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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, August 5, 2000Opinions FORUM Letters 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. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson, Managing Editor Michael Cary, News Editor (830) 625-9144 Kudos Shop New this weekend A great number of parents and students will hit the stores this weekend to save during Texas sales tax holiday weekend. Certain clothing and shoes priced at $ I OO or less are exempt from local and state sales taxes this weekend thanks to state law approved by legislators in 1999. This year. State Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylandcr made an administrative change that allows financially-strapped families to put clothes on layaway this weekend and not have to pay sales taxes when they pay for them in full at a later date. lf you are read) ;o hit ai os u spcuuing yoni back-to-school dollars in New Braunfels. No, tile city and county will not get any sales tax rev*, ue i veekv .I, but those dolluis will boost our local economy and support the local merchants in this community. Traffic along Interstate 35 might be a challenge right now but it cannot be any worse than dealing with the traffic at the outlet malls or the giant shopping centers in San Antonio this weekend. Take advantage of the opportunity to save some money this weekend and help the local economy at the same time. Democrats edgy heading to L.A. t- 1_. . A t r*rvm/anfir>t1 A I IQ I 4- I 7 PfCSldd Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 5, the 218th day of 2000. There are 148 days left in the year. ■ Today’s Highlight in History; * On Aug. 5, 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut is said to have given his famous order, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! " as he led his fleet against Mobile Bay, Ala. On this date: In 1861, the federal government levied an income tax for the first time. In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor. In 1914, the first electric traffic lights were installed, in C leveland, Ohio. In 1924. the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie," by Harold Gray, made its debut. In 1957, “American Bandstand," hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC. In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills. In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater. In 1980, Hurricane Allen battered the southern peninsula of Haiti, leaving more than 200 dead in its wake. 1994, a three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington chose Kenneth W. Starr to take over the Whitewater investigation from Robert Fiske. Ten years ago: An angry President Bush again denounced the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, telling reporters, “This will not stand. This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait." By Will Lester Associated P"ess Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It’s crunch time for the Democrats. Heading into Los Angeles, the challenge for Al Gore is to match the boost in the polls that the Republicans received from their just-concluded convention. Leaving Philadelphia, Bush has a double-digit lead and has moved ahead among key groups like women and independents. For months, Democrats have repeated the mantra that it s too early to worry about polls and voters aren’t yet paying attention. But with the Democratic National Convention set to begin 10 da_> s from now, those days are just about over. “Campaigns use issues, positions, principles and the personality of the candidate to add brushstrokes to the picture by Election Day,” said Republican pollster Ed Goeas. “The picture is beginning to be painted." Republicans in Philadelphia went to great lengths to portray their party as more diverse, more tolerant and more positive than in past years. The convention seemed to play well across the country, even if the IV audience was limited. Polls bore that out. The Bush lead over Gore grew to 14 points by Thursday in a bipartisan tracking poll, with significant gains among two groups where the two had been tied — independents (now an 18-point Bush lead) and women (now a 6-point lead.) Democrats were incensed by the GO P’s efforts to present a more diverse image by asking blacks, Hispanics and a gay congressman, among other minorities, to address the convention. “They’re using these people as props,” said Joe Andrew, Democratic national chairman. “We don’t have to go out and find African-American and Hispanic kids to put on our stage." Ed Rended, general chairman of the Democrats, called it a charade engineered by Karl Rove, a senior adviser to Bush. “It has no connection to reality," he said. Not true, the Bush campaign said. “These attacks are indicative of the fact that they have legitimate concerns that Governor Bush is making inroads w ith new constituencies," said spokesman Dan Bartlett. “The governor has proven it in the state of Texas, getting almost half the Hispanic vote in 1998. He has backed up his words w ith results." Democrats are working to change the dynamics of the race, which has wavered all year between a Bush advantage and a close contest. On Tuesday, Gore chooses a running mate and the two will hit the campaign trail tor the rest of the week, w ith the states they pick dependent on his choice. Then they will stop through several battleground states on the way to Los Angeles. In 17 battleground states, surrogates will contrast Democratic policies and accomplishments with the Republican claims and their record. At the convention Aug. 14-17, President Clinton and wife, Hillary, will speak, along with Caroline Kennedy, Bill Bradley, Ted Kennedy and Jesse Jackson. I he full schedule has not been announced. “Our convention w ill show that Al Gore is on their side, ready to be president and he’s got the right ideas to build on our progress,” said Doug Hattaway, a spokesman for the Gore campaign. Polls suggest Democrats