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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A— HERALD-ZEmJNG — Thursday, April 7, 2005 FORUM Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 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. Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Operations Director Vilma Linares News Editor __ David Rupkalvis Other Viewpoints Lawmakers must not reject gambling as a school funding option The El Paso Times on school finance and gambling: Texas legislators should be careful before dismissing possible methods of funding the state’s public schools. Nothing should be off the table, including gambling, when it comes to considering how to raise money for Texas schools. The importance of a good education cannot be overestimated. But the education system must receive adequate and equitable funding, and that's what the Legislature is wrestling over during this session. It’s not yet time to summarily discard income possibilities. Certainly, there are moral and practical arguments against receiving money from gaming. But there are arguments against other methods, also. More than 20 gambling proposals are before lawmakers, but Thursday, GOP and Democratic leaders united in saying they don’t want an expansion of gambling.... Evanston of gambling might get voted down, and if it is, fine. But it deserves to be thoroughly discussed, as equally as such proposals as a state income tax, payroll tax, “sin” taxes and sales tax increases. Gov. Rick Perry was talking about existing illegal gambling and video slot-machine legislation when he said, perhaps prophetically, “The idea that we’re not going to have any gambling in Texas, I think, is a fairy tale.” We need money for education. That’s the overwhelming concern. Let’s not cheat ourselves out of considering every practical means of acquiring that funding. Today in History By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On April 7,1862, Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. On this date: In 1927, an audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television. In 1939, Italy invaded Albania. (Less than a week later, Italy annexed Albania.) In 1945, during World War II, American planes intercepted a japanese fleet that was headed for Okinawa on a suicide mission. In 1947, auto pioneer Henry Ford died in Dearborn, Mich., at age 83. In 1948, the World Health Organization was founded. In 1953, the U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general. In 1966, the United States recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain. ELECTION 2006 + + + Guidelines for election-related submissions ■ During the campaign period leading up to the May 7 elections, the Herald-Zeitung will accept letters to the editor and guest columns that deal with issues that are important to readers and citizens. ■ The newspaper will not run any letters or columns that endorse any candidate in any of the elections. ■ The cut-off date for receiving any election-related letters or guest columns is 5 p.m. Friday, April 29. No letters or columns received after this deadline will be published. Letters to the Editor Council’s proposed drainage fee a slap in face of senior citizens This letter is a tax alert to the senior citizens of New Braunfels. Our city council is about to impose a new tax on our seniors and on our disabled homeowners. The council first declared a tax war against our senior citizens in 2004. They opposed and fought against the tax freeze on the homes of our senior citizens. The council lost that war when 70 percent of the voters overrode its opposition and passed the tax freeze last November. Now, only five months after the tax freeze vote, the council has declared another tax war on our seniors. Their declaration of war is a new city ordinance to impose a drainage utility tax on every senior citizen home in New Braunfels. In order to circumvent the tax freeze, council is calling this new drainage tax a "drainage utility fee.” This political ploy will allow the council to override the tax freeze. This new drainage utility tax will be levied on every home and business in New Braunfels and will appear on your NBU monthly bill. Mayor Adam Cork has mentioned a tax of $7 per month per household ($84 per year). Our city council is obviously “thumbing its nose” at the 7,000 citizens who voted for the tax freeze last November. Their contempt of the New Braunfels’ voters borders on the unbelievable. Now is the time for you to contact your city council member and demand that they honor the wishes of our New Braunfels’ voters. Wayne A. Rudolph New Braunfels Lack of organization hampers work of archives and museum In 1985, Iris Schumann, at that time archivist of the Sophienburg Archives at 401W. Coll St., asked us (my wife, Ethel, and me) to translate and index the local history from the German language Neu Braunfelser Zeitung, which began in 1852. Also, giving assistance to this project were Ann Jones, Ann Rogers, Myrtle Nowotny and others. After the archives moved downtown to the old city hall building on Seguin Street, we continued this work until the archives closed in 2003 for the move back to West Coll Street. Through those years, fellow volunteers included Iris Schumann, Ann Carpenter, Becky Lombardo, Clyde Blackman, Alice Oberkampf, Michelle Oatman, Nettie Oakes, Jean Jones, Ethel Canion, Vivian Zipp, Howard and Mary Adele Schneider, Tom and Nancy Call, Al and Jutta Dreyer, Betty Triesch, Skipper Esleib, John Rightmire, Vernon Strey, Everett Fey, Connie Krause and others. The efforts and diligence of these capable, dedicated and experienced employees and volunteers resulted in a centralized source of local historical information. Many writers and authors, both local and out-of-town, have used the archives for facts and information, including Rosemarie Gregory for “Looking Back.” Perhaps, if from their beginning, the Sophienburg Archives and the Sophienburg Museum had been organized as two independent and separate facilities, the current misadventure could not have happened. Carl Saur New Braunfels Going backward isn’t the kind of motion