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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A Q HeraldZertung Q Thursday December Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 2 e i t u n g QUOTABLE Television is a medium so called because it is neither rare nor well Ernie Kovacs comedian EDITORIAL Management audit would help CISD The interest in management of the growth in Comal Independent School district has been extremely high It should be Superintendent Jerry Majors wisely has asked the Texas Comptrollers office to audit the operations at CISD The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office agrees each year to perform a limited number of man agement audits of school corporations These specially trained auditors take a look at a school district from top to bottom Majors mailed the request on Nov 18 A management audit is an excellent way to have objective trained eyes examine an operation and make recommendations The recent defeat of a bond issue and the politics that surrounded the effort caused some lines to be drawn in the sand Often critics become so comfortable in their role as experts that they lose their ability to see the positives of the leadership they are challenging And on the oth er side people used to defending each decision some times find it difficult to evaluate their progress An independent audit can help create common ground Comptroller John Sharps office could conduct the audit without cost to the school district To hire a qualified competent consulting group to perform the same task for CISD would cost taxpayers thousands of dollars The only downside to this plan is if Sharp s office decides not to perform the audit The residents of CISD can have an impact on whether Sharps office selects CISD Sharp s a politician The more voter interest the more likely the audit If you want this audit write to Sharp s office and let him know This is most likely a situation in which the school districts with the most letters to Sharp win Take a few minutes and write your support for the audit Address your correspondence to John Sharp Comptroller of Public Accounts Box 13528 Austin TX 787113528 Todays editorial written by HemldZeitung Editor and Publisher Doug New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Managing Editor Ext Director of Marketing Ext Classified Advertising Manager Ext 214 Business Manager Ext Circulation Director Ext Toney Margaret Edmonson Borchardt Reininger Lee Hall Ann Avery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Braunfels HeraJJZtioaig USPS 377881 V7 Lands St or Drawer 3 1 1 328 New Braunfels Comal Counry Tx 78 1 3 1 1 328 Periodical postage paid by the AVv HeruUZtiiung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only six months S33 one year MaiJ delivery outside Coma County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas SLX months one year SI Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 830 6259114 or by 7 weekdays or by 1 1 on Sunday POSTMASIER Send address changes to the Braunfels HeralJZ er 3 1 1328 New Braunfels Tx 78 13 1 1328 Draw Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com Dont feed fundraising kitty dont get votes AUSTIN Numbers numbers Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison now has million stockpiled in her war chest for the election of 2000 According to published reports she raised more than million in the first six months of this year for a race that will not take place for another three and half years Through the end of June Hutchison had raised more money than any other senator including 30 colleagues who are up for reelection next year according to The Dallas Morning News On the other hand Hutchison and Sen Phil Gramm were not among the six Republicans who last week urged President Clinton to pressure Congress to restore food stamps to poor legal immigrants particularly to the disabled the elderly and children Even though Texas is among the hardesthit of all the states by this cutoff neither Hutchison nor Gramm favors granting any help to legal immigrants Texas has legal immigrants who are no longer eligible for food stamps because of the welfare reform bill Of these are seniors or hand icapped and about are children Six weeks after the seniors and handicapped had their food stamps cut off Gov George W Bush changed his mind and set aside million to help them out after food banks in the Rio Grande Valley reported that they were swamped Bush said the fed era government was shirking its responsibility but neither Hutchison nor Gramm was willing to help move the feds If you divide S4 million by it comes to which would be enough to cover food stamps for all those kids for about four months by my fig uring Just a thought Not that we expect Hutchison actually to do such a thing Why should she Theyre not her kids And I bet that none of her contributors is a handicapped elderly legal immigrant or a poor child What do they expect You dont feed the fundraising kitty you dont get the votes Thats how politics works now It takes hundreds of thou sands of dollars in contributions to get something likethe billion special loophole for tobacco companies in the last budget deal You have to give as much as the telecommuni cations industry in order to write Molly the laws affecting you yourself We all understand thats how IVinS the game is played now Nobody holds it against Hutchi son or Gramm Except Id just as soon not hear either one of them carry on about how much they care about the children of Texas any time soon The Dec 8 issue of The Nation contains a report Hunger on Main on the growing strain on food banks Last month we suddenly had a ton of young said one volunteer I thought we were seeing the tip of the iceberg headed toward our Childless unemployed adults are now limited to three months of food stamps in three years In Portland in the area of singleroomoccu pancy hotels the number of singles coming to food banks has jumped by 50 percent Emergency food demands are also running high in rural areas Christine Valdimiroff president of Sec ond Harvest a national umbrella organization for food banks and soup kitchens across the nation says Poverty is increasing at a faster rate outside the urban In addition to cutting off food stamps to legal immigrants and to childless adults the welfare reform bill also reduces food stamps to families Among those most direly affected are the working poor Bill Minutaglio of the Morning News who has done a consistently excellent job of covering the effects of welfare deform in Texas not a subject that many other papers here have followed at wrote a wrenching report from the Valley on Nov 9 includes the following item of unintentional hilar ity David Beshear spokesman for the Texas Work force Commission opined Im not sure that wel fare reform ever envisioned the problems we have in the Valley Its