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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                ge HERALDZEITUNO Saturday February NEW BRAUNFBLS 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 Poughkeepsie N Y Journal on gas mileage standards President Bushs pledge to spend billion to help develop more environmentally friendly cars is an excellent longterm investment for this country But his shortterm plan to deal with gasguzzling cars is lacking In his State of the Union speech the president said the money would go to help bring hydrogen powered cars to the market Yet his idea does noth ing to mitigate this fact Despite technological advances American vehicles are burning more gas than ever before largely because of SUVs These popular vehicles are classified as trucks allowing their manufacturers to avoid the higher gasoline mileage standards imposed on cars As more sport utility vehicles hit the road the nations fuel effi ciency numbers are actually getting worse And that doesnt help reduce either greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the air or our dependence on foreign oil That trend must be reversed Regrettably the Bush administration has put forth only a modest proposal It has announced light trucks including SJUVs will have to gradually improve their average fuel economy by a mere miles per gallon over a fiveyear period That means an increase in fuel efficiency from the current miles per gallon to mpg by the 2007 model year The standard for cars mpg would not change That proposal is automakers have to start changing their ways Most of the fuelefficient cars on the market today arent even made by Americanbased compa nies Congress can help too by providing more tax breaks for corporations using cleaner technologies and less for those relying on fossil fuels that pollute the air Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday Feb 8 the 39th day of 2003 There are 326 days left in the year Todays history highlight On Feb 8 1910 the Boy Scouts of America was in corporated On this date In 1915 silent movie epic about the Civil War The Birth of a premiered in Los Angeles In 1924 the first execu tion by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City In 1968 three college students were killed in a confrontation with high way patrolmen in Orange burg during a civil rights protest against a whitesonly bowling alley In 1973 Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investi gate the Watergate scandal In 1974 the threeman crew of the Skylab space station returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space In 1978 the delibera tions of the Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time as members open ed debate on the Panama Canal treaties In 1989 144 people were killed when an American chartered Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slam med into a fogcovered mountain in the Azores Letters To The Editor Id rather die free than live oppressed I was born 203 years after the signing of the Declara tion of Independence on the evening of July in LaCrosse Wis I was born to parents who did what they could to get by and still pro vide for a growing child I was attentive yet intrigued with the wonders of the world disciplined yet rebel lious at times I was taught to love my God to love my country to fight for my be liefs and freedoms to value life to be honest and to be sincere These lessons have come to form the foundation of my life I still get goose bumps every time I hear the National Anthem played I still remove my hat when Old Glory passes in a parade but most importantly I still pledge allegiance to my beloved nation The blood in my body pulses in synchronization with the glorious beat of the bald eagle in flight whose eyes are everlooking and watchful I am mesmerized by the beauty I find in our national standard There is something re freshing about watching the Stars and Stripes glide back and forth as shes slowly caressed by a gentle breeze Each star in the union boasts the pride of the state it represents the autono my of the state and of my fellow countrymen who make it so great The union of stars forever standing rigid in solidarity Each stripe reminding me of the true American Dream tri umph in the face of defeat Each thread that binds the great symbol of American freedom represents every person who has given his or her life in defense of our Friday edition attributed to Car A typesetting erton tbe letter to the wro author The tetters by his father VtetoKi of New Braunfels Dr Cam pos who took the error in stride did want readers to know that he does not have a 44Inch waist nation Just as the threads of the flag are too numerous to count so too are the men and women who have given their lives to ensure that our flag can fly proudly wherever shes displayed I would rather die free than live oppressed I pledge my allegiance to the Al mighty God to the United States of America and to my fellow countrymen A Patriot Brandon Frie McQueeney Truck drivers are given no respect The headline in a letter to the editor on Jan 29 read Its time for speed limit I could not believe the readers com ments about 18wheelers being a major factor in the 23 car pileup on IH 35 What I would like to know is was he there Did he see the wreck If not how can he make a comment like he did What the writer doesnt realize is that if it were not for the 18wheelers he would not have this paper to read his TV to watch the clothes on his back his car to drive nor the gas that he uses in his car If not for the truck driver this country would come to a complete stop I know I used to be one Most Americans do not know that the truck driver has to stay away from home for weeks or months at a time away