New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
D.v*K,mmr. Editor and Publisher Jim W«bte, Managing Editor
Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, February 22,1987
EditorialNBISD board teaching unique kind of lessen
It would be easy to criticize New Braunfels Independent School Board of Trustees over their expulsion of 12 students under their revised disciplinary management plan.
It would be correct to say drugs are a bigger problem in sheer numbers in larger school districts and as with the murder rate in New Braunfels, a few bad apples can make more of the barrel look bad. Schools, after all, are supposed to provide the opportunity for education to all Texas kids. Kicking them out of school doesn't do that.
Drugs, even carrying a weapon were reasons for expelling middle through high school level students. There is a greater good to be served here in that the examples made of these former students will discourage similar behavior from the current students who might consider doing the same thing and to protect those who wouldn't misbehave in the first place. Can't argue with that.
Peer pressure, of course, would be the most effective way to curb drugs and inappropriate behavior in our schools. And some students have succeeded in getting the message out that people who go to a party intending to get so messed up they can’t leave safely are not welcome.
NBISD’s trustees are reinforcing the sentiment by acting as the party's bouncer. It’s their right to do so.
Will the expelled students fare well out of school? How many of them will go somewhere else, perhaps at greater expense to their families? Will drug use disappear from NBISD campuses as a result of strict enforcement?
Let's hope so. At least 12 people have been denied their right to an education for violating well-publicized school rules, lf nothing else, maybe something unusual will happen — students will pay more attention to the school board and their adult lives will be less of a surprise.
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To the Editor:
Once more, at the Chamber of Commerce building Tuesday afternoon. we again enjoyed the Chamber's annual gesture of goodwill by its hosting of the cheese and wine party for the Winter Texans This extended hand of friendship is indeed appreciated by we oldies who are fortunate to enjoy each winter season here in your delightful city.
The friendliness and kindness of everyone we meet in the places of business, at the churches and at the various places of recreation make our stay here so very enjoyable Thank you again, Chamber of Commerce, for your thoughtfulness and to all you New Braunfels folks who are so kind to we “snowbirds” from up there in the chilly North Country. We love you.
Perry and Edith Johnston Lindstrom, Minn.
Mental help available 24 hours
Ta the editor:
On the night of Feb. 18 my daupiter-in-law. Kathy L. Ginn, was arrested by a Department of Public Safety officer for an unpaid traffic violation. She was taken to the Comal County Sheriff's Department and upon arrival, she was told she was going to be Jailed.
She quickly phoned us. her parents. The DPS officer told her she had exactly IO minutes and she was going to Jail. She again called her house to verify that her parents were on their way. She tried talking to the officer explaining how she could not be locked up or confined due to the fact that Ute Is a severe claustrophobic.
The officer again repeated she was going to be locked up. Again she begged, “Please, don't lock me up. please, handcuff me to the chair in the lobby, I have a mental illness concerning severe claustrophobia." When her husband tried to explain her mental condition, the officer dnved a flashily* into his face. frp*iig it to bruise, stating he would throw him In Jail, also.
At the end of seven minutes, Kathy was on her way to Jail. The more she cried and began going into a psychotic state, the more she was racily handled. She was rspeatedly Im everyone can be locked “up, which titre*—1 her anxiety causing bar Ie go into a panic attack. Her anxiety was caused by a traumatic es-parties cf being a rar
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Bachelor life not all it's cracked up to be
began to harm herself physically while officers stood by. without offering any assistance. The officers refused to contact the hospital, EMS, or any qualified help until the fine was paid. No matter how much her husband pleaded for her to be taken to the hospital, he was denied. They (officers) watched her. for hours, going into convulsions, scratching her face, pounding her head on the concrete floor and wall.
When her father and I arrived, we immediately demanded EMS service. Upon their arrival, the EMS technicians stated there was nothing they could or would do for someone In that condition. They stood around around for 45 minutes watching my daughter in convulsions, stating “We are not psychiatrists." lf they had only been aware of the tact that here in Comal County there is 34-hour help available through the Department of MHMR, whoee number Is 625-7724, and that personal resident numbers are all available. There are qualified counselors and doctors on staff who are ready and willing to be called upon 24 hours a day. This service Is available to all, not requiring any money upfront.
Her husband and father had to physically carry her out of the sheriffs department while I. her motherin law, pleaded for the officers to help. They, the officers, yelled at her father, stating that they wished he would hurry up and get his crazy daughter out of the police station.
