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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 4A J Herald-Zeitung 3 Thursday. May 1, 1997 Opinion ■ To talk with Managing Editor Mcah Boyo about the Opinion page, call 625-9*. 44 Ext 220 “Scarey and a free. democratic government don't mix.- Ha~y S Truman 33rd U S p" ss OST, c *95C EDITORIAL III [VII Ri on wheels Boy Scout’s bicycle safety day a true community service There’s a rodeo on tap Saturday in the parking lot at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Not your usual rodeo with bucking broncos and bulls, but a bicycle rodeo and registration for area youngsters. The bicycle safety day is the brainchild of 12-year-old Justin Parchman. Parchman is a Boy Scout and is coordinating the ev ent to earn his Eagle Aw ard. Activities run from IO a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and include free helmets to the first 50 participants, bicycle registration (cost: 50 cents) and child safety information provided by McKenna Memorial Hospital. The New Braunfels Police Department w ill be in charge of registering bikes and the New Braunfels Optimist Club is sponsoring the rodeo. The event offers parents an opportunity to register their children s bicycles and allow s kids to learn some rules and regulations that w ill help keep them safer when traveling area roadway s. Parchman got the idea for the safety day after reading a story' in the Herald-Zeitung about two teens who had their bicycles stolen. So if you don’t already have plans, stop by the bicycle safety day. And make sure you get there early for one of the free helmets. You’ll not only be helping your own child, but a very fine young man earn the title Eagle Scout. (Todays editorial was written by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Micah Boyd.) Write us ... The New Braunfels Herald Zettung welcome® letters on any public issue. The editor reserves the right to correct spelling, style, punctuation and known factual errors. Letters should be kept to 250 words. We publish only original mail addressed to the Sea Braunfels Herald-Zenuri# bearing the writer's signature. Also, an address and a telephone number, whi'-h are not for publication, must be included. Please cite the page number and date cf any article that is mentioned. Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor do the Sea Braunfels Herald Zeitung P O Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328 Fax: <210)625-1224 Opinion Online contact ■ To submit tenets and guest columns ©tectonically by way of oriine servers cr internet, or lo simply contact staff members, me Be'ac-Ze tung's address is NBHZeitungGAQLcom.Information should be easily accessible Tevans deserve juiek. easy. rehable access to public mtormatKm Vat jus because open government is al the tear! of our democratic system — which ii is. of course — bu! because information in today's world has become a valuable economic commodity The demographic trends, financial patterns and other dasa stale government identifies and analy zes during the daily course of its consoruDonal {hides can be of great use to businesses. schools and ordinary citizens Besides, taxpayers already paid for tim information, and they have a right to put it lo use creating jobs and strengthening their local communities That's aby I created “W indow on Stale Government” nearly five y ears ago. Texas' first electronic bulletin board — and among the first in the nation — available free of charge to anyone with access to a computer and a modem. In the years since, my staff and I have pioneered state government efforts to take adv anlage of the growing opportunities offered by the Internet <r> fit John Sharp New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Editor arid Publisher Ext 301........................................Doug Toney Managing Editor. Ext 220............................................. Micah Boyd Marketing Director, Ext 308....................................Jason    Borchardt Classified Advertising Manager. Ext 214     Karen    Reimnger Business Manager, Ext 202........................................Mary    Lee Hall Circulation Director, Ext 228...................................Carol    Ann Avery Pressroom Foreman, Ext 205.........................................Billy Parnell Published un Sunday mornings and weekday mornings I uesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeruLi /ntun^ (USPS 377-KHO) 707 luanda St , or P O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Comal County, Tx. 78131-1328 Periodical postage paid by the Ne* Braunfels Herald-/* nun# in New Braun leis, Texas. C arrier delivered in Comal and Cuadaiupc counties three months, $20 50; six months, 137; one year, $66. Senior Citizen Discounts by earner delivery only: six months, $33, one year, $62. Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas: three months, $30,30; six months, $55; one year, $103.50. Mail outside Texas: six months, $78; one year, $118.25. Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 am on Sunday may call (210)625-9144 or by 7 p.m. weekdays or by ll a.m. un Sunday. PoM MASTfcR: Send address changes to the Ne* Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels. Tx. 78131 -1328 .Ab cf this technology provides Texans with new options for getting the information they need and new forums for the free exchange of ideas. And that's why I've pioposed new ways to make file information we gather easter to find. House Bill 3475. sponsored by Stale Rep Leo .Alvarado of San Antonio, ami its companion legislation. Senate Bill £9” bv Stale Sen. Dict Shapleigh^ of ET Paso, would require the state lo create clear and cost-effecnv e categories. as well as a subject-matter Hide v to help Texam wind their way through the maze of information compiled in their name If enacted, it will also institute a strict policy oovenng electronic record-keeping systems to ensure that public information is just the click of a computer key, a toll-free telephone call. or a quick and friendly personal vial away. Lei me give you the latest example. Since 1967. the Minnie Stev ens Piper Foundation, based in San Antonio, has published an updated annual compendium of information on Texas co4-feaes and universities, including admission requirements test dates, and more than I GO scholarships offered to qualified applicants For thee decades, fins boc* has been the “bible- of students, parents and high school counselors. Now. the whole publication is available on-line, thanks to a joint effort by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, and W indow on State Government by visiting our Internet site at hop www window state tv us Texans can now find the answ ers to their college questions, as well as links to individual university home pages for even more information W e hear a kit about “customer service” these days This is my idea of what that phrase really means .As the first state official to establish a personal Internet email address Aet*. —john sharp— I’ve found that direct access from Texas taxpay ers and citizens pays huge dividends. Not only do I get to read great suggestions or opinions about the major issues facing the state, hit I receive innovative ideas from a broad crosssection of concerned citizens for improving state government. Using the latest technology open up state government is all well and good. In fact, it's saving taxpayers money and bringing the public business further into the clear light of day. But for those who haven’t yet logged onto the Internet or sent an email to someone clear across the land. access to public information is just as important That s why I still have another way for folks to contact me. Just call I -806-BEAT-W ASTE toll-free to report any opportunity you see to cut the state bureaucracy , to improve the programs y ou depend on. or to pass along your bes ideas for making the government you pay for more effective and efficient. i John Sharp is the Texas state comptroller I Write ’em U.S. Senate Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. 283 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D C., 20510, Phone: 202-224-5922. FAX: 202-224-0776. Local Office: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460, San Antonio, TX, 78230, Phone: 210-340-2885. Sen. Phil Gramm, 370 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. Phone: 202-224-2934, FAX: 202-228-2856. Local Office: 404 E. Ramsey. Suite 200, San Antonio. TX. 78216, Phone: 210-366-9494, FAX: 210-366-2016. Being there key to helping friends deal with grief in the human being, a major loss triggers intense anxiety related to separation from the person or object w ith w hom one was in a relationship The intensity of this experience differs according to several variables, among which are unexpected death, multiple losses, traumatic death, history of separations and losses, and a person’s place in life — age. health, resources, support systems. Stress and crisis are an inevitable part of the experience of loss, and friends and family are an important influence on how adults and children will respond and negotiate the uncertain journey through grief W hat can a friend do to help? Get in touch. Telephone Ask when you can visit and how you might help Even if much tune has passed, it’s nev er too late to express your concern. Say little on an early visit. Hugs, handshakes and hanging around are evidence of your support. Avoid cliches and easy answers “He had a good life,” “He is out of pain," and “Aren’t you lucky that...” are not likely to help A simple "I’m sorry” is better. In general, do not attempt to minimize the loss Be yourself. Show your own Yiatur- Today in History Elaine Craig al concern and sorrow in your own way and in your own words Keep in touch. Be available Be there If you are a close friend or relative, your presence might be needed from the beginning. Later. w hen close family may be less available, anyone's visit and phone call can be very helpful. Attend to practical matters Discover if you might be needed to answer the phone, usher in callers, prepare meals, clean the house, care for the children, etc This kind of help lifts burdens and creates a bond. Your help might be needed well beyond the initial period, especially for the single person. Encourage others to visit or help Accept silence, lf the mourner doesn’t feel