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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A liliRALDZKlTUNU December 2001 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 Nnw HERALDZEITUNG New Braimlcls was founded 1H52 New Brannfels 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 Kudos Upstarts staff and board of directors would like to thank community members who supported our Open House and Halloween Happening on 30 at our location in historic downtown New To help us fund our exciting entrepreneurial program for atrisk the following businesses and individuals contributed to our silent auction Exquisite Stained Treefrog Wal Mart Distribution Buck WalMart Tweekages Vintage Main Plaza Carriage River House Tea Henne Ernestos Jewelry Frances Huisache KueblerWaldrip Haus Bed and Giovanis Ristorante Yield Redding and Janet HEB helped supply the We also want to thank everyone who attended our Happening and enjoyed the fun games and homemade goodies supplied by the our wonderful group of Our thanks also go to John Rightmire for the loan of his photos of historic New Braunfels Rhonda Keller for her computer expertise in developing our screen saver the staff of downtown Pizza Hut for donating pizza for afterschool snacks Giovanis for hosting our formal dining experience and our initial group of Upstarts mentors Jamie Varner Comal County Health Jerry Brajcki Becker Motor Neil Bligh Ball and Justin Blakeley and Frank Sudderth Navy Upstarts uses the excite ment and challenge of entrepreneurship to offer a myriad of valuable life skills and motivating If you would like to know more about Upstarts or have skills or time that you can please call us at 6273580 or visit us upstairs at 251 San Antonio The Upstarts pro gram is designed to change Thanks again to all whom have helped to provide funds and support for our program in order to make those positive Watch for Upstarts products Karen McDonell Executive Director Upstarts Entrepreneurial Program Today in History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 342nd day of There are 23 days left in the Todays Highlight in Histo ry On the Unit ed States entered World War II as Congress declared war against a day after the attack on Pearl On this date In George Washing tons retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to In Pope Pius IX pro claimed the dogma of the Immaculate In President Lincoln announced his plan for the Rm5MCE TOR MOTHERRATE Letters Policy The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung encourages letters on any public The editor reserves the right to correct punctuation and known factual an address and a telephone which are not for must be includ ed for confirmation Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 flag If youve got display it reconstruction of the In the Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa as the Communists pressed their In former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age In rock star John Lennon was shot to death out side his New York City apart ment building by an appar ently deranged In President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed a treaty calling for destruction of intermediaterange nuclear Reference to the column of Charley Reese in HeraldZeitung I have heard some strange ideas in my life but never as strange as Charlie Reese states in his 15 I suggest he look at the pre sent situation and reconsider some of his I do appreciate his concern and interest in Old Glory and how the flag is treated at various During the difficult time that our nation is passing I cannot imagine why Reese is upset about junk roadside flea mar fast food joints and used car lots flying or displaying the flag of our When did the owners of any business cease being citizens of the and lose their right to fly our national symbol It is pitiful that it took the attacks of 11 to make our citizens aware of our freedoms and let the flower of patriotism bloom in all its I for one think that particular bloom is the flag of the United States of How does one figure out why Americans fly the flag It is a big mistake to read their minds because we have to rely on what is in their actions and hearts I believe that the saying United We Divided We Fall comes into the and I believe these citi zens are trying to do their part in keeping us When I buy a patriotic item flag Tshirts or even a flag pole for my personal use I remember what our wonderful veter ans did for our country on many occa sions to protect us and our which they continue to do even In my heart I am wearing white and blue to show I am proud of our and I flaunt that fact And for your no one in this world will keep me from doing just that Your comments about Old Glory being flown only in certain places and buildings do not compute with Again I as far as I we are still and we do have a constitution to guide Our flag is a JOAN HELMKE symbol not meant for just a few but for In a few I will have in my front yard a flagpole and no one is going to tell me when I can fly my flag and when I By the I intend to fly our Texas Flag right below Old and on occa the MIAPOW when is the last time you hoisted up the MIAPOW flag and remembered those poor souls In my New I have collected tattered and shredded flags for proper disposal during the past 15 Have you ever attended a flag disposal ceremo ny We handle those flags like they were little and I cry every time a flag hits the We encourage school children to view and participate in this particular ceremo ny to help them appreciate our flag and how to treat it even when it is Which brings me to the children and schools you mentioned in your Children are taught many things while they are Their minds are like sponges and will soak up facts and figures and How can patriotism be taught in schools when the school is not allowed to have a flag outside nor inside What will happen to the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of The StarSpangled Banner in or for that anywhere else Our schools in Comal County sponsor several ROTC Our Comal County Fair Parade has hun dreds of American flags being carried by patriotic