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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas □ Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, Augustal, 1997 pinion To talk with Managing itor Margaret monson about the >inion page, call 625-44, Ext. 220. ■■■HHH v« .    ■;    i ■ — Online contact ■To submit letters and guest columna electronically by way of online services or Internet, a to simply contact staff members, the newspaper’s address is, QUOTABLE‘In China, there is too much good news; in the United States, there is too much bad news.” Yijun Zhang journalist EDITORIALTxDOT should not leave out 1-35 expansion here New Braunfels city and chamber leaders who traveled to Austin Thursday heard some promising news. The Texas Transportation Commission instructed its staff' to study funding for Interstate 35 expansion in Comal County. The stretch of particular concern to Comal County lies between Texas 46 and Farm-to-Market 306. This past year, the commission approved $50.6 million to expand 1-35 to eight lanes from South Loop 337 to just south of Texas 46. Local leaders were under the assumption that the work would continue to FM 306 — and were disappointed when funding was denied. “We were a little surprised the money wasn’t approved last year,” Sen. Jeff Wentworth said. “We’ve been waiting a long time. We’ve been patient. There’s no question it’s important.” Wentworth told transportation commissioners that the stretch between Texas 46 and FM 306 was causing traffic accidents and discouraged tourists from visiting New Braunfels. New Braunfels does not want the reputation for being the city where 1-35 bottlenecks. Many people use the interstate traveling for business and pleasure, and New Braunfels does not want those drivers taking alternate routes because of a traffic bottleneck on 1-35. Transportation Commissioner Anne Wynne told her staff to review the highway projects. “I don’t want to leave out anything,” she said. We don’t want the state to leave out anything either, especially this project, which is vitally important to New Braunfels and everyone who lives from Austin to San Antonio. (Today’s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)Write us... The 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 2S0 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite 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 co the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328Senator seeks answers to pressing questions New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung 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 un Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Se* Braunfels Herald-Antu,* (LISPS 377-880) 707 Landa 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, $20.50; six months, $37: ane year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: «* mooihs, $33; one year, $62. Mad delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $71; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 arn on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday Postmastkm: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. The best part of this job is hearing what Texans from all over the state have to say. The hard part is getting the views of all 18 million of us! While in the Senate, I have kept my election pledge not to make use of the franking privilege (free postage for members of Congress) to conduct surveys for political purposes. But Pm still vitally interested in what’s on your mind. So, to help my staff and me obtain feedback from constituents, I hope you will take time to answer our annual survey. Mail in your opinions and observations. A big thanks to your local newspaper for publishing this questionnaire. The three earlier surveys showed that Texans have excellent insights to offer regarding America’s most pressing issues. I look forward to reading your responses. SURVEY QUESTIONS TMM Do you believe that tax reductions should come in the form of an across-the-board reduction in the income tax rate? Or do you support more targeted tax incentives. For example to encourage savings for college or retirement? If Congress could throw out our current tax system and start fresh, would you favor a consumption tax instead of an income tax? Or a flat income tax of 20 percent for everyone? Any other reform? Congress ’ efforts to be fiscally responsible may result in a budget surplus in the near future, lf a surplus occurs, do you think Congress should use it to reduce the national debt or provide Americans with additional tax relief? finance reform include public (government) financing of political campaigns. Do you favor such a plan? Are there other specific reforms you support? Kay Bailey Hutchison Do you support or oppose the establishment of national,' standardized achievement tests for all public schools? Trada Since NAFTA was implemented in 1993, there has been a dramatic increase in jobs sad export growth in Texas and the U.S. What are your views on expanding NAFTA to include Chile and the rest of Latin America? Do you support forming federal campaign finance laws by imposing stricter limits on contributions by individuals? By unions? By corporations? By non-citizen permanent residents? Do you believe there should be limits on the amount of their own money individuals or organizations can spend to support or oppose candidates or specific political issues? There are no such restrictions currently. Why or why not? Some proposals for campaign Do you support Congressional efforts to roll bade excessive regulation by federal agencies? Most endangered species live on private property. Do you believe that private property owners have a role to play in the effort to protect species? Transportation The new budget bill that just passed includes more than $2 billion for Amtrak on the condition that the railway makes meaningful reforms in the way it operates. Do you believe it serves our national interest to maintain rail passenger service? BuflfolaHa —--- ruFwiyi policy Do