New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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If he decides to seek re-election, Dr. William Lee will have competition for place 5 on the board of trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District.
Forty-six-year-old Gladys Bartling, currently president of the Parent Teachers Association at New Braunfels High School, has filed that place now held by Lee — who has not yet announced his plans..
Bartling, a financial secretary at First Protestant, said her main reason for running was because of her interest in children “and their future” and out of concern for the district.
“Children have a very important interest in life,” said Bartling, who has two
children — a 10th and 12th grader.
Unlike David Cook — the only other candidate to file beside herself and incumbents Rudy Reimer and Bob Self — Bartling was highly complementary of the current board.
Cook, 61, who is running against Reimer for place 6, has voiced opposition to the board’s action regarding the disciplinary expulsion of three high school girls in October for being in possession of beer on a school campus after hours.
In a letter to the Herald-Zeitung, Cook vowed to “strongly oppose the re-election of any current board member.”
Bartling, on the other hand, said she
thought the current school board had done a good job. “I believe that discipline belongs in the home,” she said. “The teachers in the classroom shouldn’t have to worry about disciplining the children. Their responsibility is to teach.”
A resident of the district for 40 years, Bartling noted that she’s been active in various PTAs and PACT — Parents and Children Together, a parent peer group.
Places 5, 6, and 7 are all up for reelection on April 2. Anyone wishing to file for any of these spots may do so at the NBISD Adminstrative office. Deadline for filing is March 2 at midnight.
RunnirT Rebs Reign
After weeks of being the only undefeated major college basketball team, the Runnin’ Rebels of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas must have wondered if they ever would
get recognized. It took losses to both Virginia and North Carolina last week to do it, but UNLV is finally ranked No. I in the Associated Press college basketball poll. See Page 5.
A New ~W—1 J- Braunfels
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 32
TUESDAY February 15,1983 25 cents
Hotel tax 'slices' cut the same way
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
It was cold war in the City Council chambers Monday night, as the council considered future allocation of the city hotel-motel tax.
There was no name-calling, and very little mudslinging. Two opposing groups presented their cases more or less decorously. But each was obviously fighting for its life.
The Chamber of Commerce convention and tourism committee got what it wanted, which was to maintain the status quo. For the next two years, the hotel tax will be divided as it has been this year: 80 percent to the chamber for promotion of winter tourism, IO percent for the city and IO percent for “the arts.”
The vote was 5-2, with Max Winkler and Barbara Tieken on the losing end.
The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council had requested 25 percent of the tax, the maximum allowed by state law. The chamber committee, on the other hand, said it would be hard put to continue its present winter advertising program even with the usual 80 percent.
Committee president Andy Divine made a case for the importance of the tourist dollar at every level of New Braunfels’ economy. His presentation included statements from representatives of the restaurant, grocery, building, real estate, resort and newspaper trades.
Arts council representatives stressed quality of life, and called attention to the additional tourist-drawing power of a well-established arts community.
“I think I know whereof I speak,” said Dick
Morris, director of the Heritage Chorale and the choirs at First Protestant Church. “I came to this community from Sarasota, Fla., and I have dealt with large numbers of what they call snow birds.’ They came not just for the beaches (which I miss), but because of the cultural opportunities.”
In a written statement to the City Council, arts council officer Elizabeth Elliott pointed out that "the arts” as such have actually received only five percent of the hotel tax in the past. The IO percent allocation has been divided between her own Circle Arts Theatre, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Sophienburg Museum and the New Braunfels Conservation Society.
The latter two organizations, Elliott said, fall under the heading of “museums” and “historical preservation” rather than “arts.” The arts group suggested that IO percent of the tax be allocated to historical groups, and 15 to arts organizations.
“The arts are not paranoid. The arts are poor," she stated, at the end of an emotional speech.
Divine said New Braunfels “doesn’t have enough ^dollars to talk in percentages.”
