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Burnet Thursday, February 11, EDITORIAL Write now to save the Burnet Family Crisis C In its arcane and irrespon- sible glory, the Texas Legisla- ! ture is proposing to cut funding to support the battered women and children shelters across the state. Only an outcry from a concerned public can counter this attempt, and we urge our readers to contact our state sena- tor and representatives without delay to protest this move. Their names and addresses are at the bottom of this editorial. itself is making a case for supporting these shelters in Burnet and sur- rounding territories, as our let- ters to the editor colufnn shows this week. Two weeks ago, we wrote an editorial about an eld- erly Bertram man indicted for sexual abuse of children and the long-lasting psychologicaldam- age that results when children are abused. The response to that story and editorial have been even more voluminous than our letters show, since many for- merly abused children called rather than wrote to thank us for the articles. We believe that child abuse is a huge problem in our society, and that even a God- fearing community like Burnet is not immune to it. The kind of violence to personal identity that is the re- suit of abuse on a child is also the kind of violence that under- lies the attacks of spouses on each other. In Texas we like to think that every man's home is his castle and that he can do anything inside it that he wants. And to a certain extent, that's true. As a society we don't re- ally want to intrude into the relationship between married people if we can possibly avoid it. Each couple finds its own balance between pain and har- mony, between contentment and toleration. What works for one couple would destroy another, we like to think. Yet, there are limits to what even we are will- ing to tolerate between married persons, and physical attack and des truction are beyond that limit. We see a lot more of this every day than we want, written in large letters in the Burnet County jail log or displayed in the panic-stricken and devas- tated faces of women who have been attacked at home by their mates. There's just a whole lot of hate in this old world, and it shows up in the home fast, where the weakest are the first to be victimized. Every week, it seems, an- other person is arrested by a Bumet County law enforcement agency and charged with sexual abuse of a child. But sexual abuse of children is the least common form of abuse in the home. Emotional abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse from strik- ing and physical abuse from neglect are all much more com- mon than sexual abuse. For ev- ery family thatencounters sexual abuse, a hundred families suffer from physical abuse and a thou- sand suffer from other forms of abuse. There are fewer public records of these kinds of abuse, and so they don't get in the newspaper and they aren't fre- quently discussed in the neigh- borhoods. But teachers know: they can see the dazed students, the students without clothes, the students who can't sleep at night because their families are screaming at one another all the time, and the students who have so little respect for others that they can only imitate the abu- sive behavior they' ve learned at home in their school environ- ment. We know firsthand the importance of a Family Crisis Center, because we've seen the beaten wives and children res- cued by deputies and heard the tales of abuse told in divorce court. And we know that the answer to most kinds of abuse is not to break apart a family, but to teach family members how to identify the sources of their troubles and to cope The world will never be, fect place, but it is teach love by lovin shelter the weak. we can do to deny many victims in B the Family Crisis Center first and only refuge. it. The alternative is ery than we ( plate. Send letters to: The Honorable PO Box 12068 Austin, Tx. 78711 and to: The Honorable Bill PO Box 12068 Austin, Tx. 78711 Recycling answers for a Clean Texas they're being put to good use? it seems like you're trying to clean up a lot of old tires. A: You're right. The Texas Water Commission is trying ..... to clean up hundreds of thousands  --i  _-_ of old tire DUMPS. But we're work- ing just as hard to assure that there is a market for the materials re- cycled from the tires. We'll mention CLEAH TEXAS . as many of those products as space 2   'lsW: :# I lEtiay'yu can help by ! II |' !'! f0 pcts m6!a'om re- "{I | II II |  cycled tils if/ou' he.mark   . for anything on the list. Some prod- ucts inehde: vehicle mud guards, pickup truck bed liners, carpet pad- = We just cleaned our ga- rage and found lots of plastic containers. Some are milk jugs and some are things like margarine containers. Most don't have the little recycling symbols on the bottom. If we know what they are, is it okay to recycle them even without the symbols? A: We hate to discourage any recycling, but the risk of contamination from unknown mate rials is too great. You should ask your recycling center, but the gen- eral rule is that without a recycling number, the item can't be recycled. Much of the plastic recycling process depends on having a pure batch of raw materials. Even a small amount of the wrong plastic can ruin the process. The plastics labeling laws are very strict, thus recyclers can be sure that the marked containers are what they claim to be. = if ! take my tires to be recycled, how do I know ding, shock-absorbent floor tiles, patio floor blocks, dock and trailer bumpers, rubber mats for animal stalls, door mats for homes, marine bumpers, soaker hoses, running track surfaces, guard-rail posts, highway lane reflectors, rubberized asphalt for roadways, landscape timbers, farm vehicle tires, roof sealing adhe- sive paint, tire-derived fuel, drain- age bed material for septic systems, crash barriers for highways, play- ground surfaces, parking lot resur. facing paint, erosion control devices and artificial reefs for oyster produc- tion. Your newspaper runs this column as a public service in cooperation with the Texas Water Commission. If you have questions about reductior6 re- use or recycling of waste, call the Texas Water Commission Environ. mental and Recycling Information Center at I OOqf4.TEXAS, or write Ct2 lX,ras 2000, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087 USPS Publication No. 080000 R: Please send changes of address to the Burnet Bulletin, P0 Box 160, Burnet, Texas 78611. The Burner Bulletin is published weekly on Thursdays in Burner, Texas at 101 E Jackson. Second class postage is paid at the UnilJ States Post Off'me in Bumet, Texas