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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas MFRAI n-7FmJN6 FDITORIAl BOARD Publisher and Editor Doug Toney Mtfltgin« f (Wor iMWi    CifculMmn Oirtctof J*ft Fowl« OTHER VIEW This editorial was published Sept. 18 in the Corpus Christ! Caller-Times. GOP oppon^ are hitting Perry where it helps Gov Rick Perry is under attack for trying to prevent a cancer whose yearly death toll exceeds this nation s 9/11 losses by more than a thousand On this issue, we are compelled to defend him — an unfamiliar role — and to wonder whether the master politician hand-picked his attackers. We speak, of course, of the other Republican presidential candidates and their assault on Perry's 2007 executive order that _ all sixth-grade girls be vaccmated against HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer and genital warts. The order was soon overturned in a hail of criticism that It usurped parental control (though It included an opt-out), encouraged promiscuity and returned a favor to Perry contributor Merck Texans had pretty much put this episode behind them —- even the ones who were most angry about tt, Dprhaps because those predisposed to anger on tfiis issue are prpdisposed to back Perry on most others But along came the Republican presidential primary campaign, then later came Per-'V into that campaign after an extended theatrical hemming jnd hawing, only to snatch instant frontrunner hood The HPV 'ssue IS the best opportunity for the other candidates, especially extieiTif’ right Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, to nip It Perrv s. heels ihe governor s connection to Merck and to the lobbyist who sought his support is undeniable Perry's opponents can '.harge cronyism with a degree of accuracy He responded to d pitcf] for a commercial product, delivered by someone who Mad fast track access to him. But since the product's widespread lisp would t)e in the public s best interest, it appears that Prrry has chosen his cronies wisely ■As for the notion that the HPV vaccine would promote promiscuiW It s hard to imagine a teenager deciding to have sex oecausr sfie was vaccinated against HPV or deciding against ^ because she hasnt been Bachmann took it a step further suggesting that the vaccine ' an cause mentai retardation She bases this on her account of a weeping mottier telling her it happened to her daughter The American Academy of Pediatrics responded that the HPV .accine is safe and doesn t cause mental retardation, based on science Now Perry is m the unfamiliar position of having both sci-enre and us on his side He has said repeatedly, that his method was wrong but his purpose — prev'enting cancer and saving lives — was right The attacks on Perry play well before a right-wing audience focused on limited-government principles When the focus sfiifts to daughters — which at some point it will — this family first audience will stop paying only lip service to putting fam-!v first, even if it means joining a science believing audience on this one issue The IIPV attacks, while appearing to hurt Perry s chances of v^/inning ttie noinination will do much to dispel concerns that he s too far right to win the general election We have to wonder if Bacfimann is part of a plan to enhance Perry's electabil-ity. His most viable opponent, Mitt Romney, did his part to help that cause Whilr Romney agreed that Perry should have gone about the HPV issue differently I think his heart was m the right place I his confirms the disputable theory that Perry has a heart No other issue addressed by Perry thus far in the campaign suggests that he does. His nonchalant comment about the many executions under his watch, chillingly applauded during the California debate, suggested that he doesn't. So, in tfie long run. Perry’s HPV mistake will do him more good than harm He looks manly, defiant and compassionate defending it. It lures people into his corner who usually aren't, including us. and ultimately won t chase away those who usually are ioi)\^ IN iiiSToin I he Assfxjalfid Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2011. There are 98 days left in the year On this date: In 1789, Congress passed a Judiciary Act which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court. In 1961, "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" premiered on NBC U S PRESIDENT Barack Obama 11)00 Penrt; ylvama Avc , r>IW W.r,hMiqt(jr DC ?050fl U S SENATE Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell SeIlat^' Of1i(.e Builifiiig ftooin 284 Washinqtoii, UC 20S10 felephotie (?02) 224 5922 l<ix (202) 224 07/6 Weh: littp.