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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 41 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | herald-zeitung.com HERALD-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publi*her and Editor Doug Toney Mtmjins Frtifof Itwi* C»cul»tion OifKtof J»f1 fowfm Ant tilitof W»H WngM Cow fd'toi Thofrm Culture must change on college campuses AT ISSUE Scandals involving colleges, their officials and tfieir sports. OUR VIEW The empliasis needs to return to academic fields instead of attiietic ones he f hild sex <jbusp scandal that has crnbroiipd Penn State I Inivrrsity and cost spvpial officials ”■ including i legendary coach Joe Paterno tfieir jobs is the latest example ot a plague tliat has pestered colleges for years. Athletics long ago surpassed academics as tfie prime reason for existence at some colleges and universities The lure of multimillion dollar T V contracts and sponsorship deals has blinded offi-( lals vision of theii true purpose and led them to protect their athletic programs by any means necessary Sports lelated scandals being swept under ttie rug aien t a major college phenomenon ihey happen on campuses big and small at loss tfie nation In 200?, tiny (lardnei Webb (iniversi-ly, a Southern Baptist affiliated college in Boiling S[)rings. N.C was caught up i!i a giade tampering contrrwersy The b.isketball team s star player ctieated on ,1 leligion exam, and the school's president ordered the ()layer's giade t(.) I>e cakulated witliout the resultant f so the Runniri Bulldogs could play in — and win the Natiofhil Chiistian ( oikge Atfiletic Association championstiip Tali' about hypocnsy Would h non student athlete be treated likewise’ ()f coiiise not He would've failed the course and beei: Mit)jf( f to dis( iplinary .u tion for violat ing the S! tiool s fi!)nor ((uir And if a [)rofessor had been discoveird fixing giade'^ fie would ve bren fired i.iardnc' Webfi (Jiesidrnt. ( fins White wasn't fired by tfie board of tru'^f'ps Mr lesigiK'd on!', after concerned alumni '^()ol‘P out i(.n wppI<s ,)nd tfip Waslnngton Post pub lisfied a fii:»nt [)app rpport on the ( (¡ntrovTrsy ' ollegp' and 'lnlveí^ltlf■s sliouid be known first and foremost ,i', plaf rs of fiipher Ir uning wfiere America's be^'t and t-ngfitPst studerils go to pxcpI and devploj) cures for dise.isP'. ripv. (“(.onoriiK models and innovative tech noiogies tfiat sa\p [iioti(’v‘ and c reate jobs While tins is t'ljf* at many colleges and universities, we don t hear as rnu'fi about tfiose suc(pss stories. The media air partiallv to blaiiip, but society in general does nt reward acad^'tiiic st^uidouts with tfie level of acco ladps the\ freely dole out tui atfiletps and atfiletic programs We ripf'd to cliange tfuit culturr If wr (fon't, tfie scan dais will ' ontinup Student athletps, tfiPir coaches and tfip sports tfiey [)lay don i deserxe any more special treat merit tfian a tegiil,ii student, piofpssor or academic j>ro gram does inj) \> |\ iiiNjoij', f'iPS'' Today is Wednesday, Nov 16, the 320lh day of 2011 There are 45 days left in the yeai Today's Highlight in History; On Nov. 16,196T House Speaker Samuel T Rayburn, 79, died at tiis home in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms as minority leader ot the Democrats On this date: In 1776, British troops captured Foit Washington m New York during the American Revolutiun. In 1885, Canadian rebel leader I oiiis Riel was executed for high treason In 1907, Oklafioma became the 46th state of the union In 1917, Georges Clemenceau again became prime min ister of France In 1933, the United Stales and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations In 1959, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway, In 1960, Academy Award winning actor Clark Gable died in Los Angeles at age 59 LETTERS POLICY The Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and quest columns up to 500 words. Guest columns must be accompanied by a ptioto The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject submissions All submissions must include an address and phone num her so authorship can be confirmed. SUBMIT LE’ITERS • By e-mail to news''®herald ?eitung com • Online at herald ;eitung com • By mail to: letters to the Fditor, Herald-Zeitung, P,0 Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78130 • By fax (830) 606-3413 • In person 707 Landa St., New Braunfels Who will pay for lawsuit over can ban ordinance? I know the election about the can debate is over, and v^e all want to go for-vyard with our daily lives, but I have a question With the election results in, and the tact the ban passed what happens witli tfie lawsuit that was filed^ Do the taxpayers really have to pick up the tab for this, or IS it funded by the people how filed it^ 1 really don’t know, and would like to know the answer I will withhold any comtTients about my feelings until I can find out who actually pays for all the legal costs Rrank F<KShage New Braunfels Wurstfest crowd was polite, gradous and dean 1 worked the first Saturday of Wurst fest from 8 p m until closing It was crowded with wall-to-wall people We could not have been more pleased with the crowd's demeanor [fie college kids were polite, gracious and ttianked us for the good food We witnessed sober people who were there to have a good time in an ordedy man ner I walked from one end of the grounds to the other and observed only one plastic cup that had not been put in a I I rriUS TO TIII I DITOK teceptacle Wow' Wfiat a great expenence for every person involved m tlii‘> < elebration I fiank you' Judi Bender New Braunfels Reader looks forward to new type of tourism So, tfie l)an on cans was upheld i)y the voteis and thr tourism is going to hell in a fiaridbasket I think not On the (ontrary, you will find that you will have a brand new type of tourism those who ap[)reciate the natural brauty of the city .md families v/ill return 1 here IS no excuse for the city being held hostage, monetarily or erTK)tion ally, by a faction better suited for a frat fiouse Congratulatiorts to those voters with tfie