseout In 1975 after nearly four decades of absolute rule Spains General Fran cisco Franco died two weeks before his 83rd birthday In 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israels parliament In 1995 BBC Television broadcast an interview with Princess Diana who admitted being unfaithful to Prince Charles
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