Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 142, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 22, 1990 Page: 2 of 18
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PAGE TWO—CHEROKEEAN/HERALD OF RUSK, TEXAS—THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1990
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Sensitive, lovable, yes, but...
They're just normal kids!
A letter was received this past week from an
unidentified persons, who signed the letter "Con-
cerned Parent." This newspaper is not in the hatyit
of running anonymous letters. Because of the seri-
ousness of the subject and its importance to a large
number of children in Cherokee County school
districts, we are running the text of the letter.
"To the Editor, Cherokeean/Herald:
Please print the underlined portions of the en-
closed article 'Not Like Other Kids,' Most people
don't understand what a 'learning disability' is. They
think that if a child is in Resource that he or she must
be 'retarded.' They need to be educated. These
children have average to above average intelli-
gence. Maybe this article will make people stop and
think about these special little people's feelings be-
fore they make comments about someone when
they don't know what they're talking about! Thank
The "enclosed information" came frorp the March
1990 issue of the Readers Digest and is condensed
from "Turnabout Children" by Mary MacCracken.
The article is well written and I for one, encourage
all parents to get the magazine and read the article.
It can be very enlightening.
To have one of these special children In your
home and to deal with these problems is perhaps
one of the most frustrating things a parent or grand-
parent can have. It is terrible to see an intelligent
youngster with a very high IQ go from excellerate
to below grade level in reading in one sixth weeks.
And, nothing really could be done until the child was
old enough to be tested for delixia and other learn-
ing disability. I am sure that this parent, probably a
mother, and her child are just as frustrated as we
were. But, there is hope. The Hermann program
now used at Rusk Elementary School and other
area elementary schools is the most wonderful
thing that can happen to a school system. To see a
youngster read and to work math is exciting. These
kids may still have problems, such as learning
multiplication tables and spelling, but things can
get better and the frustrations not like they used to
be. These kids know they are loved and the school
is interested in seeing them achieve.
I only wish that parent had signed her name. The
name would have been withheld if requested be-
cause of the seriousness of the matter. I would have
liked to have share with her the experiences of our
family during the past five years and the things we
My heart goes out to all of these special children
and their parents. The kids are intelligent and caring
individuals. They are very sensitive to what other
people think about them. They want to be encour-
aged. They are just kids with a desire to learn.
Their school work may be twice as hard, but they
can make it and they will succeed if they have the
encouragement of loving parents and teachers.
There has been many famous intelligence per-
sons with delixia or other learning disabilities much
to our culture. These people include Thomas
Edison, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Tom
Cruise and Cher. . gloria jennings
(Editor's note: The season of
Spring touches the hearts of aU
campers and would be campers.
But what if you have never had
the opportunity to EXPERI-
ENCE the EXPERIENCE of
overnight, outdoor camping?
Obviously, there are a few les-
sons to be learned. The follow-
ing is a narrative by guest
writer, Daughter No. 1, Terrie,
who is off and away to "rough
itr Hopefully, a sequel will fol-
low next week to provide some
insights on what to do, now that
Some reporters will go to any
lengths to immerse themselves in a
stoiy. War time news correspon-
dents may endanger their own lives
to bring the underdog's story to the
front page of the newspaper.
Earlier in my journalistic career,
I went to great lengths to AVOID a
personal involvement in a story as-
signed by my editor.
He called me up and said, 'Terrie,
I want you to write a how-to story
for someone who has never been
camping, and has a family. I've
already decided on a title - We're
Here - Now What?
"Take it and develop it any way
you like," he said.
Back in 1978,1 had no children
and no camping experiences. My
idea of roughing it was staying at
Holiday Inn and not having an
expense account to cover room serv-
Some reporters would have bor-
rowed a friend's teenage children
and headed for. the woods for a
meaningful experience — all in the
name of research.
But I had other ideas.
After a few moments of ponder-
ing, I decided to INTERVIEW my
way through this story. I found a co-
worker who knew all the ins and
outs of surviving a weekend with
kids in the woods.