To be professionally trained law and medical servants of this community, it is a shame that the sheriffs department and EMS service do not know about the services available In their own county Just a phone call away.
The staff at Comal County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center would gladly come to the aid of anyone 24-hours a day. They would have been able to advim the officer’s that someone In this I vers psychotic state cannot be handled by brute force. They could have treated her medically and broil** her back to a somewhat normal frame of mind within minutes, than force her to be victimised once again, fooling that they were her attacher and that rtw must beg for mercy and for Gad ta take her life and free her from this state for hour upon hour.
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SCRABBLE, Va. • The bachelor life is often thought to be an altogether pleasant way of life.
It was so depicted through the character of Henery Higgins in “My Fair Lady." Literature abounds with citations to the same effect. Bachelors, it is said, have fun. For those who are permanently, professionally bachelors, it may be so.
But for one who has been married for 44 years, and finds himself thrust temporarily and Justifiably into the status of bachelorhood, it is a different story. Under such circumstances. I must advise you that bachelorhood, as the French say, is pour les oiseaux. It is for the birds.
You will infer that my wife is away, and so she is. She is wintering down in Charleston, the better to escape a wind-chill factor that recently hit 35 degress below zero here at home. We have had quite enough of pneumonia. In March, she returns. That is 27 days, five hours and 42 minutes in the future.
Meanwhile. I venture certain scholarly observations and rail a few questions that recently have absorbed me. The first observation is that the food industry, for the most part, agrees that man was not meant to live alone.
Therefore, the industry packages things for two. You cannot buy one catfish or a single slice of veal because they do not come that way. This is the ark theory of merchandising: two by two and into the freezer.
Most of the time, my wife loves to cook. She
has even written a cookbook, to be published later this year. She enjoys a pinch of this and a touch of that. Some full-time bachelors, I understand. also delight in whipping up a tasty lobster bisque and a superb beef Wellington. But God did not make me to cook. God made me to eat.
The toughest problem for an amateur in the kitchen, I can tell you, is to make things come out on time. I have a natural talent for making lists; it is amoung the things I do best, and I have tried the technique: 5:32, put on potato; 6:15 make the salad; 6:30 start the chop; 6:36 turn chop; 6:42 remove chop. These tidy exercises are unrewarding. I was burning the fried onions the other evening before the steak went into the pan. Let me propound this law of the kitchen: Things always take longer than the directions say. This is especially true of baked potatoes, which take about six months.
Why was the butterfly pork chop so tough? It looked beautiful in the supermarket counter. I fried it for four minutes and 35 seconds a side, and it tasted like an inner-tube pate. Why does the fish fall apart when I pick It up? Why does the egg yolk break in the pan? Her egg yolks look up and smile.
This rule of thumb may be useful: Anything that a bachelor cooks probably will be improved by ketchup. The nile does not apply to baked apples. and it works marginally with bananas. Otherwise the rule is one of general application, especially for burned onions and canned soups.
I should not be too critical of the food industry.
It is an old Joke to make fun of TV dinners. The truth is, they are not that bad. With a little ketchup, the flounder Florentine is quite tasty. The stuffed peppers have a not intolerable mushiness, and the macaroni and cheese, appropriately saced, tastes not at all like mararon! and cheese. It tastes, in fact, like ketchup.
The frozen food packages take a bit of getting used to. Some of them go into boiling water and have to be first drowned and then rescued with fire tongs. Others come encased in plastic domes, somewhat in the shape of flying saucers. These domes can be removed only with a Jackhammer, which is provided by some processors but not by others.
Some instructions call for leaving the foil on, others for taking it off. It is therefore necessary that one actually read the instructions, a policy I have all my life avoided.
A non-professional bachelor should not invite guests to dinner. He is likely to poison them and get sued by their estates. If he hungers for the presence of an intelligent and beautiful woman. he should watch “The Scarecrow and Mrs.
King" on Friday nights. Or he can talk to the dog. Lately, I have been talking to the dog a great deal. She cares little for politics, but she knows more about basketball than a Shetland collie has any business knowing.
I trust these observations will prove useful to those who find themselves situated in the future. And we thank you for your support.
