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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions DAVID Editor and Publisher JANINE Managing Editor Pao04A New Texas September 1991 HvraldZcitung Published Sunday Thursday and Friday after noons by New Braunfels or Drawer New Texas Second Class postage paid by New Braunfels HeraldZeitung at New DAVID SULLENS Editor Publisher JANINE GREEN Managing Editor CHERYL DUVALL Business Manager KAREN REININGER Classified Manager CAROL ANN AVERY Circulation Manager GUS ELBEL Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivered in Comal andGuadatupe counties three six JO one Senior Citizens Discount carrier delivery one Mail delivery outside Comal in Texas three JO six one Mail out side Texas six JO one If you have not received your newspaper Tuesday through or by call 6259144 or 6581900 by 7 and 11 Postmaster Send address changes to Drawer New Texas 781311328 EDITORIALS Whats right response to a frightening tale New Braunfels Police Chief Dick speaking last week to the New Braunfels Rotary told a frightening The story was made even more frightening by Headens matter offact presentation of It was obvious that the veteran police officer was not surprised by the element of the story that members of that civic group found so Headen told of the recent apprehension of a group of youths late at night or in the wee hours of the The youths were in an area where auto thefts have been When they had socks stuck into their belts and they were carrying Socks are the chief by wrongdoers to make it impos sible for police to later identify them via fingerprint Police called the parents of the What would you do if a police officer called you shortly after midnight and told you that your you thought was in bed been caught running around with a group of other young toughs fully equipped to steal a car We hope you would be upset with the We hope you would take pretty serious remedial We hope you would do what your parents would have done to you in similar But that apparently is not how things work The parents of that group of fledgling criminals werent upset with their They were upset with the You dont have any proof my kid was doing they told And then we sit around and wonder why our prisons are Lets dry up water waste The owner of a large catfish farm in southern Bexar County remains defiant as pressure against his continued wasteful use of Edwards Aquifer water Lawmakers found themselves hobbled as they attempted to restrict use of the water by the whose attitude has been one of contempt for the consequences of what he is But Tckas Ann Richards Thursday signed into law what she calls the Drain Texas Dry Bill and with that hope fully closed the loophole that had permitted the fish farm to hurt us Springflows in New Braunfels are currently at 190200 cubic jbetper second compared with the average of 220 for August and 215 for This reduced flow is despite heavier than normal Experts have attributed the deficit to the fact that the catfish farm draws between 40 and 50 million gallons of water a day from the aquifer through two artesian one of which is said to be the largest in the The catfish farm uses nearly one quarter of all the water used by homeowners and businesses in Bexar County and then dumps that water into the Medina Officials already have asked the owner of the fish farm to meet with them to discuss voluntary restrictions of water If that doesnt an injunction will be sought to force those Whatever it we urge authorities to do everything that can be done as quickly as possible to end this Technology trods too heavily I am a great fan of I love Things electronic fascinate I browse computer software stores just as avidly as I browse But Ive found an instance in which technology has trod too A company called Que Software markets a package of grammar check ing software called It is according to a press under and it will proofread documents for punctuation wrong redundancy and grammatical Sounds doesnt it Anyone who writes knows it is often very difficult to catch your own Spotting those made by some one else generally is far Now heres a computer program that will back you included with the routine press release about this new software offer ing was a much more creative The makers of the new software committed Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol to the good graces of RightWriter and then issued that second press release on the basis of its What the computer program found is that a towering figure of David Sullens classic British literature wrote at what today would be about a fifth grade his writing filled with lengthy sentences and incorrect The computer wrote a RightWriter of 54 selected paragraphs of Dickens most popular performed using offered 118 suggestions that would have tightened Charles Dickens writing and avoided the phrases and slang that the computer says indicate his writing is targeted toward readers at a fifth grade RightWriter discounts the expletive HumbugI as a It chastises Dickens for writing in the passive It takes him to task for using too many exclamation And it objects to his misuse of words that include not withstanding and The release reported that RightWri ter did not find fault with every por tion of Dickens holiday The famous passage in which Ebenezer Scrooge attributes Marleys ghost to indigestion You may be an undi gested bit of a blot of a crumb of a fragment of an underdone Theres more gravy than grave about whatever you left Thank goodness for small I Somehow the thought of submit ting great literature to the indignities of computer analysis is more than a bit Dont you agree RightWriter would be a great it seems to in the composition of letters and Certainly it would not be out of place in the newsroom computers of the But there is something wrong about inviting a machine to criticize men and women whose