New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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LOEFFLER EVES THE GOVERKlER’S SEAT...
IRS deficiencies may open some
eyes in Congress
Ins and outs of English language usage
I^ast month Newsweek magazine carried a piece about changing systems of health care. Many alternatives, said the writer, are now available. "In cities like San Francisco and Minneapolis, for example, roughly a third of the population is now enrolled in HMOS ”
Aaargh! lf the case will now subside, we will hear the semiannual lecture on the issue of "like'’ when "such as” is intended. Go back to the offending sentence. What does it tell us about HMOs > Health Maintenance Organizations I in San Francisco and Minneapolis? It tells us nothing at all about HMOs rn San Francisco and Minneapolis. It tells us that iii cities LIKE San Francisco and Minneapolis — San Diego and St. Paul, perhaps'* Roughly a third of the population is now enrolled, etc. And this is not at all what the writer intended
The misused "like” and the misplaced "only,” which is the subject of lectures in spring and fall. are among the most common errors in everyday composition. I am full) aware that both Bernstein and Follet. two ordinarily infallible authorities, sniffed at the whole business of "like” and "such as.” They scorned my position as "specious, but they were quite simply wrong Of course there are tunes when like' is proper: "laves like Lincoln's inspired us all.” But when our purpose is to illustrate by way of specific example, we want "cities such as Minneapolis and San Francisco.”
As a matter of fact, in the sentence under examination, what we wanted was neither "like” nor "such as.” What we wanted was "In San Francisco and Minneapolis, for exampl, roughly.”
To less contentious matters: The dear old Associated Press, God bless it, continue to have its problems with
spelling and syntax. From the AP in Nashville, we learn that a group has been organized by President Reagan "to help get Fisk University back on its feat.” ... From the AP in San Fransisco, in s story about a pet timber wolf named Sylvia, we get this report: Authorities had been
concerned that Sylvia ought harm someone, w ho had been kept as a pet since she was 2 weeks old. if cornered ” ... From the AP in West Point, California, we learn about the maniac leonard take: "He found
newspaper ads. some of whom he allegedly set loose in his cabin and hunted down like animals.” ... And from the AP in Epsom. England, we are advised that "Steve Cauthen became the first U S. jockey to win the 206th Epsom Derby in 79 years.”
In Northern California, a monthly magazine called In Flight reminded its readers that "the material in this and every issue is copy written.” Across the country, in Roanke, Virginia, a cartoonist named Jack Young inserted a classified ad in the World-News He wanted everyone to know that his creations, Skipper, Herbie, and Johnny the Worm, "are copy written.” Let us now write IO times upon the blackboard, "copyrighted.”
Gripes, peeves and crotchets: Jean McCracken of Portland, Oregon, winces when “forte” is pronunced "for-tay.” ... Doris Levine, also of Portland, is annoyed by either side” when "each side” is intended. ... Mary Baresh of Seattle objects to starting sentences with "and” or "but.” ... Keith tweeds of Indianapolis is fed up with "chairperson,” "waitperson” and the like. ... Sid Morris of Miami niminates as an especially stupid phrase "to have sex.”
Homer Brown of Cary, North Carolina, takes the week’s prize for lining up 14 crochets all in a row.
Among them: window of opportunity, fine-tune, hands-on, grass roots, domino effect, safety net. leg up, cutting edge, bottom line, and bite
the bullet. He writes that he's 76 and has been compiling a notebook of nuisances for years. These, he says, are "just the tip of the ice berg.”
By TOM LOEFFLER U S Representative
During my six years as representative of the 21st District in Congress, I have never received more complaints and inquiries about the Internal Revenue Service than I ave during the past four months.
The IRS has always been the federal agency Americans love to hate. During the 1985 tax season, however, passive dislike for this necessary institution has turned to rage and distrust as Americans have reacted to reports of shredded IRS documents in Austin and massive backups in Philadelphia
My friend and fellow Texan. J J Pickle, has taken die lead in investigating die discrepencies uncovered in the HLS Service Centers, with particular emphasis on the paper shredding incident in Austin According to HLS investigators, a first-line unit' supervisor at the Austin service Center ordered an employee to destroy between 5.00 and 6.OIH) pieces of taxpayer corespon-dense Luckily, no actual tax returns were destroyed, and the IRS lias taken steps to correct the procedures which had been used in the Austin • enter
The Philadelphia Service Center, which had computer and human problems even more severe than the rest of the country this year, will not wrap up processing of all its cases until August More than 176.000 pieces of taxpaper correspondence have piled up at the Philadelphia Center and, to date, remain unanswered
In response to questions from tin*
members of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. IRS Commissioner Roscoe Egger testified that as of June I. more than a Mullion taxpayers who had filed their returns on time had not yet received refunds to which they were entitled. Given the fact that th*-average refund this year is $833, one can calculate that as of June I. th* IRS was withholding more than $"!• million which was due American taxpayers.
