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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 4AI Friday, October 14, 2011 1 herald-zeitung.comVoges, Jennings make us proud to be pink nside today s New Braunfels Herald Zeitung. you'll meet two women. Becky Voges and Cindy Jennings. who are sure to inspire You can find their stones on the ' pink pages' in the B section. Pink IS the signature color in the fight against breast cancer, and this is Breast Cancer Aware ness Month. With that in mind, much of the nation is going pink From pink T-shirts to pro football players donning pink cleats, the color is everywhere. We re proud to be pink today as we show our support for breast cancer patients, survivors and those who fought the good fight. We’ll do it again on Oct 28, when we II feature more survivors and their heroic tales. Becky Voges and Cmdy Jennings are ordinary people who have done something extraordi nary They've beaten breast cancer. It hasn t been that long since a diagnosis of breast cancer was almost always fatal. Thanks to extensive research and education, that's not the case today. I was scared to death," Voges said, recalling when she first heard the news. Any woman is. because when you first hear it you think it's the death sentence. When you hear the word cancer' you re just in shock." jennings has heard the news twice — and twice she's overcome the disease. You just keep going, she said. 'You can t feel sorry for yourself A positive attitude contributes to your cure Deal with it as it comes and life goes on." Women —- and men — battling breast cancer need to hear more from the Beckys and Cindys of the world, f hey need to know they re not alone, and that there is hope Here s hoping the words of encouragement these survivors share in their stories today are the sweet prescription to help others keep pressing on. ONLINE Scan this QR code to learn more about breast cancer or visit WWW nbcam ergU)\)\\ |\ lllsTOK'i I'lt- Assuf i.ilf'il Prev Today is Friday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2011 There are 78 days left in the year Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 14,1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F Kennedy suggested the idea of a Peace Corps while addressing an audience of students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. On this date: In 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings. In 1586, Mary, Queen of Scots, went on trial in England, accused of committing treason against Queen Elizabeth I. (Mary was beheaded in February 1587.) In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for the presidency, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee. Despite the wound, he went ahead with a scheduled speech. In 1944, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution for allegedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler. In 1947, Air Force test pilot Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager broke the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California. In 1^7, a 58-hour drama began in Midland, Texas, as 18-month-old Jessica McClure slid 22 feet down an abandoned well at a private day care center, she was rescued on Oct. 16. HERALD-ZEITUNG EDITORIAL BOARD Publisher and Editor Doug Toney Mtni#«? f (Mot Stiiwn    Citcullhon ChftctSf Ml fmi$r Aiit Miniigittfl f(Wor Wi WK0M    Copy Ìdffor Kit» Thom« LETTERS POUCY The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomes letters up to 250 words and guest columns of up to 500 words Guest columns must be accompanied by a photo. The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit or reject all submissions. All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed. ftJÒféiNl'Ii WÍVEfóAL UaJCK EPSítlMlíOK.COM 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.Reader: Mothers are tired of drunks and litter A day floater spends on an average $27 per day A family of four will spend between $750-$ I 000 a day because they stay overnight, shop at our stores, and eat at our restaurants Clean up the river, and attract more fam ilies plain and simple Vote for the contain er ban to increase tourism in New Braunfels' As a mother, reusable containers are easy 1 have them in my kitchen already since I pack lunches Water, juice. Gatorade or anything else my children like to drink are put in re-usable containers I pack sandwiches. Goldfish crackers, fruit, coohes, and other snacks in re-usable containers Voting for the container ban is a family-friendly thing to do My family has been floating the ( omal River for many years When I floated the past couple of summers with my children, the language I heard from the nearby floaters was vulgar You hear the "F word" every 15 feet as you float Does the City of New Braunfels really need to host a 90 day frat party at