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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 how to coamcr 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 IWIIIHl iii iii I iii 11 ii I ■ 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 E-mail address: [email protected] house, 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: jeff. Wentworth @ senate, ■ Judith Zaffirini 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Our Opinion CISD trustees are aggressively tackling growth KRUM 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. 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 The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees has some difficult decisions to make in the near future. With growth in the district continuing at breakneck pace, adding up to 800 students every year, the district will have to build new schools to address the problem. When looking for a new superintendent, growth was obviously on the mind of trustees. The man they chose to replace Nancy f uller, Dr. Marc Walker, has experience in dealing with growth and passing bond issues. But long before Fuller resigned, trustees began looking to die future. By creating a Strategic Planning Committee, the district went to work to figure out how best to deal with growth issues. The committee worked long and hard to understand the impacts of growth and took its findings back to trustees recently. The district quickly began taking steps to address the problems. Trustees first added sixth grade to the middle school ranks and then changed sizes of new schools to make future facilities bigger. In the near future, the school board will likely ask taxpayers to pass a bond to pay for the construction of new schools. What exactly the bond will look like and how much money will be needed is yet to be determined. Asking voters for more money will be a challenge. Before voters have their say, they can be thankful that trustees have worked diligently to ensure Com... ISI) w ill be able to handle the grow th when it happens. Voters can be thankful that trustees have worked diligent- j ly to ensure Comal ISO will be able to handle \ the growth when I it happens. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2005. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's I lighlight in History: On Aug. 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steam Boat began heading up New York’s Hudson River on its successful annular-trip to Albany. On this date: In 1863, Federal batteries and ships bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor during the Civil War. In 1896, a prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, a finding that touched off the Klondike gold rush. In 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who had maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.) In 1942, during World War ll, U.S. Highth Air Force bombers attacked Rouen, France. In 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina. Have faith; like everything else, news business is cyclical and it will change Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins is on vacation this week. Her column will resume next week. The news business is in decline. The evidence is the current emphasis on individual crime stories and stories about the entertainment industry. Now, the funny thing about that declining statement is that it isn’t new. The news business, like every other human institution, is cyclical. It has high points and low points. Thomas Jefferson, who once said he’d prefer a free press and no government to a government without a free press, soured on the institution after the Federalist newspapers worked him over so incessantly. In a letter to a friend, Jefferson complained: “It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle." In 1941,1 LL. Mencken, himself a newspaperman most of his life, wrote: “To the best of my knowledge and belief, the average American newspaper, even of the so-called better sort, is not only quite as bad as Upton Sinclair says it is, but IO times worse — IO times as ignorant, IO times as unfair and tyrannical, IO times as complaisant and pusillanimous, and IO times as devious, hypocritical, disingenuous, deceitful, pharisaical, Pecksniffian, fraudulent, slippery, unscrupulous, perfidious, lewd and dishonest.’’ As you can see, today’s liberals complaining that the press is conservative and the conservatives complaining that it is too liberal are Sunday-schoolers compared with some of the real critics of the press. I was lucky to enter the business at the tail end of its blue-collar era, when city rooms CHARLEYREESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. You can write to him at PO. Box 2446, Orlando, Fla. 32802. Ml,}#,. COVA were full of smoke, drunks and profanity. There were even occasionally fistfights. And there were lots of characters. One of my early editors drank scotch out of an iced-tea glass with no water in it. One afternoon, when I returned from the beat, I asked him if he’d like a cup of coffee. “Listen, Reese, I just spent $15 getting a buzz on, and I ain’t about to ruin it with no (expletive deleted) 10-cent cup of coffee," he growled. That was in the days when you could buy coffee for a dime and a shot of whiskey for 50 cents. One of the men I worked with was an alcoholic who rode a big Indian motorcycle to work, rain or shine, summer or winter. He was in his 60s and had a purple nose. He hid his bottle of vodka in the men’s room, and he was so expert in timing his nips that he would write his last headline and drink his last swallow at the same time. I Ie could ride that motorcycle even when he was too drunk to walk. I saw him do it. Today’s newsroom resembles a Prudential Insurance office. Smoking is forbidden, and there is only the faint clatter of computer-keyboard keys. I knew the business was doomed when they put a salad bar in the lunchroom. Today’s journalists tend to be salad-eaters and joggers, and those who smoke don’t smoke tobacco. But have faith. Like everything else, the business will change, and maybe for the better. 