New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“Lying is universal—we all do it; we all must do it Therefore, the wise thing is for us to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully.”
Mark Twain author, journalist, c. 1900
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Let’s not jump to conclusions
Water issue much to complex to make hasty decision
Area water recreation sages put their heads together last night with a heady goal in mind. They were trying to take a little of the risk out of seasonal water-oriented businesses by devising a new “recreation level” at Canyon Lake.
The meeting included officials horn the Water Oriented Recreation District, water recreation businesses, the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Those who make their living from summer water tourism are ruled by Mother Nature'is capriciousness If the water level is good, business is good; if not, tough luck. Last night’s proposal could hedge the bets those businesses have to live with each summer.
lf a “recreation level” was put into effect, a little extra water — about I foot — would be held in Canyon Lake during the spring when rainfall is plentiful. That water would then be released this summer during periods when river flow was below optimum for recreation.
■ Pros of the recreation level: The tourism industry would get a shot in the arm; fish populations would Increase.
■ Cons: A dual risk — holding extra water now could lead to flooding in the event of extremely heavy rainfall; and releasing extra water in the summer could jeopardize water supplies in the event of a serious drought.
OBRA officials are right to proceed with caution. Transitory economic gains would pale in the event of flood or drought.
The collective creativity and intelligence of last nights group should be able to come up with safeguards which could kick in wlien drought and flood threaten — while cheating Mother Nature just enough to make the river recreation business a safer bet.
(Today's editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung columnist Susan Flynl England.)
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Two shoe salesmen were given a new territory on a Pacific island. Immediately upon arrival, the first salesman placed an urgent call to the home office: “Get me out of here. No one on this island wears shoes.” The second salesman sent an e-mail request to the factory, “Please put everybody on overtime. Will need as many shoes as you can manufacture. No one on this island has any shoes.”
Attitude determines the difference between shoed or shoeless. Attitude is more critical than events. It’s more significant than what’s happened or what’s happening. Attitude is more consequential than the past, than genetics, than education, than money. Attitude is more important than what other people think ... or say ... or do. It is more important than appearance or talent. Attitude will make or break an individual, a home, a company, or a country.
Since attitude determines whether we are happy or unhappy, fulfilled or empty, the positive perspective assures we can never fail. A hopeful attitude guarantees internal success. Attitude — the altitude adjuster — determines whether we fly high or low, crash or soar, glide or slide.
A couple of days ago I had a pity party. I became upset with everything and everybody. Suddenly I felt ashamed. I wasn't any better than a
spoilsport. I rebuked myself.
Anybody can have a positive attitude when things are going well. It’s how you act when things are going badly that determines the strength of your character. An appropriate attitude means feeling hopeful in challenging times. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Count your blessings. Look for the good.
I shared my insight with a friend who, later that day, gave me an adhesive label to place on my bathroom mirror. Now whenever I shave, brush my teeth, or comb my hair, I see the message: ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. This little reminder helps me tidy up my point of view.
Whether we arc running hot, running cold, or simply running on overload, we can take charge of our attitude by remembering these aphorisms:
■ Success has more to do with our emotional disposition than with our social position.
■ Kites rise against the wind, not with it.
■ A rubber band becomes effective
only when it is stretched.
■ More opportunities exist than there are people willing to seize them.
■ What matters is what happens in us, not to us.
■ You can tell when you are on the road to success, it’s uphill all the way.
■ When Goliath appeared David said, “He’s so big I can’t miss.”
■ Wait until the lows pass and you will feel on top of things.
■ Choices, not circumstances, determine how we think.
■ Because action cures misery, change your motion to create positive emotion.
■ Where there is not faith in the future there is no power in the present.
■ To accept failure as final is to be finally a failure.
■ Failure is the line of least persistence.
■ Others can stop us temporarily, but we are the only ones who can stop ourselves permanently.
■ Your lips program your brain for success or failure.
■ Act “as if’ you are successful md you will be.
■ Attitude determines whether our failures make us or break us.
■ Life is I percent what happens to us and 99 percent how we react to what happens.
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■ Gratitude adjusts our attitude.
Do platitudes help us live better? Do bathroom decals influence us? Are positive stories helpful? You bet! Suggestions — both positive and negative suggestions — powerfully influence our attitudes. Here’s an example:
A psychologist stood at the end of a military chow line. As each man passed his station, the psychologist tested his reaction to verbal influence. He declared to one group, “You don’t like apricots, do you?” Ninety percent of the soldiers agreed with his statement He offered the next group a bowl of apricots with this assertive query, “You want some apricots, don’t you?” Half of the men took die apricots.
He asked the third group, “Do you want one or two dishes or apricots?” Forty percent of the soldiers took two dishes, 50 percent took one dish, and only IO percent took no apricots.
What is said to us and what we say to ourselves strongly impacts our attitude about everything we encounter — from shoes to apricots. So tape those aphorisms to your refrigerator door... And, by the way, have you heard? Apricot-colored shoes are hot items this year.
(John Ingram Walker, M D., writes a weekly column for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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Time to strengthen nursing home regulations
“Residents in nursing homes are real people. They’re the nurses, the veterans, the teachers who have given their all to this country in their earlier years. They deserve to spend their waning years in a healthy, safe and dignified environment,” said Willamina Gladden, chairman of the American Association of Retired Persons* state legislative committee.
