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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Congratulations, Unicorns, on state tennis title  Oynasty. It s not a word to be tossed around lightly in spoiting circles Uie iconic term stirs up memories of sports all-time  _ great teams the Pittsburgh Steelers.  New York Yankees. Notre Darne Fighting Irish, UCl A Bruins, etc. io qualify as a dynasty, a team has to win several cfiampionships and be the e[)itorne ot excellence in its sport ihat being the case, it s certainly safe to call New Braunfels Higii Scfiool's ten nis team a dynasty. On Saturday, the Unicorns claimed their fifth straight state tennis title — and fourth straight 5A crown by heating Houston Memon al in tfte final for tfie second year in a row.  I fie linif orris did it in high style, logging a perfect 11 0 irroid for tfie season ffiey’re also riding a 40 tiiatcfi win ning stir.il'  It s just incredible." New Braunfels head coacii David Muellpr said " I fiis is my 30th year in coaching and for 24 yp-Ms of tfiat yf)u think you fiave good teams but it II never fia()[)en Now. it s happened five times in a row and III be e,v( ited about it for a while ’  Winning one state championship is quite a feat Faking liome fivp big tfopiiies in a row is the stuff of legends m il-e tfi.it dynastips, f ongf.itulations to tfie entire team and its coaching staff All ot New Braunfels is proud to welcome you back iiijiiie to I itieto'vvn, Texas  AT ISSUE  New Braunfels Higti School's tennis title wins Its tiftti straight state title  OUR VIEW  The Unicorns tiave teachecl dynasty status.  lODX'» l\ lll.<K)l{>  ’ ■ ■ ‘"IPlf’SS  Joduy IS Wednpsday. Nov 9, !lu; 313th day of 2011 Theic nt(' 52 days left in tfie year  Today's Highlight in HistorY:  On Nov 9, 1965, the great Northeast blackout occurred as a series of power failures lasting up to 13 hours left 30 niilhon [)eople in seven states and part of Canada witlioiit electricity On this date:  In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings m Boston.  In 1918, It was announced that Germany's Kaiser Wiltielni  II    would abdicate He then fled to the Netherlands,  In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as vJewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria  III    a pogrom that became known as "Kristallnacht"  In 1953, Welsh author-poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39  In 1961, U.S Air Force Ma). Robert M. Wtiite became the first pilot to fly an X-15 rocket plane at six times the speed of sound The Beatles' future manager, Brian Epstein, first saw the group perform at Tfie Cavern Club in Liverpool, Fngland  In 1963, twin disasters struck Japan as some 450 miners were killed m a coal-dust explosion, and about 160 people died in a train crash.  In 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight  In 1970, former Frencfi President Charles de Gaulle died at age 79  In 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West, joyous Get mans danced atop the Berlin Wall.  In 1991, singer-actor Yves Montand died near Pans at  age 70.  Ten years ago: The northern alliance proclaimed victory over the ialiban in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, the most significant |)rize in northern Afghanistan.  /WONDER / IF HE OFFERS  /1NY/\DVICE V ro HER/mW \^C7\IN?  HERALO-niTUNG EDITORIAL BOARD  Publisher and Lditor Doug Toney  tiWw Shiwn Itwis    CucuHfton thricto» Jtff Fowlfr  *151 M#n«9tnq Fdrtot Will Wnqht    Copy f(Wof Kut* ThoffilJ  gTAltíER  7<X|  IF,ITERS POLICY  The Herald-Zettung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns up to 500 woids. Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo.  The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reiect submissions All submissions must include an address and phone 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, PO. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78130  •    By fax iSIWj 606 3413 • In person: 707 Landa St, New Braunfels  What it was, really was football  A few inillennia from now. when archaeologists from an asr endant Brazil or lurkeyor wfirrcver sift the shards of Ainrncaii civilization and find the ruins of the Big House in Ann Arbor. Mich . they will wonder why a 109,901 seat entertainment venue was attacfied to an institution of higfier educa tion  loday. tiie accelerating pre posterousness of big time (ollege football is again prcj voking furrowed biows and ()uised lips But tfieie proba bly were levy of eitfter among tfie 20 niillion who Saturday night wat( tied Alabama s student athletes [>lay ttiose of