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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Daw Kramer. Editor and Publisher Jim Wcbre. Managing Editor HanM-Zoltung, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday. March 24,1997 Texas Daily Newspaper Associafion convention offers a variety of views SAN ANTONIO. Texas (AP) -Newspaper readership is suffering because profit has taken precedence to producing a quality product, a newspaper analyst says. John Morton of Washington. D C., said the preoccupation with profit is at the root of the newspaper’s pro-blemns. “Year after year, the ratio of circulation to households has continued to drop," Morton said Monday at the meeting of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association. “And year after year, newspaper companies continued to demonstrate how they can make even more money despite the dwindling readership.” Larry Mayo, publisher of the Palestine Herald-Press. said he disagrees with Morton’s analysis “Regardless of what business you’re in. you have certain expectations,” Mayo said. ' Times are tough “ But Morton said those in the newspaper industry respond inappropriately when faced with tough economic times. He said newspapers try to find ways to maintain their profits instead of accepting the decline in income To cut costs, newspapers trim non-revenue generating departments such as editorial, affecting the final product, he said. Instead of making those cuts, Morton advised the group to make strategic investments in their newspapers. The investments, he said, would in the short term lower profitability, but would provide a healthy future. Morton suggested that newspapers raise salaries. "We think newspapers need to make strategic investments in better pay Morton also advised printing more news and better special interest stories Newspapers also lack editorial aggressiveness and need to do better and more research, he said. “We think newspapers are the only watchdog role in our society. Too often it is a role that is slighted." Making a profit has been too easy, agreed Roger Kintzel. publisher of the Austin American-Statesman Kintzel said he believed Morton’s analysis is valid and that every newspaper should pay attention SAN ANTONIO. Texas (AP* Americans must begin treating their southern neighbors with more respect in order to build a “hemispheric solidarity” in the 1990s. Vice President George Bush says. Bush, who visited earthquake-ravaged Ecuador over the weekend said Monday that democracies are now the majority in Central and South America and need the help of the United States "What we’re going to need to do as we move into the 1990s is hemispheric solidarity, trust such as we’ve never seen and never had.” Bush told delegates to the Texas Daily Newspaper Association meeting “I believe we must look homeward because of the threats, because of the opportunities and because these are our neighbors We haven’t always treated them with the respect and attention they deserve.” He said that Congressional ap propnations for fiscal year 19H7 re quired that the I’ S economic assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean be cut 2u percent to SI 2 billion Either we're going to support the democracies that exist and those who are seeking democracy or we’re going to turn our backs economical!) and strategical!) Bush said We cannot continue to say we support democracy in Latin America, but then do nothing Bush said he has encouraged bankers to lend more rnonev to the financially plagued governments “Debt is a tremendous problem that weakens these new democracies and also prevents them from buying our products. which in turn would help our trade deficit.” Bush said He said that the Reagan ad ministration has failed to educate the American people on the dangers of the Sandinista regime in Nicaraguan Bush criticized the I S House for wanting to turn its back on the Con tra rebels fighting the Nicaraguan regime He said a Gallup poll conducted in Central America in January con eluded that people in that region support U S policy Bush said Ecuador is trying to hold on to democracy while it works out economic and military pro blems He said the earthquake, which claimed thousands of lives, also destroyed an oil pipeline carry ing all of the country’s oil. which pro vides for 40 percent of the govern ment ’s revenues lf I ever do hold the highest of flee in this land I ll tell you one thing I will emphasize constantly And that is the importance of the people and the countries in our own hemisphere ” He declined during questioning from delegates and reporters to say what was his opposition to President Reagan s plan concerning the Iran Contra arms deal "I don’t discuss the advice that I give to the president.” Bush said Clements: Lottery could help pay for new prisons Governor