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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZErruNO April OUR OPINION Cast your ballot in city election Election day is May We encourage all registered vot ers to do their civic duty and get out and Ki now what wed like to see A city election turnout that was large enough to capture the undi vided attention of every elect ed even those not run ning for Experience tells us thats not likely to Take the last two municipal for In a hotly contested campaign in about 13 percent of the citys registered voters went to the polls to A year about 12 percent of registered voters cast Any way you look at those are disappointing Think of it this way Only one out of every eight registered voters care enough about what is going on in this city to take the time to Which are you A or a citizen who cant find the time to but has plenty of time to gripe about the way city hall is We encourage all registered voters to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the upcoming Lets show city leaders that we really do care about our How By showing up in record numbers at the Lets shoot for a turnout of 20 percent of registered Election officials have made it easy for you to meet your civic There are nine days of early voting including a halfday on April Just stop by Room 104 at the county courthouse anytime from 8 to Monday through Friday through May Election Day is May We know that midyear elections just dont have the widespread appeal that the November gener al elections but they are every bit as impor So get out and TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is April the 112th day of There are 253 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On April the Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked On this date In Henry VIII ascended the throne of Eng land following the death of his Henry In Congress authorized the use of the phrase In God We Trust on In the United Britain and Japan signed the London Naval which regulated submarine warfare and limited In during World War forces began invading Japaneseheld New Guinea with amphibi ous landings near In the televised Senate ArmyMcCarthy hearings ELECTION 2006 Guidelines for electionrelated submissions During the campaign period leading up to the May 7 the HeraldZeitung will accept letters to the editor and guest columns that deal with issues that are important to readers The newspaper will not run any letters or columns that endorse any candidate in any of the The cutoff date for receiving any electionrelated letters or guest columns is 5 April No letters or columns received after this deadline will be HeraldZeitung j Serving New nraimfels and Coinnl County since New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 j New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged In 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor Advertising II 2 News Editor piyjd JHHV tw MNIIlMf LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Parents unite and force NBISD to admit bullying is a problem Hooray for parents who confront the NBISD There is a huge problem in the middle schools in New In your my grandson had to face bullying by students in the form of vile name cursing and discus sions of subjects that are too pornographic to reveal There was also insensitive treat ment by teachers that was In the first few there were physical attacks kicking and grabbing of his eyeglasses that were tossed from student to stu It was suggested that this might be a form of initiation in a new All of this took place the first half of the school I could tell you much but it would be more than you want to WUh our family decided to enroll him in a private The administrators need to get their heads out of the sand and realize there are its a matter of Ask psycholo gists and they will tell you that perception of negative experiences cause adolescent depres suicide and sometimes violent aggression Columbine and recent school shooting in Min There are programs that schools can adopt to address these problems and they have helped in some areas that have faced these same kind of Administrators should not blame the victim or deny the problems Its important that parents unite and help turn these problems JanineStubbs Cuero Dont believe school officials bullying is a very big problem This is pertaining to the article in the April 19 issue of the HeraldZeitung about New Braunfels Middle School and the comment Janet Patton made Dont believe everything your child comes home and tells Its not that theyre not telling what they perceive to be but theyre telling it from a 12or 13yearold That comment struck me so it just burns me I have always told my children to tell the truth about As a I owe it to my children to believe what they tell especially in a situation where there is a chance that harm could come to Bullying is a very big problem in schools these it just seems you want to look the other Do you even have children Maybe in your bullying was no big but times have really or dont you read the paper or listen to the news Your comment was of pure ignorance and I can assure others feel the same Its people like you who make me want to home school my children so I know that they are safe Kellie Kannard New Braunfels Celebrate Earth Day by making commitment to change diet The 25th anniversary of Earth Day should spur each of us to ensure that our irreplaceable natural environment will survive another 25 its the perfect day to cut the envi ronmental impacts of our our driv our our Production of meat and other animal products dumps more pollution