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. 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: [email protected] zeitung.comMr. President, go meet the protester, but not alone CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services Internatiorud. He hosts ‘After Hours" on Fox News Channel Saturdays at ll p.rn. EST. Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1500, Chicago. 60611, or leai>ean e-mail at www. calthomas. com. here are many v alid reasons why President Bush should not meet again with Cindy Sheehan, the mother of Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq. There is one reason he should and that reason trumps the others. Yes, such a meeting would set a bad precedent, because it would say that all one has to do to get time with the president is to stage a protest in August during the slow news cycle and one can enjoy a privilege available to few Americans. Yes, Cindy Sheehan has become a tool — and a willing one — of the far left which is unrelenting in its criticism of the president and his policies. She dominates the Michael Moore Web page, which urges more people to show up at the president’s ranch in Crawford, so they can be on IV and have their pictures in newspapers. The Moore Web site carries her daily rants, most of which are about her own “feelings” and the “insane war.” She calls herself a "progressive liberal." Yes, the president can wait her out. She has said she is staying until he either sees her or he returns to Washington. Yes, the media would love to have her meet with die president in private. It would duly record her predictable statement that he was insensitive and uncaring and that he did not respond to her concerns or complaints. It would be a well-choreographed attack on the president. I lere’s the reason he should meet with her, but not alone. Other relatives of dead and wounded soldiers and some of the soldiers, themselves, should be included. I Ie might also invite a few Iraqis who support the effort to free a people long held in bondage by Saddam I lussein and who face new bondage under the totalitarian dictatorship of Islamofacism if this effort fails. The president should hold the meeting in a public place. Let the criticism How, but let Iraqi women tell their stories about rape and torture at the hands of Saddam’s now-dead sons. Allow Iraqi men to tell about life under Saddam and how grateful they are that he is gone. Wounded soldiers and families of the dead would speak in support of the war effort. Members of Sheehan’s own family could come. They posted a letter on the Drudge Web site in support of the president. President Bush is hearing Cindy Sheehan from behind a protective wall of security at his Crawford ranch. I Ie addressed reporters last week, saying he sympathizes with her loss and knows she feels strongly about her position and “she has every right in the world to say what she believes. This is America." The president passed her in a motorcade on the way to a political fund-raiser, prompting Sheehan to hold up a sign that read, “Why do you make time for donors and not for me?” A meeting with her among many would help dilute her political objective and allow other voices to be heard. It would also reinforce the president’s position that withdrawal before Iraq is stabilized would do irreparable harm to American interests, Middle East stability and ultimately cost many more American lives as terrorists and fighters claim victory over the United States and feel emboldened to continue their terror campaign to establish one theocratic state after another. This isn t Vietnam, as Sheehan claims. While Vietnam is communist, Vietnamese did not attack America on Sept. ll, nor are they infiltrating our country in an attempt to destroy us. To those who say Saddam didn’t attack us on Sept. 11, the answer the president can give is that terror is all part of the same fanatical package. Let Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld preside at the gathering. He is the most articulate member of the administration when it comes to defending the reasons we are in Iraq. Let the president answer respectful, even challenging questions. Americans would appreciate a president who would risk putting himself in rhetorical harm’s way when our soldiers are in far greater danger. The case for creating peace and stability in Iraq is a good one, but it needs to be made repeatedly because of short attention spans, bad memory and the boldness of the left, which thinks it has found the president vulnerable. Go and meet again with Cindy Sheehan, Mr. President, but this time not in private and not alone. ;