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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY Soviets, Americans share knowledge lack WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans and Soviets have at least one thing in common — many don’t know much geography and show “an astonishing lack of awareness of the world around them,” a Gallup poll showed today. See Page SA Canyon meets U for the regional crown Canyon’s volleyball team reached the regional finals by defeating Roma Tuesday night. The Cou-garettes will meet Uvalde, which eliminated New Braunfels in another regional semifinal match IO See Page 111 so-we e —----2&2'~>    E Holiday Cookbook deadline is Nov. 15 While you are getting your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, think about what you’d like to enter in the annual New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Holiday ,u:~ month. Deadline for entries is so don’t procrastinate. See Page 1B \Lr K\/- New Braunfels Vol. 137, No. 258 EL PASO, TX 707 Landa St., New Braunfels. Texas 78130 (USPS 377 880) 512 625-9144 Wednesday November 8, 1989 25 Cents Two Sections, 22 PagesCounty voters strike out pay increase By JOE KINCHELOE Staff Writer Voters in Comal County bludgeoned a proposed pay raise for Texas legislators Tuesday and landed the knockout blow by defeating a proposal to increase the lawmakers’ daily expenses. A staggering 81 percent of the Comal voters struck down the pay raise to help put it away in statewide elections by more than 63 percent. Then by a margin of almost two to one, voters thrashed a proposal to increase daily expenses. The pay hike for lawmakers would have jumped from $7,200 a year to more than $23,300 a year and its partner, Proposition ll, would have increased expense accounts from $30 to $81 a day. Analysts say the wording of the proposition doomed it upon examination. Although it said to “limit the salary” of lawmakers, the proposal would have tripled the pay and eliminated taxpayers’s prerogative to control the pay scale, according to some analysts. Future raises would have been automatic when the governor’s pay increased because the bill actually “Hinted” lawmakers’ pay to one-fourth that of the Governor. Those were the only -propositions defeated on a statewide basis, although Comal County voters downed ll more amendments. Jurors now will know how much of a prison sentence may actually be served by a defendant because of the passage of a bill in Comal County by 71 percent. Passage of the bill statewide is said to toughen Texas’ crimi nal justice system. Three companion bills include the right of the victims of crime to a more active role it the judicial process, the authorization to com bine state criminal justice agencies to streamline administration of the system, and to is ue $400 million in state bonds to build prisons and mental health facilities. In the local election, the bill to inform jurors passed by nearly 78 percent and die bill of rights for crime victims passed by 71 percent. The proposal to combine state agencies passed with 61 percent in favor and the proposal to build more prisons and mental health facilities passed with just more than 62 percent in approval. A $500 million water development bill was defeated locally with 2,727 voting against it and 1.914 voting in agreement. The bill, one fifth of v hich will be used lo upgrade running water and server systems in settlements along the Mexican border, passed on a statewide basis. A proportion to require lawmakers to sign a statement regarding the laking of bribes CISD board OKs plan to sell $7 million bonds Comal Independent School District approved plans for the sale of $7 million in bonds approved earlier this month by voters. CISD approved the sale of the bonds in two $3.5 million increments, with the first scries on sale starting Dec. I, and the second sale later in the spring. “The bonds will be sold in two sales because the IRS will not let anyone sell more than $5 million in bonds without a lot of red tape and rebates going lo the government," said Abel Campos, CISD director of finance. “We also want to meet the May I deadline t&u the Supreme Court set in the Kirby versus Edgewood case.” After May I, the school districts in Texas will not be allowed to spend money unless a plan for funding the Texas education is approved by the Supreme Court. The money raised by the bond sales will build a new elementary school in the area of the Texas 46 and U.S. 281 intersection. There will also be roof work at Mountain Valley Elementary, Canyon High School, Frazier Elementary and Comal Elementary. Drainage work on Bulverde Primary is also planned. The bid process for the bonds will open the morning of Nov. 27, and the best bid will be selected by the CISD school board during its regular meeting later that evening. The winning bidder may then sell to individual investors or keep the bonds. Campos said. mwiwwww A cold front is on