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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 4AI Saturday, July 9, 2011 1 OPINION LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 2% words and guest columns of up to 500 words. Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject all submissions. All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed Submit letters •    By e-mail to: [email protected] com •    Online at: •    By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung PO. Drawer 311328 New Brauntels, TX 78130 •    By fax (830)606-3413 •    In person: 707 Landa St Lessons from Rome; Can we keep this republic? "What form ol government have you given us^" a lady is said to have asked Benjamin Franklin as he left Independence Hall on Sept 17, 1787 - that other great day in American history when the Constitution was promulgated if not yet ratified "A republic madam, if you can keep it " FranHin is said to have replied A republic What is that^ And how do we keep it^ Over the long Independence Day weekend. I re read iom Holland's "Rubicon ' a history of the fall of the Roman Republic More than any history of the period I have read. Holland's narrative illuminates Friedrich Hayek's great truth that we all. even thé most practical hard headed realist among us, are prisoners of dead thmkeis The Roman Republic, like any republic, any nation, is simply an idea in the heads of people An idea that is strong enough to influence people's ideals, how they strive to achieve them and, as important, what they are not willing to do to achieve them All our institutions are made up of air of symbols, dreams, stories mere nothings created by poets, dreamers. intellectuals, novelists and MAGGIE GALLAGHER COLUMNIST speechwiitt'is and fashioned into enduring modes of living by the airiest of bonds the bonds of meaning in the heads ot living human beings Why IS It. Holland thinks to ask that most Americans never stop to wonder Why on a continent the ancient Romans never f'ven knew existed there stands a new Senate upon another Capitol Hill^ Like our Founding Fathers, we have much to learn from Rome how to achieve a lepublic that lasts for 400 years - and then how in the space of a genera tion or two. to lose it Holland points out the great world-conquenng warriors of the Roman Empire were unique However much they conquered and ruled and pillaged abroad, they did so primarily in order to impress therr fellow Citizens to win stature as a hero of Rome I he myths of the Roman Republic held, bound dnd captivated them, ihey saw their wars not as ends m themselves, but as defensive strikes to serve the gloiy honor and safety of the one thing that mattered most to them a free republic in Rome Rome was not an egalitarian society On the contrary, even its aristocrats had to compete for honors and glory, white individual achievement could lift a plebian to the highest honors of the republic Live free or die is still the motto of New Hampshire, borrowed from Rome and its last great hero, Cato, who, when he knew the republic was dead, as a man unre strained by Chnstian ideals, slew himself — thus shaming in their own eyes every Roman man content to live under tyranny rather than die During the long period of the republic, every popular rebellion was resolved not by radically amending the Roman constitution, but by opening the competition to more peo pie. multiplying the potential honors, giving more men a chance to win a piece of the glory that it was. in their eyes, to be a free citizen ol Rome When powerlul men of Rome such as julius Caesar and Marc Antony began to dream instead of the Creek dreams of an Alexander, a man raised to king and God in the eyes of the whole world, the republic fell There was so much m tfie Roman Republic in reality that was cruel and ugly and blood thirsty But the dreams it dreamed for generations of n^en inspired courage, great ness, and, most important, contained the dream of power for Its own sake What IS a republic'’ The stuff that dreams are made of As fragile and insubstantial as a dream, and as difficult to kill, except by substituting alien dreams for the native strength, America's elites are some ol the kindest, most creative and least bloodthirsty m human history Our mercan tile, industrial, engineering and scientific bent has put a pre mium on creativity, not destruction, that would puz zie a Roman mightly In that sense, we are the heirs of Athens, not Rome But if American elites con tinue dreaming the dreams of Europeans, and turn fiom the Founding Fathers, the republic IS lost The much-derided Tea Par ty movement understands something deep at its core As citizens, we have dignity As subjects of the knowl edge class, we have abundant bread and ever more spectac ular circuses But no man worthy of the name can live on that alone Only way to stop child abuse Is for adults to step up and volunteer Like so many of you, 1 was appalled by the verdict a Flonda jury gave in the Casey Anthony tnal. In fairness to both sides. It was a case extremely hard to prove given the lack of forensic evi dence, the district attorney did as good of a job as they could but at the end of the day a ' reasonable doubt was left With the jury as to Anthony's guilt Did Casey Anthony get away with murdenng her young daughter^ Only Casey knows for sure Recently. 