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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Sunday February HERALDZEITUNG Page 7A FORUM 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 Editorial Parents must grasp importance of TAKS Who can blame a parent for not being able to keep up Since 1980 theyve had to try to understand four different testing philosophies First there was TABS Texas Assessment of Basic Then came TEAMS Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Following that was TAAS Texas Assessment of Academic And now we have TAKS Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Its hard enough to make sense of this alphabet soup much less try to digest what it all means for their children But now more than ever parents need to know about testing in Texas Beginning Tuesday students in schools across Texas will be taking the TAKS test It is a broader deeper and more challenging test than TAAS Its a highstakes assessment because a students perfor mance carries serious consequences if the results are below the passing rate And that is where par ents come in Moms and dads this is what you must know about TAKS Your children must pass the reading test at Grade 3 Your children must pass the math ematics tests at Grade 5 Your children must pass the reading and math ematics tests at Grade 8 Grade promotionistied to passage subjects at these levels and a student can be denied a highschool diploma if they cannot pass exit level exams Please dont underestimate the significance of this new testing program If you have questions dont hesitate to call the principal of your childs school or even school dis trict officials in the Comal ISD or New Braunfels ISD Today In BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday Feb 23 the 54th day of 2003 There are 311 days left in the year Todays history highlight On Feb 23 1945 during World War II Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi where they raised the American flag Policy Letters To The Editor In 1836 the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio In 1847 troops under Gen Zachary Taylor defeat ed Mexican General Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico In 1954 the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh Put your money where your mouth is I was shocked to read the guest column by Duane Neel Feb What an attack I dont know Mr Neel but Id like to I do know Jo Beth Jimerson and know her to be passionate regard ing her students probably much like Mr Neels employees feelings about him I know that laypeo ple do not understand this test an evaluation that tests ones ability to bubble in the correct bubbles ex If answer is 25 then bubble in the bubble for zero then the bubble for 2 next the bub ble for five not just the bubble by the choice an evaluation that touts before the test that 40something percent wont pass the first time around an evaluation that requires measuring and puts thejruler in the middle of the page no cutting or folding It is not a test of knowledge 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 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 Congressman and comprehension Mr Neel you have the opportunity to help the stu dents in your community Being in a position of author ity in your company you could allow your employees to each volunteer an hour a week working with students in a local elementary school There are several compa nies that do so and their commitment to their com munity is invaluable and so greatly appreciated by those in the trenches that is the classroom teachers Whats that old saying Put your money where your mouth Pamela Cone Sattler Questions not asked about LCRA plans This is a voice of concern regarding the old LCRA Building located at the en trance to Landa Park This property is to be turned into highrise apartments with other housing surrounding the main building What plans have the city devel oped to handle the increas ed traffic on Seguin Landa and Walnut streets Traffic during Wurstfest and nor mal weekends during the summer make Landa a very busy busy street What pre cautions are the developers taking to protect the Comal River with all yes all of the endangered species that call it home This type of housing would call for a large area of asphalt for parking Where is the runoff going to go Are they aware of an old Indian Bur ial Ground is located on this property Have they had an archeological study done Why did the District 3 councilmember not ask these questions Why did the city not look at this property as a new city hall or fire station or even a new civic center Lets face it land in the center of town is nonexis tent Mr and Mrs Tommy Allen New Braunfels 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 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 The HeraldZetyung 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 horns 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 tuberkdv@aol.com Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 150 N Seguin Ave 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 Theres no shame in authors compelling thoughts Each year many editors and publishers across the country receive a flipover calendar from The Freedom Forum The Freedom Forum is based in Arlington and is devoted to examining and protecting free press free speech and the free spirit for all The Freedom Forum bills itself as a nonpartisan foundation Each day on the calendar includes the First Amendment written in its entirety and a quoteoftheday from various speakers about free dom In case you have not read the First Amendment recently here it is Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peace ably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of Here is one of the calendars quoteoftheday that seems worth contemplating We have to fight the terrorists DOUG TONEY as if there were no rules and pre serve our open society as if there were no L Friedman columnist The New York Times 2001 Speaking of Friedman if you want to be better informed about the Muslim world and the Middle East get your hands on a copy of Friedmans book Longitudes and Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his commen tary in The New York Times He has written two other books From Beirut to Jerusalem which won the National Book Award for nonfietion This remains in the view of many a benchmark work on the Middle East His other book is The Lexus and the Olive Tree Understand ing Globalization Friedman has a gift He seems to have the ability to remember all the players and understand many of the whys that evade most of us when it comes to the Middle East Back to his latest book Longi tudes and The book is a collection of his columns and excerpts from his diary since Sept 11 2001 Heres an excerpt from a col umn that originally published Sept 28 2001 The big question is how we fight this war to delnvr to Ameri cans what they imm which is not revenge but justu and secu rity It requires a neu altitude toward the battle ami strate gy on the battlefield What attitude We mvJ to be really focused really serious and just a little bit crazy I don mean we should indiscriminately kill people especially innocent Afghans I mean that the terrorists and their supporters need to know that from here forward we will do whatever it takes to defend our way of life and then some From here forward its the bad guys who need to be afraid every wak ing moment The more frightened our enemies are today the fewer we will have to fight In the same Sept 28 2001 col umn For everything there is a sea son There will be a season later on for talking There will be a sea son for dealing with other states that have supported terrorism And there will be a season for pro moting ArabIsraeli peace or eco nomic development But right now right now is the season of hunting down people who want to destroy our And from his diary But in more places on more days in more years America has done more to make this world a better more tillable place for more people than any other country in history Some people dont like that They detest the freedom the pluralism the religious tolera tion the secularism the gender equality the democracy the faith the free markets and the multi ethnicity with which we have built our society and which we urge others to emulate There really are people who hate Christians hate Jews hate secularism hate the equality of women At some point you have to either kill those people or be killed by them This is not a misunder standing that can be cleared up by a few courses in His commentary is based on years spent in the Middle East and a remarkable ability to distill complex issues into a delightfully simpletodigest form If you can get your hands on this book buy it Read it And in closing I will use a Freedom Foundation calendar quote from a college classmate of mine Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center Oppressed people around the world continue to die in the pur suit of freedom and free expres sion while many in America would surrender First Amend ment rights in pursuit of comfort and order The Founders would be Doug Toney is editor and pub lisher of the   

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