New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 5, 2001, Page 6

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May 05, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG May 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NEW BRAUNFELS 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 The Comal County Child Welfare Board would like to say thank you to numerous county businesses that helped us promote National Child Abuse Prevention We asked businesses with marquee signs to display a message for one or more days during April emphasizing the importance of keeping children preventing and reporting child abuse and getting involved in our chil drens Many local businesses generously supported our efforts we were pleasantly surprised by the num ber of messages we saw displayed for a day or more through the One of the charges of the Comal County Child Welfare Board is to educate the community about child abuse and As a nonprofit organization we try very hard to ensure that the dollars we receive through donations and United Way funding go directly to the children of Comal For this reason we are especially grateful to all the businesses that helped us get the message out to the Without the help of organizations such as Century 21 Action MidTex Rudys Davids Auto Pizza Sensational Sign Company and others we would never have been able to reach as many people as we did with this important mes sage about the safety of our countys Lori Waters CCCWB Secretary Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is May the 125th day of There are 240 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo Qiv 1961 aatro naut Alan Shepard became Americas first space traveler as he made a 15 minute suborbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Jn Napoleon Bona parte died in exile on the island of In the Mexican army for the first time defeated the most feared French army of Napoleon III in La Batalla de Puebla The Battle of In Carnegie Hall then named Music Hall had its opening night in New York In panic hit the New York Stock Exchange by years the country was in the throes of a severe In John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwins theory of In sales of sugar resumed in the United States under a rationing In during World War Japanese forces landed on the Philippine island of Cor In West Germany became a sovereign baseball musi cal Damn Yankees opened on In a siege at the Iran ian embassy in London ended as British commandos and police stormed the In Irish Republican Army hungerstriker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in his 66th day without Ten years ago President George Bush continued to experience an irregular one day after he was taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital because of fatigue and shortness of New Yorks Carnegie Hall cele brated its centennial with an allstar Five years ago Israel and the Palestinians began the final stage of their peace talks in The FBI released preliminary fig ures showing that serious crimes reported to police fell for the fourth straight year in Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual Letters should be kept to 250 an address and a telephone which are not for publica must be included for confirmation Preference is given to writ ers who have not been pub lished in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 Letters To The Editor Juror left wondering why case was tried Dear Editor I recently was chosen to serve on a jury for Comal and I believe you should know the type of cases our district attorney is To make a long story a local man dumped some trash in a dump ster and was reported to the sheriffs department by a former police Some months to this mans sur he found out there was a war rant for his He located the owner of the dumpster and paid more than for the space he had used in the The owner of the being more than satisfied with the wrote a letter stating and signed notarized paperwork indicating he did not wish to press any Upon trying to clear up the war this who has never before been in trouble with the was jailed and had to post bond obtain a The district repeatedly refused drop the charge of theft of a serious Class B Our tax dollars paid for this case to go to Why are cases like this being brought to trial I can tell you a few of my observations that might answer this The DAs office now has many more assistant DAs than previous and this is a particularly slow time of The assistant DAs that prosecuted this trial were obviously young and inex I believe this unfortunate local taxpayer was being used to keep the assistant DAs busy and give them a practice The Good Old Boy Network also seems to be in full The first witness was the former police officer who originally called the sheriffs starting this By the looks of the energy he has placed into this he apparently has some personal interest in the I would question what influence he still might have with local law enforcement There was a hung jury as a result of this So guess what Unless these ridiculous charges are we get to pay for this trial but that is a small price for us to The real injured parties here are the man on trial and we as a I do not believe for one minute that law enforcement without the applica tion of common sense was what our forefathers had in mind for our coun Please speak out against this type of travesty that is occurring in our If the next time it could be you or me called before our county court for an asinine Lizanne Peel Spring Branch Mayor does liot knftvf how to disagree Dear Editor An open letter to the mayor of our fair Re May Mayor Watson