1 received an email from Norma Castilla-Blackwell Executive Director of CASA (Court Appointed I.KTI KK^ IO THI<: KDIT'OK Special Advocates) of Central Texas Norma urged all her volunteers to focus on positive ways to discuss this ver diet ' Norma offered the following infor mation that Td like to pass along to you Last year in fexas. a child died every 38 hours from abuse and neglect. On average, every eight minutes a Texas child IS abused and neglected Last year, wf had a combined total of 581 children in Comal and our three surrounding counties removed and put into the fos ter care system Last year, four children died in Guadalupe County from abuse fhe only way to stop child abuse is for adults to step up and volunteer Child Protective Services' current miniscule budget was cut, leaving CPS to operate at poverty levels. Little Caylee Anthony may never get justice but little Caylee didn t have to die if an adult family member had stepped in sooner We have many children like Caylee right here in Comal. Bexar. Guadalupe. Hays and Caldwell counties that need your help CASA needs volunteers to speak out for children who don't have a voice CASA IS also seeking two twin or one full bed and one baby/toddler bed for the children we serve. Turn your outrage into a positive Become a CASA Volunteer and help the Caylee Antho ny's of Texas To find out about CASA, visit WWW BecomeACASA org or www casa Centex org; or call 512-392-3578 or 830 626 2272 Jolene Steukrath New Braunfels HERALD-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publisher and Editor Doug Ton«y MmijinqfikWt Autumn Ph^ipl    CwCMliOw D'ftctw J»tl Mtniginj f*lBt Shwm IfWit    Copv Eventful week offers perspective on freedom This was my first July 4 as a proud and concerned military mom My son has just sworn into the Air Force and is current ly in basic training We enjoyed the july 4 activities and were s6 proud to live in New Braunfels. On Wednesday I was honored to participate and witness the procession for john Farias. I stood along with the many people of New Braunfels who stopped what they were doing and stood at attention for a fallen soldier The display of respect and hon or was something words cannot describe It is contrasted with the loss of such a young man who was so obviously loved by many On that same day. I spoke with an escaped slave from Sudan. Francis Bok He was enslaved from the time he was 10 years old until he was 17 The Sudanese government empowered bands of thugs to raid his village and to rape and kill the residents of his village Francis being a young boy was taken as a slave He endured 10 years of torture and a brutai servitude by a family supported and encouraged by the Sudanese government — the government of francis home country He was spoken to in Arabic, forced to attend a mosque even though he was Christian and was forced to work endlessly and sleep next to the livestock he was forced to Laster Francis attempted twice to escape each time with brutal punishments When he was 11 he finally made a successful attempt After 10 years of servitude, he hoped that his fanmly was alive and he would be reunited Francis was from a pros perous family and his father was a leader for the community Francis has been taught that he would be very important when he grew up He trustlmgly reported what happened to him to his government and was eager to find his family He was immediately jailed for saying that slavery existed in Sudan Francis learned that both his parents had been killed on the day he was taken 10 years earlier After several months, he was released from jail He left Sudan for Egypt and applied for and received refugee status and was resettled in the United States Francis enrolled in school for the first time since he was 7 He was different, spoke funny and was very far behind so his American classmates made fun of him Yet. francis was thank ful for an education, his new life and his long awaited freedom just before he completed school. Francis invited his class mates to an event where he was the honored speaker Only then did they learn about why Francis worked so fiard and strived to learn The students then understood who Francis real ly was and respected him completely Rather than resting m his freedom Francis worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the fact that