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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 4AI Saturday, November 26,2011 | herald-zeitung.comPolitical desires strangle Voter ID law^s intent OTHER VIEW This editorial was published Nov. 21 in the Beaumont Enterprise. 'WO things are clear: I) Republicans’ passage of a law in the last state legislative session requiring voters to show photo identification at polling places was not driven by legitimate concern about fraud, it was politically motivated, intended to lower voting participation by Democrats 2) There is absolutely nothing wrong with requiring ____ people to prove they are who they say they are before they cast a ballot By putting a hold on the Texas legislation, the U.S. Justice Department further politicized what at heart should be common-sense law The Justice Department has asked for information the state said is impossible to provide — essentially the race and ethnicity of voters who would be disenfranchised by the new law The Republicans started this by including as eligible ID a concealed handgun license, a U S passport, and a military ID — all statistically more likely to belong to GOP-leaning voters — among acceptable polling place identification while excluding other ID forms more likely to be had by low-income Texans, students and the elderly, who statistically are more likely to vote Democrat. Gov Rick Perry had the audacity to call it an emergency bill, even though there was no evidence of voter fraud and the legislative session did not lack for real emergency items. Alt that said, eight other states already require photo IDs, which calls into question the feds' motives as well. Because of the DOJ request, the law might not be in place for the March 6 primary If that happens, federal involvement will have changed the situation from undesirably anti-Democrat to unaccept-ably anti-democraticT()D \\ l\ HISTOin The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Nov. 26, the 330th day ot 2011. There are 35 days left in the year Today's Highlight in History; On Nov. 26,1941, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull delivered a note to Japan's ambassador to the United States, Kichisaburo Nomura, proposing an agreement for "lasting and extensive peace throughout the Pacific area." The same day, a Japanese naval task force consisting of six aircraft carriers left the Kuril Islands, headed toward Hawaii. On this date: In 1789, this was a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. In 1825, the first college social fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Society, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N Y. In 1842, the founders of the University of Notre Dame arrived at the school's present-day site near South Bend, Ind. In 1933, a judge in New York decided the James Joyce book "Ulysses" was not obscene and could be published in the United States. In 1943, dunng World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed. In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea. In 1965, France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit. In 1973, President Richard Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18/?-mmute gap in a key Watergate tape. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Senator John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair. Ten years ago: President George W. Bush appealed to Congress to outlaw human cloning after scientists in Worcester, Mass., reported they had created the first cloned human embryo. The National Bureau of Economic Research, the recognized arbiter of when recessions begin and end in the United States, declared that the country had entered a downturn in March 2001. u s. PRESIDENT Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D C 20500 U.S. SENATE Kay Bailey Hutchison — — Russell Senate Oil ice Building BMh Room 284 Washington, D C 20510 Telephone (2021224 5922 ! ^ : Fax: (2021224-0776 Web http //hutchison senate gov (Send e rnails through Web site ) San Antonio office 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone (2101340-2885 Fax (2101349-6753 John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 51 / Washington, D.C 20510 Telephone (202)224-2934 Fax (202) 228-2856 Web http //cornyri senate gov (Send e mails through Web site ) Austin office: 221 West Sixtti St, Suite 1530 Austin, TX 78701 Telephone (512)469-6034 Fax (512)469-6020 HERALO-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publishtr and Editor Doug Ton«y EMof Sh»mm Itrni    Cireulltion Otrtetor; J*fl f owttt Ai« MinijmgEdrtofWtHWnihl    Copy fditof Kill Thomii LETTERS POUCY The Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns up to 500 words Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject submissions. All submissions must include an address and phone number so authorship can be confirmed. SUBMIT LETTERS •    By e-mail to: [email protected] •    Online at. •    By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung, P.O Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78130 •    By fax: (830) 606-3413 • In person: 707 Landa St, New BraunfelsForget about your party and work for the people For those of you who might not know, I am an Amencan, nothing more, nothing less. I am also angry and fed up with our government Republican. Democrat, independent, conservative and liberal, president and member of Congress. I am sick of a president who has done nothing but blame George Bush or Mother Nature for all of his failures, and IS content to sit back and blame the Do Nothing Republicans" for the country's problems. 1 am sick of Democrats who refuse to cooperate with any Republican idea and who take no responsibility, and blame the Republicans for all of their failure. 