Tuesday, September 21, 1993

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Q U O T A B L One of the burdens of freedom is that we have to earn it over and Jinks news executive 1964 EDITORIAL Encouraging signs Local state leaders take hard look at the Guadalupe River over the weekend Approximately a week ago the Friends for Rivers annual Guadalupe River Clean Up project drew more than 70 vol unteers in an allday effort to restore natural beauty to the river It was a highlysuccessful project which brought many positive things many of those positives will surface again and again down the road One of those positives is already beginning to reveal itself in that attention is being focused on the Guadalupe River and not just by the same people There are signs that river clean up will go even further and do more And this with the knowledge that with the return of next summers tourists the trash will come back to clutter the rivers banks and bottom again which makes sense to assume that an ongoing trash pickup and disposal system may be consid ered Local and state officials took trips over various spots of the Guadalupe River last weekend and observed conditions which even after the massive Friends For Rivers clean up was still less that desirable They left knowing more is to be done The river if it is to remain the tourist magnet that it has been must be maintained throughout the year even more importantly in the summer when the tourist are here to see what theyve heard so much about If what they find when they get here is a trashy river they wont be impressed and probably wont be back Lets work toward keeping the river clean all year Lets start right now Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only 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months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail out side Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6581900 by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion HeraldZeltung Tuesday Sept Plaza event restores faith in teens Although some people may not realize it we reporters do not enjoy covering bad news but its part of our job therefore we do it Ive only been out in the real world for two years but I am afraid during this time Ive had to cover more than my share of bad news During this time Ive found myself pretty much numbed to some crimes However Ive continued to be shocked by the number of juveniles who commit acts of violence At my last job in the small town of McKinney I had the opportunity to cover several capital mur der and murder trials The majority of these trials involved defendants under the age of 20 These thoughts will stay with me forever Less than six months ago I was sitting in the Collin County Jail interviewing a 16yearold boy who had killed his girlfriends mother and tried to kill her father He was certified as an adult and was convicted of capital murder and solicitation of cap ital murder Hes now facing both a life sentence in the state penitentiary and a second sentence of 75 years His 17yearold girlfriend who let him into her parents house and planned the murder was also tried as an adult and convicted of capital murder and solicitation of capital murder She received two life sentences The list goes on I remember another murder tri al involving four youths from a small rural town in Collin County who beat a man to death with various automotive tools Once again they were all under the age of 22 and all were found guilty Their only reason tor killing the man was that one of his friends had whistled at them and called them pretty Another trial involved four men also under the age of 22 who broke into an elderly couples house in a rural area and shot them both The Jennifer Rompel woman died and the man is now confined to a wheelchair The men pretended to have car trouble and trust ed that the couple would be nice enough to help them out Two of these men have been sentenced to death and two are facing life in prison Teens seem to have a feeling of being immortal They seem to think they cant be punished because their young I wish those who think that could talk to someone who knows differently More and more kids are being certified as adults because their crimes are considered so heinous And for those teens who havent realized youre considered an adult by the courts at age 17 not when youre or when you move out of the house Im not much older than most of these people Im only 23 but somehow I was never exposed to that much violence while I was in high school In the five years since Ive graduated Ive seen an incredible change in these teens Its amazing to me that people just three to five years younger than me can have committed such awful crimes I have to admit I had pretty much decided that the current generation of high school and middle school students had been lost and the idea of a teenager being a good kid was gone However last weekend my faith in the youth and future of our country was restored I had the opportunity to cover Peace on the Plaza The event had been organized by various churches and Habi tat for Humanity and more than 70 kids attended the event During the short time I spent talking to a few of these kids my mind was changed Talking to these kids renewed my faith that there were teenagers who had a future and cared about other people I was shocked when I heard one of these stu dents tell me he enjoyed doing community service In my past experience the only reason kids these days did community service was because it was part of a sentence or was recommended by their juvenile