New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Flat tax could solve many problems
In your editorial for June I, 1995, entitled “A Daunting Task,” you may have assigned Gov. Bush a “Mission: Impossible” in your question: “So how does the state decrease the property tax burden on taxpayers and still maintain the revenue stream required to fund public education and state services?”
I agree with you that George Bush did very well in his first legislative session in public office. But we all should know that a state governor is very limited in his constitutional authority to limit human growth within the borders of a state. We have a federal government directing us to accept our share of the 2 million legal and illegal immigrants into our state each year. We all remember the flood of Cubans that came to our state under President Carter. This was followed, and preceded, by the Vietnamese after the Vietnam fiasco. Now we await a flood of more Cubans under President Clinton. In other words, Gov. Bush can only hope that our state population remains the same or decreases during his term of office.
My home state of Michigan during the depression of the 1930s switched from property tax to sales tax because property values almost disappeared. It worked—but not completely because we had union strikes and FDR’s useless experiments to cure the depression. Even after Pearl Harbor Day, sales gave way to war production. They had to come back to property taxes.
The depression blessed us with population stability. People stopped getting married and having large families, if married. The census for the 1930s through 1940 increased by only IO million souls. Illegal Canadians went home. Immigration nearly stopped. We had no jobs for aliens.
Un conclusion, if our nation goes to a flat tax I believe that a flat income tty could solve our growth problem. I would not tamper with Our state sales tax. Our former Gov. Richards took a big plunge into gambling with great expectations.
; i have advised Gov. Bush to: avoid unionism; avoid COLAS (Cost of Living Allowances); avoid any increase in gambling; and push student vouchers iii the next legislative session. Only teiacher unions oppose vouchers.
Elwyn S. Baldwin, Retired Teacher
Flitting children first should be No. 1 priority
I feel compelled to respond to your article which appeared on the front page of the May 30 edition of the H-Z concerning the termination of the executive director of the Women’s Shelter.
The circumstances around her termination bring up many issues which are affecting our citizens today and provide valid points for both sides of these issues.
* Mazy made the statement, “This is a woman’s issue and it’s not going to die. It is unacceptable for a woman to be separated from her child to earn a living.” For many women, this is true. It is a tragedy that women who truly desire to stay home with their newborn and young children and take part in this very important time together are often forced out into the workplace before they feel ready to return due to financial needs within their families.
' However, it is equally unacceptable to try to perform one’s job outside the home while concurrently trying to meet the constant needs and demands of an infant on company time.
This, in my opinion, is not just a woman’s issue. It is a family issue, and it is a community issue, and on a greater scale, is it not also a societal issue? *
Last week I attended a lecture given by nationally known author Marianne Williamson. She made a good point
relating to this issue. She said that women are not truly liberated simply by leaving the home and making it in the working world alongside men. Women will be truly liberated when families are allowed a real choice. And if that choice involves the mother or father staying home for the first few years of their children’s lives, or staying home permanently and being a homemaker, then that choice ought to be valued and supported by members of the family, neighborhood, community and society.
I believe that if Mazy chose to return to her former position after the leave allowed her, she owed it to her employers to do the best job possible and to perform that job within the guidelines set up by her company. I don’t feel that her termination was any kind of punishment for speaking out. Her employers probably had nothing against Mazy personally and were most likely just trying to run their business. I do believe she felt strongly about these issues and had to make a choice between principle and financial security. Unfortunately, those who stand up for their principles often do suffer.
Marianne Williamson asked her audience that night to think about what the world would be like if the bottom line in many of our decisions was not money, power or successes of that nature, but rather, is it good for the children? As a society, the family structure is suffering. It is time for mothers and fathers to take a stand for their children and to come together with community and society leaders to come up with some real solutions— solutions that don’t involve breaking the rules or compromising to come to a workable arrangement. It is time to think about what is good for the children, the mothers, the fathers, the family as a whole, and to offer better options for people like Chants Mazy.
When employers are confronted with issues such as this, there is often a lot of confusion and emergency meetings and quick decisions being made, because we don’t know where we stand on these issues until they come up in our own lives. Wouldn’t it be better to be prepared beforehand and to know where we stand? And if where we stand is not the place we should be, wouldn’t it be better to change our position?
