New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Texas politics tops news in 1990
The long, loud and looney gubernatorial campaign was voted the state’s top story of IWO, a year in which Texans’ lime-honored trail of’endurance was tested again and again.
See Page 3Loss of Congress clout challenges lawmakers
DALLAS (AP) To keep a handful of big budget items like the supercollider and home i*>rt from slipping away, Texas lawmakers will have to Hex their muscle in Congress.
Posse vs. young guns a key Cotton matchup
The University of Texas takes on Miami today in Dallas al the Cotton Bowl, with the matchup of the Hurricanes’ receivers and Texas’ secondary likely lo be one of the more interesting and critical battles.
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wafted on a charge for aggravated baster was averted by New Braunfels firefighters Sunday night when they were called to a mobile home assault with a deadly weapon with at Country Village Mobile Home Park on Wald Road. Firefighters entered the smoke-filled structure and
found a burning bed, which they dragged from the house before dousing the fire, limiting the damage to the see robbery, Page 2 home to a rather smoky smell. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
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' Higher taxes go into effect today
Central Texas was spared the WASHINGTON (AP; — New fcd-
iec, but it s still pretty cool. cral taxes will raise the price of tobac-
rod.ty s high is expected to reach co> beverage alcohol and some luxu-
aboul 5*. with east-northeast winds rjcs beginning Tuesday while upper-
neai mph. Tonight s low will bracket Americans will have to pay
drop into the 30s. The outlook for higher income taxes to help reduce the
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daytime highs mostly in the 50n The changes, combined with the
under partly cloudy skies, and 5.1-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax
nighttime lows in the 30s. increase that took effect Dec. I, will
Inside: raise the average household’s federal
CLASSIFIED...............................8-9 tax bill by about S215 a year. Con-
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DEAR ABBY................... 10 extra SI a week.
HOROSCOPE..............................10 Those with incomes between
SPORTS.........................................7 $50,(XX) and SKX),(XX) will pay about
TV LISTINGS...............................10 $278 a > ear more on the average. The
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incomes over $200,000 — will pay an The second series of four average of $8,598 more per year.
Lunch and Learn sessions, ‘'Work Place, Home Place, Family and Self ... A Juggling Act for Working Women,” will begin Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tile four workshop sessions will be conducted each Wednesday through Jan. 30 at the Extension Service Meeting Room, 132 S. Water Lane. The program on Jan. 9 titled “Why do I feel so blue?,” will lie presented by Marla Jones,
CADAC counselor with the Community Resource Center. Marla will discuss seasonal depression and techniques for dealing with it.
On Jan. 16, die topic will be "It’s a New Year ... A lime to focus on where we are going."
Participants will learn goal-setting and developing a plan of action.
“When the income is less than the outgo" will be the topic for discussion Jan. 23. Participants will learn about the budget process, how to develop a successful budget and tips for slicking to their plan.
The final program titled “Staying fit and cating right” will be held Jan. 30. lite group will discuss proper nutrition, food handling and storage, and exercise.
All participants are encouraged to bring a brown bug lunch so they can cat while they learn. The programs will start at 12:15 and end by 12:45 so everyone can return to work on lime. Reservations may be made by calling 625-9178. The Lunch and Learn series is at no cost to the public....
Congress hit top-income earners to correct what many lawmakers perceived as overly generous tax cuts during the 1980s. The new law boosts the top income-tax rate on people at that income level, restricts their itemized deductions, phases out the value* of dieir personal exemptions and subjects more of their wages to Medicare payroll taxes.
Those with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 will pay about $278 a year more on the average. The increase for the $100,000-to-$200,000 group will average $839. The richest 600,000 couples and individuals — with incomes over $200,000 — will pay an average of $8,598 more per year.
On the other hand, prior law will give all taxpayers bigger exemptions and other adjustments designed to prevent last year’s inflation from raising their income taxes.
The new year also brings a major increase in the earned-income tax credit, which benefits low-income working families with children, and expanded tax incentives for energy investment.
Here are highlights of the changes:
TOBACCO: Taxes are rising by 25 percent, meaning the 16-cent tax on a pack of cigarettes goes to 20 cents.
Iraq favors peace effort; talk compromise possible
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Iraqi officials are applauding a separate European peace initiative amid indications Saddam Hussein may compromise on a date for high-level talks with the Bush administration on avoiding armed conflict.
But overtones of war continued to dominate pronouncements from Baghdad.
A government newspaper warned Sunday of terrorist attacks if combat breaks out, and the country's information minister boasted that Iraqis would “show the world America is a
Plans for the Chamber of Conimene Annual Meeting and Banquet to be held Jan. 25 are under way and tickets will go on sale Jan, 2. The theme for this year’s banquet is “Milestone lo the
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Saddam Hussein said in a New Year’s message that because of die threat of war a “false happiness” should pervade any holiday celebrations.
hi Saudi Arabia, Vice President Dan Quay Ie pressed King Fahd for more financial support for die U.S. military buildup that has secured his country against feared Iraqi aggression.
