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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                i HtrtkKfrHuha 0 Friday July o folk with Managing 21 I Ft b mion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeltungs address Is HZeitungttAOLcom The public is more easily swayed by per sons than by Rachel Field 1939 D I T O R I A L Shallow thinking Plans to cut drug treatment programs in Texas prisons will haunt all of us Its a vicious circle Drug addicts arrested on drug charges or for crimes they committed to get money for drugs or while high on drugs are sent to prison In prison they get no treatment for the addiction that got them in trouble in the first place So they are kept in jail for a few years at tremendous cost to taxpayers and released no more prepared to live a productive life than when they were arrested Usually it does not take long for them to end up back in jail costing the taxpayers more money and leaving a fresh trail of crime victims in their wake Four years ago thenGovernor Ann Richards convinced the Legisla ture to fund a program to provide prison beds specifically designated for drug treatment services It is the best chance to break that vicious cycle But now in a misguided and mistaken attempt to save money the Leg islature has cut the program back to about beds The Texas prison system holds inmates and 75 percent of them are substance abusers A majority were drunk or on drugs when they com mitted the crime that put them into prison Now instead of more than 10 percent of the inmates getting treated for their addictions it will be less than three percent Backers claim this will save million over the next two years But that is shallow thinking Every inmate that is successfully treated for addiction and stays out of jail upon release will save the state a year for every year he would have been in jail Not only that but chances are good that an untreated released inmate will create dozens of new victims before being arrested again And the drugaddicted criminals are still people They still have value Helping them overcome their addiction can literally turn their lives around The Texas Treatment Initiative as it is called is a good investment It saves money it spares hundreds maybe thousands of Texans the trauma of becoming crime victims and it saves the lives of drug addicts While it may be politically popular for politicians to adopt a lock em up and throw away the key attitude and rail against coddling criminals with expensive treatment programs that really does not solve the underly ing cause of much of the crime that is committed The fact is that many crimes are committed that would not be committed if the criminals had kicked their drug habits Many of them want to kick their drug habits but have had no access to rehabilitation services Locking them up without treatment does a disservice to the taxpayers to the addicts and to their future victims 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 to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher David Sullens Genera Manager Cheryl DuVall Managing Editor DougLpveday Advertising Director Tracy Stevens Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Douglas Brandt Classified Manager Laura Cooper City Iditor Roger Croteau Puplisjicd on Sunday roomings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the gpier delivered in Coma and 0 Tx 78J3I1328 Second class postage jsid by IheWftt1 exas one year Wmm by cwrier delivery only stempiitos one year Mail djhwy outside Coraal County in Texas three TCWths MX nxwths Mail ouliide six months one year SufeKiibert nmvsi I by through Rriday nwycaU 210 6259144 cf by 7pm weeWays or by 11 un jtonwASTHU Sead KWrew to the New Bmnfeb HervUZetiung Draw oi4i T Foundation to miss Cramer The Comal County Ser ior Citizens Foundation membership mourns the death of Nell Cramer Nell was a devoted and respected employee of the foun dation until Nov 1993 when she became ill with cancer and had to resign Nell died on July 25 995 and a memorial service will be held for her at the Senior Center at 10 on Monday July 31 Nov wrote umn for the HeraldZeitung about Nell and her contributions to the center in which I said that Nell Cramer was wortl weight in gold and she was her She f the Marie Dawson was active in every phase i operation Primarily Nell coordi lated the homedelivered meals program Meals are deliv ered each weekday on four routes by 5 to 8 volunteers from various community service organizations and churches They rotate the duties Meal recipients typically are elderly homebound people Nell coordinated the program through the Senior Center and monitored the preparation of spe cial nosalt diabetic and other special diet meals I recall Nell commenting many times that won derful volunteers take their lunch times their vehicles and their gasoline to get the meals delivered She fur ther remarked Thats what life is all for those less Well thats what Nell Cramer was all about She was an employee of the foundation but she gave way above and beyond the call of duty You could find her at the center each morning by 7 and many weekends If a volunteer could not make a route Nell did it She coordinated and helped cook the Tuesday con gregate meal and she worked in the snack bar every Tuesday night for bingo Sometimes Nell could be seen on Friday nights and Sundays cooking and getting ready for the next week She received no pay for those extra hours and she took no reimbursement for expenses She gave of herself As a matter of fact I have observed that all employ ees of the center give many hours of volunteer work along with their paid hours They are a terrific bunch and it is that spirit and teamwork between the employ ees and the volunteers that makes our organization work Everyone paid employee or volunteer respects the other and appreciates the special expertise of that person Among other duties Nell picked up goods for the Thrift Shop She also picked up the government issued food to distribute to the needy each week and as Gladys Bartling put it Nell did everything and And I must add she was always so very pleasant and never complained Nell would be proud of the growth of the center She would be proud of Susan