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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas ■ nt endures more loss from thieves at child’s grave Dear Abby: I am writing you with the hope that people will read4his and think about it. I lost my beautiful daughter and her fiance to a drunk driver. She was only 20, and her fiance was 23. The driver had three DUIS and the passenger had five. These two individuals, neither of whom had driver’s licenses, left the scene of the accident. They did not .help or even go for help, but just mn. My daughter’s wedding would have been in seven months. Most of the plans were complete. I miss my daughter so much. She was my only child. Her fiance was wonderful— smart and such a kind person. This should never have happened. Our courts need to be tougher. We chose to bury my daughter and her fiance side by side. On their headstone, we have a picture of the two of diem hugging each other with their engagement date beneath the picture and the words, “Together Forever.” It is a tribute to their memory. We have placed items on their grave many times. Abby, I cannot understand why people have taken the items we left. I am shocked that people could be so cold and heartless that they’d take things off a grave. I know my baby is gone, but her body was placed there. I visit and take gifts out of love and respect for their memory. She was my life, my joy, my child. For someone to come and steal from her grave hurts beyond words. SAD IN SOUTH CAROLINA Dear Sad: Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your beloved only child. Cemetery policies vary from place to place. Most cemeteries will allow items to remain on a gravesite only for a limited period, after which they are removed by personnel so the grounds can be properly maintained. Discuss your concerns with the cemetery’s management to see if they have removed the items you left, or whether there may be a problem with theft lf items are being stolen, the management should be alerted so that security procedures can be put In place. Dear Abby: I’m writing in response to the mother of the 17-year-old who was dating a guy Mom felt was bad news. Your answer, that the daughter may have to learn for herself, was exactly right, Abby. When I was 16, I started dating a guy my parents felt was bad for me. They told me one time how they felt about him, then let me make my own decisions and come to my own conclusions. It took me four years to realize what my parents had known from the start, but it was a learning experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. I know it was difficult for my parents to keep their comments about him to themselves and not interfere, but I thank them for doing so. That relationship made me who I im today. It made me understand my strengths and weaknesses, what I wanted in life and what I didn’t. I am now 25 years old and married to a man who is everything I ever wanted and everything my bad-news boyfriend wasn’t. HAPPILY EVER AFTER Dear Happily Ever After: It Is never easy to watch a child stumble or make mistakes, but the lessons learned from personal experience are the ones most clearly remembered, as your letter attests. Author E.M; Forster said it weft: “Spoon-feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” Dear Abby: I took my dog fishing with me to a lake in the mountains near here. He’s well behaved and I had him on a leash, but he was attracted to some discarded, balled-up fishing line with bait on it. He gulped it down. I didn’t see this, so when I turned around I had a dog with a fishing line leading into his mouth and down his throat. This involved a rush trip down the mountain to the emergency vet clinic, hours of anguish and lots of money. The vet told me he sees about one dog a week who has swallowed a fishing line with a fish hook. Dog owners: beware. And fishermen: Never drop a discarded line with a hook. It could be your own dog you catch! KEITH JACKSON, DENVER Dear Keith: What a harrowing experience! Fishermen should remember they are sportsmen. And good sportsmen respect the environment and never leave litter behind. To leave items lying around that could be dangerous to pets, children or wildlife is unconscionable.Scientists work to use every drop that falls on crops Irrigation, diking tested for best water savings BUSHLAND — Researchers at the USD A-ARS Conservation and Production Agriculture Laboratory are looking for ways to save every ounce of water needed to grow crops, whether it is applied or received as rainfall. “The work involves water runoff from low energy precision application irrigation systems, where it is being measured from both diked and undiked or open furrows,” said USD A’s agricultural engineers Commissioners Court Arland Schneider and Terry Howell, who are conducting the study. The engineers Erst schedule full irrigation based on accurate soil water measurements so that soil water is maintained at a high level typical