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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas ge 6A HERALDZEITUNG Saturday August OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zcitung was founded 1852 New Braunfcls Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor Michael Gary News Editor KUDOS Shop New Braunfels this weekend A great number of parents and students will hit the stores this weekend to save during Texas sales tax holiday weekend Certain clothing and shoes priced at or less are exempt from local and state sales taxes this weekend thanks to state law approved by legislators in 1999 This year State Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander made an administrative change that allows financiallystrapped families to put clothes on layaway this weekend and not have to pay sales taxes when they pay for them in full at a later date If you are read 10 hit r oisu puiJng your backto school dollars in New Braunfels No the city and county will not get any sales tax ue i but those dollars will boost our local economy and support the local merchants in this community Traffic along Interstate 35 might be a challenge right now but it cannot be any worse than dealing with the traffic at the outlet malls or the giant shopping centers in San Antonio this weekend Take advantage of the opportunity to save some money this weekend and help the local economy at the same time TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday Aug 5 the 218th day of 2000 There are 148 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug 5 1864 during the Civil War Union Adm David G Earragut is said to have given his famous order Damn the torpe does full speed ahead as he led His fleet against Mobile Bay Ala On this date In 1861 the federal government levied an income tax for the first time In 1884 the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloes Island in New York Harbor In 1914 the first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland Ohio In 1924 the comic strip Little Orphan by Harold Gray made its debut In 1957 American hosted by Dick Clark made its network debut on ABC In 1962 actress Marilyn Monroe 36 was found dead in her Los Angeles home her death was ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills In 1963 the United States Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow ban ning nuclear tests in the atmos phere in space and underwater In 1980 Hurricane Allen bat tered the southern peninsula of Haiti leaving more than 200 dead in its wake In 1994 a threejudge panel of the Court of Appeals in Washington chose Kenneth W Starr to take over the Whitewater investigation from Robert Fiske Ten years ago An angry President Bush again denounced the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait telling reporters This will not stand This will not stand this aggression against Democrats edgy heading to BY WILL LESTER Associated Writer PHILADELPHIA AP Its crunch time for the Democrats Heading into Los Angeles the challenge for Al Gore is to match the boost in the polls that the Republicans received from their justconcluded convention Leaving Philadelphia Bush has a doubledigit lead and has moved ahead among key groups like women and independents For months Democrats have repeated the mantra that its too early to worry about polls and voters arent yet paying attention But with the Democratic National Convention set to begin 10 days from now those days are just about over Campaigns use issues positions princi ples and the personality of the candidate to add brushstrokes to the picture by Election said Republican pollster Ed Goeas The picture is beginning to be Republicans in Philadelphia went to great lengths to portray their party as more diverse more tolerant and more positive than in past years The convention seemed to play well across the country even if the TV audience was limited Polls bore that out The Bush lead over Gore grew to 14 points by Thursday in a bipartisan tracking poll with significant gains among two groups where the two had been tied independents now an 18point Bush lead and women now a 6point Democrats were incensed by the OOPs efforts to present a more diverse image by asking blacks Hispanics and a gay con gressman among other minorities to address the convention Theyre using these people as said Joe Andrew Democratic national chair man We dont have to go out and find AfricanAmerican and Hispanic kids to put on our Ed Rendell general chairman of the Democrats called it a charade engineered by Karl Rove a senior adviser to Bush It has no connection to he said Not true the Bush campaign said These attacks are indicative of the fact that they have legitimate concerns that Governor Bush is making inroads with new said spokesman Dan Bartlett The governor has proven it in the state of Texas getting almost half the Hispanic vote in 1998 He has backed up his words with Democrats are working to change the dynamics of the race which has wavered all year between a Bush advantage and a close contest On Tuesday Gore chooses a running mate and the two will hit the campaign trail for the rest of the week with the states they pick dependent on his choice Then they will stop through several battleground states on the way to Los Angeles In 17 battleground states surrogates will contrast Democratic policies and accom plishments with the Republican claims and their record At the convention Aug 1417 President Clinton and wife Hillary will speak along with Caroline Kennedy Bill Bradley Ted Kennedy and Jesse Jackson The full sched ule has not been announced Our convention will show that Al Gore is on their side ready to be president