from his loved ones not getting the chance to see his children grow up or watch them at their base ball game or other sports ac tivities in which they might participate The truck dri ver lives sleeps eats and if hes lucky relaxes in that truck But he does this by choice no one forces him to live this life We do this for the love of the road Compare the miles that an average American drives to a year to the truck driver who drives to miles a year and you will find that his safety record is 10 times better I should know I grew up with a trucking family I drove a truck for years and still would if not for having two back surgeries from dri ving a truck I drove for one of the safest trucking com panies on the road My father at 82 years old was still driving an 18 wheeler For over 30 years he was on the road with no accidents or speeding tick ets on his driving record Thats about 4 million to 5 million miles of driving Can most average drivers out there say that for their record Yes there are a few bad truck drivers on the road just as there are in cars But dont group all truck drivers in the same category Lets be fair There are good and bad drivers in every group truck drivers included But the average truck driver on the road is the safest on the road To get respect you have to give respect Rickey Rowlett New Braunfels The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 260 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 email ContactEm CHy Council Mayor Adam Cork 6082100 city hall 6091958 home District 1 Sonia MuftozGill 6082100 District 2 Larry Alexander 6091242 home District 3 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 150N SeguinAve New Braunfels TX 78130 6205501 Fax 6082026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 6205504 830 8992948 home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Mllllkln 6205509 home Precinct 3 Commissioner Crlstina Zamora 6205503 6069208 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 6205508 830 6256739 home Bushs aggressive doctrine is pure madness President Bush made it quite clear in his recent State of the Union speech that the United States is going to attack Iraq with or without United Nations support At the same time he practiced the same kind of deceit that he accuses Saddam Hussein of prac ticing His list of alleged violations is a distortion of what the arms in spectors have reported The inter national nucleararms inspectors have dismissed the business about the aluminum tubing and an al leged nuclearweapons program Furthermore American ana lysts have told journalists off the record that the Bush administra tion is pressuring the intelligence community to cook the books in other words to provide propa ganda rather than true intelli gence Even the former head of the inspection team Richard CHARLEY REESE Butler a man I dont much care for has accused the Bush admin istration of using a flagrant double standard against Iraq He correctly points out that other countries including our allies and the United States have these weapons of mass destruction He said going to war against Iraq would be a mistake Nobody can accuse Butler of being soft on Iraq Saddam Hussein hates the guy Once again Bush has failed to make the case that Iraq poses an imminent danger to the United States His clever line about be ing unwilling to trust the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is just misleading puffery because Bushs father former President Bill Clinton and George Bush himself have done just that for the past 12 years If Saddam is so eager to supply weapons to ter rorists why hasnt he done so The naked fact is that Saddam has not been tied to a single ter rorist incident in the past decade Providing financial support to the Palestinians has nothing to do with us and is not a threat to us If George Bush were honest he would provide the intelligence information that the rest of the world knows To wit that Sad dam and Osama bin Laden hate each other and have publicly threatened each other He has also failed to lay the evi dence out that Saddam even has weapons of mass destruction Remember the inspectors dont say that he has them they mere ly say that there are discrepan cies in various reports so that a certain number of things are unaccounted For example Hans Blix said an Iraqi air force document states that chemical bombs were dropped while the Iraqi declara tion states that were used Thus there is a difference of but it is a difference in num bers both of which were supplied by the Iraqi government Perhaps the air force did drop bombs and the army in artillery shells or rockets fired the other Who knows Both numbers come from the Iraqi government Why beheve the smaller and disbelieve the larger The American people should not let Bush get away with the game of saying intelligence tells us or defectors tell us He needs to provide harder evidence than claims by anonymous sources if he is going to subject the Ameri can people to ail the risks and dangers of war and prolonged occupation Of course as I have said before I dont care if Iraq does have wea pons of mass destruction Many countries do Deterrence works It worked against the Soviet Union It has worked against Saddam Hussein There is simply no justi fication for assuming that deter rence will not continue to work Americans had better under stand clearly what a dangerous provocative doctrine Bush is pro claiming When he says that mere possession of certain weapons by governments he doesnt like is sufficient grounds for a preemp tive attack by the United States he is in effect not just declaring war on Iraq but on a number of countries That is madness Charley Reese is a syndicated cofomnut   

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