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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas mIbmmL 25 Cents r    A.    *>* Wednesday November 6, 1991 tv Zi®° ♦ Vol. 139, No. 251 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Leroy uuno tv Goodson Two Sections, 20 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday** today to Pete Dclafucnte Jr., Shcl->y Coleman Jr., Marjorie Balmos, jeray Bacrwald, Jeremy Sanchez, anet Collins, Danny Valenzuela, Cen Hildebrand, Angel Manuel 7emandez, Clint Flume, Gloria Montanez and Jacquelyn “Jackie** erez. Belated birthday wishes to Daniel Balmos, Tepa Schooley, violins Navarro, Maria Gonzales, Ccnneth W. Schmidt, and Tudy Cantu. “Happy anniversary** to Juan and Lupe Sierra. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625*9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings. Electric van The Lower Colorado River Authority will demonstrate its electric G-van at the New Braunfels Utilities’ office on the Main Plaza from 2 pjn. to 5 p.m. Friday. The $53,000 van, the first highway certified electric vehicle ever produced in volume, is capable of 55 mph with a range of atrail 60 miles per charge. LCRA has joined a major nationwide effort to promote the use of electric vehicles to reduce air pollution. Scholarships The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is soliciting entries from local high school students in the VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program. Participants write and then tape-record a three- to five-minute broadcast script expressing their views on the theme, "Meeting America’s Challenge.** Locally, the top student will win a $425 scholarship and will qualify for higher levels of competition and larger scholarship awards. From among the state winners, who all qualify for VFW-paid trips to Washington, D.C.. national winners are chosen to receive a total of more than $62,500 in scholarships. For more information, call Wilbur Wicding, Americanism chairman for VFW Post 71 IO? al 629-6522. Buddy Popples The American Legion and ladies Auxiliary will be selling Buddy Poppies in New Braunfels on Nov. 8-9. Money from of the sale will go to help the veterans and their families in lime of need. The poppies sold in New Braunfels were made by veterans in the Temple VA Hospital. Welhnachtsmarkt Organizers of Wcihnachlsmarkt arc working with downtown merchants lo supply discounted tickets to the annual market slated this year for Nov. 22-24. To find the discounted tickets look for the signs at participating stores. Massed Choir Concert Rehearsals for the 32nd annual Massed Choir Concert (the Advent Vespers) arc scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 19 and 26 at First Baptist Church. Singers from all arca churches, schools and singing groups arc invited to participate. Music is provided by the New Braunfels Music Study Club, and Ute concert is sponsored each year to help provide scholarships for graduating seniors. The choir, directed by Melilta Frueh, will perform at 4 p m. Sunday, Dec. I at First Baptist Church. Alzheimer's Month As part of a guest speakers series in November recognizing National Alzheimer’s Month, Dr. James Chambers, renowned See STAMMTISCH, Page 2A •■••••••••••••«•*•*••< • ******»•*!•** •••«•*«•# Lottery passes countywide 5-AB SA 2B By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Comal County voters by a 2-to-l margin favored the state lottery proposition in Tuesday's consUtuUonal amendment election, mirroring statewide results. The state lottery — approved by Comal County voters by a 5,215-2,600 margin, or 66.73 percent to 33.27 percent — was one of 13 proposed amendments decided by voters statewide Tuesday. About 28 percent, or 7,920, of Ute 28,331 registered voters in the county cast ballots in the 23 precincts. Voter approval of Proposition No. 11 permits the state to operate lotteries. A self-supporting lottery is expected to generate an estimated $500 million in net revenue each year that otherwise would be raised through tax increases or new taxes. Comal County voters also overwhelmingly approved Proposition No. 9 — the amendment allowing the state land commissioner to issue patents for certain public free school land held for at least 50 years — by a vote of 4,985 (67.32 percent) in favor and 2,420 (32.68 percent) against. The amendment also passed statewide. This amendment was important locally because it was included on the ballot specifically to help Comal County rancher Lawrence Stoepler get clear UUe to 60 acres of property at Ute Comal-Hays county line that his family has owned — or at least thought they did — for decades. Sleepier urged residents to vote “yes** so he can pursue a clear title from the state land office. State voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition No. 4 — the constitutional amendment authorizing the issuance of up to $1.1 billion in general obligation bonds for new prisons or other punishment facilities. See statewide results Page2A Comal County voters