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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, February 6, 1997 □ 3 Diabetics now have additional support emu “Pay as You Go’ Is Wisdom Mostly Ignored by the Young by Abigail Van Buren 01987 Uravwaal Ptm* Syncfteato Morales tells public universities to use race-neutral policies only By JUAN B. ELIZONDO JR. Associated Press AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Dan Morales has elaborated -on an opinion he rendered last August on a ban against Texas colleges and universities using race in decisions concerning admissions, financial aid or scholarships. He said in a legal opinion Wednesday that only race-neutral policies can be used. Legal opinions from the attorney general carry the weight of law. Morales said a federal court decision last year made it clear that Texas schools cannot use affirmative action to increase and maintain minority student enrollment. Morales’ opinion came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appeals court decision to throw out the University of Texas Law School’s former admissions policy, which was designed to increase minority enrollment. The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans last year said the policy discriminated against whites, and the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the ailing to stand. Since then. Texas universities have struggled to deal with the results of the lawsuit. It’s known as the Hopwood case, after lead plaintiff Cheryl Hopwood, one of four white students who sued after not getting into the law school. "Let us focus our time, energy and creativity on finding alternative ways to promote cultural diversity and equal opportunity in our universities instead of fighting a legal reality,” Morales said. Morales suggested that school officials consider age, socioeconomic history, financial status, hometown, family background and personal talents as ways of maintaining and increasing diversity. Wind blamed for botched controlled bum By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Diabetics who live alone or don't know much about their disease now have a place to turn to. The Diabetes Education and Support Group began their first session this morning at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler. The group was formed with the help of Paula Bergen Morales, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with The Medical Team. The Medical Team is a home health care agency with offices in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Canyon Lake. Morales said the Diabetes Education and Support Group was formed after a suggestion by a diabetic friend. “Well, I noticed as I was reading the newspaper and being a diabetic educator that there were no support groups available in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels,” Morales said. ‘‘My friend from Canyon Lake who has diabetes asked me to call the Canyon Lake Action Center to see if they Polie Beat New Braunfels Police Department Tuesday Arrest on warrants for aggregated theft, Austin woman, 33, bond $30,000. Report of burglary of habitation, 1057 Linde, TV, value $300. Report of burglary of motor vehicle, 1565 Business 35, credit cards take and $ 1,000 of damage to vehicle. Report of theft, 1185 Interstate 35, Ram’s Store, $10 of gas. Report of burglary of nonhabitation, 422 Rusk, storage building, VCR, value $25. Comal County Sheriffs Office Saturday Arrests for possession of marijuana, two New Braunfels residents, 17-ycar-old man and 17-year-old woman. Jan. 31 Report of theft, 3900 N. Interstate 35, Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Report of theft, construction site, 32808 Glen View, Canyon Lake, scaffolding, lumber and a trailer, total value $5,180. Jan. 28 Report ^f burglary of vehicle, 200 Cranes Mill Manna, Canyon Lake. could hold a diabetes support group.” The support group will meet from 9 to IO a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The sessions are free and are offered to adult diabetics. Morales said diabetes is a very difficult disease to handle. “It is the number one cause of blindness, amputations in the U.S.' and most people on kidney dialysis machines arc on diabetes," she said. “Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death to heart disease and stroke.” The group sessions will allow diabetics to learn many things. Morales said. “They will learn how to live healthy with diabetes by learning management techniques to control their blood sugar levels,” Morales said. “They will learn about meal planning according to the American Diabetic Association. They will learn safe exercise techniques to lower their blood sugar, and they will learn what behavioral changes they need to make to keep the blood sugar at normal levels." For more information, contact Morales at 629-8181. DEAR ABBY: I strongly disagree with your response to “Too Trusting in Delaware" last summer. You stated that most parents are repaid money they lend to their children. In my experience (and that of 97 percent of my friends and acquaintances), parents of today are not repaid. You missed the sad point of the letter: that the children are not “dishonest" or “bad" — they are financially irresponsible. Young people starting out today want everything; they never want to wait. The terms “budget* and “save" are meaning* less to them. Borrowing money to buy a computer and Christmas presents is typical of their mentality. We were brought up to see food, shelter and basic clothing as the only essentials Today, young people believe that television sets, computers. answering machines, pagers, CDs, videos, microwaves, etc., are required items. Their credit cards are “maxed" out and they need cosigners on loans — but they continue to buy, buy, buy. Advice