Friday, June 13, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Q Friday June Opinion H To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 raldZeitung QUOTABLE Marks on paper are free free speech press pictures all go Georgia OKeefe artist EDITORIAL Long may it wave Flag Day more than just another holiday on calendar Saturday June 14 the United States celebrates Flag Day in honor of one of this nations most prevalent and recognizable symbols Every state in this country has representation on the Stars and Stripes The flag provided inspiration for Francis Scott Key as he saw The Star Spangled Banner and wrote our national anthem In times of war the flag served to rally the troops and gave the sol diers a sense of identity as citizens of the But over the years respect for the flag has diminished True most schoolchildren know the Pledge of Allegiance and we cheer for our athletes as they carry the flag during the Olympic Games But there are certain rules of flag etiquette that have faded with time something our more patriotic forefathers might be shocked to observe Public Law 829 passed by the 77th Congress mandates No disre spect of any kind should be shown to the flag of the United According to the Knights of Columbus we should show our respect to the flag by flying the flag daily from sunrise to sunset in good weather The flag may be flown at night if properly flying the flag on national and state holidays and occasions pro claimed by the President the flag to touch anything beneath it The flag should be carried aloft and free never using it as drapery or decoration for carrying or holding anything or storing it in such a manner that it will be damaged or soiled destroying the flag in a dignified manner when it is no longer suit able for display The preferable method of disposal is burning When a flag passes in parade observers should face it stand at atten tion and place their right hands over their hearts according to literature distributed by the Knights of Columbus Men should remove their hats holding them over their hearts with their right hands In the hustlebustle world of today it is easy to forget these simple ways of showing respect for one of our nations most visible beloved symbols Today s editorial was written by HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Margaret Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 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 HeraldZeituns Drawer 311328 S New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Ext Doug Toney Managing Editor Ext Edmonson Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Mary Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 781311328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 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 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 on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSIMASHK Send address changes to the New BraunjeLHeraUlZeitung PO Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the HeraldZeitungs address is Divorce need not spell doom for children Statistics are tricky devices They sound impressive They have the ring of truth Wielded skillfully they can support any viewpoint And as was the case in Cal Thomas column Nofault divorce hurts our they can insult frighten and discourage They can be used to oversimplify complex problems And they can make tough but workable situations sound impos sible to redeem Thomas cites a study by Judith Wallerstein and Julia Lewis of 60 families in Marin County Calif He calls ours a divorce He sweepingly assumes that people get divorced only because they live in a culture that promotes personal and instant happiness as the only goal worthy of Thousands of women who left abusive marriages would be justifi ably offended by his comments So would the millions more men and women who agonized prayed and went to counseling for years before they concluded that ending a conflicted unhealthy marriage was the best of unfortunate choices not only for themselves but for their chil dren What about the scars left on chil dren who live in abusive or Susan Flynt England unhealthy homes with two parents or those children who were harmed by con ditions in their families prior to divorce Ignoring those variables over simplifies a manyfaceted problem It is safe to say that very many conscientious parents experiencing divorce would sacrifice an arm a leg or more to spare their children from trauma Fortunately for children and their parents caring and learned individu als have directed their efforts toward helping parents help their children through divorce When parents han dle it appropriately I dont think we should condemn all children of said Linda LeslieJohnston of Practical Parent Education in Piano Texas She authored the For Kids Sake program offered by Family Outreach in New Braunfels We do look at the Johnston said But we take a posi tive outlook There are things you as a parent can do to make this a health ier relationship with your For Kids Sake and programs like it teach divorcing parents what to expect in their own behavior Almost all parents going through divorce will fall into certain destruc tive Johnston said behaviors such as using the child as a message carrier to the exspouse or berating the exspouse in the chil drens presence When parents know what behav ioral pitfalls to expect they can bet ter avoid the natural but destructive habits she said For Kids Sake teaches that chil dren of different ages canbe expect ed to react to divorce in differing ways Childrens common responses and what parents can do to help are spelled out for various age groups The program teaches parents how to help their children through the stages of grief It points out how to recognize children at risk and what to do for them The program emphasizes that par ents must take care of themselves so that they will be able to adequately care for their children The For Kids Sake program gives guidelines for visitations and pro vides outlines for planning childrens routines It spells out in boldface let ters the parental behaviors likely to destroy children The adage What doesnt destroy you makes you can apply to children of divorce with their par ents help An awful lot of it has to do with the parents and how they handle the Johnston said Many chil dren of divorce do have longterm problems but it doesnt have to be that she said If those parents make that effort