ability to see tfirough this thin ly veiled excuse foi had behavior Jeri Porter Fischer Restaurants did a great job honoring veterans I wisfi to spnd a great big "thank you" to tfie restaurants (especially Ajjplefjee s and (,)live Garden) for the very special treatment they gave veterans and ttieir families on Veteians Day witfi a complimentary dinner for all wfto attended So few remember the pure we [)aid especially those wfio were left befiind in combat Our family was made to t)e honored guests that day, and we will always remerntier fiow special you are to us I m a widow of a fallen comrade wtio was killed in action in Vietnam, Gail Coltman New Braunfels City should consider doud seeding to break drought Why tfiere is not more cloud seeding in our city during this drought? It's a real missed opportunity Seeding being done in iexas iKnv --why not here? One would tiiink we sfiould be trying all possible loutes to help get us cjut of this potential disaster. Look at the rivers I hey are so low you can walk across tfiein We have had numernus days witfi heavy cloud cover, and it seems we should try to help ourselves ( loud seeding might be an answer We are coming into the months that tiave tfie least rainfall, and there is a possif)ility tins drought could last until 2013 We need to take matters into our hands Stop looking up at the clouds and saying, "I wish it would ram " If we do not get ram soon, we will not need to worry about trash in tfie rivers -.....or tubers S.C. Carter New Braunfels Texas voters approve seven Constitutional amendments Voters approved spv<mi propositK.ins and rpjei trri tliree in the Nov 8 '.t,jtp cmi stitutioridl ,irnpii'liiif’nt rk' tion, Unoffiri,tl figuif's [)()stf'd Nov 9 by the ()!ii< p of thp Secretary (jf State shf)w af)out j percent of iexas more than 12 million legist^red votpis cast ballots in tfip election Approved were • Prop I, autfiorizing tiie Legislature to provide the sur viving spouse of a 100 (¡er cent disaf)led vetaran witíi an exemption from ad valoiem taxation • Prof) 2, autfuKi/ing tfip iexas Water Development Board to issue up to $6 tullion in general obligation bonds • Prop 5, authonzing the Texas Higher tducation (.oor dinating Board to issue and sell general obligation bonds to finance education loans for students • Prop 5, auttiorizing the Legislature to allow cities or ED STERLING COLUMNIST (oulities to critei into intei lo< ril coritr.K,ts with other (ities or ((HJiities without the imposition of a tax or tfie pro viMon ot a sinking fund, • Prop 6, allowing the (jpiieral Land Office to dis tribute revenue from permanent scfiool fund land or oth pr ()toperties to tfie available s( fiool fund to provide addi tional funding lor public edii ! .iiion. • Prop 9, authori/ing the governor to grant a ()ardon to a person wtio successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication coinrnumty supervision • Prop 10, changing tfie length of tfie unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district offic eholders if they become candidates for anotfier office Rejected were; • Prop 4, authorizing the Legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to hnance the development or redevelopment of an unpro ductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area within the coun ty • Prop 7, adding El Paso County to the list of counties authorized to create conservation and reclamation dis tricts to develop parks and recreation facilities financed by taxes • Prop 8, requiring the Leg islature to provide for taxa tion of open space land devoted to water stewardship pur()Oses on the basis of its productive capacity Redistricting rejected A panel of three Washing ton, D.C,, federal district judges on Nov. 8 threw out U S congressional and state House and Senate district lines redrawn by the Iexas Legislature earlier tins year The court order denying the State ol Iexas' motion foi summary judgment to have its new redistricting maps declared legal is woidecf as follows; "Having caiefully (onsid ered the entire record and the parties' arguments, the Court hnds and concludes that the State of Texas used an improper standard or method ology to determine which dis tricts afford minority voters the ability to elect their pre ferred candidates of cfioice and that ttiere are material issues of fact in dispute that prevent this Court iroiTt enter ing declaratory judgment that the three redistncting plans meet the requirements oi Sec tion 5 of the Voting Rigfits Act New maps must be pro duced by the Federal Distnct Court, Western District ot Iexas, San Antonio Veterans story exhibit ' Every Veteran fias a Story to lell," an exfiibit at the Texas ( apitol Visitors ( enter, opened on Veterans Day, Nov 11 and will njn through Septemt)er 2012 Iwelve fexas veterans of four wars - World War II, Vietnam and both Iraq wars ■ are featured m videos recounting tfieir first-hand war ex[)eriences The exfiibit is the woik of the Iexas Ciener al Land (Jffice Gov Peiry's statement in fionor of Veterans Day includ ed tins excerpt; With common bonds of selflessness and bravery, our veterans are a credit to our nation and our state 1 heir legacy of courage and cf)iiviction endures in the form of our most precious gift; freedom Jessop sentenced With the sentencing of Frederick Merrill Jessop last week, 10 YFZ Ranch related defendants have been convicted on felony ctiarges and sentenced to prison All were indicted on sexual assault ol a child, bigamy or other charges, and two more defendants are awaiting trial. Attorney General (jreg Abbott said Nov 9. A Coke County jury sen fenced Jessop to 10 years in pnson and a $10,000 fine for performing a ceremony pro-fiibited Ijy Texas law, Abi)ott said, yfZ Ranch, owned by the breakaway Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is near Eldorado in Schleicher County Prosecution of certain adult male ranch residents began after the ranch was raided by federal, state and local agen cies in the spring of 2008 ■ Ed Sterling is member services director of the Texas Press Association ittiÉÜ
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