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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, April 4, 2007 FORUM Our Opinion Health insurance for kids is a must State lawmakers were in session Tuesday with Texas children the focus of discussion. The (Children’s Health Insurance Program could be opened up to more children if Houston State Rep. Sylvester Turner’s bill is passed. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one in five Texas children lacks health insurance. With more than half of the 1.4 million uninsured Texas children eligible for CHIB there can be no justification for only 325,000 to be enrolled in the program. Lawmakers have an obligation to Texas children to ensure that funding and a straightforward enrollment system are available for CHIP Turner’s bill would eliminate a 90-day waiting period for CHIP eligibility if a child has lost private insurance. Also proposed for change is the requirement that children re-enroll every six months. Lawmakers have an opportunity to take a proactive stance to make CHIP a more effective tool to help Texas children. It shouldn’t be passed up. Texas is too developed to allow its children to go without medical care, health insurance coverage. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 4, the 94th day of 2007. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in I listory: On April 4,1968, civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. On this date: In 1818, Congress decided the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union. In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office. In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated. In 1887, Susanna Madora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community: Argonia, Kan. In 1902, British financier Cecil Rhodes left $10 million in his will to provide scholarships for Americans, British colonists and Germans at Oxford University. In 1945, during World War II, U.S. troops on Okinawa encountered the first significant resistance from Japanese forces at the Machinate Line. In 1949,12 nations, including the U.S., signed the North Atlantic Treaty. In 1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed shortly after takeoff from Saigon. In 1981, Henry Cisneros became the first Mexican-American elected mayor of a major U.S. city: San Antonio. In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger roared into orbit on its maiden voyage. Ten years ago: Space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on what was supposed to have been a 16-day mission — however, a defective power generator forced the shuttle’s return four days later. Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890 The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Managing Editor Gerard MacCrossan Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising/Marketing Director Chuck Evers Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor Keri Kirby HOW TO CONTACT Letter to the Editor Reagan’s column offers as little substance as that of Coulter’s To the editor: Reading Mike Reagan’s piece is just like reading Ann Coulter. Neither has anything to say other than to blame Democrats for everything. Today, Regan blames the Clinton administration for not armoring Humvees. lf Regan took the time to check, he would learn that those vehicles, replacements for the jeep, were never intended to be armored vehicles. He also says the Dems have “turned thumbs down” on the supplemental funding for Iraq. Wrong again. The bill was passed and it is now the President who says he will veto it. We wouldn’t be in this mess if it wasn’t for the stupid invasion of Iraq. Sum it all up with the bumper sticker that says “YVhen Clinton lied, no one died.” Michael A Minerva, Buhferde Online paper helps soldier retain his connection to home To the editor: I’m deployed over here in Afghanistan with the Army and I just want you all to know it really helps me feel connected with my hometown to be able to go online and read New Braunfels news. Thanks for having a great site that I can visit and keep up with what is going on back home. I can’t wait to get back and read the paper version again. Scott Reuter, U.S. Army, Afghanistan Hope Hospice’s care deserves praise, recognition To the editor It was an honor to have been asked to be the Hope Hospice Tree of Lights Chairman for 2006. I first witnesses I lope Hospice in action in the last days of my father’s life when they came to assist our family with an array of services. On Saturday, March IO, I received a call from a family for help as their father was terminally ill and needed Hope Hospice. I placed a call to Leslie Ferguson and she immediately dispatched her staff to their residence. I also went to pay a visit and upon my arrival, the Hope Hospice staff was already there and assisting the family and ill family member. What I witnessed was incredible. They were doing it all, taking care of the sick individual, comforting the family and perfonning medical attention. Needless to say, the gentleman passed away but it is service such as this, that inspired me to write this letter of thanks. I want to say “thank you” to Sharon Kilker, nurse, Bernie Ward Crixell, chaplain, Katie Traczuk, social worker, Leslie Ferguson and all Hope Hospice staff for not only helping this family but other families throughout the years. Our community is truly blessed to have all of you here in times of need. Ramon Chapa, Jr., New Braunfels Coulter’s column is one side of the political discussion To the editor: I’m sorry that Susie Alden is offended by Ann Coulter’s column. We do hear “hate” too often from many diverse ideas. However, we have the blessings of free speech and are entitled to choose what we hear and see. To cancel or move Coulter’s column would be denying many of us the opportunity to hear all sides. She is a unique writer who fills an area that was not before available. We hope you retain her column and suggest to those who complain