I SU  Ifiese teams fiead coach fs salaries are $4 6 million and $3 75 million, respec tively, and their additional perquisites and incentives have casli values not to be sneezed at But by some hedonic or other calculus, these coacties may add more to the national stock of pleas uie. and even more value to tfieir institutions, than do Alabama s president and LSU's chancellor, wtio earn S487.620 and $400,000. respectively  ftie college football con glomerate tias recently been loiled t)y an unseemly scram ble — if seemliness pertains t(j tins industry ot schools abandoning their old confer ences and jettisoning tradì tional rivalries in a race to get into other conferences  GEORGE  WILL  COLUMNIST  where television revenues are more bountiful Tor now, this IS the landscape:  The Pac (for Pacific) 10 now has 12 teams, having acquired Utah and Colorado which is 936 miles from the Pacific Tfie Big Ten which has fiad 11 teams since Penn State joined in 1990, now lias, with Nebraska 12 The Big Tast, having lost several members (including Pitts burgh and Syracuse, to the ACC) and its sense of geog raphy. is courting Southern Methodist, which is in Dallas, and Boise State, which would have to fly 4.300 miles round trip to play South Flori da in Tampa The Big East is desperate to remain one of the SIX conferences whose Winner gets an automatic bid to one of the Bowl Champí onship Series games, which can pay a conference as mucti as $26 million One reason Texas A6M is bolt ing to the Southeastern Con ference from the Big 12 (wfiich IS also losing Mis souri to the SEC) is that Texas struck a 20 year $300 million deal with ESPN and started its own cable chan nel ESPN, which has nghts to 33 of 35 Division 1 post season games with its sister network ABC. will by next  year spend more than $700 million on nghts to college football and other sports. ESPN IS what the feckless NCAA pretends to be, the real regulator of college foot ball  The NCAA riiay soon ban from postseason competition all football (and basketball) teams with bad graduation rates This will increase the already powerful incentives to provide athletes unde^ rnanding curricula that refute the adjective m the phrase higtier education This is one example of how reforms can make matters worse  Another example is the proposal to pay the players some of the money their exertions are generating If football players are paid, female field hockey players must be, too. because of Title IX s gender equity man dates Besides, it is one thing for a music major to earn money on the side playing trumpet in a dance band, it is something very different to establish an entitlement of athletes to a portion of the profits from a rnultibillion dollai sports operation  Furthermore, trumpeters do not risk broken limbs and torn ligaments. Football players do. and if they receive financial compensa tion. beyond their scholarships (and potential future earnings in professional sports), are they then employees of their universi ties and eligible for work  men's compensation^  But wait. About those profits the players want a share of Actual prohts are difficult to document, particularly if you argue that big-time football programs are wholesome because those whose revenues exceed expenses can, or ought to. use their surpluses to subsidize their schools' many non revenue sports — basically, all sports except basketball It IS arguable, if not easily demonstrable, that universities' athletic successes cause increased student applications and alumni giving. Such giving matters increasingly as states’ appropriations decrease But even if true, this begs a question; Is the football industry as currently conducted an efficient way to do this^  This IS, in several senses, an academic question In 1873. Andrew Dickson White, Cornell University s first president. refused permission for the school's football team to travel to Cleveland to play Michigan: "I will not permit 30 men to travel 400 iTiiles merely to agitate a bag of wind Today, the muscular interests around, and institutional momentum of, big-time football make it impervious to reform Agitation, in several senses, will continue  • George Will is a Washington Post Writers Group columnist Enfiail Will at  georgewill@washpost.com .  