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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung g Friday November To talk with Interim Managing Editor Jim Denery about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 221 QUOTAS It takes a heap of sense to write good Mark Twain author 1879 EDITORIAL Shop where you drop To stay a viable independent community New Braunfels merchants need your help Traditionally today kicks off the Holiday buying season With the cold rainy weather and congested highways its important to be careftil and cautious Another consideration should be staying in New Braunfels and Comal County to do your Holiday shopping New Braunfels is a charming community with a rich sense of purpose Though the city has changed much New Braunfels con tinues to keep its identity separate from San Antonio as that citys suburban sprawl continues to march north Many other nearby towns and cities have succumbed to hav ing their towns turned into bedroom communities New Braunfels though changed continues to cherish its sep arate past and work for a unique fiiture Many of this communitys newest residents understand this dilemma and have added to the cultural fabric of our community without weaving it into Bexar County One important aspect of maintaining a healthy community is supporting the local merchants and businesses The next five weeks are important to our friends and neighbors involved ini providing New Braunfels and Comal County residents with goods and services We cannot afford to let our local business community decline because we failed to patronize our local businesses Without these merchants and services no matter what else we do our community becomes nothing more than a place for Mill time residents to sleep Though many in our business community have become depen dent on the summer tourist trade we fulltime residents must remember our part in making sure New Braunfels has a diver sified yearround business culture If we dont then we will lose the battle to preserve a separate identity If we do not shop locally first then eventually we will not have a choice Remember were all in this together Todays editorial was written by Publisher Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 Zetiung 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 pre vious 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 Publisher Ext Toney Director of Advertising Ext BantaScott Retail Advertising Manager Ext psteen Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Interim Managing Editor Ext Denery Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Brauttfeh HemldZeitiotg USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HemldZeitwig in New Braunfels Texas Corner 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 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HvraldZeitung Draw 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of orillhe services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is DLovedavOAOLcom Medical savings accounts draw interest By a resounding margin Texans say they sup port an innovative plan to provide small business employees a new way to cover health care expenses My questionnaire which this newspaper gra ciously published this summer invited Texans to consider Medical Savings Accounts The question asked Do you support implementation of taxdeferred medical savings accounts accounts that allow employees of small companies to establish a taxfree savings account reserved exclusively to pay medical expenses and purchase insurance similar to medical IRAs to cover your health care needs Eighty seven percent of the respondents said they favored the idea Texans repeatedly said health care reform should expand options not add to the long list of intrusive federal regulations already in place The taxfree savingsplan sounds like a very good plan for medical said one constituent from Perryton The program now in place penalizes people who want to save for medical emergencies by taking anything you put in and havent used by year end How could anyone think thats a fair plan she said Couldnt have said it better myself Contrary to the limited options employees have today MSAs offer the flexibility and security lacking from many of todays managed health care agreements Let me offer some background MSAs were included as a provision of the Balanced Budget Act approved by the 104th Republican Congress in 1995 and represented TRUE health care reform Unfortunately the president vetoed this bill and we went back to the drawing board One man in Pittsburg wrote that he thought it best if MSAs were first tested before being set in In the final analysis so did Congress When Congress approved the Kassebaum Kenned Health Care Reform bill this year we included just such a test From January 1997 to 2000 the Department of Treasury will set up MSAs in a pilot study of employers of 50 or fewer and the selfemployed Individuals and small busi ness employers will have the option of making tax free deposits to MSAs which remain the proper ties of the employees Participants can also use the money to pay for Kay Bailey Hutchison Guest Column medical expenses or health insurance premiums One aspect I really like is that any money not spent for those purposes accrues interest and can be used in other ways for medical expenses after retirement a rollover into an IRA or pen sion plan or a fund left in the individuals estate Let me answer a concern from a small business owner in Grapeland He wrote As a small busi ness owner what will this cost me The small business owner is getting hit from too many He spoke for millions of Texans The good news is that MSAs cost nothing for a small business owner Over and over Texans said that the federal gov ernment besieges small business owners with outright nutty regulations and mandates from as one respondent said the center of confusion known as Washington No one knows that better than I sir I can promise him and all Texans that I am working hard to try to curtail the intrusion of the federal government in your everyday lives Medical savings accounts provide more options and greater security to Americans in the most important area of their lives keeping their families safe and healthy KayB Hutchison is a senator from i catfrqutte