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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4 May OUR OPINION 8 more amendments that deserve attention Over the past the HeraldZeitung took a closer look at the amendments that would likely have the greatest impact on the city and we offered our view on five of the most important Here are five other proposed amendments that could change the way the city does business that deserve a closer Proposition 8 Vote NO This amendment would change the roll call require ments at city council meet the charter requires all votes other than procedural ones to have roll call The amendment would only require roll call votes on the third reading of While this amendment actually does we support leaving things the way they so we are against Proposition Saving a few minutes at a council meeting is not worth sacrificing recorded Voting yes would lessen accountability of our elected Accountability to citizens is worth the effort of roll call Vote Proposition NO This amendment would change the city charter to allow ordinances to be passed after two public readings instead of We oppose this With the impediments already in place with citizens speaking out at city council reducing the opportunity to speak in support or opposi tion of an ordinance or action should not be Propositions Vote YES These amendments would eliminate the requirement that the city manager give council seven days done in executive session and therefore not before terminating the city police chief and fire Because those employees work for the city manager and not the coun we support the It takes politics out of the decisionmaking Proposition 20 Vote YES This amendment would change the charter to remove the requirement of having departments of sanitation and planning and environmental It would also allow with the city managers to eliminate the departments and consolidate This proposition is not being driven by some hidden agenda to reduce the number of city But elim inating the requirement to have all of the depart ments named above does give city council and city officials the flexibility to review and restructure operations if This option should be available to city so we support the Propositions Vote YES These propositions would incorporate prose cutorial responsibilities into city attorneys allow an assistant city attorney to be hired and remove the requirement that the live in the city only four city employ ees are required to live in the city limits the city municipal municipal prosecutor and city We do believe the city manager should live within the but removing the requirement that the city attorney and assistant city attorney live within the city limits seems since sanitation and all other depart ments allow their employees to live outside the city Doing away with this requirement should also help the city in future recruitment We support these TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is May the 123rd day of There are 242 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On May during World War Japanese forces on Okinawa launched their only major count but failed to break the American On this date In was incorporated as a In Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter In West Virginia imposed the first state sales In Nellie Ross became the first female director of the E MOMENTS AGAINST PROPOSITION 8 Would change the roll call requirements at city council PROPOSITION 9 Would allow ordi nances to be pass ed after 2 public readings instead of PROPOSITIONS and 19 Would eliminate the need for city manager to give 7 days notice before terminating city police chief and fire PROPOSITION 20 Would remove the requirement of hav ing departments of sanita and planning and economic and would allow council to consolidate or eliminate these PROPOSITIONS 22 and 23 Would add prose cutorial responsibili ties to city attorneys allow hiring of assistant city attorney and remove requirement that live in city OTHERS we offer opinions on 3 other key amend ment HeraldZeitung Serving New Braunfcls ami Comal County since New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until l Editor Gary jjtaltlMHl Circulation Director Adyertising Director Operations Director News Editor David Rupkalvlt GOOP MUSEM Most Los Angeles residents rely upon delusions of grandeur for security Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton expressed concern Friday that free way shootings are now back in fash It will If you want to feel secure in Los Angeles you can try owning a but most people rely on delusions of Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks was found alive Sat urday after faking her own kid napping It got huge The next Paris Hilton claimed she had been kidnapped and her family threatened to kill anyone who pays the Buckingham Palace may sue two London papers who followed Prince Harrys jeep at high speeds in Hes watched closely since he was caught wearing that Nazi If he turns out to be hes out of the line of Ralph Stebbins of Michi gan won the Mega Millions lottery April The first thing he did was to buy a gas guzzling RV Before the week is President Bush will invite him to Crawford and hold his hand as they walk about the ranch togeth Laura Bush got huge laughs at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday She made fun of her husbands fami his education and his Presi dent Bush fired two Secret Service agents for letting her get through President Bush planted a chestnut tree ARGUS HAMILTON Argus Hamiltons daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more