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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page HERALDZEITUNG February 2001 FORUM NEW BRAUNFELS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zcitung 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 Jo Lee News Editor 830 6259144 Lawmens deaths might lead to better protection The slayings of two law enforcement officers in 2000 might lead to legislation that would protect lawmen on I Comal County joined the rest of the state in mourn ing the death of Trooper Randall Vetter in The man accused in his Melvin of allegedly had threatened a law officer and had an unpaid seatbelt ticket before Vetter pulled him over for not wearing his safety Hale allegedly shot Vetter in the head and then used Vetters radio to call for Hale now faces a charge of capital Vetters death affected Irving policeman Aubrey Hawkins so much that he asked the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas to take It is a shame that we knew about this persons ideas and his potential for but this trooper was not aware of this dangerous Hawkins wrote in his In the seven escaped prisoners from the Connally prison unit allegedly killed Hawkins during a sporting goods store Now Hawkins mother and CLEAT are asking law makers to enact legislation in his They want the state to provide information about threats motorists make against Officers can access the informa tion through a computer by looking up a license plate number or drivers license Jane RFlower is considering filing the bill and is gauging whether other lawmakers support the The lives of these two young high price to pay for the protection of other police offi deputies and But if anything good could come from their tragic let it be the protection of other lawmen who put their lives on the line to serve the Today in BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 40th day of There are 325 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On the World War II battle of Guadalcanal Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 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 tele phone which are not for 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 Now sponsoring America Corporations in the southwest Pacific end ed with an American victory over Japanese In the ninth presi dent of the United William Henry was born in Charles City AUSTIN Jim an invaluable public once sug gested that politicians be forced to wear the corporate logos of their biggest donors in the fashion of NASCAR race drivers so wed know who theyd sold out Hightower once again has his eye on the shell with the pea under it when it comes to President Bushs The pundit corps has been swooning over the diversity of Bushs picks four a Cuban two a a Lebanese a ChineseAmerican and a President Inclusive chooses a Cabinet that looks like Just one catch Every member is a corpo rate Courtesy of the Hightower here are some of those now running the country Elaine Chao investment bjEUlker and corporate former vieepresident of Bank of America and board member for Northwest Dole Clorox and Norman Mineta corporate VP for Lockheed Martin also former chairman of the House Transportation where his major contributors were the American Trucking General Northwest Union Pacific and United Paul ONeill CEO of Alcoa and previously CEO of International Paper and on the boards of Eastman Kodak and Lucent Gale Norton formerly MOLLY IVINS with the Mountain States Legal an antienvironmental group funded by oil Member of property rights groups funded by Boise DuPont and Louisiana Pacific national chair woman of Coalition for Republican Environmental funded by the American Forest Paper the Chemical Manufacturers Association and John Ashcroft attorney sponsor of Senate bill to extend the patent on the superprofitable allergy pill owned by the giant which gave him for his last Senate He also got million from chemical and paper As Hightower has if you won der why these issues didnt come up in his confirmation consider the state of the Democratic Rod Paige formerly Houston school where he promoted Food service went to Aramark payroll to Peoplesoft and accounting to Last he cut an exclusive marketing deal with Colin Powell on the board of America Online and recipient of a speech to a list of corpora tions too long to Anthony Principi veterans heir to familyowned real estate also former president of QTC Medical Services later with Lockheed Martin and most recently president of the airless tech nology firm Federal Donald Rumsfeld for merly CEO of General Instrument and drug giant Searle also on the boards of Asea Brown Boveri and the Rand Ann Veneman lawyer with a firm specializing in rep resenting agribusiness giants and biotech On board of Calgene a subsidiary of the first firm to market genetically altered Also a partici pant in the International Policy Council of Food and a group funded by Kraft and Tommy Thompson Health and former Wisconsin whose major contributors were hospital doctors and insurance Phillip Morris gave him in campaign Spencer Abraham one term senator especially active in fight over requiring greater fuel efficiency from giving him points with the energy and auto Mel Martinez no corpo rate connections formerly the top manager of Orange Thats and if you have you know that end ing urban sprawl is not his