New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dear Abby : My wife is the moat unselfish person I know. She’ll do anything except for one thing. She loves her children and does everything they ask — except for what they want moat My wife adores oar grandchildren and will indulge them with anything they ask — except for what they harass her about most often. She refuses to quit smoking.
Her love for her family is exceeded only by ber addiction to nicotine. Cigarettes ate her first thought in the morning, and they receive her last caress at night She has emphysema, breathes heavily and coughs constantly. We haven’t shared a bed in years because her coughing keeps me awake. She sleeps on the living room couch to elevate her head and
Cough drops and other nonprescription thugs temporarily relieve a variety of ailments, so she ingests them daily along with prescription medications. She has undergone angioplasty to clear a clogged artery and was advised by her surgeon to stop smoking. Unfortunately, her addiction is more
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powerful than her desire to live.
I also have lung disease from 40 years of smoking cigarettes, pipes Hid cigars. Five times I quit for more than a year. Twice I quit cold turkey without help* Twice I had acupuncture. I quit the last time three ye** ago during a “smoke stoppers” clan at the hospital. I know smoking is a difficult habit to break. And I suspect it’s more difficult for people who are genetically prone to addictions. (My wife is a recovering alcoholic.)
She has tried to quit smoking. She’s had acupuncture twice and she also attended the “smoke stoppers” course. She has worn nicotine patches and has chewed nicotine-
based gun. But she has never gone more than a day or two without a cigarette. (She confessed that she lit up while driving home from one of tile HOO acupuncture treatments.) In deference to her family, she doesn’t smoke in the house. In wind, rpm and cold temperatures, she goes outside to light up. And this further aggravates her respiratory problems.
I’m angry. I’m angry with my wife. I’m angry with myself for being her co-dependent I’m angry at cigarette companies for enticing os to take up this insidious habit. And I’m angry with the government for not exercising more control over a drug that kills SOO,OOO Americans every year.
My wife was born of sturdy Norwegian ancestry on a farm in Minnesota, and for years her body stubbornly resisted the hourly doses of nicotine. But little by little, ber body is losing the battle. She needs help. I need help.
The Man Who Loves Her
Dear Man: Your wife may he beyond the help you seek, hut perhaps It will comfort you to
know that your powerful letter may eon vinca another person to step smoking. And tomorrow will pruvida the perfect opportunity:
Readers, tomorrow, Nev. 20, marks the list Annual Great American Smokebut. The Smokeout to a one-day campaign to encoarage smokers to qait smoking for 24 hours — to prove that they can do it Last year, more than 11,900,000 quit far the day — a giant step in the right direction.
My readers tell rn* that while “cold turkey” to the most difficult, it’s also the most effective way to kick the habit Those who need help or want more information about the effects of tobacco may call the local chapter of the American Cancer Society or 1-800-ACS-2345.
So, Dear Readers, lf yon’re hooked on ta bocce and have been saying, “One of these days, I’m going to quit," why not Join the Great American Smokeout and quit tomorrow? It won’t be easy, bot it wM he the hest Thanksgiving gift you can give yourself and those who love yon.
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The grocery store will be a large, full-service market and to a member of a chain of food stores currently serving Texas, De La Garza said. The nearby restaurant will serve cuisine typical of a steak house and will be between the shopping center and office buildings.
De La Garza said the company planned to keep as many trees in the area as possible and eventually
develop a greenbelt area that gave respect to tire Coreth family, prior owners of the land
Quanalyze officials will go before the New Braunfels Zoning Board of Adjustment Thursday for approval of an ordinance that would allow the future site of the filling station to have above ground storage tanks designed to Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission standards.
De La Garza said the company had been anticipating the development of
the area for some time. Quanalyze and Drake Commercial Group, Ltd., officials have appeared before New Braunfels planning and zoning commission and city council to gain rights to an area approximately 300 ft in width along die north and west right-of-ways of Texas 46 and Loop 337 through rezoning. The rezoning will allow the creation of a general business district on that parcel of land, providing key access to the future development.
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The project to the company’s first in New Braunfels. Owned by Quanalyze Oil and Gas, Quanalyze of San Antonio has developed a large number of properties throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico.
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Aggies gather at the river
The Comal County Aggie Chib will gather for a bonfire Hid barbecue at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rio Raft Co. recreation building. River Road at the fourth crossing in Saltier
Tickets are $7.50 for adult* and S4.30 for children younger than IO.
The evening will include food, fellowship and I games.
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(Submitted by the Comal County Aggie Club)