Tuesday, March 4, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Pug A HERALDZEirtiNG Tuesday March FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 NKW HERALDZEITUNG New Bruunfcls Zcitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald founded 1890 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 Dallas Morning News on mold repair scam mers Quy a sign and stick it on your truck Congratulations You now are a mold remediator in 3fexas You can charge homeowners tens of thou sands of dollars to repair their waterdamaged houses It a state that requires a License to clip hair an industry created to clean up household mold has been allowed to run free Somethings rotten here all right In a recent Dallas Morning News series Texans talfced about flybynight companies that came into thik homes ripped out the walls and then left wKeji the insurance money ran out In some cases mold experts charged several times of the house Enough is enough Texas legislators should estab and licensing requirements for a trade that has rung up millions of dollars in charges dur ingthe last three years Tjhe publics concern about the health hazards of moid in homes has turned Texas into the No 1 state for such insurance claims The door is wide open for businesses with no knowledge about mold reinoval to get in on the action State Sens Troy Fraser and Mike Jackson want to change all that They have introduced legislation that sets standards for moldrelated repair work and requires companies and individuals to be certi fied by the Texas Health Department lender the bill employees of mold remediation corrjpanies will have to pass a licensing exam pay a feeiof up to be Texas residents and have no felony convictions The companies will be required to have as much as million in insurance to cover potential liability from jobs Tne rules proposed by Sens Fraser RHorseshoe Bay and Jackson RLa Porte are tough But this is an industry that has grown very quickly and caused many headaches for consumers The lawmakers decision to take on the mold remediators in no way relieves insurance compa nies from thenresponsibilities There is a compan ion bill regulating independent claims adjusters Insurance companies are partially to blame for reacting slowly when homeowners requested help for water damage problems Had they moved promptly some of the worst nightmares created by household mold might have been averted In the meantime the public should beware Ask questions of mold remediation companies And demand proof they can perform the job W veiiow J Policy Letters To The Editor Reese is not writing like a conservative Charley Reese consistent ly writes editorial columns that oppose the upcoming war against terrorism I dont understand why as a known conservative he takes such a liberalistic position on President Bushs commitment to shut down the terrorists attacks and bring them to justice After the Sept 11 2001 attack our president said that our country would do whatever is necessary to eliminate terrorism in our country and around the world and that those who support terrorists would be counted as terrorists them selves There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein supports terrorists in their activities President Bushs purpose for war in Iraq is not to cap ture Iraq and make them a puppet nation but to remove Saddam Hussein from his position of leadership It does not make any dif ference to President Bush who the terrorists are his position is to eliminate their activities In his speech Bush said that this war against terror ism was not going to end quickly Thus we should understand that it is going to take time and therefore cost money Terrorists cannot be stop ped by just turning away from them and ignoring their activities Sept 11 2001 is a demonstration of fact of what happens when that is done If the terrorists are Islamic fundamental ists then they are the ones who are going to be under attack It does not mean that the United States is seeking to kill Muslims just because of their faith Unfor tunately many people of this faith have been taught to hate those not of Islamic faith and to kill them Philip A Rogers New Braunfels Opposing viewpoints are food for thought Regarding the letter from Frances Shannon Feb 19 complaining about your publishing such a liberal editorial page in an area and a state with such strong conservative It is just because we are in an area where conserva tive and ultraconservative views are held that we need opposing views presented I appreciate these views not because I always agree with them but because I want to read all sides of the issues and make up my own mind Please be careful of calling anyones views It is not treasonous to dis agree with our government It is our constitutionally guaranteed right and some times it may be our patriotic duty Bill Ball New Braunfels Today In History She really did drop lose her ticket I was excited to see my friend Shirley McKenzies picture on the front page of your paper on Feb 14 It became very disturbing to me as I read the negative reporting about her She was not trying to get a prize from the Prize she was only trying to ex plain the number they called was hers but she lost it while trying to help her hus band who has many many health