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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4 August 2005 OUR OPINION businesses will pocket benefits of taxfree weekend The tax savings are not chump especially for parents and guardians who must shop for more than one T exas shoppers get a threeday break 57 this weekend from state and local sales This years sales tax holiday begins at Friday and ends at midnight The law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under from sales and use which could save shoppers about on every they Area retailers are gearing up for the start of the states seventh taxfree In Comal Coun the sales tax is State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said she expects Texas shoppers to save million this weekend in state sales taxes and up to million in local sales Thats not chump especially for parents and guardians who must shop for more than one The shopping experience is not for Store aisles are expected to be crowded as parents eager to pocket some savings are drawn to But for those who dont mind the enjoy the shopping and the And dont forget to spend your money with local TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 214th day of There are 151 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On President Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the Potsdam confer On this date In members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declara tion of In frontiersman Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Dakota In German President Paul von Hinden burg paving the way for Adolf Hitlers com plete In Albert Einstein signed a letter to Presi dent Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research In during World War Navy boat commanded by John sank after being rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon In the Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of In people were killed when a Delta Air Lines jetliner crashed while attempting to land at DallasFort Worth International 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 Itnittnfrls itnil ounty since New Braunfcls Zoitung 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 Noice Ball Valerie Shields David Rupkalvls GUESTCOLUMN Casteel set an example that other legislators should follow Given all of the backroom negotiations and political gamesman ship at the it is not uncommon for lawmakers to cast votes that make you scratch your when an elected official withstands die pressures of partisan pol itics and rises in spite of bruises to vote her con we must recognize her actions as a Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels should be applauded for her actions July 26 in The representative voted in favor of an amend ment that would have tripled the homestead exemption for every homeowner in the thereby providing real tax relief for homeown She also stood up for Texas students by voting to raise Texas teachers pay to the national aver age and to restore school employees health care Such changes would help Texas address its looming shortage of professionals willing to work in public Casteel also authored an amendment that ensured educators retain the right to govern their profession through their licensing board State Board for Educator The alternative in House Bill 2 would have abolished the board and given all regulatory authority to the commissioner of The right for professionals to selfgovern a licensed occupation in Texas is currently grant ed for engineering and numer ous other professions and is the very definition of a Casteel exemplified profession alism and common sense in her advocacy for public Casteel stood with the public education com munity in her support for local control of public schools in the planning of teacher bonus pro grams and she listened to the parents and teachers in her district who are tired of the state boiling education down to one Casteel voted to allow each district to customize teacher bonus programs to meet community Test scores would be but they wouldnt have the only success indicator con Casteel showed strength and character in voting her conscience and her She was joined in her actions by a bipartisan group of representatives who were all interested in listening to the needs of their local consti not just voting to promote a narrow ideology of state control over local All who stood for education are worthy of Their actions are a positive sign for what could come out of future education after democracy reigned for a brief the legislative leadership regained control and forced a vote to kill the bill thus ending a fleeting moment of good government before something beneficial for students resulted from Casteel set an example July 26 that others should follow vote your conscience and your If this alltoosimple ideal of democracy is followed by other members of the Texas House and we might get a public education bill and real property tax relief that is in the best interest of the children and all of our We hope the public will be watching and actively participating in this MELODYE PINSON Melodye Pinson is the president of the Associa tion of Texas Profession al MOW CONfMCT United States liJ 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 GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government 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 carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone Fax 512 4637794 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Americans owe a debt to people who work with their hands CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box The space like all human technological is a tribute to the human brain and the opposable Because most people who write and talk deal only with their they often forget that opposable That is what allows the human being to grasp things and to make After something has been dream ed of and which is what the scientists and engineers then other people have to take the blueprints and actually build the thing I have great admiration for construction workers of all In part because I have such a low mechanical apti what they do seems to me to be almost The space shuttle is so highly com plex that my own brain simply stalls out at the thought of try ing to construct something so so precise and yet so strong and Im wary of changing a light so wiring something with miles of wire and tens of thousands of connections seems to me an impossible Ive often thought it must be gratifying for a construction worker to be able to take his children and point to a skyscrap er and say You see kids I helped build That to me seems like so much more of a substantial contribution than putting words on paper and now on a computer These men and women who work with their hands are an essential part of this countrys greatness and Too they are forgotten or ignored or looked down upon by the intellectuals a fact that is just another proof that a lot of intellectuals are Dont intellectual is a vocational classifica It is not a synonym for A lot of poor countries are long on col lege graduates and short on people who can build and repair If we lived in a world of only dream ers and wed be living in You cant have a transportation system unless you have people who can build the the the airplanes and the as well as the tracks and highways and You cant have housing without plumb ers and Youd be defending yourself with rocks and sticks except for the machinists and other skilled workers who build those bombs and In these skilled workers play so large and so vital a part in our country that it is amazing that we in the media so often ignore A machinist is one of the most important people in an indus trial and it takes a long time to become a skilled If the politi cians with their stupid trade policies allow Americas machinists to be thrown out of they will be doing more damage to the nation than any that is what is I am happy to see the Teamsters and the Service Employees unions break with the Im hoping that the new organization will prove to be so effective that other unions will join The trouble with the AFLCIO in recent years is that its been headed by socialists more inter ested in politics and government pro grams than in protecting American work I saw that years ago when I was in and noted that there were just as many black limou sines pulling in and out of the AFLCIO headquarters as there were at the White Bluecollar socialist has become a contradiction in I was an admirer of the late Jimmy I lof and I hope his son proves to be just as tough as his old Laving in the South all my I was never in a but if any of you whitecollar workers think youd have the salaries and benefits you do without youre ignorant of the Things got better for nonunion work ers only because hotshot consultants warned corporate America that the way to keep the unions out was to pay decent wages and Now that the politi cians and multinational corporations have pretty much weakened the union corporate big shots are start ing to put the squeeze on their With rare capitalists have never done one damned thing to improve the health and safety of their workers that they werent forced to Every American owes a debt to the people who work with their hands and to the American union   

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