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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HERALDZBITUNG Saturday November OPINIONS FORUM LETTERS HERALDZEITUNG New Braimfels 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 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor Michael Gary News Editor KUDOS The 16th annual Wurst 5 Mile Run Walk and Kids Run held on Nov 4 was enjoyed by more than 450 participants and volunteers We have been blessed by the generous support of our sponsors and volun teers Thank you Kiolbassa Provision New Braunfels Running Club Roger Solers Sports Wright Distributing Culligan Water Service Buck Pottery Wurstfest Association Becker Motor Family Outreach Albertsons HEB Food Stores Southerncross Ambulance Service Professional Therapy Services Oma and The Oompahs and McDonalds A special thank you to the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and Police Department The 17th annual Wurst 5 Mile Run Walk and Kids Run will be on Saturday Nov 3 2001 Will the Union Pacific Train hold up the race again Be there and find out Vicki Ralph Race Director NBRC President TODAY IN HISTORY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday Nov 18 the 323rd day of 2000 There are 43 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov 18 1820 Navy Capt Nathaniel B Palmer discov ered the frozen continent of Antarctica On this date In 1883 the United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones In 1886 the 21 st president of the United States Chester A Arthur died in New York at age 56 In 1899 musical conductor Eugene Ormandy was born in Budapest Hungary In 1928 the first successful soundsynchronized animated car toon Walt Disneys Steamboat starring Mickey Mouse premiered in New York In 1936 Germany and Italy rec ognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco In 1949 Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers was named the National Leagues Most Valuable Player In 1959 the Biblicalera spectacle starring Charlton Heston had its world pre miere in New York In 1969 financierdiplomat Joseph P Kennedy died in Hyannis Port at age 81 In 1978 California Rep Leo J Ryan and four other people were killed in Jonestown Guyana by members of the Peoples Temple the killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by 912 cult members In 1987 the congressional Iran Contra committees issued their final report saying President Reagan bore ultimate responsibil ity for wrongdoing by his aides Ten years ago President Bush began a series of meetings in Paris with allied leaders aimed at solidi fying support for his Persian Gulf policies Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II who said all possible efforts should be made to avoid war in the Persian Gulf Five years ago With no relief in sight from a budget impasse that forced a partial federal shutdown the House rebelled against Republican leaders during a rau cous Saturday session and voted to oppose formally adjourning the chamber until Monday Repub lican leaders put the chamber into recess One year ago Twelve people were killed when a bonfire under construction at Texas University collapsed A jury in Jasper Texas convicted Shawn Allen Berry of murder for his role in the dragging death of James Byrd but spared him the death penalty American author and com poser Paul Bowles best known for The Sheltering Sky and other novels set in North Africa died in Morocco at age 88 Todays Birthdays Actressr comedian Imogene Coca is 92 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens RAlaska is 77 Actor Brad Sullivan is 69 Singer Hank Ballard is 64 Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 61 Actress Linda Evans is 58 Actress Susan Sullivan is 56 Country singer Jacky Ward is 54 idemand awrtter ipecounr LETTERS To THE EDITOR Stop effort to let feds handle our elections Dear Editor Nothing of political significance happens by accident All major events are planned for a purpose The question is what is the purpose behind our current election crisis It has nothing to do with Bush or Gore It was decided a long time ago who would be the next president Standing Operating Procedure for the New World Order when they want to accomplish A is to create a false crisis so that the people clamor for new laws or actions which will have the hidden affect of creating What then are the people to clamor for after this crisis They will want the election system fixed to prevent vote fraud That is a very desirable goal for which to strive So how does the New World Order gain from this By the rushed enactment of unconstitutional federal statutes that take control of elections from the state By the rushed enactment of unconstitutional statutes that require standardized procedures and require all votes to funnel through a fed eral computer system where voters will sup posedly be safe from vote Do you really trust the feds to count your votes The federal government has no lawful powers except those few that have been specifically delegated to the federal govern ment by the people through the Constitution The federal government does have consti tutional authority to enact valid laws con cerning the election of federal senators and federal representatives It has no authority to laws concerning the selection of presi dential electors the presidential popular vote or any state offices Look for new statutes to be proposed based on constitu tional authority in regard to elections of sen ators and representatives that will run all votes through a federal computer system And it would not be at all surprising for Ross Perot to be awarded the contract to set up a national election system Be ready for this Be ready to tell your senators and congressmen that the American people will not stand for the enactment of unconstitutional statutes that give control of vote counting to the feds Maybe just maybe if we make a big enough noise we can stop this Vote fraud needs to be fixed but it needs to be fixed at state level not supposedly fixed by unconstitutional federal statutes that give control to the feds Having been elected to the office of mar shal I need to make this disclaimer Any opinions expressed in this letter are personal and private they are not to be considered as the views or the official policy of the municipal government of the City