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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG August 2001 BEST AVAILABLE COPY Nuw HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfcls Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Doug Editpr and Publisher Margaret Managing Editor Brian News Editor Other Views BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fort Worth StarTelegram on Texas vehicle emissions Texas doesnt need to botch another attempt at decreas ing vehicle It seems that whenever Texas ventures into advanced vehicle emissions disgruntlement And the haze still hangs over Under a new law scheduled to take effect motorists in Collin and Harris counties will have to put their vehicles through more strin gent tests that will cost for emissions and safety inspec tions a total of instead of the current The goal is cleaner air for the state not only a necessi ty but a federal Apparently inspection station owners are believing that they will not be able to recoup the costs of acquiring the sophisticated equipment needed for the Texas has been through complaints about emissions test ing and it cost us a In the state contracted with Tejas Testing Technology to build centralized inspection centers and put into effect a plan that would have put Texas ahead of the curve in efforts to meet federal cleanair But when taxpayers griped about bearing the newly elected George Bush called for a less oner ous and inconvenient The Legislature quickly obliged in its 1995 That action bankrupted Tejas Testing and cost the state million to settle a breach6fcontract Between now and the next legislative the state should closely monitor the new program to determine whether fees are sufficient to adequately compensate busi nesses and ensure that enough stations are available to handle Its fair to question whether some are being asked to pay more than their But its important not to get side tracked into questioning whether the sacrifices necessary to get cleaner air are worth focused on this What js the cost if we Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 226th day of There are 139 days left in the Todays Highlight in ry On news paper publisher William Ran dolph Hearst died in Beverly In the Oregon Terri tory was In international including entered Beijing to put down the Boxer which was aimed at purging China of foreign In China declared war on Germany and Austria dur ing World War In the Social Security Act became In President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered ending World War In Pakistan became independent of British In British troops arrived in Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian vio lence between Protestants and Roman In the bombing of Cambodia came to a In President Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale were nominated for a second term at the Democ ratic national convention in New In Pope John Paul II left a Rome three months after being wounded in an attempt on his Ten years ago Freed Amer ican hostage Edward Tracy returned to the United arriving in where he was reunited with his Maria President Bush expressed 100 percent support for United Nations efforts to mediate a settlement to the Middle East hostage New law will have elementary school students up and running When Texas public schools open this a new law will have elemen tary students up and run ning on a daily Concerned that a lack of physical activity is con tributing to the significant increase in childhood obe sity that often results in serious health the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill which I SB 19 requires school districts to implement a physical education pro gram that includes up to 30 minutes of daily physi cal activity for students in grades kindergarten through Current law requires physical educa tion classes for grades but until we passed SB 19 the not address physical activ ity for elementary school As a result of less physi cal activity and bad eating the number of overweight children has almost doubled in the past 20 Overweight chil dren are at a higher risk for cardiovascular dis diabetes and other health Tuitionbased pre kindergarten classes are another change that might occur in some school dis tricts this year as a result of legislation we SB 596 allows school dis on a voluntary to offer tuition based or districtfinanced prekindergarten classes Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct JEFF WENT WORTH to children who speak who are not homeless and whose fami ly incomes exceed federal poverty Constituents in Senate District 25 indicated they supported tuitionbased prekindergarten but opposed SB 526 which would have changed the cutoff birth date for school enrollment from 1 to May Most of you will be glad to know SB 526 failed change coulaoecut in public schools this fall is the voluntary implemen tation of nonsectarian charactereducation pro House Bill 946 offers guidelines for the charactereducation pro Because I believe in local control for school dis I had not supported bills in past legislative sessions that would have mandated a schoolstart I changed my mind after receiving a large volume of constituents calls and see ing Texas students swel tering in 100plus degree heat during football and marchingband practice in early I co authored the bill that pro hibits schools from start ing fall classes before the week that includes August This bill does not become effective until the 