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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A August 2005 FORUM OUR OPINION Forward movement on civic center is a welcome change We applaud the councils deci sion and encour age city officials to continue to march forward and build a civic center we can all be proud T he New Braunfels City Council took a positive step Monday when council members agreed to let the city manager formal ize a contract with an archi tect for the civic There is room to debate the amount of money being spent and what the expand ed civic center will look but there is little doubt a step forward with the civic center is a positive Twice in recent voters in New Braunfels approved plans to either expand the civic center or build a convention Each voters clearly said they felt an improved civic center was something the community needed and some thing they would support While the voters in New Braunfels have always been clear with their desire to improve the civic city council has been a little After debating whether to build a convention center or expand die civic council finally settled on the civic center last Since residents have the wait ended when council agreed to let an architect spend million on the The vote was just a small and many more steps are needed before a finished product can be But after years of any forward motion is a positive The debate over the civic center has gone on for too Voters in New Braunfels have had their not but They want an improved civic center die city deserves a new civic We applaud die councils decision and encour age city officials to continue to march forward and build a civic center we can all be proud TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 226th day of There are 139 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered end ing On this date In the Oregon Territory was In China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War In the Social Security Act became In newspaper publisher William Ran dolph Hearst died in Beverly In British troops arrived in Northern Ire land to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman In the bombing of Cambodia came to a In workers went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in in a job action that resulted in the creation of the Solidarity labor In President Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale were nominated for a second term at the Democratic national convention in New In a huge blackout hit the northeastern United States and part of Canada 50 million peo ple lost HeraldZeitung Serving New Rnnuifch anil Cointil Ctninty 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 Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Gary Maitland DougToney Jeff Fowler Natal Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvls GUESTCOLUMN NBISD superintendent should focus attention upon schools Im wondering why the president of our chamber of commerce would come to die defense of our school district superintend Arent in two separate entities Is it because there is political backscratching going on Is it for brownnosing Or is it because the president of the chamber and the superintendent feel as though the Herald Zeitung readers are uninformed I think its probably all of the Regarding the superintendents extracurricu lar as a ask that he first successfully complete his responsibilities to our school We arent an exemplary district we dont score as well as our neighboring dis trict onTAKS our students arent prepared for the demands of college upon its viewed that his extracurricu lar activities provide him the opportunity to gain input from district His job is to serve parents and students of this not business owners at the not tourists If he wants get it from the I was at the Carl Schurz Where was he I was at the Oak Run band Where was he I have been to a number of New Braun fels schoolrelated and he was no where to be Until these requirements are he should have absolutely no time for any thing other than his job as When Ron Reaves addressed the bullying problem at the middle he referred to a report as a singlepage attempting to lessen its Once the school district was forced to release the report to it was a 60plus page Was the superin tendent hoping the parents of this district were as uninformed as he must think the Herald Zeitung readers are that they would not know that a spreadsheet document can contain hundreds of columns and rows and multiple sheets of being honest and we do PAULLAINE Paul Laine is a New Braunfels have a bullying problem bullying has been going on since the begin ning of By saying to die Lets set up a positive program and see what we can do about in my he chose to be Referring back to the July 31 I believe several of our superinten dents said accomplish ments to be Id like proof that the super intendent is responsible for these accomplish Id like to see the actual statistics that back these Is this deception in because the superintendent did not make these the president of the chamber did I understand that it must be a common prac tice to hire from outside the Superin tendent Reaves has worked in many districts throughout as stated in the July 31 I wouldnt think this is a good Is there no one in our community qualified to hold this someone who has raised children here and has permanent ties to the someone whose true loyalties lie in his posidon as superintendent and the future of education in the community of New Braunfels LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or 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 Fax them to Letters to Editor 830 6063413 HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 email them to NOW 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Fax 512 4637794 Email address wentworth Rumsfelds cautious optimism not reflected in polls 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 far Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at There are at least two presumptions some people make about the peace effort in Iraq Im being se mantically clever to make a One presumption is the falsehood that the United States can say never stop its effort to help bring free dom and selfdetermination to Iraq like those who now hate and wish to destroy us will also say never mind and go back to killing each other instead of The other false presumption is that those who tell opinion poll sters they now oppose the war and think it makes America more vulnerable to terrorist attacks know what they are talking Their conclu sions have been reached large ly through which doesnt always present a com plete how can a nation fixated on runaway missing blondes and materialism be taken seriously when it conies to global mat ters of defeating terrorists and liberating nations Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sees a gap between opinion polls and what he has observed from recent visits to During an in terview at the Pentagon on I asked Rumsfeld about the latest USA Poll that shows that 56 percent say the war is going while 57 percent say the war has made America more vulnerable to He said the soldiers in Iraq see the pro gress they are making and they are ab solutely dumbfounded by what they see and the impression thats left by Ameri cas media here in the United Rumsfeld also said the Pentagon keeps track of what the Iraqi people think and they are increasingly optimistic about the future of their country and increas ingly negative about the Does this sound like Vietnam when political and military leaders talked about turning the corner and light at the end of the You havent heard words like that from Rumsfeld What I see is a situation on the ground that is clearly a difficult let diere be no He forecasts increasing violence between now and when a constitution is drafted later this month and scheduled elections in Rumsfeld is deliberately vague in re sponse to a question about Irans deci sion to resume its nuclear Iran claims it only wants to produce energy from nuclear but the believes it will manufacture nuclear At what I does this become a point of no return as it was for the Israelis who bombed Iraqs nuclear reactor in 1981 I dont he leaving himself the widest possible latitude for diplomat ic or military About insurgents coming into Iraq from he is more In a Pentagon Rumsfeld said continuing to allow the insurgents into Iraq from Iran would ultimately be a problem for Was that a threat I wouldnt use the word Im from If youre going to cock youd better throw Rumsfeld explained he thinks that Iraq and neighboring countries except for Syria are not going to like Irans efforts to destabilize To have an unstable situation in Iraq is a dangerous thing for the Gulf states and for Saudi Arabia and I think you have to live with the effects of your Rumsfeld said recent media reports about alleged abuse of detainees are not he they are stories about past incidents that are coming out in pretrial or at proceedings where people have already been convict ed of past He also noted that al Qaida operatives have been trained to say they have been Asked whether useful information has been extracted from detainees at Guan tanamo Rumsfeld There is no question that information provided by detainees in Guantanamo has saved American lives and saved the lives of people in other It is aiding our body of knowledge about the global war on terror and it has been and will be use are we making progress Are we safer Rumsfeld There is no way its possible for any country to defend itself every minute of the day or night in every location against eveiy conceivable tech nique or attack by a Its just too easy to strap on a vest and blow people up if youre willing to kill he the pressure thats on ter rorists makes it harder for them to raise money and recruit and maintain If one accepts that terrorism will not end anytime Rumsfelds summa tion of progress is cause for some opti mism and not the pessimism reflected in recent
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