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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4 g Herald-Zeitung g Tuesday, May 27,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald-Zeitung quotable ‘“Inherent differences' between men and women, we have come to appreciate, remain cause for celebration, but not for denigration of the members of either sex or for artificial constraints on an indhkhmrs opportunity.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court Justice EDITORIALPetition energy best spent elsewhere A petition that supports the posting of the Ten Commandments in all courts of law within Comal County and calls for each court proceeding to begin with prayer is being circulated in the area. While a noble cause, it would seem that the energy being expended would be better served elsewhere. The issue is not one of separation of church and state. It is one of common sense. Just as prayer will never be eliminated from schools as long as tests continue to be given, God will never be too far from the courtroom as long as there is crime and punishment. While the government should not advance any form of religion, neither should it be compelled to promote the issue. The Founding Father’s belief in a higher being is w$U documented. The currency we carry in our pockets each day is a reminder that our trust is in Him. We invoke His name each time we recite the Pledge of Allegiance. And, when in court, we swear, with His help, to tell the truth. Belief in God is as much a part of the American spirit as the Fourth of July and baseball. But it would seem that there are more pressing issues that need our time, talents and attention. (Todays editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Boyd.) Write us The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor cjo the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor’s address is [email protected] Bi ■ Opinion Hutchison bill aims to‘keep Uncle Sam on the job’ Congress shouldn't have to choose between making decisions in haste — decisions that may turn out to be unwise — or letting large sectors of the federal government shut down twice because Congress and the executive branch failed to reach consensus on the 19% fiscal year budget. But I don't believe Congress should have to throw money on the table because it is fcreed to meet a budget deadline — or be faced with shutting down the goverrjnent Shutting down the go vanmen! shouldn't be an option. And a government shut down, when all is said and done, doesn't solve anything because Congress cannot in good conscience refuse to pay government employees (who, by law, are forbid den to work as volunteers without pay even if they so desire). Prudent budget decisions have to be made without a threat hanging over the heads of Congress. And the American people have a right to expect that their government will continue to operate in a safe, orderly and reliable fashion regardless of political differences. I am sponsoring a bill to prevent a government shutdown in the fall of Kay Bailey Hutchison 1997 if the appropriations process collapses as it did in the fall of 1995. It is not that I expect another crisis to occur. But my legislation offers the American people insurance — and assurance — the past won’t be repeated. The 1995 episode had an enormous impact on people’s lives. More than 600,000 government employees were furloughed, including thousands of Texans. People going on long-awaited vacations couldn't enter parks and museum. Veterans worried if their benefits would arrive on time. My bill establishes an automatic “safety-net” funding mechanism for fiscal year 1998 that will be triggered only if regular appropriations bills are not signed into law by the president. It would authorize continued funding of all government functions at 98 percent of fiscal year 1997 levels while Congress and the executive branch continue to negotiate. This will keep the government functioning while we work toward completion of the appropriations process. Attempting to create a balanced budget is one of the toughest tasks government faces whether on the local, state or federal level. While legitimate debate is critical to the democratic process, we should have a safeguard in place to protect the American people from indecision. The bill I have introduced offers just such a fail-safe mechanism. (Kay Bailey Hutchison is a U.S. senator representing Texas.) New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext. 201...................................... Doug Toney Managing Editor, Ext 220...............................................Micah Boyd Marketing Director, Ext. 308....................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reininger Business Manager, Ext 202 ..................................... Mary    Lee    Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext 205.........................................Billy Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-/*Kung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St., or P.O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, C omal County, Tx. 78131 -1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33, one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscnbers who have not received a newspaper by 5.30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210)625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by ll a.m. on Sunday. Postman na: Send address changes lo the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328. Qxman arter once- ! 