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Drinking water necessary for summer activities
Editor's note: The Battalion
will run weekly column on better
health habits provided by the ed
ucation department of the A.P.
Beutel Health Center.
By Dr. Jane Cohen
Special to The Battalion
Water is the ultimate thirst
quencher, the wet refresher you
can't live without. Water has a
role in almost every major func
tion of the body.
Drink plenty of water during
these hot days of summer. For
healthy people, water can help
keep you cool. More than half
our body is water, so the average
adult should drink at least eight
8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Drinking water is the best way
to increase your fluid intake.
Cool water is more quickly ab
sorbed than cold water.
Beverages such as soft drinks,
milkshakes, beer, wine and spir
its provide liquid but in excess
they may contain too many cal
Many fruits and vegetables
also are high in fluid content.
Juices, milk and soups also pro
vide necessary liquid. Some wa
ter is even a by-product of me
You might lose 2 to 3 quarts of
water a day through perspira
tion, urine and breath. This wa
ter loss needs to be replaced da-
A reduction of as little as 3 per
cent of your body weight can af
fect your strength and endur
ance. A 15 to 20 percent loss can
You cannot always rely on
your thirst to tell you when your
water level is low.
To make sure you get enough
water, drink fluids before and af
ter you exercise or when you are
perspiring heavily. One
guideline to use is a cup of water
every 15 minutes.
It also is advisable to stay out
of the sun during the hottest part
of the day.
When the relative humidity
gets around 75 percent, you
might not sweat causing your
body to not be able to lose the
body heat you would normally
lose through perspiration.
Another precaution is to check
the temperature before you exer
cise, work or go outside. If you
plan to be outside, start when it
is cooler and stay indoors with
If you plan on traveling this
summer, reduce the risk of trav-
State income taxes
Think tank: Proposed tax could harm economy
AUSTIN (AP) — Creation of personal and
corporate state income taxes could have a
negative impact on Texas equivalent to an
other recession, a Dallas-based think tank
The National Center for Policy Analysis
said an income tax such as that proposed by
former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby would lower the
state's output by 2.7 percent, or about $10.6
billion a year.
John Goodman, the center's president,
said Hobby's proposal of a 6.5 percent cor
porate income tax would "raise a tiny bit of
revenue but cause enormous harm."
On the other hand, Goodman said, a tax
proposal advanced by former Gov. John
Connally, to replace the current corporate
franchise tax with a new "business activity
tax," would be a boost for the state's econ-
proposal indicates it could boost production
oodman said his group's analysis of that
of goods and services in Texas by 4.3 per
cent, or about $16.9 billion.
Connally heads the Governor's Task
Force on Revenue, which will be making
recommendations to Gov. Ann Richards
and legislators who convene in special ses
sion July 8 to write and fund a 1992-93 state
The state faces a projected $4.7 billion def
icit if all current services are maintained at
their present levels, according to legislative
Hobby is a member of the task force,
which may vote Saturday on its recommen
Last week, the committee heard a tax pro
posal from Connally and one from Hobby
and Dallas financier Jess Hay.
Connally proposed boosting the motor
fuels tax from 15 cents to 35 certfs per gal
lon, doubling state college tuition, increas
ing the motor vehicle sales and hotel-motel
taxes from 6 cent to 6V4 cents, charging a 5-
cent per gallon aviation fuels tax and replac
ing tne corporate franchise tax with a ousi-
ness levy suggested by Comptroller John
Sharp. That tax would be 2.35 percent on
gross receipts, minus raw material costs.
Hobby-Hay proposed establishing a 6
ersonal income tax on earnings over
16,000 per year for a family of four, and a
6.5 percent business income tax to replace
the franchise tax.
Their proposal also calls for a 25 percent
reduction in property taxes, broadening the
sales tax base to include most services but
lowering the sales tax rate from 6.25 percent
to 5.25 percent.
Jail crowding solution
Harris County balked at the
state's offer to end jail crowding
lawsuits. Gov. Ann Richards re
mains hopeful that a deal might
be struck before Saturday's
deadline, an aide said Wednes
"It certainly doesn't help," Bill
Cryer, the governor's press sec
retary, said of the Harris County
rejection. "But we're still work
ing on it, and we still have hopes
we can work something out."
