New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 21, 2003, Page 4

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October 21, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page October HaraldZaitung Serving New Braunfels and County since 1852 New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in I967and printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editof Gary Maltlarrd News Editof Features Editor BfadyCNol itlan 6diit6ir 8ficf PubliShSf I Circulation Difector Beufl Tdflgy Adygftlsing Director Paulihfl Business Manager Couttriay Abarnathy Grant OUR OPINION Dont let influenza bug get you down Health officials are warning the influenza hug would reach epidemic proportions this winter So now would be a good time to get your flu vaccination i ts hard to think about flu when the weather has been so perfect lately But cases have already been reported in San Antonio and two other Texas cities signal ing an early start to the in fluenza season Health officials are warning the flu bug could reach epi demic proportions this winter So now would be a good time to get your flu shot For the past two years influenza vaccines were in short supply but health officials said there should be plenty of vaccines available But getting those most at risk to take flu shots is the big chal lenge Flu can be lifethreatening for those younger than 2 those over 65 and those with chronic health conditions Because its so contagious most residents could benefit by taking the flu vac cine Fortunately local health departments make it easy to get a flu shot Staff nurses are visiting some businesses to give the shots Citizens also can call the health department at 6082015 to make an appointment to get their shots TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday Oct 21 the 294th day of 2003 There are 71 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Oct Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo On this date In 1797 the Navy frigate Constitution also known as Old was launched in Bos tons harbor In 1805 a British fleet commanded by Adm Horatio Nelson defeated a FrenchSpanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar Nelson Was killed Curing WqrldWar II troops cap tured the German city of Aachen In 1945 women in France were allowed to vote for the first time Iii1960 Democrat John F Kennedy and Repub lican Richard M Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presidential debate In 1966 more than 140 people mostly children were killed when a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and several houses in southern Wales In 1967 tens of thousands of Vietnam War pro testers marched in Washington LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or fewer The HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a photo telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung RO Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to w aam LOOKOK FCHCfwm LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Comal Countys Web site is a great resource for citizens I read with interest your article about the coun tys Web site and had already discovered this resource Working in the legal field I often have occasion to check on judicial records This usually entails going to the particular county courthouse and looking up information on a single public aecess computer Ironically of the four counties in this area I can only access the closest one Comal from home One must travel to check the others Bexar Guadalupe Bexar will provide the records if you call and pay to have them mailed I have also explored other aspects of the Web site here and in other counties Comal by far surpasses the others it is great Everyone should check it out CynthiaRiffe NewBnwnfels in decisions on Bulverde streets City council employed an engineer with some 50 years in road maintenance to establish 2003 road maintenance program The report cost the taxpayers It did not include any work to be performed on Barton Hill Drive Cougar Bend Bulverde Road or Circle Oak Drive All of these streets are in the construction contract to be chip sealed These four streets were put in the package when the engineer did not rec ommend any work on them this year Included in the report were repairs of pave ment failure for Taylor Point Kuntz Run Blue Skies Casey Road and Hiline Drive Yet none of these are in the contract A lot of the damage to our streets is caused by poor drainage The engineer specified some im provements at Taylor Point Bulverde Hills Drive Honeysuckle Branch and Hawk Eye Drive but these items were omitted You council employed an engineer for the sur vey then refused to follow his recommendations You chose instead to pick out the streets that met your agenda I think these kind of shenanigans are morally reprehensible and demand an expla nation of the irresponsible actions taken in the fiduciary responsibility of the taxpayers money and assets Not only is taxpayers money being wasted on the chip sealing of streets that do not need it but safety items are being ignored The last time a chipseal project was done by the city a present alderman was then mayorand acting as the chairman of the Road Commission The project was poorly handled and quite a few streets that he designated received treatment that should not have been done There was consider able waste of tax money then and it seems to me this project is doing the same old song and dance of selfserving political expediency and porkbar rel politics Philip Thontason Bulverde Lifes ruts arent always bad they can stop mental mishaps 0 Mike Fitskb wrote in Oct 12 LifeSection that if r you keep digginga rut youll bury yourself ad to be open to new ideas and to read things we dont necessarily agree with Im not against trying new things Reading pieces like his and merely turning on the televi sion exposes me to many things with which I dis agree not to mention getting a college degree in biology where the dogma and religion of Darwin ism are so forcefully and singularly inculcated He seemed particularly upset in his little storyline with the elderly couple