New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung Q Thursday, June 19,1997 □ 3AMan’s Mends take little pleasure in wife’s company
DEAR ABBY: This is the first time I have ever sat down and written to you, although I often wonder what your thoughts would be on various matters.
I have a good fhend named “Don.” Don’s wife, “Susan,” is the problem. Every time we get together, she tries to impress people and acts superior. She does it in subtle ways, but my wife always ends up feeling somehow inadequate when the evening is over. Susan talks a lot about money and hinted to her parents about “early inheritance” many times. For the most part, she will associate only with people who are at least as well off as she is. And when she meets people who are wealthy, she sticks to them like glue.
Don and Susan are having serious
marital problems. I have seen her in action. She has a terrible temper and has been known to throw a phone or two. Also, she’s the most shallow person I’ve ever met. How does someone get like this?
My wife has told me that she can no longer stomach Susan. I understand her objections to Susan’s value system, but I fear if we refuse
their invitations, Don will be hurt. Some of our other friends stopped seeing them years ago. I know Don would be puzzled if I started inviting him alone. My wife thinks I should level with Don and tell him, “The girls don’t have much in common.” We agreed we would abide by your advice.
BRAD IN CLEVELAND
DEAR BRAD: Whose feelings are more important to you — Don’s or your wife’s? She must be a saint to have tolerated being belittled without having ended this foursome sooner.
Since other friends have stopped socializing with Don and Susan, Don will understand if your wife is unavailable and the get-togethers
are “men only” because “the girls” don’t have much in common — an understatement (Susan might even be relieved.)
Believe it or not, the reason many people act superior and aloof is because they feel inadequate or inferior.
DEAR ABBY: The letters in your column about people meeting Hairy Truman have conjured up a fond childhood memory of mine.
I grew up in Independence, Mo., but had never seen Mr. Truman until his library was being constructed. My father built and installed many of the display cabinets in the Truman Library.
My daddy, knowing me to be quite an autograph hound, thought that
meeting and getting President Truman’s autograph would be an event of a lifetime for his teen-age daughter, so he asked permission to bring me along one morning. I took my Bible and was introduced to Mr. Truman.
He graciously signed it with, “Read it carefully. It will make you happy.” Then, handing me the signed Bible, he led me over to a display case and asked me to read the signature on a document. It was Joseph Stalin’s. Mr. Truman smiled and added, “I collect autographs, too.”
Even though both my father and Mr. Truman are gone now, and my autographed Bible disappeared during a move, the memories will be mine forever.
SHIRLEY (YEAGER) HENDERSON, RAYTOWN, MO.
DEAR SHIRLEY: I think you’ve said It very well. Our memories can be our most treasured possessions, beyond material things. Circumstances may change, but our experiences make us who we are.
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NBISD Board of Trustees
The following action was taken by the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees on June 17:
■ Approved election judges for the Aug. 9 trustee election. Because of changes in state law, this will be the last election held in August. It was also reported that the district was working with the county to see if polling places ccould be consolidated so voters would not have to go to two locations for early voting in the trustee election and the constitutional amendment election.
■ Approved the continuance of state and federal pregnancy-education-parenting program grant. The amount awarded for the 1997-1998 school year will remain at $21,143, the amount awarded in
1996-1997. The board also approved a new application for the Career and Technology, Single Parents Displaced Homemakers and Single Pregnant Women in medium and large-size school districts. If approved, the NBISD grant award for
1997-1998 will total $33,840.
■ Approved the appointments of
Rosalyn Bratcher as assistant superintendent tor instructional services, Lisa Cauble, Cathy Clark, Jamie Dodson, Susan Francis, Marcy Gallaspy, Teresa Renee Gribbon and I Rosemary Weber/^ i*j>
I £ Approved the reassignments of Renee Covington, Mary Ann Fox, Truett Goss, Heather Klossner Ruth Saldana, Gary Schlater, Brenda
Smith, Jessi Wong, Anna Zientek and Clay Zientek. Schlather is the new director of transportation, and Goss is the new assistant principal for New Braunfels Middle School.
■ Approved the resignation of Deborah Bailey, Leticia Gonzales, Toni Locke, Kathryn Schwab and Arthur Sedillo.
■ Approved the retirement of Patty Nevitt.
■ Approved the following payments to architects, engineers and contractors: $45,602.79 to F&S Construction Co. Inc.; $319,879.89 to Advantage Contracting Corp.; and $7,223.96 to Jessen Inc.
■ Approved the May 1997 Tax Office report. Collections for May totaled $117,723.85. CED collections for May 1997 totaled $4,724.55.
■ Awarded a bid for construction of the New Braunfels High School Library.
■ Approved employing the law firm of Walsh, Anderson, Underwood, Schulze and Aldridge, P.C. as the school attorneys for the 1997-1998 school year. The firm charges $500 per year for an annual retainer fee, plus $60 for a Special Education monthly publication. There would be an additional $165 per bour for the attorney to prepare
- eases and to conduct research. Them would be no charge for calls fdr information that does not require legal research.
■ Approved the student teacher
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■ Approved the adoption of an amended school calendar for 1997-1998. The new calendar includes adding Aug. 13 as a staff development day to meet state mandates, adding Oct. 3 and Oct. 31 as early release days to accommodate elementary parent conferences and campus based staff development, changing March 23 to a bad weather make-up day and changing May 8 from a holiday to a regular attendance day to meet the required number of teacher days. Pending the state’s final approval in August, the number of staff days will be increased to 186. That means Friday, May 29, will be changed to a mandatory teacher work day and Saturday May 30 will be changed to the final teacher work day to fulfill legal requirements. It can be amended if the state does not approve the increase in staff days.
■ Approved a memorandum of agreement between NBISD and the Alamo Community College District for the St. Philip’s Vocational
Nursing Program. The agreement would allow St. Philip’s College to provide clinical experience for Health Careers Education students for a period of two years beginning on Sept. I, 1997. Students will be allowed to observe and handle paperwork.
■ Awarded property insurance bid . The vendor of the insurance, Doug Miller, was the husband of trustee Ann Miller, and she did not participate in discussions or voting. Trustee Steve Weaver said he had concerns about doing business with a trustee. He asked incoming superintendent Ron Reaves to have the school’s attorney look into the issue.
■ Received a report on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) results for grades three through eight.
■ Received a report on the June investment schedule. The amount invested is $13,145,244.26 and the interest gained at maturity was $1,198,436.17. The ending balance in the Old High School Restoration Fund was $12,018.23.
■ Received a report on sixth six-
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■ Received a report on payment to attorney. The law firm of Walsh, Anderson, Underwood, Schulze & Aldridge, P.C. requested a payment of $2,487.70 on the June 3 invoice.
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