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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVE KRAMER, Editor and I yublisher WANDA LASATER, Acting Managing Editor Paoe 4A    Herald-Ze/funp,    New    Braunfels,    Texas     Sunday    December    6,    196 Forum LETTER POLICY The Herald-Zeitung welcomes correspondence All letters should be sign ed and include an address or telephone number The newspaper reserves the right to edit. Letters should be sent to Forum, .New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. P O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels. Texas 78131 1328. or brought to our offices at 707 Landa. Appraiser's salary should be questioned Editor: Are we just confused and absentminded or do we have better memories than those in power wish we had*1 We seem to remember how Mr. Rhodes, the chief appraiser. when he had only been here a few months pushed through a Comal Appraisal District budget that would allow him a $12,000 salary increase, after only one year We remember the efforts of Margie Rabom and others going before the taxing entities trying to get this budget disapproved. but to no avail We citizens were told that just because this money was budgeted, didn t necessarily mean that he would receive such a raise We were told his performance would be reviewed after a year before such a decision was made We seem to remember he did not actually start to work until February 1987 so we did not expect this decision to be made before 1988 Now. however, we find out that a * review of and possible action on ’ the chief appraiser s salary is on the agenda for the Dec 9 CAD meeting Could it possibly be that those who “sort-of-kind-of” lead him to believe he would get such a raise, w ant to make sure and deliver before their terms expire'’ Did they think that the citizens would be so distracted by the current issue with the school bond election and the general activities of the holidays, that their actions would go unnoticed*’ We hear glowing reposes that he deserves this raise because of the money he has saved the school districts, but isn t that his job ’ Should the money he saves be for the taxpayers or for himself ('all you school district s business manager or tax office and ask how much the school districts are still being penalized because of the inadequacies of the CAD’s appraisal rolls and ask about the corrections they are having to make because of errors made in the CAD office See if you agree that his services are worth a $12.ouo raise Furthermore just when did the Other views taxing entities discuss this issue and instruct their representatives to the CAD board as to how they wanted them to vote*1 Do these people really represent the taxing entities and the taxpayers’ interests, or do they represent someone else s interest0 Did you get a $12,000 salary in crease last year0 W ill you get over a 35 percent pay raise this year ’ Can you afford to give such as this to someone who is already making more than $31,000° If your answer is “no.” call your elected represen tative, either school board member, county commissioner, or city council member, today and voice your objections' Be sure to attend the CAD meeting on Dec 9 on the top floor of the New Braunfels ISO Education Center on Mill Stree at 7 30 p rn This may be your last chance to make your voice heard' We thank the newspaper for giv ing us this opportunity to sound this alarm William and Irene rruesdell Something wrong in law enforcement Editor I am writing about conditions of the Comal County law enforcement and jail A man runs over two innocent people killing one and injuring the other, then leaves the crime He is put under a $5,000 bond and releas ed re arrested put on a $1 two bond and released Two people helping him were also released on cheap bonds and this was for murder a hit and run If he would have stop ped maybe the girl would have liv ed This person took a human life and is free The people in jail for DW ! burglary or such have $25,(Mio bonds or no bonds W hat is right1 The jail does not even have hot or warm water to shower Has the Health Department from another area checked the jail to see if it is a safe health environment0 I called once and talked to a man there who said he would like to hear more of what is going on here would you please send me a letter so I could meet with him I am in jail in Block J Clehurn Metz Federal prison scrutiny For years. Texas has been under a court order from U S District Judge William Wayne Justice to relieve overcrowding in its state prisons Justice and the rest of those in the federal justice system should look at their own back yard The federal prison system was built to hold 28,UUU prisoners There are 44,uoo inmates in federal penitentiaries, and the figure is rising Sen Lloyd Benton D-Texas recently addressed the problem call mg for three or four month military style incarceration for first time of fenders rather than long stints behind bars Perhaps Texans and others wouldn't resent federal pressure from judges and others as much if they would try harder to keep their own house in order - San Antonio