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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG Wednesday January FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary 6 Maltland 6259144 6Xt 220 NEW BRAUNPKUS 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 Editorial Dont destroy economic development for potholes Mayor Adam Cork said this week that jobs had been lost in the past year That means that for the past 12 months in the I greater New Braunfels area an average of 5 bread winners a day had to go home and tell their fami lies that they were out of work Flextronics Dynacast and Kmart closures made the big headlines The trickledown effect some times is harder to detect As more and more people lose their jobs and the collective buying power of the community diminishes then the smaller busi i nesses in town either have to lay off employees or at best delay or postpone indefinitely the hiring of additional employees Pile on top of that the economic devastation caused by last summers flooding and New Braunfels is suffering a significant recession This week Council member Debbie Flume exclaimed that the city had neglected its streets and shes correct In less than five years the city has endured two devastating floods that have clearly pointed out a need for better drainage infrastructure In the past 20 to 30 years New Braunfels has experienced tremendous growth yet how many new major streets or widening projects can you remember dur ing those years During this weeks city council meeting Flume asked the council to vote on diverting economic development funds to street repairs Her effort was defeated 43 Council members Robert Kendrick and Ken Valentine voted with Ms Flume Diverting sales tax revenues from economic devel opment to a street repair fund is not the solution Its simply a bad idea After the motion was defeated Flume said she would sum a petition drive to force the issue to a popular vote on the next city election ballot on May 3 Flume die citizen certainly has the right to do so Its a constitutional and municipal right to peti tion the local government Of course an irony exists because Flume is a part of the government she wants to petition Flume needs 974 signatures from registered vot to get her proposal on the next city election What about the people without jobs They surely will not be signing that petition The money in question amounts to about million annually Parceled out among six council thats only a year per district Thats just throwing money down potholes Whats more important for the city finding ways TO create private sector jobs for our neighbors who need them or fixing potholes Significant investment is needed in die citys infrastructure but destroying the citys economic development initiative is not the way to do it nw occurred ID me Policy Letters To The Editor What would it look like after a flood The proposed Civic Center spanning the Comal River at Solms Park Vision Jan 23 may indeed be outside the box as an architectural plan yet it would be very much within a flood path Couldnt help wondering what the site would have looked like after the 1998 flood including the 216 vehicles parked in the twolevel underground parking garage Dick Gray New Braunfels Building over a river is a big con What would be the big gest and most obvious con to Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Wednesday Jan 29 the 29th day of 2003 There are 33B days left in the year Todays history highlight On Jan 29 1820 Bri tains King George III died insane at Windsor Castle ending a reign that had seen both the American and French revolutions On this date In 1843 the 25th presi dent of the United States William McKinley was born in Niles Ohio In 1845 Edgar Allan Poes poem The Raven was first published in the New York Evening Mirror In 1850 Henry Clay intro duced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery which included the admis sion of California into the Union as a free state In 1861 Kansas became building a million civic center on the Comal River Rivers flood Vicki Ralph New Braunfels Its time for speed limit enforcement The headline in the Jan 22 HeraldZeitung reads 23 vehicles crash none dead motorists say fog construction dust were con tributing What is unsaid is that very likely speeding and aggressive driving especial ly by the 18wheelers were also major factors How lucky the partici pants were that none died this time I have lived in New Braunfels for four years and have marveled how almost every driver passing through on IH35 drives as though he were on a race track The posted speed limit of 55 mph is totally ignored with most including the trucks driving between 70 and 80 mph and maneuver ing as though there were no tomorrow This was the case even when recent construc tion was under way with a posted speed limit of 40 mph due to the construction barrier dog I try to drive the speed limit at the risk of being rearended by the tailgaters behind me and wonder when I am going to be hit Its about time that the speed limit is enforced Next time the headline just might read differently Mike