then those kids can be just as healthy as any other Books are available at the Dittlinger Memorial Library to help parents and children through divorce Several churches offer programs to help families through divorce and many area schools offer counseling and peer support groups for kids in divorce The For Kids Sake program is available through Family Outreach in New Braunfels For information call 6201299 Susan Flynt England is the HeraldZeitung news Obint chiefs of SHFF New legislation should correct voting woes ItS thC find Oflhp 000 Its the end of the legislative ses sion and the beginning of the end I hope of the sort of election irregu larities that disturb the integrity of the ballot box As chief elections officer I have been concerned about the participa tion of Texans in the political process As Ive said before I want to encour age voter participation by providing every available option for ballot access but we must make sure the voting process in Texas is secure and accurate Over the course of the 1996 elec tion year I heard from citizens across our state about problems they saw at the ballot box and it became clear to me that certain issues needed to be addressed Thats why I pushed for several election law reform proposals designed among other things to combat election fraud in our mail ballot process and help clean up our voter registration rolls Im encouraged that those victories will pave the way for additional elec tion law reform in the future and more confidence in the political process overall For instance you may remember allegations that some voters were doubleregistered in different coun ties Now thanks to SB 500 that pro vides for the inclusion of a drivers license number on a voters registra tion I hope to see a significant reduc tion in the number of multiple voter registrations on our county registra tion rolls The new law requires that the Texas Department of Public Safety enter a voter applicants drivers license number or personal identifi cation card number on any complet ed voter registration application sub mitted at DPS that is missing these items The new law also allows a voter registrar to cancel a voters registra tion if the same drivers license num ber or personal identification number has been used to register to vote in another county I also heard from folks about the apparently high incidence of mail fraud occurring during the early vot ing period targeted particularly at the elderly the disabled and other physically unable to go to the polls House Bill 1257 should discourage friendly strangers from visiting a mail ballot voters home on the day he or she receives the ballot in the mail and helping the voter mark the ballot The new law delays the release of mail ballot application informa tion expands the penalties for mail fraud from a Class B to a Class A misdemeanor and narrows the scope of where a mail ballot can be sent We also fought hard against efforts to disenfranchise our military and overseas voters House Bill 331 clar Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday June 13 the 164th day of 1997 There are 201 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On June 13 1966 the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda vs Arizona decision ruling that criminal suspects must be informed of their con stitutional rights prior to questioning by pplice On this date In 1886 King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg In 1888 Congress created the Department of Labor In 1898 the Yukon Territory of Canada was organized In 1900 Chinas Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Chris tians erupted into violence In 1927 aviation hero Charles Lind bergh was honored with a tickertape parade in New York City In 1942 President Roosevelt created the Office of War Information and appointed radio news commentator Elmer Davis to be its head In 1944 Germany began launching flyingbomb attacks against Britain dur ing World War II In 1967 President Johnson nomi nated SolicitorGeneral Thurgood Mar shall to become the first black justice on the Supreme Court In 1971 The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon a secret study of Americas involvement in Vietnam In 1983 the space probe Pio neer 10 launched in 1972 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune In 1986 Benny Goodman the clar inetplaying King of died in New York at the age of 77 Ten years ago The last regularly scheduled episode of A Prairie Home starring humorist Garri son Keillor was broadcast from the old World Theater in St Paul Minn Five years ago Democrat Bill Clin ton stirred controversy during an appearance before the Rainbow Coali tion by criticizing rap singer Sister Soul jah for making remarks that he said were filled with hatred toward whites One year ago The 81dayold Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the antigovernment group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch The Supreme Court ified that those voting by Federal Postcard Application may receive a full ballot to vote in federal state and local elections if 1 they submit the FPCA on of before the 30th day before election day or 2 they submit the FPCA after the 30th day but before the sixth day before election day and they are a registered voter at the address contained on the appli cation Thanks to this new law its now clear that our military and over seas voters in Texas get the same full voting rights as any other class of voters The aim of this session was to send a clear message that electoral fraud would no longer be tolerated in Texas and I think weve done that The new election reforms may not be perfect but they are a positive step in the right direction Texans deserve it Antonio O GarzaJr is chief elec tions officer for placed greater limits on congressional districts intentionally drawn to get more minorities elected to Congress Todays Birthdays Jazz musician Doc Cheatham is 92 TV host Ralph Edwards is 84 Rhythmandblues singer Bobby Freeman is 57 Actor Malcolm McDowell is 54 Singer Den nis Locorriere Dr Hook is 48 Actor Richard Thomas is 46 Comedian Tim Allen is 44 Actress Ally Sheedy is 35 Tennis player Bettina Bunge is 34 Rhythmandblues singer Deniece Pear son Five Star is 29 Actor Jamie Wal ters Hills is 28 Actress MaryKate Olsen is 11 Actress Ashley Olsen is 11 Thought for Today The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub ViSGounlesS Astor Americanborn English politi cian