New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, October 18,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of FLOYD W. HUTSON
Vol. 143, No. 243
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Benjamin Ward (one year), Septmber Baker (16 years), Leah Queen, Doris Westervelt and Floyd W. Hutson. Happy 64th anniversary to Arthur and Leah Queen, and happy belated 30th anniversary to Gilbert and Louisa Alvarez.
Women’s Center means nobody has to stay with an abusive mate
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Help and safety are only a phone call away for women wanting to escape domestic violence — that's the message of the Comal County Women’s Center.
“It’s like we’re a family,” said Jodie Mytro, program coordinator for the Women's Center. “We're under one roof; we do things together all the time. We help each other. We’re probably the first normal family (survivors) have had.”
Safe haven is only the first of a host of services the Comal County Women’s Center provides. It offers individual counseling, group therapy, legal help — and advice on how to take advantage of the many groups and agencies that can help women start over.
‘The women here are survivors.’
— Amy Thompson
“Government assistance is a needed safety net,” Mytro said.
“We want to incorporate the community to help the w oman succeed,” said Lynette Whitlock, house manager, “finding housing, jobs, child care. If it’s rental property, they can call upon Section 8. It isn’t hard to do.”
Changing society’s stereotype of battered women is another Women’s Center mission, said Amy Thompson, children’s program coordinator. “A lot of times people ask, ‘Why doesn't she leave?’” Thompson said. “We are so sick of that question.”
“Nobody asks, ‘why were you in front of that bullet.”’ Winlock said The Women's Center has a range of services for the other victims of spouse abuse — the children. “The real victims are the children," Thompson said. “Adults can make choices but they’re forced on the kids."
Children can have counseling play therapy — and perhaps their first chance to be heard and to make choices. Thompson said Battered women should never stay in a relationship “for the sake of the kids,” Thompson said. The sears may be on the inside, but children are hurt just as badly by abuse as their mothers, she said.
“A major concern of mothers — people are afraid of the w ord shelter,’” Thompson said. “They’re afraid if they bring their kids to a shelter, they’ll be taken away — it just isn’t true.”
Employers and rental property owners need to give domestic violence survivors a chance, Thompson said. They may be starting over economically, but they have much to contribute, she said.
“The women here are surv ivors. They’ve survived things we can't imagine,” Thompson said. “They have incredible skills. They’re resourceful. They’re as hard working as you can imagine.” lf you suspect a friend or relative is being battered, do intervene, a survivor said. “Tell the person about the shelter,” she said. “Give them the phone number Maybe even have a meeting. Just try to talk to them and tell them that’s not the way it has to be.”
Women caught in domestic violence can call the Comal County Women’s Center at 620-7520.
Marion sets Oct. 28 as date for annual city fall cleanup
By DAVID DE KUNDER
The Marion City Council approved the fiscal year 1995-96 budget for debt services at its meeting on Monday.
The council voted to spend $56,700 for debt service, which will cover the principal, interest and financial consultant fees for bond issues passed in 1985, ’89 and ’90, City Secretary Maggie Harding
In other business, the council set Saturday, Oct. 28 as the date for the city fall cleanup. On this day, Marion residents will have the opportunity to bring trash items to a dumpster provided by Alamo Waste Inc. at the city public works building on 309 West Otto.
“Citizens will be able to bring trash items not normally picked up on regular trash routes such as branches, trees, shrubs, lumber and old law nmowers,”
C ity Engineer Paul Denham of Ford Engineering briefed the council on the fire hydrant flow tests which he recently conducted. Denham told the council that tile tests concluded that each fire hydrant in the city met standards for peak and non-peak times during fires.
Sylvia Slaughter was nominated by the council to sit on the Guadalupe County Appraisal Distict.
River and aquifer information
Coma! River -262 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 624 75 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River — 124 c f s.
Seminar to focus on sexual harassment and sexual assault
The Comal County Women's Center, Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, Hill Country Counseling Center, and McKenna Hospital s Health-Link will co-sponsor a presentation on Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center on 1293 East Common Street in New Braunfels on Thursday, Oct. 19 Both mothers and teen-age daughters would benefit from this presentation.
Home schoolers to take field trip
Southlake Baptist Church of Canyon Lake, home of the Home School Support Group, has set a field trip for Oct. 19. The group will meet at Southlake Baptist Church, 77 EM 3159 at 10 a rn. and drive to the Texas Museum of Transportation in San Antonio for a tour at 11 a m. The group meets at the church every Friday at 10 a rn. For information, call Karen at 885-2224
Descendants of Carl and Elizabeth Ackermann Schaefer are invited to attend the 15th Reunion of the Schaefer Family at the Saengerhalle Sunday, Oct. 22. Registration at 10 a m. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Bring a meat dish and one other dish of your choice.
Bring serving spoons.
NARFE to meet
National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 666, will meet at the Senior Citizen's Center Friday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 a m.
Oarage sale at
Kirkwood Manor will have a garage sale as its major fundraiser for the activity department on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a m. to 1 p.m. Items have been donated by employees and resident family members. Along with the garage ale there will be a bake sale and mini-craft show.
