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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 O Herald-Zeitung 3 Wednesday, April 3.1996 Opinion ■To talc Managing Editor Doug Lcveaay about the Qpsraon page. cal €25-9144. ext 21 Z e i t u n g■ ■ Opinion Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herakf-Zeitung’s address is S G U OX AB “Public TV—shouldn't be destroyed In the bum of a political fad or a personal whim. _ Leave MacNeil and Lehrer and Kermit and the Cookie Monster and the Three Tenors and Mister Rogers the bell alone.” — Tom Shales columnist. 1995 EDITORIALSafety this summer Limiting alcoholic intake while tubing county’s rivers may just save your life Easter is not the only day local residents will observe this weekend. Saturday marks the beginning of die spring and summer tourist season. And while this area has many attractions that draw tourists, water-oriented recreation remains the biggest draw. It's also a summer pastime for local residents. The City of New Braunfels will be blocking off vehicle access dun d*v n*> wee Is to Hinuiaii island Park. Tuber shuttles will also begin ma<u..6 un appearance on city streets and county roads. As an unofficial kick-off to the tubing season, the first ever Rockin ‘R’ River)am is being held on Saturday at Rockin ‘R’ in Gruene. Following the Gruene 10-K. Saturday morning, the River-jam will feature music until dusk, a volleyball tournament, sumo wrestling and even a jalapeno-eating contest We encourage everyone to enjoy this mer of tubing, rafting, and swimming on area rivers and lakes, but we also ask that you observe caution and limit your alcohol intake. In past summers, this newspaper has reported on the drowning deaths of tubers (mostly tourists), some of whom drank too much and paid the ultimate price on the river. Our rivers are not water park rides. There are no lifeguards at every turn, and variations in river flows can turn an afternoon of partying and playing into a tragic day. Start off the summer right by vowing to limit your alcohol consumption while on the river. You'll be glad you did. (Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters (rn 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 Zeitung 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 tot Letters to the Editor c/o the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    Sullens Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..............................................Jack Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Pressroom Foreman...........................................................Billy    Parnell City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St., or P O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx 78131-1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50, six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30, six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year. SI 18.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 pm weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday. farrMASTEX: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx 78131-1328.Elderly a focus of 74th Legislature Author Virginia Woolf said, “One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.” The aging process gains attention in direct proportion to the number of years one enjoys “over 40.” In Texas, as in every other state, the older population is growing faster than any other age group. By die year 2000 at least 2.63 million Texans will be at least 60 years old, and their influence on public policy and electoral politics will intensify significantly. Legislators increasingly are aware of senior citizens’ specific concerns said needs. As chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. I believe that meeting the needs of elderly Texans is of the highest priority. Accordingly, I shape my legislative agenda for the 74th Legislative Session to reflect that belief. Osteoporosis, a preventable and treatable bone disease, affects the health and quality of life of an estimated 1.7 million Texans, most of them women more than 40 years old. Senate Bills 606 and 607 by Zaffirini and Rep. Nancy McDonald (D-El Paso) direct the Texa* Department of Health to establish a program to educate the public about the causes, value of early detection and cost-effective options to treat osteoporosis and mandated group health insurance policy coverage for detecting osteoporosis in at-risk persons. Thirty years after the Older Americans Act established a program that provides free meals to persons older than 60, millions of older Americans are going hungry. Although elderly persons are living longer axl healthier lives, one in four is malnourished Because of the growth of the senior age group and because statistics show that our seniors face increasing economic hardship, I believe that the nutrition services program should continue to be a priority among services provided to senior citizens. Federal and local food programs do not have the funding to accommodate the increase of malnutrition and hunger among the elderly. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee during the 74th Legislature, I helped secure $2.9 million additional funding for the nutritional services program to provide meals for our senior citizens. That effort increased the state’s share of the funding to $7.6 million for the 1996-97 biennium. Other issues addressed during the 74th Legislative Session concerning the elderly included improving protective measures for elderly persons who reside in community mental health and mental retardation centers. House Bill 1111 by Rep. Elliot Naishtat (D-Austin) and Sen. Peggy Rosson (D-El Paso) clarifies provisions of the Human Resources Code regarding guardianship, investigations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation in these facilities to minimize instances of poor investigations. Additional protective measures are included in HB 2704, also by Naishtat and Rosson. which stream Judith Zaffirini line procedures for obtaining criminal histories for persons who care for clients in certain health facilities. SB 1059 by Sen. Chris Harris (R-Ariington) and Rep. Toty Goodman (R-Ariington) requires the Texas Board of Health to establish and enforce standards requiring certain geriatric-care providers to undergo appropriate training. SB 913 by Sen. Eddie Lucio (D-BrownVille) and Naishtat provides protection for persons ineligible for public assistance who report abuse or neglect in nursing homes or related institutions, providing die same protections to welfare recipients who report abuse. To encourage mature Texans to continue their education, we passed HB 29 by Rep. Tony Goolsby (R-Dallas) and Sen. John Leedom (R-DaDas), authorizing institutions of higher education to allow senior citizens to enroll tuition-free for credit in up to six hours of courses offered each semester. Additionally, SB 1491 by Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) and Rep. Elvira Reyna (R-Dallas) allows public colleges and universities to exempt students more than 55 years old from testing and remedial education and to charge them lower tuition and fees. The 74th Legislature passed legislation affecting the lives of our state's senior citizens in a positive manner. I am optimistic that the 75th Legislature also will rise to the challenge of ensuring that older Texans continue to lead lives that reflect Ethel Percy Andrus’ new image of aging: “growth in self and service for all mankind." (Judith Zaffirini represents District 21 in the State Senate.) thissum- Mi tM ITI Iii    i i    44    ***• ti i^iuoy lucxlfc Britain angry with beef ban, will destroy cattleBy PAUL AMES Associated Press Writer LUXEMBOURG (AP) — In an effort to wipe out mad cow disease and get beef back on the dinner table, Britain agreed to destroy millions of cattle after the European Union pledged today to reimburse farmers for most losses. The EU refused, however, to lift a ban on Bntish beef exports imposed last week amid rising public panic over reports that a deadly human brain disorder could be contracted from eating meat contaminated with mad cow disease. "That ban is not justified,” fumed British Agriculture Minister Douglas Hogg after talks broke up just before dawn. "It is disproportionate. It should be removed.” The package of measures approved by the IS EU countries requires Britain to destroy the carcasses of cattle over 30 months old instead of selling them as meat. Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 3, the 94th day of 19%. There are 272 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today*! Highlight in History; Fifty years ago, on April 3, 1946, Lt. Gen. Masa-haru Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March during World War ll, was executed by a U.S. Army firing squad outside Manila. On this date: In 1776, George Washington received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Harvard College. In 1866, the legendary Pony Express began service between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. The service lasted only a year and a half before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph. In 1865, Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., during the Civil War. In 1882, the notorious outlaw Jesse James was shot Britain estimates that will mean destroying 15,000 head of cattle every week for six years — a total of 4.7 million of the country's 11 million cattle. Older cattle are considered most at risk from the brain-wasting disorder formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy. In addition, the EU gave Britain a month to produce a detailed plan on a "selective compulsory slaughter” of younger animals from herds that may have been in contact with infected animals. In return, the European Union agreed to cover 70 percent of the cost of compensating farmers whose livestock will be lost in the mass slaughter, or roughly $400 million a year. Britain will pay the other 30 percent. The government said today it could not immediately say how it will implement the plan. In Britain, cattle to be destroyed are shot and the carcasses incinerated. "Conditions arc now right for the restoration of consumer confidence in beef throughout the EU,” EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler declared. to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of his own gang. In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, N.J., for the kidnap-muider of the Lindbergh infant. In 1948, President Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which allocated more than $5 billion in aid for 16 European countries. In 1968, North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks. In 1979, Jane M. Byme became the first woman to be elected mayor of Chicago, as she defeated Republican Wallace D. Johnson. In 1982, Britain dispatched a naval task force to the south Atlantic to reclaim the disputed Falkland Islands from Argentina. In 1985, the landmark Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood closed its doors after 56 years in business. Ten years ago: President Reagan condemned the previous day’s bombing of TWA Flight 840 over Greece that left four Americans dead, calling it a "barbaric, wanton act of international terrorism.” Five years ago: The United Nations Security > r f \ * Instead of granting Britain’s request for an imme^ diate lifting of the export ban or a finn timetable for doing so, the other EU nations spid only they would review the export ban within six weeks. Other measures in the plan agreed here include better labeling of beef to show its country of origin; f tighter a ban on feeding animal corpses to cattle, | practice blamed for spreading mad cow disease; stepped up health checks on British herds; and increase funding for research into mad cow disease. Britain maintains its beef is safe, but it set off a oon-tinent-wide health scare March 20 by announcing there may be a link between the cow ailment and thfc deadly Creutzfeldt-Jakob brain disease in human! Previously the British government had said theft was no evidence of a link. The announcement sent beef sales crashing, first th Britain, then across Europe as consumers worried thai their herds may have been infected by British cattlei A small number of mad cow cases has been detect ed in other EU nations. Council adopted a Gulfwar truce resolution demand} ing that Iraq abolish weapons of mass destruction^ renounce terrorism and pay reparations. English novj elist Graham Greene died at age 86. One year ago: Former United Way of Amerial President William Aramony was convicted iq Alexandria, Va., of 25 counts of fraud for stealing nearly $600,000 from the nation’s biggest charity; UCLA defeated Arkansas, 89-78, to win the NCAAJ basketball championship. I Today*! Birthdays: Actor Marlon Brando is 72., Actress-singer Doris Day is 72. Actress Miyoshi* Umeki is 67. German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 66.; Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles is 66. Actress Marsh! Mason is 54. Singer Wayne Newton is 54. Singer; Tony Orlando is 52. The former president of Mexi-; co, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, is 48. Actor Alec BakL| win is 38. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 37. Thought for Today: "I didn’t invent the worlds write about — it's all true.” — Graham Greens (1904-1991).    * K ;