New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Dave Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Webrc. Managing Editor
Page4A hera\d-Zeitung. New Braunfels. Texas Sunday April 19. 1987
Editorials__Parks advisers, staff should be supported
As important as what is said at city council meetings is what is not said.
Council has been acquiescent during debate on Cypress Bend Park and our “tube chute”. The parks board and other advisory groups have several good suggestions on how to do the public s park business.
Contracting sanitation was one example of proposed privatization of the public’s business. Now river outfitters offer services in lieu of buying what amounts to a franchise fee based on a percentage of the receipts. River outfitters are interested in the welfare of Guadalupe River as all New Braunfelsers should be.
They are offering in the neighborhood of $2,500 for the right to make a profit and they’ll empty the trash cans, repair some things and cut the grass. Surely as prudent businessmen and women, the outfitters and related enterprises know they will still make a profit if they do these things. Ifs the city share that’s at stake.
Advisory board comment has been fruitful and creative. City staff have done a good job to date if you look at our park system as an average user does.
The 75-cent fee is fair and outfitters can look at it as the cost of public support for the upkeep. After all, what we are paying for is public access to the river through which private enterprise makes money.
This is a heck of a thing to be debating with Friday s opening of the tube chute and river time upon us It was 90-degrees plus this weekend.
With two new members and a different mayor, it might be a good idea if the council took the best advice of parks staff and the advisory panels and said, “Here it is We feel this is fair at the present time, now let’s get on with business.”
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Budget process dismal
To the editor
question Do you know what I like about what's going on at city hall w ith regard to our budget ’
This writing is not about if we are going to have a property tax in crease That is a fact the citizens of New Braunfels must accept The ar tide i*> about common sense and full disclosure of what is the true situa lion I tie figures used are rough estimates that should fall within an accept attle plus or minus range NHI returns to the city a predeter mined amount each year which is based on rate user consumption The current rate is I 5 mil per HWU of consumption That s about 5 per cent ut your electric bill This does not include that temporary pass through tuel adjustment that been with us for 12 15 years The amount to be turned over this year by NBL is $H*;r>.ono Those funds are generated by Hie ratepayers, you and me It is right and legal an I haw* no problem with that set up others might However, it is no more or no less than a user tax You just don t get to deduct it for your individual tax returns
Now our city manager has re quested an additional $261,000 from NHI I his where the problem starts (mess where that money will come from ’ It will come from funds generated by the I 5 mill mentioned above Now understand what the cl
ty manager is asking He is asking is to give the city $261,000 of our money to help correct a budget shortfall created by poor manage ment and poorer foresight lf NHI gives them the money then he and city council will allow us to repay our money in the form of a 75 mil increase in our utility bill Somewhere along here we are get ting fairly close to double taxation and or taxation without representa turn The $261 is over and almut the property tax increase of 35 OK per cent The 75 mil <lcx*s not sound like a big ticket item until you realize that it would take an additional pro perty tax increase of y 5 percent to generate an equal amount of revenue The budget as presented Monday night, is said to be balant' cd How can something be balanced that is so full of ifs' and buts How can the city manager hope to get money from NBL and have the citizens repay that money and not call it an additional tax There will Im* an open budget meeting for the public on May 4 I would like to request that this meeting be held in the Lu ic t enter rather than the utility meeting room I would hope that there is enough interest to warrant the larger facility Next week the In dustnal Revenue District Why What it could cost Sincerely
Bol) Pavhanma New Braunfels
Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C. 20500 U.S. Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County)
United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20515
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station P O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 State Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
Gov. Bill Clements Governor's Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711 State. Sen. William Sims Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 U.S. Rep.
Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D.C. 20515 U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510cs)
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Innovations really made a difference
The world til science is delirious wilt. ext Ste ment over the discovery «d new «•:; « rn' w.iys ti* get electric! y from here to there (it th* ie t * * here I suppose
it s said that these ie* en! dis* n\t-i a • have an enormous impact on the economy and oui lifestyles and make possible all sorts *>• wonderous technological .els an* **v (lur scientist was quoted a** s.umg alinit the rapid development and potential ot the new • a * trical conductors Nothing like tins • a*- eves happened in science before Another said Superconduct iv tv developments are the most ext dim new breakthroughs of our lives It will change the way we live With all resp*** t for th*' st Mentis!- I * av* nu doubts about that ('hanging the vuy we live I mean
hor example nothing I v* ie id has a i ti at this amazing breakthrough wih lead p. th* elimination of some of th** most t«-* - t »• , ta -«*>, known to modern nun Bu* rush flout traffle jam flavorless tomatoes devious pol tloans or goofs who talk din mg tntivies
Kvery few years scientists insist ut t« ling u-that something new and amazing will change our lives Hut what happens Che military uses the development to refit • the method *.* might us* to blow up th** win hi Xii*! Hie rest ut us Aake nj* with the same problems blip .u h* ami pains ( onsider the transistor which rep.a. * d the vacuum tut*** and was hailed as one ut Hie great inventions of the ag* XX hat did it , ,\e us \James Kilpatrick
silt* I.ne ot zombies who shuffle or jog through Id** with Walkman radios attached to their
I hat s why I rn skeptical atxiut most scientific breakthroughs I ve seen lew of them lead to a genuine improvement in the way we live Have any of them eliminated Hi** hangover
Mid that has itll nu* lo compile a list ot wha? I consider to tx* some ot the most important invet lions ut my lifetime It ism t a comprehensive list of course and others may have their own * hoi* * * s It so y ou might send them to me and I ll add them to the ll*«t
In no particular ordei here ar** my cimices Tile automatic cat wash especially the kind that lets vou shove a slug in a slot and squirt hot wax *ui your car I ti*- automatic c ar wash has freed millions cd men from the* weekend ritual of slopping soap on their sneakers and tues jut md ted them to do ini|>ortant things such as nothing I he disposable diaper only those win* had children beton- it wa- available can appreciate how much less offensive it is ti* t*e a young patent now As slats i.robmk once* said Kvery Ixxly savs bable- are so s^eet But it a grown man did the thing* ,, gut u**-*, fie d t* run out cd every saloon in town
Die cut proo! golf ball st nudists have estimated that flus amazing advancement has eliminated so much stress that the average golfer s lit** has tx*en extended tty two anc! a hall years I macle that up hut it s probably true anv wav
lh*- remote control channel ('hanger Du-world would have t***en fatter off if IX had never tx*en invented XX fiat would we ha\* nr".***! s,ini
IXonuldson Hid a*- tong as u*- re stuck wilt' it it s nu*' to U* utile to effortlessly flip through the channels to >*•* if there v anvil ng **wd going »r
I he autor at !< I* «* cut*** " aker I c an t im ugitie what lite is like in xx'ieties that don t have this device It s little wonder that there I*. -*> much discontent in th* Hard World
Die cum* si/** fits .(IS men s st** Sing I nill then we had toes that were either m runtdied or pinched X*- Plato s,iui \ poison cannot Ie tmh happy w db pa in he toe-
The phoiie answering machine It - b«***n maligned anti trdi* tiled but it s permitted me to at last In* honest with those who phone my home Before I tiad on*- I had to Hello uh hi
flow are you I ti huh that ** interesting Ne* kid ding Well rnayt** we can get together and lo trial Now nu recorded message stat**s .* stm pie truth I rn fieri- hut I don t want to talk to you XI th** tH***p just go away I hank you for listening
Xs I said otheis may have their favorities Venetian blinds for example which admit light but discourage peeping toms automatic wind shield washers and .mv garment made cif polyester
Hut we have long w.c, h go XX.- can put a man on the moon make electric tv move mole efficiently
XX fieri will S4 lent e develop a martini that is good for you
