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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 41 Thursday, June 23, 2011 | herald-zeitung.COM  Heiald-Zeitung offers Kudos toi  •••  ... to ram. Comal County let out a collective sigh of relief early Wednesday morning as thunder clapped and ram poured down on dry. dusty lawns. It wasn't enough to break the drought, but it was enough to postpone Stage III water restrictions.  ... to Jimmy Quinn. After the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung ran a story about postman Jimmy Quinn’s retirement. reader Grace Pfeiffer sent in this Kudos: "Aesop wrote. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is EVER wasted,’ He could have been writing about Jimmy Quinn. Thanks to Mr. Bowen for a wonderful article about our beloved mailman.  "And thanks to Laura for her always amazing photos. You both captured Jimmy perfectly. We have been on Jimmy's route on Ridge Drive for about two years now. I am so very sad to see Jimmy go. but he certainly deserves his retirement. His smile, cheery hellos, and attitude will be sorely missed. Whoever takes over his route has very big shoes to fill.  "Thank you Jimmy for all your years of service and acts of kindness. Have a great time with those cars, and please add our cul de sac to the donut list."  ... to New Braunfels Girl Scout Troop 2349. Reader Robin Nowotny wrote. "The Troop has earned its Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award by learning about homeless pets in our community. Throughout the past two years, the girls have met with New Braunfels Humane Society. PALS (Prevent A Litter) of Central Texas. Red Cross of Comal County and earned their Veterinary Badge at Texas A&M. The girls have participated in pet food drives both publicly and privately. The end result being a huge donation of pet food to the New Braunfels S O.S. Food Bank to benefit needy families with pets. The total pet food donation was 441 pounds.  We hope that through this endeavor, we will be able to communicate to our local community the importance of spay/neuter to prevent unwanted litters and pet homelessness.  "As our community grows, so will the problem of strays. Euthanasia is not the answer, prevention is.  PALS of Central Texas offers low cost spaying and neutering to owned pets in Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays Counties. For more information, call (830) 625-PALS or visit  www.preventalitter.com .  junior Girl Scouts advancing to Cadettes in September: Callie Valdez, Katelyn Nowotny, Erin McCauley, Eren Highsmith, Faith-Ashli Brieden, Courtney Bolin and Megan lenatsch.”  ... to the four candidates who volunteered for the empty Comal Independent School District trustee position. Blaine Best. Stephen Smith, G. David Speare and Marcie Helmke put in their names as hopefuls to fill the District I position, which was vacated by Carolyn Miller in April. It’s great to see so many willing to serve. (Trustees plan to appoint an individual to serve out the remainder of Miller's term, which expires in May 2012. The new trustee will officially join the board in July.)  — To offer Kudos to an individual or organization, email  aphillips@herald-zeitung.com  or bring it to the newspaper office at  707 Landa St.  TODAY IN HISTORY  The Associated Press  Today is Thursday, June 23.  On June 23,1961, the Antarctic Treaty, intended to ensure that the continent would be used only for peaceful purposes, came into force.  In 1860, a congressional resolution authorized creation of the United States Government Printing Office, which opened the following year.  In 1931, aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on a round-the-world flight that lasted eight days and 15 hours.  In 1938, the Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.  In 1947, the Senate joined the House in overriding President Harry S. Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, designed to limit the power of organized labor.  In 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.  i  ] U S. PRESIDENT Barack Obama  1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D C 20500  U.S. SENATE Kay Bailay 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 Comyn  Russell Senate-Mart Room 517 Washington, DC. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax:(202)228-2856 Web:  http://comyn  senate gov (Send e-mails through Web site.)  Austin office:  221 West Sixth St.. Suite 1530 Austin, TX 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax (512)469-6020  HERALO-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD  Publisher and Editor Doug Toney  M*n»gmg EiMw Autumn Ph.fiip*    CirciAitinn    Ownctm    Jtfl fowl»'  AM Mtnagmg f ditw Shiwn Units    Copy    tdttor Kttt Thorn*«  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-zeitung.com   • Online at: herald-zeitung.com  • By mail to:  Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung  P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78130 •Byfax: (830)606-3413  • In person: 707 Landa St.  