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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HKKALDZiilTl INC November 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NliW HERALDZEITUNG New ZcituiiK was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Brian News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Some gifts do not come from stores The holiday shopping frenzy gets under way but one of the most important gifts you can give this season does not come in a Many nonprofit organizations and charities are suffering in the wake of the 11 terrorist Residents here and across the country opened their hearts and wallets to the victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon While their generosity is certainly and the money definitely was some local organizations are finding there is no money left to help carry on the work they do here Two organizations that could use some holiday cheer this year are the United Way and Hope United Way is the midst of a fundraising effort and is halfway to reaching that Hope which provides hospice care and support for terminally ill patients and their has been particularly hardhit for dona tions this Donations to these organizations are gifts that go to many United Way provides funds to 25 agencies serving elderly and the needy in our Hope Hospice reaches out in edu cational and support programs for people nearing StKe end of their If youhave the the easiest gift to make and the one that will touch the most people is a Make a donation in someones name and send a Christmas card to let that person know he or she also made a difference in our Honor a loved one in Hope Hospices Tree of Life in Main Or just make an anonymous dona and let the warmth and good will fill your heart through If you do not have the give your which is just as valuable in many Many such as the childrens and womens also can use gently used toys and other Looking for the perfect gift does not take long when you commit to giving back to your communi You need only look as far as your own Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 327th day of There are 38 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On the Peo ples Republic of China was seated in the Security On this date In Frederick repudiated the British Stamp In the 14th president of the United Franklin was born in In the first jukebox made its debut in San Fran at the Palais Royale Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual Letters should be kept to 250 an address and a telephone which are not for publica must be included for confirmation Preference is given to writ ers who have not been pub lished in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Crime victim fund helps law enforcement The 77th Legislature passed several bills that will enhance Crime Victims Compensation Fund programs for law enforcement agencies and Let me high light some of these changes for Crime victims funding enhanced The way victims are treated at the scene of the crime often determines whether they follow through later to help prose cute Crime victims liaison officers say law enforce ment has a lot to gain by being on the front line of victim Law enforcement officers who show concern for crime vic tims also motivate Texans to report crimes and to willingly act as Cooperation by the citizen ry improves the capability of law enforcement to investigate and solve A police officer who treats a crime victim with dignity and compassion assures that he or she will make a good witness for the prosecution when the case goes to Involving victims in the justice process can increase the number of successful prosecutions of Since eveiy Texas law enforcement agency has been required to assist crime victims under Article of the Code of Criminal Victims liaison personnel are mandated by this law to provide information and assistance to crime Before the passage of these JOHN CORNYN police officers were often frustrated by the lack of time or resources to help crime The 77th Legislature appropriated funds for a million increase over the program amount in the past For 2002 the Crime Victims Services Division has awarded million in grants from the Crime Victims Compensation Fund to 61 programs to aid crime This grant cre ated in provides funding for victim assis tance coordinators in prose cutors as well as victim liaison personnel in law enforcement The grant funds salary and training beginning this fringe benefits and travel The maximum amount award ed to any one program is Disability coverage for peace officers Bill a police officer in suffered a career ending injury when he responded to a 1996 domestic violence call in a public He found 19 yearold Kelvin Scott hit ting his girlfriend and threatening to shoot Scott punched Officer Biles in the face when he attempted to question him about the Scott then shot the officer in the chest three times with a caliber He might have killed the offi cer had his gun not jammed on the fourth Officer Biles is perma nently still carry ing one slug near his he can not obtain financial assistance from his Waco had no disability insurance coverage for peace officers at the time of Biles dis abling Waco is not the only city without such Very few state or local gov ernment entities are able to provide disability insur ance for peace Responding to the need for such the 77th Legislature amended the law to entitle peace officers who are totally disabled in the line of duty due to a criminal act to a disability The bill modifying laws governing the Crime Victims Compensation Fund was named in honor of Bill Peace officers who were injured after are eligible to apply for this The fund will pay an amount equal to the average annual salary of the final three years of a qualified peace officers employment less amounts of disability payments the officer receives from other This payment will be adjusted for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index each Those peace officers who qualify are eligible for up to in disability Reimbursement for sexual assault exams Based on the Texas Uniform Crime sexual assaults were committed in Texas in Until a law enforcement agency had to pay all the costs of a med ical examination of a sexu al assault These examinations are necessary to provide the evidence to investigate and prosecute the Agencies in large metro politan areas might have the resources to pay these examination agencies in rural areas or small towns often cannot afford Prosecution of a sexual assault crime should not depend on whether an agency has enough money hi its The 77th Legislature changed the law governing the Crime Victims Compensation Fund to allow reimbursement to a law enforcement agency for the reasonable costs of a medical examination of a victim of an alleged sexual The information gathered must be for the investigation or prosecu tion of the Office of the Attorney General antici pates an increase in the number of medical exami nations as a result of this Police departments need not hesi tate to order a medical examination when a sexual assault is alleged because the cost to the department will be That assures that more offend ers will be caught and malting Texas a safer place to live and John Cornyn is attorney general for A friend to all the world especially twolegged folks Once upon a a decrepit writer lived in a decrepit house with an decrepit Im not You have to that even an decrepit dog is a more cheerful topic than plane war or As most of you I recently retired from my corporate though I will continue to write syndicated columns until 2004 or perhaps depending on the state of my own decrepitude and the patience and interest of the I didnt count on my hotwater heater retiring and announcing its retirement by flooding two closets and my home 1 should have known that it would Its u wellknown fact that if you put down new you will develop plumbing prob I dont have an Maybe its the weight of the new Or possibly its the com CHARLEY REESE motion that installing new carpet At any pipes and appliances that have been wait ing for decades to let the water out suddenly decided to do And that brings me to the This like Rudyard Kiplings is a friend to all the He has never met a human being he didnt though sometimes I think he has his doubts about He once greeted a burglar with his usual silly grin and tail wag No doubt he followed the guy around as he scooped up vari ous stuff from an apartment my exwife was living Never a peep out of He doesnt except on one occasion If hes outside and wants and smearing the slid ing glass doors with dog spit doesnt get my he will yelp followed by a long Two quick yelps followed by a long during which he stares soulfully through the Never Never Always just two Except in that one Ive never heard him make a sound but for an occasion al sneeze or if he happens to have On the other if Mullah Omar and his Taliban cutthroats came crashing through the hed greet them with that same silly grin and wagging Theres a though Im embarrassed to tell you about This you has a passion for peoples legs mine Whenever workmen come as they do when you need a new hot water heater and your carpet dried he follows them every staring lustily at their its kind of fun to watch their Some think that hes threatening to bite them and move away they all discover he has not on his and that makes some of them even more I have to the dog gets a kind of strange look in his eyes as he fol lows their every staring at their grinning up a storm and wagging his tail in time to a He stares at then1 legs the way a normal dog would stare at a Tbone I dont know whats wrong with the He was snipped long Im not taking him to a dog Plain old vets are costly enough some seem to charge more than a pediatrician charges to take care of your two legged Maybe in the next one of the candidates will promise free prescription drugs for cats and I bet that would get a lot of My current dog is such a contrast to my previous the late lamented Wags would not only bark at everything from butterflies to the meter she would do a great deal more than bark if they ven tured into her I was a bit nervous about going out there She was half German shepherd and half with the body of a shepherd and the personality of a Strictly an outside she lived in various foxholes she dug in the at least with the present I dont have to do all the repairs Charley Reese is a syndicated
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