The Harris County Commis
sioners Court voted Tuesday to
reject a plan to solve crowded
conditions at county jails, a
move state officials said could
scuttle the Legislature's $500 mil
lion prison reform plan.
ing transfer to already over
crowded state prisons.
Last month, the Legislature
approved a bill to end lawsuits
against the state over inmates
backlogged in county jails await-
Twelve counties won a lawsuit
in state court to force the state to
pay them for holding thousands
of state prison-bound felons.
Harris County was involved in a
separate suit in federal lawsuit.
But a provision in the bill
holds that if all of the counties
involved do not agree to the set
tlement by Saturday, the plan
ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS: General discussion at 6 p.m. Call COPE at 845-0280
for more information.
CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST: Weekly meeting will be held in 308 Rudder at 7:30 p.m.
Everyone Welcome! Call John Ferguson at 696-1091 for more information.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: General discussion at noon. Call COPE at 845-0280 for more
A&M CYCLING: To discuss summer racing and training. New members welcome at 7 p.m.
in 231 MSC. Call Stephen Haydel at 696-3945 for more information.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: General discussion at noon. Call the COPE at 845-0280 for
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ewer's diarrhea by avoiding fe
water and ice cubes in arei
where sanitation is poor. Piui
the water that you plan to drini
use in cooking or to brush yo;
Heat problems can be very se
rious. The terms include heat
cramps, heat exhaustion and
heat stroke. Symptoms to watch
out for include muscle aches and
pains, elevated body tempera
ture, extreme fatigue, clammy
skin, dizziness or fainting.
Drink extra water before you
feel symptoms if you are hot and
Bring the water to a rolling be
and let it cool to room tempec
hire. At high altitudes, boll
water for a few minutes longe
for an extra margin of safe!
Bottled water that has unde
gone carbonation has halted I
growth of harmful substances
Water is an essential nutrien:
Enjoy cool water to stay coolar:
healthy this summer.
Plan to attend the Sum®
Health Day from 11 a.m.
p.m. June 26 at the A.P. Ben-
Health Center where exhibit
and suggestions to stay heal!
during the summer will be
AUSTIN (AP) — Despit
unanimous opposition from tit
Texas medical board, a bill allot
ing doctors to work for two yea:
in rural state mental hospital
without an official Texas media
license has become law.
Gov. Ann Richards allow;
the bill to become law witho:
her signature, spokesman Quo
The State Board of Medical t
aminers had been planning:
ask the governor to veto the!
because board members beta
the measure could jeopardii
mentally ill patients.
The new law applies to thre
of the eight hospitals run by I
Texas Department of Menfe
Health and Mental Retardatioi
in Terrell, Big Spring and Ve
non. It was written by Rep. Trc
Fraser^ R-Big Spring, to help
MHMR overcome a doctor shor
T think it's a disaster," si
Cindy Jenkins of Stowell, amec
ical board member. "It's inuu;
ral. I live out in the boondock
and I don't think those of us wit
live in rural areas deserve sei
ond-best medical care."
The new law, which takes e:
feet Sept. 1, allows physidait
from other states and Canada::
work in rural state mental hosp
tals for two years without takir;
exams on Texas medical lav:
and medical competency. Tk
exemption applies only to phys
dans who have not been disc
AUSTIN (AP) — Martin Lt
ther King Jr.'s birthday will be
full state rioli-
under a bill
law by Gov.
M.L King Jr.
day has been an optional holida
for state workers. That meant efi
ployees could take the day off if
lieu of another holiday from i
group of five, including Confedei
ate Heroes Day.
Richards announced signing!'
The new law also deletes 0
lumbus Day, the second Monda
in October, from the list of stat
holidays. Rep. Ron Wilson, L
Houston, who sponsored the K!
holiday bill, said Columbus Da
had not been funded as an officii
holiday for several years by stai
Day still should be observed wit
appropriate ceremonies througi
out the state. But state worket
may not take the day off with pa)
and state offices will remain open