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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas SGL Ll I CAa ■SShLsi Readers' comments about Saturday bond election, see mailbag, below - Herald-Zeitung ■mons Dave Kramer, Editor mill General Manager    Susan    Haire,    Managing    Editor Citizens have an opportunity Voters will be given the opportunity Saturday to approve or disapprove an $11.45 million bond package tor city improvements. The package includes eight propositions for street, drainage, flood control, city facility and parks improvements and each proposition can be voted on separately. This allows the voters the chance to approve part or all of the proposed improvements. The proposed bond package will cost taxpayers approximately 12 cents per $100 valuation and will. city officials said, improve the quality of life within the city. (liven these facts, it should behoove eligible voters w'thin tin1 city to turn out for the election. According to Mayor Barbara Tieken, the proposed bond package is being put before the people not because it is mandatory, but because city fathers feel the citizens of the community should have a right to make the choices listed on the ballot. It is every citizens’ right and responsibility to respond to that opportunity. It is every citizens’ right and responsibility to have a voice in something that can not only effect the quality of life, but also the pocketbook. No one who fails to vote in this election will be able t< say that they were not given the opportunity to have their voice heard - whether those voices are for the proposed bond package or against it. Citizens should take advantage of the opportunity to make decisions on these matters. Citizens should vote in Saturday’s bond election. James Kilpatrick Reagan, some of TOKYO — Some months ago, Japan’s Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone made a state visit to the White House. He and President Reagan got along so famously that they wound up by addressing one another as Yaz and Ron. I have now been three days in Japan, enough to make me an expert, and I can explain their affection: Nakasone have the same problems United Feature Syndicate MAfKUUES <91*705 HOUSTON mr Mailbag Reader will vote 'yes' for the good of the city I o the Editor: Ihree of the five mailbag letters Wednesday opposed, among other issues. Proposition 8 for a pool cover. The arguments presented seemed to indicate the writers were not privileged with all of the facts and need the information that follows before they vote. First, fellow senior citizens please take note. The pool cover, Proposition 8, is for fitness-minded citizens of all ages who recognize the need to stay fit 12 months a year rather than 4 months. The pools are now open. Yes, swimming is considered by many to tx* the best exercise for senior citizens and the handle'upped. This is die primary i eason w e need a year round pool. Second, there is no way that a $3<K),000 investment could be justified at this tune if it were solely for competition and young people. It is not that way now and, I am sure, never will be as borne out by the fact that as many senior citizens had season tickets in 1985 as there were children on the swim team. Of the approximately 40 adult fitness I PAP) swimmers that continued swinuning after Uibor Day, 20 percent were senior citizens. With our progressive-minded Parks and Recreation Department, we can count on getting the equipment to help tile lian-dicapped and senior citizens (those that need it) get in and out of the water. By the way, senior citizens purchased over 900 of the 29,000 swimming tickets sold to adults in 1985. Please join us, you’ll never feel better than when you start the day w ith a good swum Third, most people do not know that the I .anda Park swmuning pool has been lowering our taxes for many years. For the past 4 years (1981-84) profit from the pools was $513,838. The olympic pool cost $90,000 to build. The profit in any one of the 4 years was more than tile cost of building. This more than 4 million dollar profit goes into the general fund and is used for things that would otherwise require tax dollars. So, the swinuning pool pays their way and then some. The people that use the pools pay for it and lower our taxes too. Wish I had a business that payed as well. If some of the past pool profits could have been set aside there would be more than enough by now to pay for covering the pool. Fourth, Proposition 8, the pool cover, is an investment in a community fitness and recreation center for use 12 months a year for New Braunfels citizens. A facility for use by all ages and both sexes. One that will help keep our youths off tile streets and keep them healthy too. As stated in Wednesday’s mailbag “The pool has worked fine in past years” but for only 4 months a year. The pools have always paid their way and the pool profits will pay the cost of Proposition 8, the pool cover, iii less than 4 years. Please vote yes and get healthy, join us in the pool. I^ast, I’m voting yes for all eight propositions even though I will not benefit personally. My yes vote will be for progress, my contribution to a city I’m proud to call home, lf a little additional tax will make New Braunfels a better city, as deter-nuned by our elected leaders, I’ll gladly pay it, Texas style. A swinuning senior citizen, Bud Dallmann 'Buy only what you need and can afford' To the Editor: There is an old Axiom: “Buy only what you need and can afford — and don’t just buy things you want but can’t afford.” This axiom is very appropriate at this time — for the citizens of New Braunfels. (★ BOND ELECTION 19*5 VOTE Oct. 19 v- a JO a) a g a PAN, J HAVE TO ASK you-luny the enpless OBSESSION UifTH BOOMERS ' PONT YOU THINK fT MAKES OTHER GENERATIONS RS - YES, ANO THAT'S UNPER-STANPA0LE BLTT ITS NOT OFTEN THAT HISTORY PKO YIPES US RUTHA GENERA -HON THATS TRULY MYTHICAL I \ THE BOOMERS ARE UKE THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE OF