New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Actions speak louder than words
While on Air Force One to the funeral of Prime Minister Rabin, President Clinton relegated the Republican legislators, his invited guests, to the rear of the plane and never showed his face during the long flight to Israel. He then had them depart through the back exit while the Democratic legislators sat with the President in the front of the plane and departed with the President through the front exit.
Remember when black people had to sit in the back of buses and exit through the back doors?
Speaker Gingrich did not complain about the treatment received but simply stated facts and mentioned that the President had missed a good chance to discuss the budget. This did not go over well with some of the Democrats and the liberal media so they did what they so often do, bash the innocent. So Gingrich got bashed and bashed and labeled a crybaby; even on Christmas by a poem published in the San Antonio Express-News and more recently on PBS’ “Frontline,” which closed with “Gingrich the Crybaby Shut Down the Government.”
The President talks about getting along, but this shameful treatment of the Republicans, invited guests, is certainly not the way to promote good relations. Actions speak louder than words.
Barbara Thierauf Cibolo
Often letter to governor from CISD board member
Dear Governor Bush
We ask your help in obtaining assistance from the Office of the Attorney General to resolve a matter of urgent concern for the Comal Independent School District, including over 8,600 students, and over 30,000 taxpayers in five counties.
We request the Office of the Attorney General to render a decision on whether the litigation involving our October, 1995, bond election was a nuisance and without merit (Wallace M. Greene and Lois M. Duggan v. James M. Middleton; Case No. C95-0966C; In the 274th Judicial District, Comal County, Texas). This is our second request. The Attorney General’s Public Law Division declined to provide a decision on January 17, 1996.
There are good reasons for the Attorney General to provide a decision. The state district court, on two occasions, has ruled the plaintiffs failed to show there were violations of the election code. An expedient decision is desperately needed to avoid further lengthy delays in the sale of the 1995 bond issue. The school district faces considerable increased expenses due to possible appeals of this frivolous lawsuit that holds hostage $17.95 million in school bonds.
With continued delays, patrons face additional interest and construction costs of approximately 42,977,000, based on conservative estimates. The district will incur almost $2,000,000 in additional costs to rebid and re-engineer construction projects and for additional portable/temporary buildings. This equates to a needless 11 cent tax rate increase.
Resolution of this issue will help ensure continued quality education for the children of the Comal Independent School District without wasting taxpayer’s money.
Jim Middleton CISD Board of Trustees President
Shooting incident aftermath "bittersweet”
To the editor:
Like many people, I am bothered when violence is the leading story in the media. The shooting reported on the front page of Tuesday’s paper was the most upsetting story I have ever read. The victim of that shooting is my brother.
As reported, his truck is to tnank for lessening the intensity of the bullet that penetrated him. The bullet shattered the glass of his truck and ripped through his jacket before it hit him. Thankfully his injuries were minimal and he was released the same day. He knows he has God to thank for taking care of him and his two children who were with him.
I believe that people are affected differently when tragedy strikes. I sympathize with anyone who has been in this situation but I know you can never truly understand one’s grief. I now feel more concerned about people and the way in which they are affected by violence. I care very much about my brother and his children. I am thankful to have them here today to let them know how much they are loved. My
niece is a beautiful, intelligent girl. Her smile would melt your heart. And my nephew, an active and spirited boy is a loving brother to her. Someone very important in their life, their dad, is a great man. He is a father who loves his kids deeply and cares for them.
Two juveniles are currently detained in connection to the shooting.
I am glad that necessary action will be taken and justice will be served. Yet, our predicament remains “bittersweet.” These young men have much to live for, and learn about. My brother and his children also have this same right. Onfortunately, these kids felt they had reason to inflict upon this right. More importantly, when their lives were in the hands of danger they were also in the hands of God and for that reason we are blessed to have them today.
Linda Ann Acevedo
Since when does education take back seat to amusement attendance?
I have read many editorials over the
past year regarding ClSD’s school year calendar. I’ve yet to read anything about how positive the two Spring Breaks are to the children. Most of what I read has to do with parents complaining that they have to arrange for child care or businesses complaining on how the breaks affect their work force and attendance. I have recently heard that one of our “attractions” in town has submitted three calendars—none of which allow the two spring breaks.
I have two children in CISD schools and have seen a remarkable improvement in these last two years. The children are more attentive and maintain much better attitudes toward school throughout the entire year.
When we all became parents, a commitment to our children and their best interest came in the package deal. We need to remember what is important. Whose interest must be put first in this matter—our own adult interests or the positive education of our children? Also, since when does education take a back seat to amusement attendance?
Cindy Pullin New Braunfels
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Smith, Armey join forces for immigration bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, joined House Majority Leader Dick Armey Thursday in announcing a floor schedule for Smith’s comprehensive immigration reform bill, the “Immigration in the National Interest Act.”
Armey said the measure is scheduled for floor debate the week of March 18. “The Republican Congress is moving forward this spring with America’s agenda, which clearly includes immigration reform,” Armey said. “I look forward to a healthy
debate on this important issue, both on the House floor and among the American people.”
Smith said there is an urgent need for immigration reform. “When one-quarter of all federal prisoners are foreign bom; when one-quarter of legal immigrants are on welfare, it’s not a problem, it’s a crisis.”
Smith noted that there is significant bipartisan support for this legislation that will reduce illegal immigration by 50 percent during the next Five years while also reforming the broken legal immigration system.
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Taking part in the Jan. 30 seminar were (I to r) Wayne Rahe, Sandy Kelley, Connie Jurica and Lois Newton.
Brown Bag Summit continues Feb. 13
The New Braunfels Main Street Design Committee is hosting a four-part series of seminars that began Jan. 30 and runs through March 12,19% on selected Tuesdays. Professionals from New Braunfels, Grapevine, San Antonio and Austin will make presentations and entertain questions.
The Design Brown Bag Summit consists of four seminars. The first, “Design Affects the Bottom Line,” was well attended on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and included enthusiastic open discussions. •Coming up are “Advertising/Marketing Your Business,” scheduled for Feb. 13; “Signage in Keeping with Concept and Building,” scheduled for Feb. 27; and “Good Merchandising — Great and Easy Window Displays,” scheduled for March 12. Each of the free
seminars will begin at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall in the Municipal Building.
Invited professionals and experts in their field include Scott Day, senior program manager of the National Main Street Center; Hal Boyd, of Howell Boyd Advertising; Peter S. Lingam-felter and Katie Fournier, of Oasis Signs and Advertising; William Rup-pel, of Ruppel Signs; Lydell Toye, of U.S. Signs; Colyar Mcllheran, of Image Graphics; Johnny Diaz, of Sign Arts; and Annette Currah, visual manager. of Dillard’s department stores.
The seminars are FREE OF CHARGE. Bring your own brown bag dinner to City Hall at 6:15 p.m. and beverage and dessert will be provided courtesy of the Main Street Design Committee.