“If we had $800,000 or $900,000 to promote this city, maybe we could afford to give a larger percentage to the arts and crafts,” he said. The chamber’s share of the tax receipts in 1982 totaled just under $160,000.
“Surely you’re not going to wait that long before you give something to the arts," Winkler said, looking disgusted. And he questioned whether New Braunfels’ winter visitors really come here in response to chamber ads. He said most of the one’s he’d talked to told him they came because their friends recommended it.
See TAX, Page 12
Districts, fluoridation on April 2nd ballot
City Council’s new election plan will go up for a public vote on April 2. Aguinaldo and Christina Zamora promise to work for its defeat.
“We are not stupid, neither will we be passive any longer,” said Mrs. Zamora, reading a prepared statement to the council Monday night. “We are a power in this community to contend with, not stepchildren grateful for whatever crumbs you see fit to give us.”
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund expressed its displeasure in a statement read by local resident Valdemar Espinoza.
To change the way city council members are elected, New Braunfels must amend its city charter. This in turn requires a public referendum.
A second charter amendment (or, more properly, a deletion) has been added to the April ballot. In response to a petition brought in last week, council is giving the voters a chance to repeal Charter Section 7.05(d), which provides for fluoridation of the city’s water supply.
The ordinance setting up this twopronged referendum passed unanimously. Since Max Winkler and Barbara Tieken opposed changes made in the Charter Review Committee’s election plan last month, this was somewhat surprising. Tieken said later that she’d misunderstood; she thought council was just voting on the fluoridation point.
Apparently, the Mexican-
Americans in the council chamber thought so too. Neither Zamora nor Espinoza asked permission to read their statements until after the ordinance became law.
Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. started to say that discussion was now pointless, but Mrs. Zamora said, “We were not given a chance to speak ”
Both MALDEF and the citizens’ Committee for Justice (headed by the Zamoras) were happy with the charter review committee’s proposed election plan. Present opposition stems from one change made by the City Council.
Under the present charter, all seven council members are elected at large, by place. The city-appointed review committee, working closely with MALDEF attorneys, decided that four members should be elected from neighborhood districts, one of which will be predominantly Mexican-Amencan The other three were to be elected at large by plurality vote; no places, and no runoffs.
City Attorney John Chunn found this last provision to be in violation of the Texas Constitution. So council decided the three at-large members should be elected by place, and by majority vote, just as they are now.
“W’hat the council presents ... to the 34 percent Mexican American population of New Braunfels is the maintenance of the very system they were asked to change,” said
See CHARTER. Page 12
Staff photo by Dyanne Fry
Tom Purdum gives the Chamber view
Trim the fat
Budget deficits chief reason for poor recovery, Kent says
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The nation’s economy is now undergoing a somewhat anemic recovery — in the opinion of one economist.
And with a national debt in excess of $187 billion, he doesn’t expect that recovery to become much better.
“It will not be robust,” economist Dr. Calvin Kent predicted Monday before area high school students who will this week participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Shadow Program.
“We have just completed the worst economic decade this nation has experienced since the great depression,” he said referring to 1970-1982.
“And what we’re experiencing now is the horrible illusion we lived with in the 70s,” when he said this country "experienced more and more inflation... that made us think we were getting (economically) better.”
In the 1970s, “we saw this country’s productivity peak and begin to decline,” said Kent, director of the Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Baylor University.
Kent spoke before a early-morning crowd
gathered in the Civic Center. According to Chamber estimates, approximately 125 students will participate as “shadows” this week to 52 local business
The Shadow Program — as explained by Ron Eyres, chairman of the Chamber’s Free Enterprise Education Committee — is designed to give students hands-on experience with the American Free Enterprise System by allow ing them to spend a a day on the job w ith a businessman or professional.
The “the most obvious answer” to getting the economy into shape in 1983, Kent said is “that there has to be a massive trimming of spending by our government.”
