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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG July 2005 HeraldZeitung FORUM OUR OPINION Floren brought fame to Wurstfest we thank you for all you did for a little Texas town that needed you way more than you ever could have needed M yron Florens passing made Saturday a sad day for fans of the Lawrence Welk It was a far sadder day for residents of New Braunfels who love appreciate the relish a good polka and knew they had a friend in Myron When Wurstfest director Raymond Baese had the audacity to contact Flo ren back in Floren was nationally known as Welks equivalent of Ed and as one of the masters of his a mainstay of Cen tral and Eastern European folk music for cen turies that is very difficult to We are all thankful today that Baese thought Wurstfest important enough to ask Floren to come here as its headlining And we are glad that Floren was kind enough to hear Baese out and Floren lent a stature to Wurstfest that it lacked as a local festival and helped build it into a re gional celebration attended by folks from around the United States and But he did a lot more than Me became a symbol of the He brought it credibility and he let it trade on his wholesome When he was he was Wurstfests star and he was like a rock with all the accouter ments of that But he also worked to remain accessible to his got to know New Braunfels over his 34 years of performing and made numerous friends who are hurting this week to know he has passed we thank you for all you did for a little Texas town that needed you way more than you ever could have needed We thank you for car Goodbye and We sure will miss TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is July the 208th day of There are 157 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On July Congress established the Department of Foreign the forerunner of the Department of On this date In French revolutionary leader Maximi lien Robespierre was overthrown and placed under arrest he was executed the following In Cyrus Field finally after two in laying the first underwater tele graph cable between North America and In the Korean War armistice was signed at ending three years of 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 Rnttinftls nitil o New Braunfeils Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both Gorman and English until Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Gary Maitland Doug Toney Jeff Fowler Neice Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvls LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Time to end taxation of certain classes for benefit of the masses I see theyve done it to us smokers Need money to support a project Raise ciga rette Want to lower school taxes for every one Raise the cigarette If it wasnt for us 1 believe the state of Texas would go Did you know that Texas excise tax collection per pack of cigarettes for fiscal year 2004 was The state would have had to sell six packs of beer or bottles of wine to collect he same excise tax as collected on one carl on of During fiscal year the federal govern ment received in excise taxes from the sale of But take They have found a new scapegoat to help us out bottled water Isnt it nice to know that soon all jog exercisers and those having to take bottled water for their health will also have to pay a higher tax for this privilege How will it bottled water to become secondrate citizens I low will it feel to know you will probably wind up paying more taxes on your botde of water than someone who buys a can of beer so he can use our high ways to kill and maim us Maybe its time to get rid of those people who believe its right to raise certain taxes on select ed classes of people for the benefit of all classes of Melvin Nathan Canyon Lake Best way to change mindset in Austin is to send in new people They succeeded in raising their retirement a year while trying to lower teacher They succeeded in killing the rule to require recording their votes their means of hiding what they do to Gutless and brazen to say the Rick David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick called this special session a yet they failed to address education the most pressing issue in the This cast of characters has failed to address our states educational mess through two regu lar and two special This states that this group lieutenant House leader and all their minions are inca pable or unwilling to do what is right for the children of A solution would be for the educators statewide to band go to the polls to vote every last one of these braindead legisla tors out of governor and Why would anyone want to send diese people back to Austin They are owned by the dont tax tax old Joe Nothing progressive for Texas will ever transpire with the present leadership or lack If you replaced them all with a herd of you would raise the legislative IQ by at least 20 I will not vote for a single regard less of their party and you can send the same message at the next The best way to change the mindset in Austin is to send a new set of New Braunfels Texas Toll Party is against toll roads being forced on citizens Thank you for your fine Toll roads must be citizens say July it is crucial that I clarify the position of Texas Toll Texas Toll Party does not oppose traditional toll roads that are designed and built as whole new highways and funded with investor What is happening in San Antonio and across the state is not traditional toll Texas Toll Party opposes freeway tolls that are being forced down our Freeway tolls shift our freeways to create an open ended new taxation that will amount to the largest tax increase in Texas An unaccountable new bureaucra cy will decide how much well pay to drive on freeways that weve already paid for with our tax dollars double Privatizing and lolling our freeway system is a special interest boon doggle pushed by our Time magazine has reported Rick Perry has accepted over million from road and toll special Its also important to freeways have never been shifted to toll roads in the history of our SalCostillo Austin NOW TO United Statet 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 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 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 j U RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE 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 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone Fax 512 4637794 Email address email@example.com Time to plug federal governments bottomless money pit 11 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 The Bush Administration is rejoicing in what it says is a dramatic drop in the federal from billion in to billion in the current fis cal The says the ad is a larger than expected jump in tax Jim South Car olina believes the administrations numbers are because Con gress is raiding Social Security to mask die true size of the the deficit appears to be declining for the first time since the end of the Clinton the onset of the wars in Afghanistan and and costs associated with Bush spokespeople say it is on track for being cut in half by the end of his second or possibly They credit the tax cuts for stimulating the thus producing higher tax Relying on unexpected revenue to keep deficits down is like hoping an unexpected arrival of alcohol will help a drunk toward The availability of money encourages freespending Republicans and Democrats to find new or pad old for the purpose of extend ing their political And when large surpluses are created through big tax increases as is now the case in Virginia Democrat and not a few Republican governors prefer to look for new ways to spend instead of cutting programs and refunding money to overtaxed Accompanying the news of increased federal revenue was a welcome an nouncement of proposed legislation with the potential to curtail government spending the real cause of The Bush Administration is asking Con gress to pass the Government Reorgani zation and Program Performance Im provement Act of If approved and citizens should lobby Congress to make sure it if they want to keep more of their the legislation would create two agencies that would place the interest of taxpayers before those of the politi The Sunset Commission would review the effectiveness of each federal Programs and agencies would automati cally cease unless Congress took specific action to continue The Results Commission would work to uncover duplication of services in government of which there are The fact that such commissions are needed is an indication of the Government programs are the only sign of eternal life on Once they are cre they attract oftenlarge constituen cies that are ready to complain loudly about their essential services should anyone try to reduce their funding end them Commenting on the proposed legisla Citizens Against Government Waste President Tom Federal pro grams that do not demonstrate measura ble results are rarely Funding them is like forcing investors to buy shares in a business that is losing The long overdue need for these com missions should be evident when one considers that about onethird of the fis cal 2005 discretionary budget is unautho Comprehensive reviews of federal spending might save taxpayers hundreds of billions of CAGW has done just saving tax payers billion by helping to imple ment findings from the Grace Commis during the Reagan as well as other The Sunset and Results Commissions are needed now because federal spending is out of Spending must be properly monitored by an entity that places the interests of those who earn the money over those who didnt earn it and can spend it with little While the Sunset and Results Commis sions are good Congress will ulti mately decide which programs and agen cies get dropped and which Since Congress has given us the deficit problem because Congress spends our it could be a conflict of interest to expect it to provide a Thats why taxpay ers must not only push for enactment of these but also monitor what Congress does with their recommenda If taxpayers want to keep more of the money they they must also work to become less dependent on a government We look to government too often and to ourselves not When that dynam ic our need of government will be reflected in less That will benefit the economy and the government more than additional
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