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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page November I HeraldZeittmg I Serving Afetv Braiinfelt AftA ComU County simi New Braurifels ZeiturtgVas founded 1862 New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in l957and I printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editor j NeWSEdltOf Btady Features Editor Brian Grant gditof and Publisher Circulation Director Batifl Tansy Craig Paulina Advertlsina Director CoUftnay AbatHrthy Business Manager Haaihar Grant OTHER VIEWPOINTS TheAnniston Star on closer makes one wonder if this new plan represents the voice of tion or if the forces opposed to Medicare ih its traditional form have just found another way to undermine the system As we have pointed out before putting a lid on how much will be spent on drug benefits without serious cost control measures will mean later on that the system could be declared insolvent and forced to cut benefits or raise very popular choices And while conservatives go on and on about letting the market place have a bigger role in determining costs seniors are skep tical Studies show that an unregulated market would make drugs more expensive in some areas of the country and less expensive in others mak ing where you live an important criteria for get ting health care at a reasonable price Our senior citizens need a comprehensive drug benefit package One that provides both coverage and cost containment This isnt not yet TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is Saturday Nov 22 the 326th day of 2003 There are 39 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Nov President Kennedy was shot to death while riding in a motorcade in Dallas Texas Gov John B Connally in the same limou sine as Kennedy was seriously wounded Lee Harvey Oswald suspected of assassinating the president was arrested On this date In 1718 English pirate Edward known as killed during a bat tle off the Virginia coast In 1890 French President Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille France In 1906 the SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention jn Berlin In 1928 Bolero by Maurice Ravel made its debut in Paris In 1943 President Franklin Roosevelt British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kaishek met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48 In 1975 Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain In1977 regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Con corde began on a trial basis In 1980 death claimed actress Mae West at her Hollywood residence at age 87 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 Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to GUESTCOLUMN Parents should work together with principal for better school There have been several letters and an article about Mr Rickey Williams in the HeraldZeitung and I believe the majori ty of them have been unfair I did not attend the sophomore parents meet ing because I did not receive any notification of it the mails However I did read the article in the paper about the first meeting Mr Williams had with parents I found the article to be very negatively slanted against the principal and his policies If I were him I would have tak en it personally and been on the defensive at the next meeting j Academics should be first in our school extracurricular activities As parents we should support Mr Williams attempts to strengthen our students brains and our schools academic reputation Mr Doug Toney also raised some good points in his editorial I spoke with friends who attended the meeting and agree that the behav ior of several of the parents at the meetings was shameful Again no wonder Mr Williams is on the defensive Personal attacks have no place in public meetings As the late Fred Astaire observed The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing As for the penitentiary atmosphere at the high school that is rubbish Yes the rules are tougher this year Construction issues caused the rules to be looser for the last couple of years So now our students have to be on time stay at their desks during class time not act irresponsi bly when changing classes and follow the rules of the school as set down by the boss princi pal Hmm Any job Ive ever had required me LaurieTiemanisaNew Braunfels resident to do these things Im sure the band direc tors ROTC officers foot ball coaches would tell you that success required discipline Now all of our students can benefit from this type of discipline As for Mr asser tion that Mr Williams should ask us to give him another chance I again sayrubbish We should ask himto chance I also think that any teacher who complains of the schools policies to students should be reprimanded The only thing Ive heard from teacher friends is about how nice it is to have the halls empty during class time and all of the students present so that they can learn without distraction As for if its not broken dont fox only three students from our large high school received National Merit recognition this year Something needs to be done to help our students do better academically I encourage all parents who support Mr Williams efforts to improve our school to tell him so Hearing nothing but criticism all of the time is not good for anyone I also encourage parents who have suggestions or complaints to voice them respectfully and properly We need to work together to make NBHS a better place for our students United Government PRESIDENT George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania NW C 20600 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washingtdh 20510 Telephone 202 2245322 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 8023 Vantage