Thursday, February 25, 1993

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion February 0 Quote of the Day If people behaved in the way nations do they would all be put in Tennessee Williams Editorials Priorities Cuts in defense spending may need to be rethought Speaking to the New Braunfels Rotary Club a highly placed civilian consultant to the Air Force raised some worthwhile questions about the wisdom of some of our nations Few among us would dispute the necessity of finding ways to reduce federal And a ready target for those cuts is defense There are several reasons for Most of us perceive the world to be a much less threatening place today than it was in the very recent That may or may not be an accurate but it is the current And wildly irrational spending by the military weve all heard stories of hundreds of dollars being paid for a hammer or thousands for a toilet seat has set the stage for us all to wonder if they really need all that money If we stop and were all smart enough to realize that those were isolated probably blown out of proportion by the So we feel pretty with endorsing cuts in military We might do to think through that a little more Dennis advisor to the commander of the Air Force Intelligence noted before the local civic club Wednesday that although Russias demeanor is far less threatening than it once our country has recently faced significant threats on a variety of other Richburg noted that this nation thats you and me is spending an annual billion on gambling and that figure is At the same by the end of this decade our defense budget will be down 3040 percent from its 1990 In the near we will be spending more money to gamble than we do to ensure our defense Thats worth thinking isnt it Todays editorial was written by David editor and publisher of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Published on Sunday mornings and Thursday and Friday afternoons by the New Braunfels 707 Landa or Drawer New TX Second class postage paid by New Braunfels HeraldZeitung at New USPS 377880 GREG MEFFORD Managing Editor CHERYL DUVALL General Manager DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher DEE DEE CROCKETT Marketing Director CAROL ANN AVERY Circulation Manager KAREN REININGER Classified Manager DOUGLAS BRANDT Pressroom Foreman Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three six one Senior Citizens Discount carrier delivery monthSi one Mail delivery outside Comal in Texas three six one Mail outside Texas six one If you have not received your newspaper by Tuesday through or by call 6259144 or 6581900 by 7 and 11 Postmaster Send address changes to the Drawer New TX 781311328 Improvements in the at center M Here at the Comal County Senior Citizens i n we are constantly striving to improve all In I wrote about the innova tive Improvements planned for our pool those changes have been implement The installation of a new the Ozone seems to please everyone since it eliminates the use of most of the chemicals to which many are The two new heaters for the pool and hot tub have made Tom Wat son He says the water is circulating three times as the pressure is the tem perature holds where its supposed to and chemical use is down 75 Sunside Pool and won low bid for the contract on the pool work in donated much of the equipment and are we grateful to Everyone is Speaking of Tom I wonder if any one knows how many hours Tom puts in at the center and they are all volunteer All Tom ever wanted to be was the electrician for the but Tom does a little bit of everything and is always willing to do our Harold pitches in all the time on many Tom and Harold both come to Gladys rescue often when she needs someons to open and close the They are just two more of our indis pensable Through the generous donation by Don and Marie Dawson Valerie we will be able to overhaul and upgrade our hot tub into a Thanks go to the Meyers for their generosity and con tinuing support of the Another tremedous project in the works is our kitchen We are in the process of major renovation to make it a fullservice Of we must adhere to the rules and regulations put put by the city and the fire so its always a big undertak but we know with people like Niel Dim Bill Bob Don Mey er and Gladys Bartling working on it will get done and it will be done Along these we are extremely grate ful to Rita Radosevich and Martha Lehning for their generous which made it possible to pay for the new dish It is a state of the art commercial dish And the foundation now has 190 place set tings of and we wish to thank all the contributors who made this Do you realize the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation is one few senior citizens centers in Texas that is monetarily indepen dent We are independent of governmental assis tance and and we want to remain that As Bob Dingeldein puts it We have beeri blessed with a committed community since Day and what we hope to show you is how we as make grants and bequests to the which will insure the continued support of the mission the At a recent board the LongRange Committee for the center outlined a number of suggestions for our We must have the ways and means to keep going in the Thats what the commit headed by Dan is up But its up to the membership to instill caring and concern in the new members so they can be inspired to carry on the good work that has gone I would like to make a plea for donations tar the Thrift We need tools and anything you need to get rid of Please support our And bingo is open to the the membership and Winter The night is nonsmoking and lots of Come and see The snack bar opens at and games begin at 7 Marie Dawson is a correspondent for the Comal County Senior Citizens am House WASHINGTON After receiving the cooks tour of the White President Clinton voiced a complaint to top staffers The 175yearold mansion is mired in the stone age when it comes to Clin ton cant fathom how primitive some of the communications and computer systems are compared to stateoftheart How can that be when the federal govern ment spends over S20 billion annually on new technology not to mention tens of bil lions more keeping the current systems up and running In nearly every agency in the federal government is muttering an amen to Clin tons laments in most they lack the critical information required to man age and control the behemoth Compared to the private the federal governments systems are lagging seriously Information problems vex most federal investigators from the General Accounting Office recently Pro gram managers struggle to wrest the infor mation they need from the mountain of data they collect much of it still in paper Critical pieces of data are unreli able the data may be scattered among many separate information Take health care the centerpiece issue of the Clinton National healthcare expenditures reached billion in claiming more than 12 percent of the gross national Over 42 percent of this total Jack Anderson is publicly With 36 million Ameri cans and countless others under its nothing short of scandalous that Medicare mistakenly paid out over billion for services already covered by other The reason bad Medicare is not an isolated Horror stories abound Imagine a commercial bank that doled out loans to customers who are in default on pre vious Thats whats happening at the Department of incom plete and inaccurate data in the billion Stafford Student Loan Program has resulted in millions of dollars in new loans to students who have previously The cleanup of the banking and savings and loan scandals has produced a scandal within a The Resolution Trust is responsible for managing and selling over billion in assets from 725 failed But its had trouble keeping track of its own bank The Internal Revenue Service is in need of a massive During the past 25 the IRS has twice attempted but failed to modernize what con gressional investigators call antiquated tax processing which impede the agen ability to collect and account for about trillion in tax Its also contribut ing to the IRSs failure to close the tax gap the estimated billion that represents the difference between taxes owed and vol untarily Sometimes the cure can be worse than the The Veterans Benefits Administra tion undertook a modernization program aimed at speeding up claims payments to But they didnt look before they leaped into a million investment an investment that will trim only six to 12 days from the average claims processing time of 151 a dubious return on the Or theres the case of the Navys million program to improve nontactical computers on which has resulted in 12 separate Navy com mands having authority over funding procurement of major computer systems mak ing up the When Bill Clinton complains about age hes putting his finger on problem thats bigger than he could have Jack Anderson and Michael Einstein are syndicated columnists for the United Feature Today in History Awoclatacl PrtM Today is the 56th day of There are 309 days left in the Todays Highlight in History Two hundred years on the department heads of the government met with President Washington at his home for the first Cabinet meeting on On this date In Pope Pius V excom municated Englands Queen Eliz abeth In Hiram R became the first black member of the Senate as he was sworn in to serve out the unexpired term of Jefferson In opera singer Enrico Caruso was born in In United States Steel was incorporated by In the 16th Amendment to the giving Congress the power to levy and collect income was declared in In 50 years during World War troops reoc cupied the In Communists seized power in