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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A □ Herakj-Zeiturtg Q Thdrsday, November 20,1997 Hers Z e i t u — ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. OnHn# contact BTO submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is QUOTABLE“The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.” James Baldwin novelist EDITORIALKudos Susan Ivy, this year’s overall chairman of the annual Heritage Exhibit, has devoted days, weeks, months and years to the constantly-changing Heritage Exhibit. Since 1983, she has volunteers in various capacities each year helping with New Braunfels’ rendenng of history This year, she was in charge of the entire exhibit. She had lots of help, but inevitably she was the ultimate decision-maker... and a fine job she did! “Spreadin’ the News” was Susan’s choice of theme. Working with an experienced steering committee and 15 exhibit chairmen, she helped develop the idea into a Civic Center full of past, present and future displays From Indian smoke signals to modem day computers, visitors to the exhibit learned many amazing facts about communication. Her hard work was readily apparent to all who viewed “Spreadin’ the News.” C ountless hours of volunteers had the added impetus of support from the business community. Corporate sponsors Becker Motor Company, IX>eppenschmidt Funeral Home, First State Bank, First C ommercial Bank, Norwcst Bank, Pit Stop Food Marts, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Texas Commerce Bank, Wuest’s Inc and Wurstfcst Association gave large donations to finance this community endeavor Other business contributors gave willingly to help individual exhibits and volunteer groups add to the ambiance of the Civic ( 'enter ITie many, many volunteers who worked on the Heritage Exhibit created a panorama of antiques, artifacts and visuals that impressed visitors from everywhere The important thing to remember, however, is that all of these citizens of New Braunfels did w hat they did out of devotion to the history of New Braunfels We, the citizens of New Braunfels, arc so lucky to live in a community of people who prize the history, anticipate tile future and love the present I hope we all appreciate our treasures Patsy Vann Heritage Exhibit publicity chairman Kudos to Les ( afley for making the freshman and tumor varsity Unicorn football games as much fun to hear as they are to watch! Mr ( afley lins been the volunteer m admin announcer for the Unicorns tor iHycar», amfmwne of those games are at 9:30 a rn on Saturdays I have never met Mr OafTey, fxit I appreciate his dedication and enthusiasm Hunks, Mr ( afley, and Ted, too! When visiting other stadiums without announcers, we realize what a tremendous ditlerencc you make Mute Taylor Unicorn mom Hie William Hightower ( hapter Sons of the American Revolution expresses us great appreciation to KI RN TV station tor airing live PBS series “I dvrty' Hie American Revolution ” We compliment the Norwcst Bank tor sponsoring anti promoting this great patriotic series. I he SAR encourages everyone to tune to ( hannel 9 KI RN on the following times and dates 8- IO p rn Sunday, 9-11 pm Monday ami 9 to 11 pm I uesday lf unable to watch at tliesc hours, tape tile program Brere will Iv a complete showing on Thanksgiving Day from I I 30 a rn to 5 p in Bill ( one, project officer for Norwcst Bank, says the bank also is furnishing videos of this series to Canyon Middle School and to New Braunfels Middle School Please let them know that you appreciate this beautiful patriotic effort M>hn ( Lee He* Braunfels Write us Uh W« HntunfrLs Hr rat J/tuan* v*cki#iic» kilns on any public issue I bt editor reserves the n>*hi lo v.otm.1 spelling, siylc, (xuM.iualH.Ni and kilo* ii t.Htual mors letters should lir krpt to 150 words. Wt jxihlish iwily original mail atkfrrssixl to the Nr* Braunfels Herald /'-uuny hearing (bt voter's signature Also, an address and a telephone number, *hKh arc rn* t«N (xjbli-<. alit ai, must Im included Please cur lite (Mge number ami dale of any annie thai is mentioned Pre lr re nee is given lo writers who have ma been published in die (hcvhnjs MI days. Mull letter* to: lantern lo lf»e Editor c/o tfie Hew Braunfela Herald Zeitun# P O Drawer 311328 New Braunfela, Texan 78131-1328 Flue (430 ii25-1224 New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext 301 Managing Editor, Ext 220 Director of Marketing, Ext 208 Classified Advertising Manager Ext 214 Business Manager, Ext 202 Circulation Director, Ext 228 Doug Toney Margaret Edmonson Jason Bor char dt Karen Reminger Mary Lee Hall Carol Ann Avery Published tai Sunday mornings and weekday nHHiungs I uesday through friday by die Sr* HnamfrLs Herald Aitunx (LISPS 377 KHI)) 707 I amia St, or P O. Drawer 31132b, New Braunfels, ( onial (Amiray, Tx. 7K131-1328 Penmhcal postage paid by the Ne* Braun/els Herald-Auunx rn New Braunfels, texas. ( airier delivered in (onul and (iciadalupe counties three months, $20.50; fix monihs, $37, inn; year, $66 Sam* ( id/en Discounts by earner delivery only six months, $33, one year. $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County ut Texas; three months, $30 30, six months, $55, one year, $103 50. Mail outside Texas; rn months, $78, one year, $118.25 Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5 30 p.m. Tuesday through friday or by 7 30 a rn. on Sunday may calf (830) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by ll am un Sunday P< a tmas!