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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Page4A O U O T Someone has to create public outrage and no one Is better positioned to do that than mem bers of the prtsitent Cenfw lor Advancement of Puttie Policy 1902 E D IT O R I A L Years of our fair 100th anniversary of Comal County Fair to have extra special touch to mark occasion Today the 100th Comal County Fair gets under way with the annual Fair Queens Contest There 22 lovely young ladies will vie for the tide of Comal County Fair Queen It like the Rodeo Queen Title is something special to par ticipate in and perhaps even more special to those who win the tides Those participants like all participants in this years fair events and competitions may feel that being a part of the Comal County Fair this year will have an added uniqueness to it This is the 100th anniversary And that is special In marking the 100th anniversary Comal County Fair Association members have worked dilligently to present an extra special fair On Page IB of todays HeraldZeitung readers will find a complete schedule of events set to take place during the days of the fair On that page there is also a coupon for special admission price on the last day of the fair Readers will notice several new events listed in this years schedule such as the scheduled performance by the 1st Calvary Detachment from Fort Hood Texas among others And there will be the traditional events and activities that fairgoers have enjoyed for years The Comal County Fair has long been known for being one of the finest county fairs in the state It is acclaimed as the largest county fair in southcentral Texas There should be little room for doubt of those claims when all the dust set tles after this years fair Its going to be good Its going to be big And its going to be special Well see you there Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfela Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfela HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Classified Reininger Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Published on Sunday mpmings and weekday Tuesday day by the New Brawtfels HeraldZeitung 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas USPS 377880 Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discotinis by carrier delivery only m months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail out side Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or 210 6581900 by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung PX Drawer Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion HerafrZsltung Sunday Sept Cant stand a bureaucratic attitude Today I celebrated my oneweek anniversary here at the HeroldZeitwg Well actually I didnt celebrate Im too busy to do any real celebrating Ive had an eventful last two weeks My wife Susan had our second child a boy we named Robert I got this new job I quit my old job of four years in Georgetown I sold our house in Round Rock and I put in an offer on a home here in New Braunfels On top of that I have been working some pretty daunting hours here trying to clean off the immense piles of mail that are piled up on my desk And I have to commute 73 miles to and from work every day As you might guess I am very much looking forward to moving here so I dont have to face that drive twice a day Or I would be looking forward to moving here except for one thing The moving part I really dont mind the actual moving of all the furniture and possessions my family has accumu lated in the four years we lived north of Austin I kind of enjoy the work of loading the moving van and getting set up in a new house Its a nice break from this desk job and it really gives a person a chance to see who his real friends are when he asks for volunteers to help The part I dread is dealing with all the bureau crats you have to deal with when you move the people at the banks the electric company the city services departments the mortgage companies the drivers license office the post office the phone company the gas companies and a few Im sure I left out I get frustrated just thinking about the hours and hours that inevitably will be wasted dealing with these offices And generally you are helpless There is no way to speed up the process or get revenge And you never know where you will run into a bureaucrat You expect them in large government agencies Thats why theyre called bureaucracies But I didnt expect to run into one on a late night last week when I stopped at McDonalds I went in just before closing to get a late dinner on my way home from work Everything went fine at first I ordered and ate my food But I was still hungry As I approached the counter I saw on the racks behind the counter several Big Macs Quar ter Pounders fish sandwiches chicken nuggets and more Roger Croteau Id like a I said Im sorry the cash registers are the manager said Oh well how about just giving me a free one then I asked Im sorry I cant do the manager answered But theres more there than you and your crew could possibly eat Do you mean you would rather throw that cheeseburger away than give it to me I asked The manager looked at me blankly paused a second and said There was nothing more to say so I left But as you can probably tell it bothered me That was the bureaucratic attitude I hate No free cheeseburgers even if it means throwing them in the trash Thats the rule so she followed it even though giving me the burger would not have cost Ronald McDonald a cent and actually would have made it more like ly that I would stop there again in the future There was one instance where I was able to get a measure of revenue on an uncooperative bureau crat and I smile whenever I think of it It was two years ago now and I was at the Sec retary of States office in Austin to look up some candidates campaign finance disclosure forms I got to the office at about and present ed the clerk with my list of names of the candi dates whose files I needed to see He brought back three of them and said Here look at these and Ill pull the other three when you are done with It took me just a couple of minutes and I was back for the last three files Im he said We dont give out any files after But its not I said He pointed out a clock behind him that showed it was indeed exactly But I knew my watch which showed it to be was right because I had checked against the time announced on the radio just minutes Well you saw how quick I was with those oth er three files It will only take me five minutes and you have to stay until 5 anyway Cant you let me have those I said as nicely as I could No dice I tried again Im not trying to give you a hard I said But I had to drive 30 miles to get