you favor further expansion of the NATO alliance? Do you believe the United States should spend more money, less money or about the same amount it does now to support NATO? Do you believe our European allies Bare paying their fair share of the bill? ■MIW Congress is considering deregulation of the electricity industry. Some analysts suggest that deregulation could cut electricity prices by 25 percent for the average family. There would, however, be transitional and operational costs home by each electricity consumer. Do you believe electricity deregulation would be beneficial to you? Aftikwini Do you favor federal arts funding? Would it make a difference if moat of the support were to go directly to the states, allowing state arts commissions to decide which institutions or groups were to receive grants? Please send responses to me at 284 Russell Senate Office Buildup, Washington, D.C., 20510.1 look forward to hearing from you. (Kay Bailey Hutchison is a US. Senator representing Texas.) ©Tor / Letters to the Editor I Write 'em nriftrtflaa Im amIm Editor. My letter is directed to the sheriff s department. I have lived in Comal County all my life and have never seen law enforcement as bad as it is now I thought if we changed sheriffs, maybe we would get someone who would enforce the law, but it is not happening. We have had people speeding for the last four years that I have observed and it’s all as bad today as tour years ago. I called the sheriff’s department about speeders the other day, and the dispatcher told me that the officer Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 1997. There are 122 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 31,1887, inventor Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his “Kinetoscope,’’ a device which produced moving pictures. Ou this dote: lo $884, an earthquake rocked Charleston, S.C., lulling up to I IO people. lo 1935, President Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents. Ko 1941, the radio program ’’The Great Gildersleeve” made its debut on NBC. In 1954, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern United States, in nearly 70 deaths. assigned to this area did not have a radar in his car so he couldn’t stop speeders. The sheriff asked for ten new radar systems and the county judge cut it in half. Why is she so powerful in Comal County? There is a thing going now about sn Moor swimming pool needed by the county at a cost of over $4 million. What are human lives worth nowadays? Much less than an indoor swimming pool. Also a physical fitness building is needed. Where does all this spending end? We have had die same people speeding on our street for the last four years, and have continued to In 1942, the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago became independent within the British Commonwealth. Ut 1949, boxer Rod died in a ligate airplane the day befog his 46th In 19§8jft>land’s movement gfps bom | ment rigged in Gdansk that ended a 17-day strike. la 198S, Richard Ramirez, later convicted of California’s “Night Stalker’* killings, was captured by residents of an East Lot Angeles neighborhood. la 1984,82 people were killed when aa Acronicxico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, Caic la 1984, the Soviet passenger ship Nakhimov collided with a vaaed rn the Black Sea, catter to sink; up to 448pan- Marciano in Iowa, do so. I would like to know whose responsibility it is to stop these people from speeding. Raising taxes and assessing home value higher each year is not the answer to all these problems. Get behind inflation to lower the prices is the answer to moat of the financial problems we are having, and don’t forget we need to concentrate on priorities in order to get the jobs done. So let’s cut out all this spending and get back to the basics of business. Thank you, Weldon F. Nance New Braunfels pie reportedly died. Ten years aft: The Justice Department challenged the constitutionality of the 1978 Ethics in Government Act, which provided for the appointment of independent counsels. The Supreme Court upheld the law. Vive years ago: White separatist Randy Weaver surrendered to authorities in Naples, Idaho, ending an 11-dsy siege by federal agents tint darned the lives of Weaver’s wife, son and a deputy U.S. marshal. One year ago: Seven people drowned when their vehicle rolled into John D. Long Lake in Union, S.C. They had gone to saa a monument to the sons of Susan Smith, who had drowned tho two boys in October 1994. New Yerk City police found foe body of 4-year-old Nadine Lockwood in her family's apartment; she’d been starved to death. The girl’s mother, Carli Lockup. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 283 Russell Senate Office Bldg.. Washington, D.C., 20610, Phone: 202-224-5822. FAX 202-224-0776. Local Office: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460, San Antonio, TX 78230, Phone: 210-340-2885. Sen. Phi Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX 202-228-2856. Local Office: 404 E. Ramsey, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78216. Phone: 210-366-9484, FAX 210-366-2016. wood, faces murder charges. Today's Birthdays: Broadcast journalist Daniel Schorr is 81. Comedian Buddy Hackett is 73. Actor James Coburn is 69. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson is 62. Actor Warren Berlinger is 60. Rock musician Jerry Afeaon (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is 58. Violinist ftzhdt Perlman is 52. Singer Van Morrison is 52. Actor Richard Gere is 48. Rock singer Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) is 40. Rock musician Gina Schock (The Go-Go’s) is 40. Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) is 38. Rhythm-and-blues musician Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) is 34. Rock musician Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 28. Siagsr-coanpoftcr Debbie Gibson is 27. Thought for Today* “Fsddon can be bought Style one mum possess.” — Edna Woolman Clime, American fhshion editor (1877-1957). ;