New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Generations working together
By IDA SINO
When we were growing up, we used to hear about the older genera* lion and the younger generation, generally meaning what we call today middle age and youth. Children were just... children, and old people were waiting to die. Things have changed, now that medical science has increased lire expectancy beyond anything dreamed of when we were bom and the study of child psychology has brought children to the forefront where they belong.
Among the problems that have surfaced with these changes is the stressed “sandwich generation,” adult children who are tom between the needs of their children ami their aging parents. Time was when the disabled elder — or one simply left alone — moved into the adult child's home to be cared for in conjuction with the childicn and do whatever they could to help. Today, with most adults involved in a carcer, there is no one to be at home with the grandparent. The National Council on Aging reports that 40 percent of the American work force is involved in providing care for both children and elders — a figure expected to jump dramatically as the number of individuals over 65 years of age doubles in the next decade.
An important issue is the "age war’’ in which political factions try to pit the young against the old. In the
recent budget disputes, we heard a good bit about how the aging would be hurt or helped and whether any help for us would be at the expense of children. Nasty busmen. But the National Council on Aging and the Child Welfare League of America have launched Generations United to reinforce the traditional American values of intcrgcnerational support and mutual concern... a good step!
A popular view among young adults is that they rec paying Social Security to support the elderly, who get all the discounts and live well while they struggle to raise their children, convinced that Social Security will have expired by the time they reach retirement age. Perhaps they forget that Social Security is also for the protection of their families, and they may never have heard that about 25 percent of the people under Social Security are children.
Some very interesting efforts are being made at helping generations to become interdependent. A project called Youth Exchanging with Seniors has been formed to promote positive relationships between the groups by providing assisted living services that allow seniors to maintain independent lifestyles in rural communities of 20 Texas counties.
Possible services might include routine housekeeping assistance, lawn care, personal services and. minor
home or auto care, but YES is more than these. Resource teams formed in communities will teach die youth service providers and match them with seniors requesting services, and seniors will work with youths to carry out a joint activity that will benefit the community or county.
Efforts are being made to combine care for the old and the very young. The Stride Rite Corp.’s Intergenera-lional Day Care Center in Cambridge, Mass., is the first of its kind in a corporate setting. Just imagine how it simplifies the life of a worker in the sandwich generation to bring the aging parent and the pre-schooler to work and know both are being cared for — and enjoying each other, too. The center fill empty hours for the aged, providing security and learning opportunities for the young.
The Volunteers of America Foster Grandparent Program has for a number of years linked seniors with children and adolescents who have special needs in hospitals, day care centers, institutions and special education classrooms. The generations are coming together — just last fall seniors and high school students worked together as teams in the Intergenera-tional Geography Bee in Bryan. We’re learning!
SENIOR SAVVY: A grandmother is a mother who has been given a second chance.
Park ranger will show nature’s way
By Iris Haecker Park Ranger Supervisor
Wildlife and the out-of-doors has a special appeal to Texans of all ages, and the way we enjoy it takes many forms. As we become more of an urban society, our children have fewer opportunities to observe and learn about wildlife and the environment This lack of outdoor education could leave them inadequate to make intel-legeni decisions about our resources.
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department's Park Ranger Division has implemented a “Nature’s Way” program that may be the answer.
There arc thirteen city parks and recreation facilities surrounded by many beautiful wonders of nature, and they provide homes to a variety of wildlife. Each is the perfect setting for persons of any age to learn more about the environment, especially when a park ranger is on hand to explain “Nature’s Way.”
Discovering and appreciating the wonders of nature in our world is the message of the program. Participants will be fascinated by natural secrets each day through environmental projects and such varied activities as hikes, games, crafts, movies, outdoor sports and adventures.
Past “Nature’s Way” programs
have focused on such subjects as endangered species, ducks, geese, swans, clouds, nature hikes and canoeing. Participants have included nature enthusiasts ranging in age from 5 years to more than 50. Each topic is offered for a changing age group, with fees, locations and activities varied to provide a larger scope of interest for naturalists.
The park ranger will continued to offer each month a new and exciting event related to wildlife, the outdoors and the environment lf you would like to request at topic or learn more about the program, call the park ranger at 629-PARK.
bodyguards to stay behind when he left the hotel for the clandestine rendezvous with Islamic Jihad.
Anglican Church envoy Waite taken hostage four years ago
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite marks his fourth anniversary in captivity' Sunday with the Persian Gulf War apparently freezing efforts to free him and the other Western hostages in Lebanon.
A Shiite Muslim source, familiar with the thinking of the hostage-holding factions, said: "You don’t expea anyone to give the British or the Americans a reward by releasing any of the hostages at a time they are attacking an Arab country."
