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June 13, 1996

By Rosie Flores

Meetings across river calm, cool, collected

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Professionalism, courtesy and friendliness were all displayed at a
recent commissioners court meeting I had the privilege of attending.

The meeting, which was held in Monahans, was the Ward County
Commissioners and lasted only about 20 minutes (at the most). Yet, all
topics on the agenda were covered appropriately and taken care of during
the short meeting.

It just proves that meetings don't have to last 24 hours for them to be
productive. It takes only a few minutes time, if the issues have already
been reviewed by the members of the court, to come to a decision.

Another thought that struck me was the professionalism displayed. Even
when a disagreement came up the individuals involved in the conflict saw
no need to raise their voices, do any fingerpointing or act outright
rude. Both presented their side and a mutual agreement was reached.

I was very surprised and pleased at the way the meeting was conducted
and impressed with those who serve on the commissioners court, including
Ward County Judge Sam Massey.

I had the chance to attend other meetings as well, including Monahans
City Council. The same amount of professionalism and friendliness was
displayed here as well. The Town of Pecos City Council has a great group
of individuals, also. But sometimes, when you travel elsewhere you
expect shoddy treatment or indifference.

Not so with the group in Monahans. Nothing but courtesy and
friendliness was displayed, which led me to think that maybe sometimes
we judge individuals without first having met them. For some reason,
everyone in Pecos thinks Monahans residents have a personal dislike of
those residing here in Pecos.

The group not only proved to be very helpful, but were very friendly.
All the material for the meetings was provided for the media. Anything
the media requested of them was made available and their attitude
towards us was nothing but easy-going and courteous.

For all those who have attended public meetings, this says a lot for
these individuals. Matters can be resolved in a calm and collected
manner if individuals who preside on the court, board or council, just
choose to do so!

Rosie Flores is an Enterprise writer and editor of Lifestyles and
Golden Years. Her column appears each Thursday.


Medical savings not partisan issue

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Back in 1994, when Democrats still ran things on Capitol Hill, Sen.
Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., allowed a bill supporting medical savings
ccounts to pass out of the Senate Labor Committee, which he chaired.
Now, two years later, Kennedy opposes MSAs. And his opposition threatens
to derail a modest, but important, health reform bill.

The ironic thing is that Kennedy, along with Sen. Nancy Kassebaum,
R-Kan., is co-sponsor of the Senate version of the health bill. And he
enthusiastically supports two major provisions of the measure.

They would allow working Americans to maintain their group insurance
coverage if they change or lose their jobs, and preserve coverage for
workers with pre-existing medical conditions.

But Kennedy is apoplectic about medical savings accounts, claiming they
are a "multibillion-dollar tax break for the weatlhy and healthy,"
cooked up by the conservative wing of the Republican Party. What the
senator conveniently forgets is that it was his fellow Democrats who
were first to champion MSAs.
Medical savings accounts are not a partisan issue and should not be
used as a pretext to hold up much-needed health legislation. Kennedy
should give way.
-Copley News Service
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