New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Kuempel to chair -environmental panel
I State Rep. Edmund Kuempel has for Texas, the School Land Boai
been chosen to chair the House Environmental Affairs Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight in Austin.
I There, he will oversee the appropriations process on nine state agencies, including the General Land J* Office, the Veterans I^nd Office and , the Parks and Wildlife Department.
The Texas Air Control Board, the Texas Coastal and Marine Council, the Texas Conservation Foundation, the Office of Gulf States Marine Fisheries Compact Commissioner
and the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority are other agencies under the jurisdiction of the House Environmental Affairs Committee.
Kuempel was also named to the House Appropriations Committee, which has jurisdiction over all allocations from the state treasury.
Kuempel, R-Seguin, was recently elected to his second term as District-46 representative. District 46 includes Comal, Kendall and Guadalupe counties.
Arts chairman outlines criteria for room tax
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Arts groups wanting funding through the city’s hotel-motel room occupancy tax have until Feb. 8 to submit their money requests.
On Feb. 18, the Arts and Cultural Commission will review those requests and divide its share of the city’s room tax among needy arts groups.
By that time, Commission chairman Mike Walker hopes his group will know whether the arts will receive IO percent or 30 percent of the city’s tax.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, that’s up to City Council,” Walker said today. ‘‘Hopefully by the time we get together (Feb. 18), we’ll know how much we’re going
The current room xrcupancy tax is 8 percent, with half of that (four cents) going to the state. Of the other half, the city receives IO percent, arts groups get IO percent, and the convention and tourist fund of the Chamber of Commerce receives 80 percent.
• Earlier this month, the Options and Opportunities Committee, appointed by City Council, suggested increasing the room tax rate and giving arts groups 30 percent of the collections. Ten percent of that, said committee chairman Edward Dedeke, would go toward development of a performing arts center.
Walker explained that the Arts and Cultural Com-
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan says the United States must continue supporting anti-government rebels in Nicaragua, but that it would be very difficult to provide money openly because that could be ‘‘considered acts of war.”
Reagan expressed his views Wednesday amid new warnings that Congress will turn down any request fo» additional secret aid for the rebels battling Nicaragua’s San-dinista government.
“The covert aid situation, I suspect, is not a viable proposition,” Sen. Richard Luger, R-Ind., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a speech at the National Press Club.
Reagan, who gave the first interview of his second term Wednesday to The Associated Press, also revealed that he has proposed Geneva as the setting for a new round of nuclear arms control talks with the Soviet Union, beginning early in March He said there has been no
reply yet from the Kremlin.
“Obviously, if there is some reason that’s not satisfactory to them, we’ll continue trying to find a date,” the president said.
He noted that Moscow and Washington agreed to try to fix a time and a place for the talks within a month of Secretary of State George P. Shultz’ meeting Jan. 7-8 with Soviet Foreign Minister Andret Gromyko. “We’re still in that single month,” Reagan said, “so I don’t think that this is much foot-dragging.”
Congress imposed a ban on additional secret aid to Nicaragua last October until Feb. 28. A number of lawmakers, including Sen. David Durenberger. R-Minn., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have said the United States should fund the rebels openly instead of with secret funds.
Asked about that proposal, Reagan
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Merriweather project at halfway mark
By DEBBIE DeLOACH
New Braunfels Utilities crews are about half-way done with a service clearance pole project on Merriweather Street.
John Huck, electrical distribution superintendent, said big delivery trucks for Kroger’s and Eckerd’s were periodically snagging utility lines on that street. “So we’re in the process of installing service clearance poles on the Highway 81 side of the street to meet federal road clearance requirements,” he added
Most of the service clearance poles have been installed on every other lot
on the Highway 81 side of Merriweather Street. New poles on the other side of Merrriweather have been moved closer to the curb, so they’re in a straight line and off private property.
Where both new poles are in place, the utility wire has been raised and strung across the street at a higher distance off the ground. Huck said in most cases, the utility wires have been raised from IO to 12 feet to allow more clearance for big vehicles, but telephone lines still sag down where the utility lines used to be.
“We’re only about half-way
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today and Friday will be in the mid 60s, with a low tonight in the mid 40s. This morning’s low was 41, and yesterday’s high was 45. Sunset will be at 6:02 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 7:24 a.rn.