probation officer These kids were all at the event in hopes of learning what it was like to be homeless They had given up their Saturday night so that they could sleep in cardboard boxes eat out of trash bags and drink from a water hose They all said they were hoping to learn from the experience and take what they learned to help them later I went home Saturday night in a good mood Somehow seeing these youth with all of their energy and enthusiasm made me realize this gen eration has not been lost Ive now decided that every time I watch a newscast and see a story of teens comnfitting an act of violence or getting involved in gangs Im going to remember the kids from Peace on the Plaza and I hope those people who know them appreciate what great kids they Ive now decided for every bad kid that is shown on television or in the newspaper theres a good kid whos trying to make a positive impact on his or her community Jennifer Rompel is a Staff Writer for the New Braunfels Clinton woos doctors with new nursing home benefit By CHRISTOPHER CONNELL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP President Clinton is wooing prominent physicians to support his health reforms and contemplating the addition of nursing home insurance to Medicare for the elderly Senior health adviser Ira Magaziner and other aides were heading to Capitol Hill today for private briefings for lawmakers that the White House has dubbed Health Care Clinton was meeting over breakfast with such famous physicians as C Everett Koop the former sur geon general and T Berry Brazelton the Harvard pediatrician The president told Newsweek magazine in a recent interview that doctors are No 1 followed by small business and insurance companies among the groups he needs to win over Building credibil ity among doctors is important having doctors feel good about this he said It is all part of the buildup for Clintons address to a joint session of Congress and the ration Wednesday night on his farreaching plan to guarantee health coverage for all Americans while drastically slowing the medical cost spiral Analysis Clinton spent 40 minutes with his speechwriters Sunday night preparing the address A White House spokesman Kevin Anderson said Sunday that Clinton is contemplating adding to his package new Medicare insurance against nursing home bills It would be called Medicare Part C and would be optional for elderly people They could buy the insur ance after they turn 65 In exchange for higher month ly Medicare premiums they could eventually get a maximum of to cover nursing home bills In another development Sunday Sen Daniel P Moynihan chairman of the Senate Finance Com mittee chose the word fantasy to describe the billion Clinton wants to save over five years by restricting growth in Medicare and Medicaid spend ing Its fantasy but accurate Moynihan said on NBCs Meet the These numbers all come out of their computer in that way They wont last they mustnt last Were not going to get billion out of Medicare and Medicaid in the next five years to which well add billion in deficit reduction Thats not going to happen neednt happen in order to get a better The nursing home provision was not in the huge draft summary of the Clinton health plan sent informally to Congress 10 days ago but White House officials subsequently told senior citizens groups they were considering it Its not something were going to push strongly Martin Corry director of federal affairs for the American Association of Retired Persons said Sun day night We didnt see there was any harm in it but given the cost of buying good long term care insurance at age 65 we questioned whether very many people would want to take advantage of The maximum benefit under consideration would cover about one year in a nursing home at todays prices Anderson described it as a possible selffunding long term care Another Clinton aide Jeff Eller said Clinton may not make all the final decisions about his overall plan including how to pay for it by Wednesday Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Sept 21 the 264th day of 1993 There are 101 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History One hundred years ago on Sept a horse less carriage believed to be the first gasolinepowered automobile built in the United States was taken for a short test drive in Springfield by Frank Duryea who had designed the vehicle with is broth er Charles On this date In 1792 the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy In 1897 the New York Sun ran its Yes Vir ginia there is a Santa Claus editorial in response to a letter from 8yearold Virginia OHanlon In 1931 Britain went off the gold standard In 1938 a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives In 1949 the Peoples Republic of China was pro claimed by its Communist leaders In 1964 Malta gained independence from Britain In 1970 NFL Monday Night Football made its debut on ABCTV as the Cleveland Browns defeat ed the visiting New York Jets 3121 In 1973 the Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger to be Secretary of State In 1981 the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day OConnor to become the first female justice on the Supreme Court In 1989 Hurricane Hugo crashed into Charleston Todays Birthdays Cartoon animator Chuck Jones is 81 Actor Larry Hagman is 62 Actorcome dian Henry Gibson is 58 Authorcomedian Fannie Flagg is 49 Former White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan is 49 Author Stephen King is 46 Actorcomedian Bill Murray is 43

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