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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas best ammlable Page 6A — Hhrald-Zeitung —Thursday, August 7, 2003Forum Contact Managihg Editor Gary E. Maitland 625-9144, ext. 220 Nhw 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) 625-9144Other Views Fort Worth Star-Telegram on diplomats should be diplomatic: When it comes to international relations, talking is almost always better than not talking. Better that North Koreans have agreed to participate in six-nation talks about their nuclear weapons buildup than the alternative — which is too potentially devastating to consider. While diplomats from the United States, North and South Korea, China, Japan and Russia are still a long way from actually sitting at a table to discuss the particulars how North Korea can end its nuclear program, the fact such details are being worked out is promising. That makes John Bolton’s speech on Thursday in Seoul, South Korea, an example of when talk isn’t always better. Bolton, undersecretary for arms control and international security, outlined a litany of accusations against North Korean ruler Kim Jong ll, including labeling him an extortionist, a fool and a criminal. Here’s how London’s Financial Times saw it: “Washington’s moustachioed and bespectacled arms control negotiator shocked South Koreans accustomed to quiet and cautious negotiations with North Korea: he launched a fierce attack on Kim Jong ll, North Korea’s dictator, as the embodiment of everything evil about the regime.” Nice talk from an undersecretary in the State Department, which is supposed to engage in diplomacy.Today In History- By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2003. There are 146 days left in the year. Today’s highlight in history: On Aug. 7, 1942, U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. On this date: In 1782, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned officers. In 1934, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down the government’s attempt to ban the James Joyce novel “Ulysses." In 1959, the United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth. In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Ibnkin resolution, giving President Johnson powers to deal with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces. In 1974, French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center. In 1989, a plane carrying Congressman Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 15 others disappeared over Ethiopia. There were no survivors. In 2000, Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman to be the first Jewish vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket. Silly rre,., and I taught putting ite crimfnaie) in prison frouQfvr-rtie crime rate down I /PolicyLetters To The EditorNew businesses wouldadd to city’s traffic woes It was hard for me to be ecstatic New Braunfels was working so hard to bring new companies to the area. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, I’m sure, had no problem being very happy. Evidently, none of our city council members or Michael Meek have been on the road Saturday mornings at the intersections of Texas 46, 1-35, Business 35 and the access roads. It is a nightmare. Cars are at a standstill. There is no place to go because of congestion. I tried two different ways to head south. It took me 35 minutes to finally get through that mess. I called my city council member, Larry Alexander, to voice my problem, and he told me he was going to talk to the police chief about “cutting loose” a couple of officers to direct traffic at the mentioned locations. This past Saturday, the situation had not changed one bit, and I did not see a single officer in the area. I wish New Braunfels residents could get half the attention the Guadalupe River, Schlitterbahn and any potential new businesses now receive from our city leaders. God have mercy on us next year if something is not done to control traffic. The kicker is we are inviting new businesses to join our traffic problem. I believe local folks come first, since we are supporting our city on a year-round basis. Us little folk deserve just a little consideration. Joan P. Helmke New BraunfelsCircle Arts also shines positive light on local youths I wholeheartedly agree with Rudy Seidel’s recent comments about youth today too often being portrayed in a negative way and what a positive image they made in ‘The Music Man” at the Brauntex. This was completely reinforced at Circle Arts Theatre’s recent production of “Godspell.” This all-college cast, 70 percent beginning their acting days with Circle Arts Theatre’s youth company, The Inner Circle, gave countless hours of time, energy, dedication and enthusiasm during their summer vacations without any monetary gain. Their high degree of professionalism would rival any stage production in New York. Rafael Aguilar, as Jesus, was not acting; he was “being.” Tha* spirituality transcended to all of the disciples. Filled with song, wit, humor, modern happenings and a stage set amidst a construction site, Roberta Elliott brought out the message loud and clear. God is within each and every one of us, and the world cannot survive without love. As Paula Owen, director of the Southwest School of Art and Craft, recently wrote, “the arts are vital in our complex world ... art helps us to articulate the human experience, to express the inexpressible ... arts are a cultural commonality.” Our community is filled with an unusual wealth of the arts — support them, and take time to enjoy and learn. Wayne A. Rahe New BraunfelsWhere do lost-and-found items from Schlitterbahn go? My son is a season pass holder at Schlitterbahn. Last week, he and a friend were pulled from a ride in the park and forced to give up their season passes for two weeks. Their crime was finding money in the water. They were told it was against the rules to look for money and were not to pick up anything that had been lost. The security person told them all money that is lost is collected and given to a women’s shelter, but they could not say how much is collected on a daily/yearly basis. I am all for giving the money to charity if that is the case, but I want to know where all the sunglasses, jewelry, etc... is going. If finding money is against the rules, carrying money in a bathing suit pocket should be banned. Mark A. Crider New Braunfels 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. Guest columns should be less than 500 words. An address and telephone number, which are not for publication, must be included so authorship can be confirmed. No letter will be published until it has been verified. 