>a Send address changes to the Ne* Braunfels Herald-Ai,tuna, P O Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328 Mauro faces funding, ethicalproblems in race AUSTIN — Texas Land Commissioner Garey Mauro’s announcement for governor against the popular George Dubya Bush is meeting with widespread skepticism but no disrespect. Only a fool would write off Mauro, even with the odds against him. He’s one of the hardest-working campaigners in the state, and he has the advantage of knowing an awful lot more about state government than Shrub docs. In fact, this could be an interesting race. The chief thing about our guv is that he’s an affable fellow — affable out the wazoo, actually. He’s been affabling about east, west, north and south for three years now with the happy result that we all like him. It’s practically impossible not to. Dubya's a nice guy. On the otter hand, he doesn’t know much and hasn’t done much. As governor, he has been “disengaged,'’ as we used to say of Ronald Reagan. His numbers look formidable (he’s 3-to-1 up on Mauro), but anyone who’s been around Texas politics for a few years has seen one “unbeatable” candidate after another go down. Mauro has two problems, the largest of which is money, lack of. Now, we’re not talking stonewall-hopeless, Victor-Morales-style no-money Mauro is too smart a politician to have announced at all if he didn’t have considerable commitments in hand already But one suspects that the commitments arc contingent — either he moves the numbers by a certain date or he gets no more. And Shrub, who’s already running for president, is sitting on S IO million right now, for pity’s sake, and can raise as much as he wants And the Republicans are going to run Mauro mean. Not because they’re nasty, evil people but because Mauro has given them the weapons and they’d be fools not to Mauro went broke in the mid-’80s and took the chapter Well, so did half of Texas, no disgrace there, but the ads just wnte themselves: “lf he couldn’t handle his own Molly Ivins was tort reform finances, why should we trust him with Texas’ money?” Plus, Mauro has had an ethical scrape or two. He was once caught using state phones for political purposes; instead of stupidly denying it and getting indicted as Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison did (the judge eventually directed a verdict of “not guilty”), Mauro apologized and paid for another phone line. Shrub’s record is not exactly a thing of beauty. His big all those terrible lawsuits that were hurting our “healthy bidness climate.” So we got tort reform, and what happened? Everybody’s insurance premiums are higher durn ever, and insurance company profits are at a 40-year high. Thanks a lot, Shrub. And then he was going to fix this terrible problem with the property taxes (hiving folk from hearth and home. After much sound and fury, the red-hots in his own patty messed up the tax deal, and we end up with a constitutional amendment that gives us — whoopee — a big $140 off on our property taxes. And then there is the increasingly ugly mess he’s making of welfare “reform.” While otter states have moved to put effective welfarc-to-work programs in place, Texas has been late, slow and dumb on the whole issue. Just to prove once more what a ridiculous optimist I am, suppose that instead of both sides concentrating on the negative. Shrub and Mauro ran against one another concentrating on the positive. Mauro really docs have some good ideas, most notably concerning the public schools. He wants to take some of the bond money we’re always using to build more prisons and put $2 billion of it into rehabbing old schools and building new ones that would be wired for computers and all that bridge-to-the-21 st-century stuff. He thinks ive should give a $3,000 pay raise to every teacher who qualifies fofceitificstRm in a specialty and provide Hope scholarships for college to students who agree to teach. As Mauro points out, if Georgia can do it, so can Texas. Shrub, on the other hand, favors charter schools and the voucher system, in which you take tax money out of public schools and give it to private schools instead. There, you have the makings of a good debate. £hrub could go around talking about what government should not do and how everything government does could be done better by huge corporations (he’s the guy who wanted Lockheed to take over the welfare system). Mauro could talk about what he thinks government should do. This would be a nice prep for Bush’s presidential nm and give us a classy, educational dunpaign, and it is about as likely as Willie Nelson being named drag czar. Just FYE Someday, in our ongoing education debate, some politician is going to stand up and tell die truth, which is that die quality of the education a lad in our public schools gets depends almost entirely on die wealth of die property tax bose in die district where die kid lives. Another case of justice depending on geography. And then we’ll start talking seriously about what to do about it One more item of note: I think Mauro is onto a dandy issue with this HMO stuff. One of Shrub’s stupider moves was vetoing die Patients’ Protection Act which would have allowed Texans to choose their own doctors and would have given them a laundry list of rights in the horrible new world of corporate medicine. When even the Texas Legislature is moved to pass a bill like that vetoing it is not a shrewd move. (Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star- Telegram..) earn Dr flaw *n*£5-uuir*s*/wswwtold (BM ^brnor Letter to the Editor CISD midi to do more with towor dollars Dear Editor. I was mildly surprised to read in your Nov. 9 headline article. "CISD voters say no four times," that CISD officials seemed to lack an understanding of voter concern, l ike so many of those who spend other people’s money, CISD officials seem to think (hat spending more is (lie only solution to any problem V$ e all want quality education and, I believe, that we are willing to spend more to ensure that the children in ow county get what they need I think the message in this election was (hat the taxpayers are not convinced that CIS!) is optimizing the current expenditures I low in the world can we ask taxpayers to fund additional multi-million dollar buildings and parking lots md band facilities when all existing so I tool facilities are used only part of the year? Perhaps it is time to dec de what is best for our students and those who pay the bdls and not let our decisions be driven by whether our low-end sum-Today in History By Tim Associated Proas Today is Thursday, Nov. 20, the 324th (toy of 1997. There arc 41 days left in the year. Today*s Highlight in History: On Nuv. 20, 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey mer tourist industry has low-cost summer employees and local customers. Let us use our expensive facilities and talented staff year round and accomplish more with fewer dollars Jerry Welch Canyon Lake CISG •taction was poorly planned, oxocutod Dear Editor, The C omal Independent School District election on Saturday, Nov. 8, was the poorest planned and executed event that I have witnessed in my 24 years in this arca. The Sunday, Nov. 9, edition of the Hcrald-Zeitung covered the problems and complaints quite weft. My wife and I were a part of that group. Aho, in the same story, were the weak and sad alibis from some of the school administrator^ Ite most frightening aspect of the whole situation is that this group of planners and administrators have the responsibility of educating our young people today. In the future, CISD should get the views of the people in the area before Ou this date: In 1420, Peregrine White was bom aboard the Maytlower in Massachusetts Bay — the first child bom of English parents in present-day New England. In 1719, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights In 1919, revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero. la 1925, Robert F Kennedy was bom in Brookline, Mass. having an election. Ray E. Sterling Canyon Lake Wa nood to fbi local funding peoMom Dear Editor. The Comal ISD bond election is over and the taxpayers have sent a clear message: we are tired of paying for an inefficient public school system. We are not anti-tax, anti-school, anti-CISD or anti-anything, we just want our scarce tax dollars spent wisely There used to be a slogan in government agencies: “A dollar’s worth of production for a tax dollar spent” or something like that What ever happened to this idea? The problem, in my humble opinion, is two-fold: (I) a nightman sh system of state and local funding for public education and (2) a proliferation of socalled independent school district Governor Bush was on the right track for a solution to the funding problem, but lost in the Legislature. Arni Richards lo 1929, the radio program “The Rise of the Goldbergs ” debuted on the NBC Blue Network. lo 1995, 24 Nazi leaders went on mal before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg. Germany. In 1947, the Census Clock at the Oxrancrre Department ticked pa* 200 IPI 1949, die Nixon announced a bab to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total had her finger on the funding solution bin (hopped it after rile was elected. A main idea of both governors was to tax commercial property only at the state level. What is against this idea and why? At the local level, we must live with this abysmal funding system, but we can become more efficient by consolidating school districts. There has ben much hand-writing over the failure of the bond election by the Comal trustees, district administrators and citizens groups that supported the honda, claiming that the students will be hurt. Well, I call your bluff, consolidate with New Braunfels ISD and I will do everything in my power to help pass the next bond issue for the benefit of our students. Hear the silence! Ttet’s all the politician^ school atkninistraion and parents who think they can control a small school district, madly rushing to express their support for rn action that would really benefit the students. Larry Gunckel Bulverde phase-out ta 1975, after nearly four decades of absolute rule, Spain’s General Francisco Franco died, two weeks before hts 83rd birthday ta 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the Ant Arab leader to addrest Israel ’a parliament. ta 1995, BBC Television broadcast so interview with Princess Diana, who admillad being unfaithful to Prince Charles. ;