New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Incorporation nill let Bulverde control its fate
Bulverde residents have an opportunity this Nov. 4 to become masters of their own destiny.
Instead of watching San Antonio creep closer and closer and the threat of incorporation loom larger and larger, incorporation proponents say making Bulverde a city will give this western Comal County community the power to make the decisions that will affect its future
San Antonio currently plans to annex Stone Oak subdi-vision in northeast Bexar C ounty by the end of this year. That means the extra territorial jurisdiction of the city would extend into Comal County north of the Bulverde Air Park
“Five hundred and seventy-six feet,” Bulverde Estates resident Bob Barton told a group of more than 150 people at a meeting Monday night. “That is how close they are before they get to Bulverde Road "
Incorporation would allow Bulverde area residents to w ork together to address a number of concerns that have nothing to do with San Antonio. An incorporated Bulverde would have tile power to address water and wastewater issues as well as some road issues. Unity in the Bulverde community could pave the way for grants and other funding to make improvements.
As an incorporated city, Bulverde can provide a unified voice in addressing the Texas Department of Transportation about issues with U.S. 281, which runs right through the community and affects almost everyone in who lives in and around Bulverde.
The process of achieving incorporation and establishing a municipal government probably will not be easy or quick I lowcvcr, enough residents in Bulverde have expressed interest in putting the incorporation issue on the ballot It Bulverde wants to control its future, incorporation appears to be* the only way of making that happen.
(To Jay's editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson )
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A farrago of facts comes from reading
Readers ask from where ideas for this column come. Answer: From reading. I read at least a couple of books weekly plus the New York Times and miscellaneous journals and magazines. The challenge is not ideas. The challenge is having time to write about all that interests me. My file on column ideas is almost as high as my rejection file, which at last measurement was found to be just a few thousand feet below Mount Everest.
Today, then, comes a farrago—a medley, a conglomeration, a mixture (from the Latin meaning mixed fodder for cattle)—of facts and collections form my column idea file.
OXYMORONS: Airline food; British fashion; military intelligence; pretty ugly, rap music; Microsoft works.
NICE QUOTE, SOURCE UNKNOWN “lf you focus your heart and your spirit, you can hold your life in your arms and make it do anything ’’
WOMEN AND THE WORK PLACE: Of the 102 million women age 16 and older in the U.S., 60 million are labor force participants (working or looking for work). Women represented 46 percent of all persons in the civilian labor force in 1904. Of the 5^ million employed women in the U.S. in 1994, 41 million worked full time Women are still overrepresented in low-paying jobs Forty two pea’ent
of employed women work in support jobs. Women earn only 76 cents for every dollar earned by men. Of all the people living in poverty 62 percent are women.
Of the 67 million families in the U.S. in 1993, 12 million (I 8 percent) were maintained by women. Forty-eight percent of black families were maintained by women; 24 percent of Hispanic families were maintained by women; and 14 percent of white families were maintained by women. (Where have all the fathers gone? Answer: Bubba is fishing in his bass boat that Mama bought. No wonder women are angry )
A VAST FORTUNE: According to financial consultant Andrew Tobias, we can accumulate wealth by making a budget, scrimping and saving, paying off our credit cards, fully funding a retirement plan and putting aw ay w hat-ever we can comfortably afford into short-and intermediate-term Treasury securities for money we might need in a few vears and no-load, low
expense stock market index funds for everything else.
To keep your marriage brimming; With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up.
Ogden Nash TOO TRUE TO BE FUNNY: “lf you have made it to 35 and your job still requires you to wear a name tag, you’ve probably made a serious vocational error.” Dennis Miller WHO ARE YOU?: Neurotics realize they are different and apologize for it; eccentrics (operating from a different center) know they are different and celebrate it. You are a
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whatever dominates your life.
A DIFFERENT DEFINITION: What makes Christianity different from all other religions? “Grace.”— C S. Lewis LESS TIME OR MORE POSSIBILITIES?: Technology trends translate to on-line addicts wtw don’t talk to their next door neighbors; satellite-dish owners who refuse reading; workers displaced by robotics; frazzled mothers too exhausted to spend time with their children and make us w ish for romantic images of a happier past when Pop read Dickens to his family warming by the fire.
In the 1850s the average man in
Britain worked more than 60 hours weekly from age IO until death at 50. He had no annual vacation which left him with 90,000 hours of free time over the course of his adult life— roughly a third of leisure that we enjoy today. As soon as Pop got the fire started, it was bed time.
Social Science research at the University of Maryland shows that contrary to popular stereotypes, the workweek has shortened, women have as much leisure time as men, and parents spend as much time with their children as they did in the 1960s.
