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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion F’age 4A Herald ~Z9ltungWednesday, June 16,1993 QUOTA BLE "Democracy cannot flourish without a vigorous tradition of free press.” - Michel Oksenberg president, East-West Center, 1992 town EDITORIALS iii the right direction9 Canyon [.ake EMS system has much to be proud of Earlier this week, the Herald-Zeitung printed a story which quoted a disgruntled relative of a drowning victim from Canyon I.ake. I [cr quotes, and those of a doctor who was visiting the area when the incident took place, were negative in regard to the performance of the EMS equipment and personnel at Canyon I .ake. Sometimes in the fact-gathering process some of the biggest facts are just plain left out or not emphasized enough. The fact in question is that despite some deficiencies in the Canyon Lake EMS system, there are many plus factors for which all area residents should be proud. For one, it is a totally volunteer-based system. These men and women, who have actually spent the night at their building (despite being just volunteers) just to make sure that the job would be done when it was needed to be done, deserve a pat on the back. Sure there are equipment needs and personnel needs that must be addressed and soon. But the main thrust of such should not be any reflection on the efforts being put forth by those who volunteer with the Canyon Lake EMS. Hopefully, the points made in those stories earlier this week brought attention to the fact that there are real needs at Canyon Lake. When you send an army to do battle, you arm them with the best weapons possible. When you send people to save lives, you should give them the tools to do it. (Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor of the Herald-Zeitung.) Write us Th* New Braunfels Herald Zeitung welcomes letters on any public if<sue. The editor r^ervew 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-Zeit'ing hearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please rite Ute 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: I>*ttt*rs to the Editor <^oThe New Braunfels lierald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: 1210) 62r 1?24 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor ami Publisher..........................................David Sullens General Manager.................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor......................................................Mark    Lyon Marketing Dirt ctor........................................Dee Dee Crockett Clarified Manager.........................................Karen Reininger Cinailatior Director .................................Carol Ann Avery I e »s loom I ore man........................................Douglas Brandt Pul)l iv bed ( a Sunday mornings and weekday mornings 'Tuesday tin <gIi I - 'day by Use New Braunfels lierald-Zeitung, 707 Panda St, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Second ' lass p/vtage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377 880) Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $18; six months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizen Discounts \ry carrier delivery only: six months, $25; one year, $45. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $26.55; six months, $47,20; one year, $88 50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $6195; one year, $103.25. Subscribers 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 (210) 658 1900 by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 arn on Sunday. Postmaster: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Twas the night before last when all through the civic center, There were so many people one could barely enter; The council showed up and the media were there, All waiting to soc if Mr. Goodbread would take his chair. An injunction by others said, “NO! Don’t you dare sit! Because if you do we’ll throw a bigger fit.” The lights of the cameras were bright as the members took the stage, While well-behaved citizens shouted in rage. ‘Tm a Goodbread supporter — my vote should count! And where are the opponents that want this man out?!” While half of the room shouted and yelled, A show of support for Benitez and Bremer was withheld. Where were the supporters of Sir Butch and Mr. Dan? Were they on half-day paid vacations in some faraway land? Were they filing more suits to backlog the courts Citing un-heard of precedent and obscure torts? Or were they at home watching the IO o’clock news, While uninformed San Antonio media obscured Gary P. Carroll both sides’ views? Or were they waiting to read the reports of the Herald ox Express, Before deciding which side they liked the best? The attitudes change with every passing hour, And as time passes they grow more bitter and sour. My point is simple and ITI get to the crux — The attitude from both sides to another really sucks. Never before in my 26 years of life, Have I seen such a small town with so much strife. Even in New York people sat down to talk, But in New Braunfels council members would rather get up and walk. Finger-pointing, name-calling, litigation and fights And we wonder why we make the TV highlights? People concerned over image look for positive PR, While others order a double shot of legal-ease from the Texas State Bar. ‘Tis so sad for a town of such fine heritage and tradition, To be afflicted with such horrible a condition. A breach of faith from one to the other, Has once again pitted brother against brother. If you’ll stop and think of it, it’s really quite sad, To know that future memories will be full of so much bad. How many lawyers could it possibly require, To help pull this city out of the mire? Five? Ten? Fifteen? Or Twenty? You can bet the number will be high and the price will be plenty. ‘In New Braunfels ist das leben schdn’ — Not right now, but maybe sometime again. So shake a hand and pat a back, And give people just a little more slack. Instead of arguing over who’s wrong and right, Let’s keep the goals of the city in sight. Council