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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas o pinions Harald-Zeitum Dave Kramer, Editor and General Manager Susan Haire, Managing EditorAndy RooneyTrick to vacation lies in letting world pass by The thing all of us need to get away from for a real rest is impossible. We need to get away from ourselves. There are times when I get sick and tired of being so much like myself every day of my life, including on vacation. When you go away on vacation with .he children, it isn’t much of a vacation for you or them. There are too many people at all the good places. Maybe we ought to have a national lottery and draw for the weeks of the year that we take our vacations. It would thin out the crowds and be better for all the vacation areas that have either too many people or not enough. I don’t notice too many bad things about getting older every year except that it hurts more to go barefoot. The water seems colder now, too. There ought to be a limit to how-much time anyone has to spend in a car on vacation. Places that are hard to get to are not necessarily better. Boats are not nearly as dependable as cars. There are more things that can go wrong with a boat than with almost anything else I know of. There are people who like to talk about having been to every one of the 50 states on vacation or they talk about having been to all except North Dakota and Alaska or Montana and Hawaii. It always sounds to me as if they’ve had some pretty terrible vacations just traveling to get someplace so they can say they’ve been there. Frankly, I don’t care whether they’ve been to all 50 states or not. What did they do that was interesting when they got there? It’s difficult to break my routine on vacation. I still get up early because of some nervous premonition I get when I first awaken that the world is passing me by. The trick of a real vacation is not in getting over the feeling the world is passing you by, but in not caring whether or not it does. The biggest change in my daily schedule during vacation is when I take my shower. During most of the year I take a shower every morning and put on clean clothes. When I’m on vacation I shower before dinner and put on clean clothes then. In the morning, I put them on again. It’s amazing how much money it costs to do not much of anything when you’re on vacation. WIW HISTORIC RRST WILL OCCUR ON AN UPCOMING SHUTTLE MISSION? FORAFEVI WEEKS, A TEACHER WKL FINAU# EARN WHAT SHES WORTH... james Kilpatrick Some questions are better left to the people WASHINGTON — It’s tinkering time on Capitol Hill — a time, that is, for tinkering with the Constitution. The Senate Judiciary Committee has reported two versions of an amendment to compel a balanced federal budget. An amendment on the matter of prayer in public schools is actively pending and could come out of committee at any time. It is a curious thing Here we have a conservative administration in the White House. The Senate is controlled by a presumptively conservative party. Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and Strom Thurmond of South Carolina are universally adjudged to rank among the most conservative members of the chamber. One of the tenets of conservatism is resistance to change. Why this rush to change the supreme law of the land? To this rhetorical inquiry, my friends respond that conservatism does not oppose all change; it opposes only unnecessary change. The proposed changes are necessary. Therefore conservatives should support them. I don’t buy the supposed necessity, but let us consider the proposals at hand. After six years of active effort and at least IO different drafts, the Senate committee last week came up with a balanced budget amendment that at least has a consitutional feel. It says: “Outlays of the United States for any fiscal year shall not exceed receipts to the United States for that year, unless three-fifths of the whole number of both Houses of Congress shall provide for a specific excess of outlays over receipts. The Congress may waive the provisions of this article for any fiscal year in which a declaration of war is rn effect.” That version is an enormous improvement over the incomprehensible drafts that have been circulated in recent years. It is better rn every way than an alternative version simultaneously reported by the committee. This alternative would lead us into the foggy swamps of a potential tax increase that could not “increase by a rate greater than the rate of increase in national income in the previous year.” That is gobbledegook, and gobbledegook has no place in the Constitution. Yet even the boiled-down, preshrunk, fat-trimmed version ought to be rejected. The key sentence is unenforceable.If the proposed amendment were in effect today, it would compel Congress (if any power could compel Congress) to impose stunning increases rn taxes or to make draconian slashes in outgo. The path to a balanced budget does not lie over a cliff. On the heels of the two versions of a balanced budget amendment is a resolution on prayer: “Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit individual or group silent prayer or reflection in public schools. Neither the United States nor any state shall require any person to participate in such prayer or reflection, nor shall they encourage any particular form of silent prayer or reflection.