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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas June HeraldZeitung OTHER VIEWPOINTS TxDOT should release corridor contract details Houston Chronicle on TransTexas Corridor inquiry The Houston Chronicle filed a freedom of in formation request with the Texas Department of Transportation seeking secret provisions of a state contract with a Spanish consortium to build and operate the TransTexas a web of tolled transitways across the In officials from TxDOT and the con appealed to Texas Attor ney General Greg Abbott to allow them to with hold the documents from the Chronicle and oth er newspapers that filed Even after a sweeping rejection of the claims in an opinion from Abbott on May TxDOT officials are con sidering going to court to prevent the release of the The public has a right to know on what terms a consortium is being given a contract to build and operate toll roads in the state for the next 50 Abbotts opinion left no doubt that TxDOT and CintraZachrys arguments lack a valid The opinion said TxDOT failed to demonstrate how disclosing the contract terms harmed Although state officials claimed the pact with CintraZachry was not the opinion found that for legal purposes it was a final con CintraZachry argued that trade secrets would be revealed by release of the contract pro but the Attorney General found that the company had failed to provide any evidence to back up its Instead of going to court and spending tax payer dollars on an attempt to keep citizens in die dark about public TxDOT should immediately release the Continuing to deny journalists the information only fuels sus picion that theres something in the TransTexas Corridor contract that state bureaucrats dont want us to TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is June the 174th day of There are 191 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On June Warren Burger was sworn in as justice by the man he was Earl On this date In Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his In abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in effectively mak ing him the first black candidate nominated for The nomination went to Benjamin In the Democratic national convention in Chicago nominated former President Cleveland on the first 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 Serving New llnnmfels ami 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 Publisher Gary Maltfend DougtbnfY Advertising Director Business Manager NewsJditof Shlaldj David GUESTCOLUMN Time to put some teeth into punishment for drug offenders I discussed why the valiant ef forts of law enforcement are thwarted by the implementation of certain I suggested that at least if not state and should imple ment innovative steps to increase the risk of mere possession and use of illicit narcotics so as to reduce the demand for such illegal Over the last 30 to 40 national policy has dictated that the punishment for illegal drug use concentrate on rehabilitation than Rehabilitation can be an awesome but only if the person to be rehabilitated first pos sesses a positive attitude receptive of those As long as an individual wants to be I agree that tax dollars are better spent toward such laudable goals rather than merely warehousing or incarcerating my experience has demonstrated that a majority of offenders do not possess that prerequisite we are wast ing millions of dollars trying to stick the prover bial horses nose into the water to force it to In the drug horses do not soak up the rehabilitative waters they just blow bub Paraphrasing what one drug offender literally told me all that rehab stuff is a bunch of When they send me down I just snooze to Recognizing this higherlevel policy makers have begun to rethink this forced rehab Examples of how the puni tive aspect of punishment is being reimple mented can be seen in laws establishing drug free increased punishments for repeat offenders or gang and limitations on parole for offenses committed with a deadly DIBWALDRIP Dib Waldrip is district attorney for Comal I have aggressively pushed the envelope to utilize these For I alleged and and a jury of Comal County citizens as well as District Judge Gary agreed that the cocaine given by a defendant to his daughter as a substitute for child support payments could be a deadly potentially limiting the offenders eligibility for the Court of Appeals in Austin decided that my use of the deadly weapon law in this fashion was not what the Legislature You can safely bet your money that I will keep Instead of trying to forcefeed drug offenders with maybe we should in to using jail sentences with reha bilitation as an optional If the offend er seeks and successfully completes rehabilita tion on his own maybe an appropri ate reward can be the offender can serve a term in a jail facility on weekends being required to obtain and keep a job during the week to pay for the incarceration Time and space do not allow me to elaborate upon other viable Suffice it to say that a number of great ideas should be explored to put some teeth back in to the punishment for drug offenders so that the demand for illicit narcotics will be reduced as a natural conse quence of the implementation of our law en forcement 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 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email@example.com STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Fax 210 8260571 Email address Mainstream Media backs off Downing Street Memos MOLLYIVINS Molly Win is a colum nist for Creators Syndi She also does occa sional commentary for National Public Radio and the McNeillLehrer AUSTIN I hope this is not too inside but I am genuine ly astonished by what the bloggers call Mainstream In my it was called the Establishment The New York The Wash ington Post and the Los Angeles Times have all gone way out of their way to deny that the Down ing Street Memos its now plural are Like many of dur ing the entire leadup to the war with I thought the whole thing was a I raise this point not to prove how smart we but to em phasize that 1 followed the de bate closely and probably un consciously searched for evi dence that reinforced what I already Most people do I read some of the European press and most of the liberal publications in this I read the the the Wall Street Journal and several Texas papers every Its my But when I read the first Downing Street my eyes bugged out and my jaw fell I could not believe what I was It was news to and as I have tried to Im no slouch at keeping it has long seemed to me the administration had been planning the war for months before it began its pubic relations campaign to scare a skep tical That was no easy Public opinion was still evenly divided at the time we The administration actually said it could invade another countiy without even consulting Congress or the United Pretty much everything that followed was a It was always weird that the White House kept saying it knew Saddam Hussein had but it would never tell the in spectors I suspected all but I was not the head of British intelli gence in the summer of 2002 for pitys Here are some aggravating Tom columnist for The New York recently wrote that liberals no longer want to talk about the war because we were against it to start with and prob ably hope it ends in Good who does he think we are Does this man actually think we are out here cheering every time another American is killed honestto God American liberals are out here in the and we know the kids who are dying in They are from our home We know their Thats why we hate this Thats why we tried to tell everybody else it was a ghastly We are not sitting here gloating be cause it is the horrible mess we said it would Were in There is noth ing pleasurable about being a I have said from the beginning that if this thing worked out the way Wol fowitz and Cheney all said it I would be perfectly happy to get down on my knees and kiss George Bushs The second aggravation is that the very prestigious papers that are now dismiss ing the Downing Street Memos have already themselves admitted that their prewar coverage was I dont you pick the Slack Inadequate Less than rigorous Wrong And now theyre oh this isnt we knew it all Michael Kinsley out at the Los Angeles which has certainly done some commendable reporting on this war and taken the heat for also dismisses the I dont get You suddenly get evidence I dont know if it proves or just strongly suggests that this administration lied to all of us about and your reaction is not to go after the but to dismiss the evidence And to put down the people who are calling you screaming about why you havent both ered to mention it What is wrong with this picture Also the Republicans in Congress refuse to allow John Conyers of Michigan held Democ ratic without the in a room described as a large because they were not allowed to use an actual hearing Under these difficult 30 Democratic representatives persisted in asking the important Were Americans deliberately misled in the leadup to this war When did we come to the point where the minority has no place I dont know if these memos represent an impeachable offense although I must I dont want to bring up the Clinton comparison But they strike me as a heck of lot worse than anything Richard Nixon ever He used the government for petty political Id settle for that over what were looking at The irony of Deep Throat surfacing after all these years in the midst of this memo mess is almost too Does The Washington Post have any hungry young reporters on Metro anymore
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