0 It LVo® I • °o*° E o0Oo0 rj YXI Krcw -tier 446 wnion \iMaiu fart for ailanMfw spaced» detirrapDin&lfieifii rave more linens J/ tort worry about ft.NObaft believes tteaeg^w life mi A.G. offers sage advice to prospective car buyers Most Texans think about getting another vehicle every few years. The problem is not lack of choices — rather it is how to make sense out of all the choices available to us. The first choice is whether the "new” car should be new, used or leased. As a consumer service, we at the Office of the Attorney General have put together these common-sense tips to help you determine which choice best fits your individual circumstances best. lf you plan to keep a car for a long time, you might consider buying a new car. For the first several years it will be under warranty, and, once the car is paid for, the cost of running it should be fairly low (assuming no major mechanical problems occur). While the payments may be higher than for a leased or used vehicle, in the long run buying a new car may still be the most economical way to go. The biggest advantage to buying a used car is the initial price. Because you don’t have to pay for the sharp drop in value that occurs the moment a new car is driven off the lot, the price can be very cheap. But that isn’t theToday in History Dan Morales The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 27, the 147th day of 1997. There are 218 days left in the year.Todays Highlight in History: Sixty years ago, on May 27,1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to the public.On this date: In 1647, the first recorded American execution of a “witch” took place in Massachusetts. In 1896, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, 111. In 1933, Walt Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated short “The T hree Little Pigs” was released.In 1935, the Supreme Court whole story. There are disadvantages to buying a used vehicle. For example, you may not get the latest safety and convenience features (depending on the age of the vehicle); you may not know its complete maintenance and repair history; and you may not know the driving habits of the previous owners. Leasing has caught on largely because of rising new car prices. Last year, leasing accounted for more than 30 percent of all the new cars rolling off dealer lots. Late model used and program cars also are being leased, in part because of the large number of leased new cars being returned to dealers after the usual three-year lease period. Personal driving habits are the best guide to whether you should lease a vehicle. Leasing is appropriate for peo- struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act. In 1936, the Cunard liner Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage. In 1941, amid rising world tensions, President Roosevelt proclaimed an “unlimited national emergency.” In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank off France, with a loss of 2,300 lives. In 1964, independent India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died. In 1977, New York City fined “human fly” Geoige H. Willig $1.10 — one penny for each of the I IO stones of the World Trade Center he scaled the day before. In 1985, in a bnef ceremony in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of pie who expect to trade in every few years, who don’t have much money for a down payment, who don’t put high mileage on their cars, or who need a car that always looks showroom ready. The advantage of leasing is having low payments compared to a car purchase. The disadvantage is that you do not own anything of value when the lease expires. Leasing generally requires a good credit record. Once you have decided which kind of car you want, it’s time to get the best value for the vehicle currently in your possession. A good starting place is to do research to find out what your car or truck is currently worth. Consult the “Kelley Blue Book” and “NERD Used Car Guide” to get a rough value on your trade-in. Consider the condition of your old vehicle when setting what you consider a fair offer. Negotiate the value of your trade-in vehicle just as you will the cost of the new vehicle, and shop around for the best trade-in offer. Wash the car and clean the intenor before showing it to the dealer. Or you may choose to sell your old ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997. Ten years ago: The Rev. Jerry Falwell, responding to comments by Jim Bakker, denied hoodwinking Bakker into giving up control of the PTL ministry. Five years ago: The 12-nation European Community imposed trade sanctions on Serbia to stop its interference in Bosnia-Herzegovina. One year ago: Russian President Boris Yeltsin negotiated a ceasefire to the war ut Chechnya in his first meeting with the rebels’ leader. Today's Birthdays: Novelist Herman Wouk is 82. Actor Christopher Lee is 75. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 74. Actress Lee Meriwether is 62. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 62. Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is 61. Country singer Don car, then use the money as a down payment. This probably will bring you a better pnce than you can get by trading in. On the other hand, your taxes will probably be higher if you take this approach, since you will be paying or the lull pnce of the new car rather than on a price discounted by the trade-in. Many new and used car price listing! and buying guides are available, including the Consumer Reports new cai guide, Consumers Digest, the Kellc> Blue Book, Edmunds Used Car Price and the National Automobile Dealer Association Official Used Car Guide These cover repair histories, dealei costs, customer satisfaction ratings ant related costs. They are available at th< public library and at bookstores, ant many are also available on-line. Sine* most car prices are set by dickering with the dealer or current owner, this information will help you determim a fair starting ofter. For more information on these ant other consumer issues, be sure to visi the Texas OAG Web site a (Dan Morales is the attorney' genera for the State of Texas.) Williams is 58. Actor Bruce Weitz is 54. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., is 53. Singer Bruce Cock-bum is 52. Singer Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie and the Banshees) is 40. Rock musician Eddie Harsch (The Black Crowes) is 40. Rock singer-musician Neil Finn (The Finn Brothers) is 39. Actress Cathy Silvers is 36. Actor Todd Bridges is 32. Rock musician Scan Kinney (Alice In Chains) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Left Eye (ILC) is 26. Rapper Andre (Outkast) is 23. Thought for Today: “History is not, of course, a cookbook offering pretested recipes. It teaches by analogy, not by maxims. It can illuminate the consequences of actions in comparable situations, yet each generation must discover tor itself what situations are in fact comparable.” — Henry Kissinger ;