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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas FOMIM Kudos ... to anyone who’s bracket is still worth the paper it’s printed on. ... to Alex and Erika Squires and Zackry Ixrnard, who at 9 and 11 years old have figured out a way to give back. The three have been making “survival bracelets” (see story in the March 17 edition) out of parachute chord. They sell the bracelets each Saturday at the New Braunfels Farm to Market and donate $2 from each sale to organizations associated with The Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio. They also donate bracelets to soldiers at Brooke Army Medical Center or those* they come in contact with who have touched their hearts. They gave a bag of the bracelets to Troy Yocum, an Iraq war veteran hiking across the United States, to give to soldiers he meets. The children can be reached at [email protected] ... to the slow but continuing recovery from the June 9 Hood. Flood waters last year devastated l,an-da Park. The work continues to repair structures and return the park to its former glory. I^ast week, the spring-fed wading area reopened. It had been closed since June 2010. ... to I^nda Park. Those who love the park are celebrating its 75th anniversary as public space this year. On Saturday, as a tribute to the early days of the park when couples gathered to dance outdoors, the NB Parks Foundation is holding a Moonlight Gala Saturday night. For information, call (830) 221-4350. ... to the Comal County Commissioners’ Court that held its first evening meeting last Thursday in response to requests from the public. Thirty people showed up and the lively discussion lasted more than two hours. ... to the mothers and others who have made it their mission to make sure no one forgets those in harm’s way overseas. A giant yellow ribbon hangs on a tree in the Plaza serving as a reminder to all who drive by. New Braunfels resident and mother said that she’s worked to keep that ribbon up for seven years with the help of friends, parents of other veterans and several area florists. — To offer Kudos to an individual or organization, e-mail Managing Editor Autumn Phillips at [email protected] or bring it to the newspaper office at 707 Ixindu St. Herald-Zeitung Srrvtrtg New Braunfelt and Comal County time 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852, New Braunfeli Meratd was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 I j Editor and Publisher Doug Toney ! Managing Editor Autumn Phillips i Circulation Director Jeff Fowler j Business Manager Rosie Willingham United States Government TRUMP 20(2. Letters to the Editor ttm&m Todât in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, March 25, the 84th day of 2011. There are 281 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 25, 1911, 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York. On this date: In 1634, English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore arrived in present-day Maryland. In 1865, during the Civil War, Confederate forces attacked Fort Stedman in Virginia but were forced to withdraw by counterattacking Union troops. In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey began leading an "army" of unemployed from Massillon (MA'-sih-luhn), Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government. Don’t criticize until you understand other’s point of view Re: Comments on two articles in the Herald-Zeitung First, I would like to respond to the people who are critical to the lady that works for the paper whose child was forgotten and died from being locked in the car all day. This lady is suffering more than a lot of people realize — a tragic accident. Those who have never lost a child or spouse that they love dearly have no idea how they feel unless they have gone through it themselves. I feel for this lady and pray for her. I am going through this from losing my wife of 47 years and have an idea of what she is feeling. God be with her and bless her. Second, the lady who sent a letter stating that the poor children are going to be hurt the most from the budget short-fall in education. I would like for her to give specifics and not just general talking points. I answer specifics and have my own opinions. I taught for 19-plus years and there is a lot of WBSve ana useless materials ana programs in scmbTtn^mgSSiTr somefopfnions and wastefulness in another letter but would like for this lady to respond with specifics. Arvin Brehm New Braunfels Leadership must examine needs vs. wants in school spending The latest letter that the superintendent sent out, pertaining to the costs and financial shortcomings, was very informative. I do, however, feel the need to question the real heartfelt concern that was expressed. If one is truly a good steward of tax dollars, I wonder just how the new CDC building ended up with a racquetball court? It seems like a strange place for one, except that the superintendent has been trying to get one built for years (and even had one started in the Support Service Building, but got stopped on that one). I believe that the CDC Building was built with bond money, and I wonder if the racquetball court showed up in the original plans. Once again, when money is "extremely tight", why spend tax dollars on a racquetball court, and especially, why now? Oh yes, I know it is referred to as a "recreation court”, but someone can call a rope tied between two trees a solar clothes dryer, but it's still a rope between two trees. The fact is, it is a racquetball court that the superintendent wanted, and even in the middle of this horrible time, when teachers and staff are potentially losing their jobs, it seems he gets what he wants (no matter how unnecessary, and how financially wasteful it is). Makes one wonder just what that space, and those tax dollars, could have been used for, if looked at, by what is "really" needed, instead of what is simply wanted. Where is our school board's attention when stuff like tiffs MMtfl PRESIDENT ■ Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Baiuey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224 0776 Web: http://hutchison.senate.gav/ (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: 615 E. Houston St. San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government lì 111111 II Rick Perry \ Room 2S.1 Frank Porshage New Braunfels LETTERS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ 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. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor c/o Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- NCAA Sweet Sixteen turns ugly as rhetoric, insults fly Editor's note: The following alludes to language that might be offensive to some readers. They don’t call it "March Madness" for nothing. For good and ill, few sporting events arouse such widespread passion as the NCAA college basketball tournament. Along with passion comes controversy. Orwell explained why in his essay "The Sporting Spirit." People play pickup games for fun, he argued, "but as soon as the question of prestige arises, as soon as you feel that you and some larger unit will be disgraced if you lose, the most savage combative instincts are aroused....” "Serious sport," Orwell thought, "has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting." Welcome to the Sweet Sixteen. Most of it's harmless, like my man Charles Barkley slamming the Big East conference as overrated—something all fans residing more than 400 miles from New York City agree about. The league's inflated reputation is all about big city sportswriters and TV GENELYONS Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Aivard winner and co-author of'lhe Hunting of the President." E-mail Lyons at [email protected] ratings. Eleven teams selected, nine gone by the second round. End of story. Far less benign is the slang match over the ESPN documentary "The Fab Five." Even Barkley's been uncharacteristically quiet. It's about race, class, personal authenticity and personal rivalries dating back 20 years. It's also about the emotional symbolism we attach to events that have the power to distort our perceptions. Where Orwell went wrong was forgetting that "minus the shooting" is no small distinction. It's the biggest one in the world. So let's have at it. Here are my credentials: I've been a huge basketball fan since my days as a New Jersey high school player following the West Virginia Mountaineers — an exotic-seeming place my pals and I visited on the radio. Second, how I know I pulled for Michigan's Fab Five against Duke in the 1992 National Championship game is that for me disliking Duke is like hating the New York Yankees. It's in my DNA. GQ magazine recently ranked Duke among the nation's worst sports fans: "Duke fans who complain that everyone hates them because they're too good are like cheerleaders who com-plain that everyone hates them because they're too pretty. Sorry, princess!" Then there are the "We're smart, you're dumb" cheers directed at rival fans. We needn't even go into the whole North Korean-styie syncopated bouncing thing. My position's clear. Too bad Jalen Rose's isn't. Talking about the Duke-Michigan rivalry in the ESPN documentary he produced, Rose explained his feelings about former Duke (and Phoenix Suns) rival Grant Hill: "For me, Duke was personal. I hated Duke and I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn't recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited players who were Uncle Toms." In context, Rose was talking historically: Not what he thinks today, but what he thought as an inexperienced 18-year-old from the Detroit streets. Alas, that’s implied, never stated. He basically describes Hill as an inauthentic sellout and a suck-up to The Man. Any wonder Grant Hill took offense? No doubt that's exactly what Rose and his Michigan teammates thought at age 20. They also called Hill and (white) Duke teammate Christian Laettner a "b-ch," a coarse synonym for "sissy," "soft" and "overrated." Oddly, Bobby Hurley, the abrasive Jersey Irish point guard who really made that Duke team go, escaped opprobrium. In the film, Rose acknowledged underestimating Laettner, but not Hill. In their inexperience, the Fab Five appeared to think white jocks like Laettner and Hurley would fold in the face of black aggression. (No, but they may have figured you’d get confused when they didn't.) Hill, the son of NFL star Calvin Hill, hit back in a pungent letter to The New York Times. He called the Uncle Tom label "insulting and ignorant" to him and his black teammates. He urged his former rivals "to avoid stereotyping me and others they do not know in much the same way so many people stereotyped them back then for their appearance and swagger." Hill concluded: "I am proud of my Duke championships and all my Duke teammates. And I am proud I never lost a game against the Fab Five." Ouch. Something Hill got wrong, however, is that Rose never insulted his family. "I was jealous of Grant Hill," he'd explained poignantly. "He came from a great black family. Congratulations...! was upset and bitter that my mom had to bust her hump for 20-plus years. I was bitter that I had a professional athlete that was my father that I didn't know. 1 resented that, more so than I resented (Hill). I looked at it as 'They are who the world accepts and we are who the world hates.'" That hurts too. For an encore, maybe the two men should sit down in front of a camera and talk about it. * , ^vfPxT7428    ^ Austin,78/11 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512)463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Doug Miller EXT E1.216 RO. Box 2910 Austin TX 78768-2910 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512)463-5896 STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address: jeff. wentworth newbraunfels CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Castell Ave. P.O. Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1747 (830) 221-4000 ■ Mayor Bruce Boyer bboyer@ Telephone: Extension 4507 ■ Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4501 ■ Dist. 2 Councilor Mark Goodner mgoodner @ Telephone: Extension 4502 ■ Dist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra mybarra @ Telephone: Extension 4503 ■ Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4504 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Kathleen Krueger kkrueger @ Telephone: Extension 4505 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges [email protected] Telephone:..Extension 4506 Comal County Commissioners' Court 199 Main Plaza New Braunfels,Tx 78130 (830) 221-1100 ■ COUNTY JUDGE SHERMAN KRAUSE krause Telephone: (830) 221-1105 ■ PCT. 1 COMMISSIONER DONNA ECCLESON [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1101 ■ PCT. 2 COMMISSIONER SCOH HAAG [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1102 ■ PCT. 3 COMMISSIONER GREG PARKER [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1103 ■ PCT. 4 COMMISSIONER JAN KENNADY [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1104 ;