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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 4 ft Hefald2eltur9 ft Tuesday October Opinion H To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Whenever I was upset by something hi the papers Jack always told me to be more tolerant like a horse flicking away flies hi the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis first lady and book editor 1994 EDITORIAL Kudos Residents organizations say thank you to those who went the extra mile for them Kudos to Richard Wygle Steve Paetznick Preston Kennedy and Morris Smith who handle hundreds of requests each year for help with beehives and offer information about Africanized and European honeybees Kudos to HEB in New Braunfels for helping Bernice Melrose of New Braunfels for making her shopping experience at HEB pleasant Bernice is disabled and is in a wheelchair she does not get out often Bernice complimented HEB for having an employee push her around while she shopped It was really nice of them to do Bernice said I appreciate them doing it and I will come back again to Kudos to The Eden Home board of directors for their dedication and hard work They are all volunteers Merritt Schumann president David Pfeuffer vice presi dent Herb Schneider treasurer Hector Tamayo secretary Gilla Byrd Warren Albrecht Rev Ernest Dean George Baese Irvin Meyer Alice Buck Rev Robert Langtry and Rev Frank Horak On behalf of the Elliott Knox Nursing School Fund McKenna Memori al Hospital would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their participation in making this years pumpkin patch fundraiser a great suc cess Your support is greatly appreciated Applebees Molly Joes Gristmill Restaurant Comal Flowers Fancie Flowers The Retreat Salon Dr Michael Tilly Dr James Bartay Dr Ray Elbel Dr Stan Handshy Dr Dee Elmore Dr Kern Deschner John Turman Lubys Pats Place New Braunfels Smokehouse Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Felger and Friends for Hair the HeraldZeitung Dr Steven Slagle Dr Mark Kncuper Dr Henri Boodee Dr John Horan Dr Fernando Bazan Anna Lee Hicks and Neda Barlow The New Braunfels Kiwanis Club wishes to publicly thank the following sponsors who insured the success of our recent Charity Golf Tournament Becker Motor Company Bluebonnet Motors Don Maxwell Chevrolet Diamond Rite Entex Family Credit Service Gold Star Exterminators Granzins HEB Kwik Kopy Norwest Bank Rudy Omahana Service Mas ter Symyns First State Bank Texas Commerce Bank Signs and Victoria Bank Also the following who provided prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin KMart Molly Joes and True Value Hardware All participants in the tournament had a great time and look forward to even a more successful outing next year The childrens charities which are sup ported by the New Braunfels Kiwanis Club however will be the most sig nificant winners 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 Sullens General DuVal Managing Loveday Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months 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 am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeuung Draw er311328 New Braunfels Tx 7813 J1328 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 HZeitungaAOLcom Equal treatment for doctors I say Up until recently I have been almost completely satisfied with this countrys medical care establish ment based on my experience of never having to use it My exposure was pretty much limited to 1 hav ing my bank account drafted each month for medical insurance premiums in amounts large enough to sat isfy home mortgage payments for coverage that completely protects my family against every con ceivable medical event with the small exception of those which actually occur and 2 having to watch Preparation H commercials on television I dont know which is worse Normally I dont pay much attention to commer cials What caught my eye about Preparation H com mercials involves a camera shot of a doctors desk on which rests a pad of preprinted checklists As the voice using tones you might expect would be reserved for discussing the Holocaust lists all of the common symptoms for which Preparation H grants relief a hand extending from the sleeve of a white lab coat checks off the dreaded symptoms Pain Swelling Burning Itching The sequence may be different than this in the actual commercial but the elements are So my fundamental question is WHAT THE HECK KIND OF BBHEADED DOCTORS ARE WE TRAINING that have to have a printed check list for this ailment Are they too lazy to write down pain swelling burning or even the usual And what happens if someone comes in with symptoms that include say a sore throat or fever Do they have to root around in their desks to find THAT checklist Maybe thats why you have to wait in the examining room so long for the doctor to come looking for his stack of checklists Or perhaps this commercial is trying to depict the desk of a specialist whose practice is so bmited that he or she never treats any other kind of ailment and therefore needs only one checklist I guess I could see that if the doctors office is Washington or per haps New York Otherwise I just feel that this com mercial is not very realistic you know So except for these annoyances I have been com Charles Allen pletely happy with my medical care until last week Thats when my son in the sort of horseplay typical of a 15yearold boy broke his which I always thought was a symphonic instrument but turns out to be his collarbone This little bobble enabled the medical care establishment to inflict itself upon us with vigor Now before I begin to sound like some sort of whiner I would like to make clear that I fully understand the necessity for obtaining certain types of per sonal information from patients and for keeping accurate records thereof I AM a CPA after all I do so understand and agree Its just a little hard to bear having to answer several rounds of nonurgent questions what is