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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions dave KRAMER, Editor and Publisher WANDA LASATER, Acting Managing Editor Page 4A Herald-Ze/fung New Braunfels Texas Sunday December 20, 1987Forum 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. Are taxpayers concerned? Editor: Are other taxpayers as concerned about the uncollected bond money as I am-’ District Clerk Margaret Herbrich brought this subject to the Commissioners Court and I wonder how much bond money has been collected so far0 Has an audit been ordered of County Auditor Bate Bond or another auditor to deter mine how much bond money needs to be collected0 Is the amount missing $60,000 or $200,000? Who knows for sure ’ If Carroll Vance. Harris County district attorney, could pur sue $3,000 missing bond money through several appellate courts to collect, why can't our district at torne> do the same for S60.000 or more ’ If our DA is too busy in his DA s job private practice and title company w hy doesn t he ask for an out side investigation to assist him0 I’ve talked with several people and not one felt the bond money should not be collected Carli Davis Low river level devastating to fish Editor I would like to ask if Mr Jim Arn st Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority's water quality services super visor, is qualified to say that no harm is coming to the Guadalupe fish population As an avid sport fisherman of the Guadalupe I know from experience that GBRA s bungling of the re quired 75 cfs to almost nothing has devastated the trout fishing for which thousands of us paid an extra 55 for a fresh water trout stamp to affix to our fishing licenses, not to mention the income lost by river business because of their complete lack of planning People come from all over Texas and other states to fish during the slow period for tourists I am not totally against the ques tionable power plant but I am against idiots who have no care for our resources or our quality time spent in a positive recreational ac tivity A complete plan would in dude reserve equipment or do they circumvent the required 75 cfs in this manner0 Has the river flowed at 75 cfs as "required even when their pump was working By reading the newspaper 71 cfs seems to be the average Be a good neighbor GBRA and New Braunfels mimes donate 15,000 to rainbow trout to the Guadalupe atter you clear your pro blems to replace the State of Texas and my trout just in case Mr Arnst is not a qualified fisheries biologist who know> it might even present a lawsuit or worse A show of honest good faith might even silence the vocal anti-power plant folks If GBRA and NBL’ damaged m> propers they would try to settle the claim well we have a claim GBRA and SBI not only would you replace a possibly damaged resource you might even consider helping the State of Texas and Trout Unlimited stock our Guadalupe River It s nice watching a dad teach his children on a cool day Dan Montrose Bush says memo wit I not hurt campaign CONCORD, N H AP Vice President George Bush says a White House memo linking him to the Iran-Contra altair won t harm his presidential campaign because pee pie want to look forward “ I ve never felt stronger political Iv and I think people are looking ahead,' Bush said Friday at an im promptu statehouse new s con ference Moments after speaking to the media Bush bet. ame the last major announced candidate to file for New Hampshire s earliest presidential primary Any corrections that needed to be made have been made a year and-a-half ago he said "People are smart They don t w ant to be dwelling in the past all the time They want to look forward and solve the problems that are facing our country " During appearances in New Hampshire Bush was asked repeatedly to explain his position on the Iran deal following the release of the memo by congressional com mittees that investigated the affair The memo written Feb I hoi* by then National security Adviser John M Poindexter and released Thursday by the senate Iran Contra Committee indicated Poindexter believed that sales of weapons to Iran could help bring about the release of some Americans held in Lebanon Reagan s top advisers were divid ed on the issue Poindexter wrote but most importantly president and VP are solid in taking the posi tion that we have to try *’ The congressional investigative committees, in a report before the Poindexter memo was discovered concluded that Bush was not an im portant participant in White House decisions concerning the affair Bush again refused to disclose any private advice he might have given President ReaganYour Representatives Ronald Reagan President of the United States rhe White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington D C 20500 Gov Bill Dements Governor s Office State Capite Austin Te*as 787"1 U S Sen Lloyd Bentser United States Senate 703 Mart Senate Biog Washington DC 20510 U S Sen Phil Gramrr United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington DC <05’CHerald-Zeitung Th dun find b r-.t.i, <>r p it Dmu * tge ptiidny Si u Publish* d Suudu v morning. 