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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion Page 4 HeratcbZeftungThursday, July 8,1993 QUOTABLE“Our papers write stupid things, but of course this is the price of freedom.** - Vactirv Have, Prmstdant of Czechoslovakia, 1992 Concern voiced over future of SOS EDITORIALS‘A big thank you9Residents along Guadalupe River keep area warm and friendly In the last few months, the Guadalupe River as well as the residents and businesses that surround it, have been the target of a great deal of ' negative" press which has highlighted many of the problems that are either present, or have been present on the river. Though there is much justification for bringing some of these problems to the public's eye, the process may have painted a one-sided picture of what the Guadalupe River really has to offer. The people who live along the river, as well as many of the businesses located there, are the front line when it comes to first impressions of Comal County, New Braunfels, and the Guadalupe River area. They offer the traditional "warm and friendly" hospitality that many have come to expect from small towns like ours, and they do so many of the little things that others forget, ignore, or never knew about altogether. These people, many of whom have called the river home for a number of years, are genuinely interested in seeing that visitors have a good, safe time. And when the summer visitors leave, they play what is probably the biggest role in cleaning up the trash left behind. The residents who call the river home once made a decision to make it their home. And probably did so for obvious reasons. For years and years since then, they have invited visitors to share their home and it’s beauty. They play a "hands-on" role in making sure the Guadalupe remains as a vacation favorite among visitors. The next time you read or hear of something "bad" that happened on the river, also remember that there are just as many good things going on too. It is likely that residents there are at least partly, if not more, responsible for that. With that, we offer a big THANK YOU. (Today’s editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor for the Herald-Zeitung.) Write us The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included. Please rite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax:(210)625-1224 New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher..........................................David Sullens General Manager.................................................Cheryl Duvall Managing Editor......................................................Mark    Lyon Marketing Director..................................................Paul    Davis Clhssifled Manager.........................................Karen Reininger Circulation Director.......................................Carol Ann Aveiy Pressroom Foreman........................................Douglas Brandt Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Lands Sl, or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Second class postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas. (USPS 377-880) Camer delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $16; six months, $29; one year, $49. Senior Citizen Discounts by camer delivery only: six months, $25; one year, $45. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $26.55; six months, $47.20; one year, $88.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $61.95; one year, $103.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 am. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or (210) 658-1900 by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 am on Sunday. Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfeb Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131-1328. Gladys Barding, director of the Comal Count) Senior Citizens Foundation, has fretted and fumed and lost steep over the future of the SOS Food Bank. The name is actually the Morse code SOS for help, hut i she likes to think of it as “Spin! of Sharing.” Gladys is president of the SOS. Other officers are Vice President Bill Doolittle, Secretary Bein Drswe and Treasurer Elmo Fischer. For several >ears SOS was beared across West Coll Sl from die First Protestant Church. However, the land is no* needed for church expansion and thai sci off a frenzy to find a ne* place. Final plans are in the works for a center to be built at 248 Mem weather St rn the near future. Currently, the food bank is in a temporary location at 186 W. Faust St The Bank moved on July I, 1993, to the current location with the help of SOS volunteers, many seniors. Newcomers’ clite members. Lack's Furniture store and Habitat for Humanity workers. All help was greatly appreciated. The SOS was founded on June 1,1988, by fourteen churches, a local chapter of the .American Association of Retired Persons and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Its purpose is to provide emergency food supplies for I ow-income families and for families with emergency needs. The SOS does a great service for local people. In 1992, they assisted about 600 families and responded to 2,991 requests for badly needed or emergency food supplies. This is an “all volunteer" effort with an average ofl 18 volunteers each month who worked aMarie Dawson total of 4.445 hours in 1992. Food supplies are obtained from the San Antonio Food Bank, from monthly drives by the participating churches, and from distributors and local grocery stores. Commitments from the United Fund, local churches, and community organizations cover operating costs and meet the bank payment on the loan obtained to build the new center for SOS. Representatives from each of the following orga-rczaaons comprise the Board of Directors for SOS: the AARP, .Assembl) of God, Comal Count) Senior Citizens Center. Cross Lutheran Church, Eastside Baptist Church, Faith United Church of Christ, First Baptist Church. First Protestant United Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, Oakwood Baptist Church, Peace Lutheran Church, Salvation Army, St John’s Episcopal Church, St Paul Lutheran Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Retired Senior Volunteer Program. As a non-profit organization, the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation Center is one of the recipients of SOS services. Other recipients are the Children’s Shelter, Women’s Shelter and Teen Connection. Anyway, everyone is pleased and happy that a home has been found for SOS and that soon the construction of such will begin. I know Gladys sleeps better at night except for worrying about the financial aspect The SOS Food Bank is a worthwhile and extremely helpful organization and should be supported by everyone