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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 n HeraldZeltuna a Tuesday April Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 raldZeitung 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 editors address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com QUOTABLE If you think of all the innovations the successful ones in communications and the media in virtually our lifetime all of them have been based on someones insight that went contrary to the information available at the moment Richard Clurman journalist c 1995 E D I T I A L Earth Day Texans should not ignore Mother Nature Texans are lucky They live in a region where wide open spaces still exist One can drive 10 minutes out of New Braunfels and feel dwarfed by the power of nature The places in America where that can happen are fast becoming history Texas is so wide open in fact that we can delude ourselves into thinking that mankind can not possibly do anything to damage something so huge as the part of Earth called Texas Property rights are fighting words in Texas Some Texans tend to think that owning a piece of land gives a human being a right to dispose of that land as he wishes to exploit to pollute to destroy The Texas ecosystem is what scientists call a complex The variables which inter weave to make up the Texas ecology are so com plicated that scientists cannot predict what will happen if a species a river or a forest is lost Are people really owners of the land or are they just stewards There is a difference between the two Future generations our descendants will have to live in the world we leave behind Today on Earth Day we should all pause to think about what our lifestyle is leaving behind for the heirs to the Texas landscape Today s editorial was written by HeraldZeitung News Editor Susan Flynt 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeihuig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier 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 moiiths 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 POSTMASTKK Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Magazine gives beef industry bad rap American ranchers and farmers pro vide the world with the highest quality food and fiber available using the most remarkable advances in productivity in the history of agriculture The glaring absence of those essen tial facts in a recent article published by a magazine associated with the other wise esteemed Smithsonian Institution was offensive The cover of the March issue of MUSE a magazine whose intended readers are children ages 6 through 14 featured a photograph of a calf with the caption Please dont eat The cover story was blatantly biased against ranchers and the meats they produce One quote The hamburger on your plate is some dead cows mus was placed in large print in a sep arate box and was clearly intended to discourage chil dren from eating beef As a father and a rancher who represents many people who have devoted their lives to agriculture 1 could not allow Smith this storyto unchallenged So I contacted the top official at the Smithsonian MUSE is associated with the tax payerfunded Smithsonian Institution But the magazine is a private publica tion To its credit the Smithsonian immediately reviewed the article and admitted that a serious mistake had been made Michael Heyman secretary of the Smithsonian responded to me as fol lows 1 fully agree with the concerns that you have raised and would like to apologize for the lack of balance in the article concerning the consump tion of meat Clearly no magazine that bears the Smithsonian name should attempt to proselytize for a specific cause or viewpoint and since this case violates that principle I must offer my sincerest apologies and assurances that such a case shall not be Mr Heyman also informed me that the editor of MUSE magazine has been replaced And Heyman promises that an article reflecting the views of ranch ers will be published in the next issue Ranchers routinely face enough chal lenges including too little rain unpre dictable livestock prices and overzeal ous federal regulators They certainly should not also be subjected to unwar ranted biased attacks on the impor tant products they provide We have a responsibility to provide children with fair accurate informa tion on all topics Reading materials for children should cultivate their minds with balanced content And those mate rials should not attempt to mislead and deceive them Lamar Smith represents District 21 in the House of State bill would put teeth in protection for elderly During the last two decades Texas senior population has grown more than twice as fast as the rest of the popula tion By the year 2000 approximately million Texans will be at least 60 years old comprising 13 percent of an estimated population of million By 2020 the states 65andolder pop ulation is expected to double increas ing the importance of addressing issues such as retirement health care osteo porosis Alzheimers disease and long term care The senior populations dramatic growth in Texas reflects that of the nations President John F Kennedy observed that this increase in the life span and the number of our senior cit izens present this nation with increased opportunities the opportunity to draw upon their skill and sagacity and the opportunity to provide the respect and recognition they have earned It is not enough for a great nation merely to have added new years to life our objective must also be to add new life to those Currently the Texas Department on Aging is the state agency mandated to serve seniors age 60 or older Senate Concurrent Resolution 36 by myself and Rep Harvey Hilderbran RKer rville would help Texas meet the chal lenge of caring for an aging population The resolution endorses TDAs efforts Judith Zafffirini to