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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas May April 2S 2003 7A New BRAUNPELS 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 DougToney Editor and Publisher Gary E Maltland Managing Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Digging into a brighter future via technology It will be years before the impact is measurable but the importance of the moment was clearly evi dent Monday Crowded into a hangar at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport more than 200 dignitaries and officials gathered for the groundbreaking of the Central Texas Technology Center Not lost upon any of those attending was the fact it took nine long years to bring the center to fruition As the first shovels of dirt were turned on the facility talk turned to the benefits the center would offer citizens in Comal and Guadalupe counties In less than 18 months students of all ages will begin receiving training on state of the art equip ment being used in the construction manufactur ing automotive and welding trades A nursing pro gram is planned thus addressing one of the most pressing needs for the growing medical industry Few could argue that tomorrows job market will be increasingly driven by technology Weve all seen the rapid movement into technology in the last dozen years Our workplaces will be dramatically different a decade from now And that means our laborers must be more skilled than ever Our leaders showed great initiative in 1999 after the comprehensive plan for New Braunfels indicat ed a need for improved postsecondary education By digging into the promise of the technological era we have ensured a brighter better future for the next generation of Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Friday April 25 the 115th day of 2003 There are 250 days left in the year Todays history highlight On April 25 1792 high wayman Nicolas Jacques PeUetier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guil lotine On this date In 1859 ground was bro ken for the Suez Canal In 1898 the United States formally declared war on Spain In 1901 New York became the first state to require automobile license plates the fee was In 1945 during World War II and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germanys defenses In 1945 delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations In 1959 the St Lawrence Seaway opened to ship ping In 1983 Soviet leader Yuri V Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the Man chester Maine schoolgirl expressed fears about nuclear war In 1983 the Pioneer Ten spacecraft crossed Plutos orbit speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way In 1990 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugu rated as president of Nica ragua ending eleven years of leftist Sandinista rule Contact Managing Editor Gary Maltland 6269144 ext Policy The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 260 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 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Letters To The Editor Chamber control city Thats downright silly I read with interest your arti cle oh April 10 wherein the may or and two incumbent council members conducted a forum at South Bank on Propositions 2 and salute all the parties for giving of their time and for get ting information to the voters Thank God we have volunteer citizens willing to contribute to the community I was however dismayed by the quote attributed our one of the council members A majori ty of city council members are controlled by the chamber of commerce The chamber con trols the council the council controls the money and the chamber wants the The chamber which is com posed of your neighbors and business owners does not con trol the New Braunfels City Council That is downright silly This of ridiculous conspiracy theory ideas Next well be hearing that the chamber of commerce caused the 2002 flood faked the Apollo moon landing missions and had five gunmen at the Kennedy assassination Per haps the local Rotary club con Write Em trols the state Legislature Many New Braunfels citizens are very active in the communi ty and for this we should all be grateful Citizens that give of their time to the chamber the city or other local organizations should not be insulted by ridicu lous allegations of puppeteering No one organization is that pow erful If there are citizens that fear the influence of particular group that citizen need only become involved to have their own influence felt I would like to personally thank all the many involved cit izens who give of their time to city committees to the chamber to the county and to the many other local service groups This is a great town where one per son can make a difference and where that person is welcomed Lets keep it positive Lets keep it realistic Matt Harrison New Braunfels Theres no conspiracy espoused by chamber I wanted to respond to some comments in your April 13 arti cle on campaign tactics If I were undecided on how to vote on Propositions 2 and would wonder about the support of a PAC that is founded by a person who neither lives nor works in New Braunfels Ralph Buller said that he cre ated the PAC based on informa tion he got from an anonymous newsletter He goes on to say that anonymity keeps PAC sup porters safe from chamber of commerce influence over their jobs and lives and that neither he nor his job can be threat ened I am always amazed when I read articles or hear comments that support some kind of con spiracy theory about the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Ive been a member of the chamber for the past three years and have never seen or heard anything that would make me think that servile obe dience to some party line is required or that retaliation against employees is promoted It is mindboggling to me that a person would found a PAC based on information he got from an anonymous newsletter And it is extremely irresponsi ble to throw around general allegations of retaliatory firings without any specifics Ellen Salyers New Braunfels In the final weeks leading up to the May 3 elections the HeraldZeitung will 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 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 Electionrelated tet ters and columns wM not be published after April 30 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 Tel 2022242934 Fax 2022282856 Emails sent through Web site Austin office Jennifer Lustina state director Beth Cubriel field director 221 West Sixth St Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office 512 4696034 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 San Antonio office 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 210 8215024 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 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 email address Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Fax 210 8260571 How to contact in Austin Let me spell it out To be antiwar is prolife Sean Hannity a radio talkshow host and Fox News whiner has a onerut mind Every criticism or dissent no matter what the sub ject the topic or the source is a leftwing attack against his hero George W Bush Well what can you expect from an immature groupie Every time he tries to think his face reflects the pain of the effort But he real ly showed his emptiness recently when he said that criticism of the United States failing to guard the Iraqi National Museum was you guessed leftwing soreheads who are mad that Pre sident Bushs war has been so successful Give me a break That museum is one of the five greatest muse ums on Earth It contained trea sures that are the heritage of man kind There are mil itary personnel in Iraq Weve protected aU the oil fields north and south Do you really believe CHARLEY REESE we couldnt have spared two fire teams to guard the irreplaceable artifacts of the beginnings of Western civilization Of course we could have Somebody just goofed This is not a servative issue Its not a question of patriots versus traitors as the morons among the neoconserva tive crowd try to paint every human being who refuses to click his heels and salute their guru Richard Perle and their emperor George Bush This is a cultural issue Three great treasures the museum the National Library and the largest collection of Koranic writings in the world were looted and burned Since we had destroyed the Iraqi government it was our responsibility to pro tect them I dont blame President Bush Im sure hes unaware of their ex istence After all he brags about not reading But what would we say if the crowds who have rioted in Washington in the past had been allowed to loot and burn the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress Do you think we would have accepted an excuse that there werent enough cops to pro tect those two treasures One hates to disillusion the permanently adolescent among us but this tiny sliver of life in which we are participating is a dot on a long line of human civi lization One day we will be as forgotten as the Assyrians and hopefully some museum will have artifacts from our brief stay on the stage of history There is definitely a whiff of antiintellectualism so charac teristic of fascist states in the air Beware of bully boys who worship the military and scoff at museums and libraries Beware of people whose limited brains see everyone as either an ally or an enemy Beware of people who cant tell the difference between patriotism and military conquest Beware of people so stupid and ignorant that they accept any thing and everything the political and the media demagogues tell them Thomas Jefferson who would have been outraged by the loss of the museum and the library said Those who expect to be ignorant and free expect what never was and never will Amen cubed Im no longer concerned about liberals or conservatives leftists or rightists I just pray to God for a nonideologue with a threedigit IQ If we dont elevate the level of intelligence and integrity of our government we are going to end up floating on the cesspool of his tory As for anyone being disappoint ed that the war was conducted rapidly and successfully thats bull I was opposed to the war but Im glad it was quick and there were as few casualties as there have been Every antiwar person I know of or have read feels the same way You have to be a really sick puppy to imagine that anyone would want to see Americans die just because they disagree with the policy that put them in harms way Let me spell it out for the men tally impaired People are anti war because they do not wish to see anyone die our soldiers their soldiers our civilians or their civilians Antiwar is prolife Charley Reese is a syndicated