New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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EDITORIALIOO Years of our fair100th anniversary of Comal County Fair to have extra special touch to mark occasion
Today, the 100th Comal County Fair gets under way with the annual Fair Queen’s Contest. There, 22 lovely young ladies will vie for the title of Comal County Fair Queen.
It, like the Rodeo Queen Title, is something special to participate in, and perhaps even more special to those who win the titles.
Those participants, like all participants in this year’s fair events and competitions, may feel that being a pan of the Comal County Fair this year will have an added uniqueness to it This is the 100th anniversary'. And that is special.
In marking the 100th anniversary, Comal County Fair Association members have worked dilligently to present an extra special fair.
On Page IB of today’s Herald-Zeitung, readers will find a complete schedule of events set to take place dunng the days of the fair. On that page, there is also a coupon for special admission price on the last day of the fair.
Readers will notice several new events listed in this year ’s schedule, such as the scheduled performance by the 1st Calvary Detachment from Fort Hood, Texas, among others. And there will be the traditional events and activities that fairgoers have enjoyed for years.
The Comal County Fair has long been known for being one of the finest county fairs in the state. It is acclaimed as the largest county fair in south-central Texas. There should be little room for doubt of those claims when all the dust settles after this year’s fair. It’s going to be good. It’s going to be big. And it’s going to be special.
We’ll see you there.
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Sunday, Sept. 19,1993
Can’t stand a bureaucratic attitude
Today I celebrated my one-week anniversary here at the Herald-Zeitung. Well, actually, I didn’t celebrate. I’m too busy to do any real celebrating.
I’ve had an eventful last two weeks. My wife Susan had our second child, a boy we named Robert I got this new job. I quit my old job of four years in Georgetown I sold our house in Round Rock and I put in an offer on a home here in New Braunfels.
On top of that I have been working some pretty daunting hours here, trying to clean off the immense piles of mail that are piled up on my desk
And I have to commute 73 miles lo and from work every day,
As you might guess, I am very much looking forward to moving here so I don’t have to face that drive twice a day. Or I would be looking forward to moving here except for one thing. The moving pert.
I really don’t mind the actual moving of all the furniture and possessions my family has accumulated in the four years we lived north of Austin. I kind of enjoy the work of loading the moving van and getting sa up in a new house. It’s a nice break from this desk job, and it really gives a person a chance to see who his real friends are when he asks for volunteers to help.
The pan I dreed is dealing with all the bureaucrats you have lo deal with when you move — the people at the banks, the electric company, the city services departments, the mortgage companies, the driver’s license office, the post office, the phone company, the gas companies and a few I’m sure I left oul
I get frustrated just thinking about the hours and hours that inevitably will be wasted dealing with these offices. And generally, you are helpless. There is no way to speed up the process or get revenge.
And you never know where you will run into a bureaucrat You expect them in large government agencies. That’s why they’re called bureaucracies. But I didn’t expect to run into one on a late night last week when I stopped ai McDonalds.
I went in just before closing to get a late dinner on my way home from work. Everything went fine at first, I ordered and ate my food. But I was still hungry. As I approached the counter I saw on the racks behind the counter several Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fish sandwiches, chicken nuggets and more.
“I'd like a cheeseburger," I said.
Tm sorry, the cash registers are closed,” the manager said.
"Oh, well how about just giving me a free one then?" I asked.
‘‘I’m sorry, I can’t do that,” the manager answered.
"But there’s more there than you and your crew could possibly eat Do you mean you would rather throw that cheeseburger away than give it to me?”
The manager looked at me blankly, paused a second, and said "Yes"
There was nothing more lo say, so I left But, as you can probably tell, it bothered me. That was the bureaucratic attitude I hate. No free cheeseburgers, even if it means throwing them in the trash. That's the rule, so she followed it, even though giving me the burger would not have cost Ronald McDonald a cent, and actually would have mads it more likely that I would stop there again in the future.
There was one instance where I was able to get a measure of revenge on an uncooperative bureaucrat, and I smile whenever I think of iL
It was two years ago now, and I was at the Secretary of State’s office in Austin to look up some candidate's campaign finance disclosure forms.
I got to the office at about 4:15 p.m. and presented the clerk with my list of names of the candidate’s whose files I needed to see. He brought back three of them and said, ‘Here look at these, and I’ll pull the other three when you are done with them."
It took me just a couple of minutes and I was back for the last three files.
"I’m sorry," he said. “We don’t give out any files after 4:45."
“But it’s not 4:45 yet,” I said.
He pointed out a clock behind him that showed it was, indeed, exactly 4:45 p.m. But I knew my watch, which showed it to be 4:38 pjn. was right, because I had checked against the time announced on the radio just minutes earlier.
"Well, you saw how quick I was with those other three files. It will only take me five minutes, and you have to stay until 5 p.m. anyway. Can’t you let me have those files," I said as nicely as I could.
I tried again.
"I’m not trying to give you a hard time," I said. "But I had to drive 30 miles to get here. If I have tc come back tomorrow it will blow about 90 minute; of my day. If you give the files now, it will only take about five minutes of your day."
