Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 108, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 26, 1994 Page: 4 of 18
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Page 4, The Hondo Aavil Herald, Thursday, May 26,1994
Surely you have heard from the environuts about how the world is
warming, and will be so hot that all the glaciers and ice caps will melt,
raising the sea level?
Last winter was the 39th coldest out of the last 99 years--about as far
back as we have accurate records.
Don't worry. When we get rid of all the lawn mower and chain saw
pollution, and force the bakeries to quit smelling up the atmosphere, all
will be saved.
However, in the meantime, you can look for great efforts to keep the
cows from polluting the waterways. It rains on pastures, you see, and
the rainwater eventually finds its way into the rivers.
So far they don't seem to have realized that fish also defecate in the
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HO MORE :
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Tombstone, Arizona, has a boothill ceme-
tery right in the middle of town. There is no
reason to suspect that it is created to be part
of the tourist attractiveness of Tombstone,
but some of the grave markers do have inter-
Back in the old mining days, there were
plenty of shootouts there, and they did have
one of the most notorious gunfights in
western history at the OK Corral.
Recently, Arizona has made it legal for
law abiding citizens to carry their pistols in
public if they so desire. It will be interesting
to follow their progress, and see if it results
in more or less crime.
At right is a picture I took a few weeks ago
in Tombstone, which tells exactly how a
man named Lester Moore left for the great
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The Anvil Herald received a message recently from the Democratic
nominee for Congress, Rolando Rios, who is running against incum-
bent Congressman Henry Bonilla.
Quoting from the press release: "Public interest attorney Rolando
Rios and Edwards Underground Water District Chairperson Jo Ann
De Hoyos announced a landmark settlement that calls for election of
the EUWD's board of directors from single member districts..."
Medina and Uvalde counties are not in this district anymore, but I
thought you would like to know that the congressional nominee of the
Democratic party also goes by the title of "public interest attorney."
Just what we need for Congress... more "public interest attorneys."
Letters to the Editor
P.O. Box 400, Hondo, TX 78861
The people make Hondo great
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As 1 sit here on the edge of my
hospital bed at the V.A. Hospital in
San Antonio, I realize that there is
something I haven’t done. Some 40
years ago, in December 1953,1 came
to Hondo with the United Gas Corp.
The people of Hondo welcomed
me with open arms, and gave me their
care and affection. Since that time, I
have been trying to repay that outgo-
ing affection. I never will.
Some towns build dams to attract
people. Most try to attract industry.
Hondo seems to radiate care and
affection. Things haven't changed
much. Most every person who de-
cided to make Hondo their home said
it was because of the people.
Harold F. Herring
Scandals bear strong similarities
President Clinton and the liberals
in Congress have continually claimed
that there is no comparison between
Whitewater and Watergate. That may
be true in certain respects, but no'
the ways the President seems to think.
President Nixon was not involved
in the decision to-break into the Wa-
tergate building and was unaware of
the event prior to its occurrence. It
was a minor break-in that become a
major obstruction of justice when it
was discovered that the President
tried to cover it up.
Whitewater, on the other hand,
involves possible direct criminal ac-
tivity by the President and the First
Lady. There is clear evidence sug-
gesting the Clintons' involvement in
various Arkansas loan agencies, ille-
gal political campaign contributions,
and misuse of his influence as gover-
nor, just to name a few.
Of course, there is a big similarity
between the two scandals: the presi-
dents' reactions. President Nixon
continually denied his involvement in
Watergate and told the American
people that the unfounded allegations
should not detract from the important
work he and his administration were
doing. Funny, but that's exactly what
President Clinton is now saying.
President Clinton should in no way
be spared the tough scrutiny and
public outcry that was endured by
President Nixon. And the American
people should not be blinded or
swayed by Mr. Clinton's claims that
he is innocent or that he is being
treated unfairly by his critics.
President Nixon's involvement in
obstructing justice was serious
enough to cause him to resign from
the Presidency. Therefore, if there is
direct criminal activity by President
Clinton, then the American people
should rise up and call for his im-
Joycelyn M. Newman
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EPA proposal smells, but not of bread
By Gene Hall
Director of Information, Texas Farm Bureau
It remains one of the most pleasant memories of my
childhood. My grandparents lived on the farm with us,
about a hundred yards away. We always knew when my
grandmother was baking bread, and I would race my
brother and sisters to her house, hoping to be the first to
samplea still warm slice, smeared with her hand-churned
butter, or homemade mayhaw jelly. If I had only known
then that my dear gradmolher was a polluter.
