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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNO December 2005 OUR OPINION Buying locally is money well spent Going holiday shopping in Comal County makes dollars and cents for local businesses and the community as a C 1 ounting theres just three short shop ping days left until Just three days to get those gifts youre kicking yourself for not getting Just three days to find that special someone a special present at this special time of But procrastinators should take Chances are that special gift can be found right here in Comal Its a rite of the season for shoppers to stream into department malls and outlet centers to swim through hordes of people conducting their own searches for the perfect holiday But not enough local residents realize how many shopping options Comal County offers and many times you dont have to play tugofwar for that last action From major department stores to momand pop craft shops to antique shops of all shapes and New Braunfeis and Comal County give shoppers many opportunities to find something special for the loved ones in our And buying locally supports those businesses and keeps those dollars in Comal thereby supporting local workers and their Its a winwin scenario customers give mon ey to local businesses to purchase their which in turn gives local businesses and the economy a Maybe that should be a give give Whatever you want to call buying locally makes good Support local businesses this Its an investment in the season and an investment in our HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 356th day of There are nine days left in the Todays Highlight in History On during the World War II Battle of the Brig Anthony reportedly replied Nuts when the Germans demanded that the Americans On this date In a Continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious American In Congress passed the Embargo designed to force peace between Britain and France by cutting off all trade with In during the Civil Union William Sherman sent a message to President Lincoln I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of In French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a courtmartial that trig gered worldwide charges of Dreyfus was eventually In British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President In an official 30day mourning period fol lowing the assassination of President Kennedy came to an In New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four youths on a Manhattan claiming they were about to rob In Romanian President Nicolae Ceauses the last of Eastern Europes hardline Communist was toppled from power in a popular upris In Richard a passenger on an Amer ican Airlines flight from Paris to tried to ignite explosives in his but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow HeraldZeitung Serving New Braunfeh mid Oimiil County since New Braunfeis Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfeis 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 Business Manager News Editor Jeremy Pafford DougToney Jeff Fowler Nelce Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvls GUESTCOLUMN Teacher touched many lives Even as the holidays begin and another academic semester ends and Im hastily filling out grades and evaluating the performance of the college students who took my I often think back to the important teachers in my When I was a I remember being fasci nated with the role of the My parents had bought some spirit masters used for mirneograph and I dreamed of the day that I could use those spirit teach ing my own my wife thinks I spend too much time preparing and planning my but I love it It is the fulfillment of my dreams from first My firstgrade teacher at Lamar Elementary in New Braunfeis was Jennie I only went to Lamar three years before being trans ferred to Carl Schertz Elementary as the New Braunfeis Independent School District sought to comply with school integration in the early Back I really thought myself grown up when my parents would let me walk the mile or so home from At I had my only two fights of my school years one with Tony and the other with 1 never got in trouble for those I only got in trouble for horsing around during My good friends were Kelly and and we all played Star Trek out in the It was also at Lamar where I learned what the showing your middle finger and when my dad saw me do this to some other I got in trouble for that I loved She was always very encouraging and supportive of us little I dont think she was ever but she did demand that children Everyone was frightened of the other firstgrade but she was wonderful to I remember she once gave me a big That was something Both had taught for many and Schu man retired a year of so before Wimberly There was a big school ceremony for I just learned that Wimberly passed away I hate to admit that Ive not thought about her for many and thats because whether or not she ever knew she really influenced Im just one of hundreds of students she and many probably remember her and what she for all your hard patience and You were a great teacher who made a difference in the lives of your You were a great teacher that helped inspire a poor kid stay in get a PhD and teach I hope that one day my students will remember me as fondly as yours do 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 GENEPREUSS Gene a former resident of New is an assistant professor of histoiy at the University 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 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 SAN ANTONIO 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 OFFICE 1100 ME 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 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 CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfeis 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 AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address email@example.com JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Spying flap the latest example of Bush thinking hes above the law MOLLYIVINS Molly Ivin is a colum nist for Creators Syndi She also does occa sional commentary for National Public Radio and the Excuse Im so but we are having a constitu tional I know the timing couldnt be Right in the mid dle of the wrapping the gingerbread and die whole she a tiny honesttogoodness constitutional Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country Damn the inconven ience full speed On his without consulting the the courts or the the president decided to use secret branches of gov ernment to spy on the Ameri can He of using to justify his actions in as he does for everything else hap pened so the Constitution does not hap pened so there is no separa tion of happened so 200 years of experience curbing the executive power of government is some thing we can now That the president of the United States unconstitutionally usurped power is not in He and Attorney General Alber to Gonzales both claim he has the right to do so on account of he is the Lets try this The president is not above the I wish I thought I were being too pompous about but the greatest danger to our freedom always comes when we are scared or and right we are One of the more annoying tilings about this usurpation of power is mat it is both stupid and As large numbers of people have pointed it takes almost nothing to get a warrant to do what Bush has been doing Here is a curious fact about the govern ment of this country spying on its citizens It always goes wrong For some its not as though we start with people anyone would regard as sus picious and then somehow slip gradually into spying on the Girl We get it wrong from the beginning every Never seem to be able to distinguish between a terrorist and a The Department of Defense has just proved this yet again with its latest folly of mistaking a flock of Florida Quakers for a threat to overthrow the A few months a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth tried to check out a copy of Maos Little Red Book and wound up being interviewed by two Cointelpro and all those mis begotten Nixonera spy programs were always making ludicrous The usual such as lhat silly congressman Dan solemnly try to scare us with the dread specter of as though they alone are the hardheaded while only woolly minded liberals care about the Dont these people realize were at war Why that justifies treating Unitarians like Islamofascists is beyond This is the same pattern we have seen with Bush when it came to the Geneva Conventions for handling prisoners and to using Not only does he consider himself above the he has surrounded himself with people who keep inventing perverse readings of the Constitution to justify Makes it especially nice to heaihim go on about the importance of bringing democracy to Bush defended his actions Monday by saying it was part of connecting the A painful since the Com mission just finished giving this adminis tration grades of D and F in terms of pre venting another terrorist it has jackall to do with This administration has cried wolf so many times using the national security excuse it has lost all Bush just could not resist that especially nasty little fillip at the end blaming the people who reported the As though the sin were telling the people of this country what is what is being done in our name with our as though we have no right to From my point of Bush has made one terrible decision after another con cerning national from how Homeland Security money was spent to attacking The New York Times is not
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