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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas _ MW vm Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson about the Opinion page, call 625-9144, Ext. 220. Online contact ■ To submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet, or to simply contact staff members, the Herald-Zeitung’s address is [email protected] quotable“Marks on paper are free — free speech, press, pictures all go together.” Georgia O’Keefe artist EDITORIALLong may it waveFlag Day more than just another holiday on calendar Saturday, June 14, the United States celebrates Flag Day in honor of one of this nation’s most prevalent and recognizable symbols. Every state in this country has representation on the Stars and Stripes. The flag provided inspiration for Francis Scott Key as he saw The Star Spangled Banner and wrote our national anthem. In times of war, the flag served to rally the troops and gave the soldiers a sense of identity as citizens of the US. But over the years, respect for the flag has diminished. True, most schoolchildren know the Pledge of Allegiance, and we cheer for our athletes as they carry the flag during the Olympic Games. But there are certain rules of flag etiquette that have faded with time, something our more patriotic forefathers might be shocked to observe. Public Law 829, passed by the 77th Congress, mandates, “No disrespect of any kind should be shown to the flag of the United States.” According to the Knights of Columbus, we should show our respect to the flag by: ■ flying the flag daily from sunrise to sunset in good weather. (The flag may be flown at night if properly illuminated.) ■ flying the flag on national and state holidays and occasions proclaimed by the President ■UPI allowing the flag to touch anything beneath it. The flag should be carried alofl and hee. ■ never using it as drapery or decoration, for carrying or holding anything or storing it in such a manner that it will be damaged or soiled. ■ destroying the flag in a dignified manner when it is no longer suitable for display. The preferable method of disposal is burning. When a flag passes in parade, observers should face if stand at attention and place their right hands over their hearts, according to literature distributed by the Knights of Columbus. Men should remove their hats, holding them over their hearts with their right hands. In the hustle-bustle world of today, it is easy to forget these simple ways of showing respect for one of our nation’s most visible, beloved symbols. (Todays editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson.)Write us Divorce need not spell doom for children Statistics are tricky devices. They sound impressive. They have the ring of truth. Wielded skillfully they can support any viewpoint. And, as was the case in Cal Thomas’ column, “No-fault divorce hurts our children,” they can insulf frighten and discourage. They can be used to oversimplify complex problems. And they can make tough but workable situations sound impos-sible to redeem. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters on any public issue. Hie 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 cite 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. Biali letters to: Letters to the Editor c/o the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: (210) 625-1224 ' Thomas cites a study by Judith Wallerstein and Julia Lewis of 60 families in Marin County, Calif. He calls ours a “divorce culture.” He sweepingly assumes that people get divorced only because they live in a culture 'That promotes personal and instant ‘happiness* as the only goal worthy of pursuit.” Thousands of women who left abusive marriages would be justifiably offended by his comments. So would the millions more men and women who agonized, prayed and went to counseling for years before they concluded that ending a conflicted, unhealthy marriage was the best of unfortunate choices — not only for themselves but for their children. What about the scars left on children who live in abusive or Susan Flynt England unhealthy homes with two parents, or those children who were harmed by conditions in their families prior to divorce? Ignoring those variables oversimplifies a many-faceted problem. It is safe to say that very many conscientious parents experiencing divorce would sacrifice an arm, a leg or more to spare their children from trauma. Fortunately for children and their parents, caring and learned individuals have directed their efforts toward helping parents help their children through divorce. “When parents handle it appropriately, I don’t think we should condemn all children of divorce,” said Linda Leslie-Johnston of Practical Parent Education in Plano, Texas. She authored the “For Kids’ Sake” program offered by Family Outreach in New Braunfels. “We do look at the research,” Johnston said. “But we take a posi tive outlook. There are things you as a parent can do to make this a healthier relationship with your children.” For Kids’ Sake and programs like it teach divorcing parents what to expect in their own behavior. “Almost all parents going through divorce will fall into certain destructive behaviors,” Johnston said — behaviors such as using the child as a message carrier to the ex-spouse or berating the ex-spouse in the children’s presence. When parents know what behavioral pitfalls to expect, they can better avoid the natural, but destructive habits, she said. For Kids’ Sake teaches that children of different ages can be expected to react to divorce in differing ways. Children’s common responses — and what parents can do to help — are spelled out for various age groups. The program teaches parents how to help their children through the stages of grief. It points out how to recognize children at risk and what to do for them. The program emphasizes that parents must take care of themselves so that they will be able to adequately care for their children. The For Kids’ Sake program gives guidelines for visitations and provides outlines for planning children’s routines. It spells out in bold-face letters the parental behaviors likely to destroy children. The adage, “What doesn’t destroy you makes you stronger,” can apply to children of divorce, with their parents’ help. “An awful lot of it has to do with the parents and how they handle the divorce,” Johnston said. “Many children of divorce do have long-term problems, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” she said. “If those parents make that effort, then those kids can be just as healthy as any other child.” Books are available at the Dittlinger Memorial Library to help parents and children through divorce. Several churches offer programs to help families through divorce, and many area schools offer counseling and peer support groups for kids in divorce. The For Kids’ Sake program is available through Family Outreach in New Braunfels. For information call 620-1299. (Susan Flynt England is the Herald-Zeitung news editor.) New legislation should correct voting woes New BraunfelsHerald -Zeitung Editor and Publisher, Ext 201........................................Doug    Toney Managing Editor, Ext 220.................................Margaret    Edmonson Marketing Director, Ext 208..................