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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion I To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, ext. 21 Opinion Onllvto contact ■To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung's address is Q I) O I a n T . E “All change, all production and generation are effected through the word.” — Leopold Sengthor president of Senegal, 1956 EDITORIAL Budget busters Measure passed in House pressures Sen. Dole, Senate to do the same No matter what the Democratic minority throws at it, the new Republican House just keeps going, and going and going... After a blistering first IOO days, the House passed a seven-year balanced-budget measure Thursday that would seek to cut spending by $1.5 trillion through the year 2002. Votes were cast, predictably, along party lines (238-193), with eight conservative Democrats from Texas supporting the House measure. The plan is the most ambitious budget-reducing package to win approval in either the House or Senate. Most of the package seeks spending cuts to reduce the deficit during the next few years, although House Republicans did leave in room for the $350 billion in tax cuts over seven years that they outlined in the GOP “Contract With America.” Now it’s the Senate’s turn. The question is whether Sen. Bob Dole, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996, can muster the same party (and some Democratic) support that his counterpart — Rep. Newt Gingrich — garnered in the House. Unfortunately for Dole, seven Republicans have already stated in writing that they would not support a balanced-budget plan that includes a large tax cut. And because he’s expected to face a united opposition from Democrats, Dole will have to secure Republican votes and please his fellow party members before even taking on those on the other side of the Congressional aisle. It won’t be easy, but successful passage of a budget/de fie it-busting plan — one even remotely resembling the House plan — would be a real feather in Dole’s political cap. Failing to get passage of a plan would weaken his standing among his Republican colleagues and boost the confidence of other Republican’s seeking the presidency. (Today’s editorial was written by Managing Editor Dour Loveday) Write us The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald-Zeilung bearing the writer’s signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (2 IO) 625-1224 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher...........................................................David Sultans General Manager............................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor...........................................................Doug Loveday Advertising Director......................................................Tracy Stevens Circulation Director....................................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman..................................................Douglas Brandt Classified Manager...................................................Karen Reininger City Editor.....................................................................Roger Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday ihrough Friday by die New Braunfels Herald ieiiunx (USPS 377 WW) 707 Lamia St . or P O Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx 7813 l l 328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun Jels Herald ZeiiunR in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $19; six months, $34; one year, $60 Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $30; one year, $56 Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $28.80; six months, $52; one year, $97.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $75; one year, $112 25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p m Tuesday Ihrough Fnday or by 7:30 a rn on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p m weekdays or by 11 a rn on Sunday PoSTMASTIX Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald Zeiiunx, P O Drawer 311328. New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328,Activities at senior center ongoing Marie Dawson Some weeks I just can’t think of anything to write about. Once I get a subject then everything’s okay. Even though activities here at the Cbmal County Senior Center are going cm all around me, such as bridge lessons, 42, bunco, bingo, canasta, Tripoli, skat, AARP meetings, Lions and Rotary meetings, people exercising and swimming, and others woodcarving or doing ceramics, and the smell of that wonderful food from the cooks in the kitchen, people enjoying lunches, etc., I just don’t seem to have a focal point this week. I wish someone would help me. When in doubt, always talk about the weather. You all know how that has been all week—hot, hot, hot and humid—and it’s only the middle of May. Wow! What to expect for August? Also, I’ve been told that people’s tempers are more likely to flare up during hot weather—I suppose out of misery and irritation. There is supposedly more violence in the torrid, high temperature regions of the world, and that leads me to an article in this current Modem Maturity magazine (AARP) concerning crime and the elderly. According to the author, it seems that, contrary to popular belief, crime rate has actually declined in recent years. At the same time, however, the fear of crime has risen. In fact, the fear of crime topped the list of older American’s concerns in a recent AARP survey. The incidence of violent crime grabs headlines and adds drama to the nightly news. And, as we all know, the O.J. Simpson soap opera is morning, noon and night. It appears that Americans have a fascination with crime, finding criminals both offensive and appealing—at least in the abstract. Just think of how many of our movies glamorize the criminal and make many of us actually want to see them “get away with it’’ It was pointed out that as crime has become more violent and more random, there has been a concurrent rise in popularity of the tough antihero, whether it be a law officer like Dirty Harry or a private citizen, who does an end run around the criminal justice system to administer swift, sure justice of his own. This same article repots that older robbery victims are much more likely to arm themselves with guns to face offenders than younger victims. I don’t know if this is because they are just tired of being hassled, or if because they are growing older, they just don’t care and take that risk of taking matters into their own hands. Also, one good news statistic was reported. People 65 years and over are the least likely victims of violent crimes according to 1992 Bureau of Justice statistics. What the numbers don’t reveal is to what degree fear of crime is making older Americans withdraw from society. In my opinion (and I am on the Opinion page), fear of crime is keeping many people of all ages from participating in a lot of activities. The media keeps us saturated with horror stories and the major themes of most movies, books and magazines are abuse, crime, murder, fraud, dishonesty, and