New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
DAVID SULLENS, Editor and Publisher STEPHANIE FERGUSON, Managing Editor
Herald-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, November 3, 1991Hvrald-Zfltung
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DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
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Rekindling an old fight over gun control
EDITORIALSWeek-long festival highlights fun, food
Wurstfest is under way!
The annual festival, one of the best known in our state, kicked off Friday along the banks of the Comal River in Landa Park.
The weather was — and is — perfect. Cool temperatures and a cloudless sky combine to bless the 31st edition of the event.
World famous accordionist Myron Floren highlighted — as he long has — opening ceremonies, which also featured the Blasorchester TV 1882 Runkel Band from Germany.
Crowds enjoyed entertainment ranging frofn doggers to a variety of bands. They ate sausage and sauerkraut and assorted other foodstuffs offered by a variety of clubs and organizations.
And theyjusi flat had a good time.
Wurstfest, one of the many things that makes New Braunfels so special, will continue through Nov. IO.
We’ll see you there!Countless hours of work go into exhibit
We would be terribly remiss if we did not take a moment to praise those involved with the New Braunfels Heritage Society’s Heritage Exhibit at the Civic Center.
The hours of planning and then of just plain old hard work that must have gone into preparing the exhibit are difficult to fathom.
Even more difficult to grasp is the dedication of those involved.
The magnitude of the exhibit cannot be fully grasped unless one has experienced it.
Buildings have actually been built inside the Civic Center. Memorabilia the quality and quantity of which any museum in the country would be jealous are on display throughout the tiny city created within the center.
The exhibit’s theme is “The Home Front: 1941-45.”
If you’ve not already been to the Civic Center to appreciate it, find time to go. Admission is only $2 for adults and 50 cents for children aged 6-12. Youngsters under age 6 get in free.
The exhibit will be open from IO a.m.-6 p.m. through Nov. IO.
Don’t miss it.
Today’! editorials were written by David Sullen!, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung.
State Sen. William Sims District 25 Capitol Station P.O. Box 12068 Austin, Texas 78711Your representatives
president of the United States the White House ^600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D C. 20500
US. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen Ignited States Senate
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CLS. Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Bldg.
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Texas Gov. Ann Richards Governor's Office State Capitol Austin, Texas 78711
A friend of mine who is the publisher of the newspaper in Galveston was in New Braunfels for a few minutes last week.
His name is Dolph Tillotson and he stopped here just long enough to say “Hi” and to rekindle an old fight before leaving to catch a plane in San Antonio.
A little history:
In Galveston, I worked for Dolph. He ran the whole newspaper and I ran its newsroom.
I’m pro-gun and he’s pro-gun control.
About once a year in Galveston, on the newspaper’s editorial pages, we’d have that fight. Then, for about a week, readers would write letters saying he was a jerk or I was and stating their own position on the issue.
That was the fight Dolph wanted to have again when he dropped by last week.
Because most newspaper people are pinko pantywaist liberals, I suspect everybody at his paper now agrees with him. It’s tough to start a good fight when everybody’s on your side, and I presume that’s why he had to come all the way to New Braunfels to try and stir one up.
It’s OK with Dolph for you to own a deer rifle.
But he can’t see much point in your having a pistol.
And he sees no point at all in your owning an assault rifle.
Though he’d let you own guns — some guns — he’d put some pretty stiff restrictions on that ownership. He’d implement a complicated registration procedure and he’d have a waiting period. He’d probably want pretty involved background checks.
The problem with all that, of course, is that it wouldn’t do any good.
Regular folks would comply with all the rules, but bad guys and crazies would find a way to get guns in spite of the rules.
“I guess you think that if the people in the cafeteria in Killeen had been armed, they could have just shot Henard and everything would have been OK?” my Galveston friend offered in die course of his short visit last week.
Actually, until he brought it up, I
hadn’t thought about it but, yeah, probably so.
