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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A July 2005 HeraldZeitung Serving New Hraunfcls ami Cimial sinre 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 Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Gary Maltland DougTonny JaffFowlar Vfllarla Shield David V I 1 OUR OPINION Vote on courthouse served taxpayers well Taxpayers deserve a went that will work to stretch their money as far as the commissioners Ti I he Comal County Com missioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to renovate the county court house to its 1929 standard without the Contrary to some the move was not a money decision did just saving Regardless of whether the courthouse was restored with the jail or with out the county would have to pay just over mil lion for the restoration project and additional con struction the county made the decision for two the which will pay for 85 per cent of the courthouse restoration pre ferred the option without the The state wanted the jail removed because the buildings it restores need to be returned as close to the original use as The second reason was more If the county kept the the space would be used for By removing the county will pay the same amount but will gain additional space to store records and other important Playing nice with the state is important because the state has agreed to cover much of the But the biggest positive is the county chose an option that will provide the most bang for the countys Taxpayers deserve a government that will work to stretch their money as far as the commissioners decision did just TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is July the 197th day of There are 168 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On July the United States exploded its first experimental atomic in the desert of On this date In the District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States In David Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States In Russias Czar Nicholas his empress and their five children were executed by the In the first parking meters were in Oklahoma In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger was first In Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the In during the Senate Watergate for mer White House aide Alexander R Butterfield pub licly revealed the existence of President Nixons secret taping In Saddam Hussein became president of In former California Ronald Reagan won the Republican presidential nomination at the partys convention in In John Kennedy his and her Lauren died when their single engine piloted by plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Marthas Ten years ago William Barloon and David Dalib the two Americans who were imprisoned in Iraq for crossing the border from Kuwait four months were GUESTCOLUMN Planned giving5 is a way to donate to organizations throughout year While nonprofits welcome gifts of stock or real there are other types of gifts that help donors achieve financial goals for their families while also supporting their favorite The term planned giving refers to charita ble gifts that require some planning before they are Through planned gifts including charitable gift annuities it is pos sible to make a taxdeductible gift to charity I while retaining the right to use the asset or to i derive income from Planned gifts can pro 1 vide valuable tax benefits and income for while giving donors an opportunity to make a contribution to the fight against A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between the donor and a charity in which the donor exchanges cash or securities for guaran teed regular payments for life and a tax deduc The rate of return is determined by the donors age at the time the gift annuity is creat and it remains fixed for the lifetime of the 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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 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 82V5024 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 GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government 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 carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Different cases show inconsistency in protection MOLLYIVINS Molly Win is a colum nist for Creators Syndi She also does occa sional commentary for National Public Radio and the As the judge in the Judith MillerMatt Cooper case it just gets curiouser and For Judy Miller of The New York who never wrote a word about Valerie is in while Robert who broke the story and printed the may be week ending at his posh house on Fenwick a truly phenome nal case study in the art of spin has been launched on behalf of Karl aka Bushs now that we know he was Coopers source on the Plame We have long known that Rove made the repulsive statement to a reporter that a former CIA undercover was fair Rove was out to smear her Joseph who told the truth about Bushs phony claim that Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium in According to The Washington Post Republicans mounted an aggressive and coordinated defense of Karl Rove contending that the White Houses top political adviser did nothing improper or illegal when he discussed a covert CIA official with a The emerging GOP strategy devised by Ken Mehlman chair of the Republican National Committee and other Rove loyalists outside the White House is to try to undermine those Democrats call ing for Roves play down Roves role and wait for President Bushs forth coming Supreme Court selection to drown out the according to several highlevel Rove and the White House got into trouble in the first place by try ing to discredit a critic of the administra They might want to rethink this For one the spin is so fac tually challenged it makes your head For Wednesdays Wall Street Journal editorial on the subject consists of one stunning misstatement after And these are the people who have been given their own program on PBS A consistent theme of the spin is that no crime was that outing Plame as a CIA agent meant nothing since she was then working as an analyst in Plame spent years over seas for the CIA working for a civilian firm withput benefit of a diplomatic meaning that she was especial ly could have been executed if caught and showed special she was not working undercover when Novak named her in his as many CIA officers have pointed the outing left her former company and colleagues That this was done for petty political revenge is It is a result of being so focused on your political oppo nents that you take them more seriously than you do the countrys real it reeks of Rove and it is whats wrong with much of politics If the prosecutor cannot prove a Rove should still be not just because Bush said he would fire anyone involved in the but also because what Rove did is ethically Many of my colleagues in the media are having trouble getting a grip on all Some have abandoned Judith Miller because she did so much bad reporting on WMD before the As the Times itself later much of its prewar coverage consisted of breathless stories built on unsubstantiated revelations in many were the anonymitycloaked assertions of people with vested But is a different Of course a reporter does not have an absolute right to shield a source even lawyers dont have such a But many other professionals have limited rights to including psychiatrists and A journalists limited right to protect confidentiality is recognized by 31 states and the District of reporters come armed with a notebook and a They do not car ry they do not have the power to arrest they do not have subpoe na they cannot force people to talk by holding them as material wit they cannot sneak into their homes and read their Gener ally if the law cant make a case without help from a theyre Miller is not protecting a noble whistle blower who dared to go to the press because his sense of integrity had been outraged by official misconduct and he had no other That would be your basic Deep She we can protecting some politically motivated hatchetman who was part of the smear campaign against Flames hus band for telling the And is irrelevant to the principle The larger point is that journalists have a constitutionally protected responsibility to find and publish the truth as dubious as many of our efforts Particularly in covering government and that purpose is often served by protecting or at least peo ple with questionable Just because Karl Rove has forgotten about the public interest is not reason for Judy Miller to do   

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