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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 CD HefaldZeBurxj O Thursday Auaust Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 Online contact to submit letters and guest columris electronically byway of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is HZeitung@AOL.com The public takes for granted that the news media mil act responsibly and give it nhat it needs It Harold Jackson writer 1994 EDITORIAL Hogtying the EPA Vote to block enforcement powers of agency a threat to our environment The House of Representatives voted Monday to block the Environ mental Protection Agency from enforcing major antipollution regulations If this effort becomes law our generation could well fail to meet its moral obligation to pass on to our children a nation with breathable air and drink able water At issue were 17 provisions that would prevent the EPA from enforcing reg ulations affecting wetland protection auto emission inspections drinking water standards and other antipollution laws The laws are still on the books there would just be no one to enforce the laws The vote which failed on a 210210 tie was an an bil lion measure for environmental veterans housing and space programs for next year Republican leaders argued that the laws are cumbersome and better left to state and local authorities Those leaders would do well to listen to Rep Marge Roukema a Republican from New Jersey who said In years gone by the Republican Party has been a leader in environmental protection In fact it was President Nixon who created the EPA in the first place And the American peo pie have come to agree overwhelmingly that they want a healthy environment for their children and their Some of the regulations may be cumbersome but the fact is they save lives and they protect the natural heritage of our nation And there is a good reason for the federal government not state or local governments to make and enforce environmental law not respect state or city boundaries If Kerryille does not ade quately treat its sewage the folks in New Braunfels get to swim in it even if New Braunfels is responsible and treats its sewage to EPAstandards If the factories in Detroit do not use the best available pollution controls in their smokestacks the trees in New York will die from acid rain Those who drain and fill wetlands may turn a quick dollar but they will destroy valuable commercial and sport fishing industries that rely on productive wetlands The move to gut the nations environmental laws smacks of political pay back by the Republican leadership to the polluting industries that contribute so much money to the party It has been well established already that lobby ists for some of the largest polluters in the country are actively involved in rewriting the Clean Air Act and other major pieces of environmental law President Bill Clinton has promised to veto the bill if it makes it to his desk I as written Hopefully the bill can be made less radical in committee after the Senate votes on it Because there is no reason that being probusiness has to mean being antienvironment Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger i 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 I We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald 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 j Mail letters to i Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung j Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 i Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Cooper City Croteau Published on Sunday roomings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the NcwBmunfclsHemldZeiung USPS 377880 707 Lancia or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Coraal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the WewBrowi fels HenldZeuung in New Braunfels Texas one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year 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 ajn on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday POSTMASTER Send wWress changes to the New Braunfels Html4Zeinus Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Substance abuse fight ongoing President Lyndon Johnson said I believe that the essence of government lies with unceasing con cern for the and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every Legislation that strengthens families and saves lives reflects President Johnsons viewpoint and my legislative priorities since 1987 when the 70th Leg islature passed nine bills by Zaf firini that strengthened substance abuse laws and mandated sub stance abuse prevention pro grams for schools The fight against substance abuse rages during each legisla tive session Senate Bill 1 for example the Administrative License Revocation Bill ALR by Zaffirini and Rep Steve Wolens DDallas became effectivie on Jan 1 1995 We passed it on our fifth attempt because we were determined to save lives by decreasing drunk driving in Texas ALR is working The Texas Department of Public Safety reports ALR arrests between Jan 1 and June 30 resulting in drivers license suspen sions and requests for hearings A suspension issued to a motorist arrested for dri ving while intoxicated who fails or refuses to take a chemical test to measure blood alcohol concentration can be contested by requesting a hearing within 15 days It will be effective on the date the court makes a final decision or on the 40th day after a notice is Judith Zaffirini served whichever occurs last The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminis tration estimates that ALR will save more than 2100 lives inTexas in 1995 Shots Across Texas is another lifesaving legislative measure passed during the 73rd Legislative Session SB 266 by Zaffirini and Rep Nahcy McDonald D El Paso mandates ageappropriate immunization for all Texas children dhild immunizations increased by 27 percent in the first half of 19i94 compared to the same period in 1993 The programs goal is a 100 percent immu nization rate for Texas children The 74th Legislature strengthened the program by passing SB 1098 by Zaf firini and Rep Hugo Berlanga DCorpus Christi making it easier to immunize a child in the absence of a parent Protecting children was also a priority during oth er legislative sessions Bills passed range in scope from the 70th Legislatures SB 223 by Zaffirini and Rep Frank Collazo DPort Arthur which requires law officers to investigate immediately when a child is reported missing to SB 1527 by Zaffirini and Rep Bill Carter RFt Worth Passed by the 71 st Legislature the bill created the Office for the Prevention of