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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4A n HeraldZeltuna n Wednesday March Opinion To talk with Managing Micah Boyd about the Opinion page call 6259144 Ext 220 Q U O T A B L The reason why America is ahead in everything is that Americans have free speech even the freedom to say things that are Wel Jingsheng Chinese dissident c 1980 T O R I A L Board makes right decision YMCA extended day program a muchneed option for parents A collective audible sigh of relief should have been heard in New Braunfels on Tuesday as the New Braunfels Independent School District took a giant leap forward a longoverdue double giant leap It approved an after school extended day program for its elementary schools slated to start with the next school year Local parents do not need to see statistics to see the writing on the wall most families even in this bastion of traditional lifestyles have two working parents Many have only one working parent All of these conscientious parents want their children to have a quality environment between the time school lets out and they come home from work Area forprofit day care facilities do a good job as far as it goes But their focus is on younger children and for the most part their facilities programs and staff are geared in that direction 1 another longoverdue plus for this community A dedicat ed group of individuals has tried to bring YMCA pro grams to New Braunfels families for several years YMCA programs are tried and true nationwide and they are truly open to families of all income levels A commu nity which claims to be as family oriented as New Braunfels does needs a YMCA and range of programs it offers We should applaud the perseverance of YMCA backers and the good judgment of the NBISD board and embrace the opportunities they have provided Todays editorial was written by HeraldZeitung columnist Susan Flynt England Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation arid known factual errors Letters should be kept to 260 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to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre vious 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Managing Editor Ext Boyd Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reinlnger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Calculation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the Now Bruunfels USPS 377880 707 Umto or Dravw 311328 New Braunfels Conial County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeralitZvitiwx in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Coma and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Conial 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 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Bnuutfels HeraMZvilung Praw Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion OfNHM To submit letters arid guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is The itch may just be scratching the surface He itched At first the itching was mild like athletes foot but on his tor so arms and shoulders Soon he felt as if he had rolled in a bed of poison1 ivy Then he experienced the sensation of being staked in a bed of fire ants They swarmed his body thousands at a time biting and tearing every inch of his skin When they bit the ants inject ed acidlike venom setting his nerve endings ablaze His body burned with an agonizing heat as if he were being roasted over a slow fire His constant scratching caused welts oozing lesions and scabs over most of his body Strangers thought he had chicken pox or impetigo Some feared he might have AIDS Just about every body avoided him Phil dreaded nights the most Trying to sleep he tossed with burning anguish clawing at his body Drifting off from he experienced a few hours of fitful sleep until an episode of intense itching would awak en him His bloody bed sheets horrified him Attempting to ignore the itching he would go to work at 1 or 2 He consulted doctor after doctor pleading for relief Countless diagnos tic tests revealed no physical cause for his misery Sedatives antipruritics antihistamines antidepressants salves lotions and steroids gave no comfort The unremitting torment made him wish he were dead Two months before his itching began Phil had been fired from a firm Write em John Ingram Walker that he helped found Life had been unpleasant at work for months A junior partner hi the firm a man Phil despised because he reminded him of his verbally abu sive brother began receiving special attention for his ability to gain business from wealthy clients As Phil slaved away at the office his adversary played golf with prospects Phil became bitter resentful and terribly angry Without warning he experienced the shock of his life He lost his job As Phil struggled to establish a new firm the itching began When numer ous doctors could find no physical cause for his suffering he sought psy chological help With counseling Phil began to see the connection between his childhood conflicts conflicts that he had pre viously tried to ignore and his pre sent situation Phil had been raised by duty bound parents who stressed per formance To intensify matters Phils older brother would constantly degrade and verbally abuse him Phils life dominated by fear fear of failure fear of disappointing his parents in church