New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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National stuttering project Bikes offers dignity and support
DEAR ABBY: My problem is that I have a terrible stutter. I am 38 years old and my co-workers make fan of me. I try not to show how much it hurts, and go along with whatever they are saying.
Is there anyone or anything that can help me? I recently heard about some kind of surgery that can help people who stutter. Do you know anything about it? Please help me.
AFRAID TO SPEAK IN SAN ANTONIO
DEAR AFRAID TO SPEAK: I am unaware of a surgical procedure that can help people who stutter. But your letter arrived not long after another from a reader who shares your problem, and what she had to say should be of interest to you. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: I am almost 18 years old and have been afflicted with stuttering most of my life. It hurts when I see people’s ignorance of stuttering reflected through discomfort or ridicule.
Those who are unfamiliar with stuttering often think it consists only of initial sound repetitions like “C-C-C-Can you help me?” However, stuttering also consists of “blocks” such as getting stuck and becoming unable to utter a particular sound. This block can last varying amounts of time.
A common misconception is that stuttering is associated with fear and anxiety. It’s true that these factors can increase stuttering, but it's uncertain what actually causes it.
Believe it or not, many notable personalities have stuttered, including Marilyn Monroe, James Earl Jones, Bo Jackson, and even the great Winston Churchill.
In 1993, I discovered a group called the National Stuttering Project. It is one of the greatest things that has happened to me as a person who stutters. The group publishes nonthly newsletters, has 79 local •upport groups in the United States, md holds a large convention every Rimmer.
If some of your readers stutter or <now someone who does, or are simply interested in learning more about stuttering, they should write to the National Stuttering Project, 5 HK) E. La Palma Ave., Suite 208, Anaheim Hills, Calif. 92807.
DEAR MARGARET: Thank you for a helpful letter, and one which I am sure will be of interest to those who are trying to cope with that problem. The National Stuttering Project was founded in 1977 to let people who stutter know they are not alone. Its goal is to bring dignity, education and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, as well as assist their families and the speech-language pathologists who work with them.
An estimated 4 percent of all children stutter. Seventy-five percent of them will outgrow it If children receive appropriate therapy at an early age, four out of five will not become chronic stutterers. Most adults can learn to manage their disorder with the help of a speech-language pathologist who specializes in stuttering. However, there is no universal treatment or cure.
I recently spoke with Annie Bradberry, director of development at the National Stuttering Project. She was on her way to speak to a group of school children who had been teasing a young classmate who stutters. Her mission was to help the students understand that children who stutter are no different from those who do not stutter except for their speech patterns. What a wonderful example of hands-on advocacy!
Readers, May 12 through 18 is National Stuttering Awareness Week. The toll-free number for the National Stuttering Project is (800) 364-1677. The 3-mail address is [email protected]
For Abby s favorite family recipes, send a long, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $3.95 to: Dear Abby, Cookbooklet No. I, P O. Box 447, Mount Morris, III. 61054-0447. Postage is included.
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really wasn’t bard to get them involved.”
McKenna Memorial Director of Development Jennifer Covington said the hospital participates in programs such as this because it helps children from getting hurt and requiring medical attention. She said the fact that the program is being coordinated by a youngster makes it even more special.
“I think that’s a wonderful thing,” she said. “It’s a way to prevent injuries in our local community. Then we can keep kids at home healthy and safe rather than in the hospital.”
Parchman, who is a boy scout in troop 381, said in addition to raising the safety level of bicycle owners in New Braunfels, the day’s events also will help him. He said in order to
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Immigration on table in Central American talks
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Associated Press Writer
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Four in four-car pileup treated and released
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said NBISD “better take care of him.”
“We also, from that community, are being entrusted with that gentleman,” Spain said. “Pm asking all of you, and that includes all of us, we better take care of him.”
Campos added his support, and said he agreed with the comments that had been made. He also added that he was impressed with Reaves’ management style of “management by walking around.”
