New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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-Lao-Tze, Chines philosopher, C. 550 B. C.
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Lotto fever strikes Texas
The lottery is humming, but there are questions about it
Get on line early if you want to have a chance at the $75 million Lotto Texas jackpot, because state officials expect to sell more tickets than there are Texans by Wednesday's drawing.
The jackpot is the largest since the Texas lottery was established, and the ninth largest ever in the United States. The possibility of a $75 million return on a $1 investment is mighty tempting, and there doesn't seem to be much harm in dropping a couple of dollars. After all, the anticipation and excitement of watching the drawing and checking your ticket is probably worth the dollar, even if you lose.
But now that the lottery is well established and running smoothly, it is time for the state to take a look at whether it is working the way it was hoped.
Is the state making as much money off the lottery as was hoped? Are the payouts matching the 50 percent of money collected that was promised? Is the cost of running the lotteiy as low as was hoped? Are the commercials and other promotions appropriate, or do they go too far in encouraging people to gamble?
One disturbing finding reported by Texas A&M researchers is that those who can least afford to lose the money spend the most on the lottery.
While most reports indicate that the Texas Lottery is a great success, it couldn't hurt to take a closer look the questions raised above. And good luck Wednesday.
(Today’s editorial was written by City Editor Roger Croteau.)
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Today I did something I've never done before.
I bought my wife a Valentine in January.
Now I realize this may not seem like anything all that extraordinary to organized folks who take down their Christmas lights before February and plant their tomatoes before July.
But my normal time to purchase a Valentine has been at 5:17 p.m. on Feb. 14.
Waiting until then simplifies the task more than you may realize. By then only three dog-eared selections remain on the rack.
Waiting like this has often guaranteed my dear lady a far more expensive card than her tightwad husband might have preferred. The only decent card left so late is often one too high priced for any of the eariy-bird shoppers to look at it twice.
But it's how we treat each other every day that really counts
Imagine my consternation in the greeting card aisle today, facing a scenario I had never encountered before. A card rack filled with dozens of selections. With multiple copies of each one. All with envelopes that still matched. Incredible!
For a moment I stood frozen with indecision. Like a centipede on a dance floor trying to decide which foot to move first. Confession is good for the soul, they tell me, so I probably should confide that I really went to the card shop to buy my patient woman a birthday card. On the precise morning of her birthday. True to my Christian card-buying philosophy: "Take no
thought for tomorrow. Let the day's concern be : sufficient for the day." /
So I showed up at the checkout counter with /,
two cards in hand, laying them face down. y
"Couldn't make up your mind, huh?" the chirpy gal behind the cash register joshed me.
Which was great. It let me crow little about .j
my virgin virtue of purchasing a Valentine 20 whole days before Cupid was scheduled to fly.
The checkout lady didn't seem terribly impressed. ^
My vantage point on all of this, of course, is hopelessly masculine. My love for my lady runs •' too deep to be captured in a card. Long ago I learned that women seem to prize these special- > day expressions inordinately, so I try to comply. But like most men I am convinced that the words > I speak and the things I do on every ordinary day > are a far more important way to tell my gal, "I love you." <
(Gene Shelburne is a minister. He may be con- ■>
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Clinton unveils jobs plan at conference
DETROIT (AP) — President Clinton, who brought together ministers from the world’s richest industrial democracies lo discuss jobs policies, is presenting his plan lo end chronic world wide unemployment.
White House aides were billing Clinton’s speech today before the Group of Seven Jobs Conference as a major economic policy address. Afterward, Clinton was flying to Boston, leaving Vice President Al Gore and four Cabinet members to chair individual sessions.
In a preview of the speech, Clinton said Sunday that he would ask Japan and the European nations to use tax and interest rate cuts and other measures to stimulate their economies.
“In every advanced economy now there are problems rewarding work with higher wages. Many, many people are stuck with wages that do not go up even when they wort; harder,” Clinton said while touring a job training center in a decaying Detroit neighborhood.
