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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas ge 6A HERALDZEITUNO March 0 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 Editorial Paving way to better use of street funds Tucked behind the ongoing arguments about how best to spend the citys 4B funds economic devel opment vs roads was a story this past week about adopting tougher standards for streets that would be built in New Braunfels after May The story wasnt glitzy and the topic just doesnt elicit the kind of emotional debate that has marked the 4B funds issue But it dovetails handily into the broader picture In short the Planning Commission adopted stan dards that should increase the number of years that a newly built street can be used How much longer wasnt clearly specified City 1 Engineer Mike Short told the commission he could not say for sure whats been the average life of a icity street But Short suggested that streets built to lthe new standards could last for 20 years Any improvement should equate into valuable savings over time Because if past history jtells us anything it tells us the cost of laying j asphalt 10 years from now is bound to be more than it is today So every year of extra life we jcan get from a street is an economic benefit I The suggested change was recommended by Short and the Subdivision Committee of the Plan rung Commission The standards would provide 1guidance to developers who have to provide roads I for new subdivisions j So as the debate on how much of the 4B funds to spend for streets continues at least we have the of knowing these new standards are paving 1the way to better use of those funds Policy Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday March 9 the 68th day of 2003 There are 297 days left in year Todays history highlight On March 9 1862 dur ing the Civil War the iron clads Monitor and Virginia formerly Merrimac clash ed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads Va On this date In 1661 Cardinal Jules Mazarin the chief minister of France died leaving King Louis XIV in full con trol In 1796 the future emperor of France Napoleon Bona parte married Josephine de Beauharnais The cou ple divorced in In 1916 Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attack ed Columbus killing more than a dozen people In 1933 Congress called into special session by Pre sident Roosevelt began its hundred days of enacting New Deal legislation In 1945 during World War II B29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Japan In 1975 work began on the Alaskan oil pipeline In 1992 former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin died in Tel Aviv at age 78 Letters To The Editor Is Flumes 4B funds plan just politics Isnt it about time that council members Pebbie Flume Robert Kendrick and Ken Valentine explain why almost everything they do on city council appears to be an attempt to stick it to the chamber Arent there more impor tant issues facing New Braunfels than who controls the Highway Visitor Cen ter Mr Valentine claims that certain businesses receive preferential treatment by the center yet the volun teers who actually work there showed up in force to expose his claims as false Rather than admit that he had been busted in a fib he scolded the chamber for forcing the speakers to come out in bad weather Now thats chutzpah Mr Valentine where is your proof that the Highway Visitor Center is showing preference to chamber member businesses Im betting you have none When you see this type of behavior it begs the bigger Write Em question of trustworthiness Only recently Mr Valen tine joined Mrs Flume and others in claiming that they have the answer to our stitet problems and as usual it involves challenging the in terests of the chamber If these folks play fast and loose with the facts on the Highway Visitor Center why should we believe that what they are telling us about 4B money is true They have proven time and time again that they will say and do anything to get their way If Mrs Flume were truly interested in representing the interests of her district she would have attempted to get the signatures for her petition from her own con stituents rather than hang ing out at the post office trolling for the elderly I guess all those Pospisil signs that are popping up like weeds in her district scared her off commu nity who continue to spew hatred for the chamber remember that there are people behind the name and they have just as much of a right to push for their agenda as you do As citizens we should expect our leaders to deal fairly and honestly with everyone in our community including members of the chamber Given the fact that Mrs Flume is either unwilling or unable to do this the bur den is on her to prove that her 4B initiative is some thing other than pure poli tics DuaneNeel New Braunfels Like Jefferson I tremble for nation Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is Thomas Jef ferson 17431826 So many things written by this unique and talented man so many years ago are apropos to our problems as a nation today His insight and wisdom and his concise working of monumental statements reflect a Godgiven talent I too tremble for my country Shirley Flowers New Braunfels 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 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio TX 78209 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address TheHeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 260 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 email ContactEm City Council Mayor Adam Cork 6082100 city hall 6091958 home email@example.com 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 Districts Ken Valentine 6257384 home firstname.lastname@example.org Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 150N SeguinAve New Braunfels TX 781X 6205501 Fax 6082026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 6205504 830 8992948 home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin 6205509 210 6519672 home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 6205503 6069208 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 6205508 830 6256739 home News media have failed to get a grip on religion Ten years ago the Washington Post carried a frontpage story on evangelical Christians The writer Michael Weisskopf famously dis missed this significant demo graphic as poor uneducated and easy to Uproar ensued and members of this particular class telephoned and faxed their bona fides noting their degrees from accredited and mainstream universities Weisskopf was forced to amend his story explaining he meant most evangelicals are poor une ducated and easy to command That brought more objections from the same class of people The Post ombudsman at the time Joann Byrd wrote a column in which she tried to explain Weis skopfs faux pas Byrd said read ers needed to understand that most journalists dont know any of these Dont want to know them is a better explana tion Now comes the newly minted New York Times oped columnist Nicholas D Kristof with a simi CAL THOMAS lar statement He not only dis plays the kind of ignorance such people like to attribute to evan gelicals but also will reinforce in the minds of many what might be called the evangelical bias that causes so many Christians to dis trust the mainstream media First a definition An evangeli cal Christian is one who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and who has repented of sin and accepted Jesus as his or her savior The evangelical believes he has the privilege and obligation to share the good news that Jesus came to save sinners with others so they might go to heaven rather than hell Clearly Kristof like his Post predecessors would not recognize an evangelical if he saw one He correctly writes that it is impos sible to understand President Bush without acknowledging the centrality of his He notes that evangelicals are increasing ly important in every aspect of American And he accu rately says In its approach to evangelicals the national news media are generally reflective of the educated elite particularly in the Northeast Its expected at New York dinner parties to link crime to deprived childhoods conversation would stop abruptly if someone mentioned Having made the case for the presence and importance of evangelical Christians in our country and culture Kristof who acknowledges that a Gallup Poll last December found that 46 percent of the country identify with the labels evangelical then writes this incredible sentence Yet I cant think of a single evangelical working for a major news Kristof needs to spend less time at those New York dinner parties and engage the real world Throw ing modesty to the winds the most widely syndicated oped columnist in the United States would identify with the label Evangelical though he dislikes labels unless people first define them This fellow also has a TV show on a secular cable network and has worked in major news organizations nearly all of his professional life He is not alone Depending on ones definition of a major news there are perhaps hundreds of evangelical Christians working at newspapers television and radio stations and even in Hollywood An international reporter fer USA Today it a evangeli cal Christian A White House cor respondent for a major wire ser vice covered the Jimwy Carter presidency as he did Watergate with i credibility There are many more examples While Kristof laments the sepa ration of media from faith and the medias failure to understand and explain faith to consumers he and his newspaper have the power and the staff to open their eyes if not their souls to the good or at least to the largest and most ignored by elites demographic in the coun try If they wont do it as a mater of faith they should do it as a matter of business If the New York Times cares about covering not only evangeli cal Christians but religion in general it might begin by read ing World Magazines March 8 issue The sever story What Dont Know Can Hurt chronicles the failure of major news organi zations to get a grip on religion coverage and how that has hurt the publics right to know Col Thomas is a syndicated columnist
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