County Child Welfare Board needs you
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By SANDI tiSTCS Finance chairman
Hie Comal County Child Welfare Board was organized in 1976 and incorporated aa a non-profit corporation In IMO. Its purpose, as stated In the original by-laws, Is to "develop a program for the protection, the care, the health and the well being of the neglected, and/or abuaed children of the County of Comal, Taxi; to encourage —id pr^fwete nu such activities aa will benefit all children ^miiwg in gn who are in
need of Its sorvtci; and to further perform such tpetlfit duties In the field of child welfare aa tho county, by the Commissioners' Court action, or tho 8tate of Texas, by the action of tho Taxi Department of Human Resources, may require of It."
Members servo on the board on a stilly bgtig and art appointed by tho Owie* County board of commissioners far a period of throe years.
Today, tho board provtetas a variety of torrid to tho children of Comal County. Whether it is paying for the ceti of a twt%F ——» for an abused child or Mooting to civic ergantanttooa on tho prevention of chid abuse, board members ars dlrsctty Involved In the welfare of the
organizations, tiich ne tho Child Ad-vocacy Program, as watt aa tho Now tis Police Department, tho nrtmsnt, tho courts, Mid thoTazas Donartaaont of Human Services, ta Insure that the bori titareets
of the child are served.
Almost every county In the state of Taxi hi a Child Welfare board. The board's responsibility Is to assist tho Taxi Department of Human Services In providing care for abused and neglected children. The Department of Human Services has had a IO percent overall dermal In child cai workers from 1976 to 1996; tithe same time, child abui reports mom than doubled.
With the drastic cut-backs in the state budgti, the role of the welfare board In providing additional community service becomes oven mom critical. TDHS projections show that In 1987, approximtely M percent (34,000) of newly confirmed abused children that need servtd after investigation will not receive them Their cad will not be opened due to the lack of funds and staff.
In 1989, the board approved a plan to set ahlish an omergMicy children's shelter In New Braunfels. The board's action WM baaed on the largo number of reported cad of chid abd and on the lack of a facility cid to New Braunfels to care for the children. In 1986, the *** county office of the Tans Dspartment of
rats for Investigation. Of that number, 2,87 were invetiJgated by the staff.
The 19M rtttirtfff reflect the
Cf Cad Cf pbyffrtfl neat porn-tags af abd dose orig* reported.
1984 statistics Physical abusa 79
Sexual abuse 39
and neglect 7
While the data shows that a minimum of three children a month were sexually abused and ti least six were physically abused, the teal number can only be estimated.
The latest state-wide statistics show that one In four girls (and one In IO boys) will be sexually abused before the age of 18.
The Comal County statistics also do not reflect that out of the 207 cad Investigated, 56 (26.6 percent) were desisted as priority-one cases, meaning that the children Involved were In life-endangering situations. In 19M, one child died as a direct result of physical abd committed by an adult.
When the decision Is made to remove a child between Infancy and IO years of age from his home because of physical or sexual abd, there Is no faculty In the Immediate ama to care for the child. The child must be sent to San Antonio, or some other rity that hM a licenced facility with room In It to tabs the child. To remove an abused child from New Braunfels, family, friends, ttheri and the very people — the social workers —who are committed to helping the child, only compounds the problem and mains It more dif
ficult for the child.
The absence of a facility in New Braunfels to care for and home abu*-: od and neglected children on a temporary basis, not only mains it more-, difficult to resolve a cd of child. abd, but it also handicaps our abit!-:: ty m a community to prevent child abd before it happens.
The Emergency Shelter will pm-vide a safe temporary home for abused children who must be removed • from their home for their own safety.
In the Shelter, the children will -receive Individual attention and*' care, any medical treatment or ; psychological counseling that Is re--quired, food, clothing, schooling, and:? the automatic assignment of a Child:; Advocate.
It is the purpd of the shelter to;; cars for the complete needs of the ,* children while they are in the tem- *. porary custody of the Child Protec- X ttuve Services of the Toxm Department of Human Services.
The Comal County Child Welfare Board Is, ti this time, aeektag monetary In order to 1001%
tdequrit forint lea, hire an ad* minis!rotor end establish a real— fund for operating expenses for
qulremants. The hnmodtato goal af the board Is Ie learn a hrtytw preparation af the shelter occupancy,
Utilise continue To date, tbs almost 914,909 in donations and ta In need of an srtfllt binal 961,9M to most the goal of 975,000.