New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 2, 2003, Page 7

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday March JHtERALUftElTUNG Pag FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 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 830 6259144 Editorial Remember Freedom is worth fighting for Texas celebrates its 167th year of independence from Mexico today Across the state citizens will pause to reflect upon the importance of the events leading up to and fol lowing this key date in our states history Prom history we know the seeds of revolt were sown after Santa Ana a distinguished military offi cer led a military coup against the same govern ment he had installed in Mexico Declaring himself a dictator Santa Ana set aside Mexicos 1824 con stitution and instituted a centralized and less democratic form of government Those steps prompted the states of Coahuila Zacatecas and Texas to rebel against Santa Ana Two of the dissenting states were subdued by the Mexican leader but Texas stood firm in its resolve to be free We all remember the Alamo and the 189 defend ers who battled courageously against Mexican troops And its important that each year we celebrate the freedom that came from conflict Lake the nation it is a part of Texas has endured many hardships and both are facing difficult times even now So on this 167th year of the states inde pendence it is a perfect time for all Texans to remember what freedom means how important it once was that we have the right to live our lives as a state and nation free from the spectre of dicta torship and repression Today In BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday March 2 the 61st day of 2003 There are 304 days left in the year Todays history highlight On March 2 1933 the motion picture King starring Fay Wray had its world premiere in New York On this date In 1793 the first presi dent of the Republic of Texas Sam Houston was born near Lexington Va In 1836 Texas declared its independence from Mexico In 1877 Republican Rutherford B Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J Tilden even though Tilden had won the popular vote In 1899 Mount Rainier National Park in Washing ton state was established In 1917 Puerto Ricans were granted citizen ship In 1923 Time magazine debuted In 1939 Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenic Pacelli was elected Pope he took the name Pius XII In 1943 the World War Two Battle of the Bismarck Sea began In 1949 an American B50 Superfortress the Lucky Lady Two landed at Fort Worth Texas after com pleting the first nonstop roundtheworld flight In 1977 the House of Representatives adopted a strict code of ethics Letters To The Editor Free people follow reason rules of law There are many kinds of patriots in this country and they each keep a close watch on a particular facet of what we refer to collectively as the American Dream It is not a static dream bound by colored banners and music but rather a vig orous living hope that is continually expanding even as freedoms horizons are expanding That dream flows from the fundamental relation ship every American shares both among ourselves and with our government often referred to as the social As with any contract there are responsibilities incurred by the parties duties to dis charge and obligations to uphold At base though our elected government exists to serve us we do not exist to serve the government It is our duty our respon sibility to vigilantly monitor the actions of government and when necessary to de mand a truthful accounting of our governments policies in order that we may be sure government is discharging its obligations faithfully legally and with the consen sus of the majority of the American people Since the founding of the Republic there have been voices of dissent Dissent while viewed by some as un patriotic is usually quite the opposite Cowards strike and flee or disagree and run away Patriots who disagree stand and speak It is another of our contractual duties that we hear them out and weigh their opinions however objectionable be theirs the majority view or not Free and open discussion remain a cornerstone of democracy The right to speak to listen evento dis sent are sacred gifts pur chased at a terrible price Patriotism isnt just wav ing flags singing anthems or making pledges it is about having the patience and the courage especially in matters of life and death to exhaust every legitimate alternative to the use of lethal force and to use it only as a matter of last resort Free men and women when they must use force are reluctant not out of the fear of personal injury or death but rather out of respect and reverence for human life for innocent people who inevitably suffer in war Herds follow bells or horns or men and women follow conscience reason and the rules of law David Legett New Braunfels US should do the honorable thing I went to Seguin my hometown to a peace rally Feb 15 It was a marvelous experience I took my chair and set it up right next to the street in front of the courthouse I enthusiastically waved my sign which said Dont rush Work for There were about 200 of us at the rally signing a petition visiting and displaying signs We were ordinary people a Lutheran minister a sec ondgrade teacher a bunch of retired people an Ameri can Legion veteran working people and professionals Those were just a few I knew There was an open mike with most speaking for peace but three spoke in favor of the president and for our troops Across Court Street and directly opposite us was Republican Headquarters Some there held signs that said Support our Troops and Support One sign said Go home Com I feel there is no better way to support our troops than their not having to go to war It was exciting satisfying stimulating and I felt very patriotic It is wonderful to live in a country where we can express our opinions even if they dont agree with the government in control Call our legislators and the president See how good it feels to express your thoughts Dont say it wont help It sure wont help if you say nothing I think Bush will go down as a great president if he uses all our forces and pow er as a tool to negotiate a peace with Iraq On the other hand if he stalls a war he will go down as a bully and an empire builder seeking oil Of course Iraq needs a new leader but isnt that for the people of Iraq to decide With an unprovoked war we will develop more enemies more people who hate us and thus more terrorism Let negotiations continue Let inspectors continue Its cheaper than war in money and lives Some say our President knows more than we do I hope so but I said that when we went into Vietnam I love my country I want us to stand as an example of compassion and democracy Negotiation is harder than battle Lets do the dif ficult and honorable thing that will encourage others to respect us not hate us Thea Chessher New Braunfels 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 Mail letters to Letters to the Editor do the HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Write Em 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 Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 11 DONE Loop410 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 Fax 512 4739920 email address [email protected] Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 How to contact in Austin Email address Liberals know in their hearts Bush is right Under the old rules of debate a spokesperson for one side of an issue would state a position and the opposing side would state its position Rebuttals and surrebut tals would follow The audience or a panel of judges would then declare a winner based on which side better presented the facts Those days are gone as feelings not facts are all that matter now Perhaps that is why the level of invective directed at President Bush has reached fever pitch Each time his opponents have raised the bar for justifying war with Iraq the president has followed their advice When they raised it again he met their new requests Does this earn him points with his detractors Far from it The president was told by his critics he should not act unilater ally So he asked other nations to join in a coalition of the About three dozen have offered either direct or indirect support Critics said the president should CAL THOMAS get congressional approval He did He was told take his case to United Nations He did There have been 18 resolutions none of which have caused Saddam Hussein to com ply What does the president get for doing what his critics have demand ed He is called names by those unwilling to forcibly deprive a mass murderer of his power to kill even more people The foreign press especially in Britain where hundreds of people have complained to the BBC about its onesided antiAmerican reporting has been particularly brutal Many have called Presi dent Bush outrageous names ap parently as a substitute for sound arguments Having lost the battle of ideas the overseas press and increasingly the American press have resorted to a game of who can say the most disgraceful thing about the president Because so many people form their impres sions from the way news is de livered on TV it is no wonder the level of support for war with Iraq has fallen Yet even in the midst of its crit icism the coalition of the unwill ing is reluctantly concluding that the presidents position on Sad dam Hussein is right During an angry attack on the president columnist Richard Cohen con cedes Its not that I dont think President Bush is right about Saddam Hussein and if need be the necessity to dealwith him through Joe Klein who regularly mocks the president says that war may well be the right At the conclusion of an essay filled with snide remarks about the presi dent and his administration Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic admits The war against Sad dam Hussein is just and it is tru ly a last The Nation which is about as left as you can get and still be on the planet carries this con cession by Eric Alterman I admit that the beefedup containment policy visavis Iraq driven exclu sively by the Bush administra tions obsession with the issue has been a smashing News weeks Jonathan Alter who like other liberals is more con cerned with tone over substance claims the presidents tone has been destructive to American but then declares But I now support military Bush critics hate it that he is sure of himself and is not con flicted as they are They detest his black vs righteous vs evildoers view of the world Klein blasts the president be cause his faith does not impel him to have second thoughts to explore other intellectual possi bilities or question the possible consequences of his Columnist Dionne comes up with a new philosophy heroic ambivalence which he wants the president to embrace in the face of a grave and growing threat to our nation Ambivalence is not heroic Nei ther is it leadership The presidents liberal critics fear he will succeed win a second term and then name conservative justices to the Supreme Court They know Saddam Hussein is evil But they see President Bush as a greater evil because he will deprive them of their 40year pat tern of using the courts to make law and change culture In their hearts they know hes right about Saddam But in their heads they know the days of lib eral domination of the courts are coming to an end almost as quickly as Saddam Husseins despotic regime Cal Thomas is a syndicated ;