New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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EDITORIALBoard makes right decisionYMCA “extended day” program a much-need option for parents
A collective audible sigh of relief should have been heard in New Braunfels on Tuesday, as the New Braunfels Independent School District took a giant leap forward, a long-overdue double giant leap. It approved an after school, “extended day” program for its elementary schools, slated to start with the next school year.
Local parents do not need to see statistics to see the writing on the wall: most families, even in this bastion of traditional lifestyles, have two working parents. Many have only one working parent. All of these conscientious parents want their children to have a quality environment between the time school lets out and they come home from work.
Area for-profit day care facilities do a good job as far as it goes. But their focus is on younger children, and, for the most part, their facilities, programs and staff are geared in that direction.
NBISD's prospective program fills a real need. ,
The YMCA "wifl administer me cxfcnded-day program, another long-overdue plus tor this community. A dedicated group of individuals has tried to bring YMCA programs to New Braunfels families for several years.
YMCA programs are tried and true nationwide, and they are truly open to families of all income levels. A community which claims to be as family oriented as New Braunfels does needs a YMCA and range of programs it offers.
We should applaud the perseverance of YMCA backers and the good judgment of the NBISD board, and embrace the opportunities they have provided.
(Todays editorial was written bv Herald-Zeitung columnist Susan Fiynt England)Write us
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He itched. At first the itching was mild, like athlete's foot, but on his torso, arms and shoulders. Soon he felt as if he had rolled in a bcd of poison ivy. Then he experienced the sensation of being staked in a bed of fire ants. They swarmed his body — thousands at a time — biting and tearing every inch of his skin. When they bit, the ants injected acid-like venom, setting his nerve endings ablaze. His body burned with an agonizing heat, as if he were being roasted over a slow fire.
His constant scratching caused welts, oozing lesions and scabs over most of his body. Strangers thought he had chicken pox or impetigo. Some feared he might have AIDS. Just about everybody avoided him.
Phil dreaded nights the most. Trying to sleep, he tossed with burning anguish, clawing at his body. Drifting off from exhaustion, he experienced a few hours of fitful sleep until an episode of intense itching would awaken him. His bloody bed sheets horrified him. Attempting to ignore the itching, he would go to work at I or 2 a.m.
He consulted doctor after doctor pleading for relief. Countless diagnostic tests revealed no physical cause for his misery. Sedatives, antipruritics, antihistamines antidepressants, salves, lotions and steroids gave no comfort. The unremitting torment made him wish he were dead.
Two months before his itching began, Phil had been fired from a firm
that he helped found. Life had been unpleasant at work for months. A junior partner in the firm — a man Phil despised because he reminded him of his verbally abusive brother — began receiving special attention for his ability to gain business from wealthy clients. As Phil slaved away at the office, his adversary played golf with prospects. Phil became bitter, resentful, and terribly angry. Without warning he experienced the shock of his life: He lost his job.
As Phil struggled to establish a new firm, the itching began. When numerous doctors could find no physical cause for his suffering, he sought psychological help.
With counseling, Phil began to see the connection between his childhood conflicts — conflicts that he had previously tried to ignore — and his present situation. Phil had been raised by duty bound parents who stressed performance. To intensify matters, Phil’s older brother would constantly degrade and verbally abuse him. Phil's life, dominated by fear — fear of failure, fear of disappointing his parents in church and social activities — caused
him to become the compliant child who never complained. Compulsively denying his emotional well being, he put the needs of others before his own. His self-denial generated bitterness and resentment.
Despite this insight, Phil's itching intensified. His psychologist recommended that he see Dr. Richard Carver, one of the world’s preeminent clinical hypnotists. During the hypnotherapy sessions Dr. Garver suggested that Phil’s rash would fail to totally remit if a physical cause for his symptoms existed. After six weeks of hypnotherapy, Phil experienced considerable relief. What a blessing. He could sleep again. No more bloody sheets. No constant clawing. But a mild itch remained.