Express-News Blocking 976 calls Many Texans will applaud an agreement between Southwestern Herald-Zfitung Piiblisked Sunday morning, Tuesday, Wednesday. Thursday and Friday afternoon, b,4 StBraunfels th raidIt Hung. TU? Lauda St. or PO Droner 311328, u Hraun/els. It rut 7813 J 132a Second ('Im Frau nit! U Ut raid Zeitung at Se u Frau n ft It. Term (Hit(agt fund by St DA VU) KH A MSK Fditor and Publisht r WA SDA LASA I KH Acting Managing Editor DEBORAH LA WHENCE Off id Ma nuyt r SANDI HUTTER Retail Advertising Manager CHERYL Duvall Classified Manager ( ARO!. .4 VER Y ( i re alai ton Manager MAUDIE LOM HAR 1)0 Comjtosition Foreman (U S EL REL Pre ut room Foreman Carner delivery in Comal, Guadaluftt Hays, Blanca and Kendall counties thru months, SIO 25, sis months, SI? 90. ant year SJL Senior ( itutns Discount earner dtlutry onlyt sir months, Si* DO. one year, $27 00 Mail deli'erg outs Ae Comal County, in Le rat three months. SIS OO, sir months, SJ2. out yt ar $60 Mail outside Texas sir months. Ski, >me year. $70 If you ha<t not received your newspaper by SSO pm Tuesday through b ruing, or by 7 JO am Sunday call (>25 91** or 658 190<) by 7 p rn ami Ila rn resp* ctively Postmaster Send address changes to p f) Drauer 311328, Sea Hraun/els, Teras 78131 1328 / HO/ HO/ HO/ MERRY I RI ST MA /AN HAVE riEht; . r• T / / V" AV • I '    ;    -    u'fcj. ■vt r -I 'T k> >7 • C a .    J : r„•    ■    -It:    ■    * ' ' 'i    -    *    -    *    '    *    •    T    < %    j*~    w* / *.rf \ • ' sr c * S f rn, - ti rii: i Guest Column Citizen urges ‘no’ vote in NBISD bond issue Bell and the staff of the Public Utility Commission which will allow telephone customers to request no cost blocking of their sets to all dial a pom and other 476 ” numbers The plan subject to approval by the three member commission was drafted rn response to complaints by customers who opened their bills to find big charges for calls to numbers beginning with 976 In most instances the calls had been made by children in the house without their parents knowledge tnt ii now Bell has been charging $21 65 for blocking a customer s access to 976 numbers plus a monthly fee of 50 cents Philip Diehl the PUC s direc tor of telephone regulation said the agree ment represents a major step in turn mg control over the telephone back to the parents and bill paying customers About the only people unhappy with the plan are the pom peddlers and others who profit from the 976 calls - Lubboc k Av alanche Journal By MARGIE RABORN Editor s note This is the first of a tun part fluent column tram Margie H aho rn The <**. nu: n>iu. ment is ill he published in Wednesday > Herald Zeitunti ^ ou have read the* front pug* hoopla of why we need to pass the proposed schoo (cond now read this for the rest of the- story On l>ei 12th the citizens of New Braunfels IM> will be asked to vote for a $ « - •* bond pa* kage There are several issues that r.*-«*d to tie ion sidereal prior to making sue Ii a dis lsiot It seems strange for such an urgent need as this that the first public mention was a* the* tnt ». school board meeting whet. Mr (furies Bradtierry presented actual enrollment figures for this year as compared with those predicted years ago and explained the* mandate of MB 7,’ would cause* increased rxt*d for additional classroom space At the very next meeting int Jo Mr Bradtierry presented proposed sketches for the new elementary school and for the additional classrooms at the high school as well as a plan for eliminating the traffic problems at lame star School Also present was Mr Floyd Westerman to explain all the details of how tfiese projects could tie financed by issuing the needed bonds Then at a called meeting only one wil k later Oct 27 the school board memtiers were asked ti approve bringing this bond pac kage to the voters which now contained not only the aune mentioned projects but an additional SITS c«mi for a gym nasium at seele Elementary and Sly * uoo for the purchase of another building site All this was ai cornplished in just 3 short weeks It seems to me one of two things has happened Either this is a very hastily prepared projec t with little planning or co-ordinaitton or a lot of plans were done privately prior to tieing brought before the school board memtiers let alone before the public I am told this is the first bond pac kage ever for New Braunfels ISI) to be brought forward solely on a superintendent s recommendation In the past citizens and advisory committees have worked together well in advance on such ac tion Some of us spoke to board members that we felt a need for citizen participation in such a project At the Oct 27 meeting Mr (Aguinaldo Zamora even asked if it would he possible to have some open discussion from concerned citizens and interested groups Our superintendent replied You trustees just pass this and we ll sell it to the community ” That s hardly my definition of citizen p. «rtn ipati on tieen con We wen r told th* !