We feel more rushed because we have more opportunities. Free time has failed to keep up with our expectations. Enough makes us want more.
Other than procrastination, television ranks as die subtlest thief of time. Americans average more than 16 hours of television watching a week, an increase of four hours since 1965.
BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT: The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words. The Gettysburg Address is 286 words; there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words. And this column has just reached my stopping point—750 words—and I still have a Mt. McKinley of ideas to go.
(John Ingram Walker is a writer, speaker and psychiatrist.)
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The right to choose (one’s school)
The skm-pigmcntation monitors arc upset that fewer “minorities” have been adrnmed to California and Texas universities this fall because of the curtailment of affirmative action in those states Among the freshmen at the University of Texas arc 150 black students, half last year’s number At the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. one black is entering the first-year class Last year there were 20 black first-year students But instead of lowering admissions standards and counting non white noses, let’s devise ways to boost the qualifications of applicants
President Clinton is pushing for a national standards test developed in Washington Sen Paul Covcrdell (R-Ga.) has a better way: school choice Coverdell’s proposal was pulled from the budget agreement following a threat by the president to veto the entire measure unless school choice was removed Such is the power the National Education Association (NEA) has over this administration The Clintons and Gores chose to send their children to elite private schools because they arc rich and can afford it. They don’t want poor and middleclass children to have the same opportunity
Today in History
By Th# Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, Oct. I, the 274th day of 1997 There are 91 days left in the year The Jewish New Year, Rosh Has ha na. begins at sunset Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct 1,1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $825.
Coverdell notes that 40 percent of
all 10-year-olds can’t meet basic literacy standards, that across the United States 2,0<X) acts of violence occur in schools daily, that American eighth-graders recently placed 28th in the world in math and science skills, that 88 percent of children entering Los Angeles public school* won’t be able to read at eighth-grade level when they graduate, and only 40 percent of all student* will graduate, that almost one-third of college freshmen require remedial instruction
Despite this poor performance, the NEA. for political reasons, wants to maintain the nation’s largest monopoly and doom many children to an inferior education For this. the federal government *pends $97 billion per year of our money on more than 760 education programs *pread over 40 government agencies Thi* is a system that is failing morally as well as practically,”
On this date:
In 1800, Spain ceded Louisiana to France in a secret treaty.
In 1885, special delivery mail service began in the United States.
In 1890, Congress passed the McKinley Tanff Act, which raised tariffs to a record level.
In 18%, the U S. Post Office established Rural Free Delivery, with the
He proposes “A-plus Accounts,” w hich would allow parents to establish a savings account designated for their child’s (or any child’s) education at any school — public, private, religious or even home school — from kindergarten through college.
The plan would involve after-tax dollars, so it would take no money from government school budgets. Interest on the savings account would be tax-free so long as the money is used for tuition or other education-related purposes, such as buying a computer Grandparents, businesses or wealthy individuals would be free to start or add to the account of a family or non-family member, making it a perfect vehicle for chantable and scholarship efforts
This could be a hot issue for Republicans, hotter perhaps than tax-cutting The current system has trapped students and good teachers in a failed system with little opportunity for improvement. Money is not, and never has been, the solution to our education problems. Opening the system up to competition would improve not only he quality of education but the quality of the educated.
House Speaker Newt Gingnch says
first routes in West Virginia.
In 1936, General Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state.
In 1943, Allied forces captured Naples during World War ll.
In 1949, Communist Party Chairman Mao Tsc-tung raised the first flag of the People’s Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing.
the president has agreed to meet with him, Coverdell and a group of parents who want the same opportunity the Clintons had in prepanng their daughter for Stanford by sending her to the elite Sidwell Friends school. Surely if the “fairness” issue was paramount for the president when it came to tax cuts, then fairness in education ought to be just as important.
The NEA opposes anything that would break its intellectual, political and moral stranglehold on America's children. It knows that the only way to maintain its influence is to keep most students and teachers locked in a failing system.
Coverdell says if $2,000 a year goes into a child’s A-plus account starting at birth, assuming a 7.5 percent interest rate, that child would accumulate $14,488 by first grade, $36,847 by junior high, $46,732 by high school and $71,355 by college.
Politics is the only reason President Clinton would oppose such a plan. He’s always telling us he cares for children. The Covcrdell proposal gives him a chance to demonstrate how much.
(Cal Thomas is a syndicated writer He will speak al the New Braunfels Civic Center on Nov. II.)
In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run (hiring a 162-game season, compared to Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs during a 154-game season.
In 1962, Johnny Carson succeeded Jack Paar as regular host of NBC’s “Tonight” show.
In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, FU