New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Page IA — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Tuesday, March 4, 2003
New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald w as founded 1890. 'T he two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958.
Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Gary E. Maitland, Managing Editor www.herald-zeitung.com (830) 625-9144
'Die Dallas Morning News on mold repair scammers:
tiny a sign and stick it on your truck.
Congratulations! You now are a mold remediator in Ibxas. You can charge homeowners tens of thousands of dollars to repair their water-damaged horses.
[|» a state that requires a license to clip hair, an industry created to clean up household mold has beep allowed to mn free.
i4gmethings rotten here, all right.
In a recent Dallas Morning News series, Texans talked about fly-by-night companies that came into thdir homes, ripped out the walls and then left whqn the insurance money ran out. In some cases, the so-called mold experts charged several times thqwalue of the house.
Knough is enough. Texas legislators should establish^ training and licensing requirements for a trade that has rung up millions of dollars in charges dur-ing-the last three years.
'Che public’s concern about the health hazards of mold in homes has turned Texas into the No. I state for such insurance claims. The door is wide open for businesses with no knowledge about mold reproval to get in on the action.
State Sens. Troy Fraser and Mike Jackson want to change all that. They have introduced legislation that sets standards for mold-related repair work and requires companies and individuals to be certified. bv the Texas Health Department.
Under the bill, employees of mold remediation companies will have to pass a licensing exam, pay a fee.of up to $600, be Texas residents and have no felony convictions. The companies will be required to have as much as $2 million in insurance to cover potential liability from jobs.
'Ate rules proposed by Sens. Fraser, H-Horseshoe Bay, and Jackson, R-La Porte, are tough. But this is an industry that has grown very quickly and caused many headaches for consumers.
'Hie lawmakers’ decision to take on the mold remediators in no way relieves insurance companies from their responsibilities. There is a companion bill regulating independent claims adjustors.
Insurance companies are partially to blame for reacting slowly when homeowners requested help for water damage problems. Had they moved promptly, some of the worst nightmares created by household mold might have been averted.
In the meantime, the public should beware. Ask questions of mold remediation companies. And demand proof they can perform the job.Today In History
Bv The Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2003. There are 302 days left in the year.
Today’s history highlight:
On March 4, 1933, Franklin I). Roosevelt was inaugurated president, pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression. (The start of FDR's first
administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary’ Frances Perkins.) On this date:
In 1193, Saladin, the Muslim warrior who opposed the Crusades, died.
In 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met inIt’s a sad day in neighborhood without Mr. Rogers
The question is whether the neighborhood will be the same now**hat’s he’s gone.
Alnage 74, Mister Rogers sue* cullied to cancer this past week.
WJien the PBS channel reported op the death of Fred Rogers, our 15-year-old daughter, Lauren, pushed herself away from the computer (not an easy task to accomplish) and watched the televisual.
Arf they showed clips of his show, “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” her face was visibly saddened.
“I can remember coming home from kindergarten and watching hiimevery day,” she said, reminiscing out loud. “I can remember kind of being afraid of the trolley.
“I Think I’m going to cry.”
Her two teenage brothers rolled
their eyes but sat quietly, lf the truth were to be known, they were watching just as intently.
“I remember all the characters,’' she said. “It’s so sad that he died.”
She was right.
Fred Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister and puppeteer, created a children’s television show that became a refuge for f young and old alike.
He offered unqualified, unrestricted love to anyone who was
in his neighborhood.
Mister Rogers’ television show actually started in the early 1960s in Canada. A native of Pennsylvania, his Canadian show eventually evolved into his broadcast for what became the public television network.
The show started in the Northeast and eventually became shown nationally.
In an article by Laura Bruno, published in the Parsippiny (Pa.) Daily Record about Rogers, she wrote about his helping President Bush with a project.
“In April 2002, President Bush invited Rogers to help launch a reading program. When Rogers entered the room with no introduction, spontaneous applause erupted.”
Rogers hushed the audience,
asking for IO seconds of silence to “think about anyone who has loved you and wanted the best for you.”
Rogers, according to The Associated Press, has won a Peabody Award and several Emmys, including one for lifetime achievement.
He also was presented a Medal of Freedom in 2002.
While other television shows for children embraced high-tech gimmicks, Rogers stuck to his low-key, soft-voice formula.
