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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, April 5, 2005 FORUM Other Viewpoints Show greater respect for Mother Earth The Standard, Nairobi, Kenya, on global warming: As the world marked the World Meteorological Day, serious questions continued to emerge as to the state of world climate. The weather patterns seem to have changed so drastically that the rainy seasons have become virtually unpredictable and droughts have become more sporadic. Scientists have for years warned about severe climactic changes caused by global warming. The 1990s has, for instance, been listed as the warmest decade in the past 1,000 years. The reason for this, experts say, is the warming up of the oceans, something that has been gradually increasing every year. though scientists have studied global warming for decades, they have been hampered by lack of proper equipment. Now, they claim to have it and they have pointed to the oceans as the source of the warming. The work of saving the world environment is a collective one. But as a nation we can play our role hy ensuring stricter laws on environmental pollution and the conservation of the environment. Ultimately it is the human being that will ensure the destruction of the Barth by his habits. It is also him or her that can stop global warming by showing a greater respect for the environment. Today in History By The Associated Press Today’s I lighlight in I listory: On April 5,1792, George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states. On this date: In 1614, American Indian princess Pocahontas married lungfish colonist John Rolfe in Virginia. In 1621, the “Mayflower” sailed from Plymouth, Mass., on a return trip to England. In 1887, British historian Lord Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." in 1961. Julius and FAhel Rosenberg were sentenced to death following their conviction in New York on charges of conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union; co-defendant Morton Sobell was sentenced to 30 years in prison (he was released in 1969). In 1964, Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur died in Washington at age 84. 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- Isn’t it time to rethink name for new Canyon Lake high school? Although I live in Victoria, I often read die Herald-Zeitung. Here is a prime example of what is to come regarding the naming of the new school. Last week you ran a “Kudos” article that my mother (Lucille Ormond) wrote thanking everyone for all Herald-Zeitung Serving Net*' 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 Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Doug Toney Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Operations Director Vilma Linares News Editor David Rupkalvis ■ 1 I* . I’. y >uraiif Qco ,1JcMJdc im jVnct I wri/\r (TWBit- 'my -forever...- GUESTCOLUMN Have we as a nation chosen a policy of death over living? The story that swept the nation the past two weeks is one of dramatic pleas, desperate parents, an indifferent husband and a defenseless woman. The story embodies all of the elements of a new blockbuster movie. The problem is the story is not a movie. I ask you to imagine for a moment a situation where Terri Schiavo was not handicapped. Imagine a woman who is full of life, full of spirit and full of love. Now imagine that her husband, Michael, abandons her and begins a new life with a new lover, making a whole new family. Should this estranged husband have any rights of kinship whatsoever? Everyone reading this letter probably knows someone who has been abandoned by a husband. Do you want that estranged husband coming back into your life, telling you what to do with your money, your home, your life? I ask, because this is exactly what happened. When Michael Schiavo abandoned Terri and began his extramarital affair, he stopped trying to help her through therapy, and suddenly “remembered” that she would want to die. At that moment, he began his struggle to starve Terri to death. Despite what the media kept saying, Terri was not in a "permanent vegetative state.” She was alive! The biggest handicap that Terri Schiavo had was that she was being forced to consume food through a tube. Before her husband had a change of heart (literally), Terri was learning to eat baby foods. She was in speech therapy. She was even learning to take a few feeble attempts at moving her legs while standing (yes, she was Letter to the Editor they do for the residents at Eden Home. In her original letter, she thanked the students from Canyon I ligh School for the bingo game they held at Eden Home. In the print, the students from Canyon Lake were the ones thanked. This was very upsetting to my mother because she wants the credit to go to the rightful group, Canyon High School students, not Canyon l^ke. DANIEL MITCHELL Daniel Mitchell is a learning to walk). She smiled, she laughed, she knew fear, pain, love and joy. The court did not even order them to “pull the plug” on her (in the sense of a person on life support), since there was no plug keeping her alive. The feeding tube was not keeping her alive. It was simply the bowl and spoon that fed her. So a woman who was relearning to eat, walk and talk, who could see, hear, think, and love, and %r „ who could understand the New Br‘"mfels resule'“-love of others, was sent to her death, simply because her estranged husband no longer wanted a life with her. As a nation, we either must starve to death all of the handicapped persons in the world, or we must allow them to live. Terri Schiavo committed no crime deserving of the death penalty imposed on her by the courts and her estranged husband. Why did we want to kill a woman who had people willing to care for her? Why did we want to allow an estranged husband to demand that his abandoned