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Citizens of New Braunfels and Comal County, help save our area’s natural beauty! I began looking for a place to move in 2007 and the beauty, parks, open spaces, and friendliness of Comal County and New Braunfels put this area at the top of the list. At the time, there were about 52,000 peopl…

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The Bipartisan Background Checks Bill, HB 8, passed the House of Representatives, has moved to the Senate and has been put on the Senate’s Legislative Calendar as HR 8. This bill requires anyone who wishes to transfer gun ownership through private channels must work through a licensed gun de…

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On July 20, 2019, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins mission to the moon. 

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Is it safe to come out and what are the proper protocols for reducing risks of exposure and ridicule? 

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At a recent City Council meeting there was a mayoral proclamation making June Pride (Gay Pride) month in New Braunfels. This is a strongly conservative town and has many citizens who oppose this. I spoke on this at City Council and prompted like-minded people to show up. Mone did! 

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“I would never buy a home that had a power pole or high voltage lines in the backyard.” 

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When do we celebrate Straight Pride? We celebrate Gay Pride Month, Black History Month, the Me Too movement for Women’s Rights. We display Mexican flags and burn American flags. At sporting events we disrespect our own flag and national anthem as well as celebrating foreign holidays. 

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Here are Ten Best Reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and hot dogs this Independence Day, rather than ground-up animal body parts:

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I write in response to the June 23 letter by H.L. Messinger headlined “Disgusted with the New York Times.” 

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I come from a family of public educators. I have 43 years of teaching experience and have always been a strong proponent/advocate of our public schools. However, my public schools experience in recent years, after working overseas for 28 years with the Department of Defense Schools-Europe, h…

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I want to applaud Chris Lykins for his editorial, “The Climate Change Conspiracy” (Herald-Zeitung, 6-16-19). The effects of greenhouse gases (82% of which is carbon dioxide; U.S. EPA 2017) have long been known. As Mr. Lykins points out, how we address the problem is open for debate, but the …

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The changes we see today in our landscape and wildlife are primarily a function of loss of habitat. Comal County is in the crosshairs of developers and we all should recognize the reason — beautiful rolling hills, clean air, lots of clear flowing water, all because we do still have adequate …

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Our intelligence corps has stated that they have evidence that Iran is behind the oil tanker attacks. The president of Iran, however, has been very strong in his denial that Iran had anything to do with the attacks. So, who are we to believe? What a quandary! And, it may turn out that the at…

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I’m writing to comment on Chris Lykins’s editorial on June 16 titled “The climate change conspiracy.” In general I agree with his comments, but action on climate change should be a matter of considering risk, not just belief. I think risk can be better illustrated than by Mr. Lykins’s exagge…

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It seems the N.Y. Times outdid themselves with a recent article stating the U.S. Military now has the capability to hack into the electrical systems of Russia to deter any military actions they may consider in the future.

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I attended a packed memorial service at the First Methodist Church for Ken Valentine. In all my 77 years, I have never seen such an outpouring of praise for a person and for the contributions he made to our community, which is echoed in this editorial.

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So let me get this straight. The governor of Texas decided to make a law to save a fried piece of chicken topped with sad dry pickles? With everything happening on the border in regards to children being held in cages outside in the heat he decides to save a religious company. And before you…

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As we reflect on the 75th anniversary of D-Day I am reminded that the brave men and women who battled for our freedom came from cities, towns, farms, and factories across our beloved nation.  Many were so young they had yet to determine if they were Democrat or Republican, but they knew they…

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ohn K. Landry misrepresented my views on abortion as well as those of Rob Schenck, the evangelical minister and anti-abortion leader for more than 30 years who published a column in the New York Times on May 31 titled “My Reversal on Abortion Rights.” 

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As a big proponent of meaningful accountability for Texas public schools, I was initially excited to see the headline in the June 7 issue of my New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung touting the performance of our local public campuses.

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uth Castell Avenue Masterplan was being pushed by the city I wrote a piece about an alternative idea, New Old Las Fontanas. The idea was to go back in time to a simpler past; it was to go back to the 1800s when New Braunfels was founded. It was to be a 10 acre area without wifi electronic de…

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iew on the Herald-Zeitung’s editorial page of Tuesday, May 28, 2019, short-term rental facilities have damaged the hotel industry while becoming a booming business for certain homeowners. 

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In a letter to the Herald-Zeitung, John Hillje quotes from the New York Times, the news organ of the extreme left, that Rob Schenk, an evangelical minister who formerly was against abortion, has flip-flopped and is now an ardent advocate for abortion. Schenk states that since his about-face …

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Recent articles in the Herald-Zietung pointed out the continued growth of New Braunfels. As the second fastest growing city by percentage in the nation, New Braunfels welcomes about 15 new people each day — that’s about 5,500 new residents per year. 

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Anyone interested in abortion, especially the radical anti-abortion laws recently enacted by several states, should read the powerful column published in the New York Times on May 31 written by Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister and longtime anti-abortion activist, and titled “My Reversal …

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It’s time to acknowledge human activities’ role in creating the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. 

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It appears the leadership of President Trump has extended beyond our shores as indicated by the recent changes the Populists in Europe are demanding. 

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lizabeth Fowler for her article and commentary in the paper concerning grieving for a pet. I felt as if she were talking to my wife and I as we lost our GSD (German Shepherd Dog) Veego recently. He was 14 years old and was in the latter stages of Degenerative Myelopathy requiring extra speci…

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I can not help but write this letter to compliment you on the coverage, scope and depth of your newspaper. The Lake Dunlap series, “Who pays the bill?” and “The Growing Generations” as well as your “Legislative Wrap” should be of valued interest that breach the generational divide as well as…

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I would just like to thank everyone who voted to put Chip Roy in office. Mr. Roy objected to a disaster relief fund bill, which had already passed the Senate with bipartisan and Trump’s support, because it didn’t include any money for the emergency on our southern border.

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I can’t speak for all women but I can guess some reasons women aren’t having public conversations in the Herald-Zeitung about abortion. I think it’s probably out of fear and shame associated with a number of possibilities like maybe:

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There are few issues imbued with more visceral emotion than abortion, and coming to a consensus about when life begins and a woman’s right to choose (or not) is a difficult — if not impossible — undertaking. A recent editorial questioned why this debate has been dominated by men, while, at t…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I would like to “impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you — that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”  I am eager to tell you news of the harvest and to share the gospel (Romans 1:11-15)!  Both of …

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I was at the coast for a week sailing and puttering. Chest congestion and laryngitis had me moving slow so the first day I spent relaxing.