that invariably went to church every Sunday The fact is that there are absolutes despite the theories of relativism and humanism that have replaced such thought in oureducational and theological institutions to an alarming degree The mind mat is open at both ends is usually empty I know Mr Fitsko doesnt like proverbs and old sayings according to a recent column he wrote they confuse young However relativism leads to doublemindedness and according to James the doubleminded man is in all his Is it not possible that a rut can keep the wagon from going over the cliff Williamjones New Braunfels United States Government PRESIDENT George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania NIW Washington 20600 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Faxs 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone 210 3402885 JOHN CORNYN Russell Senate Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Navarro Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 8215947 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 STATE HOUSE Millet un New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 WHILE IN AUSTIN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 Email address [email protected] SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Emait address [email protected] JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 Pay attention folks to whats g on economic front AUSTIN Fascinating as all this stuff is about Rummy and Cheney and who leaked the CIA agents name theres some major stuff being buried in the busi ness section The manipulation of mutual funds nice safe comfortable old mutual funds is a story heating up nicely In addition if you are following the trial of Frank Quattrone in the nasty case of manipulating hightech IPOs you already have been whomperjawed over the goings on Add The New York Times Sunday account of how states arid municipalities have been talked into bond issues by investment banking firms to cover pension costs with highly unfortunate results ajid you have a creepy and getting creepier picture of the Molly Ivin Is a columnist for Cre Her freelance work has appeared in Esquire Atlantic The Nation Harpers TV Guide and numerous other pub lications Slie also does occasional commentary for National Public Radio and the pro gram entire financial services industry On a riskadjusted the only people who can make money on tiWs are the investment filbert c North chief actuary for New Yprfc Citys five pension ftinds told the Times In New Orleans city officials who had ex pected to make money by selling bonds in late 2000 now find they will cost the city over million While financial service companies are running more and more heartwarming ads about how they live to make our dreams come true Im starting to won der if the whole structure isnt what economists call control fraud rotten from the head down For reasons never clear to me Enron Tyco Worldcom and the rest of the first wave of corporate disasters were written off in jig time as a few rotten We seem to have forgotten the old saw about the rotten apples spoiling the whole barrel One warning flag is that the financial services industry is one of the largest parnpaijjn contributors of any specjaj interest in the country When industry bigwigs kick in contributions at that lev el they want something They wanted repeal of the GlassSteagal Act and got it They wanted to deregulate the and they got it One of my longheld theories is that bankers as a group are quite stupid I believe I can prove this with more man die mess At various denes Ameri can banjte have gone mm tending rnon ey to Latin American countries that then down the entire banking structure One of their recent brainstorms was to mail put credit cards to a whole tot pf people with bad credit records Amaz ingly enough these citizens had trouble keeping up the payments which then caused the banking industry tP gp to Cphgress and demand bankruptcy reform making it mpre difficult fpr citi zens tp get out pf financial trouble Not only are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in hot water asThe Wall Street Journal keeps reminding us but so are the Fed eral Home Loan Banks Now Im no economist so I leave it up to Paul JCFUgman Jamie Qalbrajth Allan Sloan and others as to whether all this means we should put our money under our beds but I do know polities and what I hear are alarm bells ringing big tirne We aje so not ready face the fact that we could well have problems As we teiow from Round One with Enron the Securities and Exchange Commission is anemic from years of being bled by urjderfmdjig The New York Stock recently the sub ject of much bad publicity has barely started to get a grip on its own problems One telfeg point is greed rttoues k All Above all we are stuck with an admin istratipn that believes selfpolicing can solve all these problems True we have heard some heartrendering as they say in the Texas Lege vows about how never again will the firewall between banking and stocks be crossed what did they think was going to happen when they repealed but notice how it plays out in practice As per Quat trpnes trial the perps apparently feel free to destroy emails and other records consider it legal mumbojumbo when theyre about to be subpoenaed and oth erwise feel free to waltz on their merry way People tend to take their cues from the top i heard an alarm bell when I read concerning the outing of CIA agent Valerie Piame that it took 12 hours for the White fjousg counsel to send out m advisory to the staff about apt destroying relevant records after the Justice Depart ment took over the invesrtgatiQn The whole point of email is Mt its neous I never root for had things W happen and Im sure not hoping for a fiscaj melt down On the other hand the ftoy spouts are rightWhether or not there is any and gnashing of tee Lh over greed out of The y stwpjldjy mmt retuJajjQn of hedge fijrids which might yet bring fjme Mm erjajjy ages ig awful does happen M pay attention here team before it ajl gets OJHJ of conttoi ;

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