New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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my feelings and prove to him that I was right.
Well, was I wrong! I was surprised at the “non-reaction” the people there had. I was also sure that I would either catch him looking around or that I would be intimidated, but neither happened.
Persuading me to go took a lot of perseverance on my husband’s part, and although I had determined that I was not the type to frequent such places, I am very happy that I went once. It became a valuable learning experience.
I guess this is a long way of saying, don’t be so quick to judge before you try something. You may be pleasantly surprised!
DEAR HAPPILY SURPRISED: Call me hung-up, narrow-minded, square or behind the times, but I would never be comfortable In a nudist colony. However, I wholeheartedly support the right of anyone with an opposing view to do as he or she wishes. (P.S. Hand me a towel, please.)
Lack of response kills store giveaway essay contest
CONROE (AP) — It worked in the movies, but in real life — well, it just didn’t pan out.
After watching the movie, “The Spitfire Grill,” Karla Fratt, 40, of nearby Cut ’n Shoot announced in March that she would give one or all four of her school supply stores to whoever could best explain in 300 words or less why they wanted to own a business.
Just like in the movie, Fratt had failed in attempts to sell her businesses. So, like in the movie, she held an essay contest, charging a SI OO entry fee. lf she received at least 500 entries, as she hoped she would, that would raise $50,000.
Wednesday, she announced that she’s scrubbed the idea. Only 150 people responded, she said. She said she’s already refunded the $ I OO entry fees to those who sent in essays.
Fratt said she needed at least 500 entries to give away the smallest of the stores, which is in Huntsville, about 30 miles north of Conroe.
San Antonio students protest planned dress coda changes
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A school board decision to ban nose rings, multi-colored and spiked hair, baggy jeans and shorts isn’t sitting well with some students in the
Northside School District of San Antonio.
“This isn’t a communist country. We can wear what we want,” Richard Arcos, a freshman at Marshall High School, told the San Antonio Express-News Wednesday.
Nicole Klimeczko, a sophomore at John Jay High School, said she doesn’t plan to attend any protest meetings that some students are organizing. She’s just going to keep the nose ring she’s had for three years.
Trustees approved changes in the district’s dress code Tuesday night that will affect 30,000 students in grades six through 12 starting this fall.
Lottery contractor critical of tax plan
AUSTIN (AP) — The state’s embattled lottery contractor is trying its hand at tax planning.
GTECH Corp., the Rhode Island company that operates most of the Texas Lottery, told state lawmakers in a letter released Wednesday that a plan to get more funds from the state-run games is a mistake.
GTECH is facing the loss of the state contract to handle on-line games and other lottery jobs. The lottery is considering seeking new bids for the contract in a separate effort to save money.
DEAR ABBY: This is in response to “Concerned Daughter,” whose elderly mother is being prescribed narcotic medication.
The daughter indicates that the narcotics were prescribed for “aches and pains.” Generally speaking, narcotics are not prescribed for general aches and pains. I’ve had 20 years’ experience working alongside physicians and have never seen this happen. Narcotic medication is used to treat pain associated with cancer, injury or other serious pain conditions.
No one is able to feel another’s pain. If “Concerned Daughter’s” mother has a condition that requires strong medication, that is her physician’s decision. I agree that it’s important for the daughter to meet with the physician. There may be a condition that the daughter is unaware of. It may be that narcotic medication is the only treatment for the mother because of her age, poor surgical risk, etc.
Chronic, serious pain can have a debilitating effect on an individual, seriously impairing the quality of life.
Patients with chronic pain should not be considered addicts simply because they are treated with narcotics. Addiction must be placed in proper perspective. Physical dependence and tolerance of drugs are not the same as addiction. Addiction is aberrant behavior and compulsive use of drugs for non-medical purposes.
Individuals who suffer pain should be viewed with compassion.
EXPERIENCED IN PAIN
DEAR EXPERIENCED: No one should have to suffer pain when relief is available. However, since many seniors have difficulty
monitoring their medications, they are at risk of not only addiction but serious drug interactions as well.
If a physician determines that a senior patient nteds narcotic medication, it would be a kindness for a family member to stay involved to ensure the medication is taken as prescribed.
DEAR ABBY: In response to “Disgusted in Florida”: My husband and I met and married in Florida 16 years ago. He, being single and in the Navy, had visited many nude beaches overseas throughout the years, so of course he tried to persuade me to go to a nudist club with him. My response was always, “No way!”
Two years ago, we were sent to Virginia, where he promptly found a nudist club. For some reason, I finally agreed to go with him. I was just like “Disgusted” — I had assumed that people went to nudist clubs only to gawk at all the naked people. However, I figured I might as well go just once, so I could justify