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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday August 26, 2000 — HeraLD-ZeiTUNG — Page 3A ,Fox presses open border DALLAS (AP) — Mexico’s 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 differences 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 ever— before incomes in Mexico matched those in the United States. Fox’s meeting with Bush followed meetings with President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore Thursday. All three — including both major parties’ candidates for president — were cool to Fox’s 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 narrowing the gap on development, narrowing the gap on income,” Fox said. “Once we have narrowed the differences ... then we can think about opening up the border to free flow of people.” Bush said he appreciated Fox’s optimistic economic vision, adding “I don’t know if it'll work.” But Bush did not propose any further U.S. help for Mexico and said he would continue to enforce the border. Economists say Mexico faces huge obstacles to rivaling U.S. 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 don't think (income parity) is achievable” for several decades. Economists cite many factors that could hinder growth in Mexico, including a low savings rate, weak laws on enforcing contracts and debt agreements, and the inability of many small and medium-size 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 qualified" Vargas said who studies the Mexican economy. But especially during Mexico's recession, of the mid-1990s, 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 capital,” said Raul Feliz, head of macroeconomic studies at the Center for Economic Teaching and Research in Mexico City. With more attention on education and training, Feliz said Mexicans could probably achieve income levels of typical U.S. blue collar workers “in IO to 25 years," but won’t approach the incomes of American’ inforrnation-technolo-gy workers. Mexico’s economy has grown steadily since the country emerged from a currency crisis and recession in the mid-1990s. 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 $4,400 annually in 1999, compared to $30,600 in the United States. Also, 15 percent of the country’s population lived on less than $1 a day between 1990 and 1996. FEMA denies wildfire aid AUSTIN (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday rejected the state’s request for help to fight wildfires, saying most fires are not threatening lives or public health and safety- The Texas Department of Emergency Management said it w ill appeal the ruling. “Our feeling is the process isn’t over yet,” said Mike Jones, spokesman for Gov. George W. Bush. “We’re hopeful that given additional information, they will take a second look at this request.” Bush asked for FEMA’s help on July 27, saying that 195 counties were “threatened by high or extreme fire hazard. This threat was caused by drought across the state.” The same day, Bush declared a state of disaster in those same counties. If the federal emergency declaration had been approved, the federal 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 emergency declaration. Witt cited a fire in Nacodoches County as the only possible safety or property threat. That East Texas forest fire was sparked by lightning strikes earlier this week and consumed more than 2,000 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 state’s emergency management department, said the ruling is perplexing, considering the state received the assistance in 1999, when there were fewer fires. LUXURY MATTRESS SETS $125.00 Have mini-storage unit full of brand new furniture and mattress sets. Still sealed in plastic from the factory. Name brand sets including frame (Worth $900). 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Seguin TW© New Braunfels Texas 7 8 1 30 Phone: (830)645-7791 Fax: (830) 620-1530 Fed pace slow in tire death inquiry WASHINGTON (AP) — The first lawsuits alleging some Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. truck tires suddenly lost their tread were filed nearly a decade ago, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn't start investigating until May. And that was nearly a year after Ford Motor Co. replaced Firestone tires on its vehicles in parts of Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Critics say the case illustrates a fundamental problem with the agency responsible for auto safety: NHTSA largely depends on manufacturers to police themselves and notify it when problems are uncovered. “This has been going on for Obituaries some number of years and the company (Firestone) never notified the agency, and that to me suggests a failure in the agency's program," said Joan Claybrook, president of watchdog group Public Citizen and a former director of NHTSA. Some safety experts say NHTSA isn’t to blame, but that Congress needs to grant the agency greater authority. “NHTSA’s doing as good a job as the authority and the weak teeth that they have,” said Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety. “They can only do what Congress gives them the authority to do.” The Center for Auto Safety is suing Bridgestone/Firestone and Ford to expand the recall to all ATX, ATX ll 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 complete an investigation. Bridgestone /Firestone announced a “voluntary" U.S. recall on Aug. 9 of 6.5 million P235/75R15 size Firestone ATX, ATX ll and Wilderness AT tires, often found on Ford Explorers. The recall came three months after NHTSA opened the investigation. 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