New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon Lake Writers’ Guild to host authors
The Canyon Lake Writers’ Guild will be present-ig a woikshop on Saturday, May 20,1995 beginning 19:30 a.m. at the GVTC meeting room at Canyon .ake.
The title is “Back to Basics: The Mechanics of Get-ing Published,’’ and will feature seasoned writers ames W. Apfelbaum and Fred Bean.
Both writers are based in Austin and will each jresent an hour-long speech in the morning fol-owed by a* combined 2-hour hands-on workshop n the afternoon.
Apfelbaum is a freelance writer and editor specializing in non-fiction writing and publishing.
Bean is a fiction western and historical writer with 27 novels to his credit, 23 of which have been published by Fawcett, Bantam, Doubleday, Bell, Zebra and other publishers. ,
The seminar costs $5 at the door (or free to guild members who have paid the annual $12 dues).
Donuts, coffee and sodas will be served and participants are encouraged to bring their own brown-bag lunches. I “These two writers are going to be just what the beginner needs,” said guild president Douglas Kirk. “Bean is straight out of the pages of history, and I’m told that Apfelbaum is an extremely talented
The Canyon Lake Writers’ Guild is in its 9th year and is a group of writers interested in sharing career information as well as writing or selling techniques. For further information about the guild or the seminar, telephone vice president Margaret Lee at 899-3399. Reservations are not necessary but are appreciated. Everyone is invited regardless of publishing experience.
“Our members range in age from 18 to 83,” said Kirk, “and we are always learning from each other. That’s one of the treasures of our Canyon Lake community.”
Texas Festival set in San Marcos this weekend
Texas Western Swing entertainment, Texas food, Texas crafts and one of the largest full-costume Native American dance competitions in this part of the country will create an unforgettable experience for all who attend A Texas Natural Festival Weekend, to be celebrated May 19, 20, and 21, 1995 in San Marcos.
The most exciting new event added this year is the Official Return of the Texas Native Americans. Representatives of more than 20 tribes will converge on the headwaters of the San Marcos River, considered sacred in Indian lore. They will share the color and beauty of their culture with spectators through dance, song, and ceremony. Visitors can walk through an authentic Indian village at Aquarena Springs. Indian arts will be on display.
Opening Ceremony for the Powwow is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Bobcat Stadium. Competition continues Sunday at I p.m.
Saturday night, beginning at 6 p.m.,
the legends of Western Swing take the stage at the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Show and Dance at Strahan Coliseum, with performances by Jimmy Day, Johnny Bush, Don Dolan, Floyd Domino and others. Among the all-time greats scheduled are the Sons of the Pioneers, performing from 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. They will be followed by the Texas Tornadoes. Inductees into the 1995 Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame are former Texas Playboy, Tiny Moore; songwriter Ted Daffan; western swing greats, Dean and Evelyn McKinney; and fiddler J.R. Chatwell.
A chili cookoff and Dutch oven cookoff will be held.
The Texas Natural Festival Weekend is a family event, with cowboy poets, strolling musicians, and a trick roper. Other scheduled activities include carriage rides, the explosive street drama of the Gunfighting Texi-ans and much more! More information is available by calling I -800-782-7653.
NBISD sets election date
By DENISE DZIUK
New Braunfels Independent School District officials have set the date for Board of School Trustees election and accepted changes to this year’s election.
The board approved a motion at Tuedsay night’s meeting to post notices for the election of a district 2 trustee and a district 4 trustee. The election will be held on August 12, 1995.
However, a new election law has brought about two major changes. The first change is that write-in candidates must declare themselves by 5 p.m. July 13,1995. Any write-in candidate that has not declared himself, must be thrown out.
The second change is due to the change in the Texas Constitution. All elected officials of the state or its subdivisions must file a statement with the Secretary of State before the oath of office can be taken. This
statement must be filed after the canvassing of the ballots and before the oath can be taken.
“With (fax machines), this can be done and the candidate can come back and take the oath later in the same meeting,” said Charles Brad-berry, Superintendent of Schools.
In other business, the board accepted the request from NBHS Athletic Director and head football coach Lew Simmonds to be reassigned to head track coach and teacher. Simmonds will leave his position as head coach effective June 30.
The board also commended lima Perez for her work with the truancy report.
This year, 26 attendance cases have been filed with Judge Campos.
“We want people to know that if you don’t go to school, we’re going to go to court with you,” said Karen Simpson, Executive Director of Education Services.
Tejeda blasts proposed cuts In vets benefits
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Frank Tejeda condemned as “unconscionable” the House Budget Committee’s recent proposal to reduce funding for veterans’ benefits and health care by more than $30 billion during the next 7 years when compared to funding necessary to maintain the current level of medical care and benefits. The Budget Resolution for Fiscal Years 1996 through 2002, approved last week by the House Budget Committee, would freeze VA medical care funding at fiscal year 1995 levels for 7 years, forcing the VA to close as many as 41 medical facilities, lay off up to 61,000 medical care employees, eliminate major medical construction funding, reduce VA medical research funding, and deny treatment to 4.3 million veterans. In addition, the 7-year freeze would increase delays by the Veterans Benefit Administration in the processing of benefits claims, which currently takes a minimum of 160 days.
“Such wholesale reductions in VA funding will devastate the VA’s ability to provide quality health care,” said Tejada. “Now is the not the time to retreat from our sacred covenant with America's veterans. Currently, 8 million veterans are 65 years old or older, and that number will peak at 9 million by 1999. The budget freeze would reduce the medical services available to these aging veterans in their time of greatest need. South Texas will bear the brunt of these budget cuts. The freeze will prevent the VA from expanding medical care to south Texas veterans who currently must drive considerable distances to wait hours in crowded VA facilities to receive necessary outpatient medical care. The Budget#Com-mittee proposal to freeze veterans’ health care spending while other federal health care programs will increase between 5 and 7 percent annually is plainly unconscionable.
"It is hypocritical to see some members of Congress propose wholesale reductions in veterans’ benefits and
services shortly after singing praises for veterans during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of V-E Day and the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war,” said Tejeda. “Veterans’ benefits do not enrich veterans, but instead make them whole. When we needed them, our veterans were there for us, and we should be there for them in their time of need.”
The Budget Committee’s FY96 Budget Resolution proposes to eliminate federal veterans employment and homeless services, deny disability compensation benefits to veterans who are physically dependent on health care providers for medical services, increase prescription drug copayments by $6, continue to round down to the nearest dollar disability compensation COLAS, permanently maintain the Montgomery GI Bill COLA at 50 percent, and permanently extend several expiring reduction provisions. The resolution also proposes to reduce the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in 1999 and thereafter, which will reduce COLAS for veterans’ disability compensation and pensions, as well as for all other federal benefits such as Social Secunty. The full House pf Representatives was scheduled to consider the Budget Resolution on May 18.
“Our nation’s veterans are painfully aware of sacrifice,” said Tejeda. “Since
1900, veterans have foregone billions of dollars in benefits and medical care for the sake of deficit reduction even though VA benefits and services are not the cause of our current budget deficit. In constant dollars, spending on veterans’ benefits and services has increased only 62 percent in 27 years from 1967 to 1994, while spending on all other mandatory human resources programs has increased nearly 400 percent during the same time period. We should be expanding the availability of quality veterans’ health care, not reducing its availability; we should make the wait for benefits shorter, not longer.
“Before there was a ‘Contract with America,’ we made a sacred contract with our veterans and their widows that we would take care of them for bearing the burden of battle,” said Tejeda. “With that promise in mind, I strong!) oppose the Budget Committee’s proposal to reduce VA spending by more than $30 billion during the next 7 years.”
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