New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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“I JA every voice and wing till earth and heaven ring, ring with harmonic* of liberty.”
Jarriob Weldon Johnson (//et, educator, 1900
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The gift of life
Donate blood — you never know when the person who needs it might be you
finch hour, of cadi day, 12,IKM) Americans need bltKKl On the average in the United Staten, 40,000 units of blood tir blood products arc used each day.
In South Texas alone, hospitals and clinics use .VK) units of blood a day.
Who needs these blotni transfusions?
People just like you.
Accident victims, people undergoing surgery, patients with leukemia, cancer or other diseases. About 23 million units of bltKKl or blood products are needed in this country each year Despite this ever increasing demand, only 5 per cent of the healthy Americans who could donate MikkI actually do take the time to give.
Donating bltKKl saves lives. Though scientists have spent years in research trying to find alternatives, no substitute has yet been found for bl<K>d.
The procedure takes about 43 minutes and is completely safe.
January is National Volunteer HUkkJ donor Month.
I his Sunday, from K;30 a rn to 12 30 p m., a Community Blood drive will be sponsored by die f irst Protestant (Church I he drive will be in the Hor rn.nm Room, in the basement of the Seclc Parish House on C oll Street f or more information, call Charlene Nolle at 629-1000.
lf you cannot donate blood this Sunday, contact the South lexas Mood and I issue ( enter for information about how and wfiere you can donate hl<K>d I he phone number is (HOO>-292-3534.
Make a New Year’s resolution to be a bl«Kid donor in 1997
I his is a easy way to make a very big difference in someone’s life.
(loJay v editorial wa* written by lierald/Afituny Inhibiter and Editor lh my Toney).
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( oiriiTion resolution* for the new year include many laudable goals Many promo** will be made a* J ex an* evaluate (he year that ba* pa**rd ami (lie year aliead Hut while there are many worth* while ie*4ilulion*, a promi*e that can have a great Impact on our *ix icty a* well a* on u* individually I* a re*olu lion Ut *pend more time with otir fain die*
A University of Maryland *tudy *Imiw* dial parent* unlay upend 40 per cent Ie** time with their children than did parent* in CMS Chi* I* *orne1hing that most parent* realize One recent *urvey show* that 66 percent iii employed psrenu with children IH or younger *aid they did not *|)end e/MNigli tune with dicir children And 10 ficrcent *aid they did not *pend enough time with dieir *(M»u*e»
Many |>arcrH« would like lo have
more time to help thru children with uchool work, Ut unit we common mirr-e*t* and hobble*, and to hirnply *pend time
together a* a family Hut for a variety of rea-*on*, they can
One ohviou* problem i* the economic burden tanged by record high (axe*
impo*ed on fam-llic* Che typical Amrn< an family upend* a* much a* 40 percent of it* mumm <m taxe* for all level* of government So it'* no auf* pri*e that there are many fainilte* where bnth (mient* work wit of /ieee* *lty, wa by choke
Aa ( ongrcx* continue* to reduce die federal Imdget deficit, cut waaleful *pewlmg and create family tax credit*, •ome of lhc*e problem* will he relieved Hut txher oiMtacle* prevent mg parer a* from ufamdmg /wire tune at home are cultural,
Urnver*ity of Hennaylvania reaearcher Peter < apelli *twhed farni-lie* and «ff>loyineia and dtacovwed an important nexus. People who made a pnortty of fiwiiiig the right *pou*e and cresting a gixxf lamily tile earned more money than tho*c who were willing Ut *acnfice home life for dicir careen,
( apelli al*o dint overeil an impor tam developnwmt for employer* “People who didn't take time for their fain lite* *pend a Im of time putting Hand Auk tat family problem*," wtuch bult* their performance at wtult (tot,eminent mandate* are limited at heal Hut ernphryer* uiuld help pro
mote *tiong families while ai*o building a better work force by voluntarily creating a new type of company culture fmployeett need Ut be vhown that they are tux endangering their chance* fur prorwxion and are not risking their job* by taking family responsibilities seriously.
(-olumrust ( al I boma* reports that three founlw of die children who watch television for more than two hours each day say they would rattier spend that time with their families if they had that option Let'* give children the option to spend more time with their parent* in 1997 And with a little help from ( ongrcs* and our employ cr*, we can enjoy a liost of benefit* (Im mar Smith re fire aa nit /ha JI ti fhairier In the IJ S Haute of Me/,re amia ll wa)
Major cities post drop in murder rate in ‘96
By JON MARCUS
HOS JON (AP) Jciry Pry ak bin,
14, feel* iwxe secure these day* walk mg around in Huston, where no one under IM ha* been killed in a year and a half
"I feel safer knowing manana: won’t try to rnwdrr me," Pryaklun saki Mon day.
