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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEITUNG Thursday June NKW BRAUNFKLS 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 Baytown Sun on Congressional hearings needed on missing Iraqi WMDs As justification for war President Bush Vice Pre sident Dick Cheney and the secretaries of Defense and State repeatedly told Americans Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and that they posed a threat to us Gulf War II started March 19 Ninetytwo days later no such chemical biologi cal or nuclear weapons have turned up Saddam Husseins weapons may be found as the Bush administration insists In the meantime theres no denying the longer the issue drags on the more it will look like the administration misrepresented the situation We think its fair for Congress to review the intel ligence given to the administration They could clear up a lot of doubts Pat Roberts the Kansas Republican who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee is wrong if he thinks he is doing the president and his fellow Re publicans a service by holding his review mostly behind closed doors There is a real danger that any effort to downplay alleged flaws in some of the intelligence will only make it appear the administration has something to hide The belief Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction was nearly universal before the inva sion It was the oftexpressed view of the previous administration and of a number of allied govern ments In December the United Nations Security Council unanimously concluded 150 Iraq was in material breach of its disarmament orders This conclusion was based on more than a decade of work by weapons inspectors We believe the hearings should be open to the fullest extent possible but we recognize there may be a need to close them at times so as not to com promise intelligence sources and military opera tions In the end Congress should issue a full report to the American public Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday June 26 the 177th day of 2003 There are 188 days left in the year Todays history highlight Forty years ago on June 26 1963 President Kennedy visited West Berlin where he made his famous decla ration Ich bin ein Berliner I am a On this date In 1870 the first section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk was opened to the public In 1900 a commission that included Dr Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever In 1917 the first troops of the American Expedition ary Force arrived in France during World War I In 1945 the charter of the United Nations was signed in San Franciso by 50 countiies In 1948 Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolat ed western sector of Berlin In 1959 President Eisen hower joined Britains Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St Lawrence Seaway FORUM dorttact Managing I Maftlartd 62S9144 220 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 Guest columns should be less than 600 words The author of the column is requested to supply a recent photograph An address and telephone number which are not for publication must be includ ed so authorship can be con firmed No letterwill 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 Advice Get active and promote need for patriotism I was not surprised when I read in the May 28 Her aldZeitung a letter written by Ed Spreen of Boerne As an American Legion Auxiliary member for the 17 years of Unit hear com ments about what is wrong with our patriotic celebra tions and how Americanism has gone down the tubes The biggest heated comment or excuse I hear is the changing of Memorial Day ceremonies to a day of For whatever reason Con gress had for making the change it does not and will not affect me nor should it affect anyone regarding future Memorial Day cere monies If you must do it yourself get others organized and present an event on this special day to honor those who gave their all for our country Pull your communi WriteEm 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 Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 JOAN P HELMKE Guest Column ty together join forces and make it a good celebration Dont wait for others to do it because it will not get done unless someone is strong enough to lead others If the situation lies idle the same old complaints and griping will continue year after year Mr Spreen may find that many others in Boerne feel as he does and would be willing to help have a memorial ceremony Good things happen when least expected I take exception to the blanket statement written by Mir Spreen which fol lows The American people no longer realize just how important keeping patriotic traditions are to keeping 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 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza regional director 600 Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 210 2247485 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington 20515 202 2254236 our Please Mr Spreen do not group everyone together just because of a few non thinking people You should have visited our American Legion Post 35 and auxiliary this Memo rial Day Post members distributed large American flags hi downtown New Braunfels and more than small American flags were placed on veterans graves Taps was played beautiful singing was presented and a wreath was placed in hon or of our beloved veterans Perhaps you live in the wrong area of Texas We would love to have you visit us in the future to see how good deeds We do for our living veterans year round My records show no Ameri can Legion Post exists hi your city If you qualify to join the legion we would love to have you as a mem ber Your patriotic backbone is what we need to spread the word on how tohonor veterans all year regardless of how the calendar reads I invite you to attend our citys Fourth of July celebra tion next week in New Braunfels Wear red white and blue and bring a flag I am proud to live in this great city and to be part of Comal County Our resi dents are the most patriotic bunch of people youcould ever hope for and our legion and auxiliary members are truly blessed to have their support God Bless America and keep praying for active duty military personnel Joan P Helmke is secre tary for Unit 35 of the Amer ican Legion Auxiliary in New 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 800 8435789 Texas State Representative Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels District office 254 E Mill St New Braunfels 78130 830 6278820 Fax 830 6278895 How to contact in Austin Box2910 Austin 787682190 512 4630325 email address Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 How to contact in Austin Fax 512 4637794 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box 627 Laredo 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Rd San Antonio 78233 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Fox News is googoo eyed over President Bush Watching Fox News is like watch ing an electronic adolescent that has appointed itself the strident belligerent defender of the Bush administration and its foreign policy As a result Fox got its nose quite out of joint when the British Broadcasting Corporation recent ly ran a program based on an in ternational poll showing a majori ty in many countries dont like President George Bush Well so what I dont imagine Hillary Clinton or Tipper and Al Gore are all that fond of him either Certainly Jimmy Carville isnt So what is the big deal about a poll The BBC poll by the way showed practically the same thing an independent jpll showed earlier Nobody complained when earlier poll results were reported It isnt the job of any journalist or pretendjournalist to defend the president against political CHARLEY REESE criticism He pays people well to do that and President Bushs flacks are quite competent Jour nalists are supposed to represent the common folks by just telling them whats going on good or bad with no regard for partisan politi cal consequences if any of the news they report Maybe I feel so strongly because at one time I was a political flack It paid very well I am sure not going to flack for some politician on a journalists wage What the folks at Fox News ought to do if they like the president so much is try to get on his campaign pay roll Im sure the campaign pays better than Fox I have developed a theory about contemporary American politics which is in essence that people dont pay much attention to the facts They decide they either like or dont like some politician and thats the end of it Dont try to confuse them with the facts Im quite certain that if it were proven beyond a doubt that Pre sident Bush lied about Iraqs weapons of mass destruction it wouldnt affect his popularity any more than Monica Lewinsky af fected Bill Clintons American politics today is all perception and emotion Maybe I emphasize maybe 5 percent of the people would change a poM cal opinion based on the facts The rest are attached to their favorites like movie fans They just stare at them with googoo eyes and squeal on cue I realized this when Jimmy Carter made his acceptance speech at the Democratic Con vention in 1976 The camera showed a closeup of a young woman with tears streaming down her face and a look of rapt adoration Now if youve ever heard a speech by Jimmy Carter you know he is not even close to being a great orator He was a droner worse than Al Gore The normal human response to a Carter speech was When is this going to end Nor was he what a normal person would call adorable Likable would be a stretch Yet that young woman looked like a teenybopper at a Beatles concert President Bush has his allot ment of adoring fans and noth ing the BBC broadcasts is going to change their minds Whomever the Democrats finally decide on will have his or her fans and the great popularity contest will be off and running The days of great politics and great politicians are behind us You have to go back to Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman to find any original and informed thinking in political speech Todays candidates are massmarketed with committeewritten speeches and clever sound bites and photo ops Despite all that politicians often arent in control of their own destiny If the people believe the economy is bad they will tend to blame the incumbent whether he had anything to do with it or not Conversely if they think the economy is good they will give the incumbent credit whether he had anything to do with it or not That tells us one thing In Octo ber 2004 the Bushies at Fox News will be telling us how great the economy is even if we are all unemployed and halfstarving Charley Reese is a syndicated
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