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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page October 2005 HeraldZeitung Serving New Braunfels anil Cnmal Cottnly 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 I Managing Editor Circulation Business Manager I News Editor PflffOfu Aft Fowlvr ttll Valerie Shields David RupkarvU OUR OPINION Competition key to better elections Good candidates from all sides of the aisle need are needed so that voters truly have a ompetition brings out the best in all of Its a saying thats often uttered in refer ence to sporting but it applies to just about every thing in life politics Political competition can lead to a healthy debate of the good decisionmaking and solid But such competition has been hard to come by in this state for some Republicans have dominated state politics since the 1990s and thats after Democrats had a decadeslong stronghold on political power in Weve swung from one end of the pendulum to with very little time spent in that panacea dubbed the middle Comal County Democratic Party Chairman Larry who announced Monday he does not intend to run for another term in said he feels like he has accomplished his goal of cre ating excitement within his partys I feel like Ive made it easier to declare youre a Democ rat in Comal he More and more people are doing that which is and were having more candidates file for local Thats a good political races in the 21st century too often degenerate into wrestling matches rather than present candidates focused on the but give us mudslinging over one party control with only one viable With Republicans dominating the its up to the Democrats to find issues that resonate with the public and spark a debate on No one loses when both sides put forth thought provoking This state and nation needs good citi zens from all sides of the political aisle to step for ward to present voters with a Competition brings out our and it will bring out TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 299th day of There are 66 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On the Gunfight at the OK Corral took place in as Wyatt his two brothers and Doc Holliday confronted Ike Clantons Three members of Clantons gang were killed Earps brothers were On this date In the Erie Canal opened in upstate New connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson In Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours and 41 In Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United In the experimental space shuttle Enter prise glided to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in In Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty during an extravagant cere mony at the IsraeliJordanian border attended by President Ten years ago The House a Republican balancedbudget bill aimed at shrink ing the federal cutting taxes and returning power to the Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shakaki was shot to death on the Mediter ranean island of Malta in a killing his supporters blamed on LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Homeowner involvement crucial to good associations Many new subdivisions have opened in Comal With them come property own ers Let me warn you about For right off FM Last my associa tion spent the annual dues of 60 members to buy a trailer for hauling rocks down to the Guadalupe Few neighbors own a truck capable of hooking onto this One would think such an expensive purchase would be voted but the past president didnt even bother to ask the homeowners for permis sion to buy nor did he notify them for five months after he bought the The same board planned to erect a pavilion in a small park owned by members of the asso When this project was put up for the ballot read that there would be a onetime assessment of Not explained on the ballot was that the pavilion could cost or requiring Few members use the park facility we all own 5 acre concerned neighbors uncovered the possible deception and distrib uted a flyer alerting the who turned down the Get my Attend your board Become a member of the Only 66 of 185 property owners voted in our last officer Such a lack of participation sometimes attracts the wrong people to become board Some take the job with an Nobody wants the so we can do what we Personal agendas usually have a priority then over decisions that are in the best interest of the property owners they were elected to Richard Ordorfer New Braunfels Orchestra program sounds like good idea for countys students Congratulations to the Boerne ISD for expanding its fine arts program to include orchestra instruction This is a wise curriculum enhanc ing an alreadystrong academic The orchestra offering fills a need for music stu dents who desire instruction in string instru ments and gives them the opportunity to per form in a full An orchestra program is a pathway to increased student academic performance and can elevate a school from the status quo to the highly the Comal and New Braunfels school districts will follow Perhaps the music departments at the University of Texas San Texas State University or Texas Lutheran University could lend a helping hand to institute such a Comal Countys history of excellence and leadership in schools and appreciation of music goes back to the earliest German pio neer The first public school in Texas was established in New Braunfels in the 1850s Ger man singing societies and both family and were Good music was a very important part of the New Braunfels area in the and it would be most appropriate to honor and continue this tradition by offering orchestra programs in the Taking this step toward a more cul tured society would be well worth Parents should talk to their school Marie Oelkers Helsley San Antonio A retired teacher and a product of Comal County and New Braunfels schools 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 United 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 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 221 West Sixth Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone 512 4696034 Fax 512 4696020 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 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax ST ATE 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 Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 History lesson This George must redefine himself publicly 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 Near the end of his magnifi cent histori an David McCullough writes this about George Wash ington He was not a brilliant strategist or not a gifted not an At sev eral crucial moments he had shown marked He had made serious mistakes in judg Sound familiar Thats what critics of todays George say about McCullough But experience had been Wash ing jns great teacher from and in this his great est he learned steadily from Has the contemporary George learned from expe rience In what could be a critical week for the Bush administra special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald may indict top White House aide and political guru Karl along with Vice President Cheneys chief of staff and a chief strategist in the war in Lewis Scooter If that the media and their ide ological friends in the Democrat Party might raise the ghost of Richard asserting whatever indiscretions or illegalities these men may have committed are akin to That probably wont fly for long and the given their recent history of defending Bill Clinton from moral and eth ical indiscretions including lying under dont have much credibility in that But even though the Democrats are in disarray and have no moral standing or its not an excuse for the White House to ride out potentially bad publicity and refuse to do something to halt the con tinuing slide in public approval What to do the president should shake up his bringing in new people who have experience and unques tioned he should say what he thinks it means to be a conservative which once meant cheaper and less intrusive Under Republi the cost and reach of government have including gobs of new money for education and new entitlement programs that would shame a New A real conservative would at least try to reverse this even if he The president should announce some thing dramatic regarding the war in He should speak about Americas objective as instead of the withdrawal of troops once Iraqi forces are ready to take The president should announce a plan to increase the size of the as Kagan could and should have been done as early as If it had been done as late as new troops would now be available to help crush the SunniArab opposition and to persuade them we have no intention of withdrawing until the job is They have based their hopes on America cutting and run Following through on his pledge to do something serious about illegal immigra tion would also go a long way to rekindling the fire of support for the president that is in danger of going out in many conserva tive If Harriet Miers withdraws her name for consideration as a Supreme Court or if her nomination is defeated in the Sen a known conservative would be just the ticket for rousing the base from its growing President Bush must redefine himself publicly and for his own What does he see beyond the face in the mirror and beneath the words others write for him Where are his convictions and positions on which he will not compromise or falter The contemporary George must con stantly restate what is at stake domestically and in the war against radical Islam and he must never give up or compromise these Concerning that other George McCullough Above Washington never forgot what was at stake and he nev er gave A lot is riding on whether this George has that same attitude and   

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