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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZettung Q Tuesday September O 3 Elderly need not apply to those young at heart Ife A ft dh A AMM A MA B x Dear Readers The many responses I received to the question How would you define the term elderly were wonderful Permit me to share a few Dear Abby I have a definition that has served me well most of my life elderly who is older than I am This was confirmed when 1 heard my dad who was 84 and in a convalescent home speak of the old codger who lives down the He was 87 Carl Fisher age Walnut Creek Calif Dear Abby I am 79 and just beginning to think of myself as Fifty to me is middle age Dorothy Kent Henderson Nev Dear Abby I am 52 years old and consider the term elderly as being a synonym for dead Jane Anderson Cincinnati Dear Abby How would I define elderly I am reminded of the joke that went I enjoy drinking hes a Im an older woman shes elderly Bea Shaw Toluca Lake Calif Dear Abby I dont know a great deal about how ladies view themselves but to me they are forever young However I do know a little about men By my reckoning until age 35 he is an adolescent From 3555 he is a young man From 5575 he is middleaged and anyone who is 75 or older is a senior Tom Danaher age Las Vegas Dear Abby When you ask someone to define you open a can of worms It is my belief that few people think themselves as a specific age Society seems to want to label each of its members by age race religion etc Lets forget all that and just live Elderly is as elderly does Enjoy life and as the French say Vive la difference Robert L Casey Las Vegas Dear Abby I am 76 and dont consider myself elderly When I curl my hair which is naturally a blondishgray I have my makeup on my nails nicely manicured and Im dressed in a nice f dont feel or look a day over 55 So I think If I werent married Id be looking for a live 1 define elderly as over the Still Kicking and Able Dear Abby Being elderly to me is having the dignity to grow older with dignity Peggy ONeil Puyallup Wash Dear Abby Most of us associate elderly with those who are older than we are who have become intapacitated physically or mentally People our own age may be senior citizens but never elderly Marion E Graff Los Angeles Dear Abby Elderly is a politically correct euphemism for Whats wrong with being old I am an aging boomer and I want to be as old as possible In this babyandyouthobsessed culture of ours its time to shout Old is great Michael Pearce Portland Ore Dear Michael and Readers Ill second the motion I regret that Iam unable to print all of the delightful definitions Ive received for however from time to time I will share more of them Congress extending tonights immigration deadline BflVWOMI MWKMW By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP The House has given a threeweek reprieve to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who stand to lose their eligibility to remain in the United States while applying for legal residence The Senate was expected to take up similar legislation before expiration of the immigration provision at midnight tonight The extension through Oct 23 was approved on a 35557 vote Monday as part of a stopgap bill bankrolling Area code government operations beyond the Oct 1 start of the fiscal year Immigration lawyers charitable organizations and other advocates have been swamped by thousands of calls in recent weeks from immigrants panicked over possible loss of the loophole which was first provided by Congress in 1994 Envisioned as a temporary measure the statute allows undocumented immigrants to file in the United States for legal status instead of at consulates abroad In exchange filers must pay a fine The provision doesnt benefit the entire undocumented population in the United States which now exceeds 5 million Instead it is targeted at those eligible for legal residence either because theyre already in line for visas or are the spouse or minor child of a citizen Parents of adult children who are citizens also can apply Some people took advantage of the rule in 1995 and 1996 This year an estimated are applying Critics contend the measure fosters illegal immigration and wrongfully rewards those who broke laws by entering the country without authorization or overstaying their visa Common sense says you dont reward people for breaking the said Rep Brian Bilbray RCalif Rep Dana Rohrabacher RCalif termed the provision blatantly unfair to those who apply for visas overseas waiting sometimes years for permission to enter the country It makes a joke of our immigration said Rohrabacher who last week derailed an attempt to include a longer extension in the spending bill Lawmakers will decide next month whether to renew the provision for a longer period The Senate already has approved a permanent extension It is a critical said Abby Price of the Catholic Conferences Migration and Refugee Services I think its slowly dawning in many many sectors that theres much more to this than meets the eye and that the impact in communities with the separation of families and the impact upon American businesses will be very severely felt Faced possible expiration of the statute thousands have grappled with a difficult decision Remain here illegally or leave to secure their green cards abroad With the application process sometimes taking years the immigrants would face a lengthy period away from family and jobs if they leave the United States While the Clinton administration supports extension the Immigration and Naturalization Service is cautioning that tonights deadline remains in effect until Congress passes the measure and the president signs it Some INS offices are offering extended hours today to deal with lastminute filers Offices also have set up drop boxes to allow applicants to file their paperwork until midnight From Page 1 956 a region that covers the cities of Encinal Laredo and most of Webb County 210 a region that includes most of Bexar County and the San Antonio area and cities of Helotes St Hedwig Elmendorf and Universal City Bohuslav said the change was needed because the pool of potential telephone numbers in the 210 area code was being drained by increased use She said splitting the area into different area codes created more telephone numbers New Braunfels had been in the 512 area code until 1992 when the area code was changed to 210 However Bohuslav said the commission already was looking at how to use numbers more efficiently According to a press release issued by the commission Wednesday a task force will look at ways to conserve the use of telephone numbers One measure would allow customers to retain a telephone number when changing to a new telephone company Were looking at ways to relieve the drain on available numbers so the need for new area codes doesnt keep said Bohuslav The task force is expected to report back to the commission before Thanksgiving What to update Comal County has a new 830 area code and calls using the old 210 area code will not be connected