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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 —» Herald Zettung — Thursday, May 12, 2011 FORUM Our Opinion Don’t let ‘disaster fatigue’ keep you from helping out We care. We want to help. There wasn’t a heart in this nation that didn’t break at the sight of an elderly Japanese man holding back tears as he looks at the nibble of his home. There were few who didn’t search for a way to help when they saw photos of the 20-foot wall of flames in West Texas that killed livestock and destroyed homes. Images have burnt themselves into the hearts and minds of Americans for years — Katrina, the Glllf, Haiti, floods in Australia and New Zealand and now along the Mississippi. And the incomprehensible photos of Southern towns, every board of every home and business razed by tornadoes. Nothing left. We want to help. Hut at some point, |H*ople walk away from the TV. They put down the newspaper. Or they distract themselves with stories about the royal wedding or "Dancing with the Stars." ()ne person can only give so much. According to an Associated lYess story on May 7 South suffers from 'disaster fatigue ', the outpouring of support lasted the three or four days the news cycle kept the spotlight on the area. Since then, it has waned. I he search for bodies is still going on in parts of the tornado-ravaged .South, but the country's worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina is already fading from the public consciousness,” according to the AP article. That means donations and out-of-state volunteers will likely drop off as the region tries to recover after tornadoes killed at least 329 people and destroyed communities across seven states.” It depends on the news cycle, but the reality is, you generally only have three or four days" to keep the attention of the broader public, said Mickey Caison, who oversees disaster relief efforts for the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board. Typically, when the national media moves on, that window of opportunity closes." Sharon McAllistor, Chief Administrator and Branch Manager of the American Bed Cross -(-omaJ County, said at one point there were calls for 450 Bed Cross volunteers from this area to go 11 different locations. "There were storms up north, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, hailstorms," she saici. "People are inundated; there’s a little overload. They don't know what to do next or who to give to.” Being overwhelmed by the number of crises in so many different parts of the world is no excuse to turn your back on that suffering. McAllistor said — while donors are welcome to specify the direction lor their donation by writing "Japan tsunami" or “Alabama tornados” or "West Texas wildfires" in the memo line — the best approach is to donate to the overall efforts of the organization. In the case ol the Bed Cross, donations to the Disaster Belief Fund will roll over from one disaster to the next as needed. It you say it has to go to Japan or Alabama, that’s where it goes and it stays there.” I he* Beil Cross in Comal County is not taking clothes — only monetary donations. People in disaster areas are given loaded "credit cards” to by clothes and other needs. To donate to the Bed Cross Disaster Belief Fund, visit their office at 345 Landa St., Suite 160 (in the former Lifechek building). Call (830) 608-9876 or donate online at Hie Salvation Army-New Braunfels is also accepting donations for disaster relief. They are only taking monetary donations, since the price of gas is so high that it would cost more to ship clothes and other personal items than to buy them new on location. According to, die Salvation Army is often among the first on the scene when disaster strikes. Officers are trained to meet all kinds of emergencies by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. Donations may be made online at — specify "Disaster Belief” or “Disaster Belief for West Texas wildfire victims* in the box marked “Specific Use." Cash donations and donations by check may be made at the Salvation Army office in New Braunfels at 186 S. Castell. For more information, call (830) 608-9129. Herald-Zeitung New Butunfrh and I nmal (aunty time H%2, New Braunfels Zettung was founded 185?, New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two paper* merged m 1957 and printed m both German and English until 1958 Editor and Publisher Managing Editor Circulation Director Business Manager Advertising Director Doug Toney Autumn Phillipe Jeff Fowler Rosie Willingham Jemie Gregg Today in History Today is Thursday, May 12,2011. On May 12, 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey; his wife, Elizabeth was crowned as queen consort. In 1780, during the Revolutionary Wai, the besieged city of Charleston, S.C., surrendered to British forces In 1932, the body of Charles lindbergh jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, N J In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. In 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift. In 1958, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air I)eferise Command. Liberals need a history lesson WASHINGTON — Outside the venue where Hep. Paul Byan recently spoke in Madison, Wis., a university town never lacking protesters, one product of America's education system shouted that Byan's budget proposal would return America to the had old days of the "18th-century robber barons." The young man, full of zeal and destitute of information, does not know that those capitalists of whom he disapproves — the ones who built the railroads and other sinews of the nation's industrial might — operated in the second half of the 19th century, not in 18th-century agrarian America. Last month, Barack Obama was asked by an interviewer from Texas why he is so unpopular there. Obama replied: "Texas has always been a pretty Bepublican state, for, you know, historic reasons." Well, yes, "always" — if you believe, as many baby boomers seem to, that the* world began when they became more or less sentient. But, for the record: Texas, one of the 11 states of the Confederacy, was, for historic reasons, GEORGEWILL George Will's e-mail address is [email protected] old — in the Depression year of 1934, with the New Deal erupting — that peacetime federal spending topped 10 percent of GDP, and it did not reach 12 percent until the war preparations of 1941. Byan s plan would alter Medicare. But Medicare has existed in its current configuration for only 46 of the nation's 235 years. Byan s plan would involve some seniors paying more of the costs of routine health care. But what is anomalous, viewed in the context of "our history," is today's "12 cents" problem. That is the portion of every health dollar paid by the person receiving the care. Fifty years ago, when John Kennedy became president and the nation was 185 years old, the figure was 47 cents. Byan’s plan would expand states' discretion in the administration of Medicaid by making it a block grant program. Would it make America, in Obama's words, "fundamentally different than what we've known throughout our history" to take this small step away from the practice of part of'Oiesolidly Democratic ^uth for almost a ^ = to    5 ' ¿V1    ?.r’ peeply Protestant the federal government?  