New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Trustees want drinking age raised
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees have joined the bandwagon of those wishing to raise the legal drinking age to 21.
* “The (Texas) Department of Public Safety director has asked the Governor to do this ( raise the drinking age),” school board president Margy Waldrip told fellow board members Tuesday.
“And since this is a problem...maybe by the state association of school boards taking this position...it might be one more (way to) help,” she added.
School trustees unanimously passed a resolution at Tuesday’s
board meeting calling for the drinking age to be raised. This resolution will be forwarded to the 1982 delegate assembly of the Texas Association of School Boards when it meets in October in San Antonio.
Waldrip was elected by the board a few months ago as the district’s delegate to this annual conference.
If enough delegates agree with the idea of raising the drinking age, the resolution could be adopted by the Texas Association of School Boards. If it is adopted, NBISD has stipulated that the TASB send a copy of the resolution to the governor and “to each member of the Texas Legislature before the next legislative session convenes.”
According to the resolution.
teenage and adult alchoholism “are on the rise and approximately 50 percent of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related.”
Wanting to “takes measures to reduce these tragedies” is what prompted the district to write the resolution.
“Be it resolved that in an effort to reduce alcohol-related tragedies, the TASB urge the members of the Texas Legislature to pass legislation,” raising the drinking age to 21, the resolution states.
It also calls upon the legislature to require “mandatory and strict penalties for drinking while intoxicated convictions,” in addition to “requiring sellers of alchoholic beverages to check ID’s.”
In other business Tuesday, school trustees took no action on authorizing additional homestead property exemptions.
Supt. O.E. Hendricks advised trustees against taking any action since he said, “we already grant a $5,000 homestead exemption (according to the district’s present policy) as well as exemptions for disability and over (age) 65,” he said.
“We who make the budget recommend that you not adopt this additional exemption. We bring it to you only for information.”
Glyn Goff, tax assessor-collector for the school district and the city of
See NBISD, Page 14A
PM Magazine crew films segment here
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
New Braunfels is becoming something of a second home for Peggy Kokernot and Mario Bosquez.
They’re the anchorpersons for PM Magazine, a general interest San Antonio TV series about places and people. And they include New Braunfels in their programming several times a year, publicizing its best-loved tourist spots.
“We like to take road trips,
especially in the summer,” Bosquez said while the crew got
ready to film a Comal River segment at Camp Wamecke Tuesday afternoon.
“We took a two-week trip all over Texas, but we try not to neglect the close-in cities, especially if they’re in our viewing area,” he said.
The New Braunfels segment will air July 29 on KSAT-TV
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PLO denounces Reagan's offer
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Israeli tanks, warships and artillery pounded the besieged PLO stronghold in west Beirut without letup today and waves of fighter-bombers thundered in at dawn on mock air raids. The PIX) denounced as “ridiculous” President Reagan’s offer to send U.S. Marines to evacuate the trapped guerrillas.
Police said at least 22 people were killed and 38 wounded in west Beirut neighborhoods in heavy fighting that continued throughout the night after shattering the fifth Israeli-Palestiman cease-fire at sundown Tuesday.
Israeli gunners on land and at sea poured shell fire on Moslem-held west Beirut. Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization guerrillas responded with Katyusha rockets and mortar rounds aimed at the Israeli positions in the hills around the lebanese capital and near the presidential palace in suburban Baabda.
A police spokesman said no damage w as reported from Baabda, where U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib has been trying for three weeks to strike a deal to end the Israeli siege that followed Israel’s June 6 invasion of Lebanon.
In Beirut, clouds of smoke engulfed parts of the beleaguered Moslem sector and fire engines battled blazes iii several buildings.
Israeli jets roared in on one mock dive-bombing attack after another, shattering the sound barrier and driving west Beirut residents into basements and bomb .shelters. No actual bombing or strafing was observed or officially reported, however.
Supplies of electricity, water and food were choked off for a fourth straight day to the 8,1)00 guerrillas and nearly 500,000 civilians believed
trapped in the western neighborhoods of the Lebanese capital. Israel has been tightening the blockade since Saturday on the “Green Line” that divides west Beirut from the Christian-controlled eastern sector.
Women and children carrying plastic cans on their heads were seen scurrying through garbage-filled streets searching for water. There was no meat, fruit or vegetables in the city and milk and egg supplies were dwindling rapidly, correspondents in Beirut reported.
Despite its angry rejection of Reagan’s o.’fer, the PLO leadership left the door open for some American presence in Lebanon, and the White House said the president’s proposal could bo the “essential linchpin" to end the bloody Israeli-PIX) stalemate.