slavery exists and to solic It freedom for the victims left behind By 2003 Francis was just Over 20 years old He had written a book, spoken before Pres ident Bush. Secretary of State Lolm Powell, been on a panel loi Harvard's Kennedy School for Government and traveled around the United States and Canada speaking about modern slavery He pleaded for action for the victims of slavery who were still waiting to be rescued He hoped that someday his country would be free and hoped he could return to his village The Republic of South Sudan will becomes a nation on July 9 2011, I had the honor of working with Francis over the years and the pleasure this week of having him as a guest on my Internet radio show Here Women Talk Radio This week, Fran CIS will visit his childhood home and witness the birth of his new country while also enjoying the privileges and protections of being a U S, citizen The r\ew Republic of South Sudan will be recognized by the United States and the United Nations as a legitimate government when its flag is raised on Saturday when the world's newest nation is born This week with the celebration of July 4. the return home of Lance CpI John Farias, and the birth of a new Republic born ol enslaved people I understand m a very clear way what sacrifice and freedom mean We do not fear our children being taken by governrnent-spon sored invaders; we can speak publicly about slavery, exploita tion and other injustices without being jailed. Thank you to our U.S. military and to Lance CpI. Fairas and his family I have such a deep gratitude for what his sacrifice means to each of us in the context of Francis village, which could not protect itself and its residents. I could not stop crying from sadness, gratefulness, and hap piness. This is a week I will remember forever tilled with all the emotions of freedom and the perspectives of freedom from the enslaved, the fallen and a new Airman. Freedom is costly, however, it is everything K Dottie Loster trains and advises tow enloicement, rnedta, non piofit, educ;ational and b,jsir\ess oigon«ations at>)ul hunidn IioHk k inq and tlie new bvvs itial ,p<jleiJ victims Slie is ( it-(.lentiule<J to pia<, lice irTinrugiutioii law und vvoit-s diiectly wilh vk. Inns of fiaffitkiiKj £CONTXCr \01JH Kl.KCTKI) OFFICIALS u.s PRESIDENT Barack Obama 1600 Peiirtsylvaiita Avi.* NW Washington, D C ?ObOO U.S. SENATE Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Buildinq Room 284 Washington, D C /¡'OblO Telephone ¡202) 224 5922 Fax (202) 224-0776 Web tittp //hutctiison senate yuv (Send e-mails tfirough Web site | San Antofiio office 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 12Q San Antonio 78226 Telephone (210) 340 288b Fax (210)349-67b3 John Comyn Russell Senale-Hart Room bl / Washington, O.C 20510 Telephone (202) 224 2934 Fax (202) 228-2856 Web fittp//cofriyn senate gov (Send e-mails through Web site ) Austin oftice 221 West Sixth St. Suite 1530 Austin, TX 78701 Telephone: (5t2) 469-6034 Fax (512)469-6020 Sdii Antijnin office bOO Navarro, Suite 210 oou Antonio /820b Telepfione |210) 224 74Hb fax (210) 224 B569 U S CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith tggtM Fiaybum House Uftice Building Rouin2409 I ; Wdsfiinqton. 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TX 78209 (210)826 /800 Fax (210)826.0571 E-mail jeff wentworth<®senate state tx us NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S Castell Avi; PO Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131 174/ (830)221 4000 Mayor Gale Pospisil [email protected],org TelBphone (8301629 2447 Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata [email protected] org Telephone Extension 4501 Dist 2 Councilor Mark Goodner [email protected] lele^orie; Extension 4502 Dist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra mybarra®nbtexas org Telephone Extension 4503 Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte snolte<®nbtexas org a Dist. 5 Councilor Bryan Miranda bmifanda#ibtexas,org Telephone (830)837 51/8 Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Oigges sdiggesÉntìtexas org Telephone Extension 4506 Telephone Extension 4504 COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT Comal County Comrnissioners' Court 199 fvlain Plaw, New Braunfels (830)221 1100 County Judge Sherman Krause [email protected] cortral txus Telepfione (830)221 1105 Pet. 1 Comm. Donna Eccleson [email protected] comal,txus Telephone (830) 221-1101 Pet 2 Commissioner Scott Haag [email protected] comal tx us Telepfione; (830) 221-1102 Pet. 3 Commissioner Greg Parker cctgep(^o.comal tx:us lelepfioiie (830) 221 1103 Pet. 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady tct|k#co:coma1 tx^us teleptwrie (830)221 1104 I STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION William B Travis Building 1701 N Congress Ave Austin, TX /8701 ;