our expense^ 1 am tired of these drunks cussing while my children are floating alongside of me Vote for the container ban and save our tax dollars and bring more family tourist dollars into the City No one wants to float in the river littered with cans Why would we want to pay for a drunken lewd party at our expense^ The container ban will bring families who spend more money back to the river Vote For the container ban and save tax dollars' Karen Scherrer New BraunfelsOne gallon of trash on the rivers is unacceptable The ongoing debate over the extent and source of the desecration of the two beautiful and unique community treasures amazes me How anyone, regardless of their motiva-im'KHS TO TlIK KDITOK tion, can accept, condone and trivialize the disgusting volumes of trash and deplorable behavior of the perpetrators generating it defies basic common sense Despite finding the "Can rhe Ban proponents' philosophy and logic baffling, the representation of their campaign is enlightening as well Their crusade apparently revolves and resonates around not "if the rivers are being violated, but how much " they are seasonally defiled We are supposed to accept their premise that the dilemma is grossly exaggerated, and there are no sleeping elephants in the water The disingenuous uproar over an alleged miscalculation of how many thousands of gallons of trash accumulated is pathet ic You cannot quantify or minimize destruction and pollution one gallon of trash is unacceptable if their veiled agenda is actually trepidation over the diminishing almighty tourism dollars, perhaps they should recognize and concede that if the golden goose is destroyed her gold will be as well Whether we continue to agree to disagree over an amicable solution, ttie contention that the origin and seventy of the problem is embellished and manipulated is preposterous. In Jay Patrick's guest view his assertion that a current method, employed to alleviate not disguise the problem (the trash boats), is "a game" is disconcerting and appalling Nothing about the quandary should be flippantly disregarded and ridiculed as an amusement or diversion. No matter which side you align yourself with, the problem should be taken seriously and civilly if you want me to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, please come to the debate with a little more substance and sport to convince me he IS not there Ed Thompson New BraunfelsKudos to good Samaritan at Post Office Saturday afternoon, my mother was in the Post Office trying to get her mail from her box It was absolutely stuffed full and she was having difficulty She had recently had hernia surgery and was not supposed to lift, pull or push anything. A nice gentleman saw her trouble and came to her assistance It seems that he even had some difficulty getting the mail from the box As he gave her the mail, they talked a minute and she mentioned she was not allowed to strain because of the surgery Then he helped her to her car and helped her into her car He was a perfect gentleman and just what she needed at that time. We don't know his name but. I do hope he will see this Item and know that his kindness is greatly appreciated Billie Monroe New BraunfelsOuter Loop not a viable solution for future 1 somewhat perplexed that our city Planning Commission is surprised the Outer Loop proposal was not in the current MPO plan I distinctly recall being at a New Braunfels City Council meeting last month when the plan was presented to council. So why IS the planning commission Chair shocked' when the Outer Loop proposal was missing^ Also I'm a little disappointed that we continue to discuss the Outer Loop as a viable solution to transportation needs west of the city in 20-30 years. Building new. large and very intrusive roads, especially in the increasingly environmentally sensitive Hill Country is not the answer to problems that might exist 20-30 years in the future Building more roads represents a solution that worked 20-30 years ago, but we should be looking at more progressive and forward-thinking solutions that some of the MPO plan proposes. The MPO seems like a much more palatable plan for growth that we all live with Lawrence Jackson New BraunfelsIn the real world, the fake center of politics cannot hold As the nation stumbles toward wtiat could become an epic replay of the 1968 presidential election many in the Washington political media are hunting for cover. At least that's a charitable explanation for the fad of sentimental bipartisanship among the nation's deepest thinking pundits Suddenly, everybody s a centrist seeking comrnon-sense alternatives to the mad combativeness of Democrats and Republicans The Milquetoast Radicals ' New York Times columnist David Brooks calls them Prominent among the membership are himself. New York's Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brook's