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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page December HeraidZeitung Serving New Braunfels and Conial County since New Braunfels ZeitUfig was founded 1862 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers nWged in 1967and printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editor News Editor Malilafld Features Editor Editor and Publisher Irian Grant Paufl tbnay Advertising Director Business Manager Pauling CdUfthey Abafnathy Heather Graht OUR Emissions testing news a big relief Air quality is especially to future genera But test ing tailpipes isnt the answer to our air qual ity The announcement this week that mandatory emis sions testing of automobiles might not be necessary for the region to meet national clean air standards was great Analysis using a computer program that simulates ozone production has shown strin gent antipollution measures wont be necessary in Guadalupe and Wilson Emissions testing is a huge political football and the kind of pocketbook issue that citizens would rail Inspections would cost about per but repairs for vehicles not up to standards could costs Its an expen sive Make no bones about Air quality is impor especially to future With the help of the Alamo Area Council of industry and business leaders are learning what parts they can play to ensure we have safe air But if scientific studies indicate the overall ben efit of emissions control is why imple ment these costly procedures We dont think testing tailpipes is the answer to our air quality Each year automobile man ufacturers are producing improved emissions As older cars become this should lessen the need for such Leaders can focus instead upon other antipol lution efforts that will help the area meet Envi ronmental Protection Agency TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 351st day of There are 14 days left in the Todays Highlight in History One hundred years oh Wilbur and Orville Wright of went on the first successful mannedpowered airplane near Kitty North using their experimental the Wright They made four short flights with the Flyer before an ocean gust lifted and badly damaged the On this date France recognized American indepen In in the first world championship foot ball the Chicago Bears defeated the New York In the Army announced it was end ing its policy of excluding JapaneseAmericans from the West In the United States successfully testfired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first In Lynette Fromme was sentenced in fed eral court in to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or The HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be less than 500 words and must be accompanied by Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be US should be congratulating Putin on his not criticizing him CHARLEYREESE Charity Reese is fl columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box Its odd that the American reaction to the recent Russian elections was they were not up to snuff and probably One would think Americans would instead celebrate the fact the Communist Party suffered a serious defeat that will probably finally consign it to that famous 1 The truth is the elections strengthened the hand of Presi dent Vladimir Putin and greatly weakened the Communists and Most of the gains were by parties that have in common a Strong sense of To make sense of world politics you have to keep in mind that neoconservative is very close to being a synonym for Leon Trotsky was the unlucky third member of the triumvirate that imposed communism on Vladi mir Lenin and the other Joseph outma neuvered Trotsky and forced him to flee into where one of Stalins killers eventually put an ice ax into his frotskys gig was He hated nationalism and And so do the neoconservatives and most lib erals in the United They look with jaundiced eye on any be he German or Ameri That and a high regard for big gov ernment are about all liberals and neo conservatives share in Putin has been drawing criticism for going after the crooked men who used bribery and influence to grab most of the states assets when the Soviet Union He gets criticism from ideologues who dont distinguish be tween capitalists and and hes gotten some because some of the oli garchs hes The Jewish magazine in an articled headlined Kremlin Targets Jew ish Tycoons in War on later says In the eyes of most the oli garchs are clearly of theft and cor ruptionin the best and probably a lot That much of their wealth is ill gotten no one really the point of the article is that while Jewish oligarchs have been arrest ed or have fled into exile to avgid prose the Kremlin has notyet gone after tile nonJewish A valid Maybe after these which have greatly strengthened Putins he will go after the other Well have to wait and I dont see it as undemocratic for Putin to go after crooks who stole the assets of the Russian people and made themselves into billionaires while ordi nary Russians were I wouldnt call it undemocratic if he had them There is no incompatibility between justice and democracy Nor is there any incompatibility between de mocracy and Putin under stands he was elected president of Rus not of the His duty is to im prove the lot of the Russian I wish George Bush had the same common As for whether the Russian elections were strictly I doubt but ours arent I would be surprised if there is a 100 percent honest election any where in the Its too easy to steal or buy We should not forget that in America its said that The only qualification you need to vote is to be