works are legen dary whose prose and poetry represents that which raises man above the other creatures of this good The RightWriter say Dickens would have welcomed the computers quoting Dickens authority Robert a Marquette University who said Dick ens knew his wrote popular literature to suit them and expected to establish the grammar of his well But theres still something wrong and unsettling As an a sentence in the press which I presume was submit ted to Glenn thinks that Dickens would have wel comed the advise of a computer editor when he was writing A Christmas Carol in I found the presence of that sentence with its error strange ly Dtvid Sulleni ii editor and publisher of the New BraMKfili You can find gold in Golden Years Plagiarism has been a hot topic in the newspapers which has made me even more mindful of credit ing original I recently found some good material on how to stay but acknowledging all the con tributors has aged me a This material comes from Jean I read in the Austin American Statesman but it was origi nally published in the Boston Dietz got her material from Edith Tuckers contribution in the United Retirement Bulletin after she had updated Skinners contribution found in his book Enjoy Old Age A Program of Self You can see how that long windup can age a person before he makes the the material is worth the so heres my revision of the DietzTuckerSkinner contribu tion on how to enjoy old age Take care of your Always try to look your best but dont Emotions try to look a great deal younger than you Theres regalness and beau ty in being who you are all of the Cultivate a sense of Learn to laugh at yourself and your Allow time to enjoy litera ture and With each new day learn some thing Remember Lemer and Loews when King Arthur asked Merlin the best way to deal with emotional pain and Merlin Learn When you learn By John Ingram you grown and you dont have time for your Become involved in a political or community Volun teer at the local hospital or for a civic When youre busy you dont have time to grow Socialize Snaring interests with others will help exercise your mind and refine your own Stay Have order in your Be meticulous about having a place for everything and keeping everything in its Plan your day and have a daily routine that provides structure to your At the same time be Read a variety of magazines and watch dis similar television Leave enough time each day for surprises and unexpected The key here is to have order without being Variety adds spice to Be as independent as Do as much as you can without help from Find work that you enjoy and keep working as long as Work cures Compensate for sensory If your hearing is get a hear ing If your vision is decompensat renew your eye Aid your memory by making lists and Always write your Its much easier and you stay young Walker ii medical director of HCA Hill Country Hospital and maintains a private psy chiatric practice in New America must halt Japans economic attack Japan hat become a very deadly cancer to the American economy They have taken the technology we have given diem and used it to the detriment of our They have taken Americas free trade policy to its limit and have uie4 a doubleedged economic sword to dismember pans of the American Fortunate ly it has forced our minufacturen into when Americanmade products hive reached and exceeded Japanese Just as a deadly cancer attacks our Japan has attacked areas of American manufacturing which at one tune were healthy cells of produc tion in the American These areas of our economy then can no lon ger support They lose their jobs and they become a detri ment to the rest of our We end up raving to support them with things such is health care and welfare prog Our countrys health is deterior ating fast because of our tremendous trade deficit and high Japan does not allow but a small prop ortion of imports to penetrate their They have a much thriving If people believe American manu facturing should learn to operate like Japanese then the government also needs to operate like Japans which will do everything and anything possible to keep their manufacturers competitive overseas and at Japan has openly admitted that they will not allow our manufacturers the same pri vileges in their country that we have allowed their manufacturers to exer cise in We are definitely not playing on the same People who claim that Lee lacocca is Japanbashing evidently have not had their source of income bashed by the Lee lacocca has already save thousands of American jobs at no expense to you or our government Many hardworking Americans are only innocent bystanders because of lack of concern from their fellow countrymen and It is the lack of understanding and common sense that Japan has remained a There are hundreds of other bar riers which we have erected over the years making it more difficult for American manufacturers to remain We have burdened them with governmental bureaucracy and judi cial Excess punitive dam ages have cause longterm product health care and workers compensation insurance to These costs can only be passed on to innocent American Also the lack of a longterm national trade policy prevents our manufacturers from plotting a reliable longterm pro duction Eventually the Japanese are going to end up paying for their because one day we will no longer be able to support their Our nation will be in financial ruin Already we are at the mercy of Japan with our They could throw our economy into a We have the largest debt of any nation in the world because we buy more than we Anyone in their right mind knows this cannot Our young people are going to end up pay ing for our lack of wake up before the only American greatness left is its Take pride in Show us your support by buying Americanmade George Bobby Becker ii talet representa tive for Becker Motor in New
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