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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 41 Thursday, June 9, 2011 | heralo-zeitung.com  OPINION  Don't let June 9 flood disappear from memory  ne year ago today, a storm stalled over New I Braunfels. Those who were affected that day can still hear the sound of that thunder as it clapped over and over again They can still see the water as it rose — fast.  So much was lost that day. Vehicles washed away. Pets. RVs. A woman's wedding dress. Family photos.  And people. So many people were caught unaware by the early morning storm. More than a hundred people  - were    rescued from the water — some  by search and rescue workers, some by brave neighbors standing on the banks who happened to see a waving hand or hear a cry for help.  On today's front page, we ran the story of the Forester family.  Their story is an incredible tale of the power of prayer, love and personal will to survive Yet one year later, they are still haunted by the memory of all that water. But when they look back at June 9. 2010. they also remember the kindness of the people of New Braunfels. (They sent a thank you letter to the community, published on this page.)  The father. R J Forester, said they have wanted to come back to New Braunfels to thank people, but it’s still  too soon.  My wife and I still can't sleep when it rams. R.J. said. “I've gone down to thank the people involved with the rescue, and the farthest south I've got was Round Rock I just can't seem to get down there Their story is a reminder that, for some of us. the June 9 flood seems like a long time ago. But for others that flood has not gone away.  The flood did not discriminate between residents and tourists that morning People are still rebuilding their lives and their businesses. Some people will never recover what they've  HERALD-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD  Publisher and Editor Ooug Toney  NtOf I* • 0<    O»«lor    Ufi    row**  Am! Mtntg>»4 f *'M 9mm l*i*t    Coer    «Me*    K*M    Tho»*i  AT ISSUE  June 9, 2010  destroyed home, took one life  OUR VIEW  A lot left to be done to ensure public safety. Memory of flood should maintain sense of urgency on those issues.  lost.  We can talk about flooding in terms of numbers — 500 year flood. 5.000 cfs. thousands of dollars in damage We can talk about flooding in terms of infrastructure — drainage, washed-out bridges and roads. But in the end. it s about people — the people who live here and the people we invite here  As more time passes and the June 9 flood become more of a distant memory, it will be easier for our elected officials to forget.  Much has been done but there is so much more to be done to make this community and its residents as safe as possible.  TODAY IN HISTORY  The Associated Press  Today is Thursday, June 9,2011.  On June 9,1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22, set out from New York in a Maxwell DA on a journey to become the first woman to drive across the United States.  In 1911, Carrie (sometimes spelled "Carry") A. Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, died in Leavenworth, Kan., at age 64.  In 1954, during the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N Welch berated Sen. Joseph R.  McCarthy, asking: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last have you left no sense of decency?"  In 1973, Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes.  In 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.  In 1985, American educator Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped m Lebanon; he was released in Nov. 1991 along with fellow hostage Terry Waite.  In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.  â  :s,  mi, YJEM TO TWE MCOl TO LOnUE MOON* MW WE ARC NOT 60JNA LET TUBA TAKE OUR  TMEMitxmm  I  LETTERS POUCY  The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns of up to 500 words. Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo. The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject all submissions. All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed.  Submit letters  • By e-mail to:   news@herald-reitung.com   • Online at: herald-zeitung.com  • By mail to:  Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung  P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78130  • By fax: (830) 606-3413  • In person: 707 Landa St  Letter to New Braunfels from Forester family  Our family is very blessed. God put so many people in our path on the day of the flood.  