New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Hera\6-Z$ltung, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, December 4, 1991 Page 5APoint of View
The Democrats lament
Mario, Mario Quite comrado,
Why do you wait so long? You tease us,
And elude us,
And forever string us along. We're all in a dither,
And we'd so much rather You'd come right out and say. We need a good leader
Whose lips we can read-er Who will put those Republicans away.
Oh Mario, Mario,
It's too late to tarry-o.
Your answer we anxiously await. So come forth and tell us,
And make it well for us.
For soon it may be too late.
O.V. Gottis New Br ousels
Views from around the state
Lufkin Daily News on closing state schools for mentally handicapped:
Because of a lawsuit, a U.S. district judge has held control of Texas' state schools for the mentally handicapped for more than a decade....
Just this year, the state came to an agreement with the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, an agreement that would put the state back in charge of its own business and end a costly court battle.
All of that sounds good.
But this is one of those cases where what sounds good is really a bad deal for everyone involved. In a last chance to reverse the decision, U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders is listening to objections to the agreement from those who should have been heard first: Parents of state school clients.
Those parents oppose the agreement which would close two state
schools and shift more and more state school clients into halfway houses.
As a general rule, halfway houses serve a real need. When it is possible to get clients out in the community it should be done. But this isn't always possible and to close two state schools just to force that issue seems preposterous.
Surely there is another way to come to an agreement on this lawsuit, one that will not only be fair to the two squabbling sides, but to parents, clients
and communities, as well.
Port Arthur News on breakup of Soviet states:
Don’t look now, but the Soviet Union might be heading for the history books faster than a statue of Lenin pulled off its pedestal can hit the ground.
Officials of seven Soviet republics failed to reach an agreement over a loose political structure ’hat would hold together what used to be called the USSR. The second-largest Soviet republic, the Ukraine, didn’t even send any representatives to the meeting.
The Union Treaty, as the pact is known, isn’t even much of a treaty. The individual republics — most of which are large enough to exist as independent nations — would control virtually all domestic functions, leaving mostly military and diplomatic powers to the central government — and even much of that authority would be duplicated.
When the republics can’t even agree on the weak confederation proposed in the Union Treaty, the outlook for Soviet unity is pretty bleak. Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev is the main supporter of the treaty, but it looks as if he is becoming less and less relevant.
The long-term benefits of this breakup probably outweigh the drawbacks, but the transition from a united “evil empire’’ to a diverse group of peaceful, market-oriented republics will not be an easy one. The Bush administration will need all of its considerable foreign-policy skills as this historic drama unfolds. ' v
Odessa American on drug price regulation:
... Sen. David Pryor of Arkansas recently attacked what he called U.S. drug companies’ “excessive and unconscionable profits.’’ He has introduced legislation to create price “guidelines.’’
As economist Alan Reynolds observed in the Nov. ll Forbes: “In reality these guidelines would be price controls.’ ’
The U.S. drug industry is the world’s largest and most innovative. It continues to discover new drugs lo battle heart disease, cancer, AIDS and other illnesses. Why would anyone want to introduce Soviet-style price controls?
Pryor is upset because, as his report staled, in 1990 the average Fortune 500 industry saw a profit margin of 4.6 percent, but “the average profitability of the top IO drug companies more than tripled that amount 15.5 percent.’*
This is a flimflam ... For one thing, profit is not as good a measure of a company's progress as is return on equity — the amount earned on a company's common stock investment. It's not surprising that the top IO companies in the drug industry — or any industry — have decent returns on equity. Good research and management push the best to the top.
Pryor's analysis failed to look at the next largest 21 companies, IO of which lost money in 1991...
The best companies profit, others lose. That’s capitalism.
... If Pryor wanted to cut costs, he would assault the Food and Drug Administration's sclerotic, life-taking approval process. Or he could introduce market-driven (not socialist) health-care reforms. Sensible lawmakers should oppose Pryor’s poisonous drug bill.
The Dallas Times Herald on replacing John Sununu:
President Bush and his domestic adviser. John Sununu, are reported to have close personal ties. It would be understandable if the president viewed Mr. Sununu's difficulties in terms of his personal style, his use of military transports and White House limousines and so on. On those grounds, it is appropriate to defend a friend.
But Mr. Bush, responding to questions about Sununu’s tenure, said the ordinary members of the public to whom he had been speaking on his trip to Ohio... were not interested in insider While House politics.
“They don’t ask about that,’’ he said. “They ask about the economy.’’ But that, Mr. President, is the point.
Mr. Sununu does not need to be replaced because he has used too many White House limousines. He needs to be replaced because people in the nation are worried about the economy and see only vacillation, mixed signals and game-playing from the White House.
Mr. Sununu does not need to go because of Mr. Sununu's problems. Mr. Sununu needs to go because of the nation's problems....
Mr. Bush’s foreign policy has been successful because it is well thought out, then well carried out. His domestic policy so far has been a failure because the man who is his main domestic adviser knows only how to carry out. What Mr. Bush needs to insert into the process is someone who knows how to think.
San Antonio Express-News on HUD probe:
For more than a year after President Bush took office, revelations about scheming inside die Reagan administration Department of Housing and Urban Development were front-page news.
In case you’ve forgotten, it was alleged that former HUD Secretary Samuel Pierce either knowingly or unknowingly — it was said he watched soap operas in his office — presided over the corruption of an agency whose aim was to provide housing for the poor and urban development for blighted areas....
