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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, April 8, 2005 FORUM MWW!?*''*** R Our Opinion A soccer match you don’t want to miss You couldn't script a better scenario — New Braunfels vs. Canyon in the Class 4A Region IV finale, 4 p.m. Saturday at YI ’ou couldn’t script a better scenario. The county’s two Class 4A girls soccer teams battling their way into the Region IV finale. It’s New Braunfels vs. Canyon. And it’s the first time the two rivals have ever faced each other in a region- Cougar Stadium. I a1 soccer championship. Better yet, to the victors go the coveted spoils of a trip to the state tournament. Local fans get a break as well. They don’t have to travel out of town to see what should be a stellar contest. They can catch the action in the friendly confines of Cougar Stadium. And what a game it should be. Both teams have piled up impressive records this season, each winning more than 20 games. They split their two regular-season contests. New Braunfels won 3-2 Feb. 22 in a shootout at Cougar Stadium. But revenge was sweet for Canyon a month later when the Cougars blanked the Unicorns 2-0 at Unicorn Stadium. The win gave Canyon the District 28-4A title. The only bad thing about the game is the tough realization that when Saturday’s game is over, the season is finished for one of these teams. Good luck to both teams. And no matter what the final score, its been a very memorable season. Today in History By The Associated Press Today’s I lighlight in I listory: On April 8, 1974,1 lank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record. The round-tripper was off pitcher Al Downing. On this date: In 1935, the Works Progress Administration was approved hy Congress. In 1946, the League of Nations assembled in Geneva for die last time. In 1952, President Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. In 1970, the Senate rejected President Nixon’s nomination of G. I larold Carswell to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso died at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91. In 1981, Gen. Omar N. Bradley died in New York at age 88. In 1990, Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance gained national attention, died in Indianapolis at age 18. In 1994, Kurt Cobain, 27, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Protected by a living will For sometime now, we have been bombarded with pictures and stories of poor Terri Schiavo. I wish I had written before her death, but perhaps it isn t too late. My heart ached for her and her husband. For her, not so much because of her husbands decision, but because I kept feeling how horrified she would be if she had known how she looked in all those pictures. None of us would choose to have pictures 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. . Hi MI Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neica Ball Operations Director Vilma Linares News Editor : MNMNMMNNNNMI GUESTCOLUMN Urge legislators to support school finance bill HB 189 The proposed “sin tax” increase is more than a weapon in the crusade against tobacco products — it could help resolve a crisis. Three separate bills have been introduced [in the Texas Legislature), each increasing the cigarette tax to $1 per pack and distributing the extra money to various programs. House Bills 124 and 194 would divide the majority of the revenue between I lealth and Human Services and the general revenue fund. However, I louse Bill 189 would give 68 cents per pack to the Foundation School Fund. Using current effttffiates for cigarette consumption, the tax would contribute $561 million annually to the education finance crisis. In addition, higher cigarette prices could decrease the probability for young people to begin smoking. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Tobacco Toll estimates that 180,000 children have begun smoking in 2005. One-third of those children will die prematurely from their addiction — a number greater than the populations of New Braunfels and Seguin combined. If the number of smokers were to drop, the state would have to find new revenue for the programs the “sin tax” supports. They could use Letters to the Editor made of us looking our worst. I had to wonder if her mother, under the same circumstances, would have wanted her picture flashed around the world in that condition. I think not. Also, I believe life here on this Earth is not the end, that there is a much better life after this one— a life with no pain, no illness, nor sorrow. How could anyone claim to love someone and want her/him to have no life when a beautiful life with God is waiting for us? JACQUE BROWN Jacque Brown is a student at Texas State Uni-i>ersity in San Marcos. the money currently allocated to tobacco cessation — or the $ 1.26 billion the state Medicaid program covers from annual health care costs caused directly by smoking. According to Kari Hutchison, the communications director for Comal Independent School District, the $1.6 million Comal ISD would receive could be used to pay for curriculum and technology needs and/or teacher pay raises. HB 189 could give every teacher in New Braunfels a $2,000 raise. In five years, it could provide a Dell Notebook computer for every student. The Texas Legislature must vote “yes” on I IB 189. The bill would increase education funding, decrease the number of smokers and improve quality of life. Contact Rep. Carter Casteel and urge her to vote for I IB 189. This bill is something the legislators should