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Posts published in “Day: June 12, 2003”

How to survive this wet and wild summer

Tis June and hurricane season is upon us again. Are we going to have a big one this year or just get the remnants of one that hits someplace else?

Are you prepared? Will you stay here and ride it out or be one of the many in the massive traffic jam should one head our direction?

Having gone to the grocery store prior to one coming before, I will advise you strongly to go now and buy your water and canned goods because the stores shelves will be empty.

I am preparing our list and checking it twice. Water will be on my next few shopping trips as well as a few other items like instant coffee. Yuck you say but it’s better than nothing.

A few bottles of propane are on the list and I’ll keep the big one filled also.

How are you going to cook? Wal-Mart has the small propane grills over in the garden section for $29.95 and I bought one. Best grill for the money that I found and you will need something to cook any thawed out meat you’ll have when your freezer finally cools down.

We have candles and they are old but still useable. There are a couple of hurricane lamps in the attic and I may well drag them out. Of course it takes kerosene to make them work and I’ve had a gallon of it for several years now. I wonder it is still any good?

A manual can opener is a must because the electric ones are hard to operate manually, I guarantee it.

What will you eat? Canned beans get old quick. Fresh fruit does not stay fresh long.
One year we stocked up on canned goods and it took us what seemed like forever to finally go through and eat all of it.

The Mrs. ain’t much on canned tuna. We ate so much of it when we first got married, seems like she got her fill; that and Spam. Can you relate to something like that?

If you think you might need some plywood, best to get a few sheets now because there will not be any available afterwards; that or sheetrock.

Of course a roll of plastic would be useful and a heavy duty stapler to secure it with. That is something you gals can get yours truly for Fathers Day or an early Christmas gift.

Rubber boots will come in handy afterwards but they are not of much use when water is up to your belly button.

Saltine crackers keep a lot longer than loaf bread as do cookies and other crackers.

Best to take a count on your batteries. We keep all fresh batteries in a shoebox and have an assortment available for immediate use.

Flashlights are a must but the ones that use three or more batteries have a longer life and provide more light than the two cell flashlights. Rechargeable flashlights are great but once it runs down, how will you recharge it unless you have electricity, a generator or other means?

Load up on bug spray for you as well as for the house. The air conditioner will not be running and if you keep the doors open, flies, skeets and other insects will surely come in the house. The bug candles in bucket form are great for repelling the skeets.

Keep your cell phone charged because normal phone service is generally knocked out with down lines.

Hope this little bit of advice helps you and hope you never have to go through something that will huff and puff and blow your house down.

Now you’ll know what an acrostic is

Well, this is the day that so many of you have been waitin’ for, the naming of the winners of the Northeast News “Why I like Horsefeathers” contest. Believe me. I had no idea so m any of you were such creative folks It was not easy, in fact I could hardly make up my mind, so I am givin’ the first place prize, plus five CD’s to the top five places. Sor-ry, I couldn’t give every one of you who entered a CD but I do consider every one of you winners! You are the best folks in the world

Alright already! The winner is (are)…Michael and Jan Gucker of Crosby. Their winning entry was an acrostic using Horsefeathers, vertically. Now, the first time I saw an acrostic, I had to ask what is was, so here is the winning entry:

Honest writing
Outstanding stories
Really Interesting
Super talker
Equine reading
Full of cowboy poetry
Exciting to read
All-American
Today’s news
Historical tidbits
Entertaining Tales
Real Cowboy Way
Sensational article

Now that’s a great “acrostic” folks! Thanks to Michael and Jan for their support and to all the rest who sent in entries.

Winners of the autographed CD’s are:
Laura Kidder, Crosby; Joe Hausberger, Sr., Highlands; Janice Koopman. Houston; Ma-vis Jones, Houston: and Betty Jo Wisegerber. Dayton. Thanks!

On to some important happenin’s. I want to wish a happy anniversary to my pards Lindy and Amanda Murf of Crosby. I don’t know how he landed such a pretty gal, but he did and he must be behaving’ himself.

Thanks to Granny Gladys Adcox for her letter and support. Also, Laura Kidder of Crosby for sharin’ her story of a fine Crosby boy, Cody Bennett, who was killed by a drunk driver this Memorial Day.

I don’t even want to get started about drinkin’ and drivin’ cause I think that they should put them in jail for the rest of their natural lives and then ten years after they die. I’ll shut up though.

The lovely and charmin’ ‘Miss Judy” will be movin’ to the Rancho Pequito this week per-manently. We’re building, so she will have a new home and not have to sleep with the horses anymore. I know they’ll miss her, but that’s the breaks!

