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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 ci HeraldZeltung o Tuesday March To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 O U O T A B L F Have we as a people and as a culture really become so weak that we need the government to help us protect ourselves and our children from the Mighty Morphln Power Rangers Ted Pease journalism educator 1996 F D I T 0 R I A L Kudos Kudos is a regular feature of the HeraldZeitung in which readers can recognize the work or support of indi viduals or organizations Send your Kudos to Herald Zeitung 707 Lancia New Braunfels TX78130 or fax them to 210 Kudos to Mark Keith of Medallion Sprinkler Services and Bob Fitzsimmons of Southernwood Garden for sharing their time materials and expertise with Four Seasons Garden Club in the clubs renovation of the flower gardens at the Lindheimer Home Cheers to an outstanding example of civic spirit Millie Mader Four Seasons Garden Club Kudos to those dedicated and wonderful volunteer tutors who work so diligently to help lowlevel readers improve in their reading skills Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated VerNell Martinez Coordinator Adult Literacy ofComal County The Arboretum of New Braunfels would like to thank the Comal Independent School District and the School District for having the senior citizens prom March 13 at CHS Each year the students from each school do a wonderful job prepar ing and taking part to make sure that each of our residents has a good time We would also like to thank the school for the transportation it provides to get our residents to and from this event Many thanks see you next year The Arboretum staff Kudos to Molly Joes and David Caddell for providing breakfast for all TAAS students at Canyon High School We are grateful for your support and salute your generosity CHS Faculty and staff 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeiiung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the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 Braunfela HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Retail Advertising Manager Ext Osteen 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 the NwBmutifels 377880 707 Utiula or Drawer New Braunfels Comal County Tx Periodical postage paid by the New Bruwtfth flvraldZeiimnj in New UraunfcU Texas Carrier delivered in Cotml and Guudalupe counties three months six months S37 one year Senior Citizen Discounts by wrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal 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 730 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 om Sunday Send address vhanges to the Mw Brautfeh HtwldZttnuig Draw x 781311328 Opinion OltMfMI To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Ihtiifheti of to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is Adult education needs greater support Increasing the educational opportu nities for millions of Americans jis a shared goal But many Americans opportunities arc limited by illiteracy In fact there are 46 million illiterate adults in our country Better educated adults will help elim inate the vicious cycle of illiteracy and poverty Studies have shown that the most influential variable in childrens participation and success in school is parental education levels Only 9 percent of those 46 million illiterate adults are served by programs provided under the Adult Education Act Adult education programs provide basic education and literacy classes secondary education and high school equivalency and English as a Second Language According to the Department of Education the English as a Sec ond Language or ESL component of adult education programs is grow ing faster than any other program Currently ESL enrollment com prises almost half of the total adult education popula tion Much of the increased need for ESL programs is a direct result of high immigration levels Education is the key to productivity for individuals who have entered the country legally All too often immi grants arc illiterate in their native lan guage It is clear they arc in need of Lamar Smith education and particularly English lan guage skills that can be provided by adult education programs Studies have shown that literacy lev els correlate strongly with educational attainment income and employment status The Texas Education Agency estimates that adult illiteracy carries a price tag of more than billion per year as a result of lost income and tax revenue higher unemployment increased crime and additional training costs for business and industry However adult education programs as a whole are under funded As a result there arc enormous waiting lists Reports from the Department of Educations National Evaluation of Adult Education programs show that approximately people who enroll in adult education programs nev er receive any instruction They drop out of the program before they ever begin because of lack of support ser vices such as child care and trans portation In order to remedy the problem and provide more education services to those in need I plan to offer legislation that establishes a Support Services State grant recipients could use the money to provide effective sup port services for individuals enrolled in adult education programs Tackling the problem of adult illit eracy will require a joint federal state and local effort Together we can reduce adult illiteracy and benefit all Americans Lamar Smith represents the 21st District in the House of Repre Eliminating mental boundaries key to achieving equality By JAMES R TAYLOR Special to the HeraldZeitung In her January 31st column Seeking Equality in the Grease Pits Ms Eng land wrote about closure finishing the last of the myriad of tasks that face a family as it moves to a new home in a new city In her case one of the last of these tasks was establishing a work ing relationship with a good mechanic whom she could trust to repair her car at a fair price while providing quality service Her column highlighted the