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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A g HeratiZettunfl Q Friday September Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Opinion submit tetters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is QUOTABLE Journalists are now creating the coverage that is going to lead to their own destruc Kathleen Hall Jamieson journalism educator D I T O R CISD now must plan to sell Nov 8 bond issue Comal Independent School District trustees called for a bond election on Nov 8 to address facility needs which have been the focus of months of study by two commit tees On the ballot are four proposals totaling million to fund construction and equipment for schools building of a new high school and two elementary schools technology upgrades at existing campuses and renovation and expansion of existing campuses The way the proposals are presented will allow taxpay ers to vote down the option of building a new high school without jeopardizing the entire package of requests With its decision Wednesday the board complied with resident Peggy Laughlins request give us a package to address districtwide needs As a district we re all in it together We need to begin this journey with a single step Give us a bond package to vote she told trustees Wednesday Ninetytwo million dollars is a lot of money and the ones who will have to foot the bill are the ones who are going to have to approve it CISD trusteeshave called for the bond election now it is up tothern to vot ers The need for facilities is there and there has been little argument that something needs to be done to address the problems that the expanding student population is caus ing What is at issue is how to solve those problems We encourage CISD trustees and administrators to plan for a way to get the message to the public through town meet ings newsletters or other written information The first ballot in this election hits the box on Oct 22 the first day of early voting CISD needs to get busy if it wants to conduct a successful bond election Todays editorial was written by He raldZe ituing Managing Editor Margaret Write us The New Braunfels 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 NeilBraunfels Her aldZeitutig 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 830 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext 220 Edmonson Marketing Director Exi 2C8 Borchardt Classified Advening Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager E Lee Hall Circulation Director Ex Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the HeraUiltuwtg USPS 377380 707 Landa or PAO Drawer 3 1 J328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78I31I328 Periodical postage paid by ihe Ntw HeralUZtinuig in New Brauniels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadulupe 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 mouths one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 830 or by 7 weekdays or H on Sunday R Send address changes to the Braunjels HtitvUZeiiung Draw er 3 1 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Interim committee delves into health issues Texas legislators commitment to ensure the health and safety of Texans in nursing homes continues with the appointment of an interim committee that will study nursing home regulations and long term care availability The state has an obligation to ensure that your elderly citizens do not get tangled in a web of bureaucratic redtape regu latory inefficiency or a lack of access to longterm said Lt Gov Bob Bullock The Legislature passed Senate Bill 190 by Zaffirini and Rep Elliott Naishtat DAustin which strength ened nursing home regulations and created to ensure implementation of the bill Lt Gov Bullock appointed me chair of the oversight committee and also appointed Sen Jane Nelson R Flower Mound and Ken Kramer professor emeritus at Trinity University to serve on the commit tee House Speaker Pete Laney will appoint two members of the House of Representatives to the committee During the interim at hand the committee will identify significant problems in nursing home regula tions determine the effectiveness of current standards and assess the availability of longterm care Because 17 percent of the Texas Judith Zaffirini population will be 65 years or older by the year 2030 compared to 10 percent in 1990 the need for longterm care facilities is increasing Seniors consider ing such facili ties should do so with confidence that their health and safety would be protected While there are many excellent nursing homes in Texas that offer quality care for our elderly and dis abled unfortunately there are others that have not provided the care our seniors expect and deserve That situ ation is being addressed by Texas Attorney General Dan Morales who filed more than 30 lawsuits in two months against nursing homes Some of these lawsuits seek fines of up to a day from facilities that allegedly threaten the wellbeing and security of residents During the 75th Legislative Session members and staff of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services which I chair invit ed representatives of the Attorney Generals Office the Department of Human Services the American Association of Retired Persons and the nursing home industry to partici pate in discussions about the nursing home reform legislation Because advocates from all sides of the issues were involved in the legislative process communication improved between OAG and DHS Investigators from DHS increased the number and quality of referrals to OAG and OAG responded by filing lawsuits against substandard facili ties In Fiscal Year 1997 for example 53 nursing homes were referred to OAG for litigation compared to 11 in FY 1996 SB 190 requires both DHS and OAG to report annually regarding their efforts to enforce nursing home regulations Through the passage of the nursing home reform bill and OAGs vigor ous prosecution of offenders legisla tors are sending a strong message to interested parties that we are commit ted to protecting Texas most vulner able citizens The OAGs efforts to stop the abuse and neglect of our senior citizens is commendable Additionally our committees interim study also will analyze the availability of longterm services for the elderly and disabled This is a critical issue for an aging population that is expected to reach million by the year 2000 Lt Gov Bullock also appointed me to the Unfunded Mandates Interagency Work Group Its interim task is to study the economic impact of state laws that require new expen ditures by cities counties school dis tricts and other units of local govern ment The workgroup also is required to publish a list of the laws that received no appropriations from the state to cover the expenditures Because local