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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                i age April HeraldZeitung Serving Nov traimfttt ami Comal County since Mew Brmmfeisleitung was founded New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor Jtary Circulation Director Advertising Director Operations Director News Editor DinrM Mupkafvla OTHER VIEWPOINTS Eliminate or overhaul alternative minimum tax The Columbus Ohio on taxes Unless Congress and the Bush administration change a certain tax increasing numbers of middleclass Americans over the next few years will be grappling with eversteeper federal income And all that boasting from Wash ington about tax cuts will ring hollower and hoi A creature known as the alternative minimum tax was bom in 1969 as a means to prevent the highestincome taxpayers from using deductions to avoid paying taxes President Bush and many lawmak ers have begun to feel the pressure to alter the alternativeminimum if they dump it the government would suffer such huge revenue losses that annual deficits would grow even ballooning still further the national In Bush formed a commission dedicat ed to the task of tax Clearly the increasingly unfair alternativeminimum calculated via a complex and confusing should be a candidate for elimination or replacement with some other source of rev By The Associated Press Today is April the 113th day of There are 252 days left in the The Jew ish holiday Passover begins at Todays Highlight in History April is believed to be the birthdate of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare he died 52 years also on April On this date In Presidentelect Washington and his wife moved into the first executive the Franklin in New In the 15th president of the United James was bom in Franklin In the American Academy of Arts and Let ters was In about 200 people died in a dance hall fire in In Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major league home in a game against the Louis The Braves In Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Robert The sentence was later reduced to life In the CocaCola announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke neg ative public reaction forced the company to resume selling the original 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 and The newspaper will not run any letters or columns that endorse any candidatejn The cutoff date for receiving any electionrelated letters or guest columns is 5 April No letters or columns received after this deadline will be Lets be selfish for America time to bring our boys home Because the story was smothered by Basili ca we need to emphasize what the new president of Afghanistan alleged ly told Donald Rumsfeld on his recent visit to the he surprised the Defense Secre tary by publicly requesting a long standing rela tionship with our nation to include the estab lishment of permanent military facilities in his This is a sham to cause Americans to accept permanent When the plea for us to help enforce a form of limited democ racy our dogooder politicians would think it immoral to walk we will hear pleas from the Iraqi puppet parliament for a Fort Of the administration will equally claim shock at the request and taunt it as proof that they love us If they how can we deny them There always seems to be a colorable cause for us to support armies of occupation What we are really doing with foreign occupation is try ing to change and history tells us that cant really be done once occupying forces leave it does not take long for reversion to the old Throughout civilization the ebb and flow of conquest and subjugation never seemed to like with the Romans of biblical times with which most of us are More contempo rary examples are found post World War II and the Korean Sixty years have passed since we conquered the Fascists yet we still garrison troops their sovereign The liberation of South Korea some 52 years ago has kept us on guard ever since on the At times not so long ago the numbers of troops we maintained in these places were Unless we act to limit our terms of only the youngest among us may live to see the day when we get our armies out of Iraq and and the total costs in American dollars will exceed a Maybe we dont have to make the deadlines pub but our government has to set withdrawal dates from these Godfor saken places sooner than later so we can spend our JTWOODALL is a free lance precious resources within our own What is we must set up a repayment schedule for Iraq to reimburse us from oil mon ey for our expenses in ousting the and this schedule should continue until every dime has come back to While Afghanistan is dirt poor except for their poppy can find a way to reim burse us for getting rid of the Taliban In doing they can help us insidiously emascu late the rest of the Axis of We can help them undertake massive shipments of opium to North Iran and Syria to addict their populations into innocuous We take the prof its until repaid fully while our enemies spiral downward into We will never win the hearts and minds of for especially those we conquer and occu so lets stop the futile Lets be entirely selfish for Lets never forget to agitate to bring our boys back United Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web 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 AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax SAN 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 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 STATEi HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 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 STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 Bolton an amazingly bad choice for UN ambassador AUSTIN Good news If there is a distinct possibility a Bush nomi nee is a in effective the Senate is willing to hold off on the vote for two John Bolton was an amazingly bad choice for ambassador to the United Nations from the He has a long record of expressing contempt for and distrust of the United You may or may not consider that a reasonable but it is highly inadvisable in a In he was a notable fail ure as under secretary of state for arms control and international MOLLYIVINS Molly Win is a colum nist for Creators Syndi She also does occa sional commentary for National Public Radio and the McNeiULehrer The problem of proliferation simply deteriorated under his Fewer weapons grade nuclear materials were secured in the two years after than in the two years before the North which then had two nuclear now has as many as After dealing with the North Korean government called him human scum and a and declined to recognize him as an official of the United No one is claiming North Korea has a rational but any halfwayskilled diplomat could do better than and many including Bill Bolton also pushed to cut funding for the NunnLugar program to halt the nuclear proliferation of materials and failed to conclude a Plutonium Disposi tion Agreement with Russia to eliminate 70 tons of weaponsgrade Russia has more dangerous unsecured nuclear material than any other Many of Boltons problems in the Sen ate hearings stemmed from his effort to drum up a Cuba has biological weapons He tried to fire two intelligence officers who had the temerity to disagree with Under he denied trying to have the men but seven intelli gence officials contradicted In a typically intemperate Bolton had dismissed the opinion of the chief bioweapons analyst at State as that of a midlevel Perhaps Boltons most dangerous mis chief was repeatedly withholding infor mation from Secretary Colin Powell and at least once from Secretary Condoleezza The Washington Post broke that including Boltons failure to advise Rice before her European trip on the unpopularity of Boltons campaign to oust Mohammad El the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency at the United El Baradei had the gall to be right about WMD in Iraq and is respected around the Bolton is also the man who pushed to have the fake claim about Saddams sup posed Niger uranium put into the presi dents 2003 State of the Union it is difficult to understand why the administration didnt nominate him for deputy assistant under secretary of the place where they stash embarrassing fail The official record is bad but what emerged clearly at the hearings is that the man has a vicious For mer Assistant Secretary of State Carl a conservative said Bolton is a kickdown sort of who abuses his authority with little He said Bolton is a serial Repeated testimony as to his nasty temper and unpleasant way Of dealing with subordinates was with more coming in all the according to Washington Post journalist Richard became furious and abusive when questioned by our Italian allies on why no WMD had been found in Cohen From what I a bucket of cold water should always be kept at Perhaps the runniest comment on this controversy came from Danielle Pletka of the conservative American Enterprise After the decision to postpone the she said This is a the idea that temperament is suddenly im There are legions who have gone before as well as members of Con who have behaved So In thats what Bush ran on calling it like requires a certain tempera Neither Colin Powell nor his top Richard have spoken publicly about but Lawrence who was Powells chief of I told The New York Times But do I I think John Bolton would make a good i ambassador to the United Nations Absolutely He is incapable of listen ing to people and taking into account i their He would be an abysmal i The right wing has gone nuts on this subject and is flaming all over the Inter net about what a traitor Ohio George Voinovich is for saying he isnt ready to keeping the furor over this crank Bolton going is the best thing thats happened to the Democrats politically since Tom another interesting example of the character But the prospect of Bolton at the Unit ed Nations is so assuming the Bush administration has any interest at all in A getting anything done and B our reputation around the rather think its time to for get politics and unite for the good of the So the White House is sticking with the story that all of this was invented by nasty But even George Bush has admitted he can make mis Maybe hell be able to think of one   

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