addresses Texas Daily Newspaper Association members By DAVID SEDENO Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO. Texas AP A state lottery could help the over crowded Texas prison but the state still needs to raise taxes to prevent financial disaster state officials said Gov Bill Clements said the lot tery issue probably would be added to the ballot in November It could help ease overcrowding in the Texas Department of Corrections because the profits would be used to build more prisons, he said Clements said he has spoken to legislators including House Speaker Gib Lewis, about the lottery and horse racing proposals Lawmakers voted last year to put the hors*1 rat' mg proposition on the next General Election ballot “I understand from talking to Mr Gib Lewis that the lottery would probably be directed to the criminal justice system in order to build more prisons. ” Clements told members of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association on Monday As a constitutional amendment the lottery proposal would have to be approved by a two thirds vote in each house before it could be placed on the ballot “I think that kind of idea of constitutional funding will increase its chances for passing, inasmuch as the people of Texas in ail of the surveys I have seen, want more prisons built and will be willing to pay for them This is a good way of doing this without raising taxes.’’ said Clements, who later told Guest Column The task of water resource management Bexar County and San Antonio thwart drought contingency planning reporters he is neutral on the issue But state Treasuer Ann Richards in another session said Texas about $♦» billion short of having enough money to maintain the current level of ser\ ices and can count on only $2 9 billion in tax revenue We have literally been hit on every side she said she said new revenue will come from a 15-cent gasoline tax and a 51, percent sales tax Clements has said he will veto any additional tax increases You vc got to have $*> billion and you’ve got the highest elected of ficial say ing he ll veto less than half of that.” Ms Richards said You’ve got a problem ” Rep Stan Schlueter chairman of the House Ways and Means Com mittee said Texans do not want higher taxes “Gov Clements still has the ear of the state of Texas and the legislature. ’ said Schlueter, a Killeen Democrat Clements, a Republican, and At torney General Jim Mattox, a Democrat, have been at odds over the early release of prisoners L S District Judge William W ayne Justice of Tyler has ordered the state to ease overcrowding in the prison system or face fines of $800,000 a day Clements has refused to call for the early release of 11.000 nonviolent convicts during times of overcrowding The state is considering building new prisons in metropolitan areas for 10,000 minimum security prisoners the governor said This is the >econd in a >erie> of ducat 1 olumns written bx Kenneth Ikels PhD ut tht■ halyards I nderground Water District boardot direetors on the subjts.'t ol \xater resource management and administration ot the aquifer that [moults [totable Mater to much ot Texas Hill ( ountrx By KENNETH IKELS Edwards Underground Water District As mentioned in the last column the agree inent reached by Edwards Underground Water District and City of san Xntonio in establishing policies and recommending the development of a drought contingency plan was a milestone in the regional approach to the management of the Ed wards Xquifer The achievement ti! this agree merit rests primarily on the shoulders of several individuals whoee persistence and devotion made it possible lorn Lox HI WD general manager Dr Carl Ratio a prix ate citizen w ith a lot of foresight and Rebecca Cedillo of the City of san Antonio stat! Iii addition the HT WD and Citv of San Antonio will maintain the irislituAndy Rooney (tonal relationship of (fie Joint sponsors Commit tee on Water Resources for the development of resources and management jxilu ies arui the mechanisms and authorities necessary to irnple merit those policies I’he recommendations of the Joint Committee will tx- subject to approval by the Edwards tniard of directors and San Xntonio City Council It might Ik- interesting at this tun* ti. refits * on a recommendation of the implementation Ad Visory I ask Hone IVIE that Was not agreed to and what the implications are The most important recommendation presented by the LATH to the Kl W D and < it> of san Xntonio was that pumping withdrawal from tile aquifer should lie limited thai is district wide pumping and average spring flow in Hays and Comal counties should not exceed the average annual recharge of the aquifer Mio (mo acre--feet Here Hie I X IT suggested that pumping in- limited to 1 x» inn* acre b-et (>ef year With these suggested nurnl»ei*s it would be necessary for City