The Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 9, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 25, 1992 Page: 4 of 12
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PAGE 4, Seminole (Texas) Sentinel, Wednesday, November 25,1992
_by M. Gene Dow, Publisher
FROM THE SCRIPTURES -'Suffer the little
children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of
such is the kingdom of God." Mark 10:14
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We hate to bring up the matter of sex education in
public schools, but with the State Legislature in
session on public school matters, we feel that parents
and school patrons should be alerted to what is being
Pregnancy and Parenthood
Advisory Council (APPAC). The
Legislature is likely to be
considering a bill which will
include some sort of mandated
sex education and school-base 1
Sex curriculum and Health
Services sounds innocent, maybe
even helpful to some vulnerable
age groups. But when you see what is being proposed,
it will make you sick.
The Sentinel has received an outline of the
APPAC’s proposed "age-appropriate and
comprehensive, scientifically valid human sexuality
education" from a state-wide law enforcement
agency, along with some sample generic letters to
state legislators and the governor, expressing
opposition to this kind of sex education. So we feel
that it is a real threat, not just a charade.
* * *
THE OLD INDIAN CHIEF SAYS-"Children have
more need of models than of critics.
* * *'
The Council wants sex education mandated in
grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
On the K-3rd grade level, mind you, these are kids
only 5 to 8 years old, the curriculum will include
body parts and their function, sexual intercourse,
living together without marriage, gay and lesbian
relationships, masturbation, and abortion.
Fourth through seventh graders (age 9-12) will be
taught ways to have genital intercourse without risk
of pregnancy; homosexual relationships being as
fulfilling as heterosexual relationships; facts that gay
men and lesbians can form families, adopt children;
and masturbation for sexual outlet during puberty.
These subjects will be expanded on for 7th to 10th
graders (ages 12-15), teaching that sexual orientation
is not a choice that it cannot be changed through
therapy or medicine; size and shape of the private
body parts; ability to be a good sex partner; locating
agencies that do not require parental permission and
kept confidential; the right to make your own
decisions about reproductive matters; and sexual
arousal by thoughts, feelings, sights, sounds and
Tenth through*!2th (ages 15-18) will be taught that
it is only the woman’s right to Chose an abortion; that
some personal beliefs are not relevant to religious
teachings and traditions; that erotic images in the arts
do not contribute to inappropriate sexual behavior;
commonly shared sexual behavior; even the gay and
lesbian telephone number is given out.
And to top it all off, the Council is asking that the
TEA provide technical assistance and consultation
that will emphasize dealing with the opposition-
concerned parents. This will mean using tax dollars of
the very parents who oppose this sex education to
oppose the parents.
Surely this kind of trash will not be passed along
by the state legislature, but you never know.
I don’t know about you, but I believe sex
education should be left in the hands of parents-right
or wrong-and is not the responsibility of
government. The sex education given |hus far has
only seemed to stimulate more sexual activity, more
teen pregnancy, more diseases, more homosexuality,
Pardon us if this offends any of you, but it is time
it was brought to your attention. If you oppose such
proposals you should write your representatives.
DID YOU KNOW-Your representatives’
addresses and telephone numbers appear often on the
Sentinel’s Opinion Page.
by Lyndell Williams
'Fair Share" plan;
Governor's staff grows
AUSTIN—Speaker Gib Lewis says he might be
eating Thanksgiving dinner on the CapitoT grounds
Scenes from the front window
John and Mary Alice Neilson of Fort Davis have
a slogan: "Have view, don’t have to travel." •
They travel occasionally, but their favorite
activity is to observe the passing scene in front of
their living room window.
The Neilsons moved to Fort Davis twenty years
ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin. John is a retired
Army officer who later picked up another
retirement from Marshall Field, where he sold
men’s clothing. Mary Alice worked in various
in Fort Davis. He’s been president of the historical
In the mid 60’s they started thinking about a society, worked with the Red Cross and helped
place to live in retirement. They wanted to get
away from the severe winters in Wisconsin, so they
They decided that Florida and California were
too crowded, the gulf states had too much humidity
and too many snakes, alligators and mosquitos.
Arizona had too many old people.
So they looked at Texas.
The Reader’s Digest had just come out with a list
of good retirement cities. Alpine was one of them,
so John and Mary Alice came down to look around.
They ventured over to Fort Davis and found a ten
acre tract of land that immediately impressed both
of them. They bought it that night.
They returned to Wisconsin to finish their
working years, plan their home and read the Alpine
newspaper, which carried news from Fort Davis.
By the time they moved to Fort Davis six years
later, they knew a lot about their new community.
The home they designed is in a natural setting.
