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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Pag* 4A Herald-Ze/fu/rg, New Braunfels, Texas    Friday, December 13,1985 Andy Rooney wants a moratorium on cancer- cure stories, see below The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitution of government. George Washington a Herald-Zeitung ■mons Deva Kramer. Editor and General Manager Susan Hairs. Managing EditorEllen GoodmanWomens' interests get put on the back burner BOSTON — Three years ago on yet through the streets of San Francisco, another fund-raising walkathon Supervisor Nancy Walker started ad ding things up. Here was a city in which the majority of the supervisors were women, the mayor was a woman, and the two members of Con- STOP WHINING _ POfliOR KNOWS BBT new y stop va}* Bern/ mm*-! St Andy Rooney There should be a moratorium on 'cure'stories Following are thoughts that came to my mind while I was reading the newspaper this week: -Every few months there’s another story about a new cure for cancer. If you read the stories carefully, you realize it isn’t a cure at all and isn’t available yet anyway. There ought to be a moratorium on cancer-cure stories until the real thing comes along and is available Doctors making their rounds of terminally ill cancer patients must dread the trip the day after one of these stories appears Every patient they see must expect them to have the new, magic nostrum in their bags. -Bank officers got the biggest raises of all company executives in 1984 Their salaries increased by 14 percent. And here I thought a lot of banks were in trouble because of the money they lent to farmers r countries like Mexico, neither of which can pay back their loans. -There are always a lot of attractive advertisements in the paper for watches at Christmas i d have thought everyone had a watch by now Do people own more than one watch? I suppose there are fashionconscious women who change watches depending on what they’re wearing but I dont think many men have two active watches. -Last week the Navy suspended General Dynamics from receiving any new government contracts after that company was charged with fraud. Later the same week the Navy extended the deadline on bids to build four new nuclear submarines because if it hadn’t, the Navy wouldn't have been able to give the contract to General Dynamics. Make sense to you? I know we have a free enterprise economy in the United States but I’m riot sure why our Defense Department doesn’t build Its own submarines and make its own tanks, guns and missiles. War shouldn't be a good business for anyone. -It was two days after the space shuttle Atlantis came down last week before I heard about it. A space shot is hardly news anymore and proves we can get used to anything. -Connie Francis was removed from an airplane on the runway in Houston because she refused to stop smoking when they turned on the “no smoking” light. The pilot came back and asked her to stop but she wouldn’t. She’s lucky they threw her off the plane before it took off. gress were women. But the sum total of their efforts didn’t impress her. “I couldn’t look at one thing we’d done to keep a committnent to the women’s community,” said Walker. She walked and thought that day about the lack of women’s agenda, and the need for women to hold their elected officials accountable. “Our interests always get put on the back burner. We say, “Oh well, we’ll walt until next year.” Walker decided to hold herself accountable. When the local Child Care Law Center drafted an innovative day-care ordinance, she got hold of it and said, “Let’s just do it.” And they did it. Today San Francisco is the first city in the country with a law that makes developers of major new projects provide rent-free space or ante up $1 per square foot for nearby child-care centers. No child care, no building approval. “I expected them to scream like stuck pigs from here to next week,” says Walker. But opposition has been muted. At least one major developer is ready and waiting for the regulations to be completed so he can come aboard. Maybe San Francisco developers are getting conditioned to public-minded strings on private projects. After all, the new zoning laws also mandate a budget for art. As Walker says, “If you hang a piece bf art for $8,000 in the lobby, why not put the kids in the building They change every day, and people never get bored with them.” Aside from the esthetic beauty of pre school mobiles, on-site day care may also make some business sense. It gives the developer a competitive edge in selling space to corporations, especially when the city had an office vacancy rate of 12 percent. It gives the corporation an edge in hiring and holding the loyalty of a young work force. It Is no secret that a worker’s performance goes up when anxiety about the children goes down. But the real profit motive behind this ordinance is for the working families of the Bay Area. Like families in every city on the only in dustrialized nation in the world without a day-care policy, there are more children here in need of day care than places to care for them. To boil down all the stories to statistics, half the mothers of preschool children in the Bay Area are working, one child in five lives in a single-parent family, and last year there were 10,000 requests to the city’s child-care coordinator that went unfulfilled. About two-thirds of those who need child care can’t afford the average $450 a month. Nevertheless it’s taken a long time for day care to become a breaking issue. Traditionally, most corporation* have enlisted parents into their work force without assuming any responsibility for child care. The amount of energy needed to lift a child off