New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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EDITORIALTwo strikes, you’re outSenate Bill I allows educators to enforce own discipline management plans better
The new discipline management plan adopted by the Comal Independent School District reflects a trend among educators statewide.
The plan has clearer rules, which make enforcement that much easier for the schools. The CISD plan was changed to conform to Senate Bill I, which reorganized the Texas Education Code.
Keeping kids in school is one of the goals of the Senate Bill — cutting suspension time and requiring students to spend hours in “alternative education programs.”
While that may seem lenient, it actually puts the burden on the students and forces them to continue their studies in a harsher, more structured environment — a lot tougher and more of a punishment than six days of sitting in front of a television.
Second offenses, however, are a different story.
While lawmakers around the country come up with their own
version of “three strikes, you’re out” for criminals, state law now provides wording that states students “shall be expelled” instead of "may be” expelled for second offenses like drug or alcohol possession on school grounds.
Challenges would arise from parents about the old wording, but with state law backing them up, educators can now discipline and expel students who habitually break rules and are a menace to others and the learning environment.
It’s about time educators were freed from threats and outdated policies. Some of the antics of trouble-making students today goes beyond dipping ponytails in ink wells.
Enough is enough, and new discipline management plans like the one at CISD should send a clear message to kids and parents that behavior contrary to school policy will not be tolerated.
(Today s editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Loveday:)
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Child support a right of children
In the past few articles I have addressed some ways that parents may make adjustment to divorce more comfortable for the children. These include being given permission to love and be loved by both parents (and their significant others as that develops), given time to be with each parent without the other one being upset about it, eliminating loyalty binds, parents treating each other respectfully and not fighting in front of or with the children, parents refraining from using their children to find out information about the other parent’s life, and establishing predictable and consistent schedules and expectations. Somehow this seems like a lot as I list it here, but much of this is common courtesy and sensitivity to children.
In this article, I would like to address financial responsibility as well as parents having enough time and energy to spend quality time with their kids.
Children are expensive. Period. Exclamation point! Children have far more expenses than just food and clothing, and anyone who has tried to raise kids knows that. Child support after a divorce is essential. A large number of children go to living in poverty following a divorce (or at least a significantly lowered standard of living). Poverty has its own set of problems above and beyond divorce.
In our society (although improving), men still frequently earn more money than women for similar work, and/or “women’s work” is paid less than
“men’s work.” Two incomes support a family better than one. What makes the situation worse is that frequently in a divorce the person who has the least income (typically the woman) has the largest expenses (children).
People who are responsible for the birth of a child need to be held responsible for their financial upkeep, regardless of the age of the parent. Both sexes are equally responsible for the pregnancy (except of course, in coerced sex), and therefore both the biological parents need to be responsible for supporting the child. Child support is a basic and essential responsibility. Even if teens become pregnant or make someone pregnant, that financial responsibility lasts at a minimum until the time the child is through school. This essential responsibility needs to continue even if it is “inconvenient” for the noncustodial parent or even if other relationships and other children follow.
In addition to keeping children from being raised with inadequate financial resources, parents need to make time to play with and enjoy their children. I frequently encourage parents to set aside 20 minutes every day to play one-on-one with their child, letting the child pick the activity and the parent following the child’s lead. (Parents always have veto power for die activity, of course.) This time is not for chores or homework, but just to talk or play or do something fun together. What saddens me is when parents say they don’t have time to do this! What is wrong when parents can’t find 20 minutes a day to play with their kids! Some parents are concerned that they have quite a number of children, and how can thev spend that kind of time with each one? In my opinion and not to be offensive to anyone, but if we cannot find regular quality time to play with our kids,
maybe we should rearrange our priorities and/or decide not to have more children! Kids need and deserve time daily.
In relation to this series on divorce, particularly addressing child support and inadequate financial resources, one of the reasons for child support is so the parent with custody can financially manage on one job, and therefore is more likely to take time to spend with the kids. A parent working extra'jobs to keep the family out of poverty cannot keep up with the needs of parenting too. Single parenting is so very difficult, even with one full-time job. To do more is detrimental to the children as well as to the parent.
In summary, kids are expensive! Child support following divorce (or birth without marriage) is a basic and essential responsibility for any parent, regardless of their age, subsequent relationships or subsequent children. Both parents need to strive to keep the child provided for with reasonable financial resources. Additionally, children need and deserve daily time and attention. There are not enough hours in a day for a custodial parent who works more than one full-time job to provide adequate time and attention to children.
