New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 29, 2003, Page 6

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June 29, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A HERALDZEiTUNG Sunday June FORUM Centect Managing Editor Gary E Mattland 6259144 ext 220 NEW BUAUNFIilS 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 Take politics out of redistricting process For 10 years state Sen Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio has unsuccessfully tried to get legislation passed that would leave tough decisions on redis tricting up to an independent citizens commission Hell try again in the opening days of the special session beginning Monday to find enough support for the idea He probably will not succeed but Senate Bill 6 is legislation that deserves more than a cursory look Wentworth first sought similar legislation in 1993 He has continued the fight in every session of the Texas Legislature since six times total including an effort during the 2003 regular session Whats wrong with state lawmakers wrangling over redistricting themselves By its very nature redistricting is highly partisan and extremely divisive Just listen to all the preses sion talk and youll grasp the problem more clearly Republicans feel they are entitled to a majority in Congress because they are the ruling party Demo crats felt the same way when they were the domi nant party force Does it really make sense to let politicos establish voting district lines when their futures could be assured or threatened by the result Wentworth thinks not and he is right Ibxans everywhere would be better served if redistricting was placed in the hands of men and women whose political futures do not depend on the outcome How would it work A ninemember commission comprised of four Republicans four Democrats and a nonvoting pre siding officer would be selected The state Senate would select four members two Republicans two Democrats and the House would do the same The presiding officer would be selected by the other eight commission members If the Legislature had approved Wentworths bill in the regular session Texans would not be looking at a special session that could cost them mil lion money we just dont have to waste during these difficult economic times As a state we have much greater concerns than redistricting Finding a better system of school finance is the most important issue on the Legis latures unfinished business agenda Taxpayers must brace for a second special session this fall to deal with that issue Citizens who feel the redistricting session is unnecessary should contact their legislators quickly and urge them to support Senate Bill 6 Youll find the addresses and contact numbers of all lawmakers representing Comal County in the list to the right 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 HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax 830 6063413 email If we arent careful we could lose peace in Iraq According to an Iraqi wit ness last week an Ameri can soldier at a propane tank got into an argument with an Iraqi woman He took her propane tank away from her tossed it on the ground and gave her a hard shove An Iraqi man driving by saw this stopped his car got out and walked back to the two American soldiers there He shot them both with a pistol and left in his car He killed one and wounded the second If the Iraqi witness is tel ling the truth this was not a driveby shooting as the American military describ ed it Nor was it an orga nized attack by a supporter of Saddam Hussein It ap pears it was just an Iraqi man who got ticked off when he saw an Iraqi woman be ing abused by a foreign sol dier This is both sad and revealing Its sad because these young American sol WriteEm President George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison RDallas Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Vfcshington 20510 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 8023 Vantage Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Fax 210 3496753 John Comyn Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 CHARLEY REESE diers are not trained to oc cupy a foreign country Their morale is low The tempera ture is hot We can well imagine a young American losing his temper when some lady is screaming at him in a foreign language What he did should not have caused his death On the other hand it is revealing to understand ordinary Iraqis are getting angry at American occupa tion A sense of honor is highly important in the Arab world and this young man must have thought he was honorbound to avenge the affront of a fellow citi zen and a woman by a for eigner American adminis tration in Baghdad is trying to depict all attacks on Americans as the work of remnants of hardcore sup porters of Saddam Hussein The administration has be gun to repeat the story first floated by an Iraqi exile leader that Saddam is of fering a bounty for people to kill Americans I doubt that is true Some of the attacks are certainly by Saddam supporters but we will be making a big mistake if we deny that our occupation is provoking some of these attacks The lot of an occupier is not an easy one First of all he is a foreigner who con quered the country This will breed some resentment even among people who hated Saddam Hussein Second he is torn between the need for his own security and the need to win over the people Third practically every thing Iraqis are demanding is not in the power of indi vidual soldier to give them