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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A O HeraldZeitung 3 Thursday May Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd atxjut the Opinion page call 6259W Ext 220 e i t u n g Q U O T A B L E Secrecy and a free democratic government dont 33cJ presiDenl 950 D 1 TO R I A L Rodeo on wheels Boy Scouts bicycle safety day a true community service Theres a rodeo on tap Saturday in the parking lot at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church Not your usual rodeo with bucking broncos and bulls but a bicycle rodeo and registration for area youngsters The bicycle safety day is the brainchild of 12year old Justin Parchman Parchman is a Boy Scout and is coordinating the event to earn his Eagle Award Activities run from 10 to 2 Saturday and include free helmets to the first 50 participants bicy cle registration cost 50 cents and child safety infor mation provided by McKenna Memorial Hospital The New Braunfels Police Department will be in charge of registering bikes and the New Braunfels Optimist Club is sponsoring the rodeo The event offers parents an opportunity to register their childrens bicycles and allows kids to learn some rules and regulations that will help keep them safer when traveling area roadways Parchman got the idea for the safety day after read ing a story in the HeraldZeitung about two teens who had their bicycles stolen So if you dont already have plans stop by the bicy cle safety day And make sure you get there early for one of the free helmets Youll not only be helping your own child but a very fine young man earn the title Eagle Scout Todays editorial was by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Micah Opinion Online contact H To subTv tetters and guest columns electronically by way of online services a Internet or to contact staff members the HeraitiZeitungs address is Write us The Arew Braunfds HeraldZtdtung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctuation and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfds Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number whidi are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the pre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 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Toney Managing Editor Ext Boyd Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger 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 Ntnv Kmwifds tlemUZeitung USIS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Kraunfvla HeruhlZeilMig in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months S33 one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months S55 year Mail outside Texas six months S78 one year SI Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call or by weekdays or by 11 on Sunday Send address changes to the New Braunfds lleraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Information should be easily accessible Texans deserve quick easy reliable access to public information Not just because open government i at the heart of our democratic system which it of course but because information in todays world has become valuable economic com modity The demographic trends financial pEtteras and other data state govern ment identifies and analyzes during the daily course of its constitutional duties can be of great use to business es schools and ordinary citizens Besides tajcpHyers hzve already paid for this information and they have a right to put it to use creating jobs and strengthening their local communities Thats I created Window on State Government nearly five years ago Texas first electronic bulletin board and among the first in the nation available free of charge to anyone with access to a computer and a modem 3n the years since my staff and I have pioneered state government efforts to take advantage of the grow ing opportunities offered by the Inter net John Sharp All of this tecb nology Texans with new options for eettina the information they need and new forums for the free em change of ideas And thats why Ive pioposed new ways to make the information we gather easier to find House Bill 3475 sponsored by State Rep Leo AJvarado of San Antonio and its companion legislation Senate Bill 897 by State Shapleight of El Paso would require the state to create clear and costeffective cate gories as well as a subjectmatter index to help Texans wind tbeii way through the maze of information com piled in their name If enacted it will also institute a strict policy covering electronic recordkeeping systems to ensure that public information is just the click of a computer key a tollfree telephone call or a quick and friendly personal isit away Let me give you the latest example Since 1967 the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundatioa based in San Antonio has published an updated annual com pendium of information on Texas col leges and universities including admis sion requirements test dates and more than 100 scholarships offered to qual ified applicants For three decades this book has been the bible of students parents and high school counselors Now the whole publication is avail able online thanks to a joint effort by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation and Window on State Government by our Internet site at http Texans can now find the answers to their college questions as well as links to individual university home pages for even more information We hear 2 lot about customer ser vice these days This is my idea of what that phrase really means As the first state official to estab lish a personal Internet email address Ive found that direct access from Texas taxpayers and citizens pays huge divi dends Not only do I get to read great suggestions or opinions about the major issues facing the state but I receive innovative ideas from a broad cross section of concerned citizens for imprming state government Using the latest technology open up state government is all well and good In fact its saving taxpayers money and bringing the public business further into the clear light of day But for those who havent yet logged onto the Internet or sent an email to someone clear across the land access to public information is just as impor tant Thats why I still have another way for folks to contact me Just call 1 800BEATWASTE tollfree to report any opportunity you see to cut the state bureaucracy to improve the programs you depend on or to pass along your best ideas for making the government you pay for more effective and effi cient John Sharp is the Texas state comp Writeem Senate Sen Kay Bailey Hutchi son 283 Russell Senate Office Washington 20510 Phone 202 2245922 FAX 202224 0776 Local Office 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Sen Phil Gramm 370 Russell Senate Office Washington Phone 