Developmental Dis abilities a privatepublic initiative aimed at mini mizing the economic and human losses in Texas caused by preventable disabilities Our goals include preventing mental retardation by ensuring prenatal care Other bills focusing on differently abled persons include SB 1697 by Zaffirini and Rep Bill Black wood RMesquite Passed in 1989 it directs the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation to expand community services for chil dren with mental illness or mental retardation Three bills by Zaffirini and Rep Jack Vowell D El Paso passed during the 73rd Legislature address the abuse of mental health consumers SB 221 prohibits remuneration for securing or soliciting mental health patients SB 210 establishes whistleblower protection for reporters of abuse neglect or sexual exploitation of mental health facil ities patients and SB 212 requires licenses for providers of comprehensive medical rehabilitation services HB 1345 by Rep Peggy Hamric RHouston and Zaffirini is another lifesaving bill that focuses on the protection of unborn children The bill requires physicians to test pregnant women for the human immunodeficiency virus HIV if they do not object and to inform them about treatments that could reduce the incidences of transmitting the HIV virus i to unborn babies One of these treatments could reduce the chance of maternalinfant HIV transmission by twothirds By appointing me to chair the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Ll Gov Bob Bullock facilitated my sponsoring passing and implementing legislation that enhances the lives not only of those who live in SD 21 but of all Texans Chief among these are children the differently abled and the disi enfranchised As Liz Carpenter said If we cant i turn the world around we can at least bolster the Judith Zaffirini is u state senator for New Braun OU TotflCCO utter anesrflr drugs t cur Kid Family By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer program survives vote WASHINGTON freshman Republican lawmakerphysician wanted to preserve the govern ments main family planning program Another want ed to end it Together Reps Greg Ganske of Iowa and DaVe Weldon of Florida reflected the division of the House Wednesday night as lawmakers voted narrowly to keep alive a program that was bom in the 1970s and funnelled million last year to clinics around the country Ganske a plastic surgeon told the House that dis mantling the program would leave my district without adequate access to needed services In addition he said none of these funds can be used to perform or coun sel But Weldon who came to Congress last January from his medical practice in Florida said the program had been a dismal with the teenage preg nancy rate higher than it was venereal disease up and unwanted pregnancies up Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Aug 3 the 215th day of 1995 There are 150 Jay left year Todays Highlight in History On Aug 3 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos Spain on a voyage that would take him to the Americas On this dates r In 1894 workers at the Pullman Palactf Car their strike broken ended their walkout In 1914 Germany declared war oil prance Analysis In the end the program survived on a roll call of 207 221 as moderate Republicans and Democrats teamed up to outvote the conservatives It was restored to a mea sure that cuts billion from spending for the next fis cal year from health education and labor programs Among the cuts would be billion from the pro gram that provides aid to school districts for disad vantaged students Republican leaders hoped for final passage late today of the measure the latest in a string of bills the GOP majority is using to meet its twin objectives of reducing the deficit and remaking government into a more conservative image With Democrats certain to vote overwhelmingly against the bill because of the spending cuts the GOP leadership moved swiftly after the family planning vote to try to prevent massive defections on final pas sage by conservatives Theres a high degree of optimism the bill can pass Majority Leader Richard Armey of Texas said shortly death of Warren G Harding In 1936 the State Department urged Amer icans in Spain to leave because of that countrys civjij war Gen George S Patton slapped a private if army hospital in Sicily accusing him of cowardice Patton was later ordered by Gen Dwight D Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second similar In 1948 Whittaker Chambers a former Com munisk publicly accused former State Department official Alger Hiss of having been part of a Com munist underground a charge Hiss denied In 1949 the National Basketball Association before midnight Family planning aside the bill contains numerous provisions to rein in government many of which are unlikely to survive in the Senate In a gesture to the religious lobbied heavily to kill family measure permits states to deny use of Medicaid funds for abortions in cases of incest or rape shields medical schools whtf refuse to provide abortion training from loss of feder al funds and bars federal research on human embryos outside the womb a field that holds promise for treat ment of disease Democrats failed on a vote of 270155 to strip these provisions from the bill along with many others that prompted one Democrat Rep Robert Andrews of New Jersey to label the bill the special interest relief act of Other portions of the bill would curtail the ability of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to implement a variety of proposed worker safety stan dards and limit the National Labor Relations Boards reach against alleged unfair labor practices In 1988 the Soviet Union released Mathias Rust the young West German pilot who had land ed a light plane in Moscows Red Square in May 1987 Ten yeajs ago In South Africa thousands of defying a government decree banning mass funerals buried 1 1 victims of riot ing in the eastern Cape township of Zwide Five years ago A day after Iraq invaded Kuwait thousands of Iraqi soldiers pushed to within a few miles of the border with Saudi Ara bia heightening world concerns that the invasion could spread One year ago President Clinton told a prime Mountain Landis Chicago White Sox players implicated in the Black Sox scandal despite their acquittals in a jury trial 30th tilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater In 1981 air traffic controllers went on Arkansas carried out the nations first triple exe cution in 32 years Stephen G Breyer was sworn in as the Supreme Courts newest justice in a pri   

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