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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Jan QpMtlOft To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about IN Opinion pflQO coll oxl 220 Lift every voice and till earth and heav en ring ring ivith harmonies of Jamos Weldon Johnson poet educator 1900 T O H The gift of life Donate blood you never know when the person who needs it might be you Bach hour of each day Americans need blood On the average in the United States unite of blood or blood products are uwed each day In South Texas alone hospitals and clinics use 300 units of blood a day Who needs these blood transfusions People just I ike you Accident victims people undergoing surgery patients with leukemia cancer or other diseases About 23 million units of blood or blood products are needed in this country each year Despite this ever increasing demand only 5 per cent of the healthy Americans who could donate blood actually do take the time lo give Donating biood saves lives Though scientists have spent years in research trying to find alternatives no substitute haw yet been found for blood The procedure takes about 45 minutes and is completely safe January is National Volunteer Blood donor Month from to a Community Blood drive will be sponsored by the First Protestant Church The drive will be in the tiornmnn Room in the basement of the Seele Parish House on Coll Street For more information call Charlene Nolle at 6291000 If you cannot donate blood this Sunday contact the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center for information about how and where you can donate blood The phone number is Make a New Years resolution to be a blood donor in 1997 This is a easy way to make a very big difference in some ones life vdllorlal wav writ Ian by HewMZeitung Publisher und Keillor Doug Write us Hw New lleraldMluna jkrttons any public imw mtiitir right to correct Billing style punctuation mid known worn Mhouid na leapt to 200 Wo only original niHil addressed to Ntiiu tiraunfela Herald Mtuna IwwririK 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columns electronically by way of online services or Internet Of to simply contact staff memNrs the managing editors address Is Resolve to spend more time with fondly Common resolutions for Hie new yefir include many Inudable goals Many promises will Ixr made is Tex evaluate the year ihiil Ims wsscd and he yenr ahead Hut while there are many Worth while resolutions a promise llinl CHD have a great Impact on our society well ason U8 Individually is n resolu tion lo spend more time with our fam ilies A University of Maryland study shows that parents today spend 40 per cent less time with their children than did parenis in 1965 This Is something that most parents realize One recent survey shows that 66 percent of employed piircnin with children IX or younger said they did not spend enough lime with their children And 10 percent said they did not spend enough time with their spouses Many parents would like to have more time to help their children with school work to nurture common Inter ests and hobbies and to simply spend time together as a family Hut for a variety of rea sons they can not One obvious problem is the economic burden caused by record high taxes Imposed on fam ilies The typical American family spends as much as 40 percent of its income on taxes for all levels of government So its no sur prise that there are many families where both parents work out of neces sity not by choice Lamar Smith As Congress continues to reduce the federal budget deficit cut wasteful spending and create family tax credits some of these problems will be relieved Mut other obstacles Ing parents from spending more time at home are cultural University of Pennsylvania researcher Peter Capelll studied fami lies and employment and discovered an important nexus People who made a priority of finding the right spouse and creating a good family life earned more money than tltose who were willing to sacrifice home life for their careers Capelli also discovered an impor tant development for employers Pco pie who didnt lake time for their fam ilies spend a lot of time putting Band Aids on family which hurts heir performance at work Government mandates are limited at best But employers could help pro mote strong families while pJso ing better workforce by voluntarily cresting a new type of company lure Employees need to be shown that they are not endangering their chances for promotion and are not risking their jobs by taking family responsibilities seriously Columnist Cal Thomas reports thai threefourths of the children who watch television for more than two hours