New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Pacharzina running on basis of empathy
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
When asked to offer an explanation for seeking a position on City Council, Robert Pacharzina said the first thing that came to mind was his understanding of the word empathy.
“I feel like if you are going to offer suggestions to the people in power and not be willing to be in their shoes then you have done them an injustice,” said Pacharzina, who filed in City Hall Tuesday morning as a candidate hopeful for one of three at-large berths on council to be decided in general elections April 4.
Pacharzina advocates stronger government scrutiny concerning disbursement of tax dollars and, somewhat reluctantly, favors growth as long as it is controlled and “clean”. He said among his concerns are council’s approach to the retail community in New Braunfels, the possibility that some city services may be privatized and a rising crime rate.
Married with three children, Pacharzina, 53, owns and operates The Plant Haus, located on North Walnut, which he opened in 1977. A 1951 graduate of Austin High School, he holds a bachelors degree from the University of Texas and a masters from Southwest Texas State University in guidance and counseling with a minor in psychology. He served in the United States Army from 1954-56.
Pacharzina retired from teaching in 1985 after 24 years of teaching and coaching. He has taught math and vocational education in both Kerrville and New Braunfels school districts. He was an all-sports coach at NB Middle School and a distributive education teacher at NBHS.
“People who know me will know that I am an independent candidate. I absolutely am not tied to special interest groups of any kind,” Pacharzina said, adding, “My farmhand I have lived here for 20 years, my children have been raised and schooled here and I have a very positive attitude about New Braunfels. I feel I can make a positive contribution to council and I’d like that opportunity.”
Active recently in the controversy surrounding the city’s proposed new sign and billboard ordinance, Pacharzina said he did not want to bt* tied exclusively to his participation as a council advisory committee
member, but said, “That probably brought to my attention what has been going on at City Hall.”
“I am not afraid to ask questions or offer .solutions. Everybody should have the right to disagree and I am willing to put myself in the decision making process that is necessary to improve New Braunfels,” the council hopeful commented.
“A big concern of mine is council’s approach to the retail business community. In part, with the sign and billboard ordinance, council really wasn’t concerned with what the business people thought about it, they were just going to do it,” said Pacharzina.
Pacharzina said he is not sure the city has investigated all the possible ways of saving money while providing additional essential needs such as adequate police and fire protection. “I have never seen anything grow as fast as the crime rate here has and that concerns me. We need to make sure we are getting close to a dollars worth for every dollar spent and then draw the line and make the hard decisions about where our money is spent," he said
When asked about the possibility of privatization of certain city responsibilities such as golf course management and garbage collection, Pac harzina said, “I’m not sure those are in the best interest of the community. They may well be."
“Being a businessman, I am hard pressed to see how a managment company can operate and maintain services without raising costs of services to the public. If somebody can come in and do it for less economically than we are then we aren’t doing our job," Pacharzina stated
Saying that he dislikes taxes as much as anyone. Pacharzina said that while certain user fees are called for. he believes that expenses of running city facilities should be borne by the city.
Though he readily admits that he would prefer New Braunfels remain “the quiet little village it used to be", he believes growth is inevitable Growth, he said should be selective and controlled
“I have a philosophy that if you are standing still you are moving backwards I'd rather see New Braunfels grow than become just a closed city," he said, noting that the type of growth he would favor would tx* industry which is environmentally clean, residential and retail.
Anti-abortion groups urge clinic stoppage during papal visit
NEW ORLEANS (API - A national coalition of pro-life groups is asking clinics in San Antonio and eight other cities to call a moratorium on abortions during a visit to the United States by Pope John Paul II in September.
The group threatened to form human blockades around clinics that ignore the request, which was outlined in a letter written by John C’avanaugh-O’Keefe. co-founder of The Prolife Nonviolent Action Project.
Attorney Patricia Ireland, national treasurer of the National Organization for Women, called the threatened blockade “further illegal activity designed to make a woman's constitutional rights of choice unavailable.”
Sarita St. Etienne, manager of the Orleans Women’s Clinic, said she had not received the letter, but if she did, she “would probably ignore it.”
The letter is being sent to about 80 clinics in New Orleans; Miami; Columbia, SC.; San Antonio; Phoenix, Aria.; Monterey,Calif.; Iiis Angeles; San Francisco; and Detroit.
The Prolife Nonviolent Action Project warns that if clinics perform abortions during the pope’s visit “We will do all we can to ensure that generous, gentle, loving people interpose themselves between the abortionists and their intended victims.”
J uh lioesch, who is responsible for recruiting pro-life supporters for the effort, said that although the letters limy have gone out to clinics that only provide abortion counseling, the coalition’s efforts would be directed toward clinics scheduled to perform abortions during the visit.
“Hopefully ... we’ll be able to block all access to the clinics from public roadways and not have to step on private property and risk trespassing charges," lioesch said Monday.
lioesch, the project organizer, said she will meet over the next few months with law enforcement officials, pro-life supporters and abortion clinic directors in each (rf the nine cities to outline the project's intentions.
Hair beats urine test as drug use indicator
JAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -lir analysis is far superior to urine its in detecting drug use because it ll show if a person is a heavy, edium or light user and shows use ing back montlis and even years, a [bonally known authority said.
Dr. Werner Baumgartner told a Ming session of the American iciety for Industrial Security on lesdoy that hair analysis works Musa aa hair grows, it traps drugs ch aa PCP, cocaine, heroin, arijMna and amphetamines if they
Bt described hair analysis as a
olproof drug detector. On the other md, he said, urinalysis reveals only a person is on drugs and is good for ily two or three days after usage jcura. After that, the drug disap-nuts from the system, he said. However, Baumgartner said hair clysis is relatively expensive impared to urinalysis. The cost, he lid, it prohibitive except on
public safety and on high security, high risk employees — such as bus and truck drivers, policemen, pilots, and top corporate and government officials.
“It costs ISO, and I’m not sure employees will want to spend that on a secretary in a non-crucial job,” Baumgartner said.
Baumgartner is scientific director of I ANUS Foundation, a laboratory with a philosophical name dealing with medical research into drug addiction. He and his research chemist wife, Annette, (kscovered the hair analysis for drug testing, he said.
In pre-employment testing, urinalysis is virtually useless, Baumgartner said
In contrast, hair grows at the rate of about a half-inch a month. Clipping sections that grew a month or year ago will tell how much a drug was used and for how long, Baumgartner said.
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