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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HliRALDZBlTUNG June 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 Nuw BKAUNFRLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zcitung was founded 1852 New Braunfcls 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 Student participation fees another sign of school finance problems Anyone with doubts about whether Texas school finance system is messed up should have been at New Braunfels Independent School Districts meeting Trustees are being asked to assess participation fees for students who want to take part in extracurricular such as debate and The reason for the fees Increasing costs for fuel and maintenance and repairs to band As these costs get the districts tax rate creeps closer to the state The current maintenance and operation rate is per valuation the state cap is District administrators recommend a fee for ath letic fee for using districtowned band instruments and a fee for Students who qualify for the National School Lunch program would have their fees Lee vice president on the proposes charging a fee across the with a cap per A separate fee of still would be charged for students using districtowned band like other school is finding itself between a rock and a hard place by trying to balance students needs for extracurricular activities against the increasing costs of providing those In the the ones hurt the most by the student participation fees be the poorer students who but still struggle to cover the uni forms and State legislators did little to fix these very real prob lems facing school districts and their students during the most recent legislative and they wont get the chance to make things right for another two We hope NBISD trustees can find other ways to cut costs so that these fees will not be assessed against students trying to enhance their education by partici pating in extracurricular Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is June the 173rd day of There are 192 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On June during World War Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran On this date In Arkansas was re admitted to the In Congress created the Department of In Britains King George V was crowned at Westminster In heavyweight box ing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmel ing in the first round of their rematch at Yankee In President Roo sevelt signed the GI Bill of In the World War II battle for Okinawa officially ended Americans and Japanese were killed in the 81day 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 Fax 830 6063413 email Juneteenth Remember those still in chains Editors Note The Black Heritage Society of Comal County is celebrat ing Juneteenth today at Landa Haus in Landa On June General Gordon Granger rode into Texas to announce to Texas slaves a bitter sweet truth they had been set but their freedom actually was grant ed by President Abraham Lincoln two and a half years Juneteenth is celebrated in cities all across America with pic nics and But thousands of miles away in the longest running civil war in the world is taking place and other Africans are being The adversaries are the Sudanese govern dominated by Islamic Arabs in the north who are waning against and contributing to the enslavement of SubSaharan Black Africans in the a minority consisting of per sons of Christian and indigenous reli gious More than 2 million Sudanese have been killed during this conflict of tremendous religious and racial Secretary of 1 State Colin in discussing Sudan has I believe there to be no greater human tragedy on the face of the What has fueled this tragedy more than anything else is More than barrels of crude are produced in southern Sudan While that represents less than 3 percent of the world daily crude the million annu al revenue from crude sales earned by the Sudanese government gives it an enormous advantage of resources and the search for MICHAEL WILLIAMS crude is driving the fighting further into southern As new oil fields are discovered and infrastruc ture even more Southern Sudanese are driven from their killed or American companies have been prohibited from doing business in Sudan for many this past week the House of Representatives took an even bigger step toward using American influ ence to end the abhorrent relation ship of crude oil production and mis ery in Sudan with the passage of 2052 The Sudan Peace The which was cosponsored by such diverse Texas Congressional Members as Dick Armey R and Sheila Jackson Lee passed on an overwhelming vote of It pro vides million in humanitarian aid and prohibits any foreign oil company from raising capital on stock exchanges for the purpose of extracting Sudanese there are four foreign oil companies that are active in They should not be able to access funds from American investors that will be used to prop up the Sudanese gov ernments assault against its own Much to its the Texas teachers pension fund had already divested its interest in Canadas Talisman one company oper ating in If history has taught us anything at it is that for economic sanc tions to really work members of the world community must join South African apartheid eventually collapsed under the weight of the rejection and cooperation of much of the industrialized The Bush Administration is well advised to use all diplomatic resources available to strongly encourage the nations with oil operations in Sudan from further The history of oil production includes grand stories of the the education of mil lions of youngsters and the creation of household products like perfume and compact It should not be sullied with the horror of mod ernday As we remember on Juneteenth those Texas slaves who learned of also remember those who are cur rently enslaved in Sudan and pray that their deliverance wont come too Former George Bush appointed Michael Williams to the Railroad Commission in December In September he was cho sen by his colleagues to chair the Williams was elected statewide in November 2000 for a term expiring in He is the first AfricanAmerican in Texas history to hold a nonjudicial statewide post and the highestranking African American in Texas Write Em GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Room Box 12428 TX 78711 800 8435789 STATE SENATORS Judith Zaffirini Box 627 TX 780420627 12702 Toepperwein Road 214 San TX 78233 Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop San TX 78209 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 STATE REPRESENTATIVE Edmund Kuempel Box 911 830 3798732 Fax 830 4635896 COMAL COUNTY JUDGE Danny Scheel New TX 78130 6205501 Fax 6082026 MAYOR Stoney Williams 424 Castell New TX 78130 6082100 Build our future by modernizing hiring more teachers This past week in accountability emerged as the predominant theme as the House of Representatives debat ed and passed HR the No Child Left Behind Act a com prehensive measure that would provide necessary federal funds for important elementary and secondary education While I support greater accountability and voted for this bipartisan quality educa tion requires more than pro gramming We continue to need key investments in school infrastructure to ensure that our students are learning in safe facilities with the most modern resources and technolo gy the Republican despite the lip ser vice it gives to improving educa has yet to provide funds for vital school renovation and construction pro CIRO RODRIGUEZ Once we have missed the opportunity to bring our dilapidated schools into the new There is no doubt that our public schools urgently need help in obtaining funds to repair and construct According to the American Institute of one in three American schools is in seri ous disrepair or suffering from extreme A recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics NCES reported that approximately threequarters of schools needed billion for renova tions and modernizations to put the schools current buildings into good overall The congressional General Accounting Office found similar need in its most recent For these I have joined several of my colleagues in signing a discharge a legislative maneuver which forces the House of Representatives to immediately consider HR the Americas Better Classrooms This bi partisan which has the support of nearly 200 Republican and Democratic would provide billion in zerointerest school moderniza tion bonds to local school dis tricts around the Under this Texas would be eligible to receive nearly mil lion for local school construction HR 1076 was referred to the House Ways and Means where it was blocked from further consideration by the committees As our student population con tinues to rise dramatically in South we must work to improve our education infra structure to avoid a school con struction When asked how they could possibly oppose a measure to put a safe roof over our children at the House Leadership tells us that the billion cost is just too they had plenty of money to provide near ly trillion in tax cuts favoring the most but none for our How is that we have billion in tax relief for the top 1 percent of whose average annual income is in the but none for school reno vation and modernization at one fiftieth of the cost Despite what President Bush promised tax cuts have again been placed ahead of important national chil dren in dilapidated schools are being left We should all be troubled about the priorities of the cur rent Republican Despite some of the achieve ments made during considera tion of the No Child Left Behind the failure to address size reduction and school mod ernization remains a serious shortcoming which I hope is addressed during the House Senate conference As we reexamine our commit ment to we must focus on the issues of moderniz ing our schools and reducing the high teacherstudent Until we do we fail to be truly accountable to our children and their Giro Rodriguez represents District 28 in the House of
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