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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, August 24,1997 ...... OviHm contact ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the newspaper s address is Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. QUOTABLE “(The press must) create that atmosphere crf moderation and courtesy In which advocates of contrary views and interests are most likely to listen as well as talk to each other.”Archibald MacLeish poet I E D I I T O R i < Comal ISO facility issues require serious study In today’s Herald-Zeitung, we are launching a series of articles exploring the issues behind the Comal Independent School District’s report from the long-range planning committee. Everyone in the county knows the population is expanding at a high pace, and much of that growth is taking place in the Bulverde and Canyon Lake areas. As the population grows, so does the demand on the school system. Comal ISD officials saw a need for facilities back in 1993 and managed to get two bond issues approved in 1994 and 1995 for new facilities. Three campuses opened this past school year, and Spring Branch Middle School opens in January. Now, the LRPC has proposed $105 million in construction, renovations and expansions across the district. Committee members explained they did not want to make cuts; they wanted the trustees to make those cuts. Trustees now have the unenviable task of whittling down what could be a sizable bond issue into something voters might be willing to approve. No one argues that education is the top priority and we should do all we can to make sure our children get everything they need to learn and grow. However, we encourage trustees to take a hard look at the numbers, at the needs and at the funding. Trustees already have indicated a strong interest in protecting the interests of the taxpayers, and hopefully that will remain the trend as the decision-making process continues. Hopefully, with proper planning and the right decisions, Comal ISD can do what is right and best for the children of the district without putting too much hardship on the taxpayers. (Today ’s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)Write us ... Hie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. 'The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 290 word*. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeilung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please ate the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 How the government misrepresents tax relief New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitimg Editor and Publisher. Ext 301........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor. Ext. 220............................... Margaret Edmonson Marketing Director, Ext. 208....................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen Reininger Business Manager, Ext 202.......................................Mary    Lee    Hall Circulation Director, Ext. 228...................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205............................................................ Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) TW Lands St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, TX 78131 -1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, 120.30, six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: nu months, $78; one year, ll 18.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a m. on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p m. weekdays or by 11 un. on Sunday. Pos ) MAsrtn: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. How would you like a 70 percent pay raise overnight? It sounds like a con artist’s pitch. But in fact, it’s something that the U. S. Department of the Treasury has already done for most middle-income American families to determine who benefits from tax relief. Of course, no one has seen more money in their paychecks. Congress’ Joint Economic Committee reports that the government uses an “arcane” and questionable method of determining Americans’ incomes that “only a very small group of academic specialists outside of Washington would have any familiarity with.” h is no surprise that the media and many others use this misleading information to make the false claim that tax relief will benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middle-class. According to the Joint Economic Committee, the Treasury’s measuring stick is warped. It overstates the incomes of most families by 70 to IOO percent. For example, it classifies as income the rental value of a home. Even if you never intend to rent your home to someone else, the government considers drat mythical “rental income” as money in your pocket Fringe benefits that are not taxable, such as your employer’s share ofhealth insurance premiums, are also included Lamar Smith in the government’s calculations of your “income.” The impact of this warped calculation, according to the Joint Economic Committee, is that a family earning about $32,000 according to the tax tables is considered to cam $55,000. And a family earning $56,000 annually is transformed into a $93,000 income family for the government’s purposes. In addition, there are millions of Americans on welfare who do not pay taxes but are included in the government’s survey. If they have no “taxable” income, why include then in the assessment of who gains from tax relief? This helps explain why the appearance of who benefits from tax relief has been misrepresented. All mkkfle-income families appear wealth ier when their incomes are compared to welfare recipients. The fact is that middle-class Americans will benefit from the tax relief bill just enacted by Congress and the president despite what’s been written about this historic reform. Congress has provided American families with a first installment on tax relief at a time when 40 percent of many families’ incomes go to federal, state and local governments. The steady upward march of tax rates has been halted. But we still have much work to do, including eventually eliminating the estate tax to help preserve family business. (Lamar Smith represents the 21st District in the US Congress.) I CcnginKfoCdrftresisr special miereffdeinardahDNiferw are In charge,wtegvinqw Unfa lire item veto] rlDHuJ . nom«M ,vitt(Tii*l