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager, Ext. 214...............Karen    Reininger Business Manager, Ext 202........................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext. 205.........................................Billy    Parnell Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Fnday by the Ne*’ Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (LISPS 377-XKO) 707 Lands St., or P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131 -1328. Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels, Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties: three months, $20.50; six months, $37; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33; one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30.30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have nor received a newspaper by 5:30 p m. Tuesday through Friday ce by 7:30 a.m. on Sunday may call (210) 625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by 11 a.m. on Sunday. Pc is I mas re K: Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 3 ll 328, New Braunfels, Tx. 78131 -1328 It’s the end of the legislative session, and the beginning of the end, I hope, of the sort of election irregularities that distuit) the integrity of the ballot box. As chief elections officer, I have been concerned about the participation of Texans in the political process. As I’ve said before, I want to encourage voter participation by providing every available option for ballot access, but we must make sure the voting process in Texas is secure and accurate. Over the course of the 19% election year I heard from citizens across our state about problems they saw at the ballot box and it became clear to me that certain issues needed to be addressed. That’s why I pushed for several election law reform proposals designed, among other things, to combat election fraud in our mail ballot process and help clean up ourToday in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, June 13, the 164th day of 1997. There are 201 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision, ruling that cnminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights pnor to questioning by police. On this date: In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Stamberg In 1888, Congress created the Department of Labor. In 1898, the Yukon Territory of Canada was organized. In 1900, China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Chris- voter registration rolls. I’m encouraged that those victories will pave the way for additional election law reform in the future and more confidence in the political process overall. For instance, you may remember allegations that some voters were “double-registered” in different counties. Now, thanks to SB 500, that provides for the inclusion of a driver’s license number on a voter’s registration, I hope to see a significant reduction in the number of multiple voter registrations on our county registration rolls. The new law requires that the Texas Department of Public Safety enter a voter applicant’s driver’s license number or personal identification card number on any completed voter registration application submitted at DPS that is missing these items. The new law also allows a voter tians erupted into violence. In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. In 1942, President Roosevelt created the Office of War Information, and appointed radio news commentator Elmer Davis to be its head. In 1944, Germany began launching tlying-bomb attacks against Bntain during World War ll. In 1967, President Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the hist black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1971, The New York Times began publishing the “Pentagon Papers,” a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam. In 1983, the U.S. space probe Pioneer IO, launched in 1972, became the registrar to cancel a voter’s registration if the same driver’s license number or personal identif cation number has been used to register to vote in another county. I also heard from folks about the apparently high incidence of mail fraud occurring during the early voting period, targeted particularly at the elderly, the disabled and other physically unable to go to the polls. House Bill 1257 should discourage “friendly strangers” from visiting a mail ballot voter’s home on the day he or she receives the ballot in the mail and “helping” the voter mark the ballot. The new law delays the release of mail ballot application information, expands the penalties for mail fraud from a Class B to a Class A misdemeanor, and narrows the scope of where a mail ballot can be sent. We also fought hard against efforts to disenfranchise our military and overseas voters. House Bill 331 clar- first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune. In 1986, Benny Goodman, the clarinet-playing “King of Swing,” died in New York at the age of 77. Ten year* ago: The last regularly scheduled episode of “A Prairie Home Companion,” starring humorist Garrison Keillor, was broadcast from the old World Theater in St. Paul, Minn. Five year* ago: Democrat Bill Clinton stirred controversy during an appearance before the Rainbow Coalition by criticizing rap singer Sister Soul-jah for making remarks that he said were “filled with hatred” toward whites. One year ago: The 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch. The Supreme Court ified that those voting by Federal Postcard Application may receive a full ballot to vote in federal, state and local elections if I) they submit the FPCA on of before the 30th day before election day; or 2) they submit the FPCA after the 30th day but before the sixth day before election day and they are a registered voter at the address contained on the application. Thanks to this new law, it’s now clear that our military and overseas voters in Texas get the same full voting rights as any other class of voters. The aim of this session was to send a clear message that electoral fraud would no longer be tolerated in Texas, and I think we’ve done that. The new election reforms may not be perfect, but they are a positive step in the right direction. Texans deserve it. (Antonio O. Garza Jr. is chief elections officer for Texas.) placed greater limits on congressional districts intentionally drawn to get more minorities elected to Congress. Today’s Birthdays: Jazz musician Doc Cheatham is 92. TV host Ralph Edwards is 84. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bobby Freeman is 57. Actor Malcolm McIXiwell is 54. Singer Dennis Locomere (Dr. Hook) is 48. Actor Richard Thomas is 46 Comedian Tim Allen is 44. Actress Ally Sheedy is 35. Tennis player Bettina Bunge is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Deniece Pearson (Five Star) is 29. Actor Jamie Walters (“Beverly Hills 90210”) is 28. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 11. Actress Ashley Olsen is 11. Thought for Today: “The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.” — Viscountess Astor, American-born English politician (1879-1964). I i ;