New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 22, 2005, Page 4

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung December 22, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, December 22, 2005 FORUM Our Opinion Buying locally is money well spent Going holiday shopping in Comal County makes dollars and cents for local businesses and the community as a whole. r minting today, there’s just three short shopping days left until (Christmas. Just three days to get those gifts you’re kicking yourself for not getting earlier. just three days to find that special someone a special present at this special time of year. But procrastinators should take heart. Chances are that special gift can be found right here in Comal County. it s a rite of the season for shoppers to stream into department stores, malls and outlet centers to swim through hordes of people conducting their own searches for the perfect holiday gift. But not enough local residents realize how many shopping options Comal County' offers — and many times you don’t have to play tug-of-war for that last action figure. From major department stores to mom-and-pop craft shops to antique shops of all shapes and sizes, New Braunfels and Comal County give shoppers many opportunities to find something special for the loved ones in our lives. And buying locally supports those businesses and keeps those dollars in Comal County, thereby supporting local workers and their families. Its a win-win scenario — customers give money to local businesses to purchase their presents, which in turn gives local businesses and the economy a boost. Maybe that should be a give-give scenario. Whatever you want to call it, buying locally makes good sense. Support local businesses this season. It s an investment in the season and an investment in our community. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of2005. There are nine days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1944, during the World War ll Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe reportedly replied “Nuts!" when the Germans demanded that the Americans surrender. On this date: In 1775, a Continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious American colonies. In 1807, Congress passed the Embargo Act, designed to force peace between Britain and France by cutting off all trade with Europe. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to President lincoln: “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.” In 1894, French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. (Dreyfus was eventually vindicated.) In 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President Roosevelt. In 1963, an official 30-day mourning period following the assassination of President Kennedy came to an end. In 1984, New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him. In 1989, Romanian President Nicolae Ceauses-cu, the last of Eastern Europe's hard-line Communist rulers, was toppled from power in a popular uprising. In 2001, Richard C. Reid, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers. Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels anti Comal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis ■iittiiifmm GUESTCOLUMN Teacher touched many lives Even now, as the holidays begin and another academic semester ends and I’m hastily filling out grades and evaluating the performance of the college students who took my classes, I often think back to the important teachers in my life. When I was a child, I remember being fascinated with the role of the teacher. My parents had bought some spirit masters used for mimeograph copying, and I dreamed of the day that I could use those spirit masters, teaching my own classes. Today, my wife thinks I spend too much time preparing and planning my classes, but I love it! It is the fulfillment of my dreams from first grade. My first-grade teacher at Lamar Elementary in New Braunfels was Jennie Wimberly. I only went to Lamar three years before being transferred to Carl Schertz Elementary as die New Braunfels Independent School District sought to comply with school integration in the early 1970s. Back then, I really thought myself grown up when my parents would let me walk the mile or so home from school. At Lamar, I had my only two fights of my school years — one with Tony and the other with Ruben. I never got in trouble for those fights. I only got in trouble for horsing around during PE. My good friends were Tony, Kelly and Matt, and we all played “Star Trek" out in the playground. It was also at Lamar where I learned what the showing your middle-finger meant, and when my dad saw me do this to some other kid, I got in trouble for that one, too. I loved Mrs. Wimberly. She was always very encouraging and supportive of us little kids. I don’t think she was ever mean, but she did demand that children behave. Everyone was frightened of the other first-grade teacher, Mrs. Schuman, but she was wonderful to me. I remember she once gave me a big hug. That was something! Both had taught for many years, and Mrs. Schuman retired a year of so before Mrs. Wimberly did. There was a big school ceremony for each. I just learned that Mrs. Wimberly passed away recently. I hate to admit that I ve not thought about her for many years, and that’s sad. because whether or not she ever knew it, she really influenced me. I ’m just one of hundreds of students she taught, and many probably remember her and what she meant. Thanks, Mrs. Wimberly, for all your hard work, patience and love. You were a great teacher who made a difference in the lives of your students. You were a great teacher that helped inspire a poor kid stay in school, get a PhD and teach others. I hope that one day my students will remember me as fondly as yours do you. LETTERS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. GENEPREUSS Cene Preuss, a former resident of New Braunfels, is an assistant professor of history at the Unii>ersity of Houston. