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Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG August 2005 HeraldZeitung OUR OPINION 3 chances to make public impression Comal County residents have just 3 chances to get to know Walker and decide if he is the right person to lead the dis F or more than a the Comal ISO Board of Trustees got to know Marc Walker before deciding he was the right person to lead the school While trustees met and debated in parents and others who care about the district had to It is finally your turn to get to know the man who will likely be leading Comal ISO into the At 7 Thursday at Moun tain Valley trustees will present Walker to the public for the first Choosing the leader of the school district is a vitally important decision that will impact every person who lives in Comal We encourage parents and community leaders to attend this or one of the other two meetings to introduce Other meeting dates are 7 at Smithson Valley High School in the 7 at Canyon Intermediate School in the Walker comes from a district that has gone through some of the rapid growth that Comal ISO is Trustees said his experiences in dealing with growthrelated problems were one of the main reasons Walker was selected for the Comal County residents have just three chances to get to know Walker and decide if he is the right person to lead the Use one of the opportunities to ask the lone finalist what he will bring to the what he will do for our And dont forget to ask his opinions on taxes and funding for Ask get to know the new CISD superintendent and then let your school board representative know how you want them to vote when the final decision is made later this Your childs future could depend on TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press is the 215th day of There are 15Q days left in the Highlight in History On Christopher Columbus set sail from on a voyage that took him to the presentday On this date In Germany declared war on In Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United following the death of Warren In the State Department urged Americans in Spain to leave because of that countrys civil In the National Basketball Association was 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 iVcir titiil Annul Entity siNrc New Braiinfels Zeituntj was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and Englishunlil Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Gary Maitland Doug Toney Jeff Fowler Nelce Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvis LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Falling TAKS scores at NBHS an offshoot of lack of discipline I dont know why anyones surprised by the falling exit TAKS scores at New Braunfels We have no one to blame but The last principal who expected students to be in class on time and ready to learn got run out of Whether his way of implementing much needed discipline was right or wrong is beside the Discipline went out with the princi If you listen to the stories teachers any time there is a confrontation between students and teachers or coaches over discipline or the students Teachers cant get any support from the If you believe the worst of the one of the school board leaders took a personal interest in disciplining the who made the mistake of disciplining the wrong troublemaker at the middle as need to send our students to school with the attitude that they can have all the fun they want as long as they follow the rules and get their work We also need to stand behind the teachers and principals when they enforce that needed I can assure you that once these kids get out of high school and into college and they wont get five chances to pass the They need to be developing the self discipline now that will be required for success in the real John Malik New Braunfels Plastic atrocities detract from springfed pools natural beauty The article July 10 about the Landa Park springfed pool prompted me to write this letter Ive been wanting to write for Born and raised in this beautiful I spent my summers during the late 1950s and early 60s at die park 1 have wonderful memo ries of those What stands out in my mind is the natural beauty of the pool cottonwood cold spring water flowing through the light of that hot Texas sun shimmering against the waters the only attractions at the pool were diving boards and wooden There was no better way to appreciate what a gift the springfed pool was dian sprawled out in the middle of it all on one of those youre lucky if you can catch a glimpse of that shimmer between the plastic atrocities mat scream for These socalled at tractions do nothing to add to the beauty of Landa Their method of attraction is akin to a Joe Camel billboard standing high and mighty in a field of Does it attract Thats why they put it More does it distract You I believe children benefit from imagination and a connection to their natural If its up to adults to guide them in that direc Our choice We give mem the plastic toy or we give them something few places are lucky enough to have our beautiful springfed pool restored to its natural Jennifer Seffel Graham New Braiinfels Judge Roberts has intellect and experience to serve High Court President Bush has tapped a qualified man with solid character to serve on the Supreme Judge John Roberts has the intellect and experience required to fill such an important position in our When he was nominated to his current post on the Circuit Court for die District of more man 150 members of the bar weighed in with their calling him a brilliant writer of unquestioned integrity and He earned those acco in as a lawyer who argued more cas es before the high court than all but a few of the members of the Supreme Court Despite this impeccable track Roberts can expect to face stiff opposition from Senate liberals like Ted Kennedy and Chuck Theyve already begun assailing his Judge Roberts deserves better man to have his nomination derailed by these politically moti vated Siizie Dionne New Braunfels HOW TO CONTACT 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 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 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at 11 Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist made some fundamental mistakes in announcing his support of feder al funding for stem cell One was In a July 29 Senate Frist We should federally fund research only on embryonic stem cells derived from blastocysts leftover from fertility which will not be implanted or adopted but instead are otherwise destined by the parents with absolute certainty to be discarded and According to a parent is One who gives birth or nurtures and raises a child a father or moth One cannot be a parent unless that thing a parent has begotten is a child to which the parent is a father or Another important factor concerning Frists position is the company he is Following his a num ber of senators praised The ones I saw on IV mostly favor at least in some if not on When you see praise from the likes of Arlen Pennsylvania and Edward Massachusetts Democrat and The New York which editorially praised but said he didnt go far you can properly conclude this is not just about stem cell It is about the value of human where it comes from and who gets to Many backing embryonic stem cell re search argue that a fertilized egg cannot be considered even partially human until it is implanted in a womans But these same people oppose any restric tions on partial birth so their argument is morally They would not protect the unborn at any stage of The science on this is even less certain than global Scientists are always eager for more research money and may have allowed their quest for dollars to obscure their better As Ronald a stem cell researcher at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and told The Washington Post last People need a fairy Maybe thats but they need a story line thats relatively simple to McKay was explaining why scientists have allowed society to believe wrongly that stem cells are the magic bullet for curing all sorts of from Alzhei mers to Are scientists willing to allow the public to believe a lie and to destroy what few remaining protections exist for human life Former First Lady Nancy Reagan praised Frist for his new but stem cell research advocates ignore Michael Reagans as well as that of his Ronald who said in My administration is dedi cated to the preservation of America as a free land and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human the right without which no other rights have any Frist reiterated his comprehensive set of 10 principles that would include a ban on embryo creation for research and a ban on human But having abandoned the moral high ground in favor of allowing federal funding for embryonic stem cell Frist has no basis on which to invoke or impose his personal set of 10 His principles are less compelling the Ten whicli are regularly violated by us If Congress passes a bill allowing fed eral funding for stem cell research and President Bushs threatened veto is over the world envisioned by Aldous Huxley in his novel Brave New World will be ever Consider a portion of the plot summa ry The novel opens in the Central London Hatching and Condi tioning where the Director of the Hatchery and one of his are giving a tour to a group of The boys learn about the Hokanovsky and Podsnap Processes that allow the I latchery to produce thousands of nearly identical human During the gestation the em bryos travel in hollies along a conveyor belt through a Iactorylike and are conditioned to belong to one of live castes Delta or The Alpha embryos are destined to become the leaders and thinkers of the World liach of the succeeding castes is conditioned to be slightly less physically and intellectually The stunted and stupefied by oxygen deprivation and chemical treat are destined to perform menial Coming