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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG December 2005 OUR OPINION Time to be bold on energy policy President Bush would show great leadership by proposing to lead this country in weening it off crude oil In a few President Bush will walk onto Capitol Hill and for the sixth time present his State of the Union address to a joint session of Though the continu ing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and the domestic wiretapping controversy domi nate the current Bush will have the perfect opportunity to change the conversation in tliis country by being Its time for the former Texas to lead the charge toward moving this country away from crude oil and toward energy A serious discussion within this country about our dependence on oil and how it is affecting our dealings in the our our economy and our daily lives is long and it seems Americans are beginning to realize Polls consistently show that Americans believe their country is too dependent on foreign energy and the rising costs of crude oil and natu ral gas have been a thorn in Bushs political side all Americans are ready to be led toward better conservation of current fuels and the development of renewable By taking the lead on energy Bush will project himself as a problemsolver and give himself the opportunity to have Americans rally to his All domestic energy options should be on the though the president also should stop think ing that energy independence is spelled ANWR the Arctic National Wildlife under which are oil reserves that experts say will not substan tially mitigate the continuing need for oil imports into this Biodiesel is a cleaner burning fuel made from renewable resources that can be used in all diesel Tax incentives already are available for but more are as is more invest ment into this promising fuel The Bush administration has dedicated bil lion over five years toward developing hydrogen powered which only emit water Lets invest more into this promising technology and set ah ambitious deadline for having hydrogenpow efedcafs in showrooms in 10 to 20 Tons upon tons of pollutants would be eliminated from our air if our trucks and sedans didnt run on fossil And since well be filling our tanks with gas for the time we should at least be using less of Automakers should be required to promptly increase fuel efficiency in and we should further encourage the production of gaselectric hybrid Detroit might groan about the but automakers need only look at the waiting lists for hybrids at dealerships to see that Ameri cans want more fuelefficient Every possible option should be researched and its likely we citizens will have to make a few As long as they are part of a forwardthinking plan with clearly defined goals and firm deadlines toward attaining those thats more than On May President Kennedy set a lofty objective for America putting a man on the moon before the end of the It was a stag gering proposal that in todays dollars would have cost billions upon billions to On July the ambitious goal that many thought was unattainable was achieved when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon and took his giant leap for In Kennedys 1961 speech that put forth his moonshot the president uttered the fol lowing which ring true today when it comes to America striving to reach energy independence I believe we possess all the resources and talents But the facts of the matter are that we have never made the national decisions or mar shaled the national resources required for such We have never specified longrange goals on an urgent time or managed our resources and our time so as to insure their fulfill This country was founded by people who didnt shy away from arduous tasks in which the odds were Whether it was founding a building the most productive economy or putting a man on the Americans have time and again met the challenge and met it to the better ment of ourselves and this Energy inde pendence wouldnt just be another in a line of great achievements it would be the greatest accomplishment in this countrys We can do and we need you to lead 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 HeraldZeitung Serving New nrannfcls 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 Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Jeremy Pafford Jeff Fowler Nelce Bell Valerie Shields David Rupkalvlt Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to GUESTCOLUMN Dont discredit the servicemen I am a World War II If you dont remember thats the war when Ameri ca had the intestinal fortitude to stay the course to win the Thank God we had no Howard John Kerrys and their ilk to discredit our If we Franklin a Democratic would surely have had them face a firing squad for If we had the same attitude then when died on Iwo Jima and on Omaha we would be speaking German or Japanese And how about Cindy Sheehan While pretending to mourn her sons she has promoted appearing on TV and has become a paid performer She is an embarrassment to all the other Gold Star moth ers of this war and all the wars of the It is not only the Benedict Arnolds in Wash ington that we need to but the garbage dumped into homes all over America daily by NBC and CNN news talking With these talking heads in the lets throw in Jay David Letterman and others such as them who daily denigrate our countrys leaders thinking they are being I grew up with Bob Jack Red Skel who were truly entertaining and None of have a They are as entertaining as a broken If we were able to populate I would hope the first pioneers would include Howard Dean John Kerry Michael Moore George Soros the talking heads