New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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“The press tends to tilt toward winners and tilt against perceived losers, whether we're covering sporting events or politics.”
- Bob Maynard, publisher, 1992
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Three times the funRed Stocking Revue, Discovery Days, Trash and Treasure Sale this weekend
It's another one of those weekends in New Braunfels — one of those weekends full of worthwhile and fun things to do.
The Red Stocking Revue comes only once every two years, and people will be talking about it until the next one comes. Three shows will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center this weekend. Ticket sales support the good work of the Community Service Center. The show has a reputation for always being fun, entertaining, a little campy and very professional.
The Downtown Merchants Association are sponsoring Downtown Discovery Days Saturday and Sunday. This month, stores all along Seguin and San Antonio Streets will be holding a huge sidewalk sale. If it has been a while since you visited our downtown merchants, this is a great chance to see what you've been missing. The variety and quality of the stores make this shopping district second to none.
While you are downtown, don’t miss the New Braunfels Art League's Trash and Treasure Sale. The Art League building on San Antonio Street is the location, and a wide variety of arts and crafts and more will be on sale.
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Here’s hoping Hillary helps health care
Today I want to bring you up-to-date on national health care. I happen to know quite a bit about this because I had lunch recently with Hillary Rodham Clinton, although she was probably unaware of this fact, because the room also contained several thousand newspaper executives belonging to the Newspaper Association of America (motto: Keeping You Accurately Informe-bkljskfxc”). It was one of those mass banquet luncheons where squadrons of waiters come swooping out of the kitchen carrying trays stacked high with plates protected by steel covers, which they whisk off at your table to reveal, to your astonishment and delight: chicken.
The reason you always get chicken at these affairs is the Federal Interstate Chicken Transport System (FICTS), which was built during the Eisenhower administration to ensure that the nation would still be able to hold banquet luncheons after a nuclear war. All major hotels are connected via a vast underground network of pneumatic tubes to huge chicken factories in Delaware and Arkansas, where thousands of chicken parts per second (c.p.p.s) are fed into the tubes under extremely high pressure. These parts sometimes travel thousands of miles before blasting out into hotel kitchens all over the nation, where workers frantically convert them into banquet meals to make room for new incoming chicken, which arrives constantly. (There is no way to stop it; this is a federal program.) Each year hundreds of kitchen workers are injured by chicken breasts traveling at upward of 400 miles per hour. This is yet another reason why we need to be concerned about health care.
So I was so eager to hear Mrs. Clinton’s speech
before the American Newspaper Association luncheon. It was great. She kept the crowd in stitches with a series of hilarious health-care jokes, such as the one about the guy who goes to see the doctor because he keeps finding turtles in his undershorts.
No, I am kidding. Mrs. Clinton did not tell jokes. I have heard funeral speeches with a higher humor content. Mrs. Clinton is VERY serious about health care. She knows TONS of facts about it. I can tell she’s the kind of person who, in sixth grade, had her Science Fair project done early, and it featured elaborate, neatly lettered diagrams and a meticulously executed experiment involving test tubes and petri dishes, clearly demonstrating some complex scientific thing involving enzymes; whereas people like me showed up with last-minute projects featuring Dixie cups and a hastily scribbled cardboard sign with a tide like “THREE KINDS OF DIRT.”
So I tried to pay close attention as Mrs. Clinton discussed the administration’s health-care plan. I would say she’s in favor of it. I’m afraid I can’t offer much more detail, because health-care is one of those issues — another one is the bond market — that my brain refuses to think about.
“PAY ATTENTION!” I’d tell my brain. “The First Lady is explaining health care!” But my brain would drift off, pursuinfc .is own interests, trying to remember the words to the Beach Boys’ 1963 song, “Our Car Club,” which never gets played on the radio, and for good reason. Mrs. Clinton would be talking about the administrative expenses of Medicare, and my brain would be singing:
"We ll nave the roughest and the toughest initiation we can find...”
Then Mrs. Clinton would be talking about the inequities of drug pricing, and my brain would be singing:
“And if you wanna be a member, we’ll really put you through the grind!”
It’s a good thing I’m not in charge of national health care. I can’t understand my own medical bills. Last spring my son suffered some injuries requiring medical treatment, and ever since I’ve been receiving incomprehensible bills from dozens of random medical computers. I’m pretty sure that I’m now paying for medical care given to people injured in the Hindenburg disaster. There’s no way to tell because the bills all look like this:
“With reference to the above referenced account, your 73 percent deductible differential has not been satisfied with respect to your accrual parameter, and therefore you arc obligated to remit S357.16 no make that $521.67 here are some more random amounts S756.12 $726.56 and $3,928,958.12 bear in mind that we would enjoy nothing more than seeing your pale skinny body in prison.”