Reaves said he appreciated the board’s vote of confidence. He said he and his wife Jeanette are looking forward to being part of a community that focuses on education and puts kids first.
“I will do my utmost best to live up to the expectations you have of me,” he said.
Reaves said recent problems plaguing the NBISD district have been “bumps in the road.” He said it is time for the district to rebuild the stability and confidence of the patrons. He added that this board has shown they are willing to do that.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have to move past the past distractions,” Reaves said. “(Rebuilding confidence) will be my job. That will be they’re job too.”
“We are going to move this district to the next level of excellence ... but we need your help,” he said. “We can’t do it alone ”
“If he gets the confidence, things will get to running smoothly again,” parent Silvia Kathka said. “Kids will then start feeling more comfortable too."
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By DAVID DEKUNDER
Three people involved in a four-car accident on Interstate 35 near Schwab Road early Wednesday morning were released this morning from Brooke Army Medical Center.
Derek Smith, 19, of Euless, Emily Griggs, 18, of Bedford and Guadalupe Magallanez, Jr., 41, of Austin were released, a BAMC spokeswoman said.
The accident occurred at 7:20 a m. during the morning rush hour on 1H-35 south inside the Schertz city limits.
The accident backed up traffic as far as two miles. Officers from the Schertz Police Department, Comal County and the Department of Public Safety responded to the scene as well as New Braunfels EMS and SAFES.
Schertz police said that Smith was the driver of a red Chevrolet Blazer which was going southbound on the access road when it tried to enter the interstate from the access ramp.
Police said Smith lost control of his vehicle and rolled on top of a blue
Chrysler driven by Elizabeth Davis, 36, of San Marcos. Davis was also going southbound.
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effective July I. However, he will already meet with staff members today, and will begin making trips to New Braunfels immediately to begin looking into issues facing his post, including filing vacant positions.
He said his first order of business would be to meet members of the staff and the community to determine what actually does lay ahead.
As for the vacant positions. Reaves said he will talk to staff because he liked to look inside first to fill vacancies.Reaves said he would also talk to the board about Tuesday’s meeting where the board failed after three tied votes to reorganize and elect a board president. He said an election was approaching in August, and the board needs to be ready to face it.
“The board needs leadership . . . We need to be as unified as possible going into that election,” he said.
Reaves will fill the top administrator position that became vacant in January when Charles Bradberry left after 14 years to become the superintendent of Keller ISD. Tom Moseley has been serving as interim superintendent since January.
“I don’t think we could have gotten a better interim superintendent than Tom Moseley, and I applaud you,” Campos said.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — With the region finally free of war, President Clinton carried modest trade deals to today’s Central American summit and welcomed a new era of “peace and cooperation.”
After a fence-mending visit to Mexico, the president planned to bless an open-skies accord that should make flying here easier and cheaper. The summit’s trade declaration would promote U.S. tariff reductions for more Central American goods, administration officials said.
But it is the summit’s new faces — not new initiatives — that make this a remarkable gathering.
With Guatemala’s 1996 peace treaty, the entire region is at peace for the first time in a generation. When President Bush visited here eight years ago, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala were still in guerrilla conflicts involving U.S.-backed factions.
Bush called Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega an “unwanted animal at a garden party” at the 1989 summit.
After a fireworks display lit up his late-night airport arrival Wednesday, Clinton declared: “This is a moment of great opportunity and hope for all the Americas, but especially here in Central America where decades of conflict and division have given way to peace and cooperation.”
Honduras President Carlos Roberto Reina, upon arrival, said Clinton was seeing “a new Central America — more ethical, integrated and democratic.”
But some leaders are grumbling that the United States has been neglectful of the infant democracies.
“Our Central American countries should not be taken into account only when there are wars or fratricidal struggles ... aided by the United States,” Nicaragua President Amoldo Aleman said.
If the U.S. does not do more — by tearing down trade barriers and other initiatives — “it will be difficult for us to find peace in our countries,” he
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