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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, June 15,2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A Push for more high-tech visas now stalled WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long ago, Congress appeared to be moving to address the high-tech industry’s pleas for more workers. But now bills to allow more skilled foreigners into the country have stalled and the industry is worried. Increasing the number of H-1B visas, which allow college-educated foreigners to work in the United States for up to six years, is a top priority for high-tech companies striving to fill an estimated 300,000 vacancies nationwide. “If we don’t solve this problem, all we’re doing is make our companies less competitive,” said Roger Coker, head of U.S. recruiting for Texas Instruments. Bills calling for more visas were gaining momentum in Congress earlier this spring, with committees in the Senate and House approving plans to boost the number by at least 350,000 over three years. But since President Clinton announced a plan last month linking any visa increase to changes in immigration policies, nothing has happened. In an unusual show of unity, Bill Gates and other chief executives from Internet companies came to Capitol Hill this month to personally lobby Congress. The advocacy group American Business for Legal Immigration sent a letter outlining the arguments for more High-tech demand Jobs in the high-tech industry have grown in contrast to the number of six-year visas open to foreigners who graduated college. In 1998, visas rose to 115,000, but the number is scheduled to drop to 107,500 for the year starting Oct. 1, then 65,000 per year after that. 5 million  --------------- High-tech jobs ’90 ’91 ’92 ’93 ’94 ’95 ’96 ’97 ’98 Sources: American Electronics Association; AP congressional staff visas to every member of Congress. The letter was signed by more than 400 companies. Next week, the group plans to send copies of want ads from six major newspapers to every Senate office to illustrate high-tech vacancies. The visa program has become more popular as the economy has surged. The 115,000 visas available this fiscal year ran out in March. The allocation is scheduled to drop to 107,500 for the year starting Oct. I and then to 65,000 per year after that. Labor unions oppose increasing visas, arguing the industry is looking overseas chiefly to hold down wages. They say Congress should set aside more money to train U.S. workers-to fill high-tech jobs. Clinton’s proposal calls for an extra 362,500 visas during the next three years and would quadruple the $500 visa fee to create a training and education program for U.S. workers. Obituaries COPPLE Oscar A. Copple passed away on Sunday, June ll, 2000, in New Braunfels at the age of 85. He is survived by two daughters, Cleda L. Meyer, and husband, John, of Alma, Kan., and Loma R. McFarren, and husband, Marlin, of Kansas; two sons, Glen M. Copple, and wife, Sylvia, of Torrance, Calif., and Earl J. Copple and wife, Paula of Chicago, 111.; ll grandchildren; eight great-grandchiidren and one sister, Helen Buchanan of Illinois. Visitation began at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and continues until 8:30 a.m. today. Services will be at IO a.m. Thursday at the New Braunfels Christian Church, with interment to follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the New Braunfels Christian Church. 7m Z3m Icr FUNERAL HOME HENSLEY Ethel Howard “Babe” Davis Hensley was bom Dec. 18, 1902, to George Edgar Davis and Dora Cummings Davis in Ennis, Texas. She was the fourth of eight children. She married Albert E. “Neighbor” Hensley on Sept. 29, 1924, in Ennis. They moved to Cuero with their young son, Davis M. Hensley in 1933. Babe was employed by the Cuero Publishing Company for 25 years. She enjoyed entertaining and socializing with her many friends in Cuero. Babe passed away in New Braunfels, Texas, on June 13, 2000, at the age of 97. She is survived by her son, Davis Hensley and his wife, Jane, of New Braunfels; a grandson, Paul Hensley, of Houston; a granddaughter, Karen Hensley, of New Braunfels; and a brother, Buddy Davis, of Ennis. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and six brothers and sisters. Graveside services will be Friday, June 16,2000, at 1:30 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Freund Funeral Home, Cuero (361) 275-2343. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2000, at First Presbyterian Church in Cuero. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Cuero, Texas. PHILLIPS Mary Baker Phillips passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2000, in New Braunfels at the age of 92. She is survived by one daughter, Sarah Schandua of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Judy Schandua of Arlington, Va., and James Schandua of San Antonio, Texas, and one sister, Helen Gross of Port Lavaca, Texas. Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2000, at the Lockney Cemetery in Lockney, Texas. The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Eden Home Chapel Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association. Zoeller Funeral Home TOLLE Helena Thoms Tolle, 89, of Cibolo, passed away Tuesday, June 13,2000. She was bom to Herman and Clara Thoms in Victoria, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Richard Tolle, Cibolo; daughters and sons-in-law, Laverne and Fred Waldbusser, Port Byron, 111.; Dorlene and Ed Higginson, Cibolo; sister, Joyce Gunn, Andrews, Texas; brother, Walter Thoms, Taylor, Texas; grandchildren, Will Helgason, Brad and Sandy Helgason, Randy and Charlayne Higginson, Valerie and Bobby Stillwell; seven greatgrandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brother, Fred Thoms and sisters, Rose Lee Nigrelli, Norma Ford, Lee Ona Appleman and Clara Brown. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2000, at the Schertz Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chester Sassman officiating. Interment will follow at the Bracken Community Cemetery. Visitation will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2000. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to S.A.F.E.S., Cibolo Volunteer Fire Dept, or to the charity of choice. Schertz Funeral Home Southern Baptists nix female pastors ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Risking a wider split in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention declared Wednesday that women should no longer serve as pastors. The statement of faith is not binding on congregations, and so the effect on the Southern Baptists’ 1,600 or so clergywomen — about IOO of whom are pastors leading congregations — is unclear. But some members warned that congregations will quit the 15.9 million-member denomination over this, just as some did when the Southern Baptists declared two years ago that wives should “sub mit graciously” to their husbands. The revised Faith and Message statement was approved in a show of hands by the thousands of delegates at the denomination’s annual meeting. It includes a passage that reads: “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.” The previous statement, dating to 1963, was silent on the issue. The new statement does not address whether women should be ordained, something the Southern Baptists have done since at least 1964; it addresses only their role as pastors, who lead congregations. MEDIA/From 1A ed not to donate the time this year,” he said. “It was perceived that comments were made that were derogatory about the newspaper and the radio station and those comments dissolved the partnership that we had with the city,” Stockwell said. For at least the past five years, the radio station, H-E-B and the city of New Braunfels formed a partnership to sponsor and promote the Fourth of July fireworks show. Stockwell said H-E-B typically provides funding for the fireworks show and the radio station provides free promotional time for the event and free time and manpower to broadcast music during the fireworks show. “If you’re working together on a project and someone says they don’t think you’re valuable, then that hampers that relationship,” Stockwell said. “It’s the same thing as if he said a restaurant had a menu nobody liked and then asked the restaurant to give food for free.” “I realize those comments don’t represent the feelings of everybody at the city but they were made on a public record and don’t represent the impact the radio station has to this community,” he said. Kendrick said he did not feel his comments were offensive to anybody. Stockwell said, “I don’t hold anything against Mr. Kendrick. He’s completely entitled to his opinion and he has a right to say it but the project was a partnership with the city and if people feel the radio station does not gamer any listeners then we’re not taking anything away from anybody.” Without the donated time, Mayor Stoney Williams said the city would have to buy the promotional spots and the time to play music during the fireworks show. “We’ll have to find money in the budget to do that,” he said. Or, he said, not do it at all. Williams said the time to broadcast music during the show cost $150, plus $20 for each promotional spot. Typically, those promotions run three times a day for several weeks. Williams said he understood the radio station’s position. “It depresses me that this happened and we might not have music for the Fourth of July event,” Williams said. Kendrick said he wanted to create the newsletter because he believed the city’s biggest problem was a lack of communication with residents. “With a newspaper with a relatively small circulation and one radio station, there are a lot of people the news doesn’t get out to,” he said. Kendrick said a newsletter would -ELS New I Herald-Zeitung Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) 707 Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, TX 78131-1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $22.00; six months, $40; one year, $72. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $36; one year, $68. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $31.80; six months, $58; one year, $109.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $81; one year, $124.25. Subscribers who have not received a new spaper by 6 a m. Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday can call (830) 625-9144. Postmaster: Send address changes to the Nevc Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, PO. Drawer 3 l l 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. cost the city about $200 a month, including postage, and could be mailed with New Braunfels Utilities bills each month. “The newsletter could let people know who was appointed to committees and what’s going on with different studies, like the drainage study. There is a lot of information that is not readily available,” he said. When asked if he was a concerned a city-produced newsletter would present biased information to the public, Kendrick responded, “Not any more than what’s being written in the newspaper.” “It’s just facts. It’s not editorializing,” he said. Doug Toney, publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, said, “This tactic should raise suspicions in anyone’s mind who’s concerned about the taxpayers being forced to pay for the perpetuation of a political position. “If you want to inform people about what’s going on in the city there are plenty of ways to do it without the government providing an unchallenged, unedited propaganda piece.” Toney said he was always skeptical when a public official wanted to use tax dollars to create a “propaganda machine to perpetuate their political agenda.” “Historically, when this is done it’s not the best thing for a community or a nation,” he said. “It’s a waste of city tax dollars, especially when we have streets to fix and drainage to fix.” Williams agreed. “In my opinion, it’s a waste of city staff’s time and a waste of money when we have local media, including the newspaper and the radio station and the city council meetings are on television and rebroadcast on Saturdays,” he said. “If people don’t listen to the radio station, don’t read the newspaper television, then they don’t want to and don’t watch the meeting on be involved,” he said. 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