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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                Page January 2007 I HeraldZeitung i Serving New Rrannfcls anil Carnal County since I New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two I papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German i and English until OTHER VIEWPOINTS Options for crossing checks need examined El Paso Times on new policy on reentering the country Beginning citizens reentering the United States by air will be required to show pass ports as an entry The same rule applies to citizens of Cana da and Bermuda who are entering this country by Theres been some misinformation and conse quent worry concerning the Its been rumored that everyone reentering the United States will need Thats not at least right The new passport rule applies only to those peo ple traveling by At this time passports wont be required for citizens reentering the United States by land or of that means if you cross into Judrez for lunch or to shop or you wont need a passport to reenter this the land and sea reentry requirement for passports is scheduled to take effect between January 2008 and June This could have severe consequences along the borders and at the very least will certainly cause a lot of Using passports to travel between countries is common practice throughout the But Amer icans arent used to that when it comes to the north ern and southern If such reentry rules are put in place in 2008 or great care must be taken that it doesnt inter rupt commerce along the after out cries from lawmakers who represent northern and southern border Homeland Security officials are taking a look at Just using El Paso as an there are a lot of citizens who cross the border every but who really cant afford to plunk down nearly for a And at border where ways of speeding up traffic are always being the use of passports could clog up the We recognize that the new passport rules are a function of increased border Thats certain ly But common logic humanity must be used when increasing TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 25th day of There are 340 days left in the Todays Highlight in History On the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United On this date In Shayss Rebellion suffered a setback when debtridden farmers led by Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at In reporter Nellie Bly Elizabeth Cochrane of the New York World completed a roundthe world journey in 72 six hours and 11 min In the United Mine Workers of America was In the inventor of the Alexander Graham inaugurated transcontinental telephone In the United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of In American gangster Al Capone died in Miami at age In American Airlines opened the jet age in the United States with the first scheduled transcon tinental flight of a Boeing In President Kennedy held the first presi dential news conference carried live on radio and j Managing Editor i Editor anid Publisher I Circulation Director j Director I Business Manager i News Editor Gerard Boug Toney Chuck Shields Kerl Kilty GUESTCOLUMN Badly behaved river users in minority I grew up in New My great grand parents were some of the very first settlers I love this I love the I Jove the I love Wurstfest and Wassailfest and the Gazebo and Landa Park and reading the I tell you this so that you may understand that I do not just get my mail in New I am New I live work here and spend my money right here in New It is because of these things that I began cor responding with the city council regarding the proposed city ordinances on the I asked why it seems they are punishing the local citi zens and visitors through limiting the size of coolers and the number of tubes one person could Here is a portion of the reply from council member Ken Valentine The root cause of our river problems is alco hol Last the NBPD wrote up people for various Some behaviors were so bad that 663 people were arrested and taken to the County 61 percent of our cita tions and 38 percent of arrests were alcohol relat ed infractions of State The city collects a river management fee of per tube from the river Accord ing to the citys was collected last That equals individual tube According to these statistics 252 individ uals were arrested due to That means percenter of a percent were caus ing serious problems related to Only alcoholrelated citations were That translates to 99 percent of the patrons were behaving themselves These numbers may shift slightly one way or the other because some supply their own the 252 arrests and citations do not seem as problematic or even pertinent when compared to the significantly larger population of river If the council exercised rational decision they would see that the costs of poten tially crushing the tourism industry greatly out weigh the cost of enforcing the rivers with New Braunfels Police The bottom line is that this is our This is our our pastime and way of Families keep food on the table because of the hundreds of thousands of visitors each The message our council is sending is no differ ent than the nightly news that only reports the very small percentage of people who experienced some The coun cil is attempting to impose ordinances that only reflect the behaviors of a very small The issue is about enforcing the laws that are already in With or without public underage indecent expo sure and littering are ille By passing new ordi nances on the size of this and the number of the council is mak ing the job of our very fine NBPD that much more I urge the council to collect more valid and reliable data to support their position before they make decisions based on a very few inci especially when several hundred thou sands of people if not will be The council is in a position to make a real and positive change in our I envy them and pray they use that power 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 AMBER HEITKAMP Amber Heitkamp is a lifelong resident of New Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to MM ft comer United States Government PRESIDENT GEORGE 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 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 HO WTO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR RICK PERRY State Room Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone 800 8435789 Fax STATE HOUSE NATHAN MACIAS 1100 Congress Austin TX 78701 Telephone 512 4630325 Email address nathan.macias@house.state.tx.us JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 8888246984 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 Give tax breaks on health but dont tax mansions either Editors Note Molly Ivins is taking a break while undergoing medical Alter nate columns will run until she is able to write By Susan Estrich Creators Syndicate The president has finally found a tax increase he likes on workers gold plated health The new found tax revenues would supposedly offset the cost of helping Americans buy their own This weird plan wont go anywhere though elements of it have The tax system cant fix the health Bush has this idea that fiddling with the tax code will meet most every social It and that goes double in the very com plex world of health Employerprovided health insurance is now entirely Coverage bought outside the job is Bushs men tioned in his State of the Union would do the following Workplace health coverage costing more than for a family or for an individual would be subject to income and payroll Families that buy their own could deduct from taxable Individuals could take off It doesnt matter if the actual cost of the insurance is The idea is being sold as a way to help the 47 million uninsured Americans buy cover Not many are Its totally unclear as to how these bene fits would be reprogrammed to help the Fitzhugh a former assistant surgeon said over the The uninsured are mostly the working who dont earn enough to use tax The proposal does nothing for those who cant get insurance because a family member is already Private insur ers shun even welltodo people with pre existing The deduction would be a boon to the 27 million Americans who already buy health insurance outside of the workplace and a matter of As Bush correctly it would level the playing field for people who obtain coverage outside the No doubt there are people with good incomes who havent bothered to buy health insurance and would do so with an attrac tive tax But lets be clear about one thing This tax deduction is more about helping realestate agents and freelance consultants than placing some limit on the tax subsidy for health insurance makes says now a professor of health policy and pediatrics at George Washington Uni Were going to have to design ways in which the individuals with more luxurious or extensive health benefits are not receiving those at public he If you want to buy a you can buy a but you have to have a bank account to But this is a minor The big negative in Bushs healthcare Mullan con is that it doesnt address the big stuff The crazyquilt of insurance government complexity and waste in the In his weekend radio Bush likened this proposed tax treatment of health insurance to that of home Just as Americans can deduct interest pay ments on home he they would deduct premium payments on health Its an awkward choice of analogy in that theres almost no cap on the deducibility of mortgage You can deduct all the interest paid on a 1 million whether it bought a a beach house or Economists argue that allowing generous deductions for megamortgages raises the price of as tax subsidies for fancy health coverage increase medical But while Bush has ignored their calls to curb the subsidy for luxury hes perfectly happy to jump on the autoworkers spiffy health Of all the tax breaks for all the interests in all of the workers must be think and you had to come into   

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