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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A Q HeraldZeitung Q Thursday August Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 H P r 1 I el Opinion Online contact To submit letters And guest columni electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com Q U O T A B L Large doses of government secrecy like large doses of patent medicines may destroy the body we are trying to Carroll Ginder journalist D I T O R I Kudos Having lived on Canyon Lake the past 14 years through drought and floods including the great flood of have watched Canyon Lake area businesses struggle wit the vagaries of nature This years flood conditions certainly presented financial difficulties for many developing businesses However the damage could have been much worse Unlike the flood of 1992 there was not a panicky publicized total closing of the lake and river for an extended period This year the County Commissioners and Corps of Engineers responded quickly with a plan to preserve the recreational uses of the lake and river as best that safety would allow Not much can be done for the river businesses in time of drought however fed eral flood control management combined with countylevel recre ational facility management the resources of Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River can best be made to serve the needs of the surrounding area A special thanks to Commissioner Jack Daw son County Engineer Tom Hornseth County Commissioners Court and Comal County Sheriffs Department for their hard work in providing management for the intense use of the Tom Creek Boat Ramp sanitation waste disposal crowd control dur ing the Fourth of July holidays and for the publicized prompt re opening of the other county boat ramps These intense efforts combined with a preparedness plan made the unbalanced use of a small subdivision boat ramp serve the needs of a fivecounty area It is my hope that the future improvements to the countys Canyon Lake facilities take into account the possibility of flood conditions during the recreational season and would be designed and operated accordingly It seems the Corps of Engineers note the word engineer is the first to close and last to open its recre ational facilities during these times despite the intense dematidfor public access Perhaps elevation of restroom facilitiesand elevaU ed road access to boat ramps is done in many coastal areas taking into account the inevitability of high water should be a design criteria for future park repairs and improvements This could reduce costs and recovery time for our federal park investments As a resident and business owner in the Canyon Lake area I appreciate representation in county government and the federal Corps recognition of the need to coordinate the use of Canyon Lake for both Hood control and recreational purposes John Loughlin Canvon Lake Kudos is a regular feature of the HeraldZeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals and organizations in the community Send your Kudos to HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 830 Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factu al errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 Edmonson Director of Marketing Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braiutjvls tkraldAinuig USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Bniunfets HeruldZniiung 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 months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have riot received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on POSTMASIIR Send address changes to the New Brawjvls HeruldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braujiiels Tx 781311328 should take lesson from Britain The budget agreement reached last week by Con gress and the White House allows for a token of Medicare recipients to establish their own medical savings accounts It is a small step toward financial independence and security for the elderly and for the Baby Boomers whose retirement will break the Social Security bank if something isnt done soon That something should resemble what the British have created Both the Labor and Conservative parties have agreed to partially privatize the British Social Security system permitting workers to redirect a portion of their payroll taxes into stocks bonds and other private investments Unlike the American system which taxes workers to pay their retirees the British system allows workers to save their money at high interest rates and guarantee that even if markets go sour their benefits will be at least as generous as the state system Nearly threefourths of the British work force has already elected to enroll in private pension plans They are seeing a 13 percent per year median return on their investments compared to just 2 percent in the American Social Security The lighter gov ernment burden has led forecasters to predict that Britain will have completely eliminated its national debt not its annual deficit its total accumulated debt by the year 2030 Thats about the time the United States will face economic disaster if it refuses to reform its Social Security entitlement The Congres sional Budget Office estimates that if nothing is done the debt will have soared to trillion by 2030 and Social Security will go bankrupt a year earlier An analysis of the success of the British system has been writ ten for The Heritage Founda tion by Louis Enoff former deputy director of the Social Security Administration and Robert Moffit Heritages deputy director of domestic policy stud ies They write that Britains twotier system consists of a basic state pension created at the end of World War Two and a supplemental lay er of benefits called the State Earnings Related Pen sion Scheme established in 1978 As in America need quickly outstripped resources so now British workers have two choices They can remain in SERFS or they can take a payroll tax cat equal to percent of their annual earnings about onethird of their total required pension contribution and invest it in a private pension plan This would be either a company pension plan or a personal plan similar to our IRAs The choice has produced private pensions