New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, December 31, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
MAGDALENA B. GOMEZ
Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral I Iome for Magdalena B. Gomez, who passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2005 at the age of 82 years.
She is survived by four daughters, Madalena Loucks and husband David of Cedar Park, Texas. Anita Alvarez and husband Roberto of New Braunfels, Estella Perez and husband Daniel of Austin, TexasJustice Department begins investigation into leak of domestic spying
and Elida Ancira and husband Jose of Austin, Texas; son, Emilio Gomez and wife Gloria of Round Rock, Texas; daughter-in-law, Linda Gomez of Converse, Texas; brother, Toribio Barrera of Victoria, Texas; sister, Delores Vasquez of Austin, Texas; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews.
Ms. Gomez was preceded in death by her husband, Guillermo Gomez and by one son, Alfredo Gomez, one sister, Santos Morales and one brother, halo Barrer.
Visitation will begin at 12:00 Noon Monday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and continue until 9:00 p.m. A
rosary will be recited on Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the Zoeller funeral Home chapel. A mass of celebration will be conducted on Tuesday, January 3, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the I loly Family Catholic Church. No procession to church. Ms. Gomez will lie in state at the church from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in the Comal Cemetery. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Holy Family Catholic Church building Fund.
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MR. DOLORES “LOLO” Y. CASTILLO
Funeral arrangements are pending at DoeppenschmidtROLLBACK
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boxes, commissioners will set an election date during Tuesdays meeting.
By Texas law, it cannot be held during the March primary or 30 days before or after that election.
Voters likely will have to wait until early May to weigh in on the issue.
Funeral Home for Mr. Dolores “Lolo’Y. Castillo. He died f riday, December 30, 2005 at Kirkwood Manor at the age of 89.
If they approve the rollback, county officials have said they will be forced to cut roughly $615,000 from this year’s budget. The reduction will give $9.62 back to the owner of a $100,000 home.
State law allows counties to raise taxes only 8 percent per year without facing the threat of a rollback election.
The 2-cent tax increase commissioners approved this year equaled a 14 percent increase, thus enabling the rollback petition option.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has opened another investigation into leaks of classified information, this time to determine who divulged the existence of President Bush’s secret domestic spying program.
The inquiry focuses on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said.
The newspaper recently revealed the existence of the program in a front-page story that also acknowledged that the news had been withheld from publication for a year, partly at the request of the administration and partly because the newspaper wanted more time to confirm various aspects of the program.
White House spokesman TVent Duffy said Justice undertook the action on its own, and Bush was informed of it Friday.
“The leaking of classified information is a serious issue. The fact is that al-Qaida’s play-JUDGE
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documentation from the county auditor’s office.
"I was not planning to run for office, hut I saw the need for someone to step up to the plate and offer some leadership,” he said. “I believe I can do a real fine job milking sure we have the resources available for future growth and development. The county budget needs a lot of work, and I will bring the fiscal conservatism that can make a difference.”
In addition to taking issue with this year’s tax increase, Garcia questioned commissioners’ recent decision to spend money for a survey to determine whether county
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“The leaking of classified information is a serious issue. The fact is that al-Qaida’s playbook is not printed on Page One and when America’s is, it has serious ramifications.’’
— Trent Duffy
White House spokesman
book is not printed on Page One and when America’s is, it has serious ramifications,” Duffy told reporters in Crawford, Texas, where Bush was spending the holidays.
Catherine Mathis, a spokeswoman for the Times, declined to comment.
Disclosure of the secret spying program two weeks ago unleashed a firestorm of criticism of the administration. Some critics accused the president of breaking the law by authorizing intercepts of conversations — without prior court approval or oversight — of people inside the United States and abroad who had suspected ties to al-Qaida or its affiliates.
Bush, who publicly acknowl-
employees should be paid higher salaries.
"Why not go to the county auditor and get him to do some research with other counties to see what they are paying?" he asked. "It’s a waste of money to spend what we don’t have, especially when you have someone on staff who can do it for you.”
Although he is only just getting involved in local politics, Garcia has lived in Comal County for 26 years. He spent 20 years in the Air Force working on explosive ordinance disposal.
After he retired in 2002, Garcia spent three years working on civilian contracts, most recently completing a Department of Defense project in Iraq to destroy cap-
edged the program’s existence and described how it operates, has argued that the initiative is legal in a time of war.
The inquiry launched Friday is only the most recent effort by tile Bush administration to determine who is disclosing information to journalists.
Two years ago, a special counsel was named to investigate who inside the White I louse gave reporters the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plaine, an effort that led to perjury and obstruction of justice charges against Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide, l^wis I. “Scooter" Libby.
More recently, the Justice Department has begun examining whether classified information was illegally disclosed
tured enemy ordinance. I Ie currently is enrolled at the University of Texas at San Antonio working on his mechanical engineering degree.
“I believe it would be an honor to serve the people of Comal County,” he said Friday. “I know I don’t care for having my tax money mis-
to The Washington Post about a network of secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.
The NSA leak probe was launched after the Justice Department received a request from the spy agency.
It is unclear whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will recuse himself from the inquiry. I Ie was White I louse counsel when Bush signed the executive order authorizing tile NSA, which is normally confined to overseas operations, to spy on conversations Liking place on American soil.
For the past two weeks, Gon-zales also has been one of the administrations point men in arguing that the president has the constitutional authority to conduct the spying.
“Its pretty stunning that, rather than focus on whether the president broke his oath of office and broke federal law, they are going after the whistleblowers," said Anthony I). Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
spent, and I bet other taxpayers don’t either, lf I’m elected, I will do my best to fix that problem.”
Garcia will face incumbent Danny Scheel and Bemus Glenn Jackson in the March 7 primary. No Democratic candidate has filed to join the race yet. The filing deadline is Monday.
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