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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday April Page SA FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 NEW BRAUNPBLS 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 Other views BryanCollege Station Eagle on a state income tax The way Texas funds public education is like an old tire worn and patched so many times that it barely holds air And like that old tire it is time to replace the propertytax dependent system with something new that will last a long time Although most people are afraid to say it out loud the best most equitable replacement is a state income tax dedicated to education with a con current elimination of local school property taxes at least as they are now imposed At first blush the idea of a state income tax cer tainly is unpopular Yet it is an idea whose time must come if Texas is to overhaul its no longer working school finance system If Texans would stop and consider the ultimate fairness of a state income tax for education they would come to that conclusion It is clear that school finance reform isnt going to happen in this session of the Legislature Perhaps a special session will be called but probably not until next spring The governor remains silent on the issue saying only that he would sign a school finance bill he agrees with whatever that is That isnt leadership Gov Perry Lt Gov David has proposed increas ing the state sales tax by 2 cents to 3 cents to raise money for public education At least that is an idea of how to address the problem even if it is a terrible idea A sales tax is regressive hurting low income families the most An income tax devoted to education would broad en the tax base considerably Now many Texans pay literally little or no property taxes meaning the rest of us have to pay more J An income tax would ensure that virtually every adult Texan contributes to funding public educa tion By spreading the load among many more peo ple the tax responsibility on each of us becomes less Of course if we are to have an income tax devot ed to education the Legislature must also eliminate local property taxes as a method for providing basic educational needs Many people claim erroneously we believe that an income tax would hurt Texas sending prospective business elsewhere But Texas is only one of seven states without some form of an income tax along with Alaska Florida Nevada South Dakota Washington and Wyoming Businesses wishing to relocate will continue to look to Texas because of its climate location abundant and rela tively inexpensive utilities work force and quality of life In fact many businesses might appreciate not having an oppressive local property tax to pay and they certainly would be attracted to a welledu cated work force throughout the state Perhaps a state income tax devoted to public edu cation with an accompanying elimination of local school property taxes isnt the way to go although we strongly believe it is It certainly should be one of the topics for discussion and debate starred caiifna I jh j i i W 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 No let ter will run until it is veri fied 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 Letters To The Editor Whos behind those antiwar protests Now that U S Marines have soiled Saddams prayer rug and showered in his palaces it is abundantly clear that the hand writing is on the wall even though the campaign is not Yet even today we hear the braying of so called antiwar protesters In reality a substantial num ber of these malcontents are not antiwar as they claim but anti American and some are just plain dupes or out for a good time I speak from first hand knowledge having observed this kind of street behavior when I lived on the left coast We used to refer to those ubiq uitous demonstrators as the Berkeley Rentamob because the local colleges and under ground newspapers would actu ally advertise for participants for the one of the talking heads report ed the true nature of these folks but I will The major govern ment demonstrations are orga nized by people such as The Workers World Party a self described Marxist organization They have been at this sort of thing for over 30 years International Answer a noisy belligerent antiAmerican orga nization is a surrogate for the International Action Center which is a front for the previous ly mentioned WWP Both are sponsors for some of these ral lies Finally Not In Our Name is financed by the Interrelations Foundation for Community Organization which supports Fidel Castro and has been charged by our government with fundraising for Hamas and the Palestine Islamic Jihad This information is available if one is willing to search a little SiTr would of drug crip pies street rabble retreads from the 60s leftwing college professors college for a good time and occasionally sprinkled with Hollywood pre tenders There is no doubt that the spokespersons in these rallies are the more articulate left wing true such as the col lege instructors and make believers from the movies What is rarely if ever men tioned are the organizers and financiers behind these demon strations The big time media people would probably blanch if Today In History New Braunfels Whats the difference in tyrant democracy April 16 in the morning I was listening to PBSs Meet the Press interviews with Gen Peter Pace and Deputy Secre tary of Defense Dr Paul Wc fowitz Wed like to see changes in many they said But I was wondering Why do we wor ry about the world and a small country of 20 million people We want to help the Moslems to fight for democracy The Iraqi troops should do the honorable thing and Is it ever honorable to surren der although it seems necessary at times Then I heard If Saddam Hussein had accepted our condi tions 10 years ago we would have been satisfied Dictator or not The president the secretary of defense and his deputy and many others in Washington Have they had any military ser vice It seems so easy to send brave men to fight