Local fat acceptance group to meet
Saturday, Oct. 21, the Hill Country Chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance will meet at 7702 Barren Ridge, which is just east of O'Connor at Kitty Hawk For information, call Johnny at 625-4782. Public welcome.
Clinton tells Kelly workers the base has a future
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
President Bill Clinton greets the crowd upon his snivel at Kelly Air Force Base yesterday.
By MELANIE GERIK
SAN ANTONIO — President Clinton Tuesday afternoon urged the Kelly Air Force Base workforce to “harness the changes” the base will face as it is phased out over the next five years.
“We’re not shutting this base down, we’re transforming it,” Clinton told the 5,000 air force workers, base and city digmtanes and their families outside a hangar at the base’s the Air Logistics Center. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and San Antonio Mayor Bill Thornton also were with Clinton on the platform.
In July, the Base Realignment Committee recommended that the base close, resulting in the loss of more than 12,500 civilian and military jobs. But under the privatization plan, Clinton said the base would keep all of w orkers in the next five years, and two-thirds would still be employed within eight years
“The people w ho won the cold w ar cannot be left out in tile cold,” he said.
“We will honor our committment to you,” he added, pounding his fist against the podium.
Part of the privatization plan opens up the runway for private-sector use, mostly for international trade. Industries also have visited the base in the past week to look at the base for business opportunities, said Gen. lienry
’The people who won the cold war cannot be left out in the cold.’
— President Bill Clinton
“Butch” Vtccillo Jr., commander of the Air Force Matenal Command.
“We have a secret weapon," he said. “That secret weapon is nght here The sereet weapon is the Kelly workforce.”
Clinton also praised the base workforce for its “patnotism, serv ice and heart"
“Kelly lias been far more than a military base,” he said. “It is an avenue of opportunity ... and has been the cornerstone for the Hispanic middle class.”
Closing the base will not threaten the military readiness, Clinton said.
“The plan is designed to strengthen our national security, not weaken it,” he said.
He added that the plan also will help make America stay the leader in the global v illage of the future.
Henry Flores, a production controller at the base, said he thought Clinton’s speech w ould encourage the workers to make the transition as smooth as possible
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s better that Kelly end this way,” he said.
Vigil shines light on domestic violence
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A candle was lit; a name was read — 65 times, until each Texas woman who died in family violence during 1995 was named.
“I could have very well been on that list,” said one domestic violence survivors who came to last night’s candlelight vigil in Landa Park.
The vigil was sponsored by the Comal County Women’s Shelter to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Law enforcement officials and professional counselors joined community members in honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence. They offered messages of hope and empowerment.
“This happens at every single level, every socioeconomic level, every race, across the board,” said Stephanie Smith-Burrus, Comal County assistant county attorney.
“It still troubles me that in this day in time we still have to have centers like the Comal County Women’s Center and dedicated professionals like these,” said New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas.
Education is a key to helping law enforcement better serve domestic violence victims, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
“Advocacy groups have helped,” he said.
“lf we all work together and try to be understanding of each other,” Bremer said, “I’m very optimistic that we'll be able to get a handle on domestic violence.”
“As long as I live and breathe I will always support this cause,” Douglas said.
The hands of law enforcement are sometimes tied when dealing with domestic violence and stalking, said Kathleen Kmeger. w ife of Ambassador Bob Krueger.
Herald-Zeitung photo bv SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Kathleen Krueger plays a tape of a message left on her answering machine by a stalker at the candlelight vigil at Landa Park last night.
Krueger and her family were stalked and terrorized for 11 years before their stalker could be legally detained and prosecuted. “He could only be arrested when he very specifically made a threat across state lines,” Krueger said.
Krueger lobbied the Texas legislature successfully — days after she testified a Texas stalking law was passed “But today there is no federal stalking law,” she said.
The “Boxer/Krueger" bill was introduced into the Senate judicial committee, but stalled before it became law. It would:
■ call for up to five years of prison for stalkers.
■ make it a federal enme to threaten someone across state lines or by mail or telephone,
■ fine stalkers up to $250,000,
■ protect residents of military bases
‘What got me to leave my abuser was seeing the Women’s Center and the support groups there.’
— A survivor of domestic abuse
— currently unprotected from stalkers under the law.
“Victims of abuse need to know that the legal system is on their side before it’s too late,” Krueger said.
Kmeger asked that every person present send postcards to senators and representatives urging passage of federal stalking legislation.
Domestic violence survivors should not be disheartened by the “case in California,” said Dib Waldnp, Comal County assistant district attorney. That was an isolated case, he said, and survivors of domestic abuse and their families here in Comal County get much fairer treatment.
“Everyone in my office will do everything they can to sec that victims are not subjected to the treatment of the media that they were in California,” he said.
Good help is available — you only need to reach out and ask, Smith-Bur-rus said. “If you don't want to go to the police there are still people out there to help you,” she said.
The Comal County Women’s Center is the safe haven where survivors of domestic abuse can begin new lives, a survivor said.
“It gave me a safe place to gather my thoughts,” she said. “What got me to leave my abuser was seeing the Women’s Center and the support groups there.”
Women caught in family violence can call the Comal County Women’s Center at 620-7520, or the crisis line at 620-4357.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.