The federal government pays a high price for these late returns, toe By law. the government must pay I percent interest on all refunds net returned to taxpayers by June I Commissioner Egger s promise that virtually all outstanding returns would be processed by late July die little to allay the concerns of th* members of the Ways and Meal committee
Clearly, the Internal Revenue Service is in need of a thomug! housecleaning This agency has not been responsive to the public, ha broadened its powers unecessartly and is becoming increasingly mef Relent The growing inability of the IRS to carry out its basic tax collecting and processing tasks is only one of the very real reasons that Americans have lx*en in re * tit years, the Congress has tried wit! little or no success to impose artier and enforce equity at the IRS Perhaps the glaring inefficiencies and deficient es which •* culled during the 1985 lax season will at last open Congress eyes and stiffen otr spine in dealing with this pow el ti federal bureaucracy
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With the filing deadline for Places 1.2 and 3 on the City Council less than a month away, Mrs. C.F. (Margaret! Naegelin and W.H. "Bill” Brown, the current mayor, have both announced their candidacy.
New Braunfels Schuetzenverein marksman Bill Wimberley claimed the Simon Memorial Medal Sunday afternoon at the club range by outscoring 29 other shooters with a score of 247.
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Bids for construction of the main embankment of Canyon Dam will be opened next Tuesday in the new South Texas resident office of the Corps of Engineers at Canyon Dam site, instead of the Fort Worth District office, it was announced last week.
Mrs. Anna Lee Meek, 2045 Eastman, who will join the New Braunfels IndepeFort Worth District office, it was announced last week.
Mrs. Anna Lee Meek, 2045 Eastman, who will join the New Braunfels
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Sheriff August Kne. eh, his son, Othmar Knetsch, and I uty Sheriff John Marion made a trip to Chickasha, Oklahoma, this week to secure two prisoners held there on charges of stealing a car belonging to
Department leaders have been named for the Comal Independent School District middle and high schools. Canyon High leaders will be Mrs. Thomas (Carter! Casteel. social studies; Mrs. Robert (Audy > L'Roy, English; Mrs. James (Marian! Richardson, math; and David Gay re, science
U.S. Rep. Bob Krueger and
congressional dignitaries toured the NASA headquarters recently in
Houston where they were briefed on the Apolto-Soyuz space flight by astronaut Vance Brand and Donald Slayton.
The cities of New Braunfels and Schertz made moves to reconcile their boundary dispute when their legal reprsentatives agreed in principle last week that New Braunfels should extend its southwestern boundary to the present limits of New Braunfels' ex
Attorney Steer Taylor addressed Hie Mission Valley Home Demon stratum Club on July I with a talk on estate planning and keeping wills up to date
(Tinton Die ie rf. a 1973 graduate of Canyon High School, was named the winner in the crop production contest of the 47th annual Stale Future Fanners of America Convention held in Houston last w eek
Independent School District staff as a special education teacher this fall, is one of 17 teachers attending a cerebral palsy workshop at the University (rf Texas
The $104,475 grant to the New Braunfels Independent School District to aid in building a new high school, which appeared to have been lost because of the defeat of the proposed school building program bond issue, will be made any how , Cecil Wills, school superintendent,™ Stables into eight classrooms was granted to Emil Seidel on his low bid
of $9,978 by the New Braunfels Independent School Hoard at its meeting 'I uesday night
Barbara Belize and F.rnestiue
Sisal* both students at Canyon High School, will participate iii the fourth annual Cheerleader Clinic Aug 8-12 at Lamar Tech.
Mrs. Merritt Schumann entertained with a coffee Thursday morning, July 14, in lier home, honoring Mrs. Mary Leibu of Wilmington, Delaware, who is currently visiting here with her
parents Mr. aud Mrs. K E. Tun ntermauu
Descendants of Mr. Wilhelm Atwood his wife, the former Dora Stein met at Gruelled Hall Sunday af ternoon and evening, July 3. for thei first family reunion
Following ai i apian a af a $. if check from the San Marcos Chambe of Commerce the Slate Parks Boar Monday announced that it will nam the proposed 400 to 500 acre stat park on the northeast shore < Canyon Dam Reservoir San Marcc State Park ”
Mrs. Meta Schmidt here Friday night
Dietrich Hoffmann, 70, a former resident of Schumannsvilie, sustained severe injuries Monday
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morning when the car in which he was riding was struck by a Missouri Kansas and Texas railway train at a crossing on the old San Antonio highway, about 5 miles south of New Braunfels
Representatives of the church board and various organizations of the First Protestant Church met Tuesday night to formulate plans for the celebration of the congregation's ninetieth anniversary, which occurs tins year.
A closing program by German summer school students will be given at Echo Hall Friday night, July 19, at 8 o’clock, according to an announcement by Curt Schmidt, principal of the school.
Numerous local persons were
finding it necessary to seek ne forms of amusement this week i they failed to find slot machines ai marble boards in their usual haunt The devices were noticably aba# about town since Monday, ti deadline set by Sheriff Augu Knetsch in Ins drive to rid the coun of this kind of vice
After several months of discuss! with dog owners, the Board of CT Commissioners Monday secur passage of a revised dog ordman providing for the licensing ai keeping of dogs within the city.
Acting with the recoiiunendation the Board of City Development, el officials this week inai preparations to close the purchase a strip (rf land adjoining the cl water works in a new developmf known as luanda Park Highlands.