One morning while shaving, Filii noticed a small lump in his neck. Diagnostic tests confirmed that he had Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Tracing his symptoms, Phil’s doctors agreed that the Hodgkin’s disease began to manifest itself with the onset of the rash.
Doing research on his illness, Phil learned that those who have a life dominated by the necessity to compulsively please others cany a vulnerability for cancer. The office stress exacerbated childhood emotional conflicts and lowered Phil’s immune response, contributing to the onset of his cancer.
Faced with the demand for chemotherapy and wanting to avoid the side effects from the medications,
Phil consulted Dr. Garver again. With hypnotherapy Phil suffered none of the toxic effects from the anti-cancer drugs — no hair loss, no fatigue, no nausea and vomiting.
Now physically sound and emotionally healthy, Phil experiences robust health. Acceptance and love have replaced the compulsion to please. He enjoys himself and others more. Paradoxically, his contentment allows him to perform better at work.
The psyche — the mind and spirit — cannot be separated from the soma — die body. Because the psyche manifests itself in the physical, a holistic approach to treatment is the Rolls Royce of therapy. Prayer and meditation, spiritual understanding, self-love, clinical hypnosis, a healthy diet, and moderate exercise enhance medical treatment Unconditional love, the elixir of life, casts out fear and assures will being.
An itch, a physical itch or an emotional itch — an itch to run away, an itch for greener pastures, an itch without reason — requires more than a scratch for relief. When we itch let us look for the cause... And may our suffering — a good thing — force us to change those dungs we don’t like about ourselves. May our itch, like Phil’s lead us to a life free from fear.
(John Ingram Walker, M.D., writes a weekly column for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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There are no “good” reasons for teens to smoke
By CAMILLE HABERMAN
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Peer pressure. Curiosity. Rebellion. There ut many reasons why teen-agers start smoking. And if you’ve thought about taking up the habit, you’re not alone: approximately 3 million Americans younger than 18 years of age consume 947 million packs of cigarettes yearly (Texas Department of Health). Many of these young adults take up smoking for one of several reasons: because they believe smoking to be harmless, or at least, not immediately damaging to their health; or because they think that smoking is a cool, mature way to handle stress and that they can quit at any time; or because they believe that most teenagers smoke. These arc just some reasons that teen-agers begin smoking. Whatever the reason, the fact is that smoking is a dangerous habit, and the decision to smoke should not be taken lightly, for the down side of smoking outweighs any ’’good** reasons to smoke.
The most obvious reason not to smoke is that cigarettes are expensive. For example, the most popular brands with teen-agers — Marlboros and Camels — cost around $2 for a (rack and $17 a carton, lf you smoke one pack a day every day for a year, that comes to a total of more than $700.
Today in History
The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, March 19, the 78th day of 1997. There are 287 days left in the year. This is the date the swallows traditionally return to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 19,1920, the U.S. Senate rejected for the second time the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of49-35, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.
On this date:
In 1417, French explorer Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle — the first European to navigate the length of the Mississippi River — was murdered by mutineers in present-day Texas.
In 1899, the opera “Faust” by Charks Gounod premiered in Paris.
Where would you get that kind of money? And more importantly, aren’t there better things to spend your money on?
A second fact is that many teenagers believe half or more of their peers smoke, and so they justify smoking by saying, “Everyone docs it.*’ But that’s just not true. About 20 percent of American teen-agers smoke, and, although that's five times the number of kids who participate in Little League, it’s still not anywhere close to being "everyone” (Prevention, January 19%).
Another belief about smoking is that cigarettes make you look adult and attractive. But smoking doesn't make you look attractive. First of all, despite what you may have heard, smoking docs not help you to lose weight. It may help curb your cravings for food for a little while, but in general, smoking does not have any real effect on a smoker’s weight (Prevention, January 1996). Not only will smoking not improve your looks, it will actually make you less attractive. For example, smoke or nicotine will discolor teeth, cause bad (Heath, contribute to premature wrinkling of the skin, and stain your fingers. Your clothes and hair will smell of smoke. And your ability to exercise with stamina will be decreased — how attractive is it when you see someone wheezing and gasping for air? Also, your hands and feet will often be cold because of
reduced circulation to your extremities. Based on these facts, the idea that smoking causes someone to look cool or attractive just doesn’t make sense.