I’ll be on a short break with my family next week and then flying to Amarillo to teach and perform at the Cal Farley Box’s Ranch along with my friends, Red Steagall, R.W. Hampton, Elmer Kelton, Bob Campbell, Trey Allen and a whole passel of other talented folks,

After we return, I may be getting’ to work with the Baytown Little Theater (they mis-placed the Big Theater) on “Annie Get Your Gun”. It’s a sto-ry about women’s rights and how to train up a man! I will have a very important part. That’s right, I will be collecting tickets and cleanin’ up after the show! So stay tuned for more info.

To quote my ol pard, “Buf-falo Bob”, Hey kids, what time is it?” That’s right, it’s Crosby Fair and Rodeo time, folks. One of the best Fair and Rodeos in three counties is held in Juno every year so don’t you dare miss it! June 12th, 13th, 14’, every night. No Shuttle is needed here, so you can park pretty close.

I got to go shut the gate cause Charlie is feelin’ better and left ‘er open again. Stay cool.

Just a Ridin’, Lloyd

Proper Use of Antibiotics

PROPER USE OF ANTIBIOTICS

I ask you to imagine this setting: A mother takes her sick child to a medical clinic, and after an examination, the health care provider tells the family she has severe pneumonia. They are then told to prepare for the worst, because there is no effective treatment to offer the child.

You would probably guess that this episode occurred before the 1930’s and the advent of antibiotics. Although this scenario did play out many times before we had antibiotics, it is no exaggeration to state that this is not just a look back in time, but also a frightening glance into the near future.

The overuse of antibiotics has led to a serious crisis in which bacteria that were once easily killed by weak types of penicillin are now resistant to even the most potent synthetic “super antibiotics”. The scientific explanation for this phenomenon is that bacteria, although considered simple life forms, are “evolutionary geniuses”. They have a tremendous capacity to mutate and alter their genetic code to enable them to produce chemicals that can render antibiotics useless.

The primary cause of this crisis is that antibiotics are overused in this country at an alarming rate. There are many reasons for this state of affairs. Health care providers must shoulder the majority of the responsibility. We need to do a better job of educating and reassuring our patients regarding antibiotic use.

In addition, we must not bend to pressure from patients (and parents of patients) who sometimes insist, or even demand, an antibiotic when it is clearly not indicated. I appeal to each of you reading this article to work with your health care provider to slow down the rate of the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Of course, there are instances where the use of antibiotics are clearly necessary and indicated. This includes strept throat, acute middle ear infections, and pneumonia that is determined to be caused by bacteria and not a virus. Simple and uncomplicated cases of sinusitis and bronchitis do not always require antibiotics in the early stages if there are no complicating factors. Each of these cases must be evaluated individually.

One method that we commonly use in our clinic is a “back up” antibiotic prescription. For example, if a healthy, non-smoking patient has an early case of sinusitis or bronchitis that does not appear to be getting worse; we often suggest treating only the symptoms for several days. We discuss the possible complications or reasons that an antibiotic might become necessary if the condition does not improve. At that time we will issue an antibiotic prescription with the understanding it will be filled only if the condition worsens and will be accepted at the pharmacy for 10 days. This has resulted both in high patient acceptance and satisfaction and a definite decrease in unnecessary use of antibiotics.

The next time you go to your primary health care provider with symptoms of an upper or lower respiratory condition (sore throat, runny nose, post-nasal drip, cough, etc.), please have a discussion with the health care provider as to whether your condition may be a viral infection or an allergy that does not warrant the use of an antibiotic. If this situation is to be reversed, be guided by the following slogan: “LOOK FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY NOT TO USE AN ANTIBIOTIC WHEN POSSIBLE!”

Patricia Henderson MS, RN, C-FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Center for Family and Preventive Medicine
Affiliate of San Jacinto Methodist Hospital
14626 FM 2100, Ste. C
Crosby, Texas 77532
281-328-2568

Legislature finished, may meet again: Budget balanced, but redistricting, Robin Hood unresolved

By BOBBY HORN JR.

AUSTIN— Chicken Ds/ Killer Ds, Robin Hood and budget crisis. While these are the areas which the 78th State Legislature will most be remembered, there were literally hundreds of bills filed this session which will go unnoticed by most residents.

Hanging like a shadow over legislators was the worst budget crisis that the state has faced in a half century, with a $9+ billion budget shortfall that had to be reconciled.

Two of the biggest issues, redistricting and the “Robin Hood” funding of school districts, were not acted on by the time the session closed, and likely the Governor will call a special session later in the year to deal with one or both of these issues.

