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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG Saturday February FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maltland 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 Other views The Seattle PostIntelligencer on Bushs State of the Union speech President Bush offered the most specific explana tion to date for his drive to make war on Iraq Less forceful and less credible was his outline of a domestic battle plan Bush framed the need to force the disarmament of Iraq in the global context of the larger war on terrorism His speech linked the body of evidence that Saddam Hussein has continued to amass chemical biological and nuclear weapons and al Qaida The president used that link as justification for military action to prevent future terrorist But trusting solely in military might is likewise neither strategy nor option Building a truly democ ratic nation out of the ruins of Iraqs fallen dictator ship will take time money and likely continued loss of American Bushs defense of his strategy on domestic mat ters was less compelling and far more familiar Boost the economy with tax cuts heavily weighted toward the top of the economic scale Make health care more affordable by limiting injured patients ability to seek compensation Shift social service expenses to private agencies and charities Spend more on drug treatment but earmark much of it for faithbased programs Offer senior citizens much needed prescription drug coverage but only if they leave Medicare for private insurance programs Create healthy forests by lifting restrictions on timber harvests on federal There was certainly more power in Bushs speech when he talked of carrying war abroad than when he spoke of delivering economic security at home After the it seems there can be little to deter Bush from imposing Americas will on Iraq with or without the support of the rest of the world Today In BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is 1 the 32nd day of 2003 There are 333 days left in the year Todays hisotry highlight On Feb 1 1943 one of Americas most highly deco rated military units of World War II the 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up almost entirely of JapaneseAmericans was authorized On this date In 1861 Texas voted to secede from the Union In 1893 inventor Thomas A Edison completed work on the worlds first motion picture studio his Black 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 Letters must be confirmed before they will be printed Mail letters to Letters to the Editor do the HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Its your money Sign petition to force a vote Our current 4B Economic Develop ment Board receives threeeighths of 1 percent of the sales and use tax coming into the city This amounts to approximately per year We recently learned that none of this money can be used for existing residential street maintenance and repairs It must be tied to economic development and can only be used for adding new streets or maintenance and drainage work in areas that would benefit economic development I am proposing the placement of two propositions on the May 3 ballot One proposition would reduce the 4B Economic Development tax from threeeighths of 1 percent to one eighth of 1 percent The remaining one eighth percent approximately per year would remain available for all 4B Economic Devel opment projects The second proposition would dedi cate twoeighths of 1 percent ap proximately per year for all city street repairs and mainte nance on streets existing at the time the tax is voted in This would be a fouryear plan and would have to come before the voters again at the end of four years for renewal DEBBIE FLUME We cannot continue to build new streets without repairing the ones we currently have I believe we can fund the major street and drainage projects and still have a surplus for remaining street projects There is currently in the citys reserve ac count of which at least must remain We can fund the drain age portion of the entire Churchill and Wright project and the Comal Avenue reconstruction project for a total of from the reserves less the general fund budget for street mainte nance of leaving in reserves From the remaining oneeighth of 1 percent in the 4B economic develop ment fund we can bond up to This would cover the drainage portion of the Landa Street project the drainage por tion of the Gruene Road project and the County Line Road extension for a total of The twoeighths of 1 percent dedi cated to street maintenance over a fouryear period would generate approximately These funds would cover the District 1 resi dential street projects the street portion of the entire Churchill and Wright project the street portion of the Landa Street project and the street portion of the Gruene Road project for a total of leaving a surplus of for additional street repair and mainte nance Its your money Its your streets Do you want the right to vote If you do then show up this week end with your voter registration card on the corners of the Downtown Main Plaza sign the petitions and on May 3 exercise your right to vote Debbie Flume is the District 3 rep resentative for the New Braunfels City in West Orange In 1920 the Royal Cana dian Mounted Police came into existence In 1946 Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secre tarygeneral of the United Nations In 1960 four black col lege students began a sitin protest at a lunch counter in Greensboro where theyd been refused service In 1979 Ayatollah Ruhol lah Khomeini received a tu multuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile Write Em President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison RDallas 284 Russell Senate Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio TX 78230 210 3402885 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum 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 Box12428 Austin TX 78711 800 8435789 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel RNew Braunfels How to contact in Austin Fax 512 4635896 email address 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 Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box 627 Laredo TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Rd San Antonio TX 78233 Barriers against media concentration set to tall AUSTIN Now heres a dandy example of the kind of thing that never makes it to the front page or the top of the news broadcast but that affects absolutely every one The Federal Communications Commission led by Michael religion is the Powell is fixing to remove the last remain ing barriers against concentration of media This means one company can own all the radio stations televi sion stations newspapers and cable systems in any given area Presently 10 companies own over 90 percent of the media outlets Bill Kovach of the Committee of Concerned Journalists and Tom Rosenstiel of the Project for Excel lence in Journalism say these are the most sweeping changes in the rules that govern ownership of American media since the 1940s The ownership rules were put in place after we had seen how total itarian governments use domina tion of the media to goad their countries into war We already know what happens when the free market zealots MOLLY IVINS remove restrictions on ownership In 1996 the FCC eliminated its rules on radio ownership Con glomerates now own hundreds of stations around the country One company Clear Channel owns more than stations and there are 30 percent fewer station owners than there were before 1996 The result is less local news and local programming since the formats are programmed at head quarters Clear Channel owns as many as six or seven stations in a market broadcasting generic country generic pop generic oldies etc The fearless investigative tele vision journalism we have all come to expect an hourlong spe cial on Michael Jacksons face in the works will not be improved by this move The FCC is doing this in an almost covert way FCC Commissioner Michael Copps reports that only under pressure did the commission agreed to hold one lone public hearing on it in Richmond Va A coalition of consumer and media advocacy groups presented a 140page filing that shows joint ownership of newspaper and broadcast outlets fails to meet the constitutional requirement set out by the Supreme Court in 1945 that the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the In 1987 FCC commissioners appointed by Ronald Reagan repealed the Fairness Doctrine and that has already had a stun ning effect on political debate in this country That same year Con gress put the Fairness Doctrine into law but Reagan vetoed it with this memorable rationaliza tion The Fairness Doctrine is inconsistent with the tradition of independent The Fairness Doctrine had been upheld by the Supreme Court in a 1969 decision that viewed the air waves as a public trust and said fairness required the public trust to accurately reflect opposing views In a 1986 decision the Federal Court of Appeals in a 2 to1 decision upheld a new FCC rule refusing to apply the Fair ness Doctrine to television text The two prevailing judges were Antonin Scalia and Robert Bork Edward Monks a lawyer in Eugene did a report for the newspaper there last year on the prevalence of rightwing hosts on radio talk shows The spectrum of opinion on national political commercial talk radio shows ranges from extreme right wing to very extreme right wing there is virtually nothing Monks notes the irony that many of these rightwing hosts spend much of their time com plaining about the liberal On the two Eugene talk sta tions Monks found There are 80 hours per week more than hours per year programmed for Republican and conservative talk shows without a single second programmed for a Democratic or liberal Political opinions expressed on talk radio are approaching the level of uni formity that would normally be achieved only in a totalitarian society There is nothing fair bal anced or democratic about To point out the obvious broad casters and their national adver tisers have a clear stake in pro moting the views of those who advocate lower taxes on the rich and on big corporations What is so perfectly loony about the FCCs proposal to unleash yet another round of media concentration is that it is being done in the name of the free Is the free market not supposed to encourage competition rather than lead to its disappearance The now ranks 17th below Costa Rica and Slovenia on the worldwide index of press freedom established by the Reporters Without Borders Molly Ivins is a syndicated