Harold had some terrific ideas for
occupying those empty moments so
often filled at home by the drone of
the television. Together we formu-
lated an outline, and I went back to
my typewriter to hammer out a light,
informative piece for a statewide
Only last week, I had an uncom-
fortable flashback to this magazine
Two friends and I are Girl Scout
leaders, and our troops voted to go
on a camp-out next fall.
Before the Girl Scout powers- thai-
be will allow leaders to take their
troops on a camp-out, we must first
complete 12 hours of classroom
instruction, followed by
As we sat around a big conference
table, our instructor asked us to in-
troduce ourselves, tell where we're
from, and summarize our camping
I listened with awe as other la-
dies described two-week backpack-
ing retreats in Colorado. Finally, it
was time for my introduction.
"Hi, my name is Terrie Gonzalez,
and I've never been camping..."
All eyes trained on me.
The instructor quickly reassured
me that I would survive a weekend
cam pout with the ladies in my group
and then she passed out a check-
sheet of things we could and couldn't
bring from home.
Now I LOVE lists, and I thought,
"Hey, maybe this will be okay."
Then I examined the list a little
closer, and everyone was asked to
bring a dip bag.
"My gosh," I thought to myself.
"Is dipping snuff part of this experi-
ence? Why on earth do I need to
bring a dip bag?" '
Apparently I was the only one in
the room who didn't understand how
to sanitize dishes by dipping them
in boiling water. A dip bag looks like
the mesh bag I use to wash my nylon
Then I got to the list of things I
COULDNT bring from home. lean
bring a tape player to record camp-
fire songs, but I CANT play my
favorite rock 'n roll tapes.
And that goes without saying
there will be no television sets, radios
and telephones, except in emergen-
My first cup of coffee will come
from boiling water over a fire - now
how long is it going to take to get a
fire started and then BOIL coffee?
Gee, I hope there are some REAL
campers in our group, who eqjoy
waking up with the chickens and
getting the coffee started eariy....
They suggested I leave my make-
up at home, too, along with my
curling iron and electric blanket.
Nine little girls are counting on
me to make it through this week-
end. But my feet are growing colder
by the minute.
Sequels are so popular these days.
T mean, there's Rocky I, H, HI, IV
and V. Maybe I can author another
article and call it, 12 Years Later
and We're Finally Here-Now
Farming Right. with jack white
Sound-Off. • • Letters
to th'é éditotl I
I would like this opportunity to
update you on recent activity in the
U. S. Congres) to fight the War on
Drugs. This past year, the Congress,
with my support, appropriated over
$8 billion to fight the drug war. Law
enforcement was granted more
money, drug eradication began in
South America and treatment cen-
ters were expanded at home.
Yet despite these accomplish-
ments, we are still losing some
battles against drugs—we must step
up our efforts with new and stronger
initiatives. For eight years as the
elected District Attorney for the 8th
Judicial District of Texas, I became
familiar with the severe conse-
quences of drug abuse; too many
lives and careers have been de-
stroyed. I, along with many East
Texans, believe that drugs consti-
tute one of the greatest threats to
our nation. .
With this in mind, I firmly believe
our military forces should be used to
interdict the supply of drugt. To the
extent lessened world tension frees
up our military, we should redirect
our efforts to drugs interdiction. Our
military has the training and equip-
ment to help patrol and secure our
borders. With their efforts on land,
sea and air, we could help keep
drugs off our streets and out of our
Congress must also increase the*
punishment for drugs pushers; we
cannot tolerate a revolving door
prison system. Since 1980, the in-
mate population haB increased by
more than 90 percent, yet still too
few drug dealers go to prison. While
we should get tough on the dealers,
we should explore sentencing alter-
natives for youthful, first offenders
who are victims of those dealers. I
recently introduced the Chapman
Boot Camp Prison Program to meet
our nation's need for tough, yet
constructive sentences for youthful
drug offenders. We cannot afford to
lose this war and the young Ameri-
cans who are its victims. With all of
us working together, Texas and
America will win.
Member of Congress
I would like to thank the follow-
ing people who sponsored me in the
1990Cherokee County Queen's Con-
The buyers of beef and turkey
tickets, thanks to Brookshire Broth-
ers for allowing me to have bake
Bales on their premises, a thanks to
all Bulah 4-H members and their
parents for helping raise money and
thanks to those who gave donations.