the way, bul temperatures could break the 88-dcgrcc record before the front arrives. It will be sunny and warm today with the high reaching near 90 degrees. The front will the drop overnight temperature to 53 degrees. Thursday’s temperatures will be in the upper 70s for the high and in the lower 40s for the low. Inside: CLASSIFIED............................6-8    B COMICS.....................................10A CROSSWORD.............................3A DEAR ABBY...............................7A EDUCATION................................6A ENTERTAINMENT.......................7A HOROSCOPE............................10A KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-2B OPINIONS....................................4A SPORTS...............................11-14A TV LISTINGS.............................10A WEATHER...................................2A Nicaragua to offer new cease-fire plan MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Sandinista government said today it will propose a new cease-fire plan that calls for a temporary halt in Soviet anus shipments and the ouster of rebels from Nicaragua. President Daniel Ortega outlined a 15-point plan that he will propose during a meeting with the Contras on Thursday at the United Nations in New York. The plan includes a proposal that U.S. aid to the rebels be administered by the International Commission for Verification and Support, a U.N.-affiliated commission created to help demobilize the rebels under a Central American peace plan. The plan will include creation of routes within Nicaragua for the rebels to use to return to Honduras, where the commission would provide certificates for their repatriation or reloca-tion in third countries, Ortega said. He spoke at a news conference after the Nicaraguan delegation, headed by Assistant Foreign Minister Victor Hugo Tinoco, left for the talks in New York. Once the agreement is signed, the Nicaraguan government would temporarily stop importing weapons until April 25, 1990, Omega said. The Soviet Union supplies arms to the lef- See PLAN, Page 2A Chicken dancer New Braunfels High School German leacher Benno Engel does the Chicken Dance at Wurstfest High school German students from across the state today will visit the 29th annual Wurstfest and enjoy some German culture, food and music, practice their German and be exposed to the Texas German influence on the state Wurstfest ‘89 continues through Sunday. (Photo ny John Senter) passed in Comal County with 61 percent voting in approval. The amendment will remove the oral statement from the oath of office and will state in writing that an elected official did not engage in bribery to obtain the office. Known as the “freeport” law, Texas voters opted to exempt certain personal property that is in Texas temporarily for the purpose of “assembling, storing, manufacturing, processing, or fabricating ” The bill passed in Comal County by a slim margin of 59 votes. A similar bill, a proposal to allow the legislature to assist the devlopment and production See ELECTION, Page 2A Texans say no to hike in pay By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Texans who went to the polls on Election Day were in a spending mood —except when it came to legislative pay. Two propositions dealing with lawmakers’ salaries were the only losers among 21 constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. In Houston, voters gave Mayor Kathy Whitmire a record-tying fifth term, elected a black woman to replace a 16-year City Council veteran tarnished by his racial slur and picked two candidates for a runoff to fill the unexpired House term of the late Mickey Leland In final unofficial returns, the legislative pay-raising Proposition I was defeated by a staggering margin of almost 2-to-1. Lawmakers had sought to more than triple their pay, from $7,200 a year to $23,300, and to eliminate the need for voter approval of future raises. Proposition 11 sought to raise lawmakers’ daily expense allowance from $30 to $81. See RESULTS, Page 2A STOW American Legion Comal Post 179 will conduct a special Veteran’s Day observance Saturday at 410 W. Coll St. The post home will be closed to the public that day and the function will start at 3 p.m., with diluter afterward. The ladies auxiliary and legionnaires will be observing Poppy Days Nov. IO and ll. Donations are used to help disabled veterans...., The Comal County Women’s Center needs volunteers and is offering a training program tonight at 6 p.m. at the office at 193-1/2 W. San Antonio St. in New Braunfels. The training is for persons interested in serving as hotline volunteers and who want to become acquainted with the program. The Comal County Women’s Center offers a 24-hour hotline, and legal advocacy for battered and abused women and children. For more information, call 620-7520. The hotline number is 620-HELP.... Chinese cooking is child’s play when taught by Gee Gee Bessey (from the Un-School at the