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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■nap 41 Wednesday/ August 24,2011 | HERALD-ZErruNG.coM OTHER OPINION This editorial ran in the Dallas Morning News Aug 17.OPINION Texas under Rick Peny neither 'mirade', 'mirage' .residential candidate Rick Perry’s governorship is 'now under the nation's microscope, which means the whole state is under the same microscope. That's a familiar feeling for Texas. It wasn t that long ago that reporters flocked here because George W Bush was on the national ballot ______ Add in the country’s fascination with the Lone Star State, and we re in for another earful of the supposed Texas story Depending on which source you are reading, the state’s economic picture ranges from the "Texas miracle" to the “Texas mirage.” Most 0^ us know that neither is the case; reality is s 0 m ewh e re i n b et we e n The biggest bragging statistic is the pace of job creation Since the economic freefall. In June, the 24-month net job increase in Texas — 261.700 — accounted for nearly half the net increase in the entire nation, according to the Dallas Fed. In unemployment. Texas (8.2 percent jobless rate m June) was second-best to New York (8.0 percent) among the five biggest states, but no one there talks about a New York miracle." That's still reserved for the Mets World Series victory in 1969 Meanwhile, drive out of Texas into any adjoining state and you'll find lower unemployment there, too Our neighbor to the north, Oklahoma, wins the Red River rivalry by nearly 3 percentage points. The thicket of statistics goes on for as long as does the debate over who should get credit for Texas employment record.. One thing is clear: Texas remains a career destination, owing in part to cultivation of a low-cost, business-friendly environment. Texas skeptics/Perry critics are prone to credit only the dumb luck of having gas and oil under our ground, a central location, port cities and ready labor from Mexico. All true but an entrepreneurial state must have the zeal to make the most of its advantages. No argument that Perry is the head cheerleader: credit him for that. But there is a wider set of categories in which no one presumes to see Texas miracles Those have to do with social issues such as Texas' high rate of people without health insurance, high levels of poverty and lagging education levels. For example, of the five most populous states. Texas had the highest poverty rate in the 2009 census update, with 15.5 percent of residents below the income threshold. These are not proud statistics, and it's closer to a miracle that Texas remains a vibrant growth state m spite of them. Job creation has not put a dent into some of our most stubborn problems, which are destined to get worse without a greater sense of urgency We will hear these themes repeatedly from others while Perry shares the national political stage. Texans should welcome the assessments from outsiders, not resent them. We could hear things that will make us stronger. HERALD-ZErrUNfl IDrrOWAL BOARD PubWiNr and Editor Doug Tofity Ahí    f S»iwn IWM    Cw »A*«* KtM T»w»m ONLINE EXTRA; CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS Contact information for of all your elected officials — local, state and national — can be found at IT^ THEIR NEW SWRTÍNG ATTÖRVEY, LETTERS POUCY Th* New Br8unf#li Herald-Ziituhg wtlcomis letter* up to 250 wordi and guest columns of up to 500 words Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo. The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject aH submissions. All submissions rnust include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed. Submit letters •    By e-mail to; [email protected] com •    Online at: herald-zeitung com •    By mail to letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung RO Drawer 311328 New Braunf«ls, TX 78130 •By fax: (830) 606-3413 •    In person: 707 Landa St. City continues to spend beyond its means I disagree with Herald-Zeitung's editorial City tax rate can’t stay stagnant this time around A balanced budget is wtien there is neither a budget deficit nor budget surplus, when revenues equal expenditure The fact that our taxes haven't been raised in years does not address that this city continues to spend and issue debt obligations m excess of its revenue Now our local government tries patronizing its citizens who pay these taxes by saying we are reducing our request for additional taxes from 4 55 cents to 3 85 cents What are they thinking^ This request will again increase the cities debt liabilities and increase the city budget by close to 20 percent What is wrong with reducing our city budget by SI 4 million^ Why is it so difficult for government to grasp that deficient creation will never balance a budget^ If the city can pull $2,4 million from a reserve fund to balance their annual budget why are we now recommending increasing taxes to cover debt obligations^ Citizens will eventually revolt and request propositions necessary to stop these out-of'Control debt liabilities The cow IS dry from being over-milked Tom John&on New Braunfels City needs to take steps to control water usage I am very curious as to why local governments and officials who run small towns like New Braunfels are waiting to implement restrictions on an all too familiar subject like water, even electricity, 1 know I am not the only person in this area that is aware of how critical our water shortage is. It dominates the news from one spectrum to the next yet I don’t hear how our community is working to save our water that is drastically depleting. It seems very practical to take a stance, serious measures, now before the situation becomes worse LKITKHS TO THK KiVlTOIi The drought m this area is not the only reason to be conservative but if city officials don't take a senous initiative to control water usage, then how do they expect to continue supply and demand for this area’ Man up. New Braunfels' Why are you waiting for government implementation’ If New Braunfels is actively taking part in a plan to conserve. I have not heard about it. Our country is without a doubt going to see changes that we have not experienced before I love this area and I hope that our city officials will take an active part in controlling what this area desperately needs to thrive — water We all will eventually have to learn to use less, cut back conserve, however it has to happen Waiting until the time is right is senseless The time is right today' Audrea Kelley New Braunfels Albertsons was'our store' It IS with a sense of loss that I read in the Herald-Zeitung about the closing of the New Braunfels Albertsons store I feel a friend is leaving the community I have enjoyed shopping there since the Albertsons stores in San Antonio closed and my new husband has become a fan as well. The employees have been so helpful throughout the store — from Danny m the meat market, who would stop a