New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Deadline extended on city election plan
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
New Braunfels won't be hearing from the U.S. Department of Justice this week. But City Attorney John Churm still hopes for a positive verdict on the city’s new election plan. And he hopes to get it in time to hold the election on Aug 9, as scheduled.
It may not work out that way. Technically, the Department of Justice now has until Aug 7 to make a decision on the plan.
Teresa Lynn, the Washington analyst assigned to New Braunfels’ case, asked Chunn for some additional information last week. “I Federal-Expressed it up there on June 7,” the city attorney said.
By law. the Justice Department had 60 days to respond to New Braunfels' plan, submitted on April 20. Since the new documents are considered an addendum to the original submission, the 60-day deadline has now become Aug. 7.
However, Chunn feels the federal
analysts are “sensitive” to New Braunfels’ own time constraints.
In a telephone conversation earlier this week. “(Lynn) indicated they’d get to it as soon as they possibly could.” Chunn said, adding “She didn’t make me any promises.” Wheels in Washington have been known to turn slowly.
“The State of Texas wanted an answer (from the justice department) in the first 60 days on the congressional redistricting plans, and they didn t get it." Chunn noted. “So
who am I to say?”
Meanwhile, the Mexican American I>egal Defense and Education Fund apparently hasn’t said all it’s going to say about New Braunfels’ new election plan either.
"We have submitted some comments (to the justice department), but we have not completed our comments,” said MALDEF attorney Judith Sanders-Castro.
The Hispanic rights group objected to the part of the plan which calls for three of seven city council members
to be elected by place and majority vote. All seven are elected that way now, but the new plan provides for four to be chosen from singlemember, neighborhood districts.
MALDEF supported an alternate plan, in which the three at-large council members would have been elected by plurality vote, running en masse for no particular seat. Chunn and the City Council found tins to be in violation of the Texas Constitution.
A copy of that constitutional provision was one of the items
Washington requested of Chunn. Lynn didn't have one handy, he said.
He also sent results of the 1966 council election, tile first one held under the present city charter. Two Mexican-Americans were seated in that election. One black candidate ran a fairly strong race, but lost 2-1.
Other items requested by the justice department last week were amendments made to the charter since 1966 and statistical breakdowns of New Braunfels’ voting population by race and precinct.
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Pope pulls surprise, blasts Polish regime
Close of a career
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O E. ‘Pete’ Hendricks looks back on his 17 year careerStepping downHendricks reflects on career, touts students
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Pope John Paul II today urged Communist Party chief Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelskt to restore free trade unions and persuaded the government to let Solidarity leader Lech Walesa meet privately with the pontiff.
The pope gave Jaruzelski a tough lecture during a televised meeting that the Polish government had hoped would lend papal legitimacy to martial law rule. The pontiff and Jaruzelski later met privately.
Government spokesman Jerzy Urban said afterward that the pope's meeting with the 39-year-old Solidarity leader would include the entire Walesa family and was arranged at John Paul’s request.
But he added “This does not mean that the attitude of the government to Mr. Walesa has changed. ’ Walesa is still only a former leader of an outlawed trade union, Urban said.
Walesa, his family were preparing
AUSTIN < APi Gov. Mark White has signed uito law a bill to get drunken drivers off the road by treating their drinking problem or slapping Diem in jail “The new law represents a significant step toward reducing Dr* number of drunken drivers on Texas, roads and highways," Senate sponsor Bill Sarpalius said Thursday.
Under the new law, effective Jan I, a first-time DW! offender would face maximum punishment of two years in jail and a $2,000 fine, but could avoid going to jail by participating iii an alcohol or drug dependency evaluation,
Second-tune offenders also would fate maximum jail tune of two years and a fine of up to $2,000, but would have lo serve at least three days in jail to get a probated sentence A third-Uine offender could get five years in state prison arui a fine of up to $2,000 and would have to serve at least
to leave their Gdansk home for the southwest city of Czestochowa for the meeting, said Walesa’s wife, Danuta The pope arrives in Czestochowa on Saturday, and earlier reports set the meeting for Sunday.
However, the government set no time or place for the meeting
A government source said the regime was surprised by the pope’s bluntness in the public session with Jaruzelski and feared it might touch off further mass demonstrations. Extra police and water cannon were deployed in Warsaw today, where more than 50,000 Poles marched in protest Thursday night chanting “Solidarity! Solidarity!"
In the nationally televised meeting with Jaruzelski. the pontiff told the Communist Party leader he wanted the 1980 Gdansk accords tnat gave birth to Solidarity “gradually put into effect ” The union was the Soviet bloc’s first free trade union
IO days in jail to get probation Penalties are even tougher til DWI cases involving serious injury or death Killing someone while under the influence of alcohol would carry the same two to 10-year |R*nalty as current law, but the new law would require a defendant to spend al least four tnonDis iii prison even if they are granted protiation,
The new taw states that a person is legally drunk if a lest for alcohol in Dr* blood sluiws a concentration of 0 IO percent or more Previously , the b!ood-ali oho! level was considered only “evidence" of intoxication “Studies show Dial people with a 010 percent bliRid-alcohol level are too drunk to Im* driving,” Sarpalius. I >-Hereford, said in a statement The law would eliminate deferred adjudication by which a person convicted of drunken driving can get
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He lectured Dr* general on “the important share of responsibility that lies upon each one of you before history and before your consciences," and called for a return to the “principles so painstakingly worked out in the critical days of August 1980" in Gdansk.
The pope coupled his call for a return to the pre-martial law union accords with an expression of hope that "conditions can be created” under w hich the West could lift trade sanctions against Poland, imposed in response to martial law.
But he pointedly avoided any direct appeal to Western governments, which the Polish government had sought.
