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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 October HeraldZeitung Serving New Rraunfels anil Cental County 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 Director1 Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Psffforn Shlcldt David Rupkalvif OTHER VIEWPOINTS Bush has no one to blame for fiscal mess The SanDiego Union on Katrinas costs President Bush occasioned surprise in some quarters seized by the spirit of the con he accepted responsibility for Wash ingtons tortured response to the recent Yet hardly anyone noticed when he revealed a few days later that his administration has presided over a truly astonishing level of needless With as much as billion down the Why did this shock so few of us Maybe because Bush wasnt wholly up front about Asked what the federal government is prepared to spend on rebuild ing New Orleans and the Gulf he had estimat ed it would run to more than Reporters next asked if that meant we should expect a tax Absolutely the president Then where would the money come from Well get rid of unnecessary he Unnecessary spending Like what The pres ident didnt But lets Bush has been president five years now so if he calculates were blowing billion on things we dont this extravagance must have occurred on his Bush may enjoy pointing but if were to believe Congress tapped the treasury for bil lions beyond a frugal White House budget then how come this president didnt veto their largesse Amid such why is George Bush the first president in a century never to utilize the most decisive power of his office the By putting Katrina on a credit Bush II lays the load on future The libertarian Cato Institute dispatched one of its younger staffers to There may be no more surpluses in my life Nor surely in But like Scarlett Bush can worry about that TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 277th day of There are 88 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On the Space Age began as the Sovi et Union launched the first manmade On this date In George Washingtons troops launched an assault on the British at resulting in heavy American In the 19th president of the United Rutherford was born in In the comic strip Dick created by Chester made its In Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini con ferred at Brenner Pass in the where the Nazi leader sought Italys help in fighting the In the television series Leave It to Beaver premiered on In Pope Paul VI became the first reigning pontiff to visit the Western Hemisphere as he addressed the General In rock singer Janis was found dead in her Hollywood hotel In funeral services were held at the Vatican for Pope John Paul In some 520 people were forced to abandon the cruise ship Prisendam in the Gulf of Alaska after the Dutch luxury liner caught fire no deaths or serious injury In Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying it had killed American hostage William Fel low hostage David later said he believed Buckley had died of torture injuries four months Ten years ago Pope John Paul II arrived in the United States for a fiveday GUESTCOLUMN Blaming the local Red Cross chapter shows a lack of understanding I am writing in response to the guest column in the 27 edition of the How big of Brother to write your column absolving the mayor of blame in your attempt to unify New Too bad you decided to take yet another pot shot at the Red A few facts for you our local Red Cross office has one paid staff Sharon McAllister oversees Red Cross dis aster relief for four counties Guadalupe and According to US Census Bureau these four counties represent a population of approximately The local office also has approximately 20 to 25 trained mostly who work a few hours each The state office for Red not administers the hurricane disaster relief plan for the entire McAllister did not have the the resources or the manpower to open a local shelter for hurricane The state office mandated that all and therefore all be routed to San where help was available to the thousands fleeing and later It is unrealistic to expect that our small local Red with one fulltime could possibly staff and run a shelter for literally hundreds of evacuees pouring into our We have only to look at the Superdome in New Orleans to see what can happen when a shelter is opened to mass es of people with no plan in place to provide adequate med ical assistance and Would you have liked to see such a thing happen in our civic center or our high school gymnasiums There was a plan in and the Red Cross worked the As of the San Antonio Area Chapter of the Red Cross reported that meals had been served to Katrina and meals had been served to Rita They have raised nearly and spent nearly million for Katrina staffers have responded to relief efforts for Kat rina source Board American Red 6 Issue The churches did an admirable job of assist ing evacuees where they That is what a faithbased commu nity it is KATHY KARL Kathy Karl is a New Braunfels unreasonable to think that church members will provide longterm assistance to They need They need medical assis They need They need help finding missing They need They need household There are still several thousand refugees from the two storms in San Antonio Can you help them Is your shelter still open The Red Cross is still assisting today with all these They are still working the They are still open for You deserve a pat on the back for opening your church to assist the Now per haps you might consider an apology to McAl lister and all the Red Cross volunteers who continue to work very long hours while you write letters to the editor chastising them for their implied big city They are our neighbors and our They go to our they shop in our their children and grandchildren attend our They are a part of New not out And they continue to step up to the plate to assist when help is United Government PRESIDENT GeoROt BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web 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 ANIONIOOFFICEj 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 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 comACT Texas Government RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Email address STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 LHAUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 FEMA has proven it can t be trusted when an emergency strikes CHARLEY Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box There is one clear lesson we can all learn from the two storms that bat tered Mississippi and East Texas If you expect to have water to drink and food to eat after a major youd better stockpile them The aftermath of the second storm shows that the Federal Emergency Management Agency learned nothing from its first fias People in Louisiana and East Texas as of this beg ging for and its not itll get there eventual After FEMA has awarded a hole bunch of non competitive And Niichael the incompe tent director who was removed from his duties and is still being paid as a Only the government would pay a man let go for incompe tence as a Of after one of the Florida storms last FEMA paid out millions of dollars to people in Dade County who had suffered no Just a minor accounting I They even paid to bury people who had died of nat ural But who cares about that Its taxpayers and everybody in Washington treats taxpayer money as if it were play President who is the king of bad is contemplating asking Con gress to change the laws so the mili tary can step in and take charge after cat astrophic the military is more competent than but putting the military in charge means declaring martial The military doesnt want that and its not really trained to do It has trucks and backs and but its primary training is in fighting a its stretched thin as it A better idea would be to return the National Guard to state control and stop sending its members The best performers in the second storm were the state and local They got people evacuated a great achievement despite the traffic They secured the if FEMA would deliver water and they could get on with cleanup and Back in the 1960s and when lib erals failed to achieve their agenda through the democratic process in state they went to the federal courts and asked them to legislate by It was at that time that liberals created the myth that federal was some how superior to state and They cre ated the impression that state and local officials were a bunch of country bump while federal officials were enlight ened philosopher Thats total In the first nearly all federal politicians and officials come from the In the second a centralized government is unavoidably more inefficient than state and local which are closer to both the problems and the The federal as it has grown to gargantuan has grabbed most of the revenue more or less starving the state and local The answer to that problem is devolu Give the authority and the tax sources back to the state and local gov If the federal government obeyed the Constitution and did only what it author izes the federal government to it could get by on a comparatively small Nothing in the Constitution authorizes the federal government to involve itself in welfare and health Thats usurpation by the fed eral government of state and in every the federal government has screwed it cant even fight a war efficiently without massive amounts of graft and patronage We ought to call the Iraq War Halliburtons That and are the only bene ficiaries of the Check out the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity and read some of its That will shake your faith in the federal What the federal gov ernment is about these days is propaganda and Thats not to say you wont find some crooks and rascals in the state and local But the whole point is that the local scamps are easier to find and get rid Good luck trying to find out whats going on in
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