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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas DAV6 Edi tor and Publisher JIM Managing Editor New Texas Editorial simple solution for having what we want A group calling itself the Texas Conservative Coalition has released what it calls a responsible approach to trimming the state They say that 51 percent of Texas citizens want the budget balanced by cutting spending Some liberal members of the Texas dont seem to says coalitions press Here are a few of the suggestions of the coalition that some liberal and not so liberal Texans will want to think The coalition proposes Freezing career ladder allotment at 1987 levels for Eliminate state funding for prekindergarten programs and provide halfday funding for kindergarten eliminate fullday kindergarten portion or merely suspend payments through the Reduce enrollment and per student funding at state supported medical and dental Eliminate the Texas University medical Transfer mental health and mental retardation screening and counseling programs to private funding Reduce Texas Department of Aging Delete insurance coverage for temporary state em There are other proposals by the conservative coalition that involve the sale of state capturing capital gains from the Permanent School and University Funds and a variety of cuts in services off ered through Texas Department of Human Services and transfer of funding for a variety of human service programs to private or local If these and similar proposals ever come to citizens at the county and municipal level will have to for whether to pay for preschool senior citizen centers and out of local surcharges or local property or sales tax The state cannot continue paying as much for for for largely the same reason New Braunfels doesnt have enough property tax revenue to afford things like fireworks displays and mosquito abatement there is not enough as those rallying in Austin this week seem to we canafford a lot of All we have to do is pay for Forum LETTER POLICY The HeraldZeitung welcomes All letters should be sign ed and include an address or telephone The newspaper reserves the right to Letters should be sent to New Braunfels Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at Flashy fireworks To the editor I have been a resident of New Braunfels since 1978 and have at tended every fireworks display in the park on the This years display is the best I have ever In the years I have been thoroughly disappointed each but I continued going hoping each year would be If it takes all of the residents in Comal County to donate money to get the then I will contribute each and every Thanks again for a beautiful and safe Judy Ewing Look also at educational dollar To the editor In reference to your editorial of July 1 To attempt to arouse public sentiment against a pay increase for public school employees on the premise that they make more than the average New Braunfels citizen is hitting below the First of many citizens of New Braunfels are many who live in upper income neighborhoods such as River Guada Coma must be making more than to to afford these and most im the average citizens of New Braunfels do not possess the masters degrees and doctoral degrees that are required of school administrators and which many teachers also Educators are upstanding citizens who pay have children in their are involved in religious and civic It would seem that a newspaper which attempts to serve the entire city of New Braunfels as well as the whole of Comal County would not attempt to divide its If you want to publish some useful then instead of printing administrators salaries and positions as well as their names publish the figures for the instructional budgets of the two school These figures will show how much of the educational dollar is being spent on our childrens Very truly Maurice Kaiserman Your Representatives PhilGramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate Bldg 20510 Mac Sweeney GuaxJalupe County United States House of Representatives l713Longvyorth House Office 20515 Bill Clements Governors Office State Capitol Texas 78711 state f jyoM ZaWrinJ Capitol Station Box 12068 they say they voted FOR Andy Rooney The insurance information maze One of the most frustrating jobs known to man is trying to get information out of an insurance Insurance companies are faced with so many people trying to cheat them that you have to be a little sympathetic to their efforts to protect do they protect themselves And lets face insurance com panies have us where they want Six weeks ago I had surgery to correct a Before undergoing I went to an internist who gave me a very thorough You dont shop around trying to find the cheapest doctors when youre having work done on a body you cant turn in for a new Both the internist and the surgeon are the very best kind of representatives of the medical They are not only medically expert but socially It gives me a lot of con fidence in both of them that they are each others The charge for the medical in cluding all the tests that went with was I paid the doctor by check and sent in the Prudential Insurance forms for reim In two weeks Prudential sent me my check for Your family the form is now but obviously Prudential was more satisfied than I Guest Column The surgeons charge for the a hernia with minor was It did not seem out of line to me for an outstanding surgeon in an expensive part of the I paid the surgeon and this time the Prudential check came with a semiform It said Your group plan provides only for reim bursement of usual and prevailing In determining a usual and prevailing we refer to statistical profiles of physicans charges for the same or similar services in the The check from Prudential for the surgeons fee was for They pay 80 percent of the figure they assign to the operation I decided to try to find out more about the I talked to three people at then to an administrator at the a Blue Shield two people at the State Com mission on Hospitals and Health Care and four not including either or The doctors said was a normal The Prudential people were polite but In answer