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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung g Sunday, February 4,1996 O 5 A;, TB cases rising; testing urged LETTERS By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Although January, which is Tuberculosis (TB) awareness month, is past, people need to be aware of the signs and dangers of TB daily, regardless of the month, said the American Lung Association of Texas. According to the American Lung Association of Texas, TB case rates have risen almost every year since 1987. The Texas Department of Health, TB Elimination Division, estimates approximately 3,000 new TB cases are expected to be reported when 1995 results are computed. Ramon Luna, TB Nurse Coordinator for Region XIII with the Texas Department of Health, said TB is a micro bacteria that commonly attacks the lungs. However, he said, it can attack other parts of the body, including the bones. “It usually attacks your lungs. But the other times, it can attack anywhere for that matter,” said Luna. Luna said the bacteria that causes TB of the lungs is airborne, and can live in the air for five or six hours. He said anyone in close physical proximity to an infected person can become infected. He said this is why it is often more common among low socio-economic families that have extended family members living together in close living quarters. “In other words, if you’re in a crowded room with someone who is positive with the infection and they breath, sneeze, or cough, you can contract it,” he said. “But, it’s usually repeated and prolonged exposure. It’s usually not a one-time thing.” Luna said people need to be aware of the symptoms of TB. They include coughing, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, chills, difficulty breathing, fatigue, fever, weakness and coughing up blood. A person experiencing these should contact a physician and get a skin test done. Luna said children are usually tested through the school in the first and seventh grade. However, he said, adults should be tested every couple of years just to be on the safe side. People who deal with the public and can be exposed to TB frequently should be tested more often. “There are what you can consider higher risk employment areas, such as in a doctor’s office. These people need to be checked more often,” he said. Luna said individuals under the age of 35 who test positive, but do not have symptoms yet, can take preventive medicine. He also added that most doctors will refer patients with a positive test result to his office, where follow-ups, medicines, and x-rays are free of charge. “Everything’s free just to make sure they get the treatment needed to keep it under control and prevent it from spreading,” said Luna. “That’s your tax dollars at work.” News f r o rn D i t flinger Library * Currently on display in the library’s lobby case are books by local authors. The public is invited to stop by and view the display Ignoring our New Braunfels authors. Some familiar names may even surprise you! * Readers Advisory: “May we suggest ...” For the many readers who love the legal thrillers of John Grisham, try these authors: Jay Brandon (a San Antonian), Philip Friedman, John Lsscroart, Steve Martini, Richard Patterson and Nancy Taylor Rosenberg. * Reference Service: “We’re glad you asked that question ...” Some of the many interesting reference questions received in January: What should I feed my hedgehog? How do you hypnotize someone? Who was Miss Texas in 1925? What is the history of the Olympic torch? How do you train a mouse to run through a maze? What is the definition of “freak”? * The library now has nine titles by the very popular natural/mystical health “guru” Deepak Chopra. Chopra is the author of such books as Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons in Creating the Life You Want. * The Answer is Yes! This is the response to the many requests we have had to purchase Primary Colors, by Anonymous. This title, (an insider’s “novel” based on a certain Washington D.C. resident and his family, is currently on order. ASTHMA SUFFERERS!!! Do you take medicine for your asthma? lf so, you may be eligible for an asthma research study. Procedures at no charge. * Lab Testing * Physican Monitoring! * Lung Function Testing Paid up to $390! CENTRAL TEXAS HEALTH RESEARCH 629-9036 Front Porch A Gifts & Interior Design 25% Off Pre-Valentines Special "Historic Schmitz Hotel" 471-A Main Plaza, Afrw Braunfels, TX ~ 2 J0-629-0660 J December 1,1995, AAR? B.C.B.S. mailed notification of a premium increase of up to 40% on their Medicare Supplements. SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER YOE. Iim Jordan Insurance Agency Jim Ai Cindy Jordan • 1-800-637-3039 A UTDMATIC CLAIMS FIUNO LONO-TERM I CARE COVERAGE AVAILABLE! Mooneys efforts paying off Dear Editor, An acknowledgment of appreciation is in order! Jim and Muriel Mooney have contributed their skills and labor plus a considerable amount of their personal finances to instruct, train and qualify 60-some of our local senior citizens for the concealed handgun carry license. As is so often the case, when the man steps up, there is a woman at his side to make the sacrifices and render the civic service. “THANK YOU, JIM AND MURIEL!” From those of us who so passionately cherish all of the rights granted by our Constitution Facts of case must be considered Dear Editor, I would like to talk about the boy on Schuetz Lane — the child molester that we keep hearing about or reading about. When I think of a “child molester,” I think of someone pretty horrible — someone very sick in the head. Isn’t that the first thing that comes to mind to most people? Not a young couple, the boy 18 and the girl 14 in a relationship having sex. I think we need to look at a situation very closely before we start judging, lf this is the case, how many sex molesters do we have in our town? I’m sure a lot more than one. How many of us can say we haven’t dated someone four or five years younger than us? I’ve been married thirty years and my husband is six years older than I am. I think we need to quit judging people before we know the whole story. I’m a neighbor and I’m very sorry I prejudged before I heard the whole story. We always hear the bad about our kids. How often do we hear the good? Proud and not afraid to be your neighbor, Jeanette Albrecht Dittos for guest columnist Dear