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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions lave Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Webre. Managing Editor page4    Herald-Zedungi    New    Braunfels    Texas    Tuesday    June9. 1987 Editorial Maybe it’s time to put hydro hoopla on hold It s beginning to look more and more like New Braunfels Utilities will be unable if not unwilling to transfer more than $250,(HK) into municipal coffures for the coming fiscal year The reason: costs associated with the proposed hydroelectric plant at Canyon Dam have come in higher than expected This fanciful project is getting out of hand, and a lot more hangs in the balance than cheap electricity for the city and simple profit for Guadalupe Blanco River Authority. One has to admit that the provisions of the contract bet ween OBRA. NHC and City of New Braunfels are a joy to behold if you're on the OBRA side of the fence The river authority will get money for electricity even if there is no electricity delivered. That's sort of like paying for a car on an installment loan with the stipulation that the seller can take back the vehicle’s engine and still respossess the car when you don’t make the monthly payment since the vehicle is not operable. Still, the plant seems to make economic sense, but if the bids for materials and construction continue to come in higher than expected the sponsors of this project should reassess whether the need has been surpassed by the expense The time to decide whether the hydro is going to be a boon or a bust is now. not later Washington Today Who’s the PACman? By LEE GOULD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP \ Senate debate over campaign finance r**lorm the tither day revealed ut Ie ast one member of Congress who apparently would prefer getting re elected without having to ask the voters for their help Sen David Boren DOkla who is p ■ Suring a bill lo limit spending ai senate elections, recalled in a Hour speech a conversation tie had with ii colleague he would not identify I talked to one congressman and he said I would like it if I could i .list* loo percent of my money from e ves Buren said. referring to political action committees the popular and powerful special interest campaign contributors Boren said tits colleague "was clearly one of those who raised far more than 50 percent from PACS in stead ut Uh* people back home Boren said the unnamed lawmaker told him. "I really like the (act that I can raise $ loo,ooh or $400,000 in one night here in Washington DC in a fund raiser because now I do not have the em harassment of having to go back to the people in my home district or home state and ask them to con tribute to my campaign ” Buren said the man asked him it Buren too. wouldn t in* happier it he didn t need to ask supporters for money "I said. Thank God theConstitu Hon requires us to require the peo pie to participate in elections and it requires us to ask them for their votes Buren recalled Boren’s story triggered the memory of Sen William Armstrong a Colorado Republican Armstrong asking Buren tit yield the floor, said. ‘ I have an uneasy feeling that I may have talked to the same senator because I think I have heard the same story, that he did not w ant to go home and look the voters in the eye and ask for their financial support and he found it very comfortable very cozy. to raise all the money from PACS.” Neither Boren nor Armstrong named the congressman or senator whose campaign strategy they were criticizing Your Representatives u i Sen <_iyyo Benison United st .*,    ,.n He J Md» I Blay Washington. D C 20510 Gov Bill Clements Governor s Office State Capitol Austin Te*as 78711 State Sen William Sims Capitol Station P O Bo* 12068 Austin, Texas 78711 State Rep Edmund Kuempel Te«as Mouse of Austin TeMas 78/69 State Sen Judith Zattinm Capitol Station P O Bom 12068 :    *    Texas    78711 U S Sen Phil Gramm United Slates Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg Washington D C 20510 U S Rep Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington D C 20515 U S Rep Mac Sweeney iGuadalupe County) United States House of Representatives 1713 Longworth House Office Bldg .Vashmgfon, D C 20515 Ronald Reagan The President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington D C 205001I I    ..-'2/ *YCufc -T./E0 AT WORK1 Guest Column Flag Day acknowledgement of national unity By The GRAND COURT ORDER Of CALANTHE June 14 approaches It is time again to celebrate h lag Day and to observe the 209th birthday of the I- lag of the t oited States of America Holidays are days on which we take time off from our daily duties both to celebrate our lives and to reflect on them Flag Day is the day on which we celebrate our lives and to reflect on them Flag Day is the day on which we celebrate arui reflect on our national emblem and on what it should symbolize for us as Americans President Woodrow Wilson, the first president to officially designate June 14 as Flag Day. said as much in his first Flag Day message: "This flag, which we honor and under which we serve is the emblem oi our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation It has no other character than that which we give it from Andy Rooney generation to generation The choices are ours ” How then, in this generation, do we choose to give character to our flag The year 1987 is the Centennial year