New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram on bill would require pledge of allegiance:
Cating respect for U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, committees from both chambers of the Texas legislature have approved bills aimed at making sure that the state's public school students liegin (‘very day with reflection and patriotism. The effort has praiseworthy goals, but it is misguided.
The bills, which await action by the full House and Senate, would require school districts to set aside a “moment of silence’ during which each student must “reflect, pray, meditate or engage in any other silent activity’ that does not disturb others.
The bills also would require students to pledge their allegiance to the U.S. and Tbxas flags each day. Students may be excused from this activity if they bring to sch<xil a written request from a parent or guardian.
The spirit Ik‘hi rid these bills — respect for (ruination and deep appreciation for the sacrifices of our soldiers on the field of battle — misses the vital jxiint that patriotism cannot lie forced. It cannot even be taught. It must come from inside.
Public schools can and should teach every student alxmt the history of our nation and its ideals. Teachers should be taking the opportunity to engage students in discussions about this war and how it fits with that history and those ideals.
In those ways, and through the same types of discussions with parents or other respected adults, young people's patriotism is nourished.
But for the state government to require the ritual of daily pledges will gain nothing. And to say that the student may opt out of the ritual with a parental note simply targets them for potential abuse from their peers.
lineally elected schixil Ixiards may now appreve a daily moment of silence and the daily pledge. At least that option provides kx^al control over these important issues.
Further action from the* Legislature is not needed and would Ik* counterproductive.
Today In History--
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, April ll, the 101st day of 2003. There an* 2f>4 days left in the year.
Todays history highlight:
On April ll, 1945, during World War II, American Moldier!* liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany.
On this date:
In 1689, William Iii and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
In 1814, Napoleon Bona
parte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba.
In 1898, President McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.
In 1899, the treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.
In 1921, Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
In 1951, President Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his commands in the Far Fast.
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Letters To The Editor
It s about money, not cleaner air
Unless motorists are willing to pay an additional $27 per vehicle every year for omissions testing, I urge everyone to attend the Clean Air Plan public meeting at 9 a.rn Saturday at the Seguin City Council Chambers.
'ITie Clean Air Plan applies to all residents in Bexar, Guadalupe, Comal and Wilson counties.
For years, ozone monitors were located only in Bexar County, bast year, a monitor was activated at the New Braunfels Airport on Aug. MO. It was soon deactivated on Nov. 2. Its fourth highest eight-hour daily maximum reading was 78 parts per billion. The KPA standard for attainment is
George W Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington. D C. 20500 U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Dallas
Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D C 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 8023 Vantage Drive,
San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 John Comyn
Senate Russell Courtyard 5 Washington 20510 Tel: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 http://comyn.senate.gov/
to he less that 85 ppb. Thus, air quality at New Braunfels Airport was in attainment.
The 2003 ozone season has already begun, yet the New Braunfels Airport monitor was not reactivated Instead, new monitors were placed in Seguin and Garden Ridge. Perhaps, monitors that record grxxl air quality might undermine t he current push for vehicle emissions testing.
Remember the old saying follow the money? lf implemented, $8 of every $27 testing fee would go to the state. (/Onsidering the current $10 billion budget deficit, it is easy Pa understand why the state agencies want emissions testing.
The* state claims ozone is JI health issue and test ing should begin regardless of costs.
Based on the? best modeling information available, vehicle emissions testing would reduce ozone levels by only 3 ppb. After more than 20 years of installing engine pollution control devices, cars are no longer the biggest polluters. From the list of 90 possible ozone reduction strategies, many could reduce ozone more than vehicle emissions testing, hut they would not increase government revenue.
The Clean Air Plan should include* the most effective ozone reduction strategies based on gixxi scientific data collected by proper scientific methods. Unfortunately, government’s desire for more money is now the most important consideration.