The pope s remarks followed a night of dcmonstrations in support of the now-outlawed union that included
a march by 50,000 protesters past
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By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
He’s seen people from all walks of life - including education Dud Imve hung (Hi to their jobs for too long.
Determined not to gain first-hand experience of what he’s seen, O K Hendricks, a man not yet of retirement age, has decided to get out while Dr* going was good Hendricks who pukes! up the
nickname "Pete” when Im* was a toddler plans to leave the career which brought hun to New Braunfels 17 years ago and has kept hun here ever since “It was one of Dr* hardest decisions that I've ever had to make....I've had more moments and tunes that I've wondered if I'd made Du* right decision,” the 62-year-old soft-spoken man said.
But, he later added, ifs tune to move on and so he slut ll,
Hendricks has indicated that he may not be retiring entirely He preferred not to reveal his plans at this point but said, “I’ll let the persons (involved in Dr* his possible new employment > make the announcement... I think it s premature of me” to make one now.
Whatever position the superintendent is considering, he does not plan to leave the area I’m not going anywhere,” he smiled, adding Dial ‘I'm not considering full-time retirement (at this point) or full-time employment.”
Flanked by the diplomas, certificates, plaques of apprec iation and other mementos an educator and administrator might ac quire over a 40-year career, Hendricks outlined Ins plans for retiring as superintendent of the New Braunfels Independent School District during an interview in his office,
Proudly (at at tunes) somewhat
l>oastfuliy, the gray-flan cd father of four also pointed out accomplishments made iii the school district during his administration and noted the many changes in education.
His pride, however, was not on behalf of Die role tx* played iii Du* school district, which tie modestly says was a small role. His pride was in Die students themselves.
Describing the satisfaction he’s gained throughout Ins c areer as “an intangible thing,” Hendricks remembered recent events which made him most proud Leaning back iii Ins chair, Hendricks recalled events this past year that “made my chest swell out with pride., that made nu* feel like I was IO feet tall." Three specific tunes immediately came* to his mind Die high school's baseball and football teams’ successes and Die high school
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Tougher DWI law signed by WhiteThe beat goes on in Comal ISD
Panel members have varied backgroundsThursday's advertisement draws responses
By DEBBIE DhLOACH Staff writai
The first meeting of Dr* 11-member advisory committee Thursday night, appointed by Dr* Comal Independent School District Imard of trustees two nights tufore, was closed, then open, then closed again
Hut a press release Friday morning indicated the committee took some initial steps toward accomplishing the task at hand ’ The committee members found more areas of agreement than disagreement, even though the members reflect a broad spectrum of Hr* community," the release read.
The task is a report within 30 days chi a list of rune concerns, presented to the conuiuttee by the board Tuesday night The list includes lack of communication within CTS!), teacher turnover, divisive board policies, low morale, an alleged "hit list” for teachers who speak out and their principals who take the heat, and the issue of student leachers not returning to CIS!) after graduation.
Committee members spent the first hour of business introducing each other, electing a chair
person, and appointing a recorder Col Robert Van Horn was unanimously elected chairman, with one attention, and Kay Walling volunteered her services as recorder
Van Horn retired from Die Army as a colonel in 1972 Three of his children have graduated from Canyon High Sc hool, and Ills fourth will be* in the eighth grade in September. "I have the distinction of living across the street from the famous Gruene Road dump,” he joked with his fellow cuouiuttee members.
Lucie Dowe of Bulverde has two children in C1SD — one will be a fourth-grader, the other a seventh-grader She has taught school in San Antonio, and leas attended CIS!) board meetings for the last four
Denim* Williams, also from Bulverde, has three children, is president of a security company (as in locks and things) in San Antonio, and has a background in private investigating He is a 20-year resident Texan, originally hailing from Pennsylvania
Dwain Brown of Canyon lake has seen CIAO grow
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It was hard to miss the full page ad in Thursday’s Herald /enuny, paid for by a “Committee in Support of Elected Board Members of Comal Independent School District, James I anga beer. Treasurer"
The ad, headed “(TSI) Patrons, Here an* the Facts,” spawned such reaction Friday, that here’s just a scratch on Dr* surface:
Board member David Boa trier, calling from New York, said he knew something along Dus line was up. but “I was startled with the size. I knew of a group of businessmen who wanted to put this thing to bed, because of its effect on people moving into the district,” he said “But I was not aware of the format that would be taken, or when anything would colla* out of it.”
The ad’s format raised some concern with Buatner, with flow it listed “stated concern, and then “fact" — eight of them in all "No 8 is not a fact. Ifs more philosophical Durn anything else, and I’m sure what the intention is behind such a statement,” Boa trier said The No 8 concern of “lam teacher morale exists in CISD” was answered by the “Fact Many fine teachers of CISD are only interested in doing their job — that of teaching children not to be involved rn
local politics...The majority of patrons knot* Dial their c hildren arc being taught by highly motivated ami c aring teachers teachers who love children “A teacher bas Dm* ugh! to provide positive input as much as anyone else,’’ Loather said Friday Iii fact, those who do so, I would consider more raring, more dedicated, and more conscientious Durn Die average teacher To he seen and not heard is not my view ”
Loather expressed a concern over Die ad s timing, two days after an 11-member advisory committee had been approved by Dx* board to find out what Die facts were. “It certainly collies across that way, Diat the committee wasn’t necessary if Du facts are already known,” fie added That's Du* way Du* ad came across to Carter Casteel, spokesperson for the “Concerned Taypayers” group “If the facts are already there, what’s Die committee's purpose1' It is my understanding a board member placed the ad, and if so, why did Im* vote for Dr* committee Du* night before?” Casteel questioned “I would encourage Dr* committee to address the
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