the corporate launching pad has been intimidating. Families with young who need child care most often have the least leftover fuel to expend in organizing. The major attraction of the new San Francisco law is that it will not only enlarge the number of childcare slots and lower the costs, but bring care closer to the parents’ workplace. This is more than a convenience; it gives parents a stronger connection to centers and a chance to lunch with and visit their preschoolers. The San Francisco ordinance is only a modest first step in forgoing a private-public partnership for kids. But it’s a decent example of what can happen when women use power to get a piece of that agende “off the back burner.” There are still some who find the notion of putting child care in downtown skyscrapers a bit peculiar. When outsiders talk to Walker about the plan, “They say to me, ‘Can you imagine gray-suited executives riding up the elevator to the 26th floor with a bunch of sticky-fingered kids?’ I say, 'Yeah, I can. It would do them a world of good.” Well, here comes that world of good. The sticky-fingered kids are on their way to the San Francisco workplace. Mailbag policy The Herald-Zeitung welcomes the opinions of its readers, and we’re happy to publish letters to the editor. While readers’ opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other readers, we welcome letters on any topic — local, state, national or international — that the writer chooses to address. Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially libelous. All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by telephone. Anonymous letters will not be published. Send your letter to: Mailbag, New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels Texas, 78131. Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 S. Casten.Guest viewpointEducation is a precious commodity for Texas residents By BARRY MAURO Tass* Land Commissioner In the early days of Texas, the founding fathers of Texas had great foresight in recognizing that educa lion was a precious commodity In 1854, our Texas forefathers dedicated 16 million acres of public land to help finance public education in Texas. Income from these lands, to be managed by the Texas General Land Office, was deposited into a special endowment fund for educa tion called the Permanent School Fund Fortunately for Texas school children, the income from more than 16,000 oil and gas wells flows into the Permanent School Fund. Thanks to this foresight, Texas has an endowment of $4.7 billion for education, growing steadily every year, because only the income from its investments - not the principal itself • can be spent each year on education. Last year, income from these investments was $417 million • enough to provide $145 per public school pupil for basic education purposes Ever since this endowment was set aside by Texas’ founding fathers, Texans have invested in education with their land. Mailbag Fact finding Committee asks for help To Ute Editor . HELP WANTED! Many of you who were contacted during the census offered to help in any way possible because you thought that if Canyon Lake was going to be incorporated you (along with us) wanted to see the whole lake community incorporated. Your help is needed now A dedicated group of people have donated their services, time, supplies, and money to move this project forward. To all of these people we again say thank you for your help! But now we need the support of all of you who realize the importance of uniting the lake community into one corporated area. Unfortunately, in corporating does have a price tag — there are bills that need to be paid. San Antonio has recently annexed 27 additional areas — two of those being subdivisions on Highway 281 North — which brings that city even closer to the lake. This news should be a warning to us. Don’t let San Antonio annex us too! Small donations 20NKER1 HOU! PIP IOU FUL U/HEN YOU HEARD TM GOOP NEWS7 YEAH, WHAT WERE YOUR- FEELINGS7 (VEIL AT FIRST I PiPNT FEU ANYTHING. I JUST WENT NUMB TMM I FEIT A RUSH OF 6!PQ! MSS, FOLLOWED BY FEELINGS OF PIS ORIENTATION, QUEASINESS, ^ SHORTNESS OF BREATH. *° ft . HUNGER, RASE, SEXUAL LONGINO, BHAT ABOUT VERTIGO. BOREDOM, AFTER THE AND FINALLY, A    NEWS SUNK TINGLING SENEA-    IN* Tm Congress is about to approve a bill that will provide Texas another $456.37 million for public education. Of that figure, $296,865,027 would go into the Permanent School Fund with the rest to go into the Available School Fund for immediate use in public education At a time when education is more important than ever, it is good to know that Texans will reaffirm that education must provide a future for Texas, that education is every bit .is valuable as any precious mineral. are just as welcome as larger ones Now is your chance to help your community more forward by sending your contribution payable to: The Canyon Lake Fact Finding Commit tee, C O. L.W. Heflin, Star Route 2, Box 185-H, Canyon Lake, Texas 78130.    The    Canyon    Lake Fact Finding Committee Your representatives Sen. Phil Gramm Rep. Tom Loetfler United States Senate U.S. House Washington D.C., 20510 of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg Gov. Mark White Washington, D.C. 20515 Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol Rep. Edmund Kuempel Austin, Texas 78701 Texas House of Representatives P.O.Box 2910 Sen. JohnTraeger Texas Senate Austin, Texas 78769 Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711 Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) Sen. Lloyd Bentsen U.S. House United States Senate of Representatives ■Room 240 RusseN Bldg Washington, D C., 2051K Washington, D.C. 20610 ;

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