New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon guys get first district win; NB, SV defeated, Page 10A
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 96, No. 25
Two Sections, 20 Pages
Someone told a member of our staff two days ago that the reason you’re reading Stammtisch is because someone else once tried to write a column like this.
If credit is deserved for inspiring this erstwhile compendium of local intelligencia it is the evolving group of New Braunfelsers who sit at the laden table at Krause’s most mom ings and share life and breakfast. Not that their conversation is contained herein. It is not. We've received a lot of nice comments about this column, and we're grateful it has received the response it has. Like we said Nov. 16, the first day Stammtisch was published. there won’t always be funny or crucially important stuff in it. But then life isn't always funny or urgent...
Local radio personality Don Ferguson apparently has told someone that one of our photographers. Leslie Kriewaldt. has been dismissed from her Job. Nothing could be further from the truth Big Don didn't start the rumor, but apparently, as good newsmen will, pursued it through Socratic inquisition. Which, of course, kept it alive.
Leslie is a great asset to our newspaper and has not been fired or otherwise fallen from grace. She is a real nice lady and a credit to her profession....
Community Council of South Central Texas once again will distribute United States Department of Agriculture commodities (read food) from 9 a.m. to 2 p m Tuesday. Feb. IO, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Low-income folks needing foodstuffs will need to bring U.S.D.A. Food Stamp identification cards.
Medicaid cards, pay check stubs or other suitable identification in order to prove eligibility. The commodities are distributed on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 626-6268. Please do not. repeat, do not call the church....
Comal County Sportsman's Association will conduct a fish fry from 5:30 to 8 p m Friday at The Hall (sic) on Kowald Lane. Large plates are $4. while small fry plates are Just 83. Oink! You really oughts check this out, ’cause it's good, the association are nice people and it’s a cheap date. Besides, it you should take a date to a fish fry. you might better be able to make a case for watching submarine races after you are satiated in the culinary sense. ..
Arthur W C Barth, a Seguin native and New Braunfelser since 1910, nearly before there were rocks, came by the other day to say there are no such things as Hispanics and Moxiean Americans if such folks are American citizens, naturalized or otherwise He objects to calling people Hispanics if they are actually New Braunfelsers or Seguinites or whatever. Well, he's right, of course, that Hispanics are people whose primary language and country of choice is Spanishspeaking, pero veamos nada incor-recto en Hernando alguno pot un nombre que olios preferee
Hospice New Braunfels will have a dinner Fob. IO in Oakwood Baptist Church to recognise the invaulable contributions of its volunteers, and also to introduce its new board members and thank the outgoing folks. This Is one great agsncy, Braunfels. We're going to (bedfo
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New Braunfels 1SD trustees expelled an eighth-grade student Tuesday for carrying a weapon on school property
Board president Bob Self said following the called meeting that the student was expelled for the remainder of the school year. New Braunfels Police reports state that the student was found carrying a 25-caliber semi automatic handgun at New Braunfels Middle School last week.
Self said the student’s parents did not contest the disciplinary action and the boy already has been withdrawn from school The student will not be allowed to attend the Teen Connection alternative school.
Also Tuesday, school board members reviewed recommendations by the Dreks Code Committee concerning new regulations. The board is expect to vote on the new policy at a later date
Rivers panel eyes permits for shuttles
tv SARAH DUKE StaH Writer
The Rivers Advisory Board voted Tuesday to recommend that New Braunfels City Council implement a process of permitting shuttle services traiMporting tubers.
Molly Martin, chairman of the board, said she thinks the permits are a reasonable method of charging shuttle services for operating within
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STPETERS HUI. CATHOLIC
Candy Esquivel, Brenda Valdez and Marisa Rosales put up the banner in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School in recognition of Catholic Schools Week.
Parks board recommends user fees for Cypress Bend
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Cibolo officials stymied as to city administrator post
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By JOHN KASTNBR
CIBOLO — Cibolo Mayor Bill Little has issued some strong wolds of advice following tho recmt walk-out of City Administrator David Harp, which left the small Guadalupe County town floating in a pool of controversy
In a statement late last week. Little strongly defended Me his decision not to immediately fill the vacant city Mat. despite the beet he is taking from residents and council members.
As of late Monday afternoon. Little was confined to the Port Sam Houston Hospital stricken with encephalomyelitis. Mayor PidToti Dannie Bishop is handling matters in the interim.
When contacted Monday by phone, Bishop said of the Harp incident, "The whole ordeal is an outright wage dispute. Mr. Harp’s demands couldn't be Justified.”
Councilman Tea Farnsworth summed up tho matter by saying. “It’s Just bad timing."
Tho heeled battle has bom tamed beck and forth since former city administrator David Harp left his position leat May. “By not filling tha position, we have bam able to save more than 822,488 annuaUyLittle said.
Lim# believes that Cholo, a town that baa trimmed Ha 18t7 hurtjd to tha bona, coupled with a slumping Taxas fwflfrqy that Batad a 38 percent drop In ealas tax revenue, bes ham hard hit.
“There are some things happening which I’m not al liberty to talk about rig* agar, which will adversely affect Cibolo.” Little said “Right now, we have had Ie put that aa hold and are aet actively eeakfog a bow ad-
Little petaled out that Qboteioe mayor-councll form af mwdrtpri geveniBMBt aud thai He cky charter dam
“Tha city admlntetrater serves strictly at the cooee-nicnce of the council," ha Mid, “Tha pgdUon la aal ie ariled bv cur charier."
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Local group tries to help single parents cope with bureaucracy, collect from delinquent spouses
fulfill those duties." Little said. “It has taken away from my regular business, but I love Cibolo and am willing end don’t mind doing it.