Like many miter maya cities, Huston was less dangerous in one big way iii 1996 I he nuinl*er of iMimicide* Int a IO year low J he murder rate also fell in New York, f)all««, Philadelphia, Um Angeles awl miter cities l.xpcrl* credited major police torte* tor get ting tougher on violent crime "Most of the rnafm cities resifted a point where they said, 'We have to do something,’" said Dennis Kenney, research director at tha Police pur* trove Hana*/th forum
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I Evans said hi* city’s force ha* clar krd down on gun traffit king awl high risk probationers, while cooper ating with state and federal law enforcement, community group* and clergy,
"We’re policing lar differently than we did several year* ago,’’ I .van* said "In tire '70* awl early 'HH*, we said, 'We'll solve Ila* problem* We’re die professional* ’ We’ve opened the prme** up awl roade |>roplc feel that they’re isnt of die solution "
Huston had IM murder* ut 1996 that’* fewer homicide* than during any 12 month period since 1966
I he drfMOlrnent ha* adilcd WM) offi caf*, but Kenney said tlieir presence ikresn't necessarily discourage piXcfHial killers.
"lf I'm disturbed al tmtieooc enough lo kill them, I inwhifbly won’t he deterred by the kwrwlj^Jgr dial there arc rome polk emeu on lite street,” he said
New York is celebrating a decline of more durn Mi percent since I*PXI, frwn 2,245 murders lo fewer dam I,IMM) iii PMM tile lowest number since I96M I hat coincide* with the addition of 7,000 police officers, for a total of IM, WM), or mw for every 191 residents Phoenix Police Detective Mike Met ullough believes a IO percent increase in hi* force helped keep die number of hmittckk* below 2(M), emu (aired lo 244 in 1995 In Lo* Angeles, there were 6MM homicides repotted through Dec 14, compered Ut M29 for the same period last year, an ll I percent drop A decline in gang vkMcnce and even fallout from the O J Simpson case may have played a role, police Ll Artdamy Alba said "Al any given time there are certain area* wlierc we do have gang truce* (arid) with the public ny on spousal abuse, we cut down mi spousal hmm cities," he said
I ha statistic* are preliminary and the final numbers, including those from smaller cities and towns, won't be in for several month* And wane cities may have benefited from population change*
Kenney wXetl a decline in the num lier of men iii died late teen* arid early
'Typically vmlerii crime tenda to he a young man's enterprise and there’s fewer of diem now,” he said.
Smite cities, including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Miami and Washington, reported higher number* of homicide*
Hut Dallas, with mw of the country'* highest per capita crime rates, halved its murder rate since 1991. In 1996, there were 219 killings, down from 276 in 1995,
“I can’t think of anything that truly tuts eau Mil (kin dramatic miacUuA "
Dallas Polios Sg« Jim OwndJar awd "Ifs just one of those statistics with mr explanation "
Crime count going down in Lone Star State
I he rates of bmh murder* and robberies have drofified for the past five tmixri un vc year* in lexas Iii fact, die kiate’ft 1995 annual crime survey allow* die lowest murder rate *ince lexas Marled keeping statewide MatiMics, while the rotdreiy rate is at a IO year low I Ilia is very good new*
We al tile < dike of tile Attorney (lateral feel thai lexas’ get tough on crime agenda I* working to deter violcrX crime*
■ Strengthened law cnfmcernerX f he Mrategy to cut down im violent crime In* a moulin of urrnpo /tent* Die first was to tare rome (ague nearly four officer* for every I,IMM) texan* this year, dmrhlc die moulter of officer* laM year
Improved policing technique* play a role, too Wltcri local law erihacernerX agencies ask, we can provide them with Ut link al *up|iofl in several spe nab zed area* of law enfmcernerX In wldilimi, sex ual assault (aevcnlimi sendee* arc available diroogli our office for training professional* and providing grarx* for local sexual assault crisis intervention agencies We also serve as a source of mfontieitmt, publishing I liminal lew Ululate, a quarterly journal for lew cnfortcutctx personnel
While others may debate the cause* of the decrease, we believe diet a nullifier of factors have also helped lower the violent crime rates Hies* include:
■ Keeping weapmis nut of tim fiend* of crirrtmal* I a mum ' weapons arrest rata dec reased 20 percent in 1995 and dro|)ped 15 2 percent die first tuff of 1990 Dreamt* are the murder wee|ion of clance in 70 percent of texas murders (tai vie ted felon* haveTodrty in History
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Imlay is Wednesday, Jan I, die first day of 1997 There are 364 days lad in die year Iud ay'• Highlight hi History;
(Tri Jan I, I MO I, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring thai slaves in rebel states wa* free Or flite dalet
In I7M, Paul Rtva* was born in HoMon In 1752, flagmaker Betsy Pos* was bom in Philadelphia In 1797,200 years ago, Albany became the cep* tai of New York, replacing New York City,