//hutehiso(! sftnategov iSend fi-riiiiil'; ttirouqh Wfb site) Safi Afitoiiio ijlfice 145 Duni.aii [Jiive, SiiiU; 120 Sail Afitnriio /8226 relephofif' (2101340 288b fax (2101349 B753 John Cornyn RiKSsell Senate Hart Room 517 Washinqton, D C 20510 felpptrone (202) 224 2934 Fax (202)228 2856 Wp|) http //cornyn senate qov (Send e niail'^ throiKjIi Web, site) Austin officp 221 West Sixth St, Suite 1530 Austin, TX 787Q1 lelephone (512)469 6034 Fax (512)469 6020 *Mt Minâijing f ííoi Wi« WT19« tw)v Mitbt Kit« Thomm 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 resen/es the righit to edit or reject all submissions. All submissions must include an address and telephone number so authorship can be confirmed Submit letters •    By email 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. Obama plagued by Democrats'ingratitude For generations. Democrats longed for a president who could enact national health care Barack Obarna did It for years. Democrats longed for a president who could massively increase fed eral spending, impose broad new regulations and fight for higher taxes Barack Obama did It For much of the past decade. Democrats longed for a president who could pull American forces out of Iraq and redirect U S security policy toward al-Qaida Barack Obama did it — and killed Osama bin Laden to boot, Obama did all that, and more And now many Democrats are afraid to be seen with him Some grati tude; Democratic grumbling about the president has reached an all-time high On a recent conference call of party strategists, disaffected Democrats reportedly threw around words like betrayed ' disappointed furious" and disgusted, with some blaming Obama for the stun ning Democratic loss in New York's 9th Congressional District Surveying the political landscape of Democratic disaffection with the president, longtime strategist James Caiville could come up with just one word of advice; Panic'' Meanwhile, the president s approval ratings are hitting new lows, with his job , BYRON > YORK COLUMNIST approval rating bouncing around the high 30s to the low 40s in recent Gallup polls, The numbers are even worse — about 70 percent disapproval — for Obama s handling of the economy Independent voters, the key to the president's election in 2008, have abandoned him right and left Given all that, it's no sur prise that many Democrats are running away from Oba ma But here s the problem He did what Democrats wanted him to do Health care, stimulus, taxes, you name it — Obama did what h»s party wanted. Not what the public at large wanted, but what many Democrats wanted And now, as the negative electoral consequences of their own pnori ties stare them in the face, those Democrats are blam mg the president And, by the way, the Democrats who are most unhappy with Obama are the ones who wanted him to do more of the things that have made him unpopular It's ingratitude,' says a Democratic strategist who asked to remain anonymous People are saying to (Oba ma), 'You didn't do everything you told me you were going to do' If you re a mem ber of a union, you didn't get everything you wanted. If you re an environmentalist, you didn't get everything you wanted But the left wants to go beyond what's possible A lot of today's whining and fretting is the normal stuff of politics The polls are ugly, members of Congress up for re-election in 2012 are nervous, and activists are frustrated But Obama also set himself up for today s dis satisfaction by his choice of campaign platform in 2008 He ran on hope, and hope is really attractive and appealing, but it's not very concrete.' the strategist says "So what it meant to every one was slightly different, " Democrats who wanted to see their personal agendas enacted were inevitably dis appointed But look at what they got It's not just historic meas ures like Obamacare financial regulation and the stimulus Obama has presided over lots of other accomplishments, big and small, that should warm the hearts of liberal Democrats He has used his regulatory powers to shore up the nation's fading unions: could organized labor have a better friend than the man whose appointees are trying to stop Boeing from building a nonunion plant in Soutti Caroli na^ He pushed repeal of "don't ask, don t tell through Congress He nomi nated and won confirmation of two solidly liberal members of the U S, Supreme Court He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act aimed at guaranteeing women equal pay This IS a serious question: if you re a Democrat, what’s not to likei' What kind of unreasonable standard would make a Democrat unhappy with a president who accomplished those things^ And yet many Democrats are beside themselves with frustration and anxiety Obviously, tfie economy is the source of mucfi of that unhappiness If it doesn t improve, Obama's re election prospects are dir'n. But in 2 1/2 years in office, Obama has dealt witti tfie economic downturn in