New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 141, No. 92ECONOMIC
M. Ray Psrryman addrassss tho Taxas Legletatlve Confaranoa Friday. Parryman said tbs fundaman-tals ol aconomlc davalopmant — supply and damand — wars mors aocesabta In Taxas than any-whara else In tha Unled States. Photo tiy John Husath.
Texas tops in supply, demand
By ROM MANK BASH
M. Ray Perryman of Parry* man Consultants, Inc. sot the tone for the Texas Legislative Conference Friday saying Texas was poised to make rapid economic progress.
Focusing his remarks on the economic potential in Texas, Perryman said the fundamentals of* economic development — supply and demand—were more accessible in Texas than anywhere else in the United States.
On the “supply side, Parryman said Taxas has the natural, capital and human resources required for successful economic development “We have it — it's a natural endowment,” Perryman said, speaking of the natural resources of the state.
Of the state's industrial development, Parryman said Texas was behind because it had built an economy on agriculture and minerals.
“Instead of matching new industrial efforts in the world, we put up barriers to keep them out,” said Perryman. “Instead of a bomb. rust and decay has destroyed it (industrial development) in the U.8., but we're rebuilding it now.” Perryman said the high-tech research and development that was coming to Texas was part of that rebuilding.
Of the human recourses, Berryman said although the pool of workers was shrinking as the “baby boomer” generation aged, Texas was in better shape than most other states.
Parryman emphasized the Importance of Infrastructure investments, education and limits on business regulations.
Explaining that statistical graphs show the pool of workers rapidly declining in other states, Perryman said, “Oklahoma and Texas are the only two states that have an almost flat line. Texas is much larger than Oklahoma so we have more people and we get more new young people moving into the state.
On the demand side of the equation, Perryman said the market is now in the developing countries that will need food, agricultural equipment, industrial technology, computers, modern technology and petrochemicals — “the nu^ori-ty of what Texas produces.”
He spoke of the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement and its importance to Texas.
imity to Latin America, the Texas economy stands to gain from the agreement, he said.
Perryman emphasised the importance of infrastructure investments, education and limits on business regulations.
He paraphrased an Orson Welles television commercial to call for an emphasis on economic development now. Reminding the audience of the ad for Paul Masson wines — “We will sell no wine before ifs time” — Perryman said of the economic climate in Texas, “It's time.”
Though generally optimistic about the Alture, Perryman said there was a critical gap in education and training, an issue that proved tabs the central theme of the conference.
Principal named citizen of the year
Canyon Middle School Principal Rusty Brockman was named the 1993 Citisen of the Year Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
Brockman accepted the award during a reception at the New Braunfels Civic Center Friday, when the newspaper named its list Unsung Heroes and unveiled its annual Horizons edition.
The edition is included in today's newspaper.
This is our biggest and most significant edition of the year,” Publisher David Sullen! said of Horizons *93: Making A Difference. “And the Unsung Heroes are awards are for those people who dont get the recognition they deserve throughout the yea.
“Hopefully, these awards provide a portion of that recognition,” Sultans said.
Brockman and other Comal Independent School District administrators has been criticised by some Hispanic parents in recent months.
He was nominated by a Reader Advisory Board formed by the newspaper before the controversy began, Sultans said. He was selected at its height
Sultans said the Citisen of the Year honor recognises an individual for contributions to the well being of the community.
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Publisher David Sultans presents Rusty Brockman with an award naming the local principal Citizen of the Year. In addition to Brockman, the newspaper recognized 13 Unsung Heroes In the community.
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“With a community like ours, when you take something out it, I feel like you should put something back into it,” Brockman said. “And I Blink the fact that were people there who deserved the honor more than I that were recognised as Unsung Heroes is great
Unsung Heroes named by the newspaper included Joe Hales, a tutor, Joe Wort, executive director of the United Way; the Hernandez Family Trust Fund, Inc., established to care for an orphaned family; Bob Dingsldein, general manager of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation; Gladys Barding, director of
the Comal County Senior Citizens Center; Tom and Nancy Call, local volunteers; and Celeste Seige, a youth athletics organiser.
