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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas rage 4 June OTHER VIEWPOINTS Controlling meth labs a rural security issue The Hays Daily on changes in homeland security The federal government should allow local law enforcement to decide how best to use federal The singularminded politicians and bureaucrats in Washington surely dont know what battles are being fought in the One of them a big one is methampheta mine manufacturing and It is a far bigger problem than Yet the Bush administration wants to gut grants to fight meth in the interest of putting more mon ey into homeland That is a big The homeland security hysteria has Washing ton sending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to every little to be used for such items as protective equipment for haz ardous and biological materials to dis arm surveillance video medical supplies and incident response While a random terrorist bombing in a sleepy Midwestern community is not out of the realm of it is something of a The scourge of however here and a real Deficit reduction and homeland defense both can be Target homeland defense to the places that most are at TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is June the 158th day of There are 207 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On June Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of On this date In Britains King George II gave his assent to an Act of Parliament establishing the British Muse In frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore the presentday Bluegrass In Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president at his partys conven tion in In the sovereign state ofVatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in In the Communists completed their take over of Czechoslovakia with the resignation of Pres ident Eduard In the musical Grease opened on Broad In Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in a facility the Israelis charged could have been used to make nuclear In in a crime that shocked the James Byrd a 49yearold black was dragged to his death behind a pickup truck in Two white men were later sentenced to death for the crime a third received life 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 HeraldZeitung Serving New Bmimftli anil Carnal 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 Managing Editor Editor and I Publisher Circulation Gary Maltland DougTonay News Editor NalcaBell David Rupkalvto VIE ARE BUT HAVE INTERNET JANNHUN6RY COM 1 GUESTCOLUMN Make your summer a good not a bad nightmare it evokes all kinds of images in our We might think of going to Schlitterbahn or to the We live in a community that embraces summer We hear the sound of smell the sunscreen and see all the sunburned residents and tourists If you look into the crowds of people on Liber ty Street and on Gruene you can see people of all ages and from all walks of There is camaraderie among strangers who are less than 20 feet from each others campsite or who are riding in a shuttle together with their tubes and ice We see friendships start and rela tionships bond quickly when everyone is here for the At the crisis we are often called by law enforcement or the hospital to help a victim of sexual assault in the Many times the victim is a visitor from another Some barely remember the assault because of the alcohol drugs that theyve Oth ers remember every horrible begin ning when the perpetrator came into the In the State of Texas it is against the law to have sex with someone when they do not or are unable to their Being under the influence of drugs alcohol is a time when someone is unable to give their ac cording to the Many unassuming people dont have this fact in their mind and think its OK to push the envelope with someone It is not OK and this behavior can get that person on a Web site for registered sex offenders for the rest of their Summer used to be seen as a time to let loose because we were on We can still have but we cant assume that everyone around us is or that we can take advantage of strangers that we may never see In our we at least have the right to refuse someone In public you are at the mercy of the Be aware of your stay with safe and dont over indulge in Make your summer a good not a bad night For information on sexual assault and family violence call the Crisis Center of Comal County at or COREEN SCHMIDT Careen Schmidt is pre vention educator for the Crisis Center of Comal LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Legislature fails to do its job Once again the state Legislature has failed at its For over a the Legislature has been try ing to fund our school systems and has failed time and time The state leadership has shown a gross inability to forge agreements necessary for the future of our Next year is an election year and we need to give careful consideration to who we are send ing to Our children and our state depend on Larry Horton New Braunfels Rangers softball team are heroes Although the Smithson Valley Rangers softball teams season was brought to a halt by a fine OConnor team especially its I com mend these young ladies and their coaches on an excellent Coaches Wayne and Lisa Daigle and Nathan Braun are three of the finest coaches I have ever They promote character and firstclass no matter how the season might like the are yet those lessons for life exceed any score on the It has been exciting to watch this team in action more than it has been and that is something very much needed in compet itive sports these Thank You are our heroes Betty Hendrick San Antonio NOW TO CONTACT 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 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 HENRY CUELLAR 1404 Longworth House Office Building 20515 Telephone 202 2251640 Fax 202 2251641 Web address SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1149 Commerce Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2712851 Fax 210 2776671 SAN MARCOS OFFICE 111 San Suite 205 San Marcos 78666 Telephone 512 3922364 Fax GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government ItiitflSlJtOl 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 Email address STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 Email address People who claim there is no God intend to play God CHARLEYHiESI Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box Christopher the British writer who has fallen in love with American re cently said this about people of faith I cant stand anyone who believes in who invokes the or who is a per son of I that to me is a repulsive it doesnt really matter what the bornagain neocon servatives I cite the quota from a radio interview in the United to set the stage for the point that atheism and Darwinism are matters of not scientific They are rationaliza tions for another form of secu lar faith It is impossible to prove there is no just as it has so far been impossible to prove that life began as a single cell in some primordial If either of these beliefs was just a mat ter of reason and then the people who hold it would feel no hostility against those who disagree with as my example they are hostile to peo ple who disagree with The atheistDarwinistmaterialist acts exactly like the religious zealots he pro fesses to He is dog matic and tends to view people who dis agree with him as either idiots or ene It seems that humans are incapable of living without They just have dif ferent Intelligent design is a far more plausi ble theory than the belief that life in all its incredible profusion and complexity is a mere There is no fossil evidence of any species ever becoming another What the fossil records show is exactly what mankind has seen since we learned to write Some species die Some some genetic mutation will cause a slight change in some life but never to the extent of creating a new form of The fact that one occasionally sees an albino squirrel does not mean that all of squirreldom will become The war between materialists and peo ple of faith has gone on for It is going on There are very important philosophical differences between the two The materialist believes he has no responsibility to take care of oth Thats why Darwinism and its survi valofthefittest claim were seized upon by the materialists as a perfect rationali zation of their People of feel a God given responsibility to help their fellow human Every tyranny has been though some tyrannies are frequently disguised with a false altruistic As we have seen in communist countries both past and the reality contra dicts The reality is rule by an oli garchy that enslaves the As George Orwell so perceptively everybody is but some are more equal than In the Soviet the aristocracy was replaced by the Com munist Party and the top communist acted with the same abso lutism as the czars of The commu nist were a million times more murderous than the old the selfish materialists have trotted out another god the free mar The these people if left free will always make rational eco nomic Once reality con tradicts Unregulated capitalism will make the rich extremely rich and the poor extremely Rational and moral are two differ ent and unrelated In the unregu lated early days of industrial ism created hellish conditions for the working men and The unless constrained by religious faith in the absence of government regu can be as ruthless and brutal as any It may be rational to close a factory in America and move it to a country where desperate people will work for hut it darn sure isnt Keep in mind the bet as expressed by the French genius Blaise Pascal 11you bet there is no God and you you win hut if you you Jose every If you bel there is a God and you you win am if you you lose Rationally God is the best I prefer to live in a country of people of faith rather than in a country of people like Christopher I People who claim there is no God intend to play God with us as their
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