a tremendous challenge to put people into jobs where there are no Yo But precisely because conditions in the Valley are so drastic 18 percent unemployment in Hidalgo they tend to obscure the effects of the new law on Texans in other parts of the state The media live in a state of denial about poverty in this country thats just as acute as any denial by an alcoholic so it is dangerous to foster the easy dismissal Oh its just a bunch of people who can go back to Mex ico a phrase actually used in some recent discus sions on the Gramms endlessly repeated mantra that immigrants should come here for work not welfare is one of those pat putdowns that pre vents us from seeing what is actually happening Obviously most of the working poor are not immi grants at all and even those who are legal immigrants pay their taxes just like everybody else This is not one of those stories like Afghanistan or Bosnia thats too far away for you to care or do any thing about if you volunteer just one day at a local food bank youll see whats happening for yourself And since this is the season when many of us donate to local food banks please keep in mind that baby food is especially welcome Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Forjt Worth Letter to the Editor Taxpayers group applauds changes in CISD direction Dear Editor A new direction for Comal ISO that is what brought a group of concerned taxpayers together on Nov 19 Almost 60 people attended a meeting at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop conference room to discuss their concerns of the future of CISD The meeting room was at overflow capacity by the 7 start time The Lions Club was gracious enough to offer its reserved auditorium space to the newly organizing group Our thanks to them From die beginning the meeting faced problems of space sound system and lack of following the agen da The meeting turned into a forum for persons to vent their anger and to express their feelings of hat they wanted to see in CISD The group obviously of diverse beliefs directed their anger and ideas at each other However this might not have been a bad The participants were asked to fill out concern forms listing the things that they were most upset with and also any possible solutions that they might have The information that was received from this crosssection of CISD was very enlightening Most were concerned with the credibility of CISD tax dollar spending qualityof education and school size Even with people on opposite sides of these issues year round schooling seemed to come up as a pos sible solution Although the discussions often heat ed consumed the majority of the meeting positive results were achieved Those results will be prioritized and will be on the agenda for the next meeting of this group The top five concerns will be on the agenda at the next meeting to be discussed and reduced to one or two for possible action The membership will try to reach a solution for selected concerns If a plan of action can be designed at that time the group will proceed to the next step If they feel that further research or planning is needed committees will be appointed to do so Once the plan of action is approved the membership will present their plan to the Board of Trustees for consideration The group feels that if CISD will consider these ideas it might help solve some of the problems with which the dis trict is faced CISD already has started to make some decisions that will help change the direction of the district and to help instill credibility to the administration and board members At a recent school board meeting Birdie Bertelsen representing the majority of the new taxpayers group presented their case as to why the building committee should be abolished At the previous board meeting the board indicated that it would not abolish the committee but would resched ule the building committees meetings to a more convenient time However because of concerns of public perception the board members voted 70 to abolish the building committee Now all seven board members will be more involved with the spending of our tax dollars Dr Major also made announcement of some dra matic changes He has requested a performance review of CISD by the State Comptrollers Office He also said that CISD will be meeting with Comal County officials to discuss the possibility of con ducting future elections in county facilities and using the electronic voting equipment that is available Dr Major also put his teaching staff on notice that beginning in February administration will be ana lyzing all programs for efficiency and effectiveness The founders of this yetunnamed taxpayers group applaud the recent actions of CISD adminis tration and board of trustees We feel that widi the help of the patrons of CISD the diligence of the board of trustees and the ability of the administration perhaps CISD can head into the future with a new direction If you would like to join our group please bring your ideas on how to produce quality education at a reasonable cost come to our next meeting which will be from 7 to 9 on Dec 10 in die Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop Auditorium We also need your help on selecting a name for our group We hope to see you there For further information please contact John or Linda Birdie Bertelsen at 8997530 or Glen Wenzel at 6065723 John and Birdie Bertelson Canyon Lake Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Dec 4 the 338th day of 1997 There are 27 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Dec 4 1783 Gen George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York On this date In 1816 James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States In 1875 William Marey Tweed the Boss of New York Citys Tammany Hall political organization escaped from jail and fled the country In 1918 President Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference In 1942 President Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration w hich had been created to provide jobs during the Depression In 1942 bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time in World War II In 1945 the Senate approved participation in the United Nations In 1965 the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt Col Frank Borrnan and Navy Cmdr James A Lovell aboard In 1977 JeanBedel Bokassa rufcr of the Central African Empire crowned himself emperor in a ceremony believed to have cost more than million Bokassa was deposed in 1979 he died in November 1996 at age 75 In 1980 the bodies of four American nuns slain in El Salvador two days ear lier were unearthed Five national guardsmen were convicted of murder In 1991 Associated Press corre spondent Terry Anderson the longest held of Western hostages in Lebanon was released after nearly seven years in captivity
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