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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 — Herald-Zettung — Tuesday, August 16, 2005 FORUM Our Opinion Our gratitude should be alive 60 years later F WHAT ARE YOUR ■ What are your memories of the end of World War ll? What do you think our nation learned from the sacrifices made 60 years ago? How did the war shape today's world? Send your thoughts to: War Memories 707 Landa St. New Braunfels 78130 or send e mail to news@herald- or many of the veterans who fought in the Pacific theater, and for those who survived the brutal conditions in the prisoner of war and labor camps, the war against the Japanese in the Par East will always be the forgotten war. When Victory in Europe (V-E) Day arrived in May 1945, it signalled the end of the war in Europe, but as thousands of people took to the streets in celebration, many servicemen and their families were preparing themselves for : what turned out to be three long months of continued suffering. That suffering finally came to a close on Aug. 15,1945, the day on which the Allies announced the surrender of Japanese forces during World War II —V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day. With each passing year, it is getting harder and harder to find survivors of World War II — men and women v/ho believed enough in democracy to fight for freedom. Whether they fought in Europe or in the Pacific, 60 years later we still owe them a debt of gratitude. We would not have the freedoms we enjoy without the sacrifices made by their generation. If you know a World War II veteran, make it a point this week to extend to that veteran a word of thanks. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of2005. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 16,1977, Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42. On this date: In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, Vt. In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812. In 1829, the original “Siamese twins,” Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston to be exhibited to the Western world. In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable. In 1861, President Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy. In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53. In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in Chicago. 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. Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and ('amal ( .aunty 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 ■■■■NHi I Mi ■■■■■■■ Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis Pirro vs. Hillary Clinton will be a battle royal for New York Senate seat DICKMORRIS Dick Morris was an (uiviser to Bill Clinton for 20 years. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor c/o Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- Westchester District Attorney Jea-nine Pirro is about to formally announce her candidacy for Senate from New York, which will pit her against I lillary in a battle royal. This is just the kind of fight that Sen. Clinton would have hoped to avoid. While I lillary would have no problem dispatching an opponent like Nixon son-in-law Edward Cox or Yonkers Mayor John Spencer (the two other possible COP contenders), Pirro presents a real problem. Jeanine Pirro is pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-affirmative action, pro-gay-civil unions and pro-immigra-tion. And, of course, shes a woman. In a sense, I lillary will have to end up running against someone who is quite like herself in her public positions: Except, of course, Pirro is a good oldfashioned antitax, anticrime, tough-on-ter-ror Republican from the suburbs. I lillary would love to cloak her Senate reelection as a necessity in the face of a determined COP effort to overturn Roe vs. Wade and to roll back the clock on gun controls. But against Pirro, she will be disarmed of all her best issues. She will have to run on her own record, which is limited at hest. Pirro, on the other hand, can point out that I lillary refuses to say that she will serve out her term if elected — since we all know that the day the returns are in she will start her campaign for president. (I lillary has her own twist on the famous line of Cen. Sherman: ‘‘If elected, I refuse to serve”). The Quinnipiac Poll recently found that I lillary beat Pirro by more than 30 percentage points — but in the same poll, 60 percent of the state’s voters said that Mrs. Clinton should pledge to serve out her full term if she runs for the Senate. Pirro looks weak in the polls right now because she only has about a 30 percent level of real name recognition statewide. But the fact that about one I lillary voter in three says that Mrs. Clinton should promise not to run for president if she seeks re-election to the Senate is an indication that all will not be well for her as she seeks a second term. If I lillary faced a right-wing opponent, voters would overlook her refusal to promise to serve if elected — but with Pirro, they may come to feel that they have a choice. Recently, Pirro indicated, for example, that she would join the bipartisan group of 14 senators who promised to save the Senate from destruction by pledging to support reasonable judicial nominees and to refrain from unreasonable filibusters. And Pirro doesn’t need to beat Hillary to wound her. If she finishes less than the 12 points behind Clinton that Rick Lazio managed in the 2000 election, it will be a victory of sorts. I lillary will have some explaining to do to