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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A Friday Jan Opinion talk with Managing Idrtor Mark Lyon about fie Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Q U O T A B L Were not involved in censorship We have different values than the ones on MTV Ours are Jim Brolch mayor of Sleepy Eye 1994 E D I T O R I A Kudos HeraldZeitung salutes those who make the world a better place udos a weekly feature of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung is intended to highlight the good news of our community You can be part of this If you know someone deserv ing recognition call Mark Lyon at 6259144 Also you can submit your Kudos in writing to Kudos New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 This weeks Kudos Louise Stott who has been a volunteer at Eden Home for at least 10 years or more She records volun teer hours and also the residents participation in all events which she sends in a report to the state She serves as president of Eden Home Auxili ary training and coordinating volunteers at different activities Louise is also active in senior citizens state group of entertainers Gilbert Krueger who continues to pick up alu minum cans around the area donating the money from those collections to the womens shelter On Feb 1 Canyon High School senior Chris Foegelle will be signing a National Letter of Intent to play Division I football for the University of North Texas in Denton Foegelle an offensive lineman was a threeyear starter for the Cougars Clay Blaker and others who are answering a call for help from sixmonth old Christal Davis who is in need of a liver transplant Blaker is scheduled to play a con cert tonight at the Sonterra Club tonight All proceeds go toward medical expenses for Davis family 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 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HercMZetiung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Broun fob HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadajups counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outskJeCoraaJ County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas three months six months one year SuJMcribOT who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday by na on Sunday rosy cajl 210 6259144 by 7 pjn or by 11 aro on Sunday Scot address changes u the New HtraldZcitung Draw New 781311328 Ramon Chapa to be honored tonight Marie Dawson Last Sunday morning I went to the Senior Center to get a lit tle work done in the peace and quiet of the day I unlocked the door and did what I had been told to disarm the alarm system The readout gave me an okay and registered that all systems were normal Then the phone rang It was the security alarm person asking me who I was and what I was doing and so forth Then she asked What is the password Well needless to say I did not know the password I tried to iden tify myself and explain who I was and what I was no matter I did not know the password Furthermore I didnt even know there was a pass word Anyway after many phone calls and instructions it all got worked thought Then another call came from the police station telling me to please go outside because a police officer was coming to check on the Center and on to see if I was okay Then by the time I talked to Gladys and Shirley and everybody in town it was too late to get any work done I may think twice before going down on Sunday to a closed shop again Im kiddin I really did get some work done and more importantly the whole alarm thing was an experience I wouldnt trade for anything because I learned not only how to operate the system but I learned what a terrific job the Seiler Alarm and Security Company is doing and once again how prompt and responsibly the police respond It gives me a good feeling to know that I live in a town where such business is taken seriously Thank you all for caring Now today Jan 27 the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is being held in the Civic Center One of our own Board of Trustees Ramon Chapa is being honored The Senior Center is proud of Ramon and exceedingly pleased that he is a member of our Board where he volunteers for just about above his call to duty Ramon is indeed a citizen of many years person and the community is fortunate to have him An exciting new program will be starting Feb and will be held on Mondays and Fridays from It is the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program and will be taking place in the indoor pool of the Senior Center This program is co sponsored by the South Central Texas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation Physical Therapy Unlimited and the Comal County Senior Citizens Center The classes will be fiveweek sessions led by trained personnel The cost per session will be Anyone inter ested must preregister by calling Robert Rodriguez of Physical Therapy Unlimited at 6257300 Each participant must obtain a doctors written permission slip The class sizes are limited to eight persons and they are filled on a firstcome basis so please call now for further information The Senior Centers pool meetsthe criteria set by the National Arthritis Foundation and the National Board of YMCA Program Committee The pool must have heated water of at least F a pool deck and locker room with air temperature within five degrees above water temperature pool depth of 45 feet so class participants can stand with shoulders sub merged easy access to pool water entry and exit clean and uncluttered deck area safety equipment flotation devices kickboards life and the pool must be handicappedaccessible We at the Center are proud of the pool and exercise area and