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor c/o Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- zeitung.com HOW TO CONTACT United States ilillm Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: http://hutchison.senate.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: http://cornyn.senate.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: http://lamarsmith.house.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 ■ Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: http://www.house.gov/cuellar SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government iiiimiimii GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 E-mail address: jeff. Wentworth® senate, state.tx. us ■ Judith Zaffirini PO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Spying flap the latest example of Bush thinking he’s above the law MOLLYIVIWS Molly Win is a columnist for Creators Syndicate. She also does occasional commentary for National Public Radio arui the McNeil/Lehrer program. AUSTIN — Uh-oh. Excuse me. I’m so sorry, but we are having a constitutional crisis. I know the timing couldn’t be worse. Right in the middle of die wrapping paper, the gingerbread and the whole shebang, a tiny honest-to-goodness constitutional crisis. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country: Damn the inconvenience, filii speed ahead. On his own, without consulting the Congress, the courts or the people, the president decided to use secret branches of government to spy on the American people. He is, of course, using 9/11 to justify his actions in this, as he does for everything else — 9/11 happened so the Constitution does not apply, 9/11 happened so there is no separation of powers, 9/11 happened so 200 years of experience curbing the executive power of government is some thing we can now overlook. That the president of the United States unconstitutionally usurped power is not in dispute. He and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales both claim he has the right to do so on account of he is the president. Let’s try this again. The president is not above the law. I wish I thought I were being too pompous about this, but the greatest danger to our freedom always comes when we are scared or distracted — and right now, we are both. One of the more annoying things about this usurpation of power is that it is both stupid and unnecessary. As large numbers of people have pointed out, it takes almost nothing to get a warrant to do what Bush has been doing illegally. Here is a curious fact about the government of this country spying on its citizens: It always goes wrong immediately. For some reason, it s not as though we start with people anyone would regard as suspicious and then somehow slip gradually into spying on the Girl Scouts. We get it wrong from the beginning every time. Never seem to be able to distinguish between a terrorist and a vegetarian. The Department of Defense has just proved this yet again with its latest folly of mistaking a flock of Florida Quakers for a threat to overthrow the government. A few months ago, a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth tried to check out a copy of Mao’s “little Red Book" and wound up being interviewed by two Feds. Cointelpro and all those misbegotten Nixon-era spy programs were always making ludicrous mistakes. The usual suspects, such as that silly congressman Dan Burton, solemnly try to scare us with the dread specter of war, as though they alone are the hard-headed pragmatists, while only woolly minded liberals care about the Constitution. “Don’t these people realize we’re at war?” Well, yes. Why that justifies treating Unitarians like Islamofascists is beyond me. This is the same pattern we have seen with Bush when it came to the Geneva Conventions for handling prisoners and to using torture. Not only does he consider himself above the law, he has surrounded himself with people who keep inventing perverse readings of the Constitution to justify him. Makes it especially nice to hear him go on about the importance of bringing democracy to Iraq. Bush defended his actions Monday by saying it was part of “connecting the dots.” A painful moment, since die 9/11 Commission just finished giving this administration grades of D and F in terms of preventing another terrorist attack — and it has jack-all to do with wiretapping. This administration has cried wolf so many times using the national security excuse it has lost all credibility. Bush just could not resist that especially nasty little fillip at the end: blaming the people who reported die problem. As though the sin were telling the people of this country what is happening, what is being done in our name with our money, as though we have no right to know. From my point of view, Bush has made one terrible decision after another concerning national security, from how I lomeland Security money was spent to attacking Iraq. The New York Times is not responsible. ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: December 22, 2005

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