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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, August 26, 2005 FORUM 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 Our Opinion Milltown residents provided us all a lesson in civic pride F Government is I not always able I to respond in a ; timely manner, i but determined I residents who join together can make a lot j happen. or years, residents in the Milltown area of New Braunfels watched as the Faust Street Bridge turned from a city landmark into a weed-infested area where danger lurked. The residents watched and waited, hoping the city would do something to clean up the area that became known for binge parties, drugs and the occasional homeless person. When the government did not answer the call to clean up the area, the residents decided to do it themselves. Saturday, dozens of Milltown residents, as well as people from other areas of New Braunfels, answered the call to return the historic bridge to the stature it once held. The residents cut down trees, hauled off brush, removed truckloads of trash and worked through a miserably hot August day to take back their neighborhood. Several city employees pitched in on their day off and elected officials of all stripes showed up to lend a helping hand. At the end of the day, the teamwork approach left Faust Street Bridge a nice place and left Milltown a safer neighborhood. The residents of Milltown proved a lot to themselves and to the city Saturday. The area of town may be down, but the neighbors proved it is not out. The gathering set an example for all of us to follow. Tile message was simple — if you see something that needs done, go do it. Government is not .Jv.ay abit pond in a timely manner, but determined residents who join together can make a lot happen. We applaud the Milltown residents and all the others who joined together Saturday to make New Braunfels a nicer and safer place for everyone. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2005. There are 127 days left in the year. Today s I lighlight in History: On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared in effect. On this date: In 55 B.C., Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain. In 1936, the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty, calling for most British troops to leave Egypt (except those guarding the Suez Canal) was signed in Montreux, Switzerland (it was abrogated by Egypt in 1951). In 1957, the Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. In 1964, President Lyndon johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic national convention in Atlantic City, NJ. In 1972, the summer Olympics games opened in Munich, West Germany. In 1974, Charles Lindbergh — the first man to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic — died at his home in Hawaii at age 72. In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I. Amenc&'s problem wiiti (m\\nm I GUESTCOLUMN ‘Wimpy, mindless demonstrators are a mark of a ‘pity me society’ What happened to all those 9/11 commandos that supported Bush when he proudly proclaimed that they, meaning those that had some complicity in this dastardly attack would hear from us? Today, all too many of them have forgotten that this war was all too long in the making. In the Clinton administration, the many attacks on this nation were handled as a “police action." How in the world they came to this conclusion is beyond comprehension. The “police action" under Clinton and his drugstore commandos were not only born of ignorance, but were a political response to several terrorists attacks, i.e., the World Trade Center, the USS Cole and others. Policy showed that we were, as a nation, a paper tiger. After the attack on Pearl I larbor, Japanese Admiral Yamamoto proclaimed that Japan had woken a sleeping giant. Today, it appears we started as a tiger and are now pussycats. We are not acting as a great nation, but as a nation of quitters because things are not going our way. Wily? Because we are a divided nation with a liberal bent on destroying everything we stand for. We are fast becoming a ‘ pity me society,” and they are winning the bathe on the homefront. We are now a nation of self-serving wimps. We lack the courage and resolve to prosecute the war as it should be. The polls show that 63 percent of our citizens now think Bush is not, in this matter, doing a good job. I guess those that were treating the attack on this nation as a ‘police action” were! Folks, if you have an ounce of common sense, you must know that President Bush was left holding the bag by the prior administration. History will bear this out. But in the meantime, where is his support? Where are all those that cheered his stated response on 9/11? Many are JAMES DOBRANICH James Dobranich is a Canyon Lake resident. now at the front gates of Bush’s ranch cheering on his detractors. This is sick! George Bush took on the enemy that, unlike our previous enemies, is as different as night is to day. They do not stand and fight, but hit, run and hide. They are masked cowards who willingly sacrifice men, women and children in suicide missions to kill the “infidels.” And, we, the citizens of the western world, are their targets. This is as it will be for years to come unless we are willing to stand up for our country and president. Our choices are stand up or shut up. Today, our WMDs are “wimpy, mindless demonstrators” outside the gates of our president’s ranch. Pray forgive them for they knoweth not what they doeth! 