went to the polls Tuesday to pass a lottery. (Photo by Bill Ervin) ITic measure also passed by a wide margin locally, with 4,666 voters, or 60.32 percent, casting ballots in favor and 3,069, or 39.68 percent, voting against. Other propositions on the ballot: • No. I — The coast itutional amendment allowing home rule cities with a population of 5,000 or less to amend their charters by popular vote. County: 6,498 (84.99 percent) for, 1,148 (15.01) against. State: Passed. • No. 2 — The constitutional amendment mandating the repayment 8m ELECTION, Page 2A Clergy react to lottery By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Reaction from religious leaders in the New Braunfels community is mixed following Tuesday's approval of a state-run lottery system by voters in Comal County and around the State of Texas. “Mixed feelings — I think both sides are right, both sides are wrong,** said the Rev. Peter C. Olsen of First Protestant Church, United Church of Christ. “I’m a pro-advocate for educational expenses and some of this is to be delegated for that. People refuse to add to their either ad-valorem or state taxes to do that. I also think that there's truth to it that those who are going to pay for the lottery tickets are going to be low-income people. It's a mixed blessing.** Olsen said he voted for the lottery because he felt the state needed to generate funds for educational and social programs. “I’m a firm believer in the democratic process and the majority has spoken, however, I feel that it is a mistake,** said the Rev. Dr. Gordon C. Graham of First Baptist Church. “I think that the lottery is not the solution to the problems of the state of Texas and I think that it is going to create a lot of problems for our society in Texas.” Graham said he felt the lottery is unethical and will be a detriment in the long run for Texas. “I voted against it myself, I don’t think it’s going to solve any tax problems at all,” said the Rev. Raymond Rich of Cross Lutheran Church. “I think somebody got the wool pulled over their eyes a little bit. I think it’s going to help the lottery people and nobody else in the long run.” Rich added that other states that have the lottery also have an income tax. He docs not think that the lottery will be enough to feed the “glutton” of state government. The Rev. Eugene O’Callahan of Sis. Peter and Paul Catholic Church favors the lottery. “I’m happy that the lottery has passed because it gives a choice to people — I think it’s the voice of the people and I think they have spoken," O’Callahan said. “I think a lot of good things can be done with the income from the lottery ” O’Callahan said that he would like to see the funds from the lottery used where there is the most need in the state. He added that he thinks it is patronizing for society to say that poor people would be hun by purchasing lottery tickets. "As if the poor couldn’t make up their own minds,” he said. “Thai’s a terrible putdown on people. I think it's paternalistic because we have educated poor people, too, and they can think well for themselves ” Taxpayers gearing up for rollback election By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer A group of CISD residents arc in the process of forming the Comal Independent School District Tax Payer Association with the intent of organizing a petition drive for a rollback election, said Richard Lorenz, organizer. “We’re really getting kind of excited about this thing.” Lorenz said. “We’re trying lo be a very reasonable, low key type of group. We’ve got some facts, we’ve got some figures. What we want to do is just be able to have an election.” The reasons for forming the taxpayers group are listed as: • To advise the taxpayers of tile Comal ISD regarding matters pertaining to the tax structure of the district; • To advise taxpayers, voters and have others concerned with the tax structure of CISD regarding remedies and corrective actions of the tax changes brought about by the CISD; • To work in accord with any recognized group within the CISD for the purpose of responsible education within a reasonable budget. “We’re just interested in having the opportunity lo say something about the taxing situation,” Lorenz said. “We’re not going to condemn or we’re not going to do any criticism of the school district al all. We want to be just as straightforward and upright as we can about this.” Lorenz said the group will: • Advise the eligible voters of the CISD dial the CISD tuts increased the 1991 taxes above dial protected from a rollback election choice as charged by the stale legislature; • Advise the eligible voters of the CISD and other interested parties of the requirements to establish a rollback election; • Assist in the direction and obtainment of the necessary signatures to establish the rollback election; • In the event of a rollback election, provide the eligible voters of the CISD with factual information needed to assist in the proper preparation for the voting issue. The group will be setting up a telephone