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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 41 Tuesday, June 14,2011 | heraid-zeitung.COMOPINION HERALD ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publisher and f drtor Doug Toney I #Wh$t Mavericks win championship EDITOR'S NOTE This editorial ran in Monday's Dallas Morning News It was a victory with class. An NBA championship, at long last, after 30 years. Savor the moment. Especially savor the way that the Dallas Mavencks players and entire organization fought -- their way to the top of the mountain Ten reasons we should be proud of this triumph: Heart — How many times was this team counted out this year7 Only at the start of the season, along the way and in so many playoff games. Cuts and desire won in the end. Hard work — The Mavs brought sweat equity to their game Dirk Nowitzki set the example, with a blue-collar approach to a glitzy, showboating sport. They manhandled the Heat because they were prepared. Teamwork — That s a hallmark of this bunch. When Dirk was    cold    to    start Sunday s deciding Came 6. his teammates    were quick to pick up the slack. Jason Terry J.j. Barea. Tyson Chandler — the list is long Dirk is greatness, but this team was built to be the sum of its parts. Old school. Focus — Dirk wouldn't get drawn into foolishness after mocking from Heat players. He kept his mouth shut | and head down, then said it all on the court Nerve — Coach Rick Carlisle doesn’t blink, refuses to cave. His players follow that lead Trust — Carlisle shows respect to a veteran team by not overcoaching The players know what to do. and Carlisle knows when it is best to let them. Graciousness — Jason Kidd won like a pro. In victory, he hung his arm around the necks of Miami's three j superstars with words of encouragement. More graciousness — Owner Mark Cuban won like a pro. sharing the limelight with team founder Donald Carter. He made sure Carter held the NBA championship trophy first SdMisdpline — Cuban rooted like a pro Who thought the ball-of-fire. outspoken owner could keep a lid on it through the finals? He proved skeptics wrong by making sure the spotlight was able to shine only on the team Support — The list would be incomplete without praise for the never-say-die Mavs fans, including thousands who filled American Airlines Center to watch Game 6 on the giant screen. Then, fans citywide. while delirious with victory, refrained from doing damage to property or one another That would have soured a sweet, sweet night. Finally, we will get that downtown victory parade and city celebration. To echo one of the team’s themes for the 2010-11 season: Carpe diem. It s the Mavericks time! todayTn history The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, June 14. On June 14,1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag. In 1775, the Continental Army, forerunner of the United States Army, was created. In 1801, former American Revolutionary War General and notorious turncoat Benedict Arnold died in London. In 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom s Cabin," was born in Litchfield, Conn. In 1911, the British ocean liner RMS Olympic set out on its maiden voyage for New York, arriving one week later. (The ship s captain was Edward John Smith, who went on to command the ill-fated RMS Titanic the following year.) In 1940, German troops entered Paris during World War II; the same day, the Nazis began transporting prisoners to the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. In 1943, the Supreme Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette, ruled that children in public schools could not be forced to salute the flag of the United States. In 1954, the words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1967, the space probe Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy on a flight that took it past Venus.Spielzeit at Sophienburg Saturday MYRA LEE ADAMS GOFF COLUMNIST Picture this: Every day after school, a group of elementary school boys rushed home and met at a vacant lot behind Hollmig s Drive-In at the intersection of Seguin and Zink streets Their goal to play baseball their way. (See the 1958 photo on the nght for names.) George House, owner of the drive-m. called this group the Zink Street Stinkers This joy in playing games like sand-lot baseball is the subject of a program this Saturday Qune 18) for children and adults. The program is called Spielzeit at the Sophienburg (Playtime at the Sophsenburg). Another brainchild of Amber Miller, the interesting program will center on games that children played and toys that they can make The purpose of the program is to teach children that toys don t have to be purchased, and that they can use their imagination to create toys. To demonstrate toy making will be folk toymaker, Lee Haile If weather permits. Haile will set up under the trees on die Sophienburg grounds and show the children early folk toys. He uses only natural and available materials. Haile demonstrates flying propellers, kites, tubes and water toys, paddle boats, spool cars, stilts, tops, and the list goes on and on. Then replicas of some of these early toys may be purchased in Sophie s Shop. Inside the Museum, videos will feature children s activities These videos have been made from the Sophienburg s vast collection of photographs They show local children engaging in games like baseball, marbles, kite flying and organized dress-up activities like Kindermaskenball. parades, school