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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                4 Q HeraldZeitung O Tuesday October Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page call 625 9144 Ext 220 QUOTABLE As men are seldom disposed to complain until they at least imagine themselves injured so there is no injury which they will remember so long or resent so deeply as that of being threatened into Robert Hall author E D I TO R I A L Give domestic violence victims needed help Domestic violence is not something many people want to talk about Its between them and its not any of our business seems to be the belief of those who hesitate to take action to stop domestic violence when they know it is happening October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but it is a problem that haunts society month after month and year after year In 1996 people in Texas were victims of domestic violence Locally New Braunfels police reported 386 inci dents of domestic violence and Comal County Sheriffs Office had 245 reports These figures do not indicate how many times a spouse or a child was beaten and had to have law enforcement step in to stop the abuse New Braunfels is fortunate to have Teen Connection and the Comal County Womens Center here to serve the victims of domestic violence Without their help these victims would have to suffer in silence and without hope The womens cen ter provides temporary emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse and for their children as well Allowing the woman to come to a place for help and bring her children with her gives her that much more encour agement to get out of an abusive situation At Teen Connection there is a safe place for teens to go when there is no end to domestic violence at home The center strives to improve communication between family members through programs such as recreational therapy and substance abuse counseling And we can do our part by being good neighbors If you suspect someone might be the victim of domestic violence lend your support If you hear fighting next door call the said Amy Thompson childrens program coordinator at the womens center Reach out to someone who may be Community support of these programs would go a long way toward addressing domestic violence locally These vic tims are our neighbors our friends our relatives With our help and the help of the womens center and Teen Connection domestic violence victims do not have to suffer in silence Todays 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 punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung 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 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 Edmonson Marketing Director Ext Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager Ext Reininger Business Manager Ext Lee Hall Circulation Director Ext Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman Ext Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZtitws USPS 377880 707 Landa St or Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County TX 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeruldZeinwg in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months S37 one year Senior 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 830 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 on Sunday POSTMASTER Send address changes to the Braunfels HeraldZeitutig Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 78131 1328 Opinion Online contact To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the managing editors address is NBHZeitung@AOL.com Tougher laws dont mean less drug use AUSTIN Another liberal victo ry Yup proved right again It took only a little more than 20 years and God knows how many ruined lives Return with me now to the days of yesteryear when things were very much as they are now and the con servatives kept claiming to be Tuff On Crime while painting the squishyhearted liberals as Soft On Crime If you are not old enough to remember those longago days in the late 60s early 70s try 1994s gov ernors race to refresh your memory In those bygone times children the Great State of Texas had bizarrely punitive drug laws the sen tence for firstoffense possession of any amount of marijuana no matter how small was twoyearstolife Right you got it You could get life for firstoffense possession of the ganja that dropped out of the end of a friends joint as he smoked it in your car were it to be found there by the police months later Were such sentences actually given and served Well yes sort of Lots of people got 10 years for pos session and if the cops didnt like you for some other reason you could draw lots of hard time Perhaps the most famous victim of our thendrug laws was Lee Otis Johnson a student at Texas Southern University of the variety known as Lee Otis Johnson had organized demon strations yes actual legal demon strations at TSU protesting among other things police con duct The facts in Johnsons drug trial were uncontested The young man had been at a party where marijuana was smoked He took a joint from the person sitting next to him and with Molly Ivins out taking a hit passed it to the person on his other side Said person was an undercover nar cotics officer who then busted Johnson as a pusher under thenTexas law anyonp who gave a controlled substance to another whether for profit or not was a pusher Lee Otis Johnson got 30 years in prison for his transgression The idea said our friends who were Tuff On Crime was prison sen tences so long that no one would dare have anything to do with drugs And did this work Not worth a byGod thank you This was the era when marijuana was on every campus yea verily even You couldnt go to a Willie Nelson concert without noticing that cloud of funny blue smoke and heaven knows what the people at rock concerts were using The fabled Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin was full of wacky tabaccy dope and beer were more common at social occasions than cheese and Ritz crackers and generally speaking Texans got just as high just as often as folks with more civilized drug laws Given our proximity to Mexico the source of much marijuana in those days proba bly more so We just paid a heavier penalty Heres a true political story from those days Lee Otis Johnsons mani festly unjust 30year sentence became a rallying point for those who wanted to change the drug laws People drove around with bumper stickers on their cars that said Free Lee Otis When Poor OP Preston Smith was