and social activities caused him to become the compliant child who never complained Compulsively denying his emotional well being he put the needs of others before his own His selfdenial generated bitterness and resentment Despite this insight Phils itching intensified His psychologist recom mended that he see Dr Richard Carv er one of the worlds preeminent clin ical hypnotists During the hypnother apy sessions Dr Carver suggested that Phils rash would fail to totally remit if a physical cause for his symptoms existed After six weeks of hypnother apy Phil experienced considerable relief What a blessing He could sleep again No more bloody sheets No con stant clawing But a mild itch remained One morning while shaving Phil noticed a small lump in his neck Diag nostic tests confirmed that he had Hodgkins disease a cancer of the lym phatic system Tracing his symptoms Phils doctors agreed that the Hodgkins disease began to manifest itself with the onset of the rash Doing research on his illness Phil learned that those who have a life dom inated by the necessity to compulsive ly please others cany a vulnerability for cancer The office stress exacerbated childhood emotional conflicts and low ered Phils immune response con tributing to the onset of his cancer Faced with the demand for chemotherapy and wanting to avoid the side effects from the medications Phil consulted Dr Carver again With hypnotherapy Phil suffered none of the toxic effects from the anticancer drugs no hair loss no fatigue no nausea and vomiting Now physically sound and emo tionally healthy Phil experiences robust health Acceptance and love have replaced the compulsion to please He enjoys himself and others more Para doxically his contentment allows him to perform better at work The mind and cannot be separated from the soma the body Because the psyche man ifests itself in the physical a holistic approach to treatment is the Rolls Royce of therapy Prayer and medita tion spiritual understanding selflove clinical hypnosis a healthy diet and moderate exercise enhance medical treatment Unconditional love the elixir of life casts out fear and assures will being An itch a physical itch or an emo tional itch an itch to run away an itch for greener pastures an itch with out reason requires more than a scratch for relief When we itch let us look for the And may our suf fering a good thing force us to change those things we dont like about ourselves May our itch like Phils lead us to a life free from fear John Ingram Walker writes a weekly column for the Herald Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchi son 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 202224 FAX nio TX 78230 Phone 210 3402885 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Russell Senate Office Washington Phone 2022242934 FAX 202 2282856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey San Antbn1oTlAr78216 Pnbne 2103669494 FAX 210 3662016 House Rep Lamar Smith 21st Congressional 2231 Raybum House Office Washington 20515 Phone Fax Office 11 iJONE Loop 4167 Suitef 640 San Antonio TX 78209 Phone 2108215024 FAX 2108215947 28th Congressional Dis trict office 323 Cannon House Office Wash ington 20515 Phone 2022251640 Local Office 78214 Phone 210924 7383 FAX 2109276222 There are no good reasons for teens to smoke By CAMILLE HABERMAN Special to the HeraldZeitung Peer pressure Curiosity Rebellion There are many reasons why teenagers start smoking And if youve thought about taking up the habit youre not alone approximately 3 million Amer icans younger than 18 years of age consume 947 million packs of ciga rettes yearly Texas Department of Many of these young adults take up smoking for one of severalrea sons becousetliey belioye smoking to bie harmless or at least hot immedi ately damaging to their health or because they think that smoking is a cool mature way to handle stress and that theycan quit at any time or because hey believe that most teen agers smoke These are just some rea sons that teenagers begin smoking Whatever the reason the fact is that smoking is a dangerous habit and the decision to smoke should not be taken lightly for the down side of smoking outweighs any good reasons to smoke The most obvious reason not to smoke is that cigarettes are expensive For example the most popular brands with teenagers Marlboros and Camels cost around for a pack and a carton If you smoke one pack a day every day for a year that comes to a total of more than Today in History The Associated Press Today is Wednesday March 19 the 78th day of 1997 There are 287 days left in the year This is the date the swallows traditionally return to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in Califor nia Todays Highlight in History On March the Senate rejected for the second time the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 4935 falling short of the twothirds rnajority peded for approval Qnthlidite In French explorer Robert Cavelier slew de U Salle the first European to navigate the length of the Mississippi mujxlered by mutineer in presentday Texas ID opera Faust by Charles Gounod premiered in Paris Where would you get that kind of mon ey And more importantly arent there better things to spend your money on A second fact is that many teen agers believe half or more of their peers smoke and so they justify smoking by saying Everyone does