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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Dear Abby With all the support you provide to our servicemen and women through Operation Dear Abby perhaps youd tike to tell your readers that the USD is still alive and well The United Services Organization which is nonprofit and receives no funding from the government was founded in 1941 during World War II 1 My 17yearold twin daughters and I volunteer at the USO Puget Sound Area Military Center at the Seattle International Airport People say Oh is USO still around We thought that was a World War II Well it is still around because we still have men and women in uniform most of the armed services today are to serve who have chosen to protect our country and stand on the wall of My daughters and I feel honored to serve them to show them the American people appreciate them and what they are doing for our country Even in peacetime servicemen and women risk their lives daily Last February three Coast Guardsmen lost their lives off the coast of Washington while rescuing a sailboat in trouble It really brought home the fact that servicemen and women today whether in a peace keeping situation like Bosnia or routine jobs at military installations around the world are in the line of fire constantly USO stays open thanks to the efforts of volunteers who give of their time and money and organizations who donate items and money to provide refreshments a quiet place away from the airport terminals and many times information to help them to get to their next duty station Whether the person who walks through that center door is a 17year veteran of the services or a new recruit fresh out of boot camp these people need our respect and appreciation As a proud volunteer at the USO I ask your help in informing your readers that USO exists and needs their support WENDY FLORES SEATTLE Dear Wendy Im pleased to pass along the word that such a worthwhile organization is alive and well I vividly remember the USO from World War II Its volunteers and contributors deserve praise for continuing to provide a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for our servicemen and women who are far away from home An excellent way to support our soldiers Is to support the USO Dear Abby I just broke off all ties to a woman who has been my best friend lover and partner in life As in any relationship weve had our share of problems Unfortunately the most recent was too difficult for me to overcome Rene felt she needed to satisfy her curiosity She met someone new and now spends all her time with him What Rene doesnt know is that her new friend is trying to satisfy his curiosity with three or four other women as well as satisfying Rene I rr JU7TLV L T J T military have concrete evidence that proves his guilt Should I give her the information I have prior to her being hurt or should I wait until shes been burned let her learn a lesson and then present her with the evidence CM IN PHOKNfX Dear If year ex girlfriend has an emotional investment in this new man its unlikely that shell believe you if you try to intervene Stay out of the line of fire Lets hope shes had the good sense to use Agreement reached on expanding TV ratings lawmakers say ByJEANNINEAVERSA Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP The TV industry has agreed in principle tq revamp its 6monthold program ratings system to give parents better tools to shield children from violence sex and potentially offensive language key lawmakers say By Oct 1 parents can expect to see the letters L and D show up alongside the ratings that now flash in the upperleft comer of TV screens for 15 seconds at the beginning of a program The letters stand for violence sex and language that could be viewed as offensive The for suggestive dialogue would indicate language filled with sexual innuendo Rep Billy Tauzin said the agreement was reached Wednesday night between the industry and parents groups childrens advocates and others and would be signed today Assuming that happens Vice President Al Gore was expected to announce the accord at the White White House source said speaking on condition of anonymity We are putting the finishing touches on an agreement involving modifications to the TV parental said Dennis Wharton a Spokesman for the National ciation of Its a done Sen John JcCain one of several lawmakers who pressured broadcast and cable networks to strengthen the ratings voluntarily or face the possibility of having Congress do it for them ABC CBS and Fox are part of the agreement along with the major cable networks NBC is not There is no place for government involvement in what people watch on NBC said in a statement Wednesday night Beth Comstock an NBC spokeswoman said the network would continue using the existing six tier agebased ratings system and would add additional unspecified information about a shows content on a casebycase basis EXPANDED TV RATINGS By Oct 1 parents can expect to see the following letters alongside of the ratings that now flash in the upper righthand corner of the television screen for 15 seconds at the beginning of a program V S L D violence sex language suggestive dialogue But McCain and other lawmakers said they expected NBC to adopt the same ratings by fall The American Psychiatric Association one of the groups involved in the ratings negotiations and some small unidentified cable companies also shunned the agreement McCain and Tauzin said Meanwhile the Screen Actors Guild the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America have threatened to file a lawsuit against the revamped ratings citing free speech concerns Also they have argued that the current system has not been given enough time to work One or all of the new S L and D notations would be added to the present fTVPG for parental guidance suggested TV14 fojr programs unsuitable for children under 14 and TVMA for mature audiences only Since they took effect Jan 1 the TV ratings have been attacked by parents groups and some lawmakers for not giving parents enough information to make decisions about childrens viewing choices Most shows now are rated TV PG including episodes of Star Trek Voyager and Montel By tightening descriptions critics hope to reduce the number of PG rated shows which should give parents a better idea of content In addition five people a majority of them parents will Curriculum vote looms as criticism praise swirl By PEGGY FIKAC Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP With a final vote looming on Texas new school curriculum conservative critics urged a public outcry to change what they consider a flawed document But Republican Gov George W Bush stood firm in backing it The State Board of Education is scheduled to take a preliminary vote Thursday and final action Friday on revised curriculum standards for English math science health and social studies Nearly 80 people have signed up to testify at a Thursday hearing On the eve of that meeting Education Commissioner Mike Moses held a news conference to tout support from education experts for the states first wholesale rewrite of education standards in more than a decade These are recognized scholars who have stepped forward and said that they would endorse our said Moses who was appointed by Bush on the recommendation of the State Board of Education Among those supporting the rewrite Moses said Wednesday are Texas historian Fehrenbach who called the social studies curriculum proposal not a perfect but I believe it will mark a very great step forward from where we are now Diane Ravitch a professor of educational policy at New York University and Barbara Fcorman professor and director for the Center for Academic and Reading Skills at the University of TexasHouston Health Science Center Education board members already have approved a new curriculum for geometry Algebra I and 11 and enrichment courses including fine arts and career and technology The curriculum forms the basis for statewide tests and the adoption of instructional materials Lots Available MO CAU join a existing board that reviews TV shows to whether they have been rated appropriately That board is now filled only with industry members The onscreen ratings also will be larger and more frequent Removing one of the biggest stumbling blocks to a deal McCain Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and other senators signed a letter Wednesday promising to oppose any legislation that would impose ratings McCain also promised to block any legislation that would make TV stations and cable networks air more familyfriendly shows Negotiators have been striving to reach an agreement before the Federal Communications Commission holds its first hearing next Monday on the effectiveness of the industrys rating system A 1996 telecomrhtinications law requires the FCC to review the ratings system If the FCC finds it unacceptable it can appoint a panel to create a new system but the TV industry is not required to use 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