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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNO July FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NEW BRAUNPBLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zcitung 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 Brian News Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Childrens museum looks for new home Family with lots of children seeking spacious home in New Braunfels For call the Childrens Museum of New Braunfels at The which recently moved to bigger space within the New Braunfels will be moving as the Marketplaces new owners make changes in the local shopping Those changes will mean the demolition of the building that now houses the Childrens Museum and the possibility of having to pay retail rent should the museum choose to stay in the The Childrens Museum is one of very few such facilities in the world and is a true draw for New Arts and handson cos a tropical rain a science building blocks these are just some of the activities that have entertained some chil dren so far this In more than and their families visited the Nearly 900 families have membership in the which shows parents recognize the muse ums valuable the museums board and volunteers will find a similar kind of support as they search for a new place to sink the museums The Childrens Museum deserves the communitys sup port on its quest for a new Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is July the 201st day of There are 164 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On July Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon as they stepped out of their lunar On this date In Colombia declared independence from In the Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in In British Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian In Sioux Indian leader Sitting a fugitive since the Battle of the Little Big surrendered to fed eral In the first detach ment of the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps later known as WACs began basic training at Fort Des In an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explo sion at Hitlers Rastenburg headquarters only wounded the Nazi In President Roo sevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic con vention in In Jordans King Abdullah Ibn Hussein was assassinated in In Americas Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a suc firstever landing on Utility costs sizzle in summer heat For ancient the dog star Sinus heralded the arrival of the sul try weather that annually sent them to local baths and seaside villas in an effort to escape the Modern Texans rely on air conditioning to help us keep our cool during the dog days of the cost of our creature comforts is straining family especially those of senior Texans on fixed To help ensure that the health of the states disabled and chil dren is not threatened dur ing extreme the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Various state and county agencies throughout Senate District 25 allot CEAP funds based on cri iteria such as disability and children younger than because of the winter months ener gy crisis when natural gas prices reached an alltime most agencies utility assistance funds have been During this past winters Bexar County Housing and Human Services used 80 percent of its funds to assist households with their utility Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual JEFF WENT WORTH Agencies in other SD 25 such as Community Action in Blanco County the Community Council of South Central which serves Kerr and Medina counties and Hill Country Community Action servic ing Llano and Mason coun report having only limited Additional funds might become available if a weather crisis such as the 1998 heat or 10 or more days of 100 degree Texans need ing assistance with their utility bills can contact their local community action agency or TDHCA tollfree at 877 Information also is avail able on the Internet at Many utility companies arrange payment plans to assist lowincome cus tomers and senior Consumers should contact their local utility company to see whether plans are Public agencies and pri vate utility companies also offer cost and energy sav ing suggestions as well as tips for staying cool this They include cooling only the one room in which you spend most of your time and keeping room temperatures at 78 80 Each degree cooler adds 710 percent to cooling Adjust thermostats when no one is and close drapes when possi Drying clothes on the cooking on a range top or outside grill and lowering waterheater thermostats to no higher than 140 degrees also will reduce electric If there is a heat crisis and you dont have air con ditioning in your go to an airconditioned pub lic or commercial building during the middle of the Drink plenty of and avoid drinking alcohol and which can increase fluid I also urge neighbors and friends to check on the disabled or fami lies with small While there are state agencies to a neigh bor checking on a neighbor is like a breath of fresh And nothing could be more Jeff Wentworth repre sents District 25 in the Texas an address and a telephone which are not for must be included for con firmation Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 WriteEm PRESIDENT George Bush 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATORS Phil Gramm Room 370 Russell Senate Office Building 20510 202 2242934 Fax 202 404 Ramsey Road San TX 78216 210 3669494 Kay Bailey Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building 20510 202 2245922 8023 Vantage Suite 460 San TX 78230 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 CONGRESSMEN Lamar Smith Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building 20515 202 2254236 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San TX 78209 210 8215024 Ciro Rodriguez Room 323 Cannon House Office Building 20515 1313 Military Suite 115 San TX 78214 GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Room Box 12428 TX 78711 800 8435789 STATE SENATORS JeffWentworth 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San TX 78209 210 8267800 Judith Zaffirini Box 627 TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Road San TX 78233 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 STATE REPRESENTATIVE Edmund Kuempel Box 911 830 3798732 Fax 830 4635896 United States should boycott 2008 Olympic Games More than 50 years the Chinese communists evicted for eign missionaries on the grounds that the gospel they preached would undermine the creation of a communist heaven on the International Olympic Committee a bastion of hear no see no speak no evil when it comes to evil will send the sports equivalent of mission aries to the 2008 Summer The Western press is full of editorials and stories about the conversion possibilities of Instead of passing out sports missionaries will distribute sportsmanship and These in the minds of supposed to persuade Chinas if not its dicta to embrace our political and economic way of Never mind that just 12 years these dic tators ordered and applauded the massacre of student protestors in Tiananmen Square estimates of the death toll range from 200 to or that they have just completed an anticrime cam CAL THOMAS paign which resulted in executions since according to Amnesty China will pretend to adhere to the principles of the Olympic which include Encouraging the establishment of a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human the staunchest defenders of Beijing 2008 can say that China lives up to such a Some believe holding the Olympics in Beijing will persuade China to change for the Thats what former Carter administration national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski argued in a recent New York Times Thats what USA Today founder Al Neuharth wrote in his July 6 While President Carter was right to boycott the Moscow Olympics in 1980 to protest the Soviet inva sion of Afghanistan the previous writes China is Satellite TV and the Internet are opening up China to different he I doubt if the troops who killed those pro democracy demonstrators inTiananmen Square had TV or the Internet in their The Washington Post correctly editorialized this past week Beijing appears prepared to press on with repression even while demanding that the world accept it as an Olympic host and World Trade Organization mem A dangerous theme runs through Western We believe that if enough people can see our goodness and the benefits of democracy and free enterprise they will reject perhaps even overthrowing their We are so convinced that our way of life is superior to all others that we think we only have to expose people to that way of life and they will embrace our Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher warned two decades ago that we in the West make a mistake when we trans pose our morality on those who dont share That is what those who think the world should ignore Chinas pris ons and execution sites are They believe the sight of athletes from free nations jump swimming and throwing will persuade China to convert to the democratic systems from which some athletes That view didnt work in Berlin in World War II began three years Americans used to care most about our own and the freedom of we care most about The mate rial has replaced the Nothing China does to suppress its people seems to sufficiently outrage enough politicians or cor porations to change their attitude about doing business with this Would the world have stood for awarding the Olympic Games to South Africa when apartheid was in force Couldnt it have been argued that the Olympics might have opened South Africa to racial tolerance and diversity Why would that argument have been rejected in the case of South Africa but accepted when it comes to China Unless there is observable improvement in Chinas human rights the United States should keep its athletes from par ticipating in the Beijing The Carter administration refused to pretend that the inva sion of Afghanistan didnt Whoever is president in 2008 should boycott the Beijing Olympics if human rights have not improved in To do oth erwise would be to dishonor the blood of the martyrs to To participate would mock the theme of liberating strife for which America the Beautiful is supposed to Thomas ia a syndicated
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