^ Viewed semantically, this is not bad. Not good, mind you, but not bad. That verb V‘encourage” is soft around the edges. But conservative "WE ARE GATHERED HERE TD WITNESS THC BNP OF MS MARCIA FE/NBLOOM'S Acm search for I A LIFELONG COMPANION " "mu RULING NOTHING OUT definitively, TODAY SHE CELEBRATES HER RELEASE FROM THE TYRANNY OF INFIATEP EXPECTATIONS. SHOULD ANY PERSON HAYE REASON WHY THIS CEREMONY SHOUP NOT TARE PLACE, SPEAK NOW OR FOREVER HOUP WOR PEACE * \ OH, THANK GOO I SOMEBODY ORAB HIM! WHO IS ITT / H Most of the things I do that are healthy for me are not things I do intentionally, i almost always run up stairs, for example, just to get it over with, and I’ve never liked sitting out in the sun to get a tan. Even before the doctors started telling us how dangerous too much sun is. I hated it. I eat too much on vacation but, of course, I eat too much when I’m not on vacation, too. One of the many things I don’t like about vacation is that you alw ays end up counting the number of days you have left. There are people who enjoy planning a vacation more than they enjoy taking one. Then the day they arrive, they start talking about wl and how they’re going home. I have more vacation shirts than have time off to wear them. I kc buying new sports shirts but usual end up wearing my comfortable, old ones. Some years, the right occasic to w ear my new shirt never comes. The biggest trouble with my| vacation this year is that we haven’t| had enough rainy days. You do thingsl on a rainy day that you don’t do any! other time. I love a rainy day when| you can’t go outMailbag Reader disagrees with tax assessment maxims teach us that when it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change. The most recent opinion of the Supreme Court, striking down an Alabama law authorizing a minute of silence for “voluntary prayer or meditation,” was a stupid and unwarranted decision. Even so, it appeared evident that if the Alabama Legislature had not tried so hard to out-cute the court, the statute would have been upheld. As Justice O’Connor observed, it is hard to support an implication that 20 silent children threaten an establishment of state religion. This issue of school prayer may safely be left to courts, to legislators, and to the obduracy of old-fashioned teachers in the Bible Belt. They don’t care what the high court says; they’re going to bow heads anyway. A balanced budget will have to be left to the wisdom of the people, or to their folly, in electing members of Congress. If we elect candidates with sound principles, we may get a sound budget. If we don’t, we won’t. To the Editor: We believe the copy of the enclosed letter is self-explanatory. Since the contents should be of grave concern to many Comal County residents and homeowners, we thought that it may be worth publishing in the Herald You may not agree with our thoughts, but several do that we have talked with. To date, not even a courtesy reply has been received We enjoy the Herald, and particularly the city and county news that it contains We have been Comal County residents for over eleven years    just hope that taxes do not force us to leave The enclosed letter is as follows: Gentlemen: We are unable to agree with your Current Taxable Value figures, nor the Current Estimated Tax Hts impossible for: 11 Comal County taxable values to increase over 50 percent 2) Comal Independent School District taxable values to increase over 60 percent 3) Comal County Farm Road and Flood Taxable values to increase over 260 percent. 41 Current Estimated Taxes to increase almost 80 percent. And the above is from 1984 to 1985 - ONLY ONE YEAR! What are the> going to be rn two years...five years ...or eight years? Heaven forbid It certainly appears from the above that Comal County is trying to discourage individuals from buying or building homes in the county. And you probably do not care, but can you possibly imagine how these increases affect those of us who are on a fixed income'* Such as widows and those retired persons who rely on Social Security'’ It must be real nice to sit back and raise taxes so that salaries can be raised at the homeowner’s expense. Why not try to trim the budget and cut expenses * All you can think about is “appreciation.” Even the Internal Revenue Service knows the meaning of the word depreciation.” Or is this word not in your vocabulary ? Your very serious consideration must be given to lowering of taxes for the benefit of all concerned Comal County taxpayers. William H Frobese Baker is talented cartoonist, teacher To the Editor: This is in response to a letter published July 25 Coach Bob Baker is a multitalented individual. First and foremost. Bob Baker is a devoted family man Not only is Coach Baker an outstanding coach, he is an excellent classroom teacher, an accomplished artist whose works are published in many periodicals, and is an acclaimed author Aside from the above mentioned talents, he is and has been an exemplary model to th* youth of this community. Personally we feel that this community is for lunate to have Coach Baker, X’s anc O’s included Billie Renner and Ann Matne’ Visitor grateful for residents' help To the Editor: My family and I recently enjoyed i Fourth of July weekend tubing OI the Comal River, staying at th Faust Hotel and eating in th downstairs restaurant of the Prince So Ll i is Inn We had a fine (amil weekend and enjoyed New Braunfel very much While in town our car develope over-heating problems and we took to Chuck White al the Auto Hat Texaco We especially want to Don out the courteous and profession! service there and thank Mr Whit his wife, mechanics Steve. Becky ar others for very fine service We found them concerned abo out-of-tow ners and very helpfi Thank you. Jack Hanna, Pal. Megan, ai J etal Your representatives Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D.C., 20510 Sen. John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711 Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 Gov. Mark White Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol Austin, Texas 78701 Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510 Rep. Mac Sweeney {Guadalupe County) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C., 20515 Rep. Tom Loeffler U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515 ;