“There’s no way to solve our economic problems in this nation without a lot of pain,” he noted. “And the longer we put if off, the greater the pain.
The “pain” will come in the form of “$150 billion that’s got to be trimmed out of the (national) budget over the next two years. It’ll have to come from national defense (funds), social security and highway programs,” he noted.
“The problem is that we’ve told we could have everything and not pay for it,” said Kent, who noted that he’s spent his lifetime “either working for the government (as an economic consultant) or being a
Despite our current economic problems, Kent told the crowd that “this nation is rich.”
“Where is it that our prosperity comes from? With six percent of the world’s population we produce almost 40 percent of all the goods and services consumed by mankind. We have the highest standard of living that world has ever known,” he said.
Answering his own question, Kent explained that this country is rich due to the phenomenal productivity of this nation."
“For each manhour worked, Americans produce more than workers in any other nation — we have prospered because we have been productive,” he said.
But things are not as good as they used to be. the economist noted "This nation’s lead in productivity has disppeared,” he said, noting that in 1970 the United States was viewed as a “super power — one that no nation stood near” in term?of productivity.
In 1982, however, the U.S. slipped from the number one spot to number eight in its productivity ratio. And as a result, this country has been experiencing an economic decline, he said.
See SHADOW. Page 12State again seeks spike buck ban
With this year’s hunting season barely over, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking toward next season when it proposes that the .shooting of spike bucks be legal.
This is in direct opposition to the regulations adopted by Comal Conunissioners Court for the local hunting season that legally finished on Jan. 2.
The court last year vetoed the regulations proposed by the state commission, thus making it illegal to shoot spike bucks.
Legally the court has the power (and has used it in previous years) to veto the commission’s proposed hunting regulations. By using this power, the court ensures that the regulations for the previous hunting season automatically remain in effect for another year.
In June, 1982 the court vetoed the commission’s
proposed regulations that called for a change in antlerless deer hunting so that an antlerless deer tag would be required for either sex of deer.
It was also proposed that the definition of a buck deer to be changed to mean one “with hardened antlers protruding through the skin.” This change would make spike buck hunting legal.
In previous years the legalization of spike buck hunting has been a sore point between the commission and Commissioners Court.
l^ast year — and apparent from Monday’s discussion, the court doesn’t as strongly oppose the hunting of spike buck, as it is concerned about antlerless deer hunting.
This year, however, the parks and wildlife commission has not made any proposals concerning the hunting of does without a permit.
Commissioners vetoed last year’s regulations out of their strong opposition to the regulation concerning antlerless deer hunting.
Without much discussion, the court listened Monday as Charles Winkler of parks and wildlife, explain the new proposed regulations.
Winkler’s visit was only an informative one, since the court cannot take any action until parks and wildlife formally adopts the new regulations. At that time (which will probably be sometime in May) the court can veto or adopt the regulations for Comal County.
Before parks and wildlife adopts new regulations, however, Winkler said a public hearing will be held here sometime the “week of March 21-25.”
See HUNTING, Page 12
Jobs package en route to speedy consideration
WASHINGTON (AP) -Emergency jobs legislation recommended by President Reagan and modified by Democrats is speeding toward quick congressional action, and is likely to clear the House within two weeks.
House Democratic leaders agreed Monday to accept the recession relief measure proposed by President Reagan’s senior advisers last week.
Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. said House Democrats will likely add about $1 billion to the $4-3 billion Reagan jobs proposal, and then later approve a long-term employment
measure the president is almost sure to oppose.
For now, however, there was broad agreement among Republicans and Democrats in Congress and at the White House that some form of quick aid should be signed into law within the next several weeks to help the jobless and those unable to pay for food.
O’Neill said House Democratic leaders agreed it was necessary “to move the measure quickly, in order that we bring relief to those millions of Americans who must suffer through this winter without the basics of food and shelter.”
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Dr. Calvin Kent offers his economic views for students