New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ONLINE Scan ttiis code to take the survey or visit newbraunfels metroquest com Take the survey and help dty fix problems Last year, the City of New Braunfels conducted a series of highly attended meetings to discuss the area s flooding problems The meetings followed the deadly June 9. 2010 flood, which exposed major flaws in the city's drainage system As a result of the public outcry, the city is developing a Stormwater Management Strategy that will be used to guide future drainage projects, federally required stormwater-quality permitting and updates to city code using a comprehensive approach to stormwater management And officials are again asking for your input. City residents — those folks inside New Braunfels and its extra-territorial jurisdiction — can participate m an online survey that will be used to develop plans to improve drainage We urge everyone who is eligible to participate m the survey You responded with great numbers and enthusiasm when the city staged last year's drainage meetings Now's not the time to return to the sidelines. The city wants to hear from you After all, you're the ones most affected by New Braunfels flooding. Speak out and have your voices heard Keep the heat on city government to fix the drainage problems once and for all As for the survey, it only takes a few minutes of your time and it s easy to follow To take the survey, go to the city s website, nbtexas org In the lower right corner, find 'Quick Links' and click on "Stormwater Management Strategy " (For those of you reading this on herald-zeitung.com. simply click the link above to start the process.) Vou can read about the process and then click on a link to take the survey at newbraunfels.metroquest com Watch the presentation on that page, and then click the brown, vertical "Rank Strategies" tab to begin. Be sure to complete sections 2 and 3 of the survey, which ask you to rank a list of stormwater management strategies and to tell surveyors a little about you and where you live The survey will be available until Nov. 7 Don't miss this chance to help shape the city's future for the better rODX'l IN HISTOin The Associated Press Today IS Wednesday, Oct 19, the 292ndday of 2011 There are 73 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct 19,1936, H R Ekins of the New York World-Telegram beat out Dorothy Kilgallen of the New York Journal and Leo Kieran of The New York Times in a round-the-world race on commercial flights that lasted 18/' days. On this date; In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress, meeting in New York, drew up a declaration of rights and liberties In 1781, British troops under Gen, Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va., as the Revolution neared its end. In 1812, French forces under Napoleon Bonaparte began their retreat from Moscow. In 1864, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early attacked Union forces at Cedar Creek, Va.; the Union troops were able to rally and defeat the Confederates. In 1951, President Harry S Truman signed an act formally ending the state of war with Germany. In 1977, the supersonic Concorde made its first landing in New York City. In 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22,6 percent Disposable container ban a recipe for litigation Ban proponents seem to have only one objective clean rivers We all want clean rivers Show nie someone in New Braunfels who wants dirty nvers We should be on the same side not against each other The ban is not a wise choice because of the inability to enforce it What is a disposable container? There will be lawsuits regarding tickets because it is virtually impossible to define "disposable The exceptions will be constantly debat ed and the litigation very costly Meanwhile, we still have trash, just a different type of trash We already can issue tickets for littering Why not get serious about enforcing littering^ Do we really want to spend our tax dollars defending trivia? The City Charter/Code of Ordinance states our city is ruled by the Constitution and the city is responsible for pub lie safety, flood, building codes, etc But what you don t see is our local gov ernment s right to control our choice of beverage drinking containers. Each time our government regulates things in our daily lives, we give up a little more freedom Do you want city council teilmg you what you can drink out of and where? If the concern is about trash and disposable containers in the river, why do they not care about trash in the streets? Will they dictate what fast food restaurants can serve dnnks in? Where does their control stop? I suggest we work this out so our City does not have to fight litigation, and we don't have to give up rights as law abiding citizens Just because we haven't found the answer doesn t mean we are against one another. Our city doesn’t have to be divided Susie Barrett New Braunfels How about some realistic ban alternatives? Why are both sides spending so LKITKIiS TO'I’llK KDi roH much time on name calling and hurling insults, when the real problem is what and how do we stop the trash in the nv-er? \ am not for the ban, but in all this time. I have not heard "one realistic alternative to eliminating the excessive nver pollution by the tourists The ban might not be the right plan, but so far. It seems like the only viable plan that has been expressed Deposits, extra police, etc are not ideas that realistically can be done, or that will actually work People say ■‘enforce the laws that are on the books instead of creating new ones Great idea but how do you plan to enforce the existing laws? It is so easy to tear down another person s suggestion The really hard part IS submitting one of you own that will work and is do able Let s hear some of those realistic alternative ideas from all of those who oppose the ban. saying it is a very bad idea R’anK Forshage New Brminfels Tourism industry needs to apply Gemütlichkeit Gemütlichkeit is a German abstract noun that has been adopted into Eng lish Its closest equivalent is the word ■coziness. however, rather than merely describing a place that is compact, well-heated and nicely furnished (a cozy room, a cozy flat). Gemütlichkeit con notes the notion of belonging, social acceptance, cheerfulness, the absence of anything hectic and the opportunity to spend quality time Wurstfest is pro moted as Gemütlichkeit, and organizers deliver a wonderful 10 days each year Nevertheless, they have had to take actions to clean up trash and behavior to maintain Gemütlichkeit. It just did not happen because of the Chamber of Commerce What can