New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, April 1,1993
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Vol. 141, No. 95Educators
support an income tax
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herftfd-Zeltung
Officials with the New Braunfels Association of Texas Professional Educator say it would be better to finance the state’s schools through a state income tax than via the proposed school finance amendments,
These kinds of propositions are just not going to get us where we need to go,” said Trisha Towel, president of the New Braunfels Association of Texas Professional Educators. “It may not be my personal choice, but as an association, we felt that the most long’ term solution, the best one, would be a state income tax that is dedicated to public education *
A release from the state association said convention delegates representing the ATPE voted overwhelmingly to oppose the three proposed constitutional amendments on school finance that will go before the voters on May I.
State District Judge Scott McCown has promised to cut off state fonds to school districts if the legislature does not pass a constitutional school fonding law by June I.
The ATPE state president said their position does not support the closing of schools because they are offering an alternative through the state income tax fonding proposal.
The ATPE convention delegates passed a resolution dedicating a state income tax for public education with the understanding that property taxes and sales taxes must be reduced in a proportional amount so that per-pupil expenditure of fonds will be at least equal to the national average expenditure.
HWe ars below that in Texas," said Towal "We spend less than the rest of the nation on education so we would like to see our per-pupil expenditure at least equal to what the national average is for that"
"Usually we take a very apolitical position and stand on the sidelines and encourage," Towal said. "But we are now 58,000 strong, which is roughly as big as most of the other teacher organisations here in the state and these are such important issues that we felt we needed to take u stand."
Towal said lf the amendments fail the state legislature has 30 days to come up with an alternative — a more obvious state property tax, consolidation or a sales tax perhaps. She said she did not think such a tax would generate enough money to fond education.
“There are other options, but we felt as an organization that the judge and the courts have 1x3en saying *we want to get this to be more efficient,” said Towal.
Krueger pushes for Gulf commission
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zsltung
U.S. Sen. Bob Krueger filed legislation Wednesday to form a Gulf of Mexico Commission to promote economic development and environmental protection in the region.
"My legislation establishes a framework for the comprehensive management of the Gulf of Mexico that will rival the management systems already functioning in other regions such ai the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Maine,” Krueger said in a statement Wednesday.
Krueger said Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Benison had introduced such legislation last year while serving as a Senator for Texas. •
He said the commission would become the focal point for the balanced, comprehensive and environ-mentally-sensitive development of the valuable resources found in the Gulf region as Bentsen had intended.
"The management system I am proposing will allow for the sustainable economic development of the Gulf region,” Krueger said. “For too long, we have been told that
economic development and environmental protection are irreconcilable.
This legislation makes clear that these interests can and must work together,” Krueger said.
The commission will be made up of various state and federal officials from groups like the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and representatives from the houses and senates of the Gulf coast states, according to Rich Gold, the Senator's special assistant.
Gold said the legislation does not add personnel or office space since those on the commission will simply add service on the commission to existing responsibilities and the commission will not have its own offices.
The legislation will also establish a Gulf of Mexico program in the EPA which will be responsible for the day to day environmental management of the gulf and will do the first-ever study of environmental quality in the Gulf, according to Krueger.
Although the commission does not include representatives from Mexico, it does leave room for that possibility in the foture.
"I hope that the commission’s activities will be supported by the government of Mexico to the greatest extent allowable by Federal law," Krueger said.
"I firmly believe this legislation will go a long way toward promoting the longterm best interest of the Gulf of Mexico," Krueger said.
By DARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
An unidentified woman found dead on North Cranes Mill Road Feb. 25 was buried in the Bracken Community Cemetery Tuesday, according to representatives from Zoeller'i Funeral Home.
The woman’s body, found by Comal County road crews, was buried without a marker because her identity still has not been established.
County law enforcement officials estimate the age of the woman to be between 19 and 25, and said she was three months pregnant when she was strangled to death.
Comal County Sheriffs Department officials have not determined the identity of the woman.
