New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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New group to provide school supplies for children
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A program to help school children get basic school supplies is once again raising money this summer.
-! Project Learning Tree started two years ago when a principal at a local primary saw that many children did not have the basic supplies for school, said Dora Gonzales.
“It was going to be a one-time thing. Last year, we had requests to help out. We couldn’t turn them down,” she said.
Gloria Herrera said the program started to help about 25 children. That number rose to about 55 last year and more are expected this season.
“We’re formally organized this year. We want the public to know we’re here, and what we’re about,” said Gonzales.
The program will once again solicit donations from organizations, churches and individuals. They will also work through organizations such as the Community Service Center and the Community in School project.
Gonzales said Project Learning Tree
buys listed school supplies with the donations and turns them over to the schools who distribute them to those in need.
One of their big fond-raisers will come the first weekend in August when they have a donation place set up at Wal-Mart. Until then, they will be happy to accept any donations, she said.
Herrera added the totals for this year are once again expected to rise.
“We’re expecting a huge response this year because the need is out there,” she said.Kuempel voices support for WORD
By CRAIG HAMMETT
State Representative Edmund Kuempel told a meeting of Friends For Riven Thursday evening that he would not support legislation to abolish the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District, a district whose legislation he supported at inception in 1987.
* *1 firmly believe in the need of an entity in place to do wh* we’re doing,” he said. “I don’t want to do away with that entity.”
Kuempel told the audience he
believed the district was created to make those individuals who visit and use the river pay user fees to relieve the tax burden of those living here for cleanup and maintenance.
Kuempel said he believes this was the original purpose of WORD, to “dean the river up and keep it as nice and pristine as we can. We have gotten away ftom that in my opinion.”
Dierdre Hisler, who just resigned ftom the WORD board, said the concept of WORD was good but the lack of a qualified manager hindered effectiveness.
"We think the concept is great, but
what is taking place is sickening,” she said.
Kuempel said he would meet with county and WORD officials to discuss WORD policy and where the district is headed in terms of regulation and operation.
“We just have to revamp WORD to make it work,” he said. “The concept and the ideals are good. I feel it gives a tremendous opportunity to Comal County.”
Members of the audience also asked about possibilities of a deposit law, which Kuempel opposed.
jiTexas to file lawsuit to recover costs of illegal aliens
. AUSTIN (AP) — Texas may join several other states in an attempt to ; recoup the cost of illegal immigration
• ftom the federal government.
Attorney General Dan Morales said . he will talk to local officials about the :-qssts of illegal immigration before filling the lawsuit.
After six months of study, Morales on Thursday announced his decision to sue to recover costs of state services being provided to illegal aliens.
According to 1993 figures compiled by the Texas Governor’s Office of immigration and Refugee Affairs, there ire 550,000 illegal immigrants in Texas.
Morales says the federal government isn't enforcing its own immigration laws. As a result, state education, health care and prison budgets could be facing losses in excess of SI billion, he said.
“Many persons from foreign countries see the United States as a country of abundant opportunities,” Morales said. “They are correct in their views of this great country.
“However, the federal government has not been paying its fair share of the cost of its immigration policies.’’
Florida, California and Arizona already have filed lawsuits seeking to recover immigration-related costs. New
York and New Jersey are considering litigation.
Morales said he will gather estimates of costs from local school districts, county hospital districts and local law enforcement to ensure an accurate total of damages sought in the lawsuit.
Lamar Smith, the Republican congressman who represents Comal County, said Tiling suit is not the same as solving the problem. If this suit is about more than political posturing, Ann Richards and Dan Morales will support our efforts in Congress to cut off the federal benefits to illegal aliens that serve as such a powerful magnet in the first place.”
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