In 1992, (he Ellis Island immigrant Station in New York formally opened In 1991, the Common wealth of Australia was proclaimed
In 1949, France Was admitted to the United Natkrne
In 1993, country singer Hank William* lh died al •ga 29 of a drug and alcohol overdose while en route Ut a concert hi Canton, (Kilo
been prevented from buying ha/tdgurts and soma of the most dangerous weapon* have been taken oft the market because of Mringenl federal gun-control rrjcasores ■ Citizen involvement The pre) of community polking is lo make all member* of the corm mutiny active allies of the police One good example Is I Kl AD, the duce way agree* merit amixig sheriffs offices, one or more polk# chiefs in a cooley ara! serum i ilizen leaders The program is car lied out through Seniors and Law Lnforccmant Jrtgcdirr (SALT)advisory councils Our F.lda law and Public Health Division plays an active ride in putting iirgfftlier I Pl AD* all ova the stale ■ Juvenile joMke reform Our office helped build a constructive coalxkxi of diverse practitkaias lo craft meaningful ami effective reform of the state's juvenile justice laws These reform* have gained national attention for their innovation They would not lie va been (Mrssdde without die laird wink of repre sanative* from all sectors of the juvenile joule* system the judiciary, flit probation system, law aifonamrnt anti the Texas Youth i amvniaaum The cooper alkin of liaise officials and the umtmHmmU ut legislator* Ut a sound, thoughtful policy In (his area produced a truly revolutionary response to juvenile crime We worked closely with the legislature in 1995 ut reform the system f he tough, new reforms
In 1949,1 kid ( maw led < uhert revotufkmenee Ut victory ova I ulgrncto Hetista In 1979, the United Mates aid < bm* field cele bretfon* in Weshtnguxi and Beijing to mark tha •stebhshmerx of diplomatic relations ha weal Ilia two countries In 1994, lite break up of AI A l tm A place a* die trlciounnunk alkin* glare wa* divested of Its 22 Hell System ‘ orig/ame* under tams of an atmo* agreement
In 1990, David Dtnkm* was sworn in a* New York (iiy ’a first black mayor In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agragman went into effect
I en year* ago: More thai 2 JKX) Chinese attidae*, defying a go venin mux ben, laid • pro democracy rally in Heiling'* I lamtumn Square FN* years ago: President Hush became the first American leader to address the Australian Parliament, telling lawmakers the US would continua to tut aud*/a na agricultural exports, despite protests by Australia'* farmers, Boutros lh nor os(/trail succeeded levier Perez de Cuellar aa secretary-general
diet lawmakers enacted took effect in 1996
■ ( rune now ha* conatquerkc* Violent young criminals will be kept off the ureal thanks lo (ha dont Med capacity of our juvenile corractkais facilities Die Juvaiil* Alternative I-ducal ion Program for disruptive school students helps keep truancy and dropout rate* down While (hare is little data available yet to evaluate the impact of these reforms on crime rates, I expect diem lo help win the wa against juvenile crime
■ Tougher sentencing laws The stale’s tougher sentencing laws doubled prison lime for violent criminals and mandated dun day spend a least half of (lieu sentence* behind bars ( urrendy, those who use weapon* in viola* crime* serve an average of HO perter* of their sentence About two thirds of sexu al offenders serve all of their sentences,
■ SuffL tax pnsmi space It is nix enough Ut arrent anti convict criminals flay muM he put in prison Since I9M9, Texas has spent almoM $2 billion im prison cixiMruction, tripling prison capacity Texas’ 115,IMM) bcd prison syMem can run a) ut below 9M percent capacity with relatively minor construction until 21M/2 I awl year, the county jai* also lad room Ui spare
The strategy la working More (mltee un the silva, loudlier sentencing tit convicted criminals aud prisons with adequate capacity to hold them, fewer paroles, weapons bans and a watchful citizenry are working Together, these measures are bringing crura roe* in Texas down
(Dun Morale* ta teaua allo, ney general)
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fine year agal Horne KM/,(MM/ llatgladeshi wixnoi rallied Ut protest Islamic clerics’ attack* un fernala cilocaikxi and employment Two buses collided in northern Mexico, killing 25 people Faired U S Adm Aricigh Burke, remembered Im Ins World Wa ll hanks, died a Bethesda Naval Hospital a age 94
Tuday'a Birthdays: Former Sen Barry (roldwa ta is MM Author J I) Saltnga is 7M Sen Ernest ll ut h ng*, US (is 75 Jazz mosiciai Mill Jackson is 74 Adm frank I angrite is 5" Hock singer musician Country joe Mc I Xx old is 55 Writer comedian Ibm Novel lo is 54 Country singer Steve Kipley (The Tractors) a 47 Kappa (rrandmasla Hash is 39 Actress Dada* Pfeiffer ("( ybtll”) is J}.
I bought for Today! "Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare ut trumpet* to announce the beginning of a row month or year Even when a new century begin* it is only we mortals who ring bell* and fir* off pistol* ” Thomas Marin, dernier! author (1975-1955).