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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG October FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 NUW 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 Other Views By the Associated Press Poughkeepsie on lifting the camera ban in courtrooms Here in New York the socalled media capital of the world cameras are banned in trial Thats downright It puts New York on the short list with nine other states that keep the press by the public from having better access to this fundamental part of a democratic Executives from the Court TV network have filed a law suit against top state officials to overturn New York states ban on cameras in trial New York laws have granted more freedom and access the press than other states in because so many media outlets are headquartered But state lawmakers decided in 1952 to ban cameras in In light of the cumbersome state of video technology at the that might have made But it doesnt Modern TV cameras are portable and less obtru A 10year experiment in courtroom broadcasting expired in New York in but some judges have subsequently allowed such broadcasts and with good During the decadelong no conviction was ever over turned or a verdict successfully appealed because of a cam era being in the If the ban is trials of significant interest to New Yorkers could also be presented on the proposed state Legislature State lawmakers are long overdue in instituting a cable network for carrying their own modeled after but they are expected to do so in the near The camera ban should be Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today Is Tdbsday the 289th day of There are 76 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry One hundred years on Booker Washington dined at the White House as the guest of President Theodore whose invitation to the black educator sparked controver sy In during the French Queen Marie Antoinette was In abolitionist John Brown led a group of about 20 men in a raid on Harpers In Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control in New York In 10 Nazi war crim inals condemned during the Nuremberg trials were In the Cuban missile crisis began as President Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in In China detonated its first atomic Anwar Sadat was elected president of succeeding the late Gamal Abdel In the College of Car dinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland to be the new pope he took the name John Paul In Israeli war hero Moshe Dayan died in Tel Aviv at age In a vast throng of black men gathered in Wash for the Million Man March led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Far Ten years ago A deadly shooting rampage took place in as George Hennard crashed his pickup truck into a Cafeteria and opened killing 23 people before talcing his own Five years ago Republican Bob Dole challenged Presi dent Clintons ethics and hon esty in their final Soc cer fans trying to squeeze into Mateo Flores National Stadi um in Guatemala City stam killing 84 Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encour ages 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 must be included for confirmation Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email At home Where do we go from here In defense of our liberty and in response to the attacks of American forces launched Operation Enduring a struggle unlike any other in American The violent acts committed not only against our nation but also against humanity were a call to And from Ground Zero in New York to the skies over America is answering that At home and America remains under And while we concen trate on rooting out wher ever they we also must take the necessary steps to defend our home While billion dollar bombers fly missions over the sparse Afghan our enemies reach extends well beyond their hiding places in caves Cells of terror ist organizations are entrenched throughout the world including right here in the United the focus of their And to win this we will have to fight on several balancing strategic offen sive strikes with the immediate need to protect Americans right right Investment in threat prevention and detection early warn ing intelligence systems and other homeland security measures might prove to be our strongest From highways to skyways to rail we must take the necessary steps to make our transportation infrastructure as safe as it can We must move to ensure that terror ists cannot pollute our water systems and public gathering places with deadly biological and chemical conta And we must protect the nations cyber infrastructure from those bent on bringing our nation to a Perhaps most we must have a support infrastructure in place prepared to respond immedi effectively and efficiently in the event attacks of the catastrophic nature carried out in New York and GIRO RODRIGUEZ once again occur on American The First War of the 21st Century will have to be in right here at A report recently released by the Government Accounting Office is right on the Destructive power can be welded in many forms and threats to our national security are certainly not limited to Bin Ladens al Cyber attacks on critical infrastruc weapons of mass biological and chemical agents all pose catastrophic threats to our national We must be pre pared to respond and respond quick In its the GAO found that coordination and organization are among the key concerns in an overall effort to defend the American home During the past several Congress and the executive branch have involved no fewer than 40 gov ernment agencies in antiterrorism response investing about billion Congress and the President