here If I have tc come back tomorrow it will blow about 90 minutes of my day If you give the files now it will only take about five minutes of your He refused again I showed him my watch and told him I had just checked it against the radio Just because you set your clock fast does not make the actual time change There is no way its I insisted he said kind of snotty If you would like to talk to my supervisor his office is right next So I went next door to see if his supervisor would help me out The first thing I noticed was that the clock in that office showed that it still wasnt The second thing I noticed was that the clerks boss had already gone home I turned to go back and confront the clerk again but he had locked the door to the office So I had to drive the 30 miles back to George town in rush hour traffic and go backthe next day to do five minutes of work I was not happy As I was filling out my form for the three files I still needed to see I noticed a Texas State Directo ry sitting on the counter I got my three files and decided to get some revenge You see the State Directory lists every official elected to state offices So I wrote about 50 names out I even included some madeup names the clerk wouldnt find no matter how hard he looked and I presented them to the clerk I need to see all these files for the last three I told him I looked over the three files I needed Then went downstairs to the cafeteria and had a cup of coffee When I returned two threefoot high stacks of about 30 files were sitting on the counter The clerk saw me as he returned with another armful of files and said Here they I looked at the stack closely and said OK Im done with them You can put them back away And I left Roger Croteau is City Editor for the New Braunfels What do you think The state of Texas maybe on the verge of having a bullet train sys tem providing alternate means of transportation for people living in and between Houston Dallas San Antonio and Austin It is likely that this bullet train will run routes near the Comal Braunfels area However final approval of the bullet train will hinge in part on public perception and approval Some airline companies are opposed to the bullet train noting that it would hurt their business What is your opinion Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa in New Braunfels and well report the results in next Sundays edition One vote per person No names will be published Deadline to submit your opinion is Thursday Sept 23 After further consideration the edi torial staff has decided to accept copied forms as well as original forms Do you agree with having a bullet train system in Texas Yes or No Name Address City Age Sex Circle yes or no for your vote FINDING A COUNSELOR An interesting study done at Duke University Medical Center found that at any given time 15 per cent of the United States population suffers from a major mental disorder Of these people 60 percent are treated by their family physicians 18 percent are treated by psychiatrists or other mental health work ers and 22 percent have no professional treatment at all Think of it 22 percent have no professional treatment at all Think of it 22 percent These individuals rely on their neighbors bar tenders or beauticians to get by And these patients have a major mental disorder schizophrenia or a severe depression or anxiety that interferes with their ability to function in daily tasks This figure is even more startling when you consider that it does not include those people with problems of living We have a paradox here Many of the people 22 percent to be exact who need psychotherapy do not get it whereas the rich the educated and the comparatively healthy obtain a large share of the psychotherapists time In our culture there arent enough qualified psychotherapist to meet the demands Most welltrained psychiatrists psychologists and social workers are extremely busy There are other trained professionals that can help A psychiatric nurse is an Today in history John Walker RN registered nurse who has had specialized train ing in dealing with emotionally disturbed people The psychoanalyst is generally a psychiatrist who has had specialized training in the analytic process Although most analysts are physicians individuals with advanced training in many fields can study in psychoanalytic institutes In these institutes trainees learn psychoanalytic theory and methods and are analyzed themselves by an experienced analyst There are approximately psychoanalysts in the United States The Neurologist is an MD with 2 years of specialty training in disease of the nervous system such as epilepsy and stroke and six months of train ing in psychiatry Some of the best psychotherapists are family physi cians Most family physician training programs deal extensively in psychotherapy and most family physi cians have been welltrained in the use of phsy chotropic medications Because family physicians pediatricians and internists possess the marks of a dis tinguished psychotherapistempathy nonposses sive warmth and honesty they are natural therapists Those physicians who do a good job in psy chotherapy block off a certain number of hours each week to sit and talk with their patients who are expe riencing stress Of course since almost all illnesses are psychosomatic stress plays a part ina real physical ill family physicians realize that by helping their patients deal with stressful situations their patients can conquer or cope with their primary care physicians more and more family physicians pediatricians and internal medicine physicians will practicing psy chotherapy This change bodes well for the health of our country because there arent enough phsychiatrists social workers and psychologists to take care of all of the nations emotional problems Dr Walker is a writer speaker and psychiatrist and lives in New AP Today is Sunday Sept 19 the 262nd day of 1993 There are 103 days left in the year Todays highlight in history On Sept 19 1796 President Washingtons farewell address was published In U the fim chief executive of the United States advised Observe good faith and justice toward all nations Cultivate peace and harmony with In 1777 American soldiers in the Revolutionary War won the first Battle of Saratoga over the British In 1881 the 20th president of the United States James A Garfield died of wounds inflicted by an assassin 11 weeks earlier In 1934 Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnapmurder of the Lindbergh baby In 1945 Nazi propagandist William Joyce known as Lord was sentenced to death by a British court In 1955 President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the army and the navy
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