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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas ■ ■ Opinion Page 4 HeralcbZaitung Wednesday, Sept. 22,1993 QUOTABLE“liberty is today’s major plague.” • Hunt* Guthns unv*sSy sdmhittrstor. 1949 EDITORIALA Hummel Welcome Large, valuable private collection donated to local museum will arrive here Thursday On Thursday, at IO a.m., the Hummel Museum will welcome the arrival of more than 1,100 Hummel collectables donated to the museum by a California collector. The collection's value is estimated at 5500,000, and it is one of the largest private collections in the United States. The collection includes invaluable pieces such as plates, plaques, bells, dolls and lamps, all with Hummel figures uniquely crafted in the Hummel tradition. Many of them are limited editions and are valued at over 520,000 each. The donated collection comes to the Hummel Museum at a most opportune time - the official grand opening will take place on Oct. 1,2,3 with a wide array of activities. Among the activities will be one main event that will surely draw any Hummel collector or admirer out to see -Master Sculptor Gerhard Skrobek from W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, in Roedental, Germany will be on hand as will Jacques Nauer from Zug, Switzerland, owner of the museum's 2-dimentional collection, and a host of other Hummel officials, both local and international. Master Sculptor Skrobek will sign commemorative figurines from ll a.m. to I p.m. that day. It promises to be, like the Hummel itself, a real attraction for the city of New Braunfels. The Hummel, a unique museum, will draw tourists to New Braunfels for 12 months every year with all the beautiful an work found inside. The Herald-Zeitung encourages everyone to put the Hummel grand opening ceremonies on their schedule and be a part of something special for a special place in New Braunfels. (Today’s editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)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 tactual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 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 Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included.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. Mall letters to: Letters to the.Editor do The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher..........................................David Sullens General Manager.................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor......................................................Mark    Lyon Advertising Director................................................Paul    Davis Classified Manager.........................................Karen Reininger Circulation Director.......................................Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman........................................Douglas Brandt Rjbhshed on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, lift Landa St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377-880) Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $16; six months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only: six months, $25; one year, $45. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $26.55; six months, $47.20; one year, $88.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.95; one year, $103.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 am. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or (210) 658-1900 by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday. Rtfmasier: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Missing light bulb no serious threat Those who keep in touch with what is going on in New Braunfels, more specifically those who read the Herald-Zeitung, know that the subject of restaurant reports have been "the talk" of late. You've read that they are unfair. You've read that the Herald-Zeitung should not publish them. You've read that the restaurants shouldn't complain. You've read that they should be published. You’ve seen the results of a reader-opinion survey published by the Herald-Zeitung. You've read a lot of stories from just about every side, including today's feature on Page One which tells of one restaurant owner who disagrees with the way the inspections are conducted. She has the right to an opinion, as does Mr. Lara, as do you. I would like to make it clear that it has never been the intent of the Herald-Zeitung to do damage to the local restaurant industry, which by the .way is one of our city’s most lucrative. We merely strive to be informative. We opted to begin the reports shortly after my arrival in May. The simple reason was that I had published them elsewhere in my experience in newspapers and found it to be valuable to readers. Based on that experience, I did notice right away that the reports we receive in New Braunfels were much more detailed than some I had seen before. Credit or blame Mr. Lara for that Knowing that different people do things differently, I found nothing wrong with Mr. Lara’s details. Apparently, there are those who do. At least twoMark Lyon of the replies against the reports in last Sunday's survey results stated that the public is "too dumb" to understand what the reports mean. That, by the way, did not come from anyone in the restaurant business. That may be as untrue as saying everyone can understand them. What we try to realize in the media is where we can and cannot be flexible in the descriptive process. Leaving out or manipulating descriptions, merely for the sake of knowing that any reader can understand, can also distort the facts, or change them altogether. In all honesty, missing a light bulb in a back storage room will not hinder or alter the way food is prepared for the public. Yet, when the infraction shows up on a report, the mere length of it, created by listing every small infraction, can make the report look negative or less than it actually is. It can be confusing to some. Based on the previous circumstances, the Herald-Zeitung has decided to discontinue listing each and every infraction, and instead list more significant infractions where the deduction is more than two points. With this