New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald-ZahungThursday, June 24,1993
"We In no way seek to condone hateful and bigoted speech. But lf free speech means anything,
It means the right to say things unpopular -things that other people disagree with."
* Sam Stratman Congressional spokesman, 1992
‘Make it stick9
Violent criminals must be made to serve their entire sentences
A state organization now forming in New Braunfels known as People Against Violent Crime has set a meeting for July 22 at the Senior Citizens Center at 655 Lait da St at 7:30 p.m.
At the meeting, petitions which will be available for the members, and interested parties, to sign.
The first is a petition asking that the Board of Pardons and Paroles remember the victims, victim s families, friends and the people of Texas when considering the release or parole of convicted individuals.
The second petition calls for the amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure enabling jurors to be told of the prison overcrowding situation and the "good time" rule affect on prison release.
The group is calling for the abolishment of the "good rime" rules where only a portion of a sentence may be served after a prisoner is recognized for not having caused problems while in jail.
Criminals should be made to understand that there are real penalties for committing crimes. Offenders must serve at least 80 percent of their sentence with a maximum of 20 percent "good time" credit reduction for good behavior and participation in work, substance abuse programs, and education.
Citizens may join People Against Violent Crime at die July 22 meeting. The goal is to establish a chapter of that organization to Comal County.
We encourage not only participation in this organization by local citizens, but also continued support of stiffer penalties for those who chose to commit crimes.
(Today's editorial was written by Mark Lyon, Managing Editor of the Herald-Zeitung.)
Boards, committees working hard
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Ths Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation's Board of Trustees is a working board. It works hard trying to fulfill the objective of the Foundation • which is to promote interest and partcipation in various charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational activities and to operate a center for the benefit of the senior citizens of this community.
The assets are used in performance of its charitable functions and support is provided to elderly persons or the handicapped without regard to the beneficiaries’ ability to pay.
The Board meets the third Wednesday of every month at the Senior Center. There are seventeen board members. There are representatives from the staff from the Bingo Committees and from our Thrift Shop all woiking together. That’s why we enjoy the degree of success that we do. We all try to work together.
Sometimes tempers flare a little because we are all individuals with definite opinions, but in the end we work it out and are mature adults enough not to walk out on the meeting.
At the June 16 meeting it was announced that the Fraternal Order of Eagles had made a monetary donation to help expand our library that the Rotary Club had contributed ths funds to repair our pool and spa and that the Monday Night Square Dancers had provided the means for eight ceiling fans to be purchassd and installed in the ballroom.
Our thanks to all these generous organizations that help the Center to continue growing. It is these
generous organizations and individuals that give us both money and time that create the impetus to build a bigger and better- center. Through the actions of the Board, a Long-Range Planning Committee was established to study ways and means to further the continued operation and forward progress of the Senior Center.
The overall thrust of the final report was “Do more and better- of what you’re doing now.” The consensus was not necessarily a case of “grow or go “ but one of “employ and enjoy.” Employ seniors’ time, talents, and skills to permit them to enjoy life more and to help others to do so as well.
We are proud of the projects in the works currently and feel that Foundation members and the community at large might all be interested in knowing what they are. The Pool and Spa upgrade and the new, commerical kitchen are major projects.
The new Comal County Senior Center sign improves our exterior image. There are plans to
promote the center use upgrade member’s knowl-edgs of the Foundation and Center, establish Honors Program for ous tan ding volun tests and initiate income project of wills and bequests.
Facility maintenance, of course, is an ongoing proposition, both rountine and replacement It is suggested that the exercise equipment be upgraded, repaired, or replaced.
It is also suggested that we continue to establish liaison with major community groups, such as, McKenna Hospital, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis churches, MHMR and retirement homes.
The Foundation should share its knowledge and experiences with the community seeking common ground for mutual support and making this an even better area in which to live. And finally, there is an in-depth study for the expansion of the current facility as our needs grow, and as they have certainly grown over the past two years.
The Board is grateful to the Long-Range Planning Committee chaired by Dan Sedgwick, and comprised of Ann Bartholomew, Ken Daniels, Dad Wells, and Max Winkler, for all the time and effort put into this study which should give definite guidelines to the efficacy of money, energy, and time for the future of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation.
As you can see, we have a working Board, and we have working committees, and working volunteers - all the time. Thank you.
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Consultant takes up fight against TV violence
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By DIANE DUSTON Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s a tip for television writers on how to cut some of the blood and gore from their programs without losing suspense: Don’t think violence, think “creative conflict resolution.”