Others named included Robert Toys, a retired educator, Susie Garcia, director of the Community Service Center; Ruby Biding, an employee of ComalTex Insurance Agency; Sue Hahn, ranch manager at the T Bar M Tennis Villas and Conference Center, Leonard Kramer, a volunteer driver for cancer patients; Irene Self, a local woman who cares for her neighbor; and the volunteers of the Sophienburg Archives.
FCC mandates cable changes
By BARY P. CARROU. Heraid-Zeltung
TCI Cablevision is making changes in its service today to comply with federal regulations, causing some channel numbers to
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With the change in ser-vice and the new channel line up, TCI will offer customers premium options in accordance with guidelines issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
Service costs will not be affected, TCI officials said Friday.
Following the change, customers will have the option of choosing a premium channel, such as HBO, Showtime or Cinemas, without having to purchase the expanded basic service.
The FCC mandated the changes so customers could purchase premium service without having to purchase more expensive and undesired stations.
New legislation passed last fall by Congress prompted the FCC move to ensure cable companies offer customers more service oriented attention.
The new FCC rules mandate that:
• Cable companies should allot four hours to regular customer service calls;
• Cable service should be installed within seven business days;
• Customers must be notified annually of different services offered, different channel listings, prices and procedures for billing complaints;
• Cable company must give SO days prior notice to customers regarding rate changes, programs or channel
cable supplier and that the service offered by TCI is already in compliance.
“We've basically been in compliance with the FCC, with the exception of the low-entry cable option,” Morrison said.
Beginning Mardi 29, TCI will begin offering the option.
“As for as service goes, wefoe been fortunate to be able to do things quickly in New Braunfels,” Morrison said.
The result the FCC regulation of providing the low-cost basic service is that certain channels had to be rearranged and customers sticking with their existing basic cable stations will lose channels unless they pay for the extended basic service.
Morrison said the channels needed to be realigned to allow for variety for the customer, and to allow TCI to keep their ratee stable. Morrison said there are approximately IOO customers in New Braunfels affected by the change.
“Some people will nave to deckle whether or not they want to stay with the basic service for $10 a month and lose channels or pay the $18.80 and add channels,” Morrison said.
Morrison said rates will not go up, and TCI would continue to provide quality, efficient service to its customers.
Jan Alexander, cfllee manager for the Guadalupe Valley Communication Systems, which also pro
vides cable service in Comal County, said she doesnt frel the new regulations will offset the
TCI Manager Mark Morrison said the FCC
ulations will have no effect on the New Braunfe
vice offered to customers.
Alexander said TCrs channel reaUgfiment will not affect service to GVCS customers.
“I dont see that ifs going to affect us that much,” Alexander said.Stammtisch
The New Braunfels Miranda, Katie Bader, Linda Luna, Lorranie Roper, Shrine
Birthday wishes to Joe Jane Jenschke, Isabel Lillie Jonas.
Monday Birthday greetings go to Douglas and Cara Brandt elatedBirthday gn
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and Mao Voss Braun verger.
The New Braunfels Jaycees would like to honor the perfect bees with a Bosses Night Out on May 12. To qualify a boss for this award, employees may send a brief description of the qualities that you fool mike nim or her the perfect boss.
Nominations will be accepted until April SO, when the applications will be reviewed and a winner chose. Applications may be sent to FO Box 310432, New Braunfels, 78130. More information is available at 6904730.
Hernandez family banaflt
The Hernandez Family Children's Fund is selling raffle tickets through June 14 for a 1993 Dodge Dakota Truck. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the children's trust fond.
Drawing will bs held June 14 at 4 p.m. at the Wal-mart Distribution Center on Interstate 86.
Tickets am available at Becker Motor Co. and Wal-mart Call 626-1767 for details.
Estimated Lotto pot: $7 mtttton
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