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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas New Bfaunf els June Utilities crews draw praise for professionalism Hfe inions General Manager Guest viewpoint Bentsen wants doctors to repay debt to NHSC By LLOYD BENTSEN United States Senator Before a young doctor set up practice seven years ago In a South Texas most residents had to travel some 50 miles for medical That doctor remains today the towns only fulltime An East Texas community paid to set up a doctors office ten years ago and still picks up the office utility A series of physicians has provided continuous medical services there for community The doctors were placed in these towns by the National Health Service which assigns medical and dental school graduates to clinics or private practices in areas with a health manpower These graduates went through medical or dental school on an NHSC scholarship and agreed to either repay the money or work a minimum of two years where there is a shortage of health The national scholarship program has provided tuition and monthly stipends to students over the past 12 The availability of these talented young people has been particularly helpful in Texas as of last we still had 52 counties with health manpower shortages and 11 counties with no physician at In several graduates assigned to Texas have fulfilled their commitment and remained in the com munity to continue practicing achieving the programs intended longterm The NHSC has proven to be an effective But it is not without I am disturbed by the failure of some participants to fulfill the terms of their or to pay back their debt to the very program that made it possible for them to acquire a lifelong set of very lucrative The Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently reported by the end of NHSC scholars had failed to in money or in obligations of Seventyone of these doctors are in The department studied a sample of the defaulters and found that nearly a third had received Medicare and Medicaid reimbursments of between and during the last three The Inspector General found one for that owed NHSC yet had received more than from Over the last two this doctor had made only a single payment on the I have introduced legislation that would allow the money owed by doctors who have breached their contract with NHSC deducted from the reimbursements they receive from This measure would be used as a last after all other collection efforts had been It is hardly right for the federal government to provide a medical education for people an education that will ensure them of a healthy income for life then do nothing when they fail to live up to their end of the The National Health Service Corps has demonstrated its worth down through the but it hasnt always worked as it is supposed I want to make sure from here on it Mailbag policy The HereldZeitung welcomes the opinions of its and were happy to publish letters to the While readers opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other we welcome letters on any topic national or international that the writer chooses to Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially All letters to the editor should be signed and authorship must be verifiable by Anonymous letters will not be Send your letter to New Braunfels Herald Drawer New Braunfels Letters may also be hand delivered to the newspaper offices at 186 Maybe ifs time to get to the root of the problem Mailbag Innkeeper commends professional job by Utilities crews Dear Sir I am an innkeeper at the Prince Solms Often trucks jump the curb when turning at the corner of Market and San Antonio I usually ignore but today I heard that sound and it was unusually I looked through the window and saw that the traffic had When I stepped onto the front it took a moment for my mind to register what was wrong with the The light pole was leaning into the The light unit itself was barely hanging on a telephone All it needed to do was move an inch or two and the whole street light would fall onto San Antonio To make matters some drivers continued to pass under I called the They were there almost before I set down the They immediately routed traffic around the dangerous area and alerted New Braunfels I wondered how in the world they were going to get that light If they had asked I would have suggested pushing the base of the pole until it fell from the telephone no one When the NBU crews they went to work in a professional The pole was attached to a A man on a raised platform released the light unit from the wires and held it in his hands so that it would not swing to the or into or into Other crew members steadied the base of the pole as the man lowered his platform until the ground crew could secure the light and lower it safely to the i I was One false move by any crew member could have caused damage or The team work was organized and There was no Each man did his part of the job in cooperation with the other team The light was hauled away without a single shard of glass left In 45 minutes after I called the there was no trace of anything ever having been Now that is Mike Neman German student looking for home and job Gentlemen I am a German student of economics 25 and intend to spend a few months in the United States either in August and September 1985 or from January through March to improve my school English eight A friend of who had lived for almost 20 years in and