realize how important physical therapy is to the elderly We are very fortunate to have this facil ity to offer to our membership and to persons suf fering from arthritis Also it is a pleasure to know that each time the Health Department inspects our pool or is called by someone to inspect the pool which happens we always get a clean bill of health The pool is clean and passes inspection every time Anyone wishing documentation of these inspections may review them by coming to the Center office Our volunteers under the direction of Elinor Wells are to be commended for a job well done Marie Damon is a guest columnist for the Her aldZeitung writing exclusively for and about the Comal County Senior Citizens tie drawite LinevitoeiHef will tetite ts Consumers have stake in phone wars By JOHN HILDRETH Special to the HeraldZeitung It is a complex issue involving billions of dol lars new technologies corporate giants and high powered lobbyists Some say a successful resolu tion will be a key to Texas economic competitive ness Yet it is also a pocketbook matter for the average consumer a reason why Consumers Union is in the thick of the battle At issue is the future of telephone service regu lation in Texas a key item as the Legislature begins its 74th session The national and local in not resolved by the Leg islature in 1993 nor by Congress in 1994 The Legislatures Joint Interim Committee on Telecommunications has moved the process for ward but several significant and complex issues remain unresolved It is unfortunate for consumers that the telecom munications debate has been framed as a business versusbusinessversusbusiness fight In fact it is consumers who have the most at stake This debate should focus on whether consumers will have competitive choices in the marketplace and sufficient regulation to protect them until real competition develops The telecommunications issue is so big and complex that it has resulted in some interesting alliances On one side are local telephone compa nies like Southwestern Bell and GTE which want less regulatory oversight of their services For example the companies propose the regulators no longer examine their costs to see if they are charg ing just and reasonable rates for the services they provide Rather the companies want a brief rale freeze coupled with some loopholes that allow Guest column automatic price increases In exchange for an end to more stringent regulation the companies have made vague promises to invest in telecommunica tions projects such as for education and medicine On the other side are longdistance telephone companies such as and MCI cable TV companies newspaper publishers and consumer representatives led by the Southwest Regional Office of Consumers Union and the Office of Pub lic Utility Counsel Although these groups come to the issue from diverse perspectives the common denominator is a desire for legislation that will facilitate local telephone competition protect local ratepayers and allow regulatory flexibility where competition exists Consumers Union along with other consumer and competitor representatives has proposed legislation that balances the interests of the telephone industry competitors and con sumers Although consumers have issues in common with potential competitors the consumer position remains apart and distinct Presently there is no competition for local telephone service anywhere in Texas Unless consumers can choose their local telephone service they are captive customers of companies like Southwestern Bell and regulation is their only protection The states transition into a competitive telecommunications market is needed in order to safeguard the interests of ratepayers and restrain anticompetitive practices If true competition is to gain a foothold and replace regulation barriers to entering the telecommunications market must first be lifted Only as competition is established should the local telephone companies be given the pricing flexibility they seek Premature deregulation would present consumers with the worst possible unregulated monopoly providing an essential service Yet competitors must not be allowed to cherry pick only the most lucrative customers leaving the average consumer with only one choice A balance must be struck that encourages the development of competition yet protects the consumer interest Consumers Unions key goals for telecommuni cation reform legislation are to 1 ensure afford able basic service during the transition to competi tion 2 remove barriers that discourage competi tive entry into local telecommunications markets 3 require that rate increases for noncompetitive be based on evidence and real cost infor mation not be made automatically 4 retain regu latory oversight until sufficient competition is in place to regulate the market and 5 maintain cur rent regulatory protections for those phone compa nies not facing competition A lot is at stake in the phone every Texan who pays a telephone bill for the business es that want more choices for advanced telecom munications services and for the companies lined up to provide these services It would be a disser vice to Texans for the issue to be settled in a way which ignores the consumer interest Consumers Union will remain vigilant to see that the tele phone industry competitors and legislators craft a telecommunications policy that is in the best inter est of the public Hildreth is director of the Southwest Regional Office of Consumers Union and publisher of Con sumer Reports Op dnions change lives Share yours every Sunday and Wednesday with a letter to the editor in the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung   

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