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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 o HeraldZeftung g Tuesday September Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 QUOTABLE All journalism involves some degree of risk because it is basically an anarchical activity that thrives on exposure disrespect and creating Phillip Knightley journalist author EDITORIAL Fair memories linger through year By now you have washed the sticky cotton candy from your fingers but the powdered sugar from that runnel cake might still be on your boots Hay from the livestock barn can still be found in the floorboard of your pickup These mementoes from the 104th Comal County Fair are likely the only physical reminders you have left unless of course you met Lady Luck at the carnival But the memories of this successful fair still linger in the minds of those who attended For the youngsters the joy of touching a young chick or pet ting a pony for the first time cannot be duplicated For the adults the gathering of friends and family for six days of food music and fun is something to look forward to every year This years edition of the Comal County Fair was blessed with beautiful weather The fair association could not have ordered more perfect weather for the fair and Fridays parade which lasted more than two hours and drew most of the town to the heart of the city to either participate or watch The backbone of the Comal County Fair is the multitude of volunteers who donate their time and their talents all year long to make the production of the fair the very best it can be These volunteers sell tickets watch over exhibits organize contests flip burgers and generally make the fair run as smoothly as possible New Braunfels and Comal County residents owe a debt of gratitude to the Comal County Fair Association and all the volunteers for the work they do The production of the Comal County Fair is no small feat and it is a source of great pride for this community Thanks also go to the participants from the youngster show ing a chicken to the grownup showing canned tomatoes These contestants help make the show a success by exhibiting their best entries providing some of the excitement that comes with the Comal County Fair Cleanup at the fairgrounds began early Monday morning but plans for next years fair already were being made We along with most of New Braunfels and Comal County are looking forward to next year Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Margaret 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 We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung 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 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Marketing Director 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 HeraUiZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 3II328 New Braunfels Comal County TX 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunlels 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 not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday PosiMASTtH Send address changes to the New Braunfels HiraldZeitws Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion contact submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is Immigration law promotes selfreliance A phenomenon has been under way at the Texas Department of Health during the past year People are walking into the departments offices throughout the state checks in hand to reimburse the state for federal and statefunded health ser vices that have been provided to noncitizens These are offices where people normally collect public benefits So far Texas has received in such reimbursements California expects to receive million in simi lar payments this year The Dallas Morning News report ed recently that the payments are an unexpected consequence of an effort by Department of Health officials to enforce an old law with new Many of the repayments are from individuals who want to sponsor for eigners whove wrongly taken public benefits in the but now want to be legal immi grants The Morning News reported the most graphic illustration of the problem comes from the West Coast C al i forn i a investigators have uncovered Philippine airline flight attendants who routinely fly to the United States to have babies wealthy for eign businessmen who fly their chil dren in for expensive treatments and an Albanian who tried to use the states Medicaid program to pay for Lamar Smith The enforcement effort reflects new laws passed by Congress and backed in states such as Texas Those laws have restored an reinvig orated selfreliance the basis of policy dating to the earlyyears of this century that says an immigrant should be taken care of by his family sponsor and not by the taxpayers The landmark immigration reform law that I authored last year rein forces a longstanding law that says individuals who are or are likely to become public charges those who have received public benefits wont be admitted to the And the new law holds an immigrants sponsor legally liable to repay the government if the immigrant collects public benefits Paying past bills may relieve the sponsor of a current immigrant from liability But it wont win legal admission to the for those who have used public benefits in the previously Many states are comparing records of noncitizens whove received public assistance to State Department lists of those seeking immigration visas And the word is out that those who come to work and contribute will be rewarded and those who wrongly take public bene fits will be caught The unprecedented repayments demonstrate that new immigration laws have compelled immigrants and wouldbe immigrants to be self reliant turning to their family spon sors for help rather than the taxpay ers Lamar represents District 21 in the House of the Other Texas views By The Associated Press A sampling of editorial opinion from Texas newspapers Waco TribuneHerald on proba tion loopholes Not only are Texas judges and prosecutors improperly using plea bargains and deferred adjudication to cut their workload they also are wip ing criminal records clean for proba tioners who fail to meet the terms of their probation The Texas Legislature