city should want In the ’30s and ’40s, there was a very effective train crossing guard on San Antonio and I fill streets. Mr. Kelly stayed in the depot all day and posted train times on a blackboard on the outside wall of the depot. When a train was due to pass through town, he would take a long pole with a stop sign at the top and go to the middle of the street and stand there to halt traffic. It worked. The train “whistles” were not so loud as they are now. They were of a lower pitch and not so penetrating. The $2 million that the 4B board is “loaning” this factory to relocate in New Braunfels is the height of foolishness. Loaning money is fine, but interest free? Give me a break! One of the favorite phrases of council and the mayor is “that has already been put in motion." It is a great stalling tactic. Works for years and years. I have also observed that going backward is motion. The city and county are to be commended for nearly eradicating those pesky wildtlowers from the Loop and the River Road. They have, year after year, mowed them down before they could go to seed. They have almost accomplished their objective in ridding us of these flowers. If you see any stray ones that escaped the mowers, let some one know so they can be promptly dealt with. Betty Meckel New Braunfels HOW TO CONTACT United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: RO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail address: carter.casteel @ STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512)463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: jeff. Wentworth ■ Judith Zaffirini P.O. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Monastery hosts 40 US congressmen attending funeral ARGUS HAMILTON Argus Hamilton's daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more than IOO newspapers across the United States and is also read and heard by millions on the Internet. He can be reached him bye-mail at [email protected] com. St. Peter’s Cathedral will host 200 world leaders Friday for Pope John Paul B’s funeral. The funerd will be televised Friday live from Rome. The pope is the highest ranking priest in the Roman Catholic Church. His Protestant equivalent is the commissioner of Texas High School Football. The White House announced Ifiesday a five-person official delegation would go to Rome. Congress sent 40 members to attend the pope’s funeral. It is so crowded in Rome the congressmen will stay overnight in a local monastery. Barry Bonds received a thunderous one-minute standing ovation Riesday on opening day in San Francisco despite steroid charges. All they care about is winning. Don’t ask how many San Franciscans begged John Kerry to bulk up enough to carry Ohio. Jane Fonda's autobiography “My Life So Far” came out Monday. Her courage is inspiring. In the last chapter, she dis cusses her recent decision to undergo breast reduction surgery, which is a medical procedure known in Los Angeles as retirement. House Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensen-brenner asked for criminal prosecution of indecent broadcasters Tuesday. It’s unnecessary. If Republicans want to see Hugh Hefner in handcuffs all they have to do is turn on the Playboy Channel. Rudy Giuliani’s aide said Monday the former mayor hasn’t the time to run for senator or governor. I ie’s up to something. No one wants to say what office he’s running for, but he’s been celibate for five days and he’s forgiven all his enemies. The Gallup Poll released Monday said most American Catholics want women eligible to be priests and want priests to be able to marry. They also want birth control condoned. If the conclave were held in America, the next pope would be Teri Hatcher. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay hired three lawyers plus a crisis consultant to help him survive ethics allegations. Every day it’s a new revelation. The latest charge is that he’s so crooked he has to screw his pants on every morning. Saddam Hussein was forced Iliesday to watch on television as the Iraqi parliament chose a new president. It’s torture. The Pentagon is hoping if Saddam has to watch enough C-SPAN maybe he will crack and reveal where he hid the Doomsday Machine. Pope John Paul II opposed stem cell research to cure his Parkinson’s disease due to church doctrine. Protestants feel differently. If stem cells could cure the common slice, there would be stem cell vending machines next to the ball washers. Major League Baseball suspended Tampa Bay’s Alex Sanchez for steroids Sunday even though he hit only four homers in four years. The report is obviously false. It also accuses him of trying to acquire nuclear weapons and stockpiling mustard gas. The Iraqi National Assembly compromised Saturday and elected a Sunni Arab as parliamentary speaker. His two deputies are a Kurd and a Shiite. The idea is to show the Disney Board of Directors that it doesn’t always have to end in bloodshed. The Minuteman Project claimed success after 18 Mexicans were caught Sunday in Arizona. Unfortunately the volunteers were recruited over the Internet. The last thing the U.S. government needs right now is another set of naked prisoner photographs. Los Angeles saw gas prices hit three dollars per gallon for unleaded premium Sunday. This kills the vacation industry. The Auto Club just recommended LSD and birth control pills for people who want to take a trip without the kids this summer. Ed McMahon last week began promoting his new book about his rollicking times with Johnny Carson. The announcer was a steadying influence on the comedian. McMahon only drinks on special occasions, like when he sees wall-to-wall carpeting. Bill Clinton, it was announced Sunday, will speak next month at a Lancaster Chamber of Commerce dinner in Pennsylvania. It’s the former president’s first visit to Amish country. Hide the children, the farmer’s daughter is in the next line. The White House got an intelligence report Thursday saying Iraq was not ever a terrorist threat but Iran clearly was. How embarrassing. No one wants to admit that the U.S. invaded Iraq because President Bush is too vain to wear reading glasses. ;