Native plants and flowers help provide a sanctuary
for birds and small animals. John and Mary Alice
are fascinated with the wildlife they observe from
their front window.
stage the city’s July 4th festival every year.
Mary Alice has been president of the Art
Association in Fort Davis and worked as a
volunteer at the Fort. She is also a professional
photographer taking most of her pictures from the
front window of her home. Her work has been
published in a national photography magazine and
she has had exhibits of her photographs in galleries.
She didn’t get into photography until she moved
to Fort Davis. "I remember going out on my deck at
8 A.M. one morning and shooting my first roll of
film," she says. Fortunately, it turned out good."
She photographs clouds, flowers, birds and the
view in front of their home. "I just document our
ever-changing scene. I’m looking out the window a
lot and whenever a change occurs in the clouds, the
sun, the shadows, I’rr there to take the picture."
She has photographed her front view at different
times of day under a variety of sky conditions. "I
gel an excited feeling inside of myself and I can’t
stand it until I take the picture of what I see."
Mary Alice considers her photography a
hobby. She sells her pictures for $5 each at her
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John has become the town greeter, helping c^urch fair each fall. A popular seller is one that
tourists find things around the area and telling them s*10ws lbc setting moon behind the church,
some local history. He has letters from visitors who Both John and Mary Alice admit they feel
have appreciated his assistance. John has played mighty lucky to have found Fort Davis. "We’re
Santa Claus practically every year since he’s been happy as larks," says John.
Texas taxpayers mugged by prison costs
By JOHN SHARP
Second in a four-part series recent Texas prison spending is the length of the average prison sentence
Ruiz lawsuit. On June 29, 1972, in- handed down in Texas courtrooms has
In the past six years, Texas voters mate David Ruiz filed a handwritten gone up by 51 percent, but the average
have approved $1.5 billion in bonds to petition in federal district court, claim- prison sentence actually served has
if the House can’t muster 100 votes to pass a
constitutional amendment on school finance
reform. Lewis adjourned the House last Friday
morning stating, "We have some more work to
Seeking to comply with a court-imposed June 1
deadline, Gov. Ann Richards urged House
members to stick with her "Fair Share Plan," which
by week’s end still needed 14 votes for approval.
Any constitutional amendment must be
approved by two-thirds vote in both the House and
Senate; the Senate easily approved the issue
several days earlier.
But the plan, endorsed by Richards, Lt. Gov.
Bob Bullock and Lewis, has stalled in the House
where 58 Republicans control more than one-third
of the votes and are joined by scattered
Republican House members appear to be
stalling until the regular session, when
Republicans, for the first time in more than 100
years, will control over one-third of the Senate
Governor’s Payroll Grows
Meanwhile, Gov. Richards drew criticism after
reports that despite her frequent calls for
government to tighten its belt, she has nearly
doubled the size of her office staff.
The Houston Post looked at the governor’s
office and found that the number of staff members
had grown from 185 when Gov. Bill Clements
stepped down, to 337, according to figures
released by the state comptroller.
Responding to the Post article, Richards said
she had instructed her staff to begin making cuts.
She said some of the additional employees are
justified because "this has been a far more activist
office than probably in a long time."
Richards also said the federal government and
the Legislature have given the governor’s office
more responsibilities. "When they give you a job
to do, you have got to have the people to do it,"
However, she said, she does not believe all the
personnel growth is justified.
Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, chairman of
the House Republican Caucus, said the increase in
Richard’s staff was outrageous. "She’s going to
have to look at home before she talks about other
people trying to cut. She needs to get rid of some
of her staff and get down to where the rest of iis
Clements’ appointments secretary James
Huffines said; "If her own bureaucracy has almost
doubled in two years, what kind of message does it
send to other state agencies?"
Other agency records: Attorney General Dan
Morales’ staff grew by 32 percent; State Treasurer
Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s by 16 percent; and
Comptroller John Sharp’s by 14 percent.
Making staff reductions were Agriculture
Commissioner Rick Perry, 10 percent; and Land
Commissioner Garry Mauro, four percent.
Phone Inquiry Dropped \
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle
said he will not prosecute Mauro for allegedly
making political calls with state telephones.
Earle, a Democrat, who heads the Public
Integrity Unit which investigates wrongdoing by.
state officials, said, "It is the opinion of this office
that the evidence does not warrant further
investigation and criminal prosecution."
Mauro, who Was President-elect Bill Clinton’s
state campaign manager, apologized publicly after
an audit showed 1,440 calls were made to political
offices by Mauro and his staff.
