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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 HERALDZEITUNG December 2005 HeraldZeitung Serving New Braitnfcts anil Carnal County since New Braunfels Zeltung 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 Advertising Director Jeremy Pafford DougToney Jeff Fowler Nelce tell Business Manager News Editor Valerie Shields Devld Bupkelvle OTHER VIEWPOINTS More manpower a good first step in border reform El Paso Times on more border security Tightening the southern border in the name of both stemming illegal immigra tion and enhancing border security and thus national security isnt an easy A combination of finding dealing with politics and the intrusion of stark reality historically have made efforts to tighten the border But every so often theres a positive such as news that new Border Patrol agents will be sent to the four states along the southern border during this fiscal The Border Patrols El Paso which encompasses all of New will be adding 493 new Thats on top of 305 agents gained in the recently ended fiscal year Of the 493 new 253 will be in New Mexico and 240 in West The Southwest in its will gain new That makes because the southern boundary is the epicen ter of both drug and immigration and the border is notoriously porous when it comes to the possibility of infiltration by ter It must also be remembered especially when it comes to the problem of illegal immi putting personnel on the border is only part of the Enforcement must be accompanied by workable and humane immigration Several plans are being batted around between Congress and the White but as yet theres nothing But that must and As Pete news about agent strength being bolstered welcome to the people of Southern New But I view this deployment as just the first step in what needs to be comprehensive immigration More and more voices are joining the immi grationreform The right people need to 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 MM THIS VYAR AN loeALTHAT PLAIN Polls at odds with media over war Mail to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to A fter a newspaper ran Mark Twains obitu the story he protested that the Jureports of his death had been greatly exag gerated the media accounts of an emerging national consensus against the war in Iraq are considerably at variance with what Americans are actually The most recent Fox News completed suggests that while half of Americans would like to see a schedule for withdrawal of a majority feel the war has done good things and a larger majority feel that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when Bush told us there By 52 percent to 27 Americans believe that the world would be worse off if the mil itary had not taken action in Iraq and Saddam Hussein were still in By they feel Iraq wouldve been worse off if we hadnt Asked what they believe about WMDs in 61 percent said there were still such weapons there or that there had been WMDs in the coun try but that they were destroyed or Only 28 percent agree that Iraq had no These data show that Americans are still largely in sympathy with our objectives in Iraq and accepting of our reasons for entering the two good reasons for the Democrats over play their handin opposing The irony ft this the nbrmaldefihi tions of words do not really for does not mean military victory on the but a political victory in creating a sta elected government in Iraq that can wage its own war and protect itself against For peace does not mean the end of just means that an Iraqi government will be battling its own terrorists with less and less American intervention or sup defeat does not mean that the ter rorists prevail that they force a political decision to withdraw American troops before the Iraqi government and military can take over the task of DICKMORRIS Dick Morris was an adviser to Bill Clinton for 20 Even the political inter face with the military operations is not what it appears to President Bush has been reelected commander in chief for the next three No congressional majority will ever muster the grav itas to cut off funding for the Our troops are there to stay as long as he wants them With his apparent there is no real likelihood that we will be defeated in We really wont leave until the job is in three 80 percent of Iraq can figure out how to rule if suppress the other 20 But the war will erode Bushs popularity every day that it continues to rage and Americans There is no way around this central fact of our political No Iraqi elections or presi dential speeches can do much to alter Bush will probably leave office with much diminished popularity and the Democrats will probably makelarge gains in the electibrisof 2006 arid J 2008 because of the cost of the war in Will the war have been worth it Iraq likely will emerge as a key regional And the demonstration of American resolve will hugely boost chances for a comprehensive deal between Israel and the North Korea is sound ing more intimidated every The global coalition against Iran and Syria is forged in the wake of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rices commitment to multilateralism in the shadow of Bushs willingness to go it alone if Europe wont move How will history treat it all As George Bernard Shaw put it in The Devils will tell lies as Protection to think differently I have read