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Comp.PACT speaker says parents key to drug control
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Bill Barton is pushing parent power in the war against drugs.
“I agree with Nancy Reagan -parents are the answer,” said Barton, who recently met with the First Lady in his capacity as president of the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth.
“I don’t think it's the schools’ problem. The schools aren’t gonna be able to solve it. It’s not a law enforcement problem. And we're certainly not going to legislate the problem away."
Speaking to a Wednesday night meeting of PACT < Parents and Children Together) at New Braunfels High School, Barton said concerned parents need to forget any idea of
fixing blame and agree that drug abuse by young people is everybody’s problem.
"If we decide collectively that we want to lick this, we can do it within a decade,” he said. He doesn’t expect it to happen that fast — not when large numbers of parents still believe the problem isn’t all that serious. But he told the assembled PACT members, “You can do anything you want to do.
“I got into the parents’ drug abuse business much the same way a lot of others did,” said Barton. “Two of my children got into using drugs mostly marijuana.”
Until confronted with the problem in their own Florida household, Barton and his wife Pat knew very little about drugs in common use among today’s youth. Many of their
peers were in the same boat.
“We grew up in a society where there were only two drugs — alcohol and cigarettes. I never heard of marijuana in high school,” he said. “We’ve all heard the cliche, ‘Marijuana is just a harmless giggle.’ Ip the Sixties, it probably was.”
Increased potency, along with a drop in users’ age, are the main reasons marijuana is considered so much more dangerous today.
The Bartons and a few others formed a community action group, Naples Informed Parents, in 1978.
Things moved slowly at first. “We approached our kids’ principal,” Barton said. “His first reaction was ain’t no drug problem in my school.’ Then we talked to the sheriff. He said, Yes, you do have a problem,
and I’m gonna give you some help.’” The sheriff put an undercover van in the school parking lot for three mornings, and came away with photographs of more than 300 students using, selling or buying drugs, Barton said. When tile principal saw those pictures he changed his mind about working with the parents.
Four years later, NIP membership has grown, and Naples, Fla has two other parent groups, Barton said.
His club recently participated in a community parade, with floats calling attention to the desire for drug-free youth He was elected president of the National Federation of Parents in 1981. Barton said the federation
See PACT, Page 16
Effects of drugs outlined
Alcohol and marijuana are “drugs of first choice” for children today, said NFP president Bill Barton. And studies show both are much more dangerous to children than they are to adults.
lf ans person began to drink at age 15 or 16, the chances of becoming an alcoholic are much greater than if the same person began drinking at 22," Barton said. That’s because alcohol attacks the hypothalamus gland, which is just beginning to mature in the mid-teens.
A teenager, drinking heavily, can develop an addiction to alcohol
within six months, said Barton. An adult, at normal heavy levels of consumption, usually takes 15-20 years to reach that point Of the IO to 12 million alcoholics in the United States, one-third are estimated to be age 14-17. Barton said. “What a tremendous burden this is going to placi on our sin lets in a few years"’
Marijuana, the other drug in common use by young people is considered more dangerous now than it was when it started to gain popularity in the 1960s. The Can-
See DK L'CIS, Page 16
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 No. 210
THURSDAY October 28, 1982
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Election day nearsCandidates report campaign finances
By JACQUELINE SMI1H Staff writer
County campaign expenditures and contributions don't come near matching the-millions of dollars being poured into state races, but there’s still a sizeable amount of money going into local campaigns.
According to reports filed with County Clerk Irene Nuhn, thousands of dollars are being spent on all those bumper stickers, pens, pencils, signs and other campaign memorabilia seen around town.
And the contested races are naturally where the most money is spent specifically on advertisments for local newspapers and radio spots, according to the candidates' reports.
These reports, which Nuhn will send off to tile Texas Secretary of State’s Office, were for the final reporting period from Sept. 20' TI. 23) p. ior lo the Nov. 2 general election.