Continue fighting because we started fighting?  Elevating the fallacy of the false alternative to a foreign policy, John McCain and a few others believe Republicans who oppose U.S. intervention in Libya’s civil war — and who think a decade of warfare in Afghanistan is enough — are isolationists. This is less a thought than a flight from thinking, which involves making sensible distinctions.  Last Sunday on ABC’s “This Week," McCain warned that the GOP has always had ‘‘an isolation strain.” He calls it "the Pat Buchanan wing.” which he contrasts with "the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people all over the world." Rather a lot turns on the meaning of “stand up for.”  Between wishing success to people fighting for freedom, and sending in the Marines (or the drones), there is as much middle ground for temperate people as there is between Buchanan, a sort of come-home-America conservative. and McCain, a promiscuous interventionist. When asked his response to those.  GEORGE  WILL  COLUMNIST  including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who say there was no vital U.S. interest at stake when the Libya intervention began, McCain said: “Our interests are our values" and "our values are that we don't want people needlessly slaughtered by the thousands,” as Moammar Gaddafi seemed to threaten to do. "if we can prevent such activity.” Under the McCain Doctrine, America's military would have just begun to fight, and would never stop.  Americans are, however, war weary — which is a good thing: What kind of people would they be if they were not? U.S. involvement in the Second World War lasted 1,346 days. U.S. fighting in Afghanistan reached that milestone six years ago (June 14. 2005).  America is fighting there, in Iraq, in western Pakistan, in Yemen and in Libya. Where  next? Under the McCain Doctrine, wherever U.S. "values” are affronted — and those who demur from this global crusade are isolationists, akin to those who, 70 years ago, thought broad oceans and placid neighbors guaranteed America's security from Hitler and Japan.  Is Jim Webb an isolationist? Virginia’s Democratic senator, who was Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy, discusses Libya with a trenchancy that befits a decorated Marine combat veteran (Vietnam) and that should shame reticent Republicans:  "Was our country under attack, or under the threat of imminent attack? Was a clearly vital national interest at stake? Were we invoking the inherent right of self-defense as outlined in the United Nations charter? Were we called upon by treaty commitments to come to the aid of an ally? Were we responding in kind to an attack on our forces elsewhere, as we did in the 1986 raids in Libya after American soldiers had been killed in a disco in Berlin? Were we rescuing Americans  in distress, as we did in Grenada in 1983? No. we were not.”  McCain, however, says we must achieve regime change in Libya because if Gaddafi survives, he will try to “harm” America. This is always the last argument for pressing on with imprudent interventions (see Vietnam, circa 1969): We must continue fighting because we started fighting.  Regarding Libya, McCain on Sunday said, "I wonder what Ronald Reagan would be saying today.” Wondering is speculation: we know this: When a terrorist attack that killed 241 Marines and other troops taught Reagan the folly of deploying them at Beirut airport with a vague mission and dangerous rules of engagement, he was strong enough to reverse this intervention in a civil war. Would that he had heeded a freshman congressman from Arizona who opposed the House resolution endorsing the intervention.  But, then, the McCain of 1983 was. by the standards of the McCain of 2011, an isolationist.  Tubing Comal River was crowded but not crazy  My name is Aaron Rodriguez and I am 9 years old. I floated the Comal River. It was so packed, but the crowd was not crazy. It was so relaxing and peaceful and quiet. We looked for glasses and fish! Make sure your dog is strapped in for the tube chute because I saw a dog accidentally flip.  Aaron Rodriguez Now Braunfels  Comal River is the place to be on hot summer day  I am a 10-year-old local here in New Braunfels. Today, I went floating on the Comal River. It was packed: it had about one million people there, but everyone behaved. There was very little cussing so I barely knew it existed. No one was being obnoxious; it was so peaceful and relaxing you could go to sleep.  