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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                page May FORUM OUR OPINION New city council members have promises to keep The people want council representatives who will stand up arid fight for what they and their con stituents Wi Phen the city council convenes the city will wel come three new members to seats they won in the May 7 Bruce Boyer will replace Adam Cork as Kath leen Krueger will take over for Mayor Pro Tern Lee Rodriguez and Lynn Limmer will take the seat of Ken It will be interested to see how the new coun cllmembers impact the way business is conduct ed in council Bayer has promised to open the government to the allowing residents to have their say before issues are We applaud Boyer for this approach and encourage him to follow through on that campaign Krueger and Limmer also made promises when they promises the voters expect them to As the new council is we encourage all members to ask demand get informed about the and educate your With Valentines the council will likely have fewer public That is likely a But we challenge all seven members of council to remember that dissent in government is not a They should avoid the tendency to rub ber stamp issues just to avoid In the people want council representa tives who will stand up and fight for what they and their constituents Fight for what you believe is best for the Debate issues Get the citizens And most of learn to agree to disagree without disrupting the citys TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press There are 223 days left in the todays Highlight in History On May the Great Train Robbery took place near as seven members of the Reno gang made off with in On this date In the first life insurance policy in the Unit ed States was issued in In the first steampropelled vessel to at tempt a transAtlantic the departed from It arrived in Liver on June In Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a Pact of Steel committing Germany and Italy to a military In the Truman Doctrine was enacted as Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and In the lunar module of Apollo 10 flew to within nine miles of the moons surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar In President Nixon began a visit to the Sovi et during which he and Kremlin leaders signed the SALT One arms limitation In Canadians voted in parliamentary elec tions that put the Progressive Conservatives in pow ending the 11 year tenure of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott In after a reign lasting nearly 30 John ny Carson hosted NBCs Tonight Show for the last HeraldZeitung Serving New Krannfch flilrf Carnal CMinly since Braunfels Zeifung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until j Managing Editor Editor andPubJisher j Director I Advertising Director Operations Director j News Editor Gary Maltland DougTonty Jaff Fowlar NaicaBall VllmaLlnarat David Rupkalvlt GUESTCOLUMN To be a punishment for drug suppliers must be swift The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung has printed a series of very good articles detailing law enforcement efforts to com bat the abuse of drugs in Comal My intent is to point out how the current war on drugs is simply feeding the All including illicit drug generally occurs in a surreptitious fashion sim ply because the offenders know it is to of lawabiding As a JaW enforcement must conduct covert tions in order apprehend and prosecute the Such operations and prosecu tions must be conducted in accordance with numerous legal principles to protect the rights not only of the but also of society as a Those constitutional protections also form the in of state and local In the 1960s to implementation of the thenexisting policy resulted in many users being incarcerated in a rather Draconian fash As a the pendulum of that focus has thereby reducing the potential pun national policy has shift ed the emphasis regarding the interdiction of illicit narcotics from mere possession and use toward a focus on the The result of this paradigm shift in policy can be compared with some basic principles of eco nomic This comparison demonstrates in my the war on as it is currently being is achieving if positive Economic models utilizing supply and demand curves are typically demonstrated by graphs showing intersecting Depending upon a number of three situations will be supply and demand will meet at a point of equilibrium supply will DIBWALDRIP Dib Waldrip is Comal County district exceed demand or demand will exceed sup As related to the illicit narcotics the users are the demand side of the equation while the dealers constitute the supply With the focus of nar shifting the risk of possessing illicit narcotics has By reducing the potential exposure on the the the demand increases because the prospect of swift and sure punishment is As the demand for drugs the supply side of the equation will inherently increase to the point of economic This is true even in the face of the external pressures applied by law enforcement against the nar cotics By unintentionally allowing the demand for drugs to increase while raising the potential risk on the supply we have simply fed the mon ster by further increasing the potential for profit by The result of continuing the as will simply increase rather than decrease the appetite of the I do not suggest that we decrease our focus on and prosecution of the supply the I do suggest that we take additional and innovative steps to reduce the demand by in creasing the potential for swift and sure punish By creating such a the supply side of the illicit drug trade will be reduced by the forces of Lets stop feeding the United States Government PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN 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 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 HO WTO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL MillSt fNew Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Toll Free 866 6874961 Fax 830 6278895 WHILE IN AUSTIN Box 2910 Austin 787682190 Telephone Fax 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 512 4637794 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIOOFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Bush is most inept foreign policy president in history CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box Its too bad the president cannot tell the difference between a foreign diplomatic trip and a domesticcam paign photo He continues to demonstrate that he is dangerously inept when it comes to foreign poli There is only one country in Europe that is vital to That country is It might not be a superpower measured by its gross domestic but it remains a superpower measured by its strategic nuclear The president had an opportunity to further good relations with Rus sia when he was invited to Moscow to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of World But what does he do He stops in the Baltic States after visiting goes to where he blathers on about democracy in ways that are insulting to It was It was the equivalent of Russian President Vladimir Putin sandwiching a visit to the with stopovers in Canada and Mexi where he would makes speeches insulting to the Putin has more sense than The Baltic States are so small they are they were occupied by the Soviet So what God there is ever a war with they will be occupied again in about one They are to Russia what Kuwait is to Iraq too small and too powerless to play any kind of strategic As for the birth place of Josef it is neither demo cratic nor strategically What Bush is hailing as a democratic victo ry is one after which the new president quickly and undemocratically consolidated nearly all of the power in his own The United States will get nowhere lec turing Russia on especially when it uses specious arguments and deliberately avoids looking at Russias problems Putin has not clamped down on a free Russia didnt have a free The same oli garchs who stole 85 percent of the coun trys wealth also took control of the The Russians were not getting objective They were getting the propaganda the oligarchs wanted them to If these oligarchs were patriots instead of why have they fled the coun try Five have taken up residence in Others are in and a lot of the antiPutin propaganda in the West likely can be traced back to these robber Russia wants many of them for suspected economic Much of our own media is controlled by only the doesnt have the guts to deal with As for changing the law to appoint Putin probably wants to make sure all of the government is on the same page and not on the payroll of oligarchs who want a government they can control and that wont interfere with their plundering of the countrys natural Putin has a tremendous task ahead of The collapse of the Soviet Union was a In the the money system went and crooks using bribes grabbed off most of the countrys which properly belongs to the Corruption and crime are Its going to require a strong hand to put the country back together The United States should be encourag ing Putin and offering help instead of All of this yapping about Putin turning away from capitalism and demo cracy is just so much robberbaron All it does is alienate the Russian people and cut the ground out from under the Russians in government who do want to establish a democratic Helping Russia to join the democratic West is the singlemost important foreign policy goal the ought to the Bush with its superficial and uninformed grand is likely to accomplish the When China went there was a big political battle in the over the question of Who lost China If it ever gets to the point where people are arguing about Who lost Russia the answer will be quite clear George the most inept foreign policy presi dent in   

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