Our local Representative, Joe Crabb, is chairman of the committee that must deal with redistricting. However, he was not involved in the so-called Chicken D flight of 51 Democratic legislators, who fled to Oklahoma to avoid a vote on the issue, until it was too late.

Proponents of gambling won a major victory in Austin this session with a bill that will allow Texas to enter multi-state lotteries such as Powerball. This action, say backers, will bring in approximately $101 million to the state coffers. The legislature, did, however, give a thumbs-down to letting the Texas Lottery Commissioner operate keno games.

Family-related issues were popular among legislators. Among bills to pass was an abortion waiting period, which requires women seeking abortion to wait 24 hours and to receive printed material about fetal development.

The legislature also issued a legal definition of the term “embryo” and “fetus” as an individual that would allow prosecution of a person who deliberately harms and kills the fetus. This issue had gain nation-wide attention since the death of Laci Peterson and her unborn son in California. There is also an effort in Washington D.C. to pass legislation that would allow prosecution on the federal level and provide consistent enforcement across the country.

Another local legislator, Kevin Bailey, was deeply involved in investigating the Houston Crime Lab, and it’s failure to process DNA and other evidence properly. His bill requires licensing of these labs, which was not currently the practive in Houston.

The legislature also banned state recognition of same sex marriages or civil unions formed in other states. In a compromise with Gay rights advocates, legislators voted down a bill that would have prevented gay couples from serving as foster parents.

Tackling the issue of campaign reform, legislators passed a bill that would stiffen identification requirements for campaign contributors and would require office holders to report not only contributions and expenditures but cash on hand.

One bill, which has been attacked by family rights advocates, is the deregulation of college and universities’ tuition rates. This bill allows schools to set their own rates, which Texas A&M and the University of Texas officials say will likely rise as much as 40 percent. Locally, Lee College raised their rate a modest $4 per credit hour.

While literally hundreds of bills were passed by the joint houses this session, a similar number fell by the wayside. Among these not to pass muster was an initiative to raise cigarette tax as much as a $1 per pack, and a bill that would have banned drivers from using cell phones while operating a vehicle unless using a hands-free device.

Criminal Justice-related bills took a hit from legislators this session with three main bills failing, the first would have allowed juries the option of sentencing defendants to life in prison without parole for capital offenses. Currently, the choices given to juries are the death penalty or life with the possibility of parole.

Two other bills directly related to the death penalty were also defeated. The first would have placed a ban on sentencing someone to death if they committed the crime before they were 18 years old. The second would have created a pre-trial hearing to determine if a capital murder defendant is mentally retarded. The Supreme Court has already ruled that the mentally retarded cannot be executed.

Highlands Pilot Club announces new officers for 2003-2004

By Sylvia Barron

HIGHLANDS– Members of the Pilot Club of Highlands attended the monthly meeting and installation of officers on Monday, June 2 at the Teapot Depot, where they enjoyed a delicious dinner. Special guests were welcomed, including members of the Evening Pilot Club of Baytown, and the Pilot Club of West Chambers County. Debbie Rhodes, District Lt. Governor performed the installtion of new officers for the year 2003-2004.

Laura Dean presented special awards to Sue Norris and Sandy Gross and Becky Baumbach reported that the club received a trophy for Best Theme for the Relay for Life. We all were so thankful that it rained during most of the evening, that we gladly got soaked getting to our cars.

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Officers of the Pilot Club of Highlands for the year 2003-2004, l to r, seated: Janette Walker, Pres. Elect; Jean Stockwell, Pres.;Yvonne Doskocil, outgoing pres. and director for 2003-2004. Standing, Faylene Boddie, director, Nancy Porter, recording secretary; Betty Michalsky, corresponding secretary; Melissa Denson, director; Geenee Parrish, teasurer; and Ruth Gard, v.pres.

Ministerial Alliance invests Crusade offering into Community

HIGHLANDS– The Highlands & McNair Ministerial Alliance recently held the Jesus Day Crusade, with evangelist Doug Stringer, in the tent across from Gerland’s.

Participating churches included the Restoration House Church, Highlands First Assembly, and Highlands Second Baptist.

While planning this crusade, the ministers felt God was saying to invest the money from the offering back into the town of Highlands. While asking where to give this money, Pastor Phillip Morris felt God was saying the mission of the Church in Highlands is to rescue souls, and so the Alliance gave the money for the 911 emergency communications tower of the Highlands Fire Department.

The tower is used to rescue lives, which is the church’s mission also, said Pastor Morris.

The pastors hope the community appreciates the donation, and welcomes all to come to a service in a church of their choice.