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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A HERALDZEFTUNG May 2005 FORUM HeraldZeitung Serving New Hramtfels onil Comal County since New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfols Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until OTHER VIEWPOINTS Progress made on recorded votes The Dallas Morning News on recorded votes in the Texas Legislature Thanks to your unwavering assuming that youre among the 88 per cent of Texans who want legislators to record their a bill to require recorded votes has moved to within shouting distance of approval by the Last the Senate Administration Commit tee voted 50 to send the authored by John Carona of to the Senate floor with a recommendation for Its not the strong est course they could have taken a similar meas ure to change the Texas Constitution to require recorded votes failed on a 32 vote with two sup porters not But this is a significant step toward giving you the ability to in how your elected representatives are performing their Passage by the full Senate should be a done we look to David a proponent of open to schedule an early That will put the ball firmly in the Houses A similar bill by Elliott Naishtat of Austin has languished without a vote in the House State Affairs Committee for more than seven We call on the committee David Svvinford of to schedule a and we urge the panel members to reflect the desires of their con stituents with their Controversial this legislation with nearly 190 organizations and political leaders statewide on record in support of it and no organizations against Bruising battles almost certainly lie ahead as House and Senate conference commit tees try to thrash out differences on complex issues such as the budget and school With this were handing them an easy Seventyseven percent of Texans told the Texas Poll that theyre likelier to vote for a candidate if that candidate supports recorded Whats not to like TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press K4 Today is May the 128th day of There are 237 days left in the This is Mothers Todays Highlight in History On May President Truman announced in a radio address that World War II had ended in On this date In Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi In the first major battle of the Mexican Wai was fought at Palo resulting in victory for Zachary Taylors In the 33rd president of the United Harry was born near In Atlanta pharmacist John Stytli Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for In Vice President Nixon was booed and spat upon by antiAmerican protesters in 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 830 6063413 email them to drculatfon Director Director Operations Director News Editor Gary Maltland Doug foney Jeff Fowler Nelce Bell Vilma Linares David Rupkalvis Humans and have always selfish and fallible What follows are a few of the basic premises on which I base my You might or might not agree with but may I suggest that you make a list of your own basic It will help you clarify your 1 Government is inherently and no matter what task it is it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way 2 The American government is corrupt from top to 3 If you rely on the mass media to inform you about your and you with rare be woefully igno rant of what is really going 4 The universal franchise is a bad The notion that the destiny of the nation should be put in the hands of par party hacks and idiots is absurd on its 5 Public education in America is a failure and is so flawed it cannot be 6 Not much has changed in the past years of human All of that might sound but it real ly True conservatives have argued for years that even a benign is like a retarded and therefore you have to be careful to limit what tasks you assign You can make a career out of just criticiz ing obvious bloopers committed by the vari ous departments of because they all commit The Romans built roads that are still but states today continue to build roads that will pothole and crack within a sometimes Look at the federal airportsecurity They take nail trimmers away from grandmothers but allow real weapons to get And so on and so As for the news since most media companies are now controlled by a handful of corporations whose sole interest is in maintaining a high profit you are getting mostly fluff instead of hard Hard news is It is cheaper to go with the Thomas Jeffersons theoretical belief in a free press soon foundered on the and he came to despise As for government its all around there are honest public offi but the system itself is It now requires so much money to run for office CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box much money as they can from anywhere they can get Thats why Congress pays no attention to the It pays attention to the suppliers of campaign funds not to mention fancy vacations arid off theradar business As for the universal the problem with that is People who wish to vote should at least be required to pass the same test given to immigrants who want to become A lot of voters are not even sure what state they live in or what for that How can people who are igno rant of economics and basic science make an intelligent choice for a national leader They They will go with the of it is public education that is massproducing these Imagine people completing 16 years of for mal education and not knowing how to punctuate or use their native language Imagine college graduates who know virtually nothing about their countrys history or As for the final it is simply a reminder to Utopians Human beings are flawed and fallible They always have they are and they always will any human insti public or will reflect those If you want plant a rose NOW TO CvMnlCT United States 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 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 AUSTIN OFFICE 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax SAN ANTONIO 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 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE HOUSE CASTEEL 254E Mill St 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 carter.casteel@house.state.tx.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 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 Bush must find a way to take a tough stance with Putin w CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services He hosts After Hours on Fox News Channel Saturdays at 11 Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite 606 or leave an email at Like many other I wondered what happened to all of the communists after the collapse of the Soviet Union in Did they experience an instan taneous conversion to free market capitalism and a democratic way of trial by jury and other West ern or did they go awaiting their return to power like diehard Confederates in America who defiantly The South shall rise During the no one seemed to The victory over communism celebration would last the decade and many believed with the nota ble exception of China that humankinds last adversary had been thrown onto the ash heap of as Ronald Reagan had As with Islamic premature judgments about evil and its numerous incarnations can be haz ardous to ones even ones President Bush looked into the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin at their first meeting and confidently told the world that the former KGB officer was someone who had a because the president had seen I was able to get a sense of his a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his Bush declared after their 2001 Last Putin was widely reported to have described the collapse of the Soviet Union as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the This got the attention of at least two influential members of the House of Rep resentatives Chris California and Tom Cali fornia Democrat and the ranking Demo cratic member on the International Rela tions Both men cochair the Russia Democ racy In a rare display of biparti once characteristic of the way American politicians handled foreign policy Cox and Lantos have intro duced a bill mat urges the president to suspend Russias membership in the Group of 8 nations G8 until it adheres to international norms and standards of In a joint Cox Russia has failed to complete a successful tran sition from communism to free enter and from a Soviet police state to a securely democratic Vla dimir Putin needs to show that his nation belongs in the same league with the oth er G7 Lantos The major industrialized democracies gave Russia a seat at the table after the Cold Wars expecting that Russias newfound respect for human the rule of law and free expression would Lantos added that Russia had tossed aside this historic opportunity and Russias leaders are making a mockery of the G8 by failing to live up to the basic norms of a democratic and shift ing the blame for their crackdown on basic Lantos said that Russia has continued to court global opinion for its support of antiterrorism while simultane ously dodging criticism for its shoddy human rights He specifically mentioned the postponement of the corruption trial of oil executive Mikhail which was originally scheduled to begin at the end of but which has now been postponed until after President Bushs Moscow visit next The president will have to decide how tough a stance to take with but he should express American displeasure with the or more the lack of progress towards a free and dem ocratic It is one thing to stumble along the way to It is something else again to walk backward toward the old totali tarian ways that kept Russians in their grip for most of 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