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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, October 23, 2003 Herald-Zeitung Serving Sew Braunfels and ComaWounty since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung whs founded 1852. New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958 RH* Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland News Editor Brady Craal Features Editor Brian Grant Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Craig Pauling Advertising, Director Courtnay Abarnathy Business Manager Heather Grant Our Opinion Experience joys of Kids Hunt Five years ago Texas Parks and Wildlife officials started a unique program that has become very popular with hunting enthusiasts — Kids Hunt weekend. O ne of the great things about the sport of hunting is the enjoyment of spending time with family and friends in the outdoors. It’s a cultural tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Five years ago, folks at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recognized this and started a unique program that has become immensely popular with hunting enthusiasts — the Kids Hunt weekend. The two-day hunt, which occurs this Saturday and Sunday, is billed as a chance for parents to take their children under the age of 16 into the fields and woods to hunt big game. What’s great about the program is it comes one week before the start of the general season. This gives young hunters a sporting chance to shoot game without compering against veteran hunters. What a cool idea. And if the spike in license sales is an indicator, it s become a very popular project as well. We can think of po better way for fathers and mothers to pass along to their children the love of sport hunting than participation in the Kids Hunt weekend. Those moments in the field can become lifetime memories and bonding experiences — just as they were for previous generations. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Oct. 23, the 296th day oP 2003. There are 69 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: l\venty years ago, on Oct. 23,1983,241 U.S. Marines and sailors in lebanon were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 5& paw uppers. On this date: In 1864, forces led by Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated Confederate Cen. Stirling Price’s army in Missouri. In 1915,25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote. In 1942, during World War II, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt. bi 194-1, die World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began. LETTIRS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or fewer. ■ The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Dems believe Hillary’s experience as virtual president could be helpful ARGUS HAMILTON Argus Hamilton's daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more than IOO newsfxipers across the United States and is also read and heard try millions on the Internet and try e-mail at Argusjokest&aol. com. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor clo Herald Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- zeitung.com Hillary Clinton will host an Iowa Democratic dinner next month as new rumors swirl she would accept being the vice presidential running mate. She has been the VR before. Her record as virtual president includes virtual health care reform. Burger King announced Sunday its restaurant at Baghdad Airport is doing huge business. It needs a new slogan. As long as the White House maintains that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, Burger King cannot call itself Ihe Home of the Whopper. “T he Reagans’’ airs on CBS next month as a TV movie. It depicts the former president as uncaring on social issues and Nancy as a pill addict. It was originally titled “The Rush I imbaugh Story” but at the last minute they changed all the names to avoid getting sued. Niagara Falls made the news Tuesday when an American lunatic survived leaping off the falls. I le’s the first ever to survive the 200-foot jump without a barrel or a life jacket. Those Reform Party primaries are nothing if not exciting. Barbara Bush revealed Monday she descends from President Franklin Pierce. It adds to her son’s woes. Any president whose father and great-grandfather were both presidents has enough royal blood in him to be suspected of running Princess Diana off the road. • Kobe Bryant was ordered to stand trial for rape in Colorado despite the judge’s view that the evidence is thin. At the very least it’s a learning experience for him. Kobe Bryant grew up in Italy and had no idea that Colorado was Confederate territory. General jerry Boykin ignited a storm in Congress by saying the War on Terror is a fight against Satan and that God put President Bush in the White House. He is in real trouble. President Bush just gave him five years to shape up or ship out. The White House vowed to veto the $87 billion Iraq funding bill if Congress requires Iraq to pay half oftffe money back. The president feels m principle it’s just wrong. Asking Iraq to give bade the money might obligate us to give back the country. President Bush flew to the South Seas Wednesday for a meeting in Bali. He was protected during his three-hour visit by warships, an armored limousine and 5,000 cops. The president wanted to show Americans that it’s safe to travel again. Stars and Stripes ran a poll showing U.S. troops in Iraq have low morale. The Bush Administration complained the poll wasn’t scientific. Of course, if there were any scientists in Iraq we would have found weapons of mass destruction by now. Howard Dean spoke in Howard County, Iowa, Wednesday, keeping a promise to speak in all 99 counties. Iowans hate to see this end. When the candidates go home next year the farmers will have to go back to fertilizing the crops themselves. HOH m CONTACT United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: http://hutchison.senate.