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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas PKKJ10 Dear Abbv New Texas January Only Prompt Payment Can Cure Doctors Ailing Books Snowbirds boost economy DEAR ABBY Six years I clipped the enclosed column from my local I have found it very relevant and I think that it needs to be rerun At I have enclosed copies of this column to patients who have been delinquent with their and while some have been understand others have drawn tremendous objection to receiving any kind of pressure to pay for services Over the physician over head has increased My current overhead is close to a and in due to various I render nearly per year of free services or reductions in my I still have tremen dous problems in getting patients to compensate me for my and I know that I am not as nearly every physician has the same Sign me AN WITH ON THE LACUNA DEAR DOCTOR Im glad you I liked this letter when I ran it in October of but I like it even more As a valentine to the many doctors and dentists who share the same leaky boat with I repeat it with pleasure DEAR ABBY As a I know this problem is a genuine source of concern to almost every It may come as a surprise to but not all doctors are rich Far from We have house and car payments to children to and business expenses just like anyone else trying to make a Add to that the exorbitant premi ums for malpractice People wouldnt think of going to the grocery filling station or beauty parlor without a check or credit But they come to their doctors office and Bill My insurance company will take Crossword care of some insurance companies wait 60 to 90 days and longer to pay a bill assuming its covered and sometimes its not covered the doctor has to pay his office help and family expenses within 30 If after three or four months the doctor hasnt received a dime from the patient or his insurance com its customary for his office to phone the patient and request whereupon the patient usually becomes highly indignant This person would probably froth at the mouth should his paycheck be held up for one day thats what the doctors bill is his Its unfair that the doctor is usually the last one to be and sometimes hes not paid at all Sign me AN WITH ON THE BOOKS DEAR Im using your letter as a reminder to those who owe their physicians and their DEAR ABBY My partner and I are expecting a baby in Since we are not a traditional married it may not occur to our friends to give us a baby we are wondering if it would be acceptable for us to either ask a good friend to host it at our house we would pay all expenses or Or would it be all right for us to host it ourselves EXPECTING IN OAKLAND DEAR EXPECTING It makes no difference whether the ex pectant parents are tradition ally married or I see no acceptable way to ask for gifts or to host your own DEAR ABBY I am 52 years old and read your advice I need I am in love with a 55yearold man whose wife is an Shes in a home for people who are braindamaged from and will probably be there for the rest of ACROSS 1 Muffled 6 Lady or 11 In what way 14 Raiment 15 Splcule 16 Eastern sash 17 Condescend 18 Smarties 20 Astute 22 Wild West law group 23 Invent 25 African antelope 28 Marquis 29 Whitney 30 Auctioneers 32 Freezing rain 34 Dagger 39 Nidifying 42 Bird 43 Going in 45 Wrought up 46 Marked by frugality 49 Playroom 50 Chalices 54 Pass out 55 Foundations 56 Benedict and Peter 58 Records 60 Whirlwind 63 Pack animal 66 Equal 67 Further down 68 Peace deity 69 Asian coin 70 English city 71 Jampacked DOWN 1 Frenetic 2 Custom 3 Sliest 4 US symbol 5 Force unit 6 Also 7 Most punts 8 Poetic contraction 9 Individual 10 Ingather 11 Trotter 12 Overweight 13 Smarter 19 Gumshoe 21 Letter 23 Intervening law 24 American hero Ethan 26 Court gear PREVIOUS PUZZLE SOLVED 27 Sprinkle 30 Galvanizes 31 Killed 33 Riviera season 35 Deviate 36 Artisans 37 Hauled 38 Track great Jesse 40 Checks 41 Eat away 44 Creaked 47 Tonics 48 Miss Landers 50 Plant louse 51 House pest 52 Kitchen garb 53 Asian weight 55 Sound out 57 Window part 59 Sour 61 Iowa college 62 Terrorize 64 Essence 65 Haven her My problem is that his grown children have threatened him with complete isolation if he divorces her to marry Last year he initiated divorce and his chil dren carried out those so he dropped the divorce Now he expects me to accompany him to the homes of his children and socialize with them and his His children want him to have a but they dont want their mother so she is not to know about I do not care to socialize with people who think that being a mistress is good enough for My friend is angry because I refuse to attend dinners and social events with his Money is a big factor in his childrens As things pres ently everything will go to their and then to He can replace me much easier than I can replace him because of the law of supply and What can I do CONFUSED IN NEW YORK DEAR CONFUSED Not Your gentleman friend has already decided that his childrens approval is more important than your desire for Now you must decide if the privilege of being his companion is worth the anger and resentment you are You are The law of supply and demand does put you in a tough His children may appear self ish and but their mother is still alive though institutionalized and ill so dont be too harsh in your judgment of How many children would feel good about a father who would divorce an institutionalized mother to marry another woman HARLINGEN AP Every year they in their RVs with their fishing golf clubs and summer as punctual as Santa Glaus and just about as They are the Winter Texans who annually migrate from their chilly homes in the Midwest for the warmth and sun of the Rio Grande The locals complain about traffic tieups on the highways and in the grocery But the complaints are of a subdued Some people grumble that