New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald'Zsitung New B^ajn'eis Texas
Dave Kramer, Editor Hflfl Thjblisher Jim Webre. Managing Editor
Thursday February 19 1987
EditorialDon't let the crime task force fade away
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has dissolved its crime control task force committee and offered to help City of New Braunfels do its own thing anyway the chamber can.
What does that mean? There were no specifics given at the chamber board meeting wherein the vote was taken to, in effect. tell city hall, “You’re on your own. Call us if you need
Well, the chamber’s action, if nothing else, indicates a lack of direction as to exactly what a crime commission is supposed to do. Those interviewed indicated the lack of operational goals for the commission proposed by police Chief Burney Boeck could lead to a waining of enthusiasm for the whole idea.
Let’s hope not. Other cities have proven that a concerned citizenry can have a positive effect on crime rates. If we can seat a commission and recruit a volunteer director soon, the first thing the panel should do is find out where similar commissions have succeeded and where they they haven’t — then find out why.
There can be no doubting our good intentions in wanting to help our police department, but if we wait for the mayor and council to find commission members and don’t offer our services early on. the whole process begins to look like another last minute yearbook recruitment — if our club or organization doesn’t have enough members to justify a photo, let’s go drag someone in from the hallway.
Anyone interested in serving on this crime control panel should contact the mayor or city manager and offer their services Let s get this good idea going so we can all sleep better.
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A variety of good and bad news
You scan the paper, looking for word the world is going your way You look for hopeful signs Just when you think there are some and your spirits start to soar, you come on a story that brings you down
- Every day there s good news and there s bad news: The unemployment rate now stands at 7 percent down from 9 5 percent in 1982 That s good.
There are still 8 million people unemployed in the United States
• The rose is the most popular flower for lovers to give on Valentine s Day lsn t that nice'’
A newspaper story about flowers says florists will be tripling the price of a dozen roses on Valentine's Day this year They'll cost at least $60 a dozen Isn t that terrible
• The number of people more or less per manently kept in mental hospitals has been sharply reduced and many of them are now allowed to live freely in the community Sounds good
There are more homeless on the streets than ever One reason is the large number of the men
tally ill who have been turned out on the street and are unable to take care of themselves Sounds bad
The newspapers are filled with stones about the new airline bargain fares That's good news for travelers The other day I booked a flight to San Francisco for next month with United Airlines Koundtrip is $178 That's really good and the ticket is all paid for
The bad news is that something else has come up and I d rather go the next day but the ticket is non-refundable and to buy the same ticket for the following day would cost me $1,080.
- The stock market is at an all-time high with American companies being more valuable to stockholders than ever before Sounds like good news Last year the slocks that performed best overall on the New York Stock Exchange were the tobacco companies Not good news
- Bill Cosby s picture was in the paper when he was at the dog show in Madison Square His wire-haired Fox Terrier was entered in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show I like that
The bad news is Bill’s dog didn t w in
- My college s basketball team won the other
night I vav glad to >ee that Further down in the
story it said it was their first victory in 17 games
The Soviet Union has pardoned 140 political prisoners who disagree with the way things are done in Russia This is great news and suggests things may ne changing for the better in the Moscow I nere are >ti!i hundreds of dissidents in prison rn the Soviet Union This suggests they aren t
The government of Iran united a group of Western reporters into their country to show them how well things were going Maybe Iran is a civilized country atter all The bad news came a week later (»ne of the reporters, Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal, was arrested, accused of being a spy and held while he was questioned for six days So much for civilization in Iran
The temperature in my office stays at 88 degrees all day That s good news It s just a little cool but that s the way I like it because it keeps me awake
Today I read in the paper where constant exposure to cold may cause loss of memoryMike RoykoSears' bill collector shows dedication to duty
In an age of slipshop workmanship and service, it s always refreshing to come across someone who really takes his job seriously
Such a man is Mr Case, who chases deadbeats in the Chicago area (or Sears. Roebuck it Co I don't know Mr Case s first name, because it is the policy of Sears not give out the first names of their deadbeat chasers
But whatever his first name is. Mr Case can be described as dedicated lf you don't believe me, just ask Richard Wood, who has been pursued by Mr Case Mr Wood is temporarily a deadbeat I say temporarily because for most of his life. Wood. 63. has been a solid citizen, working as a district agent (or an insurance company and paying his bills on time But about a year ago, he fell upon hard times, which is an understatement.
First, he was hospitalized with a gallblad
der attack Then he slipped on ice and was hospitalized with tom shoulder muscles And a little later, he had prostate surgery As a result, he was out of work for about lo months and his paycheck shrunk to about $250 a week in disability payments Ah. but that wasn’t the worst of his problems His wife of 40 years has leukemia, and her condition had become grave.
And that s how Wood became a deadbeat He had let a married daughter buy some household items on his Sears card She promised to pay the bill, but her marriage collapsed and she couldn't raise the money.
So. during the IO months he wasn't working and his wife's health was getting worse. he let the bill slide.
Finally, when he went back to work late last year, he talked to Mr. Case "I told him that I’d like to pay $100 a month, but I could pay $50 a month ”
He made a $50 payment. The next month
he sent in $85 His intention was and is to keep paying until the debt is settled That was the least of his worries, though Last month, his wife was hospitalized The doctors said she was dying In one of his conversations with Mr Case, who was trying to get a firm commitment on this month's payment. Wood told Mr (lase about his wife He said: “My wife is in the hospital dying "
But Mr Case has a suspicious nature I suppose that comes w ith the job of chasing deadbeats
So several days ago. he phoned Wood at his job to ask him precisely what day he would be mailing in his February payment One of Wood's co-workers told him that Wood wasn't at work because his wife was dying and Mr Wood was with her at the hospital The co-worker said that Mr Wood was on temporary leave because of his wife's illness
Now. you or I might have been deterred from pursuing Mr Wood under those cir cumstances.
But not Mr Case Dedicated as he is. he asked the co-worker in which hospital Mrs Wood was dying Then he phoned the hospital and asked for her room.
Naturally, Mrs Wood couldn’t answer the phone And her husband had gone to the hospital cafeteria to eat But her son was at her bedside and he answered Mr. Case’s call When the son realized what Mr. Case was calling about to nag Mr. Wood about his payment and confirm that his wife was . indeed, about to die. the son called Mr Case some harsh names
I guess the son doesn’t appreciate dedica tion to duty.
When Mr. Wood returned to the room, he, too. phoned Mr. Case and gave him a few
He doe^n t appreciate dedication either Atter Mr Wood told us about the incident we called Mr Cast* and asked him ii he had really called the woman's room to find out is she was dying
Yes. parth to verify that she was there
But hadn t Wood and his co-worker told you that she was in the hospital and mighi die at any moment?
He mentioned it But we have a lot of clients who try to deter us People do that You'd be surprised "
However. Mr ( ase did say that he woul not call the hospital again Not that he ha: lost his dedication But his supervisor told turn not to do it anymore But I suppose he can keep his eye on IN death notices And when Mrs Wood final! goes. lie can always try to grab her husband when he's leaving the cemetery
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