format, the public still gets the information it wants, the restaurants are not judged by the length of a report, and we are also able to use the extra space to get more local news in. Though some details in any report can be interesting, the bottom line is the score itself. Newspapers do have an interest in publishing restaurant reports. The public has a right to know, just as they do with police activity, nursing home facilities and just about every service-oriented industry reports made on by a competent, qualified official(s). One caller pointed out that if it were not for the publishing of a report by Ralph Nader, we might still be eating some hot dogs with more than two-percent rat hair content That is a disgusting thought But what is more disgusting, now or then? One of the things I enjoy most about living in New Braunfels is that I don't have to go far to get something good to eat There are more restaurants here that in many communities four times its size. And they're good. Based on my personal experience (Ive enjoyed my lunches and dinners out) and the results of the restaurant reports, I have no regret on where I've eaten and what I ate. And my appetite takes me all over town. We probably have some of the cleanest most well-kept restaurants in the state, and I will continue to be a customer to them. However, should one of them, or some of them fail to continue the current standard, readers will know. (Mark Lyon is Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.) White House using gimmicks in selling health care plan By NANCY BENAC Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Fax machines, toll-free phone numbers, house parties, TV town halls, surrogate speakers: The Clinton White House plans to use every gimmick of modem communications to sell its health care package to the American people. It’s pure and simple marketing. The goal is to take a proposal of mind-numbing complexity and reduce it to six warm, fuzzy principles that are hard to argue against: security, choice, savings, quality, simplicity, responsibility. "Health care that’s always there,” will be a key slogan. The audience is a public that is both hopeful and skeptical — anxious for more secure and affordable health coverage, yet worried it may end up paying more for less. President Clinton also got a firm endorsement Monday from Dr. C. Everett Koop, the surgeon general under Republican presidents Reagan and Bush. Koop said Clinton had already accomplished more to solve the nation’s health woes "than all of his living predecessors put together.” Clinton called it "an astonishing thing” that hun-Analysis dreds of lawmakers signed up for "Health Care University” briefings Monday and today with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who led his health-care task force, and the rest of his health advisers. But the opposition already is speaking to people’s concerns about the ultimate product, with the insurance industry running ads that warn consumers that medical chokes could be limited under health reform. Clinton adviser Paul Begala insists that while Americans by nature are wary of anything marked "New and Improved,” they will be receptive to the health-care package once they get acquainted with it "They’ve already been talking about this issue around their kitchen tables for years,” he said. Republican pollster Bill Mclnturff, however, thinks that while the White House is saying all the right things about health care, the plan itself will be its undoing. "They’re selling exactly the right thing,” he said. "The trouble is, the issues people haven’t produced a document that makes the sale credible.” The complexity of the plan, he saki, "gives the president an enormous advantage” because people will tend to focus on the appealing slogans rather than details of the plan. Clinton himself will be educator in chief on what may be the defining mark of his presidency. Last week’s Rose Garden event where the president and his wife heard health-care horror stories from ordinary Americans is just the type of event the White House will use to mobilize support for the plan. "It’s the most complex public issue our nation has tried to come to grips with,” Clinton said. "That’s why I wanted to begin with the human face of it” That message from the top will be supported every which way possible. A health-care "war room” at the White House complex already is cranking out 400 faxes a night to members of Congress, interest groups and others, to cast the plan in its best light. On Thursday, the day after he presents the plan to Congress, Clinton will host a prime-time TV town hall broadcast from Tampa, Fla. Mrs. Clinton and Cabinet members and other surrogate speakers will spread across the country delivering the message. Today in history By Tbs Associated Prass Today is Wednesday, Sept 22, the 265th day of 1993. There are IOO days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 8:22 pjn. EDT. Today's highlight in history: On Sept. 22,1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War. On this date: In 1656, in Patuxent, Md, an all-female jury heard the case of a woman accused of murdering her child. (The jury voted to acquit.) In 1789, Congress authorized the office of Post master-General. In 1792, the French Republic was proclaimed. In 1862, President Lincoln issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1,1863. In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago. In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb. In 1958, Sherman Adams, assistant to President Eisenhower, resigned amid charges of improperly using his influence to help an industrialist In 1964, the long-running musical "Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway. In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Ford outside a San Fransisco hotel, but missed when a civilian bystander grabbed her ami, spoiling her aim. In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war. Ten years ago: Amid growing calls for his resignation, Interior Secretary James G. Watt sent a letter to President Reagan apologizing for remarks he'd made the day before about a special advisory commission, calling the comments "unfortuiwtue." ;