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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEJTUNG September OUR OPINION City budget answers many questions With additional police and fire T I he New Braunfels City Council approved a the city I million general budget address fund budget TUesday that will es many of the I keep many of the campaign concerns resti promises Mayor Bruce Boyer dents have and Councilwoman Kathleen voiced in recent I While Boyer and Krueger said they repeat edly heard residents ask for more more fire fighters and the library opened The new budget provides all of Despite cutting the tax rate 2 the budget includes money for six new police six new firefighters and it will also keep the library open on In the budget will provide help in the parks public works and the During a series of public hearings about the tax rate and residents of New Braunfels were mostly That is still Throughout the we regularly hear from people concerned about how much they are paying in taxes and upset at the way the city is spending People who reside within the city limits pay the highest property tax rate in Comal When adding the citys tax rate to the levels taxed by the county and New Braunfels local residents face a heavy While few showed up at the meeting regarding the tax rate and how the money will be the city council appears to have paid Not everyone will be but Boyer and Krueger joined with the rest of the council to approve a budget that addresses many of the con cerns residents have voiced in recent Its a good start for a council that has new leader ship on the panel and at city TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 271st day of There are 94 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English On this date In Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at presentday San In American forces in the Revolutionary backed by a French began their siege ofYorktown In Congress voted to send the justcom pleted Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their In flogging was abolished as a form of punishment in the In two Army planes landed in Seat having completed the first roundtheworld flight in 175 In during World War Germany and the Soviet Union agreed on a plan to partition In first lady Betty Ford underwent a mas tectomy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in following discovery of a cancerous lump in her In deposed Philippine President Ferdi nand Marcos died in exile in Hawaii at age In jazz great Miles Davis died in Santa at age In more than 900 people died when an Estonian ferry capsized and sank in the Baltic HeraldZeitung Serving New Kmimfdi ami Carnal Caunly sinre New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor DougTonsy ITJfff Fowl Shields David GUEST COLUMN 65 percent classroom rule must include pay raise for teachers While Texas educators and legislators wait for the Texas Supreme Courts decision on the constitutionality of tiie states public school finance an edu cation task force is crafting a plan that would require independent school districts to direct 65 percent of their revenue to direct classroom During this years regular session of the 79th prominent San Antonio business man Red McCombs called me in Austin and suggested that the Legislature should require that 65 percent of all the funds that go to a school be spent directly on students in the As a result of that phone call and subsequent research by Frank Madia and I offered an amendment to the school reform bill that would require school districts to adopt the 65 percent and the Texas Senate adopted our amendment Although all school bills the idea of spending more money directly on students in the classroom did In Perry directed Texas Educa tion Commissioner Shirley Neeley to design and implement a new financial accountability sys tem for Texas schools that would include the 65 percent A task force consisting of school superintend ents began working with the Texas Education Agency earlier this month to devise an account ability system that would require school dis tricts to report expenditures that are linked to core classroom I believe we should not allocate without TEAs current reporting system allows schools to list such items as band instru employment physicals for drug testing and the purchase of vehicles for driver education as educational The 65 per cent rule means that districts that have been spending money on such items will soon be required to spend it on items such as higher teacher text science lab equipment and class room I believe the amend ment was a good one for both students and and I hope that the task force studying the 65 percent rule will adopt some of the amendments provi For the amendment would have allowed the 65 percent allocation to be reached begin ning at a minimum of 50 JEFF WINTWORTH JeffWentworth is the state senator from Dis trict which includes New percent in and increasing at five per cent per year over a period of four years from now to the desired 65 percent in school year The increase to 65 percent would result in an additional billion for classroom instruc 1 expect a chunk of the money will be used for lab equipment and other class room materials state of the art com fine lab equipment and new textbooks are only a part of the learning Wellpaid teachers in every classroom should be factored into the Any education reform bill must include a pay raise for Texas teachers that reflects their dedication and years of The Texas Senate approved education bills during the regular and two special legislative sessions that included welldeserved pay increases for Texas ranging from to I voted for each of the bills they either failed or were never voted on in the House of lw wVHUIvF United States I111M Government 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 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 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 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 1149 Commerce Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 271861 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government Fax 210 2776671 GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Email address email@example.com STA TE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 VWilLilNAUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org For peace to Palestinians must make too CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services He hosts After Hours on Fox News Channel Saturdays at 11 Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at It took just 12 days from completion of Israels withdrawal from Gaza before rockets started raining down on the Western Negev area from the now unoccupied The attacks late Friday might have occurred sooner had the terrorists not been preoccupied with torching synagogues and destroying flowergrowing operations in Gaza that could have been used to produce income for Palestinian their hatred of all things Jewish prompted them to act against their Late Sunday following crushing retaliatory attacks by Israel and threats from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of an even more massive Hamas announced that it was halting all attacks from the For but given its one can safely not for A Reuters story about the Israeli attacks on Saturday The upsurge in violence was a blow to international hopes that the pullout could revive The concept of international hopes is founded on the false premise that peace is dependent only on Israels Every time Israel offers confidencebuilding measures and other good faith the response is more more death and no Will there ever come a time when the United States and the international com munity concludes that forcing Israel into making unilateral concessions is not a prescription for but a guarantee of more war Israeli Prime Minister Ariel who is facing a growing political chal lenge from former Prime Minister Ben jamin should have seen this coming because it has happened so many times Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz promised a crushing and unequivocal response to the rocket The Hamas terrorist group blamed Israel for an explosion at a Hamas rally Friday afternoon that killed 15 though the Palestinian Authority said it appeared to have been an accident caused by I lamas members carrying explosives in a crowded I lamas vowed to resist any raid in Gaza and called for attacks on Continuing his denial of the the top envoy to the Middle Alvaro de told the Security Council last Friday that the road map remains the only realistic method for achieving peace between Israel and the Palestini Not The road map requires So Israel has been the only party doing the giving and the Pales tinianHamasFatah side has been doing the taking and the Why should they stop when violence is giving them what they want Commenting on Israels but ignoring the continuing terrorist de Soto Forces of modera tion have prevailed over those of extrem You could have fooled me After de Soto the Security Coun cil approved a statement again calling on both sides to adhere to the Road Map and saying the Gaza pullout must be only one step toward further Israeli withdraw al and efforts to achieve a viable Palestin ian The quartet of the the United Russia and the European Union has succeeded only in pressuring Israel to give and give and Whatever pressure it has applied to the PalestinianHamas Fatah side has produced no cessation of no disarmament in no concessions at The frustrating part is that no one pays attention to the pronouncements of the Hamas announced it would flood Gaza with its soldiers once Israel Islamofascist clerics call for the annihilation of Israel and tell jihadists it is their religious duty to kill Jews and Our the Saudis and Egyptians allow this rhetoric to flow unimpeded from their mosques and in their governmentrun Mean the Bush Administration and its State Department sink deeper into denial and pretend the terrorists dont mean what they The terrorists trumpet their plans and then carry them After they have caused death and they promise to do it Objectives cant be made clearer than Will a second coming of Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister make a dif ference He once told me he had learned a valuable lesson from his own concessions during the Clinton Netanyahu should tell Israelis and the world that if he again becomes prime minister he will not budge on more land concessions until the PalestinianHamasFatah side begins responding positively to all of Israels Having given so much and received nothing in it may now be too late to save but giving more without getting anything ensures Israels extinc tion rather than
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