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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas “1A I Sunday, July 17, 2011 ¡ her,m!>-2E!T'JNQ.çÔmOPINION HERAL0-ZEITUN6 EDITORIAL BOARD Pubiiihtr and Editor Doug Jonty MwiiinfltdtttfAytufimPMI»«    OcutHioo OifKtof J*fl im t(Mo. ShM*n Lwwi    Cow »<«w K«» Thom»* Ptiolo submitted ()hlt^ : of tt'f Cofiial Rivf’i after Mpmorial Day weekend. End the analysis paralysis: Time for container ban Siiip !h(' (i.u.ilysis by an.ilysis when it comes to the rivpf - ihpir . \ \w UP ()v(>r w'hetlier to forrn a cominit-lOi! ■' tfrr ;s torfiH'd A deadline for appltca-, sd 't iriertinp, is field to noniinate members. A >’ is * »Id U* or^ani/e roles and procedures for *nm -’'uiM'! . [fie (ommiitee must be named iiiini-- '’ rrse.ihIt and write up reports and ■ !f;* :: ‘ifidirii’s _ 1 he findings must be debated by city ( (iiinrii ,md analyzed by staff Public f iMTinients must t>e heard And. afti'i all that, an ordinance is 'itffH Meanwliiie. the river is dying. I’f'oplf' ,tre puking and urinating on oiji gfeati'st fesouri e — our rivers I hey a:<' hlling the riverbed each week with a of tiasfi so deep and so thick that '.' >!) f an t see tfie bottom Watch an underwater video of the ( oiiial f<i\er bottom with the online xt'fMon ot this editorial and you will sf'c [iff.ii'U'm tof y(.)urself Aluiriinurii cans — collet ?f'! .tftet r.H h v.t'fkerid and measured in tons. VVf <ion t iired aimtiier committpe We need a contain- iii ree rton (iH'f-; I Ote AT ISSUE Tfiui f 's a lo' !)t talk itiout fi'-i’uj «fie !'i oil 01.• MV(.MS t} T;. ;ijst :a!k OUR VIEW We <li)ii't fUM'd anoii’f-i cün"'.ittef> VV(; n.(H!il d cui î'iKier t).)n ei î'.r V. f.iif t..i:M'ig ai)()ut tfie issue tfiis week, one lifelong feM'tent descitbed the river of his child ) -Je. ilOi 1 ! ' icai tow desc fii>e(i wa^. ( rystal clear It was a mag-j grit, at tfic ( enter of a wonderful horne- I’ .'..(s ,i (ry fiom tfi(' algae darkened, can filled rivet t‘i u tub' lea\’*' hu Braunfels to clean up each tvloiid.ty tiHJilting I piot.'ltiiis tiavf* escalated tor more tftan a decade, ari(i !ltp (it, ■, ieadeisfiip in its various forms has analyzed, detfiir'd atx.l ■lef) themselves into perpetual ineffective And the < ommi.inity ttas suffered because of tftts tack ol (1c( isivf II tjon in whKfi special interests have been ali(:i.,\t:d tn tiump the best interests of tfte comrnunity. ! hf {it\ '.iaff (|ui(Hy drafted an ordinance to ban 18 '.vhcí jí’ís from parking tn lestdential areas in response to (IIL. ('II I OIK ettt WVll til* Mti/rns ate (oncerned about the destruction of our fivet^ I hf- mav'H need', to ()ut a disposable container ban on tin iif'xt Í It. ( ouiH il agenda That container ban should U)\r'( botii n.ers vVithin tfie city limits. ! [if orfiifMiK.e ( f.Kild go into effe( t on Jan I, 2012. That would gr,< i’vetvotip involved time to prepare for the ne«t tubitig seasrjti Í J',) tttfii»' ..inaivMs pat<t.lysis. It s time for action LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns of up to 500 words Guest columns must be accOrnpanied by a photo. The Herald-Zertung 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] •    Online at: •    By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung PO Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 7813G •Byfax: (830)606 3413 •    In person: 707 Landa St. How to improve basebairs All-Star game? End it. Absent from the endless discussions about how to improve baseball's All-Star game was the one that would solw all the problems immediately End It, Seriously Would anyone other than Bud Selig notice^ Or care^ And just imagine if the idea gets traction across the sports spectrum If the pro leagues really want to do something for fans, other than pick their pockets, keep the breaks in midseason and have the players perform communi ty service — e g., stage sports clinics in their hometowns. For one thing, they might be better attended than the All Star game Almost a fifth of the players named to base ball's two squads had already voted no with their feet, elect mg to park theiTi somewhere besides Phoenix on Tuesday night rendering the National League's 5 I win an even more meaningless exercise than usual And the problem wasn't just