New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
County agentFarm supports help consumer
By W L. (BILL) SCHUMANN County Extension Agent
Although America's consumers rarely recognize them as such, government farm programs are one of the many blessings they enjoy.
While consumers often see farm programs as driving up food prices, they actually do the opposite.
Farm programa have led to an abundance of high quality food and fiber for America’s consumers at fairly reasonable prices. Furthermore, farm programs have stimulated increased supplies of agricultural commodities for export and alleviate hunger in many corners of the world and to reduce U.S. trade deficits.
The net effect of farm programs is that they have stabilized the supply of agricultural products which in turn has limited the degree of price fluctuations. In other words, food shortges that cause sharp price increases are few and far between.
Consumer food prices expected to increase 4 to 6 percent annually during each of the next two years. This increase is much less than in recent years.
At the same time, farm income is expected to continue on a downward trend. Farm prices last fall were 13 percent below those of a year ago, yet up drop was not reflected in lower food prices. In fact, retail food prices were up about 6 percent during that same one-year period. So, there is only a limited
relationship between the prices farms receive and the prices consumers pay.
As to the extent that farm programs subsidize farmers, they do so only when farm prices fall below a preestablished “target price” level. And that situation doesn’t hold true for all agricultural commodities. Only a few have this price protection - cotton, rice, com, grain sorghum, wheat, barley, sugar, peanuts and tobacco. No types of meats are covered in the current farm program. Yet Americans are consuming less beef and fewer eggs because of higher prices prompted by farm programs.
Why foods gain or lose favor with consumers has little to do with government frams programs. Instead, consumer food
choices change with the amount of substitutes available, their relative prices and nutritional qualities, and how convenient they are to prepare.
If America’s consumers should have cause for concern, it should be for the nation’s farmers who are curently suffering from the most severe cost-priced squeeze since the depression of the 1930’s. Farm costs have doubled in the last eight years while prices farmers have received for their commodities have increased only 30 percent.
How farmers fare and how many survive financially will affect our nation’s future food supply and the prices that consumers have to pay. That’s the issue consumers should be concerned about, not the scant government safety net provided for farmers.
CHS Aristo-Cats dean up at drill team school
As the American Drill Team ScIhmiI drew lo a close iii Dallas, the Aristo-Cats of Canyon High School had earned quite a name for themselves.
With a snappy drill lo the tune of ‘ Strike Force," the Uance-drill team captured a first division rating in marching. A higli-kick routine to "Hill Street Blues’' won them a first division iii dance.
These two honors, together with some
excellent individual performances, earned the team a Sweepstakes trophy.
Sharon Bartels, Rosie Renteria and Linda Class took ribbons in all three of the individual categories: dance, marching and stand pep rally routines.
Dorinda Griffin placed iii dance and marching. Also placing iii dance were t aria Kirkland. Wendy I mi ga beer and Teresa Hanna, Dusty Lawrence won a
ribbon in marching and Debbie McBride in pep rally routines.
Sharon Bartels was also nominated for membership iii the All-American Drill Team. Selections for this 52-member squad will be announced in September.
Directed by Carol Searight, the Aristo-Cats will give their first performance of Hic new season on "Prevue Night," Aug. 19 iii the Canyon High auditorium.
Garden Ridge awards contract
The low biddei came oui on top for the Garden Ridge street project.
In a special Monday night meeting, the City Council accepted Fischer Const ruction Company's bid of $22,590 to repave sections of three city streets.
The New Braunfels company, recom
mended by city engineer Craig Hollinig, was one of seven firms bidding on the project. Mort Koszell Company submitted a high bid of $39,755.
Council also approved a plat for 1.031 acres adjoining the property of resident Louis Herrick. Herrick plans to purchase
the land, a piece of undeveloped property now owned by I^idshaw-Miller Development Company. He told the planning and zoning board June 21 that he has no plans to develop the land.
A decision on cable television service was postponed again.
New Braunfels boys to attend camp
Seven boys ti oui N- w I haunt els will lie attending the Salvation Army’s Camp lloblilzelle Monday. July 19. through Saturday, July 24.
TI icy are Jose Morales, Danny Morales, l .ddie Morales, Roy Saenz. Hnticrt Garza.
luau Garcia. Carlos Malaudano and Haul Hernandez.
Boys between the ages of eight and 13 lave been invited to spend a week at the 180-acre camp near Midlothian. Campers ire housed iii modern cabins Witt) attached
The daily schedule includes worship services and Bible study to augment the physical activities. A list of tile recreational programs include horseback riding, archery. sw imming and fishing.
Water levels drop in June
Water well levels throughout the Edwards Underground Water District fell during June, some as much as 24 feet below the May levels, said Tom Fox, EUWD general manager.
The seasonal decline, he said, resulted from heavy lawn and agricultural irrigation during the comparatively "dry” month. However, Fox said, the levels throughout the five counties are near or above the "mean" for June, based on records from 1933 through 1979.
The index well in San Antonio, recorded at 658.9 feet, down 19.6 feet from May, was five feet below the “mean" despite a one-month decline of 19.2 feet.