members — you should lead with honesty, respect, maturity, and style, And you’ll gamer support every inch of every mile. I feel certain you’ll get us out of this mess; But nonetheless, I wish you luck — and God bless. Diet supplements must back up all health claims By RICHARD L VERNACI Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is ordering makers of diet supplements to back up all health claims they make on their labels. The companies say consumers should be able to make up their own minds. Agency documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press say the dietary supplements will have to meet the same standards as ocher food products when they make health claims. “I think the FDA proposal will make it easier for consumers to make an informed choice when shopping for dietary supplements,” said Bruce Silverglade, director of legal affairs al the Center for Science in che Public Interest, a consumer group. The dietary supplements are used by tens of nullions of people who are trying to keep up or improve their health. ‘‘The dietary supplement industry Analysis as we now know it would no longer exist,” said Gerald Kessler, president of Nature’s Plus, a supplement company. “The most serious problem is people’s right to take care of their health.” Kessler said the rules, which were to be published today in the Federal Register, would keep some products off the market or deny consumers the information they would need to use them. Requiring proof of effectiveness would force the companies to spend years and millions of dollars on research that they cannot afford, he said. People should be allowed to decide for themselves without interference from the FDA, Kessler said. When asked for examples of misleading products, Silverglade names two supplements made by Kessler’s company: Ultra Male and Ultra Hair. Kessler said Ultra Male is a “dietary supplement that is made for the nutritional needs of a man.” Silverglade said it’s something made out of the prostate gland of a bull. Kessler acknowledges it does contain some “glandular" material but it also has vitamins and minerals. “There are no claims made by Ultra Male,’ ’ Kessler said in a telephone interview. Ultra Hair likewise makes no claims to cure or halt the spread of baldness, just that it supplies some of the nutritional needs for hair, Kessler said. Silverglade said baldness isn’t caused by what you eat or don’t eat. This is the way the argument has gone on for years. The FDA hopes its rules will help seule Ute debate. The FDA has the legal power to enforce its standards, including taking companies to court and seizing their products. Kessler says the agency can drive companies out of business with bad publicity. In addition, the supplements’ labels will have to contain nutritional information, showing the amount of nutrients in each serving. “In general, I don’t like it,” said J.B. Cordaro, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, an industry group. “The real impact is fell by the consumer.’’ A Louis Harris poll last year found some 76 million people in this country take diet supplements. Cordaro’s group puts that number at IOO mil-lion.Cordaro said he had no quarrel with requiring that health claims on products’ labels be substantiated. The question is to what degree of scientific certainty the companies will be required to go.On a scale of one to IO, with IO being absolute certainty, Cordaro says, the FDA wants scientific proof that would rate somewhere between nine and IO, while the industry thinks five or six is reasonable. Today in History By Tbs Associated Press Today is Wednesday, June 16, the 167th day of 1993. There are 198 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Thirty years ago, on June 16,1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6. (Her three-day mission coincided with the flight of another Soviet cosmonaut, Valery Bykovsky, who was aboard Vostok 5.) On this date: In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland. In 1858, in a speech in Springfield, 111., Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” In 1883, baseball’s first ‘‘Ladies’ Day" took place as the New York Gothams offered women free admission to a game against the Cleveland Spiders. (New York won, 5-2.) In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated. In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law. (It was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court) In 1943,50 years ago, comedian Charlie Chaplin married his fourth wife, 18-year-old (Dona O’Neill, daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill, in Carpenteria, Calif. In 1955, Pope Pius XII excommunicated Argentine President Juan Domingo Peron, a ban that was lifted eight years later. In 1961, Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while his troupe was in Paris. In 1970, Kenneth A Gibson of Newark, NJ. became the first black to win a mayoral election in a major Northeast city. In 1978, Prerident Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties. Ten yean ago: Cheering crowds greeted Pope John Paul ll as he began his second visit to his native Poland since becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church. Five years ago: Impeached and ousted Arizona Gov. Evan Met'ham and his brother, Willard, were found innocent by a Phoenix jury of concealing a $350,000 campaign loan. One year ago: President Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin capped the first day of their Washington summit by announcing their countries had agreed to slash their long-range nuclear arsenals by two-thirds. Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger was indicted on felony charges in the Iran-Contra affair (he was later pardoned by President Bush.) Today’s Birthdays: Washington Post Co. Chairwoman Katharine Graham is 76. Author Erich Segal is 56. Author Joyce Carol (Dates is 55. Actress Joan Van Aik is 50. Boxer Roberto Duran is 42. Thought for Today: “Not to know is bad. Not to want to know is worse. Not to hope is unthinkable. Not to care is unforgivable." — Nigerian saying. ;