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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                call 6259144 ion i To submit tottirt inddUMt columns by wty of MrvicM or Irtttnwt or to sknpty contact staff the managing editors addrasa wThe media w gain prestige wherever they are able to put the political establishment in the culprits seat We journalists are understandably addicted to such Maria Luisa MacKay Argentine journalist 1995 EDITORIAL Kudos Young Life banquet volunteers Habitat home builders feed store recognized KUDOS is a special feature of the HeraldZeitung in which readers can thank or recognize the work or support of individuals and organizations in our community To submit an item for KUDOS write to Herald Zeitung do KUDOS 707 Landa New Braunfels TX Special thanks to the Plant Haus Patsy and Dee McElroy Mando at the Civic Center New Braunfels Police Department The Music Source Cathy Mueren and Clear Springs Catering the HeraldZeitung for cov erage and the many volunteers who helped make this years Young Life Banquet a success Wonderful things can be accomplished when the citizens and busi nesses of Comal County work together to pursue a common goal Below is a letter written by the Barcenas family thanking everyone involved in the planning and construction of their new home Without die help of many volunteers and sponsors this could not have been accomplished Many thanks to all who participated in this project from the board of Comal County Habitat for Humanity and the Barcenas family To Comal County Habitat for Humanity As my husband and I are writing out the check for our first payment it feels great Its a dream come true At the dedication of our house I had a lot of words to say but my sentiments got in the way Im a yery We have been here for 22 days and we jft We thank God almighty for our dream to come true We also thank Comal County Habitat for Humanity the volunteers and all the businesses that helped out with the food we also include the busi nesses that helped with supplies and donations May God bless all of you Words cannot express how much we appreciate all that has been done for us Again thank you lite Barcenas Family New Braunfels I would like to express my kudos to the New Braunfels Feed and Supply on Loop 337 They helped OakRun Elementary with their Fun Day They were nice enough to supply OakRun with several bales of hay for Fun is part of why New Braunfels is a great place to raise your family Terry Fletcher New Braunfels 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 the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung i k Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Managing Editor Loveday Retail Advertising Director JackOsteen Accounting Mary Lee Hall Circulation Carol Arm Avery Pressroom Foreman Qjjy Roger Croteau i f f Sunday 7813 OM jfffi fcnfer CitoHl PteffWtt by 1 my Msfeto CfifllU County in mowhi ywr Mail cxwW mooOu m ywr MI Abstinence programs are working Almost every day we team startling new infor mation about the causes and consequences of teenage pregnancy and outofwedlock births Family break down drives many of Americas problems from violent crime to welfare dependency to drug abuse We will not put Americas financial house in order and make our streets safe until we repair our broken families And we must support individuals and organizations working to make our families strong again Recent studies have exposed a particularly dis turbing fact about teenage pregnancy The growing number of teenage girls made pregnant by adult men Adult men who prey upon teenage girls should be penalized to the full extent of the law The impact on society of children giving birth to children is frightening About 50 percent of teen mothers are on welfare within the first year after giving birth and 77 percent are on welfare within five years Daughters of single parents are 54 percent more likely to marry as teenagers 111 percent more like ly to have a child as a teenager 164 percent more like ly to have a premarital birth and 92 percent more likely to separate This Congress has recognized the serious problems associated with teenage pregnancy Our welfare reform bill funded abstinence education programs and contained provisions to discourage illegitimacy Unfortunately President Clin ton twice vetoed profamily wel fare reform In addition to vetoing the wel fare reform bill the Adminis tration slashed funding for the only federal program focusing on abstinence programs Even worse the Clinton Administration requested increased funding for programs that provide contraceptives to teenagers without parental involvement The Administrations oppo sition to abstinence programs ignores overwhelming evidence that they work One study of teenage moth ers in Atlanta found that many lacked the training to say no and stand by it Abstinence programs teach teenagers to reject destructive behaviors rather than providing contra ceptives for safe While this Administration has done little to solve Lamar Smith the problem of family breakdown Americans are addressing this problem themselves One of those Americans is Elayne Bennett founder of me Wash ington program called Best Friends Best Friends woiks to help adolescent girts build selfesteem reject drugs and abstain from sexual activity Since its inception only one of the 400 girls who have completed the classes became pregnant Best Friends is just one example of a successful abstinenceonly program In California two years after an abstinenceonly program entitled Sexuality Commitment and Family developed by TeenAid was instituted 20 girls became pregnant at one junior high school where 147 girls had become pregnant the year before The stakes are clear Unless we nuke the Ameri can family whole again well never solve problems such as crime and welfare The epidemic of teen pregnancy is a problem that this Congress understands and is working to address And its a problem that Americans across the coun try are confronting We must continue to support these