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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Page 4 — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, March 8, 2011  GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT  Texas  Government  4  ■ Rick Perry  State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711  Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fex: (512) 463-1849  United States Government  PRESIDENT ■ Barack Obama  1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500  SENATE  ■ Kay Baiuey 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 Fox: (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  STATE HOUSE  ■ Doug Miller  EXT E1.216 P.O. Box 2910 Austin TX 78768-2910 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 463-5896  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  NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL  424 S. Castell Ave.  P.O. Box 311747,  New Braunfels, TX 78131-1747  (830) 221-4000  ■ Mayor Bruce Boyer bboyer@ nbtexas.org Telephone: Extension 4507  ■ Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata rzapata @ nbtexas.org Telephone: Extension 4501  ■ Dist. 2 Councilor Mark Goodner mgoodner@ nbtexas.org Telephone: Extension 4502  ■ Dist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra  mybarra@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4503  ■ Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte  snolte@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4504  ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Kathleen Krueqer  kkrueger@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4505  ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Diqoes  sdigges@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4506  Comal County  Commissioners' Court  199 Main Plaza  New Braunfels,Tx 78130  (830) 221-1100  ■ COUNTY JUDGE SHERMAN KRAUSE   krause@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1105  ■ PCT.1 COMMISSIONER DONNA ECCLESON  cctdme@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1101  ■ PCT. 2 COMMISSIONER SCOn HAAG   haagsc@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1102  ■ PCT. 3 COMMISSIONER GREG PARKER  cctgep@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1103  ■ PCT. 4 COMMISSIONER JAN KENNADY  cctjk@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1104  Editor and Publisher    Doug Toney  Managing Editor    Autumn Phillips  Circulation Director    j.« Fowler  Business Manager    R 0il * Willingham  Guest Commentary  Who changed the Sabbath to Sunday?  Re: Utter to the Editor "Keeping the Sabbath no longer applies today"  I just want to correct some of what was written by Myrtle V. Clark in a letter to the editor from Feb 25. God s eternal laws are written in the book of Exodus 20:1-17 and not 21-24. For the dietary laws, &££ 1 Q)rinthians  3:16-17 says 'Don’t  SBBr    sH     vnu ku ' n '  1,1,11 VO!l  ■"*'   ( i*xls temple and that (,ods Spir 9HL IB    i {  lives in you? For Gods temple is  sacred, and you are that temple " ~    Enjoying a healthful diet, refrain  ing from harmful substances, and getting adequate exercise, water JOHN    and rest are very important ways  RUSERIYE     to care  ^ or our bod y-temples.  These are not the commandments hut good recommendation for healthy living.  Sabbath in the Old Testament begins at creation (Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8; 31:12-17). It’s not for the Jews but for Gentiles (Isaiah 56:6-7). Jesus said that if we love him, we need to keep his commandments (John 14:15, 21-24). It’s not wise to reject what Jesus taught because he said until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished (Matthew 5:17-19). After Jesus’ ascension in heaven, the apostles continued to keep and teach all God’s laws including the Sabbath (Matthew 28:20). Paul taught and was sent to gentiles. He kept the Sabbath (Acts 13:14; 42-44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4). Paul’s letters contain some things that are hard to understand (2 Peter 3:16).  Nobody has the power to change or demolish God’s laws or else they become rebels against God’s government. Many people mistakenly use Acts 20:7 and 1 Cor. 16:2 to show that Paul changed the Sabbath to Sunday but these verses don’t prove that. The question is who changed it? Genesis to Revelation, there is no verse indicating any change. The claim of Sabbath changed to Sunday was by Roman Emperor Constantine the Great 321-325 AD, who became the first Christian King. Many believe that Sunday was instated by the Pope to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. Yet Jesus told us to remember these through Holy Communion as shown in Matthew 26:26-27 and 2 Cor. 11:23-25.  