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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, September IO, 2005 FORUM Our Opinion Bulverde, Startzville voters face key votes T If you live in the communities of Bulverde and Startzville make sure to go out and vote today on the issues. You have much at stake. oday is election day in the communities of Startzville and Bulverde. Startzville voters will make a decision today that will decide the direction of their community forever. Startzville voters live at a crossroads in their community’s history. Will they choose to try to remain a largely rural, independent area in spite of the pressures of growth and preserve the character of their community or will they decide their future lies in incorporation as the county’s newest city? Many who live in Startzville share the ethic of the rugged independent rural Texan who disdains the protections afforded in the heavily regulated “city” lifestyle. But many others who have moved there in recent years see the value of the services a city can provide — albeit already provided by the county. That new layer of government and its services will cost money, though. Bulverde faced the same choices Startzville weighs several years ago and chose the incorporation path and all the growing pains that have come with it. Today, they will decide who will succeed Mayor Bill Cole, who passed away this past spring. The decision will decide the direction of a small city that must cope with some of the county’s most rapid growth. Those of you who live in these two communities should make sure to get out and vote today. You have much at stake. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. IO, the 253rd day of 2005. There are 112 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, on Sept. IO, 1955, the long-running TV Western series “Gunsmoke,” starring lames Amess as Marshal Matt Dillon, premiered on CBS television. On this date: In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia. In 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine. In 1919, New York City welcomed home Gen. John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who had served in the U.S. First Division during World War I. In 1939, Canada declared war on Nazi Germany. In 1945, Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis (he was executed by firing squad in October 1945). In 1948, American-born Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio broadcaster Axis Sally, was indicted in Washington D.C. for treason. (She was later convicted, and served 12 years in prison.) In 1963,20 black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace. In 1977, convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant, became the last person to date to be executed by the guillotine in France. In 2003, Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, 46, was stabbed in a Stockholm department store; she died the next day. 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 Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis HOW IO 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 Letters to the Editor    R.oom2184 „ Washington, D.C. 20515 Even after more than 60 years, appreciate all that we have much more.    Fax“^2oT225-862825 4236 _    .    *    -    H    Plus,    send    prayers    for    all    those    involved in this Web address: Brauntex Oilers something tor Bit    disaster and the many helpers! Looking for something to do?    Oh    what a concept! Clean off the table! After    (Send e-mails through Web site.) Been thinking you should drive to San Anto- church Sunday, everyone who is fortunate to    SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: nio to attend a concert? Want to see live enter-    have family with them, sit down to the table    1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 tainment from Broadway or other fabulous    together for that peanut butter sandwich. Enjoy    Sa" Antonio 78209 music, song and dance? Checked big city ticket    ^ our blessings!    Fax^PioTaViiqa? prices, much less gas prices lately?    Barbara E. Jones What if you could find Broadway musicals,    N Braunfels ® Henry Cuellar comedy, a tribute to Woody Guthrie, music and    I4?4 Long worth House song from Sisters Morales to the Air Force Band,    „    ri    IC®.    Bui,dm9 Bluegrass to Pop and much more right here in    New Braunfels B town that gives    Telephone: (202) 225-1640 New Braunfels? Well, you can.    to those who need help    Fax: (202) 225-1641 It s all at the Brauntex Performing Arts The-    r    Web address: atre in this year’s 2005-2006 season.    In    the past week, the nation has been inun- If you haven't been to the Brauntex lately, it's    dated with images from the destruction of Rat-    SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: not that old musty movie theater you may    rina. The horrors have left all of us asking how    1149 e. Commerce St., Suite 210 remember. It has been transformed into a non-    to help.    San Antonio 78205 profit performing arts theater that attracts some    As I read articles from die Saturday Zeitung in    Telephone: (210) 271-2851 of the finest acts available from Broadway to    my home near|y 150 miles away, I was pleased    ........................ Branson, providing some of the best, and most    to learn about the helping hand New Braunfels    GOVERNOR    _ reasonably pnced live entertainment anywhere    was |endjng ,0 (hose jn nocd    ^ n CMm|CT m om report.    .    ,    Despite    the    fact    that    the    city    will be without _ The season opener of Sisters Morales is fol-    Texas lowed by a variety of regional and national tai-    411    ‘r1, shelter or official relief support, New    Government    I ent that offer a blend of live big city entertain- Braunfels stepped up in a big way. I he system    ........... ment with small town convenience and price.    developed to aid evacuees is nothing less than    ■ Rick Perry    “ ‘ “ The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre appre-    impressive, especially with citizens even offer-    pa Bm 12428 dates your support and strives to bring the best    ing up their homes to those in need.    