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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, April 5, 2011 FORUM Letters to the Editor Focus on facts, not physical appearance, in presidential race He: Editorial cartoon on Saturday, April 2 I )onakl Trump hasn’t even announced his presidential run and already the double standard of the media is starting to show. Donald frump has no more control over the hair ( hk! gave him than Mr. ()hama has control over let s say, his skin color. I )ebate Mr. frump on the issues, but leave physical appearance out of it. What are'frump’s views on foreign policy, the economy, energy resources, trade with China, etc.? I low do they compare with the views of the present occupant of the White House? Which person has the best policies that will benefit America and her citizens? Ciive us some substance, media, not one-sided attacks over physical appearance. Ciive us the facts, not the fluff. Marie Vasek New Braunfels City needs to do better job of getting green-waste bags out to residents Will someone please expktin to me why we do not have Green-Waste recycle bags available? I lere it is springtime and we all want to clean our yards from the detritus of winter. Yet the City of New Braunfels, our “caretakers/taxers of waste”, has failed to supply the promised support to make it happen. I he last time we followed the rules and disposed our green waste as mandated and did not get the return of disposal bags was over six weeks ago! What’s the deal? Our neighbor, who borrowed two of our coveted recycle bags, came back to us with “news" from city employees’ resolution that she could purchase recycle green-waste bags at local retailers! Excuse me! I already pay for those bags in my utility bill! If the city managers-of-waste cannot properly manage their dictums, then I respectfully request they bow out of their commitment to conservation and let more capable hands handle business! Please... give me my bags! Daman Morris New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Snvtng New Braunfrli ami Comol County time IW2. New Brmmfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 | Editor and Publisher j Managing Editor ; Circulation Director I Business Managei | Advertising Director Doug Toney Autumn Phillips Jeff Fowler Rosie Willingham Jamie Gregg NBISD is using bullying techniques to strong arm teachers Telling teachers to resign or be fired is absolutely criminal. Low achieving teachers are safe while dynamic educators must jump through hoops to get re-hired. Additionally, not all school districts are handling this challenge in this way. Teachers with five years or more experience are in a pinch simply because they brought their commitment and talent to NBISI). No consideration has been given to merit and ability, even though NBISD spends money each year on a teacher appraisal system, which we ignore in hiring, firing, and compensation discussions. Now, employees who just lost their income feel pressured to resign. It is heavy-handed bullying to suggest that they “might” be re-hired if they resign. I his pressure to play ball" ignores people, and considers only NBISD’s fear of unemployment claims. Now students suffer in larger classes with teachers who aren’t necessarily the most qualified. And so our state and local leaders point fingers and pick on those least able to defend thems€*lves: children and teachers. Tough choices are necessary, but this ham-handed method of NBISD smacks of cronyism. What is doubly shameful is that probationary administrators were recently granted term contracts. Comal ISD sought and found ways to lose a handful of teachers, while little NBISD effectively cans 120-plus, with the empty promise that "we ll hire you back if you play ball, resign, and compromise your family’s livelihood.” It’s ironic that we teach anti-bullying on our campuses, while Randy Moczygemba has resorted to bullying tactics to strong-arm our teachers. Shame on you all. Jim Marshall New Braunfels Book tells story of little examined Nassau Plantation Around the Museum and Archives By Myra Lee Adams Goff In the northern corner of Fayette (bounty near Round Top, Texas, lies an area of beautiful, peaceful, rolling hills. The serenity of the landscape hides its rather sordid past of greed, slavery, even a charge of murder. This piece of property, 4,428 acres in the early 1840s, was Nassau Plantation — a slave plantation. It was owned by the Adelsverein, the same organization that began the German colonization project that eventually ended up in the settlement of New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, and other smaller communities. Very little has been written about Nassau Plantation (or Nassau Farm) until author Dr. James C Kearney came out with his book “Nassau Plantation; Hie Evolution of a Texas German Slave Plantation.” Most of the information that I used came from Dr. Kearney’s book, Roemer’s “Texas” and Prince Carl’s translated reports to the Adelsverein. In 1842,20 German noblemen met at the castle of Duke Adolph of Nassau and formed the Adelsverein. Count Christian Leiningen proposed the emigrant plan that would come out of that meeting. The newly formed Adelsverein sent Count Joseph of Boos-Waldeck and Count Victor Leiningen to the Republic ot Texas to purchase land for the settlement of immigrants. They purchased an undeveloped league of land in northeast Fayette County for 75 cents an acre. Giving up on the idea of using this land for the settlement for emigrants, they decided the land would be better used for growing crops for the emigration project. Dr. Kearney believes that the primary goal of the Adelsverein was to reap financial awards and to gain prestige for their organization. The two men proceeded to New Orleans and Houston to purchase supplies and slaves. Nassau Farm was to become a slave plantation. Boos-Waldeck supervised the cultivation of Du kp1 AdnInhf *1?