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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Andy Rooney is puzzled by fast food H»rald-Ztitun$ inions Dave Kraaier, Editor avo General Manager Susan Hairs, Managing Editor Mike Royko I THINK ITS Tim I save sorn _ PW AN CIAO SUPPORT TO m SMALL familvfarm... Andy Rooney America loves eating junk food Acctsrding to an artic!*- in Fortum-magazine, a marketing -urv**\ ihows that people eat mon {x^p* >rn in th* Dallas-Fort Worth ar<;i than anywhere else If J Jived in eitfx r ballas or Fort Worth, Id resent al wa. bellic slashed 1 DalJas-sIash-Fort Worth) but I’d feel even Aor about Un fit; hilted as the pla< ♦ that eat ’ti* most pop* orn Popping corn ever a fir* in a ba ket made </f rn* tai v retitling u »d to leone of tile things kids did to amuse themselves on cold winter nights fief ore tliey had television Wtul** the ' orn w.is popping, they melted butter on tile stove They poun d the butter over th* popped torn in a big bowl and then sprinkled more salt than was go«*d for them J he butter made the alt stir k to the pop* orn 'lliere Aas a certain homemade ‘lass to popcorn then but, like so many things, popcorn has lost cor ial stature Most pop* orn I made in one of those glass fishbowls in the lobby of a seedy movie house and then ( vered with greasy fake butter The I1>rtiint‘ article lists Atlanta as t/i*- pla' e where people buy the most aspihr and antiacids It would be easy to infer that Atlantans have more headaches arid upset stomachs than people in other cities hut that doe n't necessarily follow. Some people just tak»* a lot of aspirin arid other don’t, for no particular reason It doesn t have much to with whet he* r they need it or not J he same thing is true with all rnedi' ines in all households. Two families living next door to each other may have roughly Hie same number of illnesses, bumps, headaches arid stomach upsets over tin- years hut one will have a full medicine cabinet which they’re always going to and the other won’t use up a roll of I urns or a bittie of Hayer in five years The people of Atlanta must tx- born aspirm-takers. Medicine is often just a bad habit Miami drinks th#* most prune juice, which is undcrstaridiblc considering the size of its over-70 population and the reputation for encouraging regularity that prune juice elaine for itself Salt I,ake City consumes the most candy bars arid marshmallows, per capita I spent four days in Salt J<ake ( ity years ago arid when I wanted a drink or bourbon before dinner, I had to pay $2 to get a Utah State license to buy it I suppose if they officially discourage drinking liquor in Utah, people are bound to turn to consuming things like marshmallows. I think a Mormon who had consumed a number of marshmallows would probably drive more safely than someone who’d been drinking bourbon but I suspect that, over the long haul, marshmallows might be as detrimental to a person’s health as bourbon. The Fortune survey says that New Orleans uses the most ketchup. New Orleans, the home of some of our best native American food, ought to be ashamed of itself for using so much ketchup. Ketchup is nothing hut a cover for food that isn’t gfxxi Mailbag policy AU letter to tile editor should be signed and authorship must tx* verifiable by ti* Ie phone Anonymous letters will not be publish'd Send your letter to Mailbag, New Braunfels Herald Zei tuny, P O Drawer 361, New Braunfels I* xas, 78131 letters may also be I land delivered to Ute raw .paper offices at lkb S (astel!. The Herald Zeituny welcomes the opinions of its readers, and we’re flappy to publish letters to the editor While readers’ opinions on local issues generally are of more interest to other readers, we welcome letters on any topic — local, state, national or international — that the writer chooses to address. Content will not prevent publication unless the letter is judged to be potentially libelous. a*. U /. v t/CMMLNI .MSJ ! J *1 VI a ncv'/c. 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Alberquerque and the .smaller cities near them, like Boulder and Santa Fe, are the new meccas for young people who are dissatisfied with the way of life traditionally has been lived in the United States For example, many of these mild-mannered revolutionaries don't eat three square meals a day like tile rest of us. They graze all day on health foods. Many of them prefer marijuana to either bourbon or marshmallows but they’re smart enough to be concerned about their physical well-being so they supplement the pot with an alphabet of vitamins. I wonder if popcorn eaters in ballas-Fort Worth have ever thought of eating their popcorn with ketchup on it? It's impossible to ignore a letter that begins with the poignant words: ‘ A mother's plea ” Especially when the mother says she is fighting for the life of her son. And as Delores Maxey describes it. the situation does sound desperate. Her son. Brian, happens to be an inmate in an Illinois state prison, first in Joliet, and most