ISRAEL .THE LAST AZTECS, THE "LOST"G£NERATION OF THE '20s, THE '69 METS I Iii mu. ITS AMAZING THEY'RE NOT MORE STUCKUP. / (NEU .BRIKE SPRINGSTEEN KEEPS THEM HONEST \ They share the same problems. Take the matter of a defense budget. Our own peerless leader, as everyone knows, has been having a terrible time persuading Congress to increase spending on the military. Nakasone is about to have a worse time. On Sept. 18 he announced that he would ask the Diet to appropriate 18.4 trillion yen over the next five years for Japan’s self-defense forces. The announcement set off a barrage from every side. Nakasone’s Cap Weinberger, defense director Koichi Kato, was unhappy. He thought the budget too low. Everyone else thought the figure too high. Back in 1976, Japan’s Cabinet had established a guideline by which defense spending would not exceed I percent of the nation’s gross national product. In the current fiscal year, defense outlays are estimated at 0.997 percent. Nakasone’s budget would amount to 1.038 percent. You wouldn’t think an insignificant difference of 41 one-thousandths of a percent would touch off political explosion, but the outcry was horrendous. Reagan is a lame duck. So is Nakasone. His term as prime minister expires in November of next year, and he has the equivalent of George Bush, Jack Kemp and Bob Dole who want his job. Nakasone’s liberal Democratic Party controls the Diet in about the same way that Reagan's Republicans control the U.S Senate. Everybody’s got his own Ixiwell Weicker. Back home in Washington, the talk is of trade policy. That’s the talk here in Tokyo too. Reagan and Nakasone both are fending off protectionism, and the two gentlemen have their hands full. It is said that Nakasone personally would be agreeable to exediting a schedule of tariff reductions on American beef, citrus fruits and wood products, but he can’t overcome opposition from the country boys in his parliament. Reagan has the same problem with the shoewear and textile lobbies. Remember Bitberg? Reagan got himself in a political pickle last summer by visiting a military cemetery in West Germany where a few Nazi storm troops were buried. A few weeks ago, on tile 40th anniversary of the end of World War II, Nakasone provoked a remarkably similar rhubarb. He paid a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where the souls of Japan’s war dead are thought to assemble. Such a visit might seem no more offensive than an American president's laying a wreath at Arlington Cemetary, but such is the innate fear of Japanese militarism that the incident touched off a rolling thunder of protest. We have recurring problems at home with the solvency of our Social Security system. Japan has half a dozen pension systems — one for farmers, one for railroad workers, and so on and they cause headaches there. Japan’s program of national health care is running into the same difficulty that is overtaking Medicare: too many benefits, not enough money. Nakasone would like to sell off Japan's national railways, at least in part, and turn them over to private ownership and management. Reagan is trying to sell Conrail and get rid of Amtrak. Both gentlemen are having to satisfy the railway unions, and the unions don’t satisfy easily. The two leaders have at least one more thing in common: Both of them are more popular than their policies. A recent poll found an approval rating of 58 percent for Nakasone, a figure that Ambassador Mike Mansfield describes as “extraordinary.” Even so, Nakasone has to struggle to push his programs to enactment. His good buddy, Ronnie Reagan-san, knows exactly how it feels. The voters have been asked to support a $11,455,0(8) Bond Package on Saturday. The package is divided into eight propositions. The voters now have to decide what this community really needs and what some people want to buy we can’t afford. Many citizens feel this way about the election. New Braunfels needs good fire protection — so Proposition I should pass. New Braunfels also needs good streets - so Proposition 4 — should pass — although the amount is questionable — since we are told that tile sales tax money received from the State is being used to improve our streets. Our community also needs to take care of its drainage problems - so Proposition 5 should pass. However — are the other improvements really needed? New Braunfels lias ample meeting rooms — and the City Hall municipal Improvements, as well as the Parks and Recreation unprovements and the luanda Park golf course and I,and Park Olympic pool cover should be postponed until a more dire need exists. George E. Nowotny Mailbag policy The Herald Zeitung welcomes the opinions of its readers, and we’re happy to publish letters to the editor. While readers’ opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other readers, we welcome letters on any topic — local, state, national or international — that the writer chooses to address. Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially libelous. All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by telephone. Anonymous letters will not be published. Send your letter to: Mailbag, New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels Texas, 78131. letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 S. Casten. Your representatives Gov. Mark White Rep. Edmund Kuempel Governor's Office Texas House Room 200 State Capitol of Representatives Austin, Texas 78701 P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 Rep. Mac Sweeney Rep. Tom Loeffler (Guadalupe County) U.S. House U S. House of Representatives of Representatives 1212 Long worth Washington, D.C., 20515 House Office Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515 Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D.C., 20510 Sen. Lloyd Bentsen Sen. John Traeger United States Senate Texas Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Capitol Station Washington, D.C. 20510 Austin, Texas 78711 ;

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