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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG April 2001 NKW HERALDZEITUNG New liriumfcls Zcitungwas 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 Other Views BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Star on President Bushs education plan If you listen only to the White K12 education is one of the big winners in President Bushs otherwise lean Administration staffers proudly announced consistent with the Leave No Child Behind the Department of Education would receive an percent That would push total education spending to billion and represent the largest increase of any domestic Democratic leaders challenged the presidents charging that Bush had counted billion approved last December by Congress during the Clinton Time and again the president has called education his top yet the numbers show that oversized tax cuts really top his For every new dollar that Bush would spend on he would channel more than to his tax Within his the president identifies several impor tant educational issues that need federal attention and His request wisely channels billion more to special It also triples funds for muchneeded reading programs to And it would send million more to Title 1 programs for poor Important existing programs must be sacrificed to help finance those good For in response to the spate of school Bush would fund more police offi cers for But he would cut the Clinton cops pro gram that helped reduce crime in the neighborhoods sur rounding some of the nations poorest At a time when the federal government projects a very large it can and should do more for Americas stu even as it funds generous tax The Elkhart on presidential styles When the 24 military service personnel held in China returned home last President Bush was not in Instead of seizing the cameras Bush spent a quiet Easter in Think of how Bill Clinton would have handled the He would have hopped aboard AhForce One for a crosscountry trip to where news was being He would have expressed warm words of welcome and appreciation and gained a slice of television time for The presence of the president adds intensity to any news Clinton was constantly on view at disasters and cele brations as well in situations where some presidential action was Adding the Clinton there seemed to be some kind of Clinton drama going on all the When Bush stays it helps keep the rest of the coun try Many situations are better understood on then own terms without switching emphasis to the A president does not have to make news every Less noise is sometimes If everything is played too even tually we dont hear Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is April the 109th day of There are 256 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry Fifty years on April Douglas relieved of his Far East command by President bid farewell to Con On this date In the American Rev olutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and In the Netherlands recognized American inde FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6359144 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 publica must be included for confirmation Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Letters To The Editor We are responsible for preventing child abuse Dear Editor Fortythree percent of American parents report spanking or hitting their children within the past 12 37 percent report insulting or swearing at their children and 2 percent report having bit or punched their More than 3 million children were reported to child protective service agencies as alleged victims of child abuse or neglect in and about 1 million of these reports were The physical and emotional abuse of children yields harmful conse quences for society a growing body of evidence links child abuse and neglect with drug and alcohol teen youth violence and chronic health It is there fore critical to focus on preventing child abuse and neglect before it Thats what Aprils observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month is all Placing an emphasis on positive parenting is an important component to the prevention of child As a it is essential that we support parents and We must strive to respect and nurture our Here are a few tips on how to be the best parent you can be Be a nurturing Children need to know that they are special and Educate yourself about a childs development process so you can have reasonable expectations about what your child can and can not Help When the big and little problems of everyday life pile up to the point where you feel over whelmed and out of take time Dont take it out on your Take a deep breath turn on some Know where you can turn for help when you need If your baby It can be frustrating to hear your baby especially when nothing you do seems to Learn what to do if your baby wont stop But shake a Monitor your childs television and computer Watching violent films on TV or playing violent com puter games can harm young chil Not only does it scare it also teaches children that aggression is a good way to handle frustration and solve Spend time playing with your or read to them Report suspected abuse or Keeping children safe is the responsibility of every adult in our If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be call 800 Aprils observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month is an appropriate opportunity to remind ourselves of our collective responsibility to pre vent the abuse and neglect that robs so many of our societys children of their their sense of securi ty and wellbeing and their we really can make a differ For more information on how to prevent child abuse and visit or the Family Outreach Center at Mary Ann Lopez Webster Counseling Intern Family Outreach Center Candidates dont want to reveal private information Dear Editor This year on March 4 the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung and on March 13 the Galveston County Daily News published editorials in support of House Bill 64 and Senate Bill The two bills are