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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Tuesday, September 30,1997 □ 3. ’ need not apply to those young at heart Dear Readers: The many responses I received to the question, “How would you define the term ‘elderly’?’' were wonderful. Permit me to share a few: Dear Abby: I have a definition that has served me well most of my life: Anyone is elderly who is older than I am. . This was confirmed when I heard my dad, who was 84 and in a convalescent home, speak of the “old codger who lives down the hall.” He was 87. Carl Fisher (age 82), Walnut Creek, Calif. Dear Abby: I am 79 and just beginning to think of myself as ‘‘elderly.” Fifty, to me, is middle age. 7 Dorothy Kent, Henderson, Nev. Dear Abby: I am 52 years old and consider the term “elderly” as being a synonym for dead. Jane Anderson, Cincinnati Dear Abby: How would I define elderly? I am reminded of the joke that went, “I enjoy drinking; he’s a drunk.” I’m an older woman; she’s elderly. Bea Shaw, Toluca Lake, Calif. Dear Abby: I don’t know a great deal about how ladies view themselves, but to me they are forever young. However, I do know a little about men. By my reckoning, until age 35, he is an adolescent. From 35-55, he is a young man. From 55-75, he is middle-aged, and anyone who is 75 or older is a senior. Tom Danaher (age 71), Las Vegas Dear Abby: When you ask someone to define “elderly,” you open a can of worms. It is my belief that few people think themselves as a specific age. Society seems to want to label each of its members by age, race, religion, etc. Let’s forget all that and just live. Elderly is as elderly does. Enjoy life, and, as the French say, “Vive la difference!” Robert L. Casey, Las Vegas Dear Abby: I am 76 and don’t consider myself elderly. When I curl my hair, which is naturally a blondish-gray, I have my makeup on, my nails nicely manicured and I’m dressed in a nice outfit^ f don’t feel or look a day over 55. So I think, “If I weren’t married, I’d be looking for a live one.” I define elderly as “over the hill.” Still Kicking and Able Dear Abby: Being elderly to me is having the dignity to grow older with dignity. Peggy O’Neil, Puyallup, Wash. Dear Abby: Most of us associate “elderly” with those who are older than we are, who have become incapacitated physically or mentally. People our own age may be “senior citizens” — but never elderly. Marion E. Graff, Los Angeles Dear Abby: “Elderly” is a. politically correct euphemism for “old.” What’s wrong with being old? I am an aging boomer and I want to be as old as possible. In this baby-and-youth-obsessed culture of ours, it’s time to shout, “Old is great!” Michael Pearce, Portland, Ore. Dear Michael and Readers: I’ll second the motion. I regret that Lam unable to print all of the delightful definitions I’ve ' received for “elderly”; however, from time to time, I will share more of them. Congress extending tonight’s immigration deadline By MKHELLE MITTELSTADT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has given a three-week reprieve to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who stand to lose their eligibility to remain in the United States while applying for legal residence. The Senate was expected to take up similar legislation before expiration of the immigration provision at midnight tonight. The extension through Oct. 23 was approved on a 355-57 vote Monday as part of a stopgap bill bankrollingArea code government operations beyond the Od I start of the fiscal year. Immigration lawyers, charitable organizations and other advocates have been swamped by thousands of calls in recent weeks from immigrants panicked over possible loss of the loophole, which was first provided by Congress in 1994. Envisioned as a temporary measure, the statute allows undocumented immigrants to file in the United States for legal status instead of at U.S. consulates abroad. In exchange, filers must pay a $1,000 fine The provision doesn’t benefit the entire undocumented population in the United States, which now exceeds 5 million. Instead, it is targeted at those eligible for legal residence, either because they’re already in line for visas or are the spouse or minor child of a U.S. citizen. Parents of adult children who are U.S. citizens also can apply. Some 345,000 people took advantage of the rule in 1995 and 1996. This year, an estimated 214,000 are applying. Critics contend the measure fosters illegal immigration and wrongfully rewards those who broke U.S. laws by entering the country without authorization or overstaying their visa. “Common sense says you don’t reward people for breaking the law,*’ said Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., termed the provision “blatantly unfair’’ to those who apply for visas overseas, waiting sometimes years for permission to enter the country. “It makes a joke of our immigration system," ’ said Rohrabacher, who last week derailed an attempt to include a longer extension in the spending bill. Lawmakers will decide next month whether to renew the provision for a longer period. The Senate already has approved a permanent extension. . “It is a critical issue,’’ said Abby Price of the U.S. Catholic Conference’s Migration and Refugee Services. “I think it’s slowly dawning in many, many sectors that there’s much more to this than meets the eye, and that the impact in