New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 141, No. 91
Jordan named Texan of the Year
Veteran legislator honored at conference; named honorary mayor of New Braunfels
By ROSE MARIE EASH HerakJ-Zeltung
Educator and former legislator Barbara Jordan was named the 20th Texan of the Year Thursday night at a reception kicking off the Texas Legislative Conference.
Jordan addressed the importance of legislative bodies during the opening of the 27th annual conference.
She began her address on why the Legislature was the superior branch of the government.
Jordan quoted James Madison in the Federalist Papers, The Legislature alone has access to the pockets of the people.*
She referred to the weight the founding fathers put in the Legislature, citing the space given to the Legislature in the U.S. Constitution.
Jordan said she always carries a copy of the Constitution.
T say to my students I treat the Constitution just like my American Express card — I never leave home without it," Jordan said.
Keeping her remarks topical, ■Jordan referred to a recent school closing in Michigan and the threat of schools closing in Texas should the Legislature fail to solve the binding issue.
She also spoke on the chaos in Russia and how different it might be if based on a legislative system found in the U.S.
“Look at what is going on in Russia right now — wouldn’t it be well if there was such a rule of law that you could know what the outcome of that turmoil will be,” Jordan said.
Speaking of another key reason the Legislature dominated the concern of the founding fathers, Jordan defined the government as one of laws made by those closest to those ruled by them.
"We are a government of laws
I say to my students I treat the Constitution just like my American Express card — I never leave home without it."
Barbara Jordan, Texan of the Year
proposed by legislative bodies — those bodies closest to the people,” she said. The Legislature was not supposed to be king, but it was suppose to be superior. The founders of the country felt that legislative bodies had to be superior because they were closest to people. ”
Jordan said it was in the best interest of everyone to have the best people in the Legislature.
Jordan responded to questions of returning to public service, saying she felt it important to have well-educated legislators and addressed her role as an educator.
Jordan said, T have no plans and desire to return to public office. I enjoyed my time of public service very much and right now I enjoy what I am doing at the LBJ school in teaching young people who are going into government work.
I behove my legacy will be the number of good public servants I can help educate to enter government work. I am satisfied with that”
Jordan was presented the Texan of the Year award at the reception for her outstanding public service over the years.
"It doesn’t get much better than that” Jordan said.
Jordan ranked the Burger-moister Honorary Mayor proclamation presented by Mayor Clinton Brandt unique among all the awards she has received in the past
Barbara Jordan addresses a reception preceding the Texas Legislative Conference at which she was named Texan of the Year. Jordan received several standing ovations during the ceremony, and spoke on the importance of the legislative process. Photos by John Huseth.Inside Stammtisch KruegerWarrant issued In
NBU board approves downtown lighting measure
By (SARY P. CARROLL Hsrsld-ZoHung
The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees approved a measure Thursday to famish and
Roughly $50,000 marked for plaza project
install a proposed downtown light-system to replace the existing older and larger lights on the
The board agreed the lights would provide aesthetic and economic advantages to the plaza, and agreed to spend an initial amount of roughly $50,000 for the installation of 38 new and smaller light posts and fixtures.
Several large fixtures, however, would remain in place near tha
entrances to the plaza.
NBU agraad to supply the expertise and circuitry for the lighting eystem, which would extend mom the central plaza outward to Comal Avenue on the north, Cattail Avenue on the south, Wsst Mill Street, and Coll Street on the east
Several board members voiced concerns over the budgeting of time and money for the lighting project that would extend beyond the current drawings to the railroad tracks that cross W. San
Antonio, to tha Civic Center on Seguin, to Prince Solms Inn on San Antonio and the old City Hall on Seguin.
"lf people would contribute to have it go farther, rd rather buy 70 — stay within our budgat, because the reimbursements would keep us within our budget,” said NBU Board Vice President Robert Or.