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, saki Western governments were also preoccupied with the war against Iraq. "No contacts are
currently under way on the hostage issue," said the source.
Waite, 51, disappeared Jan. 20, 1987, after he left his seaside hotel in Muslim west Beirut to negotiate on the hostage issue with representatives of Islamic Jihad, or Islamic Holy War.
The Shiite group holds Americans Terry Anderson and Thomas Sutherland.
Anderson, 43, of Lorain, Ohio, is the longest-held captive. The American, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was kidnapped in west Beirut on March 16,1985.
Sutherland, 59, of Fort Collins. Colo., was kidnapped June 9, 1985.
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we have to deal with an increase in toxic emissions but the dust that has beal heated and burned with toxic chemicals as well.
The first regulation a zero increase in particulate matter from the emission stacks is something that can be easily accomplished. We have had the technology to do this since the seventies Cement plants deal with thor emission by using electrical precipitators to remove dust. However, the way they use their precipitators does not work very well when dealing with toxic wastes. I have personally worked with electrical precipitator for about six years in the petrochemical industry and have literally been inside and outside of every part of the precipitators. I also taught the electrical training program that dealt with theory, trouble-shooting and repairs of electrical precipitators. To some people, just the words “electrical precipitator” makes them think of some high-tech device that only engineers and technicians can understand. This is far from the truth. Precipitators have been around for over thirty years. Precipitators are such simple devices that many of the essential parts can be found in your local hardware store. For example, I have replaced high-voltage electrodes with simple one-strand fence wire and a rock tied to the end to keep the wire light. I have seen collector plates that have been rusted Old and replaced with the same type of corrugated iron a lot of people use on their lawn sheds. Is this the type of technology that is supposed to save us from the harms of toxic emissions? Well, without some rule changes, this is exactly what we will get.
There is no reason that dust emission at the stack cannot be reduced ta a level that is even lower that what we normally breathe in our own back-yards. I could give you a paits-perj
million figure, but a figure more pie could related to is the level of filtering found on the average automobile air cleaner. There is na reason we cannot give our lungs at least the same degee of filtering that we give our automobiles.
There are several ways to reach this zero dust emissions level at the stack. Most of the ways have been around' for years. Even the old precipitators can be modified to do the job. lf precipitators are used they should be required by law to add two more precipitators on the exisiting precipitator stack. These two precipitators would be in parallel configuration and made to cycle back and forth with the detection of dust particles from an opacity sensor. Also on the output of each new precipitator should be a flite house. Filter houses are more commonly used on jet turbine electrical generators and other equipment that requires a large supply of dust-free air. These last two filter houses would have basically the same filter capabilities as the tilter in your car. They should also by law be hooked into a static pressure differential pugs. The gauge would shut down the plant lf the filters failed to be replaced once they became saturated.
The second regulation I would like to see is a zero increase in vaporized liquids. There is a great concern among many people that chemicals not fully burned in the kiln will make their way through the process and out the stack. Once out the suck the vapors condense in the cooler ttmosphere and fall back to the ground. The tech-, nology exists today to trap these vapors at the punt and not release them into our air. Cement plants that burn toxic waste aa a Aiel should be, required by law to install chilled distillation towers. These towers dXMild have chilled collector plates maintained at 37 degrees F to condense chemicals that are held in a vapor
form at temperatures above ambient. The final emission temperature should also be kept low. It should be required by law to be kept at 55 degrees F or below to ensure all chemicals are condensed and suy at the neck level.
If these two regulations were enforced we would see a tremendous increase in air quality. I am sure the cement plants will disagree on these regulations they feel that
their emission will be safe. They feel it will be safe because the toxic chemicals in their emissions will be spread over a huge area and no one person will be overexposed. Well, there is no need for anybody to be exposed in the first place. Let us require cement plants to keep all their toxic dust emissions and all of their toxic vapor-tad liquids. The technology is available today. Let’s use it CJ. Broussard Fgw on our side
After attending the Monday night meeting regarding the 41 percent New Branfeis Utilities rate increases in our utility bills, it seem the people of New Braunfels have only three council-members pulling for them: Ramon Chapa Jr., Loraine Kraft and James Ooodbread. Our mayor, Mr. Amo Becker, said he would have been happy to accept an even higher increase!
As Mr. Ooodbread pointed out (the only one who did) it isn't as though NBU hasn’t been getting more money from us over the years, they have. Since 1986 the garbage pick-up has gone from $6 a month to $8, but the moat drastic increase is the sewer charge which has doubled, sometimes more than doubled and now they warn to raiae it some more. So I guess between higher taxes, insurance, medical costs, utilities, etc., it’s time to tighten our belts another notch again and by now we all know who “we” is.
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