New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Letters to the Editor
Recent snowstorm didn’t faze Winter Texans from Minnesota
I here are 16 to 20 of us Snowbirds staying at ihe Best Western and Comfort Suites in New Braunfels mostly from Minnesota for one or two months. This is our 14th year here in New Braunfels.
Sixteen of us went to the musical at First Protestant Church, and it was cancelled because of had weather coming in that night. We were the only ones who showed up for it.
Leroy and Mary Ann Quememoen Fergus Falls, Minn.
Pastor’s view of Egyptian revolution is delusional
The thoughts expressed by your guest columnist on Feb. 12, Pastor Dick Jones, revealed the conservative's befuddled view of world history and current events. Obviously difficult to achieve, democracy is simply rule by the ruled, practiced in ancient ( ïreece soon after another Egyptian exodus.
Pastor Jones faults the Egyptians for overthrowing British rule in 1922. Why was Egyptian freedom delayed for 89 years? The pastors Anglican myopia distorts his view of the story. I lis assertion that only revolutions with Anglican roots are justified is delusional.
Saul Adame New Braunfels
Ask yourself if they listened before voting this May
As this year's local elections near, we voters might lx* well advised to carefully consider which candidates have either demonstrated that they have listened (or perhaps not listened) to the voters in the past e.g. think hack to when the voters turned down the bond election lor widening Walnut and what ensued thereafter) or can convince us that they will listen in the future on items for which we already have spoken / voted or will speak / vote (e.g. think of the Justice Outer).
Regardless of whic h side of the issue you are on, elected officials should honor the decision of the voters and not keep bringing their pet projects hack, again and again, until and unless, additional information is available that the public should hear. Recent national elections have shcnvn what a difference a voting population can make to candidates that do not listen to their citizens. Perhaps we can takea pageout of that election and serve our local interests better.
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John Bormann New Braunfels
Time for campaign signs Irom November to come down
There are three "Melnick" signs from Bulverde to New Braunfels on I lighway 46 that have not been removed since the election last November.
I contacted the Texas Highway Department who told me that since the signs were attached to private fences, they could not remove them; however, I was told they did contact the Melnick offices more than two weeks ago but the signs remain.
Certainly, there must be a fine for this eye sore on the highway.
Earle Leonard New Braunfels
Texas budget cuts will harm those who need help most
Jim Alston’s letter “Balanced Budget Can Be Achieved Without RaisingTaxes” claims all can be fixed just by cutting spending. Anyone who owns a i ar or a home knows what happens when you cut spending so much that you don’t maintain what you already have, the car stops running and the house falls down around your ears.
Hubert Humphrey, our 38th Vice President, is quoted as saying, “It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Ihe proposed 33 percent cut to Medicaid endanger the sick, needy and handicapped. The similar proposed cuts to education will damage the lives and income potential of the children of our state for a generation. The government of Texas is failing I lumphrey’s test. When any government fails such a test it is incumbent on the people to replace that government.
2012 can’t come soon enough.
JC Dufresne Cibolo
Be mindful with the words you use
Re: Concerning the word “retard"
C )K, I am going to put this out there, risking the ire of those with differing opinions: I am offended by the use of the word “retard.”
As the mother of a mentally retarded child, I find it hard to equate the term used to define my son’s disability with the way it is used by so many people — young and old alike.
Calling someone a “retard” or “retarded” is meant as a derogatory slur in order to demean or devalue that person.
T(?e truth. however, is that someone who is truly a "retard” is more likely to exhibit the traits of the type of person most of us admire and strive to emulate: honest, cheerful, respectful, hard-work-ing, compassionate, and proud of who they are
and what they do.
In the past, I have been alternately applauded, dismissed and scorned for this position. Those who fall m the latter category have responded with various justifications: “It is just a word”, “Words
can t hurt, 1 hey are not here now” or “They don’t
understand what I ’m saying anyway.”
But what these protestors fail to grasp is that it is more than just a case of using or not using a word It is the underlying acceptance of and reinforcement of an attitude — an attitude of intolerance.
So again, this is just me putting an opinion out there, in order to stave off the lecture I feel compelled to give on an individual basis. I’ll save the lecture lor my students, and hope that in some wav, through them, I can change at least a small measure of the insensitive attitude prevalent in so many of those who have never been lucky enough, or hiessed enough, to know and love a true “retard.”
Linda Miller New Braunfels
Smaller recycling containers available for those who need them
I hank you to all that have commented on the new recycling program. Since starting the new program in October, the monthly average for recycling tonnage has approximately doubled for the same period last year.
I here has been concern expressed by some over the size and maneuverability of the 96-gallon recycling cart.
When the program was established, the City did anticipate some residences would need smaller carts.
A number of smaller, easier-to-maneuver, 48-gallon carts have already been traded out for the larger carts and more are available upon request (based on demand, supplies will be replenished if
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Hot i eligion buttons on college campuses easy to find
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Anyone who explores academic hallways on American campuses will find lots of cartoons posted on professors' office doors and bulletin boards.
But what if the cartoons included the Prophet Muhammad?
In one famous case, a professor at Century College in Minnesota dared to post the Muhammad cartoons that were published in a Danish newspaper. Facing fierce criticism, she put the images behind a curtain so that anyone passing her bulletin board would not see them unless they chose to
Terry Mattingly is dim tor of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities atul leads the CetHeligion.org project to study religion and the news.
and it had to he canceled due to heckling by Palestinian students? What if a professor urged students to destroy a campus-approved display of tiny crosses, created by antiabortion students, that symbolically represented their stance?
These cases are real and there are hundreds more.
“Passions are boiling over on many campuses," said attorney William Creeley, who directs legal teams for the secular Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). "Students and professors and administrators
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Catholic educators at Georgetown University had a legal right to ask the abortion-rights group “Hoyas for Choice” to operate under the name “H(asterisk)yas for Choice” and to deny it some campus benefits. DePaul University had a right to deny equal treatment to a group called “Students for Cannabis Policy Reform.” The issue, said Creeley, is whether private-school leaders explicitly warn students and parents — before they enroll — about "what they are getting into."
Scratch the surface and it’s easy to Find religion in other campus conflicts. For example, “conservatives” often claim they face discrimination when seeking faculty promotions or jobs in prestigious schools, especially in science and political-science departments.
Programs that discuss Islam, or deal with Israel and the Middle East in general, continue to generate heat. Can faculty members who dissect the Bible do similar textual criticism of the Quran?
However, any FIRE review of recent campus Fights, said Creeley, would have to discuss whether religious groups on state campuses can insist
that their leaders support their foundational beliefs.
In other words, can a Jewish group insist that its leaders support the right of Israel to exist?
Can an anti-abortion group insist that its leadership be limited to those who oppose abortion?
Can an evangelical group require that all members of its leadership believe in the Resurrection of Jesus?
Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court — in another 5-4 decision — ruled that the Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco could require its Christian Legal Society chapter to use an “all comers” policy for members and leaders or lose its status as a campus organization. The case pivoted on the group’s affirmation that sex outside of marriage — the union of husband and wife — is sinful.
FIRE has tracked 40 or more disputes of this kind, noted Creeley, and there are sure to be more.
“I cannot think of anything less ‘liberal’ than what we are seeing on many campuses,” he said. While most educators "pride themselves on offering a liberal education,’ “ many are now promoting “an orthodoxy that tempts them to edit the First Amendment. ... You end up driving certain points of view off campus and silencing the religious voices that trouble you. That’s dangerous — period.”
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