We are very grateful to everyone - the New Braunfels police and fire departments and the Comal County Sheriff s Office. Everyone was so helpful.  Thank you to the staff at Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens - an old friend - and the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association, which provided the family a hotel and clothes following the rescue And a special thanks to the New Braunfels Firefighters Association. Chief John Robinson called and talked to R.J. a lot.  Thank you to Linda and Bob Shaw, who took R.J. into their home when they did not have electricity.  Thank you to the Kneupers and to their pastor. Father Ripp Hardaway from St. John’s Episcopal Church, who helped reunite the entire family.  Thank you to the Schertz Fire Department who transported R.J. to the hospital.  Thank you to the New Braunfels police officer who drove Debbie to the home where Sydney was waiting and to the New Braunfels fire fighters who rescued her.  We wish we knew their names.  It is amazing all the people who showed us so much caring Being away from home, it made us realize how kind people are even when you are a total stranger.  When Debbie was rescued, a whole crowd of people were standing there. Debbie remembers someone wrapping her in a beach towel. She remembers a woman who gave her water and someone who gave her a Coke.  There were people we didn't know. We were overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.  When we tell people our story, they say we are lucky to be alive But there was no luck involved. It was all a blessing from God.  RJ. and DaMMa Forastar Fort Worth  Appease and entitle: Obama's economic approach  WASHINGTON — Because government is inherently dangerous and often mischievous, the Constitutions framers provided, and congressional rules have mul-tiplied, mechanisms for blocking government action. These mechanisms can. however, also be used to force action. One is being so used in a dispute that has two remarkable facets.  President Obama is sacri-ficmg economic growth and job creation in order to placate organized labor. And as the crisis of the welfare state deepens, he is trying to enlarge the entitlement system and exacerbate the entitlement mentality.  Forty-four Republican senators. three more than necessary to stop Senate action, have vowed to block confirmation of John Bryson, die president's nominee to be commerce secretary, until the president submits for congressional approval the already negotiated free-trade agreements with South Korea. Panama and Colombia. The 44 are responding to this: On May 4. the administration announced that, at last, it was ready to proceed with Congressional ratification of the agreements. On May 16. however, it  GEORGE  WILL  COLUMNIST  announced it would not send them until Congress expands an entitlement program favored by unions.  Since 1974. Trade Adjustment Assistance has provided 104. and then 156 weeks of myriad financial aid. partly concurrent with the 99 weeks of unemployment compensation, to people, including farmers, government workers, and firms, even whole communities, who can more or less plausibly claim to have lost their jobs or been otherwise injured because of foreign competition. Even if the injury is just the loss of unfair advantages conferred, at the expense of other Americans, by government protectionism. And even if the injury results not from imports but from outsourcing jobs. TAA benefited 50.000 people at a cost of $500 million in 2002. In 2010. it cost $975 million for 234.000 people. Its purpose is to purchase support for free-trade policies that allow Amencans to benefit from foreign goods and serv-  ices. and from domestic goods and services with lower pnees because of competi tion from imports.  The basic TAA still exists But the administration's stimulus included TAA in its pokey of increasing spending almost everywhere in the hope that stimulus-level spending could be made permanent Which is what Democrats who do organized labor’s bidding are trying to do: Forty-one Democratic senators are supporting Obama's demand that the stimulus-level TAA spending, which expired in February, be resumed before the trade agreements will be submitted  A government borrowing $58.000 a second cannot afford Obama's policy of Stimulus Forever, and there is this problem with TAA at any level: It is unjust to treat some workers as more entitled than others to protection from the vicissitudes of economic dynamism.  