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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 HeraldZeitung Tuesday May Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com Seventyfive percent of the public get their information from TV That means 75 percent of Americans are underinformed You must read newspapers you must read magazines you must read Bernard Shaw news anchor 1956 EDITORIAL Phone Call Away Public involvement in government should continue after the elections In our democratic society eligible voters can voice their opinions at the ballot box during national state and local elections Unfortunately most people end their involvement and even their interest in the operations of government after the elections are completed That shouldnt happen Our elected officials need to know that the public remains interested in the polit ical process between elections Indifference at the polls is a disappointing thing but indifference during the other 364 days of the year is unwise As for those in public office keeping in contact with constituents and residents of their district is vital Whether it be a representative or county judge feedback from the people is critical Often this page and the Letters to the Editor page is filled with comments or columns criticizing our elected officials But if those same leaders do not hear regularly from the people about their needs and wants appropriate action or attention to specific issues will not take place Dont be bashful and dont think you have no right to get on the phone and call or drop by the office of a elected official Its what this country is all about The HeraldZeitung will begin running telephone numbers and mailing address es of elected officials on this page on a regular basis Dont hesitate to use the information President of the United States Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Vice President of the Al Gore Old Executive Office Building 17th St and Pennsylvania NW Washington 20501 Senators Phil Gramm 402 E Ramsey Rd San Antonio TX 78216 Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Building 300 E 8th St Austin TX 78703 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 Publisher David Sullens General Manager Cheryl DuVall Managing Editor Doug Loveday Advertising Director Tracy Stevens Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Douglas Brandt Classified Manager Karen Reininger City Editor Roger Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Uraunfela HeraMZeiiung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 3 1 1 328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by tine New Bruun fetx HeralilZeilung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months 19 six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside 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 by 7 weekdays or by 1 1 on Sunday GOP targets Medicare reform Medicare is a lifeline for 36 million retired Americans It has reliably pro vided medical care to people in every corner of our great country including a large number of Texans throughout the 21st Congression al District Today this essential pro gram is in trouble threatened by exploding costs and impending bankruptcy According to a just released report from the trustees appointed to oversee Medicare unless Congress acts to reform Medicare it will be bankrupt by 2002 and unable to pay for retirees medical bills Medicares serious financial trou bles can no longer be ignored The costs of Medicare part A which pro Rep Lamar Smith vides hospital insurance are growing at per year Beginning in 1996 this portion of Medicare will spend more than it takes in and it will be bankrupt in 2002 Costs for Medicare Part B which provides supplemental insurance are escalating at an unsus tainable to rate Unless reformed Part B of Medicare will roll up deficits of trillion over the next 25 years In contrast to spiraling Medicare costs private sector health care expenses have leveled out increas ing at a much more modest per year The Clinton Administration under stands that Medicares health is threat ened but refuses to prescribe any solu tion to its ills The Presidents own board of Medicare trustees which includes the Presidents Secretary of the Treasury Secretary of Labor and Sec retary of Health Human Services issued and signed the trustees report that predicts Medicares impending bankruptcy Earlier this year adminis tration officials warned that the pre sent system could only be maintained over the next 25 years if Medicare ben efits are cut by 30 or taxes were raised by Neither of these pro posals is acceptable but the adminis tration completely ignored the prob lem in its recent budget and ignored Congress request to work together to save Medicare Fortunately Congress is willing to take steps ensuring that the Medicare lifeline is firmly knotted so that mil lions of Americans can continue to count on it Were working to develop a reform plan that is necessary to save the Medicare system In developing reforms to save Medicare we are com mitted to preserve all of the best fea tures of the Medicare system Unlike the government health plan of last year our plan to save Medicare will maintain Americans right to choose their own doctors and no one will have to give up medical treatments Our reforms will expand the choices available to Americans who depend on Medicare coverage Over the next few months as we work to develop reforms that save and improve Medicare Ill be look ing to the common sense wisdom of the people of the 21st district Congress could follow the admin istrations example by walking away from this critical issue to retired Amer icans or we can work together to solve the problem The administration appears to have a political agenda Rather than offer proposals that could become part of the solution they want to wait for Congress to act so they can criticize and seek political advantage It might be good politics but its a parti san strategy that threatened the Medicare system we desperately need to save and Congress wont play that game The House is willing to face squarely the responsibilities that come with the job and there is no bigger responsibility than providing a secure future for Medicare and those who depend on it Senate mulls