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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, December 18,2003 Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels anil Co nut! County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958 Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland News Editor Brady Craal Features Editor Brian Grant Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Craig Pauling Advertising Director Courtney Abernathy Business Manager Heather Grant Our Opinion Rethink strength of US armed forces El Paso limes on more armed forces needed: Americas armed forces haven’t increased significantly in size for about 16 years, but that might be changing.... there’s a bipartisan, bicameral push under way to put more people in uniform because of a growing fear that the Pentagon can't tight tin' war on terrorism and be adequately prepared for conflict somewhere else. It was reported that 54 of the 61 members of the I louse Armed Services Committee sent President Bush a letter pressing him to expand U.S. combat forces. Theres room tor concern. The Communist Chinese Army is estimated at 2.2 million, and the artily of North Korea is thought to be about I million. with approximately 4 million in the various militias. Both countries are potential enemies. The IJS. Army has 480,000 soldiers, many of hem tied down by combat in Iraq. Total active-duty military, till branches of serv-i( e, is under 1.5 million. With ITS forces arrayed across the world, that’s not a healthy situation. Also worrisome is the heavy use of National Guard and Reserve troops. In the letter to the president, lawmakers wrote, “We are concerned that our Armed Forces are overextended and that we are relying too heavily upon members of {he Guard and Reserve in the continuing war on terrorism.... The operational tempo required to maintain forward-deployed forces in Iraq. Afghanistan, the Balkans, Korea, and elsewhere are unprecedented. Not since the Vietnam War has the U.S. Army had such a large f raction of its active-duty forces deployed.’’ I )efense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld doesn’t favor increasing U.S. forces. But he needs to rethink that carefully. Hven high-ranking military personnel are doubtful that the military could sustain conflicts on two fronts. I Treats against the United States aren’t likely to disappear anytime soon. In fact, the smart money says they’ll increase. It would be a good idea, as the lettei suggests, to review the mission and duties of Reserve and Guard components and see if they should be adjusted lo meet current needs. Today in History By The Associated Press Imlay is Thursday. Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2003 There are 13 days left in the year. Today s I lighlight in I listory: (In I hr. 18. 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effect. On this date: In 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U S. Constitution. In 1802, I Chaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” publicly premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ini 940, Adolf I Idler signed a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. (Operation Barbarossa was launched in June 1941.) In IMM, in a pair of rulings, the Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Amer-icans, but also said undeniably loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry could not be detained. In 1969, Britain’s Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder. In 1971, the Reverend Jesse Jackson announced in Chicago the founding of Operation PUSH (People United to Save I lumanity). In 1972, the United States began its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam at that time during the Vietnam War. ( The bombardment ended 12 days later.) In 1980, former Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin died at age 76. NFL dips into pockets of players showboating after touchdowns The National Football League fined players for showboating after touchdowns Sunday. The endzone antics got out of hand. It started early in the day when President Bush spiked the nuclear football on the news of Saddam I lussein’s capture. Saddam I lussein was shown in captivity on every front page in America Tuesday and he was the picture of defeat. It’s a turning point. Intelligence experts agree that the capture of Saddam was a huge victory in the war on I Ioward Dean. Saddam was vilified by Arabs Tuesday for his refusal to die fighting U.S. troops last weekend. The dictator came out with his hands up with no thought of putting up a struggle. He knows we’ve got the flu and we’re not afraid to use it. The White House said Monday Saddam must be tried in Iraq in front of the entire world. The trial will be televised. President Bush knows he can slip back into the Whitt* I louse for a second term if he can keep the comedians distracted. President Bush told Diane Sawyer Tuesday it doesn’t matter if Saddam actually had weapons of mass destruction. That’s spilt milk. The problem now is that after knocking over Iraq, Syria and Iran present him with the seven-IO split. I Inward Dean said Monday the first thing he will do as president is name Bill Clinton envoy to the Middle Last. A lot of good he will do with Israel. Bill Clinton couldn’t even stop I Hilary from building a wall down the middle of their bed. Colin Powell was working Tuesday from his hospital bed the morning after his prostate surgery. I Ie didn’t get a lot of sympathy. Don Rumsfeld said as long as he has to be in diapers for a few weeks, would he ARGUS HAMILTON Argus Hamilton's daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more than IOO newsfxipers across the United States and is aho read and heard by millions on the Internet. He can be reached him by et nail at Argusjokes(a)aol. com mind playing 2004 at the New Year’s party? Homeland Security warned that the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in Los Angeles is not secure. That’s the way it goes in Hollywood. No matter how well established you are, there’s always a younger and prettier laboratory waiting to take your place. Rush Limbaugh ripped Florida officials for seizing his medical files. People are lining up for his criticism. Donovan McNabb has won nine straight games for the Philadelphia Eagles since Limbaugh said McNabb only got the job because he’s black. Yellowstone Park got a judge Monday to ban all snowmobiles in three years to preserve its natural privacy. The administration opposed the ban for political reasons. The woods are