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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A g HeraldZettung Q Wednesday March 12 1097 talk with Managing Editor MicahBoyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Opinion OWllMl i To sutmit tetters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simplfcontact staff rrtembers the HeraldZeittlngs address Is o u o r A B i f Lying is all do it we all must do it Therefore the wise thing is for us to train ourselves to lie Mark Twain author journalist c 1900 Lef s not jump to conclusions Water issue much to complex to make hasty decision Area water recreation sages put their heads together last night with a heady goal in mind They were trying to take a little of the risk out of seasonal wateroriented businesses by devising a new recreation level at Canyon Lake The meeting included officials from the Water Oriented Recreation District water recreation businesses the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers Those who make their living from summer water tourism are ruled by Mother Natures capriciousnes If the water level is good business is good if not tough luck Last nights proposal could hedge the bets those businesses have to live with each sum mer If a recreation level was put into effect a little extra water about 1 foot would be held in Canyon Lake during the spring when rainfall is plentiful That water would then be released this summer during periods when river flow was below optimum for recreation Pros of the recreation level The tourism industry would get Vtl viViil a shot in the arm fish populations would increase ir iUi U 1 Ufi f Cons A dual risk holding extra water now could lead to flooding in the event of extremely heavy rainfall and releasing extra water in the summer could jeopardize water supplies in the event of a serious drought GBRA officials are right to proceed with caution Transitory economic gains would pale in the event of flood or drought The collective creativity and intelligence of last nights group should be able to come up with safeguards which could kick in when drought and flood threaten while cheating Mother Nature just enough to make the river recreation business a safer bet Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung columnist Susan Flynt Write us The New Bmunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on way pubbc issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 200 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Bmunfels 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 pre vious 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Bmunfels HeraldZeitung 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fox 210 6251224 New Bmunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Managing Editor Ext Boyd Retail Advertising Manager Ext Classified Advertising Manager Ext Relninger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published or Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Bratutfcls Cpnwl County Tx 7813 11328 Periodical postage paid by he New Braunfels tkntlfiZgltiWs in New Braunfels 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 Mail delivery outside Coma County in Texas three months six months yeajr Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscriber who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 1 1 qn Sunday Send oddresj to the New Brautfels HtmUZettung Draw er 3 1 1328 New 7813 11328 Perhaps its time for an attitude adjustment Two shoe salesmen were given a new territory on a Pacific island Imme diately upon arrival the first salesman placed an urgent call to the home office Get me out of here No one on this island wears The second salesman sent an email request to the factory Please put everybody on over time Will need as many shoes as you can manufacture No one on this island has any Attitude determines the difference between shoed or shoeless Attitude is more critical than events Its more significant than whats happened or whats happening Attitude is more consequential than the past than genet ics than education than money Atti tude is more important than what oth er people or or do It is more important than appearance or tal ent Attitude will make or break an individual a home a company or a country Since attitude determines whether we are happy or unhappy fulfilled or empty the positive perspective assures we can never fail A hopeful attitude guarantees internal success Attitude the altitude adjuster determines whether we fly high or low crash or soar glide or slide A couple of days ago I had a pity party I became upset with everything and everybody Suddenly I felt ashamed 1 wasnt any better than a Ingram Walker spoilsport I rebuked myself Anybody can have a positive attitude when things are going well Its how you act when things arc going badly that determines the strength of your character An appropriate attitude means feeling hopeful in challenging times Stop feeling sorry for yourself Count your blessings Look for the good I shared my insight with a friend who later that gave me an adhe sive label to place on my bathroom mirror Now whenever I shave brush my teeth or comb my hair I see the message ATTITUDE IS EVERY THING This little reminder helps me tidy up my point of view Whether we are running hot run ning cold or simply running on over load we can take charge of our attitude by remembering these aphorisms Success has more to do with our emotional disposition than with our social position Kites rise against the wind not with it A rubber band becomes effective only when it is stretched More opportunities exist than there are people willing to seize them What matters is what happens in us not to us You can tell when you are on the road to success its uphill all the way When Goliath appeared David said Hes so big I cant Wait until the lows pass and you will feel on top of things Choices not circumstances determine how we think Because action cures misery change your motion to create positive emotion Where there is not faith in the future there is no power in the present To accept failure as final is to be finally a failure Failure is the line of least persis tence Others can stop us temporarily but we are the only ones who can stop ourselves permanently Your lips program your brain for success or failure Act as if you are successful and you will be Attitude determines whether our failures make us or break us Life is 1 percent what happens to us and 99 percent how we react to what happens Gratitude adjusts our attitude Do platitudes help us live better Do bathroom decals influence us Are positive stories helpful You bet Sug gestions positive and negative suggestions powerfully influence our attitudes Heres an example A psychologist stood at the end of a military chow line As each man passed his station the psychologist reaction to verbal influence He declared to one group You dont like apricots do you Ninety percent of the soldiers agreed with his statement He offered the next group a bowl of apricots with this assertive query You want some apricots dont you Half of the men took the apricots He asked the third group Do you want one or two dishes or apricots Forty percent of the soldiers took two dishes SO percent took one dish and only 10 percent took no apricots What is said to us and what we say to ourselves strongly impacts our atti tude about