New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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QUOTABLE“Conversation is food for the ears.”
— Trinidadian proverb
EDITORIALPrograms are saving moneyCosts to detain juveniles in Texas facilities far greater than preventative measures
Programs designed to help at-risk young people avoid gangs, drugs and other problems should be supported by all Texans, especially if a recent Texas A&M Researchers study holds true.
The profile conducted measured the effectiveness of programs that specifically target the most at-risk juveniles nationwide.
Some of those programs are aimed at tutoring students who might be at-risk of dropping out of school, while others offered young people alternative activities, like basketball leagues and other programs, to keep them off of the streets and hopefully, out of trouble.
If these sound like just more entitlement programs, know that there is a catch.
According to the Texas A&M Researchers survey, the average annual cost per at-risk youth for recreational programs (nationwide) is $169.
The average annual cost, however, to detain a juvenile in a Texas institutional facility is $43,494. It’s not even close.
What should be remembered about the programs mentioned, above is that they are preventative measures undertaken to try and keep at-risk kids out of the criminal justice system.
These aren’t punitive programs, or alternatives for punishment for delinquents.
No one is suggesting that criminals, no matter what age they are, should not be punished as prescribed by Texas law.
However, as our lawmakers and legislators search for ways to reduce unnecessary spending, we should encourage them to maintain funding for those programs that truly benefit the youth of this state, while also saving the taxpayers money in incarceration costs.
Organizations like the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and New Braunfels’ own Teen Connection and the Summer Jobs Program, are working hard to salvage many in this generation.
We should insist their efforts are not in vain and support their work.
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in work ethic now restored!
It was one and a half years ago when David and I had the opportunity to move to one of our favorite places to visit..New Braunfels. I was sure this was my “final destination” after a life of moving all over the world.
I had been back in the States only 3 1/2 years after living abroad for almost 20 years. I was certain as I left Japan that I would never work as hard and was sure that I would not find as hard-working and dedicated people as the Japanese. I moved to Houston, married David, went to work and was disappointed in what I perceived re the American work ethic, the lack of dedication and the lack of working together to make things better for the “whole”...Then I had the opportunity to move to New Braunfels...My faith in the American work ethic is certainly regained; I have an inordinate amount of respect for elected officials and for city government and I believe in the dedication of the New Braunfels people.
I have been lucky enough to work with a city staff who are not only efficient and motivated but whose dedication surpasses that of the Japanese whom I had grown to respect so much.
I was doubly blessed with my job. Working in a program such as Main Street—which helps rebuild downtown areas, ultimately creating a greater economic base for cities and the nation—has been a tremendously positive experience for me. This program represents the best of what I feel America __ stands for...working together as
lv3F©n a community to make things
“K.C»” happen; where every facet of a
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time and efforts to create good for “the whole.” My time in New Braunfels has been a learning experience for me and I so appreciate the opportunities I have had and the people I have met. I want to thank you for your help, support, for who you are and for realizing the need and benefit of Main Street USA. It seems that there is more for me to learn and experience before I can have that “final destination” place. I hope that David and I have the opportunity to move back to New Braunfels (it is our goal). A piece of our hearts will remain here until we can hopefully collect them. , ,
Be proud of what you have in this wonderful city and look forward to what is in store for you. I will be promoting New Braunfels from afar and looking forward to visiting one of my favorite places once again.
(Karen “KC. ” Crandall is Main Street Director for New Braunfels.)
Clinton defends First Lady against attacks
By RON FOURNIER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in a swirl of accusations centered on his wife. President Clinton is denouncing suggestions of wrongdoing in the Whitewater and White House travel office affairs.
“An allegation,” he snapped at a reporter, “is not the same thing as a fact.”
Clearly exasperated by the politically draining topics, Clinton complained to reporters in a rare fullscale news conference Thursday: "An allegation comes up, and we answer it. And then people say, ‘Well, here’s another allegation; answer this.’ And then, ‘Here’s another allegation; answer this.’...
“That is the way we are living here in Washington today,” Clinton said before flying to Nashville, Tenn., for appearances today. Later, he flies to Europe to visit U.S. troops in Bosnia and Hungary.
But even as he tried to mute the criticism, new developments Thursday ensured that life won’t get any easier for the president and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
—Documents and interviews obtained hours before the news conference showed that Clinton knew about the finng of seven White House travel office employees in 1993 more than a day before they occurred. The president has said he knew very little about the matter before the firings.
