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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Friday March Opinion II To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 nm Opinion Not every act can be defended as free speech Sometimes a criminal act is just a criminal Christopher Callahan journalism dean 1994 EDITORIAL Empty promises Its hard to trust Southwestern Bell because Texas has been burned before The Dallas Morning one of if not the most respect ed newspaper in the state and indeed the nation says South western Bells infrastructure improvements are nothing more than an accounting The Morning says that while Bell is pledging and loudly touting to legislators and the public through intensive lobbying and a multimillion dollar advertising campaign increased capital spending of about billion it is simul taneously planning to cut its normal capital spending in Texas by almost as much Bells loud promises are a part of its effort to secure leg islative changes favorable to itself Heres what Dallas Morning News reporter Richard A Oppel Jr said about his discovery of Bells duplicity South western Bell the dominant phone company in Texas is making state lasvmakers this promise Pass laws letting us make bigger profits and well invest billion in Texas over and above the normal levels Oppel then goes on to report that papers on file with state regulators show that Bell is planning to simultaneously cut its normal capital spending in Texas by almost as much as the new billion investment meaning there would be almost no additional spending by the A Bell spokesman quoted in the Dallas Morning News arti cle admits that the documents show the companys investment would be nearly flat And of course the currently promised Bell investments are the same investments that were promised by Bell five years ago when Bell sought and was granted loosened regulation and a postponement of rate hearingsby the Public Utilities Commission Those promised investments have not materi alized and now Bell wants to promise them again The director of the Communications Coalition an organi zation of business and consumer groups fighting for com petition in local telephone service pretty well summed it up when he said of the Dallas Morning News story shows once and for all that Bell believed the Legis lature would take them at their word and not check the facts behind their promise Bel has some pretty good explaining to do he continued to 181 legislators about why they have been deliberately mis leading them for the past two Bell owes that same explanation to you and to me But will we or the legislators be able to believe it if we get it Todays editorial was written by David Sullens editor and publisher of the New Braunfels 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 uvcl weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by ihe Atv Hnuoifelx HenddZeiiunK LSPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New ttraun in New BraunleK Texas Currier delivered in ComaJ and Guadalupe counties three months SI9 six months S34 one year Senior Discounts by carrvr delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months S75 one year Subscribers who have not received u newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 2IO 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday ft WIMASTUK Send address changes to the New linutnfels HeraldZeiiunx Draw er 311 328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 AARP gives a guide to green shopping Marie Dawson The American Association of Retired Persons meets each third Tuesday of the month at the Comal County Senior Citi zens Center The Center enjoys having mat organization and on occasion caters a lunch for them The MarchApril 1995 issue of Modern Maturity published by AARP featured an article to help educate us all on envi ronmentally safe products At this particular time in New Braunfels when the city is trying out a recycling pro gram I thought it might be of interest to a number of residents to gather a little information concerning recycling The article A Guide to Green Shopping by Nor man Green president of Green Seal a nonprofit organization for certifying legitimate environmentally preferable products suggests some tips to help reduce the impact on the environment Choose those products packaged in recycled materials or in paper glass or cardboard If you buy products packaged in plastic call your community recycling center to find out which types of plastic are recycled locally An 18watt compact fluorescent lamp CFL can provide the same amount of light as a 60watt incandescent bulb and lasts almost ten times as long Paper products such as coffee filters and bath room tissue should be unbleached Chlorine bleach ing can create dioxin a toxic substance Protect clothes with cedar chips instead of moth balls Wash windows with equal parts water and white vinegar instead of glass cleaner Spray a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and lemon juice instead of air freshener Buy rechargeable alkaline batteries Though they cost more up front they can be reused up to 25 times Experiment with using less laundry soap than manufacturers as little as half Garden hoses made from recycled tire rubber reduce landfill overflow where burning tires emit pollutants into the air and water Soaker hoses which Veep water through thou sands of tiny pores use 5075 percent less water Upon reading that issue of the AARP magazine I realized just how many services they mentioned are available at the Senior Center Of course the Center has many more services such as health information and testing protection against fraud information and social security referral As a matter of fact AARP is conducting income tax service through April 15 at the Senior Center on Mondays from noon Wednesdays from and Saturdays 1KX There are many more services at the Cen ter but space is too limited to mention them all It is with sadness that we report the death of Yvonne Smith who has been the coordinator and the person responsible for the training of tax agents in New Braunfels Seguin San Marcos and Canyon Lake As one of those agents Les Thorn would like for the community to know how much Yvonne has contributed over the years and how much she will be missed In the same March issue of the AARP magazine there was some valuable information about caregiv ing from a distance It seems that a growing number of adults are trying to care for older relatives living far away The rise in long distance caregiving is in part a predictable consequence of a society on the move Long distance caregiving