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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 - Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, February 16, 2011 FOMIM Herald-Zeitung Vrvinjf New Rraunfdt and (ttmal ( jmrtty nim 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852. New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged m 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Editor and Publisher Managing Editor Circulation Director Business Manager Advertising Director Doug Toney Autumn Phillips Jeff Fowler Rosie Willingham Timothy Tergeoglou Guest Commentary Social safety net keeps us all safe New library trustees look to future GRETCHEN WEICKER By Linda C. Jacobson Special to the Herald-Zeitung Editor's Note: This is the second in a tioo-fxirt series regarding m erit changes to the Canyon hike (Urmmanity library District Board ofTYustees. 1 ¿ist week we profiled outgoing hoard members Bette Wehner and Mary' Arnold, who each resigned for personal reasons after many years of service. Their resignations left two seats on the board with unexpired terms. In today’s column, we welcome new trustees Bob Arnold anti Susan Bogle, who have been appointed to fill those openings. TYE PRESTON MEMORIAL Library Arnold and his wife, former board member Mary Arnold, have called Canyon I^ke home for the 10 years. As a newly appointed trustee, he has been also t>een elected treasurer for the board. While he’ll have new duties, Arnold will also be following through on responsibilities from his role on the Building Committee. “I want to see that the physical plant of the new building meets the expectations of the Board in the construction contract and that all of the ‘settling in’ issues get resolved as smoothly as possible,” Arnold said. Bob Arnold: Building for the Future While Boh Arnold might be new to the board, he certainly isn’t new to TPML Arnold served as the chair of the Building Committee for the half a decade that it took to plan anil complete the new library that opened last fall. With a bachelor’s degree in history' from Ford-ham University and a master's of science in Urban Studies from UTSA, combined with a 35-year career in die Federal Civil Service, Arnold was well suited for his role vvidi the library. During his years in Civil Service, Arnold worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration, he said. “For the last 10 yean with HUD/FHA, I was primarily underwriting commercial loans for apartment complexes and nursing homes,” he said. As the chair of the TPML Building Committee, he put diose years of experience to work as he “assisted in arranging financing and overseeing the new building’s construction,” Arnold explained. Burnham Jones, president of the Board of Trustees, has observed Arnold’s leadership over the years. “Bob’s work with the architects and contractor were instrumental in the success you see in the lx*auty and functionality of our new library," Jones said. He met weekly with the builder, architects and others reviewing progress on construction and making recommendations for the inevitable revisions that are required as a project of the scope of our new library prtx eeded to completion." Susan Bogle: Involved in the Community Susan Bogle is well known around Canyon Lake for her volunteer services. In fact, Bogle earned the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award in 2009. Retired from the insurance industry as a logistics administrator, Bogle moved to Canyon Lake from the Dallas area in 2001. Over the years, she traveled and lived internationally but has always proudly claimed her status “as a native Texan who never left Texas soil — having always taken a container of Texas dirt with us,” she said. Bogle serves on the board of CRRC, the Gorge I>reservation Society and the Pilot Club, the group that originally started the library at Canyon I,ake almost 40 years ago. Bogle is also a member of the Texas Master Naturalists, involved with the Cibolo Nature Center, is an advocate for CASA of Central Texas and is a member of the Morning Glory Garden Club. She's is no newcomer to TPML, either. "I acted as an advisor to the library building committee regarding the landscape selections for the new building,” she said. “I also volunteer as an ESL tutor, help during the summer reading program and am a member of the Friends group.” As a trustee for the Canyon Lake Community library District, Bogle will be developing Gifting Committee in addition to working with £e other board members. “Tye Preston Memorial Library has always seemed to me to be at the heart of our community," she said. “I think that is true even more so today than it ever was. I hope my contributions will help the library to continue to fulfill that role.” 1 lappy birthday to four young men who have made it into their 30s: TWo the children of long-time friends, one from my extended family, and one my own child I heir improved mental health endures. One was found by campus police collapsed on a sidewalk outside his dorm in the dark hours of the morning near death from a drug overdose. One was misdiagnosed when a pre-teen as embarking on a lifetime of schizophrenia. One was found on the edge of the Grand Canyon convinced he was there to battle the Devil. One began to threaten others with bodily harm, property damage, or death. In the United States nearly every network of family, friends, or colleagues can tell similar stories. No one is totally unfamiliar with mental health struggles. Some of us received early warnings. The imperative interventions took up to 25 years of effort and in some instances will never stop. The results range from miraculous recovery of mental health to functional stability. These men are alive and so are others whom they could have endangered. What did it require to keep them alive, protecting them and others? It took teachers full of awareness; insightful relatives and friends; teams of tutors, psychologists, psychiatrists, support groups, doctors, hospitals and medicines; caring churches and youth groups; the police, lawyers, and courts; specialized educational settings; tax accountants; and their own buried desire to get better. Especially, even though some marriages could not survive the turmoil, it took parents whose love never counted the cost. But, yes, it took money - quite a bit. Given that all families, communities, and states confront mental health issues first hand — either on the street or in the home — how does this nation count the cost? Do we assume that with the early warning signs all families will know about and be able to locate affordable help and work their way through the labyrinth of paperwork to receive it? Are we confident that all parents are capable of clear thinking, particularly in a crisis? Do we recognize the genetic connections or their lack? Parents may also be ill or domestic and international adoptions shroud relevant background information. Are we sure that citizens reject all taxation even that designated to help others in need and, in those rare violent events, save us all? When disturbed