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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Local band students gearing up for UIL concert C leisure Verizon lineup a little bit of country little bit of rock n NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Look for results from Fridays Ranger SUNDAY March 23 2003 40 pages in 5 sections EITUNG 112 Serving New Braunfcls and Comal County since 1852 Tyranny collapsing War in Words No one wants Often though a more lasting and meaningful peace is achieved through strength not vacillation And as we teach our chil dren sometimes we sacri fice today for better tomor Rep Lamar Smith RTexas No one is certain of what we may encounter as we continue on this jour ney What we can be hope ful for however is that if we remain strongly united as Americans behind our president and our troops that our final destination will be State Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels I applaud President Bush and his leadership under very difficult circum stances We hope and pray that the war will be short that we will be successful and the world will be a safer place when Iraq is lib erated and Hussein a rem nant of Sen John Comyn RTexas Iraqi men hold their arms In the air as they surrender to marines in the southermlrafcrdesert Saturdayarine tanks battled Iraqi forces oh the westernoutskirts of Basra on Saturday Tougher tasks ahead for coalition forces I was anti war Ive always been an antiwar person But I am prorehabilitating the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein I always think of war as the last resort Once it started I really had no choice though Connie Henricks New Braunfels Y3U look at and you see the street lights still burning in Baghdad after three days of bombing In a traditional air assault one of the first things you knock out is the lights the bridges etc If we were being careless or were against the people of Iraq we wouldnt be operating with such precision Dick Gray New Braunfels BY SALLY BUZBEE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The war against Iraq off to a smooth and potent start could become more difficult and deadly in the coming days The tasks ahead may include fighting the battleready Republican Guard troops avoiding chemical attacks seizing the streets of Baghdad and tracking down Saddam Hussein There will be Gen Tbmmy Franks commander of the forces said Saturday We have not yet seen One new complication is how to secure northern Iraq The military on Sat urday abandoned plans to use Turkish bases to move ground forces there The United States needs troops in the north not only to fight Iraqi forces but also to avert possible conflicts between Kurds and neighboring Turkey officials are currently relying on special operations forces in the north but may have to send conventional forces into the area President Bush renewed his warning that the war could be longer and more difficult than some think Pranks in his first news conference since the wars start Wednesday spoke of the potential for days and for weeks ahead of fight ing The six fighting divisions of the elite Republican Guard appear ready for combat and are mostly dug in around Baghdad At least one top deputy of Saddam is believed alive and commanding some Iraqi military and security efforts a senior official said That deputy known as Chemical led the chem ical weapons attack against rebellious Kurds in the 1980s that killed thou sands of civilians That raises the fear that troops could face chemical or biological attacks The troops have yet to find weapons of mass destruction which the White House contended Saddam was conceal ing and President Bush said was a prime rationale for war Saddam himself has proved elusive Franks said he did not know if the IAN A British soldier from the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps 16 Air Assault Brigade moves into Iraq to secure the North Ramala oilfields Saturday Troops edge closer to Baghdad BY CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Writer Advancing in a dusty dash toward Iraqs hardcore defenders forces rolled to within 150 miles of Bagh dad and besieged the south ern city of Basra A grenade attack Sunday at a base camp in Kuwait wounded 13 American soldiers Allies boasted the instru ments of tyranny are col and so from all appearances was the will to fight among thousands in the regular Iraqi army Still resistance in some areas was fierce On the outskirts of Basra a city of million where Saddam Husseins tough security fighters were thought to be lodged allies captured the airport in a gunbattle and took a bridge forces crossed the Euphrates River and were halfway to Baghdad two days after spilling from Kuwait in a sprint that has secured strategic oil fields a seaport and towns Near Basra Cobra attack helicopters attack jets tanks and 155 mm howitzers fought ahead of the troops to clear Highway 80 Officials said to Iraqi soldiers were in allied custody and many others gave up the fight There was danger away from the front lines as well In northern Kuwait troops in a tent at a 101st Airborne Division camp were attacked with grenades wounding 13 soldiers A soldier was detained as a suspect At Camp New York anoth er staging camp in northern See Lets Rock n Roll for Kids Screaming women in poodle skirts and neck scarves rush the stage to place dollar bills in Johnny Folks garter bett Saturday night at Wursthalle to help raise money for Communities In Schools The 1950sthemed party was replete with guys in white Tshirts sporting M I I I II m INSIDE Email fracas centers on election BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Controversy surrounding an email sent by a Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce official might come to a head during Mon day nights city council meet ing Officials disagree whether an agenda item to discuss the email is electioneering or an attempt to clarify false The email which Director of Economic Development Rusty Brockman sent from his chamber account to about 50 members of the New Braunfels Manufacturers Association solicits funds to support a political action At a glance WHAT New Braunfels City Counpil regular meeting WHEN WHERE Council chambers Municipal Building 424 committee A copy of the email which since has been widely circu lated reads I want to encourage each of you to con sider becoming a part of this PAC by sending a contribu Brockman gives an address for the PAC Citizens for Community Improvements which was formed to oppose two propositions on the May 3 ballot that would reduce the 4B tax and add a tax for street repair Brockman would not com ment on the correspondence but chamber President Michael Meek dismissed any illegality or conflict of inter est He said Brockman volun teers as secretary of the man ufacturers association and the email was a standard recap of the days meeting Meek said the meeting was about the political action committees and propositions 2 and 3 but denied the See   

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