a lack of quantity, but quality Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter might be ttie face of baseball, but his body was already in R6R mode He sneaked off to Florida with girlfriend Min ka Kelly, enraging all those commentators v/ho exhausted their store of superlatives praising him over the weekend, the TV executives at FOX who spent hours dreaming up all those promotional tie ms. and who knows how many of the 4 million who penciled Jeter into the AL starting lineup Surprisingly, the voice of reason in the debate turned out to be the commissioner "There isn't a player that I m more proud of in the last IS years than Derek Jeter Fie's played the game the way it should be played. Fie s an even greater human being off the field,' Selig said, "I think I would have made the same decision that Derek Jeter had" Of course, this was the same commissioner who called off the 2002 game — and tn his home park m Milwaukee, no less — when both teams ran out of relief pitchers after 11 innings m a tie game Convinced that raising the stakes would prevent future defections and convince the AH Star managers to hold back enough players to prevent a repeat. Selig then hammered out an agreement with the players’ union the following year to award home-field advantage for the World Series to whtchever league won the game Even so, the list of AL starting pitchers who. like Jeter, passed up a chance to appear — either because they were injured, resting or worked a regular-season game Sunday — read like the first round of everybody's fantasy draft: Detroit's Justin Verlander. the Yankees' CC Sabathia and closer Mariano Rivera. Seattle's Felix Hernandez. Tampa Bay’s James Shields and Boston s Jon Lester Lester s Red Sox teammate. Josh Beckett, scheduled as the second AL pitcher, then bowed out during warmups because of a sore knee Beckett said afterward he would have pitched through the discomfort had it been a regular-season game Predictably, the Nationals rode superior pitching and some timely hits to win. They were also better at pretending that It meant something ‘That was part of the message. how important it was for us. and how important the game was Do it again for the National League champion.” said San Francisco and NL manager Bruce Bochy, whose team was awarded home-field advantage in last year’s series. The only sign that it mattered to the NL players during the game was a goofy slide by the Padres' Heath Bell He sprinted out of the bullpen and ripped up a piece of turf the size of a toupee just short of the mound "I told some guys 1 wanted to have fun this All-Star game and needed some ideas, so guys back home kind of said slide on the mound," Bell recalled The All-Star game wasn't always like that, Guys used to treat the game as an honor instead of worrying about getting hurt. The highlights from past games running wall to wall on ESPN proved that How many times did you see the Pete Rose collision at the plate with Ray Fosse in the 1970 contest^ And what are the chances you II ever see anything like it in an All-Star game agam^ The guess here is never There's no need to romanticize the good old days. The problem, though, is that there's so much more money on the line these days that the likelihood of any player in any All Star game would step outside his comfort zone is practically nil. And It's not just baseball The NFL s Pro Bowl is a glorified flag-football contest and even the NBA and NHL versions, which offer so little defense and intensity that call-mg them honest games stretches the truth So go ahead. Bud, make a statement Either make attendance at the game mandatory, or just make the midsummer break a vacation If it ever deserved the label "classic," It's anything but that these days, ■ jirri litke is a national sports columnist for Ihe Associated Press. Correcting the record on the national debt Betty Clifford's July 1 letter contains a number ot silly assertions regarding the national debt 1    Families often run up charges more than their income when they buy a place to live. Often the mortgage is more than two or three times the family income 2    Shouldn't the U S government have run up a huge debt, much more than the debt now, to fight WW2i’ 3    Didn't the huge