New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
6 A a Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, September 10 ,1995
CISG calendar is great!
In response to the letter from the gentleman complaining about the Cl SD school calendar: I think the calendar is great! The two breaks allow those people who like to snow ski the opportunity to do so in February when it s not so crowded. Also, if you are one of the many families in this area that has a business that depends on the tourist trade, it gives you an opportunity to go on a family vacation dunng the off-season.
My family and I took adv anlage of the late spnng break last y ear and went to the coast in April and had a great, peaceful vacation Since it w as the first of April, most people had already been to the coast, so there w ere \ cry few people there and the weather vs a> much nicer than it usuiLH s n March so I say hurrah for the new calendar and hope we continue on rh* sarr»e schedule
ii Hrrrrna CISD pmrrm w taxpayer
Ave her signals crossed?
Did the Beraio-Zrming mtsq acne Jan Kennady H-Z. Auc IS or dbd >.ne really say. “ lf the mane' is going to be there and somebody else > go ng to use it if we don 't, even if w e repair the bndge and close it. it's w orth it"
Perhaps if somebody else is going to use it. it s because they VEED it
Sincerely, Linda Tyler
Oak Run traffic hazards are very real
Re H-Z Sept. 5 issue and Mr. Charles Allen's comments on the Oak Run traffic snarls:
Nev er has the writer read a more detailed in-depth, knowledgeable research of a matter of this import than Mr Allen outlined in his remarks on die subject. He is to be commended for this enlightening article that is sure to strike heme with the views of many people exposed to the conditions as described in this report.
if we move only a short distance from the Oak Run School problem Mr. Allen alludes to. w e find an idenncal problem when the Oak Run residential people attempt a left turn from Oak Run Parkway onto Hwy. 46.
Members of the Oak Run Property Owners Association (ORPOA) for the past several years have voiced their concerns dealing with the same hazard" and delays making a left turn onto Hwy 4b without benefit of a traffic light These Oak Run property owners. when seeking help from the school district ap and state agencies, have met the same neganve response to traffic betes that Mr Allen pointed out.
How ev cr. all may not be lost. Several years past (5 or 61 at an annual ORPOA meeting, while the traffic light problem was being discussed, someone expressed the opinion that if we were to have an accident by a driver anempting a left turn from the Oak Run
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Parkway onto Hwy. 46 that resulted in a fatality, perhaps this would expedite the installation of a safety device at this intersection. Those in attendance at the meeting generally agreed that this might be of some value. It was further agreed that a volunteer from the ranks of the ORPOA w ould be sought for this purpose. The matter has rested here since to date no volunteer has come forward to fill the requirement of the accident fatality.
Mr. Alien's description of the identical problem at the Oak Run School exit opens a whole new chain of thought when we consider the large population that can be included by the addition of the school not then in existence when the proposed ORPOA solution was first suggested.
If we were to draw from the enhanced population w hen adding the Oak Run School numbers, maybe we just might find yet a volunteer for this job. It w ould be a further unselfish act if the volunteer were to come from the Oak Run School faculty. This would indeed be a civic-minded commumty-onented individual that would have the undying gratitude of all the people making a left-hand turn onto Hwy. 46!
The above is not to imply that volunteers other than Oak Run School faculty members would not be considered. This should be open to all concerned persons without regard to race, religion or gender.
Laws should be passed to help families, not break them down
“Family values” has become a politically correct catchall phrase used by politicians on all sides of this very important issue.
We can all identify the symptoms, the problems, the state of chaos that has developed in America’s social fabric, but what we need now are solutions. And that demands an entirely new approach.
Many of the failing programs of today were created to address the social problems we faced 25 years ago.
But the problems are still with us, and are now two and three times worse than when the programs began.
History proves that many of these programs have failed.
Congress must pass laws to support the family, not break it down. The tax code does not do enough to help families who stay together.
It is unfathomable that a married couple pays more in taxes than singles.
Eliminating the “marriage penalty” is a high priority.
Men and women who make the commitment to mamage should be rewarded, not penalized, and couples who choose to have children inside of marriage must be held up as the ideal.
A tax credit for families with chil
dren is one of the best ways that government can promote strong families.
Men and women must be discouraged from having children outside marriage.
Welfare as we know it must end because it provides incentives to continue having children outside marriages and discourages low-income men and women from entering into marriage commitments.
Studies have shown that once a woman has a child out of wedlock, her chances of marrying decrease significantly, which in turn increases dramatically that single-parent family’s chances of staying below the poverty line and the children’s likelihood of running into trouble with the law.
At the same time Congress is work-
ing to make laws more “family-friendly,” communities must also band together to lift America above its social problems. We need to help our neighbors, discourage unacceptable behavior in our communities and raise the levels of expectation for our children. If we do not demand the best from ourselves and others, this devastating social climate will continue.
Men and women today must take a renewed interest in their children. Time after time, society focuses on the unwed, teen-age welfare mother. Let’s not forget that the father has an equally important commitment to the child and the mother.
Most of the fathers of young welfare mothers are much older adult men who must be held accountable. One state welfare program that shows promise requires mothers to identify their children’s fathers and attempt to collect child support before welfare payments are made.
(Lamar Smith is a U.S. congressman for New Braunfels.)
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