New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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• In pel son 707 Landa StTouched by outpouring of love for fallen Marine
It V, V- a little after 10 a m when I (tpcidfd fo pull into the parking lot at L inda ilaza to lionor Lance CpI John f:anas and hts family as he was coming ‘lomf '.itiick!/ many others joined in I heif’ APre families with small children, .fterai :: and others like me who simply ,-.anted to sito.v mucli due respect music was playing and flags •vere proudly displayed I vC bf’en home now for a few hours .ind (d;. ! stop thinking about the out I'ouruit' of love our community has -iiowfi 'or one of our o^vn I feel truly iilf^ssrd m live m this beautiful land and tiiani :i!i of our service members (past jnd pr> ^f'rit ) for protect mg the liberties ,ve ol’f', tak for granted but hold so dear
Tina McCoy New BraunfelsThank you, New Braunfels, for supporting the troops
I fe':ently returned to New Braunfels dter ¡p.ivmg to serve in the military for *he last pight years. As a veteran of two !ours to Iraq and one to Afghanistan I ^ ouldn ' have been more proud of my homero.vn for the outpour of support ti)r lan-f ("pi John Farias and his fami , tod i> at his funeral procession It was an overwhelming sigfit to >ee tlip countless number of citizens lining tfie streets with American flags, the Cjuardian Riders leading the pro I ession and tfie complete support tfie City of fNlew Braunfels gave to inakr It all happen I just wanted to say thank you to the citizens of Nevv' Braunfels and to let you know that it is always nice to know that vou have people back home that still support you
CPT Jeremy Moeller US Army New BraunfelsMayor sets record straight about Declaration quote
Since two people fiave taken the time to write (one by e-niail and one by Let ter to the Editor) about my intentions in misquoting tlie Declaration of Indepen dence during my comriients on July 4.1 tfiougfit It wise to write to set the record •■traigiit
If ,vas not rny intention to be a "his tory ipvisionist or to be ’politically cor rect It was my intention to quote this important part of the Declaration from memory Unfortunately, in doing so I unintentionally omitted "by their Cre ator from the quotation I'm sorry if anyone was upset by my misquote I believe one should learn from their mistakes The lesson 1 learned is that when quoting from someone else s vvork It s probably better to read the qufjtation rather than trying to say it from memory
Mayor Gale Pospisil New Braunfels
LKTrKKSTO nii: kdiiokWhat kind of person would throw a kitten into traffic?
Please address this to the Addle fvlind^ ed Oaf that decided to throw his or her male kitten out the window on Hwy 46 between Sangerhalle Road and Stonegate Subdivision I just wanted to let this person know that the male kitten survived but barely By the time I rescued it from oncom mg semis, one leg had been severed near the shoulder He was dehydrated and in shock He is stable today and well enough to undergo surgery to clean up the amputation some vehicle tire caused
Not that you would worry about him but we will be looking for a good home for fiim once he recovers enougfi to get around on his own I cannot imagine what someone like you was thinking to discard a creature like that like a bubble gum wrapper or an empty soda can I thought people from this area were better than you appear to be
I wonder how you would feel to be tossed out of a moving vehicle and left to fend for yourself with semis, trucks and cars barreling down on you The poor thing was so scared he dared not move Oh and not that you care but hrs name is Mikey,
New BraunfelsYou can get away with anything in Florida
There is a lesson to be learned from the Casey Anthony verdict If one wish es to commit murder, do it m Florida, then claim that the murder was done by aliens That is sure to create reasonable doubt in the mind of the average Florid lan Remember, that is the state that put Bush over the top,
New BraunfelsBring back parking in field at Prince Solms Park
We have lived in New Braunfels and have enjoyed floating tfie Comal since 1984 We floated the river on Memorial Day It was very crowded We have floated the Comal many times this year Overall, the majority of people who float the Comal are respectful Unfortunately, the few rowdy ones get all the attention. The police do an excellent job of policing the river. The lifeguards do an excellent job also We were on the river Saturday when the decision was made to limit admission to the river.
This does make it less crowded when trying to exit the nver Thanks. We were also present when tfie mom was frantic when she thought her son was missing The police and res cue were right on it T he new entrance is pretty but wfiere are all these people supposed to park'’
Parking did not used to be a prob
lem when people could park on the empty field across from Schlitterbahn at Pnnce Solms Park employees guided people where to park and there was a fee At one time, only non-residents had to pay to park We do not mind paying to park The city made money, and the residents did not have to put up with so many people trying to park in front of their house Now there is total chaos with parking Unes of cars are backed up on San Antonio Street ihis field that was used for parking has no trees, no shade and no one uses it Great for parking Bring back revenue for the city and parking for Prince Solms.
