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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday,December 23, 2003 Others Views Saddam must be tried by his people The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, on Saddam Hussein: If there is a guiding principle to be found when weighing the options regarding Saddam Hussein, it is this: I Ie must be tried for his crimes by and before Iraqis. While technical disagreements over the timing of Saddams trial and the precise manner in which it is to be conducted must be worked out, the essential fact of a trial before Saddam’s own citizens seems to be gaining widespread acceptance. As it should. Saddam has much to answer for, obviously. And to lots of plaintiffs. George W. Bush has a legitimate reason for seeking to try Saddam before an American tribunal. But, appropriately, the president says he is determined to defer this nation’s judgment of Saddam to the Iraqis. The resonating effect of Saddam’s capture is spreading. Without a resolution of Saddam’s fate, Iraq could not proceed beyond his shadow. It could not hold out hope of becoming a safe place. And with the Middle East’s most destabilizing force still on the loose, that entire volatile region would remain in flux. His capture gives some semblance of peace there a chance.... Iraq remains a dangerous place, of course. But the capture of Saddam and the slow progress toward his legal disposition will help make it a safer, better place. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2003. There are eight days left in the year. Today’s I lighlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1823, the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas’’ by Clement C. Moore was published in the Troy (New York) Sentinel. On this date: In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va. In 1893, the Engelbert Humperdinck opera “I luensel und Gretel" was first performed, in Weimar, Germany. In 1941, during World War ll, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese. In 1948, former Japanese premier HidekiTojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo. In 1968,82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured. In 1980, a state funeral was held in Moscow for former Premier Alexei N. Kosygin, who had died Dec. 18 at age 76. LKTTBRS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or fewer. ■ The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ 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 c/o Herald Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606 3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland News Editor Brady Craal Features Editor Brian Grant Editor and Publisher Doug Tonay Circulation Director Craig Pauling Advertising Director Courtnay Abernathy Business Manager Heather Grant A COLOR PAPER CHAIR TOR fV wr amomum!! comwmm'    TH®sH a ft VOILA!! NOWHERES THE ON'- BOTTON ~ RU? THIS!? :> •'/**corf -AND THE -'Wm*?!! ■j- Wa?!! „ NO ‘/HOWSE Don’t turn holiday celebrations into tragedy—drive responsibly Holidays should be happy times spent with family and friends, but all too often celebrations become tragic events when Texans drink and fail to act responsibly. From now until Jan. 4 the Texas Department of TVans-portationand the Texas Department of Public Safety are making a concentrated effort to keep Texas drivers and their passengers alive and uninjured. More than 600 DPS and local law enforcement officers will be out in force during the holidays, trying to prevent Texas from once again leading the nation in alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Drinking drivers annually cause accidents that result in more than 1,700 deaths and 25,000 injuries. This year, the legislature passed new laws that we hope will have a slowing and sobering effect on drivers. Habitually bad drivers and drivers who drive drunk, without insurance or valid drivers’ licenses face stiffer fines than they did at this time last year. Information about these new laws and their penalties is available on the DPS Web site at The information is included in the Aug. 19 news release. This information also is available on the Texas Senate Web site: JEFF WINTWORTN JeffWentworth'is state senator for District 25, which includes Comal County. Click onto Sen. Wentworth and then to my Sept. 5 column. In addition to driving while drinking, more than one-half of the passengers who were killed in vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts.. DPS Director Tommy Davis said, “The sad truth is that most fatal traffic crashes don’t have to happen.’’ Colonel Davis said speed is the number one killer on Texas roads. Speed combined with alcohol is a deadly combination. Slowing down, not drinking and driving, naming a designated driver and buckling up could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Col. Davis also reminds us all to keep our cell phone chatter to a minimum and to slow down in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic. People returning home from the holidays may encounter unfavorable driving conditions. Stranded drivers may call the DPS help line toll-free at (800) 525-5555. Some wireless phone companies allow their customers to dial *377 free of air charges for help. In addition to new driver responsibility laws, we also passed a law that we hope will prevent a nightclub fire such as the one which occurred in Rhode Island. Senate Bill 693 sets standards for the use of flame effects and pyrotechnics before an assembly. Bills also were filed to restrict the use of fireworks, but none of them passed. New laws and their strict enforcement can do only so much. We must all do our part to keep the holiday season a safe and joyous time of year. NOMIYO 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: 8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 460 San Antonio 78230 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 2231 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry Stat& Capitol. Room 2S.1 P.O. 