in the community who is able. Now, I would like to talk about one of my “unsung heroines,” Shirley KeHerman. She has her hand and foot in most things going on at the Center. She is a member of the staff, but she gives beyond the call of duty. She’s a mess. She keeps everyone laughing and loves to be the first one to tell of the latest crisis, w hether it be structural, financial, or a personality clash. Shirley pitches in at bingo, any office or center-related activities, answers phones, answers everyone’s questions, and, in general, keeps the whole place stirred up. Bul most important to me, Shirley is my guardian and my savior on the computer. These articles would be a lot tougher to write if it were not for my computer-headed buddy. Thanks a bunch, Shirley. I ©ftV3 /V HMlC# 77mn-VCSCU - hue- fern/ ss U) Younger medical patients should be treated as such By PAUL RECER AP Minot Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — In a medical emergency, what is good treatment for an adult often can be bad or even fatal for a child. Sick and injured children need special equipment not always available in ambulances and hospital emergency rooms, a study said today. The Institute of Medicine report said that in emergency medical care, children cannot be treated as if they were just small adults, but should be regarded as patients with unique needs far different than those of fullgrown humans. “Many people, including some in the medical profession don’t understand that children are different from adults, both anatomically and emotionally, and require specialized emergency care,’ ’ said Dr. Martin Eichelberger, a physician at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington and a member of a committee that wrote the report. Analysis “Well-meaning emergency care designed for adults can actually result in more serious injury, or even death, for some children,” Eichelberger said. Ambulances, hospital emergency rooms and doctors offices often lack the special equipment sized for small bodies, the re pun said. Treating children also requires special training because the small patients experience types of injuries seldom seen in adults and they often respond to trauma and to treatment in ways different from adults. For instance, normal breathing and heartbeat rates are higher in children than in adults, while a youngster’s blood pressure is lower. “These differences in normal rates must be understood in order to distinguish normal and abnormal states in children,” the report said. Vital signs, such as respiration and blood pressure, that can be monitored to quickly determine the deterioration of an adult patient often will not provide the same warning of trouble in children. “Impending shock from loss of blood or dehydration can be hard to detect in children because their generally healthier cardiovascular systems can maintain normal blood pressures far longer than adult systems can,” said the report. As a result, an injured child can slip suddenly and without warning into a cardiac arrest from which there is no recovery, the report said. Although some adult-sized medical devices will work on children, much of the equipment is too large or too powerful or shaped wrong for children. Adult breathing tubes, which are slipped down the throat to supply emergency oxygen to the lungs, are too large for children. A child has a smaller airway and his or her larynx is at a different location in the throat Children have small veins and the adult-size needles used for administering emergency fluids often cannot be used safely, the report said. lf the adult equipment is connected, there is a risk that it will deliver too much, too fast. Breathing masks used to push oxygen into adult lungs can be too powerful for children and there is a risk that air could be forced into the chest cavity outside the lungs, a potential-ly-fatal condition called pneumothorax. Equipment in four or five different sizes — to allow for all ages of children — should be available at every stage of the EMS systems, the report said. A well-equipped ambulance should have pediatric items ranging from small-sized stethoscopes to a stuffed toy for the comfort of a scared child. The Institute of Medicine, which sponsored the committee that drew up the report, is chartered by the National Academy of Sciences. Today in History By Tho Associated Prats Today is Thursday, July 8, the 189th day of 1993. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8,1896, William Jennings Bryan captivated listeners at the Democratic national convention in Chicago with his famous speech denouncing supporters of the gold standard, saying, “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” On this date: In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island. In 1776, a Colonel John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence to a crowd gathered at Independence Square in Philadelphia. In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published. In 1891, Warren G. Harding married Florence K. De Wolfe in Marion, Ohio. In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first “Follies,” on the roof of the New York Theater. In 1919, President Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France. In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations. In 1950, General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of U.N. forces in Korea. In 1975, President Ford announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1976. In 1986, Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria despite controversy over his alleged ties to Nazi war crimes. In 1989, Carlos Saul Menem was inaugurated as president of Argentina in the country’s first transfer of power from one democratically elected civil ian leader to another in six decades. Ten years ago: Turkish assailant Mehmet All Agca surprised reporters by charging that Soviet and Bulgarian agents had helped him try to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981 — an allegation strongly denied by the Soviets as propaganda. Five years ago: Iran’s parliamentary speaker, Hashemi Rafsanjani, said his nation would not seek revenge against the United States for the shooting down of an Iranian jetliner over the Persian Gulf that killed 290 people. One year ago: Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with Group of Seven leaders holding their economic summit in Munich, Germany, where he offered a startling proposal to swap factories, encl gy resources and other properties for Russian dfebi Today's Birthdays: Former Michigan Governor George Romney is 86. Critic Walter Kerr is 80. ABC News President Roone Arledge is 62. Singer Steve Lawrence is 58. Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 47. Actress Kim Dalby is 45. ;