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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                pinion 0 Friday February Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 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 It is very to curb the violence in the entertainment industry without infringing on the right to free I don9 believe hi censorship and I prefer that we not Byron Dorgan senator 1995 D I T O R I A L Wolf in sheeps clothing Ron Pauls switch back to Republican Party just a ruse to regain House seat 1 Former congressman Ron Paul best known for his switch in 1984 from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party has returned to the GOP fold unlike the prodigal son who was welcomed back by his father his older brother wasnt too thrilled Pauls return is not gaining praise from many Republicans And one look at his position on this countrys war on drugs explains why Not since Louisianas David Duke a white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klansman ran for office as a Republican has a GOP contender made so many conservatives uncomfortable Paul now a Republican candidate for the GOP nomination for the 14th Congressional District hes challenging incumbent Rep Greg Laughlin who himself changed parties this year ditching the Democratic for the Republican still advocates the repeal of federal antidrug laws In an interview with the Houston Chronicle he said The war on drugs has been a He also said the war on drugs has increased the price of illegal drugs thus raising the incentive for dealers to be in the business CiSo his logic were supposed to believe is that if you decriminalize the sale of drugs narcotics will become so prevalent on the street that prices will drop and dealers will find other work say in the food service industry Pauls arguments and those of others who wish to legalize drugs are so asinine as to be laughable But the seriousness of such a discussion makes laughter inappropriate Ron Paul has obviously never studied the medical side of substance abuse visited with patients in a substance abuse clinics or sat in a narcotics anonymous meeting If he had he would know that legalizing highlyaddictive drugs thus making them available to all in our society would produce a cat astrophic rise in drug addiction and all of the negative health economic and societal repercussions that go with it There are drugs now available on the streets like crack cocaine that are so addictive that just one use of the drug can hook that person To push for the repeal of marijuana laws is equally absurd considering the progression that users often take to more dangerous drugs after smoking pot Voters in the 14th Congressional District should speak loud and clear dur ing this Republican primary they should send Ron Paul back to the Lib ertarians Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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 DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Osteen Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Gity Croteau i Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier deli very 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 1 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 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes lo the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Straight talk on Medicare reform i Billings Lawi set down in the 19th century by Henry WheeleiShaw says Live within your income even if you have to borrow to do That sums the philosophy of past Congresses As a result Medicare is operating on an extremely shaky financial foundation Serious reform is need ed to save this health insurance program for 37 mil lion Americansj A lot of bad information has been circulating of late calculated to frighten Medicare recipients I believe it would be more constructive to deepsix the scare tactics arid discuss solutions First we need to understand why Medicare a sin gle program thai accounts for more than 10 percent of the entire federal budget is in financial crisis Medicare expenditures are growing at the rate of 10 percent per year although inflation in the United States has remained at a stable percent per year In the area of private health care inflation has sunk to near zero According to the Medicare trustees 1995 report urging reform Medicares Hospital Insurance Trust Fund was supposed to begin deficit spending in fis cal year 1996 and continue in the red until going broke in 2002 But the New York Times reported last week that the trust fund actually began running a deficit during 1995 instead of the projected billion surplus In other words Medicare is borrowing in order to live within its income At the rate were going the Medicare trust fund will be exhausted a year sooner than earlier antici pated Congress proposal for Medicare reform contrary to what many of you may have heard would increase Medicare spending by percent per year rather than 10 or trillion over the next seven years President Clintons health care reform proposal pro jected an increase of 6 percent or 7 percent over the same peri od No one in either Congress or the executive branch Kay Bailey Hutchison is talking about cutting Medicare spending in any way shape or form We are discussing ways to slow its rate of growth Congress has proposed to achieve this goal by allowing seniors to choose from a full range of private health plans or to stay within the traditional Medicare system How would this address the trustfund shortfall Beneficiaries who enter private plans1 paid for by Medicare could get better a wide choice of the same amount of money currently being spent by Medicare They could pick the health plan best suited to their needs with the doc tors they prefer They would gain control over their health care dollars and avoid the limits on access to medical care that are increasingly applied to Medicare services In contrast the President proposes that we achieve savings by reducing what is paid to providers Imag ine what such an approach will do to the willingness of doctors and hospitals to take