New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Dave Kramer. Editor find Publisher Jim Webve. Managing Editor
Herald-Zettung, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, February 26,1987
LETTER POLICY The HerakLZeltung welcomes correspondence. AU letters should be signed 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 186 S. Casten.Stop abortion
To the editor:
This letter Is in regards to your article, “Anti-abortion groups urge clinic stoppage during papal visit.” (Feb. 18)
First of all, people who do not support the killing of unborn children should be called “pro-life”, not “antiabortion.” People who do support the murder of the unborn are never referred to as “anti-life” or “promurder.”
As far as the rest of the article is concerned, abortion is murder and should be stopped immediately for the sake of our nation, not Just for the “papal visit!”
I thank God that we live in a country where we are free to disagree, and I thank you for the opportunity to express my views.
Sincerely, Mrs. Marie Vasek New BraunfelsPolice harass teens
It seems strange to me why certain members of the New Braunfels Police Department have as a prime objective on weekends the harassment and attempted intimidation of teen-age boys.
Once they have succeeded in getting a response from these boys, they then immediately slam them across the hood of a vehicle, handcuff them and off to Jail.
lf this doesn't work, it is the phony traffic ticket, signal left-turn right, stopped over the line at a red light. worse yet. speeding when they decide that a “DWI” would not hold up in court.
It's a shame our police department has nothing better to do when they are on duty, like maybe doing their Job.
Sincerely, Richard D. Christian New Braunfels
On crim# control Dear Sir.
To embark on a program of crime prevention will require a defining of major assumptions for program development. Caution should be exercised when extracting program direction from our traditional institu
tions of police, courts and corrections.
These agencies have been in the main designed to accomodate reaction behavior for goal attainment. They follow their institutional instincts and expertise in the application of strategy and resources toward crime.
For example, the placing of an identification number on personal property has been hailed as a great crime prevention program. There is scant evidence to indicate the program’s worth as a crime prevention strategy. But there is much evidence to attest to its worth in the arrest, prosecution and recovery of stolen property activities.
The police naturally feel that getting the criminal convicted and out of circulation is a form of crime prevention. But the stay has become so short that even this factor has limited prevention value. The identification program is a good program, but it gets poor marks for crime prevention.
There are two paths to follow in crime prevention program development. First, police agencies must restructure their divisions of labor. The shift will seem drastic to their leadership, but research conducted at the Texas Crime Prevention In-stitute from 1975 to 1978 demonstrated the willingness of individual police officers to accept and support pre-active strategies. This new division of pre-active tasks will require new mixes of talent. Greater emphasis will likely be given to the para professional and people skills. There will be a need for teachers and motivators, technicians and craftsmen. researchers and innovators. It will be the task of the community to bring its police structures into crime prevention labors.
The second path is one of community and morality. Crime prevention will always be proportionately sucessful to our degree of voluntary compliance with the law. Such is the foundation of freedom. There is today a great need for support of any and all ethical standards.
Locks and bars may harden a target and prevent a crime, but those same locks and bars make us a prisoner of our own invention. Right now, I confuse the good guys with the bad guys
Howard Benson, OPA Now BraunfelsYour Representatives
Gov. Bill Clements Governor's Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711
Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D.C. 20515 U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240, Russell Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510
State. Sen. William Sims Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711
U.S. Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County)
United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515
State Rep. Edmund Kuempei Texas House of Representatives P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Baiting President is not nice
The people who hate whoever the President of the United States happens to be, in any year, have a special talent for hating. Although I am not going to reveal the name, I can tell you that I have dinner with one of them most nights of my life and it isn’t easy for a sweet-tempered, middle-of-the-road, liveand-let live person like myself.
Reagan-bashers know no middle ground. They don't give an inch. Anything wrong with the world is Reagan’s fault. Anything good that happens in his administration is luck.
“What an idiot!” is their idea of how to start a conversation about politics.
They don’t have a conciliatory bone in their bodies. They feed the birds all winter, cry during sad movies and hold the door open for elderly people, but they wouldn’t give Reagan the time of day if they owned the Timex watch company.
Last Saturday night I was at a dinner party with nine other people, including the anonymous aforementioned, who didn’t make the bed until half an hour before we went out.
At dinner, the knockers brought the conversation around to the Iran arms sale.
“They say there are millions of dollars missing and no one knows where it went.” one guest said.
“Ha!" said the anti-Reagan person in the green dress. “I bet I know where it went. Have
you seen all the new clothes Nancy’s been wearing?”