identical and authored by Steven Wolens D of District 103 and Jeff Wentworth R of District 25 respec In summary the bills propose that a financial statement must be filed by a person who is a candidate for a municipal office filled by election and by those persons appointed to a municipal These financial statements must include an account of the persons financial activity and the financial activity of the persons spouse and dependent children and be filed with the clerk or secretary of the municipality in which the officer or candidate The bills are presently being debat in the State Among other organization and persons testi the Texas Municipal League TML and the Texas Daily Newspaper Association TDNA have been presenting their TDNA is for passage of the and TML TML is of the as are most clear thinking that few people would run for public office if such information had to be provid ed to the public since it would be public This would be especially so in the many small towns of Texas where nearly all pub lic elected or are In the editorials it is stated that municipal officials can vote on issues that could personally or professionally benefit them or their families and there is no mecha nism in place to help citizens deter mine whether a conflict of interest exists and that it is TML spending public tax money lobbying against a bill that would discourage crooks and profiteers from running for Yet there are a number of penal and government codes that address just such Section of the Local Government Code specifi cally requires public disclosure of conflicts of interest and Chapter 573 of the Government Code addresses Thenewspapereditors cannot understand why anyone truly interested in the public good would be so fearful of disclosing possible conflicts of It is not the dis closure of conflicts of rather it is the disclosure of private finan cial information that is Is it really the public interest these editors are1 concerned about If why isnt an opposing view present ed Isnt it their purpose to inform What kind of government will small towns have if these bills are passed What do you suppose the newspapers will do with all this financial infor mation available for the asking Remember the accusations and slan dering that went on in the media during the recent national election What has the media done for you lately I wonder how Galveston Mayor Bo Quiroga and New Braunfels Mayor Stone Williams and their councilmen view this Has the newspaper asked Neither the mayor of the town in which I nor any of the five city councilmen nor the town will continue in our positions as volunteer city officials if these bills are Think about this Calvin Daughetee Enchanted Oaks Key changes already being addressed at FM 306 Id oil rntirmnci i To update all citizens concerned with the progress of any safety measures being implemented at the 281 and FarmtoMarket Road 306 a meeting took place Monday at the Texas Department of Transportation dis trict office in San Those in representing the concerned were myself and my father John Representing TxDOT were dis trict engineer John area engineer Greg district traffic engineer Arnold Ramirez and engineer Glen We presented the signatures of you who signed the about and reiterated our requests previously presented to Jeff Wentworth and State Edmund Kuempel on March the Comal County Commissioners Court on March 15 and the Texas Department of Transportation on March which are as follows Reduce the speed limit from CHERYL HENRY 65 miles per hour to 55 miles per hour on 281 from FM 311 to onehalf mile north of FM Place a traffic light or at least a blinking yellow light at the 281 and FM 306 Move the highway signs located on the east side of 281 just south of FM 306 further Since our meeting with Greg Malatek on March at the intersection of the high way signs that were obstructing view have been They actu ally raised them the day after the and I would like to com mend TxDOT for its expediency in doing raising them did not completely solve the prob and they have agreed to move the signs farther A speed survey was conducted before March The result of the speed survey does not war rant the speed limit to be reduced in this surveys will be conducted period ically because they acknowledge the ongoing There seems to be some trouble in getting a good traffic A third one is currently being con after two others have failed to compile the information We were told that a traffic light for this intersection is out of the but a flashing beacon has been approved at the inter The construction for this already has begun and will take up to a month to Because the speed Umit could not be I was trying to find other ways to help reduce the risk of accidents and request ed signs be posted prior to crest ing both hills north and south of the noting that an intersection is ahead and this has been agreed upon by Malatek agreed to check whether there is enough rightofway for a shoul der to be constructed at this intersection on the southbound lane but was wary as to whether this really would help the safety of Ramirez has promised to speak with Blanco County offi cials for approval to reduce the speed limit from 70 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour from the Comal County line to just south of the Stallion Estates entrance and also to request permission to post the intersection ahead Kelly revealed the federal fund for state highways has dropped from 30 percent in 1970 to 7 percent in He also informed us of the National Highway System Designation program where federal funding is made more available for high ways in this program and will provide information on how our community can assist in getting 281 through Comal County designated in this Kelly and Malatek expressed their concern over the safety of this and both were very compliant in pro viding seeking answers to our Cheryl Henry is a Spring Branch Her Amy died in a colli sion with a semirig at 281 and FM 306 while on her way to Smithson Valley High School on   

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