our tourist industry re learn from Steve Jobs? Clean and neat How about building clean and functional, yes, restrooms for the Plaza HERAL0 ZEITUN6 EDITORIAL BOARD Hubtithtr and tditor Uoug loney Aim WinifmqE(MwWIWri«M C«nrf«torl»tt TIwms LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung 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 edrt or reiect all submissions All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed. Submit letters • By e-mail to: email@example.com • Online at: herald^zeitungcom • 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 Gemütlichkeit (or the mother with two kids wanting to "go potty We have a very successful farmers market Why? It's clean and neat - aka Gemütlichkeit Budweiser has a slogan at the bottom of Its commercials, drink responsibly, with the inference to drive responsibly Should not Budweiser add, "tube responsibly I intend to work with the state advertising agency to get some traction out of "Don t Mess with Texas " As Wurstfest knows. "Don't Mess with Texas ‘ is not exclusive to roadside litter Nothing travels as fast as bad news or controversy Let s clean up our local river behavior and litter, and put rest rooms on the Plaza These are long overdue actions that would make an immediate reaffirmation of Gemütlichkeit R.A. “Bart" Bartholomew New Braunfels How does littering affect a person's dvil rights? I guess I must be slow, but I would sure like someone to explain to me (as per their banners) how littering a once pristine nver affects their "civil rights 1 was sure littering was against the law Peggy Welch New Braunfels Dumping garage in rivers is not a civil right 1 have seen a bunch of signs for and against trashing our rivers The best one 1 have seen is on 46 Loop It says. "Protect your Civil Rights' "Vote against the Ban." I fail to see where dumping garbage in our rivers is a civil right. Could they take the cans home to wherever they come from and throw them out of the car windows? Do you think their officials would violate their " Civil Rights?” Haha. R.L. “Chick’* Mueller New Brminfels Texas Ag chief testifies before Homeland Security panel AUSTIN — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples testified on border secu nty issues before the U S House HorTieland Security Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee in Washing ton, 0 C . on Oct 14 " Texas farmers and ranch ers along the U S Mexico border are regularly becom mg victims of intimidation, aggression and outright vio lence by armed trespassers who often have direct ties to Mexico's drug cartels. Sta pies testified, and cited these examples: • On Feb 18, two energy company employees assaulted and robbed m rural Webb County. • On March 11, ranch fore man injured from shots fired by suspected drug cartel members m rural Webb County • On June 9, Texas Department of Public Safety officers and game wardens shot at by drug traffickers in rural Hidal ED STERLING COLUMNIST go County. • On June 19, U S Border Patrol officers shot at by drug traffickers in an area that has seen repeated shootings aimed at U S law enforcement in Hidalgo County, • On July 14. shots fired at water distnct workers in rural Hidalgo County, • On Sept 27, shots fired killing at least one individual on Hidalgo County highway. Staples also presented "Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment " chronicling the impacts of Mexican drug cartels and transnational cnminal organizations on Texas and Its citizens The 59-page report (not including attachments) dated Sept^ 26 offers solutions to addressing car tels' increasingly violent tactics. Staples, in his cover letter, states, This report is the culmination of many efforts that started with rural farmers and ranchers bringing pleas for a secure border to me ' The publication suggests the need for moie cooperation between federal and state agencies, increased federal funding and the adoption of rnilitary-style tactics. DPS weighs in on cartels Also on Oct 14. the Texas Department of Public Safety disseminated a release stating that cartels have been recruiting Texas school chil^ dren to be used in cnminal activities such as drug, human, currency and weapon smuggling Parents should talk to their children arid explain how these cartels seek to exploit Texas teenagers and the risks in dealing with these organi zations, especially those parents who live along the Texas/Mexico border, the DPS suggests "The Mexican cartels value Texas teenagers for their ability to serve as expendable labor in many different roles and they have unlimited resources to recruit our children,' DPS Director Steve McCraw said. Most bum bans active Long overdue rams resulted in the recent lifting of burn bans in some of Texas' 254 counties However, a Texas Forest Service map dated Oct. 16 shows 230 counties where burn bans are still m effect More than 600 wildfires charrrng 39.602 acres were caused by debris burning, which IS the number one cause of wildfires in the state according to the Texas Forest Service. "The ongoing drought has devastated the state's land and trees this year and aided in creating conditions that are ripe for wildfires. Since fire season began Nov 15. 2010. almost 4 million acres have burned across the state," the forest Service reported Jobs Act fails to move U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on Oct. 7 said the national unemployment rate remained at 9 1 percent in September Solis pointed to forecasts suggesting that the Obama administration-supported American Jobs Act bill, if enacted, would put nearly 2 million Americans back to work. But the bill failed to gam enough votes in the U S Senate to be debated on Oct 11 ; Texas employers who put Texans back to work now may take advantage of Texas Back to Work, a wage incentive program that provides Texas employers with up to $2.000 for each qualified, out- of work lexan they hire The goal IS to hire first time unemployment insurance claimants who previously earned less than $15 an hour I he August unemployment rate in the Lone Star State was 8 5 percent, according to lexas Workforce Commission figures Language help at polls The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires counties with large enough minority populations to provide language assistance at voting polls Pursuant to that require ment. the U.S. Census Bureau on Oct 12 released a list that says ' state coverage Hispan ic" and the following counties and languages: El Paso County. American Indian (Pueblo). Harris County. Asian (Chinese) (Vietnamese), and Maverick County, Amencan Indian (Kickapoo) Election Day is Nov 8. Early voting starts Oct 24.