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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion Pl0t4 HerakJ-Zo/Tung Thursday, February 4,1993 Quote of the Day -    ia doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.” — Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish philosopher (1684-193®. Editorials_ Gambling State councils tackles problem by setting up toll-free hotline Herat a sobering thought: About eight million of us are compulsive gamblers. Gambling, if that estimate is accurate, and we have no reason to doubt it, is an American addiction. This comas to mind in the wake of Superbowl Sunday which is said to be the biggest day in the year for gambling. And compulsive gambling is a problem that can destroy the lives of individuals and of their families. According to the Tbxas Council cm Problem and Compulsive Gambling, warning signs include: • Betting until the last dollar is gone; • Wanting to return to try to win more money after a big win; • Chasing a kiss by trying to recoup with another win. But despair not Thors is help for people who think they may have a problem with gambling. The Council operates a toll-free hotline (1-800-742-0448), which provides counseling services and helps gamblers locate assistance in their communities, such as Gambler’s Anonymous groups. With growing public acesptanee of betting, with lotteries, dog racing, bingo and sports betting becoming more and more prevalent, compulsive gambling is projected to become an ever larger problem. If you suspect ifs a problem that has you in its grasp, pledge today to find help before it becomes critical for you. Local Representatives Austin and Washington U.8. Senate foe. Bob Krassw; 708 Hart Banate Offios Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20610, Phons: 200-224-M22. foe. Phil (beam, 179 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20610, Phone: 208-224-2934. U JU House Rep. I amar Smith, 422 Cannon House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 30615, Phone: 908-220-4236 Blate of Tues Olga Ann Richards, PO. Boa 19498, Austin, Ihsas, 78711, Phons: 618-4684000 Herald-Zeftung AdMsf ss Sludgy mentktye SMI Tauday, Wtdntgdgy, Thursday Mi friday afiamaom ty dm Nim Brmagek Herald Zeitmg, 707Laude St., or PO. Bemeet 3HSU, Nam hrmjtU, TX 7813LI32S. Secant dan poafagt paid by HamgramgbkHmald Ubaag ciNmv Irated*. Tama, (USM377-MO) MWDSULiE^ CHERYL DUVALL KAMEN MililAtt CAROL ANN AVERY BRANDT Ammos Foreman Ggfiw ddbteaad Is Oasd sad OsstelMps ssasdsK Rpm smrRi, SI ti Ax mMmALn ^D6MEA    IMMB    w rrmi eis{ ame yem« mhw vhbb mmb imns wsvwy <mjrf ax ■Marin, $2Ss sal JNB, ttS. Mill dadtmy ssiii CsmI Coomy* is Tmmi iNiSBBL Wf ^tdBRWlB. M7J0s mm jws, HUO, MNI ootedi Tbxib! ternate* m JR amym. IMI 2d.*7?!!.'tan Legislative cuts won’t help seniors Devastating cuts for senior programs in Texas have been proposed by the Legislative Budget Board in Austin. According to tho Dec. ll Texas Resister, the proposal calls for the dismantling of a sy stem that is presently working very well in support of the elderly of Texae. The plan would virtually destroy a well-managed system by reducing the 28 areas of service* for die elderly to only eleven. The remaining areas of service would become small, ineffective agencies that would be overworked, overwhelmed, under staffed and under fonded with much too large an area to Additionally, the legislation would combine all aging programs with fenctkme of the Texas Department of Human Services, an already overburdened agency. The proposed legislation (House Bill 7) is said to be designed to improve services, accountability and increase efficiency. How this could happen is hard to visualise. What the plan envisions is that all aging programs including long-term care for the elderly be placed under these eleven area agencies of aging. And Anther, that all responsibility for nutrition, transportation, housing, health checks, education and well-being be placed under the Texas Department of Human Ber- Bob Dingeldein vices. Not that we have a bone to pick with TDHS, but they are carrying more than a foil load with their own programs If required to take on aging programs, it is easy to see what will happen. It is almost inevitable that the programs for the elderfy will suffor, lose identity, primary thrust and focus. A strong possibility will exist that aging programs will bs decreased or eliminated. Neither time or space will permit us to spell out the ramifications of this legislation. However, we'd like to touch on one area — our Options for Independent living Program. Its primary focus is in-home care, keeping the elderly and frail persons comfortable, out of the nursing home and less reliant on family members. We think we are doing a pretty good job in this area. We Ute very little state money, insure that these older Americans maintain their independence and save (he state a sizable amount of money in the longrun. We know (hat without (he program, many of these people would be institutionalised, which would cost the state many times what they will gain by cutting the program. Our recommendation to the Legislature — and more specifically to our representative, Edmund Kuempel—is that action on House Bill 7 (dismantling the Texas Department of Aging, reducing