Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG November 2005 OUR OPINION Holiday dinners that feed the soul Helping local Thanksgiving dinner programs feeds body and T JL i he hearts of Sam Cholico and Jose Munoz are in the right And they and several others like them make sure every year that they back up their sentiments with immeasurable People such as Cholico at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church and Munoz of the Westside Commu nity Center dont want anyone to spend Thanks giving So they toil for days preparing Thanksgiving feasts for those among us who oth erwise might not be able to have fellowship or even a good meal on one of our countrys most noblest of I love watching their faces as they sit and talk to each Cholico said last we pro vide a but the most important thing we give is We want people to come out and fellowship with Munoz Thats what Thanksgiving is all in many thats the most fulfilling dish served on Turkey and dressing fills the body reaching out to your fellow man fills the soul with so much Cholico expects Our Lady of Perpetual Help to feed about people on Munoz expects about at Westside Community Cen But such heroic undertakings cannot be accom plished by just two Cholico and Munoz depend on volunteers to help make their Thanks giving meals a and they always could use a few more To volunteer donations or help at one of the two Thanksgiving Day community call West side Community Center at 4 or Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Helping out these great causes brings out the true meaning of Thanksgiving and brightens to days of volunteers and those whom they Its good food for a good and quite good for the OTHER VIEWPOINTS Oil industry hearings simply grandstanding The Victoria Advocate on the recent oil industry hearings The hearings the Senate Energy and Commerce committees held last week to grill oil industry executives about high prof its and high gasoline prices amounted to little more than Blasting the industry may be politically popular for members of both parties looking toward the 2006 midterm congres sional but this does little more than dis tract from the evermorepressing need for a for wardlooking energy 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 HeraldZeitung Serving New Drannfels and Comal 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 i Editor andf Pubiisher Circulation Director Piifford Jaff Fowlar ZIIZl IL I Manager Valeria News Editor David OIL EXECUTIVES SCRAPBOOK LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Headlines should have reflected true nature of amendment vote On the morning after the I gathered the papers from my driveway to get the The headlines County Voters Approve Gay Marriage Ban and in the Express Gay Marriage Ban What is wrong with these headlines This is not what I voted I voted to affirm that a marriage is between one man and one This is a positive statement of what I did not vote against something that was nev er a right of a particular group of Why do our newspapers put a spin on the news as though some people were mistreated The answer must be uneducated I voted to uphold what has been the foundation of civiliza tion since the beginning of history the We do not have to go far to see what can hap pen if we do not affirm our traditional family We can look to our neighbors to the Their liberal judges and govern ment leaders legalized samesex if someone expressed their opinion against samesex unions in Canada or reads certain passages from the scriptures of the Christian the Jewish Torah unless I am mistak the Muslim they could be jailed or We can look to some of our Scandinavian neighbors such as the whose gov ernment last month allowed a union of two women and one The voters of Comal County voted by over 80 percent to uphold traditional marriage and affirm the Make your headlines read what over 80 percent of your customers did on Tuesday County Voters Overwhelmingly Uphold Traditional Rodger Johnson New Braunfels Muhammad All doesnt deserve Medal of Freedom honor I read 10 where Cassius Clay was giv en the Medal of Freedom by our The same man who refused to fight for this country changed his name to Muhammad I dont know who advises this but I take On Veterans I remember all my dead buddies who also believed in their religion and were men of Victor Campos New Braunfels AnnieJ comic strip should not have been dropped from HZ The 11 paper stated that the comic Annie had been I am 76 years old and have watched Annie most of my Why was it dropped It would be sad to learn that comics that appeal to adults and seniors are no longer Jack Moore New Braunfels TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 320th day of There are 45 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On Union William Sherman nnH his troops began their March to the Sea during the Civil On this date In British troops captured Fort Washington during the American In Oklahoma became the 46th In the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music opened on In House Speaker Samuel Rayburn died in having served as speaker since 1940 except for two In Skylab carrying a crew of three astro was launched from Cape on an 84day In an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League 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 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 addresa 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 carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us ST ATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Bush administration rediscovers that best defense is an aggressive offense 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 Last President Bush and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl in speeches one day appeared to have rediscovered an ingredient the absence of which has contributed to the administrations falling poll numbers In a Veterans Day speech in President Bush took on the critics who have said he lied about intelligence to justify deposing Saddam While acknowledging it is perfectly legitimate to criti cize his conduct of the the president Some Democ rats and antiwar critics are claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence com munitys judgments related to Iraqs weapons The president said the stakes in the glob al war on terror are too high and the national interest is too important for politi cians to throw out false He said too many of his critics are deeply irre sponsible and sending the wrong signal to Americas enemy and to Democrats reacted accus ing the president of using Veterans Day to politicize the What have they been doing the other 364 days of the if not trying to undermine the war effort by play ing politics and contributing to thus encouraging the enemy In his speech to the Federalist Society on Rove gave a brief history of the consequences of judicial activism and how it has violated the separation of powers clause of the Constitution and contributed to disrespect for the courts and the He noted the changes to the courts that were made in Texas when citizens realized their will and constitution were being frus trated because of millions of dollars from a handful of wealthy personal injury trial lawyers that were poured into Texas Supreme Court races to shift the philo sophical direction of the He noted the court earned the reputation as the best court that money could he faced a similar situa tion when the state legislature passed tort reform legislation in not ed activist judges on the trial lawyer friendly state Supreme Court struck it prompting a period ofjackpot jus tice through the where the median punitive damage award in Alaba ma reached times the national Time magazine labeled Alabamatort At the federal Rove cited a few recent rulings the 9th Circuit Courts declaration that under God in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional and the dismissal by a federal judge of a 10count indictment against hardcore pornographers on grounds that the fed eral obscenity law violated the pornogra phers right to despite the fact that popularly elected representatives in Congress had passed the obscenity laws and that the pornographers distributed materials with simulations where women were raped and What these two speeches have in com mon is their aggressive Before dema goguery became the primary product of contemporary we once saw more politicians battling it out with the opposi tion instead of the feel good approach that is as palatable as cold Why havent we heard more of this rhetoric from the administration instead of the unattainable objective of changing the tone in Washington The Bush and Rove speeches should sig nal a new battle strategy for the adminis Heres something else that would help Expose more Americans to the grati tude of the Iraqi Visit The Web page fea tures Kurds thanking Why have their voices not been heard on news broadcasts and in major newspapers Its time to play hardball with the and this would be a good first Offense wins football games and It also shapes public Stack this political offense with more of the type of rhetoric used last week by President Bush and Karl