He refused again.
I showed him my watch and told him I had just checked it against the radio. "Just because you set your clock fast does not make the actual time change. There is no way it’s 4:45," I insisted.
"Sir," he said kind of snotty. "If you would like to talk to my supervisor his office is right next door.”
So I went next door to see if his supervisor would help me out The first thing I noticed was that the clock in that office showed that it still wasn’t 4:45 pm. The second thing I noticed was that the cleric’s boss had already gone home.
I turned to go back and confront the clerk again, but he had locked the door to the office.
So I had to drive the 30 miles back to Georgetown, in rush hour traffic, and go backbite next day to do five minutes of work. I was not happy.
As I was filling out my form for the three files I still needed to see, I noticed a Texas State Directory sitting on the counter. I got my three files and decided to get some revenge. You see, the Texas State Directory lists every official elected to state offices. So I wrote about 50 names out, I even included some made-up names the clerk wouldn’t find no matter how hard he looked, and I presented them to the clerk.
"I need to see all these files for the last three years,” I told him.
I looked over the three files I needed. Then went downstairs to the cafeteria and had a cup of coffee. When I relumed, two three-foot high stacks of about 30 files were sitting on the counter.
The clerk saw me as he returned with another armful of files and said, “Here they are."
I looked at the stack closely, and said “OK, I’m done with them. You can put them back away now."
And I left.
(Roger Croteau is City Editor for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.)
The state of Texas may be on the verge of having a bullet train system, providing alternate means of transportation for people living in and between Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. It is likely that this bullet train will run routes near the Comal County/New Braunfels area. However, final approval of the bullet train will hinge, in pad, on public perception and approval. Some airline companies are opposed to the bullet tram, noting that it would hurt their business. What is your opinion? Fill out the coupon (right), drop it by our office at 707 Landa in New Braunfels and we'll report the results in next Sunday's edition. One vote per person. No names will be published. Deadline to submit your opinion is Thursday, Sept. 23. After further consideration, the editorial staff has decided to accept copied forms as well as original forms.
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‘Finding a Counselor’
An interesting study done at Duke University Medical Center found thai at any given time 15 percent of the United States population suffers from a major mental disorder Of these people, 60 percent are treated by their family physicians, 18 percent are treated by psychiatrists or other mental health workers, and 22 percent have no professional treatment at all. Think of it - 22 percent have no professional treatment at all. Think of it - 22 percent.
These individuals rely on their neighbors, bartenders, or beauticians to get by. And these ’'patients” have a major mental disorder - schizophrenia or a severe depression or anxiety that interferes with their ability to function in daily tasks. This figure is even more startling when you consider that it does not include those people with problems of living.
We have a paradox here. Many of the people (22 percent, to be exact) who need psychotherapy do not get it whereas the rich, the educated, and the comparauvely healthy obtain a large share of the psychotherapist’s time.
In our stress-filled culture, there aren't enough qualified psychotherapist to meet the demands. Most well trained psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers are extremely busy. There are other trained professionals that can help. A psychiatric nurse is an
John Walker, M.D.
RN (registered nurse) who has had specialized training in dealing with emotionally disturbed people.
The psychoanalyst is generally a psychiatrist who has had specialized training in the analytic process. Although most analysts are physicians, individuals with advanced training in many fields can study in psychoanalytic institutes. In these institutes, trainees learn psychoanalytic theory and methods and are analyzed themselves by an experienced analyst. There are approximately 2,500 psychoanalysts in the United States.
The Neurologist is an MD with 2 1/2 years of specialty training in disease of the nervous system (such as epilepsy and stroke; and six months of train
ing in psychiatry.
Some of the best psychotherapists are family physicians. Most family physician training programs deal extensively in psychotherapy and most family physicians have been well-trained in the use of phsy-chotropic medications. Because family physicians, pediatricians and internists possess the marks of a distinguished psychotherapist: empathy, non-possessive warmth and honesty, they are natural therapists.
Those physicians who do a good job in psychotherapy block off a certain number of hours each week to sit and talk with their patients who are experiencing stress. Of course, since almost all illnesses are psychosomatic (stress plays a part ma real physical illness), family physicians realize that by helping their patients deal with stressf ul situations, their patients can conquer or cope with their primary care physicians, more and more family physicians, pediatricians, and internal medicine physicians will practicing psychotherapy. This change bodes well for the health of our country because there aren't enough phsychiairists, social workers and psychologists to take care of all of the nation's emotional problems.
(Dr. Walker is a writer, speaker and psychiatrist and lives in New Braunfels')Today in history
(AP) Today ls Sunday, Sept 19, the 262nd day of 1993. There are 103 days left in the year.
Today's highlight rn history:
On Sept. 19, 1796, President Washington's farewell address was published. In it, the first chief executive of the United Slates advised, "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate
peace and harmony with all."
In 1777, American soldiers in the Revolutionary War won the first Battle of Saratoga over the British.
In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin 11 weeks earlier.
In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New
York and charged with the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh baby.
In 1945, Nazi propagandist William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw-Haw," was sentenced to death by a British couii In 1955, President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the army and the navy.