New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
' *Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, August 22,1997 g 3A—Survivor of ovarian cancer speaks out on ‘silent killer’
Dear Abby: Because your column reaches millions of women every day, I am writing to you about a deadly disease that gets little attention, and as a one-year survivor,
I have found women who know little about. It is the disease that killed comedienne Gilda Radner, Cassandra Harris (actor Pierce Bronsan’s wife), actresses Carolyn Jones, Joan .Hackett, Sandy Dennis, Jessica Tandy, singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, and the mother of Olympic skater Oksana Baiul (at age 36) — ovarian cancer.
The deadliest of all gynecological cancers, an estimated 26,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, and 13,000 die from it annually. It is also called the “silent killer” because the symptoms are vague, often ignored or minimized by both patient and physician, and thus usually not diagnosed until it is in an advanced stage. However, there are symptoms and risk factors to know about, and early detection gives the best chance for survival.
Ovarian cancer usually strikes women between the ages of 40 and 70, although I know many women in
their 30s who have it. It is more prevalent in women who have had no pregnancies; have taken fertility drugs, had an early menopause, eaten a high-fat diet or frequently used talcum powder in the genital area. It is also more common in those with a history of breast cancer or ovarian problems, or a family history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer. There are three women in my Ovarian Cancer Support Group at SHARE in New York City who had breast cancer and complained of ovarian cancer symptoms and were not diagnosed until an advanced state.
Symptoms that may indicate ovarian cancer are: abdominal bloating, swelling or pain, urinary
frequency or urgency, constipation, gastrointestinal discomfort such as gas, nausea or indigestion, menstrual abnormalities, back and leg pain and fatigue — symptoms that women and their physicians often downplay or attribute to other causes. Many complain of a feeling of “fullness.”
Since these are symptoms that women may experience from time to time, they are often told by their doctors that it’s “nothing.” These symptoms may be due to other causes, but if they are present for more than a few weeks, insist that your doctor rule out this dreaded disease by performing a pelvic examination, a pelvic sonogram, a CA-125 blood test, which is a marker for ovarian cancer, and if necessary, a CAT scan. Being persistent can save your life.
Abby, if you will print this letter, and if your readers will clip this column to share with their mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and coworkers, you could save many lives. Please help me give this “silent killer” a voice.
Marsha Newman, Long Island City, N.Y.
Dear Marsha: I’m sure many women will be grateful to you for speaking out about this killer.
It is important that all women know the warning signs of cancer and notify their doctors if any unusual symptoms persist for more than a week or two.
That precaution can be a lifesaver.
Dear Abby: Your column about pets being left in hot cars reminded
me of a steamy day last summer.
My car was low on gas, so I pulled into a self-serve station that had no other customers at the time.
As I filled my tank with gas, an attendant came over to admonish me for not having lowered the car’s windows for my dog’s comfort.
I tried to explain that the air conditioner had been left on, and that for the few minutes it would take to fill the tank with gas, the dog would be much more
comfortable with the windows up. r.
Unconvinced, the attendant said, s “A dog can die with the windows;-* up, you know.” .o
Agreeing with the message, if not s the circumstances, I smiled, nodded v and drove off in my still-cool car. v But I was a bit bemused that the attendant showed absolutely not concern for my two children.
They were also in the car with1 my dog. , v
L.F. in Mission Viejo, Calif:'
Lawmakers plan to visit Texas jails
Wisconsin legislators voice concerns about treatment of inmates
By SHARON THEMER
Associated Press Writer
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Legislators plan to investigate conditions in Texas jails where Wisconsin leases space for convicts to alleviate prison congestion, the Assembly majority leader says.
A visit to Texas was proposed several months ago and was “put back onto the front burner’’ because of reports that Missouri inmates were abused by guards in Texas jails. Rep. Steven Foti, R-Oconomowoc, said Thursday.
A 1996 videotape appeared this week op television, described as a , twining film and showing officers ■ Cursing, *kirking and (Hagging • prisoners, stinging some of them with ‘ an electric stun gun.
The videotape led Missouri officials to terminate their contract with a jail in Brazoria County, near Houston.
Wisconsin has sent 538 prisoners to Texas jails since October. None is in Brazoria County.
Foti and at least three other legislators plan a visit Sept. 4-6 to some of the eight jails that have contracts with Wisconsin, questioning Wisconsin inmates.
Michael J. Sullivan, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, said department representatives will make unscheduled inspections in the eight Texas counties and will interview inmates.
Sullivan rejected as unnecessary a proposal by Rep. Spencer Coggs, D-Milwaukee, for an independent ombudsman to represent inmates.