Drive Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 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 L AM AR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1100 NE Loop 410 Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Capitol Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 E Mijj St 78130 Telephone Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 WHILE IN AUSTIN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone 512 4630325 Fax 512 4739920 Email addreaa carter.casteel@house.state,tx.us STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email addreia jeffwentworth@senate.state.tx,us Surprise Dems turn to family Deaths Jewish ancestry ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attor ney author and a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate With economic growth and name recognition of the average Democratic presidential candi date both running at about 7 percent the Democrats are in trouble Unable to rouse more than the Saddamsupporting left with their kooky foreign policy ideas the Democrats had been counting on a lousy economy It turns out that given a choice between shock and awe and run and the American people prefer the former Now mat the Bush tax cuts have already started to kick in and boost the economy it was beginning to look as if the Treason Lobby would have nothing to run on But the Democrats have dis covered a surprise campaign issue It turns out mat several of mem have had a death in the family Not only mat but many Demo crats have crackerbarrel humble origins stories and a Jew or lesbian in the family Dick Gephardts campaign platform is that his father was a inilkman his son almost died and his daughter is a les bian Vote for me So dont say me Democrats arent the party of ideas As they keep reminding us their ideas are just too darn complex to fit on a bumper sticker Conseqytentiy the Democrats cant tell us their ideas until after me election Instead their ver sion of a political campaign is to stage a Queen for a has special resonance in the case of the Democrats Al Gore famously inaugurated the ily tragedy routine at the 1992 Democrat ic National Convention where his idea of an inspiring political speech was to recount the story of his son being hit by a car At the 1996 convention Gore told a tearjerker about his sisters long painful death from lung cancer It got to the point that Gores family members had to fear any more runs for higher office In the current campaign Gephardt has taken to spinning out a long pitiful tale of his sons neardeath three decades ago If a lingering family medical tragedy is the main qualification for becoming a Democratic presidential candidate whats Michael Schiavo waiting for At dozens of campaign stops Mrs Gephardt weeps anew as her husband tells the same gutwrenching story over and over again The relevance of his sons illness to Gephardts run for the presh dency is this It inspired Gephardts cajl for national health insurance With his wife softly weeping in the background he get At least when Gephardt exploits a fami ly tragedy he doesnt expect praise for not exploiting a family nagedy John Edwards injects his sons fajtal car acci dent into fels Campaign by demanding that noticehow he revises to inject his sons fata par accident tote Ws campaign Edwards has taJked about his sons death ma 1996 car accident ofe Good Morning in dozens of profiles and in his new book was and is me most important fact of my His 1998 Senate campaign ads featured film footage of Edwards at a learning lab he founded in honor of his son titled The Wade Edwards Learning He wears his sons Outward Bound pin on his suit lapel He was going to wear it on his sleeve until someone suggested that might be a little too on the If you want points for not using your sons death politically dont you have to take down ail those Ask me about my sons death in a horrific car accident bumper stickers Howard Dean talks about his brother Charlies murder at the hands of North Vietnamese communists Bizsrrely after working pn me failed George McGovern campaign Charlie Dean went to china in 1974 to witness me ravages of me war he had opposedNot ipng after he arrived the apparently ungrateM communists captured arid kiligd him Dean wears his brothers battered 1960s belt every day Dean told Pan Rather ajtwut his brothers death at spine lengm on CBS News It gave me a seme that you ought to live for toe mojnjnt with people that realty ypu reajjy need to tell people you love ttiem if yog the issue of when to tell the people you love that you love them Couldnt the Democratic Party go back to plagiarising British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnoek like Sen joe Biden rather than ing Lifetime TV for Dp any men at all vote for the Democrats Any more Carol Moseley Brauns personal tragedy is that shes being forced to run for presi dent even though it turns out the erats wont need her to split the black vote anyway In addition to having a number offanv ily deaths among mem me Democrats other big idea too nuanced for a bumper that many of them have Jewish ancestry Theres Joe man Always JewishWesley dark pound Out His Father Was Jewish in CoUege John Kerry Jewish Since He Begin Presi dential FundrMsing Howard Pein Married to a Jew Even Hillary Clinton claimed have unearthed some denpe to she was a along with me tang lost evidence to she was keesian The pjmpcrats urge to assert a Jewish thing thai ever happens d to m femily ft was terrible fe my pfrenjs it wm even worse for rtpa it was for of Israel to perish as Palestinian suicide bombers slaughter Jewish women and children Their perverse desif e to discuss s i start extolling   

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