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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page HERALDZEITUNG March FORUM Contact Managing Editoi Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NBW BKAUNPRLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Jo Lee News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Public schools need our support Basing your success on how well 9and 10year olds take achievement tests must be to say the Texas public schools are judged on how their students fare on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills Of other factors are such as dropout Teachers and administrators play a big role in the success of their but they are not the only influences affecting student Many of those influences are beyond the schools control home peer pressure and Todays educators shoulder a heavy They have a big job in molding young minds and teach ing them not only facts and figures but also how to think They prepare our students every day for life after high school by teaching them how to organize and These same educators are limited in how they apply discipline and how they control the environ ment in which to teach They are responsi ble for carrying out their work and supporting their even when those students face insurmountable odds and difficult challenges away from New Braunfels and Comal school districts are joining the rest of the state in celebrating Texas Public Schools Week this Special parentteacher organization meetings and open houses will take place throughout the week to get parents into the Support your public schools by getting not only on campus but also in your childrens lives and not only this week but all year Let your children know that education is a priority at home as well as at Support your chil drens teachers and administrators by supporting your children in Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is March the 66th day of There are 299 days left in the Todays Highlight in His tory On March in a speech to the Sen Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of pre serving the On this date In Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his In the United States sent troops to the Mex ican border as a precaution in the wake of the Mexican Letters To The Editor Letter writer pulled real bait and switch Dear Editor The letter to the editor on 24 about the bait and switch scheme is the real bait and The tax savior author eliminates facts and puts a personal spin on items He demonstrates a total lack of understanding for the Edwards Aquifer Authority rules and the recent reduction of water pumping rights allocated to each I would like to set the record Here are the facts No city tax dollars are being used to support this We are not expanding The last land annexation in April 2000 was at the request of the Comal Independent School Prior to in a piece of land off FarmtoMarket Road 482 was annexed at the owners Excess water from this pipeline can only be sold by the SchertzSeguin Local Government The cost of water is going up regarcl less of the supply source because of sup ply and The cost of Edwards water will climb as the authority imposes rising manage ment fees and further restricts the amount of water cities can pump from their This our reduction was a permanent 29 with another reduction scheduled for In a the authority can cut our left over supply even Cities end up pay ing for water they cannot Surface water is also going you cant own and it is not always drought Remember the river flow rates during the last severe drought hi 1956 The SchertzSeguin water project is the first municipal joint venture in the region to eliminate reliance on the Edwards Aquifer and other surface water sources that are not Neither city could afford to do this Through a cooperative Schertz and Seguin have ensured their citizens of a depend able and drought resistant water supply through the year Ken Greenwald Schertz Coverage of Junior Miss was for the birds Dear Editor I believe that the people of New Braunfels have always been very support ive of their youth and the youth pro That is why I was very disap pointed in the coverage given to the New Braunfels Junior Miss Pageant by the Nothing was mentioned concerning the pageant until the Tuesday after the But the whose game was played on Saturday night the same night as the pageant and which ended about the same was covered in the Sunday edition of the When the pageant was fully covered on Tuesday a picture of the winners was placed down in the corner of the front page plus some on the back page while a large pic ture of buzzards was the headline for the We always hear people say that our youth are our future It seems that the HeraldZeitung thinks that the future of our youth is for the Carolyn Culbertson New Braunfels Local diners appreciate smoking ban Dear Editor My husband and I want to publicly thank the City Council for the stand they took in voting the smoking ban hi restau Although we live outside of the New Braunfels city most of our dining out is done in New It will be so nice to be able to dine in a smokefree As an exsmoker I remember how I used to light afterdinner ciga rette unmindful of the harm it was doing to myself and those around My husband and I quit smoking over 20 years ago and are grateful for good This is just one more step to preserving Thank you very Jan and Earl Moore Canyon Lake Letter To The Editor Remember who was here first Dear Editor One has to agree with Parks Director Iris buzzards were here If people dont like they should I feed the whether spar rows or I love all When I see several of the buzzards flying I always watch They are a beautiful Some flutter their wings three some four times or and then one can see the whites on their I am sure that all the birds would like for the people to live somewhere But enlarging the civic center and building places like the Schlitterbahn brings more and more people The streets are in bad shape through the everincreasing especially in the sum When I see on the cars the In New Braunfels ist das Leben then I look back to the 50s and 60s and want to change the slo gan to In New Braunfels WAR das Leben Es war thats how our German Marchen And this town was founded by as many here in The only old timers who dont mind the everincreas ing traffic are the ones who have a businessand profit from the influx of And dont tell me other Barkei Braunfels Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual Letters should be kept to 250 an address and a telephone which are not for must be included for confirmation Preference is given to writ ers who have not been pub lished in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email President Bushs tax plan as clear as mud to many AUSTIN If you arent con fused about George Bushs taxcut package by you havent been paying The beloved Mark Twains line about damned lies and sta tistics has been working over time as our happy political spin many of them television journalists unleash blizzards of numbers on our Numero Uno Nothing about taxation is Steve Forbes and his flat tax are only the lat est in a long line of goofy taxaim plifiers from Upton with his Single Tax on real estate not a bad through assorted communists and the Heritage People in the Bible complained about tax people in the Middle Ages complained about tax and in Rome they farmed out taxcollection con tracts to private just like in Bexar The progressive income tax is the single fairest form of taxation MOLLY IVINS ever Getting it passed took humongous court fights and a constitutional Numero Twoo The single fig ure that you have probably heard most often about the Bush tax cut is that somewhere between 40 percent and 45 percent of the total cut goes to the richest 1 per cent of Despite the gobbling of Bushs tax the number is not mys terious or difficult to arrive nor is it widely Thats peo ple making more than a The richest 10 percent get percent of Bushs leaving a whopping 37 percent for the other 90 percent of This is not a vulgar argument about class This is a matter of fairness and What do you want the society to look like If you could see a graphic of wealth in this it would look roughly like a pyra mid except fatter at the until you get near the very when it suddenly shoots into the air and rises higher than a sky Why would we want to make this deformation worse The wealth gap in this country is even more staggering than the skyrocketing income According to a 1995 study by the Federal the richest 1 per cent of American households at that time worth a measly mil lion owned 35 percent of the total By the richest 10 percent owned percent of total leaving an impressive 25 percent for the other 90 percent of These people do not need our We do not need tp transfer more of the tax burden from them to the rest of Now the first thing you hear from the Bush who get quite indignant about this as though someone were trying to mislead But youre count ing the abolition of the death tax in that tax is what Republicans call the estate Its one of their cute like say ing the Democrat The that we include the abolition of the estate tax when figuring out the effects of the Bush tax package is because the estate tax IS I hope you got I know its complicat If you do take out the estate the richest 1 percent still get percent of the tax According to The Washington Even a conservative economist such as the Heritage Foundations William Beach agrees with We could I whether the death It is actually ty those who inherit money once youre they cant make you fill out any more IRS forms as long you stay dead though they may be waiting for you after the rapture I havent checked the theology on When Bush Its an across theboard tax most people trunk that means everyones going to get about the same They certainly do not envision an acrossthe board tax cut being percent for the richest 1 percent of the The Republican argument is that rich folks pay more of the total According to the the richest 1 percent pay about 20 percent of all federal taxes including payroll and and theres no way you can make this This whole deal is the tax equiv alent of Bill Clintons pardon of Marc Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth   

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