New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVE KRAMER, Editor and Publisher JIM WEBRE, Managing Editor
Thursday July 9.1987
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rom New •reation Advisory >st va eek $ letter to Mrs David
To the editor:
We will try to answer your concerns about our season swim pass poii< ie* In 198*1 the Cit) of New Bn unfeis c ndueted a needs survey to gauge tile opinions of the New Braunfels residents about the services >ffered by their parks and recreation department. The survey was conducted tor the City of New Braunfels bv Dr John Crompton and Susan Orton of Texas A&M University.
In this survey several questions were asked regarding parks useage. One of the questions asked in the survey asked should non-residents pa> mort to use city facilities than residents vc -ording to this survey there is >verwhelming agreement that non-residents should pay more to use city facilities Seventy-six percent of the survey participants felt that non-rt sidents should pay mort- to use park facilities
From the data gathered in the survev the Parks and Keereation Advisory Board made up of New Braunfels residents) developed a philosophic >f res Jent/non-resident useage fees. The board took their recommendations to the City Council who in turn approved this revised fee system New Braunfels residents now receive the only discounts or. fees. non-residents receive no discounts on fees. Part of the ran na I : r discounts for New Braunfels residents only is that residents also partially support the park system through property taxes This is why non-residents can no longer purchase discount swimming passes.
Why $50 for a season swim pass ' As you know the pass was prev iously $35 for unlimited daily family usage with no limits on the family size. A telephone survey aero1" the state with other municipal park-, and recreation departments soon found that the City of New Braunfels offered the least expensive family swimming pass in the stale The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended to the City Council that Hie family passes be increased to $50. The City of New Braunfels still has one of tile least expensive family vvinim.ng passes in the state.
Why charge $2 for the privilege of parking in the nearest parking lot? Several hill.di e i thousand visitors a year use I .at la Park. Though we gladly welcome all visitors to luanda Park, tuns of litter are left each year and facilities are damaged or . andalized Someone has to pay for " --se cost s< that future visitors will come and enjoy our park facilities Usei fees for specific park facilities he p to defray the cost of park operati >r.s At this time, user fees account for approximately 37 percent of the funds allocated for the operation of ’he park- system.
Why a surcharge of 25 cents for pool usage Approximately three years ago a bond issue for parks improvements was strongly defeated by New Braunfels voters The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Council realized that ti sere would be no funds for park facility improvements. The advisory board and city council developed a
surcharge fee system where those funds would be specifically marked for future pool improvements. Instead of all the taxpayers paying for pool improvements, only the user pays for those future improvements. The golf course and the picnic reservation system also have capital improvements funds for future facility improvements.
You also made a statement that May revenues lag behind $1,000. For your information, in May of 1986. before the changes in swim passes were made. the pool earned $13,609 for the month. In May of 1987. after the revision in swim passes were made, the pool earned $14,127 for the month. I .ast year we did not charge for parking in the one lot in luanda Park. This year this parking facility earned $1,242 in April and $1,053 in May. Our figures show that if you compare May 1986 and May 1987, our revenues have actually increased $1,571.
We agree with your statements about the use of tabacco products within the pool area Perhaps the advisory board could address this situation.
As you are aware, your own city government in San Antonio is in financial distress. Taxpay ers are demanding that the City of San Antonio streamline its overall operation. We are under the same pressures in our community Everyone wants efficient and costeffective service from city government until their favorite city service is targeted.
It is most definitely not the intent of the City Council to reduce “out-of-town" patronage We are all aware how much New Braunfels depends on the visitor industry . The visitor industry is the lifeblood of our community What makes this issue complicated is that we are talking about the services that tax-supported municipal government is offering to both residents and nonresidents
You are always welcome to our communis
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U S Rep Mac Sheeney (Guadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1/13 Longwofth House Ollie e Bldg Washington, D C 20515
Gov Bill Clements Governor s Office State Capitol Austin Texas 78711
Ronald Reagan President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington. O C 20500
State Sen Judith Zatfinni Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin. Texas 78711
Ftreworked up over bugs
I^et's give a big hand to the Jaycees for the “bang-up” ob they did in collecting the $10,000 needed for the fireworks in luanda Park Wasn't that as beautiful sight and thrilling sound for all of 15 minutes After the fireworks, it was back to swatting mosquitoes or else get inside somewhen- It really is a shame that nothing could be included in the city or county budgets to spray the pools of stagnant waters for these nasty critters. As I understand, we did spray until a few years ago, when it became no longer cost effective.