Cornel River Canyon inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aquifer Canyon Lake level
230 cfs (down Si 449 cfs (down 17) 800 cfs (same) 623 77 (up 02) 903 86 (down 07)
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy skies today and Friday, turning cloudy with a 20 percent chance of drizzle tonight. Winds will be from the southwest near IO mph today, becoming light and variable tonight and easterly near IO mph on Friday. Highs
Duckies behind bars
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Animal shelter manager Olen Elliott tries to population, aren't staying in the shelter very
corral a Landa Park duck in one of the long most are adopted soon after arrival
shelter's dog pens The ducks, captured as Oh yes, there's a fence on top of the pen to
part of a plan to reduce the park duck keep them from flying the coop.
Texans dislike blue law, poll showsBetting, lottery get support
AUSTIN (APi Pari-mutuel betting on horse races, a state lottery and Sunday shopping all are favored by the majority of Texans questioned in a new survey, the pollster says.
Pollster George Shipley on Wednesday said his survey shows 66 percent support for killing the Blue I .aw that effectively closes most stores on Sundays. Twenty-six percent of die about 760 people surveyed said they like the law The rest had no opinion.
A similar survey conducted by the Texas Poll at Texas AAM University in 1984 showed 70 percent of all Texans want the law repealed.
The Shipley survey showed that 55 percent of the people questioned favor legalized pari-mutuel (letting. Thirty-five percent oppose it. and IO percent had no opinion Such polls have a margin of error of about 5 percent, the pollster said A state* lottery was favored by 57 percent of those surveyed Twenty-seven percent were against it and 16 percent had no opinion Sen Ray Kalaheo. D-Wiehita Falls, has introduced a hill calling for the repeal of the Blue Law Several major retailers have organized to push for repeal. The poll was paid for by Texans for Blue Law Repeal Inc , a coalition that includes Joske’s, Tale Jewelers and Target. Shipley said I’m increasingly convinced that the feeling of an overwhelming majority of Texans is that it’s time for a change," Faraliee said it a news conference called to release the survey results Shipley said there is no information to indicate that mom-and-pop stores would he hurt by repeal Small stores have .survived in other states that have killed the law ac cording to the pollster.
The Texas Automobile Dealers Association, small retailers and some rural areas have fought repeal.
Missing the boat
Expert says Texas reform bill puts education in straitjacket
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The school curriculum’s lack of diversity that has come about from the educational reform bill, HB 72, is ill-advised, a teacher educator said before a meeting of student teaching personnel.
Dr. Bob Houston, president of the Association of Teacher Educators, spoke at the Cooperative Dinner Tuesday sponsored by Southwest Texas State University’s Teaching Center. New Braunfels ISI) hosted the meeting of about 200 teachers and administrators from area school districts.
“High school curriculum is a closed system. If you add required courses, you have to decrease electives. With the new bill, we have increased required courses so that a
.student only has three electives. What happens to all of those other abilities that are not covered by the basics?” Houston asked.
The post-industrial age’s main characteristic is diversity, many socioltgists feel, and it is reflected in every aspect of modern society, except schools, Houston said.
“We know kids are different, and the society they are moving into needs a vast array of talents and abilities. But school right now has taken a single model of intellegence and fostered it to the exclusion of all others: left brain, concrete,
sequential. It leaves out the many students who excel in other traits that could contribute to the humanities and the arts,” Houston said.
Diversity in teaching was also being legislated out of existance, he
“We did a study of teaching approaches. And we found three professional teaching approaches and four others. But HB 72 has limited teachers to one: the task focuser approach,” Houston said
He explained that one professional approach is the child focuser, who considers the way a child feels about himself to be most important This type of teacher may not always have the neatest room or have the paperwork done on time, but this teacher creates an enjoyable learning environment in which each child feels he has a place.
Another professional approach is the task focuser, who puts achievement as the highest goal Their students work.
The third professional approach is the pragmatist who uses some of both
of the other two and reflect back to everyone whatever she feels the other person wants to hear This person also a politician and will take on jobs such as chairman of a curriculum committee “You could not run a school entirely on the child focusers, nor do you want to have all task focusers. A mixture of all three types makes a school w'ork,” the educator said He also took exception with the testing movement “Teachers are going to be teaching with those testing elements in mind, and when everyone has gotten the basics down, then with whatever time they have left they will try to cover the world outside the basics. Are the basic skills really adequate? How long will parents put up with students having
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