New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Federal debt grew under
I read with interest editorials, articles and letters concerning the Medicare program and the thought that the "Republicans are going to destroy it. Along with this thought, the statement is voiced that the Republicans incurred “the massive federal debt” during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Any educated, informed person who has any knowledge of our system knows that no president has ever spent one dime that was not appropriated by Congress, and Congress has been controlled by Democrats for more years than I like to think about. It’s the free spending Democrat organization that has nearly ruined this country. It has been their objective to gain total control of every aspect of our lives. As an example, did you know that a school board in San Antonio has to get federal Justice Department approval to build a new building? This is ludicrous!
Let me present a different view of the Medicare program. Let’s say you bought a Model A Ford in the 1930s. Would you expect the manufacturer to continuously update, remove and replace parts, and make this car like a new 1995 model with no increase in cost? Did we have MRI’s, CAT Scans, heart, lung, kidney anet liver transplants, and many more of the spectacular advances in medicine when the Medicare program was started? Do you think these advances came at no cost? The payroll deductions to pay for these costs will be outlandish if costs are not controlled. We have to find new ways to control the cost of Medicare without destroying the advancements in medicine. This is what the Republicans are trying to do and there will always be people who resist change.
I think we, the people who benefit, j ; should be willing to pay more for the greater advances in medicine and not try to continue to stick it to the work-
• ing taxpayer.
First, let’s reduce the outlandish cost; increases with the use of HMO’s orj ! Preferred Provider care and adjust the1 cost of the individual payment of ; Medicare to reflect these changes, lf1 you want Model A Ford medical costs, then be willing to accept Model A Ford medical procedures—but no rational person wants this.
The 1992 Clinton Administration health care reform plan proposal was nothing but another huge governmental boondoggle.
This is typical of the Democrats’ desire to control the “cradle to the grave” aspect of our lives.
Give the Republicans a chance to make the changes that everyone that knows anything at all about the program realizes need to be made. It is to be noted that those who want to continue the Medicare plan as it is now can
• do so under the Republican proposal—just do not expect the rest of us to pay your bill.
WM. Abbott Jr. New Braunfels
Entering fair makas writer’s day!
Thank you very much to the Herald-Zeitung for sponsoring the trophy I won for Best Pie at the 1995 Comal County Fair! I know all the entries were quite good so it’s great to receive
• such a prize!
In another Fair department, the Backyard Poultry division, my children also did well. They won ribbons and a plaque donated by Hunter Junction.
This was a particular thrill for them as they had never entered their chickens in a competition before.
So thank you, Herald-Zeitung and all the other sponsors and people who donate their tune, money and efforts to putting on the fair.
For many of them it is a labor of tove for their particular department, and I hope they know how much they are appreciated for being there and helping with their expertise and knowl-;cdge.
• I I would like to encourage everyone in Comal County to enter next year’s fau. It’s fun to be part of, and everyone can find something they’re particularly good at to enter and go after those 19% ribbons and trophies!
Sincerely, Jaci Merrill New Braunfels
Accused Killer of Tejano Music Star Transferred to Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Yolanda Saldivar, the accused killer of Tejano music star Selena, has been transferred under heavy guard from her jail cell in Corpus Christi to Houston, where she faces trial next week.
Ms. Saldivar, 35, is charged with the March 31 shooting death of Selena Quintanilla Perez. The shooting occurred at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi as Selena tried to pick up business records from Ms. Saldivar, who managed one of the singer’s dress boutiques.
Ms. Saldivar came into the singer’s life a few years before, when she approached Selena about organizing a fan club for the star.
The trial, expected to last two weeks, begins Monday.
She had been held in the Nueces County Jail since the shooting, but the trial was moved to Houston because a judge decided that she could not receive a fair trial in Nueces County.
Southwestern Bell-CWA Reach Tentative Agreement
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and the Communications Workers of America have reached a new tentative agree-
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ment on a three-year contract.
The proposed agreement, made public in a joint announcement Tuesday, would cover 37,000 employees in Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. About 6,000 of the employees are in the St. Louis area.
Bell and the union reached the agreement after bargaining for 12 days.
The agreement is the second reached since the old contract was due to expire Aug. 6.
The contract has been extended while negotiations and voting continued.
Sharp Bids Farewell to Food Stamps
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Comptroller John Sharp is bidding farewell to traditional food stamps in the state.
Standing Tuesday in the largest food stamp warehouse in the nation outside the U.S. Treasury, Sharp pointed out the last 55,441 paper food stamps to be used by Texans in the state.
The state’s new Electronic Benefit Transfer system will be up and running statewide by the end of October.
Central Texas is the final region to stop using paper food stamps and start using a plastic debit card, called the Lone Star card, to deduct elec
tronically from a state account.
“This card now makes the food stamp program in the state of Texas the most efficient, the most fraud-proof that exists in the United States of America,” said Sharp.
County Agrees to $100,000 Settlement
AUSTIN (AP) — Travis County commissioners are willing to pay $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit against Sheriff Terry Keel, accused of abusing his power in a high-profile investigation of a 1994 baby murder.
Former Austin attorney Nona Byington sued Keel, claiming he violated her civil rights by arresting her, searching her office and accusing her of being an accomplice in the murder of 3-month-old Brandon Baugh.
The commissioners voted unanimously Monday to accept the settlement to avoid a long, expensive court battle.
They must approve a final settlement next week. The terms of the settlement included the $100,000 payout and a written apology to Ms. Byington by Keel.
“We made some tough decisions under trying circumstances, but every step of the way we made decisions under the law, and now we have
been vindicated,” Keel said.
He agreed the trial would have been too expensive for the county and said the settlement upheld his actions during the investigation.
Practice OI Taking Poor Children To Medicaid Providers Reviewed
HOUSTON (AP) — The law is broad, but some state officials are looking at the questionable practice of van drivers who drum up business for Medicaid providers by culling child customers from poor neighborhoods.
Although no one is pursuing a criminal case, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday in a copyright story that the issue has raised eyebrows, particularly from the children’s parents.
Ronnie Steele, who runs MTS/Medical Transportation Services Inc., insists he’s on a mission of mercy, not profit, even though he is paid an hourly rate by doctors.
His employees pick up Medicaid children at their homes, take them to doctors and return them.
The Chronicle said its probe suggests Steele is violating federal and state law by taking money from doctors and clinics who provide Medicaid services.
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