each day say they would rather spend that time with heir families if they had that option Lets give children the option lo spend more time with their parents In 1997 And with a little help from Congress and our employ ers we can enjoy a host of benefits Lamar Smith represents the 2lsl District In the Home ofRepre Major cities post drop in murder rate in 96 By JON MARCUS Associated Frees BOSTON AJ Jerry 14 feels more secure these days walk ing around in fioston where no one under 18 has been killed In a year and a half I feel safer knowing someone wont try to murder Iryaknin said day Like many other major cities IJoston was less dangerous In one big way in 1996 The number of homicides hit a 30year low The murder rate also fell In New York IMIas Philadelphia IM Angeles and other cities Experts credited major police forces for get ting tougher on violent crime Most of the major cities reached a point where they said We have to do said Dennis Kenney researchdirector at the Police Rxeeu Forum Boston Police Commissioner Paul F Hvans said his citys force has cracked down on gun trafficking and highrisk probationers while cooper ating with stale arid federal law enforcement community groups and clergy Were policing far differently than we did several said In tlw 70s and early 80s we raid Well solve the Were the Weve opened the process up and made people feel that theyre pait of the Huston had 58 murders in 1996 Thats fewer homicides than during any 12month period since 1966 The department has added 300 offi cers but Kenney said their presence doesnt necessarily discourage potential killers If Im disturbed at someone enough are morepoljwnen on he street he said New York is celebrating n decline of more than 30 percent since 1990 from murders to fewer than in 1996 the lowest number since 1968 That coincides with the addition of police officers for a total of or one for every 191 residents Phoenix Police Detective Mike McCullough believes a 10 percent increase in Ills force helped keep the number of homicides below 200 com pared to 244 in 1995 In Uos Angeles there were 688 homicides reported through Dec 14 compared to 829 for the same period last year an percent drop A decline in gang violence and even fallout from the Simpson case may have played a role police U Anthony Alba At any given time there are certain wedo have with the publicity on abuse we cut down on spousal homf The statistics are preliminary and the final numbers including tltose from smaller cities and towns wont be in for several months And some cities may have benefited from population changes Kenney noted a decline in he num ber of men in their late teens and early 20s Typically violent crime tends to be a young mans enterprise and theres fewer of them he said Some cities Including Atlanta Las Veps Miami and Washington repott ed higher numbers of homicides But with one of the coun trys highest crime rates halved its murder rate since 1991 In 1996 there were 219 killings down from 276 In 1995 anything itruly Its Just one of those statistics with no Crime count going down in Lone Star State Tli rates of both murders and robberies have dropped for lie past five consecutive years In In fact he states 1995 annual crime survey shows the lowest murder rate since Texas started keeping statewide siaiistics while the robbery nite is at u 10year low This Is very good news We at the Office of the Attorney CJerienil feel that Texas geltoughoncrlme agenda Is working to deter violent crimes Strengthened law enforcement The strategy U cut down on violent crime has a number of compo nents Tlw first was to hire police nearly four officers for every Texuns this year double the number of officers last year Improved policing techniques play it role too When local lew enforcement agencies ask we can provide them with technical support in several ciuliml areas of law enforcement In addition ual assault prevention services are available through our office for training professionals and providing grants for local sexual assault crisis intervention agencies We also serve as a source of Information publishing Criminal Update a quarterly journal for low enforcement personnel While others may debate the causes of the decrease we believe that n number of actors lutvc also helped lower the violent crime rules These include Keeping weapons out of tlw hands of criminals Texas weapons arrest rate decreased 20 percent in 1995 and dropped percent the first half of 1996 Firearms are the murder weapon of choice In 70 percent of Texas murders Convicted felons have Dan Morales been prevented from buying handguns and some of the most dangerous weapons have been taken off the msrket because of