New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, April 9, 1991State_School proposal unveiled
AUSTIN (AP) — Speaker Gib Lewis said he wants the latest school finance reform plan on the “fast track” so the House can vote by Wednesday.
Lawmakers face a Monday court hearing at which a state judge may receive an alternative plan drawn up by a court-appointed master.
The latest legislative compromise, which must be ratified by a House-Scnate conference committee, would allow school districts to keep some additional local property tax revenue. Like previous plans, it also would shift some local revenue from wealthier to poorer school districts.
Senate leaders said they might hold out for additional provisions to improve education quality, but a House negotiator said such a change might doom the latest plan.Group fears deep cuts
AUSTIN (AP) — A no-new-taxcs state budget, being offered by House leaders to show the impact of austerity-induced cuts, would slash help for poor mothers, abused children, the blind and elderly, a human services coalition says.
The so-called doomsday budget proposal “is a giant Step backward,” said Peggy Romberg, who chairs the 50-group coalition People First!
Ms. Romberg said Monday that the budget plan “makes dramatic cuts in health and human services. The effects of these cuts will be felt by those most fragile in our society.”
The governor’s office, meanwhile, announced that the first meeting of a blue-ribbon committee on state taxes will be Thursday.
Some lawmakers say the current tax system, based
heavily on the sales and corporate franchise levies, is
Gov. Ann Richards ordered the committee chaired by former Gov. John Connally to study the tax structure and report back with recommendations by July I. That's also the deadline for results spending audits on some 700 state programs.Floods keeping some away
SAN BENITO, Texas (AP) — It took only about two days for more than 17 inches of rain to soak the area, but it’s taking a lot longer for the water to go away.
Thousands of people still had water in their houses Monday, three days after storms drenched the South Texas cities of Harlingen and San Benito.
Some flood victims stayed in emergency shelters, some stayed with relatives or friends and some went home despite the water, officials said.
San Benito Mayor Gilbert Galvan estimated damage to public and private property at about $102 million. In neighboring Harlingen, officials have estimated damage at S20 million to $25 million, but the figure could increase, said Roger Riojas, city emergency management coordinator.
The mayor said up to half the residents of the city of 25,000 probably still had up to five feet of water standing in their homes Monday.
Gov. Ann Richards has asked President Bush for emergency federal disaster assistance, which could include loans and grants.
Officials with the governor’s office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration toured the area Monday to survey the
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two spacewalking astronauts cavorted like kids on a playground, all in the name of science. And when it was time to go back in, one grumbled like a boy hearing his mother call him for dinner: “Rats.”
Jerry Ross and Jay Apt spent about six hours outside the shuttle Atlantis on Monday, bouncing around on the end of the spaceship’s mechanical arm, testing tools and riding piggyback in carts along a rail in the open cargo bay.
Their antics 280 miles above Earth provided invaluable information for future spacewalkers and for engineers designing NASA’s planned space station, the permanently manned laboratory the agency hopes to start building in 1995.AFL-CIO counters Bush
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush’s fiery attack on the AFL-CIO for opposing a free trade pact with Mexico is just a gambit to conceal the real issue of how manyWorldIsrael agrees to peace talks
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel today told the United States it was ready to hold peace talks with the Arabs under American auspices and w ith the Soviet Union participating in a regional conference.
Secretary of State James A. Baker 111 responded positively to the initiative presented to him by Foreign Minister David Levy. And yet, Baker said he wanted to talk to Arab leaders before committing the U.S. government to the proposition.
if the Arabs agree to the Israeli initiative. Baker’s Mideast diplomacy could be credited with a significant breakthrough, even though the outcome of negotiations would be uncertain.
“We have had a productive and very constructive meet-
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A Halm family rose climbs skyward at the home of Mrs. Dorris (Christine) Brown. (Photo by Marie Offerman)
Roses offer living history lesson
American jobs would go across the Rio Grande, labor leaders contend.