And what about that well-used argument, “I can quit at any time”? Consider that more than half of all high school seniors who smoke began - smoking before then eighth-grade year, and, while most of them said the they could quite at any time, 75 percent of them will still be smoking eight years from now (Good Housekeeping, March 1993). Most people begin smoking with the assumption that they can quit whenever they want; however, the odds that someone who tries cigarettes will become addicted are 9 in IO, while they are only I in 6 for crack cocaine and I in IO for alcohol (Dr. Jack Hcn-ningfield, chief of clinical pharmacology at Baltimore’s Addiction Research Center). Chances are, if you try smoking, you will become hooked.
lf you ask any smoker why he or she doesn't just quit, you will probably hear, “I’ve tried, but it’s hard to quit.” But what are the consequences of continuing to smoke? First of all, smoking impacts you in small ways. You lose some of your sense of taste and smell, and you’re sick often because smokers are more susceptible to colds and other minor illnesses than non-smokers. And then there are the serious illnesses. Smoking causes cancers of the
mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, cervix, kidneys and bladder. Smoking can also lead to heart attacks and lung diseases, and it causes 80 percent of all lung cancers (American Cancer Society). Do you understand how painful and devastating cancer can be? I’m talking about your life! Of the 3,000 children who become regular smokers every day, 23 will be murdered, 30 will die in traffic accidents — but nearly 750 will die due to smoking-related diseases! (National Cancer Institute, 1990) More people die from smoking than from car accidents, AIDS, drug use, and violent crime combined.
So you may smoke or consider smoking because you aren’t worried about your health 30 years from now. After all, lung cancer happens to old people, and you will quit way before then, right? It’s not that easy. Be aware of the tremendous risks posed by smoking. Respect your body and your LIFE. Smoking cuts 17 years off the average person’s life (American Cancer Society). It isn’t worth it — don’t smoke.
(Submitted by the Alternative Choices Program of the Comal County Women s Center)
In 1917, the U S Supreme Court upheld the eight-hour workday for railroads.
In 1918, Congress approved Daylight Saving Time.
In 1931, Nevada legalized gambling.
In 1945, about 800 people were killed as kamikaze planes attacked the U.S. carrier Franklin off Japan; the ship, however, was saved.
In 1945, Adolf Hitler issued his socalled “Nero Decree,” ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands.
In 1976, Buckingham Palace announced the separation of Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage.
In 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business.
In 1985, in a legislative victory for
[^resident Reagan, the Senate voted, 55-45, to authorize production of the MX missile.
Ten years ago: President Reagan, in a news conference, repudiated his policy of selling arms to Iran, saying, “I would not go down that road again.” Televangelist Jim Bakkcr resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church secretary from Oklahoma.
Five years ago: Democrat Paul Tsongas pulled out of the presidential race, leaving Arkansas Gov. Bill Hinton the favorite to capture their party’s nomination.
One year ago: Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination with solid primary victories in four Midwestern states. President Clinton
rolled out a $1.64 trillion election-year budget, promising it would invigorate the economy, erase federal deficits and ait taxes.
Today’s Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroft is 72. Actor-direct or Patrick McGoohan is 69. Theologian Hans Kung is 69. Author Philip Roth is 64. Actress-singer Phyllis Newman is 62, Actress Renee Taylor is 62. Actress Ursula Andress is 61. Singer Clarence “Frogman" Henry is 60. Singer Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) is 51. Actress Glenn Clote is 50. Actor Bruce Willis is 42.
Thought for Today: “History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have happened.” — Ernest Albert Hooton, American anthropologist (1887-1955).