had visited in New Braunfels several times has recommended your city to me as a nice place for my temporary The realization of my plan depends on finding a job in New Braunfels for a period of two to three I am willing to do any kind of either in a or in a in order to earn just enough money to cover the cost of I wonder whether you can give me any advice or assistance in this If not and provided that you deem it please insert this in the New Braunfels newspaper German student of economics who wants to improve his English is looking for a job of any kind either in a or with a family either in August and Sep tember of this year or January through March Who can offer him a room preferrably with a family for one of the two periods A favorable answer will be much Yours very Hans Peter Seitel TheodorKornerStrausse 10 D6500 MainzGonsenheim West Germany Utilities bond issue has reached standstill Dear Sir The issue of the Utilities bonds has reached a point of no return Those members of the citys power structure who have advanced many questionable arguments in an effort to sway the votes of the members of the City Council in the matter of having them rubberstamp the bond proposal should realize that the day of pressure politics in New Braunfels is fast and that is for the good The members of the APPOINTED Utilities Board have known for a long period of time that the majority of the ELECTED members of the City Council were tending to be in favor of allowing the voters of the city to decide the fate of the proposed million Utilities bond issue which the members of the Utilities Board was Knowing that the members of the Utilities Board who are all appointed persons should have used their energies in persuading the voters of the community to approve the issue in an the members of the appointed Board began their campaign of pressuring our elected officials to rubberstamp their These appointed Utilities Board members should at long that many members of this City Council were overwhelmingly approved by the electorate because of their in to do all in their power for the general welfare of our city without bowing to special interest groups who are always around to gain what they can for their own As I see the members of the City Council who want to give the voters a have not abrogated their responsibilities by not rubber stamping this very large bond million is no small By advocating that the and allowed to decide if they want THEIR utility system to go million in debt for future those council members have not abrogated their are only going the democratic way of allowing the to decide the After the ultimate con will not be the primary beneficiary if this bond issue is The million expansion to the utility system will most benefit the land the and the rest of the citys power Have no your commode will still your lights will still burn in and your faucets will still AND your utility bill will NOT rise by per month even if the bonds are not the City Council also has to approve any rate in creases and I doubt they would ap prove a increase in your bills My as I stated is to the Utilities Your mistake was trying to sway the City Council by power for sup ported the election of these council persons because of their in dependence and the knowledge that they would stand firm for what they considered in the best interests of ALL the I COMMEND Mayor Barbara Mayor ProTern Betty Lou Councilman Valdemar and Councilman Max Winkler for standing up for their convictions and for what they con sidered in the best interest of the allow you to decide the It is always easy to rub a board recom These councilpersons took the hard path and stood up for what they knew was right I SALUTE you Sincerely Edward And heres another Dear Sir This letter pertains to the troversy surrounding the Utilities Board and in no way to be con sidered an antigrowth Growth will occur and New Braunfels must be ready for but why must the present local and homeowners underwrite the bulk of the cost of the multimillion dollar expansion of our utilities to ac commodate this A capital recovery system in place would insure that the citizens of New Braunfels would no longer be vic timized when new developments New Braunfels needs a new method of growth management similar to other corridor cities ex periencing rapid Round San and San Antonio expect the developer to pay his fair share of major projects caused by his The present Utilities charged with examining our current should quickly formulate and recommend to the Utilities board an equitable capital recovery In the Utilities Committee should determine why developers are not expected to help pay the cost of extending electrical lines to their Some members of the city council have been soundly critizied for lickr of responsibility for not approving the bond issue as presented by This as favors the developer and the rate It appears us that they are responsible public servantsresponsible to Chrystine and Glenn Bunvside TTf IF ITS FOR 10UUHNP ITAVEW WORTHY ITS NOT THAT PONT THINK THE IN ANIMAL I COME A FORTH MST OF THB Your representatives Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20610 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 70769 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20616 Uoyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 249 Russell 20610 Mark Governors Off ice Room 200 State Cepitol Texas 787Q1 John Tr House of 1212 Longworth House Q fflftf MBir ;