Molly Ivins is a columnist for the Fort Worth Comal County AIDS Task Force continues fight against disease the AIDS community at are fighting against that hidden but among AIDS Acquired Immodeficiency Disease This deadly disease is even more devastating because it carries the social stigma of fear and After a vigil in there was a standstill or a slump that naturally But those involved remained committed to continuing the efforts to erase the disease and the threat of it and support those who have been it was our hope to help stop the spread of that was expected to occur among our We need to name a treasurer to take over the work of managing and we also need to devel op We want to let New Braunfels and Comal County and everyone interested know of our status and what we are currently Were still here and havent quit After watching a 60 Minutes report on I thought it would be imperative and timely to share some knowledge that was Some successful treatments have been found in current As a some people have become complacent sexually as well in as other potentially unsafe The disease continues and in many cases most notably among the youth it has returned to the ini MARCUS MONROE tial levels of new Because the greatest incidence of new infection is said to be occurring among our that is where we really need to there is much reluc tance to initiate sexual education in the schools here by the general let alone AIDS Its a very dangerous stance that the public might be taking and risky for the lives of our Many of you saw my own son read a poem at the candlelight vigil on World AIDS and I want you all to quite natu I told my children all about it at an early I would be sad if they were infected without my having informed them about but Id accept them nonetheless as I hope anyone Many who have been diagnosed already have been on mainte nance drug which is similar to chemotherapy because it is so Researchers have learned that longterm treatment with drugs will develop immuni ty to the drugs over There are also some drastic side Much needs to to hejp those who have Also we need to help those who are at risk of becoming infected with The work of the task force will remain vitally important and critical to the community The epidemic is being attacked on the issues of medication avail ability as well as housing needs here Jay Goodall and I are spearheading these issues The battle must be waged on many other and unfortu there are always too few hands with continuing we hope to match problems with We always will need people eager to help in ancillary The primary point of education should be that the disease is still The disease makes danger ous headway into our bodily sys tems if left And it remains hidden for many years before being And then sometimes it is many more years before it is reported to ones fami ly and The successes of the past are by no means the way to predict our future The drugs are making scars of their We need help to spread the word that the disease is still here and mutating to challenge the drugs being Jane Wyatt of Hospice New Braunfels has sponsored HIV support group meetings for quite some time now with our full sup Even we have been unable to reach many who need They are afraid to show up and admit they have been their families and their partners are assured of our complete confiden But we also need to assure them and model behavior that shows that we dont have to hide the My very best as an never went to his doc tor to get help when he found out and spent the last days in the care of his family in He went to his grave never even admitting to me he had He died without the support of either his community or Id hate for that to happen to to have no one to turn to and nowhere to go for are a caring and I hope that we show it in every way we You all have shown that by appointing me to the Housing Authority Board of and the city coun cil showed confidence in support ing This is a great community and one worth fighting We need the whole of the com both in the education sectors as well as the to show support in appropriate ways so our work can move We are aware of the sensi tive nature of this matter and want to prevent the disease from We already are aware that the nature of having the disease in rural areas such as New Braunfels and Comal County is different than having the dis ease in Goodall is trying to make medications available here to treat HTV Patients often are required to bring their own medications with them when they are admit ted to the We have a a great group of committed people from a broad based spectrum of our commu We meet again this month and hope that if you have any suggestions you will contact The current active members are chair and organiz 6431883 Jay co chair and 6277807 Daryl Higgins of First Protestant Church Gladys Bartling of Comal County Senior Citizen Center Jane Wyatt of Hospice Karen county nurse Thea Chessher of the Unitarian Univeralists Diane Haas of Comal County Center and Jane who previously taught school and is currently working in her family They all deserve some applause for their great We are eager to help or refer anyone who is and we try to know how to do We continue to learn more every We are committed to making a difference and changing the course the disease is taking local Marcus Monroe is chair of the Comal County AIDS Task ;