that to most of your readers, your balance is appreciated. Nancy Barker, New Braunfels LETTERS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor do Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- Detained British troops makes for humiliating week cy, kidnap and blackmail, a week fanatics played cat-and-mouse with (Britain); a week exposing feebleness at home and impotence abroad.” In 1980, Jimmy Carter’s failed rescue of American diplomats held hostage by Iranian religious fanatics added to the perception of American weakness, as has America’s inability to bring a quick end to the conflict in Iraq, thanks in part to Iran’s support of terrorists there. The one calculation made then is the one Iran is making now: the West is weak and will allow itself to be humiliated before Muslim states to preserve the lives of and win freedom for its citizens, and that it doesn’t have the staying power to persevere in Iraq and other places should its nose get bloodied. The Falklands victory is being used by much of the British media to mark Tony Blair as weak and indecisive. Blair, who has been a stalwart supporter of American efforts in Iraq and the battle against Muslim fanatics in Britain, is pilloried in the Sunday Telegraph for his "unquestioning support of the United States,” which has “made us the easy target for Middle Eastern countries who want to take action against America, but fear that country’s military might.” This gets it exacdy backward. Britain is not an easy target of fanatics because of Blair’s support of the United States. Britain is a target because it is Britain, just as France, Germany and the rest of Europe are targets for their openness, freedom and democracy. For not banding together as free people, we all risk hanging individually; as Tehran and others prepare the noose from which the weak and indecisive will hang. This is not a war any of us can escape. It is a war that can only be won or lost. The need for a strong response to Iran is underscored in a recent London Sunday Times editorial, which calls for Britain to return to the United Nations to ask for tougher sanctions. In addition, the paper says, “We know (Iran’s) people are divided. If Germany and France will not end the valuable export credits for Iran, perhaps Britain and America can give them a helping nudge. Those companies that trade so profitably with Iran might suddenly find a chill breeze in their relations with London and Washington.” British ministers are said to be preparing a compromise offer this week to allow Iran to “save face" by promising it will never “knowingly” enter Iranian waters without permis sion. But why should Iran stop there if its intention is the continued humiliation of the West? Why should Iran, which extracted maximum propaganda value from holding Americans hostage for 444 days, give up British hostages after less than two weeks? The Iranian leadership understands the power of coercion and military might. It is prepared for people to die en masse for its apocalyptic beliefs, concluding the West is not. Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons in hopes of increasing its ability to withstand pressure from other countries when it engages in outrageous acts, such as kidnapping. Britain and the United States had better get the support of all of Europe, or Iran will conclude it can get away with anything. It also would help if the United States and Europe united in an effort to become energy independent, which we can do if we are willing to make the commitment. Starving the Iranian regime of oil and gas profits would be the fastest way to sink it. Anything less will prove, in Iranian eyes, that today’s Britain is nothing like the Britain of 1982 and will encourage Iran to pursue strength while Britain and much of the West embrace weakness. United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512)469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2409 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 ■ Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ NATHAN MACIAS 1100 Congress Ave., Rm. E2.704 Austin TX 78701 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 925 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: 888-824-6984 E-mail address: jeff.wentworti i @ sena ■ Judith Zaffirini RO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262 NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL 424 S. Casten Ave. RO. Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1747 ■ Mayor Bruce Boyer [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-4507 ■ Dist. I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-4501 ■ Dist. 2 Councilwoman Beth Sokolyk [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-4502 ■ Dist. 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil [email protected] Telephone: (830) 629-2447 ■ Dist. 4 Councilman Pat Wiggins [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-450 ■ Dist. 5 Councilman Kathleen Krueger [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-4505 ■ Dist. 6 Councilman Ken Valentine [email protected] Telephone: (830) 221-4506 BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Twenty-five years ago, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher forcefully and decisively ordered British troops to the Falkland Islands to liberate them from an invading Argentine force. It was a military and political triumph widely supported by the public, leading to conservative victories at the polls for another 15 years. Vt Today, Tony Blair pre-, sides over a much different Britain. After Iran seized 15 British soldiers and sailors in what it says were Iranian, not Iraqi waters, the Daily Mail called it “a humiliating week for Britain: a week that saw Iran get away with pira- CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services International. Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services. 435 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60611, or leave an e-mail at ;