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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, May 26, 2005 FORUM NMM Our Opinion SVHS coach measures success as a team effort When the Rangers battle for a berth in the state tournament tonight, they will do so as a team. No single individual will decide the outcome. The Rangers will win as a whole or lose as a whole. W! ayne Daigle has created a powerhouse softball team at Smithson Valley High School by emphasizing hard work and a team-first attitude. During his tenure as softball coach, Daigle has won a state championship and has consistendy led the Rangers to the state tournament. He does so with a boot camp mentality in practice, using each moment to emphasize that the difference between winning and losing, especially in the playoffs, can be a single mistake. Last year, the Rangers made that mistake and saw their season end short of the state tournament. Tonight, the Rangers hope to make amends for that mistake when they take on San Antonio O’Connor. The winner advances to the final four. Daigle’s emphasis on the details is evident when he insists on playing only a single game against each playoff opponent. I Ie feels the hard work his team has put in will pay off when the games mean the most. So far, he’s been proven right. Another amazing aspect is that while Daigle has one of the best teams in the state, he refuses to give credit to any single player. While most coaches regularly report statistics, Smithson Valley refuses to do so, even when the media asks. Daigle’s thought process is simple. The Rangers win as a team and lose as a team. His belief that even the smallest mistake can derail the team makes each player equally important. When the Rangers battle for a berth in the state tournament tonight, they will do so as a team. No single individual will decide the outcome. The Rangers will win as a whole or lose as a whole. That attitude is refreshing in a sports world where everything seems to be “me-first.” We congratulate the Rangers on a remarkable season and wish them the best tonight and hopefully for two more games to come. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 26, the 146th day of2005. There are 219 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 26,1940, the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II. On this date: In 1521, Martin lather was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings. In 1805,200 years ago, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan. In 1865, arrangements were made in New Orieans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi. In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on all remaining charges. In 1960, U.N. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge accused the Soviets of hiding a microphone inside a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States that had been presented to the U.S. embassy in Moscow. 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 Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Operations Director Vilma Linares News Editor David Rupkalvis GUESTCOLUMN Hispanics: In honor of a proud culture, its time to achieve! I overheard a conversation the other day. An educator told a local officer working for the DARE program that all he would need to teach the minority students he encountered was how to be put under arrest. This comment is indicative of the kind of prejudice our town grapples with to this day. An undercurrent of ethnic prejudice still exists in this town, a fact many will admit, if not openly, then in their hearts. I readily acknowledge all the good people of every ethnicity who make * this city a better place. It is not for them that I write this article but for those who still harbor prejudices, and especially for those who are willing victims of them. As a Hispanic concerned with our city’s fate, I make the following statement: Our descendants will live side-by-side for years to come, and it is our responsibility to create a harmony between all citizens, now and in the future. It is unjust that decades since integration there are still boundaries that separate us. As the granddaughter of a migrant worker who used education and determination to make a better life for his family, I don’t speak from a position of privileged ignorance. My family’s story is one that many people (Hispanic and otherwise) can relate to — hard work, perseverance and the grace of God to save the day. There are many respectable and hard-working Hispanics living in this town, who guard their honor, love their families and contribute so much to their community. Yet, because “one bad apple spoils the bunch,” I take issue with those Hispanics who make it easy for our ethnicity to be looked down upon in New Braunfels; those who propagate the drug culture and the negative perception of our ethnicity in this town and throughout Texas. In a city where too many readily condemn the minority, members of traditionally underrepresented groups are obligated to act without reproach. That means an end to emulating the drug and hip-hop culture. Why should we imitate gangsters and rap stars who glorify rape, violence and drugs in their music? Why should we view what is dishonorable as commanding of respect? Why should we undervalue education? Why shouldn’t we work harder in school? Why should we have such a high rate of teen pregnancy? Why should we make it easier for people to say, “See, I told you so!”