New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Agreement reported to end Israeli seige
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lebanese Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan said today that final agreement has been reached on evacuating the Palestine Liberation Organization from Israeli-beseiged west Beirut.
But there was no immediate word from Israel, which has been demanding that a captured Israeli pilot and the bodies of nine Israeli soldiers be returned before the evacuation begins.
Wazzan told reporters the Lebanese government would for-
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malty ask the United States, France and Italy on Wednesday to provide a multinational peacekeeping force.
“We have arrived at the end of Lebanon’s sorrows,” Wazzan said after meeting in suburban Beirut with U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib. “We shall report to the Cabinet on the agreement and the (evacuation) plan. I hope implementation would then begin.” Asked whether the 15-day evacuation plan would begin on Saturday as is anticipated, Wazzan
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Paul Jahn dies
Edwards district founder dead at 89
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer Paul Jahn, instrumental in the formation of the Edwards Underground Water District and its first chairman of the board, died Monday night at the age of 89.
“The Comal Springs ceased to flow in 1956, and from that point on, Paul’s main concern was that it never happened again,” said Oliver Haas Tuesday, reflecting over his friendship with the late Paul Jahn.
“His motives were never selfish, his concerns were in the interests of the community,” Haas said. “He felt
the Comal Springs were a valuable resource to this community, and he was determined to protect the Edwards Underground Aquifer.”
Jahn was a forerunner in the creation of the Edwards Underground Water District (EUWD) in 1959. He served as board chairman for 13 years, and then three six-year terms as a director.
The EUWD shared Jahn’s concern for water, but it seems Jahn wasn’t too popular with the residents above the aquifer, or those who lived downstream along the Guadalupe River. In the 125th anniversary
edition of the Zeitung— Nov. IO, 1977 — Jahn recalled being asked to get out of town, more or less.
The controversy arose from a study of a drought which hit Comal County around 1946, and lasted nearly a decade. The Comal Springs went dry in 1956, and Jahn figured out the key was the aquifer and its recharge zone. So he took his campaign for a water district to the Texas Water Board.
The request was not liked by those residents above the aquifer, because
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Perhaps desiring to trade a life of paddling for a life of pedaling, this goose at Landa Park seems to be looking over the available selection of two-wheelers.
Staff photo by Dr Bill Snead
Deciding that they weren't all they were quacked up to be, however, this feathered browser resumed his swimming ways soon after.
Garden Ridge council okays budget
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The phrase 'public hearing” chills the spine of many an elected official, evoking visions of screaming hordes venting life’s frustrations on hard-working representatives.
That’s not the way it happened at Garden Ridge Monday night. City Council held its revenue sharing and budget hearings, and no one showed.
“It doesn't look like we’re going to have a lot of people giving us the benefit
of their wisdom,” said councilman Neal Craigmile, eyeing the empty seats in a very warm City Hall.
“I think they’re all up talking to Glenn Brucks tonight,” said Mayor Betty McGranahan, referring to the administrator of the Comal County Appraisal District.
She wasn’t far wrong. Eleven Garden Ridge citizens, including city judge John Phillips, were at the appraisal district’s budget-approval meeting, held Monday in New Braunfels.
The city council had a bare quorum at
Appraisal district budget passes on 3-2 vote
A 1983 budget of $472,435 was approved by a three to two vote at the Comal County Appraisal District board of directors meeting Monday night.
The budget reflected a $9,400 increase in salaries from the 1982 budget, which accounted for the nay votes of directors Arnold V. Moos Sr., and Charles Lewis. Both men had expressed opposition in two previous meetings to salary increases, saying they wanted to keep the cost of running the district as low as possible, since its support comes from taxes.
Directors Glyn doff, George Erben and Leroy Goodson, however, voted yes, and the budget was approved.
Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks said the $9,400 figure represented “more
or less a $75 raise across the board.” Eleven Garden Ridge residents attended the meeting, to ask when they would receive their new appraisals, and how long they would have to file a notice of protest.
“I hope to have everything in the mail by Aug. 27,” Brucks said. “We are required to wait 20 calendar days before the Board of Review begins hearing protests, which have to filed here as soon as possible. When you file a protest, we give you an appointment with the Board of Review for a specific date and time. And the Board of Review will meet as long as it takes to hear all the protests.”
Monday, Sept. 20, will be the next Comal County Appraisal District meeting.
Reagan's pitch going unheeded
its own meeting, with aldermen Keith Richter and Robert Harmon absent. Members present conversed idly from 7 p.m. to 7:30, when McGranahan declared the revenue sharing hearing closed and opened the hearing on the $59,867 operating budget.
At 8 p.m., the council got down to business. The budget was approved in the next half hour.
There was a short discussion on the federal revenue sharing funds, which
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan’s demand for an end to bullheaded bickering over the $98.3 billion tax increase he supports is being greeted with defiance from conservatives in his own party and aloof support from Democrats.