task to cut a steak the way my nusband asked, to the bakery staff who brought warm, fresh bread to us because It was not bagged when we went by, to the dell workers who sliced our cheese or sandvvnch meat as requested There are so many wonderful employees that did a superior job We will miss specialty products that we could not find elsewhere. Thanks to all. We will miss "our store ” Margaret Patrick-Robinson Garden Ridge Albertsons will be missed It will be a sad day for New Braunfels when Albertsons door closes, but an even v^rse day for the handicapped grocery shoppers. While HEB has great bargains and products, it is not handicap friendly The Wainut/83 store does not have sufficient handicapped parking spaces and most of those are located too far from the check out stands, which are all located at one end of the store The shelf stockers are not considerate to the shoppers and most shoppers are rude to the handicapped using the electnc carts We are in their way I have had to leave the store many times because I could not park close enough to get into the store The n^wer store on the loop has the same situation — only worse It is also just too big for the aged to get around Walmart has better checking centers but also not enough handicapped parking Albertsons has been like a friendly hometown store and will be greatly missed So much for progress, Emma Lou LaForge New Braunfels Obama has replaced Jimmy Carter as worst president Until recently, 1 would get aggravated with the name-calling tactics of the Radical Left in the Democratic Party (President Obama, VP Biden, Pelosi, Reed, etc ) But now I just feel sorry for them and those who support their policies and blindly follow their lead That is the only thing they have to try to make it look like they have a handle on things, for their policies sure haven t In reality, they simply don't have a clue what to do and are floundering around in their own ignorance It would be laughable except for the fact that they are damaging the wellbeing of our country We will recover as soon as the 2012 election is over and they are all thrown out of office Then they can join the 'anks of all the others who have lost jobs due to their policies. If they weren't all so rich, they could have contributed to the economic recovery by drawing their unemployment checks as Mrs, Pelosi has stated, I want to end by congratulating former Presi-dentjimmy Carter, for President Obama has now replaced him as the worst president in my lifetime John Neely New BraunfelsCampaigns occupy top offidals as state's business continues AUSTIN — Gov Rick Perry was out of state a few days last week campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in efforts to become the Republican Party's nominee in the 2012 presidential race He has until the tvlarch primaries to make his case to COP voters, so he will be on the road a lot When Perry goes out of the state, it, Cov David Dewhurst serves as acting governor If Dewhurst crosses the state line. Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Jackson of Pasadena would perform the duties of the lieutenant governor Dewhurst has filed for the U S, Senate seat now occupied by the Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who IS completing her third six-year term and not seeking re-election, Jackson also has announced his candidacy for Texas' newly created 36th U S Congressional District.SIERLING COLUMNIST No matter where Perry, Dewhurst or Jackson hang their hats, the business of Texas moves right along. Texas retailers, on the weekend before the Aug. 22 start of the new school year, enjoyed a spike in business thanks to the widely promoted annual sales tax holiday Aug 19-21 School supplies, school backpacks and most children's and adults' clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 were sold without state or local sales tax attached. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs predicted shoppers making purchases over those days would save about $62 million And while texans were in stores for something other than what was being sold tax free, like computers, many found out about the Texas Commission on Environmen tal Quality's TexasRecycle sComputers org website that provides consumers with free options to recycle their computers All the shopping last week, which normally indicates a robust economy, was tem pered however by news that unemployment in the Lone Star State had increased from 8 2 percent in Jurie to 8,4 percent in July The 8,4 percent represents Texas' highest jobless rate Since 1987, Still. Texas added 29,300 jobs during the month, making July the 10th consecutive month that Texas experienced job growth. The national unemployment rate for the month was 9 1 percent, the U S, Department of Labor reported.Propane study requested State Rep Paul Workman, R-Austin, on Aug 17 announced he has asked House Speaker Joe Straus to order interim study on the need to regulate community propane systems. "In an area where natural gas IS unavailable, some developers have chosen to install underground propane piping installed from a single, large propane tank to service each property in the development,' Workman explained in a news release. "Because of the setup, consumers have no choice but to receive fuel from the community tank and pay whatever rate the propane company charges since there IS no rate regulation of the industry." he stated. Such a study, if ordered, would be conducted by the nine-member House Energy Resources Committee chaired by Rep Jim Keffer, R-EastlandACT math score goes up Statewide, the class of 2011 averaged 21.5 out of a possible score of 36 in math on the ACT college entrance exam, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. I 7. This was the first class to follow a high school graduation plan requiring four years of math. English. science and social studies and earn a total of 26 course credits to qualify for graduation. The 21.5 — a 0.7 point increase since 2007 — is considered a phenomenal increase in scores, and is higher than the national score of 21.1 In comparison, the national average math score increased 0 1 points over the same time period. the state education agency pointed outNew laws take effect Some 673 new state laws or revisions to current laws are scheduled to take effect on Sept. I. These represent the work of the 2011 Texas Legislature, which adjourned May 30 after a 140-day regular session and was called back by the governor for a 30-day special session to pass the state budget and a short list of other issues. Anyone with a computer and access to the Internet can find the list of House and Senate bills that will take effect as new laws by visiting WWW clicking on Reports" then clicking on "General Reports" then selecting "82(R) - 2011" for the Legislature, and finally clicking on "Bills Effective on September 1st” Or. instead of all that clicking, just go to thIS shortened address: to read the list of new laws. ;