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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page May HeraldZeitung Serving New tiraunfels anil Comal County since New Bfaunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor Editor anff Circulation Director Advertising Director Operations Director News Editor Vllma LlnanM OUR OPINION Go vote it will make a difference If you want the road in front of your house cast a If you on your prop erty cast a Over the last much of the world has celebrated as people in Palestine and other countries went to the many for the first Our president has spent much of his time in office working to spread democra The example he hopes the rest of the world follows exists right here in the United in Texas and even in New voters around Comal County will freely go to the They wont be putting their lives on the line to do they will face no backlash for how they voted and the decisions they make will have a direct impact on their if history and early voting are most voters will stay at Maybe theyll go for maybe theyll play with their maybe theyll just But the most impor tant thing anyone can do today is take a few min utes and cast a Let your voice be Make your wishes Make a difference in your Cast a Local whether it be city school board or county make the biggest difference in a persons National lead ers set the course for the state leaders set the course for the But every local lead ers make decisions that will impact your If you want the road in front of your house cast a If you want flooding on your property cast a If youre concerned about your childs cast a If you want police to respond quickly in an emergency and an ambulance to show up when youre cast a Nothing you can do today is more WE WUZ mm ToDAYIN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is May the 127th day of There are 238 days left in the Todays Highlight in History May Germany signed an uncondi tional surrender at Allied headquarters in On this date In the first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President and In the American Medical Association was founded in In nearly people died when a Ger man torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish In Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the RomeBerlin In the United States launched the Telstar 2 communications LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to email them to It was disgusting to see Bush kissing up to a Saudi sheik In this age of tolerance for bizarre and un natural expressions of disdain for any conduct are likely to bring the wrath of the politically correct and maybe a lawsuit by the Disparaging comment about behavior that appears to be homosexual is strictly But expressions of disgust are our right most Americans are heterosexual and should be free to express their reservations about alternative lifestyles not rising to the level of gay We cannot allow any expression to be stifled even if it demonstrates disgust upon seeing certain public behavior between two people of the same here goes Our President Bush was recently televised hugging a Saudi you the head bob bing nonsense Arabs exchange upon then strolling along holding hands with the pompous camel jockey and skipping into con Rumor has it that the asinine Arab kept the president waiting past the time of his appoint The top gun in the world was caught on tape sucking up to this sap to get him to siphon more oil from beneath Saudi Such behavior might be commonplace on the streets of San but not in They say the presidents actions were dictated by protocol and matters of courtesy to an Arab perhaps appropriate when Americans visit the but not at home in No siree It is the obligation of his highness to aban don his head don boots and vigorously shake the presidents maybe adding a lit tle back slapping as they stroll toward their This caliph should have been the one to cow the one to the one to It was American ingenuity and industry that brought his kingdom energy sources a lot better than camel We have made his ruling family filthy rich and quietly protected their rule and It was the lives of our sol diers that were lost turn ing back Saddam in his juggernaut toward Mecca when we ousted him from his invasion of neighbor ing This sickening episode JTWOODALL isafree of groveling ought to make writer us rethink our relationships with some of these ungrateful scoundrels and their We can only hope that Bush privately took the sul tan to the Maybe our cowboy president took his Muslim mate behind closed doors and told him how the cows eat the Maybe he told him to get his fanny back to the sand and give up more oil else Bush would spank Maybe he told him that he would soon order our generals to start pumping and loading Iraqi oil bound for the states to repay the costs of What is wrong with Americans We were promised that Iraqi oil would flow to repay With oil prices at all time what better time than now We should repeatedly carp on this subject until our government keeps its or gives us some good reason why it Call it being old fashioned or intolerant if you but we cannot tolerate any more images of our president caressing an Arab posterior for any 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 AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 SANANJONIO OFFICE 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 NOW TO COMTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 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 Fax 512 4739920 Email address STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone Fax 512 4637794 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Renewable energy sources are not pieinthesky alternatives MOLLYIVINS 1 Molly Ivin is a colum nist for Creators Syndi She also does occa sional commentary for National Public Radio and the McNeillLehrer AUSTIN When the history of this administration is I sus pect the largest black mark against it will be wasting The energy bill just passed by the House is a classic example of frittering away pre cious time and resources by doing exactly nothing that needs to be done about The bill gives billion in new tax breaks to the oil which are already swimming in ExxonMobils profits are up 44 Royal up 42 According to the business the biggest problem oil executives face is what to do with all their So why give more tax breaks to the oil companies Makes as much sense as anything else in this energy Nothing about conserva higher fuel efficiency standards or putting money into renewable energy Its so stu its And their genius answer to energy Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife the total oil under ANWR is 1 billion barrels less than this country uses in a accord ing to Robert the Texas journalist who specializes in energy The bill is just riddled with perversity We continue to subsidize people who buy but no longer grant tax rebates to those who buy hybrid cars that are more than six times as fuel This is not how you get to energy inde The United States hit its oil peak back in 1970 domestic production has been declining ever Im not sure Ive ever seen anything quite as odd as the right wings insistence that global warming does not Im not a but I can read what theyre In theyre screaming Rush Ldmbaugh is not a nor are any of the rest of these pinheads who seem to think the whole thing is some figment of liberals imagi Theres nothing liberal about global its There seems to be some element of childish spite in the refusal to recognize it we can drive the liberals crazy by pretending its not If you read rightwing you find a kind of Beav is and Butthead attitude about the sub a sort of adolescentjerk Whats astonishing is finding the same attitude among members of Headmilitantlyinsand is not a solu There is a perfect convergence of eco environmental and energy con siderations that all point in the same direction renewable energy With demand for gasoline soaring world with the economies of both China and India growing at staggering with the world somewhere near its oil peak our dependence on some of the worlds most retrograde regimes is only going to get worse and more Foreign policy also plays a role Let us pass quickly by the administra tions prewar assurances that Iraqi oil would pay for the country is pumping less now than it did under Sad dam How smart is it to mess around trying to oust the president of Venezuela You put a bunch of ideologi cal nutcases in charge of Latin American and youre going to create a lot of enemies down And dieir answer is to bring back nukes Lets review the bidding on that Aside from Murphys the prob lem with nukes is that they create radioactive waste that remains toxic for tens of thousands of And we dont know what to do with The First Rule of Holes applies if youre stuck in stop Were already dependent on one form of energy that has a toxic lega why in heavens name walk into another this time with foreknowl edge of its effects Especially when there are nonpoi sonproducing alternatives Were nuts to even think about Wind power already has near competitive Renewable energy sources are not pie theyre here right and theyre going to be a lot cheaper than The single cheapest thing we can do about oil is not use so much of Current hybrid technology will not get us to the mythical goal of energy but at least we can slow down the demand for In it only takes 15 years to replace the entire fleet of American cars now on the We dont have another four years to   

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