communities, with the separation of families, and the impact upon American businesses will be very severely felt ’’ Faced with possible expiration of the statute, thousands have grappled with a difficult decision: Remain here illegally or leave to secure their green cards abroad. With the application process sometimes taking years, the immigrants would face a lengthy period away from family and jobs if they leave the United States. While the Clinton administration supports extension, the Immigration and Naturalization Service is cautioning that tonight’s deadline remains in effect until Congress passes the measure and the president signs it. Some INS offices are offering extended hours today to deal with last-minute filers. Offices also have set up drop boxes to allow applicants to file their paperwork until midnight.Rom Page 1 • 956 - a region that covers the cities of Encinal, Laredo and most of Webb County. • 210 - a region that includes most of Bexar County and the San Antonio area and cities of Helotes, St. Hedwig, Elmendorf and Universal City. Bohuslav said the change was needed because the pool of potential telephone numbers in the 210 area code was being drained by increased use. She said splitting the area into different area codes created more telephone numbers. New Braunfels had been in the 512 area code until 1992, when the area code was changed to 210. However, Bohuslav said the commission already was looking at how to use numbers more efficiently. According to a press release issued by the commission Wednesday, a task force will look at ways to conserve the use of telephone numbers. One measure would allow customers to retain a telephone number when changing to a new telephone company “We’re looking at ways to relieve (the drain on available numbers) so the need for new area codes doesn’t keep arising,” said Bohuslav. The task force is expected to report back to the commission before Thanksgiving. What to update Comal County has a new 830 area code, and calls using the old 210 area code will not be connected after Oct. 5. Here is a suggested list of things to do now to avoid problems later. For your residential number: ■ Update the area code on the front of checks. ■ Make sure credit card companies know your new area code. ■ Inform friends and family who live in places outside the local calling area. ■ Update your speed-dial functions at home. For your office: ■ Update automated phone systems, including PBX systems. ■ Inform all customers of the change, no matter how many times they do business with you. ■ Update modems and automatic fax systems. ■ Update all business publications, including business cards, letterhead, stamps and advertising, such as brochures and matenals. From Page 1 A tarp area will be put up for the dancers just in case mother nature decides to let it pour. Native American dancers are returning to Canyon Lake after last year’s pow wow. Some of them are John Butler, the head male dancer of the Caddo tribe, and Dorsey Saadongei, the head female dancer of the Kiowa-Comanche tribe. Organizers will start setting up for the pow wow later this week. Most of the tribal dancers will arrive in Sattler Friday. Community support has been good, Gucnzel said. “We are getting a lot more volunteers to help (this year),” Guenzel said. “We probably have 20 to 25 volunteers signed up.” Guenzel said last year about 1,000 people came to the pow wow grounds to experience Native American dances, arts and crafts exhibits, food and the tepees “I think we will attract more people.” Guenzel said. “It is a chance to see the Native American culture and heritage up close because the Native Americans were a major part of this area,” he said. “It is a wonderful event for the family.” A barbecue dinner at the Dam Red Bam Restaurant will kick off the pow wow from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday. Tickets for the dinner arc SIO at the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and can be purchased from chamber board members. The tickets are on sale at the door for $ 12. Admission is $4 for a one-day adult pass, $2 for a one-day children’s pass, $7 for a two-day adult pass and $3 for a two-day children’s pass. Children younger than 3 are admitted free. Anyone who needs information or wants to volunteer can call Guenzel at (830) 964-3613. Cypress Bend to close for River of Lights Armey promises IRS overhaul bill this year By JM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS horror stories at a Senate hearing last week are providing the impetus for action on legislation to first tighten controls on, and eventually fundamentally change, the tax agency, lawmakers say. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, said Sunday that a bill lo restructure the Internal Revenue Service will pass in his chamber by year’s end. Senate leaders, while less certain of a deadline, predicted quick action on their side, too. “The American people are ceasing to trust this agency and we had better pull our socks up and do something,’* Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, senior Democrat on the Finance Committee that held the IRS hearings, aaidonCBS’ “Face the Nation.’' In testimony, IRS employees and taxpayers described such abuses as evaluating agents by the number of seizures and levies they make and targeting lower-income people who do not have the money to contest IRS •People av* ceasing to trust this agency and wa had batter pull up our socks and do something.’ — Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan Newsweek reports in this week's issue that the IRS responded to the hearings by suspending several district-level managers. The magazine said it had a memo signed by one of the suspended officials, Arkansas-Oklahoma collection chief Ronald James, detailing how managers, in an apparent violation of the law, judge workers by the amount of seizures, liens and levies they make. IRS spokesman Frank Keith said privacy laws barred him from dimming individual But acting UIS Commissioner Michael Dolan promised the Senate committee that he would take immediate action to diminalc abuses, Keith said, and that could include temporary suspensions. Armey, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,’* said House leaders were working on a bill now and “we’ll pass that before this year is over.’* He said the legislation is based on recommendations made earlier this year by a bipartisan panel headed by Rep. Rob Poitman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb -The bill moves IRS oversight from the parent Treasury Department to a new board of directors, requires reporting on the basis of audits and gives the IRS commissioner a greater role in determining changes in tax law. “There’s an urgency for us to act,” Kerrey said on CBS. “We know that the law isn’t right. We know die law needs to be changed. ’ ’ Armey suggested that one IRS abuse was the targeting of groups and FAIR PHOTO RETAKES Comal County Fair Winners A make-up day for those people who won trophies or ribbons during the Comal County Fair and did not get their photos taken can get them taken between 8 a m. and 10 a m on Saturday. Come to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung newspaper office at 707 Landa St. lf any problems occur, please call Michael Darnall at 625-9148 ext. 227 and leave a message. individuals that oppose the Clinton administration. Such a charge also was made several weeks ago when friends of Paula Jones, who has filed a sexual harassment suit against Clinton, voiced suspicions that she was being audited because of the lawsuit. White House officials then, and again Sunday in response to Armey’s statement, strongly denied any involvement in IRS activities. But Armey said it was “very hard to ignore the possibility that there may be a conscious singling out of people that are seen as not friendly to this administration." He said two organizations with which he was affiliated were audited for the fust time alia he became majority leader. Lawmakers interviewed on the Sunday news shows stressed that any legislation considered this year will only be a first step toward revamping the entire tax collection system. A national sales tax and a flat tax are among the ideas being put forward. Armey and other GOP leaders last week announced a national tour to build up grass-roots support for eliminating tm current tax code and replacing the tax system. The goal is “increased awareness that will bring people to the need to replace the current tax code and replace the IRS as we know it,” House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., said Sunday. Gingrich told the International Conservative Congress that he hopes to introduce by next May or June a “dramatic, bold tax reform bill’’ that would save time for the American people and “dramatically shrink the Internal Revenue Service.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on CBS that the IRS is “out of control” because it has become a law enforcement arm rather than a service agency. “It’s become similar to the KGB over in Russia in the eyes of the American people, and that’s terrible,” he said The City of New Braunfels announced today that Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday from now until late October to allow electrical contractors to prepare for the Holiday River of Lights. “Crews have started work on upgrading the electrical system in the park,” Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson said. “We apologize for any inconvenience the closure may cause, but it is necessary to protect park goers.” While Cypress Bend Park will be closed on weekdays, it will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays through late October. Weekend visitors are urged to avoid those areas of the park where construction is underway. In late October, the park will be closed to public use until mid-January for the first-ever Holiday River of Lights. The drive-through light display, sponsored by the City of New Braunfels, will feature more than 30 larger-than-life lighted displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The display will run from November 14, 1997 to January 4, 1998 Centex r. I ii OfflCB t/wr fast yah# everyday! LUJSplUS    7 YOUR OFFICE SUPERSTORE 900 South Seguin Avo. (by the underpass) 629-3979 A million satisfied customers prove... COIT is the best. For over 40 years, COIT’s advanced equipment and fully trained, certified technicians have provided the most effective cleaning available tor all types ut carpets, rugs, draperies, and upholstery. COIT’s professional care and personal attention to detail assures you the finest results possible: and we guarantee it. SE Do you ITCHY FALL ALLERGIES? 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