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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZETTUNG December 2005 Herald Zeitung Serving New Uraiinfch ami Carnal County since New Braunfels Zeitung was foundeJlB52 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two I papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor EdltoTarTd Pubfliiher Circulation Director Advertising Director Business Manager News Editor Psffofu Off Ml Vatarls David HuphstvH OUR OPINION Think before you drink this New Years Eve Dont drink on ringing in and drive on I new Year with the New Years A bubbly alcoholic drink of your choice and a We want to see j drive home after you around for ward Heres a few statistics i that hopefully will sober you up Drunken driving is the most frequently com mitted violent crime in our and Texas leads the nation in alcoholrelated traffic According to the National Highway Traffic Safety people were killed in alcoholrelated crashes in this state in The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that alcoholrelated crashes caused injuries in and arrests in Texas for driving while intoxicated top adults between the ages of 21 and 34 are more likely to be in drunken driving crashes or to be arrested for driving drunk than those in other age The DPS plans to have all available troopers on state roadways for the holiday Troopers during the same holiday period last year arrested 243 people on DWI DPS arrest ed 50 underage drinkers for driving under the Drinking and driving isnt just stupid its deadly and Too many lives are shattered because a drunk partygoer who has no business driving gets behind the Simple planning can curb the risks and keep you and other motorists much Some advertising campaigns tell partygoers to think when you Truth be many cant think clearly when they we urge you to think before you Have a designated driver in place or have plans made to have a relative or cab pick you up after youre ready to call it a Enjoy New Years but enjoy it We want to see you around in TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 365th and final day of Todays Highlight in History On Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his elec tric incandescent light in New On this date In President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the In years Broadway composer Jule Styne was born in In President Truman officially proclaimed die end of hostilities in World War 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 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Common sense dictates that we ban fireworks during drought Most we have fires that are attributed to Many people are some times by Every dogs and other animals are terrified by I just dont get Fireworks can and do cause damage for many other than the yet we per mit them in the one fire in the Canyon Lake area has been attributed to fire Of fireworks are banned in New Braun but in the we ban only certain air borne Does that imply that fireworks that remain on die ground do not start fires Which type started our last fire It seems only common sense to me that in an extremely dry period such as we are experiencing that all fireworks should be JerryWelch New Braunfels Resolving to go vegetarian a noble goal for the new year 26 marked the tragic anniversary of the worlds worst natural when a tsunami extinguished the lives of nearly people in southern Asia and each seven times as many Americans die of heart cancer and other chronic killer diseases that have been linked con clusively with consumption of meat and dairy Meat consumption also dumps animal waste in our destroys wildlife habitats to grow animal feed and tortures innocent ani mals in factory farms and Lets make a New Years resolution to replace meat and dairy products in our diet with whole delicious fruits and With supermarkets featuring a variety of these its got to be the easiest resolution well ever Kevin Smale New Braunfels Left making a big mistake T A Thorn did the Valerie Plame leak hurt who went from undercover to V V on the cover when she posed for Van ity Fair Joe who got a bestselling book out of the deal The current of classified material relating to National Security Agency tactics in intercepting conversations between people abroad and those within the United States is a vastly serious proposition that may have materially compromised investigations in progress and tipped terrorists off to our methods so that they can hide among us This far more than the Valerie Plame deserves a full investigation to iden tify who spilled the beans and to whom and The consequences of this leak alone merit an independent investigation per a trial for Why does Bush need to use taps without warrants in the fight on terror The answer is obvious We often dont know who or what we are looking Our analysts best hope of catching and exposing terror plots against us lies in comb ing the listening for suspicious words and phrases or Unlike crimi nal which are deductive predicated on a single suspect or a number of alternative suspects terror investigators want to find out what is going on and only an inductive approach amassing lots of mate rial and searching for patterns has any chance of For in 2002 the federal government tipped off the New York City Police Department that there was a lot of chatter about the Brook lyn The resulting police tactics stopped the attack and eventually led to the apprehension of the wouldbe What warrant could the antiterror investigators have gotten to allow such a search They had no no phone no idea of what to look But a careful DICKMORRIS tor analysis of the data averted a massive the left is making a big mistake in focusing on the Bush is wellserved by bringing the terrorism debate Isola tionists about 40 percent of the divided between the two parties will not back him on a war in Iraq but sure will sup port him against attempts to handcuff home land security in the name of privacy or civil By raising this issue and the con comitant issue of the Patriot Act renewal the Democrats are snatching defeat from the jaws of Iraq is a winner for the Homeland secu rity is a Eileen McGann cowrote this 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 Send emails through Web SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 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 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 email@example.com I JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email address JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 liberal media misjudging tide of public opinion MIKEREAGAN Mike the eldest son of President Ronald is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations national ly as part of the Radio America The Democrat appeasement hounds are in full cry thinking they have the president up a cornered and powerless to save himself and his party from being chewed to They had better take a sec ond not a tree hes but the polls where hes quickly moving up into a position that will all but guaran tee a crushing loss for defeatist Democrats in the 2006 House and Senate In what may prove to be the most gigantic political miscal culation of all the Democrats and their eager allies in the Marxist media bet all their marbles on the idea that President Bushs policies in the war on terrorism are his Achilles heel and would help them to win control of Con gress in the 2006 They also eagerly jumped on the reve lations that the had monitored com munications between alQaida terrorists abroad and alQaida agents in the believing that the public would be angered by the operation which they and their media allies were falsely portraying as an assault on the civil rights of all were they ever According to the authoritative Rasmussen poll A 23 poll showed that fully 50 per cent of American adults approve of the way George Bush is performing his role as Thats up 6 points since the presidents speech days Its also the first time since July that the pres idents job approval rating has reached the 50 percent He earns approval from 81 percent of 23 per cent of Democrats and 42 percent of those not affiliated with either major political Another poll on 28 showed that a whopping 64 percent of Americans believe the National Security Agency should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism sus pects in other countries and people living in the United Just 23 percent dis That view is shared by 51 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of those not affiliated with either major political Sixtyeight percent of Americans say they are following the NSA story some what or very and only 26 percent believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one current ly in the Fortyeight percent say he is not while 26 percent are not Ask most Americans if they agree with such defeatists as Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the majority of her farleft colleagues that the should cut and run in and the great majority give a resounding They want our troops to come but not until the job is But Pelosi con tinues to stupidly put her party in a posi tion opposite that of the majority of the Their misjudgment of the mood and temper of the electorate the absurd notion that they could override the patri otism of the American people by turning them against their president in a time of put them in a position that can only be seen as favorable to an ene my sworn to kill us Even more incredible is the open alliance between the Democrats and the Marxist which have proven to be a reliable mouthpiece for our The New York Times prints one story after another that gives aid and comfort to revealing topsecret opera tions meant to protect Americans from another Instead of demanding that the leakers be brought to justice as they did in the case of Valerie the Democrats jump on the bandwagon and begin agitating for Congressional hear ings that would reveal even more secrets to our Its becoming apparent that the only way to keep the Times and the Democ rats happy would be to appoint alQaida representatives to sit in on White House and NSA strategy sessions to monitor all intelligence operations to assure that the terrorists civil liberties would be pro tected and they would be kept abreast of our war
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