need to make sure that these agencies are reading from the same page particularly those agencies charged with risk preven tion and emergency In the wake of the llth it is apparent that much greater invest ment will be Unconventional attacks on our free dom will have to be addressed uncon We must and we must adjust The GAO also found that in any response to catastrophic events which involve numerous state and local the federal government must address three fun damental the govern ment needs a defined and effective leadership with a clear vision to carry out and implement a homeland security It also must have the ability to marshal the necessary resources to get the job The cre ation of an office of Homeland Security is an important step in the right direction if it leads to improved communication and allowing us to use our government and private sector resources more Congress and the President must work closely to devel op this integrated response mecha a homeland security strategy should be based on a com prehensive assessment of national threats and And the many organizations that will be involved in homeland security must have clear responsibilities and accountability Any strategy for homeland security must reduce risk by assessing the nations vulnerabilities and identify ing the critical infrastructure most in need of To be comprehen the strategy should include steps to use our intelligence capabili ties to identify attackers and prevent attacks before they harden potential targets to minimize the damage from an attack and effective ly manage the consequences of an We should not lose sight of the challenges that lay ahead rooting out terrorists globally is only part of the daunting task we We must also take the necessary steps to defend ourselves from further attacks right here at As the nation paused this week on llth for a memorial service at the Pentagon one month after the the critical need to defend our homeland has never been as Without methodical and decisive the threat of further attacks will not Ciro Rodriguez represents District 28 in the House of Achieving homeland security is everyones responsibility The task for us is but not said Tom Americas new director of home land Ridge likened his among other great to John Kennedys pledge following the Soviet Unions early success in space to put a man on the moon before That is an analogy worth It took the United States just eight years between Kennedys 1961 pledge and its fulfillment in The interim saw many fail including rockets that blew up on the launching pad or had to be destroyed when they veered off Some astronauts We had better be prepared for failures in this period between President Bushs pledge to terrorism and the goal of more effectively protecting ourselves from terrorists evil There are many ways to fight terrorism in addition to the ongo ing military and intelligence CAL THOMAS One is for individuals to become more In signs urge people to report suspicious packages and activities to We are beginning to do that While it is good for government to do its essential that citizens become better equipped and ready to protect The Second Amendment speaks of the necessity of a wollregulat ed militia to protect the home The Founders intended for the people to be a critical line of defense against our An example of what will be required is the reaction of passengers on an American Airlines earli er this They wrestled an apparently deranged man into submission when he stormed the We must be our brothers and sisters The media can play an impor tant role by publishing and broadcasting information about self Like those emails from friends that warn not to open certain attachments because of a virus going the pub lic should be cautioned about opening letters and packages from unknown senders that might contain biological We can also learn basic physical moves to thwart someone who might try to cause bodily The media needs to pay more attention to foreign Since the fall of the Berlin most broadcast media which unfor tunately has been the only source of news for too many Americans have virtually ignored news from If we are to defend we need to know what foreigners are saying and The 11 attacks on New York and Washington immediately exposed the triviality of our fascination with the likes of a stained interns a philandering congress man and his missing whos sleeping with whom and the clothing styles of presidential Classrooms need to get back to teaching about America and its bedrock More than the next generation needs to be taught what is good and right about our way of We need to make Americans out of American not multiculturalists who accept the fiction that all systems and all beliefs are equal ly Nations and movements who seek our destruction arent teaching their children such Many are brainwashing their kids about the supposed superiority of their includ ing the ultimate triumph of their Some of their 6yearolds are already crack President Bush says this will be a long war on Like the space we have come late to homeland That is not only the fault of our leaders at all levels of government and the failed to warn us and who had other agendas domestic politics and making money among It is also our own fault for falsely believing that evil had been largely vanquished when the Soviet Union collapsed and that making money and buy ing stuff mattered The best homeland defense will be a good homeland The weapons must not only come from without through what govern ment The more powerful weapons will come from within when millions of us decide to act and live Cal Thomas is a syndicated   

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