Since I am now a city dweller, the closest I can come
to those heavenly smells is driving by a bakery, like the
Mrs. Baird’s plant here in Waco. Can the divine fragrance
actually be polluting the air? Say it ain’t so! Ah, but it is
so, at least according to the EPA. Excuse me, but 1 think
that allegation smells of something else we had on the
farm. How can anything that smells so good be bad for the
air we breathe?
According to the EPA, when bread bakes, it releases
ethanol, which is classified as a volatile organic com-
pound, but a non-toxic one. Ethanol, released into the air
in this process, contributes to the creation of ozone. Some
large cities, like Dallas, have a sometimes serious prob-
lem with ozone. Dallas also has a Mrs. Baird’s bakery.
Some regulators admit that this source of ozone creation,
compared to, let’s say, automobiles, is something akin to
a fly in the Astrodome. To paraphrase the war cry of the
1992 election, “It’s the cars, stupid.”
Still, we must pursue the demon of pollution wherever
we can find it, and this is a much easier target than the
several hundred thousand cars in the Metroplex.
So, says EPA, “clean it up.” Easy to say, costly to do.
Mrs. Baird’s will have to spend S4.5 million to install the
equipment and an additional S2.5 million annually to
Perhaps Mrs. Baird’s can absorb this without serious
damage to their bottom line. Maybe they won’t have to
lay anyone off or raise the price of bread. Maybe it won’t
have any effect on new jobs that the company might have
created. Maybe pigs can fly.
This is a window on the process of government. Create
an army of regulators and you can expect them to regu-
late. Make sure that no cost-benefit analysis is done and
the regulators won’t care about the cost. Multiply this
time hundreds of situations and you begin to see how
regulations arc strangling this economy.
Is a little clhanol loo big a price for such a universally
wholesome and nutritious product, hundreds of jobs, and
a generous slice of economic activity? You will have to
decide, because our government seems to have lost all
reason when it comes to regulating.
As for me, I think I’ll find my grandmother’s old
recipe, and do a little ethanol-emitting, ozone-creating,
old-fashioned baking. It beats driving my car to the store.
Who it* t «> ('oiitact
Your Elected (init ials
President William J. Clinton
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, D C 20500
Comment line 1-202-456-1111
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D C. 20510
The Honorable Phil Gramm
370 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D C. 20510 «
Congressman 23rd Dlst.
The Honorable Henry Bonilla
House Office Building
Washington, CkC. 20515-4323
Washington - (202) 225-4511
San Antonio - (210) 697-9055
FAX (210) 697-9185
Fovemor Ann Richards
Box 12428, Austin TX 78711
1-800-252-9600, (512) 463-2000
State Senator Diet. 21
The Honorable Judith Zaffirini
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station
Austin TX 78711
P.O. Box 627, Laredo TX 78042
State Senator Dlst. 25 (our old dist)
The Honorable Bill Sims
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station
Austin TX 78711
Box 410, San Angelo TX 76902
(915)658-5852 FAX (915) 655-2255
State Representative Dist. 43
The Honorable Pedro Nieto
Texas House of Representatives
Austin TX 78769
108 South Getty
Uvalde TX 78801
The Honorable Dan Morales
P O Box 12548
Austin TX 78711-2548
The Honorable John Sharp
Lyndon B Johnson State Office Bldg
Austin TX 78771
Governor defends funding decision
State - Capital
By Lyndell Williams & Ed Sterling
TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION
AUSTIN — Gov. Ann Richards
last week defended her administra-
tion against reports that the state
has done a poor job of handling
a $10 million grant that has been
suspended -by the National Science
The governor said funding for the
grant to help the state teach math
and science was halted by the Texas
Education Agency to expand the
program statewide rather than have
pilot programs on a few campuses.
But Republican gubernatorial
candidate George W. Bush’s cam-
paign said the suspension of the
grant indicates the governor has
done a bad job of administering ed-
ucation in Texas.
“The TEA stands front and
center for mismanagement and
jeopardizing federally funded grant
programs. The TEA train is off
the track,” said Bush spokeswoman
Jack Fackler, a Tbxas A&M
chemistry professor, told the Bryan-
College Station Eagle that the
program had failed so far in Tbxas
because of “ineptness on the part of
our state agencies and our governor
to administer the issues that needed
to be addressed.”
The program, developed by the
University of Tbxas, was put in
place in the 1992-93 school year.
Education Commissioner Lionel
“Skip” Meno asked last year that
funding be temporarily stopped so
he could redesign the program.
Richards and Meno said they
hope funding will be restored once
the National Science Foundation
hears their side of the story.