Housesponsored tax cuts Send address changes lo the New ttraunfek HeraldZeiiuiig Draw er 31 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 WASHINGTON AP Senate Republicans are facing their most contentious issue as they try to decide whether to join the House and include lax cuts for millions of Americans in their plan to balance the federal budget Senators were expected to reject an effort today by Sen Phil Gramm RTexas to trim levies on fami lies and businesses The proposal by Gramm a con servative contender for the GOP presidential nom ination resembled the billion sevenyear mea sure already approved by the House Waiting in the wings was a more modest pro posal by another presidential hopeful Senate Major ity Leader Bob Dole who has pledged that the Senate will vote to cut taxes this year Two Sen ate on condition of anonymity said Dole has said he will offer his plan but there was no final word from Dole himself The votes were expected as the Senate continues debating a blueprint for forging savings from Medicare Medicaid and hundreds of other pro grams so federal deficits can be eliminated by 2002 The House approved its own version of the plan last Thursday and the Senate expects passage of its plan Wednesday The two chambers would next craft a compromise The actual cuts would be made in legislation later this year President Clinton said that after Republicans approve a budget he will offer a counterbudget and negotiate with them Clinton and administration officials have said Analysis repeatedly they would seek a compromise with Republicans once the GOP drops some of its demands including revamping Medicare without reshaping the overall healthcare system But Clin ton said for the first time that he would respond to Republicans with a plan of his own although he did not say how comprehensive it would be I promised them if they would adopt a budget that 1 would negotiate with them in good faith and I would propose a counterbudget Thats what I gave them my word Id do and I will do he said in an interview last Friday with WEVO of Concord and other New Hampshire radio stations The White House did not release a transcript of the interview Clinton also said for the first time that he believed the budget could be balanced in less than 10 years though he did not commit himself to proposing that It can be done in seven years The question is what is the penalty and what are the he said In the Senate unlike the House where tax cuts were a central part of the OOPs Contract With many Republicans say lowering taxes would only complicate the larger goal of halting three decades of deficits With nearly all 46 Democrats against tax cuts the division among Republicans means it will be diffi cult for them to corral a majority of votes in the 100 member Senate The Senate budget as it stands would allow a tax cut once Congress and the president enact a package that is certified to balance the budget by 2002 That cut is supposed to equal the billion some econ omists say the government would save because of the lower interest rates and extra economic activity passage of such a plan would generate On Monday Democrats targeted the tax cuts and the planned slowdown in Medicare spending with amendments each defeated that were designed to cast Republicans as coldhearted defenders of privi lege But Republicans stood firm Whose side are we on responded Senate Bud get Committee Chairman Pete Domenici Make no bones about it We are on the side of all Sens Frank Lautenberg and Jay Rocke feller proposed shrinking the funds set aside for tax reductions by billion and using them to ease the billion in savings from Medicare Republicans propose It was defeated on a near partyline 5246 vote and afterward GOP sen ators fired back By 5147 the Senate rejected another Democra tic amendment which would have reduced the size of the potential tax cut by billion and used the money to restore cuts in education another of the partys top priorities Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday May 23 the 143rd day of 1995 There arc 222 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 23 1934 bank robbers Bon nie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as they were dri ving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish La On this date n 1430 Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians who sold her to the English In 1533 the marriage of Englands King Henry Vlll to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void In 1701 Capt William Kidd was hanged in London after he was convict ed of piracy and murder In 1788 South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution In 1873 Canadas North West Mount ed Police force was established In years ago the New York Public Library had its origins with an agreement combining the citys existing Astor and Lenox libraries in 1915 Italy declared war on Austria Hungary in World War I In 1937 industrialist John D Rocke feller died in Onnond Beach Fla In 1940 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra the Pied Pipers and featured soloist Frank Sinatra recorded Ill Nev er Smile Again in New York for RCA In 1945 50 years ago Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide while imprisoned in Luneburg Germany In I960 Israel announced it had cap tured former Nazi official Adolf Eich mann in Argentina In 1977 the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeals of former Nixon White House aides Halde man and John Ehrlichman and former Attorney General John N Mitchell in connection with their Watergate convic tions Ten years ago Thomas Patrick Cavanagh an aerospace engineer who admitted trying to sell stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union was sen tenced in Los Angeles to life in prison Five years ago The Soviet Union unveiled an economicreform program that included plans for a national refer endum Neil Bush son of the president denied any wrongdoing as a director of a failed Denver savingsandloan in testi mony before Congress One year ago Funeral services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Pulp Fiction by American director Quentin Tarantino won the Gold en Palm for best film at the 47th Cannes Film Festival
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