of San Xntonio to s«-ek and commit other sources of water in the very near future tiecuuse the city would probably In- the first entity in (tie district to exceed its water allo* at ion \t this jhunt Uh- Joint Committee members representing Citv of San Xntonio indicated that they could not agr*-* to limiting the pumping or alan at ions for san Xntonio unless the H I WD restructured its tioard so that Bexar Count) would tx- more equitably represented I he representation on the HI WD now consists of thr«s eon ted officials from each countv in oilier words a tmurd consisting of la menders X a nous factions within san Xntonio and Bexar i ounty have implied that since Bexar 1 ounty pays approximately 92 percent of the El WD taxes there should U- a change in favor of Bex. i our 'v ar 1 onlv with a change in die structure of die H I WD In.ald makeup will the impass on allo* alums tx- overcome I h« bottom line is thai no regional water plar is possum- at this time unless the representatto issue is seUU*d either by negotiations or ciHjrt a lion I be Hi WI* Board of Directors wilt confront this issue and some changes in the drought con tmgeru v plan at its next meeting March 2 > Mail good, bad, always interesfing The mail has been bad recently By bad I mean good The letters I least like to get are the ones that are so good that they make me fe**l ter rible about not answering There are two subjects that evoke the most angry letters They are animals and President Reagan Most of the animal letters are in favor of animals hut the angry Reagan letters are divided equally between those who hate him and those who love him Reagan haters and Reagan lovers are both so intemperate that their letters are never convincing - Mrs Charles Bey of Redwood City. Calif can’t decide how she feels about President Reagan “You and the other media hypesters ’’ she writes, ‘ portray Reagan as some kind of na tional treasure He is a stupid, egocentric, ir responsible phony ” That s the trouble with women They can never make up their minds I had never thought of myself as a “media hypester” before I kind of like the sound of it - To date I’ve received :t64 letters pointing out that I was wrong when I said Henry F ord used to hand out dimes to people who crowded around him on the street It was, of course. John D Rockefeller - I’ve received at least as many angry letters from people who live in Arkansas who are mad at me because they think I wa* unfair to another Arkansan. Sam Moore Walton the richest man in the United States Walton was listed in Corbe* magazine a* hav mg $4 5 billion he can call his own and in a col umn several months ago I wondered what Mr Walton thought about our system for the homeless I dido t think what I said was negative at all to Mr Walton and I'd tie surprised if he thought so I still wonder what a person with that much money thinks atniut people who don't have any Does he think it s their fault his fault, our fault, the system's fault’' The question doesn t suggest he’s a had guy and I II bet he has an in terestmg opinion No matter what his opinion is. Mr Walton should be pleased to know how many of his fellow Arkansans came to his defense He proves you don't have to be poor to be popular - Mary Volma O’Connell of Los Angeles sent me the Palmer Method Certificate she got from a school in Chicago in 1923 I could read every word she wrote After something I wrote about fur coats. Mrs Adkins Lowell of Greenville, SC. sent me a little poem by Walter De la Mare “Hi1 handsome hunting man FTre your little gun Bang! Now the creature is dead and done Never more lo to (jeep again creep again lei again Flat or sleep or drink again Oh' What fun' There are still a hit of grammatical purists started one column The people wtio hate whoever the president happens to tie ” One busybody editor who must have gone to night school, changed it to read, “The people who ha! whomever the president happens to be “ Several people wrote me to tell me whomever was wrong To tell you the truth I don't use “whomever” even when it s right Many people wrote to say the quotation I us ed from the Bible is not “money is the root 0 all evil’ hut “The love of money is the route of all evil “ Carole Greenberg of Belmont. Calif . says. “Now that the Super Bowl is over I know it s or ly a matter of time before you start picking on baseball ” Thanks for the note. Carole I will be getting baseball again anyday now I understand that only nine players in either league are playing fi the same team they played for last year Is tha true’’ I know the starting salary for substitute ieftfieider in the American League is $900,000 plus a bonus is he doesn’t drop the ball very oftenThank you for so many good letters I’U ge even further thanks (or the bad letters, too ;

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