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate Courtyard 5 Washington, DC. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: http://comyn.senate.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 82T-5947 NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New draunfdls 78130 Tblephone: (830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: PO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: [email protected] ■ Judith Zaffirini PO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627Legislation for money: DeLay camp sees no ethical dilemma follow DeLay (who is, he has said, hellbent to "stand up for a Biblical worldview in everything I do and'everywhere I am.”) Brother Tom is given both to preaching holy propriety and running a political machine so shameless it would make Boss IVveed blush. Those who were privileged to see him in action during the last days of the peculiarly hideous process of redistricting the state of Texas luiow that ruthlessness and Christianity can be combined, no matter what Jesus had to say on the subject. Among those newly startled by DeLays tactics last week were, according to the American-Statesman, “Four House Judiciary Committee members who protested after an article in the Capitol I fill newspaper Roll Call reported that Delray planned to slip an amendment revising U.S. trade statutes into the annual defense authorization bill.” Now, you may think that revising trade statutes by way of a defense-authorization bill is procedurally unusual — and such was the content of the protest: “The amendment had not been properly vetted by the Judiciary panel, which is supposed to oversee trademark law.” Still not in a stew over this, eh? The amendment itself is a little charmer designed to help the Bacardi rum folks (vague memories of many good tropical drinks are stirred) with a trademark problem they have with one bf the world’s oldest rum labels, Havana Club. Not being an expert on fundamentalist theology, I have no idea whether assisting a rum company fits into a Biblical worldview, but I can tell you that Bacar-di-Martini Inc. is a Bermuda-based company run by a family of prominent Cuban exiles who happen to be very generous, very large campaign donors. They have been especially generous to Tom DeLay for several years now. This li’l ol' amendment of DeLay’s carries some history. In 1998, then-Sen. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican, inserted an obscure amendment called Section 211 into a bill that was 4,000 pages long. Trims out 211 gave Bacardi a way to win its long-running lawsuit over I lavana Club, a label also claimed by Pernod-Ricard, the French company that now sells that brand name in partnership with the Cuban government. Oops, this touched off a major international stink. France complained to the World lYade Organization, which ruled the United States had violated treaty obligations to protect copyrights. The WK) has given die United States until the end of the year to revise the law. So what Delray is trying to do here is fix 211 to bring it into technical compliance with the WTO ruling, while continuing to give Bacardi the edge. According to the Statesman: “Critics charge the ‘fix’ would still violate U.S. treaty obligations going back to the 1930s. Several major corpo rations have joined in asking Congress to repeal Section 211 altogether to avoid possible retaliation by the Castro government against their own trademarks.” Citizens Against Government Waste, a conservative watchdog group, opposes special treatment for Bacardi. “We think it has an adverse influence on the taxpayers, on consumers and on the economy,” said the group. (Note: In the now-defensive, formerly liberal media — “Oh God forbid anyone should ever call us part of the Liberal Media” — we are pleased to have an actual conservative group protesting along with us here, because if it were just liberals, who would care? A connection between special legislation for Bacardi and huge campaign contributions? What are you, a commie?) OK, now that you have been folly prepped on tins deal, I give you the Outrage Moment. One Jonathan Grella, spokesman for Tom DeLay, when asked about all this, said, “It’s wrong and unethical to link legislative activities to campaign contributions.” Let’s make sure we all understand what is being said here. Grella asserts that there is no conflict of interest between a public official using his power to change the law in exchange for .a hefty campaign contribution — the immorality occurs when the press and/or public interest groups point out this connection. That’s when I went slack-jawed. AUSTIN — What I like about the new radical, right-wing Republican takeover of this country is how easily they blow past all our defenses against deja-vu, they-all-do-it cynicism. There you are — thinking you’re way too old and have been around this block too many times to suddenly up and evince moral outrage over a little callousness here or a dollop of favoritism there. Suddenly, you find yourself whomper-outraged, stupefied with disbelief. A Girl Scout again, after all these years. It’s enough to make me believe in that nutty fundamentalist theory about “secondary virginity,” which claims you can become a virgin again even if you’re not a virgin. I swear to goodness, these folks can indeed produce {piracies. My latest walking-on-water moment came whilst I was reading an Austin American-Statesman article about Brother Tom Delray, now the second-most powerfril man in America, right after Dick Cheney. It was a familiar story to those of us who MOLLYIVIMS Molly Ivin is a columnist for Cre ators Syndicate. Her freelance work has appeared in Esquire, Atlantic, The Nation, Harfier's, 7Y Guide and numerous other publications. She also does occasional commentary for National Public Radio and the McNeil/Lehrer program. ;

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