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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG Sunday January FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maltland 6259144 ext 220 NEW BRAUNFELS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeining was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Gary E Maitland Managing Editor Editorial Challenges demand cooperative spirit Comal Countys elected officials welcomed the new year Wednesday with a solemn promise to confront a plethora of problems spawned by the tremendous growth of the last decade The challenges are not insurmountable but now more than perhaps ever before meeting them demands a realization that cooperation between city and county governments is a necessity To be truthful both sides have always paid lip service to the need to work handinhand in the interests of the bigger picture But the follow through has been lacking Now the table has been set for better cooperation County Judge Danny Scheel recognized the need for improved relationships when he was a county commissioner As county judge he has continued to try to foster those relationships with some success New City Manager Charles Pinto has brought a different tone to City Hall and that will almost cer tainly prove beneficial to future dealings between the two governments And the addition of Jan Kennady as Precinct 4s representative on the County Commission can be interpreted as a positive addition Kennady is a former New Braunfels mayor and city council member Those experiences and the ties she has made bode well for improved relations Much work must be done in the year ahead The problems of water use and availability flood control and rapid growth are not going away And the best way to tackle these issues is with a combined front Today In BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday Jan 5 the fifth day of 2003 There are 360 days left in the year Todays history highlight On Jan 5 1896 an Aus trian newspaper reported the dis covery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as On this date In 1781 a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond Va In 1925 Nellie T Ross succeeded her late husband as governor of Wyoming a b c Policy The HeraldZeitung courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 words or fewer and the Herald Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions An address and telephone number which are not for publication must be includ ed so authorship can be con firmed Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Cradle of Naval Aviation is a special place PENSACOLA Fla Ive come to the only place in Florida that seems Christmassy in the traditional sense The very tip of the Florida Panhandle gets reasonably cold has enough trees that shed their leaves and doesnt look very tropical though of course its greener than Ohio at this time of year and bare of snow Actually Pensacola is the site of the very first European settlement on the North American continent A poor Spaniard and his wouldbe colonists landed here by mistake around 1559 lost their supplies in a storm and after nearly starving were finally res cued Neither they nor their rescuer knew where they were or that the oth er even existed AAA had not yet been invented It was all by accident At any rate thats why St Augus tine founded in 1565 can justly claim to be Americas oldest city Those of us from Pensacola always say oldest continuous Both happen to be my favorite Florida cities Florida is such a vast and diverse state that it can mean many things to different people sort of like the blind men trying to describe an elephant For fast pace and Latin flavor theres Miami families flock to Disney World and the other massive theme parks in CHARLEY REESE Orlando race fans and motorcyclists go to Daytona Beach those with a yen for sunsets fishing and drinking grav itate to the Keys and the really rich tend to settle on the southwest coast I like Pensacola the best The city lies on a massive bay that for a short period of time was a busier port than New York City It is the home of Naval aviation and a visit to the Naval Avia tion Museum is worth the trip from wherever you are The Navys acrobat ic team the Blue Angels is also sta tioned here Pensacola is called both the Cradle of Naval Aviation and the Motherin Law of Naval Many a young man has earned his wings and a bride during his stay here There are Spanish forts San Car los and Barranca explore and an American fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island Fort Pickens once housed Gero nimo the Apache medicine man and years ago I talked to a lady who could recall seeing him Apparently they put the warrior on display and people would be ferried out by boat to the island That island Santa Rosa is the loca tion of Pensacolas beach and it is no exaggeration the most beautiful in the world The sand is sugarwhite and so fine you cant drive on it It even barks when you walk on it Thanks to the efforts of many local people who showed more foresight than greed the island is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore so it is protected from development except for a small part Best of all not that many people know about it so you can still go even in the summer months and find a place where theres only you the sand and the sea The blend of Spanish Navy and Old South has created a unique culture in Pensacola you wont find anywhere else in Florida Of course if youre of the loud and rude type please visit Miami Beach or Fort Lauderdale Theyre your kind of city You wont be welcomed in Pensacola Charley Reese is a syndicated becoming the first female governor in history In 1933 the 