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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas leave their mark for posterity Kudos to this year s New Braunfels Living Legends, Bill Schumann and Bud Dallmann Both gentlemen were honored — deservedly so — Tuesday night by the Braunfels Foundation Trust The trust was founded after the community of Braunfels Germany, presented a monetary gift of S1.500 of support following New Braunfels devastating flood of 1972. It s a non profit organization founded to support youth education in Comal County through a citizenship based scholarship program for middle school students and also provides support for Communities in Schools The trust developed the Living Legends program seven >‘Pars ago as a way to honor outstanding local citizens and raise funds for its community outreach Each of these guys (Schumann and Dallmann) — and the list of things they ve done — is quite remarkable said Teresa Johnson, event publicity chair-'.voman They re just not vour everyday volunteers The> .p devoted years and countless hours to making New Braunfels a better place to lt\e That s a senous understatement Schumann and Dallmann have built legacies that not only benefit today s fNlew Braunfels and Comal County, but will have a positive impact on countless future generations Dallmann aka '‘Coach Bud or Daddy Dolphin has excelled at swimming and coaching the sport on the local state and national levels As a competitor Dallmann holds junior and high school state records His list of honors is far too long to list h<^rp. he truly is a Living Legend For an in-depth lool' at DallrTiann, visit http 'bit ly/rkvvrf} The same applies to Schumann His life and career have centered around agriculture and horticulture Together. with his w'lfe Dolores, the', truly have made a difference m the local landscape, and their advocacy for conservation IS second to none For an in-depth loo^ at Scttumann. visit http ./bit iy/ptiV7j Bill SchuTTiann and Bud Dallmann continue to make New Braunfels and Comal County better places to live, ihe> honor the community with their service and commitment to excellence They are indeed Living Legends i\ m^ioin --ited Today is Wednesday, Oct 12, the 285th day of 2011 There are 80 days left in the year Today's Highlight in History: On Oct 12, V492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas On this date In 1810, the German festival Oktoberfest was first held in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1861, the Confederate ironclad Manassas attacked the northern ship Richmond on the Mississippi River. (Both ships were badly damaged, but survived the battle.) In 1915, English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans in occupied Belgium during World War I In 1933, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from a lail in Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his yang, who killed the sheriff, Jess Sarber. In 1942, during World War II, Amencan naval forces defeated the Japanese m the Battle of Cape Esperance In 2000,17 sailors were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the destroyer USS Cole m Yemen. HERALDZEITUNG EDITGRI^ BOARD Kubiiirwr ana tonof uouy Tuiwy A«    C«« f dWf K«« LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels Herald-Zertung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns of up to 500 words. Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo. The Herald-Zertung reserves the right to edit or reject all submissions All submisisions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed Submit letters •    By e-mail to: [email protected] com •    Online at: herald-zeitungxom •    By mail to: Letters to the Editor, Herald-Zeitung PO Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78130 •Byfax: (8301606 3413 •    In person: 707 Landa St. Simon says in his new book: Heed the call former Alaska governor Sarah Palm said something profound and essential recently As she was winding down her presidential decision-makmg process —-discerning her role, and perhaps starting to let her most ardent supporters down easy —    she asked Fox News host Greta Van Susteren: “Is a title vADrth It? She asked Does a title shackle a person?' It could be a dismaying way to see political office But It may also be evidence of a simple self-awareness and an appreciation of the different ways one might play a role in public life We all have our parts to play There are more expressly political roles, there are roles that are a mix of political rallying, education and entertainment There is pure service pure stewardship Some are more focused on using creative talent and some seek full-on cultural engagement. And It s not all on C-SPAN or ABC. a podium or the silver screen All of us have a call —    a desire that some recog nize as being put on our hearts as a gift, as a mission just ask Bill Simon A funny thing happened when I spoke with him recently It was in the heat of the debt ceiling debate in Washington this summer Simon, a noted businessman, philan- KATHRYN LOPEZ thropist politician and son of a former U S Treasury secretary was on the phone 1 had to ask him about the debate, about how Washington was handling things Simon was polite, shanng his opinions and concerns about the necessity of fundamental reform But It was impossible not to notice that while he was happy to help a writer m need, he had much more important things on his mind, issues of a much more fundamental and enduring nature He was raised in a big Catholic family but he had fallen away had gotten married and divorced He writes m his new book Living the Call" (co authored by Michael Novak) that he had had fleeting moments of piousness, as he yearned for greater spintual engagement, but that feeling would usually disappear amid the business ol life," He explains in the book: About a dozen years ago. with some significant professional and material success under my belt. I began to feel that something was missing, that maybe these things m my life — my family, my faith, and my career — shouldn't be separate" And so, as he is happy to tell you. he started to pray He started to encounter the rich ness of his Catholic faith The Catholic Church has had 2.000 years of thinkers and traditions that are every bit as relevant today as they ever w^re. he told me in our conversation He IS now 59, and be says It wasn't until the last decade or so that he realized Cod calls us all to play a role m our families, m our places of busi ness, in our communities and in our churches I don t feel like I should devote the bulk of the rest of my life to getting a greater return on my financial invest ments I want to make a positive difference in people s lives 1 have found a calling,' he said He is uttedy convinced that his work now is to get people to