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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4AI1 Wednesday March Opinion talk with Managing Editor Mark Lyon about trie Opinion page call ext 21 1 have not gotten one damn bit of credit from the kneejerk liberal press I am damn sick and tired of Bill Clinton president 1994 TORI No pass no play The intent of the law is admirable but experience shows it is too rigid When Texas adopted the no pass no play in the mid80s the goal was to improve the education of our children by giving them a bigger incentive to perform well in class Th6 law states that a student who fails even one class is not allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities during the next six weeks The reasoning was that students would work extra hard to pass their classes because they would not want to risk losing the opportunity to participate in football soccer band or whatever other extracurricular activity they enjoy I But experience has shown the law needs to be reformed Law enforcement officials have testified at state hearings that they believe the law has contributed significantly to the num ber of teenagers involved in gangs When you deny them the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities they go somewhere else after school Once they start going somewhere else after school by7 the end of period theyre not coming said Rep Ron Wilson DHouston who is sponsoring a bill to reform no pass no play Some students stay in school because of the opportunity to play basketball or football Take that away from them and you can end up with another dropout gang member Giving students an incentive to pass their classes is still a good idea and no pass no play should not be abandoned But any student can have trouble with one class The law should be reformed to allow students to stay involved in extracurricular activities as long as they maintain an aver age of 70 even if they fail one course The law should also be changed to make the first suspension from extracurricular activities three weeks instead of six weeks These changes would maintain the incentive to perform well in the classroom and just might keep some marginal students off the streets and out of gangs Todays editorial was written by City Editor Roger 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 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 UK Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Lyon Advertising Davis Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified Reininger City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New tirawtfeb HtmielZeituns DSPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Bnwnfeis Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Broun felx HeraMZeitung wi New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Carnal and Guadalupe counties three months 19 six months unc year Sop Senior Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Coroal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Sufrvrirxyj who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by am op Sunday may call 2 JO 6259144 or by 7 pjn weekdays or by 11 oo Sunday PwiMAiTER Send address changes to be New Braunfels HeraldZfiiunx Draw er 31132 Opinion With practice we can control emotions Nancy Logan PhD Psychologist Last week I presented a few ideas about some typ ical ways depressed people talk to themselves In short these selfstatements tend to be generalized to all situations instead of the specific problem and generalized to be a character flaw rather than some thing which may need to be improved Furthermore depressive selftalk tends to exaggerate the problem in such a way that it becomes essentially insolvable Lets look at how this works in a specific situation The same process can be applied to most other situa tions too but this is given just as an example Suppose you yell at your spouse and say things which you really didnt mean and which were verbally hurtful It is certainly true that when we treat others harshly or without respect yelling is almost always disrespect we wound the relationship Enough criticism or hurtful statements can cause significant harm to or end relationships We all know that Given the example where a depressed person yelled at his or her spouse and said hurtful things the selftalk is likely to be something like this Im a jerk I alwavs overreact I say mean and hateful things and am a mean and hateful person I dont know why he or she is still with me I cant do anything about it because thats who I am Ive tried before and failed so it will never get any better Im no good I hate myself Im even too much a chicken to kill myself but he or she may be better off without me There is no hope because I am a bad and a mean etc Given the same situation as above more healthy adaptive and productive thinking is something like this I said some things in anger which were not true and hurt my spouses feelings and I yelled I dont like treating anyone that disrespectfully much less some one I love Sometimes when I am upset I manage myself okay but sometimes I get mean with my words and yell too I want to and will do something about that so I dont react to being upset with yelling or with mean and hurtful words in the future I will apologize I will come up with a plan to keep myself behaving okay I know I will be angry from time to time and thats okay but the way I deal with it some times is not okay What do I know about myself to help myself remain in better control when Im upset What is different during the times I manage being upset without saying mean and hurtful things I can and will learn to manage being upset and still be respectful of myself and others I may not do it per fectly at first but I will make steady improvement and will let my spouse know my plan so he or she can help me and can know that Im really In the first instance the person is stuck more depressed and feels there is nothing that can be done about the way they deal with angry feelings In the second instance the person realizes they have control of their behavior and therefore can develop a plan to manage their anger in a respectful manner in the future The second instance gives hope and empowers the person to make desired changes Depressed people often address themselves in ways similar to the first instance and do so in a variety of areas and in a variety of ways Learn to listen to yourself as you speak with yourself and then learn to speak in a truthful yet encouraging manner Note Even nondepressed people frequently address themselves in stuck ways For example