on CNN and NBC news and to give them female compan ionship include Nancy Hillary Clinton and Cindy As I said at the I am a WWII and I have a son currently serving in Afghanistan who says we are in the right at the right in the right He feels we should stay the course and finish the task at May God bless and protect our men and women in harms way and bring them home safe and PUDYREIMER Rudy Reitner is a resident of New TO connvr United 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 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 2242934 Fax 202 2282856 Web Send Web CONGRESSMAN LAMAR SMITH Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 20515 Telephone 202 2254236 Fax 202 2258628 Web address Send emails through NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax 512 4631849 STATE HOUSE CARTER CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Email address STATE SENATE JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 Telephone 512 4630125 Email address JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANLONmOFflCE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Domestic espionage puts republic in danger AUSTIN The first time as the second time as Thirtyfive years Richard Milhous who was crazy as a and Edgar who wore womens decided some Americans had unacceptable political So they set our government to spying on its own basically those who were deemed insuffi ciently like Crazy Richard For those of you who have forgot ten just what a stonewall para noid Nixon the poor man used to stalk around the White House demanding that his political enemies be Many still believe there was a certain Richard III grandeur to Nixons collapse because he was also a man of notable There is neither grandeur nor tragedy in watching this the Testy violate his oath to uphold the laws and Constitution of our The Testy Kid wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it because he is the and he con siders that sufficient justification for whatever he He even finds lawyers like John who tell him that whatever he wants to do is The creepy part is the Damned if they arent still after all these the old Nixon hands Dick Cheney and Donald the whole gang whose yearning for authoritarian government rose like a stink over the Nixon Imperial Bring back those special White House guard like some malignancy MOLLYIVINS Molly Ivin is a colum nist for Creators Syndi She also does occa sional commentary for National Public Radio and the that cannot be killed back at the same old pushing the same old Of they tell us we have to be spied on for our own so they can catch the terrorists who threaten us Thirtyfive years they nabbed a film star named Jean Seberg and a bunch of people running a free breakfast program for poor kids in This theyre onto the We are not We would be as the commis sion has so recently reminded if some obvious and necessary precautions were taken at both nuclear and chemical plants but that is not happening because those industries contribute to Republican Republicans do not ask their contributors to spend a lot of money on obvious and necessary steps to protect public They You will be unsurprised to learn they They didnt do they did but not very much at more than A lot more than millions of private email and tele phone calls every and all medical and financial You may recall in 2002 it was revealed that the Pentagon had started a giant datamining program called Total Infor mation Awareness intended to search through vast databases to increase information coverage by an order of From credit cards to vet Big Brother would be watching This dandy program was under the control of John convicted of five felonies during all over turned on a This administra tion really knows where to go for good help it ought to bring back Everybody decided that TIA was a terri ble and the program was theoreti cally shut As often happens with this it turned out they just changed the name and made the program less Datamining was a popular buzzword at the and the administration was obviously hot to have Bush established a secret program under which the National Security Agency could bypass the FISA Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court and begin eavesdropping on Americans with out As many have patiently pointed the entire program was since the FISA court is both prompt and There is virtually no possible scenario that would make it dif ficult or impossible to get a FISA warrant it has granted warrants and rejected only a I dont like to play scary games where we all stay awake late at telling each other scary stories but theres a reason we have never given our govern ment this kind of As the late Frank Church That capability could at any time be turned around on the American and no American would have any privacy such is the capacity to monitor everything tele phone it does nt There would be no place to And if a dictator took the NSA could enable it to impose total Then we always get that dreadful goodytwoshoes if you arent doing anything you dont have anything to worry do you we KNOW this program is being and will be We know it from the past record and current The program has already targeted vegans and People for the Ethical Treatment of Ani mals if those arent outposts of what is Could this be more pathetic This could scarcely be Either the president of the United States is going to have to understand and admit he has done something very or he will have to be The first time this the institutional response was The the the Congress all functioned Anyone think were up to that again Then whom do we blame when we lose the republic   

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