One of those killed in Killeen, as I recall, died trying to subdue the gunman. What if that victim had, indeed, been armed? Instead of running defenseless toward a crazy man armed with the latest in semiautomatic weapons, what if he had drawn his own .357 magnum and, with a couple of well-placed rounds, ended the whole episode?
Due to the surprise of the attack, people probably still would have been killed. But certainly the number of dead and wounded would have been much lower.
Or what if most of the people in the cafeteria had been armed?
Picture the madman bursting into the cafeteria, prepared to kill everyone there. He draws his Glock 9mm, but as he brings it to bear, the little old lady at the table on his right produces
Zone will provide economic ‘tools’
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel District 46 Capitol Station P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
U.S. Rep Lamar Smith U.S. House of Representatives District 21 (Comal County)
422 Cannon Office Bldg. Washington, D C. 20510
By TOM PURDUM
lf you’re worried about increased taxes, finding a job, finding a job for your family members, empty store buildings, flat sales volume, or the local economy in general, then you should be interested in this column. It also should be noted dial this is an additional effort, as requested by a city councilman, to get as much information lo the public as possible concerning the city’s proposed application for the designation of an enterprise zone in New Braunfels.
An enterprise zone is actually a state approved, geographical arca dial provides die city with additional “tools” they may choose to use to stimulate the economy. These Purdum
“tools” are in the form of an abatement of state sales tax on the purchase of equipment for five years, based upon the number of jobs created by an industry locating in an enterprise
zone, or existing industries that expand within an enterprise zone. Hie city council can, under existing laws, give tax abatements on local taxes, but cannot give abatements on state taxes. However, it is important to remember that any of these inducements, whcdicr through an enterprise zone or other procedures, must first be approved by city council through a public hearing and three readings of an ordinance.
Hie enterprise zone in itself docs not provide for any tax abatement or any inducement without application by die city council for an enterprise zone project. Only two enterprise zone projects can be approved annually within an enterprise zone and it is all subject to action by the city council. If an enterprise zone project gains
approval by the city and state then the cap on state and federal grants available to the city for infrastructure (utilities, streets, etc.) is increased from $500,(XX) to $2.5 million.
Tile theory behind the enterprise zone program is to help communities stimulate their economy through the creation of jobs and the attraction of additional investment to the community.
Any abatements that die city may choose to use at some date in the future cannot be retroactive and therefore cannot cost the taxpayers one penny and, in fact, would provide additional tax revenue that might otherwise go to another competing community. Furthermore, for an industry to get a designation as an enterprise zone project it must agree to employ 25 percent of its labor from die zone or from die economically disadvantage elsewhere in die area.
Here are some of die pluses to establishing an enterprise zone: encouragement to locale industry in one arca of die city rather dian “checkerboarding” dial has occurred in many cities; the opportunity to lure new jobs to the community; the opportunity to spread our lax base by adding new tax revenues; added payrolls and investment that mean higher retail sales and a stronger trade center.
The negatives for the creation of an enterprise zone are nonexistent. We arc asking to become eligible for consideration, nothing more. Hic high school student should qualify lo go to college by being certain he has college credits. Hie business operator can open his doors if it qualifies lo have the proper permits, licenses, etc. To put it simply, there are no negatives for providing ourselves an opportunity to do something if we choose lo do so. The additional “tools” are under die total control of the city council through proper public hearings and procedures in passing
Since the enterprise zone offers the opportunity for die city lo offer abatements, we sometimes get lost in discussions over abatements rather than what the enterprise zone designation itself really means. However, in regard lo abatements, it should be pointed out dial businesses do not have the benefit of any mandatory tax abatements ... only individual citizens have mandatory tax abatements. The homeowner has a mandatory tax abatement (homestead exemption) dial is retroactive and diercforc must be offset by adding that burden to odicr lax payers. The citizen who reaches 65 years old gets a freeze on certain local taxes, thereby adding costs to other taxpayers.