Brian Dyak, a veteran TV consultant who already has persuaded many of Hollywood’s action-crazies to buckle up and drink more responsibly, now hopes to broker the fight over the issue of television violence.
Dyak, of the Entertainment Industries Council, says political threats from Congress and public interest groups — some demanding an end to all violence on television — simply don’t sit well with the creative people behind the scripts.
“The industry recognizes something needs to be done,” he says.
But his idea is not to threaten, but to challenge the creators to be even more creative about how “conflict could still be part of the story line”
without spilling blood.
Dyak’s firm has worked with the movie and television industries since the early 1980s to promote socially responsible programming.
He’s tackled AIDS awareness, tobacco and drug and alcohol abuse.
He’s credited with persuading the industry to show its heroes buckling up in their cars.
He’s eager now to help Hollywood handle the TV violence problem.
A major, industry-sponsored summit meeting of movie and TV directors, writers, producers is scheduled Aug. 2 in Los Angeles, and Dyak’s group is planning some smaller get-togethers before that with some of the principal conferees.
Dyak notes there was no economic risk to the industry in showing its characters wearing seat belts in car scenes.
But persuading it to curb violence,
a drama tradition as old as acting itself, is another story — especially since there are so many opinions about what constitutes violence.
For now, the entertainment industry and the anti-violence public interest groups have wholly different agendas, said Larry Deutschman, Dyak’s vice president of creative affairs, who is based in Los Angeles.
” At times I think they are talking past each other,” he said.
In meetings with writers, producers and directors from the major networks and studios, Dyak and Deutschman will ask such questions as these :
■ is the current prevalence of violence in conflict resolution the way we want to portray ourselves to our children?
■ What other stronger, dramatic devices are available?
■ What other alternatives will sell in an era of global markets and an expanding range of channels?
Dyak got his start as a school
teacher and director of centers for runaway youth.
After a career of delinquency prevention, hot lines, free clinics and drug programs, he began looking for new opportunities about 13 years ago.
“Because of my work in public policy, I could see that the entertainment community was not as present in public health arenas as it could be,” said Dyak.
With the help of columnist Jack Anderson and a Hollywood producer, he raised enough money to set up an * office advising the entertainment industry on drug issues.
Then, Nancy Reagan took up the anti-drug cause, a Hollywood drug scandal erupted and Dyak’s consultancy took off with both government grants and money from the entertainment industry.
Dyak worked to remove portrayals of drugs as glamorous, funny or macho and advised the entertainment how to accurately depict consequences of using narcotics.
Today in History
By Ths Associated Press
Today is Thursday, June 24, the 175th day of 1993. There are 190 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 24,1948, Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Beilin, prompting the United Stales to organize a massive akUft of supplies into the city’s western sector to counter the blockade.
On this date:
In 1314, the forces of Scotland’s King Robert I defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.
In 1497, the first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place as explorer John Cabot, on a voyage for England, spotted land, probably in presently Canada.
In 1509, Henry Vin was crowned king of England.
In 1647, Margaret Brent, a niece of Lord Baltimore, was ejected from the Maryland Assembly
after demanding a place and vote in that governing body.
In 1793, the first republican constitution in France was adopted.
In 1842, aulhor-joumalist Ambrose Bierce was born in Meigs County, Ohio.
In 1908, President Cleveland, died in Princeton, NJ. He was 71.
In 1915, more than 800 people died when the excursion steamer Eastland capsized at Chicago's Clark Street dock.
In 1940, France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II.
In 1948, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Philadelphia, nominated New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president
In 1968, Resurrection City, a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People’s March on Washington, D C., was closed down by authorities.
In 1975,113 people were killed when an Eastern
Airlines Boeing 727 crashed while attempting to land during a thunderstorm at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Ten years ago: The space shuttle Challenger, carrying America’s first woman in space, Sally K Ride, coasted to a safe landing at Edwards Air Fbrce Base in California.
Five years ago: Pope John Paul II, on a visit to Austria, condemned Nazism during a stopover at the Mauthausen death camp where 110,000 World War A prisoners died.
One year ago: The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, strengthened its 30-year ban on officially sponsored worship in pubhc schools, prohibiting prayer as a part of graduation ceremonies.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Al Molinaro is 74. Comedian Jack Carter is 70. Movie director Claude Chabrol is 63. Actress Michele Lee is 51. Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich is 47, Actress Naiicy Allen is 43. _