and hes got the right ideas to build on our said Doug Hattaway a spokesman for the Gore campaign Polls suggest Democrats have the advantage on the issues of health care the environment and Social Security Gore has not yet convinced voters he is stronger than Bush on the economy despite the financial boom of the last eight years or education a top voter priority The effort to whittle away at the Bush lead in the polls could be tricky for Democrats and especially Gore Polls sug gest many people have grown weary of par tisan squabbling in the wake of the impeachment fight About 40 percent of Americans dont like said Merle Black a political sci entist at Emory University in Atlanta The more he makes these attacks the higher his negatives could Despite the Republican advantages from holding their convention first he sees opportunities for Gore By going second Gore has an opportuni ty to Black said Hes got to unify the Democrats while reaching out to inde pendents This will be a test of Will Lester covers polling and politics for The Associated REACTIONS TO BUSH ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS What hes saying is lets build a county not just for the few but for everybody Its what the Republican Party should stand for We havent always articulated that very well in the Tennessee Gov Don Sundquist They saw the George W Bush Ive known for 30 years a gentleman prepared to lead of sure wit who doesnt mince Colorado Gov Bill Owens If he can follow through with his plan hes going to change America I just think the Republican Party has a wonderful leader that theyve South Dakota delegate Susan Larson I couldnt help but cry for the joy of it Were been praying for eight years for a guy like this I can hardly wait for November and for Washington alternate dele gate Kay Regan Another Ronald Reagan It just sounded like Ronald Reagan all over and I think its one of the things that excites Minnesota delegate Margaret Cavanaugh He was funny He was charming He was honest He was truthful He has a vision of the future and hes going to do North Dakota dele gate Vicki Dahl Law of supplies and demand You cant buy it all in one store In Youve Got Tom Hanks character Joe Fox praises fall in New York and how it makes him want to shop for school supplies He emails a friend I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened My guess is he would have to go to at least three different stores to find exactly what he is looking for This is my fourth year as a parent shopping for school supplies My fami lys average number of stores to get everything on a school supply list three This year the blackandwhite compo sition book was the last item on our scavenger hunt This past year it was the folders with brads and pockets in solid colors only mind you For some reason we have not been able to find everything on a school sup ply list in one store It always involves MARGARET EDMONSON making trips to two or more stores Im not blaming the stores or the teachers for that matter Sometimes it is just a matter of all the composition books being sold out Or maybe the store only carries folders with pockets and no brads or my personal favorite folders with brads and no pockets 1 never understood why they made those in the first place Im sure a teacher out there requires them During my years as a parent I have had to toss aside my own ideas about school supplies Gone are the days when a cigar box could hold all of your school supplies No longer is one bottle of glue adequate to start school I had a class mate in first grade who ate paste so Im sure his parents bought him more than one Shopping for school supplies used to be one of my favorite things to do Coming from a family with five chil dren the concept of sharing was not just encouraged it was demanded Not even my clarinet was safe I was forced to share it with my sister but 1 drew the line at the reeds She had to get her own My box of school supplies was mine and I did not have to share it with any one else New pencils with unused erasers and sharp points shiny scissors with no fingerprints and a box full of crayons just waited for the art projects my teacher would assign in the new school year I packed and unpacked the box several times before stepping on the school bus for the first day of school Today getting my daughters school supplies to school requires a bus or at least a fullsized pickup Teachers now ask students to bring a lot of supplies some of which are shared in some class rooms Students also are asked to bring storage bags and tissues for different uses during the school year and some are asked to bring film or disposable cameras The good news is that you might not have to make an extra trip to the store late one night to replenish the glue sup ply at school The bad news is your child will find something else that he or she needs for the next day Fortunately for us this years quest for school supplies is completed Our hunt for the composition book proved suc cessful in the fourth store we visited We found the folders with pockets and brads in the second store Next year Im ordering the school supplies packages offered through the campus parentteacher group Sure itll cost a little more but I think I can make it up in fuel costs If you are out shopping today swing by the HEB parking lot where Communities in Schools is having its annual Pack the Bus event to provide school supplies for needy students Supplies will be collected for needy chil dren in New Braunfels and Comal school districts The bus will be open from 8 to noon today And they might not even mind if you bring folders with pockets and no brads Margaret Edmonson is managing edi tor of the