on Medicare patients You choose Kay Bailey Hutchison is a senator for IF KOUWFIGHT rOKM GOP debate no clear winners or losers ByTOMRAUM Associated Press Writer MANCHESTER AP The major con tenders for the GOP presidential nomination came away from a highstakes televised debate each pro claiming victory after lively exchanges on negative advertising taxes immigration and trade And if there was no clear winner in the 90minute exchange no one stumbled in a big way either Ive been shot at a lot tonight but Ive been in com bat Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole joked in the eightrnan debate The candidates were going their separate ways today crisscrossing New Hampshire in advance of next Tuesdays firstinthenation primary The duel televised from WMURTV featured sharp exchanges among Dole Pat Buchanan Steve Forbes and Lamar Alexander and even some moments of humor At one pojnt Dole complained that Forbes attack ads against him didnt use very flattering pictures of him and he passed his rival some snapshots and asked Forbes to use the next time Better of me and my Dole said and thats my little Among the more serious subjects discussed the candidates all sought to ease middleincome anxi Today In History Analysis ety toward the economy and job security and promised to take a close look at restructuring the Social Secu rity system Dole suggested that raising the retirement age might be necessary at some point Forbes touted his own plan to allow younger workers to put some of their payroll deduction into private investments instead of government trust funds Some New Hampshire voters who watched the debate on television had mixed reviews I dont see a candidate here that I am comfortable said Abi gail Beutler 65 a Republican from Nashua She was among seven New Hampshire Voters Voice panelists who gathered to watch the debate then critiqued the candidates answers in a discussion with a moderator The debate showed what a difference a month has made In a similar debate in Iowa last month Forbes was the main target This time Forbes only got a few verbal pokes while his flattax plan was hardly mention at all The most attention was on Dole Buchanan who finished a surprising second in the Iowa caucuses and on Alexander whom polls show is rising here Dole his status as GOP frontrunner now under siege took jabs at both conservative columnist Buchanan and former Tennessee Gov Alexander whom polls shows was rising quickly Its a twoman race today between Dole and Buchanan Maybe it will become a threeman race said Bill Lacy Doles deputy campaign man ager Predictably he pronounced Dole the victor in Thursdays match up Dole did not participate in a post debate spin session with reporters but other candidates did and all pronounced themselves satisfied with their per formances What I tried to do is act like a Alexan der said The debate went very Forbes said During the debate Forbes conceded hed made a mistake in Iowa in relying so heavily on negative ads then accused Dole of being a tax raiser and he raised ethical questions about Alexander In particular Forbes questioned a lucrative 1981 deal with Gannett newspapers while Alexander was governor of Tennessee In that instance Alexander turned stock in The Knoxville Journal he obtained at no cost into nearly After the debate Forbes suggested Alexander change his campaign theme song to Alexanders Ragtime During the debate Alexander said his personal dealings were detailed in tax returns he has released By The Associated Press Today is friday Feb 16 the 47th day of 1996 There are 319 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb 1862 during the Civil War about Co Donelson ry earned h Surrender federate soldiers surrendered at Fort enn General Ulysses S Grants victo m the nickname Unconditional On this late In 1804 Lt Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the Navy frigate Philadelphia which had fallen into the hands of pirates In 1868 the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City In 1918 Lithuania proclaimed its independence In 1923 the burial chamber of King Tutankhamens recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt In 1937 Dr Wallace H Carothers a research chemist for DuPont who invented nylon received a patent for the synthetic fiber In 1945 American troops arriving by air and sea landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War n In 1948 NBCTV began airing its first nightly newscast The Camel Newsreel which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels In 1959 Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista In 1968 the nations first 911 emergency tele phone system was inaugurated in Haley ville Ala In 1977 Janani Luwum the Anglican archbish op of Uganda and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident Ten years ago Philippine presidential candi date Corazon Aquino called for nonviolent protests against Ferdinand E Marcos a day after Marcos was declared the winner of a presidential election tainted by charges of fraud Five yejw ago Iraqi officials charged that 130 civilians were killed when British jet fighters raid ed the town of Fallouja two days earlier A Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman downplayed Moscows initial enthusiasm for an Iraqi offer to withdraw from Kuwait saying it was insufficient to end the war One year ago Four people were killed when tornadoes tore through rural north Alabama In a dark and defensive address to his nation Russian President Boris Yeltsin berated his military leaders for big losses and human rights abuses in Chechnya but insisted Russia had to use force to defend its unity Todays Birthdays Singer Patty Andrews is 76 Movie director John Schlesinger is 70 Representative Sonny Bono is 61 Actor LeVar Burton is 39 Tennis player John McEnroe is 37 Thought for Today I am content to define history as the past events of which we have knowl edge and refrain from worrying about those of which we have none until that is some arche ologist digs them Barbara W Tuchman American historian   

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