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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEnuNG August 2005 Herald Zeitung FORUM OUR OPINION Now if s your turn to talk about taxes Take some time I during the next figure out what is in I the budget and let your missioner know if you think a tax increase is I c omal County commis sioners presented their budget ask ing for a 2cent property tax increase to offset pay raises for employees and rising costs in other County Judge Danny Scheel said the increased tax rate was necessary in part to help the county compete with private industry for the best Most of the commissioners seemed to support the higher rate with some even asking for a greater Now its your The proposed budget is on display at the coun ty clerks office and at county As any property owner can taxes have been rising even as the rate has held Scheels pro posed increase will make the annual property tax bill even If you are concerned about your tax bill or about county take some time to look over the Ask your representative why a tax hike is ask what the county does for The answers may be Then head to the public healings and let commis sioners know how you This is your chance to make an impact in how county government is The two public hearings will be at 25 and 7 If the county budget is property taxes will So take some time during the next figure out what is in the budget and let your commissioner know if you think a tax increase is TODAY IN HISTORY RvThc Associated Press Today is the 218th day of There are 147 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On during World War the United States dropped an atomic bomb on killing an estimated people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in On this date In the Constitutional Convention in Philadel of the United States In the Holy Roman Empire went out of exis tence as Emperor Francis I In Bolivia declared its independence from In convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair as he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New In AustriaHungary declared war against and Serbia declared war against In Gertrude Ederle of New York became the first American woman to swim the English in about 14 LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor do HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to Srwnjt New nrnunfels Ciiinnl County sinee Now Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor I Editor and Publisher j Circulation Director i Advertising Director Business Manager I News Editor Gary Maltland DougToney Jeff Fowler Nelce Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvia Ebonics is not a foreign language The San high school district is now discussing the imple mentation of Ebonics the street language of young African to be taught as if it were a foreign This is sheer and anybody who would even consider such an outrageous idea has certainly never been to This Ebonics nonsense will do nothing but hold back black keeping them behind such immigrants as die who are strug gling to make their way in a nation whose language they know they must learn to get When I read this Ebonics sto I recalled driving around in just a week or so I saw a billboard advertise ment for Sony that read Da Man and da I asked a young Kenyan what he thought of that condescending ad and he we speak the Kings English We never speak that As I traveled around I learned that in English is the official and certainly not Ebonics a gutter language Kenyans nev er heard Education is mandatory for all children and is paid for by the If the children dont go to the government schools they are obliged to go to private and their tuition must be paid by their As a result of Kenyans have lifted their literacy rate to almost 79 percent because they understand that edu cation is the most important means to lift them and their land out of poverty and into a prosperous The two things that most amazed me during my African safari were seeing the many children walking to school in the uniforms all students must and that all the way up through high school they would have to walk two or three miles to get to their classrooms carrying back packs and all with big smiles on their MIKEREAGAN Mike the eldest son of President Ronald is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations national ly as part of the Radio America if you stop to give them a littie gift such as a they come up to you and smile and say thank That would not happen in this To begin youd be afraid to let them walk to school for fear that all those pedophiles out there would kidnap and rape School children in Kenya are safer than our kids here in the United States because they dont put up with pedophiles over The children are more they under stand the importance of education and the importance of learning the English lan guage for business purposes in the every child is They speak their native they speak their tribal and they speak English and sometimes a foreign tongue as When I visited a Masai village in a remote I learned that these pastoral people who raise cows have a keen understanding of die importance of so much so that in their tiny villages where the buildings are all made from cow dung they are hap py about it because Jesse Jackson isnt there to tell them they shouldnt live in houses made of cow all have one room They have built them just outside their villages and the kids go to school every I visited one of these schools where the stu dents were between four and and was amazed to see mat just as in my school they had the ABCs posted on the wall along with a lto100 Every one of those children could count to they knew the English and they were learning English and I could not help but think that there is not a single public school in America where children that age would know the English alphabet or count to Why would San Bernardino consider doing such a great disservice to the black community It is sure to hurt their black students by not teaching them how to speak the proper English they need to get Its interesting that if real Africans get why cant African Americans get it I think the answer is that the American educrat United liiiill Qovarnment PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 Web address Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 HENRY CUELLAR 1404 Longworth House Office Building 20515 Telephone 202 2251640 Fax 202 2251641 Web address SAN 1149 Commerce Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2712851 Fax 210 2776671 GOVERNOR HO WTO CONTACT Texas Government RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 Email address STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 People can evade but not the consequences of doing so CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box yy young lieutenant on maneuvers near Fort Bragg in North Caroli was studying a map when a sergeant Have you figured out where we Sir The lieutenant said the map indicated there should e a but he couldnt see the sergeant when the ground dont agree with the the map is That young now a psychiatrist and used that anecdote in an article in the quarterly magazine of the Insti tute of General Its a wonderful article on choosing and keeping a but the principle the sergeant referred to is appli cable to all of our There are at least two One exists inside our heads and is constructed mainly with language and memories of personal experi The other one exists outside and independently of our heads and is often called Gen eral semantics often refers to the world inside our heads as a and the goal is to get our maps as close to the world outside as We are quite limited as far as data input Genes seem to play some but mainly there are only our five senses hearing and It is only through those that we have contact with the world out side of What distinguishes humans from other animals is what general semanticists call timebind Because of both verbal and we can pass along knowl edge to succeeding I would guess that percent of everything we know is knowledge developed by people in the During the it became a fad among the types of people Ernest Hemingway ridiculed in the 1920s to place a high value on creativity and in my are practically Their opin ions about creativity and originality are based primarily on their ignorance of the striving to be cre ative and original for the sake of being creative and original is a fools waste of If we learn the knowledge of the past and add to we are If we refuse to then society will Youve probably already con cluded that Im talking about educa tion as a lifelong not as an institutional event that starts with matriculation and ends with gradua That should be considered only a Our faces a unique That problem is the tremendous proliferation and the instantaneous distribution of We are drowning in much of it or commercial and political Our task is to The best advice I saw on this subject Dont learn to read fast learn what not to By we must learn what not to watch and who not to listen Its always been my practice that once I discover that someone deliberately that person ceases to as far as Im Im not talking about avoiding unpleasant Im talking about learning to separate the trash from the Some people have fine minds and can offer us valuable Others are just There are and there are truth A huge amount of the infor mation directed at us is nothing more than sales pitches for products and Life equals and time for each of us is limited and nonrenew Wasting time is literally wasting ones Of no one can possibly learn so one of our editing tasks is to decide what knowledge we need and what knowledge we For unless we are going into the hard we have no need to study advanced I believe one of the problems of institu tional education is that not enough thought is given to the I heartily recommend general semantics for mind You can reach the institute at or at Box Fort TX Since we have just this one we should try to make it as as interesting and as produc tive as We all have a part to play in what an old Hollywood studio used to call the passing parade of human And remember the old sergeants advice Dont confuse the map with the Ayn Rand used to say we can evade but we cant evade the consequences of evading
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