wife be starved to death? I lave we lost our ability to determine right from wrong? Have we lost our understanding that life is the greatest gift any of us has been given? I lave we chosen a policy of deadi? Do you get the idea? The school isn t even built and students are being thanked for something they didn t do. I am a graduate of Canyon I ligh School, Class of 1961, and even then we were confused with Canyon, Texas. Perhaps another name would be better. What do you think? Pat Babb Victoria NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fox: (512)463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: RO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512)473-9920 E-mail address: carter.casteel @ STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: j eft. we ntwo rth @ sen ate. state .tx. u s ■ 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 CITY HALL 424 South Casted Avenue Telephone: (830) 608-2100 HOW TO CONTACT New Braunfels City Council Mail Address: RO. Box 311747 New Braunfels 78131-1747 Web Site: MAYOR ■ Adam Cork 864 Vista Parkway City Hall: 608-2100, ext. 270 Term of Office: May 2002 until May 2005 DISTRICT 1 ■ SONIA Munoz-Gill 2067 Spur 3 City Hall: 608-2100, ext. 520 Term of Office: May 2001 until May 2004 DISTRICT 2 ■ Beth Sokolyk RO. Box 311747 Home Phone: (830) 606-5810 Term of Office: May 2004 until May 2007 DISTRICT 3 ■ Gale Pospisil 6 Mission Drive Home Phone: (830) 629-2447 Term of Office: May 2003 until May 2006 DISTRICT 4 ■ Valerie Hull 510 Lakeview Blvd. Home Phone: (830) 606-6973 Term of Office: May 2003 until May 2006 DISTRICT 5 ■ Lee Rodriguez Mayor pro tem 453 N. Business 35, Suite 735 Cell Phone: (830) 743-3362 Work Phone: (830) 629-4901 Term of Office: May 2002 until May 2005 DISTRICT 6 ■ Ken Valentine 437 Guada Coma Drive Home Phone: (830) 625-7384 E-mail: [email protected] Term of Office: May 2002 until May 200Knuckleheaded politicians can’t solve complex problems CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. You can write to him at PO. Box 2446, Orlando, Fla. 32802. The peak production of oil and its inevitable decline is now within sight. The United States has only two choices. It can begin now to deal with the shortage and consequent high prices, or it can do nothing and suffer the dire consequences of what some shortsighted person in the future is sure to label “the oil crisis.” Only a lack of preparation will make it a crisis. I noticed that some writers are still yodeling the old tune “Don’t worry. There s plenty of oil out there.” Well, in the first place, on the subject of oil it is best to consult geologists, preferably those who have retired from oil companies and no longer have to speak to preserve their paychecks. Writers are just word people, and these days you have to wonder whose payroll they are on. Belief in an infinite amount of oil in a finite world and belief that technology can solve all of our problems are just two of the postmodern world’s superstitions. They are, as the theologians say, a matter of faith, because no proof is available. Technology moves at a much slower rate than most people imagine. The way it works is that some genius makes a breakthrough, and for the next IOO years or so lesser people gradually add modifications and improvements. It’s taken more than IOO years to get to the car that I just filled up with gas for $30. Yet it remains a box on wheels driven by a fossil fuel-powered engine connected to mechanical gears. You would do better to believe in the Easter bunny than to believe that the gods of technology are going to wave their magic wand and solve our energy problems. That’s especially true because nobody is paying them to search for solutions. It still takes about IO years to go from oil exploration and discovery to the refineries. How fast do you think the economies of India and China are going to grow during that decade? How much more oil are they going to need? Which do you think can be done quicker — finding and producing oil or increasing the demand for it? Which do you think will do the most damage to the American economy — blowing up another office building or a $100 barrel of oil? By the way, one thing the technology gods do accomplish very well is eliminating jobs. I would think that any fool could see that the steady elimination of jobs in die face of the steady increase in the population is a train wreck not too far down the tracks. The Industrial Revolution, based on fossil fuels, is about to start winding down, and it cannot be replaced by the Information Age. Industry produces things people can use. Information just clutters their brains, mostly with data that is of no use to them. Capitalism and market forces cannot solve the energy problem. Capitalism is driven by profits. If there are no profits on the short-term horizon, capitalism won’t go there. Capitalism didn’t cure polio; the money was in crutches, wheelchairs and iron lungs. Big oil has been buying up coal fields for years. When the price of oil goes sky-high, big oil will up the price of coal. Coal, competing against cheap oil, can’t be priced too high; as an alternative to very expensive oil, coal can be priced much higher. No, the transition will have to be made by government. The quality of government, however, depends on the quality of people in it. Seymour Hersh said recently that Congress has lost 20 points of average IQ since the 60s. I would only add that it wasn’t very high back then. Better start taking your politics seriously, folks. If we keep sending the same kind of opportunists, nitwits, special pleaders and party hacks we have up there now, then bad times are surely coming. You can’t expect a bunch of shade-tree mechanics to service a space shuttle, and you can’t expect a bunch of knuckleheaded office-seekers to solve the complex problems we are facing today. ;