New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
4ilHera»d-Zeitung ■ Thursday, Jan. 26,1995
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II "We’re not involved in censorship. We have different values than the ones on MTY.
tiOurs are higher.'— Jim Broich. mayor of Sleepy Eye. Minn.. 1994
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! Kids deserve a fair shakeFigures show Texas children could use friends at the Capitol
Yesterday was Children s Advocacy Day at the Capitol and more than 1,000 child advocates converged there to hear speakers. meet with legislators and proclaim their support for children’s issues.
! Almost every one wants to help children, but no one wants to bise taxes. As the new Legislature gets down to business, however. it should look at the state's budget priorities and try to blake cuts so more resources can be redirected to help our chil-idren.
; A quick look at some figures provided by Family Outreach of Comal County makes it painfully obvious that Texas kids could use some friends at the State Capitol. Consider:
‘ ■ Nearly 25 percent of Texas children live below the poverty line and 13.6 percent experience regular hunger.
■ Funding is stretched so thin at Children s Protective Services that almost 40 percent of the children in Texas that are identified as abused receive no services beyond identifying them as abused.
■ Thirty percent of our children have no health insurance.
■ Texas ranks third highest in the nation in the rate of births to single teens, and fourth worst in literacy. One in five students drop out of school.
■ Violent juvenile cnme has jumped 96 percent in past six years in Texas.
More state funding for services for children would help, but it won t happen if voters do not let their elected representatives know that they care about the issue.
Closer to home, people can have a positive impact on the lives of our children by getting involved with Family Outreach, a wonderful group that works directly with local families to stop child abuse before it starts. Call 620-1299 to find out more about how you can help.(Today's editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.)
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Simple steps can help a home sell
By LUKE SPECKMAN
Special to the HerakFZeitung
The first impression is a lasting impression. Even the best of homes may not sell quickly without the owner helping to create a good impression for potential buyers.
Homeowners play an important role in the sale of their home. A clean home in good repair w ill make a positive impression on the buyer. The following suggestions are recommended by RE/MAX RiverCi-ties to prepare your home so it can be show n at its best. Ask your real estate agent to assist you in surveying your home to identify aspects that need attention
Examine the extenor and grounds of your home with an unbiased eye for "curb appeal," that is. the attractiveness of your home as viewed from the street. Consider a fresh coat of paint for the outside. Gean. sealed gutters and dow nspouts and a tnmmed lawn clear of debris contribute to a better looking home and a positive first impression. Is your garage or carport clean and uncluttered?
A tidy front entrance can enhance the effect. Polishing the door brass, cleaning storm w indows and screens and repainting wood trim or a rusty mailbox can help sway a decision to buy. If appropriate, tactfully suggest that your neighbors tidy their outside areas as well. Positive buyers include the appearance of the entire neighborhood in their overall judgment.
Moving to the inside of your home, make the same unbiased examination on a room by room basis. Painting inside walls could pay dividends far beyond the time, effort and expense involved. Consider having soiled carpets cleaned. Not only w ill they look better, but they will have a fresh scent as well, adding to the overall appeal of the room. Tend to the little things—squeaky door hinges, loose cabinet knobs, leaky faucets, and so forth.
A gleaming kitchen will definitely work in your favor. The kitchen is a part of the home w here people do a lot of living and prospects a lot of looking. Make sure the kitchen smells fresh. A freshly baked batch of cookies coming out of the oven or a pot of spiced tea on the stove w ill help add that "at home" feeling buyers are looking for.
Your bathroom also will undergo close scrutiny. Make sure it is spotless, with tiles scrubbed and grouted, faucets polished and fixtures cleaned. Replace your shower curtain if it shows signs of soap film or mold. All toiletries and medicines should be stored neatly in drawers or chests. Remember, if your bathroom is small, clutter will make it look even smaller.
In general, make your home as light and airy as possible. Freshly washed windows with the drapes drawn back to let in the light will provide a bright cheery' look as well as make rooms appear more spacious. Use bright lights in areas that do not have much natural light. Clear out accumulated items
from closets, cabinets and counters. Simplicity and a clean, uncluttered look contribute to an environment conducive to a sale.
Accent the positive areas of your home. If you have finished hardwood floors, make sure they are dust-free and polished. Organize large closets or cabinets to accentuate available storage space. Built-in features such as bookshelves or knick-knack space should be arranged creatively to illustrate the usefulness of the space as well as the decorating possibilities.
Finally, if a major fault exists that you don’t intend to correct, you and your salesperson must call it to the attention of the prospective buyer. Discuss the problem ahead of time with your sales agent. Texas law requires you to disclose all known defects to the buyer in writing.
