New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
HERALD-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD
Publisher tnd Editor Doug Tonty
Spread a little Cheer to local folks In need
he New Braunfels Salvation Army Service Center has kicked off its annual Cheer Fund drive to help provide food to local elderly and/or handicapped residents. Now in its 29th year, the Cheer fund was created after a group of winter Texans, buoyed by the kindness of local residents, sought a way to give hack to tlieir host community I he winter Texans approached the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, and together they created the Cheer Fund. The newspaper managed the fund for many years before turning It over to the Salvation Army.
For almost three decades. Her* ald-Zeitung readers have supported this good cause, and the Salvation Army hopes this year is no different If anything, the need is greater than ever. Monetary donations are being accepted at the Herald-Zeitung's office or by mail at 101 Landa St . New Braunfels. TX ^8130 (')49 Landa St after Friday) until Christmas. Checks sfiouid made payable to tfie Salvation Army Cheer Fund Money diso can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Service Center. 617 S Business 35 Money isn t tfie only thing needed Volunteers are sought to help fill and deliver the food boxes, which contain a week's worth of food Included in the boxes are items such as holiday hams, canned goods, hot (.ereal. vegetables, fruits and Christmas candies.
It s more than just a meal, said Judy Baker, manager of the Salvation Army's New Braunfels service center Voluntpers can contact Bakei (830) 608 9129,
That same number can be used to anonymously nominate rp( ipients for the food boxes Nominees are thor^ oughly s( reened f)y the Salvation Army to ensure their wor-rhiness
Right now I m planning to do 100 to 150 boxes. Some atp for inflividuals, some are for couples, Baker said The food bo.xes will be delivered on Dec, 16 Here s hopinp, everyone rallies around the Cheer Fund and maks this the best year of giving ever
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Today is Thursday, Dec 1, the 335th day of 2011 There ate 30 days left m the year
Today's Highlight in History;
On Dec. 1,1941, Japan's Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United Stales, Britain and the Nethetlands after his government rejected U S demands contained in the Huil Note, including a call for Japan to withdraw all of its forces from China and French indochma.
On this date;
In 1824, the piesidential election was turned over to the U S House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay (Adams ended up the winner.)
In 1^, the Charles Dickens novel "Great Expectations" was first published in weekly serial form.
In 1909, the first kibbutz was founded in the Jordan Valley by a group of Jewish pioneers; the collective settlement became known as Degania Alef
In 1921, the Navy flew the first nonrigid dirigible to use helium, the C-7 traveled from Hampton Roads, Va, to Washington, D C
In 1934, Soviet communist official Sergei M, Kirov, an associate of Josef Stalin, was assassinated in Leningrad, resulting in a massive purge.
In 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala , city bus, the incident sparked a yearlong boycott of tfie buses by blacks.
In 1969, the U S government held its first draft lottery since World War II.
In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.
In 1990, British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel between their countnes finally met after knocking out a passage in a service tunnel.
In 1991, Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
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Local Girl Scouts'good deeds are abundant
I'm very troubled by the Kathryn Lopez column, Today's Girt Scouts nothing like clean wholesome group of
I can t understand why you'd give so much space to someone who has nothing better to do on Thanksgiving than write nasty things about one of the most wholesome groups m the world.
I ve read this piece over and over and from what 1 can see, Ms Lopez is troubled by the fact the Girl Scouts are too inclusive fhey'll let anyone in despite their religious affiliation, disability race, upbringing or the morality of their parents ''Darn it. those Girl Scouts need to discriminate more, she seems to say ' fhey're just letting in all the riffraff"
I've been a part of the Girl Scouts here in New Braunfels for about eight years, and I've seen these girls put so much heart and soul into making their community and their world a better
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place Where else can you find groups of young girls collecting food for the food bank, making blankets for babies in the N1CU, buying gifts for children who are in the care of CASA for the holidays with their cookie money, landscaping areas of our parks, caring for animals in the shelter, entertaining the children of hurricane victims, and visiting the elderly in nursing homes^
These girls have been providing services such as these and more that are too numerous to list here, Vv'ell, Ms lopez. I'm proud to support this group of unwholesome girls
Usa Biaschke New Braunfels
Turkey gave park visitors a lot of joy in short period
The Landa Park turkey was killed recently apparently by an individual whose urges and wants were more pressing than the joy brought to those who visit the park
I remember when the silly turkey first landed m the park It was so funny watching it hang out with the geese On the first morning, it was strutting around with one goose while all the others formed a nng and watched. The bird quickly became a celebrity with her own Facebook page and an article m the newspaper.
