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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Dave Editor and Publisher Jim Managing Editor New Texas Jurte Forum LETTER POLICY The tJeraidZeitung welcomes All letters should be sign ed and Include an address or telephone The newspaper reserves the right to Letters should be sent to New Braunfels Drawer New Texas or brought to our offices at Thanks To the On behalf of Comal County Senior Citizens and the Senior Citizens tHanks to the HeraldZeitung for cooperation in getting facts about our services and activities Interest and participation have Ida Sing Accusation mitigation To the Call me disturbed if you I have heard too many stories of people abuse by the same agency that concerns itself with children There is no quarrel with the great many staffers and caseworkers who deal every day in a world of bruised and damaged children and wrest them from impossible both emotional and They are heroes in their own right and for this we praise On the other there is a new and damaged personnel And they are asking Why They are not As the Texas Department of Human Ser vices has turned on them for nothing more than a finger pointed by an anonymous or the sim ple act of whacking a disobedient child across his That act viewed by an unknown But the real pur pose is to breathe some common sense into an area where motive and too much government Here are some legal tools that just might reverse the trend for suehappys and others who ac cuse an innocent person just Any questioning by a govern mental agency should be conducted within the home with at least one parent or parents or legal guardian Not only shall the one accused be required to take a polygraph but also the accusor or ac cusers before any formal charge arrest is When it is determined that the child protective service has made a it should be required that the agency issue and formally publicize as much as in that they have wreaked havoc and ill will to persons who are enjoying quiet enjoyment and good reputa an After charge and arrest are achieved and to the ex tent that the acussed has paid for his or her defense against such un true that expense should be reimbursed in full by the same state agency acting on behalf of the Belle Arnold Guest Column Of summer vacation and immodest ticks By CAROL RUST Beaumont Enterprise oh here we are at the advent of vacation and am I ever You the adventof summer vacation time brings back lots of childhood which is the primary reason Ive started taking vacations in the spring and There was the one July our family borrowed a large tent from a family and attempted to stuff an even larger crop of squabbling siblings into us still clamoring over color books or Suess readers when we arrived in the country for our first and last Family Tent Camping In the car on the way my brother kept scribbling on my Suess One Two Bed Blue Fish until the title should have been One Two Brown Brown Fish and I had hell to pay at the school library the following But it was nothing like the hen our whole family was fixing to go unsuspecting as we were back Whit didnt know is that wed just pitched the tent and not without same pine sweat yp our nsse and hurt feelings right over the exast perimeter 9f teeming seed tick By the time we dissevered ray little brother bid already gotten stung on the face by a yejiew liwitiy after roy mstoer spjayed inject repellent MO accident sprayed the spray to in the backs of station wagons and didnt sulk too But I never let my little brother forget about at least not until the start of school that Wed pitched the tent under the shade of a grove of pine not quite out of the olfactory reach of several cow paddies in the But all in it seemed like a perfect we kept remarking to each after we finally got bak ing soda on my little brothers yellow jacket sting and got him to stop We were feeling kind of like pioneers in the the first folks in a new the Waltons before they built their But all the the peppersized population was crawling up our legs in black We didnt know this By the time we it was almost dark and the little buggers were hard to But luck was pn our we since we could ply insect spray on just about any part of our body and kill off a It wasnt long before we quit spray ing gup arms and ankles and took turns in the tent for some real Jt was then I learned that seed tend to get YERY PER SONAL With a flasflJJgJU in one hand and spray in the we tacked the tribes in m troubled This may cQjije ol byt the venom of sjtd ticks all at onee can make very Ste Attempt to get from t didnt fie gpt the Im rot sure when Cid Msm got tired ol fighti the jcajsp embers we reach More aw elms i UVED James Kilpatrick Quality schools for poor kids are possible Outside of their immediate has anyone ever heard much about Dennis Sidebot Joseph Camerino Lopez or princess Whitfield Probably But if good news were as newsworthy as bad their names would be widely They are public school principals who have done a superlative Each of them was recognized recently in a heartening report from the Department of Education on the teaching of disadvantaged Ordinarily in this capital of disadvataged is taken to mean black or In this report the adjec tive is used The report addresses the needs of children