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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page June HeraldZeitung Serving New llninnfels and Carnal Caunty 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 E WTONTS Let judges pick a school finance plan Austin AmericanStatesman on the future of school finance in the Legislature Rick Perry told an East Texas crowd last week that a special session to fix the thorny issue of school finance was possible in late For Perry to call legislators back into something has to happen in the next two weeks that hasnt happened in more than a which was the last time Texas legislators substan tively overhauled the states method of financing public The pricetag for educating the growing number of Texas children enrolled in grades K12 is a whopping billion more than the billion committed in this according to some esti The Legislatures attitude on coughing it up can be charitably summarized as not until somebody makes and even then we Public education costs and there are few places to get You could tax you can tax vendors and you can tax property and you can tax sin and you can tax privileges like hunting and But all that activity draws lobby legislators have a constitutional duty to pay for public schooling that is both equitable and The current revenue sharing dubbed Robin was a courtdriven answer to the equity It came out of a long and bruising Adequacy has been but never wrestled into anything resembling These issues have been known and discussed for so its difficult to understand what might happen in two weeks to move legislators toward a solution that has eluded die institution for at least as many Perry says he is counting on constituent pressure to motivate The philosophical differences between the House and Senate on how to pay for education are so profound that nothing short of change of leadership is likely to move the needle The clock is ticking toward a July 7 court date for the school finance The Legislatures inability to meet the school funding challenge doesnt bode well for the con templated special Even if there were a it would end up in court So let the judges have a shot at it TODAY IIN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is June the 159th day of There are 206 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On June the prophet Mohammed On this date In Andrew seventh president of the United died in In Tennessee seceded from the 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 I Managing Editor MaUUmcl Editor and Advertising Director News Editor David RupkalvU GUESTCOLUMN In my lifes Nancy Fuller is a very bright thread As another school year conies to an so ends another chapter in the life of one of the most remarkable champions of children this community has ever Nancy superintendent of Comal officially retired after graduation Though her 19month tenure was much too the impact made by this extraordinary lady will be realized for years to While serving as president of the school 1 was privileged to have been involved in the decision to hire Comal ISOs first woman super Those endless the board met after on weekends and even a holi to undertake one of its most crucial re sponsibilities and obligations that of hiring the The process was long and and for the six out of seven board members who it was the most gratifying teambuilding In the we knew we had chosen the best of the and the real winners were the chil dren of A comment was made to the media by the nonparticipating member who There has to be something wrong with shes just too good to be And for the first I in she is too good to be One of the most memorable comments Fuller made as she spoke to the community when she arrived I am not a princess How true she has been to her She has been one of the hardest skilled and tireless individuals I have ever Fuller was on call 24 hours a from her first morning meeting to the last sports program or whatever is going on at a to her sleep thinking about how to be the Fuller is not only a nurturer of but also a nurturer of She is a leader of lead ers she leads by exam A staff member from her previous district described her as having fire in her That fire School certainly ignited the warm heart and personality so desperately needed to heal this In the tapestry of my Nancy Fuller will be one of the brightest Besides being an advocate for education and a strong community I consider her my For Nancy there are no only friends she has not Fortunately for Fuller will continue to reside in our In true Nancy Fuller Im sure she will continue to share her talents and gifts with just not on a 24hour DORA GONZALES Dora Lara Gonzales is past president of the Comal Independent 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 WM Send emails through Web SANANTONJOOIFICE 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 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 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 111 San Suite 205 San Marcos 78666 Telephone 512 3922364 Fax GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government 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 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org STATE SEN ATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 Email address email@example.com US has largely ignored the gathering threat of China 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 or leave an email at Americas understandable preoccu pation with terrorism and Iraq may have obscured the gathering threat of China as a formidable At an Asian security conference in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld last Friday delivered what some have called an unusually blunt critique of Rumsfeld noted that Bei jings military spending threatens Asias delicate security Instead of spending so much on Rumsfeld China should emphasize political freedom and open Since no nation threatens said one wonders why this growing military investment The answer is that rather than feel ing China intends to threaten especially the United In a brilliant new book by the late Constantine titled China The Gath ering the former spe cial assistant for national secu rity affairs to President Reagan and national intelligence offi cer at the CIA soberly outlines the threat China already has become and persua sively argues how America can use its economic and moral weapons to stop the worlds biggest nation without a shot being Menges writes that China has defined America as its main enemy and can now launch nuclear weapons at the Unit ed States that are capable of killing 100 million of Chinas effective espionage operation in the has managed to steal the designs of nearly all nuclear warheads and other military he China has threatened to destroy entire American cities if the helps Taiwan defend itself against a military assault or Menges China also buys weapons from Russia that are designed to sink aircraft It controls more than billion in debt and sells more than 40 percent of its exports to using the profits to strength en its economy and advanced weapons systems aimed at the Until American policy has been to give China access to markets in hopes that might reduce tensions and hasten democratic It has done no such Menges argues it is time to try another he the must finish de velopment of a reliable missile defense system that can be easily expanded should Russia or any nation at tempt to overwhelm us by building addi tional Menges says the cost of expanding a missile defense system is far less than building new missiles and such cost will be prohibitive to enemy nations once they realize the cant be succes sfully Without a working mis sile defense he the in creased number of warheads and missiles now available and under construction will make the Chinese threat substantial he estimates by China will have more than 400 warheads capable of reaching Menges believes in the importance of forthrightly informing the world about interests and Truth is indeed the best In his the United States often fails to respond to allegations by China and Russia that America seeks world He says we should be telling the world it is China and Russia that are spreading weapons of mass destruction and Chinas actions demonstrate that while pursuing active commercial diplomacy to enhance its economic development and mostly avoiding visible China is also an manipulative dic As anyone who has bought anything can the United States is fulfilling one of Lenins doctrines by purchasing the rope with which the communists plan to hang Too many things sold in America are made in China and too many corporations have moved their plants and operations to undermining the domestic economy and helping a nation that seeks to destroy One of many countermeasures recom mended by Menges is the expulsion of all companies that function as fronts for the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army or oth er military or intelligencerelated entities in Russia or any other nonallied Investigative reporter Kenneth Timmerman estimates there are hun dreds of such front companies in South ern California Secretary Rumsfelds remarks and Menges book reveal Chinas commit ment to expanding its empire by intimi dation and and how the had better take Chinas seriousness seriously if we are to confront and repel
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