again needs to tighten the loopholes that allow Texas judges and prosecutors to reward criminals who mock the law An investigation by the Houston Chronicle reported that many crimi nal defendants convicted of a crime and sentenced to deferred adjudica tion and probation are walking around with spotless records due to a cornercutting practice by Texas judges and prosecutors that rewards probation violators The newspaper found that many judges particularly in Harris County reward absconders probationers who disappear without fulfilling their pro bation terms by terminating their felon probationary sentences early due to unsatisfactory performance Rather than getting their probation revoked and being arrested and pun ished fully for their original crimes and violation of their probation and deferred adjudication sentences they instead are given an unsatisfactory which reduces work for prosecutors and judges and gives a Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Sept 30 the 273rd day of 1997 There are 92 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Sept 30 1952 the motion picture process Cinerama which employed three cameras three pro jectors and a deeply curved viewing screen made its debut with the premiere of This Is Cinerama at the Broadway Theater in New York City On this date In 1791 Mozarts opera The Maeic Flute premiered in Vienna free walk to criminal defendants Some legal scholars according to the newspaper say judges lack the authority to order unsatisfactory ter minations because the Code of Criminal Procedure requires a defen dants satisfactory fulfillment of probation before a judge may change the original sentence The prosecutors who recommend and judges who accept unsats defend giving early release to abscon ders by saying the practice is permit ted by by the Code of Criminal Procedure under the authority of judi cial discretion One judge quoted by the Houston Chronicle defended his acceptance of recommendations to give early release to probation violators When the state of Texas tells me they dont want to pursue a case Im not going to secondguess their said 228th state District Judge Ted Poe Most Texans assumed judges were paid to exercise their own judgment The Texas Legislature must close this loophole that allows judges and prosecutors to reward people who violate the terms of their probationary sentences Fort Worth StarTelegram on mak ing trade sanctions useful This week two of the most reason able members of Congress Sen Richard Lugar and Rep Lee Hamilton DInd will introduce a bill to make Congress actually think about what it is doing before it legis lates unilateral sanctions against for eign countries Under their proposal such sanc tions could be applied only if they are likely to have desired effect will not be costly to ihnocent parties will be reviewed see if results meet expectations and will expire after two years unless Congress votes to extend them The point is that sanctions such as some of those against Cuba and Burma and past grain embargoes against the old Soviet Union have been born of good intentions but have had no effect on the offensive behav ior of the targeted nations Too often sanctions make somebody or some group in this country feel good with out accomplishing a thing They may even be counterproductive leading to unnecessary ill feelings toward the United States costing Americans more than they cost some body else One current example is the rush to punish regimes that persecute various religious groups by applying econom ic sanctions Most Americans might sympathize with the emotion involved we would like for every nation to share our freedoms but by asking the questions included in the LugarHamilton bill it looks dif ferent Not only are the sanctions unlikely to change the behavior of for instance a Saudi Arabia but thosje seeking the sanctions would establish a special White House office chargec with monitoring religious persecu tion And this in an era when govern ment is supposed to be shrinking We think the LugarHamilton bill is overdue and should be adopted Write 5em House Rep Lamar Smith 2443 Rayburn House Office Washington 20515 Phone 2022254236 Local Office 11 GONE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio TX 78209 Phone 210821 5024 FAX 2108215947 Rep Giro Rodriguez 323 Cannon House Office Washington 20515 Phone 2102251640 Local Office 1313 SE Military Dr Ste 115 San Antonio Texas 78214 Phone 210 9247383 Senate 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 210340 2885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Russell Senate Office Washington Phone 2022242934 FAX 202 2282856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Antonio TX 78216 Phone 2103669494 FAX 210 3662016 Austria In 1846 dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time on a patient in his Boston office In 1927 Babe Ruth hit his 60th homer of the season to break his own majorleague record In 1938 British French German and Italian leaders decided to appease Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakias Sudetenland In 1949 the Berlin Airlift came to an end In 1954 the first atomicpowered vessel the submarine Nautilus was commissioned by the Navy In 1955 actor James Dean was killed in a twocar collision near Cholame Calif In 1962 black student James Meredith succeeded on his fourth try in registering for classes at the University of Mississippi In 1986 the released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov one day after the Soviets released Nicholas Daniloff Ten years ago Two top cam paign aides to Massachusetts Gov Michael S Dukakis resigned after one of them campaign manager John Sasso admitted leaking an ack videotape that helped bring down the presidential candidacy of Delaware Sen Joseph Biden Sasso returned to the campaign a year Five years ago The Bush and Clinton campaigns opened negotia tions for a series of presidential debates George Brett of the Kansas City Royals reached career hits during a game against the California Angels One year ago With just hours to spare before the start of the fiscal year the Senate passed and President Clinton signed a bil lion snendina hill   

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