New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung p Sunday, June 22, 1997Q3ANeighborhood mom has a few rules to share with readers
DEAR ABBY: I have two children of my own, but some days I feel as though I have IO or 12. There are many children in the neighborhood where I live. The following is some information for my neighbors. I call it the Common Rules of Parental Etiquette:
1. I am not the neighborhood baby sitter. Sending your children to my house for several hours does not absolve you of the responsibility of checking on your children on a regular basis.
2. Please do not allow your children to pick the flowers I took the time and money to plant. If your children come home with flowers plucked from someone else’s garden, explain to them the dishonesty of their act, even
Tobacco deal needs approval of Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-smoking forces wrested concessions from the tobacco industry in a landmark multibillion-dollar settlement, but they know their battle is not yet won.
Congress and President Clinton still can reject all or part of the $360 billion agreement — greeted Friday with mostly cautious reserve.
“We could be in a position of rejecting it or accepting it. I haven’t seen it yet,” Clinton said in Denver. He noted, however, that “an enormous amount of money” had been wrung from the tobacco companies.
The agreement, negotiated for months by state attorneys general, health advocates, trial lawyers and cigarette makers, would make tobacco companies change how their products are advertised, sold and
>, exchange, the industry would get what its investors crave: key relief from lawsuits and legal bills.
In a statement, the tobacco industry called the proposal “a bitter pill,” but said the companies preferred the plan to a continuation of the decades-long controversy over smoking.
But even as anti-smoking advocates announced the agreement with fanfare in a hotel ballroom, a man dragged heavily on a cigar in the lobby.
And in the tobacco country of North Carolina, Sarah Ablang puffed on a cigarette outside a Raleigh office building.
“They can do whatever they want. It doesn’t affect me,” she said. “I know the dangers of smoking. It’s my choice to smoke.”
The agreement calls for tough new warnings on cigarette packs, such as “Smoking can kill you,” and would give smokers free medical help to quit.
The government also could lower the permissible level of nicotine in cigarettes.
And tobacco ads would change dramatically: no more billboards or splashy color spreads in magazines that critics said were targeted at teenagers.
; “With the agreement, Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man will move to the same chapter of our nation’s history as asbestos,” said Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth.
Under the settlement, the industry would pay $360 billion over 25 years, mostly to finance antismoking campaigns and repay state Medicaid money spent treating sick Smokers — the reason 40 states sued.
: After that, the industry would Continue to pay $15 billion every year.
; Sick smokers could still sue the industry.
! Any money they won for medical bills, lost wages or other “actual damages” would be paid from a $5-billion-a-year fund set up by the tobacco industry. Smokers also could win punitive damages for future wrongdoing by tobacco companies.
Individual smokers, though, could not sue for punitive damages for any past misconduct by tobacco companies.
Instead, as punishment for all past wrongdoing, the settlement includes a $50 billion tobacco industry fund, part of that to provide health care for uninsured children.
though it seems like a sweet thing for them to have done. And, by the way, since I’m the only one with certain varieties of flowers in my garden, pleading ignorance as to where they came from won’t work. Also, breaking down my bushes and plants with balls and bats is not acceptable.
3. Foisting your children off on me for several hours and then, later the
same day, refusing to allow my child into your home to play because “my child already has a friend over” doesn’t work for me. It also sets the wrong example for your child. The message it gives is: “You can use anyone you want and not give anything in return.”
4. Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July mean picnics and parties for family and friends. If I’m having a party and your child wasn’t invited, please keep him home! Last year, I spent the Fourth of July with three stray children who were eating food and drinking beverages my friends brought for our picnic.
5. lf your child asks to eat at my home or go somewhere with me, please have the courtesy to check with me to be sure an invitation was extended. Yes, I heard your child
yell across the street and ask if it was OK to eat at my house. And yes, I heard you say it was OK. However, I didn’t hear you ask me if I had invited her. Well, guess what? I didn’t. My child didn’t either. So your child was sent home.
6. In my home, no one, child or adult, gets anything without a “please” and “thank you.” That is, of course, common courtesy, but it doesn’t seem to be an important lesson in some homes.
