New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 25, 2001, Page 6

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March 25, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HliRALDZElTUNO March 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NUW BUAUNFKLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zcitting was founded 1852 New Braunfcls Mcrakl 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 Kudos The Canyon High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of New On March we ran a food drive for some needy families in the Our community responded far beyond what was expect Thanks to the efforts of many we were able to col lect more than 450 items in two hours for six families in our school It is great to know that there are genuine caring people in our We would like to extend a special thankyou to who donated more than enough supplies to help our So the Christian Athletes at Canyon High School thanks you for your and we feel blessed to live in such a great CHSFCA Today in History Today is March the 84th day of There are 281 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On March in a tragedy that galvanized Americas labor 146 immigrant workers were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New On this date In Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord In during the Civil turedFort in v In Jacob Coxey began leading an army of unemployed from to to demand help from the federal In the home of the Palace opened in New York In French composer Claude Debussy died in In a coal mine explosion in claimed 111 In the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic In the Martin Luther King led marchers to the state capi tol in to protest the denial of voting rights to In King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental The nephew was beheaded the following In 87 most of them Honduran and Dominican were killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York Ten years ago Dances Wolves won seven including best pic at the 63rd annual Academy Archbishop Marcel a rebellious con servative in the Roman Catholic died in at age Five years ago An 81day standoff by the antigovern ment Freemen began at a ranch near Braveheart won Academy Awards for best picture and best Mel Nicolas Cage won best for Leaving Las Susan Sarandon best actress for Dead Man The redesigned bill went into circula jm gonna mitt ournew identities so Letters Policy The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known fac tual Letters should be kept to 250 An address and a telephone which are not for must be included for confirmation pur Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Work of Legislature right on track When I was elected to serve as lieutenant gover nor by the Texas Senate in my goal was to bring efficiency and leadership to my role as presiding officer without the personal statewide agenda Texans normally expect from their officials in After my new dual role as lieu tenant governor and sena tor is the historical precedent that often guides government in uncharted Midway through the biennial legislative ses I am pleased to report that the work of the Senate in 2001 is on Although many capitol insiders feared the decennial chore of redis tricting would mean a leg islative we have been able to get down to the business of serving Texans even more quickly than last Budget issues have taken center stage with enormous legislative and public support for a state health insurance plan for Texas efforts to expand medical care to more uninsured pay raises for our prison guards who have been overlooked often in our criminal justice and pay raises for our state SQcial workers who are on the front lines pro tecting abused and neglected our elderly and other Texans who cannot care for them selves all crucial areas that are serious ly threat ened by shortages and high employee turnover Road construction and other transportation needs are other areas that have captured the attention of senators who are well aware of the need to improve the Texas high way system and relieve the traffic congestion that is choking so many parts of our Proposals for more toll roads and other funding methods are percolating in the Capitol along with planSTlo improve the safe ty of commercial trucks that have surged through Texas since the North American Free Treaty Agreement went into effect in Criminal justice reform is another issue that is getting the statewide attention it A bill giving prisoners the right to request DNA testing on biological evidence passed the Senate in February by a unanimous Other important legislation under consideration would guarantee indigent defen the right to the com petent counsel equal jus tice and another bill senators are working on would give Texas juries BILL RATLIFF the option of sentenc ing crimi nals to life in prison without the possibility of parole as an alterna tive to the death The Senate also has been working diligently on election and campaign reform and recently passed a bill that would reform Texas election law to ban the use of punch card bal lots and mechanical voting booths and replace those antiquated systems with new technology that would be phased in equally throughout Texas Among other changes designed to improve fair ness and accountability in system bill also requires political candidates to report more detailed information to the Texas Ethics Commission and lowers the minimum amount on campaign con tributions and expenses that must be reported to the Once the current session ends on Memorial preparations for the next one will And during the interim I firmly believe the Legislature needs to readdress one of