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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                O Fridav Seotamber Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by Way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is I C6We live in a society in which the impor tance of religion has always been recog nized and while the First Amendment for bids laws respecting an establishment of it has never required that the state be isolated from religious James L Buckley jurist 1994 Child support a right of children EDITORIAL Two strikes youre out Senate Bill 1 allows educators to enforce own disciplinevmanagement plans better The new discipline management plan adopted by the Comal Inde pendent School District reflects a trend among educators statewide The plan has clearer rules which make enforcement that much eas ier for the schools The CISD plan was changed to conform to Sen ate Bill 1 which reorganized the Texas Education Code Keeping kids in school is one of the goals of the Senate Bill cut ting suspension time and requiring students to spend hours in alter native education While that may seem lenient it actually puts the burden on the stu dents and forces them to continue their studies in a harsher more struc tured environment a lot tougher and more of a punishment than six days of sitting in front of a television Second offenses however are a different story While lawmakers around the country come upwith their own version of three strikes youre out for criminals state law now pro vides wording that states students shall be expelled instead of may be expelled for second offenses like drug or alcohol posses sion on school grounds Challenges would arise from parents about the old wording but with state law backing them up educators can now discipline and expel stu dents who habitually break rules and are a menace to others and the learning environment Its about time educators were freed from threats and outdated poli cies Some of the antics of troublemaking students today goes beyond dipping ponytails in ink wells Enough is enough and new discipline management plans like the one at CISD should send a clear message to kids and parents that behavior contrary to school policy will not be tolerated Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug 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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Sullens General DuVall Managing Loveday Advertising Stevens Circulation Ann Avery Pressroom Brandt Classified City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Nfw Braunfels HeraldZeitung DSPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Coma County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 00 Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Brands 781311328 In the past few articles I have addressed some ways that parents may make adjustment to divorce more comfortable for the children These include being given permission to love and be loved by both parents and their significant others as that given time to be with each parent without the other one being upset about it eliminating loyalty binds parents treating each other respectfully and not fighting in front of or with the children parents refraining from using their children to find out infor mation about the other parents life and establishing predictable and consistent schedules and expectations Somehow this seems like a lot as I list it here but much of this is common courtesy and sensitivity to chil dren In this article I would like to address financial responsibility as well as parents having enough time and energy to spend quality time with their kids Children are expensive Period Exclamation point Children have far more expenses than just food and clothing and anyone who has tried to raise kids knows that Child support after a divorce is essential A large number of children go to living in poverty fol lowing a divorce or at least a significantly lowered standard of Poverty has its own set of prob lems above and beyond divorce In our society although men still fre quently earn more money than women for similar work womens work is paid less than Nancy Logan mens Two incomes support a family better than one What makes the situation worse is that frequently in a divorce the person who has the least income typically the woman has the largest expens es People who are responsible for the birth of a child need to be held responsible for their financial upkeep regardless of the age of the parent Both sexes are equally responsible for the pregnancy except of course in coerced and therefore both the bio logical parents need to be responsible for supporting the child Child support is a basic and essential responsibility Even if teens become pregnant or make someone pregnant that financial responsibili ty lasts at a minimum until the time the child is through school This essential responsibility needs to continue even if it is inconvenient for the non custodial parent or even if other relationships and oth er children follow In addition to keeping children from being raised with inadequate financial resources parents need to make time to play with and enjoy their children I fre quently encourage parents to set aside 20 minutes every day to play oneonone with their child letting the child pick the activity and the parent following the childs lead Parents always have veto power for the activity of This time is not for chores or homework but just to talk or play or do something fun together What saddens me is when parents say they dont have time to do this What is wrong when parents cant find 20 minutes a day to play with their kids Some parents are concerned that they have quite a number of children and how can thev spend that kind of time with each one In my opin ion and not to be offensive to anyone but if we can not find regular quality time to play with our kids maybe we should rearrange our decide not to have more children Kids need and deserve tftne daily In relation to this series on divorce particularly addressing child support and inadequate financial resources one of the reasons for child support is so the parent with custody can financially manage on one job and therefore is more likely to take