So light up a few citronella candles in these summer evenings as we all look toward another grand Fourth of July next year. Say,
Frank (Witting), perhaps we ' through the Jaycees» can collect a little extra next tune, so that we can help the city spray while we play You know , those mosquitoes can't tell a local resident from a visitor who might be in town to enjoy all we offer.
Joe Du harm New Braunfels
On the vagaries and virtues of being messy
You won t recognize my place w hen it s finished because, before I do anything else on my vacation. I’m going to straighten things out
On the first day of my month off I bought some two-by-fours and built a rack to store my wood
rn. Making something to keep things in, to put things on or to hang things from is my idea of a good time When if s finished. I hardly ever keep anything in it. put anything on it or hang anything from it but having done the job makes me feel like a neat person I spend more time in my woodworking shop arranging things than I do making anything
Patterns develop in anyone’s life and making gestures toward being neat and then not being neat at all is a pattern in mine
In my clothes closet I’ve added a shelf above the pole from which my clothes hang I th ugh! the shelf would be a good place to fold anc neatly pile sports shirts and other items if clothing It doesn’t work out though lf I wear a sports shirt for a few hours, it doesn't seem a-though it needs to be washed but I don t ike to fold it up so I put it on a hanger with the rest of my clothes The upper shelf is a jumble of stuff I ve thrown up there when I’m in a hurry Nothing is neatly piled
In our garage. I ve put up racks designed to
hold broom .md mop handles so that they ll hang on the wall .ut of the way No on*- ever use* it rhey lean the brooms and the mops against th* wall*
There‘s a space in the garage under the back stairway that I fixed up so the tart with two garbage and junk containers could be rolled in The cart never fits under there, out of the way because while the garbage cart is out by the side of the road waiting to be pu ked up. old newspaper* get piled in the opening along with deposit bottle* to be returned
I built ,i . narrow b< \ live in bes lag,’ t.n.c fits into the back of the trunk of the car It seemed like a good idea to have a place Ut put an extra quart of oil, some brake fluid, an ol: umbrella and all those pieces of automotive paraphernalia that accumulate and float around loose rn the trunk The stuff still floats around loose because I don't lake the lime to put it in the box.
In the places where I write both at home and in my office. I ve spent almost as much time trying to arrange and file things so they’re handy as I have writing Over my typewriter,
I ve built a series of eight cubbyholes wide enough to accept a pile of typewriter paper Under those little compartments I ve glued pieces of paper on which I’ve written “column
idea* “letter* to be answered. J.«n< future," memorabilia clipping s J .3* and one that reads simply misc
Guess which bin flus up fastest S >meh w everything I want to file ends up in the tm* category In reality, ‘ mist is just a pi it- of junk I don’t know what to do with Some f ic* s> stern
I buy manila folders to put papers in and I bought a two-drawer flung cabinet that fits under one side of my desk Nothing * * p* I keep thinking that lf I just buy or make that ne ti, r* aid L» organization, my life finally will assume some order I never learn
Fortunately. I have a way of ex us;:.* ny se J for disorderliness I have a theory that reality emanates from chaos If there is toe, mat. h order tn a person’s life, he or she falls mu patterns of thought and behavior that don't all w mu* t room for considering new ways of doing things or new ways of thinking ab**ut old problem*
This theory of ■. reativity ha* st**,*! na* in . *; stead over the y ears When I get depress** I about what a mess ail my possessions ,»n in .c ! what a mess my professional life is .»* *.ir a* organization goes I remember my th* **ry and relax I put up a few more shelve* buy ’durn s department stores ral.od lesk r. ,».**;/« r* .a I I lie down and take a ait * na;
Statehood forD.C. is, should be folly
blate Sen William Sims Capitol Station P O Box 12061 Austin Texas 7871’
U S Sen Lloyd Bentsen Un ted States Senate 703 Hart Senate BidQ Washington. D C 20510
U S Rep. Lamar Smith United States House ol Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D C 20515
State Rep Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P O Box 2910 Austin. Texas 78769
