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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 41 Wednesday, August 3, 2011 | herali>ZEitung.com  (;iKST(:()NiMKNrvHr  Readers respond to defense of Ihe media'  By Donnte Bag90tt  SpCGiai to *+ie Zetfuns  Three weeks ago.! wrote a column asking folks to stop unfairly bashing the media Man did i kick the fire ant mound v/ith that one  Specifically, I asked critics of my professic^n — many of ’A'hofn do their bashing anonymously to reconsider their notion that the media refuses American military folks the coverage and support they deserve I mentioned an email with touching photographs of the flag draped coffin of a U S Marine The anonynxxjs wnter urged recipients to forward the photos to everyone they knew because the media surely wouidn t give the hero his due Problem was the photos 'mt published m the Rockv fvbuntain News six /ears before Anonymous decided to share ^hem w' th the w'cr'd and ta^e a potshot at the media m the process The photo' e /en won the Pulitzer Prize ^r.r goodness $a>-e Newspapers around Texas ¡nrludirig the He'-atd-Zelung, picked up the column Swarms of readers responded Many were suoporTive Others took me 'O task sa'/ing that "the media" richly deserve any and all mudba!!s that get slung our way The good news is that only one critic ',aw fit to remain anonymous Everybody else signed //hat appeared to be their real names, which I consider some^h;ng of ti moral 'vTtory In some cases they e'.en listed 'heir hor^ietown-Here are some samples from the mailbag;  V.'elt said It s just too bad needed vaying Write on  - Leif inhjesen P!ano i I ihe mai-'stream rnedia seems t':.' me. ha', s'ruggled long and hard ove^ rriany .ears to EAPfJ the ioss of confidence they are suffering nov/ '-e national media do not reflect the attitude or assumptions o» most of *^ie people and moreover, they don t tfV to hide it thev tiaunt th^ir contempt fo' us (implicitiy) in tfie^r ever^ word and image  - Mchaei She'-ry Fort Worth h tree press 6 absolutely essential to <i democ,ratic soc'et, and the formulation of public policy Confast Amer.'.as freedom of the press wif.ti totaliMfian reg.nies, where tele.tsion papers maga/ines, et'" are all ov.'ned and contrrilled by the state and we have an appreciation o* why th;s country is rhe world s lone  superpower  Allen Commander. Srenham le in florida has nothing on the '')( a trial ¡t is obvious that the  I fie Casey Anthony debar media In either case media search for truth ¡s irrek',ant  - Tho'^'.as. 5an-ci::n. Lib^'ty Hill ' >'our opinion and the Firs* Amendment are unrelated and define vvhy the media lacks respect  - Vmcen! Molech.^ Friend'.luood 'I believe that journalism is a ime of defense against political abuse . I am very wary of bioggers v/ho spout off and do not verify sources o? sign thpir names to tfieir wrihng^. ‘  --- Sfeue /iruedson. Houston "I? IS unfortunate that many do not utiderstand how imf)ortant our nev/spapers are tf) our country and tfie sacrifices that many make to keep the public informed '  ~ [nc/] /inderson. Austin It would be a sad day if (nev/spapers) were missing, replaced by berserk bloggers spreading conspiracy tfieories on the internet or by the talking heads on 24 hour cable news  John DeViliier proves fvlaybe you haven t been keeping up v/ith current events but the lack of vetting has unleashed Barry Obama on us to do his socialistic experiments while the rnedia cheers him on simply on the basis of his color The press was so intent on electing a black man that they let this rookie into the White House during the most challenging time we have ever experienced. Now you want sympathy^ '  —    Bill Bailey. Houston " There you libs go again. Double standard ablaze' ( A) little factual criticism and the cry babies like you come out to protect what you really should not have — carte blanche If your (sic) fair and balanced you will not be attacked unless of course your (sic) Fox News' ask (sic) Obama and his WH thugs Worse than Clinton You reap v/liat you so (sic) or did you miss that in jourrialisrTi school (along with grammar, spelling, and on and on) Actually, your grammar etc (sic) was pretty good '  E P I Lou) Marinos. Seabrook Vour column was delightful in its response to the cow ardly bloggers who attack real newspeople while hiding behind a curtain. After serving as a professor of American history and political science for more than 30 years I am saddened by the complete stupidity of some of our patriotic citizens.'  Please know and tell every reporter you meet that they and their work are deeply appreciated '  —    £ R Milner Denton I often describe the media as worse than vampires because  vampires only come out at night"  — Ky/e D Dutton. Souannah That's a good sampling of opinion on tfie subject, so let's stick a fork in it and call it done  p’jbir  vor,o L'lbuDetie'old,  T’OD W 1\ mSTOH^  Ttie Ass(X,lated Press  Today is Wednesday, Aug 3, the 215th day of 2011.  