Witte Museum). At the New Braunfels SM STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2A Two injured in collision Two persons were injured Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision on the northbound Interstate 35 access road, north of the Walnut Avenue exit. According to New Braunfels police reports, the accident occurred when Karen Reininger, 25, of New Braunfels, who was northbound in a 1988 Ford Bronco ll tried to enter Interstate 35 from the access road by crossing the two-way drive. Thirty-five-year-old William Alves, also of New Braunfels, was driving a 1989 Plymouth Reliant K in the oncoming lane and failed to yield the right of way. The Plymouth then struck the Bronco. The access roads in that area arc two-way roads. 'Hie driver and passenger in the front seat of the Reliant suffered minor injuries and were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital. An infant in the back seat of the Reliant was not injured. The driver of the Bronco escaped without injury. The man driving and woman in the front passenger seat of the Reliant were not wearing seatbelts, New Braunfels Police Officer Russell Bell said. "There are indications that the people in the from seal of the Reliant were not wearing seatbelts,” Bell said "The man broke the steering column, and the woman crushed the dashboard and glove box, which is what indicates that they did not have safety belts on.” The child in the back seal of the Reliant was in a child safety seat and the driver of the Bronco was wearing a safe!) belt, Bell said. Alves was issued citations foi failure to yield right of was and for not wearing seatbelts. Communist Party replaces Politburo Construction figures increase The total number of building permits and the amount of money spent on new construction are up from last month, but Planning Director Mike Strands wants this year is still a down year. The New Braunfels Planning Department issued 138 permits in October valued at $1.69 million. September saw the city issue 111 permits valued at $620,181. A majority of die October permit totals can be attributed to the $913,000 addition at New Braunfels First Baptist Church. “Aside from the single issue deal that the First Baptist Church is doing, the amounts spent on new construction in New Braunfels are pretty much in keeping in line for what is usual for the city,” Shands said. Shands said 1989 would be a down year for the construction of single-family houses. “We will see by the end of the year that it is not a good year for single family housing, and commercial building will also be down,” Shands said. “We are no longer declining though." Shands also said while this city is doing badly in reference to new construction, the whole region is in the same boat. "We are holding our own compared to San Antonio and the rest of the area,” Shands said. "We are all in the See PFRMITS Page ?A BERLIN (AP) — East Germany’s ruling Politburo resigned today and the Communist Party replaced the aging leaders with reformers in a dramatic bid to gain control of a country convulsed by protests and the exodus of thousands of its people. Hie action followed Tuesday’s resignation of the entire Cabinet and another round of street demonstrations involving more than 100,000 people in four cities who demanded the right to choose their own g vemment. I at- Germans skeptical about die govci.anent s promises of reforms ii it inned to flee their homeland today More than 50,000 people have reached West Germany since Saturday. The entire 21-member Politburo resigned in a major leadership reshuffle which opposition leaders and parts members alike had been urging for days. It was new leader Egon Krenz’s boldest attempt yet to get a grip on {x »wei The party’s 163-member Central t ommittee then reaffirmed Krenz as puny leader and voted in four new members to the Politburo, including Dresden party chief Huns Modrow, viho have backed Soviet style reforms. Krenz and six other members who support his reforms were re-elected to the ruling body. Modrow also was nominated for the post of premier, the state-run news agency ADN said Hie Politburo is the country’s most powerful decisionmaking body. The Central Committee approves leadership and major policy changes. Today’s action reduces die number of Politburo members from 21 lo ll. In addition to Krenz and Modrow, the Central Committee re-elected to a Politburo seat Guenter Schabowski, w ho has also become a leading reform advocate. The Central Committee also voted to appoint Johannes Chenutitzer as a non voting member of the Politburo. Chemmtzer was the first high-ranking East German politician to suggest discussing the need for the Berlin Wall. In a brief dispatch, the official ADN news agency said Krenz "suggested” the Politburo resign “so that die responsibility for the current situation can be made clear." Many members of the outgoing Politburo are in their 60s and 70s and SM POLITBURO, Pag* 2A ;