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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas JFriday March Page 7A FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maltland 6259144 ext 220 NfiW HERALDZfelTUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German arid English until 1958 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Gary E Maltland Managing Editor Other views Fort Worth StarTelegram on Iraqi miscalculation While it seems almost contradictory war has rules and one of the most important of them deals with the treatment of prisoners Nothing angers an army or a nation more than the violation of that section of the Geneva Convention On Sunday the Arab satellite television network AlJazeera broadcast footage from Iraqi television of what was said to be captured American prisoners of war Also broadcast was footage of bodies in uniform in an Iraqi morgue also identified as Americans Reports said that some of them appeared to have been shot in the forehead Military leaders noted that such treatment of cap tives violates international law They also noted that forces have taken many Iraqi prisoners but that their photographs are not being paraded across the airwaves and that they would not be The coalition casualty lists grew longer Sunday as ground troops pressed on toward Baghdad all indi eating that while the outcome of the war is not in doubt there is much yet to be done and a price still to be paid Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday that there have to be tough days ahead Wars are unpredictable There are still a large number of the difficulties and things that can go wrong that are still ahead of Asked whether casualties could be significant Rumsfeld said simply How long is not knowable How many casualties is not knowable And thats just the only honest thing anyone can the most optimistic already knew that tmiif If lealieMhOpe that the pictures of capu tured and dead troops broadcast Sunday by Al Jazeera will be psychologically damaging to the American forces and to the nation that sent them they have made a tragic miscalculation Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Friday March 28 the 87th day of 2003 There are 278 days left in the year Todays history highlight On March the 34th president of the United States Dwight D Eisen hower 78 died in Washington On this date In 1834 the Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of Policy The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 words or fewer and the Herald Zeitung 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 My idea of radical Share your ideas on columnists federal deposits from the Bank of the United States In 1854 during the Cri mean War Britain and France declared war on Russia In 1898 the Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a citizen In 1939 the Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francis co Franco I couldnt help but chuckle as I hung up the telephone Laughing I walked into the newsroom and announced my journalism career was now complete For the first time in my professional life I had been labeled a leftwing radical The caller of course didnt know me personally She had never met me and since I am relatively new to the community there is certainly not enough history to determine with fair ness where on the political spectrum my views fall Purely and simply I had been stereotyped because of the newspa pers choice of columnists in partic ular Charley Reese In the past three weeks I have had similar conversations with other read ers And those who follow the editorial page of the HeraldZeitung have no doubt noticed the number of letters criticizing the opinions of Reese First its important to note that Reese has been one of the Herald 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 Fax 210 3496753 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 Tel 2022242934 Fax 2022282856 GARY E MAITLAND Zeitungs regular columnists for a cou ple of years His appearance on the editorial page has nothing to do with my taking over the helm of the news room He was entrenched before I came But I must tell you Im as surprised by the strength of some of Reeses recent columns as those readers who are calling and writing I first met Reese more than a decade ago while living and working in Win ter Haven Fla He was a staff colum nist for the Orlando Sentinel who was peddling his syndicated column He seemed like a good fit a conserva tive voice for a community heavily populated by retirees Over the years I worked in Winter Haven I talked frequently with Reese occasionally over lunch His column was popular and always seemed to fold comfortably into the conservative mold But there always was a very strong antiIsrael bent I can honestly say the tone of Reeses columns seems much different today Obviously many of our readers feel the same way I believe that a newspaper has an obligation to present a diversity of opinions to readers But Im also open to suggestions about how to improve the lineup of those columnists So if you have a favorite columnist you would want us to consider let me know You can send me an email at email@example.com or call me at 6259144 ext 220 But please no more leftwing labels They just dont suit me Gary E Maitland is managing edi tor of the All emails are sent through the Web site Austin office Jennifer Lustina state director Beth Cubriel field director 221 West Sixth Si Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office 512 4696034 Fax San Antonio office Daniel Mezza regional director 600 Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office Fax 210 2248569 