Reagan said in Los Angeles that he had agreed “in principle” last Friday to send as many as 1.000 combat troops to Lebanon, although the lebanese
government has made no official request for such aid.
The president gave few details and said without elaborating that there were “certain conditions” attached to his offer.
Pentagon officials in Washington said three U.S. Navy amphibious ships leeft the Italian port of Taranto on Monday and could bring together an 1,800-man Marine battalion to evacuate the Palestinians by sea with tile aid of ships from the U.S 6th Fleet ‘
Press reports said the Palestinians would be sent to Arab countries including Egypt. Syria and Algeria.
Reagan administration officials stressed a U.S.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Reagan, declaring that American taxpayers are “pretty fed up” with the complexities of paying Uncle Sam, says a flat rate income tax for all citizens is “a very tempting thing.”
Reagan, addressing a group of legislators and local officials from 13 Western states, conceded Tuesday that the proposal of a flat rate tax has alarmed charities and educational institutions. They fear their sources of contributions will dry up if tax deductions for such donations are eliminated.
“I was concerned about that,” the president said, “but the more I think about it, we’re the most generous people on Earth. I don’t think that people would quit giving what they give simply because you’ve changed the system of taxation.”
Reagan suggested further study of the idea, saying, “it’s a very tempting thing.” A flat rate tax would set a fixed percentage of income that would be paid by every citizen, and eliminate various deductions.
Reagan and his wife, Nancy, were returning to their secluded Santa Barbara ranch today following their
two-night stay in Los Angeles, which was capped with a private birthday party for the first lady Tuesday night at the home of friends.
In his speech to government officials, Reagan said he senses “more resistance to the income tax in America today, not from the amount of it, hut from the complexity of trying to figure what the amount should be.
“The people are pretty fed up with something so complex that even the government has to warn that their own agents cannot be depended on to give you sound advice as to what
your tax burden should be,” Reagan said.
The president noted that he recently received figures from the Treasury Department showing that cult of 4,112 Americans with $1 million-a-year income or higher, “about 40 of them used the simplified form this year.” He suggested this showed taxpayers at all levels want to simplify the system of reporting income.
“Certainly we’ve got to find some way to simplify the taxpaying.’’ the president said.
Reagan sought support from the bipartisan gathering for his “new
federalism program of switching responsibility for some social programs to the states.
Reagan insisted the poor have not suffered from his social program cutbacks, which he claimed were offset by a drop iii inflation. He said a family of four with a $15,000 annual income received “about a $1,000 raise” due to decreased inflation.
With the government officials and later while visiting a senior citizens home, Reagan renewed his commitment to keeping Social Security payments flowing to those who now receive them.
Planners approve Ingram's rezoning request, 4-1
WARREN GROVE . Ingram a good neighbor
City planning commissioners voted 4-1 to recommend industrial zoning for a tract of land owned by Ingram Readymix Inc. on Eweling I .a ne near Sleepy Hollow subdivision.
Although no objections were voic ed at a public hearing on the rezoning proposal Tuesday, and responses from surrounding property owners were favorable, Planning and Zoning Commission chairman David Hartmann and member S.D. David Jr. said they were “uncomfortable” with it.
David voted against it, saying the property was surrounded by residen-tially-zoned land and the new ownership and use of the tract was still unknown.
Ingram has used the 3-acre site for a
cement plant, which actually comes under M-2 (heavy industrial), a less restrictive zoning than the M-l (light industrial district I that the company requested.
A “grandfather clause" in the city’s annexation ordinance allowed Ingrain a non-conforming M-2 use when the land was annexed in 1980.
Attorney Jack Robison, representing Ingram, said the zoning would make the tract more “marketable.” He and Gary Johnson, the firm’s manager, offered to accept restrictions on uses allowable under M-l.
Ingram plans to move its operation to Solms Road near Loop 337 and wants to sell the tract.
At Hartmann’s suggestion, Commission members recommended the rezoning ordinance exclude freight terminals, storage of gas or petroleum products, and planing mills from the list of uses allowable under M-l. Robison had a list of seven other uses Ingrain itself found objectionable.
Johnson said a neighborhood meeting to explain the rezoning proposal drew about half the Sleepy Hollow residents. Apparently, nobody had any strong objections to the move.
Johnson said Ingram had already turned a potential buyer down because of the possibility of gas fumes emitted by its
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New Braunfelsers are used to seeing all sorts of people and things in the Comal River, yet someone always manages to come up with a new twist. Here,
Staff photo by John Senter
Joe Neely and a colleague (splash at right) take the plunge on their bicycles. Perhaps it s a contest to see how fast their bicycles can rust.
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