I would especially like to thank
Michael Collins for escorting me in
the Queen's Contest. And lam grate-
ful for the'supporting help of all the
individuals in Bulah Community,
Rusk, Alto and Jacksonville.
1990 Cherokee County
Junior Livestock Show Queen
Mr. Joe Ray Ocker, president of
the Cherokee County Farm Bureau,
has sent copies of the publicity and
ad in the Cherokeean/Herald pro-
moting "Farm Bureau Week" in
Cherokee Coünty. The editorial, "A
salute: Those who feed us," was a
well-deserved tribute to the Chero-
kee County Farm Bureau members.
And the news stories and pictures
about "Farm Bureau Week" will give
a boost to the county organization
throughout the year.
We in the Texas Farm Bureau
appreciate the good relationship be-
tween farmers and the media in
Vernie R. Glasson
Texas Farm Bureau
Springis on the way and the world
íb turning green. The grass and
clover we are now seeing is a wel-
come change to the dormant look on.
winter. It is obvious that cattle in
the area share my sentiments.
, . . With spring, comes the thoughts
1"'' of fertilizing pastures. I remember
when it wasn't such a big issue; We
would call the dealer and tell him to
spread what he did last year, or
what he was doing on eveiyone else's
Dollars are tight and that just
won't work anymore. We have to
find that balance between too little
and too much. Both options will get
in our pockets real quick.
We are going to host a meeting on
Thursday, Mar. 29, to address your
fertilizer decisions. It will be held at
the Cherokee County Electric Co-
Op Building just north of Rusk on
Hwy 69. The meeting starts at 7
Speaker for the program will be
Dr. Sim Réeves. Sim is an agrono-
mist with the Texas Agricultural
He íb also what you might call a
"Colorful character." Truth is, that
wouldtbe putting it mildly.
SinLjcombines a solid technical
base with a friendly presentation.
He manages to put textbook and
research into plain English. He also
has understanding of what is hap-
pening in the real world. The com-
bination is an entertaining package
that provides down to earth infor-
This program is being planned by
the Beef and Forage Committee.
This group serves as advisors to the
educational efforts of the Extension
Service in Cherokee County.
The program' is open to all people
in or around Cherokee County. I
highly encourage anyone with pas-
tures or hay meadows to attend.
There is no registrationfeeand there
will be a door prize given to a person
in attendance. ~ * .
Ken Wilbanks, the chairman of
the Beef and Forage Committee,
asks that you call and remind some-
one of this meeting. Tell a friend, a
neighbor or family member and offer
them a ride. They will thank you for
I was glad to see your Feb. 22
editorial, "Be sure you're counted!,"
emphasizing the importance of the
The census count on Apr. 1 will
determine how much representa-
tion Texas has in Congress and how
much federal money Texas will get
for the next 10 years. Eveiy Texan
needs to stand up and be counted
because eveiyone will be affected by
the results of the count.
I appreciate your focusing atten-
tion on this issue and I hope you will
continue to urge your readers to
make sure they are counted.
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Got An Opinion?
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readers to submit letters voic-
ing their views or opinions.
Letters which are submitted
must be accompanied by a name
and address and will be sulrject
to normal editing such as gram-
mar, punctuation and spelling.
The letters must be written
within the confines of good taste.
The letters will also be sub-
ject to editing for libelous or
si anderous statements and com-
To submit letters, mail them
to "Letters to the Editor," P.O.
Box 475, Rusk, Texas 76785.
Area code change coming
By: Peggy McArthur
LIBRARY HOURS: Monday 1-6
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs-
day and Friday 12 noon - 5 p.m.
STORYTIME: Wednesday 10:30
VIDEOS AND LARGE PRINT:
The March and April collections are
NEW BOOKS INCLUDE:
Charlotte MacLeod's The Glad-
stone Bag. Elderly Aunt Emma it
drugged and her bag stolen. Does
someone think her junk jewelry is
valuable? y]^|l|m comrades. His attempt to
In the Action department, we ha v/ reconnectold ties turns into a chron-
n'Mterou* new tafge print books. lele of the triumph of the human
Included are several books tn the spirit.