Pierce’s successor at HUD, Jack Kemp, persuaded Bush to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the charges, and that was done March 2, 1990. Now, going on two years later, Newsday columnist Sydney Schan-berg has asked the pregnant question: What happened?
Well, not much it turns out....
Maybe they want to cross all the t’s and dot all the i's, and the law does at times move slowly, bul the statute of limitations is going to run out on some of these bandits if (prosecutor Adin) Adams doesn’t crack the whip.
On the other hand, if there is nothing there, close the office and cut off the $150,000 (monthly) drain on the Treasury. At the very least: a progress report, please.
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Warning — Beginning today anyone not having a special permit is forbidden to hunt or to fish in my pasture on the Guadalupe or at my home. — C.F.H. Fisher
75 YEARS AGO (1916)
In the organization of the new kingdom of Poland by the Austro German authorities new and far-reaching rights and privileges are given the Jews which constitute a large percentage of the Polish population. A proclamation issued by Governor General von Beseler stipulates absolute religious freedom, self government, and independent organization to the Jewish church, which obtains equal rights to all other religious organizations. This reform is said to usher in a new era in the history of Judaism in the old world, and the Jews, particularly those of the former Russian provinces, arc said to be giving an enthusiastic reception to the new proclamation.
The Hearst newspapers have been placed under ban in Canada. No person in Canada is to be permitted to be in possession of the newspapers and are liable to a fine not to exceed $5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years. (Publisher’s Auxiliary) It will be remembered that several weeks ago the International News Association of which Mr. Hearst of New York is president was suppressed in England, being denied the use of Telegraph, Telephone and Railroad communication in Great Britain all on account of alleged news circulation hurtful to the Allies’ cause. (Ed.)
The New Braunfels Literary and Social Club entertained in an extraordinary manner with a most exquisite banquet al the Hotel Will Monday evening. Literary people arc sociable people, and it proved to be an occasion successful in every respect. Much success was due in particular to Committeemen R.C. Coreth, A.O. Babel and P.F. Sussdorf. Forty members and guests partook of the splendid and elegantly served six-course dinner while excellent music was furnished by an orchestra. During the luxurious feast there was another feast of reason and a flow of soul that was delightfully entertaining. President Udo R. Heilman acted as toastmaster and responses were made by all members and a few of the guests. Special addresses were delivered by P.W. Jahn, Fred Pfeuffer, Mr. Wainemann, Frank Voigt, Dr. R. Wright, Eliott Wilson and Roger Porter. (The New Braunfels Literary & Social Club deserves to grow and prosper. — Ed.)
The Leap-Year Ball, which was to be in Teutonia Hall on Saturday, Dec. 2, has been postponed to Saturday, Dec. 9. There’s your last chance ladies.
50 YEARS AGO (1941)
"Save your old newspapers mid magazines” appealed the Boy Scouts this week to the people of New Braunfels, as plans were announced for a waste paper collection drive for Friday, Dec. 12. The announcement was made by E.H. West, activities chairman of the New Braunfels Boy Scout District.
On Sunday, Dec. 7, observance of the 50th anniversary of the Frauenve-rein will begin with worship service in German and the sermon by Pastor
Emeritus G. Momhinweg at 9:30 a.m. at First Protestant Evangelical and Reform Church. Worship in English with sermon by Pastor Edwin H. Berger begins at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served in the basement of the auditorium beginning at 11:30 a.m. by the Frauenverein. The public is invited. •••
Mrs. Wesley Bode is elected president of the Methodist Women’s Society of Christian Service.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meckel announce the marriage of their daughter, Melba, to Ray Roth, son of Mrs. Edna Roth of the city. Attending the couple were Lucille Slapper and Pete Dillard and Bertha Bucher and Clar
Risalto for three days, ‘‘One Foot in Heaven” -this is what the following New Braunfels people think of the picture.
•“A good picture with a challenge to give Christianity its place.” — Carl J. Schlcmach, pastor of First Baptist Church.
•‘‘An excellent picture. It should be seen by all who appreciate the best.” — Edwin H. Berger, pastor of First Evangelical and Reform Church.
•“This is truly a picture to put on your must see list.” — Mrs. MJ. Adams.
•“This is a show which can be appreciated by young and old alike.
We need more movies like it.”—Mrs. Jarvis Hillje.
•“This is a picture everyone will get a blessing from.” — WJS. Becker.
•“A picture everyone should see in these troubled times.” — Mrs. R. Swartwout.
25 YEARS AGO (1966)
Dr. Ed. Grist was named as the first recipient of the first President’s Award of the Comal County Chamber of Commerce. The award was announced at a dinner at the Sportsman Club in Saltier and will be presented at the organization’s annual banquet. Grist was praised for his leadership in staging the 1966 Wurstfest and making it a top attraction in the nation.
They Know If You’ve Been Bad Or Good.
Stores are getting wise to shoplifters and they’re installing sophisticated methods of detection so that people who steal don’t go unnoticed.
And shoppers are getting wise, too. They’re no longer remaining silent when they see someone steal, because they know that stores raise prices to absorb financial kiss from shoplifting And that s only part of it.
Once you’re caught, store owners are ready to do something
about it, like prosecute shoplifters to the full extent of the law, Thai can result in a stiff fine and a jail sentence It will also mean a blot on your record lo follow you through life...on job interviews, loan applications and college entrance forms.
When you think about J#, shoplifting just isn’t worth it. So think about it..-arni tb&n don’t do it.