The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas on November 17, 1988 · Page 9
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The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas · Page 9

Seguin, Texas
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Thursday, November 17, 1988
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TheSefluin Gazette-Enterprise - Thursday, November 17,1988 • Pflfle § Time for this writer, and no doubt 4 lot of other people, to chew enthusiastically on a large hunk Of that fibled black bird, the crow. {I was among a father large group rf detractors who thought Scguin's 1 Iatad6fs had about as much chance a^ain^t the Holmes Huskies last Fri- (fay night as a T-botte steak in a si3Up kitchen. Here were the powerful San Antonians, ranked No. 5 among the state's Class 5-A teams, unbeaten and untied, going against a te>m which was appearing in the playoffs for the first time in 15 years arid which had lost its district tide gj»me in a high-scoring affair against Laredo United only two weeks eiuiier. -•' - •"•.' : ."; ;•• '• . • -9 .ft of us a I In addition,' the underdog was enjbying its first winning season in years after, a season in which it extended its losing string to 21 straight games. The district in which it competed this season was far from being one Of the strongest in the state. It just didn't figure to be in a class with the Huskies. Just shows you how much deter- mination, a strdng dose of confidence and a few wins can do for a high school football team. From what I've heard, the Matadors' win was no fluke. They completely outplayed their more highly- regarded opponents from the West; spotting Holmes an early touchdown before rallying for a 21-14 lead at halftime and then responding to a tieing Holmes touchdown with two more scores of their own enroute to a 34-21 win. It was a good, solid victory. Oh, sure, ,some will say the Huskies came in overconfident; that they were looking ahead to meeting stronger opponents on down the line. Maybe so, but remember Hol- mes had one of the highest-ranking offenses in the state, just a few notches below Seguin. And that's ^something else. The Mats ranked 'among the top five offensive dubs in Texas aVid, even if their competition wasn't as tough as some other teams, anytime a high school team averages well over 400 yards a game total offense, it's doing something right What it amounts to is Seguin was ready to play, well-prepared for the game by Head Coach Mike Honeycult and his staff, and went out and just stuck it to Holmes. Now it's time for all us doubters to step back a bit and re-examine our beliefs. We have to realize these Reform needed in state welfare system J -.' x ' '•'•" • '•" - v •-' *~ **> ot'i *i' r ' r---'**?B*ffiS5& "-"-"^ •""""- • •• ; .-•-•• • ^ I TVi*»irirT frKa nAv*£«riAOi*.> iM-»ti*"'o «•<*«• A j n i n i i - ~r ~~-- . ' .' ' • ^Wf- ~"V:. '-S _ , ' . „ • • . ' -V.?,*' •' 4 During the nextf^yeati. y.pur' state d federal tax dollars will buy $1 bfllidn worth of food stamps and $400 million worth of welfare pay- nierits.for some of our state's less fcjrtunate residents. ; ; While few would begrudge assjs- tajice to people who cannot work, thjb problem is that welfare money sometimes is spent on people who cajn work, who want to work, but wjio cannot find jobs. An investiga- tio'n by the Senate Interim Committee on Workfare on which I serve discovered no evidence that large numbers of welfare recipients are trying to dodge work. Lyndon Johnson once spoke of poverty as a "failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capabilities." To change the status quo, many of us in the Texas Legislature are determined to Wfelp impoverished families break their poverty cycle, returning to them their self-respect and returning toithis state productive workers and desperately-needed tax dollars. ;Tfa my first article on welfare reform I reviewed the work of the Senate Interim Committee on Welfare. Among the problems our committee is examining are the lack of jbb skills of welfare mothers; the sparcity of health care for poor families; and the fact that per capita benefits in Texas are lower than those of all other states except Ala- /;w£ ~tv, •V "• STATE SSNATOR bama, Mississippi and Tennessee. In Texas benefits average $141, less than half the national average of $310. Those findings were confirmed recently by a report published by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The report also indicates that Texas cities have among the nation's highest teen pregnancy and dropout rates. Asked to identify their cities' most pressing needs, Texas mayors repeatedly cited employment-related problems, education and economic development. Equally important, our Senate committee discovered that the state welfare system may be setting an example for children that few would agree with and that surely no lawmaker ever intended. Among those findings: — Texas does not allow most two-parent families to get support; therefore, many families are forced to split up simply to survive. More than 95 percent of the heads-of- household in Texas welfare families SB%.v:: are women. •-•,:-.