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Situ Braunfels, T* xa» '’HSJ ISJr Seco Braunfels Herald Z* I lung at St u Bra,inn Is J. j DA VIP KHA MFB Editor and Publisher WASDA I ASA TEH Acting Managing Editor DEBOR KH I A WR ES (I dtfice Manager SA SIH HI TTER Re tail Adi e ftismg Manager Carrier delivery in Comal, Iadat ups, Hays, Blanco and Kendall counties three months, $10 25, nu months, $17 90, one gear, $32 Senior Citizens Discount teamer deluery only, fix months, SH 00; one u* ar, $2'OO Mad deli very outside Comal County, in Texas thru months, US OO: sn months $32, one year, $60, Mad outside Texas: six months, $-2, one year, $70 lf yuu have not received your neu»paper by 5 SO p rn Tuesday through Friday, or by TSO am Sunday call 625 9D* or 656 1900 by 7p rn and ll am respectively Postmaster Send address changes to P (J Drau er 311326. \eu Braunfels 7Vxuai 79131 1326 CHERYL Duvall ( Las si fled Manager < ARUI A VERY ( t re u tat to a Manager MAGGIE LUMB KRIM> I (imposition Foreman GUS El Bb / Pressroom Foreman HONEY WE’RE HOMEn AND WE’LL NEED aJh\lOT’5 CF HEIR and ■    ,    J A NKS FOR LETTING/41 ?ft US use VNR W ' KT 11 ti ! o * !i.,; < 7 J Lt ii LT; > V-Xt*. X I    i—    i I ' 4 4- 'V h ?    *3 6 Guest Column School bond vote has interesting aspects Bv BARBARA TIEKEN Last .saturday * voter approval ot the New Braunfels IsDS1. C> million bond package is particularly it. terestmg for several reasons Fir"* of the approximates 3* '»• registered voters within the district only I •ah took the time to vole a scant 8 15 percent This translates into 4 24 percent voter approx* based on the total number of rags ble voter* of Proposition I 4 4 per (ent approv a1 ut Proposition 2 .md 4 15 percen* mr Pi *pos tim. and a gigantic 91 85 percent totally anal ^Hinted for one way or the o'r er Further anay isis shows that tnt greatest support < ame from the Lone Star District where HOPI Hispanics Organized tor Pablo Education gavr its strong endor** ment superintendent < harie* Bradberry ha* publu iv credited West End resident* as being a ma jor factor in the election nu I con gratulate HOPE and wish it* members well Emotions un the other hand the greate*1 opposition came from the voter* in New Braunfe,* High Sit moi District where all three propositions were defeated Why was tbs* Did the voter* think that the bond pat sage wa* excessive Wa* it thrust upoi them Urn quit Kl . Were they more iadeemed about rising 'axe* then voters in other distr!* t* I* there an underlying teeltng of dis* ontent with the polit ie* ut th** superintendent and the school board How iinpor tan! to these voters was the exper dlture by the NHIM) board for the renovation work done to < reut* the t omal Appraisa District office spat*- Or wa* everybody too busv (Tmstmas mopping to take th*- time to vote lf I were the super!rifer, dent or a member ti! the school board I d probe a little further I • xpet * that thev a hi Der!ain.v another group deserving congratulations for ’tie passage of the bonds is the PI \ lea* her Ad ministrator coalition This group ;* well aware that the ta per* ent high st hoof dropout t ate rn the State of rsppii itv The important e of life. or.g    a Hon ;* a lesion we can team from the New Englanders Not ?«» many year* age the New England *’ate* were hit with a severe depression as the bottom fell out of the market for their major products lo those state officials cr**dit they neither wept nor wailed nor as*ed the federal government to bail them out in dead they realized that their poo pie are their greate*1 redout *- an t sought to make theniseiv*•* the molt high.v educated skilled tnnuv.c ve workers in A merit a It worked New industries were att! at ted to these state* that put sue ? a fug? priority cm education Today that area of the country is As a former teacher I knew h< * important it is to have fewer student* per classroom The Kit tereme between a class of 2. and a i .a** of ie is enormous when one is grading s\ let.i. e notebooks a* I us ed to ck* <c giv mg ,ndi > idual af ten tic.? to students or di-sr tint fn>k x guuo tea*Der at tea. 1 indef ans cm on,st an* e f .t . ourse r,cit if cs ** rnu« f more rewarding and frustrating to have adequa * facilities and equipment tit th* eigf1 f 'teren! jig > I have beld tea* hing was by tar the most demanding of my time an I energy I really1 * ame Se aj p?e* safe mv classes with fewer stutter!'.* Now that the Ie* as Legislature ha* mal dated smaller claw loads it will on iv be A matter cg time before this -fully implement**: on a Iv I *a. 'he sooner the better So I know that lf.