2022242934 FAX 202 2282856 Local Office 404 E Ramsey Suite 200 San Antonio TX 78216 Phone 2103669494 FAX 210 3662016 Being there key to helping friends deal with grief In the human being a major loss triggers intense anxiety related to sep aration from the person or object with whom one was in a relationship The intensity of this experience differs according to several variables among which are unexpected death multiple losses traumatic death history of sep arations and losses and a persons place in life age health resources support systems Stress and crisis are an inevitable part of the experience of loss and friends and family are an important influence on how adults and children will respond and negotiate the uncer tain journey through grief What can a friend do to help Get in touch Telephone Ask when you can visit and how you might help Even if much time has passed its nev er too late to express your concern Say little on an early visit Hugs handshakes and hanging around are evidence of your support Avoid cliches and easy answers He had a good He is out of and Arent you lucky are not likely to help A simple Im sorry is better In general do not attempt to minimize the loss Be yourself Show your own Tnatur Elaine Craig al concern and sorrow in your own way and in your own words Keep in touch Be available Be there If you are a close friend or rel ative your pres ence might be needed from the beginning Later when close fami ly may be less available any ones visit and phone call can be very helpful Attend to practical matters Discov er if you might be needed to answer the phone usher in callers prepare meals clean the house care for the children etc This kind of help lifts burdens and creates a bond Your help might be needed well beyond the initial period especially for the single person Encourage others to visit or help Accept silence If the mourner doesnt feel like talking dont force the conversation Be a good listener When suffering spills over into words you can do the one thing the bereaved needs above all else at that time you can listen Are they emotional Accept that Do they cry Accept that too Are they angry Accept whatever feelings are expressed Do not rebuke Do not change the sub ject Be as understanding as you can be Keep in mind that feelings in them selves should not be judged When we speak of a grief process we always describe mobility a flow an attempt to adjust to the change When we view abnormal grief reactions the person has turned away from grieving and has substituted an activity which allows him or her to deny their pain When a person child or adult does not respond to the care and support offered by people who know them outside professional assistance can be a positive step toward healing The following red flags indicate profes sional intervention is recommended If the grieving person has protracted periods of hyperactive behavior and the inability to stay focused on what ever tasks need doing whether school work house work or office work If the grieving person avoids speak ing of the death to you or any other per son and has no known resources with whom they can share their feelings If after a complete physical exami nation by a trusted personal physician the person continues to manifest phys ical symptoms like those of the deceased If the grieving person has cut himself off from all old relationships that could provide understanding empathy and compassion If the grieving person has drastical ly changed relationship styles even if this change can be perceived as pos itive for example a grieving person becomes acutely responsible or ultra patriotic or intensely religious If the grieving person however jus tified is displaying unbridled contin uous hostility If the grieving person is continu ously apathetic and spiritless on all levels of communication If the grieving person is using drugs or alcohol to cope with The intense emotion and prolonged time given to a specific behavior is what label these activities as abnor mal grief reactions These behaviors are red flags and warrant outside help Elaine Craig LMSWACP is bereavement care coordinator at Hos pice New Braunfels For more infor mation about grief issues call her at Today in History The Associated Press Today is Thursday May 8 the 128th day of 1997 There are 237 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On May 8 1945 President Truman announced in a radio address that World War 11 had ended in Europe On this date In 1541 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River In 1794 Antoine Lavoisier the father of modem chemistry was exe culed on the guillotine during Frances Reign of Terror In 1846 the first major battle of the Mexican War was fought at Palo Alto Texas resulting in victory for Gen Zachary Taylors forces In 1884 the 33rd president of the States Harry S Truman was bom near Lamar Mo In 1886 Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for CocaCola In 1944 the first eye bank was established in New York City In 1958 Vice President Nixon was shoved stoned booed and spat upon by antiAmerican protesters in Lima Peru In 1962 the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened on Broadway In 1970 construction workers broke up an antiwar protest on New York Citys Wall Street In 1973 militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks sur rendered Ten years ago An angry and defi ant Gary Hart dogged by questions about his personal life and his rela tionship with Miami model Donna Rice withdresv from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Five years ago President Bush wound up two emotional days in riot ravaged Los Angeles promising to work harder in Washington to enact a commonsense agenda of conserva tive proposals to help urban America One year ago Postal inspectors wrapped up a twoyear sting opera tion in 36 states against the nations biggest child pornography ring South Africa took another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitu tion that guaranteed equal rights for blacks and whites Julie Andrews declined her Tony Award nomination after her show was snubbed for best musical Todays Birthdays Comedian Don Rickles is 71 Environmentalist Sir Attenborough is 71 Author Peter Benchley is 57 Singer John Frcd John Fred and His Playboy Band is 56 Jockey HallofFamer Angel Cordero Jr is 55 Singer Toni Tennille is 54 Singer Philip Bailey Earth Wind and Fire is 46 Rock musician Chris Frantz Talking Heads is 46 Rock musician Billy Bumeue Fleetwood Mac is 44 Actor David Keith is 43 Actor Stephen Furst is 43 Rock musician Alex Van Halen is 42 Actress Melissa Gilbert is 33 Country musician Del Gray Little Texas is 29 Thought for Today The worsttem pered people Ive ever met were people who knew they were Wil son Mizner American playwright
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