New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVID F. KRAMER, Editor and Publisher JANINE GREEN, Managing Editor
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Sunday, January 20,1991
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Thanks are due the New Braunfels independent School District board and curriculum director for their consideration of an abstinence-based sex education program. This approach is a refreshing step away from the affective or fcelings-based “do your own thing” social programs common to our public schools. Many schools claim to have abstinence-based sex education programs but dilute the message by adding “... but if you’re going to do it anyway, here’s what you need," and then demonstrating the use of condoms and other birth control devices in the classroom.
Man) parents agree with Mr. Self. It is not the school’s responsibility to adless all .ne social and moral issues that touch our young people. “But the parents don’t do it, so we have to ...” is what many administrators and teachers currently believe. However, while untold hours of school time arc wasted on drug, sex and death education and self-esteem programs, our children’s test scores are dropping and we wonder why “Johnny can’t read.” It shouldn't take long to give the facts about drugs and sex and tell the children why they shouldn't participate in either.
The wasting of our children’s time and giving them instruction in values opposite those taught in our homes has prompted some families to remove their children from Comal ISD. Hopefully, NBISD will be more responsive to the patrons of their district
Mrs. EA. Frosch
The right attitude
Today rn the Herald (Jan. 16) I read two letters from New Braunfels city counci I persons. I for one will always argue that each person in our society should have the right to express his or her own opinion on any thing at any time. However, in these two letters I see a disturbing trend dun goes beyond opinion and has surfaced several times in the course of the Lafarge issue. That trend is the apparent position of some elected officials in our town that they were elected to act only on the basis of their own opinion or judgment.
Even to the casual observer, it has been clear for some time the vast majority of citizens has been strongly against the Lafarge proposal. In Ann Richards* inaugural speech she pointed out that her duty is to serve the will of the people. Obviously this will may not always be identical to the governor’s position; however, Gov. Richards has reminded us that the duty of the elected official is to represent the opinion of the majority who elected the official. In our town, our elected officials are constantly reminded of their responsibility to the citizens every time a New Braunfels Police car drives by which states “protect and serve.**
As a citizen opposing the Lafarge application, I stand ready to accept the decisions of the majority of voters in Saturday's city election, even if I don't necessarily agree with the
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results. I expect my elected officials to have the same attitude.
Paul L. Pennington
It is a difficult time for al! Americans, as we have entered a war where there is no turning back and where lost lives will never be revived. To many, the flag represents freedom, democracy and an ultimate peace regardless of the price that must be paid. We, as American citizens, must stand together like we have never done before in order to show our support for United States troops in Saudi Arabia.
It is discouraging to face the possibility of finishing my high school days in the midst of Operation Desert Storm, but ever, more so were the words of Henry B. Gonzales yesterday (Jan. 16). He believes thai our President George Bush should be impeached. I nearly fell out of my chair and into a two-lane highway. Here is a man who spoke his piece last week during the speeches in Washington, and now refuses to relinquish the microphone.
Henry, George Bush is not the maker of this war, for he did not order troops to invade Kuwait, murder innocent citizens or plunder all the wealth. Peace has been Bush’s goal and the People’s hope. I support the troops, and most of all I support my president, George Bush. No man is perfect, but Bush seems to be driven by integrity, honesty and determination. There is something to be said about fighting for peace, but the impeachment of our commander-in-chief is no logical solution.
We are at war. lf the president cannot have support from the members of Congress, then how can the people support you? Henry, you nave answered my question. Impeachment is a strong word, and I do believe that it should be used with the utmost care. In fifty years, people will not remember a high school student named Celeste or a politician named Henry B. Gonzales. However, George Bush will be remembered as one who reinforced the American ideals of freedom, democracy and morality. As for impeachement, I believe the finger is being pointed in the wrong direction. Celeste Colvin
New air regulations
There are two new regulations I would like to sec be put into effect concerning cement plants burning toxic waste or what some people are calling recycled fuel. One is a zero increase in emissions of vaporized liquids. This may seem like a lot to ask from the cement plants and very well may be if they are just using conventional fuels. But once they start using toxic waste as a fuel, they start putting their neighboring citizens in danger. Cement plants may be even more dangerous than the hazardous waste incinerators that are truly designed to bum toxic waste. When birring toxic waste in cement plants, we have an added risk. Not only do
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Consultant teaches how to get job
By JOHN INGRAM WALKER, M.O.
Here’s something they don’t teach in kindergarten: How To Get A Job.
Tom Williford, who recently offered good advice through this column on choosing a career, has been ousy addressing groups of military personnel preparing to rejoin the civilian world. These people have heard it’s tough finding a solid, promising job. They listen intently to Tom’s advice, which goes like this:
• PREPARE A RESUME. Make your resume slum and concise — no more than two pages. It you don’t know how to write a resume, check out Who's Hiring Who by Richard Lathrop from the library or ask someone with resume-writing experience to help you.
lf you’re preparing your resume for a particular person, ask that person what format would be most helpful. Concentrate on the basics (address, telephone, age, education and job experience) and leave out the fluff. Show situations where your input has been beneficial to your employer. This is the kind of information the interviewer wants to know. “If I put you on my team,” he wonders, “whai can you do for me.**
• USE YOUR CONTACTS Tom suggests spending no more than 25 percent of your time on the shotgun approach to job-hunting — checking newspaper ads and submitting unsolicited resumes. Direct most of your time to the source of jobs — employment agencies and word-of-mouth contact.