? We have a beautiful, vibrant culture heritage behind us, one that is equally central to this town as its German ancestry. We have so much to give. We are a vital part of this community and can become even more of one. Let all Hispanics, especially those of my generation, go out in the town and represent. Achieve! We are so much more than what many would limit us to, limitations that we often allow to be imposed on ourselves. We cannot force the hearts of the prejudiced to change, but we can take away ammunition for hate. ASHLEEN KELLY Ashleen Menchaca Kelly of New Braunfels recently completed her first year at Trinity Unii>ersi-ty and is a 2004 Canyon High School graduate. minimum HOW 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 2184 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 HOWTOCORmcr Texas Government liiiiiiililllii GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 6274215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: RO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512)463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail address: carter.casteel @ STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: jeff. Wentworth ■ Judith Zaffirini P.O. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Lawmaker: Antigay marriage bill fuels ‘flames of bigotry’ MOLLYIVINS Molly Ivin is a columnist for Creators Syndicate. She also does occasional commentary for National Public Radio and the McNeil/Lehrer program. AUSTIN — Here in the National laboratory for Bad Government, it’s duck and cover time — the Legislature is in session. The Can’t-Shake-Your-Booty bill passed the House, saving us all from the scourge of sexy cheerleaders. But nothing else is getting done. The state is being run by people who do not know how to govern. Keep in mind that based on past form, whatever lunacy is going on in Texas will eventually sweep the country. Rarely are the words of one state legislator worth national attention, but when Senfronia Thompson, a black representative from Houston, stalks to the back mike with a certain “get-out-of-my-way” look in her eye, it’s, Katie, bar the door. Here is Thompson speaking against the Legislature’s recent folly of putting a superfluous antigay marriage measure into the state constitution: “I have been a member of this august body for three decades, and today is one of the all-time low points. We are going in the wrong direction, in the direction of hate and fear and discrimination. Members, we all know what this is about; this is the politics of divisiveness at its worst, a wedge issue that is meant to divide. “Members, this is a distraction from the real things we need to be working on. At the end of this session, this Legislature, this leadership will not be able to deliver the people of Texas fundamental and fair answers to the pressing issues of our day. “Let’s look at what this amendment does not do: It does not give one Texas citizen meaningful tax relief. It does not reform or fully hind our education system. It does not restore one child to CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) who was cut from health insurance last session. It does not put one dime into raising Texas’ Third World access to health care. It does not do one thing to care for or protect one elderly person or one child in this state. In fact, it does not even do anything to protect one marriage. "Members, this bill is about hate and fear and discrimination. ... When I was a small girl, white folks used to talk about ‘protecting the institution of marriage’ as well. What they meant was if people of my color tried to marry people of Mr. Chisum’s color, you’d often find the people of my color hanging from a tree. ... Fifty years ago, white folks thought inter racial marriages were ‘a threat to the institution of marriage.’ “Members, I’m a Christian and a proud Christian. I read the good book and do my best to live by it. I have never read the verse where it says, ‘Gay people can’t marry.’ I have never read the verse where it says, Thou shalt discriminate against those not like me.’ I have never read the verse where it says, ‘Let’s base our public policy on hate and fear and discrimination.’ Christianity to me is love and hope and faith and forgiveness — not hate and discrimination. “I have served in this body a lot of years, and I have seen a lot of promises broken. ... So... now that blacks and women have equal rights, you turn your hatred to homosexuals, and you still use your misguided reading of the Bible to justify your hatred. You want to pass this ridiculous amendment so you can go home and brag — brag about what? Declare that you saved the people of Texas from what? “Persons of the same sex cannot get married in this state now. Texas law does not now recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, religious unions, domestic partnerships, contractual arrangements or Christian blessings entered into in this state — or anywhere else on this planet. “lf you want to make your hateful political statements then that is one thing—- but the Chisum amendment does real harm. It repeals the contracts that many single people have paid thousands of dollars to purchase to obtain medical powers of attorney, powers of attorney, hospital visitation, joint ownership and support agreements. You have lost your way. This is obscene____ “I thought we would be debating economic development, property tax relief, protecting seniors’ pensions and stem cell research to save lives of Texans who are waiting for a more abundant life. Instead we are wasting this body’s time with this political stunt that is nothing more than constitutionalizing discrimination. The prejudices exhibited by members of this body disgust me. “Last week, Republicans used a political wedge issue to pull kids — sweet little vulnerable kids — out of the homes of loving parents and put them back in a state orphanage just because those parents are gay. That’s disgusting. “I have listened to the arguments. I have listened to all of the crap.... I want you to know that this amendment is blowing smoke to fuel the hell fire flames of bigotry." Then they passed the amendment. ;