KBH Releases Tkx Returns
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
released her federal income tax
returns for the past two years,
but her Democratic opponent in
the November general election,
Richard Fish *.r, does not plan to do
Financial disclosure statements
required by the Senate show that in
1993, Hutchison and her husband,
Dallas bond lawyer Ray Hutchison,
had a combined adjusted gross
income of $643,842 and paid taxes
In 1992, the Hutchisons’ gross
income was $233,102 after losses
of $560,012 from real estate and
oil and gas investments. They paid
$114,327 in taxes that year, with
$89,151 to be applied to their 1993
After Hutchison disclosed her tax
returns May 17, Texas Republican
Party chairman Fred Meyer of
Dallas suggested that Fisher do
the same. But Fisher’s spokesman,
Martin Johnson, told The Dallas
Morning News, “At this point we
have the same position as before.
There are no plans to do that right
McKenna Seeks GOP Post
A third candidate joined the race
for the chairmanship of the state
Republican Party last week.
Dolly Madison McKenna, 45, a
two-time congressional candidate,
joins two others seeking the post:
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Ennis and
Dallas lawyer Tbm Rauken.
The next chairman will be chosen
at the party’s Fort Worth convention
A Houston businesswoman, Mc-
Kenna said she wanted to offer
Tbxas Republicans a more moderate
message. She supports abortion
rights, while her opponents oppose
abortion except in cases of saving
the mother’s life.
Gonzalez Gets JFK Award
U.S. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez,
D-San Antonio, who almost lost the
chairmanship of his congressional
committee when he blamed bank
executives and regulators for the
savings and loan scandal, will
receive the John F. Kennedy Profile
in Courage Award.
The honor recognizes people
who show political courage and is
conferred by a committee that in-
cludes the late president’s children,
Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr.
Gonzalez, 78, used his seat on
the House Banking, Finance and
Urban Affairs Committee, which
he later became chairman of, to
speak out against deregulation he
predicted would lead to the crisis
in the savings and loan industry.
Governor Undecided on Suit
Gov. Richards says legal action
against the federal government over
illegal immigration costs might
have been prompted by political
She said last week that before
Texas decided whether to join in
the lawsuit initiated ty Florida,
Attorney General Dan Morales
must decide whether it would be on
good legal ground.
■ Richard Fisher spent nearly
$1.8 million, including $1.4 mil-
lion of his own money, to win the
Democratic nomination for U.S.
Senate, according to a report is-
sued by the Federal Election Com-
mission. Sen. Hutchison, a Repub-
lican, spent $1.7 million on her re-
election campaign, without using
any of her own money.
KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON
would halt welfare fraud
F“TH here is one absolutely unique feature every person has — fingerprints.
Fingerprinting can be done, today, very quickly and inexpensively.
A Digital electronic technology has advanced to the point that a desk top
computer can read and store fingerprints — and kick out duplicates
This technological advance has major implications for our deeply
troubled welfare system Putting all able-bodied welfare recipients to work
is an essential element of real reform — but it is only one part of the solution
We also need to halt the epidemic of welfare fraud. Fingerprint identification
has the potential to eliminate just that.
Welfare cheats routinely use phony social security cards and other
forged identification to defraud the Aid for Families with Dependent Chil-
dren (AFDC) program, Medicaid, and other public assistance programs.
Welfare agencies have no effective way to catch these abusers — even though
some collect as many as a dozen welfare checks under different names and
addresses. Although state and federal governments spent more than $22
billion last year for welfare, no one can estimate reliably how many hundreds
of millions or billions of dollars are lost each year to fraud.
This week l introduced legislation that would dramatically curb welfare
cheating — by putting a new high-tech tool in the hands of government
agencies. My bill requires a fingerprint identification system. Through high-
tech fingerprinting of all welfare recipients, we can effectively slash forgery
Companies that supply this digital technology estimate a welfare office
might be fully equipped for as little as $300 — less than a single average
monthly AFDC benefit in Texas. Fingerprinting could be used to weed out '
cheats in both federal and state welfare programs. So. states, too, would
realize substantial savings.
How much would be saved? Ask California, New York and New Jersey
They are beginning to use digital fingerprinting to weed out fraud in their
public assistance programs. In Los Angeles County, fingerprinting saved
more than $5 million during the first six months by terminating 3,000
ineligible recipients and denying another 200 new applicants.
California welfare officials believe a statewide fingerprint program
might slash combined welfare spending by as much as $750 million a year.
If implemented on a national scale, it’s easy to see digital fingerprinting will
pay for itself many times over.
If the President and Congress will make enacting welfare refonMflBB
priority, this guaranteed way of curbing welfare fraud should be a pan of truff ^
plan. I am committed to comprehensive welfare reform — to steer millions
of welfare recipients onto the road to self-reliance, and to root out the massive ;
fraud and abuse that costa taxpayers billipns of dollars.
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