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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 O HeraldZeltung Q Tuesday February 1B 1997 Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com Q U O T A B Nations like men are wary of truth for truth is too often not Addison Gayle Jr educator author 1970 T O R I A L Kudos Kudos is a regular feature of the Herald Zeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of individuals or organiza tions Send your Kudos to HeraldZeitung 707Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax them to 210 Georgc A Garcia VFW Memorial Post No 11050 wants to extend its gratitude and a thankyou to the following comrades sisters local patriots and students for helping with AdoptAHighway Trash Cleanup on Highway 46 during Super Bowl Weekend VFW members participating were Marvin L Brown Chuck Burgess Thomas F Claxton Robert G Cruz Marvin L Giambernardi Ronald W Harris Enrique N Montancz J Morris Jessie D Perez Charles H Schumann Juan Tristan and Valentine Valdez Auxiliary members Ernestina Medina and Amanda F Perez and local patriot Juan Perez Other volunteers were Canyon High School stu dents Antonio F Perez and Carlyie Perez Canyon Middle Scrtool student Christopher H Perez Seele Elementary student Lclicia Cruz Memorial Elementary student Christopher Harris from Seguin Joe F Sacgert Middle School student Christina Medina and F R Weinert Elementary student Inez Medina The VFW Post is planning its spring cleanup pro ject the 12th annual Great Texas Trashoff sched uled for April 5 A job well done Aurelio Commander VFW Post 11050 Write us The New firaunfcla lleraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should bo kept to 250 woitln We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfela Herald Zeittinfi tearing the writers aignature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Mull letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfela lleraldZeitung Drawer 311328 Now Braunfels Texas New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Retail Advertising Manager Ext Classified Advertising Manager Ext Relninger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by lite NewBnmnfirb 377880 707 Lunda or Drawer 311328 New Hnwnfeld Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Urawtfels HeraliiZeltung il New lliuunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Couutl ami iuiulalupe counties three months six months one ycur Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months OIK year Mail delivery outside Comul County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who luive nut revival a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday niay call 210 6259144 or by 7 or by H am on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New HtraltiMtung Draw er3l 1328 New BmunfcU Tx 781311328 Helping victims of domestic violence By MICHELLE BARR Special to the HeraldZeitung It is very difficult to stand by and watch a family member or close friend who is involved with an abusive part ner Unfortunately we have found that it is very difficult to convince a woman to leave such a situation until she comes to the decision to leave on her own or asks for your help Even then many will return to the abusive rela tionship an average of seven to eight times Things you can do arc 1 Get information Understand the cycle of abuse the characteristics of a battered woman and an abuscr the dynamics of abusive relationships and how prevalent they are in our society 2 Talk to someone about how this is affecting your own life You are con sidered a secondary victim and arc likely to be very affected by this other persons behavior and choices Coun selors arc available at the Comal Coun ty Womens Center as well as in the community who can help you work through the feelings and frustrations and fears you may be experiencing You cannot control what others do you can control how you let others behaviors affect you 3 Arrange for an intervention You may gather together close friends and family and ask a counselor or other skilled person to mediate a meeting in which you ask the victim to come and talk to you and when she arrives you arc all there to talk to her The media tor will usually explain why these friends and family have come together and let the victim know that this is a safe place to discuss what is going on in her life One by one the people pre sent will then have a chance to tell the victim how the situation makes them feel whether they are afraid for her safely angry at having to witness acts of violence upset at the effect on the children sad that they have lost the victim from their lives etc 4 When children are involved make a pica for their sakes There is current ly much evidence that children who are witnesses to acts of violence and abuse in their homes are 60 times more likely to be at risk for offending behav ior as teens including drug and alcohol abuse They arc highly likely to grow up and become involved in relation ships in which they abuse or allow themselves to be abused by others Suggest that the victim seek help for her children through their school coun selors or through professionals 5 Ask the victim to agree to speak to someone about the abuse Counselors who work with victims of domestic violence often begin seeing them while they are still involved in the abusive relationship Sometimes it takes a woman a long time to leave Coun selors can educate the victim about the cycle of violence help her explore options before leaving help her process the variety of feelings she is experi encing help her to devise a safety plan provide legal advocacy and personal advocacy and be available when she leaves to provide emergency shelter and other assistance so that she can start a new life Support groups are also available where women can come together and hear the experiences of other women who are right where they are or who have been there in the past and come through to the other side Groups focus on positive attributes such as selfesteem selfnurturing and selfprotection as well as skills such as improving quality of life problem solving and seeking out support sys tems If the victim docs not want to agree right away to sec someone write down all the information you have on local resources names and phone numbers times when support groups meet put them in an envelope