than 100 newspapers across the United States and is also read and heard by millions on the He can be reached him by email atArgus}okes@aol.com. Friday on the North Lawn of the White House to honor Arbor He has a special fondness for Americas The presi dent spends so much time in the rough he can tell you which plants are Bush reduced benefits for the rich in his Social Security It adds benefits for the Hes the first Republican to propose more money for the poor at the expense of the rich since Augusta National raised their caddy Hillary Clinton was loudly cheered in a packed house in Madison She refus es to capitalize on her husbands good name among Democrats on the Three times last week she asked the emcee to simply introduce her as Hillary of BUI Clinton joins Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in a New York school today to help fight childhood They each recently I6st more thanlOO Huckabee went on the Atkins and Bill Clin ton is living apart from his The Automobile Club Thursday forecast record high gasoline prices all summer The cost of transporting goods is through the Anymore when a truck driver tells you its his bridge you dont know if he means cards or North Korea announced Saturday it may conduct underground nuclear tests this summer despite world They are the most isolated and bizarre At Wendys in North Korea they advertise at least one finger in every bowl of Commissioner Bud Selig proposed ban ishment from baseball Saturday for third time steroid This is starting to look like a witch Barry Bonds had his injured knee drained Thursday and could face charges of destroying 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 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 AUSTINOFFICi 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 ANTONIO OFFICE 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 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 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.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us Dems wrong to oppose judicial nominees Now that some conservatives are in a tizzy about federal here is something for them to ponder The liberals on the Supreme Court just took a stand in favor of gunownership while the conservatives on the court took a stand against Go At issue is the law Congress wrote that says a person convicted of a felony in any court may not own a A fellow from Penn sylvania was charged with perjury and with illegal ownership of two handguns because he had answered no to the felonyconvic tion Turns out he had served time in Japan for a weaponslaw So the question before the court was whether the phrase in any court meant in any court in CHARLEYRiiSi the or in any court anywhere in the Quite the liber als on the court ruled that since it was an American Congress that wrote an American law applicable to American then logically any court meant any American The Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas took literalism to the ridicu lous extreme and said that Congress meant any court in the Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box Justice Stephen writing for the majority that included Sandra Day John Paul David Souter and Ruth Bader said that to include foreign convictions would be since foreign courts do not follow American procedures in regard to a defendants Witness the kangaroo courts in many of the worlds such as Breyer also said that if Congress wishes to include convictions in for eign it should rewrite the law to say Chief Justice William Rehnquist did not since he had been out sick when the case was What this interesting ruling tells you is that the terms liberal and conser right and dont easily apply to What you want in a judge at the appellate level is someone who can make a sensible interpretation of the statutes without regard for poli tics or In this the justices so many people brand as liberal came up with the sensible while socalled conservatives carried their literalist interpretation to the point of it is practically impos sible to predict accurately how a judge will turn out once he or she has a life time Dwight Eisenhower appointed Earl who as attor ney general in California had a reputa tion as a fireeating anticommunist Once on the how he became an anathema to the far which plastered the country with billboards Impeach Earl About the best you can do when choosing judges is to look for affirma tive answers to these questions Do they have a good education If they served at the trialcourt how many of their decisions have been affirmed on and how many overturned Have they shown that they have a judicial which means can they keep their their ideology and their political opin ions out of their decisions I can tell you an interesting and true story on this One of my newspa pers an exceptionally good overheard a trialcourt judge tell racist He was sure this obvi ous prejudice would show up in the judges but after spending weeks going through the judges he had to admit that there was no evi dence whatsoever that this judge car ried his private prejudices into the That judge was able to sep arate his private feelings and beliefs from his duty as a At appointing a judge is such a throw of the dice that its not worth get ting excited The Democrats are wrong on this If the nominee survives in the he should get an up or down vote without a fili Both Democrats and Republi cans do the country a disservice when they vote along party Their loyal ty should not be to the but to the Constitution and to the   

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