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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNO October HeraldZeitung OUR OPINION Dressing down our pro sports It would be nice if professional sports leagues focused on the games as much as they focus on A si Ave if debating the merits of onbase percentage versus slugging per centage wasnt mindnumb ing leave it to the world of professional sports to find other matters of minutia to argue A stir was raised during the World Series about the fact that the Houston Astros were the first championship team in more than a halfcentury with a roster that doesnt include a single black In an Associated Press former Astro Joe who is black Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Astros general manager Tim both of whom are lamented the fact that black players make up only about 9 percent of big league Sports Illustrated did a wellresearched article a couple of years back examining baseballs drop in popularity among It found that blacks identified more with basketball and foot ball players and that there were fewer opportuni ties for innercity blacks to play baseball than basketball or There was no bias against blacks or minorities when it came who made big league rosters the burgeoning number of Lati no and international players confirms To bring up the issue in the middle of the World Series was illtimed and inappropriate to the series at Nobody in the National Basketball Association isjamenting the lack of white Americans in the Theres no reason to argue NBA teams pick the players to play and dont worry about their skin the NBA isnt devoid of trivial The NBA wants its basketball players to dress Popular urban blingbling and clas sic sports jerseys are out business casual wear is A dress code for pro basketball players is in the works to contribute to a sense of professional says NBA Commissioner David Many NBA including San Antonio Spurs super star Tim have cried Some black players say the dress code is tinged with racial We say who cares what players wear going to and from There are more impor tant issues such as overly coddled athletes and the everincreasing ticket prices to debate than whether Duncan should be allowed to wear a retro George Gervin jersey while entering the SBC Maybe the NBA players who feel choked by wearing a tie should look into being an NFL Earlier this firstyear San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan had a noble wish to honor his late father Dick who at one time had coached the 49ers as Dick Nolan always wore a buttoneddown white shirt and tie on the sidelines during and his son wanted to do the same in remembrance of the man who blazed the path he No dice or rather no shirtandtie said the Coaches are only allowed to wear licensed NFL apparel such as polo jack on the the maker of licensed apparel for the doesnt make a buttoneddown dress so Mike Nolan isnt allowed to wear a shirt like his dad did many years As an imagine Tom Landry coaching in the NFL today with a Reebok or Nike insignia embroidered into the side of his trade mark Thats We have an idea for a dress code for all sports leagues Just put on your uniforms and play and forget the micromanaging of pregame Serving New Rraimfcls ami Carnal 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 Business Manager News Editor LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Canyon Lake water sale has suspicious appearance The contract recently signed by the board of directors of Canyon Lake Water Supply to sell the corporation to San Jose Water appears to be dumb and It is arrogant behavior because the decision to sell was made by the board well in advance of bringing it before the membership for discus The board then disregarded all sugges tions that would have given the sale an appear ance of fairness and respect for all The board has agreed to a sales contract wherein the value of CLWSC has not been clear ly For it appears CLWSCs monthly income is somewhere in the neighbor hood of per If it would be capable of handling twice the million debt for which it is currendy obligated and which apparently served as the basis for the buyers That suggests CLWSC could be worth twice the amount offered by SJW I encourage members vote no at a mem bers meeting at 1 5 at Mountain Val ley Elementary School in If a member cannot a no vote may be registered by mailing in the proxy To do the member must sign his or her name in the designated area on the card and in the other desig nated area on the write in Jack Harris or the name of some other member who will be at the Saturday meeting and is willing to cast a no Jack Harris Canyon Lake Whether in person or by vote on purchase of CLWSC The proposed sale of Canyon Lake Water Sup ply to San Jose Water of California is going to be decided If you are against this you must either attend the meeting or designate a proxy vote by name before you sign and send it A blank proxy will be taken as a vote for the For those of you wanting to vote against this sale and cannot attend this sign the proxy and print my name and I will vote no for you at the Alfred Cordes SpringBranch Proposition 2 will protect state from arbitrary changes to law The citizens of Comal County should vote for Proposition 2 because the amendment is needed as constitutional protection from the threat of legal problems due to In the Massachusetts Supreme Court ordered the state legislature to redefine mar riage or amend the states Offi cials in San Francisco purposefully broke the law of California because of an agenda in direct opposition to an recent and statewide voter There have been similar instances of arbitrary arrogance in New Colorado and other Proposition 2 will prevent the very real divi sion and polarity that would result in Texas if a local official or judge decides to arbitrarily nul lify law passed by our elected Formal and commonlaw marriage and all sorts of other contracts currently defined in state law will not be affected by the amend New Braunfels Liberal is someone who dares to question authority figures Guest columnist StinsonWorley pointed to syndicated editorial writers who refer to the word liberal as a dirty I suggest that to many liberal is more than just a dirty to my conserva tive means someone who has the audacity to One who refuses to tow the party who refuses to blindly follow the authoritative voices of conservative talk radio A liberal is one who questions And dont a liberal is also accused of being All of simply is We are proud Americans who defend our raise our children we often disagree with the powers that So I for many years call myself a proud JerryKempe New Braunfels 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 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 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 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Email address firstname.lastname@example.org STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address email@example.com,tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Not doing something about heating costs could be highpriced mistake DICKMORRIS Dick Morris was an adviser to Bill Clinton for 20 President Bush had better initiate a program to subsidize home heat ingoil costs before sticker shock turns the red states blue with cold this With heatingoil prices expected to increase by at least 50 percent because of the high global demand for petroleum and Hurricane Katrinainduced damage to American prices for natural gas and elec tricity will also lag ging not far And theres a way Bush can subsidize those costs without further adding to the federal budget The strategic petroleum reserve contains about 700 million barrels of approximately a onemonth supply of oil for the nation and a bit more than two months if we assume that only foreign oil were to be cut The oil in the reserve has been pur chased at an average price of per barrel over more than two decades to prepare for a genuine national emer What we face this winter is not a calamity of sufficient gravity to warrant selling off part of the but we can borrow it for a Why doesnt the president order that about 200 million barrels of the reserve be sold at current market prices If the price runs about per barrel at the time the sale is the sale would generate Since we purchased the oil at an aver age price of per or about half as much as we are now going to make from the we should put aside half of the proceeds billion to use replenishing the reserve once prices have come down to more normal Then we can feel free to use the remain ing billion to subsidize home heat ingoil prices this winter at no cost to the While oil prices are destined to rise in coming years because of increased particularly from developing nations such as India and they arent likely to stay above per barrel for more than the period of the current We should shortly be able to replenish all we have borrowed from the again without any additional drain on the We certainly will not need the extra 200 million barrels during this interim We can replace it before we experience any ill effects from its The oil is doing us no good sitting in the There is no reason why our government cannot cash in on the cur rent escalation of fuel prices to mitigate some of the effects of this rapid increase on our It would be great if Bush for anticipate the need for a program before he has to be beaten over the head to initiate The looming disaster of higher heat ingoil prices clearly will require a fed eral This proposal offers a way Washington can give help without spending more Without the one can well imagine lowincome families in North ern climates having to choose between heating and not a choice they should be forced to No means test should be necessary to trigger the federal since the increase in costs should not cause oth erwise selfsufficient citizens to feel as if they are receiving charity or Nobody can plan for a 50 percent increase in heatingoil and few can absorb the higher bill without cut ting out something else in their budg The selloff of reserve oil would not require congressional Bush has ample authority to order it under his current executive Using that fund for heatingoil subsidies will require Senate and House but legislators are particularly adept at vot ing for subsidies that do not cost any Passing the bill should not pres ent much of a The administration should act v promptly to take advantage of this win win
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