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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 n Herald-Zeitung d Tuesday, January 9, 1996 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 H e 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 Herald-Zeitung’s address is HZeitungOAOL. com. Q U O T A B “Wherever citizens are seen routinely as enemies of their own government, writers are routinely seen to be the most dangerous enemies.” — E L. Doctorow author/educator, c. 1980 EDITORIALDriving while blind Possibility of losing license for six months appears to be deterring incidents of DWI We are, if not anything else, a mobile society. Our economy revolves around the modes of transportation available to us. On a more personal level, the ability to drive one’s own automobile has opened up the entire country, even the Western Hemisphere to the American with a valid driver’s license. That s why the prospect and threat of losing that license, that privilege, is such a strpng deterrent to driving while intoxicated. And recent state figures seem to back up that assertion. In the first year of a program that pulls driver’s licenses from those charged with DWI, more than 70,000 Texans were issued suspension notices. Of those, 13,390 people requested a hearing before an administrative law judge to argue their case for blocking any such suspension.    * "The idea of the (administrative license revocation) statute is to provide a swift hearing and if a person is going to lose their license that it happens quickly,” a Texas Department of Public Safety attorney said in a Waco Tribune-Hemld story Sunday. Justice has become much swifter against DWI offenders because of this statute, and now the punishment is catching up with the seriousness of the crime as well. In addition to criminal penalties a DWI offender may face, the loss of a driver’s license will seriously disrupt that person’s entire work and social life. It’s a,penalty most of us would truly hate to endure — and that’s the point of the law. "Some people don’t really believe that they’re going to suffer some sort of significant punishment for driving while intoxicated, but they can imagine losing their license,” a Mothers Against Drunk Driving official said in the Tribune-Herald story. We support this law and pose this question to readers who think they can get away with driving while intoxicated — Are you ready to walk for six months? (Today editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday.) Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on 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 tile 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 to: Letters to the Editor do the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P O. Drawer 3113^8 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher............................................................David    Sullens General Manager/Advertising Director..............................Cheryl    Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug    Loveday Retail Advertising Director..................................................Jack    Osteen Accounting Manager........................................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director....................................................Carol    Ann    Avery Production Director.........................................................Gene    Joyner City Editor.....................................................................Roger    Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (USPS 377 880) 707 luanda St, or PO Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; one year, $60. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $30; one year, $56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; six months, $52; one year, $97.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112.25. Subscnbers 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 p m. weekdays or by 11 a.m on Sunday. Postmastlk: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, P O Drawer 311328. New Braunfels. Tx. 7813 l l 328.Shutdown won’t effect meals effort On Friday, Jan. 5, 1996, an article appeared in the Herald-Zeitung announcing the shutting down of nutritional programs for the elderly due to the federal budget stalemate. This announcement was made by the state Department on Aging. In response, it is important for the citizens of Comal County to know that the Comal County Senior Citizens Center will continue to deliver home meals to home-bound individuals and will continue to serve on-site meals at the Center, with no let-up or shut-down, for the duration of the “government shut-down,” no matter how long it takes. All meals, both delivered and in-house, will continue on schedule. The Senior Center sponsors the home-delivered meal program in New Braunfels and has done so for Marie Dawson a number of years. Only recently did we begin to receive a small governmental subsidy for this service. We would never stop delivering meals to the home-bound, it is a commitment to the community and to those persons We would never stop delivering meals to the homebound. It is a commitment to the community and to those persons unable to attend on-site meals or to prepare for themselves.’ unable to attend on-site meals or to prepare for themselves. It is a service that we are proud of and a service that helps us meet our mission statement which is to pro vide a safe and friendly environment where seniors may gather and engage in a variety of social, recreational, healthful and educational activities, and to care for the well-being of home-bound seniors and offer assistance in maintaining their quality of life. Also, this is the perfect opportunity to plead for volunteer drivers for home-delivered meals. Our numbers of delivered meals have increased substantially, and we are in constant need of volunteers for this very rewarding deed. Please contact Gladys Barding, 629-4547, if you can help, whether it be one day a week, one day a month, or even as a substitute when a regular volunteer can’t make it. Thanks. Now, all you home-delivered recipients, and all you seniors who enjoy the on-site meals so much — RELAX! It’s business as usual at our establishment — so we’ll see you there. (Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident and president of the Comal County Senior Citizens Center.) be&TOfDCKJ" Write ‘em U.S. GOVERNMENT 210-821-5024 P.O. Box 12068 210-620-5591 OFFICES: Austin, TX 78711-2068 Frank Tejeda 512-463-0125 District Clerk, Margaret Herbrich President of the U S. 1313 S E. Military Dr., Ste. 115 FAX: 512-463-0326 210-620-5574 Bill Clinton San Antonio, TX 78214 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 210-924-7383 State Representative Edmund County Clerk, Joy Streator Washington, D C. 20500 FAX: 210-927-6222 Kuempel 210-620-5513 202-456-1414 P.O. Box 911 TEXAS GOVERNMENT Seguin, TX 78155-0911 County Treasurer, R A. “Bart” Vice President of the U.S. OFFICES: 210-379-8732 Bartholomew Al Gore FAX: 512-463-0904 210-620-5507 Old Executive Office Bldg. Governor George W. Bush or P.O. Box 2910 17th St. and Pennsylvania NW P.O. Box 12428 Austin. TX 78768-2910 Assessor-Collector, Mrs. Gloria Washington, DX. 20501 Austin, TX 78711 512-463-0602 K Clennan 210-620-5521 202-456-2326 512-463-2000 FAX: 512-463-5896 Attorney General Dan Morales Sheriff, Jack Bremer U.S. Senators for the state P.O. Box 12548 COMAL COUNTY 210-620-3400 or 210-620-3450 of Texas: Austin, TX 78711 GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Phil Gramm 512-463-2100 County Auditor, H. Bate Bond 402 E Ramsey Rd. Comal County Courthouse 210-620-5557 San Antonio, TX 78216 State Senator Jeff Wentworth 100 Main Plaza . 512-366-9494 1250 N E. Loop 410 New Braunfels, TX 78130 Chief Appraiser, Lynn Rodgers San Antonio, TX 78209 210-620-5501 210-625-8597 Kay Bailey Hutchison 210-826-7800 FAX: 210-620-5592 961 Federal Bldg. FAX: 210-826-0571 County Commissioners: 300 E 8th St. or P.O. Box 12068 County Judge, Carter Casteel Pct. 1 J.L Evans, 210-625-5254 Austin. TX 78703 Austin, TX 78711-2068 210-620-5501 Pct. 2 Danny Scheel, 210-609- 512-482-5834 512-463-0326 5562 District Attorney, 22nd Dist., Pct. 3 Christina Zamora, 210- U.S. Congressmen: State Senator Judith Zaffirim Bill Reimer (New Braunfels) 625-9213 Lamar Smith P O. Box 627 210-620-5533 1100 N E. Loop 410, Ste. 640 Laredo, TX 78042 County Attorney, Nathan Rhein- Justices of the Peace and Con San Antonio, TX 78209 210-722-2293 or lander stables: Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 1996. There are 357 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was bom in Yorba Linda, Calif. On this date: In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, NJ. In 1861, Mississippi seceded from the Union. In 1861, the Star of the West, a merchant vessel bringing reinforcements to federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., retreated after being fired on by a battery in the harbor. In 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines. In 1957, Anthony Eden resigned as British prime minister, citing health reasons. In 1964, anti-U.S. noting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and three U.S. soldiers. In 1968, the Surveyor Seven space probe made a soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the Amencan senes of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface. In 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported biography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake. In 1980, Saudi Arabia beheaded 63 people for their involvement in the November 1979 raid on the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Ten years ago: British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resign* a, accusing Prime Minister Thatcher of trying to mu zte his campaign against the takeover of a British helicopter company by Sikorsky, an American firm. Five yeart ago: Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz met for six hours in Geneva, but failed to resolve the Persian Gulf crisis. President Bush, in Washington, accused Iraq of “a total stiff-arm, a total rebuff.” One year ago: In New York, the trial of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and 11 other defendants accused of conspiring to wage a holy war against the United States began. (All the defendants were convicted of seditious conspiracy the following October, except for two who had reached plea agreements with the government.) Severe flooding forced people to flee resort communities in the hills north of San Francisco. British comedian Peter Cook died in London at age 57. Today’s Birthdays: Football Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr is 62. Actor Bob Denver is 61. Folk singer Joan Baez is 55. Actress Susannah York is 55. Singer Crystal Gayle is 45. Thought for Today: “Those who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.” — Hindu proverb. ;