New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Young Life banquet volunteers, Habitat home builders, feed store recognized
(KUDOS is a special feature of the Herald-Zeitung in which readers can thank or recognize the work or support of individuals and organizations in our community. To submit an item for KUDOS, write to: Herald-Zeitung, do KUDOS, 707 banda St.. New Braunfels, TX 78130.)
■ Special thanks to the Plant Hairs, Patsy and Dee McElroy, Mando at the Civic Center, New Braunfels Police Department, The Music Source, Cathy Mueren and Clear Springs Catering, the Herald-Zeitung for coverage and the many volunteers who helped make this year’s Young Life Banquet a success.
■ Wonderful things can be accomplished when the citizens and businesses of Comal County work together to pursue a common goal. Below is a letter written by the Barcenas family thanking everyone involved in the planning and construction of their new home. Without the help of many volunteers and sponsors this could not have been accomplished.
Many thanks to all who participated in this project from the board of Comal County Habitat for Humanity and the Barcenas family.
To Comal County Habitat for Humanity,
As my husband and I arc writing out the check for our first payment, it feels grcaL It’s a dream come true. At the dedication of our house I had a lot of wolds to say, but my sentiments got in the way. I'm a very sensitive person. We have been here for 22 days and we still can’t believe it. We thank God almighty for our dream to come true. We also thank Comal County Habitat for Humanity, the volunteers and all the businesses that helped out with the food donations. May we also include the businesses that helped with supplies and donations. May God bless all of you. Words cannot express how much we appreciate all that has been done for us. Again, thank you!”
The Barcenas Family New Braunfels
■ I would like to express my kudos to the New Braunfels Feed and Supply on Loop 337. They helped OakRun Elementary with their Fun Day. They were nice enough to supply OakRun with several bales of hay for Fun Day. This is part of why New Braunfels is a great place to raise your family.
Terry Fletcher New Braunfels
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Almost every day we learn startling new information Shout the causes and consequences of teenage pregnancy and out-of-wedlock births. Family breakdown drives many of America’s problems, from violent aune to welfare dependency to drug abuse.
We win not put America’s financial house in older and make our streets safe until we repair our broken families.
And we must support individuals and organizations working to make our families strong again.
Recent studies have exposed a particularly disturbing fact about teenage pregnancy: The growing number of teenage girls made pregnant by adult men. Adult men who prey upon teenage girls should be penalized to the full extent of the law.
The impact on society of children giving birth to children is frightening. About 50 percent of teen mothers are on welfare within the first year after giving birth md 77 percent are on welfare within five yean.
Daughters of single parents are 54 percent more likely to many as teenagers; 111 percent more likely to have a child as a teenager, 164 percent more likely to have a premarital birth; and 92 percent more likely to separate.
This Congress has recognized the serious problems
associated with teenage pregnancy. Our welfare reform bill funded abstinence education programs and contained provisions to discourage illegitimacy.
Unfortunately, President Clinton twice vetoed pro-family welfare reform.
In addition to vetoing the welfare reform bill, the Administration slashed funding for the only federal program focusing on abstinence programs.
Even worse, the Clinton Administration requested increased funding for programs that provide contraceptives to teenagers without parental involvement.
The Administration’s opposition to abstinence programs ignores overwhelming evidence that they work. One study of teenage mothers in Atlanta found that many lacked the training to say “no” and stand by it.
Abstinence programs teach teenagers to reject destructive behaviors, rather than providing contraceptives for “safe sex”.
While this Administration has done little to solve
the problem of family breakdown, Americans are addressing this problem themselves. One of those Americans is Elayne Bennett, founder of the Washington, D.C., program called Best Friends.
Best Friends works to help adolescent girls build self-esteem, reject drugs, and abstain from sexual activity.
Since its inception, only one of the 400 girls who have completed the classes became pregnant
Best Friends is just one example of a successful abstinence-only program. In California, two years aha an abstinence-only program entitled Sexuality, Commitment, and Family developed by Teen-Aid was instituted, 20 girls became pregnant at one junior high school where 147 girls had become pregnant the year before.
The stakes are clear. Unless we make the American family whole again, we’ll never solve problems such as crime and welfare.
The epidemic of teen pregnancy is a problem that this Congress understands and is working to address. And ifs a problem that Americans across the country are confronting. We must continue to support these efforts.
(Lamar Smith is a U.S. representative for New Braunfels.)
No move on interest rates expected
By JOHN D. McClain
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with conflicting economic signs, Federal Reserve policy-makers are unlikely to push interest rates one way or the other anytime soon, many analysts believe.