Charles Rupperl Cibolo
(All e-mails are sent through the Web site)
Jennifer Lustina, state director Beth Cubriel, field director 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Office: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512)469-6020
San Antonio office Daniel Mezza, regional director 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Office: (210)224-7485 Fax; (210)224-8569 U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith,
R-Sari Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 1100 NE Loop 410,
San Antonio, TX 78209 (210)821-5024
Governor Rick Perry
State Capitol, Room 2S.1
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711
Fax: (512) 463-1849
Texas State Representative
R-New Braunfels District office:
254 E Mill Street New Braunfels 78130 (830) 627-8820 Fax: (830) 627-8895 How to contact in Austin:
P.O. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 e-mail address: carter.casteel (ct house. state tx. us
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Mayor Adam Cork 608-2100 city hall 609-1958 home mayor® nbtexas.org District 1 Sonia Muhoz-Gill 608-2100 District 2 Larry Alexander 609-1242 home District 3 Debbie Flume 629-2496 home/work District 4 Robert Kendrick 643-1177 home (281) 686-7480 work District 5 Lee Rodrigue? 629-4901 work District 6 Ken Valentine 625-7384 home tuberkdv ® aol.com Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 150 N. Seguin Ave.
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606 9208 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 620-5508 (830) 625-6739 homeSorting out the winners, losers in war debate
BELFAST, Northern Ireland There was something comical about the “antiwar” protesters who gathered here for the abbreviated Bush-Blair summit meeting. They were opposing a war that is nearly over. They demonized the victors who are fighting in a moral cause and not the losers, who fight to preserve an immoral rule These protesters’ silence during the dei**#*! (and possibly dead) Saddam Husseins three decades of murder and mayhem makes them irrelevant.
Iii toting up the winners and losers of this war, the top loser after Saddam Hussein and his regime must Im* the political left. From Hollywood’s Martin Sheen and Michael Moore to European “leaders/ the United Nations and aging peaceniks and their illegitimate progeny, the left has suffered a stunning defeat. These losers were wrong from tin* beginning because their view of humanity and of good and evil is flawed.
Evil must he opposed, sometimes by force. As freed Iraqis
begin to testify to the horror and degradation imposed on them by Saddam Hussein, the left will he hard pressed to explain why they were again on the wrong side of history.
Their credibility is on a par with the Iraqi information minister who claimed that no coalition tanks had entered Baghdad at n time when the tanks could be seen and heard.
Other losers include the Chinese, Russian and French governments, each of which supplied more arms to Haddam Hussein than any other nation. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (cited hi Michael Gove’s April 8 column in the London Times), between 1973
and 2902 Russia provided 57 percent of Saddam’s arms imports,
F ranco 13 percent and China 12 percent. The United States supplied just I percent at most and Britain less than that.
War critics are wrong when they claim thai the United States and Britain are primarily respon-sible for Saddam’s weaponry. No wonder the French, Russians and Chinese opposed coalition efforts. They didn’t want their complicity and duplicity discovered
Some in the American and es-pecially British media were losers because they regularly painted a doomsday scenario f rom their predictions of a Vietnam-like quagmire to questioning the wisdom of every military move. ABC’s Peter Jennings was especially guilty of extreme negativity alwmt coalition policies and progress, hut he was no worse than the entire BBC, which appeared to lie in need of antidepressants, to say nothing of a shot of truth serum.
The notion that free nations can and should do nothing about
oppressed people was a big loser. At a joint news conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Bush said “free nations have a responsibility to confront terrorism (and) promote human rights across the world.” Call this the Jimmy Carter doctrine, hut with muscle.
The winners in this conflict are many, starting with the people of Iraq, who have an opportunity (if they will seize it) not only to elm rn freedom for themselves hut also their |x>stenty and to serve* as an example to the region, as they once did in ancient times.
President Bush endured the most personal invective Ut emerge t riumphant. At the Hillsborough Castle news conference the president said, “There is a question in Flu rope about whether I mean what I say. Saddam Hussein now knows I mean what I say.” So does the rest of the world.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Ins deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, along with the commander of the coalition forces,
Gen. Tommy Franks, are also winners. They ignored criticism that their plan was flawed, that there were not enough troops committed to the task and that casualty rates would be unacceptably high. None of this proved true.
All of tin? clergy, academics and commentators who predicted America would lose the war of public opinion and that this “adventure” would produce "a thousand Bin Ladens” are also wrong. Why should it not produce a thousand, or millions, of Winston Churchills and people who want freedom from religious and political dictators?
History has been on the side of freedom, the side President Bush is on. If he is able to expand these freedoms in the Middle FkisI and in Northern Ireland, this president (so reviled by European eunuchs) will be the biggest winner of all.
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