flit myffnqeron agenrQuigiyfe acting Does electing judges politicize the death penalty By RICHARD CARELLJ Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Penny White once the Tennessee Supreme Courts only woman now is a symbol for two distinct groups of activists those who think electing judges is a bad idea and opponents of capital punishment White was voted offher states high est court in a retention election in August after a conservative group attacked her as a deathpenalty foe The evidence In the one and only capital case of her twoyear tenure White had joined in a 32 decision that overturned a convicted murderers death sentence The court ordered a new sentencing trial Whites fate says a recent report is similar to that of a growing number of elected judges across the nation who fairly or not get labeled as soft on crime because of their votes in highly publicized death penalty cases The Washingtonbased Death Penal ty Information Center suggests that Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Nov 29 the 334th day of 1996 There are 32 days left in the year Todays Highlight In History On Nov 29 1962 Presidentelect Qwight D Eisen hower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict On this date In 1530 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey onetime advis er to Englands King Henry VIII died In 1864 a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peace ful Cheyenne Indians in what became known as the Sand Creek Massacre In 1924 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his final Opera It was finished by Franco In 1929 Navy Lt Cmdr Richard E Byrd radioed that he had made the first airplane flight over the some judges may be succumbing to the political pressure as they make decisions about the lives of convicted murderers The infusion of the death penalty into political races is reaching new extremes and distorting the criminal justice says the report written by the groups executive director Richard Dieter When judges who will decide whether a defendant is to live or die and who even have the power to reject the unanimous vote of jurors run for office by proclaiming how tough they will be on criminals fairness is threat said the which opposes the death penalty Judges are elected in 32 of the 38 states with death penalty laws While Tennessee justices are appointed by the governor a 1994 law requires that every eight years voters decide whether to retain the jurists The report tells of Alabamas Judge Bob Austin and Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jack Watson who as mention their toughness on the death In Texas Supreme Court candidate Rene Haas advertised her strong sup port for the death penalty even though that court doesnt handle such appeals Dieter conceded in an interview that the report is largely anecdotal The evidence suggesting that deathpenal ty politics affects judges has been growing in recent years but we still are talking about isolated At least one highly placed jurist also has voiced concerns about elected judges and the death penalty A campaign promise to be tough on crime or to enforce the death penalty is evidence of bias that should disqualify a candidate from sitting in criminal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told an American Bar Association audience two days after Whites defeat in Tennessee Stevens believes electing judges is profoundly who undertake the task of administering justice impartially should not be required indeed they should not be permitted to finance cam paigns or to curry the favor of voters by making predictions or promises about how they will decide cases before they have heard any evidence or he said Moreover making the retention of judicial office dependent on the popu larity of the judge inevitably affects the decisional process in highvisibili ty cases no matter how competent and conscientious the judge may he said The American Judicature Society an organization that works to improve the nations courts shares Stevens views on judicial elections Electing judges is not congruent with their role as neutral and indepen dent says Kathleen Sampson the societys acting executive director The danger is that people will come to see a judge as just anoth er politician who should be voted out of office if he or she doesnt happen to agree with In 1948 the monarchy was abolished in Yugoslavia and a republic proclaimed In 1947 the tieneral Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews In 1956 the musical Bells Are starring Judy Holliday opened on Broadway In 1961 Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the MercuryAtlas 5 space craft which orbited Earth twice before returning In 1953 President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassi nation of President Kennedy In 1967 Secretary of Defense Robert S McNa mara announced he was leaving the Johnson admin istration to become president of the World Bank In 1981 actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boat ing accident off Santa CataJina Island at age 43 Ten years ago Actor Cary Giant died in Daven port Iowa where he had scheduled a public appear ance at age 92 Five years ago Seventeen people were killed in a 1 64vfhicle pileup during a dusj storm on Interstate 5 near Coalinga Calif Actor Ralph Bellamy died in Santa Monica at age 87 One year ago President Clinton opened a fiveday European trip in London where he met with Prime Minister John Major and addressed the British Par liament Todays Birthdays HallofFame sporiscaster Vin Scully Is 69 Sen Paul Simon is 68 Blues singewnusician John Mayall is 63 Composermusi cian Chuck Mangione is 56 Pop singer Denny Doher ty The Mamas the Papas is 55 Country singer Jody Miller is 55 Actress Diane Ladd is 53 Pop singermusician Felix Cavaiiere The Rascals is 52 Skier Suzy Chaffee is 50 Comedian Garry Shandling is 47 Actorcomedian Howie Mandel is 41 Actor Jeff Fahey Is 39 Actress Cathy Moriarty is 36 Actor Andrew McCarthy is 34 Actress Kim Delaney Is 32 Pop singer Jonathan Knight New Kids on the Block is 28 Thought for Today I am not sure that God always knows who are His great men He is so very caretess of what happens to them while they Mary Hunter Austin American novelist and play wright
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