New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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QUOTABLE“One of the burdens of freedom is that we have to earn it over and over.”
•Larry Jinks news sx leu ti vt, 1964
EDITORIALEncouraging signsLocal, state leaders take hard look at the Guadalupe River over the weekend
Approximately a week ago, the Friends for Rivers annual Guadalupe River Clean Up project drew more than 70 volunteers in an all-day effort to restore natural beauty to the river.
It was a highly-successful project which brought many positive things - many of those positives will surface again and again down the road.
One of those positives is already beginning to reveal itself in that attention is being focused on the Guadalupe River -and not just by the same people. There are signs that river clean up will go even further and do more. And this, with the knowledge that with the return of next summer’s tourists, the trash will come back to clutter the river’s banks and bottom again which makes sense to assume that an ongoing trash pickup and disposal system may be considered.
Local and state officials took trips over various spots of the Guadalupe River last weekend and observed conditions which, even after the massive Friends For Rivers clean up, was still less that desirable. They left knowing more is to be done.
The river, if it is to remain the tourist magnet that it has been, must be maintained throughout the year - even more importantly in the summer when the tourist are here to see what they’ve heard so much about. If what they find when they get here is a trashy river, they won’t be impressed and probably won’t be back.
Let’s work toward keeping the river clean all year. Let’s start right now.
(Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
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Fax:(210)625-1224Plaza event restores faith in teens
Although some people may not realize it, we, reporters do not enjoy covering bad news, but it’s part of our job; therefore, we do it
I’ve only been out in “the real world” for two years, but I am afraid during this time I’ve had to cover more than my share of bad news. During this time, I’ve found myself pretty much numbed to some crimes. However, I’ve continued to be shocked by the number of juveniles who commit acts of violence.
At my last job in the small town of McKinney, I had the “opportunity” to cover several capital murder and murder trials. The majority of these trials involved defendants under the age of 20.
These thoughts will stay with me forever. Less than six months ago, I was sitting in the Collin County Jail interviewing a 16-year-old boy who had killed his girlfriend’s mother and tried to kill her father. He was certified as an adult and was convicted of capital murder and solicitation of capital murder. He’s now facing both a life sentence in the state penitentiary and a second sentence of 75 years.
His 17-year-old girlfriend, who let him into her parent’s house and planned the murder, was also tried as an adult and convicted of capital murder and solicitation of capital murder. She received two life sentences.
The list goes on. I remember another murder trial involving four youths from a small rural town in Collin County who beal a man to death with various automotive tools. Once again they were all under the age of 22 and all were found guilty.
I heir only reason tor killing the man was that one of his friends had whistled at them and called them “pretty girls.”
Another trial involved four men, also under the age of 22, who broke into an elderly couple’s house in a rural area, and shot them both. The
woman died and the man is now confined to a wheelchair.
The men pretended to have car trouble and trusted that the couple would be nice enough to help them out Two of these men have been sentenced to death and two are facing life in prison.
Teens seem to have a feeling of being immortal. They seem to think they can’t be punished because their young. I wish those who think that could talk to someone who knows differently.
More and more kids are being certified as adults because their crimes are considered so heinous. And for those teens who haven’t realized it — you’re considered an adult by the courts at age 17 — not when you’re 18,21 or when you move out of the house.
I’m not much older than most of these people. I’m only 23 but somehow I was never exposed to that much violence while I was in high school. In the five years since I’ve graduated I’ve seen an incredible change in these teens. It’s amazing to me that people just three to five years younger than me can have committed such awful crimes.
I have to admit I had pretty much decided that the current generation of high school and middle school students had been “lost” and the idea of a teenager being a “good kid” was gone.
However, last weekend my faith in the youth
and future of our country was restored. I had the opportunity to cover Peace on the Plaza. The event had been organized by various churches and Habitat for Humanity and more than 70 kids attended the event
During the short time I spent talking to a few of these kids my mind was changed. Talking to these kids renewed my faith that there were teenagers who had a future and cared about other people.
I was shocked when I heard one of these students tell me he enjoyed doing community service. In my past experience the only reason kids these days did community service was because it was part of a sentence or was recommended by their juvenile probation officer.