governments requested relief from unfunded mandates the Legislature passed House Bill 66 by Rep Henrv Cuellar DLaredo and Zaffirini ere ating a committee to review the issue The Lt Gov also appointed me to the Sunset Advisory Commission and to the Texas Integrated Enrollment Services Legislative Oversight Committee I will review these and other interim appointments and charges in succeeding columns Because our interim work determines future legislation it reflects Oliver Wendell Holmes observation that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are Judith Zaffirini represents the 21st District in the Texas iteltey used itopeftiisbillion dollar WY is under Missing pocketknife part of weird trend of events By BLACKIE SHERROO The Dallas Morning News DALLAS If you will pardon personal refer ence my grandfather carried a pocketknife all the way from Tennessee This of course did not make him unique In his day a male person would soon er appear in public in his BVDs than without his pocketknife My father inherited this knife and toted it maybe a halfcentury assumed carriership for another 20 years It was a noble little thing The bone handle was worn slick the insignia on its shield was indeci pherable its main blade curved inward by decades of whetstones There was a faint inscription of what appeared to be Schrade Walder NY on the blade hilt You could whittle a wagon tongue out of a bois darc tree or pick a sticker out of your finger with this knife or shave with it or if the situation arose perform an emergency appendectomy or take a scalp They dont make steel like that anymore Well sir about a year ago the knife turned up missing It had happened before and like Marys little lamb it always came home in a forgotten pocket or maybe at the laundry counter when a thoughtful attendant shook down some corduroys This time it stayed lost Closets were ransacked drawers emptied car seats probed sofas invaded Nada A year passed We changed houses Old coats and jackets and shirts and denims and corduroys were searched before discarded Mementos were reviewed and banished to the attic A new home office was set up and a new collection of junk began Then one night recently I had occasion to leave the workbench and visit the water closet On my return I saw a small object on the parquet floor It had not been there before You guessed it There probably could be a simple explanation Perhaps the knife had dived into the bowels of the office lounger where it escaped probing hands and lived for months untended Then just at this partic ular moment it escaped its oblivion and dropped to the strange floor seeking its master I do not believe this Instead of logic I choose to classify the knife as another weird happening to oP buster here There are too many unexplained events to be coinciden tal Example Years past the family car was a Nash and during frequent visits to Bosque County on the same country bridge over the same country river the motor would quit It would always start again and the trip would continue but the next week or next month whenever the Nash reached the middle of this particular bridge click nothing Does this happen to the average American citizen I think not There was one night I returned home after an evening of social research at several stops I emp tied pockets on the dresser as is every mans privi lege and discovered my credit card was missing I must have left it at one of the stops but followup calls failed to locate same American Express was notified and all that red tape completed Three months later after the weather turned cool a tweed coat was fetched from the rear of the closet unworn for at least eight months In the breast pocket the card Another weirdo On a football trip to New York I bought three sets of underwear at a midtown store One set I wore others I stuffed still sacked in my trusty suitcase At the luggage carousel at Love Field the radio announcer Vern Lundquist hoisted his bag off the track and a sack fell from its outside packet MY underwear Go figure Once the esteemed Brad Sham had a sports talk show on KRLD and at the exact same time the esteemed Randy Galloway had a similiar program on WBAP 300 kilocycles away Twice on the tollway after work the unexplainable happened Mr Shams voice came into my car via the radios front speaker and Mr Galloways lucid tones at the same time came on the rearseat speaker Twice it happened If Im lying Im dying The reappearance of the heirloom knife is just another weird adventure in this otherwise plebian life leading me to the uneasy conclusion I may be some sort of witch Blackie Sherrod is a columnist for The Dallas Morning News This column was distributed by The Associated Press Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Sept 26 the 269th day of 1997 There are 96 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Sept 26 1789 Thomas Jefferson was appointed Americas first Secretary of State John Jay the first chief justice of the United States Samuel Osgood the first Postmaster General and Edmund Jennings Randolph the first Attorney General On this date In 1777 British troops occupied Philadelohia during the American Revolution In 1914 the Federal Trade Commission was established In 1950 United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans In 1957 the musical West Side Story opened on Broadway In 1960 the first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M Nixon and John F Kennedy took place in Chicago In 1980 the Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel HarboEverett Wash In 1986 William H Rehnquist was sworn in as the 16th chief justice of the United States while Antonin Scalia joined the Supreme Court as its 103rd member In 1991 four men and four women began a twoyear stay inside a sealed off structure known as Biosphere 2 in Oracle Ariz Ten years ago In his Saturday radio address President Reagan said he was reluctantly signing legislation restoring the automatic deficitreduc ing provisions of the GrammRudman Act Five years African President de Klerk and African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela held their first meeting in three months during which they agreed on the urgent need for an inter im government A Nigerian military transport plane crashed shortly after takeoff killing all 163 people aboard One year ago Astronaut Shannon Lucid returned to Earth in the shuttle Atlantis after six months aboard the Russian Mir space station President Clinton signed a bill ensuring twoday hospital stays for new mothers and their babies ValuJet received federal permission to fly again three months after it was grounded following a deadly crash Richard Alien Davis the killer of 12yearold Polly Klaas was formally sentenced to death in San Jose Calif
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