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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Tuesday Feb Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 The price of freedom is Malcolm X civil rights activist 1964 D i T o R Welfare for all Has America become too accustomed to holding out its hand for help The Republican Party poised to take over Congress to offset the liberal flavor of President Bill Clinton back in November brought forth to the American people a plan called Contract With GOP members who backed the plan even gave specifics ranging from a deficit reduction plan to term limits Now that the GOP has taken over the majority in the House and Senate it is time to see the proof in the pud ding That means GOP members are working to make true their promise of deficit reduction and the evidence is there in welfare proponents as well as corporate welfare proponents who are holding out their hands and asking what about us Congress should proceed boldly with a plan to bring America back to stability and leave such frivolous items such as the baseball strike alone There is a far greater need for their attention and efforts If there is to be a future for our children it will be because this Congress and the next few which follow have taken the issue of deficit spending and social handouts seriously America needs to get back to work both as individuals and as corporations The American government should lift the label of untouchable on many items which cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year And it should begin this year Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon manag ing editor for the Write 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to The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 do The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David Sullens General Manager Cheryl DuVall Managing Editor Mark Lyon Advertising Director Paul Davis Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Douglas Brandt Classified Manager Karen Reininger City Editor Croteau Published en Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New BmwfclfHemldZeMing USPS 377S80 707 Braunfels Coma County Tx 7813IJ328 Second class postage paid by the AfewflroM feh HemMZeimg in New Brawnfels Texas three mnnlhs S 9 six months S34 sUowwhs one year tm Mail outside Comal County in Texas three months six months Off yfsft Mail outside Texas three months six months one year wto have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday fby waon Sunday may call by 7 pjn weekdays or by 1 1 8J9 on Send changes w the New Bmvtfeli HeraUZeHwg Draw Cf3iI328 New BraunfcU Tx 781311328 Opinion The Physical Aspects of Treating Depression Nancy Logan Depression is a serious prob lem and is not just a deeper sadness as discussed in previ ous articles Because of this it must be addressed in a broad way which encompasses the behaviors the emotions and the thinking of the person This article will address the physi cal aspects of treating depres sion and future articles will address the other aspects People do depression in different ways but there are some common ones It is typi cal for a depressed person to behave in a depressing manner Frequently this looks like a deep sadness sleeping in dark rooms and not willing to get up keeping the cur tains closed and the sunshine out of the room avoiding exercise and remaining as passive as pos sible eating fats sweets and avoiding healthy foods avoiding or chasing off friends or family avoiding laughter avoiding comfort watching soap operas depressing movies doing poorly at work or school etc I do not say this in a critical way just as a report of some of the typical behaviors of a depressed person This behavior makes sense given the list of symptoms previously discussed The problem is that this lifestyle would be depressing for anyone to live even if they were not depressed Imagine a day where you are exhausted in the morning and maybe drag yourself out of bed or maybe stay in bed all morning Eat sugar and fatty foods and stay passive in a dark room except for soap operas Dont answer the phone Dont get exercise or breathe the outside air Lay around all day so that you are emotionally fatigued but not sleepy at night Think lots and lots about how bad you are The lifestyle in itself contributes to the depression On top of this some depressed people add alco hol or other drugs which only heighten the depres sion Alcohol is a depressant to the nervous sys tem so people who drink alcohol are feeding themselves a depressant People who are depressed need to physically get involved in lifeenriching activities A daily rou tine of sleeping and waking is essential although difficult because sleep patterns are frequently dis rupted A person who is having sleep disturbances needs to go to bed at the same time each night get up at the same time each morning and cease all naps Develop a calming bedtime routine Avoid caffeine even if tired because it disrupts the sleepwake cycle Furthermore many people who drink coffee in the mornings have a mid morning dip as the caffeine wears off The same is true for sugar highs and lows Eating a balanced diet low in processed sugar and fat helps fight depression Exercise is essen tial even if it is just a walk around the block Get ting outside in the fresh air and walking briskly can sometimes help reduce depression by itself Exercise daily Avoid all nonprescription drugs including alcohol Remember that alcohol itself is a depres sant not to mention the shame or guilt some peo ple feel about their behavior when under the influ ence Furthermore people are more at risk for self harm of other harm when under the influence of a nonprescription drug than they are when they are clean and sober Avoid depressing movies or books or TV shows Not intending to tread on the toes of soap opera fans but soaps are depressing in themselves Nothing good happens or remains good and peo ple treat each other poorly and disrespectfully Its easy to focus on the problems between people rather than solutions Furthermore too much pas sivity couch potato style contributes to a depress ing lifestyle Call friends and family and stay involved with them Let those trusted friends and