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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 Wednesday Aprt with Managing about ihe Gpiritan page cai 6259144 6XL21 Pablk TV be destroyed in the name of a political fad or a personal whim Leave MacNeU and Lehrer and Kermit and the Cookfe Monster and the Three Tenors and Mister Rogers the hell Shales columnist 1995 Safety this summer Limiting alcoholic intake while tubing countys rivers may just save your life Easter is not the only day local residents will observe this weekend Saturday marks the beginning of the spring and summer tourist season And while this area has many attractions that draw tourists wateroriented recreation remains the biggest draw Its also a summer pastime for local residents The City of New will be blocking off vehicle access durin the weekends lo Kiiiman Island Park Tuber shuttles will also begin making an appearance on city streets and county roads As an unofficial kickoff to the tubing season the first ever Rockin R Riverjam is being held on Saturday at Rockin R in Gruene Following the Gruene 10K Saturday morning the River jam will feature music until dusk a volleyball tournament sumo wrestling and even a jalapenoeating contest 83 ftHJf j mer of tubing rafting and swimming on area rivers and lakes but we also ask mat you observe caution and limit your alcohol intake In past summers this newspaper has reported on the drowning deaths of tubers mostly some of whom drank too much and paid the ultimate price on the river Our rivers are not water park rides There are no life guards at every turn and variations in river flows can turn an afternoon of partying and playing into a tragic day Start off the summer right by vowing to limit your alcohol consumption while on the river Youll be glad you did 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Parnell City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Praunfete Coma County Tx 731311328 Second class postage paid byiteNewBraun fflii HeraldrZgiHing in New Bnwnfel Texas Carrier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mai delivery outside Coma County in Texas three months six months f 5S one year Mail outside Texas six year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by OB Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 1J on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunftls HerctldZeiiung Praw er 3U328 New Braunfels m m Opinion OltlilM OOftUMBl To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the Her aldZeiiungs address is Elderly a focus of 74th Legislature Author Virginia Woolf said One of the signs of passing youth is die birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among The aging process gains attention in direct pro portion to the number of years one enjoys over In Texas as in every other state the older pop ulation is growing faster than any other age group By the year 2000 at least million Texans will be at least 60 years old and their influence on public pol icy and electoral politics will intensify significantly Legislators increasingly are aware of senior citi zens specific concerns and needs As chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services I believe that meeting the needs of elderly Texans is of the highest priority Accordingly I shape my leg islative agenda for the 74th Legislative Session to reflect that belief Osteoporosis a preventable and treatable bone disease affects the health and quality of life of an esti mated million Texans most of them women more than 40 years old Senate Bills 606 and 607 by Zaffirini and Rep Nancy McDonald DE1 Paso direct the Texas Department of Health to establish a program to educate the public about the causes val ue of early detection and costeffective options to treat osteoporosis and mandated group health insurance policy coverage for detecting osteoporosis in atrisk persons Thirty years after the Older Americans Act estab lished a program that provides free meals to per sons older than 60 millions of older Americans are going hungry Although elderly persons are living longer and healthier lives one in four is malnourished Because of the growth of the senior age group and because statistics show that our seniors face increasing economic hardship I believe that the nutrition ser vices program should continue to be a priority among services provided to senior citizens Fed eral and local food programs do not have the funding to accom modate the increase of malnu trition and hunger among the elderly As a member of the Senate Finance Committee during the 74th Legislature I helped secure million additional funding for the nutritional services pro gram to provide meals for our senior citizens That effort increased the states share of the funding to million for the 199697 biennium Other issues addressed during the 74th Legislative Session concerning the elderly included improving protective measures for elderly persons who reside in community mental health and mental retardation centers House Bill 1II1 by Rep Elliot Naishtat CD Austin and Sen Peggy Rosson DE1 Paso clarifies provisions of the Human Resources Code regarding guardianship investigations of abuse neglect and exploitation in these facilities to minimize instances of poor investigations Additional protective measures are included in HB 2704 also by Naishtat and Rosson which stream Judith Zaffirini line procedures for obtaining criminal histories for persons who care for clients in certain health facili ties SB 1059 by Sen Chris Harris RAriington and Rep Toty Goodman RArlington requires the Texas Board of Health to establish and enforce stan dards requiring certain geriatriccare providers to undergo appropriate training SB 913 by Sen Eddie Lucio DBrownville and Naishtat provides protection for persons ineligible for public assistance who report abuse or neglect in nursing homes or related institutions providing the same protections to welfare recipients who report abuse To encourage mature Texans to continue their education we passed HB 29 by Rep Tony Goolsby RDallas and Sen John Leedom autho rizing institutions of higher education to allow