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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday Aug Opinion talk with Managing Editor Mark Lywi about the Oplnkxi page call The media is almost wholly owned by corpo rations and almost wholly funded by advertising And that limits on the kinds of things the news can Jim Naunckas editor 1992 Cross your fingers 0rant for Landa Park projects would make a great park even better Texas Parks and Wildlife officials arc expected to decide this month whether to award a grant to New Braunfels for improvements at Landa Park The city Parks and Recreation Department has already saved up the the city would need to contribute to the project that would make to spend on Landa Paik making it the most expensive parks project in city history if approved But getting approved is no sure thing The state has to spend on the grant program and million in applications from cities all over the state The parks department has done a good job saving up the matching funds over the past seven years and did a good job putting together an excellent grant proposal The items in the proposal would make Landa Park even more attractive than it is now A new kiddie pool would be built The springfed pool would be made more handicapped accessible and the shallow area for children would be improved Water slides and other play equipment would be added A hike and bike trail and a new playground would be built There have been no improvements made to the pool area since the Olympic pool was built in the 1960s Our Parks and Recreation Department has done everything it can to make these improvements a reali Now it is up to the state to decide if this project merits a grant Keep your fingers crossed Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tiori and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mall to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David Sultens General Manager Cheryl DuVall Managing Editor Advertising Director Paul Davis Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Douglas Brandt Classified Manager Karen Relnlnger City Editor Roger Croteau Published on Sunday roomings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NewSraufelsHeroUZetong USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Dnwa3U328 New BrtubfeU Comal County Tx 781311328 Second doss postage paid by thcNewBraun felt Nerald2eilung in New Braunfels Texas and GuadduDexiuiUies thro one gear Senior Qtizen Discounts by earner delivery only ax months one year one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscriber who have not received a newspaper by 530 Tuesday through Friday or by 730 on Sunday call 210 6259144 or 210 lollfiee for Segujn Marion Canyon Lake Bulverde and San Antonio by 7 weekdays or by 1 1 am on Sunday PqnMASTEK Send address changes to be New Brawtfelt HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Medicare failed so will Clinton plan In responding to criticism by Republicans and some Democ rats that universal health care proposals constitute socialized medicine President Clinton asks whether critics consider Medicare in that category That question should be fol lowed by these has Medicare produced the results its sup porters claimed it would and will governmentmandated universal health care do like wise It should be noted that the WlJs under consideration in Congress have been written by staff people who The New York Times reports have years of expe rience analyzing how to regulate health costs how to pay doctors and hospitals how to provide more care to more But they have no experience in delivering real medicine to real patients Edward R Annis does Hes a past presi dent of the American Medical Association and has debated the proper roles between government and medicine for more than 30 years In his important book Code Blue Health Care Crisis Regenery Dr Annis lays out the philosophy and failings of governmentmanaged medicine and blames government for rising costs Under he writes our system is sub ject to the perverse incentives of arbitrary pricefix ing utilization review concurrent review retro spective review and retroactive denial of making health care the most heavily regulated indus try in the history of our nation Government decides whether or not a patient will be admitted to a hospi tal whether or not surgery will be performed whether or not an assistant will be used in surgery when a patient will be discharged and what and how often MW4QICVUWV Will Ut all without ever examining the patient Imagine the bureaucratic enormity of annually monitoring 22 million admissions and discharges at hospitals with 467 diagnosticrelated groups plus 350 million charges from half a million doctors with dif ferent encoded The primary cause of high medical costs argues Dr Annis is government regulation which now accounts for 26 percent of the price of visiting a doctor or hospital Malpractice insurance adds sig nificantly to the bill Up to 95 percent of the costs of a childs vaccine can go to legal liability expenses he says Those backing the House or Senate bills argue they will be able to control costs even though Pres ident Clinton has repeatedly