200203 school In addition to informing you about educationrelat ed legislation that might affect your I also want to remind high school graduates about two careercollege scholarships that are The two schol arships will be awarded to high school graduates from the Class of 2001 who live in Senate District The scholarships may be used at any of the 73 participating Texas career colleges and such as San Antonios ITT Technical Institute Antonio College of Medical and Dental A complete listing of participating career col leges can be found on the Internet at Application letters should be mailed to Senator Jeff Texas Box TX To determine if you live in my senate please call my office tollfree at 888 8246984 or on the Internet at Jeff Wentworth repre sents District 25 in the Texas punctuation and known factual Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 Contact Em NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 Castell New TX 781 30 6082100 Fax 6082109 Email council 1 Mayor Stoney Williams 60821 38 270 city hall 6297381 home 6252420 work Email email@example.com District 1 Sonia Munoz 60821 38 204 District 2 Larry Alexander 6091242 home District 3 Debbie Flume 6292496 District 4 Robert Kendrick 6431 177 home 281 6867480 cell phone f District 5 Lee Rodriguez 6294901 work 62991 56 home Districts Juliet Watson 6205656 home COMAL COUNTY County Judge Danny Scheel New TX 781 30 6205501 Fax 6082026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 6205504 830 8992948 home Commissioner JayMHIikin 6205509 21 Q 651 9672 home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 6205503 6069208 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab 6205508 830 9643400 home GOVERNOR Rick Perry State Room Box 12428 TX 78711 800 8435789 STATE REPRESENTATIVE Edmund Kuempel Box 911 830 3798732 Fax 830 4635896 Presidents compromise Let us worship at the altar of science On the President Bushs decision to allow for limit ed federal funding of research on 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines that already exist and have already been destroyed seems But to anyone who has taken a course in logic or Bush has opened a however that will not again be He has established politically and ethically the principle that it is permissible to experiment on a living component of the human even for the presumed benefit of other mem bers of the human As The Family Research Councils Ken Connor this is the fruit of the poisoned Courts have long held that to allow govern ment to benefit from a wrongful act provides an unhealthy incen tive to persist in such We have been persisting in such acts since the wrongful act of Roe 28 years If CAL THOMAS the government can fund these limited what is to stop government from unlimited experiments Only more pressure from more parades of the sick and disabled before Congress and more morally and legally vacuous rulings by the Supreme all of which are A number members of Congress already have said they will intro duce legislation fa open the experimental stem cell door even Like the European Jews whose destiny was sealed when they had the misfortune to live under the boot of Adolf the fate of millions of unborn babies was determined when they had the bad luck to be conceived in the antilife era that officially began in 1973 with Roe but had its roots in an antiGod cul ture which began decades A nation that will not protect babies at the moment of their birth is not likely to acquire a latent morality on the way to exterminating them at everearli er which has for decades outpaced the United States in secularism and the hor rors that have flowed from that openly speculates about which nation will host the scientists who will first clone The New York Times editorial izes against but that which regularly endorses abortion for any reason and at any long ago gave up any right to be heard on this President opposes but that opposi tion will be seen as one mans We are now viewed as complex machines to be dissected and used for whatever purpose the majority might During last years candidate George Bush coura geously advanced many argu ments in favor of He did the same in his Thursday night but he reached a conclu sion not based on his prolife posi He adopted the potential for life argument that under mines his own stated Such a view weakens a prolife position because it allows those already born to impart value to the life of another simply by stat without any anchor in objec tive who has a right to live and who does What and who is next Can anyone stop this If on what basis If we can steal the essen tial elements of life from others not yet why not extermi nate those at the other end of life1 Why not kill the elderly and the infirm when they have become a burden on Social Security and on or even on relatives eager to access an estate before much of it goes for longterm care Now that they have abandoned any pretense about the unique ness of human what is to pre vent ethicists and even some of the useful idiot clergy from signing off on though in Orwellian style they will call it something lest our darkened souls see any Its over Science has declared itself And govern ment is its high Let us or The or else might come anyway because oth ers now have acquired the right to decide the conditions under which you will be permitted to continue your life or for the supposed good and benefit of you will have to Col Thomas is a 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