Texas’ 2 million AARP members made nursing home reform their organization's top priority for the 75th Legislative Session. Because I support the AARP initiative, and because I am strongly committed to protecting the health and safety of the 90,000 Texans who live in long-term care facilities, I filed Senate Bill 190, co-sponsored by Mike Moncrief, D-Fort Worth.
The bill and its companion. House Bill 413 by Reps. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, and Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, would strengthen nursing home regulations and make such facilities more accountable to the public. Seniors and other residents in long-term care facilities should be confident that the state is doing everything possible to ensure that they receive the highest possible quality care in comfortable and clean surroundings.
Approximately 23 percent of Texas’
Today in History
The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71 st day of 1997. There are 294 days left in the year.
Today** Highlight in History;
On March 12, 1947, President Truman established what became known as the Truman Doctrine to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.
On this date:
In 1664, New Jersey became a British colony as King Charles ll granted land in the New World to his brother James, the Duke of York.
In 1912, in Savannah, Ga., Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Guides, which later became the Girl Scouts of America.
la 192S, Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen died.
la 1931, President Roosevelt deliv-
annual $5.57 billion Medicaid budget is spent in long-term care facilities regulated by the state and federal governments. The U.S. Health Care Financing Administration must “certify” a nursing home before it can receive Medicaid funding, while the Texas Department of Human Services “licenses” nursing homes that comply with state standards.
SB 190 would establish new requirements at DHS regarding licensing, required personnel, quality of care, requests for inspections and administration of medication. The proposed legislation's new licensing requirements, for example, would grant DHS stronger authority to approve, revoke, suspend or deny a nursing home application or renewal based on the applicant’s record.
Additionally, SB 190 would allow DHS to require additional information for evaluating applications. For the
ered the first of his radio “fireside chats," telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation's economic crisis.
In 1938, the Anschluss took place as German troops entered Austria, completing what Adolf Hitler described as his mission to restore his homeland to the Third Reich.
In 1939, Pope Pius XII was formally crowned in ceremonies at the Vatican.
In 1940, Finland arid the Soviet Union concluded an armistice during World War ll. (Fighting between the two countries flared again the following year.)
In 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman in London.
In 1993, Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female attorney general.
In 1994, the Church of England
first time reviews would include longterm care facility owners. Applicants would be required to provide proof of satisfactory compliance with laws in states in which they have operated nursing homes. Reviews also would include owners* financial statements and a 10-year history of their compliance with state and federal regulations.
Under current law the only basis for revocation, suspension or denial of a license is “substantial failure to comply.” lf an applicant meets the legal minimum standards, the state must grant the license or renewal. SB 190 would expand DHS* authority to revoke licenses for violations of the Health and Safety Code and would give the agency greater flexibility to act against nursing homes that violate the law. .
The new law significantly would increase possible penalties for violations. The current $10,000 limit, for example, would increase to as much aa $25,000 per day per violation. DHS, under the proposed bill’s provisions, could fine nursing homes for violating an agency rule or standard, or knowingly providing false information on an application or in response to an investigation.
The proposed legislation includes
ordained its first women priests.
Ten years ago: A federal judge in Washington dismissed lawsuits by Lt. Col. Oliver North seeking to stop an independent counsel’s investigation of his role in the Iran-Contra affair. The musical “Les Miserable*” opened on Broadway.
Five yearn ago: The U.N. Security Council stood firm in its demand that Iraq comply totally with Gulf War cease-fire resolutions, rebuffing an appeal for leniency from Saddam Hussein’s special envoy, deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz.
One year age: Republican Bob Dole swept the seven Super Tuesday primaries, gaining a virtual lock on die COP presidential nomination.
Today's Birthdays: Former AFL-CTO president Lane Kirkland is 75. Former astronaut Wally Schirra is 74.
penalties for persons who interfere with investigations. SB 190 also would authorize the Commisaoner of DHS to bote a hearing in response to a violation to determine if the agency should suspend the right to admit new patients.
Because seniors often do not report incidents of neglect for fear of retaliation, reports would be confidential, and retaliation against persons reporting unsafe conditions would be prohibited. Employees who make such reports would benefit from the bill's stronger protection.
SB 190 would make nursing homes more accountable to the public by requiring than to make owners' compliance histories available on request and to poet notices of serious violations in public areas inside and outside of nursing homes. Such knowledge would help seniors and their families make informed decisions about long-term care facilities.
To further safeguard the lives of our seniors, SB 190 includes a bill of rights. Texas’ seniors deserve to be treated with dignity and respect so they may live in a manner that reflects Plato’s observation that “old age has a great sense of calm and freedom.”
(Judith Zaffirini represents New Braunfels in the Texas Senate.)
Playwright Edward Albee is 69. Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is 65. Broadcast journalist Lloyd Dobyns is 61. Singer Al Jarreau is 57. Actress Barbara Feldon is 56. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 51. Singer-songwntcr James Taylor is 49. Rock singer-musi-cian Bill Payne (Little Feat) ic 48. Actor Jerry Levine is 40. Rock musician Steve Hams (Iron Maiden) it 40. Singer Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) is 40. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 37. Baseball player Darryl Strawberry is 35. Rock musician Graham Coxon (Blur) is 28.
Thought for Today: “The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.” — Helen Rowland, American writer, journalist and humorist (1876-1950).