Adams who took over the homedelivered meals and congregate meals If Nell were here today she probably would be driving the handicapped van and most certainly she would be running the bingo snack bar She loved the center When Nell became ill she handled it with courage She fought back and had a period when she was feeling pretty good again During that period she worked as a caregiver for others Then as Nells condition worsened again she still remained in good spirits So it is on Monday July 31 we give thanks for having known Nell Cramer and we all know that Nell will be volunteering and working away in that big senior center in the sky because there is just no way to stop her If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain If I can ease one life the aching Or cool one pain Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again I shall not live in Dickinson And as another tribute to Nell Did you tackle that trouble that came your way With a resolute heart and cheerful Or hide your face from the light of day With a craven soul and fearful Oh a troubles a ton or a troubles an ounce Or a trouble is what you make it And it isnt the fact that youre hurt that counts But only how did you take it You are beaten to earth Well well whats that Come up with a smiling face Its nothing against you to fall down flat But to lie a disgrace The harder youre thrown why the higher you bounce Be proud of your blackened eye It isnt the fact that youre licked that counts Its how did you fight and why And though you be done to death what then If you battled the best you could If you played your part in the world of men Why the Critic will call it good Death comes with a crawl or comes with a pounce And whether hes slow or spry It isnt the fact that youre dead that counts But only how did you die Vance Cooke Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident who writes exclusively about senior citizen CHNSOFCONWWDJ Reporters fighting salary disclosure By LAURIE ASSEO Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON sides may suffer from low public esteem but the stakes are high as the Senate and the news media square off in a fight over money credibility uid freedom of the press Provoked by huge spealiing fees paid to some media superstar the Senate says it will consider requiring thou sands of Washington journalists to dis close how much money they earn on the side Sen Robert Byrd says this will improve journalists credibili ty But media advocates are crying foul Its says Jane Kirt Jey of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Today In History Analysis The First Amendment says Con gress shall make no abridging the freedom of speech or of the This means government officials dont get to decide who is qualified to report on their activities Unlike lawyers and real estate brokers journalists can not be required to get a license to do their work Its debatable whether the American public holds members of Congress or journalists in lower esteem And now that political pressure has forced mem bers of Congress to stop taking hono raria Byrd and other senators appar ently think turnabout is fair play It is time for the media to be Byrd said last week as the Senate voted 6039 to consider requir ing journalists to file annual statements disclosing all outside earned income and who pays it Some journalists earn honoraria by giving speeches to conventions and specialinterest groups For the super stars fees can range into the tens of thousands of dollars Some but far from all news organizations are starting to restrict what speaking fees their employees can accept These restrictions are intended to eliminate perceptions that earning a big fee would color a reporters judgment about a particular issue Reed Irvine of the watchdog group Accuracy in Media says he doesnt see how Byrds proposal would violate constitutional protections for the media The public has a right to know whos paying says Irvine a perennially harsh critic of the estab lishment news media Youve got people taking positions that could be influenced by who is pay ing them huge Theres a factor here an envy fac Irvine said adding that some law makers may think Why is Cokie Roberts worth an hour and Im not Roberts of ABC News was paid that much for a speech to a Junior League seminar last spring according to the American Journalism Review About journalists have press cards allowing them to work in the Capitol press galleries attend news conferences and get reserved seating at public hearings By The Associated Press Today is Friday July 28 the 209th day of 199S There are 156 days left i i the year Todays Highlight in History Fifty years ago on July the Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89 2 On this date In 1540 King Henry Vffl Cromwell was executec ried his fifth wife Catherine Howard In 75Q composer Joliann Sebastian Bach died in Leipzig Germany s chief minister Thomas the same day Henry mar In 1794 Maximilien Robespierre a leading figure of the French Revolution was sent to the guillotine In 1821 Peru declared its independence from Spain In 1868 the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing due process of law was declared in effect In 1896 the city of Miami was incorporated In 1914 AustriaHungary declared war on Serbia In 1932 Federal troops forcibly dispersed the so called Bonus Army of World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington to demand money they werent scheduled to receive until 1945 In 1943 President Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing In 1945 a Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New Yorks Empire State Building killing 14 people In 1959 in preparation for statehood Hawaiians voted to send the first ChineseAmerican Hiram L Fong to the Senate and the first Japanese American Daniel K Inouye to the House of Representatives In 1965 President Johnson announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South Vietnam from to In 1976 an earthquake devastated northern China killing at least people according to an offi cial estimate In 1977 Roy Wilkins turned over leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to Benjamin L Hooks   

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