of Bulverde Northwest Bill Utterback Bulverde Northwest Congratulations Wurstfest Dear Editor Congratulations to Wurstfest 2000 As a seventh grader in 1960 we recall the first event at the basement of the burned down building at the town plaza Time does march on but we will always keep our few years of living in New Braunfels as a part of our grassroots Clay Atoms Houston Bring back Heritage Exhibit traditions Dear Editor My heart is breaking as another wonderful timehonored family tradition is coming to an end Since the first time the Heritage Society presented its first Heritage Exhibit in the Civic Center our family has enjoyed the sights of I have stood in awe of the extremely talented New Braunfels artists who have worked so hard to help us all understand and know about our heritage As in years past our family showed up for this years exhibit with the same enthusiasm of years gone by In our family a beef stick a bowl of potato soup and a cookie were special traditions we enjoyed after the The newspaper ran an ad on Nov 1 on page 5B stating all seven heritage exhibits and sausage making were free each day dur ing the entire 10day event with admission being charged only for the antique market This year however imagine our disappoint ment as we were charged admission anyway only to find very little in the way of her itage Antiques were for sale in more than 80 percent of the civic center including on the stage And we were told that the main exhibit was clbJeddurihg the Week because the antique dealers were only there Friday Saturday and Sunday leaving only one exhibit and the yearly video open in the main civic center on a daily basis Somehow we felt so cheated Cheated of a chance to continue our quest to understand New Braunfels history Cheated because we have always paid admission for a wonderful show but this year we paid to see antiques which is not at all what our family came to see Antiques are nice for those who enjoy them and want to buy them for their homes However the antique dealers can always have a nice antique show but the people only get their Heritage Exhibit once a year So I am pleading with the Heritage Society please bring back our exhibit in all of its glory Bring back the potato soup too And leave the antique market for anoth er time or just another place It was said that the antique market brought in more Well maybe so But does everything have to be about tourists What is wrong with a Heritage Exhibit for people who live here or would otherwise enjoy it I would like to know why the civic center cannot be donated for this community event each year It is so worthwhile of an effort And if a picture is worth a thousand words then past exhibits have been worth millions It is impossible to put a price tag on that Gayle K Pfeiffer New Braunfels Holiday traditions overtaken by election that lingers on The historic proceedings in Florida are unlike anything any of us have seen in this country With the holidays right around the corner and I mean right around the corner we face the possibility of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with the the Bush and Gore families Hopefully they are all squared away on who will carve the turkey this year at their respective celebrations Nothing spoils a festive gathering faster than a recount Quite frankly I am tired of seeing people in Florida holding up ballots to the light We can only imagine how they feel Maybe we can capture their plight with a special holiday program called Rudolph the Redeyed Ballot Counter You know they never let poor Rudolph off for Thanksgiving let him go Christmas shopping take a MARGARET EDMONSON With the release of Dr Seuss How the Grinch Stole television programmers could produce a new tele vision version Casting the lead role would be a tough Do you give it to Al Gore for his tireless efforts to keep Christmas from coming for George W Bush Or do you give it to Bush who hates the singing from the Gore cam paign about recounts If you go on looks alone James Baker would be the best candidate because he looks like a Grinch Instead of counting down to Christmas day our advent calendars instead will count down to Jan 20 when somebody anybody please will be sworn in as president of the United States Of course there is that little problem of giftgiving What do you get for the two men who both want the same thing Gores affinity for counting and math opens up a whole world of ideas for Christmas gifts calculators counters optical scan list goes on For Bush a dictionary always makes a good choice as long as he is competing against the great debater in dueling press conferences His 300vote lead should fit nicely in a Christmas stocking bought in a West Palm Beach souvenir store As the process continues the Bush and Gore holiday gift lists also get longer state supreme court judges fed eral court judges Supreme Court jus tices the House of Representatives the Red and green will not be the vogue colors for Christmas theres an elec tion going on Red white and blue will trim every tree and wrap every gift The Christmas hymn Silent Night will be replaced by Election Frosty the Snowman will become Feisty the And the traditional Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire will give way to Ballots Sitting in Our File With both of these men claiming to be Santa Claus to the American public we must assure our children that while there is a Santa Claus he does not come rid ing on a donkey or an elephant Santa Claus also comes with dolls and toys not a prescription drug program for Medicare Yes the holidays are upon us Thanksgiving is a mere few days away Christmas shopping already is under way With all the tension mounting over the Florida vote and the promised appeals of decisions made by election officials and judges this election might linger on for days and weeks As worrisome as this election crisis is we cannot forsake the holidays We have a lot to celebrate not the least of which is our right to vote and the importance of our vote in choosing our nations leaders One note to our readers For anybody that might get the urge to follow a star in the east this holiday season forget it Its not a star Its the light left on for the ballot counters in Florida Margaret Edmonson is managing edi tor of the   

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