worth more than trillion an amount approaching the size of the entire British economy and exceeding the pension funds of all other European nations com bined With demands on government reduced public debt has significantly declined British lawmakers guaranteed that privatization would give workers benefits at least as generous as those provided by government Under British law jthe investment companies managing private pension funds must provide as much retirement income as they would have under SERFS In practice private pension plans are delivering incomes more than double SERFS Any British work er who wants to remain in SERFS may do so and those workers and retirees already in SERFS suffer no benefit cuts Enoff and Moffit say the British model would work in the United States And last year the best option among three recommended by President Clin tons Social Security Advisory Council to restructure Social Security would have adopted a version of the British model At the time opponents called the idea The British dont think so Theyre on the way to real financial stability and the elimination of their national debt British workers and retirees are receiving real financial security because its their money and most will no longer have to rely on gov ernment taxation of their fel lo w citizens On this issue the United States should follow the lead of the mother country and soon Cal Thomas is a syndicated Columnist He will be speaking at the New Braunfeh Civic Centef on Nov Media simply not working for public interest An informed citizen is the medias most important product Journalism should focus on the pub lics need to know The Greek orator Cicero observed that one is never more persuasive than when one is an advocate for the people for their interests He did not say an advocate for some people not just the rich or poor And he certainly did not say for a personal point of view Which raises the question how long has it been since you read a newspaper article or listened to a broadcast and felt that the reporter was working for you that he or she sincerely believed you had a need to know and was com mitted to being your humble servant carefully and accurately laying out the facts as they were perceived by inter ested parties Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday Aug 21 the 233rd day of 1997 There are 132 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Aug President Eisen hower signed an executive order pro claiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union On this date In 1680 Pueblo Indians took pos session of Santa Fe after dri ving out the Spanish In 1831 former slave Nat Turner led a violent insurrection in Virginia He was later Is such a com mitment reflected in a producers decision to rou tinely lead the nightly news with murders and rob beries Consider areas where you have particular knowl edge and experi ence your job your business or profession your church or community Can you recall reading or listening to a report on one of those areas and thinking Thats all wrong Thats not how things work Thats not what If you have had that experience what confidence does that give you in media Lamar Smith reports of other events and activities where you have no direct knowledge In your role as a parent you let noth ing stand between you and the facts concerning your children when you must make a decision for them As an employee you personally make sure you have good solid infor mation before acting As a professional advising others you actively seek out the best avail able information before giving advice As a business person you gather and evaluate information about the market and your competitors before you com mit to a new venture But as citizens we too frequently accept what we are told We lean too heavily on the crutch of opinion the stale canned variety marketed through the media How then are we to know to act effectively to hold our elected representatives accountable A major share of the problem today falls at the feet of the media They sim ply are not working to serve the public interest Citizens know it and continue to turn away to alternative sources of infor mation The major networks share of the news audience has been cut in half since 1975 even as our population has grown Newspaper readership has been in decline for years But in a free and open society accountability begins and ends with citizens not the media Good citizenship is insisting on hav ing the facts about community and national issues To be selfgoverning citizens need the facts Lamar Smith represents the 21st District in the In 1858 the famous debates between Senatorial contenders Abraham Lin coln and Stephen Douglas began In 1878 the American Bar Associ ation was founded in Saratoga In 1940 exiled Communist revolu tionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds inflicted by an assas sin In 1945 President Truman ended the LendLease program that had shipped some billion in aid to Americas Allies during World War II In 1983 Philippine opposition leader Benigno S Aquino ending a self imposed exile in the United States was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport In 1986 more than people died when toxic gas erupted from a volcanic lake in the West African nation of Cameroon In 1991 the hardline coup against Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular upris ing led by Russian federation Presi dent Boris N Yeltsin Ten years ago Sgt Clayton Lone tree the first Marine ever courtmar tialed for spying was convicted in Quantico of passing secrets to the KGB after becoming romantically involved with a Soviet woman while serving as a Embassy guard in Moscow Lonetree ended up serving eight years in a military prison and was released in February Five years ago The day after the close of the Republican National Con vention in rjouston the two major par ty candidates traded hard blows with President Bush deriding Bill Clinton as a wishywashy leader and Clinton lashing back at Bush as a great fear One year ago President Clinton signed the Health Insurance Portabili ty and Accountability Act of 1996 aimed at making health insurance eas ier to obtain and keep   

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