* teachers a ere happy to *ee the bonds pass morn** probably lf an anyone els*- Da ad mim.strators and 1*1 \ memtw r* arr happy H< »I*F is happy And a ter mg of the qua. fled voters are happv Vs for the rest of thr silent n.a J rit. don * go Hat Humt ag if y IU d<*r. ’ Ike Wha* \i.nil st 'n*. board * doing N< im* vote ar can ut where \>>u stand I * af a Wild help rn ak* a g!» a* s* ' • ait distru t r\ rn tatter Knowing how to keep Christmas well By JOHN I WALKER M D O Henry * classic The Gilt of the Mag: tells of Della forced by poverty on Christmas Kve to sell her beautiful hair rippling and shining like a cast ade of brown waters to buy a platinum tot chain for her husband Jim s watch while Jim only 22 and in need of a new overcoat and without gloves sold his gold watch that had been his father * and his grandfather * the only treasure he had to buy a set of combs pure tor toise shell with jeweled rims for Della to wear in her beautiful vanished hair O Henry concludes the story The magi as you know were wise men wonderfully win** men who brought gifts to the Butle in the manger They invented the art of giving Christmas presents And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronica! of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house But in a last word to the wise of these days let it tie said that of ail win) give gifts these two were the wisest Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest They are the magi ” Reading The Gift of the Magi reminds me of my mother who poverty stricken also sacrificed daily so that her sons could have the best she could provide The meager material possessions that she gave us although diligently earned, were insignificant compared to the persistent en couragement hope and emotional warmth she provided Although daily worried about financial burdens our mother nonetheless, never let us know her concerns or how pre* artou* our situa lion was Instead .she endured alone prov ldtng us emotional scanty which ast) Henry knows is far more valuable than any material gift Her s was a gift of the magi The question this Christmas and all I hristmases to come is How can we t>e magi* How can we amidst the frantic rush and crush of Christmas fie w tse enough to take time to give the gift*, that endure forever In our country the wealthiest of all nations of all time people live in squalor and poverty There are those who sleep in cardboard t»ox bouses some must rely on sparse government checks for sustenance others wander irom place to place in search of handouts and home On Christmas Day our television sets will show lines of people receiving turkey dinners from the bah adon Army We will view the alleyways of the destitute and the poor Pity those not for those who lack materially can always find work if they search persistently Pity more the vast army of people who are rich in possessions, but poor in spirit Pity the owners of all imaginable material possessions those wearers of Koiexes and drivers of Cadillacs who lee! emotionally empty Pity those who have so much luxury that their greed becomes insatiable and they must ply themselves with cocaine to have a moment of euphoria Pity those for they have no love no wisdom no serenity Give us this Christmas the hope that the world can return to the basic virtues that endure and give life meaning Let us look to what is valuable l^*t us be grateful for the gift of being able to give I .et us tie thankful tor love. wisdom faith serenity and joy la*t us have the * lutist mas Of Bot* v r ab hit in Dicker* * A <’hrisf/TUi* t’un*, who said D.erer are many things from which I might have der *. ed good but which I have ne\er profited Christmas among the re*t Hut I am sun I have always though* of Christmas tune when it has come round apart from the veneration tut- lo its *ucred name and origin it anything ttrlongmg to it can tie apart from that a* a good tune a kind forgiving charitable pleasant time til* only time I know of in th** long * of the year when men and women seem by on** con sent lo open their shut up hearts freely arni to trunk of people below then as it they really were fellow passenger* to the grave and oui another race of creature* bound on oilier journeys And therefore though it has ne\er put a sc i ap of gold or silver in my pocket I believe that it has done me good and will do me good and I say God bless it ’ loft it tie said of us that we know how to keep Christmas well That we receive gratefully and give lovingly that our hearts fill with laughter and our eyes sparkle with joy that we love tenderly ami live heartily that we build fond memories of family and fellowship that we take time for rest and renewal May that we truly lived be truly said of us ail And may God bless us exeryone1 Dr balker is medical director at Hill Country Hospital rn San Antonio and has a private psychiatric practice in Sew Braunfels I I ;