7. Your children are welcome to play in my yard if everyone gets along, if there is no bad language or name-calling, and if you take a turn having them play in your yard. I have no grass in my yard now due to baseball games, and my flower beds are destroyed. And every child playing at my home has an excuse
why they can’t lay at their own house.
8. Oh yes — don’t forget those slightly older children. Parents, how about keeping an eye on them to make sure they aren’t bullying the younger kids? Guess what, they are! They push them down, hit them, call them names and, by the way, their language is disgusting. So, don’t get angry and call me when your child is sent home. You’ll get an earful you might not like.
Please don’t get me wrong, Abby. I like children. I want my children to have friends over and enjoy themselves. And we have some wonderful neighbors for whom we’d do almost anything. I am, however, appalled at the lack of respect on the part of so many parents and children
in our neighborhood.
Sorry this is so long, but I needed to address this issue since others have relayed the same kind of stories to me.
Oh, and by the way — dog owners, just because I have a dog doesn’t mean it’s OK if your soils my yard. But that’s another letter...
NOT EVERYONE’S MOM IN HARRISBURG, PA.
DEAR NOT EVERYONE’S MOM: I have printed your letter in its entirety. It should be bronzed and placed on front doors in more neighborhoods than I can count, because the problems you have addressed have been voiced by countless parents. You are right on the money.
Illegal immigrants rounded up
From staff reports
The Immigration and Naturalization Service rounded up 321 illegal immigrants Friday from a three-county area including Comal County, according to a San Antonio Express-News report.
A few of them might be housed at the Comal County jail, a frequent stopping point for illegal aliens on their way out of Texas, according to Comal County Sheriffs Sergeant Kermit Vetter.
“They did bring eight of them in here for us to house over the
weekend,” Vetter said, “but I don’t know where the apprehensions happened.”
The only information local jail officials are given is the date of birth, name, an immigration control identification number, and nationality, Vetter said.
INS officers call the sheriff’s office almost daily to check how much room the jail has, Vetter said.
“They bring us some just about every day, then take some away for trials.”
A smaller scale local INS sweep
caught several illegal aliens late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, Vetter said.
“I had a number of calls looking for people who were picked up at the Rosedale Apartments,” he said.
Area sheriffs officers did not play a part in Friday’s sweep. The sheriffs office contracts with the INS to house illegal aliens, but does not participate in their capture, Sheriff Bob Holder said.
“They’re enforcing federal law — we don’t have anything to do with that,” he said.
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EL PASO (AP) — As Congress moved toward using more soldiers along the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said they will seek a murder charge against a Marine suspected of killing a teen-ager in a border confrontation.
Texas Rangers Capt. Barry Caver said the indictment will be sought against Marine Cpl. Clemente Banuelos, who allegedly shot and killed 18-year-old Ezequiel Hernandez last month.
Lesser charges will be sought against the three other Marines who were on patrol with Banuelos on May 20, Caver said in Saturday’s El Paso Times.
Military officials said a member of the four-man surveillance team shot Hernandez after the teen fired twice at the Marines, who were watching a suspected drug route at the request of the Border Patrol.
The military maintains Hernandez raised his .22-caliber rifle for a third shot when the Marine opened fire.
It argued the shooting was self-defense.
State investigators said evidence gathered so far reveals discrepancies in the military’s version of the events in Redford, a farming community
Hernandez’s death and to renew calls to keep the military away from the border.
But even as protesters hoisted signs urging an end to “Military Terror Against Civilians,” the U.S. House approved a measure that could station up to 10,000 troops along the border to help stop illegal immigration and drug traffic.
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Caver said the angle of the teen’s wound indicates Hernandez was aiming away from the Marines, who were fully camouflaged. The teen’s family has said he sometimes shot at targets with a rifle he carried to protect his goats.
Chief investigator David Duncan said the Marines waited 22 minutes after the shooting before giving first aid or calling for help.
He said he didn’t know if the delay might have played a role in the death.
Investigators also have obtained subpoenas for three officials with Joint Task Force Six, a military agency that coordinates anti-drug missions involving the armed forces and civilian authorities.
In Washington and outside El Paso’s federal building, there were small rallies to commemorate the one-month anniversary of
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