of two American institutions, both of which point to one meaning tor the American experience and thus for the American Flag The first of these, as all Americans know is our Statue of liberty The second is the National Fraternal Congress of America Both of these institutions remind us that America is a nation of immigrants Lady Liberty reminds us of this. of course, because her torch served as a beacon, a promise to immigrants that if they left their native lands they would be received into a land of freedom and opportunity But many immigrants, on entering the crowded halls of Fills Island at the Statue’s feet, or later on reaching the teeming streets of Manhattan across the bay from her. found a level of confusion and poverty that they had not expected when they left their native lands So in the late 19th Century many groups of im migrants founded Fraternal Benefit Societies, through which they were able to work together to overcome the confusion and poverty and to achieve, through mutual aid. the goals they had sought in coming to America It is out of a union of these societies that the NFC A was formed And what do these institutions have to do with our flag ’ With its 13 stripes and 5o stars. Old Glory symbolizes what America really is A union of a great number of diverse groups and peoples As we are both many states under one flag so are we one nation, to which all the world's peoples have come to work together and provide mutual aid to one another May the American Flag this year symbolize for us what it always really meant That the United States is not just one country, but it is a place where all the world’s peoples have come together, as immigrants, to learn to live together, in peace May Old Glory wave this year over a peaceful lam!, and may it tie shown in a peaceful world On the uncontrolled growth of knowledge Progress is tough on teachers They think they’ve got their subject matter down pat and the someone discovers a new batch of facts and the teachers have to relearn the subject it they're going to teach it properly. Teachers have to be students So much is being added to what everyone ought to know if they’re going to be considered "educated” that it must be difficult for a teacher to keep up The number of facts that ought to be known by an educated person has multiplied by a thousand over what it was 50, 20 or even lo years ago Even in the lower grades, a teacher can’t simply teach the multiplication tables A young person has to be prepared for the computer world I don’t know how schools or teachers are trying to handle it and teachers aren’t the only ones in trouble Doctors, lawyers and scientists must have a hard time staying with it Whether teachers are conveying information about art, physics, sociology', chemistry or history, so much new has been added that teachers have to be master editors and con densers They can’t skip all the knowledge that was accumulated before the 2oth century, but they can’t ignore all the new stuff either Since I went to high school, eight U S presidents, two states, three wars. half a dozen major political scandals. Churchill. Hitler, Stalin. Khrushchev. Gorbachev, space exploration. AIDS, important statesmen, artists, performers, musicians and w riters have been added to what young people ought to learn if they’re go mg to function intelligently in our society. Ii teachers add a detailed study of World War ll to the history course, they must cut down on the Civil War There s room in our brains but there s only so much time to put information in them If teachers lecture on Franklin Roosevelt. John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, they must cut down a little on what they tell their students about Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them are skipping Calvin Coolidge altogether. There s just more knowledge available to be learned than there is time to learn it. In a new book called Cultural Literacy. E D Kirsch Jr writes about the importance, for a country, or widely shared information When everyone understands a lot of the same things, without having to be given a long explanation every time they come up, it saves time and promotes more effective nationwide communications. Hirsch refers to it as "the value of accumulating shared symbols.” This is why public education in America is so important We are all taught the same basic things We all learn the same language and become mutually familiar with the same history the same literature and the same general culture I often pause when I’m writing something and wonder if I can assume that readers or viewers w ill understand some reference I make w ithout an explanation We should a1 understand more than just the bare words when we’re reading something or else a piece of w ritten material gets tediously long with explanations of the ob vious Some black Americans have complained that the Scholastic Aptitude Test for high school students trying to get into college is biased against blacks because the tests ask questions that are outside black culture Spanish speaking Americans don’t want to have to learn English There s nothing w rong w ith black Americans or Spanish speaking Americans maintaining an indepedent culture of their own, but if they’re to succeed in the world, they’re going to also have to be educated to the mainstream American culture like everyone else I say all this. although I’m happy a little dumb ;