under the Act of congress of March 3, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $21 per year in Burnet and adjoining counties; elsewhere in the state and out of state, $25 per year. Senior citizens discounts are available. All subscriptions are payable in advance. @wen I.usk John Yeanvood Publisher General Manager Sam Wartes David Bertling Advertising Sales Reporter The Bumet Bulletin is not responsible for copy omissions, typographical error or any unintentional error that may occur other than to make proper corrections 8fter being brout to the newspaper's attention. Advectislng is accepted on this basis only. No ftaudukmL mlsieading or discriminatory edvtising in violation of (Ipplicable federal law will be knowingly accepted or published. Lottem will he edited for taste, i statements, length, grammar, and newspaper style, letters /ouid focus on one issue and not be too personal, letters must include a complete address, daytime telephone number and must he signed. The publisher serves the right to refuse to publish any letter for any reason, although it is the mliCy of this newspaper to encourage the freest possible discussion of ideas and unity concerns. Deadline, for letters is noon on Monday. ! t L BURNET BUI.LN * P.O.  tOO, BmsM, Tqxa* 7ml.lL (S12) 7se.e:lLm ' ' i ! ' t 0 o* "x Loog00 Lige 00oT/-Ier00 5i00N oF ;MPRoV|N00 eoNoM',/.,., j'- Senate passes prison projects The Texas Senate passed S.B. 171 on Feb. 1. The bill relates to the is- suance of general obligation bonds for projects relating to state prisons and to an emer- gency appropriation to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the operation of state prisons, discretionary grants and payments to coun- ties for holding state prisoners. The emergency ap- propriation will also add 10,000 beds to comply with the Alberti court order, including 4,000 beds at Chase Naval Air Station at Beeville and also I 1 funds a 400 bed parole violator facility in Harris County. The Senate met briefly Feb. 2, to refer bills to committees and to confirm Gubernatorial nominations. Also on this day, the Senate adopted S.C.R. 12 by Sen. Royce West and other Dallas area State Senators to commemorate the Dallas Cow- boys' recent Super Bowl vic- tory over the Buffalo Bills. In other Senate business Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee continued their mark-up sessions on the Senate appropriatiorts bill. The Senate met Feb. 3 to pass S.B.30 by Sen. Bill Sims of San Angelo. This bill creates a boll weevil eradication program for the state to help cotton farmers control the in- sect which causes $25 million a year in damages. The bill es- tablishes a program to attack the boll weevil shortly after the cotton harvest and before the first frosts, when the weevil is most vulnerable. The Senate met Feb. pass C.S.S.B. 130 by Montford. The bill employment training that will emphasize skilled, higher paying men, opportunities for The Senate also passed 129 by Sen. John Le Dallas which relates to required to be adopted public retirement systems repoi'ts to be submitted state pension review board. Willie: If it ain't broke, don't fix it... Webster defines "vox populi," as "voice of the people" and although I do not purport to speak for all my readers, I have received enough positive comments from you to allege that I speak for a considerable number. This column is comprised of random thoughts, political and social comments, 'daffyni- tions' and the like, that have surfaced in recent weeks. Nor- mally I take on the Washington folks and the Aus- tin folks one at a time, but heck, why not go for the whole magilla. The shortest political honeymoon in D.C.'s history would appear to be between Slick Willie and the Democratic Congress with the Democratic Senate as chaperone keeping the lights on and the window shades up. Questions is, where were his l'.ot shot advisors when he submitted Lena's, I mean Zoe's name for Attorney General? And where were they when his new lady press secretary, hold- ing her first news conference, denied the housing markets boom at the very instant that the announcement of an al- most 20 percent increase had been issued, from the Com- merce Department? That ain't all. If Willie keeps on fooling with Social Security and Medicare, he will likely be the most recent four year Democrat president. Ad- vice is, =watch out for Daddy Ross and the old folks, the legislature is." Our economy is strengthen- ing daily and all this without having seen any kind of "plan" from the White House. Next piece of advice is for Willie and the boys' to follow an age old adage, "if it ain't' broke, don't fix it." And remember this: "it'll come home to haunt you." The spe- cial built conference table, used in the 'pre-inauguration' economic planning session held in Arkansas, was built by an all American company, Steelcraft, a totally Republican operation. Guess what, the wood used came from a third world rain forest and Rush Limbaugh picked up on this as a major feature of his Feb. 2 broadcast. Seated at this table for the whole conference was that super ecologist V.P. elect, the Honorable A1 Gore. Now =Austin, it's your turn. My get off my buddy Bulloek's back reads like this. I define his recent, Well-publicized, comments in this fashion, =if you like and respect the per- son, it's flirting, or kidding, if you don't, it's sexual harass- ment." My advice to friend Bob is =Don't let your critics tell you who you are." My money is bet on the premise that Edgewood ISD in San Antonio, started a fire that will likely wind up burn- ing their (school) house down. And since this seems to be my day for giving advice, this is more of a suggestion to the God playing judge who is bash- ing the Legislature and the school system with shut down threats. He might consider looking at the spirit, if not the letter of the law as it applies to the crime of blackmail. Further, there are provisions in place to fine, or jail judges, as we stupid, lowly, ignorant payer, parent/citizens relatives, who might be victed of this cowardly My comment on is simple. Sears and IBM back because of management blunders, Wal-Mart, HEB and Dell up hiring a whole bunclt sharp employees. Think over, as you examine last three companies patterns. Of interest to us local two of the three are based companies. One by a guy under 30 and other by a guy who was to sack groceries by his and is looking for 60. A final bit of advice to in political high whether it be in the legislative or judicial of federal/state Our government is to the citizens, so the mendation, "defend our deliver our mail and stay the hell out of our is appropriate. 30 for now.