stringent federal guncontrol measures Citizen involvement The goal oicommunlty policing is to make members of the com munity active allies of the police One good example is TKIAP the threeway agree ment among sheriffs offices one or more police chiefs in a county and senior leaders The program is aar rled out through Seniors and Uw Enforcement Together SALT advisory councils Our Elder Law and Public Health Division plays an active role in putting together nil over the state Juvenile justice reform Our office helped build H eonsinictivtf co0lflion of diverse lo craft meaningful and effective reform of the slates juve nile justice laws These reforms have pined nation al attention for their innovation They would not have been possible without the bard work of ftentatives from all sectors of the Juvenile justice system the judiciary the probation system tow enforcement wild Uw Texas Youth Commission The cooperation of tliose officials ttnd lie commitment of legislators to a sound thoughtful policy in this urea produced tt truly revolutionary response to juvenile trims We worked closely with me Ugkluiure In 1995 to reform lite system The tough now that lawmakers enacted took effect In 1996 V Crime now has consequences Violent young criminals will be kspt off the street thanks to the doubled capacity of our juvenile corrections facilities The Juvenile Alternative Education Program for dis ruptive school students helps keep truancy and dropout rates down While tlwre is little data available yd to evaluate the impact of these reforms on crime rates I expect them to help win the war against juve nile crime Tougher sentencing laws The slates tougher sentencing laws doubled prison lime for violent criminals and mandated hot they spend at least half of their seetences behind bars Currently those who urn weapons in violent crimes serve an overage of 80 percent of their sentence About of sexu al of lenders serve all of their sentences Sufficient prison space It is not enough to arrest and convict criminals They must be put In prison Since 1989 Texas has spent almost billion on prison construction tripling prison capacity Texas prison system can run at or below 98 percent capacity with relatively minor construction until 2002 year tlw county jails olso had room to spare Tlw strategy is working More police on the tfwet tougher sentencing of convicted criminals ami pris ons with adequate capacity to hold them fewer paroles weapons bans and a watchful citizenry are working Together these measures are bringing crime rates in Texas down Dan Is Texan attorney Today in History Today Is Wedneiday Jan I llw Dm day of 1997 1here are 364 led In the yeur Today Highlight In Hlitory i On inn i 1863 IVemident IJncolu signed Hie firwmeipilion FroelMuiton itevlaring that in rebel itetei were tree On date In 1730 Paul waj bem In OOMOII In 1752 flagmnker fietiy bom in In 1797 200 years ago Albany IWWMW the cap tw Yoifc City Immifraiu itatiwi in lal of New Vofk Ntw Yoifc City In imt lite lilaiMl Ntw fomially opened In 1901 of Autirulla was In I94t Friitci WDI admiiltd lo lie United In wwdry I Wjlllwm igf 29 of i drug iiMf iiltoliDl Qvwdm while en 10 tt wiwrt In Cunton In 1999 Fidel Cajtra led Cuban to viciory over 1ulgencio Datiiia In 1979 the UnfN Btatev Chliw IwW bralioni in Washington and Beijing to mark the efitflbiishmeni of diplomatic between the two countries In 1984 tltt breakup of piiee the teleaominunicaliorui giant wtw diverted of Its 22 ileil System companies under terms of an antiintft inent In 1990 David Dinkine was iworn in New York Citys flnt black mayor In 1994 the Nortli American free Trade men went into effect Ten agoi More HIMII Chinese defying a govenifnent ban held rwy rally in Beijing ffomiwtn ttywn Five ytiri apt Preiidem 0mb became the fim Atwtfean lender to the Iarlla ttliing the U J woykl continut to agntuliuraJ dejpjte prytewi by cjedfd Jivier Ieiw df CMfliir m of be United Nationi Out year Ngoi Home Bangladentif women rallied to proteot Ulwnic attacki on female education and employment Two collided in nortlwrn Mexico killing 25 people Retired UJ Adm Arleigh Burke rbtnernbered for World War iM at IJctlwwitt Naval I ofpilai tit former Harry tor it m Aytlwr Halinger ii J In 75 Im musician Milt Jackioti ii 74 Actor Frank it 57 Kwk eiwi CotMMry McOomld if 55 Wrltercomfdltin Don Noveilo 54 Country linger Steve Ripley TheTrndorfO 47 Ripper r M n Mitw Dedee Pfejfler it 33 Thought for Todayi Time hai no diviiiotu to tliere never i thuode meow or biore of to tumoymi HMS beginning of i new month or year Uvsii when i new century it it oiyy we mortal who ring belli mi fire off
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