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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, December 30, 2003 Our Opinion Be smart: Don’t drink and drive If you drink, drive and speed, j the end result could be death. If you have a drink to celebrate the advent j of a new year, put down your \ car keys and    j don’t pick them I up until you are j sober again. I f you drink and drive, you are asking for trouble. If you think it’s OK to get behind the wheel of a your vehicle after a night of heavy drinking, you are wrong. Worse, you could be DEAD wrong. lf you drink, drive and speed, the end result could be death. Consider these sobering statistics: ■ According to the National I lighway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,800 people were killed on Texas streets and highways in 2000 (last year that statistics are available). ■ Arrests in Texas for driving while intoxicated top 90,000 annually, according to ■ Alcohol was involved in 48 percent of the fatal crashes in Texas in 2000, according to, and claimed the lives of 297 young drivers between 15 and 20 years old. Alcoholism is a serious disease — so serious that some alcoholics cannot stop drinking. But no one is forced to drive drunk. Drunken driving is IOO percent preventable. If you pick up one drink this New Year’s holiday, put down your car keys and don’t pick them up until you are sober again. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2003. There is one day left in the year. Today’s Highlight in I iistory: One hundred years ago, on Dec. 30,1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago. On this date: In 1853,150 years ago, the United States bought some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase. In 1922, Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In 1936, the I Inited Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike, at the Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint, Mich. In 1972, the United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam. In 1978, Ohio State University fired Woody I layes as its football coach, one day after I layes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl after Bauman intercepted an Ohio pass. Ten years ago: Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize each other. LITTMS 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 clo Herald-Zeitung P.O. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606 3413 e-mail them to: news(g>herald- Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since IH52. New Braunfels Z§ltung 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 Brian Grant Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Craig Pauling Advertising Director Courtney Abernathy Business Manager Heather Grant ISL • Mfrftm Tr*friftko*> Let us resolve in the coming year to avoid being grumpy and sad Charles Dickens’ immortal story about Scrooge makes no mention of religion, but it certainly involves the conversion of an old, lonely and bitter man into a man who discovers the joy of giving. The joy of giving was certainly something supported by the preacher, and we were given two chances to experience it every Sunday — three, if you count Sunday school. That old pagan genius, Aristotle, arrived at the same point as Dickens, but with, of course, much more elaborate analysis, classifications and categories and subcategories. But after all of that, Aristotle decided that the end goal of man was happiness. Our own Revolution was fought for the goals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I lappiness can be defined in different ways by different folks, but most of us can agree that happiness is the goal we all seek. • My own limited observation is thai happiness is in inverse proportion to self-cen-teredness. I have never known self-centered people who were happy, whether they were the paranoids who imagined themselves to be so important that everyone else was talking about them, or the simple, chronic complainers. You know the type. If you say, “My, what a beautiful day,” they will reply, “It’s probably going to rain tomorrow.” Most of the happy people I have known are people involved in things outside of themselves — family, religion, various causes, even politics and spor ts. I spent a week in a small Georgia town, and as a stranger and alone — and especially as someone trained in journalism — I eaves- C HARLEY REESE Charley Reese is a columnist for King Features Synicate. You can write to him at PO. Box 2446. Orlando, Fla. 32802. dropped on conversations wherever I happened to be. Nearly all of these conversations were happy talk about family, friends, church and sports. On the way back to Florida, I stopped at a rest area where a group of old ladies from South florida were getting back on their tour bus. Their conversation consisted of complaints about their arthritis, their gallbladders, etc., and so forth. I almost turned around and went back to Georgia. Lei us resolve, therefore, in this season of good cheer and in the coming new year to avoid grumps. Let us resolve to find things other than our own physical bodies with which to occupy our minds. It really is true that making someone else happy feels good and that making someone else sad feels bad. I don’t hate much in this world, but one of the things I do hate is the sound of a child crying. There is a cause worth pursuing: finding ways to help children laugh instead of cry. Another worthy cause is adding beauty to this world. In Lake Wales, Fla., there is a park free to the public that contains the Bok lower. It was built and presented to the American public as a gift by a grateful immigrant, Edward Bok, a pioneer in magazine journalism who never forgot the admonition of his mother to add beauty to the world. Planting flowers and picking up trash are good and worthy activities. The main and most difficult message Jesus brought to this world was to love people. Some people are easy to love, but some are not. Learning to love those who are not easy is probably task enough for tire lifetime of a Christian. It is so difficult a task that you have to wonder why some Christians spend so much time with vituperation and political invective. The last time I checked, God was not a Republican. MOR YO CONTACT United States Government PRESIDENT M George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D C. 20500 SENATE M Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington. D C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fox: (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 Fox: (210) 349-6753 M John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fox: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fox: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fex: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2231 Washington, DC. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fex: (202) 225-8628 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: GOVERNOR M Rick Perry •State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fex: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE H Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fex: (830) 627-8895 WHILE IN AUSTIN: PO. Box 2910 Austin 78768-2190 Telephone: (512) 463-0325 Fex: (512) 473-9920 E-mail eddress: [email protected] STATE SENATE H Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fex: (210) 826-0571 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512) 463-0125 Fex: (512) 463-7794 E-meil eddress: [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 Fox: (210) 657-0262Bush sinks teeth into beef after mad cow disease outbreak ARGUS HAMILTON Argus Hamilton's daily column of jokes on the news is carried in more than IOO newspapers across the United States and is also read and heard by millions on the Internet. He can Ire reached him by e-mail at [email protected] corn. Mad G)w sent shock waves through the cattle industry Friday with plunging prices and consumer panic. And it’s all because a single cow tested positive for the disease. One cow hasn’t caused this much trouble since the impeachment. President Bush spent Christmas being blasted by Democrats for not preventing mad cow disease. It never ends. George Bush has held two of the most demeaning jobs in the country — president of the United States and owner of the Texas Rangers. The White I louse informed reporters Sunday that President Bush is continuing to eat beef despite the mad cow scare. Now that's leadership. I Ie was going to land a helicopter in a volcano for his next stunt, but he decided this was more dangerous. Howard Dean blamed President Bush for the mad cow disease outbreak. I Ie sees an opportunity: Dean went from Episcopal to Congregationalist over a bicycle path, but if it wins him any animal rights votes, he will happily turn Hindu. Dean was attacked Sunday by Joe Lie- berman and Dick Gepliardt and John Kerry. Its really not in their interests to keep picking on a fellow Democrat like this. I wo more weeks of these pot shots and Dean will have a war record. The Agriculture Department said I ri day it tests any cow that looks sick. Yet the test results don’t come hack until after the cow has been slaughtered and sold for food. That's like frisking John Wilkes Booth on the wayout of the theater. San Francisco will hold its annual New Year’s Eve street party Wednesday. The locals plan for weeks to devise tilt* kinky leather-and-chains outfits they wear. I lomeland Security heard the chatter and raised the threat level to Clockwork Orange. Lenny Bruce got a posthumous pardon for his obscenity conviction 40 years ago in New York. I Ie was a great comic who was way too dirty for his time. Bobby Knight used to listen to his albums like the dog sitting in front of the R( A Victor. Air France canceled flights to Ins Angeles due to fears that al-Qaida would hijack the planes and crash them into Las Vegas. It can’t be true. No one ever thought terrorists would attack a Mafia shrine, if only out of professional courtesy. Saddam Hussein told U.S. interroga-\ tors again Friday that he did not have weapons of mass destruction. It’s been one long misunderstanding. IVvelve years ago former President Bush thought Margaret Thatcher said Saddam was threatening to take over Persian Golf. Bill Clinton’s lawyer Bob Barnett told USA Today the former president’s memoirs will he released in May. He got a lucrative book deal. Bill Clinton received a $12 million advance minus whatever he has to pay Warner Brothers to title it “The Adventures of Don Juan.” The Nixon library will mark President Nixon’s birthdate with a wreath-laying ceremony. His influence is still felt. Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney broke in under Richard Nixon and they’re the only ones who didn’t go to jail for it. Jefferson Davis Middle School in Virginia may be renamed as a formal protest against the Confederate president. Davis won the battle of Buena Vista, which brought California into the Union. That explains why everyone’s so mad at him. Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest I lolmes set an NFL season record Sunday for most touchdowns. I le’s had to scramble for good publicity. It’s been such a bad year for the Roman Catholic Church, he nearly changed his name to Reverend Holmes. Keyshawn Johnson was hired by Fox Sports as an NFL analyst after the receiver was dumped by Tampa Bay for his selfish attitude. Keep an eye on this guy. I Ie knows nothing and thinks he knows everything, and that points to a career in politics. King Abdullah of Jordan Thursday asked Saddam’s two daughters to stay out of politics. They are an ominous presence. No one wants to say these women could cause a lot of trouble, but LJday and Qusay’s childhood nicknames were The Little Angels. U.S. commanders in Iraq said Sunday they are starting to make progress against the insurgency. The U.S. is betting $87 billion it carr turn Iraq into a democracy by June. It’s the kind of gamble that allows Pete Rose to see rock-bottom without actually having to hit it. Osama bin Laden released another audiotape Thursday aimed at frightening Americans. He’s only helping the Republicans. Every time Osama bin Laden calls for the killing of the unfaithful he makes Hillary Clinton look weak and indecisive. l/)rd of the Rings: The Return of the King made $50 million last weekend at the box office. It has grossed $220 million in 12 days. That’s the most money you can make in two weeks without a smoker’s cough and a Florida jury. 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 Texas Government ;