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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas First Lady, governor laud Bush By David Espo AP Special Correspondent NEW YORK — Republican National Convention co-stars Laura Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger commended President Bush to the country Tuesday night for four more years, hailing him as a man of strength and compassion. “You can count on him, especially in a crisis,” said the first lady. “He’s a man of perseverance. He’s a man of inner strength. He is a leader who doesn’t flinch, doesn’t waver, does not back down,” the Austrian-boni California governor added in remarks that blended high praise for the president with assurances to immigrants that the party welcomes them. “We Republicans admire your ambition. We encourage your dreams. We believe in your future,” said the governor, one of a series of speakers on an evening scripted to show the softer side of a party known for its conservatism. Schwarzenegger and the first lady were taking their turns at the Madison Square Garden podium as 2,508 delegates formally bestowed their nomination on the president for a second term in office. “Four more years," ;hey chanted in unison. The sound system blared the song “Knock on Wood.” See GOP, Page 3A Media descend on Texas delegation By Bon Maloney Staff Writer When it comes to television, the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention knows how to dress for success. Bucky Smith, an alternate delegate, said she's been asked for interviews from a number of media sources. Fort of it, she said, is the place where alternate delegates sit is easier to get to than down on the floor where the main delegation is. Part of it is also the delegation’s cowboy hats and colorful clothing. “The Texas delegation is really wowing them,” Smith said Tuesday afternoon from her room at the Hilton New Yolk. “We all have these white hats. Last night, we wore denim shirts and khaki skirts or pants. We’re the only delegation that's dressed alike. We caused a sensation." So did Sen. )ohn McCain, R-Ariz., and former New Yolk Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, whose speeches opened the convention Monday night. Giuliani, mayor during the Bucky [I Smith REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION Look for more of Smith's observations of New York and the convention in Thursday's Herald-Zeitung. 9/11 attacks, recounted how thankful he was that George W. Bush was president, comparing him to Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill. McCain, Bush's chief rival for the Republican nomination in 2000, attacked the producer of “Fahrenheit 9/11," a movie disguised as a documentary that question’s the motives for invading Iraq. McCain was low-key, but See SMITH, Page 3A AIK Q ll A I I I V Health Alert TheTexas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day. ■ Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving. ■ Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip. ■ Avoid use of "drive through" lanes or services. ■ Don't refuel during daylight. ■ Avoid use of gas-powered yard equipment. ■ Avoid exterior painting. ON THE WEB: Pollution levels are posted online at: Law enforcement puts all hands on deck for Labor Day weekend By Bon Maloney Staff Writer As the Labor Day weekend approaches, the Department of Public Safety, local law enforcement and the travel industry are preparing for summer’s last big weekend. “Just like Memorial Day kicks the summer off, this weekend closes it out,” said DPS spokesman Tom Vinger. “The lakes, the rivers and the beaches will all be very popular. There will be heavy traffic out there.” It isn’t a bad idea, Vinger said, to consider shifting travel times to avoid heavy holiday weekend traffic Friday afternoon and evening and again Monday afternoon. Statewide, DPS will have all available troopers on the road looking for drunken drivers, speeders and seatbelt violators, Vinger said. Locally, Comal County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Reynolds said much of the traffic would be relatively local in nature — folks going to lakes, the rivers or parks for barbecues or get-togethers. “It s more of a stay-at-home holiday,” Reynolds said. “Most people treat it as a three day weekend, not so much for traveling except for day trips to Fredericksburg or the river instead of overnight, out-of-town.” The sheriff’s office would arrange scheduling to allow for more traffic patrols around the lake and the river, Reynolds said. “You’re going to have a number of extra New Braunfels, county, state and other local law enforcement out,” Reynolds said. “We just want everyone to stay safe and have a safe and enjoyable holiday.” TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS On the road: ■ Use travelers' checks. ■ Practice caution by wearing seat belts, keeping doors locked and windows up. ■ Safeguard your family and keep valuables out of view. ■ Don't stop to help someone with car trouble — call police for them. When you stop: B Be aware of your surroundings. B Don't leave kids alone. a Lock your car door. B Park to be seen - near an attendant, phone or light. In a breakdown: a Activate hazard lights and pull as far off the road as possible. a Lock the doors and close the windows. B Do not accept rides from strangers. SDAY, SEPTEMBER 1,2004 rald-Zeitung brORTS DIG IT Smithson Valley avenges earlier loss to Alamo Heights with a four-game win Tuesday night. Page 5A FORUM GUEST COLUMN Past president of the Comal County Fair Association urges ’no' vote on fairgrounds proposition. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. ICT Jp artly cloudy High Low I 92 65 1 i Details .... 2B | DEAR ABBY 4B I CLASSIFIEDS 48 j COMICS 3B I CROSSWORD 38 | FORUM 4A I OBITUARIES 3A I SPORTS 5-6A I TV GRIDS 48TEA’S Scott: on 2 fronts By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Texas Education Agency Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Scott came home to New Braunfels Tuesday to talk about the future of the state’s schools. Before joining the chamber of ccommerce business education partnership committee for lunch, the 1987 Canyon High School graduate spent some time at one of his favorite haunts. “When I was in high school, I used to go to the Comal Springs to study,” Scott said. “This morning I stopped by and jotted down a few notes for this afternoon.” His notes began with the issue on everyone’s mind -school finance and the lawsuit in progress in Austin. Scott said two kinds of school finance cases entered the court system - equity and adequacy. The lawsuit that precipitated the “Robin Hood” finance system dealt with equal distribution of funds. Now, the West-Orange Cove lawsuit is trying to make sure school districts have adequate money to fund state and federal mandates. Because Judge john Dietz’s ruling in the case, expected in mid-September, probably will be appealed, Scott said TEA was focused on the $1.3 billion request it sent to the legislature for public schools. “We need to find a way to retain new teachers through mentoring programs,” he said. “We also need to address teacher pay. We know that money goes directly into the classroom.” Scott also touted the success of the Texas Classroom Supply Teacher Reimbursement Program. During its first round of gi ants, the program gave $3 million to repay teachers for supplies they purchased with their own money. Last month, Gov. Rick Perry authorized $3 million more to cover a second round. New Braunfels Independent School District received $9,750 from its first application and plans to submit a second request. Comal ISD did not participate. TEA hopes mentoring and more money will boost teacher effectiveness and lower the drop out rate before it begins to affect the Texas economy. Scott said businesses should See EDUCATION, Page 3ASchool fund battle — equity, adequacy DAVID INQRAM/Herald-Zeitung (Top) Texas Education Agency Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Scott addresses local educators Tuesday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Partnership Committee lunch. (Left) Scott talks with Comal ISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller about state school finance reform and teacher recruiting. Vol. 153, No. 251 12 pages, 2 sections CL1GK 8 ”56825 00001 Last hurrah New Braunfels braces far summer's final big tourism weekend tad more traffic on the rivers, as well as the roads. L ;