“The Fed’s instinct is to wait and see,” said David Jones, an economist wife Aubrey B. Lanston & Co., a New York government securities firm. “There is no sense of urgency to make any policy shift.”
The central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee was meeting privately today to review economic developments. The panel is composed of fee Fed governors in Washington and five of the 12 regional bank presidents.
After cutting the federal funds rate last July and again in December and January to stimulate economic growth, the committee decided in March to hold rates steady at 5.25 percent as signs of a moderately rebounding economy emerged.
The funds rate is what banks charge
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each other for overnight loans.
In a survey of regional conditions last month, the Fed concluded the economy continued to grow moderately wife few signs of inflation.
Since then, signals have been mixed.
For instance, there have been spotty signs of weakness, including continued sluggishness in fee manufacturing sector. But at fee same time, housing activity remains at a high level despite rising mortgage rates.
Still, some prices have been rising recently, notably for energy and some food products.
There also have been reports of wage pressures where tight labor markets exist. The unemployment rate in April was just 5.4 percent, lowest in more than a year.
Many analysts believe, however, that most price increases will be shortlived, due to one-time factors such as a severe winter that fed demand for heating products.
Economists at Laurence H. Meyer & Associates, a St. Louis forecasting service, said in their monthly newsletter that fee Fed probably would delay any
action “until it sees several more months of data untainted by the unusual events of the first quarter.”
The Fed might move to raise rates if “recent evidence of accelerating wages develops into a trend,” the economists said. ’The chances of more restrictive policy have increased in the last several weeks,” the economists noted, “but, feus far, we feel conditions do not warrant a tightening.”
Jones of Aubrey Lanston agreed, saying the FOMC probably would not change rates until fee August or September meetings at the soonest and possibly not until after the Nov. 5 presidential election.
“I think fee Fed is very comfortable wife where things are right now," Jones said. “They are watching the spurt in energy prices closely but so far those increases haven’t spread to other sectors of the economy.”
But economist Marilyn Schaja of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Cop. said the central bank likely will shift its concern in fee second half of the year to economic growth, which she sees easing sharply.
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Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 143rd day of 1996. There are 223 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight In History:
On May 22, 1868, fee “Great Train Robbery” took place near Marshfield, Ind., as seven members of fee Reno gang made off wife $96,OOO in cash, gold and bonds.
On this date:
In 1761, fee first life insurance policy in fee United States was issued, in Philadelphia.
In 1813, composer Richard Wagner was bom in Leipzig, Germany.
In 1819, the first steam-propelled vessel to attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing, the Savannah, departed Aum Savannah, Ga. (It arrived in Liverpool, England, June 20.)
la 1939, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a “Pact of Steel” committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance. ,
In 1947, the Truman Doctrine wBFtnacted as
Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey.
In 1969, fee lunar module of Apollo IO separated from the command module and flew to within nine miles of fee moon’s surface in a dress rehearsal for fee first lunar landing.
In 1972, the island nation of Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka wife fee adopting of a new constitution.
In 1979, Canadians went to the polls in parliamentary elections feat put fee Progressive Conservatives in power, ending fee 11-year tenure of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
In 1985, U.S. sailor Michael L. Walker was arrested aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, two days after his father, John A. Walker Jr. was apprehended; both were later convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.
Ten years ago: The House of Representatives approved legislation calling for major import restraints, despite President Reagan’s warning that burgeoning protectionism would launch new trade wait. (The bill, however, never got out of committee in the Senate.)
Five years ago: Sonia Gandhi, fee Italian-born wife of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was designated to lead his Congress Party through national elections, one day after his assassination. (However, Mrs. Gandhi turned down the position.)
One year ago: The Supreme Court ruled, 5-to-4, that states cannot limit service in Congress without amending the Constitution. “The CBS Evening News" resumed a single-anchor format wife Dan Rather, after Connie Chung was dropped from the broadcast.
Today's Birthdays: Movie reviewer Judith Crist is 74. Singer Charles Aznavour is 72. Actor Michael Constantine is 69. Conductor Peter Nero is 62. Actor-director Richard Benjamin is 58. Actress Susaq Strasberg is 58. Actor Frank Converse is 58. Actor Michael Sarrazin is 56. Actor Paul Winfield is 55: Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 46. Singer Morrissey i4 37. Singer Johnny Gill is 30.
Thought for Today: “Freedom is the right to what you ought to do.” — Bishop Fulton J. S American religious leader (1895-1979).