New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung Q Thursday July 10,1997 □ 3A
Dear Abby: With all the support you provide to our servicemen and women through Operation Dear Abby, perhaps you’d like to tell your readers that the USO is still alive md well. The United Services Organization, which is non-profit and receives no funding from the • government, was founded in 1941 during World War II.
1 My 17-year-old twin daughters and I volunteer at the USO Puget Sound Area Military Center at the Seattle International Airport. People say, “Oh, is USO still around? We thought that was a World War II thing.” Well, it is still around , because we still have men and women in uniform (most of the armed services today are volunteers),
who have chosen to protect our country and “stand on the wall .of freedom.” My daughters and I feel honored to serve them, to show them the American people appreciate them and what they are doing for our country.
Even in peacetime, servicemen and women risk their lives daily.
Last February, three Coast Guardsmen lost their lives off the coast of Washington while rescuing a sailboat in trouble. It really brought home the fact that servicemen and women today, whether in a peacekeeping situation like Bosnia or routine jobs at military installations around the world, are “in the line of fire” constantly.
USO stays open thanks to the efforts of volunteers who give of their time and money, and organizations who donate items and money to provide refreshments, a quiet place away from the airport terminals and — many times — information to help them to get to their next duty station. Whether the person who walks through that
center door is a 17-year veteran of the services or a new recruit fresh out of boot camp, these people need our respect and appreciation.
As a proud volunteer at the USO, I ask your help in informing your readers that USO exists and needs their support.
WENDY FLORES, SEATTLE
Dear Wendy: I’m pleased to pass along the word that such a worthwhile organization is alive and well. I vividly remember the USO from World War ll. Its volunteers and contributors deserve praise for continuing to provide a comfortable' and supportive atmosphere for our servicemen and women who are
far away from home. An excellent way to support our soldiers is to support the USO.
Dear Abby: I just broke off all ties to a woman who has been my best friend, lover and partner in life. As in any relationship, we’ve had our share of problems. Unfortunately, the most recent was too difficult for me to overcome.
“Rene” felt she needed to satisfy her curiosity. She met someone new and now spends all her time with him.
What Rene doesn’t know is that her new friend is trying to satisfy his curiosity with three or four other women as well as satisfying Rene. I
have concrete evidence that proves his guilt. Should I give her the information I have prior to her being hurt, or should I wait until she’s been burned, let her learn a lesson and then present her with the evidence?
C.M. IN PHOENIX
Dear C.M.: If your exgirlfriend has an emotional investment in this new man, it's unlikely that she’ll believe you if you try to intervene. Stay out of the line of fire. (Let’s hope she’s had the good sense to use protection.)Agreement reached on expanding TV ratings, lawmakers say
By JEANNIE AVERSA
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The TV industry has agreed in principle tq revamp its 6-month-old program ratings system to give parents better tools to shield children from violence, sex and potentially offensive language, lory lawmakers say.
By Oct I, parents can expect to see the letters “V,” “S,” “L” and “D” show up alongside the ratings that * now flash in the upper-left comer of TV screens for 15 seconds at the beginning of a program. The letters stand for violence, sex and language that could be viewed as offensive. The UD,” for suggestive dialogue, would indicate language filled .with sexual innuendo.
Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., said the agreement was reached Wednesday night between the industry and parents’ groups, children’s advocates and others and would be signed today. Assuming that happens, Vice President Al Gore was expected to announce the accord at the White House, a White House source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“We are putting the finishing touches on an agreement involving modifications to the TV parental guidelines,” said Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National j&sociation of Broadcasters. H 91 T/ Jit’s a done deaL” said Sen. John IcCain, R-Ariz., one of several lawmakers who pressured broadcast and cable networks to strengthen the ratings voluntarily or face the possibility of having Congress do it for them.
ABC, CBS and Fox are part of the agreement, along with the major cable networks. NBC is not - “There is no place for government involvement in what people watch on television,” NBC said in a statement Wednesday night Beth Commode, an NBC spokeswoman, said the network would continue using the existing sixtier, age-based ratings system and would add additional, unspecified information about a show’s content on a case-by-case basis.
LXPANDED TV RAT!NGS
By Oct. 1, parents can expect to see the following letters alongside of the ratings that now flash in the upper right-hand corner of the television screen for 15 seconds at the beginning of a program:
join a existing board that reviews TV shows to determinq whether they have been rated appropriately. That board is now filled only with industry members.
The onscreen ratings also will be larger and more frequent.
Removing one of the biggest
stumbling blocks to a deal, McCain, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and other senators signed a letter Wednesday, promising to oppose any legislation that would impose ratings.
McCain also promised to block
any legislation that would make TV stations and cable networks air more family-friendly shows.
Negotiators have been striving to reach an agreement before the Federal Communications
Commission holds its first hearing next Monday on the effectiveness
of the industry’s rating system.
A 1996 telecommunications law requires the FCC to review the ratings system. If the FCC finds it unacceptable, it can appoint a panel to create a new system, but the TV industry is not required to use it.
But McCain and other lawmakers said they expected NBC to adopt the same ratings by fall.
The American Psychiatric Association, one of the groups involved in the ratings negotiations, and some small, unidentified cable companies also shunned the agreement, McCain and Tauzin said.
Meanwhile, the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America have threatened to file a lawsuit against the revamped ratings, citing free speech concerns. Also, they have argued that the current system has not been given enough time to work.
One or all of the new “V,” “S” “L” and “D” notations would be added to the present “TV-PG” for parental guidance suggested; “TV-14” fqr programs unsuitable for children under 14; and “TV-MA” for mature audiences only.
Since they took effect Jan. I, the TV ratings have been attacked by parents’ groups and some lawmakers for not giving parents enough information to make decisions about children’s viewing choices.
Most shows now are rated “TV-PG” — including episodes of “Seinfeld," “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Montel Williams.”
By tightening descriptions, critics hope to reduce the number of “PG” rated shows, which should give parents a better idea of content.
In addition, five people — a majority of them parents — will
Curriculum vote looms as criticism, praise swirl
By PEGGY FKAC
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — With a final vote looming on Texas’ new school curriculum, conservative critics urged a public outcry to change what they consider a flawed document. But Republican Gov. George W. Bush stood firm in backing it.
The State Board of Education is scheduled to take a preliminary vole Thurarfay and final action Friday on revised curriculum standards for English, math, science, health and social studies. Nearly 80 people have signed up to testify at a Thursday hearing
On the eve of that meeting, Education Commissioner Mike Moues held a news conference to tout support from education experts for the state’s first wholesale rewrite of education standards in more than a decade.
“These are recognized scholars who have stepped forward and said that they would endorse our
document,” said Moses, who was appointed by Bush on the recommendation of the State Board of Education.
Among those supporting the rewrite, Moses said Wednesday, are Texas historian T.R. Fehrenbach, who called the social studies curriculum proposal “not a perfect document... but I believe it will mark a very great Rep forward from where we are now;” Diane Ravitch, a professor of educational policy at New York University; and Barbara Foorman, professor and director for the Center for Academic and Reading Skills at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science
Education board members already have approved a new curriculum for geometry, Algebra I and II and enrichment courses, including fine arts and career and technology. The curriculum forms the basis for statewide tests and the adoption of instructional materials.
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