30th presi dent of the United States Calvin Coolidge 60 died in Northampton Mass In 1943 educator and sci entist George Washington Carver died hi Tuskegee at age 81 In 1949 in his State of the Union address Presi dent Truman labeled his administration the Fair In 1994 Thomas P Tip ONeill 81 former speaker of the House of Repre sentatives died in Boston WriteEm President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison RDallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 11 DONE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio TX 78209 Giro D Rodriguez DSan Antonio Room 323 Cannon House Washington 20515 202 2251640 Military Suite 115 San Antonio TX 78214 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 800 8435789 Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel RSeguin Box 911 Seguin TX 78155 830 3798732 Fax 830 4635896 Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 210 8267800 Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box 627 Laredo TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Rd San Antonio TX 78233 210 6570095 Score another win for political speech freedom By American standards Euro pean nations heavily restrain political speech and participation in campaigns This is also true of our northern neighbor Canada However the latest legal develop ments in Europe and Canada sug gest that those who prefer to stifle political speech and limit political participation through regulation may be losing ground American campaign finance regulators should take note Recently the European Court of Human Rights threw a wrench into the widespread European practice of banning paid political advertising on both television and radio The European Court ruled on a Swiss case involving an animal rights group that wanted to air an ad encouraging viewers to eat less meat and to better protect animals The Swiss government forbade broadcasters from airing the ad as it contravened the coun trys ban on political advertising However the European Court ruled that the Swiss ban violated the freedom of expression article of the European Human Rights Convention PATRICK BASHAM Guest Column Score one for political speech What will the outcome of this case mean for comparable politi cal ad bans in other European countries British Prime Minister Tony Blairs government for example is now in the unenviable position of trying to figure out how to maintain the longstanding British ban on political advertising while making British law compatible with European law Blair is hoping the European Court overlooks the new British communications legislation that maintains the political ad ban He trusts that the European Court will accept his Electoral Commissions position that pro viding free air time to British par ties is a sufficient sop to free speech Of course the allocation of free air time a reform longfavor ed by American campaign finance regulators is a politically dri ven arbitrary process that serves the interests of the incumbent political class regardless of parti sanship Limiting the amount of political advertising by banning paid ads ensures that the electorate re ceives only cursory snippets of information from the parties and little if any from other nonparti san sources Critically these ad vertising restrictions further the cause of incumbency protection they significantly reduce the likelihood that incumbents will be defeated In practice money spent on political advertising enables polit ical information to be widely dis seminated thereby increasing the probability of a competitive elec tion According to a recent study by the University of Wisconsins Ken neth Goldstein political ad spending during the 2002 mid term election totaled million and purchased million televi sion ads That may sound like a lot but if s money thats largely well spent Matthew Felling of the Center for Media and Public Affairs points out that As the amount of face time on local and national broadcasts diminishes political advertising potentially increases the opportunity for can didates to communicate with vot What about campaign spending by interest groups Our new cam paign finance law severely re stricts third party ad spending during the 60 days prior to an election To our north the Canadi an government just came unstuck in its attempt to gag interest groups On Dec 16 2002 an appeals court struck down Canadian legis lation that effectively banned par ticipation in campaigjns by inter est groups and individuals The law restricted nonpartisan cam paign spending to a ridiculously low per district and nationally Score another one for political speech Needless to say the Canadian political elite is outraged at the courts ruling Don Boudria a senior parlia mentarian for the governing Lob era party predicts an open sea son for third In a clear admission that the goal of such regulation is to censor nqnstatist speech Boudria fears interest groups will now run ad cam paigns like in the United attacking socialized health care and gun control Commenting on the Canadian governments position the Nation al Post newspaper proffered this retort How are sizeable minpri ties to get their voices heard at the crucial moment in the Ufa of a democracy during an election unless they can band together and challenge the policymaking monopoly of entrenched parties Indeed In the New Year the Su preme Court will address similar questions concerning draconian advertising restrictions placed upon nonpoliticians by the Ameri can political class We should hope the United States joins the trend toward lib eralizing controls on political speech and participation Patrick Basham is senior fallow in the Center for Representative Government at the