¿eesu aNas^Plantation by artist Patricia S. Arnold. Insert pictures from left to right: Solms-Bmunfeis    Christian    of    Leiningen,    Count    Victor    of    Leiningen,    and    Prince    Carl    of cotton, sugarcane, potatoes, com, and tobacco. An oak-covered hill was chosen for the construction of the manor house called the Herrenhaus. Ferdinand von Roemer, in his book about Texas in 1845 described the house as comfortable with two stories and porches on both sides, stone fireplaces, shuttered windows and eventually real glass in four downstairs windows. Boos-Waldeck became convinced that the plantation was not a good idea and he expressed this to the Adelsverein. I hey did not listen. He consequently resigned from the society and went back to Germany, sick and disheartened. Before he left, he put Charles Pordtran in charge. Prince Carl arrived on the scene about this time and found the whole Nassau Plantation unsuitable. The plantation was dilapidated, but what shocked the prince most was the reality of slavery. The Adelsverein was also divided on the slavery issue from the start and received much criticism in Germany for supporting the plantation idea. Prince Carl in his 6th report to the Adelsverein in December, 1844 said, “From the bottom of my heart, I can only say that this slave mess is an unworthy affair for the Verein. It is truly a stain on human society.” Prince Carl dismissed Charles Ford-tran before he left for Germany in May 1845 and replaced him with Fredrick von Wrede Jr., a former German army officer. Von Wrede attempted to reorganize Nassau but on a trip to New Braunfels from Austin, he was killed by hostile Indians in 1846. The plantation was now without a leader. John Meusebach became the second colonial director of the Adelsverein, and after a conflict with the colonists, he spent the first months of 1846 at the plantation avoiding settlers and creditors. After much turmoil at Nassau Plantation, the Adelsverein finally sold the property in 1850, but there’s a long history of events that took place before and after that time. Visit and click “July 28,2009" for the story of a shootout that took place there. Sophie’s Shop at the Sophienburg has the largest collection of New Braunfels history books for sale. Dr. Kearney’s book is there. You will definitely learn a lot about the key players in the saga of Nassau Plantation. United States llflpiiliilli Government PRESIDENT ■ Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE................... ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: (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 Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224 2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2409 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: (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 ■ Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 615 E. Houston St. San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government mmnnrnm ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Doug Miller EXT E1.216 RO. Box 2910 Austin TX 78768-2910 Telephone: (512)463-0325 Fax: (512)463-5896 STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address: jeff. wentworth NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Castell Ave. P.O. Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1747 (830) 221-4000 ■ Mayor Bruce Boyer bboyer @ Telephone: Extension 4507 ■ Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4501 ■ Dist. 2 Councilor Mark Goodner [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4502 ■ Dist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra mybarra @ Telephone: Extension 4503 ■ Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4504 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Kathleen Krueger [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4505 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges [email protected] Telephone: Exte n si o n 4506 Comal County Commissioners' Court 199 Mam Plaza New Braunfels,Tx 78130 (830) 221-1100 ■ COUNTY JUDGE SHERMAN KRAUSE krause Telephone: (830) 221-1105 ■ PCT. 1 COMMISSIONER DONNA ECCLESON [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1101 ■ PCT. 2 COMMISSIONER SCOn HAAG [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1102 ■ PCT. 3 COMMISSIONER GREG PARKER [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1103 ■ PCT. 4 COMMISSIONER JAN KENNADY [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1104 ;