they may comment Its just the way I instead of Its just the way I choose to be at this This is a copout in my opinion There are few situations in which we have no choice in the way we behave I encourage you to work on talking to yourself in ways which you hold yourself accountable for your behavior while at the same time seek solutions and hope I encourage you to take a few moments right now to think about how you evaluate yourself Think of the ways you speak to yourself and then areas where you become more selfcritical Remember that healthy thinking is not everything I do is okay thinking Evaluate yourself in context Sometimes I say hateful things but most of the time I encourage my with clear identification of the problem Im more likely to say hateful things when I am and with an eye toward how to improve the situation Next time I am rushed I will stop for one minute breathe deeply and slowly and quiet myself physically and emo tionally If I still have the urge to say hateful things I will remove myself from the situation until I can han dle it more We have more control of our thinking emotions and behavior than we give ourselves credit for When we learn to monitor our own thinking and adjust it when it is discouraging or abusive we can continue to strive to improve and to have hope Nancy Logan is a psychologist in practice in New GOP draws fire as it targets benefit programs for cuts WASHINGTON AP A Senate Republican package of options for trimming Medicare Medicaid and oth er benefit programs is already drawing fire from advocates for the elderly and is sure to attract even more criticism Sen Judd Gregg who head ed a Senate GOP task force looking for Ihe savings released the proposals Monday They include a new way to compute the inflation rate that would reduce the growth of certain benefits and raise taxes for many Americans In addition the Republicans envision increasing costs for many elderly peo ple on Medicare and cutting the growth of Medicaid and welfare We think we can provide belter programs with fewer Gregg said But thats not what advocates for the targeted programs say Martin Cor ry chief lobbyist for the American Association of Retired Persons noted that seniors already pay an average of onefifth of their incomes for health care more than other people Greggs suggestions now under study by Senate Majority Leader Bob Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday March 15 the 74lh day of 1995 There are 291 days left in the year This is Buzzard Day in Hinckley Ohio Todays Highlight in History On March 15 44 Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassi nated by a group of nobles that includ ed Brutus and Cassius On this In 1493 Christopher Columbus Analysis Dole provided the first clues as to what specific steps Senate Repub licans would take to attack the deficit Gregg estimated his proposals would produce billion to billion in savings over five years His task force was asked to produce billion in reductions Republicans conceded that because of the political sensitivity of cutting benefit programs any savings adopted arc likely to be close to billion Each of us have some problems with some parts of said Sen John Chafcc One of the most contentious of Greggs proposals would change the way the government computes the annual rale of inflation Reducing the inflation measurement would save the government money because annual increases in payments for many bene fit programs based on inflation would be lower Since income tax brackets arc adjusted annually for inflation too this idea would force more people to pay higher tax rales The government returned to Spain concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere In 1820 Maine became the 23rd state In 1875 the Roman Catholic Arch bishop of New York John McCloskey was named the first American cardinal by Pope Pius IX In 1913 President Wilson held the first open presidential news confer ence In 1944 during World War II would save billion over five years from the proposal mostly from small er boosts in Social Securily benefits Having said they wouldnt tamper with Social Security here they go said Corry Another GOP suggestion would require elderly Medicare recipients to pay onefifth of their costs for home health coverage They currently pay nothing extra for the coverage in an effort to encourage them to live at home and not in costly nursing homes The proposal would cost the average beneficiary annually by 2000 and the most heavily hit would be low income women over age 75 Corry said Other proposals include The current system would be preserved but those choosing to use it would face higher costs High erincome people for example would pay bigger monthly premiums In addi tion a new Choice Care system would offer managed care Under it seniors would receive federal payments for care varying by region and could keep 75 percent of anything they dont spend Fiveyear estimated savings billion to billion Provide block grants to the states and limit the programs growth now percent to 4 per cent annually States would be given flexibility to design their own pro grams Fiveyear estimated savings billion Block grants to the states slow its growth by at least billion over five years Change Sup plemental Security Income program providing aid to elderly blind dis abled poor by tightening eligibility denying benefils lo drug addicls alco holics others Fiveyear estimated sav ings billion retirement No annual costofliving increases for civilian or military retirees exceeding yearly Social Securily increases boost con tributions by federal workers Five year estimated savings billion programs Reduce pay mcnis to farmers no unemployment checks until a person is jobless two weeks other reductions Fiveyear esti mated savings billion Allied bombers again raided German held Monte Cassino In 1964 actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Bunon in Mon treal it was her fifth marriage his sec ond In 1965 addressing a joint session of Congress President Johnson called for new legislation to guarantee every Americans right lo vote In 1975 Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis died near Paris at age 69 Ten years ago The United Siales Catholic Conference representing 285 Roman Catholic bishops sent letters to all members of Congress urging them lo oppose funding for the MX missile Five years ago The Israeli govern ment of Prime Minister Yiuhak Shamir lost a vole of confidence in the Knesset after Shamir refused to accept a plan for IsraeliPalestinian peace talks
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