the last breeding ground for the vanishing Southern Democrat. Strom Thurmond was acknowledged Monday as father of a mixed-race daughter by a secret affair he had with his family’s maid 80 years ago in South Carolina. Many people were shocked by the news. It destroys the myth perpetrated by the Yankee press for IOO years that blacks and whites don’t get along in the South. Joe Lieberman gained votes in the South after Saddam’s capture. He is a perfect fit for the region. When Lieberman refuses to work on Saturday for religious reasons, Southerners take it as a sign of respect for college football. LITTERS POLICY I Letters must be 250 words or fewer. The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. I Guest columns should be less than 500 words 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 P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- NORI TO CONTACT United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE R Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, DC. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 H John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephona: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Talaphona: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Talaphona: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington, D C. 20515 Talaphona: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE. 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Talaphona: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 MOW TO CONTACT Texas Government J GOVERNOR H Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 PO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Talaphona: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE H Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephona: (830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: PO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fax: (512) 473-9920 E-mail address: [email protected] STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Talaphona: (210) 826 7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fax: (512) 463-7794 E-mail address: [email protected] ■ Judith Zaffirini PO. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702 Toepperwein Road *214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Holiday offers swell opportunity to help save country, earth MOLLY IVINS Molly tem is a eolian nisi for (seniors Syndi (ate. She also does acca sit ma I commentary for National Piddle Htulio and the McNeiULehrer program. LOS ANGELUS — for those of us who are in a bit of lather about the state of the union these days — and who hate to shop anyway — the holidays offer a swell opportunity to help save the country and the earth, while getting rid of our entire shopping list at the same time. We can knock off our entire (Christmas or I lanukkah gift lists without ever going near a mall. The perfect answer, of course, is to give money to a worthy cause in the name of your friends and loved ones. You simply send a check in honor of everyone on your list to some worthy cause you know they cherish and regard the simplicity of it. Checks do not require packaging. You will not be adding to the plastic peanut plague, so ecologically incorrect. A check is such a simple thing — lightweight, portable, shipped without fuss by the U.S. Post Office for 37 cents — and the mailperson picks it up for you. You can even call and put your donation on a credit card. Naturally, the cause to which you contribute in your loved ones’ names will be happy to notify them said cause has received this generous contribution in their names — and that, as a consequence, the said person is now held among the highest angels of goodness, enlightenment and generosity. Now, isn t that nicer than another popcorn popper? (Apologies to all who make their livings in the popcorn popper field — just an example chosen at random.) Many of us already liave too much stuff. There are entire stores now devoted to selling nothing but stuff to put our stuff in. Very few of us actually need a cordless electric flour sifter or a $6,000 shower curtain. At Christmas, we traditionally try to remember those most seriously afflicted by fate. Many newspapers run articles reminding us how hard life is for some and which organizations help them directly. This sort of direct help to those who need it most is both desperately needed and especially appropriate at the season. But as we often discuss, pulling people who are drowning out of the river one by one isn t necessarily the wisest use of our resources. We need to go upstream and keep them from falling in, in the first place. It is the brigades engaged in such work that I think we should make a special effort to support. I submit a brief list of suggestions just to get you thinking about the kinds of people, causes and efforts that need support. Whenever I get discouraged about the greed and corruption that seems so rampant in both the corporate and political worlds these days, the thought of Granny I) always perks me up. Doris I laddock is the priceless activist who walked across the entire country three years ago at the age of 90 to build support for campaign finance reform. She’s at it again, this time traveling from one workplace to another registering people to vote, especially working mothers. If you go to, you will be able to find out about her current project, and you can read some of her wonderful letters from the road and find out how you can help. When Granny D comes around, she just lights up the goodness in people. I would say she’s cost effective, but the fact is shes downright cheap. Her address is: PO. Box 492, Dublin, N.l1.03444. Wellstone Action, the group founded to honor and carry on the work of the late Sheila and Paul Wellstone, is up, running and training activists, and carrying on that tradition of progressive politics married to vitality, generosity and a sense of * fun. Contact: or Wellstone Action, 821 Raymond Ave, Suite 260, St. Paul, Minn. 55114. I wo outfits I especially like that watch the media are the Center for Media and Democracy, which specializes in analyzing public relation.; and propaganda campaigns, and TAiR, the overworked folks trying to keep up with right-wing lies in the corporate media. The Center can be reached through, and LAIR is ,or 112 West 27th St., New York, N.Y. 10001. Finally, a gift subscription to a progressive magazine is always timely: your basic ACLU, any environmental outfit, campaign finance reform groups — you choose your own favorites. Ibis should be our shining hour. ;