difficulties women have with trades men particularly in the auto sales and repair businesses Her conclusion implied rather than stated was that women would know that they had achieved real equality when the auto salesman or male mechanic talked to them as if they the women were men It is an entertaining but flawed argu ment Like many others both male and female her solution relies on men to change change the way they the world the way they work think talk walk eat sleep or whatever That expectation is not all bad Many of us have changed Maybe most of us I Today in History The Associated Press Today is Tuesday March II the 70th day of 1997 There are 295 days lefi in the year Todays Highlight in History On March 11 1942 as Japanese forces continued to advance in the Pacific during World War II Gen Douglas MacArthur left the Philip pines for Australia vowing I shall On dale In 1810 Emperor Napoleon of France was married by proxy to duchess Marie Louise of Austria In lWlf the Confederate conven tion in Montgomery adopted a constitution In 1H8 IN ftmous BJtaird of 88 struck the norttwptem United Stales know that 37 years of marriage and two daughters has certainly changed my outlook As has public discussion and court actions But ladies its get ting old Some guys are beyond help and arent going to change In some respects this is an evangel ical approach Its similar to a practice 1 experienced as a child in a small East Texas hamlet where my family belonged to one of the two churches there We kids were in the churcn not always voluntarily whenever the doors were open At the end of every sermon we had an invitation and the congregation sang an invitational hymn We frequently sang 6 or 8 vers es of that hymn waiting for someone to come forward As a child I never understood why we kept singing that same song over and over again when it was obvious to all and particularly the pastor that the 60 or so of us who were there were already members of the church Now as an adult I have the same difficulty with this argument for womens equal ityr When 1 think about my daughters and granddaughters futures I want them to grow old in a society and a resulting in some 400 deaths In 1941 President Roosevelt signed into law the LendUase Bill providing war supplies to countries lighting the Axis In 1954 the Army charged Wisconsin Sen Joseph R McCarthy and his subcommittees chief counsel Roy Conn had exerted pressure to obtain favored treatment for Pvt G David Schine a former consultant to the subcommittee In I9S9 the orraine Hprnsberiy drama A Raisin in the Sun opened at New Yorks Ethel Biirrympre Theater In I90t the Rev James J Reeb a white minister from Boston died after being beaten by whites dwring civil rights in fclnp Ab in 1977 2X years ago more than 130 towages hvid in Wellington ifttt workplace that has no boundaries defined by their gender To do that xthey must first eliminate their own mental boundaries Ms Englands argument that men must change rein forces one of those boundaries that mens behavior places limits on women Let me say at the outset that I acknowledge that there is a glass ceil that men control the majority of large corporations and that I am a member of the male gender That does not mean that I cant visualize or that I have not experienced the problems as described by Ms England In point of fact auto mechanics talk to most customers male and female as if they were idiots Auto sales men are their ideological twins As long as the customerlets them get away with it they will not change Nor will many of their kinfolk like plumbers airline pilots truck drivers generals or senior executives in the businesses where women work Dont wait for these guys to change Adjust your expectations and treat him accordingly If you want a tame mechanic then learn something about your car More importantly when he ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined the negotiations In 1983 the Soviet Union announced the death the day before of its leader Konstantin U Chemenko Politburo member Mikhail S Gorbachev was chosen to succeed Chernenko In 1990 the Lithuanian parliament voted to break away from the Soviet Union and restore the republics inde pendence Ten yean ago The House of Representatives approved a resolution calling for a freeze on million in aid for the Nicaragua Centres for six months i Five ago Members of the Security Council accused Iraq pf playing a game ofcheat and retreat TT If talks to you as if you are a 3yearold go see his boss If hes the boss take your business to some other garage But before you leave clearly tell him in words of three syllables or less why youre leaving Dont send your hus band father or significant other to do the job after the fact Or even worse go home andbeat up on some male friend or family member who doesnt treat you like that Please note that this is not an invita tion to verbally or worse physically attack every bubba who exhibits boor ish behavior We certainly dont need any more testosterone induced aggres sion on the streets today As Mrs Reagan used to say Just say Or better yet say No I will not give you my business if you continue to ignore Or talk down to me Or ask me if I have a mans permission to make this decision Not enough you say Still think men must change Then my advice is start with your sons and James R Taylor Is a New Braunfels Prime Minister Tariq Azte lashed back saying his country was complying with Gulf War ceasefire resolutions One year agoj On Wall Street the Dow Jones industrial average rose to end the day at follow ing a plunge he Friday before Todays Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 66 ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 63 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is 61 Musician Flacq Jimenez The Texas Tqmadoes is 58 Singer Bobby McFerrin is Actress Susan Richard sop is 41 Singer Nina Hagen is 42 Singer Cheryl Lynn 40 Singer Pete Drogeis28 Thought fsr Today Death destroys i man itajdej cf Death saves   

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