But thats just not true About 20 percent of American teenagers smoke and although thats five times the number of kids who participate in Little League its still not anywhere close to being everyone Prevention January Another belief about smoking is that cigarettes make you look adult and attractive But smoking doesnt make you look attractive First of all despite what you may have heard smoking does not help you to lose weight It may help curb your cravings for food for a little while but in general smok ing does not have any real effect on a smokers weight Prevention January Not only will smoking not improve your looks it will actually make you less attractive For exam ple smoke or nicotine will discolor teeth cause bad breath contribute to premature wrinkling of the skin and stain your fingers Your clothes and hair will smell of smoke And your ability to exercise with stamina will be decreased how attractive is it when you see someone wheezing and gasping for air Also your hands and feet will often be cold because of In 1917 the Supreme Court upheld the eighthour workday for rail roads In 1918 Congress approved Day light Saving Time In 1931 Nevada legalized gambling In 1945 about 800 people were killed as kamikaze planes attacked the carrier Franklin off Japan the ship however was saved In 1945 Adolf Hitler issued his so called Nero ordering the destruction of Gerntan facilities that could fall into Allied hands In 1976 Buckingham Palace announced the separation of Princess Margaret and her husband the Earl of Snowdon after 16 years of marriage In 1979 tye House of Repra sentatives began televising its day business In 1995 in a legislative victory for reduced circulation to your extremi ties Based on these facts the idea that smoking causes someone to look cool or attractive just doesnt make sense And what about that wellused argu ment I can quit at any Con sider that more than half of all high school seniors who smoke began smoking before their eighthgrade year and while most of them said that they could quite at any time 75 percent of them will still be smoking eight years from now Good Housekeeping March Most people begin smoking with the assumption that they can quit whenever they want however the odds that someone who tries cigarettes will become addicted are 9 in 10 while they are only I in 6 for crack cocaine and 1 in 10 for alcohol Dr Jack Hen ningfield chief of clinical pharmacol ogy at Baltimores Addiction Research Chances are if you try smok ing you will become hooked If you ask any smoker why he or she doesnt just quit you will probably hear Ive tried but it hard to But what are the consequences of con tinuing to smoke First of all smoking impacts you in small ways You lose some of your sense of taste and smell and youre sick often because smokers are more susceptible to colds and oth er minor illnesses than nonsmokers And then there are the serious illness es Smoking causes cancers of the mouth pharynx larynx esophagus pancreas cervix kidneys and bladder Smoking can also lead to heart attacks and lung diseases and it causes 80 per cent of all lung cancers American Cancer Do you understand how painful and devastating cancer can be Im talking about your life t Of the children who become reg ular smokers every day 23 will be murdered 30 will die in traffic acci dents but nearly 750 will die due to smokingrelated diseases National Cancer Institute 1990 More people die from smoking than from car acci dents AIDS drug use and violent crime combined So you may smoke or consider smoking because you arent worried about your health 30 years from now After all lung cancer happens to old people and you will quit way before then right Its not that easy Be aware of the tremendous risks posed by smok ing Respect your body and your LIFE Smoking cuts 17 years oft the aver age persons life American Cancer U isnt worth it dont smoke Submitted by the Alternative Choic es Program of the Comal County Womens Center President Reagan the Senate voted 3545 to authorize production of the MX missile Ten yari ago President Reagan in a news conference repudiated his pol icy of selling arms to Iran saying I would not down that road Televangelist Jim Bakkcr resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organi zation amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn a former church secretary ftom Oklahoma Five yean ago Democrat Ppl Tsongas pulled out of the presidential race leaving Arkansas Clin ton the favorite to capture their par tys nomination One year Senate Majority Lender Bob Dole wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination with solid primary victories in four ro slates Prssjdjnt Clinton rolled out a trillion electionyear budget promising it would invigorate the economy erase federal deficits and cut taxes Todays Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroft is 72 Actordirector Patrick McQoohan is 69 Theologian Hans Rung is 69 Author Philip Roth is 64 Actresssinger Phyllis Newman is 62 Actress Renee Taylor is 62 Actress Ursula Aniress is 61 Singer Clarence frogman Henry i860 Singer Ruth Pointer The Pointer Sisters is 51 Actress GJcnn Close is 50 Actor Bruce Willis is 42 Thought Todays History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have hap Ernest Albert Hooton American anthologist   

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