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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page May HeraldZeitung Strvtot New tlnvrtftts mi Cmti Camty ima Nsw BrmnfMs ZtftuhB WM founM 1852 Ntw BnwnfMs HtraM founded Ttw MO papers nwged in 1957 and printtd in fatim and Entfish until EtfftOt fcfld PklDttAfW Director By The Associated Press Today is May the 136th day of There are 229 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On May the first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Holly wood Roosevelt The movie Wings won best while Emit Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best On this date In Marie age married the future King Louis XVI of who was In Congress authorized minting of the first fivecent also known as the Shield In the Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of the 11 articles of impeachment against In actor Henry Fonda was born in Grand In Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict In the Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your starring Ethel Merman as Annie Oak opened on In a Big Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the in the wake of die U2 In Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount In five people were killed when a New York Airways idling atop the Pan Am Building in midtown toppled sending a huge rotor blade In Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the Ten years ago President Bill Clinton publicly apologized for the notorious Tuskegee experi in which government scientists deliberate ly allowed black men to weaken and die of treat able The space shuttle Atlantis docked with Russias Mir In President Mobutu Sese Seko ended 32 years of autocratic giving control of the country to rebel Five years ago The White House defended President Bush for not disclosing intelligence before the 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden wanted to hijack saying there had been no specific The remains of kid napped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were unearthed in One year ago The Pentagon released me first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the military headquarters building and killing 189 people on LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 e mall them to if GUESTCOLUMN What does city council anyway On a trip to San Antonio a friend of my 11 year old son asked me What does city council anyway After spending ten minutes explaining I glanced into the back seat and saw that both he and my son had fallen fast to children and many the reality of city council duties can be about as exciting jas watching paint With all the hoopla in I the media it may iseem that river issues jj dominate the efforts and actions of our city govern Nothing could be farther from the In I the two years that I have served on city council we have had more than 120 Fewer than five have included Afeu Braunfels issues related to the riv councilwoman Complainers about the Kathleen Krueger pro and are fix represents District ated on river City Council is On 30 to 40 subjects related to the operation of our city are discussed and voted on at each regular city council In oth er each council member potentially casts nearly votes a Agenda given to us before each are from 125 to 300 pages They include detailed reports and commentary from city devel agricultural experts or anyone else with expertise or an opinion related to the decisions we must Outside of regular council mem bers gather frequently for workshops where the most detailed minutiae of a specific issue are Now this is where the paint really begins to Topics range from architectural design standards for new to floodplain to street to land scape to traffic calming to proposed zoning It is in these work shops that the most tedious presentations and discussions are held to find ways to improve the infrastructure and quality of life for resi dents of New And how many observers are in the audience during these evening discussions Anywhere from zero to Unlike county city council members receive no monthly have no nor personal Last a con stituent called me with a recycling Im so sorry to bother you at she No I assured my kitchen counter is my office On that kitchen I keep a notebook in which I list individual constituent with the assistance of the city manager and city the need has been successfully I place a check mark next to their In the past I have been called with questions about loud speeding flooding and snocone Walking doortodoor to answer questions about downzoning I have lingered to hear about my neighbors chil whether their ill husbands are feeling bet ter and what their hopes are for their These personal exchanges make all the hours spent watching paint dry worth What does city council do More than you might Falwell was major influence on Christian rights rise The Jerry who died in his office on Tuesday at the age was a seminal figure in the rise of what liberals despairingly called die Religious With out it is doubtful Christ ian fundamen Evangeli cal Christians and conserva tive Roman CALTNOMAS CathoUcs Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at would ever have mobi lized into the signifi cant voting bloc that elected Ronald Rea gan George Bush once and the current President As a vice president of the Moral Majority from 1980 to wit nessed the rise of this movement from the It had its including a focus on moral such as samesex mar a strong national defense and the cultural decline of the nation and the registering of many previ ously inactive people to participate in the political life of their All of these remain hotbutton The movement also had its down because it tended to detract from a Christians primary responsi bility of telling people the good news that redemption comes only through Jesus At this central message seemed to be replaced by one suggesting that a shortcut to moral renewal might come through Washington and the Republican Mainstream media loved the story of Christian conservatives coming out of the political because it created The daily battles between left and right and between the religious and secu lar sometimes resembled profes sional wrestling in their intensity and TV program hookers searched for the most outrageous and extreme people to debate Fal well because it brought them high if not understanding and Bill Movers hosted a TV special in 1980 on which he wondered where these religious conservatives had come Most of the media had missed the growing outrage at what conservatives regarded as liberal intrusion into their sacred tradi The outlawing of prayer in public schools in the early60s had deeply affected They had prayed as children and they won dered why the Supreme Court would not allow their children to pray or read the Bible in public It was the high courts 1973 abor tion that became the tipping point for religious con Falwell began to preach against abortion and to address what he regarded as a crumbling of Americas moral People who had heard him preach against the danger to the church when it became entangled with pol itics suddenly began hearing a dif ferent whose most famous sermon on the preached in was called Min isters and Marches in which he opposed Martin Luther Kings political began to follow least into the political Falwell had credibility with a large number of conservative pas because he knew them and because were concerned about the direction of the The flaw in the movement was the perception that the church had become an appendage to the Republican Party and one more special interest group to be pam If one examines the results of the Moral Majoritys little was accomplished in me political arena and much was lost in the spir itual as many came to believe that to be a Christian meant you also must be converted to the Republican Party and adopt the GOP agenda and its One had only to look at the histo ry of the religious left to see the dan ger in a shotgun marriage between church and Most liberal the ologians long ago gave up preach ing about another king and another kingdom in favor of baptizing the earthly agenda of the Democratic That too many conservative Christians followed their liberal opposites into the same error was to their shame and demonstrated they had missed an important Jerry Falwell did not fit the stereo type many sought to impose on He had a wicked sense of humor and he could be very gener I once took him to a meeting of innercity pastors and disadvan taged children in One young boy particularly impressed him and Jerry asked the boy to ride with him to the The boy told him hed like to go to college and Jerry gave him his phone When you graduate from high call You will have a full scholarship at Liberty The boys father So did Jerry liked to say that when he passed theyd put and the beggar died on his tombstone because he was constantly asking for That wont His legacy will be his He once said he wanted it to be like All of the rest is hay and 1600 Pwmivlvanla NW 20500 NAT KAY BAIUY HUTOMMON Rutted Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 202 2245922 AM 202 Write Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 146 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fan 210 3496753 Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 CONC3RES3MAN aj LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2409 20515 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