loved ones care about your pain and avoid pushing them away There is likely to be a time when you can be a resource to them too Stay involved in activities Pray or meditate Pick up old hobbies such as music or painting or anything creative Think what used to bring you joy and do as much as you can of that In short take care of yourself Your body needs good nourishment exercise mental and physical activity and creative outlets Let friends and fami ly provide support and encouragement and let their love nourish you and soothe your depression Dr Logan is a psychologist in private proactice in New unta reft ait Welfare taxes term limits lawsuits GOP saves hardest for last By JILL LAWRENCE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP The most complicated emotional divi sive issues are yet to come but House Republicans entering the final 50 days of a 100day marathon say theyll deliver the Contract With America on time Never mind pesky Democrats who disagree with the pace and substance of the wideranging legislative pack age let alone the formidable chal lenge of getting the measures through the filbusterprone Senate or past a president sitting ready with a veto pen It is imperative that our promise be says House Majority Leader Dick Armey RTexas The promise laid out in a cam paignseason contract signed by hun dreds of candidates was this If Republicans took over the House they would have votes within the first 100 days on polltested highly popular issues ranging from welfare reform and term limits to tax cuts and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday the 52nd day of 1995 There are 313 days left in the year Thirty years ago on Feb 21 1965 former Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was shot to death by assassins identified as Black Mus lims as he was about to address a ral ly in New York he was 39 On this date In 1846 Sarah G Bagley became the first female telegrapher as she took charge at the newly opened tele Analysis The House Republican juggernaut started rolling on the very first ses sion of the 104th Congress with a day of internal but signifi cant changes in House rules By the time lawmakers left for a Presidents Day recess late last week they had recorded 145 rollcall votes The 103rd Congress had held 35 votes by the same point in 1993 Wednesday marks the midpoint of an opening run notable for the domi nant presence of House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the near absence of GOP setbacks Republican leaders did lose a bid to revive a national missile defense system they also were unable to attract enough sup port for a constitutional requirement for a threefifths majority to raise incometax rates The second half of the self imposed Contract period is bound to be more contentious and less suc cessful than the first Armey conceded in an interview that there was tough stuff ahead of but said he expected the House would pass 80 percent of the contract and that half the campaign manifesto eventually would become law Whatever its fate Gingrich is already calling the contract a great moment in history because its the most decisive legislative proposal since the New Deal began in Besides internal reform and a bill applying all federal laws to Con gress the House has passed three complete sections of the contract balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and lineitem veto authority for the president Senate approval of the budget amendment is uncertain at this point Even if it passes 38 state legislatures must rati fy it The president does not sign constitutional amendments stiff crime bill that replaces crime prevention and police hiring programs enacted last year with 10 billion in block grants to states and counties Senate prospects are precar ious and President Clinton is threat ening a veto national security bill that reduces support for peace keeping and restricts the presidents authority to place troops under foreign commanders The Clinton administration says the House bill is an unacceptable infringement upon executive powers Senate prospects are uncertain Still to come in order of appear ance reform The House this week takes up a moratorium on most government regulations and a requirement to weigh costs when evaluating the benefit ot new regula tions Both the House and Senate already have passed bills making it harder to impose new unfunded reg ulations on states Negotiators are working out a HouseSenate compro mise that Clinton is expected to sign reforms including limits on punitive damage awards Gingrich says he expects a difficult fight because of trial lawyers lobbying clout constitutional amendment to limit congressional terms GOP lead ers refuse to speculate on which way the vote will go Even if it doesnt pass its an extraordinary accom plishment to have it be Armey said graph office in Lowell Mass In 1866 Lucy B Hobbs became the first woman to graduate from a dental school the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati n 1878 the first telephone direc tory was issued by the District Tele phone Co of New Haven Conn In 1885 the Washington Monu ment was dedicated In 1916 the World War I Battle of Verdun began in France Id 1925 The New Yorker maga zine made its debut In 1947 Edwin H Land fust demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera which could produce a blackandwhite photograph in 60 seconds In 1972 President Nixon began his historic visit to China In 1973 Israeli fighter planes shot down a Libyan Airlines jet over the Sinai Desert killing more than 100 people In 1975 former Attorney General John N Mitchell and former White House aides Haldeman and John D Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate coverup Ten years ago President Reagan held a news conference in which he accused Nicaraguas leaders of run ning a cruel and brutal regime with out a decent leg to stand Todays Birthdays Columnist Erma Bombeck is 68 Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy is 68 Former congresswoman Barbara Jor dan DTexas is 59 West Virginia Gov Gaston Caperton is 55 Tricia Nixon Cox is 49 Country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 37 Actor Christopher Atkins is 34
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