precisely the way most conventional Democrats would fiave dealt with It He didn't come up with the stimulus on his own just the opposite He went along as Hill Democrats packed tfie bill with wish-list spending. And now people who larded up the stimulus witfi their ovyn pet projects are unhappy with Obama for doing what they wanted^ And critical of his new stimulus proposal^ It doesn t make sense Yes, Obama is in trouble. But look at wfiat he's done for Democrats Shouldn't they think twice before bash mg him^ ■ Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner Attention,Tea Party: Air, water are shared by all Once again President Obama has caved to pressure by the Chamber of Commerce and tea party Republicans: this time over whether to update smog standards m order to the protect Amencans from increasing incidents of asthma. This means tfie same standards put in place by George W Bush and believed to violate the Clean Air Act by Obama s Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Lisa Jackson, will remain in place for LirriKK TO riu: KDiToK another two years while Americans suffer The excuse is that requiring additional scrubbers on pollution generating industrial plants wilt be too expensive and cost jobs. Tell that to the 12,000 or so people who die from pollution induced asthma and other respiratory conditions. I’ve got news for the Chamber: Going to the emergency room nearly unable to breathe is too expensive Jobs would be created by updating thiese regulations as new equipment would have to be purchased and installed, and it could all be paid for by the record profits ttiat cor- porate America is racking up while it isn't hiring new employees. The Mad Hatters in the tea party would have you believe freedom and deregulation are synonymous, but the air we breathe is shared by us all If government doesn't regulate what can be dumped in it, our air may not be fit to breathe for much longer So. tea party members, I have news for you too Air and water arc shared by all, and 1- that makes them socialists get over It JC Dufresne Cíbolo COYI'NCI' \ ()\ H KLKCn:!) OFITCIA!;^ Sai! Antonio oft ire 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax (210) 224 8569 U S CONGRESSMAN Lamar Smith Raytjurn House Office Building Room 2409 Washington, D C 20515 Telephone, (202) 225-4236 Fax (202) 225 8628 Weh http7/lamarsmith (Send e-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 iongworth House Office Building Washington, D C 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax (202)225-1641 Web http,//housegov/cuellar San Antonio office 615 E Houston St San Antonio 78205 Telef)t)one: (210) 271-2851 Fax (210) 2//66/1 TEXAS GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S 1 PO Box 12428 Austin, IX /8711 lelephone (800)843 5789 fax (512)463 1849 STATE HOUSE Doug Miller Capitol Oft ice EXFFl 216 PO Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768 Pfione (512)463 0325 New Braunfels address: 387 W Mill Street New Braunfels, TX 78130 Phone (830)626 1313 John Kuempel Capitol address Capiifil Extension PO Box 2910 | pj| Austin, TX 78768 (512)463-0602 ¡512)480 0391 Fax Seguin address 523E Donegan#102 Seguin, TX 78155 (830)379 8732 STATE SENATE Jeff Wentworth Capitol office IE 9 Capitol phone (512)4630125 San Antonio 1250 N E Loop 410 Suite 925 ijan Antonio, TX 78209 (210)826-7800 fax (210)826 0571 E mail: jeff wentworthiassenate state tx us NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S Castell Ave, PO Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131 1747 (830)221-4000 Mayor Gale Pospisil [email protected] org Telephone: (830) 629-2447 Dist. 1 Councilor Richard Zapata r2apata#nbtexas org Telephone; Extension 4501 Dist. 2 Councilor Mark Goodner [email protected] Telephone Extension 4502 Dist. 3 Councilor Mike Ybarra [email protected] org Telephone Extension 4503 Dist. 4 Councilor Sandy Nolte [email protected],org Telephone: Extensiwi 4504 a Dist. 5 Councilor Bryan Miranda bmiranda(®nbtexas org Telephone: (830)83/ 5178 Dist. 6 Councilor Steven Digges [email protected] org Telephone Extension 4506 COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS'COURT Comal County Commissioneis' Court 199 Mam Plaza, NewBraunlels (830) 221 1100 County Judge Sherman Krause krause(%0-C0mal tx us Telepfione (830)221 1105 nPct, 1 Comm, Donna Ecdeston [email protected] comal Telephone; (830) 221 ITOl Pet. 2 Commissioner Scott Haag haagse%o comal tx us Telephone (830) 221 1102 fBPI Pet. 3 Commissioner Greg Parker cctgep(8ico comal tx us Telepfione (830) 2211103 Pet. 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady [email protected] comal tx us Telephone (830)221 1104 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION William B, Travis Building 1701 N Congress Ave; Austin, TX 78701 ;