recently at Pontiac. Mrs Maxey writes:    My    son s life is at risk because of violent inmates and gang members who control the inside living of other inmates...." I^ast June, she says, her son was * brutally stabbed” in the face by prison gang members because he refused to join a gang. The wound required 32 stitches and he has almost lost the sight of one eye. Because of the attack, she says, she pleaded that her son be transferred to a safer prison. But instead, she says, he was transferred from Joliet to Pontiac, which isn t any safer. The gangs, she says, are still after him. She has written to newspapers, state officials, prison officials, anybody she thinks might help in her crusade to save Brian’s life. And she has had some publicity. After I read her most recent letters. I phoned Mrs. Maxey and asked her to elaborate. "Brian wouldn't go along with the gangs, he wouldn’t join, so they came to his cell and two of them stabbed him. Now he might lose the sight of his eye. "They have put him in protective custody. That means nobody can get near him. He’s isolated from the other prisoners. But that wouldn’t have to be if they would just transfer him to one of the other prisons, where the gangs don't operate that way.” She was talking about one of the more benign institutions, where there are fewer violent, hardened criminals After she talked about this, I asked her w hat her son had done to get into prison. She has never mentioned that in her letters. She paused, then said, "Murder.” But she was vague about details of the crime. She turned the conversation back to her son’s safety. “They keep saying they are reviewing the case, they are always reviewing it. But my son is in danger. And he should be better protected. He should be transferred. ” After talking to her, I decided to check on how her son, Brian, landed rn prison. We can begin with Sarah Hannon, age 16. She was in a Chicago disco and rejected Brian’s amorous advances. So, he followed her from the place, raped her, strangled her, and dumped her body into a South Side river. Then there was Katrina Tolbert, age 14 He dedided to have sex with her, too. And when he finished the rape, he strnagled her and left her body to rot in a nearby forestpresei ve. He pleaded guilty to those two murders, as well as to another rape along an expressway in which he allowed the victim to live. He was also accused of a rape-murder in Alabama, hut never stood trial for that one. And that’s why Brian, who is now 29, has been in prison for the last seven years. Simply stated, he liked raping and strangling teen-age girls. Well, state prisons can be harsh places, as Brian has discovered. Inmates do get hurt or killed. There are gangs that are extensions of the city street gangs. But those brutal prison conditions are something that a person should really think about before he squeezes the life out of some kid s throat and tosses her into a muddy river. That’s one of the reasons why many of the prisons are overcrowded. unpleasant, even dangerous places: most of society knows that they are filled with people like Brian. And the majority of the people aren’t interested in spending a lot of money to make Brian’s living conditions more comfortable. The fact is, if Brian’s fate was put to a referendum, most people would vote "aye" to having Brian taken from prison and tossed into that same river. Nevertheless, the state is obliged to protect Brian. So I talked to state prison officials about his mother’s fears for his life. One official, sounding disgusted, said: “Yes, we know about her letters And Maxey writes her letters and tells her these things are happening. The facts are that Maxey was cut when he and another inmate had a fight. Both of them entered into the fight willingly. He had eight stitches and his eye was not injured. We haven't been able to take action because Maxey refuses to cooperate.” For whatever reasons — and Brian won t say — he has been in several other fights. And that's why he’s now in protective custody. He keeps getting into fights, although he won’t say why. Protective custody isn’t a very interesting way to while away a lifetime. Kind of lonely, although he does have TV and reading materials. But if it’s any comfort to his mother, he does eat regularly and is being kept alive. And when you think about it, that’s a better deal than he gave those girls. Rep Tom Loather U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Long worth House Office Bldg Washington, D C. 20515 Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769 Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington, D C. 20510 Sen. Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington D C., 20510 Sen. John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas 78711 Gov. Mark White Governor's Office Room 200 State Capitol Austin, Texas 78701 Rep. Mac Sweeney (Guadalupe County) U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D C., 20515 ;

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