1 am sick of Republicans who refuse to work with Democrats and blame them, in hopes that the president will fail so miserably he will not get reelected. I am sick of their tack of responsibility, cooperation and patriotism. Yes, I said patriotism, because to me patnot-ism means putting the USA first, not a political party or any special interest you may have We the people are their responsibility, not getting reelected. If they do their jobs and make things better in Amenca, they will get reelected 1 think each of them should receive their walking papers and join the ranks of the unemployed, many of whom are unemployed as a direct result of their action/maction. To all elected officials, I say. "Take off your party hat and do your damn job" John Neely New BraunfelsCouncil shouldn't be influenced by contractor On Nov. 15, the Planning and Zoning Commission met to vote on the city’s transportation plan with either the old ‘ outer loop’’ or the new "parkway” plan proposed by the planning departmentLK'ITKKS TO TUK KDI IOR The new plan, one that includes a parkway system utilizing 75 percent existing roads, eliminates the 40-mile, all-new-construction loop encircling New Braunfels with a mega highway. The Planning Commission voted to support the new parkway plan despite a perceived threat to be on a ’’names list ' compiled by a local contractor. City council will vote Monday on the final plan to be included m the transportation plan. I sincerely hope council will not be influenced by the possibility of being on a "names list." and will vote to support the new parkway plan, which was researched by experts, painstakingly developed, and addresses both current and future transportation needs with conscien tious attention to the ecological and aesthetic issues of our community. Nancy Ney New BraunfelsSmith's Stop Online Piracy Act goes way too far Rep Lamar Smith (R-Texas) recently introduced the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. It sounds great — at least until you actually read some of the provisions in it. Without ever appearing before a judge or setting foot m a courtroom the owner of copynghted material could shut down any website's online advertising programs and block access to credit card payments. The police can't search your house without a warrant from a judge, but a company can stop you from earning a living just by filing a document with the Clerk of Court. Under this ridiculously broad bill, you can be found m violation if the core functionality of your site "enables or facilitates" mfrmgement. Bye-bye VouTube, so long Flickr and Shutterfly or any website that allows users to post text, photos or video That means this newspaper's website too, my friends. Heck, the entire Internet enables or facilitates infnngement. Is this really the road we want to be on. do we really want just anyone to beCON I ACI' \Olili KLKCTKI) OFFICIALS San Antonio office: 600 Navano, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone (210)224 748b fax (2101224 8569 U.S CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith Raybum House Office Building Room 2409 Washington, D C 20515 Telephone (202) 225-4236 Fax (2Ò2) 225 8628 Web http;//famarsftiith house gov (Sendfe-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, DC. 20515 Telephone (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202)225-1641 Web: http // San Antonio office 615 E, Houston St. San Antonio 78205 Telephone (210) 271-2851 Fax (210)277-6671 TEXAS GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S 1 P.O Box 12428 Austin. TX 78711 Telephone. (8001843-5789 Fax:(512)463 1849 STATE HOUSE Doug Miller Capitol Office EXT t1 216 PO Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768 Phone (512)463 0325 Mew Braunfels address: 387 W IVIill Street New Braunfels, TX 78130 Phone (830) 625 1313 John Kuempel Gapitol address Room El 208, Capitol Extension PO Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768 (512)463-0602 (512) 480-0391 Fax : ■ Seguin address. 523 E Donegan#102 Seguin, TX 78155 (830)379-8732 STATE SENATE Jeff WentwortI) Capitol office IE.9 Capitol phone (512)463 0125 San Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 925 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210)826 7800 Fax:(210)826-0571 E-mail: ¡eff wentwortli^senate NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Castell Ave PO 00x 311747, NewBraunfels,TX7813M747 (830)221 4000 Mayor Gale Pospisil "layoi^ Telephone (830)629-2447 Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata [email protected] Telephone: Extension 4501 DisL 2 Councilor Mark Goodner [email protected] ; Telephone: Extension 4502 Oist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra [email protected] Telephone Extension 4503 Oist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nohe [email protected] Telephone Extension 4504 able to shutdown nearly any website on a whim^ Cleo Dufresne CíboloLet's take care of our city and all of its resources The City of New Braunfels is an oasis in the desert. Having lived in this great city for almost 10 years, I have seen it go through some growing pains. As I have spoken with other residents who have lived here longer than that. I can't help but think what a wonderful place we have to live m We have some of the nicest parks and rivers that I can think of m south Texas We also have some really great attractions in town and within driving distance. Activities abound for young and old People are friendly and courteous, It's a great place to raise a family and to call home let's be cautious with the resources we have and not take them for granted. If we take care of our city, everything else will come into place Robert Etter New BraunfelsToney is right; now isn't time for river access fee Re; Doug Toney's Nov, 20 column. "Now IS not the time to charge an access fee on local rivers. " I think Doug is right on this one. We now have the ban. Let's see how it works first before we tack on something else. We don't want to throw too much at our tourist customers too soon. The ban is going to make a dramatic difference on the river So let's hold off on the entrance fee until we see what that difference is going to be. At some point, 1 think we are going to need a river entrance fee, but now is not the lime. We would be trying to do too much too soon. Doug Ferguson New Braunfels Dist. 5 Councilor Bryan Miranda [email protected] Telephone: (830) 837-5178 Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges [email protected] org Telephone: Extension 4506 COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT Comal County Commissioners' Court 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels (830)221-1100 County Judge Sherman Krause [email protected],comal tx us Telephone: (830) 221-1105 Pet. 1 Comm. Donna Eccleston [email protected] b( us Telephone: (830)221-1101 Pel 2 Commissioner Scott Haag [email protected]:cofnal.tx.ljs Telephone: (830) 2214102 Pet. 3 Commissioner Greg Parker [email protected] comal U us Telephone (830)221-1103 Pel 4 Commissioner Jan Kennedy cct)[email protected](.us Telephone: (830) 221-1104 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION William B. Travis Building 1701 N. Congress Ave Austin; TX 78701 IB ;