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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas A I Wednesday, September 21,2011 | herald-situng.comOPINIONWe're not out of the desert just yet, folks The weekend ram was a welcome sight, and it ccr-tainfy did some good The Edwands Aquifer, whch pfo-vKies us water rose frvt feet from Thursday to Monday. That s a significant boost but in the big picture, it's just a drop in the aquifer Unfortunately we ve been dry for so long that it’s going to take a number of rain events like we had this weekend to repeat thcm-sefves a number of times to get us out of this drought. ’ said Rdand Ruiz. Edwards Aquifer Authont>' spokesman "We are still not anywhere near being able to say we can lift Stage II restnctions or that we are out of the drought We real-i> need to see a change in the general weather patterns from hot and dry to cool and wet" Diligence and discipline remain neces-sar. to present authonties from implementing more stringent water restnctions Unde^ Stage II watering with a spnnkler or landscape irrigation svstem is allowed once a week, before 10 a rr, and a-ter 8pm. based on the last digit of your AT ISSUE The weekend rain has the aquifer's level up — and that's a good thing OUR VIEW We re thankful for the ram, but we still need to stick to water restrictions HERALD ZEITUN6 EDITORIAL BOARD Publith«r and Edrtor Doug Toney AtR    tMai I*»»    *••• rh««« lirrrERS 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.Submit letters •    By e-mail to: [email protected] com •    Online at; heraid-zeitung com •    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 LETITHS TO TIIK KDITOH address 1 Watenng day is Monday •    2 3 Watenng day is Tuesday •    4 5 W'atenng day is Wednesday •6,7 Watenng day is Thursday •    8 9 Watenng day is Friday Watering .vith a hose, soaker hose, bucket or drip irn-gation system is allo .ved as long as it s done before 10 a m and after 8pm We neea to adhere to these ruies but not just because they re rules Thev re comrr'on sense The consequences of noncomphance are too high In addition, when the drought breaks — and it v.'ill break — we need to remember these drv times and be better stewards of our water In Texas water is a precious commodity —one we shouidn t .vaste AUer the rams return and the aquifer is back at acceptable levels, it would be prudent to voluntarily cut back on water use A lot o^ water is wasted locally Vou ve seen it We \e seen it We can all do better, ar',cl doing better on a voluntary basis could reduce the need for mandatory restrictions when the ne:Kt drought comes And. alas, history proves that yes Comal there wiii De another drought i\ nhioin .Associated P'ess Today is Wednesday, Sept 21, the 2B4th day of 2011 There are 101 days left in the year Today's Highlight in History; On Sept 21,1897, the New York Sun ran its famous editorial, written anonymously by Francis P Church, that responded to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon asking whether Santa Claus really existed. Church wrote, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainty as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy" On this date: In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy In 1893, one of America's first horseless carriages was taken for a short test dnve m Spnngfield, Mass., by Frank Duryea, who had designed the vehicle with his brother, Charles. In 1937, "The Hobbit," by J R.R Tolkien, was first published. In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming some 700 lives. In 1948, Milton Berle made his debut as permanent host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC-TV. In 1961, the first Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter made its first hovenng flight.Harden Healthcare celebrates Rehab Week Harden Healthcare, in conjunction vi-nth the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation, is celebrating National Rehab Week through Sept 25 Harden manages a bng-term care facility in New Braunfels through our subsidiary TRISUN Healthcare We salute our employees at Sundance Inn Health Center v^<ho wort( each and every day to help our rehab patients return to independence and good health We use an interdisciplinary team approach to rehab with physical occupational and respirator/ therapists, speech and language patholc^ists. rehabilitation nurses and other professionals '.vho v^rk With patients to restore the greatest level of function or independence The rehab team helps individuals overcome obstacles and accomplish normal tasks of daily living Nearly 50 million Americans are disabled and most Amencans will require at least one rehabilitation service at some point in their lives And in this era of escafatmg healthcare s important to note that medical rehabilitation improves lives and saves money For every SI spent on rehab care, it is estimated that SII are saved on long-term disability costs. During this week of rehab awareness we salute the professionals m the New Braunfels area who have dedicated their areers to this important fiekl of healthcare Jim Gilliam Prostdent Harden HeamK:are Lon^Term Care DivtftionKeystone XL Pipeline will put Americans to work As a lifelong Texas resident I write concerning the approval process of the Ke/stone XL Pipeline Prqect This project IS awaiting a Presidential Permit for the pipeline to cross the U S./Canada border I am a 34-year pipeline constmction v/orker and a Texas taxpayer I am tired of sending our wealth to countries that use the money to attack our way of life Canada has the world s third-largest oil deposit ONUNE EXTRA: CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS Contact information for of all your elected officials — local, state and national — can be found at If a pipeline is built nght it is the safest most ecorwmical way to transport liquid With more than 13 000 construction jc^s and 118,000 spin off jc^s hanging in the balance and an estimated S600 million in new tax revenues for the communiOes what t>€tter way is there to stimulate the economy^ This pipeline comes when we need jobs, friendly oil supplies, and private sector investments in our country. Trans-Canada has pledged to transport up to 15 percent of this pipeline's capacity with U S oil production to be picked up along its proposed route This means Montana and North Dakota oil producers can send their products to market at a more favorable price 1 understand we need to look at as many environmentally fnendly approaches as possible. Environmental studies show cartx)n-dioxide emissions from oil sands are only 2 percent higher than those of the Venezuelan crude being