* r lew school woui d tx- t out on inlets} th land we ,i I ready v WI I ta •hind Memo ria, Eiemen ami we 7 ■ ti and wo utc I fat •• W alnut st r****t If** fat t building < that Wuim ut sire**? pl es** nth does rn' 4 extend past A not ra this prope 5 >* £ tx* *v er rnentiorx-d We are well tion is a* aw are of the prubU •rn is th at develope* J with ( ounty 11 add!! ic Line and P whiney er Re tads in orck cr to service equates I Memorial School TTI IS I! - the kind of i ultimation live in h*> ked N i area I: for an w we in th addn re told that south tone mal future fla ir that I thor > <s\ VS e are ti iasiraom* a1 'J lf. ll tim levrve* eta w r rvrexl $zt„s rn high vt*-Mar.v of us th I fear ha*- (wen again .awes Of u* were this w tx well rushes have I awaft of the •vt aaasl with the r of the and working togethe hastily igixired Another reason that seem strange is that ar volved with the school; rapid growth taking place Many of us qi the wisdom of entering a long term leas* ('clinal \ppratsal District for the lop fie Administration Building We tell that we might need this space for tlx- sc hoot s Use We also ques twiia-d spending $2.-* duo from th** reserve fund to make the required improvements for ira CADs use We telt this money could tx- ladler used for 'he direct benefit of students I tx*se questions were ig mired Now we sis* on th* (nm! page of tfa put* i that we ne«*d to pass tins i hi rid to I ais* {la $4«- '■* to guarantee th** at**t\ of our children at Urn* Star Well tlx* situation at lorn* star dldli t just develop rxir have we forgotten w** were t*ild just last year we cerulein I even afford crossing guards VII this while we dulse to spend money for tfx* h«***ds of tile CAD and while the*re was over $2 «■■>(■- in the reserve fund Was tfx* safety of oui children no! a concern then ’ Hi** question is rais**«l just how did w** get sue h mom*\ in this reserve fund Historic ally NHIM) has passed inflated budgets and raised tax i ates to the maximum th** law allows Once this money is collected and is not spent as budgeted it * an f* placed in tbs reserve fund and ttien spent at lh** school board s disc retion wntxiut public approval and at tune hardly with public knowledge such was the » as** in I'M- when we purchased 28 acres in Oak Run at a pric e of $ o > oho for a future building site This ac tion was taken without one comment taken from tile public After that meeting I asked several lioard members about the wisdom of such a pure has* since even then it was evident to me the rapid growth area for our community was south of I IS I was told I was “just uninformed and that tlx* development of Oak Run Hunter s ( reek am! T Rar M would c aus*- great growth on this side of town The lace that this area is very expensive real estate and even if fully developed would rx*vet ta* a high density population art a s**emed to have i that cost that mu*h Vow I im aware that there wilt ta- hallways and bathrooms rx sud e*l aint that th*- foundation w JI br built to suppl'd I second floor a! a future date tut still we, h a pru r seems e X c ess J V r I was told that th** elementary s* fx-g will cost approximates $V. square foot As mar y of you know The New Braunfels (*hnstian Academy just complete*} a new schuoi tniiidsng in our communi t> vvhiie their tat nit> is much smaller than that promised by NHI''!) It I-ex. e .entlv designed aith first consideration given to students ra*e*ts and se* iav1lv to aes! ia*t ic .lily t*iefKi with Its surroun ding environment It meets or wirpavses all putnic health an«l safetv Ct-le* This fox structure was completed for **sn tfian $. square fc»»t This cot? plete proje* t was managed t v John VI !*• a Us at * txiUa> tor I **s thrrr was much donated .at»>r alai supplier tXlt I br,lev e *>urs is a generous com rn unity that supports public schools and that Ute c itu*ens would ilk** tile opportunity to work together for ti** community g(*td ami fur tla ir children s t**rx*ftt liertainiy ta*iievr we have pro pie in our community capable of doing this jot and that it could ta* ac compl I shed for mu* h ie?*s than th** proposed $2 Ti*1 When building Memorial schtstl we employed an architec tural from \ustin and tlx- general contractor from Tunc un Ani h vert our tax ktilarx aren t t**mg spent to help loc al t>usirx*ss**s We are al) aw art* of (tx* exc ess arx! w astr of our lederai government but they seem to have met their match with our lex a1 school administration When the rxrw post office was built the grounds were sprigged and nature was allowed a few mon tbs to d*» the rest However when the Adnunistra lion Building w as remodeled we sj**nt lr excess of $14 for landsc aping including completely seal ding the grounds I asked why this proje* t couldn t have ta*en handled by our own agriculture students I was told This didn t cost th** tax payers anything This rnorx*y was donated Is that a justifiable esc use for wasting funds To insure that there is less money available to be wasted in the future I enc ourage eat h of you to get out arui vote AGAINST tlx* proposed tmnd issue Enc our ag** your friends to ck) likew is** I'honk you for your effort ami support Make the holidays brighter, make a taxdeductible contribution to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund to provide 200 families with Christmas dinner ;