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  It was awesome.  I know how some people in New Braunfels think they own the river, but it’s open to the public as long as they cause no trouble. No one trespassed or had public displays of affection with anyone else. So. just to shorten it out everyone followed the rules and everyone had fun. So, the Comal River is the place to go on a hot, sunny day.  Taylor Aim Gilstrap Now Braunfels  No case for Republican's war on contraception  Years ago I’d heard from several "liberals" who I thought were crackpots that the religious right didn't just want to do away with abortion, they really wanted to eliminate contraception all together because if a woman is married she should have as many children as God gave her. If a woman isn’t married she shouldn’t be having sex anyway and if she did and got  CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS  San Antonio office:  600 Navarro. Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax (210)224-8569  U.S. CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith  Rayburn House Office Building Room 2409  Washington, DC. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202)225-8628 Web:  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 Htnry Cuellar  1404 Longworth House Office Building  Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax:(202)225-1641 Web: http //house gov/cuellar San Antonio office:  615 E Houston St.  San Antonio 78205 Telephone (210)271-2851  Homy Cu  i  Fax: (210)277-6671  TEXAS GOVERNOR Rick Perry  «■■I State Capitol, Room 2S.1 ■J2I P0. Box 12428 I Austin, TX 78711 [H Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax:(512)463-1849  STATE HOUSE Doug Miller  Capitol Office: EXT El.216 R0. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768 Phone: (512)463-0325 New Braunfels address:  387 W. Mill Street New Braunfels, TX 78130 Phene: (830) 625-1313 John Kuempel  Capitol address:  Room El.208, Capitol Extension P0. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768 (512)463-0602 (512)480-0391 Fax Seguin address:  523 E. Donegan#102 Seguin, TX 78155 (830)379-8732  John Kim  i  y~-: * #  STATE SENATE Jeff Wentworth  Capitol office: 1E.9 Capitol phone: (512) 463-0125 San Antonio  1250 N.E. Loop 410 Suite 925 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210)826-7800 Fax: (210)826-0571  E-mail:  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  liwunr Hale Dnenieil mayor ualt; rOSpiSII   mayor@nbtexas.org  Telephone: (830)629-2447 Dill 1 Councilor Richard Zapata  rzapata@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4501 Dist 2 Councilor Mark Goodner  mgoodner@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4502 Dial 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra  mybarra@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4503 Dist 4 Councilor Sandy Nolta  snolte@nblexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4504  pregnant that too was God’s plan.  Then I saw State Representative Wayne Christian in an interview with a reporter from the Texas Tribune say, “Well of course it’s a war on birth control, on abortions, on everything. That’s what family planning is supposed to be about."  I almost fell out of my chair.  Some call this a war on women, I can’t disagree but I think it is also another example of why the separation of church and state is so important.  There may be religious reasons to advocate for no contraception and that is the privilege of those who believe that way because our Constitution insures Freedom of Religion. At the same time our Constitution also provides protection from religious interference in state matters and no one has the right to push their religious convictions on anyone else in this country. There simply is no social case for the Republican Party’s war on contraception.  Cleo Dufresne CMo  Dist 5 Councilor Bryan Miranda   bmiranda@nbtexas.org  Telephone: (830)837-5178 Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges   sdigges@nbtexas.org  Telephone: Extension 4506  COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' COURT  Comal County Commissioners' Court 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels (830)221-1100  County Judge Sherman Krause  krause@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1105 Pet 1 Comm. Donna Eccleson  cctdme@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830) 221-1101 Pet 2 Commissioner Scott Haag haagsc@co.comal.tx,us Telephone: (830) 221-1102 Pet 3 Commissioner Greg Parker  cctgep@co.comal.tx.us  Telephone: (830)221-1103 Pet 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady  cctjk@co.comal.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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