can create a dis turbing mixture of anxiety helplessness and guilt The article emphasized a number of ways to network and to help ease the situation The Center has Care givers Support groups and Bereavement Support groups every month led by Jan Harrison of the Med ical Team Caregivers meet next on Wednesday March 8 at and Bereavement meets Thurs day March 9 at Since the Senior Center is dedicated to a program of nutritional diet and plans the meals served at the Center to be balanced and wholesome U was inter esting to note another article in that same issue dis cussing the Mediterranean diet and the virtues of olive oil The author recommends using olive oil instead of butter or margarine and cutting down on meat con sumption especially beef pork and lamb Other meals can feature pasta rice or potatoes combined with vegetables Increase vegetable and fruit con sumption Each day include at least one serving of cruciferous vegetables broccoli cabbage cauli flower kohlrabi mustard greens turnips and one of the beta carotene vegetable or fruits broccoli and carrots seem to be the best all kale spinach sweet potatoes apricots cantaloupe mangoes nectarines papayas peaches etc Use bread in abundance especially dense chewy coun trystyle loaves Begin or end each meal with a sal ad to incorporate vegetables in the diet Include moderate amounts of wine with meals if you Wine is part of virtually every Mediterranean meal and recent research suggests a couple of glasses a day could protect against coronary heart disease And speaking of health the Center is very proud of Elinor Wells and her volunteers in the exerv area known as the Club number of members and users of the facilities has increased tremendously since the beginning of the club in 1992 In January 1995 gained 46 new members It is a fabulous way to help that diet ing along Hopefully the picture being painted here is one of seniors who are healthconscious and who are vital ly interested in keeping in shape through nutritious meals exercise pool therapy square dancing line dancing ballroom dancing activities to increase mental abilities and regularly scheduled checkups blood pressure eyes ears flu shots We have it all at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Join us Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels promise to hunt down Pirates am wr House votes to reward states that reduce outofwedlock births WASHINGTON AP Republi cans on the House Ways and Means Committee under the banner of wel fare reform agreed to reward states that reduce outofwcdlock births with out driving up the number of abor tions The panel worked until midnight Wednesday on its rewrite of the wel fare laws and was resuming work today on cutting welfare benefits for legal aliens Democrats tried in vain to gel the abortion issue dropped from the wel fare bill They also lost un attempt to give the stales leeway to determine whether to deny benefits to unwed mothers under 18 and to impose u cap on family welfare checks The panels chairman Rep Bill Archer RTexas originally had pro posed giving slates an extra 10 per cent of their welfare grants if they reduced their outofwcdlock births by 2 pcrccniagc points from ihc previous year But Rep Jim McCrcry argued that stales could qualify for the Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Friday March 3 ihc 62nd day of 1995 There arc 303 days left in ihc year Todays Highlight in History One hundred and fifty years ago on Analysis bonus simply by performing more On a 2115 vole along party lines ihc committee adopted McCrerys amendment only to factor in any increase in a slates abortions into ihe formula for delcrmining a slates ille gitimacy ratio McCrcry said it would discourage leen pregnancies But Democrats sought unsuccess fully to drop the number of abortions entirely from ihe equation It has never been the purpose of this commitlee to oiler a bounty a bonus a bribe lo hold down abor said Rep Pete Stark DCalif Rep Jim McDermott complained Youre running this bill through here al 100 miles per The GOP bill is loaded against women Its said McDermott The Republicans plan assumed wel fare moihcrs crank out a kid each year just like some brood After two Republicans Bill Thomas of California and Dave Camp March 3 1845 Florida became ihe 27lh sialc In 1877 Rulhcrford B Hayes look the oath of office as the 19th president of the United Slates in a private cere mony a public swcanngin look place two days later of Michigan switched from no to yes the panel approved 1917 an amend ment by Rep Clay Shaw requiring states to reduce a familys welfare benefits by or 15 percent each month until ihe palernily of the child is The money would be repaid once the father was identified The lawmakers also approved a Democratic amendment allowing any welfare recipient who qualifies for Mcdicaid under the rules in effect Sept 30 1995 to remain eligible for lhat coverage Stales would share the billion block granl lo run cash welfare fosler cure child care and child nutrition pro grams Numerous federal welfare programs would be repealed including Aid to Families with Dependent Children which supports 5 million adults and 9 million children Stales would be required lo place 17 pcrcenl of adull recipients in a work program by 2000 Failure lo comply could cosl ihcm up to 5 percent of their block grants In 1918 Germany Austria and Rus sia signed the Treaty of BreslLitovsk which ended Russian participation in World War I The treaty was annulled by the November 1918 In 1931 The StarSpangled Ban ner officially became the national Three antiabortion GOP lawmakers appealed lo Archer to drop the family cap thai would deny higher benefits to women when they have additional children Reps Christopher Smith of New Jersey Jim Bunn of Oregon and Bar bara Vucanovich of Nevada said such a rule would push women towards aborting these preborn infants who have the bad judgment to be conceived in such Rep Ernest J Istook meanwhile said he will seek lo deny poor women federally funded abor tions even in cases of rape incest or to save the life of the mother IsUxk planned lo propose lhai loday as an amcndmcnl lo a package of bud gel cuts before ihe House Appropria tions Committee Medicaid now pays for abortions in such cases House Speaker Newt Gingrich backed Istooks proposal after initially indicating he supported the status quo on Medicaid funding of abortion anthem of the United Slates In Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy In 1974 nearly 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris
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