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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZE1TUNG Tbesday February FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maltland 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 www 830 6259144 Other views Victoria Advocate on hands off the tobacco money The Texas Legislature has a large pot of money perhaps as much as billion that it could dip into to help reduce the billion shortfall it faces for the remainder of this fiscal year through the next biennium And lawmakers will be sorely tempted to do just that But they would be making a big mistake that whatever the shortterm benefits would harm the state in the long term The Texas Association of Business is recommend ing that the Legislature cash in most of the billion the state anticipates receiving over the next two decades from the 1998 multistate tobacco law suit settlement States including Texas sued the tobacco industry to recover the money they had spent on health care to treat smokers for various tobaccorelated illness es The resulting settlement amounts were to be paid over a quartercentury But 16 states have already cashed in their pay outs through a process known as securitization They receive a portion of the money up front by selling the claim to all of it to investors This is sim ilar to the difference between cash option payouts from the Texas Lottery and spreading the total pay ments over many years The Legislature however almost certainly would spend any money it receives from securitizing the states tobacco settlement payout rather than in vesting it and earning interest on it to spend over many years in the future Oklahoma voters had the right idea when they approved a state constitutional amendment estab lishing a permanent trust fund for that states tobacco settlement payout The Texas Legislature should consider putting a similar measure on the ballot If this state does not set up a permanent trust fund the tobacco settle ment payout will be a constant temptation for law makers to raid and spend Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday Feb 18 the 49th day of 2003 There are 316 days left in the year Todays history highlight On Feb 18 1885 Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in the United States for the first time On this date In 1546 Martin Luther leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany died In 1564 artist Michelan gelo died in Rome In 1861 Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery Ala In 1930 the ninth planet of our solar system Pluto was discovered In I960 the Eighth Winter Olympic Games were for mally opened in Squaw Valley by Vice Presi dent Nixon In 1970 the Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspir ing to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention In 1972 the California Supreme Court struck down the states death penalty Letters To The Editor Parents there are dangers on Internet Over the holidays my motherinlaw was concern ed that a teenage guest in her home may have used their family computer for less than pure research over the Internet She was worried about what may have been left behind on her computer for her two sons to find Knowing my experi ence with computers she asked me if I knew how to investigate what her com puter may have been used for and if I could get rid of anything that was left behind Unfortunately what I found only justified her fears I was able to show her the Web sites that had been visited and what words had been typed into a search engine presumably by the teenager I was also able to show her the date and times so she could confirm who was using the computer at those times Write Em Although my motherin law is not naive about what kinds of information are available on the Internet for anyone to find she was dis appointed disgusted and ready to fight The information that any child may come across either intentionally or by accident includes but is not limited to Adult and child pornog raphy How to build a bomb Solicitations from ter rorists Nazi and all forms of hate groups Im sure your imagination can lead you to think of nu merous others Because both graphics and text from these search es Web sites remained on her computer her own schoolage sons could have stumbled across them at anytime Once such sites are viewed on the computer the door is opened for popup ads and other solicitations to find their way onto your screen at anytime for any one to see I cleaned all of these items from their com puter and we are now in stalling some security de vices that will block this type of information from finding its way onto their computer again I hope this can serve as a warning to remind parents that their computer can be a useful and fun tool howev er we cant forget the dan gers that are out there Our childrens minds are easy prey for such pollution and we must protect them We all know you cannot watch your children con stantly but there are other options Many relatively inexpensive solutions are currently available to allow your computer to be a safe and productive tool for your family and to block any un wanted information Other solutions allow you to review all the activity that has hap pened on your Michael Finn New Braunfels 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 Fax 210 3496753 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 11 DONE 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 4739920 email address email@example.com Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 210 8267800 How to contact in Austin Email address firstname.lastname@example.org Policy 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 Fax 830 6063413 email Contact Em City Council Mayor Adam Cork 6082100 city hall 6091958 home email@example.com District 1 Sonia MunozGill 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Millikin 6205509 home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 6205503 6069208 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 6205508 830 6256739 home Bush talks himself into a diplomatic hole The diplomatic riff with Europe is about the only amusing thing that has happened in this build up to war with Iraq Its funny that the president brags about having the support of Spain Italy Slovenia Poland Hungary Lithuania Estonia Bulgaria and Denmark Those countries together couldnt whip Iraq They havent played a sig nificant military role in the past two centuries He can call France and Germany the Old Europe if he wants to nobody would mistake him for being wellinformed about geopolitics but they are the powerhouses of the New Eu rope Another funny thing is the United States trying to get NATO to defend Turkey from Iraq You probably dont know this but the original proposal was that the NATO countries would agree to defend Turkey and to help pick up the tab for rebuild CHARLEY REESE ing Iraq All Europe old and young said No So the United States adopted the fall back provision of defending Tur key just so the United States can claim NATO support for its war So far France Germany and Bel gium have said Get out of Whats funny is that Turkey isnt going to be attacked by Iraq Iraq wouldnt dare attack Turkey Any time it chooses the Turkish army could fight its way into Baghdad without any help from NATO or us The Turks ruled that whole part of the world for half a millennium and at the end of World War I they bloodied the British and the French They were the only country in that area that didnt become a Euro pean colony or protectorate The founder of modern Turkey Kemal Ataturk once sent a tele gram to a British politician who had said Turkey was ruled by a drunk and 11man You are wrong Ataturk wrote Turkey is ruled by one drunk Ataturk was not only a great soldier and revolutionary but he had a sense of humor The Turks dont fear Iraq They are only going along with this ploy because they want to be mem bers of the European Union and think that full participation by NATO in their defense would help them By the same token the United States doesnt need alkes in a military sense The little countries of Europe are just window dressing so that Presi dent Bush can deny that a war he wants and that our forces will fight is not Why wouldnt this coalition of the willing be willing since its not going to cost them any sol diers or equipment or money They are woefully short of all three Im sure the Bush administra tion has offered them bribes in one form or another Im afraid that our fearless leader has talked himself into a diplomatic hole Its hard to insult people and enlist them as allies at the same time It will be hard to blame the Security Coun cil if he goes to war without a res olution The whole world knows what most Americans dont Israel has defied more resolutions than Iraq and it has defied them because the United States blocks any attempt to enforce them In other words our claim to be concerned about credibility is a sham We use the United Nations if it suits our purpose and ignore it if it doesnt Thats been true since Day One of the United Nations existence On the othey hand the presi dent having foolishly said he would go to war with or without the United Nations now stands to lose credibility if he doesnt go to war We went through this in Vietnam Americans died to save face for politicians in Washington who in the end stab bed them in the back George Bushs credibility isnt worth a single American or Iraqi life He can say simply Ive changed my Thats a heck of a lot bet ter alternative than war In the meantime he has sent exactly the opposite message from what he wanted to He has said to the world youd better arm yourself like North Korea or well attack you Not a good message Charley Reese is a syndicated
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