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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HlfflALDZKlTUNG November 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NUW HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zoiciing was founded 1852 New Braunfcls Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Brian News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Take the time to vote today Light turnout during early voting has local election offi cials expecting a sparse crowd at the polls Election From 7 to 7 voters who did not cast their bal lots during early voting can make their voices heard on sev eral key Nineteen proposed constitutional amend ments will be decided upon today as well as whom will rep resent District 4 on the New Braunfels Independent School District Comal County voters who live over the Trinity Aquifer will decide whether to confirm the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation elect new directors and possibly grant taxing During early we offered our views on several key We support the confirmation of the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation its board and its taxing Here are our stands on the proposed constitutional amendments Proposition 1 We vote NO to relinquishing state interest in land in Bastrop Proposition 2 We vote NO to creating a bond pro gram to build access roads to border Proposition 3 We vote YES to allowing a property tax exemption on raw cocoa and green coffee held in Harris Proposition 4 We vote NO to increasing the term of the firefighters pension Proposition 5 We vote YES to allowing cities to donate used firefighting equipment to foreign vote NO to allowing call a special legislative session for the idential electors when the outcome is in Proposition 7 We vote YES to authorizing mil lion in bonds for veterans housing loans and Proposition 8 We vote NO to general obligation bonds for state agency and repair Proposition 9 We vote YES to canceling a special elec tion if a legislative candidate is Proposition 10 We vote YES to authorizing a property tax exemption on goods in Proposition 11 We vote YES to allowing schoolteach ers to receive pay for serving on local government Proposition 12 We vote YES to eliminating duplica tive and obsolete provisions from the Proposition 13 We vote YES to allowing school dis tricts to donate old schoolhouses for historic Proposition 14 We vote YES to authorizing property tax exemption on travel Proposition 15 We vote YES allowing the state to create a highway bond fund and allow state spending on toll Proposition 16 We vote YES to extending the waiting period for home improvement liens and allowing homestead liens for manufactured Proposition 17 We vote YES to settling landtitle dis putes between the state and private Proposition 18 We vote YES to consolidating and stan dardizing court Proposition 19 We vote YES to allowing the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to billion in gener al obligation bonds to finance water water quality and flood control Regardless of whether you agree with our we encourage you to vote today if you have not done so UTTUL VttUlP W ONLY Will CISD put middle school students on high school campus When Comal Independent School District voters approved the million bond pro posal in the in an effort to increase credi bility and to ensure that the voters got what they were immediate ly established a public com mittee to oversee the spending of that bond This known as the Bond Oversight was designed to have equal representa tion from each part of the district and therefore was comprised of one patron from each of the seven sin glemember and those patrons were individ ually appointed by the trustee representing those J J 1 J i KWSi individual Although not one of the remodeled or newly con structed campuses has been completed four CISD board who did not like what the BOG had to have decided that the BOCs services are no longer By vot ing to dissolve the those four board members have indicated that they do not want public input or discussion pertaining to the spending of the bond They have decided that they do not need rec ommendations from a com mittee and that they were elected to make these deci sions for the In an attempt to prevent the public from becoming aware of the serious prob lems with the lake high school those same four board members have intentionally refused to discuss publicly how CISD will resolve those prob and yet they are insistent that CISD pro ceed with taking the neces sary steps to construct the JOHN BERTELSEN new high It is their hope that the land will be and construction before the public becomes aware of the prob lems and demands a differ ent The BOG was aware of these problems and was preparing to make a public statement to the recommending that the board resolve the prob lems before moving for ward with purchasing land for the new high Those four board members patron to make that public It is very apparent by recent board that CISD will be placing sev enth and eighth grade stu dents on the lake high school I say this because the board recently adopted proposed elemen tary and high school atten dance zones that were rec ommended by a but intentionally did not adopt the middle school boundaries that were pro This was done so that when the new high school is ready to they can the parents that they have no and that due to the middle school being more than 22 miles away from the high they must put sev enth and eighth grade stu dents on the new high school This is not done anywhere within our but because of poor the Canyon Lake parents will be forced to accept these conditions for their unless they speak out now and demand that a better plan be devel oped before purchasing any land for the new high Several members of the dissolved and want the public to be aware of the serious prob