focus on eternal business. And the book he s written isn t even about his story — it s about the various ways that everyday people live out their beliefs Because there are tremendous opportunities to lovingly serve our brothers and sisters; we don't all have to go to Calcutta There are tremen dous opportunities to serve our brothers and sisters all around us, doing small things with great love close to home There is a sense out there that we have lost focus. In their own ways, both the tea party political groups and the more recent Occupy Wall Street movement are exprès sions of this concern, one that goes beyond mere policy What needs to occupy our minds and souls is the thing that Simon wishes he had known all along: that we all have our roles, in church, in the culture and in our homes as much as in politics. And our roles need to be rooted in and headed toward some thing beyond the next busi ness deal or election Real moral courage and leadership tends to run deep, inspired by something beyond our egos Simon has taken on a much different role than he s previously played or sought He s not shackled by titles He s responding to a call, and nourished by the wisdom of the ages It's beyond the headlines, with the power to write new ones It's a power that every one can wield, if they so choose. ■ Kathryn Lopez is the editor of National Review Online, Email López at klopez'^ nationalreview com Pro-can tricksters at work confusing voters With the Nov 8 vote fast approaching the River Trashers are coming up with ways to confuse the voters. This morning, on Walnut Avenue near San Antonio, I saw a huge banner that states VOIE AGAINST THE BAN - SAVE ijyri'KiisT'o rnK KniroK THE RIVER GeraM R. White New Braunfels 'Beer Can-Can'dance not welcome in New Braunfels As a five-year and most appreciative resident of New Braunfels, I've been following with great interest the current brouhaha over tubers using our Comal and Guadalupe nvers as a sort of moving beer can disposali In the era of the Gay Nineties, a star nightclub was the famous saucy dance the "Can-Can" The "Can Can ' was fine for Its bygone day but, please, let s keep the ‘Beer Can-Can" dance act out of our beau tiful Comal and Guadalupe We don't have that many nvers to v^ste Mary Elizabeth Knight New BraunfelsIn veepstakes, does Marco Rubio's 'no' really mean no? Do Republicans believe Mar co Rubio^ While much of the political world has been obsessing over decisions by Chris Chnstie and Sarah Palm not to run for president, the freshman senator froni Fionda has been making a series of increasingly Shermarsesque vows to turn down any offer to join a Republican ticket as a vice presidential candidate If Rubio sticks to his guns, it would be a crushing disap pointment for many Republi cans At a recent GOP straw poll m fvlichigan, conducted just after the Republican debate in Orlando, Rubio was the solid winner m the vice presidential category, beating current presidential candidates (and eventual VP possibilities) Herman Cam, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann Some commentators left and right virtually assume Rubio will be the man Conservative columnist Dan Hen BYRONYORK COLUMNIST ninger ol f he Wall Street Journal calls Rubio fvlitt Romney's probabie running mate ’ Liberal journalist Ryan Lizza of The New yori-ei calls the Republi can presidential race "tfie contest to be Marco Rubio's run^ nmg mate" The only problem^ Rubio is not playing along In a recent interview at tfie Washington Ideas Forum. Rubio was asked whether he "craves” a run for vice president "I don't crave it he responded "I wanted to be a United States senator 1 didn't run for the Senate as an opportunity to have a launching pad for some other job," Nothing definite there, by Washington standards, that could mean Rubio was applying for the job But then interviewer Major Garrett asked whether Rubio would turn down a spot on the Republican ticket if It were offered to him "Yeah, I believe so,” Rubio answered ‘ I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee I m focused on my job right now. and the answer is going to probably be no" ■probably"^ The moment the word came out of his mouth. Rubio seemed to realize he had just created a lot of wiggle room So he quickly added. The answer is going to be no Let’s not say, He left the door open ■" And that was that By the end of the interview. Rubio was on record saying he will turn down any offer to join the^ Republican presidential ticket in the past, Rubio has often said simply. "I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee" or I'm not going to be on a ticket in 2012 ” Some have taken that to mean Rubio had no intention to join the ticket but that things could always change Then, in May. Rubio appeared on NBC s "Meet the Press, where he said "1 won t consider a vice presidential spot, "So under no circumstances would you serve on a ticket in 2012^” moderator David Gregory asked ■'No, I'm not going to be on a ticket in 2012," Rubio said "Under no circumstances^" Gregory asked again "Under no circumstances." said Rubio Now. with Rubio’s "the answer is going to be no" statement. Republicans need to consider the possibility that Rubio’s answer is actually going to be no. So far. though, there’s no sign the presiden tial candidates have gotten the message "Sen Rubio is a respected conservative from a big, impor tant state and will certainly continue to be m the mix whether he wants to be or not," says a spokesman for Texas Gov Rick Perry, "From our standpoint, it's too early to be discussing running mates, but Sen Rubio is certainly an energetic conservative with a very bright futui“" Current GOP front-runner Mitt Romney also says it’s too early to talk vice presidential picks but calls Rubio a person “anyone would be proud to be associated with ' There are plenty of other Republican vice presidential possibilities, among them Virginia Gov Bob McDonnell, New Mexico Gov Susana Martinez. Sen John Thune of South Dakota and the two governors who declined to run for president. Christie and Indi ana's Mitch Daniels But Rubio, with his person al story compelling speaking style and tea party credentials will likely stay high on the list And he could always change his mind Yes, he would take some flak lor it, but remem ber that some Republicans were begging Christie to run for president even after he said repeatedly he wasn t ready for the job, A Rubio walkback wouldn't be that hard On the other hand, the candidates know Rubio has time to wait. He just turned 40 this year and. if all goes well, can take his pick of campaigns in 2012. 2016. 2020, 2024 and 2028 But for the next Republican presidential nominee, the question IS more timely: Does Rubio's "no" really mean "no"^ ■ Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner. ;