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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, April 25, 2003, — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7 AForum Contact Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 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. Doug Toney, Editor and Publisher Gary E. Maitland, Managing Editor (830) 625-9144 Editorial- Digging into a brighter future via technology It will be years before the impact is measurable, but the importance of the moment was clearly evident Monday. Crowded into a hangar at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, more than 200 dignitaries and officials gathered for the groundbreaking of the Central Texas Technology Center. Not lost upon any of those attending was the fact it took nine long years to bring the center to fruition. As the first shovels of dirt were turned on the facility, talk turned to the benefits the center would offer citizens in Comal and Guadalupe counties. In less than 18 months, students of all ages will begin receiving training on state of the art equipment being used in the construction, manufacturing, automotive and welding trades. A nursing program is planned, thus addressing one of the most pressing needs for the growing medical industry. Few could argue that tomorrow’s job market will be increasingly driven by technology. We’ve all seen the rapid movement into technology in the last dozen years. Our workplaces will be dramatically different a decade from now. And that means our laborers must be more skilled than ever. Our leaders showed great initiative in 1999 after the comprehensive plan for New Braunfels indicated a need for improved post-secondary education. By digging into the promise of the technological era, we have ensured a brighter, better future for the next generation of workers. Policy Today In History By The Associated Press Tbday is Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2003. There are 250 days left in the year. Today’s history highlight: On April 25, 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine. On this date: In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal. In 1898, the United States formally declared war on Spain. In 1901, New York became the first state to require automobile license plates; the fee was $1. In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses. In 1945, delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. In 1983, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl expressed fears about nuclear war. In 1983, the “Pioneer Ten” spacecraft crossed Pluto’s orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way. In 1990, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as president of Nicaragua, ending eleven years of leftist Sandinista rule. The Herald-Zeitung encourages the submission of letters. Letters must be 250 words or fewer, and the Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor c/othe Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax: (830)606-3413 e-mail: [email protected] Letters To The Editor Chamber control city? That’s downright silly I read with interest your article on April IO wherein the mayor and two incumbent council members conducted a forum at South Bank on Propositions 2 and 3.1 salute all the parties for giving of their time and for getting information to the voters. Thank God we have volunteer citizens willing to contribute to the community. I was, however, dismayed by the quote attributed our one of the council members: “A majority of [city] council members are controlled by the chamber of commerce. The chamber controls the council, the council controls the money, and the chamber wants the money.” The chamber, which is composed of your neighbors and business owners, does not control the New Braunfels City Council. That is downright silly. This sentiment smacks of ridiculous conspiracy theory ideas. Next we’ll be hearing that the chamber of commerce caused the 2002 flood, faked the Apollo moon landing missions, and had five gunmen at the Kennedy assassination. Perhaps the local Rotary club con- Write ’Em---------- U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, Room 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 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/ (E-mate sent through Web site) trois the state Legislature? Many New Braunfels citizens are very active in the community, and for this we should all be grateful. Citizens that give of their time to the chamber, the city, or other local organizations should not be insulted by ridiculous allegations of puppeteering. No one organization is that powerful. If there are citizens that fear the influence of particular group, that citizen need only become involved to have their own influence felt. I would like to personally thank all the many involved citizens who give of their time to city committees, to the chamber, to the county, and to the many other local service groups. This is a great town where one person can make a difference, and where that person is welcomed. Let’s keep it positive. Let’s keep it realistic. Matt Harrison New Braunfels There’s no conspiracy espoused by chamber I wanted to respond to some comments in your April 13 article on campaign tactics. If I were undecided on how to vote on Propositions 2 and 3,1 would wonder about the support of a PAC that is founded by a person who neither lives nor works in New Braunfels. Ralph Buller said that he created the PAC based on information he got from an anonymous newsletter. He goes on to say that anonymity keeps PAC supporters safe from chamber of commerce influence over their jobs and lives and that neither he nor his job can be