the toughest issues the Legislature has ever had to tackle public school The recapture plan Texas is using today was passed in 1993 to get our public schools out of court while avoiding a state income This stopgap which was designed to bring more equity to the states sys tem of school was never meant to be any thing more than a quick remedy to address a criti cal and current data shows it is approach ing the end of its useful Texas House Speaker Pete Laney agrees with and we plan to appoint a joint commission to study new ways the state can fund public schools in the future that will be fair and equitable and remain legal under the Texas Constitution using the valuable time before the next legislative givrthis impor tant issue the careful time and attention it As lieutenant I am proud of the members of the Texas They continue the timehonored tradition of working hard on the issues our state is facing while keeping the best interests of all Texans close to There is truly no greater honor than to be chosen to serve as lieutenant governor by the men women Texans have elected to rep resent them at their State Bill Ratliffis acting lieutenant governor for the state of Bush tax cuts led to crisis in state government services AUSTIN What a strange ses sion the Texas Legislature is hav Other states are in budget with revenues dropping so sharply services have to be In admit to being in a budget but not a Were not actually running a deficit unless you count the million emergency spending and I dont know why you would What we are facing is a crisis in state goyernment Everybody at the and you can take this for nigh univer blames George Bush for this in but almost no one does so in it being bad form to knock our The problem is the which notoriously underfunds services to begin did not make wise use of the fat years when money was rolling into the Bush got not one but two large tax cuts while the pressure on state services grew and and he left no the new census reaffirms what we already that Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the country and we now face some horrid Its so bad that even our high which used to be the only subject we ever got an A are MOLLY IVINS going to Dallas and Bexar counties cant get Of neglecting infrastructure comes under the heading Truly It always costs more in the long if something isnt done for the prison theyre going to walk the teachers need health insurance and Medicaid continues to be a One of the capitols most cynical lobby putting odds on what would get attention in the Those Mexican kids die real quiet you just pull a sheet over their faces and you dont hear from them any The Republicans are now in a painfully awkward position They have to but Rick Gqodhair Perry is not the son of a former president who is being touted for national All hands are aware that Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander is sitting on some extra money Texas comptrollers always do this so they wont have to certi fy a budget The problem is no one thinks shes sitting on enough to pay for the prison and teachers health a raise for state and getting Medicaid to the point where actually functions for most of the people its supposed to be there It looks as though the ambitious plans to help the Rio Grande Valley will once again be shelved despite Perrys promise to make the poverty in that area a We cant fund Not to men tion everything else on the peren nial wish like Parks she wrote for a just to get the word at the beginning of a since by custom all sen tences involving state spending end with and Oddly despite the bud get this turns out to be a pretty good session for getting good things done as long as it doesnt cost We havent fig ured out how to pay for the big ticket items but cleaning up around the edges is going We owe this to whose presidential cam paign brought unpleasant publici ty to the states less civilized So we will probably stop executing the profoundly retarded theres a step and we could get a hate crimes bill and may even do something about provid ing competent legal counsel for poor people so they dont get the death sentence while their lawyers are Were even getting a new law so that people in prison who can prove they are innocent will have access to DNA The indigent defense bill was vetoed by Bush last but its State Rodney is chair of Finance Committee this which gives him beau coup de Ellis and acting Lite Bill Ratliff pulled off a dandy funding coup for higher which has been getting shorted for with the help of one of those con stitutional amendments you can never figure out while youre vot This one gives state colleges access to earnings on the invest ments in the Permanent University Funds that had been limited to capital more The money can now be spent for teaching and research at UT San El Tyler and But it wouldnt be a session without a so we are all grateful to the liquor The PR firm for liquor whole salers is fighting Internet sale of and to that end mailed out a postcard about a cute white kid named Billy has always been an entre says the and we see happy Billy selling lemonade and then delivering But then Billy takes a dive toward the dark side and is shown at 14 selling booze he bought on the Internet to his And of his new friend is of the black just to show you how far hes fall the chairman of the committee that will decide the fate of the Internet winesales bill is Ron Wilson of who is himself unmistakably Several citi zens at the capitol noted that after Wilson announced he was affronted by the blatant the liquor lobbyists all needed a Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth ;

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