New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 30, 1997, Page 4

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung September 30, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas ’4 □ Herald-Zeitung a Tuesday, September 30,1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the {Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Herald-Zeitung •5 Sj ..    ■'    -    ' ■ ■ Opini< ■ , fl iii -H' Onlim contact ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or lo simply contact staff members, the managing editor's address is NBHZeitungOAOL.com. <• ; .    ■ '.<m ■ir’T KR    ■ I QUOT ABLE “All journalism involves some degree of rids, because it is basically an anarchical activity that thrives on exposure, disrespect and creating mischief.”Phillip Knightly journalist, author EDITORIALFair memories trill linger through year By now you have washed the sticky cotton candy from your fingers, but the powdered sugar from that funnel cake might still be on your boots. Hay from the livestock bam can still be found in the floorboard of your pickup. These mementoes from die 104th Comal County Fair are likely the only physical reminders you have left (unless, of course, you met Lady Luck at the carnival games). 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 petting 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 year’s 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 Friday’s 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 showing 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 year’s fair already were being made. We, along with most of New Braunfels and Comal County, are looking forward to next year. (Today s editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald-Zed ling bearing the writer’s 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 do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 A phenomenon has been under way at the Texas Department of Health during the past year. People are walking into the department's offices throughout the state, checks in hand, to reimburse the state for federal and state-funded health services that have been provided to non-citizens. These are offices where people normally collect public benefits. So far, Texas has received $75,000 in such reimbursements. California expects to receive $1 million in similar payments this year. The Dallas Morning News reported recently that the payments “are an unexpected consequence of an effort by U.S. Department of Health officials to enforce an old law with new vigor.” Many of the repayments are from individuals who want to sponsor for eigners who’ve wrongly taken public benefits in the U.S. but now want to be legal immigrants. The Morning News reported, the most graphic illustration of the problem comes from the West Coast. “California investigators have uncovered Philippine airline flight attendants who routinely fly to the United States to have babies, wealthy foreign businessmen who fly their children in for expensive treatments and an Albanian who tried to use ... the state’s Medicaid program to pay for Lamar Smith tw6*liver transplants.” The enforcement effort reflects new laws passed by Congress and backed in states such as Texas. Those laws have restored an reinvigorated self-reliance — the basis of policy dating to the early*years 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 reinforces a long-standing law that says individuals who are or are likely to become public charges — those who have received public benefits — won’t be admitted to the U.S. And the new law holds an immigrant’s 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 won’t win legal admission to the U.S. for those who have used public benefits in the U.S. previously. Many states are comparing records of non-citizens who’ve 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 benefits will be caught. The unprecedented repayments demonstrate that new immigration laws have compelled immigrants and would-be immigrants to be self-reliant, turning to their family sponsors for help rather than the taxpayers. (Lamar'Smith represents District 21 in the House of the Representatives.) New BraunfelsHerald-ZeitungEditor and Publisher. Ext. 301........................................Doug ToneyManaging Editor. Ext. 220.................................Margaret    Edmonson Marketing Director. Ext 206....................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager. Ext 214...............Karen    Reinmger Business Manager. Ext. 202........................................Mary    Lee HallCirculation Director. Ext. 228...................................Carol    Ann AveryPressroom Foreman, Ext. 205............................................................. Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Aeuung (LISPS 377-880) 707 Lands St, or P O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, TX 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Aeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Corml and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one yew, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by aerier driivay only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $35; one year, $ 103.50. Mad onside Texas: ox months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not recaved a ncw^wper by SJO pm Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 am. on Sunday may call (830) 625-9144 or by 7 pm. weekdays or by ll am on Sunday. Posthaste* : Send adless changes to Bm New Braunfels HiraU-Zeitmtg, P O. Dower 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. itefjtiinK tfo safe to brim •Mite onside tratt minutes! IOther Texas views By Th# Associated Press A sampling of editorial opinion from Texas newspapers; Waco Tribune-Herald on probation loopholes: Not