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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, December 11, 2005 FORUM Herald-Zeitung Serving Netv Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Our Opinion CISD students deserve a yes vote on bonds No one likes to see their taxes go up, but Comal County has a chance to buck the standard set by the Legislature and stand up for education Tuesday. VI 'oters in the Comal Independent School district will head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to provide funding for improvements to existing schools and infrastructure and money for new schools. Deciding how to vote on a bond issue can often be difficult. On one hand, almost everyone wants to support education. But on the other, a yes vote will raise taxes, and many voters have no children in schools. Despite the legitimate questions, the two bonds floated by the Comal ISD deserve a yes vote for many reasons. Rapid growth in the district has made new schools, buses and other related items necessary. As those of us who live here know, Comal County is a great place to live. Others around the state have found that out and are moving into the county in droves. As new residents move in, their children need quality schools. Many of our new neighbors say the school system is one of the reasons they chose Comal County. The rate of growth is not the fault of local educators, but they must find a way to teach all the children who live in the county. Without quality schools, that is very difficult. But, this is not just about new children moving in and needing better schools. It’s also about the growth causing the need to provide adequate facilities for all students. Comal ISD did not take this bond issue lightly. For close to a year, a group of parents, educators and county residents worked tirelessly to determine the best ways for die district to address the issues relating to growth. The bond issue voters will be deciding on is a direct result of that work. That behind-the-scenes work makes this bond issue easy to support. Because the rapid growth is expected to continue, the bonds, which total $189 million, will likely be paid off with a very small increase in the tax rate. District officials say the bonds could raise the rate 2 cents at the most. On the surface, that increase would cost the owner of a $100,(XX) home only $20 per year. But because of homestead exemptions offered by the state and the district, the increase would be much smaller. District officials have also said they will only sell the bonds and spend the money if it is needed. With the Legislature meeting again soon to hopefully find a resolution on school finance, just what the district may need is still up in the air. But if history is an indicator, the state lawmakers are not likely to increase funding enough to negate the need at least some of the money. Finally, and most importantly, our children are worth it. We live in a state that has actually decreased education spending recently and has a Legislature that seems unable, or unwilling, to find a way to properly fund schools. This election is a chance for Comal County to change that tide and make a statement in support of local education. So, head to the polls Tuesday and vote in favor of both bond proposals. 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 Jeremy Pafford Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis Media bias continues unabated The late Peter Jennings would be mildly amused that ABC News has named two anchors to replace him. He might also be pleased that die very pleasant looking Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff share Jennings’ political philosophy. They are both liberal. I low do I know diis? For the same reason I know that when a pope dies, his successor will not be a Methodist, but a Roman Catholic. Vargas and Woodruff, along with the new “Night-line” troika of Terry Moran, Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir (Ted Koppel, you get bragging rights because it took three to replace you) are all liberals. If ABC News president David Westin wanted to make a bold statement and attract new viewers, he might have found at least one conservative to be part of the anchor mix. But where would he look and upon whom would he call? John Stossel, who appears on “20/20,” is the only conservative-leaning reporter at ABC, but his chances of being tapped were about the same as mine: slim to none. During an interview two years ago with “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl, I asked her about journalistic bias. She asserted that there were people of differing political viewpoints at CBS News. Asked to name one, Stahl could not. Liberal journalists see the world through their own prism: Big government and higher taxes are good; abortion on demand is good; nothing wrong with homosexual practice or same-sex marriage; America is evil or, if not evil, the cause of much of the world’s problems; religious people are by definition unintelligent and need watching; Democrats are better than Republicans and have a “divine right” to run our government; Bush is evil and an idiot; the war in Iraq is a failure; I loward Stern is a First Amendment crusader while those who want culture to at least acknowledge their beliefs are radical imposers of a narrow religious view. The Media Research Center, a conservative media-monitoring group, has collected some statements by Vargas and Woodruff. While the list is short compared to Jennings’, Tim Graham, MRC’s director of media analysis, explains in the Washington Times, “New anchorpeople need time to grow in pomposity.” W(X)druff, he notes, broadcast last June from North Korea. He chose to emphasize how much CALTHOMAS the North Koreans hate Americans. This is news? Woodruff later admitted he did not have a translator and depended on the communist government's handler for his information. Anyone interested in some ofVargas’ ideological record as a doctrinaire lib-eral can visit " There one finds examples of a liberal take on taxes, spending, Judge Samuel Alito, federal regulation and more. The way stories Cal Thomas is a columbic chosen is also impor- nist for Tribune Media tant when considering    Services International. bias. In addition to stories Direct all mail for Cal that delight sponsors,    to: , ‘L - i ....    ,___,    Media Services, 435 N. controversial political and cultural stones are framed isoo chicago. MI I or in ways that also reveal a leave an e-mail at liberal slant. When this evidence is pointed out to the anchors and network news executives, everyone denies any bias. They actually believe they are fair and accurate because they all subscribe to the same philosophy and they work and socialize with people who hold identical views. That is an undeniable fact. It has been this way since the agenda-setters took over the newsrooms, and you can expect more of the same. And expect more “preaching” by overpaid anchors about problems they will never face because their salaries dwarf those of average Americans whose interests they champion. They do not understand why this one-dimensional and predictable approach contributes to their falling ratings. The country needs a robust debate and access to information from many points of view. ABC, CBS and NBC do not practice ideological diversity, which is why increasing numbers of conservatives have abandoned broadcast network news in favor of cable. Those who continue to view broadcast news deserve better, but these new anchors guarantee they ’ll get more of the same. 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 addreea: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: HOO 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 addrees: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 fssmxmoH............... ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 Texas Government P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATEHOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 E-mail address: carter.casteel@ house, state.tx. us 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: [email protected] ■ Judith Zaffirini RO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702 Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095‘The president’ swoops in to rescue a mother in need DOUGTONEY Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the Herald-Zeitung. The fast food restaurant was loud and busy. At noon, the front end of the Chick-Fil-A in New Braunfels was filled with preschoolers and their moms. My plans to go through the drive-thru were thwarted by the long line of cars, so running inside and eating at a booth looked like the best option. Armed with a book and a sack of food, I headed to the back and found a booth near the entryway to the restrooms. The eatery was loud. The rewed-up volume of noise was in direct proportion to the number of children running around the tables and in the playground area. But behind me, I could hear the laughter and yells of what sounded like a small tribe of boys in the restroom. In a couple of minutes, a mom comes walking up. She knocks on the door. “Come on boys. It's time.” Her announcement was greeted with silence. Then the laughter and yelling resumed. She knocked again. "Boys, I mean it. You need to come out.” You could recognize the frustration in the morn s face. Most of us know the look. It s the “my-boys-are-driving-me-nuts” face. Aware that in today’s world, a lot of caution must be taken when a stranger offers to help with children, I hesitated for a moment. But having been a boy and having raised a couple of boys, I thought I should offer my assistance. “Excuse me, ma’am, I’m a father of four. Would you like me to go in there and get those boys out for you?” I asked. She looked and me and apparently decided my offer was nothing sinister. “If you don’t mind, I would appreciate it,” she said. “They don't seem to be listening.” So, with my reading glasses perched low on my nose, dressed in a suit and tie, I opened the door to the restroom and walked in. All three boys, one on his back on the floor and talking to no one in particular, one sitting down and one just standing there, were all in the same stall. I could see them through the space between the stall’s door and wall. “Boys!” I said in my best no-nonsense dad’s voice. “Your mom sent me in here to get you. Let’s get going. And you, on the floor, get up.” He jumped up off the floor. The boy that was standing next to the boy who was sitting came forward and peeked through the crack between the door and the stall. After looking me over, he said, “Are you a doctor?” I said, “No. Your mother sent me in here to get you boys out." The boy turned to the brother who was still perched on the throne and said, “I think he’s the president!" The sitting brother could only muster an astonished “Oh, wow!” The boy turned back toward me and with his eyes and mouth wide open, asked: “Mister, are you the president?” I started to say no but then I stopped myself. Looking over the top of my glasses, I looked down at the boys, now all crowded together looking through the space by the stall door. “Yes, I’m the president and your mother sent me.” They came flying out of that stall and were heading toward the door. “Wait,” I said, now doing my best to act presidential. “You must all wash your hands.” They immediately turned a hard right to the sink. I adjusted the water and started grabbing towels. The entire time, the boys kept looking up at me. One by one, they washed their hands (with soap), and I dried off their hands. “Now boys, I want you to listen to me,” I said, as they stood straight up at attention, eyes affixed. “Good boys listen to their mother, and you all need to be good boys.” They all nodded their heads and headed single file out the door. I walked out behind them and the mother, who apparently had not heard the conversation, seemed to be impressed with the boys’ orderly departure. She thanked me and followed them to the front of the restaurant. When I sat down to finish my food, I started chuckling about what had happened. As I got ready to leave, I walked up to the mom and told her the part about the boys thinking I was the president. We both had a good laugh. I’ve wondered since whether she told them that I was not really the president. Or do you think she thought instead about what she could say the next time her boys start acting up. "Boys, don’t you make me call the president again.” United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 ;