- ;- , ; — Texas has few support systems; for the elderly. Children could misinterpret that weakness in the welfare system as a judgment on the values of older citizens. — Texas generally does not provide job training to enable adults to regain'self-respect and to provide for their .families. The welfare rules sometimes make it difficult for parents to find affordable child care. Both weaknesses in the welfare structure could send the wrong messages to children. If that's what the Texas welfare system is teaching children, then changes are in order/This cannot be what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had in mind when he told the U.S. Congress, "We have accepted...a second bill of rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all...Among these are: the right to a useful and remunerative job,..the right of every family to a decent home...the right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident and unemployment" I strongly support that second bill of rights. The Senate Workfare Committee is developing the following recommendations to institutionalize those rights in the Texas welfare system: We believe bodied, employable adults should work and should be helped in that direction through education and better job-training programs. — The welfare of our children is paramount to this state; therefore, we must ensure the well-being of children through quality, affordable, accessible child care. — Children deserve the help and ihe support of their fathers, and when fathers are unwilling to take responsibility for their children, we should require them to help us support their children. — Children deserve both parents' presence in their lives, when possible; therefore, we must remove the anti-family bias from our welfare programs. — Our children deserve to grow up healthy; therefore, we must require mothers on welfare to learn about child nutrition and good parenting skills. It is long past time to give our less fortunate citizens an opportunity to ensure their children a self- sufficient future. By transforming our welfare system in Texas into a workfare system, we may be able to return thousands of Texans to the job rolls, and return to them their self-respect. We owe it to them as Americans. We owe it to ourselves as taxpayers. Let's make it worth it to shop here at home t6 Ihe Editor; "Harry Truman, though I don't agree with him politically, was a fine president who said a great nj&ny very quotable things, One of ihe things he said was "The stuck pig squeals." I believe we've heard jost such a squeal in objection to my comments on price-gouging, dl Just for the record, I, too, am an independent businessman, I own and operate a barbershop here in Siguin, I am proud lo say that — except possibly tot one-man opera- lions in converted garages ^ there is-no shop in Seguin or, for that matter, in any city of comparable size to Sjguin, m a 50 mile radius, of ,§eguin( where a man's standard ,;pireut is less expensive than one in !$p Shop, I make a pretty good liv- ;Hig out of it, top, ana so do the four barbers who work in the shop, We d£ u }>y offering good service at a reasonable price. Qu>pMowners are ol^n anw<6d at PMC prfce -- they are, U§GJS| U) paying anywhere from $1.50 to $8 more for the same service al home. Any time a product or service is priced noticeably higher in one community than it is in surrounding communities of comparable size and there is no governmental reason for ii — special taxation of the product or service to drive the price up or price controls to hold the price at an artificially high or low level -~ the reason for the differential is nothing more or less than price-gouging, Service/stations are not alone in the practice. There is al least one multiple-outlet fast food chain in Seguin which regularly does not participate in what are supposed to be chain-wide special sales, and I have taken coupon's from the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise to the outlets of this chain and had them refused, with the employees pointing eut to me Owt the coupon says that outlets in §aa Antonjo, New Braunfels, San Marcos, l^khart, Uling, NUon, Su^ktlaie, are participating, but thai the word "Seguin" is prominent by . its absence from the flyer, A major grocery chain in Seguin keeps its prices at a level noticeably above those of its outlets in area cities, and refuses to honor sale flyers appearing in the San Antonio newspapers -~ though those flyers are honored in other area cities by outlets of the same chain, This will continue until the people of Seguin realize they are being gouged and begin to shop elsewhere. At that time the prices will either fall to Die profitable-but-not- extremely-SQ levels charged in other cities, or the people engaged in gauging will go out of business for lack of trade, haying, driven their own trade away with excessive pricing. After all, Seguin is no longer an isolated community and people no longer have to drive Modei-T Fords over dirt roads to get spinewhere else- It's not a half-hour from Court and Austin to where groceries, gas, and a whole lot more can be bought cheaply enough to pay for the trip and then some — and more and more people are coming to find that oul, I wani lo shop in Seguin — and, in fact, I shop in Seguin as much as possible — but I don'tfeel any obligation to shop in Seguin at businesses which, or so il seems, feel that they have a right to make me pay a premium for the privilege of buying their products or using their services simply because they are in Seguin and I live here, and I don't think all thai many more people do, either, Sincerely, q.F, Eekhardt Matadors are for real, they believe they can play with—and beat—any team at any time, and they pretty well proved last Friday night they carl. They have, in just ft few short rnonjfcs, changed from what was looking like a perennial doormat into a solid contender. ' This Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., the Mats take on the Harlingen Cardinals in their next playoff step. I don't know too much about Harlingen except they come from the Lower Rio Grande Valley and aren't rated as highly as Holmes, but they have to have something going for them to have come this far. They can't be taken