efforts Lamar Smith is a representative for New ns No move on interest rates expected By JOHN D McCLAIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Faced with conflicting economic signs Fed eral Reserve policymakers are unlike ly to push interest rates one way or the other anytime soon many analysts believe The Feds instinct is to wait and said David Jones an economist with Aubrey B Lanston a New York government securities firm There is no sense of urgency to make any policy The central banks Federal Open Market Committee was meeting pri vately today to review economic devel opments The panel is composed of the Fed governors in Washington and five of the 12 regional bank presidents After cutting the federal funds rate last July and again in December and January to stimulate economic growth the committee decided in March to hold rates steady at percent as signs of a moderately rebounding econ omy emerged The funds rate is what banks charge Today In History each other for overnight loans In a survey of regional conditions last month the Fed concluded the econ omy continued to grow moderately with few signs of inflation Since then signals have been mixed For instance there have been spotty signs of weakness including continued sluggishness in the manufacturing sec tor But at the same time housing activ ity remains at a high level despite rising mortgage rates Still some prices have been rising recently notably for energy and some food products There also have been reports of wage pressures where tight labor markets exist The unemployment rate in April was just percent lowest in more than a year Many analysts believe however that most price increases will be short lived due to onetime factors such as a severe winter that fed demand for heat ing products Economists at Laurence H Meyer Associates a St Louis forecasting ser vice said in their monthly newsletter that the Fed probably would delay any action until it sees several more months of data untainted by the unusu al events of the first The Fed might move to raise rates if recent evidence of accelerating wages develops into a the economists said The chances of more restrictive policy have increased in the last several the economists noted but thus far we feel conditions do not war rant a Jones of Aubrey Lanston agreed saying the FOMC probably wouldhot change rates until the August or Sep tember meetings at the soonest and possibly not until after the Nov 5 pres idential election I think the Fed is very comfortable with where things are right Jones said They are watching the spurt in energy prices closely but so far those increases havent spread to other sec tors of the But economist Marilyn Schaja of Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette Securi ties Corp said the central bank likely will shift its concern in the second half of the year to economic growth which she sees easing sharply Write em UJS GOVERNMENT OFFICES President of the Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 2024561414 Vice President of the Gore Old Executive Office Bldg 17th St and Pennsylvania NW Washington 20501 2024562326 Senators for the state of Texas Phil Gramm 402 E Ramsey Rd San Antonio TX 78216 2103669494 Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Bldg 300 E 8th St Austin TX 78703 5124825834 By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday May 22 the 143rd day of 1996 There are 223 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 22 1868 the Great Train Robbery took place near Marshfield as seven members of the Reno gang made off with in cash gold and bonds OnthUdate In 1761 the first life insurance policy in the Unit ed States was issued in Philadelphia In 1813 composer Richard Wagner was bom in Leipzig Germany In 1819 the first steampropelled vessel to attempt i transAtlantic crossing the Savannah departed from Savannah Ga arrived in Liverpool England June In 1939 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed i Pact of Steel committing Germany and Italy military alliance u In 1947 the Truman Doctrine as Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey In 1969 the lunar module of Apollo 10 separated from the command module and flew to within nine miles of the moons surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing In 1972 the island nation of Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka with the adopting of a new con stitution In 1979 Canadians went to the polls in parlia mentary elections that put the Progressive Conserv atives in power ending the 11year tenure of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau In sailor Michael L Walker was arrest ed aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz two days after his father John A Walker Jr was apprehended both were later convicted of spying for the Soviet Union Ten yean ago The House of Representatives approved legislation calling for major import restraints despite President Reagans warning that burgeoning protectionism would launch new trade wars The bill however never got out of committee in the Five years ago Sonia Gandhi the Italianbom wife of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was des ignated to lead his Congress Party through national elections one day after his assassination However Mrs Gandhi turned down the One year ago The Supreme Court ruled that states cannot limit service in Congress amending the Constitution The CBS Evening News resumed a singleanchor format with Darijj Rather after Connie Chung was dropped from the broadcast j Todays Birthdays Movie reviewer Judith is 74 Singer Charles Aznavour is 72 Actor Michael Constanrine is 69 Conductor Peter Nero is 62 director Richard Benjamin is 58 Actress Susan Strasberg is 58 Actor Frank Converse is 58 Michael Sarrazin is 56 Actor Paul Winfield is 55 J Songwriter Bemie Taupin is 46 Singer Morrissey 37 Singer Johnny Gill is 30 jjj Thought for Today Freedom is the right to do what to Bishop J Sheenj American religious leader   

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