“We want a city administrator and Cibolo mods a city administrator, but it’s not cost-effective,’’ Little said. “We’re not going to raise taxas to the point where It will prevent business and people from moving into Cibolo In order to pay a city administrator.
“The staff is supposed to bo working for tho city, not the other way around." Little added that the slumping economy has also somewhat lessened the need far a city administrator.
“If we aren’t having growth, we don't Reed ane as much,” Little said. “When Cibolo starts to mow again, there will be more of a need tor a cky adndntetrater and more revenues to pay his salary."
In a related incident th#! lait several leekfosts questioning state statutes, Council member Cheries Jupe has bomi ordered to complete the remekMler of bls form, he has missed three roneofftfvs council
Taxes law states dud “Any mstnber absent for three regular consecutive meetings •he11 he damned ta have vacated his office."
When asked why Jupe was not expelled (rom council, BIMgp defended the councilman. “Mr. Jupe had goad lemons apt to bo present at tho throe maottag* thoro Is no lesson to expel someone like Mr. Jupe," he mid.
Jupe, who was contacted et hts home eeriy this wert, refused avmnfM- He did however, that the
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mother chance Ie voice their Ukes ad dleUkm come April 4, when the mayor’s teat, along with pieces two and Oma, currently brid by Btahop and Fred Ntom Witt ba aa the ballet.
gy DAVID MAY StaH Writer
A lot of fathers do not pay what they should for child support and little can be done to ensure they do.
In recent years, America — not so quick to recognize and resolve her problems — has spent millions of dollars to inform and educate the public about the problems of drugs and alcohol in society
America is now quagmired in another quasi-social epidemic, one that leaves millions living at or below the poverty level while billions of dollars in welfare and court coats on both national and state levels emerge as one of the root causes of poverty in the country.
Admittedly, enforcing court-ordered child support payments is a two-sided coin that produces a myriad of problems within society. A glance at some national statistics reveal the magnitude of the issue st hand:
— As of lfgs. sing! rp awarn has keg 28 perceat af U.S. famrita*, marital fog8 ammillion whited? of the nation’s children lived rv mge parent families, numbering bams million.
— Women heed 88 percent til single parent families and now total 7 395 million. These families have increased 113 percent since 1970.
— Single-parent families increased 117 percent between 1970 and 1983.
— In 1983. single-parent families make up 54 percent of ell families with children under 18 who are living below the poverty line, numbering 3.3 million.
— 55 percent of all children living in female-headed single parent homes were poor, while 63 percent of such children had family incomes less than 125 percent of the poverty line.
— Only 14.9 percent of divorced mothers had been swarded alimony ta 1861. Of that, 43.5 percent received full payment and one-third received nothing.
— More than 89 biUion dollars in court-ordered child support payments went uncollected in 1985.
— In 1882. federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC> payments totalled more than 812 81 billion.
— In all, Social Service Benefits cost taxpayers 847 billion annually, about one-fourth the national deficit.
— SS percent of single-parent families are raising children with no support from the absent parent
Those figures merely scratch the surface of the problems and effects of non-ftnancial support by a divorced or absent parent in the United States. Nationally, marriages end in divorce et a one-in-two rate, forcing one mUiiftt new children annually into single-parent situations.
Oongrew in IBN pawed the Child Support Enforcement Act, which required states to adopt proven enforcement techniques, one of which is mandatory wage withholding.
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In bouw states, liens cen be pieced on property of non-custodial parents who defy cotMrtardered child apport payments.
A study performed by The Children's Foundation, a Waridngton-besod lobbying group, tarticries that lf all payments were wade, there would be tome W.ooo fewer families living ta poverty*
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“Everyone has an ext to grind. It's a two-sided issue and a domestic war in soma cases. The economical, sociological and psychological ramifications are all bound together. Wa have to weigh oil tho factors."
Judge Robert Pfouffor 207th State District Court
parent families which, based on the average of other states, was extremely low.
The state attorney general’s division for child support enforcement reports more than 280,000 active cases at present.
Society is increasingly realizing Its stake in the upbringing of children in single-parent families and the special demands of thew parents.
mules reveal nearly three out of Rita rl lim rn hem ta this decade will spend el learn pert of their growtag years ta aeee-peient family.
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today s society aa the simplicity af divorce laws arnd procedures reveal While strenmMning divorce, the government apparently left children with practically a non-functional support system.
Non-custodial parents who refuse to pay their support can be held ta contempt of court and Jailed, but many judges use that as a last resort because such a ruling can. many times, only complicate and make matters worse on the family.
“Everyone has an axe to grind. It’s a two-sided issue and a domestic war in some cases," said Judge Robert Pf suffer of the 207th state District Court "The economical, eoclofogical and psychological ramifications are all bound together We have to weigh all the factors.” contends the veteran of many divorce settlements.
Pfueffer said jailing a “deadbeat'' parent doesn't solve the problem. “Whet have you accomplishod? He loses his job, becomes another burden of the state and creates more disharmony between the rpoueae. The courts have to try to fashion a more workable solution," he said.
In practice, the support question has never been fully resolved. Reports show that husbands tend to default on payments ta a surprisingly short period of time, usually on the first payment.
A study by the Social Security Administration revealed that of IS million divorced women with dent children, 88 person full payment of court-decreed support. while only 58 percent received any payment et ell.
Much has barit written about deadbeat parents. They tend to me denial of visitation or their inability to pay her aute of finanicial situations as excuses for non-support. Often they desert the family and leave the state.
It Is not uncommon to find an absent parent who is working ate geod-paytag Job while still rofintag to pay child suDoort.
A statistic supplied by the Waehtagton-baaod lobby group said that within a year after a divorce, a tnMbend i ny roves his otaadard af living by an average of 48 yr rid, while the wife's income drops 73 p«r-
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