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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas . age 4A — Herald-Zettung — Saturday, April 23,2005 Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since I #52. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852. New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Melee Ball Operations Director Vilma Linares News Editor David Rupkalvis NOW TO CONTACT mmmmm Other ViewpointsEliminate or overhaul alternative minimum tax The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, on taxes: Unless Congress and the Bush administration change a certain tax law, increasing numbers of middle-class Americans over the next few years will be grappling with ever-steeper federal income taxes. And all that boasting from Washington about tax cuts will ring hollower and hollower. A creature known as the alternative minimum tax was bom in 1969 as a means to prevent the highest-income taxpayers from using deductions to avoid paying taxes altogether.... Fortunately, President Bush and many lawmakers have begun to feel the pressure to alter the alternative-minimum tax. Unfortunately, if they dump it entirely, the government would suffer such huge revenue losses that annual deficits would grow even larger, ballooning still further the national debt. In January, Bush formed a commission dedicated to the task of tax simplification. Clearly the increasingly unfair alternative-minimum tax, calculated via a complex and confusing form, should be a candidate for overhaul, elimination or replacement with some other source of revenue. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 23, the 113th day of 2005. There are 252 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight in History: April 23,1564, is believed to be the birthdate of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare; he died 52 years later, also on April 23. On this date: In 1789, President-elect Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House, in New York. In 1791, the 15th president of the United States, James Buchanan, was bom in Franklin County, Pa. In 1904, the American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded. In 1940, about 200 people died in a dance hall fire in Natchez, Miss. In 1954,1 lank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major league home runs, in a game against the St. Louis (Cardinals. (The Braves won, 7-5.) In 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.) In 1985, the Coca-Cola Co. announced it was changing the secret flavor formula for Coke (negative public reaction forced the company to resume selling the original version).ELECTION 2006Guidelines for election-related submissions N During the campaign period leading up to the May 7 elections, the Herald-Zeitung will accept letters to the editor and guest columns that deal with issues that are important to readers and citizens. N The newspaper will not run any letters or columns that endorse any candidate in any of the elections. N The cut-off date for receiving any election-related letters or guest columns is 5 p.m. Friday, April 29. No letters or columns received after this deadline will be published. www caglecartoons coir Let’s be selfish for America; time to bring our boys home Because the story was smothered by Basilica brouhaha, we need to emphasize what the new president of Afghanistan allegedly told Mr. Donald Rumsfeld on his recent visit to the wasteland. Supposedly, he surprised the Defense Secretary by publicly requesting a long standing relationship with our nation to include the establishment of permanent military facilities in his country. This is a sham to cause Americans to accept permanent occupation. When the plea for us to help enforce a form of limited democracy comes, our "do-gooder politicians would think it immoral to walk away. Next, we will hear pleas from the Iraqi puppet parliament for a Fort Fallujah. Of course, the administration will equally claim shock at the request and taunt it as proof that they love us nowadays. If they ask, 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 trying to change cultures, and history tells us that can’t really be done; once occupying forces leave it does not take long for reversion to the old ways. Throughout civilization the ebb and flow of conquest and subjugation never seemed to stop, like with the Romans of biblical times with which most of us are familiar. More contemporary examples are found post World War II and the Korean conflict. Sixty years have passed since we conquered the Fascists yet we still garrison troops on their sovereign soil. The liberation of South Korea some 52 years ago has kept us on guard ever since on the peninsula. At times not so long ago the numbers of troops we maintained in these JTWOODALL J. T. Woodall is a freelance writer. places were staggering. Unless we act to limit our terms of occupation, only the youngest among us may live to see the day when we get our armies out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the total costs in American dollars will exceed a googol. Maybe we don’t have to make the deadlines public, but our government has to set withdrawal dates from these God-forsaken places sooner than later so we can spend our precious resources within our own borders. What is more, we must set up a repayment schedule for Iraq to reimburse us from oil money for our expenses in ousting the anti-Christ, and this schedule should continue until every dime has come back to us. While Afghanistan is dirt poor except for their poppy crops, they, too, can find a way to reimburse us for getting rid of the Taliban devils. In doing so, they can help us insidiously emasculate the rest of the Axis of Evil. We can help them undertake massive shipments of opium to North Korea, Iran and Syria to addict their populations into total, innocuous malaise. We take the profits until repaid fully while our enemies spiral downward into ruin. We will never win the hearts and minds of foreigners, especially those we conquer and occupy, so let’s stop the futile efforts. Let’s be entirely selfish for America. Let’s never forget to agitate to bring our boys back home.United States {SMM Government president N George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE H Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: http://hutchison.senate.