"We have the expertise and wa need to provide that expertise, but going beyond this area doem’t seem unreasonable to me," Orr
If the Downtown Association could raise the money for the additional light posts, Orr said NBU would be interested in the project
Orr allo said tha Gruene Historical District would also be a good area to install new lighting money for the project could be raised.
The board agreed also to work toward updating the utility’s existing computer system to expand its efficiency.
Currently, some accounting procedures ere not possible on the existing system, according to Paula Difonzo, NBlTi accounting information manager.
In 1992, he said $46,000 was spent on system maintenance of the current system, and constant repairs are hard on the system end the users.
Possible computer system sales and support companies to update the current system or install a new departmentalized system will be investigated.
An April 13 workshop with the New Braunfels City Council was also announced during the meeting.
By ROBE MARIE EASH Herald-Zettung
Two-hundred pounds of marijuana, valued et $180,000 were confiscated yesterday by Department of Public Safety officers on Interstate 35 near Buskle Road.
DPS Trooper Rogelio Gana, Jr. said he stopped a vehicle at noon on a traffic violation, requested permission to search the vehicle and found three bags Which the driver identified as marijuana.
"We opened the trunk and* found a bag in there and asked him whet it was — he said ‘marijuana.' We reed him his rights,” Garza said.
Garza was assisted by Sgt. Richard Alvarez of the Comal County Sheriffs Department and New Braunfels Police Department officers.
According to Garza, Jose Gutierrez of Laredo was arrested aa were three others, all of Laredo.
The men were charged with drug possession. Ute other man were driving a separate vehicle.
Garza said he hid been alerted to watch for the vehicles by DP8 Narcotics in San Antonio after they had observed the men loading the bags into the car.
By DARY P. CARROLL Herakf-Zeltung
Baul Martinez Jr., 24, of New Braunfels will be charged with one count of felony arson today, according to New Braunfels Fire Marshal John Harbor.
Judge David Perkins signed a warrant Thursday evening implicating Martinez in the Feb. 5 fire which did more than $300,000 to Rhoads Interiors following New Braunfels polios and fire investigations.
Martinez will be officially charged with the second degree felony count at the Comal County Jail today. Martinez will then go through Ore magistration process and additional bail will be set.
Martinez alto was charged Thursday with the March 17 burglary of Braun tex Theater and an additional bail of $50,000 was set, according to New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Heeden.
Martinez is currently being held in the Comal County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail to $50,000 each for the burglary of Rhoads Interiors, Granzin’s and Brauntex Theater.
Harbor said he will continue to gather information regarding tha blaze at Brauntex Theater, and said officials are exploring similarities between the Rhoads and Brauntex fires.
"The fact that the place was . broken into, it wee vandalized, the fact that a burglary occurred, that there was a fire set, the time if day," Herber said.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Ken Haecker, Melvin Riedel and Melba Wqyel. Saturday Birthday wishes go to Bill D. Wiley, Theora Mondin, Lucille Isaacs, Debre Diane Garcia and Elizabeth Seibert.
Belated Birthday wishes go to Jesus Hernandez Sr., Sandy Mortlez and Olga Diaz.
Anniversary wishes go to Jose Juan and Tete Duran, and Sandy end Tommy Morales.High-speed rail meeting
A public meeting addressing the High-Speed Rail and legislative issues of the project will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at the
Friedens Church Activity Center near Geronimo.
Rep. Edmund Kuempel has been tsked to speak and answer questions.
There will be other members of the community there to speak and address concerns on how the general public can proceed. The public is asked to bring baked goods which will be sold to the public along with coffee et this meeting.
Proceeds will be divided equally with Citizens Opposing the Super Train and the Friedens Church Building Fund.
Betty Urban, 379-4029; Mrs. Elmer Kandow, 379-5056; or the Friedens Church office, 379-1960 may be contacted for more information.
Continued on pages BBAEconomy vote
Democratic Sen. Bob Kruogar may have ditched Na party long onough to vote against President Clinton s plan to revive tho economy, but that waanl enough to please some Republicans.
Tho Now Braunfels native takes heat on Capitol Hi over his Thursday vote.
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