Goes Too So you disagree with District Juliet I have not a problem with Even one of her staunchest occasionally have dis agreed with and I believe that it is only It sure would be bor ing if everyone agreed with everyone else on all do not throw fits or tantrums over for I know that she is doing her level best for the folks living in New and she is not restricting her efforts just to help her She keeps the entire city in mind in all of her Because you disagree with her on you want to put a gag on Get off it you are acting like a childish She was to serve District 6 and to work for the and the city and you want to take our duly elected representative out of the democratic process and dis enfranchise the voters of this district simply because you are totally beholden to our shadow government and Watson does not hold the chamber of commerce in the highest The current flap was caused by a council voting for something it did not After voting for Juliets motion to send a letter of opposition to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation concerning a GuadalupeBlanco River Authority permit some council members later decided that this wasjnot 1ihatifcb read some Sounds remarkably like the Florida voters in the recent presiden tial election they didnt intend to vote for George according to arrogant Your own arrogance shows as does your any time Councilwoman Watson begins to You slouch down in your throne chair and roll your eyes Ann Landers recently said that is the height of would be better off taking lessons from than from your chamber on how to deal with Marty Norton New Braunfels Write Em GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Room Box12428 TX 78711 800 8435789 STATE SENATORS Judith Zaffirini Box 627 TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Road 214 San TX 78233 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San TX 78209 210 8267800 STATE REPRESENTATIVE Edmund R Seguin Box 911 830 3798732 Sometimes the best defense is having potential for offense Its always been a mystery as to why the Left so viscerally opposes amissile defense When Reagan first proposed a the Left mocked it as a fantastical delu sion about as realistic as the jCJeorge Lucas movie of the same On President Bush laid out a philosophical and geopolitical rationale for a missile defense system that was even than In a speech at the National Defense University NDU in Bush noted that the 1972 ABM which implied that survival of the Soviet Union and United States was best ajssured by leaving both countries defenseless each others nuelear is no longer vaWSuch apolicy ratified the dhilosophy of the nuclear age that ijiutual assured destruction pjppjopriately abbreviated as was the best deterrent to ijtijclear CAL THOMAS Everything has changed since The Soviet Union is no and the threat of nuclear attack has shifted from one nation where command and con trol could be commanded and mostly to several smaller Any one of these countries might use the threat of a nuclear attack on an American city to deter intervention against an assault on its Bush rightly called for moving beyond the constraints of the 30 yearold ABM He said clinging to ABM enshrines the When Reagan proposed a mis sile defense the central question was whether the tech nology existed to make it a reali Several tests have produced mixed Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says hes persuaded that the technology now exists or will soon be Why should he not be believed Some people thought it fantastic when President John Kennedy pledged in the early 1960s to land Americans on the moon by the end of the The goal was met 17 months We had faith in our skills Have we now lost that faith During the Cold those opposed to missile defense belieyed that such a system even research into its feasibility could increase the likelihood of Thats a silly something like believing your chances of being burglarized are increased if you put a sign on the door that your home is protected by either an alarm system or a As for the attitude of other theres no reason for them to oppose an American mis sile defense system unless they intend to attack the United Americas enemies are spread ing chemical and biologi cal technologies to rogue states and terrorist groups around the These are people who care nothing about their own much less inhabitants of other Some believe they have a religious mandate to kill infi Others worship their poli Why shouldnt we use all of the expertise at our disposal to do whats necessary to pro tect and defend the United States and our interests abroad We cant wait until China follows up on its threat to launch a missile at downtown Los or until Saddam Hussein has the capability to take out New York City and so deters the United States from intervening to save Israel or Kuwait from his President Bush threw large bone to the Left when he coupled his proposal with the possibility of further reductions in our nuclear weapons stockpile We and change the the the character of our nuclear forces in a way that reflects the reality that the Cold War is We wont need as many nuclear weapons if we have a system in place to shoot down any missiles that might be launched toward American terri An enemy will think more than twice about attacking the United States if he knows that attack will be repelled and he will be left vulnerable to a counterat Although the president pledges to be in regular consultation with our allies and his pro posal to build a missile defense system puts America and American interests which is where the country and those interests ought to Cal Thomas is syndicated1 m ;