This is a true story: A while back, out of the blue, I started receiving threatening letters from a collection agency representing a hospital, demanding SIO 1.76. So I sent the agency a check. Last week, on the SAME DAY, I received (a) a letter from the collection agency returning my check, with a note stating that I did not owe the money; and (b) a NEW threatening letter from the same agency, demanding S101.76. I’m thinking that the only way out of this might be the Federal Witness Protection Program.
Of course I’m sure medical care will become much simpler and more efficient once it’s being handled by the federal government (motto: “We Are Not Authorized To Tell You Our Motto”). I’m hoping that Mrs. Clinton and the Congress work out some kind of plan soon, and I’m hoping that it covers routine doctor visits. Because I need to see somebody about these turtles.
(Dave Barry is a syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald.)
Jimmy Carter negotiates with North Koreans
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former President Carter, in North Korea to ny to ease nuclear tensions, has held out a Carnot: the possibility of full diplex matte tics with Washington.
Caner met with North Korean President Kim ll Sung fur three hours today al a presidential palace on the outskirts of the North Korea capital of Pyongyang. The two men covered a wide range of issues but U.S. fears that North Korea is building a nuclear arsenal dominated the talks. Another meeting was scheduled for Friday morning.
Washington has said Carter, who is on a private tnp, was carrying no formal message from the Clinton administration. Bul he is making unofficial overtures to the hard-line Communist
Today in historyAnalysis
President Kim ll Sung told Carter through an interpreter "What is imper-tant between us is trust, confidence in each other.”
The meeting between us is the starting point for die first confidence in each other,” he said, as translated on Cable News Network. CNN was die only Western news organization allowed into North Korea lo cover Carter’s visit.
Upon arriving in Pyongyang on Wednesday. Carter held out die possibility of full diplomatic lies wadi Wash ington if North Korea permits full
inspections of its nuclear projects.
‘The time has come lo establish full friendship and understanding, open trade, exchange of visits arid full diplomatic relations between our two countries,” the former president said at a welcoming banquet.
But dial will not happen until North Korea opens its nuclear facilities to inspections, he was cited by CNN as saying.
Nordi Korea has indicated it wants exit of its political and economic isolation. Yet for the past 15 months the Communist state has refused lo open its nuclear sites to full U.N. inspections.
The government in Pyongyang insists its nuclear program is peaceful, but the secrecy of its nuclear operations has heightened suspicions it is
uying to build atomic bombs in violation of treaty obligations.
While Carter sought to lessen the chances of conflict on his four-day mission, the United Stales proposed a package of sanctions to be brought before the U.N. Security Council.
The package provides for a ban on weapon purchases from North Korea and suspension of U.N. development projec ts. Bul a does not attempt to hall trade with the Pyongyang government and a contains a 30-day grace period.
South Korea expressed full backing lor the proposed sanctions.
"Our views are well reflected, and if a resolution is adopted as drafted, it would put significant pressure on North Korea,” Foreign Minister Han Sung-soo told a news conference today.
By Th# Associated Press
Today is Friday, June 17th, the 168th day of 1994. There are 197 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On June I7lh, 1972, President Nixon’s eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside the Democratic rialKxial headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex.
On this date.
In 1775, the kevoluuonary War Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston.
In 1789, the Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly, and undertook to frame a constitution.
In 1856, in Philadelphia, tile Republican Party opened its first convention.
In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New
York City aboard the French ship Isere.
Iii 1928, Amelia Earharl embarked (Mi a ttans-Allanuc Hight horn Newfoundland to Wales — the first by a woman.
In 1940, France asked Germany for terms of surrender in WiMld War II.
In 1944, 50 years ago, the republic of Iceland was established.
In 1953, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stayed the execution of convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, originally set for die next day, the couple’s !4th wedding anniversary. (They were put to death June 19th.)
In 1963, die U.S. Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitaluMi of die Lord’s Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public sc Im xii s.
In 1969,25 years ago, die raunchy musical review “Oh! Calcutta!" opened in New York.
In 1971, the United States and Japan signed a treaty under which the U.S. would return control of the island of Okinawa.
In 1986, President Reagan announced the retirement ol Chief Justice Warren Burger.
In 1991, die remains of President Zachary Taylor were briefly exhumed rn Louisville, Ky ., to test a theory that I ay lur had died of arsenic poisoning (the results showed death had been Iron) natural causes).
Ten years ago: Swale, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, collapsed and died outside its stable al Belmont Park.
Five years ago: In China, eight people were sentenced lo death for allegedly bealing soldiers and burning vehicles in Beijing at die start of the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.