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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 13, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas September is2003 OUR OPINION because the issues impact you The fact that just 15 percent of the countys registered voters will cast ballots is a sad com Be sure to take the time to go W I 111 you vote today Comal County Elec tions Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa expects about 15 percent turnout in todays constitutional amend ment If that many citizens do cast it would be a good Hino josa During the 2001 election on constitutional the turnout was 11 But such low voter turnouts are not a Rood This years election was moved to 13 so the Houston municipal elections in November wouldnt skew the result with its State turnout in the last constitutional amend ment election was only about 9 Both are sad commentaries on how Americans vote Among this years 22 proposed amendments are propositions that will affect Texans in the way they do can finance their run for receive health care and how they can recoup damages in civil And those are just a In the Comal Independent School vot ers will be asked to ratify how the school board chooses to pay its Robin Hood money to the If they someone in Austin will tell us how to do These election issues will be decided for us all by a small sliver of the population for what ever was motivated enough to get to the Will you vote today You Thanks to emergency personnel for work you do One week an airplane with three people on board crashed near the New Braunfels Municipal One of the occupants died at the and critically one ofthe two who were Injured died from his injuries this past Law enforcement officers and emergency response teams who responded worked quickly to help these young This past with the sacrifices of so many police and fire rescue personnel at the World Trade Center being we should turn our thanks locally to the dedicated people who put their lives on the line each day for us here in Comal and Guadalupe We must not take what they do for us for A special appreciation should also be expres sed for local physician Mark Statler was at the airport attending an air show when the crash He quickly went to the scene and helped stabilize the men until more assistance could be To all the people who assisted last week at the crash site and for all the other law enforcement and fire rescue personnel who devote their pro fessional lives to helping their fellow your community thanks HeraldZeitung Serving New Bmutifels and Comal County iince New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958 I i Editor and Publisher j AdvertislngJJirectpr Courtiwy Heathy aunt LETTERS TO THE EDITOR LETTIRS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or The Herald Zeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be less than 500 words and be accompa nied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be No letter will be pub lished until it has been Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to email them to Comal ISD patrons spend get less An 25 article in the Cleburne TimesReview reported that Cle burne ISD trustees decreased the dis tricts tax rate and increased teacher salaries by with the approval of the fiscal year 2004 Cleburne ISD approved a per cent increase in its 200304 budget with a rate tax Comal ISD approved a percent increase for the 200304 budget with a 3cent tax Increased property values in Comal County mean taxpayers will be pay ing more Our school board must have never asked how the high er property values would affect the Comal ISD Some school districts can manage their budgets better than we do in Comal Our retiring superin Jim under a buyout of his contract in spring left Cleburne to come Cleburne is having a tax rate and Comal is faced with a tax rate Comal ISOs agreement with Grunert at a cost the district and possibly The Cleburne TimesReview called their agreement a CISD president Dora Gonzales contends our agreement is just an early retire ment nothing All Comal ISD patrons can seem to say is that we have more unanswered more taxes and more spending with less Calvin Kempin Spring Branch Everyone should make time to read Constution Everyone should read our Consti Its only a few pages long and its written in plain English so that everyone can understand what it Our Constitution is being bypassed every day and no one seems to care because they are ignorant of what it says Ask your United States congress man and senators if they follow the Constitution that they solemnly swore to uphold when they EdSpreen Boerne By The Associated Press Today is the 256th day of There are 109 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On 13i Commo dore John considered by many the father of the Ameri can died in On this date In during the final French and Indian the TODAY IN HISTORY British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham over looking Quebec In the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national and declared New York City the temporary national In American medical pioneer Walter Reed was born in Gloucester In Chiang Kaishek became president of In Republican Mar garet Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Con In the Ladies Profes sional Golf Association of America was formed in New York with Patty Berg as its first Uttfttd PRESIDENT n George Bush 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20600 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20610 Telephone 202 2246922 Fax 202 2240776 Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 8023 Vantage Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone 210 3402886 Fax 210 3496973 JOHN CORNYN Russell Senate Courtyard 6 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1630 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTMITJ OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 SAJLANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6278820 Fax 830 6278895 WHILE IN AUSTIN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address jef JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 Schwarzeneggers main selling point Hes not Gray Davis ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an author and a columnist for Universal Press Speaking at the University of California in Los California Gray Davis admitted he had made some mistakes and called the recall effort a rightwing power I guess Bill Clinton really is advising Proving Davis rightwing power grab the two men who are currently most likely to replace him a taxandspend liberal who supports abortion and a taxandspend liberal who supports One is Cruz Davis lieutenant who has displayed the Democrats renowned tolerance and com mitment to civil rights the Bob Byrd using the n word at a dinner celebrating Black History The other is Arnold Schwarze who quickly brought billion aire investor Warren Buffett on board as an Moments Buffett announced his enthusiasm for repealing Proposition 13 and raising In addition to high Buffetts other passion is abor proving once again that no one under stands the little guy Uke a Conservatives were wary of Schwarzeneg ger even before Tax em and Kill em Buffett joined the Schwarzenegger claims to be a fiscal con servative and a liberal on social that means there are many arguments to be made in Sch warzeneggers First of hes not Gray Thanks to Davis fiscal California is fast be coming a thirdworld Taxpayers are leaving the state in sick of paying for government workers Riviera retirement In the fabulously rich support the poor with government paid for by the middle class which is now living in It is why anyone would want to assume control of this Its like vying to become Rose anne Barrs next Sure youd get your name in the but look at the mess youd be getting your self At this Schwarzeneggers main selling point is that he seems to have excellent name recognition with an electorate that already knowingly elected Gray Davis and Cruz Former child actor Gary Coleman would be a major improvement over Gray Within days of his the media leapt on demanding he produce a detailed outline of his plan to save California from sinking into the Davis has been governor for five and the watchdog media have yet to ask him what his plan In deciding to Arnold has already proven him self to be more decisive than In announcing he didnt need anyones money but his Arnold has proven himself to be of a different species than Gray Literally millions of lowincome immigrants are pouring into California without job skills or even lan guage If we were able to trick Mexico into taking California Los Angeles would have the second largest population of Mexicans in Mexico only Mexico City would have While illegal immigrants generally they dont contribute to the income or property tax Their birth rates are far higher than other so they consume a large portion of the states healthcare and welfare As the tax base floods out the taxpayerdependents flood in Davis responded to this crisis by virtually disman tling immigration enforcement in Law en forcement officials are prohibited from even asking people about their national Davis fought Propo sitions 187 and 209 after the voters overwhelmingly approved Arnold is the Republicansland of immi grant But the press is crucifying Arnold for vot ing yes on Proposition 187 back in with 60 percent of his fellow this makes him out of the Schwarzenegger is part of the Hollywood elite and is married to a and yet he calls himself a You dont go around calling yourself a Republican in Hollywood to win admiring glances from studio Schwarzenegger was the moving force behind Proposition 49 last a taxpayerfunded afterschool program for that doesnt sound like the mark of a Milton Friedman Proposition 49 was opposed by all the right including the California Federation of Teach the League of Women Voters of California and the American Association of University Support ing the proposition were the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Business It turns out Schwarzeneggers afterschool programs would be paid for out of the states general unless the fund dried The Parasite Lobby opposed the afterschool programs on the grounds that it would reduce flexibility in government spending and divert money away frpna other needed as even bigger pensions for the Schwarzeneg gers initiative basically rebuked that some taxpayer money be spent on Its not as good as a tax but at least Schwarzenegger is not Gray
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