New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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It s hard to trust Southwestern Bell because Texas has been burned before
The Dallas Morning Sews, one of if not the most respected newspaper in the state and. indeed, the nation, says Southwestern Bell's infrastructure improvements are nothing more than an accounting gimmick.
The Morning Sews says that while Bell is pledging and loudly touting to legislators and the public, through intensive lobby mg and a multi-million dollar advertising campaign, increased capital spending of about SIT billion, it is simultaneously planning to cut its normal capital spending in Texas by almost as much.
Bell s loud promises are a pan of its effort to secure legislative changes favorable to itself.
Here s what Dallas Morning Sews reporter Richard A. Oppel Jr said about his discovery of Bell’s duplicity: "Southwestern Bell, the dominant phone company in Texas, is making state lawmakers this promise: Pass laws letting us make bigger profits and well invest SIT billion in Texas over and above the normal levels Oppel then goes on to report that papers on file with state regulators "show that Bell is planning to simultaneously cut its normal capital spending in Texas by almost as much as the new SI T billion investment — meaning there w ould be almost no additional spending by the company."
A Bell spokesman quoted in the Dallas Morning News article admits that the documents show the company's investment would be nearly flat.
And. of course, the currently promised Bell investments are the same investments that were promised by Bell five years ago when Bell sought and was granted loosened regulation and a postponement of rate hearings by the Public Utilities Commission. Those promised investments have not materialized and now Bell wants to promise them again.
The director of the Communications Coalition, an organization of business and consumer groups fighting for competition in local telephone service, pretty well summed it up when he said of the Dallas Morning News revelations.' This story shows, once and for all, that Bell believed the Legislature would take them at their word and not check the facts behind their promise.
Bell has some pretty gixxi explaining to do" he continued, to 181 legislators about why they have been deliberately misleading them for the past two years."
Bell owes that same explanation to you and to me.
But will we — or the legislators — be able to believe it if we get it?
(Today's editorial was written by David Sui lens, editor and publisher of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung.)
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The American Assccjabon of Reured Persons meets each third Tuesday of the month at the Comal Count) Senior Citizens Center The Center enjoys having thai organization and on occasion caters a lunch for them.
The March- April 1995 issue of Modem Maturity, published by AARP. featured an article to help educate us all on “environmentally safe" products.
At this particular time in New Braunfels, when the city is trying out a recycling program. I thought it might be of interest to a number of residents to gather a hale information concerning recycling.
The article "A Guide to Green Shopping" by Norman Green, president of Green Seal, a nonprofit organization for certifying legitimate environmentally preferable products, suggests some tips to help reduce the impact on the environment:
• Choose those products packaged in recycled materials or in paper, glass or cardboard, lf you buy products packaged in plastic, call your community recycling center to find out which types of plastic arc recycled locally .
• An 18-watt compact fluorescent lamp (CFT) can provide the same amount of light as a 60-wan incandescent bulb and lasts almost ten times as long
• Paper products such as coffee filters and bathroom tissue should be unbleached. Chlorine bleaching can create dioxin, a toxic substance.
• Protect clothes with cedar chips instead of mothballs
• Wash windows with equal parts witter and white vinegar instead of glass cleaner
• Spray a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and lemon juice instead of air freshener
• Buy rechargeable alkaline batteries Though they cost more up front, they can be reused up to 25 times.
* Experiment w uh using less laundry’ soap than manufacturers reoommend—ev en as little as half.
* Garden hoses made from recycled tire rubber reduce landfill overflow where burning tires emit pollutants into the air and water
* Soaker hoses, which “weep" water through thousands of tiny pores, use 50-**5 percent less w ater.
Upon reading that issue of the AARP magazine. I realized just how many services they mentioned are available at the Senior Center. Of course, the Center has many more services, such as health information and testing, protection against fraud information, and social security referral.
As a matter of fact AARP is conducting income tax service through April 15 at the Senior Center on Mondays from 8:00 am-12:00 noon. Wednesdays from I OO p.m.-5:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 am.-1 TX) p.m. There arc many more services at the Center. but space is too limited to mention them all.
It is with sadness that we report the death of Yvonne Smith who has been the coordinator and the person responsible for the training of tax agents in New Braunfels. Seguin. San Marcos and Canyon Lake. As one of those agents, Les Thom would like for the community to know how much Yvonne has contributed over the years and how much she will be missed.
In the same March issue of the AARP magazine, there was some valuable information about caregiv-mg from a distance. It seems that a growing number of adults are try ing to care for older relatives living far away. The rise in long distance caregiving is in pan a predictable consequence of a society on the move Long distance caregiving can create a disturbing mixture of anxiety, helplessness, and guilt. The article emphasized a number of ways to network and to help ease the situation. The Center has Caregivers Support groups and Bereavement Support groups every month led by Jan Harrison of the Medical Team. Caregivers meet next on Wednesday, March 8. at 3:00 p.m. and Bereavement meets Thursday. March 9, at 3:00 p.m.