senior citizens to enroll tuitionfree for credit in up to six hours of courses offered each semester Additionally SB 1491 by Sen Florence Shapiro RPlano and Rep Elvira Reyna RDallas allows public colleges and universities to exempt students more than 55 years old from testing and remedial edu cation and to charge them lower tuition and fees The 74th Legislature passed legislation affecting the lives of our states senior citizens in a positive manner I am optimistic that the 75th Legislature also will rise to the challenge of ensuring that older Texans continue to lead lives that reflect Ethel Per cy Andrus new image of aging growth in self and service for all Judith Zaffirini represents District 21 in the State V v Britain angry with beef ban will destroy cattle By PAUL AMES Associated Press Writer LUXEMBOURG AP In an effort to wipe out mad cow disease and get beef back on the dinner table Britain agreed to destroy millions of cattle after the European Union pledged today to reim burse farmers for most losses The EU refused however to lift a ban on British beef exports imposed last week amid rising public panic over reports that a deadly human brain disorder could be contracted from eating meat contaminated with mad cow disease That ban is not fumed British Agri culture Minister Douglas Hogg after talks broke up just before dawn It is disproportionate It should be The package of measures approved by the 15 EU countries requires Britain to destroy the carcasses of cattle over 30 months old instead of selling them as meat Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday April 3 the 94th day of 1996 There are 272 days left in the year The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on April Lt Gen Masa haru Homma the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March during World War II was executed by a Army firing squad outside Manila On this date In 1776 George Washington received an hon orary doctor of Jaws degree from Harvard College In 1860 the legendary Pony Express began service between St Joseph and Sacramento Calif The service lasted only a year and a half before giv ing way to the transcontinental telegraph In Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond during the Civil War In J88 the notoripujs outlaw Jesse James was shot Britain estimates that will mean destroying head of cattle every week for six years a total of million of the countrys 11 million cattle Older cattle are considered most at risk from the brainwasting disorder formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy In addition the EU gave Britain a month to pro duce a detailed plan on a selective compulsory slaughter of younger animals from herds that may have been in contact with infected animals In return the European Union agreed to cover 70 percent of the cost of compensating farmers whose livestock will be lost in the mass slaughter or rough ly million a year Britain will pay the other 30 percent The govern ment said today it could not immediately say how it will implement the plan In Britain cattle to be destroyed are shot and the carcasses incinerated Conditions are now right for the restoration of consumer confidence in beef throughout the EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler declared to death in St Joseph by Robert Ford a mem ber of his own gang In 1936 Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton for the kidnapmurder of the Lind bergh infant In 1948 President Truman signed the Marshall Plan which allocated more than billion in aid for 16 European countries In 1968 North Vietnam agreed to meet with representatives to set up preliminary peace talks In 1979 Jane M Byrne became the first woman to be elected mayor of Chicago as she defeated Repub lican Wallace P Johnson In 1982 Britain dispatched a naval task force to the south Atlantic to reclaim the disputed Falkland Islands from Argentina In 1985 the landmark Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood closed its doors after 56 years in business Ten years ago President Reagan condemned the previous days bombing of TWA Flight 840 over Greece that left four Americans dead calling it a barbaric wanton act of international terrorism ggg The United Nations Security Instead of granting Britains request for an diate lifting of the export ban or a firm timetable for doing so the other EU nations said only they would review the export ban within six weeks j Other measures in the plan agreed here include bet ter labeling of beef to show its country of origin a tighter a ban on feeding animal corpses to cattle a practice blamed for spreading mad cow disease stepped up health checks on British herds anil increase funding for research into mad cow diseasd Britain maintains its beef is safe but it set off a conj tinentwide health scare March 20 by announcing there may be a link between the cow ailment and thp deadly CreutzfeldtJakob brain disease in humani Previously the British government had said therfc was no evidence of a link jj The announcement sent beef sales in Britain then across Europe as consumers worried thai their herds may have been infected by British cattle A small number of mad cow cases has been detect ed in other EU nations Council adopted a Gulf War truce resolution demand ing that Iraq abolish weapons of mass destruction renounce terrorism and pay English nov elist Graham Greene died at age 86 One year ago Former United Way of America President William Aramony was convicted ii Alexandria of 25 counts of fraud for stealinj nearly from the nations biggest charity UCLA defeated Arkansas 8978 to win the NCAA basketball championship Todays Birthdays Actor Marlon Brando is Actresssinger Doris Day is 72 Actress Miyoshj Umeki is 67 German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is Florida Gov Lawton Chiles is 66 Actress Mason is 54 Singer Wayne Newton is 54 Singer Tony Orlando is 52 The former president of MexU co Carlos Salinas de Gortari is 48 Actor Alec win is 38 Actor David Hyde Pierce is 37 Thought for Today I didnt invent the write about its all Graham Greenl
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