New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
OpinionPage 4 Herald -Zaltung Thursday, April 29,1993
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"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right." — Sir Laurens van der Post, South African author
Senior Center becomes a community affair
School finance propositions offer best solutions available
It is important, we believe, that Texans pass the three school finance amendments at the polls May I. The amendments do not constitute a perfect solution.
But this is not a perfect world and the amendments are, to be brutally frank, the best we are going to get. We believe a failure to pass them will result in solutions none of us will find palatable.
Further, for nine years now we, as a state, have spent more time worrying about the methods by which we are going to finance education than we have about education itself.
It is time and past that we resolve the issue — put it behind us — and move on. Passage of the propositions Saturday will permit us to do that.
Proposition I is the heart of that resolution. It provides for the court mandated equalization by allowing a shift of funds from property wealthy districts to property poor districts. The amount that can be shifted is limited to 2.75 percent of total state and local revenue in the public education system.
Proposition I permits the Legislature to set a minimum tax rate or “Local Fund Assignment” and caps that at no more than $1 unless a higher rate is approved by local voters. And it prohibits changing the way the Available School Fund, which is made up of earnings from the Permanent School Fund, constitutionally dedicated motor fuels taxes and other revenue sources, is currently distributed. The ASF is the funding source for free textbooks for school children.
Proposition 2 exempts a school district from complying with unfunded state educational mandates. In other words, the Legislature could no longer tell a district to do something without providing the money with which to do it.
Proposition 3 allows the Legislature to issue up to $750 million in state general obligation or revenue bonds to assist school districts in building : facilities.
The state could use the money to make loans to districts or could purchase the bonds of districts. This proposition would permit the state to forgive payment of principal and interest on all or part of 6uch a loan, and it repeals a previous authorization for $750 million in revenue bonds to be guaranteed by the Permanent School Fund.
We urge your support of all three amendments at the polls Saturday.
Todays editorial was written by David Sullens, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-
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As Lee Thom, president of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation, pointed out earlier this week, we have become more of a community center than exclusively a senior, center.
It has become not just a project by and for the community, but a special place where people of all ages may enjoy many of the activities and facilities.
Continuing with oui accolades to those individuals and businesses who have helped make it so, I would like to talk about two recent, special contributions to our center.
As the community knows by now, mainly because we talk about it enough, the center was in desperate need of a pick-up truck and a van.
Well, through the generosity of Everett and Clo Reynolds, we now have a pick-up. It's not new, but it is in very good condition, and we are very proud of it
The center can now pick up donations for the Thrift Shop, as well as doing other chores requiring a truck.
We are so grateful to the Reynolds for this fine show of appreciation for our center and for the vote of confidence in recognizing how much the Senior Center does for the elderly of Comal County, and how much more we can do with the proper accouterments.
Don Maxwell Chevrolet GEO provided registration cmd title fees and gave a maintenance evaluation. We are thankful for this help and support also.
We are still in great need of that van, however. Many of our frail and elderly members need transportation to doctor appointments and to activities at the center, or just a way to get out once in a while.
That is one of our worthwhile goals.
Any suggestions on how to acquire a van will be appreciated.
On April 17-18, the first annual "Early Bird Safety Run” was held and participants donated $1,000 to the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation.
We want to acknowledge all the persons involved and voice our appreciation. I was presented with the following information:
"A group of local street rodders in conjunction with Jerry Glessner of the Lone Star Street Rod Association put together a 'Safety Run’ to have street rods safety inspected.
Eighty-nine 1948 and earlier cars were registered at Rockin ’R River Rides by Sunday, April 18, 59 of which were checked by the LSRA inspection team.
The proceeds ($1,000) collected by means of registration, games and a 50/50 drawing were presented to Lee Thom of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation.
Steven Chontos, Robert Coffey, Rusty Grun-wald, Dave Keeler, Bill Kretzmeier, Chip, Dwight and Red Soell, Jim Waltman, and Bob Wolford make up the group that put this event together, and they would like to thank the following people and businesses for their generosity in providing door prizes and other support for the first annual ‘Early Bird Safety Run.’ Without their help, it never would happen.
(Thanks go to) Rick and Zero Rivers of Rockin TR River Rides, Ted Garland of Garland
Transmission, Doyle Brinkroeter of Minit-Lube, Donna Coflfery of Darby's Tropicals, Him Woolridge of Schlitterbahn, Sharon Tootler of Holiday Inn, Rick Roessler of Rodeway Inn, ‘Steve' of Auto Economy, Ronnie Stevens of Alamo Plating, Dan Williams of Southway Ford San Antonio, Crow Firestone, South Central Coon, Goodyear Auto Service Center, Tri-City Distributors, Coleman Outdoor Products, Aamco Transmission, Seiler Fire Equipment Co., Lucas Exxon, Meyer Exxon, Rick’s Muffler, Specialized Auto, Dietert Auto, Custom Auto Care, Precision Alignment and Brake, Wholesale Beer, RND Sounds, Charlie’s Auto Machine, Alamo Hot Rod Parts, Alamo Performance, Mike’s Pinstriping, and the New Braunfels Area Car Club.