all be able to agree on. Selfishness seems to have played a big role in Terri’s life, not concern for what she would want or what was really best for her. I have a copy of my living will everywhere; hospital, doctor’s office, my apartment manager, my files and all my family. I don’t believe any of my family would want to detain me from my heavenly home, but neither do I want any of them to go through what Terri’s husband has been through. Pattie Lee New Braunfels HOW TO CONTACT 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 2184 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 NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (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: jeff.wentworth @ senate, ■ Judith Zaffirini RO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Woman’s belief protected her from man on killing spree ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attorney, author and a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. Its been a tough year for the secularist crowd. There was Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” the moral values election, the Christian hostage subduing her kidnapper by reading from “The Purpose Driven Life,” and the Christian effort to save Terri Schiavo. Not only that, but earlier this year the Rev. james Dobson insulted the Democrats’ mascot, Sponge-Bob SquarePants, with impunity. The liberal take on Catholicism is that it s a controversial religion because of its positions on abortion, sodomy and various other crucial planks of the Democratic platform (curiously, positions that are shared by all three of the world’s major religions). In defense of the Catholic Church’s most “controversial” position (meaning “contrary to the clearly stated opinion of CNN”), I wanted to return to a story from a few weeks ago that passed from the headlines far too quickly. The “controversial” Catholic position is the ban on girl priests. I’ll leave it to the Catholics to explain the theological details, but we have a beautiful pair of bookmarks to the exact same incident illustrating women’s special skills and deficits. The escape and capture of Brian Nichols shows women playing roles they should not (escorting dangerous criminals) and women playing roles they do best (making men better people). Nichols’ murderous rampage began when he took the gun from a 5-foot-tall grandmother who was his sole guard at the Fulton County Courthouse. It ended when an otherwise unremarkable 26-year-old woman appealed to the Christian conscience of this same violent killer holding her hostage. At 2 a.m. one Saturday night, Ashley Smith went out for cigarettes while unpacking her new apartment, yet another victory for tobacco pleasure. Returning from the store, Smith was grabbed by a man at her front door, who put a gun in her side and told her not to scream. I Ie asked if she knew who he was. When he removed his baseball cap, she saw it was Nichols, the dangerous fugitive all over IV who had escaped custody during his rape trial and had killed four people in the previous 48 hours. In Smith’s apartment, Nichols bound Smith's feet and hands and put her in the bathtub. Later, at Smith’s request, Nichols allowed her to hop from the bathroom into the bedroom, where she began talking to him. In short order, Smith was reading aloud to Nichols from the Christian book “The Purpose Driven Life” — in direct violation of his constitutional right to never hear any reference to God, in public or private, for any purpose, ever, ever, ever! For more on this right, go to the “People for the American Way" Web site. After reading the first paragraph of Chapter 33 aloud, about serving God by serving others, Nichols — the man pundits were calling an “animal” — asked her to read it again. Nichols listened to the passage again and responded by telling Smith he was already dead, saying, “Look at my eyes.” But Smith looked and told him God had a purpose for him, perhaps to minister to other lost souls in prison. Smith read to Nichols some more, both from the “Purpose” book and from another popular book that’s been dropped from all news accounts of this incident: the New Testament. Smith knew all about Nichols’ violent depredations from TV. Yet she saw him not as a monster, but as one of God’s creatures. Most Christians — most people — have trouble seeing the humanity of people who take our parking spots. Smith could see God s hand in a multiple murderer holding her hostage. By showing him genuine Christian love, Smith turned Nichols from a beast to a brother in Christ. I his phenomenon, utterly unknown to liberals, is what’s known as a miracle. lop that, Paul Krugman! Nichols told Smith she was “an angel sent from God,” calling her “his sister” and himself her “brother in Christ.” Nichols said he had come to Smith’s home for a reason, in Smith’s words, that “he was lost and God led him right to me to tell him that he had hurt a lot of people.” I his trampling of our Constitution — I mean this conversation — lasted long into the night. They watched Nichols’ shooting people on TV. Nichols said he couldn’t believe he was that man. In the morning, Smith made Nichols e88s pancakes for breakfast. Then she walked out of the apartment to pick up her daughter and to call 911. The last thing Nichols said as Smith was leaving was to say hello to her daughter for him. When the police arrived, Nichols surrendered without incident, an utterly transformed human being. Smith saved the soul of a man on a killing spree by talking to him about Christianity. ;