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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Surttfay Januftry 2803 FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 NEW BRAUNHELS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung 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 830 6259144 Other views Houston Chronicle on Texas clean air legislation Clean air is not the sexiest subject the Legislature will be taking up this session but it is every bit as important as the higherprofile issues of school finance insurance coverage and medical malprac tice Cutting various types of emissions in Texas so that the air we breathe meets federal mandates by 2007 will require legislators to find at least an extra million or so to fund the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan When we talk about clear air were not just talk ing about clearer views and fresher smells about mornings that hint of lemonfresh bars of soap Were talking about better health for everybody who breathes and thats every Texan in the state Almost twothirds of Texans live in nonattain ment zones meaning two out of three Texans men and women children and the elderly are breathing ahthat is unhealthy for them air that will literally shorten lives There are arguments over various aspects of the states cleanair plan There is even a provision that will permit a midcourse correction next year when more scientific research on the causes and treat ment of air pollution has been completed Lets not continue to argue over the plan or try to take it apart piece of We cannot wait to get started on doing what we can to clean up our air The Legislature facing a multibilliondollar short fall will have some tough economic choices to make Failing to fund cleanair programs however is not an option The clock is ticking on when the state must come into compliance The easy part planning and talking is over Clean air doesnt come without a cost Neither does dirty air Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS On Jan 19 1853 Giu seppe Verdis opera II Tro vatore perhaps best known for its Anvil pre miered in Rome On this date In 1736 James Watt in ventor of the steam engine was born in Scotland In 1807 Robert E Lee the commanderinchief of the Confederate armies was born in Stratford Va In 1809 author Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston In 1861 Georgia seceded from the Union In 1944 the federal gov ernment relinquished con trol of the nations railroads Policy 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 email newasnerala Accept tax scraps but do so under protest Any tax cut without an equivalent ment should just set the fee schedule spenoine cut is a con ion Wnntpvpr following settlement of a wage dispute In 1966 Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India In 1981 the United States and Iran signed an agree ment paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months Five years ago During a ceremony in Atlanta com memorating the Martin Luther King Jr holiday Vice President Gore an nounced that the Clinton administration would pro pose increasing spending on civil rights by mil lion Any tax cut without an equivalent spending cut is a con job Whatever money the tax cut provides will have to be paid back with interest The gov ernment doesnt grow money on trees What it spends it has to get by taxing us or by borrowing from that great fraud the Federal Reserve System President George W Bush the al leged conservative has gone from a government surplus to a government deficit and intends to go right on cre ating an everlarger annual deficit while at the same time making no ef fort whatsoever to reduce the national debt In the long run this is economi cally injurious Apparently he intends to go down the same path as Lyndon Johnson and have his guns as well as his butter and put it all on the cuff for future generations to pay Bad eco nomics Worse morality All of the above also applies to the Democratic alternative The intellec tual sterility of both of our major par ties is appalling They cant get past simple bribery by their respective spe cialinterest groups Somebody ought to tell all of them that an economy whose main problem is excess capaci ty will not perk up by handing out piddling amounts of cash to consum ers who are up to their ears in debt from having already bought far more than they need of just about every adult toy you can think of There are better ways to stimulate economic activity One is to reverse this freetrade business another example of fraud Free trade simply 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 CHARLEY REESE means corporations offshoring their manufacturing to cheaplabor coun tries eliminating American jobs in the process A good stiff punitive tar iff on any product formerly made in the United States and now produced elsewhere would cure that problem Another way would be to go ahead and socialize health care completely This might sound strange for a con servative but the fact is we have so cialized medicine for the elderly and the indigent and the struggling mid dle class has to pay for the care of those two groups as well as its own It is politically impossible to salvage freeenterprise medicine Therefore the government ought to go ahead and include the middle class in the socialized system Of course the only way to make that work is to socialize the doctors too You cant have a sys tem of socialized health care and mil lionaire doctors at the same time In human affairs there are some things that cannot be undone Medicare and Medicaid killed the freeenter prise health care system and right now we all have to carry around its very expensive corpse The govern ment should just set the fee schedules and hand everybody a healthinsur ance card then adjust the tax rate to pay for it The working middle class is already paying a health care tax but is receiv ing no benefit from it The