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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page HERALDZEITUNG Friday January 10 2003 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 NRW BRAUNFKLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zcitung 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 Other views Chicago Tribune on security in transportation networks Ever since Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over Lock erbie Scotland nearly 15 years ago killing 270 people terrorism experts have recognized the dan ger presented by a bomb in the belly of an aircraft Still airport security tended to focus on what pas sengers were carrying onto the plane rather than on what they were checking as baggage That left a gaping hole in the air safety net But until the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington 16 months ago forced a toptobottom review of airline security not much was done to reduce this danger Prior to those attacks only 5 percent of checked baggage was being screened for explosives in the The debut of screening all checked baggage for explosives has so far at least gone smoothly and has not resulted in excessive delays at the nations airports The screening is just the latest piece of the layered security system that is being built to make flying safer The TSAhas hired security screeners as well as thousands of federal air mar shals who anonymously patrol passenger flights For an agency that didnt even exist until November 2001 the TSA deserves a good deal of credit for meeting this deadline mandated by Congress Thats the good news The notsogood news is there still are plenty of gaping holes in transporta tion security particularly away from the airports in the nations shipping trucking and rail industries Although Congress ordered better security as part of the 2001 USA Patriot Act more than a year later many specific rules and regulations still arent finalized Perhaps the best that can be said of security in the nations extensive and porous transportation networks is this Its better than it has been but its not nearly as good as it must become to protect the nation Today In BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Friday January 10 the tenth day of 2003 There are 355 days left in the year Todays history highlight On Jan 10 1776 Thomas Paine published his influ ential pamphlet Common On this date In 1861 Florida seceded from the Union In 1863 Londons Metro politan the worlds first underground passenger railway opened Policy In 1870 John D Rocke feller incorporated Standard Oil In 1920 the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect In 1928 the Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky In 1946 the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London In 1957 Harold Macmil lan became prime minister of Britain following the resignation of Anthony Eden Letters To The Editor I thought the witch hunt was Just when I thought the witch hunt against City Councilwoman Debbie Flume was over I opened my Her aldZeitung to see another baseless accusation headlin ing the news The complete vacuity of the supposed ethics charge against her by someone mentioned as a possible city council candidate would be laughable if it didnt appear to be part of a continuing nearly sinister effort to destroy her reputation by those whose viewpoints dif fer from Mrs Flumes The truth about Debbie Flumes character is as fol lows She is a deeply spiritu al extremely dedicated and honorable government ser vant whose public accom plishments tell only part of the story I have witnessed on several specific occasions her spontaneous and per sonal generosity and assis Write Em President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchisor RDallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 tance to needy families in this community acts of great magnanimity and com passion that never make the pages of any local newspa per It is unlikely that some one so inclined toward re peated private acts of kind ness would use her public position for personal gain More likely these unherald ed selfless acts combined with her tireless public ser vice reveal her true charac ter more accurately than the petty attacks by individ uals who appear to have their own questionable agenda Kathleen Krueger New Braunfels Rudeness impacts choice of businesses Over the last 13 years we have seen many businesses come and go in New Braun fels We have read adver tisements and received fly ers about Shop New Braun Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 11 GONE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio TX 78209 210 8215024 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 We tried again in December We encountered two of the rudest clerks and checkout clerk This is typical in the New Braunfels businesses with the exception of the grocery stores and a few restau rants This happens all the time Do they run a rude class for clerks somewhere in the city You may wish to quote this article from the Austin San Antonio Corridor Coun cil which originally appeared in The San Mar cos Downtowner In discussing why busi nesses lose customers The Pryor Report indicated that 1 percent die 3 percent move away 5 percent are influenc ed by friends 9 percent are lured away by competitors 14 percent are dissatisfied with the product and 68 percent are turned away by an attitude of indifference on the part of a company Lamar M Petersen New Braunfels 