Candidates are also required to file one final report declaring all their contributions and campaign expenditures I for the entire campaign including the May primary» no later than 30 days after the election. Nuhn said.
In the race lur County Judge, being sought by Republican candidate Fred Clark and Democrat Chester Belli, Clark has spent approximately $5,865 “total contributions to date.” according to his report.
He listed his expenditures as being approximately, $1,282. This figure was just for the final reporting period, however, and not the total campaign.
Other than a folder with his name on it. Nuhn’s office had no record of Behl’s campaign expenditures and contributions.
See CAMPAIGN, Page 16Absentee vote total continues to climb
Absentee voting totals for the general election have already gone over the expectations of County Clerk officials and there’s still one day left to go.
As of Thursday morning. 551 county residents had voted absentee. Of these, 451 were personal appearance votes and HH) were inail-in” absentee votes, Deputy County Clerk Linnell Hinojosa said
But that's not all of it there are still 106 "mail-in” absentee ballots which have not yet been returned,
Hinojosa noted Of these 106, she s expecting approximately half of them to be returned.
“A lot of them are from overseas and it takes longer to get them back,” she explained.
In person absentee voting w ill continue at the County Clerk’s office through Friday from 8 am. to 5 p.m. “Mail-in” absentee ballots will continue to be accepted through t mail uni ' Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.. Hinojosa said *+
Anyone who expects to be absent from the county on election day. or win* is over 65, or who is unable to appear at the polls because of sickness or physical disability, is able to vote absentee.
When absentee voting first began two weeks ago.
Hinojosa predic ted that as many as 400 of the county’s total registered voters would vote absentee in this election.
A week later, however, after absentee voting had picked up considerably. Hinojosa increased her prediction to "more than 400 ”
We may even make 500," she said at that time. And now. with one day left to vote absentee, “we’re over that, she said Thursday.
Hinojosa c redits the six locally contested races with drawing in absentee votes. These six include the race for County Judge. County Clerk. Justice of the Peace, precinct I and County Commissioner precincts 2, 3 and 4.
Off limits?State may remove VD data from texts
AUSTIN i AB I Texas sc hool offic ials say they are considering banning mention of venereal disease from textbooks on grounds such matters should be left to the discretion of local districts.
“The bottom line issue is, when you re talking about sexually transmitted diseases, you’re relating it to, How do you get it?’" Tom Anderson. Texas Education Agency deputy commissioner, said Wednesday.
Education Commissioner Ray mon Bynum last week sent letters to publishers of five series of health text books that were up for adoption, advising them to “delete all reference to venereal diseases and sexually transmitted diseases.”
Bynum said the VI) issue was under study and no decision has been made He said the state Board of Education meets Nov. 13 to adopt the new list of approved textbooks and he will ask then that the dec ision on health books be postponed until January.
Anderson said, “We've got 1,100 school districts, and what may be an attitude about the public schools delivering that kind of information to students in an urban distric t may be significantly different from the* attitude in a suburban or rural distric t.”
The books ill question are for grades 4 through 8. Texas is the second-largest public school textbook market in the nation and VI) has been mentioned in two
textbooks used iii the state since 1974.
School board member Volly Vastme Jr. said Houston residents have been stopping him on the street, say ing they don’t like the proposal. “I’m a little concerned about it. Iii my district in Harris County, VI) is on the rise," Vastine said.
Texas ranks second in the nation in jeer capita incidence of infectious syphilis and 12th in reported cases of gonorrhea, according to the State Health Department.
Normally, issues like this are first brought up before the agency’s textlaxik committee, but the VI) question was not raised when the committee met during
See TEXTBOOKS, Page 16Party time
Wurstfest opens Friday with Floren concert, sailing of 'Wurst Navy'
A “naval invasion’’ featuring accordionist Myron Floren and the “Wurst Navy" will officially kick off the 22nd annual Wurstfest Friday at 5:30 p m.
