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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday Jufie SA FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary E Maitland 6259144 ext 220 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 Doug Toney Editor and Publisher Gary E Maitland Managing Editor Other views Fort Worth StarTklegram on highway spending Putting together a new sixyear plan for highway and transit improvements in the is a daunting task but it must be done because the current national transportation plan expires in September Perhaps the only thing tougher along this line is figuring out how to pay for those improvements but it too must be done It must be done because much of our transportation infrastructure is crum bling around us because many of our roads are jammed with traffic because too many commuters waste too much valuable time and spend too many frustrating hours stuck in that traffic and because available mass transit options have only begun to address the need The chairman of the House subcommittee charged with drafting a new federal highway and transit plan Rep Tarn Petri of Wisconsin has outlined a billion proposal that would give Texas an estimated billion in highway funds in the 200409 fiscal years Thats a billion increase over the states cur rent funding levels Petri advocates an immediate increase in the fed eral gasoline tax now set at cents per gallon That rate has not been raised since 1993 and infla tion has eroded its purchasing power to roughly the equivalent of 13 cents That makes sense Transportation needs must be met and the plan ning must start now Gasoline taxes are paid by the people who use the roads and thats the best way to raise the necessary money Federal transportation funds must be matched at the state level if Texas projects are to proceed Gov Rick Perry has opposed any increase in the state gasoline tax saying new highway expenditures should be directed to toll roads Texas has not raised its 20centsagallon gasoline tax since 1991 State transportation officials say the cost of needed highway projects in the state currently outpaces available funding 3tol Shifting much of the emphasis to toll roads will help fill part of that need Using the Texas Mobility Fund under which the states voters for the first time approved borrowing money for road construc tion also will help Nevertheless it is unlikely Texas can avoid a gasoline tax increase much longer Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday June 7 the 158th day of 2003 There are 207 days left in the year Todays history highlight On June 7 1776 Richard Henry Lee of Virginia pro posed to the Continental Policy The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 260 words or fewer and the Herald Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions Quest columns should be less than 600 words An address and telephone number which are not for publication must be included so authorship can be confirmed No letter will be published until it has been verified Mail letters to Letters to the Editor clothe HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email Congress should stop the foreign work program As they once said in the beforewe gothere years it is time to take pen in hand and write your congressional representative and senators Tell them to kill the foreign employment visa programs H1B and These programs allow foreigners to take American jobs while millions of Americans are unemployed The whole idea was a fraud to begin with Big business claimed there was such a shortage back in 1990 that it needed to recruit foreign workers these are skilled laborers not stoop No such shortage ever existed but Congress passed it anyway Initially it allowed temporary visas good for six years and thenit was expand ed to in 1999 and to foreign workers admitted annually through this year Outrageous Even more outrageous is that local state and federal govern ments are hiring foreigners too Per haps you have wondered why you run into so many people with foreign names and accents when you deal with gov ernment these days This is the rea son I suspect the in both pri vate and public sectors is the same Foreign workers under this program are docile They dont cause trouble They work for less pay After all if they lose their jobs its back to the old country In the meantime millions of freshly laidoff Americans are in unemploy ment lines How stupid can Congress be It has a big argument about tax cuts and extending unemployment insurance when it can create hun dreds of thousands of vacant jobs overnight Kill the program Send guest workers back home CHARLEY REESE I have nothing against foreigners In fact Ive been called an ethnic junkie because I hang out with so many immigrants The guest workers however are not immigrants They are foreigners here on temporary visas to fill jobs tens of thousands of Americans are qualified tb fill It is utterly inexcusable to keep this fraudulent program alive It is a fraud because there are plenty of qualified Americans including immigrants who could handle these jobs There is not now and never was a short age of Americans willing and able to work For more information you can check out and Sometimes you can easily get the idea the government deliberately works against the interests of Ameri can people Do you think the govern ment can really keep terrorists out of the United States with our openbor ders policy Look at these numbers On a typical day according to government statis tics customs processes more than million passengers more than 580 vessels aircraft and more than vehicles There are 301 ports of entry and the officials who are expected to detain medically examine or condi tionally release people or animals sus pected of carrying infectious diseases consist of 43 people in an Atlanta office and 39 in the field A little understaffed dont you think Another question How do you pect someone or some critter is carry ing an infectious disease if there are no visible symptoms The government with its open borders policy is going to turn the United States into a Third W6rld country with a few rich