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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A HERALDZEFIUNG December HeraldZeitung Strving New Braitnfcls 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 fedltor and PubllsheF Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Douglbnijr Velerle thleldt David HupfceMt OUR OPINION President is wrong on call monitoring The president should have taken the proper steps in having domestic telephone conversations ien word leaked out that President Bush has authorized the federal government to moni tor telephone conversations of some the outcry was audible What Bush did is not unusu al presidents have done it before but it should put a level of fear in every Ameri As a matter of it should flat out scare Monitoring telephone calls and emails of American citizens without oversight of either the courts or Congress is None of us should have to wonder if what were saying is being heard by the National Security There is no constitutional right to but that doesnt mean there shouldnt The Constitution talks about a lot of including the right against illegal search and but stops short of guaranteeing Through the the document has changed many Perhaps the next change should be to guarantee that Americans have a right to some semblance of We understand why Bush wanted to monitor the calls of people thought to have contacts with terrorists and terror The nation is at war against people who operate in the shadows and would like nothing more than to obliterate our way of But there is a provision in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance that allows the government to get search warrants in The court is secret and fast and exists solely for the purpose of granting the warrants if the government has some legal bounds of asking for There are two primary issues to look at when considering the presidents actions personal privacy and the power of By sidestepping the even if it was Bush chose to increase the power of the govern ment while limiting personal Bush and all of our government leaders need to remember that the power of the government is given by the not the other way Were not convinced the people have given the president the power to eavesdrop on conversa tions without a court TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 358th day of There are seven days left in the This is Christ mas Todays Highlight in History One hundred years on future aviator and filmmaker Howard Hughes was born in On this date In the War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent in In fire devastated the Library of Congress in destroying about In several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in called In President Roosevelt appointed Dwight Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces as part of Operation In the Apollo 8 orbiting the read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve television broad In Americans remembered the hostages in Iran by burning candles or shining lights for 417 seconds one second for each day of idh and rebirth some oftfiepeopfa weu never LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Man cant serve two masters Many of our friends have been bewailing recently the fact that the department stores and the shopping malls have eliminated all references to the 25 holiday as Our friends are upset that not only has Christ been removed from but also the word Christmas itself has been But what should we expect Didnt Jesus Him self No one can serve two You cannot serve God and Why should we expect the temples of Mammon to acknowl edge Jesus I dont read in the Old Testament about Elijah complaining that the temples of Baal also should include a shrine to the He simply said to the How long will you hesitate between two opinions If the Lord is follow him but if Baal follow him Lewis wrote more than 50 years ago of a fictitious island call The inhabitants of this island celebrated a great pagan festival called But a small group celebrated a different festival called He was of the opinion that these two festivals were totally Perhaps its time that we made a choice to let the worshippers of Mammon worship him in their while we worship the God who gave his son to save Bill Ball New Braunfels Tradition makes holiday special Every family has their own traditions that they enjoy each I would like to share with you one tradition that my family continues each On the Sat urday before my fathers birthday 18 and my mothers birthday our entire family of four generations gathers at my parents house to decorate their Christmas We string pop corn and Fruit Loop garland and hang cookies and homemade ornaments some of which are more than 30 years old and candy After the last ornament has been we gather around the tree and listen to The Story of the First Christmas as told by Perry Como from his Seasons Greetings from Perry Como The entire room is completely even the while we listen to this won derful On behalf of the Hens ley and Procknow we hope that you con tinue to celebrate your family Christmas tradi and we wish you a very Merry Christmas TraceyProcknow New Braunfels Bellringers are an inspiration I cant understand why some area businesses will not allow the Salvation Army to ring their bells in front of their The Salvation Army helps so many When I see those people giving freely of their time smiling and thanking everyone for whatever they can it inspires me to what Christmas is really So when I go I wUl target only the stores that have a KayCaldweU New Braunfels Think when you decorate trees If decorators of roadside Christmas trees caft find the time during the busy holiday surely they can find the time to undecorate these trees as As Winter Prosapios story mentions the Fox family was still removing hooks used from last years The shiny decorations and hooks are hazardous to wildlife who may ingest Why not decorate with items that might provide food or nesting materials for the animals that inhabit the area Plastic items used for decorating also litter the area as they To the Fox family and other tinue your family tradition of decorating the and create a new tradition of restoring the trees to their natural splendor in Entity May Canyon Lake 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 Mall letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to United Government PRESIDENT Qiomae BIMH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILIY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20510 Telephone 202 2245922 Fan 202 2240776 Wtab Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 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carter.casteel@house.state.tx.us 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 other Democrats show total disregard for national security DICKMORRIS Dick Morris was an adviser to Bill Clinton for 20 Anyone who wonders whether the Democratic Party in general and Hillary Clinton in particular are really tough on are just posing for the cameras needs to look at the recent vote by the entire Democratic Senate delegation excepting only Nebraskas Ben Nelson and South Dakotas Tim Johnson to prevent closure of their filibuster against the Patriot Act While the legislation Presi dent Bush proposed extends the entire certain key provi sions are set to expire at years By voting to allow these provisions to the Democ rats have shown a total disre gard for national It is particularly galling that Clinton and Chuck New York constituents are in the terrorists bullseye to let these vital protections How galling One of the key provisions that was due to expire in less than two weeks is one that President Bill Clinton presented as the cornerstone of his response to the escalation of terrorism in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City The measure allows roving wiretaps so that the FBI can tap all phones a suspect rather than just one specific Hillarys vote to let this provision expire is Back in the the Republicancon trolled Congress refused to enact the legis lation the Clintons excori ated the GOP for dragging its feet on this vital After the measure became law in the Patriot Act it remains a centerpiece of the war on Yet now Schumer and the rest of the Democratic Party in the Senate voted to kill As a further Christmas antipresent to New Schumer are also working to kill the Patriot Act provi sion that demolishes the infamous erected by Clintonera Deputy Attorney General Jamie those who investigate terrorism and those who prosecute The goal was to avoid tainting criminal prosecutions by avoiding the collection of evidence without a full search But the result was to keep the left hand from knowing what the right hand was doing when it came to preventing acts of terror ism like the As a result of the the FBI was unable to access the personal computer of Zacarias Moussaoui when it had him in custody before that laptop reportedly contained the names of other Equally irresponsible is the criticism Democrats are leveling at President Bush for his use of National Security Agency wiretaps to catch Before Clinton and Schumer criticize this theyd do well to reflect on the fact that the Brooklyn Bridge might well be with thou sands if Bush did not use these wire In the Feds picked up random cell phone chatter using the words Brooklyn Bridge which apparently didnt translate well into They notified the New York Police which flooded the bridge with Then the Feds overheard a phone call in which a man said things were too hot on the bridge to pull off an an interrogation of a ter rorist allowed by the Patriot Act led cops to the doorstep of this wouldbe bridge His plans would definitely have brought down the NYPD sources told Why didnt Bush get a warrant On who For what The NSA wasnt looking for a man who might blow up the It had no idea what it was looking It just inter cepted random phone calls from people in the United States to those so heard the allusions to the bridge that tipped them In criminal one can target a suspect and get a warrant to investigate But this deductive approach is a limit ed instrument in fighting An induc tive in which one gathers a mass of evidence and looks for is far more if the Democrats are to be it will no longer be   

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