Friday, March 28, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Friday March HERALDZEITUNG Page 5A WAR ON IRA Briefs from the warfront The ambas sador to the United Nations walked out of a debate on the Iraq war Thursday after Iraqs ambas sador Mohammed AIDouri accused the United States of trying to exterminate the Iraqi people I did sit through quite a long part of what he had to say but Id heard Ambassador John Negroponte said French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Thursday that pre emptive strikes against rogue re gimes could further destabilize the world and that any decision to use force must be backed by a united internation al community De Villepin said France which vehemently opposes the war on Iraq wants to mend its relationship with the United States Because they share common values the United States and France will reestab lish close coopera tion in complete sol he said Marine Gen Peter Pace vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Iraqi troops had executed some American pri soners of war An Iraqi government statement accused forces of taking civilians as POWs and mocked coali tion leaders over expectations for a swift end to the war A Patriot missile shot down a missile fired at Kuwait from southern Iraq No debris was reported to have fallen on residential areas in the city In clashes be tween American soldiers and Iraqi forces outside Kar bala southwest of Baghdad Iraqi armored personnel carriers approached American positions but were hit by warplanes before getting within 10 miles On the home front President Bush conferred at Camp David with his clos est ally British Prime Minister Tony Blair The leaders discussed strategy Iraqi reconstruction and the potentially thorny issue of how big a role the United Nations will have in a postwar Iraq Iraqs health min ister said cruise missile strikes Wed nesday in Baghdad killed 36 civilians and injured 215 The military acknowledged aim ing at missile launch ers concealed in Baghdad neighbor hoods but denied targeting residents The Bush admin istration has seized billion in Iraqi assets already fro zen in the United States and will use the money to help rebuild the country once Saddam Hussein is ousted a top Tieasury Department official said Thursday Congress pressed to move quickly to approve war funds BY ALAN FRAM Associated Press writer WASHINGTON Top administration officials pressed Congress on Thurs day to quickly send President Bush the billion he wants to begin paying for the war with Iraq and didnt rule out needing even more money before the year ends Bush proposed the measure on Tuesday and has asked lawmakers to complete the legislation by April 11 which would be lightning fast action for Congress House and Senate leaders plan to whip initial versions through their chambers by the end of next week though disputes are raging over flex ibility Bush wants in spend ing the money and addons lawmakers want for local law enforcement and struggling airlines Many lawmakers have expressed doubt that Bushs figure would fully cover the buildup combat against Iraq and the expensive post war role America will proba bly play in peacekeeping humanitarian aid and recon struction Citing uncertainty over the duration of the fighting and other factors Defense Secre tary Donald Rumsfeld repeat edly stopped short Thursday of assuring the legislators that the requested money would be sufficient He said the re quest billion of which goes to the Pentagon is designed to last through Sept 30 when the governments budget year ends Cost of war at the pump Retail gas prices regular unleaded as of Thursday March 27 Average price gallon IWu March 24 March 17 March 10 March 3 Prlcea Source Department of Energy The HeraldZeitung will print gasoline prices Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the war in Iraq graphic by Gary E Matlland Citgo San Texaco 725 Chevron Oak Diamond Shamrock Is it going to prove out over the coming months I dont Rumsfeld said of the figure to the Senate Appro priations Committee Do we believe it is the best possible estimate at the current time Later discussing with sen ators whether the money would last through Septem ber Deputy Defense Secre tary Paul Wolfowitz said Even that you cant say with There is widespread belief among lawmakers that a sec ond expensive midyear spend ing bill will be needed Democ rats in particular have ques tioned Bushs request and cit ed the wars costs as a reason for opposing the new round of tax cuts that he has pro posed Along with Rumsfeld Air Force Gen Richard B Myers chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tried to build a sense of urgency for the money Both men said many De fense Department accounts are already drawing money reserved for the last quarter of the budget year and Myers said some programs will begin running out of money in May Failure to quickly provide the money would undoubt edly reduce readiness and morale among the troops Myers told the senators adding Its up to all of us to show them our words are re flective of our Rumsfeld said that even had Iraqi President Saddam Hussein disarmed and pre vented a war it would have cost the United States bil lion for the military presence it would have been required to keep in the region through this year Still the proposal contin ued running into bipartisan trouble for the extraordinary leeway Bush wants in spend ing much of the money Rums feld said that the unpre dictable course of warfare meant our budget plan must also have flexibility to deal with changing circumstances on the Rumsfeld would be able to transfer billion of his money among various accounts without the usu al signoffs from Congress The bill would also create several smaller funds the administration could use for emergencies with little input from lawmakers The separation of powers has worked well for 215 Sen Robert Byrd D told Rumsfeld Count me out when you ask for these additional In interviews the Republi can chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees both said they would favor some limits on the flexibility Bush would get Meanwhile lawmakers con tinued pressing for more funds Senators told Home land Secretary Tom Ridge that more money is needed to protect ports and for socalled first responders My state is desperate for the said Sen Harry Reid DNev While Bushs bill requests billion for domestic secu rity efforts Obey said Democ rats believe another bil lion is needed for improve ments such as safeguarding nuclear materials ports ail ports and military instal lations 40 military familes are guests to see Annie BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Forty