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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday August 26 2000 HERALDZEITUNG Page 3A Fox presses open border DALLAS AP Mexicos incoming president met Friday with Gov George W Bush to press his plan for expanding NAFTA and helping lift the income of Mexican workers Vicente Fox said wage differ ences can be eliminated and Mexico and the United States could have an open border Economists on both sides of the border however believe it would be decades if before incomes in Mexico matched those in the United States Foxs meeting with Bush fol lowed meetings with President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore Thursday All three including both major parties candidates for pres ident were cool to Foxs vision of an open border Mexico should be brought upward to be a much better friend neighbor and partner with the United States and Canada by nar rowing the gap on development narrowing the gap on Fox said Once we have nar rowed the differences then we can think about opening up the border to free flow of Bush said he appreciated Foxs optimistic economic vision adding I dont know if itll But Bush did not propose any further help for Mexico and said he would continue to enforce the border Economists say Mexico faces huge obstacles to rivaling incomes Lucinda Vargas a Federal Reserve senior economist in El Paso said I do believe Mexico is going to keep advancing in income and wages but I dont think income parity is achiev able for several decades Economists cite many factors that could hinder growth in Mexico including a low savings rate weak laws on enforcing con tracts and debt agreements and the inability of many small and mediumsize businesses to borrow from banks But the first reason they cite is education Mexico has to focus a lot on education to make its labor that much more Vargas said who studies the Mexican economy But especially during Mexicos recession of the mid1990s she said many poor families sent their children to work instead of school Without a more educated work force Mexico cannot hope to keep up with American productivity economists say We need to invest substantial amounts of money and time in human said Raul Feliz head of macroeconomic studies at the Center for Economic Teaching and Research in Mexico City With more attention on educa tion and training Feliz said Mexicans could probably achieve income levels of typical blue collar workers in 10 to 25 but wont approach the incomes of American informationtechnolo gy workers Mexicos economy has grown steadily since the country emerged from a currency crisis and reces sion in the mid1990s Since 1997 its industrial production has grown 20 percent while the larger industrial sectors of Brazil and Argentina have been nearly flat Mexico ranks 71st in per capita income according to 1999 World Bank figures at about annually in 1999 compared to in the United States Also 15 percent of the countrys population lived on less than a day between 1990 and 1996 FEMA denies wildfire aid AUSTIN AP The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday rejected the states request for help to fight wildfires saying most fires are not threaten ing lives or public health and safe ty The Texas Department of Emergency Management said it will appeal the ruling Our feeling is the process isnt over said Mike Jones spokesman for Gov George W Bush Were hopeful that given additional information they will take a second look at this Bush asked for FEMAs help on July 27 saying that 195 counties were threatened by high or extreme fire hazard This threat was caused by drought across the The same day Bush declared a state of disaster in those same counties If the federal emergency decla ration had been approved the fed eral government would have paid up to 75 percent of the costs of putting equipment and personnel in place and prepared to fight fires The FEMA response came late Friday afternoon Director James L Witt said in a letter that the sit uation does not warrant an emer gency declaration Witt cited a fire in Nacodoches County as the only possible safety or property threat That East Texas forest fire was sparked by light ning strikes earlier this week and consumed more than acres as it threatened more than 150 homes It was contained late Friday Another fire burned two homes 130 miles north of Houston in Zavalla on Thursday after a hay baling machine caught fire in a pasture Two residents were hospitalized and treated for minor burn injuries and the fire eventually was extinguished Don Rogers a spokesman with the states emergency management department said the ruling is per plexing considering the state received the assistance in when there were fewer fires LUXURY MATTRESS SETS Have ministorage unit full ot brand new furniture and mattress sets Still sealed In plastic from the factory Name brand sets Including frame Worth Twin Full Queen King Luxury Pillow Top Super Thick Sets Full Queen King New California King InnerSpring Mattress for 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responsible for auto safety NHTSA largely depends on man ufacturers to police themselves and notify it when problems are uncovered This has been going on for OBITUARIES WARREN George Warren age 46 of Canyon Lake died Thursday Aug 24 2000 in New Braunfels Funeral services will be at 10 Monday Aug 28 2000 at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake Visitation will be from 4 to 8 Sunday at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake HICKS Regina Gina Kintigh Hicks age 41 passed away on August 7 2000 at her home in New Braunfels She was born on December 28 1958 in New York City New York Memorial services will be held Sunday August at 6 at Unity Church 642 Comal Ave New Braunfels some number of years and the company Firestone never noti fied the agency and that to me suggests a failure in the agencys said Joan Claybrook president of watchdog group Public Citizen and a former direc tor of NHTSA Some safety experts say NHTSA isnt to blame but that Congress needs to grant the agency greater authority NHTSAs doing as good a job as the authority and the weak teeth that they said Clarence Ditlow director of the Center for Auto Safety They can only do what Congress gives them the authority The Center for Auto Safety is suing and Ford to expand the recall to all ATX ATX II and Wilderness brand tires Ditlow said the group filed suit this week because it believed it could force a wider recall faster than NHTSA which often takes several months to com plete an investigation announced a voluntary recall on Aug 9 of million size Firestone ATX ATX II and Wilderness AT tires often found on Ford Explorers The recall came three months after NHTSA opened the investigation NHTSA is monitoring the recall and continuing its investigation into 62 deaths all reported since February and more than 100 injuries that occurred in acci dents where the Firestone tires may have been a factor CREDIT BUILDER DEPARTMENT WE BRING THE STORE TO YOUR HOME 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