of that for high-yield com and sorghum production grown in slow permeable Pullman clay loam soil. “Fully-irrigated plots receive an inch of water per application,” said Schneider. Then, our attention is focused on plots where we employ deficit irrigation, using only 80 percent, 60 percent and 40 percent of that applied to the fully-irrigated plots on the same day. A zero percent or non-irrigated treatment is also maintained for comparison purposes. “We plant grain sorghum, although the study results are certainly applicable to corn ot other row crops,” he said. The experimental * area has 30-inch beds, divided into Let's Talk Real Estate by Mickey Ferrell, CM, CRS, GRI Braker/Ow MAKING PROVISIONS One common provision on purchase contracts is die mortgage-contingency rider which allows the buyer a specified period of time to obtain a commitment for financing at a specified interest rate for a certain amount of money. This critical protection for the buyer allows the buyer to void the contract without penalty in cases in which the buyer is unable to obtain financing after making a reasonable effort to do so within the tune provided. Because chis type of clause is favorable to die buyer, a real estate agent may surest that the buyer obtain a prequalifica-tion from die lender. This gives che setter a degree of confidence that the buyer will not use die clause to void die contract. Though it sounds as though all the advantages of obtaining preoualifica-don for a loan go to the setter, there are dungs lo be gamed by buyers, too First, knowing exactly one’s ceding fix indebtedness will *limi»nL> wasting time looking at homes beyond reach. Secondly; it can ^are you die cost of multiple applications for loam for one property after another. Finally, if you end up in a bidding war fix a very deniable property; having been pre-approved REALTORS, INC. ac 372-3670 in OOT Seguin office at Iii N. 123 Bypast, or in (be McQueeney office, Mf PM 725 at SS7-SS24. •We ar* seeking ways to make every drop off water used to irrigate crops efficient.’ — Terry Howell  USDA agricultural engineer equal sections. Half will have furrows which are diked, and the other is left undiked or open. Dike spacing is accomplished with a commercial trip and roll type diker, and the dike spacing varies from 5 to 8 feet. Runoff from the 30-feet wide (12 rows) by 66-feet long spaces is collected at the lower comer of the plots and pumped with small pumps into steel tanks for volumetric measurement. “The field slope is 0.23 percent along with the furrows and 0.18 percent across the furrows,” Schneider added. The LEPA irrigation system uses double-ended socks which have been spaced 60 inches apart on a three-span lateral move irrigation system. “With ample rainfall during the late summer of 1996, we had only three irrigations where runoff could be measured from the irrigations,” he said. The scientists said with open furrows and full irrigation' using LEPA, at least 40 percent to 50 percent of the applied water could run off the plots. When the furrow dikes became partially eroded, as much as 20 percent of water applied with LEPA ran off the plots. Schneider added, “With a normal sized field, all that runoff water may not actually leave the field but it would move down the field gradient to the lowest point resulting in uneven infiltration.” Furrow diking resulted in 2 inches more soil water storage in the upper 3 feet with LEPA irrigation and I inch more with spray irrigation after seven seasonal applications. With the unusual amounts of rainfall in the summer of 1996, however, grain sorghum yields were approximately 7,000 pounds per acre for all irrigation treatments, except the 40 percent deficit ones, which had yielded about 6,000 pounds per acre. “Clearly, last summer’s rainfall wasn't typical for this area,” Howell said. So, the field study will be continued, and irrigation runoff from spray application methods with or without diking will be measured in the coming years, too. “We are seeking ways to make every drop of water used to irrigate crops efficient,” Howell said. The Bret Pisa bi Town- WE DELIVER 625-5165 Commissioners proved tksn^iK ai additional 360,000 to pay public defenders in the county court at law. According to that office, filings have gone up 105 percent since last year at this time, from 549 lo 1,124. Revenue is also up 381,000. County Commissioner Jack Dawson said the county already spends about 3250,000 on public defenders in the county and district courts. He said current growth patterns indicate it might be time for the county to consider creating its own public defenders office. “I think from my numbers,... the county can save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars,” he said. County Commissioner Moe Schwab sud creating the office could be necessary in the future, but said this issue might need to be brought up during the budgeting process. 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