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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Wednesday June HeraldZeitung 5 Senior citizen hopes city starts public transit Dear Editor I am in support of the van line ser vice that is being proposed I no longer drive due to a medical condition I have been a resident of New Braun fels for many many years 1 am very excited to think of a better van service I certainly hope this service becomes a reality Sincerely Carol C Carlson New Braunfels Debate over cutting bene fits for veterans is full of disinformation Dear Editor As Congress debates ways to end our budget deficit many programs including those for Americas veter ans have been the focus of intense scrutiny Unfortunately in the debate on veterans programs much of what is being said is just plain wrong Despite statements from some quar ters that veterans programs have escaped the budget axe the fact is that veterans programs have been and hit hard The cuts in veterans health care and benefits contained in the deficitbusting budget proposed by Congress go far beyond the fair share expected by most Americans to help this nation get its fiscal house in order In fact the cuts proposed for veterans programs will be disastrous Specifically budget proposals being considered by Congress would result in significant cuts in veterans entitle ment construction and support pro billion in the House and billion in the Senate But largely unreported because of budget gob these budget proposals also would freeze total funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs VA hospital system for the next 7 years Even Medicare and Medicaid get nom inal if inadequate increases under both budgets over that same time period The result to the VA system according to the Senate and House Budget Reso lutions would equate to losing nearly onequarter of the VA work force and up to 41 300bed hospitals VA critics also say veterans pro grams were immune from cuts in recent years Again this just is not true In 1986 Congress meanstested health care for veterans with nonservice con nected disabilities all by denying access to the system and to 17 million of the then 28 million veterans The action saved the government billions of dollars by drastically rationing care for the growing number of aging WWII and Korean War veterans Subsequent federal budget cuts have reduced veterans entitlement and dis cretionary spending by more than billion At the same time some veter ans were required to pay for using VA their own insurance user fees copayments and deductibles These payments designed to offset the cost of VA care actually will go straight to the Treasury and reduce the deficit by some billion during the next 7 years Budget reductions have forced VA to reduce its work force by some hospital workers in the past 2 years and to close more than acute operating beds in the past 15 years Media reports routinely repeat sta tistics from VA critics who use dis torted calculations to state that only 10 percent of the veteran population utilize and therefore somehow like to go to the VA This ignores the fact that only 41 percent approximately million of our countrys 27 million veterans with ser vicerelated disabilities and meanstest ed lowincome even eli gible for most VA services Of those according to the VA patient treatment file nearly million individual vet erans relied on VA services during the period from 1987 to 1992 Thats approximately 50 percent Simple log ic indicates that multiyear usage of a hospital system is a far more accurate gauge to determine true use and need than the oneyear snapshot critics con sistently quote The debate also ignores the fact that VA is a unique national resource pro viding care to a population that is old er suffering from chronic disabilities and in need of expensive longterm acute and sustaining care Closing VA hospitals only would shift the burden for that care to already overburdened Medicare Medicaid and the private sector For our countrys most seri ously disabled veterans specialized services in areas such as spinal cord injury blind rehabilitation prosthetics and mental health generally are not available elsewhere even if a way could be found to pay for them Veterans groups share the concern that federal expenditures must be brought under control and have con ducted studies on how to make VA more efficient To our disappointment a VA reform plan developed and wide ly circulated by our organization AMVETS Disabled American Veter ans and Veterans of Foreign Wars has not been considered seriously by Con gress Our proposal would streamline VA health care provide flexibility to shift care from inpatient to more effi cient outpatient settings and save billion next year The bottom line isthat we are not suggesting VA should not be scruti nized but feel that media coverage of veterans programs should reflect VA health care services as they really not just as VA critics state they are Sincerely Richard Grant national presi dent Paralyzed Veterans of America Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run on June Managing Editor Doug Love day and Sports Editor Thomas Godley were very supportive of our event and covered it very well I guess it doesnt hurt that they are both runners Thomas Godley even ran in the race and fin ished in an excellent time I would also like to thank our corporate sponsors who made the event possible Sherrie Brammall and Rick Faber of Schlit terbahn Zero Rivers of Rockin R Ray Parker and Delma Alvarado of HEB Craig Walker of KwikKopy Cheryl and Barney Randall of Artesia RunTex Roger Soler Sports Power Ade Power Bar Howard Athas of Wholesale Beers and Don Maxwell Chevrolet Thanks to Mike Shands David Whatley Iris Neffendorf and Officer Wommack for their excellent assistance A record 420 ers and kids attended this year with a record of 136 entries from New Braun fels Thanks for attending and helping raise funds for Hospice New Braunfels Sincerely yours Susan Phillips race director Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run Editors Note Tiie above letter was run in the Sunday HeraldZeitung but two names were accidentally Lots of people to thank for Three Parks Run support Dear Editor 1 would like to commend the Herald Zeitung for its excellent coverage of the Thanks for supporting Bible study group Dear Editor The Upper Room Bible Study group would like to thank the following mer chants for their contribution to the youth Bible studies held every Wednes day during the summer Mr Gattis Pizza Burgers and More Sonic DriveIn and Dominos Pizza The Upper Room Senior High Bible Study group is sponsored by St Paul Lutheran Church Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church St Johns Episcopal Church First United Methodist Church and First Protestant Church Any high schoolage youth is invited to come from 7 to 11 every Wednesday for an evening of fellowship food fun and Bible study Thank you The Upper Room Bible Study group Paula DiFonzo answered all my questions Dear Editor To heed advice I often dispense also to avoid the sin of I met Ms DiFonzo at a NBU water meeting Earlier due to a phone conversa tion I viewed Ms DiFonzo as having a salty sarcastic 1 had made another mistake Eureka She answered all questions posed prompt ly and most refreshing experience for this reporter Their setting sun has begun to peek above the eastern credit belonging to the Herald vox pop uli Sincerely Marc Herman Goal of fixing flawed welfare system is in sight Kay Bailey Hutchison No one ever said fixing our abysmally flawed welfare system would be easy While the 104th Congress has made historic progress on this repair project the finishing touches remain to be drawn I am convinced that the blockgrant approach which both the House and Senate have approved in principle offers the best hope of accomplishing what weve set out to do It is designed to provide states with the flexibility to create pro grams that meet their individual which will encour age their welfare recipients to make responsible choices But there remains to be settled an issue of basic equity Simply put there is no reason why the federal govern ment should subsidize poor children in fastgrowing states such as Texas The current reform plans would freeze Texas welfare funding at the current level over the next 5 years despite the fact that Texas is expected to witness a population increase of nearly 20 percent over that same peri od of time Meanwhile states with stagnant or negative population growth would receive in effect more funding for each child on public assistance than would states that are growing The Senate has not yet finalized its welfare blockgrant formulas But under the Houseapproved bill Texas allocation for family assistance would equal current federal welfare spend ing in million annually That amount would increase by only million over the 5year period of the program It is unfair to force Texas or any other state to bear the burden of dis proportionate population growth The needs of highgrowth states must be part of the equation One way we see to achieve this would be for the Congress to set aside out of the overall welfare blockgrant pie supplemental grants to highgrowth states And Ive been working with other senators from highgrowth states to develop a better basic formula one which includes credit for states growth rates and the number of children they have living in poverty We have suc ceeded in getting the Senate Finance Committee to adopt a formula that increases Texas basic block grant from million to increase of million a year We must not lose sight of the fact however that the underlying objective of welfare reform is to reduce long term welfare dependency and bring about lower rates of growth in the pro grams Eventually our overhaul should make the welfare system cessful reform by anyones definition Kay Bailey Hutchison is a Repub lican Senator from Texas Send letters to the editor to HeraldZeitung Letters 707 Landa St New Braunfels 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