everything we encounter from shoes to apricots So tape those aphorisms to your refrigerator door And by the way have you heard Apricotcolored shoes are hot items this year John Ingram Walker writes a weekly column for the Herald Write em Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 2022245922 FAX 2022240776 Local Office 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Phone Sen Phil Gramm 370 RusseH ton Phone FAX 20222842856 LocaU ivw Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Antonio TX 78216 Phone 2103669494 FAX Time to strenghthen nursing home regulations Residents in nursing homes are real people Theyre the nurses the veter ans the teachers who have given their all to this country in their earlier years They deserve to spend their waning years in a healthy safe and dignified said Wilhelmina Glad den chairman of the American Asso ciation of Retired Persons state leg islative committee Texas 2 million AARP members j made nursing home reform their orga nizations top priority for the 75th Leg islative Session Because I support the AARP initiative and because I am strongly committed to protecting the health and safety of the Texans who live in longterm care facilities I filed Senate Bill 190 cosponsored by Mike Moncrief DFort Worth The bill and its companion House Bill 413 by Reps Harvey Hilderbran RKerrville and Elliott Naishtat D Austin would strengthen nursing home regulations and make such facilities more accountable to the public Seniors and other residents in longterm care i facilities should be confident that the state is doing everything possible to ensure that they receive the highest possible quality care in comfortable and clean surroundings Approximately 23 percent of Texas Today in History I The Associated Press 1 Today is Wednesday March 12 the day of 1997 There are 294 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On March 12 1947 President Tru man established what became known 1 as the Truman Doctrine to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism 1 On this date j In 1664 New Jersey became a i British colony as King Charles II grent I lend in the New World to his broth er James the Duke of York In 1912 in Savannah Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Guides which later became the Girl of Judith Zaffirini annual bil lion Medicaid budget is spent in longterm cart facilities regulat ed by the state and federal govern ments The Health Care Financing Admin istration must certify a nurs ing home before it can receive Medicaid fund ing while the Texas Department of Human Services licenses nursing homes that comply with state stan dards SB 190 would establish new require ments at DHS regarding licensing required personnel quality of care requests for inspections and adminis tration of medication The proposed legislations new licensing require ments for example would grant DHS stronger authority to approve revoke suspend or deny a nursing home appli cation or renewal based on the appli cants record Additionally SB 190 would allow DHS to require additional information for evaluating applications For the first time reviews would include long term care facility owners Applicants would be required to provide proof of satisfactory compliance with laws in states in which they have operated nursing homes Reviews also would include owners financial statements and a 10year history of their compli ance with state and federal regulations Under current law the only basis for revocation suspension or denial of a license is substantial failure to com If an applicant meets the legal minimum standards the state must grant the license or renewal SB 190 would expand DHS authority to revoke licenses for violations of the Health and Safety Code and would give the agency greater flexibility to act against nursing homes that violate the law The new law significantly would increase possible penalties for viola tions The current limit for example would increase to as much as per day violation DHS under the proposed bills provisions could fine nursing homes for violat ing an agency rule or standard or knowingly providing false informa tion on an application or in response to an investigation The proposed legislation includes penalties for persons who interfere with investigations SB 190 also would authorize the Commissioner of DHS to hold a hearing in response to a violation to determine if the agency should pend the right to admit new patients Because seniors often do not report incidents of neglect for fear of retalia tion reports would be confidential and retaliation against personsreporting unsafe conditions would be prohibited Employees who make such reports would benefit from the bills stronger protection SB 190 would make nursing homes more accountable to the public by requiring them to make owners com pliance histories available on request and to post notices of serious viola tions in public areas inside and out side of nursing homes Such knowl edge would help seniors and their fam iiies make informed decisions about longterm care facilities To further safeguard the lives of our seniors SB 190 includes a bill of rights Texas seniors deserve to be treated with dignity and respect so they tnay live in a manner that reflects Platos observation that old age has a great sense of calm arri freedom1 Judith Zqfflrinl rfrresents New Braunfeb in the Texas Senate In Chinese revolutionary In 1933 President veil deli v ered the first of his radio fireside telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nations economic crisis In 1930 the Anschluss took place as German troops entered Austria pleting what Adolf Hitler described as his mission to restore his homeland to the Third Reich In 1939 Pope Pius XI was formal ly crowned in ceremonies at the Vati can In 1940 Finland and the Soviet Union concluded an armistice during World between thi two countries flare apfe thjf follow ing In McCartney rnajried Unds Eastman jn Londm In 1993 Jawt Reno was sworn in is the first female altpjmjyrgfwraj H the Owjsh Of inglind ordained its first women priests ago A federal judge in Washington dismissed lawsuits by Lt Col North seeking to stop ah independent counsels investigation of his role in the IranContra affairThe musical Lea opened oh Broadway Five yeart ago The Security Council stood firm in its demand that Iraq comply totally with Gulf War ceasefire resolutions rebuffing an appeal for leniency from Saddam sejns special envoy deputy prime year jtgflit Republican Bob Pqle swept the seven Super Tuesday primaries gaining a virtual lock on the GOP presidential nomination Todays Former AFk CIO president Lane Kirkland if 75 Former astronaut Wally Schirra is 74 Playwright Edward Albee is 69 For mer Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is Broadcast journalist Lloyd Dobyns is 61 Singer Al Jarreau is Actress Barbara Feldon is 36 Actresssinger Liza Minnelli is 51 Singersongwriter James Taylor is 49 Rock singer7musi cian Bill Payne tittle Feat is 48 Actor Jerry Levine is 40 Rock musi cian Steve Harris Iron Maiden is 40 Singer Marlon Jackson The Jackson Fjve is 40 Actor Courtney B Vance is 37 Baseball player Oarryl Straw berry is 35 Rock musician Graham Thought for Todjyi follies which i man regrets in his life are those which he didnt commit when hf hjd the Helen and humorist   

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