time to spend with the kids A parent working extra jobs to keep the family out of poverty cannot keep up with the needs of parenting too Single parenting is so very difficult even with one fulltime job To do more is detrimental to the children as well as to the parent In summary kids are expensive Child support following divorce or birth without marriage is a basic and essential responsibility for any parent regardless of their age subsequent relationships or subsequent children Both parents need to strive to keep the child provided for with reasonable financial resources Additionally children need and deserve daily time and attention There are not enough hours in a day for a custodial parent who works more than one fulltime job to provide adequate time and atten tion to children Child support therefore can help the custodial parent hot only financially support the child but also help make available quality time to spend with the children In my opinion these are among the basic birth rights of children Disclaimer All materials in this column are pro vided for general information only It is not intended nor should it be construed as psychological advice or instruction Dr Logan is a psychologist in private practice in New Dark Stormy News pols take pen to paper By CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON mind sound bites House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivers a shoulder bite in his latest literary romp another addition to the growing genre of books by people thinking about running for president isnt it time for you to leave the mis tress coos to the presidents chief of staff in Gin grichs new novel he writes to drive home the potential loss she bit his shoulder then kissed it Welcome to politics as bookofthemonth club Gingrichs fictional cowritten with a mil itary history expert and featuring a slightly steamy opening is an oddity in the field But it adds 382 pages to the body of campaignsea son words being turned out by public figures who are using the marketplace to test their electoral appeal Now Colin Powell weighs in with My Amen Analysis can already leaked to Newsweek and being excerpted in Time next week as hundreds of thousands of copies are shipped to bookstores Its the hottest property since Gingrichs sober To Renew America reached the shelves in a blaze of controversy over the million advance he even tually forswore Powell whose stature soared when he was chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Persian Gulf War opens a 23city book tour Sept 16 the day after he has a onehour interview with ABCs Barbara Walters and two days before he goes on CNNs Lar ry King Powells book doesnt say whether he plans to run for president More than likely hell wait to sense the impact of the book before he makes up his said John Baker editorial director of Publishers Weekly For Powell and Gingrich analysts say the books help test the waters while the tease of a possible pres idential campaign boosts sales Its a cycle that feeds on itself The speaker has acknowledged as much While the betting is against a Gingrich candidacy the Geor gia Republican has said the uncertainty helps sell his policy tome still high on bestseller lists after eight weeks and keep attention on the GOP agen da Still to come in the campaign season We Know What to political views mixed with a drive across America by GOP presidential candidate Lamar Alexander and a book expected in January by retir ing Sen Bill Bradley a prospect for an inde pendent presidential ticket Campaign autobiographies are hardly new Sever al of the current candidates have produced books on themselves or their policies at one time or another and history is replete with similar examples leaden and light Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Friday Sept 8 the 251st day of 1995 There are 114 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History Sixty years ago on Sept 8 1935 Sen Huey P Long The Kingfish of Louisiana politics was shot and mor tally wounded he died two days later On this date In 1565 a Spanish expedition estab lished the first permanent European settlement in North America at pre sentday St Augustine Fla In 1664 the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British who renamed it New York In 189 an early version of The Pledge of Allegiance appeared in The Youths In 1900 Galveston Texas was struck by a hurricane that killed about people In 1921 Margaret Gorman of Wash ington was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic City In people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast In 1943 during World War II Gen Dwight E Eisenhower publicly announced Italys surrender a decision denounced by Nazi Germany as a cow ardly act In 1945 SO years ago Bess Myerson of New York was crowned Miss Amer ica in Atlantic City becoming the first Jewish contestant to win the title In 1951 a peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco In 1974 President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former Presi dent Nixon In 1975 Bostons public schools began their courtordered city wide bus ing program amid scattered incidents of violence Ten years ago Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds tied Ty Cobbs career record for hits singling for hit number during a game against the Cubs in Chicago Ivan Lendl defeated John McEnroe to win the mens singles championship at the Open Five years ago President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev arrived in Helsinki Finland for a one day summit sparked by the Persian Gulf crisis Gabriela Sabatini won the Open womens championship and her first grand slam title as she defeat ed Steffi Graf Marjorie Judith Vin cent of Illinois was crowned Miss America One year ago A USAir Boeing 737 crashed into a ravine as it was approach ing Pittsburgh International Airport killing all 132 people on board Todays Birthdays Actress Hillary Brooke is 81 Comedian Sid Caesar is 73 Former Housing Secretary Samuel R Pierce Junior is 73 Sen Wendell Ford is 71 Sen Nunn is 57 Author Ann Beattie is 48 Thought for Today We shall seek the truth and endure the Charles Seymour American edu cator and historian   

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