New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung g Tuesday, June 3,1997 Q 3
Divorced dads need to stay in contact with their kids
DEAR ABBY: This letter is prompted by the letter in your column from the 9-year-old girl who signed her letter “Missing My Dad in Michigan.” She hadn't heard from her father in more than four years.
I experienced the same thing when my parents divorced in 1978. In the beginning, I received a few letters, phone calls and visits from Daddy, but they dwindled to nothing after a couple of years.
Ten years after the divorce, I began an effort to find my father. I located his mother, which resulted in her contacting my father. Ten minutes after I spoke with my grandmother, my phone rang and my father was on the other end. It was, needless to say, a very emotional phone call. I realized that after many years with no communication, I had built up tremendous reserves of anger, resentment and bitterness. I had hated my father for not loving me.
It turned out that he had loved me very much. He had been afraid to contact me for fear that my mother would have him arrested (for nonpayment of alimony/child support) if he appeared in Virginia or if she discovered where he lived. A year after our first conversation, I flew out to see him. It was a trying yet rewarding time, as we began to get to know each other all over again.
We are learning even more as the years pass. By 1994, we had repaired our relationship so well that he was able to give me away at my wedding. He’s now eagerly awaiting the day we can tell him he's a grandfather.
To the parents of the young lady who wrote to you: You may be very angry at each other and hurting each other in an effort to get even, but please remember that the one you are hurting the most is your daughter. Dad, she needs you. There’s no way to recapture the years lost when you weren’t in your daughter’s life. Mom, no amount of money you may or may not receive is worth the emotional pain and loss being inflicted on your daughter.
To the young lady who signed her letter “Missing My Dad in Michigan”: I was your age when I Went through the same experience. ^Divorce is extremely painful for all .involved, but particularly for you because you are innocent. I hope and
pray that you will learn to understand, forgive and love both your parents — because I am sure they both love you.
KNOWS HOW YOU FEEL
DEAR KNOWS: Your letter is further testimony to the importance of both-parents staying involv'ed and in frequent, continuing contact regardless of the status of the marriage. Parents should be partners in raising their children, even when they do not live in the same household, because it benefits the emotional well-being of the children.
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Heart patients do better with seasoned physicians
DALLAS (AP) — Angioplasty patients whose doctors haven’t had much experience with the artery-opening procedure are more likely to die or have complications, including heart attacks, two studies published today found.
The findings may intensify efforts already under way to require that cardiologists be certified for the procedure. Some doctors also suggest that physicians be required to tell patients how many times they
have done specific procedures, and recommend limits on the number of doctors nationwide who are allowed to perform angioplasties.
“It’s a powerful report because it objectively describes what many patients and physicians have felt, which is practice makes perfect or at least better,” said Paul S. Teirstein, director of interventional cardiology at the Scripps Clinic in California, who wrote an editorial accompanying the studies.
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On the agenda
The Comal County Commissioners Court will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
On the agenda is consideration of an extension of a holding tank permit for the Gomez property located near Garden Ridge. Rolando Gomez and his family were forced to use a portable bathroom when a septic tank permit would not be issued because of subdivision problems in which the land did not join a public right of way. In April, the county allowed the family to use the holding tank for 30 days. A week later, the court approved going forward with a lawsuit against the developer and anyone else who participated in the illegal subdivision if a solution was not found in 30 days.
Two weeks ago, an attorney representing the developer showed the court a possible solution to the dilemma. Under the proposed solution, the developer would buy two 40-foot easements at a cost of $55,000 total. An easement would then be deeded to the two property owners currently being affected. The agreement has not yet been approved by all the parties involved. The court extended the permit another two weeks to allow more time to reach a solution. The permit expires this week.
Also on the agenda is the discussion and approval of an amendment of the lease to the Master Plan site layout for Hidden Valley Sports Park. The amendment is to include a Project Kiss Recreation Center.
Garden Ridge City Council
The Garden Ridge City Council will have many items on its plate for its meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Municipal Court Building.