Kramer New Braunfels the 34th state of the Union In 1900 the American League consisting of eight baseball teams was orga nized in Philadelphia In 1936 the first mem bers of baseballs Hall of Fame including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth were named in Cooperstown In 1958 actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married In 1963 the first mem bers of footballs Hall of Fame were named in Can ton Ohio In 1963 poet Robert Frost died in Boston at age 88 In 1979 President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House following the estab lishment of diplomatic relations Ten years ago President Clinton told reporters he was ordering the drafting of a formal directive by July 15 to end the long standing ban on homosex uals in the military Five years ago A bomb rocked an abortion clinic in Birmingham kil ling Robert Sanderson an offduty police officer work ing as a security guard and critically injuring Emily Lyons a nurse Authorities are searching for a suspect Eric One year ago In his first State of the Union address President Bush said ter rorists were still threaten ing America And he warned of an axis of evil consisting of North Korea Iran and Iraq Actor Harold Russell who received two Oscars for his sensitive portrayal of a dis abled veteran in The Best Years of Our died in Needham at age 88 The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 words or fewer and the HeraldZeitung reserves the tight 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 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 1100NELoop410 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 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 210 8267800 How to contact in Austin Fax 512 4637794 Email address Jeff wentworth Time to run Saddam out and do so quickly Hi Ira hief weapons inspector i Blix has concluded that q has failed to live up to nu resolutions calling for the t of Saddam Hus e regime No matter how cr ipm or false hope Lderived i report that is the bet Opponents of any war with Iraq ji any reason plead for more njfr ifj thai the might CAL THOMAS in disinformation with line of le thai the job 0 the ii bfjl to pfOVc tiai Saddam hive ni Tbeir jot the weapons the world poasfeRfaei have been if id destroyed After yfcaie rA and btek it ii abundantly to anyone for whom tut that he hat not tnfcoi because he intends to National Security Advisor Con doieezza Rice wrote an oped for the New York litst week arguing that not only Iraq failed to iive up to ilfe pledge to iiiarrfc following the Gulf War it hai ixifed a declaration to the Uaaad to a life flhalj con st it itfcr a JUJxiierial of Unifoo Security Council rtfcsoi utior 5441 which up iht current Deputy Paul Council ttjt Foreign New York and the threat of its weapons of mass terror are the same thing He asserted We are dealing with a threat to the security of our nation and the In former times that would have been sufficient reason for waging war But in this age of timidity the tendency is to ignore the example of Winston Churchill and embrace Neville Chamber lain and his company of the weak Wolfowitz rightly noted It is not the job of inspectors to disarm Iraq it is Iraqs job to dis arm He inspectors cannot be charged with a search and to uncover so guns especially not d the hoist government is iitteiA on hiding them and imped thfc every to who fcay there b for attacking tttl oy had provided A won into the lies told during the Viet nam War how could the govern ment be trusted this time Wol fowitz said I sort of find it aston ishing that the issue is whether you can trust the govern ment The real issue is can you trust Saddam Hussein And it seems to me the record is absolutely clear that you cant Iraq has a highlevel commit ment to concealing its weapons of mass said Wolfo witz Instead of charging nation al institutions with the responsi bility to dismantle programs key Iraqi organizations operate a con cealment effort that targets in spectors and thwarts their He charged that the ranks of inspectors had been infiltrated by Iraqi agents and that Iraqi ucien tints and their families had been threatened with death if they even bpoke to inspec tors Other Iraqi he said are in fact intelligence olfi posing au bcientisU to be interviewed by inspectors Wolfowitz declared that Sad dam continues to get away with his game because hes counting on negligible consequences for his behavior A process that begins with a massive said Wol fowitz and proceeds with con cealment penetration intimida tion and obstruction cannot be a process of cooperative disarma ment The purpose of Resolution 1441 was not to play a deadly game of hideandseek or cheat andretreat for another 12 years The purpose was to achieve a clear resolution of the threat posed by Iraqs weapons of mass The Bush administration says time is running out for Saddam Ijets run him out and do it quick ly The timid nations may not thank us openly but they and we will benefit from removing this mulignuut tumor Cut Ttuiinun ta a uyridiculed columnittl   

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