refined on our Gulf Coast I am for reducing our carbon footprint by choosing natural gas-powered vehicles. wind power, solar power and nuclear energy, but we cannot get there overnight It makes perfect sense to approve the Keystone Pipeline with Canada being the largest supplier of oil to the U S We can sit back and watch China buy it and then sell it to us. or we can put America back to work' Black Schroeder BoaumontPerry hates Washington but loves its money Gov Rick Perry's penny-wise-pound-foolish governing dogma dangerously pursues quickie fixes rather than longterm solutions Texas ranks 44th in high school graduates so naturally Gov. Perry chopped S4 billion in kindergarten-12th grade education plus another $1 billion m higher education. Ominously Gov Per ry gutted funding to Texas volunteer fire departments from $30 million to $7 million After losing 1,000 homes to wildfires, how smart was it to slash funds for firefighting’ Recently. Gov. Perry bragged that he wanted to make Washington, D C ■inconsequential" but now he's asked Washington for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Our governor loves to hate Washington. D C except when he s begging Washington for money Not only does Gov Perry eat his seed corn. It drops from both sides of his mouth as he speaks Renniken King S^iertzStrong unions can help middle class recover 2011 marks a tumultuous year for workers' rights With millions of Americans struggling just to make ends meet, our leaders should be protecting the workplace rights that made our communities and our economy strong, not tearing them down. So, It s a relief to see a positive development for workers The National Labor Relations Board, an independent agency charged with safeguarding workers rights, has taken a step in the right direction with a proposed rule that would ensure employees have a fair vote on whether to form a union But instead of focusing on the economy, corporate-backed politicians are attacking the NLRB — playing the same old political games Americans are tired of By coming together as a union, workers can negotiate for fair pay and family-supporting benefits And that's exactly what we need to get the middle class — and our economy — back on track, Ed Perry New BraunfelsOfficials, power company warn of job losses over pollution rule AUSTIN — Top state officials reacted negatively to a U S Environmental Protection Agency rule finalized July 6 Fhe Cross State Pollution Rule requires 27 states including Texas to improve air quality, beginning Jan. byreduc ing power plant emissions that contribute to ozone and/or fine particle pollution in downwind states, On Sept 12. Dallas-based Luminant Energy announced the need to close facilities to comply with CSAPR" would cause the loss of some 500 jobs The same day. Go^' Rick Perry, Lt Gov David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus posted press statements Perry. As expected, the only results of this rule will be putting Texans out of work and creating hardships for them and their families, while putting the reliability of Texas grid in ED STERLING COLUMNIST jeopardy In the decade of the 2000 s Texas reduced ozone emissions by 27 percent — more than any other state — and reduced (sulfur dioxide) emissions by 32 percent and (nitrogen oxide) emissions by 58 percent all while remaining the nation s leading energy producer and protecting jobs Lie'^urst The EPA has put a target on our back hastily imposing punitive new regulations on an unreasonable timeline — despite the fact that Texas has improved air quality and reduced emissions substantially more than the national average." Straus; ‘This is the wrong policy at the worst possible time, and I fully support the State s petition requesting the EPA to reconsider its adoption of the CSAPR Texas has filed legal papers petitioning for reconsideration and a stay of CSAPR and Luminant Energy has filed a legal challenge to the rule Meanwhile, on Sept 15 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Bryan Shaw, in a congressional heanng on CSAPR. said, "Under average conditions, the potential generation loss in Texas caused by this rule will have real impacts to real people Should Texas face another sweltering summer like this past one. there is every reason to worry about loss of life."State’s joMess rate rises to 8.5 percent TEie state’s seasonally adjusted unemi^3yment rate was 8.5 percent in August According to U S Department of Labor figures released by the Texas Workforce Com-mission on Sept. 16 the unemployment rate for August climbed 0.1 percent from the 8 4 percent rate posted for July The percentage change reflects the loss of 1.300 nonfarm jobsMore take college entrance exam The number of college-bound minority students who take the SAT college admissions test IS on the increase. College Board, the testing entity, on Sept 14 released data that show the number of Hispanic students in Texas public schools who took the SAT between the 2006-2007 school year and the 2010-2011 school year increased by 57.7 percent Over the same five-year pen-od. the number of African-Amencan SAT examinees in the public schools increased 43 4 percent, v/hile the number of Asian examinees in Texas increased 23,4 percent The number of all Texas public school students taking the test increased by 21 6 percent during this periodBum bans in nearly ail Texas counties Texas Forest Service keeps track on burn bans m effect across Texas and only a few counties did not have established burn bans in effect As of Sept 18 those counties included: Hidalgo. Willacy, Jefferson and Orange. In addition, the northeast quadrant of Jack County was marked as not having a burn ban in effect. Of seven uncontained fires in Texas on Sept 17, the Bastrop County Complex, at 34,068 acres, was 90 percent contained The forest sen/ice reported 1.554 homes have been destroyed in the Bastrop fire and the related Union Chapel Fire and two civilians were found dead as search crews went through the charred subdivisions.Federal meal programs available for needy limes are hard for many Texans but being in a tough spot does not mean having to go hungry The Texas Department of Agnculture on Sept 17 encouraged those in need of assistance to take advantage of programs that offer nutn-tious meals to children and adults. About 14.000 adult and child care centers and home-based day cares in Texas are serving free or reduced-priced meals through the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. CACFP To get information on CACFP and a wide range of other feeding programs, call (877)TEX-MEAL ■ Ed Sterling is member services director of the Texas Press Association. ;