A GI cant help it if big shots in the palace head quarters are dragging their feet but its the GI not the big shots who is exposed to Iraqi people Every time our soldiers fire into a crowd every time they kick down a door in the middle of the night and start jerking people around they will breed bitter resent ment Thats the tragedy of it all People on both sides are doing what they believe they have to do and that is leading inexorably to a greater conflict Several thoughtful Iraqis have warned that the longer we stay the greater the poten tial for trouble Thats no doubt true The Bush administration did a poor job of planning for the end of the war Un less we get lucky we are very likely to lose the peace Charley Reese is a syndi cated All emails are sent through the Web site Austin office Jennifer Lustina state director Cubriel field director 221 West Sixth St Suite 1530 Austin 78701 San Antonio office Daniel Mezza regional director 600 Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Congressman Lamar Smith RSan Antonio 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 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 Fax 512 4739920 email address [email protected] Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 How to contact in Austin 512 4630125 Email address Jeff wentworth Judith Zaffirini DLaredo Box 627 Laredo 780420627 956 7222293 12702 Toepperwein Rd San Antonio 78233 Supreme Courts decision was unconstitutional The problem with trying to have it both ways is that you often cant The Supreme Court tried to have it both ways in its 54 deci sion Monday ruling that minority students who apply for university admission may be given an edge but it limited how large a role race can play in a universitys selection of students The case involved the Universi ty of Michigan and a point system it used to give minorities an advantage over those who meet standards for admission The court approved a separate pro gram used at the universitys law school which gives race less pro minence in the admissions deci sionmaking process Whether race is less or more prominent its use as a beneficial affirmative action or detrimental discrimination standard no matter the intended lates the 14th Amendment to the Constitution which says No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privi leges or immunities of citizens of CAL THOMAS the United States nor shall any state deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the Unless the Supreme Court is prepared to state that the 14th Amendment does not mean what it says it is in clear violation of the Constitution to grant any preference that discriminates against citizens who have no ac cess to such a preference In the part of the case that gives race less prominence in law school admissions at the University of Michigan Justice Sandra Day OConnor claimed the Constitu tion does not prohibit the law schools narrowly tailored use of race in admissions decisions to further a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student This is not a constitutional ar gument It is an invented one The obligation of a university is to teach and the privilege of its stu dents is to learn There is not a single word in the Constitution about educating citi zens of the United States nor is there a word about diversity as a compelling interest of the gov ernment If universities want to boost minority enrollment for whatever reason the place to begin is in primary and secondary schools Improved lower schools would ensure minority and majority kids learn their subjects and qual ify for admission based on merit instead of relying on a system designed to excuse underachieve ment How does it benefit anyone especially minorities if they know that regardless of their per formance a way into a university will be made for them based not on the content of their character and achievement but on the color of their skin The National Assessment of Educational Process last week released The Nations Report Card Reading It found stu dents in the dreadful Washington school system are the worst readers in the country despite annual perpupil expenditures of second highest in the nation in 2001 and teacher salaries that rank among the nations highest students who dont learn to read shouldnt worry Jf they are minorities as most they can count on affirmative action to get them into college illiterate though they may be This is the message the Supreme Court has sent in its decision We dont apply affirmative ac tion in professional sports where minorities have succeeded dispro portionately to their numbers in society Thats because of their skills If skills are paramount in sports why should they also not be paramount in education Not everyone can be a profes sional athlete but everyone can learn While the courts decision direct ly affects admissions only at pub lic taxsupported institutions it is likely to have a ripple effect Expect the ruling to influence private colleges and universities as well as government and busi ness For the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to be equal and to protect everyone only a person who can prove he or she was discriminated against should be able to petition government for a redress of grievances To allow race as a factor even a small factor in giving minori ties advantages in college admis sion is still discrimination and it is unconstitutional even if a bare majority of Supreme Court jus tices say otherwise Cal Thomas is a syndicated ;