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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas 4A HERALDZEITUNG Tbesday January FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 NEW BRAUNFELS 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 Kudos Greetings from Blue Santa headquarters Thanks to you New Braunfels you made Christmas 2002 one of the best yet Thanks to the most generous citizens in our com munity you purchased and donated more than 80 percent of our needed gifts Children across our community had that joyous holiday that they can only dream of come true We served 105 families with over 345 children Blue Santa is a New Braunfels Police Department supported program and is run by the Citizens Police Alumni Association Our program originated in 1997 by former Police Chief Ray Douglas and was run by his wife Chris Douglas who works with Communities in Schools After his retirement in 2002 myself and a great group of dedicated peo ple jumped in to run the program This wonderful program will continue to help families in our community with the help of local businesses and citizens like you Donate to Blue Santa in 2003 and make a childs Christmas come true Many thanks to all who helped and donated we could not have done it without you Blue Santa Would like to recognize a few very special supporters Market Place WalMart Distribution Center WalMart Officers Association Schlitterbahn Water Park Noon Lions Club River side Security and the employees of The Scooter Store Your donations helped us to help the chil dren We hope that 2003 is as good as 2002 was Cissy Jankowski Blue Santa Chair Today In BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday Jan 21 the 21st day of 2003 There are 344 days left in the year Todays history highlight On Jan 21 1793 during the French Eevolution King Louis XVI condemned for treason was executed on the guillotine On this date In 1861 Jefferson EJavis of Mississippi and four other Southerners resigned from the Senate In 1915 the first Kiwanis Club was founded in Detroit In 1924 Russian revolu tionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died at age 54 In 1950 former State Department official Alger Hiss accused of being part of a Communist spy ring was found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury Hiss who always maintained his innocence served less than four years in In 1950 George Orwell author of died in London In 1954 the first atomic submarine the USS was launched at Groton Conn In 1976 the supersonic Concorde jefe was put into service by Britain and France In 1977 President Carter pardoned almost all Viet nam War draft evaders In 1997 Speaker Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the House voted for first time in histo ry to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct Ten years ago Two warplanes fired on and bombed an Iraqi air defense radar site in northern Iraq after radar was turned on them Iraq denied pro voking the attack Policy The HeraldZeitung en 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 Letters are not pub lished until they are veri fied Mail letters to Letters to the Editor do the HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Halt affirmative action quit yapping about diversity Affirmative action ought to be killed outright Its a racist policy and its an insult to black Americans Stripped of all the hogwash rhetoric affirmative action says to blacks We know you cant compete on an equal footing so we will award you 20 points just for having black skin Dont forget to be grateful to your white liberal Paternalism is insulting Liberals try to rationalize affirma tive action by extolling the virtues of diversity Point one We are a diverse nation with or without affirmative action If there is a white person whos reached majority without ever coming in contact with a black person then the white must have been raised in Pot Hole without benefit of television or movies Point two White liberals admit they covertly believe in black inferiority since their own statement is that with out affirmative action there will be no diversity They are saying as plainly as they can say it that without spe cial favoritism based on race blacks will not be able to compete with whites Point three There is no virtue in diversity A casual look at the world will tell anybody but an idiot that those coun tries with homogenous or nearly homo genous populations are stable while those countries with diverse popula tions tend to be unstable Which is more stable Sweden or the Balkans The Balkans are a perfect example of Write Em President George W Bush 160Q Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison ROallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 CHARLEY REESE diversity in action Diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds have produced some of the bitterest and bloodiest conflicts in Europe Our own diversity has been the source of many conflicts often bloody and not a few based on race The truth is that the human race is tribal Tribes compete and often feud The British built an empire playing one tribe against another Only when the people of different tribes can unite with some higher set of ideals and ideas that override their tribal differ ences can there be peace and strength In short we ought to be constantly preaching assimilation not diversity Diversity will kill us assimilation will make us strong The sad fate of the American Indi ans illustrates that point They were nearly annihilated because they sim ply could not overcome their tribal dif ferences while the nonIndian popula tion united against them They drowned in a wave of immigration The present generation of Americans will meet the same fate if they dont find the backbone to close the borders and apply some tar and feathers to all these diversity preachers Anybody preaching diversity is trying to weak en