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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZErruNo December FORUM HeraldZeitung Serving New Braunfels and 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 Circulation Director Jeremy Paftord DpugTbnay Fowler Advertising DirectorNelce Ball Business Manager Valerie Shield News Editor Deyld Rupkejyli OUR OPINION For time has come for leadership Its time that this states lawmakers show some leadership and come up with an equitable school finance Ti Ihe school finance hot potato has been tossed out of the Texas court and the Texas Legislature is on the With the Texas Supreme Court having ruled that the states school finance system is unconstitutional because it has become a de facto state property the Legislature has been given a June 1 deadline to come up with an equi constitutional way of funding public edu All options should be on the table for legislators when they convene in special session some time in the coming Whatever the proposals are that come property tax relief should be a net a and our schools should not be financed with higher taxation on the states poor est Recent history makes it hard to have much faith in the Legislature coming up with a but the deadline offers some assurance that something will get With 2006 being an election no legislator wants to have let schools go unfunded this year on his or her resume come In the Legislatures previous three sessions this year one two special lawmakers could not come to agreement on proposals that would have lowered school property raised state taxes on consumers and businesses and provided slight funding increases for In after no agreement was reached in the regu lar it seemed legislators were content to run out the clock in the two special sessions and wait for the Texas Supreme Courts decision for Thats shameful and shows a lack of As some legislators seem to suffer from attention deficit as they also are throw ing out ancillary school issues as State Kent did so last week by tossing up a trial balloon ori the thorny notion of school district Issues such as merit pay for teachers and use of tax dollars by school boards to lobby the Legislature should be tackled at some but first things Finding an equitable way to fund schools is the top priori ty bringing up subsidiary issues right now just muddies the most important task facing legisla Formulating an equitable school finance plan isnt easy its something Texas has struggled with for But this is why we elect lawmakers to provide leadership and ideas for governing and funding this For those elected this is their time theyre on the 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 D SHQIMQffSTUDilMTi GUESTCOLUMN Veteran is an angel among us I am a teacher at an area high Several years I was going through a very tough My heart was heavy with the burden I One afternoon as I sat at my desk ques tioning the hand I had been a shadow fell upon my door and a quiet man entered my He looked at me with eyes that reached my soul and asked Are you OK I knew this swept our emp tied our trash and became a beloved friend to This man truly cared about all of As he and I sat there that I remember shar ing my concerns with The treasure chest of wisdom he offered brought peace to my It never when I needed a little he magically appeared at my always a twin kle in his a smile on his face and a message for my f As we talked over the tf learned a lot about I learned about when He unselfishly served our I learned how he loves his and I learhed how much he cares for each of Our students loved They didnt know he was a published author they didnt know the vast knowledge he held or the many trials he himself has been What they did know is that he was an individual who let each one of them know they were At our annual Veterans Day Jerry would take his place of honor with other veter ans on the When his name was the stadi um would roar and goose bumps would send a shiver through out my A few years Jerry but he still magi cally appears whenever he is most of he still takes his place among our veterans during memo rial Jerry has taken anoth er important Around this time of he adorns a red suit one by listens to tiny wishes and con cerns from young chil assuring is OK to If you believe in or maybe in take the time to go by and share your dreams and wishes with Dont be surprised if you walk away with a new look on life and peace in your Jerry can be found at the recreation center near the You will recognize him by his red gray beard and that famous twinkle in his eyes that will touch your Thank Jerry for being an angel to so CYNTHIA MORRIS Cynthia Norris is a resident of New LETTERS TO THE EDITOR shouldnt bug out of Iraq Mad Molly the Mother Bloor of Texas wrote against our involvement in the war on terrorism and likened it to About that conflict she We stayed for years past rea son in Vietnam because they said there would be a implying a bloodbath in Vietnam hadnt Liberals shamefully ignore the bloodbaths their treacherous abandonment of Vietnam For political advantage they now argue for another precipitous time in Liberals conveniently ignore what they and useful idiots on college campuses did to Viet nam and They should be reminded that hundreds of thousands were thrown into re education camps in Vietnam where tens of thou sands Millions fled in tiny boats to escape the totalitarian system that was imposed once our Congress took the advice of liberals and abandoned The bloodbath in Vietnam paled in comparison to where mil lions died in the Khmer Rouge killing Liber als indifference to the fate of the Vietnamese and Cambodians remains Now they want us to bug out in the war in Iraq where the stakes are infinitely If we do not defeat the terrorists in we will have to fight them and the killing of Americans will be far Liberals hope bugging out in Iraq will win a few congressional seats for but it will not end the war on JohnKLandry New Braunfels 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address email@example.com JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Tackling illegal immigration crucial to safety of country Pi 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 resident Bush has redis covered illegal immigra tion as a political After previously focusing on welcoming all who come to America by whatever the president spent most of his recent speech in sounding like Tom Tancre a Colorado Republican who has been the most vocal propo nent of sealing borders to illegal Ninety percent of the speech was about the presi dents new get tough The rest focused on his guest worker which is amnesty by whatev er name he calls He says he wants to end the govern ments catch and release policy in which nonMexican illegals are detained and then but that there arent enough beds in detention centers to hold all of those By some sufficient housing wont be available for at least six There are many sounds good pro posals in the presidents and his remarks might have more credibility had they come immediately after An unknown number of people crossing our borders have no interest in building homes they wish only to destroy Ameri cas According to the Center for Immigra tion of the 94 foreignborn ter rorists who operated in the United States between the early 1990s and about twothirds 59 committed immigration fraud before or in conjunc tion with taking part in terrorist Of the 59 terrorists who violated the many committed multiple immigration In 47 immigration benefits sought or acquired prior to enabled the terrorists to stay in the United States after and continue their terrorist In at least two terrorists still were able to acquire immigration benefits after The president acknowledged that securing our border is essential to securing the Absent from the speech were proposals to sanction businesses that knowingly hire As long as there is a demand for cheap labor and insufficient they will continue to It is why the government has had minimal success curtailing illegal drug Demand produces According to the Pew Hispanic Center and the Center for Immigration there are nearly 11 million illegal aliens in the United of which approxi mately 7 million are In it was estimated that households headed by illegal aliens used billion more in government services than they paid in They cost California taxpayers billion in medical and other There is another dimension to illegal and even legal immigration the presi dent did not We have failed to make Americans out of many of This is part of a larger cultural problem that tells immigrants they should hyphenate their heritage with Ameri retaining their tradi tions and even loyalty to the country from which they Immigrants need to be transformed into full not only by their but also by their language by their voting habits and by their This was the profile of earlier immigrants who wanted to come to America to become In recent certain elites have tak en the view that there is something bet ter about other In this immigrants should keep their allegiance and cultural heritage and not This is a strategy for the death of any While a nation cannot exist half slave and half in Abraham Lincolns neither can it exist in a state that is culturally Along with a much stronger and workable border control policy and penalties for businesses that knowingly hire attention to fully assimilat ing the nonnativeborn population would go far to fulfilling our national motto E Pluribus Unum out of
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