running for reelection in 1970 he made an appearance at the University of Houston where the students had organized a demonstra tion and began chanting Free Lee Otis Free Lee Otis in the midst of the governors speech POP Smith was unable to finish his speech Great was the editorial dudgeon in every state newspaper the next day Governor unable to continue speech why if these kids arent at college to learn etc Next day reporters asked Poor Ol Preston what he thought of the FreeLeeOtis demonstration Free Lee Otis replied the guv Is that whut they was sayin I thought they was yellin Frijoles I couldnt understand whut they had against frijoles I think thats some kinda dried It was the time of the intergenera tional failure to communicate In any case so great was the moroniry of these drug laws that the Texas Legislature its very own tuff oncrime self changed the law First offense possession eventually became a misdemeanor But in an unhappy instance of synchronicity just as our legislature was moving to lessen drug penalties at least on mar ijuana the New York Legislature was going in the other direction Their thenGov NotSoPoor Ol Nelson Rockefeller got took hard with a fit of tuffoncrime including life sentences for users Rockefeller actually cited Texas as a model when he proposed this folly saying our tuff drug laws had worked so well no one down here dared to use illegal drugs We all waved away the billowing clouds of fiinny blue smoke and looked north whomperjawed It was not as though New York could communicate with Texas only by Pony Express in 1973 the tele graph had been invented This very episode first caused me to propose that Texas be declared the National Bad Gummint Laboratory Any time that someone in another state came up with a Truly Bad Idea they could send an investigative commission to Texas where we had already tried said bad idea of course to study the results and act accordingly Sort of the reverse of Toronto But New York just couldnt wait to study our results so it went right ahead and passed those Rockefeller drug laws and you know the rest of the story New York has been drug free ever since right Lo and behold nearly a quarter of a century later comes a new Republican governor of New York Poor Ol George Pataki and guess what Yup he wants to scrap all those bad old Rockefeller drug laws with the long fixed sentences and give judges some flexibility to order drug treatment and other alternatives Especially for people who are a threat mostly to themselves My my my Turns out that all those years of keeping all those nonviolent people in prison was a huge waste of money says Brother Pataki Every now and again those con servatives do catch on but they still havent given up calling liberals Soft On Crime Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth Letters to the Editor Carnival booths offered lessthanwholesom e prizes Editor My family and I went to the Comal County Fair last weekend We were hoping to have some good clean familytype fun We did However I was shocked to see the prizes at one of the carnival booths It was the kind of booth where the patron throws a ring and loops a prize The prizes were necklaces etc with oozies dan gling from them and play grenades I repotted this to the fair office but was referred to the carnival office I do not want this kind of paraphernalia in our community I certainly do not want it at a place like a carnival that draws a lot of young people We need to speak up as a community and tell these carnivals that if they want to come to our area they need to clean up their act Save the mari juana leaf mirrors and the oozies for the big city Melissa Gavlick Spring Branch Humane Society turns cans into cash Editor They might not be doggie biscuits but during October and November aluminum cans are the preferred treat of adoptable animals at the Humane Society of New Braunfels Area During this special time the Humane Society of New Braunfels Area will recycle aluminum cans in a communitywide drive to raise needed funds Our local collection drive is part of Paws to the only nationwide aluminum can recy cling program benefitting animal shelters Throughout the past three years shelters partici pating in Paws to Recycle have recycled more than 3 million pounds of aluminum cans to benefit adoptable animals and nonprofit groups that sup port their continued care What do aluminum cans do for dogs and cats looking for a loving home They help to provide critical operating funds for continued shelter oper ations The Humane Society of New Braunfels Area will earn needed cash for every pound of alu minum cans its recycles The more it recycles the more well earn We also are competing for one of Paws to Recycles grand prizes and we need the support of the citizens of New Braunfels and surrounding areas to win Its easy bring your cans to 1920 Kuehler Monday through Saturday from 10 to 4 For more information feel free to contact me at 6295287 Cheryl Krueger Humane Society of New Braunfels Area Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Oct 7 the 280th day of 1997 There are 85 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct the second Battle of Saratoga began during the American Revolution The British forces under Gen John Burgoyne surrendered 10 days On this date In 1765 the Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England In 1849 author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40 In 1868 Cornell University was inaugurated in Ithaca In 1940 Artie Shaw and his Orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichaels Stardust for RCA Victor In 1949 the Republic of East Germany was formed In 1954 Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera in New York In 1960 Democratic presidential candidate John F Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard M Nixon held the second of their broad cast debates In 1963 President Kennedy signed the documents of ratification for a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union In 1968 the Motion Picture Association of America adopted its filmrating system ranging from G for general audiences to X for adult patrons only In 1982 the Andrew Lloyd WebberTim Rice musical featuring the popular song opened on Broadway In 1985 Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard Ten years ago President Reagans advisory commission on AIDS was left seemingly in disarray as its chair man Dr W Eugene Mayberry and its vice chairman Dr Woodrow A Myers resigned   

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