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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG November 2005 HeraldZeitung Serving New Draunfelt and 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 Circulation Director Jeremy DeugToney Advertising Director NeleeMI Business Manager Valerie News Editor David OUR OPINION Option 7 needs citys approval Option 7 offers the most help to property owners who now find themselves in the 100year Ri esidents who recently found themselves to be in the new 100year floodplain map should take heed of todays meeting of the New Braun fels City Council in regard to drainage improvements to the South City Engineer Mike Short will give council members a study of the watershed and seven options for improvements that would decrease flooding in the Short said Monday he would like to focus councils attention on the two proposed alternatives that would remove the most properties from the 100year flood One preferred Option calls for million in channel modifications to the tributary between FM 725 and Pahmeyer The changes would widen the bottom of the channel from 30 feet to 200 feet and would remove 183 properties from the The second preferred Option combines the channel modifications with a 35 acre storm water detention basin upstream of County Line The additional structure would double the project cost to million but would remove 311 properties from the flood City council members have ample funding for either project from the million portion of the 2004 bond package allocated for drainage Although Option 7 is the most expensive it is the one for which the council should authorize The money already is avail able for the city to so theres no need to scrounge through the budget to find the funding the drainage improvements Option 7 And the difference between removing 183 prop erties from the floodplain and removing 311 is ask one of the property own ers that would be included Option 7 but not Option Those property owners with federally backed or insured mortgages who now find themselves in the floodpiain will be required to get flood insurance when the new map takes effect Other lending institutions also might require homeowners to get the Homeowners who do not have a mortgage are not required to get Rates vary depending on the value of the property and its location within the but according to National Flood Insurance Pro gram a home and its con tents could generate yearly premiums as low as or as high as We urge all those property owners along the South Tributary who were affected by the revised floodplain map to make their voices heard on the drainage improvement alterna and we urge the city council to go with Option 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 GUESTCOLUMN Taking action against bird flu There is a great deal of public discussion over avian influenza or bird With so much information coining at it is sometimes difficult to separate scientific fic tion from scientific It is important that we understand the truth behind what causes this how it spreads and what is being done to protect the After information is one of our strongest weapons in fighting this Most people recognize the flu as the com mon respiratory illness that makes thousands of Americans sick each The flu is not usu ally lifethreatening to healthy The avian bird flu poses a more serious threat to public When transmitted to the virus can lead to serious respira tory Humans do not have the same natural immunity to bird flu as they do to the regular This combined with the ability of a virus to mutate into a more con tagious can lead to what is known as pandemic According to the Department of Health and Human pandemic flu occurs when a new strain of influenza appears for which peo ple have no and which is easily transmitted from person to Unlike sea sonal it can be fatal to the young and healthy as well as to the frail and Scientists know that the disease is spread to humans through contact with feces or fluids of infected Normal cooking tem peratures will kill the It is no surprise that many of the bird flu victims in East where the viral strain was first detected in were poultry farmers or people who had regular contact with raw The world has seen three pandemic flu events over the last Scientists now believe that viruses from birds contributed to each of The first was the infamous flu outbreak of which infected approximate ly The other outbreaks took place in 1957 and 1968 and may have killed up to 2 million people across the The numbers are but the good news is that we are not currently experiencing a global flu Only isolated reports of human tohuman transmission have been With history as our we have learned that early detection and containment can pre vent another This the federal government out lined a national strategy to protect us against pandemic The plan would create an Inter LAMARSMITH Lamar RSan has represent ed District which includes most of Carnal in the House of Representa tives since national Partnership on Avian and Pandemic This global sur veillance and prepared ness network will help detect and respond quickly to any outbreaks of The partner ship requires vulnerable countries to immediately share information and provide samples to the World Health Organiza the government plans to launch a National Bio Surveillance This project will help quickly quantify and respond to bird flu It also will deliver information to national and international public health Improved surveillance will help slow or stop the spread of a the federal government plans to stockpile vaccines and antiviral while accelerating the development of new vaccine The National Institutes of Health are working with vaccine manufac turers to develop new cellculture techniques that will bring pandemic flu vaccines to mar ket the federal government is asking each state and local community to create effective pandemic emergency States will be asked to test their plans through mock exercises and stockpile critical medical equip such as According to the Americans can decrease their risk of infection during a pan demic by developing a preparedness plan with their families and For information about the virus and about developing a log onto A list of frequently asked questions and answers on avian flu is available at the Centers for Disease Controls Web Although bird flu has not yet reached Ameri can it is a serious threat and deserves our As a member of the House Subcom mittee on Emergency I will con tinue to monitor this issue United Statet 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 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 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 si NAT JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address jeff.wentworth@senate.state.tx.us JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Stakes are too high to let sunshine patriots hijack the battle for Iraq CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a colum nist for Tribune Media Services Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to Tribune Media 435 Michigan Suite or leave an email at e Bush administration is partly responsible for declin ing poll numbers and the growing public disapproval of the war in Instead of responding immedi ately to questions concerning the reasons for the war and the hon esty of toplevel members of the it allowed these alle gations to fester until they became in many as This led to an escalation in calls for troop withdrawals and exit timetables that the presi dent and members of his administration wanted to for fear it would give our enemy the perception of a weak America with no stomach for protracted The insurgents are not the only reason the war is The United States is forced to fight differently from the The insurgents use beheadings and suicide bombings that take the lives of But when someone charged that the United States uses intense or unusual whatever that means tech niques to pry information from a captive that could save war critics and the media go wild and suggest the military is replicating Saddam Husseins torture Terrorists also are winning the psycho logical partly because the jihadists are unified behind a goal and we often are They want and they want to kill American leftists want peace without realizing that peace is a byproduct of defeating The left also wants to use the war for partisan political gain and will seek to deprive President Bush of any credit for victory because it could benefit him How sick is that Terrorists also gain because too many of us do not agree on which side is good and which is the left has reversed the political polarity It sees the United States as evil and if it does not nec essarily see the jihadists as it views evil America as the cause of The wars difficulty is compounded by nations that offer sanctuary to The United States cannot easily root out training camps and hiding places because of international accords and The American judicial system is behind the new realities of this global In the Unit ed States and there may be infor mation about people who are not yet breaking the but whom authorities believe intend They can only be moni tored until they By then it may be too Iraq is a sanctuary among Losing this war would guarantee Iraq out does Afghanistan under the Taliban as a recruiting and training exporting terror There is no turning This is what too many critics refuse to They indulge in fantasies like Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction and began the war under false In the December issue of Commentary Norman in an article entitled Who Is Lying About demolishes that He lists the numer ous nations and intelligence agencies worldwide that reached identical conclusions about Saddam Husseins They include Hans who headed the weapons inspection team that tried to learn whether Saddam had complied with Security Council demands that he destroy weapons of mass destruc tion he was known to have had and used in the A few months before the Blix wrote of a relatively new bunker of 122mm chemical rocket warheads south west of He They could be the tip of a submerged Blix not ed the discovery of those rockets does not resolve but rather points to the issue of several thousands of chemical rockets that are unaccounted The Podhoretz article is full of quotes from Democrats and others who were once gungho to topple It also contains facts from bipartisan investiga tions that have looked into WMD and the runup to the It exposes some but President Bush and Vice Presi dent Cheney are not among The Bush administration has finally started to reply to these modern summer soldiers and sunshine They had better persuade more of the or risk losing a war that we must   

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