Wagons West series by Dana Fuller
Fodor's 1990 USA. Are you plan-
ning a trip? Included in this guide
are restaurants, hotels, scenic tours,
festivals, parks and monuments.
A product of primitive engineer-
ing is the pencil. Hemy Petrosld
seeks out the secret behind the
miraculous object in his new book
In These Good Men, journalist
L Michael Norman seta out to find his
General Telephone customers
livinginthe Rusk, Jacksonville,New
Summerfield and Hudson service
areas will have a new area code
effective Nov. 4.
All of the GTE 214 service area,
except Dallas and 33 nearby com?
munities, including the Metroplex
municipalities, will use the 903 area
code, beginning on Nov. 4.
The 903 area code is being added
because of unprecedented growth
in Dallas and surrounding commu-
nities. This growth had led to a
virtual depletion of available tele-
phone number combinations. Cus-
tomers are being notified regularly
of the upcoming change in monthly
statement inserts as well as in di-
No changas are being made in
local dialing requirements or in
seven-digit local numbers for cus-
tomers in either the 214 or 903 call-
ing areas as a result of the addi-
tional area code.
Communities in addition to the
local areas include Annona, Avin-
ger, Beckwville, Ben Wheeler,
Blooming Grove, Bonham, Canton,
Clarksvills, Collinsville, Dainger-
field, DeKalb, Douglassville, Ector,
Frost, Gilmer, Gladewater, Gordon-
ville, grand Saline and Gunter.
Also, Hallsvills, Henderson,
Howe, HugheB Springs, Jackson,.
Kilgore, Leary, Leonard, Linden,
Lone Star, Marietta, Mount Ver-
non, Myrtle Springs, Naples, Nash,
New boston, Oakland and Quitman.
Also, Sherman, Sulphur Springs,
Talco, Texarkana, Trenton, Turn-
ertown, Van, Van Alstyne, Wake
Village, Whitesboro, Winfield and
The Texas Chamber of Commerce
has reactivated its toll-free Legisla-
tive Hotline for the special session
of the Legislature now under way.
Business leaders and other inter-
ested citizens are invited to call 1-
800-636-1407 to receive a recorded
daily update on legislative activity
of importance to communitiea across
Executives of the Texas Chamber
provide the recorded message each
morning for this no charge service
supported by the Texas chamber of
Commerce and its members
SURVIVING FAMILY CONFLICT
Byt LINDA BEAR, County Extension Agent • ELE.
Conflict is an unavoidable part of family life. Conflict is
never pleasant, but it is not something to be overly
concerned about. It is normal and it can be a healthy part
of family life if it is used to help family members leárn to
manage conflict and to be aware of other's views;
Conflict is not the same thing as á fight or an argument.
A conflict is simply a difference of opinion between
people that creates a problem to.be solved. A fight is a
. personal attack; its purpose is not to solve problems but
to vent feelings. Whether, a conflict: becomes a fight
depends on how it is handled.
There are constructive ways of dealing with conflict which
lead to problem solving. Learning these skills can make
family conflict a good deal less trying and improve the
family atmosphere considerably.
First, pick a time and place to deal with conflict. Avoid
trying to deal with conflict during "hassle times" or when
people are tired, tense,-or preoccupied.
Second, use communication skills to help resolve
conflicts. When families listen well, describe their
feelings clearly, and ask clarifying questions they are
better able to solve problems.
Finally, know which conflicts to avoid. There are some
family conflicts that cannot be resolved even with the
most sensitive handling.
The thing that strong families have going for them is not
that they don't disagree, but that they know bow to make
up. Developing pattérns of reconciliation is an important
step in building family strengths.
A conflict is really no more than a problem to be solved.
The goal is to solve the problem. Strong families keep
this goal in mind as they deal with conflict.
Educational programs conducted by the Texas Agricultural
Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of
socio-economic level, race, color, sex, religion, handicap or
TEXAS AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE
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