During the show ing, be mindful of limiting the number of family members present so the buyer won t feel like an intruder. Keep pets out of the way and distracting background noise, such as stereos and televisions, to a minimum. Be available, if possible, to answer specific questions about your home, but don’t hover too near the buyers or engage them in idle chit-chat. This is not only distracting but may make buyers feel so uncomfortable that they leave quickly, failing to fully view and evaluate your home.
(Luke Speciation is president of RE/MAX Rve/Cities.)
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Clinton wears many hats during speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — President •Clinton wanted to demonstrate to Americans that lie has a clear vision for the future But his one hour, 20 minute State of the Union address, filled w ith a multitude of applause lines, sometimes made it hard to tell whether he was a Democrat or a Republican Or a political Everyman As the first Democratic president lo address a Republican-led Congress in 40 years, Clinton gave an upbeat, goodnatured speech.
ll often had Vice President Al Gore and House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and their respective troops — popping up and down like jacks-in-the-box, sometimes together, sometimes separately.
But in emphasizing mostly common ground with Republicans while tiptoeing around issues of strong disagreement, Clinton’s speech may have served to blur the line between his
Today in history
agenda and that of Republicans.
For instance, Clinton went ahead with a call for increasing tin.* minimum wage above its current level of S4 25 — an idea that appeals to traditional Democratic constituencies like labor but which is strongly opposed by Republicans — but declined to name an amount.
Administration aides previously had said Clinton w as likely to propose an increase to S5.
And Clinton did not say whether he was for or against the GOP-pushcd balanced budget amendment, a central item in the Republican's "Contract With America,” even though he has insisted such a proposal tx* accompanied by more disclosure of what programs would be cut or taxes raised, "He was a man of many parts.” said
Thomas Cronin, president of Whitman College in Walla Walla. Wash., and the author of several books on the presidency. "One part was New Democrat. One part was preacher. One part was Ronald Reagan And one part was self-congratulatory FR agent for himself."
James Thurbcr, a political seienusi at American University, called tlx* speech "too long, not focused, typical Clinton He was all over the map Within three days people will forget the speech. He still hasn’t learned that he has to simplify the agenda."
Billing it as the most important speech of his presidency, tile administration had said Tuesday’s nationally broadcast address was an effort for Clinton to breathe vitality into his reeling presidency and to refocus his candidacy.
But, in vintage Clinton style, his speech droned on and on. Some
Republicans left before the end.
And Gingrich, who has been accorded a degree of attention usually reserved for presidents, loomed over Clinton both symbolically and in actuality as Clinton delivered his address from the House podium with the speaker’s face peering over his left shoulder.
Whereas in past years Congress has reacted to initiatives proposed by a president, Clinton's address this year was in large pan reacting to GOP initiatives.
"At times tonight it seemed some of the president’s ideas sounded pretty Republican," said New Jersey Gov. ChnsUe Wlutman in tile televised GOP response. And House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, suggested that Clinton has expressed support directly or indirectly for seven of the IO items in the GOP’s contract.
By The Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 1995. There are 339 days left in the year
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 26, 1788. the first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney. (The party included 700 convicts from England.)
On this date:
In 1784. in a letter lo his daughter. Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over tile choice of the eagle as the symbol of America, and expressed his own preference: the turkey.
In 1802. Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S Capitol.
In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state with the signing of a statehood bill by President Jackson.
In 1841, Britain formally occupied Hung Kong, which the Chinese had ceded lo the British.
In 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union.
In 1870. Virginia rejoined the Union
In 1911, the Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkav alter’’ premiered in Dresden, Germany.
In 1942. the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War ll went ashore in Northern Ireland.
In 1950. India officially prix I ai I lied itself a republic as Kajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.
In 1962. the United States launched die Ranger 111 spacecraft lo land scientific instruments on the moon — but the probe missed us target by some 22,(XKJ miles
In 1979. former Vice President Nelson A Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.
In 1988. the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera” opened on Broadway.
Ten years ago Pope John Paul ll arrived in Caracas, Venezuela, to begin a lour of South America.
Five years ago: Attorneys for deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noncga challenged tile jurisdiction
of the U.S. court system to try their client on drug-trafficking charges, and said Noriega should be declared a prisoner of war.
One year ago Russian President Bons Yeltsin
accepted die resignation of Finance Minister Bons Fyodorov, who warned of economic collapse and social unrest A scare occurred during a visit to Sydney. Australia, by Britain’s Prince Charles as a young man lunged al the prince, firing two blank shots from a starter’s pistol
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Paul Newman is 70. Singer Eartha Kilt is 67. Movie director Roger Vadim is 67. Cartoonist Jules Fe I Her is 66 Sportscaster-aclor Bob Hecker is 60. Activist Angela Davis is 51. Movie critic Gene Siskel is 49 Singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 38. Hockey star Wayne Gretzky is 34. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 32.
T hought for Today: "My experience of the world is that things left lo themselves don’t get nght.” — T H Huxley, English biologist and author (1825-1895).