Editor, My letter is in reference to the recently published Opinion item by Dottie Duke entitled “City looking for federal handouts.” She was “on target" when she wrote, “You can’t have less federal government and less taxes and also have all these ... federal grants” being sought Rainbow Psychic Amia:inc; Accur ach! urn • * /rA y^s\n\ss v\s\ * JuSii I *    \    \wb\ vv\syn\    ★    ose&s 11 wMf f\\ I VIN SA NOsWWVtS C3SNS\KY VAW VAN.YANWS ‘ Since 1978'' (210)620-5960 1522 Hwy 46, New Braunfels and received by the city, as well as some local organizations. Sincerely, Doris M. Brown School breaks interfere with scheduling Dear Editor, Here it is, the fourth week of school after a two-week Christmas break and we are about to come upon the first of two second semester breaks. Again, I ask why do we need two one-week long breaks during the second semester? In the fall, there are a few holidays and the Thanksgiving break. It is time to take a serious look at the number of breaks that our children are taking in the spring, and what the surrounding communities have to offer our children for things to do during this time off. Right close to our district are two amusement attractions that are NOT open during the two breaks that CI SD has chosen in the past to take. Both of these attractions are open during March for the use of families who have children off from school. Why can not the CISD go to a one-spring-break format calendar and allow our children this opportunity to enjoy these theme parks? The other aspect of this is that there are many families with both the mother and father working. These two breaks cause an added financial burden to these families in that for the smaller children, there is an additional week of day care that must be paid for. I am asking that during the time that the CISD is looking at next year’s calendar, that the school board consider these facts and seriously look at a school calendar with only one spring break for the 1996-97 school year, lf extra days must be given off, give them in the form of national holidays. Please consider the financial burden placed on families where both parents must work in order to provide a good environment for our children to live in. The other aspect to consider is that you could look at allowing the children to get out of school a week earlier. This would be a time when many families could take advantage of non-crowded areas of the country and take their summer vacations earlier. This would also allow our own tourist-related industries to begin their season earlier. As it is this year, we have a graduation and VISA MASTERCARD GUARANTEED APPROVAL! Become a credit card holder of two of the most widely used credit cards in the world, regardless of your credit history! 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Le Blanc Jr. Garden Ridge Headline correction too little, too late Dear Editor, As you may imagine, our city continues to suffer the aftershocks of the inaccurate headline article in your newspaper of Jan. 19, “Sex offender moves into Garden Ridge.” Upon reading the article on its date of publication, and noting that the street referred to was not in the city of Garden Ridge, nor did the article itself mention our city, I called Mr. Loveday to advise him of the error and requested a retraction/clarification. A small correction item was, in fact, published in your following Sunday edition, but as you undoubtedly already know, corrections in small print never receive the attention that errors in headlines receive. I cease to understand why Garden Ridge was the subject of the article when the text of the article did not mention our city nor did the erroneous companion “sex offender notification” on page 2 of the Jan. 19 edition identify our city (granted it inaccurately identified the city of New Braunfels). Recognizing that we are all capable of mistakes, I would suggest, however, that an article of such significance to any community, i.e., about “sex offenders,” would necessitate added accuracy by the newspaper staff. Worse yet, your headline article received top billing on the evening television news for KSAT-TV at IO p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24 and again on Friday, Jan. 26. I was asked by the KSAT-TV news director if our chief of police or I would like to appear on camera to correct the mistake. I advised Mr. Boyle that we most assuredly would not want to do so since the city did not participate in the inaccuracy! The news media are an absolutely vital source of information for our people; the accuracy of that information is equally as vital. Sincerely, Jay P. Minikin, mayor Garden Ridge ‘‘English-only” column misses mark Dear Editor, In your Opinion section of the Jan. 30 edition, you produced an article entitled “English-only policy not American.” The article completely missed the principle reason for an English-only policy. There is nothing wrong with thfc ability to speak another language other than English. Most educators and businessmen encourage the learning of another language. An English-only policy encompassed not just the English language but als6 the cultural heritage of America. Ameri-ica is more than its language. It is its freedom based upon the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the U.S. Philosophers have concluded that democracy is not possible without widespread acceptance of individual dignity. Immigrants from Asia and Latii) America have no experience with democracy and have only a limited respect for individual dignity. By adopt! ing English, the new immigrants hav£ taken only the first step in accepting the American culture. It is, however, the most important step. In Texas, we formerly recognized Texas Independence Day and San Jac-t into Day. Now we recognize only Cini co de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day. This latter policy will not encourage or enhance a Mexican immigrant’s acceptance of the American cultural heritage. Sincerely yours,    i. John L Proctor New Braunfels Edward M. Wuensch, D.D.S. invites you to visit his new location at 651 South Walnut, Suite B HEB Shopping Center New Braunfels, Texas 629-9000 1 submdmry at Smmsung Electronics Okay, heart/. Tired of hearing ca£    yall    the time? Then yto this sgg? and get your 2$f a FREE NEO PHO with a FREE Accessory from Kraft Mobiletel. 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