The Bible predicted this change in Daniel 7:25. It also warns us against following traditional laws instead of God’s laws (Matthew 15:3-9; James 2:10). Finally, it is true that we live in the new covenant. Through Jesus Christ, all people Jewish and Gentiles who accept Jesus are God’s children. No sacrificial animals from the old covenant are needed. Hebrew 8:10 as well as Jeremiah 31:33-34 says that God will put his laws in our minds and write them on our hearts.  God’s laws including the fourth are evident in the new covenant as well as today. I am not judging anyone but wish to acknowledge God’s word and His word only, which will endure forever (John 5:2-3).  — John Rasuriye is an ordained deacon at New Braunfels Seventh DayAdwntist Church.  Prince Carl’s to-do list: Cross Guadalupe with emigrants  FORUM  | Herald-Zeitung  Serving New Bmunfeh and Comal County utter 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  Letters to the Editor  Evolution is not a four-letter word  Mr. Bill Jones, in his rebuttal to my letter, has misinterpreted my criticism of Pastor Jones’ analysis of current events in Fgypt to be an attack on our own republic, it is common among conservatives to have an aversion to abstract concepts such as the process of development.  Pastor Dick Jones presented his interpretation of the January Egyptian revolt to public scrutiny, which I judged to be a misinterpretation of those events. You may disagree with my critique, Mr. jones, but you may not rewrite my letter to suit your views.  Steve Jobs neither discovered electricity, nor invented the integrated circuit, but he did develop an electronic gadget that sells in the millions of units. Similarly, the “explosion of scientific and governing advances” in Western Europe depended on ideas from ancient Greece, Persia and China.  The Scopes Monkey Trial tcxik place 80 years ago. Its legacy contaminates conservative thinking to this day. Evolution is not a four-letter word, Mr. Jones. I he process of development happens in technology, biology' and government.  Saul Adame New Braunfels  Let the Bush tax cuts expire in 2013  Modest adjustments to our federal tax rates can save $2.7 trillion over a decade. The Congressional Budget ()ffice (CBO) reported last August that if the Bush tax cuts were not extended, these savings would l>e realized. See:  http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Arti- cles/2010/08/23/Fxtending-Tax-Cuts-Could-Have-iluge-1 )ebt - Impact.aspx A Washington IY>st itrticle, also written last August stated. ‘ The CBO's baseline scenario assumes that the Bush-era tax breaks will expire, as current law provides. In that case, next year's deficit would fall to $1.07 trillion, or 7 percent of the country’s total economic output or gross domestic product according to agency estimates. By 2012, the deficit would  shrink to $665 billion, or 4.2 percent of GDP For the full text of the Post article, visit  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con- tent/article/2010/08/19/AR2010081906102.html I prefer the scenario where we retain the 10 percent bracket created by the Bush tax cuts to continue to provide that benefit to those with the lowest incomes. The 15 percent bracket remained the same under the tax cuts so the rate for that bracket would not be increased.  Therefore, reverting to the pre-Bush-era taxes would not affect families with taxable incomes under $68,000 (per the 2010 tax brackets). The other brackets would increase as follows: 25 percent moves up to 28 percent, 28 percent to 31 percent, 33 percent to 36 percent and 35 percent to 39.6 percent.  How much pain will these changes cause for Americans? A family with a $100,000 annual income will pay an extra $960 in taxes. Those making $200,000 would pay an extra $3960, an additional 2 percent of taxable income (after all exemptions and deductions have been subtracted from gross income.) To make your own calculations, you can do the math, using the tax information from:  http://taxes.about.eom/od/preparingyourtaxes/a  /tax-rates_2.htm Do any of us enjoy the prospect of paying higher taxes? Of course not, but the sacrifices of returning to pre-Bush-era taxes are really not going to turn family budgets upside down.  