infidelity. It is no wonder that young children are committing more and more atrocities when that’s all they see on television and in the movies. It seems that anything and everything goes these days. Actually, law enforcement officials urge older citizens to get involved in community crime prevention programs and to learn more about how the criminal justice system works, how to report suspicious activities, and how to reduce the risk of becoming crime victims themselves. There are no simple answers to the problem of crime in America. It is an extremely complex matter involving economic, social, psychological, racial, etc. issues. According to John Dilulio, writing for the Wall Street Journal, there is little the federal government can do about the problem of crime other than to encourage states to act. He argues that crime is a sub-national problem with two solutions strongly favored by wide public majorities: (I) Incarcerate violent and repeat criminals for all or most of their terms, and (2) put more police on the streets in high crime neighborhoods. May is Older Americans month and even though not necessarily related to violent crime, here is a reminder that State Representative Edmund Kuempel announced last year that telephone legal advice is available for Texans age 60 or older. The legal Hotline for Older Texans is ajoint project of the Texas Legal Services and the American Association of Retired Persons and the Legal Counsel for the Elderly. The group receives support form the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation. “This hotline is a valuable tool for Texans age 60 and older since they can receive direction over the phone without charge,” Kuempel said. He added that the hotline provides a number of free preventative law publications that can be mailed to the requesting party. The hotline is located in Austin and the toll-free number is 1-800-622-2520. Other telephone numbers that may be of interest to seniors are the AARP general information number, 1-800-424-2277; Abuse/Protective Services hotline, 1-800-252-5400; Aged information and referral services for central Texas, I -800447-7169. For other referrals or information numbers, you may call the center, 629-4547. Also, please remember 911 in case of emergencies. Of special note this month, the Senior Center Benefit Bridge Tournament will be held Saturday, June 3, beginning play promptly at 9 a.m. Coffee and donuts at 8:30 a.m. Send money or check to Comal Senior Center, 655 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130, by May 30. You must have a partner and register both persons, $10 each. Lunch and refreshments are included in the fee. Correction A column entitled “Affirmative action leads to division”, which ran in the May 3,1995 edition of the Herald-Zeitung, should have been attributed to U.8. Rep. Lamar Smith, not U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Budget battles looming WASHINGTON (AP) Hic landmark budget resolutions on the House and Senate floors this week set the stage for hand to-hand fiscal combat of unprecedented scale. The old will he pitted against the young, the rich against the poor, the farmer against the cily-dweller and members of all the groups against each other in the struggle to weather the deepest spending cuts in the nation’s history. Industries and states will be in competition as well. “Everybody knows that if you can save your program, all it means is that someone else’s program is going to be savaged more,” said Robert Reischauer, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office. The Republicans in charge of Congress have pledged to phase out deficit spending by 2(XJ2. That means cutting more than SI trillion in anticipated spending growth The House budget resolution approved Thursday and the Senate counterpart expected to pass next week set those limits in general terms 'throughout the summer and perhaps beyond, virtually every committee in Congress will he making decisions on how lo achieve the savings. They must pnxJuce a reconciliation bill bringing federal laws into line with the budget resolution, and 13 appropriations bills that distribute federal dollars within its tight constraints. “All the rhetoric provides some guidance, hut it doesn’t have any force," Reischauer said. “So the Agriculture Committee could gut the food stamp program, for example, and not do anything to price supports.’’ The potential for conflict is nearly infinite, particularly among agencies and programs grouped together Analysis in appropriations subcommittees. To take one example, education, labor and health programs are all handled by one panel dial will have just one — shrinking — pot of money. That means “maintaining or expanding spending on education will have to come at the expense of health programs or labor programs,” said Michael Edwards, chief lobbyist for the National Education Association. "One literally has to rob Peter to pay Paul.” Within (lie education area, Edwards said the House budget assumes 152 of 284 programs will be eliminated The appropriators could pick and choose — “decide whether to put their money in vocational education or education for the disadvantaged, student loans or safe schools.” Or, he said, they could meet the savings target by imposing across-the-board cuts. 'Hie fiercest battles are likely to be fought in the Senate Finance Committee. Budget writers are counting on the panel to save $674 billion from Medicare, Medicaid, welfare and other programs. “There really is no other single committee in either the House or the Senate that has jurisdiction over such a vast proportion of the budget or the cuts,” said Boh Greenstein, executive director of the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Martin Corry, director of federal relations for the American Association of Retired Persons, said pro posed Medicare savings of at least $250 billion amount to three times the 1993 reduction in the program’s growth rate — “and dial passed by one vote in each chamber.” Some analysis predict lawmakers ultimately will shy Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 19, the 139th day of 1995. There are 226 days left in the year.< Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VHI, was beheaded after she was convicted of adultery. On this date: In 1588, the Spanish Armada set sail for England; it was soundly defeated by the English fleet the following August. In 1643, delegates from four New England colonies met in Boston to form a confederation. In 1780, a mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and part of Canada in the early afternoon. In 1906, the Federated Boys’ Clubs, forerunners of the Boys’ Clubs of America, were organized. In 1921, Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants. In 1935, T E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” died in England from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. In 1943, in an address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country’s full support in the war against Japan. In 1958, the United States and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense Command. ;