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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 6A HERAUZEITUNG Wednesday June 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 Editorial Thanks to you Most Wanted is working One of the hallmarks of a great community is citi zen involvement When people get interested in making their hometown a better place to live great things happen Nineteen months ago when a new feature called Comal Countys Most Wanted began running in the HeraldZeitung the goal was simple The staff at the newspaper wanted to help the sheriffs department catch some elusive criminals Getting these individuals behind bars would make our neighborhoods safer This week sheriffs deputies apprehended their 100th suspect solid proof the program is work ing The results have exceeded our expectations In the 19 months the newspaper has published the 10 Most Wanted lists an average of 5 suspects per month have been apprehended Thats mighty i impressive The newspaper is just the vehicle to get the infor mation out to the public The real heroes in this effort are the citizens who follow the weekly fea ture making mental notes of those pictured It is their tips that have produced arrests It is their concern for community that has fueled the success of the Most Wanted feature Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tbday is Wednesday June 18 the 169th day of 2003 There are 196 days left in the year Todays history highlight On June 18 1983 astro naut Sally K Ride became Americas first woman in space as she and four col leagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger On this date In 1778 American forces entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew dur ing the Revolutionary War In 1812 the United States declared war against Britain I In 1815 Napoleon Bona parte met his Waterloo as British and Prussian troops defeated the French jn Belgium In 1873 suffragist Susan B Anthony was fined for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential elec tion however the fine was never In 1928 75 years ago aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours In 1940 during World War II British Prime Min ister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future generations to say This was their finest In 1945 William Joyce known as Lord was charged in London with high treason for his Englishlanguage wartime broadcasts on German radio He was hanged the following In 1948 Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new longplaying phonograph record in New York In 1979 President Carter and Soviet President Leo nid I Brezhnev signed the SALT Two strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna Policy The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of letters Letters must be 250 words of fewer and the Herald Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions Guest columns should be less than 500 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 Letters To The Editor Many tubers are crossing legal line Can anyone bear to read another tale of the Comal River Actually I have found it a little ironic that with the recent splash of articles and letters to the editor I expe rienced much the same Recently my wife and I along with several other couples cohosted a late afternoon party for a group of New Braunfels High School seniors Located in the Guada Coma neighbor hood the setting was almost perfect and as usual the river was busy with a large number of Our group had set up on private property overlooking the rivers edge Nice and peaceful right Wrong One group of youngjrpeopie and female flowed the usual array of ers and blaring boom box The lyrics of the music were so vulgar and insulting it was embarrassing for any one to hear This was a case of seriously crossing the Write Em line This was not fun We looked at each other virtually speechless The participants in the river seemed to have a very clear understanding of just how offensive a display they were providing evidenced by making eye contact and singing along with the music Can you imagine hiring one of these young people for any type of responsible position It is very clear to me why fewer and fewer New Braun fels residents use our area rivers for recreation It is also very clear to me why so many New Braunfels resi dents have besieged City Hall with similar complaints including video evidence I do not know what ordi nances are in place for stop ping this type of behavior but if the legal authorities are not rounding these folks up and assessing fines of at least per personj per incident they shoulH be Maybe this would not only provide a message but replace a few potholes If the local jurisdiction cannot provide adequate support then I suggest area residents hire their own and enforce the law It would not take many arrests and fines to support a few offduty police officers I only wish that a few of the promoters of New Braun fels tourism along with their families had been available as witnesses maybe they in turn would do a better job of supporting enforcement Mark Mendenhall New Braunfels Boss blue in face after tax discussion I went to my boss and told him he had to give me a raise because the city coun cil was going to see to it that my taxes were raised I also told him that since my taxes were going to be raised he would have to pay me even more money of jthe grocery stores are going to raise their prices so they can pay their increased taxes Then I told him on top of all that he had to give me an even bigger raise because the vendors I use in town will have to increase taxes and my Mary Kay lady will have to pay increased taxes By then he was really turning blue I dont understand why I mean since all the compla cent taxpayers in town dont mind if their taxes arebeing raised and didnt or more important couldnt go to the meetings it is a done deal Of course it really doesnt matter anyway E anyone cares to they can go on the Internet and look at the Comal Appraisal District Web site and see how much their appraisals went up If the taxpayers did protest and beat it down thenthe powers that be would just raise the appraisals even more My boss looks like he is realty having breathing this point guess I had better just take what I get and learn how to budget my money different and rearrange my priorities Debi Hurst New Braunfels President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Austin office 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza regional director 600 Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office Congressman Lamar Smith Room 2231 Raybum House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 800 8435789 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel District office 254 E Mill Street New Braunfels 78130 830 6278820 Fax 830 6278895 How to contact in Austin Box2910 Austin 787682190 Fax 512 4739920 email address Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 How to contact in Austin Email address Jeff wentworth Judith Zaffirini Box 627 Laredo 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Rd San Antonio 78233 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 War is proof that mans brain hasnt evolved One of the saddest things about conflict is that deaths of most people on both sides have no ef ect at all on the outcome Most jeople killed in a conflict are in 10 position to resolve it one way pr the other They are like extras in a movie Their deaths change Nothing It can be said that collectively the lives lost in a war have an effect on the outcome J Without the thousands who pied storming the beaches at Nor aaandy in World War II the Ger jnans would have remained in Control and the war would have dragged on But for each man as an indi vidual it made no difference Every soldier is interchangeably ind replaceable One dies and mother takes his place and so on antil the cumulative killing and iestruction causes political lead ers on one side or the other to give up CHARLEY REESE That brings us to the great paradox To each individual his or her life is everything As a bit player in a great conflict his or her life is meaningless Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians killed in recent bombings and helicopter attacks could have if they had lived been able to resolve the conflict Not one of them was in a position to make the decision to continue the struggle or to end it They were like passengers in plane crash What this tells me is that the political leaders who start and who can end conflicts that con sume precious human lives are doubly guilty of a heinous crime failing to resolve the dispute peacefully The end of a conflict is almost always the same as it would have been if it had been settled without so many people having to die To cite my own Southern ances tors as an example they gave up slavery in the end and accepted a strong central government They could have done that without the loss of of their finest sons and without the devastation of their lands Germany and Japan could have chosen to live within their own borders as they were forced to do in 1945 without the loss of millions of lives their attempt at expansion cost In the end there will be a Pales tinian state existing next to an Israeli state How many people have to die before politicians accept that Its infuriating to think that so many wonderful individuals have to give up their lives because pol itical leaders are too stupid or too stubborn to settle their differences without war I used to believe in the concept of a just war but now I dont think there is such a thing Every war is unjust because so many people who usually have no con nection with the conflict end up dying in it Their deaths are papered over by guilty political leaders with a lot of patriotic rhetoric The fact is however that life in America following the Iraq War is exactly the same without Saddam in power as it was when he was in power The only difference is that there are unfillable holes in more than 100 American families Those who died did not do so to defend American freedom They died to depose a dictator our pres ident loathed Its too bad we cant force politi cal leaders to settle their quarrels 1 personally with pistols or swords If that were their only choice most conflicts would be settled by negotiations Instead political leaders have the power to spend the lives of the nations youth as if these precious lives were just another appropriation in the bud get There is nothing I can do about it but I dont like it I suspect the human race has not changed appreciably since the cave mans days Men have always settled conflicts with force and violence and I suspect they will right up to the point where they wipe the human race off the face of the Earth If there is such a thing as evo lution it aint working at least as far as the human brain is con cerned Charley Reese is a syndicated   

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