into our waterways than all other human activities Its the animal manure and the runoff from animal feed which carries soil and organic Meat production has been degrading our forests to feed then arid It is the greatest threat to wildlife habitats and preservation of endangered The grains and soybeans we feed to animals could sustain the 840 million starving people in the Third lets celebrate Earth Day in the most fitting replacing meat and other ani mal products in our diet with a tasty vari ety of fresh and whole John Conrad New Braunfels United States Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 SENATE KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send emails through Web AUSTINJJfFLCE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 600 Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2247485 Fax 210 2248569 CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 Web address Send emails through Web SAN 1100 NE Loop Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8215024 Fax 210 8215947 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 WHIJJ INJUJSHN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone Fax 512 4739920 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE INAUSJiN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address email@example.com JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Reporters lies about piethrowing case are inexcusable ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attor author and a columnist for Universal Press After my column last in which I noted that there had been a spate of food attacks on conservative speakers on college campuses within weeks of charges being dismissed against the Deliverance boys who threw pies at me at the University of the prosecutor said it was my This column gets results David chief criminal deputy in the office of Democrat Pima County Attorney Barbara told The Arizona Daily Star that charges had to be dismissed because I didnt show up for the Of its hard to know what anyone said in this coun try based on newspaper ac The actual statements people make are filtered through as we are generally unexecu table in this country under Atkins holdingthe death penalty for mentally retarded persons Is the prosecutor a phony or the reporter a moron In other is this a Jeffrey Toobin situation or a Dan Rather We you In an article titled Writer arresting officer missed 1st reporter Kim Smith writes in the April 16 Arizona Daily Star Pima County prosecutors plan to take another shot at two men accused of throwing pies at political writer Ann even though she didnt show up at their first trial last Smith and Wolff were scheduled to go to trial March but neither Coulter nor the arresting officer showed Berk man Coulter was sent repeated notices of the court date all of which were appar ently sent telepathically and she will be notified of the new court date as Berkman He said it should also be noted that Coulter never contacted pros ecutors to find out the resolution of the In my verbatim reply in an email dated to the only notice I ever received about my appearing at the trial was the preserved through the miracle of computers I remain very committed to pressing What is the date of the trial I do not live in AZ and it may be difficult for me to get there for the Does the prosecutor believe he will have to call me as a witness I believe there is videotape of the entire event and it is evident there on that I apprehended the attack and ran I was never asked to attend any Are crime victims in Pima County typi cally required to pester prosecutors with endless Whens the trial phone calls This trial received even less publicity than my recent speaking engagement at the I didnt even get one of those havent heard from you lately postcards the publisher sends after you let a maga zine subscription The need for a prosecutor to call me as a witness soil seems completely absurd in light of the inlivingcolor videotape of the entire vividly showing each element of the But if called by the I would attend the trial with I cant wait to see if the defendants will tiy the novel guy who throws like a girl Maybe Ill even give another speech while Im The only other notice I ever received about the trial was a postcard informing me that the case had been dismissed a few weeks Contrary to the above news I called the number on the postcard after getting the got an answering and left a Since Ive been on a whirlwind speaking giving a lot more college speeches and creating many more frus trated liberals deprived of the ability to mount a logical In Berkmans his office is having been bleeding pros ecutors in the last several That includes the departure of at least four female two of whom ex pressly said they were leaving because of the way Berkman treats So on the bright maybe Berkman allowed charges to be dismissed against my assailants not because Im a conservative but because Im a But there still remains the devilish issue of the accuracy of the reporters Daily Star reporter Smith also wrote Coulter couldnt be reached for comment late Friday as a result of our not trying to reach Coulter for comment late Tip to aspiring reporters If you want a try asking Ill even type out my comment for Kim In a prepared Coulter darkly hinted that prosecutors who fail to bring the pie assailants to justice will be held accountable for their actions a charge that was tantamount to Coulter calling for a piethrowing attack on the county Reporting like that could earn you a coveted position cover ing Tom DeLay for The New York Times
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