problems He was a POW from World War II They are both wonderful people Russ her husband has gone through lung cancer surgery heart problems and has involuntary tremors This is why she has to hold everything for him I remem ber when she dropped the ticket while helping to hold his plate We looked around but couldnt find it Shirley is a very caring and sharing person She does volunteer work in New Braunfels and also back in Minnesota as do many of our other friends who come down here Some for 20 or more years for three to four She could care less about the prize but I do think you owe her an apolo gy Perhaps you dont wel come the people from Up North anymore Beverly Hoium New Braunfels BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Tuesday March 4 the 63rd day of 2003 There are 302 days left in the year Todays history highlight On March 4 1933 Frank lin Roosevelt was inau gurated president pledg ing to lead the country out of the Great Depression The start of FDRs first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet Labor Secretary Frances On this date In 1193 Saladin the Muslim warrior who op posed the Crusades died In 1789 the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a In 1793 George Wash ington was sworn in for a second term as president of the United States In 1837 the Illinois state legislature granted a city charter to Chicago In 1861 Abraham Lin coln was inaugurated pres ident In 1893 Grover Cleve land was inaugurated for his second nonconsecutive term as president In 1902 the American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago In 1952 actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley Calif In 1981 a jury in Salt Lake City convicted Joseph Paul Franklin an avowed racist of violating the civil rights of two black men who were shot to death Five years ago The Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment at work can be illegal even when the offender and victim are of the same gender 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 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 Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum 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 email address Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 Fax 210 8260571 How to contact in Austin Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box 627 Laredo TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Rd San Antonio TX 78233 Its a sad day in neighborhood without Mr Rogers The question is whether the neighborhood will be the same nowjthats hes gone Atjage 74 Mister Rogers suc cumjaed to cancer this past week WJien the PBS channel report ed oil the death of Fred Rogers our 15yearold daughter Lauren pushed herself away from the computer not an easy task to accomplish and watched the tele vis ujn As they showed clips of his show Mister Rogers Neighbor her face was visibly sad dened 1 can remember coining home from kindergarten and watching she said remi niscing out loud I can remember kind of being afraid of the trolley 1 think Im going to Her two teenage brothers rolled DOUG TONEY their eyes but sat quietly If the truth were to be known they were watching just as intently I remember all the charac she said Its so sad that he She was right Fred Rogers an ordained Pres byterian minister and puppeteer created a childrens television show that became a refuge for f young and old alike He offered unqualified unre stricted love to anyone who was in his neighborhood Mister Rogers television show actually started in the early 1960s in Canada A native of Pennsylva nia his Canadian show eventual ly evolved into his broadcast for what became the public television network The show started in the North east and eventually became shown nationally In an article by Laura Bruno published in the Parsippiny Daily Record about Rogers she wrote about his helping President Bush with a project In April 2002 President Bush invited Rogers to help launch a reading program When Rogers entered the room with no intro duction spontaneous applause Rogers hushed the audience asking for 10 seconds of silence to think about anyone who has loved you and wanted the best for Rogers according to The Asso ciated Press has won a Peabody Award and several Emmys in cluding one for lifetime achieve ment He also was presented a Medal of Freedom in 2002 While other television shows for children embraced hightech gimmicks Rogers stuck to his lowkey softvoice formula Puppet characters such as X the Owl who lived in an oak tree next to Henrietta in the Neigh borhood of Make Believe consis tently offered comfort respect and love to their friends both on the show and in the television audience His trademark Cardigan sweaters one of which reportedly hangs in the Smithsonian are probably more commonly called Mister Rogers sweaters by the under 40 crowd Interviews this past week with his colleagues said the Mister Rogers you watched on television was the real Fred Rogers They said he was not an actor acting but a real person being himself in a makebelieve neigh borhood Across the nations children of all ages share the sadness over the loss of Mister Rogers Neighborhoods all over the country will not be the same without him Doug Ibney is editor and pub lisher of the