“He’s engaging in a lot of rhetoric without looking at the real issue, which is, ’Are the wage disparities going to result in huge job losses and devastate lots of communities?’ Obviously, we think it is,” said Alan Reuther, a lobbyist for the United Auto Workers.L. A. chief back on duty
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A temporary court order returned Police Chief Daryl Gates to work but left unanswered the question: Who in City Hall controls the Police Department?
Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sohigian on Monday reinstated Gates pending an April 25 hearing. The ruling sets aside last week’s vote by the Police Commission to put Gates on paid leave while the videotaped police beating of a black motorist is investigated.
The judge told both sides to prepare arguments on whether the City Council has the authority to reinstate Gates over the Police Commission’s objections.
By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
There’s a treasure growing near Loop 337 and U.S. Highway 81.
Bursting into bloom at Conservation Plaza is the Dr. Dorris & Christine Brown Rose Conservatory, a planting of heritage roses that colors Comal County history in a very real way.
“Each bush is grown from a cutting taken from an old home place, from a family home” in New Braunfels or Comal County, said W.L. “Bill” Schumann. “These are family roses, grown from bushes brought here a hundred years ago or more by pioneer families.”
As he talks, he lists names that sound like a Who’s Who of Comal County: Lindheimcr, Karbach, Halm, Stratc-mann, Dittlinger.
“These are old bush roses,” he said, noting that most modem hybrids could not have survived drought and flood, summer heat and winter ice as these roses have. “They’ve adapted to this environment. They’re tough.”
While most are in shades ranging from white through a multitude of pinks to red, the conservatory has some more unusual varieties. “There’s the Mrs. Dudley Cross,” Schumann said, “the original Yellow Rose of Texas. We also have the Green Rose.” This variety, a “novelty" plant, blooms as a puff of fringed green leaves. “And this is Mutabilis,” Schumann said, indicating a plant with roses in at least three shades on its long, arching stems. The petals open sulfur yellow, change through orange to a rich pink and finally crimson. All may appear at the same time, looking like butterflies alight on the bush, earning it the nickname “butterfly rose.”
Schumann, who oversees the garden at the request of its
first proponent and namesake, is a former Comal County Agent with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, a professional horticulture consultant and a member of die Men’s Garden Club.
“When these flowerbeds were laid, we had to dig down through bedrock,” Schumann said, indicating the stone-lined rectangles filled with rows of flowering bushes. Custom soil was added and bushes, rooted from cuttings taken in 1989, were planted and dedicated in September 1990. The roses were in bloom when the first wintry weather hit in November and “they’re coming back nicely. We only lost a few bushes this winter. This will be the first summer here.
“We took cuttings from about 50 different varieties of roses located in Comal County,” Schumann said, and “the Plant House rooted them for us at no charge.”
Climbing roses will be trained across an arbor that serves as the garden’s central walkway. “We’d like to get the money to lay cement walkways up the center,” he said, and perhaps around the garden’s perimeter. “Can’t you just see a bride making her way up an aisle of roses?" he asked.
The setting would be ideal, especially with Conservation Plaza’s edition of a band stand patterned after those in Landa Park and the availability of Forke Store as a reception area. Weddings are just one of the ways the garden could be put to use.
One of the projects Schumann would like to see is the sale of cuttings from the heritage roses. “If we could market them through the Plant House and split the profits, the conservatory itself could provide income for its upkeep and the business that helped us out could derive something” from the work it donated.
ing,” Baker said after the hour-long session with Levy at the foreign ministry.
Baker then went to see Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who set a positive tone for Baker's stop in Israel by announcing some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners would be released this weekend.
Tourist bus fire kills 36
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — A double-decker bus carrying Greek tourists caught fire today in front of a hotel, and police said at least 36 people trapped inside were killed. A travel agent and a witness said a man set the fire.
The bus was about to take the tourists, who were on Easter vacation, on a sightseeing trip around Istanbul. At least five of the dead were children.