New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 17, 1987, Page 4

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung March 17, 1987

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Dave Kramer Editor and Publisher Jim Wehre. Managing Editor . mom Hera\d-Zeitung New Braunfels Texas Tuesday, March 17,198/ like Royko America caves in to rude corporations and Arab ownership of America's phones ■■ b* *■ ii » research recently he attitudes of Chicagoans * -ard b>g. powerful faceless corporations. ne ideo is to find out whether pie are intimidated by big potations or whether they will Ugnt hark when tbe\ feel they are - »g deprived of service or treated discourteously 4} research had been conducted iii this way: Vs I ve written in tile past, one of > of fire phone numbers is the me as an BOO number that AT&T cs to take alls from customers . ho have trouble with their phones, i. wtions about phone store a (ions and other services. s if somebody neglects to dial 1-1 a'd th** number, they get me -I ad of \ r& I This happens at it o times a day, sometimes ore And it s been going on for at 'east two years When it began, I asked AT&T wh> didn t pick some other number, because I had the number first, hey said there just aren’t enough niassigned numbers available and ggeste ! that I change mine Their iggest: • wos stupid, because it eant that I could get an unsigned number If I could get ne, why couldn’t they? So out of inciple I refused And I’ve been luck with all those phone calls since But I recently decided that as ng is I in<wer* I all those wrong u libers. I might as well put them a constructive use Thus, my lentific research. S now w hen the phone rings and i e caller asks if I am AT&T, I say ves, I am. The caller will usually say s irnething like i'm having a ’ oblem with my phone ” And in a bor»*d voice, ITI say Sorry, b it we don’t mess around rith that stuff anymore ” N■ w if “ .po said something at goofy t v 'n, what would vour sa) that you would man ci, insist that sat person’s super- u I !k the exception, w ‘sat my research Truing majority of I I’ve given that r. Sorry, we don't '.'th that stuff ve accepted it n I said it to paused seconds, then said d just hung up ! What ani I going . r*1 just going to ♦Pi* f*est of it ” Which people to w is even more meaningless that. Sorry, we don't mess around with that stuff anymore " And he said ‘ I see." And he hung up. But what did he see” Just as I was writing that last sentence, my phone rang and a man said: “I want to know where the AT&T store is downtown ” I said: Sorry, we don t mess around with stuff anymore.” He hesitated for a moment, then said:    Yeah,    but    how    can I find out were the AT&T store is downtown?" I repeated: “We don t mess around with that stuff anymore.” Then I heard him say to someone else “ The guy says the) don't mess around with that stuff anymore. Yeah, that’s what he said.” .And he said to me “OK, thank you, and hung up Thank me for what'' Some people, fewer than a third, have pursued the issue slightly, asking “why not ’” or “Since why”’’ or “What do you mean0” When that happens, I usually say “It’s the Arabs The big oil money They've taken us over And they don’t want us to mess around with that stuff anymore Once again, what would you expect the reaction to be'1 You would think that people would say something like “What0 The Arabs have taken over our telephones0 They aren’t giving us service' W hy haven’t I read about that in my newspaper0 I’m going to call my congressman. This is terrible ” Not one person has said anything like that When I tell them that Arab oil ty coons n w control their phones and won t mess around with that stuff anymore, they say Oh,” and hang up Or I see,” and hang up Or “gee,” and hang up Only one man out of dozens had the spunk to say Isn’t there something we can do about that0’’ But when I told him No. we’re not messing around with any tiling about not rn ess un around with that stuff anymore Le cst caved in and said:    Yeah.    I    get    you,”    and hung up So what does my research prove0 F or one thing, I think it shows that because of the w ay Corporate America has been conducting its business in recent years, hostile takeovers, greenmail, insider wheeUng-deaUng, mergers, spinoffs, buyouts, buy-backs, golden parachutes, nothing a corporation does can surprise anyone It also proves that people who don’t bother to dad 1-800, when tile instructions clearly say they should dial I-AGO, might wind up being very confused Your Representatives States douse i i varna Avenue \ D C 20500 Clements U S. Senator Lloyd Bentse United States Room 240, Rn Washington. I I Bldg 20510 as 78711 United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House Washington, D C 20515i K*    AA ac    Sweeney (Guadalupe County) United dales House of Representatives 1713 1 orig worth Hou1 e Office Bldg, Washington D C 20515 State Sen Judith Zafftrmi Capitol Station P Q. Bok 12068 Austin, Texas 7871 1 • » ♦ State Sen WdhamSims Capitol Station P O Box 12068 Austin Texas 7871 1U S. Sen Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington, D C 20510 State Rep Edmund Kuempe! Texas House of Representatives P O Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78/69 ' Dws Ra'hEr's ofter To Take a pew Cur in order To Save ire OF Some of his Colleagues was REJECTED TOUW W CBS tXE&TIVES Rather declaring Solidary witvt ms FRIENDS STATED . Noses* is 'aGTTh "i\NO 1 million a'(Tar quit'' To which CBS REPLIED "we'll miss You,Dan ' Lau^&nCE TiSCH CBS N't*1' NEW TORK Andv Rooney Corporate America and the urge to merge American businessmen spend half their time extolling the virtues of < mipetit hi and tile other half trying to eliminate it Actually making something is just a .sideline for many big American corp ration*' these day s They re letting the J a panes* actually mak* things while the\ spend all their eth.rt *■ kirn for wavs to take each other over The Japanese are making til* pf •■•ducts All American companies ar«* making is money The stock market is at an all-time high, j»art!y bee a use so much Japanese money is being put into it Japan is busy buy ing America while American companies buy each oilier The product is often no more than a necessary little inconvenience There are even major companies that spend m n on advertising and