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 11 GONE 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 District office 254 E Mill Street New Braunfels 78130 830 6278820 Fax 830 6278895 How to contact in Austin Box 2910 Austin 787682190 512 4630325 email address Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio TX 78209 210 8267800 How to contact in Austin 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address Jeff wentworth Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box 627 Laredo TX 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Rd San Antonio TX 78233 War diverting attention from domestic issues AUSTIN There was Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday morning repeatedly warning the Iraqis that prisoners of war are protect ed by the Geneva Convention and showing pictures of POWs is wrong That would be the same Donald Rumsfeld who refused to classify the POWs at Gitmo in Cuba as POWs instead calling them de tainees and military The administration initially prepared to claim Al Qaida fight ers were not covered by the Gene va Convention until the military pointed out that what goes around comes around We displayed pic tures of our prisoners wearing black hoods in chains and housed in outdoor chainlink kennels If the Republican Guard surren ders will rightwing radio talk jocks who have never been near a war refer to them as hummus eating surrender Meanwhile back at the ranch You need to keep an eye on the back pages of the newspapers and the brief recaps that follow And in other news There is stuff flying under the radar you would not believe For one thing both the House and the Senate have passed George W Bushs budget including the MOLLY IVINS second round of tax cuts billion 50 percent of it going to the richest 1 percent of the people in this country In the Senate Democrats man aged to repeal billion of the tax cut in order to pay for the current war but Sen Bill Frist Republican majority leader says he plans to go back and take even that out of the bill Had it not been for war this budget would have been the subject of a huge nation al debate This enormous tax cut will pro vide a break of a year to the average working family Almost half of all taxpayers will get less than But someone making a million dollars a year will cut a cut of This is iniquitous It is wicked It is unfair This budget does three stupid and mean things simultaneously It cuts taxes for the richest Ameri cans during a national crisis cuts domestic spending that peoples lives depend on and completely ignores the cost of both war and reconstruction Under this bud get almost all discretionary domes tic programs as well as Medicare and Medicaid are subject to cuts or restraints Discretionary spending is such a cold meaningless term There is so much pain behind it you can hardly begin to imagine Student loans childcare food stamps school lunches job training veter ans programs and cash assis tance for the elderly and disabled poor are all being cut That means peoples lives will be cut up Mothers who have struggled to get off welfare barely making it on minimumwage jobs will lose childcare and be pushed back onto the rolls with their eligibility to run out soon Young people trying to acquire job skills will be pushed back onto the street This plan is supposed to stimu late jobs and growth It doesnt Analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows paltry job growth this year and the plan would ac tually increase job losses in the long run Even by White House estimates the plan would produce only jobs this year for the more than 8 million people seek ing work Since March 2001 the economy has lost million jobs The House stimulus bill offers billion in corporate tax con cessions mostly in the form of 30 percent in extra depreciation writeoffs in each of the next three years According to Citizens for Tax Justice the changes will wipe out more than a fifth of otherwise expected corporate income tax payments over the next three years The bill provides in cor porate tax cuts for every dollar allocated to help unemployed workers Also under cover of war the House passed a bankruptcy law that makes it harder for individual debtors to file for bankruptcy and easier for corporations to do so The bill is full of ugly little details including the House rejec tion of an amendment to give families owed child support a stronger claim on the assets of a delinquent former spouse than say Visa or MasterCard Nope corporations first children last Its compassionate conservatism In a vote that will come to haunt us all the Senate killed a Democ ratic effort to remove tax cuts worth trillion over 10 years and allocate the savings to Social Security Now heres a nifty little item Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz on the first day of the war ordered the service chiefs to provide examples in which Presi dent Bush could cite national security to exempt the military from environmental laws The administration has already asked Congress to ease laws gov erning endangered species marine mammals and air and water qual ity in the name of military train ing According to The Washington Post Wolfowitz suggested the Pentagon reverse its past con straint against having the presi dent invoke the national security exemptions written into some environmental laws Interesting National security includes more pollution Meanwhile the Israel defense minister has announced he wants to push a security fence deeper into the West Bank bringing another Jewish settlers and around Palestinians to the Israeli side Can you say Land grab Molly Ivins is a syndicated
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