difference would still leave working families more of their own money for discre tionary spending Private health insurance companies could just sell life insurance or go out of business Theyve all become too expensive any way Finally a constitutional amendment that forbids the armed forces from engaging in hostilities for any reason other than defense of the United States would save enormous amounts of money The same amend ment should forbid with the excep tion of the Navy the deployment of any members of the armed forces out side borders unless there is a declaration of war by Congress We could then bring our soldiers home from the farflung corners of the earth and tell the rest of the world that they are on their own weve gone out of the world business Of course none of this will happen until we elect a better class of politi cians In the meantime you might as well accept whatever scrap the politi cians throw you in the way of tax cuts though at least do it under protest Charley Reese is a syndicated Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 11 DONE Loop410 Suite640 San Antonio TX 78209 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 800 8435789 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel RNew Braunfels How to contact in Austin Fax 512 4635896 email address carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 How to contact in Austin Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us Take to the streets to show opposition to war Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that Dr Martin Luther King Jr AUSTIN Normally making the case for peace over war requires the brain of a gnat Jaw said Winston Churchill is better than war Theres not much historical evidence that war does anyone any good some rare cases of just war under St Augustines definition Mostly war A kills a lot of peo ple causing hard feelings B doesnt solve anything C has hideous unintended consequences that often lead to more war Avoid war if at all possible is the first rule of statesmanship Conservatives are fond of point ing out there are problems in this world cant be solved by throwing money at them There are even more that cant be solved by drop ping bombs on them We are in such a strange posi tion here preparing to attack a country that has neither attacked us nor threatened to attack us President Bush calls his new doc trine preemptive but pre MOLLY VINS emptive war is what Israel did in 1967 with the Egyptian army massing on its borders They attacked first under clear threat John Ikenberry professor of international relations at George town University told The Wash ington Post that this administra tion has embarked on something quite extraordinary in American history a preventive war and the threshold for justification should be extraordinarily Try to wrap your mind around the concept of preventive war We tried having a war to end wars didnt now were having a war to prevent war I am perfectly well aware there is a case to be made for taking out Saddam Hussein you can make it on humanitarian grounds alone The question is whether its riski er to leave him alone or take him out The oldest of all Texas dicta is Leave the rattlesnake Those of us who spend time out doors here not infrequently en counter snakes and sometimes have to kill them But the rule is You dont bother the snake snake wont bother you Saddam Hussein is 68 years old and slipping I assume we can defeat Hussein without great cost to our side God forgive me if that is The problem is what happens after we win The coun try is 20 percent Kurd 20 percent Sunni and 60 percent Shiite Can you say Horrible threeway civil war And as George W Bush himself once said Unrest in the Middle East causes unrest through out the Let me point out what we have already lost enormous amounts of goodwill and esteem all over the world We are the saberrat tlers here we are the aggressors and the world knows it The indif ference of this administration to the opinions of the rest of the world is astonishing After 911 we threw away more goodwill and sympathy than you can imagine by switching from the hunt for Al Qaeda to this ancillary if that mis sion to get rid of Saddam Hussein There is no evidence connecting Iraq to Al Qaeda As Rep Dennis Kucinich of Ohio said in a recent speech Iraq has not committed any act of aggression against the United States Iraq was not re sponsible for 911 Iraq was not responsible for the anthrax attack on our nation The United Nations has yet to establish that Iraq has useable weapons of mass destruction There is no intelli gence that Iraq has the ability to strike at the United States According to the CIA Iraq has no intention to attack America but will defend itself if attacked Why then is our nation prepared to send of our young men and women into housetohouse combat in the streets of Baghdad and Basra Why is our nation prepared to spend billion or more of our hardearned tax dol lars for the destruction of Iraq Richard Perle chair of the Pen tagons Defense Advisory Board is a leading member of the small attackIraqnomatterwhat claque that is relentlessly pushing this war He said bluntly last week in Britain that it makes no differ ence whether the weapons inspectors find anything or not Great were ready to go to war on no evidence This war is not inevitable and the person who can stop it is you Monday is Dr Kings holiday Peo ple all over the country will be rallying and marching in his hon or celebrating not only his elo quent opposition to racism and poverty but his equally passion ate protests against militarism You get more than a vote in this country You get to speak up Write phone fax and email your repre sentative senators and the White House Vote in the streets Do it History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people but the appalling silence of the good Dr King Molly Ivins is a syndicated   

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