“Yeah,” said the President-hater on her right. “They’re probably setting aside a little nestegg for that dog she’s always dragging around.” “It’s a good thing we’ve got a Constitution,” someone piped up, “or this guy would declare himself king.”
These people took more pleasure out of hating the President Saturday night than from their dinner. They often put forth their most creative work devising ways to dislike him.
“I think he’s out of his mind," one of them said. “I really do.”
“It’s Alzheimer They ought to rename the disease after him.”
“That’s what I want to be when I get old and feeble minded.” my former boss said. “President.”
Even though I haven't always been a big Reagan supporter. I’m often moved to come to his defense Just because I hate to see a man kicked when he’s down.
“Did you hear what Reagan said when the Giants came to The White House?” I asked, trying to lighten the conversation.
“No.” one of them said with an air of mock interest. “What did the great white leader say?"
“He shook hands with all these huge football players,” I said, “and when he finished, he went to the microphone and said. They’re gonna be
big when they get as old as I am.’”
“Very funny.’’ a Reagan-basher said sarcastically.
“Someone wrote that for him.” another said.
“I don't think so,” I said. “It sounded spontaneous. He's quick with a funny remark.”
“Oh come on, Andy, he doesn't know his own name unless someone writes it down for him.” “Did the Giants give him any advice on foreign policy?" the women next to me asked in a mocking voice, belittling both my Giants and my President.
“Yeah," someone else said. “Someone told him we have CIA agents in the four corners of the world so he thinks the earth is square.”
“His idea of serious reading is the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated,” my constant companion complained.
“Yeah. He likes to count the pieces in the two-piece bathing suits. That's as high as he can go.” Every once in a while I made an attempt to come in with something Laudatory.
“You have to admit.” I said, trying to stem the flow of criticism, “that the economy’s been good.”
“Carter did that.” somebody said. “Reagan’s benefiting from the things Carter did.” Personally, I'm soft on President Reagan. If he was as bad as the people who hate him say he is, we’d have the greatest national debt In history.
New Braunfels Notes
Why City Hall can’t ba ran like a business
By JOB A. MICHIE City Manager
Often I hear the comment from citizens, “Why can’t City Hall be run like a business?" In some ways, we do operate like any business.
We employ 200 employees, we have to meet the payroll twice a month, we hire, fire, operate within a budget, seek ways to improve our product (service), worry about income and expenses, and borrow money.
However, we are not like a private business because we must operate under Federal and State law that dictates how public funds (your tax money) must be spent. Every action we take must be open to the scrutiny of the public and media.
There are only a few exceptions to this rule, and they deal with legal matters and personnel actions which are clearly indentified in the open meetings law. I know of no private business that opens its records, board of directors’ meetings and actions, and profit or loss information to the public, and
has this information openly and regularly reported in the media.
As manager. I must respond to seven bosses: the mayor and City Council. Many times, they are not in agreement as to what action the city should take, or they are split on a particular policy matter. Also scrutinizing our “business decisions’' are
27.000 people who deserve the right to question or criticize any decision.
State purchasing laws are rigid. In order to protect any potential bidder, purchases of more than
65.000 must be advertised, specifications prepared and the work bonded. While these laws protect the public’s interest, the procedures to be followed run up the cost of the product.
Some “red tape” can’t be cut. Even small purchases must be made according to procedures that allow more than one bidder. If a product Ison sale, we can’t run out and buy it without following rules of fairness.
The City by law has some functions (cost centers) that produce little or no revenue. When the cost of the police, fire, library and general
liability insurance increases, we can’t pass the cost on to our customers except by tax.
We are required to furnish a non-revenue service where the customers could vote to roll back the product price despite increasing costs. No merchant would like to be in a position of having to raise prices to meet expenses, and then have the customers petition to mandate a roll-back of his prices to a former lower level.
The City is criticized if we try to be entrepreneurial or contract a city service out to a taxpaying private company. Likewise, we are criticized if we do not. Whatever we do, there Is a 50-50 chance we will anger someone.
I firmly believe that our system of laws and checks and balances on spending taxpayers’ money and running a public business are needed for the citizens’ protection. However, with all the constraints, and there are probably a dozen more that I haven’t listed. I hope you can see why we cannot always run the city’s business like a business.
...AWD IF I’M ELECTED TO cITV council, I Will Work FOR HARMANN , UNITY AND TRANQUILITY
...THROUGH A CAREFOLLY-
planned system of
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