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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A February FORUM Contact Managing Editor 6259144 ext 220 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 Kudos Many people think of the holiday season as a time of giving to those who are less fortunate The staff and Board of Directors of the Comal County Womens Center would like to thank each of you who contributed to our clients during the holiday season We had a large number of commu fnity members and organizations that contributed jto the center by donating items such as toys Christmas trees decorations and food There were lalso those people who wrapped gifts sang Christ Jmas carols and hosted activities for the families We were able to provide for 81 individuals both presidents of our shelter and nonresident clients that jare receiving services from our agency r Your donation of gifts and time are sincerely ap preciated by each of us here at the Comal County Womens Center We depend on the kindness and of members of New Braunfels and sur trounding communities throughout the year Each that we receive enables us to continue survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault For information on the services we provide and opportunities for volunteers call 8004348013 or 16207520 Ashley Baker Comal County Womens Center Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Wednesday Feb 19 the 50th day of 2003 There are 315 days left in the year Todays history highlight Two hundred years ago on Feb 19 1803 Congress voted to accept Ohios bor ders and constitution How ever Congress did not get around to formally ratify ing Ohio statehood until On this date In 1807 former Vice Pre sident Aaron Burr was ar rested in Alabama He was subsequently tried for trea son and In 1846 the Texas state government was formally installed in Austin In 1878 Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph In 1881 Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages In 1942 President Frank lin Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japan eseAmericans as well as Japanese nationals living in the United States In 1942 about 150 Japan ese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin In 1945 during World War II some Marines landed on Iwo Jima where they began a monthlong battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces In 1963 the Soviet Union informed President Kennedy it would withdraw several thousand of an estimated Soviet troops in Cuba In 1983 13 people were found shot to death at a gambling club in Seattles Chinatown district in what became known as the Wah Mee Two Chinese immigrants were convicted of the In 1997 Deng Xiaoping the last of Chinas major Communist revolutionar ies died Policy Letters To The Editor Misleading hatchet job on NASA Sorry but I cannot stand by and not respond to the negative and misleading headline featured on the front page of your Feb 5 issue NASA warned shut tle wing was The Associated Press arti cle by Marcia Dunn infers NASA to be a bunch of in different bozos as she opens by saying NASA was warned nine years ago that the space shuttle could fail catastrophically if debris hit the underside of its wings during the very scenario that might note have brought down Nine years ago This is news It then goes on to later acknowledge After receiv ing the warning NASA made changes in materials and flight rules to lessen the risk of debris breaking Having been a part of the WriteEm 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 NASA family for over 30 years I assure you that little or nothing is left to chance in the manned flight program Risk factors in any NASA program go up only when budgets are drastically decreased how ever dollar priority is always with manned flight The potential problem was de tected through routine test and analysis nine years ago before any flight inci dents and the problem was resolved Since 1994 there has been no similar inci dent Ostensibly a reasonable person would conclude the fix was satisfactory NASA is a closeknit fam ily and they place high val ue on human life To have some news reporter infer in a leadin paragraph indifference to a known or suspected shuttle problem is in my view totally BPrespohsiblie reporting I lost interest in reading the rest of the arti cle as it became apparent Ms Dunns priority was Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 1100 NE Loop 410 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 form over substance Paul W Bomke New Braunfels Give rightwing columnists a try Why do you persist hi publishing such a liberal editorial page in an area and a state with such strong conservative convic tions This leftleaning tendency is woefully illustrated by the fact that you regularly publish two of the most lib eral columnists Charley Reese and Molly Ivins that ever wrote a word while only publishing one conser vative Gal Thomas They spew poisonous even trea sonous propaganda hi every instance Their columns are vitriolic and I have yet to find any readers who like them There are many good Columnists on the other side of issues why not give them a try Frances Shannon Spring Branch How to contact in Austin 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 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 Jeff wentworth 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Coma 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 The time for debate is over its time for war If ever there was a time for war Ecclesiastes surely this is it i If the United Nations is to be Itaken seriously the time is now Ifor it to act If the United Nations founded on the dubious pre Jmise that flawed humanity can fre perfected by flawed human remains a toothless Iclawless tiger whose resolutions can be defied without consequence by the butcher of Baghdad that body will implode in a chaotic spiral When President Woodrow Wil ison sent his war message to Con gress April he said the right is more precious than Wilson who would see his precious League of Nations crum ble in the face of the reality of was correct Peace is a byproduct a bene fit when evil is vanquished The 90s were a peaceful dividend paid to the West from the defeat of the Soviet Union Right defeat ed evil because there were those who were willing to risk a false peace for victory and real peace CAL THOMAS Unfortunately this nation was inattentive to new evils that are not only in the Middle East but in our midst and the threats we now face may be greater than those that confronted us during the Cold War If we must participate in the United Nations which so often takes positions opposed to the United States and its interests let us do so with open eyes If Saddam Hussein is not a fit can didate for removal from power who is If his crimes against hu manity are not sufficient grounds to try him before the court of world opinion what crimes would be Fearful nations simply embolden evil Last weekend hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched worldwide against war with Iraq British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a group of his fel low Labor Party members in Glasgow Scotland If there are on the march that is less than the number of people whose deaths Saddam has been respon sible for If there are 1 million that is still less than the number of people who died in the wars he Forget the Queen God save Tony Blair Do all of those demonstrating including the Hollywood elitists care nothing for the carnage visit ed on innocent women children and men by Saddam Hussein Where is their humanity What is the difference between them and other morally obtuse people who pass by a crime victim lying in the street because they do not wish to be involved As the most powerful nation on Earth do we not have some responsibility to protect the lives of others For a succinct indictment of what Saddam Hussein has wrought on this planet since he murdered his way to power in rec ommend a new book by Lawrence F Kaplan and William Kristol called The War Over Iraq Sad dams Tyranny and Americas Mission Encounter The authors write has imprisoned tortured gassed shot and bombed thousands upon thousands of his own subjects He has launched wars of aggression against his neighbors and still seeks to dominate the Middle East He has expended vast re sources on the development of weapons of mass destruction He is at once a tyrant an aggressor and in his own avowed objec tives a threat to With specificity reminiscent of Alexandr Solzhenitsyns chroni cling of Soviet atrocities in The Gulag the authors detail the murder of children the raping of women in front of their husbands and children dismemberment and inhuman prison conditions They profile the maniacal dictator in ways that any sane person would say qualifies him as a blot on the human race and a candidate for extinction They indict nations and organi zations that refuse to confront evil The debate over war with Iraq has shown that too many opinion makers elected officials and others who guide the for tunes of the worlds sole super power have lost their capacity to identify evil and to act against it Even when it stares them in the When evil is opposed it can be defeated This is historys lesson But if the United Nations France Germany and those peace acti vists among us and overseas will see no they are doomed to have history repeat itself in a new holocaust The time for debate is over The time for Iraqs liberation is upon us The time for more resolutions by the pathetic United Nations is long past The time for war is now Col Thomas is o syndicated
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