The current readings for June were the reverse of those last year when all wells increased as much as 30 feet following the heavy May and early June rains. But the drop was not as bad as that of June 1980 when San Antonio’s well decline a foot per day.
Spring flow also was down at the end of the month. Comal Springs at New’ Braunfels were flowing 304 cubic feet per second, down 22 cfs. San Marcos Springs were flowing 130 cfs, down ll cfs.
Following are the water well levels at the end of June shown in feet above mean sea level with Hie all-time recorded high in parentheses:
• New Braunfels: 625.8 feet, down 1.2 feet (630.2)
•Uvalde: 879.1 feet, down 1.5 feet 1886.3)
•Sabinal: 779.8feet,down 19.2 feet (835.4)
• Castroville: 688.5 feet, down 24.4 feet (737.8)
• Hondo: 719.8 feet, down 22.9 feet (773.8)
•San Antonio: 658.9feet,down 19.6feet (696.5)
• Kyle: 561.0 feet, down 4.9 feet (593.8)
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Freiheii Bowling ( lull 7:3(1 p.m. Wednesday, at the club
Marine Corps Junior RD TC: 6 30 p.m. Thursday. Nevs Braunfels High School Cafeteria. All students and parents wanting more information on IR ITC are invited Refreshments will Is* served
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Arrangements are pending al Docppciischuiidt Funeral Home for Luther Maynard of 920 McQueeney He died al 7:59 p.m. Tuesday at his residence al the age of (iii
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Southwestern Bell, in accordance with the rules of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, hereby gives notice of the company’s intent to implement a new schedule of telephone rates in Texas, effective July 27,1982, unless otherwise determined by the Commission.
It is expected that the requested rate schedule will furnish a 13.4 percent increase in the company s intrastate revenues.
A complete copy of the new rate schedule is on file with the Public Utility Commission at Austin, Texas, and with each affected municipality served by Southwestern Bell, and is available for inspection in each of the company's public business offices in Texas. The Commission staff has contended in the past that all rates are subject to change as a result of Southwestern Bell's rate application.
Notice to El Paso Area Customers
Effective January 1, 1982, Southwestern Bell adopted the Mountain States tariffs in effect for El Paso County. Southwestern Bell proposes to merge the separate El Paso tariffs with its tariffs applicable to the rest of Texas. The resulting new rate schedule is on file with the PUC and the El Paso area municipalities served by Southwestern Bell, and is available for inspection at our El Paso business office.
Notice to Customers of Other Telephone Companies
The filing includes, but is not limited to, proposals to increase rates for interexchange private line and foreign exchange (FX) service. Changes in such rates would also affect customers of other telephone companies because such companies provide interexchange private line and foreign exchange service in accordance with rates specified in Southwestern Bell's tariffs. While Southwestern Bell has proposed no increase in long distance rates, any change in those rates would also affect customers of other telephone companies.
Southwestern Bell, en conformidad a las reglas del Public Utility Commission (Comision de Services Publicos) de Texas, por la presente hace saber su intencidn de establecer un nuevo arancel para service de telbfono en Texas con vigencia a partir del 27 de julio, 1982, a menos que la Comi-sidn haga otra determinacibn.
Se espera que el nuevo arancel que se ha soli-citado rendirb un aumento de 13.4 por ciento en los ingresos intraestatales de la compania.
Una copia completa del nuevo arancel se ha archivado en las oficinas del Public Utility Commission en Austin, Texas, al igual que en cada municipalidad afectada y servida por Southwestern Bell, y cada una de las oficinas de la compania para negocios con el publico en Texas tiene una copia para lectura publica. En el pasado, la Comi-sidn ha sostenido que toda tarifa esta sujeta a cambios que resulten de la manera en la cual Southwestern Bell aplique sus tarifas.
Aviso a Clientes en la Region de El Paso
Con vigencia a partir del lo de enero de 1982, Southwestern Bell ha adoptado las tarifas de Mountain States efectivas en el condado de El Paso. Southwestern Bell propone unir las tarifas de El Paso con sus otras tarifas que se aplican al resto de Texas. El nuevo arancel que resulta de 6sta union se ha archivado en la Comisidn de Services Publicos (Public Utility Commission), al igual que en las municipalidades de la regidn de El Paso servidas por Southwestern Bell, y est£ dis-ponible para inspeccibn publica en nuestras oficinas de El Paso.
Aviso a los Clientes de Otras Companias de Telefono
El registro incluye, pero no se limita a, propues-tas para aumentar las tarifas para servicio de linea privada entre centrales telefdnicas (interexchange private line) y servicio de central telefbni-ca extranjera (foreign exchange FX). Cambios en dichas tarifas de servicio tambien afectarian a clientes de otras companias de telbfono porque dichas companias proveen los services ya men-cionados en conformidad a tarifas especificadas por Southwestern Bell. Aunque Southwestern Bell no ha propuesto un aumento en las tarifas para larga distancia, cualquier cambio en las mismas tambien afectaria a los clientes de otras companias de telbfono.
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