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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas FORUM TUE WA{? IS MO\llK]6 IN TWERI6W1 PlRECTIOM, Herald-Zeitung Srrvmg New Braunfels and I \etna! (emniy since IB5J, » New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; f New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged m 1957 and printed m both German and English until 1958 ®' m TAX CUT'S ARE SSatTIAU WL NE£P TO l£XX lUTC MUCUIAR °s$m> Letters to the Editor Pastor’s interpretation of Madison’s statement is reaching In Pastor Dick Jones' Guest Commentary (Jan. 20) “Americans have the right to express faith publicly," he offered an opportunistic "reach" and a blatant ad hoc embellishment of James Madison's amendment (section 16 of The Virginia Declaration of Rights). Jones' interpretation reads that Madison was suggesting deferring to Christian faith as the only accepted faith within which to refer to our "Creator" in discharging said constitutional laws. The un -embellished version in the Declaration itself reads "... that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, anti charity towards each other..." Madison did not write, "that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christianity." The former is merely describing a preferred virtue of Christianity that is found in other religious directives besides those pertaining to Christianity—a pivotal distinction. Aaron Root San Antonio Thank you to all who helped me through a heart attack Pearl I (arbor Day, Dec. 7, will hereafter live in infamy on an even more personal note; that being the evening my heart attack began. I thank God and die physicians from New Braunfels Cardiology who were responsible for literally giving me a second chance to live. I low fortunate that we have this incredible group so close at hand. My excellent can1 began around 4:20 a.m. on Dec 8 in the Emergency Rtx)in at Christus Santa Rosa — New Braunfels where, in less than five minutes, the E.R. staff began the process of stabilization. Dr. Bailey and his assistants performed four stent implants and 1 received first-rate treatment in the Intensive (^are Unit and later in the Intermediate Care Unit. The doctors, nurses, aides, technicians, housekeeping and kitchen staff all deserve a superb rating. I couldn't be more pleased with the treatment I received. Editor and Publisher Managing Editor Circulation Director Business Manager Advertising Director Doug Toney Autumn Phillips Jeff Fowler Rosie Willingham Timothy Tergeoglou I am also appreciative of the support and encouragement from my NBHS classmates both locally and those far away. Rose Annette Lloyd Larsen Seguin Regular examinations the key to preventing cervical cancer This year, approximately 12,200 women in the United States will lie diagnosed with cervical cancer. This disease is often caused by the Human Papilloma virus (HPV), and is highly preventable through early detection with Pap tests. January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, a time when we encourage all women to speak with their health care providers about getting regular Pap tests. This simple test, which is performed in a physician’s office or clinic, can detect abnormalities in the cells in die cervix before they become cancerous. Early detection allows physicians to treat these abnormalities before they develop into cancer. As an oncologist focused on preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer, I am hopeful that we can one day wipe out cervical cancer. Every day, dedicated physicians, scientists and researchers around the world are finding new and better ways to fight this disease. In fact, the FDA has approved a vaccine that attempts to produce immunity to HPV types 16 and 18, so women do not develop infections from these viruses, which could later lead to the development of cervical cancer. More than any other type of cancer, I believe that cervical cancer is preventable, but prevention requires adhering to regular screening and follow-up of any abnormal screening test result. It is true that some women are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer than other women, but, unfortunately, all women are at some risk. As progress continues and scientific advancements are made in the battle against cervical cancer, women can do their part by getting regular Pap tests. By working together, we can save lives and eventually eliminate this disease. Jason Kaplan, M.D. New Braunfels Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 26,2011. Today's Highlight in History: On Ian. 26, 1861, Louisiana passed an Ordinance of Secession, 113-17, at the state capitol in Baton Rouge, becoming the sixth state to break free from the United States. In 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney. In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state. In 1841, Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British. In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union. In 1911, the Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier" (The Cavalier of the Rose) premiered in Dresden, Germany. In 1942, the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland. In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. janet G. Travell to be his personal physician; she was the first woman to hold the job. In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70. In 1996, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury connected to the Whitewater probe. Ten years ago: Lacrosse coach Diane Whipple, 33, was attacked and killed by two huge dogs belonging to neighbors outside her apartment in San Francisco. (One of the dogs' owners, Marjorie Knoller, is serving 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder; her husband, Robert Noel, served just over two years for involuntary manslaughter.) A devastating earthquake hit the Indian subcontinent, killing some 20,000 people. Joseph Kabila was sworn in as Congo's president, following the assassination of his father, Laurent Kabila. Five years ago: Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Denmark to protest caricatures of the prophet Muhammad published in a Danish newspaper. (Protests spread across the Muslim world for weeks, and dozens of people were killed.) Confronted by Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir "A Million Little Pieces." One year ago: Toyota suspended U.S. sales of several popular vehicle models to fix sticking accelerator pedals; the suspension was on top of a recall of 23 million vehicles. Louis Auchincloss, 92, a prolific author of fiction and nonfiction, died in New York. Today's Birthdays: Actress Anne Jeffreys is 88. Actress Joan Leslie is 86. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 82. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 76. Actor Scott Glenn is 72. Singer Jean Knight is 68. Activist Angela Davis is 67. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 63. Actor David Strathaim is 62. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 58. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 56. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 53. Ellen DeGeneres is 53. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky is 50. With inauguration now history, it’s down to business AUSTIN — Governor Rick Perry spoke of Texas with suitable pomp and glowing terms at his inauguration on Jan. 18, and afterward sat down to a barbecue meal served on the Capitol grounds for an estimated 14,000 well-wishers and officials. San Antonio businessman Red McCombs saved the state some cash by sponsoring the catered meal, offered free of charge to those who reserved tickets online, via the inaugural committee’s web site. Perry, who in his speech referred to the 21st century as “The Texas Century,” enters his third consecutive four-year term as governor. Perry moved from the role of lieutenant governor to governor in December 2000, when then-Gov. George W. Bush resigned to pursue the presidency. Perry’s name turns up as a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012, but the governor has not signaled interest in seeking the presidency. Proposed cuts command attention One sentence out of Gov. Perry's inaugural speech: “We must continue t jU EDSTERLING Texas Capital Highlights" is written weekly by Ed Sterling, member services director of the Texas Press Association. investing in our people, developing young minds, grooming and attracting the best and brightest in the fields of science and medicine, and giving individuals the tools and the freedom to prosper." Perry did infer in the same speech, however, that serious belt-tightening would be needed. A day after Perry said those words on the south steps of the Capitol, the legislative Budget Board offered up House Bill 1, the general appropriations bill for 2012-2013. The 900-plus page state budget bill, as currently written, suggests cuts that could be made on a path to a balanced budget chat would compensate for a $27 billion revenue shortfall. Some of those suggested cuts are 10,000 public education jobs and four community colleges. Suggestions like that are noticed quickly. For example, Rep. lim Kef-fer, R-Eastland, immediately called the proposed closure of his district’s Ranger College “the height of irresponsibility." And then, Rep. lim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee and serves on the 10-member Leg islative Budget Board, had this to say: “I appreciate the concerns of my colleagues regarding the elimination of state funding for four community colleges. The points that have been raised are valid and deserve a full review. Over the coming days and months, other such concerns will be identified. "As I said on the House floor, I am committed to thoroughly examining this and other issues to determine whether the priorities provided for in this initial budget proposal are appropriate, and ensuring that we protect essential services while staying true to our core missions. Through the process, we will make adjustments as determined necessary by this body.” So, the budget bill truly is a starting point, and maybe lawmakers will find a way to keep education cuts to a minimum. After all, it's been said many times and in many places by many state lawmakers and other top officials that education is the key to our state’s economic progress and future in general. More added to Perry’s list of musts The governor’s list of emergency items for the Legislature to attend to this session is growing. Gov. Perry last week said he wants a law passed that requires a sonogram of a woman's embryo or fetus, so the imaged could be viewed before abortion procedures would ensue. Other emergency items the governor has said he wants addressed: stricter voter identification requirements, a balanced state budget, and lawsuit reform. By lawsuit reform, a governor’s office news release said he means: Creating an early dismissal option for frivolous lawsuits; ensuring victims of frivolous lawsuits do not bear the financial burden of defending themselves through the creation of a "loser pays” system; ensuring new laws cannot create causes of action unless expressly established by the Legislature; and setting up expedited trials and limited discovery for lawsuits with claims between $10,000 and $100,000. State’s employment rate improves Texas’ total nonfarm employment increased by 20,000 jobs in December, the Texas Workforce Commission announced Jan. 21. Texas has gained 230,800 jobs since 2009, but today, the state’s unemployment rate remains at 8.3 percent. In contrast, the U.S. Department of Labor tabulated the national unemployment rate at 9.4 percent for the month. Currently, the Texas Workforce Commission estimates the number of Texans working at 12.2 million. United States i[iii:;:.TIiiJi 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 iiliiiliiliill ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Doug Miller EXT E 1.216 RO. Box 2910 AustinTX 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: [email protected] NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Castell Ave. RO. Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 781 SI-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 mgoodner@ 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 Krueger [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4505 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges [email protected] Telephone: Extensio n 4506 Comal County Commissioners' Court 199 Main Plaza New Braunfels, Tx 78130 (830) 221-1100 ■ COUNTY JUDGE SHERMAN KRAUSE [email protected] 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 ;