packaging than on the product itself People on the board of directors put up with having to make something while they arrange another takeover of a smaller company Money is ail that matters Many executives running big companies don't know anything about the product their company makes They worked their way up from salesman, to sales manager to vice president in charge of marketing and finally to president and chairman of the boa rd ail they know how to do is sell, so at that point they sell tile company James Kilpatrick iiie I hrysier C orporation ha" just offered to buv American M 'tors for J! b billion d< liar" That will leave three where there used to be lozens of i ar makers in the I’ S .Amen* an" Motors is already owned by th* Trend s .rn* American Motors Ail three television networks, VB* (’KS and NBC have been sold recently to corporations whoso interest is not broad* aslmg but money NHC was bought by (IF. a corporation which has been buying and selling companies and firing employees at a record rate Cill, a broad* ,*"t pioneer, is dedicated now ti* profit Cliv a profitable company, has just fired several hundred news people to increase prig its Befur* al CBS, new." was thought of as a moral en ter prise first and a business enterprise se*x>nd Does anyone Uunk the broad* ast" will mipr v. under those conditions V week ag' I was invited to someone s home for dinner and *xi* of the other guests wa" James Burk* the chairman of Johnson and Johnson Johnson and Johnson is a reliable old company with an excellent reputation It came through it" terrible Ty lentil times because it behaved tinnily and responsibly It iud faith that the public would come bark to a g*>od product like Tylenol and it has Jim Burk** is up ause fie sac s Amen* an businessmen a *n teievi" organize a gr rn televIsl on * make bu! buM! lf an L .Of . Burke, bus in* guy s and play * Stallone • • -for busine virtu businessmen t. about lawyers worked for .* i L etiugrnn , w. assistant i ain* You got ar Bar A-.    * been ke* pc . ■ last I 79 iii >\ ie braved tiieV a IM 1 Vet lug turned t<> he .* those fig are". break Until busin* other ai d . * t making somet prop!* ar* * moviesA 200-year-old idea that works well today WASHINGTON {fit* nation will b* hearing a great deal about the theory of federalism in tins bicentennial year of the Constitution F’or a specific example of the theory in action, consider Michigan’s trailbreaking program called MET It menus a round of applause ME T stands fur Michigan hducati rial 'I rust It is exactly the kind of experimental program tile founding fatiiers had in tiurid when they w rote the 10th Amendment into tile Bill of Hights rn 1791 Because of this program, conceived by Gov James J Blanchard, thousands of Michigan children eventually will fie assured of a higher education The principle of federalism is one of the two great roc ks upon which the Constitution was founded. ( The other is the principle .rf separation of powers, but thai doesn’t apply rn this instance. I Under the (onsitution, certain powers were to tie delegated to the national government, but all other powers not prohibited to the states by the Constitution were to be reserved “to the states respectively, or to the people.” In this as in oilier provisions, tile framers of the ConsituUon sought to limit the possibilities for abuse of power. If Delaware wanted to try some experimental program, and tile program didn t work, neighboring Pennsylvania would not be affected If tile program did work, maybe Pennsylvania would want to emulate Delaware’s example Tile states would function as independent laboratories, fashioning public policies according to tile needs of their citizens Ail of which brings u> ba* iv to til** Michigan Education Trust, signed into law last December Under Uhs plan, the state guarantees a child’s tuition for four years of future edu* a ti on at any state-owned institution of higher learning Parents of a newborn child could obtain this guarantee with a deposit to the trust fund of as little as $3,(MIO Parents of teen-agers would have to make lar ger deposits because their children would (it* going to college much sooner The program c overs Uie University of Michigan and 14 other four year colleges Children also would have the Upton of choosing one of the state's 29 two-year schools If a participating iugh school graduate chuse instead to attend a private college or university or an out-of-state institution, tin* fund would pay for four years of tuition based on a weighted average of in-state tubtion fees Because me ME T is waiting upon a critical ruling from the Internal Revenue Service, no controls yet have been signed lf the HLS rules that mterest on tile deposit will be tax-exempt at pay-out time, the program will plunge ahead this summer lf a ruling goes tile other way, some amendments may be necessary Meanwhile, the state treasurer's office reports that an estimated 10,000 inquiries liave been received from parents or grandparents of prospective .students More than 40 states have asked for copies of the MET act. The stale is taking some calculated risks with its novel plan for the higher education trust fund The state has done well with its wholly separated J* it has av erac percent I ven precise w.i> retur Neither .*: ti ■* During prolog * I I-warnings were bt *r gets out of barid tu, reach $20,000 ,* yea couple of deead* *> *!*>v general fund w aid h. supplement th* MI ! Ls signed Up Ole stat* the future "«*t v ct The idea of tun at Duquesne I mv* ago Since then mon made deposit to th* Cither private in t ' ferent version.* migb it a ital* tt» prevail* mated * years Vt* ad Hated dif-th* Among the stat* * verr.r.* Mal ga pioneer, and to retu:    t* if. t? i v >f federalism, this .s how lit* ti ■ ry is supposed b work If MET sue*red.- tate .th ab are confident it wi! s • -<■ j    bde" may profit from Michigan > hopi ex;* ■ . « lf MEI flops, and turns out ** a beav , burden un til* state treasury in tutu:, v ai rn tiler .tate will suffer from the disappoi U en* Such powers of pub. . »j« :. cut air reserved to the states ie.j* .lively That’s what the founding fathers provide*! It was a good idea in 1791, and remains . g.md idea today ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: March 17, 1987

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