“We already have an ombudsman, Rodney Jeanis, who is a former sheriff in Texas. Jeanis is paid by the state of Wisconsin to monitor the counties that have contracts with the Department of Corrections,’’ Sullivan said in a statement.
Legislators want assurances that jail conditions in Texas are similar to those in Wisconsin prisons “and whether or not the abuse on the tape in Missouri is a one-time thing,” Foti said.
The visit, he said, is unrelated to a letter to Sullivan this week from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin.
ACLU executive director Christopher Ahmuty said inmate complaints include confinement in “cxtOF^I^toNViaqitaEy cond mon*,” inadeuuauuiMical trcamcnLand no parole taw**, ^ v
“One of the njost pernicious things about moving the prisoners from Wisconsin to Texas is the fact that they are removed from advocates like the ACLU ... that can act as a check on these things,’’ Ahmuty said.
Rep. Robert Goetsch, chairman of the Assembly’s corrections committee, said the committee would consider the ACLU request next Thursday.
“Not because I think there’s anything that’s gone wrong in terms of Wisconsin inmates, but I want to make sure no stone is unturned in making sure all the procedures are in place that are required by state law,” Goetsch, R-Juneau, said.
Goetsch is to accompany Foti to Texas.
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third visit to Texas within the next few weeks,” Sullivan said.
Department of Corrections lawyer Dave Whitcomb said there have been complaints about delays in parole hearings but that they are now conducted by telephone without delays.
He was unaware of any complaints about medical treatment or unsanitary conditions, he said.
“We get tens of thousands of complaints in the whole (prison) system,” Whitcomb said. “It doesn’t suggest they have merit just because they are filing complaints.”
Richard Verhagen, supervising the Texas contract, has visited the jails regularly, twice unannounced, Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Clausius said.
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1^97 Property Tax Rates in Comal I.SJX
This notice concern^ 1997 property tax rates for Comal l.S.D. It presents information about three tax rates. Last year’s tax rate is the actual rate the school district used to determine property taxes last year. This year’s effective tax rate would impose the same total taxes as last year if you compare properties taxed in both years. This year’s rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate the school district can set before it must hoto a rollback election. In each case these rates are found by dividing the total amount of taxes and state funds by the tax base (the total value of taxable property )with adjustments as required by state law. The rates are given per $100 of property value. ■*
Last year’s tax rate:
Last year’s operating taxes Last year’s debt taxes Last year’s total taxes Last year’s tax base Last year’s total tax rate
This year’s effective tax rate:
Last year’s adjusted taxes (after subtracting taxes on lost property) t This year’s adjusted tax base
(after subtracting value of new property) ss This year’s effective tax rate
x 1.03 = maximum rate unless the school district
publishes notice and holds heanng
This year’s rollback tax rate:
Amount of local taxes needed based on state funding formulas and 1997-98 student enrollment -r This year’s adjusted tax base
ss This year’s local maintenance
and operation rate OR 19% maintenance and operation rate = This year’s maintenance and operation rate (use grater of 2 rates above)
t This year’s debt rate
-r Rate to recoup loss certified by
commissioner of education = This year’s rollback rate
$ 1.49388/$ I OO _
$ 1.57388 /$100
$_.29491 /$! OO
$ 1.86879 /XIOO
SCHEDULE A: UNENCUMBERED FUND BALANCES
The following estimated balances will be left in the unit's property tax accounts at the end of the fiscal year. These balances are not encumbered by a corresponding debt obligation.
Type of Property Tax Fund Balance
General Fund $5,925,000
Debt Service Fund $2,100,000
SCHEDULE B: 1997 DEBT SERVICE The unit plans to pay the following amounts for long-term debts that are secured by property taxes. These amounts will be paid from property tax revenues (or additional sales tax revenues, if applicable).
Descnption of Debt
Principal or Contract Payment to be paid from Property Taxes
Interest to be Paid from Property Taxes
Other Amounts to be Paid
Pub Prop Finance Cont
Pub Prop Finance Cont
Pub Prop Finance Cont
Total required for 1997 debt service
- Amount (if any) fcaid from funds listed in
- Excess collections last year
= Total to be paid from taxes in 1997
♦ Amount added in anticipation that the unit will
collect only 100% of its taxes in
= Total Debt Levy
This notice contains a summary of actual effective and rollback tax rates calculations. You may inspect a copy of the full calcula-
lions at the Comal Appraisal District or the Comal Independent School district Administrative Building.
Name of person preparing this notice E. Kyle Cabc
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Date Prepared August 14, 1997
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