leiiorqoM vsbnold 9B/ei£fmrkn<mmtWdt rn Letters to the Editorto Novo chMdranj some don’t Editor The recent articles of Mr. Bob Reiner and Ms. Karen Owens provoke my following views on the causes of emotional problem kids. I do admire both concerns. I fail to see where kids bom with braiivbody disorders that causes them to become emotional problem kids can be blamed on bad parenting. Parents can pray, love and cope while doing their best in making such kids lives less painful and happy as they try the best they can to help them improve. It’s a struggle for both parents and kids in such predicaments that can lead to distorted marriages and families. I’m speaking from experience with two of my kids who were bom with problems stated adove, lived a horrible life and were buried before they reached their fifth birthdays. My wife, doctor and I did all possible to save them but they suffered and died anyway. Parents can, however, create emotionally problem kids just like Mr. Reiner said and by subjecting their kids toToday in HistoryBy Tha Aasodatod Hr—a Today is Sunday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 1997. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Ob Aug. 24, A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Hercula neum in volcanic ash. An estimated 20,000 people died. On this date: In A.D. 410, Rome was overrun by the Visigoths, an event that symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire. la 1572, the slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris. In I SI 4, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., and proceeded to gutter life styles and home environments filled with sex orgies, booze and dope while neglecting their kids basic needs of safety, security and basic support at home and especially at school. This lifestyle cast shame, disgust, low self-esteem, low morale, lack of selfrespect and embarrassment at the kra of family dignity and respect as he faces peers at school and in his neighborhood. Coupled with punches and backhand to their mouth and parent moksta-tions, these kids are sent to school with empty bellies and expected to somehow learn. Then they must return home with nothing to look forward to except more of the same day after day. Parents are supposed to set proper role model positive examples. Instead many parents don’t deserve to lave lads and should be locked up for the way they treat them. Jerry E. Daugherty Spring Branch automobiles, but what could be potentially worse is tossing cigarette butts out the windows. “Why is this worse?”, you may ask. Simple. Because a variety of animals, most often birds, eat them. And cannot digest them. This synthetic material clogs their digestive systems and these animals die a very painful and unnecessary death. This is a horrible tragedy. So if you are one of the many who chooses to toss your butts out the window, please reconsider. Think of what it would be like to experience such intense pain, and then remember that it could be, literally, YOUR butt that caused it. Besides, it’s littering anyway. The Earth thanks you and so do I. Rhonda Bush New Braunfels P.S. Oh yeah, were ash trays designed for something other than those butts? At that time, I had no idea we would have such wonderful information and pictures on our televisions today. Wonderful! Helen W. Mc Load New BraunfelsComal ISO ihouM attabllihthan cigarette butts Editor. it’s bad enough that people blatantly CHOOSE to throw trash from their set fire to the Capitol and the White House. In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the fust woman to fly nonstop across the United Stales, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in just over 19 hours. In 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty went into effect. In 1954, the Communist Control Act went into effect, virtually outlawing the Communist Patty in the United States. In 1959, three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the lint Chinese-American U.S. Senator white Daniel K. lnouye was sworn in aa the fin! Japanese-American U.S. l\fcp8VlCWl7%. In 1941, France became the world’s fifth thermonuclear power ask explod- uvmin Rwn iv sinn Years ago I used to read the Edgar Rice Burroughs books about Mars. I loved them! ed a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. In 1979,s bomb planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin’s Army Math Research Center in Madison, killing 33-year-old researcher Robert Fassnacht. In 1991, Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life rn prison for the murder of rock star John Lennon. Ten years aga: A military jury in Quantico, Va., sentenced Marine Sgt. Clayton Lonetree to 30 years in prison for disdoSttig U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union. (The sentence was fatter reduced; with additional time off for good behavior, Lonetree ended up serving eight years in a military prison.) Five years aga: Hurricane Andrew Editor, Thank you for the guest column by John Bertelsen. It provided very significant insight into how the LRPC of the C1SD developed the massive $105 million facilities needs. As a resident of Comal County with strong feelings for the need to have successful public schools, I was appalled at the size of the estimate. I am concerned that a bond issue this size will be overwhelming rejected by the voters leaving the school system with nothing. I would like to suggest that it may be appropriate for the school board ^seriously consider establishing a new LRPC rather than trying to pass such a massive bond issue. Joe M. Bonem New Braunfels smashed into Florida, causing record damage; 55 deaths in Florida, Louisiana and the Bahamas were blamed on the storm. China and South Korea established diplomatic ties. Out year ago: Four women began two days of academic orientation at The Citadel; they were the first female cadets admitted to the South Carolina military school since Shannon Faulkner. Today's Birthdays: TV personality Durward Kirby is 85. Former education secretary Shirley Hufstedler is 72. Composcr-musician-author Mason Williams is 59. Rock musician Jim Capaldi (Traffic) is 53. Rock musician Ken Hensley (Uriah Keep) is 52. Ador Joe Regalbuto (“Murphy Brown’*) is 48. Boxer Gerry Cooney is 41. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 39. »c M »G •n id •n K» ir ;