She brought joy to many and smiles to little faces. Then evil came to visit the park and left the turkey dead Now I must explain to my grandchildren why such people exist in the world They do exist, and it is important that we teach our children that they do but It would have just been nice to let innocence live a little longer; to keep evil hidden ¡ust another year Yes, it was just a silly turkey, but in a few short months, it gave joy to many in a time when joy does not come easy I give my compliments to the Texas Parks and Wildlife for investigating and apprehending a suspect
Larry Horton New Braunfels
Pepper-spraying protesters orily fuels Occupy's anger
■ Los Angeles Times on pepper-spraying protesters:
Watching University of Califoima-Davis campus police pepper-spraying a line of seated student protesters, the immediate and valid reaction is; What part of nonviolent do these officers not understand;’
Even if the last major waves of campus protests were a couple of decades ago. quelling student demonstrations without harm and With a minimum of residual outrage should be at the top of university training programs for police staff. ...
Statements afterward by the police chief, who was placed on leave, and Chancellor Linda Katehi only fueled the anger by appearing to defend the two officers known to have been involved and who previously were
placed on leave.
While deploring the inci dent and vowing to investi gate thoroughly, Katehi reportedly said the police officers were technically follow mg protocol, though some situations call for not follow ing protocol.
She would have been better off sticking with just the first part of her statement. If the police were indeed following protocol, there might be a serious problem with the protocol Itself Though Katehi's original response failed to inspire confidence, she quickly cor rected course and is assembling a diverse task force for a 30-day investigation UC President MarkG Yudof has ordered an obviously needed review of all university police training. Both resulting reports must set down clear policies for the treatment of
nonviolent protesters and stern discipline for those who violate the policy.
■ The Albany (N.y.) Times Union on the congressional supercommittee
We can't say we’re surprised by the failure of Congress' so-called supercommit-tee to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions. But we are disappointed. There is no joy in having Congress live down to our expectations yet again.
Heartbreaking as that lack of confidence in our own government may be. is it any wonderi’
For tfie past year. Wash ington has been all but paralyzed by an unyielding aver Sion among Republicans to tax increases, even on the wealthiest Americans, and by their unrelenting determina
tion to oppose President Barack Obama at every turn m order to win back the White House, if not all of Congress, in 2012. We don't say that to be partisan We say It because those are the facts and the Republicans' stated positions Coupled with Democrats' failure to negotiate through this intransigence -- if. indeed, that were even possible — the result has been an unending political campaign. And when the campaign never ends, governing has little hope of getting done The failure of the super-committee should leave us more than disappointed It should leave us worried, gravely worried, that our political system has done little more than mark time, unable to handle the serious issues facing our nation todayStop Online Piracy Act protects American products, jobs
A recent letter to the editor m the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung misrepresents a bill m Congress to stop online piracy and protect America’s innovations
Most Americans do not realize there is a vast virtual market online run by crtrni nals who steal and sell America s intellectual property and keep the profits for themselves
Often based overseas, these so-called rogue websites'’ not only steal our mtellectuaf property, tfiey steal the profits and jobs that belong to American innovators According toU.S. REP.
estimates, IP theft costs the U S economy more than $ ICO billion annually and results in the loss of thousands of American jobs.
I he Stop Online Piracy Act (H R. 3261) cuts off the flow of revenue to rogue sitesand prevents criminals from Using tfie online globalmarketplace to distribute counterfeit goods to U S; consumers This helps
ensure that profits from Amer ican innovations go to Amer ican innovators.
Claims that this bill will allow anyone to seek an order to block any website are false This biTI targets websites Specifically dedicated to illegal and infringing activity. Legitimate and lawful sites Tike Facebook and You Tube have nothing to worry about Under this bill, the Attorney General can seek an injunction against a foreign website that IS dedicated to illegal and infnnging activity. The Attorney General must go to a federal judge and lay out the case
against the site If the judge agrees, a court order will be issued that authorizes the Justice Department to request that the site be blocked The bill also provides a non litigation avenue for rights holders to protect their intellectual property from rogue sites. Rights holders must first petition third party intermediaries, like credit card companies or ad service providers, to sever ties with the rogue site that is illegally selling copyrighted material But third party intermedianes have the right to refuse. If they do. then a nghts holder
can seek an injunction against the site in federal court
If a federal judge agrees that the website m question is dedicated to illegal and infringing activity, then a court order can be issued directing companies to sever ties with the illegal website. Third party intermediaries are only required to stop working with the illegal site They cannot be held liable for the illegal or infnnging actions taken by the rogue website.
This commonsense legislation protects Amencan products and American jobs Amencan intellectual proper
ty industnes provide 19 million high-paying jobs to the U.S. economy and account for more than 60 percent of U.S. exports. Congress cannot stand by and do nothing while some of America s most profitable and productive industries are under attack If we allow these websites to continue to operate with impunity, we will hurt American companies, lose more American jobs and stall American innovation.
■ U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith represents the 21 St District of Texas and chairs the House Judiciary Committee.