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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page May OUR OPINION SVHS coach measures success as a team effort When the Rangers battle for a berth in the state tour nament they will do so as a No single individual will de cide the The Rangers will win as a whole or lose as a Wi rayne Daigle has created a power house softball team at Smithson Valley High School by emphasiz ing hard work and a team first During his tenure as soft ball Daigle has won a state championship and has consistently led the Rangers to the state tour He does so with a boot camp mentality in prac using each moment to emphasize that the difference between winning and especially in the can be a single Last the Rangers made that mistake and saw their season end short of the state tourna the Rangers hope to make amends for that mistake when they take on San Antonio The winner advances to the final Daigles emphasis on the details is evident when he insists on playing only a single game against each playoff He feels the hard work his team has put in will pay off when the games mean the So hes been proven Another amazing aspect is that while Daigle has one of the best teams in the he refuses to give credit to any single While most coach es regularly report Smithson Valley refuses to do even when the media Daigles thought process is The Rangers win as a team and lose as a His belief that even the smallest mistake can derail the team makes each player equally When the Rangers battle for a berth in the state tournament they will do so as a No single individual will decide the The Rangers will win as a whole or lose as a That attitude is refreshing in a sports world where everything seems to be We con gratulate the Rangers on a remarkable season and wish them the best tonight and hopefully for two more games to TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is May the 146th day of There are 219 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On May the evacuation of Allied troops from began during World War On this date In Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and In years Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in In arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the In the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on all remaining In Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the embassy in HeraldZeitung Serving New Bratinfcli rmrf Comal County since Newlfaunfeis Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until W Managing Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Jff Fawter Operations Director News Editor Dnyldjuphahfli WHATHAPPENEP GUESTCOLUMN Hispanics In honor of a proud its time to achieve I overheard a conversation the other An educator told a local officer working for the DARE program that all he would need to teach the minority students he encountered was how to be put under This comment is indicative of the kind of prejudice our town grapples with to this An undercurrent of ethnic prejudice still exists in this a fact many will if not open then in their I readily acknowledge all the good people of every ethnicity who make v this city a better It is not for them that I write this article but for those who still harbor and especially for those who are willing victims of As a Hispanic concerned with our citys I make the following statement Our descendants will live sidebyside for years to and it is our responsibility to create a harmony between all now and in the It is unjust that decades since integration there are still boundaries that separate As the granddaughter of a migrant worker who used education and determination to make a better life for his I dont speak from a position of privileged My familys story is one that many people Hispanic and otherwise can relate to hard per severance and the grace of God to save the There are many respectable and hardwork ing Hispanics living in this who guard their love their families and contribute so much to their because one bad apple spoils the I take issue with those Hispanics who make it easy for our ethni city to be looked down upon in New Braunfels those who propagate the drug culture and the negative perception of our ethnicity in this town and throughout In a city where too many readily condemn the members of traditionally underrepre sented groups are obligat ed to act without That means an end to emulating the drug and hiphop Why should we imitate gangsters and rap stars who glorify violence and drugs in their music Why should we view what is dishonorable as commanding of respect Why should we under value education Why shouldnt we work harder ASHLEEN KELLY Ashleen Menchaca Kelly of New Braunfels recent ly completed her first year at Trinity Universi ty and is a 2004 Canyon High School in school Why should we have such a high rate of teen pregnancy Why should we make it easi er for people to I told you We have a vibrant culture heritage behind one that is equally central to this town as its German We have so much to are a vital part of this community and can become even more of Let all especially those of my gen go out in the town and Achieve We are so much more than what many would limit us limitations that we often allow to be imposed on We cannot force the hearts of the prejudiced to but we can take away ammunition for United Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fex 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fex 202 2282856 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780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Lawmaker Antigay marriage bill fuels flames of bigotry MOLLYJWMif Molly Ivin is a colum nist for Creators Syndi She also does occa sional commentary for National Public Radio and the McNeillLehrer AUSTIN Here in the National Laboratory for Bad its duck and cover time the Legislature is in The CaritShake YourBooty bill passed the sav ing us all from the scourge of sexy But nothing else is getting The state is being run by people who do not know how to Keep in mind that based on past whatever lunacy is going on in Texas will eventually sweep the Rarely are the words of one state legislator worth national but when Senfronia a black representa tive from stalks to the back mike with a certain get outofmyway look in her bar the Here is Thompson speaking against the Legislatures recent folly of putting a superfluous antigay marriage measure into the state constitution I have been a member of this august body for three and today is one of the alltime low We are going in the wrong in the direction of hate and fear and discri we all know what this is about this is the politics of divisive ness at its a wedge issue that is meant to this is a distraction from the real things we need to be working At the end of this this Legisla this leadership will not be able to deliver the people of Texas fundamental and fair answers to the pressing issues of our Lets look at what this amendment does not do It does not give one Texas citizen meaningful tax It does not reform or fully fund our education sys It does not restore one child to CHIP Childrens Health Insurance Program who was cut from health insurance last It does not put one dime into raising Texas Third World access to health It does not do one thing to care for or protect one elderly person or one child in this In it does not even do anything to protect one this bill is about hate and fear and When I was a small white folks used to talk about protecting the institution of marriage1 as What they meant was if people of my color tried to marry people of Chisums youd often find the peo ple of my color hanging from a Fifty years white folks thought inter racial marriages were a threat to the in stitution of Im a Christian and a proud I read the good book and do my best to live by I have never read the verse where it Gay people cant I have never read the verse where it Thou shalt discriminate against those not like I have never read the verse where it Lets base our public policy on hate and fear and discrimina Christianity to me is love and hope and faith and forgiveness not hate and I have served in this body a lot of and I have seen a lot of promises now that blacks and women have equal you turn your hatred to and you still use your misguided reading of the Bible to justify your You want to pass this ridiculous amendment so you can go home and about what De clare that you saved the people of Texas from what Persons of the same sex cannot get married in this state Texas law does not now recognize samesex civil religious domestic contractual arrangements or Christian blessings entered into in this state or anywhere else on this If you want to make your hateful political statements then that is one thing but the Chisum amendment does real It repeals the contracts that many single people have paid thou sands of dollars to purchase to obtain medical powers of powers of hospital joint owner ship and support You have lost your This is I thought we would be debating eco nomic property tax protecting seniors pensions and stem cell research to save lives of Texans who are waiting for a more abundant Instead we are wasting this bodys time with this political stunt that is nothing more than discrimi The prejudices exhibited by members of this body disgust Last Republicans used a politi cal wedge issue to pull little vulnerable of the homes of loving parents and put them back in a state orphanage just because those par ents are Thats I have listened to the I have listened to all of the I want you to know that this amendment is blowing smoke to fuel the hellfire flames of Then they passed the i   

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