Earle said a review of records showed MaurO
has consistently reimbursed the state at a minimum
of $25 per month since 1984 to cover any
incidental phone use. Records failed to show a
conscious pattern of misuse: of state property fnr-
pay for new prisons, the largest prison ing unconstitutional conditions in the gone down by almost 30 percent. Wc rvilitiral nrrcnnal nnmncpc "
»vnancinn nmnr,m i« -T-______:...............___an* rvrlino rnnvirts out to make room political Or personal purposes.
expansion program in United States Texas prison system, where he was are cycling convicts out to make room
history. When these latest cells are serving his second term after some 30 f°r new arrivals a direct result of
completed, the Texas prison system arrests. After more than 20 years and stricter judicial sentencing and politi-
will dwarf the corrections facilities of a series of sweeping reforms parties to cal pressure on public officials to get
entire nations—in fact, of every west- puiz case ^ saj(j t0 ^ c|ose to tough” on crime,
em nation but one: our own. signing what might be the final settle- ‘ No one is suggesting that we
And it’s still not enough. ment to the most far-reaching and shouldn’tprovideenoughprison space
Astonishingly, according to some ™ prisoners’ rightsuit in U.S.
than 28,000 prison beds short after ButthishabiwalcriminalfromAus-
the current construction is complete, tin—now serving a life term for aggra- right to know that we will be tough
To build those additional prisons vated robbery with a deadly weapon— with brutal felons by taking them off
and operate them for just one year has left us a legacy forwhichwewillbe our streets and keeping them off.
would cost an additional $1.1 bil- charged for decades to come
lion. We’re spending $877.4 mil- A]f. . - 1Jft. ... , But the notion that our resources are
*lion to run our orisons this year— Although there *s bttle doubt th®t infinite and that we can pour them into
four toes wha. we're spending on ^nswithouishrm^tangingimpor-
textbooks for our public school s.u- cost TexmsbilHons of dollars. W “S Z
dents. And by 1996 prison operat- ablv most sicnificantisthe 1985 acree 8rams—Programs that m,ght u,t1'
ine costs are exoected to crow to *y most significant is the 1985 agree mately reduce the Texas crime rate—
ing costs are expected to grow to ment that forced the state to reduce the ■ that h„
more ton $1.2 billion-to fastest overall prison po^on by 5,000 in- 15 m,s*u,ded Now ‘ha' Texas has
growing item in our state budget. males a[)d imposed a js^^t-of-
I don’t know about you or your capacity cap. Despite the nearly 52,000
loved ones, but none of this spending prison beds we’ve approved in the past
has made my family feel any safer. six years, this cap and other factors ^ .
Criminal in«tir* pvrvMfc »*>ii nc that have helped push the overcrowding Texas Crime, Texas Justice demon-
Criminal justice experts tell us that ou,in,oour county jails, where slrat<!s •*“ staggering costs of our
one of evety four Texans w.il be the state prisons are prison system have done little to make
vtctim of a violentcnme at some point ; ^tantoies. Texans feel safer. We hope the report
during our lives. But even those of us TOs y ^ to J^ost of state will serve as a catalyst in the coming
onha|estatistic°arr^inTm!reoo|Phv payntentslolocalcountieswillbeSI 13 w“ks for law enforcement experts
of tot statistic are being mugged by ^Uan_andwiUstjUfallaneuimateli and ordinary Texans alike to refocus
the pnee lag of our prison system. $100 million short. the public debate over crime and our
One of the driving forces behind Meanwhile, in the last 10 years, the criminal justice system. ★
• A bill filed last week by Rep. Bill Carter, R-
Richland Hills, would allow people 21 or older ip
carry concealed weapons once they passed a
mandatory training program and received a state
license. Speaker Lewis said, "allowing Texans to
carry guns for self-defense would probably
earned a reputation for being the best
at building prisons, it’s time to build a
reputation for making sure our young
people don’t wind up in them.
How to contact your
If you have questions, and want answers, to any subject
that involves our elected lawmakers, both state and
national, here is how to get in touch with them:
Lloyd Bentsen, Democrat Phil Gramm, Republican
Room 703, Hart Bldg. Room 179, Ruiiell Bldg.
Waahington, D. C. 20510 Waihington, D. C. 20510
Telephone,; (202) 224-5922 Telephone: (202) 224-2934
Larry Com best, Republican
19th Congrenional District
1527 Long worth HOB
Washington, D. C. 20510
Telephone (202) 225-4005 - FAX # 202-225-9615
John T. Montford
28th Senatorial District
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station, Room 118
• Austin, Texas 78711
telephone: (512) 463-0128
Fax: (512) 463-0326
c/o House of Representatives
Capitol Station, Room 305
Austin, Texas 78711
Telephone: (512) 463-0678
Fax: (512) 463-1094
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Dow, M. Gene & Fisher, David. The Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 9, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 25, 1992, newspaper, November 25, 1992; Seminole, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth832398/m1/4/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gaines County Library.