to my How do you determine usual and they It we have different We divide the country into 252 areas and do it that A nice named Wilson Modernel whose name was at the bottom of the letter finally I probably shouldnt be talking to you about this at He must have thought hed given me some information and thats the last thing an insurance company wants one of its employees to When I complained to another about getting only back on the bill I he We update our usual and prevailing rates every You probably just missed an My employer provides the insurance coverage so I spoke to the company expert and got the biggest surprise of he doesnt really insure My company pays the medical All Prudential does is the book work for a My employer pays Prudential about a month for each employee but its only a bookkeeping he my employer deposits that amount in a bank account out of which medical costs are It must be a common practice but Id never heard of it and was sur prised to find my company in business with an insurance Obviously my company doesnt mind when Prudential keeps the costs The whole episode wasnt even a total 1 got my hernia fixed and I feel a lot Even though I never found out how the insurance decided Id only get back half what Id paid I learned Thats about as good as you can expect to Of Charles Kurault and small town America the United States Ins White 1 609 Finns viyanJa Avenue William Sims Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate 703 Hart Senate DC 2Q510 Umar Smith United States Hpuff of 509 Cannon Hpyse 20515 State Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives 2910 Texas 78769 ByBOBKRUEGER A few weeks ago CBS Television gave an hour long retrospect on correspondent Charles Kuraults On the Road A paean to smalltown it celebrated the simple values and pleasures to be enjoyed in places where the word community still has its root and where the flash of electronic media is balanced by the gentle rhythms of life lived near the soil and near ones I reflected on that program yesterday as I parked in front of Naegelins located for the past century by the main plaza in my hometown of New Its 100 Years of conveys a simple truth that reminded me of a daily routine in my At my sister and I walked from school to my father1 from where the three of us drove borne for On the Dad always stopped acroii from the bolted from the and strode across the if Naegelin saw him she would meet him at the door to hand him a fresh loaf of with occasionally few cookies for the before we proceeded home for our noon In those days she and Naegelin lived over the and rose at to begin their Their onjy son assisted in the baking and but being a small family the Naegelins could onjy bake enough for their regular if you were a stringer to the or to and entered the chgnces were ypwd be ex tensively by this sharprtongued woman in her seventies before she decided whether or not to sell you a loaf of German or French who told you to come to buy then Jye heard her Alter she had to keep enough on hajnd for ihj customers who had relied on her They trusted and she trusted themin many Once a before she gave Dad a bill for the entire years She claimed she liked to do that since she used the money to buy her Christmas But I suspect she really did it to save time for my a businessman in a She was more thoughtful than she let people With thoughts of Kurault and Naegelin in my I drove home to find a message from Kraft on my I had called him two days earlier when a window air conditioner went because we had always called Kraft with such Now in he had nevertheless come the same day to remove and check The message now was that it could be repaired I wouldnt have to buy a new Our family had trusted Kraft for 30 years if he said it could be hed fix it if he said it needed it With as with the Schuberts who are putting new wallpaper in our there is no need to ask the price in Harvey Schubert and his son are repapedng the same room that his father had papered for my parents when they lived The Schuberts and Krsf I would no more overcharge us today than Naegelin would have overcharged my father on the yearly bread And I would no more need to oversee their work than to watch tip Naegelins bake They respect their craft M4 their customers their pride is in their and their relationship to And ifi the same with One of my wife happiest phone calls this year was when Ott celled to say that she could add Kathleen to the group of people for whom she The rujes are simple if Im not coroe to the Uave the clothes to be pick up yoyr clothes froJB last ftad in the back of is It all seems so simple on the Just come in the kitchen if Im not there just pay the bakery bill once a year just leave it to Kraft or Schubert to do the repairs What makes it different from so many of our daytoday business dealings is that a bond of simple trust often it has existed over My work sends me to and San Antonio 1 would not want to see America without the vigor and energy of their and academic lives one senses that important things are happening and being ones life there can make a difference for many But I would equally be reluctant to see America lose what the and Krafts offer in New Braunfels not just their craftsmanship oand pride in their but more that their craftsmanship is conveyed in an atmosphere of mutual One is not just doing business but exchanging The of that one can trust them to charge and to perform without either written contracts or advance price is because one intuitively and has found by long that they would never cheat since they value some things more than Their pride is as much in their work as in what they are paid for and is more in who they are and how they live with their neighbors than in their One cant put a definite monetajy value on what it means to live in e community with people like because their lives remind us that living well in a real community has non monetary Charles Kurault was right when he said that our small towns are just as important as our major cities to the greatness of and 10 creating an environment that life well
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