New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Here we go again. Citizens beware!
There is a proposal by Mr. (Richard) Rhodes, the (Comal County) chief appraiser, that he start collecting taxes for all taxing entities.
Here are but a few of the issues that I think need to be considered before such a decision is made.
Since the implementation of the Peveto Bill and the formation of central appraisal districts, there has been a resounding cry of protest from across the state of injustices, inequities and abuse of the taxpayers.
Our local central appraisal district is no exception. Just about this time last year, both the chairman and secretary of (Comal Central Appraisal District) Board resigned as a statement of protest against the actions of the board.
Then the citizens, with the assistance of our county attorney, had to appeal to the attorney general to stop the construction of a new building, which may have been an illegal act at the time they were considering it. Certainly, if it had been allowed, the taxpayers would be several million dollars deeper in debt in these times of decreasing economic income and ever increasing tax rates. In spite of our efforts, we still ended up paying several thousand dollars for unnecessary architectural services.
The then chief appraiser resigned, citing too much job stress. Our new chief appraiser has promised us great things. So far, about the only thing he has delivered is a new budget, which would allow for nearly a $12,000 salary increase for himself. Not too bad for less than six months on the job!
He did go to Austin and win some appeals that lowered the amount our school districts would be penalized for inadequate appraisals, but I understand NBISD will still tie penalized approximately $800,000 and CISD even more.
He did find a new “home” for the CAD offices on the top floor of the NBISD administration building, but certainly there were questions raised as to just where and when those negotiations were made. We citizens were led to believe this agreement would benefit the taxpayers because the $41,000 the school received in rent would help lower our school tax rate. Now we find that the $41,000 of rent doesn't even show up in the (NBISD) proposed budget. It quietly slips back into the very mysterious (NBISD) “reserve fund”, and
taxpayers get the largest tax rate increase possible without being subject to a roll back.
It seems unwise to turn another department’s responsibilities to Mr. Rhodes when he, in my opinion, hasn’t proven he can manage the job he was hired to do. Our own county auditor warned of just such actions when he questioned the wisdom of the CAD moving into the school administration building. He said it had been his observation “when departments were able to acquire more space than they actually needed, they quickly set about to fill up that space.” What we have here is a fine example of bureaucracy building.
Sure, (Rhodes’) proposal may look good on paper, and it may appear that it would save us money. Perhaps I could draw up something that would appear to save us money on paper, but those in authority would be foolish to accept it because I have no track record that I can deliver what I propose. I do not feel Mr Rhodes has a track record worthy of acceptance, either. Then what happens if he isn’t able to deliver. We know ell, from past experience, a bigger tax burden will just lie passed on to the citizens.
Another reason for strongly opposing this proposal is that at least with the individual taxing entities collecting taxes they are subject to elected representatives. If this is turned over to the CAD, they are subject only to an appointed board We already know from previous experience this affords very little accountability to the citizens. Such a move would only bring us one step closer to total taxation without representation!
It is my opinion, the more closely any taxing entity binds itself to the central appraisal district, the more suspect their actions become in the eyes of the community. I can only wonder if this is one more deal, worked out behind closed doors, that will be forced on the citizens and taxpayers without ever considering our concerns and desires.
Citizens, if you do not wish to turn your tax collections over to the control of another appointed board or someone hired by them, make your voice heard now. Call or write your elected representatives, city council members, school board members and your county commissioners, personally. Encourage others to do likewise. Attend all public meetings where this topic may be discussed and make sure your view is presented. If this passes, representative government will have suffered another major defeat.
Margaret A. Raborn
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For the first time since their troubles began, I experienced a twinge of sympathy for Tammy and Jimmy Bakker.
It came when Tammy blubbered — her favorite means of communication — that the new custodians of the RTL had stolen her doggies.
While she and Jimmy had been praying and shopping in California, they had left their dogs behind in their palatial South Carolina home.
But when they returned, the dogs were gone. And it turns out that Jerry Falwell’s people had given them to a kennel, which had found new homes for them.
As a dog lover, that got to me. I could understand why Falwell would want to evict Tammy and Jimmy and sell off the house to pay debts. Or why he’d reject their demand for $250,000-a-year pension.
But their dogs? As Tammy spoke of them, I could tell that her plump heart must have been breaking.
And when I joined Slats Grobmk for a beer that evening, I told him that I thought Falwell had been unnecessarily cruel.
“I think you are getting soft in the cranium," Slats said.
No, there are limits to how much anyone should suffer. And the loss of those dogs exceeded the limits.
“Do you know what kind of dogs those were?” Slats said.
No, I didn’t note that detail. But what difference does it make? A dog is a dog.
“Those two dogs were St. Bernards. You ever see a St. Bernard?"
Of course. Big dogs. Notorious droolers, but
they have a reputation for friendliness. legend has it that they used to go to the aid of snowbound travelers in the Alps and provide them with a pop of hootch from kegs strapped to their necks. If true, man never had a better friend. Kspecially a drinking man.
“Yeah, that’s all true, but you ever watched one of them eat?"
No, I can’t say I’ve had that experience. But I’ve seen Chicago aldermen eat and that’s an impressive sight.
“Well, let me tell you about St. Bernards. I used to own one."
You did? In your little apartment?
“Right. I got it during the fuel crisis. I figured that it would throw off enough body warmth to help me keep my heating bill. uown.”
