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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas ‘age 4 — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, June 12, 2007FORUM Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Gerard MacCrossan Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising/Marketing Director Chuck Evers Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor Keri Kirby Memorial Day event was success because of community support To the editor: When we receive the results we desire to make an event successful we must take into consideration individuals who contributed to the success. First of all, the residents of New Braunfels and tile surrounding areas that numbered more than 200 that attended the Memorial Day ceremony at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. They took the time to remember our fallen heroes. Our legion and auxiliary appreciated your support, which was outstanding. We thank the memorial park staff for their assistance, which always makes the ceremony run smoothly. CXir appreciation to Rusty Brockman, Col. Sill, Charlie Ruppert and the New Braunfels I ligh School Marine J ROIX] for their participation and for making our ceremony successful. My thanks to the Guadalupe Valley American Legion, Post 35 for placing the small grave flags at tile cemetery. I want to give a generous thank you to our Guadalupe Valley American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 35 for helping, arranging and presenting the actual Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2007. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s I lighlight in History: On June 12,1987, President Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall." On this date: In 1665, England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. In 1776, Virginia’s colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights. In 1898, Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain. In 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y. In 1957, bandleader Jimmy Dorsey died in New York at age 53. In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.; he was 37. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.) Letter to the Editor Memorial ceremony. Continue to pray for our active duty personnel and remember to fly your flag June 14. JoanP.Helmke, Secretary ALA Unit 35, New BraunfelsOak Run stories were helpful Th the editor: Hie Herald-Zeitung has provided a great service to the residents of Oak Run and to the community at large by publishing these stories on the attempt to close off the walkway connecting the subdivision and Oak Rim School. The planning and zoning commission only provided notice to the immediate property owners, and the alleged “neighborhood association” refused to get involved for the simple reason that it is controlled by the developer (who seeks to close off the walkway). Many of us attempted to spread the word on our own, but we really appreciate the newspaper’s assistance. Steve Moninger, New BraunfelsSymphony’s New Braunfels performance was delightful We were totally entertained during the performance of the San Antonio Symphony in their Sounds of Summer program at the Civic Center on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. The evening was a delight. Hie talented musicians presented lively music that included patriotic favorites, spirited marches, and many familiar, toe tapping selections. It kept a smile on the face. Of equal delight was die orchestra's conductor, David In-Jae Cho. What a great conductor and vivacious audience pleaser. Our smiles turned to laughter as he pleasantly joked with the audience and had us participating in various ways throughout die performance. This was their third annual flee performance in New Braunfels. What a great opportunity to hear another quality musical event right here in town. We are already looking forward to next year. Doyle and Roxolin Krueger, New Braunfels Au,    mw® imm SOC.IB1Y COULAM we. MOST MIU AewitJ. MOW TO CONTACT United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 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: 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671Oral family history is hard to maintain You can’t trust government Doroteo Rodriguez and son Dagoberto have been doing research on their family that goes back to Mexico, where records are hard to find. To this point most of their history has been passed on by word of mouth, but as family members moved away from New Braunfels, it became harder and harder to keep up with them. Dago is computer wise and is working with several family search programs. So far, the search goes only to Teo’s grandparents, Senaido Lopez and Eusebia Quiroz. From San Luis Potosi, Mexico, their family came through Laredo in the late 1800s.They heard about the Walter Zipp farm in Schumannsville from friends and moved there in 1906. Zipp’s primary crops were cotton and corn. The Lopez, Quiroz, Vasquez, Castillo and Gonzales families, who still have descendants in NB, all lived and worked on the Zipp property. They were sharecroppers and migrant workers. A sharecropper is one who plows the fields, plants the crops and then shares the profit with the owner. On the other hand, a migrant worker Around the Museum and Archives By Myra Lee Adams Goff [email protected] moves with the crops. Benita, Teo’s mother, was born on the Zipp farm in 1906. In 1911, 5-year-old Santos Rodriguez and his family arrived on the farm and Benita and Santos were destined to become man and wife. In 1922, they were married at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in a formal wedding ceremony. According to Teo, they probably had a large reception at their house and probably had a dance, since his dad’s brothers were musicians. After grandfather Senaido Lopez died in 1927 (he is buried in the Zipp cemetery), Teo’s grandmother moved to Gruene with the four younger children. They lived in the little white house that is still standing across from Buck