thousands of miles away from the homeland but we will pray for these Ameri cans and shed our tears if they lose their lives Let us see what Plato 427 397 the Greek philoso pher pupil of Socrates said when he compared a tyrant and democracy A tyrant can be intelligent or a fool virtuous or criminal a blessing for his subjects or a curse everything is possible even the perfection The democ racy however is always and of necessity a catastrophe Athen turned out to be like the people who govern it and our politic has assumed the character of a doorkeepers wife greedy quar relsome petty and contradicto ry Our allies as our enemies are united in hatred against us and for all that we have to thank the Think about it Mrs Gerda Koch Barker New Braunfels In the final weeks leading up to the May 3 elections the HeraldZeitung will observe the following policies regarding let ters to the editor Letters or columns that endorse or rail against candidates involved in the muni cipal or Comal ISO school board races will not be pub lished Letters or columns that deal with the propositions appear ing on the election ballots will be pub lished but any refer ences for or against candidates will be deleted from those let ters and columns will not be published after April 30 III f BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday April 24 the 114th day of 2003 There are 251 days left in the year Todays history highlight On April Congress approved a bill establish ing the Library of Congress On this date In 1877 federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans ending the Norths postCivil War rule in the South In 1898 Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting Americas ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba In 1915 the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the brutal mass deportation of Armenians during World War I In 1916 some Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin The rising was put down by British forces several days In 1953 British states man Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II tli Person under law at issue in Peterson trial The arrest of Scott Peterson by Modesto police on charges that he murdered his wife Laci and their unborn child presents some interesting legal questions beyond his guilt or innocence Prosecutors say Peterson is being charged with double mur der so they can seek the death penalty The California Penal Code lists special circumstances murders defining that to include the murder of more than one per son by the same individual The definition of murder is the crime of unlawfully killing a per son Websters Ninth Collegiate Definitions will be important in this case No one would deny that Laci Peterson was a person under the law But what about the unborn of con ception she was carrying In order to make the special cir cumstances part of the law stick and allow the state to seek the death penalty under its provision CAL THOMAS that entity Laci Peterson was car rying would have to be deemed a person under the same legal definition that applies to her It is here that the dictionary and the law part company The dictionary defines a person as a human being But the Supreme Court has rewritten that to assign personhood and thus the laws protection only after the redefined baby is born and takes its first breath There are some who wish to withhold personhood until the child can be given certain tests to make sure it measures up and has the po tential for contributing to not taking from society But that will come later after the proper social conditioning has been achieved Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when she disappeared last Christmas Nearly all babies can survive outside the womb at that point in their development The last few weeks before birth allow the baby to increase in size Police say when she and the baby were found the baby already named Connor was apart from his mother though the umbilical cord was still attached to him By some legal definitions Connor should then be considered a per son because he was outside the womb or at least By oth ers he might have been required to take a breath before the law would protect him In reporting Scott Petersons arrest last Saturday the Associ ated Press found itself in a rhe torical conundrum At first it used the generic word bodies to refer to Laci Peterson and the child Then it referred to infant son and later fetus and biological child and still later in the story the couples From the statements of family members Laci Peterson wanted her baby but her desire did not confer personhood on the child according to court rulings A woman can legally kill her baby until the childs body has fully emerged from her body But if Laci Peterson wanted her baby can the law be on her side and impose the ultimate penalty on the one who illegally took that childs life The answer to that question will make this trial com pelling beyond whatever other facts emerge The Peterson case is going to be a tough one for the prochoice lob by They have a special interest in limiting the definition of person to those already born Any jury is likely to be sympathetic to the dead woman and her dead baby and reject a political argument The prochoice lobby wUl jump into this case at its peril More than two dozen states including California have adopted fetal homicide statutes Prosecutors have often sought double homi cide charges when an unborn baby is killed An indication of the predica ment faced by prochoicers came from the head of the National Organization for Womens Morris County chapter Mavra Star who said If this is murder well then any time a lateterm fetus is aborted they should call it Some do but the law doesnt though it once did If Scott Peterson is convicted of double murder and sentenced to die that will mean a California court will have determined that the second victim in this case was in fact a person before the law See what I mean about this being an interesting case Cut Thomas is a syndicated