Ann Coulters previous columns in the though I tend to regard her tirades as typical rightwing bashing of any view point other than her the article that ran 19 comment ing on the McCarthy hearings was impossible to The author stated she had issued a chal lenge to liberals to name one person falsely accused during the Point well I They were So what That the accused were Hollywood actors was of LETTERS TO THE EDITOR no What should have made the hear ings intolerable was the fact that citi were being persecuted and essentially put on trial for their personal political and social In case Coulter has as Joseph McCarthy our Constitution guarantees us our right to have such Shouldnt we question the mentality of arguing every political issue from the same again and again Would Coulter support McCarthy had the accused been conser vatives instead of communists I think The apocalyptic Communist global domina tion ideology of the McCarthyera had many hor rendous impacts on our most notably the Korean and Vietnam I mean absolutely no disrespect to the veterans of those only the paranoid and singleminded policies that put them Any person can list negative results of the McCarthy hearings and the political philosophy accompanying and directly following I chal lenge Ann Coulter to list the James Dillon New Braunfels United Statm PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fax 202 2240776 Web Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 146 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 addreee 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 addreee 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 CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Email addreee STATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email addreee email@example.com JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Be bold in defending holiday celebrations from hordes of crackpots and cranks Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea tures You can write to him at Box Christmas is a Christian Passover is a Jewish Ramadan is a Muslim Buddhas Birthday is a Buddhist one can enjoy all of these holidays without being a Christ a a Muslim or a Bud But let us call them what they for the sake of national sani lest some politically correct fool decides to rename the Fourth of July the MidSummer holiday to avoid offending those who dont like I dont believe there is a war against but there are secular cranks and crack pots who hate and there are timid politi cians and bureaucrats who seem to think it is better to offend the majority than the cranks and The United States of Ameri cas population is overwhelmingly Chris at least If you dont like then you should emigrate to Israel or Saudi where they are definitely a Then you wont have to be bothered by the rest of us cel ebrating Christmas or though why it should bother anyone is a mys Ive shared Passover Seders with Jew ish the end of Ramadan feasts with Muslim the Chinese New Year with Chinese and if Im ever invited to a Buddhas Birthday party or some Hindu I would certainly be glad to One of the pleasures of friendship is to share the good times of our though it should always be called is not a religious holi day for all I grew up in a literalist Protestant Since Baldwin pianos and Ham mond organs were not mentioned in the King James Version of the New Testa we sang a Since there was no mention of 25 as the birth day of we didnt observe it as a religious Of we all had Christmas exchanged gifts and enjoyed Christmas The Christmas tree and the exchange of gifts after As for the they are among the most beauti ful songs ever Much of the music and architecture in Western civi lization grew directly out of Since when does one have to believe lit erally in the lyrics of a song in order to enjoy it And what mindmangled fool believes that hearing a song is a forcible effort to convert them And what kind of wretched person does the beauty of someone elses religion offend There was a time when cranks and crackpots were ignored and left alone on the margins of as they should In recent they have gained power in direct proportion to the loss of civic courage on the part of politi bureaucrats and Their rise in influence is aided and abetted by disgraceful lawsuits and cowardly judges who misinterpret the separation of church and state as imposing secularism on all aspects of public It means no such It simply as anyone who will look at the context of history will that the Unit ed States government is forbidden to have an official At the time our country was most of the coun tries of Europe had official usually the Roman Catholic Church in the case of the Anglican where the separation movement had the Anglican and it taxed Virginians to subsi dize That was the core argument of men like Thomas Jefferson to that reli gion should be a matter of individual conscience and that it was wrong to tax people to subsidize something that they did not believe The intent of the sep aration clause was to encourage the flourishing of not to hound it out of public We should be tolerant of other peo ples but we should boldly defend our as well as our against the secular crackpots and cranks who would usher us into an Orwellian world where the only God is the govern To the cranks and go to blazes to the rest of a very 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