Ministers attending the two-day conference will try to forge a coordi-
naiad approach, he said.
“We are looking for answers to unlock this. We are looking for ways that we can create more opportunity for people like you,” Clinton told students at the state-of-the-art training facility called “Focus: HOPE’S Center for Advanced Technology.”
Clinton was delivering the conference's keynote address today before top economic policy leaders from Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Canada, Italy and the United States, which make up the so-called Group of Seven nations.
Earlier, in an interview with The Detroit Free Press, the president said the ministers must “build a consensus ... that unemployment in one country affects unemployment in another, that stagnant wages in one country affects stagnant wages in another, that the rich countries have common interests in continuing to grow.”
Separately, Canadian Human Resources Minister Lloyd Ax worthy also emphasized the need for cooperation.
“If we don’t work together, I believe we could, in some cases, undermine what each is doing,” he said, “lf we do this together, we can reinforce what each other is doing.”
Ax worthy said conference participants should identify employment issues that could presented “as a top priority” at the G-7’s July economic summit in Naples, Italy.
High unemployment has been a problem in all seven nations, although the United States has produced more jobs than Europe. Unemployment rates above IO percent have plagued many European nations for more than a decade and the problem has worsened as Germany, with Europe’s biggest economy, has struggled with a recession.
The bad news behind the creation of new jobs in the United States is that well-paid U.S. factory workers are losing their jobs as manufacturers seek cheaper labor in Asia and Mexi
co. In return, they are getting lower- ' paying service sector jobs, widening the income gap between wealthier , and poorer Americans.
There also is concern that Amen- / ca’s education and training programs „» are unable to produce workers with ’> skills needed to compete in the increasingly technical global marketplace.
In Japan, the jobs-producing machine of the world’s second largest economy has been damaged by a prolonged recession and some Japanese companies have been forced to retreat from their time-honored guarantees of lifetime employment for their workers.
Clinton said in the Detroit Free Press interview that he hoped the conference participants would develop a coordinated strategy that could ! be refined at the Naples summit.
“Frankly, I’m going to gauge how forthcoming and how open they all seem to be on this at this conference in Detroit,” Clinton said.
Today in history
By Tbs Associated Proas
Today is Tuesday, March 15, the 74th day of 1994. There are 291 days left in the year. This is Buzzard Day in Hinckley, Ohio.
Today’s Highlight in History:
Ob Msach 15,44 B.C., Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.
On this date:
la 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
In 1767, the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was bom in Waxhaw, S.C.
In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state.
la 1875, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, John McGoskey, was named the first American cardinal, by Rope Pius IX.
In 1913, Resident Wilson held the first open presidential news conference.
In 1919,75 years ago, the American Legion was
founded, in Paris.
In 1944,50 years ago, during Worldwar II, Allied bombers again raided German-held Monte Cassino.
In 1956, the Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay Lemer musical “My Fair Lady,” starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, opened on Broadway.
In 1964, Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton in Montreal; it was her fifth marriage, his second.
In 1965, addressing a joint session of Congress, President Johnson called for new legislation to guarantee every American’s right to vote.
In 1977, the U.S. House of Representatives began a 90-day test to determine the feasibility of showing its sessions on television.
Ten years ago: A jury in Miami acquitted Officer Luis Alvarez of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Nevell Johnson Jr., a black man whose 1982 death triggered three days of riots.
Five years ago: Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev convened a two-day meeting of the Com
munist Party’s Central Committee to decide on agricultural reforms.
One year ago: Searchers found the body of the sixth and last victim of the World Trade Center bombing in New York. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin met at the White House with President Clinton, then offered to negotiate the return of part of the Golan Heights to Syria.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Macdonald Carey is 81. Former astronaut Alan L. Bean is 62. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 61. Actor Judd Hirsch is 59. Beach Boy Mike Love is 53. Rhythm ’n’ blues star Sly Stone is 50. Rock guitarist Ry Cooder is 47.
Thought for Today: “People are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being thought unjust” — E.B. White, American author and humorist (1899-1985).