Joe and Bobbie Finn New BraunfelsLeaders shouldn't stand in the way of river legislation
I have been associated with New Braunfels for a number of years and have watched the same river problems repeat yearly Police Chief Wibert s report rdenti fied the problems and their causes too many people and too much alcohol This year could set a new record unless someone wakes up and steps up
There were two items in the paper pointing out why tfie City can t control the problems alcohol consumption creates
Years ago former council member Krueger suggested to State Sen. Jeff Wentworth legislation giving the city control over the Comal River This would have included banning alcohol, if necessary It was disappointing to read city leaders, business interests and the chamber were not in agreement and made a decision that should have been up to the citizens of New Braunfels By now the river would have been under control and return to being a family fnendly destination State Rep Doug Miller said fifing legislation to ban alcohol on the Comal would be difficult He was elected to represent New Braunfels citizens and not promised a rose garden.
Legislation has been written specifically for other cities and counties.
Maybe a look at how Galveston banned alcohol from one of its beaches might act as a model.
Why did your elected city officials, business leaders and the chamber dis courage legislation that would help the community^
Or maybe not so simple Now, you won't get any state legislation passed before 2013 Would a voter initiative light a fire under city and county officials?
If they want to remain in office, it couldn't hurt One can only fiope changes will be enacted soon.
Good luck. New Braunfels.
Ibday is Thursday. July 7, 201 /,
On July 7. 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on tiie U S Supreme Court.
In 1846, U S annexation of California
was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.
In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring With John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1898, the U S annexed Hawaii
In 1930. construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam)
In 1941. U S. forces took up positions in Iceland, Trinidad and British Guiana to forestall any Nazi invasion, even though the United States had not yet entered the Second World War
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At« Mtfiigmj f(WiK Shiwn IWM Cw«WprKtttT(*omM:Spedal session of Leqislature ends with rough day
AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature accomplished much of what Gov Rick Perry asked in the 1st called session of the 82nd Texas Legislature Lawmakers passed,
• Fiscal matters bills to facilitate a balanced state budget through Aug. 31. 2013. made possible through more than $15 billion in overall cuts that included the paring down of public education funding by $4 billion;
• Congressional redistricting;
• Health care funding; and
T- • Texas Windstorm Insurance Associa-
^ * tion reform.
But they failed to pass hot-button sanctuary cities and “anthgroping ' legislation.
CongratulatoTy behavior, relief and expressions of resentment swirled on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives on June 29, the hnal day of the special session Lt Gov. David Dewhurst and the Texas Senate brought business to a close the day before, on June 28 But with the Senate gone, the House was left with a take-it-of-leave-it situation on SB 29. the so-called anti-grop-ing bill meant to restrict pat^down searches by airport security workers and make violations a class A misdemeanor offense.
Feeling stuck, some House members openly expressed anger over the Senate's action. But Rep David Simpson. R-Longview. the pnmary author of HB 41. the House version of the anti-groping legislation, implored his colleagues to vote in favor of the Senate version even though the bill had not gone through the rigorous House committee hearing process Simpson assured the body that (I) the Texas attorney general's office had vetted state and federal legal issues that might be triggered by restricting pat-down procedures enforced by the U S Transportation Secunty Administration, and (2) his bill was not intended as a political message to gin up opposition to President Barack Obama or the Obama administration But the atmosphere on the House floor did not indicate a shift in Simpson's favor. When Simpson moved to suspend the constitutional Tule requiring that bills be read on three several days, the motion failed. That action killed SB 29,
Simpson, one of a class of more than 30 freshman House members, then was allowed by Speaker Joe Straus to make a personal privilege speech that lasted several minutes. In summary. Simpson said, "The defeat of this bill can only be laid at the feet ot the leadership of this state."
After Simpson, Rep, Pete Gallego. D Alpine, House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee chairman, spoke bnefly on the matter, Gallego said the leadership and members in general had the ability to stop the anti-groping bill much earlier by calling a point of order on it based on the constitution's three-and-several-days rule He suggested that It should be regarded as a gesture of courtesy for the bill to have been kept alive so long with little time left in the special session.
Governor reacts to session work
Gov. Perry on June 29 expressed disappointment over the failure of sanctuary cities legislation that would have prevented cities from adopting policies preventing police from inquiring as to a citizen's immigration status.
Nevertheless. Perry praised the Legislative branch for its service. “I'm proud of It Gov. David Dewhurst. Speaker Joe Straus and lawmakers’ principled leadership to pass a balanced budget that doesn't raise taxes and preserves billions unspent in our Rainy Day Fund, leaving our state on firm hscal footing for the future," Perry said.
"The decisions made v^ere difficult, but lawmakers should take pnde in the fact that they did what families all across Texas are doing: living within their means."
Some members have other plans
Rep. Fred Brown. R-Bryan, a car dealer by trade, announced his resignation from the House, sharing his plan to move to another district. Brown served more than 12 years.
Five-term Rep. Joaquin Castro. D-San Antonio, announced his candidacy for the Austin-San Antonio area U.S. congressional district seat held by U.S. Rep. Uoyd Doggettof Austin. (Castro's twin brother IS San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.)
Rep. Warren Chisurn. R^Pampa, reminded House members on the last day of session that he plans to run for a seat on the three-member Texas Railroad Commission.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. while a member Of the executive branch, is also a member of the Texas Senate over which he presides. Dewhurst is expected to join the field of candidates to succeed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who has decided not to seek reelection.
— Ed Sterling follows the Legislature for the fexas Press Association.