Among the items the council will consider is an ordinance granting Entex the right to construct, lay, maintain and operate gas lines in the city of Garden Ridge for a 20-year period.
In their search for a new city administrator and a police chief, councilmembers will decide on a cutoff date to accept applications for both positions.
The council will then go into executive session to discuss and evaluate applicants.
In other business, the council will:
■ Discuss an ordinance regarding
the Texas Municipal Retirement
■ Act on a recommendation from the planning and zoning commission for a water well permit to Garry Lugar;
■ Appoint a mayor pro tem;
■ Discuss July 4th and July 25th anniversary events;
■ Consider membership in Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce;
■ Decide on salary and benefits for position of police chief;
■ Hear an update on entry signs for Park Lane and Country Oaks subdivision;
■ Approve Planning and Zoning Commission member Mary Lou FI ink and accept the resignation of Gary Fitts.
SB I threatens pipeline project
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Senate Bill I could dam a project which would pipe Canyon Lake water to San Antonio. SB I passed through the legislature and awaits Gov. George Bush’s signature. Author of the bill is Sen. Buster Brown, Lake Jackson, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee..
The intent of Senate Bill I is to prepare the state for droughts and to provide comprehensive solutions for water problems through drought response management, water management and financial assistance to local governments and communities.
Bill West, general manager for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, said it is still unclear whether or not SB I will prohibit GBRA from
supplying San Antonio with water through its Canyon Lake pipeline.
“We are looking at that issue,” West said. “The language in Senate Bill I speaks in terms of (inter-basin) water rights. It’s unclear if that pertains to water sale contracts, and so we are in the process of getting further information from the legislature.”
The proposed pipeline would start and be served by an 8-million gallon-a-day surface water treatment plant on the lake’s south side.
The pipeline would go westward and serve about 15,000 customers in western Comal County in the Bulverde and Fair Oaks Ranch areas. It would then go south to northern Bexar County where it would serve another 15,000 customers of both the San Antonio Water System and Bexar Metropolitan Water District. West said if SAWS or Bexar Met
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are not allowed to participate in the project, the costs for the pipeline would be left solely the shoulders of water consumers in Bulverde.
With SAWS and Bexar Met participating in the project, the unit cost for water customers is projected between $1.50 to $1.60 each 1,000 gallons.
“The unit cost would be higher,” West said. “It would roughly double to $3 per 1,000 gallons of water. The users in Comal County would have the burden — debt service and operating and maintenance.”
The bigger issue is whether the bill would allow water out of the Guadalupe River to be transferred to San Antonio temporarily for about 20
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years until the city can find an alternative water source from the Edward Aquifer, West said.
He said if that does not happen the circumstances would be devastating.
“If we are stopped it will immediately put the springs (Comal and San Marcos) in jeopardy,” West said.
David Davenport, administrator for the Canyon Regional Water Authority, said the restrictions for inter-basin water transfers would hurt not only San Antonio but small communities in western Guadalupe County.
“It is a slap in the face not only for San Antonio but for the rest of us,” Davenport said.
Republican majority not a rubber stamp for Bush
By The Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) — For the first time in more than a century. Republicans seized a majority in one of the legislative chambers. But that didn’t mean the Republican governor got what he wanted this session.
The GOP-dominated Senate refused a school tax overhaul plan backed by Gov. George VV Bush, who was forced to settle instead for a smaller property-tax relief measure.
And as the midnight deadline for considering bills came Sunday, it was a Republican senator who led the bipartisan effort to kill a Bush-backed bill meant to crack down on gambling machines with casino-like payoffs.
“If we were all monolithic, we’d only need one of us,” said Sen. Jerry Patterson. R-Pasadena, who fought the gambling-machine bill. He said it would hurt charitable organizations using the money-raising machines while allowing businesses to continue operating them.
Patterson also opposed a last-resort effort by Bush and legislative leaders to cut local school property taxes by about $4 billion over the next two years, replacing the money with new state taxes, budget savings and cuts.
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