A smart idea.
“No, it didn’t work out. It wound up costing me a fortune. You see, a St. Bernard eats about four pounds of dog food a day."
That’s a hearty diet.
“Right. Even my wife don’t eat that much most of the time. Anyway, you got to feed one of those hounds about 30 pounds of food a week. So if you buy any decent dog food by the bag, it’s going to cost you about $35 a week for just one of them."
A tidy sum.
"Yeah, and Tammy had two of them. So that means the least it cost them for dog food was $70 a week.”
That’s $10 a day.
“Right. Now, look at it this way. Picture some dippy old lady sitting in her rooming house or nursing home watching Tammy and Jimmy on TV asking for money."
I have a mental picture. Go on.
“OK. They’re making a pitch for money, talking about how they want to do the I/ird’s work, so the old biddy reaches under her mattress and gets out a wrinkled $10 bill and sends it in to them.”
As so many have done.
“She figures this is what the I,ord wants her to do. And she figures that when her time comes, she’ll get some points for that tenner. But what happens to her IO bucks?"
Tell me, what?
“Dog food. Her IO bucks covers just one day’s dog food. Think about that. Every day, day after day, it took some old doll’s IO bucks to feed Tammy’s two mutts. Add it up. At the end of a year, more than $3,500. If those dogs live to be more than 109 years old, it would be more than $35,000. And I’m not figuring in inflation, either.” That’s a lot of dog food.
"Yeah, about 16 tons. But did they ever go on TV and tell people what they needed money for?”
In those terms, I doubt it.
“Course not. How would it sound if Tammy had got up on TV and batted those eye-fangs of hers and said: ‘Oh, sweet Jesus wants all you people to send money so my dogs can eat eight pounds of food a day. If you do that, I will love you, my dogs will love you, and the I>ord will love you. The only person who won’t love you is the flunky who cleans up the yard after them.’ ” Thinking of it that way, it may have been an extravagance. But I still feel sorry for Tammy. It’s obvious she loved those dogs.
“Yeah, but she’s still got Jimmy.”
That’s true. And at least he doesn’t drool.
“Not since Florida."
Without Jesus, Jews are without salvation
DALLAS (AP) — A former president of the Southern Baptist Convention has publicly reiterated his belief that Jews can't find salvation without Jesus, renewing a controversy that first erupted seven years ago.
“I’m not against the Jewish people,” the Rev. Bailey Smith told 2,000 cheering Southern Baptist evangelists last week in St. Louis. “But unless they repent and get born again, they don’t have a prayer."
The Dallas Times Herald today reported Smith’s comments, delivered June 17 at a conference at a Southern Baptist convention. The Times Herald said Smith’s speech was made when the conference was not in session.
Jewish leaders responded with dismay to Smith’s comments, which echoed his 1980 statement that “God doesn’t hear the prayers of a Jew."
“I’m very upset, I’m furious," the Rabbi James Rudin, national interreligious director of the American Jewish Committee, told the Times Herald Thursday from his New York office. “It is really unfortunate that we have another insensitive and theologically biased example u Christian anti-Semitism from a man we heard it from seven yeat a ago."
Smith was president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1980.
Urging ministers to tackle tough issues, he noted that few publicly supported him in 1980.
“When I was willing to put myself into a national controversy, because I just happened to say that if you don’t know Jesus Christ, you haven’t got a prayer, some men that I loved and trusted wouldn’t stand with me on that, and they’d come to me, and they’d say, ‘Bailey, that was true, but you shouldn’t have said it,”’ Smith said. “Folks, if the Bible is true, you ought to say it."
remarks will not hamper progress between Jews and evangelicals. Since Smith’s 1980 speech, Jews and conservative Christians have met frequently to discuss their differences.
Smith could not be reached for comment.
‘I genuinely thought he understood what we were trying to say to him (in 1980), so our hurt is deeper today," said Mark Briskman, regional director in Dallas of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. “The debate has never been what his theology is or what his beliefs are. He’s a
“If people understand Bailey to be a friend of the Jewish people, one who is an ardent supporter of Israel, and at the same time understand him to be unequivocal in his conviction that nobody comes to God other than through Jesus, there’ll be no trouble,” said the Rev. Paige Patterson, president of Criswell Bible College in Dallas.
“But if they construe this to be hidden vestiges of anti-Semitism and fodder for anti-Semitism, it can be explosive."
Baptist, and I respect that.
“The issue is the use of these remarks in an
inappropriate way in an inappropriate forum, (and) that this creates the potential for real bigots and real anti-Semites to use it as a sanctioning device.”
Conservative Christians believe the only way to achieve God’s grace and heaven is through Jesus. Jews believe in prayer and observing God’s commandments.
Southern Baptist leaders saidjhey hope Smith’s
The Rev. Adrian Rogers, president of the 14.6-million member Southern Baptist Convention, said he hopes Smith’s remarks won’t be interpreted as anti-Semitic.
“It seems to me that Bailey Smith is saying what historic Christianity is and states that Jesus Christ is the only hope of the world,” Rogers said.
In a 1986 survey of evangelical Christians’ attitudes toward Jews, the Anti-Defamation League found that 85 percent disagreed with the assertion that God does not hear the prayers of a Jew. The survey also found that 59 percent believed Jews can’t be forgiven for their purported role in Jesus’ crucifixion until they accept him as their savior.