and give them to the person She may refer to them in private once you are gone or at a later time Locally victims of domestic violence can call the Comal County Womens Center at 620 7520 or the 24hour hotline at 800 4348013 A support group currently meets from 6 to 7 Mondays Counselors for women and children are available Mon day through Friday by appoint ment for appointment or more information call Remember that although you yourself are experiencing a vari ety of feelings about this person and her situation the more you can remain calm focused on the problem nonjudgmental non blaming compassionate and patient you will be a great help to the victim of domestic vio lence Michelle Barr M is on the staff at the Comal County Women s Coming to terms with the possibility of surviving AIDS After recent information reached us from the International Conference on AIDS in Vancouver they say that in the near future living with AIDS will soon become a chronic manageable disease and some are believing it So what am 1 to do now It has taken sev eral years now watching close Viands die then fighting my own battle with this disease to begin to come to terms with this darn thing Now the game is changing 1 might just have to face the idea of what I am going to do with the rest of my life Up till now I sorta feel like I have wasted my life I have no usable high er education and am faced with the dilemma of what to do with my future I have worked successfully here in New Braunfels in the past I have since my diagnosis become the advo cates advocate for this disease and have tried to be a good role model for those infected and living with HIV Today in History The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Feb 18 the 49th day of 1997 There are 316 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb 18 1861 Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Con federate States of America in Mont gomery Ala On this date In 1516 Mary Tudor the Queen of England popularly known as Bloody was bom in Greenwich Palace In 1546 Martin Luther leader of the Protestant Reformation in Ger many died In 1564 the artist Michelangelo died in Rome In IW5 Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published in 1 have tried without a lot of success to get advance education introduced into the schools to pro mote prevention among teens ages 14 to9 years This age group has the number one ranking for rate of infection But with this new hope facing us I may have to refocus my energies I have lived only this disease since my diagnosis I am full of mixed emotions about this whole new idea All of us are faced with the idea of having to get along with living and gelling along with this fatal disease becoming chron ic and manageable Although this is Robert Konkel what we have all worked toward there is a real fear moving among us not only the fear of now living but how to live Many of us gave up successful careers and changed our lives to focus on living fighting and managing this disease The energy used to get us this far is going to have to be met with a com parable level of strength in gaining new knowledge into new careers and lives Many of us are waiting anx iously to return to the job market but are finding it increasingly difficult to reenter due to the fact as we may be getting stronger we are still infected with HIV but are survivors of the epidemic We will always have HIV and that idea scares many potential employers What if I live I will face this new task in my life with courage and determination The courage and determination that was so graciously given to me by a loving community that has never viewed me as that tragic AIDS victim and shunned me But as Robert a member of this community that just so happened to have acquired a fatal disease It is so very important to remember that the tnittlc is not over these new treatments are not a cure This news about new drugs and treatments is1 just a small step in a long journey And I must repeat myself and say the need for accelerated education in our junior high and high schools is so very important What if I live I will doi so with strength and dignity in what is the finest commuj nily in which to live and one that I am glnd to call my home j Robert Konkel is an activist and a resident o the United States for the first time In 1990 the ninth planet of our solar system Pluto was discovered In 1953 Bwana the movie that heralded the 30 fad of the 1950s opened in New York In 1960 the eighth Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley by Vice President Richard Nixon In 1970 the Chicago Seven defen dants were found innocent of conspir ing to incite riots at the Democ ratic national convention In 1972 the CWomia Supreme Court struck down the stales death penalty In 1977 the space shuttle Enter prise sitting ajop a Sowing 747 went on its maiden night above the Mojave Pcaert om southeast California In 1918 Anthony M Kennedy was sworn in as the 104th justice of the Supreme Court Ten years agos President Reagan responding to questions that his chief of staff Donald T Regan might bo on the way out said This is up to Regan did resign nine days Five igo In the New Hamp shire primary President Bush won the Republican contest while challenger Patrick Buchanan placed a consider ably strong second among Democ rats Paul Tsongas came in first One year ago A member of the Irish Republican Army blew himself up and wounded nine other people when the briefcase bomb he was carrying detonated accidentally on a double decker bus in Londons West End Today Rirthdayii Singermusi cian Pee Wee King is 83 Actor Jack Palance is 76 Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is 75 George Kennedy is 72 Sen Warner is 70 Movie Milos Forman is 65 Singer Yoko Ond is 64 Singer Inna Thomas is 56 Singer Herman Uymon and the Teenagers is 56 Singer Dennis DeYoung Styx is 50 Actress Cybill Shepherd is 47 Singer Juice Newton is 45 Singer Randy Crawford is 45 Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 44 Actor John Travolta is 43 Game show host ess Vanna White is 40 Actress Greta Scacchi iS 37 Actor Matt Dillon is Rapper Dr Ore is 32 Thought for Today Nothing in the world fws been accomplished without Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel German philosopher 177Q183U   

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