It is extremely helpful to come into an interview through a personal introduction or recommendation. .
• DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Before you go on a job interview, learn as much as you can about the company. See if you can get a copy of their annual report or talk with an insider, a business associate or even a competitor. Try to get a feeling for the company’s history and philosophy.
• DRESS APPROPRIATELY. For a job interview, dress up, not down. You are the company’s guest. Be respectful in dress and behavior. Put your best foot forward.
• DON’T TALK TOO MUCH. An interview is a two-way street. Don't take too much time talking about yourself. Have some questions in mind and ask them. Tty to learn more about the company and fully comprehend the job expectations. Once hired, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises.
Be honest and forthright in your interview and stay true to your goals. If this job doesn't seem right for you, say so. Explain what you had in mind. If impressed, the interviewer may know of another job opening that is right for you. Many employers are willing to redesign and restructure a job to fit the right person once they are convinced someone has the best interests of the company in mind and is willing to work at succeeding.
Decline discussing salary until an offer is made. If you have done your homework, you know the
salary range for your field and experience level. The people you are dealing with know the going rate also. If asked about salary requirements, you can answer that salary is not your only concern and you feel certain they’ll be fair, keeping in mind that a salary offer can almost always be negotiated 10-15 percent. If you feel you can't except their first offer, it’s OK to make a counter offer, however, if you counter, be prepared to go or no-go with their response. Beyond that point it's unproductive to argue over salary.
• HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE. A good attitude in a job interview stresses what you can do for the company rather than asking what the company can do for you. Avoid asking about benefits. If they make you an offer, they will discuss benefits fully and these will be Mi important factor in comparing jobs. Other things to consider are growth opportunities and experience you fund to gain.
There are lots of jobs out there. Tom assures us, for the right people. The first step in being the right person is to know yourself and the companies to which you apply. The second step is to be diligent — keep at it. every day—as if you were searching for treasure. A good job, the right job for you, Is a treasure. Ask anyone who has one. Ask anyone who doesn't.
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Legislature opens with full agenda
By JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Stain Senator
“Grant lo all who have gathered here — our senators, their families, friends and staff — the strength to meet the tasks ahead with clarity of purpose, purity of vision and integrity of motive.” This beautiful petition was part of the timely and moving invocation by the Rev. Chris Steele of Houston after Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby gaveled the Texas Senate to order on Jan. 8, the first day of the 72nd Legislature and my second term.
“A new wind blows,” Gov. Ann Richards said in her stirring address to the Senate, “one which is going to bring about #» great deal of change and long-needed change.” She reinforced her belief that “government works best when it works in a cooperative fashion ”
Indeed, only through cooperation and consensus-building can we secure beneficial changes. With Ll. Gov. Bob Bullock as president of the senate, this session affords an opportunity to examine thoroughly and debate productively the proposed solutions on our full agenda, then to adopt enlightened policies in our quest for more efficient state government, better schools, safer neighborhoods and more jobs.
Together we will strive to resolve
Although it is legal ... to accept contributions at the Capitol, I make it a practice not to, simply because it seems inappropriate.
disagreements over issues ranging from redistricting, insurance reform and products liability to criminal jutice, environmental concerns and essential state services. Each debate must include three questions in its focus: How will proposed legislation impact the families of our districts and of our great state? How much will it cost? What source of revenue will be tapped?
Inevitably, each session's most critical debate centers around appropriations and sources of revenue, especially when new and/or increased taxes are considered. Some still hope that a state income tax will be passed in 1991, but I doubt it. More serious consideration will be given a state lottery, mostly because of Gov. Richards’ support.
Revenues generated by a lottery, however, would not be secured easily or immediately. A joint resolution would have to be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, the the
related constitutional amendment approved by a majority of Texas voters.
What’s more, even the most optimistic estimates indicate that a suite lottery would generate approximately $650 million annually by 1993 at the earliest. Although helpful, this would be a far cry from the $4.2 billion shortfall predicted for the 1992-93 biennium by Comptroller John Sliarp.
As these and other issues are addressed, residents of our district should express their perspectives, share their expertise and provide insight into how proposed legislation would impact their families and communities. This column will continue to provide a forum for highlighting timely issues, thereby stimulating feedback.
My recent column on ethics reform legislation, for example, sparked interest among readers and prompted several responses. Although all agree* d with me that such legislation should be passed, they also agreed that "integrity cannot be legislated”
My policy is to set standards that are higher than those required by law. Although it is legal, for exMnple, to accept contributions at the Capitol, I make it a practice not to, simply because it seems inappropriate.
My Senate colleagues Mid I agree that we should pass a strong ethics reform bill that is specific and cleM. The focus should be on full public disclosure of all contributions, gifts and expenditures. This would enable constituents to be the "final judge" regarding a candidate's or officeholders practice regarding finances.
Frankly, the public must be committed to electing legislators who are ethical, honest and fair.
“O God, our times are in Your hands, and these are difficult times. The human needs in our state and nation are matched only by the demands made upon sU thorn who, in seeking to serve others, seek to serve you.” the Rev. Steele prayed.
Accordingly, my prayer as we begin anew is that the Lord inspire all of us who "hold the public mist” to meet the highest standard of integrity; to muster the courage, wisdom md sensitivity to make the best dedrions; and to keep ill of tis and our families, friends and staff happy, healthy and holy.
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