alive and 18 years old in some parts of the you dont even have to be Cemeteries in Cook Louisiana and Texas have often provided a margin of victory in American Another great blunder of American for eign policy has been to ignore Its far more important for us to have a strong relationship with Russia than it is Great The United King dom is a minor Russia still has the means to blow us off the face of the We ought to be congratulating not criticizing United States Government RESIDENT George Bush 1660 Pehflsyivahia NW 20600 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building ftoom 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 fcax 202 2240776 Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 8023 Vantage Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 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 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government I GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill NewftBraiinfels 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 carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address jeff\5/entworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 12702 Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Ed ur r cfrHerltlieSa 830 articled headlined Kremlin Targets Jew dom is a minor Russia still has the 6 Drawer 311328 email them to ish Tycoons in War on later says means to blow us off the face of the TX7BBi3iUIS zeTungcom In the eyes of most tiie oli We ought to be congratulating TX 781311328 a garchs are clearly of theft and cor not criticizing US troops capture ultimate weapon of mass destruction The ultimate weapon of cially the virulently antiBush and anti ment should not be a reason for any cov Saddam Hussein is just one of many mass destruction has been American British Like those in the West who ena tyrants that are threats to me freedom captured in Saddam Critics of American intellieence were bled thft Snvipt I Jninn far rWaHoc CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services He hosts After Hours on Fox News Channel Saturdays at 11 Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or an email at he ultimate weapon of mass destruction has been captured in Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a hole in the like the rat that he in a farmhouse on the outskirts of His end came not as a selfstyled heroic leader of but as a wimp who resem bled a bedraggled homeless unable to muster the nerve to take his own life with the gun on his The arrest of Saddam is a tri umph for the longsuffering Iraqi people depending on the reaction of Iraqis and whether insurgents can be de it could be the ultimate triumph of the Bush adminis trations policy of The and said the administrations effortswere fatting have been proved These would include not only the United but also France and Germany and much of the liberal media gspe cially the virulently antiBush and anti American British Critics of American intelligence were also This was classic police work as forces slowly and systematically interviewed people who provided pieces of information mat led to other inter views andevercloser steps toward their The immediate debate will be over how to bring Saddam to For political he will probably be tried in an Iraqi court and not a Nurembergtype Some will caH for a trial before a world Given the weakness of the Arab nations and much of the rest of the world and the reluctance of most pujrppeari countries to cpnfront Saddam when he held it is unlikely they couM mus ter the fortitude neeessjajy to give Saddam his just France and Germany be nervous about what a trial could reveal about their complicity to SjisJto for three American companies and politicians might also be concerned be cause heir policies and dgmsm could also be made ment should not be a reason for any cov Like those in me West who ena bled the Soviet Union for seven decades and provided gas and armaments for Hitlers whpever helped Sad dam in hisinurderous ways should be exposed to the light of public accounta As important as the capture of Saddam Hussein the war against terror is far from President Bush said as much in a statement from the White House pn He again declared this is differ ent kind of andhe reminded Ameri cans that it will continue to be conducted egpture by cell by pell and YJC tpry by The president wisely warned the public that Saddams arrest does not mean the end of violence in EvjJ dies The hatred of all things Jew Christian and modem is deep throughout much of the Middle Children are taught to hate before fljey learn to The Arab media are packed with anger and vitu peration against the United Sjtates and the West The is to tt evil is incarnated in a single Saddam Hussein is just one of many tyrants that are threats to the freedom Just as other mass murderers rose to power after Hitlers will new tyrants step forward to inherit Saddams bloody Saddams capture creates a predicament for the Democratic presi dential Undsey said Howard Pean has got ten swatter and is the big Pean has been even personally critical of the president for his Iraq poJiey and the to find Qnjy Joe Webermm can claim measwe of support for the administra tions Iraq fcuj jj doubtMhe will receive a politipaj The mm who has the most to worry abPttt from Saddam Hus who it is hoped win emcuted after he is confronted by relatives of those fee lapsd and murdered Qsamij bin Lajdm The steps he hears Bright hs niajcjjjpg tQ his but the boots of American soldiers hesdgd toward whatever hole he has dug for   

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