The city council, county government and school disdicts can give tax abatements to businesses to stimulate the economy if they are located in a reinvestment zone, industrial district, or enterprise zone, but these abatements cannot be retroactive. In other words, business must add value to the tax rolls before it can get any abatement and only the increased lax revenue from added value can be abated, and, therefore dicre is no cost lo the taxpayer ... on the contrary, there are additional tax revenues and therefore a savings to existing taxpayers. For example, the most recent industry that received an abatement on local taxes is the county’s largest taxpayer today as a result of added value not included in the abatement.
Once again, it is important for everyone lo understand that an enterprise zone changes nothing except to provide additional “tools” to the city in its efforts to strengthen our economy, create new jobs and spread the tax base. There are no negatives to an enterprise zone.
'lint Put durn ii the prciidenl of the (healer New Braunfclidtamlicr of Commerce
the .45 automatic her son gave her for Christmas last year, the father of the family eating at the booth on his left raises his Colt Python a split second before his wife pulls a Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special from her purse, and the cashier reaches beneath the counter and comes up with a Moss-burg pump shotgun just as the manager steps into the dining room from the kitchen carrying an Ingram submachine gun.
The would-be mass murderer hesitates for a moment, giving everyone else in the restaurant time to pull their own weapons.
In the face of all that firepower, he sheepishly holsters his own gun, mumbles an apology - “Excuse me. I’m in the wrong place” — and turns and leaves.
The diners all holster their weapons and return to their only momentarily interrupted meals, exchanging comments with each other on the advantages of their individual choices of firearms.
Personally, in case you’re interested, I prefer a Smith & Wesson 9mm for everyday wear and a Browning .380 for more formal occasions.
David Sullens is editor and publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.Emotions
What women want
By JOHN INGRAM WALKER, M.D.
Several months ago after summarizing the differences between men and women, I received a letter indicating that my ignorance was only superseded by my chauvinism. Until recently my only rebuttal would have been, “If you don’t believe there’s a difference between men and women just go on a starlight sail in mixed company.” Now, however, I’m scientifically vindicated with the publication of Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women by Oxford geneticist. Ann Moir.
Moir contends women’s brains process information differently resulting in different priorities. For example, on a starlight sail, the boat captain said, “If you watch the eastern sky you can see satellites flashing by." All of the r men questioned the captain about the satellites. The women just wanted to hold hands and look at the sky, i.e. women arc more romantic.
Women may be more romantic because of brain connections. Researchers have discovered the corpus callosum — the fibers that connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain — arc more prominent in women than men, giving them more artistic and verbal skills while men have more white matter in the brain — material that facilitates sensory and motor coordination. Thus, men sail boats while women write poems about sailing.
Now before people start calling me chauvinistic and ignorant again, let mc hasten to say that we are talking about averages here. For example, most men will be taller titan most women, but any woman may be taller titan any man.
And of course, although men’s and women’s brains differ, our society powerfully shapes behavior also.
Because men and women differ (aren’t you glad?) they seek different values. In lite first place, women crave security. They want confident men who will nurture and care for them. They want steadiness and assurance.
Women also want someone who will talk with them.
Because women have more of a global view of concepts they can sometimes misinterpret actions. Men, to prevent being misinterpreted spend at least 15 minutes a day in meaningful conversation with the woman you love. Attention must be paid.
Women also want romance. The next lime you go sailing with your love hold her and whisper in her car. Remember men: “sweet nothings” in lime arc more valuable than thousand dollar gifts ttx) late. They’re also cheaper. And finally, women want physical contact — caresses, hugs and kisses.
Now for you women — men are simple. Tell them dial you appreciate them. When men get praise they become more confident, more supportive and more loving.
So sail on men and women. May your next boat ride have less satellites and more romance.
Dr. Walker ii Medical Director of MCA I UU Country lloipital and maintain! a private psychiatric practice in New Braunfels