Will these changes affect the hiring practices of small businesses? Not at all. Any business, large or small, adds employees when demand for its product or services exceeds its ability to satisfy that demand with existing staff. The small increase in taxes that the vast majority of small businesses would pay with these new rates would not affect their ability to hire nor would it influence their hiring decisions.  I realize that Congress has extended the Bush tax cuts until the end of 2012. For 2013 and beyond, they’ll have a new decision to make on taxes. I hope they will do the right thing and let the cuts expire.  Stephen Baird New Braunfels  and christen the new baby Carolina Anna Bremer. Choose Prince Carl as theTaufpate (sponsor).  10. March 21,1845. Cross over the Guadalupe to the new settlement.  If I could hop in my time machine, what would my schedule be? What would I take?  1. Grab the cell phone, batteries and charger. What? No tower? A credit card for gas, rented car, hotels, food. No credit card? What will I do now?  2. I’m on the ship. These people have got to be kidding. Don’t they know “there’s no place like home”?  3. They’ve lost me on the seasick part. I’m out of here. Sing and it will go away. I start with “You Are My Sunshine” and end with “Over the Waves”.  Don’t you like the way the English say Schedule? Shed’yool. I do write up a shed’yool. I check off what I have accomplished and then the next day I circle the items that I didn’t do. This system works pretty well unless the circled items are things like: breathe, do something worthwhile, cook and clean.  The point of this diatribe is to inform you of the shed’yool of the Sophienburg for March:  1. March 10. Decorating Easter Eggs. Call 629-1572.  2. March 19 Guten Appétit! New Braunfels. Enjoy recipes from cookbook.  3. March 21. Reflect on the first crossing of the emigrants.  4. March 22. Sophienburg annual meeting. 7 p.m. Old and new members welcome.  5. Anytime in March. Sophie’s Shop Easter goodies.  Around the Museum and Archives  By Myra Lee Adams Goff  Do you keep a schedule? Do you stick to it? Or once you write something down, your brain says, “OK, that’s done”?To-do lists, like grocery lists, are a little like schedules and come in handy. For example, when you get home from the grocery store, you can check off what you forgot.  Maybe Prince Carl kept a schedule and maybe it looked like this:  1 Have the servants pack for a trip to Texas. What should I take? Maybe a bathing suit? Trinkets for Indians? Guns? i’ve heard about buffaloes. Never seen a buffalo, but 1 hear a gun might come in handy.  2. Get to Texas before the emigrants do and buy land so that they have some place to pitch their tents.  3. Land in Galveston. This does not look like Germany. Where are the trees?  4. Lasso a horse.  5. Meet the emigrants at Indianola. Cut down an Oak tree for a Christmas tree. Sing Christmas carols.  6. Go to San Antonio to buy land. Check it out.  7. Meet the emigrants at the Guadalupe River and cross over with them.  8. Start to build a castle on the hill  Karen Baese will teach the art of hand-painting Easter eggs. Classes March 10 at 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Call (830) 629-1572 for reservation.  and call it the Sophienburg after Sophie, my love.  Try to convince her to come over here. Its a pretty pitiful looking castle, but I don’t have time to finish it because I’m out of here!  What would the schedule of German emigrant Heinrich Bremer look like in 1844? It could have looked like this:  1. Talk the family into going to Texas. This won’t be easy because the missus is six months pregnant.  2. After No. 1 is accomplished, begin the packing. What to take? Along with our trunks, the ship will carry kegs of fresh water, salted ox meat, sauerkraut, potatoes, peas, rice, cabbage, and pork. Swatches of hair from fam  ily and friends to remember them by, flax to spin into linen and a spinning wheel. Guns and tools.  3. Get on board in Bremen and sail for six weeks.  4. Help the missus after the baby is born near Cuba.  5. land at Galveston.  6. Get on the third Schooner going to Indian Point Don’t panic when the schooner springs a leak.  7. Tie yourself to the pump to bail the water out.  8. Hold on as the winds shift and begin blowing from the south and move the schooner back to the Texas Coast.  9. Land on the coast at Indian Point Move with the group to Agua Dulce   

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