Quaylc plaimed to visit troops today, about two weeks before a U.N.-imposed Jan. 15 deadline for Iraq to quit Kuwait or face the possibility of anack.
President Bush, in a Time magazine interview published today, said
he has a “gut feeling” Saddam would relinquish the country he seized Aug. 2 after failing to secure financial and territorial concessions.
But Iraq’s information minister, Lalif J assi rn, said Sunday that Saddam has no intention of leaving Kuwait.
He suggested Busti “must have been drunk” when he made the comments.
“We will never attack,” Jassim said in Baghdad. “But if Bush starts a war ... We will show the world dial America is a paper tiger. You will see how the Americans will kneel down.” The European Community decided on Sunday to call an emergency meeting of its 12 foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Fiiday. The EC initiative was proposed Saturday by the German foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
The community canceled a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz earlier this month after the United States and Iraq failed to agree on dates for an exchange of visits by their foreign ministers.
“ll is high time for the Europeans to enunciate their own policy and not to be subservient to the American poise® IRAQ, Pag* 2
Cat cause of power outage
A cat apparently looking for a warm place to settle is being blamed for a power outage Sunday night leaving close to I,(XX) NBU customers without lights for more an hour.
“A cal got up on top of a power transformer and it was a direct short to die case of the nans former from the energized line to the top of the transformer,” said Bob DiFonzo, supervisor of the New Braunfels Utilities electric department.
Tile outage left residents in the areas of Solms, Northcliffc subdivision, Morningside Drive and a portion of U.S. Kl West without power from 10:25 p.m. to 11:20, he said.
DiFon/.o said it’s unusual for a cat to climb up on a transformer.
“It’s very unusual. The only thing that I can think of is that the top of the transformer, because of the amount of
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Weather warming on New Year’s Day
Other levies: as' much as $30 per
1,000 large cigars; $1,125 per I,(XX) small cigars; chewing tobacco, 12 cents a pound; snuff, 36 cents a pound; pipe tobacco, 677? cents a pound.
ALCOHOL: The liquor tax goes up $1 to $13.50 for a gallon of I OO-proof (50 percent alcohol), an extra 20 cents a fifth for 100-proof; 16 cents for 80-proof. The beer tax is doubled to 32 cents a six-pack. The tax on wine is rising, depending on alcohol content. Table wine, now 17 cents a gallon, goes lo $1.07; the levy on artificially carbonated wine, now $2.40, goes to $3.30 a gallon.
LUXURIES: A new IO percent tax applies to that portion of die price above $30,(XX) for cars, SKX),OOO for boats, $250,000 for aircraft and $10,(XX) for furs and jewelry. Vehicles, including taxis and cruise ships, used to transport people for hire are exempt.
The tax applies only to the first retail sale of an item. However, Coopers & Lybrand accountants note, for example, that if stones from an antique bracelet worth $10,000 were reset into a new piece of jewelry worth $15,(XX), die tax would be levied against $5,000.
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Texans weathered frigid air again early Monday, but relief was on the way in time for New Year’s Day with forecasts calling for temperatures to climb above freezing across the stale.
Wichita Falls residents suffered their coldest Dec. 31 ever as temperatures dipped to 7 degrees just before dawn. The previous record low, set in 1971, was 9 degrees.
A blast of Arctic air smacked the state Saturday, dropping temperatures below zero and glazing highways with snow and freezing drizzle.
The front delivered record lows to two Panhandle cities early Sunday. Amarillo recorded a low of minus one and Lubbock set a record with 7 degrees.
At least five traffic deaths were blamed on icy or slick road conditions by Monday morning, said Mike Cox, spokesman for the Texas Department
of Public Safety.
Tile DPS projected that 28 motorists would die during the holiday counting period that began al 6 p.m. CST Saturday and runs through midnight Jan. 1.
All major highways in the suite were reported open on Monday, bul ice remained on some East Texas roads, especially in areas from north of-Longvicw to the Red River, officials said.
Temperatures were returning to normal Monday, as sunny skies helped thaw most of the state.
Skies were clear over West Texas except for some high clouds over portions of the Permian Basin and the Concho Valley. Morning temperatures were mostly in the teens and 20s except for a few 30-dcgree readings in the Big Bend and far West Texas.
Afternoon readings were in the 50s and skies were sunny in El Paso.
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Edwards plan expires; conservation continues
Tlic four-stage Emergency Action Plan adopted by the Edwards Underground Water District on July 11 to combat the effects of drought expired Monday.
Tile plan, a supplement to the district’s Drought Management Plan created in 1987, set forth emergency water use restrictions aimed at reducing pumpage from the Edwards
Aquifer and keeping Comal Springs in New Braunfels flowing.
Under the Emergency Action Plan, restrictions were applied to lawn and golf course watering, the washing of patios, sidewalks and other impervious surfaces, vehicle washing, the use of water in non-recirculating foun-
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Goalie Daniel Rios lunges for a shot made by Michael Bustos as the two members of the New Braunfels High School soccer team take some of their spare time during the holidays to practice, practice, practice What a way to butter up the coach — with a photo of you practicing when you don't have to. (Photo by Erik