And special thanks to Lonie Soell of New Braunfels for two beautiful handmade quilts and to Bonnie Crittenden for a lovely apple doll.
Joy Williams of Freeport for her handmade items, and Karen Glessner of Fort Worth for the many handmade goodies she donated. Thanks also to the senior citizens who gave their time Saturday.”
Members of the foundation sincerely thank all of these people for the generous donation of the proceeds from their hard work.
That is true community spirit • •• -
Everyone is invited to join us at 6-10 p.m. Sunday, May 2, for the Jubilee Dance Band and ballroom dancing. The cost is $5 per person.
Ice, soft drinks and snacks will be available. Please help us make these Sunday dances a success for the center and have a lot of fun with your friends.
Marie Dawson is a correspondent for the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation.
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Clinton working to form new Iran policy
WASHINGTON — For the moment President Bill Clinton has provided public and private indications that at least one element of his evolving foreign policy — the U.S. relationship with Iran — is distinctly different from the 12 years of Reagan-Bush flops.
The Clinton administration view is that the Republican administrations strained to find particles of progress from Iran, and then placated that country through secret weapons sales, secret diplomacy and unrequited wishful thinking.
In the last two years of the Bush administration, the former Texas oilman allowed huge purchases of Iranian oil by the United States, which has directly contributed to an alarming $10 billion arms buildup in Iran.
Clinton is operating without a compass when it comes to Iran, since there is very little precedent from which to draw. The last three UB. presidents have watched their administrations self-destruct in that part of the world. American foreign policy has been mortgaged on the emergence of the still elusive moderates in the Iranian regime.
This tortured history explains why Clinton is being guided by some advisers who believe Ka should reach out to the opposition to the current Iranian regime headed by Hashemi Rafsanjani.
A key test down the road will be whether Clinton ultimately plays his trump card by ending American purchases of Iranian oil, and seeking United Nation sanctions for Iran’s dtmem,•rmi buildup and sup-t jriiftt af international ian oi lsm
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As status quo as Clinton’s foreign policy appears to be in Haiti and Bosnia, there are indications that a new trail is being blazed regarding Iran, at least rhetorically. During a recent Senate hearing, Secretary of State War-brandad Iran aa an “inter-for sift support of terrorism and feverish acquisition of weapons of mass
For Christopher, it’s partly personal. He had to deal with Iranian hard-liners as the chief American negotiator in winning the release of Americans held hostage during the Carter administration.
More important for a veteran such as Christopher, the animus is fueled by America’s closest Arab ally, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt Regarding Iran, Mubarak is a hardliner because it hits home. Mubarak has informed the United States that he believes Iran is the chief foreign power funding and goading fundamentalists in Egypt into overthrowing his (Mubarekis) government.
Clinton is still sounding conciliatory in public. In a interview on CBS recently, he said he "wished Iran would come into the family of nations.” Privately, Clinton’s core fears about Iran found expression in a private communication he sent last December to Massoud Rafavi, leader of the most important and largest Iranian opposition group, the People's Mojahedin.
Rafavi has been building a large Iranian military force capable of overthrowing Rafsanjani, and is headquartered now in Iraq, on the Iranian border. Inside Iran, his supporters foment strikes and other incidents designed to undermine the government and prepare the stage for an armed, populist overthrow.
TJJ9. foreign policy cannot be divorced from
the moral principles most Americans share," Clinton began the private letter to the rebel leader. "We cannot disregard how other governments treat their own people. Democracies are more reliable trading partners than dictatorships. They are more likely to protect the environment and to abide by international law.”
Then came the critical sentence in the Clin-' ton letter: "We should regard increased funding for democratic assistance aa a legitimate part of our national security budgrt.”
Clinton the politician left it vague whether this meant he would support covert fonding now or assist in the reconstruction cf Iran I the government were headed by the Mojahedin and if they were democratic.
Mohammed Mohaddeaain, the Mqjahedin’s foreign-affairs director who asst with us in Washington recently, says that lUt year, politically speaking, is a very derisive year for Iran and the Mojahedin.”
He makes it clear they will be stepping up their military actions as well as Iranian internal insurgency.
What they are seeking is QintBpfagehtiral support, expressed openly siMislhlM‘$i majority of members in both the Senate and House have already conferred through letters of support. One of those supporting maters was Al Gore, who had an amicable meeting with Mohaddessin after the election.
If they overthrow the fundamentalist mullahs, the founder/leader of the Mqjahedin, Masaoud Rafrvi, promises not to supplant terror with terror. “Instead of‘exporting th# revolution,’ we shall invita our country’s experts to return to Iran,” ha states. "In democratic Iran no one will be persecuted for his ideology or religion.”
Jack Anderson and Michael Binstsin ars
syndicated columnists for th* United Feature Syndicate, Inc.