On Aug 3,1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint, in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas,  In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were.  MtllAUí-¿tlTüÑÓ tOrrOfiiAL BOARD PuWish*r »nd Editor Doug Tdn«y  («r Mhtm    ùtcémm Owíckk fwHr  *i«i    Í#*»' S'**«"    C«« lit« Ihofl**  LETTERS POLICY  The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcoiniss letters up to 250 words and guest columns of up to 500 words. Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo The Herald-Zertung reserves the right to edit or reject all submissions. All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can he confirmed  Submit letters  •    By e-mail to:  news@herald-zeitHng.com   •    Online at: herald-zeitungcom  •    By mail to:  Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeituhg  PO Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78130 •Byfax (830)606-3413  •    In person 707 Landa St  Business of Texas proceeds as national debate boils  AUSTIN — With Congress and the White House in a rolling boil over how to handle the nation s mountainous debt    '1  before entering default Texas continued plowing along Gov Rick Perry ceremonially signed House Bill I and Senate Bill 2 legisla tion passed in the recent regular and special legislative sessions respective ly. to balance the state budget for the 2012 13 biennium  —    without raising taxes  —    without tapping the state's $6 billion Rainy Day fund and  —    extending the small business tax exemption to 2014  Perry also signed House Bill 274 ■'loser pays' lawsuit reform legislation which he said  —    allows a trial court to dismiss a frivolous lawsuit immediately if there IS no basis in law or fact for the law suit  —    allows a trial judge to send a question of law directly to the appel late court without requiring all par ties to agree if a ruling by a court of appeals could decide the case  —    allows plaintiffs seeking less than $ 100 000 to request an expedited civ il action.  —    encourages timely settlement of disputes, and  —    helps prevent a party from extending litigation by seeking a "home run' if they have already been offered a fair settlement  In other news last week, on July 28 the governor's office reacted to the arrest of Pfc Naser Jason Abdo, an absent without leave FortCampbell Ky, soldier named as a suspect in a  ED  STERLING  GOLUMNIST  plot to bomb a business frequented by fort Hood soldiers in Killeen Perry said after the  ___arrest the incident  underscores the importance of citizens reporting some thing that doesn t seem quite fight immediately to law enforcement" Meanwhile on the governor s calen dar for Aug 6. is an event he has publicly endorsed The Response, a seven hour public prayer and fasting forum to be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston  And. the watch continues as to the extent of Gov Perry s presidential aspi rations  TEA releases new ratings  Accountability ratings for 8 526 pub lie schools and 1.228 districts were released by the Texas Education Agency on July 29 Increasing standards and the elimi nation of the Texas Projection Measure calculation resulted in fewer schools and districts earning the highest rating of Exemplary in 2011 In fact, the number of Exemplary dis tricts fell from 241 m 2010 to 61 this year while the number of campuses earning the highest rating dropped from 2,637 in 2010 to 1,224 today And, the number ol districts with the state's lov/ est rating, "Academically Unacceptable, increased from 37 in 2010 to 88 in 2011 and the number of Academically Unac ceptable campuses increased from 104 to 569  However, only about 7 percent of the districts and campuses in the state received the lowest rating, according to an agency news release  ij:rrKi{sT()Tmc i:i)in)H  We've moved too far What is wrong w/ith from nation's framework being middle class?  ONLINE EXTRA:  CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS  Contact information for of all your elected officials  — local, state and natipnal —■ can be found at herald-zeitung.corrVopinion/coritact_officials  HZ  The mess we're in " Point/Counter-point debate on Tuesday’s Opinion page was interesting It points out what myself and many friends have been talking about We talk about the very basic fundamental difference in the way the two parties view the government's role in our daily lives One side is for big government, the other for limited government 1 stand firmly for a limited government. Our founding fathers envisioned a great and prosperous nation, but cautioned against many of the things occurring in govern ment today For example, almost all were for help mg the needy but not unlimited by the government (hand up. not hand out) They cautioned against having such a large public debt that it could not be paid off by the