from parents is unwelcome. They only want gifts or “loans.” If parents refuse, they are considered selfish. “You have everything and/or lots of money" is the lament. I have learned to respond, “I didn’t have everything at your age. I have acquired my possessions (or money) through years of working and saving. Try it!" HAPPILY SELFISH PARENT, HAYWARD, CALIF DEAR HAPPILY SELFISH PARENT: You jsald that you were brough! up to tee food, shelter and basic clothing as the only essentials, but apparently that message wasn’t taken to heart by your own children. Of course, it’s never too late to learn to be financially re sponsible, so you are not wrong to deny them money for luxuries. But please go a little easier on the young people of today, many of whom were never taught the importance of living within their means. *•* DEAR ABBY: This is for the woman who says she despises bumming rides: Did it ever occur to her to put a couple of dollars in an envelope and give it to the driver? I drive, and I never refuse a ride to anyone from our church who asks, but the cold hard facts are it costs me money to drive my car. My insurance is $900 a year. I .ast year I spent about $800 on repairs, plus gas, oil and parking. There are a few folks (very few) who will slip a couple of dollars into my purse. These' people are picked up at their door, rain or shine, and returned there. For years, my mother lived in Florida. She didn’t drive, but she always gave the driver $2 for gas. Abby, please' tell these* people to “wake up" — I am living on a limited income. No name, please'. Sign me ... CHICAGO DEAR CHICAGO: I’m printing your letter with the hope that those people who are given chauffeur service routinely will see themselves, and reward the driver appropriately. •*« Abby ibarn more of bor favorite, •aSp*tWPWP*rr r*cipeo. To orator, tend a bulls—-a1—, •Hf-«ddr**o*d Oft vt lop*. plus check or money order for SS.SS ($4.50 in Canada) lo: Dear Abby. More Favorite Keripea, IM). Bo* 447, Mount Morris. III. 81054-0447. (Postage is included.) By DAVID DEKUNDER Stat! Writer What started out as a routine controlled bum at the Comal County Road Department on Highway 46 became too much to handle for county employees Wednesday morning. Road department employees were burning brush, which had been cut oft' county-road rights of way, when the sparks from the fire jumped over to a pile of several tires, setting them on fire. "The sparks flew over there and caught the stuff,” County Fire Marshal Milton Wittmann said. “They have a big area where they bum the brush. They started the fire at around 8 a m. When they started Comfort Suites Newly built rooms with refrigerators, microwave ovens ik coffee makers. Latg* conference rooms also v    available. 1489 135 North 643-1100 the fire it was calm and the winds were from 6 to 8 mph Then the wind picked up and spread it to tires that were ready to be hauled away ... which was probably 50 to 60 feet away.” New Braunfels l ire Department firefighters were dispatched to the road department at around l> am, Willmann said. Firefighters extinguished the fire within minutes. "It took them six to seven minutes to get there." Willmann said. “It took about four to five minutes to put it under control and then they stayed another 20 to 30 minutes to make sure everything was out.” Willmann said there were 20 to 30 tires inlhe pile that burned No injuries or property damage were reported in the fire /~— A [The Angels Are kb * V Coming... -J Three-nay effort nabs drug suspects By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A joint investigation by three local law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrests of two Austin men Tuesday for charges of possession of drugs totaling a street value of $183,740, police said. Trace Dwain Engel, 26, and Christopher Linden, 24, were arrested in the southeast side of Travis County completing a two-month investigation by the New Braunfels Police Department, the Comal County Sheriffs Office and the Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division. Both were released on $ 10,000 bomi each. Officers were able to seize an estimated IOO marijuana plants, 25 pounds of processed marijuana and 6 1/2 ounces of cocaine during the arrest, police reported. Investigators also believe the subjects were planning to construct a mcthemphetamine laboratory because of other information and items related to the incident, police said. Sheriff and police officials first learned of the alleged operations from informants in the Canyon Lake area who told police about the drug source, said Lt. Dennis Kocpp of the Sheriffs Office. Koepp said DPS officials made the arrests in Travis County after obtaining three search warrants based on the initial investigation by local police. The incident is an example of working together as one investigator from the police department, one from the Sheriffs Office and two from DPS, shared information to make the arrests, police said. Those officers arc now part of a regional drug-task force that police officials hope will strengthen the war on drugs in the area. “We’re not going to let city-limit signs from get in the way of letting us work together," Police Chief Ray Douglas said. "We’re dealing with common criminals and a lot of the time they don’t stop at the city limits. If you don’t worry about the color of the (law enforcement) uniform, it can work." W. e will never forget the wonderful Hospice group who loved and cared for us during Andy’s illness. We love you all. Andy Andrews Family NOW THRU SUNDAY! SAVE UP TO Rash or Hives A Problem? CTHR is conducting a research study for patients with a history of “hives from an unknown cause” involving an investigational medication. 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