spending and debt iirrrKK ro riiK VAnnm of WW2 also pull U S out of the Great Depression^ 4    The U S government ran deficits from WW2 to 1980. but the economy was growing faster so the debt decreased from more than 125 percent of the econ omy to 33 percent, 5    From 1980 to Jan 2009, the debt increased as a percentage of the economy under Reagan and Bush I to 66 percent. decreased to 60 percent under Clinton, and increased to 81 percent under Bush II Now we are m a big financial ditch again and need stimulus m public infrastructure to pull us out 6 In the 1950s, when the U S. had a marginal income tax rate of 70 percent or more and the corporate income tax accounted for 40 percent of federal revenues, business was booming and manufacturing accounted for 50 percent of corporate profits. Since Reagan started dismantling the New Deal protections. manufaGturing has sunk below 10 percent and the financial sector now accounts for more than 30 percent Peggy Vieira New BraunfelsFaith, love and courage see Felix and Penny Farias through storm (elix aiiM Pptmy lanas stofijif'd f.iv ifiy otfii. (■ the day atf(’( they tinned tlicit son Lan( (:' (j)l John hiiiíis Fhry wanted tf.i ¡Jitblisti a thank you Ifttei til the ( ommunity ill Sundays (.'dition ol tfu’ I Jew Hi.iutitfl . Herald Zeit ling W(.‘ sat togetlir'i tot neaily an tiour tliat Frid.iy aftci noon I inarvfled at then stn.'figtli [ tiey pjartously talked ttif support they felt fioiti tlieu lamily, liiends and cotttrnunity I hey tiientioned thf* fiuiidrefls of people and flags that lined tlif streets as they tode t)ehmd tfie hearse to the funeral hortie, Tfiey said It helped them bear the DOUGTONEY COLUMNIST pain of losing their only son tn Afghanistan like thousands of other parents in New Braunfels, lelix and Penny had been in my heart and mind all week We shared some common experiences beyond just t)eni£ parents. Both thetr John and our Matthew played on the same Canyon High School football team Both John and Matthew were serving m the military As parents, we fed some of the same boys in our homes, mutual friends of our sons We sat on the same bleachers on the same Friday nights. But now John was taken m combat and that difference seemed impossible for me to fully grasp. They asked about my son, where he was stationed and they seemed interested m learning that he had become engaged to his high school sweetheart from Canyon High School But to talk about my son's plans seerned so inappropriate We shared stories of gnef and the losses of other loved ones. Penny talked about how they had received a letter a couple of months earlier from John that seemed to indicate that he knew his life would be sacnficed They shook their heads, looking down at their hands m their laps, as they sat together on the couch, almost too exhausted for tears Penny said the letter scared them so much that they worked to reach him so they could talk The parents said they also had a chance to talk with John just the week before the firefight that took his life As Penny and Felix shared stories about all the kindness and love they received from the residents of New Braun fels. I expressed my admiration for their courage They both attributed it to their faith in God, the strength of prayer, and the support of family and friends. It was my turn to shake my head "I don't know whether my faith would be strong enough." 1 remember saying, more to myself than to them. "No parent should ever have to bury a child " A couple of times the conversation trailed off. but those occasional moments of silence lacked any awkwardness, Felix said he was a "hugger" and that the hugs he had received helped him, Felix said John knew they loved him and they knew he loved them He said that love would endure. As they got up to leave. I thanked them for visiting True to his self-descnption. Felix hugged me I had a hard time letting go of him I wanted to give him whatever strength might be passed through a heartfelt embrace. Alone in my office. I worried that I had gotten more than I had given during our visit. They have already given so much, too much, I hoped I had said the right words; expressed the right sentiments. On the way home. I called my son 1 felt so fortunate that I still could. ;