lightly. But it's doubtful the Matadors will be guilty of that. They sHoujld go into the game confident, relaxed and loose. After all, they've already come further than anyone thought they would, and any win from here on out id just so much more icing on their cake. '«0 Our congratulations to the Matadors, Coach Honeycutt and his staff. You made believers of us last Friday night, and we won't sell you short again. Now, don't you sell Harlingen short Saturday night Sports Editor John Corbett has decided he likes writing about winners, Seguin likes watching and reading about them, and neither is ready to bring down the curtain on this season just yet. Seguin can act to avert disaster with overpass To the Editor As many citizens are aware, the Texas Highway Department has gradually been building up earthen mounds on the 123 Bypass median. The intent, in about four years, is to construct an elevated freeway from Kingsbury Street to Court Street with cross-street underpasses. Where such elevated freeways with cross-street underpasses have been constructed through other cities, the result has usually been a blight zone with sharp drop in property values accompanied by a rise in crime and vandalism. In short, an instant ghetto. There is a way to prevent this impending disaster here: JUST SAY NO! It's that simple if the whole community takes a united stand against it. If we stop the planned elevated freeway, then what? Well, for openers, the present system of four-way stops at cross-streets can handle traffic for at least another two or three years. Then inscalla'tien of computer-controlled traffic ligh would be adequate for a two-fa increase in peak traffic flow, whii would take care of traffic growth for] another five to 10 years. At that point — a decade or so in; the future — the Highway Depart-[ ment could construct a sunken free-> way with cross-street overpasses* that would preserve neighborhood? appearance and quality of life. The! cost of a sunken freeway is greater! — about double — but a bargain t compared to the price tag for>* destroying a neighborhood and a creating a blight zone. ~« So let's not waste any time. Wis need to get organized and join wiuv, Seguin Alliance and other forward- j looking groups in a united commim- J ity protest to the Highway Depart^ ment right now before the planned; elevated monstrosity proceeds any; further. i Yours very truly, j DaleTapp! ll&esidenif 1 Chisholm HistorJwrSociety • ^X'W . '. . Downstream users must be concerned To the Editor Thank you so very much for your Nov. 10, column on the Edwards Underground Water -District/City of San Antonio proposed Regional Water Plan. As a member of the Joint Committee charged with writing the plan, I was impressed with the accuracy of reporting of our 238 page proposal. It still continues to amaze me, however, that downstream water users in the Guadalupe-Blanco River Basin have been quiet on the issue of the regional plan. Without some sort of regulation of withdrawals from the aquifer in addition to surface water retention structures both the Comal and San Marcos springs will very shortly cease to flow. At that time downstream basin users will be directly affected. There just will not be enough water to support today's municipal, industrial and agricultural needs. When the proposed regional plan goes to the state legislature it undoubtedly set off a fire-storm of •! protest from irrigators in Uvalde and j Medina counties who believe that i "It is our God-given right to pump' 1 ! as much water as we wish since the >' Constitution gives us the right to all j the water under our land." , State lobbies will, I expect, try to j inflame agricultural users all overj the state that this is just the first* move in an attempt to take over those "God-given rights." The Edwards aquifer is the sole source of water for 1.2 million; users. Users within the five county region must work together and plan for the greatly increased needs of| the next three or four decades. We' are 20 years behind in planning now. If things continue as they areV it is only a matter of who goes dry r first, Again, thank you for your reporting on this complicated issued ' Sincerely,' Jerri W. Martifr Report shows water may not be there To the Editor Gary Gossett's fine op-ed piece in Thursday's issue certainly lends much credibility to Councilman Rodger Weyel's position in recent council discussions pertaining to a future water supply for Seguin, This normally tight-fisted council member opposed the immediate and, for the time, financially cheaper alternatives, I believe the councilman and City Editor Gossetl are trying to tell us that the Gruene well and the river supply might not be available when Seguin competes with regional water demands. We can hope for two things; Either that Weyel will prevail and Seguin gets its own uncontestable source of water; or, we can hope New Braunfels gets an abundance and continues to discharge itih effluent into the Guadalupe, -vi Failure to act early may leave u|_I with the latter as our sole source. ! William G. JacksonJ A good word for the paper To the Editor. .; I just want to put in a good word.,' for the Gazette-Enterprise, j It gets belter all the lime. I very; much like Faye Chessher's column, | It keeps me in touch with friends; and neighbors. Sincerely, Mary Keller Your representatives: State Representative Edmund Kuemrel Slate Senator Judith Zaffirini Texas House of Capitol Station Representatives P,0,Bm 12068 P.Q,Bjox29JO Austin, Texas mil , Austin, Texas 78769 U.S. Representative > Mac Sweeney United States House of Representatives mSLongworth House Office Bldg. Washington, P,C, 20515

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