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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, November 12, 2003 Our Opinion City none the Wurst for 10-day festival N Raise you stein to the men and women who put on one of the best community parties imaginable. Three cheers for the effort. o matter how you slice it, the 10-day annual Wurstfest is mighty important to New Braunfels. Officials continue to tally up the economic benefits of this year’s event. But no matter how the final dollars and cents add up when compared to other years, the city is none the worst for the celebration of sausage and tradition. Some would argue the festival has lost some of the glimmer it enjoyed in the booming years of die late 80s. Maybe it has. Or perhaps there are just more businesses and lodging establishments splitting up the influx of business. Still, it would be hard to quibble about the overall impact of Wurstfest — an estimated $6 million boost to the local economy. Imagine trying to polka through November without that influx of revenue. That would sure be a harsh gulp of sobering reality. So raise your stein to the men and women who once again put on one of the best community parties imaginable. It was great fun. Three cheers for the effort. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2003. There are 49 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 12,1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. The Americans ended up winning a major victory over the Japanese. On this date: In 1815, American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, N.Y. In 1920, baseball got its first “czar" as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected commissioner of the American and National leagues. In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon TYotsky was expelled from the Communist Party. In 1929, Grace Kelly — future movie star and Princess of Monaco — was bom in Philadelphia. In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal. In 1977, the city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Modal. In 1982, Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee. In 1985, Xavier Suarez was elected Miami’s first Cuban-American mayor. In 2001, an American Airlines Airbus A300-600, en route from New York’s John E Kennedy International Airport to the Dominican Republic, crashed 103 seconds after takeoff, killing 265 people. Limns POLICY ■ Letters*must be 250 words or fewer. ■ The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. 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 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland News Editor Brady Craal Features Editor Brian Grant Editor and Publisher Doug Tonay Circulation Director Craig Pauling Advertising Director Courtney Abernathy Business Manager Heather Grant Letters to the Editor 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- Critics should get facts straight before reaching a conclusion Rick Rhoades, New Braunfels athletic director, has received criticism for pregame events at the New Braunfels-Canyon game. This criticism has been based on misinterpretation, inaccurate perceptions and a failure to get the facts before reaching a conclusion. * At the beginning of the season, the team decide the order of events at Unicom Stadium. The players chose to hold the public prayer with the opposing team at the end of each game. They made this decision for several reasons, one of which was to show that, win or lose, the Unicorns had the class and sportsmanship to be thankful for a well-played competition and to wish everyone a safe trip home. This order of events has been followed at every home game. It has never created a problem, has not offended any other team and was certainly not intended to offend the Canyon athletes or’ fans. It is customary for the host team to direct the order of events at any sporting competition. Because some spectators reached the conclusion that the Unicorns and their coaching staff were snubbing the Cougars. Further, Coach Rhoades has been unjustly criticized and the Unicorns as a whole have been the unwarranted victims of disparaging remarks. Prayer is an important part of the Unicorns football program and Unicorns elect to offer a prayer of thanks after each game. Any person should be sure they have all the facts before they reach conclusions and retaliate in ways that can be harmful or hurtful. Kay Rust New Braunfels We played the game with class and showed respect for others There have recently been many accusations against New Braunfels about the New Braunfels vs. Canyon game. Our athletic groups have been called sore winners and other names of that sort. We have been blamed for unruly and impolite conduct. What about when the students attending the game on Canyon's side were booing during the New Braunfels alma mata? What about when our football field got spray painted, or when they yelled out obscene things as our cheerleaders where being announced? Was that very polite? Even our spirit groups were accused of being rude, but was it rude when our entire bsgid, Monoceras, Mystics and cheerleaders applauded the Canyon football team as they walked off the field from a hard-fought game? I think that on behalf of my school, I speak for us all when I say that we played that game with class. When a player was down, we were quiet. When their band and dance team performed, we applauded. When the teams prayed at the end of the game, we all prayed. And for all of those people who were from out of town that called us names, maybe you should have viewed the game with an open mind and unclosed eyes. It was clear that New Braunfels did much in their power to have respect. The theme for our pep rally had been “full class,” which I believe we had. Lauren Dunham Senior, NBHS New Braunfels Visitors should know, honor a home team’s traditions I personally attended the game Oct. 31 and frankly, I am disappointed in some people’s views of the outcome. The bottom line is the winner was determined on the scoreboard after 48 minutes of a hard-fought struggle between two excellent teams. In a contest, there will always be a winner and a loser. The winner reaps the spoils of victory and the loser goes home with thoughts of “next year ” Prayer before or after the game, or