who are in fact culturally disadvantaged they are The thrust of the report is altogether Secretary of Education William Bennett is con vinced that children from the the ghettos and barrios can learn provided they are given opportunities and Teaching such children may be demanding no one says it is easy to intill habits of study and discipline in youngsters who are indifferent to academic yes yes But impossible Bennett introduces us to Dennis In 1981 he became the principal of the tiny Car rizozo High School in an isolated ranching community In the area of chronic high He inherited an apathetic faculty and an uninterested student The school was characterized by absenteeism and Sidebottom set out to make the school and he Today 97 percent of the students win their diplomas 40 percent go on to Louise Smith became principal of Charles Rice Elementary School in Dallas three years Of the schools 850 99 percent are black and virtually all come from lowincome She decided to concentrate on skills in reading and Teachers tutor daily after school children are encouraged to stay for a homework center where they get individual Today 73 percent of the sixthgraders are at or above grade level in 87 percent are at grade level in Chambers Elementary School in East has 726 All of them are black three quarters live in and twothirds are from singleparent For the past 18 years Joseph Whelan has been working devotedly with this unlikely He demands Without apology he pro motes oldfashioned At the front door is the schools motto Achieve Think In a dozen ways Whelan recognizes and rewards good Camerino Lopez has been principal of Garfield Elementary School in for the past five Some 99 percent of her 800 students come from lowincome More than half are This means a bil ingual followed by intensive in struction in English from the second through the sixth Parents and local businesses con tribute time and The schools attendance rate of 96 percent is the highest in the Herein Hine Junior High School used to be known as Horrible Bennetts report accurately describes the situa tion in 1982 Enrollment had plummeted from students to Drugs were openly vandalism was and academic achieve ment Instead of closing the as a commnunity task force had the Board of Education named Princess Whitfield as principal and gave her the assignment of turning the place Her plan for action included strict discipline and security active parental and com munity and the introduction of rich curriculum that would hold the attention of all Today Hines enrollment has passed the 700 mark its curriculum includes Latin and Great Vandalism and drug use have virtually School spirit has and it is Horible Hine no The moral to all these stories is not only that topnotch principals canmake topnotch There is more to All that is required to turn poor schools into good schools is parental sup community and a determination at every hand that the job will Bennetts report provides a hundred specific suggestions toward that Upward of million poor children are out and half of them are scor ing in the bottom quarter on achievement They need all the help they can Mike Rovko Remember that scene in The Rainmaker A young couple I know has been trying to choose a name for their first which will ar rive and it hasnt been They dont want to name it after a a famous person or They want a name thats distinctive but npt they asked if i had any since I went through the same thing a couple of If it is J name him Bronfe pr Better name him Bronko and give him Bruno his middle name The woman was appalled and said Why would I want to name a tiny child Bnnko Or Bruno Its i world a nanje like Brenko he wont grow up te bj a MTbf n why didnt you mm sr she v TOtfKt I whin my to ancj I hw bjg hj J wanted to I a And as I explained to that it was his name that helped shape his Whod go to a shrink named Bronko I wanted to name my second son ftocco Rico Royko1 figured that he could wind up as alder man of the 1st or maybe a jukebox But I was vetoed on But if I have a the prospective mother Im not particularly interested in his becoming tough or We just want something nice but whether it is a girl Then ttiey showed roe one of those books that contain toousands of names te hete parents make a Fr been taking tottfe toe hmband even a si the most popular today md the wtiisr tod it aiso hai a M of tjje names tost were poputoj1 yeirs wasat surprised fey jybody i a Wd witt So I suggested that they go for an old fashioned name maybe so they could call her Im not going to name my daughter the woman Thats I suggested but they didnt like that any better than If its i the husband Im kind of leaning toward I made a retching ssund and warned them that by the year one out of every five young females in America would be named And they wouJd all marry guys named Far better to name her PearlThere will be few m shell stand And if its a m3 fOMjd ta for 10 percent A Thats stows nsw little she There used to a very poplar SOTI Elmers Have ever beard oj called BS 9f Tmse were psndjrijjg a The wife sjto sswid thero if they wanted to giye her a just call her j sd Hsstoii la my fesp M mm is lows matter ajad MMfedOft aaflxe ASWS8 ffp W4afe JRJf IMS afeAVt wfe to g aisyjys saytofi
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