form a partnership of state agencies and elected officials to address major policy issues related to aging The partner ship also would develop materials for a public awareness cam paign Aging Texas to help individuals and families pre pare for retire ment and aging Representatives of banking sav ings and loans law health care hous ing business and industry media faith communities senior citizen groups and TDA would be included in the part nership Because we must not allow even one senior Texan to be neglected or abused or to suffer needlessly I filed legislation that would safeguard the rights of seniors Senate Bill 61 by myself and Rep Hugo Berlanga D Corpus Christi would enhance the pun ishment of persons who fail to report the abuse of elderly or disabled persons Under the provisions of SB 61 which the Senate passed March 11 anyone who knowingly fails to report the abuse exploitation or neglect of an elderly or disabled person would be charged with a class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to six months in the county jail a fine not to exceed or both If the House of Rep resentatives passes SB 61 and Gov George W Bush signs it the law will become effective Sept 1 Many Texas seniors reside in respon sible longterm care facilities where they receive and enjoy the care and respect they deserve Others however are not as fortunate SB 190 by myself and Rep Elliott Naishtat DAustin would extend that care to all seniors in longterm care facilities by strength ening nursing home regulations The bill would require strict monitoring of longterm care facilities to ensure their compliance with health and safety stan dards and impose prompt and effec tive penalties for noncompliance with licensing standards In Texas approximately 23 percent of the states billion Medicaid budget for fiscal year 1996 is expend ed on nursing facility care The enor mous cost the increase in our retire ment population and evidence of alarm ing conditions in some nursing homes predicated the need for nursing home reform A work group comprised of staff members representing the 11 senators who serve on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee which I chair recommended bill changes to committee members The recommen dations resulted in a bill acceptable to SHHSC and nursing home owners and administrators The Senate passed this landmark legislation unanimously April 3 On March 6 the Senate passed SB 273 by myself and Rep Henry Cuellar DLaredo SB 273 would require the state comptroller to develop a con sumer guide to assist senior citizens and their families in making informed choices regarding services such as longterm care housing meals and transportation Legislation that benefits seniors enables Texas to meet the criteria for compassionate government that Sen Hubert Humphrey envisioned when he said The moral test of govern ment is how that government treats those who are in the twilight of life the elderly and those who are in the shadows of life the sick the needy and the Judith ZaJJirini represents District 21 in the Texas Today in History The Associated Press Today is Tuesday April 22 the 112th day of 1997 There are 253 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On April 22 1994 Richard M Nixon the 37th president of the Unit ed States died at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center four days after suffering a stroke He was 81 On this date In 1509 Henry VIII ascended the throne of England following the death of his father Henry VII In 1864 Congress authorized the use of the phrase In God We Trust on coins In 1889 the Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of home steaders staked claims In 1898 the first shot of the Spanish American War rang out as the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship off Key West Fla In 1930 the United States Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty which regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding In 1944 during World War II forces began invading Japaneseheld New Guinea with amphibious land ings near Hollandia In 1954 the televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings began In 1964 President Johnson opened the New York Worlds Fair In 1970 millions of Americans con cerned about the environment observed the first Earth In 1993 the Holocaust Memo rial Museum was dedicated in Wash ington to honor the victims of Nazi extermination Ten years ago Joe Hunt leader of a social and investment group called the Billionaire Boys was con victed by a jury in Santa Monica Calif of murdering Ron Levin a con man whose body has never been found Hunt was sentenced to life in prison Five years ago The Supreme Court heard arguments on Pennsylvanias restrictive abortion law The court upheld most of the laws provisions the following June but also reaffirmed a womans basic right to an abortion In Guadalajara Mexico more than 200 people were killed by a series of sew er explosions One year ago After 11 days of focusing on Hezbollah guerrillas Israeli warplanes turned to a new target in Lebanon attacking the heavily fortified base of the Popular Front for the Lib eration of Palestine Homemaker humorist Erma Bombeck died in San Francisco at age 69 Todays Birthdays Actor Eddie Albert is 89 Violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin is 81 Singer Glen Campbell is 61 Actor Jack Nicholson is 60 Actorwriter Jason Miller is 58 Coun try singer Cleve Francis is 52 Movie director John Waters is 51 Singer Peter Frampton is 47 Rock singermusician Paul Carrack Mike and the Mechanics Squeeze is 46 Actor Joseph Bottoms is 43 Actor Chris Makepeace is 33 Country singermusician Heath Wright Ricochet is 30 Rock singermusi cian Daniel Johns Silverchair is 18 Thought for Today History is an accumulation of Norman Cousins American editor   

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