Should Die District of Columbia be made the 51st state’’ It is a fatuous idea if ever there were one, but it is gaining ground un Capitol Hill The House District Committee has reported a bill to accomplish this end, and the bill has impressive support
The bill to create the state of New Columbia came out of committee on a vote of 6 to 5. It ha* the support of Speaker Jim Wright and Majority leader Tom Foley For political advantage, if for no other reason, Democratic leaders in Du-Senate also would back the proposition; in a closely divided chamber, two more liberal Democrats would make a significant difference
It seems incredible that so monumental a folly should be seriously coni idered. By any rational definition, Washington, D C., could not possibly become a "state.’’ This is a city, and not a remarkably large city at that. The District consists of 67 square miles of land and water. It is smaller than the island of Guam. It has no agriculture whatever. It has only a single industry of consequence — the industry of government Two-thirds of all employment here is related directly or indirectly to the federal government.
The sole argument in favor of statehood rests in the right to vote The litany goes that District residents pay the same taxes, obey the same laws, and fight in the same wars that others do, but they cannot vote for members of Congress who enact these laws. They are unfairly “disfranchised” and only statehood will relieve the inequity. "New Columbia” is the answer
Hokum! To look at the apathetic record of local voting for city council and the school board, it is far from evident that Washingtonians give a hoorah about the right to vote To those residents who regard a right to vote for congressmen as the be-all and end-all. a suggestion is in order that they move to Maryland or Virginia, where they could vote to their hearts' content. No one compels anyone to live in the District of Columbia. Ixieal residents are here becuase they voluntarily have swapped the right of franchise for the privilege of enjoying the District’s amenities.
Washington boasts a magnificent concert hall, beautiful parks and a superlative subway system — paid for not by the citizens of "New Columbia,” but by the taxpayers of the nation as a whole.
Therein lies the fundamental objection to tlus ditsy notion of statehood Washington, DX’., does not belong to the 626,000 people who live here This city belongs to all Americans. It is our capital, the seat of our government. Under the pending bill, we no longer would have a capital city. We would have brace yourself — only a “National Capital Service Area” running jaggedly from the Potomac on the west to the library of Congress on the east
The bill should be defeated for two reasons: It is almost certainly unconstitutional, and as a practical matter, it would create chaos.
Sponsors ol the bill would have us ignore the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution We might equally ignore an elephant rn the kitchen.
Ratified in 1961, the amendment gut " three electoral voles in a presidential eh tit in U> the district constituting the seat of government »t the United States Unless Dial amendment welt repealed, which t'ould bt* accomplished only by further amendment, th* handful of residents still residing in Die National Capital Service Area would carry the same weight in a presidential election that is carried by Wyoming or Vermont
Proponents brush aside another t .institution.«i provision Under Article 1.1 .ingress has pow ti “to exercise exclusive legislation, in all t ase* whatsoever, over such district not exceeding IO miles square! as may, by cession of particular states, and Die acceptance of C ongress, become the seat of government of Die United State* Maryland did not ceile 67 square miles to Die national government in 1790 in order that a “State of New Columbia" be created If for any reason the seat of government ever should be moved, to St laiuis or Kansas City or wherever, presumably the 67 square milews would revert to Maryland Without Maryland's consent to Die statehood proposal, Die idea founders You cannot create a new state from land within Die jurisdiction of an existing state
The practical objections to statehood are as powerful and more numerous, but I leave Diose for another day. This time bomb of a bill is ticking away in the House
Opponents are confident that it could be talked to death in Die Senate if it ever gets there, but that is as may be Now is Die time to make opposition known