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 clo Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- NOW 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 NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government ■ 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 E-mail address: carter.casteel@ STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone: (512) 463-0125 E-mail address: jeff. Wentworth @ ■ Judith Zaffirini SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095Conservatives talk back, but old media aren’t listening ANNCOULTER Ann Coulter is an attorney. author and a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. In case you missed this week’s top story, I half-agreed with something a New York Times editor wrote in a “Letter to the Editor” of his own paper. If nothing else, at least Bill Keller now knows how it feels to have to write an angry letter to the editors of The New York Times. I wouldn’t have mentioned it, but now that Keller has opened the door, Judge Posner did write a ridiculous review. Reviewing a spate of books about the media last month, federal appellate court judge Richard Posner argued that all the complaints about the media from the right and left simply reflected how market forces are changing the news business. He says the mainstream media are “more liberal than they used to be” and attributes that to “the rise of new media... pushing the already liberal media farther left.” His premise is obviously true — no industry can remain immune from the laws of supply and demand as long as there is competition. After a century of running an oligopoly, media chieftains are now facing competition for the first time — from the Internet, radio and cable TV. The Internet alone ensures that the supply will not abate. But the result Posner sees doesn’t correspond with either the laws of capitalism or my TV screen. The old media aren’t moving left: They already were left, lf anything, they are moving to the right. (This can be hard to detect inasmuch as Pravda was their starting point.) When they resist, they lose customers. That was precisely Keller’s complaint with Posner. I Ie objected to the idea that the august New York J lines is subject to the laws of capitalism, blathering about reporters’ “idealism" and their commitment to the craft of journalism, blah, blah, blah. Of course, if I were losing readers as fast as The New York Times, I might want to believe I was immune to the laws of the market, too. Posner’s description of the media, then and now, leaves the impression that he does not himself consume the news. Contrary to evidence, he says: "The rise of the conservative Fox News Channel caused CNN to shift to the left. CNN was going to lose many of its conservative viewers to Fox anyway, so it made sense to increase its appeal to its remaining viewers by catering more assiduously to their political preferences.” Now that’s what I call a business model: American news consumers are moving to the right. Quick, let’s move to the left! It doesn’t make economic sense that CNN would respond to the runaway success of Fox News by moving to the left, as Posner claims. In every other industry, competitors follow trends; they don’t run from them. When a reduced-calorie snack food is introduced and becomes a hit, that doesn’t “push" the other snack food companies to roll out their own “extra-calorie!” versions. I enjoy making fun of CNN as much as the next guy, but CNN is not that liberal. It may be liberal compared to an average American, but it’s certainly not liberal compared to CNN pre-Fox News. Consider that Peter Arnett used to be treated as a serious journalist on CNN. Even his work on the “Tailwind” hoax program did not jeopardize his standing. Now, even MSNBC won’t hire him. (Although I hear Arnett has a big interview at al-Jazeera next week — good luck, Peter!) After initially trying to stand by him, NBC was forced to fire Arnett after Americans erupted in fury at his traitorous comments on Saddam’s state-run TV at the outset of the Iraq war. This is what liberals mean when they say the country has become “polarized.” Now when they try to put traitors on air, Americans complain. Indeed, the only network still assiduously following Posner’s “give the consumers what they don’t want” business model is MSNBC. They will go to dead air before giving a conservative his own TV' show (except poor, lonely Joe Scarborough, who has a terrific show — if only anyone knew how to find MSNBC on the dial!). Hurling on TV and seeing Wolf Blitzer instead of Peter Arnett is not evidence of the media becoming more polarized. It’s evidence of the media becoming more sane. Instead of recycling tidbits he picked up from books written by people who subscribe to the bizarre notion that the media has a conservative bias, Posner should occasionally consume some media himself. It’s a wondrous example of the virtue of competition. The country isn t more divided. All that has happened is that, now, conservatives are talking, too. ;