generation obtaining the debt, or the over-regulation they thought best handled locally They wrote the Constitution with great study and knowl edge of man's faults, with the hope we could rise above them and govern ourselves fairly and with a belief we are spe cial and free I agree with Beverly Nuck-ols 1 was taught to dream big, work hard and be the best; pay my own way, be compassionate to others and a good steward of what we are blessed with We have moved too far from our framework and should look to history to move forwards" a Republic if you can keep it." said Ben Franklin  Lisa Rubey N«w Braunfels  How revealing Beverly Nuckols' Point-Counterpoint column was'  'T don't remembering hearing that if I worked hard I could grow up to be middle class," she said And what is wrong with being middle class^ Was that meant to be a slur^ To me, being middle class means being comfortable m many ways It means, comfort in knowing that a medical emergency or illness won't wipe out my savings or require that I mortgage my house, comfort in spending peaceful, happy time with my children and grand children without nagging fear for our financial futures; comfort in being able to drive a comfortable, environmentally responsible car with air conditioning (excuse me, maybe she considers that a luxury) that I can alford to repair if it breaks down It also means Time to spend on enjoyable activities like gardening instead of working a second or third job Time and money to take a vacation from everyday routines and concerns with a relaxed frame of mind Being able to save for retirement instead of fearing that I will some day be unable to work And, falling asleep at night feeling peaceful at the end of the day instead of anxious about the day to come Yes, America was built on many dreams. We can tell our children that they may one day “grow up to be president", or tfiat they may "start a billion dollar business ■' But we should also be able to tell them, in the meantime, that they will be safe, well fed. secure, educated. and able to enjoy a happy childhood. We do not all have delusions of grandeur.  In 2013, the TEA will use a new accountability system titled State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readi ness in response to House Bill 3 which passed in 2009  Speaker pro tem to retire  State Rep Beverly Woolley R Hous ton, last week announced sfie would retire at the end of her current two-year term  Woolley, 72 is in her ninth term as a House member and currently fiolds the title of speaker pro tempore She also serves on the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and the House Committee on Ways and Means  When the House is in session, in the absence or inability of tfie speaker, the speaker pro tem may call the House to order and perform all otfier duties of the chair in presiding over the delibera tions of the house and perform other duties and exercise other responsibilities as may be assigned by the speaker  Fund enrollment to start  Enrollment for the Texas Tuition Promise Fund commences Sept I and ends SIX months later on Feb 28, 2012 The fund allows prepayment ol all or part of undergraduate tuition and required fees at Texas public colleges or universities at today s pnces The idea is to enroll infants and small children as early as possible to allow time to build a substantial account Texas public colleges and umversi ties bill an enrollee's fund account for tuition and required fees when their child enters higher education The plan is administered through the state comptroller s office,  Some of us value peace, tranquility and contentment more than being pres ident or making a billion dollars. We then have the luxury to look outside our selves and see how we can make things better for everyone  Cyndy Owens New Braunfels  Rita Banda gave so much to her community  I am very sad to hear af)out Rita Ban da passing away this January Recently, her caring and supportive husband notified my family, Rita served six dedicated years representing her constituents in New Braunfels on the Edwaids Aquifer Authority Board Rita used lier brilliant mind and consulted with regional experts to sort out aquifer science and water laws to better represent her constituents. She understood that the well l)eing of our community and its living ecosystem are very much inter-connected Everytfiing she did in her life was with unconditional love and respect for others She received very little recognition for all her dedication and sacrifice while being of service to her community. Her bright eyes and smile left a heart warming impression with everyone sfie met Her service made our community and Texas a much better place. There are angels that walk with us here on Earth and she is one of them Rita will continue to be a steward of love and kindness in all of our hearts,  Cheryl GHIpIn New Braunfels   

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