they cant get down the aisles of the grocery but theyre smiling while theyre complaining because those people bring in a lot of money into the said Chuck manager of the Valley Chamber of Commerce in Estimates are that the snowbirds pump almost million into the economically depressed area and its border towns in Hidalgo and Starr They come from places as near as Oklahoma and as far away as The grateful Valley businesses return the favor by of fering such things as senior citizen bingo games and favored Kosher Unemployment is higher in the Valley than in other parts of the The citrus industry is recovering from a devastating freeze in December Peso devalua tions since 1982 have forced many merchants on both sides of the border to shut down operations and lay off Im sure we give a boost to the said Pearl a retired postal worker from Im sure the long lines arent here before we get but then its like Christmas who lives with her in a trailer park in said that winter visitors try to schedule their shopping trips to make it more efficient for We try to go to the grocery store when the working people arent We try to go at times when we can stay away from she The estimated snowbirds who visit from November through April bring In about and that million turns over several said Gilber to de los a professor at Pan American University in That represents about IS percent of the total Valley You have to look at the new money coming In and what does it mean in terms of the overall GNP in the When you look at the services provided and all its still a small amount to the whole economy of the Rio Grande said de los whose university did a study of the economic impact of the Winter Roy a travel counselor at the Texas Tourist says many Winter Texans return to the area because they know that it needs their Signs like Welcome Winter greet the visitors as they enter the They go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and shopping In Mexican border Along with senior citizen dis they also get special treatment at some restaurants and retail News from their home states is provided in local A television station has a Winter Texan Report that includes temperatures in selected northern cities and dates for Lottery foes using emotions in fight against money maker AUSTIN AP Religious groups that oppose state lotteries frequently dont know what they are talking according to a state official who helped bring the lottery to the Bi ble The opponents dont have the but they have emotional ap Ralph director of the West Virginia told the New Lottery States Seminar on West Virginia voters approved the lottery in a The game will complete its first year this ac cording to who said it is the first incursion into the socalled Bi ble Belt in the lottery The threeday aimed at helping officials in states that are getting into the lottery is sponsored by Public Gaming Research based in Several Texas lawmakers are pushing a lottery bill in this years but Baptist and some other religious groups oppose the lot tery as an improper way for the state to make Peters said officials in states that are just starting lotteries should get out on the rubberchicken circuit and talk shows and radio callin shows to counter Every denomination except the Quakers at one time or another benefitted from he Peters also said lottery foes offer misleading facts about who plays the Some opponents say the games take money from the pockets of the poor in exchange for a slim chance at getting The average West Virginia lottery player has more than years of for mal education and an annual family income of he Owen a Denverbased con sultant who has helped five states and several Canadian provinces start cautioned lottery officials that no other government activity is viewed with as much as much as a fishbowl Richard manager of On line Lottery said in his presentation that the games must be squeaky You dont want a disgruntled he His ceilingpainting business goes sky high AT A nirm I A I APTLike many 5yearold Jeremy Dommin was afraid of the He had recurring He wandered the house crying in the middle of the He couldnt And neither could his Finally Allan and Mary Beth Dorn min had In they gave their son an unusual night light the The couple hired a Scottsdale to paint Jeremys room with thousands of phosphorescent Now Jeremys room is a miniplanetarium that features a starry Arizona The skyline includes dozens of familiar constellations such as Scorpio and the Big Dip Its definitely says Mary Beth He hasnt had a bad dream since we had it install He doesnt even get up in the night to get a drink of water It may be a but I think that it has really Jeremy isnt the only member of his family fascinated by the Allan and Mary Beth Dommin plan to install StellarVision in their And each the couple and their four children say their prayers under starlight in Jeremys room Neighbors are We dont tell them what to We like to surprise them the first time they see says Some of them are pretty But once we turn the lights you hear a lot of people saying The Dommins are one of more than families nationwide who have had StellarVision installed in their homes since says Jim company president and chairman of the a building says he thought of the process two years ago while decorating a room for his 2yearold Stotler wanted to decorate the room with some glowinthedark star stickers like the ones he had in his room as a WALNUT6 IH i 629 6400 TiM tilt OHM WEEKOAVS 110 fcli lt tilt WfilMVS fclO CLINT EASTWOOD HEARTBREAK RIDGE f Tilt till WilKMTS GOLDEN CHILD EDDIE MURPHY t 111 fell Till till Dont Pay This your checkbook at home With qualifying we accept what your insurance company pays as payment in no pay No Expense Call for your 606 South Walnut Walnut Square Shopping Center New Braunfels Jerry
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