like talking, don’t force the conversation Be a good listener W hen suffering spills over into words, you can do the one thing the bereaved needs above ail else at that time — you can listen. Are they emotional ’ Accept that Do they cry? Accept that. too. Are they angry ’ Accept whatever feelings are expressed Do not rebuke Do not change the subject Be as understanding as you can be Keep in mind thai feelings in themselves should not be judged. When we speak of a gnef process. we always describe mobility , a flow, an attempt to adjust to the change When we view abnormal gnef reactions, the person has turned away from gneving and has substituted an activity which allows him or her to deny their pain When a person, child or adult, does not respond to the care and support offered by people who know them, outside professional assistance can be a positive step toward healing The following “red flags” indicate professional intervention is recommended lf the gnev ing person has protracted penods of hyperactive behavior and the inability to stay focused on whatever tasks need doing whether school work. house work or office work. lf the gncvmg person av oids speaking of the death to you or any other person and has no known resources with whom the> can share their feelings. lf, after a complete physical exami nation bv a trusted personal physician, the person continues to manifest physical sy mptoms like those of the deceased If the grieving person has cut himself off from all old relationships that could provide understanding, empathy and compassion. lf the gnev mg person has drastically changed relationship sty les — ever if this change can be perceived as positive — for example, a gnev mg persor becomes acutely responsible, or ultra patnotic, or intensely religious. lf the gnev ing person, how ev er justified. is displaying unbridled, continuous hostility. ll the gneving person is continuously apathetic and spinless on all levels of communication. It the gnev mg person is using drug: or alcohol to cope w ith stress. The intense emotion and prolonges time given to a specific behavior ii what label these activities as abnor mal gnef reactions These behavior are red flags and warrant outside help (Elaine Craig. LUSH-ACP. ii bereavement cate coordinator at Has pice Sew Braunfels For more infor mutton about gnef issues, call her a 625-7500) The Associated Press Today is Thursday. May 8, the 128th day of 1997. There are 237 days left in the year Today's Highlight in History: On May 8, 1945, President Truman announced in a radio address that World War ll had ended in Europe. On this date: In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River. In 1794, Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modem chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France’s Reign of Tenor In 1846, the first major battle of the Mexican War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas, resulting in victory for Gen. Zachary Taylor’s forces. In 1884, the 33rd president of the ‘"IDfiited States, Harry S. Truman, was bom near Lamar, Mo. In 1886, Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented the flavor syrup tor Coca-Cola In 1944, the first “eye bank” was established, in New York City. In 1958, Vice President Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti- American protesters in Lima, Peru In 1962, the musical comedy “A Funny Tiling Happened on the Way to the Forum” opened on Broadway. In 1970, construction workers broke up an anti war protest on New York City’s Wall Street In 1973, militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for IO weeks surrendered Ten year* ago: An angry and defiant Gary Hart, dogged by questions about his personal life and his relationship with Miami model Donna Rice, withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Five year* ago: President Bush wound up two emotional days in not-ravaged Los Angeles, promising to work harder in Washington to enact a “common-sense agenda” of conserv ative proposals to help urban America. One year ago: Postal inspectors wrapped up a two-year sting operation in 36 states against the nation's biggest child pornography nng. South Africa took another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitution that guaranteed equal rights for blacks and whites. Julie Andrews declined her Tony Award nomination after her show, “Victor/Victona,” was snubbed for best musical. Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Dc Rickies is 71. Environmentalist S David Attenborough is 71. Author Pet Benchley is 57. Singer John Fred (Joi Fred and His Playboy Band) is Si Jockey Hall-of-Famer Angel Cordel Jr. is 55. Singer Toni Tenmile is 5 Singer Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind ar Fire) is 46. Rock musician Oms Frail (Talking Heads) is 46 Rock musicii Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac) is 4 Actor David Keith is 43. Actor Stepht Hurst is 43 Rock musician Alex Vi Halen is 42. Actress Melissa Gilbert 33. Country musician Del Gray (Litt Texas) is 29. Thought for Today: “The worst-ter pered people I’ve ever met were peof who knew they were wrong.” — W son Mizner, American playwri] (1876-1933). ;