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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas January FORUM OUR OPINION Bipartisan wage bill is good for workforce The poorest of this countrys legal workforce stand to benefit if the Senate and president endorse Wednesdays vole by Congress to raise the minimum wage by 40 percent during the two 1 he minimum i The Department of wage increase i Labor estimates that fewer passed by I than workers cur Congress is rently are paid the federal long overdue minimum a sign that and deserves that i is too little for anyone to the president s jve on Jn a such as where unemployment is it can be hard to find workers if the minimum wage is all thats Its a fact of life that it takes a government man date to ensure that the poorest in the workforce are paid a minimum This proposed increase to per hour within 26 months will directly affect an estimated 4 percent of the work force a small but undeniably those who need it But others will be affected indirectly if which passed the House by a margin of almost three to with the support of 80 Republicans including District 21 Congressman Lamar gets President Bushs Other lowwage workers making more than the minimum even tually can expect a as those below them on the pay ladder get their creating a ripple If a poll conducted last summer by Gallup is 86 percent of small business owners say a minimum wage increase wont negatively impact their Only 14 percent of those business polled said they would hire an employee at the current minimum An increase of the minimum wage is overdue and should be supported by the Senate and signed by the president I HeraldZeitung j Sening New Rratmfek ami Carnal County since f New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 i New Braunfels Herald was founded The two I papers merged in 1957 and printed in bftth German i and English until TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 11th day of There are 354 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to ones On this date In the Michigan Territory was created by an act of In Ezra the founder of Cornell was born in In Sir John the first prime minister of was born in Scot In Alabama seceded from the In the first sedantype a went on display at the 13th Automobile Show in New In aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to that made her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific In Japaadeclared war against the Nether the same day that Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East In the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in In hrance set off an international uproar by releasing Abu a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Managing Editor Edjtor arid Publisher Circulation Director Director Business Manager News Editor Gerard MacCroftMA Chuck Kfrby AND THEN THEY Goodbye and good riddance The purpose of this oldfashioned newspaper crusade to stop the war is not to make George Bush look like the dumbest president People have done dumber What were they thinking when they bought into the Bay of Pigs fiasco How dumb was the EgyptSuez war How massively stupid was the entire war in Vietnam Even at the challenge with this misbegotten adventure is that WE simply cannot let it It is not a matter of whether we will lose or we are We have John until recently the senior com mander in the Middle insists that the answer to our problems there is not You have to internationalize the You have to attack it diplomati he His assessment is supported by George Casey the senior American commander in and the Joint Chiefs of who only recommend releasing forces with a clear definition of the goals for the additional Bushs call for a surge or escalation also goes against the Iraq Study Talk is that the White House has planned to do anything but what the group sug gested after months 6f investigation and proposals based on much broader strate gic About the only politician out there besides Bush actively calling for a surge is John In a recent opinion he wrote The presence of addi tional coalition forces would allow the Iraqi government to do what it cannot accomplish today on its own impose its rule throughout the By surging troops and bringing security to Baghdad and other we will give the Iraqis the best possible chance to suc But with all due respect to the sen ator from that ship has long since A surge is not acceptable to the people in this country we have voted over whelmingly against this war in polls about 80 percent of the public is against and a recent Military Times poll shows only 38 percent of active mili tary want more troops sent and at the We know this fs The people the people have the right to make this and the people have the obligation to make sure our will is Congress must work for the people in the resolution of this Ted Kennedys proposal to control the money MOLLYIWIMS Molly Ivins is a colum nist for Creators Syndi She also does occa sional commentary for National Public Radio and the and tighten oversight is a welcome first And if Republicans want to continue to rubberstamp this administrations idi otic plans and go against the will of the they should be thrown out as soon as to join their recent col Anyone who wants to talk knowledgably about our Iraq misad venture should pick up Rajiv Chandrasekarans Imperial Life in the Emerald City Inside Iraqs Green Its like reading a horror You just want to put your face down and moan How could we have let this hap pen How could we have been so stupid As The Washington Posts review Chandrasekarans book methodically documents the baf fling ineptitude that dominated attempts to influence Iraqs fiendish poli rebuild the electrical privatize the run the oil recruit expert staff or instill a modicum of nor malcy to the lives of We are the people who run this We are the And every single every single one of us needs to step out side and take some action to help stop this Raise Think of something to make the ridiculous look Make our troops know werefor them and trying to get them out of Hit the streets to protest Bushs proposed If you go to the peace march in Washington on We need people in the banging pots and pans and Stop now 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 United Qovarnmant PRESIDENT Geortot 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 145 Duncan Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone 210 3402885 Fax 210 3496753 JOHN CORNYN Russell SenateHart Room 517 20510 Telephone 202 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Telephone 8888246984 Email address email@example.com JUDITH ZAFFIRINI 12702 Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 Inexperience could be an asset Barack Obama can be whatever he wants to be HO MORRIS Dick Morris WHS an adviser to Bill Clinton for 20 Tiose who deride Barack Dbamas lack of experi ence and criticize the broad gen eralities and banalities that festoon his bestselling book miss the key point His inexperience is an asset because he enters national poli tics as a blank canvas on which he can paint whatever he With only two years in the he is less like a politician running for president than like a general think Eisenhower in 1952 or even the abortive candidacy of Colin Powell in a like Ross Perot in Its not that he doesnt have a Its that the record doesnt really matter because it is so His Senate tenure is so abbreviated that he can be whatever he says he not just as a political contrivance to get but genuinely to articulate a philosophy and make it his guiding princi ple both while seeking office and serving in Hes that So Obama seems very conscious that his partyline voting record is not a good foundation for his national ambi He seems aware that the country wants more of a embodying the consensus to which Americans have come over these recent dangerous and bit ter American politics alternates between periods in which we welcome partisan debate and those in which we demand consensus and Confronted by new issues we turn to the left and to the right and ask each side to develop its ideas and flesh out its alternative for our consid During these moderates and synthesizers are doomed to defeat because they seem to ignore the while polarizing figures take But once the debate has run its we make our collective national decisions and are no longer in the mood for unending We want our will to be done by our elected officials with no more quarreling or snip Obama has the opportunity to embody the emerging a broad national agreement reached from observation of trial and error over the past half The bloody futility of our efforts to build a nation in Iraq have left us still committed to aggressive efforts to hunt down terror ists but determined to extricate ourselves from the The effectiveness of our homeland security efforts and our con comitant horror at instances of mistaken imprisonment and unnecessarily intru sive government investigations have led us to demand a balance between aggres sive investigation and protection of civil We want terrorists inter rogated and locked but not tortured or sadistically Obamas book reflects an intuitive grasp of this emerging consensus even if his vot ing record does not signal his agreement with But if the Illinois senator decides to artic ulate this the question will be whether he can find sufficient traction on the centerleft to give his candidacy viabili He will have to compete for that ground with Hillary Rodham Clinton but her reputation for strident advocacy and takenoprisoners partisanship likely will give him an edge in going after BUI Clintons former constituents among the New And Obama enjoys an ethnic and demographic base that can augment his converts among moderate white John for all of the eloquence of his announcement is ultimately running on the issue of national poverty against a woman and an AfricanAmeri Thats not going to His cam paign might have gained traction against another field of but it is unlike ly that he can get it on track against these two particular So we wait for Barack Obama to define If he runs to the he will be a worthy successor to Jesse Jackson and Al If he runs to the he might be a successor to Bill Clinton and George He might just make it to the White
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