Michelle Barr New Braunfels
Words only rn dog could enjoy
Earth is a spaceship. It’s self-contained and capable of continually replenishing all food and material necessary to sustain all life forever. If managed right, it could be a permanent Garden of Eden.
Earth is a mere speck in the overall universal scheme of planets, stars, meteorites, etc. Earthly inhabitants are even lesser specks—especially people and more so, the ants. Earth is so tiny it can not be seen without a telescope from any of our own solar system planets. Our solar system is a speck among the billions of galaxies.
Our solar system is a giant atom (a pocket of atomic energy) where the electrons (planets) constantly revolve around a positive electrically charged nucleus (the sun). An atom is a small particle of atomic energy and a component of all matter. Viewing a person through an electronic microscope, you
would not see a person, you would see a cluster of atoms zipping about. Viewing your hand, you would see atoms, not your hand.
Humans (all earthly creatures) are basically clogs of dirt or dust united by atomic energy (atoms) clustered together forming bodies. Spirits supplied by God operate these bodies through the brains (souls) that are powered by electrical energy. Brains can operate without a spirit like a car idling without a driver; but without a spirit, a body does not know what to do.
Due to the Big Bang and earth’s continually speeding outward into deeper space, environmental and atmosphere changes will occur. The latest flood and major earthquakes are examples.
Imaginably thinking, Planet Earth could be a space probe sent out by its mother planet or spaceship exploring the universe similar to Earth’s plans for the year 2000. Do y’all understand all this?
Skidrow (my dawg)! Comc-meer boy! Now you understood all this right, boy? Roof! Louder boy! Roof!! Louder! Roof!!! @$A%#*&#!!! Hey!
I heard that. Baaaaad doggie! Get in your dawg house!
Sometimes I wonder about that dawg.
Jerry E. Daugherty Spring Branch
Aunt Ida's having a bad hair day
I know you ain’t no “dear Abbey," but you do hear and know about what’s goin’ on—so I thought you could recommend a good sighkolo-gist fer my Aunt Ida. She stays mad at the world, always looking down her nose, with the worst case of self-itus you ever seen, lf she sees two people talking together, she thinks they’re talking about her, and if she ever heard of something somebody said about her, she’d say, “If Ida been there, I woulda knocked her teeth down her throat!” I said, “Aunt Ida, you better watch it, or the FBI will put you on their list as ’Jane Doe No. I.’ In that case, the only friend you’d have left would be that tooth-straightening doctor Nelson Kahler.” Did you know he gave the first names of all his kids starting with a K? I told him I just knowed one other feller that done that. He was the head of the KKKs in Hog-gwailer, East Texas.
Dr. Kahler cured Aunt Ida’s overbite, but he said he couldn’t do nothin’ about her backbitin’, bless his heart.
Well, I hafta go see about my troubled Aunt. If families don’t stick up for one another, ain’t much to ‘em, I’d
I called home. They said Aunt Ida wuzent there. She had went out to find herself. Sounds like she may be having an overplay of the game of hide-and-seek, pore thang.
As ever yore friend, "Corny” Greenhorn AKA Daisy Phair
Wentworth gets lashing for alleged ties to developers
Who is Sen. Jeff Wentworth representing? The senator sponsored HB 3193 which removes the Circle C Ranch development from Austin’s jurisdiction and gives them their own government.
Was he representing the people of his district? No. The development is not in Wentworth’s district. The senator ignored long-standing tradition that respects other districts’ rights to govern their own affairs. •
Was he representing the people of Austin. No. They spoke clearly when they voted publicly and overwhelmingly to protect the purity of their aquifer and the watershed which feeds it.
Was he helping reduce big government? No. The bill creates more government: a governor-appointed board specifically for the Circle C.
Was he protecting private property rights? Yes—if that means you can pollute your neighbor’s water. No—if you continue to expect the quality of life often taken for granted in Texas.
Was he representing the Austin developer? Yes. Sen. Wentworth accepted $ 15,000 from the lobbyist
representing Circle C developer Gary Bradley. Some of that money was on behalf of horse owners, but at least $5,000 wasn’t. This is the same Gary Bradley who made off with over $50 million of taxpayers* money by not repaying loans taken out of a failed savings & loan. Your and my tax dol
lars paid Sen. Wentworth for his vote. Sen. Wentworth should pay back the $5,000 to the Federal Treasury and represent the interests of his district instead of Austin developers.
Sincerely, Greg Pasztor San Antonio
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