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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas FORUM Other Opinion Too easy to blame ‘vitriol,’ politics for Ariz. shooting I’ditor's note: This editorial am written for the I he Huntsville (Texas) Item. it will be some time — if ever — before we know exactly why 22-year-old fared Loughner went to a shopping center in Tticson, Ariz., with his ('»lock 19 and shot Congresswoman Gabriefle Giffords and 13 other people on Saturday. But with a relentless 24-hour cable news cycle and its cycle of pundits, there also will be no shortage of commentary and speculation. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting — in which six people died and Cliffords was critically wounded — we agree with lister Beaird of the Sam 11< niston lea Party on two counts: There’s no evidence yet that I/)ughner was directly inspired by the anti-Congress rhetoric of the lea Party movement. And the Pima County sheriff, whose anguish is understandable, probably should have refrained from linking explicitly and with authority the heated tone of political discourse in Arizona with a disturbed young mans senseless act of violence while the ad and its perpetrator are still under investigation. We will Ik* hearing the word “vitriol” over and over while we talk to the point of exhaustion about who is to blame. The answer to that question is already obvious. And fry blaming other forces in society—such as the Might and l>eft as they duke it out verbally for control of g(»vemment — we let fared 1 oughner off the moral lwx)k. Granted, the crime scene does make it easy for those inclined to connect the dots for a sinister picture of the political Right. Loughner’s bullets hit a young moderate Democrat, a congresswoman who supported health care reform and opposed Arizona’s immigration law; a federal judge whose rulings also opposed the law; a bright little girl born on 9/11; a congressional aide; and bystanders who may have been present merely to take part in an exercise of open government And it’s easier to blame something that cannot he held accountable than it is to niiike real changes that could prevent yet another disaffected and unstable |K*rson from getting his hands on a gun and carrying it around concealed until he is ready to use it. Many of our elected leaders are huddled now in the sheltering halls of government, weighing the choice between closing themselves off from all public contact with their constituents or nobly taking their chances in hopes that the armed nuts who would fire on them are lurking about someone else’s district The third choice is to even up the odds by arming themselves. If so, let’s hope the elected official under attack sees the next fared Inughner coming and is quicker on the draw than he is. The sanest choice will not be discussed — not by lawmakers, community leaders and politically savvy pundits. Our broad Second Amendment rights are safe. And there is no tragedy big enough or shocking enough to change that. Ask Jim Brady, who, like Giffords, was one of the lucky ones. He survived. Herald-Zeitung Vm»»g Nrw flrmmfth and < onutl County nnct IBS2. New Braunfels Zettunfl was founded 185?. New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Editor and Publisher Managing Editor Circulation Director Business Manager Advertising Director Doug Toney Autumn Phillips Jeff Fowler Rosie Willingham Timothy Tergeoglou m minimum United States Government Letters to the Editor There was no three-year period with a Canyon Lake water rate increase In J. Louise Larson’s story about the Canyon Lake water rate hike (Sunday, Jan 9), she reports CLWSC agreed to a rate freeze three vears ago circumventing gradual rate increases. I challenge Mr. Hodge (CLWSC) to document a three-year period without a rate increase as both the base rate and usage rates increased December 2007 and January 2009. The usage rates were slightly reduced in September 2009 for less than 25,000 gallons of usage, but not back to the 2007 levels. So there has been no three-year period without a rate increase. Additionally, my bills reflect billing cycles have varied from 23 to 38 days of usage. Irregular billing cycles will charge customers unfairly when rates are tiered according to usage. Bette Gilbert Canyon Lake Do opponents of health care reform really understand benefits? The health care reform law that was enacted last year established a federal government-funded high risk pool to enable people with pre-existing health problems to purchase affordable insurance. To be eligible for the plan, an applicant must show proof that they have been denied health insurance coverage and must have not been insured for the previous 12 months. The premiums are set to be equivalent to what a person of the same age without a pre-existing condition would pay. For 2011, the monthly premiums by age range, for a plan that has a $2,000 deductible and a 20 percent co-payment after the deductible is satisfied, are very reasonable. If you are 40 years old, your premium is $313 per month; if 50, the premium is $400 monthly. Prescription drugs are included in the plan, with a separate deductible of $500. T he maximum yearly out-. <f-pocket expense that a policy holder must pay is $5,950. There is no lifetime cap on the amount the plan pays for your care. The plan provides preventative care, paid at 100 percent with no deductible, including annual physicals, flu shots, mammograms and other cancer screenings. More information and application forms can be obtained by visiting www.healthcare.gov The high-risk pool is one of many positive features of the new health care reform law. The health care reform has been portrayed by many as a bad thing. I wonder if its opponents have an accurate understanding of its benefits. Stephen Baird New Braunfels 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. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor do Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- zeitung.com Former NBHS band director Victor Kase wrote alma mater [/%( Q_ YbpfwtflMj} Around the Museum and Archives By Myra Lee Adams Goff In 1916, a unit of United States Army soldiers was on maneuvers from San Antonio and camped on the Landa Ranch overlooking Landa Park. One of those soldiers camping there was young Victor Kase, who would return to New Braunfels to become band director at New Braunfels I ligh School. Kase later said that the maneuvers were for the purpose of fighting Pancho Villa, should he advance this far. Returning to New Braunfels in the school year 1943-1944, Kase accomplished a great deal before leaving in 1947. He came here with 20 years of music education and performance to his credit. For the school, he wrote the alma mater, first the tune and then the words. He observed that the school only had a fight song “On New Braunfels.” It is thought that this song, substituting the words for "On Wisconsin” took hold here in 1916 when most of those same soldiers were from Wisconsin. More recent band director Joe Rogers wrote Seguin's alma mater. When I was in the seventh grade, NBHS included grades 7-12 at the Mill St. School, now the NBISD Administration building. Band was in the basement next to the boiler that heated the entire fctuilding. With Victor Kase directing the 1946 Centennial concert. concrete floors and padded walls, the band didn’t bother other classes. 1 remember Victor Kase in his smart, completely white military uniform in the tradition of John Philip Sousa. I will never forget George Goepf playing the piccolo solo in “Stars and Stripes Forever.” We played "El Capitan,” “National Emblem", “Zacatecas” and the list goes on and on. There were five seventh graders chosen to be in the big band in 1943-44 and I was fortunate to be one of them. Other seventh graders were Doyle Krueger, Allen Pittman, Shirley Rheinländer, and Gladys Werner. That year, we won first division in the marching competition in San Antonio. Lots of practice went into that competition in the Academy Avenue gym and up and down Mill Street. We were led by drum major Jack Darling and majorettes in military jackets with jodhpurs and high white b* >ots. They were Laura Jean Yates, Inez Wegeman, Kathleen Adams and Billie Lou Luckett. By 1947, Ke ,e had increased the majorette line to a total of eight. But Kase wasn’t only interested in band music; he was interested in pro moting an orchestra program with string instruments. He began a strings program at Carl Schurz Elementary. For the community, he began the New Braunfels Civic Orchestra. This orchestra featured guest artists as well. Kase, in his spare time, played with the San Antonio Symphony and filled in for local oompah bands. This community orchestra gave a concert for the celebration of the New Braunfels Centennial in 1946. A picture of the orchestra is at the Sophien-burg and reveals the names of about half of the participants. Log on to sophienburg.com for those names. When I think of band years, I remember a loyal, musically talented person, Gladys Werner (Reininger), who not only played the flute and piccolo for six years in the band and orchestra, but was also a majorette from 1946 to 1950. She comes by this musical talent naturally because her father, Eddie Werner, played the flute and piccolo with the Army Military Rand in World War I in Koblenz, Germany. His wooden flute and piccolo are the ones that his daughter played for her first years in the band. Victor Kase left New Braunfels in 1947 to teach in schools elsewhere. In 1977, at age 84, he made one last trip here to visit old friends. Merritt Schumann, who had been drum major in 1945-46, organized a get-together for former band members. Victor Kase died shortly thereafter, but left behind: “Our comradeship we'll ne’er forget those glorious days of yore, The blue and white for truth and right, shall live forever more.” PRESIDENT ■ Barack Obama 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 2409 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: 615 E. Houston St. San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government i i ) 11 f 111 i i 111 i ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512)463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Doug Miller EXT E1.216 P.O. Box 2910 Austin TX 78768-2910 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512)463-5896 ■ Edmund Kuempel Rm. CAP 3N.06 Austin TX 78701 Telephone: (512) 463-0602 E-mail address: edmund.kuempel @ house.state.tx.us STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address: jeff. wentworth @senate.state.tx.us NEWBRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Castell Ave. P.O. 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