parents, Cheerleaders, bands, etc., do not determine the winner. Only the coaches and players on the field. If you really respect the game and enjoyed a great one Oct. 31, smile and have pleasant memories. If not, just make sure to be ready “next year,” and that includes knowing home team traditions and home team field decorum. Visitors, even from across town, are still visitors. RayFoyt NBHS Class of 1976 New Braunfels 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 Tslsphons: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 WUK (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Talaphona: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate Courtyard 5 Washington, D.C. 20510 Talaphona: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AU STI N *0 F F    : 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Talaphona: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Talaphona: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington. D.C. 20515 Talaphona: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: HOO NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Talaphona: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Aick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Talaphona: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Talaphona: (830) 627-0215 Toll Fraa: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: PO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Talaphona: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail add rase: STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Talaphona: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Talaphona: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail add rase: ■ Judith Zaffirini PO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702 Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Talaphona: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Democrats reeling after impressive off-year’ GOP wins CALTHOMJLS Cal Ihomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services International. He hosts "After Hours" on Fox News Channel Saturdays at ll p.m. HST. Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1500, Chicago. 60611, or leave an e-mail at on’t tell Republicans that last Tuesday (Nov. 4) was an “off-year" election. The last time Kentucky elected a Republican governor, Lyndon Johnson was president. It has a new one in former fighter pilot, ordained minister and family doctor (is that a resume, or what?) Ernie Fletcher. Mississippi, which has gone Republican in recent years after many decades as a reliable Democratic Party stronghold, elected former Republican National Chairman I laley Barbour governor. Barbour beat incumbent Ronnie Musgrove by 8 percentage points, though Musgrove labeled the Yazoo City native a “Washington insider." President Bush, who campaigned for both Barbour and Fletcher, is entitled to claim some credit for these victories. Does this mean he could have “coattails" in the presidential election, just one year away? He and his party hope so. The cause for Republican optimism is not only the improving economy and hope that by next November Iraq might be a more peaceful nation, but the retirement of so many prominent Democrats from the Senate where many of the president’s judicial nominees have been tied up by Democrat filibusters. Gone after the next election will be John Edwards of North Carolina, Fritz Hollings of South Carolina, Bob Graham of Florida and Zell Miller of Georgia. Miller has been providing Republicans with campaign commercial sound bites as he chastises his party for its attachment to liberal special interest groups, which has turned off many Southern Democrats. Miller says he’ll vote for President Bush next year. I Ie has never voted for a Republican for president but will do so this time because he thinks Bush is doing a good job, and he doesn’t like any of the nine Democratic candidates. If Republicans win all or most of the open Senate seats, and keep every incumbent seat, they could have a filibuster-proof majority, allowing President Bush to get his mostly conservative (that means they believe what the Constitution says, not what judges think it should mean) judicial nominees confirmed. This would do more to reverse 40 years of court-imposed liberalism than any other act, because liberal Democrats have mostly advanced their agenda through the courts and not through the Congress, as the Founding Fathers intended. Having lived by the courts for four decades, Democrats will not have a philosophical leg to stand on when their ideology dies by the courts. The Republican victories in Kentucky and Mississippi, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s surprise win in California, mean that when the newest governors are sworn in there will be 29 states, including the four largest (California, Texas, New York and Florida), headed by Republican governors. Sixty percent of the country will live in states with Republican governors. In the last 12 months, the COP has won governorships in four states that for decades have been dominated by Democrats: Georgia, Maryland, Hawaii and Kentucky. That sounds like a trend to me. At last Tuesday’s (Nov. 4) “Rock the Vote" Democratic presidential candidate debate there was talk about their favorite computers (PC or Macintosh beat the “boxers or briefs” question to Gov. Bill Clinton in 1992), but mostly it was about attacking the president with no positive or optimistic proposals from any of the eight candidates who participated. Republicans seem to have grabbed all of the ideas and the momentum going into next year’s critical general election. If the economy stays strong and progress is made in Iraq, Democrats may face a bigger blowout than Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election sweep. Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie noted: “The Democratic strategy (against Fletcher and Barbour) was negative attacks and tying (the candidates) to President Bush, making the race(s) a referendum on the president’s economic policies. The Democrats had their referendum and got their answer.” A lot can happen inja year (and it usually does), but after last Tuesday’s “on year" (for Republicans) election, if Democrats were compared to a mutual fund, right now they’d look like Putnam. ;