only are Texas judges and prosecutors improperly using plea bargains and deferred adjudication to cut their workload, they also are wiping criminal records clean for probationers 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 criminal defendants convicted of a crime and sentenced to deferred adjudication and probation are walking around with spotless records due to a corner-cutting 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 probation terms) by terminating their felon probationary sentences early due to ’’unsatisfactory” performance. Rather than getting their probation revoked, and being arrested and punished fully for their original crimes and violation of their probation and deferred adjudication sentences, they instead are given an ’’unsatisfactory termination,” which reduces work for prosecutors and judges and gives aToday in History By The A—petaled Pre— Today is Tuesday, Sept 30, the 273rd day of 1997. There are 92 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 30, 1952, the motion picture process Cinerama — which employed three cameras, three projectors 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: la 1791, Mozart’s opera “The Marie Flute” oremiered in Vienna. free walk to criminal defendants. Some legal scholars, according to the newspaper, say judges lack the authority to order ’’unsatisfactory terminations” because the Code of Criminal Procedure requires a defendant’s “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 absconders by saying the practice is permitted by by the Code of Criminal Procedure under the authority of judicial 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 don’t want to pursue a case, I’m not going to second-guess their judgment,” 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 Star-Telegram on making U.S. trade sanctions useful: This week, two of the most reasonable members of Congress — Sen. Richard Lugar, R-lnd., and Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-lnd. — will introduce a bill to make Congress actually think about what it is doing before it legislates unilateral sanctions against foreign countries. 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 major-league record. In 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders decided to appease Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi    annexation    of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland. In 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to anend. In 1954, the first atomic-powered vessel, the submarine Nautilus, was Under their proposal, such sanctions could be applied only if they are likely to have the desired effect, will not be costly to innocent parties, will be reviewed ta see if results meet expectations, ind 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 bom of good intentions but have had no effect on the offensive behavior of the targeted nations. Too often, sanctions make somebody or some group in this country feel good without accomplishing a thing. They may even be counterproductive, leading to unnecessary ill feelings toward the United States and/or costing Americans more than they cost somebody else. One current example is the rush to punish regimes that persecute various religious groups by applying economic 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 Lugar-Hamilton bill, it looks different. Not only are the sanctions unlikely to change the behavior of, for instance, a Saudi Arabia, but those seeking the sanctions would establish a special White House office charged with monitoring religious persecu<i hon. And this in an era when govem-i merit is supposed to be shrinking. We think the Lugar-Hamilton bill is overdue, and should be adopted. commissioned by the Navy. In 1955, actor James Dean was killed in a two-car collision near Cholanic, Calif. In 1962, black student James Meredith succeeded on his fourth try in registering for classes at the University of Mississippi. In 1986, the U.S. released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after the Soviets released Nicholas Daniloff. Ten years age: Two top campaign aides to Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis resigned after one of them, campaign manager John Sasso. admitted leaking anWrite "em U.S. House Rep. Lamar Smith, 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20615, Phone: 202-225-4236. Local Office: HOO NE Loop 410, Suite 640, San Antonio, TX, 78209, Phone: 210-821-5024, FAX: 210-821-5947. Rep. Oro Rodriguez, 323 Cannon House Office Bldg.. Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: 210-225-1640. Local Office: 1313 SE Military Dr. Ste. 115, San Antonio, Texas 78214. Phone: (210) 924-7383 U.S. Senate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 283 Russell Senate Office Blda. Washington, D.C., 20510. Phone: 202-224-5922. FAX’ 202-224-0776. Local Office: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460, San Antonio, TX, 78230, Phone: 210-340-2885. Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX 202-228-2856. Local Office: 404 E. Ramsey, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78216, Phone: 210-366-9494, FAX 210- . 386-2016. attack videotape that helped bring down the presidential candidacy of Delaware Sen. Joseph Bidcn. (Sasso returned to the campaign a year later.) Five years aga: The Bush and Clinton campaigns opened negotiations for a series of presidential debates. George Brett of the Kansas City Royals reached 3,000 career hits during a game against the California Angels. One year age: With jim hours to spare before the start of the fiscal year, the Senate passed and President Clinton signed a $389 billion nwndinv hill ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: September 30, 1997

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