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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4 November 2003 HeraldZeitung Sffvty titaun New Braunfels Zeiturtgi was founded 2 New flrauntels was founded the fwo papers foerged iri 196ancf printed in both Gerrrian and English until Managing Editor News Editor Ei MaftiAnd Features Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Batig fatny OUFI OPINION Onus on roadwork shifts to localities By approving Regional Mo bility Authori ties the state has shifted the payment bur den for roads to local Tuesday the Texas Department of Transportation will conduct its annual Trans portation Improvement Pro gram meeting at City Hall in New This is the meeting where local officials and residents can bring their concerns about needed road improve ments and City and county officials will attend the meet ing with a wish list of projects that includes some of this areas biggest traffic Those include virtually all of Texas 46 from New Braunfels which for widening and grade separation intersections at FM 3159 and FM Also on the county list will be redesigning the FM 306 and Hoffman Lane work on FM311 list goes on and on and TxDOT officials will listen to suggestions and consider them in planning for this regions new road Dont hold your and dont even think about planning for an outer loop around New Braunfels while there is still a place to put because the state is going to say theres no money to The road construction wish list is far longer than the actual project With recent legislative approval of Regional Mobility with which local govern ments can levy tolls and taxes to pay for the state has shirked some of its responsi bility and placed an unfair onus on local That makes it more doubtful that major road improvements like a muchneeded loop will ever get funded in most of our TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 319th day of There are 46 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On the Continental 1 sdrtb the Constitution of the United On this date In explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mouhtaintop now known as Pikes In Brazils monarchy was In the National Broadcasting debuted with a radio network of 24 In the first men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime In William Lyon Mackenzie King retired as prime minister of Canada after 21 years he was succeeded by Louis In the flight of Gemini 12 ended success fully as astronauts James Lovell and Edwin Buzz Aldrin splashed down safely in the In protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington against the Viet nam In funeral services were held in Moscows Red Square for the late Soviet President Leonid In Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in gov erning Northern Ten years ago The State Department announced that Secretary Warren Christopher would travel to the Mideast to try to mediate dif ferences between Israel and the GUESTCOLUMN Lets stop talking and make changes in teacher pay and health care safety and welfare are first among our We when ill or injured to have medical exceptional if it is We want the finest police and fire protection we can We want excellent public education at all levels through college for anyone who can make the We hear about sometimes mal of people all the Nurses are over underpaid and in ever shorter The trend in law is moving toward immunity from suit against a doctor or medical treatment Prescription drugs are sub stantiallycheaper in our neighboring i Goste are I Doesnt this look like a health care system that is in deep trouble Why dont we insist that the subject matter be first on the agenda of all polit ical candidates and legislative bodies It is disgraceful that tfyere is not universal health care available atreasonable And speaking of some other things we need on the how about better training and better pay for police officers and teachers Police officers are desperately needed to train The cost of just one trainer is a stagger ing per Officials say the danger justifies the base salary of nearly free of plus security and Every cop in America performs humanitarian services in a combat zone of sorts because thats where we send him to do his war ipn Criminals shoot just like saboteurs and snipers in The soldiers can freely respond with but not the cop who is ham strung by police manual Every teacher in America goes to a kind of war every They navigate minefields of political correctness as potentially fatal to their careers as a lot of Oldfashion disci pline is out of the There is plenty of money for cops and teach ers in a foreign not so for ours at Why not combat pay for them and relief from IRS obligations like our cop teachers in Iraq Too you might lets Give the option to accept either half of the benefits pack age to cops and teachers on American No doubt responsible citizens worry about bet ter health better police forces and better We taLkabput a reylsioriofhealtricare and do little JTWOODALL lands about We talk of our underpaid cops and yet we take no active steps to help Praise for their work is not enough Give them more money I did not forget the firemen or They after have a lot of down and thats the way we want But when they are called upon into lifesaving pay them extra for active work trying to save of do not tax their pay Who can seriously debatethe other side of the argument LRTTIRS POLICY Letters 250 words or The HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung PA Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 them to 830 6063413 email them to United States Government PRESIDENT Busli 1606 20600 tt KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20610 Telephone 202 taxi 202 2240776 WabJ Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 8023 Vantage Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone 210 3402886 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell Senate Courtyard 5 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY Stefte Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New 78130 Telephone 6270216 i Toll Free 866 6874961 Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone 512 4630325 Email address carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 612 4637794 Email address jeffwentworth@senate.state,tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SALANTONlQJIFfCEj 12702 Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 President Go ahead and bugout of Iraq before election A USTIN its hard to keep up with this Just a few days we were going to stick it no matter Uke Hoiton the we would be 100 percent neve give never NOW were going to bug out fore next years Paul mer has been eaUed in for an emergency troops must be down to by The according to the Philadelphia has sent a report from Baghdad saying Were back to bombing Bagh Molly bin is Qcoium have to hand it all over to the Iraqis right do know without regard to point of spin or public relations is that the number of attacks against American troops have been steadily increasing from 20 to 25 to 30 a Now this may as President Bush has said in a weirdly evidence of our Hes me only president weve and if he says its it must right For all I Imow never having been to what were witnessing ft indeed increased despera tton on the part of the Tm be easier to diagnose if only we tajew who was attacking According to the we are being attacked by A remnant Sadden Hussein B anfrAmeriean terrorists and i from all over who are now gajh r mf of Americans mem or Q Iraqis of particular flavor who really dislike Shell Just a few weekj administration set out to persuade us ail that the glass in Iraq is not it is And this may but thats a conclusion thaj depends on ones point of view 3ut the we cesswl attacks on choppers or hundreds of Iraqis gather around the smoking results and CaJj me but I think mats a bad I suspect they do not like being occupied by a foreign They do not seem to mink our intentions are To be a good public relations masterminded by Karl Rove and other could probably solve this unfortunate problem of perception in Iraq iit has worked so well we4ont have enough people who even speak the language to mount a r or for that to direct traJfe get wteUJgenee or thing elsi we need to da heres the Bush administration with this sudden new emphasis on us getting out ol If you think I am going to disagree or make fun of them for doing sjuch a you are sMy have the 180 many times bf fore wim usually when reality those folks in me administration who convinced most Americans that this war was a dandy There was no nuclear weapons There were no of mass Saddam Hussein had no ties to AI and if anyone sees an outbreak of peace and democracy in Middle let me Idont think the Bush aajninistration lied to us about I think its worse than I think they fooled I think they were conned by Ahmad labii I think they indulged in wishful thinking to a point of near I think decided anyone who didnt agree with them was an enemy anti by the Inquires even the Shiites in the attacks on Americans In ote I think theyre criminal ly Since I keep trying to find helpful sug gestions from any lets see ia fast politipal handover wiJl help But mere aje already signs that the Iraqi Governing we is either in so why dont tots toe by ijpjjt Ajnjr ieans killed by people we thought we ha4 nowin spcner were against ajl Ive been with Kurds arid Shiites mandatory as the elec   

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