family members of airmen and women stationed at Randolph Air Force Base are the guests tonight of a New Braunfels woman look ing for a way to make a con tribution to the war effort Catina Winslett bought the family members tickets to tonights performance of Annie at the Brauntex Per forming Arts Theatre The morning after the war started watching the news I felt so Winslett said Thursday I was thinking about the wives and children and even the husbands of the deployed She thought there must be something that she could do to show her appreciation Her original thought was that she and some friends could get money together to send the families for a night out Then she got another idea Why not buy them tickets to Annie at the Brauntex One morning she called the main base number at Ran dolph AFB That got her in touch with the bases family support center and Christina Schroeder Schroeder liked the idea 1 immediately thought of K JESSIE The youngest stars of Annie rehearse Its a Hard Knocks Life Wednesday evening on the Brauntex stage The musi cal plays at through Saturday and April 35 Annie because my kids are so excited to see it because they know a couple of friends in Winslett said She talked with Linda Smith who was working on the play and they determined there were 40 available tickets for the people on the base Then Winslett called her friend Crissy Clark Together they manned the telephones and asked other friends for dona tions ticket Basically she Winslett just called me and asked me to Clark said Were neighbors and were in a so rority together She asked me to call all our friends and fam ily including our They collected enough mon ey for the 40 tickets in two hours Winslett said she has learn ed there are a multitude of ways individuals can help out in time of war There is a lot we can she said Its surprising But there I hope its just an opportu nity for them to have a night Clark said of the mili tary families and take their mind off things consuming them which are their hus bands and fathers off fight ing the He was touched by words that he did not coin In Wednesdays edition of the HeraldZeitung a byttne was attached to words that I did not pen I received the piece from a friend whom I served with dur ing my in the military I for warded it to many of my friends and family so that they too coukj enjoy such deep and in my mind meaningful thoughts Because of a miscommunica tion the HerakJZaitung an rrOtfato and attached my as the author However white I didnt write the words I believe in them By way of was not involved in combat operations I provided techno logical support for communica tion systems as a naval elec tronics technician I had friends and family involved in combat operations throughout the Gulf served in the Navy for was dumg theGuif War of wftch ay 11 years removed from active duty I have friends and family involved in the current conflict both in combat opera tions and combat support Like everyone else I do not take any pleasure in the idea of war In tact H frightens me It frightens me that while our power and might all but guarantees our ablty to win mis war it cannot guarantee the state of our world after it It frightens me that my daughter her children and their children could be living in a much more dangerous world than we live in today It frightens me that people like Saddam Hussein still exist in our world It is because of these and other fears that I passed along those words to my friends and family members through email They poetically and emphatical ly expressed how I felt as I sat in the safety of my own living room and watched these very young man and woman risk thair m on the battafiett Because of my profession to one thing I hoW aw my ethics and my integrity After i the tnoocant mistake angry and upset after they dis covered the truth Many people called and sent emails to thank me for writing something that I could not take credit for and in embarrassirwvt I had to explain the mistake However after I explained that I did not write the words instead of expressing angar they thankad ma lor pas sing tarn on Instead of totta upset ifray expressed gfatfcjda for gtean them Hi to wad an of ft mm iwQugh fetst A time of prayer The public is invited to partici pate in an Ecumenical1 prayer service for the military men and women serving overseas the families affected and our country Prayer time is to 6 Monday through Friday and 8 and Saturday and Sunday at Sts Peter and Paul Church Serving with honor Sgt Jesus Lira Petty Officer 3rd Class Amulfo Sauceda The HeraldZeitung would like to salute the men and women of the Hill Country who are serving in the Middle East Bring a picture of your service member by the newspaper to be published along with a short note from loved ones emphasizing their pride and hopes for safe return Thoughts from Home Tb our son Sgt Jcnus Lira USMC We want to thank vou so much for defending our country for us We are so proud of You are doing what you to do and we await your safe return home Codbless you Your father and mother Jesus L and Elva Lira and brother Uzette Lira Sgt Jesus Lira is now serving in Operation Enduring Freedom He has proudly served his country for four years He graduated in from Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz His family wants to thank everyone who has been supportive and those keeping Sgt Lira in then prayers Tb our son Arnulfo Sauceda We love you and miss Your mom and dad sister Alyzibeth brothers Anthony and Andrew and aunts uncles cousins and grandpa and grandma Tb my nephew We love vou and are praying for Youraunt Carmen Zamanipa and cousins Priscilla Velez Amber Velez Jennifer Velez and family Petty Officer Third Class Arnulfo Sauceda is sening aboard the USS Harry S Truman Flying their colors with pride those words to I was con oemad that paopie would be mm DAVID INGRAM HeraidZeitung This flag above hangs at the New Braunfels Childrens Museum One of the several children painted on the side of the building located at the comer of W San Antonio Street and S Academy Avenue appears to be waving at the Stars and Stripes The HeraldZeitung invited readers to let us know if they were flying the American flag in front of their busi nesses or homes The following have responded BUSINESSES BCapricioBarandGnll 1643 Antonio FAR Company 395 E Mill Street Color Express 193 W San Anionio RESIDENCES Rene Gary WitKerson 17 Hoiseshoe Court BiU Barbara Strickland 1953 Palace Dnve Mark Liz Blankenbecwei 618 Noun Ski Loop Joanne Chambers 56 Guada Coma Di Cathy Marten Mosts 963 Queens D Adam Cork 864 Vista ParHway Jane Martraz tajiuly 2457 Savannah Hill Circte