Floren, performing at the 10-day tribute to the sausage for the 15th straight year will be brought up the Comal River by the three ships of the “navy," which will also transport Miss liverwurst Sherry Henke and Der Grosse Opa Roger Reininger to the opening ceremonies.
The accordionist, noted for his long stint on the Lawrence We/A Show, will be making his first performance on the celebration s opufting day In previous years, he has mftde his debut on Monday Floren will play a second show in the Wursthalle at 9 p.m. Friday.
As a special opening day bonus. Wurstfest gates will be open for two hours of free admission from 5-7 p.m. Friday . Wurstfest Association President Ed Kadlecek announced.
Floren’s performances are only a portion el the opening day entertainment. The Entertainers Polka Band and the Bavarian Village band will be playing in Das Grosse Zelt The Big Tent * and Oma and the Oompahs, state accordion champion Bill Page Jr. and Mike Barker will bt* playing in Das Kleine Zelt (The Little Tent).
As usual, visitors who concentrate only oil the Wursthalle and Marktplatz Hood pavilion will In* missing a great deal. With its emphasis on th* firsy 50 years of New Braunfels history, the an. aal Heritage Exhibit will open at IO a.in. Friday in the Civic Center.
Across the street, the annual Wurstfest Art Show will open at the same time at tin* Elks Lodge Special activities at the Sophieiiburg Memorial Museum will also begin at that time, and guided tours of the historic First Protestant Church and Heritage Rooms will begin at IO. IO
One of the new attractions, the Goebelfest. will open at I 30 p.m. iii the Panda Recreation Center, located near Gate 2 adjacent lo the Wurstfest grounds. It will feature the largest collection of M I. Hummel figurines iii the southwest Several artists and sculptors will be on hand during the festival to demonstrate their talents and answer questions.
Next door to the Wursthalle in the Kleine Halle, the annual Wurstfest melodrama makes its debut with performances at 7 and 8:30 p rn. This y ear’s offering is titled “The Wurst Little Boar House in Texas’’ — a grown-up and slightly fractured version of “The Three Little Biga ”
Additional information on W ui sliest e\ ents is available at the Wurstfest information center in the Civic Center or by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 625-2385
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight, turning fair and mild Friday. Winds will be southeasterly at 15-20 mph and gusty today, shifting to the northwest near IO mph tonight. There is a 20 percent chance of showers today.
It’s Homecoming for the Canyon Cougars, and coach 'Troy Burch is prediciting a win over the Ixxkhart Lions Friday night to help celebrate. Meanwhile, Smithson Valley coach Rick Calhoun likes his team’s chances against Boerne provided they don’t fumble. The Ranger game will be played at Unicorn Field See Spurts. Page 8
Smith, Matheny eye rematch for J P 4
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
'The opponents for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace have faced each other before, and will again on Tuesday-
Republican Howard “Curly Smith defeated his Democratic opponent. Carrol Matheny, in a November 1980 special election. Matheny had been appointed to the post in January of 1980 when Kermit Sehlameus retired
Matheny decided to run for the position again, because he wants to see some changes. “I believe in equal justice for everyone, not just for friends, etc. I’d be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which hasn’t been the case now ,” Matheny said.
“I’d like to see the precinct 4 office moved, too,” he added, "not out of I anyon City or Saltier, but just out of the building ifs in now.’
Smith is running on his record, which he said has been one of law enforcement and good administration. “This precinct has the highest fines iii the county for public intoxication “And about three months ago. this office received a letter of recommendation for 1981 from the 'Texas Judicial Council in Austin, for keeping such good records,’ he added.
“This court almost doubled in revenue in 1981, too,’’ Smith stated. “Of course, we’ve dropped in 1982,
See JP 4, Page 16
Staff photo by Canty Richardson
Red Smith (top) and Verlin Kuecker change light bulbs on the walkway at the Wurstfest grounds
Howard 'Curly' Smith