United States irimrmilTm Government „ 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 Fa*: (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 Fox: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fex: (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 Fex: (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 Fex: (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 iiiiiiiíüiíiii lexas voted for Bepublican Herbert Hoover against A! Smith, a Catholic New Yorker, for president in 1928, but it did not vote for a Republican presidential candidate again until Dwight Eisenhower carried the state in 1952 and 1956. It did not do so again until Richard Nixon in 1972. Four years later, it embraced Jimmy Carter. Other than during Reconstruction, Texas did not elect a Republican senator until 1961 (John Tower) and did not elect a second one (Phil Gramm) until 1984, and there were not as many as three Texas Republicans in the U.S. House until 1968. Republicans were not a majority oi the state’s congressional delegation until 2005 The hysteria and hyperbole about Ryan's plan arise, in part, from a poverty of today's liberal imagination, an inability to think beyond the straight-line continuation of programs from the second and third quarters of the last century. It is odd that "progressives," as liberals now wish to be called, have such a constricted notion of the possibilities of progress. Liberals think Medicare and Social Security as they exist are "fundamental" to the nation's identity. But liberals think the Constitution — which the Framers meant to be fundamental, meaning constituting, law—should be construed as a "living" document, continually evolving to take differ- rj    .    n , .    11    *6    ^"-uinciu,    luuuiiuauy    evolving    to    taice ainer- m , !    m    ! yajn S ’i ^ Pr°P°sa1’ 9ba'    ent meanings under whatever liberals    consider ma said it would lead to a fundamentally differ-    new social imperatives. ------.v.v«.nviiiuii    y VU11L1 ent America than the one we've known certainly in my lifetime. In fact, I think it would be fundamentally different than what we've known throughout our history." i u    „    ‘“cicgiiaiuiucuiugywiuiinmeuDamaaammis- Wtll. It IS unclear what fundamentally means tration and among congressional Democrats is uoama, but consider some nossible merries rpartinnarviihoraiicrr.    __ to Obama, but consider some possible metrics of what is, and is not, different than what we have known "throughout our history." Ryan's plan would reduce federal spending as a percentage of (il)P from the 2009-2011 average of 24.4 to 19.9 in 10 years. It was not until the nation was 158 years The lesson of all this is that one's sense of possibilities — and proprieties — is shaped by what we know, and often do not know, about history. The regnant ideology within the Obama adminis- t rat ion a r-i A omnnn    n______  • reactionary liberalism, the conviction that whatever government programs exist should forever exist because they always have existed. 1 hat is, as baby boomers, in their narcissism — or perhaps solipsism; or both — understand "always." Letters to the Editor Pictures instead of words a better way to communicate about wanted terrorists For years, our government has offered $25 million for information leading to the capture of bin liiden without success. For the most part, these people are illiterate and do not know what a million of anything is. Since we are still looking for other top terrorists, I suggest showing a picture of 100 goats and a few donkeys along with terrorist pictures. This may bring better results. Gerald White New Braunfels First Family bigger freeloaders than British monarchy I have to agree with letter writer Pamela Alston — most Brits do not view the monarchy as a bunch of freeloaders. She mentioned the average British taxpayer contributes less than $3.50 US annually to support the monarchy. Perhaps, Mr. Fortune should look more closely as to the expenditures our First Family spends. lalk about freeloaders ... The Spain vacation ior Michelle, daughters, staff, and guests in a five-star luxury hotel and villa costs $2,500 a night. In addition, the use of Air Force II to fly everyone to Spain, plus 70 Secret Service agents to insure the safety of everyone, costs $11,351 per hour to operate — 47,500 gallons of jet fuel was used according the Government Accounting Office. The carbon emissions were 1,031 tons of C02. The trip to India and to Martha's Vineyard was estimated to have cost $2 billion dollars. That included a second smaller jet that took their dog, “Bo," to Martha’s Vineyard to be with them during their 11 -day vacation. During the “First Family’s” two-week Hawaii vacation, they stayed in a 7,000 square foot home. Whether or not the American taxpayers paid for the rent, I’m not sure, but the cost to get to Hawaii via Air Force I or Air Force II, we certainly paid for. Tim Souder New Braunfels Don’t let childrens’ future be casualty of budget battles This year, I want to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by thanking the teachers of our community for all of their hard work educating our children. Attacks on teachers and their unions are attacks on public education. We can’t let our kids’ future be a casualty of the budget battles. I’m outraged by legislators who are "reforming" education by going after teachers’ unions, instead of working with the teachers who want real change and progress in our schools. Educators can do what they do best — educate our children — when their collective bargaining rights are secure. Pam Waugh-Wagoner New Braunfels ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fex: (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 NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Castell Ave. RO. Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1747 (830) 221-4000 ■ Mayor Bruce Boyer [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4507 ■ Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata rzapata @ p btexas. o rg Telephone: Extension 4501 ■ Dist. 2 Councilor Mark Goodner [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4502 ■ Dist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4503 ■ Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte snolte @ Telephone: Extension 4504 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Kathleen Krueqer kkrueaer @ Telephone: Extension 4505 ■ Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Dioqes [email protected] T®f*Rh®?*.?TE^ension 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 ECCLES0N [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1101 ■ PCT. 2 COMMISSIONER scon HAAG [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1102 ■ PCT. 3 COMMISSIONER GREG PARKER [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1103 ■ PCT. 4 COMMISSIONER JAN KENNAOY [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-1104 ;