Detective Mark Reynolds said a woman thought to have been positively identified as the slaying victim recently turned up alive in Austin.
"Now it’s back to square one, but sometimes that’s the way it goes,” Reynolds said.
The county paid for the woman’s funeral arrangement!, which, according to a representative from Zoeller’i, cost $450.
An anonymous woman from San Marcos sent flower* to the funeral home for the service.
Even though the woman was buried. Reynolds said the investigation to determine her identity will continue.
Member* of the 57-yeer-old Carson and Barnes Circus perform at the Comal County Fairground Wednesday night Proceeds from the circus were to benefit the New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club. Lee Caf-fey, director of the club, said Thursday the croup raised just under $5,000 during the two shows. "It was really more than we expected," Caffoy said. Carson and Barnes traveling circue features the largest big top circus in the world. Photos by John Hu seth.
Ground breaking services slated at First Protestant
By DAVID SULLENS Hereld-Zeltung
Final preparations are being made for Sunday ground breaking services at First Protestant Church.
Those services, which will formally initiate the church’s $2.2 million building project, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary, according to First Protestant spokesman Herb Skoog, and "friends" and regular members of the congregation are invited to take part
The first 500 people to arrive Sunday, Skoog said, will be given symbolic miniature shovels.
Skoog said construction is expected to be under way in about 9-10 months. The church, he said, is "within shouting distance" of having the fonds for the project in hand or pledged.
Marge Crumbaker bae served ai the chairman of the building committee, Skoog said.
The Sunday ground breaking services will begin inside, but then, to the strains of The Saints Go Marching In," those participating in the service will move outside where the actual ground breaking will take place.
An interesting part of the Sunday ceremony, Skoog said, will be the making of a
panoramic group photo by Goldbeck Photographers, a firm known for such historic photographs.
Everyone attending will be invited to be in the photograph.
The centerpiece of the construction project will be First Protestant’! new Family Life Center, which will include classrooms and a basketball court and large meeting area ae well ai the church’i offices.
But a number of other element! are included in the project, Skoog said.
One of those ie the "Walk of Faith" in a garden area.
The Walk of Faith will be a eeriee of scriptures carved into marble and set into
a concrete walkway through the garden, Skoog said.
Another of the construction project’s elements will be a walkway and facade that will connect the church sanctuary and new family life center, also tying in the house that serves as home for the church's day care activities.
The house itself will be renovated later, according to Skoog.
Also a part of the construction project will be the demolition of a house acrose the street from the building that now house! the church'! office*.
A parking lot will be built in the area thus made available, Skoog said.Inside Stammtisch Lotto
The New Qraunfele Herald-Zeitung invitee Us reader* to eubmit iteme to Stammtiech. According to the Sophienburg Archive* and member* of the German community, "Stammtiech* repreeente a eitting place reserved for a group of epecial people — or a time eet aside for member* of a community to gather and chare the day*• happening*.Best wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Betty Stigall, Denise Mays, Anthony Glenn Villareal, Carroll Schacht and
Maria Caballero. Belated Birthday wishes go to Megan Renee Gonzalez, Sandy Heynis and Joe Usk Jr.Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity will hold an open meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at Holy Family Church. Call 625-7006.Tejano concert
Emilio Navaira, Entertainer of the Year at this year's Tejano Music Awards, will perform at Wursthalle Friday night from 8 p.m to
midnight Doors open at 7 p m. Proceeds will benefit the New Braunfels High School Senior Mexican American Club. Tickets are available at the door.Hernandez family benefit
The Hernandez Family Children’s Fund is selling raffle tickets through June 14 for a 1993 Dodge Dakota Truck. Drawing will be held June 14 at 4 p.m. at the Wal-mart Distribution Center on Interstate 35. Tickets available at Becker Motor Co. and Wal-mart Call 625,1757 for details.Winning numbers
AUSTIN — Here are results of Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn last night by the Texas Lottery: H ^10-24-26-35-38-44
Estimated Lotto Texas jackpot: $14 million