people at the top and lots of poor people at the bot tom But not just poor people poor people of quite different ethnic and racial backgrounds who will be scram bling and clawing to get the few crumbs that get brushed off the tables at the top It wont be a pleasant place to live a formula for conflict and social upheaval Heifer dust about diversity notwith standing the most stable countries in the world are those with homogenous or nearly homogenous populations Diversity breeds conflict Ask Ameri can blacks and Native Americans and while youre at it ask Native Ameri cans to remind you what unlimited immigration can do to a resident pop ulation Those statistics about customs and disease control by the way I gleaned from the latest issue of The Social Contract This is an excellent quarter i ly and is always chockfull of useful information you wont find in the daily news Ive already given you its Web address Try it Charley Reese is a syndicated Congress a resolution call ing for a Declaration of In dependence In 1654 Louis XTV was crowned King of France in Rheims In 1769 frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore the presentday Bluegrass State Kentucky In 1848 French postim pressionist painter Paul Gauguin was born in Paris In 1864 Abraham Lin coln was nominated for another term as president In 1929 the sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome In 1939 King George VI and his wife Queen Eliza beth arrived at Niagara Falls from Canada on the first visit to the United States by a reigning British monarch In 1967 authorcritic Dorothy Parker famed for her caustic wit died in New York In 1972 musical Grease opened on Broadway Ten years ago The Su preme Court ruled that religious groups can some times meet on school prop erty after hours The jus tices also let stand without comment a federal appeals court ruling allowing stu dentled prayers at gradua tion ceremonies in Texas Louisiana and Mississippi Endofyear soiree was grueling family experience Daddy can I have an endoftheschool year party Chrissy purred Its not your turn Joey barked Butt out she sharply replied On your birthday you talked Mom into letting you have a party when it wasnt your turn and you got tons of presents and cash from your Joey looked baffled for a moment Then he shrewdly replied It wasnt a birthday party it was a I put my foot down and said sternly Christine it is not your turn to have a party this She looked crushed and Joey looked triumphant I hoped that was the end of the matter A few days later when we were having dinner Rosemary casually said I was thinking of letting Chrissy have an endof theyear Whats a sworray Billy questioned Joey said suspiciously Sounds like a party Oh it isnt anything like a fullblown Rosemary hastily explained Its more like a little gathering just for a few I agreed as long as I didnt have to do anything Christine was elated and she and her mother began their plans immedi ately The next day I found an invitation in the THROUGH ROSEMARY AND GUY SCOTT printer which Christine had left in our home office It had huge lettering which clearly read End of School I asked Christine what this meant She explained that her friends did not know what soiree meant assuring me she printed only 20 invitations That night we took our evening stroll with our friend Carla who assured us that in her experience from her older teenage daughters that half the guests would not show up and the others would arrive late and leave early We felt a little less pres sured with this good news and asked Christine to invite the neighborhood kids so she wouldnt be disappointed with a low turnout On the day of the soiree we made a sandwich tray put out a couple of bags of chips and iced down two cases of soda Rosemary got a pad and began planning games but Christine said Oh Mother in obvious exasperation Were too old for childrens games But what will you play Rosemary asked They want to play spin the bottle Joey piped up I raised my voice Oh no there will be none of that Upstairs is strictly off limits young lady do you understand me Yes Christine replied meekly while I sat down at the computer to make the rules I posted them on the front door and the staircase They read No Spin the Bottle Games No One Upstairs No Smoking No Drinking No Cussing and No Kissing Have The doorbell rang and rang and rang Twenty kids poured in then 30 then 40 Twenty minutes later we had 80 kids in our home My wife was upset and ran down to the store to buy more refresh ments while I cornered my daughter How did this happen I inquired I dont she replied A lot of kids told other kids about the party and they just showed It seemed like every kid south of Dallas caught wind of the soiree As I watched the unusual behavior of the guests intrig ued me The girls followed Christine around like a school of lemmings A few of the boys followed the girls like part of the however most boys just wanted to shoot baskets outside while the girls stood around to marvel at their prowess That soiree seemed to last longer than the entire Civil War Throughout the evening someone tore the rules off the walls and kids continually tromped up and down the stairs One girl locked her self in the bathroom weeping because a mean boy called her fat Another girl was crying in Christines bedroom because her boyfriend had dumped her Oh the agony and ecstasy of being 13 Kids kids everywhere in the kitchen in the living room roaming around up stairs in the garden coming out of our ears They consumed every morsel of food and asked for more They made a mess throughout the house and left destruction in their wake Many of their parents were over an hour late and we glanced at them and then each other fully understand ing why It was a grueling experience Oblivious to our misery Christine was in raptures Because it was a smashing sue cess she and her friends were already planning the next party I mean soiree Rosemary and Guy Scott ofSchertz have written for many magazines and newspa pers across the country They have four kids two dogs one bird a frog and some fish without names
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