America either for malicious rea sons or because he or she is just stu pid Stupidity probably kills more peo ple than malice I agree with Teddy Roosevelt that there should be no room for hyphenat ed Americans in the United States You are either an American or youre not regardless of where you or your ancestors came from The game afoot of course is vile politicians playing one group off another for political gains Americans ought to be outraged by this dangerous cynical exploitation of people but outrage is apparently as extinct as the passenger pigeon I was outraged some years ago when I read that a Colorado public school which had assigned students the task of writing an essay on the Fourth of July told the Hispanic students they could write about Cinco de Mayo No they should not If their purpose in being in Colorado is to become Ameri can citizens then their independence day is the Fourth of July not the fifth of May If their purpose is to remain Mexican then they should go home It is a big big mistake to abandon assimilation in favor of diversity In the long run unless it is reversed it will prove fatal and the United States will become the DisUnited States So yes kill affirmative action and quit yapping about diversity Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist San Antonio TX 78230 Fax 210 3496753 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 11 DONE Loop410 Suite 640 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 512 4630325 Fax 512 4635896 email address Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 How to contact in Austin Fax 512 4637794 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org Blair gets a hear hear for not going wobbly LONDON British Prime Minister Tony Blair is no Mar garet Thatcher but he sounded like her clone when he took to the floor of the House of Commons Wednesday during the weekly Question Time and gave a spirit ed defense for the necessity of top pling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hus sein Responding to criticism of Blairs Iraqi policy from within his own party as well as from the Conser vative opposition Blair delivered a formidable oration that com bined the intense antiCommu nist rhetoric of Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and a substance reminiscent of Winston Church ills warning about a gathering storm created by another dicta tor in the last century Blair was asked by member of Parliament Dennis Skinner whether during his forthcoming meeting with President Bush in Washington he will tell George Bush that there is almost certain ly a majority of the British people against the idea of a war with CAL THOMAS Iraq Will he tell him that a lot of the British people are against the war because they see it is all about America getting its hands on the oil supplies in the Middle East Skinner added the familiar slander that this President Bush is vain and is concerned more about finishing the job that his father failed to complete 10 years Leaping to his feet Blair re sponded that if oil were the rea son for war with Iraq it would be infinitely simpler to cut a deal with Saddam who would be delighted to give us access to as much oil as we wanted if he could carry on building weapons of mass destruction The very reason why we are taking the action we are taking has nothing to do with oil or any of the other conspiracy the ories put forward It has to do with one simple fact the United Nations has laid down indeed it has been laying down for 10 years that Saddam Hussein has to disarm himself of weapons of mass destruction and that he poses a threat because he used those weapons and I believe that we have to make sure that the will of the United Nations is So much for getting one more resolution as some have re quested What good would anoth er resolution do when Saddam has failed to heed all the others Later Blair returned to the sub ject in response to another mem bers call to allow the wea pons inspectors to do their job and that members contention that if President Bush takes uni lateral action against Iraq he will be defying the United Blair said the only reason we have weapons inspectors back in there is the firm stand that has been taken Does anyone seriously believe that we would have weapons inspectors back in Iraq if there were a possi bility of disarmament happening in a peaceful way Does anyone really believe that they would be there if we had not sent the clear est possible signal Then came the Churchillian part It is also to ensure that we continue to send that signal of strength If Saddam believes for a single instant that the will of the international com munity has abated that the in ternational community does not have the solidity of purpose that it needs to see this thing through the consequences of either conflict or prolonged conflict are increased If we can avoid conflict we should but the choice is Saddams Does anyone believe that if we do not take a stand as an interna tional community now in respect to weapons of mass destruction some terrorist group is not in the future going to get hold of that material and use it Blair added ominously the threat is real and if we do not deal with it the consequences of our weakness will haunt future The British press is awash in breathtakingly virulent anti American rhetoric because of policy on Iraq President Bush is mocked as an ignoramus and America is excoriated in ways usually reserved for enemies not friends Into this breach has marched Blair who has been a consistent supporter of the presidents poli cies because he knows terrorism also affects Britain which is now home to an unknown number of terrorists who wish his nation as much harm as they do the United States Blairs steadfastness has been his finest hour One can hear Lady Thatcher giving a hear hear for his not going Cal Thomas is a syndicated
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