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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW FfcLS 70 HERALD SOWFST MIOROPUBLTSHlNb 262V E YfiNDELL El POSO TX 1 U IN U Vol 148 No 94 20 pages in 2 sections March 31 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Unicorn for a day NBHS seniors school Smith on fine points of government f tv S vA V Jt f vty r BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Rep Lamar Smith RSan Antonio had to field some tough questions from a group of soonto be constituents Tuesday Many high school seniors might not yet be able to vote but they have some pressing questions on their minds about the federal gov ernment and they were not afraid to ask Students in Vicki Reddings and Sally Kingsburys government and economics classes listened to Smith speak about the proposed federal budget and practical politics dur ing a visit to New Braunfels High School Smith said the last vote taken by Congress on March 25 was on a proposed federal budget Whats contained in that budget is the seed of legislation that will be addressed voted on and debated next year including Social Securi ty Medicare taxes and defense he said The Republicancontrolled Con gress is looking at targeted tax cuts Smith said Right now we have an alltime record high in taxes about 40 cents out of every he said Senior Jodi Schlather asked What do you think about the flat tax I think the flat tax should become a part of the upcoming presidential campaign debates because our current system is com plex and he said The congressman said the flat tax See ROBIN Top Rep Lamar Smith RSan Antonio answers questions during a meeting with seniors Tuesday at New Braunfels High School Above Smith chats with members of the ROTC program Clinton rejects Milosevics peace forrnuld Allies encouraged to remain opposed to Yugoslav leader WASHINGTON AP Slobodan Milosevic could lose international recognition for his territorial claim on Kosovo if the Serbs dont stop killing the regions ethnic Albanians President Clinton said Hies day He rejected a formula for peace offered by the Yugoslav president If there was ever any doubt about what is at stake in Kosovo Mr Milo sevic is certainly erasing it by his Clinton said They are the culmination of more than a decade of using ethnic and religious hatred as a justification for uprooting and mur dering completely innocent peaceful civilians to pave Mr Milosevics path to absolute The president urged the allies to remain steadfast in their opposition to Milosevic on the seventh day of NATOfc air campaign against the Serbs while the administration promised neighboring nations financial aid for the refugees streaming across their borders and sup port against Serb threats Some success was reported in dimin ishing Serb air defenses and strikes against troops stationed just outside Kosovo but a Pentagon spokesman cautioned against expecting a quick knockout MILOSEVIC CLINTON peace talks this month in Rambouillet France the Clinton administration supported autonomy but not indepen dence for the majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo Milosevic rejected that plan Administration officials insisted that there had been no policy change but during a State Department ceremony honoring former Secretary of State Warren Christopher Clinton signaled that the Serbs actions in Kosovo carried a price the loss of international support for Milosevics claim on the region Today he faces the mounting cost of his continued Clinton said For a sustained period we will see that his military will be seriously diminished key military infrastructure destroyed the prospect for international support for Serbias claim to Kosovo increas ingly To the 18 other NATO countries with whose leaders he has been in frequent contact he said We must remain steady and determined with the will to see this At the Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said NATO forces have had some success in damaging the Serb air defenses commandandcontrol facilities and a military industrial base that is sustaining the Yugoslav forces Voter registration deadline is Thursday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Thursday is the deadline to register to vote hi the May 1 elections for New Braunfels City Council and Comal Independent School District board positions County residents can begin casting bal lots April 14 for three city council races including the mayors two Comal Independent School District races and a 141 million CISD bond election Residents can register to vote from 8 to through Thursday at the Comal County voter registration office 205 N Seguin Ave In city elections six New Braunfels resi dents filed for three city council seats guar anteeing races for mayor and council mem ber seats in Districts 5 and 6 Stoney Williams and Robert Kendrick are vying to be New Braunfels next mayor Mayor Jan Kennady will reach her term lim it in May Lee Rodriguez and Clif Courtney are run ning for the District 5 city council seat which will be vacated by Cathy Talcott Tal cott announced earlier this year she was moving out of the district District 6 city council member Juliet Wat son is running for reelection against chal lenger David L Nigh In the CISD elections nine patrons are campaigning for the District 3 and 4 positions on the school board In the District 3 race Pat Broaddus Suzan See Recycling Fair part of Earth Day celebration scheduled for April 17 BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer New Braunfels will celebrate Earth Day 1999 with its first annual Earth Day Recycling Fair on April 17 at Cypress Bend Park The fair will run from 9 until 3 Admission is free Seminar topics will include xeriscaping and household recycling Ten booths will be set up to cover subjects including organic gardening and Earth Day projects by local schools The city has two dozen backyard compost bins that will be given away as door prizes at the fair The citys mulch pile in the park will be avail able and residents can haul away free mulch The mulch is a product of the citys Christmas tree recycling program See INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 7A Crossword Forum 6A Local 4A Movies 5A 3A Snorts Today 2A Veterans say budget falls short BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Local veterans said they believed the proposed federal bud get for health care will fall bil lions of dollars short of the amount needed to provide ser vices One vet said government offi cials should take note of history If they there will be another veterans march on Wash said Ski Haneiwich of New Braunfels a local activist Haneiwich referred to a march on Washington in the 1920s by World War I veterans seeking the benefits they had been promised by Congress Gen Douglas MacArtbur was ordered to dis perse the crowd but refused to fire on the veterans President Cantons budget pro posal recommended billion for the Veterans Health Admin istration US Rep Lamar Smith RSan Antonio said he would support a budget that added Don Nunley of Canyon Lake said more than veterans lived in Comal County and as many as 40 percent depended on the VA for health care A lot of people retired here because of access to the VA and military Nunley said Nunley a member of several local veterans organizations said an independent budget analysis performed for veterans organiza Sae Incoming New Braunfels junior Crystal Garcia throws to first base during Tuesdays District 14SA Softball game with Austin Crockett For more on the game see page 8A   

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