plays The supply is limitless and adults who grew up in this area are likely to spot themselves on the screen. Another feature of the day will be a “marionette contraption by John Ryan of San Antonio. For decades. Ryan has had the hobby of putting together these models. He has donated this exhibit to the Sophienburg. It's a 3-foot-high. 4-foot-long early pioneer horse. Under the overhang of the front porch are three carved people Ryan recorded music that he coordinated with the Photo submitted The Zink Street Stinkers: front row - Texas Jack Alves; middle row- Rodney Krebs. Jimmy Jentsch, Craig Hollmig, Clayton Krebs, Sonny House; back row - George Boenig. Larry Wenzel. Larry Krebs, Kim Rice. SpMstft When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 Where: Sophienburg, 401 W. Coll St Tickets: No reservations needed. S5/adults, $2/child. moving figures, and as it plays, the figures dance, stomp, and play instruments Children will love it. The exhibit is called Family Fun 100 Years Ago \ A book called Texas Toys and Games' by Francis Edward Abernathy gives a good description of “Spielzeit using information from Haile. I like the games section the best because I remember the games described in the book Games like Blindman s Bluff, Red Rover, Seven Up, Fruit Basket Turn Over. Crack the Whip. Leap Frog, Drop the Handkerchief. Hide and Seek, and — don't forget — Spin the Bottle. Then there were other games like marbles. jacks, and pick-up sticks. At Lamar School, the girls played jacks daily at recess and the boys played marbles. There were definitely gender oriented games. Girls would bring their dolls to school and boys would bring cars. One of the activities that I remem- ber everyone playing would today be considered taboo. We would break glass thermometers and extract the liquid mercury. The mercury formed little balls and we would roll them around in the pencil holder on the desk. When I think about it. it doesn't even make sense, but we loved that activity. It just proves that when no toys are around, children will make their own. Being an only child. I did have lots of toys, but the activity I remember most was the string dolls that I made. These dolls played out the soap opera of life in my window sill. Psychiatrists would love it. What fun the day will be for children and adults. No reservations needed, just show up this Saturday. June 18, anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a $5 charge per adult and $2 per child. What a bargain! Even smart people like Plato said. Life must be lived as play," Myra lee Adams Goff writes a column every other Tuesday for the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. Reduce US need for OPEC While running for office. President Obama promised that if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years. In July 2010. we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That's the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated The NAT GAS Act will create jobs, clean up the environment and improve our national security by providing tax incentives to organizations that operate fleets of vehicles. Election Day will soon be here Those who are running for office need to take a look at this legislation and make promising to reduce our need for OPEC oil a central part of their campaigns. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Medicare is going broke and we need serious solutions While reasonable people can disagree on the ments of Paul Ryan s budget it is frustrating when opponents of the plan don t feel the need to deal in facts and instead fall back on demagoguery Rep Lamar Smith and House Republicans are not in favor of ending Medicare or turning it into a voucher system. Don t believe me? The AP. a member of the mainstream media that is never one to do any favors to Republicans, just put out a fact check citing the numerous disingenuous claims and distortions made by Democrats on Medicare From the AP: “The Ryan plan explicitly forbids insurance companies from denying coverage to anyone who qualifies for Medicare, including those who have preexisting illnesses “ This plan does not turn Medicare into a voucher system. Anyone 55 or older would keep their current Medicare system For people 54 and younger. Medicare would be saved by providing retirees with choices from a menu of government-supported options. The plan would allow those who retire after 2022 to choose their own Medicare provider who would receive payments directly from the Medicare program. Medicare is going broke and we need serious solutions to keep it solvent. For opponents of the Ryan budget, it s easier to launch false attacks on those who are working to save Medicare than produce a solution of their own LETTERS TO THE EDITOR POLICY The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 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 submissions. All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed. HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR OPINION ■ By e-mail to: ■ Online at: • By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald-ZeitunQ, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78130 ■ By fax:(830)606-3413 • in person. 707 landa St, New Braunfels For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ©NewBraunfelsHZ B learn what s in tomorrow s paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. Become a Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan. 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