In his nationally broadcast address Monday night, the president appealed to the public to tell their representatives “you understand that this legislation is a price worth paying for lower interest rates, economic recovery and more jobs.” Noting that some legislators “of my own party object to this bill — and strongly,” Reagan called for “an end to the bickering here in the capital” and passage of the compromise tax package which is expected to be up for a vote first in the full House on Thursday. Senate action will follow.
Reagan, keeping up pressure for enactment of the legislation, was calling another group of GOP legislators to the White House today for more personal lobbying.
However, it was clear the conservative Republicans who helped Reagan push record tax and spending cuts through Congress last year were remaining firm in their opposition this year.
“He’s going against the grain in the sense that the people don’t want the tax increase," said Rep. Ed Bethune, an Arkansas Republican who remains opposed to the tax bill.
By White House estimates, more than half the House’s 192 Republicans are now lined up against the tax boost.
Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., a leader of the conservative opposition, took note of some of the specific tax increase proposals in an interview before the president’s speech:
“If you don’t use your telephone and if you don’t travel by air and if you don’t smoke cigarettes and if you don’t have any uninsured casualty losses and if you don’t have any medical costs in the next couple of years and if you’re not out of work trying to get a small business to hire you, I guess then it (the tax bill) won’t hurt.”
A nationally broadcast Democratic “response” following Reagan’s address offered more support.
“I have come to the conclusion that despite our differences in the past this is one occasion when the president’s position is right,” said House Democratic Whip Thomas S. Foley of Washington.Loeffler says 'no' to tax hike plan
By ROBERT JOHNSON
Tom Loeffler has backed President Reagan on all major issues — up until now.
But that changed when Reagan proposed a $98.3 billion tax increase package as a means of cutting a whopping budget deficit.
Loeffler (R-Hunt), whose 21st Congressional District includes Comal County, says he cannot go along with the President on this, his administrative aide, Alan Kranowitz, said Tuesday.
“Tom is going to vote no I to the tax package),’’ Kranowitz said. “He does not believe he was sent to Congress to be a tax collector.”
Loeffler’s vote is based on a simple budgetary arithmetic, Kranowitz explained. When he voted for the budget resolution earlier this year, it contained $280 billion in cuts over three years and $20 billion in tax increases over one year. The new package calls for $98.3 billion over three years and cuts of only $47 billion, he said.
“Tom said, ‘I just cannot vote for a tax increase until we have spending cuts in place’,” his assistant said. “And he feels $47 billion is a long way from $280 billion.”
Loeffler, the Republican deputy whip, is bucking the President for the first time on a major issue, Kranowitz acknowledged. He said White House staffer James Baker, in an attempt at friendly persuasion, met with l-oeffler last week, and that the congressman characterized that meeting as “two reasonable men disagreeing reasonably.”
Kranowitz added that Loeffler’s mail and telephone calls were running three to one against the proposal Tuesday morning, despite the President’s prime-time sales pitch Monday night.
The package will be voted on Thursday.
Arts panel consensus reached
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Recommendations concerning the formation of a city arts and cultural commission will be presented to City Council Monday by representatives of the New Braunfels Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce.
Both groups have reach an agreement on the proposed council, with one exception, Roxolin Krueger, chairman of the Chamber's Cultural Activities Committee, said Monday.
Krueger’s committee first proposed that a city wide committee be formed “in the hopes of main
taining harmony, assisting current cultural activities and anticipating additional associations and projects.”
When the Chamber presented its initial proposal to City Council, however, disagreement arose from the Arts Council which said that New Braunfels didn’t need such a commission. But if such a commission were created, the arts council felt it should have some say in naming the commission’s membership.
Council requested that the Chamber and Arts Council meet together (which they did on Aug. 2) to work out their disagreements and form one
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Off-season 'fun trip' planned
.outlines fun trip
Contrary to common belief, the Chamber of Commerce does not advertise for summer tourism.
This point was stressed repeatedly by Tom Purdum, Chamber executive vice president, and Ed Henkel, chairman of the Convention and Tourism Committee, during the Chamber’s monthly board of directors meeting Monday.
The topic of tourism came up Monday as Henkel explained the new “fun trip” planned by the Chamber for early this fall.
Chamber officials actively promote tourism in the “off periods” such as immediately before Wurstfest and in the spring. “Fun trips,” are the promotional campaigns used by the Chamber to promote tourism during these “off periods.”
The Chamber advertises in state newspapers and magazines offering discount coupoons for local restaurants and businesses during the “fun trip” period.
l^ast spring, there were more than 8,000 fun trip coupons returned, the Chamber estimated. And as a “direct result” of the fun trip program, 1,145 tourists visited this area, Henkel said.
The fail fun trip entitled “Fall Escape,” with the slogan “New Braunfels, Autumn-atically Exciting,” was organized in response to the Chamber’s “sucessful” spring fun trip, he noted.
The chamber has set aside a budget of $19,432.90
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