threatened. I am always amazed when I read articles or hear comments that support some kind of conspiracy theory about the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. I’ve been a member of the chamber for the past three years and have never seen or heard anything that would make me think that servile obedience to some party line is required, or that retaliation against employees is promoted. It is mind-boggling to me that a person would found a PAC based on information he got from an anonymous newsletter. And it is extremely irresponsible to throw around general allegations of retaliatory firings without any specifics. Ellen Salyers New Braunfels In the final weeks leading up to the May 3 elections, the Herald-Zeitung will observe the following policies regarding letters to the editor: ■ Letters or columns that endorse or rail against candidates involved in the municipal or Comal ISO school board races will not be published. ■ Letters or columns that deal with the propositions appearing on the election ballots will be published, but any references for or against candidates will be deleted from those submissions ■ Eietixm-ieiased letters and columns wfl not be published after April X. Austin office Jennifer Lustina, state director Betti 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-San Antonio Room 2231 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-4236 San Antonio office 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 (210)821-5024 Governor Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512)463-1849 Texas State Representative Cartel Casteel, 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 O house Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 How to contact in Austin: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794Let me spell it out: To be antiwar is prolife Sean Hannity, a radio talk-show ost and Fox News whiner, has a ne-rut mind. Every criticism or issent, no matter what the subset, the topic or the source, is a ift-wing attack against his hero, eorge W. Bush. Well, what can you expect from n immature groupie? Every time e tries to think, his face reflects ie pain of the effort. But he real-f showed his emptiness recently hen he said that criticism of the fluted States failing to guard the "aqi National Museum was — ou guessed it — just left-wing oreheads who are mad that Present Bush’s war has been so nccessful. Give me a break. That museum i one of the five greatest muse-ms on Earth. It contained trea-ures that are the heritage of man-ind. There are 140,000 U.S. mil-ary personnel in Iraq. We've rotected all the oil fields, north nd south. Do you really believe Charley Reese we couldn’t have spared two fire teams to guard the irreplaceable artifacts of the beginnings of Western civilization? Of course we could have. Somebody just goofed. This is not a left/nght, liberal/conservative issue. It’s not a question of patriots versus traitors, as the morons among the neoconservative crowd try to paint every human being who refuses to click his heels and salute their guru, Richard Perle, and their emperor, George Bush. This is a cultural issue. Three great treasures — the museum, the National Library and the largest collection of Koranic writings in the world — were looted and burned. Since we had destroyed the Iraqi government, it was our responsibility to protect them. I don’t blame President Bush. I’m sure he’s unaware of their existence. After all, he brags about not reading. But what would we say if the crowds who have rioted in Washington in the past had been allowed to loot and burn the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress? Do you think we would have accepted an excuse that there weren’t enough cops to protect those two treasures? One hates to disillusion the permanently adolescent among us, but this tiny sliver of life in which we are participating is a dot on a long line of human civilization. One day, we will be as forgotten as the Assyrians, and hopefully some museum will have artifacts from our brief stay on the stage of history. There is definitely a whiff of anti-intellectualism — so characteristic of fascist states — in the air. Beware of bully boys who worship the military and scoff at museums and libraries. Beware of people whose limited brains see everyone as either an ally or an enemy. Beware of people who can’t tell the difference between patriotism and military conquest. Beware of people so stupid and ignorant that they accept anything and everything the political and the media demagogues tell them. Thomas Jefferson, who would have been outraged by the loss of the museum and the library, said, “Those who expect to be ignorant and free expect what never was and never will be.” Amen cubed. I’m no longer concerned about liberals or conservatives, leftists or rightists. I just pray to God for a nonideologue with a three-digit IQ. If we don’t elevate the level of intelligence and integrity of our government, we are going to end up floating on the cesspool of history. As for anyone being disappointed that the war was conducted rapidly and successfully, that’s bidi. I was opposed to the war, but I’m glad it was quick and there were as few casualties as there have been. Every antiwar person I know of or have read feels the same way. You have to be a really sick puppy to imagine that anyone would want to see Americans die just because they disagree with the policy that put them in harm’s way. Let me spell it out for the mentally impaired: People are antiwar because they do not wish to see anyone die — our soldiers, their soldiers, our civilians or their civilians. Antiwar is prolife. (Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist.) ;