lems that will occur if CISD proceeds with build ing a new high school at the The public also must know about the plans to place middle school stu dents on that high school CISD is publicly stating that it will not con sider grade configurations until one year before the school and although they recently adopted the new high school bound and the elementary boundaries that will feed ithat new they have conveniently not adopted the middle school boundaries that will feed that new high If the public does not demand that CISD develop a better plan before purchasing land and constructing the new high the school will be built on the north side of the and it will be too late to develop a plan that does not have serious We will be forced to accept the con Several members of the dissolved and will conduct a town hall meeting at 7 on 14 at the Village West Club and we encourage you attend so that you can be better informed about what will happen if we build a new high school on the north side of Canyon Please call 830 8997530 for John Bertelsen repre sents District 4 on the Comal Independent School District board of Letters To The Editor 19 will offer safe water supplies Dear Editor On Texas voters can take the first step in securing safe water supplies for the years to come by vot ing for Proposition 19 will authorize the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to billion in addi tional general obligation bonds to make low interest loans to Texas communities to make improve ments and expansions to existing water Most often these bonds are used to build or upgrade water or wastewater treat ment facilities in communi ties across the Funds also can be used for a vari ety of other projects includ ing new water trans mission water wells and flood control The leadership of the late Governor Bullock prompted Texas to begin taking a proactive approach to water we need to pay to implement these According to current the state is facing a billion price tag for water supply projects Combined with the billion needed for flood water and waste water the state needs to come up with billion dollars over the next 50 It is disconcerting to hear concerns being raised about this proposition because of misconceptions about what this money will be used Reservoirs are only a small piece of the We must look at the state as a whole and utilize all available options for meeting the needs of bur citizens for the next 40 and 50 Proposition 19 is vital to the continued success of our state water Water planning is fruitless without Prompt action now on these important water projects will assure safe water all across the Senator Buster Brown Senate Committee on Natural Resources Representative David Counts House Committee on Natural Resources Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 310th day of There are 55 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo Benjamin Harrison won the presidential defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral even though Cleveland led in the popular Washington not running this new war very well War is always simultaneously both a physical and a psychologi cal When we blow up a we score a physical victory when we kill civilians by the Taliban scores a psychological The question the Bush adminis tration faces is Can we score enough physical damage to turn the war in our favor before the Taliban scores enough psychologi cal victories to turn the war in its favor Time is not on our There will be hell to pay in the process of trying to topple an Islamic government in we inadvertently install one in which has a fine army and nuclear Thats why the president of Pakistan is urging us to move He knows that the longer the bombing campaign goes the CHARLEY REESE stronger the opposition will the picture emerging in Washington is one of One day the Pentagon says that we bombed Red Cross food warehouses a second time by mistake and that Central Command is investigating to determine how the mistake was The next day the Central Command says that we bombed the warehouses on purpose because the Taliban is stealing the Dont the Joint Chiefs know what the Central Command is doing Apparently The intentions are but the Bush administration is erring by holding too many We get briefings from the White from the Pentagon and from the Office of Homeland It seems to me that it would cut the confusion if they all would get together during the day and have one briefing by one per And we know youre but dont waste briefing time by praising every We know everyone is won derful and working veiy What we want from a briefing is factual information on the If you have no new factual infor then say so and end the And stop showing those guncamera They tell us nothing about the overall war We already know that bombs explode when they hit the The news media add to the con I can tell you what any American journalist sent to a for eign country knows except what can be seen with his or her eyes and what people who speak English choose to tell him or A foreign correspondent who has no contacts and does not know the language of the country he or she is in is nothing more than a For an we now go to our correspondent Charley who is with the Northern Whats the situation Charley over the past 12 hours a few planes have dropped a few Of I cant see what they were just the smoke and the noise in the dis The weather is sunny but nippy and The food over here is Back to But what is the situation with the Northern Alliance As far as I can theyre doing the same thing I am sit ting in their holes and watching the bombs I dont know any thing They dont invite me to their staff and their sol diers dont speak Back to And there you have an update on Americas War on Terror from our correspondent in Stay tuned for the latest developments as our contin uing coverage of Americas War on Ctiarley Reese is a syndicated ;