the area agencies and transferring functions to the Texas Department of Human Services) be tabled. Hearings could then ba hold throughout the state to get input from Texas Seniors, something we understand has not been done. In view of the consequences of changes in senior citizen services that will never come bade to what they are now, let alone improve, we need Comal County seniors' involvement You might call Kuempel at (512) 483-0602 or dip this article and send it with a short note to Rep. Edmund Kuempel, District 46, at Capitol Station, P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78769. Bob Dingeldain it a resident of New Braun• file. Community services top priority for older Texans Hwaemer Meed eddNSS ekmgm ti Bs Hate 7eHoag* TX). Dnwv HH* Mwe tew**. TX 7I13MJ2I Bf LUCILLE BIEGEL Special to (he Herald-Zeituog CANYON LAKE—The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) has three words it wants the Texas Legislature to remember: community based services. The TSHL, a nonpartisan, 116-member advocacy group elected by their 60-and-older peers statewide, recently announced a list of 16 issues they’ve found to be of paramount importance to Texas seniors, and community services for the elderly figured prominently in that study. The Legislature will be asked during its upcoming session to levy a tax of 2 conte per pack on Analysis cigarettes with these revenues dedicated to community services for the elderly provided by the Texas Department on Aging and other agencies. This is the TSHL's number one priority. The money from this tax would be a huge help in supporting under-funded programs like nutrition services, the Senior Texans Employment Program, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, homemaking services and many others. A lot of people mistakenly believe we’re spending a disproportionate amount of money on services for older people. But the truth is, the State of Texas only spends 82.36 per capita for senior-oriented services through its state unit on aging, compared to an average of $11.11 per capita for other Southwestern states. The cigarette tax revenue would just bring us in line with what these other states ars spending. The TSHL’s number two priority is expansion of the Texas Department on Aging’s Options for Independent Living case management programs. Case management is a system in which a trained professional arranges for and coordinates services from a variety of sources on behalf of frail or disabled older persons. By providing these services to seniors in their homes and other community settings, the need for more costly institutional care can ba avoided or delayed. And, most importantly, community-based services make it possible for seniors to stay in the one place they moot want lobe — home. Lucille Biegel ie the chairman cf the Health Committee for the Texae Silver Haired Legislature. Today In History Pm Today is Thursday, ] 6th day of 1993. The ays left in the year. Fob. 4, the re are 330 36th days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Fsb. 4,1789, electors unanimously chose George Washington to bs the first president of the United States; however, the results of tho election wore not tabulated until April 6. On this date: In 1783, Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colony, the United States of America. In 1932, Naw York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid. In 1938, "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's play about small-town life in America, opened on Broadway. In 1941, the United Service Organizations, better known as th# USO, came into existence. In 1946, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta. In 1974, nawspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, Calif., by members of the Sym-e Libel Monee* Liberation Army. In 1976, more than 22,000 people died when a savers earthquake struck Guatemala and Honduras. In 1982, President Reagan mwKwinetd a plan to eliminate all medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe. In 1987, pianist Liberal died at his Palm Springs, Calif., home at age 67 of AJDS-related complications. Ten years ago: President Reagan celebrated his 72nd birthday two days early when his wife, Nancy, surprised him with a cake during a nationally televised White House newt conference. Singer Karen Carpenter, who’d suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, died of cardiac arrest in Downey, Calif., at age 32. Five years age: Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole twice confronted Vice President George Bush on the floor of the Senate, accusing his GOP presidential rival of condoning a campaign attack that amounted to "grovelling in the mud.” One year ago: President Bush defended his economic recovery plan before a National Grocers Association meeting in Orlando, Fie. (During his visit, Bush looked intrigued by a demonstration of an electronic checkout machine, leaving reporters wondering if bott ever seen such a unit before.) Today's Birthdays: Actress-director Ida Lupino ie 76. Feminist author Betty Friedan it 72. Actor Conrad Bain is 70. Sen. Donald Riegle, D-Mich., ie 66. Comedian David Brenner is 48. Former Vice Presift Dan Quayle is 46. Rock singer Alice Cooper is 46. Actress Lies Eichom is 41. ;