Time to get serious about implementing state water plan  Af.JSIIN Diought and flK' 2012 state water plan v/pfp ttie subjects of a day s vvorth ot testimony in a t'Jov 2 intfMini tieaiiiig of ttie House ( oiiimittep on f'iatural I^.rsouK cs  (-tiaifinan All.iri Ritter. R Npdeilaiid before receiving inj)ut, said ttie current drouglit lepreseiits a cross ioads foi tlie state ot lexas" and 'we le all going to have to get seiious about imple riientmg our state water plan." I tie state s 2012 v/ater plan IS now iii the diaft phase  In testimony, fexas State C limatologist John Nielson Gammon estimated ttie drougttt would last at least two years  Bob Rose, a meteorologist v/itti the lower Colorado Riv er Auttiority, said ttie drougtit {ould grow woise in 2012 and ttiat fexas is experiencing a cold Pacific period’ that could last a decade or longer.  Jerry Clark, Sabine River Authority general manager, said his agency has enough  ED  STERLING  COLUMNIST  water m storage to last toi yeais in drougtit conditions, but water managers across ttie state stiould investigate increasing storage capacities  Scott Hall, Lower Neches Valley Auttiority director, said he issued water shortage warnings ttirougtiout the year and It’s time to develop ground water resources, addi tional storage and more inter tace between reseivoirs  Bill West, Guadalupe Blan CO River Authority general manager, suggested three things need to happen on a larger scale conservation, life style changes and projects.  Hay Hotline aids farms, ranches  Farmers and ranctiers, reel mg from the worst one year drought in Texas history, are making use of the Texas  Depaitrnent of Agriculture’s Hay Hotline  State Agriculture Cornmis sioner Todd Staples on Nov. 2 announced the hotline lists more than 1,000 tiay produc ers fiorn 42 states selling for age  1 he hotline makes it easy for ttiose in need of feed to connect witti those who have a surplus  fexas IS ttie national leader in cattle pioduction so it is critical that we preserve the fields on wliicti all ol America relies,” Staples said  No rush to polls in early voting  With tfie fate of 10 pro posed constitutional amend ments and many local bond referendums in the hands of voters, data compiled by the Secretary of State reveal no rusti to the early voting polls,  Texas has more than 13 million registered voters and as of Nov. 3. only I 67 per cent of tfiern had taken advantage of early voting.  Secretary of State's Hope  Andrade's office posted daily voting data for Texas' 15 most populous counties dur mg the Oct. 24-Nov 4 eady voting penod before the Nov 8 constitutional amendment election.  According to cumulative totals posted through the close of business on Nov. 3. Travis, the state's fifth most populous county, had the highest cumulative percent age With 2 95 percent of its 581,576 registered voters having cast ballots  Hidalgo, the lOth most populous county, had the lowest turnout with 0.59 percent of Its 285,888 registered voters having cast ballots.  Texas noted for business climate  Texas made the November 2011 cover of Site Selection magazine after earning the publication's Top Business Climate in the nation rank mg  The ranking is based on data such as cornpetiveness and tax climate and a survey  that asked corporate executives with site selection responsibilities to name the states they considered most business fnendly  Joining Texas in the top five were Georgia, North Caroli na, Virginia and South Carolina, m that order.  Executives cited Texas’ tax climate, pro-business climate, available workforce and eco nomic development incen tives as reasons to relocate or expand a business in the Lone Star State.  "This top ranking further affirms our efforts to generate an environment where new jobs can be created and maintained." Gov. Perry said Nov 1  Also, the governor noted, according to USA Today, Texas has moved past New York as the nation's second largest economy, and the Wall Street Journal has credited the state's low taxes and employer friendly environment with helping make Texas the job creation capital of the nation. And. Texas  15    ranked as the top exporting state in the nation for the ninth year m a row.  Accountability ratings changed  Following the appeals process, the Texas Education Agency changed the state ratings of nine school districts and 63 campuses.  Eight campuses and one district moved up to an Exemplary rating (the tiighest) and  16    campuses and five districts moved up to a Recognized rating, while 39 campuses and three distncts managed to upgrade their Academically Unacceptable rating to the Academically Acceptable level.  However, ratings remained unchanged for most distncts and campuses. Overall, 72 of the 202 district or campus appeals were granted, the Texas Education Agency reported on Nov 2.  ■ Ed Sterling is member services director for the Texas Press Association.   

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