The documents also revealed that the president met twice the week before the firings with Hollywood producer Harry Thomason, a confidant and private adviser to Clinton. Thomason’s attorney, Robert Bennett, said Thursday, “He did not discuss the firings or anything related to the travel office.”
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Fnday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 1996. There are 354 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 12, 1948, in a case involving the University of Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discnminate against law-school applicants on the basis of race.
On this date:
In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
In 1773, the first public museum in Amenca was established, in Charleston, S.C.
In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
In 1932, Mrs. Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
In 1945, during World War ll, Soviet forces began
Last week, the White House released a memo from former chief of administration David Watkins that said Mrs. Clinton had pushed for the dismissals. White House officials have said it was Watkins who made the decision.
Thomason has emerged as a central figure as congressional Republicans seek details on whether Thomason or Mrs. Clinton improperly pressed for the dismissals, which both have denied.
—An attorney who worked with Mrs. Clinton cast doubt on the first lady’s account of having little to do with legal work for an Arkansas savings and loan at the center of the Whitewater real estate affair.
In his Senate testimony, Richard Massey also said he was ordered by a key Clinton aide to surrender his Whitewater files during the 1992 presidential campaign. Massey said he was unaware that the files were given to the presidential campaign, a practice he said he would have opposed vigorously.
After weeks of improvement in public opinion polls, Clinton’s political fortunes abruptly changed last week when the White House released two sets of documents that congressional investigators had sought for months.
To Republicans, the papers suggested that Mrs. Clinton ordered the May 19,1993, purge of the travel office staff and that she did substantial legal work for Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan while living in Arkansas — two charges she denies.
In his first full-scale news conference since August, the president indignantly denied charges that the White House has withheld sensitive information
a huge offensive against the Germans in eastern
In 1945, aircraft from U.S. Task Force 38 sank about 40 Japanese ships off Indochina.
In 1964, leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government.
In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there ended.
In 1976, mystery wnter Dame Agatha Chnstie died in Wallingford, England, at age 85.
Ten years ago: The shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included U.S. Rep. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz. The Chicago Bears ami the New England Patriots won their respective conference championships, earning them places in the Super Bowl.
Five years ago: A deeply divided Congress gave President Bush the authority to wage war in the Persian Gulf. The Senate voted 52-47 to empower Bush to use
from investigators. “We’re in the cooperation business,” he said.
But he stopped short of committing the first lady to testifying in person before congressional committees investigating the affairs.
“She will do whatever is necessary to answer all the appropriate questions,” Clinton said.
He dismissed speculation that his wife has suddenly become a political liability. “She will continue to be an enormous positive force in this country,” he predicted. I
The news conference was part of a fledgling campaign at the White House to salvage Mrs. Clinton’s reputation. She is embarking on a high-profile book tour next week, planning to answer questions on the travel office and Whitewater.
In his testimony Thursday, Massey said Vincent Foster ordered him to turn over the campaign papers. Foster, later a deputy counsel at the White House, committed suicide in July 1993, a tragedy that fed speculation about the tangle of Whitewater-related developments.
Massey also testified that “I don’t believe it happened that way” when he was confronted with Mrs. Clinton’s account of how her law finn was hired by Madison. Mrs. Clinton has said her introduction to work for the S&L came from Massey.
Separately, in an interview ainng tonight on ABC-TV’s “20-20” program, Mrs. Clinton again denied ordering the firings at the travel office, which makes arrangements for journalists accompanying the president on trips. She said she only expressed concern “about the financial mismanagement that was discovered when the president arrived” in 1993.
armed forces to expel Iraq from Kuwait; the House followed suit on a vote of 250-183.
One year ago: In Port-au-Prince, Ham, an American soldier was killed, another wounded, during a shootout with a former Haitian army officer who was also killed. Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was arrested in Minneapolis on charges she tried to hire a hitman to kill Nation of Islam leader Louis Far-rakhan (the charges were later dropped in a settlement with the government).
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Luise Rainer is 86. | Journalist Martin Agronsky is 81. Former South African President P. W. Botha is 80. Singer Ray Price is 70. The “Amazing Kreskin” is 61. Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is 52. Actor Anthony Andrews is 48. Political commentator Rush t Limbaugh is 45. Radio personality Howard Stem is 42.
Thought for Today: “Many people’s tombstones should read, ‘Died at 30. Buned at 60.’ ” — Nicholas Murray Butler, American educator (1862-1947).