New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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TexasSledge parole application in hands of Mark White
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Richard Sledge’s days behind bars are numbered. And it’s not a mistake this time.
The former New Braunfels Utilities manager was approved for parole on Dec. 28, and his file is now atop the desk of Gov. Mark White.
Parole decisions are made by nine parole commissioners and three Board of Pardons and Paroles members. For sentences of less than 45 years, the magic formula is two out of three...two favorable votes out of two parole commissioners and one board member, to make it to the governor.
‘‘Sledge got three favorable votes,” John Byrd, executive director of the Texas Parole Board, said Wednesday. ‘‘I expect to get some word back from the governor by early next week, and we’ve been averaging a minimum of two weeks for processing, following the governor’s approval.”
The saga of Richard Sledge has dotted news in New Braunfels for more than two years. He pleaded guilty in 1980 of stealing $23,000 in Utilities funds in 1976. He was sentenced to five years by then-22nd District Court Judge Terry Jacks on Feb. ll, 1981, but spent the rest of that
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Gomp.The city in 1982Herrera case led to look at charter, election system
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Second of two parts
A stone dropped in a lake sets up waves that may spread to distant shores. The charter revision plan now being considered by the New Braunfels City Council is an indirect result of public unrest over the filing of police officer Domingo Herrera last February.
It was in the wake of that dismissal that the “Committee for Justice” was formed. The group first sought Herrera’s reinstatement, then demanded an investigation into his dismissal (Herrera
allegedly stole $50 during a muscular dystrophy fund drive, but was never indicted for theft). The range of complaints widened to include lack of Mexican-American representation in city government. and general poor relations between the white and Hispanic segments of the community.
On May IO, committee chairman Aguinaldo Zamora gave council a list of IO ideas for improving the situation. Herrera's case was at the bottom. Near the top was a request for a change in the city’s election system.
Zamora helped draw up the present city charter in 1966. But he told council that
Mexicans can’t get elected under the present system. Proportionately, a minority population the size of New Braunfels’ should have at least two, perhaps three, members on a seven-seat council.
MALOFF (the Mexican American Ix*gal Defense and Educational Fund) got involved later that month, and council members agreed to set up a committee to review the charter. City Attorney Irvin Boarnet warned them the present system had little chance of standing up in court if
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 — No. 4
THURSDAY January 6, 1983 25 cents
Loeffler gets spot on budget panel
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Congressman Tom Loeffler iR-Hunt) has been elected to the prestigious House Budget Committee, reaffirming his membership of the House Appropriations Committee.
Loeffler, whose 21st District includes Comal County, plans to use these important committee assignments to continue with his goal of reducing federal spending, according to a statement issued by his Washington office Thursday.
The 21st Congressman's committee appointments were made official by a House resolution approved Thursday morning.
A spokeswoman from Loeffler’s Washington office said they expect the House “to vote this afternoon to ratify the committee appointments" for the 98th Congress, which convened this week.
Reflecting on his committee appointment, Loeffler, who was re-elected to lus third term in November, said, “For far too many years, the economic policies of the federal government have been typified by tax and tax. spend and spend.”
It has “only been in the last two years that we have reduced the rapid spiral in the growth of federal spending,” he said in a prepared statement issued by his office.
“I am determined to use my position in the (House) leadership (as chief deputy whip), on the Appropriations Committee and on the Budget Committee to make certain that we continue the progress we have made in reducing the size and scope of the federal establishment.”
In addition to these important committee assignments, Loeffler was appointed Chief Deputy Whip of the House in early December by Republican Whip Trent Lott.
As such, Loeffler holds the third ranking position in the GGP leadership for floor activity for the House of Representatives and holds the highest ranking appointed position.
His latest committee appointments will enable Loeffler to participate actively on two of the three major economic policy arms of the House. The third committee of this triad is the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
At present, service on the Budget Committee is limited to six years. But a Budget Reform Task Force (of which Loeffler is a member I appointed by the Speaker of the House is considering changes in the entire congressional budget process.
These procedural and rules changes are expected to be considered early in the 98th Congress, according to Loeffler’s office.
Brownie, who belongs to New Braunfelser Ernst Karl Klappenbach, has a different technique from other watchdogs. He finds the top of one of his master's
old Cadillacs to be the perfect place from which to keep an eye on the surroundings
New 'chief' topped CISD events of '82
Edgar Willhelm took CISD's reins in '82
The Comal Independent School District solved the mystery of the missing superintendent in 1982, but took on some new ghosts which will haunt 1983
CISD began 1982 with the most important job in the district vacant, having bought out the last 18 months of Supt. James Richardson’s three-year contract. That action ended ll months of board-administration friction.
Because of that friction, trustees were careful how the new superintendent would be determined. Dr. Milo Kearney of New Braunfels was hired as a consultant to process applications for the No. I position.
Meanwhile. Dr. Allen Tieken was named interim superintendent.
Dr. Kearney devised a five-part game plan of board input, application roundup, candidate rankings based on qualifications, an invitation to the top five candidates for formal and informal interviews, and finally, a board vote, which had to be unanimous.
The WANTED poster went out: Superintendent for a rural-type public school district, to administer 9 campuses, 4,000 students and more than 500 square miles of territory. No age range was specified (that’s illegal), but 45-50 years of age was preferable. The applicant had to be a
forceful individual with a philosophy tending tow ard conservatism.
On April 27. Dr. Edgar Willhelm of Sam Houston State University ended the district’s search. Prior to his year at SHSU as an associate professor of education administration, Willhelm had been superintendent of I .amar Consolidated Independent School District from 1976 to 1981. He also had seven years to his credit, in Dickinson ISI), (three years as deputy superintendent and four years as superintendent).
