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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG May 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 Nuw BKAUNFHLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Jo Lee News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Letter carriers deliver with food drive Letter carriers will make an extra stop on their delivery routes Saturday to local food Saturday is the National Association of Letter Carriers 10th annual food and residents are asked to leave nonperishable food items next to their These food donations will be picked up by the letter who will drop them off at the food Previous letter carrier food drives in New Braunfels and Comal County have resulted in pounds of According to the local letter carrier this is a particularly critical time of year for food Most people give food during the winter and many schoolchildren who rely on school lunches for sustenance soon will be out for summer Dont have a mailbox Leave your food donations near door cluster boxes and post office boxes in the Saturdays food drive reminds us that the season of need lasts all and our local letter carriers are doing their part to meet that Today in History Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual Letters should be kept to 250 an address and a telephone which are not for must be included for confirmation Preference is given to writ ers who have not been pub lished in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Letters To The Editor BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ibday is May the 131st day of There are days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On May reggae artist Bob died in a Miami On this date In Minnesota became the 32nd state of the In songwriter Irving Berlin was born Israel Baline in In Glacier National Park in Montana was estab In the first CARE packages arrived in at Le In Israel was admit ted to the United Nations as the world bodys 59th mem NBHS appreciates doctors help Dear Editor We would like to express our thanks to the local physicians who performed screenings at New Braunfels High School on May Yu and Pak performed this They generously donated their ser The fee collected was donated to the athletic training We further would like to thank the physicians who responded but were unable to assist because of extenuat ing We appreciate their commitment to participation of our community youth in wholesome Thank you for your contri Dean LAT Head Athletic Trainer Amy LAT Assistant Athletic Trainer Taxpayer Teachers of the Year recognized Dear Editor I would like to recognize individual ly the following public high school teachers as Taxpayer Teachers of the Year for 20002001 Ann Rider who has taught histo keyboard and Academic Decathlon through her many years of service at Cindy who is one of the greatest computer knowledgeable teaching experts Ive She also teaches nightly computer community education classes at drifting toward has taught many years at Janice who has logged five years at SVHS as a Her gentler but stern if teaching skills earn her great student Claudette Cozzi in her four years at SVHS constantly has shown her brilliance as an art teacher through her students school hall art displays and their respect for their art Ive personally watched these teachers perform over the As a concerned I recognize these teachers for their exceptionally meri torious service at Their pro fessional approach and dedication enable them to implement positive steps that transform their students into high caliber gained them great respect and admi ration from their current students and former students who are now in society looking Teachers like these reflect well on their and They are tax dollars well teach Jerry Daugherty Spring Branch Store employees return lost purse Dear Editor Id just gotten home and put my items away with a grateful tear in my eye and a prayer of thanksgiving in my This past about 2 I was checking out of the New Braunfels When paying for my I forgot my leaving it in the cart or at the checkout I got three miles from the store before I realized that I didnt have my I immediately turned around and went The young lady at the checkout counter said that she hadnt seen my but she told me to go to Customer Service to see if anyone had found it and turned it a nice lady made a phone call to another location hi the but it seemed that no one had turned it As I was leaving that area of the I met one the employees who had items she was returning to cus tomer and she had my purse on her She was bringing it to turn it and thanked 1 offering but she saying company policy did not permit For those who have ever lost their you know the feeling you There is not only the money lost but much more drivers credit Social Security health pictures and on and So thank WalMart for your integrity and To show my I am making a contribution to the American Cancer Society in your For every one thing that goes there are 50 to 100 Count Im still Mozell Bragdon New Braunfels Pharmaporn dispensed more cheaply than medications AUSTIN Were all used to ecoporn by now those beautiful television ads featuring some nat ural during which an announcer tells how much Exxon or some other gross pol luter is doing to keep our precious earth We always get a lot of this greenwashing after oilspills or whenever Congress contemplates regulating The enviros keep track of the worst ecoporn offenders on April Fools Day this Earth Day Resources saluted oil company BP for its nonsensical campaign about being beyond for its claim that it supports sustainable for breaking its 1990 promise that it would use 25 per Icent recycled materials in its plastic bottles Royal Dutch whose Profits and i Principles ads do not mention the companys antienvironmen tal positions on global warming and the destruction of rain forests and a motley assortment of other corporate eco wannabes and a few suffering from deranged Just as we are learning to cope with ecoporn any ad involving both wildlife and an oil company is to be hooted and jeered imme suddenly they unleash a flood of pharmaporn on Im embarrassed to say I didnt know the new politically trendy way to refer to the big drug companies MOLLY IVINS is Ive been calling them big drug companies but the advantage of being in Texas is no one ever expects you to be up on this As a cancer I am par ticularly susceptible to the won derful ad in which a woman recovering from breast cancer tries to express her gratitude to the drug companies that saved her I know she feels the same gratitude to the the the the healthinsurance her best her motherinlaw and many I know the grat itude caused by surviving I just didnt expect to see it exploited by Big Pharmas to counter all the rotten publicity theyve been getting for their murder ous behavior all over the John the British mas ter of the spy based his latest work on the pharmas role in Africa and recently wrote in The Nation Big Pharma in the United States has persuaded the State Department to threaten poor countries governments with trade sanctions in order to pre vent them from making their own cheap forms of the lifesaving drugs that could ease the agony of 35 million women and children in the Third World who are HIV In pharma these patent copycat drugs are called Big Pharma likes to trash insisting they are unsafe and carelessly adminis Practice shows that they are They simply save the same lives that Big Pharma could but at a fraction of the We all know the drug compa nies famous excuse that they have to make huge profits on a drug in order to finance research and development of Theres quite a bit of pharma porn on this very LeCarre Then kindly tell how come they spend twice as much on market ing as they do on research and development Because it of Spending on drugs in this coun try is up by a whopping 19 per so far out of line with the rest of the cost increases in the economy as to be a new study by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation says the billion in increased spending was attrib in large to the rising volume of prescriptions for topselling In other people are ask ing for the heavily advertised patent drugs like Lipitor and Vioxx by Anyone want to make a small bet Unless we continue to clean up campaign the Pharmas will give so much to Congress for campaigns that the pharmas will no longer have to list the unpleasant side effects of the wonder drugs they adver tise so heavily on Pharmaporn will achieve a whole new level without those hilarious warnings Can also cause bloody stroke and unsightly hair Big Pharmas record on AIDS in Africa is so its finally dropped its own lawsuit in April against South Africa to prevent the country from using generics to treat the The lawsuit was a public relations necessitating more pharmaporn here lest anyone get the idea the pharmas are greedy beyond human compre hension and perfectly willing to let millions of Africans Heres one of their many In Congress passed the Drug Price Competition intended to promote competition between brand and generic com panies and to promote the gener In July The New York Times chronicled how well it was working In Zenith Goldline Pharmaceuticals sued Abbott Labs over whether Zenith could sell a generic version of Abbotts million a year drug for high blood pres According to Zeniths Abbott makes a million dollars a day for every day it keeps us off the After opening arguments in the the lawyers all strolled off to lunch at the HayAdams in Washington and the case was there The Times writes Abbott agreed to pay Zenith as much as million a month not to pro duce its up to a maxi mum of The next Abbott agreed to pay anoth er Geneva even more million a month up to million over the life of the con A shrewd business deci Also In Abbotts drug Hytrin was basically a knockoff of another called a metoo The pharmas claim they spend an average of million for research on each new drug you should see how they figure but the Times says the Boston Consulting which advises the reports 42 of the 100 topselling medicines are metoo Think how instructive it would be if NBC ever put a story like that on The Fleecing of Molly Ivina ia a syndicated   

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