organizations and According to we could not display them What a shame There is an important problem which you can help if you so I can forgive citizens mistreat ing our flag and by me giving them a flag etiquette book let and explaining what they have done they are since they were not aware of the proper when the Supreme Court ruled it was permissible to walk drag down the spit and tear to ribbons our national thats where my patience hits the fan The Court ruled it was unconstitu tional to arrest the hoodlums for des ecrating our Flag because it was an act of freedom of That was a terrible ruling they made as far as I am The American Legion and Auxiliary for several years have pushed Congress to pass the Flag Desecration The Amendment has passed the House several but the Senate seems to have a problem coming up with enough On March we were four votes short in the If you will tell me where to send a copy of our Flag Etiquette Book and Let The People I will be happy to send you a copy of you will join forces and help us eliminate the intentional destroying of our flag right and then we will consider the rest of your ideas later down the Isnt it wonderful that you and I can live in a country where both of us can communicate and make our thoughts known whether we agree with each other or not At I can tell you are a lover of our country and I thank you on behalf of all American God Bless and remember to pray daily for active duty military personnel and for the families left Joan Helmke is the ALA Department of Texas Americanism Chairman 20012002 and Unit 35 Enron spent too much of its time influencing government AUSTIN Hail and o Enron What a The Establishment sucking its collective thumb with unwonted is treating us to medi tations on two themes How the mighty have Who would have thunk it Pardon me while I in lieu of ruder nois and offer two themes of my own What took so long Anyone with an ounce of common If you want to know what this story is pretend Bill Clinton is still Pretend Clintons alltime biggest campaign a guy for whom Clinton has carried water for over the a guy with unparalleled a shaper of a man with a veto on regulatory appointments affecting his with con nections at every level of the a political fixer beyond the wildest dreams of James Riyadh imagine that this guys worldwide empire has tumbled into bankruptcy in just three months amid cascading reports of monumental accounting iffy financial insider a board of directors rife with conflicts of top exec utives bailing out with millions MOLLY IVINS while regular employees see their life savings shrink to nothing imagine all this back in the day of Bill Holy wed have four con gressional three special two impeach ment inquiries and a partridge in a pear tree by The Republicans would all be drum ming their heels on the floor in full But this is not President it is President Push so of course different standards must The fact that Ken Enrons has been Bushs chief money man and key backer since he first went into politics is mentioned only in The media dont want to be They have been cred ulously swallowing Enrons and overlooking the obvious for The main problem with Enron is that it has never produced much of anything in the way of either goods or services it has riot added a single widget to the world widget Enron is in the business of mak ing trading in wholesale data just about One Enron executive told The New York Times the companys achievement was to create a reg ulatory black hole to suit its core management which was to be the first mover into a market and to make money in the initial chaos and lack of trans Enron started as a gas pipeline company that went into trading natural and even then the companys critics claimed Enron was making profits by stoking volatility in gas The same charge showed up again in spades with the newly deregulated elec tricity Enron had lob bied for utility deregulation formidably and very expensively at both the state and national The company seemed to spend more time influ encing government than doing Like Long Term Capital the hedge fund that went it seemed to have only a parasitic relationship to actual economic The problem with deregulating utilities is the reason they were regulated in the first place monopoly power and the threat of market manipulation are a setup for unholy pricegoug How many times do we have to relearn that lesson Just a few spiffy eyeopeners on Enrons connections Lay and Enron together donated million to George In a company memo that was an open strongarm rec ommended employees give cam paign checks for Bush to the polit ical action committee lowlevel managers were urged to con tribute and senior executives at least Another mil lion was given to mostly Republican congressional candi It gave more money last cycle than any other energy com Lawrence Bushs top economic got from Enron in 2000 for presumably giving the company the same excellent economic advice now proving so healthy for the nations Karl Bushs top politi cal sold between and worth of Enron stock earlier this after being criticized for conflict of The California Legislature passed a contempt motion against Enron for failure to respond to a June 11 The legislature is investigating whether power generating companies willfully manipulated electricity supply in order to drive up prices last Lay was the only energy executive to meet alone with Vice President Dick Cheney while Cheney was drawing up a new national energy policy in Enron influenced public poli cy time and again while Bush was governor including the infa mous grandfathered plants In Lay asked Bush to con tact every member of the Texas delegation to explain how export credit agencies of the United States are critical to develop ers like pursuing interna tional projects in developing coun These agencies provide political risk coverage and finan cial support to companies Its called corporate wel In Enron was a major player during the utilities deregu lation for which Bush lob bied of in tort making it harder to sue corporations for the damage they Molly Ivins is a syndicated   

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