Pottery. Meanwhile, Teo’s parents left the Zipp farm and migrated all over South Texas according to crop availability. He was born in Centerpoint where there were fields of peanuts and tomatoes to be harvested. Migrating eventually led them back to the Walter Zipp farm. A large family of IO children was a real asset to help with gathering crops. When Teo’s dad died in 1945, his mother and all the children moved to New Braunfels and his mother kept the family afloat by doing laundry. The older brothers and sisters started working to put Teo through school. He started school at Lone Star, a country school, followed by New Braunfels Middle School and afterward graduated from NBHS in 1959. He was the first in his family to complete his education. After graduation, Teo got a job in Gruene dusting, cleaning and stacking wool and mohair in the present Adobe Verde building. Shortly thereafter, Teo and Antonia Alvarez were married and in 1960 he started working as a delivery man at City Pharmacy, Plaza and Comal Drug for Fritz Scheffel and Herman Sabrsula. He was promoted to stock man and when Sabrsula began Herman’s Pharmacy on Landa Street and eventually Landa Pharmacy, he stayed there until 1973. An opening at New Braunfels Hospital (McKenna) in the supply and purchasing department prompted him to get that job and eventually become the director of purchasing. When the hospital’s pharmacy was enlarged in 1976, he asked to transfer there. Thereafter he studied and passed the exam at Incarnate Word to become a certified pharmacy technician in 1998. He has now completed his 34th year at McKenna. Teo Rodriguez’s philosophy will serve him well in the future. He began his search to get information on family because to him family is more important than anything else. He would like to get his whole family together for a reunion, but admits that it would take a pretty big place. Meanwhile, he has promised to give the Sophienburg a copy of his family history when it’s done. In reading an excellent book, “Satanic Purses: Money, Myth and Misinformation,” by R.T. Naylor (publisher is McGill-Queen’s University Press), I suddenly realized why Adolf Hitler was so popular during the first years of his administration. The funny thing is that the book is not about Hitler or Germany, but about the U.S. and the bogus war on terror. It is an outstanding book, carefully researched and footnoted, and written in a reasonable manner, though with delicious dollops of sarcasm. Ifs the carefully CHARLEYREESE detailed accounts of injustices com- Charley Reese is a mitted by the U.S. columnist for King Pea-government    lures Syndicate. You can ° i a •    write to him at PO. Box against American 2446, Orlando, Fla. Muslims that    32802. gave me the insight about Hitler. In the early days of the Third Reich, if you weren’t a criminal, a communist or a Jew, you never saw the dark side of the Nazi government. You saw an economy being revitalized, superhighways being built, Germans being put back to work, the disgraceful Versailles Treaty being scrapped. It must have looked a lot like morning in Germany to the people who had suffered through runaway inflation, economic depression and street riots. Similarly, if you are not a Muslim or an Arab-Ameri-can who has been a victim of the Patriot Act and other laws carelessly passed in the hysteria following the attacks in 2001, then the Bush administration probably looks perfectly normal. You probably even believe that it is really protecting you from terrorists, just as many Germans believed Hitler was protecting them from the “bad guys.” What Taylor’s book demonstrates is how often this is pure nonsense, and at the same time what terrible damage is being done to the rule of law and America’s traditional respect for human rights. Typically, the government will swoop down and seize an organization’s records and computers, while making public accusations of the people being “involved” with terrorists. The important point is that this is done before any determination of guilt or innocence has even begun. By the time a defendant gets to court, if he ever does, he’s ruined. Quite often then, the fearless feds will say, "Well, never mind about this terrorist business, just plead guilty to a minor immigration violation.” Often defendants are bullied into admitting guilt they don’t deserve by threats of being declared an enemy combatant, which means indefinite imprisonment, probably for life. You can see the process going on with the four men charged with planning to blow up the fuel lines to JFK International Airport in New York. In the First place, it is common knowledge that if you blow up a fuel line, you will get an explosion and Fire at one point. The claim that the whole pipeline would blow up for miles is nonsense, and the government knows that, but it threw that out to claim the plot endangered “thousands" of lives. The real question is, Did these guys actually plan it, or were they set up by the government's federal informant? The federal government has a terrible record of using informants to entrap people. The whole tragedy of Ruby Ridge, which cost the lives of Randy Weaver’s wife and son, resulted from a federal informant who nagged Weaver into sawing off the barrels of a shotgun, something any kid can do with a vice and a hacksaw. The feds then arrested Weaver with the intention of forcing him to become an informant and the tragic farce ensued. So even though you haven’t felt the arbitrary and unjust power of the government, you should read this book and Find out just how much deception is involved in this war on terror. You'll discover how often oil, diamonds and big business play behind-the-scenes roles in this current so-called war. As the German people discovered, once a government has unlimited power, it will eventually use that power against everyone. ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. LETTERS POLICY ■ Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. ;Santos and Benita Rodriguez in 1922. Courtesy photo ;