Since the Senior Center is dedicated to a program
of nutritional diet and plans the meals served at the Center to be balanced and wholesome, it was interesting to note another article in that same issue discussing the Mediterranean diet and the virtues of olive oil.
The author recommends using olive oil instead of butter or margarine and cutting down on meat consumption, especially beef, pork and lamb. Other meals can feature pasta, rice, or potatoes combined with vegetables. Increase vegetable and fruit consumption. Each day include at least one serving of * cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, mustard greens, turnips, etc.) and one of the beta carotene vegetable or fruits: (again,, broccoli and carrots seem to be the best all around), kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, etc. Use bread in abundance, especially dense, chewy country-style loaves. Begin or end each meal with a salad to incorporate vegetables in the diet. Include moderate amounts of wine with meals, if you like. Wine is part of virtually every Mediterranean meal and recent research suggests a couple of glasses a day could protect against coronary heart disease.
And speaking of health, the Center is very proud of Elinor Wells and her volunteers in the exercise/pool area known as the Swan/Drake Club. The* number of members and users of the facilities has increased tremendously since the beginning of the club in 1992. In January 1995, Swan/Drake gained 46 new members. It is a fabulous way to help that dieting along.
Hopefully, the picture being painted here is one of seniors who are health-conscious and who are vitally interested in keeping in shape through nutritious meals, exercise, pool therapy, square dancing, line dancing, ballroom dancing, activities to increase mental abilities, and regularly scheduled check-ups (blood pressure, eyes, ears, flu shots, etc.). We have it all at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. Join us.
(Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident.)
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House votes to reward states that reduce out-of-wedlock births
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, under the banner of welfare reform, agreed lo reward slates that reduce out-of-wed lock births without driving up the numhcr of abortions
The panel worked until midnight Wednesday on its rewrite ol the welfare laws and was resuming work today on cutting welfare benefits tor legal aliens Democrats tried in vain to get the abortion issue dropped from the welfare bill. They also lost an attempt to give the states leeway to determine whether to deny benefits to unwed mothers under 18 and to impose a cap on family welfare checks
The panel's chairman, Rep Bill Archer. R-Texas, originally had pro-poscd giving states an extra IO percent of their welfare grants ti they reduced their out-of wedlock births by 2 percentage points from the previous year
But Rep Jim MeCrery, R La , argued that stales could qualify for the
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bonus "simply by performing more abortions."
On a 21-15 vote along party lines, the committee adopted McCrcry’s amendment only to factor in any increase in a state's abortions into the formula for determining a state’s illegitimacy ratio. McCrory said it would discourage teen pregnancies.
But Democrats sought unsuccessfully to drop the number of abortions entirely from (he equation.
"Ii has never been the purpose of this committee to offer a bounty, a bonus, a bribe, to hold down abortions," said Rep Pete Stark, D-Calif.
Rep Jim McDermott, D-Wash,, complained, "You’re running this bill through here at MX) miles per hour ” The GOP bill "is loaded against women It’s unfair." said McDermott. The Republicans plan assumed welfare mothers "crank out a kid each year just like some broid mare " After two Republicans — Bill Thomas of California and Dave Camp
March 3, 1845, Florida became the 27th state In 1877, Rutherford B Hayes took the oath of office as the 19th president ol tile United States in a private ceremony (a public swearing in took place two days later)
of Michigan switched from no to yes, the panel approved, 19-17, an amendment by Rep Clay Shaw, R-Fla., requiring states to reduce a family’s welfare benefits by SSO or 15 percent each month “until the paternity of the child is established ” The money would be repaid once the father was den lilied
The lawmakers also approved a Democratic amendment allowing any welfare recipient who qualifies for Mcdicad under the rules in effect Sept. 30, 1995, to remain eligible for that coverage
States would share the SI5 billion block grant to run cash welfare, foster care, child cart* and child nutrition programs.
Numerous federal welfare programs would he repealed, including Aid to Families with Dependent Children, which supports 5 million adults and 9 million children.
Slates would he required to place 17 percent of adult recipients in a work program by 2000. Failure to comply could cost diem up lo 5 percent of their block grants
In 1918, Germany, Austria and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. which ended Russian participation in World War I. (The treaty was annulled by the November 1918 armistice.)
In 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner" officially became the national
Three anti-abortion GOP lawmaker* appealed to Archer to drop the family cap that would deny higher benefits to women when they have additional children.
Reps Christopher Smith of New Jersey, Jim Bunn of Oregon and Bar bara Vucanovich of Nevada said such a rule would push women towards aborting these "preborn infants who have (he bad judgment to be conceived in such circumstances "
Rep. Ernest J. isiook Jr., R-Okla., meanwhile, said he will seek to deny poor women federally funded abortions even in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother Isiook planned to propose that today as an amendment lo a package of budget cuts before the House Appropriations Committee Medicaid now pays for abortions in such cases House Speaker Newt Gingrich backed Istook’s proposal after initially indicating he supported the status quo on Medicaid funding of abortion
anthem of the United States.
In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted oil from Cape Kennedy In 1974, nearly 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-IO crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris.