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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung g Friday, July ti, 1997 Q 3ABill collectors ask neighbors to knock on debtor’s door Dear Abby: We have a cordial relationship with our next-door neighbors, but we are not close. We are aware that they have been experiencing financial difficulties, but they have never revealed any details and we haven’t asked. About three months ago, we started receiving calls from collection agencies saying that they had not been able to reach our neighbors, and asking us to tell our neighbors to contact them. There have been 15 or 20 of these calls, usually at dinnertime. When I tell diem that we have no intention of doing their work for them and embarrassing our neighbors, they become persistent— even rude. I am infuriated by this invasion of our privacy, and the harassment to which we are being subjected because these agencies can’t do their job. If they have our neighbor’s address and have had no response to their letters, they should send someone in person to speak to diem—they shouldn’t ask us to do it Abby, is this legal? And is there any regulatory agency we can contact to keep from being bothered? HARRASSED IN SANTA CLARITA, CALIF. Dear Harassed: No, it’s not legal. According to the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you should have received' no more than one phone can. You can deal with this problem in one of two ways: Call the local office of the Fair Trade Commission and file a complaint, and they win go after the collector. Or, contact the local bar association and consult a consumer protection attorney. My experts tell me that you may be entitled to damages. Dear Abby: My husband’s brother and his wife live next door to us. Until recently, we were all best friends. My sister-in-law and I did everything together. Not long ago, she accused me of doing something that she later found out ! had not done. Even after finding this out, she has not apologized for accusing me. We were best friends for nine years, but now she won’t even look in my direction. I am hurt that she accused me before she got-all the facts, and angry that she never bothered to apologize. How should I jiandle this? Can we still be friends? NOT SO GUILTY AFTER ALL Dear Not So Guilty: Your sister-in-law may be so embarrassed* about her mistake that she’s reluctant to approach you. Since the friendship is clearly important to you, be the bigger person and make the first move. Tell her you are relieved that she learned the truth, and you’d like to put the incident behind you so you can continue to be close friends. Dear Abby: In regard to the family whose parents failed to keep in touch on a road trip, and therefore couldn’t be located when a grandparent died, you advised, “The best policy is to leave a detailed itinerary with friends or family or...make a point of checking in regularly.” I would like to add another suggestion: Before going on the road, invest in a long-distance pager. The cost is reasonable and can even include a toll-free pager number. Give the number to a couple of trusted friends or family members. Back this up with voicemail service on your home phone and check your messages daily. If you call during off-peak hours, the cost will be minimal. That’s what I did, and it certainly gave me peace of mind. ELLEN K. HOWE, WEST COVINA, CALIF. Dear Ellen: An excellent idea. Thanks for sharing it.Governor speaks softly and carries a great big bid By MICHAEL HOLMES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) — He’s soft-spoken about it now, but he’ll be back. Gov. George W. Bush is telling supporters he will seek re-election next year. In louder voices, Republicans call it bad news for Democrats. But Democratic leaders say they aren’t about to concede a race that lo far has no Democratic candidate. Bush told a fund-raising event for state Rep. Beverly Woolley, R-Houston, this week that, “I’ve just returned from a retreat with (my wife) Laura and I have an announcement to make: I’m running for re-election.” The Houston Chronicle reported that the crowd of 250 attending the event in a private home wildly applauded his announcement Last month, The Associated Press obtained copies of a Bush mailing asking supporters for campaign contributions to get his re-election bid “off to a good start” But for the record, Bush spokesman Ray Sullivan said Thursday that an “official” re-election announcement remains pending. Still, there’s no doubt what that announcement will be. “Gov. Bush is telling friends and supporters privately that he intends to seek re-election. He will make a formal announcement at a later date,” Sullivan said. Any chance of a change of heart? “Unlikely,” Sullivan conceded. Bush is only the second Republican elected governor since Reconstruction. But so far, no Democrat has decided to challenge him. Four-term Land Commissioner Garry Mauro is considering the race but has made no announcement. The 1998 election also presents an unusual opportunity for Republican hopefuls in the five other top statewide races. Democratic Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, who’s held statewide office since 1974, is stepping down. Democratic Comptroller John Sharp and Republican    Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry are vying for that job. Only Democratic Attorney General Dan Morales is seeking re-election. “I don’t see anybody out there on the horizon that could prevent anything but a landslide victory for Gov. Bush,” GOP consultant Mark Sanders said. Advocacy group pushes for campaign spending limits By RICHARD CARELLI Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are not the only folks discussing campaign spending reform these days. One advocacy group is trying to ignite a constitutional debate over political money — one it hopes will reach the Supreme Court. The Brennan Center for Justice would like to see the court overturn its 1976 decision