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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page September HeraldZeitung Serving New Bmunfcls and Comal County since New BraunfeTs 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 Gary Maltland Editor and Publisher OougToney Ciroufatiqn Director Jaff Fowler Adyejrtjsjng Director Bail News Editor David RupkalvU OUR OPINION Share your opinion before taxes are set Time is ning out if you want to let elected officials know how you feel about the tax I B Linda Know her Shes the only one who showed up Tuesday night at New Braunfels City Councils public hearing on next years proposed budget and tax The million budget will fund additional police and fire fighters next year and will result in a tax rate of cents per Maybe no one else Local elected officials see no one at the annual hearings where budgets and tax rates are but just as typically spend the intervening years listening to people gripe about taxes and how they are Why not try something new and take the to meet with your elected representatives before they decide how to spend your tax dollars and actually have some input into the process If you dont think the county or school district should spend your money on new come in and let them If you want to know why the police chief or the fire chief feel like they need more come in and ask Theyd appreciate knowing someone noticed and cared enough to In New one opportunity remains to do so in City Hall at 424 Castell at 6 next In Comal one chance remains to offer input to Commissioners Court as it decides at 7 tonight at 199 Main Plaza on whether to set a 2cent tax Stop on down and let them know what you And thank Linda if you see Shes looking out for all of and its a burden she should nt carry TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 251st day of There are 114 days left in the Todays Highlightin History 1930vfhe comic strip creat ed by Chic was first Also on this Scotch cellophane tape made its debut as a sample of the invented by Richard Drew of was shipped to a Chicago firm which specialized in wrapping bakery goods in On this date In the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the who renamed it New In was struck by a hurri iane that killed about In Margaret Gorman of Washington was crowned the first Miss America in Atlantic In people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or BThe HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and 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 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Bush should roll back tax cuts to bring troops home In officials with the Army Corps of Engi neers and other experts warned of the weak lev ee system around New Orleans and the bathtub effect this would have in New Orleans in the event of a major given that it is below sea The projected cost to repair the levees was billion pocket change in but the Bush administration redlined the project in favor of higher such as a massive tax cut for the most wealthy and an unprovoked attack on the sovereign nation of Iraq at a cost of a billion dollars a Instead of asking that the American people reach into their pockets to help out in the wake of Hurricane why dont we petition Bush to roll back the tax cuts for the most and recoup the billion in taxes lost from our tax base every year because they are sheltered by our corporations in the Cayman And while were at why dont we have him bring the troops back from Iraq so they can help out in New Orleans where they are urgently needed The best way to Support Our Troops is to bring them home And the American people ate entitled to an explanation for why our major oil corpo rations are making grotesque profits at the same time that the American people are sub jected to highway robbery at the gas pump So many so few Jim Green Seguin Rudys is not in the business of gouging citizens at gas pumps In reply to the letter in the HeraldZeitung on Tuesday about Rudys gas pricing Last when we changed our gas our price that we pay for gas had jumped 50 cents from the previous We raised our prices by 47 making it 3 cents less than if we had kept the same By reducing the price 3 instead of making very little on our we were making virtually Rudys will be happy to show any concerned citizen those price I can understand how people might mink the price was out of but we are not in the busi ness of gouging the good citizens of Comal We never and we never A lot of the prices for gas around town are considerably higher than ours is We have worked very hard at Rudys to be good neigh and for us to be thought of in a negative light is very We will continue to support the community in many different ways and keep our gas prices as low as PeteBassett Rudys BarBQ 936Loop337 New Braunfels Lets show a greater level of compassion for our neighbors Not to promote one of your but the huge headline on the front page of a recent San Antonio ExpressNews read Our Tsuna of to Katrinas devastation of New Orleans and a massive section of our Gulf The question in my mind will schools and churches and Scout groups and all the other groups that so readily responded to the needs of the tsunami now be so ready to help our own Following the some Indonesian government rejected severely restrained our efforts to yet we I hope that an even greater level of compassion will be shown for our Gulf Coast neighbors Jerry Welch New Braunfels HOW TO CONTACT United States llllll 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 Web address SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1149 Commerce Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone 210 2712851 Fax 210 2776671 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 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 512 4630125 Email address us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Bushs next justice appointee should be a conservative D 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 wight Eisenhower came to regret the judicial activism of the chief jus tice he Ike called his choice of liberal California Republican Earl Warren the fool mistake he ever Richard Nixon nominated six jus tices to the Two of Clement Haynsworth and Harrold were rejected by the Warren Lewis Powell and Harry Black While who authored Roe was in the activist mode of Earl War Nixons nomination of Rehnquist and Ronald Rea gans elevation of him to be come chief justice was Nixons greatest domestic Rehnquist but even tually and moved the court not so much in his but toward what the Founders had in mind when they wrote the Consti He singlehandedly anchored the conservative wing of the court until rein forcements He had one of those qualities rare in todays Washington the ability to hold strong convictions while maintaining good relations with those who held different John who clerked for Rehn apparently shares his With Roberts nomination to the court already enjoying the announced support of several Democrat it will be difficult for them to oppose him for chief The question now is Should Pres ident Bush nominate an equally conser vative person to the court to fill the re maining vacancy He should if he wishes to remain con sistent to his oftenproclaimed desire to have a court that makes decisions based on the Constitution and not the personal prejudices and objectives of indi vidual No political doctrine has been stated and restated by President Bush as much as this To go against it now would be the political equivalent of the president denying his Bush gets it when it comes to Unlike his father who listened to top aides and gave the country the liberal disaster named David whom Edward Kennedy now Bush is not about to see his legacy tainted by someone who is a closet The great temptation in Washington is to do things that please the social and journalistic If you dont care about invitations to the right social events and you are unconcerned about whether those newspapers like then you can achieve true In a tortured editorial on The New York Times exhibits an attitude that must resemble that of Satan when someone he is after gets away to the oth er The Times consoles itself by not ing the battles Rehnquist not those he It could only say that the final word on his will be and it is likely to view him as hardly a great but one who loved the court and had a significant influence on Rehnquist could have cared less what the Times thought during his life and the same could be said about the papers pre diction concerning his He cared about the Constitution and the That is the model President Bush used in finding and selecting John and it is the model he should use in his second The president should forget gender and all other meaningless considerations gender considerations produced Sandra Day who turned out less than conservative when it mattered The president and I think nominate another justice with credentials at least as impeccable as John whatever their background or personal Liberal activist which have so far failed to stop the Roberts will be taking the ideological equivalent of Viagra to whip themselves and their whacky followers into a state of frenzy over whomever Bush selects as his next Watch for those rusty coat hangers to reappear in TV suggesting the self butchering of pregnant women who might be denied their right to abor Watch also for the left to invoke the image of blacks being denied the right to Bushs next nominee can distinguish or by overcoming these smears with intellect and a reminder that devotion to the Constitu as is the best President Bush won the He gets to name judges who represent his judicial Thats what President Clinton The Senate should confirm President Bushs nominees in the same timely   

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