promised that health care reform would reduce Since Medicare was bom 30 years ago the cost of health care has been driven up In 1965 when Con gress passed Medicare medical inflation rose just percent But after just one year medical inflation had shot up to percent What about the poor and other unable to afford health insurance Before Medicare the typical physi cian writes Dr Annis spent onefifth of his or her working time caring for the poor today the typical primary care physician spends onefifth of his or her time on regulatory paperwork the average patient visit necessitates the execution of 10 document pages In hospitals typical patient charts now run to hun dreds of pages when they used to take only two or three all because of government regulation bureau cratic secondguessing and the threat of huge lawsuits Administrative costs are now rising at more than twice the rate of health care in general making it the fastest growing component of health care costs Look for things to get worse under universal health care unless the bureaucrats reduce the quality of ser vices available Medicare which pays the bills of even those who can afford their own treatment has been in crisis almost since the beginning Four years after imple mentation workers were socked with their first quickfix tax hike Congress had promised that Medicare Pan A would cost billion in 1970 but the real cost was billion In the 1960s the pub lic was told Medicare would cost no more than billion by 1990 The actual cost was billion There are ways to fix what is wrong without big ger and costlier government doing damage to the health care system The record shows that govern ment cant fix poverty crime or mail delivery why should we expect it to fix medicine In fact the Administration and Congress are break ing the law by further tinkering with health care Section 1801 of the law creating Medicare says Nothing in this title shall be construed to authorize any federal officer or employee to exercise any supervision or control over the practice of medi cine or the manner in which medical services are pro vided or over the selection tenure or compensa tion of providing health care If socialized medicine means the effective takeover and operation by government of American health care then the process begun by Medicare and Med icaid is about to be completed under universal health If enacted this countrys health will decline as government determines who gets care and who doesnt who lives and who dies c 1994 Los Angeles Times Syndicate What do you think Should the Comal County Commissioners I Court adopt the county budget submitted by County Judge Carter Casteel Circle one Yes or No County Judge Carter Casteet has proposed a million county budget for 1995 The budget is million or 15 percent higher than the current court ty due to rising property values the tax rate would actually decrease slightly m proposing using about million of the county reserve fund to balance the budget leaving about a million reserve Major spending increases In Casteels proposals Include to raises for county employees and elected officials more for roads to hire six new county employees for increased health insurance costs lor two new justice of the peace buildings and for parks Is Casteel addressing county needs in a responsible way or Is a 15 percent spending Increase too much What is your opinion Fill out the coupon drop ft by our office at 707 Landa to New Braunfels and well report the results in next Sundays edition One vote per person Mo names Will be published Deadline to submit your opinion is Friday Aug 19 Copied forms are accepted Name Address City Age Sex A formula for success in the world of business Having been an observer of what works and doesnt work in the business world for over 30 years Ive dis covered a compa ny whose values engender excel lence The demand to avoid a conflict of inter est presents my mentioning the companys name but I can list their standards because I feel that any business or individual would do well to adapt their approach Here are the ideals that in my view any company should emulate INTEGRITY In a recorded speech Dr Jim Bums said Integrity involves doing the right things Some companies do a thing right They make widgets for example the correct way Other compaines do the right thing they manufacture something or pro John Walker vide a service that helps others A few companies do the right thing right they make widgets the correct way and these widgets provide a service to oth ers A handful does right things plur al right These companies do many things ethically and skillfully Their performance and behavior unite their values goals and achievements into a set of standards that provide a service to their employees and customers They make widgets the correct way these widgets provide a service to oth ers the proper manufacture and sale of these widgets allow their employees to reach their potential their commit ment to excellence includes environ mental and social concerns INDIVIDUAL WORTH A suc cessful company appreciates every employee They treat their janitors file clerks and secretaries with as much respect as their CEO