tell why fewer New Yorkers wanted her to be re-elected than voted for her in the first place. And, at some point, Mrs. Clinton may feel Pirro gaining on them and wonder if it is worth the battle. It’s worth remembering that Hillary did not want Bill to run for re-election for governor of Arkansas in 1990 as he contemplated a race for president in 1992. (Back then she had a better idea: She would run in his place!) I lillary almost has a lock on the Democratic nomination in 2008 and can build up a massive financial and political lead over all possible rivals. But if she is engaged in a nip-and-tuck battle in New York to keep what she already has, she will have to divert $30 million or $40 million from her presidential race and spend her time in Rochester, rather than in Iowa. If Pirro posts some early gains, particularly upstate, where it is cheap to do early advertising, I lillary and Bill may read the handwriting on the wall and she may pull out of the race. 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 ■ Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. 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 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512)463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: [email protected] ■ Judith Zaffirini SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095The major emphasis of our country should be the family CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Fea -lures Syndicate. You can write to him at PO. Box 2446, Orlando, Fla. 32802. The formula for a successful nation was spelled out a long time ago by Chinese sages. Nothing in the modern world renders it obsolete. It is one of those universal truths that remain true for all times and for all people. “The men of old... first set up good government in their own states; wanting good government in their states, they first established order in their own families; wanting order in the home, they first disciplined themselves; desiring selfdiscipline, they rectified their own hearts; and wanting to rectify their hearts, they sought precise verbal definitions of their inarticulate thoughts," the sages said. One of the traits that distinguish the modern liberal is the belief in systemic problems and therefore systemic solutions. The conservative recognizes that all human problems begin with the individual. The liberal, believing that crime is a result of societal conditions, thinks if the socie ty is corrected, crime will disappear. The conservative knows better. While all humans must adapt to their environment, happiness is not dependent on the environment, but rather on the individual’s assessment of his environment. More importantly, the environment cannot change the individual. A wise Jewish doctor who survived the death camps discovered that Sigmund Freud — who believed that if the restraints of civilization were lifted, people would revert to animal savagery — was wrong. In the camps where those restraints were destroyed, he said those who came in good remained good; those who came in bad remained bad. In other words, whether one is kind or ruthless is not a product of the environment. it is a product of what is in the individual’s heart. To use a more common example, all that alcohol does is lower inhibitions. Therefore, a “mean drunk" is a mean person even when sober. A ruthlessly selfish person is a ruthlessly selfish person even in ordinary circumstances. That is why government's ability to control individuals is quite limited. It can attempt to manipulate their minds, and it can apply sanctions to certain actions. But laws and penalties against murder cannot change a killer. If they could, there would be no homicides. Laws and penalties against fraud and theft cannot change a crook. Therefore, just as the Chinese sages realized, all reforms must not only start with the individual but be carried out by the individual. While extreme circumstances, such as poverty that threatens the life of a man’s family, might cause an honest man to steal to keep his family alive, such a person remains an honest man, whereas the dishonest individual will steal even when he is rich. T he corporate crooks we see today were already rich beyond the dreams of the average person, but they stole anyway. Avarice rules their hearts. One of the advantages of religion is that virtually all the major religions recognize the reality of human nature, which is Hawed and fallible. Therefore, they concentrate on helping the individual rectify his own heart rather than seek societal changes. George Washington recognized this. I pointed out that a free republic requires virtuous citizens. Religion is die only force that can teach virtue to masses of people. Therefore, anyone who is an ent my of religion is an enemy of a free republic. Organized religion, of course, cannot escape human nature. Priests, preacher rabbis and imams can be bad people, too. But on the whole, religion will reform more people than a million laws. Ii is well to remember that the greatest mass murderers in human history — Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and MaoTse-tung — were all atheists. T hey were men who carried secular modern liberalism to its logical extreme. Imperfect humans will never create a perfect society or a perfect government. But we get closer if we aim correctly. Today, the major emphasis in our country should not be on immigration ( the war on terrorism or global warming, but on the family. We should always judge each law and each policy on the criteria of what effect it will have on the family. ;