800 8435789 Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel RSeguin Box 911 830 3798732 Fax 830 4635896 Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 words or fewer and the HeraldZeitung 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 Contact Em City Council Mayor Adam Cork 6082100 city hall 6091958 home District 1 Sonia MufiozGill 6082100 District 2 Larry Alexander 6091242 home Districts Debbie Flume 6292496 District 4 Robert Kendrick 6431177 home 281 6867480 work District 5 Lee Rodriguez 6294901 work District 6 Ken Valentine 6257384 home tuberkdv aol com Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 150 N Seguin Ave New Braunfels TX 78130 6205501 Fax 6082026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 6205504 830 8992948 home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin 6205509 home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 6205503 6069208 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab 6205508 830 9643400 home Dems rerunning class warfare horror show There they go again Like the TV Land cable channel that recy cles decadesold television shows Democrats are reprising their familiar class warfare drama in opposition to the Bush adminis trations taxcutting proposals The central question in this de bate is not whether government should decide how much money it will allow us to keep Rather it is how much of our money we will allow the government to spend President Bush has deftly fired the latest shot in the taxcut bat tle at several targets including the double taxation on dividends that stock market investors must now pay He specifically has men tioned the unfairness of taxing twice the dividends paid to older Americans This is a group Demo crats petrify regularly by suggest ing Republicans want to cut Social Security even though it was Bill Choton who added a tax to some Social Security checks thereby lowering benefits In his speech Jan 7 to the Eco nomic Club of Chicago the presi dent noted how many older peo CALVIN THOMAS pie rely on dividends from invest ments to subsidize their retire ment He suggested freeing them from having to pay taxes on mon ey that has already been taxed once would augment their finan cial security With 55 percent of Americans owning at least some stock compared to only 23 per cent a decade the president has highlighted an issue that should be wildly popular Last fall Rep Chris Cox R introduced a bill that would eliminate dividend taxes He not ed the double tax can exceed 60 percent and even individuals whose total income is less than lose more than half of their dividends to federal Democrats led by their new House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco whine about the deficit which is caused by too much spending not too few taxes Funny how the deficit nev er bothered Democrats while they were in the majority If they care about it now let them lead the way in reducing waste fraud and abuse in government Some Repub licans who are just as guilty as Democrats for binge spending need to go on the wagon as well What Democrats continue to sell is a false notion that the op portunities presented by liberty are insufficient incentives for suc cess That is contrary to every thing most of us of a certain age were taught as children When I was poor making per month as an Army private working a civilian second job to pay the rent and buy food and riding to work on public transpor tation because I could not afford a car 1 never envied the rich I wanted to be like them I studied how they became rich in order that I might be if not rich than at least more successful I took col lege classes at night and on week ends as my father did to improve his life I worked hard believing that such an ethic might allow me to have a piece of the econom ic pie and possibly even create new pies I grew up learning at home and in public school that America of fered opportunities and if I took advantage of them I could make a good living and have a wonder ful life When faced with setbacks such as getting fired from a job or not being hired or promoted in one I was taught persistence was a better road to success than grip ing despair or resignation to my We dont teach such things any more Instead we or at least those institutions reflecting the Democrats philosophy teach that anyone who is rich is robbing the poor implying they came by their money dishonestly This is the subtle message of the Democrats favorite phrase Working Ameri It implies the welloff did nt work for their money so they owe everyone else We teach that the poor are vic tims who cannot be expected to become unpoor much less rich Never should they have faith they can free themselves from their present condition lest they not need Democratic programs and thus start voting for Republi cans whose policies are more liker ly to emancipate the poor from their poverty along with then own initiative America has until recently a land that offered opportunity and promoted hard work Now it penalizes success encourages dei pendency among the slothful anc subsidizes failure Republicans mostly believe in the former Demq crats mostly believe in the latter The public has another oppor tunity to decide which one it believes the old rerun or the new and better idea class war fare or personal responsibility empowerment and the tax cuts and reduction in government spending that will make both possible Cat Thomas is a syndicated
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