people kill large groups of innocents, we ask “How did this happen?” Frankly, we know the answer. Something is wrong in America’s treatment and care of the mentally ill and we must act as a courageous society. Are we willing to share the cost? A “social safety net” keeps everyone safe. When something is wrong with a child, only some can gather their independent resources to take preventative action. Yet mental illness can kill the sufferer as well the innocent. We celebrate any hard-won birthday, but we can offer more than prayers in memory of those who will never see another. — Gretchen Weicker is a retired educator and freelance uniter living in Neiv Braunfels. Perry primes lawmakers on budget-writing task ahead AUSTIN — Texans have it pretty good compared to people who live in other states, to summarize Gov. Rick Perry’s 44-minute State of the State speech, delivered Feb. 8 to a joint session of the state House and Senate. And although the steady march of people leaving their home states to settle in Texas is evidence of the state’s overall health, things could be better, he admitted in so many words. Have the doomsayers forgotten that Texas added more jobs in 2010 than any other state? Ixist year, the growth rate of Texas jobs was nearly double that of any other top 10 state,” Perry told the assembly of lawmakers and the heads of state agencies and courts. Without directly mentioning the ($27 billion) dollar amount of the projected revenue shortfall for the 2012-2013 biennium, Perry called for lawmakers to write a balanced state budget without raising taxes, without placing new unfunded mandates of local government and without touching the state's ($9.5 billion) rainy day fund. One of the more-noticed passages in the governor’s address was his challenge to colleges and universities to make higher education more affordable. He suggested the development of four-year degree programs that % * l EDSTERLING "Texas Capital Highlights" is written weekly by Ed Sterling member sewices director of the Texas Press Association. would cost $10.000 or less, including textbooks. To cut spending, Perry suggested curtailing the functions of certain “non-critical agencies" and making other agencies take on more. He also called for lawsuit reform to “improve the legal climate in our state, and impart even more energy, stability and security to our economy.* And he mentioned his desire to push back on a Washington, D.C. that “encroaches upon the rights of states” but called for the federal government to assign 1,000 soldiers to Texas to beef up border security. Perry asked the Legislature to continue to set aside part of the budget for his Texas Enterprise Fund, a discretionary fund his office has used since 2003 to attract and keep new businesses such as manufacturers and technological innovators. The fund, he said, has helped bring tens of thousands of jobs to Texas and "nearly $15 billion in capital investment.” After the speech, lawmakers returned to their duties, the most pressing of which is to gather input from constituents before crafting the state budget. And, so, with Texas’ rapidly growing population and less revenue on the horizon, the passage of a balanced budget promises tough votes on fund ing for all areas and possibly some historically considered uncuttable; pre-kindergarten, elementary, secondary and higher education, and health and human services. Bill targets sexual texting Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, on Feb. 7 jointly announced the filing of “sexting” prevention legislation. Under Watson’s Senate Bill 507, state law would classify the offense of sexting as a Class C misdemeanor for first-time violators less than 18 years old and courts would be authorized to sentence minors convicted of sexting - and one of the minor’s parents - to participate in an education program about sexting’s long-term harmful consequences. Watson’s bill also would allow violators to apply to the court to have the offense expunged from their records. these associations on their own time, these organizations are not affiliated with the DPS nor do they represent the department, the DPS said. If misrepresentation is suspected, citizens may contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-621-0508. DPS warns about telemarketers The Department of Public Safety on Feb. 7 warned the public to be wary of solicitations by telemarketers who claim to be raising money for the DPS. DPS Director Steve McCraw advised citizens not to give money to these groups as the funds are not likely to go to the causes that are claimed. Some groups include in their names the terms, “Texas Rangers,” State Hoopers,” “Texas Highway Patrol,” or "Department of Public Safety.” While some current or former officers may be members of some of Speaker assigns committees Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on Feb. 9 announced his committee chairmanships and rosters for the current session of the Legislature. A few of the key chairs he designated were; Appropriations, Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; Calendar, Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi; Public Education, Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands; Redis-tricting, Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton; State Affairs, Byron Cook, R-Corsi-cana; and Ways and Means, Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville. Straus also named Beverly Woolley, R-Houston, speaker pro tempore; and former Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Mid-land, as dean of the House. Comptroller: Obesity costs Texas Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on Feb. 4 released a report, “Gaining Costs: Losing Time: The Obesity Crisis in Texas.” The report says obesity cost Texas businesses $9.5 billion in 2009. Obesity could cost Texas businesses $32.5 billion annually by 2030, if current trends in obesity and health care costs continue. United States Government PRESIDENT ■ Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Baiuey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Few: (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 Fex: (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 Téléphona: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web addrese: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 615 E. Houston St. San Antonio 78205 Téléphoné: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government mm ■ 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4503 ■ Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4504 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Kathleen Krueoer kkrueger @ “ ‘ phi Telephone: Extension 4505 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Diqoes [email protected] Telephone: Ex ten sio n4506 Comal County Commissioners' Court 199 Main Plaza New Braunfels,Tx 78130 (830) 221-1100 ■ COUNTY JUDGE SHERMAN KRAUSE krause Telephone: (830) 221-1105 ■ PCT. 1 COMMISSIONER DONNA ECCLES0N cctdme Telephone: (830) 221-1101 ■ PCT. 2 COMMISSIONER SCOTT 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 ;