Child support, therefore, can help the custodial parent not only financially support the child, but also help make available quality time to spend with the children. In my opinion, these are among the basic birth rights of children.
Disclaimer: All materials in this column are provided for general information only. It is not intended, nor should it be construed, as psychological advice or instruction.
(Dr. Logan is a psychologist in private practice in New Braunfels.)
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Dark, Stormy News: pols take pen to paper
By CALVIN WOODWARD
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Never mind sound bites. House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivers a shoulder bite in his latest literary romp, another addition to the growing genre of books by people thinking about running for president.
“Darling... isn’t it time for you to leave?” the mistress coos to the president’s chief of staff in Gingrich’s new novel.
“Playfully,” he writes, "to drive home the potential loss, she bit his shoulder, then kissed it belter.”
Welcome to politics as book-of-the-month club.
Gingrich’s fictional “1945,” co-wntten with a military history expert and featuring a slightly steamy opening, is an oddity in the field.
But it adds 382 pages to the body of campaign-sea-son words being turned out by public figures who are using the marketplace to test their electoral appeal.
Now Colin Powell weighs in with "My Ameri-
can Journey,” already leaked to Newsweek and being excerpted in Tune next week as hundreds of thousands of copies are shipped lo bookstores.
It’s the hottest property since Gingrich’s sober ‘To Renew America” reached the shelves in a blaze of controversy over the $4.5 million advance he eventually forswore.
Powell, whose stature soared when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Persian Gulfwar, opens a 23-city book tour Sept 16, the day after he has a one-hour interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters and two days before he goes on CNN’s "Larry King Live.”
Powell’s book doesn’t say whether he plans to run for president. More than likely, "he’ll wait to sense the impact of the book before he makes up his mind,” said John Baker, editonal director of Publishers Weekly. For Powell and Gingrich, analysts say, the books
help test the waters while the tease of a possible presidential campaign boosts sales. It’s a cycle that feeds on itself.
The speaker has acknowledged as much. While the betting is against a Gingrich candidacy, the Georgia Republican has said the uncertainty helps sell his policy tome — still high on best-seller lists after eight weeks — and keep attention on the GOP agenda.
Still to come in the campaign season: “We Know What to Do,” political views mixed with a drive across America by GOP presidential candidate Lamar Alexander; and a book expected in January by retiring Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., a prospect for an independent presidential ticket.
Campaign autobiographies are hardly new. Several of the current candidates have produced books on themselves or their policies at one time or another and history is replete with similar examples, leaden and light.
Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Fnday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 1995. There are 114 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
Sixty years ago, on Sept. 8, 1935, Sen. Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish” of Louisiana politics, was shot and mortally wounded; he died two days later.
On this date:
In 1565, a Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, Fla.
In 1664, the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.
In 1892, an early version of The
Pledge of Allegiance appeared in "The Youth’s Companion.”
In 1900, Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed about 6,000 people.
In 1921, Margaret Gorman of Washington D.C. was crowned the first "Miss America” in Atlantic City, N.J.
In 1934,134 people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast.
In 1943, during World War II, Gen. Dwight E. Eisenhower publicly announced Italy’s surrender, a decision denounced by Nazi Germany as a cowardly act.
In 1945,50 years ago, Bess Myerson of New Yolk was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City, N J., becoming the first Jewish contestant to win the title.
In 1951, a peace treaty with Japan
was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco.
In 1974, President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Nixon.
In 1975, Boston’s public schools began their court-ordered citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence.
Ten years ago: Pele Rose of the Cincinnati Reds tied Ty Cobb’s career record for hits, singling for hit number 4,191 during a game against the Cubs in Chicago. Ivan Lendl defeated John McEnroe to win the men’s singles championship at the U.S. Open.
Five years ago: President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived in Helsinki, Finland, for a one-day summit sparked by the Persian Gulf crisis. Gabriela Sabatini won the
U.S. Open women’s championship and her first grand slam title as she defeated Steffi Graf. Marjorie Judith Vincent of Illinois was crowned Miss America.
One year ago: A USAir Boeing 737 crashed into a ravine as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people on board.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Hillary Brooke is 81. Comedian Sid Caesar is 73. Former Housing Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Junior is 73. Sen. Wendell Ford, D-Ky., is 71. Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., is 57. Author Ann Beattie is 48.
Thought for Today: “We shall seek the truth and endure the consequences ” — Charles Seymour, American educator and historian (1884-1963).