New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 23, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 23, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug La'aday about the Opinion page, cai) 625-9144, ext. 21 Z e i t u n g .    >- * j §Wfi £f rn mw    1' mom—memo 0 U ( 3 T LU CD < “All books are either dreams or swords, You can ait, or you can drug, with words.’” — Amy Lowell poet, critic 1914 EDITORIALMore like homeInnovative approaches to senior care help humanize, improve quality of lives Picture a nursing home in your mind If you are like most people, you probably do not picture a place you want to live. Most people would rather live on their own, or with family, than in even die best nursing home. But for many older Americans, a nursing home is the best, safest, most affordable option. So, the goal should be to make nursing homes as much like homes, and as much unlike institutions, as possible. Eden Home is doing just that, thanks to funds from the Institute for Quality Improvement in Long Term Health Care at Southwest Texas State University and the Gillum Fund, to bring die “Eden Alternative’* to Eden Home. The Eden Alternative is an innovative nursing home model developed by Dr. Bill Thomas of the Harvard Medical School. He noticed many nursing home residents faced not only physical medical problems, but feelings of helplessness, boredom and loneliness. The Eden Alternative attacks those problems through means such as bringing animals to live in the homes, lots of plants, and the presence of children in the homes every day. It also introduces a team management approach, which at other nursing homes, has cut employee turnover by 25 percent. That means not just happier employees, who are more pleasant to deal with, but the continuity of forming a relationship with a care give who will be there for a long time. The selection of Eden Home to participate in this project is good news not just for Eden Home and its residents, but for all of New Braunfels. Maybe someday all nursing homes will be a little more like homes, and less like institutions. (Today's editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.)Write us • • • The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Ze&ung bearing the writer’s 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. Mall letters toe Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 628-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher...........................................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..............................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman...........................................................Billy    Parnell Qty Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau rshlahnri on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through fruity by the NewBmsgUr HemU-Zrkmg CUSPS 377-88® 707 Lank Sr. orRO. Drawer 311328, New Braunite Comal County, Tx. 71131-132* Second dais postage paid by tie New Braun frit Hendd-Zskmg in New Braunfels. Texas. Carter feB vawd is Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20 JO; six months, $37; one year. $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $33; one yew. $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months. $30.30; six monte. $55; one year. $103 JO. Mail outride Texas: six months. $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newypcr by 5:30 p m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7 JO am on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by ll am PoaTMAfTSK Send address changes to the New Braunfeb Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawly! 132*. New fcaunfte Tx. 78131-1328. Opinion Online contact ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the managing editor's address is DLovedayCAOL.com.Clinton masking his real self The anger some Republicans feel about President Clinton stealing their economic and social ideas in a blitzkrieg of deception is now heard from the lips of members of Congress in private conversation. After the dinner honoring Billy Graham for receiving the Congressional Gold Medal — where Clinton made an appearance, praising Graham and speaking of his own relationship to God — a Republican senator who attended the event told me, “Bill Clinton is the biggest liar I have ever heard." In Washington, that is quite a distinction. The evidence favors the senator’s view. President Ginton has not only governed opposite what candidate Clinton promised, but throughout his term he also has frequently demonstrated intellectual and political irregularity. In fact Clinton changes faster than the seasons, faster even than the time of day. While Bob Dole's difficulty is communicating who he is, Bill Clinton’s political strength is — with the help of the big media — masking his real self. Promises are broken almost as quickly as they are made, and not enough reporters take note. Ask yourself why Ginton is not being attacked by liberal congressional Democrats who once worried he would gut their favorite spending programs. They're not concerned because they know that Clinton uses conservative rhetoric insincerely. Ronald Reagan used image to enhance his substance. Bill Ginton uses image to hide his. During the 1992 campaign, Clinton said that the Bush economy was the worst in SO years. In the first quarter of 1992, the economy grew 4.7 percent. Now, the administrations’ economic advisor Laura Tyson says a 2.8 percent growth in the fest quarter of this year “is plain and simple good news for the American economy and more evidence that the president’s economic strategy is paying off." President Ginton claims to be cutting taxes and spending, but payments to government at all levels grew 8.6 percent last year and salaries grew only 5.5 percent, according to the Commerce Department. So if you got a raise, the government took most or all of it For the four quarters ending in April, personal income was up only 4.9 percent, according to the Joint Economic Committee. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Dominick R-N.M., said, “It’s very difficult when the President gives a speech saying he will make government smaller and presents a budget that does the opposite." Much has been written about how the President’s proposals for balancing the budget by cutting spend- Cal Thomas ing won’t take effect until he leaves office. Sen. Bob Kerry, D-Neb., noted that “the weakness in it is there is no way in God’s green earth that we’re going to cut $90 billion from discretionary (spending) in 2002.” Most of the proposed Ginton cuts come at the expense of defense, which has alarmed the President’s own chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gen. John Shalikashvili told The Washington Times in March, “I believe we risk future combat readiness of the U.S. military if we fail to adequately fund recapitalization, starting in (fiscal year) 1997." Is the era of big government over, as President Clinton says? Watch what he does, not what he says. The Wall Street Journal noted that Clinton “has vetoed every bill that would actually reduce the size of government... over the past year Bill Ginton has been an obstacle to reform; whatever his misleading rhetoric, that record is written in his vetoes." Can anyone doubt that the sudden interest in cutting the gas tax, promoting adoption (while favoring pro-abortion policies) and welfare reform for teenage mothers is the equivalent of stealing the intellectual property of Republicans, and a response to polling that shows the country more conservative? A television ad campaign, showing “Clinton vs. Clinton" sound bites, would be a good way to open the eyes of the public to a world-class deceiver. Let’s demonstrate that Bill Ginton is the slickest, trickiest President we’ve ever had. (Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist.) tt&narde&l! na Extern) ton wpm® much leper (ft Democrats protest GOP minimum wage plan By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — After working for months to force a vote on raising the national minimum wage, House Democrats now find themselves trying to defeat a Republican minimum-wage plan that exempts small businesses. Joining Democrats in what has come to be a key election-year issue. President Clinton said he would veto the legislation if it contains language “to eliminate the minimum wage and wage protections for millions of workers." A final vote was planned today for the intricately crafted legislation that Republicans said meets the Democratic demand for a minimum wage vote while looking to the needs of small businesses concerned about rising labor costs. The measure would raise the current minimum wage of $4.25 an hour to $4.75 on July I and to $5.15 a year later. “It is important that we relieve small business of some of the expense in order to pay for that minimum wage increase, and that is exactly what this bill does," said Rep. Gerald Solomon, R-N.Y. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., said he doubted Clinton would follow through on his veto threat. The purpose behind several GOP provisions, Gingrich said, was to help “small business and help create jobs for the very people who most need that very first job.” Republicans claim that the higher wage could force small firms to eliminate hundreds of thousands of entry-level jobs. But Democrats said their vote for a wage increase This amendment will take off anywhere between 3 and 10 million people from coverage of the minimum wage. — Rep. David Bonior (D-Mich.) had been tainted by an amendment offered by Rep. William Goodling, R-Pa., that would exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act firms with annual gross sales of less than $500,000 that handle products that cross state lines. “This amendment will take off anywhere between 3 and IO million people from coverage of the minimum wage,” said House Democratic Whip David Bonior, D-Mich. “This is a terrible, terrible backwards step." The AFL-CIO, in a statement, called it “stunning in its scope and impact ... the most far-reaching small business exemption from wage standards ever enacted into law.” A second Goodling amendment would allow employers to pay an “opportunity wage” (rf $4.25 for the first 90 calender days of employment for workers under 20 years old. Both the minimum wage increase and the Goodling measures are attached as amendments to a minor bill detailing when employers must pay employees for the time spent commuting in employer-owned vehicles. If that passes, it would be sent to the Senate together with a bill passed Wednesday evening that provides some $7 billion in tax breaks over eight years to small businesses. That legislation, approved 414-10, liberalize^ equipment writeoffs, endorses a new type of simple pension plan for small firms and retroactively renews a $5,250 tax exemption for employer-paid tuition. The Ginton administration supports most of those provisions, but objects to the methods of paying fete the lost revenue, including a repeal of a 1993 action! to reduce tax incentives for American companies u move jobs overseas and a repeal of tax credit relate! to investment in Puerto Rico. As in the House, Senate Republican leaders haw reluctantly offered a vote on a minimum wage bil under the condition that it be attached to labor-relat-< ed measures that Democrats and unions find object ti enable. Republicans have also sought to link it to a bill eliminating the 1993 gas tax increase of 4.3 cents. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole’s decision las} week to resign from the Senate and devote all his tiny; to running for president came against a background of legislative stalemate in the chamber precipitated Democratic demands for a straight vote on the min imum wage issue. The minimum wage hasn’t changed since 1991 and Democrats stress that in terms of real buyin power it is now at a 40-year low. In addition to Dole, Gingrich and Majority Dick Armey, R-Texas, have been adamantly to an increase. But the momentum toward a v picked up speed a month ago when some 20 lican moderates in the House, most from Northeast em states, bucked the GOP leadership and ei an increase Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 23, the 144th day of 1996. There are 222 days left in the year. Today*! Highlight in History: On May 23,1934, bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Gyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as Oley were driving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish, La. On this date: In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English. In 1533, the marriage of England’s King Henry VUI to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void. In 1701, Captain William Kidd was hanged in London after he was convicted of piracy and murder. In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution. In 1873, Canada’s North West Mounted Police force was established. In 1895, the New York Public Library had its origins with an agreement combining the city’s existing Astor and Lenox libraries. In 1915, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I. In 1937, industrialist John D. Rockefeller died in Ormond Beach, Fla. In 1940, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, th Pied Pipers and featured soloist Frank Sinatr recorded ‘Til Never Smile Again” in New York fo RCA. In 1945, Nazi official Heinrich Himmler com mined suicide while imprisoned in Luneburg, Gel many. In 1960, Israel announced it had captured forme Nazi official Adolf Eichmann in Argentina. In 1994, funeral services were held at Ariingto National Cemetery for former first lady Jacquelin Kennedy Onassis. Ten years ago: The White House said Pres dent Reagan and his wife, Nancy, would pattie ipate in “Hands Across America" to help rais ;

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