On April 3, Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich, Karen Rust and Jim Rector won their elected seats on the CISD Board of Trustees. Wunderlich began
his second term, and was also reelected board president. Rust and Rector began their first terms.
On April 7, Van McIntyre, principal of Mountain Valley School at Saltier, went fishing alone at Canyon I .ake, and never came home. His body was located five days later, near the mouth of Tom Creek on the lake’s south side. His death was ruled an accidential drowning.
The Smithson Valley High School track and football field renovation was approved in May, at a contract cost of $132,000. And on June 15. in a bizarre coincidence, another McIntyre — Fred McIntyre from Aliet
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Valley School principal. He is no relation to Van McIntyre.
Had CISD trustees known what taxing turmoil was ahead, the 40 percent homestead exemption on property tax might not have been so easily approved in July. l.ate tax rolls from the Comal County Central Appraisal District held up CISD’s tax-setting process, and w hen the rolls did come. discrepant were the rule and not the exception.
Preliminary tax rolls from the Appraisal District were incompatible to the CISD’s computer system, and CIS!) Tax Assessor-Collector E W.
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Garden Ridge residents want to leash caninesInside
Garden Ridge has gone to the dogs. And city officials have decided ifs time to do something about it.
“There have been a number of animal incidents that have taken place recently,” said Councilmeniber David Hencshel. Most of them, he said, have involved dogs. Dogs running loose, ripping open trash bags or knocking over cans. Dogs chasing joggers, harassing other dogs on leashes, picking fights with pets that do stay in fenced yards.
Bob Kolstad, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said one of his house guests got bitten last week, trying to fend off a big dog that had attac ked the guest’s little one during a walk.
Other citizens agreed the problem was out of hand. Only 95 pets I and that includes cats) are registered at City Hall. But Buss Klinginsmith said he wouldn’t be surprised if there were a thousand dogs running loose in the city. Well, five hundred, anyway.
“In the past, the leash laws that we have written in our city code have been taken very lightly, and the citizens have taken advantage of it,”
Hencshel said. “I would like it put out that there’s going to be a tightening up of the leash laws.”
Dogs in the city are required to have license tags and records of current rabies shots. They’re supposed to be kept indoors, behind a fence or on a leash. Hencshel said the city could and would assess fines on pet owners who break these rules.
Speaking of shots, Garden Ridge will hold another immunization and licensing clinic at City Hall on Jan. 15, 9-11 a.m.
‘‘We’ll do it cheaper than you can get it done anywhere else,” Mayor Betty McGranahan said. Attending veterinarian Jerry Krupp will be giving rabies shots only. Citizens can also bring proof of vaccination and pick up their city tags, McGranahan added.
Municipal Judge John Phillips took the discussion one step farther. He said the city could use a general “tightening up” on all its laws.
“The (city) court has been relatively idle for several months,” he
See GARDEN RIDGE, Page 12Today's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for fair and a little warmer today. Tonight will be fair and mild, becoming cloudy with fog through Friday morning, with sunny skies by the afternoon. Winds will be variable at 5-10 mph today and tonight. Sunset will be at 5:47 p.m., and sunrise Friday will beat7:27 am.Unicorns honored
The New Braunfels Unicorn Booster Club held its fall sports banquet Wednesday night, and the high school cafeteria was packed with proud students and parents ready to honor NB athletes. While the region-champion football team got most of the attention, outstanding athletes in cross-country and volleyball on all levels (junior varsity and freshman) were honored. The featured speaker, TOU coach Jim Wacker, drew some raves, too. See Page 6
Facing red ink
Reagan still balks at tax hike to cut deficit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan, pledging to curb the record $200 billion budget deficits he faces, says he may be willing to trim defense spending, but remains cool to closing the red-ink gap with higher taxes.
“A tax is the wrong thing to do when you’re trying to come out of a recession,” Reagan said, commenting on his plans for a fiscal 1984 budget blueprint he w ill send Congress on Jan. 31.
But the president would not firmly rule out tax increases, defense cuts or any other options for reining in the “unacceptably large” deficits his administration is expecting through 1988 “I will look at everything,’’ he said at a televised news conference Wednesday night. He added that he has yet to make any final decisions on the budget.
The president said he even will look for savings in his record military spending program, an area that his advisers and congressional allies say must bt* trimmed to reduce the deficits.
“lf it (defense spending) can be cut, it will bt* cut But... not if it means reducing our ability below the level at which we can declare ourselves safe,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported in today’s editions that the Pentagon is studying ways to cut its budget for next year by $8 billion to $11 billion. The cut would be from $285 billion in total funds that Reagan now wants the Pentagon to be able to commit — but not necessarily spend —
during fiscal 1984 Congress approved a $239 billion 1983 budget for the Pentagon.
Although Reagan said repeatedly at his news conference that it would be a mistake to raise taxes when the nation is coming out of a recession, he left unclear whether he could support tax increases in fiscal 1984 or beyond. The budget year does not begin until next October.
“Clearly we’re facing very big deficits unless we take action, and we will take action because the deficits are unacceptably large in the out years,” Reagan said. “The federal budget must not become a roadblock on the path to long-term economic recovery.
Reagan’s top economic advisers and a number of leading congressional Republicans have been urging him to consent to tax increases and defense cuts to bring down deficits that are now expected to balloon from more than $185 billion this fiscal year to nearly $300 billion by 1988.
So far, Reagan has only given approval to domestic spending cuts totaling about $30 billion for fiscal 1984. If approved by Congress, the cuts still w ould leave a $200 billion deficit next year.
Reagan’s advisers, who fear that enormous deficits will prevent a sustained economic recovery, claim the red ink can’t be reduced adequately through domestic program cuts alone.
Shift photo by John Sinter