information line and will schedule a meeting for interested persons in the near future. Lorenz said. “It would financially make our schools really have to make some drastic cuts,” said CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers. “We didn’t ask for this situation — this situation was forced upon us. We think we’re doing as good a job as we can.” Rogers added that it would not be good for the district to have to deal with yet another funding cutback — this lime from the taxpayers. The district has lost state funding due to a new school funding formula and pro- Sm ROLLBACK, Pag* 2A Good Day Temperatures will be wanner today as the high is expected to reach 65 and the low tonight will be in the low 40s. Inside: CLASSIFIED COMICS CROSSWORD DEAR ABBY.. EDUCATION............ | ENTERTAINMENT... ...............SA HOROSCOPE ...............4B KALEIDOSCOPE ...........1 SB OPINIONS RECORDS ^ .......SA SPORTS............... ..........9-12A f V USHNQS.......................... 4B NBISD looks at re-districting By ROBERT STEWART Stall Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees heard a report from consultants on redistricting for the district in accordance with information from the 1990 census at their meeting Tuesday. “I like it because we really cleaned up some of the lines,’’ Superintendent Charles R. Bradberry said. The plan sets up minority districts iii districts one and four with 59.8 percent and 59.5 percent Hispanic, respectively. Districts two, three and five are 79.7 percent, 84.4 percent, and 93 percent white. Voting age populauon for districts one and four are 53.4 percent and 54.9 percent Hispanic. “Where possible natural, easily identified boundaries (should) be established,” said Tint Hager of the Gibson Research Group, “ll is our fust incidence if we can run along an interstate highway, a major crosstown intersection, a river, railroad pack or creek bed - things that people can easily identify and say ’I know where I arn and I know who my trustee is.” The plan as presented will be made available for public scrutiny at the NBISD Education Center and a special meeting will be called to hear citizen input on the plan. After adjustments are made, if necessary, the plan will be approved by the board, possibly at the December board meeting, Bradberry said. Following approval, the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Justice Department for approval “Once it goes through and the Deportment of Justice approves it, it's se I for ten years,” said Lonnie Curtis, assi siam superintendent for finance. “That’s why we have lo make a good decision,” Trustee Leo Chafin said. Re districung every IO years is required by the Justice Department to make sure population is relauvely even so that “one-man-one-vote” standards are nan and so that nunori -ues are guaranteed representation. “I’m not an expert bul it looks good to me,” said Board President Jean Ward. The complicated factors of maintaining populauon balances arid representation show why it is proper to “let the professionals draw the lines,” Bradberry said. In another report item. Bradberry reported to the board that the district cannot require legal guardianship status for students not living with parents. He suggested as an alternative that the district require an affidavit executed by an attorney to make people swear {hat they are indeed taking responsibility for the students in qucsuon. Another suggestion was lo require a utility bill or other proof of residency. The board is trying to deal with the problem of students kicked out of other districu being placed into NBISD because admission requirements are so bu in the district. Bradberry said. Presently, a student just has to someone to sign a statement saying that the child is living with them and have it notarized. “It’s a real problem for us.” Brad berry said. Nayo Zamora, board vice-president que sunned who would have to pay the at ion icy fees for the documents, Bradberry said the person doing the trails fcrnng would pay. Zamora pointed out that some people could not afford the fees, Wurstfest schedule May I have this dance? Thtse mannequins ars part of th# Heritage Exhibit on display this week at the Civic Center. The theme of the exhibit is. "The Home Front; 1941-46." The exhibit Is open from 10 a rn. • B p m through Sunday. Nov. 10. Admlaalon la $2 tor adults, SO cents for children and under six ars free. Wursihalio: (Wednesday) 5:30 * 10:30 p.m. — Dance; Litt’l Fisherman 8:00 - 9:30 pm. — Myron Floral Dis Oroue Zell (Tiki Big Tent): 5:30 p.m. — Alpenfeat 6:30 p.m. — New Braunfels German Folk (Jai kc<» Band 8:00 pun. — New Braunfels German Polkdanccn - Alpenfeat Bd Kadlocek’i Village 8:30 pun. 9:30 pjn.. Band Du Kit ii ic Zelt (The Utile Tem): 7:00 p.m. — Bd Kadlecek'a Village 5:30 p.m. — Toni NoichJ 6:30 p.m. — Oma md the Oompah# 7:30 pm. — Mogan David and the Grapes of Wrath 8:30 pm. — Jagermcisier Bald 9:30 p m. — Oma aul the Oompah* Circle Arts Theatre: 8:30 pm. — Old time melodrama: “How the Wurst Wa Won” ;