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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                BUT MIUU COW e 6A March NEW BRAUNPBLS 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 Maltland Managing Editor 830 6259144 Other views Fort Worth StarTelegram on rush to missile defense The interception and destruction of an incoming j missile bound for a target in the United States is an exceedingly complex technological problem In basic terms its like firing a bullet to hit another bullet from another gun Some critics question whether such a missile 1 defense system could actually perform its primary mission to knock out a missile launched by a nation such as North Korea Iraq or Iran If Bush administration has its way we may not poiow until its needed jf With the aim of deploying a rudimentary system ujby September a few weeks before the election in fulfillment of a campaign made in 2000 the Bush administration proposed in its fiscal 2004 budget that the sys tem be exempt from realworld operational testing In the interests of quick deployment Defense Donald Rumsfeld already has exempted Nfche missile defense program from traditional over weight within the Defense Department prompting complaints from the Senate Armed Services Com over the past two years that it cant do an job of oversight without the Pentagon fcj The latest proposal from the Pentagon would the missile defense system from a law Code Title 10 Section 2431 that requires Defense Department to certify to Congress that testing has been completed on major systems before they are put into produc In the administration proposes to a systemwithout adequate assurance that it work E 6269144 220 Letters To The Editor Congress must not relinquish its oversight duties was this project is rushed to deployment As taxpay we have a right to know how our money is Aeing spent And we must have an assurance an expenditure of billions of dollars that might have been spent in other theaters of the war ElH terrorism that this missile shield will Mil Canyon Lake water diversion a bad idea I am perplexed by the lack of public debate and media attention concerning GBRAs plans to divert additional water from Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River The recent Canyon Lake Economic Benefits Study apparently makes it clear that there will be serious impact to the lake and the outflow to the Guadalupe when GBRA implements the plan to send more water to other parts of the Hill Country Canyon Lakes normal level is 909foot msl and the recreational facilities there are unusable at levels below 903foot msl The study indicates that lake levels could routinely fall well below that level during summer months rendering the lake useless for recreation Is this a viable plan What about the flow of the Guadalupe and its asso ciated economy below the lake Wont that be degrad ed as well What will be the impact to New Braunfels if summer river levels dont support rafters and the tourist econ omy around Canyon Lake collapses Who is making these deci sions Have our elected repre sentatives carefully re viewed GBRAs plans as well as the recent study and do they agree that appropriate decisions are being made for the nature of Comal County and the surrounding region Certainly one must ac knowledge the need to ration scarce water resources but the current plan to divert water to other parts of the county may seriously dam age the established economy around and below Canyon Lake Jim Tinsley New Braunfels Say no to Mexicos idea to shift burdens While leaders in Congress are telling us of thefragile condition of the Social Secu rity program and the dan gers of it collapsing in the near future an effort is be ing made to extend the pro gram to residents of Mexico The Washington Times recently reported If top officials at the State Depart ment and Social Security Administration have their way up to billion or more could be siphoned from the Social Security trust fund over the next couple of decades mostly to pay benefits to Mexican citi zens who worked illegally in the United Vicente Fox president of Mexico has been pushing President Bush to sign a Social Security agreement with Mexico as something of a consolation prize to make up for Bushs failure to pur sue promised immigration reform according to Latino lobbyists close to the Fox administration It is time for the tax payers to say no to Mexi cos attempt to shift its social welfare burdens onto the taxpayers To add more people to program already experiencing problems is pure idiocy MaxR Tyner New Braunfels Ibday In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tbday is Saturday March 8 fthe 67th day of 2003 There iare 298 days left in the year Todays history highlight l On March 8 1841 Su Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes the Great was born Boston On this date In 1702 Englands Queen Anne ascended the throne upon the death of King William III In 1917 the Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule In 1930 the 27th presi dent of the United States William Howard Taft died in Washington In 1942 Japanese forces captured Rangoon Burma during World War II 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 Loop410 Suite 640 San Antonio TX 78209 210 8215024 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel RNew Braunfels How to contact in Austin 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 email address carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us 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 512 4630125 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us Policy The en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 words or fewer and the HeralcUZeitung 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 the HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Contact Em City Council Mayor Adam Cork 6082100 city hall 6091958 home mayor@nbtexas.org District 1 Sonia MufiozGill 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 u1 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 American people are being played for suckers Still think you are not being jilimflammed by the Bush admin Jjstration Take heed of this Newsweek jtxas reported that Hussein Kamel the highestranking Iraqi official I ever to defect and Saddam Hus I eeins soninlaw told the United 3SJations the CIA and Britains 6 in 1995 that Iraq destroyed of its chemical and biological cks as well as the missiles to Deliver them in 1991 I j Yet the arms inspectors jjhe CIA and MI6 chose to keep secret If its true and no reason to believe it isnt then its pretty hard evidence Hhat the Bush administration is Hying through its teeth when it insisting that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction It JfJso bQlsters the credibility of for iner chief arms inspector Scott who has likewise insisted Iraqs weapons were destroy id For that matter it bolsters the credibility of the Iraqi govern which insists it no longer CHARLEY REESE has any weapons of mass destruc tion You might recall that Kamel defected to Jordan and about six months later made the mistake of returning to Iraq where he was killed This coming war with Iraq gets murkier and murkier Lets see if we can sort it out First we have a chief executive so naive about the world outside of Texas he probably couldnt find a lot of countries on a map Second he has surrounded him self with American Likudniks supporters of Israels rightwing government Even The Washing ton Post reported recently what f Ive been saying for months that Bushs policy is identical to that of Ariel Sharons the Israeli prime minister Ive said that Bush has been acting like Sharons puppet The Washington Post story quot ed a official as saying Sharon has played Bush like a The Israelis have long feared Iraq Iran and North Korea be cause they fear it will sell missiles to What a coincidence that those three countries are Bushs axis of Before Bushs election Dick Cheney now vice John Bolton now undersecretary of state for arms Douglas Feith now official in the Defense Depart Richard Perle now chair man of the Defense Policy Board and James Woolsey former CIA director all had one thing in com mon They served as advisers to the proIsraeli Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs This is according to an article that appeared in the magazine The Nation Bush recently appointed as director of Middle Eastern affairs for the National Security Council Elliott Abrams a protege of Perle and a man convicted of lying to Congress during the Iran i Contra affair In 1996 according to an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz Perle Feith and David Wurmser now an assistant to Bolton wrote a policy proposal for Benjamin Netanyahu then Israels prime minister Included in their advice were tips on how to manipulate the American government even the Haaretz reporter says the report comes dangerously close to dual loyalty and advice to drop the peace plan drop the idea of land for peace and concen trate on toppling Saddam Hus sein and eventually replacing other Middle Eastern govern ments in order to create a safe environment for Israel Theres your explanation for the war When sons and daughters come home in body bags or maimed those are the people you can blame Others in this group who form ed an outfit called the Project for the New American Century in 1997 that also called for toppling Saddam include in addition to most of those named above Don ald Rumsfeld William Kristol editor of the neoconservative Weekly Standard Paul Wol fowitz Rumsfelds No 2 guy William Bennett the best the neocons can do for an intellectual Richard Armitage now Colin Powells deputy Zalmay Khali Izad now ambassador to Afghani istan and others If you watch the silly cablenews shows you will recognize many of these names as part of the parade of experts in favor of war with Iraq The American people are being played for suckers Their sons and daughters will be cannon fod der in a war that might benefit a foreign country but will greatly damage the interests of our own Charley Reese is a syndicated   

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