Remembering McCarthy’s wandering mind
WASHINGTON My friend McCarthy has writ ten a t*ook another txxik I should sav and this one will rank arnoung Ins best It is a volume ol affectionate memoirs short pro!des and long thoughts It is called Lp 'Til Now and I com mend it to you That author of course is Kugenc J McCarthy who at one time or anotfier has been a schoolteacher first baseman college professor member of the House, senator from Minnesota candidate for president, arid bog on the tennis court He is still a flog on the tennis court Ile* is also at present a practicing pcx*t a \ irginta squire, a sometime columnist for the weekly Happahannix A Count\ New sand a kind of tenured statesman McCarthy emeritus He turn ed 71 last month Back rn January or February of La*K after McCarthy had announced but before Lyndon Johnson had flowed out my friend wound up iii Newark, N J for a fund raising dinner It was a dismal night, sleet mixed with rain, a bitter wind blowing Haynes Johnson of The Washington Star and I had come up from Washington to cover the event
It was an evening of pure Met artily Down on the mezzanine floor of the Military Park Hotel the faithful had gathered for dinner McCarthy grandly ignored them He was never much for pressing the flesh The hotel has provided him with its most elegant suite a large living room done in pea green carpeting slightly stained by soup and beer with a rump sprung sofa and a square cut coffee table McCarthy was in no
mood to t.dk to the un wa sited contributors tx* low He was in a mood to talk poetry Not until they got to the dessert did tie hoist himself from the sofa and descend to tin- party
Shortly he returned his fund raising speech delivered and closed the dtxir firmly against well wishers iii the hall From time to time a beefy fellow would hammer on the door fteseeching the candidate to speak to at leas! a few of his supporters McCarthy would duck oui and bustle bac k to the more interesting business ai hand
We were drinking whiskey and quoting Veals Showing off, I launched into the sonnet ulxiut Leda and the Swan. but Bu* booze had done me in Memory failed and then, as the sleet whip ped against the windows, this candidate for president of the I nned States, in a voice as rich as chocolate mousse helped me out “A shudder in the loins engenders there The broken wall, the burning rtx>f and tower and Agamemnon dead
That was my first drink with Gene McCarthy, and a pleasant night it w as Later I covered him rn Oregon and California I w as covering him in the nighmare hours of the Chicago convention, tear gas, and broken glass and shatter dreams A long time later Gene and I wrote a book together He is quite a guy In Rappahannock County we are known as Hie Odd Couple
His memoirs are just what you would expect from a politician who would rather quote Yeats than plea for campaign contributions Gene s mind is like a catch all box in a tool shed It con
lane* all sorts of usciul nut trolls washers old hinges and pieces of wire that might someday come in handy Ills particular gilt is the dlgies sion within a tligicssion Ile gets to talking about American consumers and in th*- next breath lie is talking atx)ut the- Iks a mountain intx- in Africa Lyndon Johnson s handling of potential vice presidential candidates iii LM is sufficient reason for a discourse on how to cut cattle from a herd
A long the meandering way through these remembranc es of times past Mc Maltby pro voles gentle profiles of the late Harry Byrd Si of Virginia ut Hubert Humphrey of Jack Ken nedy and Lyndon Johnson and a host of others He reminisces atxmt the* Senate s tiny swimming pool where VS libs Robertson and Henry Scoop” Jac kson invoked a c hairman s pi iv liege to set the jmjoI'n tempei alure at Mi degrees
Toward the end of his book McCarthy spits on his hands mounts a stump and what tie gives is the old time liberal litanies He is not as liberal as he used to Ix* but then, who is ' He has some uncommonly sensible things to say about the role trust upon the Crilled S l ates as "a colony of the world He sees nothing good in the situa Hon He worries about illegal immigration, about intolerable levels of unemployment about the dangers of bilingualism He makes some recoin mendatums ranging from a 35 hour work week to abolition of the office of vice president All this is good stuff, but the best of the book is McCarthy’s mind at large, just roaming around, and his lx*st is very good indeed