FREEDOM Companies with an entrepreneurial spirit provide their employees an opportunity to act think and speak without the imposition of restraint Freedom inspires boldness and rewards creativity RESPONSIBILITY Instead of blaming others for their problems excellent companies advocate account ability They pay their debts fulfill their obligations keep their promises Making choices based on truth they postpone instantaneous pleasure for the sweat of achievement EXCELLENCE Rather than insist ing on perfection companies that commit to excellence inspire employ ees to develop their talents to the fullest They expect the best but real ize all of us make mistakes Excel lence and harvesting our discipline drive stamina pluck boldness courage determination tenacity CONSIDER THE FAMILY AS THE CENTRAL UNIT OF SOCI ETY Because excellent companies want the best from their employees they encourage balance between work and family life A stable biologic fam ily promotes harmony and peace retarding the development of work burnout The most successful compa nies have employees who are blessed with families that promote emotional intellectual and spiritual growth HUMILITY Successful business leaders have a deep appreciation for their gifts and blessings This humility tacitly implies that success comes only from the good will of others Humble company leaders know that without loyal customers and employees their best efforts would be blown as chaff in the wind This humility penetrates through the depth of the companys tap root Employees are grateful for their jobs and opportunities FAITH A successful company that withstands the winds of change has more than faith in their leaders and employees Faith that supersedes the secular promotes a belief in a God who loves each of us and wants us to have an abundant life Trust in the right eousness of God grants peace amid chaos and contentment whatever the situation John Walker is a syndicated colum nist who lives in Red River New Mex Comal County Fair Queen Contest Rules The Comal County Fair Association has released the fol lowing rules for the 1994 Rodeo Queen Contest to be held on Sept 1 at the Comal County Fairgrounds at 10 am Contestants must be enrolled in high school at either Canyon New Braunfels or Smithson Valley high schools freshmen sophomore or junior students are Any contestant winning title of Queen becomes ineligible lo compete again Any contestant winning the title of Princess or Duchess must serve the full term of her reign including passing her title to the new winner before she it eligible to compete again All contestants will be required to wear western attire throughout the competition Conteaants need to be prepared at registration to have their pictures taken for the newspaper Contestants must either have all forms signed by parent or guardian and notarized for registration or must have parent or guardian present at registration Entry farms wfll be available at each high school in the main offices Contestants will officially enter the contest at 7 on Thllraiau Aim 9S 1QCM at Itv Primal CVnnlv PamrmimHc late entries will be accepted Contestants will be issued tickets and receive further information Contestants will be judged on the following First Session speech and personal inter 150 Ticket Sales 50 These points will be divided into two maximum scoring categories of 25 points each The two categories will be added together and count as a total score into the contestants final scores The first category incentive max 25 points will be given lo the contestant as bonus points calculated by numbers 125 with respect to the total amount of dollars sold The second cMegory actual dollars max 25 points will be given to the contestant on a percentage basis per the dollar amount of tickets sold Tickets and ticket money will be turned in at the fair office no later than Wednesday Sept The number if tickets sold must equal the dollar amount turned in by the contestant The contestant will be responsible for any discrepancies of money tickets All contestants selling a minimum of in Rodeo nck ets wfll receive a ticket allowing them fine entry to all dances and Rodeo performances reason money and tickets sold Mil be turned in to the ticket chairman of the Rodeo Queens Committee who will return it to the Comal County Fair Association No other contestant will receive any credit for those tickets sold The winners of the Rodeo Queens Court will be announced during the Rodeo performance on Thursday Sept The Rodeo Queens Court wfll consist of the Rodeo Queen Princess and Duchess Miss Congeniality will be voted upon by the contestaiis Judging This year judges have been selected fiom outside of our county In case of a tie the winner of place on the court will be determined by the total scores from the other iwo major categories There are three major categories Rid Session Sec ond Session and Ticket Sales All decisions of the judges are Disqualification of a contestant Smoking or drinking is not allowed by any contestant Unsporlsmanly conduct from a contestant or parent A contestaid or parent who privately approach a member
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