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] ’Em City Council Mayor Adam Cork 608-2100, city hall 609-1958, home mayor® District 1 Sonia Munoz-Gill 608-2100 District 2 Larry Alexander 609-1242, home District 3 Gale Pospisil 625-6997, work District 4 Valerie Hull (210) 533-1250, work District 5 Lee Rodriguez 629-4901, work District 6 Ken Valentine 625-7384, home [email protected] Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 620-5501 Fax: 608-2026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 620-5504 (830) 899-2948, home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin 620-5509 (210) 651-9672, home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 620-5503 606-9208, home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 620-5508 (830) 625-6739, homePentagon, gay school symptoms of nation’s insanity I’ve said before our poor country sometimes resembles an open-air insane asylum. Alas, here are two more pieces of evidence to support that assertion: 1) New York City has decided to fund a high school strictly for homosexuals. 2) The Pentagon planned to set up a “futures market” in which investors could speculate on such things as terrorist acts, assassinations and the overthrow of governments. As Jack Paar used to say, “I kid you not.” Fortunately, enough people in Congress were outraged by this latest wacky idea from the Pentagon that the fearless bureaucrats have backed off. They already had a Web site for what they euphemistically referred to as the Policy Analysis Market. Apparently, they reasoned the famed invisible hand of the market would be a better predictor of future terrorist acts than our intelligence agencies. It was to be set up so you could, in effect, bet money on who would get assassinated Charley Reese or which government would get overthrown. Well, given the record, tea leaves and the readers of entrails from roadkill would be better predictors than the CIA, the DLA (Defense Intelligence Agency) or all the other alphabet organizations in the so-called intelligence community. One day, Americans are going to ask politicians just what we get for the $40 billion these spooks spend every year, aside from mythical weapons of mass destruction and a failure to protect Americans from terrorists. Nevertheless, belief that market forces could predict political events shows an insane, cultlike faith in capitalism. You would think somebody in the Pentagon would have remembered the millions of Americans who lost trillions of aollars in the last market collapse. What made them think the market would be any better at predicting murder and revolution than it is at predicting a good economic future? As for the homosexual high school, this is being done on the grounds homosexual students are harassed and bullied. Are we going to build separate high schools for everybody who gets teased or bullied — skinny kids, fat kids, freckled kids, redheads, not to mention blacks, Hispanics, whites and Asians? In the first place, the homosexual lobby greatly exaggerates alleged harassment of homosexuals, in my opinion. Most of the young people I’ve talked to are quite tolerant. Why shouldn’t they be, given they are being brainwashed daily by the media, Hollywood and television to accept homosexuality as normal behavior? In the second place, as politi cally incorrect as it is to say, there is no homosexual gene. Homosexuality is a product of environment and choice. Why put 13-year-olds who are just coming to terms with sexuality in an environment that will encourage them to choose homosexuality? That, it seems to me, is social engineering run amok. Third, the answer to rude behavior and bullying is to toss the bullies and the yahoos out of school — not isolate their victims. This leads to another case of social engineering run amok. When I was a kid in school, the standard answer to bullies was to fight them. Teachers, at least in the civilized area of the Old South where I lived, paid no attention to students’ fistfight-ing. Today, students face criminal charges if they swap punches in a public school This is stupid. Boys are naturally competitive, and they need ways to let the steam out. Keep it bottled up by prohibiting fistfights, and you might end up with a Columbine shooting spree. Most schoolyard fights ended with a handshake and no serious damage to either participant. My first suspension came in the second grade when, after losing a fair fight to the biggest boy in the whole elementary school, I beaned him with a rock. When he recovered, we fought again with the same result, only this time I could see the pointlessness of getting beat up, beaning him with a rock, getting beat up, beaning him with a rock, etc., on into the indefinite future. I decided to shake hands instead and go back to being friends. Unfortunately, social engineers don’t allow kids today to have the benefit of that kind of learning experience. Just as they call high spirits a medical condition, they call normal conflicts criminal behavior. God save the nation that loses all of its common sense. (Charley Reese is a syndicated columnist.) ;