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 H John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: http://cornyn.senate.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN H Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: http://lamarsmith.house.gov/ (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 ■■<1111 SMI JliUUMPAJMP HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: P.O. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: [email protected] ■ Judith Zaffirini P.O. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627Bolton an amazingly bad choice for UN ambassador AUSTIN — Good news! If there is a distinct possibility a Bush nominee is a vile-tempered, lying, ineffective bully, the U.S. Senate is whiling to hold off on the vote for two weeks. John Bolton was an amazingly bad choice for ambassador to the United Nations from the beginning. He has a long record of expressing contempt for and distrust of the United Nations. You may or may not consider that a reasonable position, but it is highly inadvisable in a diplomat. In addition, he was a notable failure as under secretary of state for arms control and international MOLLYIVINS Molly Ivin is a columnist for Creators Syndicate. She also does occasional commentary for National Public Radio and the McNeiULehrer program. security. The problem of proliferation simply deteriorated under his guidance. Fewer weapons-grade nuclear materials were secured in the two years after 9/11 than in the two years before the attack. North Korea, which then had two nuclear weapons, now has as many as eight. After dealing with Bolton, the North Korean government called him “human scum” and “a bloodsucker,” and declined to recognize him as an official of the United States. No one is claiming North Korea has a rational government, but any hallway-skilled diplomat could do better than that, and many have — including Bill Richardson. Bolton also pushed to cut funding for the Nunn-Lugar program to halt the nuclear proliferation of materials and failed to conclude a Plutonium Disposition Agreement with Russia to eliminate 70 tons of weapons-grade plutonium. Russia has more dangerous unsecured nuclear material than any other country Many of Bolton’s problems in the Senate hearings stemmed from his effort to drum up a “Cuba has biological weapons” scare. He tried to fire two intelligence officers who had the temerity to disagree with him. Under oath, he denied trying to have the men fired, but seven intelligence officials contradicted him. In a typically intemperate statement, Bolton had dismissed the opinion of the chief bioweapons analyst at State as that of “a mid-level munchkin.” Perhaps Bolton’s most dangerous mischief was repeatedly withholding information from Secretary Colin Powell and at least once from Secretary Condoleezza Rice. The Washington Post broke that story, including Bolton's failure to advise Rice before her European trip on the unpopularity of Bolton's campaign to oust Mohammad El Baradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency at the United Nations. El Baradei had the gall to be right about WMD in Iraq and is respected around the world. Bolton is also the man who pushed to have the fake claim about Saddam’s sup posed Niger uranium put into the president’s 2003 State of the Union Address. TYuly, it is difficult to understand why the administration didn’t nominate him for deputy assistant under secretary of the place where they stash embarrassing failures. The official record is bad enough, but what emerged clearly at the hearings is that the man has a vicious temper. Former Assistant Secretary of State Carl Ford, a conservative Republican, said Bolton is a “kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy,” who “abuses his authority with little people.” He said Bolton is a “serial abuser.” Repeated testimony as to his nasty temper and unpleasant way of dealing with subordinates was heard, with more coming in all the time. Bolton, according to Washington Post journalist Richard Cohen, became furious and abusive when questioned by our Italian allies on why no WMD had been found in Iraq. Cohen said, “From what I saw, a bucket of cold water should always be kept at hand.” Perhaps the funniest comment on this controversy came from Danielle Pletka of the conservative American Enterprise Institute. After the decision to postpone the vote, she said: “This is a disgrace, the idea that temperament is suddenly important. There are legions who have gone before John, as well as members of Congress, who have behaved appallingly.” So true. In fact, that’s what Bush ran on twice, calling it “character.” Diplomacy, like judging, requires a certain temperament. Neither Colin Powell nor his top deputy, Richard Armitage, have spoken publicly about Bolton, but Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Powell’s chief of staff, told The New York l imes: “But do I think John Bolton would make a good ambassador to the United Nations? Absolutely not. He is incapable of listening to people and taking into account their views. I Ie would he an abysmal ambassador.” I he right wing has gone nuts on this subject and is flaming all over the Internet about what a traitor Ohio Sen. George Voinovich is for saying he isn’t ready to vote. Frankly, keeping the furor over this crank Bolton going is the best thing that’: happened to the Democrats politically since lorn DeLay, another interesting example of the character issue. But the prospect of Bolton at the United Nations is so appalling — that is, assuming the Bush administration has any interest at all in: A) getting anything done there, and B) our reputation around the world — I rather think it’s time to forget politics and unite for the good of the country. So far, the White I louse is sticking with the story that all of this was invented by nasty Democrats. But hey, even George W. Bush has admitted he can make mistakes. Maybe he’ll be able to think of one now. I ;

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