Friday, April 11, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page Friday April FORUM Contact Managing Editor diary E Maltland 6259144 ext 220 BKAUNfWLS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zcitung 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 Other views Fort Worth StarTelegram on bill would require pledge of allegiance Citing respect for troops fighting in Iraq committees from both chambers of the Texas Legislature have approved bills aimed at making sure that the states public school students begin every day with reflection and patriotism The effort has praiseworthy goals but it is misguided The bills which await action by the full House and Senate would require school districts to set aside a moment of silence during which each stu dent must reflect pray meditate or engage in any other silent activity that does not disturb others The bills also would require students to pledge their allegiance to the and Texas flags each day Students may be excused from this activity if they bring to school a written request from a parent or guardian The spirit behind these bills respect for our nation and deep appreciation for the sacrifices of our soldiers on the field of battle misses the vital point that patriotism cannot be forced It cannot even be taught It must come from inside Public schools can and should teach every student about the history of our nation and its ideals Teachers should be taking the opportunity to engage students in discussions about this war and how it fits with that history and those ideals In those ways and through the same types of dis cussions with parents or other respected adults young peoples patriotism is nourished But for the state government to require the ritual of daily pledges will gain nothing And to say that the student may opt out of the ritual with a parent al note simply targets them for potential abuse from their peers Locally elected school boards may now approve a daily moment of silence and the daily pledge At least that option provides local control over these important issues Further action from the Legislature is not needed and would be counterproductive Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Friday April 11 the 101st day of 2003 There are 264 days left in the year Todays history highlight On April 11 1945 during World War II American soldiers liberated the noto rious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany On this date In 1689 William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain In 1814 Napoleon Bona parte abdicated as emperor of France and was banish ed to the island of Elba In 1898 President McKin ley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain In 1899 the treaty end ing the SpanishAmerican War was declared in effect In 1921 Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax In 1951 President Tru man relieved Gen Douglas MacArthur of his com mands in the Far East 1 mm 00PB80H INNER HENOHCAKE OF Policy Letters To The Editor Its about money not cleaner air motorists are will ing to pay an additional per vehicle every year for emissions testing I urge everyone to attend the Clean Air Plan public meeting at 9 Saturday at the Seguin City Council Cham bers The Clean Air Plan ap plies to all residents in Bexar Guadalupe Comal and Wil son counties For years ozone monitors were located only in Bexar County Last year a moni tor was activated at the New Braunfels Airport on Aug 30 It was soon deacti vated on Nov 2 Its fourth highest eighthour daily maximum reading was 78 parts per billion The EPA standard for attainment is Write Em 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 John Cornyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 Tel 2022242934 Fax 2022282856 to be less that 85 ppb Thus air quality at New Braun fels Airport was in attain ment The 2003 ozone season has already begun yet the New Braunfels Airport monitor was not reactivat ed Instead new monitors were placed in Seguin and Garden Ridge Perhaps monitors that record good air quality might under mine the current push for vehicle emissions testing Remember the old saying follow the money If im plemented of every testing fee would go to the state Considering the cur rent billion budget deficit it is easy to under stand why the state agen cies want emissions testing The state claims ozone is a health issue and testing should begin regardless of i costs All emails are sent through the Web site Austin office Jennifer Lustina state director Beth Cubriel field director 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office 512 4696034 Fax San Antonio office Daniel Mezza regional director 600Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office Fax Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 11 GONE Loop410 Suite 640 Based on the best model ing information available vehicle emissions testing would reduce ozone levels by only 3 ppb After more than of installing engine pollution control devices cars are no longer the biggest polluters From the list of 90 possible ozone reduction strategies many could reduce ozone more than vehicle emissions test ing but they would not increase government rev enue The Clean Air Plan should include the most effective ozone reduction strategies based on good scientific data collected by proper scientific methods Unfortunately govern ments desire for more mon ey is now the most impor tant consideration Charles Ruppert Clbolo San Antonio TX 78209 210 8215024 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 Fax 512 4739920 email address The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 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 Braunfela TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Contact Em City Council Mayor Adam Cork 6082100 city hall 6091958 home District 1 Sonia MuftozGIII 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 Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 1 SON 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 Sorting out the winners losers in war debate BELFAST Northern Ireland There was something comical about the antiwar protesters who gathered here for the abbre viated BushBlair summit meet ing They were opposing a war that is nearly over They demo nized the victors who are fight ing in a moral cause and not the losers who light to preserve an immoral rule These protest ers silence during the deposed and possibly dead Saddam Husseins three decades of murder and mayhem makes them irrelevant In toting up the winners and losers of thin war the top loser after Saddam Hussein and his regime must be the political left From Hollywoods Martin Sheen and Michael Moore to European the United Nations and aging peacenika and their illegiti mate progeny the left has suf fered a stunning defeat These losers were wrong from the begin ning because their view of human ity and of good and evil is flawed Evil must be opposed some times by force As freed Iraqis CAL THOMAS begin to testify to the horror and degradation imposed on them by Saddam Hussein the left will be hard pressed to explain why they were again on the wrong side of history Their credibility is on a par with the Iraqi information minister who claimed that no coalition tanks had entered Baghdad at a time when the tanks could be seen and heard Other losers include the Chi nese Russian and French govern ments each of which supplied more arms to Saddam Hussein than any other nation According to the Stockholm international Peace Research Institute cited in Michael Goves April 8 column in the London between 1973 and 2002 Russia provided 57 per cent of Saddams arms imports France 13 percent and China 12 percent The United States sup plied just 1 percent at most and Britain less than that War critics are wrong when they claim that the United States and Britain are primarily respon sible for Saddams weaponry No wonder the French Russians and Chinese opposed coalition efforts They didnt want their complicity and duplicity discovered Some in the American and es pecially British media were losers because they regularly painted a doomsday scenario from their predictions of a Vietnamlike quagmire to questioning the wis dom of every military move ABCs Peter Jennings was especially guilty of extreme negativity about coalition policies and progress but he was no worse than the entire BBC which appeared to be in need of antidepressants to say nothing of a shot of truth serum The notion that free nations can and should do nothing about oppressed people was a big loser At a joint news conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair Presi dent Bush said free nations have a responsibility to confront ter rorism and promote human rights across the Call this the Jimmy Carter doctrine but with muscle The winners in this conflict are many starting with the people of Iraq who have an opportunity if they will seize it not only to claim freedom for themselves but also their posterity and to serve as an example to the region as they once did in ancient times President Bush endured the most personal invective to emerge triumphant At the Hillsborough Castle news conference the presi dent said There is a question in Europe about whether I mean what I say Saddam Hussein now knows I mean what 1 So does the rest of the world Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld arid his deputy Paul Wolfbwitz along with the com mander of the coalition forces Gen Tommy Franks are also winners They ignored criticism that their plan was fhtwed that there were not enough troops committed to the task and that casualty rates would be unaccept ably high None of this proved true All of the clergy academics and commentators who predicted America would lose the war of public opinion and that this adventure would produce a thousand Bin Ladens are also wrong Why should it not produce a thousand or millions of Win ston Churchills and people who want freedom from religious and political dictators History has been on the side of freedom the side President Bush is on If he is able to expand these freedoms in the Middle East and in Northern Ireland this presi dent BO reviled by European eunuchs will be the biggest win ner of all Cal Thomas is a syndicated