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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page HERALDZE1TUNG February 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NfiW BUAUNFliLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editor and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Jo Lee News Editor Kudos Having finished serving refreshments to the current Citizens Police Academy alumni I was returning to my car and causing numerous bruises to my face and I would like everyone to know of the wonderful and outstanding attention and emer gency service that was rendered by the police chief and two as well as the EMS personnel and acade my I want the city the mayor and all the citizens to be aware of the wonderful and timely treatment I received from the above people and the hospital emergency Mona Vermillion New Braunfels Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 51st day of There are 314 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the flying aboard Friendship Sev On this date In Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II In President Wash ington signed an act creating the Post In the Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual In abolitionist Fred erick Douglass died in Wash ington In the House of Rep resentatives completed con gressional action on an amendment to repeal Prohi In during World War bombers began raid ing German aircraft manu facturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as Big In the Ranger Eight spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar Write Em PRESIDENT George Bush 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 CONGRESSMEN Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building 20515 202 2254236 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San TX 78209 Giro Rodriguez DSan Antonio Room 323 Cannon House Office Building 20515 1313 Suite 115 San TX 78214 GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Room Box 12428 TX 78711 800 8435789 STATE REPRESENTATIVE Edmund RSeguin Box 911 3798732 Fax 4635896 Letter To The Editor Iwo Jima remembered HARLINGEN The passage of years has slowed the men standing near the One or two stand Several others stand with their At least one stands with arms around No one speaks if at Even the children are They too seem overwhelmed by the mon uments power and the sacrifice it These ageworn men have come to the Iwo Jima monument on the eve of the 56th anniversary of the invasion of the Japanese The 100foot tall memor ial depicts the handful of marines that raised a flag on Mount The flapping of the flag becomes the only sound one can The Iwo Jima on launched a 36day battle that ended with casual The official count was mostly An estimated Japanese were killed in the fiveweek bat At the a vet eran turns and watches another World War II vet eran standing with four As he looks at the he surely thinks of his GI with their forev eryoung who never left that He surely remembers all those who were just like but who never had a chance to have chil dren or know the joy of They walk in silence toward a small building that serves as a DOUG TONEY In a room of maps and folding a brief video about the battle is The room fills mostly with World War II veterans and their One a volunteer at the talks a few minutes about the He introduces a man in the audience who survived the battle and was identified as a veteran of the right As the video begins and the story several in the grayhaired group struggle to hold back These are proud men who still carry hand kerchiefs and pock They listen and silently struggling to keep their grief from overtaking their One by they lift up their eyeglass es to quietly dab away the moving with their arms close to their trying to avoid As the video the Iwo Jima survivor stands with his cap in his If I I would like to say a few I went in on the second In the first six all our offi cers were dead he says as his fingers rub along the rim of his Of the about 250 men that I went to shore only two survived I would have been the but I was wounded by a Japanese grenade on the last day of the He lowers his The group Tears form and he turns for the unable to find other The other men rise slow ly from their their eyes seem to acknowledge their shared responsibility to their They all either hold their husbands hands or gently pat their backs as they walk to the The four grandchildren glance toward each other and around the still jarred from their adolescent selfabsorption by the force of history and the impact of seeing tears on their grandfathers On the drive back to the grandparents the family stops at a Dairy Queen for ice cream and Their grandfather sits staring out across the lost in the carnage of more than half a century He sighs and turns to his son Fiftysix years You Im getting On the drive one by the grandchildren plug in their headphones and silently mouth the words to songs the par ents do not want to The son glancing over at his who continues to stare silently out the win Hes the son thinks to he is getting We all Doug Tbney is editor and publisher of the Sixweek grading periods help students Dear Editor This is to comment on the article in the HeraldZeitung regarding the grading periods for NBISD and I read both approaches as stated in the One area not addressed is the way grad ing periods impact the stu dent and How does the student and of parent feel when receiving a grade less than was expected and knowing the semester is half over The year one fourth over This can be very stun The student might even Why bother I cant get the grade I want I only have one In a sixweeks know ing there are two more chances to pull up a semes ter grade allows progress reports are sent home under both but the reality check is the report grades above 75 do not require a progress report and the grade can change after the I see the teachers benefit ing the most from the nine weeks Obviously there is less work sending grades four times per year instead of The goal for President Bush is that no child be left The sixweeks grad ing period encourages this The nineweeks grading period will leave children All con cerned with New Braunfels area schools should be con cerned about the Comal poli cy l Margaret L Patrick Garden Ridge Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known fac tual Letters should be kept to 250 an address and a telephone which are not for must be includ ed for confirmation purpos Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email While youre cutting go ahead and cut spending ml J 1 1 i The public is conflicted about a tax An overwhelming majori ty want one but an equally over whelming majority want to use the projected surplus to pay down the national Heres a way to have our tax cut cake and eat too Cut along with Everyone understands and opposes wasteful From most of us were taught to clean our plates and not waste Why shouldnt the same apply to government spending Citizens Against Government Waste CAGW will soon publish its annual Pig a compila tion of what it sees as wasteful and unnecessary If gov ernment has fewer programs on which to spend our it will need less CAGW has calculated that if all of its recommendations are imple taxpayers would savo a staggering trillion over the next five an amount approximating President Bushs proposed trillion tax some little A1996 Farm Bill gave farmers the free CAL THOMAS dom to grow almost anything except according to the CAGW Web Only farmers who own or lease a production quota can legally grow peanuts to be sold for edible CAGW The government supports peanut prices with per ton of our compared to the world price of per creat ing a domestic peanut price percent higher than the world market This is really a peanut tax costing American con sumers as much as million In President Clinton announced the America Reads program to combat The program recruits workstudy col lege students to help children read by the end of third It costs million a year but has had a small There are already 14 other literacy pro grams not to mention those with in our subsidized public costing taxpayers says Thats reason enough to eliminate America Now for some bigger Why should the American steel industry continue to get mil lion a year in subsidies through a program inaugurated in 1979 In the protectionist policies of the government force con sumers to pay billions in inflated The steel industry has effective ly shut out foreign The Economic Development Administration should be Begun in 1965 to gener ate new jobs and stimulate growth in economically distressed many of those cities such as RaleighDurham and Fort Worth now have unemr ployment figures below the national CAGW says that one of the more outrageous grants in 1995 went to help the NFUs Carolina Panthers build a practice facility at the private Wofford Cpllege in a city locat ed in what the local newspaper has called the most economically booming county in the Multimillion dollar payments continue to subsidize compa nies like Burger Purina and Sunkist to expand their market share There is no evidence that the Market Access Program Why should taxpayers pay expenses for commercial compa nies If the estimated according to CAGW million during five The Rural Utilities Service con tinues to subsidize telephone and electrical services in such depressed areas as Hilton and where the rich live and The initial mission of this agency was to assist the nations rural areas with the development of utility This mis sion has been accomplished like so many government pro success or failure does not mean a program will Many energy programs could be including the Tennessee Valley sav ing billion in five The power marketing administra established in the 1930s to provide remote areas of the coun try with access to which is sold at below market rates with the government paying the should be As we have seen in such an approach upsets the laws of supply and sometimes leading to energy crises and reducing incen tives for customers to use electric ity There are scores of other exam ples of wasteful or unneeded spending that could be They are available on the CAGW Web page A tax cut will go down easier with voters though less with politicians who have constituencies for all of this spending if the government beast is put on a Cal Thomas is a syndicated
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