Austin 78711 entertainment available to enhance die cultural    As a community well-versed in dealing with    Telephone: (800) 843-5789 quality of life in New Braunfels. The Brauntex    disaster, I would expect nothing less, but need-    fax.:..!?.?.?.l4,63;1849....................... Theatre has provided more than 60 years ol    less to say, I have never been more proud to say    S TAT E HOUSE family entertainment and represents a valued that I am from New Braunfels. In this time of    c(?A8TEEL and historic icon in the downtown area and is    need, it has shown itself to be, despite its size, a    n6w Braunfels 78130 an important part of the downtown revitaliza-    community with an amazingly big heart.    Telephone: (830)    627-0215 non. Thank you for your support.    .    . f;nnzalpK E-mail address: Bill Thompson    Waco    [email protected] New Braunfels ....................................................................................................—    STATE S E N ATE LETTERS POLICY    —-^\    ■ Jeff Wentworth Enjoy blessings, help others in    ■ Letters must be 250 words or    SanTntomo 78209 SU"e ?2° need by giving to Red Cross    .The Herald-Zeitung reserve, the    Te'ephone:^ (210)^826-7800 Just think if every one that usually went out to r'9ht to edit all submissions.    T«*i»i»hon»- iki o\    rn ok dinner on Friday or Saturday as their usual    ■ Gu®st columns sh°uld ba 500 words or less and E.m££ address2 thing per week, instead stayed home, drank    ^Add^and telephone' number must be included    [email protected] water and had a sandwich (peanut butter). Oh,    so authorship can be confirmed,    ■ Judith Zaffirini my!    RO. Box 627 Then they sent the money they would usually MaH ,ett®*'s to:    Fa*    them to:    Laredo 78042-0627 spend on that evening out to the Red Cross.    c/oTerald-Zeii^    SAN ANT0NI° 0FflCE; lake it a step further, and turn the atr-condi-    RO.    Drawer    311328    T™    .u TL    12702Toepperwein Road #214 honing off for a bit. (I know, go and sit outside    New Braunfels,    neraia    San Antonjo 78233 in the hill sun for 30 minutes). We all would    TX78131-1328    i ung. om    Telephone: (210) 657-0095Someone should say thanks for Hurricane Katrina relief / A MIKEREAGAN Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network. Turn on TV, read the local newspaper or listen to your local radio station and all you are going to hear, see and read are accounts of people knee-deep in playing the blame game. What you don't hear is anybody saying “thank you." From the safety of France, Fierce Brosnan took the time to tell the world: “This man called President Bush has a lot to answer for. I don't know if this man is really taking care of America. This government has been shameful.” Instead of lifting a finger to help Katrina’s victims, this was the make-believe 007’s response to the tragedy. Hollywood celebrity Sean Penn raced to New Orleans with his leaky boat in what became a Keystone Kops effort to rescue flood-stranded victims. He failed, but the cameras were there to record for posterity his gallantry in coming to their aid. Having lost that photo op, he launched into his usual leftist rhetoric to castigate the president, accusing the administration of criminal negligence, while his boat’s engine sputtered to a stop. At a Labor Day rally, with his AFL-CIO union collapsing all around him, John Sweeney assured his members that what he alleged was the government’s slow response was a sign of hostility to workers. No kidding, he actually said that. Can you just picture George Bush waking up in the morning and saying to Laura: "The hell with those workers. We’re not going to send help to New Orleans because we hate em.” As these bozos were collectively venting their liberal spleen at the president, huge caravans of trucks carry thousands of tons of food and water and clothing and other vital supplies were pouring into New Orleans from as far away as California and New York. Army and National Guard troops were arriving by the thousands, all sent under orders from the president. Did it occur to any of his critics to take a moment out to say “thank you" to George Bush? Harry Connick Jr., a native resident of New Orleans, was there, but unlike his fellow celebrities he wasn't spending his time making political speeches. Instead, he was in his boat - which didn’t leak -surrounded by toxic water and rescuing those mostly black folks trapped by the flood. Has anybody said “thank you” to Harry Connick Jr.? From almost the moment the 17th Street dike broke, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been laboring day and night to repair the breech and stop any more of the lake waters from gushing into the streets of New Orleans - a job they have now completed. Has anybody said “thank you” to these dedicated and weary men? Not that I’ve heard. All across the nation the left-wing wackos are squinting to find something they can complain about and blame on the president for alleged failures in the massive federal effort to cope with the worst natural disaster in American history. They can’t bring themselves to admit that a lot of good things are being done by the federal government and the horde of good people who are pitching in to help their fellow Americans. If they did they might have to sa “thank you,” a phrase they don’t seem to have in their vocabularies. When my wife asks me to vacuum the house, I inevitably miss a spot. Shi doesn’t jump all over me because I messed up, but, understanding what klutzes husbands are when it comes ti domestic chores, she simply thanks me. These liberal scoundrels don’t have in them to thank those police, firemer National Guardsmen, regular army so diers, relief workers from FEMA and the Red Cross and all the others and the people in the Bush administration whose efforts are above and far beyon the call of duty. They are too busy looking for the motes in the administration’s eyes to see the huge planks in their own. All together now, let’s hear it: “Than you President Bush, thank you Harry Connick Jr., thank you police and firemen and National Guardsmen and members of the Red Cross and Salvation Army and all you other heroes.” ;