New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung Q Friday, September 5,1997 □ 5APhone call from a Mend frees housebound patient
Dear Abby: Please remind your readers that if and when an accident or disease transforms an active, involved person into a housebound, sedentary victim of ill fate, that person desperately needs the warmth and caring of fhends and neighbors. Even the smallest kind deed can turn moments of sorrow into meaningful moments of joy.
On behalf of the many tens of thousands of individuals in our country who are involuntarily housebound, I would like to plead with those friends and neighbors: Communicate! By phone, through a brief note, a drop-in visit — if only for a few minutes.
My beloved wife has been housebound for a little over two years. Because of her illness, she requires oxygen 24 hours a day. For her, a walk to the back yard is an adventure. When she's able to take one, we always take along the portable phone — in case someone calls. It would be a tragedy to miss a call.
When that phone rings, and a familiar voice says “Hi,” her conscious struggle for breath seems to almost miraculously disappear.
I hope I have made my point Be a friend to a friend or relative in need. Abby, please do not use my name or location, but do share this message with your readers.
bear Concerned Husband: Your message Is well worth passing
When someone b stricken with a serious illness, It's common for friends and family to experience feelings of guilt or to feel at a loss for words. Unable to cope with the discomfort, they react by distancing themselves at a time when their support it needed most
In situations like this, act with the same generosity and
compassion you would wish from others if the situation were reversed. Rather than dwell on the illness, keep uppermost in mind that the sufferer b still your friend • with the same interests, sense of humor and values. Focusing on that should make communication easier.
The attention b almost always welcome. Coping with chronic
illness b difficult enough without having to endure isolation, too. Reach out — you’ll be glad you did.
Dear Abby: This letter is to “Beth’s grandparents” (the ones who stopped coming to her sports games because she wasn’t a star player).
I began playing soccer and basketball when I was 8. I hardly knew the rules and was very clumsy. Even though I wasn’t great, I loved to play. It was a real treat for me to see my grandparents at the games. I always wanted to do my very best when they were there, but even if I had blown the winning point, I always could walk away knowing that they loved me. To them, it didn’t matter if we lost. They were proud to come and watch, and I was proud to play for them.
Now I am about to start my second season of varsity soccer and have just finished a summer season of varsity basketball (I am going to be a sophomore), lf I had given up because I wasn’t “good” back as an 8-year-old, my love for the game would be gone and I would not hive the joy of playing. No one is at their hill potential at that age.
Please tell those grandparents to lighten up and encourage their grandchild to do her best without the
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report from the subcommittees by Sept. 29 to use during the first public meeting on the master plan Oct. 20.
The subcommittees plan to make final recommendations to the steering committee. The steering committee will then make a final recommendation to the New Braunfels City Council in about one year.
Kaufmann’s subcommittee discussed separately each of its topics: education, youth and population, but plans to narrow its ideas in its final recommendation at a meeting Sept. 17, members said.
Many of the subcommittee members emphasized work-to-school issues as a priority that should be included in the final Master Plan.
Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Booker is one of at least four teens on the subcommittee who advocate creating more activities for youth.
Booker, a Canyon High School sophomore, said she would like to see more dance halls, such as the now-closed Crystal Chandelier, a popular country-western dance hall in the late 1960s and the 1970s.
“We don’t have any place to go. My parents don’t let me go to the theaters,” Booker said. “We don’t have any malls here or roller rinks. I
heard adults talk about (the Crystal Chandelier) and say, ‘Oh, it was the place to go.*”
City Planning Director Harry Bennett said the value of this particular subcommittee was that it provided a method to address issues facing youth in New Braunfels.
“Everyone seems to be taken care of except for the teens. There wasn’t a unified process to give them a voice,” he said. “As a group, (these ideas) will come forward to the whole community. It’s been just whispers in the wind. We’ve never had this nucleus to get it going.”
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pressure to win. They should be proud that she’s out there working hard in sports that have not always been available to us girls.
Good luck, Beth. Never give up your dreams.
Blessed With Grandparents Who Are A Treasure, Portland, Ore.
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AUSTIN (AP) — Texas prisons are filling up faster than expected.
Officials are seeking approval for construction of facilities that would provide about 5,400 more prison beds. That’s in addition to the 1,900-bed expansion approved two months ago.
Officials said Thursday that despite a building boom that tripled the size of the state’s prison system in five years they still need more cell space.
The pressing need for additional prison space means that $35 million of the total sought should go for ’’fast-track construction” of 19 trusty dormitories that could be completed in as little as IO months.
’’We need the additional beds — sooner than earlier projections had indicated we might,” said Wayne Scott, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The shortage of prison beds is caused by a combination of dropping parole rates during the past three years and the fact that more parolees are being sent back to prison for parole violations.
This came at a time when Texas judges are sending more felons to prison, officials said.
“Bottom line: We’re gaining
inmates at a rate of about 900 each month, and that adds up quickly,” TDCJ spokesman Glen Castlebury said.
The capacity of the state's prison system has grown from 48,000 to 144,600 since 1990 at a cost of $1.5 billion.
The prison population as of Thursday was estimated at 138,500.
The money to pay for the proposal would come from bonds earmarked by the Legislature for new prisons, but not issued because empty cells had been the norm for the past two years, Scott said.
The additional prison space would have to be approved by Gov. George W. Bush and legislative leaders who have been briefed about the plans in recent days.
Karen Hughes, the governor’s (Mess secretary, said Bush's initial reaction to the proposal is favorable and he now plans to discuss it with Ll. Gov. Bob Bullock and House Speaker Pete Lancy.
“He’s not disagreeing,” Hughes said ’’The governor wants to make sure we plan properly so we have adequate space. He alto wants to make sure we plan smart and add space in a cost-effective way.”
Goldman doesn’t get talk show job
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Victim-righta advocate Fred Goldman’s tryout as a talk-show host failed to land him a full-time job.
The afternoon program slot on WOA1 that Goldman tried out for went to a 51-year-old veteran reporter and anchorman, the station said.
Goldman whose son, Ron, was killed in 1994 with Nicole Brown
Simpson, ex-wife of OJ. Simpson, was one of more than a dozen hopefuls who took turns at the microphone during the 15-week search.
Jimmy Walker, who was featured in the 1970s television series ’’Good Times,” also took part in the on-air auditions, the station said in announcing its decision Wednesday.
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