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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page HERALDZEITUNG August FORUM Contact Managing Editor Gary Maitland 220 NEW BRAUNIBKS HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German arid English until Doug Editor and Publisher Gary Managing Editor 830 6259144 Editorial Committee will protect taxpayers interests Comal County commissioners and county coun sel Geoffery Barr deserve praise for creating a committee to oversee and monitor tax abatement County Judge Danny Scheel and commissioners agreed this week to form the committee after county attorney Barr suggested that the county needed a mechanism to ensure that businesses granted tax breaks are complying with the requirements they agreed to Competition for new and expanding manufac turers and businesses is and tax abate ments are necessary to ensure our community can recruit on a level playing field with other For recruited businesses pledge to cre ate a certain number of new jobs or expand at certain levels if they have all or a portion of their property taxes abated for a certain number of Under Texas school districts cannot grant Thats as it should Besides County Auditor David Tax Sherman Krause and Rusty director of economic develop ment efforts for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of were appointed to the Barr suggested commissioners create this over sight committee and his counsel was rather than solve difficult officials just form another committee to study the prob In this a committee was formed for the right reasons with what appears to be the right resulting in a better way to protect the interests of county Today In History BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is the 240th day of There are 125 days left in the Todays highlight in histo ry Forty years on people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in where the Martin Luther King delivered his I Have a Dream speech in front of the Lincoln On this date In Henry Hudson discovered Delaware In police and anti war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic national convention nominated Hubert Humphrey for In more than 520 people died as an earth quake shook central wridis stamina The HeraldZeitung en courages the submission of Letters must be 250 words or and the Herald Zeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be less than 500 An address and telephone which are not for must be included so authorship can be No letter will be published until it has been Mail letters to Letters to the Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New TX 781311328 830 6063413 email Proposition 12 a necessary step Contact Em Texas voters will decide 13 the fate of 22 pro posed constitutional each of which survived a twothirds majority vote of the House and Senate to get on the The propositions range from refinancing home equity loans to issuing bonds for military commu and each is impor tant in its own way to many the feature attraction that is drawing the most forandagainst money and heated debate is which authorizes the Legislature to limit noneconomic damages assessed against health care and which gives lawmakers the authority to similarly limit awards in other civil law To boil it this is a battle between caregivers and plaintiff Citing pain and the trial lawyers have made hundreds of millions of dollars suing Texas physicians and They contend they are standing up for the little guy against hacks in the medical But there are several bad results from the lawyers Doctors are leaving the state or the medical profes sion or choosing less liti gious which means many Texas commu nities especially in heavy litigation areas such as the Rio Grande Valley dont have enough obstetricians and emergency room physi Medical malpractice insurance premiums have gone and many doctors and their insurers TOM CRADDICK would rather just settle out of court without a fight than face the possibility of losing an obscene verdict Which means that all of us are paying more for health which adds to the cost of health insur medical malpractice insurance and of doing All to make multi millionaires out of a virtual handful of Texas Why else would 10 big Texas law firms put up to defeat 12 Because it is a threat to their very comfortable way of They claim 12 will close Texas courts to the unfairly Baloney Awards for actual such as medical long term care and loss of is not Only noneconomic typically summed up under the nebulous term pain and would be Noneconomic as any honest trial lawyer will is where they make the sweet jam that goes over their bread and And Texas juries have been very good over the years to those who suf even if it really wasnt the fault of Medical tragedies occur every Each one is cata strophic to the victims and their they arent anyones but that hasnt stopped the plaintiffs lawyers from and pain and suffer ing is where they punish the medical But is that good for Texas Is it good that doc tors order more tests when more tests arent necessary just to be sure beyond the shadow of a doubt but it adds to the cost of health Is it good that careful doctors are leaving or avoiding the retiring early or getting out of mech cine Is it good that consumers those little guys for whom the trial lawyers purportedly are trying to ensure access to the courts have to pay more for health for for automobiles or homes or anything that is subject to frequent lawsuits The of is s Texans want those at fault to pay for their por tion of the They want juries to have access to more information about the case before They want good nonprofits and volunteers to have some protections from What they dont want is they dont want lawyers to be the main beneficiaries in giant classaction During the 78th we attempted to clean up Texas Wild West litigation environ as voters asked us to do last and to create a more fair and bal anced civil justice system for all 12 is a logical step toward achiev ing Please vote yes on Tbm R is speaker of the Texas House of City Council Mayor Adam Cork city hall home [email protected] District 1 Sonia MunozGill 6082100 District 2 Larry Alexander home Districts Gale Pospisi District 4 Valerie Hull 210 work District 5 Lee Rodriguez 6294901 workf District 6 Ken Valentine home Comal County Judge Danny Scheel 6205501 Fax 6082026 Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson 6205504 830 home Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin 6205509 210 home Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora 6205503 home Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady 6205508 home Ten Commandments debate raises conflicting thoughts Logicians say it is impossible to hold two conflicting thoughts I do when it comes to the Ten Commandments case in Alabama and the ongoing debate about church and Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a statement chal lenging an order by federal District Judge Myron Thompson ordered the removal of a stone depiction of the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Moore refused to obey and appealed the ruling to the Supreme which 20 rejected the allowing the order to Moore is light about the history of the country and the religious language that runs through the public pronouncements and docu ments of the He is also right when he The entire justice system of Alabama is established in the Alabama invoking the favor CAL THOMAS and guidance of AlmigHty And Moore is correct again when he Under the 10th Amendment to the federal courts have absolutely no authority or jurisdiction to tell the state of Alabama that we cannot acknowl edge God as the source of our jus tice In recent the federal courts egged on by groups like the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have regularly targeted religious expression for removal from public Two of the more outrageous rulings have come from the 9th Circuit Court of which found the under God clause in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4th Circuit which ordered an end to a 20second ecumenical din ner blessing that has been recited at Virginia Military Institute throughout its 162year The building blocks of our nation and culture are being dismantled by judges who are unaccountable to we the Can a nation expect the kind of moral purpose it requires of its soldiers if they are sent into battle to defend the stock market or earthly philosophies I am offended many times a day by what I see on the in the media and by the rulings of some But I am told that in a plu ralistic society I must tolerate those who hold other must others not similarly accommodate my views The conflicting thought is nowhere in Scripture is the secular state expected to acknowledge The state is an instrument of which Paul tells us we are to obey for our own good Romans There are verses about nations being blessed whose God is the Lord Psalm But there is no expectation or com mand for the state to be an instru ment in spreading Gods message to That is clearly the job of those who follow In when the state takes upon itself the work of spreading Gods message or is asked to do so by Gods it often does a poor Does the presence of the Ten Commandments in a or a creche on public property in or a cross on state prop advance or detract from the message these symbols are sup posed to communicate Will an irreligious people who worship their personal golden calves of pleasure and affluence be more likely to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness1 Matthew if they see such or be lulled into a false security that God is somehow pleased or tolerant of the increas ingly secular outlook of His cre ation If the ultimate question is how best for Gods followers to interest more people in Him and His mes then the ultimate answer ought to come from not Loving your ene praying for those who perse cute feeding the cloth ing the visiting those in prison and caring for widows and orphans make up the strategy laid down by the Founding Father of the Christian Could it be that too many have forsaken the harder but more effective work in favor of exterior symbols like crosses worn as tell the observer nothing about ones heart Its a not only between church and but between God and Col Thomas is a syndicated ;