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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas HerakJZeituna 0 Wednesday October O 5 Pectoral debt grew under Congress Dear Editor I read with interest editorials articles and letters concerning the Medicare program and the thought that the are going to destroy it Along with this thought the statement is voiced that the Republicans incurred the massive federal debt during the Reagan and Bush administrations Any educated informed person who has any knowledge of our system knows that no president has ever spent one dime that was not appropriated by Congress and Congress has been con trolled by Democrats for more years I like to think about Its the free spending Democrat organization that has nearly ruined this country It has been their objective to gain total con trol of every aspect of our lives As an example did you know that a school bpard in San Antonio has to get feder al Justice Department approval to build a new building This is ludicrous Let me present a different view of fye Medicare program Lets say you bought a Model A Ford in the 1930s you expect the manufacturer to continuously update remove and replace parts and make this car like a new 1995 model with no increase in cost Did we have MRIs CAT Scans heart lung kidney and1 liver trans plants and many more of the spectac ular advances in medicine when the j Medicare program was started Do j you think these advances came at no I cost The payroll deductions to pay I for these costs will be outlandish if I costs are not controlled We have to j find new ways to control the cost of j Medicare without destroying the advancements in medicine This is I what the Republicans are trying to do and there will always be people who resist change I think we the people who benefit should be willing to pay more for the greater advances in medicine and not i try to continue to stick it to the worki ing taxpayer First lets reduce the outlandish cost increases with the use of HMOs or Preferred Provider care and adjust the cost of the individual payment of Medicare to reflect these changes If j you want Model A Ford medical costs then be willing to accept Model A Ford medical no rational person wants this The 1992 Clinton Administration j health care reform plan proposal was j I nothing but another huge governmen tal boondoggle This is typical of the Democrats i desire to control the cradle to the grave aspect of our lives Give the Republicans a chance to make the changes that everyone that I knows anything at all about the proj gram realizes need to be made It is to be noted that those who want to con tinue the Medicare plan as it is now can do so under the Republican propos do not expect the rest of us to pay your bill Abbott Jr New Braunfels Entering fair makes writers day Dear Editor Thank you very much to the Herald Zeitung for sponsoring the trophy I won for Best Pie at the 1995 Comal County Fair I know all the entries were quite good so its great to receive such a prize In another Fair department the Backyard Poultry division my chil dren also did well They won ribbons and a plaque donated by Hunter Junc tion This was a particular thrill for them as they had never entered their chick ens in a competition before So thank you HeraldZeitimg and all the other sponsors and people who donate their time money and efforts to putting on the fair For many of them it is a labor of 1ove for their particular department and 1 hope they know how much they are appreciated for being there and helping with their expertise and knowl edge I would like to encourage everyone fn Comal County to enter next years fair Its run to be part of and everyone can find something theyre particular ly good at to enter and go after those 1996 ribbons and trophies Sincerely Jaci Merrill New Braunfels Texas Briefs Accused Killer of Tejano Music Star Transferred to Houston HOUSTON AP Yolanda Saldivar the accused killer of Tejano music star Selena has been transferred under heavy guard from her jail cell in Corpus Christi to Houston where she faces trial next week Ms Saldivar 35 is charged with the March 31 shooting death of Selena Quintanilla Perez The shooting occurred ata Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi as Selena tried to pick up business records from Ms Saldivar who managed one of the singers dress boutiques Ms Saldivar came into the singers life a few years before when she approached Selena about organizing a fan club for the star The trial expected to last two weeks begins Monday She had been held in the Nueces County Jail since the shooting but the trial was moved to Houston because a judge decided that she could not receive a fair trial in Nueces County Southwestern BellCWA Reach Tentative Agreement ST LOUIS AP Southwestern Bell Tele phone Co and the Communications Workers of America have reached a new tentative agree ment on a threeyear contract The proposed agreement made public in a joint announcement Tuesday would cover employees in Missouri Texas Kansas Oklahoma and Arkansas About of the employees are in the St Louis area Bell and the union reached the agreement after bargaining for 12 days The agreement is the second reached since the old contract was due to expire Aug 6 The contract has been extended while negoti ations and voting continued Sharp Bids Farewell to Food Stamps AUSTIN AP Texas Comptroller John Sharp is bidding farewell to traditional food stamps in the state Standing Tuesday in largest food stamp warehouse in the nation outside the Trea sury Sharp pointed out the last paper food stamps to be used by Texans in the state The states new Electronic Benefit Transfer system will be up and running statewide by the end of October Central Texas is the final region to stop using paper food stamps and start using a plastic deb it card called the Lone Star card to deduct elec tronically from a state account This card now makes the food stamp program in the state of Texas the most efficient the most fraudproof that exists in the United States of said Sharp County Agrees to Settle ment AUSTIN AP Travis County commis sioners are willing to pay to settle a federal lawsuit against Sheriff Terry Keel accused of abusing his power in a highprofile investigation of a 1994 baby murder Former Austin attorney Nona Byington sued Keel claiming he violated her civil rights by arresting her searching her office and accusing her of being an accomplice in the murder of 3 monthold Brandon Baugh The commissioners voted unanimously Mon day to accept the settlement to avoid a long expensive court battle They must approve a final settlement next week The terms of the settlement included the payout and a written apology to Ms Byington by Keel We made some tough decisions under trying circumstances but every step of the way we made decisions under the law and now we have been Keel said He agreed the trial would have been too expensive for the county and said the settlement upheld his actions during the investigation Practice Of Taking Poor Children To Medlcaid Providers Reviewed HOUSTON AP The law is broad but some state officials are looking at the question able practice of van drivers who drum up busi ness for Medicaid providers by culling child customers from poor neighborhoods Although no one is pursuing a criminal case the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday in a copyright story that the issue has raised eye brows particularlyfrom the childrens par ents Ronnie Steele who runs Trans portation Services insists hes on a mis sion of mercy not profit even though he is paid an hourly rate by doctors His employees pick up Medicaid children at their homes take them to doctors and return them The Chronicle said its probe suggests Steele is violating federal and state law by taking money from doctors and clinics Medicaid services Make your car more valuable with a HeraldZeitung Bumper Sticker Win or more Yeu can pick up a FREE Bumper Sticker at both Champs locations NC Foods and other participating merchants When Schlltterbahn Needed A Loan Tfexas Jumped InWifh Both Ffeet BANK FOR BUSINESS It all began in 1966 when Bob Henry decided to buy a resort along the banks of New Braunfels Comal River With the help of his sons Gary and Jeff and his daughter Jana he turned his small resort into Texas number and a castle Waterpark has grown to 65 acres and over 30 attractions Schlitterbahn has also gained a worldwide reputation as a leader in waterpark innovation and has introduced such unique rides as the Dragon Blaster uphill water coaster and the Boogie Bahn surfing ride As Schlitterbahn has grown Texas Commerce has given them the services and financial products theyve needed to keep up Initially we furnished letters of credit to buy inner tubes We also provided construc tion and longterm financing to O O meet expansion needs And we supplied thereorwj3any treasury management services and direct deposit Its this kind of commitment that has helped make Schlitterbahn the largest tubing waterpark in the world Texas Commerce understands the special needs of Texas businesses Call Jack Farris today and see how much we jack Farris Senior Vice President Texas Comment Rank from left jejj and Carv Henry owners of Schlitterhahn can do for you
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