Consider a hypothetical Ralph, who operated Ralph's Diner until Appiebee's and Olive Garden opened competitors in the neighborhood. With economies of scale and national advertising budgets, those two franchises could offer more choices at better  pnees, so Ralph's Diner went out of business.  Should he and his employees be entitled to extra taxpayer subventions because they are casualties of competition?  Why should someone be entitled to such welfare just because he or she is affected negatively by competition that comes from abroad rather than down the street? Because national trade policy permits foreign competition?  In 2001, when approximately 80,000 people worked in 7.500 music stores, the iPod was invented. Largely because of that and other technological changes, today only about 20.000 people work in 2,500 music stores.  Should those 60,000 people be entitled to extra welfare because they are "victims of technology?  Reactionary liberalism holds that existing jobs must be protected with policies that reduce the economic dynamism that would mean a net increase in jobs.  So the dreary probability is that even if the TAA entitlement were re-enriched to stimulus levels.  Democrats would again move the goal posts, concocting new objections to the trade agreements.  1  CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS  U S PRESIDENT Barack Obama  1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington. D C 20500  U S SENATE  Kay Bailey Hutchison  Russell Senate Office Bu kSmg Room 284 BÈI W    I    206-0  POI Telephone (202)224-5922 L_XJ Fa* (202) 224-0776 Web f:np//t''jtd !Son senate gov (Send e marts through Web site |  San Anton« oftce 145 Duncan Owe. Suite 120 San kmwo 78226 Telephone (210! 3402885 fa* {2101349-67S3 Jain» Corey«  Russell SenateHart Room 517 Washington, D C 20510 Tetemone (202)224-2834 fax (2021228-2856 Web. http comyn seriate gov (Send e-marts through Web site )  Austin off ce  221 Wes? Sixth St Suae 1530 Austm. IX 78701 Telephone i5!2) 469-6G34 Fa* (512)469-6020  San Anton« office 690 Navarro. Suite 210 San Anton« 78205 Telephone (2101224-7485 Fax (210)224-8569  US CONGRESSMAN nètti  Rayburn House Office Budding Room 2409  Washington, D C 20515 Telephone 1202) 226-4236 Fax. (202)225-8628 Web http '/iamarsmthhouse gov (Send e-mails through Web site.)  San Anton« office:  1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Artton« 78209 Telephone (210)821-5024 Fa* (210)821-5947 Henry Cuellar  1404 longvwrth House Office Buddmg  Washington. D C 20515 Telephone (202)225-1640  Fax (202)225-1641 Web trttp //house guv/cueitar San Amon« office 615 E. Houston Si San Anton« 78205 Telephone (210)271 2851  Fax: (210) 277-6671  TEXAS GOVERNOR Ridi Perry  State Caprtol. Room 2S.1 PO Box 12428 Austm. TX 78711 Telephone (800) 843-5789 Fa* (512)463-1849  STATE MUSE DougMtlter  Capitol Office DTE1216 R0 8o*2910 Austm. TX 78768 Phone (512)4630325 New Braunfels address 387 W. MM Street New Braunfete, TX 78130 Phone:(830)6251313  Caoitoi address  RoomEI 208. Caprtol Extension PO Box 2910 Austm. TX 78768 (512)463-0602 (5)2)480-0391 Fa*  Segum address 523 E Donegan #102 Segum.TX 78155 ¡83013758732  STATE SENATE Jeff Wentworth  Capitot office. IE9 Capitol phone (512) 463-0125 San Antonio  1250 N.E Loop 410 Suite 925 San Artomo. TX 78209 (210)8257800 Fax:(210)826-0571  E-mail jeff weotwortf#senate state tx us  NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL  424 S Caste« Ave PO Box 311747,  New Braimfels. TX 78131-1747 (830)221-4000  mayor@nbtexasorg Telephone («30)629 2447 Ditti Councilor Richard 7e(Pf*“  rzapataönbtexas org Telephone Extension 4501  Oi$t 2 CfHwciiof Goodftëf  mgoodner@nötexas org Telephone Exter s*« 4502 Ottt 3 Councilor Mika Ybarra mybarra@nbtexas org Telephone Extension 4503 Qist 4 Councilor Siody I sno)!e@nbtexas org Telephone Extension 4504  Ditt 5 Councilor Bryan Miranda  bmjranda-iinbtexas org Telephone Extension 4505 Ditt 6 Councilor Steven Digges  sdigges@nbtexas org Telephone: Extension 4506  COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT  Comal County Commissioners Court 199 Mam Plata. New Braunfels (830)221-1100  County Judge Sherman Krause  krause@co.camal.tx.us  Telephone; (830) 221-1105 Pci 1 Comm. Donna Eccleson  cctdme@cocomal.tx  us Telephone (830)221-1101 Pet 2 Commissioner Sco« Haag  haagsc@co.comaltx.us  Telephone (830)221-1102 Pci 3 Commissioner Grog Parker crtgep@co.comal.tx,us Telephone (830)221-1103 Pci 4 Commissioner Jan Kennedy cc$@co comai.tx us Telephone (830) 221-1104  STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION  William B Travis Building  1701 N Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701   

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