These kids were all at the event in hopes of learning what it was like to be homeless. They had given up their Saturday night so that they could sleep in cardboard boxes, eat out of trash bags and drink from a water hose. They all said they were hoping to learn from the experience and take what they learned to help them later.
I went home Saturday night in a good mood. Somehow, seeing these youth, with all of their energy and enthusiasm, made me realize this generation has not been lost
I’ve now decided that every time I watch a newscast and see a story of teens comrrfitting an act of violence or getting involved in gangs, I’m going to remember the kids from Peace on the Plaza and I hope those people who know them appreciate what great kids they a^e.
I’ve now decided for every “bad” kid that is shown on television or in the newspaper, there’s a “good” kid who’s trying to make a positive impact on his or her community.
(Jennifer Rompel is a Staff Writer for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
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Clinton woos doctors with new nursing home benefit
By CHRISTOPHER CONNELL Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton is wooing prominent physicians to support his health reforms and contemplating the addition of nursing home insurance to Medicare for the elderly.
Senior health adviser Ira Magaziner and other aides were heading to Capitol Hill today for private briefings for lawmakers that the White House has dubbed “Health Care University.”
Clinton was meeting over breakfast with such famous physicians as C. Everett Keep, the former surgeon general, and T. Berry Brazelton, the Harvard pediatrician.
The president told “Newsweek” magazine in a recent interview that doctors are No. I — followed by small business and insurance companies — among the groups he needs to win over. “Building credibility among doctors is important, having doctors feel good about this plan,” he said.
It is all part of the build-up for Clinton’s address to a joint session of Congress and the nation Wednesday night on his far-reaching plan to guarantee health coverage for all Americans while drastically slowing the medical cost spiral.
Clinton spent 40 minutes with his speech-writers Sunday night preparing the address.
A White House spokesman, Kevin Anderson, said Sunday that Clinton is contemplating adding to his package new Medicare insurance against nursing home bills.
It would be called Medicare Part C and would be optional for elderly people. They could buy the insurance after they turn 65. In exchange for higher monthly Medicare premiums, they could eventually get a maximum of $30,000 to cover nursing home bills.
In another development Sunday, Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, chose the word “fantasy” to describe the $238 billion Clinton wants to save over five years by restricting growth in Medicare and Medicaid spending.
“It’s fantasy, but accurate fantasy,” Moynihan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press." “These numbers all come out of their computer in that way. They won’t last, they mustn’t last.
“We’re not going to get $238 billion out of Medicare and Medicaid in the next five years to which we'll add $91 billion in deficit reduction. That’s not going to happen, needn’t happen in order to get a better system.”
The nursing home provision was not in the huge draft summary of the Clinton health plan sent — informally — to Congress IO days ago, but White House officials subsequently told senior citizens’ groups they were considering iL “It’s not something we’re going to push strongly for," Martin Corry, director of federal affairs for the American Association of Retired Persons, said Sunday nighL “We didn’t see there was any harm in it, but given the cost of buying good long term care insurance at age 65, we questioned whether very many people would want to take advantage of it” The $30,000 maximum benefit under consideration would cover about one year in a nursing home at today’s prices.
Anderson described it as a possible “self-funding long term care program."
Another Clinton aide, Jeff Eller, said Clinton may not make all the final decisions about his overall plan, including how to pay for it, by Wednesday.
Today in history
By Tbs Associated Press
Today is Tuesday, Sept 21, the 264th day of 1993. There are 101 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on Sept 21,1893, a horseless carriage believed to be the first gasoline-powered automobile built in the United States was taken for a short test drive in Springfield, Mass., by Frank Duryea, who had designed the vehicle with is brother, Charles.
On this date:
In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
In 1897, the New York Sun ran its “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon.
In 1931, Britain went off the gold standard.
In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.
In 1949, the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed by its Communist leaders.
In 1964, Malta gained independence from Britain.
In 1970, “NIL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-21.
In 1973, the U.S. Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger to be Secretary of State.
In 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the Supreme Court
In 1989, Hurricane Hugo crashed into Charleston, S.C.
Today’s Birthdays: Cartoon animator Chuck Jot es is 81. Actor Larry Flagman is 62. Actor-come-dian Henry Gibson is 58. Author-comedian Fannie Flagg is 49. Former White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan is 49. Author Stephen King is 46. Actor-comedian Bill Murray is 43.