your date of birth Mr when your child is sitting there with a bone protruding from his neck If you are not among the estimated 14 persons on Planet Earth who do not watch the television show every Thursday then you know that hospitals deal with medical emergencies routinely and calmly every day Practically nothing causes them to lose their cool EMS technician Help Weve got a load of AIDS orphans who got caught in a driveby nuclear exchange personnel Oh So a fractured clavicle is probably no big deal except to a worried parent If routine administrative procedures take time then so be it We must have order I was thinking though that dealing with lifeor death emergencies every day may make The System insensitive to a patients fears and anxieties And I recall that whenever anybody in the business world fails to recognize the unique circumstances of a cus tomers age gender ethnicity religion lifestyle body weight or other defining qualities he or she is immediately subjected to some form of Sensitivity Training Perhaps our medical establishment could use some too Heres what I propose If you are a healthcare professional such as a doctor nurse EMS technician hospital administrator insurance official or Hillary Rodham Clinton then you will have to wear a Scar let M on your shirt identifying you as a medical per1 son Then whenever you go into a business establish ment for service the staff can be ready to obtain all of the information necessary to serve you just as if you were in a hospital to our restaurant Before taking your order we must ask you to provide the fol lowing information 1 the dates of each occurrence of dyspepsia including the identity of the a description of the meal the exact amount of the including tip and the credit card used and 2 a list of all known allergies with full treatment Auto folks Before I dismantle your car I need to know a few things about it 1 the dates of replacement of each engine including oil changes since the date of purchase an engineering drawing of your typical passenger load distribution and 3 an audited financial statement covering every year since college Dry are pleased to inform you that we will begin cleaning your clothes just as soon as we receive the following 1 detailed body mea surements of you and every member of your family 2 a of any stain in your garment and 3 a complete history of each garments clean ing including a truthful disclosure of any use of Woolite within the past 12 Well you get the idea I encourage businessmen to use your own creativity to make up your own lists This can be a fun party game Incidentally my son is engaged in the usual activities I thought my own composure throughout the ordeal was impressive Anyone else who does not possess my innate serenity however might have experienced prob lems whose symptoms include X Pain X Swelling X Burning X Itching Charles T Allen is a New Braunfels CPA and humorist who may have been watching too much television Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Oct 31 the 304th day of 1995 There are 61 days left in the year This is Halloween Todays Highlight in History On Oct 31 1517 Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church marking the start of the Protestant Reforma tion in Germany On this date In 1795 English poet John Keats was born in London In 1864 Nevada became the 36th state In 1926 magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peri tonitis resulting from a ruptured appen dix In 1941 the Navy destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German Uboat off Iceland with the loss of 115 lives even though the Unit ed States had not yet entered World Warll In 1955 Britains Princess Mar garet ended weeks of speculation by announcing she would not marry Roy al Air Force Capt Peter Townsend In 1956 Rear Adm Dufek became the first person to land an air plane at the South Pole In 1959 a former Marine from Fort Worth Texas announced in Moscow that he would never return to the United States His name Lee Harvey Oswald In 1967 Nguyen Van Thieu took the oath of office as the first president of South Vietnams second republic In 1968 President Johnson ordered a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations In 1984 Indian Prime Minister Indi ra Gandhi a dominant figure in her countrys politics for nearly two decades was assassinated near her res idence by two Sikh security guards Ten years ago The president of El Salvador Jose Napoleon Duarte met with President Reagan during a tour Five years ago During a campaign swing in suburban Washington Pres ident Bush said I have had it with the way Iraq was treating American diplo mats and hostages but added he had no timetable for deciding on a possible military strike One year ago An American Eagle ATR72 en route from Indianapolis to Chicago plunged into a northern Indi ana farm field in driving rain killing all 68 people aboard Write em GOVERNMENT OFFICES President of the Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 2024561414 Vice President of the Al Gore Old Executive Office Bldg 17th St and Pennsylvania NW Washington 20501 2024562326 Senators for the state of Texas Phil Gramm 402 E Ramsey Rd San Antonio TX 78216 5123669494 Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Bldg 300 E 8th St Austin TX 78703 5124825834 Congressmen Lamar Smith 1100 Loop 410 Ste 640 San Antonio TX 78209 2108215024 Frank Tejeda 1313 Military Ste 115 San Antonio TX 78214 2109247383 FAX 2109276222 TEXAS QOVERNMENT OFFICES Governor George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 5124632000 Attorney General Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 5124632100 State Senator Jeff Wentworth 1250 Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78209 2108267800 FAX 2108260571 or Box12068 Austin TX 787112068 5124630326 State Senator Judith Zaffirini Box 627 Laredo TX 78042 2107222293 or Box 12068 Austin TX 787112068 5124630125 FAX 5124630326
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