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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Wednesday HeraJdZeituhgISA Vr Purdums leadership will be missed by community Dear Editor I like to Wish Mf Tom Pur dum President of the NB Chamber of Commerce success and prosperity in ariyfchosen retirement activity he desires to follow He and I have not always agreed on some of the Cham bers actions but there was never one time that Tom was not willing to sit down and talk it out When those discussions were over I always left with the feeling that Tom Purdum had acted in the best interest of the City of New Braunfels and its cit izens His civic knowledge dedication and experience will be sorely missed Thank you Tom Purdum for many years of a job well done Jim D Mooney New Braunfels VFW post did a great thing for veterans Dear Editor On Saturday March I had the opportunity to attend the Veter ans Day Out event held for the extend edstay patients of Audie L Murphy Memorial Hospital at the National Guard Armory here in New Braun fels The outing was hosted by the George A Garcia VFW Post 11050 1 was so pleased to see the veterans having such a good time and I real ized that this event had taken a lot of planning There were games prizes clowns a magic show food and to entertain the I was also impressed to see the heartfelt care that the members of the local Post showed their veteran brothers most of them wheelchairbound Thank you to the members of the George A Garcia VFW Post 11050 for showing your appreciation and kindness to these veterans And Thank you to ALL veterans for fighting for the country that gives me the freedom to write this letter Sincerely Rachel Cantu Herrera Augustin series was ening Dear Editor congratulate your newspaper for carrying the recent series by Mr Augustin concerning his travels in Oman I learned a good deal about how modem and progressive that coun try is becoming Thanks again Sincerely Lowell Wilson Government has no business running social programs Dear Editor While this country is reevaluating the governments role in caring for the poor it should be noted there is no authority for such action in the Con stitution Just what is the governments responsibility The Preamble states the government should the general To me that means providing a stable nonrestrictive economic climate to encourage the growth of business Business brings jobs and jobs bring economic securi ty which promotes the general wel fare of the people Should government provide make work jobs I dont think so How did we get into this quagmire of government welfare that if contin ued will bankrupt this country We spend almost as much or more money on the administration of the programs as we dispense in aid 1 think the gov ernment in the 1920s passed laws SmootHawley that caused a world wide recession and did not promote the general As a result FDR started our country down this road and maybe at that time this was the only proper course to follow since the business climate was so poor and few jobs were available I know for whatever reason there will always be people who are not able to provide for themselves or their fam ilies How should they be helped I believe most worldwide religions man date that individuals and religious orga nizations should provide for the poor The Bible is very firm on this point and does not task any government to do the job No huge bureaucracy required History will show that the American people arc very generous and quick to help any country that is suffering a disaster I believe the peo ple are ready willing and able to take over this responsibility Have a transi tion period to phase down the govern ment programs then let the people handle it This will eliminate most of the fraudulent practices so prevalent nowadays in the welfare system Yours Abbott Jr New Braunfels Support group Is here for people who have suffered a loss Dear Editor My wife Lois passed away about a year ago Like many others in this community she was under the care of Hospice New Braunfels They did a superb job of caring for her in her final hours After her passing a Hospice bereavement coordinator kept in close touch with me to give me guidance in my grief It was only then that I really teamed about Hospice I can only add my praise to the high standing this organization has achieved in our com munity As a result of this and with the full support of Hospice New Braunfels a small group of us have started a coffee session every Friday morning Our meetings are quite unstructured yet there is real fellowship Early in our discussion we came to the conclusion that grief is much like a serious flesh wound After we have done everything reasonable in our grief we still hurt Our real need is that we get on with our lives We are in shock We hurt and yes sometimes we cannot be entirely rational It does not help to be contin ually picking at our wound we must bear with our pain until nature com pletes its healing process Our group is mostly made up of peo ple who had not known each other before In this fellowship of people experiencing the same thing we find real empathy with those who are suf fering the same general experience that we are having With this in mind we started the weekly support group and we have found that these sessions are helpful and satisfying We believe that others with grief may benefit from just such an experience Although we are under the auspices of Hospice New Braunfels and coop erate fully with them we consider our selves an autonomous selfsufficient group We try to keep the coffee good and the fellowship rewarding All are invited and we hope you will join us We meet in Franks Haus the rock house behind the Hospice office at 613 N Walnut Ave each Friday at 10 There is no charge If for some reason you want to join us but cannot meet at this time or if you need trans portation just let us know For more information call Elaine at me at 6290633 Sincerely Paul Lei New Braunfel Watson left some stuff out Dear Editor While I enthusiastically endorse Scott Watsons advocacy of competi tion in the local telephone exchange I am concerned with what was not men tioned in his article Mr Watson was very generous in his praise for Valley Telephone Cooperative comparing the coops rates to those of Southwest em Bell and praising GVTCs deci sions made in the best interest of its The most serious omission from the article may have been the disclosure of Mr Watsons employer The Herald Zeitungs footnote described Mr Wat son only as having been in the tele phone industry since 1969 If Mr Wat son is employed by the GVTC then shame on him and double shame on the HZ for not disclosing this affiliation This would certainly have affected reader perception of his admiring ref erences to the coop While praising GVTCs lower rates Mr Watson also failed to disclose the hidden costs of subsidizing telephone service Rural telephone cooperatives like GVTC are eligible for low interest loans subsidized by the federal gov ernment through the Rural Electrifi cation Agency and they receive feder ally imposed universal service contri butions from other telephone compa nies Clearly GVTCs customers and the rest of us ultimately pay consider ably more for GVTC service than the rates admired by Mr Watson For all their sins Southwestern Bell is a private company not dependent on tax contributions or other govcrn iO mentimposcd subsidies By anointing GVTC as the preferred SWB Mr Watson seems to advocate using our tax dollars to compete wkh private industry Open local telephone Service to all private companies anc end federal subsidy of telephone and we will truly save money Sincerely Steve Smitl New Braunfels Spring Allergy Sufferers Do you have a runny nose sneezing congestion or itchy watery eyes in the Spring If so we need volunteers for an allergy research study involving an investigational drug Skin tests evaluation by a Board Certified Allergist lab tests EKGs and chest xray provided at no cost Qualified patients will be reimbursed for their time and travel expenses up to Central Texas Health Research 6299036 Military Notes Marine 1st Lt Michael B Seger son of Robert W Seger of New Braun fels recently received the Navy Achievement Medal Seger was cited 1 for superior performance of duty while serving as a team embark officer with 1st Battalion 4th Marines 1st Marine Division Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton California Seger was sin gled out for a Navy Achievement Medal because of his initiative in mak ing a significant contribution to the accomplishment of the commands mission The award presented during formal ceremonies is official recognition for Segers outstanding achievements and devotion to duty Rejoined the Marine Corps in Dec 1983 Navy Seaman David G Heaton son of Camille L Cannon of New Braunfels recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes Illinois During the 8week program Heaton completed a variety of training which included classroom study practical handson instruction and an emphasis on physical fitness In particular Heaton learned naval customs first aid firefighting water safety and sur vival and a variety of safety skills required for working around ships and aircraft Heaton and other recruits also received instruction on the Navys core courage and commit ment and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional con duct Heaton joins men and whowiirenter the Navy this year from all over the country Men and women train together from their first day in the Navy just as they do aboard ships and at shore bases around the world To reinforce the team concept Heaton and other recruits also Were trained in preventing sexual harassment and ensuring equal oppor tunity The most comfortable noline bifocal under the sun And the shade Now theres u plastic noline bifocal you can wear comfortably both indoors and out New VIP in Transitions VIP lenses provide clear continuous vision 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