colleague Thomas Friedman, Washington Post columnist Matt Miller, and lesser op-ed celebnties Partially funded by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, an organization called No Labels has set up shop in Washington, We have no ideology We instead are an attitude and approach to politics." a former Democratic fundraiser among the founders told the Post’sGENE LYONS COLUMNIST Perry Bacon Jr, Their ostensible goal is "to create the space so that our leaders can work across the aisle with one another" Who can oppose this brilliant idea^ Yes, we should play well with others, share our cookies and juice boxes, then put out our little mats and have a nice quiet time Later, we ll watch ' Sesame Street" together Too sarcastic^ Here's how Bacon descnbes "a campaign platform that most Amencans would support" if only perennially feuding Washington politicians would let them vote on It; ■'Don’t call it marriage,' but give gay couples the same nghts and responsibilities as heterosexual ones. Reduce the federal budget deficit with spending cuts, modest changes to Medicare and Social Securi ty, and tax increases, particularly for the wealthy Reform immigration laws so they don^t punish the children of illegal immigrants for their parents^ misdeeds, but also increase border security and make it harder for employers to hire illegal workers " Sound familiar^ Well, it should, because those are basi cally the Obama White House's positions. However, there's an important word missing on which the 2012 presidential election will prob ably turn: JOBS. But I’m getting ahead of myself In fairness to Bacon, he's a political reporter assigned to cover No Labels. In Wash ington, ambitious scribes see phony centnsm as the safest harbor, career-wise No such alibi excuses an opinion columnist like the Post's Matt Miller A one-time Clinton administration staffer. Miller imagined a third-party presidential candidate adciress-ing health care as follows: "Democrats must accept a pn vate insurance industry and Republicans must accept that some people can t afford decent policies on their own ’ Huhi’ Here in the visible world, the 2009 Affordable Care Act," aka ’Obarnacare. (or. in Massachusetts ’ Romn eycare’’) does exactly those things. Accept the private insurance industry'' Obama s sending them 50 million new customers The left wing, “socialist ” health-care plan many Democrats wish he'd delivered can be summarized in three words: "Medicare for all " Miller's no dope There's zero chance he doesn't know these things. Yet as his colleague Greg Sargent pungently observes, "(o)ne of the two parties already occupies the approximate ideological space that these commentators are descnbing as the dream middle ground that allegedly can only be staked out by a third party. That party is known as the Democratic Party,’" The real jokers in the bipartisan deck, however, are New York Times colleagues Brooks and Friedman As NPR's favorite Republican thinker, Brooks specializes in thought ful columns explaining that nothing can be done — not because the GOP has gone stark, raving mad on taxes and committed itself to a kamikaze mission to destroy President Barack Obama — but because not everybody agrees with him that slashing Social Secunty benefits dunng a jobless cnsis is the mature thing to do, It's Friedman, however, who takes the fake centnst prize Dubt)ed "The Moustache of Understanding" by critics who find his sententious annoying, the best-selling author and ubiquitous TV talking-head enjoys describing what he calls a "Grand Bargain" — the very phrase President Obama used to describe the $4 trillion compromise he offered GOP Speak er John Boehner during last summer's debt-ceiling negotia tions. "(T)he only way to dig out now," Friedman opines "is a new, hybnd politics that mixes spending cuts, tax increases, tax reform and investments in infrastructure, education, research and production. But that mix is not the agenda of either party. Either our two parties find a way to collaborate in the center around this new hybrid politics, or a third party IS going to emerge — or we’re stuck and the pain will just get worse." Has he been asleep in the woodsi' The "hybrid" proposals Friedman champions could have been borrowed almost verbatim from Obama's speeches. His failure to acknowledge that reality is get ting downnght bizarre. Esquire blogger Tom Junod thinks bogus centrists are mostly peddling snobbery; “(l)t"s simple. " he writes. 'There is status in the center. There is the opportunity to look down at people of both political extremes." Maybe so. It's also true that in a time of fear, they offer absolution. See, there's nothing you can do So it s definitely not your fault. ■ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner. Email Lyons at eugenelyons2^ ;