Puppet characters such as X the Owl, who lived in an oak tree next to Henrietta in the Neighborhood of Make Believe, consistently offered comfort, respect and love to their friends, both on the show and in the television audience.
His trademark Cardigan sweaters, one of which reportedly hangs in the Smithsonian, are probably more commonly called Mister Rogers sweaters by the under 40 crowd.
Interviews this past week with his colleagues said the Mister Rogers you watched on television was the real Fred Rogers.
They said he was not an actor acting, but a real person being himself in a make-believe neighborhood.
Across the nations, children of all agos, share the sadness over the loss of Mister Rogers.
Neighborhoods all over the country will not be the same without him.
(Doug limey is editor and publisher of the Herald-Zeitung.)Forum
Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220
Letters To The Editor
Reese is not writing like a conservative
Charley Reese consistently writes editorial columns that oppose the upcoming war against terrorism. I don’t understand why, as a known conservative, he takes such a liberaiistic position on President Bush’s commitment to shut down the terrorists’ attacks and bring them to justice.
After the Sept. ll, 2001, attack, our president said that our country would do whatever is necessary to eliminate terrorism in our country and around the world, and that those who support terrorists would be counted as terrorists themselves.
There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein supports terrorists in their activities. President Bush’s purpose for war in Iraq is not to capture Iraq and make them a puppet nation, but to remove Saddam Hussein from his position of leadership.
It does not make any difference to President Bush who the terrorists are; his position is to eliminate their activities.
In his speech Bush said that this war against terrorism was not going to end quickly. 'Thus, we should understand that it is going to take time and therefore cost money.
Terrorists cannot be stopped by just turning away from them and ignoring their activities. Sept. ll,
2001, is a demonstration of fact of what happens when that is done. If the terrorists are Islamic fundamentalists, then they are the ones who are going to be under attack. It does not mean that the United States is seeking to kill Muslims just because of their faith. Unfortunately, many people of this faith have been taught to hate those not of Islamic faith and to kill them.
Philip A. Rogers New Braunfels
Opposing viewpoints are food for thought
Regarding the letter from Frances Shannon (Feb. 19) complaining about your “publishing such a liberal editorial page in an area and a state with such strong conservative convictions”:
It is just because we are in an area where conservative and ultraconservative views are held that we need opposing views presented.
I appreciate these views, not because I always agree with them, but because I want to read all sides of the issues and make up my own mind.
Please be careful of calling anyone’s views “treasonous.” It is not treasonous to disagree with our government. It is our constitutionally guaranteed right and sometimes it may be our patriotic duty.
Bill Ball New Braunfels
New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)
In 1793, George Washington was sworn in for a second term as president of the United States.
In 1837, the Illinois state legislature granted a city charter to Chicago.
In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated pres
In 1893, Grover Cleveland was inaugurated for his second, non-consecutive term as president.
In 1902, the American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.
In 1952, actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley, Calif.She really did drop, lose her ticket
I was excited to see my friend, Shirley McKenzie's, picture on the front page of your paper on Feb. 14. It became very disturbing to me as I read the negative reporting about her. She was not trying to get a “prize” from the "Prize Patrol,’ she was only try ing to explain the number they called was hers, but she lost it while trying to help her husband who has many, many health problems. He was a POW from World War II. They are both wonderful people.
Russ, her husband, has gone through lung cancer surgery', heart problems and has involuntary' tremors. This is why she has to hold everything for him. I remember when she dropped the ticket while helping to hold his plate. We looked around, but couldn't find it.
Shirley is a very' caring and sharing person. She does volunteer work in New Braunfels and also back in Minnesota, as do many of our other friends who come down here. (Some for 20 or more years for three to four months). She could care less about the prize, but I do think you owe her an apology-
Perhaps, you don’t welcome the people from “Up North” any mort1.
Beverly Hoium New Braunfels
In 1981, a july in Salt Lake City convicted Joseph Paul Franklin, an avowed racist, of violating the civil rights of two black men who were shot to death.
Five years ago: The Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment at work can be illegal even when the offender and victim are of the same gender.
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Austin, TX 78711
Fax: (512) 463-1849
Texas State Representative
R-New Braunfels How to contact in Austin: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 e-mail address: carter, casteel @ house. state. tx. us Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth,
R-San Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410,
San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 How to contact in Austin: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address:
Jeff. Wentworth @ senate. state. tx. us
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Laredo, TX 78042-0627
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San Antonio, TX 78233
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