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 WHILE IN AUSTIN: P.O. 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 Telephone: (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 P O Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702 Toepperwein Road *214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Jackson should invite Saddam to Neverland for milk, cookies ARGUS HAMILTON Argus Hamilton's daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more durn IOO neivsfHiffers across the United States and is also read and heard by millions on the Internet. He can he reached him bye mail at ArgusJokes(a Saddam I lussein denied to U.S. interrogators Thursday that he committed war crimes. I Ie also denied ever having any weapons of mass destruction. If Saddam were any more innocent, Michael Jackson would invite him to Neverland for milk and cookies. Saddam was questioned by U.S. interrogators, who tried to appeal to his vanity by getting him to expand upon his brutal career. It’s the same story with every war criminal. It all started out the day he announced his candidacy. Libya gave up its weapons of mass destruction Friday, according to Moammar Khadhafi in Tripoli. I le’s always good for a laugh. The decision was made by Iibya’s three-man ruling council, which consists of Moammar and his two brothers, l^irry-mar and Curly-mar. Khadhafi volunteered to give up I jbya’s missiles and chemical weapons. It Was no surprise. One look at Saddam’s last apartment and dictators everywhere are deciding to leave the annihilation of America to the next generation. The White House displayed its Christ mas decorations in a video released last week. They are surprisingly modern. The Nativity Scene on the lawn shows the Three Wise Men approaching the manger bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and flu vaccine. Wesley Clark accused President Bush Thursday of failure to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks. I le’s got to find something to run on. Democrats haven’t been seen groping and grasping like this since I lillary had the security cameras ripped out of the Oval Office wall. The Secret Service dosed a White I louse gate Friday when agents found a white powder on the ground in the parking lot. They knew it wasn’t drugs. The Bush administration is so buttoned down that Colin Powell has to wear a tie with his hospital gown. President Bush held his last Cabinet meeting of the year Friday in the White House. The president sat next to Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld. If you gave the three of them Groucho Marx mustaches, they would look like a magazine ad for Got Oil? The Super Bowl will be counterprogrammed with a poker tourney on NBG during Super Bowl Sunday. What an idea. Poker is the hottest new sport on television and to make sure there’s enough violence to draw a lot of viewers. 1 The Congressional Budget Office issued an alarming report Friday on the growing costs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It’s insane. The programs are growing so fast that nothing could stop them unless Wal-Mart starts selling federal benefits. Halliburton defended itself Friday with full-page newspaper ads. The company said its employees are working hard to rebuild Iraq. When the electricity went out in Baghdad Friday night, it was a sure sign that Gray Davis is settling into his new job. The Gold Club building in Atlanta was taken over by an evangelical church Friday. The infamous strip bar was shut down by the feds. The first thing old customers who wander in by habit will have to learn is that Amazing Grace is a hymn and not a her. Bob Hope was honored posthumously Wednesday when Burbank Airport in Los Angeles was renamed Bob I lope Airport. It’s quite an honor. This makes Hope only the third comedian to have an airport named for him, after Will Rogers and Saddam Hussein. Saddam said Wednesday he is still president of Iraq and he dared the U.S. to hold elections because he would win. He wouldn’t be the first presidential candidate to crawl out of a hole. We are still not sure where I loward Dean came from. Michael Jackson was charged with nine counts of child molestation a day after he joined the Nation of Islam and the Muslim faith. I Us legal strategy is taking shape. I ie thinks he can sway a Santa Barbara jury by blaming everything on the Jews. North Carolina held a re-enactment of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first flight a century ago. A tradition was born that day. The brothers were ready to fly in August but they decided to wait until December to make sure the peanuts tasted stale. Steve Martin’s new movie, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” opened on Friday. He’s come a long way since his white-suit days. If he went onstage looking like that today it would remind three out of four Democratic candidates it is time to take their medications. John Kerry mortgaged his house Friday to loan his own campaign $5 million. It produced immediate results. He just got a call from Bill Bennett and Pete Rose offering to take him to a meeting if he ever feels like he has hit bottom. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared an emergency in CaUfornia Friday and imposed budget cuts without the legislature’s permission. He's courageous. A lot of politicians have pandered to Hispanic voters over the years, but no one’s ever declared a junta. I Herald-Zeitung :    Serving    New    Braunfels    ami    Comal    County    since    1852. New Braunfels Zeitungwas founded 1852: New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957and printed in both German and English until 1958. 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 Texas Government ;