have the advantage on the issues of health care, the environment and Social Security. Gore has not yet convinced voters he is stronger than Bush on the economy, despite the financial boom of the last eight years, or education, a top voter priority. The effort to whittle away at the Bush lead in the polls could be tricky lor Democrats, and especially Gore. Polls suggest many people have grown weary of partisan squabbling in the wake of the impeachment fight. “About 40 percent of Americans don't like Gore,” said Merle Black, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta. “The more he makes these attacks, the higher his negatives could go." Despite the Republican advantages from holding their convention first, he sees opportunities for Gore. “By going second. Gore has an opportunity to recover," Black said. He’s got to unify the Democrats, while reaching out to independents. This will be a test ot leadership.’ (Will Lester covers polling and politics for The Associated Press.) In the Reactions to Bush Acceptance Speech By The Associated Press “What he’s saying is let's build a county not just for the few but for everybody. Its what the Republican Party should stand for. We haven’t always articulated that very well in the past.” — Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist. “They saw the George W. Bush Eve known for 30 years ... a gentleman prepared to lead, ot sure wit, who doesn't mince words.” — Colorado Gov. Bill Owens. “If he can follow through with his plan, he’s going to change America. I just think the Republican Party has a wonderful leader that they’ve chosen." — South Dakota delegate Susan Larson. “I couldn’t help but cry for the joy of it. We’re been praying for eight years for a guy like this. I can hardly wait for November, and for January. Washington alternate delegate Kay Regan. “Another Ronald Reagan. It lust sounded like Ronald Reagan all over again, and I think its one of the things that excites delegates." Minnesota delegate Margaret Cavanaugh. “He was funny. He was charming. He was honest. He was truthful. He has a vision ol the future, and lies going to do it.” — North Dakota delegate Vicki Dahl. Law of supplies and demand: You can’t buy it all in one store ^ **       .    .    ..    „    ii__.j_______Lan aAknAi naor I t\cu*VeA and nnnacked the for the composition book proved suc- ln "You’ve Got Mail," Tom Hanks' character, Joe Fox, praises fall in New York and how it makes him want to shop for school supplies. He e-mails a friend, "I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.” My guess is he would have to go to at least three different stores to f ind exactly what he is looking for. This is my fourth year as a parent shopping for school supplies. My family’s average number of stores to get everything on a school supply list three. This year, the black-and-white composition book was the last item on our scavenger hunt. This past year, it was the folders with brads and pockets — in solid colors only, mind you. For some reason, we have not been able to find everything on a school supply list in one store. It always involves Margaret EDMONSON making trips to two or more stores. I’m not blaming the stores, or the teachers for that matter. Sometimes it is just a matter of all the composition books being sold out. Or maybe the store only carries folders with pockets and no brads or, my personal favorite, folders w ith brads and no pockets. I never understood why they made those in the first place. I’m sure a teacher out there requires them. During my years as a parent, I have had to toss aside my own ideas about school supplies. Gone are the days when a cigar box could hold all of your school supplies. No longer is one bottle of glue adequate to start school. (I had a classmate in first grade who ate paste, so I rn sure his parents bought him more than one bottle.) Shopping for school supplies used to be one of my favorite things to do. Coming from a family with five children, the concept of sharing was not just encouraged; it was demanded. Not even my clarinet was safe. I was forced to share it w ith my sister, but I drew the line at the reeds. She had to get her own. My box of school supplies was mine, and I did not have to share it with anyone else. New pencils with unused erasers and sharp points, shiny scissors with no fingerprints and a box full ol crayons just waited for the art projects my teacher would assign in the new school year. I packed and unpacked the box several times before stepping on the school bus for the first day of school. Today, getting my daughter’s school supplies to school requires a bus, or at least a full-sized pickup. Teachers now ask students to bring a lot of supplies, some of which are shared in some classrooms. Students also are asked to bring storage bags and tissues for different uses during the school year, and some are asked to bring film or disposable cameras. The good news is that you might not have to make an extra trip to the store late one night to replenish the glue supply at school. The bad news is, your child will find something else that he or she needs for the next day. Fortunately, for us, this year’s quest for school supplies is completed. Our hunt for the composition book proved successful in the fourth store we visited. We found the folders w ith pockets and brads in the second store. Next year, I’m ordering the school supplies packages offered through the campus parent-teacher group. Sure it’ll cost a little more, but I think I can make it up in fuel costs. lf you are out shopping today, swing by the H-E-B parking lot where Communities in Schools is having its annual “Pack the Bus” event to provide school supplies for needy students. Supplies will be collected for needy children in New Braunfels and Comal school districts. The bus will be open from 8 a.m. to noon today. And they might not even mind if you bring folders with pockets and no brads. (Margaret Edmonson is managing editor of the Herald-Zeitung.) ;