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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG Thursday January BEST AVAiUlE COPY FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 NEW BRAUNFELS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Gary E Maitland Managing Editor Editorial New civic center plan deserves consideration Looking at the latest rendering for a new civic center its hard not to be impressed The proposal does a great job of blending the stone architecture so commonplace in the community with a glassandsteel of the modem era It appears at first glance to be a bridge crossing of the Comal River And therein lies the uniqueness of the idea Architect Ken Rehler has hit upon an idea that could draw opposing camps closer together Heres what we like about the plan 1 Its location emphasizes one of the citys great est resources the river That should create a unique marketing opportunity for the chamber of commerce 2 Its a postcardperfect design Not being the typical box structure would certainly enhance the appeal of the civic center making it one of the more memorable places to host an event 3 It frees up the existing civic complex to be used by the city as a muchneeded municipal government complex Combined with the current city buildings located nearby the space and land would be enough to meet the growth needsof the city for three decades or more That means the city would not have to buy up any more private land leaving land and structures on the tax rolls The downsides It would cost nearly million more than a plan to renovate the existing facility add one year to the completion timeline and it would have to go back to the voters for approval But the idea is innpvjjpvg it be seriously discussed and widely shared with the community at large Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tbday is Thursday Jan 23 the 23rd day of 2003 There are 342 days left in the year Todays history highlight On Jan 23 1973 Presi dent Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War On this date In 1789 Georgetown University was established in presentday Washington In 1845 Congress decid ed all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November In 1920 the Dutch gov ernment refused demands from the victorious Allies to hand over the exkaiser of Germany In 1932 New York Gov Franklin D Roosevelt an nounced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination In 1943 critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of the CBS radio program Peoples Plat Letters To The Editor Fond remembrances of Old Ironsides Reading about Old Iron sides in the HeraldZeitung recently brought back mem ories of when I was a mem ber of the Sea Scout Ship AFOOFA in San Antonio as a teenager in the 1930s Our ship met in the attic space of a large church We had a light pole set up for the mast and an outline on the floor to resemble the deck of a ship Capt Keith Gordon help ed as one of our advisers teaching us seamanship etc He was a retired British commander who served on sailing warships in the British Navy and was the last liv ing person who knew Admi ral Farragiit I remember when Old President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison RDallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 210 3402885 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Ironsides came to Corpus Christi Our ship of Sea Scouts went to Corpus to help visitors who came aboard and Capt Gordon was our leader One of the things he called our attention to as we approach ed the ship was the rigging ropes to The lines were rightstranded instead of leftstranded as on the original war ship The ship was to have been sailed down to Corpus but we were told that not enough sailors familiar with square riggers were available to sail the ship at that time so it was towed We spent the entire day aboard and were quite excit ed about the opportunity Capt Gordon was a very interesting person He had built a scale model of OJd Ironsides making smalt guns that actually fired small pellets in the cannons The lines were leftstranded as per original He loaned the model to the museum in Brackenridge Park for a temporary display and later sent it to England He told us many tales of when he sailed the seas when the British Navy and flag was respected and feared He was very proud of Old Ironsides and the Navy who built it So you can see that we were quite impressed and Im sure the students at New Braunfels High School were also impressed History has many things to teach us Our Sea Scout Ships name AFOOFA meant all for one one for New Braunfels Washington 20515 202 2254236 1100NELoop410 Suite 640 San Antonio TX 78209 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 800 8435789 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel RNew Braunfels How to contact in Austin email address Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 210 8267800 How to contact in Austin 512 4630125 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box 627 Laredo TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Rd San Antonio TX 78233 Fax 210 6570262 Policy The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 260 words or fewer and the HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions An address and telephone number which are not for publication must be includ ed so authorship can be con firmed Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 email Contact Em City Council Adam Cork 6082100 city hall 6091958 home District 1 Sonia MunozGill 6082100 District 2 Larry Alexander 6091242 home District 3 Debbie Flume 6292496 District 4 Robert Kendrick 6431177 home 281 6867480 work District 5 Lee Rodriguez 6294901 work District 6 Ken Valentine 6257384 home tuberkdv@aol.com Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 150N SeguinAve New Braunfels TX 78130 6205501 Fax 6082026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 6205504 830 8992948 home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin 6205509 210 6519672 home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 6205503 6069208 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 6205508 830 6256739 home Republican governors sound like Democrats Its the most dire situation weve seen in over 20 laments Raymond C Scheppach executive director of the National Gover norsAssociation Hes talking about the deficit faced by many states The Washington Post reported Sunday Jan 19 that many Re publican governors are proposing tax increases to close the gap and abide by their state constitutions which require balanced budgets Many including Idaho Gov Dirk Kempthorne say theyve cut ex penses as much as they can and will now have to raise taxes Kempthorne says Im not going to dismantle this state and Im not going to jeopardize our bond rating and Im not going to reduce my emphasis on educa He is joined in his taxing propo sals by other Republican gover nors including Mike Huckabee of Arkansas Sonny Perdue of Geor gia the first Republican governor since Reconstruction and Con necticuts John Rowland The message is the same We cant cut CAL THOMAS anymore and the taxpayers will have to ponyup additional money to feed the government beast Not so says the Idaho States man newspaper A Jan 10 editori al notes that many cuts in gov ernment programs are really reductions in increases previously approved by the legislature Education in Idaho for exam ple will receive more money than in the previous year but not as much as the legislature had promised before the economic downturn Kempthorne has announced he will forgo a salary increase and reduce the expenditures for his office saving out of a budget of The Twin Falls newspaper thinks thats an example worth emulat ing An editorial suggests a graduat ed pay cut of 1 to 5 percent may be the easiest and fairest way to fix state Those who make more should take the bigger hit recommends the paper When the economy im proves it says salaries could be restored to present levels The problem for states is a fam iliar one During good economic times they spend money When a down turn comes they cry about the pain of budget cuts and propose tax hikes But when taxes are raised businesses often leave and take jobs with them creating a greater longterm problem than the one they were hoping to solve Colorado Republican Gov Bill Owens has the right approach During the booming 1990s Owens held down spending and rebated more than billion to state taxpayers The state flour ished and as a result Colorados budget troubles are far less severe than other states The American Legislative Ex change Council and the Manhat tan Institute for Policy Research have published an essay called Show Me the Money Budget Cutting Strategies for Cash Strapped States They include reducing the size of government State employees salaries and benefits account for a significant portion of states costs Most states will find it almost impossible to balance their bud gets without impacting state The essay also recommends selling stateowned enterprises and assets such as airports sta diums ports utilities liquor oper ations buildings land and gas and electric utilities competition in the delivery of services a reduction or elimination of pro grams that perform poorly why should any government program be allowed to live forever if it doesnt rewarding employ ees for saving money not spend ing it a member of the Bush administration recently told me her department saved several bil lion dollars and when it tried to give it back to the Treasury Con gress demanded the money be create costcutting brigades to allow state budgets to be exam ined and reformed by experts This last proposal is what Texas did in the early 1990s It assem bled more than 100 of the best budget analysts auditors and number crunchers They came up with more than recommen dations and identified more than billion in budget savings ending the budget crisis and avert ing the need for a state income tax Thats the approach states should take before asking taxpay ers to contribute more of their money to government For Repub licans to be suggesting taxes should be raised eliminates the need for a Republican Party If Republi cans behave like Democrats it would be better to vote for the real thing and spare us the disap pointment Cal Thomas is a syndicated