after Oct 5 Here is a suggested list of things to do now to avoid problems later For your residential number Update the area code on the front of checks Make sure credit card companies know your new area code Inform friends and family who live in places outside the local calling area Update your speeddial functions at home For your office Update automated phone systems including PBX systems Inform all customers of the change no matter how many times they do business with you Update modems and automatic fax systems Update all business publications including business cards letterhead stamps and advertising such as brochures and materials Frorjn Page 1 A tarp area will be put up for the dancers Just in case mother nature decides to let it pour Native American dancers are returning to Canyon Lake after last years pow wow Some of them are John Butler the head male dancer of the Caddo tribe and Dorsey Sandongei the head female dancer of the KiowaComanche tribe Organizers will start setting up for the pow wow later this week Most of the tribal dancers will arrive in Sattler Friday Community support has been good Guenzel said We are getting a lot more volunteers to help this Guenzel said We probably have 20 to 25 volunteers signed Guenzel said last year about people came to the pow wow grounds to experience Native American dances arts and crafts exhibits food and the tepees I think we will attract more Guenzel said It is a chance to see the Native American culture and heritage up close because the Native Americans were a major part of this he said It is a wonderful event for the A barbecue dinner at the Dam Red Barn Restaurant will kick off the pow wow from 6 to midnight Friday Tickets for the dinner are at the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and can be purchased from chamber board members The tickets are on sale at the door for 12 Admission is for a oneday adult pass for a oneday childrens pass for a twoday adult pass and for a twoday childrens pass Children younger than 3 are admitted free Anyone who needs information or wants to volunteer can call Guenzel at 830 9643613 Cypress Bend to close for River of Lights Armey promises IRS overhaul bill this year ByJIMABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP IRS horror stories at a Senate hearing last week are providing the impetus for action on legislation to first tighten controls on and eventually fundamentally change the tax agency lawmakers say House Majority Leader Dick Armey RTexas said Sunday that a bill to restructure the Internal Revenue Service will pass in his chamber by years end Senate leaders while less certain of a deadline predicted quick action on their side too The American people are ceasing to trust this agency and we had better pull our socks up and do Sen Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York senior Democrat on the Finance Committee that held the IRS hearings said on CBS Face the In testimony IRS employees and taxpayers described such abuses as evaluating agents by the number of seizures and levies they make and targeting lowerincome people who do not have the money to contest IRS claims Newsweek reports in this weeks issue that the IRS responded to the hearings by suspending several districtlevel managers The magazine said it had a memo signed by one of the suspended officials ArkansasOklahoma collection chief Ronald James detailing how managers in an apparent violation of the law judge workers by the amount of seizures liens and levies they make IRS spokesman Frank Keith said privacy laws barred him from discussing individual cases But acting IRS Commissioner Michael Dolan promised the Senate committee that he would take immediate action to eliminate abuses Keith said and that People are ceasing to trust this agency and we had better pull up our socks and do Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan could include temporary suspensions Armey speaking on Fox News said House leaders were working on a bill now and well pass that before this year is He said the legislation is based on recommendations made earlier this year by a bipartisan panel headed by Rep Rob Portman ROhio and Sen Bob Kerrey DNeb The bill moves IRS oversight from the parent Treasury Department to a new board of directors requires reporting on the basis of audits and gives the IRS commissioner a greater role in determining changes in tax law Theres an urgency for us to Kerrey said on CBS We know that the law isnt right We know the law needs to be Armey suggested that one IRS abuse was the targeting of groups and FAIR PHOTO RETAKES Comal County Fair Winners A makeup day for those people who won trophies or ribbons during the Comal County Fair and did not get their photos taken can get them taken between 8 and 10 on Saturday Come to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung newspaper office at 707LandaSt If any problems occur please call Michael Darnall at 6259148 ext 227 and leave a message individuals that oppose the Clinton administration Such a charge also was made several weeks ago when friends of Paula Jones who has filed a sexual harassment suit against Clinton voiced suspicions that she was being audited because of the lawsuit White House officials then and again Sunday in response to Armeys statement strongly denied any involvement in IRS activities But Armey said it was very hard to ignore the possibility that there may be a conscious singling out of people that are seen as not friendly to this He said two organizations with which he was affiliated were audited for the first time after he became majority leader Lawmakers interviewed on the Sunday news shows stressed that any legislation considered this year will only be a first step toward revamping the entire tax collection system A national sales tax and a flat tax are among the ideas being put forward Armey and other GOP leaders last week announced a national tour to build up grassroots support for eliminating the current tax code and replacing the tax system The goal is increased awareness that will bring people to the need to replace the current tax code and replace the IRS as we know House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday Gingrich told the International Conservative Congress that he hopes to introduce by next May or June a dramatic bold tax reform bill that would save time for the American people and dramatically shrink the Internal Revenue Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch RUtah said on CBS that the IRS is out of control because it has become a law enforcement arm rather than a service agency Its become similar to the KGB over in Russia in the eyes of the American people and thats he said The City of New Braunfels announced today that Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday from now until late October to allow electrical contractors to prepare for the Holiday River of Lights Crews have started work on upgrading the electrical system in the Assistant to the City 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