allowing candidates for office to spend as much of their own money as they want. “The constitutional lines on campaign financing need to be rtrfToiXkhf,” said ET Joshua Rosenkranz of the Brennan Center. “Campaign spending is protected speech up to a point, and then it stops being speech and becomes an exercise in raw power. It becomes more about volume.” Founded in 1995 at New York University’s law school and named for retired Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, the center’s stated mission is “strengthening the foundations of democracy, ensuring equal justice and fair treatment of all.” High on its agenda: overturning that 1976 Supreme Court decision, which the center contends has caused great harm to the political process. In its Buckley vs. Valeo ruling, the court upheld limits on what individuals and political committees can contribute to political candidates but struck down limits on how much of their own money candidates can spend. Capping such spending would violate frcc-speech rights, the court ruled. “It was wrong    to treat contributions and    spending differently," Rosenkranz said. “It was wrong to conclude that the government has no legitimate interest in diminishing the volume of very powerful speakers to ensure that fainter voices get heard.” How do you undo a Supreme Court interpretation of the Constitution? One way is through amendment, a move the Senate already has rejected.    a But Rosenkranz is hoping to persuade the highest court to reverse itself. “We believe the right test case could bring about ... the court’s allowing reasonable caps on expenditures,” he said. One possible vehicle for such reconsideration is a legal dispute New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees took the following action at a meeting held on July 8: ■ Recognized Aiea Media Honor Roll recipients. ■ Approved minutes from meetings on June 17, June 26 and July I. ■ Approved authorization to contract with the New Braunfels Police Department for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Canine Detection Service. The cost of the program is $2,600 for the school year. The canine units perform random drug checks on non-test days throughout the year on various campuses and respond when drugs are suspected to be on campuses. ■ Approved the appointments of Kristy Casrilkja, Jill Jeffrey, Douglas Konomos, Lee Ellen Little, Eaine Moore, Tricia Nail, Kimberly Recio, Catherine Ritchie and Mary Ellen Yonker. ■ Approved the reassignment of Genetic Pana. ■ Approved the resignation of Gail Englcr, Lance Lackey and Kane Lorenz. ■ Approved a leave of absence for Shana Behling and Jennifer Packer. ■ Approved the transportation drivers' handbook. ■ Approved the following payments to architects, engineers and contractors: $335,759 for Dyna. Inc.; $23,129.80 for Bexar Environmental; $3,048 for Texas Scenic; and $5,722.28 and $5,603 54 for Jesscn, Inc. ■ Approved the June 1997 tax office report, which shows $165,045.08 in total collections and $7,854.87 for CEO collections. ■ Awarded the Wright Medical Scholarship to Angela Eikel. The scholarship pays $1,500 per year for a period not to exceed three years. Eikel has been accepted by the Baptist Memorial Nursing School. ■ Approved the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education grant. The grant was effective July* I and runs through June 30,1998. ■ Approved ESEA Title ll Federal application. If approved, $54,709 would be awarded for the district’s use toward professional development activities. ■ Approved the Federal Special Education IDEA-B and IDEA-B Preschool Program Grants. The grant award for IDEA-B for the 1997-1998 school year is $187,000, and the grant award tor IDEA-B Preschool is $22,050. ■ Approved the lunchroom prices for the 1997-1998 school year The prices will remain the same as the 1996-1997 school year. ■ Approved a payment of $2,909.16 to the law firm of Walsh, Anderson, Underwood, Schulze & Aldndge, P C. ■ Received a report on the Youth Leadership New Braunfels. ■ Approved the Business and Education Resource Directory, which is a joint effort between NBISD, the Comal Independent School District, over a Cincinnati ordinance that limited what city council candidates could spend in their campaigns. The Brennan Center’s foe in such debates most often has been the American Civil Liberties Union. “They advocate restrictions on the First Amendment,” said the ACLU’s Laura Murphy. “Restrictions on spending are infringements on the freedom of speech the First Amendment protects.” The ACLU’s position has been that Congress has no business limiting either candidates’ expenditures or supporters’ contributions. Ironically, the Supreme Court’s three most conservative members — Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — agree with the ACLU. “It’s a matter of the First the city of New Braunfels and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. ■ Approved PDAS Policy-DNA (Local) Teacher Appraisal ■ Approved the revision and renewal of the Ombudsman Educational Services Contract to provide an alternative education program for the 1997-1998 school year. ■ Received a report on the July Investment Schedule. The interest gained at maturity was $1,198,436.17 and the ending balance in the Old High School Restoration Fund was $12,018.23. ■ Received a report on the school nutrition services. MI Received a year-end report for the New Braunfels High School Parenting Program. ■ Received a report on outstanding achievements of students and educators. Amendment bringing out their libertarian streak,” Murphy said. On his side of the debate, Rosenkranz also acknowledges a bit of irony. The 1976 decision in Buckley vs. Valeo was unsigned, but Supreme Court lore identifies its author as William J. Brennan. ilk Wed./Thurs/Fri. JUKEBOX-POOL- SHUFFLEBOARD Saturday ■ July 12 Private Party Sunday July 13 Open I PM 625-HALL 255 Saengerhalle Rd . 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